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Metal News for December 11, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Volbeat Announces 2013 Spring Tour Dates

Danish metal band Volbeat has announced a Spring, 2013 tour of North America. Following two #1 hits on Active Rock radio with "A Warrior's Call" and "Still Counting" from the band's fourth studio album "Beyond Hell / Above Heaven," their return in the New Year is one of the most anticipated in rock. Details on the band's fifth studio album will be shared in the coming weeks.

On March 6, Volbeat's North American run will begin in Dallas, TX with direct support on all dates from Danko Jones. The current itinerary includes appearances in:

3/06 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
3/07 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
3/09 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
3/10 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
3/11 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
3/12 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
3/14 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
3/15 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
3/16 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/17 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
3/19 Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
3/20 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theater
3/22 Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
3/23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/24 Calgary, AB @ MacEwen Hall
3/25 Prince George, BC @ CN Centre
3/27 Dawson Creek, BC @ EnCana Events Centre
3/28 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
3/30 Regina, SA @ Brandt Centre
4/01 Saskatoon, SA @ Credit Union Center
4/02 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
4/06 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
4/09 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
4/10 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
4/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

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Heavenward Posts New Music Video

German progressive/power act Heavenward posted a new music video for the track "System is Going Down." The brand new song appears on the band's newly reissued debut 1991 LP "Within These Dreams," which had been long out of print. The reissue dropped last Friday through Pure Underground Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

"Within These Walls" 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, Heavens Gate and Symphony X. The reissue also contains the band's 1989 demo "At First Nature."

Check out "System is Going Down" here:

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Age Of Artemis To Have Debut LP Released In 2013

Brazilian melodic power metal band Age of Artemis, featuring Khallice/Lince vocalist Alírio Netto, will have its 2011 debut LP "Overcoming Limits" released in both Europe and North America through Power Prog Records on January 18, 2013. The first single "Truth In Your Eyes" can be heard streaming below.

Age of Artemis was formed in 2009. The debut release was produced by Almah vocalist Edu Falaschi (Ex-Angra). The band's current lineup is:

Alírio Netto (Vocal)
Nathan Grego (Guitars)
Gabriel "T-Bone" Soto (Guitars)
Giovanni Sena (Bass)
Pedro Senna (Drums)

The track listing for "Overcoming Limits" is as follows:

1. What Lies Behind...
2. Echoes Within
3. Mystery
4. Take Me Home
5. Truth In Your Eyes
6. Break Up The Chains
7. One Last Cry
8. You'll See
9. God, Kings And Fools
10. 'Till The End

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"Black Metal" Short Film Hitting Sundance 2013

From the creators of the Sundance hit short, "Hellion," producer Kelly Williams, writer/director Kat Candler and Jonny Mars will premiere their newest short film, "Black Metal" at this year’s 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain-reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band. "Black Metal" stars Jonny Mars (Hellion, Saturday Morning Massacre, A Teacher), Heather Kafka (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saturday Morning Massacre, Joe), Lowell Bartholomee, and introduces Addisyn Stevenson.

The film, produced by Kat Candler, Jonny Mars and Kelly Williams, was shot by Andrew Droz Palermo (cinematographer of You’re Next, V/H/S and A Teacher) and edited by Duane Graves (director of The Wildman of the Navidad and Boneboys).

They comment: “We’re thrilled to be returning to Park City with our newest film, Black Metal. Sundance has been an amazing home to us this last year. We’re so humbled by their support of our films and our careers.”

The 2012 Sundance short, "Hellion" went on to play over 40 festivals and is currently in development as a feature film partnered with the Sundance Institute. Kelly Williams, producer of "Hellion," "Black Metal," and Yen Tan’s 2013 Sundance feature film "Pit Stop," was a 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellow with the feature version of "Hellion."

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The Odious Posts New Album Video Update

The Odious has posted the 3rd and final studio update for new album "Joint Ventures," which can be viewed below. This clip discusses artwork and conceptual inspirations for the album. "Joint Ventures" is due out on December 18th, 2012. A previously posted lyric video for the song "Minutia" can also be found at this location.

