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Metal News for October 1, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.

To-Mera Streaming New Album

Female-fronted prog metallers To-Mera have posted their new album "Exile" online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. The stream also features an alternate version of the song "The Descent." To-mera comments:

"Hey guys, Thanks so much for all the lovely messages you've sent us through various media to tell us how much you love the new album. It really means a lot. As promised, we've now released a free alternate (scream) vocal version of 'The Descent' on bandcamp - this is for the benefit of those who already got the digipak edition or downloaded the album from itunes/amazon/someone's blog (...naughty!). This version features the exceedingly talented Jesse Higginson, winner of the screaming competition! (The original version has Stephan Forte's soothing voice on it)."

The track listing is:

1. Inviting The Storm 03:02
2. The Illusionist 07:21
3. The Descent 07:54
4. Deep Inside 06:46
5. Broken 10:04
6. End Game 06:13
7. Surrender 11:05
8. All I Am 12:46 More...

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part I

SATURDAY 8/11

6:00am. YOU’VE KNOCKED A SCREW LOOSE, a taunting Protestant voice rattles my inner skull in a booze-muddled echo as I lope across a bed of sharp stones and plunge into the frigid river just this side of bare-assed.

The full immersion drowns that pesky voice mid-sentence. Eyes open under water; I find peaceful seclusion for a few precious, bone-chilling seconds.

Confirming the diagnosis as I breach the surface and hoist myself to my feet, waist-deep, skin already tightening from the abrupt system shock, a guy on the beach mutters something to his friend, shoots me a strange glare – did I somehow manage to insult his mom? – and twirls his finger near his temple. Yep.

Whatever. I reinforce the diagnosis and thrust double horns skyward, hoping to give the appearance of a calculated, decisive, tough, metal-inspired action and not the clumsy result of a dare, drowned brain cells, and a liquid blanket.

In either case, this is Metalcamp, and what happens at Metalcamp… gets reproduced (and photographed) on Metalunderground.com.

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Morgoth Going On Hiatus

In regards to the recent reunion and future of the band, German death metallers Morgoth have issued the following announcement:

"After all the great experiences we made on the 'Cursed Reunion' so far, the time is now come to have a closer look at the past 18 months of Morgoth's comeback, which has successfully re-connected us with many old friends as well as also a lot of new fans...

"Summer Breeze and Brutal Assault marked the last two festival appearances which we had scheduled as part of this long journey through time. This reunion has been an amazing run, truly full of awesome experiences which we will cherish for a very long time. Our songs are about 20 years old by now and even though we had been absent from stages for about 13 of those years, we nevertheless managed to once again set free the raw energy of our classic death metal style in a powerful way.

"Our initial concept was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'Cursed' album's release for only one summer season. This now ended up being almost 2 eventful years, if you consider that the reunion's preparation already started around November 2010. During this return, we thankfully also managed to visit several countries where we originally had never managed to play. We are happy and proud for this awesome opportunity!

"After all this recent action, we have now decided to take things slower again to be able to review the reunion on a more personal level and then to be able to gain some distance from things before deciding upon our next steps with the band.

"By playing two final club-shows in Berlin and Essen in early November, we intend to finish off the 'Cursed Reunion' cycle with a personal vibe and a more intimate atmosphere. We are sure it will be a hot and loud farewell, so we are really looking forward to your participation! We are hearing that the pre-sales for these gigs are moving forwards quite quickly, so better hurry up and order your tickets! More...

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Javier Reyes Announces Solo Project Mestis

Guitarist Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) has inked a new solo deal with Sumerian Records for his project Mestís, which is an all instrumental effort. Sumerian comments:

"The debut EP, Basal Ganglia, is a five track offering showcasing Reyes' vast musical diversity and features an intriguing variety of instrumentation performed by highly acclaimed musicians. The EP is set for a Nov 27th release and specially priced pre-order bundles will be available in the coming weeks." A teaser trailer for the EP can be found below.

