Brand Spankin’ New Video From Denner/Sherman

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Denner / Shermann recently released their debut, 4-track EP, Satan’s Tomb, via Metal Blade Records; today, the legendary guitar duo from Mercyful Fate has launched the video for the EP’s title track! Visions of darkness and blood-soaked women drench the digital landscape, while the band performs “Satan’s Tomb”.

Hank Shermann comments: “We are happy to be able to release a video for the title track, which was the first song that really got us going as a band.
Now we are building upon the shadowy metal essence of what we created with the ‘Satan’s Tomb‘ EP, and are moving forward with a full-length release for next year.”

Featuring cover artwork painted by Thomas Holm (best known for his work on Mercyful Fate‘s Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath), Satan’s Tomb is classic heavy metal infused with an outpouring of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann‘s signature, dark magic shred-work. According to the formidable guitar duo from Mercyful Fate, rounding out the line-up with Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion, Sabaton) on drums, Marc Grabowski (Demonica) on bass guitar, and Sean Peck (Cage, Death Dealer) on vocals was a critical component to bringing these 4 tracks to life. Their critically acclaimed release has the press and fans both craving for more from this group.

Denner comments, “Creating these songs with this line-up really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I’m sure the fans are going to love this thing.”
Shermann adds, “This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume.”

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER to headline IndieMerch Tour this fall‏

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER to headline IndieMerch Tour this fall
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New album out 9/18THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will return to North America this fall to headline the IndieMerch Tour with Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta. The trek will start Oct 3rd and run through Oct 30th and it marks the group’s first official Canadian/US tour supporting their highly anticipated new album, Abysmal, which comes out on September 18th on Metal Blade Records.

Trevor Strnad (vocals) states: “We are beyond excited to bring this mighty line-up to your Canadian eardrums…what a package! We’ve combined the grinding holocaust of the reunited Maruta, the sheer rage of hardcore’s hellions Harm’s Way, the thrashing maelstrom that is Iron Reagan and of course yours truly. No venue shall be left standing in our wake! We’ll be playing lots of new tastiness from Abysmal for you, as well as the classics, so bring your friends and get ready to bang your heads off. I am looking forward to drinking a Pils, eating some Poutine and raging out with my friends to the great white north. Fuckin’ eh!

Abysmal is a vicious slab of unrelenting aggression showcases TBDM at their very finest with a meticulous, pin-point precise rhythmic assault mixed with ferocious speed and dynamic hooks. The band also re-enlisted the services of renowned producer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel) and former bass player Ryan Williams, who also produced Everblack, with the sole intent to get away from the overt sonic sterility affecting far too many contemporary metal albums.

The world’s first look into Abysmal is via the track, “Vlad, Son of The Dragon,” which is streaming now in its entirety at metalblade.com/tbdm.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
IndieMerch Tour
w/ Iron Reagan, Harms Way, Maruta
10/01 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
10/02 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
10/03 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
10/04 Toronto, ON Opera House
10/07 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
10/08 Winnipeg, MB The Pyramid
10/09 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
10/10 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
10/11 Calgary, AB MacEwan
10/13 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw
10/14 Portland, OR Hawthorne
10/15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/16 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/18 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
10/20 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Street
10/21 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
10/22 Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre
10/23 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
10/24 Detroit, MI The Loving Touch

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
European Summer Tour 2015
07/11 Ballenstedt, DE Rockharz Festival
07/12 Warsaw, PL Hydrozagadka
07/13 Wroclaw, PL Liverpool
07/14 Pecs, HU Rockmaraton
07/15 Munich, DE Kranhalle
07/16 Neukirchen-Vluyn, DE Dong Open Air
07/17 Dour, BE Dour Festival
07/18 Dieburg, DE Traffic Jam Open Air
07/19 Nilvange, FR Thionville
07/20 Paris, FR Le Perit Bain
07/21 Pratteln, CH Mini Z7
07/22 Dornbirn, AT Conrad Sohm
07/23 Pisa, IT The Jungle w/ Suicide Silence
07/24 Tolmin, SI Metal Days Festival

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DragonForce unleash “Black Winter Night” live video from new DVD / Blu-Ray release!‏

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Today, DragonForce unveil a live cut from their first ever feature length video release! In the Line of Fire…Larger Than Live is available now, and to catch a glimpse of what’s in store, head to the band’s official youtube channel to watch the live performance of “Black Winter Night“! The video is streaming HERE.

