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Metal News for October 3, 2012

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Warchest Announces New Lead Guitarist And Bassist

Chilean thrash metal band Warchest has announced the departure of its lead guitarist Domingo Vidal, recruiting Jose Tomas Garcia as the new guitar player, and the addition of Raimundo Correa (Ex-Nuclear) as permanent bass player. Bassist Raimundo Correa commented on the addition:

"When Cris and the members of the band Warchest contacted me to see the possibility of playing with them, the first thing I did was to listen to their material and it was a no brainer… Immediately I called them back and told them 'yes.. I'm in.' I have many expectations, first of all coming back to the live shows. We are already working on rehearsals for that, and in the meantime writing what may be the new material for a new album some time in the future… For now I will focus on playing the material and keeping on growing with them internationally".

Guitarist/vocalist Christian Pelaez added:
"We feel really sorry for the departure of our friend Domingo. He was a very important part of the history of the band right from the beginning and we wish the best for him in the future. We thought about on looking for a new guitar player, but I made sure to convinced Jose to take over...it was the right thing to do. Now, the addition of Raimundo Correa makes us happy, he brings new expectations and experiences and we just want to come back to the stage and rip it out!"

Currently Warchest is working on the filming of its music video for the track "Fear Of The Machine."


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Weapon Streaming Entire New Album

Weapon will unleash "Embers and Revelations" this coming October 9th and you can stream the entire new album through Invisible Oranges right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon have made a name for themselves as one of the most crushing new bands to come along in the extreme metal underground over the past few years. After two successful underground LPs, the band announced earlier this year that they had joined forces with Relapse Records and would be recording their third full length offering. Soon after, the band embarked on one of the most evil tours of the year, joining forces with Marduk and 1349.

"The new effort is certainly the band's finest work to date and will find an instant connection to fans of Behemoth, Deicide, Morbid Angel and Septicflesh. The album artwork was created by Benjamin Vierling and can be viewed (along with pre-orders and a lyric video for the track 'Crepuscular Swamp, Unhinged Swine') at this location."

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Obscura Announces 10th Anniversary Show

German progressive death metal titans Obscura have announced a special 10th anniversary show this December in Landshut, Germany. This one night only event will take place on December 15th at Alte Kaserne with special guests Dark Fortress, Hokum, and Illegimitation, an incarnation of the band’s original lineup, which will play the band's first demo in its entirety. More info on the show, including ticket information is available via the band’s official website here.

Guitarist/Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming anniversary show: “After years of recording, touring & building up a loyal fanbase around the world we invite all of our friends & fans to our 10 year anniversary show in Landshut, Germany. We celebrate the end of the ‘OMNIVIUM Worldtour‘ in the same city where it started early 2011. To make this event something special we reformed the original lineup of Obscura for a short set, playing the full ‘ILLEGIMITATION‘ demo as a whole. While DARK FORTRESS and HOKUM share a long history of links with OBSCURA, it seems almost self-evident to have both booked for ‘10 YEARS OBSCURA – A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal‘. Let’s make this a great evening for everyone.”

Obscura is also currently streaming the 2011 album "Omnivium" (reviewed here) at this location. Obscura's upcoming tour dates are:

Dec 8 Tlalpan, Mexico Circo Volador
Dec 15 Landshut, Germany Alte Kaserne (10th Anniversary Show)
March 23 2013 Ludwigshafen, Germany Sultans Of Death Fest

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Nergal Posts New Autobiography Trailer

Outspoken vocalist/guitarist Nergal of Poland's heralded death metal export, Behemoth, has completed work on a new autobiography titled “Sacrum Profanum“.

The book, which will be released this month in Poland, is promoted through a series of trailers. The fourth clip can now be found below, or you can view the previously posted trailer at this location.

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Dethklok Releases "The Galaxy" Video

Hot Topic is stoked to premiere the epic music video for "The Galaxy" from the mighty Dethklok. Check out the clip below, and you can pick up new album "The Dethalbum III" on October 16th, along with Volume 4 of Metalocalypse on October 30th. The track listing is:

1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin More...

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Killing Joke Reveals North American Album Release

October 30th, 2012 sees the North American release of Killing Joke’s new album, "MMXII," through Spinefarm Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

"2012 is the perfect year for Killing Joke to be releasing an album that is as dense and dark as the surrounding swirls of madness in the world. At a time when the news is on fast-forward and the planet seems to be descending into lunacy, who better than Killing Joke to reflect such a sentiment?

