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Metal News for January 9, 2012

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48 news articles posted on this day.

Curse The Son Checks In With Studio Update

Connecticut stoner/doom band Curse The Son checked in with Metal Underground with an update on the recording of the band's sophomore, and as of yet untitled, LP. The band is currently working on the follow up to the band 2011 debut "Klonopain" at the Underground Sound Productions Studio.

Guitarist/vocalist Ron Vanacore stated that the "rhythm guitars and bass tracks [are] 90% completed! Hope to get the rest and OD's wrapped up on Wednesday. Then going to get started on mixing." Vanacore added "Gonna do vocals last as I have not had time to really work on them yet!"

More updates will follow. For now, you can check out more information music from "Klonpain" on the band's Facebook Page or clicking on the Reverbnation player below:


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Therapy? Unveils New Video

Irish old schoolers Therapy? have finally unveiled the new official video for the single "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing" from their forthcoming 13th album "A Brief Crack of Light." The single is due out January 23rd with the actual album release on February 6th through Blast Records. The clip was filmed by British video team Sitcom Soldiers.

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Unity Through Sickness Compilation Teaser Posted

Bucket of Afterbirth Productions has posted a teaser with 30 second song samples of the new compilation it just released. Titled "Unity Through Sickness Volume 1," it features seventeen death/grind metal bands from around the world. You can get more information by heading here. Here is the list of bands on the compilation:

Splattered Entrails (USA)
Exsanguinate (CAN)
Crypt Infection (USA)
Isolation In Infamy (USA)
Dark Tomorrow (USA)
Pallor Mortis (CAN)
Aborning (USA)
Autonomy (USA)
Forced Asphyxiation (USA)
Phalloplasty (USA)
Laceration (UK)
Grotesque Formation (USA)
Legion of Bastards (CAN)
Supplication (USA)
Kraanium (NOR)
Habitual Defilement (USA / GER)
Sadistic Butchering (USA) More...

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Brutal Truth Premiers New Music Video

New York death/grindcore act Brutal Truth premiered its new music video for the song "Lottery" on Metal Injection's website. The song appears on the band's 2011 release "End Time" issued in September through Relapse Records.

Check out the video here:

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Lynchmada Streaming "Blackout" Track

Australian heavy metallers Lynchmada recently confirmed a massive Australian tour supporting The Cavalera Conspiracy, and to add to the ammunition, they have unveiled another new song, “Blackout," which is being premiered exclusively via Hails And Horns Magazine.

Listen to the song “Blackout” here. "Blackout" is taken off the "To The Earth" album.

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Sabaton Posts Second Studio Video

Sabaton has posted a second studio video clip online from The Abyss studios as the band works on the new album "Carolus Rex." Check out the video below, or find the previously posted studio video blog at this location.

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Unearthing The Power Metal Underground

Power metal: master of epic guitar solos and frequent champion of all that is cheesy. Some love it for the deliciously grandiose high-pitched vocals, and others hate it for the exact same reason. While not all can appreciate the lyrical themes and vocal stylings of the genre, the level of both passion and technical proficiency displayed by the power metal virtuosos can't be denied. There are the obvious big names in the scene like Fates Warning, Blind Guardian, and Jag Panzer, but what’s going on in the underground these days?

Unlike with the hordes of black metal or death metal, there isn’t nearly as large a pool of unknown talent in the power realm. In this case that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as lesser quantity can lead to better quality. For this week’s edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground, we’ll look at three lesser known bands from different corners of the globe that all approach the power metal style from a slightly different angle.


To start our expedition into the power metal underground we’re headed to Finland for a tour-de-force of shredding solos and pounding drums. Tiluland dropped the debut album “Axes of the Universe” last year and put a surprising twist on the style by going completely instrumental. Driven by guitar acrobatics instead of the standard falsetto singing, Tiluland is the band for you if you love the fast and epic instrumentation of the genre but don’t care for the vocal style.

Check out more on Tiluland via Facebook, or listen to two songs from the “Axes of the Universe” album below.

“Tilu of the Kings”

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Orange Goblin Video Interview Available

Underkill TV has posted a video interview online with Orange Goblin in which the band discusses its upcoming 2012 plans. Check out the video interview below.

