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Metal News for October 3, 2011

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43 news articles posted on this day.

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Black Tusk On "Set The Dial" And Savannah Metal

Savannah, GA based sludgsters Black Tusk are getting ready to "Set The Dial" with a third full-length album release this coming October 25th. With a string of imminent record release shows coming up for the band, I got in touch with the southern trio of Andrew Fidler, Jonathan Athon, and James May to discuss Savannah's metal scene, writing new songs, and the character of Agatha that repeatedly appears on Black Tusk cover artwork. You can find a transcription of our chat below. More...

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Infernaeon Announces New Vocalist

After the members of Floridian blackened death metal band Infernaeon fired each other earlier this year, the group has now announced the addition of Eric Rhodes as lead vocalist and frontman.

Kevin Gibbons, bassist, was quoted as saying "We all think it's great to work with a guy like Eric. His voice and range are amazing and he really contributes to our sound. Jeramie Kling, Steven Harger, Dave Stein, and Taylor Nordberg are all on this next album too ... so it's going to be brutal."

Steven Harger, guitarist, added "We have a lot in store for the next recording...I'm really convinced it's going to be the best album yet for the band."

Infernaeon will be entering the studio to record the band's next album in February 2012 with James Murphy (TESTAMENT/DEATH/OBITUARY) of SafeHouse Production, Corey Smoot (GWAR/MENSREA) of Slave Pit Studios, and with mixing/mastering at The Abyss Studio in Sweden by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY).

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Attika 7 Working On Debut Album

Attika 7 is a brand new force in the ever-evolving heavy metal world, featuring Evan Seinfeld (formerly of Biohazard), lead guitarist, songwriter and famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones, bassist Tony Campos (founding member of Static X, who also currently performs in Soulfly), and drummer Dustin Schoenhofer from Walls of Jericho and Bury Your Dead fame. Attika 7 will be releasing a debut album later this year and is currently working on a first video for the single "Serial Killer."

Evan feels that Attika 7 is the beginning of a new chapter. “As much as Biohazard has been the biggest part of my musical past and my main musical focus for more than two decades, it is time for me to do something new. It is time for me to cement my musical future. I continue to stand behind the ideals projected in songs I wrote like ‘Down For Life’... and philosophies like standing up for what you believe in no matter what and sticking by your true friends and family to the end! I have so many creative ideas that needed a new home to flourish and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of Attika 7!”

“It is time for me to go on to something exciting and fresh to pursue my dreams and expand my horizons in a more positive situation for me,” adds Evan. “Biohazard is a band that I personally conjured and founded in 1987 and helped me to realize many of my dreams, see the world, and connect with many fans everywhere. I hope to keep the memory of Biohazard where it belongs, in a place of dignity and respect!”

To hear sample tracks and find more information on Attika 7, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Dead Awaken Signs To Abyss Records

Swedish death metal act Dead Awaken, featuring former members of Abhoth, has signed with Abyss Records for the release of the band's full-length debut, "Where Hope Turns Dripping Red." The album's track listing has been revealed and is available below.

1. Carnivore
2. Kingdom of Damnation (Where Hope Turns Dripping Red)
3. Deutsches Afrika Corpse
4. Rocket Symphony
5. Mudhell
6. Manic Destructive
7. Envy The Dead
8. Venom Of The Population
9. State Of Corrosion More...

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Secondhand Child Posts "Laid To Rest" Video

Switzerland's Secondhand Child has posted a video clip online for the song "Laid to Rest," which is part of the soundtrack for the horror film "Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2." You can check out the clip below.

"Laid to Rest" is taken from the upcoming album "Chapter One: Spontaneous Human Combustion," due out October 31st, 2011.

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Lead Farmer Recording New Album

Pennsylvania based death/grind four piece Lead Farmer has returned to the studio to begin recording the follow-up to the 2009 "Born to Grind" album.

According to the band, "the new material features their signature bass grooves, blazing guitar riffs and abrupt timing changes. Matched up with new drummer Hernan Zernate from Peruvian grindcore band Narkan who adds a whole new element of precision."

