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Metal News for January 24, 2013

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37 news articles posted on this day.

New Metal Added To The Rock Band Network

The gaming public's love/obsession for music games has unquestionably died down in the last couple of years, and the output on the Rock Band Network has been steadily decreasing over the previous months.

For those out there who still can't wait for Friday night to take shots and badly scream into a microphone, you've got a few new tracks coming your way (although Xbox players will be disappointed to learn they actually get less new music than PS3 gamers for once). Xbox 360 fans now have access to this new track:

War of Ages - “Silent Night” (80 MSP)

PS3 players instead will get these songs on 1/29/2013 (North America) and 1/30/2013 (Europe):

The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Gold Teeth on a Bum" ($1.99)
Taproot - "No Surrender" ($1.99)
God Forbid - "Don't Tell Me What to Dream" ($1.99)

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The Rockstar Ramblings: A Love Story

Swedish rockers Sister Sin have released a new music video for "Hearts Of Cold", the second single from their recent album 'Now And Forever.’ More...

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LSOD Invokes Baphomet On New Album

The occult metal troupe Lightning Swords of Death broke through "The Extra Dimensional Wound" (reviewed here) into our world back in 2010, and the group has spent the interim working on a proper invocation to Baphomet and the magical arts.

Newly released album "Baphometic Chaosium" is exactly what it sounds like, and Lightning Swords of Death vocalist Autarch wasn't shy about spreading its message. "The new one is pretty much a love letter to Baphomet," he stated during a recent chat with Metalunderground.com. Discussing the album, he went on to say "When one invokes Baphomet you are usually seeking a certain wisdom that will be left inside you after the ritual. That’s the feeling I wanted the CD to have. I wanted something to enter the listener for the duration of the playtime and then leave traces of itself within you."

With the album having just seen official release through Metal Blade, along with a music video directed by Autarch himself, black metal fans now have the chance to decide for themselves if that lofty goal was achieved. To get an inside look at what went into the creation of this new assault of occult heaviness, check out the full interview below. More...

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Killswitch Engage Reveals New Album Artwork

Killswitch Engage has revealed the cover art to forthcoming studio album, "Disarm the Descent," via a 27-second trailer which also features a clip of new music. Check it out below. "Disarm The Descent" hits stores on April 2nd, 2013.

The track listing for the album, which was produced by guitarist Adam D. and is the first to feature Jesse Leach on lead vocals since 2002's "Alive Or Just Breathing," is as follows:

"The Hell In Me"
"Beyond the Flames"
"The New Awakening"
"In Due Time"
"A Tribute to the Fallen"
"Turning Point"
"All We Have"
"You Don't Bleed for Me"
"The Call"
"No End in Sight"
"Always"
"Time Will Not Remain" More...

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Vision Of Disorder Gearing Up For Tour Dates

This week, Long Island-based hardcore innovators Vision of Disorder will hit the stage for the first time in 2013 with a duo of East Coast gigs, once again in support of new album, "The Cursed Remain Cursed."

This Saturday, January 26th the band will storm Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey followed by Sunday at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York, with support from fellow NYC tech metal squad Car_Bomb at both shows.

Next week, VOD will cross the country for first West Coast headlining performances supporting the new album at Studio Seven in Seattle on Friday, February 1st, and at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, California the next night.

Later this month, Vision of Disorder will traverse the globe for a massive set of festival and tour dates across Australia. First set to perform as part the massive Soundwave Festival across the country along with Linkin Park, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Ghost, Tomahawk and countless others. Between the festival’s segments, VOD will also share the stage with longtime hometown NYCH brethren Sick Of It All and Madball for two crushing shows together. See the band’s full tour itinerary posted below. More...

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Libria Signs With Wormholedeath

Italian super group Libria - featuring Marianna Alfieri (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris, Dark Lunacy), Gregorio Ferrarese (The Modern Age Slavery), Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris), and Fabio Palombi (Nerve, Ritual of Rebirth) - has signed a publishing deal with Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11/Aural Music Group.

Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 will release the group's debut album titled “Immortal Daughter of Aesthetics” worldwide on a 2013 date still to be scheduled.

Marianna Alfieri stated: "This is the first album I composed by myself and I’m very pleased to collaborate with Wormholedeath for its release. I’m very excited about the chance to spread my music with the help of friends of Wormholedeath. The team is experienced and professional and I’m sure that joining our forces will give Libria many opportunities through the great Wormholedeath network."