Orange Goblin will also be releasing the new album "A Eulogy For The Damned" in North America on February 14th, 2012 via Candlelight Records.

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Barren Earth Reveals New Album Release Date

Finland’s progressive death metal band, Barren Earth, has announced that its highly anticipated sophomore full-length, "The Devil’s Resolve," will hit stores in North America on March 13th via Peaceville Records.

"The Devil’s Resolve," which follows "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here) will be released on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable US-based artist Paul Romano (Mastodon).

Mixed by Dan Swanö (Opeth/Katatonia) at Unisound, "The Devil’s Resolve" continues with all the trademarks one has come to associate with Barren Earth: brutal riffs, gloomy growls, majestic melodies, as well as acoustic and progressive passages. According to a press release, "This time the band has delved even deeper, taking this sophomore effort to the extremes through musical landscapes encompassing brutal death metal, doomy vocals, trippy 70’s prog lunacy, pastoral passages and even bagpipes." More...

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Prophet Fulfilled Streaming Album Teaser

Vancouver's Prophet Fulfilled has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album, which can be heard online via Facebook. The band also commented:

"Good morning/afternoon/evening across the facebook world. Here it is! Without further ado... we bring the new teaser for Prophet Fulfilled!

"Tell us what you think, help us by sharing and posting, and keep your eyes open because there's more to come. Lets make this one crazy 2012! Keep your horns up and enjoy! \m/

"Major props and thanks to Adam from Remove the Doubt for helping put this together. Cheers bro!"

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Pursuing The End Posts "Withering" Teaser

Symphonic metallers Pursuing the End have posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Withering" single, which will be released later this year. Check out the clip below. The "Withering" track listing is as follows:

I. Overture
II. Withering
III. Glimpse Of Forbidden

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Nile To Play Summer Breeze Fest

Nile, which is in the process of recording the follow-up to the "Those Whom the Gods Detest" album, has just been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air 2012. The festival organizers commented:

"For years we tried, but it never worked out. Now, just in time for the 15th anniversary of SUMMER BREEZE, Dinkelsbühl will host a master class in Egyptology for the first time ever. NILE are gearing up to shake everything and everyone to the core with their destructive, highly technical death metal whirlwinds. Tons of breaks, a wide backdrop of atmospheric oriental sounds, raging blast beats, ultra heavy slow parts, NILE have been synonimous with all of this for 19 years and six studio albums now.

"Their fifth album ('Ithyphallic') even made it to position 76 of the German album charts, an incredible feat considering the extremism of NILE's music. And the band led by Karl Sanders will show you exactly how extreme they can be when they deliver their show at SUMMER BREEZE! History lessons don't get any more fun and brutal than this!"

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Pandaemonium To Release New LP

Italian power metal band Pandaemonium will release its first LP in seven years, entitled "The Last Prayer." The album is scheduled for release on January 27, 2011 through IceWarrior Records. Th album marks the long awaited follow up to the 2005 release "Return to Reality." Pandaemonium features Skylark drummer Federico Ria.

The track listing for "The Last Prayer" is as follows:

1. Alone In The Dark
2. Two Spirits One Heart
3. Through The Wind
4. Holy Voice
5. Tower Of Fears
6. The White Voice
7. Go Your Own Way
8. Today
9. Braveheart
10. Epitaph
11. Until The End

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Over Your Threshold Parts With Vocalist

Germany's Over Your Threshold has issued the following update about splitting with the band's vocalist:

"Unfortunately Leo (git, voc) dropped out of the band. Due to time constraints and personal reasons it’s no longer possible for him to play in the band. They break away from each other with appreciation, great respect and mutual understanding. Leo want’s to thank Over Your Threshold and all the people who supported the band during the last years!

"…But there’s absolutely no reason to be sad! OVER YOUR THRESHOLD still exists and will play live the next time. Currently the band is looking for a new and well-skilled vocalist. If you think you are the one, you should:

- be interested in progressive death metal
- have some experiences in singing (at live shows)
- have a brutal voice

"Immediately send an email to: info@overyourthreshold.de. Stay tuned for some great news soon!" More...

