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Metal News for November 22, 2011

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Drakkar Streaming New Song

Italian power metal band Drakkar is streaming the new track "When Lightning Strikes," the title track from the band's first full length album in nine years (heard below). "When Lightning Strikes" is due out on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music.

The track listing for "When Lightning Strikes" is as follows:

1. Hyperspace – The Arrival
2. Day Of The Gods
3. The Armageddon Machine
4. In The Belly Of The Beast
5. Revenge Is Done
6. When Lightning Strikes
7. Winter Soldiers
8. Salvation
9. At The Flaming Shores Of Heaven
10. We Ride
11. The Awakening
12. My Endless Flight
13. Aftermath – The Departure
14. Engage!
15. New Frontier

Check out the title track by clicking the play button below:

When Lightning Strikes

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Undercode Working On New Album

After six years of silence, Croatian heavy metal outfit Undercode is back and working on a new album. The release is currently in the final production stages, with a release date expected in mid-2012. Undercode has posted a video clip online for the song "Final Fight," which can be viewed below.

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Haemoth Streaming New Track Online

Today Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of Haemoth’s “Slaying The Blind.” The track comes off the band’s "In Nomine Odium" full-length, set for release in North American via Debemur Morti Productions on January 10th, 2012. To check out the track, head over to this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Odium
2. Slaying The Blind
3. Demonik Omniscience
4. Spiritual Pestilence
5. Disgrace
6. Son Of The Black Light
7. …And Then Came The Decease

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Arch Enemy Announces "Japanese Khaos" Shows

Arch Enemy has confirmed a long-awaited headline tour of Japan, scheduled for April 2012. Michael Amott comments:

"It’s not a very well guarded secret that Japan has been like a second home for Arch Enemy since we first started touring there in 1997. So it is with great joy and excitement that we are returning to celebrate the success of our 'Khaos Legions' album and play some great shows for our Japanese fans!

"All these four Japan shows will be special and unique, but none more so than the Yokohama Blitz show on April 14, where we’ll be performing our 'Wages Of Sin' (2001) album in its entirety…

”We haven’t done a full tour of Japan since 2008 (which we documented on the 'Tyrants Of The Rising Sun’ DVD & double live album…). After our performance at Japan’s Loud Park 2011 event last month, we are more than eager to get back and have fun with some of the craziest Metal fans on the planet! See you in April!"

"Khaos Legions", the eighth studio album from Arch Enemy, entered the Japan Oricon charts at #3 (international artists) and #11 (international and domestic artists). Dates for the tour are as follows:

April 13 2012 - Shibuya Ax - Tokyo, Japan
April 14 2012 - Yokohama Blitz - Japan
April 16 2012 - Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan
April 17 2012 - Big Cat - Osaka, Japan

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Charred Walls Of The Damned Posts Video Teaser

Richard Christy's Charred Walls of the Damned recently filmed a video for "Zerospan," a track taken from the band's latest album "Cold Winds On Timeless Days" (reviewed here). A trailer for the video has been made available and can be viewed below.

Richard Christy talks about the concept behind the video: "What we're crafting with the 'Zerospan' video is a five minute technological horror film set to blistering heavy metal! We had such an amazing filmmaking team for the 'Zerospan' video. We had Directors Mike Schiff (Charred Walls 'Ghost Town' video) and Sean McEwan (Albino Farm) who are super talented and have brought some incredible ideas! We also had amazing special effects makeup by Brian Spears and Pete Gerner from G and S Effects who recently did the amazing vampire film 'Stakeland!'

"Our lead actor Bryan Haeffele did amazing as well, and people are going to freak when they see the creature effects in this video! We're going to spend some time editing and making it perfect and we're looking to a January 2012 release date! We wanted to release this quick little teaser to give everyone a taste of the horrifying awesomeness that will be the 'Zerospan' video! Trust me, it is going to be well worth the wait!" More...

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The Pandemonium Streaming New Song

London based act The Pandemonium has uploaded a new instrumental song online titled "Prime Focus Part 1." You can check out the track in the player below. You can also check out a previously posted pre-production teaser clip from the band by heading over to this location.

