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Metal News for January 11, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Anaal Nathrakh Completes Work on New Album

According to Anaal Nathrak's Facebook, the band has just finished recording a new album which should be released later this year. The band released the following statement, "Can't wait for you all to hear the new record we just finished!!!"

No title or release date is available as of yet. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.

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Born Of Osiris Splits With Guitarist

Born of Osiris has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"To all of our fans and followers, we have decided to part ways with guitarist Jason Richardson. This was something that just needed to happen. We will be a more creative, energized, and focused unit as a result.

"The past year was the band's most successful and we owe it all to our amazing fans. We promise everyone that 2012 will see us take further steps to bringing every aspect of our band to a new level. We couldn't possibly be more excited for what the future holds.

"Also, since the finishing touches were put on The Discovery we've already been in the process of writing our next album. The past month and next two we will be home writing and finalizing the record that will be released this summer/fall.

"Big news coming soon regarding our summer touring schedule, we can't wait to see all of you again soon with some new music to play for you! We will TEMPORARILY be accepting video submissions for the spot at BOOlessons@yahoo.com."

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Alltheniko Streaming New Song

Italian metal band Alltheniko is streaming the new track "Dance of Mutant Night," which is posted exactly a year from the date of the bands last LP release "Millennium Re-Burn." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth album "Back to MMLXVI (2066)" expected in 2012 via My Graveyard Productions.

Check out "Dance of Mutant Night" here:

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Nightqueen Unveils Cover Artwork

Nightqueen unveiled the album artwork for the forthcoming debut LP "For Queen And Metal." The art was created by Jan Yrlund. The debut is set for release On February 24, 2011 through Massacre Records.

Check out the artwork here:

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Desecrated Sphere Comments On Anniversary

Desecrated Sphere has checked in with the following announcement about the band's anniversary:

"01/10/2012, marks the first anniversary of the band's foundation! Since composing the songs that gave the foundation of the project, recording sessions in 2010, the founding of Desecrated Sphere, the independent launch of our 'The Unmasking Reality' debut album, gigs in the local scene, line-up changes, to taking part in X Araraquara Rock and 1st Cataclisma Metal Fest (with an official DVD shoot of the festival), everything was done with a lot of hard work, but above all, much focus on our objectives.

"Our intention in disclosing this bulletin is to share again with you who's been by our side since the first day, our achievements in this brief period of time, and our gratitude to all that supported and keep supporting us!

"2012 starts with lots of expectations, and in addition to the confirmed dates in 18/02 and 20/02 supporting the Exhumed and Aborted tour in the cities of São Paulo - SP and Catanduva - SP (respectively) you can expect soon many other news!

"We thank the bands who we have been in contact with or have shared the stage with! And to all those who worked with us throughout 2011, or started to work with us recently, in special our partners:

Área Livre Estúdio / Área Mídia
Stage One Studio
MS Metal Press
Fernando 'Drowned' Lima: The Most Destructive Art
Roadmaster Booking

"Last but not least, our thank you to the fans for all the positive feedback that's been given towards our work and for the support and attention you give us! See you guys on the road!"

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GWAR Holds Cory Smoot Memorial Show

On Saturday night, January 7th, 2012, the metal community took another step in dealing with the tragic death of long-time GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot by holding the first of two events in a three-show schedule of shows designed to support the Smoot Family Foundation and honor the life of this prolific artist, who died of a heart attack this past November at the age of only 34.

Cory had played the role of Flattus Maximus in the world's most infamous band for eleven years, as well as participated in many side projects, while at the same time producing and engineering tons of records at his always busy Karma Studios. In doing so he had become a treasured part of the local and national metal scene, and they turned out in force to both events, opening their hearts to Cory's family in a completely selfless display of solidarity, respect, and generosity.

Cory's widow, Jaime, who is pregnant with Cory's child, had this message for the fans: "I want to sincerely thank ALL the friends and fans for their amazing donations and support!! Thanks to Eve and Brent for organizing the events, to the businesses that contributed raffle prizes, and to the venues and bands for making the shows awesome!! You guys made Cory, the baby and me very proud!" More...

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Riotgod Streaming New Song "Crossfade"

Riotgod's sophomore album "Invisible Empire" will be released in a little over three weeks via Metalville Records, and te album is available for pre-order here. Gun Shy Assassin is now hosting an exclusive stream of the track "Crossfade." Check out the song at this location.