Wormholedeath A&R "Worm" stated: “Leaving apart the true respect and admiration I feel for Marianna as a person and musician, when I listened to this album I wanted to support her project mainly for the potential of the album and Libria as a project itself. Immortal daughter of aesthetics is a powerful mix of melodic death metal, with an outstanding guitar work and majestic symphonic passages, lacerated by the dramatic vocals of Fabio Palombi. Furthermore the album features the guest appearance of Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera) and Alessia Cavalieri (Spectra Paris) on vocals and Francesca Dardani on violin. Nowadays Libria also features my friend monster drummer Gregorio Ferrarese. Look away from the lighthouse, and follow the stars!””

The following press release was also issued about the band: The original idea of Libria was inspired by 'Equilibrium,' a Kurt Wimmer film (2002). Libria is a city-state based on a strong absolute power, controlling the mind of people by the mean of Prozium, a drug which suppresses emotions. The 'peace' and control obtained in this way is not so different from the way our society tries to keep us blind and deaf to the awareness of Truth. Our soul can be rescued by detaching from physical senses, and increasing the power of our mind, with strong discipline and will, without any drugs, just relying on our own mental forces. From these principles and ranging over reflections about death, life, spiritual growing and esoteric studies, the whole concept of Libria was born." More...

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Devourment Streaming New Song

MetalSucks today proudly premieres the opening track from Devourment’s pending Relapse debut, "Conceived In Sewage," with the easy listening number “Legalize Homicide.”

Witness the violence unfolding while you slam your brain into pudding to "Legalize Homicide" at this location. One of those inspirational tunes that really gets your blood moving, motivational poetry flows through the song: “I'm shackled by my twisted mind, A prisoner of the darkest kind, Ravaged by an insidious mind, A machine of death from within you'll find, The knife, The axe...”

Previously, Relapse Records also dropped a new grislly lyric video for the album’s crushing “50 Ton War Machine” (available here).

Devourment has begun dropping tour dates in support of "Conceived In Sewage" with pending gigs in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas confirmed and more in the works.

3/15/2013 The Place Bar and Lounge - Brooklyn, NY w/ Internal Bleeding, Malignancy, more
3/16/2013 Gunners Run - Philadelphia, PA @ The Philly Infest w/ Brutal Truth, Phobia, Master
6/15/2013 The Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Deathfest w/ Defeated Sanity More...

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Spiritual Beggars Announces "Earth Blues" Album

Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are currently wrapping up work on their 8th studio album, which will be entitled "Earth Blues" and is set for releas in Spring 2013 via InsideOut Music. Spiritual Beggars will celebrate the band's 20th anniversary with this release and by playing shows, including a European tour in April. Guitarist and songwriter Michael Amott comments on the album:

"We started the recording process of 'Earth Blues' with an eight day long session at 'Fat Guitar Studios' (Sweden) with knob twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it's all come together super easy this time. We're finishing up the mixes now with Staffan Karlsson at his studio in Halmstad, Sweden. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It's a raw, heavy and honest record."

In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band's anniversary, Spiritual Beggars has confirmed a European tour for April with support by German rockers Zodiac, as well as some European summer festivals. See below for all upcoming dates: More...

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Total Negation Reveals Album Details

Today, Swedish stronghold of darkness Temple of Torturous announced the release date for Total Negation's "Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume," which drop on April 15th through the label. The track listing is as follows:

1. Einkehr
2. Abstieg
3. Einzug
4. Freilauf
5. Geist
6. Zeit
7. Raum
8. Traum

"Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume" combines two conceptual linked EPs. The label comments on the release: "Strict sound structures plus good compositional work has always been a feature for mainman Wiedergaenger's music projects. This time, he takes one step forward and enters into more open and intriguing territory, which results in a totally refreshing and retrospective sound and a different musical approach compared to the highly acclaimed debut album, Zeitenwende. More...

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Cursed Kingdom Signs With Turkey Vulture

Persian death metal band Cursed Kingdom has just inked a deal with the independent worldwide label Turkey Vulture Records.

Watch for the new album "The Wasteland" to be released through Turkey Vulture Records/Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group Distribution and hit stores everywhere in Spring of 2013.

Cursed Kingdom has also uploaded a brand new song off the album. The track, titled "Black Rider" is available for streaming on the band's Facebook profile or Myspace page.

