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Metal News for October 10, 2011

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51 news articles posted on this day.

Insomnium Streaming New Album Online

Having already debuted the single "Unsung" online and after having posted the video "Through the Shadows," Finnish band Insomnium is now streaming the whole album online at this site.

The album, "One For Sorrow," is scheduled for release on October 18th, 2011 (US) and October 17th, 2011 (EU) through Century Media Records. You can also check out Insomnium's music video for "Through the Shadows" by heading over here.

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Birth A.D. To Enter Studio

Birth A.D. will enter the studio in January to record the full-length follow up to the band's debut "Stillbirth of a Nation" EP. The album will be recorded with renowned producer and thrash metal guru Alex Perialas (Anthrax, SOD and Nuclear Assault).

The band recently took part in a photo shoot at the legendary Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX. Created in 1974, this public art installation has become a Texas landmark and has been referenced multiple times in American pop culture.

Birth A.D. bassist/vocalist Jeff Tandy comments, "Texas has a divisive reputation throughout the world, but one thing we've always had going for us is mythology. The image of gunslingers riding horses through blasted plains is eternal, but it's not the only thing that makes the region fascinating. The Cadillac Ranch is an iconic Texan landmark, and it was the perfect place for us to capture the strange and ragged spirit of our home state."

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Interview With Julien Of Glorior Belli

Glorior Belli of France has been mixing black metal with blues and sludge straight out of the American south, citing New Orleans bands as a big influence. With a new album released to the world, Glorior Belli is showing fans just how far their reach into the realm of myth goes, basing "The Great Southern Darkness" on an ancient creation story. I caught up with vocalist/guitarist Julien to talk about the new album, learn about Tiamat, and gush about my hometown's muscial nature. More...

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Lance King To Release New Solo LP

Lance King, former vocalist of Pyramaze and Balance Of Power, will release his solo LP "A Moment In Chiros" on November 11, 2011 through Nightmare Records.

The track listing for "A Moment In Chiros" is:

111. A Sense of Urgency
222. Awakening
333. Manifest Destiny
444. A Given Choice
555. A Moment in Chiros
666. Dance of Power
777. Kibou
888. Infinity Divine
999. Joy Everlasting
10:10 Sacred Systems
11:11 Transformation

The official press release reads:

"Etheric Progressive Power Metal from the former voice of PYRAMAZE, BALANCE OF POWER, for fans of REDEMPTION, DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X with a nod at greats LED ZEPPELIN.

"LANCE KING is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about LANCE is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of.

"Said to have the golden touch, LANCE's voice just seems to connect the dots making head banging metal also into a good song.

"On the last day of June, 2011 LANCE decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release. More...

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White Willow Streaming "Terminal Twilight" LP

Norwegian progressive rockers White Willow are streaming the entire "Terminal Twilight" LP, the band's sixth album at this location. The album is scheduled for release on October 11, 2011.

The press release for the album states: "For the first time White Willow has chosen to abandon the high cost/hi gloss environment of the professional studio in favor of their own attic. The album was recorded with minimal, often primitive equipment and has been mixed with very little in the way of processing and editing. The result is a raw, real and almost live-sounding album, warts-and-all - well, relative to the band's meticulously polished last three albums, anyway.

"It is both a departure and a continuation in terms of White Willow's discography. The renewed emphasis on acoustic guitars and pastoral sections, the somewhat gothic, mysterious atmosphere, are all hallmarks of a sort of a 'classic' White Willow sound. On the other hand, there is an added element of experimentation and playfulness, and a more daring approach to harmonics that takes the band several leaps forward."

The track listing for "Terminal Twilight" is:

1. Hawks Circle
2. Snowswept
3. Kansas Regrets
4. Red Leaves
5. Floor 67
6. Natasha
7. Searise
8. A Rumor of Twilight
9. The Howling Wind

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Delain Posts Video Blog #10 Studio Update

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain posted another video blog entry for the recording sessions of the band's third studio LP in Stockholm, Sweden. The release date and album title have not yet been announced. This video shows some outtakes from the guitar & bass recordings of the upcoming Delain album. This video was shot in Stockholm, where the band is working together with producer Jacob Hellner.

