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Metal News for December 26, 2012

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33 news articles posted on this day.


A Chat With Clamfight's Andy Martin

New Jersey's Clamfight plays that type of music that just gets the heart pumping, the fist flying, and the heads nodding until the neck begins to cramp. They spent years working on their stoner metal sound before releasing their vastly-underrated debut “Volume I” back in 2010. This January will see the release of their second album, “I Versus the Glacier,” which is as vicious as their first album was, though with shorter songs and a more focused approach. I had the opportunity to get in an interview with drummer/vocalist Andy Martin to talk about the band’s long path to get to this point and what metal fans can expect from “I Versus the Glacier.” More...

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Sonata Arctica Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online, conducted by metal-trails.com, with Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica.

Check out the clip below, in which Tony talks about the "Stones Grow Her Name" tour, the key motives of his songwriting, arrangement variations live on stage, and the band's next album. Sonata Arctica has been performing in support of latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

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Asher Media Offering Free Sampler

Asher Media Relations, which represents some of Canada's best up and coming metal talents, is proud to offer a holiday sampler to fans near and far to head bang their season greetings.

Featuring nineteen tracks of AMR's 2012 roster, the sampler showcases metal genres ranging from brutal death, thrash, power, prog to folk, and a taste of some heavy rock. Download the sampler for free via Bandcamp here or listen in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Titans Eve - Destined To Die 03:08
2. Adrenechrome - Titans Fall 03:18
3. Chariots of The Gods - Tides of War 03:20
4. Auroch - From Forgotten Worlds 04:35
5. Tribune - The Succubus 03:14
6. Mortor - Under The Flag 03:00
7. Psychostick - Jolly Old Sadist 03:24
8. Dark Century - Kill The Crowd 03:55
9. XUL - Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
10. Odium - No Way Out 04:18
11. Vesperia - Pints Held High 04:21
12. Scythia - Sailor's Accolade 03:19
13. Edge of Attack - Forever 03:46
14. All Else Fails - This Burden of Life 05:13
15. The Rabid Whole - Future 03:56
16. Arcane Saints - Never Say Die 04:07
17. Project Mars - Hey! 03:07
18. New Jacobin Club - My Smile 02:36
19. The In & Outs - Sleepy Sheep 03:35 More...

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Raven Lord Reveals New Album Details

Raven Lord's debut album, "Descent To The Underworld," will be released on February 1st, 2013 in Europe and February 12th, 2013 in North America via Mausoleum Records.

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanza, and others.

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Abiotic Performance Footage Available

Florida's technical death metal newcomers Abiotic recently performed at the Barge to Hell cruise, and also released the "Symbiosis" album (reviewed here) earlier this year.

Fan-filmed footage has now made its way online, courtesy of YouTube user The4cylinder, of Abiotic performing live in San Antonio, Texas on December 22nd at The White Rabbit Everything Bigger In Texas Festival. Check out the clips below.


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Der Weg Einer Freiheit To Play Summer Breeze

Viva Hate Records has issued the following announcement about Der Weg Einer Freiheit playing the Summer Breeze 2013 festival and offering a free download:

"We are happy to inform you all about that Der Weg einer Freiheit is one more time playing at the Summer Breeze Festival, one of the biggest German Metal Festivals. Having played the festival in 2011 it’s a pleasure of being a guest at this wonderful festival again.

"To celebrate this great news we offer you a free 'Unstille-Instrumental' download including tabs of a few chosen songs of Der Weg Einer Freiheit’s discography.

"Here you can download the album. Enjoy!"

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Memoir Of A Massacre Streaming New Single

Memoir of a Massacre has released a new single titled "Possession," which can be purchased at iTunes here or streaming through the YouTube player below. Memoir of a Massacre will also be releasing the "Images" EP this coming January 16th.