The upcoming Lead Farmer album is tentatively titled "The American Dream" will be released in early 2012. For information and updates head over to Lead Farmer's website here.

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Demonic Death Judge Posts Music Video

Finnish sludge stoners Demonic Death Judge have released a new music video from the forthcoming debut album "The Descent" (set for release on October 19th, 2011 through Inverse Records). The "Stick That In Your Pipe And Smoke It" video can be viewed below and features footage taken from Jacques-Yves Cousteau film "Silent World" (1956).

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Freund Hein Posts "Bourbon Time" Video

Freund Hein has posted a music video online for the track "Bourbon Time," which is taken from the new album "Bourbon Triggered Death Machine." You can check out the video clip in the player below.

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Skeletonwitch Streaming New Song Online

Athens, Ohio’s Skeletonwitch has debuted a new track from the band's upcoming album, "Forever Abomination." The song “Sink Beneath Insanity” can now be streamed at Pitchfork.com. The new album "Forever Abomination" hits streets on October 11th, 2011.

Skeletonwitch is about to wrap up a run supporting Arch Enemy and Devildriver, the band will then headline select shows in October before joining forces with Kvelertak for a short run of dates. The band will be participating in this fall’s Jaegermeister Music Tour, alongside Chimaira and Unearth. The group will kick off 2012 by supporting The Black Dahlia Murder in the U.K. and France.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill)
2. Reduced To The Failure Of Prayer
3. Of Ash And Torment
4. Choke Upon Betrayal
5. Erased And Forgotten
6. The Infernal Resurrection
7. Rejoice In Misery
8. Cleaver Of Souls
9. Shredding Sacred Flesh
10. Sink Beneath Insanity
11. My Skin Of Deceit

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As I Lay Dying Streaming "Electric Eye" Track

Starting today fans can head over to AOL's Noisecreep to check out the track "Electric Eye" (Judas Priest cover) off As I Lay Dying's upcoming release "Decas."

The band recently shot a music video for the same track out at El Mirage (Dry Lake Bed) in the Mojave Desert with director Paul Brown. Photos giving a sneak peak of what's to come can be seen here.

"Decas," which contains 12 tracks, celebrates the band's accomplishments by offering three brand new songs, cover songs that pay homage to a few of the bands that have influenced As I Lay Dying, and remixes by INNERPARTYSYSTEM (Katy Perry, Ladyhawke, Thursday, Good Charlotte and many others), Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Kelly "Carnage" Cairns (Austrian Death Machine, War of Ages), and Big Chocolate (Asking Alexandria, iwrestledabearonce, Suicide Silence). "Decas" will be available November 8th in North America, November 7th in the U.K. & Europe, and November 4th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

As I Lay Dying also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Echoterra Posts "All The Lies" Video

Echoterra has posted the first single and video off the band's second full-length release, "Land Of The Midnight Sun." You can check out the "All The Lies" video clip below. "Land of the Midnight Sun" will see release on October 17th, 2011 via Blinding Force Recordings.

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As You Drown Streaming New Album

Metal Hammer Germany is streaming "Rat King" (out October 7th/10th in Europe), the second album of Swedish death metallers As You Drown, in it's entirety at this location.

The "Rat King" track listing is as follows:

1. Conqueror
2. Slaves To The Kingdom Of Fear
3. You Should Be Paranoid
4. Rabid Wolves In Sheep's Clothing
5. Your Loyal Betrayer
6. The Coming
7. The Nothing
8. Bleeding Structure
9. Cleansing Hands

Vocalist Henrik Blomqvist commented on the "Rat King" album: "We are delighted to finally be finished with the recording of our second album, entitled Rat King, which will be out in October via Metal Blade. The album - mixed and mastered by Plec at Panic Room Studios - features artwork by Mark Riddick, as well as by Sven de Caluwe of the mighty Aborted, and nine epic songs of skull crushing death metal mayhem and darkness. It feels like we've taken everything we do to a whole new level on this one, and we can't wait to get out on the road and play these songs live. This new material is intense, although at the same time a lot more varied and dynamic than what we've done in the past. Keep your eyes and ears open friends. Death! Destruction!! GOATS!"

