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Metal News for November 2, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Formless Terror Releasing Debut

Macedonian brutal death metal band Formless Terror will be releasing it's debut "Sovereign Chaos Authority" on Sevared Records this month. Below is the track "Immaculate Dominance of Iniquity," and you can hear more songs from Formless Terror on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Taake Streaming New Album Online

"Noregs Vaapen," the latest offering of blackened mayhem from Norway's Taake, was unleashed to North American fans via Candlelight Records yesterday, November 1st. In celebration of its release, a full stream of the record is currently available via The Onion's A.V. Club. Head over to this location to check out the album stream.

The album was produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Dead To This World, The Batallion, Helheim, Vulture Industries, etc.), and features guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), and Demonaz (Immortal). You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed
2. Orkan
3. Nordbundet
4. Du Ville Ville Vestland
5. Myr
6. Helvetesmakt
7. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta

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Desalmado Announces European Tour

Brazilian grindcore bandits Desalmado has locked down a string of Europe live assaults, set to begin in less than two weeks. The band will invade Portugal on November 10th and rampage through several regions of the country before moving on to pillage audiences throughout Spain, Belgium, Holland, France, Denmark, Germany, and Italy for a solid month, for the most part headlining clubs and DIY venues with support from brutal local acts in each market.

Desalmado currently in the mixing stages of completing the band's forthcoming full-length album, coming together for release sometime in the first quarter of 2012. The album was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side. The album's confirmed release date, track listing, cover art and more will be announced in the coming weeks, likely in the midst of the band's European assault, which will see the band performing material from the forthcoming album live at every show. Desalmado's recently-released "Hereditas" 10" EP is also still streaming in its entirety at this location.

The band's upcoming European shows are as follows:

11/10/2011 Side B - Benavente, Portugal
11/11/2011 Marginália Bar - Portimão, Portugal
11/12/2011 TBA - Braga, Portugal
11/13/2011 Metal Point - Porto, Portugal
11/16/2011 Frenopatiko Bar - Vigo, Spain
11/17/2011 TNT - Santiago De Compostela, Spain
11/18/2011 Sala El Paso - Ponte Ferrada, Spain
11/19/2011 Sala At Mosh A Phera - Palencia, Spain
11/20/2011 Rock & Pop - Madrid, Spain
11/23/2011 Lecletic - Torello, Spain
11/25/2011 Vort`N Vis - Ieper, Belgium
11/26/2011 Huise Spoorloos - Emmen, Netherlands
11/27/2011 The Cave - Amsterdam, Netherlands
12/01/2011 Secret Place - Montpellier, France
12/02/2011 Sonic Ballroom - Köln, Germany
12/03/2011 0ok - Oostend, Belgium
12/04/2011 TBA - Denmark
12/07/2011 TBA - Berlin, Germany
12/08/2011 Az Conni - Dresden, Germany
12/09/2011 Schwarzeadler - Egelsee, Germany
12/10/2011 Comunitta Giovanile - Busto Arsizio, Italy

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Lunglust Streaming New Split Album

Lunglust recently recorded two songs at Mad Oak Studios with Benny Grotto (Dresden Dolls, Slapshot, Acaro, PanzerBastard, Motherboar) along with Western Syndrome for a split release via Witch Trial Records. The split is set for official release on November 15th, 2011, and is currently available for streaming online through the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Western Syndrome - An Understanding
2. Western Syndrome - Weight
3. Lunglust - Arrows
4. Lunglust - Heir of Nine More...

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Chapter 14 Posts Band Bio Video

Chapter 14, which features Chad Ackerman (ex-Destroy the Runner, As I Lay Dying), has posted a video clip online chronicling the band's entire history from inception to current day. You can check out the clip below, which includes music from the "Like Trees in November" release (reviewed here).

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Gloomball Working On New Album, Posts New Song

German modern rock/metal act GLOOMBALL, featuring former MAJESTY guitarist Björn Daigger, has hit the studio to record a new EP. A full length album will follow later this year.