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The Handshake Murders Calls It A Day

Arkansas based act The Handshake Murders has checked in with the following announcement about officially calling it quits:

"Sorry to say that we have broken up. Thank you to everyone who supported us in any way over the ten plus years of our existence. Thank you again. Our guitar player Brandon (in our latest line-up) went on to start a new band called Bloodworm. Check out Reverbnation or Facebook, which lies in the same vein as this band."

You can also still listen to music from The Handshake Murders by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Wykked Wytch Posts New Album Trailer

Florida's black/gothic band Wykked Wytch posted a teaser for the forthcoming album "The Ultimate Deception" which is scheduled for release this winter 2011/2012. More details of the album are expected soon.

Check out the trailer here:

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Stick To Your Guns Live Footage Posted Online

Sumerian Records has posted a video clip online of Stick To Your Guns performing "This is More" live at The Chain Reaction. You can check out the footage below. For more details on Stick To Your Guns and to hear more music available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Hexfire Reveals More Debut Album Details

Hexfire's debut album "The Fire of Redemption" will be released on November 8th (USA) and November 11th (Europe & Asia) via Nightmare Records & Sony/Red Distribution. The cover artwork for the album is available at this location.

“The Fire of Redemption” features guest appearances by Niclas Etelavuori (Amorphis), Novy (ex-Behemoth & Vader), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Jonno Lodge (ex- Paul Di’Anno, Biomechanical, Darke Horse), Diego "Grom" Meraviglia (Testing Tomorrow, ex-Ancient & Doomsword), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal (Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora), and Kel'Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Sorcerer).

For more information, visit the Hexfire official Facebook profile by navigating over here.

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Susperia Posts "We Are The Ones" Trailer

Susperia will be releasing the 10 year compilation album "We Are the Ones" on November 11th, 2011. A teaser trailer for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The track listing for "We Are The Ones" is as follows:

1. We Are The Ones (new song)
2. Devil May Care (orchestral version)
3. The Bitter Man (orchestral version)
4. Cut From Stone (orchestral version)
5. Nothing Remains (Eurovision Song Contest contribution)
6. The Hellchild (demo version)
7. Illusions Of Evil (demo version)
8. Of Hate We Breed (demo version)
9. The Coming Of A Darker Time (demo version)
10. Behind Consecrated Walls (demo version) (previously only available as bonus track)

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Orphaned Land Posts DVD Teaser Trailer

Orphaned Land has posted a new teaser trailer online for the upcoming DVD "The Road To Or Shalem." You can check out the clip below. The DVD is set to drop on November 1st in North America (October 24th in Europe), and the previously posted first clip is available here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Teaming Up With Sirius XM

Five Finger Death Punch and Sirius XM Octane are teaming up to bring you "Five Day Death Punch," a week-long celebration in anticipation of tomorrow’s release of the band’s new album, "American Capitalist." Listeners will hear Five Finger Death Punch every hour over the five days featuring personal introductions of new tracks by each member of the band, as well as discussions about their other favorite songs and artists. All of the new songs from "American Capitalist" will also be played throughout the week.

“Five Finger Death Punch is about to cement their place as one of the top bands on the planet with the release of American Capitalist and will lay waste to the land with their 'Share the Welt Tour',” comments Sirius XM Active Rock Senior Program Director Lou Brutus. “Our ‘Five Day Death Punch’ is the perfect way to highlight their music, beliefs and humor. It will be brutal and beautiful. I can't think of a better way of destroying what little hearing I have left.”

