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Metal News for December 14, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Lamb Of God Frontman Rants On Blog

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, who has never been shy about expressing his opinion, posted on his Randonesia blogsite about some of the issues he has had with Blabbermouth commenters. Below is a couple paragraph snippet of what he has to say: More...

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Bands Announced For 2012 Metal Alliance Tour

American modern metal act Devildriver has announced that it will be the featured headliner on the forthcoming 2012 Metal Alliance North American tour. Support on the festival styled tour is set to come from The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, and Impending Doom. All the currently announced dates for Metal Alliance 2012 can be viewed below.

3/15 Austin, TX SXSW - Scoot Inn
3/16 New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
3/17 St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
3/20 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
3/21 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
3/22 Danvers, MA - Palace Ballroom
3/23 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
3/24 Toronto, ON - Opera House
3/25 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
3/26 Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
3/27 St Paul, MN - Station-4
3/28 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
3/29 Regina, SK - Riddell Centre
3/30 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
3/31 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
4/1 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
4/3 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
4/5 Oakland, CA - The Pound
4/6 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
4/7 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
4/9 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
4/10 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
4/11 Des Moines, IA - 7 Flags Event Center
4/13 Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
4/15 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
4/16 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
4/19 Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
4/20 Austin, TX - Emo's East
4/21 Houston, TX - House Of Blues

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Zonderhoof Releases New Video

Zonderhoof has released it's new album "Hakken" after a four year wait since 2007's debut mini EP. This South Wales sludge combo is streaming material from both releases on it's MySpace page and has also put out a new official video for the song "Hogslayer." More...

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Poison Idea Albums To See Re-Release

Southern Lord Recordings has issued the following announcement about re-releasing albums from Poison Idea:

"Southern Lord Recordings are proud to be officially re-releasing several incredible, seminal titles from Portland, Oregon’s explosive punk/hardcore kings, POISON IDEA in 2012!

"Southern Lord will be releasing CD versions of several POISON IDEA reissues that TKO Records are currently re-releasing on vinyl. All of the material is being re-mastered by Jack Control (World Burns to Death) and each release includes new, extensive liner notes as well as never before seen photos and previously unreleased bonus material.

"This POISON IDEA reissue series kicks off January 31st, with the re-release of Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years. Boasting twenty-nine tracks from the band’s earliest days, the album includes the 100% previously unreleased Boner’s Kitchen demo from 1981, the complete Darby Crash Rides Again demo from 1982, the complete uncut live-on-the-air set from the 1983 KBOO radio benefit, and outtakes from the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes recording session. Much of this material has either been out-of-print or never before officially released!

"All the recordings have been meticulously restored and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering. The booklet contains liner notes, old flyers and tons of previously unpublished photos from the band’s beginnings. This is a complete no-brainer for POISON IDEA fans or any fan of the early days of American hardcore punk. More...

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Derelict Drummer Offers Tips To New Players

Drawing from questions he is often asked by fans, drummer Jordan Perry from Montreal tech death outfit Derelict has released a blog post offering tips for new players. The original post can be found on the band's official website at this location, with excerpts following:

The hardest thing about learning to play the drums (or any instrument) is not being able to play as well as your idols RIGHT NOW. That shit takes time and dedication, and most of all, the ability to control yourself from trying to play as fast as Derek Roddy before you can play a basic rock beat cleanly. Here’s some motherly advice from a fellow drummer who’s not your mom.

1. Start slow. Before you can blast like Flo Mounier, you’re gonna have to rock like Phil Rudd (AC/DC, for the younger of you reading this). Learning things at a slower pace will make sure you can play them cleanly and tightly. If you try to play too fast off the bat, you risk playing sloppily, or hurting yourself in the long run from tensing your muscles and tendons.

2. Try different styles. This is mainly geared towards metal drummers, but can be helpful for everyone. Metal is traditionally a very fast and technical style of music that takes many years to develop. Playing other styles will increase your versatility and ability to play cleanly at different tempos. It’ll also set you apart from a lot of other drummers who have played nothing but metal. For example, there’s nothing more dangerously impressive than a metal drummer with a jazz or fusion background!

