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Metal News for April 16, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Shane Blay To Remain With Oh, Sleeper

After it was recently announced that Oh, Sleeper's Shane Blay would be joining Wovenwar - the band featuring most of the members of As I Lay Dying - Blay has now issued the following update:

"To put to rest the rumors that I'm leaving Oh Sleeper I tell you this: Micah and I started this band 8 years ago and have stayed with it through the thick and thin. That is still the case. Its tattoo'd on my chest for crying out loud. As long as Oh Sleeper is a band, I'll be in it."

A teaser trailer for Wovenwar's upcoming music can be heard below, and the band's first single "All Rise" is due out April 21st. More...

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The Haunted Checks In From The Studio

Swedish metal institution The Haunted is currently in the studio recording an 8th studio album with Tue Madsen as producer. Check out the latest happenings via a video message from guitarist Ola Englund below.

Due to the album's recent recording schedule postponement and a new tentative release later for in the summer via Century Media Records, The Haunted was unfortunately forced to move previously announced Scandinavian club-tour dates from spring to September/October instead.

Additionaly, The Haunted has also been confirmed to appear at European summer festivals like Les Metallurgicales (France), Getaway Rock (Sweden), Party.San (Germany), Vagos Open Air (Portugal) and also Summer Breeze Open Air (Germany). Dates are available after the jump.


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Inanimate Existence Releasing New Album

California technical death metal faction Inanimate Existence, which features members of Brain Drill and Son Of Aurelius, will unleash sophomore effort "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" on June 24th via the extreme metal merchants in Unique Leader Records.

The album was tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland. The track listing is as follows:

1. Om Mani Padme Um
2. Omen
3. Bioluminescent Photophores
4. The Rune of Destruction
5. The Catacomb Of Mirrors
6. Staring Through Fire
7. Out of Body Experience
8. Dueling Shadows More...

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Red Sky Releases "Neve" Video

After releasing a clip for "Il Flauto," masked guitar player Red Sky has a new music video for "Neve" online, which can be seen below.

"Neve" is taken from new EP “Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi” and features a collaboration with Ideogram vocalist Martina Ambruosi.

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Karlahan Recording New Album

Karlahan has entered The Room BCN with Jordi Navarro and Gorka Dresbaj as recording engineers to begin tracking new LP "Exile." The "Exile" mix and mastering will be done by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios (Örebro, Sweden).

Karlahan comments: "This album will surprise lots of people because it breaks with the Karlahan from the past. Always keeping the essence, but with lots of new stuff. One of the basic principles of this band is not to stay in one compositive point and to evolve and grow with new fresh ideas."

In 2013 the band released a video clip for "Skyline," which can be seen below. More...

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Krow Posts New EP Teaser

Krow recently recorded a new EP titled "Relentless Disease" with producer Ronnie Bjornström at Garageland Studios in Umea, Sweden.

The EP contains two songs which will be released this month in digital format (with physical release coming later). Check out a teaser trailer below.

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Monument Of Misanthropy Posts New Lyric Video

The brand new lyric video for the track "Vegan Homicide" off Monument Of Misanthropy's album "Anger Mismanagement" is now available online and can be seen below. States vocalist George "Misanthrop" Wilfinger:

"This video was very important to the band, as animal rights and protection of nature issues take on an important role within the whole band. We thought brutal scenes taken from the meat-industry would fit well to the story of the song in which a fictional character is taking bloody revenge on animal abusers.

"Some footage may be almost unbearable to watch but on the other hand it's day-to-day routine and sad reality in the world we live in. Joris and I are convinced veggies, Romain and Jean-Pierre huge animal lovers. It can also be seen as a statement telling veganism and vegetarianism is not just for pussies or sentimental hippies but also widespread among the metal-crowd.

"For me just another proof that metalheads are not the bunch of dickheads some media would like us to be seen, but people who are definitely not mainstream. Carcass have been pioneers in the eighties and the list of veggie metal musicians is pretty long: Kreator's Mille, ex-Celtic Frost / Trypticon frontman Tom G. Warrior, ex-Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow, Napalm Death's Barney, and Cattle Decapitation just to name but a few." More...

