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CHARIOTS OF THE GODS has announced the departure of its singer Renaud Jobin and drummer Richard O’Neil. The band already has slated backfills for its positions.

INSOMNIUM’s Shadows Of The Dying Sun is out through Century Media. It has reached position 18 on the German charts.

Relapse Records will release the second LP from NYC’s death/doom metal band SERPENTINE PATH called Emanations this month.

AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis was handed a six-year prison sentence without probation for his intention to have his estranged wife murdered. He has claimed the alienation of his children as a catalyst.

RAGE NUCLEAIRE has finished recording its next full length album. A follow-up to Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, the band has announced the album will be entitled Black Storm Of Violence and will be released on the Season Of Mist Underground Activists division on July 18th.

MORBID FLESH’s Embedded In The Ossuary MCD is out now through Germany’s Unholy Prophecies. The band features members of GRAVEYARD, INSULTERS, AGONISED, MORT, etc.

INCARNATED‘s new album Try Before Die is out now through Selfmadegod. It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Bloodline Studio, Białystok, Poland and engineered by Robert Pierscinski.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE‘s drummer Francesco Paoli is sitting behind the drums for the recording sessions of the new EMBRYO self-titled full-length album which is taking place in San Marino at Simone Mularoni’s Domination Studios (DGM). During the summer, the band will play at Masters Of Rock in Vizovice (Czech Republic) on July 11th and Total Metal Festival in Bitonto (Bari, Italy) on July 20th.

LOCUSTA is currently putting the finishing touches to its as-yet-untitled full-length, which is tentatively scheduled to appear later this year. LOCUSTA will be embarking on a USA tour through the East Coast beginning May 13th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

ENABLER’s second LP La Fin Absolue Du Monde was released through The Compound and Creator-Destructor Records on May 27th.

Montreal band HOLLOW’s demo Mordrake is being released on May 30th. It was produced at Uplift Studio in Montreal by Kevin Jardine (SLAVES ON DOPE).

VANHELGD’s third album Relics Of Sulphur Salvation will be released through 20 Buck Spin on May 27th. The production was handled by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio.

BLOODHUNTER’S self-titled album was released in May through Suspiria Records.

Season of Mist has signed SHINING. The band is Niklas Kvarforth (vocals, concept and guitars), Euge Valovirta and Peter Huss (guitars), Rainer Tuomikanto (drums) and Christian Larsson (bass). The Swedes’ forthcoming ninth full-length should arrive in stores in early 2015.

US band ALLEGAEON’s Elements Of The Infinite will be out on June 23rd through Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado.

ORIGIN will release a new album, Omnipresent, on July 4th through Agonia. The album was recorded with producer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Kansas.

LOCUSTA will release a new full-length later this year. The band is currently touring in the USA. The band is selling a four-track EP called Dendromorphosis on tour.

Unique Leader Records has announced its first annual label showcase. Set to take place on June 15th at The Black Castle in Los Angeles, bands include DISGORGE (USA), CONDEMNED, ARKAIK, UNMERCIFUL, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, THE KENNEDY VEIL, ALTERBEAST, EUPHORIC DEFILEMENT, OMNIHILITY and guests MOUTH OF THE SERPENT.

Selfmadegod Records has signed a deal with Norwegian grindcore act BRUTAL BLUES and is preparing to release its self-titled debut mini-album.

ASSASSIN has parted ways with singer Robert Gonella and replaced him with Ingo “Crowzak” Bajonczak of NEW DAMAGE, LORD OF GIANT and SUPERSOMA. The band is recording an album.

WARBRINGER has lost founding guitarist John Laux and drummer Carlos Cruz. Adam Carroll has returned to the fold, but whether the band will continue is to be decided.

Unique Leader Records is issuing the new full-length from San Francisco-based death metal band, FALLUJAH. The Flesh Prevails was mixed, engineered and mastered by Zach Ohren (ANIMOSITY, SUFFOCATION, etc.).

On May 27th THE LION’S DAUGHTER, along with Memphis crossover band NIGHTS LIKE THESE released a split through Cvlt Nation. The seven-inch features one new track from each band and marks the first new output from NIGHTS LIKE THESE in eight years. The group had disbanded in 2006. All proceeds will be donated to dog and cat rescue organizations established to save stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health and place them in loving adoptive homes. http://encapsulatedrecords.limitedrun.com/

CANNIBAL CORPSE singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER drummer Shannon Lucas have a band called TIMES OF GRACE which is recording in June.

