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Metal News for October 29, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Weapons To Hunt Announces New Album

Dutch old school death/thrash act Weapons to Hunt (formerly Infinited Hate) will release new album "Blessed in Sin" through Vic Records on November 26th, 2012.

Weapons to Hunt features Adrie Kloosterwaard (Sinister) on vocals, Ron van de Polder (Sinister), guest bassist Erwin Harreman (Supreme Pain), and Paul Beltman (ex-Sinister, ex-Supreme Pain) on guitar and drums. They invited Bas Brussaard (Fondlecorpse) to work along with them on lead guitars to complete the line up.

For more info on Weapons to Hunt, check out the band's Facebook profile. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hell Room
2. Blessed In Sin
3. Corpse Field
4. The Smell of Victory
5. Bullets For The Assassin
6. Merciless Impact
7. False Positive System
8. Strike Face

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Paul Ozz Reveals "Land Of Secrets" Art

Canada's Paul Ozz (Auroch) has announced his new album "Land of Secrets" will be released soon, and he has now also revealed the cover artwork. Check out the art below, or find more info on Paul Ozz's music over at Facebook here.

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Sparrows Streaming New Album Online

Dallas, Texas based "deathened black metal" act Sparrows has posted the band's new album "Mark of the Beast: Indoctrination" online for streaming. Check out the songs below or over at bandcamp. The track listing is:

1. Drunk on the Blood of Fools 02:44
2. Cellar of the Damned 04:50
3. Brainscan 03:55
4. Irradiated Boars 02:46
5. The Trinity Denied 03:00
6. Indoctrination 03:41 More...

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Overtorture Finishes New Album

Swedish death metallers Overtorture have completed work on their debut album, which was mixed and mastered by Ola Englund (Six Feet Under, Feared). Overtorture comments:

“The recording, mixing, mastering and artwork of our debut album is finished and the album will be unleashed for mankind in the beginning of 2013 via Apostasy Records! You’re in for a lethal injection of some heavy Swedish death metal with both brutality and melody!

"The mixing and mastering duties were handled by Ola Englund (Six Feet Under, Feared), and he really did a great job making this a really heavy sounding album! We’re really happy with the end result and we’re sure your neck will say the same!

"We’ll soon reveal the tracklisting, first audio samples and the really cool cover art made by Gustav Germann (GugerArt)! Stay tuned!“

Overtorture was formed in 2011 by Magnus Martinsson, Joel Fornbrant, Fredrik Widigs, and Jonas Torndal, known from bands like Grave, Coldworker and Witchery.

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My Last Suicide Streaming "Crucified For Nothing"

Bosnian melodic death metal act My Last Suicide has posted the "Crucified For Nothing" single online, which can be heard in the player below. Further details on My Last Suicide can be found over at Facebook.

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Metallica To Release New Live DVD

Metallica has announced that the band will release a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012. The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009.

"This release is a first for us," said Metallica in a statement on Metallica.com. "Yes boys and girls, the DVD and Blu-ray will be coming out on our very own label in North America! There are still some i's being dotted and t's crossed, so we can't give you a name or fancy logo just yet, but we're pretty excited that for the first time we get to hold all the reins on a release from start to finish. Since we now get to call all the shots, the double DVD and single disc Blu-ray will be available for a price we thought was very Metallica fan friendly - suggested retail will be $15.98 for either format."

The set list for the DVD was voted on by the over 35,000 of the band's fans at Metallica.com this past September. The track listing is as follows: More...

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White Wizzard Announces New Album Title

White Wizzard has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the writing process for a new album:

"The new WW album is written and will be called 'The Devils Cut.' It is 8 songs to tear your heads off.

"Jon is perfecting lyrics and vocal melodies now after having written the best WW yet and Jake and Will are writing masterful leads that are gonna blow your heads off...

"We hope to record early 2013 and have out by spring...stay tuned."

Further details on the upcoming follow-up to "Flying Tigers" will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Morbid Angel Live Video Posted Online

Superskum.com has posted video clips online of Morbid Angel performing live at a Denver show on October 7th, 2012. Check out footage of "Rapture" and "Nevermore" in the YouTube clips available below. You can also check out a show report of a recent Morbid Angel show over at this location.