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Nex Locus Releases "Devolution" Album

Nex Locus is the one-man project from Jukka Mursu, based out of Kuusamo, Finland. His debut album "Devolution" is out now, and can be heard below. You can pick up a digital copy of the album at Bandcamp, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Saturnian Signs 04:36
2. Fractals 03:22
3. Timelessness 04:07
4. Morning Star 04:40
5. Low Astral 02:39
6. Eye Upon The Cross 04:22
7. Paradigm Shift 03:21
8. War In The Heaven 03:44

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Memories Of A Dead Man Streaming Full Album

Atmospheric French post-metal outfit Memories Of A Dead Man just released third full-length “Ashes Of Joy” via Send The Wood Music/Season of Mist.

Today you can listen to the entire release courtesy of ThisIsNotAScene.com in the player below. “Ashes Of Joy” can be ordered via Season Of Mist at this location. More...

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Falconer Reveals New Album Details

The Swedish folk metal forerunners in Falconer return to glory with their new album "Black Moon Rising," which is scheduled to be released the June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK, and June 10th in North America. The first single to be released from the album, "Locust Swarm," can be heard below.

After the release of "Armod" in 2011, the first album entirely sung in Swedish and concentrating on the folk elements in the music, Falconer returns to the power and the glory of its roots. "Black Moon Rising" was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque. According to a press release, this album is "the most guitar oriented, riff-filled, and fastest Falconer release to date."

Comments Falconer main composer Stefan Weinerhall: "After an 8 month complete break from music on the verge of quitting it, I finally returned with a feeling of hunger, power and commitment to the song writing. The goal we all had was to wake up, stir things up a bit and perform at our very best. And so we all did!!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Locust Swarm
02. Halls and Chambers
03. Black Moon Rising
04. Scoundrel and the Squire
05. Wasteland
06. In Ruins
07. At The Jester's Ball
08. There's a Crow on the Barrow
09. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory More...

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Agalloch Announces North American Tour

Agalloch has announced the summer "Serpens In Culmination" North American tour in support of the upcoming new epoch “The Serpent And The Sphere.” Joining the band on select dates on the tour will be Obsidian Tongue, Vex, and Jex Thoth.

"The Serpent & The Sphere" is due out on May 13th in North America via Profound Lore Records and in Europe on May 19th via Eisenwald.

06/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock (w/ Obsidian Tongue, Blood and Sun)
06/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar (w/ Obsidian Tongue)
06/20 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (w/ Obsidian Tongue)
06/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland (w/ Obsidian Tongue)
06/22 – Newport, RI @ Southgate House (w/ Obsidian Tongue)
06/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree (w/ Vex)
06/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (w/ Vex)
06/25 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum (w/ Vex)
06/26 – Savannah, GA @ Jinx (w/ Vex, Blackrune)
06/27 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade (w/ Vex)
06/28 – Springfeld, CT @ Empire (w/ Vex)
06/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts (w/ Jex Thoth)
06/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Irving Plaza (w/ Jex Thoth)
07/01 – Boston, MA @ Brighton (w/ Jex Thoth, Obsidian Tongue)
07/02 – Montreal, QC @ La Salla Rosa (w/ Jex Thoth)
07/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks (w/ Jex Thoth, Musk Ox)
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ Jex Thoth)
07/05 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater (w/ Jex Thoth)
07/08 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater More...

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Kataklysm Posts Artist Profile Video

Montreal based death metal powerhouse Kataklysm has now put out a two-part artist profile interview with Maurizio Iacono (Ex Deo), which can be seen below via the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

Kataklysm recently filmed a video clip for it's rendition of the Sacred Reich track "The American Way" with director Tommy Jones. The song can be heard on the band’s latest album "Waiting For The End To Come," which was released last October via Nuclear Blast.


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Sabaton Announces "Heroes On Tour"

Today Sabaton announces dates for the "Heroes of Tour" trek this coming November/December, which will be in support of new record "Heroes," due out on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

27.11. FR Lille - Aeronef
11.12. FR Toulouse - Le Bikini
12.12. ES Bilbao - Santana 27
13.12. ES Madrid - La Riviera
14.12. PT Porto - Hard Club
16.12. ES Valencia - Koh Tao Club
17.12. ES Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
18.12. FR Lyon - Transbordeur
20.12. FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie More...