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Helsott Splits With Vocalist

Helsott, which will be joining Ensiferum on the road for the 2013 Paganfest America tour, has checked in with the following update about a lineup change:

"We are saddened to announce the departure of Ben Mumaw from Helsótt. Ben has been forced to leave the band due to personal issues. We've had a lot of great times with Ben and we are going to miss him. We wish him the best in all future endeavors.

"We are now looking for a new male clean vocalist and a folk/traditional instrumentalist to go on Paganfest US Tour with us.

"Male Vocals: We prefer operatic vocals but also like power/prog metal, and classic rock as well. If you sing and play an instrument, that would be a plus.

"FOLK/TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTALIST: We like Flute, Penny Whistle, Irish Tin Whistle, Violin, Cello, Bag Pipe, Dulcimer, Mandolin, etc...

"If you sing or play any of these instruments and want an audition, send a bio and a video, link, or mp3 to helsott@yahoo.com." More...

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Dusks Embrace Calling It Quits

Josh Brewer of Oregon act Dusks Embrace has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to call it a day after a final show:

"So there have been some really big changes lately. Basically all of our members have left. I have a few unfinished tracks that I am going to get done but for all intents and purposes I am now closing this chapter of my life and moving on. It may be possible that in a few years I may do something with Dusks Embrace again but for now this is the end.

"I have a few t-shirts/hoodies/cds left. I am going to do one last show by myself at the Hawthorn on the 22nd of this month. If you are at all interested in tickets let me know and I can figure out how to get them too you. I will be selling and giving away a lot of the merch at that show.

"Hope to see you all out there and thanks for all the good times and the kind words about the music I have worked on that you all have sent me over the years. It has meant the world!"

You can also check out Dusks Embrace's music over at the band's official Facebook profile here.

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A Fucking Elephant Releasing New 7"

The riff-twisting duo A Fucking Elephant has completed its latest batch of percussive auditory penetration, and is preparing to drop the "Seven Inches" 7” on January 22nd.

The New Jersey-based twosome hammered out two gnarly new tracks with engineer Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus), which will end a two-year release gap, the last new material having been captured on A Fucking Elephant’s split full-length with cohorts El Drugstore nearly two years ago.

As with the split, "Seven Inches" will pop out on Nefarious Industries, the indie label formed by deviants from both bands. The wax pressing will be limited to 500 copies overall -- 250 on black vinyl and 250 on yellow -- in addition to the tracks being available digitally. The track listing is:

Side A: I'm Addicted To Drugs And Sex And I Want You To Choke Me
Side B: A Bunch Of Good Looking Roundeyes More...

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Musicians Comment On Michelle Meldrum's Legacy

Meldrum is pleased to announce that the band's third album "Lifer" is officially out now via Reversed Records. "Lifer" was released as a proud tribute to the late Meldrum founding guitarist Michelle Meldrum. "Lifer" is available now on iTunes and CD Baby.

Michelle tirelessly spent her career touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of Motorhead, Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, and Nashville Pussy to name a few. During that time Michelle left a everlasting impact on the guitar world. To mark the release some of Michelle's closest friends Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok) John Deservio (BLS, Cycle of Pain), James Lomenzo (BLS, Megadeth, White Lion), and Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Watch Tower, Broken Teeth) have commented on their fallen friend.

Gene Hoglan: "It was and still is an honor to know Michelle and it is indeed with great pride that we release 'Lifer.' I know she's watching over us and smiling along with us at this wonderful day. I know I'm a better person for knowing Michelle, and I know she feels all of our love for her, as we feel hers for us. Through tragedy may we find joy, and through 'Lifer' and all her other works, may Michelle find immortality. She'll always be immortal to us. Remember, this is meant to be cranked up." More...

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Lord Worm Shares Some Grisly Details

It would be a stretch to call Lord Worm a “controversial” figure in metal, simply for the fact that controversy requires a high degree of visibility, and mysterious anonymity is just the way the former Cryptopsy vocalist likes it.

