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Metal News for November 17, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Start A Fire Issues Recording Update

Start a Fire has checked in with the following update about the recording process for a new EP:

"Somewhere in a galaxy not to far from the guy you know across the street....... Today Amandus, Alex and Robin took the bandmobile towards the misty hills of Kinna and Studio Haga. Several hours and a lot of duct tape later the drums were finally ready to start the recording.

"Around 9pm the cell woke me up from my nail-biting impatience: '2 songs are done!' stated the voice of a satisfied drummer. 'Amandus?' I cried out. 'Thou shalt cometh with me the day after today!' grunted the voice, and before I knew it I had agreed to follow him wherever he wanted to go and the voice was silent. Can I play with madness?"

You can also check out Start A Fire's music by navigating your browser to the band's MySpace page here.

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Marionette Streaming New Song

“Stand In Line,” a brand new song from Gothenburg, Sweden based metal-sextet Marionette can be streamed through Metal Hammer at this location.

Aron Parmerud, guitarist, backing vocalist, and songwriter for Marionette comments:

“’Stand In Line’ is one of the faster songs on Nerve. It is aggressive lyrically, in your face, and very keyboard driven. It also contains one of the few guitar solos on the album. It shows another dimension to Nerve and MARIONETTE for those familiar with another new song we recently posted titled ‘Remember Your Name.’ Those of you who see us on ‘The SlaughTour 2011’ next month will get to hear this song live and in its rawest form.”

Marionette will release its third album, "Nerve," worldwide on December 5th, 2011. The album will be released digitally via Pivotal Rockordings in all major web-retail outlets and streaming services while the physical album will be self-released by Marionette in individually numbered high-quality digipaks featuring two exclusive bonus tracks. Artwork for the release was handled by Gustavo Sazes of Abstrata Design (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND). The track listing is as follows:

1. From Marionette With Love
2. Stand In Line
3. Act of Violence
4. Remember Your Name
5. Revelation 6:8
6. A New High
7. Something Forgotten
8. Smile or Die Trying
9. The Last
10. När Du Ruttnar Bort
11. Brand New Day
12. Lights Out
13. Overdose*
14. The Sun, The Skies, The Clarity and Light*
*Only available on physical album version.

Marionette will also take part in “The SlaughTour 2011” alongside fellow Swedes Dead By April and One Without. Dates are as follows: More...

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Each Of The Days To Tour With Ampora

Japan's Each Of The Days, which signed to Ironclad Recordings during the summer, will embark on its first ever U.S. tour with supporting act Ampora. The band's debut album "Sweet Carrion" was released in October via Ironclad Recordings. You can check out the group's music at this location.

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

Dec.1 - SanDiego, CA @ Ruby Room
Dec.2 - Glendale, AZ @ Famous Sams
Dec.3 - NM-TBA
Dec.4 - Arlington, TX @ The Ranch
Dec.5 - Englewood, Co @ Gothic Theater
Dec.6 - Riverton, WY @ The Emporium
Dec.7 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Dec.8 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Dec.9 - OR-TBA
Dec.10 - Reno, CA @ The Treehouse Lounge
Dec.11 - LakeTahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dicks
Dec.12 - SanFrancisco, CA @ Retox Lounge
Dec.13 - Crockett, CA @ Toots Tavern
Dec.14 - LasVegas, CA @ The Bunkhouse
Dec.15 - Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut

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Exhumed Dissects Latest Cadeveric Offering

Exhumed has left a twenty-plus-year-stinky stain on the extreme metal community. Starting with their 1998 platter of splatter, “Gore Metal,” Exhumed has become one of the more recognized acts on Relapse Records’ roster of atrocities. Recently, the group released the pun-heavy-titled “All Guts No Glory,” its first proper album in eight years. The punk-laden album subsides on a heavy diet of blistering drums, sharp guitars, ghoulish voices and dark humor.

Vocalist, guitarist and partial Exhumed brain child, Matt Harvey spoke to Metal Underground via phone about his “It’s Alive”-shaped baby. In addition to providing details about recording “All Guts No Glory,” Harvey spoke about playing two Metal Underground-sponsored events. The day of the interview he had just started Exhumed North American tour with Goatwhore and Havok, and also commented on the group’s upcoming performance at The Goregrowler’s Ball. More...

