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Metal News for January 25, 2012

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46 news articles posted on this day.


Napalm Death Frontman Discusses "Utilitarian"

Britain's Napalm Death, one of the world's seminal acts in grindcore, death metal, and extreme music writ large, are set to release their fifteenth studio album "Utilitarian" late next month via Century Media. Phoning me from his Birmingham home, gruff (and outspoken) vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway joined Metal Underground for a refreshingly candid chat to discuss just that. Here's what took place: More...

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Leprous Posts Tour Blog

Norwegian prog metal act Leprous has checked in with the following blog update about the band's last days on a recent run of tour dates:

"Day 22/23 - Last day on tour + Going back, Bag packing melancholy: It’s with mixed feelings I pack my things out of my Nightliner bunk. On one hand it’s sad to know that I won’t have Teemu snoring and farting over me anymore, but on the other hand it’ll be nice to get back home and shovel my driveway free of snow in – 27 °C for the next 18 weeks. :D Today I’m meeting my sister also, who I haven’t seen in a while.

"A big thanks to Kenneth! As I leave the bus this morning, Kenneth (Einar’s brother) is backing up with the gigantic Citroën Jumper that he has brought to us from Norway. This van will be the 18 hour transportation method home for Me, Øystein, Rein and all the equipment, while Kenneth, Einar and Tobias will be taking the slightly more luxurious, comfortable and speedy transportation method of flying from Amsterdam to Oslo the following day.

"Last show of an amazing tour: The last show in Hengelo was a worthy way of ending this incredible tour, and after the show we said our goodbyes to all the great people we’ve been travelling with the last three weeks. I also met my sister who currently lives in Holland, which was also very nice. We really wanted to get the most out of these last hours along with our touring buddies, and so we did as so many times before: More...

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Deafheaven Announces U.S. And European Shows

San Francisco, CA's Deafheaven is gearing up to start the band's first European headlining tour on February 3rd with Hierophant. The tour is set to run through February 25th, and will hit Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, France, the UK, and more.

Upon returning home, Deafheaven will head out on tour in North America, starting in L.A. on a string of dates with Whirr and Marriages (feat. members of Red Sparrowes), making its way down to play at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Deafheaven will then meet up with black metal/shoegaze masters Alcest. Dates are as follows: More...

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The Contortionist Announces New Tour Dates

Indiana's The Contortionist is pleased to announce an upcoming run with All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Conducting From The Grave. The tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on March 29th and comes to a close in Sacramento, CA on April 28th. See below for all current tour dates and stay alert for ticketing information.

“We’re really thrilled to be heading out with All Shall Perish and all of the other bands on the tour this March and April,” states guitarist Robby Baca. “This is a great tour and we’re excited to be performing with these bands. We saw All Shall Perish play recently and those dudes SHRED.”

The Contortionist also recently announced the band will be recording an upcoming full-length release at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) in February. The new album is tentatively set to be released with Good Fight Music in late spring/early summer 2012. The band also recently announced a new endorsement deal with Ibanez. More...

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Black Tusk Updates Tour Schedule

In support of "Set the Dial," Savannah Georgia's Black Tusk has lined up a slew of North American tour dates. This run will feature headlining tour dates with support coming from East of the Wall, label-mates Royal Thunder, and Hull, plus a string of dates supporting Prong and select shows with Intronaut and Skeletonwitch in March. The band hits the road February 4th starting in Durham, NC and runs through April 4th in Little Rock, AR.

In addition to the regular shows, Black Tusk will be taking part in the Scion Relapse Showcase in Hollywood, CA and three appearances at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. These appearances will all take place on March 14th seeing Black Tusk appear at the Pitchfork Showcase, Metal Sucks Showcase, and Converse Showcase.

"Black Tusk" is currently streaming the "Set The Dial" release at this location. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Xenocide Streaming Songs From New Album

Vancouver death metal act Xenocide recently released the debut album "Galactic Oppression," and several songs from the album are now available for streaming online through the BandCamp player below. More details on Xenocide are available through Facebook.