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Ed Gein Streaming Song

Syracuse hardcore metal band Ed Gein is streaming the song "Captain Shit" from it's recent album "Bad Luck" over on Bandcamp. You may also stream and download Ed Gein's two previous albums, "Judas Goats & Dieseleaters" and "It's a Shame" on that Bandcamp page. Check out a video upload of the songs "She Creeps" from the recent "Bad Luck" release, and listen to more from the album on Ed Gein's YouTube channel.


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Dorthal Posts "Cell Regeneration" Teaser

French act Dorthal has posted a new teaser clip online for the upcoming "Cell Regernation" EP, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Here we are! 4 months, hours and hours of work, tweaking tones with the Axe-FX II, recording, composing... finally, this EP will be out the 31st of January!

"Here are parts filmed during the recording process. Playthrough videos will be up on Youtube when the EP will be out, for each songs, as I did for eta-Earth EP. The EP will be mastered by Acle Kahney, at 4D Sounds in UK. Enjoy!" More...

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Lunar Path Reveals "Memento Mori" Details

Lunar Path's debut album "Memento Mori" is due to be released on the 1st of February 2012 through Inverse Records.

"Memento Mori" is a concept album about a downward spiral in depression and death, set out to stretch the boundaries of traditional melodic/gothic metal with its dark and brooding atmosphere. This nightmarish journey through hell and back was inspired by arson, mishaps, bad luck as well as the lineup changes the band endured during these past years. These events shaped the band and transformed the album into a dynamic ensemble with warm and cold flashes of traditional metal and darkly progressive stunts, promising to raise eyebrows and make hearts race.

The album guest roster is filled with acclaimed musicians and vocalists such as Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Aborym), Tuomas Saukkonen (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon), JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings, Harmaja) and Antti Leskinen (Fatal Sound Project, Chained, Murena). The band commented on its history:

"Lunar Path was formed in late 2006, releasing a few demos and EPs, before starting to work on 'Memento Mori.' The band became victims of arson in early 2010 when a deranged person intentionally set fire to the ground floor of their practice flat while the band was playing, trapping them upstairs. During the attempt to reach safety guitarist and album producer Jonas Eriksson sustained severe damage to his foot, but luckily nobody else was hurt in the fire. The band didn't spend their time crying over spilled milk as a few months later the band toured Scandinavia supporting Deathstars and ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno; with Eriksson playing the entire tour sitting down with his broken leg in a cast.

"Lead vocalist Janica Lönn has also been working with Black Sun Aeon lately, most notably singing on their newly released and highly acclaimed 'Blacklight Deliverance' album. Aside from Lunar Path's tour plans she will also perform live with BSA at Summer Breeze 2012 and other European festivals next year." More...

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Kaledon Added To Rhapsody Of Fire Tour

Rome's Kaledon has announced the band will be hitting the road with Rhapsody of Fire for select dates this coming April. Details are as follows:

07.04. Pratteln - Z7 / Support bands: KALEDON + ODD DIMENSION
08.04. Paris - Bataclan / Support Bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
09.04. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
11.04. Milano - Live Club / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
12.04. Bologna - Estragon / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
13.04. Roma - Orion / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
14.04. Treviso - New Age / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT

You can also check out Kaledon's previously posted music video for "Steel Maker" at this location.

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Beyond The Bridge Posts New Advent Calendar Clip

Germany's Beyond the Bridge is set to release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now now posted another brief teaser video online, which is available below, and Beyond the Bridge commented:

"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on January 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old German tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you.

"Today: Door #9 - The Bird." More...

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Cannabis Corpse Posts New Music Video

Virginia's weed themed death metal act Cannabis Corpse has posted a new video for the track "Where the Kind Lives." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise," which was released this past July on Tankcrimes Records. The video was produced by The Gift Media Group and directed and edited by JoeFen.

Check out the video here:

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The Devil's Blood Streaming New Song

Occult rock outfit The Devil's Blood has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere a new song online from the band's upcoming "The Thousandfold Epicentre" album. Head over here to check out the new song "Die the Death."

"The Thousandfold Epicentre" is set for release in North America on January 17th, 2012 through Metal Blade. The record offers up 11 tracks produced with the help of Pieter Kloos at Void Studios (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

The previously posted song "She" is also still available for streaming online at this location.

