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Metal News for December 23, 2012

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Avantasia Posts New Studio Report, First Sounds

Avantasia, the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet, posted a new studio report on the recording of the new LP "The Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop in March of 2013. In the video, the band works with a symphony orchestra and reveals the first sounds of the album, featuring former Helloween singer Michael Kiske (Unisonic).

Check out the report here:

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Dirt Posts New Music Video

German hard rockers Dirt posted a new music video for the song "Fast Lane." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Rock 'N' Roll Accident," which is available through Massacre Records.

Check out "Fast Lane" here:

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Alestorm's Christopher Bowes Releases Christmas LP

Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes has just released a special Christmas album right in the "nick" of time for the holiday season. "Christmas at the Organ" is streaming now in the player below and is available as a free download through bandcamp. All songs were performed live in one take today.

Bowes' stunning and timeless renditions of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "We Three Kings," complete with lyrical forgetfulness, re-starts and overall holiday fun are now yours for the taking. The cover art, with Bowes in a white suit with a glass of sherry, is a throwback to the glory days of Engelbert Humperdink.

Check it out and download now right here:

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In Virtue Releases New Music Video

California's In Virtue has released a new music video for "In Service To His Madness," the lead single from the band's "Embrace the Horror" album.

The video depicts the citizens of the earth all dead in the streets after an apocalyptic cataclysm as well as studio performance footage, and can be viewed below. The full "Embrace the Horror" album is also available for purchase or streaming via Bandcamp here.

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Marduk/Moonspell Tour Dates Announced

This February/March 2013, Rock the Nation America and Hails & Horns are proud to present the "Voices From The Dark" tour, featuring Swedish black metallers Marduk and Portuguese gothic heavy hitters Moonspell as co-headliners.

Support for the trek includes Colombian/American black metallers Inquisition, Italy's gothic melodic sensation The Foreshadowing, and Swedish blackened punk rockers Death Wolf. See below for all upcoming dates.

For the latest updates about "Voices From The Dark" tour 2013, be sure to check out the official Facebook page here. More...

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Broken Hope Issues New Album Update

Chicago death metallers Broken Hope reformed earlier this year to embark on a tour with Obituary and subsequently signed a new record deal with Century Media. The band has now issued the following update about an upcoming album:

"We want to give you all a quick Broken Hope update before the New Year, and we have some exciting news! First, congratulations to Broken Hope's own Shaun Glass on the birth of his first child: Maddux Burton Glass, born Dec 17, 2012. Maddux enters the world just before Christmas and just as Broken Hope is writing the new album!

"Speaking of the new album, we can officially say that we've written 11 songs so far-- and are still trucking along with more material. The new material is so ferocious, we jokingly sum up the vibe of the new music as 'Reign In Bowels' because it's like someone took Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' and mated that intensity and horror with the extremity and sickness of Broken Hope's 'Bowels of Repugnance' album... It's insanely heavy and unrelenting! That said, here's a couple song titles we can release to you all-- chew on these: 'The Flesh Mechanic' and 'Give Me the Bottom Half.' We can't wait for you to hear 'em all! Happy Holidays everyone!"

Broken Hope 2012 is:

Damian Leski - Vocals
Jeremy Wagner - Guitars
Shaun Glass - Bass
Chuck Wepfer - Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek - Drums

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Impalers Announces Record Deal

Denmark's thrash act Impalers has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions:

"It seems Christmas is early, boys and girls! Great news: We have just signed a record deal for our debut album POWER BEHIND THE THRONE!!

"The album is to be released through HPGD Productions, and we are beyond excited! For too long has this album layed dormant, but soon, friends, the wait will be over!

"We will announce a bunch of things over the coming weeks and months, so be sure to stay tuned. Happy Judgement Day everyone! Have a great weekend!"

Further details will be announced as they become available, and you can find more info on Impalers over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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The Shrine To Tour With Graveyard

Venice, CA "destroyers of rock 'n' roll" The Shrine have announced a winter 2013 U.S. tour. The band will team up with retro rockers Graveyard for a four week trek that will launch on January 23rd in Boston, MA and will fire up crowds across the country through February 2rd3 in Houston, TX.

The Shrine continues to tour in support of new album "Primitive Blast," released this past summer via Tee Pee Records. In celebration of the just-announced jaunt, The Shrine will issue a limited edition tour-only vinyl 7" release, which will include the new songs "Napalm" and "Hellride."