"Invisible Empire" will be released on January 31st in North America through Metalville Records. The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Lynchmada To Support Cavalera Conspiracy

Brisbane crushers Lynchmada will dominate stages across the country as main support on The Cavalera Conspiracy for the band's January/February Australian tour dates.

Lynchmada is touring in support of the band's new album "To The Earth," which was released through Truth Inc. Records. The band also recently unveiled another new song, “Blackout”, which is being premiered exclusively via Hails And Horns Magazine here.

The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

JAN 24 - Newcastle, AU @ Panthers
JAN 26 - Canberra, AU @ Anu Bar
JAN 28 - Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre
FEB 01 - Melbourne, AU @ Billboard
FEB 06 - Brisbane, AU @ The Hi Fi

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Blodsgard Posts "Livet Er Avlyst" Clip

Blodsgard has posted a video clip online for the track "Livet Er Avlyst," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Watch the debut of our newest track; 'Livet er avlyst' (Life is cancelled) over at YouTube now! The video is a compilation of random clips from 2011, shot at different occasions with GoPro camera."

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Impending Doom Announces New Album Release

Impending Doom will release the brand new full-length album entitled "Baptized in Filth" on March 13th, 2012. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder), this is the band's fourth full length and most ferocious effort to date.

"We're proud to say that after many months of working on the new record it's finally done. This is by far our favorite material to date and we can't wait to share it with everyone and hit the road!! March 13th 2012 the world will be Baptized In Filth!" says guitarist Cory Johnson.

The band will also be embarking on the upcoming Metal Alliance tour with DevilDriver and Dying Fetus.

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4Arm Posts "Submission For Liberty" Trailer

Australian 4 piece thrash band 4Arm has released an official web trailer for the band's upocming new album scheduled for a February 6th, 2012 release through Rising Records. Now you have the opportunity to hear a little of what to expect on “Submission For Liberty" via the video clip below.

4ARM - Submission For Liberty (Album Trailer) from RSI Digital Media on Vimeo.

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Society 1 Issues Band Activity Update

Society 1 vocalist Lord Zane has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming activity:

"Lord Zane here. For the twelve people who were wondering what I was going to do regarding music and performing I can say after four months of reflection and rehabilitation that I am not prepared at this time to sit on the couch and watch television for the rest of my life. I’ve missed being involved with creating and performing music and while I truly enjoy directing and will continue to do so I feel it’s time to begin getting back out there with my own material…slowly.

"Is my neck healed? A simple answer is no but I’ve learned and implemented a plethora of new practices which are yielding amazing results thus far. Perhaps the key to performing and creating once again is a modified outlook that doesn’t require or expect me to immediately excel to the level of previous accomplishments.

"Here is the plan. One song, one video and one show at a time. No major tours. No big press releases. No interviews. No lofty claims of taking over the world. I’m not committing to anything except my desire to create and perform for myself at whatever pace I feel acceptable. I will have an attitude of whatever happens…happens. As long as I am being true to my sinister and controversial aspects of creation then I am fulfilling what my soul requires to thrive.

"I’m returning to my industrial metal roots. I know that last album made more than a few people scratch their heads with confusion but I can tell you this new material will be reminiscent of what most associate with my sound.

"So any bass players and drummers out there who live in Los Angeles that want to get involved in this next portion of the never ending saga of Society 1 let me know. Creative times ahead."

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Grenouer Posts "Fix Your Life" Video

Russia's Grenouer has posted a video clip online for the song "Fix Your Life," which is taken off the "Computer Crime" EP. Check out the video below. The "Computer Crime" track listing is as follows:

1. Last Stop
2. Rejected
3. See No Sun
4. Fix Your Life
5. Golden Years

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Rise To Remain Joining Warped Tour

The third group of acts playing Vans Warped Tour 2012 has just been announced and breakout U.K. sensation Rise to Remain is included in the line up.

Vocalist Austin Dickinson exclaims, "We are honoured to announce that Rise To Remain will be part of this year's Warped Tour!!!! To all our stateside fans: this will be your first chance to catch us in the USA, so come down, hang out and watch some killer bands! This tour is going to be one to remember, and we look forward to you guys being a part of it. See you all soon, and party on!"

