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Metal News for January 23, 2012

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Unearthing the Brutal Davao Underground

There must be something in the water down in Davao in the southern Philippines, because the sprawling city has produced some of the most brutal, slamming, and at times technical death metal in all of Southeast Asia in recent years. The global brutal death community is beginning to take notice of the Davao scene, as some of the bands are starting to get signed by labels of note in the sub-genre, such as Coyote Records and Sevared Records. Here are a few bands making more than their fair share of gurgling, putrid noise in Davao City, Philippines.

Human Mastication

Human Mastication has been blasting out slamming sickness since 2002, and in that time has developed a rock solid international reputation as one of the top slam bands in the business. The early years of the band saw the release of a collection of splits and demos before Human Mastication was picked up by Sevared Records for its debut full length release in 2008, “Grotesque Mastication of Putrid Innards.” Sevared also put out the band’s latest EP, “Persecute to Bloodbath,” last year. Chugging, slamming riffs, disgustingly guttural vocals, liberal use of pinch harmonics, and some combustible groove are all key elements of the Human Mastication formula. This band is currently top of the heap in the Davao brutal scene, and 2012 marks a decade of dedication to unholy slam for vocalist Gee and his comrades in gore. Expect more trademark slamming groove from Human Mastication in the near future.

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Aborted Explains New Album "Global Flatline"

The death masters from Aborted will be dropping another slice of blistering metal mayhem tomorrow, aptly titled "Global Flatline." To get an inside look at the new release, I got in touch with Aborted vocalist Sven de Caluwé and chatted about everything from shooting music videos to fielding fan questions.

Check out the full interview below, in which Sven offers his thoughts on critical reaction to the album (You can find Metalunderground.com's own review here), getting guest spots from members of The Black Dahlia Murder and Benighted, and Aborted's plans to hit the road in February. More...

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Resist The Thought Signs With Skull And Bones

Sydney's Resist the Thought has signed to Skull and Bones Records for the release of an upcoming full-length album.

Formed in 2007 and releasing two well received EP's in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the band has toured around Australia multiple times and in 2011 headlined a tour as well as sharing the stage with acts such as Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, The Acacia Strain, and more.

The guys have been in lock down for the latter part of 2011, writing and rehearsing the material for a debut full-length release in early 2012. The album title, recording information, release date and tour details will be announced in coming weeks, so stay tuned. Check out the video teaser below. More...

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Stonehelm Releases Debut On Label

Ventura doom band Stonehelm is finally issuing it's debut album on Totem Cat Records at the end of January. The self-titled eight song debut album was initially put out by Stonehelm in 2010, but never got issued on a label due to the band's previous record label folding. Several of the songs are streaming over on MySpace, plus many of the songs are in video upload form over on YouTube such as "Zombie Apocalypse 420" below.

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Altar To Release Compilation Album

Long-defunct Swedish death metal legion Altar is set to unleash the most complete collection of recorded material from the band's six-year existence (1989 – 1995). Entitled "Dark Domains," the compilation features 17 tracks, remastered by legendary multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio, Sweden, as well as exclusive cover art and layout by Kontamination Design in Poland, and rare, never-before-seen photos hand-picked by the band.

The "Dark Domains" compilation is dedicated in loving memory to the late Mieszko Talarczyk (Nasum /ex-ALTAR) and features the following track listing:

1. Nothing Human (1992 CD)
2. Lifeless Passion (1992 CD)
3. Daymare/A Message From The Grave (1992 CD)
4. Decapitated (1992 CD)
5. Ex Oblivione (1992 CD)
6. Sleeping Prophet (1993 Demo)
7. Floodgates Of Emotions (1993 Demo)
8. Darklight (1993 Demo)
9. Violent Acts (1994 Demo)
10. Days Forever Grey (1994 Demo)
11. Severed On The Attic (1991 Demo)
12. Decapitated (1991 Demo)
13. Hallucinations (1991 Demo)
14. No Flesh… (1991 Demo)
15. Instrumental (1995 Demo)
16. Severed On The Attic (1992 CD)
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Enthroned Announces "Obsidium" Release

The brand-new album from Belgium’s Enthroned, "Obsidium," is coming out on March 20th in the UK and on April 10th in North America.

