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Metal News for November 16, 2017

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Thrashback Thursday: Hang The Pope

Old columns die hard. In this case, they rock hard too. Thrashback Thursday is back again and this week we're taking a look at one of the most beloved (and short) songs from one of the East Coast's favourite names in thrash metal, Nuclear Assault. The song? "Hang The Pope."

Nuclear Assault may not have hit the commercial highs of some of their peers such as Anthrax or Megadeth, but when discussing classic thrash metal, Nuclear Assault always get brought up very quickly. With good reason too. They were one of the more aggressive sounding bands in a sub-genre which wasn't exactly known for being soft, taking the sounds of the New York hardcore scene and blending them with thrash metal, before the term "crossover" was invented. They released their first album, "Game Over" in 1986 and the record is still considered a must have for any thrash fan today. Over the course of their career, they released five more studio albums, five EPs, two live albums, three home videos/DVDs and toured the world numerous times.

It's from the beginning that we'll be looking at today though, with one of the most controversial songs in thrash metal (that wasn't written by Slayer,) entitled, "Hang The Pope," from the "Game Over" album. The song begins with a Discharge inspired bass line which opens the track in the most ferocious of ways. It's soon followed by an onslaught of noise, which was almost certainly an influence on the tiny grindcore scene at the time, then the rapid fire verse of "Hang the pope, hang the pope, hang the pope, hang the pope, hang him with a fucking rope." Somehow, the song still manages to have a catchy chourus without slowing down for an instant, as the sing along refrain goes, "Let's go to the Vatican, get him out of bed. Put the noose around his neck and hang him till he's dead." As if this wasn't enough, this is all repeated and in a song which is only forty six seconds long. Wasn't thrash a wonderful invention? More...

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Freedom Call
In Extremo
Internal Bleeding
Metal Church
October Tide
Primal Fear
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun

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Singer Eddie Hermida Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Suicide Silence/All Shall Perish frontman Hernan "Eddie" Hermida is among the latest artists to face allegations of sexual misconduct. This time, a girl, Verena Celis, has come forward to accuse Hermida of "emotionally and sexually manipulating" her while she was 17 and he was 32. She alleges that the Suicide Silence singer initiated the sending of nude photographs to each other. She alleges that Hermida had thought she had turned 18 at the time. She also goes on to provide various logs of her interactions with the musician on her Twitter account.

Furthermore, Celis claims that other girls have reached out to her citing similar behaviour by Eddie Hermida, who does not yet appear to have publicly responded to the allegations. Some of the tweets Verena Celis shared in her public accusation can be found below:


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Phinehas Debuts New Song "Break The Earth"

Phinehas debuts a new track by the name of “Break The Earth“. It’s from their upcoming new album, “Dark Flag“, out tomorrow November 17th through Solid State Records.

Check out now "Break The Earth" below.

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The Grotesquery Sign w/ Xtreem Music

The Grotesquery, the band headed by swedish mastermind Rogga Johansson and vocalist Kam Lee, have just signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their 4th album "The Lupine Anathema". Formed back in 2009, The Grotesquery have been spreading their awesome Death Metal with their first three albums, all released through Cyclone Empire, and gaining a loyal fanbase around the world. More...

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Hyborian Sign w/ Season of Mist

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Hyborian. The American stoner metal shooting stars will release their next album through the label.

Hyborian comment: "We are beyond excited to be signing with Season of Mist as they are home to some of our favorite bands of all time. We feel incredibly proud to be able to work with a label that has been so very crucial to creating the landscape of modern heavy music. We are looking forward to bring HYBORIAN to a larger audience in cooperation with Season of Mist!"

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Operation: Mindcrime Release New Lyric Video

Frontiers Music Srl is set to release Operation: Mindcrime's "The New Reality" on December 1, 2017. Today, a second single has been released from the album with an accompanying lyric video. Watch the lyric video for "Under Control" below:

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Bloodshot Dawn UK/Ireland Tour Announced

Earlier this year Bloodshot Dawn had entered the studio to begin work on their third full length album, entitled Renanimation; an album that also features prominent guests including Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Paul Wardingham, Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless), Mendel Bij De Leij (Aborted).

Since their acclaimed self-titled and second album Demons, there has been shifts in the bands ranks making way for new members, Canadian shredder Morgan Reid, drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos) and bass player Giacomo Gastaldi. Frontman and last founding member Josh McMorran reflects on the losing all members from the Demons line up as a huge shock to the system, “I had to take sometime to think about how to move forward with the bands sound and honestly thinking wasn’t what was needed. When Morgan joined the band he worked tirelessly on riffs and ideas for songs which I sculptured into my design and feel for how I thought the album should flow. We met up over a two week period and turned hundreds of ideas into ten tracks very naturally. The general feeling is that we now for the first time have a solid direction and process, we work as a unit instead of separate solo efforts within the band.” More...

