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Metal News for November 16, 2011

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40 news articles posted on this day.

New Saints Row Game Features Metal Bands

THQ Inc. and Volition, Inc. have now released "Saints Row: The Third" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The launch trailer has also been posted online and can be viewed here.

"There's no way to describe Saints Row: The Third other than pure, over-the-top fun," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "In a sea of games that are doing the same thing over again, it's incredibly refreshing to take Saints Row in a completely new direction, and incredibly satisfying to see the reaction from fans so far. Today, we all embrace the crazy."

The game boasts seven in game radio stations to enjoy while flying and driving through Steelport. Metal Blade Records boasts a huge presence on The Blood, the in-game station featuring an assortment of metal tracks. The complete track listing for the station is below and includes the Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, Between the Buried and Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Job for a Cowboy and Shai Hulud.

After the Burial "Berzerker"
Amon Amarth "Runes To My Memory"
Between the Buried and Me "Obfuscation"
The Black Dahlia Murder "Necropolis"
Black Veil Brides "Perfect Weapon"
Chemlab "Suicide Jag"
The Dillinger Escape Plan "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
Drowning Pool "Feel Like I Do"
Goatwhore "Apocalyptic Havoc"
Job for a Cowboy "Regurgitated Disinformation"
KMFDM "WW III"
Marylin Manson "arma goddamn mother****in geddon"
Mastodon "Divinations"
Miss May I "Apologies Are For The Weak"
Opeth "The Lotus Eater"
Otep "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
Shai Hulud "Misanthropy Pure"
Strapping Young Lad "Love?"
Tugboat "Slow Revolution"
You Love Her Coz She's Dead "Engine Wrecker"

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Fuck The Facts Posts "A Coward's Existence" Clip

Metal Injection has premiered the brand new video from Ottawa grindcore powerhouse Fuck The Facts, which can be viewed below. Crafted for the track “A Coward’s Existence,” from FTF’s new album "Die Miserable," the graphic, high-paced video was directed by Michael Panduro, known for his work with Cephalic Carnage, Psyopus, Rotten Sound and more.

Fans can now also stream the new Fuck The Facts EP "Misery," which was released as a bonus alongside "Die Miserable," at the official FTF Bandcamp page here.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Interview

Revocation: The Interview To End All Interviews

On a chilly Saturday evening, I dropped into the cozy Silk City Taproom in Florence, Massachusetts, for a special one-off show featuring Boston's breakout underground metal stars, Revocation. They released their jaw-dropping and versatile third studio album "Chaos Of Forms" through Relapse Records earlier in 2011 to wide acclaim, and had just wrapped up an opening slot on tour with Chimaira when they decided to revisit their regional turf in a far more intimate way.

Prior to loosing a toxic river of thrash, death, speed, groove, and progressive metal on the tiny club's adoring patrons, three of Revocation's members checked in with Metalunderground.com on Silk City's outdoor second-floor smoking balcony. Huddled in a corner and speaking above the nearby din of a rowdy, liquored-up crowd, guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson, drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne, and second guitarist Dan Gargiulo indulged me with some amusing banter.

The full, unabridged transcript follows below - complete with some unruly outside interjections too silly not to reproduce here. More...

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Decaying Announces New Album Release

Finnish act Decaying has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's new "Encirclement" album:

"Our sophomore album, entitled 'Encirclement' is schechuled for release 2nd of January 2012 through Hellthrasher Productions (Poland)! Encirclement is going to feature 10 tracks, listed below. The opening one is an instrumental piece, followed by fully re-recorded version of Operation Citadel (demo version can be found on Youtube).

"The lyrics on the album are mostly handling specific events in the World War 1 & 2, but there is also other topics included - like media propaganda themed 'Public Enlightenment,' a tongue-in-cheek written 'Artillery Barrage' and 'Conclusion' which even relates to events happened this year. Finally 'Encirclement' culminates to the 10 minute epic 'The Rising Sun,' which is without a doubt one of the strongest tracks we've written.

