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Cormorant is readying to release the band’s long-awaited fourth LP “Diaspora” this August. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland throughout late 2016, “Diaspora” serves as the follow-up to 2014’s “Earth Diver” full-length and sees Cormorant take a unique style of progressive metal in an expansive and adventurous new direction.

With four songs that total sixty-one minutes, the album features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date — the collective result of two years of collaborative writing. “Diaspora” also includes a performance from cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum) while Utah-based artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid, four-panel artwork.

“Diaspora” will be available on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats this coming August 11th with U.S. and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Check out a teaser trailer below.

1. Preserved In Ash
2. Sentinel
3. The Devourer
4. Migration

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German black metal unit The Ruins Of Beverast presents the grand “Exuvia” LP in full via an advance stream today. Listen in below (or directly at YouTube here if the playlist doesn’t display properly), and stay tuned for U.S. distribution of the album on Friday, June 2nd.

This latest opus was produced and mixed with Michael Zech, and features six massive, psychoabyssal downward spirals delivered in the expected TROB craftwork. The cover art was commissioned to Axell Hermann (Grave, Samael, Sodom).

1. Exuvia
2. Surtur Barbaar Maritime
3. Maere (On A Stillbirth’s Tomb)
4. The Pythia’s Pale Wolves
5. Towards Malakia
6. Takitum Tootem! (Trance)

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“Roadburn Live” is Enslaved’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of the band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

The 2xLP set was initially released in limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as a webshop gold edition. The record will now be available on black 2xLP, CD, and digital formats on May 19th. In celebration of its release, check out “Isa” below.

In other news, Enslaved has also hit the studio and is now tracking a forthcoming album. Stay tuned for more details to arrive shortly.

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The French black metal cultists from Merrimack are now streaming a third new track from “Omegaphilia,” The track, an abrasive, dissonant opus titled “Cesspool Coronation,” is available for streaming below.

Merrimack comments: “We like to invite vocalists that we consider to be among the very best in the realm of black metal. On our previous record, we worked with Marduk’s Mortuus. This time we asked Aldrahn (Dodheimsgard, Thorns) to record few passages for the track ‘Cesspool Coronation.’

“His unique voice blends perfectly with the intensity of this song. This track starts off mid-tempo riffs and escalates quickly into a frenzy, before ending with an oppressive riff that eradicates any hope and light. For the first time, we’ve written part of the lyrics in French, which can be heard in the track’s closing speech. “

New album “Omegaphilia” releases worldwide on June 9th via Season Of Mist and bears the following trackl isting:

1. Cauterizing Cosmos
2. The Falsified Son (click here to stream)
3. Apophatic Weaponry (click here to stream)
4. Gutters of Pain
5. Sights in the Abysmal Lure
6. Cesspool Coronation
7. At the Vanguard of Deception

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The French black metal cultists from Merrimack are now streaming a third new track from “Omegaphilia,” The track, an abrasive, dissonant opus titled “Cesspool Coronation,” is available for streaming below.

Merrimack comments: “We like to invite vocalists that we consider to be among the very best in the realm of black metal. On our previous record, we worked with Marduk’s Mortuus. This time we asked Aldrahn (Dodheimsgard, Thorns) to record few passages for the track ‘Cesspool Coronation.’

“His unique voice blends perfectly with the intensity of this song. This track starts off mid-tempo riffs and escalates quickly into a frenzy, before ending with an oppressive riff that eradicates any hope and light. For the first time, we’ve written part of the lyrics in French, which can be heard in the track’s closing speech. “

New album “Omegaphilia” releases worldwide on June 9th via Season Of Mist and bears the following trackl isting:

1. Cauterizing Cosmos
2. The Falsified Son (click here to stream)
3. Apophatic Weaponry (click here to stream)
4. Gutters of Pain
5. Sights in the Abysmal Lure
6. Cesspool Coronation
7. At the Vanguard of Deception

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Melodic death / thrash quartet Dead Asylum will release sophomore album “Death Always Wins” on June 2nd. On the follow-up to 2013 debut “General Carnage,” the Vancouver band has sharpened its songwriting to a fine point and bolstered an established muscular attack with a harder rhythmic punch and an even deadlier arsenal of riffs.

Lyrical themes include revolution and political uprising, the apocalypse, and – as the band name alludes – twisted facets of the human psyche. “Death Always Wins” was tracked at Jam Factory Studios in Port Coquitlam, BC; recorded and edited by Roger Mowat; and mix/mastered by Chris Holmes. Pierre-Alain (3mmi Design) was responsible for the album art.

Dead Asylum will hit the road this summer for an August/September U.S. tour. Stay tuned for details. In the mean time you can pre-order the album here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Defiance
2. Death Always Wins
3. Between Me and the Grave
4. Bury the Living
5. Forgotten Sacrifice
6. Bred to Die
7. Welcome
8. Inmate 666

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Sober Truth just released a vinyl edition of new album “Locust Lunatic Asylum.” The fourth studio album from this groove metal band hailing from the Ko¨ln / Bonner Raum was produced by TaktArt and offers listeners a varied journey over 46 minutes. Check out a music video for “Leave the Locust in the Lunatic Asylum” below.

The lyrics deal with themes about one’s own reality, the perception of one’s own environment and the questioning of one’s own actions. Topics such as “procrastination” and questionable life targets are addressed. The album does not answer any questions. It does, however, encourage us to think further and deliberately leaves plenty of room for our own interpretations.

The band comments: “The name of this album is derived from our song ‘Leave the Locust in the Lunatic Asylum.’ We are deliberately playing with the biblical portrait of the locust, which can relate to a variety of personal experiences and problems, such as the excessive consumption of certain media, new problems in the digital age or perhaps the negative experience of an extremely bad relationship. Each listener will recognize his own story here. The title of this song inspires and recommends that this ‘plague’ is simply to be left in a lunatic asylum. In an interpretation of this story, we have named this lunatic asylum ‘Locust Lunatic Asylum.’”