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Whitechapel Reveals "Recorrupted" Details

Knoxville, TN metallers Whitechapel have released the details of their forthcoming EP "Recorrupted," which features a brand new track titled "Section 8," a cover of Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength," an acoustic version of "End of Flesh," and remixes of "Breeding Violence" by Big Chocolate and "This Is Exile" by Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan. "Recorrupted" is set for release on November 8th, just after the band hits the road with The Devil Wears Prada, Enter Shikari, and For Today.

Fans can check out a video that was shot and edited by guitarist Alex Wade, with animations by Vince Edwards, that features studio footage set to the band's brand new track Section 8 here. The "Recorrupted" track listing is as follows:

1. Section 8
2. Strength Beyond Strength (Pantera cover)
3. Breeding Violence (Big Chocolate Remix)
4. This Is Exile (Ben Weinman Remix)
5. End of Flesh (Acoustic Version)

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Animals As Leaders Posts Studio Footage

Animals as Leaders has launched the first studio video documenting the recording of the upcoming album “Weightless.” The video, hosted by MetalInjection.net, is available below. “Weightless” is the act’s second release and will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th and in the U.K. on November 7.

The endeavor was produced by drummer Navene Koperweis and Animals as Ledaers and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The album marks the recording debuts of Koperweis and Reyes with Animals as Leaders. The track “Isolated Incidents” is available online here.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Charred Walls Of The Damned Streaming New Album

Charred Walls of the Damned is teaming up with Rock Hard Germany for the streaming of the entire new album "Cold Winds on Timeless Days." Surf over to Rock Hard magazine at this location to listen to the album. The stream is live from the 3rd of October until the 10th of October.

Richard Christy, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jason Suecof, and Steve DiGiorgio once again joined forces to bring to life Christy's latest body of work, "Cold Winds on Timeless Days." The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing its 2010 debut. The track listing is as follows:

1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

"Cold Winds On Timeless Days" will be released October 11th, 2011 (North America), October 7th, 2011 (G/A/S) and October 10th, 2011 (Rest of EU) via Metal Blade Records.

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Fullforce Working On New Album

Sweden's Fullforce has issued the following announcement about working on new material for an upcoming second album and follow-up to the "One" release:

"Fullforce will during the rest of 2011 and early 2012 focus on finalizing their remaining songs for their second album.

"The band is very excited about the new metal tunes and will settle all details about the recording of the album very soon. More concert news 'might' come up soon as well. Stay tuned!"

You can also check out Fullforce's recently uploaded music video for the "Heart and Soul" track by heading over here.

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Saxon Announces Opening Band For Spanish Shows

Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about bringing Vanderbuyst as the opening band for three upcoming Spanish tour dates:

"We are happy to announce that we added Vanderbuyst for the first three Spanish shows. Vanderbuyst were already touring with Saxon on the first European part of the Call To Arms world tour.

"Crimes of Passion who will be opener this time in the continental European part will open also in their home town Sheffield for Saxon. Get you tickets now and see you on tour!

You can also check out Saxon's "Call to Arms" music video by heading over to this location.

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Black Tusk Streaming "Crossroads And Thunder"

Black Tusk is streaming the new track "Crossroads and Thunder" from the band's forthcoming album "Set the Dial" through Noisecreep. Head over here to check out the track. "Set The Dial" is currently set for an October 25th North American release date, as well as October 31st internationally.

Black Tusk recently announced an Eastern U.S. headlining tour and a string of regional record release shows in support of the forthcoming record. The Eastern U.S. tour starts Nov. 2nd in Charlotte, NC and runs through mid-November, including a stop as part of the Metal Suckfest in New York, NY. Support on this run comes from Thou and Monstro on select dates.

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Sigh To Headline Asia Metal Fest

Sigh has checked in with the following announcement about headlining the upcoming Asia Metal Festival:

"We proudly announce that Sigh is going to headline Asia Metal Festival, which will be held in Shanghai and Beijing on October 15th and 16th. It is a big honor for us to headline the gigs where the bands from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongol, Japan and the UK are gathering.

"This is our first time to play in China and we are truly looking forward to being there! These will be some special shows. Don't you ever miss it!"

