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Croatian gothic doom metallers Ashes You Leave have posted an update. The re-release of their Songs Of The Lost album has been postponed to August 8th via Sleaszy Rider Records. The band is also planning more releases for 2015. So stay tuned for more updates on that.
Like with Hellfest Open Air 2014, several performances of this year's Wacken Open Air 2014 will be streamed live. The annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year at Wacken, in Germany. For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online. Not everything is lost. You can sit back, relax and enjoy some of the concerts in the next few days.
While fans were pleased to hear Minsk's hiatus ended last year, they will be even more pleased to know that the post-metal band has entered the studio to begin work on their new full-length record and first in over 5 years. After a two-year hiatus, "the band has been reinvigorated and has written their most ambitious material to date." The album is being recorded at Earth Analog studios outside of Champaign, Illinois throughout July/August and produced by long-time collaborator Sanford Parker. The as-of-yet untitled album will see an early 2015 release via Relapse Records.
Formed by guitarist Paul Allender (previously of Cradle Of Filth), White Empress debut full-length album, titled Rise Of The Empress, is set for release on Peaceville Records on September 29th. The album was recorded in their studio and has been mixed and mastered by veteran producer, Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle Of Filth). You can hear what the band has to offer by watching their video for the track "Darkness Encroaching" below.
Last year, legendary progressive rockers Spock's Beard released their latest album Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep to much critical acclaim. The band has now announced further European tour dates supporting the album, following last year's jaunt with Sound Of Contact and Beardfish. The full list of dates can be found below, and support at all shows comes from The Sixxis. Good news then!
Eluveitie have announced a special online stream of their entire forthcoming album Origins, which has already started. The band will be uploading the album track by track starting with the first one. Once each track has received 1000 plays, it will unlock the next track and so on. The more fans share each track with their friends, the faster the album will be unlocked for all to hear in its entirety! So, that seems like a cool idea. The songs are currently streaming here and the first seven songs have been unlocked, as of now. Pretty soon, all of them will be available for you to enjoy.
At the beginning of the year, Scar Symmetry announced the concept of their upcoming trilogy of albums. At the time, the melodic death metal band shared what we now know will be the album cover for the first part of the trilogy. The Swedes are set to release their new album and successor to 2011's The Unseen Empire this fall. The new creation called The Singularity (Phase 1 - Neohumanity) will be out on October 3rd (Europe), October 6th (UK & France) and October 14th (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
Industrial metallers Ministry have recently launched the Ministry Mondays series where they offer weekly free downloads. Each Monday the band will post a song from their From Beer To Eternity remix album in the same order as on the album. Following that, they will also continue the series with remixes of material from their Relapse album. This week we have "Permawar" which you can download at this location. You can download the MP3 version but there is also a link to the full 320 experience.
The lineup and running order for the massive Southwest Terror Fest III has been finalized and announced. If you haven't heard about this fest, this is your chance. It will happen in Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th. With four nights of action between both the historic Rialto Theatre for the main stage events, and nearby The District Tavern for the kickoff and after-shows, the third installment of Southwest Terror Fest promises to be interesting. As for the bands that will be performing, check out the list below.
French doom purveyors Monolithe retread their cosmic journey with a string of releases this year. Besides re-releasing their previous two EPs in a unified fashion, they also issued the remastered version of their sophomore album, Monolithe II, complete with new artwork to seamlessly blend with the rest of their monolithic catalogue. It was released on the 18th of July (the 22nd for North America) via Debemur Morti Productions.
KEN Mode seem to tour non-stop and now they have announced another short North American trek. The Canadians have also premiered a video for the track "The Promises Of God" which is taken from their latest album, Entrench. The North American tour starts on August 29th and will bookend their forthcoming appearance at the 2014 edition of the Hopscotch Festival. A list of confirmed tour dates can be found below as well as their new video.
Intronaut will hit the road again after a short break and a recent tour with Tesseract. The band has been on the road in support of their current album, Habitual Levitations, ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band's 10-year anniversary. Canadians Anciients will be supporting them throughout the whole tour (except on the last date in LA).
Bay Area metallers Machine Head continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is due out this fall. With a strong and diverse line-up that features support from Finnish powerhouse Children Of Bodom and Dutch symphonic metallers Epica with American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, the tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. Are you planning to check out this tour?
Kentucky based, one-man folkish black metal outfit Panopticon is currently streaming the entire new opus entitled Roads To The Northat this location. How would you compare it to the band's previous full-lenght effort Kentucky, released back in 2012? The album will see the light of day on August 1st via Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis.
After some previews, Wovenwar has released another song from their upcoming debut release Wovenwar, to be released next week on Metal Blade Records. You can give the song a listen at this location. The song is called "Profane". Did you enjoy that?