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Metal News for January 9, 2013

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Avantasia Taps Pretty Maids Vocalist Atkins

Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet announced the next special guest for the forthcoming LP "The Mystery of Time," this time its Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins. The announcement reads as follows:

"After Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg another participent can now be announced: It's Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins who will sing a role on the new Avantasia Metal Opera "The Mystery Of Time" (out in March 2013)."

Tobias commented on the addition of Atkins: "I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!" More...

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Shadow Kingdom Reissues Bolder Damn Album

Shadow Kingdom Records, in its penchant for reissuing early rock/metal classics, has re-released the 1971 opus "Mourning" from Bolder Damn. One of the seventies' heavier acts, the Ft. Lauderdale band's classic album has been fully remastered and updated with band pictures and information. Over forty years ago upon its issue, "Mourning" was proto-doom with its heavily fuzzed-out and psychedelic sound of that Blue Cheer/Sir Lord Baltimore era. The seven-song release is streaming over on the Shadow Kingdom bandcamp page, or below.


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Shakra Posts Trailer For New LP "Powerplay"

Swiss hard rock band Shakra posted a trailer for the band's upcoming eighth studio LP "Powerplay." The album is scheduled to drop on January 11, 2013 through AFM Records.

The tracklisting for "Powerplay" is as follows:

1. Life Is Now
2. The Mask
3. Higher
4. Wonderful Life
5. Dear Enemy
6. Save You from Yourself
7. Don't Keep Me Hanging
8. Dream of Mankind
9. Stevie
10. Because of You
11. Secret Hideaway
12. Too Good to Be True

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Crystallion Reveals New Album Track Listing

German act Crystallion's new album "Killer" is due out this coming March 1st, 2013. The cover artwork and a new track available for streaming will be coming soon, but now the band has revealed the track listing is as follows:

1. Run - 5:09
2. Far Cry - 4:07
3. Dead On Arrival - 3:38
4. Heat Of A Thousand Flames - 4:22
5. Ready To Strike - 3:39
6. Killer - 4:57
7. S.O.S. - 4:51
8. I'm Alive - 4:41
9. Push Comes To Shove - 3:48
10. Change Your Heart - 5:03
11. Full Moon Fever -3:49
12. The Unwanted - 3:34

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 3

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer/reviewer CROMCarl nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Huntress, Civil War, Beyond the Bridge, Symbolica, and Monument. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location. More...

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Spheron Signs With Apostasy Records

Apostasy Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Germany's Spheron:

"The New Year has barely begun and we already have to announce a new addition to our family:
Spheron from Ludwigshafen will show with their debut 'Ecstasy Of God,' which will be released via Apostasy Records. Technical death metal is presented impressively without missing the necessary atmosphere that makes a good album.

"Already out with their 2010 self-released EP 'To Dissect Paper' the band has ensured open ears internationally. Rejoice with us on this challenging and absorbing album which was produced together with Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios (e.g. Necrophagist, Deadborn, Maladie, etc.), and let us welcome Spheron!" More...

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Upon Wings To Release New EP

Upon Wings is proud to announce the release of new EP, "Afterlife," featuring guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day). "Afterlife" is scheduled for a March 5th release on Sword of the Spirit Records LLC.

The EP's debut single and title track is set to hit alternative and rock radio and digital outlets on January 15th, but you can hear it first today courtesy of Noisecreep. Head over here to check out an exclusive stream of the title track "Afterlife."

Rock and metal fans will recognize plenty of names on "Afterlife." Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown mastered the single, while Brett Hestla (ex-Creed, Dark New Day) provided guest vocals and production talents. More metal assistance for the upcoming EP came from producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine, best known as the guitarist of Canadian nu metal giants Slaves on Dope, formerly on Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's Divine Recordings label. Drummer Peter Tzaferis also contributed to the EP.

Recording sessions for "Afterlife" took place at Johnny K's legendary Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, where Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind and countless other heavy music-makers have laid down tracks.

Upon Wings combines operatic, female-fronted goth-pop with rousing rock and metal in a unique, ethereal fashion. Frontwoman Anne Autumn Erickson is a classically trained dramatic mezzo-soprano, and her lyrics take listeners down a path of heartfelt introspection, pain, joy and faith.

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Ken Mode Reveals "Entrench" Artwork

Ken Mode, which recently signed with Season of Mist, has now revealed the cover artwork for new album "Entrench." Check out the art below.

