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Metal News for December 12, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.


Dani Filth On New Releases, Past Members, And More

Following the latest full-length "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa," the infamous British act Cradle of Filth has dropped a special release for fans titled "Evermore Darkly" (reviewed here) to hold over the Gothic metal hungry masses until the next studio album.

Spending some time at home recharging after a run of tour dates, iconic front man Dani Filth got in touch with Metalunderground.com to chat about the recent "Evermore Darkly" EP, an upcoming entirely orchestral release titled "Midnight in the Labyrinth," and the progress of writing an entirely new album.

Below you can find our full conversation, which also dipped into musings about writing film scores, the band's surprising techno remix of "Forgive Me Father," and the double-edged sword of the "Jesus is a Cunt!" t-shirt. More...

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Interview With ATF Sinner

Polish extreme metal band Hate has been supporting Mayhem on a very long trek through the U.S. Hate has been spreading an amalgamation of metal genres since the early 90s and has a reputation well established in Europe.

With a new record deal and a foot in the door touring in America, Hate is growing in popularity more than ever. I got to talk to vocalist Adam the First Sinner just after their set when they performed in New Orleans at The Hangar. A transcription follows the video below. More...

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God Dethroned Checks In With Final Shows Update

Just four more shows and that's it for God Dethroned as the group officially disbands. Guitarist Danny Tunker gives us a look inside the heart and soul of the band with the following update:

"God Dethroned, the final year. 2011. When the decision was made to do it this way Michiel, Henk and I supported Henri's decision, of course, but it would be a lie to say we were happy about it. His reasons for doing it are -of course- his own and he looks to other horizons after playing with God Dethroned for 20+ years. He is building his own guitars, speakers and amps and going for that with the same intensity as he has played with God Dethroned for all those years.

"Originally, we would only do about 4 gigs as a 'farewell tour', though offers came in all the time. We did book some extra shows, one each in Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and one show in Leewarden, Holland. Eindhoven Metal Meeting was going to be the final one (on December, 17th) and we have honored that commitment for all offers that came, safe one, which was just too good to turn down. I'm referring to 70,000 tons of metal of course. Any band would love to play that cruise. Play two shows on a cruise-ship with some of your favorite bands and 2000 fans? Forget it! So December, 17th is going to be the final show for God Dethroned on solid ground. The other 2 shows will be on a ship in the ocean.

"The other shows we did this year were Summer Breeze 2011, which was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had with this band and Motocultor in France the day after. Hanging out with Tyr and Moonsorrow on a nightliner and party? Check. Can't believe that was in August already.

"And now, it's November. And we only have 4 more shows to go. The first one on December, 10th in Groningen was added about 2 months ago when the protest from fans that we wouldn't play our unofficial 'hometown' became so overwhelming that we just gave in. It turned into a day full of bands where, as fate would have it, Michiel and I will be pulling double-duty as Prostitute Disfigurement will be playing, too.

"Then it's Eindhoven Metal Meeting. Then Christmas, New Year and a cruise. Can't believe this will be the end of it, but it sure has been fun. It probably won't hit me for some time, but once we play the final notes for 'Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross' in Eindhoven and somewhere on the Atlantic, it probably will.

"Thanks to the fans, bands, bookers and the lovely people at Metal Blade for all the support! Hope you all come out one last time to party with us."

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Annog Vnrama Posts Advance Track

Chilean progressive death metal band Annog Vnrama has uploaded an advance video of the song, "Black Calling," from it's upcoming album "Sons of a Fallen Angel." Check out more music from this Valparaiso band by visiting it's MySpace page. More...

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U.D.O. Issues Tour Recap

U.D.O. has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent run of European tour dates:

"Last Saturday we finished our 3 months lasting European tour with a magnificent show in front of a fantastic and wild crowd. Thank you Memmingen, this was a real highlight at the end of a long and intensive tour and you really pushed us to the limit.

"Thanks to all our fans all over Europe who attended the shows and supported us all the time. This tour was the highlight of the U.D.O. touring history so far! THANK YOU!!

"During this Europen tour we played 49 shows and had 11 shows sold out plus many more nearly sold out. More than 40.000 people came to see us, this is FU**** GREAT!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

"2012 will be a very special year for U.D.O. but also for 'Mr. German Tank' Udo Dirkschneider himself. We will present a lot of interesting activities and also some very interesting news and releases.

