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Metal News for December 21, 2017

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18 news articles posted on this day.

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Thrashback Thursday: Sugardaddy

Last week, we took a look at grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and their song, "Suffer The Children" from the "Harmony Corrupted" album. The record was their first with vocalist Barney Greenway (with whom you can see an exclusive video interview here,) and was more widely available in North America than their previous two albums, with many grindcore fans and favourites there citing it as heavily influential on the American grindcore scene. This week, we're going to stick with the genre and look at perhaps the most revered name from the other side of the Atlantic; Brutal Truth.

Brutal Truth was one of approximately 18 billion bands that Danny Lilker was a member of, forming the group after his departure from Nuclear Assault, (themselves covered in this column a few weeks ago.) They released their superb debut album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses" in September 1992 through Earache Records, which was home to a number of grindcore favourites and associates, including Napalm Death, Carcass and Godflesh. It was followed eighteen months later by another awesome release, "Need To Control," after which they left Earache and signed with Relapse Records, widely considered to be Earache's American equivalent. With their new label, they released the somewhat experimental mini album, "Kill Trend Suicide" and another excellent full length, "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" in 1996 and 1997, before deciding to call it a day, signing off with the double disc live and rarities album, "Goodbye Cruel World."

In 2006, Dan Lilker, Kevin Sharp and Richard Hoak, three quarters of the final lineup, along with new guitarist Erik Burke, reformed the band and contributed new music to the "This Comp Kills Fascists" compilation album. Fans were eager to hear a new full length from Brutal Truth however, which finally arrived in April 2009, under the title, "Evolution Through Revolution." The introduction to the album came in the form of the song, "Sugardaddy." It was a remarkable return, showcasing all the talent and trademark sound that made Brutal Truth one of the most recognisable names in grindcore.

The video threw fans a little at first, with its silent movie style showing the group turning up at the studio to play a song and the members ribbing each other, before a memorable riff peaks in, allowing Sharp's gruff scream to be unleashed, along with all the noise and fury of extreme music. It's riff laden, blastbeat filled and led by the iconic barking vocals of Kevin Sharp. It even features a groovy kind of bridge, before naturally returning to the explosive sound of before. The video even throws in the six second track, "Branded" as a bonus. It was a great return from a band that fans of extreme music had been missing and since Lilker's retirement in 2014, we miss again. More...

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Malformity: 7-inch Single Coming In Early 2018

Atlanta death metal purists Malformity have joined forces with Boris Records for the January release of "The Rapturous Unraveling". The 7-inch vinyl delivers a lethal dose of violent old-school death metal that digs deep into the roots of extreme metal.

Those who witnessed the band's recent return from a decades-long slumber (ushered in by the Lectures on the Apocalypse EP) can attest to the fact that Malformity is as real and relentless as they come.

Boris Records will unleash "The Rapturous Unraveling" on January 13.

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Fleshworks Sign w/ Apostasy Records

The meat grinding machine Fleshworks was founded in 2008 to create hard-line death metal without flourish, but in consideration of modern standards of the metal-processing industry. Besides their great debut “The Deadventure”, it was the live presentation of the band, which impressed audiences the most.

They left, quite literally, scorched earth as they shared the stage with Krisiun, Vader, Disbelief, Exhumed or Cephalic Carnage. After a longer break, the Fleshworks are relaunched. With the assistance of its new fuel named Apostasy Records, the five-piece destruction command will present its next product in short.

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Naat Debut New Video For "Baltoro"

Italian post-metallers Naat premiere their new video-clip for the song "Baltoro", taken from their critically acclaimed self titled album. Check out the new video below:

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Visions Of Atlantis Streaming Album Preview

Symphonic metal outfit Visions Of Atlantis once more set sail to oceanic myths and the eternal dream of the sunken continent: Titled 'The Deep & The Dark' and set for a release on February 16th 2018 on Napalm Records, with their upcoming seventh studio album Visions Of Atlantis showcase all musical facettes of the genre with a classic symphonic metal album! Even label mate Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot describes this new record as "a game changer for the band. Very impressive!"

