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Metal News for November 27, 2012

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The Acacia Strain Drops Off Tour After Van Crash

The Acacia Strain has posted the following message online about dropping off the band's current tour dates:

"It comes with heavy hearts and sadness to announce that The Acacia Strain will be leaving their Co-Headlining tour with Veil Of Maya due to a serious van accident. Members of the band and crew are being treated for minor injuries, nothing serious."

Frontman Vincent Bennet also commented, "Canceling tour dates is something we hate doing but we will make it up to all of you. We are all very grateful to be alive and will see you in the New Year."

The Acacia Stain released new album "Death is the only Mortal" back in October, and you can hear the song "The Mouth of the River" in the player below. More...

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Cauldron To Kick Off European Tour

Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron is due to kick off a European tour tomorrow - Wednesday, November 28th - in London, UK.

The tour starts with a string of headlining dates in the UK, before joining up with Dutch hard rockers Vanderbuyst on December 8th for more shows in continental Europe. Cauldron vocalist and bassist Jason Decay comments:

"We're powerchuffed to be here rocking a thousand British churches to the ground. We're looking forward to seeing all you hessian-obsessed bangers. We're taking donations of Newcastle Brown Ale at the door. Here's a few LPs we're looking for if anyone has any leads... Hexx - 'No Escape', Danger Zone - 'Victim of Time', Cerebus - 'Too Late to Pray', Candlemass - 'Ancient Dreams'. No colour vinyl, no gatefold, no 180g. Original press only. Stay hard, stay wet."

See Cauldron on tour at the following shows:

Nov. 28 - London, UK - Barfly
Nov. 29 - Birmingham, UK - Asylum 2
Nov. 30 - Edinburgh, UK - Bannerman's
Dec. 01 - Pwllheli, UK - Hard Rock Hell
Dec. 02 - Newcastle, UK - Northumberland Arms
Dec. 03 - Manchester, UK - TBA
Dec. 04 - Leeds, UK - The Well
Dec. 05 - Liverpool, UK - Drop the Dumbells
Dec. 06 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez
Dec. 07 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - The Jack
Dec. 08 - Essen, Germany - Turock *
Dec. 09 - Würzburg, Germany - Immerhin
Dec. 11 - Paris, France - Les Combustibles *
Dec. 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix *
Dec. 13 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle *
Dec. 14 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club *
Dec. 15 - Katwijk, Netherlands - Scum *
Dec. 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Sound
Dec. 19 - Weert, Netherlands - Triangel
Dec. 20 - Breda, Netherlands - Mezz *
Dec. 21 - Heusden, Netherlands - Jonosh *
Dec. 22 - Steenwijk, Netherlands - Braindead Fest at Buze *
Dec. 23 - Berlin, Germany - K17 *
Dec. 27 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko *
Dec. 28 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 *
Dec. 29 - Sliedrecht, Netherlands - Elektra *
Dec. 30 - Kerkrade, Netherlands - Rock Temple *
Dec. 31 - Groningen, Netherlands - Crowbar
Jan. 01 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Mayhem
Jan. 02 - Malmö, Sweden - Debaser
Jan. 03 - Växjö, Sweden - Kafe Deluxe
Jan. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden - Püssy A Go Go
Jan. 05 - Aland, Finland - Dino's Bar
Jan. 06 - Oslo, Norway - TBA
Jan. 07 - Gothenburg, Sweden - TBA
Jan. 08 - Brussels, Belgium - DNA

* w/ VANDERBUYST

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Farewell To Arms Posts Lyric Video

A new lyric video for the track "Perceptions" by Farewell To Arms is now available online and can be viewed below. The track is taken from the album of the same name, released earlier this month through Massacre Records, which has the following track listing:

1. Resurrection
2. Losses To The Crown
3. Scarless
4. Between The Walls Of Ruins
5. Rejected (Check out the video here)
6. Mess Of Memories
7. Perceptions
8. From Init To Exit
9. At The Watershed
10. Procession

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Vildhjarta Posts Euroblast Video Recap

Vildhjarta embarked on the Euroblast tour in October and November with Jeff Loomis, Monuments, and Stealing Axion. The band has now posted a video recap of the tour, which can be found below. For more info on Vildhjarta and to check out the band's music, head over to Facebook here.

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Khors Releases "The Last Leaves" Video

Ukrainian black metal heathens Khors (featuring former members of Hate Forest, Tessaract, and Drudkh) recently unleashed a video for “The Last Leaves.” Shot live at the Metal Heads’ Mission Festival this past August in Crimea, Ukraine, the track comes off the band’s "Wisdom Of Centuries" full-length issued via Candlelight Records’ Cult Series earlier this Fall. Check it out below.

