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Metal News for January 6, 2012

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48 news articles posted on this day.

Tlillan Calmecac Streaming New Song

Mexican ancestral metal band Tlillan Calmecac, who already have two albums of pagan/black metal to it's credit, is streaming a new song titled "Onaqui Tonatiuh" on Soundcloud. The band is also issuing a download of the two tracks, "Amotlamini Sanili" and "Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl," over on Mediafire. Tracks from both of Tlillan Calmecac's albums are streaming on the band's MySpace page.

Onaqui Tonatiuh (Preludio de Honor) - Tlillan Calmecac by Kukuulkaan Tlahuicole

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Dwellers Streaming New Song

Salt Lake City doom band Dwellers is streaming one of the songs, "Secret Revival," from it's first full-length "Good Morning Harakiri" below. This album is due out in January 2012. Dwellers had also put out a four song EP, "Peace and Other Horrors," in June of 2011 which the band is issuing over on Bandcamp.


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Evil Cosmonaut Offers EP Download

Russian stoner rock band Evil Cosmonaut is streaming it's debut four-song EP "We Have Landed" over on Bandcamp. The trio formed in 2008 and are regulars in the Moscow club scene with it's fuzz rock sound. You can download all four of Evil Cosmonaut's songs over at that location, or stream them in the player below.


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Old Corpse Road Recording Bathory Cover

Old Corpse Road has issued the following announcement about recording a Bathory cover track for an upcoming tribute album:

"We have chosen to cover the song 'Equimanthorn' from the classic Bathory album 'Under the Sign of the Black Mark.' The track is currently being recorded alongside our debut album, and will feature on a new Bathory tribute album 'Voices from Valhalla' due out via Godreah Records this year. Check out the original classic here."

Godreah Records also commented:

"Godreah Records will release a 'TRIBUTE TO BATHORY' double cd titled, Voices from Valhalla, in April 2012. The bands appearing are, Taake, Thornium, Nine Covens, Folkvang, Meads of Asphodel, Eastern Front, Throne of Katarsis, Bloodshed Walhalla, Gods Tower, Skyforger, Sigh, Nokturnal Mortum, Mael Mórdha, Darkest Era, Ancient Ascendant, Vrani Volosa, Old corpse Road, Hellsword, plus a few more to be confirmed."

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Black Breath Announces "Sentenced To Life"

Seattle's barbaric wrecking crew Black Breath has completed a second LP and is preparing to fire it point blank into the public's face this March. The forthcoming new platter, dubbed "Sentenced to Life," is the follow-up to the band's raging 2010 debut album, "Heavy Breathing."

Bearing 10 thunderous tracks in under 33 minutes, "Sentenced To Life" features such smashing Black Breath hits as "Feast of the Damned," "Doomed," "Forced Into Possession," "Home of the Grave" and of course the title anthem "Sentenced to Life."

The band once again recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, and had the finished product mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. "Sentenced To Life" will burst into stores and distros for public armament in March 2012. A final release date, full track listing, cover art and preview of the new album will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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Everything Went Black Streaming Full Album

St. Louis' Everything Went Black has posted a full album stream of the debut "Cycles of Light," which will be released on January 17th in North America, on February 6th in the U.K. and February 10th in the rest of Europe on Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic Records.

Check out the stream now courtesy of Amp Magazine here. The band has also announced a string of dates in January in conjunction with the album's release.

"Cycles of Light" is now available for pre-order through the Prosthetic webstore and is available on vinyl and CD, and as part of a T-shirt bundle. Order here. More...

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Halcyon Way Comments On Upcoming Tour

Halcyon Way is headed to Europe this spring when the band hits the road for a tour with Delain and Trillium. The tour kicks off April 26th in Hamburg, Germany and winds up May 16th in London.

Guitarist Jon Bodan commented about the upcoming tour: "We're very excited to be hitting the road again in Europe with Delain & Trillium this spring! It should be an epic tour with a great night of metal for all the fans. To celebrate the new year and the tour, fans new & old can get a special bundle deal on 'Building The Towers' and 'IndoctriNation' for only $20 including shipping, so visit the webshop and pick it up for super cheap!"

