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Metal News for January 16, 2013

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37 news articles posted on this day.

New Ruins Track Streaming

On February 26th, 2013 Listenable Records will make "Place of No Pity," the fourth full-length from Tasmanian hell-hammers Ruins, available in North America. The first Ruins album to feature all four members of the band's touring lineup, "Place of No Pity" was self-released last year in Australia and has since crept across the globe like a blackened plague thanks to the recently inked deal with Listenable Records. Artwork and layout for "Place of No Pity" comes courtesy of Stag. The track "A Lesson in Ruthlessness" is streaming below the tracklisting, with the album art featured in the upload.


Inhabit The Twilight
A Lesson In Ruthlessness
Death Lends The Ultimate Touch
Winters Will
Place Of No Pity
Desolation
Let Them Perish
Oath
Merciless

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Overtorture Streaming New Song

Apostasy Records is now offering an exclusive pre-sale package for "At the End the Dead Await," the debut from Swedish death metal brutes Overtorture. The package, which includes the album on digipak compact disc, t-shirt and a poster, is available at apostasyrecords.bigcartel.com. At The End The Dead Await will see an official release on January 25th.

Featuring veteran players from Grave, Coldworker, Demonical, and Insision, the album was self-produced by the band and mixed/mastered by Ola Englund (Six Feet Under) and made complete with the artwork of Gustav Germann (Guger Art) who has also worked with Hail Of Bullets and Vomitory. Stream the album track "The Outer Limits" below.


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Lord Dying Inks Deal With Relapse

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Portland, OR riff worshippers Lord Dying. The label comments:

"Formed in 2010, Lord Dying (E. Olson-guitar/vocals, D. Capuano-bass, J. Reid-drums/vocals & C. Evans-guitar) are veterans of the heavy music scene, having played in bands such as Black Elk, Portals, Le Force, and Cremains. The band has so far released a sold out 7” and a sold self-titled tour EP. The song 'In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment' from both releases can be heard via their official bandcamp page here.

"Lord Dying recorded their forthcoming full-length debut this past September with Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Yob, Rwake). The album is currently being mixed and mastered and will see its release via Relapse Records this Summer.

"Lord Dying has built up a reputation with their ear-shattering live shows, having recently trekked across the US with label-mates Red Fang and Black Tusk in addition to being direct support for Black Cobra, Witch Mountain, and Gaza. Now they will be hitting the road for a string of shows with Down and Warbeast starting on Jan 22 in Seattle, WA. A complete listing of dates is listed below." More...

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Voivod Streaming Full New Album

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth." The album is among Metalundergroun.com's most anticipated of the year, and now the full release is available online.

To hear the album in its entirety, head over to Loudwire.com right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium), Target Earth features artwork by drummer Away (Michel Langevin), who used color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums to make this new masterpiece. The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's Angel Rat. It's also the first to feature guitarist Chewy (Daniel Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Piggy's (Denis D'Amour) riffs, and thus has matched his style to a tee. Voivod, as a full group, hadn't sat down to write a record together since 2003's self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group's late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance

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Edge Of Attack Posts Music Video Teaser

Grande Prairie, AB power/thrash five piece Edge of Attack (recently featuring in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column) is gearing up for the release of a self-titled debut album on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records.

The band has now posted a teaser for an upcoming music video directed by Karen Michelle Meola in support of second single "In Hell." Check out the teaser clip below. You can also listen to the "In Hell" track over at this location.

Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut album features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming, plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows Die) and Pellek (Damnation Angels). The track listing is as follows:

1. In Hell 4:36
2. The Haunting 5:08
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini 5:04
4. Take Me Alive 4:24
5. In The Night 4:27
6. Edge Of Attack 5:07
7. Rise Above 5:55
8. Forever 3:46
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird 6:01
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK 8:29 More...

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Clamfight Streaming Full New Album

With New Jersey-based sludgemeisters Clamfight now just a week from celebrating the harvest of second full-length, "I Versus The Glacier," today Decibel Magazine has released a stream of the full album. Check out the stream at this location.

