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Metal News for January 15, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Stratovarius Streaming New Song

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles today offers up Stratovarius’ “Halcyon Days” for your streaming enjoyment. The tune comes off the melodic metal legends’ forthcoming offering, "Nemesis."

Among Kotipelto’s favorite songs on the record, “Halcyon Days,” is about finding peace in the increasingly hectic landscape of daily life. Listen to the song at this location.

Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), the 11-track "Nemesis" will be released in North America via Armoury Records on February 26th, 2013. Notes vocalist Timo Kotipelto of the album:

“It has a darker more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and have matured as songwriters. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it.”

In celebration of its release, Manhattan’s Idle Hands Bar will be hosting a special "Nemesis" listening party on the evening of January 21st where both Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson will be in attendance. More...

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Morker Announces EP Release

Sweden's Morker has checked in with the following update about releasing a new EP instead of a full-length album:

"There has been a drastic change of plans. Instead of releasing the full-length album that was planned from the beginning, we will release a 7" EP with 2 songs called Ensamhet, with Jani on drums.

"For the full-length album we will have to find another drummer, but that won't be a problem since we are working on that as we speak.

"This EP will be limited to 250 copies. More info about this release later. B-side is exclusive for this EP and won't be released anywhere else.

"We have started the recordings a while back. Drums, guitars, and bass has been recorded for the A-side, keys/piano and vocals left. B-side was recorded earlier this year."

You can also check out Morker's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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Primitive Graven Image Announces Tour Dates

Primitive Graven Image has checked in with the following brief announcement about upcoming tour dates in March:

"Greetings all, we are currently working with Nazgul Agency and putting a few dates together for this year in support of our recently released 'Psychedelic Episodes - Observations on Death and Deathlessness' album. 'Deathlessness On The Road 2013' - first dates available below."

2nd March - London, Electrowerks - with ENTHRONED and ETHEREAL
3rd March - Exeter, Cavern - with ENTHRONED and ETHEREAL
11th March - Leeds, DAY OF RAPTURE II festival - with DESECRATION + more
29th March - Liverpool, The Lomax - with NINKHARSAG + more
30th March - Grimsby, The Matrix - with NINKHARSAG, INFERNAL CREATION + more More...

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Pit Stories: A Truly Dedicated Fan

Each Tuesday we have metal musicians check in with their most memorable mosh pit stories from live shows.

This week vocalist Tom Emmans of Odium shares the following story of a truly dedicated (or perhaps just overly drunk) fan fighting through the pain to see the end of a show:

One time at a show in our home town a fan broke a beer bottle in the pit and it sliced his whole arm down to the bone. Everyone was freaking out cause they thought someone had knifed him. Turns out he was just partying and having a good time, not even realizing he was bleeding all over the place. When the ambulance arrived he was trying to convince them to let him stay until we were done. They were like "Uh no. You could bleed out. Your entire arm is cut to the bone." So they raced him to the hospital and stitched him up. He showed up for our last song drunk as fuck, smiling from ear to ear. See you at the next one brother!

You can check out Odium's music by downloading the track "No Way Out" on the free "Happy Metal Annihilation Volume 2" compilation over here, or watch a music video for the track below.

Check back in again next week as we continue to share more Pit Stories from rock and metal bands. More...

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Spektr Posts New Album Preview

French industrial/ambient black metal band Spektr has revealed a preview of "Cypher," the band's 3rd album that is coming out on the February 5th in Europe/UK and February 19th in North America via Agonia Records. Check out the album preview through the SoundCloud player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Cypher is an experimental black metal album, recorded entirely without vocals except sampling. The album introduces industrial and ambient elements and, as a whole, should be considered as a strongly psychedelic release; it produces a feeling, as if the mind of the listener, dragged into the music, were unable of concentrate itself or were experiencing a powerful hallucinogenic effect. This successor to 'Near Death Experience' (from 2006) will be made available as CD, Vinyl (150 on white & 150 on black vinyl) and digital download."

The "Cypher" track listing is as follows:

1. Hermetism
2. Teratology
3. The Singularity
4. Solitude
5. Antimatter
6. Solve Et Coagula
7. Cypher
8. Decorporation
9. Le Vitriol du Philosophe More...