The "Entrench" sculpture was done by by Lil Duncan and it was photographed by Ryan Klatt, with layouts from "Artwork by Randy Ortiz." The album is set for release on CD and digitally this coming March 19th, 2013 (March 15th in Europe). More...

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No Bragging Rights Post New Music Video

No Bragging Rights has released a music video for the track, "Legacy," which can be viewed below and comes off the "Cycles" album. Directed by veteran director Josh Knoff (As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria), the video is a clear example of the band's intense live show.

The band is scheduled to support Every Time I Die, The Acaia Strain and Vanna next month. Full details are available at this location. The complete track listing for the "Cycles" album is as follows:

1. The Advent Of Change
2. Hope Theory
3. Appraisals and Ommissions
4. Cycles
5. No My Salvation
6. Legacy
7. Fight For My Life
8. Repeater
9. The Prequel
10. Ascensions More...

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Grayceon Streaming New Song

Grayceon has released a new track online titled "Pearl," which can be heard through Alarm Magazine here. The band also comments:

"Grayceon is pleased to announce that 'Pearl,' one of the two tracks off our upcoming release 'Pearl and the End of Days,' is being premiered today on Alarm Magazine! Our 30 minute, vinyl-only EP will be available on February 10th and comes with a digital download card.

"To read more about it please visit Flenser Records web site. You can also pre-order the album here! More exciting news will be forthcoming as the release date nears. In other news, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! Grayceon wishes you a year filled with love, laughter, and heavy riffs." More...

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Tears Of Martyr Reveals New Album Details

Spanish act Tears of Martyr has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"Hi all, we would like to announce that our next studio album entitled 'Tales' will be worldwide released under German label Massacre Records on April 26th, 2013. 'Tales' was recorded on August 2012 at New Sin Studios (Italy), under the production of Enrik Garcia (Dark Moor) and Luigi Stefanini.

"We are happy and excited to work along with a label with the experience of Massacre Records, it means for us a recognition of the work done, we are eager that you can listen to and enjoy 'Tales' soon. Moreover, you can now take a look to the album cover!" More...

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Sickening Announces Lineup Change

Italy's Sickening has checked in with the following announcement about a lineup change within the band:

"Sickening is glad to announce that Edoardo De Nardi has joined the band as bass player. Now we are working hard to complete our third studio album, that will be a concept about the film 'The Beyond' of the Italian master of horror Lucio Fulci. Check this page and our official site in the next period for more updates." More...

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Continents Posts In-Studio Video

Continents has been hard at work at Studio Six in Swindon, England putting the final touches on new release "Idle Hands," due out January 22nd. Watch the fourth and final video of “The Making Of Idle Hands” below.

Part four of “The Making Of Idle Hands” gives fans the chance to see and hear how the lead, backing. and gang vocals are recorded. Vocalist Phil Cross talks about being pushed to the next level by producer Stu Mckay and how he and the group come together to create the music and lyrics.

The band will also be hosting an album release party on February 21st in Cardiff at CLWB IFOR BACH.

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Munruthel Streaming Entire Discography

Ukrainian ambient folk pagan metal outfit Munruthel has made its entire body of recorded work available for streaming at over at bandcamp. From 1997's "Yav, Nav I Prav" to the band's widely-praised newest release "CREEDamage" (which came out last year on Svarga Music), the whole of Munruthel's discography is now streaming for free and can be purchased as a digital download.

Since Munruthel's inception, mastermind Vladislav Redkin has experimented heavily with dark ambient and symphonic pagan metal, creating a truly unique and inspiring musical entity in the process. Now, the band's evolution can be experienced as it happened.


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Saint Vitus Announces European Tour

Saint Vitus and Mos Generator will be embarking on a European tour this coming March, presented by Metal Hammer and Terrorizer. A complete list of updated dates for the run can be found in the tour poster below, or details are available at the Saint Vitus Facebook page here. More...

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NervoChaos Streaming New Song

Apoch's Metal Review has premiered a brand new track off the forthcoming album from Brazilian death vets NervoChaos - "To The Death." The song, entitled "Smoking Mortal Remains" is currently blaring at this locale, or below in the player. "To The Death," the fifth studio full-length from the long-running Sao Paolo-based extremists, is set for worldwide release on January 22nd via Greyhaze Records.