Prime Focus Part 1 (Instrumental) by ThePandemonium

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Expose Your Hate Posts Second Studio Clip

Expose Your Hate has posted another studio video report online from the band's time recording a new album. This second video, available below, features bassist Claudio Slayer during the recording sessions. You can also find the previously posted drum recording footage at this location.

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Pit Stories: Katatonia's Impromptu Tattoo

We've been hitting up metal bands and fans from around the globe to get their most devastating mosh pit stories, and this week drummer Daniel Liljekvist of Swedish act Katatonia shares the following tale of losing an eyebrow piercing and getting an impromptu tattoo:

So back in 1997-1998, me and a girl I used to know traveled all across Sweden photographing bands we liked. Especially the band Refused. This story takes place at a small venue in Stockholm called Kafé 44. I think it takes around 250 people and the place was packed! There were some 200 more kids outside in the street that didn’t get in. So the bands on the bill (Refused and The Hives, who actually opened for Refused back then) decide to play two sets at the same night. So as soon as the venue was empty with people after the first set they start bringing in the kids that waited outside. I had a photo pass so I could stay for both sets however; I had run out of film for the camera so I decided to just watch the second set.

Pretty soon I was in the pit myself. People were stage diving, moshing and when they played the song “Circle Pit” all hell broke loose. I climbed up on top of the PA system and dived straight into the crowd, hitting my forehead in someone’s belt buckle and in the same time ripping out my eyebrow piercing. So I’m bleeding like hell and have a big chunk of eyebrow dangling as I try to stand up when another diver lands on me, ass first on my lap, and it stings. Turns out the guy who landed on me had a ball pointed pen in his back pocket and it had penetrated my right thigh. So now I have a small blue dot that will always remind me of that awesome night in Stockholm. My first tattoo even. Cheers!

In other recent news, the band managed to get an easter egg included in the new video game "Skyrim." Katatonia also just finished a North American tour alongside Opeth in support of the band's most recent album "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). You can check out an interview with Katatonia from the tour by heading over to this location. The band is also expected to release information in the near future about working on a new full-length album.

Check back in next week as we continue to share more pit stories from metal heads and musicians.

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Ashka Signs To Rogue Records

Rogue Records has issued the following announcement about releasing the "Ritual" album from female-fronted act Ashka:

"Hailing from Paris, France but utilizing vocals in English, Ashka is an eye-catching female-fronted metal band about to break out of their home market. Formed in 2007 the band have worked to hone their metal genre-defying heavy yet melodic sound. The result is 'Ritual,' their first release for Rogue having signed to the American metal indie label's expanding and varied roster in summer of this year.

"The album contains 8 hard hitting slabs of groove metal and now gets a worldwide outing following its release in France earlier this year. Lead-singer Syhem's vocals are both sweet and startling. From beautiful clear melody on tunes like 'Breathe,' and 'Romance,' to a brutal death growl on 'Nameless.' The band also comprises Laurent (guitar) Eric (drums) & Crypp (bass)."

“We've a very strong idea of the kind of music we want to make and we're really happy with what we've been able to produce for 'Ritual.' It was well received at home and we're looking forward to grabbing new fans all over the world,” said lead-singer Syhem.

Rogue Records founder and owner, Dean Martinetti, said “We're excited to bring Ashka to the attention of metal fans around the world. They have an awesome sound, not just in terms of their musicianship but the production is excellent too.”

You can check out Ashka's music by navigating your browser over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Eths To Play Bring The Noise Festival

French modern metallers Eths have been confirmed to take part in Ouï FM's Bring The Noise festival, which will take place on November 29th, December 4th, and December 9th at the Petit Bain in Paris. Other bands on the bill are Anathema, Dragonforce, Kids in Glass Houses, Lofofora, AQME, Bukowski, Lazy Wall, and Branson Hollis. Further details are available at this location.

Still hard at work on a forthcoming third album, the band just issued the following studio diary:

"Hi everyone, that's it, all guitars have been recorded at Studio Fredman together with Fredrik Nordström, who also takes care of the mixing duties. We are now at the next step already - voices..."

Guitarist Staif adds: "The guitar can be a heavy assault at times, especially when you work with Fredrik. I'm even more looking forward to sharing our new riffs with you, now that I have heard them with a big motherfucking sound!"