"In spring 2012 we will tour Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and we plan to release the live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray of the 'Rev-Raptor Tour,' recorded during our Show in Sofia/Bulgaria in front of a few thousand people. In summer we will play festivals and another tour in South America. We hope to see you soon!"

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Unearth To Support Heaven Shall Burn

American metal maniacs Unearth have secured the direct support slot on the upcoming March 2012 tour of Heaven Shall Burn. Also on the bill will be Rise to Remain and Neaera. Show dates are as follows:

20/03/12 – FR – Paris – Petit Brain
21/03/12 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
22/03/12 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
23/03/12 – DE – Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
24/03/12 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
25/03/12 – DE – Würzburg – Posthalle
26/03/12 – DE – Hannover – Musikcentrum
27/03/12 – PL – Posen – Blue Note
28/03/12 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
29/03/12 – IT – Romagnano Sesia – RNR Arena
30/03/12 – AT – Graz – Orpheum
31/03/12 – DE – München - Theaterfabrik More...

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Lunar Path Signs With Inverse Records

Finland's Lunar Path has issued the following announcement about signing with Inverse Records:

"Lunar Path and Inverse Records are in business together! The first fruits of this collaboration will be to release the bands long anticipated debut album entitled 'Memento Mori' this coming winter.

"'Memento Mori' is a dark and brooding concept album set out to stretch the boundaries of traditional melodic/gothic metal. The songs themselves promises to tickle your spine with warm and cold flashes of traditional metal and darkly progressive stunts. And then you have the impressive guest roster of Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Aborym), Tuomas Saukkonen (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon), JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings, Harmaaja) and others.

"Vocalist Janica Lönn has also been working with Black Sun Aeon lately, most notably singing on their newly released and highly acclaimed 'Blacklight Deliverance' album. Aside from Lunar Path's tour plans she will also perform live with BSA at Summer Breeze 2012 and other european festivals next year."

Lunar Path has released a taste of what's to come with the music video, "The One Behind The Mirror," which you can check out below. More...

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Ulcerate Announces European Tour

New Zealand’s unorthodox death metallers Ulcerate have announced a three-week headlining European tour in the winter of 2012 in support of their new album, "The Destroyers of All." The tour will kick off on February 2nd in Reims, France and continue through February 25th in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Direct support throughout the tour will be provided by French blackened death metal masters, Svart Crown.

Ulcerate recently signed to Relapse Records and will be entering the studio in the fall of 2012 to record the band's Relapse debut.

Additionally, the band will be invading U.S. soil in May 2012 to play Maryland Deathfest X plus accompanying side-shows around the fest. More details on these dates will be announced shortly. The upcoming Ulcerate tour dates are as follows: More...

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Neurosis Albums To See Vinyl Re-Release

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing Neurosis albums on vinyl:

"Relapse Records is proud to announce the release of Neurosis’ two landmark records Souls At Zero (originally released in 1992) and Enemy Of The Sun (originally released in 1993). Available on LP for the first time in nearly two decades and for the first time ever in their full form on vinyl, both albums have been fully remastered and presented with newly expanded artwork.

"Pre-orders for both records, including an exclusive line of Neurosis merch, are available now at this location.

"The influence that Neurosis and both of these albums have had over the entire world of heavy music cannot possibly be overstated. These are essential for anyone who owns a turntable and considers themselves to be a fan of heavy music. The initial pressing for Souls At Zero will be 1000 180 gram black 2XLPs and 1000 180 gram grey marble 2XLPs and the initial pressing of Enemy Of The Sun will be 1000 180 gram black 2XLPs and 1000 180 gram red/black marble 2XLPs. Each album comes packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on style jacket with a custom finish and two printed inner sleeves!"

For more information on Neurosis, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Svart Crown Announces Tour Dates

French death/black metal band Svart Crown will hit the road accross Europe with Ulcerate in February 2012 on "The Burning Winter Tour 2012".

