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PORTA NIGRA Reveal New Album Details

Two years after the release of Fin De Siècle, the two elegant gentlemen in Porta Nigra return with a fantastic second album, titled Kaiserschnitt ("Caesarean"). This time, Porta Nigra have exchanged their absinthe glasses and opium pipes for rapiers and gunpowder.

Indeed, Kaiserschnitt is an opus about the first "Great War" of the world — supposedly "the war to end all wars". Dedicated to all victims of the megalomania of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the album takes the listener back on a journey to the old German empire of 1914. Stories about the bloody "mensur" fencing duels among hot-blooded German students, the dreadful battles of Verdun and Basra, and the mournful fate of the glamorous femme fatale Mata Hari are among the fascinating stories for which Porta Nigra have created a musical homage.

Once again, the artwork has been given to the extravagant artist Valnoir (Metastazis ) and, once again, the result is both eccentric and absolutely astonishing!



Kaiserschnitt tracklisting:

"Die Mensur"
"Femme Fatale"
"In Stahlgewittern"
"Kein schönerer Tod"
"Mata Hari"
"Hepatitis Libido"
"Der letzte Ton"

This new album will be released on March 9th as a lavish Digibook CD limited to 500 copies and digital download.
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NYC Rockers IONIA Streaming New Track Online

New York-based melodic rock band, Ionia, will release their new EP, Postcards From The Edge: Chapter 1. Delta 32., on February 1st. “I Hate Long Pretentious Titles And I’m A Hypocrite", the first single off the new EP, can be heard streaming below.



Ionia is comprised of five socially and economically conscious musicians who have travelled up and down the east coast, throughout the Midwest and even small runs on the west coast. They have played Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, and CMJ, and have shared the stage with major label bands such as We Came As Romans, Close To Home, I See Stars, Blessthefall, Smile Empty Soul, The Devil Wears Prada, Falling in Reverse, Chiodos, and many more.

Check out the group's video for “They Look Like They Have Big Strong Hands Don’t They”, the second single off their Captain Humility release.

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BLACK SABBATH's GEEZER BUTLER Arrested For California Bar Fight

According to, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler was arrested last night (January 27) following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California.

The 65-year-old musician was booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of Terence Michael Butler. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and has since been released "after detox and citation," the Inyo County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

The full press release reads as follows:

"Shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.

"After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler, a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, California, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.

"Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation."

Geezer's mug shot can be seen above.

A founding member of BLACK SABBATH, Butler is also the lyricist of such SABBATH classics as "War Pigs", "Iron Man", "Paranoid" and others.

Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited in late 2011 and released a comeback album, "13", in June 2013.

SABBATH will issue one final studio CD and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Esquire, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff."


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MORBID ANGEL's TIM YEUNG: 'We're Working On Some Material To Do A New Album'

ddrum conducted an interview with drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY, VITAL REMAINS, HATE ETERNAL) at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about MORBID ANGEL's upcoming activities, Tim said: "I've been in MORBID ANGEL for freakin' five years — half a decade — and we're working on some material to do a new album hopefully sometime… Maybe start it at the end of this year."

MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent told Planet Mosh TV last month that the band is "done [touring] for awhile" and that "it's time to write" material for the follow-up to the band's 2011 album "Illud Divinum Insanus".

David also addressed the mixed fan reaction to "Illud Divinum Insanus", explaining: "Listen, I thought a lot of that stuff [that ended up being on the record], it was really interesting to me as well. Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] came in and he had some crazy ideas. And I [said], 'Great. Let's have fun with it.'"

He continued: "We're not really a traditional band; we sort of follow our own path. And it is what it is. I mean, it's always been that way with this band. Most of our records sound different than everything that's ever been out there, [and I think that's] good. I don't wanna sound like everybody else."

Vincent added: "Listen, I've said it before. I'm not very good at being anybody else, but I'm pretty good at being me. So I'll stick with what I know."

"Illud Divinum Insanus" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marked MORBID ANGEL's first CD to feature Vincent since 1995's "Domination".


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BARREN EARTH Reveal First Details For Upcoming On Lonely Towers Album; Title Track Streaming

Finnish progressive death metal outfit, Barren Earth, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, have just launched the title track of their upcoming third full-length. On Lonely Towers will be released via Century Media Records on March 30th in Europe and March 24th in North America.You can listen to the song below:

Bassist Olli-Pekka Laine comments: During the writing process of the album, we did many things from a totally new perspective. If there ever was a certain pattern in a basic Barren Earth song, this time we consciously tried to think things differently. Many other things changed too, some of them unintentionally, some of them willfully. A new production team, a new front man, a new record label... The list goes on.