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Luxor Festival Grounds- "48 Hours Festival"
10/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10/17 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
10/19 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
10/22 Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
10/24 Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
10/25 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
10/26 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment *FREE SHOW
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
10/31 St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
11/01 Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center
11/02 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/05 Grand Rapids, MI @ Delta Plex Arena Conference Center
11/06 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room/ Old National Centre
11/08 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/09 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion at Concrete Street
11/11 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/12 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
11/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/15 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11/16 Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center - Pepsi Pavilion
11/18 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live!
11/19 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
11/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/23 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
11/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/26 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
11/27 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/29 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
11/30 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/02 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater
12/03 Lewiston, ME @ The Colisee
12/04 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12/06 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
12/13 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Myth

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3 Streaming Entire New Album

Tomorrow October 11th sees the release of the new album from Woodstock, New York’s 3. The album is available for pre-order and purchase at this location. The entire "The Ghost You Gave to Me" album is currently streaming online courtesy of AOL Music at this location. Get your first listen today before you pick up the album tomorrow.

In other 3 news, the band has confirmed a North America tour this Fall as direct support to Cynic. The tour kicks off November 3rd in West Chester, Pennsylvania and wraps up November 23rd in Hollywood, CA at the Key Club. The second night of the tour sees 3 appearing as part of the Metal SuckFest. Additionally a special show has been scheduled for October 13th at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA. This exclusive show will be a “duo” performance featuring 3 front man Joey Eppard and drummer Chris Gartdrumm.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Sirenum Scopuli
2. React
3. Sparrow
4. High Times
5. Numbers
6. One With the Sun
7. The Ghost You Gave to Me
8. Pretty
9. Afterglow
10. It's Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier

3 also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Blood Stain Child Announces European Tour

Japanese act Blood Stain Child has announced a European Tour to promote its fifth album entitled "Epsilon." The album was released worldwide on June 30th, 2011 (July 1st 2011 in the UK) via Coroner Records in Digipak format (with an exclusive bonus track) and digital download.

The upcoming Blood Stain Child tour dates are as follows:

23 November - Cologne, Germany @ MTC
25 November - Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
26 November - Wroclaw, Poland @ Firlej
27 November - Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
29 November - Milano, Italy @ Palazzo Granaio
30 November - Thessaloniki, Greece @ 8 ball club
1 December - Thessaloniki, Greece @ 8 ball club
3 December - Montpellier, France @ Secret place
4 December - Paris, France @ Divan du Monde
6 December - London, UK @ The Underworld (Performing with Silent Descent)
9 December - Saint Petersburg, Russia @ Avrora
10 December - Moscow, Russia @ Tochka
11 December - Kiev, Ukraine @ Club Bingo
14 December - Ekaterinburg, Russia @ Tele Club

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Hollow My Eyes Streaming New Song

Serbia's Hollow My Eyes has posted a new song online titled "Beyond Forgiveness," which is off the band's upcoming 2011 demo album. You can listen to the song in the clip below, or find more details on Hollow My Eyes through the band's Facebook profile.

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming New Song

With a newly rejuvenated line-up and the band's signature sound intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street," which is due out October 21st/24th.

Fans can now check the song "The Day the City Died" through Noisecreep.com. Along with hearing the new track, you can also watch a video of John Cobbett responding to Noisecreep's inquiries about the concept of the song, lineup changes in the band, and more. You can find the song and video here.

The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Midnattsol Posts Tour Video

Midnattsol has posted a video clip online from the band's "The Metamorphosis Melody" European tour, which is available in the player below. To hear more Midnattsol music, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Dark Forest Reveals "Dawn Of Infinity" Details

U.K. act Dark Forest has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the new album "Dawn of Infinity," which can both be found below. Sample tracks from the album can also be found by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

1. Hourglass
2. Lightyears On
3. The Green Knight
4. Seize the Day
5. The Tor
6. Through a Glass Darkly
7. The Stars My Destination
8. Under the Greenwood Tree
9. Black Delta
10. A Deadly Premonition

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Gene Hoglan Joining Testament On Tour

Bay Area thrash kings Testament are pleased to announce that current "Dark Roots Of Earth" studio drummer and world-famous percussionist Gene Hoglan will be joining them on the road for select dates on their upcoming co-headlining run with Anthrax. Gene will join Testament from October 28th through November 13th.

