Ritual Posts New Live Videos

Canadian group Ritual filmed four new music videos live off the floor at Baltimore House in Hamilton, Ontario recently. Check out the songs “Ripe,” “White Blooded,” “Freak“ (Silverchair Cover), and “Pisces” created by Southern Souls and directed by Mitch Fillion.

The debut album from Ritual is out everywhere now and can be streamed in full at this location. Matt Tobin (former Dead and Divine vocalist) comments: “We were born from waste. We are the product of broken bands, miles traveled and mistakes made. We are Ritual.”

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Raven Announces 2017 Tour Dates

NWoBHM band Raven today announces first live dates for 2017, with the band excited to get back on the road again. Raven comments:

“Hi there…after a longer than expected break Raven are ready & raring to get out on the road again…a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard in 2017 – and squeeze in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!”

Raven’s current album “ExtermiNation” was released in April of 2015 as a digipak version, 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, and digital download through SPV/Steamhammer. Catch these upcoming Raven 2017 tour dates:

5/18 US-Chicago, IL – Reggies
5/19 US-Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
5/20 US-Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina

03.06.SE-Tyrolen – Muskelrock

w/Hirax, Kill Ritual
07.06.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
08.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
09.06.D-Essen – Turock
10.06.NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
11.06.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
12.06.D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club
13.06.D-Dresden – Chemie Fabrik
14.06.A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
15.06.I-Firenze – Circus Club
16.06.I-Milan – Blue Rose Club
17.06.F-Montbeliard – Aterlier des Moles

15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
27.07.SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
29.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air

10.08.E-Villena – Leyendas del Rock Festival
13.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival

10/6: US-Ventura,CA – Frost & Fire Festival

01.-02.12.GB-Sheffield – O2 Academy (The X Mas Rocka NWoBHM)

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Hirax To Tour Europe With Raven, Kill Ritual

U.S. bay area thrash crew Hirax will share the stage with the British group Raven on a summer tour in Europe. Kill Ritual further joins the tour as special guests, and dates for the trek are as follows:

07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
08-Jun Essen (GER) “Turock”
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club”
13-Jun Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik”
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlactaus”
15-Jun Florence (ITA) “Circus Club”
16-Jun Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club”
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”
18-Jun Cisson (FRA) “Hellfest” (HIRAX only)

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Days Of The Dead Fest 2017 Band Submissions Now Open

Halloween may be about putting on a costume and trick or treating around your city block, but in Red Deer, AB it’s about so much more. The rumors in the area describe a mass pilgrimage, a collective gathering from across Alberta and beyond, a zombie mosh pit coming alive.

Are the rumors true…? Well at the very least during the Days of The Dead Fest, a heavy metal music festival and costume party extravaganza takes over!

Founded in 2014 by local Red Deer resident and music scene contributor Justin Shadows of Shadows Productions, plus vocalist of Leave The Living, Days Of The Dead Fest celebrates the heavy sounds of metal, punk, and hardcore along with the ritual of transforming yourself in to another character during the Halloween weekend.

Shadows explains: “At first it was an excuse for a costume party with the bands I’ve developed friendships with, but has gradually changed into something that I feel Red Deer deserves to call its own. The crowds here are so supportive and I love giving them a gigantic event they can look forward to. Days of The Dead came to be because the first year we held it, the festival fell on the Day of the Dead – November 1st.”

Now in its 4th year, Days of The Dead has grown beyond the prior two day event hosting 15 bands to a three night reunion of friends, music fans, and a Halloween aficionados.

“I want it almost to feel like a family reunion, where you come and see friends you haven’t seen in a while and even if you’re new, you feel welcomed with open arms.” says Shadows.

This 2017 festivities will be held with over 30 bands on October 27th & 28th at The Vat for the 18+ shows and on the 29th an all ages event at the International Beer Haus.