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Impetuous Ritual Streaming Re-Pressed Album

It was previously announced that the Vasaeleth album "Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin" would be re-pressed by Profound Lore Records for the upcoming Rites of Darkness Festival. The record label has now also announced the "Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence" album from Australia's Impetuous Ritual will be re-pressed for the festival as well.

You can stream the entire album in the player available below. The Impetuous Ritual album also comes in time for the band's U.S. tour with Ritual Necromancy and Grave Upheaval en route to Rites Of Darkness where the Aussies will desecrate U.S. soil for the first time.

Impetuous Ritual has the following upcoming tour dates:

Nov 29th - Seattle WA @ The Morgue w/ Drawn and Quartered
Nov 30th - Portland OR @ Plan B w/ Knelt Rote and Shroud of the Heretic
Dec 2nd - Oakland @ Eli's Mile High Club w/ Dispirit
Dec 3rd - LA @ The Five Stars Bar
Dec 4th - Las Vegas @ Boomers Bar
Dec 5th - Tempe AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Dec 7th - El Paso TX @ Lips Lounge w/ Mournful Congregation, Aldebaran, Anhedonist
Dec 8th - 11th - Rites of Darkness Fest More...

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Devin Townsend Project Posts Box Set Photos

On November 29th, The Devin Townsend Project will be releasing "Contain Us," a special tribute box set for the epic quadrology (Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost) that was designed and created by Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz.

Pre-orders are exclusively available through CM Distro at this location (the deluxe edition is now sold-out). Close-up pictures of the box set have been posted online now and can be found here.

The set's track listing is as follows: More...

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Throne Of Malediction Posts Video Clip

Montana act Throne of Malediction has posted a video clip online for the new song "A Burden of Ages," which features Kevin George of Martriden on bass. The track will be included on a future release TBA. You can also check out the previously posted Throne of Malediction track "In The Bleeding" by heading over to this location.

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Obscura Streaming "Illegimitation" Tracks

German technical death metal Titans Obscura have released two tracks from their upcoming demo collection, "Illegimitation" at this location.

The collection, set to be released in March 2012, will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011. The album's track listing, cover art, and numerous, unique packages are available directly from the band now via Kickstarter at this location.

Obscura also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Pathogenic Streaming Entire Album Online

Lowell, Massachusetts based act Pathogenic is currently streaming the band's entire new album online. You can listen to all the tracks from "Cyclopean Imagery" in the player below, or by heading over to the Pathogenic Bandcamp page.

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Burial Vault Posts New Album Artwork

Burial Vault has posted the artwork for the new album "Ekpyrosis (Periodic Destruction)" online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"The waiting is over! Burial Vault have just signed a deal with Apostasy Records. The new album 'Ekpyrosis (Periodic Destruction)' will be released on January 20th 2012 on the new label of Dawn Of Disease-frontman Tomasz Wisniewski.

"It was produced by Joerg Uken (Sinister, Dew-Scented, God Dethroned, o.a.) in his renowned Soundlodge Studio in Rhauderfehn (Germany).

"The artwork was created by Remy of Headsplit Design (e.g. Arch Enemy, Whitechapel, Cryptopsy). Till then, check out 'The Embodiment Of Animosity.' This track is now available on Facebook, MySpace and also in the current edition of Legacy Magazine (No 75)!" More...

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Gorthaur's Wrath Announces New Album Title

Gorthaur's Wrath has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming "War For Heaven" album:

"After making one of the hardest decisions in the history of the band the choice has been made for V.Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon), among many other influential individuals, to produce and mix the new Gorthaur's Wrath album.

"Santura previously worked on production of such bands as: Triptykon, Dark fortress, Pestilence, Obscura, Secrets of the moon, Thulcandra, Winterhorde and many other.

"The title of the new album is 'War for heaven' and it will be a concept album featuring thirteen songs. There will be a few interesting guest as well, which names are yet to be revealed.

"The recording will take place in April 2012 at Woodshed studios in Germany. In the meantime the first four songs have already been recorded in pre-production at Kryn studio in band's home town Rijeka."

