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Metal News for November 23, 2011

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Black Friday Heavy Metal Deals Revealed

Looking for some quality metal for yourself or as a gift this holiday season? Many bands, labels, and music retailers currently have Black Friday and holiday sales going online for a variety of metal bands. Here's this year's roundup of Black Friday heavy metal and hard rock deals:

Instrumental metal act Odyssey is offering the "Schematics" EP as a free download Wednesday and Thursday only. Snag the digital download of the EP via the Odyssey Bandcamp page.

Savage Messiah has made the new album "Plague of Conscience" available online for free download. Download the album through Earache Records.

Mudvayne is offering a deal on merch through this location that lets fans order any three t-shirts for $40.

From today through this coming Sunday (11/20), Crucial Blast is offering a 10% off discount for any order placed through here or here over $25.00 by using discount code NOVCOMINGFIRE.

Hells Headbangers has a variety of special offers running, such as 10 CDs for $50 or three CDs for $15 on select titles. Check out the deals running right now at this location.

Throughout the month of November, Amazon is offering select MP3 albums for $5. While most of the titles aren't from metal bands, there are a handful of releases that may be of interest for metal fans, such as albums from In Flames, Volbeat, Suicide Silence, and more. See what's available by clicking here.

Xtreem Music has a deal running through the end of the month where all black metal cassette and CD titles available are 20% off. Check out the list of available titles here.

Every weekday until December 2nd, Relapse Records is offering one album for a mere .21 cents (with the purchase of an additional regular priced album). The album changes each day, and the offer today (Wednesday) is for Mastadon's "Leviathan." Head over to Relapse.com to check out each day's offer. More...

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Cyperna Releases Teaser For Upcoming Video

Connecticut melodic thrashers Cyperna have released a teaser for the new official video they are filming for "As the Vultures Stare," a track from the band's recent EP. You may view the teaser here. Cyperna also has another official video for the song "Empty Vessel," shown below. More...

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Anatomy Of I Discusses Debut Album "Substratum"

Power of Metal has posted an interview online with vocalist/guitarist Michael Dorrian of Anatomy of I, which also features Dirk Verbeuren and Steve DiGiorgio. In the interview Michael discusses the creation of the band and the recording of the debut album "Substratum." An excerpt from the interview follows:

Power of Metal: Can you tell us the story back Anatomy of I, how the trio was formed?

Michael: I've known Dirk for many years, since we were kids, and we've jammed together a handful of times. We specifically worked on a project in 98 which sounded like a raw version of what 'Anatomy of I' has become, but we ended up never recording it properly, as I wasn't happy with the arrangements. Over the years, Dirk became busier by the minute and while the idea to collaborate on something was still there, I was determined to find a local line-up in the Netherlands. When the zillionth line-up failed, I gave Dirk a call and the rest is history. Regarding Steve, it's a similar story as we've been friends for about 15 years and have jammed in the past, most notably on a jazz-fusion project with Sadus drummer Jon Allen; this never got past these infamous jams that we were stupid enough not to record. So when the music for 'Substratum' was done, having Steve play bass on it made perfect sense.

Power of Metal: Can Substratum be considered as an excellent heir apparent to Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy or it is much more to be only defined so?

Michael: Although Death was one of my main inspirations in my teens, I wouldn't say ANATOMY OF I is a heir apparent to what Chuck did. I won't deny that some riffs have been (unconsciously) inspired by Death, Steve's presence also adds to that Death sound and the fact that I've asked Dirk to go crazy on the fills and breaks while keeping a high tempo beat is reminiscent of Reinert and Hoglan, but the comparison ends there. There are a lot of different elements in our music and we have a sound of our own which will only become more apparent when we'll have a few more releases under our belt.

Power of Metal: Is Anatomy of I destined to be a one time project or can we hope for a second CD in one or two years?

Michael: ANATOMY OF I is definitely a real band working on building a solid career with many more releases to come. The composition of the second album is about 70% done, and I expect to have it all demoed out before the end of the year, yet, we need to focus on 'Substratum' now and promote it in 2012 with as many shows as we can.

Read the full article at Power of Metal.

