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Metal News for November 28, 2011

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Woods Of Ypres Seeks Touring Bassist

Canadian blackened doom metal outfit Woods of Ypres is seeking a touring bassist for early 2012, in support of the band’s forthcoming album "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light." The effort is slated for release through Earache Records on January 30, 2012.

Frontman and founder David Gold states, "This [album] is the best one yet! Drawing inspiration and influence from some of our favorite albums, the best of the Woods Of Ypres sound was created, selected, refined and perfected into our best self-contained, stand-alone songs to date, while still maintaining the flow of an ongoing concept as a WoY album should, however, with less art, less expressionism and more of what you want when you want it.” Check out our recent interview with Gold to learn more about Woods Of Ypres and their past, present, and future.

Those interested in vying for the touring bass slot are encouraged to contact Gold via email at davidypres@gmail.com.

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Demon Hunter Posts "LifeWar" Video

Demon Hunter has posted a new music video online for the song "LifeWar," which is taken off "The World Is A Thorn," available in stores and online now on Solid State Records. Check out the video clip below.

"The World Is A Thorn" digital deluxe edition is due out tomorrow. The edition includes the band's music video for "Collapsing," and four acoustic tracks including the never-before-heard cover of the Alice In Chains track "Down In A Hole."

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Evergreen Terrace Announces Florida Shows

Evergreen Terrace has recently announced that the band will be playing a string of dates across Florida with several other Florida-based acts in tow. Florida is passed over by a lot of tours, so the band decided to play shows specifically for home state fans. Guitarist Josh James explains further:

"It's strange to think that even though we tour 9 months out of the year we rarely get to play Florida. This state has a great scene, amazing bands and mostly importantly it's our home. In early December we will head out for a weekend trip with our friends Casey Jones and Boys No Good to explore some of these scenes and to catch some great local bands. Later in the month we will be participating in Jack Rabbit's infamous 12 Days of Christmas event in Jacksonville. It's been almost a year since we've played our hometown. The show has an amazing lineup featuring Kids Like Us, His Name Was Iron, a rad band from Tallahassee called Livid and a new local Jacksonville band called Atlas. Remember, the best way to support your scene is by attending local shows and supporting not only touring bands but local ones as well. We look forward to seeing old and new faces at these shows and closing out 2011 in a memorable way."

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

12/8 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room
12/9 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions
12/10 - Cocoa, FL @ The 321 Local
12/11 - Lake Worth, FL @ The Speak Easy
12/30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits More...

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Riot Announces U.S. Shows

U.S. act Riot released the band's fourteenth album "Immortal Soul" in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. "Immortal Soul" debuted on the Loud Rock chart at #10 in its first week. The band has created a promo video featuring the song "Wings Are for Angels," which can be viewed after the jump.

In support of the new release, Riot has lined up three exclusive North American shows for January 2012. The shows are as follows:

1/18: New York, NY @ BB Kings
1/19: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
1/20: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall More...

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As I Lay Dying Posts Tour Greeting Videos

As I Lay Dying will kick off a headline run on the "A Decade of Destruction Tour" on November 30th with special guests Of Mice and Men, The Ghost Inside, iwrestledabearonce, and Sylosis (see dates below.) As a special treat for the fans in each city, the band has posted a series of videos to youtube recalling previous trips to each city. Click the links in the tour dates below to see the video for that city.

11/30 Huntington, NY The Paramount Theater
12/01 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
12/02 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12/03 Worcester, MA Palladium
12/04 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
12/05 Nashville, TN Rocketown
12/06 Chicago, IL House of Blues
12/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
12/08 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
12/09 Dallas, TX The Door
12/10 San Antonio, TX The White Rabbit
12/11 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Center
12/13 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
12/14 Scottsdale, AZ Venue Of Scottsdale
12/15 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brew **
12/16 San Diego, CA SOMA
12/17 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
**Of Mice & Men and Iwrestledabearonce are not on this date

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Liberteer Streaming New Album Title Track

California anarcho-grinders Liberteer have debuted the title track off their forthcoming debut album, "Better To Die on Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees." You can check out the song by heading over to Liberteer Facebook profile at this location. Relapse Records commented on the band:

"The creation of Matthew Widener (CRETIN, CITIZEN), Liberteer is a manifestation of total anarchy, driven by an incendiary lyrical message designed to burn the system down! The band’s debut album will see it’s release on January 31st of 2012 via Relapse Records. Pre-orders are available now at this location."

