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Metal News for December 4, 2011

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Lou Reed And Metallica Posts Music Video Online

The controversial collaboration between avante garde musician Lou Reed and heavy metal veterans Metallica have posted their new music video online the song, "The View." You can check it out below.

The video was directed by acclaimed film maker, Darren Aronofsky, who has previously directed such films as Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and most recently, Black Swan. "The View" appears on the Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration album, "Lulu," which was released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America. More...

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Iced Earth Posts New Tour Webisode

Iced Earth is currently on the "Dystopia World Tour" in support of the band's latest album of the same name (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the road with a new tour webisode, which is available below.

You can also find Iced Earth's music video for the "Dystopia" title track by heading over to this location.

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Hillvalley Streaming New Songs

Turkey based act Hillvalley has posted several new tracks online for streaming. You can check out the songs "Kamizake," "Hacking the Ghost," "Burden of Life," and "Shelter" by heading over to the Hillvalley Facebook profile here. Hillvalley also commented on its sound and history:

"After long years of taking part in music separately, Ender, Mehmet and Özgür finally decided to put their efforts into the same case. The motto of the band is: 'Always create something, but brand new.' And they do it fair. With the world-wide 'Djent' movement in music, Hillvalley started to take part in this genre with its rough low tuned guitars, polyrhythmic beats and progressive riffs. Hillvalley combines todays western hard tunes with eastern scales and instruments in a deep authentic way, thanks to its highly rich inhabitant music legacy." More...

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Hatebreed Video Interview Posted Online

97.9 WGRD Radio has posted a video interview online with Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed, which can be found below. The interview was conducted while Hatrebreed was on the "Share The Welt" tour at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids.

Hatebreed will also be playing several upcoming South American shows with Lamb of God. Details are available here.

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Opiate Posts "Palace Of Sand" Video

Denmark's Opiate has released a new video clip for the song "Palace of Sand," which is available in the player below. "Palace of Sand" appears on the band's 2011 EP "Reflection," and the video was made by Mad Mob Production in collaboration with Team JiYo. If you want to hear more Opiate, head over to the band's Facebook page here.

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Sean Hall Posts New Song Teaser

Sean Hall, guitarist of California's Elitist, has posted a teaser clip online for his upcoming solo release "Terrestrial." You can check out a preview of of a new song to appear on "Terrestrial" in the player below.

The "Terrestrial" EP will contain five songs, with further details on a release date to be announced down the line. For more information on Sean Hall, head over to his Facebook profile here.

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Synaptical Glitch Streaming "Singularity"

Synaptical Glitch has posted a new three song release online for streaming and as a free download. You can check out the "Singularity" release in the player available after the jump, or by heading over to the Synaptical Glitch Bandcamp page.

The "Singularity" track listing is as follows:

1. Event Horizon
2. Photon Sphere
3. Singularity More...

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Skrypt Performs New Song Live

India's Skrypt has posted a video clip online of the band performing a new song titled "Oceans Alive" while headlining the WORME Fest 2011 at One Flight Down in Hyderabad, India. The clip is available below. For more info on Skrypt, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. Skrypt also commented on the clip:

"NEW SONG - A little sample of what you can expect on the new album. Try and watch the entire 13 min if you can and in HD if you have high speed internet. Share it."

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Born Of Osiris Video Interview Available

Bare Bones Music has posted a new video interview online with Born of Osiris, conducted during the band's headlining tour with Carnifex and Betraying the Martyrs. You can check out the clip below. Bare Bones Music also commented:

"Joe and Lee spoke with Evil G. about the current tour, the success and achievement of their latest record 'THE DISCOVERY' (Sumerian), the chaos of starting a new tour, moving in to a new band house and rehearing and their work on the new Asking Alexandria remix record, 'Stepped Up and Scratched.' Lee talks about giving guitar lessons on the road and the guys also discuss some new details on their next record set to start recording as soon as they get off the road and a tour to follow in the summer of 2012 and much more. PLUS Live performance footage!"