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Animals As Leaders Album Cracks Billboard Top 200

The new Animals As Leaders album "Weightless" has debuted at #92 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. The album also landed at #7 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Chart, #16 on their Top Independent Album Chart and #50 on the Top Current Digital Album Chart.

This marks the band's first appearance on any of Billboard's charts and is one of the five best first-week showings in Prosthetic Records history.

"Weightless" marks the recording debuts of drummer Navene Koperweis, who spearheaded the production of the album, and guitarist Javier Reyes, who mixed the album. Samples of all the album's tracks can be heard through an album teaser clip available here.

The "Weightless" track listing is as follows:

1. An Infinite Regression
2. Odessa
3. Somnarium
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
9. Espera
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
11. Weightless
12. David

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Loma Prieta Launches "Trilogy 4: Momentary" Clip

San Francisco's Loma Prieta has premiered a video for "Trilogy 4: Momentary" by Evan Henkel that can be seen below. Loma Prieta's new album "I.V." will be available soon via Deathwish. Further details on the band are available via Facebook.

Loma Prieta - "Trilogy 4 - Momentary" from Evan Henkel on Vimeo.

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Throne Of Malediction Posts New Track Online

Throne of Malediction has uploaded a new pre-master track titled "In The Bleeding." You can stream the track in the player available after the jump, or download the song for free at this location.

The band also recently posted another new song online titled "A Burden Of Ages." You can check out that track by heading here.


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Oathbreaker Posts "Glimpse Of The Unseen" Video

Check out Oathbreaker's new music video for the "Glimpse of the Unseen" track below. The song is taken from the "Maelstrom" album out now on Deathwish. The clip was irected by Un Oiseau dans la Main.

OATHBREAKER-Glimpse of the unseen from Un Oiseau dans la Main on Vimeo.

Oathbreaker also has the following upcoming live shows:

12/03: Darmstadt, Germany @ Oetinger Villa
12/23: Avelgem, Belgium @ JH Krak

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Fallujah Streaming New Track Online

Fallujah has premiered the new song "Assemblage of Wolves" online from the band's debut full-length album "The Harvest Wombs," due out November 22nd on Unique Leader Records. You can listen to the song in the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Alpha Incipient
2. Ritual of Godflesh
3. Become One
4. Cerebral Hybridization
5. Prison of the Mind
6. The Flame Surreal
7. Enslaved Eternal Phenomenon
8. Hallucination
9. The Harvest Wombs
10. Assemblage of Wolves

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Massakren Posts Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Massakren will be releasing a new music video for the song "Under Cover of Darkness" this coming Monday. The band has now posted behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot with Perfect Cut Productions, which can be viewed below.

"Under Cover of Darkness" is taken off the band's self-titled EP (reviewed here). You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Threshold" at this location.

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Ronny Munroe Talks New Album In Video Interview

Former Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe talked about his new album "Lords Of The Edge" in a new video interview with ArmyOfOneTV. You can check out the clip below.

"Lords of the Edge" features Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden), Chris Caffery (TSO/Savatage), and Michael Wilton (Queensryche). The track listing is as follows:

1. Just Breathe
2. Full Circle
3. Pierced by the Maiden
4. The Vision
5. The Fear of What's to Come
6. Let Them Feed
7. Rock and a Hard Place
8. Blood Red Skies
9. Lords of the Edge
10. Touched By a Demon
11. Still Alive
12. Goodbye to the Black

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DeathDestruction Posts Tour Video

Swedish act DeathDestruction has posted a third episode online in a series of video road reports from a European tour supporting Hammerfall. You can check out the video clip below. The previously posted second episode is also available at this location.

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Black Tusk Offering Free Track Download

Black Tusk is offering a free download of the track "Set the Dial to Your Doom" exclusively through RCRD LBL at this location. The download comes from the band's new album "Set the Dial," which saw an October 24th release via Relapse Records.