Dates Are As Follows:

THU 02 FRA: Reims / Centre culturel du Crous
FRI 03 HOL: Nijmegen/Merleyn
SAT 04 BEL : Ghent/ Frontline
SUN 05 UK : London/ Purple Turtle
MON 06 UK : Edinburgh/ Bannermans
TUE 07 UK : Liverpool /The Masque
WEN 08 UK Birmingham/ Asylum 2
THU 09 FR: Paris/ TBA
FRI 10 GER: Halle/ Marktwirtschaft
SAT 11 GER: Leipzig/ Metal Shuppen
SUN 12 POL Krakow / Kazamaty Club
MON 13 Cz Praha / Black Pes
TUE 14 Cz Ostrava / Barrak
WEN 15 Slovakia Bratislava / Randal Club
THU 16 Slovenia Ljubjana/ Menza Pri Koritu
FRI 17 ITA: Padova / Tacu Tacu club
SAT 18 ITA: Cesena / Big Barré
SUN 19 FRA: Montpellier/ secret Place
TUE 21 GER Trier/ exhaus
WEN 22 DAN: Copenhagen/Club Loppen
FRI 24 GER: Bad Oeynhausen/Black Sabbath
SAT 25 GER A Sultan's Night/ Ludwigshafen More...

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Horrendous Streaming New Song

Death metal band Horrendous is streaming the new song "The Womb" at this location. The song will be on the band's new ten-song album "The Chills," which drops on January 2nd via Dark Descent records. We also found an uploaded video of "The Womb," which we feature below. More...

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Wolves In The Throne Room Reveals New Tour Dates

Following recent tours across North America and Europe this Fall, Olympia, Washington USBM horde Wolves in the Throne Room has just confirmed a new string of West Coast American tour dates for January. This special run of new performances will serve as the band's final stateside shows in support of "Celestial Lineage," and the band is excited to perform alongside a range of acts on the ten-date expedition, including Master Musicians of Bukkake, Mount Eerie, Ash Borer, Worm Oroboros, and Chelsea Wolfe.

Dates are as follows:

1/15/2012 The Venue - Vancouver, BC w/ Druden
1/16/2012 Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ Mount Eerie, Druden
1/17/2012 The Crocodile - Seattle, WA w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
1/19/2012 The Eagles Hall Basement - Olympia, WA w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
1/21/2012 Nocturnum - Eureka, CA w/ Ash Borer
1/23/2012 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Worm Oroboros, Ash Borer
1/24/2012 *TBA - Santa Cruz
1/26/2012 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Chelsea Wolfe
1/27/2012 Che Cafe - San Diego, CA
1/30/2012 Branx - Portland, OR w/ Druden More...

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Killswitch Engage to Headline New England Fest

Grammy-nominated Massachusetts metal band Killswitch Engage will headline the three-day New England Metal and Hardcore Festival April 20-22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

“Yup, trouble's brewing," said KsE vocalist Howard Jones. "It’s been great to have time off, but now it’s back to business. All the guys in KsE are truly excited to be playing NEMHF again. It’s like old times: hanging out with your friends, but they have mustaches now. Come on out, bring a friend and let’s make some sweat!"

The Black Dahlia Murder will headline the first night, while a "special" headliner will be announced Jan. 2 for the Saturday show. KsE will headline the final night. Others on the bill for the three days include Overkill, Skeletonwitch, Bane, All Shall Perish, The Acacia Strain, Aborted and Nile, with many more to be announced.

Here's the full press release:

"Killswitch Engage has been confirmed as the headliner of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The festival helped to launch the career of the Westfield, Mass., band and the festival vets went on to sign with Roadrunner Records. With over 1.5 million records sold in the United States alone and a Grammy nomination under its belt, the band will return to the NEMF stage in 2012.

"Also headlining the biggest and longest running metal festival in America for 2012 is The Black Dahlia Murder. Lead singer Trevor Strnad sums it up best: 'It has always been a huge pleasure to play New England Metal And Hardcore Fest... I can't thank them enough for involving us again. Some of my fondest drunken memories are from NEMHF... I'm looking to rack up a few more!!! Come out and bang your heads til they fall off. I'll meet you by the sausage man!'

"The 14th edition of the festival, which will take place the weekend of April 20-22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., will also present a host of other festival vets and up-and-comers: More...

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Trollfest Posts New Studio Update

Norwegian act Trollfest has checked in with the following update from the recording studio:

"Day 20 of the recording was mostly spent recording vocals, PsychoTroll came to do his vocal parts and we also manage to record some drunk-choir!:) TTS = True TrollfesT Style! The beer brand off today was Hansa Fatøl and Tuborg! We also manage to record some acoustic guitars, both nylon-strings and steel-strings.