Enthroned issued a press release concerning the album:

"Obsidium" is an incantation of new wisdom strengthened by 19 years of controlled fury. In terms of improvement, the band has decided not to manifold their recent effort (Pentagrammaton, out in 2010), but to explore the unique black metal gemstone further down the line, polishing it to its grim, deep and fierce colors. More...

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Nexus Inferis Posts New Album Trailer

Nexus Inferis has posted another teaser trailer online for the upcoming "A Vision of the Final Earth" album, which is available below. The album is set for release on January 27th 2012 through NoiseArt Records. The "A Vision of the Final Earth" track listing is as follows:

1. Perspective
2. Tremor
3. The New Strain
4. A Vision of the final Earth
5. Beyond Evolution Rubicon
6. Destroyed Aperture
7. Resonate the spark under his eye to the flames in outer space
8. Crown of Planets
9. Cerebrum
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Terror Posts "The New Blood" Clip

Hardcore veterans Terror have now released a new video for the track "The New Blood," which can be viewed in the player below and is taken off the "Keepers Of The Faith" release.

In a few weeks, Terror will be back on the road with Everytime I Die, Stray From the Path, and Former Thieves a tour through North America. Dates for the trek are below, so check to see when Terror will be coming soon to a city near you. More...

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Tesseract To Play Bamboozle Fest

After wrapping up a successful U.S. tour with Between The Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, Tesseract is pleased to announce the band will be playing day three of Bamboozle Festival. Held in Asbury Park, NJ, Tesseract will perform on May 20th, appearing alongside a number of impressive performers. The band commented:

"Festivals are always great to do, but for our first US festival to be Bamboozle is crazy. To be on the same bill as Incubus, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi is a great boost for us. Bamboozle has a great tradition of mixing things up, and the bill for the 10 year anniversary festival looks to be adhering firmly to this, with bands like TesseracT, Periphery and Whitechapel sharing the stage with Skrillex, Jimmy Eat World and All American Rejects. It looks like it's going to be great fun!"

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Goatwhore Streaming New Track

"Blood for the Master," the brand new studio album from New Orleans Louisiana's sons of American no-frills black metal meets death & roll, Goatwhore, is set for release in Europe on February 10th/13th 2012 via Metal Blade Records.

Recorded in St. Petersburg, FL at Mana Studios, Goatwhore once again joined forces with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Agnostic Front, The Mountain Goats) to lay down the ten blistering tracks for the band's 5th full-length release, which Decibel Magazine claims "reeks of blasphemy, brimstone, Jägermeister and fire."

The second single from album, "When Steel And Bone Meet," is being exclusively premiered on Decibel Magazine's website here. Goatwhore is featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine's February 2012 issue, on newsstands now. In the cover story feature, guitarist Sammy Duet and vocalist Louis Benjamin Falgoust II discuss the new album, the band's numerous career hurdles, and recent successes.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Collapse in Eternal Worth
2. When Steel and Bone Meet
3. Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word
4. In Deathless Tradition
5. Judgement of the Bleeding Crown
6. Embodiment of this Bitter Chaos
7. Beyond the Spell of Discontent
8. Death to the Architects of Heaven
9. An End to Nothing
10. My Name is Frightful Among the Believers

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Enabler To Release "All Hail The Void" Album

Enabler will be releasing a new offering titled "All Hail The Void," and the band issued the following press release about the upcoming album:

"Be prepared to have your head crushed by Enabler. This brain-melting hardcore punk/metal crossover band from Milwaukee was formed by guitarist / vocalist and songwriter Jeff Lohrber. Cut from the same cloth as the likes of Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Nasum and Masakari, Enabler is soon to release a new album via Southern Lord."

The new album entitled "All Hail The Void" will be produced with guitarist Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, The Risk Taken). Drums were tracked at Howl Street Recordings by Shane Hotchstetler, who has recorded a majority of the Enabler discography. Guitar, bass, vocal tracking, and mixing will commence at Fuck City and Silver Bullet Studios with Greg Thomas handling engineering and mixing duties. Original artwork and layout will be handled by Jimpaler (who has done art for the previous albums "Year One" and "War Begins With You.")

More album and tour info on Enabler will soon follow in the coming weeks.

