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Metal News for January 20, 2012

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Pharaoh Streaming New Song

Philadelphia based power metal band Pharaoh is streaming the track "Castles In The Sky" from the forthcoming album "Bury the Light." The album is scheduled for release on February 24, 2012 through Cruz Del Sur Music.

The track listing for "Bury the Light" is as follows:

1. Leave Me Here to Dream
2. The Wolves
3. Castles in the Sky
4. The Year of the Blizzard
5. The Spider's Thread
6. Cry
7. Graveyard of Empires
8. Burn With Me
9. In Your Hands

Check out "Castles In The Sky" here:

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Orwell Kicking Off Weekend Shows Tonight

The 5 piece post metal outfit Orwell will be heading out for a short trek for 3 days this weekend with Blue Ox and Our Judgment. Orwell, which is working on a followup EP to the recently released concept EP, "A View of Heaven From A Seat In Hell," is also working on a spring tour in support of both efforts.

The band released AVOHFASIH digitally and on limited edition, hand made and packaged CD this past September. You can stream the entire album online via Bandcamp.

This weekend's show details are as follows:

Jan 20th - Merrill, WI @ Les N' Jim's Lincoln Lanes
Jan 21st - La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
Jan 22nd - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

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Cauldron Comments On Upcoming Shows

Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron has added a number of new shows to the upcoming European headlining tour, dubbed "Burning Europe 2012."

Cauldron is due to kick off the tour on February 24th in Bielefeld, Germany, with support for the tour coming from fellow Canadians Striker. The newly-added dates include shows in Hamburg (Germany), Marseille (France) and Torello (Spain). Cauldron vocalist and bassist Jason Decay comments:

"We're happy to announce that we're finally coming back for Burning Europe 2012! We got told about Christmas time that we had to come do a promo tour, so we said 'fuck you man, we gotta get out there and do some gigs'! And the Canadian content is strong on this one; we're doing this with fellow Canadian metalers Striker. It's gonna be a full-on Canadian Assault, so get used to it! I'm looking forward to the shit-ledge toilets as well."

Feb. 24 - Bielefeld, Germany - Falkendom
Feb. 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
Feb. 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Bambi
Feb. 27 - Leipzig, Germany - Secret Club
Mar. 03 - Gams, Switzerland - S-Event
Mar. 04 - Dornbirn, Austria - Schlachthaus Cafe
Mar. 05 - Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy - Sidro Club
Mar. 06 - Casalecchio di Reno, Italy - Blogos
Mar. 07 - Bresso, Italy - Blue Rose Saloon
Mar. 08 - Marseille, France - Entrophy
Mar. 09 - Torello, Spain - Eclectic Club
Mar. 10 - Valencia, Spain - Metal Bats Fest
Mar. 13 - Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
Mar. 14 - A Coruña, Spain - Sala Mardi Gras
Mar. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Heretic Club
Mar. 17 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Mar. 18 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo

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Ministry Reveals "Relapse" Track Listing

Deep in the heart of Hell Paso Texas, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen re-opened the doors of his industrial compound studio in Fall 2011 and invited his favorite co-conspirators Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis), Tony Campos (Static X), Tommy Victor (Prong) and Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis/Gwar) to climb on board the Ministry pirate ship and de-construct and re-construct Jourgensen’s monsterpiece "Relapse."

Thirty years and twelve albums later, as well as a near-death experience in 2010, Jourgensen rises as a phoenix from the ashes with "Relapse" -- still angry, still political and very very pissed off. Relapsing back into the music industry after a four-year hiatus, Jourgensen launches his audio assault with “Ghouldiggers,” a no-holds-barred metal bullet aimed directly at the pitfalls of the industry he has survived. The following press release was issued about "Relapse:"

"Everything Jourgensen predicted on Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker has transpired and as we approach the Mayan calendar of the End of Days in 2012, Jourgensen, re-invigorated by the global 99 Percenters and Occupy Wall Street movement, navigates through Relapse once again as a reluctant prophet accusing, dissecting, cajoling and exhorting greed, corruption and lies.

"Reaching back to his punk rock roots, Jourgensen and his MINISTRY pirates cover S.O.D’s 'United Forces' – a track written 20 years ago still relevant today as a call to arms for the unrighteous and to those who feel disenfranchised by the 'system' as it stands today.

