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Metal News for December 4, 2012

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36 news articles posted on this day.


Interview With Lo-Pan

Columbus, Ohio, stoner rock band Lo-Pan has been trekking across the country as of late with High on Fire and Goatwhore, and being joined by Corrosion of Conformity for a few of those dates. But many metal heads have not heard much about this band; without vicious growls, crazy fast guitar riffs, and black band t-shirts, they haven't attracted much attention from typical metal listeners. They will not make any excuses for their post-rock, nineties-inspired sound, and will be exposed to a whole new audience full of new fans. I caught up with vocalist Jeff Martin and drummer Jesse Bartz to talk about the tour and the plethora of hotel desk bells that curiously lined their tour van's dashboard. More...

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Enforcer Reveals "Death By Fire" Details

The new Enforcer album "Death By Fire" will be released on February 1st, 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and Olof Wikstrand comments: "The cover is drawn by our long time friend Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art. It captures pretty much everything we wanted from a cover. Simple and direct!"

The "Death By Fire" track listing is as follow:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan More...

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Pyuria Splits With Vocalist

Finnish death metal act Pyuria has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Winds of change has gathered among us (for a change). We have bad news and good news. Bad news is, Matti Liuke had to focus on other things and couldn’t continue in Pyuria. When that decision came, we had booked live dates in 3 weeks and needed someone on vocals and fast. We applied candidates with online ad and received pretty impressive amount of replies.

"One person stand out at the very beginning with the active and promising approach and before one could say 'pussycat in my lubricative urine,' we were rehearsing repeatedly. The good news is, after these so far completed 2 gigs in a very short notice, everyone of us have been impressed of Panu Kivistö’s live appearance, brutal growls, personality and effort.

"We are relieved to announce now he is the new vocalist of Pyuria. Currently we are a dish composed of sausages from Turku, Salo and Tampere."

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The Devastated Streaming New Song

Since the release of debut album "Devil's Messenger" earlier this year, The Devastated has stayed busy on the road playing dates with Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, The Browning, and more. Now, the band has teamed up with StuffYouWillHate.com to premiere a new song titled "Grate Minds," which can be heard here or in the player below. In addition, The Devastated will be playing four shows at the end of this month.

The band also comments, "Happy Holidays everyone! With what has been an eventful 2012 for The Devastated, we would like to wind down the year with a few exciting announcements. First and foremost, we are very pleased to announce the addition of our new bassist David Sittig (Impending Doom). David has been a close friend of ours for many years and we are proud to have him aboard. With that, we would also like to announce a Holiday mini-tour December 27-30 with Polarization and Wrath of Vesuvius. These will be David's first shows with The Devastated, so please come out and show some love. On a final note, we would like to leave you with our Latest track 'Grate Minds', a B-side recorded during the same time as our debut record 'Devil's Messenger.' Enjoy! You can expect many exciting things from us in the New Year, so keep your eyes and ears open. Have a safe Holiday season and we'll see you all very soon."

12/27/12 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
12/28/12 - Reno, NV @ JubJubs
12/29/12 - Modesto, CA @ St. Clair Theater
12/30/12 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe More...

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Riverside Reveals Album Artwork, Trailer

Poland's progressive rockers Riverside have released the first look into their upcoming release, "Shrine of New Generation Slaves." Set for a North American release date of February 5th, 2013, this will be Riverside's fifth studio album. The album artwork and track list for "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" can be seen below, along with an official album trailer.

Riverside comments, "The lyrics on the new album deal with different situations we face in our modern times and how we sometimes become enslaved by them and by the style of life they dictate. For instance, we are dominated and bombarded by increasingly stupefying media. The media, in turn, is dominated by more and more people who are known for their well-knownness... Celebrities, the modern representatives of a need which lies deep within us all and is rarely satisfied - the feeling of importance. This feeling, and some of the dilemmas and complications connected with it, is the subject of our newest single - 'Celebrity Touch.' Musically, we still try to extend the bridge to connect the new music to the old. In this track we achieved some kind of original mixture and I hope you will enjoy this piece of new album."

The track listing is:

01. New Generation Slave (4:17)
02. The Depth of Self-Delusion (7:39)
03. Celebrity Touch (6:48)
04. We Got Used To Us (4:12)
05. Feel Like Falling (5:17)
06. Deprived [Irretrievably Lost Imagination] (8:26)
07. Escalator Shrine (12:41)
08. Coda (1:39)

"Shrine of New Generation Slaves" was recorded at Serakos Studio in Warsaw, Poland, where Reality Dream Trilogy was also tracked. Recorded with Magda Srzednicka and Robert Srzednicki, the album offers nearly an hour of classic Riverside music. More...