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Steel Panther Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of glam metal tribute/parody band Steel Panther performing with Vivian Campbell at the House of Blues Anaheim on January 21st, 2012. Check out the footage below. Steel Panther also recently released the new album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).

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Pilgrim Streaming New Album Title Track

Rhode Island doom metal trio Pilgrim will be launching the title track from the band's debut album, "Misery Wizard," today at Pitchfork.com. Fans can preview the 10+ minute doom epic at this location.

Pilgrim is the latest addition to the Metal Blade roster via Alan Nemtheanga's imprint, Poison Tongue Records. The doom trio consists of: Krolg Splinterfist, Slayer of Men on drums, Count Elric the Soothsayer on bass guitar, and The Wizard on guitar and vocals. The band will be play a string of dates on the East Coast this March. Confirmed dates thus far are available below.

03/01/2012 Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
03/02/2012 JR’s Bar - Philadelphia, PA
03/03/2012 St. Stephen’s Church - Washington DC
03/04/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
05/03/2012 Heavy Days in Doom Town festival - Copenhagen, Denmark

"Misery Wizard" is available for pre-order now and will be released in North America on February 14th, 2012. Visit the band’s official landing page for further info here.

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Elitist Announces New Lineup

The Los Angeles, California outfit Elitist has announced the return of original drummer Robert Platz along with a new guitarist Nick Meehan. Julian Rodriguez comments, "They make a great addition to our team and I feel this is the strongest line-up we have had."

Along with the announcement of the line up change, the band has released the new single "Dreamwalker" to showcase the artistic direction Elitist is heading in. Check out the song below.

You can catch Elitist on tour with Impending Doom, Molotov Solution, and Volumes January 24th through January 31st. Elitist will also be touring alongside Scale The Summit on "Their Strings Have Voices Tour" February 2nd through February 19th.

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Devenial Verdict Streaming New Songs

Finland's Devenial Verdict has posted several songs online from the band's upcoming new album "The Unborn God." Check out the tracks by heading over to the Devenial Verdict MySpace music page. The track listing for "The Unborn God" is as follows:

1. The Unborn God part I: Credo in Unum Deo
2. Soul Contagion
3. Distance
4. The Unborn God part II: In Absentia

The band also recently commented on the album's progress and upcoming activity:

"Artwork for the cover is almost ready and it looks awesome, to say the least. Some other cool news, we're playing at Ruttoklubi (Plague Club) at Gloria here in Helsinki on February third. Thrashgrinder and Spirit Disease and more will be announced. Stay tuned!"

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Malfeitor Reveals "Dum Morior Orior" Art

Swedish act Malfeitor has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the "Dum Morior Orior" album:

"Finally!!!!! ... we can reveal the front cover artwork for our upcoming debut 'Dum Morior Orior'! Painted by artist Daniel Devilish, who also painted the cover of our demo tape 'To Hell, Farewell' (2011) Stay tuned for a video teaser with clips from the unholy debut!" More...

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Hammer Fight Releases New Video

New Jersey band Hammer Fight has premiered the video for the song "Get Wrecked," off the band's self-titled EP. The video features a typical Hammer Fight house party with additional footage shot at The Irish in Kearny, NJ. This Atlantic City band describes it's sound as one part Motorhead, one part Blood Duster and a dash of pure, concentrated mayhem.


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Ion Vein Announces Return To The Stage

Chicago based power/progressive metal band Ion Vein announced its return to the stage in support of Testament and co-supporters Diamond Plate on February 10, 2012 at The Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL. The band recently released the EP "IV v1.0" as a digital free download.

In a statement released by the band: "We're very excited to announce that our first show in support of 'IV v1.0,' and out debut show with Scott [Featherstone, vocals] and Rob [Such, bass], will be sharing the stage with the mighty Testament and Chicago's upstart thrashers Diamond Plate. This is the perfect way to kick the 'IV v.1.0' release cycle into high gear and we can't wait to dial everything up live with you once again!" More...

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At Home In Hell Premieres New Song "Help!"

