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Metal News for January 4, 2012

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53 news articles posted on this day.

Natron Postpones Pre-Release Party For Two Weeks

Italian technical death metal band Natron has postponed the January 13, 2012 Pre-release party at the Target Club in Bari, Italy for two weeks and will now be held on January 27, 2012. The cause for the postponement was that the printing of the band's new LP "Grindermeister" by Southern Brigade Records was delayed and would not be available for fans at the show.

"Grindermesiter" is the band's sixth LP and the first since the 2009 release "Rot Among Us." The album is not scheduled for official release until March of 2012.

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Soul Embraced Seek Donations To Release New Album

Rottweiler Records has issued the following press release:

"After 10 years and 5 releases, Little Rock, AR-based American Christian death metal band Soul Embraced parted ways amicably with Solid State Records. Rottweiler Records is to release their new record "Mythos" next year.

"Soul Embraced is comprised of band members Chad Moore - Lead Vocals, Ed Collins - Guitar, Jeff Bowie - Bass Guitar, and Rocky Gray (also of Living Sacrifice, Ex-Evanesence, We Are The Fallen, and Machina) - Drums

"This particular Soul Embraced release sees the band in 100% artistic control over art, music, and production. Rocky Gray has stated that "Mythos" WILL BE Soul Embraced's MOST BRUTAL ALBUM YET!!

"Rottweiler Records is excited to be a part of this monumental project and is excited to be able to have you, the fans, be such an integral part of this becoming a reality! We hope we've been able to offer some nice incentives for helping this thing out!

"Thanx a million!!"

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched soliciting fan donations to fund the release.

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Neverdream Target Fall Release For "The Circle"

Italian progressive metal band Neverdream have announced that the band will release its fourth LP "The Circle" in September 2012, the exact date of which is not revealed. As previously reported, the album is a concept release set in the mid-80's surrounding a child abusing father, fanatically religious, and the abused son who becomes a killer.

More news on the release is expected shortly.

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Army Of Darkness Tour Cancelled

Macabre has revealed through it's Facebook page that the Army of Darkness Tour 2012 with Massacre and Master has been cancelled. Band members and legal representatives for the groups have stated that the agent never got back to the bands regarding contracts and deposits, which put all parties at unease. Massacre still hopes to go over to Europe in the summertime to play a few shows that will not conflict with Terry Butler's Obituary schedule. Master issued the following statement on it's Facebook page: "I am sorry to say that the Massacre, Macabre and Master tour is cancelled. A big apology goes out for sure to all the fans and promoters, but unfortunately in today's world of business it is hard to find a reputable booking agent and the days are gone to take such risks with guys like Marcus Schreiber. After 10 days of no answers, contracts or final confirmation of the dates we are forced to cancel the tour." - (Paul Speckmann and Master) Rick Rozz DeLillo (Massacre) had the following succinct thing to say: "We saved ourselves a 100% nightmare, and the year has just begun." More...

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BlackGates Launches YouTube Channel, Demos

New York metal band BlackGates, featuring former Anthrax vocalist Dan Nelson, former Testament drummer Paul Bostaph, have launched a new YouTube channel at this location. The band is currently writing material for a debut release in 2012 and will be shopping it for label interest.

Among the latest demo tracks streaming from the band on the YouTube channel is "Vacant" which can be heard here:

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Epica Announces Warm Up Gig

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that the band will play a warm up or "try-out" gig prior to the commencement of the official "Requiem for the Indifferent" tour. The show will be on March 10, 2012 at Escape in Veenedaal, Netherlands. The show will the first to showcase the band's new songs.

"Requiem for the Indifferent" is scheduled for release on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The official track listing for the release is:

1. Karma
2. Monopoly on Truth
3. Storm the Sorrow
4. Delirium
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem for the Indifferent
7. Anima
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay the Course
11. Deter the Tyrant
12. Avalanche
13. Serenade of Self-Destruct

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The House Of Capricorn Streaming Album

The House of Capricorn recently released it's second full-length album, "In the Devil's Days." The New Zealand band is streaming that album online, and it can be downloaded at Bandcamp. The House of Capricorn also have a couple of other releases you may listen to at that site, their 2006 debut EP "The Rivers and the Rain" and their first full length from 2008 "Sign of the Cloven Hoof."

