“Impossibility To Proceed” Cited As Reason As Avoral Calls It Quits

Italian epic metal act Avoral has decided to call it quits, so the “war is actually over.” The band released one album via Club Inferno in 2014 entitled “War Is Not Over.” The album is now available at a special price via Bandcamp at this location.

The official statement reads: “With heavy hearts we have to announce that, due to impossibility to proceed, our journey ends here. Our album will still be available for streaming and purchase on the biggest platforms.

“But our lives will take different ways now. We want to thank everyone who passed through our journey and especially everyone who supported us during these years. We met a lot of friends and lived many amazing experiences, we will never forget. You will have news about the new projects of some of us. ‘Til than, thank you all once again and keep up the horns!”

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Avatar Posts New Song “Tooth, Beak & Claw”

Following streams of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “House Of The Eternal Hunt,” Avatar has another new track online today.

“‘Tooth, Beak & Claw’ is epic, massive death metal designed to make you want to dance,” says frontman Johannes Eckerström. “It’s the Beach Boys reporting in from Valhalla. It’s a gang of zombie surfers riding the waves of Hades.”

Avatar will release the band’s very first concept album titled “Feathers & Flesh” on Friday, May 13th, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and Canada and Another Century overseas.

The newest track offers the latest stop on the biggest conceptual journey the band has penned to date. Johannes continues, “In the story we meet the Eyes. They are the mob and represent all of us at our most fierce and dangerous, ready to fight blindly and full of rage for a cause we may not even fully understand.”

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My Experience On 70,000 Tons Of Metal (2016)

2016 was the 6th year of 70,000 Tons Of Metal, The Original, World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, and my second time being aboard (I also went in 2014). In that time between my two excursions I have come to notice that the idea of combining cruising and metal has been emulated by others, who no […]

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Canine Recording New Album For 2016 Release

Israeli metalcore group Canine just issued this announcement online about recording a new album:

“Happy new year to all of you! 2015 was an amazing year for us,we released a single, we played all over Israel, we made a lot of new friends and got to finish the year with our biggest show up to date supporting Orphaned Land at Reading 3.

“As some of you know we have been working very hard on our album, so here are some updates and announcements regarding our debut album. First of all we aim for it to be a 2016 release, so, this year you will all be able to get a new Canine album!

“The album will be recorded at the Keoss studios by Daniel Strosberg, its produced by Erez Yohanan, and our good friend, Nir Leberstein from Adamas will record the drums on the album.
The recording will begin in the end of this month, stay tuned for studio updated, pics and videos from us.

“And finally, so we can all start this year fresh, here’s a new official photo of the band taken by Dudi Genis. Thank you all for the support!”

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Thy Art Is Murder Parts With Vocalist CJ

Australian outfit Thy Art Is Murder just posted the following message online about parting ways with vocalist CJ McMahon:

“After much conjecture and ambiguity on his behalf, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce today that CJ is no longer a part of Thy Art Is Murder. We have worked so hard from day one to make this band what it is now, and develop the reputation that we have and he had been there with us every step of the way.

“We like to think that even if someone doesn’t like our music that they can at least respect our work ethic. This band has taken us to places we never thought we would see and to share stages with many bands we never thought we would get to play with or meet, let alone call friends. It is unfortunate that with our best year to date and our biggest paved out before us that he has decided to leave.

“All this being said, touring as hard as we do does take its toll on you physically, but more importantly mentally and emotionally. We are an underground metal band, and have been so fortunate over the last two years to carve out a small income thanks to so many dedicated and generous fans around the world. For some people, it comes to a turning point in their life where that income is no longer enough for their personal goals, and that point has come for CJ. We would like to wish him all our best as he leaves the band and moves onward to start a family and new life with his loving fiancée.

“The four of us are continuing forward into 2016 for some of the biggest and best tours of our lives. We won’t be slowing down or missing any shows. We head back out next month with Parkway Drive and Architects throughout Europe and the UK and will be taking one of our favourite vocalists with us, Nick Arthur from Molotov Solution.

“Thy Art is what we have done with all of our adult lives and we have put absolutely everything we have into the band and the friendship between the four of us. That friendship and drive to create extreme music is what has kept us together through thick and thin. Unfortunately not everyone can share this fire.”

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Carnifex Posts 10th Anniversary Documentary Video

U.S. death metal outfit Carnifex will celebrate a 10 year anniversary this fall/winter with a massive North American and European headlining tour.

Today, the band has released a short documentary chronicling the preparation that went into this ambitious trek. The short was directed by Alex Wohleber for Press Play Creative and can be seen below.

“The reality that Carnifex has been a band for ten years is still something I can’t quite grasp,” comments vocalist Scott Lewis. “I’ve felt we’ve always been outsiders from the start, even in the metal world. But what separates Carnifex from everyone else is all of you have joined us on the outside, keeping each other alive and stronger than ever.

“This tour is our way of directly connecting with our fans, giving you the biggest headlining tour we’ve ever put together and personally saying thank you to each and every one of you for your die hard support. We look forward to seeing all of you and sharing this once in a lifetime experience.”

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Savage Reveals New Album “7”

NWoBHM act Savage will release brand new studio album “7” on October 9, 2015 via Minus 2 Zebra Records (distributed by Plastic Head). The double disc release will include a complete live album titled “Live N Lethal” as a second disc.

The band’s debut album “Loose ‘n Lethal” (from 1983) became a classic and was the biggest selling independent import into USA in it’s day. The band has had a stop/start career but came back with a vengeance in 2012 with the epic album titled “Sons Of Malice” and has recently been touring in Europe.

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Death metal legends BROKEN HOPE, have confirmed their appearance at the 2015 OBSCENE EXTREME AMERICA festival on Saturday August, 22nd in Montreal Canada. Obscene Extreme is one of the few remaining pure underground festivals bringing together some of the biggest extreme metal pioneers with cult-classic bands from around the world. The festival lineup features BROKEN […]

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Tesseract To Release New Album This Fall

U.K. progressive juggernauts TesseracT and label home Kscope have partnered with eOne Music to release an all-new LP this fall in North America.

“We’re very excited to be working with the eOne team, their experience and well rounded ability will certainly help us grow in our biggest market,” says TesseracT frontman Dan Tompkins. “The band is really looking forward to making the most of utilizing the resources that eOne has to offer and can’t wait to start this album cycle.”

The new effort will follow previous LP “Altered State” (reviewed here) that was released in 2013. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

“eOne are totally focused on this new record,” says Johnny Wilks, director of sales and marketing for Kscope. “Working closely with our Kscope team in London, they have created a truly exciting campaign.”

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Parkway Drive Premieres New Music Video And Song “Vice Grip”

Parkway Drive premieres a music video for the new song titled “Vice Grip” taken from the upcoming new album “Ire” which will be released on September 25th via Epitaph Records.

Check it out now below.

States frontman Winston McCall about the new album:

“This is the album for us. Every single step of the way, whenever there was gamble to take, we took the biggest one we could. If this isn’t the album that can go further than anything we thought was possible with this band and this type of music, that’s fine, but we can’t go back from this as far as we’re concerned.”

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