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Metal News for April 24, 2014

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39 news articles posted on this day.


The Rockstar Ramblings: Tribute

This week an eclectic group of videos featuring bad ass women, potential kidnappings and answering the question no one asked: Why do escalators move so slow?

Axel Rudi Pell has released a new video for the song "Long Way To Go," taken from the guitarist's latest album "Into The Storm." The video starts like an indie movie, a boring indie movie. We see city like scenes and then an escalator. Is the escalator a metaphor for life and the “long way to go?” Maybe it just means some escalators are way to slow and this song is about how long it takes. If so, I understand…


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Frameworks Streaming "Loom" EP

"Loom," the debut full-length from Gainesville, FL post-hardcore quintet Frameworks, is streaming in full below, courtesy of Stereogum.com, in advance of the April 29th release date via Topshelf Records.

The album was recorded by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Comadre) in his Atomic Garden Studios in San Francisco and sees Frameworks sprawling into more experimental territory.

Topshelf Records will be offering $5 downloads of "Loom" via Bandcamp through May 5th. You can also catch the band live on these dates: More...

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When The Deadbolt Breaks Shooting New Video

Ear One Productions and Lounge SevenZeroEight Photography are casting for the second video from When The Deadbolt Breaks' new album "Drifting Toward The Edge of the Earth," release in October through Ear One Productions.

This May the American psychedelic doom masters will be teaming up with videographer Charlie Winthal once again to begin shooting this video. Following the success of the band's first video for "Sleeps in Burning Hills" (available below), which was also directed by Winthal, the band is gearing up to make the follow-up a true visual spectacle for the track "The Woods Are Full Of Killers."

Singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis states: "The video idea coincides with a photo shoot I plan to do. It will be dark, and terrifying."

Lounge SevenZeroEight Photography is seeking four female models to appear in the video and the accompanying photo shoot. The video is a horror themed jaunt, and will feature nudity. The video shoot is being scheduled for mid May, at a location in Connecticut. Interested parties can contact: LoungeSevenZeroEight@gmail.com. Please include a full body shot of yourself and any links to any modeling websites you have been featured on. Title the email "708 Video Shoot." More...

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ACxDC Posts New Track

Noisey.Vice.com has released the newest ACxDC (Antichrist Demoncore) track, "Endless Failure," off the upcoming "Antichrist Demoncore" LP, due out June 24th on Melotov Records. Check it out below.

ACxDC has a full summer of U.S. and European touring ahead, including a slew of festivals on both continents. Kicking things off with an appearance at Maryland Deathfest and a string of West Coast dates, including an in-store record release party at LA's Vacation Vinyl, the band then heads overseas for a month-long European tour that hits 11 countries and numerous fests. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Wolves At The Gate Streaming "Dust To Dust"

Wolves At The Gate has released a brand new song from upcoming album "VxV," which is due out June 10th.

Listen to "Dust to Dust" in the player below, and you can also pre-order the "VxV" album at the Solid State Store here. The track listing is as follows:

1. VxV
2. Wake Up
3. Dust To Dust
4. Return
5. Relief
6. The Bird And The Snake
7. Rest
8. East To West
9. Wild Heart
10. The Convicted
11. Majesty In Misery
12. The Father's Bargain

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Woman Is The Earth Streaming New Album

Enigmatic American black metal outfit Woman Is The Earth today streams the entirety of "This Place That Contains My Spirit," released last week by Eisenwnald (and out May 6th in North America).

Check it out below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com. The following press release was also issued:

"The band's second overall recording (and first proper album), 'This Place That Contains My Spirit' was written over the course of three years. Much time and effort was put into writing and recording the album to uphold the original conception of the music. In addition to guitars and drums, a variety of instruments were used, including a Roland Juno-60, bass guitar, classical guitar, and ocarina. The album reflects a yearning to reconnect with the spirit of the natural world in a time when that connection is quickly dissolving."

The track listing is as follows:

1. This Place That Contains My Spirit
2. Bird Song
3. Sage Moon
4. Glow Beyond the Ridgeline More...

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Wolf Announces New Album, Tour

Sweden's pack of heavy metal stalwarts in Wolf return with their seventh studio album entitled "Devil Seed."

This time around, the wolves have teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios, with cover artwork being created once again by designer Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond).

