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Metal News for January 16, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Orestea Announces Departure Of Guitarist

U.K. gothic metal band Orestea announced that guitarist Luke Genders has left the band due to personal reasons. The band made the following statement on its Facebook Page:

"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to announce the departure of our long standing guitarist Luke Genders due to personal reasons.

"Luke has been with us right from the start and we have had some of the best times as a group. Situations have however arisen which have made him unable to continue his role within the band. We wish him the best of luck in everything he goes on to do in the future."

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The Moor Posts EP Sampler Video

Italian progressive metal band The Moor posted a sampler video for the forthcoming self-titled debut EP. The album will be released digitally through Lion Music on January 27, 2012. The band features vocalist/guitarist Enrico Longhin and guitarist Davide Carraro, both ex-members of Bleed In Vain. A full length release is expected through Lion in the latter half of 2012.

The track listing for "The Moor" is as follows:

1. Covered
2. Before Abigail
3. Antikythera
4. Venice
5. The Road

Check out the sampler video here:

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Abigail Williams Streaming New Album

With Abigail Williams‘ third album full-length venture, "Becoming" (reviewed here) confirmed for North American release on January 24th, today Hails & Horns Magazine is hosting a full stream of the release.

The LP will be available for streaming from now until the album’s release next week, so check it out before it’s available for sale at this location. The following statement was released about the album:

"The organic style of 'Becoming' offers stark contrast to previous Abigail Williams releases, bearing six vast tracks of the band's most expressive and complicated material to date. 'Becoming' was recorded in various warehouses throughout Los Angeles, with the lineup for the album including returning guitarist Ian Jekelis, studio drummer Zach Gibson (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder) and as always, vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron, who handled all mixing, mastering, production and engineering duties."

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Riot Posts Statement On Health Of Mark Reale

Riot posted an update on the health of Mark Reale, who recently was admitted to the hospital for complications due to Crohn's disease in the following statement on Facebook:

"Dear FB friends, please find the full update on Marks' health on our website.

"Due to complications arising from treatment Mark remains hospitalized in San Antonio and will not be healthy enough to appear as scheduled.

"At the strong urging of Mark's family, we decided to perform the shows without Mark on guitar.

"While we are saddened by these developments, Riot's music has been Mark's lifeblood for over 30 years. We have struggled with idea of performing without him, and we are continuing to prepare with heavy hearts, but the entire Riot organization has agreed on the importance of bringing our music to the fans who have supported us for so long.

"Please watch this site for news on Mark's recovery, and we ask that friends and fans pray for the best possible outcome.

"Thank you for continuing to support Riot during this difficult time, and we will see you at the shows.

"Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don"

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Former Diamond Head Drummer Passes Away

Although no details have been revealed as of yet, a post from the official Diamond Head Facebook page has announced that the band's former drummer Robbie France, passed away on Saturday the 14th of January. France was the drummer in the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group from 1983 to 1985, joining the band shortly after the release of the "Canterbury" album and staying with them until their first break up two years later. France also spent time with British hard rock legends UFO and Wishbone Ash, as well as alternative rock outfit, Skunk Anansie. More details will be revealed as they become available.

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Randy Blythe Releases First Campaign Ad

Vocalist D. Randall Blythe of the metal act Lamb of God has released his first advertisement for his Presidential bid. The independent candidate/musician hasn't outlined a platform to run on yet but clearly shows off his skateboarding skills in an ad that proclaims, "Lets' get back out grind, America." Whether or not Blythe will make any further ads or perform in any debates at this point is unknown.

The video can be viewed here or in the player below. More...

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Christian Mistress Streaming Song From New Album

Today Christian Mistress has released another song from the band's forthcoming album "Possession," entitled "Black to Gold." Check out an interview with Christian Mistress front woman Christine Davis, and get a first listen and free download courtesy of NPR here.

"Possession" will see release via Relapse Records on February 28th, 2012. The album is currently available for pre-order from the Relapse web store at this location. "Possession" was recorded with former The Fucking Champs guitarist Tim Green at Louder Studios (Melvins, Saviours) and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering.

