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Metal News for April 2, 2014

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45 news articles posted on this day.


Assassins Talks "War Of Aggression"

The Detroit metalcore newcomers in Assassins just released their debut full-length album "War Of Aggression" and marked the occasion by hitting the road with Carnifex for the "Die Without Hope" tour.

Front man Todd Jansen took some time out from the U.S. trek to check in with Metalunderground and discuss the band's origins, signing to eOne Music, and what the band will be up to now that the album is out and the tour is coming to an end. More...

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Protest The Hero Bassist To Sit Out Tour Dates

Protest The Hero has checked in with the following announcement about bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi missing upcoming tour dates:

"Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support Volition is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full time band member isn't a practical thing.

"Though he has and will be missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out.

"In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of Volition, he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off.

"Don't fret, Cam's working on his giant happy smile and well placed high kicks during our set!" More...

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Ektomorf Posts Tour Trailer

Hungarian outfit Ektomorf is gearing up for an upcoming European tour, which will be the band's most extensive so far. Check out the tour trailer below.

The band has also revealed a video clip for "You Can't Control Me" is coming this Friday. After the video premiere, the guys from Ektomorf offer a unique chance to meet them online on their uStream broadcasting channel. Fans can submit questions right here. More...

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Serpentine Path Posts Preview Of New Release

New York death metal act Serpentine Path posted a preview clip of the band's upcoming new album "Emanations." The album drops via Relapse Records on May 23rd (Ger/Finland/Benelux), May 26th (UK/World) and May 27th in standard CD, 2LP and digital formats. The band features ex-Electric Wizard guitarist Tim Bagshaw.

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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Wormreich Streaming New Song

Rising American black metal cult Wormreich today premieres the new track "Revelation IV: Enim Satanas Meum Sanguinem." Check it out at Gun Shy Assassin here.

The track hails from the band's forthcoming second album, "Wormcult Revelations," set for release on April 14th via Moribund Records. The track listing is as follows:

I. Revelation I: Vox in Rama 2:30
II. Revelation II: Serpents of Choronzon 7:06
III. Shaare-Maveth 1:57
IV. Revelation III: Devotion’s Final War 7:15
V. Revelation IV: Enim Satanas Meum Sanguinem 7:25
VI. Codex Lvciferivm 5:08
VII. Malign Paradigm [Deathspell Omega cover] 4:45

Comments the band: "Wormreich was created with the sole purpose of channeling the timeless void that will one day consume the universe and return all of creation to a state of pure, undefiled chaos. We emerged from the Bible Belt of the United States, with Satan as our champion and idol, and we create menacing, violent, ethereal black metal art. Nothing more, nothing less. Our war is a holy war, and our devotion is endless!"

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Lizzy Borden Announces 30th Anniversary Tour

Lizzy Borden’s "30 Years of American Metal" tour will be trekking across Europe and the U.K. this Fall.

The anniversary show features songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me against the World," "American Metal," "Master of Disguise," plus songs the band has never performed live.

Lizzy Borden comments: "We are all very excited to bring our Anniversary show over and can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends/fans in Europe and the UK for this monumental milestone. see you all soon."

Confirmed tour dates will be announced soon. For updates, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Bigelf Streaming Full "Into The Maelstrom" Album

Los Angeles based Bigelf has released new album "Into The Maelstrom" via InsideOut Music, and today you can hear the full release below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.

"Into The Maelstrom" is available on a limited 2CD digipak which includes exclusive re-mixes & demo versions, as well as a gatefold 2LP vinyl edition which includes the full album on CD. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Incredible Time Machine
2. Hypersleep
3. Already Gone
4. Alien Frequency
5. The Professor & The Madman
6. Mr. Harry McQuhae
7. Vertigod
8. Control Freak
9. High
10. Edge of Oblivion
11. Theater of Dreams
12. ITM: I. Destination Unknown / II. Harbinger Of Death / III. Memories More...

