Zeal & Ardor Posts Full “Devil Is Fine” Album

Zeal & Ardor, the brainchild of Manuel Gagneux mixing multiple disparate genres such as black metal and blues, sprung up from the underground in 2016.

After an initial limited run self-release, the “Devil Is Fine” album is now being unleashed upon the world on a global scale of February 24th (read our review here).

With that release date nearly here, today the full album is online for pre-listening below. If you missed it, a new song not included on the album has also been released via a live video – check out “Don’t You Dare” at this location.

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Exxiles Parts With Bassist Simon Rojas

Exxiles is currently working on the follow-up to 2015 album “Oblivion” (reviewed here) and just issued this update about a lineup change:

“With sadness we inform you that our bassist and dear friend, Simon Rojas is no longer part of Exxiles, due his personal dreams and a new path in his life, we wish him all the best of luck in this new journey, he will always be part of this family. Soon more updates! All the best for all of you!”

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Zeal And Ardor Releases “Don’t You Dare” Live Video

Zeal & Ardor, the brainchild of Manuel Gagneux that mixes black metal and blues with lyrics delivered in the fashion of chain gang slave spirituals, just premiered brand new song “Don’t You Dare.”

This marks the first time the song has ever been heard and it was performed live at Couleur 3 studio in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 18th, 2017. Check out the video below.

The song does not appear on “Devil Is Fine,” Zeal & Ardor’s debut album, which is due out globally on February 24, 2017 and reviewed here.

Gagneux told Noisey, “The idea of something so horrible that merely looking at it will end you is fascinating to me. ‘Don’t You Dare’ thematically plays with biblical demons as well as Lovecraftian elements that lend themselves well to this idea. Since I wrote it after getting the band together, it’s not on the album, but will be performed on the upcoming tour. I hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoy playing it.”

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Anthrax Films Show For New DVD Release

The thrash pioneers from Anthrax, armed with an initial six dynamic SRO dates on the “Among The Kings” UK/European headline tour, will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year via Megaforce.

Anthrax’s show was filmed last night at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of Anthrax favorites that were voted onto the evening’s set list by fans and included “Madhouse,” “Be All, End All,” “Breathing Lightning,” and “A.I.R.,” followed by Anthrax’s classic 1987 album “Among The Living” performed start to finish.

In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include “fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan, The Levellers, and many others.

Last year’s celebration of Anthrax’s 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.

“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour,” said Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans, they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”

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Devin Townsend Project Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Devin Townsend Project will return to the road in the U.S. this year with a two week stretch of dates; some of which will see the band playing support for Opeth.

The band continues to tour on the strength of new record “Transcendence” (reviewed here).

Speaking about their upcoming shows in North America, Devin comments:

“Continuing on our run to support Transcendence, we are coming back to America for a quick run with Opeth and Gojira as well as some additional dates to get us to and from those shows.

“We are many places this year and are trying to make sure we take advantage of our geographic locations as we roll. The band keeps getting stronger and we look forward to seeing you there!”

Hevy Devy fans can catch these impending Devin Townsend Project 2017 tour dates across the United States:

Friday, April 28th – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
Saturday, April 29th – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum*
Sunday, April 30th – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
Tuesday, May 2nd – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
Thursday, May 4th – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
Friday, May 5th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls*
Saturday, May 6th – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory^^
Sunday, May 7th – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom^
Tuesday, May 9th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre^
Thursday, May 11th – Denver, CO @ Red Rock Amphitheatre^
Friday, May 12th – Kansas City, KS @ Arvest Bank Theatre^
Saturday, May 13th – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room^
Sunday, May 14th – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s**

* – Headlining with Thank You Scientist & ONI
** – Headlining with Thank You Scientist
^ – Supporting Opeth & Gojira
^^ – Supporting Mastodon, Opeth & Gojira

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Gorguts Posts Full Metalorgie Fest IV Performance Online

Gorguts’ celebrated Metalorgie Fest IV appearance at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes from 2016 is now being streamed via YouTube. This pro-shot show includes a full performance of the group’s latest EP “Pleiades’ Dust” (reviewed here) among other highlights.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Involved In Serious Bus Collision While Touring Europe

While touring across Europe in support of latest album “Dissociation” (reviewed here), The Dillinger Escape Plan has been involved with a major accident. According to ITV.com the band’s vehicle crashed while traveling to Krakow. ITV reported:

Aneta Wlazlowska, a spokeswoman for Radomsko police, said the band members were not seriously hurt but were taken to hospital for further tests. She said the most injured person in the crash was the driver of the lorry that hit the band’s tour bus, which was parked partly on the road and hard shoulder. The New Jersey band were due to play in Krakow on Sunday, but the gig has been cancelled.

Following the initial news, Metal Injection issued this statement after speaking with DEP’s Ben Weinman:

I spoke with Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman about the current situation, and he said “Everyone is alive, a few injuries, but it could be much worse.” He explained that the bus was hit from the back, with the truck smashing through their gear before continuing to plow into the bus itself. The impact was serious and banged them up pretty good. The whole situation sounds horrific.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the fate of the band’s gear was not as lucky as the members, as you can see from the phone photo Ben had sent. Needless to say, the show in Krakow has been canceled. No word yet on what will happen with the rest of the tour. The next scheduled show is this Tuesday in Germany. We’re just happy everyone in the band is alive, and wish them a speedy recovery!

We’ll update you with more info when a statement is officially released from any of the Dillinger Escape Plan channels.

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Augury Checks In From The Recording Studio

It’s been an insufferably long slog from Augury’s previous album “Fragmentary Evidence” (reviewed here) to today, where another tidbit of recording info has come online. The Canadian technical death metal crew comments:

“Another big chunk of the recording of the new album is starting today. While Mathieu and Pat are taking care of the vocals in Montreal, Antoine is recording the drum in his very own Hemisphere Studio in Quebec City with a killer setup. It’s going to be a loud and busy week. Stay tuned folks!”

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Light Of The Morning Star Posts New Song “Ophidian”

Today the occult metal project Light of the Morning Star premieres new track “Ophidian” online – listen in below. The track hails from debut full-length album “Nocta” (reviewed here), which is set for international release on March 3rd via Iron Bonehead Productions.

1. Nocta
2. Coffinwood
3. Serpent Lanterns
4. Grey Carriages
5. Crescentlight
6. Oleander Halo
7. Ophidian
8. Lord of All Graves
9. Five Point Star

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Vampire Reveals New Album “With Primeval Force”

Vampire is set to follow the band’s 2014 self-titled debut (reviewed here) and subsequent “Cimmerian Shade” EP with a new full-length due out via Century Media. “With Primeval Force” will be released on April 21st, 2017

“With Primeval Force” offers nine tracks of furious and nightmarish death/thrash metal. The cover for the album is a monstrous piece of handcrafted art by Nick Keller that can be seen below. First advance song “Skull Prayer” can also be heard at this location.

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