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4Arm Signs With Rising Records

Australian 4 piece thrash band 4Arm has signed a record deal with Rising Records. The band’s label debut, which will be the third studio album overall, is scheduled for a February 6th, 2012 release. The title of the album is “Submission For Liberty” and will include 10 tracks. Vocalist, guitarist, and co-writer of the band Danny Tomb shared his thoughts on the new signing:

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with Rising Records. I feel this will give the band the exposure it needs to be a real force in the metal scene not only nationally but internationally. After working hard for over 7 years now, we now have a real sense of achievement and a hunger to push things even further.”

Here's a brief statement made by label representative Mark Daghorn: "Rising Records is delighted to welcome 4ARM to their roster and are proud to be releasing the band's excellent, Matt Hyde produced album Submission For Liberty on February 6th 2012."

More details on 4Arm are available through the band's Facebook profile here.

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Careless Releases New Video

Traditional heavy metal power trio Careless has released a video for the song "D.F.M." from it's latest album "Coalition." Featuring footage filmed at the abandoned Ashley Coalbreaker (one of the last remaining structures from the Industrial Era) as well as at the band members' childhood homes, the video is themed around the main character's search for individual freedom. Additional footage was filmed near San Dimas, CA.


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Bands Recall New Year's Memories

As part of the ongoing "Ask the Artist" series, Metal Injection asked members of Prime Evil, Ramming Speed, Rosetta, A Life Once Lost, 3, Fight Amp, Howl, Black Tusk, Last Chance To Reason, Obscura, God Forbid, Magrudergrind and more to recall their favorite New Year's experience. Watch the video of their answers below.


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Dol Ammad Posts Video Blog Online

Thanasis Lightbridge, composer of metal act Dol Ammad, has released a first videocast about his space themed music and art. Check out the video below. Thanasis also commented:

"Hello my friends, here is my first video cast about my space music and art! Inside you will preview the first samples from the upcoming new Dol Ammad album 'Hyperspeed' which will be released very soon.

"There is also a guest appearance of my cat Batman :P Thank you all for your support and all the best for the new year 2012. Space on!" More...

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Zavod Announces "Industrial City" Release

Swedish act Zavod has announced the band's debut album "Industrial City" will be released digitally via Spotify, Amazon, and other outlets on January 25th, 2012. For more information on Zavod, check out the band's Facebook profile.

The "Industrial City" track listing is as follows:

1. Panzer
2. Inhale
3. Friends with death
4. Into the night
5. We rust
6. Da ili njet
7. Vanity Allstars
8. Pripyat
9. Storm
10. Spee
11. Industrial city

The song "Pripyat" is also available for streaming via the YouTube player below. More...

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Devildriver Video Interview Available

Loud TV has posted a video interview online with Dez Fafara of Devildriver/Coal Chamber, conducted during a European tour with Machine Head. Check out the video interview in the player below.

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Dhishti Announces Shows In India

Sri Lanka's Dhishti has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates in India:

"Dhishti is proud to announce their second tour of the Land of Jambudweepa - The Meditation of Death Tour 2012 presented by Frameshift Initiatives of India in association with Raaksha Studios and Productions, Sri Lanka.

"Dhishti will be commencing Blood Ritual in 4 different states in the land of the Spiritual and Enlightened from the 21st of January to the 6th of February 2012 Making a milestone in SLBM HISTORY. This Journey of epic proportions incorporates the following events:

1) 21st January 2012 : Black Metal Krieg II - Mumbai
2) 27th January 2012 : Darjeeling Meta-Legion Fest - Darjeeling
3) 29th January 2012 : Stormbringer II - Guwahati
4) 06th February 2012 : Dhishti Live in Bangalore - Bangalore

"Exclusive Meditation of Death Tour merchandise will be available at every event." More...

