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...Of the Dark Light - SUFFOCATION

SUFFOCATION broke ground with its absolutely gargantuan early material. A progenitor of technical death metal, the group's competition has become as stiff as a corpse in the years since then. Bands as varied as CRYPTOPSY, OBSCURA and NECROPHAGIST have pushed the envelope in their own respective ways, but the New York group has remained relevant ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Praises EERIE VON's 'Misery Obscura' Photo Book

METALLICA's Kirk "Von" Hammett has stepped out in advance of the November release of Eerie Von's forthcoming MISFITS / SAMHAIN / DANZIG photo book, "Misery Obscura: The Photography Of Eerie Von (1981–2009)", to sing the book's praises: "'Misery Obscura' has an amazing fly-on-the-wall feel that is mesmerizing but unequivocal," says Hammett. "Eerie puts me right ...

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Scientific Research Vessel Named After SOUNDGARDEN

According to The Pulse Of Radio, a scientific research vessel that will monitor water quality in Washington state's Puget Sound has been given the name SoundGuardian in honor of local Seattle musical legends SOUNDGARDEN. Drummer Matt Cameron commented: "We've won Grammys and a few awards through the years, but this is a real special one ...

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OBSCURA: 'Ten Sepiroth' Video Released

The official video for the song "Ten Sepiroth" from progressive metal masters OBSCURA can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening"), which was released on February 5 via Relapse Records. The album was made available in CD, 2xLP and as a digital download. "With ...

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Akroasis - OBSCURA

It's been five years since German death-prog quartet OBSCURA dropped its well-toasted "Omnivium" album. Since then, Steffen Kummerer and Linus Klausenitzer watched guitarist Christian Muenzner and drummer Hannes Grossmann leave the band as Rafael Trujillo (no relation to fellow bassist Robert) and Sebastian Lanser have since taken their places. Muenzner reportedly left over creative differences ...

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OBSCURA: New Song 'Ode To The Sun' Available For Streaming

"Ode To The Sun", a brand new song from progressive metal masters OBSCURA, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening"), which will be released February 5 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and as a digital download. "With ...

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OBSCURA: New Song 'The Monist' Available For Streaming

"The Monist", a brand new song from progressive metal masters OBSCURA, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening"), which will be released February 5, 2016 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and as a digital download. "With 'Akróasis', ...

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Former OBSCURA Guitarist Joins Forces With Ex-ELEGY Singer In ETERNITY'S END

ETERNITY'S END is a neoclassical power/progressive metal band founded by guitarist Christian Muenzner (ALKALOID, ex-OBSCURA, ex-NECROPHAGIST) in 2014. Muenzner comments: "After finalizing my second instrumental solo album, 'Beyond The Wall Of Sleep', in spring 2014, I finally wanted to realize a dream I've had for many years, which was to create a band that would ...

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TESTAMENT, Ex-JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, NIGHTWISH Members Perform At Israel's TITANS OF METAL Despite BDS Boycott

More than 20 international metal and hard rock artists performed at Israel's first-ever edition of Titans Of Metal festival, which took place on December 17 at Tel Aviv's Theatron Club. The show was held despite the activities of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, spearheaded by ex-PINK FLOYD member Roger Waters, which calls ...

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Video Premiere: OBSCURA's 'Akróasis'

It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA's universally acclaimed "Omnivium" album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening") draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA's signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive ...

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OBSCURA To Release 'Akróasis' Album In February

It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA's universally acclaimed "Omnivium" album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening") draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA's signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive ...

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FALLUJAH Begins Recording New Album

Progressive death metallers FALLUJAH are currently at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer Zack Ohren (ANIMOSITY, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) recording the follow-up to their highly praised 2014 release, "The Flesh Prevails". The as-yet-untitled-album is set to be mixed and mastered next month with Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE, WHITECHAPEL, BLACK DAHLIA ...

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HATE ETERNAL Recruits Ex-OBSCURA Drummer HANNES GROSSMANN For Upcoming Tour

Drummer Chason Westmoreland has left HATE ETERNAL due to "family matters." Stepping in for him during the band's North American headlining tour with MISERY INDEX, BEYOND CREATION and RIVERS OF NIHIL will be Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, NECROPHAGIST). Commented HATE ETERNAL's Erik Rutan: "Hannes is an incredible drummer, amazing person and absolute professional. "We had the ...

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ARCH ENEMY To Headline This Year's 'Summer Slaughter' Tour

Currently on the road in Europe in support of 2014's "War Eternal", extreme metal titans ARCH ENEMY will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of "Summer Slaughter"! Featuring BORN OF OSIRIS, VEIL OF MAYA, THE ACACIA STRAIN, OBSCURA, AFTER THE BURIAL, CATTLE DECAPITATION and BEYOND CREATION as support, this tour ...