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Dragonsclaw Streaming New Tracks Online

Traditional power metal act Dragonsclaw is streaming two tracks online off the band's debut release "Prophecy." You can check out the songs "Angels in White" and "Darkness Within" after the jump. You can also view the artwork and find in-studio video clips from the recording of "Prophecy" here, while the track listing is as follows:

1. Darkness Within
2. Fight For Your Life
3. Defenders Of The Skies
4. Angels In White
5. Prophecy
6. Life Through Anubis' Eyes
7. Devil's Firey Dance
8. Rising Power
9. Unknown Horizon
10. Revolutionary Suicide More...

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Thorngoth Streaming Songs From "Leere"

German black metal act Thorngoth has created a new YouTube channel to stream songs online from the band's 2010 release "Leere." You can check out the song "Leere VI" in the player below, or find more tracks available for streaming off the album by clicking here.

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Sunday Old School: Pantera

It’s very close to that time of year again when metal fans all over the world pay their tributes to Dimebag Darrell Abbott, the legendary guitarist from Pantera who was murdered on stage on December 8th, 2004 while performing with his post-Pantera band, Damageplan. To understand why his death is so important to metal fans, it’s best to start, as all legends do, at the beginning. Darrell formed Pantera thirty years ago with his brother Vinnie Paul, along with guitarist Terry Glaze, vocalist Donnie Hart and bass player Tommy Bradford. Hart and Bradford left the group the same year, with the latter being replaced by Rex Brown, while the rest of the group decided that Darrell would be the bands sole guitar player. They soon became an underground favorite, touring throughout their native Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Louisiana, and supporting the likes of Quiet Riot and Dokken.

In 1983, the band released debut album, "Metal Magic" through its own record label of the same name with a second album, "Projects In The Jungle" following the next year. Both albums were very much in the glam metal vein but the second demonstrated the first hint of thrash metal influences, a style which was embellished on the third album, "I Am The Night."

Thrash metal soon crept its way into Pantera's sound permanently however, leading the group to part ways with Glaze and search for a more aggressive vocalist, which was found in New Orleans native, Phil Anselmo. With Anselmo, Pantera recorded the fourth album, "Power Metal," a hybrid of thrash metal and the popular hard rock style of the time. Following this release, Pantera decided to radically reinvent itself, shedding the big hair and make up the group had previously adorned and soon gained itself a manager in Walter O’ Brien, with a record deal coming shortly afterwards with Atco Records.

Despite now being considered something of a debut album for the band, the fifth album, "Cowboys From Hell" was released in 1990 and was instantly a hit with fans of the heavier side of metal, as well as some of their heroes such as Judas Priest and Slayer. It was certainly a breath of fresh air at the time, varied in sound but fluent, songs like the pummeling title track were just as much a part of the band's sound as the haunting epic, "Cemetery Gates." The band toured heavily to support the album, taking to the road with such respected acts as Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies and even earning a slot on the Monsters In Moscow festival with the likes of AC/DC and Metallica, in what was still the Soviet Union. More...

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Dream Theater Drummer Checks In

Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini has checked in with an update in which he discusses the groups recent Grammy nomination amongst other things. His message reads as follows:

"I seriously played my two best shows/solos (on December 1st in San Diego, California and on December 2nd in Anaheim, California) while being the sickest I've been in 20-30 years. But not enough to jeopardize me too much or affect the show negatively. I don't know how that happens. My apologies for not being able to speak much, or for coughing at the paid pre-show pic taking. Now you know why. I didn't, and couldn't, call friends, my family, my wife, nobody...

"It was weird to try so hard to speak. All of you that play must've experienced this before. How can we be so sick, then play like not too much is wrong? It must be a love of overcoming challenges and helping the team. I guess that's how athletes do it. I honestly curled up in a ball after the show and didn't think I'd make it out of there. More...

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