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Metal News for December 5, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

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Warnot Explains Debut Album "His Blood Is Yours"

A new addition to the prog/power metal world, former Cloudscape member Björn Eliasson has launched his own project Warnot, which just saw the release of a debut album. The freshman release "His Blood Is Yours" features a range of guest vocalists and is out now via Nightmare Records.

Björn was kind enough to share some insight with Metalunderground into the new album's creation, how these tracks differ from previous work with Cloudscape, and the story behind the lyrical themes. Read the full interview below, or you can find more info on Warnot over at Facebook here. More...

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In Flames Announces U.S. Tour Dates For Early 2013

Hot on the heels of a North American trek supporting Lamb Of God, and fresh off the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in late January, In Flames will romp across America once again, this time as headliners.

The tour kicks off February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish, and Battlecross will provide support. While tickets have yet to go on sale, the following dates have been announced:

2/2 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2/3 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
2/4 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
2/7 - Madison Theater - Covington, KY
2/8 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
2/9 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE
2/10 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
2/12 - Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
2/13 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
2/14 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
2/15 - Majestic Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA
2/16 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV

Century Media Records recently offered a free download of their "Carnival Of Sounds II" compilation, which features In Flames' track "Ropes" from latest studio album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading."

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Favor The Brave Streaming New EP

Favor The Brave has posted the new EP "Entropy" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also comments:

"Wanna listen to the new EP, but haven't picked it up yet? Well, here ya go. Try it before you buy it. Please pick up a copy if you like it and blast that shit all day."

1. Zero Gravity 03:52
2. Resources 04:05
3. Salvation 05:16 More...

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Northlane Streaming "Worldeater" Single

Australian act Northlane has posted a new song online titled "Worldeater," which can be heard in the player available below. Pre-orders for the 7" "Worldeater" single can also be found at this location.

Northlane also has the following upcoming "Worldeater" Australian tour dates: More...

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Ctulu Announces New Album Release

German act Ctulu has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"It is not without a little pride, that we can finally announce the release date for our upcoming oceanic opus 'SEELENSPIEGELSPLITTER' for April 12th and 13th, 2013 with a double release show in Hamburg and Erfurt! We had to postpone the publication due to contractual issues, but now the pact is sealed and you may expect nothing but total fury! Seelenspiegelsplitter will contain 10 tracks full of Seastorming Extreme Metal."

1. Seelenbrand
2. Amokkoma
3. Im Widerlicht blutbefleckter Spiegel
4. Insignia Dagonis
5. Bleichenblass
6. Tornasuk
7. Flammengestirn
8. Tränenfinsternis
9. Tiara aus 10 Phobien
10. Serenadenhallen More...

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Eclipse Posts "Wake Me Up" Video

Swedish act Eclipse has released a new video clip for "Wake Me Up" from the album "Bleed and Scream," which is out now on Frontiers Records. Check out the video in the player available below. The previously posted video for the album's title track is also available at this location.

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Society 1 Announces Return Of Bassist

Society 1 has issued the following announcement about welcoming back bassist Dirt Von Karloff:

"Dirt Von Karloff has returned to Society 1 after a year and half hiatus. After seven years in the band Dirt decided to leave on amicable terms to explore other musical opportunities but after some time had passed his desire to return to the band resurfaced. Following some contemplation he decided to make the call to rejoin after hearing some of the rehearsal footage posted on the Society 1 Youtube page and was excited about the new members and direction of the material."

Vocalist Lord Zane further comments: "I've toured the world with Dirt. We've shared the stage hundreds of times. He was at my right hand side when we played the Download Festival suspended in front of 80,000 people. Sharing those experiences with someone creates a strong bond and friendship. It's good to have him back and am looking forward to sharing the stage one again."

"In the first rehearsal it felt like coming home except now playing with new drummer Pete Pace (London After Midnight) is like jamming with Neil Peart on crack," said Karloff.

Society 1 is currently tracking at AM Recording Studios with Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory, Arkaea, 3volution) in the producer chair and Jeremy Blair engineering. The band is compiling songs for a new EP entitled "Screams Of Sadist" and preparing to tour in 2013. More...

