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Metal News for November 12, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Sumerian Records Calls Out Ronnie Radke

In another new feud in the music world, Sumerian Records and ex-Sworn Enemy Guitarist Lorenzo Antonucci have posted a video clip online calling out Ronnie Radke of Falling in Reverse for recent behavior. The video apparently comes in response after I See Stars was kicked off a tour with Falling In Reverse. The video can be seen below. Sumerian Records also commented:

"There is nothing cool, rock & roll, punk rock, or admirable about treating your peers or fans like they are pieces of garbage. Ronnie Radke is not a good human being. It's one thing to love someone's music, but do not love someone as an individual for who they are not. We do not think it is a coincidence this is the same guy who was arrested for the horrible, violent things you can read about in the links below. He cares about no one but himself and he has reminded us all of this. His latest tweet 'people at our shows come to see us everything else is irrelevant. Nuff said.' is his way of telling all the other bands he tours with that they don't matter. Why any artist would throw that type of negativity and disrespect out is something we will never understand. This scene is supposed to be about compassion and understanding. Ronnie is rotten.

"Out of respect for the industry professionals involved in this debacle, we will not be publicly disclosing any legal documents on the internet. We can confirm that Ronnie kicked the band off the tour but allowed them back on after they forfeited their pay. We can confirm that they were being forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding this in order to stay on the tour. We can confirm that I See Stars were not kicked off yesterday in Detroit because of anything to do with drugs. It was because a grown man was throwing a temper tantrum who claims to be 'rock & roll' but is actually worse than a neurotic pop-star diva with a God complex. Just because you no longer do drugs doesn't mean you are no longer a horrible human being. Ronnie now abuses people instead of substances."

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Unearthing The West Country Metal Underground Pt.3

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we’ll be taking another look at three metal bands from the West Country (the South West of England,) all with their own take on the genre.

Flayed Disciple

Formed in Taunton, the county town of Somerset in 2008, the awesomely named, Flayed Disciple have been performing their own brand of brutal thrash metal ever since. They released their first record, an EP entitled, "Drawn Viscera" the next year, earning almost instant acclaim in the local metal scene and going on to perform with the likes of South Western thrash legends, Onslaught and New Wave of British Heavy Metal heroes, Diamond Head. In late 2011 they signed a deal with Grindscene Records, which led to the release of their debut full length album, "Death Hammer," which was also given away with copies of the May edition of Terrorizer magazine. The group has been able to perform at a number of festivals over the years, including the ever growing Bloodstock Open Air and will soon be embarking on a trip to India where they will perform a handful of shows along with a slot on the Indian Metal Festival, the very first heavy metal festival in the country, which will be headlined by French death metal outfit, Gojira.

Flayed Disciple - "Ejaculate While Killing"
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De Profvndis Clamati Re-Releasing EP

Brazilian funeral doom act De Profvndis Clamati has revealed a commemorative edition of the "In Between Passionate Minnuendos" EP is due for release on December 30th, 2012 through MFL Records.

The EP is due out as a digipack with a new booklet and two bonus tracks. The band has also announced a new full-length is due out in 2013, with more details to be announced shortly. More...

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Xul Posts New Album Online

Canadian blackened death metal act Xul has posted the band's debut album "Malignance" online for streaming or pay-what-you-want download at Bandcamp here or through the player below. The band comments:

"With a spring 2013 tour looming, Xul is determined to build on an impressive local following by infecting Western Canada with hopes of Canada in its entirety in the near future. The focus for Winter 2012 is to meticulously craft new material for another release in 2013."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter's Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54 More...

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Dark Sermon Inks Deal With eOne

After announcing the signing of Within the Ruins, eOne Music has now also inked a deal with Dark Sermon. The label comments:

"Dark Sermon was formed in 2009 and has been making their mark on the Florida scene in spades. The band uses their fast, thrashy riffs, bone-crushing blast beats, and throaty vocals to bring something fresh and new to the table."

Frontman Johnny Crowder comments:

"We are humbled and extremely excited to be working with such heavy-hitters as eOne & Good Fight. We couldn't have asked for a more welcoming reception to our new label home. As far as the new record goes, there is a great deal of diversity throughout; think dark, think fast, think heavy. With great minds such as Scott Givens and Carl Severson behind us, it is safe to say that 2013 will be a big year for us."

