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Metal News for April 9, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Theory Of A Deadman Announces New Album

Roadrunner recording group Theory Of A Deadman has unveiled details on new album “SaVages,” which arrives everywhere on July 8th.

“SaVages” is heralded by the fiery new single, “Drown,” a snippet of which can be heard below. Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson (Halestorm, My Chemical Romance), the single arrives at multi-format rock radio outlets across the country on April 22nd, the same day the track goes on sale on iTunes.

Tyler Connolly, vocalist and guitarist of Theory Of A Deadman commented, “We went back to where we belong on this record, back to the angst, back to the darkness. We veered off the road a bit on this one but it took us right to where we needed to be.”

Connolly expanded further on the band’s inspiration behind “Drown” stating, “‘Drown’ is about being alone, the feeling of being washed away and left to your own devices. We’ve all felt that way at some point in our lives; unable to stay afloat, we sink to the bottom which always seems easier in the end than fighting your way back to the surface.” More...

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My Reflection Releasing New Single

Finnish female-fronted metal group My Reflection - which was covered in our look at the Helsinki metal scene - will release new single "This World Belongs To Us" on April 11th, 2014.

The single includes the tracks "This World Belongs To Us (Tonight)" and "Walk" and will see release via Inverse Records.

"This World Belongs To Us (Tonight)" also has a music video coming. “We felt that we have a killer song in our hands and it was natural to make a video for the song,” said Jenni Räikkönen, vocalist of My Reflection. “For us MR is about having fun and both song and video express that pretty well. 'Walk,' for its part, is a song about longing for good moments in the past.”

"This World Belongs To Us" differs musically from the debut album "Dreamland Drowning," which was released in 2012. “We value versatility, and therefore we don’t want to over-categorize our music," the band states.

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The Misfires Releases "Macro Cunt" Video

Blank TV has teamed up with Edmonton based punk band The Misfires - the side project from All Else Fails vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko and drummer Ryan Biggs - to premiere the band's new music video "Macro Cunt."

"Macro Cunt" comes off the band's debut six song EP "Songs About Stuff," released in October 2013. The track listing is:

1. Ours Is The Fury
2. Statues In The Sand
3. The Sultans of Skank
4. One More For The Grave
5. This Next Song Is Called Stephen Harper Is A Fuckin' Fuck
6. Macro Cunt More...

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Weak13 Releases New Music Video

U.K. based three piece Weak13 has a new official music video out now for the "Joke" single, which can be seen below.

You can also pick up your own copy of the track via iTunes. To hear more from the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Carcass Heartwork Plays on Heart Strings at Mohawk

The line to get into Mohawk was split in half between minors and adults. Although The Black Dahlia Murder has more than a decade under its 30-something beltline, the band is still a hot commodity among young listeners. The older demographic spawned by Carcass and Gorguts wasn't always welcoming to the 'core kids and their icons, TBDM; however, in terms of attendance, Decibel Magazine was onto something when they squeezed together, and I do mean squeeze, these disparate bands.

Baltimore, Maryland upstarts, Noisem provided a jolting dose of death/thrash. Featuring tracks culled from their recent "Agony Defied" album, the A389 recording artist played fast and spurned on oncoming body-mass wall. Standing on the first balcony, I often found myself checking out the bang bodies below. Long-hairs and spiked dos came together, often in a brutal-yet-loving fashion.

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Jar'd Loose Invites You To The "Adult Prom"

The A.V. Club has debuted "Adult Prom," the first new song off Chicago noise rock outfit Jar'd Loose's second album, "Turns 13." Give it a listen below.

The A.V. Club's Jason Heller calls Turns 13, "a scathing blast of chest-caving fun" and "a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile."

The album was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy), and will be released May 27th as split release between The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl). Upcoming tour dates are also available below.

w/ Fuck The Facts:
Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

w/ The Swan King:
May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers More...

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Dark Buddha Rising Signs To Neurot

The ritualistic doom practitioners who make up Dark Buddha Rising are Neurot Recordings' latest signees. The label comments:

"Hailing from Finland and with four albums already under their belt (most recently 2013's Dakhmandal), Dark Buddha Rising conjures psychedelic sprawling space jams made up of expansive yet concentrated bellows of decaying distortion and broken-signal analog bleeps, cannoning across antimatter, and presented with staggering finesse."

