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Metal News for November 20, 2016

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Vader Builds An "Empire" In London

Death metal is perhaps the most expansive of metal's many sub-genres. It ranges from the extremely brutal to the hauntingly melodic and often displays amazing technical ability from the musicians involved. A night full of death metal may seem a bit much for some people, but for devoted death heads, it might seem like paradise. So it was that when Vader embarked on their first headlining tour in support of their new album, "The Empire," they brought no less than four bands with them, all of which performing death metal in one form or another.

Having not seen enough of the first two bands to really comment, it's fair to start the review by discussing Canadian quintet, Threat Signal. Unfortunately, not being familiar with the group or able to find a setlist, I can't name any of the songs they performed, but every single one of them was played with a sincere energy. The group carry themselves very well, unafraid and confident about supporting two death metal legends but respectful enough not to be cocky about their clear talents. The crowd were visibly impressed too, with newcomers and doubters being won over just as much as their fans enjoyed their set. While not everyone enjoys the studio output from Threat Signal, they're a sight to behold live and a band which must be watched at least once. More...

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Sunday Old School: Superjoint Ritual

Some musicians seemingly can't stay still for a minute. Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury for example, has also been involved with such bands as Meathook Seed, Blood From The Soul, Venemous Concept and Brujeria amongst others, while Mike Patton, famous for his vocal duties for Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, has also taken part in projects such as, Fantômas Peeping Tom and Tomahawk, in addition to a lengthy list of other groups. Another of these musicians, is former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, known also for his work with Down, Viking Crown, Christ Inversion and today's featured band, Superjoint.

Superjoint was formed under the name Superjoint Ritual in 1993 by Anselmo, along with Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower with the trio soon to be joined by Hank Williams III. The quartet were mostly influenced by hardcore punk such as Black Flag and Minor Threat, though a trace of black metal can also be heard in their sound too, with the band taking particular inspiration from Venom and Darkthrone, with the latter providing the name Superjoint Ritual via a line in their song, "The Pagan Winter." More...

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Profanity Signs With Apostasy

German group Profanity has inked a deal with Apostasy Records to release a new album next year. The label comments:

"Since 1993, the underground has been shaking under the sounds of Profanity. The German tech death three-piece set a heavy mark albums 'Shadows To Fall' (1997) and 'Slaughtering Thoughts' (2000) as well as a tour in support of Cryptopsy in 2002 and an appearance at the Maryland Death Fest 2004 alongside Misery Index and Exhumed.

"After some years of silence, the band is ready to be back with a vengeance. Currently they are working hard on the full-length follow-up to 'Hatred Hell Within' (2014) with producer Christoph Brandes in his Iguana Studios (Spheron, Imperium Dekadenz, Necrophagist o.a.) which will be released via Apostasy Records in 2017. Stay tuned for further details!" More...

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OvO Posts "Eternal Freak"

Another anthem of bare-bones industrial/noise-rock occultism, "Eternal Freak" comes online today and appears on the Italian duo OvO's ninth album, "Creatura," coming December 9th via Dio Drone Records. Check it out below or over at TheQuietus.com here.

"Creatura" was recorded by Lorenzo Stecconi (Zu, Ufomammut) at a theater company's warehouse in Ravenna, Italy; it was mixed by Giulio Favero, and mastered by Giovanni Versari (Muse).

Over its 16-year career, OvO has played a total of almost 1,000 shows across the world, with bands like Godflesh, Thrones, and Nadja. OvO will be touring throughout 2017, with full details still to come. More...

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Iron Reagan Streaming "A Dying World"

In the wake of one of the most controversial presidential elections in American history, crossover punks Iron Reagan just premiered incredibly topical album opener “A Dying World.” Musically, the song features the band’s trademark frantic punk/metal fury while lyrically, it touches on the worldwide demise of mankind as we know it.

“A Dying World” appears on Iron Regan’s forthcoming record "Crossover Ministry," which is due out February 3rd from Relapse Records. This album, the band’s third, was recorded by Iron Regan guitarist Phil “Landphil” Hall and mixed by Kurt Ballou.

In its 18 tracks, the impending "Crossover Ministry" features 30 minutes of relentlessly catchy riffs, mosh-ready grooves and astutely relevant lyrics.

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Dream Theater Announces "Images & Words" Tour

Dream Theater embarks soon on a monumental European headline tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary Of milestone album, "Images & Words."

Each performance will include an unparalleled live set of "Images & Words" in its entirety, along with fan favorites from the back catalog.

Advance tickets and VIP packages, which include a meet and greet, photo with the band, and other exclusive merchandise go on sale today, Thursday, November 17th at 10am local time.

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Eric Lambert Appears On "Unleash Your Creativity"

Guitarist Eric Lambert (blessthefall) recently sat down with Joey Sturgis's "Unleash Your Creativity" to discuss the importance for artists to understand the production process in order to retain greater creative control over their music.

Eric loves plugins, which allow musicians with minimal engineering knowledge to plug right in, get great tone, and write the music they want to write. Lambert comments:

"I think it's important that musicians understand what's going on behind the scenes. I feel like a lot of bands feel pressured by producers in the past, that they are God, and they can do whatever they want to do to your music because you don't know how to do it...having something that you can record your own music on and have control of your creativity...it opens so many doors, you can write without anyone hearing it...it's your idea and you can try that idea." More...

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Poured Out Premieres New Music Video

Poured Out premieres a new music video for "Humankind Suicide", taken from the band's latest album "To The Point Of Death", which was released on October 21st, 2016 via Facedown Records.

Check out now "Humankind Suicide" below.

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