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Graveworm Issues Album Update

Italy's Graveworm will be entering the studio next month to record the follow-up to "Fragments of Death." Vocalist Stefano Fiori has now checked in with the following announcement:

"Here a short update of our new album - we are still working hard on the new songs. 45 minutes are done. Some killer riffs and headbanging stuff are waiting for you.

"To short the time a little bit, we'll play a few shows in Germany and Austria..... Hope to see some of you there to drinks some Jägermeister

"Stay tuned, more great news soon. Cheers."

Further details on the new full-lenght album are forthcoming.

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Chron Goblin Announces New Shows

The Calgary, Alberta riff-rockers in Chron Goblin are vannin' it down to the Pacific Northwest to bring their raucous live show on a first-ever U.S. tour.

Chron Goblin will be touring in support of the infectiously heavy and groovy full-length LP "Life For The Living," which was self-released in September 2013. Catch the band live:

April 25 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (STUMPFEST day 2 w/ Red Fang, Lord Dying, Norska)
April 29 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown (w/ Uzala, Ephemeros & Blackwitch Pudding)
May 2 - Seattle, WA @ Waids Restaurant & Lounge (w/ Ancient Warlocks & Old Iron)
May 3 - Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar (w/ TBA)
May 30 - Missoula, MT @ The Badlander (w/ Swamp Ritual, Kadmin & Shramana)
May 31 - Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row (w/ Swamp Ritual & The Hellions)

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Iced Earth Kicking Off North American Tour

Iced Earth will be kicking off a North American trek this week with Sabaton and Revamp in support of latest album "Plagues of Babylon." Catch the tour on these dates:

Apr. 4--The Intersection--Grand Rapids, MI
Apr. 5--The Rave--Milwaukee, WI
Apr. 6--House of Blues--Chicago, IL
Apr. 7--First Avenue--Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 9--Stage AE--Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 10--Newport Music Hall--Columbus, OH
Apr. 11--Agora Theatre--Cleveland, OH
Apr. 12--St. Andrew's Hall--Detroit, MI
Apr. 14--Phoenix Concert Theatre--Toronto, ONT
Apr. 15--Imperial Theater--Quebec City, QC
Apr. 16--Corona Theatre--Montreal, QC
Apr. 17--Trocadero--Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 18--Best Buy Theatre--New York, NY
Apr. 19--The Palladium--Worcester, MA **The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival**
Apr. 21--Empire--West Springfield, VA
Apr. 23--The Masquerade--Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24--House of Blues Orlando--Orlando, FL
Apr. 25--Revolution--Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 26--State Theatre--St. Petersburg, FL
Apr. 28--Scout Bar--Houston, TX
Apr. 29--Trees--Dallas, TX
May 1--Club Red--Tempe, AZ
May 2--House of Blues--West Hollywood, CA
May 3--Slim's--San Francisco, CA
May 5--Knitting Factory Concert--House Spokane, WA
May 6--El Corazon--Seattle, WA
May 7--The Venue--Vancouver, BC
May 9--The Starlite--Room Edmonton, AB
May 10--Republik--Calgary, AB
May 11--Riddell Centre--Regina, SK
May 12--Park Theatre--Winnipeg, MB
May 14--The Summit Music Hall--Denver, CO
May 15--Sunshine Theater--Albuquerque, NM
May 16--Diamond Ballroom--Oklahoma City, OK More...

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Death Toll Rising Posts Guitar Video

Death Toll Rising has released a new guitar playthrough for the track "Crack Open A Cold One," taken from latest album "Infection Legacy."

Guitarist Drew Copland comments: "We are pleased to be releasing our first of two guitar videos today, something we have never done before. So crank it, then sit back and Crack Open a Cold One!"

In additional news, Death Toll Rising will be supporting the following Western Canadian tour dates with Katakylsm and Aborted during the Kill The Elite Tour:

Apr 10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted 'Kill The Elite Tour'
Apr 11 - Calgary, AB - The Rebublik - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted 'Kill The Elite Tour'
Apr 12 - Kamloops, BC - Columbo Lodge w/ Katakylsm, Aborted 'Kill The Elite Tour'
Apr 13 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted 'Kill The Elite Tour' More...