"You can expect over 60 minutes worth of extremely heavy & old school death metal in the vein of Asphyx, Bolt Thrower and Death, but with a twist! This is definitely an improvement over our first effort, Devastate. Stay tuned! The artwork was designed once again by Bartlomiej Kurzok."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Initiation
2. Operation Citadel
3. From The Cradle To The Grave
4. Artillery Barrage
5. Battle Of The Somme
6. Conclusion
7. On The Path Of Subjugation
8. The Hell Of Verdun
9. Public Enlightenment
10. The Rising Sun More...

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Fecalizer Releasing Split Album

Two of Mexico's underground grindcore bands, Fecalizer and Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis, will team up to release a split album at the end of this year on United Guttural records.

The CD will contain six tracks from each band, all recorded in the middle of this year, for a total of forty minutes of music. You can check out the music of Fecalizer on MySpace, and the music of Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis via the band's music page here as well.

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Razormaze Announces Winter Tour

This winter, Boston thrashers Razormaze will be embarking on an east coast tour and recording a second full-length album. The album will be recorded by Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Ravage, Frozen) and will feature 8 tracks of all new material.

It has been almost 2 years since the band’s last effort, "Miseries." “We keep trying to one up ourselves with each release. The writing for this album took quite a while and we think it’ll show,” says the band's vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Citrone “we’re very proud of what we’ve got and we can’t wait to get it out there. Overall it’s definitely more aggressive, heavier and more technical. We’ll be playing all of it on the tour.”

Razormaze was recently voted the title of “Best Metal Act” in Boston’s Best Music Poll and is currently nominated for a Boston Music Award in the same category. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

11/30 JR's Bar - Philly PA
12/1 Strange Matter - Richmond VA
12/2 The Get Down - Asheville NC
12/3 The Conundrum Music Hall - Columbia SC
12/4 Gravity Pub - ATL GA
12/5 Shantytown Pub - Jacksonville FL
12/7 Fubar - St. Petersburg, FL
12/9 The Jinx - Savannah, GA
12/10 DIVEbar - Raleigh, NC
12/11 Sidebar - Baltimore MD

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Noctem Announces Finnish Tour Dates

Spain's Noctem has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Finnish act Coprolith:

"The finest art of despair and melancholy put together with their supreme act of hatred, Noctem (ES) and Coprolith (FIN) will devastate the grounds of Finland in December 2011. This early christmas present for all of you Blackened Death Metal maniacs, presented by Satan himself, will take place on the following locations:

8.12.2011 @ Club Prkl, Helsinki + Chaotech
9.12.2011 @ Soho, Porvoo + tba
10.12.2011 @ The Rock, Kokkola + tba
11.12. 2011 @ Klubi, Turku + Mormânt De Snagov

"So get your asses to the shows and be prepared to be mutilated by these acts of brutality and bloodshed! Hail Murder!" More...

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Exclusive

New Seven Nines and Tens Songs Streaming Online

Vancouver, British Columbia's experimental metal band Seven Nines and Tens' debut full-length album, "Habitat 67," arrives three years almost to the day after their first live performance as a band. Metalunderground.com has the exclusive stream of two songs off the new album, which is set to be released on December 3rd at their CD release show. The band is still considering options for online distribution. In the meantime, you can stream "Saga of Butyric Fermentation" and "Thermocapsulary Dehousing Assister" in the player below.

Founding member Dave Cotton commented on their time together: "In hindsight, I think we spent the time between then and now wisely enough, playing any stage that would have us and always striving to refine and delve further into the sound we create."

Seven Nines and Tens recorded and produced these songs with their friend Hayz Fisher between October 2010 and October 2011 at the Dead Room and Factory Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Another friend of the band, Adam Veenendaal, mastered them.

