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Metal News for January 10, 2013

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The Rockstar Ramblings: New Year Video Marathon

This week another European Video Invasion (France, UK, Sweden) as well as representation from Australia; also, a weird video from Pittsburgh. Damn, that city is strange… More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 4

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer Rex_84 nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Pallbearer, Pilgrim, Skrog, Dopelord, and Kill Devil Hill. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.

Pallbearer

Doom metal was the preferred sound of great upstarts in the year 2012. No band was as impactful as Pallbearer. “Sorrow and Extinction,” the debut album by these Arkansas lads, found the top of many journalists’ “best of” list. The slow melodies of Candlemass, the groove of Saint Vitus and distant, Ozzy-like vocals describes the band in familiar terms. The group deals equal amounts of despair and psychedelics. It’s one hell of a bad acid trip, brain fuck!

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XCIII Reveals New Album Details

French avantgarde act XCIII has revealed the album cover and track listing for the band's upcoming album “Like a Fiend in a Cloud.” The album will be released February 25th, 2013 via Naturmacht Productions. The band is also streaming a new song titled "Bal Macabre," which can be heard below.

1. Reverie Nocturne
2. Bal Macabre
3. Hibernal Sadness
4. Feathers
5. Autums Call
6. Perpetual Place
7. Bal Macabre - Epilogue
8. Like a Fiend in a Cloud More...

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Katatonia Comments On Upcoming Opeth Tour

As was announced yesterday, Sweden's ultimate dark rock/metal band Katatonia will be heading on an extensive North American tour with headliner and fellow Swedish elite Opeth. The upcoming run, "North American Heritage Tour 2013," will hit over 30 cities this spring beginning April 18 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Commented guitarist, Anders Nyström: "Back in the U.S.A...That's right Springsteen! We're looking at round #2 as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we'll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there'll ever be!"

The tour will make two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20tg where the band returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, N.Y. on April 28th where acclaimed Porcupine Tree front-man Steven Wilson will join for the night. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Katatonia last toured North America in September 2012 as part of the co-headlining "Epic Kings & Idols Tour" with The Devin Townsend Project. "Dead End Kings" Katatonia's ninth studio album (reviewed here), hit stores on August 28th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. More...

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Burnt Belief Releases New Video Clip

World renowned bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and guitarist/composer Jon Durant have released a music video for "Semazen," taken from the duo's collaborative ambient/instrumental release "Burnt Belief." Check out the "Semazen" video below.

"The video concept follows from the theme of the album--questioning one's belief systems, and letting go of superstitions," said Durant, who also filmed and directed the video. "The woman in the video, after longing to be free of the shackles that have been placed upon her, is able to shed her inhibitions and live the life she wants to live."

"Burnt Belief" was released on December 21st, 2012 through Alchemy Records. It is available on iTunes, CDBaby, Burning Shed and Amazon. The track listing is as follows:

1. Impossible Senses
2. Altitude
3. Prism
4. Bathasar's Key
5. Uncoiled
6. Semazen
7. The Weight of Gravity
8. Arcing Towards Morning More...

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Glass Cloud Posts Tears For Fears Cover

Glass Cloud has released a cover of the 1980's hit "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears. The song is included in the "Take Action Compilation: Volume 11" and can be heard in the player below.

Glass Cloud will be touring with Silverstein, Like Moths To Flames, Secrets, and Issues in January through March. Check out a list of tour dates at this location.

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Samothrace Confirms U.S. Tour

Samothrace has posted the confirmed routing for the band's upcoming Winter U.S. tour, as the crew continue to support second LP, "Reverence To Stone." The album is available for streaming through Pitchfork here or in the player below.

The bedlam will unravel with a hometown show in Seattle on February 15th, then continues on a mangled, counter-clockwise loop through the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast, and up the East Coast on the way back westward, with eighteen cities confirmed to endure their slow motion turmoil during the venture. The majority of the dates will see Samothrace forging alongside Metal Blade doom trio Pilgrim.