Faceless hardcore/metal act At Home In Hell is gearing up to create spontaneous mosh pits across the world and destroy necks everywhere with the release of the new full-length album "In Home Hell." With the impending release of January 31st, 2012 drawing near, the band has teamed up with us to premiere a brand new song online titled "Help!" Check out the song in the player below, and keep your eyes peeled for another brand new track cut off the album, which will be available for streaming later this month.

At Home in Hell had this to say about the song:

"When people hear the name 'At Home In Hell' they always ask why did you name your band that. Are you Satan worshipers, hate mongers, terrorists etc... This album will answer all those questions! Find it online at cdbaby, Amazon, etc, or in stores (in Montana) on January 31st, 2012.
'Help!' specifically is about dealing with childhood trauma and how somethings can never be forgotten...Or forgiven! Look for the upcoming album review at Metalunderground or follow us at Facebook."

The "In Home Hell" track listing is as follows:

1. House of No Faces
2. Help!
3. Last Chance
4. My Pain
5. Wrong Way Home
6. Threshold
7. Glorys End / Never Again
8. Stacking Bodies
9. Systematic Makeover
10. The Dogg
11. An Untimely End
12. WalloH!
13. A Poem To Remember Her By
14. Beatrice
15. Can't Sleep
16. The Other Me

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Beyond The Bridge Streams New LP In Its Entirety

German progressive metal act Beyond The Bridge is streaming its entire debut LP entitled "The Old Man and the Spirit" exclusively on Guitar World's website at this location. The album is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2011 (North America) through Frontiers Records.

The track listing for "The Old Man and the Spirit" is as follows:

1. The Call
2. The Apparition
3. Triumph of Irreality
4. The Spring of It All
5. World of Wonders
6. The Primal Demand
7. Doorway to Salvation
8. The Struggle
9. The Difference Is Human
10. Where the Earth and Sky Meet
11. All A Man Can Do

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OSI Reveals "Fire Make Thunder" Details

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as Office of Strategic Influence (OSI). Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

The "Fire Make Thunder" album is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:

1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won't Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men More...

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Deadlock Announces Russian Show Dates

Schwarzenfeld, Germany's melodic death metal band Deadlock announced two dates in Russia for March 2012. The band recently announced its new lineup, including new male vocalist John Gahlert, after the departure of Johannes Prem in October.

The confirmed dates for Russia are:

16th March - Moscow - Relax Club
17th March - St Petersburg - Orlandina Club

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Riot's Reale Suffered Subarachnoid Hemmorage

More information on what transpired when Riot's Mark Reale was transported to the hospital on January 11, 2012 (see MU article at this location) has surfaced from the stricken guitarist's official website.

The site's Websmaters have been posting information about the Reale's condition, of which the latest indicated that the Riot founder suffered a subarachnoid hemmorhage as a result of a seizure and has been in a coma since his admission. The condition is when bleeding occurs in the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater surrounding the brain.

Reale is also facing other critical conditions as a result of his lifelong battle with Crohn's disease and is under the care of San Antonio physicians. At the behest of Reale's family Riot has continued its live dates, the latest of which is the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise which is ongoing.

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Lamb Of God Announces European Tour Dates

Virginia metal band Lamb of God announced the Resolution Tour 2012 for Europe. The tour will kick off with the band’s return visit to India and Israel. "Resolution" is scheduled for release tomorrow, January 24, 2012, through Roadrunner Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location). The complete schedule of confirmed dates is as follows:

5/26/12 PALACE GROUNDS / BANGALORE, INDIA
5/28/12 FUZZ CLUB/ ATHENS, GREECE
5/30/12 HANGAR 11 / TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL
6/1 6/3 ROCK AM RING, ROCK AM PARK, GERMANY
6/2/12 FORTA ROCK, HOLLAND
6/5/12 KRAKOW / STUDIO, POLAND
6/6/12 BRATISLAVA / MAJESTIC, SLOVAKIA
6/7/12 MUNICH / BACKSTAGE WERK, GERMANY
6/8/12 NOVA ROCK, AUSTRIA
6/10/12 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, UK
6/12/12 MANDELA HALL/BELFAST, UK
6/13/12 ACADEMY /DUBLIN, IRELAND
6/15/12 METAL TOWN, SWEDEN
6/16/12 COPENHELL, DENMARK
6/17/12 HELLFEST, FRANCE
6/19/12 MADRID / RIVIERA, SPAIN
6/20/12 BARCELONA / RAZZMATAZZ 2, SPAIN
6/22/12 GRASSPOP, BELGIUM
6/23/12 EAR SHAKER DAYS, SWITZERLAND
6/24/12 GODS OF METAL, ITALY
6/26/12 ZAGREB / BOOGALOO, CROATIA
6/27/12 LJUBLJANA / KINO SISKA, SLOVENIA
6/28/12 PRAGUE / ROCK CAFÉ, CZECH REPUBLIC
6/29/12 WITH FULL FORCE, GERMANY
7/1/12 TUSKA, FINLAND

