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Roxx Records is very excited to welcome U.S. metal band True Strength to the roster for a proper re-issue of latest album “Steel Evangelist.”

True Strength’s sophomore album “Steel Evangelist” was independently released digitally back in May. Upon that original release, “Steel Evangelist” suffered from production quality issues due to budgetary restrictions.

However, all of this changed when the band was signed by Roxx Records as Bill Roxx put the band in touch with engineer Cliffy Walker (guitarist of Christian punk band The Huntingtons) to remaster the album, and this new version is like night and day in comparison to the original.

Roxx Records will be releasing the “Steel Evangelist” album in CD format for the first time ever with completely new cover artwork designed by Scott Waters. The updated and remastered version will also be re-released digitally with the new cover artwork and will be called “Steel Evangelist – Roxx Records Edition.” This new edition will be released everywhere on February 17th, 2017.

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Chronosphere‘s story starts back in 2009 when the band was founded by Spyros Lafias. In the beginning the band started as an old school thrash group, but since then has been developing constantly and can now be counted as a part of the new wave of thrash / death metal hailing from Athens.

After seveal line-up changes the band now consists of Spyros Lafias (Vocals/Guitar), Kostas Spades (Bass/Backing Vocals), Thanos Krommidas (Drums), and Panos Tsampras (Guitar/Backing Vocals).

New album “Red N’ Roll” has now been completed and is set for a March 31st release via Punishment 18 Records, with the track listing and cover artwork available below.

1. Alu Card
2. Demonized
3. Before it’s gone
4. Picking up my pieces
5. Be the best
6. The force to put an end
7. Honest to kill
8. Wolves out of cage
9. Warriors
10. Portal to the underworld

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Finnish crew Crimson Sun will join Amberian Dawn’s 10th anniversary tour, performing 10 shows across Europe in February.

The 2017 tour will include stops in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Spanish symphonic metallers Diabulus in Musica will serve as direct support to Amberian Dawn on the trek.

10.02. London (UK) – Boston Music Room
11.02. Roeselare (BE) – De Verlichte Geest
12.02. Mörlenbach-Weiher (DE) – Live Music Hall
13.02. Frankfurt (DE) – Elfer Music Club
14.02. Pratteln (CH) – Z7
15.02. Munich (DE) – Backstage
16.02. Stuttgart (DE) – Club Cann
17.02. Hannover (DE) – Bei Chez Heinz
18.02. Burgenlengfeld (DE) – VAZ Pfarrheim
19.02.17 Haarlem (NL) – Patronaat

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Technical death metal force Archspire just announced a headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins on March 18th, and sees the band touring across the country before concluding on April 5th. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Archspire recently finished recording a forthcoming new album at Flatline Audio in August with producer Dave Otero. The as-yet untitled new record will follow highly -egarded 2014 release
“The Lucid Collective.”

Working track titles for the new album include “Involuntary Doppelgänger,” “Relentless Mutation,” and “From Solitude to Infamy.” The new record will be released later this year.

Mar. 17 Tacoma, WA @ Real Art
Mar. 18 Bend, OR @ Third Street Pub
Mar. 19 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Sideroom
Mar. 20 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Mar. 21 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Mar. 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Mar. 23 El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Mar. 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
Mar. 25 Beaumont, TX @ The Gig
Mar. 26 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity
Mar. 27 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Mar. 28 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
Mar. 29 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage @ Champ’s
Mar. 30 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Mar. 31 Frederick, MD @ Café 611
Apr. 01 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
Apr. 02 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Joint
Apr. 03 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 04 Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theater
Apr. 05 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Apr. 06 Boise, ID @ The Shredder

May 04 Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room
May 06 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
May 08 Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
May 11 Sherbrooke, QC @ Murdoch

w/Psycroptic:
May 13 Halifax, NS @ Gus
May 14 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
May 16 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
May 17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 18 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
May 19 Rouyn-N., QC @ Petit Théâtre
May 20 Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
May 22 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
May 23 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
May 24 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
May 25 Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Festival

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Vampire is set to follow the band’s 2014 self-titled debut (reviewed here) and subsequent “Cimmerian Shade” EP with a new full-length due out via Century Media. “With Primeval Force” will be released on April 21st, 2017

“With Primeval Force” offers nine tracks of furious and nightmarish death/thrash metal. The cover for the album is a monstrous piece of handcrafted art by Nick Keller that can be seen below. First advance song “Skull Prayer” can also be heard at this location.