The touring will continue this Spring, as Samothrace will advance onto European soil for the first time ever. The band is confirmed to perform at Heavy Days in Doomtown, an international DIY doom/stoner/sludge festival in Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the fest the quartet will traverse the European continent on an additional two week tour, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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Heretic Releases New Video, Announces Tour

Classic Southern California metal band Heretic has returned with a vengeance on comeback CD "A Time of Crisis," which was released through Metal On Metal Records this past July 26th, 2012.

"Child of War" is the first video from "A Time of Crisis," and the clip can be viewed below. The video was shot and directed by Metal Refuge TV's FreddyMedal aka Fred Swift of Down Heaval/Augmented.

Heretic has also announced 2013 tour dates in support of the album. Highlights of the tour include playing the Childhood Heroes 80’s Metal Festival in Brooklyn NY and the HOA Fest in Germany. Other stops include Fresno, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana, CA. The currently announced dates are available below, with more to be announced soon.

25-Jan-13 CA, Malone’s, Santa Ana
15-Feb-13 CA, The Starliner, Fresno
16-Feb-13 CA, The Joint, Los Angeles
09-Mar-13 NY, Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn
27-July-13 HOA Fest, Germany More...

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Great White Releasing 30th Anniversary Live Album

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Great White's live album "30 Years – Live From the Sunset Strip" on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America. The label issued the following statement:

"To mark its 30th Anniversary live on March 22nd, 2012, Greaet White celebrated the only logical way – on stage. In a nod to its early days, Great White returned to the infamous Sunset Strip, where a storied past of music’s biggest fans are fused into the walls of the Key Club. Great White delivered its entire repertoire to a packed house, pining for the band’s raw energy and cheering its illustrious history track after track.

"The Southern California blues hard rock band debuted with a Don Dokken / Michael Wagener produced EP in 1983 and later on were signed by EMI for 1984’s self-titled debut album. Since then Great White has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' and earned a double platinum certification for the album '…Twice Shy.' More...

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Koldbrann Streaming New Track Off Upcoming LP

Metalunderground.com, in conjunction with Season Of Mist, is proud to offer an exclusive stream of “Stolichnaya Smert,” the fifth cut off Koldbrann’s third studio album “Vertigo.”

Formed in 2001 in Drammen, Norway, Koldbrann has taken its time with full-length efforts, tying them together with a string of 7” releases and one EP over the years. However, the strength of “Vertigo” may just herald a new era of heightened activity for the band.

Combining traditional black metal with thrash and punk in the vein of recent Darkthrone, and boasting a production of sharpness and clarity that retains a raw, organic sound, “Vertigo” is a black ‘n’ roll offering with an appeal far wider than Koldbrann’s Norwegian musical heritage may suggest.

After twelve years of lineup shuffles, Koldbrann now consists of: Kvass (guitars), Mannevond (vocals), Voidar (guitars), Folkedal (drums), and S.G.J. (bass)

“Vertigo” releases through Season Of Mist on January 25th, 2013, and can be preordered here. More...

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Disfonia Streaming New Album Online

Chilean rock/metal act Disfonia has posted a new release online titled "Histeria Estructura" (Structural Damage), which is a compilation of the best songs from the band's early career played live in studio.

Check out the album via Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Histérico 01:57
2. Manifiesto (de un verano gay) 02:44
3. Negligencia 04:58
4. Mienten 03:09
5. Se Vende 07:19
6. Justificar 06:37
7. Pequeño Poni 01:33 More...

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Orphaned Land Issues Recording Update

Israeli act Orphaned Land is currently working on the follow-up to the 2010 album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following recording update:

"We are after 3 days of recordings already (1 in Turkey and 2 in Israel) So far we 'naiked' violins, buzuki, cumbus, 12 strings acoustic + classic guitars, flutes and some vocals for 1 song.

