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Metal News for April 11, 2014

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Potential Threat SF Streaming Video

Bay Area thrashers Potential Threat SF have released the official music video for the song "Destroy and Dominate." The song comes off the band's 2013 release "Civilization Under Threat," out now on Old School Metal Records. Check out the video for "Destroy and Dominate" below.

The video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat. Support crew included Mike Collins and Crow Beerling, as well as lighting provided by Alan Williams and Scotti Holden. It was filmed at Soundwave Studios in Oakland, courtesy of Alan Lucchesi.

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Whispering Woods Recording New Album

Symphonic gothic metallers Whispering Woods have announced a new milestone in their career - the start of studio recording sessions for their upcoming second album scheduled for an early 2015 release on Loud Rage Music.

The band’s leader and founding member Doru Cailean started recording guitars for the new album, an ambitious project meant to bring the band to a new, higher level. More studio updates will follow soon.

Whispering Woods will stay busy in the meantime, playing at the 1 Mai Rock Festival in Sibiu, Romania on the third of May. The festival will run from May 1st through the 4th and feature at least twenty other acts. For updates, go to the facebook event page.

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Enthrallment Posts Lyric Video

Bulgarian death metal vets Enthrallment have released a lyric video for the song "Tool of Suicide" off the band's recently released "The Voice of Human Perversity." The video is now playing below.

Last month, the folks at PureGrainAudio.com posted a free download of "Tool of Suicide." The MP3 is still available free of charge at this location.

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Ferium Streaming All Of "Reflections"

Israeli metallers Ferium unleashed their debut album Reflections this week via Transcend Music. Previously, we brought you four songs from the release, and now the album is streaming in full exclusively on MetalMouth.net. Check it out at this location. The band has also released a narrated video telling the album's story, which is playing below. Ferium commented upon this unique way of storytelling:

"We felt like this lyric video story would be the perfect alternative interpretation to our debut 'Reflections,' because it sets as the mood perfectly for the whole approach that the album takes lyrically and musically. To absorb the full essence of this album, we believe that if you listen to the story and right after to 'Reflections' itself, the maximum impact of the life-story the protagonist has gone through will be crystal clear."

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Invertia Streaming New Album

Industrialized black metallers Invertia just released their sophomore album "Another Scheme of the Wicked" on Ohm Resistance Records. To mark the occasion, New Noise Magazine is offering fans a chance to preview the release in its entirety in advance of its release.

To listen to this exclusive entire stream of "Another Scheme of the Wicked," visit this location. You may also stream one track from the album, "Hourglass without Sand," in the player below.

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Exciter Reunites With Original Line-Up

After a series of cryptic announcements via Facebook, the Canadian old school metal pioneers in Exciter have made the announcement that the original trio of John Ricci, Dan Beehler and Allan Johnson will be reuniting and playing their first confirmed gig at the Keep It True Festival on April 24th of 2015. The classic line-up plans to record new material as the first order of business this year.

This announcement comes after a string of conflicting posts made on the Exciter page in the past six weeks. Originally, a status update was posted on Feb. 24th stating that John Ricci was retiring from the band. Ricci vehemently countered that he only wanted to step away to regroup from some unpleasant personnel dealings in the band.

Then on April 4th, a status update appeared saying that bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen had been dispatched from the group. Vocalist Kenny 'Motor Mouth' Winter then posted on April 7th about a hiatus he was going to take to work on another project, followed by a post from John Ricci about 'big news' being on the horizon shortly.

Here is the official announcement from John Ricci himself, posted on Exciter's Long Live the Loud page. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 11

After last week's April Fools shenanigans, now it's back to business for the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast. Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) kick things off with detailed reviews of two new releases.

Early this month, Italy's Lacuna Coil released seventh studio album "Broken Crown Halo," which Mike considers a fantastic followup to "Dark Adrenaline" [2012, reviewed here] and the popular gothic metal group's best effort since "Comalies." [2002] Check out his reasons.

In turn, Kevin tackles the debut self-titled EP from eclectic progressive act Lesser Key, featuring founding Tool bassist Paul D'Amour. While he's enjoyed it thoroughly, he does have some reservations.

