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Metal News for December 26, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

A Sense Of Gravity Posts Album Trailer

A Sense of Gravity has released a teaser trailer for an upcoming album, which is available below, and the band also comments:

"We are so excited to announce our debut album 'Travail' to be released early 2014! Please take a moment to preview the album's sound by checking out our album trailer, which was shot and produced by our very own C.J. Jenkins!"

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Strength In Shadows Posts Music Video

Texas outfit Strength in Shadows has released a new music video for the track "Endless," which can be seen below. Strength in Shadows is:

Ian Dartez - Vocals
Brandon Melendez - Lead Guitar
Cason Day - Drums
Nick Lu - Guitar
Tyler Larson - Bass

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I Am Novelist Streaming New Song

I Am Novelist has released a new single titled "The Final Chapter," which can be heard below. The songs was tracked at Bullseye Recording Studios and mastered by Joey Sturgis.

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Suicide Silence Posts Mitch Lucker Documentary

Suicide Silence has released a 30 minute documentary clip about former vocalist Mitch Lucker, who passed away last year.

This video clip can be viewed below, and the band is also gearing up to officially release "Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show" on CD/DVD & CD/Blu-Ray.

The new DVD/Blu-Ray release is due out this coming February 18th, 2014 and proceeds will go to the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.

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David Ellefson Interview Posted Online

A new segment of "In the Vault with Shanda Golden" is now available online featuring an interview with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. Check out the video interview in the player provided below.

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Babymetal Video Interview Available

Remember Babymetal - the band made up of Japanese teenage girls? Recall those awesome/terrifying videos like "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" or "Doki Doki Morning?"

Apparently Babymetal is still going strong, with one member just hitting the ripe old age of 16, and now an interview with the band has been posted online, taken from an MTV81 segment. Check it out below.

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I Killed The Prom Queen Posts Live Footage

Live video of I Killed The Prom Queen performing "Sharks In Your Mouth" was filmed at the Impericon Never Say Die tour 2013. The clip is now available online and can be seen below.

I Killed The Prom Queen will release new album "Beloved" on February 18th, 2014 via Epitaph Records in the U.S. and February 14th in Australia. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Beginning Of The End
02. To The Wolves
03. Bright Enough
04. Meilor
05. Thirty One & Sevens
06. Calvert Street
07. Kærjrlighet
08. The Beaten Path
09. Nightmares
10. No One Will Save Us
11. Brevity More...

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Entombed In The Abyss Posts New Track

Entombed in the Abyss has released a second single off the "Beaten at the Knees" EP due out in early 2014. Check out the song "Extinction Event" in the player below, or hear the previously posted track "Belligerent" at this location.

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"Out Of The Black" Documentary Available Online

The 40 minute documentary "Out of the Black" has now been released online and now can be seen below. While it focuses on black metal, the clip features a variety of interviews with thrash and death bands.

The creators of the movie describe the clip as "a documentary about true black metal in America as compared to the European scene. A detailed examination of the musical and social origins of black metal and how black metal was influenced by American death metal and thrash, and European thrash. We also concentrated on the opinions of those outside of the black metal scene. We interviewed some of the godfathers of death metal and thrash to get their opinion."

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Lich King Offering New Track For Download

As a Christmas gift to fans, Lich King has released a new demo track titled "Lich King V: Stalemate." You can hear the track in the player below, or download the song for free over at the Lich King Bandcamp page here.

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Xehanort Streaming New Song

U.S. outfit Xehanort has released a new track titled "Oathkeeper II" (featuring Josh Oxendine of Mycelium Construct). Give the track a listen below, or your can stream and download the band's previous releases at Bandcamp here.

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Birthing The Aftermath Posts Christmas Track

Djent outfit Birthing the Aftermath has released a new pre-produciton cover of "Carol of the Bells," which can be heard below. You can also hear more from Birthing the Aftermath at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Stalking Madness Posts Music Video

Stalking Madness has released a new music video for "Purpose Driven Life," taken from the upcoming EP, "Disconnect." Check it out below, or find more details on Stalking Madness over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Southern Warfront Streams New Track

Brazilian black metal band Southern Warfront has released a new pre-production track titled "Christian Massacre." The song comes off the upcoming "Storm Division" album and can be heard in the player available below.

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Backwater Releasing New Album

German outfit Backwater is gearing up to release new album "Take Extreme Forms" on January 17th, 2014 via Iron Shield Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Arise
2. New Fire
3. Run Or Die
4. Take Extreme Forms
5. The World
6. Deepest Black
7. Aliens Blood
8. Burn
9. Nuts And Guts
10. Grizzly Bear
11. Crush
12. Tale Of Doom More...