The nearly fifty minute album was recorded by Steve Poponi at Gradwell House Recording in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and will be out next Tuesday, January 22nd via The Maple Forum, the official label imprint born of admired webzine/music community The Obelisk.

Clamfight's upcoming live appearances are as follows:

1/18/2013 El' n' Gee - New London, CT w/ When the Deadbolt Breaks, Blue Aside, Bedroom Rehab Corporation
1/19/2013 The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY w/ Pink Elephant, Babayaga, Muler, The Ginger Faye Bakers
2/09/2013 JB McGinnes - New Castle, DE @ Eye Of The Stoned Goat 2 w/ Iron Man, Pale Divine
3/29/2013 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Beelzefuzz, War Injun, Ichabod, Hollow Leg
11/7-10/2013 Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival - Richmond, VA

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Evil Army Streaming "I, Commander"

Evil Army is streaming the title track for the brand new "I, Commander" 7" EP through InvisibleOranges.com. Give the song a listen right here or through the player below.

Released this week by Hells Headbangers, Evil Army's "I, Commander" 7" EP is the cult thrash band's first new recordings in four years. You can order "I, Commander" at this location, and the track listing is:

1. I, Commander
2. Ashes of the Nuclear Fire
3. I Must Destory You More...

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Terror Signs With Victory Records

Victory Records is proud to welcome Terror to the Victory family. The band will release a sixth studio album titled "Live By The Code" in April, 2013 in the U.S. and Canada. Terror vocalist Scott Vogel comments:

“When I was in high school, I would go to ‘Home of the Hits Records’ in Buffalo, NY and every week I would check for new Victory releases. Growing up, Victory Records always had the best hardcore bands, period. They had this awesome packaging and vibe that I loved. Integrity, Strife, Bloodlet, Earth Crisis - it was a fucking amazing time for hardcore. Later, I met Tony when he came to Buffalo to see Snapcase.

"We stayed in contact and made plans for my second band Despair, but soon after we broke up. Victory and my band Buried Alive worked together for years. They also had Hatebreed, Blood For Blood, All Out War, and Reach The Sky, all bands I’ve always respected and held in the highest regard. This summer I hung out with Tony and we had a wild night in Chicago. We talked about the good and bad of hardcore today and just had a blast. No business talk, no nonsense. We were under contract at the time so there wasn't even room for it.

"As we got ready to release Live By The Code, Terror and Century Media debated on how to release the record right and Victory Records seemed like the best fit. Tony and I are both insane. We both come from the same place. We both scratch and fight to stay afloat. We still believe in the essence of hardcore and still love Warzone. This is pretty fucking exciting.” More...

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The Chariot Posts "Forget'" Video

The Chariot has released a music video made entirely by friend Zach Andrews. The piece was filmed late last year at The Chain Reaction in Southern California during a performance of the track "Forget." Check it out below.

After finishing up a run with Every Time I Die, the band will head out with As I Lay Dying in March and then spend most of the summer on the Vans Warped Tour. The Chariot is touring in support of "One Wing," which has the following track listing:

1. Forget
2. Not
3. Your
4. First
5. Love.
6. Speak
7. in
8. Tounges
9. and
10. Cheek. More...

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The Atlas Moth Denied Entry To Canada

The Atlas Moth recently embarked on a North American tour with Gojira and Devin Townsend, but bad news has arrived for Canadian fans. The band issued the following statement about being denied entry into the country:

"Unfortunately, the Canadian border is not letting us in. We will meet up with the tour again in Seattle. This is out of our control and we apologize to anyone That was coming out to these shows to see us. This DOES NOT necessarily reflect what will be happening for our Toronto & Montreal dates in Feb. as of now the only dates affected are the Saskatoon/Calgary/Vancouver."

The full list of tour dates is available here, and upcoming shows to feature The Atlas Moth are as follows: More...

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Joel Grind Releases "The YELLOWGOAT Sessions"

Joel Grind’s "The YELLOWGOAT Sessions" full-length is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Nimbits with Spotify, Amazon, MOG, and more soon to follow. You can now stream the release in the player below.