"I haven't been this pleased with the songs on a Wolf album since the release of Black Wings, which scored 10/10 in Rock Hard magazine," says founding member Niklas Stalvind. "I really think we have taking our songwriting to the next level on this one and I hope that the metal fans will love it as much as we do."

Century Media Records will unleash "Devil Seed" on August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America. Then, a short time later, Wolf will take to the streets with a tour of the U.K. with further European dates to be announced soon. More...

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Humanity's Last Breath Splits With Three Members

Drummer Buster Odeholm of Swedish outfit Humanity's Last Breath has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the other members of the band:

"This is Buster. I have some bad news, the band (not me) is taking an hiatus for an unknown period of time. The band has realized that they are unable to play live due to different obligations in their lives, this led to the decision that HLB will be a one-man-band featuring yours truly.

"I am working on an EP this time around and it will be released with another vocalist. Since I write 90% of the stuff there will be no major change in the music more than my personal progression as a songwriter.

"One more thing! I'm helping out the guys in Vildhjarta with drum duties in France and Switzerland next week! So come by and hang out!" More...

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Torrential Downpour Streaming "Satan, Whatever..."

As the New Jersey-based metal quartet Torrential Downpour prepares for the release of new full-length album "Truth Knowledge Vision," due out June 10th, a new song from the eleven track opus has found its way online.

The song "Satan, Whatever…" can now be streamed in its entirety below, courtesy of Metal Insider.

With a history that spans across nearly two decades, the members of Torrential Downpour - PrKr (vocals), Matt Cece (Bass), Jason Volpe (guitar), and Pete Costa (drums) - continue to copiously churn out new music that characterizes their own unique blend of technical and progressive metal infused with post rock tendencies.

The group's third full-length album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Antreassian (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Binary Code, The Number 12 Looks Like You) at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, NJ.

“Our new album - Truth Knowledge Vision touches on areas and sounds not usually focused on in heavy music, and with the track ‘Satan, Whatever…’ we specifically call out the genre we embrace,” says Volpe. “It's our way of stripping the stigmas from a genre that gets pigeonholed too often. Years of crafting and experimenting has culminated in this recording and we are very excited for people to hear what we have put together.” More...

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Swarp Announces "Omines Pestilentiae" Release

Iron Bonehead Productions has set May 30th as the international release date for SwarÞ's "Omines Pestilentiae" collection. The label issued the following press release:

"SwarÞ are the embodiment of 'obscure,' in all senses of the word. No info is known about the band - their membership, location of origin beyond 'international,' even their year of origin - nor do any photos exist of the band.

"More importantly, their sound is obscure: across three recordings released during 2012 and 2013, this enigmatic maw of sound have secretly built a defiant form of blackened death metal as miasmic as it is magisterial, and infinitely hypnotizing like no other. Absolute ritualism, SwarÞ's two demos - 2012's self-titled demo and the following year's 'Tayl is Deep purgh pyn Envenymynge' - are collected with the Mors Rex Salvator Hominum tape EP as a double-vinyl LP entitled Omines Pestilentiae.

"The 2LP 'Omines Pestilentiae' will be presented in a gatefold edition of 500 copies, including an eight-page booklet. A tome/tomb like no other, open/enter SwarÞ's Omines Pestilentiae and lose/find the Shadow Self..."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Side A - Swarþ demo
2. Side B - Þy Tayl is Deeþ Þurgh Þyn Envenymynge
3. Side C - Mors Rex Salvator Hominum
4. Side D - Mors Rex Salvator Hominum More...

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Headline News

Summer Slaughter 2014 Lineup Announced

The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th.

This year's edition features Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.

The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows. Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.

David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: "Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel."

Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) adds: "Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer." More...

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Fozzy Streaming New Song

Fozzy has been a constant force in the music scene and worldwide touring circuit since 2000. The band is the brainchild of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho, two larger-than-life, trailblazing personalities that have spent the past decade shaping their own brand of sonic splendor.

Now with a brand new song, Fozzy is ready rock your face off! Turn up your speakers and check out "Lights Go Out" below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.

The band is also doing a run of shows including 98Rockfest, Welcome to Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion. Dates are as follows: More...

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Mortalicum Posts New Album Teaser

The 3rd album from Mortalicum, titled "Tears from the Grave," will be released via Metal on Metal Records this coming April 25th at the Keep It True festival, which has became a tradition for the Swedish doom rockers (their debut was released at KIT 2010 and the second release came at KIT 2012).