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Inter Arma Reveals "Sky Burial" Details

This week, underground music juggernaut Relapse Records reveals the release info, cover art, and more for Inter Arma’s second LP, "Sky Burial." The label comments:

"A highly anticipated release for fans of all extreme genres, Virginia’s crushing quintet Inter Arma merges elements of doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, black metal and more through massive, mighty riffs to create a sound wholly their own.

"Following several solid demos, splits and an LP via Forcefield Records, this volatile act now delivers their Relapse debut, Sky Burial, an album easily considered an early contender for heavy music record of the year, even making Decibel Magazine’s 20 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013 list. Emerging from the ever-fertile metal breeding grounds of Richmond, Virginia, Inter Arma has spent the last few years touring relentlessly, perfecting a hypnotically punishing live show.

"Sky Burial brings that focus onto record, an album truly heavy in all senses of the word, invoking a spiritually intense journey through the halls of extreme metal. Inter Arma has made a decisively loud proclamation with Sky Burial -- this is a band that could very well be the next crown-holder in a regal line of iconic Relapse bands."

The "Sky Burial" album will see digital, CD and 2xLP North American release on March 19th, 2013, preceded by European release dates of March 15th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and March 18th in the UK and all other territories. More...

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Hypnoside Posts "Tattooed Angels" Album Trailer

Spanish metal band Hypnoside posted a trailer for the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Tattooed Angels." The album will feature MaYaN/Sons of Seasons vocalist Henning Basse on lead vocals, who took over for the outgoing Héctor Llaurado.

Cover art, track listing and release dates are expected shortly. In the wait time, check out the teaser for the album here:

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Panzerchrist Recruits New Drummer

Denmark act Panzerchrist has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer and working on an upcoming album:

"So an update is about due right now -- First of all we want to announce our new drummer. His name is Simon Schilling and he is from Germany. Simon has played several session jobs over the years and we think that he suits all of Panzerchrist's needs for extreme drumming. Check out one of his 'drum-covers' below!

"Right now we're in the writing process and we need about 3 tracks to finish up the album, before we enter Death Island Studio in April. Expect our best material so far!!" More...

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Sannhet Streaming New Song

"As Known Flood," the debut LP from instrumental Brooklyn trio Sannhet draws closer, and today another new track from the expansive album has been made available.

Infiltrated by static-filled radio broadcast samples and white noise, the booming, ethereal buildup of the "Known Flood" fifth track, “Moral,” can be streamed via Pitchfork.com here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Sannhet’s sprawling debut LP, 'Known Flood' features nearly forty-five minutes of electrified post-metal, fueled with domineering riff-building movements and intense percussive hostility, unifying in a slightly blackened and trance-inducing atmospheric style, captured by Colin Marston (Krallice, Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and mastered by Carl Saff. More...

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In-Quest Reveals New Album Details

Belgian progressive death metallers In-Quest have set "8 - The Odyssey Of Eternity" as the title of their new album, scheduled for a late spring release. The follow-up to 2009’s “Made Out of Negative Matter” was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with producer Jochem Jacobs (ex-Textures).

Commented In-Quest guitarist Douglas Verhoeven: "As the world didn't perish in 2012, we are back celebrating our existence' eternity with a massive concept album. For over a year, these songs and themes have been distilled and purified into perfection where everything is connected. I am proud to finally come out with the first of news about our new album. A dense, catchy, polyrhythmic 8 string cyclic opus which will for sure surprise a lot of our fans. A new sound, a redefinition or our core elements, and for sure a new form of aggression. Technical, rich and thick with typical IQ bombastic riffing, lyrical insanity and hypnotic melody work. Think heavy... beyond heavy! Insiders have claimed the new album to be the missing link between 'The Comatose Quandaries' groove and 'Made Out of Negative Matter' compositional/technical prowess, all wrapped into one big insane ride."

The track listing is as follows:

01. Enter Eternity of Lethargy
02. Taedium Vitae
03. Elliptical Orbits in Disbelief
04. Reiterated Cycles of Celestial Spheres
05. Neo-Pseudo Existence
06. Infinite Sleep for the Hollow
07. The Algorhythmic Alignments
08. Yearn to Return [liquidation fails]

The third in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the studio can be seen below. More...