"When their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul reconvened in 2008 after working together intermittently, that strange voodoo once again filled the room. Individually, they have a power, but together they have something sulphurous and strong that few bands can match. Killing Joke are not an average band with an average agenda; they lock the door and let the ritual commence, and MMXII is the result.

"MMXII’s 11 tracks are an avalanche of sound -- empowering whilst jolting you awake. They are as fascinating as chatting with Coleman, as he talks of future humans living forever but with no emotions, and of the Age Of Aquarius and the cycles of time, the shift in the earth’s electro-magnetic field, the end of extreme capitalism, the Arab Spring and how his trips to Cairo to record music have added to his belief that when Cairo falls everywhere else follows… MMXII is possibly Killing Joke’s best album ever; a dense and multi-layered work. The songs are great washes of sound – a death disco with huge slabs of guitar that soundtracks these dangerous times. It’s an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. Finding hope in the apocalypse, this album just could be their masterpiece."

Coleman comments: “I can’t see the point contemplating extreme life extinction -- it’s good for nothing. It’s nihilism in the absolute even considering it.” This kind of thinking sets the tone for the record, with 2012 and the state of flux the key issue. “It’s in many different calendars – the great unveiling, the sky and the earth coming together. It’s a significant date. Everything is speeding up. It’s not just our minds shrinking. We are heading towards the Eschaton and no-one really knows what’s going to happen.” More...

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My Dying Bride Posts New Track

My Dying Bride has teamed up with the A.V. Club to premiere a brand new track, "Hail Odysseus," taken from the band's upcoming album, "A Map of all our Failures." Check it out right here.

"A Map of all our Failures" is due out on October 16th via Peaceville Records. The impending opus can be pre-ordered as a special edition CD/DVD, double vinyl and multiple bundle packages at this location.

Fans can also stream another previously posted new song, "Kneel till Doomsday," over here. The track listing For "A Map of all Our Failure" is as follows:

1. Kneel till Doomsday
2. The Poorest Waltz
3. A Tapestry Scorned
4. Like A Perpetual Funeral
5. A Map of all our Failures
6. Hail Odysseus
7. Within The Presence of Absence
8. Abandoned As Christ

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Rabbits Kicking Off U.S. Tour

The members of Rabbits will gnaw their way across the Western U.S. in support of their newly-birthed sophomore LP "Bites Rites," beginning tomorrow. Since previous announcements, new gatherings have been confirmed, with the now thirteen-date excursion including live mayhem alongside Black Cobra, Dietso, Witch Mountain, Castle, Sons of Tonatiuh, Drunk Dad and others. Rabbits will be uncaged and perform live on the following shows:

10/04/2012 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Black Cobra, Diesto
10/06/2012 [afternoon BBQ] - San Francisco, CA w/ Diesto
10/06/2012 Sugar Mountain - Oakland, CA w/ Diesto, Owl
10/11/2012 Plan B - Portland, OR w/ Witch Mountain, Castle, Holy Grove
10/12/2012 The Kraken - Seattle w/ Monogamy Party, Lord Dying, Same Sex Dictator
10/13/2012 The Shredder - Boise, ID w/ Drunk Dad, Phantahex
10/15/2012 Aqualung's Community Music Space - Denver, CO w/ Sons of Tonatiuh
10/16/2012 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO w/ Glass Hits, Damaru
10/17/2012 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO w/ Witch Mountain, Castle, Primitive Man
10/18/2012 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ INVDRS, Oldtimer
10/19/2012 Zoo City, Missoula, MT w/ Drunk Dad, Shramana, Darshan Pulse
10/20/2012 Baby Bar - Spokane, WA w/ Belt of Vapor, The Ax, Drunk Dad
10/21/2012 Ray's Golden Lion - Richland, WA w/ Drunk Dad More...

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Converge Streaming New Album Online

Converge is currently streaming the band's 8th studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," which will be available October 9th via Epitaph Records (vinyl on Deathwish). The record stream comes as Converge takes the cover of October's Decibel Magazine.

Fans are invited to stream the new album that includes original art for each track by front-man Jacob Bannon in the player available below.

All of our albums are emotional but I feel this is our most potent album to date," says Jacob Bannon. “Success to me is creating something that's moving and fulfilling and I truly feel both of those things when I listen back and experience this album from start to finish." More...