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George Kollias Releases Instructional DVD

Hudson Music is pleased to announce the release of "Intense Metal Drumming II," with metal drummer and educator George Kollias (Nile). Produced independently by Kollias, and appearing on the Hudson Ltd. label, this brand-new 2 disc set comes 4 years after George’s first instructional DVD release. The following press release was issued about the DVD set:

"Providing multiple workouts and specific concepts, Intense Metal Drumming II is a highly educational product that goes beyond 'licks' and gives you a meaningful program that can help you in pushing your abilities to the next level. Topics covered include blast beat concepts and workouts, extreme fill-ins, developing speed around the kit, and odd time concepts.

"George also covers reading concepts, practicing systems, general tips, and warm-ups, which take this DVD beyond just 'metal' and make it useful and helpful for drummers of all styles. Another highlight of the DVD is a complete section on double bass speed, control, balance, and expanded vocabulary.

"Bonus features include a PDF containing all the exercises on the DVD, a documentary from George's 2010-2011 clinic tour, backstage footage, an equipment tour, and extensive interview with George." More...

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Now, Voyager Releasing New Single

A few months after the release of debut EP "Seas," Belgian alternative math-metal band Now, Voyager is going to release a digital single for the track "The Surface," including previously unreleased B-side material. The single is due out through iTunes on November 5th, 2012. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Formed in July 2001, in Brussels (Belgium), from a need to create, grow, and explore the universe of music, the band is fueled by a raw passion to share their music. A few short months after its inception and dozens of burning gigs, Now, Voyager decided it was time to undertake a new travel, leaving behind its hometown of Brussels to go record its first EP at Outhouse Studios (Architects) in Reading, UK. 'Seas' was released in 2011 in autoproduction and then, re-released in 2012. 'Seas' is now physically distributed in beautiful digifile by the Domino Media Group (Eepocampe, Feuerzeug, Mental Architects....)."

The first official video by the band, for the single "Surface," can also be viewed below, and the full "Seas" EP is available for streaming right here. More...

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Idillicah Streaming Discography Online

Idillicah has posted the band's entire discography online as pay-what-you-want downloads, which can be found via bandcamp. You can also stream the "Rebirth of the Future" and "Acoustic Sessions At Black Door Studios" releases in the players available below. The band comments:

"We've reached a very important milestone in our career: with 5 years under our belt, we've decided to make our complete discography available to ALL our fans. For the first time, you can get our complete discography (over 20 songs), paying what you want for it! The discography consists of:

"1. 'Two coins for the Ferryman' (Single) (2007): A single comprised of only one song, Two Coins for the Ferryman was recorded in collaboration with Paraguayan vocalist Dayana Urunaga, and Canadian guitarist Even Brennan. Using Greek mythology as inspiration, this power ballad would be the end of an era for Idillicah, but it would show something that would characterize the band to this day: collaboration with other artists.

"2. 'Shining Light' (EP) (2008): The first physical release from the band, and the first symphonic metal material to feature female soprano vocals from Paraguay, this 4-song EP opened many doors, both in Paraguay and the world, and would be the first mix of opera vocals and metal instrumentation that would later become an Idillicah hallmark.

"3. 'Rebirth of the Future' (LP) (2010): Our debut full-length album, Rebirth of the Future would be the result of over 2 years of dedicated hard work in collaboration with over 10 artists from around the world. First released by the Argentinian label Hellbound Records in 2010, and later re-released in Europe by Scottish label Azreal Records in 2011, this edition features all 10 songs from the original release, plus all 3 bonus songs from both releases, making it a total of 13 songs!

"4. 'Acoustic sessions at Black Door Studios' (EP) (2012): This EP, recorded live in various sessions in 2011, represents a completely different direction for Idillicah, who, looking for more intimacy with their fans, presented 4 songs recorded only with vocals and acoustic guitar. 3 covers and an acoustic version of the original favorite 'Gone' deliver this minimalist facet of the band.

"All of this is available NOW for download, in the format of your choice, on our BandCamp website. And you name the price! The funds procured from this release will be used to finance pre-production for the next full-length release, which will be launched in 2013!" More...