Lastly, your co-hosts address the recently announced bill for the annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. While not exactly enthralled, they both make an effort to sort out the diamonds in the rough and find some good to celebrate. It's best to approach these things with an open mind.

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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He Whose Ox Is Gored Gearing Up For Live Shows

Tuned down and turned up, He Whose Ox Is Gored has been blasting through the underground of Seattle since 2009.

Combining technical guitar work and atmospheric synth over a pummeling rhythm section, the band creates a cinematic soundscape that paints a world ready to thrash and burn. With the "Nightshade" EP, an upcoming full-length, and a busy tour schedule this year, the Ox's dynamic doom is poised to take over. Catch the band live:

4/24 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Drunk Dad, Diesto, Haunted Horses
4/25 Chico, CA @ Mostro's Pizza w/ Cold Blue Mountain, Shadow Limb
4/26 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern MATINEE SHOW w/ Cold Blue Mountain
4/27 Oakland, CA @ Eli's Mile High Club MATINEE SHOW w/ Cold Blue Mountain, Hellbeard
4/30 Pomona, CA @ TBA
5/1 San Diego, CA @ Ken Club w/ Gloomsday
5/2 LA, CA @ TBA
5/3 Fresno, CA @ Cafe Infoshop w/ Bloodmoon, Inside the Sun
5/4 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Haunted Horses, Grill Cloth, So Stressed
5/5 Portland, OR @ Herbstomp w/ Rolling Through the Universe, Order of the Gash More...

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Black Label Society Announces Tour Dates

Black Label Society is extremely excited to bring sonic brutality to Latin America from August 8th through August 20th.

See below for a list of all tour dates. Tickets are on-sale now and for all additional information stay tuned to the band's Facebook profile here.

The band's new album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is out now, and you can check out the a music video for "My Dying Time" at this location. More...

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Reformers Posts New Lyric Video

Reformers has premiered the song "Abomination" from the upcoming album "Abolish" via the Mediaskare Records YouTube channel. Check it out below.

The band's debut album "Abolish" is set to hit stores April 29th on Mediaskare Records. Pre-order packages are available now at this location.

"Abolish" was self-recorded with additional vocal production from Jeremy Reeves of production group The Stereotypes and mixed by Kyle Black (Comeback Kid). The album also features guest appearances from members of Winds of Plague, Impending Doom, and The Great Commission.

The band will be hitting the road alongside Murder Death Kill and Leaders on the Heavy Hitters 2014 Tour in May, confirmed dates are as follows:

5/2 Walnut Creek, CA - Red House Studios
5/3 Silverado, CA - Wild Wild Fest
5/4 Bakersfield, CA - Jerry’s Pizza
5/7 Phoenix, AZ - The Underground
5/8 Amarillo, TX - Wreck Room
5/9 Laredo, TX - The Dugout
5/10 San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
5/11 Ft. Worth, TX - Tom Cats West
5/12 Austin, TX - The Dirty Dog
5/13 Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
5/14 St. Louis, MO - The Mad Magician
5/15 Steger, IL - AHITW
5/16 Cedar Rapids, IA - The Yacht Club
5/17 Caper, WY - Black Gold Grill
5/18 Denver, CO - The Trailside
5/19 Las Vegas, NV - Southern NV SC More...

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Malpractice Signs Record Deal

As the label continues to investigate the progressive realms of the heavy metal universe, New Jersey-based Sensory Records confirms that Finnish quintet Malpractice has become the newest addition in the roster. Sensory issued the following statement:

"Formed in 1994 in Kouvola, Finland by guitarist Joonas Koto, Malpractice tarted out as a thrash act. Following the release of self-financed debut MCD, Memorial, in 1996, the band cast aside their most aggressive influences and opted to explore a more progressive direction, which was apparent on their second MCD, Frozen, released later the same year. Without a deal in place, Malpractice recorded an album's worth of material in March 1998, which became their first full length album, Of Shape And Balance, released via Mastervox Records in September of that year.

"Following a brief hiatus, and reactivation in 2004, Malpractice signed with Spinefarm/Universal. This also began the band's cooperation and friendship with producer/engineer, Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Norther, etc.), with the recording of their second full-length, Deviation From The Flow, and into the 2008 release of their third album, Triangular, which not only expanded their forward-thinking style, also reinvigorated some of their early thrash elements.