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Holocausto Canibal Releases New Music Video

Portugal's Holocausto Canibal has posted a new music video online for "Objetofilia Platónica," taken from the "Gorefilia" album.

The clip was directed by Pedro Souto, produced by Stainless Paradox and Raising Legends, and can be viewed in the player below. More info on Holocaust Canibal can be found over at Facebook here.

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Vomit Disease Signs With Pathologically Explicit

Pathologically Explicit Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Vomit Disease:

"A new band have joined out rooster... Vomit Disease from Germany has signed a contract with Pathologically Explicit Recordings for the release of a full length... you can expect awesome brutal death!"

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. You can find more info on the band and listen to music available for streaming over at the Vomit Disease Facebook profile here.

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Stagnant Waters Streaming Song From New Album

Stagnant Waters has posted another song online from the band's recently released self-titled album (reviewed here). Check out the track "Concrete" in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Algae (4:39)
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT (5:19)
3. Of Salt and Water (6:52)
4. Castles (5:34)
5. Concrete (2:46)
6. Bandaged in Suicide Notes (3:23)
7. Axolotl (10:09)
8. From the Breaking Neck to Infinity (6:55)

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Pig Destroyer Short Story Posted Online

Grind kings Pig Destroyer released their fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records. The deluxe editions of the album each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes.

Today CVLT Nation has premiered JR Hayes' short story The Atheist on their website. Check it out exclusively at this location.

The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists' style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot. All of the editions are available for order via Relapse Records here.

Pig Destroyer's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Dec 15 Miami, FL Churchill's Pub
Jan 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs Tickets
May 23 - 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI More...

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Burnt Books Posts New Song Online

Today, Decibel Magazine jams the jagged opening track from Columbia, South Carolina's Burnt Books’ self-titled debut album, set for CD and digital release via At A Loss Recordings worldwide on January 29th, with a vinyl version to follow later in the year.

Check out the song "Selfish Friend" at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Burnt Books formed in October of 2011 born from musicians from a vast array of previous and current local bands. Guitarist Matt Thompson and drummer Troy Thames came from both the 'smashist revolutionaries' Guyana Punch Line and experimental punkers Thank God (Thompson as bassist in both). Troy also participated in ex-Antischism/Initial State killers .fuckingcom. Bassist Joey Parker and guitarist Chuck Sligh helped provide the heavy riffage and crazy time signatures of Tunguska. Finally, Zoe Lollis had previously been performing solo shows utilizing only her banjo and voice.

"On their first album, Burnt Books’ noisy hardcore/punk comes to life with Lollis' growls, wails, and mocking tones coalescing with the high-paced and artistically-reconfigured punk/noise rock constructed of angular riff madness, with interludes of simply Zoe's clean vocals and banjo, all help expand the band’s whole approach. The nine-track album was recorded at The Jam Room with Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Dark Castle), was mastered by Colling Jordan (YOB, Twilight), and bears cover art by Sam Ford (Black Cobra’s Invernal, etc.)." More...

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Lick Streaming New Album Online

Dutch classic rock act Lick has released the new album "Mount Rock," which is now available online for streaming. Check out all nine tracks via Bandcamp here or in the player below.

You can also check out a music video for the title track after the jump. The full "Mount Rock" track listing is as follows:

1. Mount Rock 05:37
2. Gear Up 04:58
3. You're the Enemy 04:40
4. Rock Dog 04:44
5. She's Bad 04:21
6. White Lion 03:45
7. Rock City 03:19
8. Bad as Luck (live) 04:49
9. Turn Off the Light (live) 04:33 More...

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The Resistance Unveils EP Artwork

Recent Armoury Records signees The Resistance have officially unveiled the cover of their "Rise From Treason" EP, set for North American release on January 29th, 2013.

Featuring within its ranks some of Sweden’s most esteemed musicians, The Resistance includes In Flames’ founder Jesper Strömblad on guitar alongside second guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames), vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted, Facedown) and drummer Chris Barkensjö (ex-Kaamos, ex-Repugnant). The band recently released a lyric video for the track "Slugger."

