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Metal News for December 23, 2010

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Enochian Theory Issues End-Of-Year Update

Enochian Theory has issued the following end-of-year band update:

"It's been a great year for us by all stretches of the imagination. Getting settled into out new home with Mascot Records, visiting all the places we played like Ireland, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia and more stretches around the U.K

"We are looking forward to 2011...there is going to be some more good things happening. But you'll have to wait and see. Thank you to everyone who's taken the time to come see us, bought our tat or check out our music...you're support is incredible.

"We hope to be able to come play in all the places you have request. But for now... Have a great holiday and let's reconvene in 2011."

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Catalepsy Streaming New Song

Catelpsy has issued the following update about streaming the new song "Infernal" online:

"We've posted a brand new song from our upcoming album 'Bleed' called 'Infernal'. You can stream it directly from our myspace page, or our facebook which you can find at this location.

"It marks the debut of our new vocalist Rick Norman, who a lot of you may have seen on some of our previous tours. This was a decision we felt needed to be made in order to take Catalepsy to the next level. This is what we truly feel will be the final and solidified Catalepsy lineup, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

"Our album BLEED hits stores in March of 2011 through Eulogy Recordings. We promise to deliver the most punishing and aggressive record we possibly can, while still progressing as artists and incorporating as much creativity as we can to separate ourselves from the rest. We're more than satisfied with the outcome of this record, and we think you will be too. Stay tuned, and please help spread the news! Thanks!"

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Gary Holt Announces NAMM Appearance

Guitarist Gary Holt, of Bay Area thrash act Exodus, will be appearing at the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention on Saturday, January 15th, 2011. The annual convention will be held for several days this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The following is a schedule of Gary Holt’s appearances and signings while in attendance:

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Noon at the Engl booth 5824
2:00 PM at the Schecter booth 4290
4:30 PM at the EMG booth 4850

Exodus recently returned back home after the “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with Kreator, Death Angel, and Suicidal Angels.

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Acrybia Announces New Album Release

Poland's Acrybia has issued the following announcement about the release of "In Doubt We Trust:"

"At last, after many problems with line-up, labels and other persons, we can show you our new album - 'In Doubt We Trust,' recorded for new underground label - Umbra Sub Sole. First four tracks it's a new, re-recorded versions of songs from split with Zebulon Kosted. Rest of the album is a soundtrack from never released movie of Patryk Jurek 'Oblicza Mroku' with Grzegorz Kowalczyk, Piotr Grabowski, Krzysztof Wakulinski, Dorota Naruszewicz, Piotr Polk, Katarzyna Skrzynecka, Michal Milowicz, Waldemar Blaszczyk and others.

"Album was recorded almost in the same time that 'Human B. (ing)' album. We are back (for a moment) to experimental, dark ambient/industrial tones, but we don't forget about black metal riffs, and some poetic tones. After years we also recorded some death metal parts. Well, it's the most typical Acrybia's album, strange, neurotic, dark and depresive. Without music borders.
We hope you'll enjoy it."

You can also check out the cover artwork at this location.

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Blitzkrieg To Release New Album In 2011

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Blitzkrieg has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album in 2011, in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary. This will be the group's first studio album since 2007's, "Theatre Of The Damned."

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Malevolent Creation Confirms Festival Appearance

American death metal veterans Malevolent Creation have confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise. The event is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011.

The confirmed line-up includes:

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I.C.S. Vortex To Release Solo Album

It has been announced that former Dimmu Borgir bassist and clean vocalist I.C.S. Vortex will be releasing a solo album in 2011. The debut album from I.C.S. Vortex, titled "Storm Seeker," is set to feature 11 songs as well as guitars performed by Jens F. Ryland of Borknagar and Steinar Gundersen on bass.

I.C.S. Vortex commented on the album by saying:

"Brewed in a dirty metal pot, ingrediens included are stoner rock mashed with black metal, '70s prog-spiked pagan and alternative roots fried Norwegian style. Some of the song titles are 'Skoal!', 'Dogsmacked', 'Oil in Water' and 'Odin's Tree'.