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Exorcism Streaming "Zero G"

"Zero G," a brand new song from Exorcism, has been posted online and can now be heard below. The track is taken from "I Am God," which will be released April 25th worldwide via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.

The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mario Bouffier, with additional editing by Axel Wiesenauer from Rock’N'Growl and logo by Anestis Goudas. The track listing is as follows:

01. End Of Days
02. I Am God
03. Voodoo Jesus (streaming here)
04. Last Rock’N Roll
05. Master Of Evil
06. Exorcism
07. Higher
08. Stay In Hell
09. Fade The Day
10. Zero G More...

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Monolord Posts Full Album Online

Swedish psychedelic doom trio Monolord has now unleashed debut LP "Empress Rising" worldwide via EasyRider Records.

Today you can also stream the full album online. Check it out below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The track listing is as follows:

1. Empress Rising (12:20)
2. Audhumbla (7:23)
3. Harbinger of Death (8:35)
4. Icon (8:15)
5. Watchers of The Waste (9:49) More...

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Nero Di Marte's Gear Stolen On The Road

After having all their gear stolen on the road, Nero Di Marte and Void of Sleep have launched a crowd funding campaign to buy new equipment and record a split release. Full details are available right here, and Nero Di Marte comments:

"As some of you may know, on Sunday March 23rd after a show in Rome, Nero di Marte and Void of Sleep were robbed of all their instruments and gear.

"In less than 30 minutes someone broke into our van and was able to take everything. It happened in broad daylight near a police station in Rome, despite there being a massive amount of police forces surveilling the area but, alas, no security cameras.

"Guitars, amps, pedalboards, drums, merchandise and personal belongings… a total amount of 25.000€ was stolen from both bands. They took everything.

"The sad reality of this situation is that without any instruments we cannot continue as a band. We can’t play, rehearse, tour, record a new album.

"It took us years to buy our gear, and to start from absolutely nothing, without any help, means paralyzing anything we could do for a long time or seriously put ourselves into debt beyond what we can afford.

"In the last few days we’ve received hundreds of messages and phone calls from friends and strangers; you’ve amazed us with your support, comprehension and indignation towards what happened.

"You helped us get back on our feet and empower us to immediately react to what happened, and for this we thank you.

"We want to get back to what we know how to do best, play music, and we cannot do it without your help. More...

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Centuries Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

West Palm Beach, Florida punk/hardcore outfit Centuries is about to undertake an upcoming new U.S. tour.

Still performing on the Southern Lord-released "Taedium Vitae" debut LP, the band will embark westward out of its home state on a twenty-two date tour starting April 9th. The trek will come to a close in Orlando on May 1st, with Of Feather And Bone supporting for the majority of the dates.

4/09/2014 Display - Gainesville, FL
4/10/2014 Mango's - Houston, TX
4/11/2014 Sons of Hermann Hall - Dallas, TX
4/12/2014 house show - Lubbock, TX
4/13/2014 The Gasworks - Albuquerque, NM w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/14/2014 51West - Tempe, AZ w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/16/2014 Aladdin Jr's - Pomona, CA w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/17/2014 CYC - Fresno, CA w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/18/2014 Ft. Ryland - Reno, NV w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/19/2014 The Boreal - Eugene, OR w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/20/2014 La Voyeur - Olympia, WA w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/21/2014 The Charleston - Bremerton, WA w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/22/2014 The Cut - Everett, WA w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/23/2014 Ole Beck VFW - Missoula, MT w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/24/2014 Radio Rendevoo - Twin Falls, ID w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/25/2014 The Salt Haus - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/26/2014 The Baby House - Laramie, WY w/ Of Feather and Bone
4/27/2014 TBA - Kansas City, KS
4/28/2014 Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
4/29/2014 Rampage - Jackson, MS
4/30/2014 The Forge - Birmingham, AL
5/01/2014 The Space Orlando, FL More...

