Cleric Premiere New Song “Ifrit” From Upcoming New Album “Retrocausal”

Philadelphia quartet Cleric presents sophomore album “Retrocausal”, its first new full-length in seven years. “Retrocausal” is set for a December 8th release on Web of Mimicry, the label owned by musician Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3.

Stream new track “Ifrit” from “Retrocausal” below:

Retrocausal by Cleric

“Retrocausal is an adventure story set in a dystopian future. Cleric vocalist/keyboardist Nick Shellenberger explains: “Lyrically, Retrocausal opens a window into a bleak sci-fi landscape plagued by environmental fallout, in which corrupt governments send their citizens to die, and centers around one submarine crew that learns of their intended fate and chooses to pursue the beyond, despite the terrors that await. Told from different perspectives throughout the record, it’s a story of hope, fear, uncertainty, and constant struggle in the face of failure and death, and in search of something that may never be.”

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) at The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York.

The artwork was created by Cleric’s Nick Shellenberger.

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Crucified Mortals Announces New Album “Psalms Of The Dead Choir”

Hells Headbangers has set October 28th as the international release date for Crucified Mortals’ second album, “Psalms of the Dead Choir.”

One of the best kept secrets of the Cleveland metal scene, Crucified Mortals has been quietly but prolifically perfecting its craft since 2001. Under the steely resolve of founder/mastermind Reaper, a handful of demos and splits culminated in Crucified Mortals’ debut, self-titled album. As much as “Crucified Mortals” was a highlight for the band, a decade after its formation, it will now be eclipsed by “Psalms of the Dead Choir.”

A statement from Reaper reads: “Starting with darker imagery – for this genre – we put a lot of focus on doing unique and/or fresh ideas with ‘Psalms of the Dead Choir,’ from different guitar amps on virtually every song, numerous vocal effects to establish a different surrounding, to deeper meanings behind otherwise straightforward lyrics. There’s a lot to analyze for the in-depth listener, but it is straightforward and ripping for those looking to jam out.”

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2. Traitor
3. Behind The Lurid Mask
4. Dusk Of The Advent
5. Ominous Creatures
6. Into Eternity
7. Kill Upon Command
8. Hideous
9. Bringer Of Death

Psalms Of The Dead Choir by CRUCIFIED MORTALS

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Darkness Divided Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

Fresh off signing to Victory Records, Darkness Divided is now hitting the road with Silent Planet for the Music for Good Tour, presented by HM Magazine. The tour begins March 21st, with full details available below.

Vocalist Gerard Mora comments, “Music for Good is the slogan for HM Magazine. I pitched using it to David for different reasons, but I find it very fitting for what we, Silent Planet, and HM Magazine stand for. We all come from different backgrounds, but we all have a call to promote music that spreads a good message in a sometimes dark world. My hope would be that on this tour that every show ends up being something more than a couple hours of pitting and screaming. I hope it ends up being a personal experience that kids can take home and realize that they are loved by someone greater than we could ever imagine.”

With an album to follow later this year, 2014 is set to be a breakout year for Darkness Divided. Catch the band live:

3/21 – San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
3/22 – Lake Charles, LA @ The Center Stage End Suicide Season Fest
3/23 – Shreveport, LA @ Big D’s
3/24 – Houston, TX @ Walters (w/ Those Who Fear and Colossus)
3/25 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
3/26 – Lawton, OK @ Lovesick Ministries
3/27 – Amarillo, TX @ The Wreck Room
3/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
3/31 – Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center (w/ Fallstar)
4/01 – Stockton, CA @ The Burning Bush (w/ Fallstar)
4/03 – Pomona, CA @ The Grizzly Den
4/05 – Santa Ana, CA @ Recess Studios
4/06 – Yuma, AZ @ Jeff’s Venue
4/07 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground

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Unconscious Disturbance Posts Studio Video Update

Brooklyn, NY’s Unconscious Disturbance and have released another in-studio video update, this time covering more guitar tracking. Check out the video right here or in the player below. The following press release was issued about a recent release show and upcoming screening:

“UD’s special album release show for ‘Mind’s Corner’ at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY last Thursday was a great success! The band continues the local love with a screening of their popular music video ‘Benign,’ which features expressive choreography by two dancers from Argentina and Brazil.

“The screening will take place at Dixon Place in New York City on December 18th. The screening is part of a weekly Dixon Place series called ‘Crossing Boundaries’ which focuses on choreography from different cultures. For more information and ticket prices, head to this location.”

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Enemy Reign Posts New Song "Bathed In Flames" Online is now hosting a stream of “Bathed In Flames” from Denver death metal overlords Enemy Reign. Listen to the track right here.

“Bathed In Flames” comes off the band’s self-issued “Between Hell And Oblivion” full-length, which was recorded at Flatline Audio under the watchful gaze of producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al). The record offers up 11 tracks of deathgrind viciousness as well as the debut of vocalist Stevie Boiser, who replaced former member Sherwood Webber (Skinless).

Comments guitarist Nick Guenther of the offering: “This album is made for the brutal few. It’s dark and unapologetic. During the writing process, we all drew from different influences, which helped keep the material fresh from song to song. We never restrict ourselves to any sub genre or current metal trend. While spirit breaking brutality was our main focus, we made sure to keep that classic and catchy Enemy Reign riff-age intact.”

Adds Boiser: “We set out to make something that we would want to listen to, and that’s exactly what we did. Between Hell And Oblivion is the next step in our evolution and the apotheosis of what Enemy Reign stands for; fast and brutal death metal. If that’s what you’re into check it out, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

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Lord Volture Releases "Hearts Of Steel" Video Clip

Netherlands based act Lord Volture has posted a music video online for “Hearts of Steel,” which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the “Beast Of Thunder” (2010) album, featuring Jeff Waters from Annihilator. Lord Volture also commented:

“Everyone has been so good to us throughout the past year, supporting us in so many ways. To show our heart-felt appreciation of the positive feedback we so kindly received from different parts of the world, we’d like to offer all of you a special Christmas treat. Although dispersed across the globe, we are all united through our Hearts… Of… STEEL”

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