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Insision Issues Album Update

Insision has checked in with the following update about working on new material and seeking fan input on live set lists:

"Hello everyone! Here's a brief update and a request for you. First up, things in the Insision camp are working out great, the progress on the new album is picking up speed, the new material feels really brutal and evil and the band, stronger then ever. We will be posting some rehearsals for you guys later on to watch.

"We are attending the Gothenburg Deathfest within a month (5th of November) Playing lots of material from the new End Of All EP. We are also searching for someone to produce a video with us for the End Of All EP. Interested? Mail: info@insision.se

"And now, Here is that question for you: as a fan, if you got to customize your own Insision set list, what would it look like? Well here's your chance.... Click on this link and give us some feedback! Stay brutal and support Death metal!"

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Thaurorod Working On New Album

Finnish power metallers Thaurorod are currently writing and finalizing the songs for their second studio album, which will be released early next year via NoiseArt Records. Before the release you can check out Thaurorod live at the Quest for Power event at Dom, Helsinki on October 29th.

Furthermore, the band has launched a brand new homepage, which can be found at this location. Commented the band: "Hello metalheads! The time has come for us to open our brand new websites! A huge thank goes to Mr. Gustavo Sazes for his brilliant design and layout and for making it all in a very short time! Hope you guys like the new websites and please give us a word in our guestbook which has been down for almost 1.5 years now! It hungers for your messages! :D Take care dudes & dudettes and see you on the road!"

The Quest For Power line-up will be:

Thaurorod
Merging Flare
Dreamtale

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Hull Streaming Entire Forthcoming New LP

Hull are streaming the entire forthcoming album "Beyond The Lightless Sky" at this location. The album is set for release on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Earth From Water
2. Just A Trace of Early Dawn
3. Beyond The Lightless Sky
4. Curling Winds
5. Fire Vein
6. Wake The Heavens, Reveal The Sun
7. False Priest
8. A Light That Shone From Aside The Sea
9. In Death, Truth

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Dodheimsgard Comments On Vocalist Departure

Norwegian act Dodheimsgard recently parted ways with vocalist Kvohst, and the band has now issued the following statement about upcoming activity:

"Dear all, even though Kvosht's departure seems sudden and abrupt I can assure you that it is not. This decision was in fact a welcome one by all parties involved and has no consequence towards the ambition that the band has set out for the forthcoming years. Hence, the job of bringing forth a new band going under the dhg banner was set in motion a long time ago. I never wanted to make a big fuss about the changes within the band this time around, since no new release has been offered and nothing really significant has happened since Kvosht last stepped out of the band in 2007. Quite frankly, I did not see it as that big of a deal.

"In this context, I guess Kvosht's statements seem a bit confusing in relation to whats really going on in the Asylum these days...I can only guess that he wanted to address those among you who are his fans, and let you know what he is doing next. Unfortunately, this has also caused some confusion among promoters, ticket buyers for upcoming shows, and Dødheimsgard followers in general.

"I therefore find it appropriate to make you all aware that the path of Dødheimsgard has suffered no setbacks nor come to a halt. Upcoming shows and the work going into the next album will continue as planned. It's all been a long process in which to see what is manageable inside the confines of a small group of people that are pushing in the same direction. In order to get to where you want to be, you sometimes need to try certain things before you reach the perfect balance on the scale. It's a natural progression and evolution of any collective outlet that does not work at a 100 percent of its capacity. It can be due to different priorities, logistics, creative differences etc. But whatever it is, you take what you have and slowly tune, turn and twist it into a clear minded exotic beast that will offer expressive music in various forms for years to come.

"Sometimes that means departing with someone that has brought a lot to the band in the past. So, even though it has amounted to much extra work, it was all necessary in relation to bringing the band out of auto-pilot mode and to reconnect with the passion, the hunger, and the ambition to create music with no inhibitions. More news is coming soon."

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Allegaeon Headed To Studio For Spring 2012 Release

Allegaeon checked in through its new management company, Blkheart Group, with the following update:

"Allegaeon (Metal Blade Records) is heading into the studio this winter to record their newest album, which is slated for release in the spring of 2012.

