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Metal News for December 17, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

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Unearthing More Of The Symphonic Metal Scene

Heavy music has been steadily evolving since its first major appearances, from slow moving doom to blistering fast thrash and onto the most brutal death metal. Somewhere after figuring out corpse paint and freezing cold riffs somebody decided extreme metal could include unexpected elements like string instruments, keyboards, and other orchestral leanings. The symphonic and the extreme collided, and somehow it worked out.

Now some 15 - 20 years later bands are still finding ways to meld together these two styles, but for symphonic black metal junkies the pool of available talent isn’t as wide as with other sub-genres. You’ve likely heard everything from Dimmu Borgir and Old Man’s Child a hundred times over, blazed through the couple of Dragon Lord releases, imported all those Opera IX CDs, and are done working through the Carach Angren back catalog…so what now?

We’ve previously taken a look at a few symphonic black metal acts as well as other heavily atmospheric bands, but there’s still more underground groups worth checking out if you need more orchestral influenced black metal.

Saille

This Belgian outfit is on the verge of releasing second album “Ritu” in January 2013 (reviewed here), which follows the debut “Irreversible Decay” album. The album focuses on different rites of various cultures and mythologies, including a dose of Lovecraftian rituals with songs like “Haunter of the Dark” and “Fhtagn.”

For more info on the album, check out our interview with the band just after the recording process was finished. Get acquainted with Saille’s version of symphonic black metal through songs off both albums, available below.

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High On Fire Lights Up New Orleans

All was quiet in the Quarter, save the sidewalk in front of the renowned One Eyed Jacks. The entire heavy scene of New Orleans is in attendance tonight; the beer flows like water as we all file into the main room where opening band Lo-Pan is about to take the stage.

Lo-Pan’s last NOLA performance at Siberia in 2011 garnered a small crowd, playing with local doom groove outfit Endall and Ryan McKern,tThe band now has a packed house to play its unique post-rock hybrid sound. The opening notes are low and dominating, somewhere between Clutch and older Corrosion of Conformity. Jeff Martin’s vocals kick in and it immediately shifts to a softer Soundgarden vibe. The band is passionate about the music, and this is evident in the live show: well-rehearsed structures and tight playing abilities win over the crowd. More...

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Savage Messiah Releases "All Seeing I" Video

British shred-heavy melodic metallers Savage Messiah have released a new music video for the track "All Seeing I," which is premiering online now and can be viewed below. The video was filmed in Birmingham, England in October with director Phil Berridge of Creative Junkie Media, and is included in Vevo's Metal Monday playlist.

Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver comments: "We had an awesome time making this video with Phil Berridge, and we're beyond happy with how it's turned out. Sharing this with our fans is a perfect ending to a great year, which of course started with the release of the 'Plague of Conscience' album, and is ending with us making some cool plans for 2013.

"We're currently working on our next record, so stay tuned for more news on that soon. Thanks for all the support we've had this year - have a very metal Christmas and a drunken and debauched New Year!" More...

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Wartorn To Release Album Through Southern Lord

Southern Lord will unleash hell with the new full-length from Midwestern death squad Wartorn. The following press release was issued about the band's coming "Iconic Nightmare" album:

"Since 2004 this Appleton, Wisconsin-based brigade has protested political tyranny and societal injustices with a devastating brew of metallic crustpunk. Wartorn has assaulted live audiences across thirteen countries across North America and Europe in support of releases on renowned crust/punk labels including Profane Existence and Crimes Against Humanity, while its members also take part in other active and notable acts like Dresden, Remission, and Words That Burn.

"Taking their attack to the next level, the energy and production of their newest full-length Iconic Nightmare elevates Warton’s powerful songwriting and execution to new levels, surging with nine crushing anthems in barely twenty-five minutes. Southern Lord will drop Iconic Nightmare on CD this January 22nd; diehards of Wolfbrigade, From Ashes Rise, Tragedy and the like should not pass this one by."