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Virgin Steele Announces U.S. Shows

American heavy metal masters Virgin Steele have confirmed two upcoming North American shows for 2012. The first is a headlining appearance in Amityville, New York January 14th at Ollie's Point. The second show will be May 12th in Joliet, IL at Mojoe's where Virgin Steele is headlining the Ragnarokkr Festival.

Virgin Steele released the band's latest studio effort "The Black Light Bacchanalia" in November of 2010 and can be purchased here. SPV/Steamhammer has also now reissued some of the classics from the Virgin Steele back catalog including "Noble Savage" and "Age of Consent."

Virgin Steele's upcoming live shows are as follows:

1/14: Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
5/18: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes (Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival)

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Lamb Of God Announces South American Shows

Lamb of God continues the international part of the band's 2012/13 Resolution tour with seven South American shows and one show in Mexico. Support on all shows will come from Hatebreed with Lacuna Coil added to the bill in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Dates are as follows:

Saturday, March 31st - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Espaco Lux
Sunday, April 1st - Curitiba, Brazil - Curitiba Master Hall
Monday, April 2nd - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Microestadio Malvinas Argentinas
Wednesday, April 4th - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
Friday, April 6th - Quito, Ecuador - Teatro Bolivar
Saturday, April 7th - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Metropol
Sunday, April 8th - Caracas, Venezuela - CIEC Caracas
Tuesday, April 10th - Mexico City, Mexico - Jose Cuervo Salon

Further details on the recently announced "Resolution" tour can be found by heading over to this location.

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White Wizzard Cancels Remaining Tour Dates

Los Angeles act White Wizzard, which missed a live show earlier this month due to a car crash, has now issued the following update about cutting the band's current crop of tour dates short:

"Hey all ...due the harsh economic realities in Europe we have to cut our tour a bit short. We financed this all ourselves and in the end we have to make the tough choice to stop.

"We played many amazing shows and want to thank Iced Earth for being so good to us. Sorry to miss those last shows, but we will be back. Thanks to so many wonderful fans that came out!!!"

For more on White Wizzard, navigate your browser over to the band's official Facebook profile here

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Unearthing the Metal Underground In Logan, Utah

Logan, Utah sits in a picturesque little furrow by the name of Cache Valley, which is home to many small towns. Righteous mountain views are prevalent throughout and Logan is home to an array of diverse businesses, people and music. One thing that has become very apparent throughout the last few years is that, despite the small town vibe, the town has an awesome variation of pure metal that is comparable to cities ten times its size. Autostigmatic, Simple as Suicide, and Osco are but three of the bands that keep Logan’s metal scene alive and kicking some serious ass.


Autostigmatic is a four piece that is reminiscent of greats like Pantera and Slayer but with a crucially unique metal sound that brings fans back in hordes, craving more with every show. Live, they are non-stop head-banging metal that is cemented in the underground scene not only in Logan, but across Northern, Utah. Hovey is the front man, leading the mayhem with fierce vocals and guitar riffs that merge superbly with ferocious guitar abilities. The band produces deep and contagious bass lines and their drum beats are a hardcore combination of metal meets stampede, all in all creating a sound that pulls you in and saturates your soul.


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Hypno5e Reveals New Album Details

French experimental heavy metal act, Hypno5e, has revealed the cover art and track list for its upcoming sophomore release, "Acid Mist Tomorrow." This latest concept album from the innovative extreme metal group will drop in early 2012 as the follow-up to the 2007 debut, "Des Deux L’une Est L’autre."

The track list for "Acid Mist Tomorrow" is as follows:

1. Acid Mist Tomorrow
2. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part I
3. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part II
4. Story Of The Eye
5. Gehenne Part I
6. Gehenne Part II
7. Gehenne Part III
8. Brume Unique Obscurité Part I
9. Brume Unique Obscurité Part II

“Hypno5e is very proud to announce the release of our new album Acid Mist Tomorrow in early 2012,” said the band in an official statement. “It's been two years of hard work on this new record, and we are very excited to make it public! A new song will be released later this week! We will be touring extensively everywhere in 2012 and hope to meet you at our shows.”

" Acid Mist Tomorrow" was produced, mixed and mastered by Hypno5e and Benoit Pouzol at Studio La Chévre and Belberoad Studio. Artwork comes courtesy of Hypno5e drummer, Thibault Lamy. Hypno5e will also hit the road later this week for a European tour in support of Cynic and Chimp Spanner. More...

