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Heavy Metal Cover Art 2016: A Look At The Best And Most Memorable

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Every year in December we cover the best and worst of metal with a focus on recorded material and live releases, but what frequently gets lost in the shuffle is an integral part of all things metal: the artwork. While the prominence of physical media that you actually handle and admire while listening to an album has faded with the advent of dig... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Inquisition To Tour North America With Mayhem

December 2, 2016 - 22:50
Inquisition just announced an extensive North American trek: the "Bloodshed Across North America" tour begins on January 20th and sees the band as main support to Norwegian label-mates Mayhem. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. This North American tour will see Inquisition touring in support of crushing latest album, "Bloods... Read More/Discuss on Metal

The Ominous Circle Wants You To Inhale "Poison Fumes"

December 2, 2016 - 22:41
A tumultuous new torrent of suffocating death metal is coming from Portugal's The Ominous Circle with the act's impending "Appalling Ascension" album. As the record is prepared for release through a 20 Buck Spin and Osmose Productions cooperation, today new track "Poison Fumes" comes online and can be heard below. Featuring artwork by Timo Ketol... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Cognitive Announces U.S. Tour Dates With Artificial Brain

December 2, 2016 - 22:31
Garden State-based brutal death metal outfit Cognitive will kick off the New Year with a ten-date U.S. journey alongside tech death collective Artificial Brain. The "Deformity Constellation" tour will commence January 13th and run through January 22nd, with additional 2017 Cognitive live takeovers to be revealed in the weeks to come. "Last ye... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Ivan Moody Drops Off Five Finger Death Punch Tour, Replaced By Phil Labonte

December 2, 2016 - 22:22
With only seven shows to go on the band's current U.S. co-headlining arena tour alongside Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch will finish out the current trek with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for frontman Ivan Moody, who has fallen ill. Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: "Ivan is our brother and we fu... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Hollow Earth Streams Full New "Dead Planet" Album

December 2, 2016 - 22:15
With new album "Dead Planet" out today (December 2nd) on Good Fight Music, Hollow Earth offers up a full stream below. Founded in the greater Detroit area, Hollow Earth has been perfecting its apocalyptic metalcore over the past few years, gradually arriving at a sound that's essentially the ultimate soundtrack to hurtling through glorious yet d... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Thrown Into Exile Streaming Full "Safe Inside" Album

December 2, 2016 - 22:10
Urban Yeti Records is ecstatic to announce that Thrown Into Exile’s leadoff song "No Words" from debut album "Safe Inside" has hit the metal airwaves on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal Channel 40. The album is also available for full streaming below. The "Safe Inside" track listing is as follows: 1. Myth of Misfortune 2. Declination 3. Restore The Tru... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Dead Register Posts Live "Reverse" Footage

December 2, 2016 - 22:06
Following an absurd entry to our ongoing search for the best Pit Stories, Dead Register is now back with some live footage of new song "Reverse." This unreleased song was salvaged from shaky cam footage at The Earl during Dead Register's "Fiber" release show on May 7th. If you missed it, a previously posted music video for the "Fiber" title trac... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Leaves' Eyes Announces North American Tour With Sabaton And Battle Beast

December 2, 2016 - 21:50
Leaves' Eyes just checked in with this announcement about gearing up for a new tour alongside Sabaton: "At the moment we are still on an awesome North America tour with Sonata Arctica and Omnium Gatherum and just got great news! We are happy to announce that we will return to the USA & Canada in April / May 2017 and go on tour together with Saba... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Periphery's Matt Halpern Performs Doom Soundtrack At Game Awards 2016

December 2, 2016 - 21:41
First coffee, and now Doom, is there anything Periphery doesn't have its fingers in? Periphery's Matt Halpern joined composer Mick Gordon on stage to perform selections from the Doom 2016 video game soundtrack at this year's Game Awards - check out footage of the insane event below! Read More/Discuss on Metal