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Dead Icons Reveals "Condemned" Details

Hardcore act Dead Icons has issued the following announcement about the release of the "Condemned" album:

"Our debut album CONDEMNED will be out January 24, 2012! This is the album cover (duh). Stay tuned for new music, pre-orders for 12" Vinyl, CD, digital, and package deals with new merch. Tour dates coming soon!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Folding Aces
2. The Longer You Wait
3. Survival
4. No Pain Goes Unpunished
5. Vultures
6. Life Of Uncertainty
7. True Potential
8. Condemned
9. Hourglass
10. Everything Has A Price
11. The Curse
12. Sincerely

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The Goregrowler's Ball 5, Day 1

Texas is a large enough state, the largest of the lower forty-eight, and has so many metal scenes that its promoters have built festivals consisting solely of bands within its large borders. The Goregrowler’s Ball built its foundation on Lone Star groups. The first installment began five years ago, when festival organizer, Aaron Mendiola (read his interview) threw a thirty-band birthday bash in honor of his thirtieth birthday. Devourment headlined, a Texas band, albeit one of international acclaim. Since the first sanguinary celebration in 2007, Mendiola has continually increased the amount of signed bands with strong reputations in the metal underground, culminating with the strongest lineup yet at this year’s festivities.

As many festival promoters before him have done, Mendiola tapped some of the talent from ongoing tours. The Metal Underground-sponsored tour featuring Exhumed, Goatwhore and Havok provided day one’s headliners. Singaporean black metallers, Impiety didn’t have to board a plane for thirty hours (or however long it takes) to arrive in Texas. The festival comprised their San Antonio stop on the tour. Gravehill were part of this tour and were originally scheduled to play the Ball, but cancelled at the beginning of the month. Internal Bleeding, Hirax and Brutal Truth took center stage on Saturday and Suffocation ended the fest in a bone-breaking fashion.

The “A Clockwork Orange” dubbed Korova Club played host to the event. The club’s downtown location provided plenty of cheap parking, but the outdoor stage sparked controversy from townies and tourists alike. As if the festival were an odd, new River Walk attraction, people passing by often stopped and took in the strange noises that emanated from Korova’s parking lot stage. Food and beverages were prohibited from entering or leaving Korova’s gated premises, but allegedly one patron took a beer to the parking lot, which resulted in the club receiving a fine. On the third day, one of the fans alleged that the outdoor stage would be shut down due to excessive profanity. That never happened, but Goatwhore’s 11:30-12:00 outdoor showing went inside. Day two saw the indoor-outdoor shuffle retire at 10 PM and even earlier on the third day. More...

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Unleashed Finishes Recording Album

Legendary Swedish Viking/death metal masters Unleashed have posted an update from Chrome Studios in Sweden where the band has finished recording its upcoming album.

Johnny Hedlund (bass/vocals) commented, “We are now ready with most of the recording, final vocals were done last week and we are very satisfied so far. We will now spend some real time on mixing this and creating a crushing sound. Anders just asked me if this might be the fastest unleashed album to date. I'm not sure but it's likely close anyhow.”

The upcoming album was produced by Unleashed guitar player, Fredrik Folkare, and will see a spring 2012 release on Nuclear Blast Records. Stay tuned for more information on Unleashed.

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3 Inches Of Blood To Enter The Studio

Canadian heavy metal outfit 3 Inches Of Blood has announced that they will be soon entering the studio to begin work on their next studio album, which will be released sometime next year. The album will be recorded at Vogville Studios and Profile Studios in Vancouver with engineer and producer Terry Sho Murray, who also worked on the band's last 7".

Guitarist Shane Clark comments, "We 're in pre-production mode here in east van and we're writing our next blood soaked metal masterpiece!! We are keeping true metal alive, so fuck trends brothers and sisters!! Stay metal!!! You will hear from us very soon!!"

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Havok Releases "D.O.A." Video

Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive video premiere of “D.O.A.,” the latest work of cinematic awesomeness from Denver thrash sensations, Havok. The tune comes off the band’s "Time Is Up" full-length (reviewed here), released via Candlelight Records earlier this year. The video was directed by Josh Gold and shot in various locations around Denver.

Commented vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “This video is a reflection of the lyrics to ‘D.O.A.,’ a song about drunk driving and smashing your face through the fucking windshield! It’s a pretty brutal video for a brutal song.”