The "Galactic Oppression" track listing is as follows:

1. I, Warning
2. Space Rot
3. Death from Orbit
4. Remnants of Organics
5. Misanthropic Dreams (Instrumental)
6. Galactic Oppression
7. Forgotten Bloodlines & Empty Oaths


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Blackheart Releases EP As Free Download

India's Blackheart has checked in with the following brief announcement about releasing the new EP "Anti-Corruption" as a free download online:

"The thing that you people have long awaited for! Many changes came in the release date! Blackheart's debut E.P 'Anti-Corruption' is finally out here!"

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The Ocean To Play Asymmetry Festival

The Ocean has posted a video clip online announcing the band's appearance at the upcoming Asymmetry Festival 2012, which can be viewed below.

Further details on the Asymmetry Festival can be found via Facebook. Other confirmed bands include Killing Joke, Coil Guns, Red Fang, Priestess, and more.

Asymmetry Festival 2012: The Ocean, Coilguns, Earthship and Kunz from firlejclub on Vimeo.

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Nephelium To Headline "Carnage In Cambridge"

Nephelium, the brutal death metal band that originated out of the scorching heat of Dubai and which has now re-established itself in Toronto, will be headlining this year's "Carnage In Cambridge," a mini death metal fest put on by local metal website Brutal Sickness.

The fest will take place on Saturday, February 11th at 515 Concert Club (39 Queen St East) in Cambridge, ON and will see the band perform alongside local Ontario bands Nexortus, Serene Molestation, Rotting Entrails, Xyphos, Fetal Exhumation, and Decimate. Check out the Facebook event here.

Nephelium is currently offering the "Merciless Annihilation" single for free download via Reverbnation, which is from the band's debut album "Coils of Entropy" (reviewed here) set for release on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012.

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Bane Posts Tour Dates And Album Preview

Serbian black/death metal act Bane has announced it's third European tour entitled "Keepers Of The Black Flame," which is set to blast off in March 2012. This tour will mark the first time the band will perform material from it's upcoming album "The Acausal Fire," which is due later this year on Abyss Records. Bane will round out it's set with tracks from the previous two releases; "Chaos, Emptiness & Darkness" and "Misanthropia." A preview of "The Acasual Fire," including song samples and artwork, was uploaded to YouTube and follows after the jump.


14.03.2012 - Club Crazy Horse - Belgrade, Serbia
15.03.2012 - Garabonczias Borozo - Szeged, Hungary
16.03.2012 - Rock Club Naozzay - Nitra, Slovakia
17.03.2012 - KD Na Nove - Volyne, Czech Republic*

*Dark Metal Festival w/Avenger, Root, The Stone, Panychida and more

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Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Streaming New Song

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo is ready to release the sophomore effort, "Tree of Tongues," via Mediaskare Records on April 10th. "Tree of Tongues" was produced by Stephen Hawkes (Red Fang, Silent Civilian).

The first taste of the album is available now as MetalSucks premieres the track “Apis Bull” exclusively here. The following press release was also issued about Exotic Animal Petting Zoo:

"Back in 2008, the band launched their debut effort ‘I Have Made My Bed In Darkness’, which received praise from critics; the band hit the road for their first tour and things quickly started to fall apart. They returned home with no money or a place to live and head back out on the road on a DIY run of dates to try to make a profit. This allowed EAPZ to rent a practice space, which they also lived in, and begin to refocus on the band. The band then heads out on another tour and is forced to bang on their instrument cases on the street to make gas money and ultimately part ways with their guitarist. More...

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Meshuggah Album Listening Party Footage Available

Video footage from last Thursday’s "Koloss" listening party at The Slidebar Rock'N'Roll Kitchen in Fullerton, California has been uploaded to the band's YouTube channel and can be viewed below. "Koloss" will be released March 23rd, 2012 and features 3-D artwork created by Luminokaya.com.

The track listing for the jewel-case version of "Koloss" is as follows:

01. I Am Colossus
02. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
03. Do Not Look Down
04. Behind The Sun
05. The Hurt That Finds You First
06. Marrow
07. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
08. Swarm
09. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

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Unleashed Reveals "Odalheim" Release Date

As was previously announced, legendary Swedish Viking death metal masters Unleashed have declared the title of their upcoming album to be "Odalheim."

