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Metal News for January 24, 2012

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47 news articles posted on this day.

Black Sabbath Moves Writing Sessions To U.K.

Metal legends Black Sabbath announced that the writing sessions for the forthcoming album with the band's original lineup has been moved from Los Angeles to Birmingham, England.

In a post on the band's Facebook page, the band added "Sabbath has gone back to where it all started and it’s been just amazing. This is where the writing of the album will be completed. Funny how it all goes full circle sometimes."

Earlier this month, the metal world was rocked by the revelation that founder/guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is currently awaiting and/or receiving treatment. Iommi responded to the outpouring of well wishes that the band will proceed with the creation of the album despite his illness and later Geezer Butler revealed that Iommi had two songs written already.

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Bible Of The Devil To Release Sixth Album

Chicago rockers Bible of the Devil announced the completion of the band's sixth full-length album "For the Love of Thugs and Fools." The album is scheduled for release on May 8, 2012 through Italian based label Cruz Del Sur Music. The album marks the follow up to the 2008 release "Freedom Metal" and was recorded at Phantom Manor studios in Chicago with engineer Mike Lust, who has engineered numerous Bible of the Debil recordings in the past.

According to the band's press release:

"'For the Love of Thugs and Fools' is viewed by the band as a document of the many characters they have encountered through the life of the band, whether it be in love, loss, friendship, or hatred. Having toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe since the band's inception in late 1999 and living in the volatile urban environment Chicago, where encounters with crime, violence, and 'street justice' are unavoidable, there has been much subject matter for the band to draw from. Embracing the philosophy that a bottle of whiskey and some loud guitar is often the best cure available for these challenges and ordeals, Bible of the Devil have chosen to document their grievances in the form of one devastating Rock n' Roll platter."

Singer/guitarist Mark Hoffmann had the following comments on the album: "The few years since the last full-length have been like a dare. A dare to create a soaring, punishing Rock n' Roll record of this magnitude. It is a dare that we have been forced to answer ourselves." More...

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Svartsyn Debut Album To See Re-Release

The re-release of Svartsyn's debut album "The True Legend" is set for March 20th, 2012 in Europe and April 10th, 2012 in North America via Agonia Records. The label commented on the re-release:

"The True Legend album, the one from Svartsyn's discography that can boast with being sold out and not available for a dog's age, has been remastered in full at Clintworks Studio - a studio opened in Hamburg by Dennis Israel; an assistant engineer who previously worked with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia). The rerelease has been partly rerecorded and equipped with a new layout and cover drawn by US artist Chadwick St John.

"The album will be available as a CD and - for the first time – on vinyl. There will be a standard 12-inch black vinyl edition and limited to 100 copies colored vinyl edition (the second one available via Agonia Records Webshop exclusively).

"Svartsyn is a black metal band that originates from Sweden. They have earned a cult status in the metal underground, releasing six albums to date. Their last full-length, Wrath upon the Earth, was out in 2011. The True Legend was originally out in December 1996 by German label Folter Records." More...

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Nightqueen Streaming New Song

Belgian metal band Nightqueen is streaming the new song "Nightfall" from the forthcoming debut LP "For Queen And Metal." The album is scheduled for release On February 24, 2011 through Massacre Records.

Check out "Nightfall" in the player here:

NIGHTQUEEN - Nightfall by massacrerecordseurope

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Staind Reveals Name Of Tour With Godsmack

Apparently deciding not to take the suggestions of "Grunge is Dead but it's Keeping Us Alive," "We Couldn't Get Nickelback So We Got Each Other," "The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Convention" or "The Barb Wire Tattoo Tour," Staind has now issued the following announcement about picking the winner of the band's contest to have fans name an upcoming tour with Godsmack:

"Hey all Staind fans, wanted to send a thank you to all those who participated in the Name the Tour contest. We're excited to announce the the official name of the tour is going to be the Mass Chaos Tour.

"In keeping up with our vision to have the fans be a part of the tour from beginning to end, we wanted to ask you to help us create a tour poster. We've teamed up with Creative Allies and will be giving the winning designer $500 and printing their poster in a limited run. Click here to learn more and get started today.

"Last but not least is the official tour routing announcement. Take a look below to see when we'll be in your neighborhood with Godsmack and Halestorm. Pre-sale opens up for the fan club on Wednesday 1/25 with the public on-sale Friday, 1/27. During the presale, members of the Dysfunctional Fan Club will also have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of VIP packages."