"In 2010 the band self-produced their own outstanding demo, which eventually became their fourth album, Turning Tides. As their contract with Spinefarm was expired, the band sought new pastures, and given the more melodic and progressive nature of their style, found solace in Laser's Edge offshoot, Sensory Records, who is now preparing Turning Tides for proper worldwide release this Summer.

"Turning Tides represents Malpractice at their absolute best, combing intricate progressive metal with catchy melodies topped with excellent musicianship and brilliant vocal harmonies, and a must-hear for fans of Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Megadeth."

Final release details on the "Turning Tides" album will be released in the near future.

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Die Choking Working On New EP

Philadelphia's brutalizing manic grind/thrash trio Die Choking will raid the opening slot of the Decibel Magazine Tour as it rolls into the band's hometown tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, joining the touring lineup which includes Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and headliners Carcass.

Die Choking will also appear in Pittsburgh on April 24th with label mates Enabler. More shows are currently being planned in preparation for the band's second EP, recorded earlier this month once again with Dan O'Hare, which is coming together for release this Summer.

Featuring Paul J Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction) on bass/vocals, Joshua T. Cohen (Cop Problem) on drums, and Jeffrey V. Daniels (Burden) on guitar, the self-titled debut 7" release from Die Chokin is out now via The Compound. Give it a listen below.

4/12/2014 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA w/ Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem
4/24/2014 The Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Enabler, Black Mask, Meth Quarry, Rabid Pigs More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Announces Japanese Shows

Japan, rejoice: a global death metal attack is headed east as Costa Rica's finest metal exports in Sight Of Emptiness join forces with Canadian technical death masters Gorguts, Brazilian kings of violence Krisiun, and U.K. outfit Bloodshot Dawn this November!

Sight Of Emptiness will be touring in support of latest album, "Instincts," which is out now and supported by lead single "Essence" (featuring Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe). A video for the track can be viewed below.

Nov 6 - Osaka @ Nanba Rockets
Nov 7 - Nagoya @ Imaike Club3star
Nov 8 - Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone More...

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Pryapisme Working On New Album

The crazy experimental metallers in Pryapisme just posted the following update announcing they are currently working on a new album.

"The band has started to compose some brand new tracks. Yes, a new album is on his way, under the supervision of a master cat! Composition is almost complete, recordings sessions will begin soon. We will invite a few guests too. Like our others albums, the mixing process will propably need a lot of time, and for this one we are more than ever decided to crash the CPU ! More infos to come..."

Pryapisme's latest album, "Hyperblast Super Collider," was released on April 1st, 2013, via Apathia Records. Pryapisme will embark on a tour with the support of Hardcore Anal Hydrogen at the end of May. Dates are as follows: More...

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ACxDC Finishes Work On Album

LA's Satanic powerviolence torchbearers in ACxDC have completed work on their self-titled debut LP, "Antichrist Demoncore."

The album, recorded by Nails drummer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, High on Fire), comes out June 24th on Melotov Records. It is ACxDC's first full-length, finally delivered eleven years after forming.

Decibel Magazine has posted a studio report from ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano, which can be seen at this location. The new album's track list is as follows:

1) Destroy Create
2) Misled
3) Paid In Full
4) Vegangelical
5) Holmes
6) Overstimulated
7) Cheap Punks
8) Hipler Youth
9) Savior Complexxx
10) Endless Failure
11) Blood
12) Dead Cops
13) Keep Sweet
14) Lifeless
15) Filicide
16) Give Up

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Oli Beaudoin To Stay Kataklysm's Permanent Drummer

Montreal's Kataklysm has made the following statement online via the band's Facebook page:

"We are here today to announce that Oli Beaudoin will remain behind the throne as the drummer for Kataklysm on the next album and future tours. Max [Duhamel, longtime drummer] has informed that he cannot continue or return to the ranks at this time due to physical health issues.

"KATAKLYSM welcomes Oli on board as we forge on. Max remains our brother and will always be a part of KATAKLYSM. Those who saw him in Montreal playing the ‘Road To Devastation’ with us at the end of the show, saw that even with severe pain the boy still has the chops to perform. We wish him well and know our paths will cross again." More...