That may change, however, with his return to the scene at the helm of Montreal black metallers Rage Nucléaire. Not two months after the release of the subtly titled debut “Unrelenting Fucking Hatred” through Season Of Mist, the band is already hard at work on new material. Worm graciously took time out from a Friday night jam session to chat with me about Rage Nucléaire’s background, current happenings, and hopes for the near future.

In an articulate and professorial manner befitting his English-teaching pedigree and wry sense of humor, Worm also quite frankly detailed the murderous thoughts and feelings surrounding his rather antisocial worldview, his excursions into the taboo of cannibalism, the gastronomical origins of his famed moniker, and more – proving that it’s not the theatrically costumed clown at center stage you should keep an eye on, but the reclusive figure lurking just within the shadows’ edge.

We pick up just after I introduce myself over the phone. More...

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Barge To Hell Video Report Available

Last week the Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise set sail on the high seas of the Caribbean with 40 extreme metal acts, and Metal Injection was there to capture all the kvlt awesomeness for an exclusive video report.

Watch exclusive comments from members of Napalm Death, Carcass, Mayhem, Brujeria and fans onboard, as well as Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta providing Metal Injection with a tour of all the fun activities to be had on the boat. The video is available right here or in the player below.

Metalundergrond.com was also on hand at the Barge to Hell, and our own coverage, including photos and show reports, will be coming soon. More...

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Solution .45 Splits With Bassist

Solution .45 has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"As of 11.12.2012 we have some very unfortunate news to share. Solution .45 and Anders Edlund have decided to part ways. This is very much a mutual split, based on a mutual understanding. With that said, we'd like to thank Anders for his contributions and years in the band, wishing him good luck in his future endeavors. Although our musical journey ends our friendship will stay intact."

Anders also commented: "Ladies and Gentlemen! A sad moment has appeared in my musical life. This is the moment when I say farewell to the job as bass player in Solution .45 . I entered the band in spring 2008 after being asked to join by my good, old friend Christian Älvestam. When he played the demo-tapes, that would later lead to the album 'For Aeons Past,' I knew instantly that it would be a real privilege for me to handle the pulse in this band. Great songs with diversity and epicenes mixed with Christian’s fabulous voice. Amongst the best I´d ever heard.

"Solution .45 started out as a 'not-knowing-what-will-happen' band. Five guys that didn´t have a clue how people would react to the music. But with time we received new members ( Patrik ) new fans and opportunities. Now, all of us have come to the conclusion that we need to put more effort into Solution .45. Meaning more rehearsals, gigs e.t.c. It´s just that…for me it´s impossible right now. My private situation makes it impossible to put as much effort into this machinery needed and as I would want to in order to make the best possible outcome. And in order not to be a hindrance for the other guys on their journey I simply choose to stand aside. I have to state that I´ve loved every moment throughout the years with this band and I had the privilege to sum it all up with the show at Progpower USA in September 2012. Where we, not only made a hell-of-a show, also met fans and new friends that I hope I will have for the rest of my life. More...

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Ophidian I Recruits New Guitarist

Icelandic act Ophidian I, which was covered in the technical death metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has announced the addition of guitarist Máni Konráðsson from Gruesome Glory to the group’s ranks.

Máni, who was tapped to replace Unnar Sigurdsson will make his live debut with the band next Friday, December 14th at the "Fjandinn Metal Fest" in Reykjavik, Iceland. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Despite hailing from Iceland, a land that doesn’t have a strong tradition in heavy music, Ophidian I present us a crushing and technical precise death metal sound that can rival with some of the more well-known names in the genre.

"Their debut full length album 'Solvet Saeclum' offers well-crafted and brutally intense death metal tunes with enough of technical details and complex time signatures to keep Guitar World subscribers fully occupied. However, these tracks aren't overly technical just for the sake of it as Ophidian I have crafted solid and inspired tunes that not only showcase their advanced musicianship, but are also catchy and capable of resonating in your mind.

"While this type of fusion has been attempted with varying degrees of success in the past, Ophidian I really crafted a stunning record that gives us a very refreshing take on the technical death metal genre and should be must a must-have work for fans of Obscura, Necrophagist and The Faceless."