3. Consider taking lessons. When I first started, I didn’t want anyone to tell me how to play the drums. I thought I knew how to do pretty much everything, and what I didn’t I could teach myself. Sure, I taught myself lots of things, but it was sloppy and took longer than it needed to. Taking a few lessons really opened me up to new possibilities I wouldn’t have ever thought of myself. If you don’t like one on one lessons, Youtube has a lot of great drummers sharing their knowledge for free! Search for your favorite drummers, or even just technique ideas from dudes filming themselves at home. Like, *ahem*, this guy.
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Mikael Akerfeldt Talks New Album "Heritage"

Face Culture has posted a new video interview online with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, in which he discusses the new album "Heritage" and fan reaction to the release (reviewed here). Check out the three part interview in the clips available below.

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End Of Existence Posts Behind-The-Scenes Clip

End of Existence has posted behind-the-scenes footage online introducing the inner workings of the band to fans. You can check out the "making of End of Existence" clip below.

For more End of Existence, listen to the song "In the Distance" at this location. Three members from End of Existence have also teamed up to form the Theatre of Night band, which posted the song "Carol of the Bells" online.

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Reign Of The Architect Streaming New Single

Reign of the Architect, the new multi-national prog band featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Michael LePond, and more, has released a new single online for streaming. You can check out the new track "Distant Similarities" by heading over to the band's official website at this location.

The single is taken off the band's new album "Rise." The album's artwork, which was created by Eliran Kantor, can be viewed below. More...

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Warped Tour 2012 Dates and Initial Bands Announced

The second group of acts playing Vans Warped Tour 2012 has just been announced and VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! is one of the five new artists that were revealed. "We are excited to announce that we are playing the 2012 Vans Warped Tour! We feel honored to be a part of this amazing tour that has spawned so many incredible artists. We plan on bringing our brand of Shock Rock to the Advent Stage along with an intense stage show!" Says vocalist Michael Vampire. "We have many amazing surprises coming in 2012 and we are very excited to share them with you all this summer!"

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! will join BAYSIDE, CHELSEA GRIN, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS and a number of other artists that will be released shortly. The only relevant metal act from the first announcement was Every Time I Die, who just announced a run of shows for early 2012. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available on April 6, 2012.

The currently announced bands slated for the 2012 line-up can be found here.

The Vans Warped Tour 2012 dates are as follows: More...

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Everytime I Die Announces New Tour Dates

Every Time I Die will be embarking on a sonic conquest of North America, and the group will be joined on the Peter Says Denim Presents tour by Los Angeles act Terror, alt-hardcore band Stray From The Path, and Midwest based Former Thieves. Every Time I Die will follow this tour by spending the entire summer on the annual Van’s Warped Tour. Dates can be found by going to this location.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Feb. 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Feb. 18 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Feb. 19 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Feb. 20 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Feb. 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Feb. 23 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
Feb. 24 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
Feb. 26 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis
Feb. 27 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue
Feb. 28 – Calgary, AB – The Den
Feb. 29 – Spokane, WA – Epicenter
Mar. 02 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Mar. 03 – Wichita, KS – the Scene-ary
Mar. 04 – Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
Mar. 05 – Memphis, TN – Newby’s
Mar. 06 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
Mar. 07 – Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
Mar. 08 – Huntington, WV – V Club Live More...

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Anatomy Of I Posts Early Death Cover

Michael Dorrian from Anatomy of I has issued the following statement about posting an early cover of Death's "Lack of Comprehension" album:

"In remembrance of Chuck Schuldiner, who passed away 10 years ago on December 13th 2001, we celebrate the amazing amount of quality music he left behind.

"As a tribute, I dug up an old rehearsal tape in my parents' garage today of me playing a cover of Death's classic song 'Lack of Comprehension' in 1996 together with Dirk Verbeuren on drums and my buddy Ed Martin on vocals and bass. The nostalgic value of this recording is vastly higher than its actual quality, but what can you expect from a bunch of 17/18 year olds recording a rehearsal with one microphone on a boombox ...

