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Metal News for November 26, 2013

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Armaiti Posts New Music Video

Iranian metal band Armaiti has released a new music video for the track "Cancer Steer," which can be found below. For more info on Armaiti, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. Armaiti is:

Vocals: Jaber Qahremani
Guitar: Simon Norstis
Bass: Saman Alimadadi
Drums: Ali
Keyboards: Aryan Nazari

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In Flames Issues Second Studio Update

The In Flames Jesterhead fan club has been blogging about the band's time in the studio working on a new full-length album. Today the following report was issued from the studio:

"Evening Jesterheads! Here is the second report from Berlin. Enjoy!

"After hearing the first 'finished' song the other day I was stoked to get back in the studio to hear more tunes.

"We arrived at the studio around 2pm and Niclas and Bjorn had already started recording new tunes and it was a great experience watching them work. A few moments later Anders joined us in the main recording room with the finished vocals of the second ‘finished’ track. And we were all really psyched to hear it.

"The room went quiet and the song started playing. Instantly noticed the classic In Flames signature sound, then had the pleasure of hearing the best vocals I have heard in ages. This was absolutely massive! By far some of the best vocals I have ever heard.

"When the track was finished clapping followed with everyone having a huge smile on their face. This was definitely a good day for the guys."

If you missed it, you can find the previously posted entry in the series at this location.

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Amaranthe Releases New Music Video

The third single from Amaranthe's sophomore album "The Nexus" is out now, accompanied by a video directed by Patric Ullaeus.

The video was shot on location in Hollywood, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert, and the Grand Canyon, amongst other locations. Comments guitarist Olof Mörck:

“Invincible is probably my favourite Amaranthe song so far, and it’s very exciting to see it finally becoming a single and a video! We had an absolute blast shooting it, and this time we flew in Patric Ullaeus and his crew to some kick-ass locations around the USA. People have come to expect elaborate videos from Amaranthe, but this one certainly takes the cake!" More...

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Kataklysm Announces World Tour Plans

Just a month after releasing latest hatred infected outlet "Waiting For The End To Come," Montreal based death metal powerhouse Kataklysm has now posted a video outlining the band's world tour plans.

Check out this message from vocalist Maurizio Iacono here:

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Czar Releases New Music Video

Guitar World is now presenting the premiere of Czar's latest video for the song "Aortic Flower," taken off the Chicago trio's new album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive."

You can watch the video below, or stream the entire "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive" album at this location. More...

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Calvaiire Streaming New LP

Throatruiner Records is now taking pre-orders for "Forceps," the debut album from dark hardcore/noise outfit Calvaiire.

Due out December 31st on deluxe gatefold LP, CD and tape, "Forceps" was recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé at la Senelle. The entire album can be heard in the player below, and the following press release was also issued:

"Calvaiire is the union of four individuals with no higher ambition than to push their own boundaries into a raw, cathartic sound. Recorded in five days in their hometown of Laval (France) with Amaury Sauvé (producer/sound engineer for Birds in Row & As We Draw, acts with which the band shares members), their debut full-length 'Forceps' displays their personal vision of how aggressive music should sound - bleak, visceral metallic hardcore played with the hunger of starving dogs, while lyrically addressing seclusion, anxiety and forging ahead despite prevailing vacuity.

"These ten tracks were tracked in a live setting, resulting in a massive, unpolished, and raw recording that accurately mimics the tense and the unpredictable character of 'Forceps.' From the mood swings of 'Flétrissure' to the heartless assault of the closing track 'Meurtrières,' the band demonstrates their will to explore the most abrasive subgenres without losing focus on songwriting, creating an ambitious but coherent piece of work where nothing is left to chance." More...

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Affiance Announces New Tour Dates

Cleveland's Affiance is currently on the road with Protest The Hero and has just announced the band's first tour of South Africa to kick off March 22nd, 2014. Dates are available below. Singer Dennis Tvrdik checked in from the road to say:

"We never thought we would have the opportunity to play music overseas, let alone in Africa! Super excited to explore and experience South Africa for the first time."