"Sited as the driving force behind a cross-section of metal genres from industrial Nine Inch Nails to thrash artists Static X and Nu Metal’s Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Limp Biskit, and receiving six Grammy Nominations for Best Metal Performance, Jourgensen returns with his greatest achievement to date with Relapse. Leave it to Jourgensen to make a comeback with a relapse. Check out video footage documenting the making of Relapse at this location."

The "Relapse" track listing is as follows:

1. Ghouldiggers
2. Double Tap
3. FreeFall
4. Kleptocracy
5. United Forces
6. 99 Percenters
7. Relapse
8. Weekend Warrior
9. Git Up Get Out ‘n Vote
10. Bloodlust
11. Relapse Defibrillator Mix (Special Limited Edition) More...

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Abigail Williams Reveals New Tour Dates

In light of the cancelation of Dark Funeral’s North American tour earlier this week, Abigail Williams — which was confirmed as direct support for the entire trek — has extended the band's current headlining tour. On top of the run of eight headlining dates already announced, kicking off tonight in Las Vegas, thirteen newly-booked shows across the East Coast and all the way through the Midwest were just confirmed this week.

Additional tour dates are likely to be confirmed so stay tuned for further developments. For now check out the band’s full tour itinerary as it stands, including the monstrous twenty-seven city March Of Death this March when death metal legends Deicide will tour the entire continent with support from Abigail Williams, Jungle Rot and Lecherous Nocturne.

Upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows:

1/20/2012 Aruba – Las Vegas, NV
1/21/2012 Skrappy’s – Tucson, AZ
1/23/2012 Wreckers – Lubbock, TX
1/24/2012 Tomcats – Ft. Worth, TX
1/25/2012 The Muse – Nashville, TN
1/26/2012 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
1/27/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
1/28/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
1/29/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Immolith, Burden
1/30/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Woe, Immolith
1/31/2012 Ralph’s Diner – Worsester, MA
2/01/2012 Champs – Trenton, NJ w/ Woe
2/02/2012 Slim’s Downtown Distillery – Raleigh, NC
2/03/2012 Ground Zero – Spartanburg , SC
2/04/2012 Kopecs – Pittsburgh, PA
2/05/2012 Kobo – Columbus, OH w/ Dismemberment, Tryblith
2/06/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/07/2012 Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI
2/09/2012 The Oasis Venue – Casper, WY
2/10/2012 Old Curtis St Bar – Denver, CO
2/11/2012 South Shore Bar and Grill – Salt Lake City, UT More...

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Into The Storm Streaming "Captains"

Seattle's Into the Storm is currently streaming the entire "Captains" release online, as well as offering the album for download on a "pay-what-you-want" scale. Check out the songs in the player below. The band also commented:

"Released 12/15/2011 after spending over a year renting a house, writing songs, building a studio, recording everything in-house and then finally pressing to luscious vinyl. All DIY nonsense. This marks our second release, accompanied by seven original pieces of art crafted by members of the band."

The "Captains" track listing is as follows:

1. Bodhi Zephyr
2. Jean-Luc Picard
3. John Jameson
4. K'nuckles
5. Walter White More...

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Skyforger Announces New Shows

Skyforger has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows and working on a Bathory tribute song:

"At this moment, we can announce just 3 live appearances. There's going to be more dates/festivals announced soon.

9 March - Hasselt (Belgium)), De Witte Non
10 March - Eindhoven (Netherlands), Dynamo
11 March - tba
13 July - Masters Of Rock festival, (Czech Republic) http://www.mastersofrock.cz

"We have been taking part in contest for possibility to play biggest Scandinavian rock / metal festival Sweden Rock. Out of 1500 band applications Skyforger is now been voted into final round of Top 20. Out of these 20 bands - only 3 bands gets to play!

"Please go to this link and make your support click for Skyforger. You can do one vote every day per every available to You computer's IP address until next Monday, 23 January. Make as many votes as possible, please!

"Skyforger right now is working in studio completing track 'The Woodwoman' from 'Blood On Ice' album for soon to be released Bathory tribute double CD via English label Godreah Records. More information at this location."

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Aim Project Streaming New Single

Anas Abid, solo artist and member of Bringers Of the 7 Plagues, just released his first single off of the upcoming EP from his Aim Project. Check the song "The Mirror of Life" in the player below, which features Aleksandra Radosavljevic.

