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Metal News for October 9, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Skeletal Remains Streaming Track

After their demo tape, California death metallers Skeletal Remains will release their first full-length album, "Beyond the Flesh," through FDA Rekotz on November 9th (UK release is December 3rd) in CD, digital, and vinyl LP formats. The LP comes in a glossy gatefold jacket and includes a bonus track cover of Gorguts' "Disincarnated." Check out a promo video for "Extirpated Vitality" below or stream the track on FDA's Soundcloud page.

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Bombs Of Hades Streaming Entire Album

Sweden's Blood Harvest Records will release the 12"gatefold vinyl LP version of Bombs Of Hades' "The Serpent's Redemption" on October 19th. The album was recorded and mixed at Welfare Sounds Studio (RAM, Bombus, etc) and features cover artwork by Polish art-desecrator Rafal Kruszyk (Interment, Hooded Menace, Uncanny, Coffins, etc). "The Serpent's Redemption" is streaming in full at the Blood Harvest Bandcamp page, or you can listen to it below in the player.


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Stonecreep Streaming New Demo Track

Portland's Stonecreep has released a promo video for a demo recording of their newest track "Night and the Formless Beyond." The track is part of batch of new material the band is writing for the follow-up to "The Deathcrush Marches On...," which was originally released by the band and then re-issued last year by Old School Metal Records.

The band had this to say about the song: "We started pre-production on the new album last winter/spring, and these demos were the result. 'Night and the Formless Beyond', along with the other songs, will usher in a new era for Stonecreep. The new songs are cold, bleak, and classic-sounding. You can hear elements of the band that have always been there, but we've now moved into something very different, very special."

On October 24th, Stonecreep will head out on the Infernal Autumn West Coast Tour 2012 with Toxic Zombie. Check out the new demo track below.

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Ectovoid Releases Vinyl Version Of Album

Sweden's Blood Harvest Records has just released the limited edition vinyl 12" LP version of Ectovoid's "Fractured in the Timeless Abyss." Limited to 300 copies, "Fractured in the Timeless Abyss" is the debut full-length from the Birmingham, AL trio. Lyrical themes are centered around afflictions of the mind and soul and the terrors that await mankind beyond the veils of death, space and time. Cover art for the nine-track album was done by Christina Casperson (Nocturnal Blood/Dawnbringer, etc.). Stream "Fractured in the Timeless Abyss" in full at the Blood Harvest Records bandcamp page.


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Acelsia Issues Recording Update

Norway's Acelsia recently entered the studio to being recording a new album, and vocalist Malene Markussen comments:

“We’ve recorded the album pretty fast, hoping to keep things as spontaneous as possible, by trying lots out on the fly and concentrating on getting the right feel ahead of doing things too perfectly.” Malene continues, “The songs shine even more now and the album will definitely be as uplifting and emotional as we envisioned.”

A new single titled "The Mender" is due to be released this coming November, with the finished album coming out in early 2013, and further details are expected to be coming in the near future.

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Betrayer Issues Album Update

Indiana's Betrayer, which split with its vocalist back in June, has checked in with the following Summer recap and announcement about working on new material:

"So it has been a confusing, yet interesting year. We lost a member earlier this summer which put a halt to a lot of shows but luckily we were able to get back our former singer and long-time friend to add in this years writing of our first full-length album.

"Few shows, but a hell of a lot of regimental Wednesday jamz have kept us sane for the past few months and with the coming end of the year we hope to put on at least a couple great shows before the clock rolls over. November 5th we will be playing with Impending Doom and some longtime local favorites.

"Pre-productions are in the works and we hope to get at least a couple done before winter sets in. Our main goal between now and next spring is to finalize the ten or so songs we have in the works, maybe playing a couple shows here or there, and provide a great bundle package of both our first EP 'Beneath the Realm of Consciousness,' and our new 'untitled' full-length, with a new t-shirt design; likely available at our next release. Feel free to hit us up and get on our asses about posting new stuff for your ears!"

