Vixen Vocalist Janet Gardner Leaves The Band

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner has announced that she has decided to step down from the band, ending her fifth stint with the group. In a post on Facebook, the singer stated:

“After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it’s time for me to step aside and let Roxy (Petrucci, drummer) and Share (Ross, bassist) pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet.”

Gardner joined Vixen in the eighties and appeared with the band in the movies “Hardbodies” and “The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years,” as well as releasing three studio albums with the group, as well as the recent live album, “Live Fire” last year.

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A Breach Of Silence Posts “Broken” Music Video

Australian act A Breach Of Silence just premiered a music video for “Broken.” This is the second video clip from upcoming studio album “Secrets” – check it out below.

“’Broken’ was written about depression, what it feels like at your lowest” states guitarist Mat Cosgrove. “While we were writing this album, our bassist Blair broke up with his girlfriend and it really tore him apart.”

Bassist Blair Layt continues, “it reflects a time in my life when I was the most depressed I’ve ever been. I just broke off an emotionally abusive relationship and my thick skin had been worn thin over its duration. I was suicidal, depressed and defeated. For a short time, I turned to drugs to numb the pain. I shut people out, and I almost forgot what it was like to be happy. Luckily, through the amazing support of friends and family, I managed to pull myself together, and take steps to better my state of mind, and return to the positive place I like to revel in. Looking back now, this song is a reminder for me of how far I’ve come since then. I hope that any of our fans feel those vibes when listening, and hopefully they may learn through my experience… that no matter how low you are, life can always get better if you allow it to… even if you think it can’t.”

New album “Secrets” was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) and mixed by Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. It will be released worldwide via Eclipse Records on February 24th, 2017.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Shooting New Music Video

Italy’s symphonic death metal horde Fleshgod Apocalypse just announced the band will be filming a new promotional video for a track off “Labyrinth.” The band comments:

“2014 has been an incredible year for us. We played more than a hundred shows promoting Labyrinth all over the world and had the chance to see amazing things, but more than anything, we’ve been showed an amazing support by all the fans we had the honour to meet in so many different countries!

“That’s why we decided to do something special to thank you all for making this possible: we recently came across some outstanding locations that deeply inspired us and we decided to shoot a new video clip for one of the most particular and representative songs of our last album. This will be our Christmas present, and we already know it’s going to be super-classy!”

The third Fleshgod Apocalypse album “Labyrinth” (reviewed here) – released last year via Nuclear Blast – was produced, mixed, and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio.

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Benighted Recruits New Bassist Alexis Lieu

France’s Benighted will release new album “Carnivore Sublime” this coming February 18th (February 14th worldwide). The band has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with its bassist:

“We are sad to announce that our brother Eric will no longer play pass in the band due to his new family responsibilities which keep him busy. We wish him the best for the future and thank him a lot for all these years together! In the meantime, we are happy to announce Alexis Lieu as our new bass player!

“The second point is that, as some of you already know, Kevin has been drumming with Decapitated in November so unfortunately he will be missing on the promo pictures and our new video clip that we’ve made during this month. But no worries, he’s still the official drummer of Benighted!

“We’re looking forward to see you on tour with our new line up and can’t wait to play tracks from Carnivore Sublime live! Thank you all for your amazing support! Video clip to be released really soon!”

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Insurrection Reveals New Album, Streaming “Checkmate” Track

Insurrection has posted the new song “Checkmate” online, which can be heard in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band’s coming new album:

“Gatineau, QC death metal band Insurrection has blended its calculated technicality to create a signature mixture of merciless death metal that has emerged from the prominent Canadian scene.

“Growing, modulating and mutating into a machine of an aural onslaught since their conception in 2003 by founding members Martin Samson and Stef Jomphe, the band is officially unleashing their first crowd funded and third full length album ‘Prototype’ produced by Topon Das (Fuck The Facts) on October 15th via Canadian label Galy Records. The album is the follow up to 2010’s ‘Fracture’, a dark prophecy of unforgivable times and a brutal soundtrack to the fall of man and 2009’s ‘Prologue’, which gave first life to the band’s monstrosity.”