The "Iconic Nightmare" track listing is as follows:

1. The Iconic Nightmare
2. Unfinished Blueprint
3. Permanent Blackout
4. No Sanctuary No Salvation
5. Six Feet Under
6. Knee Deep In Blood
7. All Flags Still Burn
8. Betrayal
9. Burial Ground

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The Afterimage Streaming New Song

The Afterimage has posted a new song online titled "The Seeking," which can be heard in the player below, and the band also commented:

"The Seeking is now available for streaming on YouTube and FREE download through Bandcamp! We will be touring across Canada with Beheading of a King and Take The Earth Beneath Us late February/March (Presented by: Breakdown Magazine Distort Management & Throw It At The Wall).

"Check this location for more details! Last but not least we are stoked to welcome Andrew Wilson (ex. Dancing With Paris) to our line-up on guitar!" More...

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Blockheads Posts "Pro-Lifers" Lyric Clip

French act Blockheads will release new album "This World is Dead" in CD/LP/digital formats on January 22nd (North America), January 21st (UK/World), and January 18th (Germany/Benelux/Finland). The band has also now released a lyric video for the song "Pro-Lifers," which can be seen in the player below.

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Nergal Meets His Bone Marrow Donor

Behemoth frontman Nergal underwent a bone marrow transplant back in 2010 after being diagnosed with leukemia, and has since made a full recovery as the band gears up to record a new album and just performed at the Barge to Hell cruise.

Due to certain rules on marrow donation, Nergal was unable to know the identity of his donor until now. Video footage has been posted online of Nergal meeting his bone marrow donor Gregory through TVN24 here (video and text are all in Polish).

According to an interview with Skullsnbones.com, the band should be recording a new album and follow-up to "Evangelion" (reviewed here) this coming February.

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Story Of Jade Splits With Guitarist

Story Of Jade and Wormholedeath Records are sorry to announce that Matt Huntzer has officially quite the band. Story of Jade comments:

“Greeting Huntzer affectionately, thanking him for those really important years made of sacrifices, hard working and satisfactions as well, we hope all the best for our metal brother and his future projects."

Wormholedeath also added, "As the band’s label, we have been proud of Matt’s work with Story Of Jade and we will always thank him for his help in rising his ex band and also Wormholedeath’s profiles with a fantastic album and his great live performances. Good luck Matt Huntzer, you are a professional musician!" More...

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The Ocean To Release New Album

2013 will be a busy year for The Ocean, as the band will release a new album on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA) 2013 on Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to the "Heliocentric" (reviewed here) and "Anthropocentric" (reviewed here) albums.

To support the release, The Ocean will embark on a 3 week European tour with Cult of Luna in April and May (dates available below), including a performance at Roadburn Festival on April 20th.

The new album will contain 52 minutes of new music and will be mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia) in January. The release will come in 2 versions: instrumental and with vocals. Comments The Ocean's Robin Staps:

"The album was originally written to be instrumental, but in the end me and Loic couldn't help but try out a few things vocalwise and we soon got pretty excited... so there will be vocals on the album; however, we want everyone to have both versions, and we are also planning to perform the album live that way - with and without vocals." More...

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Bukowski Family Streams New Track

Notorious deathsquad Bukowski Family is currently streaming a new song online titled "Carne Humana," which is available over at the the band's official website here.

Bukowski Family comments: "We love human flesh in all it's stripped down beauty, the diminished form of a creature once self aware. We honor our Family ways of expressing our unquenchable thirst for more, and the limitless ways to enthrone the essence of man."

The previously posted "Initiation" EP Bukowski Family can also be streamed in its entirety over at this location. More...

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Pryapisme Signs With Apathia Records

Apathia Records is proud to announce the signing of Pryapisme. The band's second album, entitled "Hyperblast Super-Collider," will be released between March and May 2013 (date TBA).

Pryapisme hails from Clermont-Ferrand, France and according to a press release the band's music is "Quite impossible to describe: their upcoming album looks like a soundtrack to the 8-bit Catpocalypse."

Further details will be coming soon, but in the mean time you can check out the song "Darkness Lobotomy Insurrection" below. More...

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Fallujah Announces Winter Mini-Tour

California's Fallujah has announced the details for a winter West Coast mini-tour, set to kick off in January. Dates are as follows:

1/11 Stockton, CA Plea for Peace Center
1/12 Eugene, OR John Henry's
1/13 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
1/14 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore
1/15 Tacoma, WA The Red Room
1/16 Portland, OR The Red Room
1/17 Chico, CA 1078 Gallery
1/19 San Bernardino, CA Garage Inc
1/20 Long Beach, CA Di Piazza's More...

