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SAMMATH To Reissue Debut LP Via Hammerheart Records

In the first quarter of 2016, Strijd, the long sold out debut album from Sammath, will be reissued. Strijd delivers black metal in high-powered generous doses but also maintains it's introspective side, creating the perfect melancholic warrior album for a dying world.

The LP will be released on gold vinyl and is limited to 300 copies. Stay tuned for more details.
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GUS G. - “I Don’t Think There Is Gonna Be A Lot Coming Out Of OZZY OSBOURNE Because He Is Going Back To BLACK SABBATH To Make Another Album”

In a new interview with MyGlobalMind.com, Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. talks about the current situation of those two projects.

Ozzy was doing some gigs this year. We were in South America last month or a few months ago and we have a few gigs in Mexico. We are doing Japan in November. However, I dont think there is gonna be a lot coming out of Ozzy because he is going back to Black Sabbath to make another one I heard. Thats what they have been talking about so, you never really know with them, so I dont make those kinds of plans with Ozzy.

Read the interview at MyGlobalMind.com.


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SADIST - Hyaena Album Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed

Progressive death metal legends, Sadist, have revealed the cover artwork and tracklisting for their new, long-awaited album, Hyaena.

Produced and mixed by Tommy Talamanca at Nadir Music Studios in Genova, Italy, Hyaena is a compelling mix of the band's traditional death metal and progressive influences with ethnic and tribal sounds, centred around an intriguing concept about one of Africa's most fascinating predators, whose legend says is ridden by the devil.

This is without any doubt the band's most mature, diverse and experimental album to date, in which every detail has been meticulously looked after, musically and visually (the beautiful front cover by painter Luca Orecchia and booklet design by Manuel Del Bono are both top notch).

Hyaena features a very special guest appearance by percussionist Jean N’Diaye, who will also follow the band on stage on the next tour, and will be available starting from October 16th on Scarlet Records.

Tracklisting:

“The Lonely Mountain”
“Pachycrocuta”
“Bouki”
“The Devil Riding the Evil Steed”
“Scavenger and Thief”
“Gadawan Kura”
“Eternal Enemies”
“African Devourers”
“Scratching Rocks”
“Genital Mask”

A video for the first single, “The Lonely Mountain”, will be released soon.

(photo - Svetlana Fomina)

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Japan's SERENITY IN MURDER Release New Video For "Await Me Your Oath"

Japanese symphonic death metal outfit Serenity In Murder, signed to Spiritual Beast, released a new studio album, The Highest Of Dystopia, on March 18th. They have released a video for the song "Await Me Your Oath", which can be viewed below.

The tracklist and audio samples for The Highest Of Dystopia is available below:

"Overture"
"Noticed This Is The Betrayal"
"All Behind You Are Enemies"
"Hurt Of Virtue"
"Martyr For An Age"
"Nocturnal Damned"
"Malefic Religion In Our Abyss"
"Await Me Your Oath"
"Under The Spell"
"The Highest Of Dystopia"

"The Rule"

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ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN Posts New Lyric Video "The Court Of Owls"

Shaking up the Canadian Prairies with their heavy riffs, hooky vocals and speed demon double kicks, Alberta's Arrival Of Autumn has posted a new lyric video for their track "The Court Of Owls" in support of their latest album Shadows, check it out below.

Since early 2011, the band's versatile headbanging tunes has made them accessible to fans of rock to the most hardcore death metal moshpit. A band name inspired by Opeth lyrics (thanks to drummer Ty Fox) and influenced by various genres ranging from melodic death to groove metal to progressive to rock n’ roll, AOA’s catalogue has grown rapidly with two self-releases in 2014. First it was their debut EP Endless Nights in March followed by their ten track full length Shadows in September.

Touching on personal issues to triumphing demons as a band, Shadows with a dash of dark lyrics and tracks such as "The Court Of Owls" to "There’s No Angels Here" to the infectious chorus of "Like Fire" demonstrates AOA are not just evolving, but  are a live force raging to be discovered by the masses.

“We are just trying to make a record that’s a little different than what’s going on at the moment. It’s no secret there is an abundance of the exact same thing floating around and we would never add to that. We wanted to give them something exciting and different to listen to. The good thing about our album is you can take any 3 songs put them together and it’s great. Our CD doesn’t rely on having only a few good songs. Every song has the potential to be a single. It can be received any way and people will get what AOA is all about,” comments AOA vocalist Ty Fox.

Tracklisting:

“DanmnedNation”
“Selfish Sanity”
“Labryinth”
“Forget Me Now”
“Endless Nights”
“Like Fire”
“The Court Of Owls”
“Shadows”
“There’s No Angels Here”
“Fall In Ashes”

“Like Fire” lyric video:

Album stream:

Shadows by Arrival Of Autumn

 

 

 
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IRON MAIDEN AND THE BOOK OF SOULS GO JUMBO ON MASSIVE 2016 WORLD TOUR

VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON TO CAPTAIN AND PILOT A BOEING 747-400 JUMBO JET TO PLAY IN SIX OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS TRAVELLING OVER 55,000 MILES (88,500km) AROUND THE GLOBE

THE BOOK OF SOULS WORLD TOUR IS EXPECTED TO VISIT AROUND 35 COUNTRIES
INCLUDING FIRST EVER CONCERTS IN CHINA AND EL SALVADOR

NEW STUDIO ALBUM THE BOOK OF SOULS IS RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON SEPT 4

IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio album The Book of Souls, their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on Sept 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see the comparison grid below of the Evolution of Ed Force One). The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.

Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalised and we will commence announcements of specific dates for the different territories in a few weeks time. However we can reveal that The Book Of Souls World Tour will open in the U.S.A in late February with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting MEXICO, followed by a much anticipated first ever concert in EL SALVADOR and a return to COSTA RICA. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in ARGENTINA, CHILE and a number of shows in BRAZIL before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and, of course, CANADA in the first two weeks of April.

A long awaited return to JAPAN follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in CHINA before heading to NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in SOUTH AFRICA, Maidens first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to EUROPE for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August. This will the first time Ed Force One has ever been used on any European Tour dates (other than Bruces Fan Club trips to shows) and will provide transport there for at least for the first few weeks.

Bruce Dickinson comments,
When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldnt? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is paint it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.

However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, Im currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and Captain on a Boeing 747. Im doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I cant wait to get practising on!

Were all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.

The 747 is the worlds most recognisable airliner on account of its distinctive hump. With its impressive dimensions of 70.7m (232ft) length, 19.4m (63.6ft) height and a jaw-dropping wing span of 64.4m (211ft) this double-decker aircraft has a range of 13,450km (7,262nm).

Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what Maiden fans can expect from The Book Of Souls World Tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the Fan Club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.

The Book Of Souls is Maidens 16th, and first ever, double studio album and is released 4 September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the US)

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METALLICA: Official Footage From Bergen Concert

Fly-on-the-wall footage of METALLICA's August 20 performance in Bergen, Norway can be seen below. The 17-minute clip, which was shot by a MetOnTour reporter, includes soundcheck footage, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo in the meet-and-greet, pre-show tuning-room footage, and "The Day That Never Comes" from the show.

METALLICA currently has six dates on its calendar between now and mid-September, including two shows in Quebec City, Canada and an appearance at the Rock In Rio festival.

The band has reportedly been working on its tenth studio album, which will follow up 2008's "Death Magnetic".

METALLICA has made available for purchase a limited-edition box set containing 50 CDs that chronicle the band's tours of Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and 2013. The set features recordings of 62 different METALLICA originals and covers from 25 different shows, each on two discs, and retails for a hefty $395.

Despite insisting that work has been proceeding on a new CD, METALLICA has spent a lot of time outside the studio in the last year, with activities that included a string of European all-request shows last summer, a week-long residency on "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson", and a Rock In Rio USA stint.

METALLICA has not revealed when it plans to begin recording or tentatively release the new album.

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|||| 25 2015

TONY MACALPINE Postpones Asia And Australia Tours Due To Illness; Cancer Suspected

Legendary guitarist Tony MacAlpine has announced the postponement of his previously scheduled tours in Asia and Australia. He explains in a statement: "Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region."

He continues: "Providing all goes well, it is our understanding I should be well enough to perform on the coming European tour.

"For Australia and Asia, we are working on rescheduling the shows. We will advise you as soon as possible when the new dates are booked."

MacAlpine adds: "We apologize for any inconvenience these tour postponements have caused, but I'm determined to make these dates up, and rock your city soon!"

In his 29-year career, MacAlpine has redefined instrumental hard rock, jazz-fusion and heavy metal for a generation of progressive-minded music fanatics. Whether it's been as a solo artist, or with the progressive supergroup PSMS (with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian); the mind-bending metal fusion band PLANET X (with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati); the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group CAB; or in the band of another guitar hero Steve Vai, MacAlpine has continued to evolve and set the bar exceedingly high.

On April 21, Tony released his highly anticipated opus "Concrete Gardens" (SunDog Records), featuring 12 tracks of complex, intricate, yet hook-laden melodies, blinding solos and crushing 7- and 8-string guitar riffs, complemented by his own equally exceptional keyboards. This is built atop a formidable rhythmic foundation laid down by Brazilian drum sensation Aquiles Priester (PRIMAL FEAR, HANGAR, ANGRA).

Rounding out the rhythm section is bassist Pete Griffin (SHINING, GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA), along with guest appearances by bassists Sean Delson (FOZZY, STUCK MOJO), Lucky Islam and MacAlpine himself. Guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, ex-NEVERMORE) guests for an extended guitar solo trade.

"Concrete Gardens" was mixed by Brazilian producer and engineer Adair Daufembach, and mastered by Seva David Ball.

Written and recorded in his Pasadena, California home studio (with drums recorded in Brazil), MacAlpine has blended metal, prog, jazz-fusion and rock into a tightly wound trip that is reflected in the album's title both brutal and beautiful. "Concrete Gardens" is available in both standard and special edition versions the special edition version includes a bonus DVD of Tony and band performing the album live at EMGtv. Featured is Aquiles Priester (drums), Pete Griffin (bass) and Nili Brosh (guitar), plus a special appearance by Jeff Loomis.

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MAX CAVALERA: I Can't Waste My Time Thinking About SEPULTURA

Metal XS conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA) at this year's Hellfest, which took place in late June in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about the possibility of a reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup, Max said: "I can't waste my time thinking [about] SEPULTURA. I don't think there's gonna be a reunion. I don't think so. And I think it's for the best. Because maybe it wouldn't be the same as it was in the '90s, you know. It was really good, and you don't wanna ruin that. You can't force it. And you [don't wanna] get on a stage and it's not the same; it's shit. And it's like There's no 'rewind' buttom. [Laughs] So it's better not [to] do it. I think it's better not to touch it."

In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Cavalera's wife Gloria as their manager.

Max's brother Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." Igor's departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).

SOULFLY's tenth studio album, "Archangel", was released on August 14 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Matt Hyde, who has previously worked with SLAYER and CHILDREN OF BODOM. The cover artwork was created by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).

