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Metal News for November 7, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Ashes Of Ares Cancels Upcoming Show

Matt Barlow of newly formed supergroup Ashes of Ares has issued the following announcement about the band canceling an upcoming live show:

"Brothers and Sisters...it is with deep regret that I must announce Ashes of Ares will not be performing at Rock Harvest this Saturday.

"I have been dealing with illness for the past week and it has not let up. I apologize to anyone who has planned to come to the show to see us, but I don't think that it would do anybody justice to have me croaking through our set.

"I hope that you guys can forgive me for this decision, but I promise to make it up to all of you soon. Thank you for your understanding."

Ashes of Ares is also confirmed to play at the upcoming 2013 edition of the Prog Power USA festival next September.

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Dissipate Discusses New EP And Signing With Basick

Newly signed to Basick Records, California's Dissipate is now finally seeing an official release for the "Tectonics" EP (reviewed here), which has gone through a variety of incarnations and previously garnered buzz online through YouTube streaming.

"Tectonics" officially drops November 20th in North America, and we will be hosting an exclusive premiere of all six tracks next week. In the mean time you can get better acquainted with Dissipate and the band's music through our recent interview with drummer Jeff Faria and vocalist Josh Foster.

In the interview below Jeff discusses the trials of sticking it out through lineup changes and disappointments before finally getting signed and the thrill of having Dissipate compared to a mixture of some of his own personal favorite bands: Deftones, Car Bomb, and Ion Dissonance. More...

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Meek Is Murder Streaming New EP

Meek Is Murder has posted the new "Into The Sun Where It Falls Off The Sky" EP online for streaming. Give the short running release a listen at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. Private William Hudson (Dead Meat) 00:59
2. Ellen Ripley (Into The Sun) 01:05
3. Doctor Emmett Brown (Endless In Our Fleeting) 01:15
4. Marty McFly (88 mph) 01:09
5. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Out Of Gas) 02:25

Meek is Murder's Mike Keller (guitars/vocals) comments on the sic-fi theme of the EP: “Much in the way Algorithms drew influence from computer science concepts as allegories for life’s many challenges, the songs of Into The Sun Where It Falls Off The Sky honor a couple of our favorite sci-fi films as metaphors for the comedy and tragedy of our lives.” More...

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The Convalescence Cancels Upcoming Shows

The Convalescence has checked in with the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"The Convalescence cancelled the North East leg of the current tour due to Hurricane Sandy; we are working diligently on re-booking the affected show cancellations for February/March 2013. In addition, prior to the affected dates, a band member misappropriated the use of funds to purchase a tour vehicle that could not be utilized for tour and as a result, resigned from the band without notice.

"The first show of the remaining tour dates was to be at The Limits in Nashville, TN, November 8th; however, the venue closed its doors last week. With the current tour dates approaching this week and five ‘off’ dates; the cost effectiveness directly related to travel expenditures regarding the remaining shows this weekend; we have cancelled the following dates to be rescheduled at a future date and time:

09 NOV 12 – The Soundstage – Conway, AR
10 NOV 12 – Hippy’s Nightlife – Texarkana, AR
11 NOV 12 – O’Reilly’s Pub – Dallas, TX

"Thank you for your patience relating to matters directly out of our control. We will be finishing off the remaining tour dates at this time, however, if any further unforeseen events occur; we will make an immediate release relating to any routing changes."

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Apparitions Checks In With Road Report

Apparitions, which signed to Indianola Records last month, has now checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"So I finally have a bit of time and the means by which post another update (thanks to Panera for the wifi and the coffee). Tonight is our last Florida show, which makes me happier than these three cups of coffee I've had. Not to talk negatively about Florida, but I'm really getting sick of re-enacting the battle scenes from Starship Troopers every time I get out of the van; the bugs here really are that monstrous and scary. Other than that, we've enjoyed our time here. After tonight, we head north to brave the cold.

"Yesterday, some friends of ours took us to Disneyworld, which was a welcome break from the usual daily grind of sleeping in parking lots and sponge baths in Walmart rest rooms. Notable highlights included me thoroughly schooling Alex on the Buzz Lightyear Star Command ride (my score was twice as high as his) and Brandon finally getting to experience his lifelong fear of being stuck on a roller coaster. We probably should have been more sympathetic, especially given his refusal to budge from a fetal position, but honestly, all I could do was laugh. I should note that this wouldn't have happened were it not for the efforts of some good friends of ours who work at the park, so to Alberto, Megan, and J.J., we give our very warm and heartfelt thanks.

