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Metal News for December 18, 2011

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Umbral Torturer To Release New Album

South Lake Tahoe brutal death metal band Umbral Torturer is currently putting the finishing touches on It's new album, "Suicidal Re-Animated Flesh Orgy," set for release in February of 2012. It will feature original artwork by Andrey Kroms. You may stream Umbral Torturer's material on it's MySpace page, and check out an uploaded video for "Eyes of the Butcher" below. The tracklisting for the twelve song release is as follows:

1. Eyes Of The Butcher
2. Gutterslut Gutfiddler
3. Suicidal Re-animated Flesh Orgy
4. Suffer Through The Brain Rot
5. Splintered Whore Poriddge
6. Descent Into The Macabre Abyss
7. Reduced To Feed
8. Brutality Is My Religion
9. Skull Splitting Maniac
10. Torment Hymn
11. Actus Reas
12. Gagged And Gutted More...

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Black Rainbows Releases Album Teaser

Black Rainbows has posted a teaser for it's new album, "Supermothafuzzalicious!!," on Heavy Psych Sounds records. The Italian doom trio is also currently streaming songs from the release at this location, where you can also sample tracks from their other two releases "Carmina Diabolo" and "Twilight in the Desert." More...

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Meth Leppard Unleashes Debut

San Luis Obispo's Meth Leppard has released it's debut seven-song album of stoner substance-induced metal. The band is currently playing a few gigs in central California with the Mentors and also headlining a couple of others. Meth Leppard is one of the few bands to have three guitarists on it's roster. Below is an uploaded video from it's self-titled debut for the track "Hit the Pipes." You can hear more tweaker-themed tunes on Meth Leppard's MySpace page. More...

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Krudo Releases Debut Album

Krudo has just unleashed it's new album "Demencial," a ten-song outing from this Chilean technical metal band. The group saw it's beginnings in 1995, which is interesting considering this is Krudo's debut album. The artwork on the album was done by graphic artist Mauricio Javier Gonzalez, and you may see the studio tracks that went into the making of the album on Krudo's YouTube channel. Below is a preview of "Demencial." More...

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Epica Reveals Album Artwork & Track Listing

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming and much anticipated album "Requiem for the Indifferent." The album will be released on March 9, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Requiem for the Indifferent" is as follows:

1 - Karma
2 - Monopoly on Truth
3 - Storm the Sorrow
4 - Delirium
5 - Internal Warfare
6 - Requiem for the Indifferent
7 - Anima
8 - Guilty Demeanor
9 - Deep Water Horizon
10 - Stay the Course
11 - Deter the Tyrant
12 - Avalanche
13 - Serenade of Self-Destruct

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Chimp Spanner Live Footage Available

Digital Fufux has posted footage online of Chimp Spanner performing "Bad Code" live in Paris during the band's current run of European tour dates alongside Cynic. Check out the performance clip below, or find more details on the tour at this location.

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Periphery Posts New Studio Clip

Periphery has checked in from the studio with a bizarre new video clip simply titled "We Finished the Album!" Check out the wackiness below, and for bonus weirdness, head over to the video's YouTube page and read through the random Final Fantasy 7 fan fiction in the video description.

Further details on Periphery's upcoming release will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out more on Periphery by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Crow Black Sky Streaming Remastered Track

South Africa's Crow Black Sky has posted a remastered version of the song "Retribution" online, which can be heard via the player below or by heading over to the band's Reverbnation page. "Retribution" is taken off the "Pantheion" album, which has the following track listing:

1. Vita Satus
2. Dissention
3. The Oppressor’s Fortune
4. A Shadow Consumes the Desert Sun
5. Pantheion
6. Retribution
7. Stars of God
8. Our Path Disdained
9. Exodus
10. Home
11. Our Path Disdained (Instrumental) More...

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Power Quest To Support Freedom Call

Power Quest, which recruited a new front man last month, has issued the following announcement about upcoming shows with Freedom Call:

"Following on from an overwhelmingly successful first show with new vocalist Colin Callanan in Wakefield in November, Power Quest are pleased to announce they will be returning to Europe in March 2012 as special guests of German power metal legends Freedom Call. The dates are as follows:

08.03.12 Thu CH Pratteln @ Z7?
09.03.12 Fri GER Kaufbeuren @ Allkart Halle (Partyraum)?
10.03.12 Sat GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal?
11.03.12 Sun GER Bochum @ Zeche

"Prior to that tour, Power Quest will be starting 2012 by headlining day 1 of the Arctic Festival in London, at the Bridgehouse2, on Friday January 6th.Tickets are available via the following link here.