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Bare Infinity Disbands, Future In Doubt

Greek melodic metal band Bare Infinity has disbanded with its future uncertain. In a statement on the band's Facebook page, founding member Tomas (guitars), stated the following:

"It is regrettable to announce that after much discussion Angel, Sverd, George, Constantine, Thanos and I have concluded that we cannot continue to play together in Bare Infinity. This decision is final and irreversible. It has been a wonderful journey. Best of luck to everyone with their chosen paths. As for Bare Infinity, I have not decided yet what the future will hold for it as I must turn my attention now to other matters alot more demanding. I would like to thank everyone for their support and love over the years and wish all the best to everyone!"

The band released its debut "Always Forever" in 2009 and the EP "The Passage" in 2011.

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Bloodloss To Release Mini-Album

U.K. act Bloodloss will release the mini-album "The Struggle" on March 5th, 2012 and a single from release is available for streaming online. Check out "The Still Remains" in the player below. The band issued the following press release:

"Combine bruising breakdowns and hook-laden choruses with riffs that Rob Flynn would be proud of, 'The Struggle' is a must listen for those who love their metal to deliver the core principles – riffs, aggression, passion.. and more riffs! Matt Hobbs belts out his passionate vocals with lyrics inspired by life experiences to massive effect, which perfectly complement the skull crushing riffery and shredding leads of Mark Browell and Rob Ironmonger. This is supported by the killer grooves and blasts of bassist David Smith and drummer Daniel Kelly."

Although new on the scene, Bloodloss has scored itself a slot at this year's Sophest supporting Romeo Must Die, Xerath, and many more on February 12th.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Struggle
2. This Still Remains
3. Stand Alone
4. Reborn
5. Lost­
6. Paradise More...

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Lita Ford Signs With SPV/Steamhammer

Lita Ford has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and her new album entitled "Living Like A Runaway" is tentatively set for a May 2012 release.

Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles "Kiss Me Deadly" and the Billboard charting duet "Close My Eyes Forever" with Ozzy Osbourne, Lita is ready to make a return to the throne. "SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I'm very excited to have them on my team," says Lita.

She also spoke about her work with Gary Hoey on the album and the meaning of the album's title: "Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics. We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and The Runways was for me. 'Living Like A Runaway' means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one."

SPV A&R Representative/Product Manager Olly Hahn commented on the signing: "When I bought "Dancin`On The Edge" back in 1984 I never thought that I would ever sign Lita Ford to a label. But a dream of mine came true and it`s a huge honor for us at SPV/Steamhammer to have one of the leading women in Rock n`Roll on our label."

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Earth Streaming "His Teeth Did Brightly Shine"

Following the release of Earth's "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I" -- released by Southern Lord in February 2011 -- the public's first chance to hear a number from the 2nd installment of the series has now arrived.

While conceived in the same sessions as the first installment, recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II" invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy than its predecessor.

Traces of this progression are evident in the track "His Teeth Did Brightly Shine" -- the second song from the upcoming album -- as premiered worldwide by Spin Magazine at this location.

"Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light" will be released by Southern Lord in North America on February 14th via CD, 2xLP and digital download. More...

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Denouncement Pyre To Enter The Studio

Australia's Denouncement Pyre has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record the new "Almighty Arcanum" album:

"News Update: Denouncement Pyre will enter the studio over coming months to record the 2nd full-length Album, to be titled 'ALMIGHTY ARCANUM'.

"The album will feature 7 tracks + intros to be released once again on both CD & Vinyl formats by Hells Headbangers Records (USA) later in the year.

"The band will also return to the stage to perform live for the first time in half a decade appearing at Evil Invaders Festival (Sydney, Aus) in June, with more shows to be announced soon. B E W A R E !"

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Erra Joining As Hell Retreats On Tour

Erra will be joining As Hell Retreats for an upcoming run of U.S. live shows, and a teaser trailer for the tour has now been posted online. Check out the clip below.

