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Metal News for January 27, 2012

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Barge to Hell Metal Cruise Details Announced

Media representatives aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise on Thursday were given first details of Ultimate Metal Cruises' newest floating metal festival, Barge To Hell.

Originally announced as "coming fall 2012", the official dates have been set as December 3-7, 2012. The "Majesty of the Seas" cruise ship - the same ship used for 70,000 Tons of Metal in 2011 and 2012 - will sail from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and back. More...

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In Alcatraz 1962 Signs With Standby Records

Cleveland-based independent record label, Standby Records, is excited to announce a new addition to the Standby family, Northern Virginia’s metal/hardcore outfit In Alcatraz 1962. Standby and In Alcatraz 1962 will team up to release the band’s debut record this spring.

“We are very excited to release our debut album with such a dedicated and committed label,” said In Alcatraz 1962 drummer, Josh Zupovitz. “We know they will treat us not only as another band, but as a family member. We look forward to collaborating with Standby Records and are ready to share our music with each and every one of you.”

Commented Standby owner, Neil Sheehan, “As we develop a rebooted version of Rock N' Roll at Standby Records, we continue to discover new acts that are rich in attitude and powered by modern day angst. Much like the rage that flowed through this band's namesake island throughout the 20th Century, In Alcatraz 1962's musical rage hits with more force than any group of murderers, rapists and criminals could ever deliver. We couldn't be happier to share their power.”

In Alcatraz 1962 will enter Cleveland’s Studio D Productions with producer, Don Debiase (Modern Day Escape, Beneath The Sky, For All Those Sleeping), in early February to begin recording the debut album.

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Blessed By A Broken Heart Posts "Forever" Video

Blessed By A Broken Heart has posted a music video online for the song "Forever," which can be found below. The video was directed by Robby Starbuck and is off the band's new album "Feel The Power," released earlier this month through Tooth & Nail Records.

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Immortal Seth Streaming "Seth Of The Desert"

One-man black metal act Immortal Seth has posted a track online for streaming. Check out the song "Seth of the Desert" in the player below. You can also listen to more of Immortal Seth's music via the band's Facebook profile.

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Savage Messiah To Play Hammerfest

British shred-heavy metallers Savage Messiah have been confirmed for this year's edition of Hammerfest, which is due to be held from the 15th - 18th of March in Prestatyn, Wales.

Having already performed at the festival before, Savage Messiah is now the latest band to be confirmed for Hammerfest IV, joining a line-up that includes the likes of Anthrax, Skindred, Amon Amarth, Cerebral Bore, and more.

Save Messiah frontman David Silver comments:

"It's fantastic for the band to have been asked back to Hammerfest for the second time - we had a great time last time, but now with a new album to promote, it's going to be even better!! We're on late, but that's not going to matter - we'll be getting the final circle pits of the festival going and we're looking forward to kickin' ass!!!"

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Katatonia Comments On Upcoming Album

Swedish act Katatonia has posted the following update online about working on an upcoming new release and follow-up to the "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here) album:

"It's been a busy time lately and the hard work has finally paid off. We have now thirteen songs in the bag and hey, that means the recording of our new album can and shall begin. We're starting with the drums on Monday and we'll be once again work together with David Castillo (who engineered and mixed 'Night Is The New Day'), so even though we always strive to improve our productions, it should sound sweet that it's the same team putting this one together, just throw in some new gear, gadgets and toys with that! The recordings as well as the mix will be divided between Ghostward and our own HQ over the next month and we'll keep you posted on the progress.

"So, how does the material sound like? Well, you got the lush textures, the moody melodies, the heavy parts, the progressive touches, the mellow bits and so on... Is it metal? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it singer/songwriter? Actually at times it feels like we're exploring territories where Katatonia would be an orphan in the land of 'genres.' We can't tell where and to whom we belong and the goal is that it doesn't even matter, because before and above any genre there's first an acceptance level of music being good, or being bad. Katatonia might be bad people, but we create good music. Amen.