VOODOO GODS is a death metal project by African drummer Alex Voodoo. The band is releasing its full-length, Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness, on July 28th. The CD features contributions from former and current members of CANNIBAL CORPSE, including George Corpsegrinder, SEVERE TORTURE and VIRGIN SNATCH. It was mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

New York hardcore band AGNOSTIC FRONT has recruited guitarist Craig Silverman of BLOOD FOR BLOOD and ONLY LIVING WITNESS.

BEHEMOTH was detained in Russia and prevented from playing a show for having the wrong kind of visa.

While its European tour has been cancelled DEATH ANGEL is still playing at this year’s Hellfest in France.

ANTHRAX will release Chile On Hell, a live DVD on September 16th. Chile On Hell was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10th, 2013.

Metal Blade Records has signed Dutch death metal band DICTATED. The band’s album, The Deceived, has already been independently recorded and will be released on August 15.

After taking time off last year HAMMERFALL’s new album, (r)Evolution, will be released on August 29th through Nuclear Blast.

Sixsixsix Music will soon issue a new album by THE WOLVES OF AVALON, which will feature guest appearances by Thurios of DRUDKH, Hildr Valkyrie from FOLKEARTH and Mirai from SIGH. The label has also issued a compilation by THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL called The Middle Ages.

AMON AMARTH will be touring North America this autumn. This time around, the band will bring fellow Swedes, SABATON, along for the ride. Additionally, SKELETONWITCH will once again be opening the show, with the exception of New York City where the first-ever North American performance by project VALLENFYRE (with members of AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, etc.) will take place as part of the Decibel Magazine tenth anniversary celebrations.

Swedish death metal band ENTRAILS will issue Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection, an eighteen-track compilation featuring the band’s Reborn and Human Decay demos next month.

Drummer Kyle Severn has left ACHERON.


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Russ Graham of KILLER DWARFS has been released from hospital and is recuperating after the band was involved in a crash on May 26th in Indiana after playing at the Rocklahoma Festival. The band’s June concert in Toronto is cancelled.

Megaforce Records will release GRINDER BLUES' self-titled debut album on August 19th. The trio features KING'S X Doug Pinnick with Jabo Bihlman on guitar and vocals and Scot "Little" Bihlman on drums.

SAMMY HAGAR will independently release Light Roast, which is an acoustic collection of several of his best-known songs.

Poland’s TURBO returned this spring with a new album entitled The Fifth Element. The band has recently changed its line-up. Dominik Jokiel, the band’s previous guitarist, decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Krzysztof ‘Tercjusz’ Kurczewski.

CORONER has recruited drummer Diego Rapacchietti (PAGANINI, 69 CHAMBERS, etc.) replacing Marquis Marky.

Lion Music is issuing LARS ERIC MATTSSON’s new album Hot and Able 1983-85 on June 20th. All music stems from the 1983 to 1985.

Season of Mist has issued ARKAN’s third full-length, Sofia.

POISON singer Bret Michaels was forced to leave the stage on Thursday, May 29th in the middle of a solo concert at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock and low blood sugar, along with other conditions like exhaustion. The singer has cancelled planned concerts.

The Eyes Of Medusa, the second album from Bay Area band KILL RITUAL, featuring former members of IMAGIKA and DARK ANGEL, will be released on limited-edition vinyl on June 27th through GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.

GLENN HUGHES has revealed to Billboard that he nearly died last year and underwent heart surgery in order to to replace his aortic valve after which he survived near-fatal complications.

MEGADETH has canceled its tour plans as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who died on May 19th in Minneapolis, Minnesota after contracting cancer.

Candlelight Records has signed crossover band ENGLISH DOGS. The band's new album, The Thing With Two Heads, will be released on July 8th.

THE MORE I SEE, featuring ENGLISH DOGS man Gizz Butt, has issued Disappearing Humans. It was mixed by producer Scott Atkins (CRADLE OF FILTH, AMON AMARTH, etc.) and mastered at Abbey Road studio by Steeve Rooke (BEATLES, STATUS QUO, etc.). The band is touring Europe.

On June 11th THE MORE I SEE’s lead guitar player Gizz Butt will be setting off on a 161 mile cycle ride, from London to the Download festival site, as part of the Heavy Metal Truants II charity event. Heavy Metal Truants – a Heavy Metal Charity Bicycle Ride – was conceived by IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and the inaugural event last year raised an impressive £94,000 for worthy causes. Joining Gizz on the ride will be the likes of Ben Ward of ORANGE GOBLIN, Dave Silver of SAVAGE MESSIAH and Jerry Ewing, the editor of Classic Rock Presents Prog.

