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Metal News for January 23, 2013

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Broken & Burnt Posts "The New Me" Video

Brazilian groove metal act Broken & Burnt, which cites its two main influences as "alcohol and hate," has posted a video clip online for "The New Me." The video was shot and edited by Marcelo at Clube de regatas Álvares Cabral in Vitória. Check out the video below. Broken & Burnt consists of:

Hugo Ali Morelato - Guitars & Vocals
César Schroeder - Guitars
Denis Coelho - Bass
Apache Moons - Drums

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Rage Of South Streaming New Song

Rage of South has posted a new track online titled "That Fear About Me," which can be heard below. The song is the third single from the upcoming album "I See, I Say, I Hear." You can also check out the previously posted lyric video for "Sheep" at this location.

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Pain Of Salvation Announces Acoustic Tour

Pain of Salvation has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming acoustic shows in Europe:

"Announcing European acoustic tour, next release, and Russian shows! Kicking off activities in 2013, Pain of Salvation are ready to embark on more worldwide touring.

"The upcoming European tour in April will be exclusively acoustic based and Pain of Salvation will be joined for the 3 weeks of dates by Dutch singer/songwriter Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex The Gathering) and Árstíðir from Iceland, making this a remarkably interesting package.

"The tour is to coincide with Pain of Salvation’s upcoming album release via InsideOutMusic, featuring newly recorded acoustic versions of hand picked Pain of Salvation songs. More details about this special album project will be made public soon. These are all the dates of the European tour: More...

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Zierler Projects Posts Drum Footage

Acclaimed drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Fates Warning, Riot) has posted drum footage of the song "Aggrezzor" from the forthcoming Zierler Projects, album which is currently in the mixing stages. Check out the clip below. Bobby comments:

"It's been a long time coming but I'm finally in the home stretch with the Zierler Projects recording and about to edit the last tune so it can be handed off for to Finn (Zierler) for mixing. I've been documenting my part of the recording process so I wanted to give everyone a video sneak peek of the work involved on my end. This is probably the most progressive stuff I've done since Spastic Ink - 'Ink Compatible' almost 10 years ago so it's been a real challenge to put all these crazy parts down to tape over the past 12 months whenever I could find some time between Bach, Fates, and Arch/Matheos gigs."

In addition to Jarzombek, the Zierler Projects line-up consists of keyboardist/mastermind Finn Zierler (Beyond Twilght), vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Beyond Twilight, Eypsode), guitarist/bassist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), and bassist Truls Haugen (Insense, Circus Maximus). More...

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Avatar Posts "Smells Like A Freakshow" Video

Swedish visual masterminds Avatar have unveiled their latest video for "Smells Like A Freakshow" today through Loudwire.com. Check out the video right here or in the player below. Frontman Johannes Eckerström adds his own words about the new video:

"The video illustrates inner conflict in an explicit manner, using abuse of unjust power in different contexts. The lyrical themes of downfall, embracing of decadence and failed attempts to escape are pointed out by the fact that ultimately the bad guys win."

The band kicks off a U.S. tour supporting Lacuna Coil and Sevendust with an intimate performance at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on Wednesday, January 30th. More...

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Circle Of Chaos Recruits New Guitarist

Circle of Chaos has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"Circle of Chaos is extremely proud to welcome our dear friend Anders 'Atte' Strokirk as the new member and guitar player of the band!

"Atte is a well known character in the Stockholm metal scene and a very skilled guitar player. Most people recognize Atte as the man behind Blackshine, but for all you old school death metal fans you should know that Atte was the man to lay down the vocals on the classic Necrophobic debut album 'The Nocturnal Silence.'

"Thru the years Atte has built up quite an experience after having supported and been on tour with UDO, Bruce Dickinson, Moonspell and Lacuna Coil to mention a few. He´s a true metalhead and rocks like nobody else – welcome aboard! More...