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One Hour Hell Posts New Music Video

Swedish death/thrash outfit One Hour Hell will release new album ”Interfectus” on April 18th and now the band has new video clip out for the track ”Covered in Sin.”

"Interfectus" will be released via ViciSolum Productions and is the follow-up to the debut album ”Product of Massmurder,” released in 2008.

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Serpentine Path Streaming "Disfigured Colossus"

Relapse Records has just released the first single taken off the second LP from NYC morbid sludge metal act Serpentine Path. Check out "Disfigured Colossus" in the player below.

"Emanations," the follow-up to the band's self-titled 2012 debut, is due out May 27th on CD, LP, and digital formats. This will be the band's first studio venture featuring new second guitarist Stephen Flam, the mastermind behind NYC doom/death legends, Winter. The track listing is as follows:

1. Essence of Heresy
2. House of Worship
3. Treacherous Waters
4. Claws
5. Disfigured Colossus
6. Systematic Extinction
7. Torment More...

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Slough Feg Announces New Tour Dates

Slough Feg released the "Digital Resistance" album in February through Metal Blade Records and now the band has announced a new batch of European dates. Catch the show on these dates with Magister Templi:

29/05/14 SE - Växjö - Muskelrock
31/05/14 DK - Copenhagen - Spillestedet Stengade
02/06/14 PL - Goleniow - Teatre Brama
03/06/14 PL - Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
05/06/14 AT - Wien - Viper Room
07/06/14 IT - Brescia - Circolo Colony

Slough Feg comments: "We're really excited to be hitting Europe again, especially some of those countries we've never played in before… like Italy, the land of Mike and Angelo's ancestors! Plus we're very happy to be sharing these shows with Norway's Magister Templi - one of the best newer heavy metal bands, and they're awesome guys to boot."

The "Digital Resistance" album was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."

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Whitechapel Posts Third Studio Video

"Our Endless War," Whitechapel's fifth full-length and fourth for Metal Blade Records, is due out April 29th, 2014.

Hometown fans in Knoxville, TN will have a chance to meet Whitechapel and pick up a copy of the album at a special in-store autograph signing. The signing will take place at FYE at the West Town Mall located at 7600 Kingston, Pike Ste. 1464 in Knoxville, TN. The signing begins at 7:00 PM.

During the recording of "Our Endless War," the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process. Today the third episode in the series has been released, taking a closer looks at Phil's performance and lyrics on the album. Check it out below. The full track listing is as follows:

01. Rise
02. Our Endless War
03. The Saw is the Law
04. Mono
05. Let Me Burn
06. Worship the Digital Age
07. How Times Have Changed
08. Psychopathy
09. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road
11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)
12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track) More...

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Converge Releases New Video

Converge is proud to release the video for "Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind." directed by Craig Murray (Converge, Oxbow, Narrows).

Check it out below, courtesy of Pitchfork.com. Both tracks appear on Converge's 2012 full-length, "All We Love We Leave Behind."

The video was conceptualized by Murray, using the narrative put forth of the death of a canine companion as told in J. Bannon’s lyrical writings. Murray uses powerful visual metaphor and imagery to communicate the crushing weight of loss and the strength of unconditional love the song explores.

To coincide with this release, Converge is offering an apparel design featuring visuals from the video. The design is available through the Converge online store. 100% of the proceeds from this design will go to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts. More...

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Krokodil Streaming New Song "Shatter"

Krokodil - a new signing for Spinefarm Records featuring members & ex-members of Cry For Silence, Hexes, Gallows & SikTh - today reveals the new track "Shatter."

Taken from the band's double A-side 7", "Shatter" / "Dead Man's Path," and produced specifically for Record Store Day on April 19th, this first offering of earth-rumbling, riff-heavyradness is available to stream below, thanks toRevolverMag.com.

"Shatter" / "Dead Man's Path" has been pressed onto blue vinyl with 500 copies hand numbered by the band and featuring exclusive artwork by Krokodil guitarist Daniel P. Carter. More...

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Behemoth Mystifies Texas Independence Fest

Come And Take It Productions started Texas Independence Fest in Austin as a way to bring together friends and family in a celebration of Texas. Previous years featured performances by Down, David Allan Coe, Upon a Burning Body, Dixie Witch and many more. This year's festival saw a mix of local and touring acts. Wayne Static of Static-X and We Are The Riot (members of Coal Chamber) brought familiarity to the day's acts, while The Metal Alliance Tour featuring Behemoth, 1349, Inquisition, Goatwhore and Black Crown Initiate painted the afternoon sky black.