"Odalheim" was recorded at the Chrome Studio in Sweden and produced by Unleashed guitarist Fredrik Folkare. The record will be released on April 20th (Europe) and April 24th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

“And Yggdrasil did tremble,” commented the band. “And during the three years of everlasting cold and darkness called the Fimbulwinter, Mother Nature took back what was rightfully hers and life as we knew it was never the same again. It was Ragnarök, liberator and death. From the ashes of the old world, a new one began to take form. Here is where the story of Odalheim begins…”

Stay tuned for the artwork and track listing off "Odalheim."

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Orror To Release "Monstro Brasilis"

Brazilian grindcore act Orror is set to release the thirteen track "Monstro Brasilis" album this coming March 15th, through Carnificina Records (Brazil) and four other labels for Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. You can also check out Orror tracks available for streaming via the band's Reverbnation page here.

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The Safety Fire Posts Drum Playthrough Footage

Drummers (and drum enthusiasts) take heed: The Safety Fire has now released a drum play-through of the single "Huge Hammers." To watch the band's own Calvin Smith behind his kit, head over to Sick Drummer now for the exclusive footage here, or watch the video clip in the player below.

The Safety Fire is releasing the new full-length album, "Grind The Ocean," on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America. You can also watch the previously posted music video for "Huge Hammers" at this location. Stay tuned for even more new material from The Safety Fire coming soon. More...

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Scale The Summit Announces Vinyl Release

By popular demand, Prosthetic Records will soon release "The Collective," the 2011 album by Houston act Scale the Summit, on vinyl. The LP -- limited to 500 copies on high-quality 180-gram wax, and available now for pre-order at the Prosthetic Store – will also feature enhanced cover art. Additionally, it will contain the bonus track "Redwoods," a song recorded during "The Collective" sessions that to date has only been available on the Japanese version of the album.

"The Collective" was recorded in late 2010 at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). It was supported by five North American tours in 2011 alongside the likes of Periphery, Protest The Hero, The Human Abstract, Fair To Midland, Cynic and 3.

Scale the Summit will embark on its first-ever headlining tour this week. The "Their Strings Are Voices" tour kicks off in the band's hometown of Houston on Friday, and will wrap its way through the U.S. before concluding on February 20 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Support will be provided by Elitist at most shows. Dates are as follows: More...

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Saxon To Begin Working On New Album

British heavy metal veterans Saxon have announced that they will be beginning work on their next studio album next week, their first since 2011's, "Call To Arms," which saw top 20 success in both Germany and Sweden. A short update from drummer Nigel Glockler reads:

"Working on getting the home studio tidy and then off next week for writing sessions for the next Saxon album…busy busy busy!"

The band will be performing at several European festivals this Summer, with the following confirmed:

April 28 - Dortmund, Germany - Rock in den Ruinen
May 26 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo (opening for JUDAS PRIEST)
August 2-4 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air

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Fear Factory Reveals New Album Title

American industrial metal legends Fear Factory have revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "The Industrialist."

Although no release date has been confirmed as of yet, it is expected to be released this year through Candlelight Records in North America and AFM Records in Europe. More information about the album will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Hour Of Penance Announces New Album

Italian death metal act Hour of Penance has announced "Sedition" as the title of the band's upcoming Prosthetic Records debut, and fifth album overall. "Sedition" will be released March 27th in North America, April 2nd in the U.K. and April 6th in mainland Europe. The album was recorded at Cellar Studio in Rome with producer Stefano Morabito and is the follow up to 2010's "Paradogma" (Unique Leader).

The band will hit North American shores for the first time the week of release, to support The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, and Skeletonwitch on a full U.S. tour, which includes a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. More...

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Aristeia Signs With Rite Of Passage

Rite of Passage Records has issued the following statement about inking a deal with Aristeia for the release of an upcoming album:

"Rite of Passage Records is proud to announce the addition of southern California’s Aristeia to its roster of artists. The band recently recorded a demo of a new track titled 'Lethal Devotion' with Diego Farias of Volumes handling the production/mixing.