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The Insurgence Announces Mini-Tour

Seattle hardcore thrash punks The Insurgence will be heading out on a mini-tour in November in support of new full-length album "Elimi-Nation," out now on Innerstrength records. The tour starts November 3rd and has stops in Washington, Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Hardcore punk act and Digital Warfare Records artist Slow Children from Riverside, CA will be supporting the shows. You can also check out a new video for "We Can't Be Stopped" below. Here's what the band has to say about the song and upcoming tour:

"The American Oligarchy: A system in which power resides only within a small ultra-wealthy political class. As the wealth of a nation becomes increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, laws are re-written allowing that wealth to be converted into political influence. Record amounts of money flowing into the political system drown out the voices of all but a few. The rules are being re-written, and they are not in your favor. Eighty percent of the country is left to fight over less than half of the wealth. Is the oligarchy really working that much harder than you? They may have their shackles around our politicians, but the only thing that shackles the rest of us is complacency. We have been forgotten, thrown away and they are betting you will do nothing. We have the numbers. Together, we can't be stopped! Do not miss this tour!" More...

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hAND Working On New Music Video

Progressive metal act hAND has announced a collaboration with international demoscene group to produce the band’s first music video. The piece will accompany hAND’s chiptune-inspired track “Level 1,” which is taken from the band's upcoming third album. hAND comments:

"The video will be available in downloadable executable and prerendered forms. The design, production and development process is expected to take many months, with the initial stages already underway.

"The demoscene is a computer art subculture that specializes in producing 'demos,' which are audio-visual presentations that are generated and run in real-time on a computer. The main goal of a demo is to show off coding, artistic, and musical skills by producing something unique, exciting and visually stunning.

"The demoscene first appeared during the 8-bit era on computers such as the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari 800 and Amstrad CPC, and came to prominence during the rise of the 16/32-bit home computers (mainly the Amiga or Atari ST). The demo scene is widespread, with around 50 ‘demoparty’ events - which host competitions, collaborations and meetups - held every year."

hAND is a 4 piece female fronted progressive rock / metal band from Sussex. The band's second album 'Breathing” was released in 2011 via Femme Metal Records and Brutal Elite Records, and more info on hAnd is available right here.

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Demoraliser Releases "The House Always Wins" Video

Demoraliser's debut "A Living Nightmare" is out now via Siege of Amida, and Metal Hammer has now premiered a music video for "The House Always Wins." Check out the video clip in the player available below.

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Cauldron Shoots New Music Video

After disappearing in a fiery explosion at the end of the "All Or Nothing" video, Cauldron will rise from the grave this Halloween and come screaming onto a screen near you with a brand new music video for the track "Nitebreaker."

This Wednesday, October 31st, the most devilish day of the year will get even more macabre, as the Canadian heavy metal trio unleash a tale of pure terror and unimaginable fright. "Nitebreaker" is taken from Cauldron's brand new studio album, "Tomorrow's Lost." The album is out now in Europe on jewel case CD, digi-sleeve CD with a bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and limited edition coloured vinyl with a bonus 7". The album can be purchased at this location.

See Cauldron on tour in Europe this November and December:

Nov. 28 - London, UK - Barfly
Nov. 30 - Edinburgh, UK - Bannermans
Dec. 01 - Pwllheli, UK - Hard Rock Hell
Dec. 02 - Newcastle, UK - Northumberland Arms
Dec. 04 - Leeds, UK - The Well
Dec. 06 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez

Dec. 08 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Dec. 11 - Paris, France - TBA
Dec. 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Dec. 13 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Dec. 14 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
Dec. 15 - Katwijk, Netherlands - Scum
Dec. 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Sound (no VANDERBUYST)
Dec. 20 - Breda, Netherlands - Mezz
Dec. 21 - Heusden, Netherlands - Jonosh
Dec. 23 - Berlin, Germany - K17
Dec. 27 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
Dec. 28 - Tilburg, Netherlands - TBA
Dec. 29 - Sliedrecht, Netherlands - Elektra
Dec. 30 - Kerkrade, Netherlands - Rock Temple More...

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Autumnblaze Reveals New Album Track Listing

Germany's Autumnblaze will be releasing new album "Every Sun is Fragile" through Pulverised Records, and the band has now revealed the track listing will be as follows:

1. Opening
2. New ghosts in town
3. Invisible fields
4. Im Spiegel
5. Mein Engel, der aus Augen fließt
6. Every sun is fragile
7. Cold soul
8. How I learned to burn my teardrops
9. A place for paper diamonds
10. Verglimmt More...

