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Benjamin Baret, guitarist from Australian progressive metal group Ne Oblivscaris, has released a new playthrough video for the track “Pyrrhic” – check it out below. Regarding the track, Benjamin Baret comments:

“The riffs for that song are inspired by the great Göteborg scene of the late 90′, with a more modern twist to it, the harmonized guitar part relies on a descending chromatic pattern which gives the main riff its flavor.

“The break is a classical music inspired moment, the chord positions are very piano-like which is something i love to do because it allows me to approach chord progressions in a fresher way, come with me off the beaten path!”

“Pyrrhic” is taken from Ne Obliviscaris’ latest album, “Citadel” (reviewed here). Info on a follow-up release is expected in the not too distant future.

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It was 30 years ago that Jesters of Destiny’s “Fun At The Funeral” debut was released on the short-lived Metal Blade subsidiary, Dimension Records. A year later, the band released all-covers record “In A Nostalgic Mood,” after which JoD was unceremoniously hacked from the Metal Blade stable and, unable to land another deal for third album, “No Laughing Matter,” quietly disappeared. with all the main participants going on to other pursuits.

All these years later, Jesters Of Destiny returns with “The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown,” an all-new record. You can stream the full release below. Bruce Duff also commented on the album to Pop Matters:

“It’s been 30 years since the release of the Jesters’ ‘Fun at the Funeral.’ This is our third record — we took 30 years off. Wasn’t like we were just sitting around though. We’ve been working on these songs for a while and we think it connects with the same stream of consciousness we previously mined without looking back to ’80s sounds. We think it’s pretty current. It also required a lot of current.”

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Michigan hardcore outfit Turncoat just released a new music video for latest single “American Dream.” The video has a 90’s home video-like vibe of the band’s home town showing raw footage from the Detroit area.

This single comes by way of the group’s Eulogy Recordings, 2016 self-titled EP and was recently selected to be on Metal Hammer’s New Noise compilation album. Guitarist Keith Keister comments:

“‘American Dream’ is groovy, fast paced, straight forward example of exactly what we’re trying to convey as a band. Off our Eulogy Records debut EP, it’s definitely one of my favorites live and on the recording. This video gives a simple 90s-ish home video vibe and show cases some of the places we drive by, live near or see in our everyday life in Michigan and shows us in a very raw and back to basics perspective.”

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Black metal studio project Decrepit Throne today releases the CD version of debut album “Traitor’s Grave.” Digital copies are also available at Bandcamp.

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gregory Maupin from North Carolina joins New Jersey vocalist Ron Kaiser (Blasphemous) in offering seven iniquitous tracks of blackened fury on this release – listen in for yourself below.

Maupin started Decrepit Throne after his last band mysteriously and abruptly came to an end. The focus is making dark music, rather than the drama in which so many local musicians drown themselves. Vocalist Ron Kaiser was kind enough to perform and write lyrics for Decrepit Throne.

1. Lands of Ash 05:36
2. Lucifer’s Descent 03:47
3. Winter’s Call 04:36
4. The Path of Revenge 05:26
5. Your Death My Solitude 04:54
6. The Victor’s Trumpet Sounds 05:00
7. A Defiant Flame Burning 04:38

Traitor’s Grave by Decrepit Throne

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Swedish group Portrait, which released latest full-length album “Crossroads” back in 2014, just checked in with this update about recruiting a new member:

“We are glad to announce that we have finally found a new bassist. His name is Fredrik Petersson and is also in Nidhöggr, and formerly in The Ancients Rebirth. He will do his first Portrait show on April 29th, at the Stockholm Slaughter festival. Welcome to Hell, Fredrik.”

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This June, By Norse will release the debut album “Hydrogen” from Bardspec, the ambient project/ led by Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. In advance of its release, today a first audiovisual glimpse into the album is presented via a David Hall-created new video for “Fire Tongue.”