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[= ||| 25 2015

SUICIDE SILENCE Singer On Death Of Music Industry: 'Greed Is Never Gonna Win'

Victoria Purcell of RAMzine conducted an interview with vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida and guitarist Mark Heylmun of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE at the 2015 edition of the the MetalDays festival, which was held on July 19-25 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether making an entire album available for streaming on YouTube, as is the case with SUICIDE SILENCE's "You Can't Stop Me", is good promotion:

Eddie: "At the end of the day, if people wanna listen to the stuff you put out, YouTube does a really good job of keeping counts, and if you get enough people to watch your stuff, YouTube might wanna give you some cash, but, really, that's not why you make to begin with. And if you are making music for that reason, then you're a fucking idiot."

"It's the quintessential answer, ever since Napster and all the bullshit, ever since the Internet was capable of putting your art out there, and it basically showed the world that, at the end of the day, it's, like, art you can find wherever the hell you want, you can make art wherever the hell you want, and there's always gonna be somebody that outdoes you. Making an industry out of it is the most ass backwards thing that could ever happen to humanity."

On the fact that using iTunes to transfer music from your CDs is now illegal under U.K. copyright law:

Eddie: "Hey, man, guess what: it was illegal for me to make mixed tapes and give it to my girlfriend back in fucking when I was doing that, and making ripped CDs and mixed CDs for people too, and I still did it."

Mark: "It's illegal to smoke weed in most places, and I still do that too."

Eddie: "I do the fuck out of that. I think there's a video on YouTube of me fucking showing some Chinese people how to smoke weed. I'm pretty sure they're all in jail now. Sorry, guys!"

On whether the music industry is doomed:

Eddie: "Let those idiots who are trying to fucking squeeze every penny out of an art die There are people who are willing to give their money to an artist who is kicking his own ass out there, trying to show the world what love is, or trying to show the world what fear is however you wanna document whatever an art is. There are gonna be people who are willing to support it. And the fact is that there's too many people out there trying to stick their fingers, and their hands, in our pockets, and that's where the industry is failing. And it's gonna fail, because greed is never gonna win."

"You Can't Stop Me", SUICIDE SILENCE's first album to feature Hermida and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker, was released in July 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

"You Can't Stop Me" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new CD just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012.

Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night.

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|||| 25 2015

ACCEPT Wrapping Up 'Blind Rage' Tour, Preparing To Start Writing Next Album

RAMzine conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT at the 2015 edition of the the MetalDays festival, which was held on July 19-25 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the changes in the music industry since ACCEPT first started out:

Wolf: "Well, where do you wanna start? The whole recording industry, for one thing it's completely different. But the thing that has not changed is going out there and do[ing] your thing on stage that's pretty much like it was back in the day; that really hasn't changed. You go out and play your songs and the audience gets into it. That whole thing is still exactly the same. The whole touring part of the business is pretty much exactly the same. But, of course, making the record, selling the record and all that kind [of stuff] distributing that has all changed dramatically. Everybody knows that."

On heavy metal fans buying physical product in greater numbers than is the case with fans of other genres of music:

Wolf: "Metal is still a little different in that respect, because people really wanna A lot of 'em are collectors, they wanna have the physical album and they wanna get it signed by the band. And you can't sign an MP3. So we're very lucky in that regard, that a lot of people still buy the actual product. [And vinyl is] making a huge comeback. As a matter of fact, we're releasing our albums, or our records, in all kinds of different colors of vinyls and the good, heavy-duty-quality vinyl that the collectors like. And I have to say, there's something to be said I mean, I'm not a collector or record fanatic by any means, but I love looking at the big artwork, I love handling these big, old vinyl records."

On the shift in consumer habits toward streaming music rather than buying physical product or downloading albums:

Wolf: "Well, it seems like the signs of the time that it's going in that direction nobody can deny that but I hope it's never gonna go completely to that point where people just give away everything, because that would be the death of a lot of bands and artists, because you can't live just It's very expensive to make a record and it takes a long time, and you can't just expect people to give it away because it's not working; the business model is just not there."

On ACCEPT's plans for the immediate future:

Wolf: "We will continue for a few more weeks, this run of touring, and then we'll take a little break and come back in the fall, but we're pretty much wrapping up the 'Blind Rage' tour at this point; it's the very last phase of this whole cycle. And then the next album will have to be written and to be recorded, and how long that's gonna take and when that's all gonna happen, who knows? But it'll happen; that's all I know."

ACCEPT in April announced the addition of guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams to the group's ranks.

ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann last December. The band explained in a statement at the time: "We and the fans all knew that [Herman and Stefan] had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control."

Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band's "Restless And Wild" album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983's "Balls To The Wall" LP.

When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.

Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT's comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010's "Blood of the Nations", 2012's "Stalingrad" and 2014's "Blind Rage".

Frank and Schwarzmann are playing in PANZER, a new project also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Keyboardist JANNE WIRMAN On Upcoming World Tour - "We Hope To Put A Lot Of The New Stuff Into The Set"

UK-based Moshville recently caught up with Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman to discuss the band's forthcoming album, I Worship Chaos. An excerpt from the interview is available below.

Q: Have you decided how much of the new album youre going to be playing on tour?

Janne: "We really want to play quite a lot of the new stuff as weve been getting some great reactions to it. We hope to put a lot of the new stuff into the set. But then again, we need to include old stuff too. Its going to be a balance."

Q: Think back eighteen years and then look at all the experience youve gained since. What advice would you give to a new band today who are in the position you were then?