Here is the "Habitat 67" track listing:

1. Thermocapsulary Dehousing Assister
2. A.s.o.h.a
3. Crystalline Xanthine Alkaloid
4. Microchasm
5. The Watch that Ends the Night
6. Saga of Butyric Fermentation
7. I Grow Tired
8. Famke Jansenn
9. Retrograde Orbit
10 Voir Dire
11. Day of the Living

Cotton commented on the future as well: "As far as our future plans are concerned, all of this striving and delving has yielded 20+ new songs that we are going to be demoing over the winter and taking out on tour before we track them properly in the spring of 2012."

Metalunderground.com previously premiered the track "Crystalline Xanthine Alkaloid," which is also available for free download.

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Dark Spectrum To Release "Whisper" As Download

"Whisper," the new album from Chicago metallers Dark Spectrum, will be released for free download on November 22nd via Bit Torrent and the band's official Reverb Nation page. The CD was recorded at Apothica Studios in Batavia, Illinois. Joe Tiberi of Mechina once again handled production and recording duties, as well as the mixing and mastering.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Whisper
2. The Soil Is Shour
3. Perplexed In Chaos
4. Sociopath
5. Blood Of The Lambs

Commented Dark Spectrum bassist Thatcher Markham: "We had a full blown concept for an album cover but it had to be scrapped for two reasons, contractual obligations and money. We disbanded and wanted to release the album for free but the fact that we weren't going to sell it went against the contract signed with the artist. So what you see, this isn't what it was meant to be, but it serves its purpose. Fitting that this was the last photo ever taken of us as a band.

"All the time, effort, work, heart, and soul, to just let these songs disappear and fade away without a release of any sort is just completely unacceptable to us. Even though we will probably never be a band again the four of us are extremely proud of what we wrote and recorded. At this point its just about getting the music out there for free to anyone that wants it and about closure and solace for us. More...

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CypherSeer Working On New Album

CypherSeer is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the last release "Origins." Guitarist Sergio Ribiero has checked in with an update on the band's progress:

"First order of business - CypherSeer would like to announce that for the next record, Martin Brändström from the band Dark Tranquillity, will be laying down all the keyboard work. After months searching and speaking with some of the industry's best and most respected keyboardists, Martin just absolutely blew us away with his ideas and playing. We felt an immediate connection and we felt his keyboard style would fit our music the best, since we are aiming for a more updated overall sound on the up-coming record.

"Speaking of our new record... We are currently recording demos to be shipped out for editing, and soon after that, the actual recording will begin. As of right now the projected date for the start of recording is mid January. In terms of the actual songs, we feel that we are getting ever-closer to the sound that defines CypherSeer. We were very meticulous and made sure all the songs were to their absolute potential before we started demoing them. More...

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OpEd

Danzig Versus Slayer: Who's the Bigger Name?

Glenn Danzig’s recent comments and alleged behavior at Fun Fun Fun Fest provoked much talk among the heavy metal community. Mainstream publications such as Rolling Stone brought this conversation to a much larger audience. Besides trying to instigate a riot, Danzig bemoaned playing the Black Stage. He said he is as big as Slayer, so he should be on the larger Orange stage. The Slayer comment sparked a debate among Metal Underground’s readers. Who is bigger and more popular—Slayer or Danzig? Now that the question has been asked, I’ve done some searching to determine who has a larger fan base.

In addition to providing album sales numbers, I will look at some of the factors that contribute to the popularity of both bands. On one side, we have the blues-laden doom metal of Danzig. Often characterized as the Satanic Elvis, Danzig possesses unmistakable, deep vocal tones and lupine howls. Short but muscular, his mic-whipping, air-grabbing stage antics convey a barbaric image. On the other side, we have thrash metal legends, Slayer. In addition to being part of the Big 4 thrash acts of the 80s, they pushed the boundaries of speed, and broke ground for thrash, death and black metal. Kerry King's whammy bar solos perfectly relate the wicked vibe of each song. The battle cry of “SLAYEEEER” is as common at a metal concert as a Marshall half-stack.

Danzig showcased material as Danzig Legacy at Fun Fun Fun Fest, so Slayer is butting heads against not one band but three. The Misfits and Samhain portions of his set added a crossover appeal, which proved perfect for a fest that catered to punk and metal. Still, I’m going to assume that many of the Fiend Club members also listen to Danzig.