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Lamb Of God Manager Responds To Indictment

As news has broken of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

"While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

"At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance."

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Batillus Recording Album, Checks In From Studio

Today Decibel Magazine hosts the first of a two-part studio diary series from Brooklyn industrial doom derelicts Batillus. The band has been holed-up at Sound Generation Studios in New York City with production wizard Sanford Parker recording a second full-length entitled "Concrete Sustain."

The follow-up to 2011’s "Furnace" long player (reviewed here), is slated to detonate this March via Seventh Rule Recordings. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some tales from the control room through Decibel Magazine here.

You can also watch the band ravage souls at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar earlier last month sharing the stage with Nachtmystium, Mutilation Rites, and Lord Mantis with new track “Mirrors” below. Commented BrooklynVegan of the performance: “Batillus carried through that same noisy sensibility, with frontman Fade Kainer's harsh vocals, manipulated to a point where they could have been confused as something inhuman and otherworldly. The band's industrial sensibility lent an edge to their doom-influence dirges and, while slower than all the other bands on the bill, made BATILLUS equally brutal as next band Mutilation Rites' most unforgiving riff.” More...

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Tiamat's Edlund Discusses "The Scarred People"

Sweden’s Tiamat has never been a band confined to a certain sound. Whenever an album conveys a certain path, the group turns around and travels a different route on the next album. From their Swedish death roots of “Sumerian Cry” to the atmospheric doom of “Clouds” to the bluesy soundscapes of “Wildhoney” to the electronic beats of “Judas Christ”—each album seems related only in their pursuit of lush ambiance.

“The Scarred People,” Tiamat’s tenth full-length studio record, bridges many of the ideas and sounds heard throughout the group’s long history. Tiamat mastermind, Johan Edlund corresponded with Metal Underground via the internet to give us the scoop on “The Scarred People.” More...

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Vomitor Kicking Off U.S. Tour

The wait is over: Vomitor has landed in the United States and is ready to decimate the country on the band's first U.S. tour, starting this week. Jointly dubbed the "Bleeding America" tour, American cult Negative Plane will be touring alongside Vomitor on the first six dates. Dates are as follows:

12/05 — Philly @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Ashencult and Pissgrave
12/06 — Baltimore @ Golden West Cafe w/ Extermination Angel
12/07 — Richmond @ Strange Matter w/ Bastard Sapling and Orgon Donor
12/08 — Pittsburgh @ Howlers w/ Derketa, Abysme and Falcifer
12/09 — Cleveland @ Now That's Class w/ Nekrofilth and Apothaeon
12/10 — Brooklyn @ Public Assembly w/ Salo and Ominous Resurrection
12/12 — Austin @ Red 7 w/ HOD and Oath of Cruelty
12/13 — Los Angeles @ 5 Star Bar w/ Kommandant, Sanguis Imeperem, Invocation War and Casket More...

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Vanderbuyst Streaming Full New Album

In advance of its worldwide release this Friday, December 7th, the entire new "Flying Dutchmen" album from raging rock trio Vanderbuyst is now streaming in its entirety via Dutch website 3voor12 right here.

"Flying Dutchmen" will be publicly available on CD, LP, and digital download this week by Germany’s Ván Records. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"With the release of Flying Dutchmen, Vanderbuyst continue their tireless quest to save the world from flaccid rock. Much like their ancestors before them, Jonkman, Van Esbroek and Verbuyst have achieved an amazing feat of reclamation. Vanderbuyst have restored the heart and soul to hard rock without any gimmicks or ironic hipster attitude. This is the real deal."

The album's track listing is: More...

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Metal Mean Festival 2013 Announced

The Belgian extreme metal festival Metal Méan has set August 17th, 2013 as the date for its 9th edition. So far no bands have been announced, and the location stays the same: the small village of Méan.

The 2012 edition featured such acts as Nile, Immolation, Gorguts, and more. Commented crew member Willem Van Maele: "We are working hard on next year's edition. The concept stays the same and it won't be easy to top last year's edition, but we won't settle for less!

"Metal Méan has a 'for the fans, by the fans' mentality and prefers quality over quantity by choosing to have only one stage."

More info is available at the band's Facebook page, and lineup details will be revealed as they are made available.