In the Line of Fire…Larger Than Live, features high definition footage shot during the band’s Ultimate Stage headline show at 2014’s Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, the band used multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of their show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide. The video was mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud, and produced by Herman Li. Order your copy (on blu-ray or DVD w/ bonus audio disc) now at metalblade.com/dragonforce or download from iTunes.

The live show features a selection of new songs from the latest album “Maximum Overload” mixed in with foot stomping anthems and lightning fast shred-fests from previous releases. The video also includes backstage, behind the scenes, and off tour footage to give fans an insight into the Maximum Overload World Tour.

DRAGONFORCE
Tour w/ Kamelot
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
11/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
11/15 Louisville, KY Expo 5
11/17 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
11/18 Springfield, MD The Fillmore
11/20 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
11/21 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11/22 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
11/24 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
11/25 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
11/26 London, ON Music Hall
11/27 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
11/28 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
12/01 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
12/02 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
12/03 Seattle, WA Showbox
12/04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
12/06 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
12/07 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
12/09 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/10 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/12 Tampa, FL The Ritz

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Revocation launch “Scorched Earth Policy” lyric video‏

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Headline tour begins in September

Revocation continue their series of lyric videos with fellow guitarist and director/animator Nick Hipa. The latest, “Scorched Earth Policy“, is live now at metalblade.com/revocation. The previously released lyric videos, “Madness Opus” and “Labyrinth of Eyes” can also be seen in the playlist embedded on that page.

Revocation will hit the road for a headlining tour this September and October. The tour, which is being presented by Gear Gods, features support from Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, and Black Fast. This is Revocation‘s first headlining tour following the release of their latest album, “Deathless.” The tour is scheduled to kick off on September 3rd in Providence, RI, with the opening acts joining the package the following day in New York, NY at the Studio at Webster Hall. On October 3rd, Boston fans will be treated to a huge hometown show to bring the run to a close!

REVOCATION
Tour w/ Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, Black Fast
09/03 Providence, RI Dusk*
09/04 New York, NY Studio @ Webster
09/05 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
09/07 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
09/08 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
09/09 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
09/10 Columbus, OH Ace Of Cups
09/11 Cave in Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Fest**
09/12 Ft Worth, TX Rail Club
09/13 Houston, TX Walter’s On Washington
09/14 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
09/16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
09/17 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
09/18 Los Angeles, CA Mystery Box
09/19 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
09/20 Portland, OR Analog Cafe
09/21 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
09/22 Vancouver, BC Red Room
09/24 Edmonton, CA Starlite
09/25 Regina, SK Riddell Center
09/26 Winnipeg, MB Windsor Hotel
09/27 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater Studio B
09/29 Detroit, MI Shelter
09/30 Toronto, ON Hard Luck***
10/01 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s***
10/02 Quebec City, QC La Source***
10/03 Boston, MA Great Scott***
* = Revocation Only
**= Revocation & Cannabis Corpse Only
***= No Cannabis Corpse

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New Goatwhore Video Interview From Oakland. California

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Capital Chaos TV chats with Goatwhore frontman Louis Benjamin Falgoust II about writing, his love of metal, politics and more @ Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, California 06/16/15 on http://www.capitalchaostv.com/

Goatwhore was formed by singer/guitarist Sammy Duet following the breakup of his previous band, Acid Bath. Soilent Green singer L. Ben Falgoust II, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders, and drummer Zak Nolan completed the lineup, which debuted with the demo Serenades to the Tides of Blood; Goatwhore’s official debut LP, The Eclipse of Ages into Black, followed in early 2000. Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun appeared in 2003 before the band jumped to Metal Blade for the fall release of 2006’s A Haunting Curse.[3] They performed at both Ozzfest 2008 and Ozzfest 2010.

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New Video Interview With John Bush & Joey Vera of Armored Saint In San Jose, California

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The Iron Z chats with Joey Vera & John Bush of Armored Saint @ Rockbar Theater – San Jose, California 05/19/15

Armored Saint perform “March Of The Saint” 05/29/15 @ Rockbar Theater – San Jose, California

Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint have released their seventh studio album today! The album “Win Hands Down” is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

Head over now to metalblade.com/armoredsaint to jam this amazing album in its entirety below it’s available in stores.