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The Reverend Of Despair Streaming "Spirit Writing"

Illinois based act The Reverend of Despair has posted the entire "Spirit Writing" album online for streaming. You can check out the release via Bandcamp or in the player below.

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Vengeful Streaming Crowbar Cover

Vengeful has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a cover of the Crowbar track "Nothing:"

"Greetings! We are getting closer to the release date. Lookout for a brand new track next week on the release date (November 29th). It features a special guest appearance from another one of the greats. And now...

"Here we go again with a new track available on our Myspace and via the MEDIA section. New to most but old to some. Nothing is a song taken from Crowbar's Broken Glass album (released in 1996). To be quite frank, back then the only Crowbar songs I knew (like most) were Existence is Punishment and their all-time classic All I had I gave. Sometime after Down II (2002), slower music started to be more appealing. Crowbar's music was mostly about weight be it musically or lyrically. Something that I related to while trying to find a sound for what would become Vengeful.

"We wouldn't sound like we do today without bands such as Crowbar and Neurosis. This is a tribute to the former. I took upon myself the responsibility of handling the main vocals on our rendition of the track. A rather difficult task since Mr. Windstein is the boss when it comes to guttural-meets-melodies... None Heavier."

Vengeful also recently posted a Morbid Angel cover track online, with full details available here.

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Caro Signs With Rogue Records America

Rogue Records America has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Denmark's Caro:

"Rogue Records America’s family is growing, the publisher has set their sights to the part of the world that produced some of the best death metal / thrash metal bands in the world. Today we land in Denmark with the signing of Danish Thrashers Caro. Caro is a thrash band from Frederikshavn Denmark that plays a mix of thrash, death and progressive metal. Formed in 2007 under the name OMEN was reformed as CARO in 2011.

“Caro reminds me of old school thrash…down and dirty and totally in your face. I love that and I miss that style. So when I heard them it made me super happy…I had to be a part of what they are doing in some way," said the labels owner Dean Martinetti.

Caro drummer Sigurd (Sig) Jensen had this to say: “We are very happy to now be a part of the Rogue Records family, this is for sure a big opportunity to get our music out there, and we are totally stoked to see what this will bring in the future.”

Caro's "Like a Sickness," which to date has only been available at shows, is slated for a January 2012 release. The first single "The Sickness" can be heard in the player below. More...

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Defiler To Re-Issue "Pangaea"

In October 2010, after a few months living in the studio working on demos and recording, Castro Valley, CA’s Defiler released the debut album "Pangaea" as a digital album only. Soon after, scraping together enough money from digital sales of the release, the band shot its first ever music video for "Cryomancer."

The viral success of the "Cryomancer" video immediately caught the attention of Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow) and Stillborn Records. Shortly thereafter, Defiler vocalist Jake Pelzl and Jasta started working together on re-issuing "Pangaea" as a physical CD for the first time ever. Due to popular demand, Stillborn Records is now fast tracking the re-issue and making it available for a limited time as a CD/T-shirt bundle.

The re-issue of "Pangaea" was remixed/re-masterd by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Emmure, Chimaira) and also includes "Wild Wasteland," a never before released bonus studio track. The re-issue will also include new artwork designed by Mike D from Darkicon Design (Killswitch Engage).

Defiler recently signed a new record deal (with a new label home) and additional details are set to be announced shortly. The band is currently hard at work on the follow up to "Pangaea" with an expected first quarter 2012 release.

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Forgotten Tomb Albums To Be Re-Issued

This coming January 24th, 2012 will see the re-release of three earlier albums from Italian act Forgotten Tomb. The following albums and formats will be released via Agonia Records:

"Obscura Arcana Mortis" - digipack CD / 10"LP

"Songs to Leave" - digipack CD / 12"LP

"Springtime Depression" - digipack CD / 12"LP

All three albums have been re-mastered and will be available as noble heavy (180g) vinyls and digipack CDs, including 12 pages booklets with rare pictures and liner notes by vocalist Herr Morbid himself.

