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Metal News for December 20, 2011

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44 news articles posted on this day.

'77 New Album And Tracklisting Revealed

Spanish heavy rock/metal band '77 is releasing it's second album, "High Decibels," on February 28th, 2012 via Listenable Records. This album is the follow-up to 2009's "21st Century Rock," the cover and tracklisting following below. You may listen to '77's official video for the song "Your Game's Over" from the first album at this location.


High Decibels
(Gotta Go) Gotta Hit The Road
Are You Ready For Rock 'n' Roll
Beat It Up
Backdoor Man
Gimme A Dollar
This Girl Is On Fire
Meltin' In A Spoon
Since You Been Gone
Promised Land
Things You Can't Talk About (Bonus Track) More...

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The Dead Stare Nightmares Offers EP Download

Having just released it's debut EP, The Dead Stare Nightmares is issuing it online for download. This experimental deathcore band from the Yucatan consists of six members, and this five song EP titled "Behumanized" can be downloaded at this site. Posted is an uploaded video of the title track from the EP. More...

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We Shall Die First Offers Download Of EP

Christian deathcore band We Shall Die First has a new five song EP out titled "The Divine Caveat," and is releasing it for download at this site. The five members of the band hail from Reynosa in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Here is a video from the EP for the song "The Fallen Sense." More...

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Aether Streaming New Song Online

Aether, the melodic doom duo consisting of Diego Rodriguez and Cristian "Gulacha" Yans, has released a new song. Titled "A Part of Your Past," we have it here for you to stream online at this location. There are also five other tracks from earlier material available to stream there from this Argentinian band, including a cover they do of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Check out an older video for the Aether song "I Just Fade." More...

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Trucker Diablo Releases Debut

Belfast heavy rockers Trucker Diablo have released their debut "The Devil Rhythm." The U.S. version of the album has a previously unreleased track and two live songs from the Download Festival 2011. The band has been chosen to support Black Stone Cherry on the Irish leg of their tour. We have posted an official video Trucker Diablo just released for the track "Drink Beer, Destroy," which was filmed in Belfast by Red Cap Production. Head over to MySpace if you want to hear more songs from them. More...

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Ayahuasca Dark Trip Streams Both EP's

Ritualistic drone metal band Ayahuasca Dark Trip is streaming both of it's EP's online - "Mind Journey" from 2010 and "The Unknown Trip at the Top of the Mountain" from this year. The four core musicians from Ayahuasca Dark Trip come from all different countries - The Netherlands, Peru, Brazil and Greece. The band has also started work on a new opus, "Bardo Thodol," which will be released in the beginning of 2012. It will contain references to the Tibetan Book of the Dead. More...

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The Company Corvette Releases Debut

Philadelphia based stoner rock band The Company Corvette has put out it's debut album "End of the Summers" via Ozium Records in Europe. The band is streaming five songs from it on it's Reverbnation page and has uploaded a video for the song "Wet Shoes." More...

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Trollfest Issues New Recording Update

Norway's Trollfest has checked in from the studio again with the following update about recording the upcoming "Brumlebassen" album:

"Hello fellow drunks bloggers!! Last few days have been spent mostly drinking and recording percussion and acoustic string instruments. Every melody on the album needs to be recorded multiply times with different instruments. So its a very time consuming process, So we desperately needs to lubricate our joints with lots of beer and Gin Tonic to endure the insane pressure (of death and misery!).

"Manskow and Trollmannen have been very busy (and drunk) recording all kind of percussion like tambourine, maracas, eggs, darbuka, djembé, And it really sounds like we have been visited be some ancient tribes doing some sort of mad and sacrificial mating ritual (of death and misery)!!

"Mr. Seidel has been mostly eating chips, but has also contributed with some insane and smooth guitar and Bouzouki shit. More...

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UFO Reveals "Seven Deadly" Details

Britian's UFO will release the new studio album "Seven Deadly" on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe, and on February 28th in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer. The album will be available as a limited edition digipack including 2 bonus tracks, double gatefold LP with 2 bonus tracks and orange vinyl, standard jewel version and download.

