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Celestiial - Featured In Ballet Short Film

Always wondered how to dance to funeral doom metal? Well, keep reading, because the track "Waldlander Im Herbst" from funeral doom one-man band Celestiial has been used as the soundtrack to Disconsolate, an experimental dance short film performed by the Ballet Deviare.

You can watch the nine-minute clip, directed by Adam Waltner, after the jump.

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Source: youtube.com
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (4)


Wolves In The Throne Room - New Album Nears Completion

After devoting late Winter season to writing and recording, Wolves In The Throne Room are in the final stages of completing their fourth full-length opus of epic, earthen Black Metal ceremony.

For over six months the Weaver brothers, Aaron and Nathan, have been immersed in the painstaking writing and recording process of their newest album, and this week the process is nearly complete, at press time the album in its final mixing stages. The Wolves In The Throne Room clan have confirmed the title of this forthcoming astral black metal document as Celestial Lineage.

The transmutation reaches a new level with the completion of the album. In contrast to the bleakly hypnotic architecture of Black Cascade, the lifespan of Celestial Lineage breathes more expansive and visionary life into the duo's work. The Wolves In The Throne Room trademark long-form approach to arrangement remains intact, but there is a stronger thread of Popul Vuh-inspired underworld synthscapes and star-lit pulse woven with the intertwining guitar figures.

Celestial Lineage will end a trilogy of releases which began with Two Hunters (2007), and is segued by Black Cascade (2009), and like both previous albums, will be released via Southern Lord Recordings, with a street date of September 13, 2011 now confirmed. Three songs on the album feature Jessika Kenney's liturgical choir and solo voice, as heard on Two Hunters as well as 2009's Malevolent Grain EP, the album also including orations from Aaron Turner (Isis).

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for Celestial Lineage: "An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we're going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult."

Besides closing out a trilogy within Wolves In The Throne Room's own annals, Celestial Lineage also marks the final release to ever be recorded in engineering wizard Randall Dunn's infamous Aleph Studio, the birthplace of a plethora of groundbreaking releases from Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Cave Singers, Bjork/Omar Souleyman and countless more over the past decade, as well as where the immense tones and energy on WITTR's lauded Two Hunters and Black Cascade albums were captured. Check out several brand new in-studio photos from these special recording sessions here.

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Source: earsplitcompound.com
Band profile: Wolves In The Throne Room
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)


Lock Up - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Necropolis Transparent, the new upcoming album from death-grind super group Lock Up, is now available for streaming in its entirety over at AOL Music.

The album was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January.

Necropolis Transparent was released in Europe on July 1st and will be released in North America tomorrow, July 12th, through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: music.aol.com
Band profile: Lock Up
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)


Amorphis - Touring Finland In Autumn

Before embarking on a massive European trek later this year, Finnish melodic metallers Amorphis will first tour their home-country. The run will start in late August and ends mid-October. Get the Finnish dates below and the rest of the European tour dates here.

The band will be touring in support of their latest album, The Beginning Of Times, released in May.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Amorphis
Event: Amorphis: European Tour 2011/2012
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)


Cannabis Corpse - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, the new upcoming album from US death metallers Cannabis Corpse is now available for streaming in its entirety over at Tankcrimes.

The album was mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at Mana Studios and mastered by Alan Douches at West Side Music.

Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, the band's third full-length album, will be released tomorrow, July 12th, through Forcefield Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: downloads.tankcrimes.com
Band profile: Cannabis Corpse
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (1)


Melechesh - Replace Septicflesh On Lux Mundi Europe Tour

Due to a last-minute withdrawal of Septicflesh (due to a tour schedule conflict), Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh have been confirmed as the support act on the upcoming Lux Mundi European Tour of Swiss industrial metallers Samael

Melechesh will now share the so-called direct support rotating slot with Norwegian black metal act Keep Of Kalessin.

Septicflesh in their turn have been added as the second special guest on Amon Amarth's Surtur Rising European Tour, which already features As I Lay Dying. Get those dates again here.

Find an updated list of dates and a tour trailer after the jump.

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Source: massive-music.pl
Band profile: Melechesh
Event: Samael: Lux Mundi Europe Tour
Posted: 11.07.2011 by JD | Comments (3)


Ronnie James Dio - Tribute Album Available For Free Download

Backstage Metal has made its tribute album to Ronnie James Dio, called To Heaven Through Hell, available for free download.

In addition, Backstage Metal decided to make this tribute free with a donation to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund. While a donation is not needed to download and listen to this music, it would be appreciated. Even $1 can help.

To Heaven Through Hell - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio was put together by Dio fans from around the world: "We all wanted to pay homage to one of the greatest rock singers of all time, and we thought this would be a fitting way to do it. Dio was such a huge influence on all of us, when he passed we all were drawn together and through his music we all found solace and serenity."

Click here for a picture of the tracklist and contributing artists. You can make a donation to the RJD Cancer Fund at this location. The tribute is available for free download over here.

Yesterday, July 10th, Ronnie would have been 69 years old.

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Source: backstagemetal.com
Band profile: Dio
Posted: 11.07.2011 by JD | Comments (13)


Blood Red Throne - New Song Online

"Eternal Decay", a brand-new track from Norwegian death metal quintet Blood Red Throne has been made available for streaming over at the band's MySpace.

"Eternal Decay" comes off the band's as-yet-untitled upcoming new album, which is scheduled to be released later this year through Sevared Records.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Blood Red Throne
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (1)


Demonic Resurrection - UK Tour Cancelled

Indian symphonic/blackened death metal band Demonic Resurrection are forced to cancel their first-ever UK tour due to visa issues.