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Bypass Offering B-Sides For Free Download

Norwich based act Bypass has posted a collection of tracks online for free download that didn't make it into the band's upcoming second EP. You can download the collection for free at this location. Bypass also commented:

"Here's the odd n' sods that we've since cut from our 2nd upcoming EP, but we figured we wanted to reward our fans for their patience so heres some you may have heard and others previously unreleased. Enjoy! :) Note this is NOT the 2nd EP, more news and updates on that coming soon! More...

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Asking Alexandria Streaming Remixed Song

Asking Alexandria's new remix album "Step Up & Scratched" was released earlier this week and it has already become the #1 album on the iTunes Electronic Album chart.

Celldweller remixed the track "A Lesson Never Learned" for the record, and you can check out the remix in the player below. You can also listen to the previously posted "Reckless and Relentless" remix at this location.

Asking Alexandria - A Lesson Never Learned (Celldweller Remix) by Celldweller

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Odyssey Performs Rush Medley

Spokane based instrumental metal trio Odyssey performed a medley of Rush songs for the band's Halloween show at The Hop. You can check out footage from the performance below.

Odyssey also recently released the new full-length album "An Abstract Existence" (reviewed here). You can stream the release by heading over the Odyssey Bandcamp page.

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First Fragment Writing New Material

Canadian act First Fragment has issued the following update about working on material for the band's upcoming debut full-length album:

"If you want to support us, we have logo shirts for sale in limited quantities. You can order one here. They ship everywhere by the way!

"Thank you for your support. We are also almost finished writing our first full-length album. More updates to come."

You can also check out the First Fragment tracks "Paradoxal Subjugation," "Ordnance," and "Obsolete Ascendency" by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Jonas R. Christiansen Passes Away

Norwegian black metal act Koldbrann has issued the following statement about the recent death of former guitarist Jonas R. Christiansen (Slavia):

"In memory of a fallen comrade:

"In the aftermath of Jonas R. Christiansen's death, we want to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and those who stood him near. Jonas was diagnosed with cancer just 3 months earlier, but sadly lost the fight on 17th November 2011.

"Jonas was a member of our band at an early stage, and participated on the first concerts and the debut album. He is missed, but his memory will persist, and his music shall live on.

"Styrke og Visjon!"

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Netherbird Announces New Tour Dates

Swedish extreme metal act Netherbird will kick off an international tour in 2012. A Facebook page for the tour can be found here. The currently announced dates are as follows:

Jan. 3, 2012, Russia, Moscow, Relax
Jan. 4, 2012, Russia, Tula, Art-café Bambuk
Jan. 5, 2012, Russia, Voronezh Tarantul
Jan. 6, 2012, Russia, Ryazan, Planetary

Feb. 16, 2012, Hungary, Szeged, tba
Feb. 17, 2012, Hungary, Nyíregyháza, Demon Haunt
Feb. 18, 2012, Hungary, Budapest, tba
Feb. 19, 2012, Romania, Satu Mare, tba
Feb. 20, 2012, Romania, Cluj-Napoca, tba
Feb. 21, 2012, Slovakia, Prešov, Pumpa music pub
Feb. 22, 2012, Slovakia, Rožnava, RC Cold Light
Feb. 23, 2012, Slovakia, Bratislava, Randal club
Feb. 24, 2012, Slovakia, Banská Bystrica, Tirish pub
Feb. 25, 2012, Slovakia, Košice, Riders pub
Feb. 26, 2012, Czech Republic Prague, Prague, EXIT-US

Netherbird will also release the "Abysmal Allure" EP through Scarecrow Recordings on December 1st, 2011. Further details are available at this location.

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Misguided Aggression Offering Song Downloads

Canada's tech/groove masters Misguided Aggression have just launched a new merch store, in which most of the items are currently on sale. Check it out here.

The band is now offering two exclusive free tracks off the new album, "Flood The Common Ground." You can stream or download the tracks by navigating your web browser over to this location.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Misguided Aggression about the album by clicking here.

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Dischordia Song Appearing On Sick Drummer Comp

Oklahoma City death metal act Dischordia is proud to announce its inclusion in Sick Drummer Magazine's free "Brutal Beatings VI" compilation. The comp sees the single "Creator, Destroyer" featured alongside tracks by Death, Krisiun, Fuck the Facts, Tesseract, and many more.