Black Tusk is touring in December throughout the Southern U.S. and support on these shows will come from MonstrO and Kyng. Dates are as follows:

11/17: Nashville, TN @ The End (w/ Thou, MonstrO)

**All dates 12/8 - 12/17 w/ Monstro and Kyng**
Dec 8 Birmingham, AL The Nick
Dec 9 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
Dec 10 Houston, TX Rudyards
Dec 11 Austin, TX Emo's
Dec 12 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Dec 14 Gainesville, FL Double Down Live
Dec 15 Orlando, FL Backbooth
Dec 16 Miami, FL Churchill's
Dec 17 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

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Goatwhore Comments On Lock Up Tour

As was previously announced, U.K. death metal act Lock Up will be hitting the road for a North American tour with Goatwhore and Strong Intention. Lock Up features 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).

Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust comments on the trek, "We know it is only a hand full of shows with Lock Up, but it will be a great start into the release of our next record. Not only are the Lock Up and Strong Intention guys good friends, they will both add to the complete assault of this aggressive line up. We have spoken to Nick and Shane of Lock Up numerous times about doing some tours together in the past. We are quite enthusiastic about hitting the road with them even if it is such a short run. This will not only be an insane attack of musical chaos but numerous nights of complete lawless behavior. Prepare yourselves for the assault!"

Lock Up is touring in support of its third studio album, "Necropolis Transparent." 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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Brian "Head" Welch Posts "Paralyzed" Video

Brian "Head" Welch has posted a music video online through Noisecreep for the "Paralyzed" single. You can check out the video clip below.

"To me, 'Paralyzed' symbolizes being stuck and unable to move forward in life. Everybody can relate to that in some way. The lyrics in the chorus – 'I'm paralyzed / I need you now' – are a cry for help to the one person we love the most and totally trust to help pull us out of our despair," Welch told Noisecreep about the track.

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Macbeth To Enter The Studio

Italian Gothic metallers Macbeth will enter the studio this coming December to begin recording their fifth full-length album, which is due for a late spring/summer 2012 release via Dragonheart records. Macbeth also commented:

"The new sound combines a wide range of influences and is heavier, dynamic and more melodic.
The band will film a series of studio diaries and short documentaries which will be available to view on the band's facebook page and website."

For further information and updates visit the Macbeth official website by heading over to this location.

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Behemoth Video Interview Available

Metal Injection correspondant Aline flew to Poland to catch one of Behemoth's first shows back, and she managed to grab Nergal and Orion for a post-show chat. She checks on Nergal's status, the future of the band and all the recent controversy surrounding the group. Nergal also discusses what the plans are for the future and the possibility of new Behemoth music.

You can check out the video interview below, or find 100 hi-res photos from one of Behemoth's return shows in Poland at this location. More...

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Anubis Gate Releases "Golden Days" Video

Anubis Gate recently completed work on a video for the song "Golden Days." The song is taken from the band's latest self-titled release (reviewed here), available now on Nightmare Records. Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive premiere of the video, which can be viewed below.

Click Here To Watch The Video

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Hold Back Tomorrow
2. The Re-Formation Show
3. Facing Dawn
4. World in a Dome
5. Desiderio Omnibus
6. Oh My Precious Life
7. Golden Days
8. Telltale Eyes
9. River
10. Circumstanced

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Battle Beast Signs With Nuclear Blast

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast has signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band released the debut LP "Steel" through Hype Productions this past April and the LP will be reissued on Nuclear Blast on January 27, 2012.

The press release from Nuclear Blast reads: "Finland – a mine of talented newcomer bands since the year one. With BATTLE BEAST from Helsinki, Nuclear Blast are happy to welcome one of the most promising combos of this flourishing scene aboard!

"Founded in 2008, the band already attended the W:O:A Metal Battle in their home country two years later and won the national contest, which enabled them to perform at the Wacken Open Air in Germany and represent Finland in the international Metal Battle finals. Battling 26 other bands from all around the world, BATTLE BEAST emerged victorious. Under these circumstances a record deal with the world’s biggest independent heavy metal label seems to be the only logical consequence – Andy Siry, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast, agrees:

" 'Young, dynamic but still deeply rooted in traditional heavy metal – BATTLE BEAST breathe new life into the scene and rekindle the sound of the 80s with a fulgent livery. The well-deserved victory at the W:O:A Metal Battle 2010 was the first important step to which we want to live up by supporting these up-and-coming talents energetically. We’re looking forward to the cooperation!'