The band has issued the following update: "On Facebook you will now find a stream of 'Long Time Gone', a song which is from our new promo EP, and will also appear on our upcoming debut album. Next week we will enter the studio, so you can expect an early 2012 release, stay tuned! "Long Time Gone" can also be found on youtube."

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Doomsday Machine Streaming Song From New EP

Doomsday Machine has released a new EP titled "Out of Many, One" and is also streaming a track from the release online. You can check out "Hypocritical Back Stabber" in the player below. More information on the band is available through the Doomsday Machine Facebook profile here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Doomsday Machine [Intro]
2. Die on your Feet
3. Molded Clone
4. Dispersed sense of Reality
5. Nightmare
6. Hypocritical back Stabber

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Battlefields Streaming Entire "Agassiz" Album

Battlefields has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan to stream the band's entire new release "Agassiz." You can check out the songs from the album by navigating your browser to this location.

The "Agassiz" track listing is as follows:

1. Entangled Mess
2. An Entire Epoch
3. Forced Abandonment
4. Laurentide
5. Manitoba Winds
6. Structured Delusion More...

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Coheed And Cambria Drummer Quits Band

Bald Freak Music, label for New Jersey progressive rock/metal act Return To Earth, has just issued the following press release:

"Accomplished & influential drummer Chris Pennie, founding member of Dillinger Escape Plan and current member of progressive rock acts Coheed And Cambria and Return To Earth, announced today that he is exiting Coheed And Cambria. Pennie and the band cited 'creative differences' as the primary reasons for the split after the drummer’s 4-year tenure with the band.

"Pennie officially joined Coheed in 2007, replacing drummer Josh Eppard and touring extensively with the band internationally. He is featured on Coheed’s most recent studio album, 'Year of the Black Rainbow.'

"Pennie will shift his full attention to his most recent projects, acclaimed progressive metal band Return To Earth (Metal Blade/Bald Freak) and Fight Mannequins. Return To Earth is currently working on their third album after releasing their Metal Blade debut, Automata, in 2010. Fight Mannequins, Pennie’s music production company with Return To Earth guitarist Brett Aveni, recently completed their first documentary score and have produced two exciting artists whose albums will be released in 2012.

"'I am very thankful for the times I shared the stage with the guys in Coheed and especially want to thank the amazing, supportive fans that I've met while on tour,' said Pennie. 'There are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon in addition to Return To Earth and Fight Mannequins that I feel require 100 percent of my commitment and attention. I feel that this is the right time to make that happen.'"

This news comes a mere three months on the heels of Coheed And Cambria bassist Michael Todd's arrest for robbery and his subsequent firing by the band.

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Fallen Fortress Streaming "Dehumanized" Album

The Chilean metallers Fallen Fortress have signed a digital distribution deal with Digmetalworld. The band's debut album is called "Dehumanized," and the release was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Fallen Fortress and Jose Tomas Garcia between March and August of this year at the Blue Mystic Studios in Santiago.

The album is currently streaming online in the player available after the jump. The track listing of "Dehumanized" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Doomsday
3. Get the fuck away
4. Soul Mutilation
5. Jalado
6. Cadaver
7. Fallen
8. The Risk
9. Outro

The current lineup of Fallen Fortress is as follows:

Diego Quiroz (Vocals/Guitar)
Tomás Guerrero (Guitar)
José L. Fernández (Bass)
Daniel Delgado (Drums) More...

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Over Your Threshold Reveals New Album Details

Germany's Over Your Threshold recorded the new album "Facticity" in the Woodshed Studios with support from V. Santura (producer of Obscura’s "Cosmogenesis" and "Omnivium").

The band is currently seeking a label to release the album, which also includes guest appearances by Steffen Kummerer (Obscura) and Jonas ‘JoeC’ Fischer (Hokum). The album's artwork can be viewed below, and the band commented on the album:

"The new sound is not only more blasting but also more technical, interspersed with energetic death metal riffing as well as melodic acoustic guitars. The band’s debut will be enriched by brute blast beats, some thrash metal, jazzy harmonics and a smooth fretless bass." More...