The tour dates are as follows:

April 26 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
April 27 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Lido, Berlin, Germany
April 28 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Progresja, Warzaw, Poland
April 29 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Masters of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
May 02 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
May 03 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 04 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Backstage, Munich, Germany
May 05 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Rock'n'Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia, Italy
May 06 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
May 08 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Gloria, Cologne, Germany
May 09 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
May 10 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
May 11 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Alhambra, Paris, France
May 12 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK
May 13 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Corporation, Sheffield, UK
May 15 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Academy 20, Manchester, UK
May 16 2012 - w. Delain and Trillium Koko, London, UK

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Caliban Offering Free Song Download

Germany's modern metal force Caliban has revealed another new track off the forthcoming album, "I Am Nemesis." The song "Dein R3.ich" is available for free download here.

"I Am Nemesis," Caliban's upcoming eighth studio album, will be available in the U.S. on February 28th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:

01. We Are The Many
02. The Bogeyman
03. Memorial
04. No Tomorrow
05. Edge Of Black
06. Davy Jones
07. Deadly Dream
08. Open Letter
09. Dein R3.ich
10. Broadcast To Damnation
11. This Oath
12. Modern Warfare More...

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Steel Panther Video Interview Available

At their recent New York stop, Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinya and bassist Lexxi Foxx sat down with Metal Injection for a hilarious video interview where they discussed their New Years Resolutions, opening for Guns N Roses, the type of drugs they enjoy and other questions in this very loose and fun interview.

Check out the video below. You can also find Steel Panther's version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" at this location. More...

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Exhumed Announces "Grind Over Europe" Tour

Following their first ever trek through Brazil with Aborted, California goregrind ministers Exhumed will spray their blood overseas next month on the Grind Over Europe Tour 2012. Set to kick off on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain, the band will mercilessly tear through 16 cities. Speakers will blow, ears will bleed, villages will crumble. You have been warned. The band will be joined by label-mates Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “We’re fully chuffed to have an opportunity to Grind Over Europe with a couple of our favorite bands: Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind! If you don’t like blastbeats, manic energy, beer, stage-diving, rhino charges, swinging thumbjumps or Scott Carlson bass grinds, do yourself a favor and stay the fuck home! This tour, in addition to being a screaming whirlwind holocaust, will single handedly bring the phrase ‘play fast or die!’ back en vogue. We’re psyched to get to hit a few countries for the first time on this tour, as well as dust off some old and particularly short, fast, and loud numbers for the set. Our very first tour in ‘97 was the Grind Over Europe II tour with Hemdale and Nyctophobic, so whoever said ‘you can’t go home again’ is obviously full of shit! Bring your studded vests, dreadlocks, Agathocles split EPs, and worn out old Napalm Death shirts on down to the show and let’s tear some shit apart! Cheers!”

Dates are as follows:

w/Aborted
2/16/2012 Beco – Porto Alegre, RS
2/17/2012 Music Hall – Belo Horizonte, MG
2/18/2012 Hangar 110 – São Paulo, SP
2/19/2012 Hangar Bar – Curitiba, PR
2/20/2012 Armazém do Café – Catanduva/SP

w/ Rotten Sound, Magrudergrind
2/24/2012 Estraperlo Club – Barcelona, Spain
2/25/2012 TBA Spain
2/26/2012 Sala Jala Jala – Almería, Spain
2/27/2012 Revolver Bar – Lisbon, Portugal
2/28/2012 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
2/29/2012 Sala Heaven – Santander, Spain
3/01/2012 Salle Des Fêtes De Labège – Toulouse, France
3/02/2012 Kulturwerk 118 – Sursee, Switzerland
3/03/2012 Les Caves Du Manoir – Martigny, Switzerland
3/04/2012 Lo Fi Club – Milano, Italy
3/05/2012 Mochvara – Zagreb, Croatia
3/06/2012 Dürer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
3/07/2012 Euphoria Music Hall – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3/08/2012 Nova Pekaren – Nitra, Slovakia
3/09/2012 Black Pes – Prague, Czech Rep
3/10/2012 Barrak Music Club – Ostrava, Czech Rep

Exhumed will be touring in support of "All Guts, No Glory," issued earlier this year via Relapse Records. To stream "All Guts, No Glory" in full visit this location.