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Dark Century Announces Record Release Show

Montreal's five-piece Dark Century will be taking the stage on April 18th at Cafe Chaos in Montreal for the launch of forthcoming album "Murder Motel."

Known for injecting a party with bacon and moshing fun times, this show is going to get greasy!

Dark Century will be joined by local support from My Last Wish and Vaginal Scars.

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Dwellers Reveals New Album Details

Salt Lake City-based, self-dubbed "gut rock" trio Dwellers is pleased to spread the seed of sophomore full-length "Pagan Fruit" later this Spring via the amplifier-advocates at Small Stone Records.

The nine-track long player was recorded and engineered by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Catholic Girls) at The Boars Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah, mixed by Eric Hoegemeyer (Luder) at Tree Laboratory in Brooklyn, New York and mastered by Chris Goosman (Sasquatch, Early, Five Horse Johnson, Acid King) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Pagan Fruit" will see release on May 6th, 2014. The otherworldly cover art was created by Adrian Brouchy (Kongh, Black Cowgirl, Dead Rooster) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Creature Comfort
2. Totem Crawler
3. Return To The Sky
4. Rare Eagle
5. Son Of Raven
6. Devoured By Lions
7. Spirit Of The Staircase
8. Waiting On Winter
9. Call Of The Hallowed Horn More...

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The Meatmen Post New Song

The Meatmen are getting ready to drop their first album of new material in 19 years, titled "Savage Sagas," and Decibel magazine has an exclusive stream of one of the new songs. The track, "Dinosaur," is playing at this location. This track had been conceived by Tesco Vee back in 1996 with an older line-up, and he finally got around to recording it.

"Savage Sagas" will be unveiled on Self Destructo Records on May 27th. Craig Horky from Lansing, MI - a big EC Comics fan - did the artwork for the release. The Meatmen will hit the road after the release, embarking on Punk Rock Bowling, a two week west coast tour in May/June, and shows with Antiseen, Black Fag and Gang Green. Check out the dates below.

Friday May 23 Denver CO @ the Marquis Theatre
Sunday May 25 Las Vegas @ Country Saloon/Punk Rock Bowling
Tuesday May 27 Phoenix AZ @ the Yucca Tap Room
Wednesday May 28 TBA
Thursday May 29 San Diego CA @ Soda Bar w/Black Fag
Friday May 30 Los Angeles CA @ Baldwin Park Vets Hall w/Black Fag
Saturday May 31 Long Beach CA @ Alex’s Bar w/Black Fag
Sunday June 1 Ventura CA The Garage w/Black Fag
Monday June 2 Santa Cruz TBA
Tuesday June 3 Sacramento CA @ The Press Club
Wednesday June 4 Oakland CA TBA
Thursday June 5 Portland OR @ Branx w/SNFU
Friday June 6 Seattle WA @ El Corazon w/ SNFU
Saturday June 7 Spokane WA @ The Hop
Friday June 27 Chicago @ Reggies w/ Antiseen
Saturday June 28 St Louis TBA
Saturday July 26 Indianapolis Punks Dont Give A Fest Festival

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Sargeist Streaming Entire New Album

Finnish black metal outfit Sargeist today streams the entirety of fourth album, "Feeding the Crawling Shadows" (reviewed here), which was released yesterday on W.T.C. Productions.

Give it a listen below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"While predecessor Let the Devil In was indeed hailed far and wide as a masterpiece, the coven of Sargeist is always lurking where no light dwells, brewing potent spells more diabolical than the last, and this solemn commitment is played out across the ten tracks that comprise Feeding the Crawling Shadows.