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IWABO Posts Choose Your Own Adventure Video

IWrestledABearOnce has released a music video for the track "Button It Up," but in order to access the video, fans must choose the correct path on the clip's "Choose Your Own Destiny" unlock.

Upon receiving a VHS tape containing the unseen music video for "Button It Up," guitarist Steven Bradley is kidnapped by a psychotic IWABO fan before he can make his way back to the band house to view the video.

Follow the video below to pick the two band members you want to follow, see them save Steven and watch the video! (Or choose the wrong path to see the gruesome death of Steven Bradley and the demise of IWrestledABearOnce). More...

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Bison BC: "Love Is Violent, And Can Kill You"

The downer foursome of Bison B.C. are out now with newest album "Lovelessnes," which guitarist James Farwell describes as "not love songs, songs about love, it’s important we make that clear. Love is violent, and can kill you or keep you alive."

While enjoying some down time before taking the devastating love (and lack thereof) on the road next year, James took out some time to explain what's been happening in the group lately, dealing with turning 40 in the metal touring lifestyle, and how new Bison B.C. tracks come together ("It starts with a drunken riff, then a drunken song"). Below you can also find his thoughts on negative press and what's happening in Vancouver's metal scene. More...

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Heretic To Play Headbangers Open Air

U.S. power/thrash act Heretic has been confirmed for the 16th edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, which will take place on the 25th-27th of July 2013 in Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany.

The other confirmed so far bands include: Vicious Rumors, Forte, Blood Feast, Demon, Stormwitch, Praying Mantis, Iron Savior, Rival, Muro, Sleepy Hollow, Kissin' Dynamite, Midnight Priest, Skiltron, Game Over, King Leoric, Trespass, 77 and MX Machine.

Heretic is currently lining up more shows to play in Europe around the HOA festival. The band's comeback album "A Time of Crisis" was released in July this year through Metal on Metal Records.
More about Heretic can be found at this location. More...

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Evilheart To Release New Album

Evilheart has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album next year and streaming tracks from a previous release:

"We will upload to YouTube all the songs from the 'Storm Of Annihilation' album to celebrate our 5th anniversary and to anticipate the release of our upcoming album 'Quinquaginta' (TBA Summer 2013). After we finish uploading the songs from 'Storm Of Annihilation' we will post some videos of the making of the new album. Stay tuned!"

The release schedule for the "Storm of Annihilation" tracks is as follow:

Oct 26: In the Arms of Ixtab
Nov 02: Dead Peace
Nov 09: Subhuman
Nov 16: Storm of Annihilation
Nov 23: Paradise of Synthetic Souls
Nov 30: Oath of Apostasy
Dec 07: Symmetrical Carnage
Dec 14: Crystallized in Eternal Death

"Storm Of Annihilation" was released on December 14th, 2007 and was mixed and mastered at
Mana Studios in Florida by Brian Elliott. The cover artwork was designed by Niklas Sundin
from Dark Tranquillity. More...

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Iberia Posts "Hollywood" Clip

Portuguese hard rock/metal act Iberia has recently released a video for the track "Hollywood," taken off the band’s third album "Revolution."

The clip, available below, contains live footage of the band's performance on September 14th as headlining group of the Youth Night (Festas da Moita 2012), which took place in Moita, Portugal. The video features Moonspell guitarist Ricardo Amorim as a guest musician. Iberia will also be opening for W.A.S.P. this coming November 10th in Lisbon, Portugal. More...

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Deceased Reissuing "Supernatural Addiction"

Today, Hells Headbangers reissues Deceased's classic "Supernatural Addiction" on CD, with an LP version coming January 23rd. Featuring five bonus demo tracks and extensive liner notes from founding frontman King Fowley, Deceased's haunting "Supernatural Addiction" was originally released in 2000 on Relapse Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Finding widespread acclaim upon its original release, Supernatural Addiction saw these underground legends expand upon the epic narratives of the preceding Fearless Undead Machines but put into punchier, more concise attacks without losing any of drumming vocalist King Fowley’s characteristically creepy storytelling. Less “death metal” and more deathly heavy metal, this Deceased album cemented their status as one of the most unique and recognizable metal bands since the turn of the ‘90s. Feed your Supernatural Addiction through Hells Headbangers here."