A brand new video for the title track was recently shot by director Andrew Nethery, and is available for streaming now at metalblade.com/armoredsaint, where album pre-order bundles are also ready for order. Including CD, ltd. CD+DVD, ltd. vinyl and special box set featuring customized poker set. Additionally, a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the “Win Hands Down” album cover is on youtube now HERE.

Win Hands Down” – mixed by Jay Ruston, produced by Joey Vera.
1. Win Hands Down
2. Mess
3. An Exercise In Debauchery
4. Muscle Memory
5. That Was Then, Way Back When
6. With a Full Head of Steam
7. In an Instant
8. Dive
9. Up Yours

ARMORED SAINT
European Tour Dates
19/06 Clisson, FR Hellfest
30/07 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
02/08 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
03/08 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
04/08 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
06/08 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
07/08 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
04/12 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
05/12 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

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BATTLECROSS announce “Rise to Power” and launch brand new song!

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Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS have just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and nearly immediately upon returning, have launched a brand new song from their forthcoming album, “Rise to Power“! The new song, “Not Your Slave“, is streaming at metalblade.com/battlecross, where pre-order is also possible. “Rise to Power” will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015.

Rise to Power” was produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single, “Not Your Slave“: “We’re really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won’t write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet.

The upcoming US tour also puts an end to the band’s search for a permanent drummer, with bay area’s Alex Bent now firmly in place behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex officially joined and tracked drums for the new album. He can be seen here performing “Ghost Alive” last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour

Secrets Of The Sky To Release Sophomore Full-Length Via Metal Blade Records This May‏

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Oakland-based atmospheric doom quintet and recent Metal Blade signees, SECRETS OF THE SKY, will release their long-awaited sophomore full-length this May. Titled Pathway, the mammoth thirteen-track follow-up to 2013’s critically-heralded To Sail Black Waters full-length was engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios with SECRETS OF THE SKY and finds the band at their most poignant.

Dark, brooding, pure, eclectic, Pathway features Garett Gazay fluctuating between monstrous growls and clean, soothing vocal cascades, all the while complimenting the twisted compositions of guitarists Andrew Green and Clayton Bartholomew. Bassist Ryan Healy and drummer Lance Lea round out the lineup, their rhythms and distinctive voices adding further depth to the collective’s meticulous, blackened soundscrapes. Sonically, SECRETS OF THE SKY aimed for a massive, clean, and organic sounding production. Much time was invested in obtaining huge drum sounds and the focus was on single performance takes throughout the process. The result is an ambitious foray into conceptual storytelling, coupled with emotional music full of peaks and valleys. This is a metal record, to be sure, but more importantly, it sounds like an album of music. This is not a random sequencing of songs or a search for a “hit” single; the tracks all have their place in the story, and the cuts in between actually drive the narrative through sound effects and ambiance. SECRETS OF THE SKY’s Pathway is an experience to be had, as well as a record to merely be heard.

Comments Bartholomew of first single, “Three Swords:” “‘Three Swords’ was the first song we put together for the new album when we started writing it back a year or so ago. In fact, the songs on the album were written in the order they appear on the record. The first album, To Sail Black Waters, ends with a single guitar part fading out, and the same riff fades in to the Pathway album via ‘Three Swords.’ The song is just a piece of the overall puzzle that constitutes Pathway, which I believe as an album is more well-rounded and dynamic as a whole than any of our previous work.