Comments the band: "We are more than honored to be a part of the Neurot family. Their music has torn wounds so deep, they still bleed the black blood of inspiration. We share the profound principle towards music as necessity of our existence in this universe. To proceed into the last cycle of the Ennealogy with Neurot Recordings is a predestined path to spread the art of black psychedelia."

Adds Neurot Recordings' Steve Von Till: "Dark Buddha Rising are one of the darkest, trance-inducing bands I have ever witnessed. Neurosis was lucky enough to play several shows with them last year and each night I was completely hypnotized. This is true ritual music that should not be taken lightly. This is a deep, introspective conjuring of those aspects of ourselves that are uncomfortable to come face to face with, but necessary if we are to grow. We feel very lucky to be able to work with them on their next sonic rite." More...

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Weekend Nachos To Embark On European Trek

The Chicago powerviolence kings in Weekend Nachos have announced a run of European dates this summer.

Riding the success of last year's punishing album "Still" (available for streaming below), the boys will pack nine shows into nine days in a brutal conquest that's sure to leave no survivors. The dates will include a stop at France's Hellfest and includes dates with label mates Primitive Man.

Jun 13 Postdam GER Spartacus
Jun 14 Copenhagen DK Basement
Jun 15 Rostock GER Jaz (Matinee) w/ Primitive Man
Jun 16 Mullheim GER AZ
Jun 17 Eindhoven NL Dynamo w/ Primitive Man
Jun 18 Antwerp BEL Kavka w/ Primitive Man, Ekzeem A, Nervous mothers
Jun 19 Paris FR La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Jun 20 Clisson FR Hellfest
Jun 21 London UK Borderline More...

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Machine Head Announces New European Shows

After announcing an 11 date U.S. club tour specifically aimed at smaller markets, Machine Head is now proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for the U.K. and Europe.

The 15 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates this Winter, but more importantly will hit numerous cities that Machine Head hasn't headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never even played at all.

Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn: "In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014.

"No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head ans that who don't often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities.

"I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus, we'd never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the funnest shows we've ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It's Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. More...

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Portrait Streaming "We Are Not Alone"

Swedish metal outfit Portrait just released the 2nd song taken off new album "Crossroads," which is due out April 29th via Metal Blade Records. Check out "We Were Not Alone" in the player below, thanks to Rockhard.de.

Portrait comments: "'Crossroads' is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. 'We Were Not Alone' is a haunting mid-tempo song that should not disappoint any real headbanger!"

The track listing for "Crossroads" is as follows:

01. Liberation
02. At the Ghost Gate
03. We Were Not Alone
04. In Time (streaming here)
05. Black Easter
06. Ageless Rites
07. Our Roads Must Never Cross
08. Lily More...

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Sepultura Announces New Tour Dates

Sepultura has confirmed a second tour in support of current album "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart."

The band will play – among several festivals - several countries and towns that weren't covered on the first tour leg. Full dates are available below.

Sepultura's latest full-length album album dropped via Nuclear Blast in October 2013 and was produced together with Ross Robinson, who was previously involved in the milestone "Roots" release.

29.05. DE Geiselwind - Out&Loud Festival
30.05. AT Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
31.05. AZ Pilzen - Metalfest CZ
01.06. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
03.06. IT Torino - Audiodrom
04.06. IT Scandiano (reggio emillia) - Corolla
05.06. HR Zadar - Underwall Festival
06.06. RS Beograd - Dom Omladine
07.06. RO Bucharest - Metalhead Meeting
08.06. BU Sofia - Mixtape 5
09.06. MZ Skopje - MKC
10.06. BH Sarajevo - Sloga
12.06. DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
13.06. AT Nickelsdorf - Novarock
14.06. CH Interlaken - Greenfield
15.06. UK Donington - Download
17.06. FR Lille - Aeronef
18.06. FR Colmar - Grillen
19.06. FR Toulon - Vox
20.06. FR Clisson - Hellfest
21.06. NO Halden - Tons Of Rock Festival
22.06. DE Karlsruhe - Jubez
24.06. DE Bremen - Tivoli
25.06. DE Flensburg - Roxy
26.06. NL Alkmaar - Victorie
27.06. BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
28.06. DE Dischingen - Rock am Härtsfeldsee
29.06. CY Nicosia - Altast
03.07. GR Athens - Stage Volume 1
05.07. DE Münster - Vainstream Rockfest
06.07. DE Roitzschjora - With Full Force
07.07. HU Pecs - Rockmaraton More...