With the first song representing the album, we make no exception. Instead of putting out a song in a typical verse-chorus form, we thought that this 3-piece boulder would stand for the album better. It demands some concentration from the listener, but patience is rewarded in the end! So there you are, the title track of the upcoming album, On Lonely Towers.

Vocalist Jón Aldará adds: On Lonely Towers can be considered a centrepiece of the album concept; stringing together the different storylines from the other songs, uniting the main characters and finally bringing a sense of hope to their struggles. It is also the song which inspired Travis Smiths beautifully crafted album cover.

On Lonely Towers was mixed by Petri Majuri and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork was created by no other than Travis Smith.

Barren Earth managed to build up an excellent reputation with only two albums: Their debut Curse Of The Red River (2010) and its follow-up The Devils Resolve (2012) have already solidified the band as one of the most promising upcoming acts of the genre and now they are at the ready to release another milestone in their career, taking the experimentation and heaviness to even further heights.

Barren Earth is:

Marko Tarvonen - Drums
Olli-Pekka Laine - Bass
Kasper Mårtenson - Keyboards
Jón Aldárá - Vocals
Yli-Sirniö - Lead guitars
Janne Perttilä - Rhythm guitars
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ANNIHILATOR Rejoined By Singer COBURN PHARR For 70000 TONS OF METAL Performance (Video)

ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters invited the band's former vocalist, Coburn Pharr, to feature in their performances when the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise sailed to Jamaica last week. Pharr was lead vocalist on ANNIHILATOR's critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release "Never, Neverland", which includes classics such as "Road To Ruin", "I Am In Command", "Reduced To Ash" and "Phantasmagoria".

Fan-filmed video footage of Pharr's appearance with ANNIHILATOR on 70000 Tons Of Metal can be seen below.

Waters commented: "Seeing as how it is the 25th anniversary of my favorite ANNIHILATOR album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of."

Waters also hosted the Jamming With Waters In International Waters All-Star Jam which featured members from the 60 bands on board 70000 Tons Of Metal, including ARCH ENEMY, APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, NAPALM DEATH, THERION, VENOM and many more.
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Adam "Nergal" Darski of BEHEMOTH joined VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant, Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, Mike Sifringer of DESTRUCTION and Florian "Specki T.D." Speckardt of IN EXTREMO on stage to perform a cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Ace Of Spades" during the infamous all-star jam aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which set sail Thursday, January 22 ofrom Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returned to the real world on Monday, January 26.

Said Nergal: "Out of all the bullshit preaching by Christians, one is true: miracles DO happen!

"I remember when I was 8-9 year old kid, I'd be coming back home and instead of reading books, I would crank up [VENOM's] 'Bloodlust' real loud and do air guitar in front of the mirror.

"It took me 30 years to stand next to Cronos on the same stage covering MOTÖRHEAD!

"Yes, I am living my dream And these words sooo defining my whole life: 'if you like to gamble, I'm your man, you win some, you lose some, it's all the same to me"


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Video: SLASH Honored With Les Paul Award At 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Iconic guitarist Slash received the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad provided the laughs as the evening's host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel.

Video footage of Slash's acceptance speech and performance at the NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards can be seen below.

As a critically acclaimed British-American musician and songwriter, Slash has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award, seven nominations and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Time magazine named Slash second, behind only Jimi Hendrix, on its "Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time" list. His famous guitar solos in songs, including "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock Grammy-winning supergroup VELVET REVOLVER, releasing two successful imprints with Scott Weiland and former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates.

Slash now enjoys a thriving solo career with his new band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. On September 16, 2014 the band unleashed their top ten new album, "World On Fire", to worldwide acclaim. The CD marks Slash's third straight album to debut in the Top Ten. The title track, "World On Fire", ascended to No. 1 at U.S. rock radio. "World On Fire" features Slash with Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). The album was released on Slash's label Dik Hayd International, which is distributed through Caroline.


Slash supports efforts to revitalize music education programs in public schools, as an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock.
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Video: BRET MICHAELS Performs At NBA Halftime Show During Detroit Pistons Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game

On Tuesday January 27, POISON singer Bret Michaels returned to Detroit, Michigan to perform at a sold-out NBA halftime concert during the Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

"The Pistons Concert Series halftime performances are another opportunity to thrill our fans and add value to the overall game night experience," said Harlan Hendrickson, Vice President of Marketing for Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons.

A sports fanatic since birth, Michaels was honored to bring his rock and roll party to the NBA, this pair of storied basketball franchises and their fans.