Dates are as follows:

March 9th- City Church Savannah- Savannah, Georgia
March 10th- The Berkeley Cafe- Raleigh, North Carolina
March 11th- Shaka's- Virginia Beach, Virginia
March 12th- The Hideaway- Johnson City, Tennessee
March 13th- Championship- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
March 14th- MACC- Annapolis, Maryland
March 15th- The Flood Venue- Somerset, Pennsylvania
March 16th- The Refuge- Elkhart, Indiana
March 17th- The Broad Ripple- Fort Wayne, Indiana
March 18th- The Next Space- Kansas City, Kansas
March 19th- The Scene-ary- Wichita, Kansas
March 21st- Tomcats- Fort Worth, Texas
March 23rd- Gallery 13- Columbus, Georgia
March 24th- Murray Hill Theatre- Jacksonville, Florida

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Hamerex Pushes Back Album Release

Hamerex has checked in with the following announcement about delaying the release of the "Rites of Passage" album:

"Unfortunately the album is delayed yet again this time through a decision of Casket Music and now Rites Of Passage will be released on Monday 20th February. We do apologize again for the delay of the album it's beyond our control. In other news the band are getting back to rehearsals at the end of the month and the brand news website will also be coming towards the end of the month or early February."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Aftershocks Of Death
2. The Headless Horseman
3. Stalker
4. Hypnotise
5. The Lycan
6. Rites Of Passage
7. Army Of Darkness
8. To The End
9. The Gates Of Hades
10. Waste Away

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Fourteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

A flyer posted online by reunited grunge outfit Soundgarden has revealed a further fourteen more bands for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Amongst the new confirmations are Tenacious D, drum and bass favourites Chase and Status, American thrash metal legends Anthrax and Californian metal veterans, Machine Head. The festival will be held at Donington Park from 8th-10th June.

The current lineup is as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Soundgarden
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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The Convalescence To Record New Album

Ohio's The Convalescence has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album and heading out on the road:

"What the fuck is up everyone? An update to let all of you crazy fuckers know that we are just about finished with preproduction and are now getting prepared to hit the road with our brothers in THE BLACK ORDER and Living Dead on select dates, 'WinterWipeout 2012' fucking up the midwest!

"In early March we will be heading to Detroit to record, mix, and master 'Unmasking The Betrayer' with Kevin and his crew at Metro 37 Recording Studio.

"'Unmasking The Betrayer' will be released on April 20th through our label Enthral Entertainment."

For more on The Convalesence, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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Cattle Decapitation Recording New Album

Cattle Decapitation entered Denver, CO's Flatline Audio on January 7th to record the highly anticipated follow-up to "The Harvest Floor" (2009 on Metal Blade Records).

Front man Travis Ryan has this to say: "We spent the first two days mapping out tempos and getting things situated, drums mic'd all that stuff. Just started tracking drums today and everything is sounding great! We're excited to start laying down some tones and getting this beast finished and in the hands of our fans and friends."

The band has a small crew filming all steps of the way so fans of the band can look forward to studio video reports via YouTube. Full album details will be made available in the coming weeks when album title, cover image, and track listing as well as immediate U.S. and European tour plans are revealed.

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Evergrey Streaming Two Disc Collection

Sweden's Evergrey will be releasing a two disc greatest hits collection tomorrow on SPV/Steamhammer. This deluxe package features previously unreleased songs, live tracks, and an extensive booklet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting an exclusive stream of this two disc collection, which can be accessed at this location. The track listing is as follows:

CD 1
01. The Masterplan
taken from "In Search Of Truth"
02. Blackened Dawn ( Live )
taken from "A Night To Remember"
03. Rulers Of The Mind
taken from "In Search Of Truth"
04. A Touch Of Blessing
taken from "The Inner Circle"
05. Frozen
taken from "Glorious Colission"
06. For Every Tear That Falls ( Live )
taken from "A Night To Remember"
07. More Than Ever
taken from "The Inner Circle"
08. Blinded
taken from "Recreation Day"
09. Faith Restored
taken from "The Inner Circle"
10. These Scars
taken from "Torn"
11. Broken Wings
taken from "Torn"
12. Words Mean Nothing
taken from "Solitude, Dominance & Tragedy"
13. Wrong (live) 03:12 (unplugged - previously unreleased) More...

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Stealing Axion Signs With InsideOut Music

InsideOut Music has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Stealing Axion:

"InsideOut Music is proud to announce the signing of progressive groove metallers STEALING AXION! Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, the band was formed in the winter of 2009 by three friends, Dan Forbrich (vocals, guitar), Josh DeShazo (vocals, guitar), and Phil Willmarth (vocals, bass). By early 2010, the band recorded and released their buzzworthy self-titled EP, while continuing to write and record more material.