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: October 28, 2014

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2 Wolves – Shelter (Inverse)
Abysmal Dawn – Obsolescence (Relapse)
Aeonsgate – Pentalpha (The Church Within)
All Hell – The Devil’s Work (HPGD)
Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)
Animal – Instinct (We Are Triumphant)
Annihilated – XIII Steps To Ruination (Unique Leader)
As Blood Runs Black – Ground Zero (Standby)
At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)
Astral Doors – Notes From the Shadows (Metalville)
Atriarch – An Unending Pathway (Relapse)
Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution (Season of Mist)
Black Map – …And We Explode (Minus Head)
Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides (Lava / Republic)
Blood Freak – Squalor (Willowtip)
Blood God – Blood Is My Trademark (Massacre)
Crobot – Something Supernatural (Wind-up)
Cut Teeth – Night Years (Topshelf)
Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer (Profound Lore)
Deserted Fear – Kingdom of Worms (FDA Rekotz)
Devin Townsend – Z2 (Inside Out)
Emit – Spectre Music of an Antiquary Re-Release (Crucial Blast)
Eyes of Mara – Eyes of Mara (Imminence)
Generation of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom (Translation Loss)
Giant Squid – Minoans (Translation Loss)
He Whose Ox Is Gored – Rumors EP (Bleeding Light)
Hideous Divinity – Cobra Verde (Unique Leader)
Horrified – Descent Into Putridity (Memento Mori)
If I Were You – The Sleepless (Manifest)
In Faith – There’s A Storm Coming (Rocktopia)
Kattah – Lapis Lazuli (Bakerteam)
Kiss – Love Gun Re-Release (Universal)
Latitude Egress – To Take Up The Cross (Art of Propaganda)
Megasonic – Intense (Mausoleum)
Metal Machine – Free Nation (Dream)
Mind Maze – Back From The Edge (Inner Wound)
Mob Rules – Timekeeper (SPV)
Mysticum – Planet Satan (Peaceville)
Necrophagia – WhiteWorm Cathedral (Season of Mist)
Nero Di Marte – Derivae (Prosthetic)
Nick Oliveri – Leave Me Alone (Schnitzel)
No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) Re-Release (Suicidal)
Obituary – Inked in Blood (Relapse)
Obliterations – Poison Everything (Southern Lord)
Oraculum – Sorcery of the Damned (Invictus)
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You (Epitaph)
Requiem – The Unexplainable Truth (Cleopatra)
Riot V – Unleash the Fire (SPV)
Sister Sin – Black Lotus (Victory)
Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree.(Undergroove)
Spiders & Snakes – Year of the Snake (Sensei)
Tantal – Expectancy (Bakerteam)
Thomsen – Unbroken (eOne)
Transport League – Boogie From Hell (Metalville)
Unearth – Watchers of Rule (eOne)
Vesania – Deus Ex Machina (Metal Blade)
Witchmaster – Antichristus Ex Utero (Osmose)
Wizard Rifle – Here In The Deadlights (Seventh Rule)

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REVOCATION signs with Metal Blade Records!‏

Boston, Massachusetts-based technical metal act, REVOCATION, has been carving a path to the top of the extreme metal heap since their inception back in 2006. During the last eight years, the band has released full-length albums (one self-released, three on Relapse Records), and a free EP with Scion A/V. As the band prepares album number five, they begin a brand new chapter of their career by signing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.

“We are very stoked to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade! We are all extremely proud to be a part of a label with such a long history and legendary roster. Currently, we’re in the studio recording our 5th full length album with Zeuss at the helm. This is the start of a new chapter for us and we are so thankful for all the support that we’ve received from the underground that has gotten us to this point in our career.” – Dave Davidson

One of the most exciting modern metal bands on the planet, REVOCATION have stunned audiences worldwide with displays of unprecedented levels of musicianship. Thrashing, virtuosic melodies, top-notch technical drumming and an all-out vocal assault take the listener on a lightning ride through the hallowed halls of heavy metal. REVOCATION have proven that they are here to stay and miles above their peers.

Metal Blade Records president Mike Faley adds: “We are excited to be working with Revocation. Their tireless work ethic combined with world class musicianship and extreme technical metal has Revocation at the forefront of the scene. Metal Blade looks forward to being a part of their team and helping Revocation achieve future success.”

Last year, fans saw the band live as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour 2013 with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, and more. In 2014, REVOCATION will be on the road with DevilDriver, Carnifex, Fit for an Autopsy, and their new label mates, Whitechapel and Rivers of Nihil.

REVOCATION
w/ Whitechapel, Rivers of Nihil
05/14 St Louis, MO Fubar
05/15 Kansas City, MO Czar Bar
w/ Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil, Fit For An Autopsy
05/17 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
05/18 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
05/19 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
05/20 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
05/21 San Diego, CA House of Blues
05/22 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
05/23 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
05/24 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
05/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
05/26 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
05/27 Seattle, WA El Corazon
05/29 Calgary, AB Marquee Beer Market & Stage
05/30 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
05/31 Regina, SK Riddell Centre
06/01 Fargo, ND The Venue
06/02 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
06/03 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
06/04 Joliet, IL Mojoes
06/05 Kokomo, IN CenterStage Bar and Grill
06/07 Knoxville, TN The International
06/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
06/10 Toronto, ON The Opera House
06/11 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
06/12 New York, NY Stage 48
06/13 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
06/14 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
06/15 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
06/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
06/17 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
06/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
06/20 Houston, TX Scout Bar
06/21 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
06/22 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
06/23 Austin, TX Mohawk