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Head Of The Demon Streaming New Track

MSN Entertainment has premiered the first track off Head of the Demon's self-titled debut album, released yesterday by The Ajna Offensive. Check out "Phantasmagoria" right here or in the player below.

A mysterious Swedish entity comprising nameless members from known bands, Head of the Demon's debut is a sepulchral, doom-laden slab of occult black/death metal that's Lovecraftian in intent and aims for the abyss. More...

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Hundredth Posts New Lyric Video

Hundredth has premiered a lyric video for the song "Ruin," which is the lead track from the upcoming new EP "Revolt." Check out the video below.

"Revolt," the first of a 2-EP set, will hit stores and digital retailers on March 19th through Mediaskare Records and on limited edition vinyl from No Sleep Records. Limited edition pre-order packages are now available at this location.

Recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with producers Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore (Stick To Your Guns), "Revolt" is the first half of Hundredth's double EP titled "Revolt/Resist." The second half of the double EP, "Resist," is being released later in 2013 through Mediaskare Records.

Speaking on the new music and double EP concept, vocalist Chadwick Johnson commented: "We've been in transition since our last release, so we wanted a chance to explore before releasing another LP. Elements of the band are still there, however it's less of a fusion and more of a distinct separation. I'm not going to throw a myriad of adjectives out, but it's a definite progression for us."

The "Revolt" track listing is as follows:

1. Ruin
2. Savages
3. Free Mind / Open Spirit
4. Barren
5. Euclid (Slave Song) More...

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In Vain Reveals "Ænigma" Artwork

In Vain is back and ready to release a 3rd attack of progressive extreme metal, mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar). "Ænigma" will be released March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway and March 15th in Germany and Austria.

The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, as “Ænigma” sees appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald.

Johnar Håland comments: “We had a solid impression of the productions coming out of the Fascination Street Studio, and believed Jens was the right guy to give the music the crystal clear and powerful sound that it demands. Jens did not cut any corners and delivered a production par excellente.”

Robert Høyem designed the cover art on the album, which can be viewed below. You can also find a list of the band's upcoming shows after the jump. More...

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Danger Angel Announces New Album Release

Danger Angel is proud to announce the release of the "Revolutia" album through Perris Records on January 29th, 2013. The album was recorded during 2012 under the guidance of legendary singer Jeff Scott Soto, who took over the production helm and helped the band record the album.

"Revolutia" consists of 12 songs (plus one bonus song) of Danger Angel's trademark sound and was recorded in Athens, Greece and was mixed and mastered by Jeff's long time producer John Ellis at the Prism Sound Studios in Boston, MA.

Pre-orders are available at this location. Danger Angel is also very excited to announce a European tour in April in support of the new album. Danger Angel will be touring with Jeff Scott Soto and will be the support band for the Damage Control European Tour. More...

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Walk As Chaos Releases New Music Video

Walk As Chaos, the new extreme progressive metal collaboration from Alan Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Enditol) and Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Out of Your Mouth, Autobody), is proud to unleash a new music video in support of first single "Impasse." Check out the video below.

Directed by Doug Cook, the video incorporates various film making techniques like old school stop-motion photography, computer graphic elements mixed with live action, along with fantastic set and costume design to bring "Impasse" to the visual forefront.

Alan Sacha Laskow comments: "We are super excited about our new music video for 'Impasse.' Doug Cook (director) went the extra mile and we are proud to say we feel it sticks out as being modern & inventive - just like our music. When we started talking about how to bring the song into the visual realm, Doug decided the backdrop should be a futuristic world made up of lines that had a difficult time connecting with each other, like a maze. He also wanted to put Jerrod and I into situations that showcased our collaboration (singer/engineer) but also the frustration one can be faced with when being at a impasse, whether is be Man vs. Man, Man vs. Tech and Man vs. Nature etc." More...

