Denied Welcomes Back Former Guitarist Chris Vowden

Swedish metal group Denied just issued the following announcement about the return of a former band member:

“We are very happy to announce that lead guitarist Chris Vowden has returned to the band! A missing brother has returned back home again! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Chris Vowden!

“What a great feeling! Chris has always been a big part of the sound of the band with his type of playing. He is also a mastermind when it comes to lyrics and a great songwriter. Once again, welcome home Chris and let the mayhem begin again!”

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Glare Of The Sun Inks Deal With Lifeforce Records

Lifeforce Records has inked a record deal with Glare Of The Sun, with the label issuing this announcement today:

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Austrian/German quintet Glare Of The Sun to the Lifeforce Records roster. Drown yourself into the deep sea of wide and heavenly guitars. Dreamy, shoe-gazy, epic.

“But wait for it – the massive hammer of doom will hit you soon enough. Unexpected, unprepared, merciless. Glare Of The Sun is beautiful and brutal at the same time. Promising and melancholic, tumbeling at the edge of senses, between falling and rising, light and dark, night and day. Always creating space, leaving it up to you which side you want to choose.

“Experienced musicians of all kinds of genres breaking the boundaries. No rules – no remorse. And that’s also how their music sounds like. Doom meets post, shoe-gaze, prog and several other kinds of music. All is authentic, all is glare.

“In July 2016 Glare Of The Sun booked the Vato Loco Studios of Martin Schirenc (Pungent Stench) to create first album ‘Soil,’ which will be released in January 2017 on Lifeforce Records. Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath) and his Unisound Studio Sweden was responsible for the mastering.”

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Aetherian Inks Deal With Lifeforce Records

Greek melodic death metal band Aetherian has officially inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The label comments:

“Listening to Aetherian for the first time makes you think the band would come from Finland or Sweden, but the trio in fact is from sunny shores of Greece.

“Even with a Southern heritage and much more Vitamin D in their veins the band from Athens share the same melancholic genes as their ‘competitors’ from the upper North. With the sound the band is creating we are very sure Aetherian will be playing in the first league of melodic death metal bands very soon. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Aetherian to the Lifeforce Records roster!

“In April 2016 the band released its first video clip for their new single ‘The Rain,’ which received amazing feedback and well over 150,000 plays on Youtube so far. Aetherian currently working on new songs for their upcoming debut album, which will be released on Lifeforce Records in summer 2017.”

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Reign Of Fury Recruits New Guitar Player Ross ‘Lenny’ McLennan

U.K. metal band Reign Of Fury just issued this announcement online about recruiting a new guitar player:

“Roffers, please welcome Ross ‘Lenny’ McLennan to the band! Lenny has been playing with us on our ‘Death Be Thy Shepherd’ tour lately taking over from Ed as lead guitarist and has done an outstanding job!

“Some of you have seen him play with us already and the response from you guys has been amazing. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Reign of Fury especially now that our front line is back up to full strength.

“He wasn’t too happy about his first task as RoF lead axeman being to get the bill for our dinner last night in Bournemouth but hey, it’s a small price to pay to be in this band!!! Hopefully over time he’ll come to realise that. Now, lets get this heavy metal train rolling!!”

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We Are Wolf Streaming New Song “Masquerader”

We Are Wolf’s new song “Masquerader” can now be heard online in the player below, and the band comments on the track:

“Ladies and gentlemen please welcome our brand new song, called ‘Masquerader.’ It is the title track off our brand new EP ‘Masquerader’ which is coming out on January 24th. We really hope you like it.”

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.bipolar. Splits With Guitarist Rob Bauer

Las Vegas metal band .bipolar. announced last week that guitarist Rob Bauer would be stepping down and Brian Jackson (formerly of Skinlab, Society 1 and Kreep) will be taking the position. The band comments:

“We want to thank everyone who has been supportive to us over the last 10 years. We wouldn’t still be doing this if it wasn’t for the amazing experiences and people we’ve been lucky to encounter.

“We announced a few weeks ago that Rob had to step down from his position as guitar player and now we want to proudly announce that a replacement has been found. Everyone please welcome Brian Jackson to the .bipolar. family.

“He comes to us with a long resume of amazing bands such as Kreep, Skinlab and Society 1 as well as with great enthusiasm for all that .bipolar. is. He also is out to break our 2 year guitar player curse! Great things are in store….”

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Eternal Bleeding Recruits New Vocalist Mino Benko

Slovakian act Eternal Bleeding has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

“Hey guys, we are proud to announce a new member joined Eternal Bleeding. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome our new signer Mino ‘Hentaichi’ Benko.

“Actually we teamed up months ago and performed few live shows yet. Everything goes great and we are really glad this skilled young man joined us during writing process of the new album ‘Angels Shall Never Speak Again’ which will be released on Japanese label Amputated Vein Records. His vokills fit totally to our new direction and brought new blood to the bands chemistry.

“At this moment the band works on the last song of the upcoming album. Mino writes lyrics and vocal arrangements and the band works on final song arrangements as well. Still a lot to do ahead, but we should start drums recording session soon and we all believe it is worth to wait, yo bitcheez!”

Mino also commented: “I’m glad I joined the band. Actually I was a fan of Eternal Bleeding years ago and when guys asked me to join the band I did not hesitate. Playing live shows and cooperation on new album is going really smoothly and I enjoy that. I am pretty sure new album will be a blast!”

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5 Star Grave Recruits New Drummer Roberto Gaia

Italy’s 5 Star Grave has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

“Ladies & gents, please welcome our brand new drummer: Mr. Roberto Gaia!

“From now on he’ll be the engine of our roaring hearse, to find out more about him and his awesome drumming check his official website right here. New live shows coming soon, stay spooky!”

5 Star Grave released new album “Drugstore Hell” earlier this year through Massacre Records. The album’s track listing is:

1. Terminal Bedroom
2. Death Put a Smile on My Face
3. Love Affair With the Beast
4. Daddy
5. Death Times Eleven
6. No Devil Lived on
7. Dead Girls Don’t Say No
8. Boy A
9. If
10. When the Lights Go Out
11. Lemmings

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Alekhine’s Gun Recruits New Guitarist Mariel Miele

Brooklyn outfit Alekhine’s Gun has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

“Had an awesome time last night playing at The Charleston good time with good people! As for us, we are talking our brutality out of NYC!

“Announcement 1: We would like to thank Joe Amodea for filling in for us for the past few shows. His professionalism, experience and being an all around great guy made things easy and fun! Happy to say that he is an Honorary Lifetime member of the band! Thanks man!

“Announcement 2: The search….is….over! We have found our 5th Gun please welcome Mariel Miele to the AG family! For the lucky ones who were at the Charleston last night saw a sneak preview of Meriel Melting faces with us! ….And so it begins…again!”

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

“Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium’s premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

“Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

“70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

“Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!”

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed:


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