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Metal News for November 1, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Kimah Posts New Video

Mexican progressive deathcore band Kimah has uploaded an official video for the track "Castlevania VII," which will be on its new album "Electra." That album should be due out in November. Kimah already has another official video to its credit for the track "Orbe." Kimah will be officially releasing the album on November 15th at the Rock And Road in Mexico City along with Muluc Pax, Espina and War Kabinett.

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Polish Supreme Court Rules Against Nergal

After being cleared of blasphemy charges in Poland last year stemming from an on-stage Bible ripping incident, apparently Behemoth front man Nergal is now facing legal issues again due to a recent decision by the Polish supreme court.

The Guardian is reporting the supreme court has now ruled against Nergal, who may potentially spend up to two years in jail for tearing up a Bible. Excerpts from the report follow:

Poland's supreme court has issued a landmark judgment against a heavy metal musician who tore up a Bible at a gig in 2007. Although the judges conceded that Adam Darski, AKA Nergal, did not intend to offend his audience, they ruled that he could still have "offended religious feelings," violating Polish law. If found guilty, the singer could face up to two years in prison.

After being cleared by judges in 2010 and 2011, the singer/guitarist is again on trial. Officials in Gdansk asked the supreme court how Darski could be "offending religious feelings" if most of Behemoth's fans expected theatrical sacrilege?

"One should respect the court's verdict," Darski told journalists. But the Catholic church is also "immature," he said, "trying to gag people … [and] freedom of speech." Speaking to Reuters, Darski's lawyer said they would continue to oppose the charges: "We are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements," Jacek Potulski explained.

Nergal has now released a new autobiography titled "Sacrum Profanum," which details his battle with leukemia. The latest trailer for the release is available right here.

Read the full article at The Guardian.

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Demonic Death Judge Streaming New Album

Finnish doom/sludge band Demonic Death Judge is streaming its new album "Skygods" over on bandcamp. The band just finished up playing at the Porvoo Heavy Metal Weekend at the end of October. Stream all eight tracks of "Skygods" below in the player.

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The Horde Recruits New Drummer

Illinois-based viking thrashers The Horde have officially added drummer Travis Scudder to their lineup. The 20-year-old skin-basher has stepped in to replace the recently departed James Whitehurst, who left the band for personal reasons. Scudder also plays with Rock Island, Illinois black metal outfit Sept Of Memnon. The Horde is currently working furiously on material for its next epic slab of viking thrash to be released in CD and vinyl format in the fall of 2013 by Abyss Records.


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Nepente Streaming New Album

"Suffering is the Seed", the new album from Colombian death/black metal assassins Nepente, is scheduled for a November 20th digital release on MetalHit.com. You can stream it in its entirety over at bandcamp or below in the player. "Suffering is the Seed" was mixed and mastered at Poland's legendary Hertz Recording Studio (Vader, Hate, Behemoth, Decapitated, etc). Nepente hails from Manizales, Colombia and first hit the scene with its "Ascension" album in 2005.

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Lake Of Tears Tribute Sampler Streaming

As legendary European doom band Lake Of Tears celebrates twenty years, a sampler for the tribute compilation dedicated to their music has been streaming online. Titled "Twenty Years in Tears...A Tribute to Lake Of Tears," the anthology was released by FONO Records and features artists from the Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Finland, Switzerland and their native Sweden paying homage in cover songs. Check out the audio sample stream below, and get updates on the band and the live double CD at the official Lake Of Tears Facebook page. Track One from CD Two is also posted below on an upload that features more band information from compilation.

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TKG Discusses New Album And Greek Guitarists

Athens act TKG (Theodore Kalantzakos Group) is out now with a new (mostly) instrumental metal fusion album titled "Pattern Partner," which includes guest spots from the likes of Theodore Ziras and Bob Katsionis. Along with the new album release, TKG will soon be heading out for a run of live shows and a European clinic tour.