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Band Lineup Announced For Darkness Rising Fest

This year's edition of the Serbian "Darkness Rising" festival will take place in Belgrade from May 30th - June 1st, 2013. The festival features 27 black metal bands from a variety of countries, with full details available at the festival's website here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Desaster (Germany)
Horna (Finland)
Enthroned (Belgium)
Behexen (Finland)
Infernal War (Poland)
Urfaust (Netherlands)
Sargeist (Finland)
Fides Inversa (Italy)
Inferno (Czech)
Frostmoon Eclipse (Italy)
Silva Nigra (Czech)
Arkona (Poland)
Sekhmet (Czech)
Somrak (Slovenia)
Handful Of Hate (Italy)
The One (Greece)
The True Endless (Italy)
Emptiness (Belgium)
Simargal (Serbia)
Ater Era (Slovenia)
Svartgren (Serbia)
Triumfall (Serbia)
Samrt (Serbia)
Terrörhammer (Serbia)
Prognan (Croatia)
Zloslut (Serbia) More...

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Negator Reveals New Album Artwork

Negator has announced the band's new album "Gates to the Pantheon" is due out April 19th, 2013 through Viva Hate Records. The artwork has now been revealed and can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:

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

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James Van Cleaf Streaming "The Soul Imprisoned"

James Van Cleaf, a 17-year-old solo artist from Delaware, has posted his new album "The Soul Imprisoned" online. You can now hear the full release via Bandcamp here or in the player below. More info is also available at Facebook.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Soul Imprisoned 02:11
2. In The Zone 01:59
3. Momentary Freedom 03:14
4. Maniac 04:40
5. Delusions Of Grandeur 06:18
6. Neurosis 03:07
7. Manhattan 03:33
8. Interlude 02:42
9. Candle 03:19
10. Irretrievable 03:33
11. Liberation (pt. I) 03:25
12. Liberation (pt. II) 04:27 More...

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Napalm Death Comments On Decibel Magazine Tour

After completing a co-headlining North American tour with speed punks Municipal Waste, extreme act Napalm Death will now be coming back to the States with Cannibal Corpse and Immolation for the 2013 installment of the Decibel Magazine tour (Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind will also join the tour as rotating support). Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway comments about this upcoming trek:

"Twice in the USA in the space of a year? Must pinch ourselves a little harder. It's like 22 years ago all over again. Well, the Municipal Waste trip was a very beautiful thing, and we found things to be very vibrant and people rolled out in force. So Albert from Decibel asked us back in an excited voice, and we said 'Oh, go on then' in an excited voice, and thus we'll be seeing you sooner rather than later. It'll be fast, it'll be furious - guaranteed."

Napalm Death will be touring in support of latest release, "Utilitarian," and dates for the tour are below. You can also see what Cannibal Corpse had to say about the tour here. More...

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No Omega Signs With Throatruiner

Stockholm, Sweden-based dark hardcore outfit No Omega has signed to Throatruiner Records. The band will enter the studio in late January to record "Shame," the follow-up to the 2012 effort "Metropolis."

This new full-length is due out this spring on 12" vinyl, just before a European tour with This Gift Is A Curse. In the meantime, head over to No Omega's Bandcamp page here to stream and download the band's previous releases for free. More...

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A Thousand Shall Fall Streaming New EP

Santa Cruz, CA act A Thousand Shall Fall has released an EP entitled "In the Shadow of the Mighty." You can now stream the full release at Facebook here or through the player available below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Mourning Son 03:59
2. Weaver 06:20
3. Nights of Gethsemane 04:28
4. The Wretched 03:44 More...

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Egypt Streaming Three New Tracks

North Dakota based stoner/doom act Egypt, resurrected after its break up following the 2007 self-titled EP "Egypt" was issued through Lyderhorn Records, is streaming the tracks "World Eater," "The Village Is Silent" and the cover of Deep Purple's "Black Night." The songs appear on the band's first full length LP "Become the Sun," which is available through Totem Cat Records. A previously posted stream of the new track "Orb of the Wizardking" can be heard here.