"Around the NBA, both Pistons and Cavs teams in particular have an amazing amount of talent with a passionate, sports-minded fan base," Michaels said prior to the game. "The showdown between Pistons star Brandon Jennings vs Cavs star and MVP LeBron James is one for the ages and we are bringing the right mixture of rock and roll to help set the vibe."

Michaels released a new solo single, "A Beautiful Soul", in April 2014. He also performed the track on "Oprah's Lifeclass".

His last CD, "Bret Michaels: Jammin With Friends", was released in June 2013 and featured a myriad of legendary guests, including Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (KISS), Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN) and members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
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PAPA ROACH Performs Acoustic Set For Fans In New York (Video)

Californian rockers PAPA ROACH recently stopped by YouTube Space in New York to put on an acoustic performance of a few songs, including tracks from their eighth full-length album, "F.E.A.R.", which was released on January 27 via Eleven Seven Music. They also took some time to answer questions from their fans. Check out video footage of the event below.

"F.E.A.R." was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. PAPA ROACH worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD.

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio that he wasn't very happy at first about going to Sin City to record. "I ended up in this city where I've had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know," he said. "And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that's what pulled me through."

Shaddix admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, "Usually when we begin working, we'll have a bunch of demos, and I'll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn't have those things this time."

Guitarist Jerry Horton added, "We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect."

PAPA ROACH and SEETHER teamed up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicked off on January 9 in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7 in Las Vegas.
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DEMON HUNTER Release Video “Death”

Demon Hunter has premiered their video for “Death”, taken from their latest album Extremist, available now from Solid State Records. The video was directed and edited by Titus Richard.

Extremist, the seventh studio album from legendary hard rockers Demon Hunter, smashed its way into the Billboard Top 20, debuting at #16 on the Billboard 200. The #16 debut represents the highest chart debut in the band’s already storied career, eclipsing its previous best set by the #36 debut of the 2012 album True Defiance.
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YESTERDAY’S SAINTS Premiere New Song “Recursion”

Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia's Yesterday's Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in Generation Of Vipers. The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, that's not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but Yesterday's Saints make it seem easy.

Get an initial taste of Generation Of Vipers below, where the band is streaming the first song from the album entitled "The Recruitment". The album is available for pre-order here and will be released on February 3rd. Purchases of the album via Bandcamp will also receive a physical copy of the album and the download is mastered for digital play.

The band has is streaming a new track with Recursion:

Yesterday's Saints, who play a death-thrash-power hybrid, has been in existence since summer 2010 and with a self-released EP and some regional touring under their belt. They knew that a full concept album was the next step they wanted to take. But they did not go about it capriciously. The decision to go with a concept for the 11-track Generation Of Vipers was driven by the most important things -the songwriting and careful thought.

The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God's throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth's inhabitants are now his descendants.

The album opens with a flashback and what corresponds chronologically to a third song is actually listed as the first track. The story then resumes from its chronological beginning with the second track. The final song alludes to two theories of the universe: One that asserts we are all a figment of a man's dream, along with the multi-dimensional membrane theory, where the Big Bang Theory was/will be the result of an intersection or collision between our current dimensional membrane and a parallel one.

As a result of either theory, whether "the man" waking up or the collision between dimensional membranes, the end of days is the outcome. Time is reset again by the man falling asleep or the explosion of another Big Bang.

It's a lot to process, but once you absorb that story along with the music, your appreciation will be furthered and deepened, as all senses are satisfied by Generation Of Vipers, which targets one's brain and one's body.

"We wrote it in a way that there should be something in this album for everyone that likes extreme metal," vocalist Matt Rice said. "The first act is primarily melodic death, whereas the second act has doom and rock, and power metal and thrash, while the third act has thrash and melodic death."

Overall, Generation Of Vipersis pretty advanced and intellectual extreme metal. But it's not stringing together big ideas for the sake of big ideas. The album, which was recorded in the band's own studio and Assembly Line Studios in Virginia, features atypical metal instruments, such as the piano, cello, violin, so it really is lush and expansive and there is a lot going on.

Yesterday's Saints and Generation Of Vipers requires time and attention, but once you make the commitment and dive into the story and the sound, you'll find yourself doubly rewarded.

The album's artwork was done by Vance Kelly (Huntress, Down, Prong).