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Exumer Posts "Fire & Damnation" Video Trailer

German Thrash legends Exumer has posted a trailer for the forthcoming comeback album "Fire & Damnation." The album is scheduled for release on April 6, 2012 (EU) and April 10, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Ex-Despair/Grip, Inc. guitarist and world renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta.

The band reformed in 2009, but "Fire & Damnation" represents its first album in 25 years. The album is the long awaited follow up to classic 1987 release "Rising From The Sea." The band still features original vocalist/bassist Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh.

Stein had the following comments about the trailer:"We are very excited for our fans to hear and see a taste of things to come and what they can expect from 'Fire and Damnation.' We intentionally worked with Cyphers-X to keep the trailer short and to the point, which is a perfect representation of the album. Fans can expect nothing short of some of the most pure, uncompromising and undiluted thrash metal they have heard in a long while."

Check out the trailer here:

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Cultura Tres Streaming Album

Venezuelan sludge metal band Cultura Tres is streaming it's entire recent album "El Mal Del Bien" over at this location, or stream it below. The official download contains the bonus tracks "Holy GraveYard" and "Black Sabbath," plus the actual music to "Tres Seis Diez Dos" apart from the ten tracks that can be streamed. The vinyl release of "El Mal Del Bien" will be on Cultura Tres' own label Dead Plan Records with original artwork by Jaap "Mudgate" Melman and is limited to 1000 copies. Check out the video clip for "Propiedad de Dios" off of this sophomore release from Cultura Tres.


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Lillian Axe Posts Video Trailer For New LP

New Orleans metal band Lillian Axe posted a video trailer for the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album is scheduled for release on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."

You can check out the song "Babylon" streaming in the player here:

LILLIAN AXE - Babylon (2012) by AFM Records

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Battle Beast Posts "Steel" Trailer

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted a new video trailer for the debut LP "Steel." The album, originally self-released, will be re-issued worldwide through Nuclear Blast on January 27, 2012. The album can be heard streaming in its entirety at this location.

The track listing for "Steel" is as follows:

1. Enter the Metal World
2. Armageddon Clan
3. The Band of the Hawk
4. Justice And Metal
5. Steel
6. Die-Hard Warrior
7. Cyberspace
8. Show Me How To Die
9. Savage And Saint
10. Iron Hand
11. Victory

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New Overkill Album Title And Artwork Revealed

New York thrash legends Overkill announced that the band's follow up to "Ironbound" will be entitled "The Electric Age." The album is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The cover art for "The Electric Age" is as follows:

In an interview with Jürgen Tschamler on EMP Merchandising's website, Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth had the following comments on the release: "Our new album is called, 'The Electric Age' and of course it's still exciting to record a new album. I think the key is knowing who you are and to know also how to create new things and not lose your roots."

Song titles for the album include "Electric Rattlesnake," "Wish You Were Dead," "Drop the Hammer" and "Save Yourself."

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Edguy Announces 2012 Tour Dates For Europe

German power metal band Edguy has announced a string of 2012 European tour dates in support of the band's latest album "Age of the Joker." The following dates are confirmed:

Feb 2, 2012: Manchester, United Kingdom @ Academy
Feb 3, 2012: Birmingham, United Kingdom @ The Library
Feb 4, 2012: London, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy 2 Islington
Feb 17, 2012: Helsinki Finland @ Finish Metal Expo
Apr 27, 2012: Sankt Wendel, Germany @ Walpurgisnacht Festival
Jun 6, 2012: Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock
June 8, 2012: Eersel, Netherlands @ E3 Beach
June 27, 2012: Borlaenge, Sweden @ Peace and Love
July 17, 2012: Vizovice, Czech Republic @ Masters of Rock Cafe
Nov 15, 2012: Köln, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
Nov 16, 2012: Bremen, Germany @ Halle 7
Nov 17, 2012: Hannover, Germany @ AWD Hall
Nov 20, 2012: Kiel, S-H, Germany @ Sparkassen Arena
Nov 22, 2012: Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle Frankfurt
Nov 23, 2012: Oberhausen, Germany @ Königspilsner Arena
Nov 24, 2012: Hamburg, Germany @ O2 World
Nov 26, 2012: Leipzig, Germany @ Arena
Nov 27, 2012: Berlin, Germany @ O2 World
Nov 29, 2012: Augsburg, Germany @ Schwabenhalle
Nov 30, 2012: München, Germany @ Olympiahalle
Dec 01, 2012: Stuttgart, Germany @ Schleyerhalle

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Necronomicon Pushes Back "Invictus" Release Date

German thrashers Necronomicon have pushed back the release date of the band's forthcoming album "Invictus," from January 27, 2012 to February 10, 2012 according to a post by label Massacre Records.

"Invictus" features a re-recording of the defining track "Possessed By Evil," originally released on the band's 1986 self-titled debut album. The official track listing for "Invictus" is as follows:

1. Invictus
2. Unleashed
3. Bloody Bastard
4. Thoughts Running Free
5. Unconquered
6. Upon Black Wings
7. Face to the Wall
8. Pandoras Box
9. Before the Curtain Falls
10. Possessed By Evil (2011 Verison)
11. Possessed Again ... Unplugged More...

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Amon Amarth Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Swedish viking death metal giants Amon Amarth announced that the band will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a string of dates in Germany, Poland and Holland. The announcement on the band's official website reads:

"To celebrate our 20 years anniversary as a band we are going to arrange 5 special shows which will take place this August in Germany, Poland and Holland.

"We will perform 2 full sets with songs from our entire career and there will also be a meet and greet. More details to be announced later.

“An evening with…. – the 20th Anniversary Shows

05.08 CHEMNITZ (DE) / Südbahnhof
07.08 WARSAW (PL) / Progresja Club
14.08 SAARBRÜCKEN (DE) / Garage
16.08 UTRECHT (NL) / Tivoli
17.08 HAMBURG (DE) / Markthalle" More...

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Wolfchant Announces New Bassist

German pagan/folk metal band Wolfchant announced that bassist Sarolv (Nothgard) has joined as permanent band member after having played with the band on a temporary basis for the last half year.

In other Wolfchant news, the band also announced a couple of upcoming shows:

25.02.2012 DE Munich - Heavy Winterstorm Festival
13.04.2012 DE Lichtenfels - Ragnarök Festival
22-24.06.2012 LT Varniai - Kilkim Zaibu Festival
17.08.2012 DE Barth - Barther Metal Open Air More...

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RAM Streaming New LP "Death"

Swedish traditional metal band RAM is streaming the forthcoming release "Death" exclusively through Terrorizer Magazine at this location. The album is due out on January 27, 2011 (G/A/S), January 30, 2011 (Rest of Europe) and January 21, 2011 (North America) through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "Death" is as follows:

1. Death...
2. ...Comes From The Mouth Beyond
3. I Am The End
4. Release Me
5. Defiant
6. Frozen
7. Under The Scythe
8. Hypnos
9. Flame Of The Tyrants
10. 1 7 7 1

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Visions Of Atlantis Issues Studio Report

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis posted the first two studio reports on the recording of the band's forthcoming yet untitled new LP. The posts on the band's official Facebook page reads:

"RECORDING DAY 1: for the upcoming album just started and the whole band is excited about the first guitar licks being recorded by Cris Tian! First pictures, videos and more from the studio to be expected for the day after tomorrow !!

"RECORDING DAY 2: Lots of Drum-editing, Midi-Library-checking at the moment... and much more to come up the next weeks. After the second night in Italy our guitarist Cris Tian reports from the studio: "Great time here, lots of cool ideas and possibilites with our producers and a killer album in progress...!" More on that tomorrow with the first little report plus pictures and more directly from the studio! AND GET READY FOR FRIDAY 27th....TITLE OF THE NEW ALBUM TO BE REVEALED, SO KEEP ON SHARING!!!" More...