Check out "World Eater" here:


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Anvil Therapy Signs With Underground Symphony

Italian rock/progressive metal act Anvil Therapy have signed on with Underground Symphony for the release of the band's debut LP "Away From Here." The release is "imminent," but no date was yet announced.

"Away From Here" is described as "an introspective journey into the hidden corners of the human mind and tells about fixations, weaknesses and madness that can torment it. Every song is a story, and all of them are linked together by a powerful, melodic and pure progressive metal."

The band commented: "We are really excited to be part of the US's family and we would like to thank US for giving us the opportunity to release our first full length album!!".

Anvil Therapy were formed in 2009 from the ashes of the metal band Holy Sinner. In the following years they performs at various venues around Tuscany, however the band continues to devote energies to composition and study. After some significant changes in the line-up, the band entered studio in November 2011 with a new strong and solid group and began to the debut:

Andrea Betulanti - Vocals
Alessandro Berchicci Soave - Guitars
Dario Calamai - Keyboards (Holy Sinner)
Stefano Filipponi - Bass (Holy Sinner)
Michel Agostini - Drums (Diluve/Onyricon) More...

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Rock On The Range Band Lineup Announced

American rock festival Rock On The Range - which has expanded to three days this year - will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. Pre-sale tickets are available at this location.

The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We're really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.” More...

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Fit For A King Streaming New Song

Fit For A King has spent much of the last year on tours crisscrossing the U.S. and setting the stage for a release through new label Solid State Records. Now, the band is excited to announce a March 12th release date for the album, a pummeling effort entitled "Creation/Destruction," which was recorded with producer Andreas Magnusson (Haste the Day, The Black Dahlia Murder).

To further whet the appetites of fans, the Tyler, TX-based band is premiering the first track from "Creation/Destruction," the crushing track “Warpath,” right now exclusively through Altpress.com here.

“We felt like ‘Warpath’ showed all the different elements this album has to offer,” says vocalist Ryan Kirby. “When the song was originally written we had no intentions of it being a ‘single’ but once we played with the structure and added vocals it instantly became one of our favorites. Plus, we used a clip of the song in the first studio update we put out and got a very good response!”

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Teodasia Posts "Reflections" Teaser Clip

Italian symphonic gothic act Teodasia posted a teaser clip entitled "Reflections." Though no accompanying information was identified with the clip, it appears to contain sound files from an upcoming sophomore LP. The band issued a debut self-released LP entitled "Upwards" back in March 2012.

Check out the teaser here:

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Necrowretch Streaming New Album's Title Track

French purveyors of soul-ripping, sacrilegious death metal Necrowretch are ready to unleash their debut full-length album, "Putrid Death Sorcery," on January 28th in Europe and February 5th in North America via Century Media Records.

In anticipation of this release, the band is giving fans another preview of the album with the premiere of the "Putrid Death Sorcery" title track on Decibel Magazine.com. Check out the song right here. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Ripping Souls Of Sinners (available for streaming here)
2. Purifying Torment
3. Goat-Headed
4. Putrid Death Sorcery
5. Impious Plague In Catacombs
6. Spewed From Hell
7. Defiler Of Sacrality
8. The Anthropomancer
9. Soiled Into A Crypt
10. Necrollections
11. Repugnizer More...

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Per Nilsson Joins The Absence

Tampa, Florida’s The Absence has announced that guitarist Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry has joined forces with the group after the departure of Peter Joseph earlier this month.

The band has already begun tracking for a new EP with James Murphy and will release a single from these efforts soon. Per Nilsson also comments on joining the band:

“Six years ago the guys asked me to do a guest solo for the 'Riders' album and we've been friends ever since. I've followed their career as a fan and when they reached out asking me to join the band, it was a no-brainer. I am super excited to be a part of The Absence family; we've been jamming out some new tunes and I feel like we've got some killer stuff in the works for ya! Between Patrick and me, there’s gonna be some INSANE guitar shreddin' on the new tunes!”