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Dokken To Enter The Studio To Record New Album

Heavy metal veterans Dokken has announced that they will soon be entering the studio to record a brand new album, which will be released sometime next year through Frontiers Records. This will be the bands first album since 2008s, "Lightning Strikes Again." The group is hoping to finish recording the album by the end of February before hitting the road in June.

"So far we have written 10 songs in only 8 weeks", says singer Don Dokken. "Usually we spend a year or more on our music. I can't explain why this time it came so fast, it just happened. So far the music is very uptempo and heavy, of course we know our fans like the classic Dokken sound and this is where our new music is headed. It’s been a band of brothers doing what we love : 'music'.

"In a perfect world we would like to release the new album before the summer and then play the festivals in Europe. Then hopefully we can jump on a package tour in the US, says Don Dokken. "We want to give everyone a great CD that will keep all music fans Rokkin’ during these troubled times!"

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of the British, Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced that a further three bands have now been confirmed for next years event. Namely, The Black Dahlia Murder, Grand Magus and the recently reformed Sanctuary. The festival will take place from August 10th - 12th at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire, England.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Corrosion Of Conformity
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin

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Dodecahedron Reveals Debut Album Details

As previously announced, Dutch post black metal act Dodecahedron's self-titled debut album will be released on January 20th (January 24th in North America). The track listing and artwork for the release have been made available and can be found below.

1. Allfather
2. I, Chronocrator
3. Vanitas
4. Descending Jacob's Ladder
5. View from Hverfell I: Head above the Heavens
6. View from Hverfell II: Inside Omnipotent Chaos
7. View from Hverfell III: A Traveller of the Seed of the Earth

The "Dodecahedron" album is currently available for pre-order on Season of Mist's e-shop at this location.

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Morbid Angel Releasing Dubstep Remixes

On next February 24th (28th in North America), Season of Mist will release a double compilation featuring 39 artists from the Electro / Indus / Dub scene, all remixing a track from Morbid Angel's latest offering "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here). A trailer for the release is available at this location. The track listing for this 2-disc + digital download card behemoth is as follows:

CD 1:
LAIBACH - I Am Morbid (Wall of Morbid mix)
CEVIN KEY/HIWATT MARSHALL - OmniDead
BRAIN LEISURE - Too Extreme (Black Symphony Edition)
THE TOXIC AVENGER - 10 More Dead
MALAKWA - I Am Morbid
SYNAPSCAPE - Too Extreme
PUNISH YOURSELF vs. SONIC AREA - Destructos vs The Earth (DoomsdayMarchMix)
HIV+ - Too Extreme
MICROPOINT - I Am Morbid
JOHN LORD FONDA - Too Extreme (Metallizer Remix)
EVIL ACTIVITIES - Radikult
MIXHELL - Too Extreme
BLACK LUNG - I Am Morbid
MONDKOPF - Radikult
XYTRAS - Existo Vulgoré
TOXIC ENGINE - I Am Morbid More...

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Terrorizer Completes New Album

U.S. grindcore legends Terrorizer recently completed their new album. This third manifesto of face-melting brutal metal is entitled "Hordes of Zombies" and has been scheduled for a February 24th (Feb. 28th in North America), 2012 release through Season of Mist. The record label commented on Terrorizer:

"The band's line-up features the dark lord of metal David Vincent (Morbid Angel) on bass. He's back to continue the onslaught he began with Terrorizer's debut album masterpiece 'World Downfall.' Commando Pete Sandoval remains dug into position on drums, blasting out armor-piercing beats and defending his territory as one of the most brutal drummers alive.

"Wolf, aka Anthony Rezhawk (Resistant Culture), the vocalist on the previous album release 'Darker Days Ahead,' returns for his second menacing oration of dark politicized prophecies about the apocalyptic near future. On guitar, it is the great honor of Katina Culture (Resistant Culture) to shred in place of the late Jesse Pintado, who is still felt to be in the band in heart and spirit. She is attempted to do justice to Jesse's frantic, yet precise tornado of riffing while adding her own style to the mix of sonic wreckage."

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Gene Hoglan Offering Online Lessons

Gene 'The Atomic Clock' Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Fear Factory, Testament) and RealLesson.com have joined forces to offer a rare chance for fans and musicians to receive live, interactive lessons online.