"While Stealing Axion circulated around the web, fans and critics praised it for its musical proficiency, atmospheric passages and heavy grooves. The band then enlisted Charlie Shaughnessy (guitar) and Blake Ferris (drums) to round out their lineup while working closely with Acle Kahney (producer, guitarist of TESSERACT, who mixed and mastered these new tracks). STEALING AXION finally had enough material to put together a full length album, entitled Moments, which will now be released through InsideOut Music in 2012!"

In regards to the signing and the exciting year ahead, Stealing Axion comments, "We're beyond excited to join the InsideOut family! We've been listening to bands from this label for years and are thrilled to be working with an amazing team!" More...

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Powerwolf Updates Tour Schedule

On February 19th, mighty Powerwolf will perform a special show metal mass at the Garage club in Saarbrücken, Germany. A special set list, pyro madness, and extended lightning mayhem are included, so don´t miss this unholy night.

As a special souvenir, every visitor will get a free exclusive Din A1 Art-Poster designed by Matthew Greywolf. Ticket presales are available at this location.

Powerwolf will embark on a headlining tour in spring 2012 to celebrate the metal mass at full length. The Wolfsnächte tour 2012 will be completed by Mystic Prophecy and Stormwarrior. Opening up will be the French fellow pack of Lonewolf. Dates are as follows:

30/03/12 – DE - Lindau - Club Vaudeville
31/03/12 – AT – Wörgl – Komma
01/04/12 – DE - Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
05/04/12 – DE – Hannover – Musikzirkus
06/04/12 – NL – Kerkrade – The Rock Temple
07/04/12 - CH – Zizers – Eventstage
08/04/12 – BE – Mons – PPM Fest
09/04/12 – DE - Augsburg – Spectrum
13/04/12 – DE – Langen – Stadthalle
14/04/12 – DE – Berlin – C-Club
27/04/12 – DE – Speyer - Halle 101
28/04/12 - DE - Geiselwind – Musichall
29/04/12 - DE - Hamburg – Markthalle
30/04/12 - DE - Bochum – Matrix

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Lay Down Rotten Streaming New Song

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten have finished the recordings for their upcoming new album "Mask Of Malice," to be released February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America.

Metal Blade has now launched a landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song "Deathchain." Surf over here to check it out.

Comments the band: "After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!"

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Warbringer Kicking Off North American Tour

After recently touring Europe with Arch Enemy and successfully completing their first-ever headlining U.S. run in the fall of 2011, the thrash road-warriors from Warbringer are ready for yet another North American tour - this time, with co-headliners Iced Earth and Symphony X.

In regards to this upcoming trek, the band comments: "It's a new year and we're looking forward to getting back out there and touring the US and Canada, especially getting back to some of the markets we didn't hit on the headline tour. These will be big shows and a long tour and we're excited to share the stage with ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X, and performing for some of their fans who may have not seen WARBRINGER yet."

Dates are as follows:

1/20 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk **off-date with DEATH ANGEL, BLESSED CURSE**
1/21 - Fresno, CA - Starline **off-date with DEATH ANGEL**
1/28 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall **headlining off-date**
1/30 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom **headlining off-date**
1/31 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
2/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
2/2 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar **headlining off-date**
2/3 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
2/4 - Quebec City, QC - Albert Rousseau
2/5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2/6 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
2/9 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
2/10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
2/11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
2/12 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
2/15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
2/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
2/17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Theater
2/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
2/20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
2/21 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
2/22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
2/24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
2/25 - Denver, CO - Summit
2/26 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
2/27 - Dallas, TX - Trees
2/28 - Austin, TX - Emos East
2/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
3/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
3/3 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
3/4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
3/5 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
3/6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
3/7 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
3/8 - Frederick, MD - Café 611
3/9 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
3/11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
3/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft **headlining off-date**
3/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3/14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
3/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
3/16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
3/17 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes More...

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Despite Exile Streaming New Track

Italian metal outfit Despite Exile has just surfaced the new song, “Oscillate,” which is being premiered via got-djent.com. Listen to “Oscillate” here or via the player below.

The band is currently working on a new release, slated for the later part of 2012. Stay tuned for all things Despite Exile, or find more details on the band at Facebook.

