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Metal News for November 3, 2011

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Vendetta To Release Third LP In March 2012

U.K. traditional/power metal act Vendetta announced that the band will release a third LP "World Under Fire" on March 16, 2012 through Lion Music. The album will be the follow up to the 2009 release "Heretic Nation."

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Throne Of Malediction Streaming New Track

After previously uploading the new songs "Born of Innocence" and "Descending" online, Montana's Throne of Malediction has now posted another new track for streaming.

You can check out the pre-mastered version of the new track "A Burden of Ages" in the player below. "A Burden of Ages" also features a guest spot from bassist Kevin George of Martriden.

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Everything Went Black Streaming New Song

St. Louis based metallic hardcore act Everything Went Black has posted a track online from the band's debut full-length, "Cycles of Light." Check out the song "Lifeless" now at Lambgoat.com by clicking here.

The album, which will be released on January 17th, 2012 on Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic Records, is now available for pre-order through the Prosthetic webstore and is available on vinyl and CD, and as part of a T-shirt bundle. Ordering information can be found here. The band will also play a hometown show on November 21st with Deaf Heaven.

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As We Fight To Disband

Denmark's As We Fight has issued the following announcement about deciding to disband at the end of the year:

"After 10 years we have decided to end As We Fight. It has been one hell of a ride with many memorable experiences, but it is time for new adventures for all of us.

"A huge thank you goes out to all the bands, labels, venues, festivals and partners crossing our road and not least all the people, who came out to our shows making it a time to remember! We are looking forward to go out with a bang with our upcoming tour with The Psyke Project, and we hope to see you all.

"We can additionally present our first video from the exclusive and highly anticipated split-album release 'Ebola' with The Psyke Project, which was released earlier this year. The video for the track 'Save Me' includes footage from the recent release-party in addition to production of the spraypainted artwork for the 2xLP vinyl release."

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Faethom Posts New Album Trailer

Faethom has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Unholy," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Faethom's debut concept album, 'In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Unholy' was officially released November 1st. The band will perform the songs of the album live on a CD release show along with some other great metal bands from the underground scene on November 12th at EVE in Miami. The show will have two stages: The Ritual and The Altar stage both of which will showcase some of the greatest Extreme Metal bands in the South Florida region.

"Metal Messiah Radio will air an interview featuring singer Mariela Muerte and guitarist David Diacrono on the same day of the release at 9PM EST and all 16 unholy tracks will be premiered from beginning to end. You may purchase the album from the Merch section of our website using a Paypal account, also at CDBaby and directly through Facebook. The album will also become available in iTunes, Amazon shortly. The following is a video trailer of the album."

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Altar Of Sin Signs To Xtreem Music

Xtreem Music has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Spanish act Altar of Sin:

"Spanish most infernal thrash metal warmachine Altar of Sin, has inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming 2nd full length album which will be entitled 'Tales of Carnage First Class.'

"After having released two CD's 'Praising Evil' (their two EP's in one CD) in 2008 and 'The Damned Dogs of Hell' in 2010, the band entered Fireworks Studios in September 2011 for the recording of what's undoubtely their finest work to date.

"'Tales of Carnage First Class' is a true merciless massacre which combines both old school Thrash Metal and first-shape death metal blending influences from bands like Slayer, Possessed, Sodom, Sarcofago, Kreator... but with a relentless intensity that has crushes the listener ears til making them bleed!!

"Cover artwork for this album has been created by Namtaru Creations and although there's not a fixed release date for this new opus, it's expected to show up during the first months of 2012 and will definitely become one the most furious and intense thrash metal releases of the year!! In the meantime you can listen to two advance tracks at Altar of Sin's official MySpace page here."

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Abigail Williams Updates Tour Schedule

As was previously announced, American black metal outfit Abigail Williams in the final stages of mixing for the band's upcoming full-length album right now. The title of the forthcoming opus is now confirmed as "Becoming," and Candlelight Records will release the album in North America on January 24th, 2012, marking Abigail Williams' third full-length release for the label.

"Becoming" was recorded in various warehouses throughout Los Angeles with frontman Ken Sorceron handling the mixing, mastering, production, and engineering duties for the entire album. The final track listing, album art and more will be unleashed in the weeks ahead as the record nears release.