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GWAR Announces More Live Shows

After a brief arctic slumber your Lords and Masters GWAR will be returning to the road this Spring on the second leg of their "Return of the World Maggot Tour." The tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater on Friday March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the "Smoot Family Fund" which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child.

Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers Municipal Waste and California's Ghoul. Legacy of Disorder will join the tour on March 20th in Boston and the tour will run through April 11th in Fort Collins, CO. Personal slave to Oderus and Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say:

"All the years of doing GWAR could never have prepared us for what we have been through, and I want to thank the metal community and the extended GWAR family for all of your support. Finishing that last tour was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and we still have about half of the country left to hit. We will continue as a four-piece, with the special tribute to Flattus at the end of the show, in order to give our fans a chance to say goodbye to our fallen Scumdog brother in true GWAR fashion-covered in blood and rocking the fuck out! After this tour is over we can start looking to the future and begin to put this tragedy behind us. But for now we are still in 'Hail Flattus' mode! There are still a couple of weeks worth of shows TBA, so if you don't see your city, don't freak out!"

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In Search Of Sight Posts Bass Recording Footage

In Search of Sight has posted another studio video blog online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Volume 3 of In Search of Sight's studio session video for upcoming full-length album due to release in early 2012. Highlights of this video feature pre-production bass guitar recording, live footage and some random outtakes! More videos to come featuring guitar, vocals, bass and maybe some drums, so stay tuned!"

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Ihsahn To Guest On Jeff Loomis Record

Guitarist Jeff Loomis has been in the studio the last few months working on his sophomore solo album, to be released later this year. Since entering the studio, Loomis has revealed a number of notable guests that will be appearing on the release and now, Loomis announces the newest special guest: Ihsahn, formerly of Norwegian black metal band Emperor and current solo artist. Jeff commented:

"I know most of you are aware that Christine Rhoades is doing some vocals on my album. At first I thought she'd be the only guest singer on the record but then this one song started coming together, it's pretty brutal. I've always wanted to do really, really heavy music and after hearing this, both Aaron and myself thought we needed some crazy, sick singer on it.

"We just sat around tossing names out for a bit, nothing really was sticking and then Aaron says, 'I got it...Ihsahn' and it was one of those moments where you knew that was the answer all along, it just hadn't been unlocked in your mind yet. Anyway, a few short emails back and forth and we had his vocal track in. It came out amazing. I can't wait for you to hear it. Ihsahn, thanks again, it's an honor to have you on my record."

The new album will be produced by Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes), and fans should keep their eyes peeled for previews of developing songs, studio updates and additional details.

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Black Sheep Wall Reveals Album Artwork

"No Matter Where It Ends," Black Sheep Wall's sophomore album, has been slated for a March 23rd release (North American date yet to be announced) through Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. Agnostic Demon
2. Liminality
3. Vitruvian God
4. Black Church
5. Torrential
6. Ambient Ambitions
7. Cognitive Dissonance
8. Personal Prophet
9. Flesh Tomb

"No Matter Where It Ends" can be pre-ordered on Season of Mist's e-shop here. More...

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Cynic Reveals "The Portal Tapes" Details

As previously announced, Cynic will finally share the legendary "Portal" demos on a worldwide scale. "The Portal Tapes" will be released on March 23rd (March 27th in North America) through Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. Endless Endeavors
2. Karma's Plight
3. Circle
4. Costumed in Grace
5. Cosmos
6. Crawl Above
7. Mirror Child
8. Road to You
9. Belong
10. Not the Same

The artwork was designed by the late Robert Venosa, the artist behind the cover artworks of all Cynic releases. "The Portal Tapes" will be released in strictly limited editions of 5000 digipak CDs and 1000 vinyl LPs. More...

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Unsu Reveals "The Filthy" Details

Signed to Kaotoxin Records for a multi-album deal, French grindcore act Unsu is releasing the band's debut MCD "The Filthy," which features five new tracks, a cover of Nasum's "Time to Act," and twelve bonus live acts. "The Filthy" is set to drop on March 6th, 2012. The release will be supported by a U.K. run of tour dates with Merciless Precision in late February.