The band's namesake and guitarist Theodore Kalantzakos is excited to share this new release with metal fans across the world, which he describes as a cross between Liquid Tension Expirment and Planet X, and recently checked in with us to discuss what went into the album and a new music video. The full interview is available below. More...

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Vesper Releases Official Video

Vesper has released an official video for the track "Ante Todo" from its upcoming 2012 EP, which should be released in December. The video was directed by Daniel Salmerón. Vesper hails from the town of Villahermosa in the southern Tabasco state of Mexico. The band invites people to download another song, "Sin Vuelta Atras," over on its Facebook band page.

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Graveyard Announces U.S. Tour

The following press release has been posted online about Sweden's Graveyard heading to the U.S. for a new run of tour dates in January:

"People in the States can stop complaining about not having some real goddamned rock ‘n’ roll shows to go to. Plus, our neighbors to the north & south have good reason to grab their passports and head for their borders.

"Rejoice Faithful Disciples of the Scuzz and Fuzz of Analog Sound for I say unto you that Sweden’s finest, Graveyard, are coming back to headline in the U.S. to support their new album, Lights Out, due out in North America on November 6th!"

Launching on January 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts, the tour will feature special appearances in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas from The Devil’s Blood and Royal Thunder. Confirmed tour dates are: More...

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The Julia Set Streaming Lyric Video

Leon, Mexico deathcore band The Julia Set has just released the lyric video for a new song of theirs, "Strengthen & Copious Water." This is the first demo track that the band has laid down for the new EP "The Great Recovery" that it will be releasing in 2013. The Julia Set will be appearing at the Dr. Seitan Halloween Fest in Leon on November 3rd in the Casa De Viento, along with Lethal Creation, Hand Of Monkey and Emergency Broadcast.

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Exhumed Denied Entry To Canada

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about Exhumed missing upcoming Canadian shows:

"Unfortunately the mad dogs in Exhumed have been denied entry to Canada so they will not be able to make their upcoming Canadian shows. Catch them on these brand new dates below instead."

Nov 1 Buffalo, NY The Funeral home
Nov 8 Ogden, UT Mojos Gallery w/ Skeletonwitch, Havok
Nov 9 Boise, ID The Venue

Exhumed also recently finished recording a new album, which is due for release next year.

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The Howling Void Releasing EP

San Antonio, Texas depressive doom band The Howling Void will be self-releasing a new two song EP entitled "Sunshine and Shadows" on November 15th. The band is said to be experimenting heavily with chanting on the release. Look for more updates on the band's website as they become available. The Howling Void is also streaming a few songs from its recent one "The Womb Beyond the World" over on YouTube, such as the epic upload for the song "The Silence of Centuries" below.

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Deathember Enters The Studio

Swedish groove metallers Deathember have revealed they are currently recording their debut (yet untitled) full-length album at Radionika Studios (Intohimo, Carnal Forge). This will be the first full release with new singer Simon Tarasewicz, who was recruited earlier this month.

For more details on the band, head over to Facebook here. Deathember is:

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

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The Project Hate Reveals New Album Artwork

The Project Hate MCMXCIX has issued the following update about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

"You have waited patiently and will now be rewarded accordingly. Here it is, the complete artwork for our coming beast, 'The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda.' Just click the picture over here to get a better look at it. Marvel at the monstrous work courtesy of Marko Saarelainen.

"Do you fucken play in a band? Do you need some awesome artwork for your album/demo/whatever? Hire Marko Saarelainen. Understand. How many times do we need to point this out? Just contact him. So, there you go, you have the whole cover in front of your eyes. Now, say the title out loud and look at the cover. Feel it. Live it. Be it. You will eventually be enlightened.

"Stay tuned for more news about the final recording sessions and how everything is coming together now. In a not too distant future you will be, as mentioned, rewarded. Perhaps even more than you can handle?" More...

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Rage Nucleaire Streaming Entire Album

Rage Nucleaire has teamed up with SMN News to stream the band's full new album "Unrelenting Fucking Hatred" online. Check out the song "Violence Is Golden" in the player below, or stream the full album over at this location.