You can stream the compilation by heading over to this location.

October of 2011 saw the release of Dischordia’s debut EP, "Creator, Destroyer." "We're very happy with the results of our work at Intellect Studios,' comments vocalist Josh Turner. 'The finished product is heavy, technical, brutal, and epic.'

"Creator, Destroyer" can be streamed or purchased here by heading over to the Dischoria Bandcamp page here.

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Jeroen Thesseling Discusess Leaving Obscura

Bass webzine NoTreble has released an exclusive interview with Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Nufutic, Pestilence, ex-Obscura), where he talks about his musical background and leaving German technical death metal act Obscura.

Thesseling collaborated with Obscura from 2008 to 2011 and recorded the band's full-length albums "Cosmogenesis" (2009) and "Omnivium" (2011). In 2009 Jeroen rejoined Dutch death metallers Pestilence after a 15-year hiatus. He recorded Pestilence's fourth and sixth studio albums, "Spheres" (1993) and "Doctrine" (2011).

Thesseling commented in the interview, "After leaving Obscura, I thought 'What could I do?', I don’t feel like touring anymore, being five or six weeks on the road in a bus, every night playing the same songs. It was great to do it, but on the other hand I must say you don’t get to develop yourself to become a better musician because you’re always playing the same stuff every night, over and over again."

A further excerpt from the interview can be found below.

NoTreble: A few months ago it was announced you left Obscura. What happened?

Jeroen: That was a very hard decision for me, but I had to leave the band. Four people trying to make a living off that band means you have to tour a lot. If you do nothing besides the band, you have to tour for 7-8 months per year just to make a living of it. That was something that I tried. I left my job and I went for it. During the period that I was active with Obscura, I also rejoined Pestilence again for several reasons, but also to make money to survive. Then you find out that it’s extremely hard to combine two bands, not only for recordings, but more for touring. You get huge problems and conflicting schedules.

It was last year that made me decide that it would be better to go back to a job and give up one of those bands. You can’t be in a day job while the rest of the band wants to tour for months. It was more like a financial pressure that made me decide to leave Obscura while the band was doing really well and as they were recording their second album, which was released and received very very well. [I played on the album], but I haven’t performed it live.

Read the full article at NoTreble.

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Milking The Goatmachine Posts Music Video

Milking the Goatmachine has launched a new music video for the track "More Humour Than Human," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from "Clockwork Udder," released via Noiseart Records in 2011.

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Fallstaf Offering Free Download Of "The Cost"

Fallstaf, the brass metal band with a trombone hitman, is currently offering the track "The Cost" as a free download through the player below or via Fallstaf's Bandcamp page. The track is off the band's recently released debut album "Bastard Sons of A Pure Breed" (reviewed here).

You can also check out Fallstaf's previously posted music video for "The Cost" by heading over to this location.

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Cerebral Bore To Play Hammerfest

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have been confirmed for next year's Hammerfest at Pontins in Prestatyn, UK, which takes place from March 15th - 18th, 2012.

Cerebral Bore is among the latest groups to be confirmed for the festival, joining the likes of Anthrax, Skinred, Exodus, Amon Amarth, Lawnmower Deth, and more. The band will be performing on Saturday, March 17th at 14:00 on the Second Stage.

Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul Mcguire comments:

"Finally we get to cross it off the list... To play at a Pontins holiday park! Supporting Anthrax is also a bonus, but it comes second... Not even a close second to the Pontins-induced excitement we are all feeling right now!"

For more Hammerfest information and to get tickets, head over to this location. See Cerebral Bore live on tour this December at the following shows:

Dec. 01 - Sunderland, UK - The Borough
Dec. 02 - Birmingham, UK - Scruffy Murphy's
Dec. 03 - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
Dec. 04 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez

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Doro To Release X-Mas Anthem

Legendary metal queen Doro just announced the release of the official X-Mas anthem for all metalheads.

