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Metal News for November 9, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Kaotik Releases "Starving Death" Video

Kaotik has posted a new video clip online for "Starving Death," which is the title track off the album of the same name. Watch the video in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. War at the Door
2. Carnivorous Madness
3. Creature
4. Lobotomy
5. The Screeching Sound
6. Bad Awakening
7. Pesticide Shower
8. Starving Death
9. Terror
10. Inbreeding More...

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Jesse Leach Performs Bad Brains Cover

On November 6th a benefit concert was held in NYC for Amnesty International and the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

The house band, led by guitarist Todd Youth, performed a set of Bad Brains covers, joined by a wide variety of guests, including Bad Brains frontman H.R., country singer Steve Earle, John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach.

Check out footage of Jesse Leach performing "I Against I" in the player below. Killswitch Engage will also launch a North American tour on November 24th. Bad Brains was also covered in an edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be read right here.

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Drowning Pool Posts New Single

Drowning Pool is currently finalizing a fifth, currently untitled, full-length album and the band has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream a new track online. Check out the premiere of the new single, "Saturday Night" over at this location.

The band also announced the official recruitment of new vocalist Jasen Moreno during the Summer. Drowning Pool is:

Jasen Moreno - Vox
CJ Pierce - Guitar
Stevie Benton - Bass
Mike Luce - Drums

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Opium Warlords Posts New Song Online

Today Opium Warlords premiere the new track "The Wind is a Gift From a Distant Friend" on CvltNation.com. The track hails from the band's forthcoming "We Meditate Under the Pussy in the Sky," set for international release on November 30th through Svart Records.

Check out the song at this location. The full track listing is: More...

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Nachtmystium Comments On Upcoming Shows

Having recently released new album "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here), Nachtmystium is now ready to bring the band's unique brand of black metal to fans on the Barge To Hell. In regards to upcoming appearances (as well as the group's cancelled North American tour with Jarbo), the band comments:

"Nachtmsytium fans on the east coast: we ARE coming out for three shows in a little over a week and finish with a fourth one in Chicago! Then we will be appearing on the Barge To Hell metal cruise ship going from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and back. Playing alongside Sodom, At The Gates, Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Moonspell, Morgoth, Napalm Death, and many, many many more awesome bands!

"A full U.S. tour WILL be happening sometime between January and April, 2013. Sorry to any of you hoping to catch us on this run. The tour was doomed from the get go in a lot of ways due to things unrelated to the band or our ability to tour. Just poor timing, nothing more, nothing less. We will be doing a thorough US tour early in 2013, so look for us coming to your city soon...And anyone out in the areas we're playing in a week or so, we look forward to seeing you at the shows!"

11/18--Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/19--Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/20--Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
11/21--Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
12/3-7--Barge To Hell

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A Wanted Awakening Cancels Tour

Massachusetts act A Wanted Awakening has posted the following announcement online about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"Hey AWA Fans,

"As upsetting as it is to do so, in the interest of maintaining open communication with our friends and fans, we have an announcement to make. The past few days, fate has seen fit to pile on a mountain of circumstance, for which there could have been no hope of preparation. We have had an overwhelming majority of the shows from the Terminatour been either cancelled, or due to other circumstances not happening.

"With all these cancellations, it was no longer feasible for us to stay out on the road with so few paying shows left. In the interest of maintaining our professionalism, we are making a conscious decision to not go into great detail about how this has come to pass. For those of our friends and families who may want to know more, please do not hesitate to talk to us privately about it.

"We have plans to finish out the final week of the tour, but until that time we have decided to return to New England and regroup, and return with renewed ambition. We hope to have an opportunity soon to return to the road and bring our music to more of America than we had a chance to this time around. Thank you all for you support."

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3 Inches Of Blood Posts Lyric Video

3 Inches of Blood has released a lyric video for the track "Storming Juno," which can be viewed below. Taken from most recent album "Long Live Heavy Metal," vocalist Cam Pipes explains how the song is a tribute anthem:

"Storming Juno is a tribute to the soldiers of the Canadian armed forces that got the first foothold for the allies on D-Day during World War II. Every November 11 we remember all who served, some who made the ultimate sacrifice, in service to their country. Releasing this lyric video is our way of acknowledging those who served our country and how proud we are of the significant contribution Canada had in fighting tyranny all those years ago."

Next month, the heavy metal veterans will embark on a headlining West Coast run. The two-week trek will feature special guest Huntress as main support, and Hookers as the tour opener. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more to be announced shortly. More...