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Dying Fetus Updates Tour Schedule

Fresh off a South American tour, Dying Fetus has now announced headlining and co-headlining North American tour dates. The tour sponsored by Metal Sucks and Dead End Threads kicks off February 26th and runs through March 14th.

The first leg of the tour will see Dying Fetus headlining with support coming from Job For a Cowboy, Volumes, and Last Chance to Reason. The second leg will feature a co-headlining bill with Dying Fetus and The Faceless. Support will come from Goatwhore, Volumes and Last Chance to Reason.

Dying Fetus is currently working on the new album, entitled "Reign Supreme" which is set to be released in mid 2012 through Relapse Records. The band will also be touring North America this Spring as part of the Metal Alliance Tour with Devildriver, The Faceless, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom and Wretched. The tour kicks off March 15th in Austin, TX as a part of the SXSW Music Festival and runs through April 21st, circling back to Houston, TX.

Upcoming Dying Fetus tour dates are as follows: More...

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Posts Tour Teaser

Fleshgod Apocalypse has uploaded a short tour trailer to promote the band's European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. Check out the video below.

Dates on the tour are as follows: More...

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Graveyard Announces European Shows

Sweden's Graveyard has announced new upcoming European tour dates for this coming March. Commented the band:

“After finishing an absolutely amazing year camp Graveyard was supposed to tour the US and then slow down and start working on songs for the next album. But after an great tour with the gods of Motörhead, a couple of great dates with the legends in Deep Purple and a sold out show in our hometown of Gothenburg we figured that we weren’t quite done with the touring just yet. With that said we’re glad to inform you that Graveyard are getting back in the van and will as always be beyond ready to bring you one more round of Graveyard live!!!”

Dates are as follows:

15.03. GER - Hamburg - Knust
16.03. GER - Berlin - Postbahnhof
17.03. GER - Osnabruck - Bastard Club
18.03. GER - Cologne - Underground
20.03. NL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
21.03. B - Brussels - AB club
22.03. UK - London - Underworld
23.03. UK - Manchester - Roadhouse
24.03. UK - Nottingham - Basement
25.03. UK - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
27.03. NL - Amsterdam – Bitterzoet

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Astral Doors Posts New Album Title Track

The upcoming Astral Doors album, "Jerusalem," features producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board and is set for release on January 31st via Metalville Records.

Today The Great Southern Brainfart is hosting an exclusive premiere of the title track "Jerusalem" at this location. Noisecreep is also still streaming the track "With A Stranger's Eye" here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Aborted Streaming Entire New Album

Belgian goremasters Aborted will be releasing "Global Flatline" on January 23rd in Europe and January 24th in North America, and the band is now giving fans a chance to listen to this onslaught of death metal on No Clean Singing.com. The album is streaming in its entirety on NCS for a limited time, so be sure to give it a listen while you can here.

Aborted recently released a music video for the track "The Origin Of Disease," which can be viewed at this location.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by the renowned Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere) at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, Global Flatline features several guest vocalists, including Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Julien Truchan (Benighted), Jason Netherton (Misery Index), and Keiijo Niinima (Rotten Sound).

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Shai Hulud Writing New Album

Shai Hulud will kick off 2012 with a co-headlining tour alongside A Plea For Purging. Support on the tour comes from Counterparts and Dead Icons. The tour begins on February 23th in Danbury, CT and wraps up March 18th in Evansville, IN. Additionally, Shai Hulud, will be playing four headlining shows in Mexico from March 8th-11th.

Shai Hulud is currently writing the follow-up to the band's latest album, "Misanthropy Pure." The band plans on recording after the upcoming tour.

Matt Fox adds, "When I was in high school I proudly wore a Slayer 'Hell Awaits' back patch on my patch and pin riddled jean jacket on top of a Who Framed Roger Rabbit t-shirt while skipping classes in Batman Converse high tops. I never gave a fuck about looking cool. In form, when given the opportunity Shai Hulud tours with bands we think we might like to be around. We're happy to be hitting the road with our pals in Counterparts, and soon-to-be pals in A Plea For Purging and Dead Icons. And what's more, I'd probably kill to have that Roger Rabbit shirt again.

"If indeed the moon ends up in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars we should be recording a new album this Spring. We spend a good deal of time working on our songs because we give a shit about music. With more ideas than solos or breakdowns, we mean to make Jello Biafra proud. And hopefully you as well. You'll have to let us know if we did just that. Be of good cheer, excelsiors all around."