Act I (primarily melodic death metal):
"Fall of the Ancients"
"Origen Adamantius"
"The Recruitment"

"A Priori"

Act II (doom/rock, power and thrash):
"Cain's Agony"
"Sands of Nod"

Act III (thrash and melodic death):
"Generation Of Vipers"
"Divine Tragedy"

"Luctus in Mane"

The Recruitment:

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ALKALOID Premiere Song “Cthulu”

Germany's most extreme progressive metal supergroup, Alkaloid has recently completed their debut album The Malkuth Grimoire. In celebration of this event, the band has premiered the song "Cthulu":

Consisting of a pedigree of extreme musicians, including current and former members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid, Alkaloid set out to push the boundaries of progressive, extreme music on their full-length debut. The group also decided to self-record and self-release The Malkuth Grimoire via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign has less than three days remaining and the band has already surpassed their goal.

Besides CDs, downloads and t-shirts, the band is offering perks which include personal items, equipment of current and previous recordings plus the offer to do session work for a contributor's own project.

Drummer Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, exObscura, exNecrophagist) commented on the completion of the album:

"We finished the mix of The Malkuth Grimoire. Well, what can I's a monolith. I really have no clue how people will react when hearing the whole thing. But I'm happy. No doubt that it is the best sounding record of my career. And it' heavy...I mean HEAVY!!"

Carbon Phases:

Alakaloid is:

Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) vocals, guitars
Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, exObscura, ex-Necrophagist) - guitars
Danny Tunker (Aborted, exGod Dethroned) - guitars
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) - bass
Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, exObscura, exNecrophagist) drums

(Photo by: Christian Martin Weiss)


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DEMONICAL Recording New Material

Swedish death metal masters Demonical have recently went into the studio to record what will be the band's brand new EP. The material is scheduled for a spring release via Agonia Records.

The first new tracks since the release of the 2013's Darkness Unbound album, are being recorded in Amplified Studios (drums) and Wing Studios (rest of the instruments) in Sweden, with Sverker Widgren (vocals) behind the knobs. Sverker will also be handling the mixing and mastering duties in the near future.  

On the recording of the new EP, bassist Martin Schulman commented: "Armed with blood and iron we have hereby started the recording process of a new four track EP, once again bringing forth the ravishing sounds of HM-2 and razor-sharp chants of Stockholm-style death metal darkness. The hour of death draws near!"

Demonical live:

30 – Greifswald, Germany – Klex

1 – Bitterfield, Germany – Festung
2 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Poppodium Romein
3 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Baroeg
4 – Waregem, Belarus – Gasolina
5 – Weinheim, Germany – Café Central
6 – Aalen, Germany – Rock It
7 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
8 – Poznan, Poland – Club U Bazyla
9 – Erfurt, Germany – From Hell

13 – Bucharest, Romania – Metalhead Meeting Festival

4 – Scharnstein, Austria – Sick Midsummer Festival

12 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze Festival
13 – Barth, Germany – Barther Metal Open Air


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SIMBIOSE Announce New Album Details; Debut New Track

Nearly three years following the release of their crushing and fifth album Economical Terrorism, Portuguese grind/crust group Simbiose are back with new effort called Trapped, which is scheduled for release on March 15th via Anticorpos Records in collaboration with Criminal Attack Records, Deviance Records, Apathy Never, Punk Vortex, Tanker and Neanderthal Stench.
Recorded by Paulo Viera at Brugo Studio and BPM’S Studio, guitars were tracked by guitarist Nuno Rua, who also mixed and mastered the album, Trapped shows no signs of slowing or toning down and offers 14 new tracks of venomous and downright crushing grind/crust. Also noteworthy of mention is the guest performance of Bri Doom from British crust legends Doom with a guitar solo on the song “Deixós Falar…”

The band has premiered the opening song off the album with “Ignorância Colectiva”:

Asked about this new song and the musical direction of Trapped, vocalist Jonhie said the following: "’Ignorância Colectiv’a is a song that talks about the kind of people that just likes to criticize and say bad things about the others, but in reality don’t do nothing for anyone or to change anything!
"Trapped is a different record, we wanted to give a new and fresh tone to the band's sound without disappointing our long-time fans. It’s more mature and has a cleaner sound... but it shows the same attitude!”

Trapped album cover:

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AVERSIONS CROWN Welcome New Singer Mark Poida

Colin Jeffs recently decided to step down from Aussie extremists Aversions Crown due to medical issues affecting his voice. Mark Poida who has been filling in for Jeffs on the current European tour with Within Ruins has stepped up to join the band as the permanent vocalist.

The band announced on their Facebook page this morning: Please welcome Mark Poida to the mic who will be stepping up to fill Colin's very big shoes. If you've seen us this year in Australia or Europe, you'll know that Mark has a huge voice and will be crushing it for us moving forward. Cheers Colin for all the good times!

