Monthly Archives September 2016

ENSLAVED – Sleeping Gods – Thorn Compilation Preorders Available Now!


Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons ENSLAVED will release The Sleeping Gods – Thorn compilation November11th via By Norse Music. A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, The Sleeping Gods – Thorn is a unique collection of experimental recordings connecting with the band’s early roots.

The Sleeping Gods – Thorn will see release on limited edition blue vinyl (webshop edition), black vinyl, digipak CD, and digitally via ByNorse Music. Preorder bundles are currently available at THIS LOCATION. Digital preorders are available via iTunes HERE and Apple Music HERE.

The seven tracks comprising The Sleeping Gods – Thorn originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between ENSLAVED’s Axioma Ethica Odini and Riitiir full-lengths and were recorded both in Solslottet S...

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HELLOWEEN – Fan-Filmed Footage Posted Online


HELLOWEEN recently brought their My God Given Right tour to Japan. They performed at Namba Hatch in Osaka on September 21st; fan-filmed video from the show is available HERE.

The setlist on the night was:

“Eagle Fly Free”
“Dr. Stein”
“My God-Given Right”
“Steel Tormentor”
“Mr. Torture”
“Waiting for the Thunder”
“Straight Out of Hell”
– drum solo –
“Where the Rain Grows”
“Lost in America”
“Forever and One (Neverland)”
“Halloween / Sole Survivor / I Can / Are You Metal? / Keeper of the Seven Keys”

“Before the War”
– guitar solo – (Sascha Gerstner)
“Future World”
“I Want Out”

Source: BW&BK

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THE METAL DEN – 2016 Battle Of Unsigned Bands: Winner Announced!


Den Headz, the final round of judging is completed. The winning band with the highest point total overall, based on a 1-10 scoring system, in the following three categories: Presentation, Musicianship and Popularity – will be given a 1 year label representation deal with The Metal Den Records (Value $2,000) OR a 4 month ‘full-time publicist’ deal with TMD Promotions (Value $2,000).

The winner is allowed to choose which grand prize they want between those two options. Runner up prizes are as follows: 2nd place receives one interview & one CD or DVD review PLUS 2 months of unlimited press releases. 3rd place receives one CD or DVD review PLUS 1 month of unlimited press releases. 4th and 5th places receives 1 month of unlimited press releases.

The final round, ‘Live Video Perform...

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KAMELOT – Release European Tour Trailer


KAMELOT have released a video trailer for their next run of European tour dates in support of their Haven album, released in 2015. Watch it HERE. The dates kick off on October 12th at Majestic Music Club in Bratislava, Slovakia.

12 – Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
13 – Barba Negra – Budapest, Hungary
14 – Maximum Rock Festival – Bucharest, Romania
15 – Club Mixtape 5 – Sofia, Bulgaria
18 – Simm City Festsaal – Vienna, Austria
19 – Phenomenon – Fontaneto D’agogna, Italy
21 – Sala Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain
22 – Teatro Barceló – Madrid, Spain
23 – Lisboa ao Vivo – Lisbon, Portugal

Source: BW&BK

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WOVENWAR – Guitarist Leaves Band


Guitarist Phil Sgrosso has announced his departure from San Diego, California band WOVENWAR. Sgrosso had this to say:

As some of you may have heard by now, I have decided to part ways with Wovenwar. Without getting into too many specifics, I have found myself more interested in pursuing other musical endeavors right now than devoting myself to the band.

“Regarding the new album, I was fully involved with the writing and recording process just like any other album, as well as handling a larger portion of the producer duties and guitar engineering. I am proud to have this album as part of my discography and thankful to have had this time to push myself and explore new musical territory. I wish the band the best as they move on.”

Sgrosso was a founding member of Wovenwar, which formed in ...

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MESHUGGAH – Post Final Video Trailer For New Album


Sweden’s MESHUGGAH are slated to release their eighth album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, on October 7th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is inspired by a Goya painting called “The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters”.

Today, the band has posted the final trailer HERE, where Tomas Haake discusses recording the album live.

“Kind of looking back at the albums, the music and songs that we grew up with that we really loved in metal were always recorded live and they have that live vibe to it,” comments Tomas. “There is certain energy that comes with recording live compared to recording drums first and fixing whatever need to be fixed so it sounds perfect then recording guitars on top of that...

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INVOKING THE ABSTRACT – Streaming New Album In Its Entirety


Instrumental tech metal alchemists INVOKING THE ABSTRACT will drop their debut full-length, Aural Kaleidoscopes, upon the masses tomorrow via Unique Leader Records. In advance of its release, long-running metal portal, Metal Underground, is streaming the record in full calling it “utterly apocalyptic and maddeningly technical.”

Twist your cranium to the sounds of Aural Kaleidoscopes, courtesy of Metal Underground at THIS LOCATION.

INVOKING THE ABSTRACT’s Aural Kaleidoscopes will be released on September 30th via Unique Leader Records. Preorder bundles are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

A four-piece unit hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, INVOKING THE ABSTRACT was forged in 2010 by guitarists Tyler Ivey and Evan Garner...

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GRAVE DIGGER – New Album Details Revealed


GRAVE DIGGER will release their new album Healed By Metal January 13th via Napalm Records.

Track Listing:

“Healed By Metal”
“When Night Falls”
“Forever Free”
“Call For War”
“Ten Commandments Of Metal”
“The Hangman’s Eye”
“Kill Ritual”
“Laughing With The Dead”

Digipak bonus:
“Kingdom Of The Night”
“Bucket List”

Source: BW&BK

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ANAGNORISIS – Releases First Single From Peripeteia LP


Leading Midwest US black metal collective ANAGNORISIS has issued the first public single from their impending third full-length album, Peripeteia, which is set for release in late October. The exclusive premiere of the album’s expansive “5306 Morningside” through Decibel Magazine.

ANAGNORISIS’ Peripeteia is an honest and passionate autobiography of vocalist, and now protagonist, Zachary Kerr. The themes in the album have no apparent beginning or end as the record is composed to infinitely loop, repeating the dramatic emotions we all encounter in our own lives. Peripeteia is a story thirty years in the making, told through the heart-breaking lens of audio tapes from Kerr’s childhood, spliced throughout the album.

Kerr offers of the new track, “‘5306 Morningside’ envelops many forms of s...

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AUROCH – Streaming New Track


With AUROCH’s predatory third LP Mute Books approaching release through Profound Lore Records in October, a pulverizing new preview of the album is available through a stream of the track “Say Nothing,” as premiered this week at No Clean Singing.

AUROCH has cast their most ferocious undertaking yet; one of the darkest, most violent, whirlwind-like bizarre monuments of alchemic death metal of the year. Recorded at Raincity Recorders (Baptists, Japandroids, White Lung), Mute Books was mixed and mastered byArthur Rizk (Prurient, Inquisition, Pissgrave, Black Twilight Circle, Power Trip). The album’s expansive cover art was handled by Cold Poison Design, each format of the album showcasing different aspects of the artwork.

Alongside the premiere of “Say Nothing,” AUROCH’s Shawn Haché offer...

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