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I Am Heresy Streaming Demo Online

U.S. act I Am Heresy has posted a two song demo online, which can be streamed or downloaded through the player below. The band also commented on its history:

"What happens when your band falls apart and everything you worked toward is abruptly thrown away? You start a new one! That is exactly what Nathan Gray (Boysetsfire, Casting Out) decided to do once his last musical effort The Casting Out ceased to exist. Not one to sit around and cry about the situation, he decided to move forward and form something completely new.

"He didn't have to look far though, realizing that his son Simon Gray and fellow band mate Jonah Latshaw (May 4th Massacre) both were very talented musicians in their own right, he recruited them to start a new band. Going back to the roots of what made Boysetsfire such a powerful force in the punk/hardcore scene, mixed in with the younger metal influence of Simon and Jonah..... I AM HERESY was formed.

"To help complete the band and take it to the next level, brothers Jay and Crumbs Konieko (The Dead and Gone) were added on Bass and Drums respectively. The last piece to the puzzle to help reinforce such and imposing sound was former (Chambers) guitarist Gregg Kautz. As a whole each band member brings their own unique musical style to form an imposing wall of sound that has and will continue to grow and evolve. I AM HERESY." More...

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Alcest Streaming Entire New Album

The entire new Alcest album "Les Voyages De L'Âme" is currently available for streaming now on the Prophecy Productions YouTube channel, or you can check out the songs through YouTube playlist below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Autre Temps
2. Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles
3. Les Voyages de L'Âme
4. Nous Sommes L'Emeraude
5. Beings of Light
6. Faiseurs de Mondes
7. Havens
8. Summer's Glory More...

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Mordax Signs With Ultimhate Records

Mordax has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Ultimhate Records:

"We have finally signed a record deal with Belgian Ultimhate Records for the release of our debut album 'Violence Fraud Treachery.' The album will be released on CD in Europe (+Israel and Japan) and digitally in the rest of the world February 24th. The album was recorded in CB Studios and Redhead Recordings (Denmark) and mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Opeth, Edge of Sanity, etc.) at Unisound, Örebro, Sweden."

Guitarist Ole Grarup comments: "We are extremely happy and proud to announce our cooperation with Ultimhate Records. We have chosen to work with Ultimhate Records, because they are able to offer us the dedication and professionalism about metal that we were looking for... We're very happy with the final result of 'Violence Fraud Treachery,' and working with Dan Swanö turned out to be great. Now we're looking forward to the album hitting the streets and the internet, so we can focus on live shows in Denmark and Europe, and on writing the next album."

The band is currently working on spring dates in Denmark as well as a European tour in support of "Violence Fraud Treachery." Listen to the songs "Trademark Strangulation" and "Monarch Of All" (with guest vocals from Dan Swanö) here.

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Donald Tardy Helps Feral Cats

Besides drumming for Obituary, Donald Tardy has other interests of a more altruistic nature. He and his wife Heather established the "Metal Meowlisha" as a way of aiding over 130 feral cats a day. Metal Meowlisha has the following mission statement, and you may go to it's website to learn more.

"Donald and Heather are committed to caring for feral cats in more than 20 spots or ‘colonies’ each day, 365 days a year. This also involves continually practicing Trap-Neuter-Return and using spay/neuter to control the population of free roaming cats in our area. The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return as the ONLY Humane and Effective manner of managing free roaming cat populations, and so do we! In caring for so many cats on the streets, we find many abandoned cats, especially in the current economy and college area that we are working in. Often they are in need of health care, some need extensive treatment. The MM works with our vet and local clinics to the sick and injured cats we find, and networks with the wonderful rescues and shelters in our city to help find homes for friendly, adoptable cats and kittens. We strive to provide medical care as needed to sick or injured feral cats so they can be returned to their outdoor homes to live happily and comfortably. The MM embraces a no-kill ideology and strives to treat sick and injured cats without euthanizing cats based on financial considerations or testing positive for infectious diseases. We also believe that any cat or kitten whose life will be impacted by the results of a "positive" test deserves to be retested as these results are not always correct the first time, and sometimes with time a cat will clear the antibodies or virus. They don't euthanize MLB players for testing positive! We believe all cats deserve a second chance as much as it is possible, keeping the cats quality of life & prognosis of course in primary consideration."