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Diabolical Releases New Music Video

Today, Swedish death metal masters Diabolical premiere new video "Oracle," available below (thanks to Terrorizer.com). Guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv comments:

"The concept of the ‘Oracle’ song and the Oracle chapter of the Book of Neogenesis is very special. It has a deep meaning to the concept of Neogenesis and it represents a turning point in the story of the protagonist. The chapter and the song take place in a mystical place full of symbolism and we wanted to stay true to the arcane nature of the song in its visual representation. We filmed in several countries and have put a lot of effort into making this a very pleasant visual experience which we hope you will appreciate."

"Neogenesis" is the latest record from Diabolical and comes with a book written by Carl Stjärnlöv with each chapter represented by a song on the album. Diabolical is about to embark on a European headline tour which will take the band through Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Axel Rudi Pell Posts "Long Way To Go" Video

Axel Rudi Pell has released a new video for the song "Long Way To Go," taken from the "Into The Storm" album. The video was directed by Tim Assmann and can be viewed below.

July 11th will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. Not only will he be joined on stage by some very special guests, but he will also be reunited with the original members from his former band Steeler.

Then Axel Rudi Pell will continue with the second part of the Into the Storm tour. Catch the show on one of these dates:

19.09. CH-Pratteln - Z7
20.09. NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
21.09. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
23.09. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
24.09. D-Munich - Backstage
26.09. A-Vienna - Szene
27.09. CZ-Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
28.09. CZ-Prague - Matrix Music Club
30.09. D-Berlin - Huxleys
01.10. D-Bremen - Aladin
03.10. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
04.10. B-Vooselaar - Biebob
05.10. D-Bochum - Zeche More...

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Stoneburner Streaming Full Album Online

In celebration of its upcoming North American release, today Stoneburner has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to offer up a full stream of "Life Drawing."

The Portland-based sludge smith's new album will be unveiled in North America via Neurot Recordings on April 15th, 2014 (April 14th in the UK/EU).

The album was recorded, mixed, and produced by Fester at Haywire Studios. Mastering was handled by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering and the release features a glut of guest vocalists including Krysta Martinez (Transient, Landmine Marathon), Benjamin Caragol (Burials, Hang the Old Year), and Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros).

Comments the band, "In the time that we've spent creating this monster we've gotten very high, and fallen very low. We've spent days blinded by love and light, and more than a few nights wandering in the dark, raging at the stars. Over the last couple of years we've forged friendships, made enemies, hated our jobs, had loved ones die, seen each other through loss, and laughed at our failures. If you take the time to listen you'll hear it all in there somewhere; as raw, ugly, and honest as we know how to be. And fuck it all anyways. This works better than therapy." More...

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Whitechapel Posts In-Studio Footage

The release of Whitechapel's new album "Our Endless War" draws nearer: in a little less then three weeks on April 29th the band's fifth full-length record (and fourth for Metal Blade Records) is set to drop.

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 second video from the recording sessions has been posted and can be seen below. The album's track listing is:

1. Rise
2. Our Endless War
3. The Saw is the Law
4. Mono
5. Let Me Burn
6. Worship the Digital Age
7. How Times Have Changed
8. Psychopathy
9. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road
11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)
12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track) More...

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As I Lay Dying Responds To Unauthorized Statement

Earlier today a statement was posted online which appeared to come from the members of As I Lay Dying updating the band's status while Tim Lambesis awaits sentencing for attempting to hire a hit man to murder his ex-wife.

Now guitarist Nick Hipa has announced via his Facebook page that the statement - despite being written in the third person about Tim Lambesis and seeming to come from Jordan Mancino - was actually written by Tim himself.

While the content of the message about the other members moving forward with different projects was apparently correct, the rest is not as clear. Nick comments:

"Good day friends,

"This morning an update was posted over at www.asilaydying.com on the current happenings and individual futures of all the bands' members. For Jordan, Josh, Nick, Phil, management, and record label, this was an interesting first time read as all parties were oblivious to its construction, intent, and release.

