Zafakon Parts With Bassist Weslie Negrón

San Juan group Zafakon just checked in with this announcement about parting ways with the band’s bassist:

“After 7 years working together, long time bass player Weslie Negrón and Zafakon are parting ways. We thank Weslie for his efforts and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.

“Set back aside, we are very excited for what the future holds for us. Stay tuned for updates regarding line up changes, upcoming shows and our third album, which we have just started writing!”

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Inanimate Existence Unveils New Album “Underneath A Melting Sky”

The Bay Area, California-based progressive/technical death metal titans from Inanimate Existence are proud to enter a new chapter in their career with the announcement of fourth full-length album, “Underneath a Melting Sky.”

Set for release on August 25th through The Artisan Era, the band had this to say about the upcoming album: “We at Inanimate Existence are proud to announce the coming of our 4th studio album titled ‘Underneath a Melting Sky’. We have been working non-stop to bring this album to fruition and now the time has come to share it with all of you! Join us as we revisit our roots and reimagine a fresh take on our signature sound.

“Expect dark compositions riddled with brutal riffing that flow seamlessly into beautiful clean sections. Intricate bass lines that weave their way between unrelenting blast beats and grooving rhythms. Catchy melodies with layers of lead guitar with ethereal synthesizers, and an onslaught of duel vocals. The album drops on August 25th so be on the lookout and come see us this fall on tour!”

1. Forever To Burn
2. Underneath a Melting Sky
3. In Moonlight I Am Reborn
4. Blood of the Beggar
5. The Old Man in the Meadow
6. The Djinn
7. The Unseen Self
8. Formula of Spores

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Klogr Announces “Keystone” Album, Posts New Video

After two albums, a DVD, and 23 dates supporting Prong on a European tour, the alternative rock / metal band Klogr is back. Today the band announces a third full-length entitled “Keystone,” scheduled to be released on October 6th, 2017 on Zeta Factory.

Coinciding with the announcement of the release of “Keystone,” today Klogr launches the video of first single “Prison Of Light.” The album was recorded Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by David Bottrill.

“Keystone, is a central point of a system, a doctrine, a school of thought, a series of events” says band mastermind Rusty, “the new album is the perfect representation of our work, what we believe in and what we want to express with our music.”

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Klogr Announces “Keystone” Album, Posts New Video

After two albums, a DVD, and 23 dates supporting Prong on a European tour, the alternative rock / metal band Klogr is back. Today the band announces a third full-length entitled “Keystone,” scheduled to be released on October 6th, 2017 on Zeta Factory.

Coinciding with the announcement of the release of “Keystone,” today Klogr launches the video of first single “Prison Of Light.” The album was recorded Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by David Bottrill.

“Keystone, is a central point of a system, a doctrine, a school of thought, a series of events” says band mastermind Rusty, “the new album is the perfect representation of our work, what we believe in and what we want to express with our music.”

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The Faceless Cancels European Tour Dates

After the gigantic clusterfuck earlier this very month when The Faceless cancelled an Australian tour last minute, the band has now reportedly cancelled a European tour without (as of this writing) issuing a statement to the fans.

News of the cancellation came via the U.K. Tech Metal Festival when that fest’s organizers issued this announcement via Facebook:

“We regret to inform you that The Faceless cancelled all EU dates this year, we are awaiting an official statement from the band. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see them, we have done everything within our power to make this dream a reality!

“We would like to thank Artery Global and their agent Liam John Byrne for their professionalism in handling the matter and their support for Tech-Fest, they too have done all they can to make this happen. Chins up, we will reveal the final secret headliner shortly! Thank you all for your continued support, not long until July 6th now.”

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. We’ll update this story with any statement from the band when its released.

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Kadavar, Monolord, Church Of Misery Added To Desertfest 2017 Lineup

The organizers of the 2017 Desertfest just checked in with this announcement about confirming four more bands:

“Hot on the trails of our last announcement, we’re back already with a quadruple punch of heavy rocking goodness that will get the blood rushing for October to come, for sure!