Vocalist Stef Jomphe comments: “We’re really proud to finally bring Prototype to the masses. It represents the next step for Insurrection, trying out different ways to present our own sound, exploring different angles and methods! This is the result of several years of hard work along with amazing support from our fans and friends whom without, none of this would’ve been possible! Enjoy Prototype, you made it happen!”

1. Overprocessed (Intro)
2. Abattoir
3. The Chronophobes
4. Checkmate
5. Sueurs Froides
6. Hellfire
7. Trois Minutes de Carnage
8. Archetype
9. Prototype
10. They Rise
11. Bruits Sans Fin

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Beauty In The Suffering Gives Studio Update

Beauty In The Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from producer, multi-instrumentalist, programmer, and vocalist Dietrich Thrall (Marazene), has posted a studio update confirming that Dope/Team Cybergeist drummer Angel Bartolotta will contribute drums on at least one track called “The Crazies.” The following is the announcement on the band’s official web blog:

Hey everybody! Quick update here. Very pleased to be able to announce that Angel Bartolotta of Dope and Team Cybergeist is on board for at least one track that I am currently calling “The Crazies”. I have wanted to work with Angel for a long time and so I am very excited to hear the final results! As soon as we get them in our paws I get to go in and throw down guitar, bass, and vocals. ‘The Crazies’ is one of the tracks on my shortlist to formally introduce everybody to Beauty In The Suffering’s music. We’re shooting for a spring release so fingers crossed! Thanks again for all the amazing support!

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Drum tracking took place on January 30th at Redline Recording Studio in Venice, FL with engineering by Jason Schmidt. Commented Angel:

After spending the last 7 years writing and bringing in guest musicians for my Team Cybergeist project, it’s cool to step off to the side and be a guest on someone elses track for a change. Plus it’s a cool song, which made it even more fun to play on. I’m excited to see what Dietrich [Thrall] does with Beauty In The Suffering!

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Angel Bartolotta behind the kit

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Beauty In The Suffering Gives Studio Update

Beauty In The Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from producer, multi-instrumentalist, programmer, and vocalist Dietrich Thrall (Marazene), has posted a studio update confirming that Dope/Team Cybergeist drummer Angel Bartolotta will contribute drums on at least one track called “The Crazies.” The following is the announcement on the band’s official web blog:

Hey everybody! Quick update here. Very pleased to be able to announce that Angel Bartolotta of Dope and Team Cybergeist is on board for at least one track that I am currently calling “The Crazies”. I have wanted to work with Angel for a long time and so I am very excited to hear the final results! As soon as we get them in our paws I get to go in and throw down guitar, bass, and vocals. ‘The Crazies’ is one of the tracks on my shortlist to formally introduce everybody to Beauty In The Suffering’s music. We’re shooting for a spring release so fingers crossed! Thanks again for all the amazing support!

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Drum tracking took place on January 30th at Redline Recording Studio in Venice, FL with engineering by Jason Schmidt. Commented Angel:

After spending the last 7 years writing and bringing in guest musicians for my Team Cybergeist project, it’s cool to step off to the side and be a guest on someone elses track for a change. Plus it’s a cool song, which made it even more fun to play on. I’m excited to see what Dietrich [Thrall] does with Beauty In The Suffering!

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Angel Bartolotta behind the kit

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Carach Angren Posts "The Sighting Is A Portent Of Doom" Music Video

Dutch symphonic black metal act Carach Angren has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for “The Sighting is a Portent of Doom” which is included on the band’s 2010 release “Death Came Through A Phantom Ship.” You can check out the video in the player below. The band commented on the video by saying;

“Finally, after months of not-so-hard work and unholy procrastination, the first Carach Angren videoclip for the track ‘The Sighting is a Portent of Doom’ from the 2010 album “Death came through a Phantom Ship” has appeared from that place between life and the lifeless void.

“Shot over a period of about six months by Carach Angren and Erik Wijnands/Negakinu Photography on different locations (some lost forever as we speak). The dedication and creative view of Erik Wijnands combined with everything that Carach Angren represents, materialised into those few minutes of footage you now see before you. Take this for what it is: a glimpse into the haunting rituals of Carach Angren, a new chapter for the band and a promise of things to come!

“Thank you all for your amazing support! STAY HAUNTED!”

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