"Though Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site, the rest of us have been releasing content through our personal social media accounts to reveal that we are carrying on in a new band. Our truest intentions were to make this unveiling interesting and exciting for anyone who has supported us over the past year. With information so instantaneous and disposable these days, we had hoped to show you how things were coming together rather than simply tell you.

"We never want to capture attention dramatically, which is precisely why we've been off the radar for close to a year. Though the third-person statement released earlier compromises a lot of how we had hoped to unroll things, we remain positive in our outlooks and look forward to sharing new music soon.

"With love and gratitude,

"Jordan, Josh, Phil, Nick."

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Degenerhate Signs To Sliptrick Records

Degenerhate (featuring former members of Novembre, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Corpsefuckingart, and Flegias) has inked a worldwide deal with Sliptrick Records for the release of an upcoming album.

"Chronicles Of The Apocalypse" was recorded at Playrec Studio in Rome by Fabio Fraschini and sound engineer Luigi Colasanti Antonelli. The album was mastered by grindcore guru Scott Hull (Brutal Truth, Anal Cunt, Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Phobia) at Visceral Sound Studio, in Bethesda, Maryland and the track listing is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Bushit
03. Earth First
04. War Inside My Head
05. Behind The Black Horizon
06. Power
07. All The Promises That I Have Made
08. Cannibal Ritual (Blood cover)
09. Breeding Hatred Inside
10. Fur Is Dead
11. Another You Another Me
12 Last Fight 13. New World Disorder
14. No Excuses Anymore
15. Running Through The Blood (Fear Of God cover)
16. Under The Same Sky
17. Song Of Hate And Destruction
18. Turn Off The TV Turn On The Brain
19. Outro More...

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Annihilation Streaming "The Great Cycle"

In anticipation of the forthcoming EP "The Undivided," Portugal's Annihilation has teamed up with Terrorizer for a stream of the new song "The Great Cycle" (available below).

Band founder Fabio Da Silva had the following to say about the song: "The song describes the way that human beings are connected/linked with the universe. When the 7 chakras are in perfect alignment and in balance with the cosmos, it empowers us and allows us to reach a much higher state of consciousness. But the powers that be do not want an empowered human race and so they try to break/disrupt that cycle/balance making the human race suffer and to lose balance."

"The Great Cycle" will be released as a digital download single for sale on May 1st. More...

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Wasted Shells Posts New Video

Swedish metal band Wasted Shells has a new music video out now for the song "A Barren Country And The Walking Dead," taken from the band's latest record "The Collector."

Check out the new clip below. "The Collector" is currently being distributed in Europe through the German label Sonic Revolution.

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Blood Red Fog To Release "On Death's Wings"

Saturnal Records has set May 26th as the international release date for Blood Red Fog's third album, "On Death's Wings." You can check out the advance track "Blazing Star" below, and the following press release was also issued about the band:

"Formed in 2004, the first Blood Red Fog demo was recorded in the spring of 2005. This demo and a rehearsal tape recorded soon after led to a deal with Finnish underground label Grievantee and a release of the self-titled debut album in 2006.

"Then the band excelled within the black metal underground and made several split releases with bands like Musta Kappeli, Cosmic Church, Funerary Bell, and Verge together with the Radiating Desolation mini-album (2008) and two EPs titled Death Cult I & II (2012). The long-anticipated second album, Harvest, was released six years after the debut, in 2012, showing a more versatile side of Blood Red Fog to the world.

"In 2014, the band signed to Finnish label Saturnal Records. The first manifestation of the deal is the release of the band's third full-length album, titled On Death's Wings - and never before have so rugged soundscapes, full of woe, better stated the band's magnitude as the channel of melancholic black metal.

"To be certain, Blood Red Fog plays melancholic, mid-tempo black metal inspired by bands like Burzum, Mutiilation, Drudkh, Satanic Warmaster, and Horna. The main non-musical inspiration of Blood Red Fog is death and its different ways of manifestation in the world."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blazing Star
2. Black Hole Soul
3. Circle Of Resurrection
4. As Lightning from Heaven
5. Liberation More...

