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Metal News for January 18, 2013

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Helsótt Posts New Music Video

California death/thrash/folk artists Helsótt have posted the band's first music video for the track "Honour Thy Valkyrie." The song appears on the band's debut EP "Fólkvangr," which is was released by the band in July of 2012. For more information on how to obtain the EP, head on over to the band's Official Facebook Page.

Helsótt will embark on the Paganfest America tour this Spring with Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk and Trollfest.

Check out "Honour Thy Vakyrie" here:

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Animals As Leaders Gearing Up For Tour

Animals As Leaders is currently preparing for a direct support trek with Meshuggah across North America from February 11th through March 3rd. This tour marks the group's final run for the "Weightless" album cycle. Animals As Leaders is also currently collaborating with Misha Mansoor (Periphery) on a new album.

Tosin Abasi (guitars) states: “We are beyond excited to share the stage with Meshuggah in the U.S. They are one of the most powerful live acts we have ever witnessed and an invaluable contribution to music in general. To make things even better, Intronaut will be along for the trek. We've been looking forward to playing with them again since the first, and only, AAL headlining tour. We're working hard on new material and hope to have some surprises for you guys. Hope to see you there.”

02/11 Orlando, FL – The Beacham?
02/12 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theatre?
02/13 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore?
02/14 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts?
02/15 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom?
02/16 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore?
02/17 Boston, MA – House Of Blues?
02/19 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy?
02/20 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues?
02/21 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s?
02/22 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues?
02/23 Sauget, IL – Pop’s?
02/24 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights?
02/26 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall?
02/27 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom?
03/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades?
03/02 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater?
03/03 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

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Aeon Zen Posts Top 5 Riffs Video

Aeon Zen is back with the band's latest opus entitled "Enigma," due for release on January 22nd, 2013 on Nightmare Records. The album is available for pre-order here.

Today Aeon Zen has released a video of the top 5 guitar riffs from "Enigma." The video has been premiered through GuitarWorld.com and can be seen right here or in the player below.

Front man Rich Hinks describes the video: "What better way to show everyone some pieces of our new album than for me to perform them for you? There are so many riffs on this album that I personally consider my favourite, so it was really difficult to just choose 5 (well... 10 if you put the instruments together!). These should give you a flavour of Aeon Zen and Enigma and hopefully inspire you listen to the whole album to hear these riffs in context." More...

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The Paramedic Reveals "Stop Drop And MOSH!" Tour

The Paramedic (Bullet Tooth Records) and It Lies Within (Luxor Records) has announced a co-headlining the "Stop, Drop, and MOSH! Tour" in February 2013.

The run is a short string of dates circled around Tyler, TX's Outrage Festival, which includes a lineup with Flyleaf, Hawthorne Heights, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and over 30 more groups across numerous genres.

Dates for the "Stop, Drop, and MOSH! Tour" are as follows:

2/8: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
2/9: Steger, IL @ Another Hole in the Wall
2/10: Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
2/11: St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Concert Venue
2/12: Memphis, TN @ 1885 Lounge
2/13: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cafe & Bar
2/15: Denton, TX @ Hailey's Club
2/16: Tyler, TX @ Crossroads [Outrage Festival w/ Flyleaf, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
2/17: Norman, OK @ The Hidden Castle More...

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Diabolical Announces European Tour

Sweden's Diabolical will tour Europe this March in support of new album "Neogenesis," which will be released in early 2013. In this first chapter of the Neogenesis tour, Diabolical will be joined by Souldrainer and Warheim. The tour will cover Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.

More dates are set to be announced soon. Follow the developments of the new album and further info on tour dates on Diabolcial's official website or Facebook profile here. More...

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Semantic Saturation Posts Album Teaser

Semantic Saturation is a progressive metal project founded by Canadian guitarist Shant Hagopian and featuring prog metal musicians Virgil Donati (drums), Ric Fierabracci (bass), along with guests Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater - keyboards) and Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas - vocals).

The debut album "Solipsistic" is set to be released on January 21st, 2013. Pre-orders are now open, and first 50 CDs include posters personally autographed by Derek Sherinian and Shant Hagopian. Two tracks from the album are available to download for free at the band's website here. You can also check out a teaser trailer below. More...