The doors to Emo's opened at noon and I arrived around a quarter to 2 in time to catch Denton, Texas melodic death/black outfit Tarim. According to a Come And Take It personnel, Tarim won Come And Take It's battle of the bands, which landed them on this spot. Ten hours is a lot of music to take in. This was my time to coordinate interviews times, but the band, playing material from "The Philosopher King," caught my ears and kept them. They definitely deserved to be on Emo's big stage, and would have proved a tighter fit to the evening's black out.

I missed Casket of Cassandra but caught the following band, Headcrusher. Former residents of Colombia , these deathly thrashers have become a staple in Austin's metal scene. The five-piece band often plays Come And Take It Production shows commonly held at the Dirty Dog Bar. Although this was the first time I caught their act on Emo's stage, it wasn't the band's largest crowd. Festival crowds brought in several times more people than the couple hundred watching the band's mid-day performance. It doesn't matter how many people watch this group; Headcrusher played hard and aggressive. Fans of Gothenburg-style metal such as Dimension Zero, Dark Tranquility and Carnal Forge take note of Headcrusher. More...

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Reciprocal Signs Record Deal, Streaming New Song

Lacerated Enemy Records has expanded its roster with the recruitment of U.S. technical death metal outfit Reciprocal. The label comments:

"Merging influences from all over, traversing old and new schools, Reciprocal sounds like a hybrid of the best material from Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic or even Death focusing on pushing the envelope yet retaining a semblance of nondetachable catchiness. The ambitious band will have its latest album promoted worldwide through Lacerated Enemy Records."

The new album is coming out on June 6th, 2014 and was recorded with engineer Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California. Artwork for "New Order of the Ages" was handled by Jon Zig, and the track listing is as follows:

01. New American Century
02. Esoteric Agenda
03. Profit Before Protocol
04. Guilty Until Proven Innocent
05. Illuminati
06. New Order Of The Ages
07. Saintan
08. Mystery, Babylon The Great, Mother Of All Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth
09. Tyrannicide
10. Oblivion
11. RIP (Memento Mori) More...

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Unsonic Announces New EP "For The Kingdom"

Germany's Unisonic, the band featuring ex-Helloween members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Kai Hansen (guitars), announced the release of the new EP "For The Kingdom." The EP will be issued via earMusic on May 12, 2014 on the following formats: CD, strictly limited 12" vinyl and digital download.

The artwork (shown below) was created by graphic artist Martin Hausler (who has previously worked with Unisonic on the band's debut album). It constitutes only a very small excerpt of the futuristic album artwork.

"For the Kingdom" was produced by bassist Dennis Ward and contains the fast album track "For The Kingdom," the exclusive song "You Come Undone" (only available on this release) plus four previously unreleased live songs: "Unisonic," "Never Too Late," "Star Rider" and "Souls Alive," which were all recorded at the Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic. More...

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Helvete Underground Festival Announces Band Lineup

The organizers of the Helvete Underground Festival have checked in with the following announcement about the lineup:

"Renowned worldwide for the past 30 years, the Swiss black metal scene owes its fame primarily to bands like Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Samael. In parallel to the major formations mentioned above, the Swiss black metal scene did not know any peace between the formation of Hellhammer in 1982 and today. Quite the contrary.

"More than 30 years after its first black metal band was born, a handful of activists from Geneva’s underground culture are gathering to organize a major cultural event which focus is to rehabilitate and pay tribute to black metal, this hidden part of Switzerland’s musical heritage.

"Therefore, it’s with infinite honor and pleasure that we announce you the full line-up for this very unique three-days celebration.

"With the likes of Darkspace, Borgne, Bölzer, Rorcal, and many more, we intend to pay tribute to the greatest facet of the Swiss underground black metal scene.

"Extreme music fanatics worldwide: welcome to the Helvete Underground Festival. Please reserve the dates - October 2-3-4 - and organize your trip to Geneva, Switzerland, for this is going to be one of the greatest extreme music festivals of the year."

Full details and ticket information can be found at the festival's website here. More...