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Nitrogods Signs With SPV/Steamhammer

SPV/Steamhammer has closed a worldwide deal with the German Nitrogods. The release dates for the band's self-titled debut album are as follows:

Europe February 27th 2012
Germany February 24th 2012
USA / Canada - early March 2012

A statement from the band's publicist reads as follows:

"No more endless studio fakes, sound samples, artificial drum overdubs and computer-controlled corrections of suboptimal lead vocals. The time has come to return to the true values of rock music, namely honesty, solid craftsmanship and real lifeblood. To cut a long story short: the time has come for NITROGODS! The motto of this spectacular new rock trio: three men, three corners, and down-to-earth no-bullshit rock'n'roll!

"The band may still be unfamiliar to the public at large, but the three members are renowned musicians with illustrious histories to look back on. Guitarist Henny Wolter founded Thunderhead in 1988, played with Primal Fear, respectively Sinner for number of years and was part of the Rock Meets Classic tour band. Drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call) was also with Primal Fear for a long time. And at the epicentre of the Nitrogods soundquake is a heavyweight who is impressive in every respect: Oimel Larcher, a bear of a musician whose bass performance stands for sheer power and whose voice unmistakably reflects countless litres of beer and whiskey. 'I wanted to return to playing the music that I love,' says Henny Wolter, 'and that only works if you play it with your best friends.' More...

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Protest The Hero Posts "Hair Trigger" Video

Protest The Hero has posted a music video online for the band's new single “Hair Trigger.” You can check out the clip below. “Hair Trigger” is the second single released from the band’s latest CD "Scurrilous," and features the guest vocals of Jadea Kelly, who also appears in the new video.

The band also begins the second leg of the "Scurrilous" U.S tour on November 28th, 2011. These dates are as follows: More...

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Dead Horse Added to Fun Fun Fun Fest

Texas thrash ensemble Dead Horse has been added to Fun Fun Fun Fest on the weekend of November 4th-6th 2011. The reunited thrashers will play on the Black Stage at 3:50 on Saturday, November 5th. Dead Horse will join titanic metal forces Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and Eyehategod.

After nearly fifteen years of inactivity, Dead Horse reunited to play a Houston show on October 22nd.
To celebrate the return of Dead Horse, Abyss Records has reissued their long out-of-print "Boil(ing)" LP.

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Like Moths To Flames Streaming New Song

Modern groove metal act Like Moths To Flames just released a brand new track called "Faithless Living," which is taken off the band's forthcoming debut album "When We Don't Exist."

The track is being presented for the next 24 hours exclusively by Metalnews.de. Click this link to check out "Faithless Living." The new album "When We Don't Exist" will be released on November 11th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

Also make sure to surf to the bands Facebook profile at this location and check out two more songs titled "You Won't Be Missed" and "GNF." A lyric clip for the "GNF" song was also previously posted online here.

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Houwitser Splits With Drummer And Vocalist

Dutch death metal act Houwitser has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"Due to circumstances Houwitser parted with their drummer Marco de Groot. His place will be filled in by Marten van Kruijssen (Dictated) who was also the fill-in drummer for the last 2 shows of Houwitser.

"Unfortunately we also have to announce that Houwitser's vocalist Stan Blonk has left the band due some personal reasons. The final 2 shows of 2011 will be done by Mike van Mastrigt (Sinister / Houwitser). After that, Houwitser is searching for a new vocalist."

You can find more information on Houwitser and listen to the band's music by heading over to Facebook

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Interview with Tyr at Metalheim 2011

On the first day Metalheim Festival I had the chance to sit down and chat with Gunnar Thomsen, Kari Streymoy, and Terji Skibenaes of Tyr. The guys talked to me about their desires to expand musically and what we can expect from Tyr in the future, as well as some interesting tour experiences. More...

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Evile Gearing Up For Damnation Fest Appearance

British thrashers Evile are set to return to the U.K.'s Damnation Festival at Leeds University Union this weekend, following the end of a headlining tour. Evile will be playing on the Jagermeister Stage at 5:40pm this Saturday, November 5th, alongside a line-up of bands that includes Devin Townsend Project, Godflesh, Decapitated, Cerebral Bore, and more.

Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The time has finally come for Evile to return to Damnation festival. I remember Damnation was one of the first (if not the first) gigs we did after signing to Earache. We had a great show and I wore a top hat. It'll be great to return there after so long; I can guarantee a loud, fun-as-hell set! Come along!"

For more information about Damnation Festival and to book tickets, head over to this location. Evile's new album, "Five Serpent's Teeth," is out now in Europe on CD and limited edition colored vinyl LP, and is also available from the Earache Webstore in a range of exclusive "Serpent Cult" fan packs with extra merchandise.

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Desecravity Signs To Willowtip Records

Japanese death metal act Desecravity has officially inked a record deal with Willowtip Records. The label will be releasing Desecravity's upcoming debut album on January 24th, 2012.

Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Desecravity's music by navigating to the band's official Facebook profile at this location. More...

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Volturyon Posts Tour Video Diary

Swedish death metallers Volturyon have posted a new tour video blog online, which can be viewed below.

Volturyon also has the following upcoming tour dates:

02.11 2011 ROM - Cluj-Napoca - Euphoria Music Hall
03.11 2011 ROM - Bucharest - Club Fabrica
04.11 2011 ROM - Sibiu - Bohemian Flow
05.11 2011 HUN - Pecs - Zion Club
07.11 2011 HUN - Budapest - Rocktogon
08.11 2011 SK - Bratislava - Randal Club **
09.11 2011 CZE - Brno - Brooklyn
10.11 2011 GER - Leipzig - Metal Schuppen
11.11 2011 GER - Berlin - Hof 23 (Stromgitarrenfest)
12.11 2011 GER - Lohne/Märschendorf - Stillbruch
13.11 2011 DEN - Copenhagen - The Rock

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Mastery Records New Album

This past June, Toronto metal troupe Mastery entered Studio 57 at Music Lab in Austin, Texas with producer Tim Gerron and recorded the band's as-yet-untitled full-length.

The album was mixed by Tim Gerron and Dan Korneff at House of Loud Studios in Elmwood Park, New Jersey last month.

Mastery was founded by guitarist Markus Armellini in Toronto. With no luck finding a vocalist that could compliment the intensity and aggression of the music, the band’s debut, "Lethal Legacy," was unleashed as an instrumental in North America in 2006 and in Europe one year later.

Following the release, Mastery toured the States extensively. It was at a show in Austin where the band met vocalist Billy Milano of M.O.D./S.O.D. Combined with Armellini, drummer Mike Harshaw, bassist Tim “Tank” Casterline, and lead guitarist Kelly Fitzsimmons, Mastery is finally ready to scorch the ears of unsuspecting metallers globally.

Further details on Mastery are available by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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The Fathomless Deep Streaming New Songs

Helsinki's The Fathomless Deep recently released the band's debut self-titled album, and two tracks from the release are now available for streaming online. You can check out the tracks "Shadow of the Ancient" and "Colossal Waves, part I: Punch the Skies" via the group's Bandcamp page or in the player below.

The track listing for "The Fathomless Deep" is as follows:

1. Shadow of the Ancient
2. Eyes of the Golem
3. Bane of the Spirits
4. Colossal Waves, prelude
5. Colossal Waves, part I: Punch the Skies
6. Colossal Waves, part II: Bloodstorm
7. Colossal Waves, part III: Beneath Cursed Waters More...

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Animals As Leaders Streaming New Song

Animals as Leaders is currently streaming another new track online from the upcoming "Weightless" album, which is set for release on November 8th, 2011. Head over to the LA Weekly website at this location to hear the new song "Somnarium." You can also find a studio clip of the band's time recording the new album by navigating 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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Alcest Posts "Autre Temps" Teaser

A teaser trailer has been posted online for "Autre Temps," the upcoming new single from Alcest. Prophecy Productions commented on the clip:

"See here a short teaser for 'Autre Temps,' the advance single of Alcest's upcoming album 'Les Voyages De L'Âme.' A professional video clip has been shot for this, and it will be unveiled on December 2nd. The very same day will see the release of the single as digital download and limited etched vinyl!"