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Paganfest America Announces Dates

The official dates for the annual Paganfest America traveling festival, featuring Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott, have officially been revealed.

The following dates are confirmed:

3/30 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/01 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/03 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/06 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 - Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
4/14 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
4/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre More...

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October Tide Reveals New Album Artwork

Swedish melodic gloomlords October Tide have revealed the album artwork for their upcoming full-length effort entitled "Tunnel Of No Light."

Comprised of eight sorrowful, doom-laden tracks, "Tunnel Of No Light" sees the band going towards a somewhat more straightforward, yet heavier, direction but still very much keeping the traditional October Side sound.

The track listing for "Tunnel Of No Light" is as follows:

1. Of Wounds To Come
2. Our Constellation
3. Emptiness Fulfilled
4. Caught In Silence
5. The Day I Dissolved
6. Watching The Drowners
7. In Hopeless Pursuit
8. Adoring Ashes More...

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Hatebreed Streaming Full New Album

For a limited time, you can stream Hatebreed's new album "The Divinity of Purpose" in its entirety on the band's recently relaunched official website. Click here to check out the full album.

"The Divinity of Purpose" will be released next Tuesday, January 29th in the U.S. and Canada. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Put It To The Torch
2. Honor Never Dies
3. Own Your World
4. The Language
5. Before The Fight Ends You
6. Indivisible
7. Dead Man Breathing
8. The Divinity Of Purpose
9. Nothing Scares Me
10. Bitter Truth
11. Boundless (Time To Murder It)
12. Idolized and Vilified More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Writing New Album

Corrosion of Conformity has begun writing material for a next album, the follow-up to the self-titled record released via Candlelight Records in late February 2012 and recently released Scion A/V EP "Megalodon." The album, untitled at this time, will again feature the trio of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woodroe Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin.

Last week the band announced a first live performance for the New Year at the annual Metal Fest Chile on April 13th. It will be the first Corrosion of Conformity appearance ever in Chile. Mike Dean comments, “We have been talking about going to South American forever and with Chile being a big source of so much of our Facebook traffic, I know it’s going to be epic. Another chance for us to do a festival with Down is always a very good thing.”

The festival follows the completion of the band’s recent U.S. tour that concluded in southern California alongside High On Fire. The trio was also a featured participant on Barge From Hell that left Florida shores on December 7th. Dean notes, “The cruise was pretty awesome. We had Rick and Jonathan from Torche masquerading as our crew and watching their antics alone was worth the trip. The seas were calm so there was no hurling over the bow.”

Corrosion of Conformity continues to promote the self-titled album in interviews with media as well spreading word on the band's recently released "Megalodon" EP. The EP, sponsored by the folks at Scion A/V, is available for free now via various outlets. Dean says, “The EP was written, recorded, and released in two months time. It really challenged us in a good way. It feels good to get two releases out in one year and I expect that we will continue that level of productivity.” Continuing he shares, “The self-titled album is holding up very well for me. There is a wide variety of material there. It’s all definitely COC but at the same time everything is really a stretch for us. Within the realm of never being totally satisfied, I am very happy with how it came out.”

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Tombstone Highway Streaming New Song

Italy’s Southern rock/doom metal act Tombstone Highway has posted a new song off the debut album entitled "Ruralizer," coming out February 28th in Europe and March 19th in North America on Agonia Records. The song entitled "Bite the Dust (and Bleed)," features a guest appearance by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani and can be heard below.

Apart from Mario Percudani, "Ruralizer" will also feature guest appearances by Hammond maestro Paolo "Apollo" Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

"Ruralizer" will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" with a playing time of almost 50 minutes. "Ruralizer" was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli who is also in charge of mix and mastering. The band commented: "We're very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it's the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (and Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (cover)
9. Hangman's Friend More...

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Black Breath Announces New Tour Dates

Following a recent dirge at The Power Of The Riff event in Los Angeles, Seattle’s Black Breath has confirmed a fat batch of new live actions for the Spring season. This week Black Breath announces a full five-city Australian tour this April, set to systematically blaze Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and Melbourne alongside I Exist.

Just days after returning to the U.S. the faction will cross the continent to perform at the fifteenth anniversary of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, raging alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Municipal Waste, and tons more in addition to labelmates Xibalba and Power Trip that night alone. Post NEMHF, Black Breath will induce full-body-bangovers in New York and Philly alongside Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites and White Widows. Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Destiny Potato Posts Guitar Playthrough

Serbian act Destiny Potato is currently in the studio working on a debut album, tentatively titled "Lun," due out summer 2013 via Century Media Records. To give fans a preview of this forthcoming release, Destiny Potato mastermind David Maxim Micic has posted a guitar play-through of the new album track, "Blue Sun," which can be viewed here below.