"Also, I need to recap some of the last few shows: we'd like to thank It Lies Within for putting on killer shows every night and being awesome tour-mates, and I want to give props to Siege of Malakand, a band full of kids who put on one of the most jaw-droppingly brutal and aggressive metal shows we've ever seen. They killed it in Orlando a few nights ago and definitely stuck out among the bands we've played with on this tour.

"After tonight, we have a day off in my hometown before playing Swayze's on Friday, and we're understandably stoked for a day of rest."

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Demon Prayers Streaming New Song

Greek thrash act Demon Prayers has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Morbid Terror," which was recorded and mixed at Made In Hell Studio. Listen to the song through the Reverbnation player below. Demon Prayers is:

Alex Bonias - Bass, Vocals
Panos Ventor Petrozza - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bill Xondrorrizos - Rhythm Guitar
Stelios Metallhead - Drums More...

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Seven Thorns Issues Album Update

Seven Thorns has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album and recruiting a new vocalist:

"We finished 2011 by successfully headlining the Bremer Metal Festival (Germany) and with a blast of a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the same time we moved rehearsal studio from our old one located in an abandoned mall (which is now going to be demolished) to a 100 m2 former gold deposit store.

"We have spent most of the spring to finish all the new songs for the new album!! You can expect some new powerful metal songs with a lot of tempo, smashing guitar and keyboard solos and guest appearance from some fantastic musicians – David Henriksson (former Insania (Stockholm)) is singing on one of the new tracks. If you don’t know him check out the great album ‘Sunrise in Riverland’ – a must have for all power metal fans!

"We have recorded all the songs for the new album – there will be 10, and the album has been named “II” (it’s our 2nd album ;-) ).

"Once again the songs have been recorded in Media Sound Studios in Copenhagen with the help of Peter Brander and Anders Overgaard. The songs are all fantastic and we can’t wait to share them with you! More...

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Dirk Verbeuren Posts Drum Clinic Footage

A video has been posted online of Dirk Verbeuren's recent drum clinic on October 7th in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Check out the video below to see Dirk playing along to "Banished Messiah" off Anatomy Of I's debut album "Substratum."

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Hooded Menace Streaming Cover Track

In celebration of Samhain, doom powerhouse Hooded Menace has recently unveiled a new track via Decibel Magazine. The song is a cover of Goblin’s “Theme From Tenebre” and can be heard right here.

Hooded Menace is also currently streaming a bonus track from the "Effigies of Evil" (reviewed here) sessions on CVLT Nation. You can hear the band cover Witchfinder General's "Burning A Sinner" exclusively at this location.

The "Effigies of Evil" track listing is as follows:

The album's track listing is:

1. Vortex Macabre
2. Effigies of Evil
3. In the Dead We Dwell
4. Curses Scribed in Gore
5. Crumbling Insanity
6. Summoned into Euphoric Madness
7. Evoken Vulgarity
8. Retribution in Eternity

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The Gates Of Slumber Streaming Re-Issue Track

The Gates of Slumber will reissue "The Awakening" this coming November 13th, 2012 via Abyss Records and Axis of Metal is now hosting a stream from that reissue. Check out "The Cloaked Figure" through Axis of Metal or in the player below.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Resurrection from the Underworld
2. The Awakening (Interpolating the Wrath of the Undead)
3. The Judge
4. The Jury
5. Broken on the Wheel
6. The Executioner
7. Blessed Pathway to the Celestial Kingdom
8. The Burial
9. The Cloaked Figure (Bonus Track) More...

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Theudho Releases New Music Video

Blackened pagan metal act Theudho has released both a music video for the song "Niðr ok Norðr," which is featured on latest album "When Ice Crowns the Earth."

"Niðr ok Norðr" (Old Norse for "Downwards and Northwards") lyrically describes the mythical journey to the realm of the dead in Germanic traditions. The album "When Ice Crowns the Earth" was mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Sweden and released earlier this year by the Australian label Aurora Australis Records. More...

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Trick Or Treat Streams New Single

Italian power metal band Trick Or Treat, featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti, is streaming the first single for the forthcoming LP "Rabbit's Hill, Pt. 1." The track "False Paradise" can be heard below. "Rabbits Hill, Pt. 1," a concept album based on the best selling book "Watership Down" by Richard Adamis, is due for release on November 26, 2012 via Valery Records.