"The band also expresses their joy. Guitarist Anton comments:

" 'We feel honoured that Nuclear Blast show their interest in BATTLE BEAST by releasing "Steel". Many thanks to our partners, closest people and most of all to our fans who believed in us and gave us their support. The journey continues!' "


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Steel Panther Posts New Music Video

Steel Panther has posted a new music video online for the song "If You Really Really Love Me," which can be viewed in the player below. "If You Really Really Love Me" is taken off the band's newly released album "Balls Out" (reviewed here). You can also check out the previously posted song "17 Girls In A Row" by heading over to this location.

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Spawn Of Possession To Support Obscura

Spawn of Possession has announced it will be supporting German technical death metal act Obscura for a European tour in March, 2012. Gorod and Exivious are rounding out the bill. You can check out the tour poster below, or find full details on the dates and venues for the tour at this location.

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Nekromantheon Announces Norwegian Shows

Nekromantheon has issued the following announcement about embarking on a Norwegian tour in February:

"Fire Walk With Me tour vol.2 with all the dates here! Aura Noir, Skeletonwitch & Nekromantheon will rip through Norway in February! Our new album will be out by then also! See you there. Thrash 'til death!!!"

Dates are as follows:

3.Feb Drammen union scene
4.Feb Trondheim Blæst
8.Feb Oslo John Dee
9.Feb Bergen Hulen
10.Feb Sandnes Tribute
11.Feb Byscenen Hugesund More...

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Reverence Issues Studio Update

Detroit's Reverence has issued the following update about recording new material for an upcoming album:

"We recorded all Doc's drums, Frank's bass tracks, Bryan's guitar rhythm tracks, all Pete's lead and rhythm guitar tracks. So all that is left is, Bryan's leads and Todd's vocals which all should be done by the holidays."

The band has also posted a studio video clip online, which can be found buy heading over to the Reverence Facebook profile here.

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The Prodigy To Headline Download Festival

The organizers of the United Kingdoms, Download Festival have confirmed that the third and final headlining act for next years edition of the event will be British rave legends The Prodigy, marking quite a contrast from the festivals other two headliners, Metallica and Black Sabbath, who will be headlining Saturday and Sunday respectively. Download will take place at Donington Park from June 8th-10th.

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Cattle Decapitation Vocalist On New Soulfly LP

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan will appear as a guest vocalist on the forthcoming yet untitled Soulfly album. Ryan recorded his vocal portions at Frick'in Studios in San Marcos, CA. The new Soulfly is expected for release in early 2012 on Roadrunner Records.

Travis Ryan commented on the recording: "It's an honor to receive a call from someone you had pictures of on your wall as a kid asking you to be on a new album of theirs. I literally had a picture of Max and Gloria holding Richie in her arms that I ripped out of a copy of Metal Maniacs on my wall when I was 15 or 16. Now they're asking for my artistic hand in one of their creations, just doesn't get much more surreal than that. Very honored and the song is very 'death metal-ish' and completely crushes. Happy to be a part of it!"

Producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Red Chord) had the following comments on Travis' recording: "The vocals fucking rule!!!! Fits the song perfect… Very refreshing for me to hear these days."

Cattle Decapitation also recently announced that the band will enter Flatline Audio Studios in Denver, CO in January to record for an early Spring 2012 release through Metal Blade Records.

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Iron Savior Streaming New Track

German power metal band Iron Savior is streaming the new track "No Guts No Glory," the final track from the upcoming album "The Landing" (heard below). The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. The album will also contain two bonus tracks which are the re-recordings of "Coming Home" and "Atlantis Falling."

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. More...