"I had the feeling, the time was right to record a song for X-Mas," says Doro. "I am at recording my new album right now, which should be out by next summer. While doing this, I suddenly came up with a fitting melody and lyrics.“

The song's called “Merry Metal X-Mas,” performed by DORO and showcasing a guest appearance by Sodom's very own Onkel Tom Angelripper. "I definitely wanted something loud and funny," she explains.

“Merry Metal X-Mas” will be released December th9, 2011 and will be available as a digital download and limited 7” vinyl single (Christmas tree green). Doro also has the following upcoming winter dates:

08.12.2011 GER - Saarbrücken @ Garage
09.12.2011 GER - Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
10.12.2011 GER - München @ Backstage Werk
11.12.2011 GER - Hannover @ Capitol
13.12.2011 GER - Fulda @ Kreuz
14.12.2011 GER - Nürnberg @ Hirsch
16.12.2011 GER - Osnabrück @ Rosenhof
17.12.2011 GER - Herxheim @ Festhalle
18.12.2011 GER - Hamburg @ Docks

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Nemesea Announces German Shows

Nemesea has announced a series of German tour dates this coming December supporting In Extremo. The band also recently released the new album "The Quiet Resistance." A trailer for the release is available here.

The upcoming Nemesea German tour dates are as follows:

20.12.11 DE - Ingolstadt / Saturn Arena
21.12.11 DE - Braunschweig / Stadthalle
22.12.11 DE - Regensburg / Donau-Arena
26.12.11 DE - Cottbus / Messe
27.12.11 DE - Kassel / Stadthalle
28.12.11 DE - Kaufbeuren / All-Karthalle
29.12.11 DE - Karlsruhe / Europahalle

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Blood Of The Sun Uploads New Track

Blood of the Sun has uploaded a new track, "Good and Evil," which will be released on it's forthcoming new album "Burning on the Wings of Desire." This song features the vocals of Wino and members of St. Vitus and Stone Axe/Mos Generator, and this fourth release of theirs continues in the vein of that southern/retro/doom vibe the band is known for. More...

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Dougle Dragon Posts New Song Teaser

Adelaide's Double Dragon premiered the track "Asena" featuring Kate Miller Heidke and Keir Nuttall last night Australia wide on Triple J's The Racket. A stream of the show can be found at this location. A teaser for the track is also available below.

"Asena" was tracked at Against the Grain studio in Adelaide and mixed at Sing Sing Studio in Melbourne. The track is the first complete song from Double Dragon's new album "Sons of Asena."

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Architects Posts "Devil's Island" Studio Footage

Architects recently released the new "Devil's Island" single, and the band has now posted studio footage online from the recording sessions at Outhouse Studios in August 2011. You can check out the studio clip below.

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Riotgod Streaming New Track "Fool"

The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive premiere of a new track from Riotgod's upcoming release "Invisible Empire," which is the follow-up to the band's self-titled, debut album. Get a first listen to "Fool" at this location courtesy of The Obelisk. "Invisible Empire" is due out on January 31st, 2012.

The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Confession To Support Parkway Drive

Australia's new metalcore flagship Confession will support fellow Australians Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, and Miss May I on their upcoming European tour in April 2012. Confession's new album and Lifeforce Records debut "The Long Way Home" is also due to be released in Europe on February 6th, 2012. A music video for the title track is available here.

The tour dates are as follows:

06.04.2012 NL - Amsterdam @ Melkweg
07.04.2012 UK - London @ Indigo 2
08.04.2012 UK - Birmingham @ HMV Institute
09.04.2012 UK - Glasgow @ ABC
10.04.2012 UK - Manchester @ Academy
11.04.2012 UK - Cardiff @ Uni Great Hall
12.04.2012 DE - Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle
13.04.2012 FR - Paris @ Bataclan
14.04.2012 FR - Lyon @ Transbordeur, Rockstorm Fest
15.04.2012 SP - Madrid @ Sala Heineken
16.04.2012 SP - Barcelona @ Sala Razzmatazz
17.04.2012 FR - Toulon @ Le Vox
18.04.2012 IT - Milan @ Alcatraz
19.04.2012 DE - Munchen @ Tonhalle
20.04.2012 AT - Wien @ Gasometer
21.04.2012 DE - Leipzig @ Agra, Impericon Fest
22.04.2012 DE - Wurzburg @ Posthalle
23.04.2012 DK - Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
24.04.2012 SE - Gothenburg @ Tradgarn
25.04.2012 NO - Oslo @ John Dee/ Rockefeller
26.04.2012 SE - Stockholm Klubben/Arenan
27.04.2012 DE - Hamburg @ Grosse Freiheit 36
28.04.2012 BE - Meerhout @ Groezrock Festival

