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Metal News for October 8, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Daylight Dies Releases New Video Clip

As American doom metal unit Daylight Dies releases forth studio full-length "A Frail Becoming" (reviewed here) via Candlelight Records this week, the band’s brand new video for the album is today unveiled via Metal Injection.

Constructed for the album’s fourth track, "Dreaming of Breathing," the video was directed by Ramon Boutviset. Check out the video in the player below or over at Metal Injection here.

Stated drummer Jesse Haff on the course taken in bringing the video to fruition: “We worked with director Ramon Boutviseth back in 2006 when he filmed the ‘Lies the Bind’ video. We were blown away by what he delivered, and by his talents and ambition. We knew without hesitation he was who we wanted to work with for the ‘Dreaming of Breathing’ video. It was important the video not only visually matched the aesthetic of the album art, but also communicate at least metaphorically some of the meaning behind the song. He filmed the narrative bits in Malibu, California, and the band shots in a small studio with no air conditioning during a sweltering hot evening in North Carolina. We think the end result is gorgeous and fitting, and are just so pleased to have worked with Ramon and his team once again.” More...

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Hooded Menace Streaming Bonus Cover Song

Hooded Menace has unveiled a bonus track from the "Effigies of Evil" album sessions through CVLT Nation. You can hear the band cover Witchfinder General's "Burning A Sinner" over at this location.

Hooded Menace has also launched a new art feature discussing David D'Andrea's processes to create the artwork for "Effigies of Evil." The feature hosts never-before-seen rough sketches of the art as it was coming to life. Check it out now at Loudwire right here. More...

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part II

... Continued from Part I...

TUESDAY 8/7

9… something… am. Or maybe it’s 10, or maybe I’m in Hell. All I know is that the sun has risen, transforming my tent into a “Bridge On The River Kwai” sweatbox and my sleeping bag into a dehydration cocoon. I’m marinating.

Cooking aromas. Eggs frying, a Mediterranean whiff of olive oil, the universal scent of black coffee. Subdued, slow-motion, hung-over camp chatter. An unfamiliar voice: “Mind if I drop in for a meet-and-greet?” Male, low and steady-pitched, Eastern European. Might as well get my ass moving and be social. Also, I’m starving again.

I peel away my constraints, fumbling, slippery, dazed. I unzip the door and gasp for breath. The open air feels cucumber-cool by comparison and prickles my skin.

With nature doing all the work around here, who needs an alarm clock? More...

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Water's Edge Releases "An Abstract Collapse"

Rhode Island's instrumental band Water's Edge has now released new album "An Abstract Collapse," which is available online for streaming in the player below or over at bandcamp. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. So You Don't Forget (ft. Julian Rodriguez) 05:06
2. The Coriolis Effect 04:20
3. Hypnagogic Imagery 04:43
4. Lucid Dreams 04:00
5. The Obelisk (ft. Max Gorelick) 05:14
6. The Balance Of Realism 05:04
7. Spidernomics 03:13
8. Birds In Space (ft. Alex Campbell) 09:54
9. Null 01:59
10. One Realm 05:54 More...

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System Divide Streaming New Single

Extreme metal formation System Divide (featuring members of Fear Factory and Aborted) recently recorded a new single entitled "Ephemera" to be released online right before the band hits North America for a tour with Epica, Alestorm, and Insomnium.

Head over to Noisecreep.com here to listen to the new single "Ephemera." The single was mixed by producer Pete Rutcho (The Ghost Inside, Revocation, Bury Your Dead) and will be released online as a free streaming track to serve as teaser for the band's upcoming second full-length album due out on Metal Blade Records in 2013.

Comments vocalist Sven De Caluwe: "We are extremely excited to get this out, having just completed the mix of the tune, it has been amazing to see Pete transform this into the mastodon it turned out to be. This is without a doubt the most epic and challenging material the band has EVER worked on just the tip of the iceberg in regards to what we have in store for the second album. I hope people will be as excited about it as we are, it has been a lot of hard work and we cannot wait to play the song live on our upcoming North American tour with Epica! See you all out there to crush some skulls in the name of metaaaal!" More...

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Anubis Gate Recruits New Guitarist

Anubis Gate has issued the following statement about guitarist Jesper parting ways with the band:

"Jesper's decision to leave the band to pursue other musical interests has been some time in the making, actually Jesper announced his leaving to the band 3 months ago, leaving us with good time to the difficult task of finding the right replacement.