Pain Of Salvation Announces "In The Passing Light Of Day" Tour Dates

December 2, 2016 - 21:25
Swedish progressive rock/metal band Pain of Salvation ios pleased to announce a first European tour in support of upcoming studio album "In The Passing Light Of Day," which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic. Catch these currently confirmed Pain Of Salvation tour dates: 07.-11.02. Tamp... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Naberus Posts "Torch The Sky" Music Video

December 2, 2016 - 21:17
Melbourne, Australia’s Naberus just unveiled a new music video for the song "Torch the Sky." The song depicts the struggle of standing up for one’s beliefs and never giving up, even under the direst circumstances. "Torch the Sky" is the third single off the band’s new album "The Lost Reveries," which comes out worldwide via Eclipse Records today... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard Releasing "Supersonic Rock'N Roll"

December 2, 2016 - 21:10
Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard combines Ministry-style grooves with the good old sex, drugs & rock'n' roll attitude. The band's debut album "Supersonic Rock'N Roll" will be released on February 24th, 2017 via Napalm Records. Vocalist Ran comments: "Its done and dusted, fuel up the bus and stock the fucking fridge with beer I'm ready to tour. I just... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Dark Messiah Streaming Self-Titled EP

December 2, 2016 - 21:05
Hailing from Winnipeg, MB, Dark Messiah is a band of marauders blending the elements of metal, metal, and more metal for the perfect soundtrack to the apocalypse. The band's new self-titled EP was just unleashed digitally and will arrive on CD format on January 20th. The EP was produced and mixed by Matt Copper at Atomic Twenty-Nine Productions ... Read More/Discuss on Metal

White Wizzard Issues New Album Update

December 2, 2016 - 21:01
After the band's utter implosion back in 2013 and then return earlier this year to crowd fund a new album, Jon Leon of White Wizzard has now issued this thank you letter to fans and update on the impending album release: "In the winter of 2013 I was massively depressed and ready to quit music all together. I did not even pick up a guitar, and wa... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Mothman Releases "Opposite Scarecrow" Lyric Video

December 2, 2016 - 20:55
Austin metal trio Mothman just released a new lyric video for "Opposite Scarecrow." The fast and furious track is taken from the band's new album, "Answers To No-One," which we exclusively premiered online in October (listen in right here). If you like what you hear, you can also pick up the album at Bandcamp. Read More/Discuss on Metal

Dead Horse Trauma Posts "Life" Documentary

December 2, 2016 - 20:50
Des Moines, IA-based band Dead Horse Trauma just released a short documentary on the recording of upcoming release "Life." on The documentary lets you step right into the studio and see just how things progressed and it captured the relationship with the band's new bassist in his first couple weeks on his interview process. "Lif... Read More/Discuss on Metal

First Fragment Posts "L'entité" Guitar Playthrough

December 2, 2016 - 20:41
With the recent release of debut album "Dasein" in May 2016, Montreal's neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment has caught the attention of many guitar fanatics worldwide. Combining '80s neoclassical metal, flamenco, and extreme metal influences, the music of First Fragment is a a bold, over-the-top monument of shred." Today the band i... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Malacoda Releases "Ritualis Aeterna" EP

December 2, 2016 - 20:31
Canadian symphonic power metal band Malacoda (named after a demon from Dante’s "Divine Comedy") returns with new six track EP "Ritualis Aeterna" that sees official release today, December 2nd. Packed with dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century. Vocalist Lucas Di Mascio comments on the EP: ... Read More/Discuss on Metal

Horisont Unveils New Album "About Time"

December 2, 2016 - 20:22
Swedish hard rock outfit Horisont will release upcoming album "About Time" on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records. The band comments on the cover: “The fabulous artwork for our fifth album 'About Time' is once again crafted by the wizard of art himself – Henrik Jacobson, who also did the 'Odyssey' artwork. Henrik has managed to capture ... Read More/Discuss on Metal