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Rise To Remain Announces Lineup Changes

Rise to Remain has issued the following announcement about lineup changes, which has caused the band to cancel upcoming tour dates with Machine Head:

"Hey guys, as you’ve probably heard we’ve parted ways with Pat and Joe. It’s very sad that things didn’t work out between us, but they are great guys and all of us wish them the absolute best in their futures.

"As an unfortunate result, we’ve had to pull out of our debut US tour supporting Machine Head, and our album release date is now June 5th for North America. We apologise to all our stateside fans for this cancellation, we did not want to let you guys down, as this is obviously sudden news. However, we will be including four brand new and exclusive tracks on our US release of City Of Vultures, and we have got many more new and exciting things to announce over the coming weeks. We are in the audition process right now, and we are very much looking onwards and upwards.

"Please say a collective thanks to Joe and Pat for everything they did in Rise, they are great dudes and they will go far in whatever they choose to do next. See you all in March for some mayhem, and thank you for everything."

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Falloch Announces Shows With Junius

Scottish duo Falloch has announced three upcoming April live shows alongside Junius and Wolves Like Us. Details are as follows:

23.04.12 - Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
24.04.12 - Manchester @ Star And Garter
25.04.12 - London @ Borderline

The band will be touring in support of "Where Distant Spirits Remain" (reviewed here). Falloch also previously commented on lining up more tour dates for March: "We're happy to announce that we will be doing a UK tour in March and also playing our first European gigs this year. More information information will be posted soon."

Details on the March run of shows will be announced as they are made available.

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Folkstone Posts Studio Report #3

Italian folk band Folkstone has posted its third studio report on the acoustic and vocal recordings 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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Nightwish's "Imaginaerum" Achieves Gold Status

Nightwish has announced that since the release of its new LP "Imaginaerum" in Europe on December 2, 2011, it has reached gold status in Germany with more than 100,000 copies sold.

Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen had the following comments: "Germany never fails us! Only 5 weeks since the release and Imaginaerum goes gold! Magical, wondrous, imaginative and grateful times we're living. Huge thanks to all the fans and the fellowship of Nuclear Blast!"

The band also achieved gold status in Greece, while the album has gone triple platinum in the band's home country of Finland.

The album is scheduled to be released in the United States tomorrow, January 10, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Metal Underground's review can be seen at this location.

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Noctem Announces "Iberian Conquest" Tour

Spanish act Noctem has announced the details for the "Iberian Conquest" tour, which is set to take place in January and February. Details are available in the tour poster below, and the currently announced dates are as follows:

21/01/2012 Factory Rock Fest - Oviedo
16/02/2012 Rocksound - Barcelona
17/02/2012 Paberse Matao - Valencia
18/02/2012 Ultimátum - Zaragoza
19/02/2012 Haemorrage - Castellón
17/08/2012 Leyendas del Rock - Murcia More...

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Gorthaur's Wrath Splits With Drummer

Croatian band Gorthaur's Wrath has checked in with the following update about parting ways with drummer Grind Artillery:

"A.Janko aka Grind Artillery was forced to leave the band because of the serious health issues. We wish him good luck with recovery and his upcoming battles. The new drummer will be announced soon."

Gorthaur's Wrath also recently announced the band's new album will be titled "War For Heaven," and the concept album will feature 13 tracks. Recording is set to begin in April of 2012 at Woodshed studios in Germany. Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Alkerdeel Announces New Album Release

Alkerdeel will be releasing the new album "Morinde" on February 24th, 2012 and the album is now available for pre-order here. You can also check out a recently posted music video from the album at this location.

The band commented on the release:

"No better way to start off the apocalyptical year 2012 than with the unleashing of ALKERDEEL's second full album 'Morinde' upon this world.

"After a few successful demo's/EP'S, these Belgians are pushing up the ante. It's clear ALKERDEEL has progressed quite a bit since the release of 'Luizig'. Although the familiar elements are still present - raw sludge/doom infused with filthy black metal - the compositions have matured and gained more depth. The lo-fi approach of the previous albums made room for a more thoughtful recording process, making it sound perhaps more accessible but also allows the sound to reveal all its sluggish nuances. But rest assured, ALKERDEEL remains ALKERDEEL: a mean putrid steamroller that takes no prisoners!"