"Instantly recognizable as Sargeist - and particular, the malign riff-majesty of the ubiquitous Shatraug (Horna, Behexen, et. al) - here, the quartet go a concertedly rawer route, but with no sacrifice in quality. If anything, their freezing landscapes penetrate the soul that much deeper. As such, Sargeist have once again topped themselves, delivering yet another masterpiece of purest black metal magick in Feeding the Crawling Shadows."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Feeding the Crawling Shadows
2. In Charnel Dreams
3. Unto the Undead Temple
4. Snares of Impurity
5. Return of the Rats
6. The Unspoken Ones
7. The Shunned Angel
8. Inside the Demon's Maze
9. Kingdom Below
10. Funerary Descent More...

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Abigail Williams Updates Tour Schedule

American horde Abigail Williams - which will release a fourth studio album later this year - is currently crusading through the Eastern half of the country on tour now.

The Stateside trek continues through April 12th. Abigail Williams will then head back out on the road in North America from mid-May through mid-June with Lecherous Nocturne and Panzerfaust. Catch the band live:

3/31/2014 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
4/01/2014 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
4/02/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA
4/03/2014 The Bowery - Knoxville, TN
4/04/2014 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
4/05/2014 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
4/06/2014 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
4/07/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
4/08/2014 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
4/09/2014 Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
4/10/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
4/11/2014 Walters Downtown - Houston, TX
4/12/2014 Texas Independence Fest - Austin, TX More...

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Roargh! Unveils New EP Artwork

Hudson Valley band Roargh! has revealed the artwork to the band's upcoming EP titled "Second Helping." The cover was created by Joe Flores from Alighieri and can be seen below.

"Second Helping" is currently slated for a May, 2014 release date. For further info on the band, head over to the Roargh! Facebook profile.

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Black Magik Releases New Video

Black Magik has released a music video for "Kill Zone," taken from the band's third forthcoming full release "The Conjuring of Three." Check out the clip below. "The Conjuring of Three" will see release on April 22nd, 2014.

Black Magik is a three piece American thrash metal band that has previously released two independent albums: "Words of Prophecy" (2012) and The Apocalypse (2013)." The new album's 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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Anti Ritual Streaming Forthcoming EP

With a furious attack of hardcore, sludge, and black metal fueled by antagonistic lyrics, Anti Ritual makes its debut with a raging EP via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records. You can stream the self-titled release in the player below, courtesy of Cvlt Nation.

Anti Ritual is a new band consisting of four experienced musicians with roots in the Copenhagen hardcore and metal scene. According to a press release, the sixteen minutes of music on the band's eponymous debut EP can be described as a "bastard of hardcore, sludge and black metal taking its own form beyond genre descriptions, conveying aggression and negative feelings in musical form."

Anti Ritual's debut EP will be released via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records four weeks away on April 28th, 2014. More...

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Vanhelgd Posts New Song Online

"Relics Of Sulphur Salvation," the third LP from Swedish death metal quartet Vanhelgd, is set for May 27th release in North America via 20 Buck Spin and internationally via Pulverised Records, and today the first single from the devastating album has been made available.

The ominous third track from "Relics Of Sulphur Salvation," titled "Where All Flesh Is Soil," can be heard in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dödens Maskätna Anlete
2. The Salt In My Hands
3. Where All Flesh Is Soil
4. Ett Liv I Träldom
5. May The Worms Have Mercy On My Flesh
6. Relics Of Sulphur Salvation
7. Sirens Of Lampedusa
8. Cure Us From Life More...

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Accursed Spawn Streaming New Song

Following the song's premiere on Hammer Smashed Radio, Accursed Spawn has released "Burned into Sterility," the first single from the death metal outfit's upcoming EP "Putrid." Check it out below.

The track can be downloaded at SoundCloud here, and vocalist Luke Wargasm commented on forthcoming EP:

“This is a recording that I think we can all really be proud of as a band. We came together tighter than ever before, and really worked together on structuring all the songs and playing to everyone's strengths, as well as this maniacial thing we've cultivated that we like to call the 'Accursed Spawn' sound. The single pretty much speaks for itself. We're bringing the heavy slam, the pounding drum, and the ripping solo to the party." More...