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Warseid Recruits New Guitarist

Warseid has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We have a great many things to announce this day! First and foremost, it is with sorrow that we must announce that Brandon Salaway has relocated permanently to Nashville, Tennessee in order to pursue an individual musical career and attend college.

"He remains a close friend and we will likely continue to work with him in the future, but he is no longer a permanent member of the band. To that end, it is with joy that we reveal the identity of our new lead guitarist and the newest member of Warseid: Mr. Steven Hoff!

"Steve has been rehearsing with us for a little over a month now and has well shown his talent and personality. We are happy to say that both are a terrific fit. He has learned the existing lead parts and added his own personal touch to them, and has jumped in and is contributing heavily to the writing process, which brings us to our next announcement: the first ever Warseid full length.

"That's right, we are officially working on a full length album. We have no date or name to release as of yet, but we have several songs in the works and a concept around which the album will be based. As more details become set in stone we will reveal them to you. But, for the time being you will just have to wait patiently and enjoy Where Fate Lies Unbound!"

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Von Streaming New Song Online

After more than 20 years, the long overdue official album from black metal legion Von will make its proper debut on October 31st via Von Records. Von creator, Jason "Venien" Ventura, entered the Von Records studio -- "The Pit" – in Litchfield Park, Arizona to record 19 tunes from the band’s incubation period.

The end product, "Satanic Blood," was produced by Venien, mixed by Andrew Ragin at Wall To Wall Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois and mastered by John Gray at The Jungle Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Satanic Blood" will be available in a 12" x 12" 20-page booklet with a mounted CD inside the back cover. The included booklet contains 17 grim illustrations by Venien as well as full lyric sheets and liner notes. Pre-orders are available here.

In anticipation of the album’s unveiling, today Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of opener “Jesus Stain” along with some rare words from Venien himself. Check out the track right here. You can also catch Von live:

11/9/2012 The Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Undercroft Streaming New Song

Chilean cult act Undercroft has premiered the track "At The Gardens of Hatred" through our friends over at NefariousRealm.com. Check out the song right here.

"At The Gardens of Hatred" is the second track to see a release from Undercroft's vicious new record "Ruins of Gomorrah." The new track follows the previously premiered music video for "El Triunfo de la Muerte," which can be found at this location.

Undercroft will release "Ruins of Gomorrah" in North America on October 9th through Season of Mist. "Ruins of Gomorrah" will be available on CD and as a limited edition Double LP (with download card). More...

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BTBAM Posts Instructional Videos For "Telos"

With the release of Between The Buried And Me's new album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (Oct. 9, Metal Blade Records), just days away, the band has now released a collection of instructional videos for the new song "Telos."

Loudwire is featuring clips of guitar players Dustie Waring and Paul Waggoner's performances of the song, Modern Drummer has Blake Richardson's drum clip, and the Dan Brigg's bass video can be viewed on the band's official YouTube page. The clips are also all available below. More...

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Warbeast Issues Road Report

Warbeast just wrapped up a string of U.S. tour dates with Down, and is now on a break before heading over to Europe, also alongside Down, on the 19th. The band has now issued the following road report:

"Warbeast has been on the road home since about 1am. Looking like we will be home around 6:30. Once again we want to thank DOWN for this tremendous opportunity to tour with them. We appreciate it so much Philip H. Anselmo, Kirk Windstein, Pepper Keenan, Jimmy Bower and Patrick Bruders Also thanks to Kate Richardson, Scott Earnhart, Chad Piriano, Carter Withey, Mike Thompson, Eightball and Darrin Jones for being such a great crew and making us feel welcome.

"Also thanks to our brothers and label mates in haarp! Plus Big Okie Doom, Mount.Carmel, Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Child Bite for also sharing the stage with us on some of the shows during this tour.

"Easily the BEST and most successful tour for Warbeast so far. Got to play in front of some very large and receptive crowds. We sold tons of merch too. It was obvious we gained some new fans too.

"Some typical comments after our set at shows: 'I've never heard of you guys before tour, but you've got a new fan now.' 'Your album and YouTube videos don't do you justice, you are so much more intense live.' 'Thanks for bringing back true old school thrash metal.' 'You guys are the best band out of D/FW since Pantera.' 'The new songs ruled!' 'When you guys come back here I will be there.' Needless to say, hearing that shit is very cool for all of us. More...