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Live Footage Of Exhumed And Havok

I was able to film the beginning of Havok and Exhumed's sets during their show in New Orleans at Siberia on November 17, 2011. You can watch the performance below. Exhumed just wrapped up their headlining tour that featured Goatwhore and Havok as support. More...

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Steven Wilson Talks Mikael Akerfeldt Collaboration

Metal Injection caught up with Porcupine Tree frontman and solo artist Steve Wilson at the New York stop of his solo tour. During the 10-minute video interview available below, Wilson discussed his new solo album, "Grace For Drowning," his day job in Porcupine Tree and Wilson also goes into depth about his forthcoming collaboration with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt.

Here is what he had to say about the collaboration:

"Well the only stuff I've collaborated with Mikael on in the past has been working on his records. This is obviously a collaboration, so it's a different approach. We sat in a room together and wrote music together, rather than taking his music that he'd already written and working it into a record. We actually started from the very basics, composition and arranging. If you'd ask me three months ago, I would have said expect the last thing you would've expected. But actually, now that [Opeth's new record] Heritage has come out, and [Steve Wilson's solo album] Grace of Drowning has come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy in a way."

Wilson continued, "If anything, it's even more orchestral, more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholy… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as Heritage and Grace For Drowning, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period. We were, in a way, egging each other on to do those particular records but also at the same time coming up with the music that's now going to be on Storm Corrosion. So it's a very orchestral record, as you'd expect, the songs are quite long and develop in unusual ways. I'm realistic about it, that half the people are going to hate it and half the people are going to fall in love with it. I'd be happy with that anyway." More...

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Dreaming Dead Posts "Lapse" Live Video

California's Dreaming Dead has posted a live video clip of the song "Lapse," which was performed at The House of Blues while the band was opening for Morbid Angel on September 29th, 2011. Check out the clip below.

"Lapse" is taken off the band's new album "Midnightmares." The track listing is as follows:

1. Wake
2. Corpse Mountain
3. Overlord
4. Exile
5. In Memoriam
6. Lapse
7. Into The Depths
8. Midnightmares
9. Departure

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Blotted Science Posts Guitar Instructional Video

Blotted Science guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink) has released an instructional video for the song "Cretaceous Chasm" from the band's "The Animation Of Entomology" EP, which can be viewed below . In it, the guitarist explains the application of the twelve-tone system devised specifically for the writing process of the EP, which will be the subject of a forthcoming DVD, titled "Dissecting Bugs."

States Jarzombek: “I’ve been mentioning this ’12-Tones In Fragmented Rows’ system in interviews and it seems that even non-musicians are interested in it, so I put together this video to give listeners some insight on how it all works. I thought it would be best to break this all down into its most basic theoretical form, and play examples of its use. I chose to post the basic guitar tracks to 'Cretaceous Chasm' because it is the simplest song on the EP and is the easiest to grasp theoretically. The song will also appear first on my upcoming instructional DVD, 'Dissecting Bugs,' where I will go in-depth with all of the 12-tone theory, and play all guitar parts on all songs from the EP. Things do get a bit complicated when melodies and solos are laid on top of the note groups, but we’ll get to all of that good stuff on the DVD."

More information about the sample video, including the transcription/tabs, can be found at this location. Blotted Science also recently synced up the "Cretaceous Chasm" track with a scene from the movie "King Kong." Check out the clip here.

"The Animation Of Entomology," which also features the talents of bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura), will get its European release via U.K. based Basick Records today, November 28th. The follow-up to the band's 2007 "The Machinations Of Dementia" full-length album was produced and mixed by Ron Jarzombek and recorded in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and V. Santura's Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany where the drums were cut. Mastering duties were once again handled by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark. More...

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Cerebellion Posts New Song Footage

California based act Cerebellion has posted footage online of the band performing a new song live at a recent live show at Shamrock's. You can check out the clip below.

Cerebellion also recently posted a music video online for the song "Breach of Security." Watch the video by navigating over to this location.

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Saiyan Uploads New Song

Lilburn, Georgia based act Saiyan has posted a new track online titled "I Stare In His Absence." You can check out the track by heading over to the official Saiyan Facebook profile here.