The track listing for "Rabbit's Hill, Pt. 1" is as follows:

1. Dawn Of Times (Narration by Sonia Piacentini & Fabio Dessi (Arthemis))
2. Prince With A 1000 Enemies (Feat. Andre Matos (Ex-Angra/Viper))
3. Spring In The Warren
4. Premonition
5. Wrong Turn
6. False Paradise
7. Between Anger And Tears
8. Rabbit's Hill
9. The Tale Of Rowsby Woof (Feat. Maurizio Cardullo (Folkstone))
10. SassoSpasso
11. I'll Come Back For You
12. Bright Eyes

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Cult Of Luna Comments On New Album

Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Cult of Luna, and as was previously announced, the new album “Vertikal” will be released on January 25th in G/A/S and January 29th worldwide, excluding North America.

The band had this to say about the making of the new studio album: ”The album will be released at the beginning of the year, and is thematically influenced by the film ‘Metropolis’: a hypnotic backdrop of machinery and repetition. Before we started writing we were keen to find a theme that in a very direct way could be shown through the music, and we hope to have achieved this. We developed clear structures – very linear, refusing to over complicate the writing process."

Cult of Luna was formed in 1998 in Sweden and released a self-titled debut album three years later. In 2003 Cult of Luna released the album “The Beyond,” which led to the band's first European tour as support for Isis, Poison the Well, and Dillinger Escape Plan. A massive European tour followed and not long after the group got a support slot for the one and only Mastodon in the U.S. in 2005.

The band released “Somewhere Along The Highway” in 2007 and won a rock/metal award from the Swedish Radio channel P3 “for the will and courage to expand and bring new dimensions to the metal genre.” One year later Cult of Luna released “Eternal Kingdom” and in 2011 the band finally began working on what was to become the new album “Vertikal."

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Dunderbeist Streaming New Single

Today Norwegian act Dunderbeist releases the 2nd single and title track off new album “Songs Of The Buried." Check out the track through the player below.

“Songs Of The Buried” is due out November 20th in Europe and November 16th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The band will be touring Europe in November as an opener for Fear Factory and Devin Townsend Project. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Azylya To Play Dames Of Darkness Festival

WormHoleDeath Records has issued the following announcement about Azyla playing an upcoming festival:

"Azylya will blow you all away once again as they are confirmed at 'The Dames Of Darkness' Festival with Delain and more great bands. Please stay tuned as very soon we will announce the release date for their debut album Sweet Cerebral Destruction."

The festival is set to take place on May 11th, 2013 and further details can be found at this location. More...

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General Surgery Streaming EP Online

Sweden’s macabre act General Surgery is streaming the new EP "Like An Ever Flying Limb" via Decibel Magazine at this location.

The EP was recorded in October 2011 at Audiogrind Studio in the band’s hometown of Stockholm and and contains 5 gut-splattering tracks of signature goregrind, marking the group's first new material since 2009. "Like An Ever Flying Limb" will be released on limited edition 7” vinyl via Relapse Records on November 6th. Pre-orders of the new EP are now available now right here.

Earlier this year saw the release of "A Collection of Depravation," a compilation of 30 General Surgery choice cuts digitally remastered by Pig Destroyer's Scott Hull. The album is currently available for streaming in its entirety here. General Surgery plans to record a 3rd full-length album in the near future.

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Ironhorse Signs With Relapse Records

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Boulder, Colorado hardcore/grind/punk quartet Ironhorse. Relapse comments:

"Ironhorse (Gordon Koch - Drums, Alex Pace - Bass, Steve Vanica - Vocals, Patrick Alberts - Guitar) formed in late 2011 and quickly made a name for themselves in the local scene, playing shows with heavy hitters like Gaza, Elitist, & Cattle Decapitation.

"The band recently wrapped up recording their furious, hard-hitting debut Dragged Down a Dead End Path in Salt Lake City at the Boar's Nest with Andy Patterson which will see an early 2013 release via Relapse.

"The album’s opening track 'Failure' can be downloaded for free via the Relapse Records Winter 2012 Sampler at this location while a preview of the cover art can be seen here. More details on the album will be announced shortly. Ironhorse plan to kick teeth in across the nation and tour heavily throughout 2013 in support of the album."