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Vreid Reveals Album Artwork, New Single

Vreid will be releasing the new album "Welcome Farewell" on March 5th, 2013 in North America and February 26th in Europe. The cover artwork for the release is available below, and now the band has teamed up with Terrorizer magazine to provide the first single "The Reap." Check out the song through Terrorizer here. More...

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Amenra Posts Full New Album Online

Amenra's crushing new studio album "Mass V," the band’s debut for Neurot Recordings, is out now worldwide.

Over recent weeks, Amenra has lured us with several tracks and multiple installments of mind-melting video footage from "Mass V." These elements have shown what to expect from the album, but now fans can hear the whole record in its entirety through Cvlt Nation right here.

Amenra will be touring across Europe in the weeks ahead in support of this beast of a record, with a plethora of tour and festival dates already confirmed and with more in the works. Dates are as follows: More...

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Blockheads Reveals New Album Details

French grindcore activists Blockheads have revealed the details of their forthcoming 5th full-length, and first album in over six years, entitled "This World Is Dead." Recorded in Geneva Switzerland at Terrier 5 with Jerome of Nostromo / Mumakil, "This World Is Dead" features 25 songs clocking in at over 40 minutes of brutally efficient, frenzied grind.

The album will see it’s release on CD/LP/digital format on January 22nd (North America), January 21st (UK/World), and January 18th (Germany/Benelux/Finland). The album’s artwork and pre-order options are available now at this location while a trailer featuring a sample of new material can be found below.

The band commented on the upcoming album: “We think that our new tracks mirror the same state of mind which still exists since Blockheads' beginning and we can't wait for its release and to play on stage again.” More...

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Voivod Streaming New Album's Title Track

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have now premiered the title track from their upcoming 13th studio album, "Target Earth," through Metal Sucks.net here.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, "Target Earth" was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium). The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Speaking The King's Signs With Nuclear Blast

Metalcore act Speaking the King's from Orange County, California has signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. STK’s vocalist Bobby Burap comments on the new partnership:

“Very few bands get the opportunity to take their act to an international level. That being said... we are extremely excited to announce that Speaking the King's have signed to Nuclear Blast Records. It's an absolute honor to be able to work with such a juggernaut in the current music scene. Having so many prominent bands on their roster, we're striving to carry on this tradition of excellence with our desire to work hard and produce the best product possible. Thank you to everyone who has supported us from day one. This is only the beginning.”

Nuclear Blast also issued the following press release:

"Formed during the winter of 2011, Speaking the King's demos quickly captured the attention of A Day To Remember producer, songwriter, and former guitarist Tom Denney (Pierce The Veil, Secrets), who ushered the band into his Florida-based studio to record their first arsenal of music. Mixed by Zeuss (Suicide Silence, Stick To Your Guns, Close To Home), the band’s debut album is slated for a 2013 release. More...

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Heavenwood Announces 20th Anniversary Show

Portugal's Heavenwood has issued the following announcement about performing a special 20th anniversary show:

"Heavenwood is celebrating 20 years of existence in the Fall of 2012 with a very special concert dedicated to the four albums released live at Hard Club (Mercado Ferreira Borges - Porto - Portugal) next December 28th. One night dedicated to the four albums and a unique show to all the old and new Heavenwood fans, you can´t miss this one!!"

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Gypsyhawk Posts "State Lines" Video

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk recently filmed a video for the song "State Lines" from "Revelry & Resilience." The video was filmed, in true DIY fashion, on the band's headlining tour in August at a house party in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The video can be viewed below, along with a listing of upcoming tour dates>

Additionally, Gypsyhawk will be performing at the Metal Blade Records 30th anniversary show with Armored Saint and Sacred Reich on November 30th, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. Additional special guests confirmed for the show include: Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout the set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...

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Bison B.C. Streaming Full New Album

Bison B.C. released new album "Lovelessness" on October 22nd through Metal Blade Records, and now the full album is available for streaming online. Give the songs a listen through CBC Music here.

To find out more about the album, you can read our recent interview with the band at this location. The "Lovelessness" track listing is as follows:

1. An Old Friend
2. Anxiety Puke / Lovelessness
3. Last and First Things
4. Blood Music
5. Clozapine Dream
6. Finally Asleep More...