The track listing for "The Filthy" is as follows:

1. Napalm in the morning
2. Magic quartet of starfuckers
3. Kill kyst
4. The filthy
5. Time to act (Nasum cover)
6. (intro) (live)
7. Cut throat with my ass (live)
8. Shaved (live)
9. Self-destruction (live)
10. Aphra (live)
11. Fat attack (live)
12. Hate (swamping hemp version) (live)
13. Writer's block (live)
14. Gay's juice (live)
15. Ebola (live)
16. My misery (live)
17. Time to act (Nasum cover) (live)
18. Jack error (live) More...

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Mastodon Premieres New Music Video

Atlanta based groove metal band Mastodon premiered its new music video for the song "Dry Bone Valley" on Boing Boing's website today (shown below). The song appears on the band's latest album "The Hunter," which is available now through Reprise Records. The video was directed and animated by Boing Boing's Tim Biskup.

Check out "Dry Bone Valley" here:

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Behemoth Tour Dates Announced

The eagerly anticipated Decibel Magazine Tour is set to kick off on April 11 in Columbus Ohio. Featuring four of the darkest bands in existence all on one bill. Behemoth's return trip to North America will be accompanied by retro black metallers Watain, 1970s trad prodigies In Solitude and psychedelic rockers The Devil's Blood.

Tour dates are as follows:

Wed/Apr-11: The Bluestone Columbus, OH
Thu/Apr-12: Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
Fri/Apr-13: Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Sat/Apr-14: Station Four St. Paul, MN
Mon/Apr-16: Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Tue/Apr-17: Summit Theatre Denver, CO
Wed/Apr-18: The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Fri/Apr-20: Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Sat/Apr-21: Rickshaw Vancouver, BC
Sun/Apr-22: Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Mon/Apr-23: Slims San Francisco, CA
Wed/Apr-25: House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Thu/Apr-26: Nile Theater Phoenix, AZ
Fri/Apr-27: Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Sun/Apr-29: White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Tue/May-01: Orpheum Tampa, FL
Wed/May-02: Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Fri/May-04: Amos Southend Charlotte, NC
Sat/May-05: Rams Head Baltimore, MD
Sun/May-06: Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Tue/May-08: Opera House Toronto, ON
Wed/May-09: Club Soda Montreal, QC
Thu/May-10: Imperial Quebec City, QC
Fri/May-11: Palladium Worcester, MA
Sat/May-12: Irving Plaza New York, NY

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I Am Abomination Posts New Single Online

Michigan's I Am Abomination has posted a new single online titled "Hangin' On." Check out the track in the YouTube player available below, or find more details on I Am Abomination through the band's Facebook profile.

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Lunar Path Posts Second Trailer For New Album

Lunar Path has posted a second teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Memento Mori," which is set for release on February 1st, 2012 via Inverse Records. The band commented:

"'Memento Mori' is a concept album about a downward spiral in depression and death, set out to stretch the boundaries of traditional melodic/gothic metal with its dark and brooding atmosphere. This nightmarish journey through hell and back was inspired by arson, mishaps, bad luck as well as the lineup changes the band endured during these past years.

"These events shaped the band and transformed the album into a dynamic ensemble with warm and cold flashes of traditional metal and darkly progressive stunts, promising to raise eyebrows and make hearts race."


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Tazumal Streaming "The Guerrilla" Track

Los Angeles act Tazumal has posted a song online titled "The Guerrilla," which is taken off the band's debut album "Not Dead Yet." Check out the song below, or find more information on Tazumal via Facebook.

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Enthrallment Unveils Tracklisting And Cover Art

Bulgarian death metallers Enthrallment have unveiled the cover and track listing for their forthcoming album "People From the Lands of Vit." The album will be released soon by the American label United Guttural.

The cover art of the album, entitled "Hell," is a creation by the Bulgarian artist Stefan Stefanov. While waiting for the new album, check out Enthrallment's material from "Immerse Into Bloody Bliss" over on MySpace or the band's last official video for "Cane the Messiah with the Crook" after the tracklisting and cover art.

Chronicle of Sorrow
Devoted to Delusion
Psychological Storm
A Full Land of Worms... From the River to the Void
Chemical Romance
Obsessed by Just Anger
Walking Through the Thorns
Fruits of Pain and Blue Sky
Punishment for Baneful
Unholy Diviners

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Forbidden Writing New Songs

Craig Locicero of thrash act Forbidden, which recruited new drummer Sasha Horn last year, has checked in with the following announcement about writing new material:

"We had our first songwriting session with Sasha, Steve and my self last night. It was extremely productive and the stuff already sounds like STRONG Forbidden material!

