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Atlanta’s Death Of Kings is pleased to reveal “Sojourn,” a blistering new song from the band’s forthcoming album “Kneel Before None.”

The track’s mix of classic heavy metal with thrash is recommended for fans of Skeletonwitch and Judas Priest. Check out “Sojourn” below and stay tuned for “Keel Before None” to be released on June 2nd, 2017.

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Guitarist / vocalist / composer / producer Ryan Duke – the mastermind behind progressive metal project Fortis Amor – will release his self-titled new album tomorrow, May 19th. In celebration of the album’s release, a full album teaser is streaming below.

“Fortis Amor” is available for pre-order via Bandcamp here. While the album’s 10 tracks nearly convince the listener that they’re hearing a full band, the project is entirely Ryan Duke’s making, aside from select guest solos by Jack Daniels (War of Ages, Hope For The Dying) and Zack Uidl (ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes).

1. Particles
2. Holding On To Nothing
3. Renewal (feat. Jack Daniels [War of Ages, Hope For The Dying])
4. Subjected to Frustration
5. Upon Yourself
6. Bring This Petition To The Castle
7. The Maiden’s Vineyard
8. Outpouring
9. Deathless
10. Take Heart (feat. Zack Uidl [ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes])

1. Particles
2. Holding On To Nothing
3. Renewal (feat. Jack Daniels [War of Ages, Hope For The Dying])
4. Subjected to Frustration
5. Upon Yourself
6. Bring This Petition To The Castle
7. The Maiden’s Vineyard
8. Outpouring
9. Deathless
10. Take Heart (feat. Zack Uidl [ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes])

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Last night news broke that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) had passed away, with news arriving this morning that the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Musicians from across the genre spectrum have expressed their condolences or extreme surprise, with Forbidden’s Craig Locicero issuing this lengthy statement:

“When Alice told me that Chris Cornell was found dead, it was around midnight last night. After looking around I saw it was evidently true. Shocking and somehow not shocking, but most certainly dauntingly sad for millions of us and especially his loved ones and bandmates. When I awoke this morning it still didn’t seem real, but as I opened up Instagram, every post was a Cornell picture with heartfelt words attached to them. It hit me hard in that moment. It’s hitting me right now.

“In 1989 Forbidden went to the Foundations Forum in L.A. to do the schmooze thing with hundreds of other metal bands. Hair metal, thrash metal, prog metal, heavy metal…metal metal. It was like what the NAMM show has turned into these days, but worse. Or better… I dunno…
Everybody got a gift bag the first day. I didn’t even sift through mine until I got home. At that time I went back to living at my parents house in Fremont for a short stay. I opened up my gift bag and found a bunch of unmemorable crap and one cassette that looked interesting to me. Didn’t fit in the cheese bag. That cassette was ‘Loud Than Love’ by Soundgarden.

“I remember putting it on and immediately feeling transformed into a different world. One far less ridged and more free than what music was turning into commercially, even in my thrash metal genre. A world that wasn’t laid into perfect lines, but was splashed in colors and emotion. Less processed, more raw emotion and power.

“Like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Black Sabbath all met up in Egypt for a hooka hashish jam session. Chris Cornell was lofty and sang with gut wrenching passion without at all being pretentious.

“This completely cleaned my pallet from all I knew about music at my naive 20 years. I’d found something that transformed me and changed the way I looked at heavy music, for the better. All because it was in a little gift bag at the right time.

“The next thing I did was went backwards buy ‘Ultra-Mega OK.’ So heavy and beautiful. Nobody else in Forbidden appreciated it very much at the time. I was addicted. When the word ‘grunge’ came along following after Nirvana’s breakthrough, I was already entranced by Soundgarden and then Alice in Chains. These were not grunge bands. They were rock bands who did it better than most. They just were great bands.

“Ultimately, Soundgarden was the vessel that started me upon my musical growth and made me more fearless to try new things with my life. Up until then I was just riffing and writing without putting as much of my heart into it. This all happened as we were writing ‘Twisted Into Form’ but really didn’t have time to marinate into the music yet.

