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Mon, Jul 18 2016: BAPTISM

Latest release: "V: The Devil's Fire"

Release date: Fri, Jul 22 2016, US Fri, Jul 22 2016

Finnish black metal underground icons Baptism are premiering their complete new full-length 'V: The Devil's Fire' (out 22nd of July). The album is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.

Metal.de (DE)
Rockzone (ES)
Inferno (FI)
Thrashocore (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Loud (PT)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)
Invisible Oranges (US)

The link from Invisible Oranges includes exclusive track by track commentary from Lord S. himself.

BAPTISM Frontman Lord S. states: "You will probably not be surprised that I see 'V: The Devil's Fire' as a very strong return and as the definitely best album in my long career. I will not apologise for stating the obvious, but whether you agree or not, there are many riffs in classical BAPTISM style as well as many new elements. I am very proud that this beast will now be unleashed and out in the stores on the 22nd of this month. Check it out!"

Artwork and track-list of 'V: The Devil's Fire' can be viewed below.

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  1. Natus Ex Ignis
  2. Satananda
  3. The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash
  4. Devil’s Fire
  5. Abyss
  6. Cold Eternity
  7. Malignant Shadows
  8. Buried With Him

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Line-up
Lord S.: vocals, guitar, songwriting
SG.7: guitar
TG: lead guitar
Syphon: bass
LRH: drums

BAPTISM are confirmed for the Barther Metal Open Air in Germany on the 19th of August.

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Join BAPTISM on their official Facebook page and homepage!

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: NUMENOREAN

Latest release: "Home"

Release date: Fri, Jul 22 2016, US Fri, Jul 22 2016

Canadian post-black metal shooting stars Numenorean have unleashed their complete new album 'Home' (out July 22nd)! The debut full-length is exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Inferno (FI)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Metal Italia (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)
Consequence of Sound (US)

Regarding 'Home', NUMENOREAN comment: "Our album 'Home' is a tumultuous voyage where waves of hope and solace carry you over oceans of despair. It is an experience that forces you to choose either to drown in the collective misery or fight to keep your head above the great nothingness that threatens to pull you into its existential abyss."

NUMENOREAN have previously revealed artwork and track-list of 'Home', which can both be viewed below.

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  1. Home
  2. Thirst
  3. Shoreless
  4. Devour
  5. Laid Down

Furthermore, NUMENOREAN have recently announced US tour dates alongside GHOST BATH. All currently announced shows are listed below.

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08 Sep 16 Chicago, IL (US) Beat Kitchen
09 Sep 16 Detroit, MI (US) Pike Room
10 Sep 16 Toronto, ON (CA) The Garrison
11 Sep 16 Montreal, QC (CA) Le Ritz
13 Sep 16 Boston, MA (US) Great Scott
15 Sep 16 White Hall, MD (US) Shadow Woods Fest
18 Sep 16 Richmond, VA (US) Strange Matter
19 Sep 16 Atlanta, GA (US) Masquerade
20 Sep 16 Nashville, TN (US) The End
21 Sep 16 St Louis, MO (US) Fubar

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Line-up
Brandon Lemley: vocals
Byron Lemley: guitar, vocals
Roger Leblanc: guitar, vocals
Rhys Friesen: bass, vocals
David Horrocks: drums, vocals

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: INQUISITION

Upcoming release: "Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith"

Release date: Fri, Aug 26 2016, US Fri, Aug 26 2016

US black metal duo INQUISITION have revealed the second track taken from their forthcoming full-length 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' (out 26th of August). The song "Power from the Center of the Cosmic Black Spiral" is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Kaaoszine (FI)
Radio Metal (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Metal Italia (IT)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Ultraje (PT)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)
Revolver Magazine

Regarding "Power from the Center of the Cosmic Black Spiral", Frontman Dagon comments on behalf of the duo: "This is Inquisition in its mid paced, heavy and hypnotic form; classic Inquisition. Here we have tight neck breaking riffs and percussive rhythms while mixed with an open and wide atmospheric segment that comes later in the song opening an entire new dimension; this contrasting works with the song's theme of: death and destruction from chaos, perfection and creation from order all from within the center of the galactic battlefield where the gods of creation and the mechanics of the universe are one, working as destroyer and creator enabling cosmic evolution. In short, this is tribute to the center of galaxies and their law as an all-consuming force, a great Satan."