Janne: "Well, none of that applies any more as the whole music business is shit now! Theres no physical sales, just that streaming shit and theres no money in streaming for the artists. Everything we got to do when we were kids when records were still selling that was awesome. But nowadays young bands are in a whole different world. Theres no support from a label for touring or anything if theres no money in it any more. Its just way different. Way, way different."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Pre-orders for I Worship Chaos are underway. The album will be available in following formats:

- CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonus tracks!)
- CD
- 2LP (black, clear, silver, yellow, picture)
- digibook + canvas (mail order edition)

Pre-order your copy at this location.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho commented on the new album: We are close to putting the finishing touches on the new COB record I Worship Chaos and as much fun (but most importantly raw, literally bloody knuckled hard work) it has been making it, Im more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world. So people, put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt, in a perfect COB fashion of course!

Returning to Finlands Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record I Worship Chaos, the album was produced by COB and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

Tracklisting:

IHurt
My Bodom (I Am The Only One)
Morrigan
Horns
Prayer For The Afflicted
I Worship Chaos
Hold Your Tongue
Suicide Bomber
All for Nothing
Widdershins

*The deluxe version of I Worship Chaos will include bonus tracks.

Morrigan:

Trailer Part 1:

Trailer Part 2:

Trailer Part 3:

In support of I Worship Chaos, Children Of Bodom will join forces with Lamb Of God to tour Europe this fall.

COB fronter Alexi Laiho comments: We're all super psyched to hit the road with Lamb Of God this fall as we have a long history of touring and kicking some serious ass all over the globe with those guys! This is something you might not wanna miss, trust me!

Opening support will come from Sylosis. For a few dates in the UK and Ireland, this touring package will team up with mighty Megadeth.

Tour dates:

October (with Sylosis)
25 - Gdansk, Poland - B90
26 - Krakow, Poland - Fabryka
27 - Brno, Czech Republic - Club Fleda
29 - Marseille, France - Espace Julien

November
4 - Bordeaux, France - LeRocher De Palmer
5 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
6 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
7 - Strasbourg, France - Le Laiterie

November (with Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Sylosis)
9 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena

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GEOFF TATE Has Already Finished Recording Second OPERATION: MINDCRIME Album

SonicAbuse.com recently conducted an interview with former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

SonicAbuse.com: You're doing a conceptual trilogy [with your new band OPERATION: MINDCRIME], I believe, of which "The Key" is the first part. It sounds like it's a matter of recording [the other two parts] rather than writing now?

Tate: It's actually The second album is recorded, so we're just getting ready to mix that right now, and the third album is mostly recorded; we've still got a couple of tracks left to do. We're still in the development stage with that record. But we'll wrap up We'll be done with the whole project by October. That's my plan.

SonicAbuse.com: You're no stranger to the world of concept records, but a trilogy seems to be a really grand, ambitious way to start this new chapter in your musical career.

Tate: Yes, it's been really challenging and fun to make the record, definitely. It's a lot of music. But I had a lot of stuff, a lot of things that I'd been collecting and working on over the years. Little bits and pieces that have found their way into these recordings. And I have a lot to say musically, at least, so it was a good time to do it.

SonicAbuse.com: I love the idea of "the album." I grew up with music like PINK FLOYD and I like the idea of albums taking the listener on a journey. But it seems the industry has changed. Do you have any reservations about how such a large conceptual work might be received by, say, a younger fan base?

Tate: I have no idea. I have no idea how people interpret the music or how they feel about it, until, of course, I get feedback which, typically, is when I tour. That's when I have lots of interesting conversations with people about the music and what they think of it, or how it affects them, or, in this case, in the case of this album and the [QUEENSRŸCHE] "Mindcrime" albums, there's lots of speculation as to what's going on within the framework of the story and that kind of thing, and I find that kind of thing really interesting to talk about. As a writer, you have an idea about what you're trying to say, but the people always take it differently; they'll put their own spin on it. They'll interpret it, typically, based upon their own life experiences, or, in the case of music, with regard to their musical palette, what they've been exposed to. You never really know how your stuff is going to go over with an audience, with a group of people or even an individual. You just have to carry on with your vision and your convictions and your song craft and follow your muse, as they say, and then it takes on a life of its own, really, that you have no control over. I don't know if I want control of it. Music is it's a personal journey for people. They plug into it and find something about it that is intriguing or interesting to them, or they don't. It's kind of the way it works.

Read the entire interview at SonicAbuse.com.

"The Key" will be released on September 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Joining Tate on "The Key" are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and John Moyer (DISTURBED, ADRENALINE MOB), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (CANDLEBOX) and Brian Tichy (BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE), guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate's solo band), keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH) and vocalist Mark Daly (THE VOODOOS). "The Key" track listing:

01. Choices02. Burn03. Re-Inventing The Future04. Ready To Fly05. Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room06. Life or Death?07. The Stranger08. Hearing Voice09. On Queue10. An Ambush Of Sadness11. Kicking In The Door12. The Fall

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Video: GHOST Performs In Baltimore As Part Of 'Unholy/Unplugged' Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of Swedish occult rockers GHOST performing on August 22 at Sound Garden in Baltimore, Maryland as part of their "Unholy/Unplugged" tour can be seen below.

GHOST's third album, "Meliora", wasreleased on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES).

GHOST will embark on the "Black To The Future" North American headlining tour in the fall. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. on September 22.

Regarding what fans can expect to see from the upcoming tour, one of GHOST's nameless ghouls told Loudwire: "We are definitely trying to step it up this time in terms of production. There is always a growing pain. I think that most bands experience that. It might not be very apparent for bands that have just a big drum kit in the middle and a wall of Marshall amps on each side of the drum kit, because when you have your T-shirts and your beards, it doesn't really matter what kind of stuff you have around of you. Whereas we've always been very keen on having theatrics, and so far, what we've done to date is definitely very little of the things we have on the list that we want to do in the future as we grow bigger."