According to the label, "It's their most doomy release with longest and slowest songs, full of soulful melodies, but those who loved their more hard rocking side need not worry, as it's still very much present here - the more upbeat songs have really infectious riffs and just call for headbanging. The album radiates with '70s and '80s warm vibe that will surely please fans of Black Sabbath, Grand Magus, Candlemass, Trouble, Spiritual Beggars, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, and the like..."

A promo clip for the "Tears from the Grave" album (featuring a fragment of the title track) can be watched seen below, while three full songs, "The Illusion," "The Endless Sacrifice," and "The Winding Stair," are available for streaming at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Endless Sacrifice
2. I Dream of Dying
3. Tears from the Grave
4. The Illusion
5. I Am Sin
6. Remember the Fallen
7. Spirits of the Dead
8. The Passage
9. The Winding Stair

The album art was handled by Metal On Metal owner Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi, and pre-orders are available here. More...

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Autopsy Premieres Page From New Comic

U.S. death metal outfit Autopsy and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to exclusively launch a page from the band's upcoming digital comic book release, "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" (the page can also be seen below).

Additional details about "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" will be revealed on the E-Comix Twitter account on Wednesday, April 30th.

"If I had to summarize this comic book in a sound bite, it would be to say 'Food tastes better screaming.' There's your visual," President and Publisher of E-Comix, Vince Brusio, told MetalSucks. "Carnage unseen since old school '80s splatter films. This book is brutal because Autopsy is brutal. So consider yourself warned, kids. No apologies. No regrets."

As with the publisher's first title ("Dying Fetus: Supreme Violence"), "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" is full authorized by the band. The comic book tells the tale of college kids who make a terrible mistake: one for which they must suffer, and pay in blood. When they play with stolen property at an impromptu field party, they open a doorway that allows spirits into our material world.

A rescue is planned, but none of this is made known to a rival biker gang that doesn't appreciate their turf trampled on by strangers. Seeking vengeance, the gang approach an old abandoned house to wreak havoc on their party crashers, and learn too late that once the door to Hell is opened, it can't be closed.

Aside from "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral," the iconic death metal band is currently gearing up for the release of its seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves," out April 29th on Peaceville. More...

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Santa Cruz Releases New Music Video

Reared on a hefty diet of 80's glam rock Americana, the rock 'n' roll sensation Santa Cruz today releases a debut North American single "We Are The Ones To Fall" today via Spinefarm Records.

The song is available as a digital download on iTunes, and the band also shot a video for the song, which can be seen below courtesy of Loudwire.

Santa Cruz was formed in 2007, inspired by such greats as Skid Row and Guns 'n' Roses. After a few line-up changes and two demos the boys Taz (20, drums), Archie (20, lead vocals & lead guitars), Middy (20, bass) and Johnny (21, lead guitars) released a self-produced EP titled "Anthem For The Young 'n' Restless" (2011). The band then played well over a 100 shows and scored a worldwide record deal with Spinefarm Records.

"We Are The Ones To Fall" is just a sampling of what people can expect from these young rockers. Look out for music to be released in the coming months and the band's new full-length album in 2015 on Spinefarm Records. More...

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Outrage Releasing "We The Dead" Album

The German blackened thrash metal underdogs in Outrage started out in 1983 and were a part of the first wave of black metal. On April 25th, the band's 7th full-length "We the Dead" will be released via Metal on Metal Records.

The upcoming album brings mostly new songs but also features 3 re-recorded tracks from the band's early days ("Death from Behind" from the 1st demo from 1985, "Delos" from the 2nd demo from 1985, and "Spherical" from the 4th demo from 1987).

A promo clip for the album can be seen below. You can also stream three tracks off the album and find pre-order info at this location. The cover art was created by the Metal On Metal label owner Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi and the track listing is as follows:

1. 11:59 - Eye for an Eye
2. Kill Snow White
3. The Biggest Wrench
4. Be That as It May
5. The Elemental War
6. Death from Behind
7. The Iron Door
8. Sepia Eyes / Birth to the Flame
9. Chastiser
10. Spherical
11. Delos
12. We the Dead (watch the video here) More...