"This is gonna be some good violent fun!" says Strömblad. "Rise From Treason" will be released as a digital download and limited edition 7" vinyl.

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Necrowretch Reveals "Putrid Death Sorcery" Info

French death metal maniacs Necrowretch have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming debut album, "Putrid Death Sorcery." The painting, which was done by cover artist Milovan Novakovic (who also did the artwork for the band's previous releases), visualizes the musical aura of Necrowretch: rancid, filthy, and dark death metal.

"Putrid Death Sorcery" will be released on January 28th in Europe and February 5th in North America via Century Media Records. See below for the album's track-listing:

1. Ripping Souls Of Sinners
2. Purifying Torment
3. Goat-Headed
4. Putrid Death Sorcery
5. Impious Plague In Catacombs
6. Spewed From Hell
7. Defiler Of Sacrality
8. The Anthropomancer
9. Soiled Into A Crypt
10. Necrollections
11. Repugnizer

Catch Necrowretch live:

15.12.2012 - Detest Records farewell show - Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
17-19.05.2013 - Deathkult Open Air 2013 - Göllnitz, Germany More...

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Apothesary Streaming "They All Carry Ghosts"

California's Apothesary has posted the song "They All Carry Ghosts" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track will also be posted online as a free download via Bandcamp on December 25th, 2012. For more info on Apothesary, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Exhumed Adds More Tour Dates

Thanks to vehicular issues en route home from their mammoth tour alongside Napalm Death and Municipal Waste, the California roadburners in Exhumed have booked an additional week’s worth of headlining live rituals set to commence this Friday in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “Since our van decided to blow up and we're stuck in Alabama for a week, we figured we had time to book some fill-in shows for our longer-than-expected ride home. So come on out and rage with us — last chance in 2012! We look forward to making the most out of this opportunity to melt your faces one last time before we fuck off and get ready for 2013.”

Catch up on the latest Exhumed roadside shenanigans with their latest diary entry, "If You're Not Wasted, The Day Is" Tour Diarrhea Part II: The Wrath Of Khan, at this location.

12/07/2012 Grant St. Dance Hall - Lafayette, LA
12/08/2012 Mangos - Houston, TX
12/09/2012 Red 7 - Austin, TX
12/10/2012 Korova - San Antonio, TX
12/11/2012 Pine Box - Midland, TX
12/12/2012 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
12/13/2012 LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
12/14/2012 TBA, CA
12/15/2012 TBA, CA

Exhumed recently completed recording the follow-up to 2011’s "All Guts, No Glory" full-length. Titled "Necrocracy," the offering was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia). All drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). "Necrocracy" will be unleashed by Relapse Records sometime next Spring.

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Astaroth Releasing First Full-Length Album

Italian heavy metal pioneers Astaroth have announced the release of their first ever full-length album, entitled "The End of Silence," through She Wolf Records on December 21st.

Produced by the band's bassist Saverio "Shining" Principini and engineered by Michael Tacci in Los Angeles, "The End of Silence" marks the band's first new output since the 1985 cult classic "The Long Loud Silence" mini-LP, and reunites original members Principini, guitarist Max Cipicchia and drummer Jan D'Amore, with American born newcomer Ace Alexander handling vocal duties in place of original frontman Bob Cattani.

"This is the album we were supposed to make after 'The Long Loud Silence' but didn't get the chance to for a myriad of reasons," states Principini. "All of the songs we've recorded for 'The End of Silence' were originally written in the mid 80's as we prepared for our second record. Luckily, we found a bunch of old murky live tapes which helped reignite our collective memories. Even though it's now a quarter century later and everything's changed so much, we feel that these recordings very much embody the original Astaroth spirit. This has been a total labor of love for all of us and we can't wait to share this with our old fans as well as hopefully make a few new ones along the way."