"Even TrollBANK recorded vocals today! Been a really productive day. Its amazing how some alcohol makes us work faster and more efficient...(or, maybe i should wait until tomorrow before i can confirm this)...

"Tomorrow we will contiune recording some more stringed instruments, stay tuned....There is so much more to come!!! In the meantime, we will enjoy our beer, and we hope you will do the same!"

You can check out the full blog, along with pictures from the recording studio, by heading over to this location. In other recent Trollfest news, the band announced that Tristania vocalist Mariangela will be guesting on the new album.

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Welicoruss Posts "Kharnha" Video

Russian act Welicoruss has posted a new official music video online for the band's "Kharnha" single. Check out the action in the clip below.

You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of "Kharnha" at this location, or check out Welicoruss studio footage by clicking here.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Chile

Chile is a world unto itself, a land of extremes that begins at the harsh Atacama desert to the north and extends thousands of miles to the south in the fjords of Patagonia. The population is of hardy, rugged stock and it's people are as diverse as our own. Within this long country of one time zone, you have all kinds of microcosms and people of diverse ancestry. There are influences from German and Italian lineage and plenty of native and indigenous folk residing amongst the Hispanic populace. And of course, one common thread appears to always transcend boundaries - music. In the case of metal music, Chile has an unbelievable amount of bands in every subgroup imaginable. Black metal bands such as Runepath have put out demos that have gotten recognition on many webzines, and even the ambient new age doom of Uaral has gone viral on YouTube. The majority of people will think of Tom Araya, who recently got the key to a city as a musical emissary, as the most popular Chileno - but delve a little bit deeper and you will find all sorts of bands.

Chile has been thrashing for years, and you can see this as evident when old schoolers such as Vastator regroup are still around putting out videos and even collaborate with Veronica Freeman ("The Gods Give No Reply"). The great thing about the Chilean metal scene as of late is the organization put into it. The Digmetalworld label has put alot of effort into showcasing and streaming countless bands and releases from Chilean and other South American artists. A fan of one band can easily jump and discover music from other groups this way. While you may stream dozens of releases this way and get to know more metal bands, I still find that many will investigate on their own as well. Great blogspots such as Paganvs Info, for those who can read Spanish, also highlight a vast amount of music from the pagan metal scene in Chile and South America. Here on Metal Underground, we have streamed the entire newest releases of such diverse Chilean metal bands as Lefutray, Sacramento and several others. Today we will take a look at a few different styles of metal bands currently active in the Chilean scene.


I like what Folkheim stand for. They have the touch of the common man in their message of popular rights and autonomy for indigenous people. They don't celebrate Columbus Day, because in their words it would be celebrating 519 years of conquistador oppression. They recently bowed out of the Caviahue festival on moral and monetary grounds, and continue to speak their peace on issues such as the funding of the HidroAysen energy project which many deemed environmentally unsound. Hailing from Antofagasta, they play a rich variety of ethnic black folk metal. Folkheim's first EP was 2006's "Pachakuti," which followed their 2004 demo "Touched by Thy Undisturbed Essence." They continue to play shows all over Chile and have an incredible cult following.


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Christian Mistress Streaming New Song

Today Christian Mistress has released the first song from the new album "Possession," entitled "Haunted Hunted." Get a first listen courtesy of Pitchfork at this location.

Olympia, Washington's traditional heavy metal band Christian Mistress has completed recording the act's Relapse Records debut album. The "Possession" full-length was recorded with former The Fucking Champs guitarist Tim Green at Louder Studios (Melvins, Saviours, Red Sparowes, Unwound) and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering. "Possession" is currently set for a February 28th, 2012 release and the album's Benjamin A. Vierling-adorned art can be previewed here.

1. Over & Over
2. Pentagram and Crucifix
3. Conviction
4. The Way Beyond
5. Possession
6. Black to Gold
7. There is Nowhere
8. Haunted Hunted
9 All Abandon

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Black Cobra Kicking Off Headlining Tour

Having just wrapped up a near three-week tour supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword, Black Cobra's first headlining tour in support of the new album, "Invernal," kicks off in Brooklyn tonight. The duo will hammer their way around the country on a fifteen-date headlining tour on their way back to San Francisco, the first nine dates bearing support from Zoroaster and The Body. Three new West Coast dates have been added since previous tour announcements, with shows now confirmed for Portland, Seattle and San Francisco at the end of the routing.