Gene Hoglan recently released his instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock". Available now on Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and on Reversed Records in Canada, this disc showcases Hoglan's three decades of experience performing and recording with metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmers Hole, and most recently Fear Factory, along with many others on his resume.

RealLesson.com commented, "RealLesson.com is your outlet for taking live, interactive lessons online or in person! During our pre-launch phase, we are having great success in attracting and securing a wide variety of teachers! There is no limit to the style/genre of the teacher, so you will have no shortage of qualified teachers to learn from. We will not only be providing lessons with musicians, but also sound engineers, tour managers, lighting/stage professionals and other relative categories of instruction."

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Helderf Oliveira Streaming New Tracks

Portugal based solo guitarist Helderf Oliveira has posted several tracks online from his debut record. You can check out the song "Illusion's Paradise" in the player below, or listen to more tracks through Oliveira's Soundcloud page here.

02-Illusion's Paradise by HelderfOliveira

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Vendetta To Release New LP In December

German thrash pioneers Vendetta will release its fourth LP "Feed The Extermination" on December 9, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album is the band's first since "Hate" in 2007 and the second since the band reformed in 2002.

The track listing for "Feed The Extermination" is as follows:

1. Feed the Extermination
2. Tremendous Brutality
3. Cancer
4. Ovulation Bitch
5. Storage of Anger
6. Dog in the Manger
7. De-Organ-Izer
8. Abuse
9. Trust in God
10. 'Til I'm Dead

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Prong Enters The Studio

Fresh from inking a deal with SPV/Long Branch Records, Prong has entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts. "He understands Prong in a way no other producer we've ever worked with has," says Prong guitarist, vocalist and mainstay Tommy Victor on the choice of producer. Evetts' recent work includes the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicide Silence.

"We have a lot of history and have always evolved as a band. The goal for all of us was to take all of that and make a definitive PRONG album," Victor continues.

In the meantime, Prong has been featured in Decibel magazine's Thrash Metal Hall of Fame special issue in an article detailing the making of 1990's benchmark album "Beg To Differ." Spin Magazine best summed up that era of Prong's evolution as "crafted in an alternative universe where Alain Jourgensen - not Dave Mustaine - is the incorrigible charter member of a pre-Metallica world."

For more information on Prong, visit the band's official website by navigating over to this location.

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Neige Et Noirceur Streaming New Song

Quebecois one man black metal band Neige Et Noirceur is streaming the new song "Hymne II - Neige Noire" at this location. Neige Et Noirceur's new album, "Hymnes de la Montagne Noire" has just been released via Sepulchral Productions.

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A Wanted Awakening Splits With Drummer

Lowell, MA based act A Wanted Awakening has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"After a long 5 years together, due to creative differences A Wanted Awakening will be parting ways with long time drummer and friend Evan Carney.

"If you are a drummer in or around the Northern/Central MA area and wish to audition for AWA, please send us an email at awantedawakening@gmail.com. You must have all your own gear, transportation, and be willing to practice between 2 and 4 days a week. And of course, be ready to jam on as many shows as possible come springtime. If you have any recordings or videos of you playing that is a plus.

"We will keep everyone posted on how the audition process is going, but until then, stay tuned!"

Further details on A Wanted Awakening can be found by heading over to the band's Facebook profile at this location.

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Formloff To Release "Spyhorelandet" Album

Five years after the release of the "Adjø Silo," Norway's Formloff is returning with a new dark black metal piece. Titled "Spyhorelandet," the record is set for release via Eisenwald in January 2012. The band's publicist commented on the album:

"Finding progression in regression, Formloff has crafted an album closer to the sound of the first demo, Overstyring. Darker and more atmospheric than ever before, the Formloff duo -- Bernt Karsten Sannerud and Marius Sjøli -- also recruited several session musicians to compete the recording lineup, including two bass players, a drummer and a saxophonist.

"Where most black metal revels in stories of fictional deities, benign and malignant, Spyhorelandet wallows in everyday themes. Much like the cover art (to be revealed soon), the music contained within bears forth the naked truth. When you peel back the skin, no matter how beautiful, what is left is the ugly personal histories each of us carries. Throughout Spyhorelandet, naked inhabitants of our world are quoted directly. For many of whom, defeat is their best and sometimes only asset."

Two sample tracks from the record are available to be heard below. More...