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Vincent Castiglia Announces Art Exhibition

New York City native, surrealist, and metal artist Vincent Castiglia recently announced his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled "Resurrection," taking place from October 4th - 31st at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). Vincent handled the artwork for Triptykon's "Eparistera Daimones." The gallery will host an opening reception on October 4th from 8-11pm. "Resurrection" will include collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.

In the privacy of his studio, Vincent practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

Vincent recently took the time to explain his two favorite pieces in the exhibition, “Feeding” and “Stings of the Lash,” which are displayed below. More...

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Aeon Releases Lyric Video

After previously streaming the new song "Aeons Black" online, Swedish death metal squadron Aeon has now released an official lyric video for the track. Check out the video below.

The tune comes off the band’s forthcoming new studio offering of the same name, set to drop via Metal Blade Records on November 20th, 2012. The mammoth 15-track "Aeons Black" was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al).

Notes founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson of the album: “This is definitely our most varied albums to date; it has heavier songs yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It’s groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, Path of Fire, which was fast paced almost all the way through. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it’s just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It’s metal right up your ass!”

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End Of Green Updates Tour Schedule

End Of Green, which signed to Napalm Records earlier this year, will be heading out on more "20 Years of Selfdestruction" tour dates this month and through November and December.

Tickets for the shows are available here, and the dates are as follows:

13.10.12 DE - Murg / Rocknacht
20.10.12 DE - Reichenbach / E-Werk
09.11.12 DE - Karlsruhe / Substage
10.11.12 DE - Hameln / Sumpfblume
20.12.12 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
21.12.12 CH - Pratteln / Z7 Gallery
27.12.12 DE - Braunschweig / Meier Music Hall
28.12.12 DE - Essen / Zeche Carl
29.12.12 DE - Münster / Sputnikhalle
12.01.13 AT - Wien / Gasometer

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Dog Shredder Announces West Coast Tour

Bellingham’s breakneck genresmashers Dog Shredder have confirmed a Fall tour where the trio will toast the West Coast alongside NYC tech sorcerers Dysrhythmia. The rager will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 26th and drill through Seattle, Portland, Arcata, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Mexico.

Final confirmations on several of the venues will be announced in the coming days, and Dog Shredder will be declaring additional live actions in the weeks ahead. The currently announced details are:

10/26/2012 TBA - Vancouver, BC
10/27/2012 Highline - Seattle, WA
10/28/2012 Rotture - Portland, OR
10/29/2012 Alibi - Arcata, CA
10/30/2012 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
11/01/2012 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
11/02/2012 Tempe Tavern - Phoenix, AZ
11/03/2012 The Gasworks - Albuquerque, NM

Dog Shredder released the "Brass Tactics" 12” in April through Seattle's Good To Die Records. The band will enter the studio in early 2013 to construct and capture the anticipated follow-up album. "Brass Tactics" can still be streamed in its intense entirety at Dog Shredder's bandcamp page here.

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Peavey Posts Third "Louder Education" Clip

Metal Injection & Peavey now present the third episode of Louder Education, a new collaborative show starring Testament shredder Alex Skolnick, Sound Of Urchin's Chris “Tomato” Harfenist, and the students of T.H.O.R. (Tomato's House of Rock).

Each week on the series, a new special guest is invited to Tomato's House of Rock, to discuss their journey in the music business, provide educational tips for the growing artists, and round off the show with a kick-ass jam with the kids.

On this latest edition, SiriusXM Liquid Metal and Ozzy's Boneyard program director and metal personality Jose Mangin comes down to the studio to talk about his path in the metal world, how he landed at SiriusXM, and gives advice to the students about how to get where they want to go. It all ends with Jose jamming with the kids on the Pantera classic, "A New Level."

Check out the clilp through Metal Injection or in the player below. In the next few weeks, the show will also feature guest appearances from:

- John Gallagher of Dying Fetus
- Oderus Urungus of GWAR More...

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Thunder And Lightning Announces New Album

Germany's Thunder and Lightning has announced the band's new album will be titled "In Charge of the Scythe" and will see release in 2013. A video clip announcing the new album can be found below, which also features a new song titled "Booster Shot."

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Nonpoint Posts New Track Online

Nonpoint has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming self-titled album, which is due out October 9th and can be pre-ordered at the band's website or at iTunes. The newly uploaded track "Go Time" is now available for streaming through Noisecreep.com here.