INQUISITION recorded 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' at the legendary London Bridge Studios in Seattle (ALICE IN CHAINS, QUEENSRYCHE, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, and many more) with long time engineer Arthur Rizk (PRURIENT, POWER TRIP).

Artwork and tracklist of 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' are shown below.

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  1. Intro: The Force Before Darkness
  2. From Chaos They Came
  3. Wings Of Anu
  4. Vortex From The Celestial Flying Throne Of Storms
  5. A Black Aeon Shall Cleanse
  6. The Flames Of Infinite Blackness Before Creation
  7. Mystical Blood
  8. Through The Divine Spirit Of Satan A Glorious Universe Is Known
  9. Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
  10. Power From The Center Of The Cosmic Black Spiral
  11. A Magnificent Crypt Of Stars
  12. Outro: The Invocation Of The Absolute, The All, The Satan
  13. Coda: Hymn To The Cosmic Zenith

On previous news, INQUISITION and ROTTING CHRIST have already announced the extensive 'European Bloodshed Rituals' tour for this autumn. The unholy duo will be joined by MYSTIFIER and SCHAMMASCH. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.

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INQUISITION EUROPEAN TOUR
19 Oct 16 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
20 Oct 16 København (DK) Beta
21 Oct 16 Berlin (DE) TBA
22 Oct 16 Warsaw (PL) Progresja
23 Oct 16 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
24 Oct 16 Prague (CZ) Storm
25 Oct 16 Budapest (HU) Barba Negra
26 Oct 16 Ljubljana (SL) Gala Hala
27 Oct 16 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
28 Oct 16 München (DE) Backstage
29 Oct 16 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
30 Oct 16 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks
31 Oct 16 Lyon (FR) Cco
01 Nov 16 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
02 Nov 16 Madrid (ES) Caracol
03 Nov 16 Barcelona (ES) Apolo 2
04 Nov 16 Toulouse (FR) Metronum
05 Nov 16 Rennes (FR) Ubu
06 Nov 16 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
07 Nov 16 London (UK) Islington Assembly Hall
08 Nov 16 Dublin (IR) Voodoo Lounge
10 Nov 16 Esch-sur -Alzette (LU) Kultur Fabrik
11 Nov 16 Bochum (DE) Matrix
12 Nov 16 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
13 Nov 16 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
14 Nov 16 Weinheim (DE) Café Central

INQUISITION AUSTRALIAN TOUR
10 Aug 16 Perth (AU) Amplifier Bar
11 Aug 16 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
12 Aug 16 Brisbane (AU) Crowbar
13 Aug 16 Sydney (AU) Newtown Social Club
14 Aug 16 Canberra (AU) The Basement

INQUISITION CLUB AND FESTIVAL SHOWS
17 Jul 16 Chicago (US) Metal Threat
19 Aug 16 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)

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INQUISITION frontman Dagon commented: "Our 2016 European co-headlining tour marks another journey for INQUISITION that comes with a new album. We take great pride at selecting artists who are willing and have the time and dedication to share the stage with us while considering what should be a ritualistic experience that goes beyond a music event from uprising bands, to the classic ancients all under one shadow. We invite you to witness SCHAMMASCH, MYSTIFIER, ROTTING CHRIST, and INQUISITION on the Bloodshed Rituals 2016 European tour with the intentions of evoking the essence of occult music, while breaking necks in the process of invoking your spirit."

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Line-up
Dagon: guitars, vocals
Incubus: drums

Join INQUISITION on their Facebook page!

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: BARISHI

Upcoming release: "Blood from the Lion's Mouth"

Release date: Fri, Sep 16 2016, US Fri, Sep 16 2016

Vermont's gritty progressive metal outfit BARISHI have premiered the first track from their forthcoming album 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth' (out September 16th). The song "Grave of the Creator" is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Metal Wani (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Never Mind The Hype (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Ultraje (PT)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)
No Clean Singing (US)

Regarding their new track, BARISHI comment: "It happened in the middle of our album's writing process that 'Grave of the Creator' came together. The majority of the song was written on an old acoustic guitar in a hundred year old log cabin in the middle of Maine. It has been fun hearing its transformation since then."

The artwork of 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth' has been created by Brian Mercer (SOUNDGARDEN, EYEHATEGOD, BLACK TUSK) and can be viewed together with the now revealed track-list below.