"We're going to take the next couple of weeks with everyone in the band and blast through as many ideas as we can as well as rehearse for the big Baloff show on February 4th. We are FIRED UP!!!"

Further details on the band's upcoming follow-up to the "Omega Wave" album (reviewed here) will be announced as they are made available.

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Carach Angren Posts Studio Report

Carach Angren signed with Season of Mist last year, and the band has now posted a studio report of the band's upcoming album to be released through the label. Check out the clip below. The band commented:

"Alright, studio report 1 of our upcomming album, which will be released via Season of Mist, is here for you guys! It contains the first steps of the recording proces and some other stuff that you're used to see... Spread it everywhere! Cheers!"

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Lyriel Posts New Music Video

German folk metal band Lyriel posted a new music video for "Leverage," the title track from the band's fourth full length LP (shown below). The new album is due for release on February 24, 2012 through AFM Records.

The title track for "Leverage" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Leverage
3. Parting
4. Voices In My Head
5. The Road Not Taken
6. White Lilly (click for song stream)
7. Aus Der Tiefe
8. Wenn Die Engel Fallen
9. Side By Side
10. Repentance

Check out "Leverage" here:

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Visions Of Atlantis Posts Video Studio Diary #1

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis is currently recording at Artesonika Studios in Pordenone, Italy, where the band is creating the follow up to 2011's "Delta." The band posted the first video studio report with producer and Serenity bassist Fabio D'Amore speaking about the first steps in the recording process.

Check out the video here:

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Woods Of Ypres Streaming New Track

In December, Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold lost his life in a terrible accident just outside Barrie, ON, Canada. Unfortunately, David was unable to see the release of "Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light" (reviewed here), which was to be the band’s first effort since signing with the mighty Earache Records. "Woods 5" is now scheduled for an April 10th release.

Now, fans have a chance to get a taste of what "Woods 5" had to offer as “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye (Part I)” is being streamed via Hails & Horns here. The following press release was issued about the track:

"The song is an epic, chilling journey that should remind the metal community just what an incredible writer and performed David Gold was. ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light’ is certainly the most impressive effort in the band’s history and will stay with you for weeks to come after just one listen." More...

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Pit Stores: The Doggy Style Pit

We've been catching up with metal bands and fans all over to get their best mosh pit stories. This week Rob Barrett of death metal legends Cannibal Corpse recalls an X-rated encounter that occurred nearly twenty years ago, during the Chris Barnes days. Apparently, the idea of bloody ejaculate is a potent aphrodisiac. More...

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King Diamond Announces Two Festival Performances

King Diamond makes his majestic return to the stage at Sweden's Rock Festival and France's, Hellfest . King Diamond states on Hellfest's official Web site that he will be headlining the Mainstage 2 on Friday, June 15th, 2012. Blabbermouth.net has confirmed his June 9th, 2012 appearance at Sweden Rock Fest in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

Andy LaRocque, Hal Patino, Matt Thompson and Mike Wead provide the music for King Diamond's horror show.

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Nothnegal Posts New "Decadence" Trailer

Nothnegal is set to release the new album "Decadence" (reviewed here) in the U.S. on February 28th, 2012. The band has now posted another teaser trailer online for the release, which can be viewed below. Nothnegal also commented:

"Here is the second video trailer for 'Decadence' which shows footage from the upcoming animated music video Sins of Our Creations!"

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Barren Earth Comments On New Album Track Listing

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth has issued the following statement about the track listing for the band's new album and plans for a special edition release:

"Hi y'all. There has been conflicting information about the new albums tracklist and the number and destination of bonus tracks.

"The fact of the matter is that the album will include 8 songs, not 9. The list of 9 tracks, as exemplified in the Record Shop X ad here, is based on the original version of the album the way it was planned last Autumn. It was later agreed, however, that the song order would be altered, and that one song, The Passage Unfolds, would be omitted. This has now happened, and the new 8-track list is out in the world. Unfortunately, also the 9-track list seems to persist. Do not take heed of this!

"Also in the pipeline is a special edition of the album with 2 bonus tracks: Martyrs Of Devotion and World In Haze. The fate of The Passage Unfolds is as of yet unclear, but it will probably also surface in one form or another at some point."

Barren Earth's new album "The Devil's Resolve" will see its North American release on March 13th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. More...