The band also commented on the signing: "We are honored to be a part of a label that not only puts out a lot of great new music, but also put out the music that inspired us to be musicians and play live."

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The 69 Eyes Shoots New Music Video

Helsinki vampires Tge 69 Eyes recently shot a video for the “Borderline” single together with producer Patric Ullaeus over in New Orleans. The song comes off the band's most recent album, “X.” The clip is due out next week – keep your eyes open! You can also check out our recent interview with the band at this location.

Singer Jyrki69 comments, “It’s like our 'Love Me Tender' – a soft, timeless ballad. But it also has that dark, mystic Southern vibe (some said “True Blood”), so naturally we had to go to Louisiana to shoot the video! Mark Twain’s books, Elvis’ 'King Creole,' 'Easy Rider,' blues, jazz, voodoo, vampires - so many reasons for The 69 Eyes go to N’awlins. We’ve played there twice, I’ve hosted two DJ club nights there called 'Fangtasia' over the last two summers. The leading rock/metal video director of these latter days, Swedish Patric Ullaeus was also interested in coming to NOLA to make this masterpiece, so all was set for it! The mid-October was perfect for a long-lost weekend in the South."

You can check out the band's previous music video for "Red" below, or catch The 69 Eyes live on the following dates:

26.01. D Köln - Sensor Club
27.01. D Hamburg – Markthalle
28.01. D Berlin – Postbahnhof
29.01. D Bochum – Zeche
31.01. D Frankfurt – Batschkapp
01.02. D Stuttgart – LKA
02.02. D München – Backstage More...

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Purify Reveals New Album Details

France's Purify has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"We are back from studio in Los Angeles where we just finished the mastering of our upcoming album with legendary Howie Weinberg (Metallica, Nirvana, Beastie boys,...). The album called 'Hail Suicide' has been recorded at Devasoundz studios in Athens by Fotis Benardo from Septic Flesh and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Limp bizkit,...) and will be available beginning of 2013. The artwork is done by Hicham Haddaji from Strychneen studios."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Opening
2. Flawless
3. An Arson of Yourself
4. No Redemption
5. We are the Wolves
6. I'm Not One of You
7. Farewell Myself
8. Hail Suicide
9. Everything has its End
10. Black Day
11. Son of a Gun
12. Hands of Apocalypse
13. The Mourning More...

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Devourment Releases Teaser For New Album

Devourment is currently working on a new album to see release via Relapse Records next year. A teaser trailer for the as-yet-untitled new album has been posted online and can be viewed below.

Tracking for the album has been taking place at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, FL with legendary death metal icon Erik Rutan. Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Splitting With Drummer

A new video statement has been posted online by drummer Shannon Lucas in regard to his absence from recent The Black Dahlia Murder performances. Check out the video clip below in which Shannon announces he has left the band and comments on his upcoming musical projects.

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As I Lay Dying Posts Tour Footage

As I Lady Dying has posted highlights from the second week of the band's European tour with Trivium, Caliban, and Upon A Burning Body. Check out the video clip in the player below. You can find the band's upcoming tour dates at this location.

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Scythia Posts "Video Game Medley" Video

Folk metal warriors Scythia are proud to share with fans the "Video Game Medley" clip, which was filmed in Vancouver, BC by James Weekes and Rosie Anson of Hammer Records. Check out the video below.

The song is an adaptation video game theme songs from Wizards and Warriors, Castlevania, Skyrim, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VI, and Tetris and is off the band's new EP "For The Bear."

In additional news, Scythia will be gathering in Vancouver for a headlining performance for Aesir Promotions' second annual Nerdfest on November 23rd at The Biltmore Cabaret:

November 23, 2012 - Nerdfest @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC More...

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The Faceless Announces U.K. Tour

California's The Faceless is set to headline in the U.K. supporting the "Autotheism" album this coming January / February 2013. Support will come from The Safety Fire. The tour dates are as follows:

Wed 30 January – Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 31 January – Southampton, The Cellar
Fri 1 February – Brighton, The Haunt
Sat 2 February – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 3 February – Glasgow, King Tut’s
Mon 4 February – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Tue 5 February – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Weds 6 February – Manchester NQ Live
Thurs 7 February – London O2 Academy Islington
Fri 8 February – Sheffield, Corporation
Sat 8 February – Leeds, The Cockpit More...