The digipack track listing is as follows:

1. Fight Night 4:35
2. Wonderland 5:08
3. Mojo Town 3:58
4. Angel Station 6:25
5. Year Of The Gun 4:07
6. The Last Stone Rider 3:54
7. Steal Yourself 4:46
8. Burn Your House Down 5:15
9. The Fear 3:31
10. Waving Good bye 5:24
11. Other Men's Wives 4:09 (bonus track)
12. Bag O` Blues 5:21 (bonus track) More...

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Saviour Signs With Skull And Bones

Skull and Bones Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Saviour:

"Australian heavy music label Skull and Bones Records are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our family, Saviour; a melodic hardcore/metal act from the north coast of Perth, Western Australia, performing an energetic and angst driven style that combines the heaviness of Parkway Drive with the unharnessed emotion of Carpathian and dark melodic sensibilities of The Ghost Inside.

"Bursting onto the scene in 2009 with their high octane live performances and a slew of original material, this 5-piece have since played many successful live shows, built a solid following and supported heavyweight acts such as All Shall Perish, Emmure, For The Fallen Dreams, Stick To Your Guns, The Amity Affliction and Confession along the way.

"Saviour's debut full-length album, 'Once We Were Lions,' is a collection of 13 tracks showcasing their ability to seamlessly forge harmony and dissonance through angst driven emotional performances expressing both positivity, contemplation and lament. From the driving first single, 'Vomit,' to the crushingly heavy 'Scarecrow,' the beautifully emotional 'Evelette' or the bouncing new school vibe of 'Atlantis,' the album is a first class, very impressive and dynamic debut offering for listeners of heavy music everywhere. More...

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I Shit On Your Face Releasing New Album

Brazilian brutal death metal band I Shit On Your Face is releasing a new album, titled "Defecation - Domination" on Despise the Sun records in early 2012. The band has several split albums and 7" records with other bands, and remained a four piece after second guitarist Anal Andy left the band. You can listen to I Shit On Your Face's music on MySpace, plus we've posted up a video for you from their debut, "Anal Barbecue." More...

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Blind Myself Posts "Deal Broker" Video

Hungary based act Blind Myself has posted an animated music video online for the song "Deal Broker." You can check out the clip below, or find more details on Blind Myself by heading over to the band's Facebook profile or official website.

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Renouncer To Release Debut EP

Current members of tech-death metallers Diskreet (Siege of Amida Records) and hardcore band Kicked In (Thick Skin Records) have come together to collectively form the new band Renouncer.

The 4-piece hardcore act out of Kansas City, MO is set to release the debut EP, "Incorporeal Insurrection," on Disgorge Media sometime next month. In the mean time, the band has posted a full track from the effort via Facebook.

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Southern Drinkstruction Announces New Album

Death'n'roll band Southern Drinkstruction has announced that it is in the final phases of recording material to be put on it's second full-length album, to be titled "Drunk Till Death." The album will be released on it's new label, Despise the Sun Records, and will drop on March 2nd. The band plans to have a release party at the Closer Music Club in Rome on that date. You may also stream songs from this Italian bands debut, "Drink With Us," on MySpace. Below is a video for a track from Southern Drinkstruction's debut, "Fist Fest." More...

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Raedon Kong Streaming New Album

Louisiana's Raedon Kong recently released the new album "We Are the Worms," and the band has now made the release available for streaming online and free download. You can check out the songs from the album in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Here They Come
2. We Are The Worms
3. Owls
4. Fallen in the Fields
5. Radios
6. Through the Formless Darkness
7. Remnants
8. Forever Shining Void More...

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Metal Injection Posts 2011 Recap Video

Metal Injection has posted a video highlight online of 2011 metal event coverage, from jumping aboard a cruise ship for 70,000 Tons of Metal, to hanging on the black carpet at the Revolver Golden Gods, to going to Summer festivals.

Check out this reel below, featuring the likes of William Shatner, Corey Taylor, Sebastian Bach, Suicide Silence, The Ozzy Osbourne Band, Richard Christy, and many more. More...