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Psychostick Announces 'Merica Fuck Yeah Tour

The comedy rock never stops for Psychostick as the humorcore masters gear up for their next rage across the U.S. with "The 'Merica F*ck Yeah" tour, kicking off in Amityville, NY on May 29th and wrapping up in St. Louis, MO on June 27th.

The band will be joined by Dog Fashion Disco and The Bunny The Bear. Psychostick guitarist Josh “The J” Key comments:

"It's an honor to be touring with the legendary Dog Fashion Disco. Add The Bunny The Bear to the mix, and it's going to be a ridiculously fun show, you won't want to miss this unless your legs have been chopped off. No, I take that back: legs chopped is no excuse... be there! As for me personally, it's also been a while since we played the West coast... it's about time we get back to somewhere that knows how to make a decent chimichanga!"

Psychostick is currently working tireless days and nights to complete the follow-up release to 2011's "Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs In 3D" after reaching a crowd funding goal of $30,000. More...

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Astral Doors Working On New Album

Astral Doors is recording the band's 7th album for release later this year with the working title "Notes From The Shadows."

Pre-production is being done at Joachim Nordlund's Big Turn Studio. Keyboards, vocals, and bass are being recorded at the homes of the respective musicians and then integrated later, with an eye on accommodating peoples' busy schedules and to meet production deadlines.

The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in August via Metalville Records. You can also check out a studio video blog below.

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Thorns Of The Carrion 3CD Set To Be Released

Endless Desperation Productions has issued the following announcement about releasing a 3CD set from Thorns Of The Carrion:

"We're glad to inform you that our long-awaited release Thorns of the Carrion Discography 'Tragedy in Remembrance' on 3 gold CDs is available to pre-order now.

"This hand-numbered exclusive 8-panel digipak edition (UV varnish and foiled) with extended 24 page booklet in slipcase is available only during pre-order. Do not lose your chance to order the whole discography (except of the first CD 'The Gardens of Dead Winter') of U.S. doom/death metal gem in the best available quality. Many of the songs on this compilation were never published on CD.

"During the pre-order we offer free shipping worldwide for all orders which contain 'Tragedy in Remembrance' CD. All buyers who order Thorns of the Carrion CD during pre-order will have the chance to win one of 5 first press CDs 'The Gardens of Dead Winter' released by Wild Rags Records, as well as other prizes from our label." More...

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Via To Release Album Through Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest Records has announce the release of the label debut from Delaware metal band Via. The label comments:

"Based out of New Castle, Delaware, Via blends metal and hardcore breakdowns along with melodic riffs into a unique and energetic sound that has gained rapid popularity. The album tracked in Long Island, NY at VuDu Studio's is sure to grab the attention of metal, progressive, and metalcore fans worldwide."

The "From The Ashes" album is set for release on June 3rd and pre-orders are now available at this location.

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Adelitas Way Streaming New Single

After the release of a cryptic teaser, Las Vegas outfit Adelitas Way has officially dropped new single "Dog On a Leash." Pick up your copy at iTunes here or stream the track below.

"Dog On a Leash" is the first release from Adelitas Way since "Home School Valedictorian," released on 2011. Under producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Evanescence), the band has been hard at work on a new album for the past several months. You can also see the band live:

4.26 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
5.2 Virginia Beach, VA @ WNOR/FM99 Lunatic Luau
5.3 Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebelion
5.11 Boone, IA @ Lazerfest
5.16 Peoria, IL @ WIXO Spring Fling
5.18 Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
5.24 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
5.31 Kansas City, MO @ Rockfest
7.30 Rock Springs, NY @ Sweetwater Country Fair More...

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Kill Matilda Releases "I Want Revenge" Video

Recently wrapping up a cross Canada tour in promotion of the newly released EP "#Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll," Vancouver's Kill Matilda has teamed up with Exclaim! for the premiere of a new music video for "I Want Revenge."

Check out the clip below, and vocalist/guitarist Dusty Exner comments: "We are so excited and proud to show you our newest music video for I Want Revenge. Enjoy, and thanks to everyone who was in the video plus our director Will Strawn, Audrey Bride, Terminal City Rollergirls, Nikon Cameras and Cariboo Brewing!" More...

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In Flames Reveals New Album Title

Following a months-long, rather sadistic campaign of social media teasing, Swedish metal veterans In Flames have put the finishing touches on a clever promotional stunt for their fans' benefit.