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Corpus Mortale Streaming New Song

"FleshCraft," the third full-length album from long-running Danish death metal act Corpus Mortale is out now on Deepsend Records. Initially offered as a special web-only release, this brutal slab of old-school death is now available worldwide. A promo video for the track "Love Lies Bleeding" has been posted below. Corpus Mortale features bassist/vocalist Martin Rosendahl's trademark bellow (last heard on The Cleansing's 2009 release "Poisoned Legacy").

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Intronaut Reveals "Milk Leg" Artwork

Post-metal prog group Intronaut has revealed the artwork for "Milk Leg," the first single off the band's new album, "Habitual Levitations."

The "Milk Leg" cover was designed by Randy Ortiz of Damn the Design, and the single will be available on all digital platforms this coming February 5th, 2013. A single sided, etched 7" vinyl of the single will follow, with a release date TBA.

Leading up to the release of "Habitual Levitations" on March 19th, 2013, Intronaut will be on the road with Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders, following a small run of headlining dates. A full list of tour dates can be seen below. More...

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Negator Finishes Recording New Album

Negator has finished recording a new album and is now nearing completion of the mastering process. The upcoming album is set for an April 19th, 2013 release through Viva Hate Records.

The band has revealed there will be two versions of the release, and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. For now you can still order the band's 7" "The Great Atrocities" at this location, or listen to a track off the 7" release right here. More...

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Lightning Swords Of Death Streaming New Track

Occult black metal band Lightning Swords of Death has partnered with InvisibleOranges.com for the release of a brand new song off the group's upcoming album, "Baphometic Chaosium." The track "R'lyeh Wuurm" is available for streaming on now at Invisible Oranges here.

Additionally, Lightning Swords of Death recently completed a music video for the song. When reached for comment, vocalist Autarch simply responded: "R'lyeh Wuurm will instruct you in a method for creating a simple, yet useful servitor." The video premiere date is to be announced soon.

The band also previously released the title-track from "Baphometic Chaosium," which can be heard right here. The track listing is as follows:

01. Baphometic Chaosium
02. Acid Gate
03. Psychic Waters
04. Cloven Shields
05. Chained to Decay
06. R'Lyeh Wuurm
07. Epicyclarium
08. Oaken Chrysalis More...

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Anthropia Issues Update On Cthulhu Themed Album

Anthropia announced last year the band would be working on an all Lovecraft/Cthulu mythos themed album, and now the group has issued the following update:

"At last! Preproduction for the new album is now finished: 10 cthulhuesque songs to come! We will follow this time Randolph Carter, who will relive the most intense moments of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

"His fans will feel the atmosphere of the short stories, but also of the related universe: board games (aaah Arkham Horror...), role playing game, video games, movies...

"Recording has begun and will last several months. Pictures and videos to come. Iä!"

To hear Anthropia's music, you can listen to the previously posted (and unrelated to Lovecraft) track "Take Me Home" at this location.

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Centurian Streaming New Song

Centurian will release the band's third full-length album "Contra Rationem" this coming January 28th via Listenable Records. A new track from the release is now available for streaming online. Listen to "Feast of the Cross" in the player below.

Pre-orders for the "Contra Rationem" album are now available at this location. You can also hear the previously posted "Judas Among Twelve" track over here.

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Altaar Unveils New Album Artwork

Altaar, which recently signed to Indie Recordings, has today unveiled the cover artwork designed by Sverre Malling set to appear on the band's self-titled album. The artwork and a teaser trailer for the album are available below.

Altaar will release the new album on the 26th of February in Europe and 22nd of February in Norway, Germany, and Austria. Indie Recordings comments on the band:

"Altaar is an exceptional outlet with an avant-garde approach to the musical expression by attacking conventional doom metal (Corrupted, Black Sabbath, Nortt) with references stemming from the classic Psychedelic era (Les Fleur De Lys, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd)!" More...

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Helloween Posts Part Five Of Track-By-Track Videos

German metal icons Helloween posted the fifth part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs from 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 (see 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 fifth track-by-track video, "Day 5: Burning Sun" can be seen here: More...

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Age Of Woe Reveals "Inhumanform" Release

Suicide Records has checked in with the following brief announcement about releasing a new album from Swedish act Age of Woe:

?"Suicide Records is damn proud to announce that on May 31, 2013 we will release the debut album of Age Of Woe 'Inhumanform.' It will be on white vinyl. Do not miss this!!"