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals New Guitarist

Pain of Salvation has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We are proud to present the last piece of the puzzle for the upcoming tour line-up – the guitar player.

"First, a little background on the auditions. So, we had applications coming in from the whole world (including a few countries we had barely heard of) and it was a pretty massive task to go through them all and make our choices. From close to a hundred applicants we harshly narrowed it down to five guitar players being invited to our rehearsing room for auditions. One from Sweden, one from the UK, one from Iceland, one from Germany and one from France. These were the top-of-the-crop, and it’s quite telling that they were all lead singers in their respective past or present bands. It was hard to choose, especially between the top two guys. However, when the dust settled, it was to Iceland that we turned, and the magical Ragnar Zolberg. So, without further ado, here he is.

"We are certain that Ragnar will have everything that’s needed to kick your asses on the upcoming tour, and our first four days of rehearsals only strengthened that feeling. He is an excellent guitar player and an outstanding vocalist, and he knows how to make use of those abilities while rocking out on stage. On top of that he is an awesome person. What’s not to like?"

Zolberg also commented on joining the band:

"Holy ravens! what the f**k just happened!? My gratitude and excitement for the upcoming tour is far beyond words and I feel unbelievably privileged to be sharing the stage with one of my favorite bands.

"I’ve been going through the songs during the whole Christmas that I’m spending here in London, but the only guitar I had was my nephew’s guitar…..he’s 2 years old! Let’s just say that it’s a very small one but it sort of keeps in tune so it’s not all bad.

"I can’t wait to start rocking out to the music that we’ve all come to love so dearly and I will devote my whole heart to it!"

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Howard Jones Comments On Leaving Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage recently announced the band was parting ways with vocalist Howard Jones and seeking a replacement. Howard has now checked in with the following statement:

"Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I've had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.

"Recently we've all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn't get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn't in it.

"I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can't stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it's going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin' Howard"

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New Metal Songs Come To The Rock Band Network

After last week's hiatus due to the holiday season, the Rock Band Network is back in full swing adding in new tracks. This week's metal additions to the Xbox 360 version are as follows:

Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "The One Who Walks Alone" (160 MSP)
Nordheim - "Beer, Metal, Trolls, and Vomit!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Just a Lie" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Just a Lie (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Texas in July - "Hook, Line, and Sinner (RB3 2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)

These songs also hit the PS3 version on 1/10 (North America) and 1/18 (Europe):

Devin Townsend - "Ziltoidia Attaxx!!" ($1.99)
Asking Alexandria - "A Prophecy (RB3 version)" ($1.99)

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Mosfet Posts New Music Video

Austrian death/thrash act Mosfet posted a new music video for the song "Thrash Assassination" from the band's forthcoming sophomore LP "Deathlike Thrash 'N' Roll." The album is set for release on January 13th, 2012 through Refused Records.

The track listing for "Deathlike Thrash 'N' Roll" is as follows:

1. Shots for Free
2. Thrash Assasination
3. Sativaville
4. A Rowdy‘s Warfare
5. Pigheaded Bitch
6. Angel‘s Piss & Devil‘s Jism
7. Interfred
8. My Puppet
9. Rockaholic
10. Tales of a Diarrhoea Werewolf
11. Black
12. Beauty and the Necrophiliac
13. Stinky Pants Blues

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Sacrilegious Throne Signs To UKEM Records

Melodic/atmospheric black metal band Sacrilegious Throne has signed with UKEM Records. The band's debut full length release will be entitled "Acts of Apostasy" and will be released in spring/summer 2012. The material will feature the tracks from the bands debut EP of the same name (a stream of which can be heard at this location) with some bonus material.

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Wide Eyes Posts Studio Video

Akron's Wide Eyes has posted a studio update video clip online, which can be viewed through the YouTube player below. Wide Eyes also previously posted a teaser for the "Volume" album online. Check out the teaser here.

