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Relapse Records has announced the signing of New York City avant-garde, technical death metal quartet PYRRHON (pronounced “peer-on”). The band’s sophomore album, “The Mother Of Virtues’, will be released in early 2014.

Formed in 2008, PYRRHON released one EP (“Fever Kingdoms”, 2010) and one LP (“An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master”, 2011) via The Path Less Traveled Records and Selfmadegod Records, respectively.

A nightmarish blend of clanging death metal with surreal psychedelic elements, jazz rhythms, and delirious storytelling, “The Mother Of Virtues” was tracked and mixed by Ryan Jones (TODAY IS THE DAY, MUTILATION RITES, WETNURSE) at Saint Vitus Bar and The Sound City in Brooklyn in May and June 2013. The record was then mastered by Colin Marston (KRALLICE, GORGUTS) at The Thousand Caves Studios in Brooklyn in August 2013.

Vocalist Doug Moore commented on the signing: “When I was 15, I bought a copy of Relapse‘s ‘Contaminated 5.0’ sampler CD. Through it, I encountered SUFFOCATION, NEUROSIS, PIG DESTROYER, HUMAN REMAINS, and countless other great bands for the first time.

“We are thrilled and honored to work with a label whose output has done so much to drive metal forward, and which has meant so much to all four of us over the years.”

PYRRHON quickly became known for its mind-bending live show, playing with such notable acts as MISERY INDEX, HATE ETERNAL, ORIGIN, TOMBS, LITURGY, CANNABIS CORPSE, BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS and INTER ARMA.

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Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH are hard at work on pre-production for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album, “The Epigenesis”. In addition, the band has parted ways with longtime guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of MELECHESH for eight months while he has been focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will fill the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius (pictured below).

MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new lineup on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band’s North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: “I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of MELECHESH because we needed to have an active guitar player. He fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with MELECHESH and music — nothing else. In fact, we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance. Like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family. I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

“A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past, I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family , companies, governments, kingdoms all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way, we all think change is not good in such cases. On the contrary, it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone. Anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands, so it’s all good.

“I am a very loyal person — anyone with over two brain cells knows this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it…) — but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of MELECHESH.

“You can also hear some of Aybar‘s (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh’ where he did the entire soundtrack for this film.”

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5 Questions With… is your chance to get to know and new or up-and-coming metal band. Heavatar is a new band formed by Van Canto’s Stefan Schmidt. Their debut album is All My Kingdoms,. Schmidt, the vocalist and rhythm guitarist, introduces us to his band.

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Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

March 12, 2013
Adrenaline Mob - Coverta (Elm City)
Damnation Plan - The Wakening (Coroner)
Fit For A King - Creation/Destruction (Solid State)
Godyva - Alien Heart (Southern Brigade)
Heavatar - Opus I – All My Kingdoms (Napalm)
Hot Lunch - Hot Lunch (Tee Pee)
Illnath - 4 Shades Of Me (Pitch Black)
Mortillery - Origin Of Extinction (Napalm)
Napalm Death - Enemy Of The Music Business/Leaders Not Followers Re-Release (Secret)
Necrocurse - Grip Of The Dead (Pulverised)
Neroargento - Underworld (Coroner)
Nolentia - May the Hand That Holds the Match… (Kaotoxin)
Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For the Fans-Orange Goblin Live 2012 (Candlelight)
Patria - Nihil Est Monastica (Drakkar)
Rammstein - Videos 1995-2012 DVD (Density)
The Saint James Society - Bab(a/y)lon Rising (Tee Pee)

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German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt and Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jorg Michael, posted a track-by-track trailer video for the band’s debut LP “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records. In the video, Schmidt discusses each song on the release. Check out the video here:

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German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt, is set to release the debut LP “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.

With Heavatar, Schmidt exchanges the “A Cappella” style, manning the rhythm guitar as well as lead vocals. Supporting him is Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael,  and Ex-Fading Starlight guitarist Sebastian Scharf.

According to the press release: “[e]ach song borrows – some more, some less – a motif from classical composers – ranging from Bach to Paganini and Beethoven. The epic songs are filled with mighty choirs, which are performed by members of the “Blind Guarding” choir-team and of course, Stefan’s friends in Van Canto. The artwork was created by the renowned fantasy artist Kerem Beyit. ‘All My Kingdoms’ is a celebration for Power Metal fans, who love catchy refrains, epic choirs, classic tunes, heavy riffs and thundering double-bass. The debut will also take supports of different genres by storm – to the Metal!”

The track listing for “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” is:

1. Replica
2. Abracadabra
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal

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Christian metalcore act Life In Your Way has announced that it will be releasing a new series of EPs titled collectively as “Kingdoms.” The first song released from the EP trio is titled “Like A River” and is to be included on the “Kingdom of God” EP. The EP trio will be released periodically starting on October 25, 2011. In the meantime, the song “Like A River” is available for streaming below.

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“Kingdoms To Fall”, a new song from SMASHFACE, the band featuring Lorenzo Antonucci (ex-SWORN ENEMY guitarist) on lead vocals and Chris Storey (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) on guitar, can be streamed at this location.

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