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The Empire Shall Fall Announces "Volume 1" Release

The Empire Shall Fall has checked in with the following announcement about the release of "Volume 1: Solar Plexus" and an update about working on two follow-up releases:

"Hello all! We are excited to bring you some details about the release of Volume 1. We can now happily say that it will be released digitally on Tuesday, December 6th (via iTunes and other digital music outlets). The vinyl will not be completed pressing until the end of December, but we didn’t want to make our fans (who have all been so supportive) wait anymore. All those who preordered will be emailed the download code several days prior to December 6th release as a thank you for your preorder and as compensation for the delay of the vinyl. Once we have the vinyl we will ship all the preorders (with all T-shirts, Hoodies, etc). Due to the special nature of this release we will not be taking orders for any vinyl from December 6th until the preorders ship. We will also stop taking preorders at the end of November; November 30th will be your last day to preorder at the discounted prices and package deals. We have worked very hard on this first installment and cannot wait to share it with you.

"A new album release also means something else: new show dates! For the first time since September of 2010 we will be taking the stage starting in January. Brooklyn has always been kind to us, so we are pleased to say that our first show back will be there on January 6th. Below is a list of a few tentative dates (more info and more dates to be released later). Any questions regarding booking can be directed to TESFbooking@gmail.com.

January 6th-Brooklyn, New York
January 7th-Kearny, New Jersey
January 13th-Providence, RI
January 14th-Boston, MA

"Finally, we are working on Volume 2 (and Volume 3). In the preliminary stage we can safely say that Volume 2 will be a heavier record (this is intentional, and goes with the concept). We have most of the songs in their skeletal structure, and over the next few months hope to polish things up so we can be recording in the spring (this time hopefully with a faster turn around!).
We are excited to finally bring some new music to everyone, and would like to thank everyone who has helped us, especially with this particular endeavor, and we hope to see you at a show in 2012!"

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DMT Posts "Beneath The Surface" Video

California metal act DMT has posted its first music video online for the song "Beneath the Surface." You can check out the clip below, or find more information on DMT via the band's Facebook profile.

The band also commented on its music:

"As DMT, we are attempting to create music that pulses with the human energy field, and empowers people to awaken the dormant spirit within. Influenced by a diversity of inner vision experiences, we are creating a sound different than what is currently explored. Powered by the use of sacred psychoactive plants, we are tapping into the source of energy to bring you music straight from the gods themselves..."

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Disquiet Readies Debut Album

Dutch melodic thrash metalheads Disquiet will launch their first full-length album, "Scars Of Undying Grief," on January 20, 2012. The album is produced by Tommie Bonajo (Blind Sight). The first single, "Trenches Of Blood," has already been featured on 22tracks (a site with playlists composed by leading music journalists) and can be listened to below.

The track listing for "Scars Of Undying Grief" is as follows:

1. La Camorra
2. Killing Silence
3. Trenches Of Blood
4. Predator
5. Outcry
6. No Mercy Left
7. Indignation
8. Carved Soul
9. Do Not Obey
10. Faces Of The Fallen
11. New Age Of War
12. Scars Of Undying Grief

Here's a trailer for the new album:

And here you can listen to the first single: http://listn.to/disquiet

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Sister Acoustic Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Swedish act Sister performing an acoustic session for Rock It TV, which is available below. You can also check out Sister's music video for "The Unlucky Minority" by heading over to this location.

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Steelwing Posts "Zone Of Alienation" Teaser

Steelwing has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Zone of Alienation," which is available below. "Zone of Alienation" is set to drop on January 6th, 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France) January 10th, 2012 (Sweden) and January 27th, 2011 (Rest of Europe).

The track listing is as follows:
1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead!
4. Breathless
5. Tokkotai (Wind of Fury)
6. Zone of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising

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Femme Metal Records Calling It Quits

Carrie Sharp of Femme Metal Records, the sponsor of the Femme Metal Festival, has issued the following announcement about the label being laid to rest and a new entity rising in its place:

"I have decided to lay Femme Metal to rest. There are many reasons for this, the biggest being that I feel Femme Metal has run it's course. I no longer think females in metal need the extra help and support and that by continuing it could in fact hinder rather then help them.

"But that doesn't mean I'm going to quit everything! With Femme Metal no longer running a new agency is being born, this new agency is called Metal Compass. It's an international agency that promotes all hard rock and metal bands (this includes female fronted bands of course!) Metal Compass is an international management, record label and promotions agency. More information will be available in time. There is also a Metal Compass webzine which we are in need of reviewers and interviewers. Please contact me at carrie@metalcompassagency.com for more information.