"At the upcoming weekend we will rehearse the songs again and again. On Monday next week we will to Sweden to record the heavy machines - drums, bass, guitars & vocals!

"Shabat Shalom & Juma'a Mubarak, happy weekend to all of you."

Photos from the recording sessions can also be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Satanic Threat Announces "In To Hell" Release

Hells Headbangers has announced March 19th as the international release date for Satanic Threat's "In to Hell" on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Featuring current members of Nunslaughter and an ex-member of Midnight, Satanic Threat are everything their name implies: fast, blasphemous, hardcore-HELL-punk straight outta the wastelands of Ohio! Originally released in 2008, Satanic Threat's lone In To Hell 7" sold through its original pressing of 1000 copies in no time flat, and quickly became something of a mini-classic.

"The band's cult grew despite no further releases, and Satanic Threat played only one live show ever, in September 2008 in their hometown of Cleveland. Now, Hells Headbangers collects Satanic Threat's entire ouvre, both the 8-song In To Hell 7" and their 8-song live set, onto one long-playing format. They're not Christian...they're just a Satanic Threat!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Guilty of Hating Christ
2. He's on the Cross
3. Small God, Big Cross
4. Satanic Threat
5. I Ain't Gotta Worship
6. Being Black
7. Cursing At The Cross
8. Don't Follow Him
9. He's On The Cross (live)
10. Small God, Big Cross (live)
11. Satanic Threat (live)
12. I Ain't Gotta Worship (live)
13. Being Black (live)
14. Cursing At The Cross (live)
15. Don't Follow Him (live)
16. Steppin' Stone (live) More...

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Dying Fetus Posts Music Video Teaser

Death metal powerhouse Dying Fetus has shot a new video for the song "Second Skin." The video will be exclusively premiered by Bloody Disgusting this coming Tuesday January, 15th. In the meantime, the band has released a trailer for the video, which can be viewed below.

Dying Fetus will be hitting the road in in January of 2013 alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and The Contortionist as part of "The Divinity of Purpose Tour." The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.

The band released latest album "Reign Supreme" in 2011 on Relapse Records. The album is streaming in its entirety via Bandcamp here. More...

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Devourment Posts New Lyric Video

Today Relapse Records delivers a brutal blow with the first full track from "Conceived In Sewage," the pending fourth LP from gorestrewn death metal mongers, Devourment. Check out the clip below.

The rabid new lyric video was cut-up for the album’s second track, “50 Ton War Machine,” the loving anthem boasting peaceful imagery, such as “Corpses burning, cities falling, the tide is turning, shadow consumes” and “rise, of the once forsaken, from the depths where souls are taken.”

Captured at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, Florida with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel), "Conceived In Sewage" will see release on February 19th in North America, February 22nd in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25th in the UK and rest of the world. More...

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Unburied Streaming Full "Murder 101" Album

"Murder 101," the second full-length from Virginia based mutilators Unburied, is out this week via the blastmasters at Poland’s Selfmadegod Records.

Today, Stereokiller is hosting a full stream of this thunderous assault, so let it rip at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Birthed from Hell in the year 1994 by Matt Pike-the main songwriter/lyricist for the band, the Unburied lineup is rounded out by Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie, Macabra, Grave Wax) and Brian Forman (Fetid Zombie, Grave Wax).

"Hemorrhaging with eleven tracks the vile trio’s gore-filled, zombie apocalypse-ready death metal mayhem, including nine original tracks as well as covers of GG Allin’s 'Witchburner' and Integrity’s 'Abraxas Annihilation,' Murder 101 is indisputably the most potent Unburied output to date. The album’s cover art and layout was crafted by none other than Mark Riddick himself, so gore/grind fans should know what to expect." More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces Upcoming Album

The guardians of the Gothenburg sound, Dark Tranquillity, are ready to announce their upcoming 10th album. The band comments:

"Greetings, Darklings! After having played over 200 shows in every corner of the world in support of the 'We Are The Void' album, it's time to focus inwards and lock ourselves up in the studio. Months and months of hard songwriting work has paid off, and the recording sessions will start early this year.