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Ratzinger Writing New Songs

Chilean metallers Ratzinger have announced that they are writing new material for their next album, which will follow-up the last release "2012." According to guitarist/vocalist Ivan Vega, the band has already written half of the music for the new album.

Ratzinger's last live performances before the band heads into the studio to start recording the new album will occur on February 11th & 12th at the Rio Bueno Open Air. You can also check out Ratzinger's music video for "Make-Make" in the player below.

For more information about the band, head over to the official Ratzinger Facebook page at this location.

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Just For Fun

Kiss Opening Mini Golf Course In Las Vegas

Kiss has announced it's foray into the outdoor entertainment business by planning to open a mini golf course across the street from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The scheduled opening date will be March 15th, 2012, which will correspond with the anniversary of the "Destroyer" album release. Kiss By Monster Mini Golf will feature an indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, an arcade, the largest Kiss gift shop in the world, a Kiss gallery, “Hotter than Hell” wedding chapel, a private VIP room and Kiss themed event rooms, and “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” Cafe. In a joint statement delivered by Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, both spoke of their reasons for undertaking this project:

“When the idea of a Kiss mini golf course was presented to us, we immediately knew that everyone would want to go to a Kiss-themed amusement attraction,” they said. “There is nothing like Kiss mini golf anywhere… It has everything you could ask for: great Kiss music, fun games, affordable entertainment in one of the greatest cities in the world, and of course, Kiss. A hole in one? One can only dream. Try your luck at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf.”

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Lacuna Coil Posts New Album Teaser

Lacuna Coil has posted a new teaser clip online for the upcoming album "Dark Adrenaline," due out via Century Media Records on January 24th 2012. Check out the clip below, or you can also hear the entire new song "Kill the Light" at this location.

The track listing for "Dark Adrenaline" is as follows:

1. Trip The Darkness
2. Against You
3. Kill the Light
4. Give Me Something More
5. Upsidedown
6. End of Time
7. I Don't Believe in Tomorrow
8. Intoxicated
9. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
11. Fire
12. My Spirit

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Sleeping Giant Posts "Tithemi" Video

Sleeping Giant has teamed up with New Release Tuesday for the premiere of the new music video for "Tithemi."

Capturing the band's explosive live performance and impassioned crowd interactions, the video was filmed over two continents including South America and the U.S. Guitarist Eric Gregson says, "This is Sleeping Giant in our element and our worship in its proper context. It doesn't get more raw than this."

The song "Tithemi" is taken from "Kingdom Days In An Evil Age," Sleeping Giant's Ain't No Grave Records debut. Sleeping Giant will also be playing four dates alongside Stick To Your Guns at the end of the month. Details are as follows:

12/28 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/29 - Pomona, CA @ Aladdin Jr.'s
12/30 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA @ Nitty Gritty
12/31 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

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"Holy Fucking ANTIChristmas" Compilation Available

Carrying on the tradition that in started in 2008, Norway’s Misantrof ANTIRecords has, for the fourth year running, released its Christmas compilation. Titled “Holy Fucking ANTIChristmas Volume 4”, the album takes an irreverent poke at what Christmas has become.

This year’s compilation is a double CD release and contains 18 tracks from 18 bands of varying genres, loosely based on the various facets of Christmas. The tracks have either been newly written and recorded, or adapted especially for this album. Like all Misantrof releases the 18-track compilation is available for free download, together with cover art and information about the bands involved at this location. Contributing artists are as follows:

Side Shit (Disc 1)

Air Raid Control
Dim Aura
Dunkelheit
Glomb
Harfang
Hecate
Hjorth
Ion Vader
Jesus Hitler One Man Gangbang Band

Side Piss (Disc 2)

Legion of Crows
Lydia Laska
Dos HellHypnosis
Plaag
Svidd
The Small Penis Syndromes
Throne of Malediction
Unknown Johnson
Vrangsinn More...

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Medicated Releases "Ways To Make You Fall" Clip

Finnish act Medicated has posted an official music video online for "Ways to Make You Fall," which is the title track off the EP of the same name. The clip was filmed during shows in the spring of 2011 and can be viewed below.