Propelled by the vocals of former Cryptopsy frontman Lord Worm, "Unrelenting Fucking Hatred," has been scheduled for a November 6th release in North America. The track listing is:

1. Violence Is Golden
2. Hunt With Murderworms, Sculpt With Flies
3. The Gift Of The Furnace
4. Fields Of The Crucified
5. Endziel
6. The Sorrow Children At Mourningside
7. 30 Seconds In The Killhouse
8. Unrelenting Fucking Hatred
9. The Gallows And The Black Coffin
10. The Feeding Habits Of Homo Horriblis More...

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Onslaught To Record New Album

Thrash act Onslaught has posted the following brief message online about beginning the recording process for a new record:

"Recording for the new Onslaught album starting pretty much right after the shows in Japan.....studio time booked and we're all ready to fucking go, it's time to thrash the fuck out!"

You can also check out fan-filmed footage of Onslaught performing live at the Hell Inside Festival in Wurzburg, Germany through the player below. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Discusses The "Cradle Genesis"

Cradle of Filth's newest album "The Manticore and Other Horrors" (reviewed here) is out now via Peaceville Records (Europe) and Nuclear Blast USA (North America).

The band has now posted a new video clip online with front man Dani Filth discussing the "Cradle Genesis," which can be viewed below. More...

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Demonical Gearing Up To Record Album

Sweden's Demonical has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"The highly successful tour through Russia officially closed the 'Death Infernal' touring cycle. We would hereby like to thank each and everyone of you who supported us in a way or another during the past 17 months at all our memorable shows in Europe, north-America and Russia. It was a truly awesome and significant ride!

"We hope to see you all again in April/May 2013 when we return to the live scene with full force and a new album under our belt.

"As of now we will fully concentrate on new dominating material and the realization of our upcoming fourth full-length, a process which will take place at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm between late November and late January 2013.

"Further news, studio-updates and more detailed info will of course be posted here during the path so keep checking back. Until then - Bang or be banged!"

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Pig Destroyer Streaming Bonus Tracks Online

Pig Destroyer's fifth album "Book Burner" sold over 4400 copies in its first week of release. This accolade saw the band coming in at #102 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Heatseekers Chart, #11 on the Hard Music Chart, and #20 on The Independent Chart.

AbsolutePunk.net is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire bonus disc from the deluxe edition of "Book Burner." The disc contains Pig Destroyer's take on seven punk tracks including songs from: Black Flag, Misfits, Angry Samoans, Negative Approach, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat and Void. Stream the bonus disc right here.

You can also check out the recently posted music video for "The Diplomat" in the player below. More...

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Mägo De Oz Posts New Music Video

Spanish folk metal act Mägo De Oz posted a new music video for the song "Xanandra." The song appears on the band's eleventh studio release "Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería," which is scheduled for a November 27, 2012 through Warner Brothers Music.

The track listing for "Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería" is as follows:

1. El Libro de las Sombras
2. H2Oz
3. Xanandra
4. Sácale Brillo a una Pena
5. Satanael
6. No Pares (De Oir Rock & Roll)
7. A Marcha das Meigas
8. Quiero Morirme en Tí
9. Sigue la Luz
10. El Mercado de las Brujas
11. Celtian
12. Brujas
13. Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería More...

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Immensity Streaming New Promo Online

Greek atmospheric death/doom act Immensity was formed in the beginning of 2009 by Andreas Kelekis (Guitars/Synths), and the band has released a two track promo titled "The Lonely Aquarelle." You can stream the songs in the player below or over at bandcamp. The track listing is:

1. Eradicate (The Pain Of Remembrance) 08:54
2. Adornment 10:49 More...

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Kerstin Bischof Releases Solo Debut

Kerstin Bischof's (ex-Xandria, ex-Axxis) solo debut "Project Ava" has now been released, and a teaser trailer for the release can be found below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Midnight Earth 1 (Intro)
2. Crimson
3. Frozen (Album Version)
4. Over the Stars
5. Wish
6. Keep You from Harm
7. Shrink (Video Edit)
8. Battery Eyes
9. In Contemplation
10. Enough
11. Midnight Earth 2
12. Shrink (Long Version - Bonus Track) More...