Abigail Williams is also providing support for Norway's black metal legends Mayhem as their massive thirty-six date North American tour gets underway. Hate and Keep Of Kalessin will both provide support for the entire trek as well, and Abigail Williams' label mates Woe will also perform in eight cities of the tour.

Following the tour with Mayhem, Abigail Williams will continue touring through the new year in support of "Becoming," with full stateside tours supporting Dark Funeral and then Deicide already confirmed for the first quarter of 2012, and much more in the planning stages for the months ahead. Upcoming confirmed dates are as follows:

11/04/2011 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY *
11/06/2011 The Palladium - Worcester, MA *
11/07/2011 Imperial - Quebec City, QC *
11/08/2011 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON *
11/10/2011 The Opera House - Toronto, ON *
11/11/2011 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH *
11/12/2011 Blondie’s - Detroit, MI *
11/13/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL *
11/14/2011 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
11/15/2011 Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
11/16/2011 The Osbourne Village Inn - Winnipeg, MB
11/17/2011 Exchange - Regina, SK
11/18/2011 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
11/19/2011 Dickens - Calgary, AB
11/21/2011 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
11/22/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/23/2011 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/25/2011 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/26/2011 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
11/27/2011 House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
11/28/2011 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
11/29/2011 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
11/30/2011 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
12/02/2011 Trees - Dallas, TX
12/03/2011 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
12/04/2011 Emo’s - Austin, TX
12/05/2011 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
12/06/2011 The Hangar - New Orleans, LA
12/07/2011 The Club - Orlando, FL
12/08/2011 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/09/2011 Phoenix Hill Tavern - Louisville, KY
12/10/2011 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
12/11/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
[* = w/ Woe]

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Devin Towsend Project Reveals Box Set Details

As previously announced, The Devin Towsend Project will soon be releasing "Contain Us," a special tribute box set for the epic quadrology (Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost). Due out November 29th, 2011 in North America, "Contain Us" was designed and created by Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz (who also conceived the Misfits Coffin box set). Pre-orders are now exclusively available at CM Distro here. The standard box set is priced at $80.00 while the hand-numbered box with the 10" and a lithograph drawn and autographed by Devin is $100.

Details on the box set are as follows:

• A 12" x 12", 64-page, perfect bound book featuring a charcoal linen
hardcover with ink-less debossing of the DTP logo on the front and
applicable titling on the spine.

• Housed in an uncoated, charcoal linen, hardcover slipcase - presented
with a photographic portrait of Devin inset on the front and ink-less
embossing of applicable titling on the spine.

• Contains the DTP albums Ki, Addicted, Ghost and
Deconstruction plus 2 bonus DVDs and CDs. The DVDs have one
featuring live performances and all the DTP promotional videos while
the other has audio commentary for all 4 albums, live audio tracks,
song stems for remixing and more. One of the audio CDs features all
the bonus tracks from the DTP sessions with the other having the DTP
session demos. Ghost and Deconstruction were both remastered just
for this set.

• The 4 DTP albums will be housed within the front cover's pastedown
while the 4 unreleased discs will be in the back's. More...

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I The Breather To Enter The Studio

I The Breather toured relentlessly in support of the debut full-length album, "These Are My Sins," alongside a variety of acts such as Oceano, For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body and Close Your Eyes.

The band spent the last few months writing for a sophomore album and will kick off next year on a massive North American tour alongside August Burns Red. Head over to the band's Facebook profile to check out all tour dates and studio reports.

Morgan (drums) comments on preparing to record the new album, "We will be entering the studio on November 4th with producers Paul Leavitt and Taylor Larson. We are so very excited to be working with them. The record is currently in the pre-production stages and I am beyond happy with the direction the music is taking. The new songs feature a lot of technical drumming and dual guitar work, but it's very listenable at the same time. This disc offers a lot to the listener musically and vocally. On the last album we stuck to using one tempo and it was very one-dimensional. This new one will offer a ton more and I’m proud of that. I feel as though it’s a huge progression.