Dark Sermon's lineup is:

Johnny Crowder (Vocals)
Austin Good (Guitar)
Neal Minor (Guitar)
Austin Chandler (Bass)
Bryson St. Angelo (Drums) More...

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Destruction Posts New Music Video

German thrash legends posted the new music video for the track "Carnivore" exclusively through Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel (shown below). The song appears on the band's new LP "Spiritual Genocide," which is scheduled for release on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The video was produced at Polish Mania Studio and sees the return of the classic character, "the Mad Butcher." The track listing for "Spritual Genocide" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Cyanide (streaming here)
3. Spiritual Genocide
4. Renegades
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
8. Carnivore
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge

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Vision Of Disorder Announces Charity Show

Today Vision of Disorder has announced that all the proceeds from the band's upcoming headlining concert in Brooklyn later this month will be donated to the Red Cross, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

What was simply a headlining show for the band has now been dubbed “Picking Up Change: Hardcore For Hurricane Relief.” Vision of Disorder initiated this act of support to the band's community after witnessing the catastrophic demolition across the New York metropolitan area and beyond as Sandy surged through the region on October 29th.

VOD, as well as the other bands performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th, will contribute donations to the Red Cross to help aid the decimated areas and many displaced local residents throughout the Northeast as the season grows colder. In a collective statement the members of VOD had this to say:

“Our hearts go out to those severely affected by this tragic incident. Being from Long Island, Hurricane Sandy has (quite literally) hit home for us. The music scene in Long Island, The New York metro area and New Jersey have been so supportive to VOD over the years that we felt donating the proceeds from the Brooklyn show was a no-brainer. We are proud to announce that the opening acts (Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide, Swarm of Arrows) have also agreed to donate their proceeds. We hope that this small gesture can add to the ongoing efforts and help rebuild these traumatized areas. We look forward to seeing you all on Nov 24th to support this cause.”

In addition to the funds generated by Vision of Disorder, Yuppicide, Primitive Weapons, and Swarm of Arrows at “Picking Up Change: Hardcore For Hurricane Relief” going directly to the Red Cross, show attendees are invited to bring supplies – canned/nonperishable food, batteries, toilet paper, etc. -- for area shelters and food banks, as donation bins will be posted outside of the venue. Supplies to aid pets and animals displaced by the storm are also acceptable and will be donated to Last Resort Animal Rescue in New Jersey. More...

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Alltheniko Posts New Music Video

Italian thrashers Alltheniko posted a new music video for the track "Dance of the Mutant Knight." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Back In 2006 (Three Head Mutant Chronicles)," which is due for release on November 23, 2012 via Pure Steel Records.

The track listing for "Back in 2006" is as follows:

1. Land of Salvation (intro)
2. Ticket for the Fireball
3. Will the Night
4. Dance of Mutant Knight
5. Horizon
6. Struggle Till the Sunset
7. Riders to Raven
8. New Worlds Hero
9. Bastard Rabbles
10. 2066
11. Back from the Other Side More...

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UFO Kicking Off U.S. Tour

British act UFO will be kicking off a U.S. West Coast tour this Thursday, November 15th in Chicago, IL. The band is touring in support of latest album "Seven Deadly," which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV. A complete list of dates can be found below. Guitarist Vinnie Moore commented on the upcoming tour:

"It's been quite a while since we've toured in the USA and I'm really looking forward to it. We have not played here since the new record came out and it's going to be exciting to play some of the new tunes. And it is always great to see our awesome fans!"

11/15: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/17: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/18: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/20: Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
11/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/23: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/24: Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
11/26: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
11/28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
12/1: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15

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Huntress Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

After runs on Paganfest and with Dragonforce in the U.S. earlier this year, and currently destroying stages across Europe, Huntress will be direct support for 3 Inches of Blood beginning November 30th, 2012 for a 13-city West Coast tour. Dates for the tour can be found below.

Says Jill Janus of this current live offensive, "Huntress is ready to slay the West Coast USA with 3 Inches of Blood! We're currently on tour with Dragonforce in Europe, but there's no rest for the wicked. We'll have one day between Amsterdam and Tacoma, WA to haul ass and join forces with 3 Inches of Blood as direct support on December 1st. Shred 'til yer dead!"