Currently, Obituary is planning it's next big live gig at the Chas Metal Attack VI in the Circo Volador in Mexico City, supported by Pathology and Rigor Mortis. The date for the Festival is February 4th, 2012. Check out Obituary's Facebook page for more information. More...

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Rising Streaming "Mausoleum" Online

Rising's debut full-length, "To Solemn Ash," is nearing North American release via Exile On Mainstream Records on January 17th.

Today Pitchfork.com is hosting a stream of the opening track to the album, “Mausoleum.” Check out the worldwide public premiere of the newly unleashed anthem right here.

"To Solemn Ash" boasts nearly fifty minutes of Rising’s solid doom-and-groove heavy metal thunder over ten tracks, produced by Jakob Reichert Nielsen, mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, High On Fire, etc.) and bearing artwork of Jakob Printzlau aka Plastic Kid (Lack, Volbeat, BMTH, Kashmir, etc). "To Solemn Ash" will be available in a 4-panel digifile CD, gatefold 180-gram LP and digital download.

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Seamless Posts "Architect" Song Online

Seamless has posted a track online titled "Architect," which is available in the player below. The band commented on the track:

"This is the very first Seamless song ever written or released. It is a track that has been updated and re-imagined for use on the album. This is showing the progression of the music over the past few months. We will be releasing newer tracks soon.

"Also, keep in mind that this is still early in the mixing stage. We have been working on finalizing a mix for the entire album, so it's subject to change over the next few single releases, and definitely before the official album release." More...

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Pathology Announces Tour Dates

San Diego death metallers Pathology have announced a series of west coast concert dates in support of their fifth album, "Awaken to the Suffering." The mini-tour will start in Tijuana on the 13th.

1/13/2012 - Tijuana, Mexico @ El Divan de Alicia
1/14/2012 - Fullerton, CA @ The Riff Haus w/ Warbringer
1/15/2012 - Simi Valley, CA @ 118 Live - w/ Abigail Williams, Inherit Disease
1/16/2012 - Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar w/ Gortuary
1/17/2012 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones w/ Inherit Disease
1/18/2012 - Santa Maria, CA @ O'Sullivan's Pub w/ Halo of Gunfire
1/19/2012 - Fresno, CA @ The Chinatown Youth Center
1/20/2012 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Pioneer
1/21/2010 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Transient Lounge
1/22/2012 - Berkeley, CA @ Gilman Street w/ Impaled
1/23/2012 - Sacramento, CA @ On The Y
1/24/2012 - Ceres, CA @ The Workshop
1/25/2012 - Sparks, NV @ The Alley
1/26/2012 - Las Vegas, NV @ Bikini Bar w/ Cerebral Incubation
1/27/2012 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers
1/28/2012 - Ocean Beach, CA @ Electric Ladyland w/ Gortuary More...

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At Home In Hell Issues New Album Update

At Home In Hell has checked in with the following update about the release of the band's upcoming sophomore effort and follow-up to the self-titled debut album:

"Just got back on Facebook... and we will be checking it often with the release of the album later THIS MONTH!!!

"Updates are on the way... We are close to getting back in the studio to put all the pieces back together... Look out for shows a little later in the year...

"As for now look for the album in you nearest local music store (in Montana for now) On Tuesday January 31st!"

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The Haarp Machine Posts Guitar Video Clip

The Haarp Machine has posted a video clip online featuring guitar performances and snippets from the band's upcoming album. Check out the video below, or find more details on The Haarp Machine via the band's Facebook profile.

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Suspyre Reveals "The Cycle" Artwork

New Jersey prog metal act Suspyre has released the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming "The Cycle" album. Check out the artwork below. A teaser trailer for "The Cycle" is also available here. Details on the album's release date and track listing will be announced as they are made available.

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The Odious Posts Track Online

The Odious has posted a track online titled "Fighting Satan's Army (of Jew Bankers)," which can be heard below. The band commented:

"We, The Odious, in our quest for musical truth, have had an epiphany. We have accepted Jesus Christ as our lord and savior. Because of this, we have had to change our once-blasphemous style of music into something a little more God-friendly! So as promised, here is a tasty new jam. Enjoy!"

You can also check out the band's previously posted demo track "The Gynecic Curse" here. More...