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Ways to Make You Fall
2. God Hates You
3. Arrogance
4. Faith No More

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I Exist Signs With Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic

Canberra, Australia’s I Exist has signed a deal with Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic Records for the world outside of Australia. The sludge-infused hardcore act’s second album, entitled “II: The Broken Passage,” which was released via Resist Records down under over the summer, will be released in North America on January 31st, and will share U.K. and European release dates with their new label mates, Everything Went Black, on February 6th and February 10th, respectively. Pre-orders are now online and available here.

The seven-piece band recorded “II: The Broken Passage,” at Melbourne’s Goatsound Studios, with American producer, Billy Anderson. I Exist toured Australia earlier this year with Doomriders and expect to hit North America and Europe in 2012.

For more info on I Exist, check out the band's official Facebook profile by navigating to this location.

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Absu Announces European "Connexus Conjuration"

Absu has announced the dates for the upcoming European "Connexus Conjuration" tour 2012, which will also feature Impiety. Details are as follows:

06.04.12 Norway Oslo @ Inferno Fest (Absu only)
07.04.12 Switzerland @ Winterthur Salzhaus
08.04.12 France Paris @ Glazart
09.04.12 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
10.04.12 UK Manchester @ Moho
11.04.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
12.04.12 UK London @ Underworld
13.04.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
14.04.12 Germany Lichtenfels @ Ragnarök Fest (Absu only) More...

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Valkyrja To Play Huginns Awakening Fest

Swedish act Valkyrja has been confirmed for the upcoming Huginns Awakening Fest IV, which is set to take place on April 14th, 2012 in Belgium. Valkyrja also recently posted footage online of the band's performing at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting performance, which can be viewed below. For more on the band's recent touring, check out the group's latest road report at this location.

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Saxon Posts New Tour Videos

Saxon has posted several tour video podcasts online chronicling the band's time on the road. You can check out the video clips below for Krakow, Edinburgh, and Belfast. You can also check out the previously posted San Francisco clip by heading over to this location.

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Bleeding Through Reveals New Album Track Listing

Bleeding Through previously announced the band's new album will be titled "The Great Fire," and the effort is set for release on January 31st, 2012. The band has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the release, which can be viewed below.

1. The March
2. Faith In Fire
3. Goodbye To Death
4. Final Hours
5. Starving Vultures
6. Everything You love Is Gone
7. Walking Dead
8. The Devil And Self Doubt
9. Step Back In Line
10. Trail of Seclusion
11. Deaf Ears
12. One By One
13. Entrenched
14. Back To Life More...

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Cauldron Black Ram Reveals EP Details

Australia's Cauldron Black Ram has issued the following statement about the band's new EP:

"Cauldron Black Ram ejaculate unto your ears 4 abrasions… 4 oblations… nay, 4 grand destructive dirges to taint the blood and heart rot-black! The Poisoner Maxi EP will burst open your stereo speakers, stride into your room, and molest indiscriminately – bent on the simultaneous pleasure & pain of all in earshot.

"Cauldron Black Ram’s Maxi-EP, The Poisoner, is out now via Abysmal Sounds as a limited digipak – only 200 copies! Jewel case CD will be made available worldwide in 2012. The vinyl version will be released on Parasitic Records in early 2012."

You can find the EP's cover artwork and stream the title track below. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Poisoner
2. Corpse Chariot
3. Beast in the Brass
4. Infernal Interjections More...

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Woods of Ypres Streaming "Traveling Alone"

Canadian blackened doom metal outfit Woods of Ypres have released another new song from their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," available February 13th, 2012.

The new track, titled "Traveling Alone," is streaming now on the Metal Hammer Germany website.

The track appears on a German-language site, but English readers should find the track without any hassle. Additionally, the site includes a slide show of the band in various environments, which fits well with the song's traveling theme.

Woods of Ypres front man, David Gold comments on the track:

"When lead guitarist Joel Violette and I were deciding how to title this song, I suggested 'Customs', 'Kuwait' and 'Traveling Alone'. Joel voted for 'Traveling Alone' because it was a broader concept that we thought lots of metalheads could relate to, hoping it would create some intrigue.