11/30/12 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
12/01/12 - Tacoma, WA @ The Loch's
12/02/12 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
12/03/12 - S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dick's
12/04/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
12/05/12 - San Diego, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
12/06/12 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
12/07/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
12/09/12 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
12/11/12 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
12/12/12 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
12/13/12 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
12/15/12 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

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Within The Ruins Signs With eOne

eOne / Good Fight Music has signed a new deal with Within the Ruins, which is slated to release a new record early next year. eOne comments: "Within the Ruins has been hard at work for nearly 10 years. With two full lengths already released and an impressive touring resume, the band has set the stage for what is to be their best material to date."

Guitarist Joe Cocchi adds: "This is extremely exciting for us. We're proud to be a part of this new family. We look forward to growing as a band with eOne / Goodfight now behind us, and we're thankful to be working with people who care.The new album is complete! It's also completely different so we're very excited for our fans to hear it."

Within the Ruins is:

Tim Goergen (vocals)
Joe Cocchi (guitar)
Andrew Tate (bass)
Kevin McGuill (drums)

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Crowned Streaming New Album Online

Today mysterious Australian black metal coven Crowned stream the entire "Vacuous Spectral Silence" album debut at Apochs.net. Check out the album over at this location. The album's artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is:

1. Menelvagor
2. Journey to the Cross-roads
3. Firmament
4. Apocryphal Catacomb
5. Diamonds
6. Vacuous Spectral Silence More...

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Cryptopsy Posts "Boden" Track Online

Canada's Cryptopsy will release a new 2CD/digital download "best of" collection on November 19th in North America titled "The Best Of Us Bleed," which features 32 songs in approximately 140 minutes of playing time, including three new studio tracks.

The compilation's opening track, "Boden," is one of three unreleased studio tracks only available on this release. Check out the song in the player below.

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Aeon Streaming New Song

Today MetalSucks offers up an exclusive premiere of "The Glowing Hate," the latest single of iniquity from Swedish death metal unit, Aeon.

The track comes off the band's forthcoming new full-length, "Aeons Black," scheduled to drop next week. Check out "The Glowing Hate" at this location.

Comments guitarist Daniel Dlimi of the tune: "My goal with 'The Glowing Hate' was to write a really diverse song containing all sorts of elements and influences. Personally, I think it turned out great and it's also the song that I am most satisfied with of the ones I wrote for the album. I also think [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm ] managed to write really great lyrics and awesome vocal patterns for it, and as usual it's all about our everlasting hate against religion. The spoken parts at the end were something that Tommy and I came up with over a piss-warm beer in the studio after we were done with the main vocals of the song. It sounded cool so we decided to keep it." More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day One

Even though Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 happened just a couple of miles from my apartment, it felt like an epic, festival journey. It was akin to driving from Texas to Maryland for the Maryland Death Fest. The road trip I took to a festival was in 2001 to the defunct Milwaukee Metal Fest. That trip was a mere 7-8 hours in the car from Michigan. Making it to Fun Fun Fun Fest meant 24 hours in the car, from Michigan to Texas. Unlike any other festival trip, though, I could sleep in my own bed after a long day of music and festivities.

4:30 AM November 2nd—I hit the highway outside Sikeston, Missouri, made it to Georgetown, Texas round 3:30 PM and immediately left for Austin. The highway reminded me of those nature programs depicting army ants traveling head to butt in a single file line through the forest. The festival surely added to Friday’s gridlock. I anxiously pushed on, trying to make it home in time to catch the best day of the fest for metal. Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Burning Love, Converge and Tomahawk comprised this lineup. Despite my diligence, I would miss all of these acts.

Having arrived at the festival around 7 PM, I figured I missed the day’s metal acts, and would look towards Run DMC’s performance. My coverage was even further delayed by mistakes in issuing press credentials. While waiting for my photo pass, droning notes emanated from the Yellow Stage. Normally this stage features comedians, but after 5 PM, bands took the stage. I asked a staff member who was playing and he said Super Chunk. More...

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Blind Guardian Guitarist Joins Sinbreed

Guitarist Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian) has joined German power metal act Sinbreed as full-time member. After already performing live with the band for shows such as the ProgPower USA XIII, Marcus Siepen now joins Sinbreed as a permanent member.

Band leader Flo Laurin comments about the new member: "To welcome Marcus as a constant member was a obvious step and it just feels right. I'm really looking forward working with him on new meterial for our second Album coming late 2013."