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The Iron Maidens Performs With Steel Panther

Footage has been posted online featuring members of The Iron Maidens performing live with Steel Panther at The Ovation Showroom, Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, NV. You can check out the clip below.

Steel Panther also recently released a new album titled "Balls Out." Metalunderground.com's review of the album is available here.

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Stinking Lizaveta Signs With Exile On Mainstream

Philly trio Stinking Lizaveta has proudly joined forces with Germany’s Exile On Mainstream Records for the release of a forthcoming seventh full-length album.

Stated Exile On Mainstream owner Andreas Kohl on the signing: “I am thrilled and very enthusiastic about the Stinking ship steering into our harbor! This band has always been one of my all-time favorites since I started working for and with them for the first time approximately 100 years ago as PR dude when III came out. Now they are signed to this label and I'm one step closer to personal heaven. There isn't many more on this stairway. I am happy. Just über-fucking happy. Welcome STINKING LIZAVETA!”

The new album from Stinking Lizaveta will be released in the fall of 2012. More information on the album will be released over the coming weeks. This week the band launched a Kickstarter page to raise funds to help get this album off the ground. The page will remain active until mid-December; check it out now right here.

Watch for the band to take to the road again throughout the coming year as Stinking Lizabeta create its forthcoming seventh opus.

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Living Sacrifice Reveals DVD Details

Living Sacrifice is returning with a brand new DVD. "In Finite Live" features a professionally shot and recorded multi-camera performance filmed in Pomona, Southern California.

Bonus features on the DVD includes behind-the-scenes mini-documentaries from the making of the two music videos for the band's 2010 "comeback" album, "The Infinite Order," as well as six more tracks from another live show in the group's original home area of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Preorders are live now and will ship the week of December 9th, 2011. Click here for a sneak peak. The DVD's track listing is as follows:

Live at the Glasshouse:
01. "Bloodwork"
02. "Imminent War"
03. "Death Machine"
04. "Local Vengeance Killing"
05. "Flatline"
06. "Rules of Engagement"
07. "In Christ"
08. "Symbiotic"
09. "Reborn Empowered"
10. "Reject"

Live in Little Rock:
11. "Nietzsche's Madness"
12. "They Were One"
13. "Hand of the Dead"
14. "Symbiotic"
15. "Local Vengeance Killing"
16. "Bloodwork"

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Sworn To Oath Cancels Live Dates

U.K. act Sworn to Oath has checked in with the following announcement about postponing and canceling two dates of the band's "Leave You For Dead" tour:

"Sadly a couple of cancellations to let you guys know about. The Stourbridge show on Thursday has had to be rescheduled to December 11th and the Birmingham show on Saturday is cancelled until further notice!

"Sorry everyone!! Next show of the tour is Friday at the box in Crewe! Smash!!"

The remaining tour dates and a teaser trailer are also available by navigating your browser over to this location.

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Pythia Announces New Album

Pythia has revealed the details of the band's second album "The Serpent's Curse," which will be released on February 27th, 2012 on Golden Axe via Genepool/Universal in the UK. Just in time for Yule Tide, Pythia will release an advance single, "Betray My Heart," on the 19th of December on an extremely limited edition colored vinyl 7", with a remixed version appearing on the B-side, and as a CD/digital download.

Guitarist Ross comments, "Betray My Heart is a dark, heavy and very 'full on' song. Heavy Riff after heavy riff, pummeling drums, layers of epic keys and Emily's trademark soaring, emotion drenched vocals full of dark yet catchy melodies. This ain't no sugar-coated pop metal, it's dark symphonic power-thrash metal!"

The band has also completed work on a video to accompany the single. Drummer Marc comments, "This video was all about capturing the energy and emotion of both the song itself, and the band's live shows. Pounding and aggressive, yet intimate and emotive, personal and introspective, but spewing forth a venomous assault."

The video was filmed at the majestic St. John's of Hackney at the end of summer; a fitting baptism by fire for new bassist Mark Harrington. Mark's first response on coming through the door was "Whew…. These guys are nuts, what have I let myself in for," but was followed by "It's a real honour to be providing the bottom-end rumble to such a sterling bunch of metal warriors! I'm really looking forward to the exciting things we have planned in the next few months..."