A CD version is also slated for release the same day via Give Praise Records. For more info on Age of Woe, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Eight Bells To Release Debut LP

Oregon's Eight Bells will release the debut LP "The Captain’s Daughter" on February 19, 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings. The album was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep/Neurosis/Agalloch). The band's sound is described as an "eclectic offering presents four songs that weave elements of post-black metal and progressive rock together in a decidedly unique manner making for an alternately beautiful and terrifying listening experience."

Eight Bells features SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas, Jackson grew up an only child. The isolated grasslands and windswept landscapes of her youth would later inspire her to evoke equally mysterious terrain through experimental guitar explorations and wordless vocalizations in SubArachnoid Space. SAS took Jackson far afield with a series of albums on Relapse and various indie labels, a split EP with Bardo Pond, tours with Acid Mother’s Temple, and a trip to Japan. Jackson put the band to bed after fifteen years in 2011 following the release of its final album, Eight Bells.

"Eight Bells (the band) continues in the tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who inspires and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocal talents. SubArachnoid Space drummer Chris Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music."

Notes Jackson earnestly of The Captain’s Daughter: “I see this album as an attempt to communicate and exorcise. It is open to interpretation. Praise be to Chris and Haley for making it a whole transmission.” More...

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Dirge Within Drumcam Footage Available

Dirge Within, which recruited new vocalist Travis Neal in October of 2012, has now released drum cam footage online.

Check out the clip below of a live drum cam showcasing drummer Frankie Harchut, which was recorded at Bar 3 in Rockford, IL on January 3rd, 2013.

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True Widow Signs With Relapse

True Widow, the band referred to by Brooklyn Vegan as "reverb-drenched shoegaze," has signed with Relapse Records with an eye towards a late Spring release.

The band is currently recording at the Echo Lab in Argyle, Tex, reuniting with As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth producer Matt Pence (Yuck, Jay Farrar).

"Returning to the Echo Lab just made sense," explained drummer Slim TX "It's where the previous albums have been recorded and it feels like home. The same goes for working with Matt. He allowed us to stay true to ourselves on our self-titled album and develop the sounds that would become our cornerstone for everything that has followed."

True Widow have released two previous albums: "True Widow" (2008) and "As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth" (2011). Each release has built on the band's unique approach to the guitar-centric intersection of shoegaze and ambient pop, which the band self-described as "stonegaze," NPR described the band's sophomore release as "a warming headphone album for a bleak snowfall, moody and dreamy chords crushed by a rumbling low-end." Decibel Magazine said the album is "a droning, strung-out record that is, frankly, almost perfect." More...

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Enforcer Shooting Music Video

The new Enforcer album "Death By Fire" will be released on February 1st, 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band also recently shot a video clip and issued the following message:

"Yesterday we shot a music video for the song 'Mesmerized by Fire' together with our long time friend director Gustav Öhman Spjuth. We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it's definitely not just any other video."

You can stream the track "Mesmerized By Fire" in the player below or snag a free download at this location. The limited vinyl 7" for "Mesmerized By Fire" will be released on January 18th including the non album track 'You Can Be." More...

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Diamondog Posts New Music Video

Oslo rockers Diamondog posted a new music video for the track "Let the Fight Begin." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Faithful Until Death," which was released last year through Doolittle Group.

The video is produced by Eva Elizabeth Godager and directed by Lars Olav Dybvig. Check out "Let the Fight Begin" here:

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Insistence Releases Playthrough Video

Turkey's Insistence has posted a new playthrough clip online featuring the band playing the song "A Perception." Check out the video below.

"A Perception" is due to appear on the band's upcoming album "Foreshadow." To hear more from the band, head over to the Insistence Facebook profile.

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Chariots Of The Gods Posts Album Trailer

Chariots of the Gods has released a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming new album "Tides of War," which is due out January 29th, 2013. Give the clip a view below, or listen to the full "Unbound" track over at this location. The full "Tides of War" track listing is as follows:

1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (featuring Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of The Gods More...

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Raven X Finishes New Album

Ohio's Gothic death metal act Raven X has issued the following announcement about finishing work on a new album:

"We are happy to announce that the debut CD has been completed. We have finished all of the recordings for the album and the mixing and mastering processes have also been completed. We are very excited with the final versions of the songs and we are looking forward to everyone hearing them very soon. Thank you all for your patience in waiting for the CD!! The wait is almost over!!

