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Metal News for November 16, 2015

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25 news articles posted on this day.


Slomatics Talks Album Re-Issues, New Material

Newly signed to Black Bow Records (the label from Jon Davis of Conan), Belfast doom outfit Conan is being re-introduced to the metal world with a series of re-issues before a new album drops next year.

Tomorrow we'll be streaming the full re-issue of debut album "Flooding The Weir," but before those sludgy low and slow tunes come your way we also checked in with guitarist David Majury to discuss past releases and upcoming material.

Slomatics aims to reduce riffs to a primal state of heaviness, to produce music that implodes under its own weight but still creates a joyous and euphoric state of wellbeing which can only be obtained with a slew of vintage amplifiers, fuzz pedals, analog synths and an alarming array of percussion instruments. Find out all about the past and future of Slomatics through our interview below. More...

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Zafakon Streaming New Single

Zafakon just released the first single “Arbeit Macht Frei” from upcoming new album “Release,” due out in December 6, 2015. Listen in below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. I. Conveyor Of Shame
2. Twisted Brains
3. Ecosfear
4. Prevaricator
5. II. Sirens
6. Valor y Sacrificio
7. Arbeit Macht Frei
8. Phantom Scream
9. The Optimist
10. III. Release More...

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Bloodiest Announces Self-Titled Album

Chicago six-piece experimental ensemble Bloodiest just announced a sophomore full-length due out January 15, 2016 via Relapse Records.

Featuring current and former members of Russian Circles, Corrections House, and Yakuza, Bloodiest has taken the distinctive genre-bending, wall-of-sound heaviness forged on debut album "Descent" to an entirely new level. The album's first single "Mesmerize" is currently streaming below.

Recorded and produced by Chicago super-producer Sanford Parker (Yob, Minsk) and guitarist Tony Lazzara, the self-titled "Bloodiest" is a testament to the band’s cinematic vision. The track listing is as follows:

1. Mesmerize
2. The Widow
3. Condition
4. Broken Teeth
5. Mind Overlaps
6. He is Disease
7. Separation
8. Suffer More...

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Flummox Reveals "Selcouth" Details

Tridroid Records is pleased to announce the release of "Selcouth" by Flummox on February 12, 2016. Bassist Blake Dellinger said about the album:

"This album turned out a lot heavier & darker than the last one. We've all dealt with all kinds of shit leading up to the recording of this one - everything from mental illness to the loss of friends & family ended up delivering to the overall tone of this album. Which is not to say this album is all dark, brooding, & serious or anything - we are still Flummox after all. This album is not without quirks or humor, even if that too is dark in nature."

The "Selcouth" album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Countess Parts Ways With Drummer

Dutch outfit Countess has issued the following statement about parting way with the group's drummer:

"With regret we have to announce that our drummer Wolfram has decided to leave the band. He made this decision because he feels he can no longer give the band the time and attention it deserves. We understand and respect his decision as we know it was not made lightly.

"Wolfram joined Countess early in 2014 and played an important part in the band's return to the stage. His invaluable contribution to the band will be missed by all of us. We wish him all the best in the future and trust he will remain part of the Countess family." More...

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High On Fire Joining 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

Heavy music giants High On Fire will tour North America as part of the 2016 Decibel Magazine tour, set to launch March 17 in Baltimore, MD.

Joining the bill with High On Fire will be Sweden's Tribulation, Ohio's Skeletonwitch, and Abbath (former frontman of Norwegian black metal legends, Immortal). The month-long trek will run through April 15 in Philadelphia, PA. Dates for the trek are as follows:

March 17 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
March 18 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
March 19 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
March 20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
March 22 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
March 23 Austin, TX Emo’s
March 25 Scottsdale, AZ Live Wire
March 26 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
March 27 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
March 28 Los Angeles, CA The Regent Theater DTLA
March 29 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
March 31 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
April 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
April 2 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
April 5 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
April 6 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
April 7 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Night
April 8 Chicago, IL – Metro
April 9 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
April 10 Toronto, ON The Opera House
April 12 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 14 Boston, MA Royale
April 15 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer More...

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Therion Announces Headlining Tour

Swedish symphonic metal troop Therion is set to kick off a European headline tour in January 2016. On this run the band will be playing a very special, best-of set list.

Support will come from occult rockers Luciferian Light Orchestra, Mongolian nomadic metallers Ego Fall, and last but not least from Russian symphonic metal force Imperial Age. Therion band leader Christofer Johnsson commented about the upcoming tour:

“We asked the fans on FB about what they wanted to hear. Hundreds of people voted and in the end we got a result - people wanted to hear classic, particularity from 'Secret Of The Runes,' 'Vovin,' and 'Theli,' so we are putting an extra focus on those. They also wanted to hear odd and rare songs that we have never played live before, so there will be a bunch of those as well as some songs we haven’t performed more than just once or twice, or not in a long, long time.“ More...

