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Metal News for December 30, 2012

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Open Tomb Streaming Album

New Zealand wretched doom/sludge band Open Tomb is streaming its new two-song album "Slower than Thou" over on bandcamp. The album is also available as a limited release on Zero Style records. The Hamilton band released its first single, "Open Tomb," earlier in the year and also has out a two-song split release with fellow New Zealand sludge band Meth Drinker. You can stream the split release over on the same bandcamp link.


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Germ Streaming New Song

Avant-garde black metal act Germ has uploaded the first in a new series of ambient songs online titled "Ghost Tree Part 1."

Give the song a listen through the player below. Germ mastermind Tim Yatras also commented on the track:

"I have just uploaded a 20 minute ambient piece to Soundcloud. This is the first in a series of 3 instrumental pieces which will be uploaded over the next few weeks, and all available for free download. Of course this is not for everyone, so feel free to take it or leave it!"

Germ also released the new album "Loss" earlier this year (reviewed here), which is available for streaming at this location. More...

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Dragonsclaw Finishes Work On New Album

Australian power metal act Dragonsclaw has now officially completed work on the band's new album "Judgement Day." The artwork and track listing can be viewed below, and the band also recently commented on guest appearances for the release:

"David Reece (Accept/Bangalore Choir) has delivered an amazing guest vocal on the track 'Watching My Every Move.' Jack Starr plays a killer solo on the track 'Battle Cry' which is our tribute to RIOT and Mark Reale's musical legacy, and Natalie Whitton of the Cursing Stone contributes choir vocals on the track 'Fear.' Our thanks also to Rhino (Manowar/Angels Of Babylon) for tracking Jack's solo and to Corey Wyer (Cursing Stone) for assisting Natalie in the studio recording her vocals. We have some crushing new tracks to unleash and cannot wait for you all to hear them soon...."

1. Watching My Every Move (Feat. David Reece)
2. Judgement Day
3. Bullet
4. Fear
5. Fly: Defenders Of The Skies, Part II
6. Lucifer's Hammer (Warlord Cover)
7. Battle Cry (A Tribute to Mark Reale) (Feat. Jack Starr)
8. Eternally More...

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Chaoskampf Performance Footage Available

India's Chaoskampf has posted footage online of the band performing "Supernova" live, which can be viewed below. Chaoskampf also commented:

"Alright people, time for a big update: the first live music video of the song 'Supernova' has been made. Thanks to the super talented Stoned Eye Productions for putting in their brilliant effort into this. So go ahead and check it out and please share if you like it. Cheers!"

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The Cleansing Tide Posts New Track

The Cleansing Tide has posted a new track online titled "Begin the End," which is now available for streaming in the SoundCloud player below. You can also follow the latest on the band over at Facebook here.

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Basement Torture Killings Streaming Album Online

U.K. death metal act Basement Torture Killings has released the original version of the 2011 debut album "The Second Cumming" online via Bandcamp. You can stream the release below or download on a pay-what-you-want basis at this location. The band also commented:

"With the option for you to pick your own price. If you want it for free then its yours, if you want to make a donation then that would be welcomed and will be used to continue the bands murderous rampage.

"The Second Cumming received rave reviews on its initial release in the UK, with Terrorizer labelling the release 'An impressive display of gore soaked death metal' Metal Hammer simply stated 'A death metal perversity in tweed and knitted cardigans.' Basement Torture Killings is part band and part horror theatre. Featuring deviant serial killers, Bertrand, Tarquin and the mysterious Fourth Killer."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Human Body Part Jewellry 02:39
2. Outback Murders 02:25
3. The Burner 03:43
4. Severed Head Fellatio 03:25
5. Caught Twice But Never Convicted 02:38
6. Priceless Life Death Art 03:43
7. 31 Stab Wounds To The Face 03:20
8. Crucifix Sodomy 03:11
9. The Trucker 03:18
10. Gore Bukkake 06:17 More...

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Keizar Working On New Single

Paris based act Keizar is currently in the process of working on a new single, tentatively due for release in late January. In the mean time you can check out the track "Nigami" in the player below, or find more from Keizar over at Facebook here.

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Resurrection To Release New Album

Belgian metalcore act Resurrection has announced the new full-length album "Social/Contract" is due out this coming March 16th, 2013. Check out a teaser trailer for the album below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook. Resurrection is:

Maarten Janssen - Vocals
Tom Martens - guitar
Stef Oosterbos - guitar
Simon Janssen- drums
Lieven Casters - bass

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Gales Of Avalon Streaming New Track

Canadian act Gales of Avalon has posted a new track online titled "The Ocean Ranger," which can be heard at Reverbnation here or in the player available below. The track will appear on the band's upcoming "When the Ravens Return" EP.

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Sacred Steel Posts New Song Online

Sacred Steel recently signed with Cruz Del Sur Music, and will be releasing new album "The Bloodshed Summoning" on February 15th. A new track from the album titled "No God / No Religion" can now be heard in the player below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Storm Of Fire 1916
2. No God / No Religion
3. When The Siren Calls
4. The Darkness Of Angels
5. The Bloodshed Summoning
6. Under The Banner Of Blasphemy
7. Black Towers
8. Crypts Of The Fallen
9. The Night They Came To Kill
10. Join The Congregation
11. Journey Into Purgatory
12. Doomed To Eternal Hell
(CD bonus tracks)
13. Perversions of the Scriptures
14. Unbinding the Chains
15. Dig up her Bones (The Misfits Cover) More...

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Nazhorn Streaming New Song

New Dehli based blackened death metal act Nazhorn has posted a new track online titled "Demise of the Heartless God," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"With this offering, hope we made up for the absence, and nothing describes the current state of our world better than: 'We reign in chaos, because your fear is there no more, or was your love too weak, or this is how you treat your abandoned child.'"