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Bypass Posts Recording Teaser

Bypass has posted a recording teaser online for "Insignificant Matter," which is available below. The band also commented:

"We're recording proper now guys! And another announcement, we'd like to welcome Charlie Cattermole into our ranks as 2nd guitarist. We're hoping to get this all sorted and get some live shit down later this year!"

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Video Interview Available

SoundShock has posted a video interview online with Cristiano Trionfera, Paolo Rossi, and Francesco Ferrini from Fleshgod Apocalypse, which can be viewed below. The video was recorded during a show at The Underworld in London.

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Meshuggah Titles Upcoming Album

Meshuggah and Nuclear Blast have made the following announcement via Facebook about the title of the band's upcoming album:

"Meshuggah have chosen KOLOSS as the title to their eighth studio album, set for North American release on March 27th and European release on March 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Drummer Tomas Haake has issued the following warning: 'As always, we try to take our music in a slightly different direction with each album and with KOLOSS we feel that we really nailed what we were going for. Organic brutality, viscera and groove all crammed into a 54-minute metalicious treat, best avoided by the faint of heart!!'"

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Sworn To Oath Releases Tour Footage

U.K. act Sworn to Oath has posted footage online from the band's "Leave You For Dead" tour in November/December of 2011. Check out the tour footage below, or find more details on Sworn to Oath via Facebook.

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Product Of Hate Posts "The Beer Chronicles" Video

Product of Hate has posted a new video clip online titled "The Beer Chronicles #2," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Simply stated, The Beer Chronicle are our home movies. You'll get to see Product of Hate through our own adventures in Wisconsin and beyond.

"In Episode #2, Adam shows off his hotel room gymnastics skills in what might become one of the 'Epic Fail' viral sensations of 2012, while Cody gives new meaning to the phrase 'Go jump in a lake!'

"Finally, Geno and Kelsey get down with FOSTER THE PEOPLE and some 'Pumped Up Kicks' while... just watch it." More...

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Album Teaser

Beyond the Bridge has posted another teaser clip online for the upcoming "The Old Man And The Spirit" album, which can be viewed below. The band commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on january 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old german tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you.

"Today: Door #16 - Another little poem."

The album is set for release on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America).

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Unearthing The Young Metal Underground

A friend of mine often refers to heavy metal and hardcore as "children's music." (No, not this kind of children's music). Today, I am going to grudgingly give him some ammunition for his snobbery, as Unearthing The Metal Underground takes a look at two bands who exhibit extraordinary talent and enthusiasm for playing metal, despite being younger than probably every member of this website.

Gauchos de Acero (Los Gauchos)

Some readers here may remember Gauchos de Acero, as they became something of an internet sensation among heavy metal fans in 2007 when videos of three young boys from Argentina were posted by their father, showing them covering the likes of Slipknot, Pantera and fellow South Americans, Sepultura. Although known as Los Gauchos, the duo did not originally have a name, Los Gauchos being a moniker assigned to them by YouTube users, owing to their user name, "gauchosalta." Not only did they become a hit on the internet, but they also attracted the attention of Argentinean promoters, not least when they were booked to perform at Cosquin Rock 2007, an open air festival which packed in over 20,000 spectators. They were even noticed by the Argentinean government, who supplied them with sound equipment!

Gauchos de Acero - "Refuse/Resist"
More...

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Maveth To Play Kill Town Death Fest

Finland's Maveth is the latest act to be confirmed for Denmark's Kill-Town Death Fest 2012, which takes place from August 30th to September 2nd. Further details on the festival can be found at this location.

Other confirmed bands so far:

Incantation (us)
Necros Christos (de)
Hooded Menace (sf)
Esoteric (uk)
Interment (se)
Verminous (se)
Voids Of Vomit (it)
Corpsessed (sf)
Morbus Chron (swe)
Church Bizarre (dk)
Tyranny (sf)
Execration (no)
Ritualization (fr)
Maveth (sf)
Cryptborn (sf)
Pustulation (dk)

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Acyl Releases Teaser Video

Acyl has released a promo teaser video for it's new album "Algebra," which is due out on January 30th on M&O Music. Acyl also has an excerpt from it's new song "Head On Crash" over on the band's Facebook wall. Acyl, a French band whose name means "genuine" in Arabic, is a band that derives much of it's musical influence from across the Mediterranean in Northern Africa. The basis of it's musical and graphic creations evolves around cultures, rhythms and sounds of the Maghreb's Arab-Berber, in particular merging metal with those of the Algerian Sahara melodies. Check out more music from Acyl's previous release, "The Angel's Sin," over on the band's MySpace page.