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  1. Grave of the Creator
  2. Blood from the Lion's Mouth
  3. The Great Ennead
  4. Death Moves in Silence
  5. Master Crossroads, Baron Cemetery
  6. Bonesetter
  7. The Deep
  8. The Spectral Order

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Line-up
Sascha Simms: vocals
Graham Brooks: guitar
Jon Kelley: bass
Dylan Blake: drums

Join BARISHI on their official Facebook page!

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: DEPARTE

Upcoming release: "Failure, Subside"

Release date: Fri, Oct 14 2016, US Fri, Oct 14 2016

Départe have announced that their forthcoming full-length will be entitled 'Failure, Subside' (out 14th of October). The Australian metal extremists are furthermore revealing the cover art of 'Failure, Subside', which is based on a photograph by Alistair Davis of Zac Blain that has been edited by Sam Dishington and Michael Rankine. The cover can be viewed below.

DÉPARTE comment: "The artwork for 'Failure, Subside' deals with feelings of guilt, loss, anxiety, fear, and defeat, closely reflecting the themes throughout the album. These emotions are intimate, almost claustrophobic, clinging to us like dirt - we hold them close, swallow them, hide them away like scars for fear of the shame that comes from the exposure of weakness."

On further news, DÉPARTE have announced Australian live dates in support of their debut full-length. Except for Brisbane and Perth, the underground shooting stars will be joined by special guests NO HAVEN.

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29 Oct 16 Brisbane (AU) Crowbar
04 Nov 16 Launceston (AU) Club 54 (+No Haven)
05 Nov 16 Hobart (AU) The Brisbane Hotel (+No Haven)
18 Nov 16 Sydney (AU) The Bald Faced Stag (+No Haven)
19 Nov 16 Melbourne (AU) The Bendigo Hotel (+No Haven)
25 Nov 16 Perth (AU) Amplifier
03 Dec 16 Adelaide (AU) Enigma Bar (+No Haven)

Regarding the tour, DÉPARTE state: "After more than a year since our last live performance, we are set to tour Australia this spring in support of our debut album, 'Failure, Subside'. The stage is where we feel the most at home, where we can truly express ourselves and create a deeply engaging, visceral experience for our audience. To say we are excited about this would be an understatement. Joining us across the country will be our good friends NO HAVEN, fresh off the release of their debut EP 'Colours of Nothing'."

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Line-up
Sam Dishington: guitar & vocals
Michael Rankine: drums
Mitchell Golding: guitar
Jarrod Sorbian: bass

Join Départe on their official Facebook page and their homepage!

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: SINISTRO

Latest release: "Semente"

Release date: Fri, Apr 08 2016, US Fri, Apr 08 2016

SINISTRO have announced a string of European dates in support of SUBROSA. The Portuguese Fado rockers will join the acclaimed violin doom stoner act on the continent at the Urban Spree in Germany's capital Berlin on September 22 and continuing through until the concert at Espace B in Paris, France on the 10th of October. All currently confirmed SINISTRO shows can be viewed below.

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SINISTRO with SUBROSA
22 Sep 16 Berlin (DE) Urban Spree
23 Sep 16 Wroclaw (PL) Asymmetry Festival
24 Sep 16 Praha (CZ) Modra Vopice
25 Sep 16 Wien (AT) Viper Room
26 Sep 16 München (DE) Feierwerk
28 Sep 16 Milano (IT) Lo-Fi
29 Sep 16 Bologna (IT) Freak Out
01 Oct 16 Nijmegen (NL) Merleyn
03 Oct 16 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
05 Oct 16 Oslo (NO) Blå
09 Oct 16 Köln (DE) Underground
10 Oct 16 Paris (FR) Espace B

SINISTRO festival dates
20 Aug 16 Porto (PT) Amplifest  (+Neurosis et al.)
05 Jul 17 Neskaupstaður (IS) Eistnaflug (exact date tbc)

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Dutch major media network VPRO is still streaming audio streaming the celebrated SINISTRO concert at this year's edition of the seminal Roadburn Festival via its cult show 3VOOR12. You can listen to the performance of the Portuguese ambient doom rockers here.

SINISTRO have released their latest dark melancholic masterpiece 'Semente' on April 8th. The album is available in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

Artwork and tracklist of 'Semente' can be viewed below.

