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Below is our complete Saros news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Hammers of Misfortune Signs To Metal Blade Records

San Francisco progressive metal band HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE has announced their signing to Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade Records will release four of the band's previous releases in late summer 2010 with a new studio album expected in 2011.

Guitarist and founding member John Cobbett comments, "Metal Blade contacted us in April of 2009. After some back and forth we came to an agreement that will allow Hammers of Misfortune to continue making albums the way we always have: unsupervised and self-produced. Also, we grew up on Metal Blade releases - from Destruction and Slayer to Trouble and Fates Warning - so we feel pretty good about that."

Metal Blade Records owner Brian Slagel comments, "We are really happy and honored to have signed Hammers of Misfortune. I have been a huge fan for awhile now and I personally am really excited to work with them." More...

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Saros Completes New Album, Posts MP3 Online

Bay Area metal act SAROS (featuring members of AMBER ASYLUM, BASTARD NOISE, and WEAKLING) has completed work on their new album,"Acrid Plains."

Finding themselves within that circle that comprises the artistic surge of the underground Bay Area metal scene alongside like-minded acts as LUDICRA, HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE, ASUNDER, GRAYCEON, AMBER ASYLUM, and WORM OUROBOROS, Saros present a unique front with their brand of epic blackened progressive chamber-laced metal.

Tastefully blending a collective of influences from several genres such as classic Bay Area metal, black metal, progressive metal, folk, and neo-classical chamber music, "Acrid Plains," produced by the legendary Billy Anderson, embraces the characteristics evident in Saros' musical peers while combining characteristics reminiscent from such acts as METALLICA ("And Justice For All" era), DEATH ("Symbolic" era), the folk-sensibilities of AGALLOCH and DEATH IN JUNE, and the gothic neo-classicism of the aforementioned Amber Asylum (which in turn is Saros singer Leila Rauf’s other full-time band, as well as Amber Asylum mastermind Kris Force also makes a guest cameo appearance on "Acrid Plains" likewise).

The tracklisting for "Acrid Plains" is as follows:

1. Acrid Plains
2. As The Tyrant Falls Ill
3. Coriolis
4. As The Tyrant Falls Ill (Reprise)
5. Devouring Conscience
6. Reversion
7. The Sky Will End Soon

An MP3 of the track "Reversion" can currently be downloaded here.

Look for "Acrid Plains" to be released on Feb 17, 2009.

Saros is:
Leila Rauf (guitars/vocals)
Ben Aguilar (guitars)
Tim Scammell (bass)
Blood Eagle (drums)

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Saros Signs With Profound Lore Records

Bay Area extreme metal band Saros has sign signed to Profound Lore Records. The band finds themselves within the tight circle of artistic Bay Area fervor alongside such acts as HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE, LUDICRA, AMBER ASYLUM, ASUNDER, GRAYCEON etc.

Featuring members of Amber Asylum, WEAKLING, and THE BASTARD NOISE amongst its ranks, Saros’ musical vision is one that consists of melding several extreme metal influences together to create epic calculated hymns which combine influences from progressive and traditional metal, black metal, and chamber music respectively.

Following their “Five Pointed Tongue” debut, Saros gets more focused and ambitious with their latest release. Entitled “Acrid Plains,” the new album (produced and engineered by Billy Anderson) shows a growth and maturity that will make Saros one of the more prominent metal acts within the Bay Area alongside their aforementioned peers.

You can hear some samples of the band's material off the upcoming album at the band’s MySpace page.

Look for “Acrid Plains” to be one of Profound Lore’s first releases in 2009.

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