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Derelict Earth Streaming "Below The Empty Skies"

Derelict Earth is a French progressive metal solo project by ex-Silmarillion lead singer and guitarist Quentin Stainer. The project has now released new album "Below The Empty Skies," which is available for streaming and name-your-price download at Bandcamp.

Cover artwork was created by Manthos Lappas, and the full album can also be heard in the player available below. The "Below The Empty Skies" track listing is as follows:

01. The Graveyard Of Dreams
02. Trapped In A Flesh Cocoon
03. King Nobody
04. Screams Of The Speechless
05. The Great Degenerate Circus
06. Elegy Of Decayed Nations
07. Ashes Rain
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Faithsedge Working On Album, Recruits Keyboardist

California-based rockers Faithsedge have inked a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management. The follow-up album to the band's debut is tentatively titled "The Answer Of Insanity," and is a concept record based on stories from singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia’s life that lead up to the first album with an int resting twist at the end.

The band has also announced new keyboard player Eric Ragno. Faithsedge comments: Eric is internationally known for being on many melodic rock albums such as Fergie Fredrickson (TOTO) and Trixter's return album, New Audio Machine, and many more. Eric has also done many live gig’s from playing with legends like Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW) to also playing with vocal icons of other genre’s like Dawn Robinson of En Vogue."

Faithsedge is a hard rock/heavy metal project started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009. Giancarlo has a solid musical background, having previously worked with renowned producers such as Mike Talanca (David Bowie, Foreigner) and Juan Croucier (ex-Ratt) among others. Faithsedge consists of:

Giancarlo Floridia – Vocals, Guitar
Alex De Rosso – Lead Guitar
Tony Morra – Drums
Eric Ragno – Keyboards

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Vreid Finishes Work On New Album

Norwegian black ‘n’ roll assassins Vreid recently completed work on their latest long player titled "Welcome Farewell," which will be the follow-up to 2011’s "V." The "Welcome Farewell" album was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie Recordings on March 5th, 2013 (February 26th in Europe). A studio video blog can be viewed below.

Comments bassist Hváll of the new material: “Two years after we started writing new riffs, our new beast is now complete. It’s been a lot of work, but we are utterly pleased with the result. ‘Dark,’ ‘heavy’ and ‘VREID’ are the three keywords to describe it. The artwork takes us in a new direction this time, and is done by the wizard Kim Holm."

Additionally, you can sample the latest Vreid single “The Reap” courtesy of Terrorizer right here. Further details on "Welcome Farewell" are to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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The 69 Eyes Announces More Tour Dates

After finishing touring the fall in the band's native Finland for the latest album "X," The 69 Eyes will be heading off for a European tour in January and February. Dates for the "I Know What You Did Last Summer Tour" are as follows:

26.01. D Köln - Essigfabrik
27.01. D Hamburg - Markthalle
28.01. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
29.01. D Bochum - Zeche
31.01. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
01.02. D Stuttgart - LKA
02.02. D München - Backstage
03.02. SK Bratislava - Majesty Music Club
04.02. A Vienna - Arena
05.02. CH Pratteln - Z7
07.02. I Massa - Swamp Club
08.02. I Seregno - Honky Tonk Club
09.02. I Venice - New Age Club
11.02. F Paris - Le Nouveau Casino
12.02. UK London - Islington Academy

For the German dates, the support band will be horror-punk act The Fright. Main vampire Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes also commented: "We will gather again all those goths, glammies, horror punks, psychobillies and metalheads under the same roof and will simply deliver them what we know the best: GOTH'N'ROLL! And as the Helsinki Vampires, we make sure that everybody's appetite for rock'n'roll will be satisfied!"

You can also check out our recent interview with the band about new album "X" over at this location.

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Delain To Headline Dames Of Darkness Fest

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain has been confirmed as the headliner for the upcoming 2013 Dames of Darkness Festival, which will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Birmingham. The event returns by popular demand after five years and is set to take place on Saturday, May 11th and features eight female fronted metal bands from the U.K. and Europe.