Besides Dave Lombardo, Slayer has boasted a stable lineup, without bringing over fans from previous bands. Kerry King spent time in Megadeth, but he doesn’t appear on any Megadeth albums, so he obviously didn’t pull fans from Megadeth. Fans will always recognize Dave Lombardo as Slayer’s drummer, even though he has commanded the beat for other bands such as Philm, Grip Inc. and Fantomas. More...

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Destroyer 666 Album To Be Re-Released

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the Destroyer 666 album "Cold Steel... For An Iron Age" with bonus material:

"With 2002's 'Cold Steel... for an Iron Age,' black/thrash metallers DESTRÖYER 666 continued their steep climb in the favour of fans and critics alike. The Australian warmongers were received with praise like 'Hail and kill indeed' in a 9/10 review from Terrorizer or described like 'Deströyer 666 offer the best of their Black/Thrash know-how, refined with the usual Australian vice' in Rock Hard FR (8/10). With time its impact even grew as Encyclopaedia Metallum now awards this album a 100% review twice, while saying: 'Cold Steel is pretty much a perfect album. It is fast, intense, and aggressive and most of all, incredibly infectious!'

"On next December 9th, this modern classic will be re-released in an irresistible package. The new version not only includes the bonus track 'The Dragon,' but the Australians also treated their masterpiece to a spectacular brand-new graphic design with liner notes. This is clearly a must have for all DESTRÖYER 666 fans!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Black City - Black Fire
2. Clenched Fist
3. Cold Steel...
4. Sons of Perdition
5. Raped
6. The Calling
7. Savage Pitch
8. Witch Hunter
9. Shadow
10. The Dragon [bonus track]

The reissue of "Cold Steel... for an Iron Age" is available for pre-order on Season of Mist's e-shop at this location.

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Drudkh To Release New Album Next Year

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Drudkh in 2012:

"Drudkh is back! The Ukrainian black poets' forthcoming album is entitled 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' and has been scheduled for a February 24th (28th in North America), 2012 release.

"'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' marks a return to the band's roots and early sound. More news soon!"

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Lock Up Announces North American Headline Tour

Lock Up, the U.K. death metal group featuring genre veterans Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear), Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicolas Barker (ex-Cradle Of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) and Anton Reisenegger (Criminal, Pentagram), has announced its first ever North American tour. The headlining run includes Goatwhore and Strong Intention and is set to kick off in February.

Said drummer Nick Barker, “After many attempts in the past, sadly to no avail, Lock Up finally gets to make it stateside for a string of shows with our good friends from Louisiana, Goatwhore. For us in Lock Up, to play with Goatwhore in the US is like a dream tour, as they are one of our favorite bands - and being good friends with them too only makes this package even more special to us. Be prepared North America ‘cause we're coming over to blast your minds into deathgrind oblivion!”

Lock Up is touring in support of its third studio album, "Necropolis Transparent," which hit stores in July on Nuclear Blast Records. Dates are as follows:

2/08 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
2/09 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
2/10 – Boston, MA @ Club Lido
2/11 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
2/12 – Tortonto, ON @ Wreck Room
2/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
2/14 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
2/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
2/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa

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Bolt Thrower Announces Boltfest Location

As previously announced, Bolt Thrower is celebrating twenty five years in action next year and will be throwing one hell of a birthday party. The band has just now announced where and when by commenting:

"Well, after meeting a lot of people and looking for suitable clubs, we've finally found a great venue along with some like-minded people to host the Bolty Birthday Bash – BOLTFEST.

"It will be held at the prestigious HMV Forum in London, on Saturday 7th April 2012 (Easter Bank Holiday weekend). More info on tickets, bands, etc. coming soon."

On the 24th of October, Metal Blade Records Europe re-issued the three Bolt Thrower albums "Mercenary," "Honour Valour Pride," and "Those Once Loyal" on vinyl. All three albums will be released as Gatefold LPs on black vinyl in North America, with details available at this location.