The "Nonpoint" track listing is as follows:

1. Lights, Camera, Action
2. The Way I See Things
3. I Said It
4. Left For You
5. International Crisis
6. Another Mistake
7. That Day
8. Pandora's Box
9. Go Time
10. Independence Day
11. Temper
12. Ashes
13. I Said It (Advance Mix)
14. Reborn (Bonus Track)

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Pig Destroyer Posts Drum Video

Pig Destroyer's new album "Book Burner" will see the light of day October 22nd via Relapse Records. Sick Drummer Magazine has also now posted an exclusive video of Pig Destroyer drummer Adam Jarvis from a recent Meinl showcase.

This video features Jarvis playing several tracks that appear on "Book Burner." Check out the footage through Sick Drummer or in the player below.

In conjunction with the release of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer and Relapse Records have launched the "This is Beautiful, This is Art" Contest. The object of the contest is to post an original picture, drawing, handwritten note, sculpture, animation or anything else you can think of with your favorite Pig Destroyer lyrics included on the piece. The piece then needs to be posted via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr tagging the band. There will be one grand prize winner and three runners up. For more information and a complete list of prizes visit the official contest page here. All entries must be received by October 15th. More...

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Blynd Premieres New Music Video "The Chosen Few"

Metalunderground.com is very proud to exclusively premiere a brand new video clip today from up-and-coming Cyprus based death/thrash act Blynd. Get a heavy dose of melodic style death metal with some serious groove to it in "The Chosen Few" video below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below (use the "change quality" button in the player to choose HD).

"The Chosen Few" is taken from Blynd's upcoming sophomore full-length effort "Punishment Unfolds," due out this coming November 20th, 2012 through independent record label Pitch Black Records.

The artwork, created by Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh, is available after the jump. With the injection of a bit of symphonic sounding mayhem halfway through the video, it appears artwork may not be the only influence Septicflesh impressed on the band. You can also find more info on Blynd via Facebook here.

“Punishment Unfolds” features guest appearances by Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter's Verge) and is set for release just in time before the band embarks on yet another tour, which kicks off on November 27th. A full listing of tour dates can be found below. More...

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Cadaveria Shoots New Music Video

Horror Metal band Cadaveria has finished shooting ab official video for the song “Flowers in Fire,” taken from the band’s 4th album "Horror Metal," which is out now on Bakerteam Records. The video clip will be released later this month.

Photos from the shooting of the video are available at this location, and you can stream the full track via Reverbnation or in the player below. More...

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A Life Once Lost Posts New Studio Video

A Life Once Lost and Lambgoat.com have released a second exclusive in-studio video update today, which highlights the recording of guitars, drums, organs and more.

The video was taken during the band's time in the studio recording new album "Ecstatic Trance," due out in North America on its new release date of October 22nd and internationally on November 16th via Season of Mist. Check out the video via Lamgboat or in the player below.

A Life Once Lost recently announced a full U.S. tour with Revocation, visiting a venue near you this October and November. Support will come from Ken Mode. The tour kicks off on October 18th in Trenton, NJ and comes to a close in Allston, MA on November 13th with another A Life Once Lost only date capping on November 18th in Amityville, NY. More...

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Nidingr Streaming New Song

Today Decibel Magazine hosts the premiere of Nidingr’s “Greatest Of Deceivers,” the title track from the band’s upcoming new long player, slated to drop in North America on November 20th. Check out the song at this location.

The recent Indie Recordings signees feature within their illustrious ranks past and present members of Mayhem, Gorgoroth, DHG (Dødheimsgard), 1349 and God Seed, among others. Comments guitarist Teloch of the offering, "With Greatest Of Deceivers, we wanted to try a new approach on things. We are actually working together on every song thus making the material much stronger. What we also did was slow everything down a little bit. Now it’s aggressive and at the same time very listenable. We even had this ‘grazy’ idea to not use any triggers, and have everything recorded and mastered through old analog gear. This album is the most alive, organic and raw album we’ve ever made."

"G.O.D." was recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, -- home to a host of prominent Norwegian acts including cult experimentalists Ulver -- produced by guitarist Teloch, mixed by Anders Møller (Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, Euroboys, 120 Days, Turbonegro, etc.) and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios.

This third full-length continues the theme from "Sorrow Infinite And Darkness," based on Enochian texts. As on the previous album, ten Enochian Æthyrs are evoked through the course of the album. For pre-orders, point your browser right here. More...