“This January we will be embarking on August Burns Red’s North American headlining tour. The package consists of great bands such as letlive. Texas In July and Silverstein. When we received the offer for this tour we immediately jumped on it, this is the tour we’ve been wanting for quite sometime. We are very close with ABR and TIJ and it’s going to be a blast to tour the states with those bands. We will play a couple of new songs on this tour, as well as release the new album during this time. We’re all very excited for this coming year and there is no better way to start it. We hope to see you all soon.”

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Hummingbird of Death Streaming Split LP

Hummingbird of Death has teamed up with Titanarum to release a split LP through Give Praise Records. You can stream the entire release through Bandcamp or via the player after the jump, and the artwork is also available below.


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Abnormal Thought Patterns Posts EP Teaser

A trio of progressive metal enigmas, all core and founding members of technical act Zero Hour, have formed a brand new outfit called Abnormal Thought Patterns and are about to unleash their recently-recorded debut EP.

The group was formed by Northern California-based brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton (both also of Cynthesis) and Mike Guy (Zero Hour). In order to complete the live sound, the trio recruited longtime friend and guitarist Richard Sharman.

Together these four musicians have created a blazing self-titled debut EP, which will see release on November 29th via the band's own, newly-formed CynNormal Lab Recordings. The four-part epic "Velocity and Acceleration" and bass-only track "Ulnar Nerve Damage" were mixed by talented producer/engineer Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Zero Hour), but due to Dino's carpal surgeries the band reached out to Matt LaPlant (Sikth, Nonpoint) to mix the tracks "The Machine Within" and "Electric Sun". The EP was mastered by Alan Douches (Between The Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and the cover artwork commissioned to Erick "Wurm" Pollard. Check out a teaser for the release below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Machine Within
2. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 1
3. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 2
4. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 3
5. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 4
6. Ulnar Nerve Damage
7. Electric Sun

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Bukowski Family Posts Teaser Trailer

Dead metal act Bukowski Family has posted a "Back to the Basement" teaser trailer online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Brutal metal with a soupcon of death, dash of grindcore and just of hint of rot. Bukowski Family case history is marred with such atrocities as cannibalism, perverted human dismemberment, general unpleasantness and musical ruthless massacre. Brace yourselves to see everything you deem precious torn apart and dragged out to the backyard to be burned in a stinking pile of waste. If it is holy to someone, it surely can be defiled."

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Eric Peterson Teases New Testament Album

After a lengthy period teeming with myriad personal and professional struggles, influential Bay Area thrashers Testament dropped an atomic depth charge known as "The Formation Of Damnation" through Nuclear Blast records in 2008. Their ninth studio album, it was a commercial and critical smash hit that mopped the floor with pretenders and cemented one of the most powerful comebacks in recent music history. It also officially reunited the (almost) classic lineup of frontman Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, and bassist Greg Christian - with the new addition of drummer Paul Bostaph.

After more than three years of successful touring with some of metal's biggest and best names, Testament is hard at work on their followup Nuclear Blast effort, due out sometime next spring. However, this hasn't stopped them from hitting the road across North America with veteran thrash comrades Anthrax and Death Angel. It was from this tour that band founder Eric Peterson took time to fill in Metal Underground.com with - among other things - some details on the highly anticipated new album, the cryptically titled "The Dark Roots Of Earth." More...

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The Sacrificed Signs With Roxx Records

Florida based Christian metal act Sacrificed has signed on with Roxx Records and Divine Metal Distribution for the release of the band's upcoming third album aptly entitled "III." Roxx Records commented on the album:

"'III' will see the band continue to grow and expand upon that signature sound that their fans have grown to love on their previous efforts '2012' and 'The Da Vinci Hoax'.

"The cover art of 'III' is very simple, yet very powerful representing not only the title of the band's third effort, but 'III' is a symbol and representation of the three nails that pierced the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. The band has never been afraid of controversy our what the mainstream may think as you can tell from this cover and as you will see when you begin to explore the music and message of this brand new album from The Sacrificed! More...

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Interview with Jules Näveri of Profane Omen

Catching up with Jules Näveri after their set at Metalheim Festival was a great experience! They've just released a new album "Destroy!" and have gotten a new bass player, Antti Seroff. Read on to see what Jules has to say about the passion that sets musicians apart, what Sisu is and why we should take a page out of the Finn's book, and also what makes Profane Omen such a damn good act. More...