The reissue track listing is:

1. The Premonition
2. Dark Chilling Heartbeat
3. A Very Familiar Stranger
4. Frozen Screams
5. The Doll With the Hideous Spirit
6. The Hanging Soldier
7. Chambers of the Waiting Blind
8. Elly's Dementia
9. Dark Chilling Heartbeat (bonus demo track)
10. Frozen Screams (bonus demo track)
11. A Very Familiar Stranger (bonus demo track)
12. The Premonition (bonus demo track)
13. The Hanging Soldier (bonus demo track) More...

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Buckcherry To Release New Album

Buckcherry is proud to announce that the band's next studio album, "Confessions," will be the first domestic release with new label Century Media Records. The album is planned for an early 2013 release on Century Media in the United States and via Eleven Seven Music worldwide, with new tracks to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

"The time has come to finally announce the release of our sixth LP, Confessions," says Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. "This is our coolest album yet and I think a lot of people will relate, if you love BC you are going to get a chance to be part of a great story - join the revolution and let's rock!"

"This is, by far, our most ambitious record," says guitarist Keith Nelson, who co-founded Buckcherry with Todd in 1995 after the duo met in a Los Angeles tattoo shop. "We are very proud of the work we've done and we are looking forward to presenting it to our fans."

"Confessions" is an album based on the seven deadly sins, and is part of a larger vision that includes a film written by Josh Todd, who based the album's lyrics on his childhood and transformation into adulthood.

Buckcherry remains on the road throughout 2012, appearing in Japan later this month and returning to the United Kingdom Nov. 20 - Dec. 10.

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Lokurah Posts "The Time To Do Better" Video

"The Time To Do Better," the new video from French metal band Lokurah, is now available on Youtube and can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's latest album of the same name, released via M&O Music. For more info on Lokurah, check out the band's Facebook profile here.


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Ill Nino Releases New Music Video

With sixth studio album "Epidemia" (released 10/22) officially under the band's belt, Ill Nino has released a brand new music video for “La Epidemia,” featuring Emmure vocalist Frankie Palmeri. Watch the video in the player below. Victory Records also commented:

"Filmed at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 'La Epidemia' showcases Ill Nino’s power, energy and determination to spread their madness throughout the world. The video takes fans to the depths of the The Rave and gives an inside look at the haunted pool that many have only heard stories about."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. The Depression
02. Only The Unloved
03. La Epidemia
04. Eva
05. Demi-god
06. Death Wants More
07. Escape
08. Time Won't Save You
09. Forgive Me Father...
10. Invisible People More...

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Saille Reveals New Album Details

Belgian melodic black metallers Saille have revealed the cover art and track listing for their new album, entitled "Ritu," due on January 18th via Code666 records. The follow-up to 2011's "Irreversible Decay" was produced and mixed by Reinier Schenk (Gorath, Fleshmould) and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll (1349, Dimmu Borgir, Keep of Kalessin). Cover art comes courtesy of Polish digital landscape artist Michal Karcz.

1. Blood Libel
2. Subcutaneous Terror
3. Fhtagn
4. Upon the Idol of Crona
5. Sati
6. A Titan's Sacrifice
7. Haunter of the Dark
8. Runaljod
9. Ritual Descent More...

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Porcupine Tree Discusses "Octane Twisted"

Gavin Harrison and Richard Barbieri of the Grammy-nominated Porcupine Tree recently stopped by the Kscope office to chat about the Chicago concert which will be presented on the upcoming two-disc release, "Octane Twisted." Watch their interview in the player below or at the new "Octane Twisted" mini-site here.

"Octane Twisted" will feature a live presentation of side one of "The Incident" - the band's 10th studio album - recorded at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Ill., with an additional disc of five Porcupine Tree tracks, also recorded in Chicago, along with three highlights from the band's show at Royal Albert Hall, London. This double-disc collection will hit stores on November 20th in North America via Kscope (and November 19th in the U.K./Europe).

You can also stream or download the song "I Drive the Hearse" at this location. The full "Octane Twisted" track listing is as follows: More...

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The Moor Reveals "Year Of The Hunger" Details

Italian act The Moor sees a full-length debut titled “Year Of The Hunger” this coming November 16th, 2012 via Lion Music. The artwork for the release can now be viewed below, and a sampler containing music from the album is available over here.