Rise to Remain will join Vampires Everywhere!, Bayside, Chelsea Grin, Memphis May Fire, and a number of other artists that will be released shortly. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available on April 6th, 2012. Fans should check this location for line up announcements and other updates.

This will be Rise to Remain's first time overseas to play for a U.S. audience supporting the release the band's of the Century Media Records debut, "City of Vultures." Not only will the "City of Vultures" U.S. edition include two live bonus tracks and all the band's videos as an exclusive download, but it will also feature exclusive new material that will be recorded in the coming months.

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Dolmen Streaming Songs From Upcoming Album

Argentinian ancestral folk metal band Dolmen is streaming eight new songs over on it's Reverbnation page. The songs will be included on Dolmen's forthcoming album "Echando Raices." Below is a video upload of the track "Jaulas de Identidad," and you may check out music from the first album "Anhelos Ancestrales" on Dolmen's YouTube channel.

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Oblivion Posts Second Studio Video

Oblivion has posted a second studio update video online, which can be viewed below. The band commented:

"Welcome back to Oblivion, this is footage from our second studio session. For the complete song please check our Facebook here. Please SHARE this link! Stay tuned for more...thanks!!!"

You can also check out the previously posted first studio video at this location.

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Opera Diabolicus Reveals Album Details

Opera Diabolicus will be releasing "+ 1614" on February 28th via Metalville Records. The band commented on its history and sound:

"Opera Diabolicus is the brainchild of composer/musician David Grimoire and lyricist Adrian de Crow. The idea sprung to life when the two of them met randomly at a stage play of Umberto Eco's book The Name of the Rose at a theatre in Gothenburg in 2006. Both of them were very intrigued by the story and they ended up talking about how interesting it would be to make a theatrical and dark metal musical based on that kind of a story. The conversation between them that took place in Gothenburg that bleak December night planted the seed that soon should grow to be the concept of Opera Diabolicus - The concept of combining the dark elements of music and theatre in alliance with musical excellency.

"The music could be described as dramatic and dark doom metal with atmospheric, epic and progressive elements. If you're into bands like Candlemass, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento Mori, Therion, Notre Dame, Dimmu Borgir and Kamelot this is definitely the band for you to keep your eye on.

"The upcoming album features among others; Snowy Shaw, Mats Levén, and Niklas Isfeldt on vocals, daemonic voices and ghoulish sounds. Snowy Shaw has also contributed with his well known drums of doom which gives yet another warranty of quality to the music. The album is produced and mixed by none other than Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studio." More...

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I The Breather Streaming New Song

I The Breather kicks off a massive North American tour alongside August Burns Red, Silverstein, Texas In July and letlive! on January 13th in support of the new album, "Truth and Purpose," which is set for a February 28th release. The group just posted a new track titled "Bruised and Broken," which can be heard via the player below.

Morgan (drums) states: "We recorded the new album with producers Paul Leavitt and Taylor Larson. We are beyond happy with the direction of the new material as it features a lot of technical drumming and dual guitar work, but it's very listenable at the same time. This disc offers a lot to the listener musically and vocally. On the last album we stuck to using one tempo and it was very one-dimensional. This new one features a ton more and I'm proud of that. It captures our choppy chugs in parts, our melodic choruses and our off-time breakdowns. I feel as though it's a huge progression." More...

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Aborted Releases "The Origin Of Disease" Video

Belgian goremasters Aborted will be releasing their most lethal record to date, "Global Flatline," on January 23rd in Europe and January 24th in North America. In anticipation of this impending onslaught of death metal, the band is now giving fans the chance to check out the brand new video clip for the track "The Origin Of Disease" on Metal Injection.

Directed and produced by Phil Berridge (Creative Junky), "The Origin Of Disease" is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy this piece of audiovisual carnage below.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by the renowned Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, "Global Flatline" features several guest vocalists, including Trevor Strnad, Julien Truchan, Jason Netherton, and Keiijo Niinima. To pre-order your copy of the album, click here. More...

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Machine Head Posts Tour Commercial

Oakland, CA's Machine Head has released a brand new North American tour commercial in preparation for the band's upcoming headlining run with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour. You can view the tour commercial below.