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Sourvein Beckons You To "Follow The Light"

Today you can hear the new song "Follow The Light" (courtesy of Revolvermag.com) from the Cape Fear misery-makers in Sourvein. The brash number comes by way of the band's forthcoming split with fellow riff-wielding outfit, Graves At Sea, set for release next month via Seventh Rule Recordings.

In related news, Sourvein is currently en route to Tilburg where the band will deafen the attendees of Roadburn alongside Graves At Sea. From there, the bands will join in an unholy volume takeover of Europe through April, coming to a ceremonial close at Heavy Days In Doomtown in Copenhagen. See confirmed dates below. More...

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Beastwars Re-Releasing Albums

New Zealand's Beastwars has announced that on June 9th the band is teaming up with Granite House Records to reissue the 2011 debut "Beastwars," and last year’s follow-up "Blood Becomes Fire," worldwide. The following press release was issued:

"With original pressings already commanding high figures among collectors of rare heavy metal vinyl, not only are these reissues welcomed news for anyone who missed out first time around, they will gives new fans a chance to discover the band’s one and only maxim: Obey The Riff.

"In 2011, Beastwars released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim and in doing so transformed New Zealand's music scene. Landing at #15 on the national charts, the band found themselves shortlisted for the Taite Music Prize and was twice nominated at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards, winning Best Album Artwork via Nick Keller's otherworldly landscapes.

"Two years on from their internationally acclaimed debut, Beastwars returned in 2013 with Blood Becomes Fire. The album charted at #2 on the NZ charts (held off the top spot by Michel Bublé) and delivered ten songs retaining all the strength and psychedelic fire of their first while presenting a powerful evolution in vision. Where Beastwars' first album conjured tales of the end of days, it’s successor served as witness to the ensuing carnage, viewed through the eyes of a traveller from another time, as he faced his own demise. Blood Becomes Fire is a work of epic imagination that explores eternal themes and hammers each home with concussive force. More...

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The Agonist To Release New Single

Montreal's The Agonist is set to release a two song digital single on April 29th via Century Media. These tracks are the first to feature new singer Vicky Psarakis, who was brought on after Alissa White-Gluz departed to front Arch Enemy. The track listing is:

1. Disconnect Me
2. Perpetual Notion

The Aognist will also start recording a new album this month. It will once again be produced by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) in the band's hometown of Montreal and will be out in the Fall.

Danny Marino (Guitar) had this to say: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience so far. Vicky has breathed new life into the song writing process and we are so excited to share these first 2 tracks with the world!

"The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for The Agonist. We're also thrilled to be back in the studio with our old friend and long-time engineer Chris Donaldson.

"We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of The Agonist!" More...

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Unearth Announces "The Oncoming Storm" Tour

Unearth has announced "The Oncoming Storm" tenth anniversary tour with Texas In July, Cruel Hand, and Armed for Apocalypse.

The band is celebrating ten years since the release of "The Oncoming Storm" and will be performing the album in its entirety each night. "That record created a lot of opportunities for us," says frontman Trevor Phipps, "we've decided to honor our fans by playing it in it's entirety for the first time ever."

"The Oncoming Storm" was released in 2004 via Metal Blade Records. Phipps continues, "In addition to playing all the songs from 'Storm,' we will also be playing different songs nightly from our other albums as well as one off our new album which is due out later this summer."

The band has been hard at work on a yet-to-be titled all new full length, which will be released this year via eOne Music. Get the tour dates here or in the tour poster below. More...

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Vanhelga Streaming "Vansinnesvardag"

Today the Swedish black metallers in Vanhelga premiere the new track "Vansinnesvardag." Blast the track below, thanks to Eternal-Terror.com.

The track hails from the band's forthcoming third album, "Längtan," set for international release on April 28th via Art Of Propoganda. The track listing is as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig (watch the video clip here)
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm More...

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Kylesa To Embark On Summer European Tour

Kylesa has announced a summer European headlining tour, which begins on June 9th and will see the band hitting various territories across Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Austria, and more before ending in Moscow on July 16th. Support on the tour will come Lazer/Wulf. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Kylesa is currently on tour in south east Asia and is performing in support of newest record, "Ultraviolet" - the highest charting record in the band's career, landing at #4 on Billboard's "Heat Seekers" chart. Catch the group live:

South East Asia Tour Dates:
04/10 Kuching Malaysia @ DBNA Hall
04/11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Black Box Map, Solaris
04/12 Bandung, Indonesia @ Dago Theater House
04/13 Jakarta Indonesia @ Rossi Musik More...