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Coldspell Cancels U.K. Shows

Coldspell has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced U.K. shows:

"We are so sorry to say that all U.K. dates are cancelled except the one in Camden on the 22nd of November. You will all have an explanation soon to this not so good news.

"I know there´s a bunch of rockers/friends out there that are just as dissapointed as we are. But we can assure you that you havent heard the last from us. More news to come about touring/shows and hopefully we have some really good ones too :) So see you in Camden then - horns up."

More information on Coldspell and the band's upcoming tour dates can be found by heading over to Facebook.

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Victory Records Posts New "VicTorV" Episode

Victory Records has posted episode #73 of "VicTorV" online, which can be viewed below. This clip includes Close Your Eyes, Counterparts, and Comeback Kid.

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Falloch To Play Candlefest 2011

Scotland's Falloch has issued the following update about performing on the Candlefest 2011 shows:

"We will be playing our first ever live shows next week as part of the Candlefest 2011 UK tour. We will be one of the first bands on so make sure you arrive early if you are coming to see us. Hope to see some of you at the shows!"

Details are as follows:

12th Nov - Underworld, London
13th Nov - Moho Live, Manchester
20th Nov - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow More...

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Factory Of Dreams Posts Album Making-Of Clip

Factory of Dreams is currently working on a new album, and the band has posted the first in a series of making-of clips online. The band also commented on the clip:

"This is just the first of a series of videos, shot as the work progresses! Stay tuned for more to be uploaded soon, including bombastic orchestral parts, Jessica's vocal recordings, synth solos... Follow every news at Facebook."

The currently announced lineup for the new album is as follows:

Jessica Lehto -- Vocals, Vocal harmonies and arrangements
Hugo Flores - Music, Instruments, Production

Tadashi Goto - Synth solos
Shawn Gordon - Synth solos
Chris Brown - Guitar solos

Mastering: Chris Brown
Artwork: Linda 'Iribel' Kindt

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Anticosm Comments On New EP

Anticosm has issued the following update about the release of the band's new "The Wreckoning" EP:

"Finally our third official release is available for purchase. The Wreckoning contains four original tracks and a cover which we are sure you will appreciate. These songs are as metal as it gets and with them we stay true to ourselves but don't try to sound repetitive at the same time. First slow song from us is as well on this EP...a real headbanger!!!

"Copies will be made more available to you as we will keep you informed. Right now you can order a copy along with some brand new merch from us at Born of Chaos Records.

"Visit our Facebook to see the show listings and comeout and hear this shit live! And you can also purchase the merch and the new EP there. For those close to where we are, a few copies are now available at the Howell Record Store. If you are looking to review, please contact our label. Cheers."

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Lords Of Aesir Issues Recording Update

Lords of Aesir has issued the following update about recording new material:

"Greetings! The recording of the album continues. Now the Unpredictable Certainty is being finished. Karol (vocals) made an appearance on a demo recording of a cover song with Hazy in Japanese. Also we are proud to announce that Lords of Aesir is the first Neoclassic and Symphonic Metal band from Brazil and one of the pioneers in Latin America!

"The recording follows and we already have prepared half of the songs recorded for the album. Within a few days, the first single 'The Voice Beyond' will be available for download by Myspace.

"Every preview of recordings of 'Lost The Hope,' a shiver takes care of the musicians involved and the whole class of LOA. Certainly this album is a milestone in our personal and professional history. The recordings also involve members of the Lords of the Aesir, a string quartet and an opera singers vocal quartet. Confirmed and recorded tracks: More...

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Andromeda Launches "Preemptive Strike" Video

Swedish act Andromeda has released a music video for the track "Preemptive Strike" online, which can be viewed below. "Preemptive Strike" is the opening track off the up-coming Anromeda album "Manifest Tyranny."

The album will be released on November 25th in Europe through Inner Wound Recordings and in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records. "Preemptive Strike" was directed and produced by Patrik Ekeblom and Axel Persson for Holy Smoke Production.