Colin announced the departure is not due to his recent vocal scare and thanked fans for support: Friends, unfortunately the time has come for me to part ways with Aversions Crown. This is a difficult call for me to make but a necessary one. The band has been my sole focus for the past 5 years and whilst it has been an amazing experience it has also been a very draining one. I've reached a point in my life where this band is just not what I want to focus on anymore and feel as though if I can't put 100% of my heart into this I shouldn't be doing it at all, this decision is not linked to me being absent from the current tour or my recent vocal scare, its something I had comes to terms with before these events. Thanks to everyone who has ever supported what I do in any way, its been real. Peace.

Aversions Crown recently unleashed the official video for "Avalanche", which features live footage from the bands recent spell of touring new album Tyrant:

For all about Aversions Crown and their tour schedule visit this location.
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Virginia’s IRIS DIVINE Signs With Sensory Records; Post New Track From Debut Album

Northern Virginia-based trio, Iris Divine, has joined The Laser's Edge family by signing with the label's progressive metal subdivision, Sensory Records, for the late spring release of their impending debut album, Karma Sown.

 With a brand of emotional, progressive hard rock/metal not quite like anything else out there, Iris Divine is musically rooted in the raw energy and rhythmic interplay of Rush and King's X. Fans of dark, guitar-driven rock bands from Alice In Chains, Deftones to the contemporary metal riffing of Lamb Of God and Pantera, will connect to the heavy core of the band's modern sound. Add to that progressive complexity and moody synths inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, and a liberal dose of memorable hooks and melodies, to understand some elements of the band's sound. And yet, the band has a distinct identity, not quite sounding like any of the aforementioned bands, and with an emotional urgency that pulls subtly from alternative and other influences.

Following their previously-released 2011 double EP, Convergence, and a demo in 2013, Iris Divine's debut full-length, Karma Sown, is a triumph of a debut album, immediate and memorable but revealing layers and depth upon repeated listens. The record was produced by Iris Divine, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay. With the potential to make a connection to a wide range of prog, rock and metal nationally and internationally, the band looks to 2015 and beyond to bring a new and powerful voice to fans around the world.

Sensory Records will release Karma Sown worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st. Stand by for additional album details, additional audio teasers and much more on Iris Divine in the weeks ahead and throughout the year.

Karma Sown tracklisting:

“The Everlasting Sea”
“Fire Of The Unknown”
“A Suicide Aware”
“Mother’s Prayer”
“In Spirals”
“Apathy Rains”
“In The Wake Of Martyrs”

“A Suicide Aware”:

Karma Sown by Iris Divine

Iris Divine:

Navid Rashid - vocals, guitar
Kris Combs - drums, keys/programming
Brian Dobbs - bass

(Photo: Rob Fortenberry)
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BARISHI Release Endless Howl EP

Dynamic Vermont metallers Barishi have just released the Endless Howl EP, the follow-up to 2013's self-titled full-length. The band's new effort is a brilliant mix of progressive metal dynamics and inventive hardcore harshness that is at once creative, melodic, and captivating. The EP can be streamed in its entirety and available for purchase at Bandcamp.

Endless Howl tracklisting:

In The Hour Of The Wolf
Smoke From The Earth
Endless Howl

Endless Howl was recorded and mixed by Brian Westbrook at PDP Recording.
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LYCUS Sign To Relapse Records; Prepare New Album

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Oakland, CA funeral death/doom quartet Lycus. Originally formed in 2008, the group released their debut demo in 2011 which was later reissued by The Flenser the following year. 2013 saw the group release their debut full-length, entitled Tempest, on 20 Buck Spin Records. The band will now enter Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA this April to record their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut.

The group commented on the signing and their upcoming plans:

"We are extremely excited to announce that our second full-length LP will be released on Relapse Records later this year. These guys have shown us interest since our demo surfaced, and finally, three years later we have the chance to work together. We will be entering the studio in April with hopes to release the album by this coming fall. The new material is darker, stranger, and bleaker than Tempest, and the artwork will feature another masterful painting courtesy of Italian madman, Paolo Girardi. Lycus has been confirmed for California Deathfest 2015 along with a summer tour, which will be announced shortly."