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The Last Shot Of War Streaming New Song

The Last Shot of War has announced the band's new album "Piece of Hate" is due out March 1st, 2013. A new track from the release is also available for streaming. The song "Obscene Whisper" was recorded, mixed, and master by Clément Decrock at Bosshogstudio and can be heard in the player below.

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Earth Falls Apart Streaming New Single

Russian act Earth Falls Apart is currently working on an upcoming full-length album and the band has now released a first single online. Check out the song "Watergrave" in the SoundCloud player available below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Facedown Festival Lineup Announced

Facedown Records has checked in with the following statement about the upcoming Facedown Festival:

"We are very excited to announce that Facedown Fest 2013 will take place on April 12 & 13 at the Stronghold in Chino, CA. The entire active Facedown roster will be playing the event and tickets are just $10 each night! We also have a limited amount of deluxe ticket packages available which include a limited edition screen printed poster, Facedown Fest 2013 root beer, Facedown Fest T-Shirt, Facedown backpack, sunglasses and more!"

Facedown founder Jason Dunn had the following to say about this year’s fest: “Facedown Fest began in 2000 at an amazing venue called the Showcase Theatre. Over the years the fest grew and unfortunately the Showcase theatre had to shut its doors. I loved the energy of those early years from both the bands and the crowd and I am excited to have that again as Facedown Fest returns to a more intimate venue. The people at the Stronghold have been so supportive of our bands and label over the years so it just made sense to do this there. Plus, with the lower overhead we can offer $10 tickets to the people who are responsible for keeping Facedown alive for all of these years. This is one way for us to say thanks and give back to our incredible Family of supporters.”

You can buy tickets and deluxe bundles exclusively at this location. More...

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Buckcherry Posts "Gluttony" Video

Buckcherry has premiered a new video for “Gluttony” - the first single from the "Confessions" album - through AOL's Noisecreep.com. Check out the track right here or in the player below.

The clip was directed by Billy Jayne and features the band performing the song in a church filled with people indulging in all types of vices, while the video’s protagonist struggles to overcome his own gluttony.

The multi-platinum Los Angeles rock band will release "Confessions" February 19th, 2013 via Century Media Records and the “Gluttony” single is available for purchase through iTunes now. Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd explains the inspiration for the “Gluttony” video: “The concept of the video is excess, consuming everything excessively, and moderation is not even in the equation. I’m very familiar with that, and a lot of guys in the band are familiar with that.”

He continues: “Because the record is called Confessions, we filmed the video in a church, we got Jesus down there--which is killer--and we got a lot of our fans in it, which is amazing. They came out on their own time and really put in a lot of sweat equity, so thank you to them.”

Guitarist Keith Nelson elaborates, “We worked with Billy Jayne, who hasn’t done a lot of music videos. It was really refreshing to see his take on what we’re doing because he totally gets the music, he’s connecting with it, and he’s taking it to a different place than a guy who does videos for a living. We got a guy who actually makes movies and TV shows to put his spin on it and it’s been really positive.” More...

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Vulvectomy Posts Teaser

Italian brutal slam band Vulvectomy has posted a teaser for its new eight-song album "Abusing Dismembered Beauties," which is due out in February on Sevared Records. Vulvectomy then plans on a short tour which will include the following dates:

April 13th SWR Barroselas Metalfest Capareiros, Viana Do Castelo, Portugal
April 26th TBA Spain
April 27th TBA Spain
May 9th Verlichte Deathfest II Roeselare, Belgium
May 10th Little Devil Fest Tilburg, Netherlands
May 11th Holsteiner Deathfest Ahrensburg, Germany
June 1st Abusing Beauties Night (CD Release) Closer Live Club, Rome, Italy

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Like Moths To Flames Releases New Music Video

Rise Records act Like Moths To Flames has debuted a new music video for the single "Learn Your Place." Check out the clip below. This song can be found on the deluxe re-issue of the band's debut album, "When We Don't Exist," which was released last year.

Like Moths To Flames will be hitting the road next week with Silverstein, and just confirmed the entire Warped Tour for 2013. Check out a fill list of tour dates right here. More...

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Clutch Adds More "Earth Rocker" Shows

Clutch's Earth Rocker world tour is in full swing. The current UK/European tour will have Hark as the support from London through Copenhagen. Tombstone will support in Oslo, Norway and Badge and Troubled Horse will support in Stockholm.