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Enemy Remains To Release Debut Album

Ex-Fates Warning drummer Steve Zimmerman will release the debut of his new band Enemy Remains on April 30, 2012 through iTunes. The album, entitled "Two Faces, Two Minds," is a collaboration of Zimmerman and Molten Lore guitarist Tommy Blardo.

The band is streaming music in its official Reverbnation Page, which can also be heard in the player below. More...

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Dysrhythmia Signs With Profound Lore Records

U.S. technical/progressive metal band Dysrhythmia has signed a recording deal with Profound Lord Records out of Canada. The band is working on its sixth full length LP, which is due for release in late summer/fall 2012.

The following statement was posted on the band's Facebook Page:

"Happy new year, all. We are excited to announce we will be working with Profound Lore Records, for the release of our next album! Recording will commence this Spring with Colin Marston, with a projected late Summer/ Fall release date. We're gonna do our most to make this the best Dysrhythmia yet."

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Thor Sejersen Riis Posts Songs

Danish shred guitarist Thor Sejersen Riis has posted a few of his songs on his Facebook Bandpage. Thor is a guitar teacher at Danish Metal Academy and Next Generation Guitar School. He also has a progressive band called Theory, and plans to post up a few songs from them on that Bandpage shortly. Here is Thor doing the track "Dissolution of Eternity," in which he does all guitars and keyboard/drum programming.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Tour Dates

Rhapsody of Fire has announced the first set of 2012 tour dates for Europe in April. The shows will be the first to feature new members Roberto De Micheli (guitarst) and Oliver Holzwarth (bass) (brother of drummer Alex Holzwarth). Micheli and Holzwarth replaced departing guitarist and co-founder Luca Turilli and bassist Patrice Guers, who departed in November 2011 as part of the public and mutual split agreement.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

01.04.2012 Sala Totem (Pamplona, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
02.04.2012 Sala Cats (Madrid, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
03.04.2012 Salamandra (Barcelona, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
04.04.2012 Theatre Barbey (Bordeaux, France) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
06.04.2012 PPM Festival (Mons, Belgium) (w/Odd Dimension)
07.04.2012 Z7 (Pratteln, Switzerland) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
08.04.2012 Bataclan (Paris, France) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
09.04.2012 Colos-Saal (Aschaffenburg, Germany) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
11.04.2012 Live Club (Milano, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
12.04.2012 Estragon (Bologna, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
13.04.2012 Orion (Roma, Italy)(w/Kaledon & Behelit)
14.04.2012 New Age (Treviso, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)

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Sepultura To Tour Indonesia

Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura have revealed that they will be heading overseas to South East Asia this coming February for a short run of tour dates. The currently announced dates for the trek can be found below.

02/03 Medan, INO – Gedung Pardede
02/04 Makasar, INO – Lap. basket Karibosi
02/07 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Kuala Lumpur Live
02/09 Jakarta – INO – Parkir Selatan Senayan
02/11 Surabaya, INO – Jatim Expo
02/12 Bali, INO – Gor Ngurah Rai

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Straight Line Stitch Part Ways With Drummer

Straight Line Stitch have announced the departure of drummer Kanky Lora from its ranks. Lora has since posted the following statement online in regards to the matter.

"First and foremost, I want to say how grateful I am for all of the incredible people I have met that have become like family to me. I have decided to step away from SLS. I actually made this decision and informed the band of my departure, after our last European tour. And now with the New Year and a fresh start, I feel now is the best time to show this to the public.

Obliviously, there are many reasons behind this decision, but none that I feel the need to discuss since I would like to leave in good faith. I will always cherish the countless memories, good and bad, and will always be thankful for all of the great experiences that I’ve had with the band. Thank you to all the fans for your generous support and God bless you all. I wish nothing but the best and good luck to the band and their future members.

As of right now, Im still producing and engineering and had a few offers for touirng already so I will be hitting the road soon,Im still looking to join another band full time as well."

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Napalm Death Announces European Tour

Grind veterans Napalm Death have released the full list of dates for its forthcoming 2012 European headline tour. The dates can be found below.

The band is set to release its forthcoming new album, titled "Utilitarian," on February 28th through Century Media Records.