The "Manifest Tyranny" track listing is as follows:

1. Preemptive Strike
2. Lies ’R’ Us
3. Stay Unaware
4. Survival of the Richest
5. False Flag
6. Chosen by God
7. Asylum
8. Play Dead
9. Go back to Sleep
10. Antidote

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Saxon Video Interview Posted Online

Front Row has posted a new video interview online with Biff Byford of Saxon, which can be viewed below. The clip was shot at the Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA on October 14th, 2011. You can also check out Saxon's recently posted Buenos Aires tour podcast by heading over to this location.

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Remastered Death Music Video Posted Online

A remixed and remastered version of Death's music video for "The Philosopher" has been posted via the official Relapse Records YouTube page and can be viewed below. The new version of the song was remixed by Alan Douches and is featured on the band's classic 1993 album, "Individual Thought Patterns."

"Individual Thought Patterns" was recently reissued as a deluxe 3-disc set, a 2-disc standard set, and a deluxe digital download. The album has been re-packaged with extensive liner notes from Gene Hoglan and includes a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos plus a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this re-issue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives.

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Battlerage Reveals New Album Details

Chilean heavy metal barbarians Battlerage are coming back with a brand new studio album, titled "True Metal Victory," which is their 3rd CD to be released by Metal On Metal Records. The record label commented on "True Metal Victory:"

"Those who know previous albums of Battlerage, will know what to expect (and those who don't, shouldn't have doubts either, even just by looking at the album title): gruff vocals, pummeling drums, thundering bass and killer riffs, as well as some tasteful solos. Battlerage still delivers fist pounding attacks in the vein of GRAVE DIGGER and PARAGON, as well as epic anthems reminiscent of early MANOWAR and OMEN. Epic, raw and honest heavy metal from the most prominent Chilean band playing this style ever since their formation in 2002."

A song from the album, titled "Raw Metal," is available for streaming via the Battlerage MySpace page, while two other tracks can be found through the Metal on Metal Records website. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Battlepath
2. Return Of The Axeman
3. Blood On Iron
4. Raw Metal
5. Black Sunday (La Maschera Del Demonio)
6. The Serpent Slumbers
7. Stygia
8. My Will Be Done
9. Warlock's Epitaph

The cover artwork for "True Metal Victory" was painted by Jowita Kaminska and is available below. More...

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Katana Working On Second Album

Katana has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio and record a second album:

"We are very happy to announce that we will once more enter Sonic Train Studios, starting November 7th, to record our next album.

"It's been a busy year, which has seen the birth of our debut album 'Heads Will Roll' across the globe, but we've been eager to write new material and have been working hard for the past six months to create what we now feel confident will be a worthy sequel.

"It feels great to be working with King Diamond guitarist and producer Andy La Rocque once more - We have met with him a couple of times during this fall and shown him some demo recordings, and him and us both are very much looking forward to creating this as of yet untitled album!

"On November 7th we will also start publishing a video blog exclusively on Facebook! Everyday of recording we will post a new entry, giving you a unique insight into the creative process behind a heavy metal album!

"So spread the news people, and be sure to check back, because next week we start writing the next chapter of Katana's history!"

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Deuteronomy Checks In From The Studio

U.K. based black metallers Deuteronomy have checked in with the following recording update:

"Bass recording is complete: The bass guitar was finished yesterday, the sound is really heavy and dirty, it will fit perfectly with all the other instruments and it will be surely mixed in the front. Guitar reamping is booked. In late November the band will visit miloco studios here in London in order to reamp the guitars.

"Drums: Drummer Volac will be back from the Demonical tour in a few days and will start recording the drums as soon as possible.

"In conclusion, all the instruments will be 100% ready in this month and the mixing will start immediately. Prepare yourself for brutal black metal against Judaism and Christianity..."

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Anthrax's Belladonna States Big 4 Possible in 2013

New York thrash outfit Anthrax released albums such as “Spreading the Disease” and “Among the Living,” in the 1980s, which will forever be understood as not only classic thrash albums but classic heavy metal in general. In 1992, Anthrax replaced singer Joey Belladonna with John Bush from Armored Saint. Even though the group stepped down the speed of earlier recordings, the first two Bush albums, “The Sound of White Noise” and “Stomp 442” were well received. Then the group experienced a blurry period, releasing only "Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real" in 1998 and “We’ve Come For You All” in 2003.