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Machine Head Posts Ignite Covers Online

Machine Head has posted Ignite covers of "Our Darkest Days" and "Bleeding" off the band's limited edition 10" Record Store Day vinyl single. The 10" features a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings," which was streaming briefly online. Side B of the release features MACHINE HEAD covering two tracks by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE.

Robb Flynn shares the story behind the cover tracks here.

Killers & Kings 10" tracking listing:

Side One: "Killers & Kings" (demo version)
Side Two: "Our Darkest Days / Bleeding" (IGNITE cover)

This limited edition 10" will feature four alternate covers with two specific colors (Red: Death + The Devil / Blue: High Priestess + Strength), each limited to 1,000 copies each and can be ordered here.

In related band news, Machine Head has announced that Anti-Mortem will be supporting them on tour this July. The latest tour dates are as follows: More...

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Dead In The Manger Streaming Full New EP

20 Buck Spin will soon flood the planet with the blazing and harrowing "Transience" EP, the debut recording from anonymous black metal/grindcore quartet, Dead In The Manger.

"Transience" is due out on MLP and digital formats in North America on April 29th and in Europe on May 2nd.

With just six songs in less than twenty minutes -- succinctly named Parts I-VI -- Transience melds atmospheric and pentatonic melodies into a maelstrom of bleak, scalpel-sharp, maximum BPM aggression and multiple stab wounds of hate-driven malcontent.

Ahead of its looming release, Metal Insider is today hosting a stream of all six bludgeoning movements, which can be heard below. More...

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Meliah Rage Reveals "Warrior" Details

Metal On Metal Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Meliah Rage:

"The 8th full-length from the U.S. power/thrash veterans in Meliah Rage was supposed to be out last year, but apart from finding a new vocalist, the band didn't have much luck, in particular due to health problems of the guitarist Anthony Nichols (who underwent 2 surgeries for herniated disc last June, and in December suffered severe wrist injury requiring multiple plates and screws). It will still take months before they can play live again, as besides the broken bones, Anthony's tendons and nerves will need recovery time, but at least their new CD 'Warrior' is finished and will be released on April 25th through Metal on Metal Records.

"The new album is more in-your-face and aggressive than their last one, mostly thanks to the new singer, whose vocals, while being pretty versatile, are less melodic, but the band's trademark intricate dual guitar harmonies and melodic interludes are still there of course. They have delivered a solid, hook-filled album, and show they can still pack a punch."

Vocalist Marc Lopes created a lyric video for "I Am the Pain," which can be seen below. You can hear more from the album and also pre-order "Warrior" over at the Metal On Metal website.

The album art was designed by award-winning artist Martin Bouchard "Fitto" and painted by Alec Dowie. The "Warrior" track listing is as follows:

1. Warrior
2. I Am the Pain
3. Stranger to Your Sympathy
4. When We Wake
5. A Dying Day
6. These Scars
7. Garden of Evil
8. In Hate More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces Tour With Revocation

The American Godfathers of death metal in Cannibal Corpse have announced a full European tour for the fall.

This will be the band's first European tour in support of an upcoming new, yet-untitled album due for release later this year via Metal Blade Records. Further details are forthcoming on the follow-up to the "Torture" album (reviewed here).

The band's label mates in Revocation have been confirmed as direct support and Swedish death metal outfit Aeon has been slotted as the opening band. Dates are as follows: More...

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Memories Of A Dead Man Releases New Music Video

Atmospheric French post-metal group Memories Of A Dead Man has released a new music video for “Melancholia.” Directed by video & design company Eyes and Pix, the video can be seen below.

The track comes off the group's latest album “Ashes Of Joy,” which was issued on April 14th via Send the Wood Music. The full album is also available for streaming over here. More...

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Mechanical Organic Announces Upcoming Album

Australian progressive metal band Mechanical Organic will release new studio album “This Global Hive Part Two” independently on April 28th, 2014. A teaser clip is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Show Me Oblivion 6:19
2. The Guiding Lie 5:26
3. Of Leprous Minds 4:09
4. Hate Remembers/Love Forgot 6:48
5. Empty Shell 5:10
6. Through The Lens 4:18
7. The Drifting Part 7:03
8. An Architect’s Farewell 4:39
9. To Be King 6:30

Comments Mechanical Organic’s keyboardist Eddie Katz: "We really couldn’t be happier with the way this album has come together. From the very beginning we set out to make this album better on every level than our previous releases and I think we have accomplished everything we initially set out to achieve.