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The Day Of Remission Posts Guitar Playthrough Clip

Belarus act The Day of Remission has posted a guitar playthrough video clip online for the song "Envy," which can be viewed below. The "Envy" track comes off the band's "Charity Dies" EP. The Day of Remission consists of:

Artem Kuzmin - Vocals
Sergey Ravinskiy - Guitar
Evgeniy Schihel - Guitar
Ilya Misevich - Bass

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Foundations Releases New EP "Honour"

U.K. based act Foundations has just released the brand new EP "Honour" for free via Bandcamp. Stream the tracks in the player below or download them over here.

Foundations also commented on the EP: "The third release sees the band bring raw anger in a way not seen in the previous releases, crushing riffs and punishing vocals grab your attention from the very start and leave you breathless after the onslaught that is 'Honour.' With big plans for the new year, it's time to start paying attention before you're left in the dark."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Sickness 03:37
2. Honour 04:31
3. Purity 04:27 More...

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Delirium X Tremens Announces New Tour Dates

After the release of latest album "Belo Dunum, Echoes From the Past," the death metallers Delirium X Tremens will carry with them the frozen wind of the Dolomiti mountains for a January tour. The currently announced details are as follows:

04 Jan 2013 RO - Slatina @The Rock Club with Neisseria
05 Jan 2013 RO - Bucharest @ Private Hell Club with Spinecrusher
06 Jan 2013 BG - Varna @ Bar GRIND
08 Jan 2013 MK - TBA
09 Jan 2013 MK - TBA
10 Jan 2013 BG - Plovdiv @ RockClub Polinero with Fanagoria
11 Jan 2013 BG - Sofia @ Jet Rock Club with Fanagoria
12 Jan 2013 BG - Pleven @ Groovy Hall Live Music with Fanagoria More...

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Valdur Streams "Blast Beast" Single

California's Valdur has posted the new track "Blast Beast" online, which will appear on the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled new album.

You can now hear the single over at Decibel Magazine here or through the Bandcamp player available below. Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Rusted Spades Streams New Track

Italy's Rusted Spades hit the studio in September to record new songs, and now a track from those sessions has made its way online. Check out the song "Prisoner Of My Dream" in the player below. Rusted Spades consists of:

Giulio Mantella - Drums
Francesco Riola - Bass/Vocals
Matteo Orani - Guitar/Vocals
Riccardo Perrotti - Guitar/Vocals
Nicola Ventura - Vocals

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Aborning Gearing Up To Release New Album

Atlanta based slam/grind outfit Aborning is getting ready to release the band's second album "Ayperos" on Steamroller Records. Pre-orders for the album will be available in early January and will consist of a shot glass, signed poster, the "Ayperos" CD, and a t-shirt.

The album is set for release in February, 2013 and further details can be found at the band's Facebook profile here. Footage of Aborning performing a new song live can also be viewed below.

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Mutiny Within Streaming "Machines"

The official release date for Mutiny Within's second album, "Synchronicity," is quickly approaching with the album due out January 12th.

In line with the holiday spirit, the band has partnered with The New Review to stream a very merry Christmas present in the form of the second single, "Machines." Check out the track right here or in the player available below.

Mutiny Within also recently launched an anti-piracy campaign with music video director/editor Tommy Jones through an endeavor called IndustryEmbers. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about music piracy and to support buying music. Check out the "Embers" video at this location. More...

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Semargl Announces Lineup Changes

Ukraine's Semargl has issued the following announcement about recruiting new members:

"Semargl presents new band members: Adele Ri as female vocal and Romulus on bass/vocal. Adele Ri has already cooperated with the band on the Satanic Pop Metal album — she's done vocals for songs I Hunger, Drag Me To Hell, God Is Not Love, Opium, Loneliness and Redire. And for now Adele Ri will perform for band live shows and record tracks.

"After 5 years of close cooperation Hannibal had to leave band due to personal occasions and new member Romulus replaced him for recording work and live shows.

"After such lineup changes Semargl will present more new music experiments and the band is currently recording a 6th album which will be released in 2013. The band has already performed with the new members at Halloween Horror Night 2012 (at Bingo, Kyiv, UA) and video is available below."

You can also check out Semargl's previously posted music video for "God is Not Love" at this location. More...