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Grey Skies Fallen Streaming "The Flame"

New York City's ominous black/death/doom quintet, Grey Skies Fallen, will open the gateways to the band's most epic and expansive album in its seventeen-year history on April 29th, 2014, with the release of "The Many Sides Of Truth."

Today, another single from the record has been set loose. Listen to "The Flame" in the player below, courtesy of Sea of Tranquility.

As with the band's five previous studio works, Grey Skies Fallen will independently unleash "The Many Sides Of Truth" on multiple formats April 29th. The band will directly publish the album through all digital platforms, and in CD and LP runs of 300 copies each. The Travis Smith-designed cover art for the record has been redesigned in three separate color schemes.

Grey Skies Fallen has also confirmed a local release show for "The Many Sides Of Truth" on Monday, May 12th at The Acheron in Brooklyn. This hometown gig will feature direct support from the henchmen in Buckshot Facelift, the brutalizing grind/death faction in which three of the members of GSF share double-duty, as well as local acts Hypoxia, Lysura, and Lucid Terror. Additional live performances will be announced in the coming days.

The album's track listing is:

1. Ritual of the Exiter
2. Unroot Transparent Being
3. The Flame
4. Of the Ancients
5. Isolation Point
6. End of My Rope
7. Winter Hand More...

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Vader Posts "Where Angels Weep" Lyric Video

Polish death metal act Vader released a lyric video for the new track "Where Angels Weep." The song appears on the new release "Tibi Et Igni." The album is set for release on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Check out "Where Angels Weep" here: More...

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Iniquitous Savagery To Record New Album

Iniquitous Savagery released the debut MCD "Compelled By Perverse Immorality" via Grindethic in 2012.

Now the death metal band plans to head to Sound Lodge Studios in Germany in October to work with producer Jörg Uken (Defeated Sanity, Cerebral Effusion, Sinister) on a follow-up release.

Further details are forthcoming, and in the meantime, check out the new promo single "Propagating a Pestiferous Enmity" below.

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Black Magik Posts "The Conjuring Of Three" Clip

After posting the "Kill Zone" video, U.S. thrash outfit Black Magik has a new clip out for the title track to "The Conjuring of Three," which can be seen below.

"The Conjuring of Three" is duee out on April 22nd and follows previous albums "Words of Prophecy" (2012) and "The Apocalypse" (2013). The track listing is as follows:

1. The Conjuring of Three
2. Ninety-Nine
3. The Urge
4. Power
5. I, Eternal
6. Corporate Metal
7. Kill Zone
8. Allocution
9. The American Way (Sacred Reich Cover)
10. Black Magic (Slayer Cover) More...

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Headline News

AC/DC Splits With Malcolm Young, Band To Continue

During the last few days rumors have been swirling the web that AC/DC would finally be hanging up its hat and calling it quits. Now the band has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Malcolm Young and continuing on with new music:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Stay turned for further statements from the band. AC/DC was also previously covered in the "Monsters of Rock" edition of our Sunday Old School column here.

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Mors Subita Posts New In-Studio Video

Finnish outfit Mors Subita has released a new studio video clip from the band's time working on an upcoming second album titled "Degeneration."

Check out this new vocal recording footage in the YouTube player below. You can also follow the band's recording process and see photos of the new lineup over at the Mors Subita Facebook profile here.

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Psychotic Gardening Posts New Song Online

Winnipeg's death metal troopers in Psychotic Gardening have teamed up with NoCleanSinging.com for the premiere of latest track "Origin of The Infection," taken from forthcoming album "Hymnosis." Listen to this latest song below.

"Hymnosis" is set for release on May 13th and follows 2011's "Humanitorium" and 2007's debut "Hürdür." The band returns in 2014 with new material and the return of Chuck Labossiere after he filled in with Broken Hope for tour dates in Europe and Canada. The album features nine heavy hitting assaults sure to bang skulls with its full-throttle, go-for-the-throat execution. More...

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Skinfather Streaming Full New Album

As Southern California death quintet Skinfather is readying for the release of debut LP, "None Will Mourn," to see release in one week via Streetcleaner Records, today the entire record is now playing online. Check it out below, thanks to Revolver Magazine.

