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To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have teamed up with book publisher Rocket 88 to work on the official OPETH book.

In this amazing book, the band will tell you their full story for the first time — the good, the bad, the ugly — in their own words, with a little help from former members, label bosses, management, producers, and anyone else that’s been there for the key moments in the band’s illustrious career.

OPETH‘s long and winding story will be illustrated throughout with rare and unseen images of life on the road, working in the studio, and other unique glimpses into the world of OPETH.

Rocket 88 Books is inviting fans to get in touch if they have any items of visual interest: photos, posters, ticket stubs, flyers, anything!

Don’t send images yet, just let Rocket 88 know what you have and they will review all that’s sent in with consideration for inclusion in what will be a truly exceptional book about one of metal’s most important bands. Your stuff could be in the book!

Please e-mail Rocket 88 at: info@opethbook.com.

OPETH‘s last album, 2011’s “Heritage”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.

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Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Richmond, Virginia hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Darkest Hour, Mammoth Grinder, Suppression and a thousand other killer bands, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of vocalist Tony Foresta, guitarists Phil Hall and Mark Bronzino, […]

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PALMS, the Los Angeles-based band featuring three former members of ISIS with DEFTONES‘ frontman Chino Moreno, premiered the outfit’s first music video, for the song “Future Warrior”. Check it out below. The five-minute clip, directed by Jon Mancinetti, perfectly encapsulates the visual elements that have accompanied the PALMS debut album’s release: a breezy Southern California landscape with rugged mountains and swaying palm trees.

PALMS released its self-titled debut album in June, with Spin describing “Palms” as “the slow-orbiting-rocket float of ‘Oceanic’-era ISIS painted in soft colors, now with the gushing, soaring melodies that would work on an older sibling’s mixtape next to CURE, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, US, or DEPECHE MODE” and Revolver proclaiming the album a “dreamy, swooning… masterpiece.”

The quartet played its first live shows in July, with four headlining dates on the West Coast followed by a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, as SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s hand-picked openers.

PALMS came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris, (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together. “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.” The band, knowing that Moreno had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed. “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno says, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

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“Future Warrior”, the new Jon Mancinetti-directed video from PALMS, the musical collaboration between DEFTONES vocalist Chino Moreno and former members of ISIS (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide), will make its online debut on Thursday, September 26.

“Future Warrior” comes off PALMS‘ self-titled debut album, which was released on June 25 via Mike Patton‘s (FAITH NO MORE) Ipecac label.

The track listing for the 47-minute effort is as follows:

01. Future Warrior
02. Patagonia
03. Mission Sunset
04. Shortwave Radio
05. Tropics
06. Antarctic Handshake

PALMS came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together.

“After a little time, Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris said. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.” The band, knowing that Chino had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed.

“A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno said, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

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The official lyric video for the track “In The Trenches…” from HELL’S DOMAIN — the Danish thrash metal band featuring former members of HATESPHERE, KOLDBORN, EXMORTEM and ARTILLERY — can be seen below. The song comes off HELL’S DOMAIN‘s self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 23 via Punishment 18 Records. The CD’s cover artwork was created by Ed Repka, best known for his work with such bands as MEGADETH, DEATH, MASSACRE, ATHEIST, DEFIANCE and VIO-LENCE.

“Hell’s Domain” was recorded at Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark. Mixing and mastering duties were handled by renowned producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, KATAKLYSM, HATESPHERE, SICK OF IT ALL).

“Hell’s Domain” track listing:

01. 100 Days In Hell
02. The Needle And The Vein
03. In The Trenches…
04. Order #227
05. The Walls Come Tumblin’ Down
06. Crawling In The Shadows
07. Dead Civilization
08. Hangman’s Fracture
09. As Good As Dead
10. A Good Day To Die
11. Sneaking Disease (CRIONIC cover)

HELL’S DOMAIN was formed by guitarist Bjørn Bihlet (ex-KOLDBORN, BOIL) and bassist Lars Knudsen (ex-CRIONIC) in 2007 with the intention of churning out some catchy Bay Area-inspired thrash metal. Soon joined by Anders Gyldenøhr (ex-HATESPHERE, ARTILLERY) on drums and Alex Clausen (MONSTAH) on vocals, the band completed its lineup in 2011 with the addition of former EXMORTEM axeman Andreas Schubert.