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Shear Streaming New Song "Someone Elses's Eyes"

On the Lifeforce Records Facebook profile you can now find the brand new song “Someone Else’s Eyes” from Shear’s upcoming album “Breaking The Stillness."

"Someone Esle's Eyes" is the fourth cut off the upcoming album, and Lifeforce Records commented on the track: "This song demonstrates the recognizable sound of SHEAR including the seamless interplay between the guitars, bass, and drums combined with the strong vocal melodies. The song flows from a heavier verse to a memorable and atmospheric chorus. SOMEONE ELSE’S EYES gives you a first glance of one of the many versatile tracks of the upcoming album of SHEAR."

You can also check out a fan-filmed video for the song "No Way Out" in the player below. The band's Lifeforce Debut "Breaking the Stillness" is set for release this coming March, 2012. More...

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Synesis Absorption Posts Studio Teaser

Synesis Absorption is a death metal project featuring Mike Smith (Suffocation), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus), Robbert Kok (Disavowed), and Miloš Batocanin (Disdained).

The band has now posted a new brief studio teaser clip online, which can be viewed below. You can also listen to the Synesis Absorption's previously posted first single "Disgrace of Redemption" here.

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Rotten Sound Announces "Grind Over Europe" Tour

Finnish grindcore stalwarts Rotten Sound have announced the Grind Over Europe Tour 2012. Set to kick off on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain, the band will mercilessly tear through 16 cities over a three week period with label-mates Exhumed and powerviolence wrecking crew Magrudergrind. A full list of tour dates is available below.

Rotten Sound will be touring in support of the band's latest album "Cursed," issued in early 2011 via Relapse Records. The album can currently be streamed in its entirety at this location. Bassist Kristian Toivainen commented on the upcoming dates:

"It has been almost a year since we last toured properly in Europe so we are really excited to get back on the road especially as we have such a great bands as Exhumed and Magrudergrind as our companions. This is the "true Grindcore" tour we have been hoping to take part in and we are also hitting some new places we haven't played before. So we are expecting fast music, great shows, long drives and crazy parties with old and new friends!"

The complete list of upcoming Rotten Sound tour dates is as follows (Grind Over Europe Tour 2/24 – 3/10): More...

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The Iniquity Descent Finishes Recording Album

After signing with Massacre Records late last year, Finnish act The Iniquity Descent has now checked in with the following brief announcement about finishing the recording of a new album:

"The album recordings are over and we just got confirmed that we will head off to Tallinn, Estonia, RoundSound Studio 3.2-6.2 to mix our album. Good times!"

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. In the meantime, check out The Iniquity Descent's music via MySpace. The band's lineup is as follows:

Mathias Lillmåns - Vocals
Mikael Mannström - Guitars
Philip Kerbs - Guitars
Jonas Frilund - Bass
Kenna Nygård - Drums

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Iced Earth Premieres Music Video For "Anthem"

U.S. power metal band Iced Earth premiered its new music video for the song "Anthem," exclusively on Revolver Magazine's website at this location. The video was filmed in Cologne, Germany during the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.

Guitarist Jon Schaffer commented on the video: “We had a blast making that video. I think the fans can see it on our faces. ‘Anthem’ captures the energy of our live shows, as well as the fun we’re having together as a band.”

The video was produced and directed by Kosch Fabian Film. "Anthem" is the second music video released from Iced Earth’s latest studio album "Dystopia" (see Metal Underground's review at this location. The video for the title track can be seen here.

Iced Earth begins a co-headling tour with Symphony X and supporters Warbringer on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at The Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Adrenaline Mob Unveils Album Artwork

Adrenaline Mob, the progressive metal act from Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, has unveiled the album art for the forthcoming LP "Omertà," which is due out March 13, 2012 (seen below). The band recently posted a video for the new song "Undaunted," which you can check out by heading over to this location.

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Unleashed Announces Title, Album Concept

Swedish death metal band Unleashed announced that the band's forthcoming album will be entitled "Odalheim" and is tentatively scheduled for an April 2012 release through Nuclear Blast. The following statement was posted on the band's official website:


"The new Unleashed album is the story about the future of Yggdrasil and those who survive Ragnarök. It is the story of the Midgard Warriors who carry on the Viking tradition into the new world ODALHEIM, (which is also the name of the new album).