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Black Abyss Reveals "Possessed" Details

Power metal act Black Abyss will release new album “Possessed” on November 2nd via Apostasy Records. The album was produced by Roger Grüninger at Studio 141 (End Of Green, Undertow) and refined by Achim Köhler (Brainstorm, Hammerfall, Rage). Artwork for the release was handled by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Edguy, Masterplan).

The band comments: "The new Black Abyss album 'Possessed' deals with different types of obsession. Basically everyone has some sort of obsession that drives his actions and conduct. The cover reflects precisely these variants and shows where it can lead to... the world in ruins, people are torn up inside and out, and in the background the evil that mostly all secretly directs... And besides it also looks damn cool!“

The track listing is:

01. As Long As I‘m Bleeding
02. Conquering Of Fate
03. The Final Call
04. Possessed By Hate
05. Human Machine
06. Bloodforce
07. Rippers Punch
08. Streams Of Sorrow
09. The Aim
10. The Grail More...

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Von Branden Posts New Video Online

German avantgarde black metal act Von Branden will release second album "Flammenreich" on October 26th, 2012 via Apostasy Records. To keep fans satisfied while waiting, Von Branden now presents a video clip of the title track, which was filmed and edited in Lublin/Poland under the direction of Lukasz Jaszak and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is:

1. Für die nächste Ewigkeit
2. Eremite
3. Flammenreich
4. Sehnsucht
5. Reverence
6. Verlust
7. Desert Sand
8. Monologue More...

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Dunderbeist Posts In-Studio Video

Dunderbeist will release the new album "Songs Of The Buried" this coming November 9th in Norway, the 20th in Europe, and the 16th in G/A/S through Indie Recordings. Today you also get to check out the band’s second studio video from the recording of the album, which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is:

1. .:Y:.
2. Father serpent
3. Acheron
4. Enter exile
5. The hidden ones
6. Songs of the buried
7. Centuries
8. Four of the seven
9. Forcefed boar's head
10. Mongrel More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Announces Tour, Album

Dual drumming, violin playing metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome will be celebrating this band's fifth anniversary this Fall with a seven date mini-tour. The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

October 19 - Columbia Falls, MT - The Bandit Saloon
October 20 - Polson, MT - Polson VFW
October 25 - Missoula, MT - Monks
October 26 - Butte, MT - The Party Palace
October 27 - Great Falls, MT - Freakers Ball at the 406 Club
November 2 - Corvallis, MT - The Corvallis Grange
November 3 - Missoula, MT - The Hammer House

The band has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an upcoming new full-length album titled "Alive In Desolation." Check it out right here. Aside from the standard pledge prizes, the higher tiers include such antics as having a band member tattoo your name on his leg or getting the pleasure of having a date with one of the corpse walkers.

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Dark Wisdom Posts "Blood Of Heroes" Preview

Colombia's Dark Wisdom has posted a preview clip online for the band's new album "Blood of Heroes," which is due out October 31st. Check out the new music in the player below. The "Blood of Heroes" track listing is:

1. Intro
2. Revenge
3. At the edge of the Abyss
4. Blood Of Heroes
5. Legacy
6. The Whisper of the night
7. Discipline Of Fire

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Weapon Posts Vocal Recording Footage

Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon have released new album "Embers and Revelations" and today the band has unleashed a fourth webisode documenting the making of the album. Check out the vocal recording in the player below. The entire album is also available for streaming through Invisible Oranges right here. More...

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Germ Streaming "Loss" Online

Germ will be releasing the new EP "Loss" (reviewed here) this coming October 15th, 2012. The band has now posted the entire EP online for streaming, which is available through Zero Tolerance Magazine right here. The track listing is:

1. My Only Hope
2. So Lonely, Dead Lonely
3. Only When Every Timepiece In The World Is Smashed Part I
4. Only When Every Timepiece In The World Is Smashed Part II
5. Cold Grey Dawn (A New Beginning)
6. Loss

To find out more about the release, you can also check out our recent interview with Germ at this location. More...

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Krisiun Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will be returning to North America this week for the "Conquerors of the World" tour, featuring Septicflesh, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition. In regards to this upcoming trek, Alex Camargo (vocals, bass) of Krisiun comments:

"Hey everyone! We in Krisiun would like to invite you North American metal-heads to come out and support our upcoming tour. With killer bands such as Septicflesh, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition along with us, we guarantee you guys that this is gonna be a night of pure relentless metal. Looking forward to seeing you guys and having a great time with all of you out on the road!"