Reyes also states: “Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the 'trends' or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste." More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Encrust Releases New Lyric Video

Chicago's Encrust has now released the new album "From Birth To Soil," and the band has released a video clip for a track off the album. Check out "Engine Of Deceit" in the player available below. The album's track listing is:

1. Predatory Skin
2. Engine of Deceit
3. Grime Maiden
4. Shrieking Infestation
5. Tapeworms
6. World Lament
7. Cult of the Cross
8. Traitor Internal More...

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Magica Steaming New Track "One Angry Gaia"

Romanian power metal band Magica is streaming the new track "One Angry Gaia." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Center of the Great Unknown," which is due out on October 12, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is a concept is based on "The Diary of Admiral R. E. Byrd," and "Godess of Atvatabar" by author W. Bradshaw as well as "Beasts, Men and Gods" by F.A. Ossendowsky.

The track list for "Center of the Great Unknown" is as follows:

1. Center of the Great Unknown
2. Masterspell
3. King of the World
4. Open
5. The Earth Is Young?
6. Step Into the Night
7. No Horizon
8. One Angry Gaia
9. Mark of Cain
10. Under the Auroras
11. Daca 2012 (Bonus Track)

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Lion Splicer Streaming "Holiday In Dystopia"

New York two-piece Lion Splicer has released new album "Holiday In Dystopia," which features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, High on Fire). The full album is now available online for streaming at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Jezebel 03:27
2. The Whip 03:03
3. Holiday in Dystopia 02:46
4. Little Conquerors 01:45
5. Forgotten City 04:13
6. Watchtower 04:17
7. Utopia in Regalia 06:49
8. Panopticon Stomp 03:06 More...

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Flames Of Fury To Release Self-Titled Debut EP

New York/New Jersey female fronted metal act Flames of Fury announced that the band will release its debut self-titled EP this November. The band was founded by guitarist Jason Perez and vocalist Angelica Vargas in 2009, and has since opened for the bands such as Rhapsody of Fire, when the Italian symphonic act was touring North America earlier this year with Australia's Voyager.

The band made the following announcement on its Facebook page:

"Flames of Fury’s 1st official release will be arriving this November! – Prepare to be blown away by the power, intensity, and urgency of some of FoF’s most furious songs!

"Featuring the fast and hard hitting “Take it to the Limit”, the stalking and vicious “Save Yourself”, the relentless “No Mercy”, the electrifying and blusterous groove of “End of the Road”, the seductive hypnotizing passion of “I Burn”, and the thunderous anthem of strength “Phoenix”, FoF’s debut EP is Headbanging Mayhem assaulting you from all angles!

"This self-titled EP is just a taste of things to come as FoF continues writing and recording material for our full length album & future releases!"

The track listing for "Flames of Fury" is as follows:

1. Take it to the Limit
2. Save Yourself
3. No Mercy
4. End of the Road
5. I Burn
6. Phoenix

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Orloff Posts New Song Online

Orloff's new album "Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies" is set to be released later this month on Razorback Recordings, and the band has now uploaded a new track from the release.

Check out "Crimson Deathshround" in the YouTube player below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Cobwebbed and Decayed" over at this location. More...

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Aurora Infernalis Festival Lineup Announced

The 2012 edition of the Aurora Infernalis Festival is set to take place this coming October 26th and 27th in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This year the festival's organizers have arranged a Darkthrone cover band with members from Troll, Isvind, and Covenant who are going to play Darkthrone's "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" album.

The festival will be held in two venues. On Friday in Willemeen, Arnhem, Holland and on Saturday at Luxor Live, Arnhem, Holland. Tickets and info on the festival can be found here, and the lineup is as follows:

October 26th - ARCHGOAT (Fin), ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD (Nor), FUNERAL WINDS (Nld), ISVIND (Nor), WOLFHETAN (Ger)

October 27th - PRIMORDIAL (Ire), AURA NOIR (Nor), MOONSORROW (Fin), TULUS (Nor), THULCANDRA (Ger) After show: A Blaze in the Northern Sky Tribute (Nor)

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Holy Grail Posts "Dark Passenger" Lyric Video

Revolver has teamed up with Los Angeles based metal band Holy Grail to premiere the lyric video for the new single "Dark Passenger." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Ride the Void" due out early next year. More details on the album will be unleashed shortly.