The band also commented on the newly uploaded song:

"New song finally, you will notice the mixing/overall sound is a bit different than the other songs that are up, right now we are messing around with newer methods of recording and we will have better quality before long. Thank you for listening to us, enjoy, and we promise more will come soon."

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Voice Of The Soul Streaming "Into Oblivion" EP

Kuwait's Voice of the Soul has posted its entire new "Into Oblivion" EP online as a free download. You can stream or download the tracks through the player available after the jump. The track listing is as follows:

1. Immolation
2. Guardians of Genocide
3. Pandemonium
4. Cast Away In Betrayal
5. Wither
6. Under A Serpent Sun (At the Gates Cover) More...

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Eternal Gray Posts "Inner Anger" Online

Israel based metal act Eternal Gray has been posting one song a day online from the band's "Your Gods, My Enemies" album. You can check out the track "Inner Anger" in the player available below.

The track listing for "Your Gods, My Enemies" is as follows:

1. Lost Control
2. Controlled
3. Black Prophecy
4. Desolate the Weak
5. Inner Anger
6. Your Gods, My Enemies
7. Unlabeled
8. Blind Messiah
9. Never Waits
10. Never Waits (Electronic Version) (Bonus Track)

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Nails Announces 7" Split With Skin Like Iron

Bringing two energetic but diversified contemporary hardcore acts together in one pure and primal slab of wax, Nails and Skin Like Iron will collaboratively self-release a split 7” EP this January.

San Francisco’s Skin Like Iron has already become a well-known entity in modern hardcore with nearly ten releases on such dissident hardcore labels as Six Feet Under and React Records. The split leads off with two tracks of melodic, yet abrasive hardcore.

The B-side of this crushing joint venture is owned by Nails, hailing from Oxnard, California. The two tracks act as a preview of what is to be expected of the band's upcoming full-length, now being constructed for release via Southern Lord in the first half of 2012.

This one-time pressing of 1000 copies will be split between a publicly available reserve of 900 copies on black wax and 100 copies on blue, available from the bands only. The artwork was handled by Skin LIke Iron’s Alex Capasso who has handled the art duties for previous releases for the band.

Stay tuned for preorder info, an exclusive stream of the release and more in the weeks ahead. The track listing is as follows:

1. Skin Like Iron “Disappear”
2. Skin Like Iron “The Parade”
3. Nails “Annihilation”
4. Nails “Cry Wolf” More...

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All Pigs Must Die Video Interview Available

Scion A/V has posted a new video interview online with Massachusetts based act All Pigs Must Die. You can check out the clip below.

All Pigs Must Die release the "God is War" album earlier this year. The "God is War" track listing is as follows:

1. Death Dealer
2. Pulverization
3. Sacrosanct
4. God Is War
5. The Blessed Void
6. Third World Genocide
7. Total Extinction
8. Sadistic Vindicator

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Re:inanimate Posts Pantera Cover Teaser

Spain's Re:inanimate has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming cover of the Pantera track "Mouth for the War." You can listen to the teaser in the player available below.

Re:inanimate also recently posted a "Mechanical Mind" guitar play-through clip online, which is still available by heading over here.

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The Iniquity Descent Posts New Music Video

The Iniquity Descent has issued the following announcement about signing with Massacre Records and posting a new music video online for "An Empty Temple:"

"Hello everyone! We are very happy to announce that we have signed a record deal with the German record label Massacre Records. Our debut album will be released world wide in 2012, we'll get back with more detailed information later.

"The recordings of the album have already started last weekend. Also our first music video is now finished and online on youtube. Stay tuned for more updates!"

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Volbeat Parts Ways With Guitarist

Danish heavy metal/rock and roll outfit Volbeat has announced that they have parted company with guitarist Thomas Bredahl. A message from the group reads as follows:

"Volbeat has decided to part ways with Thomas Bredahl. Being in a band is in many ways similar to a marriage with ups and downs. At times you can work it out and sometimes you need to go separate ways...

"We want to thank him for the work he has put in for Volbeat and we wish him all the best in the future. Volbeat will play all shows as announced, either as a trio or with a replacement guitarist.

"Right now we’ll take a well deserved break and we will be back on the road in January, ready to rock the Gigantour and Wacken."