Recorded as a Toxic Holocaust return-to-form of sorts (think the Critical Mass demo), "The YELLOWGOAT Sessions" features 10- tracks of raw, abrasive fuzzed out rock/metal/punk a la early Bathory and Motörhead. Comments Grind: “If you are looking for over produced shit that passes as Metal today this is NOT for you.”

Like first single "Cross Damnation," the album is now available as a "name your own price" release right here with a suggested donation of $5 allowing fans to pay whatever they feel like paying… or pay nothing at all.

Grind elaborates: “Making a recording is far from free; your donation of any size goes toward supporting an independent artist and allows projects like this to continue. In my opinion, music being released direct from the artist to the fan with no middle men is the future. With your support of this project as well as similar ones from other artists, I think we can make a serious change in the way the music ‘biz’ is run.” More...

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Psychostick Releases "Dogs Like Socks" Video

Humorcore act Psychostick is proud to share the band's latest creation "Dogs Like Socks," which was inspired by the band's moral support: the Siberian husky duo of Elphie and Mishka. Check out the video below.

Guitarist Josh "The J" Key comments: "This song answers the question, 'Can you make something cute BRUTAL?' We just did this for fun. We have a recording studio, we had inspiration, so why not? Those dogs are the best... this is our tribute to them."

After completing the "Santa's An Asshole Tour" this past November/ December, Psychostick is now gearing up for a next tour in March with dates soon to be announced in support of latest release "Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D." You can stream the full release via Bandcamp here. More...

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Metal: Sound or Image?

One of the most defining moments in my musical development was back in 2004 when Yahoo Launch saw that I liked listening to Unearth, Fear Factory, and Lamb of God and thought that I might enjoy My Chemical Romance's “I'm Not Okay.” That single moment of revulsion caused me to look for music on my own terms after seeing how some corny and cheesy pop-rock could somehow be marketed towards metalheads. Today, we see a number of bands that try to look and act like they're part of the metal scene through their image (and the bands they tour with), but have a sound rooted more in traditional rock and roll than anything spawned by Sabbath.

First off, I'm not here to debate the merits of bands like Ghost and Ancient VVisdom. The debate over artistic integrity isn't at all relevant here. Instead, this is about is marketing and claiming bands that in no way sound “metal” are still technically considered part of the metal scene. Personally, I do like some occult rock as I've long been a fan of Current 93 and I've done my fair share of listening to Coven. That said, I'd never call Current 93 a metal band nor would I want the group touring with Cannibal Corpse. Variety between acts belongs to big music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and not to small club shows. More...

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Architects Announces New Tour Dates

Brighton's Architects (UK) is pleased to announce the band will be returning to the U.S. for a full summer of touring. Kicking off on March 6th in Boston, MA, Architects will embark on a 17-date run as direct support for Enter Shikari, with opening support from Heartist and Crossfiath.

The routing will take the band across the U.S. and through Dallas, where Architects is confirmed to play the annual South By So What?! Festival on March 16tg. Other acts confirmed for South By So What?! include Breathe Carolina, Attack Attack!, and Chelsea Grin. The full line up and ticketing information can be found here.

Following the run with Enter Shikari, Architects will return to the states in June to play the Vans Warped Tour 2013. A full list of tour dates can be seen below. More...

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Amorphis Announces New Album Title

Finnish act Amorphis has been working on a new album and follow-up to "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here). The band has now revealed the album will be titled "Circle" and is set for an April 19th, 2013 release. Further details will be announced as they become available, and you can check out a studio video report below. More...

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Pryapisme Reveals New Album Art, Track Listing

French experimental act Pryapisme has announced the release date for the new album "Hyperblast Super Collider," which will drop on April 1st, 2013 through Apathia Records. The artwork is also available below. The track listing for "Hyperblast Super Collider" is as follows:

1. Un druide est giboyeux lorsqu'il se prend pour un neutrino
2. Boudin blanc et blanc boudin
3. Random Jean Vigo
4. La notion de chiralité de spin et d'oscillation de saveur des particules supersymetriques definissant un champs scalaire lors d'une transition de conifold en cosmologie branaire dans unmodele ekpyrotique
5. Lesbian bordello
6. J’ai envie de te claquer
7. Cochenille, membrane et volcanologie
8. Jon-bon-jon-boutros-boutros-boutros-bovi-miou-miou
9. Je suis venu, j’ai vu, j’ai sangouinu
10. La nuit sur le mont-chauvelu (Mussorgsky Cover) More...