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Abigail Williams Comments On Canceling Breakup

Abigail Williams recently announced work had begun on a new album, despite performing what was billed as a "final farewell" tour and stating latest album "Becoming" would be the band's last. Abigail Williams has now posted the following message online about the situation:

"Judging from the 'I thought you guys broke up?' and 'make up your minds!' comments it's obvious some of you are wondering what all this new album talk is about A few months back we announced we would no longer be touring and trust me that was a genuine feeling at the time. The core of the band, Ian and myself, were exhausted from all the years of touring and hard work and felt that we needed to find some balance in our lives rather than constantly kill ourselves on tour most the year.

"I'm sure this is not news to some of you but playing in a band at our level is hard work. (see what Chris Grigg of Woe said about this very subject) Obviously we never received much of a financial reward for all the time and effort we put in to this and we had drained our funds completely.

"It seemed we were in debt to everyone. Our van was in a bad state and not worth fixing and we still owed money on it, we were in debt to our label, owing them money for CD's that we took on tour over the last year but we were not able to make the payment (we pay $7.50 per CD and sell them for $10) and we had problems with our booking agent being a subhuman POS which resulted in us having to book tours for ourselves to support our latest album. These are just some examples, there are many many more and considering none of this was anything new and had been going on for years and years it was frustrating to say the least. As much as we loved touring the world playing to 20 kids a night on average, it had made us miserable in the long run. More...

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Divisions Streaming Songs From EP

Tijuana metalcore band Divisions is streaming songs from its new promo EP "Escape," which features three songs. Below is an upload of "Oportunidades," while the other two tracks can be accessed on the same YouTube page. Divisions also has a cover of the track "Failure" from Reign Supreme streaming over on its Facebook page, along with an official video (featuring the band's guitarist Pedro Ulloa) for the title track of the EP.

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Just For Fun

Pugs Go Metal With Pug Destroyer

In the grand tradition of the avian-fronted Hate Beak comes a new ani-metal band: PUG DESTROYER! Check out the new Pug Destroyer video in the player below, courtesy of AnimalNewYork.com. The video creators comment:

"When certain pugs get overexcited, they produce a loud, high-pitched sound that falls halfway between a 'squealing pig' and a 'tortured human.' When I first heard it, one coworker successfully convinced me it was the sound of a puppy having its legs chopped off. It’s intense.

"As intense, in fact, as the vocals of certain strains of extreme metal music–a fact ANIMAL decided to exploit by pairing the audio from several YouTube videos of the cacaphonous canines (completely unedited, mind you), with this death metal instrumental."

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Alunah Re-Releasing "White Hoarhound" On Vinyl

Napalm Records and Spinning Goblin Productions will release a strictly limited gatefold vinyl edition of the psychedelic stoner album "White Hoarhound" by U.K. band Alunah.

The vinyl edition will be initially available with 100 copies in white and 200 copies in green and pre-order options are expected to be announced soon. Jake Mason of Alunah comments:

"Alunah are extremely proud to say we are joining the Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions family with the upcoming vinyl release of our current album 'White Hoarhound'...re-mastered especially for the hallowed format."

For more info on Alunah head over to the band's official website right here.

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Engel Splits With Vocalist

Swedish act Engel has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"We are sad to say that Magnus will not be a member of Engel anymore. We had a really good run and we will miss him very much. There is no hard feelings between Engel and Magnus and we parted ways as friends, carrying with us a lot of good times and awesome memories.

"However, this will not affect the coming shows, since our good friend Lenne (ex-Twelvestep) steps up to the plate once again and fills in for Magnus during the Blood Of Saints Over Sweden+ Tour. Come out to the shows and support Engel and Lenne by banging your head on the Frontline!"

Magnus has also issued the following statement: “So this is it, my time in Engel is over. I’m not going to rant about the who’s and why´s, just say goodbye. I have had a lot of good times and I am sad to leave it behind, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It´s not a farewell forever, I’m not going to quit music. I´m going to miss the boys on stage, the people in the crowd and all the good friends I have met on the road. To the boys on stage: Good luck with all future adventures. To the crowd: Stay true, I will miss you. And to the 'roadsters:' See you again soon.” More...