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Subsignal Issues Update On New Album

Germany's Subsignal has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album:

"We are about to finish the pre-production for the new album 'Paraíso.' As mentioned earlier, drum recordings will start mid February.

"And here are some titles for all song title fetishists out there: 'The Stillness Beneath The Snow,' 'A New Reliance,' 'The Colossus That Bestrode The Word,' and 'Swimming Home' to mention but a few.

"As you can imagine we are pretty psyched about the new output. We are shooting for a late September release."

For more info on the band, head over to the official Subsignal Facebook profile here.

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Dark Empire Recruits New Guitarist

New Jersey metallers Dark Empire are happy to announce that Christian Colabelli has stepped in as their new permanent 2nd guitarist. Christian replaces Andrew Atwood, who split from the band just prior to the recording of last year's album, "From Refuge to Ruin."

Video can be viewed below of Christian and co-guitarist Matt Moliti running through some new riffs the band is preparing for a 5-track free download EP for later this year. Christian had this to say about joining Dark Empire:

"It's an honor to be an official member of Dark Empire. Since I've known Matt, we've had a mutual respect and admiration for each other's playing. When he initially asked me to fill in on guitar for live performances, I quickly recognized the chemistry, power, and potential of the lineup and was amazed at how natural it felt. I know Matt and I will challenge each other as guitarists and I expect huge accomplishments for Dark Empire in 2013."

Guitarist/death vocalist Matt Moliti also had this to say: "I'm really excited to have Christian a part of Dark Empire. His technical ability and songwriting skills are definitely going to take things to the next level, and fans can now expect a dual lead guitar attack reminiscent of bands like Racer X and Cacophony on the new material. Yes, we have already started writing some new riffs with the intention of releasing a free 5-track EP by the end of 2013. Stay tuned to the Dark Empire Facebook Page as we will be periodically updating with videos of the writing, rehearsal and recording process!" More...

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Burnt Books Streaming New Track

With the self-titled debut album from Burnt Books nearing release on January 29th via At A Loss Recordings, today another new anthem from the album has been made available.

The ninth of the ten tracks on "Burnt Books," the caustic hammering of “Golden Gates, Golden Streets” is available for streaming through Cvlt Nation here.

As "Burnt Books" sees release in two weeks, the band will simultaneously be taking to the road in support of the album. Mainly being confirmed across the band's native South Carolina and across Georgia, Burnt Books has confirmed several new legs of regional touring over the next few months, with tons more still in the planning stages. More...

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Bring Me The Horizon Announces New Shows

Bring Me The Horizon’s upcoming fourth studio album "Sempiternal" is scheduled for release on April 29th/30th.

The Sheffield five piece recorded "Sempiternal" over a three month period with super producer Terry Date (Linkin Park, Deftones, Soundgarden). A teaser trailer can be viewed at this location.

The band will begin the new year touring with shows in Australia and South Africa in February and March, followed by some low key shows in the U.K. through April/May. Bring Me The Horizon's Oliver Sykes adds, “We literally can't wait for these U.K. shows. It feels like we've been away for so long and to come back & play the most intimate shows we've played In a long time is so exciting."

4/29 Manchester Academy 2
4/30 Newcastle University
5/1 Inverness Ironworks
5/2 Glasgow ABC
5/4 Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
5/5 Cardiff Solus
5/6 Wolverhampton Wulfrun
5/7 London KoKo

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Periphery To Support Deftones On Tour

The Washington, D.C. based metal outfit Periphery will be direct support to the Deftones throughout North America from March 4th through March 30th (Periphery isn't on the dates from 3/1-3/6).

The group are still touring in support of "Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal," which was voted the #3 album of 2012 by Guitar World Magazine. Misha Mansoor (guitars) states:

“Deftones have been one of my favorite bands of all time since I discovered them when I was about 14 or so. That was around when I first started playing drums and guitar, and they were such a huge influence on my approach to music, writing and even the kinds of tones and sounds I was after. What is even more amazing is that in the 14 years since, they have consistently put out some of my favorite albums of all time, with Koi No Yokan being no exception to that. I can't even put into words how excited I am that Periphery is going to be touring with them in March. This is a bucket list tour for me.”

Matt Halpern (drums) further comments: “We couldn't be more excited to be direct support for the Deftones. As a band, they have inspired each one of us and it's truly an honor to be able to share the stage with them. We can't wait to get back out and see our current fans and hopefully make some new ones with on of our absolute favorite bands!" More...