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The Odious Posts "Minutia" Lyric Video

A new lyric video is available online for "Minutia," the fifth track off upcoming new album "Joint Ventures" from The Odious. The clip can be viewed below, and the album is due out December 18th, 2012. The band's latest in-studio video is also available over at this location.

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Voivod Posts "Target Earth" Trailer

On January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod will release their 13th studio album, "Target Earth."

In anticipation of this release, the band has now posted a teaser trailer online featuring behind-the-scenes footage, plus an exclusive interview with Away (Michel Langevin) and Chewy (Daniel Mongrain) about the making of the album. Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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One Year Later Releases Lyric Video

One Year Later has posted a new lyric clip online, which can be found below, and the band also commented: "We are proud to release our official lyric video for our new single 'As Long As I'm Alive.' You can pick up our single on iTunes at this location."

The single's track listing is as follows:

1. As Long As I'm Alive
2. Lost At Heart
3. This Road (Acoustic)

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No More Fear Releases New Video Clip

Italian death metallers No More Fear have released a new music video for the track "Taranthell," taken from the new album "Mad(e) In Italy." Check out the clip below. "Mad(e) In Italy" was released on December 3rd, 2012 via Murdered Music/Coroner Records. The album's track listing is:

1. 150 Years
2. Taranthell
3. Ass E Mazz
4. Cemento Armato
5. Intrigues, Scams And Magnificent Horror
6. Don Gaetano
7. Southern Spirit
8. A Choice
9. Immota Manet More...

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Every Time I Die Announces New Tour Dates

Every Time I Die has announced plans to hit the road for a series of headlining dates with Massachusetts metalcore act The Acacia Strain in 2013. The band will also be joined by Vanna, Hundreth, and No Bragging Rights. The trek starts Wednesday, February 6th in Chicago, IL and tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 7th.

Every Time I Die will be out on the road in continued support of the "Ex Lives" album, which was produced by Joe Barresi (Tool, The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Parkway Drive). Upcoming dates are as follows:

w/ The Chariot, Letlive, Kills & Thrills
Tue 12/4 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Wed 12/5 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Thu 12/6 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Fri 12/7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
Sat 12/8 Providence, RI The Met
Sun 12/9 Holyoke, MA The Waterfront Tavern
Tue 12/11 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
Wed 12/12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
Thu 12/13 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theater
Fri 12/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird
Sat 12/15 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
Sun 12/16 Madison, WI The Loft
Mon 12/17 Palantine, IL Durty Nellies
Tue 12/18 Lansing, MI The Loft
Wed 12/19 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Thu 12/20 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place More...

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Stigmatic Chorus Posts New Lyric Video

Russian symphonic black metal act Stigmatic Chorus has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Lynch," which comes off the band's new album "Fanatic." Check out the track below.

The concept of the album, written by Dan Sein and Demether Grail, tells the bloody events of old, when American town Nauvoo was plunged into darkness and filled with atmosphere of aggression and religious fanaticism.

You can also listen to the previously posted song "Riot of the Fools" over at this location.

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Solstafir Announces European Tour

Still in the wake of last year’s “Svartir Sandar” album (reviewed here), Iceland's Solstafir will embark on a European tour in March of next year, with Long Distance Calling, Audrey Horne (March 1-8), and Sahg (March 9-23). The currently announced dates are as follows:

01 Mar 13 Münster (DE) Sputnikhalle
02 Mar 13 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen
03 Mar 13 Berlin (DE) Festsaal Kreuzberg
04 Mar 13 München (DE) Backstage
05 Mar 13 Karlsruhe (DE) Substage
06 Mar 13 Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
07 Mar 13 Leipzig (DE) Conne Island
08 Mar 13 Prague (CZ) Hoodoo
09 Mar 13 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
10 Mar 13 Wien (AT) Arena
11 Mar 13 Milano (IT) Lo Fi Club
12 Mar 13 Aarau (CH) Kiff
13 Mar 13 Geneve (CH) L'usine (Kab)
14 Mar 13 Esch/Alzette (LU) Kulturfabrik
15 Mar 13 Paris (FR) Nouveau Casino
17 Mar 13 Brussels (BE) Magasin 4
19 Mar 13 Nottingham (UK) Rock City Basement
20 Mar 13 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
21 Mar 13 Manchester (UK) NQ Live
22 Mar 13 London (UK) Underworld
23 Mar 13 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg More...