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Burial Chamber Unleashing New Full-Album Stream

It's a rare pleasure to come across some surprisingly solid and powerful new brutal death metal bands and Burial Chamber are one among them. If you're into death metal and Suffocation, you can't miss out on this new band from Australia. Stream their songs on Bandcamp below:

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Sect Debut New Track "Stripes"

Sect shares the caustic, riotous "Stripes" below. The track is taken from their second album, No Cure For Death, due out through Southern Lord next Friday, November 24th. Fueled by socio-political vitriol, for Sect, the purpose of hardcore as they know it is to convey an urgency that transcends age, credentials or scene politics, to convert desperation into real talk and action.

Stream Sect's "Stripes" below.


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The Faceless Announce Mini-U.S. Tour

The Faceless will be unleashing its long-awaited new outing "In Becoming A Ghost" on December 1, 2017 and has now announced a mini-US tour in support of it. The trek starts on pretty short notice and was originally announced to have support from Inanimate Existence, but The Faceless has since booted them due to "actions we simply cannot stand for."

Meanwhile we have obtained the following screenshot of a post from Michael Keene’s personal Facebook page. The post appears to have since been removed, but you can read it below. According to Keene the alleged incident involved a female: More...

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Malefic Levitation Premiere "The Black Wind"

Fresno, California based black/death outfit Malefic Levitation premiere a new song titled "The Black Wind", taken from their upcoming new album "The Ancient Plague", which will be out in stores November 24 via Sentient Ruin. The album will be released digitally and on cassette.

Check out now "The Black Wind" below.

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Degial Debut New Song "Crown of Fire"

Swedish blackened death metal band Degial debut a new song entitled "Crown of Fire", taken from their upcoming new album "Predator Reign", which will be out in stores via Sepulchral Voice Records on November 24th.

Check out now "Crown of Fire" below.

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Exhorder: Reunion & Live Dates Announced

Legendary NOLA thrash metal outfit Exhorder officially announced that they have reunited. Previously, the band have not been active since Maryland Deathfest in 2011, one of their only live dates following the death of longtime bassist Frankie Sparcello.

Original members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) return with the lineup being rounded out by Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass duties, Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums and Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Phil Anselmo & The Illegals) as second guitarist.

Exhorder will perform live at Saint Vitus on February 9 and 10 and in New Orleans on February 12.

In a statement, LaBella says: More...

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Perdition Winds Debut "Saints of the Deathfield"

Finnish black metal band Perdition Winds premiere a new song entitled "Saints of the Deathfields", taken from their upcoming new album "Transcendent Emptiness", which will be released on December 8th by Hellthrasher on CD, LP, and digital formats. "Transcendent Emptiness" was mixed and mastered by Henri Sorvali (Moonsorrow) at Trollhouse Audio.

Check out now "Saints of the Deathfields" below.

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Black Sabbath’s "The End" To Be Released On Friday

Official live footage of Black Sabbath‘s final live performance of “War Pigs” can be streamed below. The footage was recorded during the band’s farewell live show in their hometown of Birmingham, England this past February. The pro-shot live footage will be receive a release as "The End" this Friday, November 17th.

Check out now "War Pigs" below.

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Cult Of Luna Streaming Live DVD “Years In A Day”

Cult Of Luna‘s live DVD "Years In A Day" is now available to stream below for free via YouTube. The set was released in stores this past April.

Check it out below.

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American Nightmare Releasing New Album In February

American Nightmare will have a new release out in February through Rise Records. The band’s bassist Josh Holden confirms the news below alongside a teaser for it. The album will mark the band’s first full-length album since 2003.

We made a new record. It will be out in February. @weareamericannightmare

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Josh Holden (@labouroflust) am

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Linkin Park New Live Album Announced

Linkin Park announces the upcoming December 15th release of “One More Light Live“, which will feature 16 songs recorded live on the band’s 2017 touring in support of their latest outing, “One More Light“. The track listing for the album can be found below:

01 – “Talking To Myself”
02 – “Burn It Down”
03 – “Battle Symphony”
04 – “New Divide”
05 – “Invisible”
06 – “Nobody Can Save Me”
07 – “One More Light”
08 – “Crawling”
09 – “Leave Out All The Rest”
10 – “Good Goodbye” (feat. Stormzy)
11 – “What I’ve Done”
12 – “In The End”
13 – “Sharp Edges”
14 – “Numb”
15 – “Heavy”
16 – “Bleed It Out”

The set is dedicated to their late frontman Chester Bennington, who took his own life this past July. Comments the band of the upcoming release: More...

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Entheos Bassist Evan Brewer To Miss Live Dates

Entheos bassist Evan Brewer is sitting out the band’s immediate live dates due to the impending birth of his child. The outfit will continue playing as a trio for the interim. They comment:

"As some of you may already know, Evan and his wife are having a baby! She is due any day now so Evan will have to return home tomorrow morning. In the meantime we will still continue the tour as a three piece and we will keep you posted as to when Evan will be able to return. We really appreciate all the incoming love and support you guys are showing us for our new album! See you soon everyone!"

The band are currently out with Whitechapel and more on this North American tour: More...

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