"The song also features a guest appearance by Volumes vocalist Gus Farias. You can listen to the track on the band’s Facebook page located here.

"The song will appear on the band’s upcoming Rite of Passage Records debut album, which will be released later this year."

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MyChildren MyBride Announces Self-Titled Album

MyChildren MyBride's third full-length album, a self-titled effort, will be available online and in stores everywhere on March 13th, 2012. The album is the band's third release in six years, and the first since 2010's "Lost Boy," which debuted at #183 on the Billboard Top 200.

For MyChildren MyBride, the self-titled album represents a new chapter for the band, and stamps the advent of a refined sound the members have been chasing since MCMB's inception.

"That's exactly what this album is, a new beginning," says guitarist Robert Bloomfield. "I really do feel we found our sound. It's definitely MCMB still, but with this new flare that we've all loved and understood but never figured out a way to translate it to our music." More...

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XII Boar Streaming New Song "Smokin' Bones"

XII Boar has posted a new song online titled "Smokin' Bones," which can be heard below. The band commented on the track:

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! Come wrap your ears around this, the first track off our new EP 'Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof.'

"We're giving you lucky people and taster of what to expect from our new release, which will be available to download for FREE this Saturday 28th Jan. Share this and spread the word, the boys are back in town!"

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Hemina To Release "Synthetic" Album

Hemina will be releasing the upcoming "Synthetic" album on March 27th, 2012 via Nightmare Records. The band's publicist issued the following press release:

"Hemina a unique voice in the ever-growing world of progressive metal. Hemina puts melody, songwriting and atmosphere before any of the instrumental histrionics one may typically think of in today's world of progressive music whilst still maintaining the level of technical proficiency listeners have grown accustomed to. From Australia, the band takes you on an 80 minute aural journey into the life of an angel born onto the world, forced to live through our modern world and beyond with this, their debut concept album, Synthetic. The album will be released March 27th on Nightmare Records.

"With a crystal-clear mix provided by progressive metal veteran, Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, Denmark (Helloween, Circus Maximus, Redemption, Seventh Wonder, Jorn), the band deliver a dynamic and sumptuous adventure packed full of wailing guitars courtesy of Douglas Skene and Mitch Coull, atmospheric keyboards by Phill Eltakchi, passionate vocals led by Douglas Skene, a thundering and dynamic rhythm section paved by Mathew Irsak on Drums and Jessica Martin on bass, as well as beautiful harmony vocals from Douglas, Mitch, Phill and Jessica covering a wide range of timbres.

"Synthetic is an eclectic journey of fresh and exploratory sound ranging from multi-part epics such as 'To Conceive a Plan' and 'Divine', to passionate ballads in 'For All Wrong Reasons', and hard hitting rockers like 'With What I See' and 'Haunting Me!'. The album presents itself as a 79+ three-dimensional adventure through segued tracks of varying dynamics."

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Before The Dawn Posts Details Of New Album

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn announced that the band's seventh studio release will be entitled "Rise of the Phoenix." The album will feature new members, bassist Pyry Hanski (Casket) and drummer Joonas Kauppinen (Disease of the Nation/Burning Empire). “Rise Of The Phoenix” is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012!

Guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen had the following comments about the lineup changes and new album: "Massive changes in the line-up during 2011 ended an era of great frustration and brought back 110% dedication and professionalism into the band. The newfound energy and motivation steered us into a victorious European tour and made it possible to produce the strongest, fastest, heaviest and definitely the most epic BEFORE THE DAWN album so far!"

