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MOVE are a high energy Boston hardcore act who are defying racism while crafting timely and Earth shaking punk anthems for change! Hit up Triple-B Records for the Freedom Dreams 7" HERE or head to Bandcamp and support this electrifying band on our favorite digital platform. "...We march on to achieve salvation/Say their names we won’t be intimidated/ I fight and I fight and I fight I refuse to rest until I see progress/All to one day see these fucking freedom dreams/ We'll never stop until we find liberation, Black Excellence unstained by degradation/ Where freedom reigns over incarceration/ Where Black joy is only met with celebration." RIYL Cold World, American Nightmare, Jesus Piece.
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Riley Gale of Power Trip, arguably the fastest rising band in metal and hardcore in recent memory, has died. The metal and punk community are devastated but it is nice to see so many people coming together to honor and mourn a truly great frontman. Rest In Power Riley was trending on Twitter over some really evil stuff, so it is cool to see good can win sometimes even at a sad fucking moment. Love rises and hardcore can be family still.
I remember being at the Warzone tribute in the Lower East Side a few years ago and ‘Executioner’s Tax’ was maybe the only newer song I heard played over the PA that day along with classic punk and KRS-One and stuff. I remember people were just vibin’ so hard to the Power Trip and I knew they were the great top new thrash band of this era. Major love and condolences to all who are affected by this terrible loss. – MYE.
— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) August 26, 2020
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Crushed. 💔@exodusbandofficial send our love and support to our brothers in @powertriptx , a band on our short list of absolute brothers, people who sharing a stage with is an HONOR. A PRIVILEGE. All our support goes out to the Power Trip family, Exodus are here for you. Riley , you will forever be missed
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— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) August 26, 2020
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This one hits really hard. Mike and I (Eric) have been great friends with Riley and Power Trip since 2009 when we started playing shows together. I watched them go from playing hardcore shows to being the biggest in metal. Riley was always a great and supportive friend. Every time I touched down in Dallas he would always pick me up from the airport with blunts already rolled. We’ve done a lot of stuff that I can’t even put on here. Really going to miss you bro. RIP.
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Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday, a somber moment for rock. Banali had a truly incredible life changing rock history for the better and of course also was on the very first metal album to ever go number one, the legendary Metal Health (which sold over ten million glorious copies).
An official statement from his family said that Banali “put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”
Banali will be missed by fans and loved ones around the world.
— Rudy Sarzo (@rudysarzo) August 21, 2020
So very sad that my brother Frankie Banali, passed away last night.
Frankie played drums on the the Hughes: Thrall album . There was
no one more loyal honorable courageous and committed than Frankie.
Words cannot express how I feel. Let’s all share the love for Frankie
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) August 21, 2020
— BulletBoys (@TheBulletBoys) August 21, 2020
So saddened to hear of the passing of my drumming brother @FrankieBanali. He fought an incredibly brave battle against Cancer and his strength and dignity was truly inspiring…Rest In Peace my friend 😢 #RIPFrankieBanali pic.twitter.com/pTXPuqgScG
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) August 21, 2020
I was recently in the hospital for a week and one of the first things I did when I could finally relax at home again was just chill and listen to Emma Ruth Rundle‘s all encompassing, big and moody sound to try and let go of all the uncertainty and vertigo I had just gone through. It was a good release. She is one of the most powerful artists out there – much better than a lot of fawned over people who get more press- and it is compelling that there will be a new off kilter alternative collab release called May Our Chambers Be Full between her and one of the most passionate and hard working underground bands, Thou. I was just enjoying their kind of Eyehategod meets drinking floor cleaner much heavier take on Agents Of Oblivion’s “Paroled in ’54” the other night (I am a huge Agents/Dax fan and used to cover ‘The Hangman’s Daughter’ at almost all the earliest Walking Bombs shows I did). Loving New Orleans photographer Craig Mulcahy’s evocative gender cloudy art for the physical edition (Out October 30th via Sacred Bones Alliance).Add to My Radar
To say we merely ‘approve’ of the new Spirit Adrift artwork would be a gross understatement! Look at those loyal metal pitties! Yes, we have not heard any of the record yet. I have to run out the door in a minute and was listening to Deftones’ Diamond Eyes, haha. It doesn’t matter. It is highly unlikely that Spirit Adrift just suddenly fell off and decided to suck all of a sudden after being one of the best newer modern bands in metal with each release. Even if this was somehow terrible (which it won’t be), we would have to stan. The art looks really good on the longsleeve t merch fyi.