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Sonic Altar Mixing New Album

New Zealand based metal group Sonic Altar is currently mixing the band's second album with Finnish producer/engineer Mikko Karmila (Children of Bodom, Nightwish) at Finnvox Studios.

“The first time around, we worked with a fantastic producer called Mike Exeter just after he had finished Heaven and Hell's The Devil You Know,” comments vocalist Kane Bennett. “We flew him out to New Zealand and worked with him in our own studio over a period of 6 weeks. I learned so much working closely with him during that time. When it came to producing and recording the new album, I felt I had enough experience to handle it myself, but we wanted to get someone with an impressive catalogue of previous work to mix it. One of the first people we thought of was Mikko Karmila, as we are all massive fans of what he has been involved with.”

Bennett will be travelling to Finland to work on the mix alongside Mikko. Regarding the album, Bennett says, “We have put a huge amount of work into this album! For instance we have probably recorded two or three different versions of it, reworking things each time, but now we finally feel like we have got it right. There are 12 songs on the album, just like ‘NO SACRIFICE’. The band’s sound and direction has evolved and so has the songwriting. It’s more modern and definitely heavier. This has had a lot to do with ‘fresh blood’ coming into the band in the form of guitarist Dave Hudson. He brought a lot of killer ideas in. Dave and I wrote about half the album together. It’s a very exciting time for us, all we need now is a title for it!”

The album is currently expected for release in early 2013.

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Don Jamieson Interviews Vision Of Disorder

As part of Metal Insider’s CMJ festivities, Metal Blade recording artist and That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson sat down for an interview with Vision of Disorder at NYC comedy club The Stand.

Vocalist Tim Williams and guitarist Mike Kennedy engaged in an informal 25-minute interview that touched on many topics, from the band’s beginnings as a Long Island band blurring the lines between hardcore and metal, to a hiatus and subsequent reformation, and what it was like to play with Pantera on what turned out to be the band's last show.

The entire interview can be streamed at this location or in the player below. Vision of Disorder was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column. More...

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Napalm Death Releases "Everyday Pox" Video

Currently on the road with Municipal Waste for a lengthy co-headlining North American tour, Napalm Death has now posted a new video for the track "Everyday Pox," which can be viewed below.

Napalm Death is touring in support of the band's critically acclaimed new album, "Utilitarian," which was released this past February. Dates are available below.


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Battlecross To Tour With Abiotic

Detroit, MI's Battlecross will embark on a short headlining tour with label mates Abiotic this December. Two of this year's breakout Metal Blade bands will embark on The Growing Pains Tour, stopping at various cities throughout the Midwest/southern US, including Des Moines, IA, Richmond, VA, Peoria, IL, and more.

The tour runs from December 8th through December 21st and will be one of your last chances to catch a metal show before everyone heads home for the holidays. The confirmed dates are listed below. Abiotic will be performing in support of new album "Symbiosis" (reviewed here).

Hiran Deraniyagala of Battlecross comments: "We're excited to hit the road with an up and coming band like Abiotic. We're stoked to team up with another new Metal Blade band and I feel both bands will bring in a new audience to the tour. Although this is a limited run, we hope that it gives everyone a taste of what Metal Blade plans for the future of Heavy Metal and we can't wait to rage with the midwest on this tour!" More...

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Blizaro To Release New Album

Rochester, NY based act Blizaro is gearing up to release a new album through Razorback Recordings this coming December. Further details will be announced as they become available. For more info on Blizaro, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Xandria Heading Out On Tour With Kamelot

Xandria has checked in with the following update about upcoming European shows with Kamelot and Blackguard:

"Xandria will hit the road again this week to play another full European tour. After a phenomenal co-headline slot at last week's MetalFemaleVoices Festival in Belgium, Xandria will play 20 shows as special guest of US metal kings Kamelot - along with two more support acts, Canada's Blackguard and Triosphere from Norway.