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Dawn Of Ashes Completes New EP

Dawn of Ashes has completed a new digital EP that is available for pre-order on iTunes. The EP features three new tracks, "Farewell to the Flesh," "Torture Device Part 2," and "Blood-Shed With the 3rd Eye" (Instrumental). The other songs are remixes of tracks from the band's previous album "Genocide Chapters." The band has launched an album preview video, which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Farewell to the Flesh
2. Transformation Within Fictional Mutation (K. Bathory Mix)
3. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space (Falling Skies Mix)
4. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space (Die Sektor Mix)
5. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space (To Mega Therion Mix)
6. Seething the Flesh in the River ov Phlegethon (The Juggernaut Mix)
7. Torture Device Part 2
8. Blood-Shed With the 3rd Eye (Instrumental)

All tracks were recorded and mixed between Patrick Mundy, Volkar Kael, and Kristof Bathory at the home studios of Ross Robinson, Volkar, and Kristof. "Farewell to the Flesh" will be released digitally on February 14th, 2012. More...

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I Exist Posts Teaser For New Album

Australia’s I Exist has posted a video teaser for the forthcoming release, “II: The Broken Passage,” due out January 31st in North America and February 6th/10th in the UK and Europe through Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic Records. The album was released via Resist Records in the band's home country over the summer. Check out the video clip below.

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Bunkum Posts "American Arrest" Clip

French hardcore act Bunkum has posted a video clip online for the song "American Arrest," which is taken off the "And Everything Goes Crazy" album and can be viewed below.

For more on Bunkum, check out the band's Facebook profile here. You can also stream tracks from the "And Everything Goes Crazy" album via Bandcamp.

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A Sound Of Thunder Releasing "Out Of The Darkness"

Less than a year after self-releasing the band's first album, "Metal Renaissance," A Sound of Thunder will now release a second full-length album, "Out of the Darkness," on March 27th, 2012. The 10 track album is being released through U.S. independent label Nightmare Records. The band's publicist issued the following press release:

"Relatively new faces in the metal world, A Sound of Thunder is fronted by powerful lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. Lead guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren founded A Sound of Thunder in 2008. Nina joined in 2009, and was followed by bass and keyboard player, Jesse Keen, in 2010. In less than two years, A Sound of Thunder recorded and released an EP, a charity single benefiting the West Memphis Three, and a full length self-produced album. They have performed throughout the US, and opened for such high profile bands as Accept, Sabaton, Firewind, Primal Fear and Doro.

"Assembly Line Studio's multi-platinum award winning engineer and producer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Deceased) produced the album, providing a crisp, heavy, modern sound for the classic metal compositions. The 10 track album plays like a love letter to all that is metal, encompassing traditional heavy metal, modern power metal, prog and classic rock, with timeless songs that could have been written in 1971, 1991 or 2011.

"The songs for Out of the Darkness were written and arranged by Josh Schwartz and the rest of A Sound of Thunder, with lyrics written by Nina Osegueda and Chris Haren. Legendary Raven front-man John Gallagher also appears, performing a duet with Nina on the title track Out of the Darkness." More...

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Reveals Album Details

Detroit's Imminent Sonic Destruction has released the artwork and track list for the upcoming debut album, "Recurring Themes," which can be viewed below. The album is also available for pre-order through the band's website here.

The album, which will be released on February 24th 2012, was produced by Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson), and features nine original tracks that showcase the band's vocal harmonies soaring over original progressive-metal riffing, melodic compositions and the rhythms of ex-Tiles drummer, Pat DeLeon.

1. Driving Home (10:07)
2. Monster (6:53)
3. With Death, This Story Ends (6:32)
4. Breaking Through (13:14)
5. Temple (5:37)
6. Here, It's Over (5:02)
7. Sick (8:39)
8. The Remembering (1:55)
9. Raven (16:41)

The following press release was issued about the band: More...

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Barren Earth Streaming Sample From New Album

Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth has launched a mini-site in anticipation of its sophomore record, "The Devil’s Resolve." The site features an album sampler, teaser video, desktop background, studio diary and more at this location.

"The Devil’s Resolve" is due out on March 13th in North America on Peaceville Records and has the following track listing:

1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition)
10. World in Haze (Special Edition) More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Announces New Bassist

3 Inches of Blood is pleased to announce that Bryon Stroud of Fear Factory and formerly of Strapping Young Lad has officially joined the group taking over bass duties. Stroud and 3 Inches of Blood have been working together on a variety of efforts, and Stroud is beyond pleased to shift his involvement to a creative level.