Tickets are on sale this Wednesday the 27th through this location. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Benighted Announces New Album

European death metal extremists Benighted (Olivier Gabriel - Guitars, Julien Truchan - Vocals, Eric Lombard - Bass, Kevin Foley - Drums, Adrien Guerin - Guitars) have revealed details on their forthcoming new album.

The album, titled "Carnivore Sublime," will be released on February 18th in North America through Season of Mist.

"Carnival Sublime" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner in Seeheim, Germany with additional recording by Kai Stahlenberg at Kohlekeller Studios. The album includes guest performances by Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and Michael Kern (Carnal Decay).

"Carnivore Sublime" is the follow-up to the band's 2011 release "Asylum Cave." Further details will be forthcoming.

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Godhunter Streaming Split With Anakim

Following a steady surplus of independently-disbursed EPs and split releases since the band's 2009 origin, Tucson-based sludge thugs Godhunter now unload a new split 7" with local crew Anakim. This split release serves as a prelude to Godhunter's impending debut LP.

"Vulture's Wake" leads off the split, which was recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios. The B-side of the EP beholds the track "The Wimper Of Whipped Dogs" from Tucson's Anakim, recorded and mixed by Mitch Burbidge at Omniversal Studios.

Today you can stream the split in the player below, courtesy of Gun Shy Assassin.

In related news, Godhunter has put the final touches on an impending debut LP, "City Of Dust," which will be released in the first quarter of 2014. More...

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The Isolation Process Streaming New Song

Today, PopMatters offers up a track premiere from The Isolation Process, a new Swedish-based post-metal band featuring former members of Lingua and Come Sleep.

Titled “Underneath It All,” the song comes from the band’s self-titled debut full-length album, which is scheduled for release on December 12th in Scandinavia and on January 10th, 2014 in the remaining markets through Version Studios Records (Aoria, A Swarm of the Sun). Give the song a listen below.

The new album was recorded and mixed by Michael Nordström (Switch Opens, Lingua, Jesaiah) together with the band, and was mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma). More...

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Draekon Working On New EP

Indianapolis-based symphonic metal band Draekon has checked in with the following update about working on an upcoming EP:

"Hello folks, it's been a minute! We'd like to give everyone an update and reassure you that we're not dead! haha!

"We're in the middle of recording a new EP... It's sounding amazing. Should be ready to go by about March of next year.

"Been working around some crazy schedules and such, but we're still hard at work and really feeling great about the quality of music we're getting ready to release to the world. Thanks for sticking with us. More updates will be posted as we have them available! Cheers."

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Helsott Recruits New Guitarist

Hellsot has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are pleased to announce that we have our new lead guitarist. Please help us welcome Dave Walston to Helsott!

"This may come as no surprise to some of you. Dave has been a long time friend and was our first choice for lead guitar a few years ago but Dave could not commit at the time. Dave is still in Monolith and has played for Battlefront and Sacrificial Slaughter. Also he has also filled in on the lead guitar position in Helsótt before so we are 100% sure he is going to be a perfect fit for us and will be melting your faces very soon...

"How soon?

"We just picked up a show at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona California for Dec. 6th. We will be sharing the stage with Nekrogoblikon for the first time. This should be an interesting show. This will be our last show of the year and our first with Dave as a permanent member so do not miss out.

"We want to give a special thanks to Mike from Draconis and Possessed for helping us out on guitar and learning our sets. He is an amazing player and person. He will be the first person we turn to if we need help in the future."

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Foscor Finishes Work On New Album

When dark metallers Foscor celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album in 2012, they were not just marking a decade of music, they were also drawing a line under one era in the band’s history, and preparing to embark on the next and most ambitious one.

With work on Foscor's fourth full-length album now completed, and a complete visual overhaul of the band's online presence and logo, the groundwork for the new phase in the group's career is well and truly established.