He continued: "As long as you're not headlining Madison Square Garden everywhere, there's always a little risk that everybody in New York and Pittsburgh and Detroit, Montreal, Boston will see this whole thing and then all of a sudden we come to some other place and it's, whoops — half of that. All of a sudden, you can't do the big theatrical thing, unfortunately.

"As I said, it's a growing pain. Fortunately, we don't rely totally on the theatrics — it usually works quite well without the big scenery too, because we're also entertaining the people. It's not just the big screen in the back that you're supposed to look at. But definitely the intention is to step it up and I think most people will understand that when we start our U.S. tour."

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS Members To Take Part In Israel's 'Titans Of Metal' Event

Israel's Progstage Productions has announced the addition of three more participants to its first annual "Titans Of Metal" event, set to take place on December 17 at Hanger 11 in Tel Aviv. They are guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, legendary ex-RAINBOW vocalist Graham Bonnet and RHAPSODY OF FIRE and ANGRA singer Fabio Lione.

"Titans Of Metal" participating musicians:

* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)* Sean Peck (CAGE, DEATH DEALER)* Anette Olzon (ex-NIGHTWISH) * Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-GAMMA RAY) * Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH)* Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN * Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) * Hannes Grossmann (ALKALOID, ex-OBSCURA) * Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) * Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE) * Michael Denner (MERCYFUL FATE) * Oliver Holzwarth (ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) * Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) * Olaf Lenk (AT VANCE) * George Kollias (NILE) * Dean Rispler (THE DICTATORS) * Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) * Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN) * Ross The Boss (DEATH DEALER, ex-MANOWAR)* Tony MacAlpine* Graham Bonnet (ex-RAINBOW)* Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ANGRA)

The event will see these artists performing some of the songs they played and sang in in the past, along with several surprising renditions of other heavy metal classics. Tickets are available at Rock Stage.

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P.O.D. Keeping Concept Behind New Album A Secret

P.O.D. released its ninth studio album, "The Awakening", on Friday (August 21). The concept record follows the good and bad choices of a central character, exploring the consequences of his decisions. Bassist Traa Daniels told The Pulse Of Radio that the band doesn't want to spell out the story too much. "There is a specific storyline, but I think the whole thing is that we don't want to kind of let that cat out of the bag," he said. "I think that we really want people to like dig into the record and kind of figure out. I mean, I think that's the fun part of having a conceptual record is not really giving away the whole thing, you know what I'm saying? There definitely is a character and there's a specific storyline that, you know, was the inspiration for the songs and the writing and everything."

"The Awakening" features guest appearances by Maria Brink from IN THIS MOMENT and Lou Koller from legendary hardcore punk act SICK OF IT ALL. The disc was recorded with longtime producer Howard Benson.

The San Diego-based band has been churning out music since 1994 while the lineup has remained almost entirely the same since the band's formation.

The first single from the set, "This Goes Out To You", is currently No. 18 on the rock airplay chart. The video was shot in the band's hometown of San Diego and features local musicians, skaters and artists.

P.O.D. will start touring behind the new disc next month, starting on September 10 in Portland, Oregon.

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SAMMY HAGAR Finally Gets His $1.4 Million Car (Video)

After waiting nearly a year, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar has finally gotten the keys to his brand new, custom-made $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari that he custom-ordered in white with black and beige accents while touring the Maranello factory for the first time.

Only 499 units of the LaFerrari which boasts a whopping 950 horsepower are being made every ten years.

Hagar said: "The car looked better than I ever imagined when I saw it. My anticipation to drive it was driving me crazy.

"When I finally took possession of the car today after all the red tape involved in a special car like this, [my wife] Kari and I put 100 miles on it. And what a crazy fun hundred miles it was! The car is much faster than I ever imagined. It sounds like a monster of some kind. It gets way more attention than I want. I'm getting used to it slowly before I really try to push I push it to my limit, which is way below the car's limit, I'm sure of that after today!

"I feel really special getting in and out of that car. I just want to look at it sometimes. I'm very close to being speechless. After chasing that Ferrari for a year finally taking possession, I'm humbled."

A video report from California ABC affiliate 7 News can be seen below.

Ferrari's first gasoline-electric hybrid model, LaFerrari has been described as "the most powerful street-legal Ferrari ever built."

Three days after the car's debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, more than 1,000 people had put in requests to purchase the vehicle.

Ferrari said LaFerrari will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in less than 7 seconds.

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Report: CENTURY MEDIA To Be Acquired By SONY For $17 Million

According to Music Business Worldwide, Century Media, one of the best-known independent heavy rock labels in the world, will be acquired for $17 million by Sony Music Entertainment.

The company, which has more than 50 staff across the U.S. and Europe, was said to be valued somewhere between $15 million and $20 million.

Century Media was instrumental in the careers of heavy music acts like IN THIS MOMENT, SUICIDE SILENCE, SHADOWS FALL, LACUNA COIL and many more.

Century Media's parent company, The Century Family, includes several other labels: Another Century (rock), InsideOut Music (progressive), People Like You (post-punk, alternative) and Superball (alternative, modern progressive).

Robert Kampf founded Century Media in 1988, with co-owner Oliver Withöft coming onboard roughly a year and a half later.

Withöft passed away in January 2014 at the age of 49 after a long period of illness.

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Ex-HANOI ROCKS Singer MICHAEL MONROE: 'Blackout States' Artwork, Track Listing

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will release his new studio album, "Blackout States", on Friday, October 9 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013's "Horns And Halos" was produced by Chips Kiesbye (HELLACOPTERS, NOMADS) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.

