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Metal News for October 23, 2011

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Saxon Posts Sao Paulo Video Blog

Saxon has posted another clip online in the video blog series from the band's current string of tour dates. You can check out the video blog from Saxon's Sao Paulo stop in the player below, or head over to this location to find the previously posted Santiago clip.

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Eternal Void Recording New Songs

Guitarist Evan Hilderbrandt of Ohio's Eternal Void has checked in with the following announcement about recording new material:

"Heading to the studio this Friday with Dylan to lay down some drum tracks. Seriously can't wait to get these new songs out to all of you! Keep in touch with EV the next few weeks as we post pics, videos and updates from the studio for you guys!

"Also we have a show at The Attic November 25th and have tickets for $8! Be sure to be out at this one because some VERY BIG changes for Eternal Void will be revealed."

More information on Eternal Void is available via the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Against The Plagues Streaming New Song

Chicago-based multinational extreme-metal act Against the Plagues (feat. ex-members of Behemoth/Vader/Malevolent Creation/Forest of Impaled) has released a brand new song from the band's upcoming (yet-to be titled) album on the band's official Facebook and MySpace sites.

Commented the band: "After a year of hard work and preparation we are proud to announce that our new material is complete and ready for release. Once again, we worked with producer Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound Studio. Before we release the album, we have decided to release one new song called 'Man's Modern World' to serve as a preview for the album.

"This particular piece is meant to be a reflection of today's civilization as it observes the notion that tools (such as fear) are utilized by organizations and entities to create blind dependency and loyalty along with discouraging mankind's will to a point where one's potential to excel will never be reached. We feel this new track best represents the motif and pace of the album. Currently, we are in the process of finalizing all extraneous details regarding our upcoming release. We will release more information and news very soon, please check out our facebook and myspace for all updates."

The current Against the Plagues lineup is as follows:

Varyen Chylinski (ex-FOREST OF IMPALED/ DAMNATION) - Drums
Marco Martell (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DIVINE EMPIRE) - Guitar
Marcin "Novy" Nowak (ex-BEHEMOTH/VADER, ROAD'S END) – Bass
Orlando Logan "Plague Healer" Perez (ex-VEX, WHORE OF BABYLON - Vocals

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Crescent Shield Issues Album Update

Crescent Shield has checked in with the following update about working on new material for an upcoming album:

"Mike left a little while ago. Things started of badly, my recording computer died. :-( Then I heard Mike's vocals and lyrics for the new song. Wow! Fantastic. I just stuck a mic in front of him and a speaker and he recorded it into my other computer just to get it down.

"There's really nothing to change as far as his vocals and lyrics go with this song. He just nailed it. It's called 'The Leaving.' We decided we might to one more song, sort of a short acoustic interlude with vocals. We were messing around with something. We'll see..."

The new album will be the follow-up to "The Stars of Never Seen" (reviewed here). You can check out "The Stars of Never Seen" through the Bandcamp player below. More...

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Forever In Terror Streaming New Song

Ohio's Forever in Terror has posted a new pre-production song online titled "Agony," which will be appearing on the band's upcoming self-titled album. You can hear the new song in the player below.

Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are released. Further info on Forever in Terror is available by navigating to the band's Facebook page here.

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Artificial Heart Posts New Song

Finnish five piece Artificial Heart has posted a video clip online for a new song titled "My Confession." You can listen to the track in the player below, or find more information on Artificial Heart by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Deformatory Posts Studio Footage

Ottawa based death metal act Deformatory is set to release the new single "Believe The Lie" on November 11th, 2011. The band has now posted in-studio footage of drum recording sessions, which can be viewed in the clip below. You can also find more details on the band via the Deformatory Facebook profile.

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Deathstars Announces New Drummer

Swedish death glammers Deathstars are getting ready for the release of their new video "Metal" and their "Greatest Hits on Earth" collection, to be released on November 4th, 2011.

The band is also now presenting new drummer Vice (aka Oscar Leander/CRESCENDOLLS). Vice replaces Bone W. Machine who split ways with Deathstars in 2010. "I'm really excited to be a part of Deathstars and I really feel that my drumming complements Deathstars music in a perfect way," says Vice.

Nightmare Industries adds: "With this addition to our band our recordings and live shows will deliver more energy than ever before. We are really pumped up about the future!"