"We feel it's important for everybody to know that Jesper's exit has nothing to do with personal differences, in fact we are still the best of friends. Jesper simply found that now was the right time to try something new. We are of course sad that he is leaving but respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best.

"We are happy to announce Michael Bodin as Jesper's replacement. We know Michael from his works with Third Eye and nineties progmetal band Northern Empire. He is a fantastic player who can contribute with very interesting material, in fact he is already writing great new stuff for the new album which we expect out late 2013. We are looking very much forward to presenting the new lineup for you both on stage and on record."

Anubis Gate released a self-titled full-length album (reviewed here) last year, and the band's lineup now is:

Henrik Fevre - vocals, bass
Kim Olesen - guitars, keyboards
Michael Bodin - guitars
Morten Srensen - drums

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Machine Head Releasing Live Album

Machine Head will be releasing the new live album "Machine Fucking Head Live" on November 13th, 2012 via Roadrunner Records. The label comments:

"Machine Head's studio albums rule. We all know this. But honestly, you've got to experience this band's music in the live setting. Machine Head has spent nearly two full decades establishing itself as one of the best live acts in the hard rock and metal world, bringing venues and crowds to their knees night after night, for years at a stretch.

"So, the good news is that starting on November 13th and for the first time since 2003's Hellalive, you'll be able to experience the band's crushing live show in your home, on your iPhone, wherever. 'Machine Fucking Head Live,' a DOUBLE live album, features some of the best moments from the band's recent world tour." More...

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Downfall Of Gaia Streaming New Album

Downfall of Gaia has launched a stream of new album "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes" in its entirety through CvltNation.com here. In addition to the stream, vocalist/guitarist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis has written descriptions for each song on the album, which should be of interest to fans as the entire album is sung in German.

"Suffocating In The Swarm of Cranes" is a concept album about an individual's struggles with living in modern, oft over-stimulated society. Comments Downfall of Gaia:

"The concept album 'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes' is telling a story about a person who falls victim to his thoughts and becomes consumed by the pressures of the outside world. Suffering from insomnia, the day by day routine and the security that things are completely out of control nowadays, all of this puts so much pressure on him that he is slowly losing his mind. It's a huge story about a person and the sickness, his state of mind and how his psychological conscience develops. More...

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Tinner Signs With Pulverised Records

Finnish d-beat derelicts Tinner are pleased to announce their official union with Pulverised Records. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Despite numerous European festival appearances throughout the years, Tinner has remained true to the DIY tradition of old-school crust punk and, through a host of various full-lengths, CDRs, 7”s and compilation appearances, have created a name for themselves within the European crust community. The band’s upcoming new 16-track long player -- Soundtracket Till Din Vräkning (The Soundtrack To Your Eviction) -- promises to be harder, faster and gnarlier than ever before!"

Tinner drum commando Subben comments: "Tinner is extremely happy to have inked a deal with Pulverised Records for the release of Soundtracket Till Din Vräkning. It will be a pleasure to bring our unpure Scandinavian crustcore to the Pulverised family. Pulverised feels like the perfect hideout for TINNER on our quest to piss off people all around through total d-beat destruction. 16 songs were recorded in less than 10 hours in our rehearsal room. 13 of these songs we had never played or rehearsed before. That's how we wanted it: Drunken, dirty, raw kängpunk straight from rock ‘n’ roll Hell."

Adds Pulverised A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: "For the first time in Pulverised history, we are very pleased to finally have a Finnish band on our roster! There was never a Finnish band to come our way that we could truly say, ‘Let's sign them!, until recently, when Tinner came along. Everything about Tinner seemed to fall in place; from the musical direction down to that awesome-looking band logo! We sealed the deal almost instantly and hope Tinner will be able to move on to a worldwide level with their already industrious touring activities and ever-growing fan base." More...

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Antropomorphia Posts New Single

Dutch death metal act AntropomorphiA has partnered with MetalSucks.net to premiere the band's latest single, "Fleisch." The song is taken from forthcoming full length album, "Evangelivm Nekromantia," and can be heard at this location.

Recently AntropomorphiA shot a video for "Psuchagogia" in Leizpig, Germany. The clip was directed by video producer Maurice Swinkels and is scheduled to launch within the next week. "Evangelivm Nekromantia" will be released October 19th/22nd via Metal Blade Records in Europe and North America.

Comments AntropomorphiA on Evangelivm Nekromantia: "We've been working on this conception for almost a year. Dedicated to composing a new sort of disturbing death metal darkness exceeding most of the one-dimensional releases you got to hear most of these days!"