The tour kicks off on January 15th in Denver, CO and will run through the U.S. for the remainder of the month, coming to a close on February 18th in the band’s hometown area of San Francisco, CA. See below for all current tour dates.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Nate Hall To Release Solo Album

U.S. Christmas guitarist/vocalist/wordsmith Nate Hall will release his first solo record this Spring via Neurot Recordings. Titled "A Great River," the ten-track opus offers up a lush landscape of sonic richness. Recorded in March 2011 by Travis Kammeyer at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, "A Great River" features the pastoral artwork of Dark Castle’s Stevie Floyd.

Commented Hall on his latest musical journey: “This record was something I needed to do. I didn’t really plan on it, but it helped me to get rid of a lot of bad dreams. Feelings that pulled me down. Things that I would not carry around with me anymore. It helped me to put the past behind me. Now I can look to the future."

The track listing is as follows:

01. The Earth In One Cell
02. Dark Star
03. Kathleen
04. Night Theme
05. Chains
06. To Wake And Dream
07. Raw Chords
08. Electric Night Theme
09. When The Stars Begin To Fall
10. A Great River More...

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Rxyzyxr Posts Russian Tour Trailer

Rxyzyxr has posted a video clip online announcing the band's upcoming Russian shows with Vildhjarta. Check out the tour teaser in the player below. In related news, Rxyzyxr is currently in the process of recording the band's debut album, and Vildhjarta recently dropped the new release "Måsstaden."

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Stephan Forte Releasing Solo Instrumental Debut

Renowned shredder Stéphan Forté (Adagio) has set February 28th, 2012 as the North American release date for his highly anticipated instrumental solo debut, "The Shadows Compendium." Proving that shred is far from dead, Forté demonstrates otherworldly skill and technique on this neo-classical metallic release. The album will be distributed in the United States by E1 Distribution. "The Shadows Compendium" features several guests such as Jeff Loomis, Mattias Eklundh, Glen Drover, Daniele Gottardo and Derek Taylor. Check out a video of Stephan Forte shredding, after the tracklisting and cover art of the album.

1. The Shadows Compendium (Guest: Jeff Loomis / Nevermore)
2. De Praestigiis Daemonum (Guest Mattias IA Eklundh / Freak Kitchen)
3. Spiritual Bliss
4. Duat (Guest: Glen Drover /Megadeth)
5. Sorrowful Centruroïde (Guest: Derek Taylor /Solo artist)
6. Prophecies Of Loki XXI
7. I think there's someone in the kitchen (Guest: Daniele Gottardo/Solo Artist)
8. Improvisation on Sonata no. 14, c # minor - Op. 27 no 2

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Legion Of The Damned Re-Releasing Debut Album

Legion of the Damned is going to re-release the band's debut album "Malevolent Rapture" in memory of former bassist and friend Twan Fleuren, who unfortunately decided to take his own life last year. Legion of the Damned commented:

"May 20th, 2011 was a very sad day for us. Ex bass player and friend Twan Fleuren committed suicide. Twan was recruited by at that time second guitar player Leon Pennings, who served in the band Occult from 1992 until 1999. Twan Fleuren took place in the band Occult in late 1998. When Leon was thrown out of the band in 1999 right before we would leave for the Morbid Angel tour, Twan stayed in the band!

"A lot of struggle in the last Occult years we finally decided to take action: we changed the name Occult into Legion of the Damned, changed from record label Hammerheart to Boomer Entertainment & Massacre Records, and from then on, the band's career took a rocket flight.

"Twan Fleuren contributed on the most popular Legion of the Damned songs such as 'Werewolf Corpse,' 'Death's Head March,' 'Bleed For Me,' 'Malevolent Rapture' and of course our own hymn 'Legion Of The Damned.' More...

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3 Inches Of Blood To Release New Album

Traditionalist metal gods 3 Inches of Blood will release their 5th studio album, "Long Live Heavy Metal," on March 27th via Century Media Records. Keeping true to their core and bringing their forthcoming album title to life, fans can expect a blast of pure metal assured to leave no face un-melted.

"Long Live Heavy Metal is the fifth chapter in the book of 3 Inches of Blood, and we couldn't be more pleased and proud of our new onslaught of Honest Heavy Metal," says guitarist Justin Hagberg. For Long Live Heavy Metal, 3 Inches of Blood reunited with producer and engineer Terry "Sho" Murray (City of Fire, Exhibitionists), who worked with the band on "Anthems for the Victorious."

