New Album Recordings Underway As Graveshadow Enteres Studio

Recently completing a west coast run of shows with Russia’s Arkona and Norway’s Sirenia, Sacramento’s Graveshadow – a male-backed symphonic metal band that incorporates doom, thrash and Goth metal influences – has entered the studio to begin recording the sophomore album and debut for M-Theory Audio.

The band settled into The Captains Quarters in Ventura, California with producer (and Night Demon guitarist) Armand John Anthony.

“The idea came to record with Armand while we were on tour with Night Demon. I got to talking with him and he showed me some of his production work,” explains Graveshadow guitarist Will Walker. “What we really want to accomplish on this album is more of a raw and organic sound while still maintaining the symphonic elements of the music. It was a natural fit. The gear, the room, everything is working out to realize exactly what we were looking for. Armand is an absolute joy to work with and we feel he’s really helping us make this the best it can be.”

Recording will continue over the month of July with plans to release in early 2018 via the new deal with M-Theory Audio. Stay tuned for updates.

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Archspire Reveals New Album “Relentless Mutation”

Archspire today announces details on new album “Relentless Mutation,” which will see a worldwide release on September 22nd. “Relentless Mutation” was recorded and engineered by Dave Otero at Flatline Studios and features artwork from Eliran Kantor.

The band is also now streaming a first new track off “Relentless Mutation” – check out the explosive first track of hyper-technical death metal, “Involuntary Doppelganger,” in the player below.

Regarding the new track, Archspire comments: “‘Involuntary Doppelgänger’ is the first track from our upcoming release ‘Relentless Mutation.’ We are extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish with Dave Otero. Dave was able to keep the production clear enough for every instrument to be heard, even at such a fast tempo. We hope you enjoy this first track, and we’ll be releasing more of ‘Relentless Mutation’ soon. Stay tech!”

1. Involuntary Doppelgänger
2. Human Murmuration
3. Remote Tumour Seeker
4. Relentless Mutation
5. The Mimic Well
6. Calamus Will Animate
7. A Dark Horizontal

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At Home In Hell Releases “My Pain” Music Video

At Home In Hell just dropped a new music video for “My Pain,” taken off the band’s latest album “In Home Hell” (reviewed here).

The clip comes courtesy of Valor Infinity Production and was directed by John Tesdal and produced by David Coleman II.

The band comments: “Here’s the music video you’ve been waiting for, folks. We did this with Valor Infinity Studios, LLC back in February and it is now available for your viewing pleasure. Filmed in Butte, MT at the Ballroom in the Finlen Hotel & Motor Inn. Spread it like fire, folks!”

At Home In Hell just wrapped up a U.S. tour and will next play The Do Bar in Great Falls, Montana on Saturday the 17th. For more info on At Home In Hell, head over to Facebook here.

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Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down) Premieres New Music Video “Train Song” From Upcoming Debut Album “Smoke On This…”

Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down) premieres a new music video entitled “Train Song”, taken from his upcoming solo debut album “Smoke On This…”, which will be out in stores July 28th via eOne Music. Director Justin Reich (Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley) helmed the production of the clip.

Check out now “Train Song” below.

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Suffocation Talks “…Of The Dark Light” Production

New York death metal group Suffocation will release new album “…Of The Dark Light” on June 9th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band unveils a new trailer discussing the production, mixing and mastering – check it out below.

“…Of The Dark Light” was produced by Suffocation and tracked at Full Force Studios with longtime engineer Joe Cincotta. Mixing and mastering were handled by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss, while cover artwork was created by Colin Marks.

01. Clarity Through Deprivation
02. The Warmth Within The Dark
03. Your Last Breaths
04. Return To The Abyss
05. The Violation
06. Of The Dark Light
07. Some Things Should Be Left Alone
08. Caught Between Two Worlds
09. Epitaph Of The Credulous

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“Blackhearts” Documentary Offered Free For Iranian Viewers

The producers of the award-winning documentary “Blackhearts” have had a goal to release the film in Iran since early in development, and as news of the documentary started to spread online, Iranian main character Sina began receiving messages from aspiring young metalheads finding inspiration in his story, themselves wishing to play the music they love without fear of consequences.

Preparing for the DVD release, all kinds of approaches for distribution or screening possibilities in Iran were pursued, but no traditional solutions were found. Now a geoblocked minisite has been created where all Iranians can watch the full documentary for free, and the production company Gammaglimt has reached out to spread the link below the radar of the Iranian regime. If you’re in Iran and want to view the film, send a message at Facebook here.