"We also hooked up again with keyboard maestro extraordinaire Frank Default and regardless of the internet speculations, he's not to 'blame' for the increased use of electronics since the last album. That part has been called for as we simply feel that it has grown to fill a hole in our sound inside, or alongside, the classic formation of instruments. In our world, we allow mellotrones, hammonds, rhodes and strings to integrate with loops, distortion and filters to manifest in the katatonic maelstrom. It's our time to marry contemporary with vintage. Here's our 9th album to be delivered!"

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Freya Announces New Live Shows

This February Freya will hit the road with fellow New Yorkers in Letter to the Exiles (Strike First/Facedown Records) for a short Northeast trek. Both bands have recently entered the studio to record their respected forthcoming full lengths.

Freya, which is working on the follow-up to 2010's "All Hail The End" (Victory) teamed up with producer Jason "Jocko" Randall (The Red Death, If Hope Dies) at More Sound Studios. You can watch the second webisode from Freya below.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Feb 09 - West Chester, PA - The Note
Feb 10 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
Feb 11 - Elmira, NY - Elmira VFW Post 901
Feb 12 - Syracuse, NY - The Lost Horizon (w/ Scale the Summit and Elitist)*
Feb 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Club Europa
Feb 14 - TBA
Feb 15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
Feb 16 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
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Beneath The Massacre Posts Recording Footage

Montreal's Beneath the Massacre has posted some behind-the-scenes footage online from the recording of the new album "Incongruous." Check out the clip below.

"Incongruous" will be released in the U.S. on February 14th, in the U.K. on February 20th, in mainland Europe on February 24th, and in Canada on February 28th. The album was produced and mixed by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and mastered by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Converge).

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Primitive Weapons Streaming "Quitters Anthem"

Primitive Weapons, which recently signed to Prosthetic Records, has now debuted the track "Quitters Anthem" exclusively at Pitchfork.com. Check out the track at this location.

These New Yorkers, who bridge the gap between dissonant hardcore, sludgy AmRep style chaos and modern doom, will release their debut album, "The Shadow Gallery," via Prosthetic Records on March 13th in North America, March 19th in the UK, and March 23rd in mainland Europe. The album was recorded at Wild Arctic Studios with Dean Baltolunis (American Nightmare, Goes Cube, The Hold Steady).

The band will hit the road in March to play South By Southwest. Look for dates in the coming weeks. For more info, check out the band's Facebook page here.

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Sithu Aye Announces New EP Track Listing

Sithu Aye has issued the following announcement about revealing the track listing for an upcoming EP:

"Okay, just to let you guys know, here's the track list for my upcoming EP. It's called 'Isles EP' and will be released sometime in February! No album artwork as of yet but that will be done very shorty. Also, you'll get to hear the second track Skye in its entirety very very soon as a preview to the EP! Hope you guys are as excited for this as I am!"

1. Isles
2. Skye
3. Islay
4. Cuillin (Interlude)
5. Mull
6. Jura

You can also check out previously uploaded Sithu Aye songs by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Circles Posts Studio Video Diary

Melbourne based Circles has posted an 8 minute video diary from the current Eye Embedded tour exclusively on Terrorizer TV. The band is taking its brand of catchy, modern metal to the road in a string of dates across the east coast of Australia, which sees the group playing this weekend in Sydney before heading to Brisbane on February 3rd. View part one of the tour diary here.