"Release in April, check in for album cover and song titles later. Johnny & The Boys"

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Edenbridge Posts Band Update, New Album Expected

Austrian symphonic power metal band Edenbridge broke its silence of the last year and posted an update on the band's Facebook page. Keyboardist/guitarist Lanvall posted the following update:

"The past year brought a big challenge and many changes for nearly all in the band, personally and professionally, so Edenbridge had to step back into the second row temporarily. Furthermore, I was struck by a family tragedy through the suicide of my father, which I had to come to terms with and still have to. Moments, where nothing is as it was before.

"These events of course will have a strong impact on our forthcoming album which is scheduled for 2012. I believe that this is going to be the most intensive album of our history. 55 minutes of music and 6 lyrics are already written and I often have goosebumps listening to the songs. Furthermore, I am working on the longest epic track so far, which will be between 15 to 20 minutes. So stay tuned for the album !"

Edenbridge also confirmed its appearance at the Castle Rock Festival on July 7, 2012 in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany. More...

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Graveworm's Founding Member Returns To Band

Italian melodic death band Graveworm announced that founder/guitarist Stefan Unterpertinger had returned to the band. Unterpertinger returned to the fold after a ten year absence, replacing outgoing guitarist Thomas Orgler, who left the band for personal reasons.

In other Graveworm personnel changes, keyboardist Sabine Mair has also left the band due to personal reasons. Vocalist Stefano Fiori had the following comments on the changes:

"It's a pity not to have Thomas and Sabine in the band anymore. But of course we wish them all the best for their future. All the more, we are glad to have Stefan back in the band. We practice hardly and we feel that there's still good chemistry between us.

"With Stefan a GRAVEWORM founding member is back, so: welcome home, Stefan!"

The band's "Fragments of Death" release is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Running Wild Reveals Track Listing And Album Art

Resurrected German power metal legends Running Wild revealed the track listing and unveiled the album art for the upcoming "Shadowmaker" LP. The album is expected this April through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The album artwork is described as "the most unusual in the history of the band, but when you listen to the title track and read the lyrics, you will understand the meaning of it." The cover was by vocalist/guitarist Rock N' Rolf in collaboration with artist Jens Reinhold (Evergrey/Freedom Call/Virgin Steele).

The official "Shadowmaker" track listing is as follows:

1. Piece Of The Action
2. Riding On The Tide
3. I Am Who I Am
4. Black Shadow
5. Locomotive
6. Me & The Boys
7. Shadowmaker
8. Sailing Fire
9. Into The Black
10. Dracula

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Primordial Announces Two U.K. Shows

Irish folk/black metal band Primordial has announced two shows shows in the United Kingdom in May 2012 with U.K. traditional metal Hell and U.K. black metal act Winterfylleth. Primordial's latest LP "Redemption at the Puritan's Hand" is available through Metal Blade Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location.

The following dates are confirmed:

04/05 Manchester @ Moho Live
05/05 London @ Islington Academy

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Nile And Mayhem Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Paradise Lost

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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In Loving Memory Releases Album

Spanish melodic doom metal band In Loving Memory has released it's new album "Negation of Life," and is streaming a couple of new songs from it over on MySpace. One of the tracks streaming, "Even a God Can Die," was recently featured on the BadMoodMan 2011 compilation. Since it's last album "Tragedy & Moon," In Loving Memory has added a new singer in the form of guitarist/vocalist Juanma. Below is a video upload of another new song "Skilled Nihilism," which comes with the lyrics on the screen.

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Firelord Streaming Tracks From EP

Firelord is streaming several tracks from it's debut EP over on MySpace. Firelord was founded in 2007 in Turin, Italy from the ashes of the band Saint Judas. Mario E. Bussini from that band was joined by the other three members and collectively as Firelord they have now released this six song EP. Below is a video upload of the cover track they do of the Earthride song "Fighting the Devils Inside of You."

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Facebreaker Posts New EP For Free Download

San Luis Potosi melodic death metal band Facebreaker is issuing a download of it's upcoming 2012 four-song EP, "We Will Rise," which you can get by going to this location. The following is a video upload of the first track from the EP for the song "Visions of Darkness."

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Fuck The Facts Announces New Shows

Ottawa’s grindmanglers Fuck the Facts have confirmed their first live attacks since their latest LP, "Die Miserable," was released in October via Relapse Records.