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Saxon Adds More Live Shows

Saxon has announced an international release for "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie" this month, and the band will also be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February next year. The band has now checked in with the following update about new South American shows:

"Hello Saxon Universe, for all our fans south of the border, we are happy to announce 3 more dates to our 2013 Sacrifice World Tour:

24.03.2013 - Mexico City - Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 - Sao Paulo - A Seringueira
28.12.2013 - Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores

"Historically, these have been 3 of our favorite cities to perform in and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

"Stay tuned for more updates and news! Keep the faith!"

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Marasmus Announces New Lineup

Kansas City act Marasmus has issued the following announcement about the band's new lineup:

"The line-up is finally solidified; Marasmus would like to welcome, and are honored to announce, Ryan Bender and Richard Tufts to our fold. Ryan will be assuming the guitar duties and Rich will be taking over on bass. Both musicians are the guitar masterminds behind the whirlwind that is Obliterate the Apex. Current line-up:

Devon - Vocals
Ryan - Guitar
Andy - Guitar
Rich - Bass
Trynt - Drums

"As a band, we will be playing a select amount of shows in the upcoming months because we are focusing on writing our new album. We have already started writing the new material and so far, this new material is going to destroy our previous release. That's a promise."

Check out music from Marasmus and find more info on the band over at Facebook here.

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Payload Recruits New Drummer

Finnish act Payload has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Payload is happy to announce that the band has found a new drummer to replace Marko Siira, who had to leave the band recently.

"Mika Mönkkönen, previously of Syndrome, has as of today been confirmed as the newest member of the band. The band is expected to be back on stage early next year, along with the release of the album 'Odyssey Dawn.'" More...

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Mary Zimmer Posts "Tracking The Trade" Teaser

This winter Mary Zimmer (formerly of the Madison, WI-based metal act Luna Mortis) & LA-based singer/songwriter VK Lynne take you into their homes and into their heads for their new web series. Check out a teaser trailer for the new "Tracking the Trade" series in the player below. The musicians have also released the following statement regarding the upcoming project:

“We’ve been wanting to do a project together for a long time. However, other commitments and distance hampered our efforts- until now. We sat down to discuss our collaboration on a new song. Via Skype, we began talking about our experiences in the music business, good and bad…and discovered that the biggest obstacle to making music… is lack of knowledge.

"In today’s environment, labels are expecting more and more of their artists, and indie/DIY acts are becoming plentiful. Whatever route you choose, you will need to keep your head, and hope that it is full of solid information about your creative and legal options, rights and responsibilities, both to yourself - and to those around you.

"We discovered that we both had a strong desire to share what we’d learned throughout our experiences, and show how it all applied to this project. Thus, ‘Tracking the Trade’ was born.

"In each episode, we will take our viewers through a step on our journey. How we did it, why we did it, and what we could do differently. This process will be interactive; if you want to know more about something, ask us! If we know, we’ll tell you. If we don’t know, we’ll find out. Likewise, we will turn to you for your thoughts and suggestions along the way.

"If all goes well, by the conclusion, we will have an awesome song, and we’ll all be better equipped to navigate this new music terrain - and get down to making more music with less confusion!" More...

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Opius Streaming New Album Online

Wisconsin act Opius has posted the "...This Was Meant To Be" album online, which can be heard over at Reverbnation, and a sampling of tracks from the release are also available in the player below. The band commented on its sound:

"Opius is a hard alternative-rock band, hailing from Wisconsin USA. With influences ranging from Tool to Faith No More to Mastadon, Opius has created a soundscape as unique as it is diverse. The music is dynamic and powerful, full of energy, and maintains a balancing act between catchy rhythms and melodies - grabbing the audience's attention and never letting it go."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. What I Want
2. Vicious
3. Fire
4. Die 2 Nite
5. The Mirror
6. Facecrusher
7. Another Tragedy
8. Black
9. Angel
10. Nothin' Good
11. End of the Game
12. Stutter More...