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Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus To Release New Album

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has signed Finnish/Philadelphia based black metal trio Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus and will release the band's debut album on February 19th, 2013. Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus has released a two song promo to introduce people to the band, which can be heard below. Horror Pain Gore Death Productions also commented:

"Forged out of the icy wilderness of the north, this Philadelphia trio composes several tracks of cold subsonics and frigid atmospheres. Inspired by Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus's founder Mika Mage’s Finnish heritage, the two tracks presented here showcase the bands ambient black metal techniques with the track 'Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (I)' and a more delicate side with the track 'Ketamiini.' Cold, grim and strangely uplifting a must have for fans of Gris, Paysage D’Hiver, Burzum, Velvet Cacoon, Trist, and Neige Et Noirceur. A frozen, ambient masterpiece..." More...

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Victims Of Creation Signs With Cyclone Empire

Hailing from Malta, Victims of Creation is the newest member of the Cyclone Empire family. Victims of Creation describes its style as a very heavy, down-tuned sound, carrying both the old-school doom/death metal and slow sludgy elements.

The band has already been announced for the Doom Shall Rise Festival 2013, along with a new album coming by April 2013. Cyclone Empire also commented on the band's history:

"Victims of Creation is a Maltese band, was conceived in 1992 and debuted on stage in 1994 supporting local band Oblique Visions on the launch of their debut CD. In 1996, the song 'Lotions & Potions (Toke 1)' was included in 'The Core of Creation,' a local compilation released by Storm Records. The song did not reflect the band’s style at the time, however, it was very well acclaimed specifically for its originality. The launch of this compilation was the second and last gig of the band for some time.

"Turbulent times, unlucky circumstances and various set-backs saw Dino and Rex (the remaining founding members of the band) experimenting with different guitarists during sporadic jammings. It seemed that Victims of Creation would never rise from the ashes. More...

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Borknagar/Mayhem Albums To See Re-Issue

To celebrate Black (Metal) Friday, Century Media Records will re-issue two classic titles: Borknagar's "The Olden Domain" and Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas."

Limited to 1,000 copies each, these titles will be available only at your local independent music store starting on Friday, November 23rd. To find a participating store near you, please check out this location. Century Media Records also commented:

"The Olden Domain is Borknagar's second studio album, and their first to feature English lyrics. It also marks the beginning of the band's transition to their trademark progressive/folk/black metal sound featured on later records. This would be the band's last studio album to feature Garm (credited on this album as 'Fiery G. Maelstrom') on vocals. It is also their first album to feature Kai K. Lie on bass, replacing Infernus.

"Songwriting for De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas began as early as 1987, but due to the suicide of vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin and murder of guitarist Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth, the album's release was delayed until May of 1994. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is widely considered to be one of the most influential black metal albums of all time. Now available as a deluxe double LP in gatefold packaging with bonus poster, the darkness continues to bleed forth."

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Pallbearer To Support Enslaved On Tour

Pallbearer has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows with Ancient Wisdom and Enslaved:

"We're elated to announce we'll be supporting Enslaved on a full North American tour in January and February of 2013! The dates are as below."

Wed/Jan-30 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Thu/Jan-31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri/Feb-01 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat/Feb-02 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
Sun/Feb-03 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
Mon/Feb-04 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Wed/Feb-06 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Fri/Feb-08 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat/Feb-09 San Francisco, CA Slims
Sun/Feb-10 Portland, OR Branx
Mon/Feb-11 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
Tue/Feb-12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Thu/Feb-14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Fri/Feb-15 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sat/Feb-16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Sun/Feb-17 Winnipeg, MB The Osborne Village Inn
Tue/Feb-19 Toronto, ON Opera House
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...

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Cattle Decapitation Drops Off Tour

Several sites reported yesterday that Cattle Decapitation would be dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse Tour due to a physical altercation between vocalist Travis Ryan and Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes (although the original posts on Facebook that started this rumor now seem to have been removed).

Cattle Decapitation has now issued the following official statement about leaving the tour:

"Cattle Decapitation has left the Autumn Apocalypse Tour. This leaves us without shows until we start the Blood of Power tour with Dying Fetus and Cerebral Bore.

"If you are interested in helping book some last minute shows in the NORTHEAST and MID-ATLANTIC areas (starting the day after tomorrow) please contact: dan@thepantheonagency.com

"We're down pretty much for whatever! Time to make some fuckin lemonade out here on the east coast!"

