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Metal News for November 30, 2017

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Grave Parts Ways With Drummer

Swedish death metal legends Grave has confirmed that they have parted company with drummer Ronnie Bergerstål after ten years with the band. There had been rumours circulating that Bergerstål was no longer a part of the group and subsequently, Grave has issued the following statement:

"To set the record straight.

"There has been circulating rumours about our drummer and why he has not been with us on all shows this year.

"We are unhappy to inform you that we have parted ways with our drummer Ronnie Bergerstål.
After being a part of Grave for more than 10 years he will surely leave a big hole that needs to be filled.

"This is not the place to discuss or speculate about why we have decided to part ways"

"We wish you all the best Ronnie.
"Ola, Tobias & Mika"

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Thrashback Thursday: Toxic Waltz

This week in Thrashback Thursday, we're more than living up to the column's name with a look back at one of America's greatest thrash metal bands and possibly best American metal bands in general; Exodus. Exodus were legends in the Bay Area of California before they even released an album, earning a fierce live reputation thanks not only to the break neck speed of their music but their bombastic lead singer Paul Baloff. In 1983, founding guitarist Kirk Hammett left to replace Dave Mustaine in Metallica and bandmate Gary Holt (also guitarist) took creative control of the group, eventually settling on Rick Hunolt as Hammett's replacement. After their legendary debut album, "Bonded By Blood," they parted ways with Paul Baloff and brought in Steve "Zetro" Souza, formerly of Legacy, now known as Testament.

The prospect of replacing Baloff was a daunting one but Souza proved his worth on the band's sophomore album, "Pleasures of the Flesh," which was not met with much critical or commercial fanfare, but then with "Fabulous Disaster" in 1989, thanks largely to the single, "Toxic Waltz." "Toxic Waltz" sums up not only the appeal of Exodus, but of thrash metal as a whole.

It begins with a slam and a catchy riff, leading into a frenzied assault of sonic madness, yet structured enough to make every part of the track memorable. The lyrics are corny, but fun in the most 80s of ways and delivered perfectly by Souza in his inimitable shriek, accompanied by gang vocals and one of the catchiest chouruses in the history of thrash metal and subsequently, one of its greatest songs. More...

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Lawnmower Deth To Release Christmas Single

British thrash metal favourites Lawnmower Deth has announced that they have teamed up with pop star Kim Wilde to release a new single in time for the holidays, entitled, "F U Kristmas." The song will be released on December 1st through Wildflower Records. While it may sound like a strange partnership, the East Midlands group caught the attention of Wilde when they released a cover of her hit song, "Kids In America" in 1991, which she claimed was her favourite rendition of the track. She also joined Lawnmower Deth on stage at Download festival last year and claims that after that, a collaboration was inevitable.

The project is hoping to reach the coveted Christmas number one spot in the U.K., though bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 25/1 on it happening. Wilde has previously add festive success however, when she worked with comedian Mel Smith on a rendition of "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" in 1987, which reached number three in the singles chart and raised money for the Comic Relief charity.

Wilde stated: "Lawnmower Deth came up with the idea of us collaborating on a Christmas tune and I said yes immediately, feeling our worlds had become inextricably linked."

Lawnmower Deth vocalist Pete Lee claims that the single is "the greatest project we’ve been involved in" and added: "Working on a Christmas single together, some would say it’s the most bizarre juxtaposition since KLF and Extreme Noise Terror at the Brit Awards. I prefer a bunch of loveable chancers married with pure pop royalty." More...

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Malevolent Creation Premiere New Demo Track

An unfinished demo track which will be included on the upcoming 13th album from Malevolent Creation can be streamed via YouTube below. The release will feature the band's current lineup, consisting of founding member and guitarist Phil Fasciana alongside new additions Lee Wollenschlaeger (vocals, guitar), Phil Cancilla (drums) and Josh L. Gibbs (bass).

Fasciana states about the group's latest incarnation: More...

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Supernaughty Debut "Mistress" Videoclip And Single

Italian Heavy Rockers Supernaughty debut their official videoclip of their first single “Mistress” taken from the upcoming album “Vol.1” below.

Born in 2014 and formed by Filippo Del Bimbo, guitar (ex Flora e Fauna, Korkovado, Bantoriak), Alessio Franceschi, drums (ex Lisergica, Cora), Angelo Fagni, voice (ex Gosh, Cora) and Andrea Burroni, bass (ex Moss Garden, Zona Peep; now replaced by Luca Raffoni), Supernaughty band name wants to be a clear tribute, as assonance, to Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut”.

You can expect a massive Heavy Rock with remarkable (early) Grunge and Stoner sonorities, with an exciting taste highly influenced by nineties stuff.