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Orphalis Offers EP For Download

German technical death metal band Orphalis, who recently signed to Show No Mercy records, is planning on releasing a full-length album early in 2012. In the meantime, Orpalis is streaming it's three song EP "Watchmaker Analogy." You can download it over on Bandcamp, or listen to it below. A promo video for "Watchmaker" follows.


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Age Of Woe Posts 2011 Recap

Sweden's Age of Woe has issued the following recap of the band's 2011 activity:

"2011 was a great year in many ways for Age of Woe. We recorded and released our debut 7? EP in September, and digitally through Pivotal Rockordings in December, which received a lot of positive reactions and great reviews all around.

"To promote the release, we decided to live stream a short set we played at the Belly of the Whale studio in Gothenburg. It was a very cool event and nothing any of us had ever done before. It turned out to be more successful than we’d ever thought it could be. Hopefully we will be able to release this live recording in some way during 2012.

"We also played a lot of cool shows during the year, including a mini-tour in Germany. We ended the year by playing at the Scorched Tundra Festival at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg together with As You Drown, Zombiekrig, Marionette and Eldrimner. It was a great night and a lot of people attended this newborn festival.

"During the second part of 2011 we started to work on the next big project, which will be our first full length album. It culminated in a trip to a cottage in the woods, where we isolated ourselves for a week to work more intensely on the album. The recording of this album are planned for April/May, and so far it looks very promising.

"We know that this year will be even more productive and intense for Age of Woe. For starters, we have a European tour coming up in April and even more shows to be confirmed during the first part of 2012. We are also working on some other cool stuff that we hope can be revealed soon, so stay alert and keep your eyes open."

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Atoma Finishes New Album

Stockholm's Atoma, which features former members of Slumber, has issued the following announcement about completing the "Skylight" album:

"Skylight is now complete. We are very proud of this piece and eager beyond words to continue writing more albums. More news will follow shortly.

"Artworks for front cover and 'Skylight' booklet are being made. We will post more info and the album cover here when it's done."

Further details on the release date for "Skylight" will be announced as they are made available.

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Dawn Of Disease Issues Recording Update

Dawn of Disease has checked in with the following update about recording the new "Crypts of the Unrotten" album:

"Today was the third day of recording our forthcoming album "Crypts Of The Unrotten". We started with a Death Metal breakfast and went on recording the first track.

"It all went quite well and we managed to finish the drums of another four songs. Mathias really did an amazing job. He recorded more than 8 hours with nearly no break!

"What an animal! After a meat-filled dinner we are now relaxing, having a drink or two and preparing some songs for tomorrow.

"Cheeeeeeeerz, Dawn of Disease"

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Autopsy Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Autopsy performing the song "Voices," which is taken off the 1992 album "Acts of the Unspeakable." Check out the footage below.

Autopsy has also announced the release of an upcoming compilation "All Tomorrow's Funerals," due out February 28th on Peaceville Records. Further details are available here.

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Killswitch Engage Splits With Vocalist

Killswitch Engage has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Howard Jones and seeking a new vocalist:

"To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage.

"We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well.

"He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time.

"We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin."

Further details on the band's vocalist situation will be announced as they are made available, and in the mean time you can follow the latest on Killswitch Engage via Facebook.

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Abigor Announces 2CD Set

Abigor has announced an upcoming 2CD set titled "Quintessence," which features "Channeling the Quintessence of Satan" and "The Satanic Tapes." End All Life Productions commented on the release:

"We are extremely proud to announce one of our most ambitious releases thus far, containing recordings that shaped the history of Black Metal as a genre (namely the infamous demos from 1993 and 1994) and a new interpretation of 'Channelling the Quintessence of Satan,' revisited over a decade later.

"The transfiguration is of radical nature while preserving, actually enhancing, the original spirit. It is something to experience and not to describe but let's make a vain attempt and write that it's Janus like, as ancient as it is contemporary, as TRADITIONAL as it is groundbreaking. In other words, Black Metal in all its glory."