Black Cobra also overthrew the massive front cover of longtime northern New Jersey weekly entertainment mag The Aquarian this week; check it out here.

Black Cobra's headlining shows are as follows:

12/11/2011 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/12/2011 Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/13/2011 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/14/2011 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/15/2011 Black Cat - Washington, DC w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/16/2011 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/17/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/19/2011 Emo’s - Austin, TX w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/20/2011 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/21/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
12/22/2011 Rogue - Scottsdale, AZ
12/23/2011 The Z - San Luis Obispo, CA
12/27/2011 Star Theater - Portland, OR
12/28/2011 Highline - Seattle, WA

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Ecliptica Posts "Love & Misery" Single

Austria's Ecliptica has released the first single from the "Journey Saturnine" album for the song "Love & Misery." You can check out the clip below, or pick up "Journey Saturnine" when it drops on January 20th, 2012.

"Love & Misery" entered the Austrian charts its day of release at #58 on the general charts and #3 on the rock charts.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. (Saturn's Theme)
2. Journey Saturnine
3. Fire!Burn!
4. Love & Misery
5. Dreamland
6. Blackened Day
7. Ready for a Ride
8. Kingdom of Heaven
9. The Shadow
10. Condition Crest Fallen
11. Attitude
12. Without You

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After The Burial Joining Whitechapel On Tour

After a solid year of touring, After the Burial picks up in 2012 by joining up with Whitechapel for the "Recorruptour," which kicks off on March 10th. This trek, presented by Alternative Press, MerchNow and Rockstar Energy, also features Miss May I and The Plot In You with Structures and Within The Ruins on certain dates.

Justin Lowe (guitars) states: “We're all super happy to announce that we are going to quit drinking for a couple days and write a new album. There is no telling what it is going to sound like, because it is hasn't been recorded yet. However, one thing we can say, is that it will be an AFTER THE BURIAL album because we will be the ones performing on the record, and that is the name of our band. Ok, now seriously!

"We are really excited to have the opportunity to get back into the studio to complete a new album by early next spring. It will be just in time for us to hit the road with our friends in Whitechapel. We'll be doing the usual pre-production videos here and there, so make sure you stop by our Facebook page here for plenty of updates. See you all soon.”

Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Hammer Horde Posts "Vinlander" Teaser

Hammer Horde has posted the first official preview trailer for the forthcoming release "Vinlander," which can be found below. Preorders for the album begin on February 1st, 2012.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Infinite Warthirst
2. Vinlander
3. Hero's Heart
4. Oathkeeper
5. Hymn of the Fjords
6. Riders of Annihilation
7. Archaic Offerings
8. Led by the Ancient Light
9. Midgårdian Revelry
10. Hoddmímir's Holt
11. The Curse of Andvari

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Abigail Williams Announces More Live Shows

Having just completed a massive thirty-six date North American tour supporting Mayhem, the Abigail Williams touring machine will continue on the road this week for six headlining dates, beginning in Wilmington, Delaware tonight. Taking only a few weeks off after this run of dates, Abigail Williams hits the road on another set of headlining performances on its way to provide direct support for Dark Funeral's North American assault engulfing all of February, immediately followed by a full tour with Deicide through the end of March.

The band's massive ongoing tour schedule is to pummel audiences with new material from the upcoming album, "Becoming," which is confirmed for release in North America on January 24, 2012 on Candlelight Records. The upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows:

Abigail Williams Headlining Dates:

12/12/2011 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
12/13/2011 Broadway Joe - Buffalo, NY
12/14/2011 Camelot Hall - Portage, IN
12/15/2011 Bada Brew - Crest Hill, IL
12/16/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
12/17/2011 Roxy Music Hall - Oklahoma City, OK
1/15/2012 118 Live - Simi Valley, CA w/ Pathology
1/20/2012 Hypnotic Lounge - Las Vegas, NV
1/21/2012 Skrappy’s - Tucson, AZ
1/23/2012 Wreckers - Lubbock, TX
1/24/2012 Tomcats - Ft. Worth, TX
1/25/2012 The Muse - Nashville, TN
1/26/2012 Kingdom - Richmond, VA
1/27/2012 Café 611 - Frederick, MD
1/28/2012 Sonar - Baltimore, MD More...