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Blackfinger Streaming Songs From Debut

Blackfinger, the Chicago retro metal band featuring vocalist Eric Wagner, has set April 12th as the official album release party date for its debut self-titled one. The CD release party will be held at the End Zone Bar & Grill in Aurora, IL and will also feature special guests Spyderbone and Amulance.

"Blackfinger" is already available via Shadow Kingdom records. Three of the tracks from the release are streaming on youtube, such as "Keep Falling Down," "As Long as I'm with You" and the song "On Tuesday Morning," which is playing below.

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Cannabis Corpse Finishes New Album

After releasing the "Splatterhash" split with Ghoul (reviewed here), VA based death metal powerhouse Cannabis Corpse has completed recording a new album.

Titled "From Wisdom to Baked," this will be the first new album for the band on Season of Mist. "From Wisdom to Baked" will be released in North America on June 24th (June 20th worldwide), and further album details will be released shortly.

Formed by bassist Phil "LandPhil" Hall (of Municipal Waste / Iron Reagan fame) and his brother Josh "Hallhammer" Hall in 2006, Cannabis Corpse has made a name for itself with three full-length albums and relentless touring.

The band, rounded out by guitarist Brent Purgason (aka "Pustulus Maximus" of GWAR), has toured the world over with The Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, Hate Eternal, Skeletonwitch, and more.

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DevilDriver To Embark On North American Tour

The California groove machine known as Devildriver has confirmed it will be touring North America this summer, alongside co-headliners Whitechapel. Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy. These dates follow April shows in Europe.

Frontman Dez Fafara cannot wait for this tour start: "You all thought winter was over? Well Winter Kills continues. We are pumped to tour the USA in further support of Winter Kills. It's an insane line up of great bands and great friends. Come on out."

Devildriver released sixth studio album "Winter Kills" in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Accept Announces New Album "Blind Rage"

German metal legends Accept announced that the new album will be entitled "Blind Rage" and will be released worldwide on July 18th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band tapped ex-Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap (Hell) who produced, mixed and mastered the release.

Composer/guitarist Wolf Hoffman commented: “Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous. It is wild and scary and it’s called 'Blind Rage'!"

The artwork for the album can be viewed here:

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1349 Joins The Season Of Mist Roster

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 for North America. The band will release a new album in fall of 2014.

1349 commented on the signing: "We entered the studio with an idea of putting everything that 1349 has ever been about into a cauldron, stir it well, and pour in some fresh ingredients - as well as some strange old ones - and come up with our most potent elixir ever. And we brought the spirit to match the ambitious attempt. Boil, boil, toil and trouble...Behold! We have made the most delightfully intoxicating and dangerous potion you can dream of. FEEL THE FIRE! And Hail Hell."

1349 will embark on the 2014 Metal Alliance tour alongside Behemoth, Goatwhore, and label-mates Inquisition. The tour kicks off on April 4th, and continues through the United States and Canada, making stops at Texas Independence Fest and the New England Metal Festival along the way. A full list of tour dates can be found below. More...

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Vangough Premiere Video for "Separation"

Oklahoma based progressive metallers, Vangough, premiere a new video today for a song, 'Seperation,' taken from the band's third album, "Between the Madness," released in 2014. The video is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of Prog Sphere.

"Between the Madness" (reviewed here) ended on the TOP 100 of the Prog Archives list of the best albums for 2013. The video for 'Separation' was directed by Will Thompson and edited by Jayson Lewis. The band's guitarist and singer Clay Withrow commented: "We wanted to capture the energy of our live show, as well as the frenetic nature of the song. I think as a representation of the band, it's a big step up from our last video." More...

Read the full article at Video Premiere: VANGOUGH – Separation.

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Neptune Signs With Earthquake Terror Noise

Italian melodic death metal act Neptune has signed on with Earthquake Terror Noise for the release of the sophomore LP "Prelude to Nothing." The album was previously available through the band back in December 2013, but will now be issued through the label on April 28th.