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Nothnegal Reveals "Decadence" Details

Nothnegal's debut album "Decadence" will hit the stores on January 20th (January 24th in North America), and the band has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing. You can check out the artwork after the jump, and the track list is as follows:

1. Salvation
2. Claymore
3. Janus
4. Decadence
5. Armageddon
6. R.A.D.A.R
7. Sins Of Our Creations
8. Singularity

You can listen to a 40-second snippet of "Claymore" on the band's homepage here. "Decadence" is available for pre-order on Season of Mist's e-shop as a limited digipak edition. More...

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Joncofy Streaming "Rorschach Inkblots" EP

Ukraine based act Joncofy is currently streaming the band's entire "Rorschach Inkblots" EP online. You can check out the release by heading over to the band's Facebook profile, or listen to the title track in the player below.

1. Joncofy - Rorschach Inkblots by Joncofy

The track listing is as follows:

1. Rorschach Inkblots
2. Region of Y
3. Naenia
4. Scardancers
5. Xibalba (Place of Fear)

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Asking Alexandria Video Interview Available

Bryan Stars has posted a new video interview online with vocalist Danny Worsnop and guitarist Ben Bruce from Asking Alexandria during the "World War III" tour. You can check out the video interview in the player below.

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Skyharbor Pushes Back Debut Album Release

India's Skyharbor has issued the following statement about pushing back the release of the band's new album:

"Hi everyone, Keshav here. There is some news about Skyharbor that I feel I need to let you all in on. Please read carefully and thoroughly!

"Literally just a few days ago, we were presented with an unprecedented opportunity, one that is almost unheard of for a band from India, and has certainly never been offered to one that is yet to have either its debut album or concert done. This opportunity is so great that I simply could not pass it up, for the long term future and prospects of Skyharbor as a band.

"However, this does mean that our debut album will have to be delayed yet again by a few weeks. I'm very much aware how eagerly all of you are anticipating this release, and I've braced myself for the inevitable backlash that will occur due to this news, especially as it is just days away from the 20th. But I am very confident of one thing - when we are able to reveal the exact nature of what has happened (which will be in a matter of days), you will ALL be very happy, delighted even - our Indian fans because of the nature of the opportunity and what it means for our scene, and our overseas fans because we will now be much more accessible to you!

"What this also means is that we will not be selling the album, CD or digital, at the NH7 Weekender festival (which we are still playing BTW), like we had originally planned - but again, this is only because there will be a much better product coming now.

"I hope that you guys will be understanding and will continue to support us at what is now a very critical moment in our career as a band. In the meantime, please do come out to our show at the NH7 Weekender at 3PM on the 20th, where we will still be playing almost all of the album live! I promise to have more information for you in the coming days."

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The Devil's Blood Posts Art Book Video

Occult rock act The Devil's Blood has posted an art book presentation video clip online for the band's upcoming new album "The Thousandfold Epicentre." You can check out the clip below.

The new album is set for release in North America on January 17th, 2012, and "The Thousandfold Epicentre" features 11 tracks produced with the help of Pieter Kloos at Void Studios (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

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Austrian Death Machine To Release New Single

The one and only Austrian Death Machine spent some time in the studio recently, mostly to lift weights, but also to record a few new songs. The songs are based on the ultimate holiday movie, Jingle All the Way, which stars Ahhnold, of course! The songs are a regaling tale of the pursuit of a one "Turbo Man" doll, sung by Tim Lambesis and Ahhnold.

The digital version of Jingle All the Way will be available for download wherever downloads are sold as of December 6th, 2011 and the limited 7" vinyl single will be available shortly thereafter and can be pre-ordered now. This piece of vinyl will be the perfect stocking-stuffer for the most brutal of friends and family. Ahhnold only asks that the vinyl not be gifted to "puny wimps" or "girly men."

Fans can pre-order the Jingle All the Way 7" now over at this location. More...