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Ruinside Posts "Shower Of Accusations" Video

Finland's Ruinside has posted a new video clip online for the track "Shower of Accusations," which can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's new album "The Hunt." The full track listing is:

1. The End (intro)
2. Shower of Accusations
3. Beware!
4. Hunters of Divine Society
5. Witch Hammer (Malleus Maleficarum)
6. Hide-And-Seek
7. Labyrinth of Silence
8. Wounded and Defeated
9. Within Hammer And Tongs
10. Beleagured
11. T.O.R.T.U.R.E.
12. Forced Confession
13. Burst into Flames More...

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Villainy Streaming New Demo

Dutch metal band Villainy has started the recordings for a first full-length album at the Pighouse Studio along with Marc van Duivenvoorde (Herder, Feast). The process is expected to be wrapped up later this month.

Today Villainy has also released a new demo featuring two songs. You can check out the tracks "I Wanna Split the World in Two" and "City of Secrets" below.

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Continents Announces European Tour

South Wales hardcore outfit Continents, which signed to Victory Records earlier this year, will be cranking up the heat this winter for a tour across the U.K. and Europe beginning November 26th. The band will hit seventeen cities in five countries in preparation for the soon to be released "Idle Hands" album, due out January 22nd, 2012. See a full listing of tour dates below.

11/26 - Middlesbrough, UK @ Liberties
11/27 - Hull, UK @ The Ringside
11/28 - Bolton, UK @ Alma Inn
11/29 - Cardiff, UK @ Full Moon
12/01 - Bath, UK @ Green Park Tavern
12/02 - London, UK @ Relentless Garage
12/04 - Krefeld, DE @ Kulturrampe
12/05 - Basel, CH @ SommerCasino
12/06 - Stuttgart, DE @ Universum
12/07 - Linz, AT @ Ann & Pat
12/08 - Gleisdorf, AT @ Kulturkeller
12/09 - Vienna, AT @ Aera
12/10 - Holesov, CZ @ Klub Wats
12/11 - Berlin, DE @ Tiefgrund
12/12 - Hamburg, DE @ Fundbureau
12/13 - Koblenz, DE @ Jam Club
12/14 - Bergkamen, DE @ JZ Yellowstone More...

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Pig Destroyer Re-Signs With Relapse

Fresh on the heels of fifth album "Book Burner" (reviewed here) released last month, grindcore kings Pig Destroyer have re-signed with their long time record label home Relapse Records. Pig Destroyer's Adam Jarvis comments:

"Super excited to be a part of the extraordinary Relapse Records again! A song comes to mind in the melody of the 'Team America' jingle. Relapse, FUCK YEAH! Once again, signing a muthafuckin contract!"

Scott Hull adds, "Relapse has been a great home for both ANb and Pig Destroyer since the very early days. We're not an easy band to deal with but Relapse has been patient, enthusiastic, and accommodating to our headache-inducing schedules, our strict adherence to not touring or behaving like a normal band, and just generally being pains-in-the-asses. We wouldn't trade that for anything."

JR Hayes also stated, "I don't always sign contracts with record labels, but when I do, I choose Relapse."

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Nidingr Streaming "Vim Patior" Track

Today Norwegian black metal conjurers Nidingr unveil the second single, “Vim Patior,” from the imminent new full-length, "Greatest Of Deceivers." Check out the song in the player below.

Notes guitarist Teloch of the new tune: “‘Vim Patior’ contains all the elements you all love about Nidingr: blastbeats, shredding guitars, sweet ass bass lines, guttural vocals, catchy riffing without turning your ears to cheese… But at the same time we introduce some of the new elements we are doing all over the new album: riffs that will make you puke blood and cry.”

The "Greatest Of Deceivers" album is scheduled to detonate in North America on November 20th, 2012. The recent Indie Recordings signees feature within their illustrious ranks past and present members of Mayhem, Gorgoroth, DHG (Dødheimsgard), 1349, and God Seed.

The album was recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo — home to a host of prominent Norwegian acts including cult experimentalists Ulver — produced by Teloch, mixed by Anders Møller (Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, Euroboys, 120 Days, Turbonegro, etc.) and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios. More...

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Soundgarden Posts New Music Video Online

Reunited Seattle rock veterans Soundgarden have posted their new music video online for the song, "Been Away Too Long." You can check it out below. The song comes from their forthcoming new studio album, "King Animal," which is their first since 1996's, "Down on the Upside" and will be released in North America on Tuesday the 13th of November. The group were also the focus of this week's Sunday Old School column, which you can read here. More...