"It's been a year of sporadic work at Toproom Studio with engineer Børge Finstad. My good old teammate from Borknagar, Asgeir Mickelson handles the drums, and Terje 'Cyrus' Andersen added some solos. Mix was done by Børge, Asgeir and me. A record deal is in the works and we're looking at a release in good time before summer 2011.

"The solo project has pretty much evolved into a band, and on future live appearances the recording lineup will be joined by Jens F. Ryland (Borknagar) on guitar and Steinar Gundersen (Sarke) on bass."

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Drugs Of Faith Announces New Album Details

Virginia's Drugs of Faith is set to release the debut full-length album "Corroded" in February, 2011 through Selfmadegod Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Grayed Out
2. Foreign Climates
3. Race to the End
4. Hidden Costs
5. Giveaway
6. Anemic
7. Vignette
8. No We Can't
9. Untitled
10. Checkers
11. Sight Unseen
12. Farewell Kiss
13. Hinges
14. The Age of Reason

"Corroded" was recorded at Developing Nations in Baltimore with Kevin Bernsten at the helm, and mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer/Agoraphobic Nosebleed. The album also features guest contributions from Pig Destroyer’s JR Hayes on a cover of His Hero Is Gone's "Hinges" anthem. The band also filmed a video for Corroded’s opening track "Grayed Out" with Dave Cardoso/Handshake Inc., which will be unleashed next week.

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The Famine Posts Behind-The-Scenes Footage

North Texas death metal outfit The Famine has posted the first in a series of behind-the-scenes video blogs online in anticipation of the forthcoming album, "The Architects of Guilt." The video, which can be viewed below, was filmed during The Famine’s summer 2010 recording sessions. "The Architects of Guilt" will hit stores on February 15th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

"The Architects of Guilt is not a sing-a-long or a feel good record; it’s the death rattle and dying breath,” explains bassist Jon Richardson. “The Famine is not here to win popularity contests, simply create metal, red in tooth and claw. The music has become faster, more technical, even abrasive and discomforting, trading sheer aggression and energy for the lifeless sweeps and mechanized beats that have come to dominate and dilute the genre. The lyrics forego empty threats and skip the subtleties, calling out the deceit and duplicity of our leaders, and the decay next door masked by a flaking white picket fence and a familiar chemical scent.”

However, the recording process for The Architects of Guilt did not go as smoothly as The Famine would have hoped. The album’s release was set back months, due to an unfortunate electrical fire in the band’s studio. More...

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Dragged Into Sunlight Announces European Tour

Prosthetic Records first U.K. signing, Dragged Into Sunlight, has announced a European tour with Rwake. The trip runs from April 17th - 25th and includes dates with Weedeater, Today Is the Day, and Soilent Green. The track "Boiled Angel," from the band's debut "Hatred For Mankind," which will see its North American debut via Prosthetic Records on January 18, is also now streaming at Brooklyn Vegan. The upcoming Dragged Into Sunlight tour dates are as follows:

4/17 Geneva, Switzerland- L'usine
4/18 Bologna, Italy- Sottotetto Clu
4/19 Vienna, Austria- Arena
4/20 Prague, Czech Republic- Exit Chmelnice, (w/ Today is the Day & Soilent Green)
4/21 Hamburg, Germany- Astra Stube
4/22 Copenhagen, Denmark- Beta
4/23 Bremen, Germany- Treue
4/24 Ghent, Belgium- Decadence (w/ Weedeater)
4/25 London, UK- Underworld (w/ Amenra)

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Skeletonwitch Writing New Album

Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch completed their tour with Job For A Cowboy earlier this week and are now headed back home to spend the winter writing the follow-up to 2009's "Breathing the Fire," with tentative plans to hit the studio in the spring.

Says guitarist Scott Hedrick, "A huge thank you to the bands, the fans, and everyone else involved in the tour -- except that one promoter; fuck you, dude! Kidding! Anyway, we had a fucking blast as usual. It's hard not to when you're traveling around the country with your best friends and your job is to party and shred.

