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Metal News for January 5, 2013

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Temporal Posts New Music Video

Australia's Temporal has released a music video for the track "Plagues," which comes off the band's "Exitium" EP.

The video was directed by Joel Crane, produced and mixed by Roland Lim, and can be viewed below. Temporal's debut EP "Exitium" is now available online via iTunes here.

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Helloween Posts Part One Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the first part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs on the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up to its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea (check out music video here)
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The first track-by-track video, "Day 1: Nabataea" can be seen here: More...

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Victory Records Announces 2013 Releases

Victory Records has checked in with the following statement about upcoming releases in the new year:

"After a successful 2012, Victory Records has summoned their army, with the drive and conviction to make 2013 rock harder than ever before. Pushing boundaries and coloring outside of the lines is to be expected, with a new year, comes a renewed sense of brutality and vengeance; an opportunity to unite fans of all music genres across the world.

"Never one to disappoint, Victory fan favorite Otep plans to deliver her final studio album; an awe-inspiring tale of a girl who has been cast aside, heart set on revenge against the cold world in Hydra, to be released January 22nd.

"The label debut albums of Fall City Fall's Victus and Continents’ Idle Hands, will also be unleashed on January 22nd; already being called some of the most dynamic, raw hardcore collections in a longtime by Outburn. More...

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Romero Launches Kickstarter Page

Madison, Wisconsin sludge band Romero has launched a kickstarter campaign to get enough funds to release its debut album on vinyl. The new Romero album, "Take the Potion," will be released digitally on January 29th and will be available to stream via the Grindcore Karaoke website. Romero has previously released a couple of singles, "Couch Lock" and "Solitaire," both of which can be streamed over on bandcamp. The kickstarter page can be accessed by going here.

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OMAAF Streaming Songs From Latest EP

Birmingham, AL grindcore act Of Men And Angel's Flesh recently self-released the "Ethnospheric Decay" EP, and now two tracks from the release are available for streaming online.

Check out "Final Flood" and "Architecture" in the YouTube clips below, or hear more from the band over at Facebook here. The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains) with Brian Elliott.

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Seas Against The Sky Streaming New Single

Jalisco, Mexico metalcore band Seas Against The Sky has released a follow-up single to its song "The Deception." The new single, "Permanence," is streaming below. The track will be included on a new EP the band will be releasing in February. Seas Against The Sky will also be hosting a gig with fellow Mexican metal band The Faceless on January 19th in Guadalajara, in which the band will be playing more new tracks at the show.

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Heaven's Cry Streaming Re-Issue Track

Canadian progressive metallists Heaven's Cry have premiered the song "Komma" from the upcoming reissue of their second album, "Primal Power Addiction," through Lambgoat.com. Give the track a listen right here.

The first two Heaven's Cry releases, "Food For Thought Substitute" and follow-up "Primal Power Addiction," will be reissued by Prosthetic Records on January 8th, following the success of the band's recently released comeback album "Wheels of Impermanence."

Both of the reissues feature revamped artwork and have been newly remixed by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Kataklysm) and remastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X). You can pre-order both albums on the Prosthetic IndieMerch store. More...

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Castle Kicks Off Headlining Tour

Thrash-infused doom act Castle kicked off the band's first-ever headlining tour last night in Oakland, California at Eli's Mile High Club. The band's updated itinerary now includes several new show dates in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Castle was recently seen supporting doom act Witch Mountain on a Scion A/V-sponsored national tour and have also performed with the likes of Blood Ceremony, Hammers of Misfortune, and Gates of Slumber. The band will also take part in the upcoming Roadburn Festival alongside High On Fire, Intronaut, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer and many more.

Thanks to Heavy Metal Home TV, you now can experience the intensity of a live Castle show by watching the complete video coverage of their recent performance at Turbinehalle in Oberhausen, Germany below. More...

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Gallow God Posts Full-Length Song Samples

British traditional doom band Gallow God will be following up its "False Mystical Prose" three song EP with a new full-length album shortly. The new album, "The Veneration of Serpents," will be out via Psychedoomelic Records.

Gallow God has posted the eight-song tracklisting to its website, along with three full-length song samples. You can check out the title track, "At Eternity's Gate" and a cover the band does of the Simon and Garfunkel song "Scarborough Fair" over at this location.

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'Kin Hell Fest Details Announced

A new 3 day festival has hit the scene in the shape of 'Kin Hell Fest, which will be happening in Leeds, UK on April 26th - 28th at The Templeworks. The new festival brings together 35 bands, currently with Winterfylleth, Man Must Die, and Rompeprop (playing an exclusive one off UK show, from Holland) as the three headliners.

The full lineup can be found below, and further info is available at the festival's website or Facebook page. The organizers of the event also commented:

"There will also be one room dedicated to some immense distros and all the bands' merch stalls and art stalls, good choices of well priced drinks, food to suit vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters, a big chill out area, all within just a few minutes of the train and bus stations.

"There are 4 more cracking bands to be announced, word on that soon, full weekend tickets and individual day tickets are available right now on the website and selling very well, so don't miss out, 500 capacity gig room." More...