“As many of you know, I just played on the new Testament record, Dark Roots Of Earth, which went amazingly well,” states Gene Hoglan. “The dudes were kind enough ask me to join them for a couple weeks on this tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. I’m super stoked to do the shows. It’s going to be a great time. Just so everybody knows, I will be selling my Drum Instructional DVD, The Atomic Clock, at the shows (shameless plug). If you can’t make it out to one of the shows, buy it on line!”

Testament has been spending time in the studio recording "Dark Roots Of Earth," the follow up to "The Formation of Damnation." Upcoming Testament tour dates with Anthrax and Death Angel are as follows: More...

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Morton Posts Track-By-Track Video

Ukraine power metal act Morton, which recently signed with AFM Records, has posted a track-by-track video of the band's debut full length release "Come Read The Words Forbidden." The album is scheduled for release through AFM in Europe on October 21, 2011.

The track listing for "Brotherhood of Light" is as follows:

1. Calling For The Storm (3:18)
2. Eaglemark (5:04)
3. Brotherhood Of Light (4:02)
4. Sleeping King (4:28 )
5. Losing Faith (3:54)
6. We Are The Shades (3:10)
7. Oblivion (5:19)
8. Grimoire (4:45)
9. Burning Prisoner (4:34)
10. Werewolf Hunt (3:53)
11. Black Witch (3:31)
12. Azrael (2:14 )
13. Weeping Bell (5:34)

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The Prophecy 23 Splits With Frontman

Singer/bassist Tobias Scheid of German thrashers The Prophecy 23 has left the band for personal reasons. The departing front man cited the fact that he could no longer afford the necessary energy and passion for the band.

Scheid plans to remain in the band until a successor is found. At that time the band will plan a farewell concert.


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Divine Ascension Streaming Entire New LP

Australian symphonic band Divine Ascension is streaming the entire new album "As The Truth Appears" at this location. The album is set for release tomorrow, October 11th, 2011 through Nightmare Records.

The track listing for "As The Truth Appears" is as follows:

1. Answers
2. Visionary
3. In My Mind
4. Vision Divine
5. Guided By Osiris
6. One Last Caress
7. Garden of Evil
8. Another Battlefield
9. Civilization
10. Unscathed

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Royal Hunt Unveils More Album Details

Danish progressive act Royal Hunt has announced that the band's new album "Show Me How To Live" will be released on November 29th, 2011 (North America) and December 2nd, 2011 (EU) via Frontiers Records.

As a companion to the new album release, Frontiers Records is also issuing a double DVD entitled “Future Coming From the Past." This makes widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan. The first DVD is entitled “1996” and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band's "Moving Target” album. The second DVD "Paradox - Closing the Chapter" was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original DC Cooper era for Royal Hunt.

Royal Hunt founder and keyboardist Andre Andersen commented on rejoining with DC Cooper, the American singer who sang on the band's two most successful releases "Moving Target" and "Paradox":

“We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that’s how the idea of doing on a mini tour came about. After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue. The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, so far it sounds great. It will have some qualities of our previous albums 'Moving Target' and 'Paradox', but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!”

The track listing for “Show Me How To Live” is:

1. Introduction
2. One More Day
3. Another Man Down
4. An Empty Shell
5. Hard Rain's Coming
6. Half Past Loneliness
7. Show Me How To Live
8. Angel's Gone More...

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Cryptic Age Streaming Entire Show Online

Female-fronted symphonic folk metal act Cryptic Age has posted the band's entire set from a recent performance at The Duchess online, which can be viewed below. The set list is as follows:

Game Of Thrones (Intro)
Fortune Teller
Maelstrom
The Aftermath
No Folkin' Way
Eternity Beckons [Sounds Of Infinity Part II]
On The Bare, Cold Ground

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Svartsot Moscow Footage Posted Online

Power of Metal has posted a video clip online of folk metal act Svartsot performing live during the band's first set of Russian shows. The video below shows Svartsot performing the song "Jotunheimsfærden" at the Octoberfest in Moscow on October 8th, 2011.