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The Schoenberg Automaton Splitting With Vocalist

The Schoenberg Automaton has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's vocalist Colin Cadell:

"It's with a heavy heart we announce that Col will be stepping down from the role of vocalist. He will be performing the remaining booked shows up until the end of March. Please take the time to read this below if you wish to know more."

Coling also posted the following explanation online:

"For anyone who knows me I have been playing music and singing for the past 15 years; vocally I’ve tried everything from Musicals to choirs, choral to opera and in my later life (around 20 of age) I thought… why not metal, I mean I love it. The problem with something you love is that it’s a hard hard thing to let go of.

"Two years ago – two amazing fuckin’ years – I started working with Shayne and Nelson to create the musical entity that is The Schoenberg Automaton (TSA). From the start we openly spoke of our intentions to not compromise musically, aesthetically or personally. We aren’t tough so we wouldn’t portray ourselves as that and so on. We wanted the TSA experience to be an honest and compelling one. More...

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Dimesland To Release Debut EP

Vendlus Records has confirmed the upcoming debut from Oakland, California based abstract metal act, Dimesland. The following press release was issued about the band:

"The eclectic act has a strong interest in tension, mutation and fracture, in evidence not only harmonically and rhythmically but also within blurred tales of psychological havoc. Featuring members of The Residents and Wild Hunt, Dimesland was formed in 2006 by guitarists Nolan Cook and Drew Cook, and after several incarnations the lineup was solidified with the addition of drummer Harland Burkhart and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace.

"The band’s live shows are frantic and dense and feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and soundscapes for an almost nonstop presentation of sound. Dimesland’s debut EP, Creepmoon, will see release via Vendlus Records on February 14, 2012."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Trophy Wives Under the Influence
2. Architect
3. Revlev
4. Degradation Suite
5. Ghastly Maneuvering
6. Burnt Orange

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DevilDriver Footage From NAMM Available

Metalassault has posted footage online of Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer from DevilDriver doing a clinic at the Korg booth during NAMM 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 20th, 2012. Check out the footage below.

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Bevar Sea Reveals New Album Details

Bevar Sea has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming self-titled, debut album:

"2011 was a good year for Bevar Sea, with several gigs in the bag and great response from the local audience to their take on slow and heavy music. 2012 threatens to up the ante, with the impending release of the self-titled debut album, featuring the best-known songs from their live set. Track list:

1. Universal Sleeper
2. Abishtu
3. The Smiler
4. Mono Gnome

"We've had a great time performing these songs since we made our stage debut. After a year of playing them out and getting better, we thought it was the right time to hit the studio and put out our first album. On the one hand, it's been a challenge to capture the live vibe on the recordings, and on the other, being in the studio and listening to the songs over and over has allowed us to fine-tune the arrangements. One of our favourite engineers/producers is going to be mixing this, so this is going to be a mindblowing experience for us." More...

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Pandemonium To Release Fourth Album

Poland's Pandemonium will be releasing the band's fourth album "Misanthropy" on March 10th, 2012 via Pagan Records. The album features Androniki Skoula (Chaostar) on vocals, who formerly worked with Septic Flesh and Rotting Christ. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Black Forest
2. God Delusion
3. Necro Judas
4. Stones Are Eternal
5. Avant - Garde Underground
6. Everlasting Opposition
7. Only the Dead Will See the End of War
8. Misanthropy

You can also check out the song "Stones Are Eternal" in the YouTube player available below. More...

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Ashentide Offering EP As Free Download

California's symphonic metal band Ashentide has issued the following announcement about offering the band's self-titled EP as a free download for a limited time:

"Ashentide Will Rock Paladino's on February 11, 2012! This is going to be our first show in 2012, and one of the few shows before we go into the studio to record our full-length album! So don't miss your chance to see us live! With free parking, great booze and grub, and of course, METAL, you are guaranteed to have a great time! It's a 21+ venue, and the cover is $10 at the door. Ashentide is going on at 10:00pm! If you are coming, be sure to join our Facebook Event, and invite your friends!!!