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The Dead Lay Waiting Streaming Two Tracks

Swindon, U.K.’s The Dead Lay Waiting has unveiled two new tracks from the band's "Almost Heaven" album, which is set for release in the U.S. with Rising Records on January 24th, 2012.

CraveOnline.com is currently streaming the track "This Day Will Be Your Last" here, and GuitarWorld.com is streaming the track "Decaying King" at this location. Both songs are also available through the players below.

"Almost Heaven" was released in June 2011 in the U.K., featuring 14 tracks and 60 minutes of pulsating music. The album also marks the return of Barry Clayton, the voice behind the now well known intro to Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast. The band’s first music video from the album, "The Days I’m Gone," reached #6 in the Scuzz TV playlist, and the group is planning to release a second video for the track "Burnt to Ashes." More...

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Basick Records Offering Free Sampler

Basick Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a free sampler album online:

"To wish all our fans, friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and special New Year, we've released a FREE sampler featuring some of our favorite tracks from the Basick roster.

"This new sampler features tracks from recent signings Skyharbor, Blotted Science, and The Algorithm, as well as stunning work from Chimp Spanner, Aliases, Circles, Monuments, Uneven Structure, and many, many more. Did we mention it's FREE! Pick it up at Amazon today!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dark Age Of Technology Chimp Spanner
2. Act III Circles
3. The Uncollective (instrumental) Monuments
4. Celestial (edit) Skyharbor
5. Awaken (edit) Uneven Structure
6. The Winnowing 7 Horns 7 Eyes
7. A Sting Operation - Human Barbecued Blotted Science
8. This Is The Last Time I Repeat Myself Ion Dissonance
9. The Resurgent The Arusha Accord
10. The Reality Of Beliefs Aliases
11. Oceans Visions
12. Isometry Algorithm

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Sandraudiga Finishes Recording New Album

Pennsylvania's Sandraudiga has finished the recording and mixing process for the band's debut album titled "The Hollow Nation." The title pays homage to the band's earlier incarnation going by the name The Hollow.

"The Hollow Nation" will be released on February 7th, 2012 through Born Of Chaos Records, with a CD release party set to occur at Reading, PA's well known venue The Silo featuring label mates Lead Farmer and Chinga.

The album is currently available for pre-sale via the Born of Chaos Records webstore. For more details on Sandraudiga, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Tora Streaming New Songs Online

Former members from Overstrained and Tarpitorchestra have joined forces with former Requiem drummer Jari Huttunen and vocalist Iiro Rantahalvari in a brand new thrash / groove metal band called Tora.

The band recently finished recording for its first promotional EP called "New Anatomy" and is now currently seeking a label. During the recordings, the band members filmed a music video for the song "Icon," which can be streamed via Reverbnation, along with the rest of the songs from the promotional EP. Tora also issued the following statement about its history:

"The timeline with the history of a band called Tora can be traced back as far as year 1996 when there were two young metalhead-teenagers blundering theirselves in a local band contest held in Pattijoki, north of Finland. The metalheads (Deimos and Mutu) had a chat and were sober enough to swap their phonenumbers with each other and also the tinnitus at the time was not too severe that they were able to have somewhat human-like conversations every now and then, which eventually lead to the collective idea of creating some metal-ish music together. Almost 15 years passed since the notorious band contest until same metalheads were relocated in same town, Oulu, and the almost-forgotten conception of spawning some progressive metal-influenced thrash-metal-musical ogre together had been haunting deep within their minds all these years apart, they had the balls and the grit for giving it the final tap it needed to unfold to be a gruesome time -and money-consuming horridly laughing, stinky, hairy gob of a band...Tora was summoned to rise from the barracks of abandoned military base, Hiukkavaara.