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Sinister Announces Album's North American Release

Holland’s death metal monarchs Sinister have now announced a North American release for eleventh studio full-length, "The Carnage Ending," via Massacre Records this November 27th. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Since 1988, the pulverizing Sinister has inundated the international death metal scene with a plethora of full-length albums, EPs, notable demos and splits amidst continuous festival performances and international touring with everyone from Suffocation to Cannibal Corpse to Deicide to Rotting Christ. Their 1992 debut full-length Cross The Styx remains a landmark album for the Dutch death scene, and notable albums like 1995’s Hate, 1998’s Aggressive Measures and 2006’s Afterburner have continually kept the band’s name in a well-respected spot over countless inferior acts.

"Despite numerous member changes and revamping of the lineup over the years, the band called it quits for several years in the mid-‘90s only to be resurrected by original vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard reformed the band in 2006. The band released Afterburner, their final album for Nuclear Blast, and signed with Massacre Records as their new label home. In 2011 Adrie was left alone and formed a brand new Sinister lineup, and recruited his allies in project band Absurd Universe, the new members having already proven their skills through acts like Supreme Pain, Consolation, Unlord, Putrefied, Lunatics without Skateboards and many more.

"The new lineup went back to the band’s roots and came up with ten brand new but old-school, modern-sounding pieces for their latest effort. The newest bloodbath in Sinister’s venerable twenty-three year history, and third album for Massacre Records, The Carnage Ending destroys anything in earshot with a potent and massive sixty-six minute dosage of the band’s respected and straightforward style, crushingly captured at Soundlodge Studio with Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Defloration, etc.)." More...

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Valgud Comments On Upcoming EP

Texas symphonic metal act Valgud has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP to see release next month:

"Drum tracked 2 songs in 2 days...total of 4 songs for this already killer sounding end of the year EP! 1 more next week and it shall be done! 'Masters of a Greater Design' EP will be available in December as soon as this world ends!! 12-12-12!"

The currently announced track listing is:

1. Masters of a Greater Design
2. Beyond the Spirits of the Dead
3. Delusions of Sanity
4. Malice of a Cosmic Identity
5. Into the Dark Realm

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U.D.O. Posts Clip From "Live In Sofia" DVD/Live CD

German metal icon Udo Dirkschneider posted a new live clip for "Heart of Gold" (which originally appeared on the 1990 studio release "Faceless World." The clip is part of the forthcoming DVD/2CD live release entitled "Live in Sofia," which is expected for release on November 9, 2012 via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Live In Sofia" is as follows:

1. Rev-Raptor
2. Dominator
3. Thunderball
4. Leatherhead
5. Independence Day
6. Screaming for a Love Bite (Accept cover)
7. Heart of Gold
8. Vendetta
9. Princess of the Dawn (Accept cover)
10. I Give as Good as I Get
11. Guitar solo
12. Neon Nights (Accept cover)
13. Break the Rules
14. Man and Machine
15. Drum solo
16. Living on a Frontline
17. Up to the Limit (Accept cover)
18. Two Faced Woman
19. Metal Heart (Accept cover)
20. The Bogeyman
21. I'm a Rebel (Accept cover)
22. Balls to the Wall (Accept cover)
23. Burning (Accept cover)

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Circle Of Contempt Posts New Music Video

Finnish act Circle Of Contempt posted a new music video for the song "Entwine The Threads." The song is the title track from the band's upcoming EP, which is due for release on December 11, 2012 via Sumerian Records. The video was produced by Sami Raatikainen of Necrophagist.

Pre-orders for the EP can be made at this location. Check out the music video here:

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Amaranthe Posts Sixth Episode Of In Studio Footage

Amaranthe posted the sixth in a series of in studio videos showcasing the band's recordings of the second album. The release is scheduled for a 2013 release through Spinefarm Records. In this installment, Jake and Olof show you how to be a master in the kitchen.

Check out part six here:

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OpEd

Cover to Cover: Riot

Last time around I covered Manilla Road’s uber-manly efforts in the world of metal covers. This time we are back and taking a look at the New York heavy metal legends Riot, their “unique” approach to album covers, and honouring the legacy of mastermind Mark Reale who sadly passed away in January this year. Well, we’ll largely just be tearing into Riot’s cover art, but it goes without saying that Riot created some of the best power/speed metal in existence. Seriously, I’m putting a ban on reading this article until you’ve at least heard one track from “Thundersteel” because it’s one of the greatest metal classics ever released. Right? Right, let’s get cracking. More...

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