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Dishonour The Crown Streaming EP Online

After releasing a music video for the title track "Gone To The Dogs," Dishonour the Crown has posted the full EP online for streaming. Give the songs a listen in the player below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. This Cuntry 01:06
2. Gone to the Dogs 03:03
3. Blood on the Union Flag 02:17
4. No Revolution 04:34
5. Subdivisions 02:33
6. Voice of Treason 03:59 More...

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Acherontas Announces Record Deal

After recently announcing a new drummer had joined the band's ranks, Acherontas has now checked in with the following announcement about a new album:

"We are Proud to Announce that Our Coven from now belongs in the Brotherhood of W.T.C (World Terror Committee) Records. A major & cult Label that respects the art of Black Metal and stands for the true meaning of what this unique art represents. But most important a label that was built from true individuals and activists in the scene to support a philosophy and not a business.

"The new Opus of Acherontas Coven Baptized In Blood and Fire and is called 'Amenti (Catacomb's Chants & Oneiric Manifestations).' It's almost One Hour of Meditative Spiritual Art To Raise the Potential of Many to Cross and For few to Rise. The album will be out on Summer solstice of 2013
as we enter the halls of recordings in two weeks.

"Special collaborations take place in this new opus and I am in great honor to announce.. Naas Alcameth from the Eternal Horde of Nightbringer, Mr. Henry Möller From the Respectful Legions of Arditi and Puissance, Mr. Jhon Longshaw From the Magical Entity called Black Seas of Infinity, & Mr. Edgar Kerval from the Great Thelemic and Scarlet Energy Emme Ya.

"The Magical Circle Of Acherontas Coven Moves the Blood Wheels of Transformation For the Great work to be Unleashed. The Gods have not returned. They have never left us."

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Azaghal Announces New Tour Dates

Finland's Azaghal will be heading to Brazil in support of new album "Nemesis" this coming March, 2013. Support will come from guests Infernal War 666 and Mørk VisdoM. Currently announced dates are as follows:

22/03 - Porto Alegre/RS @ TBA
23/03 - Jaraguá do Sul/SC - Espaço Oca
24/03 - Curitiba/PR @ Blood Rock Bar
28/03 - TBA
29/03 - Belo Horizonte/MG @ Matriz Casa Cultural
30/03 - São Paulo/SP @ Arena Metal Bar
31/03 - Rio de Janeiro/RJ @ Heavy Duty Beer Club

You can also find additional info over at the tour's Facebook event page here. More...

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E'nemia Checks In With Year-End Recap

Jimmy, Rune, Casper, Tommy, and Jonas from Denmark's E'nemia have checked in with the following year-end recap to wish fans a happy new year:

"We wanted to make this post just to let you guys know: 2012 did offer us a lot of challenges but here at the end of the year things are looking bright.

"We are looking forward to have a much more active and productive year in 2013 with a lot of things going on now. So keep your ears and eyes open!

"Happy new year! Take care and be safe!"

You can also check out music from E'nemia over at the band's MySpace page or Facebook profile. More...

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Heavenwood 20th Anniversary Show Footage Posted

Portugal's Heavenwood recently held a 20th anniversary celebration show on December 28th, 2012. Several fan-filmed video clips from the event have made their way online, showing the band performing tracks from across its discography.

You can check out videos below of "Sudden Scars" from "Abyss Masterpiece," "Season 98" from "Swallow," and "Emotional Wound" from "Diva." The band also briefly commented: "Heavenwood would like to thank for the fantastic attendance at the HARD CLUB Main Room last night. It was perfect night for all!" More...

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Sorrows Path Announces Snowy Shaw Guest Appearance

After previously announcing guest appearances by drummer Lefteris Moros (Innerwish) and bassist Vangelis Yalamas (Fragile Vastness), Greek act Sorrows Path has now posted the following message online about bringing on Snowy Shaw to appear on the band's new album:

"We are really glad and proud to announce that Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (king Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Memento Mori, Notre Dame, Dream Evil, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, and more) will be the special guest vocalist for the new Sorrows Path album!

"Our doom idol Snowy will sing a duet with our singer Angelos for a song titled 'Everything Can Change.' Doom rules eternally…"

Further details on the upcoming album release will be announced as they are made available.

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Frailty Posts Official Video

Latvian doom band Frailty has posted an official video for the track "The Cemetery of Colossus," which comes from the band's 2012 album "Melpomene." The video was filmed using live footage from a gig at the Melna Piektdiena club in Riga back in May. Four of the nine songs from "Melpomene" are streaming on YouTube as well.

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Picture Posts New Music Video For Re-worked Song

Legendary Dutch metal band Picture posted a new music video for the re-worked classic track "Eternal Dark." The song originally was released as the title track to the band's 1983 release, but was re-worked in 2011 and released as a bonus track on the band's latest LP "Warhorse," which was issued in February 2012. The new version "Eternal Dark MMXI" features the new twin guitar duo of Mike Ferguson and Len Ruygrok (Vengeance).

Check out "Eternal Dark MMXI" here:

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Sunday Old School: Lillian Axe

More groovy (SEE: melodic) versus glam (SEE: dramatic), Lillian Axe managed to recruit a loyal following without an abundance of commercial success. Often regarded as an underrated and unknown gem, the group continues to perform and record in obscurity. Their look (big hair and tight leather) grouped this band in with the glam bands of the eighties (and early nineties); however, the music of Lillian Axe still holds up, a major difference between Lillian Axe and other bands during this time. They are sort of the “indie” Edward Norton of metal that is if Edward Norton’s career had never blown up (at least for a few years), and if Norton was from The Big Easy. More...

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