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Nitrogods Posts Details On Debut LP

German metal band Nitrogods, featuring guitarist Henny Wolter (Thunderhead/Primal Fear/Sinner), drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call/Primal Fear) and bassist/vocalist Claus Larcher (Ex-Chinchilla guitarist), will release its debut self-titled LP on February 24, 2012 (Germany), February 27, 2012 (EU), March 2012 (North America/Canada - exact date not announced) through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The album will feature guest appearances by Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty and ex-Motörhead/Fastway guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke in the songs "Whiskey Wonderland" and "Wasted In Berlin," respectively.

The track listing "Nitrogods" is as follows:

1. Black Car Driving Man
2. Demolition Inc.
3. At Least I'm Drunk
4. Gasoline
5. Whiskey Wonderland (feat. Dan McCafferty)
6. Licence To Play Loud
7. Lipsynch Stars
8. The Devil Dealt The Deck
9. Rifle Down
10. Riptide
11. Wasted In Berlin (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke)
12. Zombietrain

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Inner Fear Offers New LP For Free Download

Czech Republic symphonic/extreme metal band Inner Fear, featuring Cradle of Filth drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka, is offering its brand new release "First Born Fear" as a free download from the band's Facebook Page by visiting this location and clicking "Like." The album is the band's first since disbanding in 2003 after the release of the band's third LP "Symbiotry."

Drummer Marthus commented on the release: "We, finally did it. The album is ready and is available to our fans for free. I'm really excited about our new lineup, as we can't wait to start touring together. The guys are just amazing and we're working on the new album already."

The new lineup sees the addition of Serhio (Infected) on bass and Serg (Preternatural) on vocals.

The track listing for "First Born Fear" is as follows:

1. I.N.T.R.O.
2. Fear Proclaimed
3. Imprisoned In Forgotten Dungeon
4. Lustmistress
5. I Watch the Blood Forever
6. Inner Fear
7. Love is a Poisonous Cunt
8. Our Crimson Deeds
9. Akhu
10. Secrets Holder

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The Prophecy 23 Posts Studio Update

German thrashers The Prophecy 23 checked in with a studio update on the recording of the band's new LP "Green Machine Laser Beam," which is due out in late spring/summer 2012 via Massacre Records.

In a statement on the band's Official Facebook Page, the band commented: "

"Greetings from the Kohlekeller Studio! Today we've tried some different amps, guitars, settings and rectal enhancers to get an ass-kickin' guitar sound. 3 Songs are already recorded and now it's time to have some drinks at the studio bar. Cheers in heaven!"

The band recently went through major lineup changes.

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Mob Rules Posts "Inofficial" Video For New Year

German power metal band Mob Rules posted an "inofficial" video clip for the song "The Glance of Flame" as a Happy New Year gift to fans. The song appears on the band's latest LP "Radical Peace" which was released in 2009 through AFM Records.

In the accompanying year end message, the band promises an album in 2012, which they are currently writing. The full message reads:

"Mob Rules wishes a rocking 2012 and likes to say a big „thank you" to all of our friends and fans for the great support in 2011 and all the years before. The last year was a very special for us! We played a lot of gigs, including our show at the Prog Power USA XII in Atlanta, which was a very special experience for us! We also started the songwriting for our new album, which is going to be released in 2012! The recordings will begin soon, so prepare yourself for the next big thing coming during the year! To start the new year properly, we took a song from our last release "Radical Peace" and recorded a clip for you. This is not an official video, but should bring you into the right mood for a rocking 2012 with Mob Rules!"

Check out the video clip here:

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Choke On Your Ego Recruits Drummer

New York's Choke On Your Ego, which recently announced lineup changes, has now checked in with the following brief update about revealing the band's new drummer:

"Choke On Your Ego would like to welcome Jim Higgins to our Line up as the new drummer.... Welcome aboard Jim!

"We have found a drummer but are still seeking a bassist so ..... where are you?"

More information and songs from the band available for streaming can be found via Choke On Your Ego's Facebook profile.

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Hatesphere Announces Denmark Shows

Hatesphere has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Denmark shows in April and May:

"Danes beware: We will play an extensive Denmark tour in April/May 2012 with support from Helhorse! The dates are below Presale starts on January 9th from the venue homepages! Hope to see you all out there!."