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Anachronaeon Taking Break Due To Injury

Swedish act Anachronaeon has posted the following message online about drummer Andreas Åkerlind being injured at work:

"So... Andreas chopped off a fingertip at work, so we are taking a break till January to charge batteries and to heal basically. We are glad he is not a guitarist. So, if nothing awesome happens we wish you guys a merry Xmas, loads of beer and a happy new year!"

Anachronaeon also recruited a new guitarist during the summer, and you can check out footage of the band members jamming together in the player below. More...

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The May 4th Massacre Calling It Quits

After recruiting a new bassist earlier this month, The May 4th Massacre has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"It takes a long time to find who you really are. An even longer time to find what a group of collective creative individuals should be. This band has gone through a lot of changes over the years, and always endured, but at some point you have to destroy what you’ve built so you can create something more.

"We’re not the same people we were when this band was started and we don’t make the same music anymore. That being said The May 4th Massacre is no more. We will be taking time off to write and work on things we feel we need to musically as well as personally. The members will return to music in new forms.

"The May 4th Massacre will perform on New Year’s Eve with Boysetsfire at the note in West Chester and then we will be playing a final show in Delaware soon after TBA. All of the support over the years has meant the world to us, and we hope to see all of you there."

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The Foreshadowing Joining Marduk On Tour

Swedish black metallers Marduk and Portugal's gothic heavy hitters Moonspell will join forces for the "Voices From The Dark" North American co-headlining tour in February/March 2013. Support on the trek will come from Colombian/American black metal rising demons Inquisition, Italy's gothic melodic sensation The Foreshadowing, and Sweden's dark rock/metal band Death Wolf (featuring Marduk members).

States Alex from The Foreshadowing: "It will be our first time in North America and we are very proud to hit the road with such great bands!!! Are you ready to be part of the Second World?"

The Foreshadowing's most recent album, "Second World," was released in North America on August 14th, 2012. Listen to the single "Ground Zero" at this location. More...

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Antipope Releases New Music Video

Finland's Antipope has posted a new music video online, which can be viewed below, and the band commented, "To celebrate the anniversary of 'House of Harlot' we'd like to present a new music video 'To a Passer-by in Black.' So, there you go."

The video was directed and filmed by Mikko Myllykangas/Antti Karjalainen, and the "House of Harlot" album is currently available online for ordering at this location.

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Dividead's Vocalist Appears On French Talent Show

Video footage has been posted online of Dividead frontwoman Rachel performing "Emma 0" by Sybreed on French show "La France À Un Incroyable Talent." Check out the video below to find a very shocked crowd and panel of judges who apparently weren't expecting a woman to start growling her heart out.

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Thinning The Herd Posts "Never Wanted" Video

New York City rock/sludge trio Thinning the Herd has unfurled a brand new self-released video from pending third full-length, "Freedom From The Known," which was recorded over the Summer by Steve Albini. Check out the video for "Never Wanted" below. The following press release was also issued:

"With December 21st, 2012 now confirmed as the street date for Freedom From The Known, Thinning The Herd’s psychedelic self-released video for the opening track from the album, 'Never Wanted,' brings some fun and shame and good old fashioned filth back to rock without a dribble of pretentiousness. As with all previous releases from Thinning the Herd, Freedom From The Known will be set loose on the band’s own Saint Marks Records."

You can also catch the band live:

12/08/2012 Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY @ Dime Bag Tribute w/ members of Soulfly More...

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Circle II Circle Announces New Album Release

Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, will release the sixth studio album from American metallers Circle II Circle this Winter. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Led by former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, the 12-track 'Seasons Will Fall' promises to be the band’s strongest album to date both musically and sonically blending Stevens’ history and unique 'Savatage style' with the fresh sounds he’s meticulously developed with CIIC — a commanding fusion of metal and hard rock, powered by his passionate melodic rock vocals. From the howling guitar riffs of 'Diamond Blade' and 'Killing Death' to the energetic sound of 'Never Gonna Stop,' the album contains everything you want from a heavy rock album.

"EarMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead (1995) and The Wake of Magellan (1997), true milestones of hard rock/heavy metal and some of the highest charting metal success stories of the ‘90s."

Comments Stevens of the new label home and forthcoming full-length: “With earMUSIC releasing our sixth album, we are exactly where we need to be at this point in our career. We have the right album along with a fantastic new label. The timing of all this will take the upcoming world tour to an entirely new level. We are very much looking forward to the release of Seasons Will Fall. This is an album that will strongly define the identity and place of hard rock and heavy metal music in the world today.”