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Screaming Shadows Posts New Album Teaser

Italy's Screaming Shadows has posted a teaser clip online for the band's recently released new album "Night Keeper," which is available in the player below.

To hear more of the album, head over to this location and check out the music video for the album's title track.

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Volturyon Live Footage With New Vocalist Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Swedish death metallers Volturyon performing the song "Savage Gluttony" with their new vocalist Alex Högbom. Check out the video below, or find more details on the band by navigating to the Volturyon Facebook page. Volturyon will also be joining Demonical on tour later this month, with full details available here.

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Members Of God Posts "Ten Talking Words" Video

Italy's Christian metal act Members of God has posted a music video/teaser trailer online for the band's "Ten Talking Words" album. You can check out the clip below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Opening
2. Someone Knows
3. Talking Words
4. Magical Water
5. Promise Of Happiness
6. The Sense
7. My Friendship
8. It's Saturday
9. The Value Of Past
10. People
11. Don't Murder
12. Like Empty Lyrics
13. Decline
14. Power And Fire
15. Secrecy
16. Don't Desire
17. Outro

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Kill The Klown Posts In-Studio Footage

Kill the Klown has posted footage online from the band's time in Remaster Studio working on the new album "The Show Could Be Your Execution" with producer Nick Savio. You can check out the clip below. The album is set to contain 10 tracks and will be released this coming December, 2011 via Crash & Burn Records.

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Dying Fetus To Release Tab Book

American death metal powerhouse Dying Fetus will release the band's first-ever tab book for the 2009 album, "Descend Into Depravity."

The tab book contains the tablature for all the album's rhythm and lead guitar parts as well as bass guitar parts for each song. The book is set for a November 25th release date and also includes a digital download of "Descend Into Depravity," plus isolated guitar and bass tracks to play along to. Pre-orders are available now at this location.

Dying Fetus will be playing a series of special shows in Germany, Central and South America, and the Eastern U.S. before heading into the studio to record their follow up to "Descend Into Depravity."

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Illogicist Details New LP And Seeks New Drummer

Italian technical death metal band Illogicist will release the third album "The Unconsciousness Of Living" in November 2011 through Willowtip Records. The track list and artwork are listed below.

The band is also seeking a new drummer to replace the departing Alessandro Tinti. Serious applicants are asked to email illogicist@illogicist.com or visit the band's website.

The track listing for "The Unconsciousness Of Living" is as follows:

1. The Same Old Collision
2. Perceptions from a Deceiving Memory
3. A Defeated Suffering
4. The Awareness of a Neve Ending Fall
5. A Voiceless
6. Sounding Strain (Hypnotized)
7. Ghosts of Unconsciousness
8. Misery of a Profaned Soul
9. The Mind Reaper

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Lay Down Rotten Enters Studio For Sixth Album

German death metal band Lay Down Rotten is currently in the studio recording the band's sixth offering entitled "Mask of Malice." The album is scheduled for a February 2012 release date through Metal Blade Records and marks the follow up to the 2009 release "Gospel of the Wretched." New tracks include “Deathchain”, “…And Out Come The Wolves”, “Hades Resurrected” and “Swallow The Bitterness”.

The band had the follow comments: “We are almost done recording our sixth album. We recorded at the Desert Inn Studio where we also worked on the last five albums. The new album will be called “Mask of Malice” and it features ten killer tracks that combine the raw dynamics of the typical LAY DOWN ROTTEN sound with the bittersweet melodies of Death Metal hymns you wanna bang your head to!”

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God Save The Hell Recording Debut Album

Italian death metallers God Save The Hell announced that they have entered Music Arts Studio with Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) to record their debut LP entitled "Between the Hands of Death" for a 2012 release.