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Dark Forest (UK) Recruits New Guitarist

U.K. act Dark Forest has issued the following announcement about upcoming activity and recruiting a new guitarist:

"Over the last couple of months things may have seemed quiet in the Dark Forest camp but under the surface there has been a lot going on! Firstly, we have been busily engaged in the writing and rehearsing of a new album which will be released some point later this year.

"Secondly, it is our painful duty to announce that James Lees has left the band. He decided to call it a day, saying that he feels his time in the band has run its course and he wants to explore and concentrate on other areas in his life. We respect his decision and would like to thank Jim for his huge contribution in making Dark Forest what it is and for all the fun we’ve had over the last ten years!

"Thirdly, we have been extremely fortunate in finding a new guitarist who is, we all agree, the only person who could possibly have replaced Jim.

"So it is our delight to announce that Patrick Jenkins is officially on board with us as second lead guitarist. Pat has been our friend for many years and has supported the band since the early days. His guitar skills have blown us away, his sense of melody and song writing are completely akin to Dark Forest and as Jim mentioned, he has been playing guitar with Christian in their folk project Grene Knyght for a number of years so he was always the perfect choice to fill Jims shoes. More...

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Icons Of Brutality Signs With Cyclone Empire

Hailing from the north of Holland from the city of Hoogeveen, Icons of Brutality is the newest member of the Cyclone Empire family. The group describes its style as old school death metal influenced by bands such as Bolt Thrower, Vader, Dismember, or Gorefest.

The band's debut album "Between Glory And Despair" is due out on the 22nd of February. Cyclone Empire also commented on the band's history:

"The story of these Dutch metal-veterans started in the autumn of 2009 when four musicians formed an alliance in order to play their favourite style of old school death metal. Their plan to play this brutal, heavy and deadly kind of music, resulted in a foetal version of what nowadays is the ultimate war-machine called Icons of Brutality.

"A few months later the drummer decided to leave the band and the line-up had to be changed dramatically. But however.....within a month after this withdrawal, Icons of Brutality was completed again. With the arrival of two new members, the band was fully operational and finally able to really work on their definition of death metal. More...

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Valor Signs With Pitch Black

Pitch Black Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Valor:

"We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our roster, Greek epic heavy metal band Valor! Valor was formed in 2002 by and two years later released first mini-CD ('The Nameless One'), which received high praises from international underground media.

"In 2008 came the band’s first full-length album ('Destiny’s Path') which was again greatly received by fans and media while at the same time it laid strong foundations for a solid bond between band members as friends and as musicians.

"The forthcoming new album, 'The Yonder Answer' is the result of an intensive collaborative effort between all band members the result of which is an album full of melody and passion and pure epic heaviness!" More...

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Imperium Dekadenz Unveils Album Artwork

German black metallers Imperium Dekadenz have set "Meadows of Nostalgia" as the title of their forthcoming new album. The follow-up to 2010’s "Procella Vadens" will be released on next March 15th (March 19th in North America). Check out the cover artwork below.

“A travelling salesman, marked by a hard life, wanders lost in his thoughts over the high passes of the Black Forest,” the band comments. “Despite all, he follows his path without hesitation through harsh landscapes and yet the mountains stand proudly and the epic scenery might even be called romantic. This cover reflects all the emotions, impressions and facets of Imperium Dekadenz. It is an imperial Black Forest symphony!” More...

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Antigama Enters The Studio

Warsaw, Poland's grindcore squad Antigama this week entered the studio to record a sixth full-length album, the follow-up to 2009's "Warning" as well as last year’s "Stop The Chaos" EP.

According to founding Antigama guitarist Sebastian Rokicki: “This is going to be the most mature, and at the same time most diverse album in the band’s whole career.”