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Xul Posts Lyric Video Online

Brutal Western Canadian death metallers Xul have posted a lyric video for their track "Mastication Of Putrescent Empyrean Remains," taken from their debut full-length "Malignance." Check out the clip below.

You can also download the album for free via Bandcamp here, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54 More...

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Volturyon Announces Return Of Drummer

Swedish act Volturyon has checked in with the following announcement about the return of drummer Crille:

"We are very happy to announce that Crille has rejoined Volturyon as a permanent member on drums.

"During the session time in the band he felt more and more that it was time to rejoin forces and start kicking ass again.

"The rehearsals for the new album is going very well and we are hungrier than ever to make this third album our best album so far!"

For more info on upcoming Volturyon activity, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. Volturyon also recently commented on plans for the new year:

"2013 is here, our new is slowly bur surely taking form. We're almost half way through the writing process and it's our hope and intention to release our 3:rd an (hopefully) most brutal and best album yet!"

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Vandroya Posts "One" EPK Video

Brazilian power/progressive act Vandroya posted a EPK video feature on the band's upcoming debut LP "One." The album is scheduled for a January 18, 2012 release in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

Vandroya features Soulspell vocalist Daisa Munhoz. The track listing for "One" is as follows:

1. All Becomes One
2. The Last Free Land (streaming over at this location)
3. No Oblivion For Eternity
4. Within Shadows
5. Anthem (For The Sun)
6. Why Should We Say Goodbye?
7. Change The Tide
8. When Heaven Decides To Call
9. This World Of Yours
10. Solar Night

Check out the EPK feature here: More...

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Dying Fetus Releases New Music Video

Death Metal powerhouse Dying Fetus has completed work on a new video for the song "Second Skin," which comes off of last year's "Reign Supreme."

Bloody Disgusting has teamed up with Dying Fetus for an exclusive premiere of the video, directed by Jakob Arevarn. Check out the video at this location or in the player below.

Dying Fetus will be hitting the road 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. More...

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Parkway Drive Announces North American Shows

Australia'a Parkway Drive is excited to announce plans to make a triumphant return to North America for a blistering headlining spring tour in support of the band’s latest release "Atlas."

The tour will kick off Friday, March 29th in San Diego, CA and wrap up Friday, April 19th in Detroit, MI. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 18th. All on sale times and locations can be found right here. Fans can check out a special announcement from Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall in the player below. More...

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Gloria Morti Posts Drum Footage

Finnish metal act Gloria Morti boasts a secret weapon in drummer Kauko Kuusisalo, who recently recorded a performance video for a track off the "Lateral Constraint" album in one single take. The pro-shot video can be viewed below.

Kauko Kuusisalo elaborates: "People have been asking frequently about my drumming and there's actually no good quality video of me playing Gloria Morti songs, except for some short clips from the latest album recordings. So, we decided it would be good to make a few videos of me playing full songs with one take at our guitarist's SoundSpiral Audio studio. We are also making a full band play-through video of the song 'Slaves.' So stay tuned for more."

In continued partnership with Germany's Cyclone Empire Records, Metal Blade Records will be releasing Gloria Morti's "Lateral Constraint" on February 5th in North America. Fans can pre-order the album, as well as listen to "Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow" at this location. More...

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Suffocation Streams New Song "Cycles Of Suffering"

New York death metal act Suffocation is streaming the new track "Cycles of Suffering." The song appears on the upcoming "Pinnacle of Bedlam" album which is set for release on February 15, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album first full length Suffocation release to feature the return of drummer Dave Culross, who was with the band from 1997-1998 and recorded drums for the "Despise the Sun" EP.

The track listing for "Pinnacle of Bedlam" is:

1. Cycles of Suffering
2. Purgatorial Punishment
3. Eminent Wrath
4. As Grace Descends (see lyric video here)
5. Sullen Days
6. Pinnacle of Bedlam
7. My Demise
8. Inversion
9. Rapture of Revocation
10. Beginning of Sorrow

Check out "Cycles of Suffering" here: More...