"Further details will be announced in due time, but for now we can reveal that the album will be entitled 'Construct' and that we're very excited to have Jens Bogren (Paradise Lost, Opeth, Katatonia) taking care of the mix. The release date is set for May 28 in North America." More...

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Black Awakening Signs With Domestic Genocide

Domestic Genocide Records is pleased to announce the label’s official union with doom derelicts Black Awakening. The label comments: "Formed in 2012 in the swamps of south Louisiana, Black Awakening reeks of burning embers and acrimony, delivering a slow-motion hailstorm of crusted riffs and bowel-rupturing, blackened bitterness."

"Our fire burns bright as we dance around the black flames singing the hymns of Lucifer,” proclaims the duo. “Our cult shall rise! The Black Awakening has begun!"

Black Awakening recently relocated to the northern U.S. to further spread the sonic decay. The band's forthcoming debut, "Cult Of The Dying God," is currently in production and slated for a Summer 2013 release via Domestic Genocide Records. Further details on "Cult Of The Dying God" will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out a demo track below. More...

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Helloween Posts Part Six Of Track-By-Track Videos

German power metal legends Helloween has posted the sixth part of their series of videos discussing the songs from their forthcoming new album, "Straight Out Of Hell."

This clip sees the band explaining the meaning behind the song, "Waiting For The Thunder" and can be viewed below. "Straight Out Of Hell" will be released in North America on January 22nd through The End Records. More...

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Acid Deathtrip Signs With Reflections Records

Reflections Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Acid Deathtrip:

"We’re extremely excited to collaborate with a new band from the Netherlands that is going to blow everyone’s heads off: Acid Deathtrip.

"Hailing from Horst, The Netherlands and are bringing you the Blasphemous Boogie like none other can. The band draws influences from Sludge, Doom, Blues, down tuned Rock and Roll and good old Heavy Metal makings sure their sexually intimidating cocktail of sleaze and dirt hits where it hurts.

"With lyrics that borderline on complete and utter retardation, drug-fuelled tales of madness, pagan midgets and nudist goat-monks radiate through raw and clean vocals surrounded by riffs that seduce elephants in heat and drums that crush the very thickest of skulls, Acid Deathtrip is ready to roll up its sleeves and unzip its pants for a golden shower of power. Anyone into filthy, dirty and all out incredible Rock’n’Roll Metal and bands like Alabama Thunderpussy, Entombed, Saint Vitus or Orange Goblin can’t afford to miss out!"

Reflections will be releasing Acid Deathtrip's self-titled debut album on vinyl, CD, and digital format on March 18th 2013. More information on pre-orders coming soon. In the meantime, check out “The Aftermath” below. More...

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Aborted Posts New Lyric Video

Goremasters Aborted are heading out on tour with Vader this month, and fans can expect the band to play a ton of old and new classics. To celebrate this upcoming European tour, Aborted has now launched a new lyric video for "Vermicular, Obscene, Obese" on Terrorizer.com.

Aborted vocalist and leading force, Sven De Caluwe, explains the meaning of the track: "Eating carbs is bad mmmkay? So yeah we have this new lyric video up for 'Vermicular, Obscene, Obese'...Which isn't really about carbs, unless you count corpses as carbs, or grannies, or trannies, or something...It's also absolutely not about mass consumerism and other social points of view since we are as brain dead as our music, so go check out the funky stuff from the funky bunch, and enjoy!"

Check out the new clip via Terrorizer or in the player below. More...

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The Schoenberg Automaton Posts Album Trailer

The Schoenberg Automaton will be releasing new album "Vela" this coming January 21st, 2013. A teaser trailer for the album has been posted online, and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. A Stone Face of Piety
2. All Roads Lead To Rome
3. The Woodhouse Sakati Syndrome
4. Ghost of Mirach
5. Pineapple Juice And The Tough Stuffed Olive
6. Stopping a God Mid-Sentence
7. Arecibo
8. Where Are We, In a Cube?
9. The Worm Engine
10. Ultimatewhirringendmachine More...