"At the same time we are happy to announce the re-launch of the all renewed band web site. Swing by and follow the band in its newsletter, forums, social media platforms and always on Xandria.de. The new homepage is relaunched just now!

"But – for the time being, come out and join Xandriaon their tour with Kamelot, Blackguard and Triosphere.

"On bass guitar, US-born and German resident Lance Christensen will fill in on this tour after yearlong four stringer Nils Middelhauve departed from the band a few months ago. Please give Lance a warm welcome on these shows!"

The dates are as follows: More...

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J.D. Overdrive To Record New Album

Polish act J.D. Overdrive has issued the following statement about working on an album and upcoming live shows:

"Join us on Nov. 10th at Teatr From Poland in Czestochowa on the 6th edition of RADIO REVOLTA FESTIVAL – we'll be sharing the stage with such bands as Infernal Death, Heretique, Fabryka Kosci and Hellride.

"It's a charity event so your ticket will buy something more than a bottle of booze for us! And after that we'll be seeing you in Kultowa in Katowice on a show with Anti Tank Nun!

"This is gonna be interesting since it's our last show with these guys and pretty much our last show this year. The reason for that is simple – we're starting to work hard on recording our sophomore album. Jooras will be entering S-tone Studios in November, then it's time for guitars, bass and vocals. It is on!"

Further details on the follow-up to the "Sex Whiskey & Southern Blood" album will be announced as they are made available.

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Saratan Releases New Music Video

Saratan and Red Pig Productions present "Ba'al Zevuv," the new video clip from the upcoming "Martya Xwar" album, which drops on the 23rd of November, 2012 via Massacre Records. The following press release was also issued:

"Red Pig Productions is known for it's work with such bands as: Decapitated, Sceptic, Totem, Cemetery of Scream and Witchking. 'Martya Xwar' is about forty minutes of apocalyptic death – thrash metal, full of oriental and classical ornaments. Ethnic music, occultism and orchestrations are the main focus on this album. 'Martya Xwar' was recorded over the course of five months in five recording studios in Polnad and Germany – it was mixed and mastered by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost) at Woodshed Studio. Cover design and artwork are created by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc (Nile, Kamelot)." More...

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Hopes Die Last Announces European Tour

To close out 2012 with a bang, Hopes Die Last will be taking over Europe throughout November and December. Presented by the Alexia Agency, ESP Guitars, and Zildjian Cymbals, the dates are as follows:

11.23 Honky Tonky, Milano (Italy)
11.24 Sommer Casino, Basel (Switzerland)
11.26 Backstage, München (Germany)
11.27 Dürer Kert, Budapest (Hungary)
11.28 Gambrinus Pub, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
11.29 Kulturekeller, Gleisdorf (Austria)
11.30 Az Dorftrottel, Waldkirchen (Germany)
12.01 Klub 007, Prague (Czech Republic)
12.02 Tiefgrund, Berlin (Germany)
12.03 Elfer, Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
12.05 King Alfred's Pub, Southampton (UK)
12.06 The Tavern, Blackpool (UK)
12.07 Minster's, Stoke On Trent (UK)
12.08 The Riverside, Selby (UK)
12.09 The Barfly, London (UK)
12.10 Batofar, Paris (France) More...

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Midnight Souls Working On New Album

Reflections Records has issued the following announcement about Midnight Souls working on an upcoming album:

"Midnight Souls are slowly but surely working on material for a new record. 'Going Through The Motion' is still available on both CD and vinyl but that won’t be long! We also have a few Deluxe versions left. If you want to have it all, order it now!

"The band is playing a few shows the coming weeks, so check out the dates and go see these guys play their hearts out!" More...

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Kuolemanlaakso Streaming New Track

Kuolemanlaakso has revealed the new track "Nostos & Algos" through Metal Sucks today. "Nostos & Algos" comes off the band's forthcoming album "Uljas uusi maailma," set for international release on November 23rd through Svart Records. Check out the song right here.