"The song is about travel to a foreign land, the meeting between people of different cultures and a discussion of an interrogative nature about existence and God, inspired by my travels to Kuwait to work as a teacher last year.

"The 'Traveler' claims to be traveling alone and has 'nothing else to declare' and the local challenges the reasons for his beliefs. The traveler understands why a culture might believe in God if they live in abundance and therefore believe to have seen evidence of a God who loves and cares for people, while someone who does not live in abundance and has not seen evidence of God might not believe in the existence of one at all. See the lyrics: 'When I look around you, I understand why you believe. I see your evidence of God, all around me. You have so therefore you are, but I have not. You are too rich for hate, and I'm too poor to love'.

"The song arrangement is quite traditional, with an intro, verses, soaring choruses, a solo bridge, a spoken word breakdown and a crushing modern rock outro.

"We hope you enjoy it."

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GWAR Cancels European Tour Dates

The European leg of GWAR's "Return of the World Maggot" tour, scheduled to kick off in January 2012 has been cancelled after several promoters pulled the plug on shows, citing poor ticket sales.

GWAR spokesman Dave Brockie commented on the tour's cancellation: "Several of the promoters were alarmed by the low ticket sales, and they decided to start pulling the plug on shows. It got to the point where we had lost so many shows that we simply could not afford to do the tour."

Brockie continued: "We are super disappointed that this happened, and we apologize to all of our European fans for cancelling the tour. We did everything we could possibly do to save it, but it just didn't work out. The tickets are fully refundable so make sure you get your money back!"

In other GWAR related news, Oderus and Balsac were recently "hired" by MTV's Next Movie to review the new Steven Spielberg's new epic, "War Horse." Are your Mutant Overlords the next Siskel and Ebert??? Find out here.

GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot also passed away in November, and the family recently released a statement regarding the cause of death and a fund to raise money for Cory's surviving family.

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Freedom Call Unveils Album Art And Track Listing

German power metal band Freedom Call has unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming LP "Land of the Crimson Dawn" which is scheduled for release on February 27, 2012 (EU), February 24, 2012 (Germany) and February 28, 2012 (North America). The digipak version will contain a six Freedom Call cover songs by various artists.

Singer/guitarist Chris Bay commented on the songs for the new LP: "The new tracks simply have more of that rock'n'roll feel. Everything sounds much rawer, there's more focus on the guitars than before, and the musicians had more freedom during the recordings than they used to have."

The track listing for "Land of the Crimson Dawn" is as follows: More...

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Cannabis Corpse Seeks New Musicians

Phil "Landphil" Hall has announced on his Facebook page that Weedgrinder and Nikropolis have left Cannabis Corpse. The guitarist and co-founder of the group is looking to fill the void left by the guitarist and singer. Landphil writes:

"Yo Yo Cannabis corpse fans, Good news and bad news

"Bad news: 'Weedgrinder' and 'Nikropolis' have decided to leave Cannabis Corpse, We wish them luck on there future endeavors.

"Good news: Cannabis corpse will continue to play shows and put out killer death metal with a new line up, Interested Musicians contact us @ Landphilbass@hotmail.com"

The marijuana-themed death metal act recently finished a U.S. tour with All Shall Perish and The Black Dahlia Murder.

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Ahab To Record New Album

Ahab presents all sailors and whalers with the following update regarding an upcoming new album:

"At the end of January, we'll enter studio to record the yet untitled follow-up to 'The Divinity of Oceans'. These days we're in the final phase of the songwriting process and are eager to finish the compositions.

"We promise to keep you informed about the ongoing process. Make sure to visit us on facebook and our website on a regular basis. Cheers, AHAB."

For more details on Ahab and to stay up to date with the recording process, head over to this location.

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A Haunted Mantra Recording New Songs

North Carolina's A Haunted Mantra has issued the following announcement about recording new material:

"Hey everyone,

"We've been hard at work in the studio again and are working on a couple new tracks, 'Involuntary Spinal Subluxation' and an untitled Instrumental.