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Oakland-based cult Extremity will present disturbing debut album, “Extremely Fucking Dead,” via the goremongers at 20 Buck Spin on April 7th, with digital, CD, and LP formats confirmed.

Extremity’s veteran lineup consists of Shelby Lermo (Vastum), Aesop Dekker (Worm Ouroboros, Ludicra, Agalloch), Melissa Martinez-Hoadley (Cretin, Repulsion), and Erika Osterhout (Necrosic, Scolex, Trepanation). The new album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Intro (Mortuus Est Valde)
2. Crepuscular Crescendo
3. Bestial Destiny
4. Chalice Of Pus
5. Fatal Immortality
6. Extremely Fucking Dead

Directly following the release of this gore-strewn platter, Extremity will ravage the West Coast in the flesh, with a late April run supporting death metal legends Asphyx. The tour runs from April 25th through 30th, with shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Additional live actions are to be expected throughout the year.

4/25/2017 The Brick – San Diego, CA
4/26/2017 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
4/27/2017 The Metro – Oakland, CA
4/28/2017 The Raven – Portland, OR
4/29/2017 The Highline – Seattle, WA
4/30/2017 The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

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– January 31st, 2017 –

Featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic; launches first single, “Dancing Machines”

On March 10th, Nova Collective (featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic) will release their debut album, The Further Side, via Metal Blade Records. Nova Collective‘s music can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans. For a preview of The Further Side, the first single, “Dancing Machines”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/novacollective – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–CD
–Black 180g LP
–Clear-red marble LP (limited to 200 copies!)
*digital options are also available!

Nova Collective began in 2014 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me, Trioscapes) and guitarist Richard Henshall (Haken) began exchanging emails about music; before long, a few demos were fleshed out into full arrangements. Drummer Matt Lynch (Trioscapes, Cynic) and keyboardist Pete Jones (ex-Haken) came on board shortly after to finish writing the album. The Further Side was written on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with Briggs and Lynch in America and Henshall and Jones in England, sharing session files until the group could get together at the beginning of 2015 to record with engineer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). Mixed by Rich Mouser (Neal Morse, Transatlantic), it is immediately clear that The Further Side is a labor of love for all involved, and that enthusiasm shines throughout.

Nova Collective line-up:
Dan Briggs – Bass
Matt Lynch – Drums
Pete Jones – Keyboards
Richard Henshall – Guitar

Nova Collective online:
https://www.facebook.com/novacollectivefusion

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Northwest extreme death metal act Dead Conspiracy has premiered a new music video for the song “Paralyzed with Terror.” You can check it out at Decibel Magazine’s site at this location or simply check it out in the player below.

Taken from the band’s self-titled album, the video is a cinematic mindfuck of epic proportions. Videography for “Paralyzed with Terror” was by from Colin Longknife and Adrian Mejia, with editing by Mike Lastra and Eric A. at Smegma Studios. Production duties were handled by Dead Conspiracy.

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Finnish metal band Altar Of Betelgeuze is streaming a second new song from the upcoming release “Among The Ruins.” The song “No Return” is available for streaming at Cvlt Nation at this location, or conveniently in the player below.

“Among the Ruins” will be issued via Transcending Obscurity Records on April 15th, 2017. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Offering
2. Sledge Of Stones
3. No Return
4. New Dawn
5. Absence Of Light
6. Advocates Of Deception
7. Among The Ruins (song streaming here)

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Finnish theatrical horror metal band William Blackswan is streaming the new two song self-published EP called “Horrors.” Check it out below. The release was recorded at D-Studio in Finland, and Mixed/Mastered by Jarno Hänninen. Music video recordings have also began and the clip should be released in spring 2017.

William Blackswan was formed in 2013 by Ville Ylimartimo (vocals) and Henri Soisalo (guitars & bass). The band is working on new material, which is targeted for release in 2017.

The track listing is:

1. Intro (Horrors)
2. Sleepwalkers
3. Infected Minds

Check out the EP in full in the players below:

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