Neurot will release YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend this autumn.

KISS played with American Idol finalist CALEB JOHNSON on the 13th season of the US network show. Former KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY has told the July 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine, among other things that, “But I still got the chops. I definitely blow [current KISS guitarist] Tommy Thayer off the stage."

Akihiro Yokoyama, the bass player for Japanese heavy metal band UNITED, died on Tuesday, May 13th at the age of 49.

ADRENALINE MOB was in an accident while travelling to Canada on the AVENGED SEVENFOLD/HELLYEAH tour. The band’s trailer flipped and equipment was destroyed.

AEROSMITH canceled its May concert at the Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) Stadium after Turkey declared a three-day mourning for the victims of a coal mine disaster in Soma.

Australia's hard rock band MATTERSPHERE has issued its self-titled demo. The group has a single called Hearing You.

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has told an interviewer that he has an umbilical hernia with the belly button pushing forward due to weak surrounding muscle. He will undergo surgery to repair the area. The Redeemer Of Souls album is due out on July 15th through Epic. Also last month, JUDAS PRIEST's co-founding member and guitarist Ernie Chataway died at the age of 62. He was reportedly struck with lung cancer.

AVENGER has signed a deal with Rocksector Records for the release of its next reformation album, The Slaughter Never Stops. It is expected on September 1st. It was recorded at Blast Studio and Leather Bear Studio in the U.K. and was engineered by Dean Thompson.

THE DUSKFALL has signed a deal with Apostasy Records. The band's next album, which is being recorded at Tico Tico Studio in Finland, will be released later in the year.

Doug Aldrich, WHITESNAKE's guitarist for the last ten years, is leaving the band "to pursue a solo career," according to singer and founder, David Coverdale.

Former ALASKA and WHITENSAKE guitarist BERNIE MARSDEN will release a new solo album, called Shine, on August 18th through Provogue.

South Australia's funeral doom metal quintet, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, will issue Concrescence Of The Sophia this summer. 20 Buck Spin will issue the album.

SEPTICFLESH’s forthcoming full-length Titan will be out on June 20th through Season Of Mist.

TANK will conduct four concerts in Brazil this month. Guest musicians will be joining TANK members Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on the tour.

ARTHEMIS will play at the Wacken Open Air festival this year.

Candlelight Records has announced June 10th as the North American release date for ORANGE GOBLIN's Healing Through Fire re-release. It was produced by Mark Daghorn. The reissue includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band's studio performance at BBC's Maida Vale studio in London for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007.

A reformed DIMENSION ZERO — featuring former MARDUK singer Joakim "Jocke" Göthberg, former SOILWORK guitarist Daniel Antonsson, former IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad playing bass and DIABOLIQUE drummer Hans Nilsson — has been booked for the 2015 Gothenburg Sound Festival, which will happen on January 2-3 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden.

HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS, featuring Tim Bogert (VANILLA FUDGE and CACTUS), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, WHITESNAKE and MICHAEL SCHENKER), Vinnie Appice (DIO and BLACK SABBATH), has signed a record deal with Mausoleum Records. The band’s album, Big Trouble, was released on the 23rd of May through Mausoleum Records. HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS is the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist and composer, Stéphane “Steph” Honde, a French expatriate, who has been living in California since 2012.

The much-heralded last ever show: BLACK SABBATH will end its 2014 tour for the 13 album at the July 4 concert at London's Hyde Park. According to guitarist Tony Iommi, it might be the last time BLACK SABBATH ever appears live.

SAINT VITUS celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary with several US concerts last month. More US shows are planned.

METAL CHURCH Singer RONNY MUNROE will issue a new solo record called Electric Wake this year through Rat Pak Records. George Lynch is a guest on it.

GREENLEAF’s Trails And Passes is set for release through Small Stone Recordings this month. It was recorded by former GREENLEAF/DEMON CLEANER/DOZER drummer Karl Daniel Lidén at Studio Gröndahl and mixed and mastered by Lidén at Tri-Lamb Studio.

Former BRAND NEW SIN singer Joe Altier has a solo project called JUST JOE. He has now issued a piano cover version of METALLICA's Blackened!

GUNS N' ROSES will release Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas on July 1st through Universal Music. The show was filmed on November 21st, 2012 during the Appetite For Democracy tour to commemorate of twenty-five years of Appetite For Destruction.