Kuolemanlaakso features members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Minä elän (”I live”)
2. Kuun lapset (”Children of the Moon”)
3. Nostos & Algos
4. Roihusydän (”Blaze Heart”)
5. Etsin (”Searching”)
6. Ikiuni (”The Eternal Sleep”)
7. Uljas uusi maailma (”Brave New World”)
8. Aurinko (”The Sun”)

The previously posted music video for "Minä elän" is also available for viewing at this location. More...

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Nephelium Splits With Guitarist

After releasing "Coils of Entropy" (reviewed here) at the beginning of 2012, Nephelium has issued the following statement on the departure of guitarist James Sawyer:

"We are sad to announce the departure of our brother and guitar player, James Sawyer as he has decided to part ways with Nephelium to further his studies in classical guitar and to pursue his degree in music. On behalf of the band, I like to take the liberty in saying that we all have taken from him and learned a thing or two on our journey working with such an intense creative musician."

James also states: “It is with regret that I will no longer be able to continue as guitarist for Nephelium as I am leaving to pursue other interests. I would like to thank all the other members of the band for the opportunity to be a part of Nephelium; it was an honor to work with such talented musicians.

"I would also like to thank all of the other bands I have shared the stage with as well as all the fans and everyone who has supported me in making my time with Nephelium a very memorable experience! Thanks a million for all your support! And to my brothers in Nephelium, I wish them the greatest of success, upward and onward to victory!"

Nephelium is currently writing and recording the follow up to "Coils of Entropy," with more details and new shows to be announced soon.

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Headline News

Suicide Silence Vocalist Killed In Accident

Update: Footage from the candlelight vigil held for Mitch has now been posted online and can be found right here.

The Press Enterprise, Bloody-Disgusting, and several other website are reporting that Suicide Silence front man Mitch Lucker has passed away. PE.com reports:

Mitch Lucker, singer for the Riverside heavy metal band Suicide Silence, died Thursday morning, Nov. 1, after being in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Huntington Beach. The Orange County coroner’s office said Lucker was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange County. The victim had the same name and date of birth as the singer, officials confirmed.

Coroner’s officials said Lucker was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Huntington Beach police were investigating the crash and expected to release details Thursday morning.

The band's main website has been down today, presumably due to high traffic. The band's label has now also released this news:

"It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.

"NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.

"He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.

"Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook profile." More...

Read the full article at PE.com.

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The Mascaron Streaming Debut Single

Latvian and U.K. based melodic metal act The Mascaron has released the debut single "Out of Time," which is taken off the band's forthcoming EP, due for release in early 2013. You can stream the song in the player below or download it for free over at Facebook here. The Mascaron comments:

"The song introduces their heavy, melodic and progressive sound, which compliments strong melodic singing fused with characteristics of aggressive metal vocals. The lyrics portray an outlook on ones life – underlining both the value and the fragility which can be taken away in an instant. It encourages the assessment of all life’s opportunities and moments.

"The current formulation of the group was founded in 2012. The newest members of the group joined in both September; The Mascarons’ vocalist is UK-based Phil Owen, and in October; a second multi-talented guitarist, Ivars Kalnins joins the band." More...

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August Burns Red Posts "Sleigh Ride" Video

August Burns Red has posted a video for the song "Sleigh Ride," which can be viewed below and comes off the new holiday album "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill." The band also previously posted an animated clip for "Flurries," which can be found at this location. The full track listing is:

1. Flurries
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Sleigh Ride
4. God Rest Ye’ Merry Gentlemen
5. Jingle Bells
6. Oh Holy Night
7. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
8. Sleddin’ Hill
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12. Carol of the Bells (2012)
13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas More...

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Therion Streams New Track "Polichinelle"

Therion is currently in the midst of the 25th Anniversary tour and will be releasing the new album "Les Fleurs du Mal" on November 27th in North America through End of the Light Records. The band debuted the new track "Polichinelle" exclusively on Noisecreep today at this location.