The recording sessions are taking place for the third time at Progresja Sound Studio with producer Pawel "Janos" Grabowski and will last through the end of January. The current band lineup enlists guitarist Sebastian Rokicki, vocalist Lukasz Myszkowski, bassist Michal Zawadzki, and drummer Pawel Jaroszewicz. This is the first studio session in Antigama's history without Szymon Czech, who passed away in November 2012 due to illness. More...

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Delusions Of Grandeur Reveals Album Artwork

Pittsburgh act Delusions of Grandeur has revealed the cover artwork for new album "Efficacy," which comes courtesy of Mathieu Rouland. Check out the art below. You can also listen to the band's previous "Omnipotence" release over at Bandcamp here.

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Reign Supreme Posts Lyric Video

Reign Supreme has premiered a lyric video for "The Hopelessly Devoted," which will appear on the band's upcoming EP "Sky Burial" (in stores March 19th through Mediaskare Records). Check out the clip below.

The 7-track EP, which was produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Hundredth), features guest appearances by Scott Wade of Comeback Kid, Chris Colohan of Cursed/Burning Love, and Mike Moynihan/Steve Muscemi of Hollow Earth.

“Sky Burial comes from the Tibetan tradition of bringing the dead to a mountain, or other place where vultures gather. The vultures and other animals consume the corpse, and hence, it becomes a vessel to feed and care for these creatures,” explained vocalist Jay Pepito on the title for the EP. “It's a cool idea, wherein your empty shell of a person becomes of some utility to some other thing, and I just found the idea of that fascinating; it makes more sense to me than embalming the dead in an attempt to preserve some self-imposed idea of what they were like in life, and then tossing that homemade mannequin into a pine box, and letting it rot. It seems to me to be more pragmatic, to let yourself be the thing that sustains your ecosystem. It reminds us that we are just animals, that we are not special because of our smart cars and Facebook, and that we, in a sense, are simply carrion.” More...

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Protest The Hero Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

The members of Protest The Hero have decided to go DIY and raise the funds for an upcoming new record themselves. They have decided to use the crowd-funding website IndieGoGo for their campaign. The fundraising starts today and will run for the next 30 days.

The band is offering many "perks" on the site that are only available during this time period and are exclusive to the campaign. Protest The Hero plans to go into the studio in March to record the fourth studio album. For information on the Protest The Hero IndieGoGo project, go to this location.

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Newsted Posts New Music Video

Former Metallica/Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted (Voivod/Who Cares) posted a clip for his upcoming music video for the song "Soldierhead." The song appears on the debut EP "Metal," which is available now via Chophouse Records and iTunes.

Check out "Soldierhead" here:

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Radiance Signs With My Kingdom Music

Italian progressive metal band Radiance has signed on with My Kingdom Music. The band will issue its debut LP "Undying Diabolyca" on March 18, 2013 through the label. The album's artwork and track listing can be seen below.

The band commented: "We believe that the deal Radiance makes today with My Kingdom Music will be a significant step towards our quest to present people a different way to play Heavy Metal through originality, avantgardish elements and class!"

According to the press release: "Radiance present[s] an innovative way of playing music that has its distinctive point of force in the evocative and emotional Karin's voice (one of the best in the scene nowadays) and the majestic Federica's guitar lines supported by a complex and progressive rhythmic session. Crimson Glory, Cynic, Rush, Arcturus live in their sound and the result is just extraordinary."

The track list for "Undying Diabolyca" is as follows:

1. Towards Doom
2. Another Way
3. Behind the Light
4. Storm
5. Reasonance
6. Whirl's Criterion
7. Le Poison à la Mode
8. Undying Diabolyca
9. Pulse of Awakening More...

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Cannabis Corpse Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the addition of American death metal act Cannabis Corpse to the roster. The band was founded by Landphil (of Municipal Waste fame) and Hallhammer in the summer of 2006, as a heartfelt tribute to smoking pot and, of course, to Cannibal Corpse.