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Blackout Headed To Canada

New York City stoner doom trio Blackout will bring quaking riff rituals to Canada later this month on a four-date mini tour through Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

This will mark the band's first time ever on Canadian soil, with Blackout commenting: "Wang dang poutine bang! Blackout is taking their filth to the streets of Canada! We are so psyched and surprised that none of us have DUIs! Canada here we come!"

4/17/2014 Smiling Buddah - Toronto, ON
4/18/2014 Café Dekuf - Ottawa, ON
4/19/2014 Turbo Haus - Montreal, QC
4/20/2014 Sous Sol Du Cercle - Quebec City, QC

Blackout will be touring in support of the "We Are Here" debut released independently last year. Pick it up at Bandcamp or stream the release below. More...

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Revocation Signs To Metal Blade

During the last eight years, the Boston, Massachusetts-based metal act Revocation has released full-length albums (one self-released, three on Relapse Records), and a free EP with Scion A/V. As the band prepares album number five, Revocation begins a brand new chapter of its career by signing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.

Revocation's Dave Davidson comments: "We are very stoked to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade! We are all extremely proud to be a part of a label with such a long history and legendary roster. Currently, we're in the studio recording our 5th full length album with Zeuss at the helm. This is the start of a new chapter for us and we are so thankful for all the support that we've received from the underground that has gotten us to this point in our career."

Metal Blade Records president Mike Faley adds: "We are excited to be working with Revocation. Their tireless work ethic combined with world class musicianship and extreme technical metal has Revocation at the forefront of the scene. Metal Blade looks forward to being a part of their team and helping Revocation achieve future success."

In 2014, Revocation will be on the road with DevilDriver, Carnifex, Fit for an Autopsy, and their new label mates, Whitechapel and Rivers of Nihil. Catch the band live: More...

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Benchpress Streaming Split Track

The Lewistown, Pennsylvania-based hardcore bandits in Benchpress are new streaming a new track off their upcoming splite 7" with Martyr's Tongue.

Check out "Penance" below, or over at the Get This Right Records Bandcamp page here. The split release is due out on May 6th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Benchpress - Penance
2. Benchpress - Pissed Away
3. Martyr's Tongue - Deconstructive Process
4. Martyr's Tongue - Unholy Communion More...

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Carnal Forge Announces New Single

After reforming in 2013, Carnal Forge has now checked in with the following update about releasing a new single:

"Here's the front cover of the new single When All Else Fails by Carnal Forge including the songs Chemical Disincorporation & Bleed For Me.

"Bleed For Me featuring Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry & Mike Wead of King Diamond & Mercyful Fate on guest leads." More...

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Johan Edlund Departs Tiamat?

The Tiamat Facebook page was updated last night with a message from front man Johan Edlund indicating he is leaving the band. Due to the humorous nature of the post, and the fact that nothing has been released from the band's management or label, it's not clear if it was serious or an attempt at a belated April Fool's joke. Johan writes:

"I have decided to leave Tiamat. My health etc.. Doesn't work anylonger. I say leave because I don't claim anything Tiamat. If the other guys wanna continue, fine.. Go ahead. Get a great good looking vocalist, sign to Century Media & just do it. But I'm out & not even interested apart from wishing all the best for the band.

"All contracts & such will be handed out to Anders, lars & Roger, if they're into it. I want nothing from this, I was spoiled too much of being an adult. Give someone a better chance. I will do the four festivals we have booked for the summer. Face it, there are other bands, plus even Tiamat might get better! Love my brothers & thank YOU for your support! KISSES!"

The band's latest full-length "The Scarred People" (reviewed here) was released in 2012, which follows the 2008 opus "Amanthes" (reviewed here).

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As I Lay Dying Issues Band Update

Update: despite appearing to come from the other band members, this statement was apparently written by Tim Lambesis with no input from the other members of As I Lay Dying. Check out Nick Hipa's response over here.