"When a band is releasing a new record, they often speak about it being their most important work or best album to date. Regardless of how clichéd either statement may sound, I think we would say both apply to this album," explains vocalist Cam Pipes. "All of us have a special feeling about this one. We're more committed than ever to the cause of real, honest, no bullshit heavy metal. No trends, no fucking around!"

3 Inches of Blood will be embarking on the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" on the following dates: More...

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Deceased Releases "Ghostly White" Details

King Fowley, mastermind of horror metal icons Deceased, released information about the band's next album via his Facebook page. Fowley states "Ghostly White" will be the title of the new album. He is writing the album this year, hopes to record it in the summer and put out the record in winter 2013. More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Debuts New Single

Sight Of Emptiness has just debuted it's new single "Transition" over on the No Clean Singing site. Costa Rica's premier melodic thrash metal band plans to include this song on it's third album in progress. Sight Of Emptiness has been busy touring Central America, and you can check out the video for their gig in Tegucigalpa, Honduras by going here. Check out Sight of Emptiness' recent official video for "Predictable Tragedy," filmed in Parque Morazan in downtown San Jose.

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Archaic Ecipse Posts New Album Teaser

Archaic Eclipse has posted a teaser clip online featuring music from the band's upcoming new album, which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"A little something for our Internet fans: We have been working on the new album and wanted to show you guys some of our new riffs!"

For more on Archaic Eclipse, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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God Forbid Finishes New Album

God Forbid has announced two northeast area headlining shows to celebrate completion of the band's forthcoming album.

Guitarist Doc Coyle says of the band’s desire to play shows, “With only one show in 2011 and 2 months spent in the recording studio, we have been itching to get out and play. We thought it would be a great idea to get into an intimate setting in our area for the real GF fans. Expect to hear some new songs and some old cuts that haven’t played in awhile. 2012 will be a great year!”

Details are as follows:

Feb 18th - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus (Support TBA)
Feb 24th - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ Bound Alive, Lesson in Violence & More TBA

You can also find recently posted footage of the band working on the new album at this location.

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Nothnegal Pushes Back New Album Release

Melodic death metal powerhouse Nothengal has announced the release of the band's "Decadence" album (reviewed here) in the U.S. is being pushed back to February 28th, 2012. The international release is still slated for January 20th.

"Decadence: is mixed by Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Machine Head, DevilDriver) and Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Sonarta Arctica) and marks the first official full-length release from Nothnegal.

The band is also pleased to announce a new contest created specifically for Facebook fans. Nothengal will offer a copy of "Decadence" to ten Facebook fans. All you need to do is go to the band’s Facebook page and “Like” it! The band will then pick ten fans randomly to win the new album.

Nothnegal also has the following upcoming live shows:

01 Feb 12 Pune (IN) Amanora Park Town w/ Poets of the Fall
03 Feb 12 Hyderabad (IN) One Flight Down
05 Feb 12 Bangalore (IN) Summerstorm Festival w/ Opeth
07 Feb 12 Male' (MV) Lecute Halha w/ Opeth

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Effloresce To Release Debut Full Length

German progressive metal act Effloresce is set to release its debut full length LP "Coma Ghosts" on February 10, 2012. A label for the release has not yet been announced. The band release the EP "Shades of Fate" (which you can hear in its entirety in the player below).

The track list for "Coma Ghosts" is as follows:

1. Crib (8:12)
2. Spectre Pt. 1: Zorya´s Dawn (10:34)
3. Pavement Canvas (8:58)
4. Undercoat (2:54)
5. Swimming through deserts (7:11)
6. Shuteye Wanderer (16:31)

For a sample of Effloresce's music, check out the "Shades of Fate" EP here: More...

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Stangala Streaming New Album

The new debut album from French band Stangala is available for download over on Bandcamp, or may be streamed in the widget below. Titled "Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All," it features that nice retro sound of Celtic "Breton" music and doom rock.

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Pelican Announces New EP

Thunderous post-instrumental outfit Pelican has announced the follow-up to the sprawling 2009 full length "What We All Come To Need," a new four song EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis" to be released via Southern Lord on April 10th.