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Orphalis Streaming Song From New Album

German death metal act Orphalis has posted the song "Veins of Delusion" online for streaming, which can be heard below. "Veins of Delusion" comes off the band's new album "Human Individual Metamorphosis." The album can be ordered online now at this location and the track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Hypnagogia
3. Watchmaker
4. Veins of Delusion
5. Prelude to Exsanguination
6. Gnosis in Self Immolation
7. Monuments to Aneristic Illusion
8. Giving Birth to a Hydrocephalic Deity
9. Black Floods
10. Anthropocene Purgation More...

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The Undivine Splits With Guitarist

Finnish act The Undivine has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's guitar player:

"Guitarist Iiro Illman has parted ways with The Undivine. We wish all the best to Iiro in his future endeavors, and we'd also want to thank Iiro for the past years. It's been an awesome ride. Thanks, bro.

"However, we who remain in the ranks are not going to go anywhere, so next time you can check out us live will be in Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu in Jan. 25th. See you there!"

You can also check out the band's music and find more info on The Undivine over at Facebook.

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Revoker Updates Tour Schedule

U.K. acts Revoker has issued the following announcement about canceling two upcoming shows for the band's headlining tour:

"We regret to announce, due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to play the shows scheduled for Belfast and Dublin on this tour. Really sorry guys but we will be back soon! The following dates for our headline tour are still all go!"

Nov 11 Beat Generator Live! Dundee, United Kingdom
Nov 13 O2 Academy 3 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 14 O2 Academy 2 Islington London, United Kingdom
Nov 17 Bogiez Cardiff, United Kingdom
Nov 18 Central Station Wrexham, United Kingdom
Nov 19 Duchess York, United Kingdom
Nov 20 Joiners Southampton, United Kingdom
Nov 21 Courtyard Bicester, United Kingdom

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New Metal Songs Hitting The Rock Band Network

Happy Friday Rock Banders! This week's new lineup of Rock Band Network tracks include Nightrage and The Minotaur Project on the Xbox side, along with recurring acts Amberian Dawn and Halcyon Way for the PS3 fans.

Here's what Xbox 360 players can now download through the RBN:

Nightrage – “Sham Piety” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “Sham Piety (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
One Year Later – “Absolution” (160 MSP)
One Year Later – “Absolution (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Shattered Satellites and Brutal Gods” (80 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Shattered Satellites and Brutal Gods (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)

For PS3 players, these tracks become available on 11/13 (North America) and 11/14 (Europe):

Amberian Dawn – “Cold Kiss” ($1.99), Metal
Halcyon Way – “Our Finest Hour” ($0.99), Metal

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Amberian Dawn Splits With Vocalist

Finnish act Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Goodbye Heidi, welcome back Joonas and Emppu. Amberian Dawn sadly announce the departure of Heidi Parviainen. The first chapter of Amberian Dawn's story is closed. The band and vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who has been a member of Amberian Dawn from the beginning, have decided to part ways.

"The decision to part company at the end of the year was made consensually in early 2012, thus meaning Amberian Dawn's appearance at Metal Female Voices Fest was their last show together. Amberian Dawn wishes Heidi all the best for her future and thanks her deeply for the work, effort and contribution she provided during all these years. More...

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9MM Releases New Music Video

Rock Rotten and his 9MM crew present their fans with a brand new video for "Geh mir aus den Augen." Check out the clip below. The band's new album "Volle Kraft Voraus" will be released on November 23rd, 2012 and can be pre-ordered right here.

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Audrey Horne Signs With Napalm Records

Napalm Records is excited and extremely proud to announce the signing of Norway's Audrey Horne. The label comments:

"The new material has been blowing our speakers since the master has arrived and the whole team is more than thrilled about the new songs! Welcome to the Napalm Records family!"

The band also adds, "Audrey Horne are really proud to announce that we are now part of the Napalm family and their growing roster, featuring bands like Monster Magnet, The Answer, and The Sword. It is safe to say that we are in good company here!

"We are thrilled to be releasing our new album, 'Youngblood' in 2013 together with this dedicated team, and to do the next big step in our career together with them. We hope that you will love our new songs as much as we and the people at Napalm Records do already."

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Firetruck Rally Posts "Open Letter To A Cop" Video

Firetruck Rally has posted a new video clip online for "Open Letter to a Cop," which was directed by Ben Tversky and Yoni Zabari and can be viewed below. You can also check out two tracks from the band's self-titled EP over at this location.

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Majesty Signs With Noiseart Records

Majesty will be releasing the comeback studio album "Thunder Rider" just in time before the German Metal Attack tour on January 4th In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and then on January 25th in the rest of Europe.