“We have left no stone unturned in terms of sound quality and production and I think we have also taken another very large step with regards to song writing maturity.

"As always we all recorded our musical parts separately in our own studios and then brought all the files back to David Bellion’s studio for mixing.

"I think we’ve created something very dark, progressive, heavy and multi layered with this release and we’re very proud of it.” More...

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Whitechapel Posts Final In-Studio Clip

This coming Tuesday will see the release of "Our Endless War," Whitechapel's most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of the band's sound to the next level.

On the day of the album's release, hometown fans in Knoxville, TN will have a chance to meet Whitechapel and pick up a copy of "Our Endless War" 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.

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 fourth and final episode in the series has been released, which gives a general overview and recap of the recording process. Check it out below. The previously posted third clip in the series is also available at this location. More...

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Embrace Of Disharmony Posts Album Trailer

On May 19th, My Kingdom Music will release the debut album from Embrace Of Disharmony, titled "Humananke." A preview trailer for the album can be heard below, and the "Humananke" track listing is as follows:

1. Shards of Apocalypse
2. Ab Nihilo
3. The Eternal Champion
4. Identity [w/ Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) - guitar solo]
5. The Edge of Nowhere [w/ Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) - vocals; w/ Mike Lepond (Symphony X) - bass]
6. Dirge on a Soul Staring at the Stars
7. By the Hands of the Moirai [w/ Gabriele Caselli (Eldritch) - synth solo]
8. Void
9. A Descent into the Maelström More...

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For I Am King Announces EP Release

Hailing from Amsterdam, For I Am King is a new female-fronted metal band making a name for itself by touring heavily and gearing up for the release of first EP, "Revengeance," which will be released May 27th.

To give you an initial taste of For I Am King, check out a music video below for “The Beast Within,” the first single from "Revengeance."

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Gorguts Kicking Off Tour With Misery Index

The acclaimed death metal extremists in Gorguts and Misery Index are kicking off a co-headlining European tour tonight.

The tour kicks off tonight in Madrid, and will see both bands travel through nine countries before concluding on May 8th in Tilburg as part of this year's Neurotic Deathfest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Gorguts recently finished a sting on the Decibel Magazine North American tour alongside Carcass and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band is touring in support of new album "Colored Sands" (reviewed here).

Regarding the kick off, Gorguts main-man Luc Lemay comments: "It is with great joy that we eagerly await to get to Europe to meet each of you to share the music of 'Colored Sands.' When we toured Europe in the summer of 2012 it was the band’s second European tour in 19 years! So we need to catch up with you Metalheads! When we were told that the tour would happen with our label mates Misery Index, I couldn’t be happier!! I remember hearing 'Traitors' for the first time, and I was a fan right away!! I cannot wait to share the stage with them. This will be great!!"

Misery Index guitarist Jason Netherton adds: "We are really looking forward to hitting Europe with our label-mates and brothers Gorguts for these shows and festivals. Nothing but good times await! Also, we expect this tour will come close to the release of our new album, which makes it perfect timing. See you all in spring 2014!"

Misery Index recently premiered the title track from forthcoming album "The Killing Gods," which can be heard over here. More...

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Den Saakaldte Streaming "Endelost Ode"

Norway's black metal heroes in Den Saakaldte return with a refined sound and a second brand new song entitled "Endelost Ode."

The track comes from band's upcoming "Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete" album, set to be released on May 27th in Europe and June 10th in North America via Agonia Records. "Endelost Ode" is available for streaming below, courtesy of Eternal Terror.

Den Saakaldte steps out of the shadows after five long years of strengthening its dark musical identity and defining a more grim musical approach. Built upon intense and heavy emotions and featuring members of Gorgoroth, 1349, Koldbrann and Nidingr, "Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete" is the band's most complete work to date. The album combines doom and black metal elements with clean vocals, spoken parts and obscure atmosphere.

The successor to "All Hail Pessimism" (2009) was recorded in Strand Studio in February 2014. The album will be available as a 3 panel digipack CD, digitally and on vinyl (in three versions: black, blue and red). Pre-orders are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Din Siste dag (still available for streaming right here)
2. Forbanna Idioter
3. Du Selvproklamerte Misjonær
4. Endeløst Øde
5. Djevelens Verk
6. Som Ett Arr på Sjelen
7. Ondskapens Nødvendighet More...