The band members also had some words to share:

“We are super excited to have Per a part of the family. Look forward to great things!” - Jamie Stewart

“Beyond siked to play with such a great friend” - Jeramie Kling

“With Per now a part of The Absence… Boundaries are non-existent” - Patrick Pintavalle

“Per is one of my favorite dudes in the world; I couldn't be more exited to have him in the band!” - Michael Leon

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Cultes Des Ghoules Reveals "Henbane" Details

Hells Headbangers has announced April 16th as the release date for Cultes Des Ghoules' "Henbane."

Named after an arcane book of black magick in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, Cultes Des Ghoules embody arcane rituals, medieval devil worship, black blood spilling forth, screams from the abyss both nameless and numerous...all of which can be found on second full-length spell, "Henbane." The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Five years on from their classic debut album, Häxan, the mysterious Polish cult take the sulphurous, swilring gnarliness they've plied on their splits in the interim - and particuarly on the preceding Spectres Over Transylvania MLP - and drag it deeper into the eldritch depths. Both more compositionally advanced and more primitive than all previous, vocals ranging throats both ghoulish and diseased, and still with the most overpowering, bass-driven sound around: Cultes Des Ghoules make their grandest, most garish statement yet with the epic Henbane. Listening to this just once, you'll be damned for all eternity..."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Idylls of the Chosen Damned
2. The Passion of A Sorceress
3. Vintage Black Magic
4. Festival of Devotion
5. The Devil Intimate More...

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More Bands Announced For NEM&HF 2013

The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.

A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.

Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...

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Beissert Announces New Album

German sludge/groove metal act Beissert has revealed a new song as well as details of a third album. The release entitled "Darkness Devil Death" will invade the shops on the 12th of March in Europe and 30th of April in North America on Agonia Records. Check out the song "Zorn Der Geister" in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Beissert is a wild crossover between Rock, Sludge, Groove and Heavy Metal, led by memorable and characteristic vocals by BSSRT. The new album is recommended for fans of Mike Patton, Fantomas, Cluth, High On Fire, Pantera and Nevermore.

"Darkness Devil Death was recorded and mixed at Kohlekeller Studio by Kristian Kohlmannslehner (Burden, Crematory, Powerwolf, Ava Inferi) and will feature a guest appearance of Thor Sten from Burden."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Thy Chthonic Cathedral
2. DarknessDevilDeath
3. Age Ov Darkness
4. Zorn Der Geister
5. My Path Shall Be Your Wrath
6. Perm Trias
7. I Am The Lore
8. Do What Thou Wilt
10. De Profundis Clamavi
11. Die Diamantenen Tore Der Hoelle [Polaris] More...

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Woe Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms April 23rd as the North American release date for "Withdrawal," the third album from black metallers Woe.

Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston, the album features seven new songs with a running time of 43 minutes. It is the first new material by the band since 2010’s "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). "Withdrawal" reunites the band with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller.

“I spent a ton of time focusing on the production,” says Grigg in discussing the album’s creation. “We examined what Woe created since its inception in 2007 and broke it down to its core elements. The result is something that is a synthesis of the strongest elements: the unstoppable black metal ferocity of A Spell For The Death of Man mixed with the bold dynamics and smarter, more direct and personal songwriting of Quietly, Undramatically. It is our most intense, our most cohesive, our most personal.”

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, "Withdrawal" is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something unavailable to Woe in the early years. “This is music that was made to be performed live,” Grigg notes. “Working with other people keeps Woe fresh. They bring new ideas and perspectives, fill in the gaps of my own abilities, and keep things moving when I slow down. This is the first Woe album to include not just riffs written by others but entire songs. Ruston (Grosse, drums) wrote 'Ceaseless Jaws.' Ben (Brand, guitar) wrote the initial draft of 'Exhausted' and then we reworked it. It's also the first album to include vocals other than mine: Grzesiek (Czapla, bass/vocals) doesn't just do backups; he has entire verses in a number of songs and is more 'second vocalist' than anything else.” More...