Check out "Dark Passenger" here:

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Anders Nystrom Talks Bloodbath, Canned Opeth Tour

MetalInsider.net had the chance to interview guitarist Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath) in New York City last weekend, and during the chat Anders revealed that Katatonia’s originally planned fall tour with Opeth has been canned, and also confirmed that Bloodbath has found a replacement for Mikael Akerfeldt in Bloodbath. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Insider: Speaking about touring, guitarist Fredrik Akesson let it slip this past summer that Opeth and Katatonia would be touring North America again later this year. Is that still happening?

That was supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.

Metal Insider: Did he give a reason for canning the tour?

I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt. He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.

Metal Insider On the plus side, at least you guys did get to tour together. It brought a lot of exposure for the band, I’m sure. I remember when we were speaking you were like, “that would be the perfect tour for us” and one year later… More...

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Stagnant Waters Posts Self-Titled Album Trailer

French-Norwegian avant-garde black metal act Stagnant Waters has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new self-titled album (reviewed here). Have a fun brain aneurysm with the chaotic cacophony of sounds below. The album is due out on October 29th, 2012 and has the following track listing:

1. Algae
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT
3. Of salt and water
4. Castles
5. Concrete
6. Bandaged in suicide notes
7. Axolotl
8. From the breaking neck to infinity More...

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Razormaze Splits With Guitarist

Boston's Razormaze has issued the following statement about splitting with guitarist Dave Carlino:

"Hey slaves, pretty big announcement here: Dave Carlino and Razormaze have recently decided to part ways. We wish him luck in all his endeavors.

"We have a new awesome guitarist by the name of Joe Gettler who we've been working with for a few months now. He's already an essential part of the band and a true best bud! Here's to a new awesome incarnation of Razormaze that will be sure rip even more faces! Here here!"

You can also listen to the new song "Slowest Death" and find the band's upcoming tour dates at this location. More...

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Craniotomy Streaming New Song

Slovkian brutal death metal band Craniotomy has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Mr. Butcher." Get brutalized in the player available below. For more info on the band, check out the Craniotomy Facebook profile. Craniotomy is:

Roman Halmo - Guitar
Lukas Siska - Drums
Rastislav Vary - Vocals
Daniel Hanak - Bass More...

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Eternal Bleeding To Release Debut Full-Length

Slovakia's Eternal Bleeding has announced the band's debut full-length album "Angels Shall Never Speak Again" is due for release by the end of the year through Amputed Vein Records. The full-length follows the band's previous split release with Emeth back in 2006. Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Lost In Alaska Posts "Time Of Solution" Teaser

Russian deathcore band Lost In Alaska released a new EP titled “Time Of Solution” through Headxplode Records last month, and the band has now posted a teaser trailer online. Check out the clip below.

Lost In Alaska has also inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Guitarist Maxim Zadorin says, “Cooperation with GlobMetal Promotions is a great opportunity to spread our stuff and thus support our band running. We are confident that the results will not take much time."

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Aluk Todolo Reveals New Album Details

Today Aluk Todolo has revealed the cover and track listing for upcoming new album, "Occult Rock," set for North American release on November 20th. A double-CD digipak totaling 85 minutes between its two discs, "Occult Rock" is Aluk Todolo's third full-length to date.

DISC 1
1. Occult Rock 1 (10:14)
2. Occult Rock 2 (10:32)
3. Occult Rock 3 (10:07)
4. Occult Rock 4 (12:05)

DISC 2
1. Occult Rock 5 (11:16)
2. Occult Rock 6 (8:36)
3. Occult Rock 7 (10:04)
4. Occult Rock 8 (11:45) More...

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ETECC Announces New Album Release

Germany's ETECC has announced the band's first album "Volition" is due out this coming December 7th, 2012 via SAOL/H´Art/Zebralution. A demo track titled "On Standards Leash" has also been posted online and can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the band's sound:

"Authentic, straight metal without following trends. Live action without a compromise and a 100 percent attitude towards their music. The 4 piece band from Wolfsburg plays very groove-orientated metal, which is influenced by bands like Lamb of God, Pantera, or Metallica." More...