The 12 track "Year of the Hunger" is the follow-up to a five song self-titled EP, and vocalist/guitarist Enrico Longhin comments, "Year Of The Hunger is our first album, but we have been playing and releasing stuff with our old bands since 2000, that’s why there’s a maturity and complexity that is hard to find in other debut-releases."

On the band’s vision for the album Longhin adds, "The main goal was to keep the sound as natural as possible and to avoid anything that sounds fake or 'plastic,' we want to keep an emotional approach to the songs and let the listeners understand how we really play."

According to a press release, "Year Of The Hunger" is not a concept album lyrically, but there are two themes running through the words representing either a negative outlook (the noble truth of suffering), or a positive outlook (the path of liberation). This contrast gives light and shade to the lyrics helping aid the more personalised sound. More...

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Conquest Of Steel Wrapping Up Album Recording

Conquest of Steel has checked in with the following progress report on the recording process for the band's new album:

"So, the recording for the 4th album is nearly done. Today is the last day. By the end of the day all the second guitars will have been recorded, this is of course on top of all the drums, bass and vocals that have been laid down over the last 10 days.

"And guess what? It's sounding killer! Great sound, real energy and of course some great hard rockin', head banging tracks. Can't wait for everyone to hear this one.

"Mixing is gonna happen in December, which will give us some time to listen to the raw recordings and decide how we want the mix to take shape.

"The album will then be released in early 2013. Followed by a ton of gigging. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as they come."

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Underoath Streaming New Song

A few short weeks week after shocking the music world by announcing plans to disband following a January 2013 farewell tour, metalcore act Underoath is now debuting one of the final new tracks, “Sunburnt,” today exclusively via Billboard. Check out the song right here.

“Sunburnt” is one of two new songs recorded by Underoath with longtime producer Matt Goldman for release on the band’s career retrospective album, "Anthology 1999-2013," available November 6th on Solid State Records. The following press release was issued:

"Together with final new track 'Unsound,' 'Sunburnt' is a worthy addition to the career-spanning collection, which includes fan favorites culled from the band’s 1999 debut, 'Act of Depression,' through the instant classics on 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation).

"Due to unexpectedly high demand and in the midst of several rapid sell-outs, Underoath’s previously announced Farewell Tour has been expanded to include additional dates, with several of the tour’s shows to be moved to higher capacity venues. Among the dates added are a January 13 stop at Worcester, MA’s The Palladium and an additional night at NYC’s Irving Theater. Changes of venue have taken place in Toronto, Detroit and St. Petersburg, allowing for the accommodation of additional fans seeking to watch the powerhouse live act one final time. Shows in 5 of the tour’s 10 cities have already sold-out.

"The group’s unanticipated decision to disband sent shockwaves through social media networks, with Underoath becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter as countless fans shared their thoughts on the influential band and the impact its music had on their lives." More...

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Garagedays Issues Album Update

Garagedays has checked in with the following announcement about the recording process for a new album:

"Just a short update about our new album: Drums and guitars are ready recorded. Tomorrow Marco will drive to Germany to record the vocals together with Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear).

"Sonic train studios in Varberg, Sweden is already booked for December. And I´m very happy that we will work with Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) again! Be curious Rockers! CHEERS!"

You can also watch the band's previously posted "Piece of Shit" video in the player below. More...

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A Band Of Orcs Premieres Full New Album

The prelimary invasion of the soft, weak races of Earth began with "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" (reviewed here), and the orcs took a brief side trek to metal-up the fantasy miniature world, but now it's officially time to add even more heads to the pile!

The debut full-length album from A Band of Orcs, "Adding Heads to the Pile," doesn't see it's official release (and the subsequent enslavement of all mankind) until Halloween through Itchy Metal Entertainment, but now you lucky few get the chance to hear the release in full, and possibly be spared orcish wrath come the Domination.

The album tells a tale of A Band of Orcs' mercenary employment for a human kingdom in the realm of Hirntodia. This craven kingdom of humans hires the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe to "settle their giant troubles" for them with axe and spear, but they get a lot more than they bargained for, once the orcs fulfill the terms of their geas by vanquishing the giants and returning to pay the piper.