Belladonna rejoined in 2005 only to be ousted in 2007 to make way for an unknown singer named Dan Nelson. In 2010, Anthrax returned to its greatest glory in twenty years as part of the Big 4 European Tour (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth) and Festival in California. American fans were afforded the chance to see three of the big four thrash bands with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax that very summer on the “American Carnage” tour. This tour was a return to the “Clash of the Titans” lineup, bar Alice in Chains, of 1991.

These tours surely recharged the group’s batteries. A year later, the group has released what many consider the best Anthrax album since…well, since the last album featuring Joey Belladonna. Belladonna may not touch the sky in a Halford fashion on “Worship Music,” but good luck finding a vocalist with as much passion and tone clarity. As he proved on stage after this interview, he can still hit every high note with perfection. “Worship Music” relates a modern sound that just doesn’t warrant this type of vocal style. With said album came a headlining tour with Testament and Death Angel in tow (read the show report).

Metal Underground went backstage to speak with Joey about returning to the group and their recent resurgence. Drummer, Charlie Benante sat next to us in the dressing room, playing an unplugged electric guitar. Guitarist Scott Ian came in to give exciting news about the crowd and comment on Belladonna’s vocal talents. Belladonna frantically changed clothes, hurrying to make way for our interview. While putting on a clean t-shirt he alluded to the movie “Airplane,” saying, “Have you ever seen a grown man naked, Joey?” Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda warmed up his voice outside the door, letting loose soaring, eagle screams. This all made for an interesting and somewhat hectic interview, but other than a few words obscured by Osegueda’s voice, Belladonna gave us a candid look at his life as the front man for thrash legends Anthrax. More...

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Interview with Ville Sorvali of Moonsorrow

Moonsorrow is very different then other Folk/Pagan metal bands in the genre, while they may not be giving us happy drinking songs, they have a strong and very distinct appeal that has made them a successful band. Following the release of their last album "Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa" Moonsorrow has been quite busy! I caught up with Ville Sorvali prior to the start of this years
Metalheim Festival where we talked about their first Asian tour, the new album as well as some ideology and what the Moonsorrow concert experience should be. More...

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Autumns Eyes Posts New Song Online

After previously posting the single "Haunting Your Daughter", Autumns Eyes is now streaming another new song online from the upcoming "Please Deceive Me" album. You can check out the new track "Blood in the Woods" in the player below, and the band also commented:

"In response to curiosity sparked from Dan's comment saying this track was his favorite song ever written, fans demanded to hear it...and their demand has been answered! The song paints a sad story of strange guy who disappears every night into the woods, and an anxiety ridden girl who won't leave her house...with an ending that nobody saw coming..."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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Gross Misconduct Streaming Debut Album Online

Gross Misconduct will be releasing the new album "The Disconnect" later this month, and in celebration of the new release the band is streaming the entire debut album "The Process of Indoctrination" online. Gross Misconduct issued the following announcement about the stream:

"In anticipation of the release of our new album 'The Disconnect' on 11.11.11 we have made our entire debut album available for streaming. Check out the 'Music Store' tab for a link to stream the album, buy a physical copy, (Only two left from the original pressing) or to purchase a digital copy.

"Thanks so much for the support, please help spread the word and make sure you all get your asses out to The Media Club for our CD release on 11.11.11.

"We will be uploading a new song and a new video in the next 10 days, keep checking back for those."

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Derelict Issues Show Recap

Canada's Derelict has checked in with the following recap of recent shows and update about recording new material:

"Happy Halloween! Eric here. We had an excellent run of shows, starting with the Decapitated/Decrepit Birth/Fleshgod Apocalypse/Rings of Saturn tour stop on Oct 26th in Montreal. It was amazing to play alongside some of our influences and favorite bands, and the Montreal crowd got there right for the beginning, so we had a great crowd despite it being 6:30pm. Check out this live video of ‘Polarized’:

"Next was Brantford on Oct 28th, where we played ShredFest, a charity concert benefiting the Help A Child Smile Foundation. Great to play alongside our brothers in Endast, Misguided Aggression, Exes For Eyes, and Besegra. More...

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