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OBSCURA To Enter Studio In April

German progressive metal masters OBSCURA will enter Dreamsound Studios this April to begin recording drums for their highly anticipated new album and first full-length in over four years. The band will work once again with longtime producer V. Santura ("Cosmogenesis", "Omnivium"). The CD will see a late 2015 release via Relapse. OBSCURA guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer ...

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Ex-OBSCURA Guitarist CHRISTIAN MUENZNER Joins Forces With FIREWIND Touring Singer KELLY SUNDOWN CARPENTER

Vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (FIREWIND, BEYOND TWILIGHT) and guitarist Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, PARADOX, NECROPHAGIST) have joined forces in new band. Says Christian: "We are really excited about what we have in store for everybody. "This is not just another recording project; it's a real band with a killer lineup. "We're in the ...

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Former OBSCURA Members Launch ALKALOID

After his departure from German technical death metallers OBSCURA, drummer Hannes Grossmann (also known for his work with BLOTTED SCIENCE and NECROPHAGIST) joined forces with some of his former bandmates in a new project called ALKALOID. In addition to Grossmann, the new group features Christian Muenzner (ex-OBSCURA, NECROPHAGIST, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and Danny Tunker (ABORTED, ...

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DEATH TO ALL: Pro-Shot Footage Of GRASPOP METAL MEETING Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of DEATH TO ALL's June 29 performance at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium can be seen below. DEATH TO ALL features former members of DEATH celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner. The band's current touring lineup includes the three surviving members of DEATH's "Human" lineup (guitarist Paul ...

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FALLUJAH: New Song 'Carved From Stone' Available For Streaming

San Francisco-based death metal outfit FALLUJAH will release its new album, "The Flesh Prevails", on July 22 via Unique Leader Records. The follow-up to 2011's "The Harvest Wombs" was mixed, mastered and engineered by Zach Ohren (ANIMOSITY, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California over the course of a few months and ...

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FALLUJAH Completes Work On 'The Flesh Prevails'

San Francisco-based death metal outfit FALLUJAH has completed work on its new album, "The Flesh Prevails", for a summer release via Unique Leader Records. The follow-up to 2011's "The Harvest Wombs" was mixed, mastered and engineered by Zach Ohren (ANIMOSITY, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California over the course of a ...

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HATEFX: 'Play It By Fear' Video Released

Following the excellent response to its "Via Obscura" EP and "The Holy Frail" full-length, HATEFX — the Fresno/Livermore, California-based metal band featuring guitarist Glen Alvelais (FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, LD/50) — unleashes its third offering, "Under Destruction", featuring its most powerful lineup to date. Boasting members from California, Europe and South America, bringing influences from around the ...

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OBSCURA Guitarist CHRISTIAN MUENZNER Working On Second Solo Album

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, PARADOX, ex-NECROPHAGIST) is working on his second all-instrumental solo album, following his 2011 debut CD, "Timewarp". The new effort will be entitled "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep" and will feature the OBSCURA rhythm section of Hannes Grossmann on drums and Linus Klausenitzer on bass, as well as keyboard ...

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DEATH TO ALL: More Fan-Filmed Footage Of Manchester Concert

More fan-filmed video footage of DEATH TO ALL's November 28 performance at Sound Control in Manchester, England can be seen below. DEATH TO ALL features former members of DEATH celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner. The band's current touring lineup includes the three surviving members of DEATH's "Human" lineup (guitarist Paul Masvidal, ...

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WATCHTOWER's RON JARZOMBEK Announces Digital Double Single Release

Acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (BLOTTED SCIENCE, WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) has announced the November 1 digital release of two new tracks, available via iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets. Following the "Beyond Life and Cosmic Kinetics" (a.k.a. B.L.A.C.K.) app/digital release in November 2012, Jarzombek has re-worked a couple of tracks from his 2009 archives release "PHHHP! ...

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OBSCURA Drummer To Release Solo Debut

German drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE, ex-NECROPHAGIST) will release his first solo album, entitled "The Radial Covenant", in December. In order to finance the album, Grossmann launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. On his official web site, Grossmann states: "The music on the album sounds a lot like my band OBSCURA, but ...

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GORGUTS Mainman On New Album: 'I Wasn't Interested In Sticking To Traditional Song Structures'

Raymond Westland of Ghost Cult Magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Luc Lemay of Canadian technical death metallers GORGUTS. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Ghost Cult Magazine: GORGUTS disappeared from the scene almost a decade ago. What happened? Luc: After Steve McDonald (former GORGUTS drummer) passed away ...

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