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Necrocurse Posts Performance Footage

Necrocurse signed with Pulverised Records last year, and the band has now uploaded new performance footage to let the world see what a Necrocurse live show is like. Check out the video below of "Souls of a Thousand Funerals," recorded live at Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg on January 13th, 2012.

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Cannibal Corpse Reveals "Torture" Details

America's reigning kings of brutality, Cannibal Corpse, will unleash their twelfth studio offering this March via Metal Blade Records. Aptly titled "Torture," the follow-up to 2009's "Evisceration Plague" offers up 12 tracks of "maniacally precise, soul-searing death metal."

"Torture" was again produced by Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and features the maniacal cover art by longtime Cannibal Corpse artist, Vincent Locke, viewable here.

While "Torture" marks the latest progression in the band's sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms "the frenzied attack of Butchered At Birth (1991) or Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992)," infusing the band's advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive Cannibal Corpse record.

Adds bassist Alex Webster on the outcome of the record: "We're extremely happy with how Torture turned out. Erik Rutan did an amazing job with the production, and the songwriting and performances may be our strongest yet. We can't wait until our fans get to hear the whole thing!"

Witness the gutting sounds of "Demented Aggression" the album's first single, at this location. More...

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Elmsfire Streaming Song From Debut LP

German melodic metal band Elmsfire is streaming the song "Eolian." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Thieves of the Sun," which was originally self-released by the band in September of 2010 and which will be re-issued worldwide through Massacre Records on February 24, 2012.

The track listing for "Thieves of the Sun" is as follows:

1. Towards the Gate of Hercules
2. Worth a Tale
3. Eolian
4. Stormchild
5. Escape
6. Ahab
7. Taipouri Ake Tonu Atu
8. Thieves of the Sun

Check out "Eolian" here:

ELMSFIRE - Eolian by massacrerecordseurope

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Gun Barrel Streaming New Song

German traditional metal act Gun Barrel, is streaming the title track from the forthcoming album "Brace for Impact," which is due out on March 23, 2011 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Brace for Impact" is as follows:

1. Turbolence Decadence
2. The Wild Hunt
3. With Might Main
4. Diamond Bullets
5. Stand Your Ground
6. Start A Riot
7. Books Of Life
8. Big Taboo
9. Dancing On Torpedos
10. Brace For Impact
11. No Survival On Arrival

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Arcadia Libre Releases Video

Arcadia Libre, the Jalisco metalcore band that is working on it's upcoming release, has issued an official video for the song "Exotransito." They are also issuing an official download of the single via this site. On Arcadia Libre's Facebook bandpage, you can also stream other songs, such as another new track "Imagen y Semejanza."

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Davidian Streaming New Song

German thrashers Davidian, who recently signed with Massacre Records, are streaming the new track "Behind An Angelic Smile" from the forthcoming LP "Their Fear Is Our Force." The album is scheduled for release on February 24, 2012.

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DAVIDIAN - Behind An Angelic Smile by massacrerecordseurope

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Accept Posts 2012 Tour Preview Video

German traditional metal giants Accept has posted a preview video for the band's 2012 European Tour. Accept is completing work on the new LP "Stalingrad," which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release.

The confirmed dates on the tour this far are:

April 06, 2012 — PARIS / Le Bataclan, FRANCE
April 07, 2012 — MONS / PPM Festival / Lotto Mons Expo, BELGIUM
April 10, 2012 — KEMPTEN / Big Box, GERMANY
April 11, 2012 — FILDERSTADT / Filharmonie, GERMANY
April 13, 2012 — STRAUBING / Messehalle GERMANY
April 14, 2012 — GEISELWIND / Eventcenter, GERMANY
April 15, 2012 — PRATTELN / Z7, SWITZERLAND
April 17, 2012 — OBERHAUSEN / Turbinenhalle, GERMANY
April 18, 2012 — HAMBURG / Docks, GERMANY
April 19, 2012 — BERLIN / Huxleys, GERMANY
April 21, 2012 — ZLIN / Euronics, CZ
April 22, 2012 — WARSAW / Stodola, POLAND

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Rivers Of Nihil Streaming Demo

Rivers of Nihil, a Pennsylvania band that calls it's sound "deaf metal," is streaming songs from it's recent demo "Temporality Unbound" and tracks from the first demo over on Stereo Killer, where you can listen to the new song "Birth of the Omnisavior." Rivers of Nihil also uploaded a video for the track "Ultimate Sentence," which follows below.