EPSN has premiered the track "Napalm" and a brand new Scion A/V-produced video interview with the band and original Black Flag bass player Chuck Dukowski, who has long championed the California trio. Check out the premiere at this location. The band's upcoming tour dates are: More...

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Garden Posts Self-Titled EP Online

Garden has posted a new self-titled EP online, which can be heard in the player below or over at Bandcamp, and the band also commented on its sound:

"Garden are a prog/symphonic/power metal sort of band featuring violin, cello, sax, flute & clarinet alongside the typical prog metal setup up guitars, drums, keys and vocals.

"The music is somewhere along the lines of bands like Kamelot, Dream Theater & Symphony X but with a slightly more evident influence from classic bands such as Yes & Jethro Tull, and a greater emphasis on the use of authentic instruments than comparable metal acts.

"We've just released our first self-recorded EP, which can be heard at Facebook or Bandcamp. Have a listen, a 'like' and a share if you feel so inclined, cheers!"

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Flagellated Seraph Streaming "Beyond Salvation"

Swedish one man black metal act Flagellated Seraph released the "Beyond Salvation" album during the summer through Hellthrasher Productions, and now the full album is available online for streaming. Check out the tracks via Bandcamp or in the player below.

The CD version was put out on July 23rd by Hellthrasher Productions and a cassette tape release is due out soon through Bylec-Tum Records. "Beyond Salvation" was mixed and mastered by Magnus Devo Andersson at Endarker. The track listing is as follows:

1. Remeniscence of the Serpent 01:46
2. He Who Bears the Mark 05:48
3. Beyond Salvation 06:57
4. I Am the Flame 07:48
5. Redeemer of Nothingness 09:04
6. Casus Belli 02:20 More...

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Cortez To Release New Album

Seven years after the release of debut full-length "Initial," the chaotic Swiss post-metal act Cortez (not to be confused with the Boston band of the same name) will release brand new album "Phoebus" on January 31st.

Recorded between the band's own studio and Rec Studios with Serge Morattel, these ten tracks will be released on deluxe gatefold 2xLP by Throatruiner Records, Basement Apes, and Get A Life! (and on CD via Basement Apes & Lost Pilgrims). The artwork has been created by Dehn Sora (Blut Aus Nord, Ulver, Omega Massif).

Check out two songs from the album below, or hear the full release available for streaming at this location. More...

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Demonik Posts "Storm" Lyric Video

Spanish act Demonik has released a new lyric video for the single "Storm," which is off the band's new album "Ashes of the Earth." Check out the clip below.

"Ashes of the Earth" was recorded and mixed at Sadman Studios by Carlos Santos in October, 2012 and mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila.

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Victory Records Bands Wish You Happy Holidays

Victory Records has posted a video clip online featuring holiday messages to the fans from members of Blackguard, Continents, A Hero A Fake, God Forbid, Emmure, and more. Check out the clip below, and Victory Records also commented:

"2012 has been a year filled with noteworthy releases and killer tours from Victory Records and their artists. Watch the holiday video below and get ready for a mind-blowing New Year!

"Stay tuned for the release of brand new albums from Otep, Fall City Fall, and Continents out January 22nd. Pre-order packages are available at the Victory Records’ webstore."

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No Dawn Announces New Album Recording Plans

Norwegian act No Dawn recently signed with WormHoleDeath, and the band has now checked in with the following update about entering the recording studio next year:

"2013 will be the greatest year ever for us. We will hit the studio in February, and our debut album will be out sometime in 2013. Feel free to help us spread the word, and in the meantime have e merry Xmas and a happy new year! See you all next year!"

A representative from WormHoleDeath also commented on signing the band: "It is just great to be working with the Norwegian bands since they are all so professional, passionate and experienced. No Dawn is one of these! I met these guys in Rome few months ago and I really loved their attitude and I understood how they were working hard on their project, so I decided to sign them. They already toured with big names like Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under and Master, as these bands wanted No dawn to support them. The songs are just fantastic… We have all the elements to make a great album here. Please support this band, you will hear a lot from them!"