The track list for "Between the Hands of Death" is:

1 Bloody Carcass Decomposed
2 Wanted
3 Mr.pogo
4 Throw in The Fire
5 God Save The Hell
6 Criptycal Illusion
7 Killer Impulse
8 Metal Disorder (Instrumental)
9 Between the Hands of Death

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Riot Forced To Cancel Tour With HammerFall

U.S. traditional metal band Riot has cancelled the band's participation in the tour with HammerFall in Europe this fall. Vicious Rumors has now replaced Riot on all dates. In an open letter to fans on the band's website, the band provided the following explanation:

"Due to complications from Tony's emergency oral surgery, RIOT is disappointed to announce that we will not be able to appear with Hammerfall as previously scheduled. A routine dental checkup discovered a deeply infected root canal, and the infection had spread to the jaw and surrounding teeth. The only option was immediate surgery to remove the tooth, as well as a portion of the infected bone tissue, and to perform a large graft with healthy bone from the surrounding area.

"Says Tony:

'During the initial examination, my doctor gave me a puzzled look and then asked the question that put fear in my heart: 'Are you in a lot of pain?' I was then informed that I would be if this procedure was not performed ASAP. After the surgery, I was made aware of the extent of the bone graft, and the risk of dislodging fragments of implanted bone should I resume normal activity too soon.

'I was put on a liquid diet and limited to bed rest for several days, then informed that because of the location of the surgery, singing was out of the question for four weeks. As I write this I still have stitches in my mouth and have to limit my physical activity. The recovery period essentially wiped out any hope of sufficient practice time for a RIOT set list, and full recovery takes four months before the tooth can be replaced.

'We discussed all the options we could think of, the last of which was to perform the final 10 dates of the engagement with minimal practice on my part. In then end, though, everyone agreed that going out with my voice at at any less than 100% would have compromised a show for which some fans have been waiting many years. With heavy hearts we made the only viable decision; to withdraw from the tour.' More...

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Steelwing To Release New LP In January

Swedish traditional metal band Steelwing has announced that the sophomore release "Zone of Alienation" will be released on January 6th, 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France) January 10th, 2012 (Sweden) and January 27th, 2011 (Rest of Europe).

The band commented on the album:

"The recording sessions at Leon Music with Rikard Löfgren were a blast! Everyone worked really hard to pull it off with a tight deadline but Rikard really understood the Steelwing sound and used his ear for melodies to bring out the best in our songwriting. The results speak for themselves and the progression of the band since our debut is obvious."

" 'Zone of Alienation' is a semi-concept album set in a not-so-distant future where the remnants of mankind have fled into outer space. Following the eradication of the Earth after religious wars have gone nuclear, they set out to find new worlds to colonize. The cover art was done by Dimitar Nikolov and it is an eerie depiction of heavily armed space pioneers setting foot on a hostile planet."

"Zone of Alienation" track listing:

1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead!
4. Breathless
5. Tokkotai (Wind of Fury)
6. Zone of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising More...

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Lunocode To Release Debut Full Length LP

Italian power/progressive band Lunocode is currently in the process of completing work on the debut full length album "Celestial Harmonies." The album is scheduled for release on January 10, 2012 through Spider Rock Records. The band is streaming a cover of The Gathering's "Kevin's Telescope" (heard below).

The track listing for "Celestial Harmonies" is:

1. Sin Cara
2. Heart of the World
3. Indifference
4. Misty Visions of an Ordinary Day
5. The Origin of Matter and Mind
6. I) On Matter and Mind
7. II) High
8. III) The Cosmic Architect
9. IV) Tree of Life
10. V) Crossing the Line
11. VI) Albert II More...

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Supreme Lord Signs With Witching Hour

Polish death metal act Supreme Lord has signed a deal with Witching Hour Productions to release a second album "Father Kaos." The band consists of members of Witchmaster, Christ Agony, and Incantation.