Clutch has also announced the first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour. This leg begins March 8th in Cincinnati, OH and runs through April 20th in Baltimore, MD. Support on the tour will come from Orange Goblin, Lionize, and Kyng.

Additionally, Clutch will appear at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Exact info on show times and locations will be released soon.

Weathermaker Music has confirmed a March 19th, 2013 worldwide release date for the Clutch "Earth Rocker" CD and Vinyl. Pre-orders are available here. The first single and title track can streamed through Brooklyn Vegan here. More...

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Abyss Records Releases Free Compilation

Axis Of Metal and Abyss Records have teamed again to release a sampler - this twenty-five track compilation is a window into the audio madness that is Abyss Records. You can hear the songs below or over at Bandcamp here. Axis of Metal also comments:

"Throughout the course of this twenty-five track compilation you will make your way through a war-zone of extreme metal of the highest pedigree. This journey will consist of the many different incarnations of extreme metal ranging from black metal, thrash metal, death’n’roll, death metal among the many other varieties the fine folks at Abyss boast."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Astrophobos - Soul Distruptor 04:45
2. Dead Awaken - Carnivore 03:12
3. Septekh - Burn It To The Ground 03:09
4. Angrepp - Five Horned Formatiojn 03:43
5. Christ Beheaded - The Cleansing Ritual 02:46
6. Bane - World Of Desolation 03:24
7. Corrosive Carcass - Butchershop 03:48
8. Daemonicus - Inhabited 05:03
9. Desultor - Another World 03:37
10. Diseim - Insanity 04:19
11. Entrench - As Dawn Breaks 04:51
12. Erupted - In The Grip Of Chaos 04:29
13. Eternal Helcaraxe - Echoes Through Our Blood 06:18
14. Fetus Stench - Stillborn Son 03:35
15. Fester - The Black Tower 06:32
16. Humangled - Skinned, To Feel All 03:55
17. Hat - Tilintetgjørelsen 06:10
18. Maax - Fight With Fire 03:12
19. Hyperborean - The Last Stand of Leonidas and the Battle of Thermopylae 09:56
20. Noctis Imperium - Descensus Ad Inferos 04:28
21. Radiation Sickness - Tripping In The Seas Of Madness 03:57
22. Rocking Corpses - Necropolis 04:04
23. Southwicked - Green River Killing Fields 05:14
24. The Gardnerz - Don't Look Back 07:24
25. The Gates Of Slumber - The Judge 06:02 More...

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Expurgate Streaming New Song

Colorado brutalists Expurgate have allied with Comatose Music for the release of their debut full-length, "Dementia Tremens," on February 12th. Spewing from the Rocky Mountains like an avalanche of violence comes the guttural slamming madness known as Expurgate. The band formed in 2010 and, after numerous delays, they are finally ready to discharge their debut album.

Artwork for "Dementia Tremens" is by Kahori Takeda. The track "Vicious Human Putrilege" from Dementia Tremens as well as free downloads of the band's 2010 and 2011 demos can be found on Expurgate's Facebook page. Check out that new song below, after cover art.

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Bauda Streaming Album

Chilean blackgaze band Bauda is streaming its second album, "Euphoria...of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape," over at bandcamp, or below. The promo video for the intro to "Ghosts of Phantalassa" is also streaming after the player. Bauda was formed as the solo group of Cesar Marquez in 2006, bringing in guest musicians.

The main theme of the album is about an old whaling station in Chile called "Ballenera Quintay," (whose imagery is inferred in the video) and the extermination of the whales. "Euphoria..." is thus a conceptual album that evokes that place in Chile and is a shout to modern civilization - where men lost their sense of humanity. Bauda's first album, "Oniirica," is also playing on that bandcamp page as well.

Bauda / Euphoria ...of Flesh, Men and The Great Escape / PROMO VIDEO from B+arketypes on Vimeo.

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Darkitect Streaming New Demo Tracks

Darkitect, the new Richmond, VA metal band featuring former Alabama Thunderpussy vocalist Johnny Throckmorton, has released 3 "production demo" tracks for streaming.

The band is currently fine-tuning more than 10 songs for an upcoming debut album, while actively searching for a label to release the record.

