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Skeletonwitch - European Tour With Havok And Suffocation

Skeletonwitch will be touring in Europe this summer and they are bringing Suffocation and Havok along with them for the ride. Will you get lucky? Find out below. Also, this tour includes festival appearances plus club dates and it is happening in July/August.

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Posted: 14.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (3)

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Omit - Begin Recording New Album

Good news arrive from the Omit camp today. Omit is doom metal band based in Oslo, Norway and their debut album Repose came out in 2011. Now its successor is being recorded at the Secret Quarters studio, as it was revealed by the band on their official Facebook page.

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Posted: 14.04.2014 by DoomRules | Comments (2)

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Lyriel - New Album In September

Folk metallers Lyriel have been recording their new album to follow Leverage and according to their label AFM Records, are right now finalizing their brand new album for a September release. In terms of details about the new album, Christian Älvestam (Solution .45, ex-Scar Symmetry, etc.) recorded clean vocals and screams which will be featured in the new song "Black And White".

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Posted: 14.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Malpractice - Sign To Sensory Records, New Album This Summer

The Finns Malpractice haven't released a new album since 2008's Triangular but the wait is finally over as the next album is coming this summer. The progressive metal group just signed a deal with New Jersey based Sensory Records and their new opus is titled Turning Tides.

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Posted: 14.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

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Psygnosis

PSYGNOSIS advocates freedom, compositions without limit, without barriers, without predetermined format. The perfect combination of Pink Floyd, Origin, Meshuggah and Aphex Twin, the Mâcon group undertakes no rule to expand its atmospheric extreme metal. Intelligent and powerful, both introspective and cathartic, PSYGNOSIS forges its own very original identity As his discography. PSYGNOSIS also has the particularity to have produced its first album in digipack entirely through donations from fans just before the current fashion of crowdfunding.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

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Domains

Night has fallen on us so many times, since August 2005, when the first incarnation of DOMAINS took form for the first time, yet still unnamed for the first months, since the first day it was firmly established with the clear aim of composing occult, violent and gleaming music. Four very young guys, inspired by progenitors such as Morbid Angel, Destruction, Mayhem, old Metallica and the almighty Slayer, started the decisive search to reach the force to compose music with the power capable of bringing magic and fanaticism as the aforementioned ones did, everything framed in the old Metal spirit, but free from clichés and Rock and Roll scenic drama.

"The objective was clear, the invocation of a very spiritual and oppressive art, that was and is still the main the raison d'étre of DOMAINS, and at that origin point, it was still unknown if it ever had to be reached, that was the primary requirement to continue with the band."

Months passed, some riffs were discarded, others were taken forever. After that, the first lineup changes occurred, setting the band as a three-piece weapon, a disposal that persists for today. It was on the second quarter of 2006 and after the completion of "Eucharist Of Relevance" when the entity felt the need to record the first part of their testament, in the form of a private rehearsal, and as it is said here, it happened, Rehearsal 2006 saw the dark of the day and was distributed among very close contacts, it was insufficient in many ways, but it had the potential and very primitive traces of an own style. Months of musical composition followed, a search and refinement in the style of singing and a progression in the making of lyrics, all at a very slow pace, with care and attention to what was being done, because like now, the band never followed a standard working rate imposed by anything or anyone.

It was in those days when two crucial things happened for the band, the composition of Mastery, which was an irrepressible deepening in elegance and darkness (forming together with Eucharist the structure of a recognizable style in the future), and the departure of J. from the formation, which had dealt with drums until then. This led DOMAINS to a dilemma, to disappear or to take a firm step forward and cast in stone the first demo/MCD.

"Reins were took, it was firmly believed on it, and Towards Pleroma was bled for the glory of Black / Death Metal, putting the band on the map and drawing attention from across the underground, more and more letters and interviews befell."

The fact that Towards Pleroma saw the light was but the hint of a bigger idea, which previously had been brewing in the core of the band, to create an oppressive opus whose malignancy and whose demeanor were simply totalitarian, an opus on which frame the eerie riffing and hateful vocals the band had been developing since the first day. Then the search for a drummer began , with high amounts of skepticism regarding finding someone suitable, and meanwhile, started the task of composition for the first parts of the new songs that would compend the full length. In April 2010 the band finally find the kind of person it was looking for and Nocturn converts DOMAINS again in a three-headed serpent. For the next month (and you can even speak of years) the band is still working on writing material for their first full length, which shows a change about their first compositions, an evolution, a continuity that leads to a more sinister hue with the inclusion of keyboards and faster parts, in addition to this, the constant work with the vocals approaches them to the standard the band was aiming for since the beginning, and the lyrics, they submerge deeper and deeper into the occult...