Sina comments: “I have received many inquiries from young musicians in Iran, both via email and through social media, who have read about me in connection with Blackhearts. In Iran, it is impossible to play black metal. It is impossible to release your music legally and concerts is also something you can forget. Through my story, they can see that it is possible!”

The story of Sina’s oppression at the hands of the Iranian government questions the role of authority in dictating what defines art; on the other end lies Kaiadas, a government oppressor who is a member of Greece’s neo-fascist political party The Golden Dawn by day and black metal musician by night. In the middle, we have Hector, a devoted Satanist and frontman for the Colombian black metal band Luciferian. All three of them exemplifying the global reach and cultural heritage of Norwegian black metal. Also featured in the film are Norwegian black metallers Keep Of Kalessin, Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Destructhor from Myrkskog/Zyklon/ex-Morbid Angel and Tjalve from Den Saakaldte/ex-1349.

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Wage War Premieres New Song & Video “Don’t Let Me Fade Away” From Upcoming New Album “Deadweight”

Ocala, FL’s metalcore outfit Wage War premieres a new song and video titled “Don’t Let Me Fade Away”, taken from the upcoming new album “Deadweight”, which will be out in stores August 04th via Fearless Records. Recording sessions for the release took place with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive) and A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon handling the production duties.

Check out now “Don’t Let Me Fade Away” below.

States guitarist/vocalist Cody Quistad:

“We are so thrilled to finally announce our new album, Deadweight. We’ve put so much time, effort, and emotion into making what we think is the best and truest Wage War album. Lyrically, it’s the most vulnerable and honest we’ve ever done. Musically, we really pushed ourselves on the heavy and melodic sides of our band. “Stitch” was an insight to the heavy and now we give you a melodic answer, ‘Don’t Let Me Fade Away.’ This record was exceptionally hard to pick singles for because of how much time and work we put into making every song a great one. ‘Don’t Let Me Fade Away‘ was always a stand out from the beginning. It’s all the elements that make up our band in one song, and in a perfected state. We’re very excited for all that’s ahead!”

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Pure Steel Records Signs Blazing Rust

Russian old school metal band Blazing Rust has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will release the debut album “Armed To Exist” on July 28th. Details of the album are expected soon.

Blazing Rust was formed in November 2014 and consists of former and current members of well-known metal acts Pyre, Drama, Ulvdalir, Internal Damage, Grenouer. Having a unique tinge and vision without limiting themselves to the rigid frameworks, Blazing Rust pays homage to real heavy metal gods such as Dio, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Diamond Head.

Guitarist Roman Dovzhenko commented: “We are so excited about the fact that this album is coming out finally! An extensive work on all the production of our first full-length was carried out perfectly. We knew what we want and what we need and i believe we’ve achieved that! I’m happy with the results and I’m sure that nobody of you metal brothers-in-arms will be disappointed!”

Vocalist Igor Arbuzov added: “Making ‘Armed to Exist’ album had been a huge fun for me as I received a big amount of creative freedom and support from the band. We realized very soon how close we are musically and mentally. In my opinion our album is not just an imitation of the most popular 80s music genre. It’s a great collection of tracks that won’t leave any heavy metal fan indifferent. They can be fast and mid-tempo, rough, agressive and melodic at the same time, – everything you expect from classic metal. ‘Armed to Exist’ is a statement from the younger generation of musicians that says: “We’re ready to carry the flag of Heavy Metal!”!”

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Necronomicon Crowd Funding New Album “Unleashed”

Necronomicon (the German thrash band, not the Canadian death metal group) has a long history and a very loyal fan base that is being called upon to help the outfit finance upcoming album “Unleashed.”

Alongside Agentur EAM and Into The LimeLight Records, Necronomicon is raising funds to finalize the production of theis new record and a re-release of previous album “Pathfinder.” Take a look at the perks for contributing to the campaign at via IndieGogo here.

Last but not least the band will be embarking on a tour across Argentina this coming July 2017. For further info, head over to the group’s Facebook profile.

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Malkavian Unleashes “Encryption Process” Lyric Video

French thrash metal collective Malkavian just shared a lyric video for the track “Encryption Process,” taken off the band’s forthcoming second album “Annihilating the Shades.” Watch the video created by KOT Production in the YouTube clip provided below.

The follow-up to 2014’s “The Worshipping Mass” debut album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Vamacara Studio and is out this March 31st, 2017 via Finisterian Dead End. Physical pre-orders can be found at this location.

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