"Father Kaos" was recorded in Nagram Studio in Zielona Gora and will be released on November 25, 2011. The album will feature 9 songs (including an Incantation cover) and a video for the song "Stop The Silence" as well as the 2006 "Legion Of Doom" demo recording.

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Amorphis Plays Sold Out Show In Helsinki

When I woke up on Friday morning I knew it was going to be a fantastic day, regardless of the pouring rain, and the new found hole in my only unpacked shoes. After all, it is not often that one has the privilege of being able to attend a sold out Amorphis show at Helsinki’s historic venue, Nosturi. The venue is in an old cargo building, atmospherically located right on the sea. Truly, a perfect place for the mythic Kalevalan inspired music of Finnish metal heroes, Amorphis.

The air is tense as I walk up to the dark building; people are lined up in a queue that stretches from the doors of the venue all the way down to the docks where black water churns ominously. Some people arrive at the door only to realize the sign proudly proclaims “Sold Out!” They mutter “Vittu! Perkele! or Saatana!” (essential Finnish Phrases! ) and dejectedly walk away. More...

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Mayan Posts Compilation II Video Footage

Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan posted a second piece of footage of the band performing at Gigant Apeldoorn in the Netherlands on October 2nd, 2011. You can check out the clip below.

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #2

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the second episode of a new behind the scenes vlog series while on tour in Europe in support of current LP "The Unforgiving."

Check out the video below:

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Cynic Posts Album Teaser

Miami band Cynic has posted a teaser of the upcoming EP "Carbon Based Anatomy." The release is expected to drop on November 11, 2011 through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Carbon Based Anatomy" is:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

Check out the teaser here:

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Symphorce Calls It Quits

German power metal band Symphorce has disbanded after seven studio albums (last of which was "Unrestricted" in 2010). The band made the following announcement on the split:

"Bad news for all fans of German metallers Symphorce. In the following statement the band announces their breakup:

"Thank you & lights out!

"7 albums, 12 years and thousands of enthusiastic fans don't make that decision easy, but after long thoughts and lots of talks we decided together to call it a day and dissolve Symphorce. The heads are dead, the timetables of our main bands packed with dates,...... so we feel a lack of inspiration and no possibility to record more albums, play more shows with the passion and commitment needed therefore. Symphorce always stand for an absolute independent type of metal, but with our latest (and last) album "Unrestricted" we had to recognize, that we have said everything we wanted musically. It was an unbelievable, intense and fantastic time! We thank you all for your long lasting loyalty and the enthusiasm you have shown to us. We will never forget all this for sure.

Of course, we will still remain with and in our other bands and will see us for sure somewhere somewhen on this planet. And therefore, ... lights off ...spotlights on!

"Thanks for 12 fantastic years, thanks for the fulfillment of a dream! It was AMAZING!"

Members of Symphorce can be heard with other projects: singer Andy B. Franck is currently busy with Brainstorm, guitarist Markus Pohl is with Mystic Prophecy and drummer Steffen Theurer is with Watch Me Bleed.

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Helsinki

Helsinki, my Helsinki. One year later, and still there is always something new and exciting here. In a city that is constantly evolving musically, a city where Gods of Metal roam the streets, what could be hidden under the surface? Clearly Helsinki is a center in the musical world, where it seems as if everyone you meet either plays an instrument or is in a band. One only has to look at the music that comes from this epicenter to realize how raw with talent the city and surrounding suburbs are.

With such internationally acclaimed acts such as Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Wintersun, Norther, Amorphis, and Moonsorrow boasting their origins here in Southern Finland, is it really a surprise that there is even more phenomenal talent hidden right beneath our noses? That’s not the Koskenkorva I smell, it’s the scent of fresh, raw talent. Heavily influenced by folk metal and symphonic metal, Helsinki area also has a surprisingly good local scene; this week we’ll Unearth the Metal Underground with everything from black metal to symphonic death metal.