Sporadic, vague hints ("The new album's title will contain eleven letters," "Its initials are 'S.C.'") and cryptic "#IF2014" hashtags abounded on the band's Facebook page for weeks that became months, encouraging an ongoing (and agonized) guessing game.

Then, yesterday, the band made the following announcement: "We have encountered some issues regarding our online platforms. We want to assure you that no Jesterhead [the band's fan club] member information has been compromised, and our team is working on a solution right now. We apologize for the inconvenience."

The band's website appeared to have been hacked, as evidenced by the following on the home page:

"sorry admin (n00b) [pwned by ~lOLzcH4Rm1nG~].

"HaXxED much?? Inflames, SERIOUSLY!! You have been tRolLiNg us 4 WAYAAH 2 long. As a result, you now got your site taken over. ok???

"you might also wanna speak to your webmastaa since you also forgot to put some decent locks on your servers... SO GUESS WHAT?! We will leak WHATEVER info we have found here tomrrow @ 6am EST."

A handy link, however, guides fans to what appears after all to be an official band announcement. The upcoming studio album, In Flames' eleventh, is titled "Siren Charms" and is expected out this September.

While an official release date and tracklist have yet to be announced, the provided link does offer a brief sample of new music to accompany the information.

"Siren Charms" will be In Flames' first studio effort since the successful and critically acclaimed "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," [reviewed here] released June 15th, 2011.

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The Great Sabatini To Release New LP

The noise metal aficionados at French label Solar Flare Records now proclaim the confirmed impending release of the newest LP from Montreal's The Great Sabatini. Solar Flare comments:

"While virtually unavoidable influence from genre superheroes Unsane, the Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, Today Is The Day are evident within The Great Sabatini's corrosive tones, the band tackles an endless array of approaches within the delivery of their well-honed and devastating hooks and vocal styles.

"Through a spew of independent and unsigned singles, EPs and two previous full-length releases since 2008 amidst bouts of regional touring as well as extensive tours of North America and Europe, the band has gained a loyal fanbase within the noise, metal and sludge circuits, including the heads of Solar Flare Records, who now brings the band into their ever-expanding roster of gnarled audio chaos, for the release of Dog Years.

"The Great Sabatini's third proper full-length, Dog Years was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sean Pearson (Cursed, Shallow North Dakota), and boasts the band's raw, unpolished approach to capture n act with years of accumulated experience touring, writing and recording together. The aim was to create a hi-fi document with all of their lo-fi sensibilities, grit and live energy intact, and the results are astoundingly destructive.

"Additional info on Dog Years will be leaked over the coming weeks, preceding its release on LP, CD and digital release in North America on June 2nd. In conjunction with its street date, The Great Sabatini will also begin decimating stages abroad in support of Dog Years, including a nearly three-week-long tour out to the West Coast of Canada and the U.S. into the second week of June. Stand by for the full routing and more info in the coming days." More...

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Holocausto Canibal Posts Lyric Video

Portugal’s infamous grind outfit Holocausto Canibal has released a lyric video for "Corrosão Uretral," the first single off upcoming opus "Larvas," which is due out in May via Bizarre Leprous Productions.

Bassist Z. Pedro comments on the song: "Corrosão Uretral is the first song off Larvas and we think it is the best song to show you in advance how the new songs are: fast, brutal and heavy. No stop for breathing, no stop for thinking, just straight forward, uncompromised brutality to literally melt your brain!”

"Larvas" includes four new songs, six live songs (recorded live at the Obscene Extreme Festival 2013) and three remixes. More...

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Jess And The Ancient Ones To Record New Album

Today the occult rockers in Jess And The Ancient Ones reveal news of their next album for Svart Records, which follows the "Astral Sabbat" EP (2013) and the band's previous self-titled debut album (2012).

The band comments: "After a needed break, we have once again put the wheels of JATOA in motion. Writing process has began, and the band is working hard to create a follow-up to the debut album - so far, so good, as we already have a few new songs in our hands. A natural progress has taken its place, as the material has a lots refreshing elements within it, but one will definitely still identify the creators.