Sinbreed is lining up 2013 festival appearances in Germany, Spain and Belgium. Fan-filmed video and band-released audio of the new lineup's ProgPower USA XIII can be found below. More...

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Sphere Finishes New Album, Streaming Songs

Norwegian act Sphere, which recruited a new vocalist back in September, has issued the following announcement about finishing on an album and streaming three tracks online:

"Our debut album 'Primordial' is finally finished! Demo's will be printed in about two weeks and the album will hopefully be released officially in early 2013.

"Meanwhile you should check out our bandpage here at Facebook, where you can stream 3 songs from the album!

"And big thanks to everyone of you who have shared our music and helped spreading the word! We are planning to do some shows soon, so stay tuned!"

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TA&TE Announces Lineup Change

Vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Langham of The Approach and The Execution has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"It comes with an overwhelming sense of sadness and the heaviest of hearts, yet a positive outlook on the future that I report to you that as of yesterday, I relinquished my duties, and resigned from The Approach & The Execution.

"For months now, my heart has been telling what I had been incapable of hearing for almost the last 15 years throughout my musical journey, that it was time to step back from music, and focus on the many other journeys and adventures I seek to move forward with.

"Speaking with all of my amazing brothers in The Approach about my feelings, rationale and final decision was one of the most difficult experiences that I have been through. We shared hugs, tears, and a rehashing of memories that will last a life time within me.

"After it was all said and done, all of my brothers were incredibly supportive, and understanding. My love for them will grow and grow forever. To all of the friends, family, and folks who have supported myself and this wonderful band throughout these past four years, I extend to you the most love that one can possible extend. It was a helluva ride, Rage Crew! Without this band and this glorious ride, I would have never met so many of you great people and so many of you great bands. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Streaming New Song

Corrosion of Conformity will be releasing a free a 5-track EP courtesy of Scion A/V tomorrow, called "Megalodon." The EP will featuring the original three-piece lineup of guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean, and drummer Reed Mullin.

Metal Injection couldn't wait any longer, and the site got ahold of a track that will be featured on the EP one day ahead of schedule. Take a listen to "Priest Brains" through Metal Injection right here. More...

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Thy Will Be Done Posts "Inside Temple" Footage

Thy Will Be Done will start the second leg of the "Party to the Apocalypse" tour with Shadows Fall, God Forbid, and Trumpet the Harlot this coming Tuesday, November 13th. The band is out on the road in support of new EP release "Temple," which was released worldwide on September 25th via the band's own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling distribution.

Today the band is premiering the fourth installment of the "Inside Temple" video series hosted exclusively by Metal Injection. Episode four is entitled "Mix-Master Metal" and it sheds light on the band's choices for the post-production team for this latest release. The video is available for viewing in the player below or over at Metal Injection here. More...

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Wardruna Issues Studio Report

Wardruna is currently working intensely on the new album "Yggdrasil," which will be released in the spring of 2013. Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik offers this update:

"A lot has happened since the release of our debut album in 2009. We have been lucky enough to be able to perform at some really special places and interesting festivals. A concert with Wardruna is in my view two-way communication, and meeting our audience has been both overwhelming and very inspiring for us.

"Judging from the amount of comments and questions we get at our shows or by e-mail it seems clear to me that it is due time for more Wardruna music.

"It has taken me quite a while to find the necessary calmness and time needed in order to create the way I do. Last year in November, I began recording for ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’, which will be the second part of the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy to say that I am now in the final stages of recording ‘Yggdrasil’. Like our previous album, it is partly recorded outdoors and in places or situations relevant to the given song.

"Although the instruments are more or less the same as on ‘gap var Ginnunga’, the nature of the set of runes featured on ‘Yggdrasil’ have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time I’ve been working more closely with Lindy and Gaahl during the creative process. We are all very satisfied with the result so far, and we are looking forward to presenting this new piece of old-rooted culture!

"Together with Indie Recordings we are aiming for a spring release (March/April) both in Europe and in the US."

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Ancient VVisdom Releasing New Album

As was previously announced, the Texas-based occult rock act Ancient VVisdom has been confirmed for a tour alongside blackened-prog stalwarts Enslaved on the "Winter Rites 2013" tour, which also features doom metallers Pallbearer.