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Paradise Lost Confirms New Album Title

British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "Tragic Idol," which will be released through Century Media Records on April 23rd, 2012 in Europe and April 24th, 2012 in North America. A message from guitarist Greg Mackintosh reads as follows:

"We are currently holed up in The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England recording our new album, which is entitled Tragic Idol. The album will again be produced by Jens Bogren and is influenced by classic doom metal and classic metal. I would say it is more melodic than the last record whilst retaining the heaviness. There are lots of guitar solos and melodies. The album will contain such track titles as 'Honesty In Death,' 'Theories From Another World,' 'In This We Dwell' and the title track 'Tragic Idol'."

Tour dates for the album will be revealed soon but in the meantime, the band has confirmed the following festival appearances:

March 16 - Hammerfest IV - Prestatyn, UK
June 22 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
August 2 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
August 4 - Metal Camp - Tolmin, Slovenia
August 10 - Brutal Assault - Josefov, Czech Republic
August 12 - Bloodstock Open Air - Catton Hall, UK

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Harasai Streaming New Track

German death metal act Harasai has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Dying Race Domain." You can check out the song in the player below. "Dying Race Domain" was producec by the band, recorded and mixed by Sebastian Levermann (Orden Ogan), and mastered by Dennis Koehne (u.a. Sodom, The Very End, Exumer).

Dying Race Domain by Harasai

Harasai had also previously checked in with the following update about recording a new album: More...

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Trollfest Posts New Recording Update

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

"Today is the last recording day in Strand studios for TrollfesT. We have just completed all of Trollmannens vocals, Mr. Seidels electric guitars, Psychotrolls bass and of course Trollbanks drums. Trollmannen celebrated with a burger.

"At the moment we are all enjoying Per Spelemans company and talent as he lays down his awesome vocals on some of our songs. He also has a really nice smile, as Manskow has proved by taking a picture.

"Mr Seidel on the other hand could not afford a burger today, so he ate some plastic that used to contain bakery goods but had unfortunatly been emptied before he found it. Between us though, my guess is he didnt notice...

"In this picture Manskow finally got to hold Trollmannens favorite lyrics-writing pen. This particular container of ink has actually written stuff for the last three trollfest records and we are all surprised it is not lost yet. Who the fuck has a pen for more than a week???? Apparently Trollmannen does. What a nerd!

"Now, it might seem like we are done recording the new album, but that is not the case. Now we are going into trollskogen recording studios (also known as our respective flats and apartments), and this is were it will go from fun to awesome for us. We are now going to record everything else that makes up a Trollfest record. That means choirs, trumpets, acoustic guitars, bouzoukies, tambourin, accordion, saxophones, oud, mandolin, banjo, violin, cello, mellotron, darbuka, djembe, Psychotrolls clean vocals, woodblocks, castanyetts, eggs, maracas, MORE COWBELLs of course, triangle, flamenco guitars, stupid shit we think of right then and there, some more guest vocals from some fine folk we know and of course have a truckload of beer to test out our music properly!! Wish us luck people, best regards."

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Demonical Cancels Rites Of Darkness Appearance

Sweden's Demonical has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced appearance at the Rites of Darkness Festival:

"We have cancelled our show at the Rites of Darkness Festival in San Antonio TX (USA) on December 9th.

"Despite the show being booked for over a year and several promises during the last months the organizer has still not been able to provide us with flight tickets, hotel reservations nor fulfill any other contractual obligations so with just ten days to go, it leaves us no other option than to cancel.

"We have stretched our set deadline numerous times - especially during the last weeks - in order to solve everything and make this show happen but we have now reached the point where enough is enough!

"We are truly sorry for this but once again, things are beyond our control. We hope to see all our US fans at the Maryland Deathfest X in May 2012 if not sooner."

You can find more information on the Rites of Darkness show by heading over to the festival's website here.

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Ephel Duath Signs With Agonia Records

Formerly Italian, currently U.S. based band Ephel Duath, known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements, has inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records for the release of an EP and two full-length albums. Agonia Records commented:

"Under the leading role of talented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso, the machine of EPHEL DUATH is ready to send out a new musical impulse, with the artistic contribution of a new line-up of well-known special session musicians, soon to be announced.

"The upcoming spring release EP is going to be recorded in January 2012 at Sharkbyte Studios (Machine Head, Exodus, High On Fire) in Oakland, California. Erik Rutan will do the mixing at his Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Agnostic Front) in San Petersburg, Florida. Alan Douches will master the material at West West Side Music (Death, Swans, Mastodon, Converge, Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch) in New York. More news will follow shortly."

