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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Desertfest Announces First Crop Of 2017 Bands

The organizers of the annual Desertfest just checked in with this announcement about the 2017 lineup coming together:

“We know you all have been aching for this, so without further ado let us present the first names for the 2017 edition of Desertfest Antwerp!

“We kick things off with Windhand, a scene favorite that has also managed to capture the hearts and minds of rock fans worldwide with their unique brand of female-led Sabbathian worship. Radio Moscow is another winner with a stone solid live reputation that will be sure to set the DF stage on fire.

“Next up, something more out of the ordinary: Part Chimp blends sludgey riffage with the acid bite of Amphetamine noiserock, and will delight anyone with a fine ear for heavily distorted blues. Finally, we keep the tradition of presenting Belgian bands to our international crowd. Hemelbestormer (that’s Dutch for ‘Stormer of Heaven’) is a local postmetal band that has been making waves in Europe and the States for the last couple of years.”

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Among Gods Posts “Vinter” Single, Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian death / doom crew Among Gods is now streaming new single “Vinter,” which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The band comments:

“Alongside penning down songs for our next release, we have been working on mixing a song from our doom vault. ‘Vinter’ from the ‘Monument’ album sessions been mixed in Consternation Studio and features Gunnhild Huser on vocals along with Kenneth’s voice. ‘Vinter’ (Winter in English) is titled and sung in Norwegian language.

“Gunnhild joined us on this song with her delicate voice and hearing her sing these words in Norwegian bring us back to the early 90´s, with a 3rd & The Mortal vibe. Based on the feeling of the harsh cold nature during a Norwegian winter, the song stands out as an atypical AG song but with the true norwegian roots deep in our hearts.”

In related news, the band now officially welcomes Andreas Johansen & Jonis Forland to the Among Gods ranks with this statement: “They are both in the band Ashowa, Andreas join us on drums and Jonis on bass and we are very pleased to make this announcement. We now have full focus putting together a new live set, and there will be gigs ahead. After this we will again start working on writing new songs for the forthcoming AG album… doom over the world!”

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Entropia Announces New European Tour Dates

Poland’s psyched-out black metal mystics from Entropia are pleased to announce that they will be performing for the first time in London, UK, along with two performances at Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Entropia is also slated to perform at the legendary Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland. F

The concert in London will take place on July 7th, 2017 and is part of a monthly heavy metal night, The Facemelter, run by London promotion agency Chaos Theory. Harrowed, an increasingly popular metal/hardcore outfit will be supporting. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. One more act will be announced.

The news follows the announcement that Entropia is releasing sophomore album “Ufonaut,” on cassette this coming April 25th via Arachnophobia Records, with pre-orders now online right here.

22.04 – Metalmania Festival (Katowice, Poland)
12.05 – Kwadrat (Kraków, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
13.05 – B90 (Gdansk, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
14.05 – Klub u Bazyla (Poznan, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
31.05-04.06 – Primavera Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
07.07 – The Black Heart (London, UK)

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Aegror Signs Record Deal To Release “Dead Man’s Diary”

German black / death metal band Aegror just issued this announcement about inking a record deal and gearing up to release a new album:

“A long lapse of time went by since Mithyr and Narthaas shared the passion for music and founded their first band called Nebelsturm together in 2005. In 2008 they changed the bands name to Aegror according to the lyrical concept of their first LP ‘De Morbis’ which has been released in 2010.

“After the line up has changed a few times in the past the band now has a stable line up with Mithyr, Narthaas, Acorus, Skarrg and Abyssus. Together the five members create unique and passionate black/death metal which is incompareable to other bands in this scene.

“And now – after 12 years – of hard work, blood, sweat and vomit they are fucking proud to announce that Aegror has finally signed to STF-Records & the Satura Publishing Company! Our new album ‘Dead Man’s Diary’ will be released on 02.06.2017.

“Thanks to all of you who supported us the whole time! Special thanks to Mia Mane Photography for this great new Promo-Photos, to Metallurgy Tonstudio and to Convictive!”

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