Excerpts of all the songs can be heard at the band's official website here. The track listing is as follows:

01. My Sleeping Beauty
02. Dilemma
03. Nero's Fire
04. Apocalypse in the Living Room
05. The Siren Song
06. Dreams Die First
07. Stand or Fall Together
08. In Spite of Destiny
09. Mystic As Tarot
10. Chainless Slaves

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Dreamer Releases New Album

Rhode Island's Dreamer is thrilled to officially announce the release of debut album "Turn It Up," which can be heard through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Turn It Up features ten tracks filled with razor-sharp hooks, radio friendly melodies and a heavy metal wallop that can satisfy the most demanding headbanger. Inspired by bands ranging from the classic hard rock bands (Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Queen) to modern hardcore and metal (Black Label Society, Pantera, Senses Fail), Dreamer captures the sound of classic metal and infuses it with a style and sound all their own. Renowned for their high energy live shows at venues across New England, the band has opened for bands such as All That Remains, Burn Halo, Candlebox, Firewind, Hawthorne Heights, Hollywood Undead, Lynch Mob, Saliva and Saving Abel. Dreamer are booking shows to support their album and are on a mission to deliver Turn It Up to audiences and radio stations across the U.S.A.

"Dreamer began in the fall of 2010 when both the founding members of Last One Standing, Christian and Nathan Shields, decided that a major change was needed to their music project. The brothers began writing music and producing a sound that was heavier than their previous songs. The tracks on Turn It Up include the first song on the album 'Way It Feels,' a hard rock anthem to a 350 Chevy, 'Sex Rocks,' a tune about looking for girls and taking them home, the inspirational hard rock ballad, 'Live For Today,' and Dreamer's anthem, 'Turn It Up.'" More...

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Livid And The Bloodthirsty Streaming New EP

Brampton, Ontario act Livid and the Bloodthirsty has released a new EP online titled "DEMO(n)," which can be heard in the player below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:

1. Gear Up 03:58
2. Life Balanced Upon a Knife's Edge 02:38
3. This Scene's Too Pre Teen 03:41
4. Senseless Debauchery 02:50
5. Hemophillic Hysteria 03:48 More...

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Schemata Theory Streaming Full New Album

"Dry Lung Rhetoric," the debut album from Reading metal band Schemata Theory has been made available to stream for free via YouTube. Check out the album through the playlist below or over at the band's YouTube page here.

“One of the goals of releasing the album like this,” vocalist Myles Dyer explains, “is to demonstrate a new way of marketing music in these ever-changing digital times. Many bands are constantly criticizing piracy, and how it is killing off the industry. My belief is that it is only killing off those not willing to adapt."

To celebrate the release the band has made available 100 limited edition bundles to buy via the Schemata website. This includes a signed album, limited edition t-shirt, signed insert with a limited number of 1-100, as well as exclusive stickers, badges and plectrums. The album is now available to purchase digitally on Audiosocket, Amazon and iTunes, and can also be streamed for free on Spotify.

“The album's themes communicate acknowledgement of a sleeping world needing to wake up,” explains psychology graduate Myles. “With so much evidently in crisis on this planet, the question that must be asked is 'How much longer can we go on turning a blind eye?'” More...

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DieTrich Thrall Forms Beauty In The Suffering

Marazene producer, multi-instrumentalist, programmer and vocalist DieTrich Thrall has launched a new electro-metal studio project, Beauty In The Suffering. The full statement posted on the website follows:

Beauty In The Suffering is an evolving concept I came up with years ago that best described a sense of optimism during some bright spots of an otherwise massive struggle against overwhelming odds. Music I have been writing and expressing over the last several years has been uniquely intimate in reflecting those struggles and I am very excited about putting out some fresh ideas that represent the here and now.

Beauty In The Suffering deals with universal themes of love and loss, defeat and resolve, and struggle and triumph. Everybody has moments where the road looks impossible to pass. But somehow little by little we manage through our own inner strength and the purposeful placement of fate, chance, and karma. We emerge wiser and with a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our place in the world and the beauty we glean from the suffering we have endured can never be denied.