The album's track listing is:

1. Intro
2. Nekrophilian Mass
3. The Mourned and the Macabre
4. Debauchery in Putrefaction
5. Anointment by Sin
6. Fleisch
7. Impure Desecration
8. Psuchagogia
9. Nekrosophia
10. Evangelivm Nekromantia

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Rotting Christ Finishes Recording Album

Greek act Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about completing the recording of a new album:

"We proudly announce that the recording session for our new album is close to the end. A hard but majestic simultaneously trip for more than 4 months in Deva Soundz studios - Athens have found the band creating maybe its darkest and more mystical and occult outcome ever. Stay tuned for samples and updates."

Further details on the follow-up to 2010's "Aealo" will be announced as they are made available. Rotting Christ will also be performing on the Barge to Hell Cruise this coming December.

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War From A Harlots Mouth Streams New Song

Extreme metal innovators War From A Harlots Mouth have premiered the new track "To the Villains" online. Check out the song in the player below. "To the Villains" is the second track released from the band's forthcoming album, "Voyeur."

War From A Harlots Mouth also previously released a lyric video for the song "Scopophobia," which is currently available at MetalSucks here.

The band will release "Voyeur" on November 6th through Season of Mist in North America (October 19th in Europe). "Voyeur" will be available as a CD Digipak (limited to the first pressing), an LP (with digital download card), and a CD/T-Shirt bundle. The limited edition Digipak includes two bonus tracks and the LP includes one bonus track. Both editions, as well as the exclusive "Voyeur" t-shirt, are available for pre-order at the Season of Mist e-shop. More...

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White Arms Of Athena Announces Tour Dates

White Arms of Athena is headed out on tour with Picture It In Ruins and Arsonists Get All The Girls later this month. The dates are as follows:

10/16 Oklahoma City, OK - TBA
10/17 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10/18 Denver, CO - Ichi’s Pit
10/19 Green River, WY - Broadway Theater %
10/20 Ogden, UT - Mojo’s Cafe %
10/22 Spokane, WA - The Hop %
10/23 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven %
10/24 Salem, OR - Papa G’s Backlight Bar %
10/25 Walnut Creek, CA - Red House Studios #
10/26 Reno, NV - Ryan’s Saloon %
10/27 Salinas, CA - The Den #
10/28 Las Vegas, NV - Bikini Bar %
10/29 Phoenix, TX - TBA %
10/30 Albuquerque, NM - TBA %
10/31 Midland, TX - The Pinebox %
11/01 San Antonio, TX - TBA %
11/02 Houston, TX - TBA %
11/03 Dallas, TX - The Boiler Room %

% with Picture it In Ruins
# with Arsonists Get All The Girls & Picture It In Ruins

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Dani Filth Discusses New Album In Video Interview

Infamous front man Dani Filth recently answered some questions about Cradle of Filth's upcoming album, "The Manticore and Other Horrors," calling the group's 10th release, "the pinnacle of what Cradle of Filth is now." Check out the video clip below.

"The Manticore and Other Horrors" is due out on October 30th in North America via Nuclear Blast. You can also stream the song "Manticore" over at this location.

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Fogalord Posts New Album Trailer

The symphonic/power metal act Fogalord released debut album 'A Legend To Believe In' on October 5th, 2012 in Europe and the album will see release on November 27th in America through Limb Music. A teaser trailer for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is:

1. Follow the Fog
2. At the Gates of the Silent Storm
3. Black Era
4. The Fog Lord
5. The Scream of the Thunder
6. A Legend to Believe In
7. The Dark Prophecy
8. A Day of Fire
9. Our Last Nightfall
10. Strength of the Hopeless
11. The March of the Grey Army
12. Of War and Resurrection More...

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Man Made Origin Releases New Video

Dundee, Scotland based metal act Man Made Origin has released a new official music video for "The Betrayal," which includes performance footage of the band as well as contextual elements relating to the the concept of latest album "False Consciousness."

Check out the clip below, or find more info on Man Made Origin via Facebook here. More...

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Visions Streaming New Song "Breaking Away"

Visions has posted a new song online titled "Breaking Away," which was mixed and mastered by Luke Martin at Versed Audio and can be heard in the player below. The track comes off the band's new EP to be released as free download on October 15th via Myriad Records. Visions comments:

"The new song is here! Check it out, we're really happy with this one. Our new E.P. 'Demur' is out next Monday available for download, completely free! Let us know what you think!"