You can check out Darkitect's music through the player below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here. More...

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Oniricous Signs With Razorback

Razorback Recordings has signed Oniricous for a one album deal. The label issued the following statement:

"These Spanish demons play some of the absolute finest European death metal we have heard, conjuring up riff after riff of pure heaviness, speed, and horrific evil!

"Inspired by a love for pure horror themes, Lovecraft, and performed by real old-school maniacs from the actual old days instead of people pretending they came from the old days... Oniricous are currently finishing up the recording for their debut album for Razorback, titled 'Ritos Diabolicos,' due out later this year!

"The album was recorded and mixed at Moontower Studios in Spain, and features amazing cover artwork from a true MASTER of horror, the one and only Esteban Maroto from the classic 70's Creepy and Vampirella horror magazines! Razorback is thrilled to be releasing this masterpiece of total horror fucking death!" More...

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Mutilation Rites Reveals U.S. Shows

Brooklyn's self-proclaimed "filthy black metallers" Mutilation Rites will blast eardrums throughout the U.S. on an upcoming tour with recent Relapse signees Inter Arma. See below for dates.

The tour will feature Will Lindsay (Indian, Anatomy of Habit, ex-Nachtmystium) filling in on bass for Ryan Jones, who had previous spring touring commitments with Today Is The Day. This will be the group's first tour since joining label mates Skeletonwitch for the second half of the extensive "U.S. Abomination" tour in the fall. More...

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Destiny Announces New Lineup

Swedish metal stalwarts Destiny will soon release the albums, the band's 30th Anniversary album "The Incompatibility of Philosophical Terminology" and "Global Warming." Today, they have announced their new complete lineup as follows:

"In the beginning of 2013 the final piece of the puzzle for the new line up was added when keyboardist Carl Dahlberg joined DESTINY. This is the first time that DESTINY has a permanent keyboard player in the band, even though there have been keyboards on a few songs on all of the albums, except 'The Undiscovered Country', before. With Carl in the band there will be a new exiting dimension added to the music of DESTINY. Carl will be featured on both the anniversary album 'The Incompatibility of Philosophical Terminology' and 'Global Warming'.

"Drummer Roger Christiansson, a long time friend of Stefan for the last 25 years, even though they had never played together before, joined the band in December 2012. Roger is perfect for DESTINY on every level and already on the first rehearsal, it’s clear that Roger and Stefan will be a dynamic and heavy new rhythm section. It’s now decided that Roger will rerecord the drums for two of tracks of the anniversary album 'The Incompatibility of Philosophical Terminology.'

"Vocalist Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland) joined DESTINY in November 2012. He immediately started to record vocals for a planned digital single. Everyone that heard the result so far has been overwhelmed and there is no doubt that Jonas’s vocals and stage presence, as well as his personality will fit DESTINY perfectly both in the studio and on stage.

"Guitarist Michael Åberg has been a member of DESTINY since 2005. After all these years and numerous gigs with the band it’s time for Michael to debut on not just one, but two DESTINY albums, 'The Incompatibility of Philosophical Terminology' and 'Global Warming'.

"Finally, there is the driving force of the ever present bassist and main composer, Stefan Björnshög, whose visions and music has molded DESTINY since he founded the band way back in 1982." More...

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Kalmah Posts In-Studio Video

Finland's Kalmah has posted a studio video online from the recording of a new album, which can be viewed below. Drummer Janne Kusmin also comments:

"Drums are ready and I am happy. Recordings went pretty well. Faster songs were easy and fun to play and slower songs were hard to play. Conclusion: Slow songs suck, fast songs rule or do I need more practice? Hahaa!"

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Vicious Rumors To Release New Album In Spring

U.S. metal act Vicious Rumors will release the band's new LP "Electric Punishment" this April through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The press release reads as follows: "Vicious Rumors is on fire. 3 albums in 3 years! 'Razorback Killers' (2011), 'Live You To Death' (2012) and the new studio album 'Electric Punishment' 2013 ........and the ball keeps rolling!

"The legendary San Francisco bay area metal band released a new live CD 'Live You To Death' last year on Steamhammer/SPV. Tight and full of energy 'Live You to Death' captures the power and excitement of the Vicious Rumors live performance! 9 live tracks with 2 Vicious Rumors style covers of Black Sabbath's "Sign of the Southern Cross" and Judas Priest 'Running Wild' complete this must have live album.