Cannabis Corpses'ss upcoming fourth album will be released later this year on Season of Mist. The band will also embark on a European tour next week with Ghouls. Here is the list of dates and places:

23 Jan 13 Newcastle (UK) Trillians
24 Jan 13 Derby (UK) Hairy Dog
25 Jan 13 Antwerp (BE) Trix
26 Jan 13 Arnheim (NL) Willemeen
27 Jan 13 Paris (FR) Glazart
28 Jan 13 Kassel (DE) Hammerschmiede
29 Jan 13 Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik
30 Jan 13 Berlin (DE) Casseiopeia
31 Jan 13 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
01 Feb 13 Copenhagen (DK) Stengade
02 Feb 13 Wermelskirchen (DE) AJZ Bahndamn
03 Feb 13 München (DE) Feierwerk
04 Feb 13 Innsbruck (AT) PMK
05 Feb 13 Calenzano (IT) The Garage
06 Feb 13 Milano (IT) Blue Rose Saloon
07 Feb 13 Wien (AT) Escape Metal Corner
09 Feb 13 London (UK) Underworld
10 Feb 13 Leeds (UK) The Library

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Rotten Sound Streaming Full New EP

Rotten Sound's new EP "Species at War" is due out this coming Friday (January 18th) in Europe and Tuesday (January 22nd) in North America.

The website of Finnish magazine Inferno is now streaming all six songs right now, which you can hear at this location.

In other news, the band will tour Asia and Australia in April. Dates are as follows:

04 Apr 13 Bangkok (TH) TBA
05 Apr 13 Ho Chi Mihn (VN) Darts Darts Darts Club
06 Apr 13 Jakarta (ID) Obscene Extreme Festival Asia
07 Apr 13 Bali (ID) Katulebo Moshpit Area
09 Apr 13 Sydney (AU) Bald Faced Stag
11 Apr 13 Auckland (NZ) Rising Sun
12 Apr 13 Wellington (NZ) Bodega
13 Apr 13 Melbourne (AU) Obscene Extreme Festival Australia
14 Apr 13 Perth (AU) Amplifire More...

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Lacuna Coil Announces More U.S. Shows

Italy's Lacuna Coil recently announced the band would return to the states in February for a U.S. tour with Sevendust.

The band is pleased to announce the touring will continue throughout March and April when Lacuna Coil joins Coal Chamber and Sevendust for a run kicking off on March 28th. A full list of dates is available below.

Lacuna Coil has spent the past year touring the world in support of new album "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here). You can check out the band's latest music video for the song "End of Time" at this location. More...

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Negator Reveals New Album Title, Track Listing

Negator recently finished work on an upcoming new album, which the band has now revealed will be titled "Gates to the Pantheon." The coming release is due out April 19th, 2013 through Viva Hate Records.

The "Gates to the Pantheon" track listing is as follows:

1. Epiclesis
2. Bringer Of War
3. The Last Sermon
4. Serpents Court
5. Nergal, The Raging King
6. Carnal Malefactor
7. The Urge For Battle
8. Atonement In Blood
9. Revelation 9:11

In addition to a standard jewel case, a limited edition box set will also be made available. Artwork for the album will be unveiled this coming January 23rd. For more info on Negator, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Upon Wings Reveals New EP Details

Upon Wings will be releasing new EP "Afterlife" this coming March 5th on Sword of the Spirit Records LLC. The EP features guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day). Today, the band has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for the EP.

The EP's debut single and title track hit rock radio on January 15th, and since then, "Afterlife" has been featured on the likes of KTCL (Denver), KXXR (Minneapolis), KGRR (Dubuque), KRDJ (Lafayette), WRAT (Monmouth) and WKRL (Syracuse). The single is now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Rock and metal fans will recognize plenty of names on "Afterlife." Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown mastered the single, and more assistance for the upcoming EP came from producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine, best known as the guitarist of Canadian nu metal giants Slaves on Dope. Drummer Peter Tzaferis also contributed to the EP. More...