"We would like to take this opportunity to announce that the artwork for the CD has been created by Maira Pedroni. We are extremely happy to have an artist of Maira's caliber creating our CD cover. Please be sure to stop by Maira's website and check out her work!! Also, please stop by Maira's art pages on Facebook and on Google+ and give them a like!! More...

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Red Rose Streaming New Track

Israeli melodic power metal act Red Rose is streaming the new track "Don't Believe These Tales." The track appears on the forthcoming second LP "On the Cusp of Change," which is due for release on February 26, 2013.

Red Rose formed in 2010 in Netanya, Israel. Their music style turned out to be some sort of mixture of Melodic Hard Rock, Classic Heavy Metal and 'Pomp Rock,' playfully called among the band members 'good music.' When it came to choosing a name for the project, "Red Rose" wasn't argued much. It seemed to precisely represent the band's general vision: the beauty and romance of a dream along with the thorns of reality. When sketches were ready and it was time to rehearse and wrap up the material, everything came into place very quickly and the debut LP "Live The Life You've Imagined" became reality.

"On the Cusp of Change" was once again produced by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, with Matan Shmuely (of Orphaned Land fame) sitting behind the drums. The album's artwork was created by Jobert Mello (Primal Fear/Sabaton/Benedictum).

The track list for "On the Cusp of Change" is as follows:

1. When Roses Faded
2. Chasing Freedom
3. King Of The Local Crowd
4. Original Sin
5. Alone In The Night
6. This Bitter World
7. Don't Believe These Tales
8. Seize The Day

Check out "Don't Believe These Tales" here: More...

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Heptah Releases New Lyric Video

A new lyric video for the track “Time To Regret” by Brazilian metal band Heptah is now available for viewing below.

The track comes off Heptah’s first studio album, "Master of Delusion," which is available online now via iTunes. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Battle Was Already Won 02:49
2. Reasons to Fight 06:21
3. Something’s Wrong 03:49
4. Never Die 05:42
5. Time to Regret 07:09
6. Insanity 05:04
7. Dead Order 05:25
8. Angels Whispers 06:28
9. Things in my Head 06:03
10. Sword of the Spirit 06:34 More...

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Opeth Reveals North American Tour

The ever-evolving Swedish band Opeth will return to North America in support of most recent studio album, "Heritage." The tour will kick off on April 18th in Buffalo and will take the band throughout North America on a 30+ city tour. Katatonia has been confirmed as direct support for the tour.

There will be several dates of note during Opeth’ s North American run. On April 20th, Opeth will be making a stop to headline alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, and Suicidal Tendencies at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. The April 28th show in Clifton Park, NY will see Åkerfeldt’s Storm Corrosion collaborator and friend Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree join Opeth for a special evening that is not to be missed.

There will also be two rare and intimate evenings with Opeth planned for Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th and The Roxy in Los Angeles on May 24th. These shows will allow fans the unique opportunity to experience Opeth like never before. More...

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NEMHF 2013 Lineup Revealed

Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:

"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.

"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'

"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."

The lineup includes: More...

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Screaming Savior's "Infinity" To See U.S. Release

Chinese symphonic black metal act Screaming Savior will see its 2012 sophomore effort "Infinity" released stateside in mid-February through Metal Hell Records. The album was originally issued in February 2012 through Mort Productions. Pre-orders for the release can be had at this location.

"Started officially in Shanghai China in 2001, Screaming Savior combines a passion of astronomy, physics and dark poetry to create an epic and technical, symphonic black metal sound. The dynamics of ‘Infinity’ are virtually unparalleled in the realm of metal and listeners are in for a exciting and memorable galaxy-spanning voyage through the Infinite cosmos.

"‘Infinity’ has been re-mastered by the band for a more powerful production and includes two bonus tracks not heard on the original Chinese pressing. An orchestral version of ‘Ocean of Asura’ and an 8-Bit classic video game version of ‘Across the Boundary of Cosmos’.

"The US pressing of ‘Infinity’ features a 16 page full color booklet designed by the band with lyrics in both Chinese and English translations."

The track listing for "Infinity" is as follows:

1. Derivation (intro)
2. Star of Fatality
3. Sanguinary Salvation
4. Wings of the Vast Sea
5. Ocean of Asura
6. Nacha the Demon
7. Pray to the Chthonic
8. Ode to the Expedition
9. Curse the Dreamland
10. Across the Boundary of Cosmos

Bonus Tracks:

11. Ocean of Asura (orchestral)
12. Across the Boundary of Cosmos (8-bit)

Check out the promo trailer (featuring a free download of a 4-track sampler) here: More...