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Wolfbrigade Signs With Southern Lord

Pioneers of the Swedish d-beat/crust movement, Wolfbrigade has signed with Southern Lord Recordings for the release of the band's next three crushing full-length releases of malevolent darkness, the first being finalized to strike in the first few months of 2012.

The band's newest LP, and first for Southern Lord -- simply and aptly entitled "Damned" -- will hit the streets in North America early next year. A top-notch surge of Wolfbrigade's primal and hateful attack, "Damned" levels all in listening range with its 12 devastating anthems in under 35 minutes. The album was recorded at the renowned Gothenburg-based Studio Fredman by Frederik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth) and the artwork is available below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Feed The Flames
2. Slaves Of Induction
3. Road To Dreams
4. The Curse of Cain
5. On Your Knees... In Misery
6. Ride the Steel
7. Hurricane Veins
8. From Beyond
9. Catch 22
10. Damned to Madness
11. Where No One Sleeps
12. Peace of Mind More...

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Architects Posts "Delete.Rewind" Video

U.K. act Architects has teamed up with Big Cheese Magazine to release a new live music video for "Delete.Rewind," which is taken from the album "The Here And Now" released this year via Century Media.

Check out the clip of "Delete.Rewind" below. Architects also recently posted a new single online titled "Devil's Island."

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A Pale Horse Named Death Announces European Tour

2011 is ending on a definite high note for Sal Abruscato's A Pale Horse Named Death. The band just played two shows this past weekend in New York City and Clifton, NJ and the band recently announced its first ever European headlining tour, with full details available below.

Additionally, APHND's debut album "And Hell Will Follow Me" was named #6 on Revolver Magazine's Top 20 Albums of 2011. Not stopping there "And Hell Will Follow Me" also grabbed the number 6 spot on Germany's Laut.de. (Laut.de is one of the biggest German alternative/rock/mainstream music websites in Germany.)

A Pale Horse Named Death is the brainchild of Brooklyn, NY native Sal Abruscato, and according to the band, sounds like "Alice in Chains mysteriously sneaking up behind Type O Negative with a butcher knife while being filmed for a future episode of Law & Order." The band's upcoming headlining tour dates are as follows:

11 Jan Vienna, AUSTRIA, Szene Wein
12 Jan Munich, GERMANY, Backstage
13 Jan Zurich, SWITZERLAND, Werk 21
14 Jan Novara, ITALY, Rock N Roll Arena
15 Jan Stuttgart, GERMANY, Die Röhre
17 Jan Wiesbaden, GERMANY, Schlachthof
18 Jan Cologne, GERMANY, Underground
20 Jan Dublin, IRELAND, The Pint
21 Jan Belfast, N. IRELAND, Spring & Airbrake
22 Jan Manchester, ENGLAND, Moho Live
24 Jan Wrexham, WALES, Central Station
25 Jan Wolverhampton, ENGLAND, Slade Rooms
27 Jan London, ENGLAND, The Borderline
29 Jan Antwerp, BELGIUM, Trix
31 Jan Copenhagen, DENMARK, The Rock
01 Feb Hamburg, GERMANY, Logo
02 Feb Kerkrade, NETHERLANDS, Rock Temple
03 Feb Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, Melkweg
04 Feb Bielefeld, GERMANY, The Forum
05 Feb Saarbrucken, GERMANY, Garage Club
07 Feb Berlin, GERMANY, White Trash
10 Feb Warsaw, POLAND, Progresja
11 Feb Wroclaw, POLAND, Firlej
12 Feb Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC, Exit-US

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Fractals Streaming "Corridors" EP

U.K. metal act Fractals has posted the band's entire new "Corridors" EP online for streaming below or via Bandcamp. For more details on Fractals, you can also check out the band's Facebook page.

The "Corridors" track listing is as follows:

1. Corridors
2. Destroy Yourself With Contradictions
3. (Re)Emerge
4. Insomniac
5. Contortions (Remix) (Bonus Track)

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Sound Storm Issues Recording Update

Italian symphonic metal act Sound Storm has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:

"The band is glad to announce all the drums, bass, guitar, orchestral and vocals parts have been recorded in the past weeks. The new stuff is something impressive, and also the producer Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi) is definitely satisfied with that.