"Blackout States" track listing:

01. This Ain't No Love Song02. Old King's Road03. Goin Down With The Ship04. Keep Your Eye On You05. The Bastards Bash06. Good Old Bad Days07. R.L.F.08. Blackout States09. Under The Northern Lights10. Permanent Youth11. Dead Hearts On Denmark Street12. Six Feet In The Ground13. Walk Away14. Break The Noose (vinyl LP bonus track) With "Blackout States", Monroe's current touring and recording outfit comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-NEW YORK DOLLS, COMPANY OF WOLVES), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-BLACK HALOS, AMEN), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-CHELSEA SMILES, DANZIG) provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock's most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited Monroe's unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration. As with "Horns And Halos", the new recordings see Monroe both toasting the future and honoring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers HANOI ROCKS, the group with which he forged his name in the early-to mid-'80s. Says Monroe: "I'm extremely excited about our new album, 'Blackout States'. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock 'n' roll record: strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend 'Blackout States' to anyone who's even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high-energy rock 'n' roll at its best sounds like today." Monroe will hit the road this fall for a co-headlining tour with Swedens sleazemongers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and some very special U.K. shows with ALICE COOPER.

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IRON MAIDEN's New Album Includes Song Inspired By ROBIN WILLIAMS

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has revealed that one of the songs on the band's upcoming album, "The Book of Souls", pays tribute to late comedian Robin Williams.

Speaking with Italy's Corriere Della Sera, Bruce explained that the track which was penned by guitarist Adrian Smith and bassist Steve Harris was inspired by Robin's sudden, tragic death.

Dickinson said: "My favorite song is one I didn't write. It's 'Tears Of A Clown', which talks about Robin Williams. I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy."

Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014 after a long history of depression and health issues.

"The Book Of Souls" is due on September 4 through BMG in the USA. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world). The band's first-ever double studio album was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.

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TOM KEIFER On STEVEN TYLER's Country Solo Single: 'He's Definitely Someone Who Can Pull That Off'

On August 15, Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! Magazine conducted an interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer at the Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows festival in Irvine, California. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler's recent statement that "country is the new rock and roll":

"Well, I wouldn't go that far. I live in Nashville, so I'm surrounded by it. I think that I see a lot of influence, fashion-wise, and some of the intensity of the '80s rock, a lot of those styles, and some of the production elements and stuff on the records, I see some of that stuff being incorporated into country records these days and country live shows. But it's still not rock music; it's a You know, they're just kind of bringing in an element of music that, possibly, they grew up on or liked or admired, and I think it's very cool. But I wouldn't say it's the new rock. I mean, there's still rock bands out there that are playing rock music, and I think country's bringing in a rock element to it. So, that would be my take on it."

On Tyler's country solo single, "Love Is Your Name":

"Well, I think that I heard the song and the video, and I think it's a beautiful song, and I think that he's suited to that, because AEROSMITH have so much roots in their music. Particularly, a lot of people don't realize how much of that mountain bluegrass kind of harmony and melody is in a lot of AEROSMITH's music. So, to me, when I listen to the song, it sounded very natural for Steven Tyler. So, he's definitely a talented person and someone who can pull that off. I think it's great."

Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on in April 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group).

"The Way Life Goes" was described in a press release as "a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride" that has been Keifer's life for the past 25 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

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ÆVANGELIST To Release Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss Album

20 Buck Spin welcomes the writhing black/death torment of American act, Ævangelist, to the label's register, and announces plans of issuing the band's incoming fourth full-length, Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss.

The fourth gate of the Ævangelist has opened within the physical dimension; witness cataclysmic black/death metal force in which slithering arcane horrors conjoined with bizarre mysticism spawn a suffocating cacophonous sprawl. Having unleashed previous (and future) documentation via the French Debemur Morti label, Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss represents the initial Aevangelist transmutation for 20 Buck Spin, the American based band's first scripture to be fully released domestically in the United States.

Cycling through recent years, Ævangelist has mercilessly assaulted listeners via auditory deformation and twisting sepulchral composition, its members having also performed within the ranks of legendary dark metal weirdos Bethlehem and others. 2013's Omen Ex Simulacra brutalized with punishingly dense yet accessible riffs in the Murk - and this specter looms large on Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss, whilst layer upon layer of ghoulish keys and madness-stricken vocals act as flesh bricks to shape a hellish tower of the damned. Smeared with a warm, wet production, the inherent chaos of Enthrall... becomes omnipresent.

The curtain has been pulled back to reveal the grotesquery summoned by the Ævangelist synod and once stirred cannot easily be shut again. 20 Buck Spin is pleased to bequeath this vulgar contortion of occult rancor upon the human race. Virulently presented on multiple formats, with artwork crafted by Stephen Wilson/Unknown Relic (Sutekh Hexen, Godmaker, Demonic Possessor), Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss will see initial CD and digital release in North America on October 9th and in Europe on the 23rd, with the vinyl edition to see release by early December. The album is one of dire importance for devotees to the tormented ways of Portal, Xasthur, Gnaw Their Tongues, Witchrist, Wolvserpent, Bethlehem, Thorns and the like to stay informed about.

The tracklisting and cover artwork for Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss have been released. Stand by for audio and further intel on the album to surface in the days forthcoming.

Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss tracklisting:

Arcanæ Manifestia
Cloister Of The Temple Of Death
Gatekeeper's Scroll
Alchemy
Levitating Stones
Emanation
Meditation Of Transcendental Evil

Ævangelist has already slated multiple live performances for the upcoming months, including sets at Hell's Headbash in Cleveland alongside Archgoat, Black Witchery, Inquisition, Deathhammer and tons more in September, and California Deathfest in Oakland with Autopsy, Impaled, Dead Infection, Disma, Ghoul, Morbosidad and others in November, with more shows to be announced.