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Dawning To Release Split Album

Blackened outfit Dawning, the project of Steve Cefala, now has a split release with - - - coming out on December 29th via Preposterous Creations. The track listing is as follows:

1. - - - Tafatta Försök 02:46
2. - - - Gycklande försök att teoretisera antropomorfiera, destillera en entitet, dennes, Dettas inherens, försök att materialisera ett större intellekt 03:12
3. - - - Rovfågeln 03:21
4. Dawning - Divine Arrival of the Massive Hoof More...

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Act Zero Streaming New Song

Act Zero is now streaming the new track "In The Silence," which can be heard in the YouTube player below.

You can also download the track for free at Bandcmap here. Act Zero is currently working on a debut EP to see release in 2014, with further details forthcoming.

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Demist Releases "Faith Remains" Video

Serbian symphonic metal band Demist has released a music video for debut single "Faith Remains," which can be viewed below. Demist consists of:

Dragica Maletic - Vocals
Marko Lukic - Keyboards
Milan Jovac - Guitars
Ilija Milanovic - Bass
Dimitrije Vasic - Drums

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Vindictive Streaming New Song

Finland's Vindictive has released the song "Last Rivals," which can be hear in the player below. The track features a guest spot by Threat Signal's Jon Howard and will appear on the upcoming album "Disciples of Hate."

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Ridge Top Hounds Posts Video Clip

Portugal's Ridge Top Hounds has released a new music video for the "Chaos And Destroy" single, which was shot and produced by Carlos Dias and can be viewed below. To hear more from Ridge Top Hounds, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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Johnny Booth Releases New Music Video

Johnny Booth has released a new official music video for the track "No Signal," which can be seen below. The track is taken from the new EP "The Bronze Age" released via Hotfoot Records.

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Hideous Divinity Drum Cam Footage Available

Sick Drummer Magazine has released drum cam footage of Giulio Galati from Hideous Divinity perfomring "As Flesh Gospelled Pure Hate."

The video was filmed on December 5th in Derby, UK while the band was on tour with Unfathomable Ruination. Check it out below.

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The Arrs Posts Tour Trailer

The Arrs will be taking part in the "Persistence" tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife, and Evergreen Terrace this coming January. A teaser trailer is available below, and dates for the trek are as follows:

16.01. Berlin -- Astra (DE)
17.01. Saarbrücken -- Garage (DE)
18.01. Oberhausen -- Turbinenhalle (DE)
19.01. Deinze -- Brielpoort (BE)
20.01. Paris -- Bataclan (FR)
21.01. Wiesbaden -- Schlachthof (DE)
22.01. Solothurn -- Kofmehl (CH)
23.01. München -- Backstage (DE)
24.01. Hamburg -- Grosse Feriheit 36 (DE)
25.01. Dresden -- Event Werk (DE)
26.01. Tilburg -- O13 (NL) More...

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Arkhum Working On New Album

Eugene, Oregon based technical black/death act Arkhum has checked in with the following brief update about working on a new album and seeking a replacement drummer:

"Arkhum is currently in the writing process for our new releases and are searching for a drummer to aid in the recording process. If you are a drummer and have the ability/interest in playing with us, let us know! Send us videos or recordings!"

You can also check out the band's previous "Earthling" album in the player provided below.

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Iron Savior Reveals New Album Title, Artwork

Germany's Iron Savior, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck (ex-Savage Circus), announced that the band's new release will be entitled "Rise of the Hero." The album is set to drop on February 28th via AFM Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Revenge of the Bride
4. From Far Beyond Time
5. Burning Heart
6. Thunder from the Mountains
7. Iron Warrior
8. Dragon King
9. Untitled Surprise Track
10. Firestorm
11. The Demon
12. Fistraiser
13. I've Been to Hell 2014 (Bonus Track on Limited Edition only) More...

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Descend Streaming New Song

Descend will release new album "Wither" via Inverse Records this coming January 24th, 2014. Now the advance track "In Hours of Despair" is available online and can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Confined by Evil
2. The Rancorous Paradigm
3. In Hours of Despair
4. Severance
5. Wither
6. Diabolic
7. From Grace to Grave
8. Sundown

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Kambrium Streaming Bonus Track Gotye Cover

German melodic death metal act Kambrium is streaming the cover track "Somebody I Used to Know" (originally recorded by Gotye). The song is a bonus track from the band's latest album "Dark Reveries" (see review here).