"I am super stoked to let everyone know that I have joined my brothers in 3IOB," exclaims Stroud. "We are busy rehearsing for touring of the new record Long Live Heavy Metal . The band asked me to come on board as manager last year. We rehearse in my bike shop, I've toured with them in the past and being involved in many aspects of the new record has been extremely gratifying for me. I'm looking forward and see a great future for this band. I'll see you all on tour this year."

On March 27th, 3 Inches of Blood will release the band's 5th studio album, "Long Live Heavy Metal." In support of the release, 3 Inches of Blood will be heading out on the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" with DevilDriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Imending Doom, and Wretched. Dates are as follows: More...

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Zavod Comments On Album Release

Zavod has issued the following statement about the release of the band's new album:

"Over 4 years of production and development of the debut album has finally come to an end. The demo tracks that has been circulating the net since 2006 are no longer current. 11 out of 14 demo tracks has been selected and re-recorded and are now a part of the epos we would like to call: 'Industrial City.'

"We would like to thank our friends and enemies for giving us the motivation, inspiration and help to make this album possible

"Special thanks goes out to: Allex Karlsson for guest singing on the track 'Industrial City,' Jezi for backing vocals on the track 'Spee,' Dino Medanhozic, Oliver Szabo, Peter Mårtens, Ola Klasson, Karin Svedberg, Daniel Forsmark, Jonas Welander, Roger and Karin Sannestedt, Isabel Santana, Svetlan Råket, Jenny Eklund, Valentina Jakkola, Henrik Wenngren, Vilefuck and big thanks to all of you who has supported us through all these years."

Samples of all the tracks off the album can be heard at this location.

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Aggressor Posts Album Trailer For Sophomore LP

Canadian thrashers Aggressor posted a trailer video for the band's forthcoming sophomore LP "Beyond All Reckoning." The band will self-release the album on February 2, 2012 at this location.

The band is scheduled to play a CD release show with Diemonds, Fatality, and Shotgun Cure on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, ON.

Check out the trailer here:

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Valfreya Posts Keyboard Only Video

Canadian based viking metal band Valfreya posted a new video of keyboardist Philippe 'Shark' Quinn playing the first song, "Diety's Grace." from the forthcoming debut album "Path to Eternity." The video was filmed and edited by Bookaking Productions. The band will release the album in February 2012.

In addition, check out tracks "Beyond Illusions," "Condemned World" and "Alefest" at this location.

The video can seen in the player here:

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Soulfly Offers Download Of New Song

Soulfly is offering the new song "World Sum" as a free download. The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Enslaved." The album was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Arizona and produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Red Chord). The album is slated for release on March 13, 2012 through Roadrunner Records.

Download "World Scum" at this location (requires name and email address).

More information on "Enslaved" can be found by heading over to this location.

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Cancer Bats Posts New Music Video

Canadian band Cancer Bats posted a new music video for the song "Old Blood." The song is the first single from the forthcoming LP "Dead Set on Living," due out in April 2012.

Check out the video here:

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Dave Haley of Psycroptic Discusses New Album

It's not a stretch to say that I absolutely loved the new Psycroptic album or that the band is capable of putting on a great show in a live setting.

After hearing the changes made on "The Inherited Repression" I was interested to see what drummer Dave Haley of Psycroptic had to say about their creative process that led to the new album being such a breath of fresh air in a predictable metal scene. More...

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The Eternal Studio Footage Avaialble

A studio video clip has been posted online of Melbourne dark rockers The Eternal recording their fifth full-length album "When the circle of light begins to fade" at ColourSound Studios in Australia. Check out the footage below. The Eternal is:

Mark Kelson - Guitar / Vocals
Brad Cook - Guitar
Dave Langlands - Bass
Marty O'Shea - Drums

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Hibria Announces "Blinded By Tokyo" DVD

Brazil's Hibria has announced an upcoming DVD titled "Blinded by Tokyo / Live in Japan" is set for release. Check out the cover artwork below. Further details on the DVD's release date and track listing will be announced as they are made available.