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Darkthrone Streaming New Track

Norwegian legends Darkthrone are streaming the new track "Leave No Cross Unturned." The song appears on the band's upcoming Peaceville Records release "The Underground Resistance," which is scheduled to drop on February 25, 2013.

The track list for "The Underground Resistance" is:

1. Dead Early
2. Valkyrie
3. Lesser Men
4. The Ones You Left Behind
5. Come Warfare, the Entire Doom
6. Leave No Cross Unturned

Check out "Leave No Cross Unturned" here: More...

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Anthrax Reveals "Anthems" Details

Anthrax, which recently recruited fill-in guitarist Jon Donais for upcoming tour dates, has now finalized details for the "Anthems" EP.

This eight track release pays tribute to the classic songs of albums from the 1970s and will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce) and on March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast).

The "Anthems" track listing features Rush's "Anthem," Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak," "TNT" by AC/DC, Boston's "Smokin'," "Big Eyes" by Cheap Trick, Journey's "Keep on Runnin," as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax's "Crawl" from the band's 2011 album "Worship Music."

Said the band's vocalist Joey Belladonna, "These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It's just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!" More...

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Death SS Posts Part Four Of Documentary Series

Italian metal band Death SS posted a the fourth part ("The Fourt Seal") of a documentary series leading up to the band's new LP "Resurrection," the first studio LP since the release of "The 7th Seal" in 2006. The album is scheduled for a March 2013 release through Lucifer Rising Records. Death SS features Secret Sphere guitarist Aldo Lonobile (known here as Al De Noble).

Check out the previous parts: one, two and three, as well as the recently issued music video for the song "The Darkest Night" over at this location. Check out "The Fourth Seal" here:

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Korpiklaani Reveals More Tour Dates

A while ago the restless Finnish folk metal pioneers in Korpiklaani announced the first dates of their upcoming “Manala European Tour 2013," starting at the end of January, with support coming from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatoll.

Now it’s time to unveil more cities that will get the chance to follow the sextet to the wondrous realms of Manala, the underworld in Finnish mythology, on the second tour leg in April! Check out the dates below.

To get an impression of the backstage craziness at a typical Korpiklaani show, watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of last year’s Heidenfest tour: More...

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Ken Mode Streams Song From Upcoming Album

Ken Mode announced its signing with Season of Mist earlier this month and will be releasing new album "Entrench" this coming March 19th in North America (March 15th in Europe).

The opening track from "Entrench" is now online and available for streaming via Pitchfork. Go Listen to the song "Counter Culture Complex" at this location. The cover artwork for "Entrench" is also available below. More...

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Apollo Papathanasio Quits Firewind

Firewind has announced that vocalist Apollo Papathanasio has quit the band and Adagio vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Beyond Twilight) has been named his replacement for the upcoming tour in North America with Turisas whcih starts in Jacksonville this February.

The announcement reads as follows:

"FIREWIND have announced Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, etc.) as new vocalist for their upcoming North American touring activities, after longterm vocalist Apollo Papathanasio parted ways with the band."

"FIREWIND commented: 'Today we are in the unfortunate position to announce that Apollo has decided to step down permanently from the vocal duties in FIREWIND. For the past few years it was evident that Apollo could not keep up with FIREWIND’s ever growing and demanding touring & promotional schedule. Several times we've had to recruit replacements in order to continue touring the world and keep playing for our fans. We're lucky enough to have worked with some of the best Metal singers out there!'

"Although we're sad to announce Apollo's departure and we sure will miss him, at the same time we feel that the show must go on! FIREWIND is a band that has gone thru lots of ups and downs the past 10 years, but is still going strong!

"With that said, we're happy to announce that Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, Darkology) will be singing for us on the upcoming N. American tour with Turisas! This guy's a phenomenal singer and we can't wait to get out there and Rock! We're looking forward to our return in America. See you all soon!" More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Posts New Lyric Video

Walking Corpse Syndrome has released a new lyric video for the track "The Individualist," which can be found below. "The Individualist" is the first single from the band's upcoming album "Alive in Desolation."

You can follow the band's studio blog here or stay up-to-date with the latest Walking Corpse Syndrome announcements via Facebook.

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Deformatory Issues Album Update

Ottawa act Deformatory has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

"We've been writing tons of new music for the upcoming full-length album that we're positive you're going to dig. Lots of chaotic, technical bro0otality with a hefty dose of old-school riffs to bring it back; these new tracks are wicked.

