Cnoc An Tursa Writing Second Album

Scottish outfit Cnoc An Tursa – which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2013 in our annual year-end awards – is now working on a new album. The band commetns:

“For those wondering what updates there are in the Cnoc An Tursa camp: we are currently writing our second album for Candlelight Records and looking into getting at least one 2014 U.K. tour completed this year along with festival appearances in UK / Europe for 2015.”

This upcoming second album will follow the 2013 full-length release “The Giants of Auld” (reviewed here).

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Kuolemanlaakso Recording New Album, Posts Studio Blogs

Finnish act Kuolemanlaakso, which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, is currently in the studio working on a new album and follow-up to the “Uljas Uusi Maailma” release (reviewed here).

The band has now posted an extensive series of studio diaries online, which can be read over at the Kuolemanlaakso website here.

You can also watch a music video for “Ikiuni,” taken off the previous album, in the player available below.

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Abiotic Announces Metalfest Invasion Tour Dates With Dark Sermon

South Florida’s Abiotic (nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards) recently confirmed the band’s performance at the 15th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

En route to the show, the band will be embarking on the Metalfest Invasion Tour with fellow up-and-comers Dark Sermon. The tour begins April 12th and wraps on April 27th. Abiotic will be performing at NEMHF on April 18th, and Dark Sermon will perform on April 21st. The rest of the shows with both bands are listed below.

April 12 Avondale Estates, GA @ Awaken the Ancient Stage
April 13 Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
April 14 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
April 15 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 17 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs
April 18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium NEMHF (Abiotic)
April 19 Mississauga, ON @ Rehearsal Factory
April 20 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
April 21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium NEMHF (Dark Sermon)
April 22 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
April 25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
April 26 Douglasville, GA @ Seven Venue
April 27 Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13

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Pallbearer To Head Out On European Tour Dates With Royal Thunder

Pallbearer, which was named one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will be heading off on a European tour with Royal Thunder in April. Dates are available below.

04/10 – London, UK @ Borderline
04/11 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
04/12 – Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz
04/13 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
04/14 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof
04/15 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
04/16 – Aarau, Switzerland @ K.i.F.F.
04/17 – Schorndorf, Germany @ Manufaktur
04/18 – Tilburg, The Netherlands @ Roadburn Fest

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