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Nonpoint Reveals New U.S. Tour Dates

Nonpoint has checked in with the following announcement about new U.S. tour dates in January and February:

"2013 tour dates: spread the word on these shows if you live near or know someone in these areas. As far as when we are playing your city, please be patient. We have either played your city already or will be in the future. Thank you!"

w/Candlelight Red and Digital Summer
1/18 St Charles, IL River Rock House
1/19 Rochester, MN The Wicked Moose
1/20 Fargo, ND House Of Rock 2 The Hub
1/22 Minot, ND Original bar & Nightclub
1/23 Mandan ND O.N.E
1/24 Casper, WY The Place
1/25 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
1/26 Colorado Springs, Co The Black Sheep
1.27 Cheyenne, WY Atlas Theater
1/28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
1/29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
1/30 Billings, MT Manny's
1/31 Missoula, MT The Palace Lounge
2/1 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
2/2 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
2/3 Seattle, WA El Corazon
2/5 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
2/6 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
2/8 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl @ The Hard Rock Hotel
2/9 West Hollywood, Ca The Roxy Theater
2/10 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live
2/11 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
2/12 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
2/13 Denton, TX Rocking Rodeo
2/15 Shreveport, LA The Riverside
2/16 Destin, FL Club LA
2/17 Savannah, Ga Wild Wing Cafe With POD
3/13 Augusta, Ga The Country Club Dance Hall

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Alice In Chains Releases Music Video

After posting a lyric video online for the new track "Hollow," Alice In Chains has now released an official music video for the track as well. Watch the video over at the band's website or in the player available below. Look for a new album from Alice in Chains to be released in the Spring of 2013.

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Altar Of Plagues Posts Studio Video

Ireland's Altar of Plagues has posted a new video studio report, courtesy of Terrorizer magazine, from Orgone Studios where the group is recording a new album with Jaime Gomez.

Check out the clip via Terrorizer or in the player below, and you can also follow the band's recording process over at Facebook here.

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Kali Ma To Record New Album

Connecticut's Kali Ma has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:

"It is with heavy heart and sadness to announce that Kali Ma will no longer be playing music as a band. Sike! We're actually going to record all new material starting in March.

"We're very excited to do so as we had plans to start this past November, but we were not satisfied with the current status of our new tunes at the time, but we are now and that's pretty rad! This will be our 1st official full length cd of studio tracks.

"We were stoked with our last release we put out with our live recorded performance and our self-titled studio recorded E.P. but we're pumped to put a new release out with all new tunes! Hopefully you'll enjoy as we worked hard and pushed ourselves to write the best songs we can."

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Believe Is Nothing Streaming New Songs

Mexican hardcore band Believe Is Nothing has been streaming two new tracks over on its reverbnation page. The Matamoros band plans on putting the two tracks, "S.F.S." and "Marking Our Own Life," on its next release. Believe Is Nothing already has an EP to its credit, which is streaming at Reverbnation as well. The band recently wrapped up the Christmas Destruction show in Monterrey with fellow Mexican band Thick As Blood.


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Dehuman Reign Signs With FDA Rekotz

German classic death metal lunatics Dehuman Reign have just signed with FDA Rekotz for the release of one mini-album and two full-length albums. The band's first release, the "Destructive Intent" MCD, will be out in spring 2013. Listen to a rough recording mix of the track "Masks of Sorrow" below in the player.

Dehuman Reign was formed in 2011 with the intention of following the path of original death metal. The band strives to create music without any modern influences or trends, pure, authentic and maleficent. After a few member changes, the final line-up was founded in March of 2012. The band then recorded their debut MCD "Destructive Intent" later that summer and started gigging in December.