It is on the eve of 2012 when a crucial event for the band is produced when joining forces with The Sinister Flame to bring to this world the solemnly dark and satanic beast that Sinister Ceremonies is, the determination and dedication shown by both parties is complete, and it is decided that no matter when, Sinister Ceremonies will only see the light when it is the hateful piece of art that it has been promised to be. After an arduous recording process full of unexpected events and an enormous self-imposing, just when the result has become so enough dark and deep as originally intended, that is when DOMAINS and The Sinister Flame join forces for something that goes far beyond of any band-label relationship, and unleashes into this world, here and now, Sinister Ceremonies.

The future? ... uncertain in the content, certain in the form.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

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Menace

MENACE are the brainchild of Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed)

"The band is called MENACE, but to me, it is more than just a band or a solo project", comments the musician. "It is the result of my life's work."

Not surprisingly regarding such an adventurous and prolific musician, the result is stunningly eclectic and absolutely unique. Within their driving, creative heavy rock or audio-installationism (A.I.) in the artist's own words, Harris and MENACE explore dissonance, melody, relating the width and breadth of human emotion and experience. This delicious musical cocktail contains many tasty ingredients ranging from the mystery and emotionality of Tool to eccentric Voivod and even delivering thrashy riffs.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

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Demon Hunter - Release New Video

"I Will Fail You" is a brand new music video from US metalcore act Demon Hunter, and is now available for viewing through the YouTube player below. The track for this video clip appears on the group's recently released new album, Extremist, available in stores from March 18th via Solid State Records.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by Abattoir | Comments (7)

Reviews
Menace - Impact Velocity

For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (7)

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Between The Buried And Me - Announce Headline Shows

Progressive metal innovators Between The Buried And Me have recently been announced as support for Meshuggah for their 25th anniversary tour across North America. Now, in addition to those shows, they will be performing a select few headlining shows on their way out to kick off the Meshuggah tour in Los Angeles. Beginning on May 29th, fans will see BTBAM make their way to the west coast with Trioscapes serving as direct support. Bassist Dan Briggs will pull a double duty as he will perform with Between The Buried And Me as well as Trioscapes. See the dates below.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Ulver - 'Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997' Box Set Announced

Century Media has announced the release of the ultimate box set (anthology) of Ulver. This release will present the formative (metal) years of Ulver, and its title is Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997. It will contain the albums Bergtatt (1994), Kveldssanger (1995) and Nattens Madrigal (1996), collectively known as The Trilogie - Three Journeyes Through The Norwegian Netherworlde (released under this title as a 1000 limited edition triple picture vinyl box set in 1997). Additional contents will be the band's legendary demo tape Vargnatt (1993) plus the rare compilation track "Synen" (Cthulhu Records 1997) as well as a recently unearthed 4-track rehearsal recording of tracks from Nattens Madrigal, a well-kept secret until this day.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (6)

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Crimson Glory - Guitarist Arrested On Drug Charges

According to the web site of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Crimson Glory's guitarist Jon Drenning was arrested on April 8th in Sarasota, Florida on charges of conspiracy to purchase cocaine and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was released the following day after posting $10,000 bail on each charge. The guitarist Jon Drenning will now be arraigned on May 9th.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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Incubate 2014 - Krallice, Nadja And More Confirmed

While the Roadburn Festival 2014 is taking place in Tilburg, The Netherlands now, this town will also receive the Incubate festival this year again. The 10th edition of the Incubate festival is taking place on September 15th-21st, 2014, at multiple indoor venues in the inner-city of Tilburg. After the festival announced performances by Wovenhand, Skullflower, Current 93 among others, it now confirms 24 more artists, including a residency of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker, an exclusive show of the renowned Swedish psychedelic Afrobeat band Goat and progressive black metal band Krallice from New York.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Dark Buddha Rising - Join Neurot Recordings

Finnish drone doom metal band Dark Buddha Rising have signed with Neurot Recording. With four albums already under their belt (most recently 2013's Dakhmandal), Dark Buddha Rising will be touring in Europe this April with Mr. Peter Hayden, hailed as the Archmandal Tour.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Germ - Sign To Prophecy Productions, To Work On New Album

Tim "Sorrow" Yatras (ex-Woods Of Desolation, Austere and Grey Waters among others) will have a busy year ahead of him. Prophecy Productions has welcomed Germ from Australia to its artist roster. Germ signed a long-term contract with Prophecy, also encompassing re-issues of the entire Germ back catalogue. Tim plans to spend 2014 composing and recording material for what will become the third full length Germ album, and the first album to surface from the partnership with Prophecy Productions.

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Posted: 12.04.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Reviews
Mayan - Antagonise

Mark Jansen seemed keen to distance himself from his main band as much as possible with Antagonize. The symphonic arrangements in the new Mayan effort are closely guarded and controlled, which distinguishes the band's sound from Epica further than ever before. While the debut album certainly found its similarities to the mother band, Antagonize is, in theme and sound, much more of a straightforward melodic death metal album.

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Posted: 12.04.2014 by R'Vannith | Comments (7)

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