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Interview with Makers of "Black Metal" Short Film

The short film “Black Metal” aired at Sundance Film Festival 2013 in Park City, Utah. This was the second year in a row independent film company, Austin-based film production company, Candler Productions was nominated to play the indie film juggernaut. As the film’s title suggests, corpse paint and spikes are abound with bands such as Vesperian Sorrow and Horned Almighty supplying the soundtrack.

Black metal as a form of music was probably chosen because of its violent history. While Norway’s infamous BM bands show no remorse for various crimes, not all artists creating extreme music live in an abyss of personal agony. So when dark music influences a fan to commit a crime, how would the guilt of this tragedy affect the artists, especially someone with a family? Writer and Director Kat Candler explores the aftermath of such a tragedy and asks the question: Who is to blame? Who should take responsibility for such terrible acts?

Before taking “Black Metal” to Sundance, Metal Underground.com watched the film at a private screening. Afterwards, we talked to lead actor and producer Jonny Mars and fellow producer Kelly Williams about researching black metal and attending the massive indie film fest. Although the film is only nine-minutes, Candler said she plans to make the film a full-length feature. Before reading our Q and A, please watch the film embedded below. More...

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Mothership Official Video Streaming

TheSodaShop.us has delivered an exclusive world premiere of the video for "City Nights" from Dallas, TX heavy rockers Mothership.

Directed by Alan Fillencia for Scything Touch Productions, the video comes from the band's self-titled debut album, which is due out on February 12th on Ripple Music. Check it out at this location, or below.

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Fiends At Feast Streaming Entire Album

California black/death metallers Fiends At Feast have made their Fall 2012 release "Towards the Baphomet's Throne" (HPGD Productions) available to stream in its entirety over at Stereo Killer. Fiends at Feast was formed in 2008 in the south bay area town of Santa Cruz. The band self released its debut EP "Shadows of Extinction" in 2011.

The following year, while in the process of recording its full length "Towards the Baphomet's Throne," Fiends at Feast was picked up by label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and the EP "Shadows of Extinction" was re-pressed and released by the label on March 27th 2012. Within the same year, HPGD productions also pressed and released Fiends at Feast's first full length "Towards the Baphomet's Throne" on September 25th 2012. More...

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Nader Sadek Releasing Live Album

Living Flesh, the first ever live performance from Nader Sadek's critically acclaimed "In the Flesh" project will be self-released on CD/DVD February 27th. Capturing the inimitable stage presence of a unique collaboration of death metal and black metal giants, "Living Flesh" offers the heavy, haunting soundtrack of a society ever more soaked in the reanimated, decomposed bio-matter we know as petroleum.

The November 20th, 2011 show featured the original line-up of musicians from the "In the Flesh" record, as well as two new performers. The original line-up consisted of Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy); Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Ava Inferi, ex-Mayhem); Novy (ex-Behemoth and ex-Vader); and Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel) in his first and last live appearance for this project. Those greats are joined by Sean Frey as guest live guitarist and Carmen Simoes on backing vocals.

"Living Flesh" also brings you photos of that evening, demonstrating why Nader Sadek has been a favorite set-designer for the likes of SUNN O))) and Mayhem. Nodding to the petroleum theme, the Egyptian artist brought the drums to the front of the stage as a metaphorical engine driving the music, while the disembodied voices of the singers emerge from the rear of the stage, behind the guitars and bass. Sadek himself takes the stage to baptize small, gut-like objects in a black tar-like liquid and throw them into the crowd.

The songs themselves differ from the original studio album arrangements. Not only are they played at a much higher speed, but have been extended to allow the audience to sink into and absorb the relentless riffs. Carmen Simoes' operatic voice enhances the melodies and darkens the atmosphere. The live show also features one track that does not appear on the studio album: Flo Mounier's extraordinary drum solo that shifts from brutal mechanical noise to rhythmic musical patterns, paralleling the overlap of man and machine charted by Sadek's petroleum-based project. "Living Flesh" will also be released in a single, unique vinyl edition. Consisting of a very special packaging and extra content, this piece is limited to one exclusive copy worldwide. Details will be announced on Nader Sadek's website.