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Upon A Burning Body Announces California Shows

Sumerian Records has announced that Upon A Burning Body has been added to a string of California tour dates with Bleeding Through and Suffokate. Details are as follows:

1/27 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's
1/28 Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theatre
2/1 Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
2/2 San Diego, CA @ Soma
2/3 Simi Valley, CA @ 118 West
2/5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

Suffokate also commented:

"We've just finished posting all of our tour dates with Bleeding Through and Upon A Burning Body. We'll be all over Southern California, including dates in Nor Cal, as well. Come out and support. Go check out the Tour Dates section and see if we're coming to a city near you. Also, don't forget to pick up a copy of our latest release 'Return To Despair' if you haven't already picked one up."

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Liberteer Streaming "I Am Spartacus"

California's Liberteer has premiered a brand new track titled "I Am Spartacus" online through Metal Sucks. The song is available online here.

"I Am Spartacus" is taken off the band's debut "Better To Die on Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees." Relapse Records issued the following statement about Liberteer:

"The creation of Matthew Widener (CRETIN, CITIZEN), Liberteer is a manifestation of total anarchy, driven by an incendiary lyrical message designed to burn the system down! The band’s debut album will see it’s release on January 31st of 2012 via Relapse Records. Pre-orders are available now at this location."

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Interment Drops Off MDF 2012 and Other Changes

When booking festivals so far in advance, there are bound to be some changes. The Maryland Deathfest organizers have announced some minor changes to their 2012 festival, which is scheduled to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May...

Here are the announced changes:

Interment had to cancel their appearance at MDF, as one of the members must attend to some personal family issues around that time.

Black Witchery will now be playing on Saturday instead of Friday.

Due to the tour schedule for YOB in May, the band will now be playing on Sunday instead of Saturday.

You can find the complete lineup and running order for Maryland Deathfest X (2012) here.

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De Profundis Finishes New Album

De Profundis has checked in with the following announcement about working on the band's new album:

"Production for the new De Profundis album, 'The Emptiness Within,' has now been completed. The final mix was completed earlier this week by Fernando Pereira Lopes and De Profundis at the legendary Studios Davout (AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne) in Paris, France. Tim Turan did the mastering at Turan Audio just earlier today.

"Album artwork and album release details will follow shortly.

"De Profundis has now started booking shows for 2012, with the first show showcasing the songs from the new album likely to be at the London concert on 17th March 2012. In addition, the band will be performing in the Netherlands and Belgium on 18th and 19th of May 2012, respectively.

"The Netherlands show is also set to feature the bands Officium Triste and 11th Hour, the latter featuring the legendary drummer Ed Warby. See the 'Tours' section of the website for more details."

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Randy Blythe Performing With Cannabis Corpse

As was previously announced, the weed themed death metal act Cannabis Corpse has split with two members. Footage has now been posted online of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe rehearsing the song "Blunted at Birth" with the band for an upcoming live performance where Randy will fill in as a session musician. Check out the video below. More...

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Obscura Posts Death Cover Track Online

German technical metal act Obscura, which recently announced more European shows, has posted another track online from the upcoming "Illegimitation" demo collection. Check out Obscura's cover of the Death track "The Flesh and the Power it Holds" in the player available below.

You can also hear a previously posted song from the collection recently posted online. Head here to check out "Incarnated." More...

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Beyond The Dust Posts Single Online

French act Beyond the Dust has posted a single online titled "Reality Deformed," which features Jay Berast from Aliases. The song is available for free download here. Beyond the Dust is also set to release a new EP this coming Spring.

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Gauchiste Offering Free Download Of "Viols"

Metalunderground.com has teamed up with ambient act Gauchiste to offer a stream and exclusive download of the new song "Viols" via the player below. "Viols" is the opening track taken off the band's upcoming debut self-titled album, which is set to drop on January 17th, 2012 through Little Black Cloud Records.

"I think of Gauchiste as setting a mood for an abstract form of storytelling, a kind of lighting or fog that proliferates throughout a room. It's more like horror meditations," says Tannon Penland (Loincloth), one-third of the trio Gauchiste.