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Ion Vein Reveals "IV 2.0" Track Listing

Ion Vein has now revealed the artwork and track listing for the upcoming digital release "IV 2.0." The songs were produced/engineered and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore, Queensryche, Redemption), who also contributed the main guitar solo in "Seemless," and mastered by Alan Douches.

01. Seemless (Take Me Away) (3:22)
02. Fool’s Parade (3:34)
03. This is Me (4:29)

Mortal Music also commented on the digital release schedule: "The DR concept was developed by Mortal Music, Inc as taking a snap shot of an album of music and releasing it into the market a 'chapter' at a time, so to speak, to allow it to work its way into the marketplace faster and to help alleviate the musical overload fans and press alike are experiencing these days with so many options available. The full-length album will then be available on CD at the end of the cycle for those that still collect physical product." More...

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Ildjarn's Back Catalog To Be Re-Issued

Season of Mist will be releasing the full back catalog of Norwegian cult act Ildjarn as well as the Ildjarn-Nidhogg and Sort Vokter productions. All 15 reissues will be available digitally in the upcoming weeks and most of them will hit stores in physical editions later on.

More information on release dates will be coming soon. The list of upcoming reissues includes these titles:

Norse (EP)
Ildjarn (album)
Strength and Anger (album)
Landscapes (album)
Svartfråd (EP)
Forest Poetry (album)
Hardangervidda (album)
Hardangervidda part 2 (EP)
1992-1995 (compilation)
Eksistensens Jeger (single)
Nocturnal Visions (EP)
Minnesjord – The Dark Soil (EP)
Ildjarn 93 (EP)
Ildjarn Is Dead (compilation)
Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal (album)

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Hacktivist Releases Self-Titled Video

Djent/hip hop act Hacktivist has posted a new self-titled music video online, which can be viewed below and comes off the band's also self-titled EP. The previously posted "Unlike Us" video is also available at this location, and the "Hactivist" track listing is:

1. New Age 01:57
2. Unlike Us 03:17
3. Blades 04:29
4. Hacktivist 03:37
5. Cold Shoulders 05:38

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Mortiferous Scorn Offering New Album For Download

Mortiferous Scorn's new ten track album "Mental Anarchy" is now available online to download for free via Facebook here. The artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Mental Anarchy
2. Bottom Feeder
3. Devolution
4. Living Casualty
5. Frozen
6. Domain
7. Misery Stained
8. Hollow Deity
9. The Joker Effect
10. Suspentia More...

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Atheist Re-Releasing Albums

Technical death metal fans will be thrilled to know that Atheist’s first three albums “Piece of Time” (1989), “Unquestionable Presence” (1991), and “Elements” (1993), will be reissued on Season of Mist.

2009’s “Unquestionable Presence: Live at Wacken” will only be released digitally and will hit legal download platforms in the coming days.

Packed with bonus tracks, the three studio albums will be released digitally before the end of the year, and physical versions will follow in spring 2013. More details on the various formats and bonus material will be given within a few weeks.

Atheist released latest full-length album "Jupiter" (reviewed here) back in 2010.

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Jason Bittner Checks In With Health Update

Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall has been replaced by fill-in drummers for recent shows, and now he has checked in with the following update about his condition:

"Well I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better, back to playing, and almost feel 100% - too bad my insides are still not 100% but they're healing nicely primarily due to me staying off the road and resting.

"I have another round of bloodwork next week, in which the docs think I should be back to all normal internal functions by then, but they still are prohibiting me from leaving until after my endoscope on Dec. 18th (they need to hopefully find the cause of the Pancreatitis, and whether or not anything else is going on as well - but I feel pretty confident that I'll be ok).

"So what does this mean to Shadows Fall - it means that I, sadly, will not be able to return until after the 18th. In the meantime please go continue to support the band on the KSE tour with my boy Willis covering for me - he's got a tough job and he's handling it like a pro from what I've seen and heard.....I'm really missing the band, and the fans and tour, but I promise that I WILL be on the last dates of the tour after xmas:

12/27 Baltimore
12/28 NJ
12/29 Clifton Park

"Well, unless the apocalypse actually comes on the 21st!"

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Castle Wolfenstein Streaming Self-Titled Album

Castle Wolfenstein, which features Ben Brennan of Canadian act A Sight For Sewn Eyes, has now released a new self-titled album online. Check out the tracks via Bandcamp or in the player available below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Inside 04:21
2. Gone 01:54
3. Kooks 00:35
4. Burn 02:03
5. Corroding 02:08
6. Brain Disease 02:12
7. All For What 00:46
8. Window 02:50
9. Mouths 01:53
10. Waiting 02:15 More...