The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Herder Streaming "Feet Eager To Run To Evil"

Dutch band Herder has posted the song "Feet Eager To Run To Evil" online, which is taken from the upcoming "Horror Vacui" 12" to be released on Reflections Records on November 13th, 2012. The song can be heard below, and pre-orders are available online at this location. Reflections Records also comments:

"The possible survivors of the smoldering crater that the Herder debut album left after impact, are now completely finished off with a furious death stab to the neck. No mercy, no positivity, no sobriety. Only the strong will be left standing, the rest will have their throats ripped out.

"Filth ridden bass, crushing triple guitars, thunderous hammering drums and genuinely pissed off vocals lay down the soundtrack for prison shanking, bar brawls, heavy smoking and lizard night drives at high speed! Lock up your wives, daughters, and well, your dogs too just to be sure. 'Horror Vacui' is the new weapon against human morale and it fucking destroys! FOAD - HERDER IS HARDER!" More...

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Along Came A Spider Posts Tour Update Video

As Along Came A Spider prepares to hit the road in support of debut "If We Were Normal Men," the band took time to shoot a video update of what actually goes on when the group gets ready to hit the road. Get a look into the crazy world of Along Came A Spider below.

The album's track listing is:

1. Inside The Killroom
2. Those Were The Droids We Were Looking For
3. Vampire Robot Barbie Dolls
4. The Ballad of Danny Green
5. Blood, Sweat, and Member Changes
6. Forever and a Day
7. The Release on Tylenol
8. Interlude
9. I Am Your Huckleberry
10. A Day in the Life of a Ginger
11. I Am The Best At What I Do And What I Do Is Not So
12. Hidden Track More...

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Century Media Announces "Keep A Breast" Sale

The Century Family and the Keep A Breast Foundation have teamed up to launch a Halloween sale. Throughout the entire month of October, thirteen albums under The Century Family's umbrella will be for sale right here. For every album sold, The Century Family will donate $0.50 to the Keep A Breast Foundation to support their cause against breast cancer. Below is the list of albums involved in the sale:

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - "TAO Of The Dead"
Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions"
Blaqk Audio - "Bright Black Heaven"
Fozzy - "Sin And Bones"
In This Moment - "Blood"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Ruining It For Everybody"
Lacuna Coil - "Dark Adrenaline"
Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - "Babylon"
Otherwise - "True Love Never Dies"
Rise To Remain - "City Of Vultures"
Suicide Silence - "Black Crown"
The Agonist - "Prisoners"
Vampires Everywhere! - "Hellbound & Heartless"

In addition to having select albums on sale, The Century Family also has a limited number of t-shirts available via CM Distro. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation.

For many of the artists participating, they are not only supporting a good cause, but supporting something close to them. The Keep A Breast Foundation has posted videos of those artists talking about their personal experiences with breast cancer or cancer in general.

And now a relevant photo of Maria Brink from In This Moment: More...

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Dethklok Posts Behind The Scenes Clips

To tease next week’s release of Dethklok's "Dethalbum III," ArtistDirect.com, Guitar World Magazine, and Modern Drummer Magazine have each released a different exclusive and never-before-seen clip from the “making of” DVD documentary portion of the deluxe set.

Head to ArtistDirect.com to learn about the lyric writing process on "I Ejaculate Fire," GuitarWorld.com to watch Brendon Small track rhythm guitars, and ModernDrummer.com to witness Gene Hoglan pummel out new drum tracks.

"Dethalbum III" is being released via Williams Street Records on October 16th in a variety of formats including a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of "Dethalbum III," as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6th, 2012.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30th. Dethklok has also revealed a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Dates are available below. More...