Lycus tour dates:

9-11 California Deathfest

Lycus is:

Trevor Deschryver - drums/vocals
Jackson Heath - guitar/vocals
Bret Tardiff - bass
Dylan Burton guitar

Listen to Lycus on Bandcamp.
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MASTERS OF DISGUISE – The Savage And The Grace Video Teaser Streaming

With their 2013 debut Back With A Vengeance, Masters Of Disguise filled the musical gap left behind by the demise of Savage Grace, almost 30 years earlier. Not that they consciously copied the legendary Americans - it was more a need to prevent the passion and uniqueness of the band from being forgotten. Masters Of Disguise and their new album The Savage And The Grace, filled with razor-sharp riffs, once again honors the true speed metal spirit of the '80s, without sounding antiquated or dusty. This album is sure to bring classic speed metal back into the heads and hearts of metal fans.

When Savage Grace mastermind Chris Logue planned a reunion in 2009, he was unable to get a positive reaction to his suggestion from any of the original line-up members. Instead of giving up, he came into contact with the NWOBHM tribute band Roxxcalibur and promptly signed up all the band's instrumentalists as members of his new line-up. After successful tour and several festival appearances, Chris Logue left Europe and the band members, no longer under obligation, decided to continue in the style of Savage Grace under new name: Masters Of Disguise.



The Savage And The Grace tracklisting:

“Judgement Day”
“The Enforcer”
“Conquering The World”
“Knutson II: (Only A Mother’s) Love Is Forever”
“Heavens Fall”
“New Horizons”
“Sins Of The Damned” (Savage Grace cover)
“The Scavenger’s Daughter”
“Barbarians Of The Gate”
“War Of The Gods (Part I)”
“Hammerhead” (Flotsam & Jetsam cover)

Album trailer:

The Savage And The Grace will be out on Limb Music on February 20th.
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SORCERER Signs With Metal Blade Records; Announce New Album In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Swedish epic doom metal legends Sorcerer. Sorcerer will release their Metal Blade debut In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross March 20th on CD, vinyl, and digitally. Preorders for the album are available now, along with the brand new video for "The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer at

The band comments: "Sorcerer are proud to have signed with the legendary metal label Metal Blade, home of many bands that has inspired us to start making music. With the new album In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross we hope to continue where we ended many years ago. It is all the fans that have supported us through the years that has inspired us to do this album and we really looking forward to meet you all on gigs and festivals soon!"

Sorcerer was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 but disbanded after two demos in 1992. Both demos are considered true doom metal classics and have been released on CD in 1995. In 2010 the band came back together to play the Hammer Of Doom festival in Germany and a year later the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Both shows were received extremely well and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form. In the end it took over two years to write, arrange and record it but the result is nothing but pure, heavy epic doom metal. The process of putting all bits and pieces together and making it ready for mix and mastering was the work of drummer Robert Iversen, also a very fine recording engineer, who was acting as the spider in the recording web. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend).

With years of professional experience and top-class instrumental abilities among its band members the Sorcerer of the 21st century is determined to deliver epic doom metal for many years to come; on record and on stages all around the world. In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross is set to be released March 20th via Metal Blade Records Europe, and March 24th in North America.

In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross tracklisting:

The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer
Sumerian Script
Lake Of The Lost Souls
Exorcise The Demon
In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross
Prayers For A King
The Gates Of Hell
Pagans Dance

Sorcerer is:

Anders Engberg - vocals
Kristian Niemann - guitars
Peter Hallgren - guitars
Johnny Hagel - bass
Robert Iversen - drums
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FORWARD UNTO DAWN Announce Sophomore Album Alpha; Streaming Track “The Collapse”

Forward Unto Dawn have announced the release of their sophomore album Alpha. The album was recorded last spring in Cleveland, Ohio at Spider Studios before being mixed by Matt Dalton (Battlecross) and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Born Of Osiris). The album will be available officially Tuesday, April 7th with upcoming CD release shows to be announced soon.

The band issued the following statement:

"Recording Alpha internationally was unbelievable. There's nothing like spending half a month living in a hotel room and studio with your four best friends doing what you love, it's an experience that definitely changes you as an individual and as a unit. We couldn't be more excited to show everyone what we've put all this time, effort, money and emotion into; and it's only just the beginning."

Alpha tracklisting:

The Collapse
Concord & Dissolution
The Nature Of Existence
State Of Duality
A Premonition

The Collapse:

The Collapse by Forward Unto Dawn

The Making Of Alpha Part I:

(Photo: Chris Walzak)
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MORS SUBITA Preparing Second Album For March Release

Mors Subita will be publishing their second album of modern and melodic death metal on March 20th. With their debut album the band showed their remarkable potential by gathering good reviews all over the world and also by making it to the official Finnish charts.