"Formed in early-summer 2008, with the release of their self-titled EP immediately following, Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) has quickly spread their unique version of extreme metal locally, nationally and internationally, with much acclaim from press and fans alike. With an armament of new songs and a live show that is as engaging as any, and a furious vocal delivery from enigmatic front man Ezra Haynes, they are sure to win over many more fans in the coming months.

"The band had this to say about joining with BlkHeart Group: “We here in the Allegaeon camp are happy to announce that we have joined with BlkHeart Group. This is a perfect fit for us; Two up and coming groups working together to help each other continue in the paths of success that we have already established thus far in our short careers. 2012 should prove to be the most exciting and rewarding year in Allegaeon’s short history and with BlkHeart Group on board will no doubt, make for great year and an even greater future'. ”

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Documentary Snippet

U.K. extreme metal band Cradle of Filth posted a new video from the DVD portion of the forthcoming "Evermore Darkly..." extended EP/DVD. The release is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on October 18, 2011 (North America) and October 24, 2011 (EU).

Cradle of Filth - Evermore Darkly (clip from the documentary) from Peaceville Records on Vimeo.

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Hate Posts New Music Video For Title Track

Hate posted a new music video for the title track from it's latest release. The video was produced by Moderna & ATF Sinner and Directed by Slawek Makowski. "Erebos" was released on November 15, 2010 and is available through Listenable Records.

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Drakkar Posts Preview Of New Album

Italian power metal band Drakkar have posted a preview stream of the forthcoming album "When Lightning Strikes" (heard below). The album marks the first full length album in nine years and is the follow up to 2002's "Razorblade God." "When Lightning Strikes" is due out on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. The artwork and track listing are as follows:

1. Hyperspace – The Arrival
2. Day Of The Gods
3. The Armageddon Machine
4. In The Belly Of The Beast
5. Revenge Is Done
6. When Lightning Strikes
7. Winter Soldiers
8. Salvation
9. At The Flaming Shores Of Heaven
10. We Ride
11. The Awakening
12. My Endless Flight
13. Aftermath – The Departure
14. Engage!
15. New Frontier

DRAKKAR "When Lightning Strikes" preview album by My Kingdom Music

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Autopsy Recording New Material

Autopsy has checked in with the following update about recording new material for an upcoming collection to be released through Peaceville Records:

"Autopsy will be entering Fantasy studios in Berkeley, Ca. late October to record a few new tracks for an upcoming collection entitled 'All Tomorrow's Funerals.' This monstrous release will be on Peaceville records and will contain all of Autopsy's EP's remastered by the band themselves as well as the new cuts, totalling 21 tracks all together.

"Everything from 'Retribution For The Dead' to the now sold out 'The Tomb Within' will be presented on CD and DLP with all original artworks, liner notes from the band and a killer new cover from Matt Cavotta.

"This is something the band has wanted to do for a long time, having all these chunks of material in one cohesive release, with the best sound and packaging possible. Autopsy will make every effort to make sure this death metal assault is top quality and worthy of your attention. The release date is tentatively set for March of 2012."

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Haboryn Streaming Songs From New Album

Venezuela's Haboryn is currently streaming tracks online from the band's recently released new album "At the Edge of Extinction." Head over to the Haboryn Facebook profile to check out the tracks "Self Destruction Comes" and "Route of Violence." The previously posted cover artwork for the album is also available here.

The "At the Edge of Extinction" track listing is as follows:

1. Fake Enemy
2. Route of Violence
3. At the edge of extinction
4. Natural Revenge
5. Self Destruction Comes
6. Rise and Fall
7. Burn the world
8. Get me out from this torment
9. No time to pray
10. Blessed in deception

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Betoken Reveals New Album Details

Steelheart Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Italian act Betoken:

"Steelheart Records is happy to present the new opus of the Italian heavy/power metal band Betoken. The album, called 'Days Of The Apocalypse,' will be the fifth in the history of the band and is their most technical and ambitious one, enriched by a great production.

"Betoken was formed in Monza, Italy, in 2000, and, during they career, they've received great feedbacks from the international press, for their 'unique' music. The style of the band can be described as a technical and solid Power Metal, influenced by Metal-monsters like Megadeth and Iron Maiden, in primis.