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Oblivion Streaming New Single

Polish death metal act Oblivion (not to be confused with the California group of the same name) has teamed up with Metal Injection to stream a song from the band's upcoming new album "Xenopath." Check out the "Prelude to Suffering" single in the player below or through Metal Injection here. More...

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Death Of A Salesman Splits With Bassist

Belfast act Death Of A Salesman has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"We have parted ways with our bass player David Harvey by mutual consent. We're still friends and this is in no way for any form of issue within the band.

"Our good friend Dom Cormican will be taking over bass duties for the foreseeable future! No shows are affected by this change in line-up!"

You can also check out Death Of A Salesman's "The Art of Misdirection" EP in its entirety over at this location.

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Pig Destroyer Streaming "Baltimore Strangler"

"Book Burner," the new album from the grind champs in Pig Destroyer, will see release this coming October 22nd via Relapse Records. Today RevolverMag.com is hosting an exclusive stream of another new track from the album. The song "Baltimore Strangler" can be heard at this location.

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 right here. All entries must be received by October 15th. More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground At ProgPower USA

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. With the ProgPower USA festival still fresh in my mind, this week I will take on the festival's “power” metal side.

Most people think that the majority of what you see and hear at ProgPower USA is just the bands on stage. Of course, this is true, but there are also many other avenues at the festival in which the metal connoisseur can explore and discover new bands. For one, the merchandise area at "Vinyl" is just about the greatest record store you can ever find in the world (see my first reaction to that in my op/ed piece “The ProgPower USA Experience From The Eyes Of A Newbie” over at this location). However, there are times where this is almost too much to take in, so while you are at the festival its best to make time for many trips to the merch area.

Despite the onslaught of material at the merch area, the first place any attendee should check is the free promotional CD that the festival itself gives out each year (see full track listing at this location). For 2012, the giveaway was expanded to three CD’s and all are chock full of power and progressive acts from all over the world. Now I pride myself on knowing thousands of metal bands, but I was shocked at how many I hadn’t heard of on this triple CD. The bands showcased here all appear on the promotional CD, though did not perform at the festival: Seven Kingdoms (USA), Siren’s Cry (Austria) and Draekon (USA). More...

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Resurgency Announces Vinyl Release

Greek death metallers Resurgency will release the vinyl treatment of their recent debut album "False Enlightenment" at the end of October via Hellthrasher Productions.

The LP will be available on black and red 12' heavyweight vinyl packed in a gatefold sleeve and will feature remastered versions of all songs as well as improved artwork and logo. The LP can now be pre-ordered at this location. More...

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No Bragging Rights Posts New Track Online

To keep the celebration going for the release of "Cycles," the new record from No Bragging Rights, the band is releasing another new song online called "Repeater" today via Altpress.com. Give the song a listen right here. "Cycles" is due out October 16tth and the album's track listing is:

1. The Advent Of Change
2. Hope Theory
3. Appraisals and Ommissions
4. Cycles
5. No My Salvation
6. Legacy
7. Fight For My Life
8. Repeater
9. The Prequel
10. Ascensions More...

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Abiotic Streaming New Song

Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami's Abiotic will release debut full-length album "Symbiosis" (reviewed here) on October 22nd via Metal Blade Records. Today GuitarWorld.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of another new track from "Symbiosis." Check out "Hegira" right here.

In support of the album, Abiotic is currently out on the road as part of the "Return to Chaos" tour with Sea of Treachery, Float Face Down, and The Burial. A complete list of dates can be found below. In addition the band has been confirmed play two dates in late October with label mates Six Feet Under, as well as an appearance at this year's "Everything is Bigger in Texas" Festival scheduled for December 22nd in San Antonio, TX.

You can see what the band had to say about the new album in our recent interview here, and the full track listing is: More...

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Static-X Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

With much regret, Static-X has been forced to pull off the remaining dates of the band's 2012 tour following a final show in Flint, MI on Saturday October 6th. Wayne Static will return to Los Angeles and prepare for some medical procedures to remedy problems that have been hampering his performance.

Wayne relays his personal apologies: "I'm so sorry to all my fans but I cant give you the 1000% you deserve from Static-X every night right now. Evil disco will continue in 2013. Just wait until you see whats next!!!"

Emmure and Ill Nino will be continuing on the currently scheduled dates. In a few weeks Static-X has been allowed to perform on local shows in Lancaster, CA on Oct 27th and Ventura, CA on Oct 28th. Follow Static-X on Facebook for upcoming information and announcements right here.