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Arkan Streaming New Track

French Oriental metal act Arkan is now premiering a new track from forthcoming third full-length "Sofia," which can be pre-ordered over here.

The song entitled "Wingless Angels" is now streaming below, courtesy of Radiometal.com. "Sofia" will be released on May 23rd (May 27th in North America) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Hayati (streaming here)
2. My Reverence
3. March of Sorrow
4. Leaving Us
5. Soiled Dreams
6. Deafening Silence
7. Endless Way
8. Wingless Angels
9. Beauty Asleep
10. Scar of Sadness
11. Cold Night's Dream
12. Dark Epilogue More...

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Monuments To Release New Album

The new album by U.K. tech metal outfit Monuments will be entitled "The Amanuensis" and drops on June 23rd in Europe and July 8th in North America via Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. I, The Creator
2. Origin Of Escape
3. Atlas
4. Horcrux
5. Garden Of Sankhara
6. The Alchemist
7. Quasimodo
8. Saga City
9. Jinn
10. I, The Destroyer
11. Samsara More...

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Desecration Announces New Album

The U.K. death metal veterans in Desecration have today revealed details for their forthcoming new album, titled "Cemetery Sickness," which will be released on June 26th via Metal Age Productions.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Ollie Jones: “There is no particular theme to this album but several of the songs are set in the graveyard. We've tried to hit the gore and perversion extremities that we’ve touched on from the start of the bands career but now we are playing better than ever. We've gone for a natural drum sound and generally keeping it old school as that's what we are fans of.”

"Cemetery Sickness" was recorded at Sonic Forge Studio in Cardiff, Wales and was produced by Joe Thompson. The track listing is: More...

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Playing Enemy Streaming "I Was Your City"

In commemoration of its recent resurfacing courtesy of Detroit-based Corpse Flower Records, Decibel Magazine is currently streaming "I Was Your City," the second and final full-length from gloom-trodden hardcore act Playing Enemy. Give it a listen below.

Initially issued on Hawthorne Street Records nearly a decade ago, the Corpse Flower edition of "I Was Your City" was mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst etc.) with design/layout by vocalist/guitarist Demian Johnston. This edition is limited to three-hundred hand-numbered copies: two-hundred-fifty on white vinyl and fifty on purple sunburst. More...

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Morbid Vomit Splits With Drummer

Finnish outfit Morbid Vomit has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Unfortunate news: Teppo Ristölä is no longer part of Mörbid Vomit. We want to thank Teppo for these years and wish him all the best for his future. We will continue as a trio and with "hired guns" behind the drumkit until we find the fourth member."

Teppo's comments: "This is not an easy thing for me to announce, but the time has come for me to leave Mörbid Vomit and step forward for new challenges. Something really happened in the band after the former bass player left. I am not going to unfold this too precisely in public, but I have to say that the last year in Mörbid Vomit was the hardest year of my career playing in bands.

"The incidents during Easter last weekend were the last nails to my coffin. From now on I promise to myself that I will do stuff only with people who appreciate my effort for real. Big thanks to everyone involved for the awesome gigs I was allowed to play with Mörbid Vomit!

"Special thanks to: Steelfest crew, Toni Törrönen (The Damager), Blastfest, The Crescent, Damngod, Church Of The Dead, Mikko Mäkinen (Metallihelvetti), Janne Honkanen (Balbex), Santeri Pienimäki (Crescent cymbals), Phil (Cosmic Ears) and of course my family and friends!"

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Slayer Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Right on the heels of offering the new track “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years (the track can be downloaded for free at this location), Slayer has announced that the band has signed on with Nuclear Blast Records.

Later this year, Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet. All future recordings on the band's label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. "But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."

“I was a teenage rebel when 'Show No Mercy' came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, "and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, "The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

Slayer - Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman - will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album. More...

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Sebastian Bach Posts Second New Music Video

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach released a music video for the new track "All My Friends Are Dead." The video is the second music video from the new studio album "Give'em Hell," which is available via Frontiers Records this week. Check out the video for "Temptation" over here.