Also on the bill are Visions of Atlantis, Whyzdom, Apparition, Azylya, Ex-Libris, Incarna, and Chemikill. Tickets can be found at this location and further info is available over at Facebook here. More...

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Continents Posts In-Studio Video

U.K. hardcore party lads Continents have released their first studio update for upcoming release "Idle Hands," due out January 22nd, 2013. Step inside the recording studio with drummer Duncan Hamill as he gives fans a tour, tracks drums, and shows off his kit. Watch the studio update below to get a preview of the title track “Idle Hands” and “Pegasus, Pegasus!”

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Weekend Nachos Streaming New Single

Weekend Nachos will be releasing a new 7" single in January titled "Watch You Suffer," which will consist of two tracks:

1. Watch You Suffer
2. That Life Of Yours

The band has now teamed up with Bloody Disgusting to stream the "Watch You Suffer" track, discuss the Nightmare on Elm Street series, and host a contest to win the new single. Check out the details at Bloody Disgusting here or check out the track in the player below. More...

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Terminate Signs With Selfmadegod Records

Selfmadegod Records is proud to announce the signing of death metal act Terminate from Illinois. The label issued the following statement about Terminate:

"The mission of Terminate is simple: to play death metal the way it was meant to be played. Taking influences from death metal stalwarts Bolt Thrower and Autopsy, while maintaining a melodic sensibility akin to Swedish greats Dismember and Entombed is what defines Terminate sound.

"Thanks to their self-released Thirst For The Obscene EP in 2011, Polish label Selfmadegod took notice of the crushing act and immediately inked a deal with Terminate to release their debut full-length in early 2013, which the members are currently in the process of finalizing. More details will be announced soon.

"Terminate was formed in late 2009 by guitarist/vocalist John Porada and drummer Jim Smith. After releasing their Thirst For The Obscene demo, the lineup was completed with Tom Cardella on guitar and Alfred Mulle on bass. Consisting of veterans of the Chicago metal scene as well as the New York metal scene, the band has quickly made a name for itself, catching the attention of not only within their home city of Chicago, but also a core of underground fans across the world."

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

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J.R. Hayes Hosts Relapse Podcast

Relapse Records is closing out 2012 with a special podcast curated by J.R. Hayes of Pig Destroyer. Mr. Hayes has picked 20 of his favorite tracks from the Relapse catalog in addition to answering an in-depth interview about the band's new album "Book Burner."

Later in the podcast there is a preview of 2013 featuring new music from Red Fang, Blockheads, Call of the Void, and Wolvserpent. Download the podcast at this location.

Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" (reviewed here) this past October on Relapse Records.

The deluxe editions each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists' unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

The full "Book Burner" album can be heard in its entirety on Pig Destroyer's Bandcamp page here.

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Aether Realm Announces Details On Debut Album

Aether Realm has checked in with the following update about releasing the "One Chosen By The Gods" album:

"In a extreme fit of holiday spirit, we've decided on a release date! Our debut album, One Chosen by the Gods, will be released through Primitive Ways Records (and, you know, us) on January 8th, 2013. The track listing is:

1. Journey of Discovery
2. Hourglass
3. Æther Realm
4. Swampwitch
5. One Chosen by the Gods
6. Ravensong
7. Winter's Grasp
8. Odin Will Provide
9. Oak

"You can reserve your copy RIGHT NOW at this location. Reasons you should do that: 1. We want your money because we're greedy capitalist pigdog scum 2. Everyone that pre-orders will get an exclusive download of Hourglass in the ol' email inbox machine within 24 hours of their order." More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Posts Music Video Teaser

Italian symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse will be premiering a new video for "The Forsaking" on Friday the 21st of December, and Metal Hammer will be hosting the premiere. In the mean time, check out a teaser clip for the release below.