As an exciting Christmas gift and to shorten your wait for the band's new album, Visions Of Atlantis now offer a first appetizer and just unveiled a sneak preview of 'The Deep & The Dark' streaming below:

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Vexes Debut New Song "Plasticine"

Vexes - featuring ex-A Life Once Lost guitarist Robert Carpenter playing bass - debut a new song entitled "Plasticine", taken from their upcoming new album "Ancient Geometry", which will be released on February 23, 2018.

Check out now "Plasticine" below.

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Narrow Vision Share Full-Album Stream Of New EP

New Jersey’s very own Narrow Vision premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new EP "Failsafe", which released December 13, 2017 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Failsafe" in its entirety below.

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Just For Fun

Sock Puppet Parody Returns With New Song

The people behind Sock Puppet Parody have returned with this year’s Immortal Christmas' rendition called “The Banishin", which is a parody of Dimmu Borgir’s “The Serpentine Offering”. The clip features of Philip H. Anselmo's (Pantera, Down, Superjoint, Scour) voice as Krampus after the band fails to catch Santa’s attention.

Check it out below:

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Wake Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

Canadian grinders Wake debut the title track of their upcoming third album "Misery Rites", which will be out in stores February 23rd, 2018 via Translation Loss Records.

Check out now "Misery Rites" below.

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Left Cross Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Richmond, Virginia's death metal outfit Left Cross premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Chaos Ascension", which will be available December 2017 through Vinyl Conflict.

Check out now "Chaos Ascension" in its entirety below.

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Colosso Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

Portuguese death metal band Colosso premiere the title track of their upcoming new album "Rebirth", which will be released digitally through Bandcamp, with a limited-edition tape released by Escaravelho Records (60 copies, half in red and half in black) and a CD release via Lusitanian Music.

Check out now "Rebirth" below.

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Xael Debut New Video "Apathy of the Immortal"

North Carolina's Xael debut a new song and video titled "Apathy of the Immortal", taken from their upcoming debut album "The Last Arbiter", which will be released next year by Test Your Metal Records.

Check out now "Apathy of the Immortal" below.

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Perpetratör Premiere New Song "Altar Of The Skull"

Portuguese thrashers in Perpetratör premiere a new song entitled "Altar Of The Skull", taken from their upcoming new album "Altered Beast", which will be released by Caverna Abismal Records on January 31.

Check out now "Altar Of The Skull" below.

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Baptists Finishing Up New Album

Baptists have announced “Beacon Of Faith” to be the title to their upcoming new album which was just recently mastered by Audiosiege. The band recorded 13 songs at God City Studio in Salem, MA with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou behind the boards. A release sometime in the new year through Southern Lord is being planned.

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Arch Enemy To Release Vinyl Box Set

Arch Enemy announce the upcoming February 16th release of a deluxe vinyl box set titled “Arch Enemy 1996 – 2017“. The set features thegroup's ten studio albums on vinyl as well as a bonus 2xLP sporting covers recorded during the time period referenced by the box set’s title. All of the included albums have been remastered for vinyl. Pressing options include:

Black vinyl – limited to 1.500 copies
Clear vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at CMDistro
Transparent red vinyl – limited to 200 copies, only available at EMP
Silver vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at Nuclear Blast
Dark green vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at ST Records
Picture vinyl – limited to 500 copies
Though the song order has yet to be specified, the following covers will appear on the bonus 2xLP: More...

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Gwar Australian Tour Announced

Gwar will be touring Australia in April, 2018 with dates to run as follows:

04/24 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill
04/26 Sydney, AUS – Metro
04/27 Melbourne, AUS – 170 Russell
04/29 Adelaide, AUS – HQ

Comments Gwar’s vocalist Blothar of the coming trek: More...

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P.O.D., Islander & Ded Announce Tour

P.O.D. and Ded will branch away on a tour of their own towards the end of their 2018 run with In This Moment and New Years Day. Islander will appear as direct support to P.O.D. on that trek.

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Drummer Abruscato Apparently Exits Life Of Agony

It looks like drummer Sal Abruscato has parted ways with Life Of Agony. A statement shared via Facebook reads as follows:

“Sometimes you just have to let go and say goodbye to old friends, the past and its ghosts. Move forward, grow up, grab that life preserver and jump off the ship. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife that love me and that’s what is important.”

An official statement on his exit has yet to be released.

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