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Untimely Demise Finishes Work On Album

After smashing through a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new studio full-length, Untimely Demise has issued the following update about wrapping up work on the album:

"Our 3rd full-length album is now completely mixed and mastered. We are incredibly pleased with the outcome and are ready to start pitching to labels.

"Thanks to everyone that has been supporting us throughout this process and we look forward with great optimism to it's release and live actions to follow." More...

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Borderland Fuzz Fiesta Reveals 2016 Lineup

Tucson's Borderland Fuzz Fiesta is back for its second year in a row, bringing the unmistakable sounds of Palm Desert, California and beyond to 191 Toole on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Today the festival's curators, the Rudell brothers of both Powered Wig Machine and Fuzz Evil, have revealed that Elder will headline the the Saturday night show, joining Dead Meadow in one of the loudest weekends the desert will see this year. More...

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Silent Homes Releases "Soul Harbor"

Silent Homes from Budapest just released a new EP titled "Soul Harbor," which is available for streaming below and up for download via Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Waiting 01:06
2. Brighter Days 03:23
3. Paradigm Shift 03:20
4. Spring 04:57
5. Mirrors 03:36 More...

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The Apex Kicking Off New Tour Dates

Windsor, ON ghetto tech metal band The Apex will be hitting the road for an Eastern Canadian tour across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes supporting Erimha and Killitorous from November 18 to December 7, 2015.

The Apex drummer Tyson Taylor comments: "We look forward to hitting the road again! Touring is our favourite part of being in a band and it's going to be awesome to make new friends and fans plus share the stage with Erimha and Killitorous!" More...

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Barbarian Signs With Hells Headbangers

Hells Headbangers is proud to announce the signing of Italy's Barbarian. The first fruit of this unholy union shall be the band's third album, "Cult of the Empty Grave," which will be released during the first quarter of 2016.

Since 2009, the power-trio has been killing it in the metal underground, culminating in 2014's "Faith Extinguisher" via the Doomentia label. Now, with the backing of longtime fans Hells Headbangers, the true Barbarian is poised to hail and kill, far and wide "Cult of the Empty Grave" shall be the soundtrack to that domination. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Bridgeburner
2. Whores of Redemption
3. Cult of the Empty Grave
4. Absolute Metal
5. Supreme Gift
6. Bone Knife
7. Remorseless Fury

A statement from the band reads as follows: "Barbarian was formed in 2009, and the lineup has never changed - and that's kinda awesome already - with the core being Borys Crossburn, L.B. Steamroller, and D.D. Prowler. After six years, 'Cult of the Empty Grave' is the album that eventually nails it for us. It sounds very natural and dynamic - no overproduction of any sort, and no loudness-wars madness. The songs have a very distinctive trait, at the heart of heavy metal - raw, natural, and arrogant, because that's the only way we know and we are able to. It's regressive metal because we don't care about what is fancy or whatever. Heavey metal is evil, heavy metal is ugly, heavy metal is threatening, and that's the Barbarian way." More...

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"4 Doors To Death" Split Album Announced

Split releases have been part of the DNA of death metal almost from the beginning, but split full-length albums are a rare breed, and have been fewer and farther between after the initial heyday of the genre.

In a conscious throwback to that era, Unspeakable Axe Records is proud to announce the January 22, 2016 release of "4 Doors To Death," featuring young and hungry bands Cemetery Filth (Tennessee/Georgia), Ectovoid (Alabama), Sabbatory (Winnipeg, Canada) and Trenchrot (Philadelphia).

The fearsome foursome have combined forces to produce 10 tracks of ugly and vicious death metal, the way it was originally meant to be played. The CD will feature separate booklets for each band, complete with band pics, lyrics, and distinctive cover artworks.

1. Consumption of Volition [Cemetery Filth]
2. Dagonian Dialect...The Obelisk U [Cemetery Filth]
3. Cosmic Wraiths [Cemetery Filth]
4. Ash Primordial [Ectovoid]
5. Possess by Ancient Dread [Ectovoid]
6. Ascension to my Holy Tomb [Sabbatory]
7. Primordial [Sabbatory]
8. Hell Pilot's Call [TrenchRot]
9. Powerful Kandarian Steel [TrenchRot]
10. Evil Dead [TrenchRot]*

* Death Cover More...