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Monolithe Posts New Album Trailer

French act Monolithe has posted a teaser trailer online for new album "Monolithe III," which can be found below. Debemur Morti Productions also commented:

"The third full-length from French doomsters Monolithe follows a familiar pattern to its predecessors, comprising one epic song sprawled out over an incredible 52 minutes. There the similarities end: 'Monolithe III' introduces a bigger, bolder and more sophisticated incarnation of this internationally-acclaimed act, which has forged a solid reputation for itself as a genre-defining entity.

"Teeming with powerful, crushing, dark-yet-melodic Doom Metal, 'Monolithe III' ushers the listener on a journey through time and space, introducing a plethora of moods and twists along the way. Following on from the themes explored on previous releases, this new full-length follows the fate of mankind in a distant, remote future, where everything is possibly known and done. Monolithe's trademark sound has been honed and perfected, a seamless union of heavyweight rhythm guitars, twin leads and dark layers of keyboards all contained within a mystic, grandiose atmosphere.

"A landmark release for band and label alike, 'Monolithe III' soars timelessly, forging a unique link between the prehistoric past and an uncertain future. The quintessential listening experience; live it." More...

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Balyios Streaming New Single

South African folk metallers Balyios have released a second single taken off their upcoming album "Homeward." The "Enter Euphoria" track is now available for streaming from via SoundCloud in the player below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Niflheim" at this location. More...

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Amenra Gearing Up For Album Release

Belgium’s sludge ministers Amenra are preparing for the worldwide disbursement of their newest studio full-length "Mass V" this Autumn, their first for Neurot Recordings. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Since their 1999 inception, Amenra have infiltrated underground music communities with their grand style of organic sludge/doom metal through a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits with Hessian, TBHR, Oathbreaker and others, through a variety of independent labels including Anvil Of Fury, Sound Devastation, Hypertension and their own Church of Ra imprint. Intense touring and festival appearances across Europe and beyond helped these diverse recordings transform into the live setting, captivating visual effects always an imperative element of the band’s on-stage dominance.

"Neurot announced Amenra’s induction into their clan in July of 2011, which was followed directly by the band’s second European tour in support of the mighty Neurosis, the bond between both parties strengthening. Last November the members of Amenra wandered through the countries neighboring Belgium in search of the perfect inspiration for their next studio opus. The journey led them to the village of Wissant in North France, where upon discovering vast lands still decimated by and littered with carnage from World War II battles invoked the proper stimulation the band needed to create Mass V.

"In May the band entered the expansive La Chapelle Studio to create Mass V, assisted by engineer Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Melvins, Sleep, Swans, etc.) to bring their sonic attack to its most crushing. With possibly their most inspired material to date in hand, brandishing forty minutes of material through four movements, they utilized the photography of Stefaan Temmerman and the talents of Webecameaware for the layout, Amenra completed their vision and are preparing for the world to hear this sonic tour de force. More...

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Bonded By Blood Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Bonded By Blood recently finished filming a music video for a new track, "Crawling in the Shadows," which is taken from new album "The Aftermath." The band documented the video shoot and has posted some behind-the-scenes footage online. Check out the making-of clip below.

Boned By Blood is currently on the road in support of the album, having just wrapped up two weeks of headlining shows on Saturday, before teaming up the next night with Death Angel for another two-week run. Drummer Carlos Regalado comments:

"We want to thank all the fans who came out to our two-week headlining tour. Everyone who helped us out and let us crash at their place, it's these awesome acts of generosity that help us so much and we couldn't be more grateful.

"We have now teamed up with our good friends Death Angel as they perform THE ULTRA-VIOLENCE in its entirety, plus Wretched, Threat Signal and Potential Threat for a sweet two-week run, including a hometown gig in LA at the Whisky on October 19th at the end of the tour!

"Also, we are finishing up our new music video for 'Crawling in the Shadows' and it is looking killer! Stay posted for an update of when the finished clip will premiere, but in the meantime, enjoy this behind-the-scenes/making-of teaser we made." More...

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In Alcatraz 1962 Releases Lyric Video

Today Northern Virginia's In Alcatraz 1962 sees the release of debut album "The Drive." In conjunction with the release of the album, Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for the band's first single "Aspirations." The video is available for viewing through Noisecreep here or in the player available below.