Circles recently announced a second Australian tour with Twelve Foot Ninja and Jericco taking place in March on the national "Swarm Tour." Details are as follows:

Mar 1 - The Basement, Canberra
Mar 2 - The Patch, Wollongong
Mar 3 - The Annandale, Sydney
Mar 10 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Mar 24 - Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Mar 29 - Mac's Hotel, Melton
Mar 30 - Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully
Mar 31 - Pelly Bar, Frankston

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AK-11 Offering Demo As Free Download

AK-11, the new one-man black metal project from Valak F., has posted its first official demo online as a free download. You can download the "Legendary, Demonic & Invincible" demo at this location. Valak F. also commented:

"This is my one man project which began in April 2011. It's inspired by Russian & European brutal war history, Siberia’s bleak & endless frozen wastelands, Tundra wolves & vodka. Hence some of the songs are performed in the Russian language. AK-11 is 'Triumphant Black War Metal' and I dedicate these songs to the might, fury & eternal victory of the infernal Battle Gods."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Cleansing Stream
2. Vechnyi Ogon'
3. Slava Rossii
4. Legendary, Demonic & Invincible
5, Sniper's Glory (Satan guides my aim)
6, Shest' Shest' Shest' i Katuysha

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Eclipse Eternal Streaming Song From New Album

Canadian black metal act Eclipse Eternal has posted the song "Deathbound" online, which is the second track off the band's new album "The Essence of Hopelessness," available now through Archaic North Entertainment. Check out the song in the player below.

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Orange Goblin Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Today Noisecreep premieres behind-the-scenes footage of Orange Goblin’s “Red Tide Rising” video, the opening track off the band’s forthcoming "A Eulogy For The Damned" full-length, which i set for North American release on February 14th, 2012. The video clip is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft stories and was shot in a series of dilapidated buildings around the UK.

Elaborated vocalist Ben Ward of the video: “We made the terrible decision to make the video for ‘Red Tide Rising’ the day after the London Christmas show so it meant we all had to be up bright and early, with very severe hangovers and head down to the New Forest. Luckily it was a bright, sunny day so everyone was in good spirits and the production crew went to work setting up at the location, which was some sort of abandoned army barracks in the middle of nowhere! It could have doubled as the location for Hostel 4!

"In the meantime, the band was dragged halfway across Dorset to do a photo shoot whilst being attacked by rampaging horses! When we returned, thankful to be alive, we were ready to go and the recording process was very pleasant and quite a lot of fun! We already knew that the footage of us would be mixed with some animation that we’d acquired the use of so we weren’t required to do anything too ambitious, just repeatedly go over the track imagining we were playing it to 100,000 people at Wembley stadium! Fuelled by tea and biscuits we got the job done and the results look great!”

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Lamb of God, Acacia Strain Crush Boston

For the past few years, your best bet to catch Lamb of God has been at an amphitheater or arena on a massive stage on a package tour.

But the gods of metal have smiled upon the East Coast as the Virginia band hit six small clubs this month to roll out their speaker-shattering latest disc, “Resolution.” I was among the lucky thousand or so packed into the Paradise in Boston this week and witnessed first-hand the band’s raw force. They slayed – simple and plain.

Massachusetts’ own The Acacia Strain opened with a grinding set of chugging, angry hardcore that brought the club to a near riot. I last saw these guys on Warped tour last summer when towering vocalist Vincent Bennett terrified the Ashleys and Tylers and scared the eyeliner off the emo kids. More...

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Akkadian Releases "Obsidian Dawn" Video

U.K. act Akkadian has posted a new music video online for the title track off the "Obsidian Dawn" EP, which was created by Free Running Films. Check out the clip below, or find more details on Akkadian via the band's Facebook profile.

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Ever Forthright Streaming Song From Debut Album

New York's Ever Forthright has posted the fourth track online, titled "Lost in Our Escape," from the band's self-titled debut album. Check out the song in the player below, or find more details on Ever Forthright via Facebook.

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Forgotten Tomb To Record New Album

Italy's Forgotten Tomb has checked in with the following statement about working on an new album:

"2012 is gonna be a busy year for the band. Currently we are booking shows all around Europe, the plan is to play live on a stable basis. More gigs will be announced hopefully soon. The re-releases of our back catalogue are out, and the band is currently finishing the songwriting and rehearsing for the new album, to be recorded in between May and June and to be released in Autumn 2012.