Neptune came to existence in 2000 in Verona, Italy. Born as a death metal band largely influenced by Swedish masters like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, the band has developed its own original style, due to the diverse musical background each member brought into the project. In 2002, Neptune recorded the three track demo "Synth-breed," which obtained encouraging reviews by many Italian webzines and magazines. The band followed this up with a self-released EP "Perfection and Failure" in 2004, which led to the release of the debut full length "Acts of Supremacy" in 2008 via Noisehead Records.

The track listing for "Prelude to Nothing" is:

1. Leaving the Organic Age
2. Of Courage and Honor
3. Lost in a Lie
4. Extinction
5. Last Silent Riot
6. Renaissance
7. Rampage of Vengeance
8. In Collision
9. Drifting
10. Future Deliverance
11. Healthy Downgrave More...

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Death SS Posts "The Crimson Shrine" Video

Italian horror rock artists Death SS posted the fifth music video/single from the comeback release "Resurrection." The video "The Crimson Shrine" can be viewed below. The song also appears on the extended single/EP "Dionysus" and as a 7" vinyl with "Gates of Babylon," both via Lucifer Rising Records.

Check out "The Crimson Shrine" here:

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Temperance Releases First Music Video "Breathe"

Italy's Temperance, featuring Giulio Capone (d), Sandro Capone (g), Marco Pastorino (Secret Sphere/HateTyler) and Luca Negro (b) of Bejelit with vocalist Chiara Tricarico, has released the band's first music video for the new track "Breathe." The song appears on the upcoming self-titled debut release, which is set to drop via Scarlet Records on April 15th.

The track list is as follows:

1. Tell Me
2. Hero
3. Heavens Above
4. Breathe
5. To Be With You (streaming here)
6. Scared & Alone
7. The Fourth Season
8. Relentlessly
9. Deja Vu
10. Stronger
11. Lotus
12. A Thousand Years (Bonus Track)

The video was shot and edited by Martina Pastori. Check out "Breathe" here: More...

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Vita Imana Streams New Track "Mar De Cristales"

Spanish groove metal act Vita Imana is streaming the new track "Mar de Cristales" (heard in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "Oceanidae," which is available now via Sobry Music.

Check out "Mar de Cristales" here:

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Sebastian Bach Releases "Temptation" Music Video

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach released a music video for the new track "Temptation." The song appears on the upcoming new studio album "Give'em Hell," which is out on April 22nd via Frontiers Records. Pre-orders for the album can be made on Amazon at this location.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Hell Inside My Head
2. Harmony
3. All My Friends Are Dead
4. Temptation
5. Push Away
6. Dominator
7. Had Enough
8. Gun To A Knife Fight
9. Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game
10. Taking Back Tomorrow
11. Disengaged
12. Forget You More...

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Delain Releases "Stardust" Music Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain released a music video for the new track "Stardust." The song appears on the new release "The Human Contradiction," which drops via Napalm Records on April 8th in North America. A preview for the album can be heard at this location.

The track list is:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground (see lyric video)
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons

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Kenziner Streams New Single "Run For Your Life"

Finnish neoclassic power metal act Kenziner is streaming the new track "Run For Your Life," the opening track from the third album "The Lost Horizon." The album is the first since 1999's "The Prophecies" and features new vocalist Markku Kuikka (Book of Reflections/Status Minor) among other new members surrounding founder Jarno Keskinen (keyboards).

The new release is set to drop on May 23rd via Power Prog Records. The track list is:

1. Run For Your Life
2. Our Times
3. Heroes Ride
4. Devour The World
5. End Of An Era
6. Keep The Flame Alive
7. I Am Eternal
8. No Turning Back
9. The Last Horizon
10. Perfect Moment (CD Bonus Track)

Check out "Run For Your Life" here: More...

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In Solitude Announces Summer Shows

Swedish metal act In Solitude has announced a series of shows throughout the summer.

Shows will include appearances at Hellfest, Graspop, Metaldays, and more. The entire list of dates can be seen below.