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While She Sleeps Posts Tour Video

While She Sleeps has posted a video blog online from the band's recently wrapped-up "This Is The Six" U.K. tour with Bleed From Within, Crossfaith, and Polar.

Check out the clip below. The band's new album "This Is The Six" is out now and you can get your copy on iTunes right here. More...

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Chimaira Reveals Only U.S. Show Of The Year

Cleveland's heavy metal beast Chimaira will return to the stage for the band's first and only U.S. appearance of 2012 on December 29th. The 13th annual Chimaira Christmas will take place at Cleveland's House Of Blues. Commented frontman Mark Hunter:

"Cleveland's had Chimaira's back since the beginning - they've weathered the storms- now it's time to celebrate!"

A special pre-sale for fans will take place through the band's Facebook page this Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale through Live Nation on Friday. More...

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Blackthorn Announces European Tour

Russia's Blackthorn has issued the following announcement about the upcoming Metal Spirit Resurrection European tour:

"Metal Spirit Resurrection tour vol. IX starts next week! We can't wait to storm Europe together with such bands as HELL:ON (UA) and SINFUL (RU). Hope to see you at one of these shows! The complete tour has the following dates below. See you on the road!"

13.10 Rzeszow "Od Zmierzchu do Switu" (Poland)
14.10 Rybnik "Art Cafe" (Poland)
15.10 Ostrava "Barrak Club" (Czech Republic)
16,10 Legnica "SPIZARNIA" (Poland)
17.10 Zagan "Elektrownia club" (Poland)
18.10 Leipzig "MetalSchuppen Club" (Germany)
19.10 Lubeck "99-Starclub" (Germany)
20.10 Hamburg "Bambi Galore" (Germany)
21.10 Szczecin "Morion" (Poland)
22.10 Naklo-nad-Notecia "Pub Marley" (Poland)
23.10 Stalowa Wola "Labyrint Club" (Poland)
24.10 Presov "1898 Club" (Slovakia)
25.10 Strazske "Park pub" (Slovakia)
26.10 Roznava "Cold Light Rock" (Slovakia)
27.10 Debrecen "Kaptar" (Hungary) More...

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Morker Entering The Studio

Swedish act Morker has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"Hi there. Long time since the last update, far too long unfortunately... We apologize for that! We know that many of you are wondering what the hell is going on.

"Well, nothing has really happened since the last update in March, because of some personal issues. But now we are back on track again with full force. As mentioned in the last update, 3 acoustic songs has been recorded earlier this year, and now there is only keyboard and piano left to record for those songs.

"Tomorrow is the day that we all have been waiting for, we will finally enter Aurora Studios again to finish the 3 songs.

"We have also set a date for the drum recordings, which will be 10-11th of November. As soon as the drums are ready, we will start with guitars and bass. Our plan is that we will have everything recorded, except for the vocals, by the end of 2012.

"The yet untitled album will contain a total 10 songs. This is all the information we can give you right now, since we don't have any song titles or anything else ready. When the tracklist, cover art etc. is done, it will be posted here!

"That's all for now. Next update won't take 6 months, that's a promise!"

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Deus Otiosus Reveals Album's Release Date

Denmark's Deus Otiosus will be releasing new album "Godless" in Scandinavia through VME on November 19th, and in the USA and Canada through Red/Sony on November 20th.

"Godless" is the follow-up to Deus Otiosus’ 2010 debut album, "Murderer," which was released by FDA Rekotz and American Line Productions.

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ReinXeed Announces New Bassist

Swedish symphonic power metal band ReinXeed, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Tommy Johansson (Golden Resurrection/Charlie Shred), announced that the band's new bassist is Chris David (a/k/a Christoph Davidsson) (Ex-Sledge Leather). The following announcement came via the band's Facebook Page:

"Now it is official that the bass player of ReinXeed is Chris David.

"Chris is from a village in Sweden called Hagfors. He has been studying music for several years and came recently back from the US and the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

"During his time in USA he also played with the band SledgeLeather together with Scott Warren (Dio/ Heaven & Hell)

"The connection to ReinXeed is that Chris played bass on the latest Oriz album " II " togheter with Alexander!

"Welcome to the band!!"

ReinXeed was recently announced as one of the acts to make its U.S. debut at ProgPower USA in Atlanta (September 6-7, 2013). The band will also perform at ProgPower Oslo in Norway on November 10, 2012. A review for the latest LP "Welcome to the Theater" can be found at this location. More...