"In the meantime, the Power Quest camp would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year. Thank you for all your support during 2011, especially everyone who came out to see us at Bloodstock, Hammerfest, on tour with Symphony X and Crimson Glory or at one of our own headline shows in the UK and Europe! ?See you somewhere on tour in 2012!"

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Thurisaz Announces First Show In India

Belgian act Thurisaz has issued the following announcement about performing in India for the first time:

"Hey!

"We're very proud to announce our 1st show ever on Indian soil at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus for Pearl-2012! This in February 18th, 2012! India here we come! Thanks to Unseen Underground.

"More info soon!"

You can also listen to two tracks off the band's latest album "The Cimmerian Years" by navigating over to this location, or find more info on Thurisaz via MySpace.

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Azterion Recording New Songs

Costa Rican experimental thrashers Azterion are in the studio laying down the tracks for an album to be released sometime in 2012. The band has uploaded several videos of the drum and guitar segments for a few of the songs, and below we have one showing Mario Portuguez laying down some drum tracks for "Nomada." Currently, Azterion is gearing up for opening the Craneo Metal Fest IX, which will take place on January 29th at Pepper's Club in Curridabat and feature Pestilence and Dying Fetus headlining. To hear more of Azterion, you may stream the band's last EP, "Destructural," at this location. More...

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Iconoclast Recording New Material

Santiago band Iconoclast reports from the studio that it has recorded six of the eight tracks it plans to include on the new, as of yet untitled, album it will release by early 2012. The band, who used to be known as Permafrost, changed it's name to Iconoclast after Fabian Meier left the group. The first EP from Iconoclast, "Naqoyqatsi," was released earlier this year and is available to stream at this location. More...

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Sunday Old School: Exodus

This past October Sunday Old School looked at British doom metal band, Electric Wizard. In the introduction, I stated that some bands are essential to a genres fan base, the first example being California thrashers, Exodus. So this week we’re going to examine the band in greater detail and see just how important to the thrash metal scene Exodus really are. The band was formed in Richmond, California by guitarists Kirk Hammett and Tim Agnello in 1981, along with drummer Tom Hunting, vocalist Keith Stewart and bassist Carlton Melson, who was soon replaced by Jeff Andrews, with Agnello leaving shortly afterwards to become a minister, leaving the second guitarist spot to be filled by guitar tech, Gary Holt. More departures would soon follow, with the band deciding to replace Stewart with their eccentric friend, Paul Baloff and Jeff Andrews departing after the band recorded their first demo to form an early version of Possessed and most notably, founding member Hammett leaving to join Metallica, who were just about to record their debut album, "Kill ‘em All" in New York. With Hammett now replaced by Rick Hunolt, the band began recording their debut album, "Bonded By Blood," which despite taking over a year to release due to business issues, proved to be well worth the wait, as it has since been hailed as one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive feedback Exodus received for "Bonded By Blood," they decided to fire Baloff as he was too much for them to handle and replaced him with Legacy frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. This lineup of the band proved to be stable to some degree, and they released their second album, "Pleasures Of The Flesh" in 1987 which entered the Billboard charts at number 82, a position which was matched by the third Exodus album, "Fabulous Disaster." This album featured the song, "Toxic Waltz" which received regular rotation on the MTV show, Headbanger’s Ball, ultimately proving to be one of the most popular Exodus songs. Tom Hunting left the band after the release of "Fabulous Disaster" but they took a big step by signing with major label, Capitol Records, who housed fellow Californian thrashers, Megadeth at the time. The resulting fourth album, "Impact Is Imminent" received very negative feedback and after a live album, "Good Friendly Violent Fun" and another album, "Force Of Habit" in 1992, which saw the band experiment with their sound, they decided to call it a day, reuniting with Baloff briefly in 1997 for a live album entitled, "Another Lesson In Violence" before breaking up again. More...

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