01/27 Siegen, GER – Vortex Club
01/28 Cham, GER – L.A. Cham
01/29 Koblenz, GER – Circus Maximus
02/25 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute
03/02 Tilburg, NET – Neurotic Deathfest
03/04 Paris, FRA – Maroquinerie
03/31 Enschede, NET – Atak
04/04 Blios, FRA – Chatodo
04/05 Castres, FRA – Bolegason
04/06 Rambouillet, FRA – Usine a Chapeaux
04/07 St Brieuc, FRA – Citrouille
04/27 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
04/28 Bari, ITA – Demode’ Club
04/29 Livorno, ITA – The Cage Teather
05/11 Magdeburg, GER – Factory
05/12 Essen, GER – Zeche Carl
05/24-27 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
06/01 Barcelona, SPA – Primavera Sound
06/15 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
07/27 Bertingenm GER – Rock unter den Eichen Open Air
07/28 Essen, GER – Nord Open Air Festival
08/02-04 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air

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Mastodon Planning Split 7 Inch Release With Feist

Mastodon's Troy Sanders recently spoke with MTV News Canada regarding a pending collaboration with pop/folk artist Feist. You can hear Troy speak on the details of the forthcoming 2012 Record Store Day special release in the video below.

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Breaking News

Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood that develops in the lymphatic system. Black Sabbath made the following post on its official Facebook Page:

"With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan--the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

"This comes as Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)--are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available."

More news on Iommi's condition is expected shortly.

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3D Metallica Movie Currently In Production

Amidst circulating rumors of a pending Metallica 3D movie the band has now checked in with the following update, confirming the production of the film.

"Happy New Year!!! As you know, we generally make it a policy not to comment on gossip or rumors, but we also pride ourselves on being first with Metallica news. So, with that said, the more astute of you may have noticed a couple of mentions in trade publications, and most recently in the new issue of Rolling Stone, that a Metallica 3D movie is in the works.

"We’re here to tell you that, yes, there is indeed a 3D project in the very early stages of production! We wish we could tell you more right now, but we don’t have all the finer points nailed down just yet. What we can tell you is that we are planning on being in a theatre near you sometime in 2013.

"Welcome to 2012. We’re pretty psyched about the year ahead."

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Bay Area Thrashers Defiance Call It Quits

Defiance, the bay area thrashers that released such albums as "Product of Society" (1989) and "Void Terra Firm" (1990), are disbanding for the second and final time. In 2005, the band reformed and released the comeback album "The Prophecy" in 2009. In a statement on the band's official website, guitarist Jim Adams posted the following statement to the fans:

"End of the Journey:

"Hey All! Jim Adams here,

"I imagine it won't be a surprise to anyone who might read this that Defiance is no longer a band. After coming to the realization that the music industry was falling apart, and without the internal bond that Defiance had in back in their heydays, it was decided (by me) to shut down all activities to avoid being completely financially wiped out.

"Steev and Mark both put it best when they each told me that 'we did what we promised we would do, and that was finish this album for Doug.' [Harrington, who passed away in 2006]

"Having some time to think about what that really means, I have come to agree completely with them. The job is done. Doug is gone, and with him, really...Defiance.

"I have since moved on and joined Severed Fifth www.severedfifth.com and will be releasing a full length album in February 2012 titled 'Liberate'.

"To everyone who supported and followed Defiance over the last 25 years, we would like to thank you. Without the fans, we would have just been 5 knuckleheads destroying our hearing and our livers in some basement in Oakland."

The final line up of Defiance was:

Jim Adams - Guitars
Shawn Bozarth - Guitars
Keven Albert - Vocals
Mike Kaufmann - Bass
Burton Ortega - Drums

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Hope For The Dying Announces New Tour Dates

Hope For The Dying has revealed the dates for its forthcoming "The Beast In The East" U.S. tour. Support on the trek is set to come from Ark Of The Covenant. Additional concert dates are currently pending. The full list of announced tour stops can be found below.