"The band started to take its shape as these above mentioned not-so-young-anymore metalheads- Kimmo and Matti - found the right guys to the bands line-up as Iiro took over the bands main vocalist duties with his thunderous vocals and Samu started to generate hellish rumble with his earthquake-like bass patterns. Time passed and the squirrels started to fall from the trees until Jari appeared with his monster drumkit to the depths of Hiukkavaara and began to create fierce, mortar-like roar with his lightning-fast rapid drum firing. The beast has risen."

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The Contortionist Discusses Upcoming Recording

The Contortionist guitarist Robby Baca and GuitarWorld.com recently sat down for an exclusive, in-depth interview regarding imminent in-studio and recording plans for the band’s upcoming, currently untitled sophomore release.

The band is set to begin recording at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) in February. The new album is tentatively set to be released with Good Fight Music in late spring/early summer 2012. Head to GuitarWorld.com now to read about the new plans, as well as details on the band’s writing process, current influences, and more. Excerpts from the interview can also be found below. More...

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Trapped Under Ice Debuts "Pleased To Meet You"

Hardcore act Trapped Under Ice has posted its new music video online for streaming. The video was shot for the track "Pleased To Meet You" and is taken from the band's recently released full-length album "Big Kiss Goodnight." The video is available for viewing below.

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John Hex’s CreepShow Album To See Release

Reverend John Hex (Cobwebs of Deception) has signed with Dr. Cyclops Records and will be digitally releasing the "Return of the Living CreepShow" album from his band John Hex’s CreepShow online on December 17th, 2011.

You can check out a song off the album titled "I Don't Want to Live" below, and Reverend John Hex commented on the release: "It has 8 badass Horror Rock-n-Roll songs that will keep you rocking from your graves, and features a song called Spider Crucifixion which is a tribute to the great Alice Cooper."

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Gallows Posts New Music Video

UK/Canadian hardcore act Gallows has posted its new music video online for its recently released single "Mondo Chaos." The clip is the first official video to be released from the band to feature new Gallows vocalist Wade MacNeil who is previously known from his work as the guitarist of the now disbanded Alexisonfire. The video is available for viewing below.

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Elitist To Tour With Scale The Summit

Los Angeles area natives Elitist will embark on the "Their Strings Are Voices" tour this February with Scale The Summit. Elitist has been tabbed as direct support for the first ever Scale The Summit headline tour.

Bassist Mike Danese commented: "We are beyond thrilled to hit the road with Scale The Summit. These guys are incredible musicians, and it means a lot to have them take us out. We look forward to traveling and sharing our music across the country to a new audience."

For more information, check out Elitist's Facebook profile by heading over to this location. Dates are as follows:

1/28/12 Dallas, TX – The Door (No Elitist)
1/29/12 Albuquerque, NM TBA (No Elitist)
1/30/12 Mesa, AZ- Underground (No Elitist)
1/31/12 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky (No Elitist)
2/1/12 San Jose, CA TBA
2/2/12 Portland, OR – Branx
2/3/12 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
2/5/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
2/6/12 Denver, CO – Summit Front Room
2/7/12 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
2/8/12 St Louis, MO – Fubar
2/9/12 Chicago, IL – Reggies
2/10/12 Lansing, MI – Macs
2/11/12 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
2/12/12 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
2/13/12 Cambridge, MA – TTs The Bear
2/14/12 New York, NY - TBA
2/15/12 Philadelphia,PA – Barbary
2/16/12 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
2/17/12 Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
2/18/12 Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
2/19/12 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar
2/20/12 Shreveport, LA - TBA

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Cancer Bats Posts New Album Teaser

Canada's Cancer Bats has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album "Dead Set On Living," which is currently due out in April of 2012. Watch the video below, and check back soon for more details on the upcoming album. To hear more Cancer Bats tracks online, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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From My Cold Dead Hands Posts Video

The new official video from Mexican deathcore band From My Cold Dead Hands has finally dropped. Titled "New Design," it is also one of a few new tunes the band is streaming on it's Bandpage, along with a cover they do of the Brujeria classic "Raza Odiada (Pito Wilson)." More...