Pre Order HERE , you fun loving bastards! And check out “Harmony Of The Spheres” and tell me how it is cuz I have to wait a few more hours until I can hear it! \m/
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Armored Saint reveals details for new album, ‘Punching The Sky’; video for first single, “End of the Attention Span”
On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint
Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”
With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”
Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
11. Never You Fret
DOWN Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of NOLA With Livestream August 29th, Benefit United Houma Nation
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!
Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.
Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”
10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.
In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.Add to My Radar
Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.
Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.
Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.Add to My Radar
The band said: “Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and strength goes out to our brother. If you want to support him In these hard times, click the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal”
LG has lived for metal to the hilt and we all are rooting for him during this challenge.
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Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and and strength goes out to our brother 🖤 If you want to support him In these hard times, click on the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal
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Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.
This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.
I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal
Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.
Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.Add to My Radar
Hey everyone. So wow, I had a crazy week. I have been in the hospital for a week and finally emerged in a Twilight Zone-like calm to a glowing parking lot after a huge Isaias related storm had passed that I filmed out my hospital room window in Kingston, NY. I was super sick and didn’t know I had new onset diabetes. My A1C was like 14.3, so super shitty. Thankfully I don’t have COVID like I thought (though I was confused cuz I have been super careful). But yeah, I have almost never been sicker in my life and it feels beyond awesome to be back home with my cat, listening to Emma Ruth Rundle’s On Dark Horses and feeling the absolute luxury of a fan blowing on me in bed. Lol. It is the little things after a scare like that.
Basically, I kind of have to keep my cool and act like Obama now – as in, stay chill no matter what the hell is going on (does that mean I can drone people still though?) and really monitor my sugar levels. For someone with an insane history of not taking the best care of myself at points in my life, I should still count myself lucky. And I can still write to you all about head caving metal and punk. So let’s get on that.
First, some killer grind from Italy! “Jesuscrust Superscum” rocked my face off!
NAPOLI VIOLENTA was born in the Neapolitan hinterland in 2018. Four old exponents of the Neapolitan metal/HC punk scene whose identity remains unknown and shrouded in silence started collaborating to conjure up the most dangerous kind of extreme music. The intent was immediately to merge Poliziottesco – a subgenre of crime and action films that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s – and Grindcore, two worlds, two revolutions that at first sight couldn’t be any more distant, but both renowned for being cynical, infamous and violent.
The project therefore takes its name from the film of the same name directed by Umberto Lenzi in 1976, “Napoli Violenta”, the second chapter of the “Trilogia Commissario Betti”, starring Maurizio Merli and with a soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi. Musically, inspiration is clearly drawn by early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, Brutal Truth… the logo itself is a clear example of “pezzotto” (fugazi art), which represents a tribute to the genre.
NAPOLI VIOLENTA are proud to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Time To Kill Records, joining the label’s growing roster which includes some acts I love like 5Rand and Shockproof. I am gonna post the band’s nice tribute to John Saxon below, since I was super sick and didn’t get to post anything when he died. Anyway, stay tuned for more from this band cuz they absolutely destroy our collective asses.
Anyway, thank you everyone who loves this site and it is good to still be here. I spent days like on the edge of a potential coma and could barely move, so it feels amazing to be human again.
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In loving memory of John Saxon 5/8/1935 – 25/7/2020, one of the greatest "poliziottesco" actors, we remember his charisma in cult films including: Italia a mano armata, La legge violenta della squadra anticrime, Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta, Il Cinico, l'infame, il violento and of course Napoli Violenta by U. Lenzi 1976. As well as with other great movies with Mario Bava, Bruce Lee, Clint Eastwood, Dario Argento, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez… R.I.P. 🖤 #johnsaxon #johnsaxonrip #rip #napoliviolenta #grind #umbertolenzi @poliziottesco_italiano @poliziotteschi_70 #poliziottesco
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Globelamp details being discouraged from outing sexual harassment from a Burger Records Producer by Sloppy Jane
Former Meowtain riot grrrl punk singer turned Psych Folk artist Globelamp (Elizabeth Gomez) has shared a series of IG posts showing receipts of Haley Dahl from Sloppy Jane seemingly threatening her with violence awhile ago for daring to make a public claim that Haley’s friend and Burger Records producer Joel Jerome sexually harassed Gomez during the recording of her album The Orange Glow. Gomez claims he would make tons of bad sexual comments, take pictures of her cleavage for a “spank bank” and say she had to have his baby, among other things.
