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X Japan - Guitarist Taken Ill, New Album Postponed

Japanese power metallers X Japan have been forced to put all current plans on hold after long-time guitarist Pata was hospitalised in Tokyo. According to management, he received treatment for colon diverticulitis and portal vein thrombosis. Consequently, X Japan's March 12th show at London's SSE Arena Wembley has been rescheduled for March 4th next year. Furthermore, the release of the band's as-yet untitled sixth album, originally slated for March 11th, will also be pushed back.

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Posted: 04.02.2016 by Ruchesko | Comments (0)

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Black Witchery - Guitarist Steve Childers Dies At 49

Black/death metal blasphemers Black Witchery have lost one of their former guitarists, Tregenda, aka Steve Childers. According to reports, he died in a car accident. Childers performed with Black Witchery from 1997 to 2013. He also played in Public Assassin. He was 49. Our condolences.

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Posted: 04.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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Tygers Of Pan Tang - To Release New Album

Tygers Of Pan Tang are in the studio working on a new album having signed a deal with Mighty Music/Target Group. The self-titled album will be released in August, with a European tour to follow. It's being recorded at Newcastle's Blast Studio. The band's latest album Ambush came out in 2012.

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Posted: 04.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Reviews
Dream Theater - The Astonishing

One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is an demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and dramatic influences.

The whole thing essentially feels like a symphonic rock-oriented movie sound track. The story is anchored around both science-fiction and fantasy themes, a futuristic and dystopian world with chivalry values if you wish. The band has incorporated various elements to make that obvious, from alien robots buzzing, those could be straight from Devin Townsend's Ziltoid universe, to a full-blown choir, crowd applause and a whole bunch of equally surprising tidbits. I believe that the intention was to create a rock opera in the spirit of Jesus Christ Superstar meets Pink Floyd's The Wall, which jives with the album being presented as act I & act II.

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Posted: 04.02.2016 by Demonic Tutor | Comments (20)

Bands
Figure Four

Figure Four can plainly be described in one word: brutal. Seasoned warriors of the hardcore arena, they emerge with violent intensity and a sound that is downright imposing.

Figure Four has wasted no time in their four-year existence. Two full length releases and near constant touring is quickly paying off. With the launch of their third assault, "Suffering the Loss", the band is primed and focused as become one of the big names in this cut throat genre where only the very best see daylight, let alone survive. For Figure Four, the incessant battle has already taken them further than they'd ever imagined, and the scars are merely a trophy. International tours from Brazil to Seattle and everywhere in between, sharing the stage with the likes of Hatebreed, Sick Of It All and others, Figure Four's fierce work ethic has won them a name and spawned a rampant following.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by J. N.

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Comeback Kid

Since dropping their debut full-length, 2003's "Turn It Around", Comeback Kid has been an undeniable staple of the hardcore community. Each subsequent release has built upon the foundation of its predecessor while continually experimenting with and incorporating new musical elements from beyond the confines of modern hardcore. Five seconds into the band's latest release, "Symptoms + Cures", though, it's made clear that this time around, Comeback Kid has pushed their output to a new plateau.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by J. N.

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Black Flag

Black Flag is an American band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, CA by guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member Greg Ginn. Their discography includes seven studio albums and two live albums. The band has released all of their material on Ginn's independent label, SST Records beginning with 1981's Damaged. New vocalist, Mike Vallely, who previously sang with the band as a guest vocalist in 2003, and most recently collaborated with Ginn in Good For You (a band they formed together) is the band's fifth vocalist.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by J. N.

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Sulphur - New Song Online

Norwegian black/death metallers Sulphur will release their new album, Omens Of Doom, on March 11th via Dark Essence Records. Until now, the band hadn't revealed any music from it but now the wait is over. The song "Gathering Storms" from Omens Of Doom can now be streamed over here. It's the first song you get to hear from the band in seven years.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Paz | Comments (1)

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Northless

Formed in 2007 by Erik Stenglein, Northless is a reaction to the erosion of the future. Drawing from influences such as Neurosis, Eyehategod, Drudkh and Khanate, Northless has placed a boot firmly in the realm of sludge and doom.

In Fall 2008 with drummer Dan Opgenorth, Northless recorded 11 songs at Milwaukee's Howl Street Studios with engineer Shane Hochstetler. Out of this session came the song "Temples Of The Weak", which was later included on a split 7" with Milwaukee hardcore band Protestant, released by Inkblot Records out of NYC. Six of the remaining songs from that session were used on the 2010 release Leaving The Wolves, released by Halo of Flies records. The first full length album, titled No Quarter for The Damaged, was released in May 2009, also by Halo of Flies records.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by J. N.

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Rotting Christ - Streaming Whole New Album

The ever-prolific Greeks in Rotting Christ have decided to stream their upcoming album, Rituals, in full before its official release. The album from the melodic black metallers was recently uploaded on Season of Mist's YouTube channel. Listen to the ten tracks on this playlist or below in its entirety.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Netzach | Comments (13)

Reviews
Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote

How does one break boundaries in music, exactly, or in any art form for that matter? Sometimes it seems so complicated that the answer eludes our grasps entirely, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to one simple rule: be unafraid.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (13)

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Fleshgod Apocalypse - Unveil New Music Video

This Friday, Italian symphonic death metal masters Fleshgod Apocalypse are set to release their new album King via Nuclear Blast so why not share another new song in the meantime? In celebration of the release, the band has premiered an official video for the new track, "Cold As Perfection". Watch the video's enchantingly tragic story unfold below. There's some nudity and blood spilling. You have been warned.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (8)

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Deep Purple - Companies Fall Into Administration

According to Music Business Worldwide, the two companies set up to manage copyrights for Deep Purple and other associated acts have fallen into administration a process designed so that it protects companies from their creditors while a restructuring plan is completed.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (1)

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Dawnless - Release New Album

Swiss metallers Dawnless have announced Beyond The Shade, the band's third album to date. It was made available for public purchase via iTunes back in January 31st, and you may get the album right here. Beyond The Shade was originally planned to be released three years ago but was postponed. If you recall, Dawnless have released the first single off Beyond The Shade last year, and it was titled Life Maze.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Kais | Comments (1)

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Samhain (US-NH) - New Album In The Works

American one man black metal project Samhain (US-NH) from New Hampshire, led by main man Steven "Wisely" Dunn, is currently working on the band's second album. Samhain (US-NH) have released one album so far last year, entitled Spirit Realm. Check it out if you still haven't.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (1)

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With The Dead - Announce UK Shows

Doomsters With The Dead have announced a couple of UK shows. Lee Dorrian is reunited with longstanding former Cathedral member Leo Smee, who joins them on bass. According to their Facebook page, With The Dead also features former Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas now.

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Posted: 03.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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