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Infinitum Obscure Releasing Single

Infinitum Obscure entered Audio Zombie Recordings in Tijuana, México on January 5th and recorded a new single entitled "The Luminous Black" with producer Diego Soria. "The Luminous Black" will be released via Deathgasm Records during February 2013 and will be limited to a one time pressing only. The single will be unveiling what's to come in Infinitum Obscure's upcoming full length album. The band will also be touring the U.S. in April supporting legendary Swedish death metal pioneers Sorcery. Tour dates will become available soon via Hate War Productions.

There is still no set recording date for the new album, although things are finally beginning to materialize. But, it will be recorded and produced once again by Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Studios in Los Angeles and it will be mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden. It will also feature once again the majestic artwork of Ketolahelvete.

The full length will be released during 2013 in the U.S. via Deathgasm Records (CD format - digipack and jewelcase) and in Europe via Blood Harvest Records on 12 inch vinyl format. The tracklisting and cover art for the single, which also features a Bathory cover song, is posted below.

1- The Luminous Black (ode to the Fallen Angel)
2- Path to Apocalypse
3- Through Blood by Thunder (Bathory cover) More...

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Hemoptysis Launches IndieGoGo Campaign

Arizona thrashers Hemoptysis have launched an IndieGoGo.com campaign to help fund the band's follow-up to 2011's widely-praised "Misanthropic Slaughter." The band has penned five new songs for the release and plans to re-record two tracks which originally appeared on the 2008 "Who Needs A Shepherd?" EP.

Funds are being sought to help cover recording, production, layout and pressing costs, with perks such as drum heads, cymbals, Hemoptysis merchandise, private shows, jam sessions and more being offered to contributors.

For more details and to contribute visit this location. This campaign will run through March 31st. More...

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Okular Streaming Two Songs

Oslo's Okular has set March 4th, 2013 as the date on which sophomore effort and progressive death metal tour de force "Sexforce" will be self-released. The brainchild of composer/lyricist Andreas Aubert, Okular again offers the balanced blend of technicality, melody, and brutality first heard on the 2011 debut "Probiotic."

The album's appeal is further enhanced by the appearance of Susperia's Athera, who performs half of the lead vocals on seven of the 13 tracks, while Borknagar's Vintersorg makes a guest appearance on "The Greatest Offender."

Lyrically, Okular presents poetry describing aspects of the human existence in a vital and experientially-based form, rather than as philosophical discourse. Stream the title track and "Birth through Loss" below, or over at bandcamp. More...

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Hybrid Streaming New Track

Spanish experimental metallers HYBRID have signed with Deepsend Records to release their
sophomore album Angst on April 30th in North America. The album was produced by founding member and drummer Chus Maestro, mixed at Sadman Studios (Wormed) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan). "Angst is the follow-up to Hybrid's acclaimed 2008 debut "The 8th Plague." Below is the tracklisting of "Angst," with the cover art featured in the upload of the track "Flesh Fusion Threshold" afterwards.

1. Flesh Fusion Threshold
2. Enter The Void
3. Collapse To None
4. Self-Implosion
5. Cuando El Destino Nos Alcance
6. Angst-Ridden Inertia
7. Doomed To Failure

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Deceptor Streaming Official Video

UK trad thrash trio Deceptor has officially released "Chains of Delusion" via Shadow Kingdom Records. This six-song slab of traditional thrash comes on the heels of the band's 2011 self-released EP "Soothsayer." Deceptor has been streaming an official video for "Heatseeker," the first single from the album, which is posted below.

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Yayla Streaming Full Album

"Nihaihayat," the fourth full-length release from Turkish black metal entity Yayla is now available through Montreal-based Merdumgiriz Records.

To commemorate the release of this album, AxisOfMetal.com is streaming the album in its entirety. Check it out at this location. More...

