Album Artwork, Preview For New Album “The Drift” Issued By Xaon

Swiss symphonic death metal act Xaon unveiled the artwork (created by Misanthropic-Art) for the upcoming debut full length album “The Drift.” The album is set to drop on May 15th via Sliptrick Records.

In addition, the band issued a preview teaser for the release, featuring the new song “Terra Incognita.”

Check out the preview clip and artwork here:

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Enslaved Announces “Roadburn Live” Record Store Day Release

“Roadburn Live” is Enslaved’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during a headlining show at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by Enslaved’s own guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director, comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and Enslaved. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically.

“Not only has Enslaved been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the Enslaved/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway.

“Enslaved’s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of Enslaved”

“Roadburn Live” will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as a webshop gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers.To celebrate the release, what better way than to hold a playback session with the members of Enslaved at the Roadburn Festival 2017?

Becky Laverty of of Roadburn Festival comments: “Enslaved and Roadburn share a history that is entwined and their 2015 performance on the main stage was such a fantastic milestone for both parties, that it makes perfect sense for the show to be released as a live album. As the album will be released during Roadburn 2017, it seemed fitting to invite attendees and the band alike to join us for a playback session at the festival as part of our popular side program.”

1. Building With Fire
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. In Times
4. Daylight
5. Convoys To Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth
7. Isa
8. Immigrant Song*
* Roadburn Live exclusive song originally by Led Zeppelin

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Diablo Blvd Releasing “Zero Hour” Album

Belgian dark groove rock outfit Diablo Blvd today announce the international release of fourth album “Zero Hour,” which will be out September 22nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

To give you a foretaste, check out a short video announcing the release show in Antwerpen, Belgium on September 23rd, including a snippet of the new song “Animal.”

“Zero Hour” is a dark 11 track groove monster with haunting melodies, huge guitar riffs, driving bass and pounding drums. The band worked together with Belgian producer and artist Dag Taeldeman, with mixing by Jay Ruston and mastering by Paul Logus. The mesmerizing album cover was designed by Hamburg-based artist and designer Hedi Xandt.

Humanity’s time is over, »Zero Hour« is here!

Track listing:
1. Animal
2. Sing From The Gallows
3. Life Amounts To Nothing
4. God in the machine
5. You Are All You Love
6. The Song is Over
7. 00:00
8. Like Rats
9. Demonize
10. The Future Will Do What It’s Told
11. Summer Has Gone

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Goatwhore Reveals “Vengeful Ascension” As New Album Title

Goatwhore has confirmed “Vengeful Ascension” as the title to its forthcoming new album. Recording sessions for the effort started past October at Earth Analog Studio in Tolono, Illinois. Further details for the release still remain pending.

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Video Clip For New Song “Giddy-Up!” Posted By Selfmachine

Dutch modern metal act Selfmachine celebrated the release of the new album “Societal Arcade” with the video clip for the new song “Giddy-Up!” Check it out in the player below. “Societal Arcade” is out now via Wormholedeath Records.

“Giddy-Up!” is the first music video taken from “Societal Arcade.” The concept for the video was created by lead singer Steven Leijen and beautifully brought to life by David Hazeleger from TDD Studios. The song touches on the subject of the stress to reach goals and the fears of not succeeding while we completely forget to live and enjoy ourselves. Life is a party, especially if you come party with Selfmachine.

The band commented: “Shooting the video for ‘Giddy-Up!’ was an awesome experience. As always we have made and arranged everything ourselves. This means we have spent a lot of free weekends building the robot, creating its lights, spray painting the metal, teaching it how to play guitar and of course how to dance! We also had the help of our friend David Hazeleger for the filming, editing and after effects. But of course we didn’t use after effects for the robot… ;)”

Check out the clip here:

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Static Tension To Issue New EP “Beyond Eternity’s Grasp” From Time Walk

Static Tension Recordings has been putting out one killer release after the other, so picking up the recently independently released EP “Beyond Eternity’s Grasp” from Springfield, Missouri’s Time Walk is no exception. The EP will see vinyl release through the label on May 12th.

Time Walk was formed in 2015 and offers the kind of power-packed death metal that we all remember in the ’90s. The attitude is fresh and it’s impossible to sit still while listening to the new EP. The track listing for the release is:

1. Ruinick Echoes
2. Fury Of The Sands
3. Time Heals Nothing
4. War
5. Temple Of The Forbidden
6. Enter The Realm Of Death (Runemagick Cover)

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Loathe Posts “It’s Yours” Music Video

Liverpool’s experimental collective of 5, Loathe, is very pleased to announce the release of their latest video and single “It’s Yours.” The clilp was directed by Zak Pinchin Media and can be seen below.

Loathe’s Erik Bickerstaffe comments: “We wanted a song to bridge the gap between what we thought would be expected and what we intended to do with the record. With ‘It’s Yours’, we went about the creative process a bit differently to how we usually do and it fell into place as the track that connects the dots.

“Visually, we brought ourselves into the spotlight for the video, providing a face for the name. Zak worked very closely with us when it came to perfecting every detail within the aesthetic and we’re extremely pleased with what we achieved.”

Loathe’s debut album, “The Cold Sun,”will be released via SharpTone Records on April 14th, 2017 and pre-orders are now online over at this location.

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Steelfall Announces “The Event Horizon” Release

Steelfall’s story started in 2016, when guitarist/vocalist Sérgio Melo (formerly of Hourswill) decided to invite a few friends to play a mixture of classic heavy metal and modern thrash.

The Lisbon-based group, rounded by vocalist David Pais, guitarist João Quintai, bassist Pedro Martinho and drummer João Morais, is now ready to release first album, “The Event Horizon,” coming out on April 7th.

Record label Raging Planet describes this release as “a metallic guitar-orientated album that incorporates elements of heavy, thrash and death-metal and is full of catchy riffs and great choruses. The music can be linked to bands like Trivium, Arch Enemy and Nevermore, but Steelfall cannot be labelled as mere imitators as they bring their own touch and personal influences to the table, resulting in powerful, effective and refreshing songs that will surely surprise fans of the aforementioned bands and metal music in general.”

1. In The Dark
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Your Betrayal
4. Drowning In Hatred
5. The Unspoken
6. This Fire Will Rise
7. The Fall Of Men
8. Far Away From You
9. Ethereal
10. The Event Horizon
11. No Time To Waste

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Scale The Summit Premieres New Song “Royal Orphan” From Upcoming New Album “In A World Of Fear”

Scale The Summit premieres a new song entitled “Royal Orphan”, taken from the upcoming new album “In A World Of Fear”, which will be out in stores May 19th. Members of Arch Enemy, Fallujah, Scar Symmetry and more will guest on the release.

Check out now “Royal Orphan” below.

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Hessja Releasing “Planet Sedam: ISON” EP

Hessja was formed in 2012, eventually releasing a self-titled first record in 2014 via Devils Eject Records. Now follow-up EP “Planet Sedam: ISON” is coming, with vinyl and digital editions available at Bandcamp here.

WOOAAARGH Records comments that the release “imagines the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) in the role of liberator in the endless fight between living will and eternal silence, hope and finality. From the first second until the end of the EP, you will become part of this fight. The EP is a masterwork, that erases all of the typical limits of metal. Besides the atmospheric samples and synergetic sounds, you will hear blast beats mixed with post rock parts.”

HESSJA – Planet Sedam: ISON by HESSAJA

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