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Despite My Deepest Fear Posts New Video

London metalcore group Despite My Deepest Fear just released a new music video for the "Selfish Generation" single. Check out the clip below, and be on the lookout for the "Selfish Generation" EP due to drop on December 1, 2015.

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Beartooth Frontman Appears On Lead Singer Syndrome

Jabberjaw Media has announced the launch of Shane Told's (Silverstein) brand new podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome. The series is set to feature interviews with prominent front men and women within the music industry in an attempt to peel back the curtain on the lives and thoughts of lead singers.

Today, Lead Singer Syndrome welcomes its debut with Caleb Shomo from the band Beartooth. In this episode, Told sits down with Shomo at Vans Warped Tour where he opens up about his inner demons of depression and suicide at such a young age. Shomo details the dark side of his childhood where he began developing suicidal thoughts, battled severe ADHD, and depression.

Later in to his teen years, he joined Attack Attack where in this episode he dives into the dysfunctional nature of being in the band, dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression, and developing body image issues as he stepped into the lead singer role.

After leaving the band, Shomo went on to form Beartooth where he wrote, "I Have A Problem," which is one of the band's most popular tunes to date. In this track he opens up about depression body image problems. He details the need for a song like this to help fans that are going through similar situations to know that they are not alone. Following shows with Slipknot, Beartooth is currently on tour with Bring Me The Horizon. More...

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Atra Vetosus Announces New EP Release

Atra Vetosus has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new EP early next year:

"2013 saw the release of our debut album 'Voices From The Eternal Night.' Since then we have been working on material for a follow-up full-length release.

"As an interquel between our debut and future full-length we will be releasing a single song, 22 minute EP, ‘Ius Vitae Necisque:' a tale of the power of life and death and one’s becoming with nature. One’s becoming with the forests, the oceans and the skies. One’s vision of eternal resplendence.

"The cover artwork was painted by the very talented Martin Lynch-Smith. This EP is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2016 via Immortal Frost Productions, limited to 500 copies. More details and samples are soon to come." More...

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Wows Streaming New Track Online

Atmospheric doom / post metal outfit Wows today releases the first single from upcoming album "Aion." Check out "Hades" in the player below.

New album “Aion” will be available on CD/DD via Argonauta Records on November 26, 2015. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Alexithymia
2. Chakpori
3. Nemesi
4. Alaska
5. Path of Decay
6. Riwka
7. Hades
8. Abraxas More...

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Reign Eternal Posts "Fighting Blind" Video

U.K. metalcore band Reign Eternal has announced debut EP "Premonitions" is set for release on December 4, 2015.

"Being trapped in a hateful relationship, 'Premonitions' is the voice from some of the lowest points in our lives," says Ryan Simmons, guitarist.

The six track album, produced by Ash Scott features singles like "Bloodwater" and "The Amendment," setting the band apart in Exeter scene. The group also just released latest single, "Fighting Blind," which features Matt Stuart from The Dreamer Within.

Watch Reign Eternal's "Fighting Blind" music video below. The "Premonitions" track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Fighting Blind
3. Bloodwater
4. The Amendment
5. Oxygen
6. Sins Of Epitah More...

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Baroness Streaming "Shock Me" Single

Baroness just shared a second song from upcoming album "Purple," due out December 18, 2015. Check out the single “Shock Me” in the player below.

“Along with the rest of 'Purple,' the song ‘Shock Me’ represents the net result of an arduous reformation/rehabilitation process following the release of 'Yellow & Green' and the bus accident that nearly ended us,” said singer/guitar player John Baizley of the new song.

He goes on to say, “We were unsure three years ago whether we’d be able to be at this point again; and while it hasn’t been a particularly easy road to get back, it is truly thrilling to feel that familiar anxious excitement that comes before we release a new album and to put new music out into the world. We treasure these moments of excitement, as they have taken on a deeper level of significance in recent years.” More...

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Un Streaming "Through The Luminous Dark"

Seattle's Un just unelashed new track "Through the Luminous Dusk," taken from the band's upcoming album "The Tomb of All Things," which will be released via Black Bow Records, the label owned by Conan's Jon Davis.

"The Tomb of All Things" is set to be released on December 5, 2015 and the new track "Through The Luminous Dusk" is available below.

Black Bow Records owner Jon Davis had the following to say: "We are pleased to announce the signing of Seattle black hole creators UN. A darker, more melancholy and heavy band does not exist today and we're pleased that they wish to call Black Bow Records home. Their new release 'The Tomb of All Things' will blow your mind and gives everything that heavy music is lacking today. Effortless devastation." More...