04.04 – Roskilde, Gimle
13.04 – Sønderborg, Sønderborghus
14.04 – Aarhus, Train
20.04 – Albertslund, Forbrændingen
21.04 – Lyngby, Templet
27.04 – Frederikshavn, Musiske Hus
03.05 – Randers, Von Hatten
04.05 – Aalborg, Skråen
10.05 – København, Vega
11.05 – Vordingborg, Stars
12.05 – Bygningen, Vejle

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Threshold Cancels Release Shows

Threshold has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled release shows for the new "March of Progress" album:

"British progressive metallers THRESHOLD are sorry to announce the cancellation of all their pre-release shows that were planned for April 2012.

"THRESHOLD are currently in the studio recording their ninth album 'March of Progress,' but regretfully vocalist Damian Wilson has been taken ill so all of the band's plans are now delayed."

Threshold also previously announced some of the provisional song titles to appear on the album include "Ashes," "Return of the Thought Police," "Staring at the Sun," and "Divinity."

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Leo 037 Releases Studio Album

Spanish power metal guitarist Leo Jimenez has released his second solo effort "Los Fuertes Sobreviven." Below is an official video for the track "Tantas Vidas" from that release. Leo goes by the name Leo 037 (a backwards juxtaposition of his name) on his solo efforts, like the first one he put out - "Titere Con Cabeza," which spawned the official video "Desde El Ataud". Jimenez has also contributed guitar to Spanish band Supra. Currently, Leo Jimenez is playing gigs in Central and South America. On January 21st he will appear at the Academia Nicaraguense de Danza and on January 22nd he will be at Pepper's Club in Costa Rica.

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Blind Guardian Posts Ep 1 Of Guardian TV

German symphonic/progressive metal band Blind Guardian will be celebrating the band's 25th Anniversary in 2012. The band is releasing the compilation "Memories of a Time To Come" on January 20, 2012 through Virgin/EMI Records, the full details of which can be found at this location.

In the days leading up to the release of the compilation, the band has launched "Guardian TV," a series of videos. Episode 1 of the series can be seen here:

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Empatic Posts First Official Music Video

Polish death/thrashers Empatic posted the band's very first official music video for the song "VS." The track appears on the band's debut release "Gods of Thousand Souls" which was originally released in 2010 via Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho Records. The album will be re-issued on January 20, 2012 through Austria's Terrasound Records.

Check out "VS" here: More...

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Shining Post Teaser For New Music Video

Norweigian avant-garde/jazz/black metal band Shining has posted a video teaser for the song "Fisheye." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Blackjazz" released in 2010 by Indie Recordings. The video is scheduled for release on January 7, 2012.

Check out the teaser here:

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Seraphiel Streaming Entire EP

Finnish power metal band Seraphiel are streaming the band's entire EP "Euphory Amplified," which was released in June of 2011. Wintersun guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari provided a guest solo on the song "In Vain." The band also released a debut EP "Opposing Existence" in 2008.

Check out "Euphory Amplified" here:

Euphory Amplified by Seraphielband

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Black Country Communion To Enter Studio

Hard Rock super group Black Country Communion, featuring Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinan, Joe Bonomassa and Jason Bonham, will enter the studio in June of 2012 to record the band's third, yet untitled, LP for a release in late 2012. Since the band's formation in 2010, they have released "Black Country" (2010) and "2" (2011).

Singer Glenn Hughes stated that he expects the musical direction of the band to continue in the same vein as the band's second release.

A video report was broadcast by Artisan News Service and can be seen here: More...

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Eluveitie Streaming New Song

Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie are streaming the new song "A Rose For Epona." The song is from the band's forthcoming LP "Helvetios," which due out on February 10th, 2012 (EU) and February 28th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The full track listing for "Helvetios" is as follows:

1. Prologue
2. Helvetios
3. Luxtos
4. Home
5. Santonian Shores
6. Scorched Earth
7. Meet The Enemy
8. Neverland
9. A Rose For Epona
10. Havoc
11. The Uprising
12. Hope
13. The Siege
14. Alesia
15. Tullianum
16. Uxellodunon
17. Epilogue More...

