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Metal News for January 6, 2013

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Dead Letter Circus Announces Lineup Change

Guitarist Rob Maric of Dead Letter Circus has checked in with the following announcement about officially parting ways with the band:

"Hey folks,

"As some of you have noticed I have not been in DLC for most of 2012. I'd like to take this moment to let everyone know that I officially won't be returning to the band. I'd like to thank Kim, Stewie, Licka, Scott and Tom for an amazing journey over the last 8 years.

"I'd like to say an extra special thanks to Mr. Kim Benzie (aka Benzel Washington). The friendship and musical bond we've shared since our random meeting in 2004 (no, it wasn't a public toilet) is a rare thing and I feel very lucky to have experienced that. You will always be a role model for hard work, determination and general life ass-kickery. Also not to mention the way you handled some things this year which would have driven anyone else to strangle me. You looked out for me like a true brother and I'll never forget that.

"I'd also like to sneak in a big thank you to Forry, Ev McHugh, Vinnie, Pete, Jim, Rog, Griff, Tonks, Tiff, Stevie, Greg, Adrian, Danielle, AJ, Ernie, Loosh, Owen, Julia, Edwin, Kurt, Ben, Adam, Chantelle, Tyson, Forbes, Jarrad, Cameron Gray, Matt Bartlem and the amazing fans that made the DLC ride possible.

"Love you all (in the most manly way possible). Have an amazing 2013. Peace out y'all." More...

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Seven Nines And Tens Premieres New Single

Vancouver's Seven Nines and Tens spent upwards of a year recording and mixing debut album "Habitat 67," and we were fortunate enough to team up with the band to stream the full release online.

During the recording process, Seven Nines and Tens experimented with a large amount of new material that wasn’t to be included on the debut album.

Two live performance favorites “Constants & Axioms” and “Kemptville” were chosen to record as a single to give fans a glimpse into the evolution of the band’s sound since the release of "Habitat 67."

This new two-track single is available now available via Nefarious Industries, and we are again proud to bring you the premiere of the release. Check out the tracks from the single using the provided player (the song may take a moment to load after hitting "play").

The new single's track listing is as follows:

1. Constants & Axioms
2. Kemptville

Seven Nines and Tens consists of:

David Cotton - Guitars
Earl Heath - Bass/Drums
Kerry MacPherson - Guitars

Find more info on the band stay up-to-date with the latest Seven Nines and Tens activity over at Facebook here.

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Helloween Posts Part Two Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the second 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 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 and "Day One" 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 second track-by-track video, "Day 2: World of War" can be seen here: More...

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Napalm Strike Signs With Masters Of Metal

Tuscon, Arizona thrash metal band Napalm Strike has signed on with Masters of Metal Productions. The band was founded in 2012 and have just released the debut self-titled EP which is streaming below and available as a free download at this location. A full length release is expected for later this year through the label.

According to the press release: "Napalm Strike is a new wave thrash band from Tucson, Arizona. Marcos, Alan and Tito, along with Nick, set out to create a band with only two goals in mind: to create riff-oriented and highly energetic thrash, and to have a good time while doing it. Napalm Strike is not a throw back band, however and brings a new energy to an old genre–not to mention a slew of machine gun riffs. With a charismatic punk-influenced vocal approach, and riffs that range from straight forward thrash to the border of technicality, Napalm Strike promises that going to war has never been this much fun.

"The band’s first three song demo is available for free download through MOMP. They are currently working on their first full length album, tentatively set to be completed and released in late summer 2013."

Napalm Strike is:

Marcos Camacho (Vocals, Lead Guitar)
Nick Semon (Guitar)
Alan Villaescusa (Bass Guitar)
Albert "Tito" Diaz (Drums)

Check out and download the EP here: More...

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Tristania Begins Recording New Album

Tristania has checked in with the following statement about recording an upcoming new album:

"Friday January 4th 2013 marked the start of the recording process for Tristania’s seventh full length album, to be released through Napalm Records late May.

"The first part of the recording sessions (drums) will go ahead in Tanken Studio with engineer Fredrik Wallumrød, before the band moves to another studio where they will join the producer of the album. More news about that to come.

"The first day went to working on finding the right microphones and equipment, while the recording started today. Tristania’s social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) will be updated regularly throughout the recording process."

This new album will follow the band's 2010 release "Rubicon." Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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DoomSword Splits With Guitarist

Italy's DoomSword has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Alessio Berlaffa:

"After 9 years of friendship and heavy metal, Alessio 'Sacred Heart' Berlaffa has parted ways with DoomSword. We wish to thank Alessio for everything and wish him the very best in the future!

"Gianluca Silvi (Battle Ram) and Matteo Carnio (Fury 'n' Grace) have joined DoomSword on guitars. Both are accomplished musicians and veterans of the Italian metal scene. Dare we say that the future of DoomSword is more promising than ever?