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Nimrod Posts "Betrayer Of The Soul" Video

Chilean metallers Nimrod have released their music video for the song "Betrayer of the Soul," which is included on their debut album "Return To Babylon." The video was recorded and edited by members of the band and can be viewed below.

"Return to Babylon" was released in April, 2010 and was recorded and mixed at Sade Studios in Santiago, Chile and mastered by Staffan Osterling at Stigmata Studios in Sweden.

The track list of "Return To Babylon" is:

1. Night of the Witches
2. I Am
3. Return to Babylon
4. Broken Wings
5. Ready to Burn
6. Death Behind
7. Betrayer of the Soul
8. Time of Changes
9. Dark Land
10. Fall of the Tower
11. Nimrod

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Trailer Park Sex Posts "Got No Candy" Video

Hamburg, Germany's Trailer Park Sex has posted a new official music video online for the song "Got No Candy." You can check out the music video in the player below. More Trailer Park Sex music and additional details on the band can be found via Facebook.

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Darren Aronofsky To Direct Metallica Video

Darren Aronofsky, the director behind such films as Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and most recently, the Academy Award winning, Black Swan, is to direct a music video for the song, "Iced Honey," which comes from the collaboration album from Lou Reed and Metallica.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement Thursday that working with Reed and Aronofsky is "living the dream." Ulrich called making this album and video a monumental chapter in his life. More...

Read the full article at Toronto.com.

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Interview With Alan Averill Of Primordial

I sat down and had quite a long chat with Alan on the second day of the Metalheim Festival. Primordial has just released the album Redemption at the Puritans Hand and we had quite a lot to talk about! Alan shared with me his opinions of the metal scene today, as well as the difficulties musicians face in the long ladder that is the music business. More...

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Tesseract Offering Free Song Download

After announcing a change in vocalists, Tesseract entered the studio to record the revamped version of "Eden" featuring new vocals and a more developed instrumentation. After the track was completed, the band went directly into shooting a music video for the single, which was premiered earlier this week and can be seen here.

Now Tesseract is giving the song "Eden" away for free as a download. "We're really happy with how Eden 2.0 turned out, and as a gift to all of our wonderful friends we'd like to share it with you guys for free, as a token of our appreciation for your support over the last few years." Says bassists Amos Williams. "We had always wanted to revisit 'Eden' and Elliot joining our fold gave us the perfect opportunity to do such a thing. We hope that this, along with the beautiful and haunting video for its release directed by Ganesh Rao, is a fitting introduction to the world of the new TesseracT sound ahead of the new album which we aim to start writing soon."

You can get the track by navigating your browser over to this location. Tesseract is also on the road now with Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders on "The Saints and Sinners" Tour. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...

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Structures To Head Out On Tour

Canada's Structures is gearing up for a U.S. tour in support of the "Divided By" album alongside Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya. Currently announced dates are as follows:

FRI 11/18 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic
SAT 11/19 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
SUN 11/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
TUE 11/22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
WED 11/23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
SAT 11/26 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
SUN 11/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
MON 11/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
TUE 11/29 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
WED 11/30 - Danbury, CT @ Tuxedo Junction
THU 12/01 - Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
FRI 12/02 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
SAT 12/03 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
SUN 12/04 - Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue
TUE 12/06 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion
WED 12/07 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
THU 12/08 - Birmingham, AL @ Matthews Bar & Grill
SAT 12/10 - New Orleans, LA @ The Cypress
SUN 12/11 - Houston, TX @ The Warehouse
MON 12/12 - Austin, TX @ Antone's

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Black Cobra Announces Headlining Tour

Black Cobra has just confirmed a headlining tour immediately following the band's previously announced tour supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword this November into December. Black Cobra's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
12/01/2011 Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
12/02/2011 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/03/2011 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
12/05/2011 The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
12/06/2011 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
12/07/2011 Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
12/08/2011 Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT
12/09/2011 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
12/10/2011 Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ More...