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Penthagon To Release Debut LP

Italian thrashers Penthagon will release its debut album "Penthagon" on January 22, 2012 through Punishment 18 Records. The first single "Digital Trap Box" is streaming below.

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Malice To Release Comeback Album In May 2012

U.S. power metal band Malice will release the band's comeback LP, yet untitled, in May of 2012. The band recently signed to SPV/Steamhammer Records for the release of the album.

Guitarist/founder Jay Reynolds had the following comments: "We were all amazed at the great crowd responce and turn out for the gigs we played in 2011, and it feels great to have a well known label like SPV behind us, be in the studio with a veteran line up and have a killer producer...... there will no longer be an abscence of MALICE !!"

Reynolds, along with original members Mick Zane (guitars) and Mark Behn (bass) entered the Silver Cloud Studios in Los Angeles together with new singer James Rivera (Helstar/Seven Witches) and new drummer Pete Holmes (Black N´Blue) to re-record some classic Malice songs plus four new songs. The band tapped producer Joe Floyd (Warrior) who also was involved in producing solo records for Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford.

SPV/Steamhammer A&R/Product manager Olly Hahn had the following comments on the band: "Malice was always underrated. With their two albums "In The Beginning" and "License To Kill" they created timeless US Metal and it´s time to let all the younger fans know about this and show the older fans that Malice is still capable to write songs in the name of metal. I`m very happy that the band decided to be part of the growing SPV / Steamhammer family."

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Jeff Scott Soto Posts "Damage Control" Trailer

Former Yngwie Malmsteen/Axel Rudi Pell and current Trans-Siberian Orchestra live vocalist Jeff Scott Soto posted a new video trailer for the new solo LP "Damage Control." The album will be released on March 23, 2012 (EU) and on March 27, 2012 (North America).

Soto had the following comments on the album: “I feel Damage Control is more of a return to what my fans would expect to hear from me. It’s a perfect blend of my first two solo albums with Frontiers Records; Prism and Lost in the Translation, but also mixes in some of my favorite moments of my past bands such as Talisman and Soul SirkUS. It is heavy, AOR, hard rock with loads of great riffs and melodies.”

“Damage Control” was recorded in the fall of 2011 and was co-written with former and current band mates together with many guests including Jamie Borger and Nalley Påhlsson (Treat), Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) and Y&T founding member/guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti.

Jeff commented on how the appearance of Meniketti came about: “Y&T drummer Mike Vanderhule played drums on a track and suggested I bring Dave on but, as he is a long time friend and one on the ‘wish list’ of people I would have loved to have, I didn’t want to get an excuse that he was too busy or not interested, to my surprise I got neither... he was willing to do it and I was not only grateful but beyond pleased to work with another musical hero!”

Check out the trailer here:

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Celesty Announces Indefinite Hiatus

Finnish power metal band Celesty has announced that the band will take an undisclosed indefinite hiatus. In 2011, the band was working on its fifth release and follow up to the well received 2009 release "Vendetta." The following announcement appeared on the band's official website:

"Dear Celesty Fans

"We are sorry to announce that Celesty will go to indefinite hiatus. During the time, when 5th album songs have been in progress, there has been mixed feelings in the air for a longer period of time now. Situation in the band has come to the point, where only solution is to take a break. Will that break be a year or ten, we don´t know, but this is the only way to take the time that we need. This decision is mutual by all members of the band."

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Cipher System Posts Instructional Video

Cipher System posted a instructional video on how play the title track of the band's debut with Nuclear Blast Records, "Communicate The Storms," with guitarists Johan Eskilsson and Andreas Allenmark. The sophomore effort was released this past September.

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