The band also commented about filming the video and releasing a new album: "During the making of 'The Serpent's Curse' we encountered the highs and lows of human experience. From the darkness of death to the wonder of birth as a band we faced these colossal events united. This album sprung from our endeavours to understand the circle of life, the mighty force of nature and our fight for survival."

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Age Of Woe Streaming Debut EP

Age of Woe has teamed up with Lukinzine to stream the band's debut EP online. You can check out the release here or in the player below, and Age of Woe also commented:

"Lukinzine is still streaming our debut EP for free. This EP will be released on December 5th and will be available through all your favourite digital stores. Apart from the two songs on the vinyl 7", the digital release also contain the song 'The Antagonist.'" More...

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Blackfinger Posts Promo Video For New Single

Chicago stoner/doom band Blackfinger posted a promo video for debut first single "All The Leaves Are Brown." The band features ex-Trouble lead singer Eric Wagner. The single was released by Dark Star Records today and is available through iTunes.

Check out the promo video here:

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Dark Suns Streaming New Acoustic Track

German dark progressive act Dark Suns are streaming the new unplugged track "Megalomaniacs." The track appears on the bonus CD ("Re-Oranged") of the 2CD version of the band's forthcoming "Orange" LP. The album was delayed from its original November 25, 2011 release date and will now be released on December 2, 2011.

The track listing for "Orange" is as follows:

1. Toy
2. Eight Quiet Minutes
3. Elephant
4. Diamond
5. Not Enough Fingers
6. Ghost
7. That Is Why They All Hate You in Hell
8. Vespertine
9. Scaleman
10. Antipole

In addition to the unplugged track, the band also is streaming the new track "Toy." Check out the two tracks in the players below:

Megalomaniacs by DarkSuns

Toy by DarkSuns

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Epica Announces Last Minute Acoustic Show

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica will play an impromtu acoustic set in Sao Paolo, Brazil this Sunday, November 27, 2011, in place of MaYan's cancellation of the show in Rio de Janeiro. The band announced the following details on the show:

"- Tickets for this exclusive event are already on sale!
- This ticket will also be valid for the MaYan show in Sao Paolo on the 26th!
- People who already own a ticket for the MaYaN show will only pay 20 USD extra to attend the Epica accoustic show
- There is no MaYaN show on the 27th but there will be a meet & greet with MaYaN which will be free of charge
- People who have tickets for the MaYaN show in Rio de Janeiro can get their money back at the venue!!"

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Crystal Viper Reveals Details Of New Album

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed that the band's fourth studio album will be entitled "Crimen Excepta." The album will be recorded in December 2011 - January 2012 and released on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records.

The announcement on the band's official Facebook Page reads as follows:

"The fourth studio album of the Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, will be titled 'Crimen Excepta', and will be a concept album about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction will be mixed with historical facts. The album will be recorded in December 2011 and January 2012, with producer Bart Gabriel (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, SABBAT) and sound engineer Mariusz Pietka, at the MP Studio in Poland (the same one which was lately used by bands such as SABATON or MORTICIAN). 'Crimen Excepta' will hit the streets on April 27, 2012, and will be released on AFM Records."

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Savage Messiah Offers Free Download Of New LP

In a statement posted on YouTube, Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver announced that the band's new LP "Plague of Conscience" is now available for free download through Earache Records by heading over to this location (email required). The physical CD will be released on January 23, 2012 via Earache.

The track listing for "Plague of Conscience" is:

1. Plague of Conscience
2. Six Feet Under the Gun
3. Carnival of Souls
4. In Thought Alone
5. All Seeing I
6. Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
7. Architects of Fear
8. The Accuser
9. Shadowbound
10. The Mask of Anarchy

Check out the announcement here:

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Pilgrim Announces Details Of Debut Release

U.S. doom metal act Pilgrim announced that the band will release its debut album "Misery Wizard" on January 27, 2012 (DE/AT/CH), January 30, 2012 (Rest of Europe) and January 31, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records.

The album artwork and track listing are as follows:

1. Astaroth
2. Misery Wizard
3. Quest
4. Master of the Sky
5. Adventurer
6. Forsaken Man

Check out the first track "Astaroth" streaming in the player below:

Pilgrim "Astaroth" by Metal Blade Records

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