The album's track listing is:

1. Breaking Through
2. Still Strong
3. Eloquence
4. There to Take
5. The Fatal Flaw
6. Acceptance
7. Over These Years
8. Winter Sun
9. Submergence
10. Stagnant
11. Aspirations
12. Through Blank Eyes More...

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Nominon Announces New Album Release

Swedish death metal act Nominon has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"You all should prepare yourself for the most grim Halloween this year...! The new and fifth Nominon album 'The Cleansing' (DEATHGASM RDS) will be released October 31st on Gatefold-LP and Digipack-CD. To celebrate this killer news, we have yet another brand new song entitled 'Mausoleum' to share with you all. ENJOY!"

You can listen to "Mausoleum" over at the band's Facebook profile, or check out "Obliteration" in the player below. The album's track listing is:

1. Satanical Incubation (Intro)
2. In The Name Of Gomorrah
3. Mausoleum
4. Unholy Sacrifice
5. The Cleansing
6. Abhorrent Parasites
7. Hellwitch
8. Slaughter The Imposter (LP-bonus track)
9. Obliteration
10. Son Of Doom
11. Infernal Rites More...

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Endezzma Reveals Album Details

Artwork and details of the upcoming release from Norwegian black metallers Endezzma have now been revealed. The seven track album, which will be the band’s debut full-length and a follow-up to 2008’s MCD “Alone,” is to be titled “Erotik Nekrosis” and will drop through Agonia Records on the 28th of November in Europe and the 5th of February in the USA.

“Erotik Nekrosis” has a line up of musicians who between them can lay claim to decades of experience garnered in the earlier and darker recesses of the Norwegian black metal scene, including: Morten Shax on vocals, the late Trondr Nefas (Urgehal, Vulture Lord) and Mattis Malphas (Beastcraft) on guitars, Sregroth (Urgehal) on bass, and Carl Balam (Nattefrost, Astaroth) on drums.

The album was recorded at the Slaughterhaus Studio in Oslo and crafted by producer Robert Blix. Artwork was handled by the Kazakhstani artist Alexandr Balinets. The track listing is:

1. Junkyard Oblivion
2. Enigma of the Sullen
3. Against Them All
4. Swansong of a Giant
5. Hollow
6. Krossing Rubikon
7. Soulcleansing

The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Endezzma offers up the cold atmosphere that permeated the sounds that came out of the original Norwegian Black Metal scene and combines them with eerie, seductive compositions to form the epitome of nekro requiems. The Endezzma of today can trace its roots back to 1992 with front man Morten Shax’s band Dim Nagel, which, as is often the case with bands, went through the usual vicissitudes of bankrupt labels and states of hibernation. It wasn’t until 2006 that Shax decided the time was right to start playing again and, recruiting Urgehal’s Trondr Nefas, set about transforming his old band. On the way to their first festival gig in 2007 Shax changed the name of the band to Endezzma, and the transformation was well and truly under way." More...

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Underoath Reveals Farewell Tour

One week after announcing plans to disband after a 15-year career, metalcore act Underoath is now revealing details for a forthcoming farewell tour. A teaser for the tour is available below.

Fans can connect with and celebrate the band one final time on the forthcoming tour, set to hit nine North American cities starting January 16th. Helping to send Underoath off will be MeWithoutYou, As Cities Burn, and Letlive.

"We're viewing this time as a celebration of the past decade or so as well as a last chance to see and hang out with fans, as well as our friends on the tour," said keyboardist Chris Dudley. "It's the end of an era and we'll be going out on a high note!" More...

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Diary Of Destruction Posts New Video Clip

French metal band Diary Of Destruction has released a new video for the song "That's It!" taken from the upcoming album "Dark Road to Recovery." Watch the clip below.

The new album was mixed and mastered by Jim Fogarty from Zing Recording Studios (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Unearth). For more info on Diary of Destruction, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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System Divide Posts Lyric Video

System Divide (which features members of Fear Factory and Aborted) premiered a new single for "Ephemera" yesterday throiugh Noisecreep.com, and the band has now also released a lyric video to go along with the track. Check out the video below.