“After ‘TIF’ was finished, Alice and I headed to New York to get the record mastered by Howie Weinberg. I had a few days off to hang out with Jim Welsh and everyone at Combat, so one night we went to La’Amours to see Voivod, Soundgarden and Faith No More. In that order.

“This would be the first of many times I saw Soundgarden. That particular night, they took the show with their Middle Eastern influence and care free delivery. It was just heavy and massive. Beautiful. Cornell was a rock god in person.

“That was all the origins for me. Since then They got the accolades that they much deserved and put amazing slabs of art out with Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, Down the Upside and finally King Animal. All mysterious offerings laced with magic and chemistry.

“The closest I came to actually meeting Chris is when we were recording the Manmade God record in Hollywood starting in 2001. Rick Rubin signed us and was co-producing our record. Rick loved our sound and thought that our singer (Pann Reed) had a very powerful and soulful voice, much like Cornell.

“He loved it so much, in fact that he had an idea. To get the guys in Rage Against the Machine to jam with Chris Cornell and see what happens. This is while we are doing preproduction down in Hollywood.

“Next thing we know, they are writing songs on the spot for Audioslave and in the studio a month or so later. Audioslave pretty much was put together, recorded an offering and put it out all while we were still trapped in L.A. working on our record, which took over 2 years to come out after we started the recording process. Crazy and true.

“By the time the MMG record finally did start getting radio play, 6 months before the record hit, the reviews and DJ’s starting making the comparison to Audioslave. Because they figured we came after them. The irony. Not a bad thing at all, but certainly not the case.

“Cornell himself was a true enigma. Not too much was ever known about him because he was very private. His life was a bit mysterious and I’d heard many differing opinions about Chris, the man. I’d never come across him personally for some reason, it just didn’t happen.

“I do know from the time we spent down there recording that Chris was battling his demons during the Audioslave recordings. Just like the rest of us humans, he was vulnerable. I’m actually glad I never met Chris, so the mystery will stay with me forever.

“Much like John Lennon and David Bowie, he will sit in a special place that only true legends sit at in my heart.”

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– May 18th, 2017 –

Band to host live stream of rehearsal today on Facebook at 2PM PDT//5PM EDT

Pennsylvania progressive death metal unit Rivers Of Nihil will begin the “Devastation On The Nation” tour tomorrow (May 19th). The mega tour features headliners Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth with additional support provided by The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, and Gloom at select shows. See below for all dates!

Before the tour kick-off, Rivers Of Nihil will be rehearsing today (May 18th) live on Facebook. Fans are welcome to tune in at 2PM PDT//5PM EDT at: facebook.com/riversofnihil

Rivers Of Nihil “Devastation On The Nation” tour dates
w/ Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, The Zenith Passage (5/19 – 6/4), The Kennedy Veil (5/19 – 5/29), Visceral Disgorge (5/30 – 6/11), Seeker (5/30 – 6/11), Gloom:

5/19 – Bungalow – Manchester, NH
5/20 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
5/21 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/22 – Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
5/23 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
5/24 – Reverb – Reading, PA
5/26 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
5/27 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/28 – The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
5/29 – The Cold Brew – Laredo, TX
5/30 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/31 – Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
6/1 – Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX
6/2 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/3 – Gideon’s Hall – Upland, CA
6/4 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/5 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/6 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
6/7 – The Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO
6/8 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/9 – The Wire – Barwyn, IL
6/10 – Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
6/11 – Foufounes Electrique – Montreal, QC

Rivers of Nihil will be touring in support of 2015′s Monarchy, which was hailed as “the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com). Monarchy continues the seasonal concept that began with spring on Rivers of Nihil‘s debut, The Conscious Seed of Light – this time, welcoming the oppressive summer heat. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”

To preview and purchase this conceptual masterpiece, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

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Fresh off the recently concluded “Wastelands” tour, progressive death metal trio Dischordia has now finalized a second string of 2017 live dates dubbed the “Demon Moon” tour.