"We're pumped to finish these up and get them out sometime during the winter! We'll have a video studio update as well, so keep checking back for more!"

For more on A Haunted Mantra, check out the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Revilement Announces Philippines Shows

Revilement will be playing shows in the Philippines for the first time next month. The two shows will feature support from Anal Fissure, Discreate, Nuclear Punishment and more. Here are the dates of the shows:

MANILA-JANUARY 13 (Friday)
DAVAO-JANUARY 14 (Saturday)

Revilement recently played a run of shows in Thailand, including the Bang-Cock Death Fest. You can read the wrap-up on the festival and watch a video documentary online.

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Otargos Posts Making-Of Video

French act Otargos has released a making-of video clip from the filming of the "Worship Industrialized" music video, which can be found below. "Worship Industrialized" is taken off the band's "No God, No Satan" album and you can check out the full video at this location.

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Hellsaw Reveals "Trist" Details

Hellsaw has unleashed the artwork for the upcoming album "Trist," which can be viewed below. The new album will be released on February 24th, 2012 and has the following track listing:

1. The Devil Is Calling My Name
2. Sorrow Is Horror
3. Doom Pervades My Nightmares
4. The Forerunner of the Apocalypse
5. Death Bells
6. Trist
7. A Winter Cold
8. Beldam. 1450
9. Silence

For more on Hellsaw, navigate your browser over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location. More...

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Kontrust Announces Record Deal

The Austrian crossover band Kontrust is now the latest addition to the Napalm roster. The Amadeus Award winners (2010 in the category "Hard & Heavy") will release the new album "Second Hand Wonderland" in spring 2012. Kontrust commented:

"We are happy to have found a reliable, flexible and internationally operating partner in Napalm Records. We have high expectations for our future cooperation. This deal is an important milestone in the band's history, because we have found the perfect label for our future path."

Kontrut also has the following upcoming dates supporting Die Apokalyptischen Reiter:

04.05.2012 DE - Lindau / Club Vaudeville
05.05.2012 DE - Nürnberg / Hirsch
06.05.2012 CH - Zürich / Komplex 457
08.05.2012 AT - Linz / Posthof
09.05.2012 AT - Wien / Arena
10.05.2012 DE - München / Backstage
11.05.2012 DE - Karlsruhe / Substage
12.05.2012 DE - Osnabrück / Hyde Park
13.05.2012 DE - Köln / Essigfabrik

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Moonspell Signs With Napalm

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell has signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. A new album by the dark metal band revolving around the charismatic front man Fernando Ribeiro will be released in spring 2012. Fernando Ribeiro also commented:

"With Moonspell nothing really ends, but always ever begins. Signing with Napalm is a firm step into cutting all bullshit and work with people who truly believe in us and respect our longevity, while helping us to embrace those who have been arriving in the last years to start with us yet another kingdom of darkness under the moon.

"Our new album is a statement. Our blood is the ink. Your skin, the scrolls upon we will write. Napalm Records, our messenger. Be ready."

More details about the upcoming long player will be revealed as they become available from the band.

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Vengeance Announces Album Details

Dutch hard rockers Vengeance announced that the new studio LP "Crystal Eye" will be released February 24, 2011 (Germany), February 27, 2011 (EU) and a unspecified date in March 2012 for North America via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The band features original vocalist Leon Goewie, drummer Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC), guitarist Keri Kelli (ex-Alice Cooper), bassist Chris Glen (ex-M.S.G.) and guest guitarist Timo Somers, son of Vengeance guitarist Jan Somers, who passed away earlier this year.

Crystal Eye was produced by Michael Voss, who composed the songs with vocalist Goewie. The title track was written by guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Stream of Passion), and Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) contributed ‘Whole Lotta Metal’ tailor-made for Goewie and Vengeance. The album closes with the instrumental ‘Jan`s End Piece’ which features the last guitar solos recorded by Jan Somers before his unexpected death.