The single was be mixed by producer Pete Rutcho (The Ghost Inside, Revocation, Bury Your Dead...) and the free streaming track serves as a teaser for the bands upcoming second full-length album due out on Metal Blade Records in 2013.

Comments vocalist Sven De Caluwe: “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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Undercroft Streaming Entire Album Online

Cult Chilean metal band Undercroft is streaming the "Ruins of Gomorrah" album in it's entirety at No Clean Singing right here. The new album features the song "El Triunfo de La Muerte," which saw a music video release earlier this year that can be viewed below.

Undercroft released "Ruins of Gomorrah" through Season of Mist, and the album is available on CD and as a limited edition Double LP (with download card). The following press release was issued about the band:

"Undercroft, featuring Alvaro Lillo (Watain), has come a long way since emerging from the underground in '93. Their reputation spread quickly through South America with their early albums and shows with Kreator and Morbid Angel before the band relocated to Europe. Now they return with 'Ruins of Gommorah', their first new album in six years. The Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Behemoth, Strapping Young Lad) produced album is a burning attack of pure, old-school metal." More...

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Antari Parts Ways With Guitarist

Antari has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Dan Jago:

"Our founding member and guitar player Dan Jago has permanently left Antari. After some issues with other members and so on, this is the final result.

"We've discussed it all over the past weekend, and as friends we're fine, we just can't carry on with such problems, someone had to go, turns out it was Dan.

"He will still be credited and payed for any contributions towards the album and i'm sure we'll play with him again sometime on a one off kind of thing, as the other founding member of the band i'm upset that this has happened, however, I'm sure it's in the best interests of all of us.

"Thank you Dan for all of your wonderful contribution and great memories, not that there won't be more, just saying. Anyway, a virtual round of applause is definitely in order."

For more info on Antari, and to hear the band's music, head over to Facebook here.

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The Alaya Conscious Issues New Album Update

The Alaya Conscious has checked in with the following update about progress on the band's upcoming album:

"As we are nearing the end of working on our new full length album 'Thrones,' we wanted to share the track list with you guys!

1. Inside
2. White Noise
3. Sleep
4. Screaming Still
5. Poor Gloria
6. Haunted Pt I
7. Grace
8. Day Of The Dead
9. Thrones
10. Paths
11. Entropy
12. Haunted Pt II
13. Haunted Pt III

"We want to thank everyone that is patiently waiting for our slow asses. We will have big news, release dates, album art and photography up for you guys REAL SOON. In the mean time, we have uploaded all of our previous releases, including an unreleased B-Side 'Veil' for free download on our BandPage. Please enjoy! Hope to see you this Saturday at the ELBO ROOM in Chicago! Spread the word!"

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A Wanted Awakening Recruits New Vocalist

A Wanted Awakening's vocalist Rick has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band: "I am stepping down as the lead singer for A Wanted Awakening due to nodes on my vocal cords. I went to see a specialist about this issue and the doctor told me I need to take 3-4 months of vocal rest or risk permanent damage. This was a very difficult decision for me to make but in the end it was the right decision for the band and myself.

"I can honestly say that making the record Catharsis with four of my best friends is one of the greatest creative ventures I have ever been a part of. Thank you to all the fans who have supported the music and the band over the years.

"P.S. 'When you're in a rock and roll band with someone, you're bonded for life.' - Andy Bernard (The Office)" More...

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Krampus Drummer Struck By Lightning

The Italian folk metal band Krampus has parted ways with drummer Carlo Andrian has left the band. According to the band, Carlo was struck by lightning and will not be able to play the drums anytime soon. Krampus comments:

"With one laughing and one crying eye we have to announce that our drummer Carlo has left Krampus effective immediately. He has, in fact, been struck by lightning and considers himself lucky to not have gotten hurt worse.

"He is OK, but will not be able to play the drums for some time to come. Carlo is a great friend of us and we would like to thank him for the great effort and dedication he has had for the band. We wish him good and full recovery and all the best for his future endeavours.

"The good news is that we are already working on a replacement, and will have exciting news to announce sooner rather than later. One hint for now: He's a very talented musician, and you have most likely already heard of him with his current band!"