This is a journey I accepted long ago. I wear the scars of my personal triumph over my struggles with pride and I stand ready to face new challenges. And, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, this is a new beginning. I thank you all for standing by my side during some very difficult years of active-inactivity. The future is wide open and full of nothing but payoff.

DieTrich (pronounced Dee-Trick) is best known for his co-founding and co-visionary role in the industrial-metal band Marazene (later called Marazene Machine).


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Touche Amore Posts New Tour Diary

Touche Amore has teamed up with LA Weekly to post a new tour diary online covering the band's recent time in Indonesia. Excerpts from the tour blog follows:

November 17th Jakarta, Indonesia: Our tour manager arrives 30 minutes late [to leave for] the airport. We rush through security and make it on to our flight with only a minute to spare. Some people say coffee and a healthy breakfast is the quickest way to get your body awake in the morning. I think having to run with equipment and bags around your neck through a foreign airport does the job even better.

The venue tonight is called Rossi Music. It reminds me of a punk squat you might play in Germany or Eastern Europe. Before we played, I had to run to the bathroom to take a quick piss. What I encountered was very confusing to my American eyes...a hole in the ground and next to it a bucket of water with a scoop. Thankfully this wasn't another kind of emergency.
By the time it is our turn to play, we can tell the equipment has had quite the toll taken on it. The PA speakers are hardly functioning and the guitar heads are giving about half their ability. With a room full of kids, we push through it with excitement. Hearing so many voices so far from home know our words was one of the most exciting moments of our band's history.

November 18th, 2012 Jogjakarta, Indonesia: I cannot put into words how terrifying [the twelve-hour drive to Jogjakarta] was. The way people drive consists of...speeding as fast as you can, then slamming on the breaks, and then veering into oncoming traffic to go around trucks and other vehicles. There are no seat belts in this van. Everyone flew out of their chairs multiple times and we were scared for our lives quite a lot.
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Read the full article at LA Weekly.

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Metallica Posts "Master Of Puppets" Footage

The one and only Metallica, which recently launched its own record label Blackened Recordings, will be releasing a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012.

The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009. Footage of the band performing "Master of Puppets" from the DVD has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Caricature Streaming New Single

Allston, MA metal unit Caricature has teamed up with Heavy Blog is Heavy to unleash a brand new track entitled "Saviors II," taken from the band's forthcoming debut full-length album, "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing." Check out the song in the player below or through Heavy Blog is Heavy here.

Caricature mastermind, Joseph Spiller, had the following to say about the meaning behind the song and how it differs a little bit from the rest of the album:

"Juxtaposed with the other songs on the record which are introverted and autobiographical, 'Saviors II' is about a former friend. The person used to be one of the most stand up, hard-working people you could ever meet. Amazingly talented, but somewhere along the way this individual chose drugs and an intense obsession with a certain psychedelic drug addled writer over life, career, family and friends. Deep in it all to the point where they did nothing else other than sit around their parents house, spent their money, didn't work and then somehow turned a nose up to the rest of the world and believed to be on a 'higher moral plane' than everyone else. 'Saviors II' is a song about someone being a disappointment, not so much to others, but to themselves."

Caricature recently wrapped up the recording process for "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing" at Universal Noise Storage in Newburyport, MA with Greg Macklin (Ordinance/Jeff Loomis) and Brett Boland handling mixing duties. The album also features a guest solo from Greg. A release date has not yet been set. More...

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Peace, Love, & Death Metal With Derelict

It was Friday, November 30th in Montreal, and my butt was killing me. Let me explain.

I'd arrived a little while ago at Katacombes, a little cavern of a club with a corner stage partially in the round. Headlining the evening was Derelict, an increasingly popular technical death metal outfit carving quite a name for itself across Canada. After tracking down frontman Eric Burnet, we escaped the noisy chatter - and the impending racket of the opening act - by ducking down a flight of stairs to a basement alcove outside the restrooms.

In the shadowy corner, we claimed a precarious perch atop two beer kegs while Eric brought me up to speed. We discussed all things Derelict, including this year's sophomore album "Perpetuation;" (reviewed here) the overall death metal genre and beyond; Eric's personal techniques and goals as a vocalist and lyricist; the downloading controversy; and more. More...