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No Bragging Rights Streaming New Song

To celebrate the release of "Cycles," the new record from No Bragging Rights, the band is releasing another new song called "Legacy" today via Lambgoat.com. Click here to check out the track. The "Cycles" track listing is:

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

"Cycles" is due out October 16th, 2012. The band also recently signed a worldwide record deal with Good Fight / eOne Music. Front man Mike Perez comments: "The guys and I are beyond stoked to be a part of the GoodFight/eOne family. We feel this will be a good fit for us as we grow and continue moving forward." More...

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Wretched Releases "Karma Accomplished" Video

Wretched has posted a new music video online for "Karma Accomplished," which can be viewed below. Victory Records also comments:

"Step inside the world of technical death metal band Wretched and watch their new music video for 'Karma Accomplished' from their third studio album, Son Of Perdition. You’ll get an inside look at life on the road with the fun-loving shredders while they impress crowds around the nation with their intense live show.

"Wretched is preparing to hit the road again this fall supporting some of metal’s finest. Starting this Saturday, October 6th, they head to New Jersey to begin their October run with Death Angel. The band will then join Six Feet Under and Cattle Decapitation on The Autumn Apocalypse Tour starting November 2nd in Richmond. See a full listing of tour dates below." More...

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GWAR Reveals New Member

It was a little less than a year ago that the world was rocked by the passing of Flattus Maximus, back to the cosmos from whence he came. And since that day fans of GWAR have wondered how the mighty overlords would deal with the void it left within the band. The members of GWAR responded the only way they knew how - by soldiering on and continuing to play as a four piece.

But from the very beginning of that phase, the quest began to find the new Scumdog that was in every way as magnificent as his predecessor. Today the members of GWAR are pleased to inform their legions of followers, and even more so their many enemies, that once again the band is whole, with the proclamation that long lost cousin of Flattus, Pustulus Maximus, has officially joined the band in the position of lead guitarist, and will join with the group on their upcoming "Fate or Chaos" tour.

Pustulus offered his first words to the press with the following, "At this point I have nothing to say to the press, even though I am talking to you. I will let my guitar speak for itself. But let me add that I am bloodsworn to honor the legacy of the great Flattus and indeed the whole Maximus tribe. I didn't come here to fuck around. HAIL FLATTUS!" More...

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Bloodbound Posts "Metalheads Unite" Lyric Video

Swedish power metal act Bloodbound posted a lyric video for the new track "Metalheads Unite." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "In the Name of Metal," which is due for release on November 9, 2012 via AFM Records.

The track list for "In the Name of Metal" is as follows:

1. In the Name of Metal
2. When Demons Collide
3. Bonebreaker
4. Metalheads Unite
5. Son of Babylon
6. Mr. Darkness
7. I'm Evil
8. Monstermind
9. King of Fallen Grace
10. Black Devil
11. Bounded by Blood
12. Book of the Dead (2012 Version)

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Anette Olzon Departs Nightwish

In the midst of the North American tour with Kamelot, Nightwish announced the mutual split with vocalist Anette Olzon due to "conflict in the direction" of the band. The band will proceed with the rest of the North American tour with ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen on vocals. The joint announcement reads as follows:

"Another chapter of the NIGHTWISH story has ended today. NIGHTWISH and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.

"In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.

"NIGHTWISH has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle 1.10.2012. Her name is Floor Jansen from the Netherlands (ex-AFTER FOREVER, REVAMP), and she has graciously stepped in to help us complete the ”Imaginaerum” world tour.

"We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

"We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.

"NIGHTWISH & Anette Olzon"

A couple of nights ago, Annette Olzon fell ill prior to the show in Denver and was briefly hospitalized. The show proceeded with Kamelot guest vocalists Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) filling in.

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Anathema Posts Road Report

Anathema is touring in support of the band's latest album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), and now band member Danny Cavanagh has checked in with the following road report:

"It's been a week since we started the second part of our Weather Systems tour of Europe, and as we all expected, everything has transpired exactly to plan. Thanks to the fact that we were recording live album and DVD on the FIRST show of the tour, it really meant that we had to hit the ground running, and rehearse harder than we ever have before to be able to pull this off. Thanks to our hard work and fantastic road crew, the first show was a great success for us, and the audience, as expected, were truly amazing.