"When we wake up from the impending holiday blackout, we'll be devoting all of our time finishing the next record. So keep an eye out: as the writing process continues we'll probably book a few dates and debut some new material. Thanks to everyone who supported us in 2010. It's been a great year! Cheers and beers!"

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Gwar Checks In From The Road

Intergalactic murder-muppets Gwar are back from doing the "No Sleep Til..." festival in Australia and New Zealand, where they rocked the outback with bands like NOFX and Megadeth. Gwar is now set to finish off the year with east coast U.S. shows. Speaking from a garbage dumpster behind a popular Battle Creek nightspot, Oderus Urungus commented, "We did a Christmas special for Break.com, we tested the new Microsoft Kinnect for Game Informer, and my human slave even wrote a book about some good friends of ours. The only thing I regret is that I apparently can't tell a Bantha from a Wampa!"

Footage of Gwar trying out the Kinect can be found here. Oderus continued, "I have no idea why we do so much to entertain you people. Maybe it's because we are such driven artists. Maybe it's because we love the drugs and the money. Or maybe it's because I am just turning forty...seven...million years old."

The upcoming Gwar tour dates are as follows:

12/26 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/27 - So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/28 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
12/29 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/30 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

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Degradead Signs To Metalville Records

Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers Degradead have signed with Metallvile Records for the release of their forthcoming third album, "A World Destroyer." The album is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2011. "A World Destroyer" was recorded at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss Studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden, and was produced by Degradead and Jonas Kjellgren.

Degradead's second album, "Out Of Body Experience," entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 48. The CD was released on February 27, 2009 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and March 2, 2009 in the rest of Europe via Dockyard 1 Records. It was the follow-up to 2008's "Till Death Do Us Apart,"which was recorded at In Flames Studios, and produced by H.O.R.D.E.

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Exhorder Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of reactivated New Orleans act Exhorder performing the song "Slaughter in the Vatican" at The Hangar with the bands new drummer Seth Davis. The clip can be viewed below.

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Ravens Creed Working On New Songs

Ravens Creed has checked in with the following update about working on new material and releasing a new EP:

"Jay and myself demo'd two new songs a couple of days ago (working titles 'Women and children first' -not a Van Halen cover!-and Cocks and vipers), we have been booked for a superlative enducing festival in the summer, can't say anything more until the promoters officially announce it though and Lukas Doomentia informed me the Nestless and wild EP will be out in Jan 2011."

The "Nestless And Wild" track listing is as follows:

1. Stampede Of Skeletons
2. Breaking The Lord
3. Shoot The Wounded
4. The Wires Will Kill You

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Son of Aurelius Posts New Teaser Clip Online

Californian progressive death metal act Son of Aurelius has posted a short teaser video online titled "New riffs..." The video description states; "Some new Son of Aurelius riffage.....Completely unedited." You can view the clip below:

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Divinefire Recruits New Members

Divinefire has issued the following announcement about recruiting members from Golden Resurrection and Narnia:

"The Swedish/Finnish and now also Brazilian melodic metal band Divinefire are back and will release their 5th studio album called 'Eye of the Storm' in late March 2011 in Japan and in April for the rest of the world.

"The big news is the new line-up of Divinefire. The band is now fronted by two vocalists Christian Liljegren (GOLDEN RESURRECTION) & German Pascual (NARNIA) and both vocalists have fronted the loved melodic neoclassical metal band NARNIA who did their last concert at CHRISTMAS ROCKNACHT December 3, 2010.

"Together with guitarist and composer JANI STEFANOVIC, DIVINEFIRE are complete and will deliver an exploding metal album called EYE OF THE STORM. Soundclips from the new album will soon be available at this location."

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Asking Alexandria Posts New Music Video Online

Melodic deathcore act Asking Alexandria has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "A Prophecy" which appears on the band's debut album "Stand Up and Scream" which was released through Sumerian Records. You can view the clip below:

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Belphegor Posts Music Video Trailer

Belphegor has posted a trailer for the upcoming "Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan" music video through Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can check out the trailer here. The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming "Blood Magick Necromance" album, the crew went through over 60 liters of blood within two nights of shooting.

