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bloodshot dawn album 2 kickstarter

I hadn’t heard of Bloodshot Dawn until just a few weeks ago, which was a grave, grave mistake. I am now obsessed with these guys and their amazing take on melodic death/ thrash metal. Our very own Noyan gave their debut album a perfect score, and even went as far as saying, “If anyone can bring melodeath back, these guys have a good chance of doing so. In essence, Bloodshot Dawn are the heroes that Gothenburg needs.” I couldn’t agree more with Noyan’s sentiments, and the band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of their highly anticipated follow-up album.

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devil sold his soul time

Devil Sold His Soul‘s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist Ed Gibbs, now replaced with Paul Green of The Arusha Accord, the band have returned with an album titled with the often fatal moniker of Time.

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Few tours make as much sense as the pairing of Wintersun and Fleshgod Apocalypse, two bands from Nuclear Blast Records pushing the boundaries of extreme metal and fully exploring the potential for epic symphonic music. They’re on the second half of their North American tour with support from Virginian death metal mainstays Arsis, and you can view photos from the tour’s stop in Irving Plaza, NYC via Maclyn Bean Photography below.

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veronica bordacchini

Fleshgod Apocalypse are preparing for their upcoming tour with Wintersun, Arsis, and Starkill in support of their new album Labyrinth, and they’re getting the hype train rolling with some really cool news. During the recording sessions of Agony and Labyrinth, the group enlisted soprano Veronica Bordacchini to supply a female touch to the group’s operatic music. Since her presence is even greater on Labyrinth, the group decided that they will bring Bordacchini along on future tours!

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emperor

Reunions have been a hot commodity in metal over the last few years, and I’m sure many of us have a wishlist of bands we hope would come back and make sweet music together again. One band in particular that you might find on many lists is influential black metal group Emperor. Judging by past responses from frontman Ihsahn, you’d think it was a fat chance before we ever got to see the group together again. Today however, the organizers of the infamous German fest Wacken Open Air wherein they announced that a newly reunited Emperor would be headlining the 2014 show.

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arsis indiegogo

Apparently James Malone of Arsis is not only a killer frontman and technical guitarist, but he’s also a professional when it comes to hair cuts. I had no idea that he was a barber or some sort of hair stylist; great hair isn’t something often associated with metal. I don’t know how much you typically pay for hair cuts, but I’d never usually pay more than $10. However, if you’re in the giving spirit and want to help Arsis fund their upcoming tour with Wintersun and Fleshgod Apocalypse, then $50 will get you a haircut from the man himself.

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Chthonic – Bú-Tik

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Bú-Tik

01. Arising Armament (Intro)
02. Supreme Pain for the Tyrant
03. Sail Into the Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage of My Sword
06. Between Silence and Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire to the Island
09. Defenders of Bu-Tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

[06/25/13]
[Spinefarm]

Taiwanese symphonic black metal band Chthonic are an interesting bunch. They’ve had a devoted cult following which can be attributed to their fairly unique sound and aesthetic (and perhaps the fact that they’re one of the few well-known metal bands from Taiwan). Nearly two decades from their formation, they’ve recently gained worldwide fame after signing to Spinefarm Records in 2009. Bu-Tik is their third album on Spinefarm, and their seventh overall. The band have stated that this album is supposed to be a blend of their previous three albums. While it doesn’t contain a lot of black metal influences unlike the band’s older albums, it’s still very interesting and a fine album.

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Holy epic extremities! When I first heard that Wintersun was hitting the road with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Arsis, I would have placed my bets on that dream tour being only a European run. To my surprise, that isn’t the case. This tour is hitting America! The Metalsucks sponsored trek is hitting up a few secondary markets like Charlotte and Cincinnati (among others), so Wintersun are covering a lot more ground this time around! Dates after the jump!

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Shade Empire - Omega Arcane

Sometimes a very brilliant and promising band can exist somewhere and we will have missed out on them entirely. I mean, sure, we’re supposed to have our ears to the ground and fingers on the pulse and all that other nonsense but we do what we can to get by. At any rate, it’s better late than never! We have for you today a symphonic black metal band from Finland, Shade Empire.

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Wintersun studio

Pictured: Wintersun’s Jari Maenpaa in the studio in open defiance of The Iron Maiden Rule.

Wintersun‘s Time has been the butt of many jokes in the metal community due to its constant delays and years spent in development. Just when it looked like things were looking up when the first half Time I was announced and subsequently released with the promise that Time II was to follow shortly after in early 2013, Wintersun has pushed back Time II a full year. Cue sighs and shrugged shoulders the world over.

The news comes via an easily overlooked third paragraph in what looks like an otherwise harmless update on Facebook:

We are starting the mix of TIME II and it will be released early 2014. The album will continue where TIME I left, but it will be an upgrade in production, it will be equally epic, if not more. It will contain some “fast stuff” and some guitar shredding (incl. 7 solos) like some of you metal heads and guitar wankers have been wishing for. It will also contain some of the most beautiful music ever written, that will bring a tear to your eye.

Upon reading this, I thought I was crazy. I could have sworn I read somewhere that Nuclear Blast slated Time II for a spring 2013 release. Digging through my emails, that was indeed the initial plan:

TIME I mix is set to be finished by July, mastered in the beginning of July and released in early fall of 2012! TIME II will be released in 2013. Conception of album artworks, videos, live shows including rehearsals will keep us busy during the Summer and I´ll also continue mixing TIME II meanwhile.

The update was posted last week, and yet no one’s made a stink about this yet. Perhaps it was so expected that people stopped caring and that joke horse has been long send out to pasture. Maybe it was just easily overlooked. Ribbing aside, Time II remains as one of our most highly anticipated records, and Time I landed on my best of 2012 list. Perfection can’t be rushed though and there’s no doubt that the band are working their asses off to get it to us. It’s just a shame that there’s a two year wait from Time‘s first release before we get to hear the rest of the album.

We’ll pass along any information we get when Time II‘s release is further cemented.

- JR

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