"If I can spend a few minutes here speaking of the amazing job that the road crew did on the night of the Bulgarian show, no matter what words I could use to compliment their work, it would fall short of truly expressing the job they did, or our gratitude. The stage, the lights and the sound were all truly stunning, as indeed was the work of our orchestral composer in England, and the plovdiv symphony orchestra.

"So a huge thank you to Tonto, Ian, Paul, Rob, Pete, Levon, Dave, the string players and to the fans, thank you all for an unforgettable night. Our man in the studio christer is now mixing the music for a 2013 release. More to come…"

Anathema's show in Bulgaria was filmed for a Blu-Ray release coming next year, with more details to be announced shortly. You can also watch Anathema's music video for "Untouchable (Part One)" at this location.

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Dragonsclaw Unveil "Judgement Day" Album Art

Australian metal act Dragonsclaw unveiled the album artwork for the band's upcoming sophomore release "Judgement Day." Originally conceived as an EP release, the now full length album is expected for an early 2013 release. An exact release date along with label news is expected soon.

The track listing for "Judgement Day" is as follows:

1. Watching My Every Move (Feat. David Reece)
2. Judgement Day
3. Bullet
4. Fear
5. Fly: Defenders Of The Skies, Part II
6. Lucifer's Hammer (Warlord Cover)
7. Battle Cry (A Tribute to Mark Reale) (Feat. Jack Starr)
8. Eternally

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Khthon Streaming Track From EP

British doom band Khthon is streaming one of the songs from its recent EP "Above the Fog." The title track of sorts, "Wanderer Above the Fog," is posted below. Khthon recently performed at the Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral pagan fest in Nottingham. Around since 2007, Khthon recently welcomed new guitarist Jeff Barber (Eye Of Solitude) and performed at Bloodstock's M2TM. Listen to five more songs from Khthon over at Facebook.


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Pentagram Splits With Guitarist

Guitarist Victor Griffin has posted the following message online about parting ways with Pentagram:

"Tonight at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD will be my last live appearance with Pentagram in the US, and my last UK/European live appearances with Pentagram on our 'Relentless' tour this Oct/Nov.

"Of course the future is always uncertain...but for now, it's time to move on with my new band's album and tour plans for 2013.

"Thanks to Bobby, Greg, Sean Saley, Pellet, Klaus Koschel, Metal Blade Records, Svarte Records, Albert Born, Gary Isom, & most importantly...YOU FANS!...for keeping the wheels turning faster and louder than any other time in the band's history!

"I wish the very best to the band and a prosperous future. Thanks again to all you fans for your amazing support...hope to see you soon! Godspeed!"

You can follow the latest on Victor Griffin's music by heading over to his official Facebook profile.

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Nimrod Streaming Official Video

Chilean thrash metal band Nimrod has uploaded a second official video to its YouTube channel. The video track, "Night of the Witches," comes from Nimrod's 2009 album "Return to Babylon." That album was recorded at Sade Studios by Juan Pablo Donoso in Santiago, Chile and features Erico Morales (Dantesco, Puerto Rico) on vocals.

The music video was Directed by Christian Irarrazabal and Rodrigo Cerda. Guitarist Cris Ira commented: "We had a long hiatus from 1985 to 2007 and now things are quite different. Everyone is giving 100% to the band...We are already recording the second album, which will be released in 2013. We came back to stay..." Stream "Return to Babylon" over at Digmetalworld.

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Supergroup Ashes Of Ares Announces New Shows

Ashes of Ares is a band which represents the culmination of experiences, trials, and tribulations of founding members Matt Barlow, Van Williams, and Freddie Vidales. Within months of their departures from the iconic metal bands Iced Earth and Nevermore, the trio came together with a renewed drive to create a sound which is a true collaboration of their personal influences, ideas and visions.

Matt Barlow has now checked in with the following updates about the band playing live shows:

"Here is your first chance to see us perform live: Saturday November 10th - Towson, Maryland. We'll be supporting a great cause. We hope to see you there!