The forthcoming album will be titled “Those Horrors Wither” and guitarist Falke and frontman Fiar had this to say:

“It’s really not that strange that we would be moving in a different direction from the one we started out on because it’s a natural progression that comes from experience. We’re not saying that our long-time fans will wake up one morning and not recognize Foscor any more, not at all, because we have a particular style that is recognizable as Foscor – but we’ve taken that style and made it into something better. You could say that the new Foscor is evolution, not revolution, and, that being said, it actually needs new colours to define how we interpret 'Darkness,' and Ideophony, who has previously worked with us on design, is the perfect partner to work with us in physically visualizing our new direction."

Foscor's entire set from the band's 2012 appearance at the Aurora Infernalis Festival in Arnhem can be seen below. More...

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Carcass Announces "Reek Of Putrefaction" Re-Issue

This coming Black Friday - November 29th - a special "vomit-inducing" LP re-issue of Carcass' debut album, "Reek of Putrefaction," will be available at participating retailers in the USA.

Featuring the original banned artwork of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals, this "Reek of Putrefaction" LP comes tastefully wrapped in "black body bag" shrink-wrap with an assortment of bonus material waiting to be exhumed, including a 24"x36" fold-out color poster of the album art, a hand-numbered toe tag, and puke-splattered vinyl.

Limited to 1500 copies, the track listing is as follows: More...

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Devin Townsend To Release Limited Edition 10"

Last month, the Devin Townsend Project released "The Retinal Circus," a recording of Hevy Devy's sold-out show at the Roundhouse in London in 2012 (check out the unboxing video here).

On Black Friday (Nov. 29th), a white 10" with two tracks from this special live extravaganza will be available at participating retailers in the USA. Entitled Lucky Animals "Live From The Retinal Circus," the 10" features hand-drawn cover artwork by Devin himself and the following track-listing:

Side A
1. Lucky Animals
Side B
1. Truth

Limited to 1000 copies, this exclusive 10" will disappear fast. To find a store that carries Lucky Animals "Live From The Retinal Circus," please visit this location. More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Gearing Up For European Tour

American thrash act Flotsam and Jetsam will be heading over to Europe in February to support Sepultura and Legion of the Damned along with Mortillery.

"Ugly Noise" is Flotsam and Jetsam's eleventh full-length album, and first release on Metal Blade since 2001, following the 2010 album, "The Cold."

The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven't recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since 1997. More...

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Metallica Letting Fans Vote On Setlist

Metallica today announced that the band will bring an explosive live show to fans throughout Europe next summer with an All Request show, a first for the multi-platinum, award-winning band.

As a special tribute to the fans, the band will introduce "Metallica By Request," the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience. Fans who purchase tickets online to these upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at that show - giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica's material and close to 140 recorded songs to date.

Metallica's traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs as well as a brand new song. Fans will be able to visit the Metallica website to see what songs fellow fans are voting for and the results of their specific shows.

"We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energized by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June," said Lars Ulrich. "On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!"

Currently announced dates are as follows (with more coming next week):

June 4 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale November 29)
June 5 - 8 - Rock am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale November 27)
June 6 - 9 - Rock im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale November 27)

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John Longstreth Announces Reddit Q&A Session

Gorguts/Origin drummer John Longstreth is set to take part in a Reddit Q & A answering questions on Friday, November 29th. For those looking to pick the brain of one of the worlds top extreme metal drummers post your questions at this location.

Longstreth kicked off an Indie GoGo campaign for his new instructional DVD last month, which is now over half way to the target goal. The campaign will conclude December 16th. Get full details right here. More...

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Rattus Announces "Turta" Release

Svart Records has announced December 5th as the international release date for Rattus' brand-new "Turta" album. The label comments:

"Ever since 1980's privately pressed Khomeini Rock EP, Rattus have been a driving force in the Finnish punk scene and largely responsible - along with Kaaos and Terveet Kädet - for bringing international renown to their particular subgenre.

"After spending the '90s in oblivion, the band re-formed in 2003 and released a self-titled album in 2005, which, even though the band had released a notable amount of material on 12" and 7" wax in their heyday, was actually their first proper album.