The video was directed by Patrick Fogarty and can be seen here:

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Stratovarius Posts Preview Of "Nemesis Days"

Finnish power metal act Stratorvarius released a preview clip for the upcoming live release "Nemesis Days." The CD/DVD is set for release on May 2nd via earMusic and contains the entire "Nemesis" studio release (along with two bonus tracks) (see review here) and a DVD featuring an 80 minute documentary entitled "Nemesis Days." The documentary follows Stratovarius around the world on the "Nemesis" tour.

The press release reads: "There is no other word than 'magic' to explain what inspire an artist to create and one great song after the other, and to find the inspiration to fix on a record more than a special moment in each and every of songs. It happens very rarely nowadays, especially in metal and especially for bands with so many albums in their discography to be compared to. 'Nemesis' is the album that brought the mysterious magic in Stratovarius' life. The album blew everyone away and set the beginning of another start in the long history of the Finnish band.

"With the incredible sense for melodies and their powerful and technically elaborated style, the band once more visited the "higher floors" of the charts worldwide (Finland: #3, and basically top 40 in every country in the world). The song 'Unbreakable' immediately became one of the bands' most streamed songs ever, with thousands of fans enjoying it every single day since its release.

"Throughout 2013, the band dedicated their energy to the 'Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour' and delivered their dedicated fans with unforgettable live performances everywhere they went. It's with a spirit of gratitude towards the fans that the band agreed to release a special edition of 'Nemesis' -- now including a full bonus Documentary DVD.

"The 80 minute documentary "Nemesis Days" follows Stratovarius around the world and gives an in-depth view of Finland's finest metal band, revealing the story of 'Nemesis' and sharing their view about the evolution of the band. The fans who have remained loyal to the band for so many years are also an important part of this documentary DVD.

"For Stratovarius completists, the DVD features the first official release of the most recent music videos ('Halcyon Days', 'Unbreakable' and the brand new 'If The Story Is Over'). More...

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Lacrimas Profundere Posts New Music Video

German gothic act Lacrimas Profundere posted a music video for the new track "Antiadore." The song is the title track of the band's latest album album, which is available now through Napalm Records.

Check out the video here:

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Dornenreich Posts "Freiheit" Album Trailer

Austrian symphonic black/folk metal act Dornenreich posted a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Freiheit." The album is set for a May 2nd release date through Prophecy Productions and is the eighth full length studio release from the band.

The track list for "Freiheit" is:

1. Im ersten aller Spiele
2. Von Kraft und Wunsch und jungen Federn
3. Des Meeres Atmen
4. Das Licht vertraut der Nacht
5. Aus Mut gewirkt
6. Im Fluß die Flammen
7. Traumestraum
8. Blume der Stille

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Dust Bolt Posts Full Album Preview Clip

German thrashers Dust Bolt posted a preview clip of the upcoming new release "Awake the Riot." The interactive preview features snippets from the entire album, which is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

May 30th: GSA, FIN, BeNeLux
June 2nd: UK & Rest of Europe
June 4th: ESP/SWE/NOR
June 10th: USA/CAN

The track list for the album is:

1. Living Hell
2. Soul Erazor
3. Beneath the Earth (see lyric video)
4. You Lost Sight
5. Agent Thrash
6. Living a Lie
7. Awake the Riot - The Final War
8. Eternal Waste
9. Drowned in Blind Faith
10. Worlds Built to Deceive
11. The Monotonous - Distant Scream
12. Future Shock (Evil Dead Cover)

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Slayer Offers New Song "Implode" As Free Download

Legendary thrash act Slayer has offered up the new track "Implode," the first new studio track since "World Painted Blood" was released in 2009, as a free download. "Implode" is also the first track released since the loss of Jeff Hanneman back in May 2013.

The track was performed at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, when Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set. The song was recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman and is offered as a "thank you" to the band’s fans for their continued support.

Kerry King commented: "Hey, Mutherfuckers - You have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you. We’ve got a brand new song - “Implode” - it’s Slayer's first new song since “World Painted Blood” was released back in 2009 - and we want you guys to hear it, so we’re giving it away for free. All you have to do is go slayer.net/implode, enter your email address and we’ll send you the download link. We’re writing and recording more new music, so keep coming back here and we’ll tell you how it’s going. And hey, we’re hitting the road next month with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus - WE WANT TO FUCKING SEE YOU THERE!" (see tour dates here).

The track is available at this location. It requires an email address for the download link. More...

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