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Initial Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2012 Line-Up Revealed

This Year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival will be headlined by Slipknot who will be supported on the main stage by Slayer and a rotating slot featuring As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada. The second stage will feature Anthrax, As I lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, High on Fire and the Jagermeister opener. A "Special Guest" for the tour will be announced on March 5th.

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Nabaath Offering New Album As Free Download

Russian black metal act Nabaath has made the band's entire latest album "Central-A-Triangle" available as a free download. Get all the tracks from the album by clicking here, or stream the album for free first at Nabaath's official website.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Blastbirth of the Universe
2. War Blasphemy
3. Black Ancient Forces
4. Nabat (Over the Ladoga Mist)
5. The Center
6. Tyrant's Reborn
7. Detonation 1961
8. Hordes of the End
9. (Doom to the Darkness) More...

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Frost Despair Recording New Album

Brazilian act Frost Despair has issued the following statement about beginning the recording process for the follow-up to the last album "The God Delusion:"

"Frost Despair is at the studio again with Sebastian Carsin (Hurricane Studios, South Brazil) recording some instruments for the upcoming next album.

"The new work is more orchestral and extreme than the first one 'The God Delusion' representing the evolution of the southern power!

"No date of release, tracklist or title revealed yet. More information coming, as soon as possible."

Give Frost Despair's music a listen by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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The Gardnerz Enters The Studio

Swedish act The Gardnerz has started recording a new EP that follows up the band's debut album "The System of Nature" (reviewed here), which was released last year through Abyss Records and Mechanix Records. The band commented on the recording:

"Drummer Vedran Bencic recently entered Armageddon studio, Osijek Croatia to lay down his drum tracks for five new death/doom masterpieces. Soon guitarist Wilhelm and bassist Francisco will once again head over to Funky Cat Studio in Landskrona Sweden to lay down their epic tracks. And vocalist Niclas will do his thing at Ninja Studios in Malmö Sweden.

"This time around the songs are a bit slower and darker then on The System of Nature, we tried to continue on the path we have chosen. We have found our niche and have no reason to stray, so if you liked our first release you will like this. This time it was a bit more of a group effort and I think that made the songs stronger."

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Inverloch Signs With Relapse

Relapse Records has checked in with the following press release about inking a deal with Inverloch:

"Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Melbourne, Australia's doom-dwellers Inverloch! Featuring 2/4 of the legendary diSEMBOWELMENT, Ineverloch (Matthew Skarajew – Guitars, Paul Mazziotta – Drums, Ben James – Vocals, Mark Cullen – Guitars, Tony Bryant – Bass) pick right up where diSEMBOWELMENT left off close to two decades ago, composing crawling, lurching, plodding and downtuned dirges, that are sure to be some of the most powerful and beautiful pieces of crust/death/doom heard in years!

"The band has completed recording a debut mini-LP, which is set for a Spring 2012 release on via Relapse. More details on this release will be announced shortly.

"Additionally the band has been invited to play a pair of rare festival performances this Spring, performing for a limited time under the name d.USK. They will be presenting diSEMBOWELMENT's legendary funeral doom opus, Transcendence into the Peripheral live in it's entirety at Roadburn in the Netherlands and offering a different, though equally devastating set at the legendary Hellfest in France."

For more on Inverloch, check out the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Torture Killer Reveals "I Chose Death" Details

Torture Killer has issued the following statement about the upcoming "I Chose Death" release:

"Our new MCD titled 'I Chose Death' will be released 7.3.2012. It contains 2 new Torture Killer tracks and a cover of Demigod's 'Succumb to Dark' from the 'Unholy Domain' demotape. You can pre-order the MCD here."

The artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. All Will End in Terror
2. Succumb to Dark
3. I Chose Death More...

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Odium Streaming New Song Online

Ontario's Odium has issued the following update about streaming the new song "Insomnia" online:

"New record is complete, and we've posted 'Insomnia' for y'all to check out. We plan on hitting the road in these next coming months and hope to see you all there!! Check out the Facebook page for more updates."

You can listen to the new song "Insomnia" and find more details on Odium via the band's MySpace page here.

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