"Seasons Will Fall" will be released in North America via Armoury Records on January 29th, 2013. The track listing is as follow: More...

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Ironhorse Changes Band Name

Ironhorse signed with Relapse Records earlier this month, with plans to release new album "Dragged Down a Dead End Path" in 2013. The band has now posted the following brief message online about having to change names due to trademark issues:

"We are saddened to have to change our name, but it is best that it happened now and not after our albums were pressed... Ironhorse is now 'Call Of The Void.' Please go add us on our new page right here."

You can also download a new track from Call of the Void, titled "Failure," through the Relapse Records 2012 sampler available here.

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Wakeless Releasing New Album

Ontario metal outfit Wakeless has signed with Year of the Sun Records for the release of debut album "Desolation Diaries." The nine track album is set for release today: November 27th, 2012.

According to a press release, the Wakeless? sound "harkens back to the music released in the late 90s with recordings that weren't perfect, but were instead full of heart, soul, and that dirtiness that made the 90's what they were."

Produced by Wakeless bassist Colin Canning and mastered by Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me, Wretched, Devin Townsend Project) the first single from the album is available for free download over here and a teaser for the album can be found below. The track listing is:

1. Lost Alone
2. Descend Beneath
3. The Mercy Of Defeat
4. Defibrillator
5. The Sound Of Falling Down
6. Desolation
7. Scoundrel
8. Wrong With You
9. Happy Entrails More...

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Announces Canadian Tour

Seattle's 7 Horns 7 Eyes has announced the band's first ever Canadian headlining tour with support from Winnipeg's Annex Theory for February 2013. Dubbed the "Throes of Existence Tour" and sponsored by Heavy Blog is Heavy and Stuff You Will Hate, the trek will start in Winnipeg and end in Ottawa.

Commented 7 Horns 7 Eyes guitarist Aaron Smith: "We are excited to be hitting the great frozen hostile wasteland (as Jim Carrey put it), also known as Canada. This is a totally untapped market for us in terms of live performances, and we're looking forward to bringing the show to our Canadian fans alongside Annex Theory! It'll be some very wintry driving for us, so if you live along the tour routing, come on out and give us a proper Canadian welcome!"

Continued vocalist JJ "Shiv" Polachek: "We can't wait to finally hit the great north with such a sick band like Annex Theory! These shows will be special to everyone who attends, because due to the fact that we have to fill up a headlining time slot, we get to play 'Throes of Absolution' in its entirety! So make sure to come out and enjoy some epic BDC jams, and generate some heat by moshing and headbanging your balls off with us! I can't wait to wear ten layers of clothing at all times! Someone please buy me drinks because my Florida blood is thin and I don't know if I can survive a place like Canada! Please respond!"

Dates are as follows:

February 7th - Winnipeg - The Zoo
February 8th - Regina - TBA
February 9th - Calgary - The New Black
February 10th - Kelowna - Lake City Bowl
February 11th - Vancouver- Columbia Theatre
February 14th - Prince George - Westwood Pub
February 15th - Edmonton - Avenue Theater
February 16th - Saskatoon - Lepps
February 19th - Thunder Bay - Black Pirates Pub
February 22nd - Toronto - Hard Luck Bar
February 23rd - Montreal - TBA
February 24th - Ottawa - The Rainbow More...

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Neurosis Splits With Visual Artist

Today, Neurosis has released the following statement about changes to upcoming live performances and parting with the band's visual artist:

“As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.

“We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.

“This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Josh’s tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldn’t have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions. More...

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Tenggorkan Signs With Wretched Decay

Indonesian brutal death metal act Tenggorokan has signed with Wretched Decay Records for the release of the band's first full-length album in the second quarter of 2013. Wretched Decay Records comments:

"Tenggorkan have built up a huge fanbase on their own soil since their first appearance in 2005. In 2011 the EP The End of Earth was let loose to the masses and brought a bigger following which has seen them supporting the likes of Dark Funeral very recently.

"Making the decision to sign to an International label for their debut is what they think is best for the band....to get their music to even more people...to build more fans!!"

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available, and you can find more info on Tenggorkan via Facebook.