In addition, Gomez has posted how she tried to warn Conor from Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers from working with Secretly Group record labels because they helped Sam France from Foxygen. She posted tweets showing friendships between Sloppy Jane, Joel Jerome and Phoebe Bridgers and pointed out that if the dynamic between Ryan Adams and Phoebe mattered than why don’t the same folks care about what she says Joel did to her, with Phoebe’s best friend Haley even seeming to threaten her in a public manner and then Phoebe and Conor signing to Foxygen’s label and not caring about the multiple warnings Globelamp claims she tried to give through mutual former collaborator James Felice (who may not have bothered to ever say anything) and through multiple attempts at contacting Conor and Phoebe on social media through her verified platforms.
Phoebe today blocked Globelamp instead of accounting for any of this.
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When I told people how Joel Jerome, recording engineer who recorded most Burger/Lolipop bands, sexually harassed me, I was told by Haley from #sloppyjaneband that I was making it up for “hype” and that she was going to hurt me. She went out of her way to message people like Ariel Pink to tell him to NOT believe me that I was abused. She is now trying to ride an image of being a woke feminist. It’s disgusting. Haley from Sloppy Jane tried to help cover up sexual harassment by a Burger/Lolipop producer. #burgerrecords #abuse #victimblaiming #lolipoprecords #sloppyjaneband #phoebebridgers
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“Phoebe made headlines calling out Ryan Adams for abusing power dynamics but has frequently ignored completely how Secretly Group has helped my abuser Sam France with DARVO on me. Sam is the singer of Foxygen (on the same label conglomerate) a guy who admitted in court to striking me in the mouth and who has abused the legal system with his label’s multi million dollar blessings and influence against me for years. He had an RO granted under “the slimmest of margins” -judge’s words- when I, a self represented Latina woman with no legal help, went up against him slandering me and he refuses to leave me alone ever since. There are plenty of red flags and gaping holes in Sam’s stories over the years and I have moved thousands of miles from him but Bridgers is fine with being on the same label with him without ever calling out that it is fishy.
James Felice from The Felice Brothers was paid to perform on my psych folk album Romantic Cancer and knows Bright Eyes and Felice Brothers got me inspired to start my own musical path as an artist. It meant a lot to work with him but not so much when I learned his best friend Conor Oberst — despite having many label options available- was doing a record with Phoebe on my abuser’s label. I can remember exactly how scared I was many times dealing with Sam and these people want me to downplay my teeth getting knocked out by a six foot dude when I am five foot one, just to “keep the peace.” You want to tone police me about that? I asked James to please warn Conor and Phoebe (and tried many times myself) about the label and I was just stonewalled and gaslit so the boat wouldn’t be rocked. I was treated like “some crazy girl” when I was IN Foxygen when we got best new music from Pitchfork and I KNOW firsthand how much magazines kiss the ass of any Secretly Group artist way disproportionately to real indie labels artists. Look up the label owner’s net worth.
Still not good enough for you? Phoebe blocked me on social media when I pointed out she was a hypocrite for ignoring violent threats her best friend from Sloppy Jane made against me when I OUTED a Burger Records producer for SEXUALLY HARASSING ME. There is proof he did it on the internet including him saying he wanted me to have a threesome with Jenny fucking Lewis, but everyone still wants to cape for the clown.
I thought Phoebe cared about producers being inappropriate? But not her friend and Sloppy Jane’s buddy “Papa Joel” – Elizabeth (Globelamp)
#sexualharassment #burgerrecords #sloppyjane #joeljerome #brighteyes #phoebebridgers #conoroberst #darvo #foxygen #jagjaguwar #elizabethgomez #globelamp
German-based progressive metal aliens Intercepting Pattern are proud to announce their upcoming debut album, The Encounter, which will be released on Friday, September 4th via Rising Nemesis Records. Cover artwork for The Encounter was handle by ex-Dark Tranquility guitarist Niklas Sundin known for his work with Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Green Carnation, and many others. The Encounter was produced, mixed, & mastered by Fountainhead (ex-Obscura, Pitts/Minnemann Project) at Fountainhead HQ in Germany.