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Zao Comments On Chastising Illegal Downloaders

Zao's Scott Mellinger has posted the following statement online via Facebook about bands commenting on illegal downloading and the state of the music industry:

"So I just wanted to write something, a counter if you will to all the music stealing posts I see on people's walls. First let's discuss how being a musician is a privilege, the only reason you get any money in the first place is because of the fans of your music. Second the percentage of money I've gotten from record sales is abysmal so who cares!!!

"As a band you need to put the utmost care into every aspect of your band if you aren't releasing things that make people excited and willing to fork over hard earned cash than shame on you as an artist. For far too long bands have released lame records with lame artwork and even more lame music and then get pissed when people download it for free. Well, the people you complain about are usually your own fans that can't afford your half assed attempt at a record. I implore all fans to buy when possible, the tiny bit we see does help but I am just as happy to get my music into people's hands. More...

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Dance Now Bitch Streaming New Songs

Guadalajara deathcore band Dance Now Bitch has released a few of the new songs it will include on a new full-length album to be released at a future date. The band is currently working on an official video as well. You may stream the track "Ashes" and a couple others over on Dance Now Bitch's MySpace page. Below is an uploaded video from the song "Path of Shadows" which came off the 2010 EP. More...

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Absent Distance Posts "Hyperwill Crisis"

Hungary based act Absent Distance has posted a lyric video for the song "Hyperwill Crisis" online, which can be heard either through the player below or by heading over to the Absent Distance Bandcamp page.

For more details on Absent Distance, check out the band's official Facebook profile by heading over to this location.

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Revilement Posts Thailand Tour Video

Revilement has posted a video documentary online covering the band's recent run of shows in Thailand, which can be viewed below. The band also released the new album "Pillars of Balance" earlier this month, and Metalunderground.com is currently streaming the new track "Terminal Sedation" at this location.

The "Pillars Of Balance" track listing is as follows:

1. Pillars of Balance
2. Pity the Humans
3. Degradation to Extinction
4. Terminal Sedation
5. Tail Devouring Serpent
6. The Medjai's Return
7. Path of Apophis
8. Human Vivisection
9. Perverse Malevolence
10. Raping the Comatose
11. Feeding a Mind Corrupted

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Famous Last Words Posts "Starting Over" Video

U.S. screamo act Famous Last Words has teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere the new music video online for "Starting Over." You can check out the video clip by clicking here.

Famous Last Words also commented on the video and the band's recent record deal:

"We are happy to announce, that we have teamed up with InVogue Records! This label is a perfect fit for us, and we are STOKED to now be part of the InVogue Family!

"Pre-orders for our EP are now available at this location. Above is the link for the 'Starting Over' video! We hope you like it!"

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Hallowed Butchery Streaming New Track

Hallowed Butchery has posted the song "Hexagram: The God of Self" online, which is available via Bandcamp or the player below. The one man band also commented on the track:

"My half of the recently released split with The Austrasian Goat ('Songs of Self Reliance and Solitude') is now available for digital purchase via BandCamp. $4.00 for an instant, high-quality download. Take a break from the Christmas music, and get a little wicked."

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Raped By Pigs Posts Music Video Online

Peruvian death metal act Raped By Pigs has posted a new music video online for the song "Sores of Affliction," which can be viewed below. "Sores of Affliction" is off the band's upcoming album "Gushing Orgasms 2," to see release this coming December 25th, 2011.

You can also check out a preview of the new song "Gushing Inner Core" by heading over to this location.

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Theocracy Streaming Remixed Christmas Medley

Theocracy has posted a remixed version online of the band's Christmas medley, which can be found below. Vocalist Matt Smith also commented:

"Hey guys! Sadly, there was no time to record a Christmas song this year. I jumped straight from finishing As the World Bleeds to doing tons of interviews and mixing the upcoming Soulspell record, Jon got married, and it's just been a whirlwind.

"However, someone mentioned that the original Theocracy Christmas Medley (the first Theocracy Christmas recording ever) wasn't available on our site in the Club of Souls. I thought, 'Hmm, that's odd...we should upload it.' But then I listened to it, and sonically it was just not up to snuff compared to the more recent Theocracy output, so I decided to completely remix it so we could upload it to the Club of Souls and put it on YouTube.

