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Amiensus - Ascension

I enjoy reviewing follow-up works from unsigned/smaller acts who contact me to review their initial offerings. It's always interesting to see how they have progressed.

Amenius contacted me to review Restoration about two years ago. Enjoyed it, even if I was a tad out of my element.

Susan described it thus:

They seem to float around the ether between genres, never really landing anywhere, and not necessarily "combining" genres. Just playing emotional, intense music.

Dead on. And that description remains equally accurate for their latest, Ascension.

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Posted: Today by BitterCOld | Comments (0)

Bands
Next To None

NEXT TO NONE, is a Progressive Metal band based out of Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. At the ages of only 12 and 13, the boys began writing their own music, preforming live around the area. About a year later they went into the studio to record their first 3-song self titled EP. At that point they really started to promote themselves through social media and playing live shows around the Pennsylvania area. Selling over 500 discs on their own and quickly gaining experience playing live and building an audience. They released a video for their song Fortune Cookie (featuring cameos from Anthrax, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho and the hosts of That Metal Show) They have continued to promote themselves through social media gaining over 70,000 views on You Tube and over 10,000 likes on FB. They are currently a very active live band, playing many local shows throughout Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia area. They have also won several Battle Of The Bands, played show at Musikfest, Northampton County Fair, Mayfair, Liberty Music Fest, just to name a few. They have also been the support for such bands as The Winery Dogs , Adrenaline Mob and Virgal Donati and played Vans Warped Tour, Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. Throughout the last few years, their playing and writing skills have improved tremendously at a very quick rate so in the summer of 2014 it was time to go back into the studio and record their upcoming full length debut album with of all their new songs. Their debut album was produced by Mike Portnoy. The album also contains guest appearances by Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses and Prog legend Neal Morse.

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Posted: Today by psykometal

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Cult Of Fire - New Album Cover Art Unveiled

Czech black metal band Cult Of Fire have just unveiled the cover artwork that will grace their new album. In case you didn't know, the follow-up to मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान is coming and their already 3rd studio album (still untitled) will be "celebrating life, sex & death: also known as the vision of beauty Chinnamasta". Take a look at the cover below. It was created by Dávid Glomba.

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Pazdzioch | Comments (4)

Bands
Valkiria

1994 Valkiria founded his first Metal band Exo Salm, wich disbanded soon after. Later he continued to play in groups without a name, until joining the Black metal band Obscure Devotion. In September 1996 After playing for several months with them, Valkiria decides to break away to form their own project, initially thinking of the possibility of incorporating other musicians and then assuming to become a one man band. In October 1997 was recorded the first demotape "The narrow bed". It was Black Metal with keyboard and clean guitar arpeggios. ¨

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Bad English

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Saille - Release New Official Video

"Aklo", the new official music video from Belgians Saille, is now available for streaming through the YouTube down below. This the first video from the band's latest studio album, Eldritch, which was released back in November, 2014 on Code666 Records. Video clip was directed, produced and edited by Sam Velghe. Check out the final outcome!

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Nile - Announce US Tour In 2016

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile have announced a momentous 31-date trek across the States in 2016. The tour launches in Tampa, Florida on January 8th, hits New York, West Hollywood, Pittsburgh, and wraps up at a very special hometown show in Greensville, South Carolina on February 12th. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming eighth full-length studio album, What Should Not Be Unearthed, scheduled to be released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. The list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

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TesseracT - Share First Song From New Album

New music alert! There is a new song from TesseracT to be enjoyed now. Ahead of the release of the brand new studio album Polaris from the U.K.'s progressive act, the band is giving fans worldwide a chance to hear a new album track "Messenger". This release sees the return of vocalist Daniel Tompkins. How was that as a first taste of the record?

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (3)

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Queensrÿche - Reveal New Album Cover, Tracklist

Queensrÿche have announced that they will release their new album, Condition Hüman, on October 2nd via Century Media. The album was recorded in part at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris. Now the progressive metal band has revealed its cover artwork as well as tracklist. What are your expectations for the group's new album?

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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King Diamond - To Perform Entire 'Abigail' Album On U.S. Tour

King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans - one not to be missed! As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act. The full list of confirmed dates is available below.

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Bad English | Comments (3)

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Cattle Decapitation - Entire New Album Streaming In Full

Have you already heard the new Cattle Decapitation album? If not, here is your chance. The San Diego brutal deathgrinders are currently streaming online their entire new offering, The Anthropocene Extinction. Don't miss the record and give it a spin at this location. Furthermore, the band has announced a new headlinin tour with King Parrot, Black Crown Initiate and Dark Sermon. The trek will commence on September 19th and run through October 7th with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (3)

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Stryper - Streaming New Song

Fallen, the new album from Stryper, will be released worldwide on October 16th via Frontiers. The album was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton. As of now, the record's title track can be streamed below. It's the second taste the band shares online with their fans after "Yahweh". Enjoy!

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Posted: 04.08.2015 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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The Vision Bleak - To Record Sixth Album

Schwadorf and Konstanz have revealed that they have started working on their upcoming album, which is to be recorded in winter and released next spring. As usual, the recordings will take place in Schwadorf's own Klangschmiede Studio E.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by Alex_Ython | Comments (1)

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Lychgate - New Album Streaming In Full

An Antidote For The Glass Pill, the brand-new and upcoming album by UK black metallers Lychgate, can now be streamed in its entirety at Decibel Magazine. An Antidote For The Glass Pill, the follow-up to 2013's debut Lychgate, is due August 18th through Blood Music.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by J. N. | Comments (4)

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Wacken Open Air 2016 - First Bands Announced

The Wacken festival this year has come to an end and, as usual, the organizers now start presenting the first bands for the next Wacken Open Air. The biggest names confirmed out of the 17 acts from several genres so far include Blind Guardian, Ministry, Borknagar, and Therion. More names will follow in the next weeks and months, with the metal feast happening from 4th-6th August 2016.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (5)

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For Today - Join Nuclear Blast

Last year, metalcore outfit For Today released the album Fight The Silence but they are already preparing their next one. The band has signed a brand new record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label will release the metal band's next album internationally. More details on the album and the band's fall plans will be revealed shortly.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Grime - New Label, New Album And Trailer

Newly founded Argento Records has confirmed the label's first title, with the impending release of Circle Of Molesters, the second LP from Trieste, Italy's corrosive sludge quartet, Grime. Following the release of their independent debut EP in 2011 and their dominating 2013-released debut LP, Deteriorate (Forcefield Records/Mordgrimm), the band enlisted the recording and mixing work of sound engineer Lorenzo Stecconi (Ufomammut, Amen Ra, Zu) and final mastering duties to Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails) at Audiosiege. To have an idea of what the album will sound like, check out the trailer below and also see the cover artwork.

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Posted: 03.08.2015 by Bad English | Comments (1)

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