Metallian Demos

DEATH TOLL RISING – INFECTION LEGACY
Did not expect much from this band and they took me by surprise. This disc was released at the end of 2013 by this five-piece from Edmonton and it is the real thing. Edmonton is known more for 18th century-style rightist politics and not for metal and boys and girls this.is.metal. The group seems to be making hey of its featuring drummer Bryan Newbury who now sits on the stool with Into Eternity and that is fine. However, more important is how this “death and thrash metal” band conveys an unyielding sound, speed, heavy fury and two styles vocals impeccably. The growls are heavy, the Carcass-screams are convincing, the leads (Scorched Earth Policy, Malice Incarnate, etc.) are real, the rhythm section is brutal and the drums keep bashing ahead whenever the rest of the songs decide to vary the tempo or become more complex. Speaking of which, the group likes to add complicated patterns so we are kept on our toes. Malice Incarnate is like those old Anacrusis discs. The dual vocals and breaks are about dominance. Carcass would be proud of this bunch. The dubbed movie – I suppose – intro and outro are clichés, but the rest of this contains zero filler.
Hopefully this music will spread throughout the band’s area like the Infection Legacy of the bacteria on the cover. The group is at http://www.deathtollrising.net/ or e-mail them through ashermedia@gmail.com - Anna Tergel

RUSTY PROJECT – PROJECT IV
This project like the word ‘project’ it seems. So how is the project going? Projecting the band’s biography unto the review there is a hint of grunge in the proceedings, but it lies entirely in the vocals f Lucas Lemke who projects a grittiness and melancholy in his vocals. Layering and backing vocals, which project oodles of emotions, augment the singing. The music is a cross between prog-lite and alternative rock and of little value to the projectors of might of hard rock or heavy metal. Otherwise, for regular readers of Metallian and fans of heavy metal this is as much a sure bet as a Hail Mary projectile in the dying seconds of a football game. The guitar projects well and the bass sound is clear too. One imagines those who like music by projects like King’s X would appreciate the Brazilians’ work. Worst-Case Scenario has a couple of heavy moments. Favorite (sic) Enemy is textured and varied, while Lost In The Fray again is slower and commercial. Kudos to the producer and studio for the sound, which managed the project. The band may be contacted through contact@rustyproject.com. - Ali “The Metallian”

PSYCHOTIC GARDENING - HYMNOSIS
Winnipeg, Canada quintet's third release is nine songs and 41 minutes long. Origin Of The Infection is heavy with start/stop riffing that makes it sound a bit more 'modern' or industrial than it is. Defile is more clearcut. It features growling vocals and basically a single heavy, catchy riff that is part doom. Re-Hybridized Strain starts off clearly on the epic doom side of metal. Mindfold leaves the doom behind and picks up the pace venturing into the death metal a la Grave. Genome Degradation takes a stab at funeral doom. Searing Cital is somewhat out of place musically with it being closer to simple mid-paced hard rock or heavy metal. Garden Raiding deepens the mystery of the band's name and can be termed uneventful doom. Open Casket is an extended cover of the Death song and features Into Eternity's Tim Roth and Broken Hope's Chuck Wepfer. Hymnosis closes with Journey To The Sun. It is melodic and equally gothic and doom. It would easily fit in an early Tristania album.
Psychotic Gardening's one claim to fame is that vocal and guitar man Chuck Labossiere filled in with Broken Hope for its tour dates in Europe and Canada in 2012. Reach the band at www.psychoticgardening.com. – Anna Tergel

STEALTH - SHORES OF HOPE
Shores Of Hope is this Italian quintet's debut demo. Ten songs and 43 minutes long it feels like a Guns N Roses and Motley Crue mashup of sorts. It is not a big stretch to say the opener Guns! Guns! Guns! would be a sort of new Girls, Girls, Girls. Enrico Ghirelli's voice comes through as an Axl Rose with a bit of Dave Mustaine thrown in. Odd combination perhaps but something in songs like The Border does hint at Mustaine. Ozone Fades has slower sections that depart from typical hard rock. Godspeed is ballad-ish. Nuclear Warfare starts ominously with a heavier riff and tries to keep it up. Pharaoh, unsurprisingly, has an eastern feel in its opening seconds and remains catchy. Black Century is reminiscent of System Of A Down's Chop Suey! in its opening and a power ballad otherwise. Uhlans, 1915 is Iron Maiden's Alexander The Great inspired and once again, not much more than a ballad otherwise. Rock Beast returns to more standard hard rock, aiming for Dokken heights perhaps. My Heaven is the closer and is an even more standard ballad. Find the band at www.stealthband.it. – Anna Tergel