"The year 2013 sees the band back in full swing, with new vocalist Jopo Rantanen injecting some fresh blood into the hardcore power-trio. The band have recently completed long tours in North and South America and spent the summer recording their new LP, entitled Turta (English: 'Numb'). Svart Records, who recently reissued the band's classic 12" EPs WC räjähtää and Uskonto on vaara, continue working with the band and bring the new 14-track platter to the world on December 5th. The LP's striking cover art was created by Irish artist Sean Fitzgerald." More...

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Lionize Announces New Tour Dates

Lionize will be hitting the road beginning December 5th supporting Spacehog and Sponge. The band will then play two headline shows and select dates supporting Clutch. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Singer/guitarist Nate Bergman spoke about getting back out on tour and showcasing new material:

"We are really looking forward to getting back on tour, hitting some of our favorite cities and playing these new songs. We are beyond happy to have seen the reaction from fans towards the new material from the last tour, and we are adding even more to the rotation this time around. This is really just the tip of the iceberg for the anticipation towards the release of the new record for 2014."

It was also recently announced that Lionize has signed to Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rockers Clutch (Distributed by RED). More...

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Beastmilk Streaming Entire New LP

Finnish dark post-punk troupe Beastmilk is streaming the entire new LP, "Climax," which can be heard in the player below courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

"Climax" is set for North American release on LP, CD, and digital formats this Black Friday, November 29th through Magic Bullet Records. The previously posted music video for "Death Reflects Us" can also be found at this location. More...

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A Crowd Funding Success Story: A Sound Of Thunder

You’ve heard the term or perhaps engaged in a pledge and it’s seems to be all the rage these days: “crowd funding.” Some people may view it as the band version of “panhandling,” but when you consider how much the music business has changed since the rise of the digital age in the face of internet file sharing, rampant illegal downloading and lagging world economies, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea, right? What better way for a fan to feel like he or she is part of the business then to strike up a good old-fashioned pledge drive. Over the last year, there have successes as well as disastrous failures, mediocre output and subpar notifications from smaller local bands and well known acts. But, is crowd funding something worthy of slapping down your hard earned cash in these bad economic times? You only need only look to one band that has risen above the rest, proving twice over that there is power in this medium: A Sound of Thunder. Its members (Nina Osegueda, Josh Schwartz, Jesse Keen and Chris Haren) are shining examples of what is right about crowd funding. More...

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Lamb Of God Documentary Coming to Theaters

"As The Palaces Burn," the feature length documentary film that follows the band throughout the trial of their singer, Randy Blythe, is coming to a theater near you in 2014. An official trailer has been released, below. You can let the band know what cities it should play the "As The Palaces Burn" filme here.

Meanwhile, the band's remastered tenth anniversary edition of "As The Palaces Burn" is out now and on sale at Amazon MP3 for $7.99. The album remixed by longtime producer Josh Wilbur features three unreleased demos and a 70 minute story behind the album documentary featuring interviews with all five band members, original album producer Devin Townsend, and Josh Wilbur. The CD package features updated artwork by longtime LOG designer Ken Adams and a new booklet essay by rock critic Tom Beaujour.

Here's the complete tracklisting for the tenth anniversary edition of "As The Palaces Burn":
1. Ruin (Remixed & Remastered)
2. As the Palaces Burn (Remixed & Remastered)
3. Purified (Remixed & Remastered)
4. 11th Hour (Remixed & Remastered)
5. For Your Malice (Remixed & Remastered) [Explicit]
6. Boot Scraper (Remixed & Remastered) [Explicit]
7. A Devil in God's Country (Remixed & Remastered)
8. In Defense of Our Good Name (Remixed & Remastered)
9. Blood Junkie (Remixed & Remastered)
10. Vigil (Remixed & Remastered)
11. Ruin (Previously Unreleased Demo)
12. As the Palaces Burn (Previously Unreleased Demo)
13. Blood Junkie (Previously Unreleased Demo)

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Job For A Cowboy Bassist Posts New Video

Nick Schendzielos, bassist for Job for a Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage, has released his newest video, "Ol Dirty Wizard-1000's Funking Dead Bass Shenanigans."