For more details on the craziness that is Ephel Duath, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Mosfet Announce Details Of New LP

Austrian death/thrash act Mosfet will release the band's sophomore LP "Deathlike Thrash 'N' Roll" on January 13th, 2012 through Refused Records. The album follows the 2009 debut release "Sickness of Memory." The album's artwork and track listing can be seen below.

The track listing for "Deathlike Thrash 'N' Roll" is as follows:

1. Shots for Free
2. Thrash Assasination
3. Sativaville
4. A Rowdy‘s Warfare
5. Pigheaded Bitch
6. Angel‘s Piss & Devil‘s Jism
7. Interfred
8. My Puppet
9. Rockaholic
10. Tales of a Diarrhoea Werewolf
11. Black
12. Beauty and the Necrophiliac
13. Stinky Pants Blues

A video trailer for the release can be seen here: More...

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Moonspell Announces "Eastern Lunacy Tour" Dates

Portuguese gothic/extrme metal band Moonspell announces a string of dates in 2012 as part of the band's Eastern Lunacy Tour:

Feb, 29th: Minsk, Republic Club, BELARUS (BY)
March, 1st: Kiev, Bingo Club, UKRAINE (UKR)
March, 2nd: Moscow, Pipl Club, RUSSIA (RUS)
March, 3rd: St.Petersburg, Glavclub, RUSSIA (RUS)

The band stated that the set list will consist of some vintage material, some recent classic songs and a couple of new ones.

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Persona Non Grata Parts Ways With Bassist

Greek Progressive metal band Persona Non Grata has parted ways with bassist Chris Vogiatzis. He will be replaced by Apostolis Kaltsas. The band had the following comments on the departure:

"Because of the increased obligations of PNG we had to take a difficult decision to stop having Chris in our group. We had to leave him walk away, one of the greatest bass players in Greece. We wish Chris good luck with his carrier. Apostolis Kaltsas took his place and is now our new bass player!"

Bass duties on the forthcoming album "Quantum Leap" were handled by Kaltsas. "Quantum Leap" will be released on December 9, 2011 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Quantum Leap" is as follows:

1. Imaginative Mind
2. Lend Me A Hand
3. Evil Feelings
4. 9 AM News
5. Redemption Of Sins
6. Captive
7. Grief
8. Diversity
9. Inertia
10. Journey Ends
11. Journey's End

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Royal Hunt Posts Video Studio Report, Pt. V

Danish progressive act Royal Hunt posted part five of a series of in studio video reports for the band's forthcoming album "Show Me How To Live." This video shows vocalist DC Cooper recording his vocals for the track "Another Man Down."

"Show Me How To Live" will be released on November 29th, 2011 (North America) and December 2nd, 2011 (EU) via Frontiers Records. The first single "Hard Rain's Coming" was released on November 14, 2011.

The track listing for “Show Me How To Live” is:

1. Introduction
2. One More Day
3. Another Man Down
4. An Empty Shell
5. Hard Rain's Coming
6. Half Past Loneliness
7. Show Me How To Live
8. Angel's Gone

Check out the video here:

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Extremefest Trailer Posted

A new video trailer was posted for the 2012 Extrmefest to be held in Hünxe, Germany and Salzburg, Austria from July 4-7, 2012. The festival will feature over 70 bands, including the following:

Cannibal corpse
Suicidal Angels
Destroyer 666
Milking the Goatmachine
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hellish Crossfire

Check out the trailer here:

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Leaves' Eyes To Re-Release New EP In Digital Only

Symphonic/gothic metal band Leaves' Eyes will re-release the EP entitled "Melusine" in digital format only on December 16, 2011 (EU) and December 20, 2011 (North America) through Napalm Records. The EP was previously released on April 19, 2011 and will now be available through iTunes and Amazon.

The track list for "Melusine" is as follows:

1. Melusine
2. To France (Unreleased Mix)
3. Tell-Tale Eyes (Alternate Version)
4. The Battle of Maldon
5. Legend Land (Acoustic Version)

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #14

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation has posted the fourteenth 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 and Ruud stop by Kerrang Radio in Birmingham and watch Ruud rock out as he films several guitars at Wild Wire Music.

Check out the video here:

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Black Spiders Added To Jagermeister Music Tour

The organizers of the 2012 edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour has confirmed that British hard rock outfit Black Spiders has been added to the lineup, in addition to headline act Skindred and Therapy?.