The band has signed a long-term record deal with Noiseart Records and "Thunder Rider" will be the first Majesty release on the Austrian label. Vocalist Tarek “MS” Maghary comments:

“We are already excited about the dedication, the enthusiasm and the professionalism of Noiseart. Those guys are true metalheads like ourselves who fight with full force for Heavy Metal. It´s the beginning of a new era for Majesty and 'Thunder Rider' is a mighty kick in the ass for everybody who had doubts about Majesty and our will for victory. We are back – stronger than ever and with Noiseart we have a mighty partner on our side!”

Noiseart Records also issued the following statement: “We are proud to welcome the band Majesty in our Roster! We were tracking the activities of the band for years and are looking forward to successfully work together with Majesty in the future!”

In addition to a standard CD release, "Thunder Rider" will be released as special edition including a bonus track and a DVD with the "Metal Union" documentary, along with a vinyl edition. The track listing and cover artwork will be announced soon.

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Betoken Issues Recording Update

Italy's Betoken has issued the following update from the recording studio as the band works on new material:

"Studio update 2nd Day - today close the drums, Mr. Giulio Capone was a war machine behind the drum heads!

"Tomorrow and Sunday we'll look at Alex and his Spector bass to create a lot of groove! Next week will be the turn of granitic riffs and guitar solos by Ivo and Miloko and finally it will be up to our singer Antonio, to Eva Rondinelli (Dakrua, Elyge), Frank Ferreri (Effter) and Raffaele 'Raffo' Albanese (From the Depht, EXS) put their vocal cords at the disposal of the new album!

"The new album will smash some heads! Stay tuned for more news and update!"

For more info on Betoken, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Gedeon Streaming Recent EP

Chilean metal band Gedeon is streaming most of the songs from its "Desde el Averno" EP over on YouTube, where you'll find five tracks. Below is an upload of "Salir es Morir" from the release. On November 24th, Gedeon will be appearing at the Festival del Rock Verdadero Chileno in the Arena Recoleta in northern Santiago. On the bill, Gedeon will appear with fifteen other bands ranging from Devil Presley to Hielo Negro. Get more news on this event on its Facebook page.

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Thabu Signs With Pure Prog, Sophomore LP Detailed

Argentinian progressive metal act Thabu signed on with Pure Prog Records (a division of Pure Steel Records) for the release of the sophomore LP "Reborn." The album, originally self-released in 2011, will see worldwide distribution through Pure Prog on December 7, 2012.

Thabu, featuring vocalist James Robledo (originally from the Chilean metal act Turbo), started in 2004 and self-released the debut LP "La Opresión de lo Inevitable" in 2008. According to the press release, the band’s latest effort "Reborn" "offers you powerful progressive metal, which is made distinctive by their multi-faceted music as well as James Robledo’s powerful voice."

The track listing for for "Reborn" is as follows:

1. A Game of Lies
2. Reborn
3. Fictionating the Present
4. Beyond the End
5. Theater of Faith
6. Remains of Reality
7. Leaving my Root
8. Hunting Sinners
9. Violentango More...

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Debut Heavenward LP To See Reissue

German progressive/power act Heavenward will see the re-issue of the long out of print 1991 debut LP "Within These Dreams" on December 7, 2012 through Pure Steel Records. The album featured Centaur vocalist Stefan Keßel and original Blind Guardian drummer (when the band went by the name Lucifer's Heritage) Thomas Kelleners and will appeal to fans of Helloween, Chroming Rose, Blind Guardian and Heavens Gate.

The reissue will also contain the band's 1989 demo "At First Nature," which was more speedy material reminiscent of early Helloween and blind Guardian. The reissue is completely remastered and also features a brand-new track called "System is Going Down."

The track listing for "Within These Dreams" is as follows:

1. System Going Down (New Song)
2. The Sky
3. Dreams in Disguise
4. Cold Embrace
5. Their Eyes
6. Remember - At First Nature
7. Raging Waters
8. Within These Walls
9. Holding the Key
10. Remember - At First Nature (Demo)
11. Dreams in Disguise (Demo)
12. Hell on Earth (Demo)
13. Holding the Key (Demo) More...

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In Aevum Agere Details New LP "The Shadow Tower"

Italian epic doom metal act In Aevum Agere, featuring the prolific Bruno Masulli (bass/guitars/vocals) (Loadstar/Power Beyond/Annihilationmancer), is set to release the debut full length LP "The Shadow Tower" on December 7, 2012 via Pure Steel Records. In 2011, the band issued the debut EP "MMXI." The eleven track new album presents epic doom in the style of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus.