The track listing for "Crystal Eye" is as follows:

1. Me And You
2. Bad To The Bone
3. Barbeque
4. Shock Me Now
5. Five Knuckle Shuffle
6. Desperate Women
7. Whole Lotta Metal
8. Promise Me
9. Crystal Eye
10. Missing
11. Jans End Piece
12. Paint This Town (bonus track)
13. Barbecue (radio edit) (bonus track)

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Mike Portnoy Alleges Dream Theater Plagiarized

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has stirred up controversy by hinting that Dream Theater may have borrowed a bit too much influence from the band Red. He alleges that the Red song "Feed the Machine" is incredibly similar to the Dream Theater tune "Build Me Up, Break Me Down." This series of quotes came about on Portnoy's ProgBlog when he responded to a thread about John Petrucci's top album pick of 2011 on the Roadrunner site. For the full article, go to this site.

"Check out the first song on [John Petrucci's] fave album of the year…. WOW, the arrangement and orchestration sounds awfully familiar!! Surely it must be an intentional 'nugget' for the fans… It couldn't possibly be blatant formula plagiarism, now could it…?? I just have to laugh…Hey…I'm not trying to start a war…. and I am indeed totally in a happy place in my life and career… I'm just merely making an observation and posting openly on my own forum like I always have and always will… If anybody ELSE wants to blow this up, it's their choice and doing…not mine! And PS – to defend music that I co-wrote/arranged (that were cited previously in this thread), there's a difference between 'inspiration corner'/'copping a certain vibe' and blatantly re-writing an existing song or formula section by section…"

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Luca Turilli Provides New Rhapsody Details

Rhapsody/Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist/co-founder Luca Turilli provided an exclusive interview with Markus Wosgien, head of promotion for Nuclear Blast Records regarding the amicable split and future of Rhapsody Of Fire and his new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody project.

Turilli explained the recent amicable split between the two bands: "First of all let me tell you that Alex (Staropoli) and I had a lot of fun while hearing some comments following the announcement of the friendly split of RHAPSODY OF FIRE. In particular, I heard the comments of some people imagining a lot of weird things or thinking that I was the one who left the band because of this or that reason. Honestly this is really absurd and nothing is more untrue.

"The only reality is that in the end of 2010 Alex and I, together - and I underline: together -, agreed that after FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY (the 10th official RHAPSODY OF FIRE album which closed the cycle of releases related with our saga), we would have went on with our careers separately. This because after 20 years of great and unique collaboration the feeling, while working together, was not the same anymore and so, due to the strong respect we have for each other, we decided to take this important decision.

We also agreed everything about the way the band split and the fact of keeping for both the name RHAPSODY, in respect of all the unique efforts and the personal economical investment we both made in these years to make this name stronger and stronger in the market. So, again, all was decided really in a friendly way between two people respecting themselves at all levels. Therefore no conspiracy theories or something like that ha ha, instead just the honest will of proceeding separately in order to find new artistic stimulations. Be also sure that there won’t be any competition between the two RHAPSODY bands, we are too old for those kind of games ha ha. I love Alex and want for him the best possible success. I also take the chance of wishing the best to the new members of RHAPSODY OF FIRE: TOM HESS and ROBERTO DE MICHELI. They are great people and ultra-skilled musicians, a sure guarantee of great music at the highest artistic levels for all the fans of Alex and Fabio’s band!" More...

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Within Temptation Posts New Music Video

Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation posted a new music video for the song "Fire And Ice." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Unforgiving." The video features both live footage and video footage specially filmed for the band's live performances.

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Van Canto Posts Tour Teaser Video

German power a Capella band Van Canto posted a tour teaser for the upcoming "No Silence to the End" tour with German power/folk artists Orden Ogan and piano metal band In Legend.

Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

28.12.2011 - Pirmasens, Quasimodo
29.12.2011 - Augsburg, Spectrum
04.01.2012 - Ludwigsburg, Rofa
05.01.2012 - Osnabrück, Rosenhof
06.01.2012 - Hameln, Sumpfblume
07.01.2012 - Düsseldorf, Zakk

Tickets are on sale at this location.

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