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Jørn To Issue "Symphonic" Album In January

"Symphonic" is not the next proper new album from Ex-Masterplan vocalist Jørn Lande, but rather a selection of tracks taken from the vocal icon's previous studio releases, which have been remixed in order to add a grandiose classical orchestra arrangement to the existing hard rock structure. The album is scheduled for release via Frontiers Records on January 22, 2013 (North America) and January 25, 2013 (EU).

Lande commented: "I didn't want to choose the most obvious Jorn songs, as I didn't want this album to come out as a typical 'best of' release. Some songs that are not too typical in a Jørn context, were chosen simply because some great songs often tend to be forgotten and therefore deserve a second chance."

Tracks like “I Came to Rock”, “Burn Your Flame” and “Behind the Clown” are presented in a very intriguing and different new dressing, which enhances the variety and depth of Jørn’s classic songwriting and performance style. In Jorn’s words: "'I Came To Rock,' might now even remind the listener of a Broadway musical, not coming from a heavy rock band like Jørn. The new version of 'Behind The Clown' shows how much as a young boy I have been fascinated by Kate Bush. 'Burn Your Flame' instead came out really fresh and different, compared to the original version on 'Spirit Black' from 2009."

"Symphonic" will also includes an unreleased cover version of Dio’s "Rock 'n' Roll Children." "I hope you will enjoy the album and maybe you will even rediscover some songs you had forgotten…," concludes Jorn.

The track listing for "Symphonic" is:

1. I Came To Rock
2. Rock 'n' Roll Children (Dio Cover)
3. The World I See
4. Burn Your Flame
5. Man Of The Dark
6. My Road
7. Time To Be King
8. Black Morning
9. Like Stone In Water
10. Vision Eyes
11. War Of The World
12. Behind The Clown
13. A Thousand Cuts
14. The Mob Rules (Black Sabbath Cover) More...

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Satan Signs With Listenable Records

Listenable Records has inked a pact with new wave of British heavy metal act Satan. The label issued the following statement:

"The band os currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to an album entirely of new material written over the last 18 months. This is the culmination of a process that began when the original ‘Court In The Act’ album line-up got together for an exclusive ‘one-off’ re-union show at Germany’s ‘KEEP IT TRUE’ Festival last year.

"This line-up had not performed together in 28 years! The band were somewhat overwhelmed with the response - 10 minutes into headliners ‘Crimson Glory’s set, the crowd could still be heard chanting Satan! Satan! Satan immediately booked more shows in Germany, Holland, Belgium, & London, and have since kept in close contact with each other, writing songs and making demos.

"The new album, to be titled ‘Life Sentence’ is scheduled for release March/April 2013. The full track listing is as follows: ‘Time To Die’ ‘Twenty Twenty Five’ ‘Cenotaph’ ‘Siege Mentality’ ‘Incantations’ ‘Testimony’ ‘Tears Of Blood’ ‘Life Sentence’ ‘Personal Demons’ ‘Another Universe’. Fittingly, this will mark the 30th anniversary of their greatly acclaimed debut ‘Court In The Act’." More...

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Thaurorod Posts Studio Footage

Thaurorod has posted a video clip online of the drum recording process for the band's second album, which took place at Rockstar Productions in Hyvinkää, Finland last month. Check out the clip below. In other news, Thaurarod also announced the recruitment of new vocalist Andi Kravljaca back in October. More...

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Tellus Requiem Unveils Album Art & Track Listing

Norwegian metal act Tellus Requiem unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's upcoming debut LP "Invictus (The 11th Hour)," which is due out via Nightmare Records on January 22, 2013. The band also launched its new official website designed using the cover art (seen below) created by Thomas Ewerhard (Symphony X/ TOTO/Avantasia/Therion/Hammerfall).

In addition, the band has confirmed that they will be playing a handful of acoustic dates in Turkey before the holidays. These special shows feature music rearranged from the band's self-titled debut and the new album Invictus (The 11th Hour) to fit acoustically and with a three man orchestra.

Guitarist Stig Nergård commented on the upcoming shows: "We are really looking forward to finally doing some live shows abroad. I could not think of a more perfect place to do some acoustic shows "TELLUS REQUIEM-style", than where the West meets the East."