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Metal Blade Posts "6 Bands You Need To Know" Clip

In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new campaign, entitled "6 Bands in 60 Seconds," where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights 6 developing artists from the label's roster.

With plans to select 6 new bands once every three months, the goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The first installment of the series (featuring Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott) can be viewed below.

Brian Slagel comments: "We are super excited about our new artists and wanted to help share these to you guys. We thought about giving you 6 new bands you should know about, so here you have those bands. We will be updating this as time goes on with new bands coming in, so be sure to keep following the Metal Blade '6 Bands You Need To Know'. Let's keep growing the metal scene!" More...

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Arch Enemy Announces Mexican Shows

In January of 2016, Mexico will serve as host to Arch Enemy for three special events. These dates will kick off with the band's first ever appearance in Chihuahua, at the House of Blues.

Night two will see a performance in Monterrey, at Café Iguana, with night three landing at Palacio de los Deportes' Pabellon Oeste. This particular event will boast a setlist of exclusive songs and feature very special guests, Armageddon, which features Michael Amott's brother / ex-Arch Enemy guitar player, Christopher Amott.

On the upcoming performances, Arch Enemy chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott comments: "Very excited to have the opportunity of returning to Mexico for three shows in January 2016! Mexico has been host to some of the craziest and most intense Arch Enemy shows - and this time will be no different I'm sure. This is War Eternal! ¡Que viva México!"

North America will also see Arch Enemy make a special appearance at the 2016 NAMM conference at the Schecter after party. More...

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DragonForce Named ProgPower USA Day 1 Headliner

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that U.K. power metal act DragonForce has been named the headline act for Day 1 of ProgPower USA XVII on Wednesday, September 7, 2015. The band joins previously announced Day 1 acts: Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock's Beard

As for Day 2 (Thursday, September 8, 2016), Pyramaze, Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus were previously announced.

The final headline slot - Glenn Harveston's pick for Day 2 (Thursday, September 7, 2015) - will be revealed on November 30th. Tickets for Days 1/2 will be available on December 4, 2015.

The latest lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock's Beard (USA)
DragonForce (UK)

Thursday (Promoter's Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Slot # 3 - TBA November 30, 2015 (headliner) More...

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Månegarm Streams New Album In Full

This Friday - November 20th - the Swedish viking metal act Månegarm will release the new self-titled release via Napalm Records. However, the band has graciously allowed us to bring you the entire album stream a full four days before it drops.

Fans of the band have long known that the 20 year viking veterans are not afraid of developing the distinctive melodic pagan sound further. With the eighth full length studio release, the band keeps true to the course: expressive and varied from the first note to the last. Once again, Månegarm shows just how much wicked fun powerful music can be.

From folk ballads reminiscent of campfires to wild and forceful black metal interludes, everything the metal sounds of the north are known for is represented here. Fans looking for the soundtrack to life as a seafaring warrior will get just that. Today, you get to hear it all yourself.

The track list is as follows:

1. Blodörn (see lyric video here)
2. Tagen av Daga
3. Odin Owns Ye All (see music video here)
4. Blot
5. Vigverk - Del II
6. Call of the Runes
7. Kraft
8. Bärsärkarna från Svitjod
9. Nattramn
10. Allfader
11. Månljus (Bonus Track)
12. Mother Earth Father Thunder (Bonus Track)

Now witness the entirety of "Månegarm" here: More...

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Primal Fear Premieres "The End Is Near" Video

German power metal act Primal Fear premiered the music video for the new track "The End is Near" via YouTube, which can be seen in the player below. "The End is Near" the first full track revealed from the new album "Rulebreaker," which is set to drop via Frontiers Music srl on January 29, 2016.

"Rulebreaker" combines the strongest Primal Fear elements at the best execution, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. After the massive "Delivering The Black" world tour, Primal Fear started the songwriting in spring 2015 and recorded the new abum at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer/bassist Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe).

In support of Rulebreaker, Primal Fear has just announced a North American Co-Headline Tour with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody! The tour will kick off April 26, 2016 in Hartford, CT and runs through June 1st in Toronto, ON. A complete list of dates can be found this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Angels Of Mercy
2. The End Is Near
3. Bullets & Tears
4. Rulebreaker
5. In Metal We Trust
6. We Walk Without Fear
7. At War With The World
8. The Devil In Me; Constant Heart
9. The Sky Is Burning
10. Raving Mad; Final Call (Bonus Track - deluxe edition only)
11. Don't Say You've Never Been Warned (Bonus Track- deluxe edition only)

Check out the video here: More...

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