"Of course with the end of Femme Metal comes the end of the Femme Metal Festival but a new festival will be taking it's place! One that doesn't promote female fronted bands alone. More information on this new festival will be available soon! The Femme Metal Webzine will carry on with Miriam taking over the reigns :)

"All that's left to say is thank you to everyone who helped and supported us over the years! We had a great time and I hope you carry on helping and supporting us in our new project!

"Many thanks."

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The Last Shot Of War Posts "First Line" Video

Belgian act The Last Shot of War has posted a new music video online for the title track off the band's "First Line" EP. You can check out the video clip below.

Both the "First Line" title track and the "Price of Liberty" song are now available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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Love.Might.Kill Posts New Music Video

German melodic metal band Love.Might.Kill posted a new video for the song "Down To Nowhere" from the debut release "Brace for Impact." The album was released this past June through Massacre Records.

In other Love.Might.Kill news, the band has announced additional live dates in Germany dubbed "Brace for X-Mas." The confirmed live dates are:

25.12. DE Bremen - Aladin
26.12. DE Nordenham - Jahnhalle (w/ Mob Rules + Blacksite)

Check out the video here:

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Revilement Sets Release Date For New Album

Revilement's new album, "Pillars of Balance," will officially be released on December 10th, 2011, via Coyote Records. The band will also have copies that you can buy directly from them, so send an email to revilement(at)gmail(dot)com to pre-order your copy.

The band is streaming select songs from the new album on their Facebook and MySpace pages.

Revilement has a few tour dates lined up in the next couple of months:

December 3rd, 2011-Bangkok., Thailand (Bang-Cock Death Fest)
January 13th, 2012-Manila, Philippines
January 14th, 2012-Davao, Philippines

More tour dates are coming for 2012.

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Nemesea "Quietly" Talks "Resistance"

Quickly after releasing the debut album "Mana" in 2004, Dutch symphonic/alternative band Nemesea realized that they did not want to be another symphonic gothic metal band. After raising the cash through Sellaband, the band took a drastically different approach with the sophomore release "In Control." Adding electronic and alternative elements from the band member's personal influences, they created a sound that maintains a presence in the rock/metal scene, but which allows them to branch out into so many different avenues and reach fans of all likes.

Now, with the backing of Napalm Records, the band continues this progression with the forthcoming LP "The Quiet Resistance" (release date November 18, 2011) which adds even more influences to the sound that is still garnished with a dark edge with the assistance of After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek. Vocalist Manda checked in with Metal Underground to talk about the new album. More...

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Nashville-based Intruder Is "Still Psycho"

Working hard in the underground from 1987-1992, Nashville-based old school thrash metal band Intruder was given the cult status of tightest thrash band in that underground. For reasons unknown, they were dropped from Metal Blade records while beginning to enter the charts from the release of their third full-length album, "Psycho Savant," just as everyone was getting a whiff of the '90s. The band ended up breaking up and reforming in 2002 for various festivals, such as the Keep It True and Headbangers Open Air festivals in Germany and the Classic Metal Fest in Ohio.

Fast forward to nine years later, back where they started in Nashville, TN: Saturday, November 12th, 2011. Intruder reunited for the 20th anniversary celebration of "Psycho Savant," with DownSlave as the opening band. Of course I don't remember any of the Intruder early days that I just recounted to you all, because I was only four years old when they had disbanded in 1992, but I did my research on their history before coming to the show and was completely blown away.

In this day and age, with Metallica seemingly lobotomized, leaving Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer as just a "Big Three," I think the world needs an old school thrash band to step up and take the fourth set of reigns. As a student of the old school, but not having been there during their major days, I won't claim to know how Intruder was in their "prime." However, I'm more than capable of accurately judging a band by how they sound right in front of me. On this night, I was almost ready to substitute Intruder for Metallica in my "Big Four." More...

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Lorenguard To Release Debut Album

U.S. fantasy metal band Lorenguard, featuring guitarist Christopher Cruz (Ex-Demiricous) and vocalist Robb Graves (Ex-Winterfell), will independently release the band's debut LP "Eve Of Corruption: The Days of Astasia, Part 1" on November 29, 2011 through the band's website at this location, CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other retailers.