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Pathogen Releasing New Album

Germany's Dunkelheit Produktionen has set March 1st as the date on which "Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations," from Philippine warriors of death Pathogen, will infect humanity.

This marks the second album for the San Pablo quintet, who actually put out this CD earlier in 2012 before Dunkelheit decided to give it a formal release. Below is the tracklisting and cover art for "Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations," an eight-track endeavor that features a cover of the track "Afterlife" from old schoolers Sacrifice.

1. Atrocity Exhibit
2. Monolith
3. Heretical Wisdom
4. Abyss of Perpetual Upheaval
5. Ideological Strife
6. Leviathan
7. Afterlife (Sacrifice Cover)
8. Uranium Messiah More...

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Alpha Tiger Streaming New Track

German metal act Alpha Tiger is streaming another new track "We Came From The Gutter." The son appears on the upcoming release "Beneath the Surface," the band's sophomore effort. The album is scheduled for release on January 28th in Europe and February 5th in North America (digital only in North America with European imports available through CM Distro).

The track listing for "Beneath the Surface" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The Alliance
3. From Outer Space (see music video)
4. Waiting For A Sign
5. Beneath The Surface (see lyric video)
6. Along The Rising Sun
7. Eden Lies in Ruins
8. Rain
9. Crescent Moon
10. We Came From The Gutter

Check out "We Came From The Gutter": More...

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Nightwish Posts Pro Shot Live Footage

Nightwish, featuring ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen (Ex-After Forever/MaYaN), posted pro shot live footage from the band's recent tour of Latin America. The performance features the track "Ghost Love Score" from the 2004 release "Once."

Check out the footage here:

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Beyond The Shore Streaming New Track

Kentucky act Beyond the Shore is streaming a lyric video for the new track "Half Lived." The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut full length "Ghostwatcher," which is due for release on April 2, 2013 via Metal Blade Records. The album was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Newland of Newland Recordings. A lyric video for the track "Dreamkiller" can be heard over at this location.

Check out "Half Lived" here:

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Bleed From Within Posts Uprising Artwork Trailer

Scotland's Bleed From Within's posted a trailer featuring the artwork for the band's new album "Uprising." The LP is due out March 25, 2013 (EU) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Century Media. The new album will be the first full length release featuring Ex-Trigger the Bloodshed guitarist Martyn Evans.

Check out the trailer here:

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Vandroya Streaming "Why Should We Say Goodbye"

Brazilian power/progressive act Vandroya is streaming the new track "Why Should We Say Goodbye." The song appears on the band's debut LP "One," which was just released last week through Inner Wound Recordings.

Vandroya features Soulspell vocalist Daisa Munhoz. Check out "Why Should We Say Goodbye" here:

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Ex-Manowar Members Return In Death Dealer

Death Dealer is the name of the new band consisting of former Manowar members Ross the Boss and Rhino along with Cage vocalist Sean Peck and Ex-Dungeon guitarist Stu Marshall. The debut release "Warmaster" is expected early this year.

Ross commented on the band's sound: "The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians. It's classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision."

Formed last year via correspondence over the internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. "Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called Death Dealer. I say, 'Who else is in the band? They say, 'Rhino on drums.' I'm in! Stu goes, 'It was either you or we would have asked KK Downing to be on guitar.' Wow!"

As evidenced by such tunes as "Death Dealer," "Never to Kneel," and "The Devil's Mile," for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, 'Warmaster' is an absolute godsend. And soon, Death Dealer will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. "Our future plans? Obviously to put Death Dealer on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied."

Death Dealer is:

Sean Peck (Cage, Empires of Eden) - Vocals
Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden, ex-Dungeon, Paindivision) - Guitar
Ross the Boss (ex-Manowar, Dictators, Manitoba) - Guitar
Rhino (ex-Manowar, Holy Hell, Angels of Babylon) - Drums
Mike Davis (Halford, ex-Lizzy Borden) - Bass More...

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