"In the meantime, realistic plans for a DVD are being done. The first part of it will be shot at this year's Kings Of Black Metal festival, if everything goes as planned. We'll shoot another show later on this Autumn and we'll add some extras for good. The DVD will be out sometime in 2013.

"This summer we'll also shoot a video clip for a song out of the new album, to be premiered around September. Let's hope we can keep everything on schedule."

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New Metal Hitting The Rock Band Network

It's a slimmer week for new metal tracks getting added to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network, but there are still a few interesting choices such as new material from Atheist and Halcyon Way. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks is as follows:

Atheist - "Second to Sun" (160 MSP)
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Building the Towers" (80 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Super Villain" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Time Bomb" (160 MSP)

These tracks are also hitting the PS3 version of Rock Band on Wednesday, February 1st:

Bumblefoot - "Turn Around" ($0.99)
Winds of Plague - "California" ($1.99)
Halfbrick Studios - "Pirats 'Til We Die" ($0.99)
Vangough - "Estranger" ($0.99)
Rival Sons - "Torture" ($1.99)
Nevermore - "Without Morals" ($1.99)

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Rising Announces European Tour

Denmark's Rising has issued the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:

"Finally we can announce the dates for our upcoming European tour! It starts on March 16th in Berlin and includes dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg. We still have a couple of TBA’s but they will be settled in the coming weeks.

"In addition to the mainland tour, we will play our first headlining shows in Sweden in April when hitting Linkoping, Stockholm and Gothenborg before concluding the Swedish dates with a homecoming show in Copenhagen, DK.

"And remember before the European tour starts, we head out for three Danish shows in start March supporting our buds in The Kandidate, who has a new awesome record coming out. So come around and let’s fucking rock!"

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Manowar To Headline Gods Of Metal Italy

Manowar will be headlining the Gods Of Metal Italy on June 21st, 2012. This will be the fulfillment of Manowar’s promise made 10 years ago to return to Italy in triumph.

"The Italian fans have won; their belief, shown by their non acceptance of false metal is the reason we will finally return." said Joey DeMaio after the announcement. "There was no compromise on our part and on the part of our loyal fans and there never will be. There was a war between promoters as to who would bring MANOWAR back to Italy to give the fans what they want and Gods Of Metal won.

"MANOWAR have a strong and loyal following in Italy and all over the world. This will be MANOWAR's fourth headlining appearance at Gods Of Metal; no other band has ever done that! 2012 is the celebration of 15 years of GODS OF METAL and the festival is like a home to MANOWAR and we are once again proud to bring the band back to Italy" said promoter Andrea Pieroni. More...

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Unsu Premieres New Song "Kill Kyst"

Started in 2009 by past and present members of Darkall Slaves, Trepan'dead, and Purify, French act Unsu is now signed to Kaotoxin Records and will be releasing the debut MCD "The Filthy" this coming March 6th, 2012. The release includes five brand new studio tracks, twelve bonus live songs recorded at the Lille WinterFest #1, and a Nasum cover.

Buckle up and prepare to take a brutal death/grind ride, as Unsu has now teamed up with us to premiere the song "Kill Kyst" online. Check out the mayhem in the player below. Pre-orders for "The Filthy" can be found at this location.

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)

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Announces Album Details

7 Horns 7 Eyes will be releasing the band's debut full-length album, "Throes Of Absolution," in North America on April 24th, 2012 via Century Media Records. Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) and already named one of Metal Sucks' "Albums That Will Fuck Your Face Off In 2012," the album has been many months in the making.

In regards to the state of the band and thee upcoming release, guitarist Aaron Smith comments: "7H7E has been on quite a journey since we embarked on recording this album, full of some big ups and downs-- not the least of which being signed to Century Media/Basick Records, enduring a front-man change, re-recording all the album vocals, and sharing the stage with some great bands...and let me tell you-it feels amazing for us to know that we finally get to release this thing out into the world. Many of our fans have waited patiently for years for this record to drop, likely wondering at times if it ever even will, and we can't thank them enough for sticking by us. Here's to our fans and to 2012 being a great new year for 7 HORNS 7 EYES! See you on the road!"