The three-week tour, which starts on Jan. 30th in Philadelphia, will be Ancient VVisdom's first performances in support of new album, "Deathlike," which will be released on February 5th, 2013. More details about "Deathlike," the follow-up to the 2011 debut release "A Godlike Inferno" (reviewed here), will be revealed in the near future. More...

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Unkind Enters The Studio

Finnish hardcore heroes Unkind have entered the studio to record their sixth full-length and follow-up to 2011's "Harhakuvat." The group is recording eight new songs with producer Kari Nieminen at Noisecamp studios in Turku, Finland.

The as-of-yet-titled album will see a release via Relapse Records in the Spring of 2013 and will reportedly contain a more rock-oriented influence while still maintaining the band's signature sound.

Unkind has previously released five full-length albums and a handful of vinyl-only releases. The band's catalog is available for streaming via Bandcamp here.

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Children Of Bodom Cancels Tuska Festival

Finland's Children of Bodom has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's scheduled appearance at next summer's Tuska festival:

"We've been waiting to play Tuska for some years now. It is our home festival after all. Unfortunately this year we have to sacrifice a couple of festivals in Europe in order to be able to be part of a big tour in USA. These are not easy nor nice decisions. We only can hope we can do Tuska in the near future again.

"Please stay tuned for our schedules for summer 2013. Fortunately we are able to play shows in Europe as well. Looking forward!"

In other Children of Bodom news, the band's front man Alexi Laiho was hospitalized in Oslo earlier this year, and the group also inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

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Knuckledust Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

British hardcore act Knuckledust has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming live shows:

"Due to an accident that occurred this weekend, Knuckledust has unfortunately been forced to cancel all shows for the remainder of 2012.

"We sincerely apologize to all the promoters and anyone who was looking forward to coming out to see us but we can assure you these shows will be re-booked in 2013. Until then, stay safe and try not to break any limbs. Cheers!" More...

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Hacktivist Streaming New EP

The hip hop/djent mashup band Hacktivist has released a new self-titled EP, which can be heard at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. New Age 01:57
2. Unlike Us 03:17
3. Blades 04:29
4. Hacktivist 03:37
5. Cold Shoulders 05:38 More...

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Amenra Releases New Music Video

Amenra has posted a music video online for "Nowena l 9.10," which can be viewed below and features stopmotion animation by Stef Cuypers. The band also comments:

"Hear and see the premier of MASS V song 'Nowena l 9.10.' While recording MASS V we were blessed by the presence of Scott Kelly, a man who's ways inspired us to great extent. We are really proud to announce that he made a contribution to this song. so Ladies and Gentle men, AMENRA 'Nowena l 9.10' guest vocals by Scott Kelly." More...

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Dissipate Premieres Full New EP "Tectonics"

Update: the stream has now ended, but the "Tectonics" EP can be purchased via iTunes or through Basick Records here.

We may be nearing the end of the year, but there's still a storm of brutal metal coming your way before we finally hit 2013.

In our continuing quest to bring you new music you may not have had a chance to hear before, today we proudly premiere the full new "Tectonics" EP from California's Dissipate.

All six tracks from the release can be heard below (the player may take a moment to load the songs after hitting "play") and you can see what Dissipate had to say about the band's Basick Records debut through this recent interview or check out our review of the EP right here.

Vocalist Josh Foster comments, "The Tectonics EP has a everything to do with the things in life that seriously rock our foundation. Sometimes, more often than not, awful things happen to us that are so 'earth shattering,' that it actually changes who we are, and can put us in a dark place.

"That’s why I think 'Tectonics' is such a great name for this EP, it’s a very heavy-handed understanding of how the world can physically shift at anytime, and conceptually, how it might just be our turn to stand on the fault line and fall in...it’s up to us alone to crawl back out and reclaim our life."

The "Tectonics" EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Motion (4:52)
2. Such is the Mind (of a Realist) (3:50)
3. Becoming the Mantis (4:07)
4. Mech Fail (4:37)
5. Fragments Lost (1:10)
6. Tectonics (4:44)

"Tectonics" is set for official release on November 19th, 2012 can be pre-ordered on its own or in a t-shirt bundle through Basick Records here. Give the EP an advance listen and let us know what you think about it in the comments below. More...