"When the summer is over, the call of the studio will be inevitable. The second album will most likely be released in early 2015, through Svart Records. More accurate information concerning the release will be announced later. If you want to keep track, be sure to check out the virtual world.

"Also, some shows are being booked for the summer, and the first announced appearance will happen at Bergen, Norway. It's an indoor festival called 'Beyond the Gates.' So if you want to catch us live, that's the place to be! Be all that you can be, JATAO."

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Ninjaspy Posts Crowd Funding Video

Ninjaspy is currently on the road for the "Jump Ya Bones" tour in promotion of a new Indiegogo campaign to record an upcoming album.

The Vancouver, BC outfit has now released a video clip explaining the crowd funding campaign. Check it out below. Drummer Adam Parent also previously commented:

"Today marks the first step towards the making of a new record and we couldn't be more excited. The campaign is going to bring us closer to our fans in ways we've never experienced and frankly it seems appropriate. There should never be a disconnect between artists and people who love their work". More...

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California Breed Releases Lyric Video

The hard rock power trio California Breed - which consists of Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Andrew Watt (guitar) - today releases the official lyric video for the "Midnight Oil" single.

The animated lyric video was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. "Midnight Oil" will also be available as an instant gratification track by pre-ordering the band's self-titled album at iTunes here.

Says California Breed’s guitarist, Andrew Watt: "We wanted a lyric video that would make people want to watch this song in addition to just listen to it, one that would highlight the bombastic grooves of the track and convey the rhythm of the message. I turned to my friends, the Young Astronauts, whose previous videos have hundreds of millions of views, but they don’t work with a lot of rock bands and I thought THAT’S the magic, right there."

“It’s a refreshing animated video that really captures the lyrical concert and message of the Midnight Oil single,” says California Breed’s vocalist and bassist, Glenn Hughes. “We didn’t want to make a run-of-the-mill lyric video. The animation perfectly captures the raw energy, lyrical content and the message of what Midnight Oil is really all about... rock n roll!!”

The band's self-titled album will be released via Frontiers Records in Europe on May 16th, and in the U.K. and U.S. on May 19th. More...

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For All I Am Announces U.S. Headline Tour

Chicago's For All I Am has announced the band's first ever U.S. headline tour set to begin May 9th in Knoxville, Tennessee and wrapping up in Chicago, Illinois on June 1st.

The Thawed Out Tour is presented by Bryan Stars in conjunction with AKT and includes Chasing Safety, Cursed Sails, Youth in Revolt and Separations. More information can be found here.

For All I Am released debut full-length, "Skinwalker," on Equal Vision Records last year. The band recently finished tracking a sophomore effort with producer Nick Scott at the helm. The album is slated for an early fall 2014 release. More...

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Dråpsnatt Announces Record Deal

Nordvis Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Dråpsnatt:

"With 2014 already looking like a very good year, having released new material from Stilla and Skogen up ’til now, today we can proudly present the signing of Dråpsnatt.

"The duo from northern Sweden have three albums to their name before signing on with Nordvis; 2009's 'I Denna Skog,' 2010's 'Hymner till Undergången,' and the 2012 release 'Skelepht' with all three having garnered critical acclaim for their atmospheric, sombre black metal that pays homage to the nature and grim folklore of their Scandinavian roots. With the band and Nordvis sharing close geographical ties, this deal is a natural step forward for both parties.

"Besides procuring the rights for two upcoming albums, the first of which is planned to be recorded in the summer of 2014, the deal also means that their 2010 album 'Hymner till Undergången' will be re-released by Nordvis in the coming months. Stay tuned for more news regarding this in the near future!"

Dråpsnatt also comments: “Some time has passed since we really felt that we had anything to share with all of you. The plans to record a fourth album became postponed due to us finding ourselves in some strange state of not knowing if we had a label or not. As you know, we are no longer bound to Frostscald Records and even though we – needless to say – were annoyed with the situation, there is no bad blood or hard feelings between us, atleast not for our part.

"So, what’s the news, you might ask?! Well, brace yourselves. We are proud to say that we are from here on signed by Nordvis Produktion. We have known about these guys for some time, partly because they also reside in the woodlands of our hometown Skelepht, but also because they have made quite a reputation for themselves by having high quality (rather than high quantity) bands.