"No rest for the wicked. The band is in the Trident studios in San Francisco right now with Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga - the same production team that brought you 'Warball,' 'Razorback Killers' and 'Live You to Death'. The new studio album 'Electric Punishment' will be out on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2013.

"Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Thean Rasmussen are back with 9 new songs and a wicked cover of 'Strange Ways' by KISS sure to satisfy the Vicious Rumors faithfull fans. 'Black X List', 'D-Block' are two thrashy speed killers while 'Escape (From Hell)' and 'Together We Unite' add a classic flavor. Guest appearances by Mark McGee, Brad Gillis as well as touring guitarist Bob Capka all along with Geoff Thorpe round out this 5 man guitar gun slinger army. It's all there ... the killer guitar attack, power and speed, melody and double bass thunder and of course shredding guitar solos!!"

Details on the release are expected soon.

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Taake Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Norwegian black metallers Taake today announced the dates for an upcoming European tour, which is part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Supporting Taake on the tour will be Viking metallers Helheim, who themselves celebrated their own 20th anniversary last year. Also on the tour will be thrash act Orkan. Routing for the 10 date tour is as follows:

Thu 2/21, Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
Fri 2/22, Iduna, Drachten (NL)
Sat 2/23, Helvete, Oberhausen (DE)
Sun 2/24, Magasin 4, Brussels (BE)
Mon 2/25, Glazart, Paris (FR)
Tue 2/26, Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
Wed 2/27, CCO, Lyon (FR)
Thur 2/28, United Club, Turin (IT)
Fri 3/01, Z7, Pratteln (CH)
Sat 3/02, Nifflheim Festival (DE) (HELHEIM only) More...

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Vektor Announces U.S. Tour

Philadelphia-based sci-fi thrashers Vektor have confirmed a short U.S. tour, which is due to kick off on February 14th in New York City. The band also recently performed a blistering set at Earache's 25th Anniversary showcase in Los Angeles. Vektor bassist Frank Chin comments:

"We're stoked to once again hit the road and jam, especially since the majority of cities will be firsts for us. We hope to see as many of you as possible! This will be a great start to an even greater year. You'll be hearing and seeing a lot more of us whether you want to or not! Sci-fi or die!"

See Vektor live on tour at the following shows:

Feb. 14 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
Feb. 15 - TBA
Feb. 16 - Wallingford, CT - Cherry Street Station
Feb. 17 - Keene, NH - Railroad Tavern
Feb. 18 - Burlington, VT - Nectar's
Feb. 19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Feb. 20 - Providence, RI - Dusk
Feb. 21 - TBA
Feb. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Winter's Wake Festival More...

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Kromosom Streaming Full New Album

Born in the smoldering wake of defunct crust acts Schifosi and Pisschrist, and featuring current members of Leprosy, Bloody Hammer, Fuil Na Seanchoille and Nuclear Death Terror, Melbourne-based Kromosom have hooked up with Southern Lord for the release of "Live Forever."

The album is set for North American release this Tuesday, January 22nd, but you can hear the full album online now. Head over to Invisible Oranges here to listen. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"The fifteen-track assault captures all of Kromosom's material previously only available on vinyl, with fifteen boasting fifteen entirely unhinged, filthy tracks, barely touching the twenty-three minute realm, all mastered for maximum pandemonium by Jack Control (World Burns to Death, Severed Head of State). If this doesn’t get you raging it's time to hang up your boots and join the rest of the sheep. Invisible Oranges is now streaming Live Forever in its raging entirety; do it!

"While final venue info is still pending, Kromosom will invade the US again this Spring. Ripping loose in Brooklyn on May 17th the quartet will pummel South alongside Nomad, stopping off to blast out a set at Maryland Deathfest XI, on their way to tear it up at this year’s Chaos in Tejas at the end of the month.

"Following that venture they’ll hit the West Coast running from Los Angeles up to Portland from June 3rd through 8th with support from Frenzy. Stay tuned as specific venues are confirmed." More...

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Damnation Angels Signs With Massacre Records

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Damnation Angels:

"We're happy to announce the signing of the British symphonic metal band Damnation Angels! The band was formed in late 2006 and has gained a reputation for huge drum beats, monstrous riffing, powerful and expertly performed vocals - all blended with the massive power of the orchestra.