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Hellige Releasing Self-Titled Album

Metalhit.com/Metal Maniacs are pleased to present the official debut CD of Argentina's experimental black/doom duo Hellige. Metalhit.com comments:

"While the black/doom scenes continue to churn out redundant albums at a consistent pace, two obscure Argentinians are composing the masterpiece of Hellige's debut self-titled album...

"Indulging this album is like entering a sacred space that has not yet been traveled. The sound is torturous and avantgarde, yet coherent enough to keep you peaking around the next corner for a musical-spiritual experience. Utterly dark, oppressive and melancholic. For fans of old Septic Flesh meets Ved Buens Ende.

"Hellige's debut is presented as a fine digipak CD and is now available for pre-order. CD and Digital versions of the album will be available worldwide in mid-January 2013." More...

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Hamerex To Stream 100th Show

Hamerex is preparing to play the band's 100th show on Saturday December 15th, which will be streamed live online. The group comments:

"The all day show named Apocalypse 2012 will start shortly after 3PM and is free entry on the door featuring 7 bands. Hamerex will headline the all day gig playing tracks from the current Rites Of Passage album with a mixture of older songs and new material. Also playing is Back To The Sea as main support, The Occupier, Rok Ink, Shadows Of Violence, Deformation Of Man and InSpades.INC. The entire day will also be streamed live on the Internet at this location or the Hamerex website."

Hamerex is currently finishing up the "Rites Of Passage" promotional tour, which started in September 2011 and saw the band play its first outdoor festival at this year's Clarence Park Music Festival. The band's debut album "Rites Of Passage" was released on February 27th, 2012 on Casket Music and Plastic Head Distribution and is currently available on Amazon and iTunes. More...

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Beast Posts "Thrash Metal Propaganda" Mini-Album

Spanish act Beast has posted the full "Thrash Metal Propaganda" release online, which was recorded and mixed during June 2012 by Ángel Muñoz in Traste Cero Studios. Give the songs a listen in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Toxic Wastes 03:18
2. One Body, Two Bags 04:01
3. Black Death 04:56
4. Thrash Metal Holocaust 02:31
5. Blood Upon the Snow 03:25 More...

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Complete Failure To Release New Album

“The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault,” the new album from grindcore activists and recent Season of Mist signee Complete Failure, is set for a release on February 15th (February 19th in North America).

According to a press release, "The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault" is the band's tour de force, "fusing ferocious speed and aggression with their iconoclastic stance and unwavering vision." The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Mind Compf
2. Errant Social Mile Marker
3. The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault
4. Head Hanger to Be
5. Drag Migrator
6. Exitist
7. Defenseless Mechanisms of Self Inflicted Heartbreak
8. Disinvictus
9. Hero of the Church Herd
10. The Unlove Overhue More...

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Misery Index Announces "Live In Munich"

In order to help the fans wait until the next full-length album, American grindcore act Misery Index will unleash a live album on February 15th (February 19th in North America).

Entitled “Live in Munich,” this new offering was recorded at Backstage in Munich, Germany on February 18th, 2012. It will be released as hand-numbered die-cut LP, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sleeping Giants
2. The Carrion Call
3. You Lose
4. The 7th Cavalry
5. The Spectator
6. The Great Depression
7. The Illuminaught
8. Traitors
9. Siberian (2012 remix)

Misery Index's next studio album is expected for a late 2013 release, with further details to come during the new year. More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Signs With AFM

AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire for a worldwide deal. The label comments:

"Rhapsody of Fire's signature sound, consisting of power metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences gave a new meaning to the word 'epic' since the release of 'Legendary Tales' in 1997 and was a formula that many bands tried to copy but never came even close."

The band also stated: "After playing the 'From Chaos To Eternity World Tour 2012' all around Europe, Canada, North America and Latin America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are finally proud to announce that Rhapsody of Fire signed with a great label such as AFM. That's a new great epic start and we already started working on different projects. More news to follow." More...

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Voivod Streams New Song Online

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth." To hear a new track from the album, head over to Brooklyn Vegan.com for the exclusive stream of "Kluskap O'Kom," or check out the song below.

Recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium), "Target Earth" features artwork by drummer Away, who used color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums to make this new masterpiece. The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's "Angel Rat." It's also the first to feature guitarist Chewy, who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D'Amour's riffs. The album's track listing is as follows:

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

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Necrocurse Streaming Advance Track

Swedish morbid death metal rebels Necrocurse have titled their upcoming debut full-length effort "Grip of the Dead." The vinyl version of this eleven-song album will include a re-recorded version of the track "Souls Of A Thousand Funerals," from the "Shape of Death" MCD, as an additional bonus track

"Grip of the Dead" is scheduled for an early 2013 release on Pulverised Records. The vinyl version for "Grip of the Dead" will be a joint collaboration between Blood Harvest Records and To The Death Records. The track "Rotten In The Dark" is now streaming at the official Pulverised SoundCloud page, or below after the tracklisting and cover art.


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The Brothers Highhorse Posts "Invasion" EP

Texas five piece The Brothers Highhorse has posted the "Invasion" EP online for streaming. Give the tunes a listen through the player below or at the Swimming With Shark Records Bandcamp page here. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Warnings 01:57
2. The Conquering Swarm 03:18
3. Abduction and Defilement 03:19
4. Xenomorphic Resurection 03:56
5. Biomechanical Emancipation 04:24
6. The Light of Annihilation 03:59 More...

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Lightning Swords Of Death Reveals Third Album Info

California black metallers Lightning Swords of Death have announced new album "Baphometic Chaosium" is due out this coming January 22nd, 2013. Pre-orders for the band's third album and follow-up to "The Extra Dimensional Wound" (reviewed here) are available at this location and the title track can be heard in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

01. Baphometic Chaosium
02. Acid Gate
03. Psychic Waters
04. Cloven Shields
05. Chained to Decay
06. R'Lyeh Wuurm
07. Epicyclarium
08. Oaken Chrysalis

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Former Kyuss Members Form New Project

Brant Bjork, John Garcia, and Nick Oliveri -- formerly of Kyuss -- are pleased to introduce their new project: Vista Chino.

The group, comprised of the three founding members of the legendary rock band and guitarist Bruno Fevery, are currently recording new material in anticipation of a 2013 worldwide release that will coincide with major touring plans.

The final live appearances of "KYUSS LIVES!" will take place in early 2013 as part of Australia's Soundwave Festival. The guys are looking forward to playing their classic songs along with new material. More...

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Before Nightfall Releases "Beneath The Smile" Clip

The debut album "Smiling At Your Sorrow" from Brisbane Australia's melodic death metal outfit Before Nightfall is available online now to buy via iTunes, and now a music video for "Beneath the Smile" can be viewed below. You can also check out more music from the album over at Reverbnation here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Beneath the Smile
2. Perception
3. Devotion Destroyed
4. This Is My World
5. Blood for Two
6. Can You Feel It Now M**********r?!
7. As the Rope Wears Thin
8. Smiling At Your Sorrow More...

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Conditions Checks In With Studio Update

Conditions has issued a studio update highlighting the band's current progress recording a brand new record due out next year. Watch the new update below. The band is currently hard at work with producers Brandon Paddock (D.R.U.G.S., Panic at the Disco, The Used) and Taylor Larsen (Periphery).

In addition to being a part of the AP Tour last year, Conditions has shared stages with the likes of Paramore, New Found Glory, and Good Charlotte. The band also earned spots on the Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Bamboozle Festival, and SXSW Music Conference. Conditions is:

Brandon Roundtree (Vocals)
Alex Howard (Guitar & Vocals)
Ryan Tinsley (Drums)
Corey Thomas (Bass) More...

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Dresden/Leningrad Posts "Vader" EP Online

Amsterdam based three piece doom/stoner act Dresden/Leningrad has released the debut EP "Vader," which is now available for streaming or free download at Bandcamp. You can also listen to the World Wars and 70's occult rock inspired songs below, and the track listing is:

1. Vader 05:55
2. Herder 05:49
3. Slaap 07:28
4. Niemandsland 10:46 More...

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A Tree Of Signs Streaming "Salt" EP

Portugal’s occult doom rock band A Tree of Signs is now streaming the debut EP “Salt” in its entirety at Ghost Cult Mag. Check out the album right here or in the player available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath, Blood Ceremony and Jex Thoth, Portugal’s A Tree of Signs has crafted an impressive EP that successfully recaptures the magical spirit of the 70’s.