"So, which camp are you in? No, we're not trying to open this can of worms, not again :) After all, great music comes in all kinds of packages!

"Just want to celebrate one of our favorite symphonic metal bands for their success in the USA this year. As you may know, their new album entered the US charts in the top 30, and they just played a killer show at the Gibson in Los Angeles. Which is a great news for us, because looks like the US fans are finally starting to warm up to our favorite kind of music.

"And to celebrate that, we are giving away our debut EP songs for FREE! But it's for a limited time only, so make sure to get yours before January 24th, 2012!

"The only thing we ask in return, is that if you like our songs, make sure you spread the word! Post about us on your Facebook wall, Twitter account, and tell your friends! Every little thing helps our music reach more people!"

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Axemaster Issues Album Update

Axemaster has checked in with the following progress report on the band's upcoming new album:

"Axemaster is making good steady progress on the final writing and the recording/production of their new CD. Guitarist Joe Sims is producing the album and has done early mixes of the guitar and drums for 5 songs which so far sound 100% better than any of the band's previous releases.

"The response from the few people who have listened to them has been outstanding. A contact of the band who writes for several European metal publications (including a major magazine) listened to a couple of the advance mixes and said this about one of the songs: 'The riffing is so supreme! The main riff in the song is almost killing me. Fuck yes! And killer lead-fills too. The song has a mean drive to it and makes the listener headbang automatically. What a great song! I love it!!! I am so curious how it will sound with lyrics (although I could also live with a pure instrumental).'"

Guitarist Joe Sims also said about the recording, "This is the first release I have produced on my own and the result so far is much better than even I expected. I have been taking my time and paying attention to every small detail and it's DEFINITELY paying off. This material is by far the best stuff I have ever done and the CD has to have the sound quality to match. So far so good, the sound's there and the performances have been top notch!" More...

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Interview

Matt Johnsen Of Pharaoh Talks About The New Album

As Pharaoh's fourth album, "Bury the Light," will be unveiled on March 6th in the U.S. (February 24th in Europe), it is hard to fathom that this Philadelphia power metal band is going on seventeen years of existence. But much can be attributed to all of the members of Pharaoh being vocal about creating quality power metal for the sake of doing so, trudging on all these years for the love of what they do despite not achieving great commercial success. "Bury the Light" is the logical progression from Pharaoh's last one, "Be Gone," and unleashes ten tracks of epic power metal that will further cement this band's status as one of the best traditional metal bands currently out there. Streaming the new track "Castles in the Sky" here on Metal Underground recently, we also caught up with cerebral and quirky Pharaoh guitarist Matt Johnsen to get his take on the new album, the band and the metal community as a whole. More...

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Workhorse Uploads New Track

California's Workhorse has uploaded a new song online titled "Seven Circles," which comes off the band's debut album "Fire Before All." You can listen to the song via Facebook (or through the player below), or pick up the full "Fire Before All" album on January 31st, 2012.

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The Elements Around Me Streaming New Song

Connecticut based djent act The Elements Around Me has posted a new track online titled "Shipwreck." Give the song a listen in the player provided below.

"Shipwreck" is off the band's debut EP "2012," release through FiveByFive Records. For more info on The Elements Around Me, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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In The Act Of Violence Releases "Overwatch" Video

In The Act Of Violence has posted a new music video online for the track "Overwatch." Check out the video clip in the YouTube player below, or find the band's last video for the "Place to Hide" song at this location.

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Acrybia Comments On New Release

Acrybia has issued the following announcement about the band's new "Jesus Bloody Jesus" release:

"With the several weeks' delay, a new album from Acrybia is being published. The disc titled 'Jesus Bloody Jesus' contains over sixty minutes of the fluctuating music in all sorts varieties of doom metal - from funeral, through death, to epic.

"Among others works were on a surface title (used in horror 'Cialo Chrystusa' dir. Patryk Jurek), whether 'Valley of doom' (the well-known from the German medley Doom Metal Front), as well as latest version of 'Padlina' (of dating work from second demo of the group) and a W.A.S.P. cover.

"Music for fans of old school funeral/doom/death metal is available at present in the special, limited, and hand numbered edition."

Check out Acrybia's music via the band's MySpace music profile here. More...

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