A teaser trailer for Throes Of Absolution can be viewed here, and the complete track-listing for the album is below.

1. Divine Amnesty
2. Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3. The Hill Difficulty
4. Cycle of Self
5. Delusions
6. A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
7. Vindicator
8. The Winnowing
9. Regeneration

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The Agonist Vocalist Wins Peta2 Award

If there's one thing that hits a sour note with Alissa White-Gluz, the powerful voice of Québécois metal band The Agonist, it's animal abuse. The singer uses her voice to raise awareness about animal suffering every chance she gets, and that's one of the reasons why she's snagged a Libby Award in the category of Breakthrough Artist from peta2, PETA's youth division. The sixth annual Libby Awards ("Libby" is for "liberation") honors animal-friendly people and products.

White-Gluz took a stand against the annual seal slaughter in her native Canada by shooting a striking peta2 ad that shows her above a photo of a baby seal who is about to be clubbed and reads, "Bang Your Own Head, Not a Seal's." She also sat down for an exclusive interview with peta2.

"The seal hunt is something I'm so ashamed to even be remotely associated with," says the Canadian-born vocalist, who also discusses how grateful she is that she was raised vegetarian and has since gone vegan. "I'm shocked that it's still going on and still encouraged by the government." More...

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Testament Frontman Appears on Native Radio

Chuck Billy of Testament is currently on "Native in the Spotlight", a radio program directed at the American Indian community. Billy will be discussing his heritage as well as his role in the heavy metal scene. Testament fans can listen in at this location.

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Impending Doom Reveals "Baptized In Filth" Art

Impending Doom has released more details surrounding the "Baptized in Filth" release. The cover art, available below, is explained by Bassist David Sittig, "Baptized in filth represents the mindless indulgance and self worship in the vile world we live in. This album is meant to scare the hell out of you!"

The band will release "Baptized in Filth" on March 13th, 2012. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Machine, this is the band's fourth full-length and most ferocious effort to date.

Johnson continues: "We're proud to say that after many months of working on the new record it's finally done. This is by far our favorite material to date and we can't wait to share it with everyone and hit the road!! March 13th 2012 the world will be Baptized In Filth!"

Impending Doom has also been confirmed for this year's Metal Alliance Tour alongside acts like Devildriver, Job For a Cowboy, and Dying Fetus. The band will also be playing select dates on this years VANS Warped Tour this summer. More...

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Turisas Comments On Headlining PaganFest

Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," the band's first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on this triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Rome's Ex Deo, Russia's Arkona, and the US's very own Huntress.

In regards to the upcoming tour, Turisas frontman Mathias Nygard comments: "It took time, but finally we had a chance to make it back to North America. After many successful tours there with acts like Cradle of Filth and Dragonforce during the past few years, it's great to return as a headliner. This is a killer combo with great variety-- some of the most twisted acts of the folkier side of metal! Be prepared for a great night out-- I expect to witness some crazy audiences!"

Dates are as follows: More...

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Revocation Streaming Faith No More Cover

As Revocation prepares to kick off a North American tour with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal, the band is now unveiling a special treat for fans. Starting today, Ultimate-Guitar is hosting an exclusive stream of the bands own metallic rendition of Faith No More's track "Surprise! You're Dead." The song, previously available only on the "Chaos of Forms" deluxe digital edition on iTunes can now be heard here.

Front man Dave Davidson spoke about the band's new song and upcoming tour: "What's up shredders! We're stoked to premier our rendition of the classic Faith No More song 'Surprise! You're Dead!' through Ultimate-Guitar.com. We had a blast recording this cover and we're honored that we could pay homage to such an amazing band, we hope you guys dig it! Also, we'll be hitting the road with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal very soon so come out to the shows and rage with us!"