"Gauchiste" was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Scorn, Lotus Eaters) who has worked with such acts as Sunn O))), Earth, and Goslings.

Says Tannon, "The idea of Gauchiste came to be out of a shared love of oppressively heavy music and abstract minimalist forms that moved us to ask the question 'How can we play with and communicate sonically the otherness or peripheral spaces in these worlds, that which hovers above them and around them?' We all love metal in our own way. I imagine some will hear Gauchiste as an extension of black metal, but it isn't at all. Metal in general is only a very small part of the end result."


Download an MP3 of "Viols" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

The album's complete track listing is as follows:

1. Viols
2. When We Are Gone
3. Choeur I
4. The Light is Alone
5. Choeur II
6. Autist Hammer
7. Stop Believin

For more details on Gauchiste, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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Kiss & Motley Crue Possible Fall 2012 Tour

Bravewords.com states sources have confirmed early reports indicating a Kiss and Motley Crue tour in fall of 2012. Motley Crue is expected to support Kiss. The painted legends will be touring to promote their upcoming studio album "Monster." More details will come as they break.

Kiss's Paul Stanley states the group is "two days from finishing this album. It's almost done and it's awesome. It's by far the best thing we've done in I don't know how long."

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More Bands Confirmed For Warriors Of Metal Fest

The Warriors Of Metal Fest has confirmed five more bands that will be appearing on it's roster.

Mystic-Force
Fierce Atmospheres
Borrowed Time
Dark Design
Amadis

The Warriors Of Metal Fest will take place on June 29th and 30th, 2012, at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. Read more about it by referring to other news we have posted on the Fest, or head over to the WOM website. Also check out a video from one of the new entrants on the roster, Maryland progressive band Mystic-Force with the track "Man Made Master."

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Napalm Death Premiers Second New Track

U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death premiered the second new track, this time the title track of the forthcoming LP "Utilitarian" on Brooklyn Vegan's website at this location. Earlier today, the band premiered the song "Leper Colony" with Metal Hammer Germany (see this location). The album is due out via Century Media on on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America).

The official track list for "Utilitarian" is as follows:

1. Circumspect
2. Errors In The Signals
3. Everyday Pox
4. Protection Racket
5. The Wolf I Feed
6. Quarantined
7. Fall On Their Swords
8. Collision Course
9. Orders of Magnitude
10. Think Tank Trials
11. Blank Look About Face
12. Leper Colony
13. Nom De Guerre
14. Analysis Paralysis
15. Opposites Repellent
16. A Gag Reflex

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Cerebral Bore Comments on Goatwhore Tour

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have confirmed a North American tour with Goatwhore and Hate Eternal, plus Fallujah.

With a number of US tours already under their belt, Cerebral Bore will be crossing the atlantic once again next month, kicking off the trek on February 19th in Houston, Texas. The tour will also include the band's first ever performances in Canada. More...

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Lacuna Coil Posts Teaser Chapter III

Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil has posted the video teaser "Chapter III: Carnage Euphoria" in support of the forthcoming new release "Dark Adrenaline," which is due for release January 23, 2012 through Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Dark Adrenaline" is as follows:

1. Trip The Darkness
2. Against You
3. Kill the Light
4. Give Me Something More
5. Upsidedown
6. End of Time
7. I Don't Believe in Tomorrow
8. Intoxicated
9. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
11. Fire
12. My Spirit

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Rampart Posts New Music Video

Bulgarian power metal band Rampart posted a new music video for the song "Metal Spell." The track appears on the band's 2011 EP "A Tale To Cold" released this past September through Inferno Records.

Rampart is currently working on a new release due out in 2012 with the working title "War Behest."
The album will be conceptual. More news on the release will follow soon.

Check out "Metal Spell" here:

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Napalm Death Premiers New Track

U.K. grindcore kings Napalm Death is streaming the new song "Leper Colony" exclusively on Metal Hammer Germany's website at this location. The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Utilitarian" due out on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.