The band released the following statement: "I'm in a complete state of shock and utter disbelief as I write this but we have had to cancel our first ever UK tour including our performance at the prestigious Sonisphere festival. We did not receive our VISA in time be able to make it to the festival and we have no idea if we will even get it in time to make it for the other shows so we felt it best to call it off in advance rather than try and wait in the hope that the VISA will arrive, it would be unfair to all the promoters and fans.

We are extremely gutted about this and it feels like a very bad dream at this moment. We want to apologize to our fans who came to Sonisphere to see us or who booked tickets for the other shows, unfortunately it was out of our hands. We spent a small fortune to pay for our visas, tour merch and other documents but more than the money it kills us that we couldn't play for our fans in the UK.

We really want to thank all the people that helped us put this whole thing together. Haydn and Northern Music who booked us for all these shows, Naveen from Mixtape for hooking up the London gig, Deepak Rao for helping us with everything, all the promoters Alan Day (Sonisphere), Natasha (Underworld), Anthony (The Well), Karl (Waterfront) and Ian (Riverside) for having faith in us and booking us for these gigs - we're really sorry to have let you guys down. Darren and Conor from Candlelight, Simon who agreed to drive us and be our tour manager. All the bands that offered to share their backline and gear with us Harjit & Decayed Messiah, Dave and Ancient Ascendant and Luke and Want For Destruction thank you! As well as Kill To Gain, Chaosanct, Shrapnel, 101% Pantera, RSJ, Shadow's Lie Within and Waking Theo for supporting us!

This is truly one of the lowest moments of our careers, playing a festival like Sonisphere and then following it up with al tour, it actually is like a dream come true for us, one that we've worked a decade to achieve. However we will not let this deter us and we do promise that we will come back to the UK soon and kick some ass. "

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Demonic Resurrection
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)


Cannabis Corpse - Another New Song Online, Euro Tour Announced

"Blame It On Bud", a brand-new track from US death metallers Cannabis Corpse can now be streamed on their official site and on Tankcrimes.

Two other new tracks, called "Sworn To The Bag" and "Where The Kind Lives", can be found here and here.


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"Blame It On Bud", "Sworn To The Bag" and "Where The Kind Lives" come off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, which will be released on July 12th through Forcefield Records. More album details were previously reported over here.



In other news, Cannabis Corpse will embark on a European tour, taking off in August. See the dates below.

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Source: cannabiscorpse.com
Band profile: Cannabis Corpse
Event: Cannabis Corpse
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)


Reminder: Opeth And Slipknot Live Webcast Tonight

Right this moment, the third and final day of Sonisphere UK is taking place. If you're reading this you're obviously not there. Fortunately you can follow both Opeth's and Slipknot's shows from the comfort of your own home via two live webcasts.

Watch Opeth live at Sonisphere! Tune in at approximately 5:50pm GMT at this location.

Watch Slipknot live at Sonisphere! Tune in at approximately 9:00pm GMT at this location.

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Band profile: Opeth
Event: Sonisphere Festival
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (18)


Motörhead - Former Guitarist Würzel Reportedly Dead At 61

According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.

Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.

Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."

Würzel left Motörhead in 1995.

For the past couple of years, Burston has played with a new band called Leader of Down, which last month headlined the main stage at the U.K. fundraising music festival "Never Mind The Bullocks" in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance.

Würzel joined Motörhead on stage on November 28, 2009 at the Hammersmith Apollo to perform the band's classic song "Ace Of Spades".

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Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Motörhead
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Dominus | Comments (18)


Brutal Truth - New Song Online

"Addicted", a brand-new track from US grindcore act Brutal Truth has been made available for streaming over at Noisecreep.

"Addicted" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled End Time, which will be released on September 27th through Relapse Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: noisecreep.com
Band profile: Brutal Truth
Posted: 10.07.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (1)


Mortal Love - To Take Indefinite Hiatus

Norwegian gothic metal outfit Mortal Love have decided to go on indefinite break after being around for over 10 years and having released 3 studio albums.

The band explained as follows: "After over 10 years together as a band, Mortal Love have decided to take a break - indefinitely.

That means no new music will be released, and no concerts or touring will take place in the foreseeable future. The break might be permamanent - or not. We don't know. All we know is that our passion for creating music through Mortal Love is not where it should be at the moment.

There are many reasons for this, the most important being time restraints due to other engagements in our private lives. We are all still the best of friends, and this decision has been mutual on all parts. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, most of all because we knew so many of you would be disappointed and let down. We can assure you that countless hours of thinking this through and weighing our options went into making this decision.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Our families, friends, partners in crime and bands we've played with.

Most of all we would like to thank YOU. For your love and undying support, words of encouragement and inspiration to make Mortal Love what it is. But most of all we thank you for making Mortal Love a part of your life. Because of you, Mortal Love will live on - and for that we are eternally grateful.

We will maintain our Facebook page and our Twitter account with sporadic updates. All of us will continue with other music projects, and news of them will be published through the aforementioned channels and on our website.

We would like to repeat again how much your support has meant to us - more than you can EVER imagine. Our lives have been better because of you, and from the very bottom of our hearts we thank you. Maybe we'll see you again - who knows."

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Source: mortallove.com
Band profile: Mortal Love
Posted: 10.07.2011 by mpdeimos | Comments (5)


Mezarkabul - New Song Online

"Wasteland", a brand-new track from Turkish thrash/heavy metal band Mezarkabul (aka Pentagram) has been made available for free download over here. The new single can also be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

"Wasteland" is the band's first recording with new singer Gökalp Ergen, who replaced long-time vocalist Murat Ilkan last year.

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Source: jorzine.com
Band profile: Mezarkabul
Posted: 10.07.2011 by JD | Comments (5)