The guitarist and songwriter Mika Lammassaari (Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Wolfheart) promises nothing less as he describes the new album: Degeneration represents an even more aggressive, but still distinctly melodic side of Mors Subita. Compared to our debut, weve managed to reach the next level without forgetting individually strong songs. There are even a few really catchy choruses. The band playing on Degeneration is hungry, thirsty and angry as hell, from which the opening track, carrying the name of the album, is a great example.

The album is mixed by Aksu Hanttu (Korpiklaani, Poisonblack) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Volbeat, Rammstein, Amorphis). It will be released by OneManArmy, known for example publishing the debut album of Wolfheart. Degeneration can be preordered from Record Store X with worldwide shipping. Everyone preordering the album will be gifted with two extra songs.

Degeneration tracklisting:

End Complete
World Separated
Cult Of Mischief
Divine Is A Fraud
Last Journey
Intro Ruin (Digipack bonus track)
Erase (Digipack bonus track)

Album teaser:

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ESTAMPIDA – Hard As The Wolfram Cover, Tracklisting Revealed

Argentinian melodic death/thrash metal act Estampida has revealed the cover and tracklisting for their upcoming EP Hard As The Wolfram. The EP will come out in early March via Suspiria Records.

The stunning cover is an illustration of Shaman-2000 and was designed and adapted by Leandro Scampini.

Hard As The Wolfram tracklisting:

“Overfall Of Ignorance”
“Face The Fear (Captive Soul)”
“Strikeback” (featuring Juli Baz)
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Darkness Within Announces First Signing With Spain’s SVARTDEN

Darkness Within has announced the first addition to their roster with Svartden.

Svartdens music hearkens back to the early days of black metal, mixing classic influences from bands like Immortal, Zyklon-B, Satyricon, and Gorgoroth.

Nevertheless Svartden is a project started in 2012 by well-known members of the underground scene from Málaga (Spain), also members of celebrated hordes such as Wulfheim and Werther, with the major aim of returning to the original Norwegian black metal sound of the 90s.

Their debut EP, Black will be out by the end of the month.

Black tracklisting:

The Bloodpack

EP trailer:

Black will be issued in a single print run limited to only 66 hand-numbered copies in a classic deluxe format, A5 digital file, and the CD will come on black shining polycarbonate.
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Germany's INFESTING SWARM To Release Debut Album In March; "Ending" Track Streaming

Art Of Propaganda has unveiled a daring newcomer that breathes new life into usually traditional metal tropes: Infesting Swarm and their debut album, Desolation Road, set for international release on March 30th.

Hailing from Germany, Infesting Swarm have been quietly and patiently perfecting their craft for the past eight years, waiting for the right moment to unveil their momentous creation. At last, it is here, and the band's debut album swells and surges with a glorious melancholy without losing its metallic might.

Very aptly titled, Desolation Road deftly combines achingly melodic doom-death with emotive-yet-poisonous black metal, each of its eight epic tracks travelling down different corridors of the soul. But at its core, Infesting Swarm's Desolation Road is a METAL record: not your standard "post-black metal" where the latter (and most important) element is an afterthought at best, the aggression is kept to a maximum while the peripheral, non-metal elements are maximized without overtaking the central, black metalled thrust.

Thus, Desolation Road is an album that both ably walks the line between traditionalism and progression, triumph and tragedy. The album track "Ending" can be heard below. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Desolation Road tracklisting:

"Dead Transmission"
"Year Of No Light"
"Abandoned Life"
"Der Lauf der Zeit"
"Horizon On Fire"
"Desolation Road"


Infesting Swarm began in 2007, with Tobias deciding to create a band that would give room to his musical ideas. The name Infesting Swarm is chosen, and refers to facing your inner demons which haunt your mind and spirit. Soon after, an initial lineup consisting of friends and fellow musicians was formed. Out of this, a mix of death metal combined with black metal was created.

After some time and some lineup changes, Infesting Swarm recorded their first self-titled demo in 2011, with the band then consisting of Tobias on vocals/guitar, Phil on lead guitar, Nils on bass, and Janis on drums. The demo was produced completely at Tobias' home studio, and stylistically, the band created a sort of blackened death metal. The demo was performed in its entirety at the Metalfest Open Air 2011.

After expanding the boundaries for a new sound and the recruitment of Tim (who was responsible for the vocals from now on) and Jonathan (who replaced Janis on drums), the band recorded their first full-length at CKB Studios. In 2014, Dominik of Frigoris replaced Nils on bass.