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Samael Posts 2002 Summer Breeze Set Online

Swiss act Samael has posted footage of a full 50+ minute set online from the band's 2002 Summer Breeze appearance. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"All the best for 2013 from the S A M A E L camp! It's already been 10 years since the release of the 'Black Trip' DVD… to mark the date, the entire performance from the 2002 concert at Summer Breeze Festival is now online below."

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Strength Approach Releases New Video Clip

Italian hardcore act Strength Approach has posted a new video online for "In The Belly of the Beast," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:

"This is the official video for the song 'In the Belly of the Beast' in support of all the victims of church sexual crimes. Please check this location to find out more about this project and help us spread the word. Stop church child abuse now!"

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Visionaries Offering Album As Free Download

As a special gift to fans, Florida four piece Visionaries is offering the album "The Corrupt Mindset" as a free download today only (December 26th). Snag the album's tracks at Bandcamp here or stream the release through the player below.

1. Subverter 01:43
2. The Corrupt Mindset 03:20
3. An Abomination 04:29
4. Reconciliation 03:45
5. Shapeless 03:48
6. Nostalgia 02:43
7. The Emperor I (Transcendence) 03:47
8. The Emperor II (Devourer) 03:54
9. Eminence 03:42 More...

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Sybreed Posts Live Video "No Wisdom Brings Solace"

Sybreed has posted a live video clip online for the song "No Wisdom Brings Solace," which was filmed during Euroblast Festival 2012 at Underground in Cologne, Germany. Check out the clip below.

The song is taken from Sybreed's 4th album "God is an Automaton" released in October 2012 on Listenable Records (reviewed here). For more info on the album, you can also read our recent interview with Sybreed at this location.

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Majesty Posts New Music Video Online

Majesty is proud to present you the video clip of the title track off the band's forthcoming album "Thunder Rider." The video was produced by German film maker Dirk Behlau and can be viewed below.

The album will be released on January 4th, 2013 (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) and January 25th, 2013 (Europe) through NoiseArt Records. The track listing for "Thunder Rider" is as follows:

1. Thunder Rider
2. Warlords Of The Sea
3. Anthem Of Glory
4. Make Some Noise
5. Metalliator
6. Raise The Beast
7. New Era
8. Asteria
9. Young And Free (Special Edition Bonus Track)
10. Rebellion Of Steel
11. Metal Union More...

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Our Judgment Streaming New EP Online

Eau Claire, Wisconsin metal band Our Judgment has released the new "Concepts" EP online, which can be heard in the player below over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:

1. Aurora Borealis 03:31
2. Delorean 03:25
3. Ripple Effects 03:09
4. Vice Versa 03:43 More...

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Aenaon Comments On Delays In Vinyl Release

Aenaon and Stielas Storhett previously announced a split release on both 7" vinyl and digital download titled "Er / Alter Ego." Aenaon has now issued the following statement about delays in the release of the vinyl edition:

"Dear friends, unfortunately we got some bad news from Possession Productions. ?ccording to their statement, the Czech manufacturer of 7' inch split forget to add this product, among others, at the container that was shipped to label...

"The answer of manufacturer was ridiculous & simple: 'We forgot to put your order in the container.'

"It's really sad and we are really sorry about this inconvenient situation. We want to ask you just to be a little more patient and forgive us for this delay.

"Well, there are also some good news... Anyone who already made a pre-order of the 7" inch split will be rewarded for his pending, with 2 patches (one of Aenaon and one of Stielas Storhett) when the order will be received.

"The next container will be sent to Possession Productions at January 15, 2013. Thank you very much for your understanding."

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Skeletal Spectre Releases New Album Teaser

Doom/death metal hybrid Skeletal Spectre signed with Pulverised Records back in July, and the band will be releasing the "Voodoo Dawn" album in 2013. A teaser trailer for "Voodoo Dawn" has now been posted online and can be heard below. The song "Bone Dust" can also be found after the jump.


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Altar Of Pain Posts Preview Of Upcoming Release

Portugal's Altar of Pain has been working on the follow-up to the "Severe Scourge" EP (reviewed here). Now the band has posted a new track set to appear on the album, which can be heard below. Altar of Pain comments:

"We are working on our new material, and this is a small sample of what we´ve been up to, not a finished version, just a rough mix with no vocals yet. Enjoy! more info soon!"