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Silesia Inferior Releases New Album For Free

Polish black metal act Silesia Inferior is currently offering the new album "Lot Walkirii" as a free download. You can get "Lot Walkirii" by heading over to this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lot Walkirii
2. Zima Preludium Ognia
3. Kult Nocy IV
4. Pogrom Klamstw
5. VII
6. Koniec

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Trollfest Checks In With Studio Update

Norway's Trollfest has checked in from the studio with the following new album recording update:

"With drums, bass and guitar done by yesterday evening there are only vocals left for the next few days. Even this being quite on the way of completion with five songs all done and accounted for.

"Listening to how the album is coming together is an interesting process. Once you add an element, you don't really think it can get any better, but as soon as something more finally finds it's place the songs just evolve into greatness. Look forward fellow trolls, look forward."

To follow the latest info with Trollfest, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Slipknot Frontman Has Choice Words For Rick Rubin

Corey Taylor, frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, recently had quite a few things to say about working with veteran producer Rick Rubin. The quote was taken from his comments to an audience member at a November 18th show in Dallas, Texas. He is referring to working with Rubin on Slipknot's 2004 release "Vol. 3 - (The Subliminal Verses)." To read the full article, go here. More...

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Dissipate Posts "Such Is The Mind Of A Realist"

Livermore, CA based metal act Dissipate has posted a new track online titled "Such is the Mind of a Realist," which can be heard through the player below. The track is taken from the new album "Life Death ReBirth" coming late in 2011. To find more Dissipate music, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Single Bullet Theory Posts New Music Video Online

Philadelphia metal band Single Bullet Theory has posted a new music video online for their latest single, "Diabolical." The video was posted exclusively on Bravewords.com. The song comes off of their latest record, "IV," which was released on September 27th, 2011 through Goomba Music. The album was recorded at Clay Creek Studio in Newark, Delaware with engineer Nick Rotundo. The record was mixed by John Ruszin III, mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death) and features artwork by German artist Rainer Kalwitz.

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Mystic Prophecy To Play Metalfest Open Airs

Mystic Prophecy is set to release the new album "Ravenlord" this coming Friday, November 25th, 2011. The album was recorded at the Prophecy and Music Factory Studios with engineer C. Schmid and mixed with Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy etc.) in Sweden. You can check out the album's artwork here.

On the heels of the album release, Mystic Prophecy has now also announced an appearance at the Metalfest Open Airs 2012 in Germany and Austria. Details are available in the festival promo poster below.

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Undercode Discussed In Serious Sam 3 Making-Of

Croatian act Undercode was mentioned in the making-of video clip included with the special edition of the "Serious Sam 3" video game, which can be viewed below. The part about Undercode starts at about the 13 minute mark. Undercode also commented:

"Check out the official SS3:BFE Making of video! Mr. Damjan Mravunac (Croteam's music composer) talks about game music and Undercode's involvement in SS3:BFE thanks to our russian fans! (12min50sec)

"Also, SS3:BFE fans will enjoy many technical details explained by Mr. Davor Hunski (Game director), Mr. Alen Ladavac (CTO/Game designer), Mr. Ivan Mika (Environment director), Davor Tomicic (Gameplay designer) and Mr. Goran Adrinek (Lead content programmer)."

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Morningless Offering Album For Free Download

Canadian melodic death metal act Morningless is currently offering the band's latest album "Distance" as a free download. You can get the tracks off the album by heading over to the Morningless website at this location.