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Death Wolf Announces New Album

Death Wolf, which features Morgan of Marduk, has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"We here bring a preview of the album cover of the second Death Wolf album which is set to be entitled 'Death Wolf II - Black Armoured Death' 13 darkened hymns of pale, horrid stripped down blackened metal, punk rock or what ever you want to call it! See tracklist below!! Release date and formats will be unveiled shortly."

1. Noche De Brujas
2. World Serpent
3. Lord Of Putrefaction
4. Darkness Of Hel
5. Sudden Bloodletter
6. Malice Striker
7. Night Stalker
8. Luciferian Blood Covenant
9. Black Armoured Death
10. Death Wolf March
11. Little Black Angel
12. Snake Mountain
13. Rothenburg More...

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Noctem Drops Off Upcoming Tour Dates

Noctem has issued the following announcement about dropping off upcoming European tour dates:

"It is with great sadness that we have to communicate Noctem won't be performing in the next dates of the Obsidium European Campaign 2012:

04.12 – Vienna (Austria) "Escape Metalcorner"
05.12 – Prague (Czech) "Modra Vopice"
06.12 – Berlin (Germany) "K17"
07.12 – Erfurt (Germany) "from Hell"
08.12 – Oberhausen (Germany) "Helvete"
09.12 – Darmstadt (Germany) "Steinbruch Theatre"

"Due to problems encountered with the vehicle the band was travelling in and getting no solutions from those responsible of it (we tried to continue until the last moment) we have to announce that unfortunately Noctem can not continue with the tour's schedule until the day December 9.

"Enthroned, Forgotten Tomb and Impiety continue touring and performing without us, from here we wish them the best of luck and that everything is running normally.

"We can only apologize to The Flaming Arts Agency, all the local promoters, metalheads and people involved in this tour and promise you that we will be back for the next year. Europe. We will return in 2013!!!"

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Edge Of Attack To Release Debut Self-Titled LP

Canadian metal band Edge Of Attack are set to release the debut self-titled LP for Spread The Metal Records on February 19, 2013. The band describes it's sound as "fusing old-school thrash and power metal with a modern edge. Shredding guitars, haunting vocals, and furious drumming are Edge of Attack's stamp of authority."

Edge Of Attack is:

Roxanne Gordey - Vocals
Jurekk Whipple - Lead Guitars/Vocals
Dallas Dyck - Rhythm Guitar
Denver Whipple - Bass
Trevor Swain - Drums

For a taste of Edge Of Attack, check out the video for the track "Forever," which was issued earlier this year: More...

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Ihsahn And Threshold To Headline Prog Power Oslo

The organizers of the Prog Power Oslo festival have issued the following announcement about confirming headliners for the 2013 edition:

"Proudly announcing Ihsahn and Threshold as headliners at ProgPower Oslo, 15th - 16th November, 2013!

"We are selling a very limited number of festival tickets to a greatly reduced price. Full price is NOK 650,- (+ ticket fee) for a two day ticket, but in December we’re selling some of the tickets for only NOK 500,- (+ ticket fee)! And listen to this: The first 15 gets a signed Ihsahn CD!"

In related news Ihsahn recently joined Asgeir Mickelons's new band God of Atheists, and he released his fourth solo album "Eremita" (reviewed here) earlier this year.

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Man The Machetes To Release New Album

Man The Machetes will release the new album “Idiokrati” on January 29th in Europe, Janauary 18th in Norway, and January 25th in G/A through Indie Recordings.

The new single ”Mageplask” is now available via the YouTube player below. Indie Recordings also commented:

"The album presents music that balances delicately between an uncompromising, but accessible sound. The pace is high from the beginning to the very end, yet the listener is bombarded with melodies and catchy guitar riffs in a soundscape that is borderline rock and metal. If you add screaming vocals, a thumping, but melodic bass and intense drums, you are closing in on a good description of Man the Machetes' debut album 'Idiokrati.'" More...

