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More pride, arrogance and hubris: Art Gates Records is “proud” to announce the signing of Spanish thrash metal band INJECTOR. An album is expected next year.

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) has left LOCK UP and been replaced by Kevin Sharp of BRUTAL TRUTH. Lindberg is busy with the reformed AT THE GATES.

Polish death metal band DEIVOS is putting the final touches to its fourth full-length album, which will see release in early 2015 through Selfmadegod Records.

XIBALBA’s third album, Tierra Y Libertad, will be issued on January 26th through Southern Lord.

20 Buck Spin will issue Cessation, the upcoming debut full-length from DEAD IN THE MANGER, in February.

IMPERIUM DEKADENZ has booked a string of concerts in Germany and Switzerland for December. The band will be joined by fellow Germans GERNOTSHAGEN, BIFRÖST and FIRTAN.

Willowtip Records will issue BARING TEETH’s Ghost Chorus Among Old this month. The band is also playing several shows in Texas and Louisiana.

Belgian black death metal veterans INSANITY REIGNS SUPREME will release a new studio album, called Unorthodox, onJanuary 16th through Shiver Records.

Cannabis Corpse, INANIMATE EXISTENCE and Mammoth Grinder are touring the USA from November 28th to December 20th.

MORBID ANGEL is kicking off its special European tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Covenant by performing the complete album live.

Norwegian black metal band POSTHUM is issuing its third full-length, The Black Northern Ritual. It was recorded by Morten Opsahl Thomassen who worked on the band’s 2012 Lights Out album. It was mixed by George Tanderø and mastered by Peter In De Betou. The label is Indie Recordings.

Drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick have quit MEGADETH in rapid succession due to the usual differences. Former MEGADETH members guitarist Chris Poland, bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Nick Menza have a new project. The band is projecting the release of an EP in early 2015.

The sixth issue of Romania-based fanzine Slowly We Rot will be released soon. It features interviews with EXCITER, CENTINEX, AMON, MISERABLE FAILURE and many more. For more information head over to

The sophomore full-length release from Portland, Oregon’s USNEA, Random Cosmic Violence, is out now through Relapse Records. On the day of their new album’s North American release, On November 10th, USNEA performed in its hometown at the official record release show for label-mates, ATRIARCH.

ARCH ENEMY has asked guitarist Nick Cordle to leave and replaced him with former NEVERMORE member Jeff Loomis who made his live debut with the act on the current European tour. Naturally, the band’s perennial second guitarist Christopher Amott was finishing the USA tour with his older brother.

Long Island quartet, CAR BOMB, has been announced as support for MESHUGGAH on the latter band’s upcoming 25 Years Of Musical Deviance Tour in Europe this December.

Total Metal Records has issued DESERT NEAR THE END’s Hunt For The Sun album. It is the follow-up to A Crimson Dawn. Lyrically, it is a concept album about a symbolical hunt for the true Sun and everything that this journey means to every man.

ALASTOR has recruited guitarist Piotr Szoszkiewicz and bassist Mariusz “Metys” Matusiak, formerly of AHAJA.

If the whole rock star thing does not work out: Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish band BEHEMOTH has opened a barber shop and beauty salon for men in Warsaw. It is called Barberian Academy & Barber Shop. Despite that CANNIBAL CORPSE and BEHEMOTH will join forces beginning January 28th in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at the House Of Blues for a month-long winter tour.

THE AGONIST will release a new album, Eye Of Providence, on February 24th through Century Media. This will be the band’s first CD with vocalist Vicky Psarakis.

NAPALM DEATH guitarist Mitch Harris will not join the band in upcoming shows, including the tour with VOID VOD in January, due to illness in his family.

Canada’s FIRST FRAGMENT has signed with Unique Leader Records for the release of its as-yet-untitled debut full-length, which is set for 2015.

Soulseller Records is issuing OPHTHALAMIA’s third and final studio album on vinyl on 2 x 180 grams black vinyl with gatefold outer sleeve and double sided printed inner sleeves. The label is also issuing an ABIGOR six-LP box next year.

Canadian black death band IDOL OF FEAR has released a demo, All Sights Affixed, Ablaze. The band’s monicker stems from Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 movie Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) “we must make an idol of our fear and that idol we shall call God.”