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In 1982, when four long-haired metal maniacs from Frankfurt am Main, Germany decided to found a band named Tankard, nobody expected the group to still be going three decades later.

Yet here they are, still alive and kicking, and throughout these years there’s barely been a blip in Tankard’s path. These days, when the routine of breaking-up, making a “reunion” and disappearing again seems to be the order of play, Tankard never joined that course of action – instead the group kept flying the flag of thrash metal high the whole time.

This is why the founders of “alcoholic metal” can now celebrate a 35th anniversary in 2017 with 17th studio album “One Foot In The Grave.” Check out the new video trailer below, in which Gerre and Frank talk about 35 years of Tankard.

1. Pay To Pray
2. Arena Of The True Lies
3. Don’t Bullshit Us!
4. One Foot In The Grave
5. Syrian Nightmare
6. Northern Crown (Lament Of The Undead King)
7. Lock`Em Up!
8. The Evil That Men Display
9. Secret Order 1516
10. Sole Grinder

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Philadelphia-native group In The Presence Of Wolves rattled the east coast metal scene with 2015 full-length release, “Thalassas,” deftly mixing a bevy of classic progressive rock, modern prog-metal, experimental, post-hardcore and jazz influences.

In The Presence Of Wolves further improves upon that addictive sonic blend with upcoming EP, “Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage,” a conceptual offering due out June 30th, 2017.

“Of Two Minds…” is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp and you can take a listen to first single, “The One Who Fell To Earth,” in the palyer below.

The release shares ITPOW’s personal confrontations with mental illness, emotional struggles, and the five stages of grief. The EP tells the story of twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia and one without. The sane brother deals with the first two stages of grief as he investigates the reasons behind his twin taking his own life.

At the helm on “Of Two Minds…” was producer Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios, otherwise recognized as guitarist for kings of metallic chaos, Dillinger Escape Plan. The EP was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

“This EP feels like a natural evolution of the band,” says guitarist Chris Capitanio.”Our live show has grown more aggressive and our music has too. We still try to incorporate the dynamics and odd time signatures that we love and are known for, but it’s a little heavier this time around.”

“Working directly with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Kevin Antreassian on the record definitely inspired a heavier edge to the songs. This new album is more focused and definitely has a lot more to say,” adds vocalist and bassist Vini Stamato.”We added a lot more to our existing traditional progressive influences and it provided us with an incredibly freeing writing experience.”

1. As We Speak Pt. 1
2. The One Who Fell to Earth
3. White Noise
4. The Ape and the Cage
5. M.U.A. (Manipulation Under Anesthesia)

Capitanio adds, “This EP is the first in a series of conceptual releases. When we started writing, we were all going through a lot of negative things in our personal lives-several close family deaths, cancer scares, breakups-it seemed like it was all happening at once. We came up with the idea of basing the record on the five stages of grief and everything just fell into place.”

“In addition to our own experiences, the lyrical content is somewhat inspired by a documentary I once watched about David Bowie and his family’s history of paranoid schizophrenia,” continues Stamato. “I was actually already writing this EP before his passing, and during that process, I remembered that documentary and re-watched it for inspiration. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this EP is based on Bowie or the documentary, nor are we interested in capitalizing on the Bowie legacy, but the film definitely taught me a lot about the subject matter, regardless.”

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DevilDriver/Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara has announced the launch of The Oracle Management and brought in the expertise of artist manager Mark Vieira, formerly of Good Fight Management and Prosthetic Records.

Together, Fafara and Vieira hold more than 45 years of combined experience and share a vision and mission to create an artist-driven environment for growing acts as well as established talent to persevere in an ever-changing industry. Vieira’s bands, 1349 (North America only), Black Tusk, The Casualties, Ringworm, Silver Snakes, Tombs, and Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar), join the existing roster of DevilDriver, Amigo The Devil, Wil Ridge, and Made From Stars.

The Oracle CEO Dez Fafara states, “It’s my great pleasure to welcome Mark Vieira and his roster of bands to The Oracle Management. When synergy happens, it’s often a lightning-strike moment. In my first meeting with Mark, we had an instant connection. We both had a common mission with our artists to provide total attention to every detail – whether it be as mundane as tour routing or marketing or out-of-the-box ideas that often notch an artist up overnight due to a well-executed plan of attack on multiple fronts. We quickly formed an infrastructure from all the sources we had together which makes for a powerful combination. We get shit done and in a timely manner… that’s just the facts!”

He continues, “It just made total sense joining forces with Mark. Here’s a guy who’s driven, who like me, doesn’t mind picking up the phone late at night or early in the morning and doesn’t mind working 15 hours a day to better his clients’ careers. Together we leave no stone unturned. Get ready. This is just the beginning of The Oracle Management and where we will be taking the company into the future. There will be many more announcements coming on the horizon, including announcements of other managers joining the team, as well as other bands joining the roster. Looking forward to the work!”

Vieira adds, “Our paths have crossed a few times over the years, but Dez and I would’ve otherwise never had the opportunity to really get to know one another. Upon sitting down and discussing ideas and our philosophies, it was pretty apparent we were on the same page. About an hour after leaving our first meeting, we were already on the phone a couple times, and everything clicked. Dez has a unique vision of the industry from having been in two bands that were built from the ground up and both became successful worldwide. With our combined backgrounds and experiences, The Oracle Management offers something truly unique to both established and developing artists, and I am looking forward to being in on the ground floor of a growing company with other like-minded individuals who work as a team on every project.”

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