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  1. Partida
  2. Estrada
  3. Corpo Presente
  4. Semente
  5. Relíquia
  6. A Visita
  7. Fragmento

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Line-up
Patricia Andrade – vocals
Y – guitar
F - bass, keys
R – guitar
P – drums

Join SINISTRO on their official Facebook page and official homepage!

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: HARK

Latest release: "Crystalline"

Release date: Fri, Mar 14 2014, US Tue, Mar 18 2014

HARK have released a string of summer dates under the banner "Summer Disintegration 2016" in the UK, including a performance at the prestigious Bloodstock Festival. A full list of upcoming shows and a new picture of the current line-up can be viewed below.

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29 Jul 16 Cardiff (UK) Red Sun Festival
05 Aug 16 Milton Keynes (UK) Crauford Arms
06 Aug 16 Sheffield (UK) Corporation
12 Aug 16 Derbyshire (UK) Bloodstock Festival
19 Aug 16 Leeds (UK) House Studios
20 Aug 16 Edinburgh (UK) Bannermans
21 Aug 16 Glasgow (UK) King Tut's
26 Aug 16 Bristol (UK) The Exchange
27 Aug 16 London (UK) Boston Music Rooms

HARK commented for Terrorizer (UK): "We are glad to announce our 'Summer Disintegration' tour 2016. We shall be playing these shows as our newly expanded line-up, so we would like to officially welcome Tom Short (Intensive Square) to the HARK fold as our new bass player. Joe will now be handling second and lead guitar on the new album, which we are about to begin recording tomorrow. This is the beginning of HARK V.3.0 and we cannot wait to air some new songs on this summer trip. More album updates soon."

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HARK have previously released a video, created under the direction of Rhodri Thomas and vocalist/guitarist Jimbob Isaac. The clip for the song "Palendromeda" is taken from the Welsh trio's album debut 'Crystalline' and can be viewed here.

HARK are still performing in support of their debut full-length, 'Crystalline', which has been named as one of the best six metal albums of 2014 by Entertainment Weekly and is still available from the Season of Mist shop.

Artwork and tracklist of 'Crystalline' are shown below.

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  1. Palendromeda
  2. Hounded By Callous Decree
  3. Sins On Sleeves
  4. Black Hole South West
  5. Breathe And Run
  6. Mythopoeia
  7. Scarlet Extremities
  8. All Wretch No Vomit
  9. Xtal 0.6
  10. Clear Light Of....

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Current line-up
Jimbob Isaac: guitars, vocals
Joe Harvatt: guitars
Tom Short: bass
Simon Bonwick: drums

Join HARK on their official Facebook page.

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Mon, Jul 18 2016: ARCHSPIRE

Latest release: "The Lucid Collective"

Release date: Fri, Apr 25 2014, US Tue, Apr 29 2014

ARCHSPIRE will enter the Flatline Audio studio in August with producer Dave Otero (CATTLE DECAPITATION, NIGHTBRINGER and more) to record their next full-length album. On further news, the technical death metal masters have announced a western US tour.

Working track titles for the new album include "Involuntary Doppelgänger", "Relentless Mutation", and "From Solitude to Infamy". The new record will be released in 2017 by Season of Mist.

The band comments: "The recording date for our third album is set! We are looking forward to tracking with Dave Otero at Flatline in Denver this August. We are all huge fans of his work, and we can't wait to see what sort of effect he'll have on the sound and feel of this album. We have been hard at work for the past 7 months writing for this album, and we're confident it'll be the best ARCHSPIRE album to date. Stay Tech!"

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On further news, ARCHSPIRE have announced the 'Race to Denver' showcase tour, which will kick off the 14th of August in Seattle at El Corazon. The trek will pass San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City before a final show on the 20th of August in Denver at the Trailside Saloon.

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14 Aug 16 Seattle, WA (US) El Corazon
15 Aug 16 Portland, OR (US) Analog Theater
16 Aug 16 San Francisco, CA (US) Above DNA
17 Aug 16 Long Beach, CA (US) Di Piazza's
18 Aug 16 Las Vegas, NV (US) TBA
19 Aug 16 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Loading Dock
20 Aug 16 Denver, CO (US) Trailside Saloon

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Line-up
Oliver Ray Aleron: vocals
Tobi Morelli: guitar
Spencer Prewett: drums
Dean Lamb: guitar
Jaron Evil: bass, vocals

Join Archspire on their official Facebook page.

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