Metal Mind productions is reissuing a number of Nuclear Blast albums next month. These are BENEDICTION’s Transcend The Rubicon/The Dreams You Dread, Subconscious Terror/The Grand Leveller.

CLAWFINGER’s Life Will Kill You and ALL SHALL PERISH’s The Price Of Existence and Hate, Malice, Revenge.

Norway’s CLEAVER will release an EP, The Sickest Tales, through Necrostable Records on the 6th of December. It is the follow-up to When There`s No More Room In Hell… on Dead Center Productions. The band is also recording a sophomore release.

British occult band CRADLE OF FILTH has signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. A new album is due in 2015.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian shall make a cameo appearance in the fifth season of AMC’s zombie series The Walking Dead.

Guitarist Ola Englund (THE HAUNTED) and drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (ex-DECAPITATED) have a new project called ELDVÅG. The band is searching for a singer.

ALL THAT REMAINS will release a new album, called The Order Of Things, on February 24th through Razor & Tie. The album’s producer Josh Wilbur has co-written some of the lyrics.

Black metal band VENOM has been booked for 70000TONS OF METAL on its voyage from Florida to Jamaica in January, 2015. VENOM will play two sets on board, one will focus on its famous songs and one will be a premier of its forthcoming new album which will be released later in 2015.

Inspired by KEEL? With its 30th anniversary looming, AGGRESSION guitarist Denis ‘Sasquatch’ Barthe has recruited session players to reform the ‘80s thrashers for the 2015 edition of Defenders Of The Old Festival in Brooklyn, NY, USA on March 13th and 14th, which also includes EXCITER, NATUR, RIOT V, THE RODS and more. AGGRESSION’S line-up will feature vocalist Brian Langley from Toronto thrash metal band INFERNAL MAJESTY, bassist Darin Wall and guitarist Dave Watson from Vancouver thrash band ENTROPIA plus drum person Ryan Murray Idris from EXPAIN. This will be the band’s first show since 2005 when they reunited at the Montreal Metal Massacre fest and released the 1986 album Forgotten Skeleton.

Reformed English thrash metal band ONSLAUGHT claims it fired former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin from its Thrash Invasion Tour 2014. The band claims Turbin never fully learned the lyrics. Turbin was hired to sing as a fill-in for the band’s singer Sy Keeler who is focusing on his son’s health issues. Turbin, to the contrary, claims both lack of preparation time and not being paid for the last several shows as reason for his voluntary departure. Guitarist Nige Rockett complemented the vocals.

Swedish black metal band MARDUK will release a new album, called Frontschwein, on January 19th through Century Media Records.

MELECHESH will release a new album, called Enki, on February 10th through Nuclear Blast. It is the follow-up to 2010’s The Epigenesis.

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Bologna’s SAINTS TRADE has signed a deal with logic(il)logic Records for their debut CD Robbed In Paradise whose release is scheduled for early 2015.

Following recent guitar and bass player changes drummer Kelly Smith has left FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to spend time caring for his family.

UFO will release a new album, called A Conspiracy Of Stars, on February 23rd through Steamhammer/SPV.

SCORPIONS' drummer James Kottak has rejoined the band some eight months after he spent a month in a Dubai prison for insulting Islam.

Metal Mind Productions has vinyl releases of three albums by the ‘90s heavy metal band KILLERS, led by IRON MAIDEN’s ex-vocalist Paul Di’Anno. The LPs will be available in the colours of the British flag: blue (Murder One), white (Menace To Society) and red (South American Assault).

SAXON will enter the studio in January to record the follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice. It is due for release in late summer.

U.D.O. will release a new album, called Decadent, on January 26th through AFM. Much of the recording was conducted at Udo's home in the Spanish island of Ibiza.

SAINT VITUS singer Wino was arrested by Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances on Sunday, November 9th. The band was initially hopeful that he would be released and the tour would continue, but with the singer deported back to the USA the tour was completed with friends and other members performing. The man has reportedly been admitted to therapy.

KISS performed at the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 and aired on the American NBC channel.

DOKKEN has asked bassist SEAN MCNABB to leave and replaced him with MARK BOALS. The new man is known as a singer for bands like YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. Apparently, Don Dokken was unhappy with McNabb solo projects.