"So again, apologies for nothing new this year, but here's the medley with a fresh coat of paint. Enjoy, and visit our website to download!" More...

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Heights Releases "The Lost And Alone" Video

U.K. act Heights has released a new music video online for the song "The Lost And Alone," which comes from the band's new album "Dead Ends," released in July of 2011 via Mediaskare Records.

Check out the video clip below, or you can also find the previously posted "Eye for an Eye" clip at this location.

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Mournful Congregation Gathers Doom Cult in Austin

Aussie doom merchants, Mournful Congregation have filled U.S. households with feelings of bereavement, loss and forlorn for nearly twenty years. However, this is the first time the funeral doom act brought its musical misery to North American stages. Doom, especially the extremely slow pace of funeral doom, doesn’t always translate so well under lime lights. Mosh-hungry concert goers might find its slothful pace paralytic to their limbs or these bands just don’t tour often due to one reason or another. Either way, seeing one of the greats in this field on their first North American tour was nearly as monumental as the group’s music.

After sharing the stage with Mournful Congregation just a day or two prior at Rites of Darkness III in San Antonio, Anhedonist, Ritual Necromancy, Pallbearer and Cruciamentum came together for one of best extreme metal bills featuring bands you’ve never heard of. Considering this show fell on a Monday (late Monday night) and included bands without a large following (the crowd seemed most aware of Mournful Congregation), fans squeezed into the tiny space in front of Mohawk’s indoor stage. More...

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Inmate To Play Metalcamp 2012

Slovenian act Inmate has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp 2012 festival:

"Here it is! We are coming to Metalcamp 2012 Tolmin/Slovenia!

"This year's line-up is amazing: Amon Amarth, Kataklysm, Machine Head, Pain, The Black Dahlia Murder, Sabaton and many more! DON'T MISS OUT!!! Stay IN, MATEs!"

Inmate also recently revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the new album "Free at Last," which can be found at this location. More...

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Aosoth Reveals New EP Details

French act Aosoth has announced the band's new "Our Crown of Sins" EP will contain two new tracks, and will be released on 50 gram black 7" format limited to 500 copies, with 100 copies including an A3 sized poster.

The EP is set for release in mid-January, 2012. Pre-orders are now available via Inferna Profundus Records at this location. A teaser clip for the upcoming EP is also available below. More...

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BEEF Releases New Single

Four man Israeli death metal band BEEF has uploaded a new video for the track "Ritual." The band has been around since 2010 and is busy writing material for a full-length. Check out a couple of other singles by BEEF on the band's official YouTube channel. More...

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Cadaver Mutilator Releases Video

Sicilian brutal death metal band Cadaver Mutilator will soon unleash it's second full-length album. The band has an official video for one of the new tracks, "Mouth Crasher," which we have posted up for you. If you want to hear more Cadaver Mutilator tunes, head over to MySpace, where you may stream tracks from the "Nechronicles" EP and the band's first full-length, "Carnasyum." More...

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Great White Singer To Form New Version Of The Band

Great White vocalist Jack Russell, who has been absent from the band since last year for numerous reasons including substance abuse and a perforated bowel, recently announced that he will be forming his own version of the band, which will include past Great White members. A statement from Russell reads:

"Just wanted to announce that I will be coming back with my band Great White and a brand new lineup. My new bandmates are some of the most incredible musicians I have ever had the privilege to play with: Matthew Johnson - former guitarist for Great White, Derrick Pontier - former drummer for Great White, Dario Seixas - former bassist for Firehouse and the Stephen Pearcy band, and Robby Lochner - former guitarist for Rob Halford's band and Cherie Currie."

His former bandmates in Great White have since responded to the statement by claiming that they were unaware the singer had such plans and found out via Facebook like everybody else. Their message reads as follows: More...