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Deathember Reveals "Going Postal" Track Listing

Swedish groove metal act Deathember has released the track list for the band's upcoming debut album ”Going Postal,” set to be released in early 2013 through Violent Groove Music Group. The track listing is:

1. Going Postal
2. Spirals
3. Quietly
4. Unending Thirst
5. Let us flip a few pages back (Part 1)
6. Where I Evade (Part 2)
7. The Deprivation (Part 3, Feat. Daniel Ädel)
8. Repeat & Remind
9. Hailing Down (Feat. Ralph Santolla)
10. Amnesiac
11. By Damnation (Bonus track for ltd. Edition)

Deathember earlier announced the guest appearances of Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth) and Daniel Ädel (Uneven Structure, Vildhjarta) on the album. The band comments: "It was a huge honor for us to have Ralph and Daniel on two separate songs on the album. Ralph is one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time and Daniel's band Vildhjarta is one of the most important bands today in modern metal."

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Paganland Announces "Wind Of Freedom" Release

Today Svarga Music announces March 4th, 2013 as the international release date for Paganland's "Wind of Freedom." The band's debut album "Wind of Freedom" is the Ukrainians' first new release in nearly five years, following a split CD with Tini Zabutyh Predkiv in 2008. The album's track listing is:

1. Wheel of Eternity (intro)
2. Shadows of the Past
3. Power of Spirit
4. Chornohora
5. Podolyanka
6. Night Forest
7. Fogs and Twilights
8. Wind of Freedom

The following press release was also issued about the band's history:

"Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv – one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland's debut demo Gods of Golden Circle (1999) and the demo Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The line-up changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused PAGANLAND's breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group re-formed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, Wind Of Freedom, having resumed their concert activity.

"Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt'sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert…the runes of Veles’ Book and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)…secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves...how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

"Paganland's members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can - and must - stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland's creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history." More...

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Letlive. Announces Headlining Tour

letlive. has announced plans to hit the road for a series of North American headlining dates. The band will be joined by HRVRD, This Is Hell, Conditions, and Rescuer. The headlining tour is set to begin Sunday, January 27th in Orlando, FL and wrap Sunday, February 10th in Toledo, OH.

On top of two tours with the Deftones in Europe and Australia, the band will continue the 2013 world take over by joining San Diego post-hardcore band Pierce The Veil on tour in March. letlive. is also pleased to announce the band will be appearing on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour all summer long. The band's upcoming appearances include: More...

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Above The Earth Streaming Debut EP

Above The Earth is a project featuring Serbian vocalist Aleksandra Radosavljevic (ex-Destiny Potato) and Russian guitarist/vocalist Arsafes (Kartikeya). The band's debut self-titled EP is now available online and can be streamed through the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Unmasked (Intro) 01:03
2. Trapeze (feat. Jakub Zytecki) 05:59
3. You 05:07
4. Eden (feat. Aleksandra Djelmash) 04:40
5. All Our Dreams (feat. Adam Nolly Getgood) 06:52 More...

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One Man Army & The Undead Quartet Breaking Up

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about One Man Army and the Undead Quartet (which features Johan Lindstrand of The Crown) officially calling it quits after going on hiatus a year ago:

"We've got bad news for you. About a year ago, Johan announced that the band will take a break and that he'll put all his energy into making the reunion with his band The Crown. Now he confirmed what most of you probably thought would happen: One Many Army and the Undead Quartet call it quits."

Johan Lindstrand added: "Hi there everyone. The time has come to say goodbye. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since the last year hasn't exactly been favored to One Man Army. I no longer feel that strong towards what the band meant in the beginning. The first 3-4 years were magic defined but sadly that magic couldn't last.

"Me and all the members, past and present, would like to thank you all a million times for your support. We had a blast most of the times.

"I will now continue my ride with The Crown. May One Man Army And The Undead Quartet rest in peace. This legacy will forever be with me and hopefully with you too! Thank you for the music guys and good luck for your new/future projects!"

One Man Army and the Undead Quartet released four full-length albums, finishing with 2011's "The Dark Epic."

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Zillah Offering Back Catalog For Free

Edinburgh, Scotland's Zillah has posted the following brief announcement online about offering previous releases online for free download: "For the rest of December you can grab all of our digital back catalogue for FREE from our bandcamp page here. Have a grim Christmas."

You can also stream the full "Substitute For A Catastrophe" album through the Bandcamp player available below, or find more info on Zillah over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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The Last Vegas Releases "Other Side" Video

The new studio album of U.S. sleaze rockers The Last Vegas "Bad Decisions" was released In November in Europe, along with a video clip for "Evil Eyes."