Deathstars will also be touring with Rammstein in November and December. The band's upcoming shows are as follows:

03.11. DK - Odense - Kansas City (without RAMMSTEIN)
06.11. SK - Bratislava - Zimmy Stadion Ondreja Nepelu
08.11. CRO Zagreb - Arena
10.11. H Budapest - Sportarena
12.11. CZ Prag - O2 Arena
14.11. PL Danzig - Ergo Arena
15.11. PL Danzig - Ergo Arena
17.11. D Leipzig - Arena
18.11. D Leipzig - Arena
19.11. D Lichtenfels - Paunchy Cats (without RAMMSTEIN)
20.11. D München - Olympiahalle
21.11. D Friedrichshafen - Rothaus Halle
23.11. A Wien - Stadthalle
25.11. D Berlin - O2 World
26.11. D Berlin - O2 World
28.11. D Hamburg - O2 World
29.11. D Bremen - Arena
30.11. NL Groningen - Vera (without RAMMSTEIN)
01.12. F Straßburg - Zénith
02.12. LUX Luxemburg - Rockhal
04.12. D Düsseldorf - ISS Dome
05.12. D Düsseldorf - ISS Dome
06.12. D Düsseldorf - ISS Dome
08.12. D Frankfurt - Festhalle
09.12. D Frankfurt - Festhalle
10.12. D Stuttgart - Schleyer-Halle
11.12. I Romagnano Sesia - Rock’n’Roll Arena (without RAMMSTEIN)
12.12. CH Zürich - Hallenstadion
14.12. D Berlin - O2 World
15.12. D Berlin - O2 World

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Caliban Finishes Shooting Music Video

Caliban recently finished the recording of a new album, and the band has now issued the following update about shooting a music video:

"This weekend we shot the video for our upcoming album. It was alot of work, but we have a great feeling that it will turn out awesome!

"We are so stoked to see the final cut in a few weeks. To tease you a little bit, check this. More pics will follow soon..."

Photos from the video shoot can be found by heading over to Caliban's official Facebook profile here.

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Forbidden Tour Manager Injured In Attack

Forbidden has issued the following announcement about the band's tour manager being attacked and seeking donations to help cover medical bills:

"Calling ALL Forbidden fans. Our guitar tech/tour manager and friend, Dane Wolf, was attacked by a group of thugs after the Death Angel/Testament/Anthrax show in Denver on Wednesday night.

"Dane has a cracked skull and other serious injuries. He was working Death Angel and had to drop off of the tour. We need your help to cover his hospital expenses. Please donate whatever you can. It all helps!"

Donations to help cover Dane's medical and travel expenses can be made by heading over to this location.

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Funerus Posts New Song Online

Funerus has posted a new song online titled "The Comfort in Depression," which can be heard in the player below. The track is taken from the album "Reduced to Sludge," due out November 22nd, 2011 via Ibex Moon Records.

Funerus features Incantation guitarist John McEntee, bassist/vocalist Jill McEntee, and drummer Sam Inzerra (Mortician, Morpheus Descends). "Reduced To Sludge" was mixed and mastered by Dan Swano (Bloodbath, Dark Funeral, Dissection, Hail Of Bullets, Opeth), and the cover artwork was done by Dusty Peterson (Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Bloodbath).

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Dreamspell Reveals New EP Details

Solo act Dreamspell has revealed the artwork and track listing for the new EP "Cosmic Convergence" through got-djent.com. The EP's track listing will be as follows:

1. Prelude*
2. Drifter
3. Deconstruction
4. Interlude*
5. Contact
6. Shift of the Ages
7. Dawn of a New Day

*Song name subject to change

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The Haarp Machine Seeking Vocalist

The Haarp Machine has posted a video clip online announcing the band is seeking a new vocalist. You can check out the clip below, or find more details on The Haarp Machine through the band's Facebook profile. You can also check The Haarp Machine's latest in-studio video clip by heading over to this location.

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Ram Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Swedish metal act Ram performing "Awakening the Chimaera" live at the 2011 edition of the Nordfest in Sundsvall. You can check out the performance clip in the player below.

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Messenger Posts New Music Video

German power metal band Messenger posted a new music video for the song "Land of the Brave." The song appears on the band's fourth studio album "See You In Hell" which was released on September 9, 2011 via Massacre Records.

Check out the video here:

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Interview

Isole Frontman Discusses "Born From Shadows"

Isole has been seasoned for the last twenty years, appearing as Forlorn in 1991, playing epic doom metal in the style defined by country-mates, the great Candlemass. Now on the heels of releasing the band's strongest effort "Born From Shadows" and the news of Candlesmass' signing on the same label (Napalm Records) for what will the the legend's final release, Isole finds itself on the receiving end of the inevitable torch passing of epic doom (Metal Underground's review for "Born In Shadows" can be found at this location).

Frontman Crister Olsson sat down to answer questions about conclusion of the "Moonstone Trilogy," the future continuation of the "Redemption" story from "Silent Ruins" and the reaction to the news of the band's biggest influence announcing its final release. More...

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The Odious Streaming New Song

Portland, Oregon's The Odious has posted a new demo track online titled "The Gynecic Curse." You can listen to the song in the player below, or find the track's cover artwork and lyrics by heading over to the group's Bandcamp page.