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Otargos Posts New Music Video

French black metal band Otargos posted a new music video for the track "Worship Industrialized." The song appears on the band's latest "No God, No Satan," which was released in 2010 through Season of Mist Records. The video was directed by Federico Anastasi.

Check out the video here:

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Biohazard Posts "Reborn In Defiance" Trailer #1

Biohazard posted a new studio trailer for the upcoming release "Reborn In Defiance." The album is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album marks the final release with frontman Evan Seinfeld, who has yet to be replaced.

Check out the video here:

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Nothnegal Posts New Album Trailer

Maldives melodic death metal band Nothnegal has posted a trailer for the upcoming release of "Decadance," the band's debut release. The band features Poisonblack keyboardist Marco Sneck and Dååth/Six Feet Under drummer Kevin Talley. "Decadence" is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America) through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Decadence" is as follows:

1. Salvation
2. Claymore
3. Janus
4. Decadence
5. Armageddon
6. R.A.D.A.R
7. Sins Of Our Creations
8. Singularity

Check out the trailer here:

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Metallica Releases "Beyond Magnetic" EP

Following the week long 30th Anniversary celebration, which included many guest appearances (Mercyful Fate, Dave Mustaine and many more) as well as the posting of unreleased songs from the "Death Magnetic" album, Metallica has officially released the EP "Beyond Magnetic," which was originally emailed/sent to fan club members, through iTunes.

The EP features the following tracks:

1. Hate Train (check it out here)
2. Just a Bullet Away (check it out here)
3. Hell And Back (check it out here)
4. Rebel Of Bablyon (check it out here)

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Enthroned Signs With Agonia Records

After the financial collapse of Regain Records, Belgian black metal band Enthroned has signed on with Polish label Agonia Records. The band has has two full-length releases on the horizon after signing the deal with Agonia Records.

Enthroned recently finished recording the follow-up album to the 2010 release "Pentagrammaton," entitled "Obsidium," that is expected for an early 2012 release through Agonia.

More details on the release are expected shortly.

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Volture Posts New Music Video

Virginia based traditional metal band Volture posted a new music video for the song "Rulebreaker." The song appears on the band's brand new single "Tankcrimes," which was released on December 9, 2011 through Oakland based Tankcrimes Records. The b-side of the single includes a cover of the Gotham City classic "Killer Angels" (from the rare 1982 self-titled single from the Swedish act).

Check out the video here:

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Empires Of Eden Releases "We Three Kings" Single

Australia's Empires Of Eden released a rendition of "We Three Kings" for the holiday season. The song is available for purchase on iTunes for a limited time. All proceeds from the song will go to the "Metal For Cancer" charity. The song was mixed by guitarist Stu Marshall and sung by Cage vocalist Sean Peck.

Stu Marshall commented on the song: "This track came into being when I was hanging with Sean in California on a recent trip. It seemed a great way to honour a great song and at the same time offer something positive towards the fight for Cancer. The usual covers of Christmas carols are fairly comical and we wanted to take it the other way, much heavier and dramatic. Working with Sean on the last EOE cd was an incredible experience so it was natural for us to work on this."

Sean Peck added his comments: "Cancer has affected all of our lives directly or indirectly and we would encourage all metal heads to take the time to give just a small donation towards defeating this killer."

Check out the song here:

We Three Kings - Empires of Eden feat Sean Peck by heavymetalmedia

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When Life in Metal Meets an Insidious Demise

“Respect in the scene-priceless
Money in my wallet-$0
Fame in the death metal scene-years of hard work mastering programming and guitar playing
Money in my wallet-$0
Car-doesn't exist
Bank account-yea right
Owe everyone under the sun-OF COURSE

KIDS DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND FORGET YOUR DREAMS, YOU'LL END UP LIKE ME, 35 WITH NOT A GOD DAMN THING BUT RESPECT IN A SCENE THAT HONESTLY DOESN'T GIVE 2 SHITS ABOUT YOU ANYWAY. FUCK THIS SHIT, I'M GETTING A JOB, I'M DONE WITH THIS.” More...

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