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Robb Flynn Posts New Band Diary

Robb Flynn of Machine Head used to write diaries on the band's website pretty regularly, but life got in the way, or as he puts it: "between touring and all the demands of Machine Head, as well as being a husband, and full-time Dad to two young boys when I'm not on tour, I just haven't had the time. On top of that, my diaries had snowballed into epic endeavors that seemed to demand more and more with every installment and that just started to overwhelm the whole process."

Robb has now finally posted a new diary entry, which includes his thoughts on Stone Sour's "House of Gold & Bones Part 1" and performing at the memorial service for Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker, who died in a motorcycle accident in December.

Check out a clip below of Robb singing Black Sabbath's "Die Young" and talking about his friendship with Mitch. You can also read the full new blog entry from Robb at this location. More...

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Thinning The Herd Announces Memorial For Drummer

Rick Cimato, drummer for NYC stoner metal outfit Thinning the Herd and previously of Locked In A Vacancy, was tragically killed over the holidays in a car crash. Cimato was on his way home from visiting relatives in Maine, when the head-on collision took place in Connecticut.

Last week Thinning the Herd founder Gavin Spielman issued the following statement via the band’s Facebook page about Cimato’s passing: “Being in a band is about being friends. In shock and in tears over the loss of my friend and bandmate, I have to think of the band. I named the band Thinning the Herd when my father Steven A. Spielman passed, to cope with the loss. Rick would want me to keep writing for Thinning the Herd. If stop, I would not be doing his legacy service. His drumming on the new record is some of the best rock I have heard, and I want you guys to hear it. Thank god for this guy, what a gift as a friend, brother and band mate. For anyone who jams with others, anyone who lets another into that higher conscious world - you might understand the depth of how one can integrate and nurture the spirit.”

Cimato’s distraught bandmates have set up a memorial for their fallen brother, set to take place this Sunday, January 6th at The Grand Victory [245 Grand St., Brooklyn] at 6pm. The memorial will be hosted by members of Gods Green Earth, Locked in a Vacancy, Nassau Chainsaw, Hickory Hawkins and of course the remaining members of Thinning the Herd. Full info is available here.

This special gathering will also serve as the public’s first listen to the newly-completed Thinning the Herd album "Freedom From The Known." The trio recorded the album with acclaimed producer Steve Albini over the Summer, and have just wrapped up the mastering on the album. Previously slated for a late 2012 release, the album will now be released on February 5th via Saint Marks Records. More...

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Gideon Re-Releasing Album On Vinyl

Facedown Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the debut Gideon album as a limited edition vinyl:

"We will be releasing Gideon’s debut album 'Costs' on vinyl on January 29th. These will be hand numbered, marble vinyl and limited to just 300 copies. Pre-orders are available now in our online store so make sure to grab one of those soon before they are gone.

"Gideon are about to head over to Japan for a short tour before meeting up with For Today for the 'Fight The Silence' tour!" More...

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Caravan Of Whores Posts Tour Dates

Oxfordshire stoner doom band Caravan Of Whores has posted four dates that it will be playing live at in its native United Kingdom, culminating with a show at the Bodfest 2013 in July. Caravan Of Whores released its second EP, "Road to Kurti," earlier in 2012. It's four tracks are streaming below the tour dates. The band also has the 2011 three-song release "A Cosmic Interlude" to its credit.


Saturday, January 26th Alma Inn Calderdale
Wednesday, February 6th The Albert Brighton
Sunday, March 24th The Croft Bristol
Bodfest 2013 Saturday, July 13th Bodicote Banbury, Oxfordshire


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The Reticent Posts "With Folded Arms" Music Video

The Reticent posted a new music video for the track "With Folded Arms." The song appears on the bands latest LP "Le Temps Detruit Tout," which was released in May 2012 via Heaven And Hell Records. The song and video both serve as a tribute to the life and work of noted contrarian and self-described antitheist Christopher Hitchens, whose career of critique, debate, and authorship spanned four decades.

The Reticent mastermind Chris Hathcock had the following to say about Hitchens and the video made in his honor:

"I found in Christopher Hitchens much the same inspiration I have found in many of my favorite musicians and composers. Hearing him speak or reading his work always stirred me and captivated me. And it is not necessarily the case that he informed my worldview as much as he lead me to my deep love of debate and open discourse of ideas. With my last album, and particularly with the song specifically dedicated to him ('With Folded Arms'), I wanted to pay tribute and give my honorarium. While most tribute songs are about the person or their life or the impact that person had on their life, I didn't want to go down that road. I'm just a nobody, who cares how Hitch affected me? I wanted my song to be perhaps an interpretation of him via ideas. Arguments and critique. Which does not rob the song of emotion in my opinion. To the contrary, I feel it is infused with even more because I am discussing ideas that are bigger than me rather than my own experiences as I have done in the past. Though I know it falls short by a mile of Christopher Hitchens' genius, I still wanted to say goodbye in my own way."

Check out "With Folded Arms" here:

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