Infesting Swarm lineup:

Tim - vocals
Tobias - guitar
Phil - guitar
Jonathan - drums
Dominik - bass
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Video Premiere: HALESTORM's 'Apocalyptic'

HALESTORM has just released the official video for its new single, "Apocalyptic", and singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the song strikes a middle ground between the band's older material and the new directions it's exploring on its next record. "I didn't want to scare you guys too much with the first single [laughs], so we decided to go with this one. But there's a lot on this record that… I don't know, you just kind of throw caution to the wind, and there's a certain freedom that comes with that. But then there's also this kind of, there's a nervousness. But, you know, bottom line is that we came out with a record that we're really proud of."

"Apocalyptic" is taken from HALESTORM's third studio album, "Into The Wild Life", which will be released in Europe on April 3 and North America on April 7.

"Into The Wild Life" follows up HALESTORM's Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore effort, "The Strange Case Of…"

The new disc was recorded last year in Nashville and features 13 new songs.

HALESTORM is currently touring with Eric Church and has announced a series of live dates with THE PRETTY RECKLESS that will begin in late April.

Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that "I've been wanting to tour with [Taylor] for a long time. I don't know what it is about her, but she's a freakin' rock star, and I really enjoy listening and seeing the way that she carries herself. She's carrying that rock 'n' roll torch. We're gonna have a blast and it's gonna be awesome."

Hale said she was asked the same questions about rivalry when HALESTORM toured with EVANESCENCE, explaining, "Amy Lee is one of the coolest chicks I've met in this world. Everybody said the same thing to me beforehand: 'I don't know, man.' I'm like, 'Don't knock it until you try it, baby!' And we had so much fun."

Hale was asked in the same interview if she finds it difficult to maintain a relationship while on the road. Hale replied, "In a relationship, you have to literally have everything out there to this other person, and they have to do the same thing with you, or it's not gonna work. I've never been a jealous person either, and as of right now, I'm dating someone who is the same way. So we have a very amazing trust thing going on."

She added, "I think you have to work hard, no matter what, at a relationship, but, really, the first couple of steps — laying everything out there — has been total saving graces for me and my relationship."

Hale has been rumored as recently as 2013 to have dated HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger, but the singer has not revealed who she is in a relationship with now.


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THE AGONIST: 'My Witness, Your Victim' Video Released

"My Witness, Your Victim", the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Eye Of Providence", which will be released on February 24 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The band's first CD with singer Vicky Psarakis was recorded at The Grid studio in their hometown with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY). Vicky joined THE AGONIST as the replacement for Alissa White-Gluz, who left the band to focus on her new gig as the frontwoman of ARCH ENEMY.

Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the "My Witness, Your Victim" video: "We're thrilled to release the 'My Witness, Your Victim' video!

"This is the first video we are releasing that was directed and edited by our very own bassist Chris Kells. Chris shoots music videos for other bands when he is not touring with us and it was really cool to finally do one for THE AGONIST.

"Lyrically, this song dives into the album theme of the 'Eye Of Providence'.

"We live in a world where everything is being tracked and the more we interface with technology the more we lose our humanity.

"We're really happy with how the video turned out and believe it or not the actor was not harmed (too much) during the shoot!"

"Eye Of Providence" track listing:

01. Gates Of Horn And Ivory02. My Witness, Your Victim03. Danse Macabre04. I Endeavor05. Faceless Messenger06. Perpetual Notion07. A Necessary Evil08. Architects Hallucinate09. Disconnect Me10. The Perfect Embodiment11. A Gentle Disease12. Follow The Crossed Line13. As Above, So Below

THE AGONIST released a two-song digital single on April 29, 2014 via Century Media. These tracks were the first to feature Psarakis.

Commented Marino: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience.

"Vicky has breathed new life into the songwriting process."The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for THE AGONIST. "We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of THE AGONIST!" THE AGONIST 2015 is:

Vicky Psarakis - VocalsDanny Marino - GuitarChris Kells - BassSimon McKay - DrumsPascal "Paco" Jobin - Guitar


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Video: IN THIS MOMENT Performs Cover Of PANTERA's 'Cowboys From Hell'

Video footage of IN THIS MOMENT performing an instrumental version of the PANTERA classic "Cowboys From Hell" on January 24 at The Grove Of Anaheim in Anaheim, California can be seen below.

IN THIS MOMENT's new album, "Black Widow", sold around 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17, 2014.

IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "Blood", opened with around 20,000 copies back in August 2012 to debut at No. 15.

The band's 2010 effort, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", registered a first-week tally of 10,500 to enter the chart at No. 40.

IN THIS MOMENT's sophomore effort, "The Dream", sold more than 8,000 copies back in its first week of release in October 2008 to land at No. 70.

"Black Widow" was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

IN THIS MOMENT in 2013 inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood".


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