Give all 13 tracks of the album a listen in the player below (the songs may take a few seconds to load the songs after hitting "play.") If you dig the death metal you hear and don't want to be eaten by orcs on the 31st, pre-order "Adding Heads to the Pile" right here.

A lyric video for "In The Keeper's Chamber" can also be found below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prepare for Domination
2. When the Hills Run Red
3. In the Keeper's Chamber
4. Of Broken Chains & Shattered Skulls
5. Wyrd of the Winter Wolf
6. The Darkness that Comes Before (Interlude)
7. Hall of the Frozen Dead
8. Lair of the Ice Wyrm
9. Stormbringer
10. At the Mouth of Fire
11. Fall of the Fire Lord
12. Adding Heads to the Pile
13. A Deeper Evil (Instrumental) More...

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Scythia Posts Teaser For "Video Game Medley" Video

Canadian folk metal act Scythia posted up a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the song "Video Game Medley," the instrumental track inspired by classic video game music. The song appears on the band's latest EP "For the Bear." The video will premiere on the band's YouTube Channel on November 7, 2012 at 12:00pm PST.

The track list for "For the Bear" is as follows:

1. Sailor's Accolade
2. Fierce Rider of Scythia (remix)
3. For The Bear
4. Black Death (remix)
5. Dies Irae, Pt. 1
6. Mattawa Reel
7. Video Game Medley

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Civil War Posts Teaser Clip For Debut EP

Civil War, the band comprised of ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums) and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) along with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon/Ex-Cryonic Temple), posted up a teaser clip for the upcoming debut self-titled EP. The EP is expected for release on November 13, 2012 via Despotz Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.

The track list for "Civil War" is as follows:

1. Rome is Falling (streaming over here)
2. Civil War
3. Forevermore
4. Custer's Last Stand
5. Secret Cover

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Kenya

Recently, Kenya celebrated 49 years as a nation independent of colonial rule. In the subsequent times that they have found themselves once again as an autonomous country, several bands have similarly exerted their creative independence. As can be expected, some of those bands are metal - since metal is a worldwide phenomenon. Heavier music has had a rough time in Kenya and in other African nations and cultures due to skepticism and the general belief that it is inherently satanic in nature. In a recent conversation I had with the congenial metal guitarist Christopher Lilako 'Yagami' of In Oath, he says that people are slowly growing accustomed to heavy metal in his country.

Christopher's band has teamed up with members of Kenyan alternative rock bands Void Of Belonging and Nightshift Theory, along with its own members, to help create In Oath's new harder sound. That rock/alternative sound has been more the norm in terms of popularity in Kenya for a while, a sound reflective in the newer metallic sounds emerging from the Eastern African nation. People are more likely to embrace the local favorites RSK, Dove Slimme, Murfy's Flaw or Parking Lot Grass in terms of musical sound, but there is a growing movement of bands prefering a heavier style.

African metal has its own distinctive sound, which scene producer Chris 'Sarcophagus' Marx conveyed with his 1994 compilation "The Death of Africa, Volume I." While that classic anthology contained many bands from the metal powerhouse of South Africa, there were also bands from other parts of the continent. In fact, Marx is putting out a Volume II sequel to that release, which will undoubtedly feature a Kenyan, Botswanan or maybe even an Angolan band. Check out the Facebook page for news on this compilation over at this location. Possibly the one documentary streaming now on Kenyan metal is Rock Scene Kenya, which features many of the musicians we will explore for you today on Metal Underground. Get a glimpse into the Kenyan scene of African metal through its participants as we unearth three bands from Nairobi today.

In Oath

This combo is one of Kenya's newest entrants. Formed in 2009 and initially influenced by metalcore, these five guys decided to hone their sound into more of a death metal style. Just this year they released their debut EP "Eulogy," four songs of Christian-themed extreme metal. "Eulogy" in its remastered form is available to stream over at bandcamp. In Oath is already recording a full-length album scheduled for 2015 release, which the band says will be its 'defining memento.'

Bassist Steve 'Gitau' Smalls from the band, formerly of Narcissistic Tendencies With Delusions Of Grandeur, made a splash five years ago with his acting debut as the character DJ in the independent film "The Knife Grinder's Tale." That award-winning short film, which received honorable mentions at fourteen foreign film festivals, told the story of a father's journey to uncover the senselessness of his son's murder in the slums of Nairobi.

In Oath - "Eulogy"


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