Maxim comments: "As our final days in the studio are finally here, we thought it's about time to put some new music out. More updates, interviews, music, lessons and great news are on the way but for now you can enjoy this instrumental version of Destiny Potato's song 'Blue Sun'. Stay Awesome! Potate!"

Destiny Potato was formed in the spring of 2011 by Maxim and singer Aleksandra Djelmas, who had been writing and recording songs together since they were 16. Maxim and Djelmas attended the same high school and both of their fathers played in one of Serbia's most popular progressive rock bands, Yu Grupa. When deciding on band name, Maxim and Djelma wanted to come up with something light-hearted to fit their personalities, yet something that everyone would remember-- Destiny Potato seemed a fitting choice, and it has stuck with them ever since. The band consists of:

Aleksandra Djelmas - vocals, piano
Ana Little Fog Maglica - vocals, violin
David Maxim Micic - guitar, keyboards and production
Milan Jejina Yeqy - drums
Bojan Kvocka - bass
Dusan Vanja Andrijasevic - guitar More...

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Anchorage Streaming "Borne Of Fire"

Denver, Colorado based act Anchorage has posted the song "Borne of Fire" online, which can be heard below. The band also comments:

"Today we're posting the tenth and final track off of Patience, titled 'Borne of Fire.' One of our favorite tracks off of the album, but let's face it they are all our favorites. This track is dark, eerie, and inspirational. This song's message was taken from the story of how the phoenix came to be. The song inspires to follow your passions no matter how hard it gets."

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Psychothermia Announces "Fall To The Rising Sun"

Psychothermia's debut album "Fall To The Rising Sun" will be dropping on February 8th, 2013. "We kept seeing other bands using fake fire in their photos and videos, we just thought it would be bad-ass to do it for real," says guitarist Jon Russo.

Real is right. A stunt legend, an exhausting weekend, and a lot of burnt clothing later they walked away changed... the fumes may have proved inspiring. With the easy part over, the band headed into the studio to really let loose. An indescribable energy lurks within the four members and is released in songs like the title track "Fall To The Rising Sun."

"Stay one step ahead of yourself; stay one step ahead of the competition; always strive to better yourself... and if you don't, you fall to the rising sun. Fate will catch up with you," timely words from singer Johan Maldonado as he explains the meaning behind the title.

Personal experiences play a large part in the writing found on the album, and nowhere is this more apparent than "Warbly." Bassist Chenzo Vidalez explains "I'm all about family and being loyal to friends. This song is about a deep betrayal. I was on a motorcycle trip where I caught a friend in a lie... tension escalated and it got to the point where I feared for my life. My instincts kept telling me if I stayed there someone was going to die." More...

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Scale The Summit Finishes New Album

Texas progressive instrumentalists Scale the Summit are proud to reveal guitarist Chris Letchford's Signature Strandberg BODEN CL7 guitar. The production-series guitar was designed to Letchford's exact specifications and is currently available for sale through this location.

Letchford will promote the guitar by making several appearances at the upcoming NAMM festival, including signings at the Strandberg, Jackson and EMG Pickups booths -- the latter of which will also feature bassist Mark Michell, who will be promoting the release of his new instructional book for right-hand bass techniques.

In other Scale the Summit news, the group recently finished recording for upcoming release, "The Migration," with producer Jamie King (BTBAM, He Is Legend, For Today) at Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The album, tentatively set for a late spring/early summer release, will be the band's third album through Prosthetic and the follow-up to 2011's "The Collective." More...

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Hour Of Penance To Tour With Cannibal Corpse

Italian death metallers Hour Of Penance will continue to spread their blasphemous verses throughout Europe in the coming weeks whilst touring with brutal legends Cannibal Corpse, DevilDriver, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

The tour will kick off in Finland in just over two weeks and reach its final destination of Glasgow, U.K. one month later. Full dates are listed below.

The members of Hour of Penance are no strangers to two of the three groups with whom they'll be performing, having toured America with The Black Dahlia Murder last spring before supporting Cannibal Corpse on a fall U.S. tour. A five-minute video recap of the latter tour -- which also featured Misery Index -- can be seen below. More...