"Utilizing lumbering, fuzzed-out bass rumbles, chunky rhythms delivered with strong accent on crashing cymbals and some mournful vocals that sound like a wailing banshee, there’s an aura of mysticism around these four songs. That esoteric feeling lies largely in its message, conveyed through lyrics and proclamations based on Alchemical manuscripts, which will guide you through an occult ritual." More...

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Breed 77 Cancels Remaining European Shows

Breed 77 has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming tour dates with Fozzy:

"Unfortunately due to serious personal matters, we have had to pull out of the remaining European dates on the Soil/Fozzy tour.

"Mamely Frankfurt and Vienna, we hate to do this - but we had no choice, sorry to our fans who were already coming down, we promise to make it up to you when we return in March."

For details on upcoming rescheduled or new tour dates, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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I Am Heresy Posts Album/Tour Trailer

I Am Heresy has a new self-titled album due out in Europe on February 22nd, 2013 through End Hits Records. The band has now released a teaser clip for the album and upcoming live shows, which can be seen below. I Am Heresy also commented:

"Here is the latest promo/teaser video for our album's European release/European tour!! the song snippet is called 'Pigs In Seizure,' and is the bonus track for the album."

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Carthage Streaming Full New Album

Baltimore six piece Carthage has posted the new album "Salt the Earth" online. Check out a full stream of the new album through the Bandcamp player available below, or find more details on Carthage via Facebook. The "Salt the Earth" track listing is as follows:

1. Destroy the City 01:02
2. Blackout 04:21
3. Perception Fails 03:47
4. The Furthest Thing 03:07
5. Years & Darkness 03:00
6. Pushing Forward 03:47
7. Maelstrom 03:38
8. Exegetics 02:12
9. To Return 03:22
10. 1984/4 03:15
11. Green 02:07
12. Continuous 05:04 More...

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Devastating Enemy Releases "At The Edge" Video

Austrian act Devastating Enemy has just released a new music video for the track "At The Edge," which is available in the YouTube clip below. "At The Edge" comes from the "Pictures & Delusions" album and was shot at Szene Vienna on November, 3rd 2012.

The album is available now and can be ordered at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Delusions
2. At the Edge
3. I Conspire with Life
4. Confuse the Light
5. Into Fire
6. Out of Your Veins
7. Fail to Resist
8. Parallels
9. The Passanger
10. Your Void
11. Abandon Me More...

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Officium Triste To Release New LP "Mors Viri"

Dutch death/doom metal act Officium Triste, featuring vocalist Pim Blankenstein (The 11th Hour), will release its fifth studio release "Mors Viri" in the Spring of 2013 via Hammerheart Records. The album was recorded in Bergweiler, Germany at Pato Studio by Martin Kwakernaat and will be available in CD, LP and digital formats.

The track list for "Mors Viri" is as follows:

1. Your Fall From Grace
2. Burning All Boats And Bridges
3. Your Heaven, My Underworld
4. Interludium
5. To The Gallows
6. The Wounded And The Dying
7. One With The Sea (Part II)
8. Like Atlas

The album artwork can be viewed here: More...

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Slayer To Headline Bloodstock 2013

American thrash metal legends Slayer has been confirmed as the third and final headliner for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, England. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will also be headlined by King Diamond and Lamb of God. A statement from Slayer guitarist Kerry King reads: "Can't wait to hit the stage at Bloodstock! Metal Festival in England? Fuck yes!! It's going to be hell on earth and I'm looking forward to having a party with all my British friends."

The organisers of the festival added: "We are thrilled to announce that seminal thrash metal legends, SLAYER are confirmed as the third and final headliner for Bloodstock 2013. The Californian four-piece will close the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday night at Catton Park, bringing their face-melting, monster riffs to the metal hordes."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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