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The UK’s legendary metallers Saxon have been going strong ever since taking on the name in 1978 following a number of moniker alterations since 1970, and there’s no sign on the pinnacle act stopping anytime soon. In fact, to kick off their presence in 2018 they find themselves working with Silver Lining Music to release their twenty-third full-length effort, Thunder, as well as heading out on tour with fellow legends Judas Priest [check out Ryan’s photography and review of the Wilkes-Barre, PA show HERE]. Sure, Saxon has had some misses here and there, but in recent years their releases have been just as strong and rejuvenating and their earlier classics. But does this new effort show a continuation of that quality, or is it the start of an unexpected downward spiral?

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When I saw that metal gods Judas Priest were ten minutes from my house, I knew right away I was going. When I saw that fellow NWOBHM legends Saxon were also on the bill, I bought tickets right away.

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RIVERS OF NIHIL will kick off their North American tour supporting Dying Fetus and Thy Art Is Murder, with additional support from Enterprise Earth and Sanction this week. The tour begins on March 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York and will make its way through nearly three-dozen cities, drawing to a close on April 22nd in Amityville, New York.

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MONSTRANCE, comprised of current and former members of CARCASS, MY DYING BRIDE, MALEDICTION and BAL-SAGOTH, has released an updated demo track of “Cerebral Bore Machine,” featuring new vocalist Rik Simpson.

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Australia’s stone pillar of funeral dirge, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, prepares to unveil their mammoth The Incubus Of Karma LP later this month, Decibel Magazine is now streaming the album’s “Whispering Spiritscapes.”

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Virginia Beach, VA’s ARSIS, a standout in the technical, melodic death metal genre, has signed a worldwide record deal with Agonia Records, excluding North, South and Central America, in which the band will be released by Nuclear Blast Records.