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Autopsy Releasing Halloween Comic Book

Bay Area death metal act Autopsy and E-Comix are pleased to announce that Halloween 2012 will be ground zero for the release of "Autopsy: Feast For A Funeral," a fully-authorized comic book.

"Autopsy has driven the hearse to bring death metal to the masses since the late 1980s," said E-Comix President and Publisher, Vince Brusio. "It was a natural fit to fuse their brand of music with a grisly ghost story. So we took the cover image of Severed Survival, expanded on it, and developed a story that takes place on Halloween night. It's pretty gory stuff. As it should be."

Vocalist/drummer for Autopsy, Chris Reifert, commented, "We're damn excited about this, and know it will be a real killer when it's done!"

Fans can now order "Autopsy: Feast For A Funeral" online at this location. Shown the cover and told the plot for the book at the 10th Anniversary Maryland Deathfest, Autopsy gave the green light for the project, which brings to life the band's brand of doom in a ferocious full-color nightmare. More...

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Mary Zimmer Announces Return To The Stage

Wisconsin based vocalist Mary Zimmer (formerly of Luna Mortis) announces her return to the stage this coming Saturday, October 13th 2012 at The Frequency in Madison.

2010 saw the breakup of the Wisconsin metal band Luna Mortis, whose final album "The Absence" was released via Century Media Records. Mary's return to the stage Oct. 13th is her first major live appearance after the dissolution of the act.

Zimmer will be making her solo appearance as "Metal Mary and The Hired Guns" - a special one-time event with a group of established musicians from the Wisconsin rock and metal scenes.

"I am hitting the stage to play with a band for the first time [other than guest appearances] since the breakup of Luna Mortis and I am incredibly excited to be sharing the stage with a group of amazing musicians," states Zimmer. "There will be a lot of first's at this show, including my first time playing in a formalized band with my sister, Emily Zimmer, on lead guitar. It's also the first time I will be playing and singing at the piano for a song or two in a live band setting. I am extremely excited for this event, everyone in this band is at the absolute top of their game musically and while it's a one-time show for us, it's going to be one of the most incredible shows we've ever played." More...

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Deathember Recruits New Vocalist

After splitting with their vocalist back in June, Swedish groove metallers Deathember have now recruited new singer Simon Tarasewicz. The band comments:

"We welcome our new singer Simon Tarasewicz to the Deathember lineup. In order to present him in the best way possible, we have decided to release a pre-production version of a brand NEW song called 'Spirals,' you can STREAM it and DOWNLOAD it from our Soundcloud! Give it a listen, download it, stream it and spread the word folks! We'll be doing a lot of updates in these following weeks, stay tuned!"

Deathember is:

Simon Tarasewicz – Vocals
Elias Ryen-Rafstedt – Drums
Pontus Wicklander – Bass
Staffan Birkedal – Guitars
Rikard Bonander - Guitars More...

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SoulHealer Enters The Studio

Finland's SoulHealer has entered the studio to record a new album, and the band also posted the following statement online:

"For the next few weeks the studio of sound engineer Teemu Ojalehto in Kajaani will be the home of SoulHealer. In several sessions the band will record the follow up for their debut album 'The Kings Of Bullet Alley,' which received almost only great reviews by the press, and also the fan reaction was more than positive.

"So the expectations for the next album are high, as it will be also the first release through Pure Legend Records, SoulHealer signed a worldwide deal with the German label in June 2012.

"But the band does not feel any pressure, as they are more than confident that the new song material is not only as strong as 'The Kings Of Bullet Alley,' but maybe even stronger. A release date for the still unnamed album is not set yet, but you can expect it to be out in spring 2013."

You can also check out SoulHealer's music over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Void Moon Debuts New Track

Void Moon has revealed "Hammer of Eden," the first song off its debut album, "On the Blackest of Nights." That track can be streamed on Cruz Del Sur Music's bandcamp page, complete with lyrics. Void Moon's bass player Peter Svensson explains why "Hammer of Eden" was chosen as the opening track of the album: "It's the most direct and headbanging- friendly song on the album. An up-tempo song with a very heavy chorus to create the feeling of a massive hammer crushing the Earth."

On the Blackest of Nights will be released worldwide by Cruz Del Sur Music on the 2nd of November in Europe and 6th of November in USA. An official release party for On the Blackest of Nights will take place in Malta at V-Gen, Saint Julian, to coincide with the Malta Doom Metal Festival 2012.