Check out the song here:

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Cripple Bastards Announces New Shows

Hardcore/grind outfit Cripple Bastards will be releasing new album "Nero In Metastasi" via Relapse in North America on February 18th, with a European release on February 17th (see the full track listing and an album trailer here).

In celebration of the release, Cripple Bastards will be touring both Japan and Australia. Details are as follows:

February 25 - Osaka @ Kingcobra Squat
February 26 - Nagoya @ Huck Finn
February 27 - Yokohama @ Bar El Puente
February 28 - Tokyo @ Asakusa Kurawood (OBSCENE EXTREME Asia 2014)
March 2 - Tokyo @Asakusa Kurawood (OBSCENE EXTREME Asia 2014)

March 5 - Sydney @ Blackwire records
March 6 - Canberra @ The Basement
March 7 - Melbourne @ The Reverence Hotel ( OBSCENE EXTREME Australia 2014)
March 8 - Melbourne @ The Corner Hotel (OBSCENE EXTREME Australia 2014) More...

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Zaltana Posts "Quid Pro Quo" Lyric Video

Brazilian metal act Zaltana, featuring Tito Falaschi (brother of Almah vocalist Edu Falaschi) on drums, released a lyric video for the new track "Quid Pro Quo." The song appears on the upcoming debut release "Scenes of Cruelty." The exact release date for the album has not yet been announced, but it is expected in 2014. The song is available as a free download at this location.

The band previously issued a lyric video for the track "Sovereign," which can be heard over at this location. Check out "Quid Pro Quo" here:

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Meridian Splits With Drummer, Recruits Vocalist

Covington, Louisiana outfit Meridian has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:

"It seems we may have found a replacement for our recently departed vocalist, however, due to conflicting life choices, we are now without a drummer.

"We really cannot wait to return to playing shows and spreading our music, but we cannot do that until we find a good reliable permanent drummer. So that being said, if you are a drummer that might be interested, or if you happen to know one who might be, PLEASE let us know.

"To the ones still here supporting us, really appreciate your help. Now please help us become whole again bring us a new drummer." More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting After Movie Available

The 2013 edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting took place from December 12th - 14th and saw the likes of Sabaton, Accept, Therion, Napalm Death, Hooded Menace, and more perform live.

Now the organizers of the festival have released a video clip highlighting this year's event, which can be seen below. Details on the 2014 festival have not yet been released, but keep your eyes peeled an on the Eindhoven website for future updates.

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Caliban Posts New Lyric Video "King"

Germany's Caliban released a lyric video for the new track "King." The song is taken from the upcoming new album "Ghost Empire," which is set to drop Century Media on January 24th (G/A/S, Australia/NZ), January 27th (Rest of Europe) and February 4th (USA).

Check out "King" here:

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Hessian Announces 2014 Tour Dates

Belgian outfit Hessian has announced tour dates for the upcoming new year, including the "Church of Ra" tour with Amenra and Oathbreaker in April. The band's upcoming live shows include:

11/01/2014 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL (w/ Oathbreaker)
18/01/2014 013, Tilburg NL (w/ Oathbreaker)
19/01/2014 Baroeg, Rotterdam NL (w/ Oathbreaker)

Church Of Ra Tour
11/04/2014 106 Club, Rouen FR
12/04/2014 Dudefest, Karlsruhe DE
13/04/2014 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
14/04/2014 Confort Moderne, Poitiers FR
15/04/2014 La Dynamo, Toulouse FR
16/04/2014 Sonora, Bilbao ES
17/04/2014 Hard Club, Porto PT
18/04/2014 Shoko, Madrid ES
19/04/2014 Razz 3, Barcelona ES
20/04/2014 Impetus Festival, Belfort FR
21/04/2014 PMK, Innsbruck AT
22/04/2014 Posthof, Linz AT
23/04/2013 Lido, Berlin DE
24/04/2013 Proxima, Warsaw PL
25/04/2013 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
26/04/2013 Young Team Festival, Metz FR More...

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Qantice Streaming New Track "Epic Fail"

French symphonic power metal act Qantice, now fronted by PelleK (Damnation Angels), is streaming the new track "Epic Fail." The song will appear on the upcoming sophomore LP "The Phantonauts," which is targeted for release in early 2014.

The new release was produced & mixed by Kevin Codfert (Adagio/Myrath) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Symphony X/Dragonforce). Check out "Epic Fail" here:

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Warforged Posts New EP Teaser

Chicago metal band Warforged has an upcoming EP release titled "Essence of the Land." Now the band has posted a teaser clip featuring snippets from the new songs, which can be found below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Diabolical Being
2. Regurgitate
3. Phantoms In The Mist
4. Tainted Heart

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