The band is touring in support of latest album, "Sister," and is looking forward to spreading darkness over Europe on these dates:

26/04/14 PT – Barroselas - SWR Barrolelas Festival
27/04/14 ES – Madrid – Copernico
28/04/14 ES – Barcelona – Razzamatazz 3
01/05/14 NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
23/05/14 SE – Kristianstad – Biljardkompaniet
24/05/14 SE – Örebro – Metallsvenskan
13/05/14 DE – Weismain – Legacy Open Air
20/06/14 FR – Clisson – Hellfest
21/06/14 NO – Halden – Tons Of Rock
28/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop
17/07/14 LT – Anyksciai – Devilstone Open Air
20/07/14 SI – Tolmin – Metaldays More...

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Massacre Streaming Full Album

The death metal pioneers in Massacre have returned to the spotlight with their first studio album effort in almost 20 years.

This new album, "Back From Beyond," is now available for purchase at CM Distro here. Today you can also hear all the tracks off the album below, courtesy of Guitar World.

Massacre comments: "We are very proud of 'Back From Beyond.' All the hard work over the past year from Massacre & Century Media is reaching its apex today. We believe fans old and new are going to enjoy this slab of Florida Death Metal!" More...

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Misery Index Posts New Song

Misery Index today reveals the second new track from forthcoming album "The Killing Gods." The track, titled "The Calling," is streaming below, thanks to Revolver Magazine.

Misery Index will see the release of "The Killing Gods" on May 27th in North America (May 23rd worldwide). The album will be available as a CD, Limited Edition CD Digibox with a bonus track, and various LP formats.

The band's fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Urfaust
2. The Calling
3. The Oath
4. Conjuring the Cull
5. The Harrowing
6. The Killing Gods
7. Cross to Bear
8. Gallows Humor
9. The Weakener
10. Sentinels
11. Colony Collapse
12. Heretics
13. Thieves of the New World Order (bonus track on Digibox) More...

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Graves At Sea Heading Out On Tour

The Portland doom miscreants in Graves At Sea will embark upon a European live incursion later this month with fellow riff worshippers, Sourvein.

Set to initiate with what's bound to be a cataclysmic performance at this year's Roadburn Fest in Tilburg, the band will punish twenty-four locales with the trek coming to a ceremonious close at Heavy Days In Doomtown in Denmark.

Graves At Sea will drop the "This Place Is Poison" twelve-inch EP upon the living this Spring via the menace merchants at Eolian Empire. "This Place Is Poison" was tracked by drummer Bryan Sours (ex-Subarachnoid Space) and Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy and mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering. Side A features the title track, while side B sees Black Sabbath's "Orchid" and "Lord Of This World" getting bold revisions. More...

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Skinfather Streaming "Drown In Black"

As Streetcleaner Records prepares to release "None Will Mourn," the debut LP from Skinfather, today the first single from the album has been released via Decibel Magazine.

Check out the LP's second track, "Drown In Black," in the player below. Pre-orders for the band's upcoming LP are also available at this location, with the release date set for April 22nd.

A week following the street date of "None Will Mourn," Skinfather will join Nails on an upcoming West Coast tour, providing support for all shows alongside Iron Lung and Bone Sickness. Additional regional tour actions, including a full East Coast attack this Fall, will be announced shortly.

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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Downfall Of Gaia Announces New Tour Dates

Downfall of Gaia has just announced two support tours for June with Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk. The tours will include dates throughout mainland Europe, including Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and more.

Comments Downfall of Gaia: "We are happy to announce our first European tour for 2014! This time we are glad to hit the road with the mighty Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk, playing Germany and Belgium on our way to Hellfest in Clisson, France! After a little stop at Hellfest it's Black Tusk and us on our own for a few more dates to go. Pretty much looking forward to return to all of those countries this upcoming summer that gave us such a good time on our last European tour!" More...

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Site Update

April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our twelfth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

Promises of a Metallica's new album details and Tim Lambesis' escape from jail (despite being out on bail untl his sentencing hearing on May 2nd) and K.K. Downing re-joining Judas Priest, among many others, were too much for readers to pass up.

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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