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Sathanas Posts New Album Promo Video

Pennsylvania's Sathanas has posted a promotional video online for the band's new album "La Hora De Lucifer," which is available below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Angels Forsaken
2. La Hora de Lucifer
3. Forged In Eternal Fire
4. Engraved In The Book Of Death
5. Battle Of Bewitchment
6. Darkconjurings
7. Hammer Of Demons
8. Nocturnal Reign
9. Blackest Hate

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Iron Savior Streaming New Track

German power metal band Iron Savior is streaming the new track "Before the Pain" from the upcoming album "The Landing" (heard below). The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

The song will be active for the next 24 hours, as the band's plan to stream one new track each day until the release of the album continues.

The track listing for "The Landing" is:

1. Descending
2. The Savior
3. Starlight
4. March Of Doom
5. Heavy Metal Never Dies
6. Moment In Time
7. Hall Of The Heroes
8. R. U. Ready
9. Faster Than All
10. Before The Pain
11. No Guts No Glory

Check out the track here:

IRON SAVIOR - 10 - Before The Pain by AFM Records

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Before The Dawn Posts Tour Video

Before The Dawn is currently embarked on a European tour supporting Insomnium, and the band has now posted a video blog from the online that can be seen below. The clip also includes a brief peek into new material from the band.

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Dimmu Borgir Announces South American Shows

Dimmu Borgir has announced a new string of South American tour dates in 2012. The currently announced shows are as follows:

19.02.2012 Mexico City, Mexico
21.02.2012 San Salvador, El Salvador
23.02.2012 San Jose, Costa Rica
25.02.2012 Caracas, Venezuela
27.02.2012 Bogota, Colombia
29.02.2012 Antofagasta, Chile
02.03.2012 Santiago, Chile
06.03.2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina
08.03.2012 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dimmu Borgir also recently posted the bonus song "D.M.D.R. (Dead Men Don't Rape)" online, which can be heard at this location.

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Eisregen To Play Extreme Fest

Germany's Eisregen will be appearing at the Extreme Fest 2012, which takes place on the following dates and locations:

July 5-7, 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
July 5-7, 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
July 5-7, 2012 CH – TBA, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The current lineup is as follows:

Arkona
Asphyx
Benighted
Cannibal Corpse
Deströyer 666
Disavowed
Dornenreich
Eis
Eisregen
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hellish Crossfire
Hellsaw
Inquisition
Milking The Goatmachine
Origin
Rompeprop
Suicidal Angels
Whitechapel

For further information visit the festival's official website at this location.

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Victory Records Posts New Web Series Episode

Victory Records has posted episode 74 of the label's "VicTorV" webisode series online, which can be viewed below. This episode of the series includes members of Carnifex, Close Your Eyes, and Counterparts.

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Just For Fun

Britney Spears In Manson "Sweet Dreams" Video

The video that was reportedly used by Britney Spears during costume changes on her 2009 "Circus" tour has been posted online at fans' requests. The video in question feature Spears writhing around at a orgy masquerade party set to Marilyn Manson's 1995 cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."

Here's Britney's version:

Here's Manson's original cover music video:

Which do you prefer?

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Obscene Reveals "See" Details

Chilean metallers Obscene have announced that their debut album will be named "See." You can check out the cover artwork for the release below. Francisco Arenas (guitar player) commented:

"We are exited about our brand new album 'See,' and we would like to present to you from our point of view about the system that we are living in, so we are telling you, open your eyes and look what is in front of you."

A music video for a song off the album titled "The Convolution Day" is also now available online and can be found after the jump The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Seeing the Truth
2. Stupid Manipulator
3. Unnamed
4. No More Fucking Love Songs
5. Blind Transition
6. The Convolution Day
7. Immolation
8. Back to the Reality

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But We Try It Parts Ways With Drummer

Germany's But We Try It has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer and seeking a replacement:

"From now on But We Try It is searching for a new drummer. Due to musical differences we have decided to part ways with our original drummer Mark. The band honestly wants to thank Mark for all the work, energy and passion he put into the band for the last four years.