"Being asked to be a part of the 2012 Jäger tour is an honour and an absolute pleasure,” frontman Pete Spiby says. “The low ticket price, combined with the quality of the line up is going to be very hard to beat next year and it'll probably sell out before Xmas. Every person at these shows will be well and truly rocked. Fact."

The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - O2 Academy - Leeds, England
April 11 - O2 ABC - Glasgow, Scotland
April 12 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, England
April 13 - O2 Academy - Brixton, England
April 14 - O2 Academy - Bristol, England

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Saint Vitus Announces New Album Title

U.S. doom legends Saint Vitus have announced that the band's new LP will be entitled "Lilly F65." the band recently signed a worldwide deal with Season of Mist Records. The album is expected to be be released in the first quarter of 2012 and is the band's first album since "Die Healing" in 1995.

Vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich spoke with Terrorizer magazine recently and explained the name of the album: "Y'know the reason we called it 'Lilly F65'? It was a powerful downer back in our day and well, Dave [Chandler, guitar] really had a thing for his downers." Wino went on to say that the album sound is "really bleak and Vitus all the way."

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Catalepsy Posts "Westboro" Teaser

Orlando, FL's Catalepsy has posted a brief teaser clip of a forthcoming track titled "Westboro," which will be available via iTunes by Christmas, 2011. You can check out the teaser clip below, or find Catalepsy's previously posted music video for the song "Bleed" by clicking here. Further details on Catalepsy can be found by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Black Skies Checks In From The Road

North Carolina power trio Black Skies has been ravaging the North American masses since November 14th on the band's 2011 Fall tour excursion in support of the recently unleashed "On The Wings Of Time" full-length. The band checks in from the van:

"The tour is going great! We've played some of our favorite venues. hit some new ones and had a great first time playing Canada! The crowd, promoters and venues in Montreal and Toronto were very welcoming and we look forward to going back! We've been playing songs off our new record for the most part including a tune we hadn't really played out live before and a May Blitz cover on some nights. It's been a blast being back out.

"Our friends Make from Chapel Hill were on the first half of the tour with us. It's been great to share the stage with these guys every night. They're an excellent band, and good, fun people to hang with. We joined up with Vaz in Montreal for a string of dates. It's time to take over Easthampton, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Annandale!"

Remaining dates are as follows:

11/28/2011 JRs - Philadelphia, PA
11/29/2011 Cellar Door - Annandale, VA

"On The Wings Of Time" is currently available at all shows on digital download cards included with the purchase of a limited edition, silk-screened poster. A CD version with alternate cover art is also available. To hear "On The Wings Of Time" in its entirety, visit the Black Skies official Bandcamp page. In addition, you can check out a live recording from the band's first show of the tour at the Get Down in Asheville, North Carolina here.

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Blood Mortized Announces "Bestial" Digipak Release

Sweden's Blood Mortized previously released the "Bestial" EP on cassette, and the band has now announced a limited edition 6 panel digipak version to see release via Chaos Records on December 5th, 2011. The digipak version includes the bonus song "Of dust & Doom." You can check out the artwork below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Bestial
2. Of Dust & Doom
3. Shadows of the Quarter Sun
4. Rekviem

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Cruciamentum Streaming Song From New EP

U.K. death metal act Cruciamentum is currently streaming a track online from the band's new EP "Engulfed in Desolation."

You can check out the song "Through the Gates to Morpheus Realms" by heading over to the Cruciamentum Last.fm page here. For more details on Cruciamentum, navigate over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Joncofy Posts "Region Of Y" Lyric Video

Ukrainian band Joncofy has posted a lyric video clip online for the song "Region of Y," which can be found after the jump. "Region of Y" is taken off the "Rorschach Inkblots" EP, available for free download via the Joncofy website here.

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Rorschach Inkblots
2. Region of Y
3. Naenia
4. Scardancers
5. Xibalba (Place of Fear) More...

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Vectors Streaming Self-Titled EP

Spanish act Vectors has posted the band's self-titled EP online for streaming or as a free download. You can check out the EP in the player below or by heading over to Vectors Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dead End
2. Contradiction
3. When The Bullets Whisper
4. Black Rhino

Vectors also previously posted a music video online for "When the Bullets Whisper," which can be found at this location. More...

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