"We are thus proud and honored to join the same ranks as Stilla, Lustre, Skogen, Lonndom, Grift, Bergraven, and Lik." More...

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Incinerate Signs To Comatose Music

Comatose Music proudly welcomes the Minnesota death metal machine Incinerate to its roster. The label comments:

"After the departure of long time founding member and song writer Scott Ellingboe, many were skeptical of what the future would hold for this veteran outfit. Now with the addition of new members, the current lineup features guitarist Ted Isac and bassist Sasha Wilczynski, along with original member Jesse Watson and returning drummer Darren Cesca.

"The new release will push the boundaries they set for themselves with their 2008 release ‘Anatomize’, yet stay true to the traditional Incinerate sound with mind-bending ferocity. Conceptually it is science fiction meets the absence of faith in religion and will prove to be Incinerate’s most involved and accomplished musical endeavor to date. New and old fans alike will not be disappointed and should expect a more mature and evolved Incinerate.

"They are scheduled to record later this year with an estimated release date in late 2014. Album artwork is currently underway by Jon Zig and will be revealed soon."

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Powerwolf Announces 10th Anniversary Show

To celebrate Powerwolf's 10th anniversary, the wolves will play a special show headlining at the Out & Loud Festival, taking place in Geiselwind, Germany, on May 29th.

In addition to some surprises and special appearances, fans will have the chance to co-create the set list for that show. To participate, just send an e-mail with five songs you would like to see performed at this special show to the following email-address: 10years@powerwolf.net.

The five most requested songs will be integrated in the set list on May 29th. Deadline for song submission is May 2nd.

Powerwolf's latest full-length album "Preachers of the Night" is out now, and you can read our review at this location. More...

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Releases New Song

The Dillinger Escape Plan has released a new video clip for the song "Happiness Is A Smile," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"So we wrote a song. Rather than wait for a new album, and try to figure out how to make it make sense as part of a group of other songs that would be written later, we recorded it instantly, so it could be captured as it's own statement.

"We pressed it on a limited edition 7" vinyl, in a quantity of 500(never to be pressed again), and have it available on this current tour. It's called 'Happiness Is A Smile.' We've been playing it every night. Here it is.

"We haven't said this, but we've been filming every show, for something to be released in the future. Come out and be a part. Check out the rest of the dates here." More...

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Anti-Mortem Releases Band Introduction Video

Oklahoma natives Anti-Mortem has released a video in which singer Larado Romo introduces himself and his band mates to the rock & metal community. Check it out below.

The band's "New Southern" album will be released in North America in physical & digital formats on April 25th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by the esteemed Bob Marlette and features artwork by Brent Elliott White. The track listing is as follows:

01. Words Of Wisdom
02. New Southern
03. 100% Pure American Rage
04. Hate Automatic (see the video here)
05. Black Heartbeat
06. I Get Along With The Devil
07. Path To Pain
08. Wake Up
09. Ride Of Your Life
10. Stagnant Water
11. Truck Stop Special
12. Jonesboro
13. A Little Too Loose (MR. BIG cover) More...

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Devil You Know Posts Second Part Of Fan Interview

New project Devil You Know - which features Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), and John Sankey (Devolved) - has now uploaded the second in a series of videos answering fan submitted questions.

Check out this part below, or see the previously posted first segment at this location.

Devil You Know's new album "The Beauty of Destruction" will be made available on both physical and digital formats on April 25th (Europe) and April 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The track listing is as follows:

1. A New Beginning
2. My Own
3. Embracing The Torture
4. For The Dead And Broken
5. Seven Years Alone
6. It's Over
7. A Mind Insane
8. Crawl From The Dark
9. The Killer
10. I Am The Nothing
11. Shut It Down
12. As Bright As The Darkness
13. Sacrifice (bonus track – vinyl LP only) More...

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Azooma Signs To Xtreem Music

The Iranian death metal warriors in Azooma have just signed a worldwide contract with Xtreem Music. As a result the band will be releasing debut EP "A Hymn of the Vicious Monster" in both digital and CD formats this Summer while Azooma works on a full-length album for 2015.

Guitarist Ahmad Tokallou commented: "This is what we have been waiting for and it is not only because of our hard work, but also the help from some great and kind friends, who are invisible to others but shared their mighty energy and kindness with us... Xtreem Music is a great label, and this encourages us and give us more hope to go forward… you will hear more from Azooma!"

