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Holy Grail guitarist Eli Santana has checked in with the below update on the bands next album:

“In the pursuit of accumulating enough material to make a great album, we had a problem on our hands. With over fifty song ideas and hundreds of riffs to choose from, we faced the daunting task of narrowing down these ideas to around seventeen songs. We are proud to say that we have achieved this small victory. We have a good portion of the seventeen tunes fleshed out with vocal melodies, guitar leads, drum fills, and bass lines; some even have lyrics.

We really let Luna’s voice lead the way on which songs we will be trying to put on the album. In doing so, it feels like we are sitting on an album that will be very gratifying to the fans of our first EP ‘Improper BurialTyler and Blake) will shine on this record.

As long as we don’t “…and Justice For AllBlake in the mix, I think our forthcoming record will treat the metal world to the lost art of bass lines. I sent a text to a buddy joking about our new material, “It’s kind of like if Cannibal Corpse wrote Arena Rock.” After I hit send I realized it wasn’t that far off.”

As reported earlier, the band will play two shows with Children Of Bodom in October.

Unlocking The Truth Documentary In The Works

New details on metal youngsters Unlocking The Truth‘s coming documentary have surfaced through Freshly signed to a recording contract that is potentially worth 1.7 million, the group will be the subject of a documentary put together by Black Label Media and SeeThink Films.

Luke Meyer has signed on to direct the feature, which has already begun filming with their signing having been captured. A book on the band is also in the works. Most recently the outfit entered the studio with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind) and have plans to release their debut EP in the not too distant future.

Butcher Babies vocalist Carla Harvey will release her first book, “Death And Other Dances” on Monday, August 25th. The following synopsis was provided for the semi-autobiographical novel:

“Autumn Franklin is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she’s been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to “kill you off,” making it easier to walk away.

Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin.”

A release party will be held at Book Soup in Los Angeles, CA on August 28th at 7pm with Harvey on hand to sign and provide a reading. Pre-orders for the book can be found here. A new album from the Butcher Babies is also currently in the works.

KEN mode Premiere “The Promises Of God” Music Video, Announce Late Summer Tour

KEN mode have premiered their “The Promises Of God” music video, which was headed up by their ex-bassist Chad Tremblay. The clip can be viewed after the break courtesy of The band also have lined up this brief North American tour:

08/29 Riverview, MI – Rocky’s Pub
08/30 Toronto, ON- Soy Bomb
09/01 Burlington, VT – Nectar’s
09/02 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
09/04 Philadelphia, PA – North Star
09/05 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/06 Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
09/07 Newport, KY – Thompson House
09/08 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
09/09 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock

click here for the video…

No Bragging Rights To Release New Album “The Concrete Flower” This Fall

No Bragging Rights will return with a new album titled “The Concrete Flower” on September 23d. Pure Noise Records will be releasing the effort, which vocalist Mike Perez‘s described as follows:

The Concrete Flower is us at our best. We found our identity in Cycles, which made it fun to tastefully experiment and push that sound even further. I take a lot of pride in the lyrics I wrote and the subject matter is something we feel very strongly about. We’re really happy to be sharing these songs and their messages.”

The track listing and cover art for the release can be found below:

01 – “Strength Through Struggle
02 – “The Concrete Flower
03 – “Outdated
04 – “Right Minded
05 – “Bottoms Up
06 – “Fallen Masters
07 – “Attention
08 – “Brave Hearts
09 – “Downhearted
10 – “Damage / Recover

click here for the cover art…

Minus The Bear have an October 07th release date slated for their new album “Lost Loves” on Dangerbird Records. This fall the band will mount a tour (see the dates below) in support of both it and the tenth anniversary re-release of their EP, “They Make Beer Commercials Like This“.

Lost Loves” isn’t just a face value title for the new album as it collects the various tracks that were written during the bands last even years that didn’t wind up making their various releases.

Lost Loves” track listing:

01 – “Electric Rainbow
02 – “Surf-N-Turf
03 – “Broken China
04 – “Walk On Air
05 – “Patiently Waiting
06 – “Cat Calls & Ill Means
07 – “Invented Memory
08 – “South Side Life
09 – “Your Private Sky
10 – “The Lucky Ones

09/20 Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival

With O’Brother:

10/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
10/15 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
10/16 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
10/17 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/18 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/19 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

With Young Widows:

10/21 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
10/22 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10/23 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
10/25 Des Moines, IA – Wolly’s

Minus The Bear:

10/27 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

With Mansions:

11/01 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
11/20 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
11/21 San Diego, CA – Casbah
11/22 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
11/23 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co.

Wovenwar Premiere New Track “Profane”, Preview “Father/Son”

Wovenwar (As I Lay Dying/Oh, Sleeper) have launched a stream of their new track “Profane“. You can have a listen to that after the break. The group will release their self-titled debut on August 05th and have also posted the following preview of a track from it titled “Father/Son“.
click here for the streams…

Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Epica & Battlecross Tour Officially Announced

Following a series of missed announcements, the tour previously advertised as the ‘Revolution Society Tour‘ has been officially revealed, and will apparently proceed without the previous branding. The run will still team up Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross and features the same itinerary previously posted on this very site:

10/04 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/06 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/07 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
10/09 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/11 TBA – TBA
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
10/14 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/15 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/16 New York, NY – Terminal5
10/17 Worcester, MA – Palladium
10/18 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/20 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/21 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/22 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
10/24 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre
10/26 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
10/28 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/29 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
10/31 Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
11/01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn said of the coming tour:

Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012 ‘s “Locust” tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD!! This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!!”

Machine Head will have their new studio album out in the fall on Nuclear Blast Entertainment with more details to come. Children Of Bodom‘s Alexi Laiho has also mentioned that the above trek will close out the touring cycle for their “Halo Of Blood” album.