The official track list for "Utilitarian" is as follows:

1. Circumspect
2. Errors In The Signals
3. Everyday Pox
4. Protection Racket
5. The Wolf I Feed
6. Quarantined
7. Fall On Their Swords
8. Collision Course
9. Orders of Magnitude
10. Think Tank Trials
11. Blank Look About Face
12. Leper Colony
13. Nom De Guerre
14. Analysis Paralysis
15. Opposites Repellent
16. A Gag Reflex

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Abominable Putridity Offers Download

Russian slam death band Abominable Putridity is offering a promo release version of the new album "The Anomalies of Artificial Origin" by going over to Mediafire. This promo features two of the songs from the full album download, "Remnants of the Tortured" and "Lack of Oxygen." Below is a YouTube upload for another of the album's tracks, "The Last Communion."

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Wormrot Members Arrested By Religious Authorities

Singapore grindcore act Wormrot has posted the following statement online about getting arrested in Malaysia by religious authorities:

"We had planned to chill at the hotel lobby. 6 people (5 smokers + 1 straight edge) in 1 room and no windows = Claustrophobic + Bad ventilation. Fiaz (Asilent’s bassist) came down to our room coz we had planned to chill with the Asilent boys as well. Suddenly, someone opened our door (Guess they have the hotel’s master card key) and asked 'Are you married?!' The minute Fit heard that question, he laughed and said 'No,' the bunch of people behind that person, started taking pictures of us!!! Talk about paparazzi… No they weren’t paparazzi.. They are from the JAIS - Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Selangor Islamic Religious Department). We were so shocked and lost for words coz we don’t think that we were doing anything wrong.

"After several questions and telling us that it is wrong for unmarried Muslim men and women to be in one room, they took our passports and we were taken to the police station to give our statements and call someone to bail us. Now.. now.. don’t blame the religion. Some people are just extremists and this Islamic rules only applied in Selangor and Kelantan. And of course only to the Muslim people. Please don’t stop visiting Malaysia because of this issue coz seriously it has a very good and dedicated Metal scene. Plus everything is cheap and you can find delicious food everywhere.

"Back to the main story… Only 5 of us were taken into custody. Arif, Rasyid, Fit, his girlfriend who is Arif’s little sister and myself. Rasyid’s girlfriend was not taken into custody coz she’s not Muslim and Fiaz was from another room. When we got out of the hotel to be escorted into the police lorry which already has some couples who were caught earlier than us, around 30 - 40 more people from JAIS, passerby and maybe some people from the media took pictures of us as though they had busted the most biggest crime for the night.

"We were taken to the Taman Muda Police Station and had to sit on the floor to wait for the organizer, Emi, to come and bail us out. Emi arrived at 4am and he had talked to one of the JAIS staff. At around 4.15am, we were taken to another police station as there was no high ranking officer to do up the reports. Again everyone had to be escorted into the lorry to be driven to Pandan Indah Police Station. However, when we arrived there, we were still held in the lorry as the high ranking staff from JAIS have not arrived. At around 5am, when they finally arrived, we thought that we will be taken into the police station for our statements. But… in the end… we were let off with just a warning. We were nearly fined $3000 MYR ($950 USD) per person if Emi did not call his lawyer up and we being Singaporeans. Plus we weren’t doing any sexual intercourse when they entered our room. More...

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Trollfest Posts First Studio Update Of The Year

Norway's Trollfest has checked in with the following first 2012 studio update about the band's time working on the new "Brumlebassen" album:

"Alright, we are back in the studio! First studio day in 2012, so why not celebrate it with some gooood Pokal-beer!

"As always, Manskow Production is documenting every move and every sip of beer. This day was mostly spent on recording more choir, vocals and also some soundeffects (like cheering, opening bottles, drinking, you know, all those cosy sounds from a party). Trollmannen also wrote the lyrics for the last unfinished song and manage to record the vocals aswell. So it was a really productive day!

"Here you see Trollmannen busy trying out TrollBANK many many bells. Used as percussion and soundeffects throughout the album.

"We are getting really close to a finished album now! We have booked StrandStudio for mixing in mid February, so just a month left of recording and we are done! Wehuuu!!!"