"Their 'Shadow Symphony' EP was released in 2009 and got rave reviews. They've perfected their live performance while playing many shows in the UK, sharing the stage with bands such as Sabaton.

"The band is going to make their debut appearance in the USA at ProgPower USA this fall! The dates below for 2013 are already confirmed." More...

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Primate Announces New Live Shows

Following a brutal East Coast stint supporting High On Fire this Fall, the ruthless faction known as Primate will tear through Georgia with several new shows.

This weekend the band will bulldoze its own locale with a double-tap of shows confirmed in Atlanta on Friday and Savannah Saturday. Additionally, two other new hometown shows have been locked for February 1st with Capitalist Casualties, Dead In The Dirt and more, and on February 8th with Torche and Whores.

Relapse officially issued Primate’s debut album "Draw Back A Stump" last year. The rabid release throws down with ten tracks of rampant punk/grind-fueled old-school hardcore in barely twenty minutes.

1/18/2013 The Star Bar - Atlanta, GA w/ Savagist, Utah, Death of Kings
1/19/2013 Jinx - Savannah, GA w/ Utah, Death of Kings
2/01/2013 Wonderoot - Atlanta, GA w/ Capitalist Casualties, Paradox, Dead In The Dirt
2/08/2013 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Torche, Whores More...

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Threshold Reveals Support Acts For European Tour

After the release of Threshold's “March Of Progress” (out since the 24th of August via Nuclear Blast), the band will be touring Europe in March, 2013. Now, the bands Enochian Theory and Cryptex have been announced as support acts. Dates are as follows:

01.03.2013 London – Underworld (UK)
02.03.2013 Helmond – Lakei (NL)
03.03.2013 Rotterdam – Baroeg (NL)
04.03.2013 Hamburg – Markthalle (DE)
05.03.2013 Berlin – C-Club (DE)
06.03.2013 Warschau – Progresja (PL)
08.03.2013 Kufstein – Kulturfabrik (AT)
09.03.2013 Aarau – Kiff (CH)
11.03.2013 Ljubljana – Orto Bar (SI)
12.03.2013 Augsburg – Spectrum (DE)
13.03.2013 Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal (DE)
14.03.2013 Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik (DE)
15.03.2013 Essen – Turock (DE)
16.03.2013 Osnabrück – Bastard Club (DE)
17.03.2013 Vosselaar – Biebob (BE) More...

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New Rock Band Network Songs Available

This week's Rock Band Network lineup is pretty sparse on the heavy stuff, with only two tracks a piece for both the Xbox and PS3 versions. Xbox 360 players now have these two songs available:

Anarchy Club - “All the Fires Burning” (80 MSP)
Vegan Black Metal Chef - “Make the Sauce” (80 MSP)

PS3 players instead get access to these tracks 1/22/2013 (North America) and 1/23/2013 (Europe):

Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain" ($1.99)
Chaotrope - "Chiasm" ($0.99)

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Orchid Announces "Wizard Of War" EP

As an appetizer for the upcoming album, "The Mouths Of Madness," San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid will release the "Wizard Of War" EP on 10" vinyl, February 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The EP will contain the following tracks:

1. Wizard Of War
2. Demon"s Eyes
3. Albatros

"Wizard Of War" will also appear on the upcoming full-length album, "The Mouths Of Madness." The track "Demon"s Eyes" was previously released on an underground Halloween compilation and "Albatros" was formerly released on the band"s significant debut album, "Capricorn."

Stay tuned for more info about "The Mouths Of Madness." The release date, cover and track listing are all to be announced soon. More...

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Sacramentum Posts New Music Video

Swedish death/black metal act Sacramentum has posted a new music video for the song "Fog's Kiss." The song originally appeared on the band's 1996 debut LP "Far Away from the Sun" for Adipocere Records, which will be reissued through Century Media records on January 28, 2013. Pre-orders for the release can be had at this location.

Sacramentum features Lord Belial guitarist Niclas Andersson and ex-Lord Belial guitarist Nisse Karlén on vocals/guitars/bass.