The track listing for "The Shadow Tower" is as follows:

1. Umbra Vitae
2. The Shadow Tower
3. Leave me Alone (Sinite me Solum)
4. Iniquitous Judgement
5. The Last Farewell
6. Act of Faith
7. Domino
8. Silent
9. Il Poema Illusorio
10. Ire of Solitude
11. Son of Unknown More...

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Destruction Posts "Carnivore" Music Video Teaser

German thrash legends are on the brink of releasing the 30th Anniversary Album "Spiritual Genocide" on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. The album's first music video will be for the track "Carnivore" and will be available exclusively through Metal Hammer on November 12, 2012 at 4:00pm (GMT), 11:00am EST, 8:00am PST. A preview teaser of the clip can be seen below.

The track listing for "Spritual Genocide" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Cyanide (see lyric video here)
3. Spiritual Genocide
4. Renegades
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
8. Carnivore
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge

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Kamelot Posts More European Tour Footage

Kamelot posted up another video featuring footage from the band's current headline tour of Europe with Xandria, Triosphere and Blackguard in support of the new "Silverthorn" LP (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The video covers the band's first three performances in Antwerp, Stuttgart and the UK.

The remaining dates of the tour are as follows:

09.11 ESP, Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 2
10.11 ESP, Lorca - Metal Lorca Festival
11.11 ESP, Madrid - Sala Caracol
13.11 ITA, Bologna - Estragon
14.11 AUT, Wien - Scene
15.11 CZ Rep, Prague - KC Vltavska
16.11 GER, Berlin - C-Club
17.11 GER, Geiselwind - Music Hall
18.11 GER, Köln - Essigfabrik
20.11 GER, Hamburg - Markthalle
21.11 DEN, Copenhagen - Vega
22.11 SWE, Stockholm - Göta Källare
23.11 SWE, Gothenburg - Trädgårn
24.11 NOR, Oslo - Sentrum Scene

Check out the footage here: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Swedish Invasion

Anyone looking for rock and roll highlighted by sleazy guitars, big choruses, and tattoos are well aware (and have been for some time) of the scene in Sweden. Veteran, new, and reformed bands continue to put out new music as well as some entertaining videos. This week we look at three of these videos.

Swedish rockers SISTER SIN have released a music video for "End Of The Line", the first single from the band's upcoming album 'Now And Forever.' Filmed at an old nuclear reactor testing facility in Stockholm, Sweden, SISTER SIN is clearly in a mood for kicking ass.

I realize this is at a nuclear reactor site, but the video begins with an Asylum feel, or at least some sort of mental institution. Liv Jagrell is not happy, also not hungry. She is ripped, sweaty, and working out inside a small cement cell. Outside (of the alleged mental institution) there are explosions. Not Macy’s type fireworks: bombs going off, signaling Armageddon. Inside, Liv does pull-ups. The video continues with more explosions and then push-ups. Liv is preparing for war. After her “Prison Work Out” she approaches her stash of guns. Hey, what type of mental facility is this? So maybe this is just her own personal bunker, a place where she can get away from that crazy outside world and get in a good workout. Also, a great place to stash her guns…

Sweden's KILLER BEE are back with a refreshed line-up and a new album called 'Hell & Back.' The band has released their first official music video from the album, for the single "Step Into My World.” This is not to be confused with the comic relief track “My World” from Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion II’, no, this is serious.

The video displays depressing clips of poverty, rioting, and begging. A quick break from the documentary shows the band. I enjoy the abundance of jean jackets and the use of a globe as “the world on fire”, also good use of the fist pump. The video (depressing documentary) continues with more world hunger, missile crisis, etc… very somber video, I think I’m going to go listen to “My World” and cheer myself up…

TOXICROSE, a brand new band out of Sweden featuring GEMINI FIVE and LIPSTIXX 'N' BULLETZ members, have released a music video for the track "A Song For The Weak.” The song is taken from the band's upcoming debut EP, soon to be released by City Of Lights/Rock It Up Records.

The video begins very formal – an introduction to the band. My personal opinion is that the broken glass is unnecessary, but then again, that’s just me. This is pretty much what is coming out of Sweden these days: lots of guitars, lots of hair, lots of leather, and lots of chains. There is definitely s glam inspiration, but more in a Hanoi Rocks way, versus late eighties Sunset Strip. The songs are bluesy enough to hide the pop grooves and choruses. It’s glam with an edge…

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