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The Sorrow To Record New Album

Austrian metalcore act The Sorrow recently inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band has now issued the following update about entering the studio to work on a new album:

"Now it's official... we will enter the Barracks Studios in Ratingen on the 5th of November to record our new album with producer and friend Sky van Hoff.

"We are in the middle of preprodution and so happy with the results. can't wait to record the new stuff.....stoked!!!"

You can also check out The Sorrow's music by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Pythia Posts Metal Female Voices Clip

Pythia has posted footage online of the band performing the track "No Compromise" at the 2010 edition of the Metal Female Voices Festival. You can check out the live clip below, or find more information on Pythia through the band's Facebook profile.

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Panzerchrist Splits With Guitarist

Guitarist Rasmus Henriksen of Denmark based metal act Panzerchrist has checked in with the following brief announcement about deciding to leave the band:

"After 9 years, I have decided to leave Panzerchrist to pursue other projects. I wish the rest of the band the best of luck in the future. Tanks for a lot of good times."

Information on any future projects departed guitarist Rasmus Henriksen is involved with will be announced as details are made available.

Panzerchrist signed to Listenable Records for the release of the "Regiment Ragnarok" album earlier this year, and you can check out the band's music via Facebook.

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Astral Winter Posts Chrono Trigger Cover

Black metal act Astral Winter has posted a metal cover version online of the "Frog's Theme" song from the classic RPG Chrono Trigger. You can check out the track below. Astral Winter also recently released the debut album "Winter Enthroned," and you can find Metalunderground.com's review at this location.

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Sandraudiga Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

Pennsylvania's Sandraudiga has checked in with the following brief announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:

"We are recording our first full length album with Atrium Audio in 8 days! Check us out on the Thrash and Burn 2011 with Winds of Plague tour in Allentown, PA on the 26th of November! Get your tickets here! SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!"

For further details on Sandraudiga, navigate your browser over to the band's Facebook profile at this location. Further details on the upcoming new album will be released as they are made available.

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Re-Armed Signs With Massacre Records

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Finnish act Re-Armed:

"Re-Armed has been up since 2001, when five guys in Kerava, Finland decided to start playing music similar to so-called 'Göteborg metal.'

"Their musical style has evolved along with many critically acclaimed demo tapes. Becoming a style that is combination of technical, grooving death metal with thrash and grind influences, spiced up with melodic lines.

"During the years some line-up changes have occurred the band but they have still managed to grow musically, as well as individuals. Be sure to get your hands on the debut album, 'Worldwide Hypnotize,' which is scheduled to be released on January 27, 2012!"

Re-Armed is:

Mart Mardisalu - Drums
Joonas Jaaranen - Bass
Jouni Matilainen - Vocals
Markus Salo - Guitars
Tommi Helkalahti - Guitars

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Column

Sunday Old School: Therapy?

So far this year in Sunday Old School, we’ve covered bands from a variety of places including Switzerland, Australia, Norway and Japan, as well as the expected English and American groups, but we have yet to look at a band from the Emerald Isle. This week we’ll be rectifying this by taking a gander at the Northern Irish alternative metal/rock band, Therapy? The seeds of the band were sewn in 1989 when guitarist Andy Cairns spotted drummer Fyfe Ewing performing in a punk rock band at a local charity gig. The two began talking after the show and soon recorded a demo tape, with Cairns also handling the bass duties, having borrowed the instrument from Michael McKeegan, a classmate of Ewing’s who was officially recruited into the band when they decided to begin performing live. After releasing their first single, "Meat Abstract" in July of 1990, Therapy? soon attracted the attention of legendary British disc jockey, John Peel and took slots supporting a variety of bands, including Madchester outfit Inspiral Carpets and Ian Mackeye’s post-Minor Threat band, Fugazi amongst others. After these accomplishments, they signed with independent record label, Wiiija, through which they released their first two albums, "Babyteeth" and "Pleasure Death."

The two albums were enough to secure the group a new record deal with major label, A&M and soon afterwards, the band found their first taste of commercial success when they released, "Nurse" in November 1992, which was able to reach the Top 40 in the U.K. Album Charts, thanks largely to the single, "Teethgrinder," which entered the Top 40 in the Singles Charts. They then scored a string of successful EPs including, "Shortsharpshock," which featured the song, "Screamager," perhaps the best known Therapy? song and one which incorporated the feelings of teenage emotions as brilliantly as their fellow Northern Irishmen, The Undertones had done fifteen years prior with, "Teenage Kicks," albeit in a much darker fashion. Following two more successful EPs in "Face The Strange" and "Opal Mantra," the group released, "Troublegum," their biggest album to date, in February 1994. "Troublegum" featured no less than six singles including the Joy Division cover, "Isolation," which had two different videos made to promote it. The popularity of the record led the band to a Kerrang! Award and a Mercury Prize nomination. More...

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