The track listing for the debut release is as follows:

1, Ab Aeterno
2. Red Horizon
3. Eden Burns
4. Reflections Remains
5. Twilight Hour
6. Sands of Gold
7. Tranquility
8. Redemption
9. Invictus
10. Dies Irae

The album artwork can be seen here: More...

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Helloween Streaming New Track "Nabataea"

German metal icons Helloween is streaming the new track "Nabataea," the opener from the forthcoming LP "Straight Out of Hell." The album is scheduled to drop on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:

1. Nabataea
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

Check out "Nabataea" here: More...

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MindMaze Streaming New Track "This Holy War"

Allentown, Pennsylvania act MindMaze is streaming the new track "This Holy War." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Mask of Lies," which will be self-released by the band on February 17, 2013. MindMaze was formerly known as Necromance and last released an EP entitled "Never Look Back" under the moniker in 2009. Vocalist Sarah Teets is formerly of the Florida band Alexandria.

The track listing for "Mask of Lies" is as follows:

1. Never Look Back
2. Breaking the Chains
3. This Holy War
4. Cosmic Overture
5. Fading Skies
6. Mask of Lies
7. Dark City
8. Remember
9. Destiny Calls More...

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Paradox Streaming New Track "Brutalized"

German metal act Paradox is streaming the new track "Brutalized" from the forthcoming LP "Tales Of The Weird," the band's sixth studio release. The album is scheduled to drop on December 14, 2013 via AFM Records. "Tales of the Weird" was recorded at Woodshed-Studio in Landshut, Germany and was produced by Charly Steinhauer and mixed and mastered by V. Santura. Guest appearances on the album include Bob Katsionis (Firewind) and Gus Drax (Sunburst).

The track listing for "Tales Of The Weird" is:

1. Tales Of The Weird
2. Day Of Judgement
3. Brutalized
4. Fragile Alliance (Feat. Gus Drax)
5. Escalation
6. Brainwashed
7. Slashdead
8. Zeitgeist
9. The Downward Spiral
10. A Light In The Black (Bonus Track) (Feat. Bob Katsionis)

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Leprous Recording New Album

After spending a very eventful and busy year promoting latest album release "Bilateral" (reviewed here), acclaimed Norwegian progsters Leprous have now started the recording sessions for an upcoming, currently untitled, studio album set to be released before summer 2013 worldwide via InsideOut Music.

Leprous singer / synth-player Einar Solberg checked in with a status report: "As many of you already know, we've started recording our new album. The drums are finished, and we're now focusing on the guitars. Also this time we're using Vegard 'Ihsahn' Tveitan and Heidi 'StarOfAsh' S. Tveitan as our producers / technicians. The drums were recorded in the really cool and old school Juke Joint Studio, and we're really satisfied with the result.

"As far as the new music, we can only remind you that Leprous will never be the kind of band to re-create the mood from previous works, and it's very important for us that each album has its own strong character. We have great belief in this album and we promise something fresh, challenging and soulful! This album will also be mixed and mastered by Mr. Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios."

Check out a special studio video from the drum recording sessions in the player below. Upcoming live actions in 2013 from Leprous are also available after the jump. More...

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Howling To Release New Album

Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Howling:

"When the howling starts, the terror begins! Razorback Recordings will be releasing the debut full-length CD in early 2013 from the death-thrashing creatures of the night, Howling! The band is a whirlwind of loud, fast, and thrashing heavy fucking METAL, with an emphasis on extremely catchy headbanging riffs meant to summon forth the powers of darkness!

"Get ready for an album loaded with some of the most memorable riffs and songs in a long time. Definitely an album you will want to play over and over again. The band takes influence from many classic bands but avoids the typical 'retro' thing by simply writing good SONGS and doing their own thing, which is something that is really missing from underground metal today.

"The album cover will be drawn by the amazing slasher design artist Justin Osbourn, who draws incredible horror art in the style of classic 70's film posters and 80's VHS cover art!" More...

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Verah Falls Posts Music Video Teaser

Oregon's Verah Falls has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming live music video of the single "Divide." Check out the teaser below, or find more info on Verah Falls and music available for streaming over at Facebook here.

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Aenimus Posts Studio Video Update

Aenimus recently announced the band's upcoming album will feature guest vocals from Eddie Hermida of All Shall Perish, and now the group has posted a new in-studio video update online.

Check out footage of Seth Stephens working on bass parts for the album in the player below. A previously posted lyric video for "Inertia" can also be found at this location.

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