The track list for "Far Away From the Sun" is:

1. Fog's Kiss (04:49)
2. Far Away From The Sun (05:13)
3. Blood Shall Be Spilled (04:42)
4. When Night Surrounds Me (06:04)
5. Cries From A Restless Soul (05:10)
6. Obsolete Tears (04:40)
7. Beyond All Horizons (06:32)
8. The Vision And The Voice (04:41)
9. Darkness Falls For Me (04:11)

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Former Dark Lunacy Guitarist Launches Libria

Libria is the new project/band born from the mind of Marianna Alfieri, former guitarist/bassist of Italian melodic death act Dark Lunacy. The original idea of Libria was inspired by "Equilibrium", a Kurt Wimmer's film (2002). Libria is a city-state based on a strong absolute power, controlling the mind of people by the mean of Prozium, a drug which suppresses emotions. "The 'peace' and control obtained in this way is not so different from the way our society tries to keep us blind and deaf to the awareness of Truth."

According to Alferi: "Our soul can be rescued by detaching from physical senses, and increasing the power of our mind, with strong discipline and will, without any drugs, just relying on our own mental forces. From these principles and ranging over reflections about death, life, spiritual growing and esoteric studies, the whole concept of Libria was born."

The concept, compositions, arrangements, artwork and lyrics for the debut LP "Immortal Daughter of Aesthetics" were created by Alfieri. She recorded the album with the collaboration of Fabio Palombi (Nerve/Ritual of Rebirth), who recorded and mixed vocals and drums of Massimo Marandino (Ex-Nerve/Ex-Antropofagus), at Mela Zeta Studio in Genova, Italy. The album was mastered by Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) at Nadir Music Studios. The album will be issued in 2013 through Wormholedeath/Dreamcell 11.

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Anthrax Streaming Rush Cover

Anthrax has just made available a taste of the band's upcoming EP "Anthems," which is due out March 19th. "Anthem," the band's cover of the classic Rush song, can be heard through Rollingstone.com here.

In addition to the EP's cover art, each of the cover songs will have its own special artwork, each one based on the tracks' original album cover, but subtly "reimagined" by Anthrax's Charlie Benante and artist Stephen Thompson.

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."

"Anthems" was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston, and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world: at Benante's home studio, in Ruston's New York studio, on the band's tour bus while on last summer's Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at a Berlin show last December. More...

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Sacred Steel Posts New Track

German heavy metal brigade Sacred Steel has posted another track off its forthcoming album, "The Bloodshed Summoning." This newest song to be offered off of the album is titled "When the Siren Calls" and can be heard below. "The Bloodshed Summoning" comes out on February 16th via Cruz Del Sur Music. The record will be offered as a compact disc with three bonus tracks (including one Misfits cover), as well as on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.

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MindMaze Posts Second Preview Clip For Debut LP

Pennsylvania's MindMaze posted a second in a series of preview clips for the band's debut LP "Mask of Lies." The second clip focuses the tracks 4-6 of the album. "Mask of Lies" will be self-released by the band on February 17, 2013. More info on the band and the release can be found at the Official Facebook Page.

The first trailer can be heard over at this location.

The track listing for "Mask of Lies" is as follows:

1. Never Look Back
2. Breaking the Chains
3. This Holy War (streaming at this location)
4. Cosmic Overture
5. Fading Skies
6. Mask of Lies
7. Dark City
8. Remember
9. Destiny Calls

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Logic Of Denial Reveals Album Details

Italian death metal band Logic of Denial has joined forces with Comatose Music for the February 12th release of "Atonement." After performing at the renowned Neurotic Deathfest (NL) and recording the two track promo "Incipit of Abhorrence" in 2011, Logic Of Denial finally unleashes its second full length album titled "Atonement." Mastered at the mighty Hertz Studios and thematically focused on the fields of expiation and catharsis, this album features eleven tracks of blasting death metal brutality. The tracklisting and cover art of "Atonement" is featured below.