01/27 York Haven, PA – Boondocks Club
01/28 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
01/29 Troutville, VA – Inside Out
01/31 Swansea, SC – RPM
02/02 Florence, AL – Smokehouse
02/03 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
02/05 Conway, AR – SoundStage
02/07 Arlington, TX – Phils
02/10 San Angelo, TX – Yaya’s
02/13 Owasso, OK – Enerje Event Centre
02/15 St. Louis, MO – The Melvin Theater
02/17 Louisville, KY – Encounter Church

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Periphery Posts New Studio Footage

Progressive metallers Periphery have posted a new studio clip online documenting its recent time spent in the recording studio. You can check out the clip in the player below which also features a guest appearance from TesseracT frontman Elliot Coleman.

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Chelsea Grin Parts Ways With Lead Guitarist

American deathcore act Chelsea Grin has posted the following statement online announcing the departure of Michael Stafford, the band's lead guitarist, from the group.

"Michael Stafford has recently decided that the hectic touring lifestyle is not for him, and among other personal reasons, has decided to step down as the lead guitar player for Chelsea Grin. This may have been obvious to a lot of you as he hasn’t been with us since the All Stars Tour, but he has given us his final decision recently and we must move forward.

"Jason Richardson (Born of Osiris, ex-All Shall Perish) will be filling the position until further notice. Jason is one of the best guitar players around, and with us already being such good friends, he is more than a perfect fit. 2012 is going to be huge for us, so make sure to come out and see the new and improved Chelsea Grin."

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Nekromantheon Streaming New Album

Norwegian thrashers Nekromantheon are streaming the band's forthcoming album "Rise, Vulcan Spectre" exclusively on Terrorizer Magazine's website at this location. The album is due for release on January 13, 2012 through Indie Recordings.

The track listing for "Rise, Vulcan Spectre" is as follows:

1. Cast Down to the Void
2. Blood Wisdom
3. Embrace the Oracle
4. Coven of the Minotaur
5. The Usurper Command
6. Rise, Vulcan Spectre
7. Twelve Depth of Hades
8. Raised by Dogs

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Rizon Streaming New Tracks

Swiss melodic metal band Rizon are streaming three new tracks from the band's third LP "Masquerade." The album is due out on February 24, 2012 through Karthago Records. Head over to this location to stream the first three tracks on the album (click "tracklist" below the album cover).

The track listing for "Masquerade" is as follows:

1. High Flyer
2. Sigh From Eternity
3. Masquerade
4. Tears of the Sun
5. Remotion
6. Same Same
7. Rise On
8. El Dios
9. Out of Nowhere
10. Cold Winters Night
11. Time After Time
12. Lost In Silence
13. Bells

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Axel Rudi Pell Details New LP

German power metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has announced that all the recordings for the new LP "Circle of the Oath" are finished and the mixing and mastering will be done this week. "Circle of the Oath," which will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on March 23, 2012 in Germany, March 26, 2012 in Europe and on March 27, 2012 in the USA/Canada. The band will follow up the release wit the first leg of the European tour.

The track listing for "Circle of the Oath" is as follows:

1. The Guillotine Suite (Intro)
2. Ghost In The Black
3. Run With the Wind
4. Before I Die
5. Circle of the Oath
6. Fortunes of War
7. Bridges to Nowhere
8. Lived Our Lives Before
9. Hold on to Your Dreams
10. Wold of Confusion (The Masquerade Ball, Pt. II) More...

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City Of Fire Premieres New Music Video

City Of Fire, featuring Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell, has premiered its new music video for the song "Bad Motivator" with Metal Hammer. The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Trial Through Fire" in late 2012.

Check out "Bad Motivator" here:

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Goatwhore Streaming New Track

New Orleans based death/black thrashers Goatwhore are streaming the new song "Collapse In Eternal Worth" from the forthcoming LP "Blood For The Master." The album is scheduled for release on February 10, 2012 (B/A/S), February 13, 2012 (EU) and February 14, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records.

Check out "Collapse In Eternal Worth" here: More...

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Death Wolf Posts New Music Video

Swedish traditional/horror punk act Death Wolf, featuring Morgan a/k/a Evil from Marduk, has posted a new music video for the song "Ironwood." The track appears on the band's latest LP "Death Wolf," which was released in May of 2011 through Regain Records. The band later split with Regain and signed to Century Media this past November.

Check out "Ironwood" here: More...

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