No Dawn consists of:

Andreas Bruheim - Guitar
Paal André Sandnesmo - Guitar
Ludvik Brandsegg - Bass
Tor Erik Simensen - Vocals
Kent Skjeflo - Drums

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Emeth Enters The Recording Studio

Belgium's Emeth has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record an upcoming album:

"Happy to finally start recording the new album. Its been way to long since we really saw the inside of a studio and released any new material as well. Enjoy your holidays as we work our asses off."

The band also commented a few days ago about recruiting a new drummer: "Along the process of line up shifts that happenend this year we also decided to end part ways with drummer Kevin earlier this year. His motivation for Emeth was far below zero and he preferred to focus on some other bands. But… eyes on the future:

"Today we are happy to announce that a new drummer has been found in the person of Nico Veroeven (Serial Butcher, Leptotrichia). He just needed one rehearsal to prove that he is the best fit for Emeth moving forward. Nico's abilities on the kit, his feel, power and click tight precision, are some of the best we have ever seen and we are very excited to welcome him to Emeth’s Extreme sickness quarters."

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Wasted Shells Posts Year-End Update

The Swedish thrashers in Wasted Shells have checked in with the following year-end recap and update on a new album's progress:

"We have spent the better half of the year recording our new album. It's been a long process, but we honestly think it's the best music we've written so far, and we can't wait to share it with you all. Some of the songs have already been played live, and by the response we've been given, you seem to agree.

"We have some pretty cool news coming your way for 2013, and as always, the best way to see what the hell we are up to, is to follow us on Facebook.

"So we'll raise our glasses for everyone who keeps supporting us, buys our stuff, and comes to the gigs!

"So THANK YOU from the boys in Wasted Shells. Merry Xmas!"

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Mystic Prophecy To Record New Album

Germany's Mystic Prophecy has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:

"Hey MP fans, after a successful tour in spring, the summer festivals and a trip to the famous ProgPower USA the time has come for the Hammer of Metal to strike again...

"We're going to enter the Prophecy & Music Factory Studios at the beginning of 2013 to forge a new masterpiece. Title and release date are still our secret, but the wait is almost over. More...

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Rigor Mortis Guitarist Passes Away On Stage

Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia died in the very early hours of December 23, 2012 at the band's gig in Fort Worth celebrating the 50th birthday of singer Bruce Corbitt. Apparently, Scaccia passed out on stage during the performance and was found to have no pulse. No official cause of death has yet to be announced, but it appears to have been an apparent heart attack. Scaccia was 47.

In addition to co-founding Rigor Mortis, Scaccia also played with Ministry (including the latest LP "Relapse") and the Revolting Cocks.

In a post on his official Facebook page, singer Bruce Corbitt commented: "My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!"

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Sunday Old School: Deicide

With Christmas two days away, it’s more than likely that by now, we’ve all seen the "Keep Christ in Christmas" stickers/posters/statuses on Facebook, but most non-believers are well aware of Christmas being a Christian festival and don’t want to remove Jesus from this time of the year. However, if there’s one band that seems intent on removing Jesus from everything, it’s one of Florida’s many legendary death metal bands, Deicide. Deicide were formed in the city of Tampa in July 1987, initially under the name Amon, by vocalist/bassist, Glen Benton and guitarist Brian Hoffman, who soon recruited his brother, Eric to be the band’s second guitarist. With the lineup rounded out by drummer Steve Asheim, the group recorded an eight track demo entitled, "Feasting the Beast." After gigging sporadically around their home city, the band recorded a second demo, "Sacrificial" at Morrisound Studios with producer, Scott Burns, a place and man who would go on to be instrumental in the development of death metal.

Following the recording, Amon changed their name to Carnage and began performing live more regularly. Very soon, Carnage, or rather, Benton, gained notice from Roadrunner Records, when he reportedly barged into the office of an A&R man and aggressively demanded that they sign his group. The next day, Carnage were offered contracts by the label, but were urged to make a name change, leading them to settle on their current moniker, Deicide. They teamed up with Scott Burns again to record their self-titled, debut album, which was released in 1990. The album went on to become one of the best selling death metal albums of all time, being listed by Soundscan as the second highest shifting unit of the genre, behind the third Morbid Angel album, "Covenant." They followed this effort two years later with, "Legion," a much more ambitious album, which focused more the technical area of death metal. It was well received by fans, but was met with a mixed reception from critics, and only the song, "Dead but Dreaming" would go on to feature prominently in future live sets. More...

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