"What we have to offer:

- Touring activities (last tour with with Illdisposed, Raunchy and Arcadia)
- Full commitment to the music
- Studio recordings for the new album within the next year
- A rehearsal room with heating in Wuppertal/Germany

"If you are interested, you are cordially invited to contact the guys via email (outlive@hotmail.de) or on Facebook here."

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The Dead Wretched Posts Studio Footage

South Wales metal act The Dead Wretched has released the second part if a series of studio clips showing the band working on a new album to be released in 2012. You can check out the clip below, or find The Dead Wretched's previously posted "Hammer Death" music video by heading over to this location.

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Winter's Verge Posts New Music Video

Cyprus power metal band Winter's Verge posted a new music video for the song "Not Without A Fight." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "Beyond Vengeance" due out soon on Massacre records.

The album artwork for "Beyond Vengeance" can be viewed here:

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Nightqueen Posts Two New Music Videos

Belgian metal band Nightqueen posted a new music video for the track "Lady Fantasy." The track appears on the band's forthcoming debut full length LP "For Queen & Metal" which is scheduled for release in January 2012 through Massacre Records.

Check out the video here:

In addition, for the upcoming Christmas season the band is releasing a separate single for the song "Xmas Wonderland" through Massacre Records. The band posted a new music video for the song, which can be seen here: More...

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Soen Signs With Spinefarm Records

Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth/Amon Amarth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), have signed on with Spinefarm Records. The band are currently writing new material for an album that is due out in February 2012.

More details on the album are expected soon.

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Trailer

Co-founding member of Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire and guitarist Luca Turilli announced his new project "Luca Turilli's Rhapsody," which was in accordance with the recent mutual split between himself and keyboardist Alex Staropoli.

In the split, Staropoli continues on with Rhapsody of Fire and now, in what is bound to cause some confusion, begins the emergence of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, which bears the essentially the same logo as Rhapsody of Fire. Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new teaser video for the "new beginning" which announces that the band will release an album in June of 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video can be viewed here:

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Oz Streams Entire New Album

Scandinavian band Oz are streaming the entire new album "Burning Leather" exclusively on Inferno's website at this location.

"Burning Leather" is the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The new LP is set for November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Burning Leather" is as follows:

1. Dominator
2. Searchlights
3. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
4. Fire In The Brain
5. Seasons In The Darkness
6. Turn The Cross Upside Down
7. Burning Leather
8. Gambler
9. Enter Stadium
10. Total Metal
11. Third Warning

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Funerus Streaming Album Online

Funerus is streaming it's entire album online. The eleven track album, "Return to Sludge," marks the second release for this New York/Pennsylvania band and will be officially released on November 22nd. Head over to this location to hear the album.

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Waltari Celebrates 25 Years of Music

Finnish metal band Waltari recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. Formed in 1986, they’ve become known in their careers as a band that excels at combining different styles of music, especially creating diverse and refreshingly open minded variations within rock and metal. So it was only natural that at their anniversary show at Nosturi in Helsinki, some of the areas diverse quantity of musicians within the Finnish musical community (and a few other from other areas! ) would be taking the stage to perform with these heroes of rock.

First up to take the stage was Lord Bishop of Lord Bishop Rocks. I cannot stress the diversity of this show enough, especially in the case of getting to hear this upbeat 70’s influenced rock. The charismatic Lord Bishop played well with the musicians of Waltari, and the effect was an intro to the night that spoke purely of the good times ahead.

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Welicoruss Posts New Video Blog

Russia's Welicoruss has posted a new video blog online from the band's time working on the new single "Kharnha." You can check out the clip below, or find the band's previously posted video blog by navigating to this location.

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James Murphy Seeking Donations For Medical Expense

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy is currently accepting donations to cover the costs of his medical expenses. You can donate by heading over here. His publicist also issued the following statement:

"Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

"In August 2001, Murphy was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain (on the pituitary gland) and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life-saving operation. James underwent surgery on September 17th, 2001, involving a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through James' sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. More...

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