The band's press release reads: "Co-founded by guitarist Christopher Cruz (ex-Demiricous), Lorenguard is an ambitious multimedia project that has been in the works for the past seven years. Conceived to be a conceptual band that writes story-driven music, Lorenguard bases its songs on the literary work of the band’s drummer, Brady Sadler. Their debut album is an entirely independent release, produced and funded without any support from a record label.

" 'Eve of Corruption' is based on a novel of the same name, which will be released in early 2012. All ten songs on the album are chronologically based on the events and characters of the novel.

"Lorenguard was loosely formed in 2004 by Cruz, Brady Sadler, and bassist Adam Sadler. The band released an early EP entitled “Of Tales to Come” (2005) with Rob Stith (vocals). However, Stith was soon replaced by Robb Graves (ex-Winterfell) in 2007. Since then, the band’s lineup has been as follows:

Robb Graves (ex-Winterfell) – Vocals
Christopher Cruz (ex-Demiricous) – Guitars
David Schneider – Guitars
Alec Biccum – Keyboards
Adam Sadler – Bass
Brady Sadler – Drums
Raleigh Barrett – Narrations & Backing Vocals"

Check out the first single "Eve of Corruption" which is streaming below:


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Blind Guardian Announces New Compilation Details

Blind Guardian announced details of an upcoming compilation release entitled "Memories of a Time to Come." The three disc album contains remixed, re-worked and re-recorded classics from the band's 25 year existence and is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 through Virgin/EMI Records.

The official announcement reads:

"Finally, after all these years, we have found the time to gather our most worthy songs into a best of compilation, representative of our career’s first 25 years. From the very beginning it was important for us to undertake this project only if we could put the necessary time and attention to detail into it. With overwhelming nostalgia we have looked back on 25 years and came up with 'Memories of a Time to Come', an organic mixture of some of our greatest songs.

"With the exception of 'Sacred Worlds', all songs on 'Memories of a Time to Come' have been remixed while 'The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit', 'Valhalla' as well as 'And Then There Was Silence' have been re-recorded. This album contains some very pleasant surprises for the die-hard Blind Guardian fan and delivers a perfect image of our musical spirit to those who are not, or just loosely, familiar with the band. 'Memories of a Time to Come' precisely defines our progression and the long-standing dedication to our music. We are proud to present an album that will take the listener on a musical voyage. This year’s Christmas will be in January!

" 'Memories of a Time to Come', the ultimate collection of Blind Guardian music from 1987 to 2011, will be released on January 20, 2012 via Virgin/EMI. It will be available as a double CD, 3 CD deluxe limited edition including the legendary Lucifer’s Heritage demos and as download."


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Tony Martin And Dario Mollo Resurrect The Cage

Vocalist Tony Martin (Ex-Black Sabbath) and guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill) announced that they will resurrect the band The Cage for a third release entitled "The Third Cage." The last release for the band was "The Cage 2" in 2001. "The Third Cage" will be released on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.

Dario Mollo commented on working with Tony Martin again: "As usual we are 50/50 partners. I write all the music and Tony then contributes with the melodies and lyrics. We also try together different structures of the tracks and we rearrange them to better fit the vocal parts. Then I go ahead and take care of the entire production of the album, tracking, mixing and mastering."

Mollo also commented on the new release: "There are much better songs, performances and production on this album, plus we will finally bring this project live out there: we have a lot of great songs to perform to our loyal fans, we look forward to meet them." More...

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Prey For Nothing Announces New LP Details

Israeli progressive death metal band Prey For Nothing announced that the sophomore release for the band will be entitled "Against All Good and Evil." The album is scheduled for release on December 9, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2008 release "Violence Divine."

The track listing for "Against All Good and Evil" is as follows:

1. Treachery
2. My Final Relapse
3. Unmake You
4. Buried by the Light
5. Chekhov's Gun
6. Deciphering the Signal
7. Axis Mundi
8. Home Made Holocaust
9. Turning Shears to Swords
10. Technocrat
11. Spiritual Guillotine
12. Against All Good
13. Against All Evil

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