"We are very happy to announce that Ashes of Ares is confirmed for the 2013 ProgPower USA show for next September. Make sure you clear your calender! We will be joining a fantastic line up of METAL acts, and are preparing to have a blast. Cheers!"

A teaser trailer featuring some of the band's material, created for the Prog Power 2013 festival, can also be found at this location. More...

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Vader Announces European Shows

In addition to working on a new album, the mighty Polish death metal overlords Vader have now checked in with the following update about new tour dates:

"It's time for Polish shows! Long awaited 'Back To The Black' tour is confirmed and we'll start promotion soon. With great pleasure we present almost all cities Vader will visit with new concert set prepared by the General & co.

"As Peter announced, full material from the cult 'Black To The Blind' and 'Sothis' will be played during the tour. On top of that, you can also expect the biggest hits of the band. Get ready for 75-minute show! We start on November 28th with a show in Kwidzy.

"Vader will give 18 gigs in Poland, 4 in the Czech Republic, and one in Slovakia. We invited special guests to jazz up the tour. Their names and places where they will perform will be revealed in the nearest future. More about the shows, tickets distribution and other organisational details soon.

"Nevertheless, we can confirm that the tour will be ended in Progresja Club in Warsaw during Metal Christmas Eve. It will be a small festival, bands meeting and a real winter feast. We plan to invite 6-7 Polish bands to take part in this event. Check our website for their names soon. Stay VADERized!"

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Christ Agony Filming DVD

Poland's Christ Agony has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a new DVD:

"Christ Agony is preparing for a series of autumn gigs and during those shows we are going to shoot first official DVD of the band. The full concert is going to be recorded in Lublin in Graffiti - 8 December 2012. The DVD entitled 'Black Ritual' will be released by Mystic Production in Walpurgis Night in 2013.

"During those Black Rituals the band is going to play a slightly changed set. You will hear older songs such as 'Faithless' from II demo or 'Kingdom of Abyss' from "Darkside,' as well as two new songs from the forthcoming album 'Legacy.'

"Premiere Opuses - 'Black Blood Universe' and 'Sigillum Diaboli' will be a great feast for all those who are our true fans!!!"

Christ Agony has also confirmed the following festival appearances:

23-24.11.2012 - "Autumn from Hell 2012" - with Purgatory, Dead, Casus, Demogorgon
14-15.12.2012 - Eindhoven Metal Meeting - with Sodom, Satyricon, My Dying Bride, More

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The Prophecy 23 Posts Second New Music Video

German thrashers The Prophecy 23 posted up another new music video for the song "Green Machine Laser Beam." The song is the title track of the band's latest LP, which is available now via Massacre Records. A video for the song "We Are the Pit Police" can be seen at this location.

Check out "Green Machine Laser Beam" here:

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Amaranthe Posts First In Studio Video On New LP

Amaranthe, featuring Dragonland, Dreamland, Nightrage and Mercenary members and fronted by Elize Ryd (Kamelot), posted the first in a series of in studio videos on the band's recordings of the yet untitled second LP and follow up to the highly successful self-titled full length. The album is scheduled for a 2013 release through Spinefarm Records.

In the first installment, Morten Løwe Sørensen (Dragonland/Mercenary) lays down the drum tracks. Check out the video here:

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Kill Ritual Posts New Music Video

San Francisco thrashers Kill Ritual, featuring guitarist Steve Rice (Ex-Imagika), drummer Wayne De Vecchi (Doom Society), Roberto Proietti (Eldritch), and bassist Danyael Williams (Dark Angel), have posted a new music video for the song "Old School Thrasher." The song appears on the band's debut LP "The Serpentine Ritual," which is set for October 30, 2012 through Scarlet Records.

Check out "Old School Thrasher" here:

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Dreamshade Posts Preview Of New Music Video

Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade posted up a preview of the band's upcoming music video for the new track "Photographs." The song will appear on the sophomore effort entitled "Gift of Life," which is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 through Spinefarm Records.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Unearthing The Metal Underground: Simon Oberender

Once in awhile, select troubadours of the heavy metal genre burn hot and bright, much like super-massive stars, and die by exploding in spectacular supernovas well before their time. They never quite make it out of the underground into wider fame, but end up touching quite a few projects in their lifetimes and leaving their mark in unique ways. Optimistically continuing with the astronomical metaphor, the stellar winds and supernovae from the explosion seed space with elements for future stars, fittingly paralleling the life and death of these musicians. Few, however, are accomplished audio engineers as well. This week, we commemorate the underground projects of one such engineer and musician, recently deceased: Simon Oberender.