Bassist Serpenth states: “The clip aims to strip down the viewer's psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role. The blood cut deeper than any drug. The process of such an intense shoot served as a cathartic experience for all involved, making what went on behind the scenes just as important as the final outcome of the visuals."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Before The Dawn Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Veteran Finnish metal act Before The Dawn has announced that it has reached a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming sixth studio album, "Deathstar Rising," on February 25th, 2011. Before The Dawn was founded in 1999 by Tuomas Saukkonen.

Tuomas Saukkonen commented on the signing by saying:

"After 10 years and five albums, the very best that could have happened to Before the Dawn was to get under the wings of one of the most powerful metal machineries ever.

"The new alliance between Nuclear Blast and Before the Dawn is an fine example of determination, devotion, motivation and a true northern 'through the thickest stone wall' attitude."

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Lacrimas Profundere Streaming Acoustic Track

Lacrimas Profundere has issued the following update about streaming an acoustic track online:

"Merry X-mas dear friends! Thanks for a wonderful 2010! We have a very special Christmas gift for you guys! You have now the chance to listen to an absolutely rare acoustic song called 'one hope's evening.' This song is available for a limited period only, so tell your friends and share it! We wish you a rocknsad christmas! Stay dark!"

The acoustic song can be heard via the Lacrimas Profundere Facebook page.

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Anatomy of I Posts New Album Trailer Online

Progressive death metal act Anatomy of I, the new project featuring former Death bassist Steve DiGiorgio, has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming debut album. The album, titled "Substratum," also features the work of drummer Dirk Verbeuren, known for his work with Soilwork, as well as vocalist/guitarist Michael Dorrian. You can view the trailer below:

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Sinful Souls Streaming New Songs

Poland's Sinful Souls has issued the following brief update about streaming two new tracks online from the band's new promo album:

"Hail, the promo CD is ready, now we are working at sending and promoting our new stuff everywhere. On our myspace profile you can listening next 2 new tracks (Meaningless Toy In Universe's Hands, Rotten Hearts). We invite you to listen and vote."

You can check out the two new songs at this location.

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Thaurorod Parts Ways With Vocalist Markku Kuikka

Finnish metal act Thaurorod has posted the following statement online, in which it announces that it has parted ways with vocalist Markku Kuikka and has replaced him with Michele Luppi. The statement reads;

"Markku left the band during our last tour we did with Sabaton and Alestorm and we had to finish the tour with a replacement singer.

"The reasons why Markku is not in the band anymore is his lack of abilities to perform and to make the show that we absolutely want to give to the audiences that comes to see us on stage. We need to continue with a guy who can make audience go crazy every single night!!!

"We are looking very much forward to our future shows and Power Of Metal tour with Michele! Come to give this Italian gentleman a warm welcome! We already played a show in Nosturi, Helsinki with him and it felt absolutely great to share stage with him!

"Sorry for it took so long to make this announcement about the vocalist situation as there have been a lot of speculation because we finished the last tour with a different vocalist than who is singing on the album. We just wanted to take the time to find the best possible singer for the band first and then announce the news.

"At the moment Thaurorod is composing new material for the second studio album. More updates on this will be posted in coming months."

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Sonic Syndicate Joins Motorcross Tour

Swedish hard rock act Sonic Syndicate has revealed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming "Extreme Freestylers" motorcross tour of Europe. The event will feature performances from several bands as well as motorcycle stunts from Mike Mason, Nate Adams, Heath Frisby and Adam Jones. You can view the confirmed list of dates and cities below, with more dates and venues expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

May 07 - Warsaw, Poland
May 21 - Arnhem, Netherlands
Jun. 04 - South, France
Jun. 11 - Paris, France
Jun. 18 - Prague, Czech Republic

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Exodus Confirms Festival Appearance

Thrash metal veterans Exodus have announced that it will be heading to Wacken Open Air in 2011. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

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Legion Of The Damned Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch extreme metal act Legion Of The Damned has posted the first music video online taken from its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Descent Into Chaos," is set for release on January 7, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Abyss Studios in Parlby, Sweden with producer Peter Tägtgren. The video was shot for the track "The Hand of Darkness." You can check out the video below.