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Death Wolf Teams Up With Century Media

Death Wolf has issued the following announcement about signing on with Century Media Records after splitting with Regain:

"After changing name from Devils Whorehouse to Death Wolf and the release of the highly acclaimed debut album spring 2011 the band and the label Blooddawn Productions choose to end its cooperation with licensor and distributor Regain Records.

"After negotiations Death Wolf and Blooddawn Productions have decided to team up with Century Media Records. Its with great pride we announce this worldwide cooperation as Century Media is a label with a strong foundation and dedication to extreme music.

"Information regarding upcoming releases and offical merchandise will be made available very soon. Death Wolf will also launch a new website soon. Stay tuned!"

You can also check out the Death Wolf song "The Other Hell" by heading over to this location.

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Vildhjarta Posts Music Video

Vildhjarta has posted a music video online for the song "Benblåst," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the upcoming album "Måsstaden" due out on November 28th in Europe and November 29th in North America via Century Media Records. The video clip was directed by Rob Mestas.

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GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Found Dead

GWAR founding member and vocalist Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has posted the following statement online regarding the passing of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot.

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long-term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."

Cory Smoot handled production duties on Gwar's latest two albums "Lust In Space" and "Bloody Pit of Horror." He also owned and operated his own recording studio, Karma Studios, where several of GWAR's albums had been recorded.

All staff at Metalunderground.com offer our condolences to the Smoot family.

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Marduk Signs With Century Media

Black metal act Marduk, which recently split with Regain Records, has now issued the following announcement about signing with Century Media Records:

"After a long wait we can finally present the new label. Marduk and Blooddawn Productions have after a long consideration decided to sign a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

"After considering all the offers we recived we decided to sign up for Century Media as they have the best experience, power and the strongest plattform for the Panzer Division known as Marduk.

"Hell no longer awaits. As soon as the band have finished the 3 week Hatefest tour in the studio will be entered for the recording of the 12th studio album. The album is set for a spring 2012 release! More news to follow..."

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Skindred And Therapy? To Tour Together

Jägermeister has announced that it will be holding it's own tour for the second time, in which Welsh ragga metal outfit Skindred will serve as the headlining band, with Northern Irish veterans Therapy? also on the bill. More bands will be confirmed shortly. Tickets for the 2012 Jägermeister UK Music Tour are just £5.00 (adv) per person thanks to Jägermeister subsidising admission so that fans can attend the tour for an incredible one-off ticket price.

Tickets will be available from 9 AM on Friday, November 11th November from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Dave Mustaine on Alex Jones Show Video Released

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth appeared on the Alex Jones Radio show on November 2nd, 2011. Mustaine appeared on the show to promote the new Megadeth album "Th1rt3en," which became available to the public on November 1, 2011. Mustaine and talk show host Alex Jones discussed the new album, Big Brother, the Occupation Wallstreet movement and other political events and ideas.

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Necrobutcher "Exorcism" Video Hits The Web

American evangelist Bob Larson's "exorcism" of Mayhem's Jørn Stubberud a.k.a. Necrobutcher aired on Norwegian TV this past Tuesday. The video, mostly in Norwegian, shows a piece on Larson, a piece on Necrobutcher and then the "exorcism" is in English at around the 22 minute mark.

For your humor, check out the video here:

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Riotgod To Release New LP In January 2012

Stoner rock band Riotgod, featuring Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino of Monster Magnet, will release its sophomore LP "Invisible Empire" on January 31, 2011 through Metalville Records.

The track listing for "Invisible Empire" is as follows:

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

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Obscura Set to Kick-Off North American Tour

German metal quartet Obscura is set to embark on a Metalunderground.com-sponsored first ever North American headline tour in support of the band's latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here). The tour will start November 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates ABYSMAL DAWN, LAST CHANCE TO REASON (select dates) and ENFOLD DARKNESS (select dates).

OBSCURA’s Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming tour: “We are glad to announce our very first headlining North American tour alongside Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason, and Enfold Darkness! For the upcoming shows we’ll have a full set out of material from all three albums including many tunes we have never played before live. See you on tour & blast on!"