"We have chosen an album title (which we'll release soon enough), and are working towards getting some killer artwork drawn up.

"Pre-production recordings are going well, and we're tightening up these technical beasts and who knows, maybe we'll launch a track or two for ya'll to hear and comment on.

"We'll be posting some videos in the upcoming weeks and will be looking for YOUR feedback.

"Until then, Stay Deformed."

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Pretty Maids Posts "Mother Of All Lies" Preview

Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted a preview clip for the new track "Mother of All Lies." The song, which will be released as a single and video on January 22, 2013, appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Motherland," due out on Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, Danish melodic Hard Rockers, Pretty Maids celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that Pretty Maids were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World / Red Hot and Heavy” era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated Pretty Maids as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins tells: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow ! I remember back in the day when we had to follow up albums like 'Future World,' we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became 'Motherland'."

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe) for the new album. Ronnie says: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the “Pandemonium” album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about “Motherland”. In my view it has all the ingredients of a good Pretty Maids album, maybe even more melodic than “Pandemonium” and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow up”. More...

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Stryper Heralds The "Second Coming"

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of iconic Christian rockers Stryper to a multi-album deal. The first release due out will be a new re-recorded collection: "Second Coming" will hit streets on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America.

The album features sixteen tracks, including new recordings of fourteen songs from the band’s early years as well as two brand new songs recorded especially for "Second Coming" and is produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet.

Sweet commented, “We're really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We've hooked up with some great people - we've got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow."

After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. More...

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Slough Feg Signs With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Slough Feg, who's style is an eclectic mix of Celtic folk and traditional metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth.

On February 5th the label will be releasing three of the band's early releases that, until now, were only available as imports. "Twilight of the Idols" (1999), "Down Among the Deadmen" (2000), and "Traveller" (2003) will be packaged as a 3CD box set will also be made available on their own, digitally, via iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite digital retailer. Check out samples from these albums and preorder your copy right here.

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scalzi comments: "We are very excited to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records for a new album, which we are beginning to record this month. The new material will be standard Feg-Fare--- that is, totally non-standard!! Of course there will be some galloping, rollicking, bouncing buccaneer riffs unearthed from the Voi-Vaudevillian vaults, and a touch of good-'ol misery and madness (not to mention more peevishly punctuated puns) in the lyrics. But this time there will also be a cavalcade of cacophonous crooning to add to the caterwaul, as well as the lavishly-landscaped luster of some majestic Morricone-esque riffs at which to marvel---perhaps a slight proto-American-West feel. So as usual, you'll just have to wait to hear it yourself!!!

"We are also equally excited (if not more excited!!) to announce that Metal Blade is re-releasing our second, third and fourth albums in the form of a bad-ass box set!! It's about time these albums were made available in the USA!!! They've always been imports in the past, but now you can get them all at once!!" More...

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Sound Storm's "Immortalia" To See U.S. Release

Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm announced that the band's latest LP "Immortalia" will be released in North America on February 26, 2013 via Scarlet Records/Eone Distribution (See Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.

The band's announcement reads as follows:

"IMMORTALIA TO BE RELEASED IN U.S.A. and CANADA!!!

"'Somewhere in Italy there lies a well...that contains the key to immortality...'

"Sound Storm - symphonic metal's best kept secret - will finally see its highly acclaimed masterpiece "Immortalia" hit North American Shores on February 26, 2013 through Scarlet Records/Eone Distribution.

"By expertly weaving symphonic, power, progressive and extreme styles, Sound Storm trascends the boundaries of metal genres with a spell binding album that explores the historical and literary realms of man's bigget quest!

"North American fans will now bear witness to what Europe and Japan have come to regard as one of the best albums of 2012 and for years to come." More...

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Coldsteel Breaks 20 Year Hiatus, Announces New EP

New York metal act Coldsteel will issue its first release in 21 years - the EP "America Idle" - on February 20, 2013 via Stormspell Records, marking the bands third overall release and first since the 1992 EP "Breaking the Fall."

"America Idle" expresses the current societal anxiety and proclaims an anthem to rouse the unbreakable spirit of America. The title track, heard below, will be released as a digital download on January 20th.

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