Tour dates:

September
6 - Cleveland Agora - Cleveland, OH (Hell's Headbash)

October
10 - Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA (California Deathfest)

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ARCHAEA Streaming Catalyst Album In Full; “Cryosphere” Live Video Posted

Gothenburg thrash/melodic death metallers, Archaea, have unleashed their powerful début album, Catalyst, which can be streamed in full below. They also have filmed a live set performing at Emergenza, and the first song “Cryosphere” has been posted.

When does a Gothenburg melodeath band not sound like a Gothenburg melodeath band? When they’re Archaea, who roll out a hybrid of thrashy yet symphonic leanings in their melodeath. Markus Heidarsson has a whiff of Ola Englund about his guitar playing, particularly in the solos, playing against the harsh roar of Nils Bossius and the tightly-wound rhythm section. Orchestral stabs punctuate tracks such as “Silhouette”, while “Vacuum” revels in a circus-like atmosphere, and “Salt” dances around a piano and strings melody amid the groovy stomp. Rounding out on “Sol” is a simple yet stunning finale, far removed from metal.

In their own words, Archaea describe their lyrical themes as “describing struggles on a personal and global scale, elusive antagonists and the unyielding indifferent elements”, although “Quad Damage” reveals the band’s love of video games with a sly reference.

Catalyst comes in a digipack with stunning artwork and photos from Demithréa Mikulasi and Jessica Blomé.

Archaea was founded in 2007 by the Heidarsson brothers Hannes and Markus, on keyboard and guitar. After a few intense formative years in the Gothenburg underground scene, Archaea set its sights putting their songs to tape. During this process Archaea was radically reshaped, with half the original lineup making way for new talent in­ guitarist Magnus Lindegård, drummer Alexander Molnar, bassist Richard Mikulasi and former guitarist Nils Bossius Klintenberg switching to take center stage as vocalist.

Despite little studio experience, they built their own studio to record the first album Catalyst during 2014. With the help of Johan Treptow for mixing and mastering, and with original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi, Catalyst has turned out to be a creation that surpassed expectations.

Catalyst is an album that showcases the current form of Archaea, as well as capturing material from throughout the band’s existence. Ranging from crushing darkness to brilliant melody, with sharp contrasts and fluently shifting dynamics, Catalyst constitutes an intense musical journey. Archaea is now eager to unleash their unique form of melodic death metal upon the world.

Album stream:

Archaea are:

Nils Bossius - Vocals
Hannes Heidarsson - Keyboard
Markus Heidarsson - Guitar
Magnus Lindegård - Guitar
Richard Mikulasi - Bass
Alexander Molnar - Drums

“Cryosphere” live video:
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HORRENDOUS To Release Anareta Album In October

East Coast death metal trio, Horrendous, are set to unleash their third full-length album, Anareta, on October 30th via Dark Descent Records.

Among the leaders of the New Wave of Old-School Death Metal movement, Horrendous raised the bar last year with the release of their sophomore album, Ecdysis. The album was considered by many to be one of the year's most impressive releases. A year later, Horrendous have once again set a new standard for death metal with Anareta, an eight-track offering of highly-evolved and intense OSDM.

The band had this to say about Anareta: "We are all very proud of the album and feel it is our best work to date. While our composition process has always been spread out over several separated writing-specific sessions, one thing that separates Anareta from our past work is our recording process. We recorded all the songs over one continuous period (the recording sessions for The Chills and Ecdysis were more spread out)--Matt and Jamie stayed at Damian's house/studio for weeks on end and the three of us lived, breathed and dreamed of nothing but the album during that time. It was our entire lives for over a month (two months if you include the mixing and mastering stage), and we think this complete dedication to the record is one of the factors that really made it turn out so well. There was a lot of magic in the air once we finished the foundation of the record, and each day we built off of the prior day's creative energies and inspirations until it bloomed into something immense."

Anareta was recorded, mixed and mastered this summer at Subterranean Watchtower Studios. Cover art comes courtesy of Brian Smith.

Anareta tracklisting:

The Nihilist
Ozymandias
Siderea
Polaris
Acolytes
Sum Of All Failures
Stillborn Gods
The Solipsist (Mirrors Gaze)

Band lineup:

Damian Herring - Guitars/Vocals/Bass
Matt Knox - Guitars/Vocals/Bass
Jaime Knox - Drums

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KING HEAVY Streaming “Thirteen Chosen Ones” Track

Chilean / Belgian band King Heavy are streaming Thirteen Chosen Ones, a track from the bands self-titled debut album, out via Cruz Del Sur Music on September 4th in Europe and September 19th in North America.

King Heavy is anything but the typical brand of mono-dimensional, superficial doom metal. Aside from strong elements of Candlemass and of the more traditional doom metal sound, King Heavy offers epic arrangements and a twisted touch that reminds of Black Sabbath's Born Again, Celtic Frost's Into The Pandemonium and the early, darkest side of Danzig.

The album contains seven songs for a total running time of over 47 minutes and was engineered, mixed and mastered by Pablo Clares at DM6 Studio, Chile; vocals were recorded by Peter Maene at Creative Factory, Belgium.

Tracklisting:

La Gárgola
Life A.D.
As Dawn Broke On The Day
Thirteen Chosen Ones
Wounds
The Crowning
He Who Spoke In Tongues

La Gárgola:

Soon after the album's release, King Heavy will embark upon the Chilean Live A.D. 2015 Tour. Dates on the poster below:
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WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN Sign With Face To Silence Records; “Great Black Divide” Video Streaming

Arizona metallers, With Our Arms To The Sun, is the second act to sign with the newly-launched Fade To Silence Records.

