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Leprous - Launch Lyric Video, Announce New Shows

As you probably know, Leprous recently released their new opus, The Congregation. The progressive band continues to promote their newest studio album with the release of a lyric video for the dark and emotional track "Slave". The clip was created by well-known Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. Enjoy the experience below and don't forget to see the band live on their upcoming shows.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

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Iced Earth - First Albums To Be Re-Released On Vinyl

If you like vinyl and Iced Earth, you might want to check this out. Century Media will release on vinyl the first four studio albums of Iced Earth in July. Iced Earth and Night Of The Stormrider will be released on July 10th, while Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga will be released on July 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

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Damnation Angels - New Bassist Revealed, Searching For Singer

The British band Damnation Angels faced some line-up changes lately, including the departure of bassist Rick Corbett and vocalist Per Fredrik "Pelle K" Åsly (a mutual decision). While their search for a new vocalist is still ongoing, the band has now announced Nic Southwood as their new bassist. Damnation Angels is holding auditions for their new vocalist.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by Bad English | Comments (5)

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Orkan - New Album Detailed, Hoest Announced As Guest

The second Orkan album is coming. With a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from the Norwegian black metallers. Titled Livlaus, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (Taake) and V'gandr (Helheim) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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Ketzer - Join Metal Blade, Releasing New Album

Metal Blade Records has announced the addition of Ketzer to its ranks! Ketzer (German for "heretic") is an extreme metal outfit hailing from Cologne, Germany. The black/thrash metallers long-anticipated new album will see the light of day towards the end of the year 2015 on Metal Blade Records to follow Endzeit Metropolis (2012). Get ready for more!

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Reviews
Deathhammer - Evil Power

It was bumping into tables, repeating anecdotes repeatedly, hitting on old women sloppiness that made Onward To The Pits so memorable.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by wormdrink414 | Comments (3)

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Archivist

Archivist is a six piece ethereal metal project, which follows the unwitting survivor of a massive ecological disaster. The last human alive, yet in relative safety aboard the only remaining ark jettisoned from a dying Earth, she begins to record her memories of the world left in turmoil by humanity's shortsightedness and greed.

Archivist has no delusions of aspiring to a genre sound; from a purely musical angle, they love the use of blast beats as a texture, to create an ethereal wash. As a band, none of them have a particular connection with black metal, but it is true that this sound reverb heavy guitars, blast beat drums, and screamed vocals is synonymous with that genre. Musicians have always taken aspects of many genres to create new ideas. What Archivist do may not be in any way different from a host of other bands creating music from similar influences. That being said, blast beats and reverb heavy guitars will always be associated with black metal (and, by association, with certain political leanings). Archivist do in no way consider themselves a black metal band, but these instrumental patterns will always have associations with black metal, and therefore it is unfortunate but important to point out the glaringly obvious: Archivist is anti-fascist, LGBTQ ally, pro-feminist, non-religious, and animal friendly.

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by J. N.

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Light Bearer

Light Bearer formed in 2010, an all encompassing art/music/narrative project, based around a story written by their vocalist Alex, who drew influence from the writings of Philip Pullman's "His dark materials" trilogy, John Milton's Paradise Lost, and the Book of Genesis, an allegorical tale in which to forward atheist/anti theist and radical left wing/ free thought ideologies.

The band play a mixture of melodic post hardcore, progressive metal, post rock and ambient atmospheric drone, The songs are structured specifically to follow the narrative and therefore peak and trough in equal measure, mixing screamed desperate vocals with sung passages.

The story is split into four main parts, Lapsus, Silver Tongue, Magisterium and finally Lattermost Sword. The narrative begins with the metaphorical casting out of the protagonist Lucifer, an angel so loyal and in love with god that he could not submit when asked to bow before humanity, personified as Adam. For this act he is banished from the metaphysical heaven into the cold stigeon wastes below reality. Here he questions the Allfather - an entity who claimed the universe as his own. In doing so he realises his master has lied, and vows to reach out from his desolate prison and become his namesake - to pass on the torch of free will to all life in the multiple universes.

The story continues in Silver Tongue, Magisterium and Lattermost Sword in which the torch is borne by the metaphorical Eve - the mitochondrial ancestor of humanity, her rejection of the will of the false god and the attempted rebellion against Heaven, her role and the role of the prophesied second Eve. The establishment of the church and the eventual culmination and war against the patriarchal god.

Alongside the four releases are planned EPs and split records, beginning with Beyond the Infinite, The Assembly of God - an elaboration of the introduction to the first album. A second narrative runs through records not included in the four main parts, these chronicle the uprising of those opposed to the false god, recorded in the "Celestium Apocrypha". Those privy to the truth, of the natural formation of the universe and the roles assumed by the characters in the story are charged with forwarding the original word of Lucifer, they are in turn, light bearers. This begins with the "Book of Watchers".

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Posted: 04.07.2015 by J. N.

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