"He says: 'I’m very pleased with the pre-production, the album will be very original and involving.'

"Production is taking place at Ettore’s The Metal House studios. In the next weeks the choir parts will be recorded: this time a much larger choir than in 'Twilight Opera' recordings has been employed.

"Last updates for now: the title of the album is a SINGLE word, and the first letter is 'i'… More news about the production and much more very soon…Stay tuned!"

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Milking The Goatmachine Posts "We Want You" Clip

Milking the Goatmachine has posted a new video clip online for "We Want You," filmed during the band's "Hatefest" European run. "We Want You" is off the band's "Clockwork Udder" album.

You can check out the clip below, or find the previously posted music video for "More Humour Than Human" at this location.

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Deeds Of Flesh Posts "Portal To Canaan" Teaser

Deeds of Flesh has released a pre-production advanced teaser track of new material from the upcoming 2012 release "Portal to Canaan," which will see release on Unique Leader Records. Check out the video below. The band also commented on the clip:

"This is a pre-production teaser from the upcoming album Portal to Canaan (Unique Leader Records). This is only Guitar 1 and drum mapping (No 2nd guitar, leads or vocals) to give the fans an idea of whats to come."

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Outcast To Release New Album Through Listenable

Listenable will be releasing French act Outcast's third album "Awaken the Reason" in late February 2012. According to Ouctast, "'Awaken the Reason' is the band's strongest/most solid recording so far and it genuinely captured the band's musical madness. A modern sounding yet organic production spiced up by some frenzy extreme guitar and drums assaults!"

The band further comments:

"'Awaken the Reason' was recorded between January and September 2010 at The artist The Office Studio. It was mixed at SplitSecond Sound Studio By Jochem Jacobs (Textures) in October /November 2010 and then mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan). The album was composed between 2006 and 2009 mixing various influences among Steve Vai, Gojira, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Textures and Sikth.

"Our main goal was to stay away from traditional death music and produce a progressive album with personal signature. Eighty percent of the album was composed by Nicolas but everyone was at work to improve melodies and songwriting. That's why the album sounds like a concept album even if it's not. This way of thinking music mixed with several approaches of riffing and soloing constitute in our opinion the main guideline and would confer strong marks to the listener. So our minds were opened and focused on originality using old and new references in the whole metal industry."

When asked about how different this new album is compared to their previous full lengths, the band answered:

"The more obvious difference between Awaken The Reason' and Self Injected Reality, our previous album, is the production which gives more space and organic feelings to the composition. The composition and songs themselves are more coloured and progressive, more subtle in the ambiances are not just full-rooted in death metal."

A new teaser trailer for the album can also be heard below. More...

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Threshold Announces New Album Title

British metallers Threshold have announced that their new album will be called "March of Progress" and is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012. The band commented:

"The provisional song titles on the new album are 'Ashes', 'Return of the Thought Police', 'Colophon', 'Staring at the Sun', 'Liberty Complacency Dependency', 'Divinity', 'The Hours', 'Don't Look Down', 'That's Why we Came', 'The Rubicon' & 'Coda'.

"'March of Progress' sees the return of original Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson (HEADSPACE, STAR ONE) who rejoined the band in 2007 following the departure of Andrew 'Mac' McDermott, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

"The album is being produced at Thin Ice Studios and Eightspace Studio in the UK by Karl Groom and Richard West. Threshold will perform a handful of pre-release shows in April 2012 to promote the album."

Further details on the upcoming album release will be announced as they are made available.

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Gallileous To Record New Album

Poland's Gallileous has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:

"We are happy to announce that we are at the end of writing process of our new 2nd album called 'NECROCOSMOS.' We feel that the music it's going to be once again unique and ground-breaking doom, losing the debris of funeral patch in the past!!! Never the less we'll see soon if that prediction is correct...

"Couple of new titles! Necrocosmos, Fractal Dimension, Necrobus to Acheron, Cosmic Pilgrims and more titles to come!

"At the moment we're looking for studio to book now for February 2012! Doom bless you!"

For more on Gallileous and to check out music available for streaming, head over to the band's MySpace page.