Here are the latest Obscura tour dates with Abysmal Dawn, and openers Last Chance to Reason and Enfold Darkness on select dates (below):

Nov. 4 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13 w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 5 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre ( Metal Sucks Fest) w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 7 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 9 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 13 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’s Pub w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 14 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 15 - Calagary, AB @ The Distillery w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 17 - Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 20 - San Fancisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 21 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 23 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 25 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 27 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee Theatre w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 28 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 29 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 30 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 2 - Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 3 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 4 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 6 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Enfold Darkness

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Vader Posts Tour Blog

Vader is currently embarked on "The Sign of Hell" tour, and the band has now checked in with the following tour blog:

"Welcome MetalManiacs! We kick off with another tour, really long and hard one! We will destroy the whole old continent - from Scandinavia through the British Isles to Balkans and Spain. 40 gigs, that sounds like a lot. Keep the track of this tour as Massive Music's Commando moves throughout Europe. The artists and our crew will keep you updated on what's going on out there!

"And here we are, on the road again! Welcome to the Morbid Reich!!! The Berlin’s premiere show started European The Sign of Hell Tour 2011. It’s the first tour officially promoting our newest album 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich.' It covers 40 shows in most European countries. We share the stage with Gorgoroth, Swedish Valkyrja, Italian Adimiron and few other supporting bands.

"With this short introduction we will start a series of short tour reports which are focused on presenting you some bits of our tour life. We will try to show you how it looks on stage but also behind the scenes. The journey we started is going to be pretty long so we can promise you exciting and interesting material! You can read first news below! Keep your fingers crossed and see you out there. Stay Vaderized!

"01.11.2011 - Berlin - SO36 Club. Day 1 started for us at the Central Railway Station in Wroclaw. At midnight we got into a train to a city of Krzyz ('Cross' in English, sic!!!), then another change to a train to Kostrzyn on the border of Germany. We were picked up there by the Massive Music crew around 8 a.m. And it all felt like home… our second home for the upcoming 1,5 month. We got to Berlin around noon. It was a first show of the tour so there was really lot of work and preparations. We even managed to make a sound check for each band! When we have Oscar at a mixing table and a close team of Kuba and Vacek on stage – nothing can go wrong. More...

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Aeternal Seprium To Release Debut LP

Italian folk/power metal band Aeternal Seprium has just finished recording the debut release "Against Oblivion's Shade." The album was recorded at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa. The album is scheduled for release on Nadir Music/Audioglobe in late November/early December.

The track listing for "Against Oblivion's Shade" is:

1. The Man Among Two Worlds
2. Vainglory
3. Sailing Like the Gods of the Sea
4. Soliloquy Of The Sentenced
5. In Sign of Brenno
6. Victimula's Stone
7. Solstice of Burning Souls
8. The heresiarch
9. The Oak And The Cross
10. Under Flag of Seprium

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Former Gorgoroth Frontman To Appear In Action Film

The former lead vocalist of Gorgoroth and God Seed, Kristian Espedal, perhaps known better by his alias, "Gaahl," has been confirmed to appear in a new Norwegian action film entitled, "Flukt," (which means, "Escape" in English.)

Gaahl will portray the character Grim in the film, which is being directed by Roar Uthaug and is expected to be released in Norway in October 2012. The movie stars famed Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in the role of Dagmar, the leader of a group of outlaws living in the Norwegian mountains in the 1300s.

More information on "Flukt" will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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Death Destruction Posts New Music Video

Swedish melodic/groove/death band Death Destruction posted a new music video for the track "Mark My Words." The track appears on the band's self-titled debut release for Sony Sweden, released this past August.

Check out the video here:

Deathdestruction - Mark my words from Jakob Arevärn on Vimeo.

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Sawthis Splits With Guitarist

Italy's Sawthis, which recently canceled the band's European tour dates, has now checked in with the following announcement about splitting with guitarist Devis Ercole:

"It's sad for us to announce that our guitarist Devis left the Sawthis band. He was one of the founders of the band, we'll miss him a lot.

"After all this time, however, goals and passions can change. We thanks Devis as a musician but also as a friend for the time, passion and sacrifice shared with us. It's also sad to announce that we are looking for a replacement."