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Daylight Dies Streaming Second New Track

Ashville, North Carolina based melodic death metal band Daylight Dies is streaming another new track "A Final Vestige." The song appears on the band's fourth studio LP "A Frail Becoming," which is due out for release on October 9, 2012 via Candlelight Records. Check out Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.

"A Frail Becoming" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), with the packaging bearing photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring in a layout designed by Agni Kaster.

The track list for "A Frail Becoming" is as follows:

1. Infidel (streaming here)
2. The Pale Approach
3. Sunset
4. Dreaming of Breathing
5. A Final Vestige
6. Ghosting
7. Hold On To Nothing
8. Water's Edge
9. An Heir to Emptiness

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Mayfair Signs With Pure Prog Records

Austrian progressive metal band Mayfair, who haven't been heard since the release of the 1998 LP "Fastest Trip to Cyber-town," have signed on with Pure Prog Records, a division of Pure Steel Records. The band will re-issue its 1993 debut LP "Behind" on both CD and vinyl, which has been completely remastered by the band's former drummer Little Konzett (and brother of bassist Mötle Konzett) at Little Big Beat Studios in Austria. The re-release will also contain bonus tracks.

More details on the re-release, along with a drop date and track list details are expected within the week. The band issued the following comment on the signing:

"We have observed the work of Pure Steel group a long time and they [do] a really great job. So it was our first choice for [the] (re)release of our album 'Behind.' "

The track list for the original release of "Behind" is as follows:

1. Behind
2. Advanced In Years
3. Generation Isolated
4. Madame Pest
5. Schlafloss Müde
6. Ecstasy

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Astronomikon Signs With Pure Steel Records

Cyprus metal band Astronomikon, featuring Arrayan Path members Nicholas Leptos (vocals) and Paris Lambrou (bass), have signed a world wide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will release its debut LP "Dark Gorgon Rising" with the label soon. In 2010, a three song demo of the same name was self-issued by the band.

For a taste of Astronomikon, head over to the band's Official website and hear the song "Rocka Rolla Sword" (plays automatically on the site's home page). The band's biography reads:

"Paris Lambrou (bass guitar) initiated Astronomikon with Nicholas Leptos (vocals), in 2008, in Nicosia, Cyprus. They have been bandmates for many years in Arrayan Path and Prodigal Earth, as they both share the same passion for heavy metal. Since long ago, people around the world have associated the heavens, the stars, and the patterns they make in the sky with their gods and heroes. Through the music of ASTRONOMIKON, find out about the myths and legends of different cultures around the world. The band is currently working with producer Evagelos Maranis, Sokratis Leptos (guitars, keyboards) and Stefan Dittrich (drums) on a concept album that is expected to be released in 2012. The story is the myth of Perseus, the first of the mythic heroes of Greek Mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths in the cult of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa, tamed Pegasus and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster."

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Almah To Release New Music Video

Brazilian metal act Almah announced that it will release its new music video for the song "Days of the New" on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:00pm EST/15-00 CET. The song is the fourth video for the band's latest LP "Motion" and it will come via the band's official YouTube Channel.

The clip was recorded by Valter Reis and Gildasio Chagas from DV Produções, edited and produced by Alex Milesi, who was responsible for the previous two videos “Trace Of Trait” and “Late Night in ’85".

“Motion” was released in October 2011 via AFM Records (Europe, North America) and through Victor JVC in Japan. This CD defined the proper style of the band with heavier elements and aggressive parts. In May 2012, Edu Falaschi announced his departure from Angra to concentrate on Almah. In addition, Almah previously welcomed guitarist Gustavo Di Pádua into the band for the outgoing Paulo Schroeber. At the moment, the band is composing new stuff for the next studio effort.

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Pain Confessor Posts New Music Video

Finnish act Pain Confessor posted a new music video for the song "Oceans of Sickness." The song appears on the band's first LP in five years "Incarerated," which is due to be released on October12, 2012 via Spinfarm Records. The release will see the first studio work for drummer Aki Kuusinen (Scarsyde/SinKing) and guitarist Jaakko Kunnas (Helion), both of who joined the band earlier this year. A trailer for the album can be seen at this location.

The track listing for "Incarcerated" is as follows:

1. Oceans Of Sickness
2. Blood Eagle
3. Inward
4. Grief
5. Incarcerated
6. Gravel
7. Grim River
8. Serpent Spine
9. Tarnished Halo
10. Vitriol

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