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Bang-Cock Death Fest Recap

Approximately 200 of Thailand’s most brutal turned up for Bang-Cock Death Fest 2011 at the cavernous yet acoustically pleasing Barbie’s Bar in Bangkok, on Saturday December 3rd. The 12-band bill was comprised of a who’s-who of the underground Asian death metal scene, featuring bands from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan, which played alongside an incredibly strong array of acts from the host country. More...

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Darkest Era To Join "Useless Drunken Bastards"

Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm have announced that Northern Ireland's Darkest Era will provide support along with Australia's Claim The Throne for the "Useless Drunken Bastards" Tour of the U.K. and Ireland in February of 2012.

Confirmed dates of the tour are as follows:

Alestorm w/Claim The Throne and Darkest Era:

04.02 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
05.02 - Stoke-on-Trent, UK - Green Star
06.02 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
07.02 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
08.02 - Southhampton, UK - Talking Heads
09.02 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
10.02 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
11.02 - Belfast, Ireland - Speakeasy
12.02 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
13.02 - Leicester, UK - Sub 91
14.02 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
15.02 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
16.02 - Leeds, UK - The Well
17.02 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
18.02 - London, UK - O2 Academy
19.02 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront

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Dave Mustaine Performs With Metallica

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine joined Metallica on stage on Saturday, December 10, 2011 to perform three classic songs, one of which was "Metal Militia." Fan footage of the performance can be seen below. The performance was part of the week long Metallica 30th Anniversary event in San Francisco, which has seen a multitude of guest performances including Biff Byford (Saxon), Lou Reed, John Bush (Armored Saint), members of Mercyful Fate (including King Diamond) and Dave Mustaine.

Check out "Metal Militia" here:

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Sybreed Posts Update On New LP

Swiss industrial/groove metal band Sybreed announced that the band has finished writing the fourth album, entitled "God Is An Automaton," which is slated for release in April of 2012. The band will begin drum recordings today at Downtone Studio in Geneva. Mixing will take place in Los Angeles by Rhys Fulber. The band also head out to Australia for a tour in March of 2012.

The following update was posted on the band's official Facebook page:

"Greeting folks!

"We have been kind of quiet recently so this is definitely time to give you some updates, isn't it?

"Indeed we have just recently finished composing our new album and are about to begin the recording sessions, starting with the drums on this Monday the 12th of December @ the Downtone Studio (Geneva) until we leave to Australia for touring next March. The mixing itself, supervised by Mr Rhys Fulber once again, should take place in April 2012 in L.A., and we will handle the artwork part to Seth Siro Anton (again as well).

"So far, we won’t reveal the tracking list itself (because, well, fuck, we decided so), but we can at least announce the title of this forthcoming LP, which will be called “God is an Automaton”.

"We will try to keep you updated this time through impromptu videos of recording failures, small suicidal notes from band members unable to nail some specific part, pictures of a disgruntled, exhausted guitar player who happen to also record the whole mess, and so on, until we are finally done with our new offspring.

"Stay (down)tuned. Sybreed"

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In Extremo Cancels 12/26/11 Show In Cottbus

German folk band In Extremo has cancelled the upcoming December 26, 2011 show with Nemesea in Cottbus, Germany due to personal issues in the In Extremo camp.

Tickets can be returned where they were bought. The remaining shows of the In Extremo Tour, indicated below, will proceed as scheduled:

w/Rêverie in Support:

13.12.11 DE - Siegburg / Rhein-Sieg-Halle
14.12.11 DE - Wuppertal / Hist. Stadthalle
15.12.11 DE - Mainz / Phonixhalle
16.12.11 DE - Ulm / Ratiopharm Arena
17.12.11 DE - Wurzburg / S. Oliver Arena
18.12.11 DE - Fulda / Esperantohalle

w/Nemesea In Support:

20.12.11 DE - Ingolstadt / Saturn Arena
21.12.11 DE - Braunschweig / Stadthalle
22.12.11 DE - Regensburg / Donau-Arena
(CANCELLED) 26.12.11 DE - Cottbus / Messe (CANCELLED)
27.12.11 DE - Kassel / Stadthalle
28.12.11 DE - Kaufbeuren / All-Karthalle
29.12.11 DE - Karlsruhe / Europahalle

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