EINHERJER will release Av Oss, For Oss in North America through Indie Recordings in January. The album was written and produced by the band and mixed by Matt Hyde (HATEBREED, SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MONSTER MAGNET et al).

Norwegian heavy metal band TNT has released its 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra release in the USA through Indie Recordings. A Canadian release was not announced.

Karyn Crisis' GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES, which also features EPHEL DUATH’s Davide Tiso, will release an album next year through Century Media Records. The band actually financed the album through Kickstarter and Etsy.

Veteran Brazilian group HAZY HAMLET has released its first official music video for the song Symphony Of Steel. The release date was chosen to celebrate a double anniversary: the fifteenth anniversary of the group's career, celebrated in mid-October, and the one-year anniversary of the Full Throttle album, which was issued by Arthorium Records in November of 2013.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who has been absent from the band’s video and photo shoots for Rock Or Bust, was charged in November by New Zealand police with attempting to procure a murder in late September. Rudd also faced charges of possessing methamphetamine and cannabis. The murder charges were subsequently dropped.

PARADISE LOST will enter Orgone Studios in London, England with Jaimie Gomez Arellano to record a new album for a spring of 2015 release through Century Media. The band believes it will present a heavy album.

BLIND GUARDIAN has picked Beyond The Red Mirror as the title for its next album, which is out on January 30th through Nuclear Blast.

LARS ERIC MATTSSON is commemorating the 25 years since his first two albums were released in Japan with three digital-only reissues: Earthbound (remixed + bonus track), Eternity (remixed + bonus track) and No Surrender (remixed + bonus track). No Surrender features completely rerecorded vocals while all three albums include bonus tracks.

ANDY MARTONGELLI’s first solo album Spiral Motion is out. It contains ten tracks of instrumental heavy metal. Andy has also released a video for Father, one the songs from his new solo album.

Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's 1991 Blind full-length and founding drummer Reed Mullin performed the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert was a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of long-running heavy metal magazine, Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

DYSNOMIA’s self-titled album has been issued by Suspiria Records. The band has just signed with the label.

British band ALL SEEING EYES has issued its debut release Trinity Road. It features a guest appearance by Ben Jackson of CRIMSON GLORY.

CAN OF SOUL has released its debut album Hearreality through Atomic Stuff Records. It is a concept album. CAN OF SOUL is the new solo project by Tomas “Tomrocker” Toffolo (STYGMA, WHY OUT).

Mick Zane, lead guitarist and founding member of MALICE, underwent brain surgery for a brain tumor.

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By and large, California’s Repaid In Blood is an impressive band whose mix of speedy, death and sludgy metal hits all the right chords. The quintet, however, does incorporate contradictions, which by definition are not necessarily helpful.
The very green cover – no, thankfully it is not a cyber manure band – depicts an attractive babe with the preferred long hair, large breasts, slim combination that men so crave. Excited? Do not be. Look at the back cover and she has a baby. On the musical front the aforementioned elements are seriously powerful and played professionally. Unseriously, the band has a range of movie dubs, sense of humour, acoustic interludes serenading homosexual men and fudge lovers. Indeed, the last ten minutes of this 34-minute CD are taken up by Secret track where the band strums giddily in its acoustic ode to homosexuality, MILFs and Mexican food. It probably makes sense; after all the preceding song was called Count Choculittis. It is too bad, but of course, the band has to be true to itself. Still, overall this band and demo are delivering crushing metal with impressive vocals, huge riffs and gifted lead guitars. The rest of the nonsense may be blamed on the effects of the impure world we live in. Think ‘taco’ served at Taco Bell. The band has several corporate websites, but can be found at could be contacted at - Ali “The Metallian”

Toronto, Canada's Blind Race started out as a trio but has evolved into a quintet. Come And Get It is the band's third EP. The five songs start with Hypocrite and the thick guitar sound sounds promising, the vocals of Tommy Geraldes make the Godsmack comparison mentioned in the band's 'recommended if you like' seem correct for once. The title track continues in the same way. The band try to remain heavy but grungy influences are always present. Geraldes tries to be Phil Anselmo when he can and the music helps his cause. Hopeless starts a la Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. The band seems to be intentionally controlling Come And Get It's intensity. The song does however feature a brief showcase of Costas Kentros' lead guitar skills. Truth Or Dare marks the first real appearance by Joannie Cotten on keyboards and is Blind Race doing Dream Theater, the song does revert back to the grunge and groove in sections while adding a catchy touch or two. The EP closes with a short acoustic piece called Gone, it would be very much at home in ‘90s Seattle. Carefully run to to check out these Canadians. – Anna Tergel