“Hydrogen” will be released on June 23rd across all formats. The six-panel CD digipak is available as a limited first pressing of 1000 and includes bonus track “Teeth.” The double-gatefold LP is limited to 500 on black vinyl, while the digital format will also include the bonus track. Pre-orders are online now at this location.

Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, Bardspec has since evolved into a full-fledged band, with Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, and a stunning layout created by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Neurosis, IIVII, etc.)

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German death metal band Absorb just announced the addition of bassist Manfred “Popai” Kräck (ex-Obstinacy). Guitarist Stefan Pfisterer says of the latest addition:

“We are very proud to welcome Popai as the newest member of Absorb. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of death metal with him.”

In further news, Absorb is currently working on a new album, which will be released near the end of 2017. Stay tuned for info.

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Issue one of Claudio Sanchez’s comic series/space odyssey, “The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV” was released today via Evil Ink Comics/Boom! Studios. The 12-issue sci-fi series is the 3rd in a line of comics that follow the story arc from Sanchez’s band, Coheed and Cambria.

The new series loosely follows the lyrics and tone of 2005 album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness,” and elaborates on the graphic novel of the same name which was released as a companion piece to the album on it’s original release. You can get your copy over here.

The story of “Good Apollo” flows around protagonist Claudio Kilgannon (son of Coheed and Cambria) who until now has been mostly in hiding since the death of his parents; his advancing physical powers have drawn him out. It’s becoming clear to Kilgannon and those around him that the he is one mentioned in the prophecies, sent by God to destroy the universe he lives in because too many mistakes were made by the elite. But to Kilgannon, none of this makes any sense. Ambellina, the blue-skinned fallen Prise who’s mission it is to watch over him – helps guide him on the decisions he has in front of him.

Evil Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan is out to stop Kilgannon, and imprison every last human living in Heaven’s fence, or worse, steal their souls. “Good Apollo” introduces a character that crosses the fictional plane of the series: the “Writing Writer” Ryder, the alleged creator of these worlds, whose heartbreak in life is beginning to affect the fictional story, and causing him to lose control of his characters to their own free will.

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The death metal overlords from Dying Fetus just revealed the cover art for their 8th studio album, “Wrong One To Fuck With.” The album will be released on June 23rd, 2017 via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for pre-order information in the coming weeks.

These seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns, and varied vocal patterns than ever before.

The first press of “Wrong One To Fuck With” on CD includes an expanded, deluxe packaging and the exclusive bonus track “Induce Terror.”

Additionally, Dying Fetus will embark on a full European tour with Hatebreed starting this week. All confirmed tour dates are available below.

Apr 12 Koln, DE Essigfabrik
Apr 13 Magdeburg, DE Factory
Apr 14 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Apr 15 Berlin, DE Astra
Apr 16 Schijndel, NL Paaspop
Apr 17 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl
Apr 18 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Apr 19 Nurnberg, DE Hirsch
Apr 20 Munchen, DE Backstage
Apr 21 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Apr 22 Innsbruck, AT Hafen
Apr 23 Lindau, DE Club Vaudeville
Apr 25 Besancon, FR La Rodia
Apr 26 Munster, DE Sputnikhalle
Apr 27 Aarhus, DK Train
Apr 28 Oslo, NO Parkteatret
Apr 29 Sweden Frimis Salonger

May 25 Vancouver, BC Modified Ghost Festival II

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U.K. prog metal quintet SynaptiK unleashed their sophomore studio album, “Justify & Reason,” on March 10th through Defox Records (digitally), and via Divebomb Records in the U.S. in CD format. Today, April 10th, the album lands in various U.K. stores trhough Plastichead.

Today SynaptiK has also launched a lyric video for third single “White Circles.” Singer John Knight commented about the lyrical concept behind the song:

“Lyrically, the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘God like’ psychiatrist.”

Knight worked for many years within the mental health system at management level further comments, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her psychiatrist. She told me her psychiatrist was ‘like a God,’ someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life. It made an impression and I wrote this song that night. Of course, not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people’s life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle… Telling themselves ‘I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realizing they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe.”

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