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It wasn’t too long ago that we told you about Cognizance and their upcoming EP, _Inceptum. We’re quickly nearing the fall release window, and the band have appropriately just released the first single ‘The Succession of Flesh’ in the form of a lyric video. This is 4 minutes of tech-death that you don’t want to miss, with Alex Rüdinger of The Faceless on drums, not to mention the two guest spots from Eyal Levi of Daath and Suffocation‘s Frank Mullen. Check out the song after the jump:

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Tom Fountainhead GeldschlagerTechnical death metal legends Obscura recently announced that guitarist Christian Muenzner (Alkaloid, ex-Necrophagist) and drummer Hannes Grossmann left the band. While they found a replacement rather quickly in Sebastian Lanser of Panzerballett, they hadn’t announced a replacement until now. Cue Tom Geldschäger of Fountainhead, who uses fretless guitars. And they’re working on a new album. Check after the jump for more information and samples of Tom’s work.

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Abysmal Dawn have always been on steady incline during their time on the tech-death circuit. Currently, they are gearing up for a solid tour spot supporting Deicide and the release of their fourth album, Obsolescence, which will be available  in late October.

The band released a groovy, mid-paced track about a month ago entitled ‘Inanimate‘. Now, a second single called “The Inevitable Return to Darkness” has been released to seemingly act as an appropriate musical counterbalance. Head on over the jump to give it a proper listen!

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Up and coming progressive death metal masterminds Black Crown Initiate have debuted their first video from their upcoming album The Wreckage of Stars. I can’t say enough good things about them, but you can check my review of this amazing debut. And the video, after the jump. It’s a must listen for anyone who likes death metal, especially older Opeth. The Wreckage of Stars releases tomorrow on eOne entertainment.

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Blood Mantra
The highly anticipated new Decapitated album, Blood Mantra, comes out tomorrow, but if the anticipation is absolutely killing you and you can’t possibly wait another day, the whole album is up for streaming over at Metal Hammer. Click the link to hear it, and while you’re listening, read more info after the jump.

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Our Most Prized Metal Possessions. What Are Yours?

mostprizedIt could be a ticket stub, it could be a guitar, it could be a t-shirt or CD or Vinyl, but if you look around you, chances are you have a Most Prized Metal Possession. Some of ours after the jump.

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greghamptontitleWe say it all the time, the Scrobbler doesn’t lie. So what will we find Greg Hampton of up and coming Tech Death band The Zenith Passage is (really) listening to after the jump?

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So You Want to Be Veil of Maya’s New Vocalist?

vom-faceIt’s only been about a day or so since Veil of Maya announced that they’re splitting with long-time vocalist Brandon Butler. Those who would replace him after the jump.

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twir-927This week in the Week in Reviews, we look at four brand new records from three different artists, two of whom are not named Devin Townsend.. TWIR after the break.

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Earthship – Withered

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From the very first feedback-laden chord of Earthship’s third album Withered, we receive a mission statement: this is going to be loud, sludgy and in your face. However, plenty of albums exist that deliver all these things, especially during this last, fantastic year and so, an eyebrow might be raised in skepticism. Why should the jaded listener continue on and not switch back or over to many of the other releases, already familiar and enjoyable, that offer this very same mix? The answer lies in two places: first, the undeniable talent sitting at the drums position, no other than ex-The Ocean’s Jan Oberg coupled with his wife, Sabine Oberg, on the bass. The second is the unbelievably seamless integration this band pulls off between all their different influences.

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