The video is the first featuring camera work from Matthew Zinke of Matthewknowsphotos, as well as the incredibly surrealistic masks from HyperFlesh's Landon Meier, who's Walter White mask made huge waves at Comic-Con when Bryan Cranston wore the mask unbeknownst to the crowd.

Schendzielos commented, "I'm extremely brammed to release this latest video. Working with Matthew Zinke and Landon Meier has really brought this whole video thing to another level creatively for me. The visual imagery is astonishing and I can't wait for folks to see what we have in store. Some seriously amazing guest musicians are going to featured in the next installments…maybe even the top guitarist in metal? Stay tuned!" More...

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Abominator Signs With Hells Headbangers

Hells Headbangers has announced the signing of black/death cult Abominator. The label comments:

"After eight years in the abyss, Australian heretics Abominator shall soon return with their fifth album of demonic black/death metal carnage entitled Evil Proclaimed, their first album for Hells Headbangers.

"Having learned their lessons well from a devilish hiatus, the arch nemesis is reborn with a furious sound that owes much to the primordial early days of the band, and yet still upholds the spirit of the gods of black chaos.

"Release date to be announced shortly, but the first song titles to be revealed are 'The Brimstone Nucleus,' 'Invoker of the Four Winds,' and 'Black Mass Warfare.' Await the loathsome atmosphere of cosmic devastation!"

For more info on the band, head over to the Abominator Facebook profile.

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Entrails Working On New Album

Deep in the forests of Sweden, a long trip into the southern countryside and in the small village of Linneryd, Entrails guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist has resurrected the old converted woodshed that the band used as a rehearsal room in the 90's. Behind these walls he was making some nasty riffs during the early 90's until the band was put to sleep.

It has now become a studio/rehearsal room for the band where Entrails can record music instead of hiring a studio to record drums. But it doesn't end there; when Jimmy was done with the studio, he was so inspired that he locked himself in and wrote music for days.

Comments Lundqvist: "These walls have some cool memories and bring me in the mood to create, so it was a good decision to renovate that room and make it a studio combined with a rehearsal room. It took me some weeks during the summer to fix the room and of course I had friends helping me until it was done. Finally we have our own studio which will help us a lot in being even more creative."

Entrails has gathered to rehearse and will soon begin the recordings for a fourth album. The Swedish death metal machine comments further: "We will work a bit harder to do more shows in 2014 and so far we already have a few confirmed. More to follow soon!"

You can also catch the band live:

22/02/14 DE – München – Feierwerk w/Fleshcrawl, Deserted Fear, Revel In Flesh, Lifeless
28/02/14 UK – London – The Unicorn
01/03/14 UK – Manchester – FOAD Fest @ Sound Control
02/03/14 UK – Oxford – The Wheat Shearf
22/05/14 US – New York – Saint Vitus Bar
23-25/05/14 US – Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest

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Sinner Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

AFM Records has issued the following announcement about Sinner performing special 30th anniversary shows:

"Three decades into the sign of the Sinner – what better reason to celebrate can one imagine? Mat Sinner and his band will play three special concerts in Germany (Sinner + surprise guests). Also joining the 'Sinfest' concerts are Voodoo Circle and The New Black." More...

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Black Messiah Shooting New Video

Germany's leading Pagan/Viking metal band Black Messiah s currently putting the finishing touches on a new video clip, which was filmed for the song "Wildsau."

The band’s new album “Heimweh“ will be released on November 29th. "Jötunheim," a brand new track coming off the album, was also recently posted online and can be heard at this location. More...

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Lake Of Tears To Release Live DVD Set

Swedish dark rock/metal pioneers Lake of Tears finally are finally fulfilling the wish of many fans and releasing their first live album on January 31st.

"By The Black Sea" includes the recordings of a full concert with 16 songs in Bucharest, and will be available as a DVD/CD set.