Submissions from bands and support staff/volunteers for the 2017 edition are now open until April 1st. Email your info to shadowsproductionsrd[at]gmail.com and in the subject line have your band name & DOTD4 SUBMISSION. The festival organizers will review submissions after April 1st. Please submit the following:

– Bio
– EPK or links to social media
– Links to your music
– Why should we consider you for the festival?
– Pay expectations

In search of: Merchandise Crew, Experienced Stage Hands
– Relevant skills
– Previous Experience

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Insanity Reigns Supreme Posts “By The Blood Of The Beast” Live Video

Belgian black / death metal band Insanity Reigns Supreme today reveals a new live video for the track “By The Blood of the Beast,” which is taken from latest studio album “Unorthodox” (out now on Shiver Records).

The video can be streamed through Youtube below. It was recorded by Marleo Video at the prestigious Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival 2016 and editing came courtesy of Cloud Music Typography.

Vocalist Tes Re Oth had the following to say: “’By the Blood of the Beast’ details the ritual of Communion with the Undead Gods. Communion in this sense stands for actually trying to establish communication with Those who have risen to reach the ultimate goal of joining them. In a live setting this is even more powerful, as we invite Them to join us and feast upon the energy that is freely given by us and the audience. In the end this was an experience that none who attended will forget.”

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Aversio Humanitatis Streaming “Advent Of The Inescapable”

Spanish blackened death metal group Aversio Humanitatis just shared a new song from forthcoming EP “Longing for the Untold,” which is set for release on March 1st via BlackSeed Productions.

Titled “Advent of the Inescapable,” this new track can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. Recorded, mixed and mastered by guitarist S.D. at The Empty Hall Studio, “Longing for the Untold” follows the band’s previous album “Abandonment Ritual” released in 2012. The “Longing for the Untold” track listing is as follows:

1. Longing for the Untold
2. Prison of Shattered Glass
3. The Ever Shifting Path
4. Advent of the Inescapable

Longing for the Untold by Aversio Humanitatis

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New Song “We Wept” Streaming From Bereft

Wisconsin blackened doom metal band Bereft (not to be confused with the California band) has released the first song from the upcoming new album “Lands,” which is targeted to drop on March 31st via Prosthetic Records. Check out “We Wept” in the player below.

The track listing for “Lands” is:

1. We Wept
2. The Ritual
3. In Filth
4. Waning Light

Check out “We Wept” here:

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Manetheren Debuts New Song “The Ritual” From Upcoming New Album “The End”

Atmospheric black metal outfit Manetheren debuts a new song entitled “The Ritual”, taken from the upcoming new album “The End”, which will be out in stores on February 22, 2017 via Avantgarde Music.

Check out now “The Ritual” below.

The End by Manetheren

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The Great Old Ones Streaming Full “A Tale Of Dark Legacy” Album

French black metal outfit The Great Old Ones today streams new album “EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy.” A truly grim journey of cold, gruesome pitch-black metal steeped in nightmarish Lovecraftian lore, “EOD” can be heard below and will drop through Season Of Mist on January 27th.

Regarding this album stream, the band comments: “The time has come to unleash those cyclopean entities. The time has come to celebrate the return of the Esoteric Order of Dagon. The time has come to finally present our new record in its entirety. We are proud to reveal ‘EOD – A Tale Of Dark Legacy’ in its full intense, gloom and doom laden emotionality. We can hardly wait to take the next step and bring our live show to you as well. We are still working hard to deliver a true Lovecraftian experience. Enjoy this dark journey!”

1. Searching for R Olmstead (Introduction)
2. The Shadow Over Innsmouth
3. When the Stars Align
4. The Ritual
5. Wanderings
6. In Screams and Flames
7. Mare Infinitum
8. My Love for the Stars (Cthulu Fhtagn)

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Epoch Releasing “Sacrosanct” Via Lavadome

Lavadome Productions has announced the forthcoming release of the CD version of “Sacrosanct” from death metal band Epoch on January 31st, 2017. The album was originally released on digital format in 2015.

1. To Datechon, ho Katechon
2. Vision Absolute
3. Altered States
4. Nine
5. Ichneumon
6. Hangman Paradox
7. Fear Ritual
8. Sacrosanct

Sacrosanct by EPOCH

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