"Lately, the band has been voted as #1 band on MySpace in the categories 'top metal song' and 'top metal band' in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Poland."

The "Days Of The Apocalypse" album is set for release via Steelheart Records on October 14th, 2011.

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Ovif Issues Recording Update

Canadian band Ovif has issued the following update about the recording progress for an upcoming second album:

"Phase one complete folks!! We just finished recording the new drum tracks for our second album this last weekend!

"Mega thanks to Green Miles Studios in Montreal and Mathieu Marcotte from Augury for making this happen so easily!! Now on to guitars and bass!! Stay tuned!"

Ovif's music is available for streaming by navigating over to the band's official MySpace music profile.

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Illnath Signs With Pitch Black Records

Danish melodic death metal band Illnath announced that it has signed on to Pitch Black Records. The first release for the band on Pitch Black will be the band's "Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness," which is scheduled for release on November 18, 2011 (EU) and November 21, 2011 (UK).

The official press release from Pitch Black Records reads:

"We are pleased to welcome Danish female-fronted melodic death metal outfit lllnath into our roster of artists with the band’s third release, 'Third Act in the Theatre of Madness' scheduled for release on November 18th (21st in the UK) 2011.

"Formed in 1999, Illnath are a band which has evolved explosively through the years. Initially labeled as a symphonic black metal act their style is now a 'mature' blend of melodic/symphonic death metal. Having released a demo in 2000, Illnath’s debut album ('Cast into Fields of Evil Pleasure') came in 2003 with the follow-up ('Second Skin of Harlequin') in 2006. The band toured extensively in Europe and has also played in various European festivals. The band’s third album ('Third Act in the Theatre of Madness') is the band’s most melodic yet at the same time extreme offering to date.

"The band has a completely new lineup comprised of original member Pete Falk on guitars (also handling the main songwriting tasks), the powerful voice of Mona Beck, the killer basslines of Kenneth Frandsen and session drummer Reno Killerich.

" 'Third Act in the Theatre of Madness' will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and our distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores. The CD version will also feature a bonus track.

"Tracklisting:

1. Third Act
2. Scarecrow
3. Lead the Way
4. Snake of Eden
5. Shorthanded
6. Spring Will Come
7. Tree of Life and Death
8. Fall of Giants
9. Vampiria
10. Kingship Incarnate (CD Bonus)."

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Opeth Posts Second Track Breakdown Video Online

Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have posted the second part in their track by track breakdown series online, which sees members Mikael Åkerfeldt (vocals, guitar) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) discussing the group's latest studio album, "Heritage." You can check out both parts below. More...

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New Riot Track Premiers On Japanese Radio

A track from the forthcoming Riot LP "Immortal Soul" debuted on Power Rock Today, a Japanese radio show. The song name was not provided, but the debut was posted on YouTube (see below). "Immortal Soul" is scheduled for release on October 26, 2011 (Scandinavia), October 28, 2011 (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and October 31, 2011 (rest of Europe) and November 22, 2011 (North American) through Streamhammer/SPV.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Perth, Part 4

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week is our fourth exploration of the metal scene in Perth, Western Australia. You can also check out Part 1 (death metal), Part 2, and Part 3 (thrash metal).

The number of good bands that come out of such a small, remote place is quite staggering - it's just a shame that most of them don't get the opportunity to take their music to a wider audience. Today's highlighted bands have, to their credit, made some inroads into the international market.

Chaos Divine

With two full length albums under its belt, numerous local and national awards, and an appearance at Australia’s largest festival The Big Day Out, progressive metal outfit Chaos Divine has started to get some recognition in their home country. Not content with that, in 2009 the band played at the Progpower Europe Festival in The Netherlands as well as some club dates in Belgium.

March 2011 saw the release of Chaos Divine's second album, The Human Connection. While recorded in Perth, for the mixing and mastering the band managed to score the talents of Swedish producer Jens Bogren, known for his work with Opeth and Katatonia. The album is also available internationally on iTunes. The sound combines progressive elements and melodic death metal with particularly outstanding guitar work and great clean vocals, and will appeal to fans of Opeth and Dream Theater as well as fans of European-style melodic death metal.