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Pirate Metal Invading The Rock Band Network

Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:

Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...

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The Sacrificed Streaming New Track

Christian melodic/power metal act The Sacrificed has posted an advanced song online from the band's upcoming new album "III." Check out "Falling" by heading over to the band's Facebook profile. "III" follows the band's previous albums "2012" and "The Da Vinci Hoax" and will see release on January 31st, 2012.

The "III" track listing is as follows:

1. The World is Changing (Intro)
2. Falling
3. Ark of the Covenant
4. The Nephilim Agenda
5. Time’s Up
6. Words on the Gin
7. Behold the Power of God
8. Regeneration
9. Offended
10. Before the storm
11. 24

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Steel Panther Reveals Video Contest Winner

Steel Panther has issued the following announcement about the winner of their fan-made "Just Like Tiger Woods" video contest:

"Time's up, bitches! Congrats to Wesley Sistrunk, our winner of the JLTW video contest. Looks like finding a Tiger Woods double paid off! Huge props to our runner ups Vick Volts and Adam0509!

"And thanks to every single fan who participated - the videos were KILLER! Check 'em all out here here. Thanks for supporting Steel fuckin' Panther!"

Check out the winning video entry in the player below. More...

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Thanatosis Recording New Single

Melbourne's Thanatosis has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new single:

"After being out of it for the last six months or so, due to James' operation and other personal reasons, we are pleased to announce that after a summer of hard work and commitment we are heading to parallel recording this weekend to record a brand new single for you all!

"Keep your ears out, and stay classy San Diego."

For more on Thanatosis, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Emmure Announces New Album

Emmure will release the band's fifth full-length album, "Slave To The Game," on April 10th, 2012. Watch vocalist Frankie Palmeri talk about the new album and the band's re-signing with Victory in the video below.

The group is currently recording with producer Joey Sturgis, who previously worked with Emmure on 2011's "Speaker of the Dead." On the personnel front, the band has also added drummer Mark Castillo (ex-Between The Buried And Me and Bury Your Dead).

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Massive Assault Posts New Song Online

Dutch act Massive Assault has posted a song online from the band's upcoming album "Death Strike." Check out the track "Dismal Life" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Driven Towards Death
2. Cycle Of Violence
3. Operation? Anthropoid
4. Finished Sympathy
5. Turning Tides
6. Pride
7. Dismal Life
8. Aggressive Depression
9. Chained
10. Plead Not Guilty More...

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Hellsaw Releases "Trist" Trailer

The teaser trailer to Hellsaw's upcoming "Trist" album has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

"Trist" is set for release on February 24th, 2012 and has the following track listing:

1. The Devil Is Calling My Name
2. Sorrow Is Horror
3. Doom Pervades My Nightmares
4. The Forerunner of the Apocalypse
5. Death Bells
6. Trist
7. A Winter Cold
8. Beldam. 1450
9. Silence

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Rabenwolf Parts With Cellist

Germany's Rabenwolf has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's cellist Árdis:

"After nearly five years of joint creative work with a heavy heart we have separated with our cellist Ardis. Through time-consuming work, and the vast geographical distance we have come together on this decision.

"We thank you for the great time and wish her further on her personal and musical career all the best!"

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

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Insision Working On New Album

Insision has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a collection of old tracks, as well as working on a new album:

"This year 2012 will be 15 years since Sweden's Insision was formed. Sevared Records & Insision are proud to release an early collection of old tracks from their first demo 'Meant To Suffer' 1998 plus their second live appearance from 98 'Live Like A Worm' their Mcd 99 'The Dead Live On,' and most brutal demo ever made 'Promo 2000,' 'Revelation Of The SadoGod' Demo 2001, plus a newly recorded track of an old song.

"Altogether it will be about 23 tracks of Brutal Death Metal on one CD. Once again Insision and the sound engineer Anders Eriksson 'Off Beat' Studio will work together on this CD. The release date is planned to may this year.

"Insision are pleased to release this CD for Sevared Records and in full writing for their next, yet untitled full length CD planned to be released on Sevared Records later this year.

"The new material sounds like a mix of the complex stuff we did on our first record 'Beneath the Folds of Flesh' back in 2001 along with rhythm parts that can be explained with a more darker approach. We don't want our listeners to wait too long for a new record; therefore we'll release this collection for the fans that are into Brutal Death Metal. Hope it's worth the wait. Stay tuned…."