1. Reek of Perpetual Infamy
2. Weeping Upon Repugnance
3. Behold the Throne of Torture
4. Vile Blessing Prelude
5. The Ravenous Patterns (of Oblivion)
6. Sepsis
7. Catharsis Through Ungodly Annihilation
8. Apocrypha
9. Oracles of Iniquity
10. Ecthra
11. Despondency

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Mothership Streaming Debut Album

On February 12th, Ripple Music will give worldwide release to the self-titled debut album from Dallas-born heavy rock trio Mothership. On Saturday, January 19th at 8:00 a.m. PST, Ripple Music will begin selling limited edition copies of Mothership at this location. The entire Mothership debut album is streaming over at bandcamp or below, to check out selections from it. The band will be playing two Dallas-area CD release shows next month and is currently putting together a West Coast tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

February 8th @ Curtain Club - Dallas, TX
February 9th @ Lola's Saloon - Ft. Worth, TX
March 8th @ Club Red/ Red Owl - Tempe, AZ
March 29th @ Johnny B's - Medford, OR

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Helloween Streaming Full Album Samples

German legends Helloween have posted samples from the upcoming LP "Straight Out Of Hell" album over at the band's Official Soundcloud Page. Check out Metal Underground.com's review of the album over at this location. The album drops today in Europe and January 22, 2013 in North America via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out Of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (see music video)
2. World Of War
3. Live Now
4. Far From The Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting For The Thunder
7. Hold Me In Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out Of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch The Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

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Soilwork Streaming New Song "This Momentary Bliss"

Sweden's Soilwork is streaming a new track "The Momentary Bliss." The song appears on the band's impending double LP "The Living Infinite," which is scheduled for release on March 1st (EU), 4th (UK), and 5th, 2013 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. Spectrum of Eternity (streaming here)
2. Memories Confined
3. This Momentary Bliss
4. Tongue
5. The Living Infinite I
6. Let the First Wave Rise
7. Vesta
8. Realm of the Wasted
9. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers and Lights

Disc 2
1. Entering Aeons
2. Long Live the Misanthrope
3. Drowning With Silence
4. Antidotes in Passing
5. Leech
6. The Living Infinite II
7. Loyal Shadow
8. Rise Above the Sentiment
9. Parasite Blues
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Mysticum Streaming Remastered Track

Industrial black metal pioneers Mysticum is streaming the remastered version of the classic track "Where the Raven Flies." The song was originally released on the 1996 debut "In the Streams of Inferno," which will now be reissued through Peaceville Records on February 25, 2013. Recently, the band has unified the core trio of Herr General Cerastes, Prime & Dr. Best in late 2011, and the band has commenced work on the follow-up, "Planet Satan," to be released 2013.

"A perfect concoction of cold, primitive black metal & forward-thinking ideas from an act unafraid to push boundaries, the hell of 'In the Streams of Inferno' has had a lasting & profound impact on many since 1996. For this release, the album has now had some extensive remastering work courtesy of Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Studios in Oslo to give a better representation of the sound the band initially intended, & includes 2 bonus songs. The packaging also contains new artwork made in close association with the band to fully reflect their intended vision, plus liner notes & additional lyrics.

"The CD/DVD edition of ‘In the Streams of Inferno’ also includes a bonus DVD containing two live shows from 1996. ‘Grotten’, in Asker, Norway has until now been totally unknown to the masses except for the few that were present at the show. The other show is the more well-known Bradford, UK set from Mysticum’s European tour with Marduk & Gehenna. Overall both gigs give a great glimpse into the pure atmosphere & intensity of this cult act, & a must for all fans."

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Steel Raiser Posts New Music Video

Italian metal act Steel Raiser posted a new music video for the track "Love Is Unfair." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Regeneration," which is scheduled for release through Pure Steel Records on January 25, 2013.

The track listing for "Regeneration" is as follows:

1. Cyber Laser
2. Finalizer
3. Regeneration
4. Magic Circle
5. Wings of the Abyss
6. Metal Maniac
7. Love Is Unfair
8. Executioner
9. Chains of Hate

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Black Crucifixion Streaming New Track

Finnish black metal act Black Crucifixion is streaming the new song "What the Night Birds Sang." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Coronation of King Darkness," the band's third full length effort, which is scheduled for a March 8, 2013 drop through Spinefarm Records.

The track listing and cover artwork for "Coronation of King Darkness" can be found here:

1. Coronation of King Darkness
2. What the Night Birds Sang
3. Heroes End Up on Gallows
4. Millions of Twigs Guide Your Way Through the Forest
5. Threefold
6. In the Bright Light of Night I Await the Turning Tide
7. Lodestar
8. Thieves More...

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