With Tim Lambesis likely to be incarcerated for serious time in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his ex-wife, the future of As I Lay Dying seemed bleak.

As I Lay Dying has now checked in with the following update about the band's status and the members working on new projects:

"There have been a lot of questions from fans over the past year and we'll hopefully be able to provide more answers over time. However, this update is only to address things related to AILD's future.

"Originally, we said we'd update fans as soon as we knew more. We apologize for not sticking to that. It seemed best to wait until definitive news came in with a specific timeline. However, in light of speculation on other sites, an official update from As I Lay Dying seems to be the best way to clarify some things.

"A good starting point is to clarify some things that have often been falsely reported. Tim was not a Christian at the time of his arrest, nor was As I Lay Dying a Christian band in 2013. It hadn't been for some time and, to the best of my knowledge, only one of the people playing in the band even claimed to be a Christian at that time. The changed view had been written about it in a handful of As I Lay Dying songs and Tim's later atheistic view had even been documented in court records. However, it doesn't make as sensational of a headline to refer to the arrest of the 'Ex-Christian Metal Sub-Genre Independent Artist' as it does the 'Grammy Nominated Top 10 Selling Christian Rockstar' of the past.

"With all that said, we don't know how each musician from the previous era of As I Lay Dying will think about these topics in the future. For example, Tim has spent much of the last year reevaluating what originally convinced him to abandon belief in God. I have gathered that after much brokenness and repentance he sees things differently, considers himself a follower of Jesus, someone submitted to the will of God, or whatever you want to call it. That's for him to talk about when he's comfortable and only time will tell if he is sincere. What is certain though is that it's impossible to face the events of last year without being changed in some way. Let's let the guys focus on future music and hopefully the headline driven press will leave this issue alone for a while given some clarification. More...

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Julius Seizure Releases New Music Video

Last week New Jersey-based melodic metal outfit Julius Seziure released new single "Sixth and Falling" along with a B-side, "Second Coming." The tracks are cut from the August 2013 release, "Trials." Now the band has released an official music video for "Sixth and Falling," which was directed by Patrick Canavan and can be seen below.

“Julius Seizure is one of those bands with unlimited energy, which is why I like working with them,” states director Patrick Canavan. “They got out of a five hour car ride with five guys crammed into one Jeep, and blew the crew and I away on the first take. You don't see guys with this level of intensity often.”

“The concept of this video revolves around a demon character named Rage. We see his awakening, and follow him through the night as he begins his hunt for human prey,” adds Patrick. “During this we will be flashing to another character I’ve been calling The Painter. His sanity level is dropping rapidly as he tries to finish his painting. I don't want to give anything away just yet, but I will say that Rage and The Painter will converge at the end for an intense closing scene.”

You can also see Julius Seizure live on these dates:

4/17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium - New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
4/30 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ Battlecross, Beyond Dishonor
5/10 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar - Headbang For the Highway - Battle for Summer Slaughter Round 2 More...

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Patria Posts Album Teaser

Patria's upcoming album "Individualism" is due out via Indie Recordings on April 21st. Today the band has released a teaser trailer, which is available below.

You can also pre-order your copy of the release over here. The track listing is as follows:

01. Individualism
02. Blood Storm Prophecy (streaming here)
03. Uncrowned God of Light
04. Outrage
05. Orphan of Emptiness (watch the lyric video here)
06. Far Beyond the Scorn
07. Catharsis
08. Epiphany
09. Your Rotten Heart Dies Now
10. God's Entombment
11. Requiem for the Ego More...

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Crimson Shadows Signs With Napalm

Canada's 2013 International Battle for Wacken winner Crimson Shadows has officially inked a deal with Napalm Records! The label comments:

"Please welcome Toronto's Crimson Shadows to the Napalm Records battle ranks! The performance at the Wacken Open Air Band Battle simply left us amazed! The Canadian melodic power / death metal quintet has already released a brilliant debut album and we are confident that new album will further establish the band and catapult Crimson Shadows to the Main Stage of Wacken!"

The band states: "We are very excited to announce our addition to the Napalm Records family. Its an honour to join the roster of one of the most reputable international record labels. We can not wait to deliver our brand of heroic metal that only the ice-clad lands of Canada can forge! Battle Hard!" More...

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