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Alkerdeel Posts "Hessepikn" Video

Black metal act Alkerdeel has posted a music video online for "Hessepikn," shot by Diederick 'Herr Maniac' Nuyttens. Check out the clip below. The band also commented:

"Hear thee! hear thee! spread the word! Alkerdeel has a video of 'Hessepikn' from the new album 'Morinde!' Pre-orders start next week!"

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Lethal Saint Splits With Bassist

Cyprus act Lethal Saint has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's bassist and seeking a replacement:

"As you might be aware of, due to personal issues, Lethal Saint is currently in immediate search of a permanent bassist. We are looking for commited individuals who are interested in spreading Lethal Saint's Heavy Metal tunes through current European shows and potentially international shows coming up.

"The first show coming up is the UP THE HAMMERS FESTIVAL in Greece on the 2nd of March this year. So if you always wanted to experience the thrill of performing in a festival along with big bands and great names then this is your opportunity to do so.

"As you know this requires passion, dedication and skill. If you feel the strike, then BE PART OF IT!! Looking forward to your replies!"

Lethal Saint can be contacted via the band's official website or Facebook profile.

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Woods of Ypres Comments on Gold's Death

Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on the 21st of December, outside Barrie, in his home country of Canada.

In accordance with the wishes of David's family and band mates, the recently completed album "Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light" will be released, as planned in February.

The Gold family issued a statement for David's friends and fans as follows: More...

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Human Infection Streaming Debut

Human Infection is streaming it's debut album "Infest to Ingest," which can also be downloaded over on Bandcamp. This album will see it's official release in January of 2012 on Blasthead Records. Human Infection was formed in 2009 by ex-members of the Roanoke bands War Without Reason and Methadone Abortion Clinic.


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Am I Blood Working On Physical Release

Finnish metal band Am I Blood has broken the silence and announced that they're working on getting their latest album, "Existence of Trauma," distributed in physical form. The band released the album as a free download earlier last year. Here's the update from the band:

We have been dead quiet few years now but once again we can reveal you a "secret".. We are working towards the release of "Existence of Trauma" in a physical shape. We cannot say about the schedule yet but at least everyone's intention is to make it happen fast, really fast if we dare to say. We want to thank you all for your nice comments and words you're sending for us. It's truly great to hear that you like our music and would like to see us playing live shows. Live shows are still far away but if and when the release of "Existence of Trauma" happens we're at least a one step closer to say everything is possible!!

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Suidakra Announces Live Shows In India

German folk/melodic death band Suidakra has announced that the band will play two live shows in India in February. The following show dates were confirmed on the band's Facebook Page:

February 4, 2012: Vellore, India (Headline Show)
February 5, 2012: Bangalore, India (w/Opeth)

The band's latest release "Book of Dowth" was released in March of 2011 (check out our review at this location).

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Gary Busey Amber Alert Streaming Demo

Gary Busey Amber Alert, hailing from Sacramento, has released a new demo. G.B.A.A. is streaming that demo over on MySpace, plus they have uploaded a video for the track "Vile Remnants." G.B.A.A. will play it's first live gig on January 6th at On The Y in Sacramento, along with the bands Sepsis, Symbolik, Aborticide and From Cities to Salt.

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HDK To Release New Album

HDK guitarist Sander Gommans (After Forever/Trllium/Kiske-Sommerville/Ex-MaYaN) posted an update on the forthcoming sophomore effort from Dutch band HDK. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "System Overload."

The update reads as follows:

"As promised a little update about the follow up of HDK: System Overload. Nearly all the keyboard parts are finished, they just have to be fine tuned a bit for the actual album. It's very cool to work with two keyboard players this time (Uri Dijk and Erik van Ittersum) since they both give a unique input to the songs.

"Koen Herfst is working out the drum parts at the moment, they will kick some serious ass! Tomorrow I´ll visit Geert Kroes to check new vocal parts, they will be recorded under the supervision of Amanda Somerville (Trillium, AVANTASIA) as soon as we can find some time in our schedule. As I mentioned before, I´m a busy man, but there´s been a lot of progress!

"System Overload was full of agression and experiments, this album will be a return to the After Forever sound with more heavy elements-more guitar oriented. The songwriting I did for After Forever, HDK, Trillium and various other projects have led to this record, and I really excited about the input of the awesome musicians I´m working with this time.