Skinfather will join Iron Lung and Bone Sickness supporting Nails' West Coast tour running from May 1st through 5th. Later this year, Skinfather and Nails will invade the East Coast, with that tour and additional live actions to be locked in the coming weeks.

5/01/2014 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nausea
5/02/2014 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA w/ Violent Reaction, The Flex
5/03/2014 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
5/04/2014 Star Theatre - Portland, OR
5/05/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Gag More...

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Meden Agan Streaming New Track

Greek symphonic metal act Meden Agan posted a lyric video for the new track "Embrace the Sorrow." The song will appear on the band's new album "Lacrima Dei," which will be released in September 2014 via No Regrets Records. The album is the first release with new vocalist Maya Kampak, who joined the band in 2013. The band also made available the song "Divine Wrath," which can be heard over here.

Check out "Embrace the Sorrow" here:

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Alestorm Details New Album

Scottish pirate metal act Alestorm announced that the next installment in piracy will be entitled "Sunset on the Golden Age." The track list and cover artwork can be seen below. The album will be released via Napalm Records on the following schedule:

August 1st: GAS, FIN & BENELUX
August 4th: UK & Rest of Europe
August 5th: USA/CAN
August 6th: ESP/NOR/SWE

The track list for the album is:

1. Walk The Plank
2. Drink
3. Magnetic North
4. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
5. Mead from Hell
6. Surf Squid Warfare
7. Quest for Ships
8. Wooden Leg!
9. Hangover
10. Sunset on the Golden Age More...

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Video Interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts

Canada's biggest death metal export, Gorguts recently undertook one of the best extreme metal tours of 2014. Sponsored by Decibel Magazine, Gorguts joined Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder and Noisem. After a mind-blowing set, band founder and guitar shredding extraordinaire, Luc Lemay joined me for an interview in Mohawk club's green room. In the following video interview we discuss this massive tour, the band's new drummer and the influence Death imparted upon Gorguts. Video by "The Montopolis Thrasher" Victor Guerrero (The Black Dahlia Murder plays in the background).

Rex_84: How is the tour going so far?

Luc Lemay: Amazing! Good stuff.

Rex_84: How do you like touring with these other bands? This is the first time you've toured with all of these bands, right?

Lemay: Yes. Everything is great. It's been super fun. Everybody is nice. It's perfect. I can't complain.

Rex_84: How do you feel about the difference in style for each band?

Lemay: Killer! You have Noisem who brings this grindcore aspect to the tour. You have us (unintelligible). Black Dahlia has this...(grabs a handful of air) very heavy stuff. They bring the hardcore fans. And then you have Carcass. They've been around for so long. It's perfect. There is something for everybody.

Rex_84: And Gorguts is in the middle spot on the bill. Is this the placement throughout the tour?

Lemay: Yes, we have the second spot.

Rex_84: How do you feel about playing this spot?

Lemay: It's perfect. Whatever spot, we get to play. We get to be part of this.

Rex_84: Carcass is a legendary band.

Lemay: Dude, yes! They sound awesome!

Rex_84: Was Carcass an early influence on Gorguts?

Lemay: Well (shows hesitation in response)...we always listened to their music. Did they influence our stuff? Maybe when we started, even then, I don't know because I had "Reek of Putrefaction" and "Symphonies of Sickness," but I don't think Gorguts ever sounded like Carcass. But I was always a fan. I have those records on vinyl. I have the Peel Sessions on vinyl. Do you remember those Peel Sessions?

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Truth Corroded Interview

Breaking out as an extreme metal band is nigh impossible no matter where you come from. But when your home country happens to be Australia, you're about as cut off from the mandatory North American and European touring circuits and irreplaceable markets as you can get.

So, bands from the antipodean nether realms that flirt with metals harshest borders seem to go one of two routes. One, they build up a good following at home, covering massive spans of distance between isolated cities on red-earth continent and hope the hometown hype machine is enough to catapult them overseas on the strength of a European or American record deal. It got King Parrot signed to Candlelight and over the U.S. It got Psycroptic signed to Nuclear Blast, which sent them all over the world. Adelaide/Newcastle grinders Captain Cleanoff have also manged to tour both the U.S. and Europe on occasion. This is by no means a comprehensive list of Australian bands that have managed to tour outside the borders of their kangaroo and koala-infested homeland. More...

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