“We realize that for some of you internet-savvy Festers, the addition of the mighty Kadavar to the DF Antwerp line-up is a known fact already. So how about we turn it up even more, and drop Church of Misery as a headliner as well? And if that’s still not enough, would the announcement of Monolord do the trick?

“Yep, that’s what we thought! So as a cherry on the cake, let’s round it off with the Nottingham supergroup Church of the Cosmic Skull, who dropped one of the more memorable rock albums from last year. More great bands to come in the near future!”

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Beyond Creation Announces European Tour Dates With Virvum

Technical death metal band Beyond Creation just issued this announcement about gearing up for summer European touring:

“We are extremely happy to announce that we’ll be back in Europe this summer 2017 teaming up with our Swiss brothers in spirit, Virvum.

“The tour kicks off at the Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson France on June 18th and continues through 11 countries on the continent before its grand finale at the UK Tech-Metal Fest at the Newark Showground in Winthorpe on the 9th of July. See you soon!”

18 Jun 17 Clisson (FR) Hellfest

Beyond Creation w/Virvum:
20 Jun 17 Aarau (CH) Kiff (with The Black Dahlia Murder)
21 Jun 17 Bologna (IT) Alchemica Music Club
22 Jun 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
24 Jun 17 Tuzla (BA) Club Palma
25 Jun 17 Sofia (BG) Live & Loud
26 Jun 17 Cluj-Napoca (RO) The Shelter
27 Jun 17 Kosice (SK) Colloseum
28 Jun 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
29 Jun 17 Wien (AT) Viper Room
30 Jun 17 München (DE) Feierwerk
01 Jul 17 Colmar (FR) Grillen (with Carcariass)
02 Jul 17 Utrecht (NL) dB’s

Beyond Creation Only
09 Jul 17 Winthorpe (UK) Newark Showground (UK Tech Fest 2017)

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Coma Cluster Void Posts Finger Picking “Path Of Lies” Playthrough

While many bands are content to play it safe and create metal music within normal confines, there’s always going to be brave outsiders like Coma Cluster Void pushing the genre forwards. The multi-national collective (featuring ex-Cryptopsy, current Akurion vocalist Mike Disalvo) released debut album “Mind Cemeteries” back in 2016, resulting in a surprise hit.

Today the band partnered with ItDjents to premiere a 10-string guitar playthrough for the song “Path Of Lies.” Check it out below.

Of interesting note, the video showcases guitarist John Strieders playing without a guitar pick, exclusively utilizing a fingerpicking style instead. Additionally, the band has chosen today’s premiere as a vehicle with which to tease the announcement of a upcoming EP, “Thoughts From A Stone,” slated for release later this year.

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Harbinger Inks Deal With Basick Records

Basick Records just issued this announcement about inking a deal with Harbinger and releasing a new video:

“We recently joined forces with London metal riff machines Harbinger and will be releasing blistering new EP ‘Human Dust’ on June 16th! Watch the video for single ‘The End Of Time’ below.

“Physical pre-orders of ‘Human Dust’ have officially been launched via Basick Supplies – head over there now for limited edition CD and t-shirt bundles and more! Because Harbinger are soft buggers, they’re also giving away a limited edition Harbinger pin badge to the first 50 people that pre-order the new EP!”

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Van Records Expanding With U.S. Division

Germany’s cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil’s Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records’ owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label’s relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer.

Cowgill states, “I am honored and proud to be a part of the ever growing Ván Records family, from working at first with Sven as an artist on the roster to now, becoming an integral part of the family as head of the label’s U.S. office. We have been planning this expansion now for over almost eight months, and seeing it come to life has been a truly awesome experience. Our dedicated staff and myself hope that through this expansion we will bring even more quality and excellence known from Ván into the lives of every single fan, record store and distributor in North America. Hail the glory of Lucifer!”

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