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Morton Introduces New Guitarist

Kiev, Ukraine based act Morton has recruited new guitarist Sergey Sershen, and to get fans acquainted with his style, the band has now posted a video clip online featuring the new member, which can be viewed below.

For more info on Morton, head over to the band's Facebook profile, or check out the previously posted music video for "Weeping Bell" at this location.

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Desolate Shrine Streaming Entire Album

Finland's largest and longest-running metal site, Imperiumi.net, is now streaming the newest release from Desolate Shrine, "The Sanctum of Human Darkness," in its entirety. Over a year and a half after its debut album "Tenebrous Towers," Desolate Shrine returns with this dark sophomore release. "The Sanctum of Human Darkness" is nearly 55 minutes of dark, misanthropic death metal which will be available on December 15th via Dark Descent Records. Become one with the darkness at this location.


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Chapel Of Disease Streaming Two Songs

Chapel Of Disease, from Cologne, Germany, presents eight malodorous new tracks on their long awaited debut album "Summoning Black Gods," which will be unleashed December 8th on FDA Rekotz. The album will be available on CD, LP (3 different versions) and digital formats. The band's April 2012 demo cassette, "Death Evoked" (demo of the month - Rock Hard Magazine), was sold out within a week of its release. Album tracks "Descend to the Tomb" and Evocation of the Father" are streaming at FDA Rekotz' soundcloud page, or below in the player.

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Maveth Streaming Entire Album

"Coils of the Black Earth," the forthcoming debut from Finnish blackened death metal horde Maveth, is now streaming in full at Imperiumi.net. Check it out for yourself at this location. The hellish blend of brutality and blasphemy that is "Coils of the Black Earth" will be available on CD and double-LP (black & grey splatter) on December 15th through Dark Descent Records.


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Death SS Returns With New LP In 2013

Legendary Italian metal band Death SS, founded in 1977 by Steve Sylvester, is set to return to action with the band's first studio LP since the release of "The 7th Seal" in 2006. The new release, "Resurrection" will hit the streets in 2013, with the first single "The Darkest Night" set to drop on December 21, 2012. A preview for the song can be heard below.

The 2012 lineup of Death SS features:

Steve Sylvester (W.O.G.U.E.): vocals
Al De Noble (Secret Sphere/Ex-Civilization One): guitars
Glenn Strange: bass
Freddy Delirio (W.O.G.U.E.): keyboards
Dhalila: Performer

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Stratovarius Announces New LP "Nemesis"

Finnish symphonic metal act Stratovarius announced that the forthcoming new LP will be entitled "Nemesis." The first single will be "Unbreakable" and a preview clip can be heard below. The album will come as a standard 11 track edition along with a special edition with two additional bonus track and the album is set to drop on February 22, 2013 via earMusic.

"Nemesis" was produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band. To shorten the wait period for the album, the single for "Unbreakable" will be released as a limited edition EP on January 25th, 2013. It will feature five songs: the new album leading track "Unbreakable" and a selection of four songs from previous albums, remastered by Mika Jussila. Songs like "Falling Star" (taken from "Polaris") and "Freedom" (taken from "Infinite") show a different, catchy side of Stratovarius and guide the way to the new masterpiece "Nemesis".

Matias Kupiainen commented on the new song: "'Unbreakable' is a very important song to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can snap out of your day to day fog and see what is important. And when you are in that special moment, when you have that special feeling, you are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the feeling. Even, if the whole world falls apart tomorrow."

Vocalist Timo Kotipelto added: "This album has a darker and more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and we have matured as songwriters. The making of this album was easier than before, because we could give it as much time as needed."

The track list for the "Unbreakable" EP is as follows:

1. Unbreakable (taken from the brand new studio album "Nemesis")
2. Falling Star (taken from "Polaris")
3. The Game Never Ends (taken from "Elysium")
4. Freedom (taken from "Infinite")
5. Why Are We Here (taken from "Intermission")

(Songs 2-5 remastered by Mika Jussila in 2012.)

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