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Unearth Names Nick Pierce New Drummer

Fans that have seen Unearth live on recent trips to Alaska, Japan and on the band's U.S. and Canadian tour with Chimaira, may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than up-and-coming drummer, Nick Pierce.

Nick Pierce is a self taught drummer who's been playing since age 10. He grew up playing for local bands in the Seattle/Tacoma area (Culling the Weak, Eterna Nocturna, Embalmed) as well as LA based band The Faceless. Nick first sat in behind the kit for Unearth in May of 2011 during their two show trip to Alaska. Unearth discovered Pierce on YouTube where he had been covering Unearth songs, among many other bands, on a series of videos on his YouTube channel. More...

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Kissin' Dynamite Posts New Music Video

German traditional metal/hard rock band Kissin' Dynamite posted a new music video for the title track of the band's sophomore effort "Money, Sex & Power." The album is due for release on March 23, 2012 through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Atoma Signs With Napalm Records

Stockholm's Atoma has officially signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. The band's new album "Skylight," the debut of the apocalyptic post rock/metal band, will be released on March 30th, 2012. Atoma also commented:

"We've inked a deal with Napalm Records, to leave earth behind and explore other worlds. Goodbye, planet earth."

For more details on Atoma, head over to the band's official website. Further information on "Skylight" will be announced as it is made available.

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Huntress Reveals New Album Release

The Huntress debut "Spell Eater" will be released this coming April 27th, 2012 via Napalm Records. The band, revolving around frontlady Jill Janus, is currently providing the finishing touches for the new songs.

According to a press release about the album, "fans of traditional heavy metal may look forward to a riff-filled epic and bear witness to the birth of a new legend!"

The music video to the Huntress song "Eight of Swords" is also available in the YouTube player below. More...

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Moonspell Comments On Upcoming Album

As was previously announced, Moonspell's new album "Alpha Noir" will be released on April 27th and will also be available as a deluxe special edition including the musical twin "Omega White."

Both releases were produced and mixed by Tue Madsen and pre-produced by Benny Richter. The band will present the new songs at upcoming summer festival appearances. The double album "Alpha Noir" / "Omega White" will be played in its entirety at Lisbon's Campo Pequeno, that holds 5000 fans, with the most daring stage set and visuals the band has ever tried. Fernando Ribeiro commented:

"A true band has to have a glorious past, a solid present, and a bright future. More than that, a true band has to know how to live through all these seasons, dealing with their ghosts, their shadows, their aim at the light, moulding darkness with personality, with the impulse to be better, to do better while getting close to theirselves. Their true heart, soul and flesh. Never has a Moonspell album come so close to being the new opus magna (masterpiece). "Alpha Noir" is scheduled to be proudly released by Napalm Records on the 27th of April, when spring racks through the wastes of winter, bursting new colors over familiar sights, once silent and white, yet now fiery under the blackest of suns.

"The concept of this new record, painstakingly composed by the Portuguese gothic metal knights over the past three years, following the critically acclaimed 'Night Eternal,' is bulletproof. The band managed to split their heart and soul in half, and the result is that they came even closer to themselves: the ambitious band they always were with a undying wish to not claim any throne, but to build their own ships that would take them and their fans to 'give new worlds to the world,' like in the Age of Discovery, where the Portuguese were a leading force in the world.

"With their country drowned in a corrosive crisis, Moonspell filled their lungs with pride and created an incendiary album, with nine outbursts of their rockiest and thrashier riffs made superiorly dimensioned by the reindivictative lyrical content and songs structure that take you by storm from the get-go. Moonspell has tapped a notch into their energy-filled gothic metal by adding a guitar wall forged by timeless artists: Bathory, King Diamond, and even old thrash metal legends like Onslaught and Metallica's early Works, or Testament and Artillery make Alpha Noir a truly surprising and fresh record, in which all the songs have climax with a high-tension charm that will for sure electricize live audiences everywhere. More...

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Patterns Posts New Single Online

Patterns, the Staunton, Virginia metal band that returned from hiatus last year, has released their first single, entitled "The Discovery." This single is the introductory track to the band's upcoming concept album, "Nemesis," which is due out this spring. You can check out the track below:

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Visions Of Atlantis Enters Studio For New LP

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis will enter Artesonika Studios in Pordenone, Italy on January 21, 2012 to record the band's follow up to the comeback album "Delta" released early 2011. The producers for the record will be Fabio D'Amore, bassist for label and country mates Serenity and Ivan Moni Bidin, drummer for Pathosray, Garden Wall and Last Warning. D'Amore will also perform as guest bass player for the record.