Now the Chicago-based band follows the release up with a second video clip, filmed for the song “Other Side." Check out the new video below.

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Lordi Signs With AFM Records

AFM Records proudly announces a true "monstrous" new signing: Finnish shock rockers Lordi have signed a deal with AFM/ The Hamburg-based record label will release Lordi's new album "To Beast or Not To Beast" on March 8th worldwide (excluding Finland and USA).

Also with "To Beast Or Not To Beast," the band presents its new line-up: keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Kita) have joined the bunch. Looking forward to an eventful year 2013, first new Lordi tour dates have been confirmed already:

03.04.2013 D-Hamburg (Markthalle)
04.04.2013 D-Geiselwind (Autohof Strohofer)
05.04.2013 D-Memmingen (Kaminwerk)
06.04.2013 D-Offenbach (Bieber TV Turnhalle)
07.04.2013 D-Mannheim (Alte Seilerei)
11.04.2013 D-Köln (Essigfabrik)
12.04.2013 D-Burglengenfeld (VAZ)
13.04.2013 D-Leipzig (Hellraiser)
14.04.2013 D-Berlin (K 17)
16.04.2013 CH-Pratteln (Z 7)
18.04.2013 ITA-Bologna (ZR Club)
19.04.2013 ITA-Roma (Orion Club)
20.04.2013 ITA-Treviso (New Age Club)
21.04.2013 ITA-Milan (Alcatraz)
25.04.2013 ES-Madrid (Penelope)
26.04.2013 ES-Pamplona (Sala Tottem)
27.04.2013 ES-Barcelona (Sala Tottem)

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Dir En Grey Posts Video For New Single

Since the release of Japanese act Dir En Grey's 8th album "Dum Spiro Spero," the band has been on hiatus following a vigorous touring schedule in Japan and abroad. Now a year and a half since a last single release, Dir En Grey is back with "Rinkaku," which will hit stores this December 19th, 2012. A video clip for the single has been posted online and can be viewed below. The band also comments:

"The track is unlike anything you have heard before, almost overturning the band's musical concept on a new scale, coming in with a range full of depth with Kyo's vocals that evoke classical elements in this beautiful and intricate melodic track which builds up dramatically with the intertwining guitars and bass.

"The new single from Dir En Grey will be released with two tracks which will include a new rendition of 'Kiri to Mayu' previously released on the album 'Missa' (25.07.1997) and a remix of 'RINKAKU' by famed sound designer of horror game series 'Silent Hill,' Akira Yamaoka. Once again Tue Madsen came on as the Mix Engineer for this release after lending his unrivaled expertise on 'Dum Spiro Spero.'"

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A Body Divided Offering EP For Free Download

Knoxville, TN's A Body Divided has checked in with the following announcement about offering the band's latest EP for digital download: "We will be releasing a new track off of our full length album in a couple of weeks! Until then if you don't have our EP 'The Rescuer' you can download it at Bandcamp here for free!"

The songs can also be heard in the player below, and the full track listing is as follow:

1. Beginnings 03:14
2. I Am Alive 04:11
3. JSB 04:18
4. A Familiar Vice 03:33
5. Resurrection 05:20 More...

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Mastery To Release New Album

Toronto's Mastery has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album later this month:

"The time has come! The official online release date of our new album featuring Billy Milano on vocals, 'In The Key Of Kill,' Doomsday December 21st, 2012! The whole album will go online as a FREE DOWNLOAD!"

The track listing for "In The Key Of Kill" is as follows:

01. Ashes of Epiphanies
02. Step Up
03. Ascension
04. Blood and Bones
05. Renumeration
06. This Our Dying Breath
07. Faithful Trust
08. The High and The Mighty
09. We Slaughter The Shepherds
10. The Great Manic Depression
11. Divided Nations
12. In the Key of Kill More...

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Vader Drum Cam Footage Available

Vader has posted drum cam footage online from the "Back to the Black" tour 2012. Check out a video shot at the Rude Boy Club in Bielsko below. Vader also has upcoming January European tour dates with Bonded By Blood, with full details on the run available at this location.

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