The band is eager to keep the momentum going after releasing 2016 album, “Thanatopsis,” with shows now confirmed throughout late June and early July.

Dischordia guitarist Keeno comments on the band’s growth and goals: “‘Thanatopsis’ has been really well received, better than we had hoped honestly. We are excited to get out West again and break in a new state!”

June 22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel Tavern
June 23 – Denver, CO @ Bar Bar
June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
June 26 – Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
June 27 – Bakersfield, CA @ TBD
June 28 – Ventura, CA @ The Tavern
June 29 – San Diego, CA @ The Bancroft
June 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Tavern
July 01 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Armory
July 02 – Amarillo, TX @ Zombiez

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Fresh off the recently concluded “Wastelands” tour, progressive death metal trio Dischordia has now finalized a second string of 2017 live dates dubbed the “Demon Moon” tour.

The band is eager to keep the momentum going after releasing 2016 album, “Thanatopsis,” with shows now confirmed throughout late June and early July.

Dischordia guitarist Keeno comments on the band’s growth and goals: “‘Thanatopsis’ has been really well received, better than we had hoped honestly. We are excited to get out West again and break in a new state!”

June 22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel Tavern
June 23 – Denver, CO @ Bar Bar
June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
June 26 – Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
June 27 – Bakersfield, CA @ TBD
June 28 – Ventura, CA @ The Tavern
June 29 – San Diego, CA @ The Bancroft
June 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Tavern
July 01 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Armory
July 02 – Amarillo, TX @ Zombiez

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Spanish melodic metal band Coffeinne today presents a lyric video for new single “Fragile,” taken off the “Circle Of Time” album, due out June 15th via Fighter Records. The full track listing is as follows:

01. Fragile
02. Fallen Angel
03. Take This Life
04. Isolated
05. Life in a Showcase
06. Save Me
07. Broken
08. No Escape
09. The Hate Within
10. Circle of Time
11. Life in a Showcase (Orchestral) [Bonus]

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The producers of the award-winning documentary “Blackhearts” have had a goal to release the film in Iran since early in development, and as news of the documentary started to spread online, Iranian main character Sina began receiving messages from aspiring young metalheads finding inspiration in his story, themselves wishing to play the music they love without fear of consequences.

Preparing for the DVD release, all kinds of approaches for distribution or screening possibilities in Iran were pursued, but no traditional solutions were found. Now a geoblocked minisite has been created where all Iranians can watch the full documentary for free, and the production company Gammaglimt has reached out to spread the link below the radar of the Iranian regime. If you’re in Iran and want to view the film, send a message at Facebook here.

Sina comments: “I have received many inquiries from young musicians in Iran, both via email and through social media, who have read about me in connection with Blackhearts. In Iran, it is impossible to play black metal. It is impossible to release your music legally and concerts is also something you can forget. Through my story, they can see that it is possible!”

The story of Sina’s oppression at the hands of the Iranian government questions the role of authority in dictating what defines art; on the other end lies Kaiadas, a government oppressor who is a member of Greece’s neo-fascist political party The Golden Dawn by day and black metal musician by night. In the middle, we have Hector, a devoted Satanist and frontman for the Colombian black metal band Luciferian. All three of them exemplifying the global reach and cultural heritage of Norwegian black metal. Also featured in the film are Norwegian black metallers Keep Of Kalessin, Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Destructhor from Myrkskog/Zyklon/ex-Morbid Angel and Tjalve from Den Saakaldte/ex-1349.

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Following the clip for “Wanting More” (available here), Memphis May Fire just released a new music video for fan favorite song, “Sever The Ties,” which is off of the band’s latest album, “This Light I Hold.”

The video was directed by Bryson Roatch (All Time Low, Papa Roach, Nothing But Thieves) and shows live footage of the band performing during a previous run of tour dates.

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Atmospheric black metal band Somnium Nox just released “Terra Inanis” via Transcending Obscurity, and today another track has come online. Check out opening song “Soliloquy of Lament” below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Soliloquy of Lament
2. The Alnwick Apotheosis
3. Transcendental Dysphoria

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