Formed in 2016, the band is compromised of seasoned musicians known for their time in projects such as Defeated Sanity, Infecting the Swarm, and Cerebric Turmoil. Created and designed as one free-flowing 30-minute long genre-bending composition, The Encounter ebbs and flows between heavy syncopated grooves, jazz fusion flourishes, ethereal synth layered passages, and cybernetic death metal with seamless ease. Harkening back to the futuristic stylings of Frederik Thordendal’s Special Defects and Meshuggah, The Encounter draws from a deep well of progressive metal influences while forging a path all their own beyond mere imitation. For release purposes, The Encounter is split into 10 “song” sections although it is strongly suggested to listen to it in one session as it was intended when being created.
Intercepting Pattern – The Encounter will strongly appeal to fans of groups such as Meshuggah, Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, Cynic, Exivious, Lye By Mistake, Vildhjarta, Coprofago, and Panzerballett.
So as of now for the immeasurable future while I am running this site we will not be covering ANY artists on Agonia Records. We have heaped resounding praise on many of their artists before. Some of my legit favorite metal bands are on the label. Forgotten Tomb, Centinex, Varathron, Hail Spirit Noir…sorry, take it up with your label. In Mourning even made our top albums of 2019 last year. But I am not doing shit to help promote a label that signs a band who have been accused of unrepentant transphobia against a former band member, Vis Crom aka Melissa Moore. Now there is an attempted very slight rebranding going on, which one Facebook comment noted was akin to IHOP changing a letter.
Moore has issued a new and more detailed account of her firing from Absu and a screenshot of a phone call that appears to show Russ being a complete gaslighting piece of shit. It is so disgusting it makes me want to throw up.
Proscriptor aka Russ Givens and Ezezu aka Paul Williamson are transphobes who threw me out of Absu like a piece of trash because I’m trans. This is not the whole story, I’m just starting it here right now…it’s really hard and painful for me. I need to find a way to talk about this in more detail. If they just recorded a full new 12 song album that’s none of my business, but it’d be incredibly disappointing to learn that after kicking me out they still used my playing and songs. I hope that’s not the case. During our final tour in 2017 I told my bandmates that I’m trans. This was the moment everything changed between us. I didn’t ask them to call me a different name or use different pronouns. I just let them know I was trans, and that’s it. They started treating me like a pariah. Like, they didn’t even want to share a hotel room with me. I figured their obvious negativity would resolve itself once the realization had time to settle. Nothing was different about my performance in the band or my quality as a person. Shortly after that, Russ fired me in a text message (attached). When he references “your decision” he’s talking about my “decision” to transition. After receiving this text I called Russ back and told him he couldn’t use my playing or my songs on the album we just recorded. His response: “Uh, why?” I said, “First tell me why you fired me,” and his response was “You fired yourself…with your decision”.
You’re legacy, Russ? Friends don’t guilt other friends for being trans, asshole. How about the fact that it isn’t edgy or esoteric to be a transphobic cis dude? WTF is cool and magical about that? Literally nothing. It is incel reddit garbage.
ANYONE ought to find that offensive but as a Demiflux person I super find it offensive. Here is a great article for anyone reading this who might be inclined to write ,”science doesn’t care about your feelings.”
We are in no way obligated to platform bands that are unapologetic about messed up shit or labels who think it is cool to deflect looking at these concerns. There can be restorative justice in the world and scene but this sure as fuck aint it. And the label DELETING my comments about it on their IG post below SURE AS Hell didn’t make me less inclined to write this article, morons!
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Agonia Records today confirms the signing of the new, Texas-based “mythological occult metal” act Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû (@officialabsu). The debut/self-titled album’s release date is to be announced in the latter portion of 2020. When drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) dissolved Absu on January 27th 2020, his main intention was to splinter the 30-year old faction into a renewed songwriting concord. Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is the obvious by-product of that chemical breakdown and securing the ranks is continuing bassist/vocalist Ezezu and new guitar virtuoso Vaggreaz. #proscriptormcgovernsapsû #absu #apsû #apsu #occultmetal #mythologicalmetal #blackmetal #usblackmetal #zemial #rosstheboss #possessed #auranoir #vltimas #agressor #agatus #zbigniewbielak #jtlongoria #karldanielliden #thrashmetal #deathmetal #heavymetal #barathrumvitriol #TheSunofTiphareth #TheThirdStormofCythraul #Tara #InTheEyesOfIoldanach #Abzu #tracklisting #newalbum
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