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Earth Crisis Signs With Candlelight

Candlelight Records proudly announces the worldwide signing of Earth Crisis. The Syracuse-based band, featuring vocalist Karl Buechner, guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards, bassist Ian Edwards, and drummer Dennis Merrick, is currently writing and demoing material for a ninth studio album. Recording is expected to begin in June. Candlelight also comments on the band:

"No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contributions the band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Championing the weak and the voiceless, the band has over 200,000 catalogue sales to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Regardless of passing trends, the five-piece has maintained their vision, dedication to their craft (and causes), and most importantly respected their fans in the 20-plus years of their performing career. In 2013, the band embarks on a new chapter delivering mission music as only they can."

Guitarist Scott Crouse says, “We are excited to be working on a new album, and equally as excited to be working on it with Candlelight. Their roster speaks for itself. It's an honor to be alongside bands like Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, and our old friends in Vision of Disorder.” More...

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Betoken Comments On Upcoming Album

Italian act Betoken has checked in with the following statement about the themes of the band's new album:

"Hey guys,

"Daniele Bellomi and Giulio Mauri here. We're the ones responsible for the thing we call 'concept' writing for the upcoming Betoken 'Beyond Redemption' album.

"Our muse and inspiration was Christopher Marlowe's 'The tragic history of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus,' a play from XVII century. We read it, liked it, and decided to adopt it for Betoken.

"We kept the original narration, adding a few twists here and there, to suit our needs and philosophical vision. It was our great pleasure to work with Betoken – and much to the pleasure of our favorite pub, we often visited to 'drench' our thoughts – hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did.

"Happy New Year, folks!"

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Volbeat Recording New Album

Danish metal band Volbeat has revealed the band is in the studio recording a new album for release in Spring, 2013. Titled Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, the sessions are being produced by Rob Caggiano, alongside Jacob Hansen, who has a long history with Volbeat having produced and mixed the band's prior four releases. Caggiano's producer credits include The Damned Things, Bleeding Through and Anthrax amongst others. "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" will be released this spring on Vertigo / Republic Records.

Front man Michael Poulsen reveals; “We’re back in the studio, this time breaking some of our old habits and this sometimes means leaving our comfort zone. We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new set up breaking new sonic ground and it’s exciting! Together with our long time collaborator Jacob Hansen we also have the honor of having producer Rob Caggiano on board in the producer’s seat. Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date. We feel more than ever that we are taking the Volbeat sound to another level without changing what we’re all about. Can’t wait for it to get out there!”

The band returns to North America in March, with the following dates confirmed. Danko Jones will serve as main support through 4/11/13. More...

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Lecherous Nocturne Streaming New Song

U.S. death metal act Lecherous Nocturne is streaming the new track "Those Having Been Hidden Away." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Behold Almighty Doctrine," the band's third, which is scheduled for release on March 19, 2013 via Unique Leader Records.

Check out "Those Having Been Hidden Away" here:

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Toxik Announces Reunion

American progressive thrash metal veterans Toxik have announced that they are reuniting for the second time in their career. The reformation will feature original members Josh Christian and Mike Sanders, as well as former bass player, Brian Bonini, although they are currently searching for a drummer due to the refusal of Tad Leger to take part. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"I've been writing this crazy heavy stuff for the last year. In 2007 when we got together, the absence of new material made the reunion feel more like jam sessions. This time around it’s based like it was originally on a collection of songs with a Vibe. The plan is: record and perform."

Christian added: "Tad is on the verge of something killer with his doom project/band Lucertola. It’s his baby as he writes the material and plays guitar essentially leading the band. We had planned on finishing the Lucertola disc together and then beginning work on a Toxik disc, at least that was discussed; the reality is he can't walk away from his art, and I totally respect that decision, we all do. I'm still hoping Tad shows up on at least one track but either way best of luck to my brother Tad Leger and Lucertola."

For more information about the history of the band, you can check out our Sunday Old School column here.

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Diamond Head Announces North American Tour Dates

New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Diamond Head has announced a string of shows in the United States and Canada, which will take place this April. This will be the first of two North America tours, with the second leg planned to take place this October. The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse Cantina and Music Hall
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - Allentown, PA - Jimmy’s Place

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