Revocation's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces Headlining Tour

Having spent the better half of the last year on the road supporting acts such as Of Mice and Men and As I Lay Dying, IWrestledABearOnce is proud to announce a headlining U.S. tour, the "Road To Metal Fest," presented by Merch Now.

Kicking off on April 16th in Oklahoma City, OK the string of dates will lead into New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21st and continue on until wrapping up in Flagstaff, AZ on May 1st. Alongside IWrestledABearOnce, the "Road To Metal Fest" tour features Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud, and The Greenery.

"We're super excited about this tour and the opportunity to play New England Metal and Hardcore Fest again!" Says IWrestledABearOnce guitarist Steven Bradley. "A lot of these shows are in venues we missed in 2011, so can't wait to party with all you folks for the first time in a while. Come hang out with us and let's make mistakes!"

Scott Lee, promoter for both the festival and the "Road To Metal Fest" tour adds, "I'm very proud of the line up for this tour and I feel very comfortable that this represents the festival at its core. I'm also excited to get the chance to extend this tour leading up to the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival." For more information on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, visit this location.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Biohazard Guitarist Talks "Reborn In Defiance"

Biohazard reunited in 2008 with the line-up that arguably performed the best albums the band has written to date, including the self-titled debut, “Urban Discipline,” and “State Of The World Address.” They went on several tours to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary, and even found some time to get back in the studio and record a new record, “Reborn In Defiance.” While it was important for fans to hear music from the core group of musicians who made some of the most reveled hardcore records of the ‘90s, the reunion was also an opportunity for four guys to come together after over a decade apart and hash out their difference. I spoke to guitarist Bobby Hambel about his return to the band, bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld’s departure, and his excitement of Black Sabbath going back out on tour. More...

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Moonspell To Play Metalfest Shows

Portugal's Moonspell has joined the line-up of this year's Metalfest shows. The dates and locations can be viewed below.

Moonspell also recently announced the new album "Alpha Noir" will be released on April 27th, 2012. Check out the band's full statement about the album and it's companion "Omega White" at this location.

31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Österreich
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Deutschland/Ost
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Polen
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Deutschland/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Schweiz

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Foscor Releasing 10 Year Anniversary DVD

It's been ten years since black metal act Foscor released its debut album, and 2012 will see the band celebrating the decade with a series of events starting off with a show at the Sala KGB in Barcelona on the 28th January, where the group will also launch new commemorative merchandise and the release of a new DVD. A teaser trailer for the DVD can be found below.

Titled "Deu Anys Vers La Foscor" which translated from the band's native Catalan means "Ten Years Towards Darkness," the DVD, which is edited by the band's guitarist Falke, includes live footage of Foscor's 2010 appearance at the Sala KGB in Barcelona, along with a documentary chronicling the last ten years, and the music video for the track "I Tornà de les Cendres" from the 2007 album "The Smile of the Sad Ones."

Also included will be two commemorative A3 posters, one which features the cover art etching by Cynthia Meier-Dusol entitled "Nous Sommes Condamnés À Être Libres," and the second one features the Funeral Stone design, by Ideophony, which also appears on the band's new stage sets and merchandise. The artwork on the DVD itself is by Dios Perezoso. "Deu Anys Vers La Foscor" will be released on the Darkwoods label on January 28th and is limited to 250 hand numbered copies. More...

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SPV/Steamhammer Comments on Reale's Death

SPV/Steamhammer, the label that released Riot's last album "Immortal Soul" featuring founding member and guitarist, Mark Reale, issued the following statement concerning Mark's passing.

"With deep sadness we have to say goodbye to one of the most underrated guitar players and composers on this planet: Mark Reale. More...

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Folkstone Announces New LP "Il Confine"

Italian folk band Folkstone announced that the title of the band's forthcoming third LP will be "Il Confine" and is scheduled for release on March 16, 2012 through the band at its official website. In December, the band announced that they will not use a record label for the new album, stating: "This is why we want to be free from any obligation…and basically to make 'what we like'. Our real producers are our fans!"