HELL’S DOMAIN 2013 is:

* Alex Clausen (ex-GROPE, MONSTAH) – Vocals
* Bjørn Bihlet (ex-KOLDBORN, HORNED ALMIGHTY) – Guitar
* Andreas Schubert (ex-EXMORTEM) – Guitar
* Lars Knudsen (ex-CRIONIC) – Bass
* Anders Gyldenøhr (ex-HATESPHERE, ARTILLERY, GROPE) – Drums

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After legal action from former members over the name Kyuss Lives!, the band changed their name to Vista Chino. Their debut album Peace will appeal to Kyuss fans, but also has some different elements. I spoke with the band’s vocalist John Garcia about the creation of the new album, overcoming the legal issues, playing new material live and other topics.

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Featuring former members of heavy metal royalty in Iced Earth and Nevermore, Ashes Of Ares make for a pretty solid supergroup. Who’d make it into frontman Matt Barlow’s fantasy supergroup, though?! We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

The band’s self-titled debut album is out September 9 via Nuclear Blast. Order it here: http://smarturl.it/ashesofares

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With a debut full-length album set for release in the autumn, Eudaimony (the Swedish/German band that features current and former members of Naglfaar, Dark Fortress, and Secrets of the Moon in its lineup) has today announced details for the 8-track album “Futile.” The album will also feature a guest appearance by Antimatter’s Mick Moss. The newly completed artwork for the album is by Ben Borucki (Irrleuchten) from the German band Sonic Reign.

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“Hideous Rot” from Philadelphia’s Masada is a 5-track MCD of unpolished underground death metal brought to you by current/former members of Immolation, Rellik Goreaphobia, and Crucifier. It was just released on Deathgasm Records and featurs a bizarre contribution from Clive Jones of legendary 70’s occult rock band Black Widow (on “Fluteotherapy”)

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THE MAN-EATING TREE — the atmospheric metal band featuring former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of POISONBLACK, REFLEXION and EMBRAZE — has issued the following update:

“Our band has been working on a material for the third record for over a year now, with some very promising results.

“A few months ago, we went through all the material we’d already come up with and decided which songs we would continue with and would probably end up on the next THE MAN-EATING TREE record. At the end of August we’re about to enter the studio. We’re excited and certain that once again we’ve found some new elements to enrich our music. In the studio we have also some new things going on, this time we’ll be working with the producer/musician Aksu Hanttu.

“Describing our own music is always difficult, but you could say that our basic sound is getting somewhat heavier and more somber, but you still definitely recognize the old THE MAN-EATING TREE sound. Our new singer, Antti Kumpulainen, brings some new nuances to our sound. With him we’ve done more demo recordings than ever before.”

Says Kumpulainen: “I knew that my longtime friend Janne had this new band and I’d heard both ‘Vine’ and ‘Harvest’ and really liked the atmosphere there was. But what I didn’t know was that THE MAN-EATING TREE were looking for a new singer. So after a brief discussion with the members of the band, it became very clear that I wanted to be a part of THE MAN-EATING TREE.

“I’ve always been into music that has the light and the shade in it, some kind of ‘the beauty and the beast’ mentality.

“For me, music and lyrics together create an atmosphere that’s passionate, cathartic, beautiful, somber. Some sort of emotional passage which eventually will become cathartic.

“I have various musical inspirations, DEFTONES, NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, CULT OF LUNA, KATATONIA, PORTISHEAD and A PERFECT CIRCLE, to name some. But my main inspiration comes from the highs and the lows of our everyday lives.”

Adds Ranta: “Like I told you before, for the last year our band has been working hard with the new material. At the same time, our keyboardist Heidi Määttä was studying elsewhere in Finland. After her studies she felt that she’s no longer part of our band and therefore could not continue. There’s no drama, we just grew apart, that’s all. THE MAN-EATING TREE wants to thank Heidi for everything and wishes all the best for her.”

THE MAN-EATING TREE is:

Antti Kumpulainen – Vocals
Janne Markus (ex-POISONBLACK] – Guitar
Antti Karhu (CLOCK PARADOX) – Guitar
Mikko Uusimaa (REFLEXION) – Bass
Vesa Ranta (SENTENCED) – Drums

THE MAN-EATING TREE‘s sophomore album, “Harvest”, was released in November 2011 via Century Media Records. The CD was once again helmed by producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS) and marked the recording debut of guitarist Antti Karhu.

THE MAN-EATING TREE‘s debut album, “Vine”, came out in Finland on September 22, 2010 via Cobra Records and in other territories through Century Media Records.

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