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Deceased To Release New Album

Hells Headbangers has confirmed that underground legends Deceased will release their next full-length album through the label. Set for release later in 2013 on both CD and LP formats, the next Deceased album will be titled "Ghostly White." The track listing is as follows:

1. The Shivers
2. In A Quiet Town
3. Mr's Allardyce
4. The Germ Of Distorted Lore
5. To Serve The Insane
6. Poor Jessica's Drifted Away
7. A Palpitation's Warning

Founding frontman King Fowley had the following to say about the upcoming album: "This record will be a very produced musical journey that will capture the complete morbid side of Deceased. If we do what we are setting out to do, it will ooze of dark melody without forgetting the rough aggressive edges and catchiness in the songwriting that we've kept in our sound since day one. There will be a complete haunting aura throughout the record! A few songs will be lengthy tracks, including a 15-minute ride. Fitting interludes will lock in the actual tracks, and little jolts of madness will also rear their ugly heads from time to time. This is a musical adventure we've been waiting to take, and now's the time. Get out your woolen overcoats, the funeral is about to begin...."

In other recent news, Hells Headbangers also recently reissued Deceased's "Supernatural Addiction" on CD, with an LP version coming January 23rd. Featuring five bonus demo tracks and extensive liner notes from founding frontman King Fowley, "Supernatural Addiction" was originally released in 2000 on Relapse Records. The reissue is available for ordering here.

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Vesperia Recruits New Guitarist

Canadian act Vesperia has recently begun recording a full-length album, and now the band has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are very pleased to announce the addition of our newest guitar player, Frankie Caracci!

"Frankie came to us earlier this fall when we announced our search for a guitarist and we were more than excited to try him out! We have been working with him diligently over the past month or so to prepare him for recording and live shows, which will no doubt be our tightest and most energetic ones yet!

"We are currently in the studio recording our next full length album 'An Olden Tale' and it will be the perfect platform to display Frankie's absolutely monster guitar skills! We are more than excited to begin the next chapter of VESPERIA! Welcome to the band Frankie!

"On that note, we will be available in the new year to begin booking shows once again to support our new album and to showcase our new lineup. To send us any press-related inquiries of for booking information, email VesperiaMetal@gmail.com. Cheers!"

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Cancer Bats Releases New Music Video

Cancer Bats has released a new music video for "Bricks And Mortar," taken from the album "Dead Set On Living," which was released in April, 2012.

The video was shot by Josh Wasburton/Vulture Culture and can be viewed below. You can also stream the full "Dead Set On Living" album online via Bandcamp here.

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Dual-Coma Reveals New Album

Polish act Dual-Coma has posted the cover artwork online for the new album "The Diary," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"We know that you had to wait a long time, probably many of you thought that Dual-Coma fell apart. Nothing is more wrong :-) We are working harder than ever on the upcoming album 'The Diary," which will surprise you at every sound and word. Coming soon! As a foretaste we present to an image from the forthcoming album." More...

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Ancient VVisdom Streaming New Track "Deathlike"

Texas-based occult rock act Ancient VVisdom is streaming the new song "Deathlike" exclusively through Metal Hammer's You Tube Channel (see below). The track is the title track from the band's sophomore LP, which is scheduled for release on February 5, 2013 through Prosthetic Records.

In 2013, the band confirmed that they will embark on the "Winter Rites 2013" tour with Enslaved and Pallbearer. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

Check out "Deathlike" here:

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Threshold Announces European Tour Dates

U.K. progressive metal act Threshold announced a string of new tour dates in support of the band's latest LP "March of Progress" (out now on Nuclear Blast Records) beginning next...."March." Support acts have not yet been announced. Confirmed dates are as follows:

01 March 2013 Underworld London, England
02 March 2013 Lakei Helmond, Netherlands
03 March 2013 Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands
04 March 2013 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
05 March 2013 C-Club Berlin, Germany
06 March 2013 Progresja Warsaw, Poland
08 March 2013 Kulturfabrik Kufstein, Austria
09 March 2013 Kiff Aarau, Switzerland
11 March 2013 Orto Bar Ljubljana, Slovenia
12 March 2013 Spectrum Augsburg, Germany
13 March 2013 Colos Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
14 March 2013 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany
15 March 2013 Turock Essen, Germany
16 March 2013 Bastard Club Osnabrück, Germany
17 March 2013 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium

Tickets will be on sale soon over at this location.

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Sacred Steel Signs With Cruz Del Sur Music

German metal act Sacred Steel has signed on with Cruz Del Sur Music for the release of the band's eighth studio LP (and first in four years) "The Bloodshed Summoning." The album is scheduled for release on February 16, 2013 on compact disc with 3 bonus tracks (including one Misfits cover), limited edition vinyl and digital format.

The press release reads: "Sacred Steel is proud to join forces with this honorable and unique label (home of bands such as SLOUGH FEG, ATLANTEAN KODEX, PAGAN ALTAR, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, PHARAO)."