Supernaughty “Volume 1” will be released by Argonauta Records early 2018.

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Necrodancer Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

"Void", the debut album from franco-belgian act Necrodancer, can be streamed in full and downloaded for free below. Formed last year by members and ex-members of Verdun, Daggers and Death Mercedes, the band plays an amalgamation of noise rock, punk, sludge and black metal. This ten-tracks debut release was recorded and mixed last summer in Laval by Amaury Sauvé at The Apiary (Birds In Row, Plebeian Grandstand, Death Engine) then mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Okkultokrati, Nails, Full Of Hell)."Void" is due out February 10th via Throatruiner Records and Lost Pilgrims Records (with US distribution by Deathwish Inc) on vinyl and CD, pre-orders are already available from the labels.

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Malacoda To Release "Ritualis Aeterna"

Canadian horror inspired symphonic power metallers Malacoda have signed a multi-album deal with Rockshots Records. Their latest EP "Ritualis Aeterna", will be re-released and distributed worldwide on January 19, 2018.

Malacoda’s followup to their self-titled debut, the band explores darker and more symphonic territories with Ritualis Aeterna. All songs deal with an aspect of horror in some form, whether it be horror as a timeless form of entertainment, or dealing with horrors in every day life, the short EP touches a wide range of content. Keyboard virtuoso Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze) has joined forces with the band, adding a new potent weapon to the band’s sonic arsenal. “Ritualis Aeterna” is a mix of the band’s existing blend of melody and crunch but with an added dose of dark atmosphere“.

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Threat Signal Post "Aura" Guitar Playthrough Clip

Canadian techincal/melodic/progressive metal act Threat Signal joined forces with Ultimate-Guitar.com to present a guitar playthrough video (made by the band's guitarists Travis Montgomery and Matt Perrin) and a tab download for the song "Aura". The song is taken from the band's new studio album "Disconnect", out now via Agonia Records. The video can be streamed below:

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Nullingroots Reveal New Live Music Video

Prosthetic Records post-black metal group Nullingroots recently released their five track album, Into The Grey. Do not let the number of tracks fool you - Into The Grey is a massive display of spacious sound and introspective discovery. Into The Grey is available online in "grey on grey" splatter vinyl and digipack CD formats.

Today, the band is following up on the release with a new live, in-studio video for their track "Subsistence". Watch it below:

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King Witch To Release "Under The Mountain"

Scotland-based metal/doom rockers King Witch will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records early this February.

Under The Mountain was recorded and produced by guitarist Jamie Gilchrist at their underground studio in their home city of Edinburgh, mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings (Dragged Into Sunlight, Acolyte) in Southport and comes swathed in artwork created by vocalist Laura Donnelly. The record serves as King Witch's follow-up to their debut EP, Shoulders Of Giants, and boasts nine riff-laden tracks offset by the powerful yet bewitching vocals of Donnelly. Influenced by everything from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Mastodon and High On Fire, Under The Mountain is as melodic as it is monolithic, taking its listener on a journey from soulful doom to full-tilt metal mayhem. More...

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Sar Isatum Signs w/ Exalted Woe & Death Portal

Having unleashed their debut album "Shurpu" digitally on November 17th, Denver symphonic black metal trio Sar Isatum announce their signing to both Exalted Woe Records and Death Portal Studio for distribution of the physical CD release of the full length on December 22nd.

Check out now "Shurpu" in its entirety below.


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Exalter Premieres New Song "The Dreaded End"

Bangladesh's thrash metal band, Exalter has surfaced late this year to give us a brand new full length packed with its trademark style of old school thrash. Carrying on in the style that they cemented on their infamous 'Obituary for the Living' release, now completely sold out, they've worked on their structuring some more and give us an equally enjoyable and even more memorable album in 'Persecution Automated'. With its infallible foundation in Teutonic and in parts even early Canadian thrash metal sound, Exalter are poised to become one of the strongest contenders for Asia's burgeoning thrash metal scene.

You can check out another new track called "The Dreaded End" below.

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Corrosive Debut New Video For "Leftovers"

The new Corrosive album is just around the corner! "Lucifer Gave The Faith" will be released on December 8th and will feature 10 songs with a playtime of 45 minutes. As a foretaste, the guys have now released a first track on YouTube called "Leftovers". This comes as a very special "Bathroom" video, which the band spontaneously recorded on September 9th this year at the wedding of their former drummer and which is just too terrific to be unseen.