Set to perform sporadically throughout Ontario and Quebec over the next several weeks, this stint of regional touring is just the precursor for Fuck the Facts' upcoming tour actions, including a tour of Europe in the months ahead. Confirmed dates are as follows:

1/27/2012 Top Shelf – Ajax, ON
1/28/2012 Wine Cellar – Kingston, ON
2/09/2012 City Lights – St. Catherines, ON
2/10/2012 The Underground – Hamilton, ON
2/11/2012 The Brunswick Tavern – St. Thomas, ON
2/24/2012 Bar Le Trash – Ste-Hyacinthe, QC
2/25/2012 L’Univers Rock – Joliette, QC

Stay tuned for more tour updates on Fuck the Facts in the days ahead. "Die Miserable's" entire eight tracks of annihilating socio-political grind-metal mayhem can be streamed via the band’s official Bandcamp page here.

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Haemoth Streaming Entire New Album

Beginning today, AOL Music will stream "In Nomine Odium," the third full-length offering from French black metal miscreants Hemoth, in its entirety. Rupture your ear drums at this location.

"In Nomine Odium," called “pretty damn terrifying” by Decibel Magazine in a 8/10 review of the record, comes by way of Debemur Morti Productions. The following press released was also issued about the album:

"Following six years of unsettled silence, Haemoth returns with seven singeing psalms of uncompromising Satanik supplication. Corrupted by the glorious, bountiful presence of all-knowing evil — vice and deviance their predominant muse(s) – the hateful hellmongers channel pestilence, corruption and occult rituals into their most scathing and relentless concoction yet. 'In Nomine Odium' is a caustic, toxic and breathtaking excursion into the darkest corridors of the human psyche, where even the more ambient passages are dark, menacing and deeply disturbing." More...

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Demonical Reveals Festival Appearances

Sweden's Demonical has checked in with the following update about upcoming festival appearances:

"We can hereby reveal a whole bunch of festivals for the spring and summer. See the details below and keep checking back for more shows and updates. See you on the road!"

18.02 2012 ESP - Valencia - Durango Club (The Pentagram Fest)
31.03 2012 FIN - Turku - S-Osis (Åbo Massaker II Festival)
14.04 2012 GER - Bad Rappenau - Building a Force Festival
27.05 2012 USA - Baltimore MD - Maryland Deathfest X
22.06 2012 GER - Protzen - Protzen Open Air
14.07 2012 CZE - Trutnov - Obscene Extreme Festival
21.07 2012 GER - Wohra - Ragnarock Open Air
27.07 2012 GER - Pretzschendorf (Sachsen) - Dark Moon Festival
28.07 2012 GER - Obersinn - Eisenwahn Festival (afternoon show)
28.07 2012 GER - Rohr bei Meiningen - Riedfest (evening show)

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Daemonicus Posts New Video Clip

Daemonicus has posted a video clip online for the track "The Grandeur of Total Termination," which is available below. The band also commented:

"Much is happening at the Daemonicus camp, one news this day. And as soon as the ink has dryed another big news is coming! Today we are proud to announce to you, a live-cut video for our song 'The Grandeur Of Total Termination!'"

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Exordium Mors Finishes New EP

New Zealand's Exordium Mors has issued the following announcement about finishing work on a new EP:

"We have completed the recording of our 3rd EP 'SACRIFICE, PERISH AND DEMISE.' This Beastly recording immortalises all that Exordium Mors stand for: barbaric, vicious vocals with pulverizing, thrashing riffs that will decimate and destroy the souls of all that listen it. This music/recording is dedicated to the True Maniacs we've encountered and are likely to encounter in future.

"Sacrifice Perish and Demise promo copies are now being sent out to labels/zines. If your label may be interested in releasing this contact us at exordiummors@gmail.com. If your zine would like an interview contact us as well. A sampler will be posted soon so keep a look out!

"We have also been busy playing multiple shows with our brothers of metal in NZ along with a ritual last week where we shared the stage with Occult blackmetal Legends ABSU that proved to be quite a show.

"We also have planned multiple international shows that will be announced in the next few months.

"The stage is now set. Sacrifice Perish and Demise marks the start of a line of releases with our first full length 'The Apotheosis of Death' that is planned to be released later this year. EXPECT TOTAL ANNIHILATION."

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Gojira Posts Vocal Recording Footage

French act Gojira will be releasing a new full-length album later this year through Roadrunner Records, and the band has now posted a fourth studio video update online. Check out the vocal recording footage below, or find the previously posted third studio clip featuring bass recording at this location.

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