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Behemoth To Return To U.S. For Decibel Mag Tour

Polish black/death metal giants Behemoth will team up with Swedish black metal band Watain, Dutch psychedelic band The Devil's Blood and Swedish metal band In Solitude for the first annual Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour will commence in April and consists of 26 dates.

North America’s premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish Behemoth, Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude.

Behemoth frontman Nergal had the following comments on the tour: “Considering the fact that we’ll be sharing the stage with the most evil and uncompromising bands around—Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude—this already makes it a legendary bill that you can’t miss out on! Watch out. We won’t show up—we will ARRIVE with all the strength and might!”

More details, including tour dates, venues and ticket info will be announced at www.decibelmagazinetour.com on January 24th. Every ticket purchased through Top Spin will come with a commemorative laminate, and all fans that purchase their ticket through Top Spin will be entered to win an ESP Guitar.

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Geezer Butler Issues Update On New Sabbath Album

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler issued a studio update on the progress of the much anticipated new Black Sabbath album, the first album with the original lineup in 33 years. Earlier this month, Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

Butler posted an update on his official web site, which reads:

"Today [January 19th] we got the engines back up and running at Tony’s home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump — it’s great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C. Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can’t wait for you all to hear our workings; it has been great working on this stuff.

"I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band — it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world.

"SABB fans are good people. Time and again, you have proven your faith in us and boosted our endeavour.

“Thanks, love, peace.”

The new Black Sabbath album is expected in this fall of 2012.

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Delain Unveils Album Artwork And Track Listing

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain has unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming LP "We Are The Others," the band's third studio release. No release date has been announced.

The band had the following comments in the most recent update on the release: "We are very proud to reveal the cover artwork and track listing of our third studio album 'We Are The Others.' As you might expect from us this album again offers some interesting collaborations, both in musical and visual terms. This record features none less then Fear Factory shouter Burton C Bell as a guest singer, and visual artist Glenn Arthur provided the cover artwork.

"Next to the title track 'We Are The Others,' the track listing below also reveals the song 'Where Is The Blood' featuring Burton C Bell (FEAR FACTORY). We met Burton at the Wacken Open Air festival a year ago and stayed in touch afterwards. When we were working on "Where is The Blood" we didn't hesitate to contact him for cooperation. He's done such an amazing job on the song turning the song into a most violent duet; his exceptional, raw voice fits perfectly to this song!

"The cover artwork was created by Glenn Arthur, a California based visual artist whose work is inspired by art nouveau design and steampunk imagery. Charlotte is a big admirer of Glenn’s work and she dedicated multiple blogs to his art. For the artwork of We Are The Others, we gave Glenn the lyrics to the song as inspiration. We’re incredibly happy with how the cover turned out. For more info on Glenn Arthur, check out his Facebook.

"We are very proud to have Burton and Glenn aboard on our album!

"The release date of We Are The Others is yet to be announced, keep checking this website for more news. The first show where we will play our brand new material live will be announced this Monday!" More...

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The Graviators Sign To Napalm Records

Swedish stoner/doom metal band The Graviators, featuring NYMF members Martin Fairbanks (guitars) and Niklas Sjöberg (vocals), have signed a worldwide deal with Austria's Napalm Records. The band is currently working on a sophomore release to follow the 2009 self-titled debut released through Transubstans Records. The new LP is tentatively targeted for an end of April 2012 release.

The band had the following comments about the signing: "The Graviators have the honor to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. Cool bands like Monster Magnet, Candlemass, Karma to Burn, Seventh Void, Tiamat, Moonspell, and many more are on the label and we are proud to be a part of it! The Graviators are currently working on a new full-length album, which is expected to be released on CD and LP at the end of April 2012."

For a taste of The Graviators, check out the official video for "Back to the Sabbath" from the 2009 self-titled debut:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: “Shake That Pussy”

Sometimes these things just fall into your lap. Uh, yes, pun intended. If you would have told me that Captain Zapped would release a song AND video for a song titled “Shake That Pussy” I would have told you to stop yanking my chain (again, yes) and then I would go directly to YouTube and check it out. Here’s my running diary… More...

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