In addition, the band announced a string of live dates in Italy for the new album. For dates and venues, check out the tour poster here:

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Cold Rush Streaming New Song

German dark/industrial/gothic metal band Cold Rush are streaming the new song "Daily Crime." The track features new vocalist Matthias Kupka and will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort "Disclosing the Vicious Seed," which will see a 2012 release. The band describes the sound of the new material as "more mature, without changing the character of the band, a real gain for COLD RUSH!!!"

The band also signed on with Rock N Growl for the release of the album. In a post on Facebook, the band stated: "Hi guys, now is the cat out of the bag, we announce that we have signed a contract with the international management of Rock N Growl. After a long period of waiting, now also the recordings for the new album are almost ready..." More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Album Title

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis announced that the new album will be entitled "Ethera." The album will be the fifth release from the band and the second full length album with vocalist Maxi Nil. The band is currently recording "Ethera" in Italy with producers Fabio D'Amore, bassist for label and country mates Serenity and Ivan Moni Bidin, drummer for Pathosray, Garden Wall and Last Warning.

The band's latest Facebook post reads as follows:

"Visions of Atlantis is proud to present you E T H E R A as the title of the upcoming 5th album for which the band is in the studio at the moment. For the meaning of this the band states: 'Ethera is a word mix out of ETHER as the quintessence of this band, the energy between the 5 bandmembers, the fifth album and ERA, leading Visions of Atlantis to some new and interesting musical and lyrical shores while still remaining typically VoA!' " More...

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Paradise Lost Announces U.K. Tour With Insomnium

U.K. gothic metal legends Paradise Lost announced a spring tour of the U.K. with Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium to commence April 16, 2012. The band will tour in support of the forthcoming new album "Tragic Idols" on April 23, 2012 through Century Media Records.

For dates and venues, check out the tour poster here:

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The Obscene Unveils Album Artwork

U.K. death metal newcomers The Obscene posted the artwork for the band's upcoming debut full length release "Architects of Deliverance." The album should be completed in June 2012 with a release date later in the year. In 2011, the band issued an EP entitled "The Torment Of Sinners" through Pest Records.

Check out the album cover for "Architects of Deliverance" here:

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Former Crucachan Vocalist To Join Band Live

In the latest post on Facebook for the Irish folk metal band Cruachan, the band announced that original vocalist Karen Gilligan will join the band on a one off show in Dublin on April 14, 2012 at the Village Venue in Dublin City, Ireland. Gilligan sang and played percussion on the band's first five LP's having left the band in 2008 prior to the band's latest release "Blood on the Black Robe."

The post reads as follows:

"Some great news!! KAREN GILLIGAN will be our live vocalist at our Dublin show, this is a one off chance to hear the old Cruachan classics with the original vocalist!!! Tell your friends - book your flights - GET OVER HERE!!!!! April 14th! The Village Venue, Dublin City!!!" More...

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Northland Posts Studio Diary, Pt. 1 For Second LP

Spanish folk/melodic death metal band Northland posted part one of a video studio diary for the band's recording of a as of yet untitled sophomore LP. The album will be the follow up to the 2010 eponymous release.

Check out the video here:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Friday Five

This week a look at five new videos; a mix of older and new bands, some videos good and some not so good. At least two, maybe three are exotic dancer friendly and one appears to pay tribute to Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” More...

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Adavant Streaming New Single

Folk metal act Adavant has posted the band's new single "A Random Encounter" online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. Adavant also commented on the song:

"May this song forever stand as an homage to the classic RPGs of yore, and to the fans who haved loved them and integrated them into their lives over the years. Epic hails!"

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Born Of Osiris Posts "Follow The Signs" Video

Born Of Osiris, which split with guitarist Jason Richardson earlier this month, has now posted a new official music video online for the track "Follow the Signs." Check out the Andrew Pulaski directed music video in the player below.

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