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Cerebral Bore Kicking Off Tour Tonight

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore are due to kick off a European tonight - Thursday, January 24th - in Glasgow.

The "Survivors of the Great Apocalypse" tour begins with a string of dates in the UK, before heading on to France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Also featured on the tour are Warpath, Cemtex, and Acrania.

Cerebral Bore drummer Allan MacDonald comments: "This will be our last tour before we get the new album done, and the last time we will play some songs that we won't be playing for a long time to make way for the new set list. Winter tours are always tough because of the cold, but hopefully the snow won't get in the way of the metal on this one!"

See Cerebral Bore live on tour at the following shows:

Jan. 24 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Jan. 25 - Wakefield, UK - The Snooty Fox
Jan. 26 - London, UK - Boston Music Rooms
Jan. 27 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
Jan. 28 - Birmingham, UK - Scruffy Murphy's
Jan. 29 - Oxford, UK - Wheatsheaf
Jan. 30 - Kent, UK - The Ivy Leaf
Jan. 31 - Tours, France - Les 3 Orfèvres
Feb. 01 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
Feb. 02 - Kassel, Germany - K19
Feb. 03 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg

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ASG Announces New Album Title

ASG, the psych-rock quartet from North Carolina, has named the band's Relapse Records debut "Blood Drive."

The album, which was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet) at Sunset Lodge in Los Angeles during the fall, is due out this Spring with an exact date to be announced soon. "Days Work," a new song from Blood Drive, will be available as a limited edition split 7" with label mates Red Fang via Relapse on February 19th (pre-order here).

ASG hit the road this weekend, kicking off a brief Southeastern tour on January 25 at The Soapbox in Wilmington, N.C. The band will be at SXSW with more details to follow.

January 25 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox
January 30 Savannah, GA The Jinx
January 31 Charleston, SC The Skatepark of Charleston
February 1 Port Cavanveral, FL Rusty's
February 2 Jacksonville Beach, FL Lynche's
February 7 Vero Beach, FL Filthy's
February 8 New Smyrna, FL Beachside Tavern
February 9 Boca Raton, FL Black Rose Irish Pub
February 10 Lake Worth, FL Propaganda

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Blind Guardian Issues Update On Orchestral Album

For many years, the members of Blind Guardian have talked about it, and finally lead singer Hansi Kürsch provides a proper update about it: the orchestral CD! Hansi posted the following statement online:

"first a late, but still fresh, Happy New Year to everyone. After getting rid of some bonus pounds gained over the last few months due to live abstinence we are now getting ready for a very busy and exciting year of creativity and efficiency. Wishful thinking, you think? Blasphemy, I would reply! As most of you may have recognized, we have been busy all during 2012 with some additional touring activity and some extra missions, such as the completion of 'A Traveler´s Guide To Space And Time,' which is a great legacy. It features all of our material from the Virgin era in a new and accurate framework, beautifully designed by Felipe Machado. The whole box offers a great insight about that particular part of our career. Even though it took us more time than expected, we are really pleased with the final result. It’s something we are really proud of and something which you hopefully are going to enjoy as much as we do. I just got my sample yesterday, and am really blown away.

"This, of course, has not been the only thing we were doing during the last year. For the sake of fun and leisure we were working on new stuff and progressed far quicker than we would have expected. Not that this means a lot in the generous production time frame of Blind Guardian. But it might secure a late 2014 release for at least one BG album. As you may have read in interviews we are intending to bring a long story to a well deserved and hopefully happy end. As already announced with A Twist in the Myth and also with At the Edge of Time, apart from a regular album there finally will also be the release of the orchestral album. Why am I so sure about not being wrong again this time? I have no idea. Nothing new here, one could say. More...

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Heavatar Posts Debut LP Track-By-Track Preview

German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt and Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jorg Michael, posted a track-by-track trailer video for the band's debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records. In the video, Schmidt discusses each song on the release.

Check out the video here:

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Generation Kill Posts Album Update

A new video clip has been posted online of Rob Moschetti discussing tracking bass for new Generation Kill album. Check out the video below.

Further details on the follow-up to "Red, White and Blood" (reviewed here) will be announced as they become available.

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Children Of Bodom Checks In From The Studio

Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom entered Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to begin work on an as-yet-untitled eighth studio album.