Assemble the Chariots

To start with, a hefty dose of black and death metal! Assemble the Chariots was formed in the summer of 2008. The band's musical focus is death, black and hardcore metal, and in its own words “fast guitar shreds, and shit you’ve never heard before.” They had their first release in 2008 and currently are writing a demo set to come out later this year. Personally, I’m loving the flowing guitar riffs and the way the songs quickly transition to Opeth style growls and blast beats. Piano interludes provide melancholic interest and leave me wondering how the hell these guys aren’t on any magazine covers yet.

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Diabolic Intent Offering All Releases For Free

Orlando, Florida's Diabolic Intent is currently offering the band's entire discography for free download online. Head over to the official Diabolic Intent website at this location to download the following releases:

Bionomenclature EP (2011)
The Cold Path Of Man album (2007)
FCC (Forcing Censored Content) EP (2005)
Reborn album (2001)

You can also check out Diabolic Intent tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Kaledon Splits With Drummer

Kaledon has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with drummer David Folchitto:

"After more than 10 years, the band's collaboration with David Folchitto is over. The separation is completely friendly, and Kaledon wish David all the best for his professional and private future.

"The band, which at the moment is putting the finishing touches to their best-of-album, will soon start auditions for a new drummer.

"Interested parties can contact the band on the mail contact@kaledon.com to receive information regarding the audition. Please send a picture and something to hear..."

You can also check out Kaledon's music and find more information on the group by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Ossin Posts "Chase Of Shadow" Lyric Video

Ossin has posted a lyric video online for the song "Chase Of Shadow," which is taken off the band's "Underworld" album. You can check out the song in the player below, or download the entire "Underworld" album for free by heading over to this location.

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Stemm Posts Music Video Outtakes

Stemm has posted an outtakes clip online from the recording of the "Left Behind" music video, which can be viewed below. You can also check out the original video for "Left Behind" by heading over here.

"Left Behind" is taken off the band's latest album "Crossroads" (reviewed here), and to see what the band had to say about the album navigate over to our interview with Stemm.

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Lacryma Sanguine Issues Recording Update

Brazil's Lacryma Sanguine has checked in with the following brief update about the recording process for the band's new album: "This week we are going back to studio to start the second and last part of 'Amongst These Walls' recording sessions!"

Further details on the upcoming "Amongst These Walls" album will be announced as they become available. In the mean time, you can also check out a video clip below of Lacryma Sanguine performing the song "One Last Kiss" live.

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Blodarv Recruits New Live Drummer

Danish black metal act Blodarv has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new live drummer:

"Due to the fact that Blodarv's session drummer YNLEBORGAZ is frequently busy these days with his own band Angantyr, we have been trying out an additional live drummer who goes by the name of FJORGYNN. He has been drumming with us for the last six rehearsals and has proved himself to be a superb live drummer who fits right in with Blodarv – being able to understand the flow and energy of our music and synch completely with the band.

"This means that Blodarv is now in a position to be able to accept more live shows, without having to worry about the ones that YNLEBORGAZ can't make. And who knows, you might even be able to see Blodarv and Angantyr appearing at the same festivals in the future.

"The first show to feature FJORGYNN in action will be on the 26th November when Blodarv will be supporting Endstille at the Rock in Copenhagen (DK)."

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Sinister Black Working On New Songs

Vancouver's Sinister Black has checked in with the following band update and announcement about working on new songs:

"Sinister Black has been busy busy busy...we hope you all had a crazy summer - we did! There's a number of new songs in the works and a number that have been completed over the last few months. We are just finalizing the pre-production tapes before we are going into the 'Big' studio late this year. Individually we all have been up to lots of extra stuff as well over the summer....

"Wayne (guitar/ vocals) has been presenting a monthly acoustic showcase and has been very well received. A number of metal heavy weights have taken the plunge and unplugged themselves for these events. These have been VERY eclectic and diverse and it shows what true talent our friends and peers truly are. His music company (Climbing Richter Music) has been busy as well. Wayne is currently recording a very cool solo acoustic album and has been working with some extremely talented bands in our area doing some recordings for them as well." More...

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