You can find more details on Sawthis by navigating over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Odyssey Posts New Song Preview

Spokane's instrumental act Odyssey has posted a teaser online featuring a song segment to appear on an upcoming EP. You can check out the teaser below.

The song will be appearing on a new release which will be the follow-up to the band's recently launched full-length album "An Abstract Existence" (reviewed here).

Odyssey - SongTease by JerrickCrites

You can also check out more Odyssey tunes by heading over to the trio's Bandcamp page here.

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #8

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the eighth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series of the band's current tour in Europe in support of LP "The Unforgiving." In this video you see the band's adventures in Poland.

Check out the video below:

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Derelict Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Montreal act Derelict performing the song "Machete," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"It’s hard to begin to explain how awesome this video makes us feel… one of our signature tunes, played in the most metal venue in our home town, with a pit of fans in front of us and the mighty Decapitated‘s banner behind us. Awesome!

"Thanks to Montreal Metal Shows for shooting this! And in case you missed the Polarized live vid that surfaced a few days ago from the same show, here it is."

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Turbowolf Posts New Music Video

Turbowolf posted a new music video for "Read And Write." The song appears on the forthcoming self titled debut LP due out on November 11, 2011 through Hassle Records.

Check out the bizarre video here:

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Interview with Everything Falls Dark

Texas is as brutal in the literal sense as it is in the metal sense. The heat is oppressive, the politicians are extreme, and the Tex-Mex food can get pretty damn spicy. This brutality gave rise to many a metal band, though not as many in the tech- and core- worlds like Everything Falls Dark. Based in San Antonio, TX, the band's music is aimed at putting bodies in motion.

The band's drummer, Clint Williamson, took time out for a short interview to let the world in on what they've been showing Texas metalheads for quite some time. More...

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Decapitated Survives Plane Crash, Cancels Shows

Polish technical death metal band Decapitated has pulled out of the upcoming Damnation Festival in Leeds and the Aalborg Metal Festival due to a plane crash. Apparently, the band was on a flight back to Poland from the U.S. and was forced to make an emergency landing in Warsaw when landing gear failed. Miraculously, no one was killed.

Ulver has agreed to fill in by extending the band's set to 90 minutes.

The plane's landing was captured on video, and can be seen here:

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Sahg Posts "Mortify" Music Video

Sahg, the Norwegian doom metal/hard rock outfit which includes former Gorgoroth bassist King Ov Hell, has posted a music video online for the song "Mortify." You can check out the clip below. "Mortify" is taken from Sagh's latest album "Sahg III" and was directed by Tommy Naess. Further details on Sahg are available through this location.

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Sargon Recruits Second Guitarist

Guitarist/vocalist Frank Van Kwarte of Sargon has issued the following announcement about recruiting a second guitar player for live shows:

"It's with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Arizona's own Jack Flieger (Singularity) as a touring member who will play the second guitar with us at The Goregrowler's Ball Fest in San, Antonio Texas on November 18th, 2011.

"We are very grateful to Jack for helping us out with this show because it's our intention to reproduce our debut album from start to finish just how it's recorded, and we really do need two guitars to to that!

"After a few rehearsals with him, I can surely say that he'll blow a few minds in Texas."

You can also listen to tracks available for streaming and find more details on Sargon by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Battlerage Posts New Album Promo Clip

Chile based metal act Battlerage has posted a promo clip online for the band's new album "True Metal Victory," which can be viewed below. Metal on Metal Records commented on the band:

"The Chilean horde delivers yet another bludgeoning slab of raw steel! If you look for experiments, look elsewhere, but if you like memorable songs, solid riffing and drumming, topped with harsh vocals, check this slab of pure and uncompromising barbaric heavy metal with an epic feel! The Axeman has risen again... The battle for True Metal rages on!"

The album's artwork, created by Jowita Kaminska, is available here and the track listing is as follows: More...

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Fall Against Fate Streaming New Song

U.K. band Fall Against Fate has posted a new song online titled "Blindfolds," which is available in the player below. The band commented:

"Fresh off of signing with EU management team The Alexia Agency, we've put our new track on YouTube for you all to listen to... enjoy!"

More details on Fall Against Fate can be found by navigating your browser over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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