For the recording of the LP, Children of Bodom has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" as well as producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth), who is overseeing production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album will be mixed at Finnvox Studios and a summer release date via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

"It's a nice change to the regular method where we lock ourselves up at a studio in the middle of the woods, usually also during the darkest time of the year," commented guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho who is currently finishing up lyrics for the songs. In early February, Tägtgren will travel to Finland to oversee the keyboard and vocal recordings for his longtime allies. More...

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Dir En Grey Announces "The Unraveling"

Dir En Grey will be releasing a new mini-album titled "The Unraveling" this coming April 3rd, 2013. This album follows the previous single "Rinkaku" released in December and previous album "Dum Spiro Spero."

Further details are available at the band's website here and the track listing for "The Unraveling" will be as follows:

01. Unraveling
02. Karma
03. Kasumi
04. Karasu
05. Bottom of the death valley
06. Unknown.Despair.Lost
07. The Final

A limited edition deluxe version will also feature a second CD and bonus DVD with the following track listing:

CD 2
01. Macabre
02. Unraveling (Unplugged Version)
03. The Final (Unplugged Version)

DVD
The Unraveling (Scenes From Recording)
Interview & Documentary Footage

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Luna Ad Noctum Reveals "Hypnotic Inferno" Details

Luna Ad Noctum's 4th studio album "Hypnotic Inferno" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Wojtek Wieslawski and Slawek Wieslawski at the Hertz Studio in Poland. "Hypnotic Inferno" will be released on February 22nd, 2013 via Massacre Records. The band also comments:

"On this record, Luna Ad Noctum's strengths are put in a nutshell: Brutal sounds and precision meet melodies full of passion, coldness and eccentricity! The album’s concept is about abnormal human behavior (such as hallucinations and madness) caused by psychoactive medication."

The track listing is as follows:

1. In Hypnosis (available below)
2. Fear Technique
3. You Are What You Are...
4. Abnormal Pain
5. Fleshless
6. Ether Dome
7. Martyrium
8. Hallucination Twisted Claw
9. Total Sleep Disorder More...

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Crystallion Reveals "Killer" Artwork

Crystallion will be releasing new album "Killer" this coming March 1st, 2013. The cover artwork for the release has now been revealed and can be viewed below, while the track listing is as follows:

1. Run - 5:09
2. Far Cry - 4:07
3. Dead On Arrival - 3:38
4. Heat Of A Thousand Flames - 4:22
5. Ready To Strike - 3:39
6. Killer - 4:57
7. S.O.S. - 4:51
8. I'm Alive - 4:41
9. Push Comes To Shove - 3:48
10. Change Your Heart - 5:03
11. Full Moon Fever -3:49
12. The Unwanted - 3:34 More...

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Fen To Support Agalloch On Tour

Atmospheric black metal act Fen has been confirmed to support Agalloch on a 28 date European tour during April and May of this year. Commenting on the addition of Fen to the lineup, Agalloch had this to say:

“We are proud to announce that joining us on our upcoming European tour will be our long time friends Fen (UK). We’ve played with Fen numerous times already in the UK, Belgium, and the US and are very pleased they’ll be with us for this extensive European tour…We are confident that our European fans will be blown away by the band’s fierce live show and their genuine and emotionally powerful music."

Fen, which will be the only support on the tour, will be promoting newly released album “Dustwalker” (reviewed here). Agalloch will play a set of around 2 hours, which will include a performance of new EP “Faustian Echoes” in full for the first time in Europe.

The routing for the “Lucifer Over Europe” tour is as follows: More...

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Attacker Signs With Metal On Metal Records

Legendary U.S. metal act Attacker, featuring Overlorde/Morbid Sin vocalist Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas, have signed on with Metal On Metal Records. The band will issue its fifth LP "Giants of Canaan" on February 2, 2013.

The announcement reads as follows:

"Metal on Metal Records announced the signing of the US power/heavy metal veterans ATTACKER and the release of their new album 'Giants of Canaan.'

"Mike Sabatini, the band's drummer and founder, commented: 'I just wanted to say on behalf of the band and myself, that we are thrilled to be working with Metal On Metal Records! Jowita and Simone do a fantastic first class job with their releases (no cheap packaging!) and are truly passionate about what they do. That in itself is very important to us, we didn't want to just sign with anyone. We have had a great working relationship with Jowita for several years now with her doing the cover art for our last 2 releases, 'The Unknown' and 'Standing the Test of Time', both awesome artworks. We look forward to nothing but great things to come with our new partners... See you on the road!!!' More...