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Psychosomatic Posts Tour Dates

Sacramento, California-based crossover punk thrashers Psychosomatic have kicked off their Fall 2012 Tour. With the hangovers from their mid-August West Coast run with Hammer Fight finally subsided, Psychosomatic are back in action with a 20-date trek that kicked off Thursday night in Reno, Nevada. Dates are as follows:

10/08 DENVER CO @ Old Curtis St.
10/09 TOPEKA KS @ Boobie Trap
10/10 ST LOUIS MO @ Cusumano's
10/12 LANSING MI @ Blackened Moon
10/14 PITTSBURGH PA @ Kopec's
10/15 PHILADELPHIA PA @ JR's Bar
10/17 BOSTON MA @ Wacky Castle
10/18 PAWTUCKET RI @ KC's
10/19 N ARLINGTON NJ @ Hartley's (Playing)
10/20 N ARLINGTON NJ @ Hartley's
10/23 CHESAPEAKE VA @ Roger's Sports Pub
10/24 RALEIGH NC @ TBA
10/27 BATON ROGUE LA @ Here Today Gone Tomorrow
10/28 HOUSTON TX @ Walter's
10/29 AUSTIN TX @ The Grand
10/30 SAN ANTONIO TX @ Korova
11/02 SAN DIEGO CA @ TBA
11/03 BAKERSFIELD CA @ Mint Bar More...

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Livin Garden Streaming Behind The Scenes Video

Brazilian rock/metal band Livin Garden have just released a behind the scenes "making of" their first video-clip, "Age Of Lies." The video was made to supports Livin Garden's first album, "Where I Can Breathe" that was released in 2011 via Digmetalworld Records. Listen the full album at this location. Currently the band is recording material for its as-of-yet-untitled second album.


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Interview

ProgPower USA Interview: Serenity

Looking back at the ProgPower USA experience, most attendees would argue that Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity stole the entire show. With the excitement surrounding the band’s first U.S. performance palpable before the set, what transpired thrilled long time fans of the band and made a whole string of new ones (See Metal Underground.com’s review coverage of Day One and Day Two). Not only did Serenity “wow” the crowd to one of the few complete standing ovations at the festival, but the members’ presence in and around the venue and Atlanta was felt and new friendships were forged and hope sprung eternal for a future tour in the United States.

Metal Underground.com has provided extensive coverage of the ProgPower USA event and continues here with an interview with Serenity members: Tom Buchberger (Guitars), Georg Neuhauser (Vocals) and newly announced permanent member Clémentine Delauney (Vocals). The interview took place at the Artmore Hotel prior to the band’s performance at ProgPower USA and the band discussed details on the follow up to “Death & Legacy” as well as what the show meant to them. More...

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Ashen Streaming Five New Tracks From New LP

Dutch symphonic metal band Ashen is streaming five tracks from the bands new LP "All We Will See." The title track was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001. The CD release date has not yet been announced by the band.

The track listing for "All We Will See" is as follows:

1. Orphan
2. Ivory Rose
3. Grey
4. All We Will See
5. Pavor Nocturnus
6. Insanity
7. Save Me!

Check out the first five tracks here: More...

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Royal Thunder Announces Fall North American Dates

Royal Thunder announced a string of fall tour dates in October/early November as well as November dates direct support of ASG and Corrosion of Conformity. The band released its debut album "CVI" in May through Relapse Records. A preview clip for the tour can also be seen below. The tour starts at Ottobar in Baltimore on October 19, 2012.

All confirmed dates are:

Oct 19 Baltimore, MD Ottobar (w/ Pig Destroyer)
Oct 20 New York, NY Saint Vitus (CMJ)
Oct 21 Wallingford, CT Cherry Street Station
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Dreamshade Streaming New Track "Sandcastles"

Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade is streaming the new track "Sandcastles." The song will appear on the band's sophomore effort entitled "Gift of Life," which is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 through Spinefarm Records. The band is also about to unleash the new music video for the song "Photographs" soon.

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Hellectricity Posts New Music Video

Polish metal act Hellectricity posted a new music video for the song "Silver Bullets." The song was taken from the band's debut full length LP "Salem Blood," which is scheduled for release today in Poland, October 29, 2012 in Europe and December 11, 2012 in North America through Metal Mind Productions. The band released a debut EP in 2009 entitled "Cold Blood Desire."

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Xerath Premieres New Music Video

U.K. progressive act Xerath premiered its new video for the song "Machine Insurgency" over on Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel (also shown below). The song appears on the band's latest album "II," which was released through Candlelight Records in April 2011 (See Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.

Check out "Machine Insurgency" here:

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