"The band is currently preparing a crushing show for Athens (in support of Warlord) and are rehearsing new material for DoomSword's sixth album.

"Our fate is written, sword and shield: born to die on the battlefield! Nota Bene: Battle Ram and Fury 'n' Grace will continue their activity as normal."

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Heavenwood Posts More 20th Anniversary Footage

After releasing a series of clips from the band's recent 20th anniversary show, Portuguese act Heavenwood has now posted another video online featuring backstage footage. Check out the YouTube clip below, which also includes on-stage shots of the band's performance.

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Reveals Vinyl Release Details

Black metal band Haeresiarchs of Dis will be releasing a new 7 inch vinyl titled "Tria Prima Diabolica" later this year.

The vinyl release will be dropping via Le Crepuscule Du Soir Productions this coming Spring. The track listing is as follows:

1. Copulation of the Waning Phase
2. Centrum Naturae Funeralis
3. Nightmare

In the mean time, you can also check out Haeresiarchs of Dis music available for streaming at the band's MySpace page here.

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Alkira Issues Recording Update

Australia's Alkira has checked in with the following update about recording new material:

"The skeleton has now been formed. Drums recorded and sounding heavier than the guilt of spilling your friends beer all over their 3/4 army camouflage shorts/ pants. Huge thank you to Andy Kite for recording and editing the drums and letting us read his dirty mags.

"Thanks to Harrison and Liam for their gear and Harrison's god like tuning ears. Also props goes to Ryan for drumming in the 60 degree weather just gone and letting us drink the sweat from his body to keep us hydrated."

The band also recently posted the following 2012 year-end update: More...

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In The Act Of Violence Seeking Fans For Video

In The Act Of Violence has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to appear in an upcoming music video:

"We are almost done recording our 'Godbreaker' EP & we are going to start filming a music video for one of the songs off the EP called 'Mindtrip' next week.

"We are in need of some people so if your down for doing some acting & want to be in a music video that's going to be filmed in the Oshawa / Bowmanville area please hit us up. We are going to need around 3 to 5 people."

You can also listen to the "Chemical Facelift" track off the upcoming "Godbreaker" EP at this location.

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Farewell To Arms Posts Video Teaser

Farewell to Arms will be releasing a video clip for the song "Scarless" this coming January 20th, 2013. The track comes off the band's debut "Perceptions" and a teaser for the video is now available below. You can also listen to samples of the "Perceptions" tracks at this location.

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A Pale Horse Named Death Comments On New Album

A Pale Horse Named Death has confirmed a late spring 2013 release for the follow-up to debut album "And Hell Will Follow Me" via SPV Records. The band has now checked in with the following update on the album's progress:

"All artwork, mixing and editing has been completed and we are ready to master with Ted Jensen on the 17th of Jan. I can now say with satisfaction that we have created a very deep, dark, sonically brutal album. I can't wait for all of you wonderful fans to hear it."

A Pale Horse Named Death is:

Sal Abruscato - Lead Vocals and Guitar
Matt Brown - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Johnny Kelly - Drums
Eric Morgan - Bass
Eddie Heedles - Guitar

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Mirror's Deception Streaming New Tracks From Debut

Greek power/progressive act Mirror's Deception is streaming the new tracks "Lost in a Dying World" and "Realm of Shadows" from the band's debut EP release. The yet untitled release was recorded in Symmetry Studios in Athens and is mixed and mastered by Firewind keyboardist Bob Katsionis. To follow the recordings and find out more about the band, check out the Official Facebook Page.

Mirror's Deception is:

Christos Kontoulis (Vocals)
Stratos Moraitis (Guitars)
Panos Kottaras (Guitars)
Alex Pafilis (Keyboards)
George Kollaros (Bass)
Dimitris Mathiopoulos (Drums)

Check out "Lost in a Dying World" here: More...

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Sunday Old School: Rigor Mortis

Many times a band becomes well known and its musicians end up starting new musical collaborations that live off of the name of that pioneering act. The reverse was true of Texas quartet Rigor Mortis. Although fairly influential and cult in the thrash metal underground, its members went on to bigger success in other, more well-known metal acts. In the beginning, though, it was just the four of them - or better stated, three.

Rigor Mortis was the brain child of New York guitarist Mike Scaccia, drummer Harden Harrison and bassist Casey Orr. Basing themselves out of Dallas in 1983, the band had no official singer and usually had Casey on the mic. Years later, that was why Rigor Mortis normally had several instrumental tracks and started off its debut album with "Welcome to Your Funeral." Vocalist Bruce Corbitt didn't come into the picture until late 1987. He'd only been in a Black Sabbath covers band and wasn't sure of himself on the helm, but determined to prove himself. He said he wanted it badly, wanted to be a really bad mofo. Thus began the official line-up of Rigor Mortis. More...

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