Bonus material on the DVD includes a “Making Of,” an interview, and the band’s latest video clips "llwill" and "House Of The Setting Sun." More...

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Menace Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to welcome Menace to its ever-expanding roster. Menace, the brainchild of Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed), is a project for those who dare to be challenged. According to a press release, it is "a journey across genres; neither claiming nor conforming to any particular known style, and a result of all musical history and culture."

Mitch comments: "The band is called Menace, but to me, it is more than just a band or a solo project. It is the result of my life's work. It's a concept that has been in production for some time with most of the songs and intense work done in the last two years.

"The initial idea for Menace began with a plan to work with Max Cavalera and drummer Brann Dailor. Although Brann recorded two songs initially, his responsibilities with Mastodn didn't allow time for such an intricate collaboration. In fact, we all became incredibly busy and as a result, new directives evolved, and to achieve my goal for Menace I needed to see the album through myself. More...

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Lillian Axe Announces Box Set Release

Lillian Axe has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming box set release:

"Lillian Axe and CME Records is proud to announce the release of a limited edition Lillian Axe Box Set entitled 'Convergence.' This box set will contain all of Lillian Axe's releases from the debut 'Lillian Axe' up to the 2012 release 'The Days Before Tomorrow' along with a bonus CD containing unreleased Lillian Axe material never before released. The box set will contain the following:

CD 1) Lillian Axe
CD 2) Love And War
CD 3) Out Of The Darkness Into The Light
CD 4) Poetic Justice
CD 5) Psychoschizophrenia
CD 6) Fields of Yesterday + 2 bonus tracks (Japanese release)
CD 7) Live 2002 (disc 1)
CD 8) Live 2002 (disc 2)
CD 9) Waters Rising
CD 10) Sad Day On Planet Earth
CD 11) Deep Red Shadows
CD 12) The Days Before Tomorrow More...

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Winterus Checks In With Band Update

Black metal outfit Winterus has checked in with the following update about seeking out a new drummer and gearing up to release a single:

"The official news as of late to catch everyone up: We have been on a lengthy 'Not playing shows Hiatus' - more of jamming with other drummers & writing awesome music/spending time with our families. We are still trying drummers out, recording, making merchandise & demoing music, but the show Hiatus is still in effect.

"We will be distributing our latest albums/merchandise through Winter Wolf Records - while (in the not so distant future) be announcing some bigger news about signing to another North American label.

"If you want to send drum videos playing our songs (trying out) send an email to [winterusbooking@gmail.com] When we lock down a drummer will see everyone on the road & have a website to buy tons of new merchandise!!

"Stay tuned for news about physical copies of all the Winterus albums/merchandise being available & a brand new single \m/ Hails everyone."

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Breaking News

LostProphets Singer Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse

Ian Watkins, the singer of Welsh rock band LostProphets, who is currently on trial in Cardiff Crown Court, has today plead guilty to numerous child abuse offences, including the attempted rape of two babies. The court has heard that in one instance, he filmed himself abusing a child in a hotel in West London. He was aided by the mothers of two of his victims, aged twenty one and twenty four, who also abused the children and made them available to the singer. Watkins, along with his co-defendents, will receive sentencing on December 18th. A statement from DCI Peter Doyle, the senior investigating officer in the case, reads as follows:

"This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children. Today’s outcome ensures that the three people responsible have been brought to justice.

"The safeguarding of children has been the primary objective for the investigation team and the outcome of this investigation has been achieved through a multi agency approach at an international level.

"Two very young children have been removed from this abuse and given a future that would otherwise have been denied them. The investigation has been extremely complex and challenging with key information and evidence being identified from witnesses worldwide. More...

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Majesty Of Revival Streaming New Track

Ukrainian progressive/power metal act Majesty of Revival is streaming the new single "Nameless Guest." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore LP "Iron Gods," which will be available as a worldwide digital release via Power Prog Records on January 17th.