Listen to Chaos Divine on the band's web site or on MySpace.

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Cloven Hoof Reveals New Vocalist

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Cloven Hoof has announced that they have recruited vocalist Ash Cooper to handle microphone duties within the band.

"I got into music around 16," says the frontman about his history, "wasted exceptional amounts of time accomplishing nothing, but went through a few band experiments and active gigs. Began doing more shows around 18 with the band Silver Fracture, spent the time in-between then and now busking in various places. Looking forward with Cloven Hoof, the future should be kick-ass."

Cloven Hoof has been steadily rebuilding it's lineup recently, and now consists of the following members:

Lee Payne - bass
Joe Whelan - guitar
Mark Gould - drums
Ash Cooper - lead vocals

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Rose Tattoo Singer Reveals Political Ambitions

According to Dailytelegraph.com.au, Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson is angry about the carbon tax and has joined the National Party of Australia with the intention of running for a seat at the next federal election.

"If between the party and I, we can agree, I feel I can best serve the Australian people on the national stage," the 63-year-old rock singer told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I've always liked big stages. We're in discussions at the moment - listen to me, all of a sudden I sound like a politician" he laughs. More...

Read the full article at DailyTelegraph.com.au.

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Dream Theater Posts New "Life On The Road" Video

Progressive metal band Dream Theater posted a new video showing life on the road. The band is currently on tour with Trivium in the U.S. in support of the new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events."

Check out the video here:

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Imperial Conquest Announces New Drummer

U.S. black metal band Imperial Conquest posted a video of new drummer, Tzelmoth, working on one of the band's new songs for the upcoming debut LP (video shown below). No title or release date for the album has been announced. The band released two EPs, 2009's "The Victorious Arise" and 2010's "Omnipotence."

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Amoral Releases New Music Video

Finnish band Amoral released a new music video for the song "Silhouette" on Finland's ISTV. The video can be viewed at this location.

The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Beneath," which is due out on October 19, 2011 (Japan) and October 26, 2011 (EU).

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Power Quest Vocalist Quits Band

U.K. power metal act Power Quest has announced that vocalist Chity Somapala has left the band. The full press release reads as follows:

"We are sorry to have to announce that Chity Somapala has left Power Quest, making the appearance at BOA his last with the band. Chity decided that, at this stage of his career, he wanted to move away from metal to focus on his solo work which is more rock and blues based.

"Clearly the last thing I wanted after releasing the Blood Alliance album earlier this year was to have another line up change, having been through so many in recent times. Having said that, we all have to do what is right for us at specific points in time and we part ways with Chity on very good terms and wish him all the very best for the future.

"Myself, Andy, Paul, Rich and Gav have been auditioning potential replacements for the past couple of months and we have now decided on who will be the man to take up the frontman role in the band. We would like to thank everyone who has submitted recordings and traveled to auditions as well.

"We are already hard at work rehearsing for the UK dates in November and we can promise quite a different set list to what we have been performing so far this year. We will be revealing the identity of our new frontman very soon.....this guy blew us away at the auditions!'

"The first shows with the new vocalist will be in Bedford on November 25th and Wakefield on November 27th, and the Wakefield show will be streamed live on the web!" More...

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Poisonblack Posts New Music Video

Finnish gothic band Poisonblack, featuring Ex-Sentenced vocalist Ville Laihiala, has posted a new music video for the song "Scars" from the band's latest LP "Drive." The album was released in April of this year and is available through Hype Records.

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Orange Goblin Reveals New Album Title

U.K. stoner band Orange Goblin has revealed that the title of the band's seventh studio album will be "A Eulogy For The Damned." The album is expected in early 2012, however, no firm release date has yet been announced.

The band previously issued statements announcing that the LP will contain ten tracks and some of the titles are: "Red Tide Rising", "Acid Trial", "The Fog", "Stand For Something", "The Filthy & The Few", "Return To Mars", "Save Me From Myself", "The Bishops Wolf", "Death Of Aquarius" and the title track "A Eulogy For The Damned".

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