The official news announcement from Cruz Del Sur Music reads:

"CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC is extremely pleased to welcome SACRED STEEL in its roster!

"SACRED STEEL is..
...Come on! You know who SACRED STEEL is!
What more should be said about them, besides their name? We do not really need to introduce a band that has been on Metal Blade and Massacre Records, and has released 8 incredible full length albums and 3 EPs?

"Let's just announce that their new album is titled 'The Bloodshed Summoning' and comes 4 years after their 2009's 'Carnage Victory': for all old and the new Sacred Steel fans, such a long wait will be well worth. In fact, "The Bloodshed Summoning" concentrates a lethal dose of heavy riffing and aggression typical of what the best Metal release should be made of, including some episodes bordering of thrash metal?"

"'The Bloodshed Summoning' will be released February 16th 2013 on compact disc with 3 bonus tracks (including one Misfits cover), limited edition vinyl and digital format."

The track listing for the new LP is as follows:

1. Storm Of Fire 1916
2. No God / No Religion
3. When The Siren Calls
4. The Darkness Of Angels
5. The Bloodshed Summoning
6. Under The Banner Of Blasphemy
7. Black Towers
8. Crypts Of The Fallen
9. The Night They Came To Kill
10. Join The Congregation
11. Journey Into Purgatory
12. Doomed To Eternal Hell

(CD bonus tracks)
13. Perversions of the Scriptures
14. Unbinding the Chains
15. Dig up her Bones (The Misfits Cover) More...

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Mesmerize Announces New LP Title

Italian metal act Mesmerize, featuring ex-Time Machine vocalist Folco Orlandini, announced that the band's fifth album will be entitled "Paintropy." The mix of the album was recorded at Octopussy Studios last week. "Paintropy" will mark the band's first full length release in eight years (2005's "Stainless").

Guitarist Piero Paravidino commented on the title and concept of the album: "'Paintropy' is a word that combines the concepts of 'Pain' and 'Entropy' and it refers to a chaotic and painful state of mind, coming from the aggregation of negative events or emotions. In turn, this state can cause a reaction of total inertia or the exact opposite, unleashing a downright furious transformation. These concepts will be depicted both in the songs and in the graphics of the album."

"Paintropy" is expected for release via Punishment 18 Records in the Spring of 2013 when the band will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. A small teaser of the cover can be seen here: More...

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Graven Image Streaming Second New Track "Demons"

Connecticut metal act Graven Image is streaming the second new track "Demons" from the forthcoming debut CD "The Future Started Yesterday." The album is scheduled for release on December 15, 2012 at the band's performance at Cook's Cafe in Naugatuck, CT (with Endtime Illusion, Our Own Destruction and the debut live performance of Fear Apparent).

The concept "The Future Started Yesterday" deals with a injured soldier returning home from the battlefield having to deal not only with his physical health but the psychological traumas from the war. Guitarist Paul Coleman describes "Demons" as the part where "he wakes from surgery and has no one and nowhere to go and he is reflecting on the war, his injury and were his life is."

The track listing for "The Future Started Yesterday" is as follows:

1. One Mistake (streaming at this location)
2. Far Away
3. No Atheist in a Foxhole
4. Twisted And Broken
5. Demons
6. The Other Side
7. 1600 Deception Avenue
8. World of Decay
9. The Future Started Yesterday

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Still Alive Streaming New Single "Unchained Souls"

Brazilian power metal act Still Alive, formerly known as Ruthless Cry, is streaming the single "Unchained Souls," from the upcoming "Kyo" LP. The song is available as a free download from this location. "Kyo" is scheduled for release on December 14, 2012 via Power Prog Records. The album was produced by Almah vocalist/Ex-Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.

The track listing for "Kyo" is as follows:

1. Forgiven Secrets
2. Unchained Souls
3. Human
4. To Live Forever
5. Lady In Black
6. Into the Snake Pit
7. The Journey of the Lonely Seeker
8. Dream Hunter
9. Embraced
10. Daybreak and Storm (The Master of Life)

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U.D.O. Posts Another Clip From "Live At Sofia" DVD

German metal icon Udo Dirkschneider (formerly of Accept) posted a second new live clip for "Screaming For A Love-Bite" (which originally appeared on the classic 1985 Accept studio release "Metal Heart"). The clip is part of the DVD/2CD live release entitled "Live in Sofia," which is out now via AFM Records.

The clip for "Heart of Gold" can be seen at this location.

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