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U.D.O. Returns To North America With New Tour

German metal band U.D.O., featuring former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, have confirmed that the band will tour North America this April. This marks Udo's return to the United States and Canada after a very long drought. U.D.O. is supporting its latest LP "Rev-Raptor," released in 2011 through AFM Records.

Support acts have not yet been announced. Confirmed dates are as follows:

04-09-2013 USA-Amityville, NY - Ollie's Point
04-10-2013 USA-New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
04-11-2013 USA-Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
04-12-2013 CDN-Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
04-13-2013 CDN-St-Ferdinand, QC - Style Metal
04-14-2013 CDN-Toronto, ON - Mod Club
04-18-2013 USA-Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
04-19-2013 USA-Detroit, MI - Harpo's
04-20-2013 USA-Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
04-21-2013 USA-Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
04-23-2013 USA-West Hollywood, CA - Whisky-A-Go-Go

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More Studio Footage Posted By Epysode

Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted additional in studio footage from Noise Factory Studios of the recordings of the upcoming Epysode II release. This clip features the arrangements and orchestration.

Arkan began announcing the myriad of guests to appear on Epysode II, starting with Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund and DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni. Additional announcements are imminent.

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Death SS Posts Part Three Of Documentary Series

Italian metal band Death SS posted a the third part ("The Third Seal") of a documentary series leading up to the band's new LP "Resurrection," the first studio LP since the release of "The 7th Seal" in 2006. The album is scheduled for a March 2013 release through Lucifer Rising Records. Death SS features Secret Sphere guitarist Aldo Lonobile (known here as Al De Noble).

Check out part one, part two and the recently issued music video for the song "The Darkest Night" over at this location. "The Third Seal" is playing below:

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Gloria Morti Posts "Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow"

Finnish melodic black metal act Gloria Morti is streaming track "Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow" from the band's fourth LP "Lateral Constraint." The album was issued in Europe through Cyclone Empire in November, but will see a North American release of February 5, 2013 through Metal Blade Records. Gloria Morti features Before the Dawn guitarist Juho Räihä.

The track listing for "Lateral Constraint" is as follows:

1. Lex Parsimoniae
2. The First Act
3. Our God Is War
4. Aesthetics of Self-Hyperbole
5. Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow
6. HalluciNations
7. Slaves
8. Non-Believer
9. The Divine Is a Fraud
10. Conclusion

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Zombified Streaming Title Track To New LP

Swedish death/grindcore act Zombified is streaming the title track to the sophomore effort "Carnage Slaughter and Death." The album was issued in Europe through Cyclone Empire in November, but will see a North American release of February 5, 2013 through Metal Blade Records. Zombified features Scar Symmetry vocalist Roberth Karlsson (Ex-Edge of Sanity).

The track listing for "Carnage Slaughter and Death" is as follows:

1. Carnage Slaughter and Death
2. Pull the Trigger
3. Withering Souls
4. Suffering Ascends
5. Endless Days of Wrath
6. Clenched Fist Vengeance
7. Reborn in Sin
8. Corrosive Spiral
9. The Flesh of the Living
10. The Last Stand
11. Slayer Fashion
12. Reign of Terror

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Omnium Gatherum Streaming "New Dynamic"

Finnish melodic death band Omnium Gatherum, featuring Insomnium guitarist Markus Vanhala, is streaming the new song "New Dynamic." The song appears on the band's upcoming sixth studio album "Beyond," which is scheduled for release on February 25, 2013 (EU) and March 5, 2013 (North America).

The track listing for "Beyond" is as follows:

1. Luoto
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
4. Nightwalkers
5. Formidable
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace

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Holy Grail Posts "Ride The Void" Lyric Video

Holy Grail posted a lyric video for the track "Ride the Void." The song is the title track to the band's sophomore full length LP and Nuclear Blast Records debut, which is due out on January 18th, 2013.

The track listing for "Ride the Void" is as follows:

1. Archeus
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
7. Crosswinds
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow

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Raunchy Posts New Music Video

Danish act Raunchy posted a new music video for the track "Nght Party." The song appears on the band's latest effort "A Discord Electric," which is available through Lifeforce Records.

Check out "Nght Party" here:

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