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LT Rhapsody Announces Collaboration With Orchestra

Italian symphonic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced a long term collaboration with Czech conductor Petr Pololanik and his Capellen Orchestra & Choir for future live events as well as studio albums.

The announcement reads as follows:

"On their way to sound more cinematic than ever before, Rhapsody are proud to announce a special long-term collaboration with the amazing Czech conductor PETR POLOLANIK and his CAPELLEN ORCHESTRA & CHOIR. Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2011, Petr and his orchestra worked for acclaimed music composers (Thomas Bergersen, Trevor Morris, Jo Blankenburg, Henry Lai), leading trailer music companies (Two Steps From Hell, Position Music, Audiomachine) and revolutionary sample libraries (Garritan, Sonokinetic, 8Dio). His recordings were featured in award winning movies and videogames (Sim City 4, Transformers and many others). More...

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Heimdall Breaks Nine Year Absence With New LP

Italian veteran power metal act Heimdall broke a nine year hiatus with the announcement of the new album "Aeneid." The band's fifth album is the first since the 2004 release "Hard As Iron." "Aeneid" is scheduled for release on February 26, 2013 via Scarlet Records. The new track "Forged by Fate" can be heard streaming below.

The band had reunited for a series of live shows at the beginning of 2012 and with the addition of new members to their ranks along with a renovated energy, the band wrote twelve new tracks that form "Aeneid." The album is a concept based on the epic masterpiece by Virgil, consisting of tracks that will take the listener on an epic journey from the fall of Troy to the birth of the new State that later became Rome. Mixing Classic Heavy Metal, Power, Speed, Symphonic passages and majestic choirs, ‘Aeneid’ is without any doubt the band’s most mature and inspired album ever.

The new lineup consists of:

Gandolfo Ferro - Vocals
Fabio Calluori - Guitars
Carmelo Claps - Guitars
Umberto Parisi - Guitars
Daniele Pastore - Bass
Nicolas Calluori - Drums More...

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Guitarist Igor Gianola Leaves U.D.O.

German metal act U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, announced that longtime guitarist Igor Gianola (Ex-Jorn) has departed the band due to personal and scheduling reasons. The band also simultaneously announced that the follow, yet untitled, LP to 2011's "Rev-Raptor" will be released on May 24, 2013.

The band posted the following on its Facebook page:

"Hello everybody,

"We have to inform you that Igor has left U.D.O. due to conflicts between band appointments and his private life and business. Since the business of U.D.O. develops and the band tours more and more all over the world Igor simply wasn´t available for so many different long periods. The band respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future. Igor was with the band since nearly 15 years now and became a very important and highly respected bandmember.

"Thank you very much Igor!!!!!!!"

The band went on to announce that his replacement will be Ex-Amberian Dawn guitarist Kasperi
Heikkinen (Conquest/Merging Flare): More...

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Amorphis Reveals New Album Artwork

Finnish metal veterans Amorphis have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new album, "Circle." You can check it out below. Vocalist Tomi Joutsen explained the cover thusly: "The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life."

This guide was previously mentioned by Amorphis lyricist Pekka Kainulainen in his summary of the album concept: "The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from another time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival."

The band also revealed the tracklisting for "Circle," which as follows:

"Shades Of Gray"
"Mission"
"The Wanderer"
"Narrow Path"
"Hopeless Days"
"Nightbird's Song"
"Into The Abyss"
"Enchanted By The Moon"
"A New Day" More...

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Pro-Pain Signs To SPV/Steamhammer Records

New York based metal/hardcore veterans, Pro-Pain has announced that they have signed a new record deal with German label, SPV/Steamhammer, through which they will release a new studio album later this year.

A&R Steamhammer Olly Hahn stated: "I already worked with Gary together in the 90s and it was a pleasure to see how dedicated he is for his band and the metal/hardcore family in general. Pro-Pain stands always for energetic music and live performances and I´m looking forward to a new masterpiece in the fall 2013!"

Band leader and founder Gary Meskil added: "We are very happy and proud to be part of the SPV/ Steamhammer family! They have a long history of bringing quality thrash to the masses, and so we look forward to releasing some devastatingly brutal new music via this partnership."

The band will be embarking on a European tour next month which will keep them on the road until March, before starting work on their next album.

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