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Headline News

Thinning The Herd Drummer Reportedly Passes Away

Update: Thinning the Herd has since posted a statement online announcing its intention to continue as a band after Rick's passing. Read the full statement right here.

Vocalist/guitarist Gavin of New York's Thinning the Herd has posted the following brief statement online via Facebook about the band's drummer passing away:

I just found out my best friend and drummer Rick was killed in a car accident this weekend. I don't think I can continue with Thinning the Herd anymore.

No further information is available at this time. Thinning the Herd's upcoming new album "Freedom From the Known" was recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Wes Edmonds and is currently set for release via Saint Mark's Records this coming February 2nd, 2013. The previously posted video clip for "Never Wanted" is also available at this location. More...

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Gunther Weezel Releases Making-Of Footage

New York's Gunther Weezul has posted two websiodes online showcasing the making of the band's recently released third album "Join Us." Check out the footage in the YouTube clips below, or find more info on the group over at Facebook here.


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Climates Posts "Three Years" Video

Melodic hardcore act Climates has released a new official music video for the track "Three Years," which was directed and edited by James Arnold and can be viewed below. The band commented: "We released our new song and video 'Three Years' yesterday. You'll be able to hear the other new track from 'Reconcile' sooner than you think, get sharing!"

Climates is:

Wes Thompson - Vocals
Sam Bowden - Guitar
Fil Thorpe Evans - Guitar
Matt Powles - Drums

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Dark Helm Posts Bass Playthrough Video

India's Dark Helm has posted a bass play-through clip for the track "Cymbeline," which can be viewed below. The band also comments: "HALF BAKED UPDATE 1: Watch Shubhrayu show you how to play Cymbeline on the bass. Girls, you might want to pay special attention to his right hand technique, it just might 'please' you."

Dark Helm consists of:

Ninad Ingulkar - Drums
Clinton Moniz - Guitar,
Mohanish Deshmukh - Guitars
Shubhrayu De - Bass
Aniketh Shankar - Keys
Ravish Salelkar - Vocals

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Wretch Offering Song As Free Download

Cleveland's melodic/power metal act Wretch has issued the following brief announcement about offering a song as a free download: "Our Christmas gift to you: the song 'Life' from our Reborn CD is available for free download through Reverbnation here. Enjoy!"

You can also stream the "Life" track through the widget available below. More...

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Exile Streaming Songs From Latest Album

Jordan based thrash act Exile released the "Suspended Society... Mutilated Variety" album earlier this year, and now the band has posted more music from the release online. Check out "Iron Hands" and the "1536 ºC" tracks in the YouTube clip available below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Forthcoming of Terror
2. Legions of Death
3. World of Guilt
4. The Damned
5. Wtf!
6. Suspended Society... Mutilated Variety
7. Absolute Evil
8. Iron Hands
9. 1536 °c
10. A Man With Power
11. Coronation of Disgrace More...

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Pyrocist Posts Studio Video

Dubai death metal act Pyrocist has released an in-studio video of the band's time working on the "Execute" track, which can be found below. You can also stream the "Execute" song over at this location. For more info on Pyrocist, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Acrania Releases New Lyric Video

U.K. death metal act Acrania (not to be confused with the Mexican band of the same name) has released a new lyric video for the track "Susceptible to Retinal Based Reprogrammability."

You can also download the song via Bandcamp here. The lyric video was edited and produced by Doug Anderson of Visceral Video. Acrania's new EP "The Beginning Of The End" is due out this coming January 28th, 2013.

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Death SS Posts Part One Of Documentary Series

Italian metal band Death SS posted a video entitled "The First Seal," which is part one of a documentary series leading up to the band's new LP "Resurrection," the first studio LP since the release of "The 7th Seal" in 2006. The album is scheduled for a March 2013 release.

The band just issued a new music video for the song "The Darkest Night," which can be seen over at this location. Check out "The First Seal" here:

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