"I´ll be posting some previews the upcoming months and I´ll keep you updated.

"Thanks for supporting me even though I´ve been out of the picture when it comes to playing live....really appreciate that! Thanks to you, musicians like me who prefere writing and teaching music, can still release an album once in a while."

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Folkstone Posts Second Video Studio Report

Italian folk band Folkstone has posted the second studio report on the recording of the band's forthcoming untitled release, which is due out on March 16, 2012. It was previously announced that the album will be self-released. The band is recording the new album at Bohus Sound Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Yonatan Rukhman.

Check out the studio report here:

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Baht Finishes New Album

Turkish progressive death metal band Baht has finally finished it's debut full-length album "In My Veins," a collection of it's best material mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano (Edge of Sanity, Infestdead). This album should be out in early 2012. Baht had previously released an EP in 2008, "Bilincten Derine," which was sung all in Turkish. Learn the latest updates from Baht by heading over to it's website. Below is a video for the song "The Trauma," one of the promo tracks off of "In My Veins." Watch and listen to other studio and rehearsal material on Baht's YouTube channel.

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Former Visions Of Atlantis Singer Passes Away

Nicole Bogner, former Visions of Atlantis singer from 2000-2005, has passed away at 27 years old after fighting a "severe disease over a long period of time." Bogner sang on the band's first two releases "Eternal Endless Infinity" (2002) and "Cast Away" (2004).

The following is the statement posted on the band's Facebook page:

"In deep mourning and with highest respect we have to notify all Visions of Atlantis fans that our former female Singer Nicole Bogner has passed away at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band is shocked about the loss of an old VoA-family member but wants to express sincere gratitude to Nicole not only for 5 years of sharing a musical Vision but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside of Visions of Atlantis. Without Nicole Visions Of Atlantis would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VoA. With Nicole a great part of Visions Of Atlantis died as well. We will always treasure your warm hearted soul, you will never be forgotten Nici...

"All fans and followers are invited to join the In Memoriam Nicole Bogner-Page here on Facebook to express their grief and respect to this great artist and person! Rest in Peace NICOLE and thank you! The VoA-family "

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Andralls Begins Pre-Production Of Fifth LP

Brazilian thrashers Andralls will began pre-production on the band's fifth album, yet untitled, at AV Works Studio, headed by Denis Di Lalla (former guitarist of the band) and Fabio C. Lins. The band is putting the finishing touches on writing and composition and will begin recording in the coming weeks. The new material was penned in collaboration with former guitarist Fabiano Penna Corrêa and is targeted for release in the first half of 2012.

The latest self-titled album "Andralls" was released in 2009.

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Mark Jansen To Guest On Diabulus In Musica LP

Spainish symphonic/gothic metal band Diabulus In Musica announced that Epica guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen will provide guest vocals on the track "Blazing a Trail" from the forthcoming LP "The Wanderer." The album is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on the following schedule:

29.02.2012 Spain, Finland, Sweden
02.03.2012 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux & Italy
05.03.2012 Rest of Europe
06.03.2012 USA, Canada

The band commented on Jansen's contribution: "We are very excited to finally reveal the last special guest on our upcoming album 'The Wanderer'. We feel honored to count with the killer
grunts and screams of Mark Jansen from Epica & MaYaN on the track 'Blazing a Trail'! Some teasers of 'The Wanderer' coming soon :)"

The official track listing of "The Wanderer" is as follows:

1. A Journey´s End (Intro)
2. Ex Nihilio
3. Sceneries of Hope
4. Blazing a Trail
5. Call from a Rising Memory (Intro)
6. Hidden Reality
7. Shadow of the Throne
8. Allegory of Faith, Innocence and Future
9. Sentenced to Life
10. Oihuka Bihotzetik
11. No Time for Repentance (Lamentatio)
12. The Wanderer

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Jean Jackets and Fishnets

Happy New Year! Let’s kick it off with a couple of new bands paying homage to the glam metal of the eighties. First up is New York’s Nasty Habit. Their video “Saturday Night” is from their recently released EP. More...

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