The track list for "Iron Gods" is:

1. Nameless Guest
2. Infernal Grays
3. Lost Empire
4. Nocturnus Gate
5. Wicked Game
6. Close Your Eyes
7. Edge Of Sanity
8. Masked Illusion:
9. Part II - Fatal Duel
10. Part III - Perfect Lie
11. Iron Gods

Check out "Nameless Guest" here: More...

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Vital Science Streaming New Track "The Last Trial"

Baltic progressive metal act Vital Science is streaming the new track "The Last Trial." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Imaginations of the Subject Of Infinity," which is set for worldwide digital release via Power Prog Records on January 17th.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Overture
2. Bridge Of Sorrow
3. The Last Trial
4. Endless Sky
5. Truth To Be Told
6. Fallen From Grace
7. Black Judgement Day
8. Dream Survive
9. Prayer For Survive
10. The Curtains Fall

Check out "The Last Trial" here: More...

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts First In Studio Videos

Timo Tolkki's Avalon entered East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland to begin the recordings for the sophomore album and follow up to "Land of New Hope." For the new album, Tokki is reunited with former Stratovarius bandmates Tuomo Lassila on drums and Antti Ikonen on keyboards, who played on the first three Stratovarius albums ("Fright Night", "Twilight Time" and "Dreamspace").

The new album will feature 11 tracks with a release slated during 2014 via Frontiers Records. Timo Tolkki states: "It is incredibly refreshing to create and play new music with his old friends and that the spirit and the atmosphere has been absolutely great and positive!”

Check out Lassila's set up, sound check and first drum tracks here: More...

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Afterblood Debut LP "Of Unsound Minds" Available

Female fronted modern death/thrash metal outfit Afterblood has now made the debut album "Of Unsound Minds" available for download. The album was mixed and mastered by Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc/Enemy of the Sun/Despair) and sound engineer Dennis Koehne (Lacuna Coil/Samael/Moonspell/Tiamat, etc.) in Waldstreet & Denroad Studios in Dortmund, Germany. The debut material is available for streaming though the band's website and will also be released as a limited edition vinyl LP.

"Of Unsound Minds" features guest vocal appearances by Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Antony Hämäläinen (ex-Nightrage/Meridian Dawn) along with a guest guitar solo by Waldemar Sorychta. Drums on the entire album were performed by Markus "Makka" Freiwald of Sodom.

Afterblood is:

Hel Pyre - Vocals
Cyan - Guitars
Dasno - Bass
Markus "Makka" Freiwald - Session Drums More...

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Pretty Maids To Release Album Of Re-Recorded Songs

Danish hard rock/traditional metal band Pretty Maids announced that the band will release the album "Louder Than Ever," which will be a mix of new material, as well as newly re-recorded hits from the band's 30 year back catalog and a special DVD. The release is targeted to drop in the Spring of 2014 via Frontiers Records.

More information on the album is expected shortly. More...

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Epica Releases More DVD Footage

Epica released another clip from the new DVD "Retrospect," the band's 10th Anniversary celebration from earlier this year. The latest clip is of the track "Martyr of the Free World," from the 2009 release "Design Your Universe." The DVD was just released via Nuclear Blast in North America yesterday.

The band is currently in the studio recording the follow up to 2012's "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see review here).

Check out "Martyr of the Free World" here:

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Culted Releases Preview Clip Of New Album

Canadian black/doom act Culted posted a preview clip from the upcoming new album "Oblique to All Paths." The album is set for release on January 17, 2013 (Benelux, Germany, Finland), January 20, 2013 (UK/World on CD/LP/Digital) and January 21, 2013 (North America) via Relapse Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

Culted’s story is a unique one: 4 band members spread out over multiple countries and continents, having never performed music together in the same room coming together through the wonders of modern technology to create totally compelling top of the line doom. While Culted’s writing and recording process may be unusual, and a story unto itself, it certainly should not overshadow what this band has accomplished---creating a bleak and epic masterpiece of dystopian doom. Cinematic in its scope, "Oblique To All Paths" is a beautifully haunting and grim piece of sprawling doom metal—the perfect soundtrack to a desolate, barren winter.

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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