Here is the "Descent Into Chaos" track listing:

1. Descent Into Chaos
2 Night Of The Sabbath
3. War In My Blood
4. Shrapnel Rain
5. Holy Blood, Holy War
6. Killzone
7. Lord Of The Files
8. Desolation Empire
9. Hand Of Darkness
10. Repossessed
11. Legion Of The Damned feat. Peter Tägtgren

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Degraded Signs To Metalville Records

Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD have signed with Metallvile Records for the release of their forthcoming third album, "A World Destroyer." The album is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2011. In the meantime, you can check out some of their past material on the band's MySpace page.

"A World Destroyer" was recorded at Peter Tägtgren's (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) Abyss Studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden, produced by DEGRADEAD and Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CENTINEX, WORLD BELOW).

DEGRADEAD's second album, "Out Of Body Experience," entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 48. The CD was released on February 27, 2009 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and March 2, 2009 in the rest of Europe via Dockyard 1 Records. It was the follow-up to 2008's "Till Death Do Us Apart," which was recorded at In Flames Studios, and produced by H.O.R.D.E. Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) called Degradead "The Future Of Metal."

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Heavenwood Posts Recording Footage

Heavenwood's upcoming album "Abyss Masterpiece" is set to be released worldwide by Listenable Records on February 28th, 2011. Heavenwood has now posted a video clip online from the band's recording sessions at Kohlekeller Studio in Germany, which can be viewed below.

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Archspire Issues Year-End Update

Archspire has issued the following announcement about recent activity and plans for 2011:

"Hello! Well, it's almost 2011. We are pumped to be able to announce some very big news in the first months of the new year! Some of the things we will cover:

- A teaser track for the new album
- News about the official All Shall Align FULL LENGTH release
- Tour/Show information

"...and much more! Stay posted by checking out our blogs, watching our videos, liking us on Facebook, BandCamp, Twitter, and Myspace, and checking out our videos, unless you want to miss some of the big stuff we have coming up...

"So! To the good stuff! NoCleanSinging.com has just released a small review of ARCHSPIRE on one of their regular 'Miscellany' lists, and we are proud to say that a majority of the bands on that list are Canadian! Fuck yeah, keep up the Canadian metal, we wouldn't be anywhere without other bands to play with, and to be listed on a site such as this is an honour!

"As well, our very own Spencer Prewett has been recently featured on the legendary SickDrummer.com webzine! This is huge! Go check out his interview and bio here. Until next time!"

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Dismember The Fallen Announces EP Release

Dismember the Fallen is set to release the "Structures" EP digitally on December 31st, 2010. The cover artwork for the EP can be found at this location. The "Structures" track listing is as follows:

1. Structures
2. Don't Let Go
3. Your Future Right Here 2.0
4. Eversion
5. 6842

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Just For Fun

Pantera's "I'm Broken" Christmas Light Show

Brought to you by the same folks responsible for the house synced to Slayer's "Raining Blood," this year they've followed up with Pantera's "I'm Broken." Check out the video below:

Had we found the video sooner, it probably would have made #3 on our Most Metal Christmas Light Shows list.

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Severed Crotch Streaming Full Album Online

Severed Crotch has their entire album, "The Nature of Entropy," which they released this past summer, streaming and for sale on their bandcamp page. The album is Severed Crotch's first full-length release, containing songs that range all the way from the band's earliest days up to very recent material. It was mostly recorded by Ási Jóhannson and co-produced by Severed Crotch. It will be offically released worldwide early 2011.

Here's the complete tracklisting for "The Nature of Entropy":

1. Precursor to Entropy (3:38)
2. Breeding Failure (4:53)
3. Ecstasy in Death (3:39)
4. Human Recipes (4:17)
5. XII (4:01)
6. Soul Cremation (4:09)
7. A Breath of Hatred (4:47)
8. The Nature of Infidelity (6:03)
9. Caught in Transcendence (6:23)

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