The "Distance" track listing is as follows:

1. Dance with the Legless
2. Smiling the Hatred
3. Window
4. Take My Hand
5. Shades of Cruelty
6. Daybreak
7. Cinematic - Proximity
8. Cinematic - Removal
9. Cinematic - Stranger

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Morker Issues New Album Update

Swedish black metal horde Morker has issued the following update about working on a new album to released in 2012:

"After months and months of total nothingness we are finally back on track again after some issues delaying our work for the album #3.

"Since Nicke decided to move 'out of town' we have some problems finding a new session-drummer, so now we will try out a few drummers and then we will record a 2 song demonstration tape that will be finished in February/March 2012.

"And after this the album in full will be recorded and hopefully released as soon as possible. Stay tuned! More info about the drummer when we have decided who it will be."

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Mortal Sin Posts New Music Video

Australian thrashers Mortal Sin posted a new music video for the song "Blood Of My Enemies" from the latest LP "Psychology Of Death" (reviewed here ). The album is available now through NoiseArt Records.

Check out the video here:

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The Forsaken Signs With Massacre Records

Swedish death metal band The Forsaken has signed with German label Massacre Records. the band are working on a yet untitled fourth studio album and the band's first in eight years. The album is expected to be released in Spring 2012. The band's latest material was in the form of a demo in 2006, however, the last official release was "Traces of the Past" in 2003 on Century Media Records.

The band's lineup remains largely intact, the only change is new guitarist Calle Fäldt (ex Deranged, Feared Creation) steps in for the departed Stefan Holm. The official 2012 lineup is as follows:

Anders Sjöholm - Vocals
Patrik Persson - Guitars
Calle Fäldt - Guitars
Stefan Berg - Bass
Nicke Grabowski - Drums

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Jon Oliva's Pain Posts Update On New LP

Drummer Chris Kinder posted the following update on the official Jon Oliva's Pain Facebook page about the writing update for the follow up to the band's 2010 release "Festival":

"Alrighty peoples.....update time.

"Oliva and I spent 3 hours last night going through cd after cd of ideas, both old and new, and have officially begun piecing some of this material together.

"It's really quite scary how much great material we have to work with already and it's gonna be another painful task to cram it down to 10-12 songs. We have so many plans for 2012...and it is going to put some huge smiles on your faces when we are able to announce everything we are planning. I am actually quite scared myself, and we won't be getting much sleep for the next 12 months.

"More updates as they happen....stay tuned!

"Cheers...Chris"

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As I Lay Dying Posts New Tour Video

San Diego metal band As I Lay Dying posted a new tour diary video recapping week five of its current European tour with Amon Amarth. The band is out in support of the band's latest release "Decas" a compilation of covers, remixes and re-recordings released earlier this month on Metal Blade Records.

Check out the video here:

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #13

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation has posted the thirteenth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour in Europe in support of the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video, Sharon shows you Paris, and you experience an entire Within Temptation concert in 30 seconds.

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Kambrium Streaming Album Teaser

German progressive death metal band Kambrium is streaming an album teaser for the debut release "Shadowpath" on the bands official Facebook page at this location. The album is scheduled for release this Friday, November 25, 2011 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Shadowpath" is as follows:

1. Shadowpath (Intro)
2. Among The Lost
3. Arming For Retribution
4. Thanatos
5. Feuer Gegen Feuer
6. Hollow Heart
7. Hiding In Sorrow
8. The Eye Of Horus
9. Dewfall
10. A Sinner’s Remorse

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Sabaton Posts Update On New LP

Joakim Brodén, vocalist of Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted the following update on his Facebook page about the follow up to 2010's "Coat Of Arms":

"I can now officially announce that I suck at keeping in touch with friends, fans and family (and sometimes even the rest of the guys in the band) when I'm in songwriting mode :(

"However, this is the most critical time for the songwriting and finalization of the next Sabaton album, so please have patience and understanding for me not answering or taking long time to answer.

"Anyway, over 50% of the songs are all completed and done by now and I can honestly say that this album is gonna kick MY ass out the ballpark. Keep rocking and I'm really looking forward to hitting the stage for the final shows in Silja Galaxy, London and Antwerp!

Cheers / Joakim"

The band recently completed a highly successful North American tour in October.

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