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Yayla Track Appears In Short Film

PureGrainAudio.com is offering an exclusive world premiere of the new short film from multi-instrumentalist/composer/filmmaker Emir Togrul, the mastermind behind Turkish black metal act Yayla. The film, called "Integumental Grasp Through The Sigil Of Hate; Immortalizing The Nine Disguises Of Evil In Senility," features the track "Integumental Grasp" from Yayla's forthcoming album Nihaihayat. Experience the film at Pure Grain Audio or below. "Nihaihayat" is set for a January 21st release through Montreal-based Merdumgiriz Records.


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Artificial Heart Posts New Music Video

Finnish hardcore/metal act Artificial Heart posted a new music video for the song "A Heart Once Lost." The song is the title track of the debut LP, which is scheduled for release on Spinefarm Records on March 15, 2013.

Check out the video for "A Heart Once Lost," directed by Ville Nuoraho, here:

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Enshadowed Posts "Magic Chaos Psychedelia" Preview

Greek black metal anarchists Enshadowed posted a preview clip for the upcoming third LP "Magic Chaos Psychedelia." The album is set for release on February 19, 2013 through Pulverized Records, marking the band's first full length release since "Intensity" was issued in 2003 through Black Lotus Records.

The track listing for "Magic Chaos Psychedelia" is as follows:

1. Stary Throne of It
2. Is Venit Ex Abyssus
3. Black Holes, Death Planets
4. The Scenario
5. Surrealistic Shade of Color Black
6. Dethroned
7. Inner Psy-Trip
8. The Dual Hypostasis of Nihil
9. Magic Chaos Psychedelia

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Necrocurse Posts "Grip Of The Dead" Preview Video

Swedish death metal act Necrocurse, featuring Nifelheim vocalist Hellbutcher, have posted a preview video for the debut LP "Grip of the Dead." The album is expected to drop early this year through Pulverized Records, though the exact date has not yet been set.

The planned vinyl version for "Grip of the Dead" will be a joint collaboration between Blood Harvest Records and To The Death Records, which will include a bonus track in the form of a re-recorded version of the track "Souls Of A Thousand Funerals," from the "Shape of Death" MCD.

1. Preludium Of Devastation
2. Necrocurse
3. Rotten In The Dark (streaming over here)
4. The Devil Cobra
5. Ripping Darkness (The Destroyer)
6. Death Metal Rebels
7. Morbid Maniacs
8. Speed To The Grave
9. Grip Of The Dead
10. Coffin Breakers
11. Infernal Rebellion

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Skineater Streaming New Track "Dismantling"

Swedish death metal outfit Skineater, a group featuring the likes of Steel Attack vocalist/bassist Stefan Westerberg (Bass), Ex-Dark Funeral drummer Matte Modin, Ex-In Thy Dreams guitarist Håkan Stuvemark, are streaming the new track "Dismantling." The song appears on the band's debut effort "Dermal Harvest," which is set for release on February 19, 2013 via Pulverised Records.

The track listing for "Dermal Harvest" is:

1. Dismantling
2. He Was Murdered
3. Drifting
4. Your Life is Mine (streaming over here)
5. Made of Godsick
6. A Thousand Dead Faces
7. Solitude Discord
8. Bring Them
9. Stab
10. Through the Empire

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Audrey Horne Posts "Youngblood" Preview

Norwegian rockers Audrey Horne posted a full album preview for the upcoming "Youngblood" LP, the band's fourth full length LP and first for Napalm Records. The album is set to drop on February 5, 2013.

The track listing for "Youngblood" is:

1. Redemption Blues
2. Straight Into Your Grave
3. Youngblood
4. There Goes A Lady
5. Show and Tell
6. Cards with the Devil
7. Pretty Little Sunshine
8. The Open Sea
9. This Ends Here
10. The King is Dead

Limited Edition Bonus Tracks:

11. I Wanna Know You
12. This Ends Here (Demo)
13. The Open Sea (Demo)

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Legion Of The Damned Strikes Deal With Napalm

Dutch metal act Legion of the Damned have signed a worldwide deal with Austria's Napalm Records after releasing its first five albums through Massacre, the latest of which is the 2011 release "Descent Into Chaos."