The album "Les Fleurs du Mal" is a part of an art project that Christofer Johnsson has been thinking about for some time:

"The time was never right for it, but in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, I thought now will finally be the right time for it," Christofer Johnsson explains.

The album title refers to Charles Baudelaire's (French author and poet 1821-1867) famous poem collection "Flowers of Evil" ("Les Fleurs du Mal" in French) that caused such an upset of emotions in France that the author was brought to court and got fined for "insulting the public" with six of the poems, that remained forbidden in France until 1949 when the ban was finally lifted. The spirit of the project is a tribute to Baudelaire, and is imbued into both music and artwork. The album was recorded at Adulruna studio, located in a separate building next to Johnsson's decadent "Villa Adulruna" where the band lived together while recording.

"Les Fleurs du Mal" is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Exxplorer To Release "Recipe For Power" On Vinyl

New Jersey traditional metal act Exxplorer will see its 1994 sophomore LP "Recipe for Power" released on vinyl for the first time via Pure Steel Records on November 16, 2012. Exxplorer released its debut classic "Symphonies of Steel" through Black Dragon Records in 1985 and then the band split, reforming nearly ten years later to release "Recipe for Power" initially through Massacre Records. The vinyl re-issue will have a slightly different cover art (see below) and will be limited to 500 copies (400 black and 100 clear).

Exxplorer's latest release "Vengeance Rides an Angry Horse" was released in 2011 and is also available through Pure Steel Records.

The track list for "Recipe for Power" is:

Side A

1. Rockin’ Bound
2. Life’s Seduction
3. One
4. Bible Black
5. Smelling the Roses

Side B

6. Rock the Nation
7. Beg, Borrow and Steel
8. Just a Dream
9. Ride the Storm More...

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The Last Vegas Post New Video For "Evil Eyes"

Chicago sleaze act The Last Vegas posted a new music video for the song "Evil Eyes." The track is taken from the band's latest LP "Bad Decisions," which is available in North America via Frosbyte Media. The album will see a November 16, 2012 European release through AFM Records.

Check out "Evil Eyes" here:

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Masterplan To Reveal New Lineup On November 5

German melodic metal act Masterplan announced that on Monday, November 5, 2012, the band will unveil its new lineup. The official announcement reads:

"Melodic Metal heroes Masterplan have set next Monday, November 5th, to announce their new line-up. So there's a lot of room for speculations until then..."

The lineup on the latest release "Time to Be King" (2010) was:

Jørn Lande (Vocals) (Allen/Lande & Jorn)
Mike Terrana (Drums) (Axel Rudi Pell/Tarja)
Axel Mackenrott (Keyboards) (Ex-Beautiful Sin)
Jan-Sören Eckert (Bass) (Grimmark/Iron Savior)
Roland Grapow (Guitars) (Ex-Helloween)

Earlier this year, the band welcomed Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (Cradle of Filth/Inner Fear) as new drummer, however, Monday's announcement will tell all about the status of every band member.

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Graven Image Unveil Cover Art And Track List

Connecticut metal act Graven Image announced that the band's debut release will be entitled "The Future Started Yesterday," and is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2012 as part of a scheduled performance at Cook's Cafe in Naugatuck, CT (with Endtime Illusion, Our Own Destruction and the debut live performance of Fear Apparent).

"The Future Started Yesterday" was recorded in October 2012 at Vision Recording Studios and was produced by David Vignola and Graven Image. The cover art (shown below) was created by vocalist Martin O'Brien (concept by O'Brien and guitarist Paul Coleman).

The band also recently added new guitarist Scott Williams, who joined the band after the recent breakup of Agrippa93.

The track listing for "The Future Started Yesterday" is as follows:

1. One Mistake
2. Far Away
3. No Atheist in a Foxhole
4. Twisted And Broken
5. Demons
6. The Other Side
7. 1600 Deception Avenue
8. World of Decay
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