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The Pandemonium Releasing New EP

The Pandemonium will be releasing the "Tyrannis" EP this coming November 19th, 2012. The release was mixed and mastered by John Browne of Monuments and artwork, available below, comes courtesy of Igor Omodei from Uneven Structure. For more details on The Pandemonium, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Inner Sanctvm Comments On New Release

Inner Sanctvm has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the "Christi Testamenta" album in physical format and gearing up for a re-release of the "Frozen Souls" album:

"We are VERY glad to announce that our comeback album has finally be released as CD through Italy's indie label I, Voidhanger Records.

"We would like to thank Luciano for trusting our band, and we would also like to thank all the people that had been contacting us about the band during the last year.

"CHRISTI TESTAMENTA has been available as Download since a while ago now, but we wanted the CD edition and since the problems we had with the label that was supposed to release Christi Testamenta, we couldn't wait any longer but now it is in our hands!!!

"Now we'll start working on the re-issue of our debut album 'Frozen Souls' plus bonus tracks, STAY TUNED!!!" More...

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Memoira Issues Album Update

Finland's Memoira has issued the following announcement about gearing up to release a new album in early 2013:

"First of all we would like to thank you all for your patience with our new album! We promise you that the album will be released EARLY NEXT YEAR!

"We all know the album has been delayed many times and here is why! You have a band that is looking for an opportunity to record/mix/master and album that is already delayed and the studio is one of the best studios in our region and also the busiest. Also the guy who is doing everything (recording/mixing and mastering) is busy with his own schedule. We have been mixing this album everytime there has been a free spot on the studio schedule, Heikki's schedule and our schedule...And it has been nerve wrecking for all of us!

"As we have all the tracks at Ansa studios we can't simply start over with the mixing process because we are already so near the finish line. We have been doing shows and playing the same songs over and over again during this whole time and it has been like running in a wheel....We will be taking the rest of the year off to load our batteries and spend time with our other projects.

"Jani and Jarkko will be joining forces to write some new material, as will I. So the beginning of the next year looks really promising! We would like to thank Heikki for his patience and also Teemu from Ansa studios for giving us the chance to do this album.

"Also we would like to thank our families for their patience and all the people evolved! All the details of the release will be announced later. Kiitos! Memoira would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

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Mourning Caress Splits With Vocalist

Münster, Germany based melodic death/thrash outfit Mourning Caress is currently looking for a new singer, as founding member Gerrit Mohr decided to quit due to private reasons. Gerrit states:

"This is it. I am out. It's such a strange feeling, but it's a well considered decision. I still love the band, the music and the insane boys - that's for sure, but sometimes it's necessary to draw the line.

"15 years of friendship, joy, M.E.T.A.L., tragedy, madness, sadness and really bad jokes will forever be carved in my mind. Thank you for this.

"One last time, from the bottom of my heart I scream: Up The Caress!! Over and out."

You can also hear the song "Never Surrender" off the "Deep Wounds, Bright Scars" album in the player below. More...

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Tystnaden To Release Third LP "Anima"

Italian melodic death/gothic metal act Tystnaden is set to release the band's third LP "Anima." The album is scheduled for release on November 26, 2012 through Valery Records. "Anima" was recorded and mastered at the New Sin Studio of Loria, TV (in Italy). The artwork (shown below) was designed by Travis Smith. According to the press release:

"With 'Anima' Tystnaden offers a masterpiece of modern and sophisticated gothic metal. Laura De Luca's voice is able to paint in a perfect way the most sweet and melodic atmospheres and the most aggressive moments of the album."

The track list for "Anima" is as follows:

1. Lust
2. Struggling at the Mirror
3. Egonist
4. Days and Lies
5. Against Windmills
6. Father Mother
7. Mindrama
8. War
9. The Life Before
10. Innerenemy
11. The Journey More...

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Envinya Streaming New Track "In My Hands"

Munich based melodic metal band Envinya are streaming the new song "In My Hands." The track appears on the debut full length release "Inner Silence," which is due for release on January 25, 2012 via Massacre Records. The band self-issued its debut release, the EP "Beyond the Dark," in 2010.

Check out "In My Hands" here:

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Dante Streaming New Track From Third LP

German power/progressive act Dante is streaming the new track "The Lone And Level Sands." The song appears on the band's upcoming third LP "November Red," which is due for release on January 25, 2013 via Massacre Records.

Check out "The Lone And Level Sands" here:

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