Krampus released the album "Survival Of The Fittest" in August and on October 19th the band will be on the Heidenfest tour with Wintersun, Korpiklaani, Varg, and others.

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Frosttide Streaming New Song

Frosttide has posted the song "No Turning Back" online, which is taken from the "Our Journey" EP. Check out the song below. The track list for "Our Journey" is as follows:

1. Enemy Is Back
2. Carefree Village
3. Face Your Demons
4. Assault
5. No Turning Back

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New "Sacrum Profanum" Trailer Posted Online

Nergal, the outspoken vocalist/guitarist for Polish act Behemoth, has now posted a fifth trailer online for his new autobiography "Sacrum Profanum," which discusses his battle with leukemia and more. Check out the clip below, or watch the previous trailer right here.

The book, which will be released this month in Poland, is promoted through a series of trailers through Behemoth's YouTube channel in Polish with English subtitles. The trailers feature Nergal reading portions of the book, as well as acting out portions of stories, which Nergal describes as "some funny, some sad, some evil…some related to the band, some not."

Nergal is currently seeking a publisher to release an English translation of the book in the U.S. next year. More...

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Suffocation Comments On Upcoming Album

New York death metal veterans Suffocation are currently in the finishing stages of their upcoming new album entitled "Pinnacle of Bedlam." The record was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering of the album is set to be handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Arsis).

"Pinnacle of Bedlam" will feature 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who played with the band previously on the "Despise The Sun" EP. Bassist Derek Boyer offered the following update:

“The recording process of our new album, Pinnacle of Bedlam, began Monday, August 13th. We brought in our gear, mic'd up the drum kit, imported tempo maps from our pre-production sessions, then dove right in! The drum tracking came out amazing! Dave Culross killed it! Once I laid down the bass tracks, the foundation of the album was built and was very solid and ready for Terrance and Guy to begin recording guitars, which they have. Thereafter, Frank began working on his vocals. The recording process is just about wrapped up, we just have some tweaking to do before we send it off to get mixed and mastered.”

"The meaning of the album title Pinnacle of Bedlam is the tipping point or most elevated moment as we approach the chaotic climax of this existence,” added guitarist Terrance Hobbs. “The cosmic scale teeters and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. People should expect nothing less than sheer brutality, as we perform together with this incredible line up! We feel this CD will be the best Suffocation album ever to have been released and are confident the fans will love it."

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Ayreon To Release New LP In 2013

Multi-musician progressive master Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Star One/Guilt Machine/Ex-Stream of Passion) posted a new teaser video announcing that he is working on the new Ayreon album. The follow up to the 2008 EP "Elected" and 2008 LP "01011001" is expected for a 2013 release.

More information on the release is expected shortly. Enjoy the teaser clip here:

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Grave Digger Posts "Zurück Nach Haus" Music Video

German metal legends Grave Digger posted a music video for "Zurück Nach Haus," the German version of the song "Home At Last." This version of the song appears on the limited edition of the band's latest LP "Clash of the Gods," which is available now through Napalm Records (See Metal Underground.com's review over here).

The English version of the video can be seen at this location. Check out "Zurück Nach Haus" here:

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The Devil's Blood Announces New Shows

The Devil's Blood has announced the band's final round of live shows for the year, which can be found below. The occult rock outfit also comments:

"After a tremendously successful North American tour and a short round of conquest over the European festival circuit we have now finalized the planning for this humble but strategically chosen list of venues, where we will celebrate the Bacchanalian festivities of the Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival of the undoing of law and master/slave role reversal.

"With these Rituals we aim to inspire within all in attendance the rebellious nature of He Who is Without Light and make them realize their Divine potential and discover within themselves the kernel of fierceness and power known as the Inner Flame.

"We hope that all in attendance will heed the Call of the Wild and release their restraint to find in wine, truth, in fire, strength, in blood, love and in madness, freedom. This tour has been dubbed The Everlasting Satournalia.

"Ván Records has taken the opportunity with these Rituals to promote a new, young member in its roster and German Heavy Metal Traditionalists ATTIC have been selected as a direct support."

The Devil's Blood will be performing in support of latest album "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) on the following dates: More...

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