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Cambion Streaming 2012 Instrumental Teaser

U.K. melodic death metal band Cambion are streaming 2012 instrumental demo teaser. The band are working on a debut release for U.K. label Bored Stiff Records to follow the 2010 self-released EP "City of Ember."

Check out the teaser here:

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Sabaton Posts In Studio Session Video #1

Swedish power metal band Sabaton, who recently announced the title of the band's sixth studio release "Carolus Rex," have posted the first of a series of in session studio videos leading up to the album's release in 2012 (date is not confirmed as of yet).

The band recently announced a headlining U.S. tour commencing in April 2012, along with the "Carolus Rex" release party at the Key Club in West Hollywood on May 23, 2012.

Check out the video here:

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MexiCore Offers Free Compilation

MexiCore is issuing it's latest compilation "Corepilacion 2011" for free download here. The compilation features 22 Mexican bands of various genres ranging from metalcore to thrash. Below is the tracklisting of "Corepilacion 2011." Check out many bands from the Mexican scene by heading over to MexiCore's blogspot.

1. Everyone Likes Cathleen - Requesting To Keep Your Cancer
2. Lack Of Remorse - Dark Titan
3. As You Wish My Queen - Stay With Me Forever
4. With No Mercy - Katalepsya
5. Days Of Struggle - Reasons To Smile
6. Overgod - Process Of Death
7. From My Cold Dead Hands - New Design
8. Desolate Seas - Ophiuchus
9. All Beehives Aviators - Avantgarde
10. The Artificial Lines - Alpha
11. Cardio Kazan - In Slow Motion
12. Shenovah - Escarlata
13. Inherent To Deceive - Hope/Decay
14. Our Reflections - Distance And Horizons
15. From Alaska - Taste Of Life
16. Logan - The Outsiders
17. Drakma - Promesas
18. Drained Lives - Crucifixion
19. Here Comes The Kraken - Never Regret
20. While The Heart Becomes - Only In Your Eyes
21. Decapitado Por Genocidio - Envuelto En Pesadilla
22. xRestox - Cuando Todo Vaya Bien More...

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Kill Ritual Streaming New Song

Kill Ritual is streaming the new track "Old School Thrasher" from the forthcoming release "The Serpentine Ritual" (heard below). The band features guitarist Steve Rice (Ex-Imagika), drummer Wayne De Vecchi (Doom Society), guitarist Roberto Proietti (Eldritch) and bassist Danyael Williams (Dark Angel). The album was mixed by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) in Sweden, who also is a guest guitarist on the song "Coat of Blood." The band is planning a 2012 release date.

The track listing for "The Serpentine Ritual" is:

1. The Serpentine Ritual
2. Torn Down
3. Time To Kill
4. Ambush
5. Old School Thrasher
6. Coat Of Blood
7. Cold Hard Floor
8. Law Of The Land
9. The Day The World Dies
10. Prisoner Of The Flesh

Check out "Old School Thrasher" here:

Kill Ritual - Old School Thrasher by RockNGrowl

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Meshuggah Completes New Album

Swedish metal band Meshuggah has completed work on the band's seventh studio release. The album, the title of which has not been confirmed, will be released on March 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will mark the much anticipated follow up to the 2008 release "ObZen."

In a statement to the world, the band commented: "After a long time of deep soul searching and intense wrecking of the psyches, the new album is finally done. Soon you will meet this colossus that will pulverize your being. Welcome to the other side on March 27."

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Lillian Axe To Release New Album

New Orleans metal band Lillian Axe will release the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow" on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."

The band is also streaming the new track "Babylon," which can be heard here:

LILLIAN AXE - Babylon (2012) by AFM Records

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Hollenthon To Broadcast 2011 Vienna Show

Austrian symphonic death metal act Hollenthon will broadcast the entire DVD quality show that was filed in Vienna, Austria in 2011 on the band's official Facebook Page. The show will be broadcast in four parts starting on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Visit the band's page and click "Like" to view the show. The band is also give away a fan package to a random fan that shares the live teaser clip below on his/her Facebook wall and click's the "Like" button on the band's page.

The teaser for the event can be seen here:

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