With Our Arms To The Sun is a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by pop formatted bands. The Arizona desert-based foursome crafts a brand of cinematic conceptual music that aims to evoke emotion and inspire thought in listeners. The band's free-flowing style is not easily pigeon-holed, appealing to fans of not just one genre, but to people in general who appreciate music as expression.

"My son and I went to see John 5 perform in East Texas and as luck would have it, With Our Arms To The Sun were the supporting artist," said Fade to Silence founder Paul Bibeau. "Upon taking the stage, the band took complete control of the room and I was locked into every second of their performance. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. It felt has though the band was playing the very last concert ever and wanted to put it all on the table. Their performance was thoroughly pleasing, cinematic in scope coupled with an intense, passionate delivery. I got sucked into each note, each composition and I loved they journey they took me on. I spent a few minutes with them afterwards and we began to talk more and more. I knew immediately, this is my cup of tea."

With Our Arms To The Sun's first release through Fade To Silence will be a reissue of the band's self-released A Far Away Wonder EP on CD and vinyl.

"We were anti-label for the longest time and did everything DIY," said With Our Arms To The Sun vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge. "We recorded and distributed all of our own albums, and even made our own merch. One of the reasons we were not interested in being on a label was that we wanted to retain our sound. We are not interested in changing who we are artistically just to be more 'marketable' or 'commercial.' There are plenty of bands pounding that drum and we want to do something different. Paul immediately understood what we were going for as a band and rather than be a typical industry person, he encouraged our growth towards being a conceptual band. Also the chance at being one of the flagship bands on a new label that has a creative philosophy really appealed to us as artists."

With Our Arms To The Sun - which is completed by Joseph Leary, Joseph Breckenridge Jr. and John Mclucas - has three self-released recordings to their credit. The Fade To Silence re-release of A Far Away Wonder will come later this year. With Our Arms To The Sun is managed by Alan Jones/Slant Business Management and booked by Andrew Goodfriend/TKO.

The launch of Fade to Silence Records was announced earlier this month by former Spitfire Records company founder/president and industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The new label, which is distributed via AMPed Distribution worldwide, will focus on establishing a cutting and creative edge driven label brand, a catalog/visual/television imprint and publishing division highlighting the hard rock and heavy metal genre's broad musical spectrum.

Great Black Divide video:
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BLACK TONGUE Release “In The Wake Ov The Wolf” Music Video

Black Tongue will release their new full-length, The Unconquerable Dark, on September 4th via Century Media Records. Check out the bands new video for the album track, In The Wake Ov The Wolf:

The Unconquerable Dark is a devastatingly bleak record that showcases the Hull Hate Crews trademark downtempo sound to absolute full effect. From the opening doom drenched riffs of Plague Worship: to the black metal tinged Lappel du Vide (lyric video below), to the unfathomably heavy Prince Of Ash and Vermintide (featuring guest vocals from Suicide Silences Eddie Hermida), the hatred spews out of the speakers.

Produced by Black Tongue and Jesse Kirkbride (Traitors, Demolisher), the album features artwork by Ken Sarafin (Oceano, Catalepsy).

The band comments: Our original mindset for Falisfier and Born Hanged was to create the most ridiculously crushing music around. We created the heaviest music because there just wasn't anything around at the time that was as heavy as we wanted to hear. We feel like we did a pretty good job. Now there's a plethora of bands that are taking the reigns of the heavy and we love it, but a new direction is in order. With The Unconquerable Dark we wanted to keep the slow, low and crushing vibe but add some maturity to it. More riffs, more memorable choruses and some juicy lead thrown in. Don't get us wrong, this is the heaviest thing we've ever released (and probably that you've ever heard), but we took the time to give it atmosphere and structure instead of being heavy for heavy's sake.

We spent a lot of time on this album mixing and mastering it ourselves so that we could get the closest representation of the heaviness that is in our minds. We didn't want to let someone else's polished and clean mix detract from the dimension-shattering sound that we strive to achieve. This is album is in our opinion the best thing we have released so far."

The Unconquerable Dark tracklisting:

Plague Worship
In The Wake Ov The Wolf
Young Gloom
Lappel du Vide
Vermintide (ft. Eddie Hermida)
Prince Of Ash
The Masquerade
A Pale Procession II: Death March
Im So Tired Of Sighing. Please Lord, Let It Be Night

Lappel du Vide lyric video:

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DERANGE Confirm “The Thinker” As First Single From The Awakening

London-based tech-metal quartet Derange announce The Thinker, the first single from their upcoming album The Awakening. The Thinker, due on September 14th, is a hugely melodic slice of tech-metal, showcasing not only the bands intricate musicianship but also singer Cat Pereiras incredible vocal range. The band filmed a video for The Thinker which will be released the same day.

Formed in London in 2012, Derange have been slowly building up to the release of their debut album, The Awakening.

Produced by the legendary Russ Russell (Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death, Sikth, Amorphis, Evile etc.) The Awakening is a glorious tech-metal affair, referencing forward thinking bands like Karnivool, TesseracT and Periphery, all topped off by the haunting and powerful vocals of Cat Pereira. Described by Russell; one of the best vocalists I've ever come across, Pereira is a formidable talent, bringing equal parts aggression and melody to Deranges complex and powerful music.

With the singles Ego and Unleash making their mark soon after the bands inception, Derange would take their time to produce their Change EP (featuring the single/video Pretty Ones) but once released it would bring the band to a much wider audience.

Since then the band have been hard at work bringing The Awakening to fruition, spending long hours under the expert tutelage of Russ Russell, honing their songs into their final form. The Awakening is out October 5th.

Band lineup:

Cat Pereira - vocals
Nick Crosby - guitar
Joe Macpherson - bass
Warren de Melo - drums

(Photo - Marianne Harris)
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