With members now residing in separate cities, the EP represents a new chapter in the band’s evolution with a reenergized focus on composition and the utilization of the recording studio as a creative tool in the songwriting process, yielding one of the most diverse efforts in the band’s prolific discography. The band issued the following press release:

"The four new songs highlight the manifold sonic strengths of the band by delving into moments of triumphant melodic rock, smokey doom, ambient soundscape, acoustic desert-folk, and minimalist electronics. In contrast to the EP’s origin as the product of four different recording studios, including stints with engineers Sanford Parker (Twilight, Circle of Animals, Nachtmystium) and Aaron Harris (ISIS), the carefully crafted track listing boasts a cohesive narrative flow, lending the release an epic feel worthy of a full album."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Ataraxia
2. Lathe Biosas
3. Parasite Colony
4. Taraxis

Pelican also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Crimes Of Passion To Release Sophomore LP

U.K. hard rock/metal band Crimes of Passion will release its sophomore effort "To Die For" on February 17, 2012 through DR2 Records. The band is working with producer Charlie Bauerfiend for the release, who is best known for his production work with Blind Guardian, Helloween and HammerFall. The first single for the release will be entitled "Blown Away."

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So Much For Nothing Streaming New Song

So Much For Nothing, the band formed in 2007 by Sarkom front man Erik Unsgaard, has previewed a second track from the forthcoming album “Livsgnist," which is set for release on the 16th of January via My Kingdom Music in both CD and LP version.

The track, titled “Suffer in Silence,” sees several guest artists joining the band’s two-man line up, with Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth providing additional lyrics and vocals, Pantheon I’s Live Julianne Kostøl on the cello, Trollfest’s Martin Storm-Olsen on acoustic guitar, and Ingvild Sareeta Kaare, formerly of Ram-Zet on violin. “Suffer in Silence” can be heard on the band’s MySpace page or Facebook profile.

Aside from Unsgaard himself on guitars and vocals, the nucleus of the band includes Urgehal drummer Uruz who joined the band in 2009 when, having written eight songs, Unsgaard realised that he was ready to take the first steps to expand the band from what was initially a solo project. Drawing inspiration from the general decadence that has seeped into society over the years, So Much For Nothing's sound is a mix of brooding black metal and dark melodies, which together perfectly creates the decadent atmosphere that Unsgaard seeks to express through his music. More...

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Battle Beast Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted a behind the scenes footage for the video "Enter the Metal World." The music video for the track can be seen at this location. The band is set to re-release its debut album worldwide through Nuclear Blast on January 27, 2012. The album was originally released in April of 2011 through Hype Productions.

Check out the behind the scenes video here:

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Seven Sisters Of Sleep Releasing Split 12"

A389 recording artists Seven Sisters of Sleep and Children Of God have put out a split 12" consisting of three songs apiece. Seven Sisters Of Sleep will be showcasing it's hardcore sludge sound at the A389 Recordings VIII Anniversary Bash on Saturday, January 21st at the Sonar Compound in Baltimore. Headlining the fest will be Eyehategod, Integrity and Gehenna. Get more information on that show by going here. Also on the roster will be A389 recording artist Junior Bruce, whose latest single "Deceiver" can be heard here. Check out one of Seven Sisters Of Sleep's songs from the 12", the track "Almighty Black Talons."


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Embreach Working On New Material

Finland's Embreach has issued the following announcement about writing new material and playing new songs live:

"Good news: we're going to be playing two gigs this week! Tomorrow (Wed 11th 2012) we'll hit the stage in Semifinal with Retrogression. On Friday we'll share the stage with Wankers of the Zoo Crew in DOM.

"These are our first gigs in 1.5 years, so we're very, very excited! We've been busy writing new material, so this is a good chance to hear some of the new songs before we hit the studio, and probably the only chance to see us live before our next release is out!

"2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for us, stay tuned!" More...

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Beneath The Massacre Premieres New Track

Canadian deathcore band Beneath The Massacre has premiered the new song "Symptoms" from the forthcoming LP "Incongruous" on Terrorizer Magazine's website. The band's third LP is set to drop on February 14, 2012 through Prosthetic Records.

The track list for "Incongruous" is as follows:

1. Symptoms
2. Hunted
3. Left Hand
4. Hopes
5. It
6. Light
7. Incongruous
8. Pedestal
9. Grief
10. Damages
11. Unheard

Check out "Symptoms" here: More...

