Trippy New Video “Star Rider” Available From Hällas

Swedish psychedelic metal band Hällas released a video clip for the new song “Star Rider,” the new single from the upcoming album “Excerpts From The Future Past,” which is due out October 13th via The Sign Records.

The video can be seen via Doomed and Stoned over at this location, or more conveniently in the player below.

The track list for “Excerpts From The Future Past” is:

1. The Astral Seer (song streaming here)
2. Repentance
3. Nebulon’s Tower
4. The Golden City of Semyra
5. Star Rider
6. Shadow of the Templar
7. Illusion Sky

Check out “Star Rider” here:

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Xandria Splits With Vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen

German symphonic metal band Xandria has now split with its fifth vocalist, officially parting ways with Dianne van Giersbergen today. The group issued this statement:

“Dear all, we are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now. After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

“This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only. We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

“We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

“We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation. Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

“However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way. We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond! With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you,

“Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit.”

Dianne tells a very different version of events, posting this message online via Facebook about her departure from Xandria:

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again. Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

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Usnea Debuts New Song “Eidolons and the Increate” From Upcoming New Album “Portals Into Futility”

Portland doom outfit Usnea debuts a new song entitled “Eidolons and the Increate”, taken from the upcoming new album “Portals Into Futility”, which will be out in stores September 8 via Relapse Records.

Check out now “Eidolons and the Increate” below.

Explains Usnea:

“‘Eidolons and the Increate’ ebbs from a murkiness in the future where humanity has fallen from a technological grace, the sun is dying and callous brutality is the way of the land. Mirroring the dark psychedelia of its source of inspiration, Gene Wolfe’s Shadow of the Torturer, it is a meditation on the self-destructive conceits of humanity.”

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Triptykon Seeking New Drummer, Announces Festival Shows

Triptykon made the following statement announcing upcoming festival appearances and the search for a new drummer:

“We feel very honored to have been invited to play Spain’s Leyendas del Rock and Germany’s Party.San festivals this August. Both festivals hold a unique significance for Triptykon: our concert at Leyendas del Rock will mark the first time Triptykon will play in Spain, fulfilling a desire we have had for quite some time.

“The return to Party.San is equally important for us. Triptykon’s first appearance at the festival, in August of 2011, was heavily marred by the unexpected shutdown of the main stage due to storm damage, and by a number of local organizational issues. Party.San is a truly extraordinary festival in our eyes, and we feel privileged and delighted to be given the opportunity to finally honour it with a proper concert.

“But these two festivals are significant to us for yet another, far more personal reason. These will be the final concerts we will play with our drummer, Norman Lonhard. Norman joined Triptykon in December of 2008, thereby completing the freshly formed band. He recorded two acclaimed albums, an EP, and a single with the group, appeared in all of Triptykon’s video clips, and performed uncounted concerts around the globe with us.

“We are proud of Triptykon’s exceedingly stable line-up, not least in light of some of the events that transpired in Triptykon’s predecessor, Celtic Frost. It reflects Triptykon’s internal spirit of harmony that this first departure of a member of the group occurs in true friendship and deep mutual respect. After eight and a half years of invoking supreme darkness with Triptykon onstage and in the studio, Norman has indicated his desire to explore different musical avenues in the future. It is a wish we fully understand, of course, but also one we bemoan on a personal level.

“We all wish Norman the very best for any and all of his future endeavours. He will forever remain one of us. Triptykon is thus now looking for a new drummer, before continuing work on the group’s third album and returning to the world’s stages. We are taking the required technical capabilities for granted, and we are completely open with regard to age and female and male applicants. Of decisive importance to us, however, are uniqueness, an unrestricted musical horizon, creativity, artistic courage, a stable and professional personality, and an appearance that reflects the group’s music and unique historic background.

“Interested parties may contact Triptykon through this e-mail address: triptykonswitzerland[at]gmx.ch. Please note that this e-mail address will only respond to serious inquiries regarding the above mentioned topic.”

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Expulsion Releases “Total Human Genocide” Playthrough Video

Extreme metal act Expulsion today unveils a playthrough video for “Total Human Genocide” performed by guitarist Matt Olivo. The track comes by way of the band’s debut album “Nightmare Future,” which is out now on Relapse Records.

Produced by grind legend Matt Olivo of Repulsion, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), “Nightmare Future” is available on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

1. Total Human Genocide
2. Alter of Slaughter
3. Mask of Fear
4. Nightmare Future
5. Funeral Bells
6. Compulsions
7. Comatose

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EXPULSION: Nightmare Future Debut

Extreme metal act EXPULSION – which features members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome, and numerous others within its ranks – today drops the molten fruits of theirNightmare Future debut via Relapse Records. Stream it in full at THIS LOCATION or via YouTube HERE. Produced by grind legend Matt Olivo of Repulsion, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by […]

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Expulsion Posts “Altar Of Slaughter” Guitar Playthrough

Extreme metal act Expulsion – featuring members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, and Gruesome – just shared an official guitar play through video for “Altar Of Slaughter” performed by guitarist Matt Olivo.

The track comes by way of the band’s debut album “Nightmare Future,” which is out now on Relapse Records. Produced by grind legend Matt Olivo of Repulsion, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum, “Nightmare Future” is available on CD, LP, and digital formats.

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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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Chronosphere Parts With Guitarist Panos Tsampras

Following the release of “Red ‘N Roll” earlier this year, Greek group Chronosphere has now announced the departure of guitarist Panos Tsampras. The band comments:

“We would like to inform you that Panos is no longer a member of the band… He will always be a part of Chrono-family though!

“Personally I have no words to describe what this guy means for me… So we wish him the best of luck to his future and make sure you will keep an eye on his work.

“The name of our new guitarist will be announced in the very next few days… Stay tuned, next stop: EXIT Festival 2017…”

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Chronosphere Parts With Guitarist Panos Tsampras

Following the release of “Red ‘N Roll” earlier this year, Greek group Chronosphere has now announced the departure of guitarist Panos Tsampras. The band comments:

“We would like to inform you that Panos is no longer a member of the band… He will always be a part of Chrono-family though!

“Personally I have no words to describe what this guy means for me… So we wish him the best of luck to his future and make sure you will keep an eye on his work.

“The name of our new guitarist will be announced in the very next few days… Stay tuned, next stop: EXIT Festival 2017…”

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