The band commented on the signing: "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Legion of the Damned has signed a deal with Napalm Records, a very important and exciting moment for Legion of the Damned. It was certainly not an easy decision to leave our friends of Massacre Records who supported us since our first album. We always got along very well, and therefore we want to thank the crew of Massacre Records enormously for their big support! It’s time for Legion of the Damned to move on and seek other challenges, we are very happy with the excitement Napalm Records has shown in our band and we can't wait to release our new album under their wings!"

Max, CEO of Napalm Records, added: "Legion of the Damned is one of the most successful and promising Thrash Metal bands worldwide, and we feel very lucky to call them a member of our family. Rest assured that the new record will be a lethal onslaught, and the band will claim the Thrash Metal throne in 2013." More...

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Power Quest Calls It Quits

UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling it quits after twelve years, leaving behind five full length albums and an EP, the latest of which was the 2011 release "Blood Alliance." The band is planning some farewell performances in 2013.

Keyboardist and founding member Steve Williams announced the news:

"I've decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.

"I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn't sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years....it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going through the years. It's been a great ride and I've had the pleasure of having some great musicians in this band who I am proud to call my friends. Steve, Alessio, Andrea, Francesco, Rich, Paul, Andy, Gav, Colin, Chitty, Adam, Andre, Bill, Oliver, Gav Ward, ZP,Sam Totman, Pete and Ben......you guys have played such a huge role in making PQ what it has become and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

"My dream as a youngster was to make one album. It was not about being a rock star or making lots of money, although that would have been nice :-) It always has and always will be about the music first and foremost, so to have released 5 albums is way beyond anything I could have dreamt of to be honest.

"Huge thanks to those who have done so much behind the scenes over the years as well, without whom it would have been immensely difficult for me. Step forward Manuela Froehlich, Anna Walker, Simon Burrell and Sprocket. More...

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Applaud The Impaler Streaming "Angel Lust"

Applaud the Implaer has posted a pre-production track online for the song "Angel Lust," which will appear on the band's new album to be released later this year.

Check out the track in the YouTube clip below, and a live version of the track can be found after the jump. You can also watch a previously posted drum playthrough video from Applaud the Impaler at this location.

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Defeated Sanity Posts New Song Online

Today the metal miscreants at Decibel offer up an exclusive premiere of “Naraka” from German death metal moguls Defeated Sanity. The tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming slab of iniquity - "Passages Into Deformity." Check out "Naraka" right here.

Says bassist Jacob Schmidt of the track: “Here we have the first mid-tempo-only song we've written in years! It's probably the slowest and grooviest on Passages. Enjoy!”

Scheduled for release on February 5th, 2013 through Willowtip Records, "Passages Into Deformity" was recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany and includes guest vocal appearances by Frank Rini (Internal Bleeding), AJ Magana (ex-Defeated Sanity, Disgorge US), and Brian Forgue (Syphilic, Gutrot) as well as sound effects by Jon Engman (ex-Brodequin). More...

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Denouncement Pyre Streaming Full New Album

Denouncement Pyre is now streaming the entirety of the band's forthcoming "Almighty Arcanum," set for international release on January 22nd through Hells Headbangers. The album can be heard via Decibel Magazine here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"After 10 years of underground darkness, Denouncement Pyre continue their ascent up the throne of Luciferian supremacy with Almighty Arcanum. The Aussie veterans' second full-length after their lauded World Cremation debut (also released by Hells Headbangers), Denouncement Pyre's 'Almighty Arcanum' is a veritable abyss of fiery, blackened death metal, but now sharper and more focused than ever. Total Darkness. Total Death. The unification of all that was, is, and will be: await Almighty Arcanum..."

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