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Cave In - Announce First Show In Three Years

Americans Cave In have been invited to play with stoners Doomriders this Sunday, on December 7th at Doomriders' tenth anniversary show at Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This will be their first show in three years. The band's last album was 2011's White Silence and they have been on hiatus.

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Posted: 02.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

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Wayfarer - Children Of The Iron Age

Children Of The Iron Age brings chill like a winter dusk. Some songs will have you shivering violently while the howling winds burn your face; others bring you inside, sit you in front of the fire, and let you observe the snow beautifully falling on the frozen trees.

Wayfarer's debut features a mesmerizing, unyielding arc of music. Their brand of atmospheric US black metal is characterized by elements of soothing acoustic music, a slight post metal influence, bits of death metal, and a hint of neofolk (or maybe the coldness of the music just brings to mind the outdoors). The songwriting feels a bit scattered at times, but this often works in the album's favor, never causing the music to break down. It comes at us from multiple angles, encircling us before we even realize it.

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Posted: 02.12.2014 by Susan | Comments (11)

Bands
Soul Stealer

The band was established by guitarist Enrik Slavinskis and vocalist Jeronimas Milius in August 2003. From the beginning of their foundation, Soul Stealer (formerly Soul Brothers) participated in live contests and performed in some of Lithuania's biggest festivals such as Naujas Kraujas 2005, Durys 2005, Roko Naktys 2005, Helloween 2005, Roko Naktys 2006, Burning Steel Festival 2006, Krikðto Skonis 2006, Kilkim Zaibu VII, and Roko Naktys 2009.

In 2005 the band took part in Brodvëjus Star 2005, placing second overall in the competition.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Herald

Active since 2000, Herald have brought the heavy metal spirit back to Estonian metal scene. Their catching live shows, adroit use of instruments and thought-provoking lyrics have equally successfully incited the interest and respect of teenage rockers as well as 30-something metal veterans. Band members, several of whom have got both local and foreign audiences headbanging with their other bands, are bound by love towards uncompromising thrashy heavy metal and their will to share it with the rest of the world. Heavy Metal Wakes the Beast!

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

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Ceremonial Perfection

Ceremonial Perfection - five-piece melodic death metal act from Tallinn, Estonia. Band was founded in 2007. First concert was 28.12.2007. During it's first two-years, the group performed in many Estonian cities, as well as Stay Metal Fest in Moscow. In September 2009 we had our first Russian Tour 2009. Debut album was realised 2011 under Nailboard Records in Estonia and Fono Ltd. Russia. February 2012 a new music video is realised and several plans regarding gigs have made for this season! So be ready for some action!

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

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Myrkur - Streaming New Demo, Confirm First Live Performance

After this year's eponymous debut release, Myrkur now gives us a glimpse of what's to come with her new demo, "Skaði". The song is a part of the impending full-length debut which is due out next year on Relapse Records. This one-woman black metal project has also just confirmed its first ever live performance at the Roskilde Festival 2015 in home turf, Denmark. Check out the demo below and share your thoughts about it.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (8)

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Napalm Death - Reveal New Album Cover And Tracklist

After premiering a new song recently, grinders Napalm Death unveil the cover artwork and the tracklist for their upcoming 15th studio album Apex Predator - Easy Meat. The record will be released on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th in North America via Century Media Records. The album's artwork was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe, who has previously worked on Napalm Death's latest album Utilitarian as well as with bands such as At The Gates, The Haunted or Burst. The cover is simple but meaningful.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (7)

Bands
Häive

2002 The idea of Häive starts to take form. The first notes for a primitive pagan metal tune is composed solely with a piano. This tune is to become the song "Yössä vainajien".

2003 "Yössä vainajien" demo is recorded spontaneously in early summer using only a double-deck recorder. The demo gets self-released in autumn without a proper distribution and with a pressing of only 30 copies.

2004 The first demo still gets the attention of a german UG-label N:C:U, which offers to release the second demo on tape. "Vaiti" is composed and recorded again very spontaneously in late summers' rains. The material differs from the previous demo quite noticetably, bringing acoustic guitar to a leading role. The release gets delayed 'till next year because of the label.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Faanefjell

Brainchild (2009) of Norwegian folk and metal guitarist Kim "Grimtroll" Arly Karlsen and Danish black metal vocalist Benjamin "Syrtroll" Isar Jørgensen, Faanefjell is the musical embodiment of an era where the two countries were one kingdom. The lyrical universe of the band is set in late 19th century, where the human civilization had developed electrical lightning and dynamite to once and for all conquer the Scandinavian forests and mountains and drive the Trolls further into oblivion.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Gernotshagen

The band Gernotshagen has now been integrated into the Pagan scene for 10 years and by now plays shows all over Europe. The band was founded in 1999 by B. Techet (guit), D. Möller (voc), S.Beck (bass) and M. Pomplun (leadguit) in consequence of two other band's break -up. In 2000 S. Jung (keys) and T.Völker (drums) completed the quartet. This formation has not changed til now and according to the band should not change at all.

Gernotshagen cannot be assigned to typical Pagan Metal. According to their own statement it is a musically-experimental mix of different Metal genres with classic and folk influences combined with a lot of melody. An atmospheric composition though the vocals, which complete the overall picture with overwhelming clean passages and aggressive growls. It is simply impossible to compare Gernotshagen with other bands since they create their own, totally unique musical style.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

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Hypno5e - Recording New Album, New Live Video

French experimental/progressive metallers Hypno5e have recently started recording their upcoming album in a studio in Florida. At the same time, they have made available a new video of a live material recorded in October for the song "Brume Unique Obscurité, Part II" off their most recent album Acid Mist Tomorrow. Some of the band members are known for their great love for filmmaking, so you can expect high quality and intricate visuals.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by qlacs | Comments (6)

Bands
Exsecratus

Exsecratus was found by O. Mattila in the early spring 2004. Soon N. Hartikainen joined the band. After a few quick member changes, the first whole line-up was completed. During the following autumn E. Vihma and A. Päivinen were found to complete the new style of Exe.

Soon after New Year '05 M. Niemelä took his place behind the drums and the name eXsecratus was decided to be the new name of the band.

In spring '05 Mr. Niemelä left the band due to musical and personal differences. Soon to leave was also E. Hartikainen because of his military service.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

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Xandria - Cancel Last Shows Of European Tour

Xandria have released a statement saying that they are forced to cancel the show at Rockfabrik Nürnberg, as well as today's show in Frankfurt and the show after that in Augsburg, the last three shows of their Sacrifium European Tour. The reason for the cancellation is because singer Dianne Van Giersbergen has fallen sick and lost her voice. The band won't be able to perform on their last three German shows.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Delain - Bassist Injured During Show, Update

Unfortunately, Delain's bassist Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck injured himself during the band's recent show in Birmingham. He was in the hospital and wasn't able to perform with the band on the last two shows of their UK tour. After many well-wishes from the fans, Otto has now updated on his injury and explained what happened. It turns out he had a very painful experience after being hit by a streamer during the show.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (12)

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Teramaze - To Begin Recording New Album

After releasing their new album Esoteric Symbolism back in April, Australian metallers Teramaze waste no time and are already working on their next record. In fact, they will start recording the new Teramaze album on December 8th, 2014. Dean Wells will be producing and engineering the record.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (2)

Reviews
Gory Blister - The Fifth Fury

My brain seems to refuse to write a review without using a ridiculous reference. Apologies in advance, because this will be no exception: it sincerely helped me put order in the conflicting impressions I have of Gory Blister's Fifth Fury.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Ilham | Comments (7)

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