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Anger As Art Recruits New Bassist

Los Angeles act Anger As Art, which recently entered the studio to record new material, has now announced the recruitment of a new bassist Henry De La Cruz. Henry replaces Angelo Espino, who departed in October.

Says mainman/founder Steve Gaines: "Hank! That's about all you need to know. Henry was at the top of all of our lists of guys we wanted to talk to. He has been in bands with both Dan and Rob - and I have been onstage and jammed with him many times over the years. Musically, he's a monster. Influences? The same. He knows the history of AAA. But most important was 'the hang'. The chemistry. We were facing a big unknown going forward without Angelo – and needed to know that the new person would not just fill the space, but make it his own. Intangibles. Henry is that guy."

Anger As Art is putting the finishing touches on the band's 4th album for OSM Records – titled "Hubris, Inc", and looking for a spring 2012 release. The currently announced song titles to appear on the album are as follows:

Hubris Inc.
This Is Why I Hate
Pieces Of Red
Divided We Fall
As The Exalted Seethe
Time Devours Life
The Evil You Create
Gods Of Hate
Pearls Before Swine
Anger Is the Reason
Never Forgive, Never Forget
Head Of The Snake
Rage And Retribution
Speed Kills

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Nightwish To Release Second Single

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish will release its second single for "Imaginaerum" with the song "The Crow, The Owl And The Dove." The single will be released on March 2, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records and will also feature the unreleased bonus track "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" (Theme from the movie "The Piano.") "Imaginaerum" was released in North America yesterday (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

The track listing for the single is as follows:

1. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Radio edit)
2. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
3. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Album Version)
4. The Heart Asks Pleasure First
5. The Heart Asks Pleasure First (Instrumental Version)

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Kamelot To Tour Europe In November 2012

Florida power/progressive band Kamelot announced that the band will be embarking on a headline tour of Europe this fall in support of a new, yet untitled, release. The band's latest post on its official Facebook page reads:

"2012 Tidbit...did you know that Kamelot will kickoff their Headliner European Tour in The Netherlands this November? Stay tuned for details and exclusive North American appearances for 2012!"

Kamelot are still auditioning vocalists to replace Roy Kahn, who left the band in 2011. Fabio Lione of Rhapsody of Fire filled in on vocals on the band's world tour last year.

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Virgin Steele Posts New Music Video

New York metal act Virgin Steele posted a new music video for "Perfect Mansions." The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the band's 1997 reissue (through Noise Records) of the 1988 album "Age Of Consent," which was also reissued as a deluxe edition this past November hrough SPV/Steamhammer (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

The video was filed in Long Island a few weeks ago. Check it out here:

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Shining Posts Studio Update

Swedish black metal band Shining has updated its studio blog (which can be followed by heading over to this location), including video studio updates. The band are currently recording an eighth studio effort and the follow up to the 2011 release "VII: Född Förlorare."

The band's latest diary entry reads:

"Yup, we have reached our first milestone - all album track drums have now been recorded!

"Yesterday was a cheerful day compared to the somewhat gloomy Tuesday. The final drum recordings went extremely well (which was of course to be expected from a real pro such as Ludwig!), and once everything was in the can Niklas took Witt out for a well deserved dinner to celebrate.

"It is not time for Ludwig to go home just yet though, Thursday will start the drum recordings for some extra tracks and surprises that Shining has in store for all...

"On a slightly sadder note it seems that Shining's not-so-new-anymore bassist Christian has fallen victim to a throat virus that has been circling around in Sweden, which forced him to stay in bed whilst all others went to town. By the powers invested us by paracetamol and vitamin supplements, we wish that he would become a healthy young man very soon again...

"Things were cheerful enough for all after the dinner though as the guys bought some new movies and all spent the evening watching such gloomy classics as 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'The Naked Gun'.

"I cannot emphasize enough how good "Get Him to the Greek" is - but you'll probably get the idea after I post up Wednesday's video blog today.

"Until then, keep up the good work, you've been very busy watching and commenting the blog both in here and in Facebook! All of the guys are eagerly looking forward to all contributions and questions you have made.

"So, as always, keep watching this space, and "Does anyone remember the lyrics to 'African Child'?!?"

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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