"Lucifer Gave The Faith" features first-class Death Metal with a dash of melody and brutality. The album was recorded at the Becker Studios in Marburg/Gießen and Andre Skopko is responsible for the mastering. A regular video clip is still in production and will soon be unleashed on mankind.

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Grafvitnir Share New Song "Nidhögg"

Swedish Black Metal band Grafvitnir have announced the December 15 Carnal Records release of new album Keys to the Mysteries Beyond. A promo video for the album's opening track, "Nidhögg," is available below.

The driving force behind the band is, and has always been, Occultism and the never-ending quest for the enigmatic emerald of Lucifer. Just like razor sharp claws of a Werewolf move and twists against whirling moonlit Night Skies, the ice-cold blades of Occultism will tear the illusion of the demiurg's false Creation apart and fiercely widen the cracks and crevices to the ancient kingdom of Beyond. More...

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Scaphism Premiere New Song "Vaults of Pestilence"

Boston's Scaphism looks to kick off 2018 in the most violent way possible with the release of Unutterable Horrors. The band's highly-anticipated new album comes five years after its debut, Festering Human Remains. The time between releases has seen Scaphism grow into one of the most lethal forces on the New England Death Metal scene. Eight-tracks of no-frills, throat-ripping USDM, Unutterable Horrors will be out January 12 on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

Check out album track "Vaults of Pestilence" below.

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Ghastly Sound Premiere New Song "Waves"

Vermont’s Ghastly Sound premiere a new song entitled "Waves", taken from their upcoming new album "The Bottom", which will be out in stores December 15 on Magnetic Eye Records.

Check out now "Waves" below.

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Sons Of Apollo First US Tour Dates Announced

Sons Of Apollo - the supergroup featuring singer Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) on bass, Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) on keyboards and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) - just announced their first batch of tour dates, booking a couple of weeks of shows in February to start.

Says Portnoy: "Ever since this lineup assembled to make Psychotic Symphony, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be onstage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”

Sons of Apollo February 2018 U.S. Tour Dates: More...

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Come Back From the Dead Debut New Song

Spanish death metallers Come Back From the Dead debut the title track of their upcoming new EP "Caro Data Vermibus", which will be released via Transcending Obscurity.

Check out now "Caro Data Vermibus" below.

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The Stone Premiere New Song "Gavranovo"

Serbia’s The Stone premiere a new song entitled "Gavranovo", taken from their upcoming new album "Teatar Apsurda", which will be released on December 9th by Mizantropeon Records.

Check out now "Gavranovo" below.

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Noisem & Blame God Announce Tour

Noisem will be supported by Blame God and Nightfear on a short winter run that will start just before the year comes to an end. In other news Noisem are readying a new album titled "Cease To Exist" for a 2018 release.

Dates for that tour are posted below: More...

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Machine Head Premiere "Now We Die" Live Video

Machine Head share a live video for the song “Now We Die“. The footage was captured at a show the band performed at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA back in 2015. More video footage from that show will be included on a bonus DVD featured with the CD/DVD digipak edition of the band’s new release, “Catharsis“, which is out in stores January 26th.


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TesseracT Back In The Studio Recording New Album

TesseracT are in the midst of recording their new album at 4D Sounds in Milton Keynes, which is run by the band’s own guitarist Alec “Acle” Kahney. The band released the below tease via Twitter:

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Mammoth Grinder Debut "Superior Firepower"

Mammoth Grinder will be touring in February in support of their fourth full-length release, “Cosmic Crypt“. Relapse have that outing scheduled for a January 26th release date with a new song from it, “Superior Firepower“, streaming below.

The retooled outfit now finds Mark Bronzino (Iron Reagan and Ryan Parrish (Iron Reagan, ex-Darkest Hour) appearing alongside frontman Chris Ulsh (Power Trip, etc.). Check all tour dates below: More...

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Protest The Hero Announce 2018 North American Tour

Protest The Hero plan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album “Fortress” with a special 2018 tour. Support acts for the tour will be announced in January with the below dates confirmed:

03/22 Detroit, MI – Shelter
03/23 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/27 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
03/28 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’
03/29 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall More...

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Nile & Terrorizer European Tour Announced

Nile, Terrorizer and Exarsis will be touring Europe together coming February. They will be joined by special guests yet to be announced.

02/06 Bad Oeynhausen, GER – Druckerei
02/07 Essen, GER – Turock
02/08 Tilburg, NET – Poppodium 013
02/09 London, UK – The Dome
02/10 Leiden, NET – Gebr de Nobel
02/11 Arlon, BEL – L’Entrepot A Arlon
02/14 Bilbao, SPA – Sala Santana 27
02/15 Porto, POR – Hard Club
02/16 Lisbon, POR – RCA Club More...

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