Perhaps these guys should tour with Manowar? Dethrone The Crown is this Toronto band's first full-length following 2011's One Night Only EP. The first impression after the opener starts is that Everett Mason's vocals do not go very well with the driving riffs. Mason is a bit too high-pitched for what the rest of the band offers, at least early on in the song. On the whole Not Like Me is a basic hard rock song. Death Awaits, much like the opener, does speed up and this time it ends up being reminiscent of Anthrax and other late ‘80s thrash. Cut To The Chase is Ratt/Motley Crue/Dokken type hard rock, the contrast to the song before it is too stark. Killing Time is progressive and NWOBHM with German metal elements. Fighting Dirty features a long instrumental section and tries its hand at mixing heavy metal and progressive rock. Got No Regrets spends more time in hard rock territory. Harmonica Playing Man is over six minutes long and spends a good chunk of it being the ballad or listener friendly song of Dethrone The Crown. And I is hard rock with commercial appeal. The title track closes in a heavier fashion. At over 49 minutes for nine songs Dethrone The Crown uses plenty of time mixing styles, sometimes more successfully than one might expect. The band is at – Anna Tergel

Here it comes KLANG industrial techno disc with dubs and effects VROOOM whose five tracks veer from each of those styles KABOOM to lounge music, electronica and back. In the process the band expresses a fetish for Islam ALLAH-O AKBAR on tracks like Adzhan and Neda to George War BUSH and DICK Cheney receiving their orders to launch DESTRUCTION on behalf of the Israeli master SWOOOSH on various vocal expressions, but most notably on Big Paxton. Presumably (on my part) that is a photo of fascist (the WWII one Mussolini, not the contemporary one Berlusconi’s which is coming soon) being hung upside down that is on the cover SHAZAM. So clearly do not expect the music of humanity, talent and triumph. Instead of METAL Theraphosa delivers a mix of synthesizers, guitars, dubs, subs and SHOCK. The band apparently hates self-righteous authority so they should be organizing against the US of A any day now. The band has a corporate website at a multinational corporation that routinely uploads to the NSA here: or e-mail them through and ask them where that metal is. – Ali “The Metallian”

This type of music was DOA anyway, but its continued existence is both a tribute to the power of humour in this world and to the persistent demand for anything and everything. That is supply-side economics: if its exists someone will copy it and someone will buy it too.
It is commonly called metalcore, but better described as petalcore – and that is not a reference to the patterns on the cover. The musicians are, oh, so sensitive grasping the pains of life and conveying the full range of emotions a young man faces including headwinds like meeting the new boyfriend of the ex-girlfriend or the emotional turbulence of stalking the instagram feed of the girl who got away or the anger caused by the hashtag failure of the "we also tweet" generation. Yes, folks life is so heavy. This music of Where Giants Once Stood grasps and feeds it back.
Seriously, the limp-wristed stupidity in this music is embedded in the so sensitive and flowery 'hard music' power breakdowns, crunches which are augmented by the electronic dubs, then breakdowns and then harsh vocals and then acoustic strum and then group hug vocals coz life is tough and it requires bands like this to give each other support by jointly chanting with clean vocals while holding hands and then conveying their emotions to all their Incubus, Insane Clown Posse and Avenged Sevenfold fans (names vary because by the time you read this everyone has moved on to the next thing).
Sure, this whole review was a joke and a riff on these clueless wanna-be little boys who are too dense to realize what an insult it is to include the word ‘metal’ anywhere within a 1,000 km radius of their piano loving selves, but fact remains that everything in this write-up is fact. I write this while listening to the band strum Latin, conga and “don’t let them see that inside you are hurting…” Boy n Flames would be proud. The band is cool, unique and independent to have a web page on this niche, exclusive, anti-conformist website called Facebook. It is at If only the band knew how supremely appropriate its monicker is. Wow! – Ali “The Metallian”