Audio engineers don’t get half as much credit as the musicians they record for making heavy metal sonically live up to the first half of its title, though they’re ultimately responsible for making sure that the music translates to “heavy” on record. Moreover, as time goes by, they’re being asked to perform increasingly difficult tasks, like “give us a 30-part choir, Gregorian chant section, ethnic hand percussion, and a big organ” while also dealing with the traditional metal rhythm section. As an engineer at Sascha Paeth’s famed Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany, Simon tackled the aforementioned tasks and also performed on an impressive amount of projects, including 4 Epica releases, 3 Kamelot releases, 3 Avantasia releases, 2 Edguy releases, Mayan’s debut release, and 2 Rhapsody of Fire releases.

Aside from these main projects, Simon had also worked on other lesser-known projects. The first of the ones we will spotlight this week is his most recent band, Beyond The Bridge.

Beyond The Bridge

Based out of Germany, Beyond The Bridge is a progressive metal band with a bafflingly impressive debut album (reviewed here) centered on a lofty concept summed up in the title, “The Old Man and the Spirit.” The band recently played their third-ever show at the ProgPower USA festival, making their USA debut just two weeks and two nights ago. Not only was Simon double-slinging instruments with the band live, playing two keyboards and electric guitar, but he was also singing in the choir on the album and served as the albums’s mixing and mastering engineer.

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No Sign Of Life Releases New Music Video

Finnish band No Sign of Life has released a new video clip for the track "Meaning of Life," taken from the forthcoming album "Embrace Your Demons." Check out the music video below. You can also hear more music from No Sign of Life over at Facebook here.

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Valkyrja To Record New Album

Sweden's Valkyrja will begin recording the follow-up to "Contamination" (reviewed here) later this month, and the band has now issued the following statement about the upcoming release:

"It has been over three years since the completion of the second album. Since then, no words have been said concerning audio to follow.

"As always - determined to reach further, ascending higher and descending even deeper.
As always - prepared to announce the discontinuation of Valkyrja if all past deeds could not be exceeded.

"A discontinuation did however not seem to be the action to follow. The silence that has covered the question whether a sequel to 'Contamination' would ever surface or not has been far from present in our hearts, as a work of monstrous proportions has been going on since the second album was named and announced. Three years of overwhelming work whose entity has grown into a sick and twisted piece of violence, now finally ready to be put onto tape.

"The manifestation of the third album will begin during the last days of October, once again delivered by the hands of Tore Stjerna in his Necromorbus Studio.

"These lines are the first, last and only ones to be written concerning the third weapon until we reveal its final form with all relevant information.

"Spread the word..."

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Stampkase Posts New Album Teaser

Stampkase will release new the new album "Mechanorganism" this coming November 3rd. A teaser trailer for the album can be found below. "Mechanorganism" was recorded separately in Azores and Portugal during the last two years and features the following track listing:

01. Dodge Fire
02. Bipolarized
03. Blank Wound
04. Angular Plasma
05. Faded
06. Déjà-Vu
07. Random Shot
08. Stamina
09. Scintilla
10. Mechanorganism More...

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Periphery Drummer To Miss Upcoming Shows

Periphery, which is out now with new album "Periphery II," has checked in with the following announcement about Matt Halpern missing upcoming tour dates due to an injury:

"Peripherals! Bad news... Matt had an unfortunate accident yesterday and dislocated his shoulder! He'll be ok, but he wont be able to play for part of our current UK/European tour.

"Luckily, our good drummer friends, Mike Malyan of Monuments and Boris Le Gal of Chimp Spanner will be stepping up to fill Matt's shoes for this run.

"Please send Matt your love, and expect him back behind the kit maybe even as soon as the end of this current tour! Thanks for understanding, and see you at the shows!"

For more info on Periphery, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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