"It's one of the best things that can happen for an artist to co-operate with a good and reliable company such as Xtreem Music," drummer Saeed Shariat says. "I have a good feeling about it and we hope to satisfy metal heads more… Just wait for our EP, it will make necks ache!"

Dave Rotten, president of Xtreem Music and main man of Avulsed, stated the following: "The very first time I heard Azooma, I was extremely surprised by their combination of sheer brutality and technical skills at the same time as their EP sounds really heavy with a great production. I'm running the label since 1990 and this is the very first band from Middle East that I decided to sign. They have the right attitude and overall… they sound fucking great!! Hopefully Azoomawill help to break barriers for other good bands in these countries where extreme Metal isn't that popular".

An 8 minute live documentary of the band's participation on a Persian metal festival last October can also be seen below. More...

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Madball Announces "Hardcore Lives" Album

The New York hardcore veterans in Madball have set "Hardcore Lives" as the title of the band's upcoming ninth studio album.

"Hardcore Lives" was tracked & engineered by famed Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. The album is set to be unleashed June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and the official promo photos were taken by Lamb Of God's very own Randall D. Blythe.

Commented frontman, Freddy Cricien: "I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style!

"I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title. Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that "we as a scene" had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, 'Hardcore Lives' at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever.

"It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart."

THe "Hardcore Lives«" album will be available as a limited edition digipak and on black vinyl, both including two additional bonus tracks: "The Beast," which also appeared on the 2012 EP "Rebellion," and "Spit On Your Grave" from 1994's landmark release "Set It Off" - both tracks have been exclusively re-recorded for the inclusion on "Hardcore Lives." More...

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Equilibrium Posts 1st "Erdentempel" Preview Clip

German folk metal act Equilibrium released the first trailer clip for the upcoming new release "Erdentempel." The album is set for release on June 6th (EU), June 9th (UK) and June 10th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the band dropped the bombshell that brother/sister team, Andreas Völkl (guitar) and Sandra van Eldik (bass) split with the band.

The track list for the album is:

1. Ankunft
2. Was Lange Währt
3. Waldschrein
4. Karawane
5. Uns'rer Flöten Klang
6. Freiflug
7. Heavy Chill
8. Wirtshaus Gaudi
9. Stein Meiner Ahnen
10. Wellengang
11. Apokalypse
12. The Unknown Episode

Check out the trailer here: More...

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Sabaton Posts "The Story Of Heroes, Ch. III" Clip

Swedish power metal act Sabaton posted the third chapter of the video series "The Story of Heroes" - showcasing the behind the scenes of the making of the new album "Heroes." The album is set to drop on May 16th (EU), May 19th (UK) and May 27th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.

The track list for "Heroes" is:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back (see lyric video)
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts of Iron

Check out the trailer clip here: More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases "Love" Music Video

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the new music video "Love." The song appears on the new album "Pariah's Child," which is available now via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Check out the video here:

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Ancient Bards Releases New Music Video

Italian symphonic metal act Ancient Bards released a music video for the new track "In My Arms." The song appears on the upcoming new release "A New Dawn Ending," which is set for release on April 25th via Limb Music.

"In My Arms" is the dejected and resigned inner cry of Queen Shena, as her aching eyes with which she saw her son Surod (Dorus) pass away 16 years ago are tormented once again as she must now bear witness to the anguishing duel between Daltor and Sendor. The video was directed by Matteo Ermeti.

The track list for the album is:

1. Before the Storm
2. A Greater Purpose
3. Flaming Heart
4. Across This Life
5. In My Arms
6. The Last Resort
7. Showdown
8. In the End
9. Spiriti Liberi
10. A New Dawn Ending

Check out "In My Arms" here: More...

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Wardruna's "Løyndomsriss" Featured in "Vikings"

As previously reported, Wardruna, the Norwegian folk act featuring ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, has their music featured in season two of The History Channel's "Vikings" TV series. "Løyndomsriss," which is from the band's 2009 album "Runaljod -- gap var Ginnunga," is one of the songs that was featured in episode 7 of season 2 of "Vikings." Listen for it if you watch the show. Check out the official video for the song below:

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