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Metal News for December 6, 2011

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Legions Of Crows Releasing Debut Album

British blackened doom band Legions of Crows has signed to Funeral Rain Records to release it's debut effort, "Stab Me." Guest vocals on the album will be provided by ex-Iron Maiden, Battlezone vocalist Paul Di'Anno. To stream new songs from "Stab Me," visit the band's MySpace page.

"Stab Me" tracklisting:

Provident Hymn
Fellating The Lamb
Carrion Pond Drove
Legions Of Crows
Bullshit Acres
Dull Grey
Coventry Carol More...

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Ritual Releasing New Album

After a twelve year hiatus, California's Ritual will finally release it's fourth album, which will be aptly titled "The Resurrection," on Funeral Rain Records. The album will contain the following eleven tracks, and the band is streaming the track "Drowing Into the Sea" below.

A Funeral For My Heart
The Resurrection
A Perfect Moonlit Night
Executioner Of The Elder Gods
This Means War
Drowning Into The Sea
Temples Of Baphomet's Sons
Winter Of My Discontent
Blinded By Hatred
March Of The Damned More...

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Reign Of Vengeance On Mini Tour

Arizona death metallers Reign of Vengeance are embarking on The Arctic Brutality and Bloodshed mini tour with Turbid North in late January. Both bands have new albums released earlier this year, Turbid North releasing "Orogeny" in June and Reign of Vengeance dropping it's full length "Disemboweling Swine." Reign of Vengeance filmed it's performance at Chaser's in Scottsdale on November 4th to include in a couple of new videos, one for the track "She's Best Kept Headless" and another for one of it's earlier tunes, "Frosty the Snowman." The following tour dates have been confirmed.

January 24th- New Mexico- TBA
January 25th- Gallup, NM- The Juggernaut
January 26th- Tempe, AZ- The Red Owl
January 27th- Riverside, CA- The Vibe
January 28th- Santa Ana, CA- Malone's
January 29th- Las Vegas, NV- The Cheyenne Saloon More...

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Gruesome Stuff Relish Signs To FDA Rekotz

Spanish gore/grind metal band Gruesome Stuff Relish has signed to FDA Rekotz and plans to release a new full length album in the spring of 2012. The band currently has a split MCD out with Hemorrhage on Black Hole Productions. Check out the band's MySpace page to stream some of it's material. More...

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Anguish Releasing Debut Album

Swedish doom metal band Anguish will be releasing it's full length debut "Through the Archdemons Head" on February 22nd via Dark Descent Records. You may stream the new song, "Book of Fox," plus others from the band's 2010 demo "Dawn of Doom" on it's MySpace page. Also posted is a preview of the new album below. More...

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Anatomia Releasing Split EP With Absconder

Horror Pain Gore Death Records is releasing a split EP of Anatomia and Absconder on January 3rd. Anatomia hail from Tokyo and play doom/death metal. You can check out their music on MySpace. Absconder, old school death metal from Illinois, is also streaming music on MySpace as well. Titled "Audible Assault," the split EP will feature the following track listing:


Turbo Lover (Judas Priest cover)


Screams Engulfed By Silence
Plunging Into Unknown Depths More...

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Sylosis Arrives In The States

Britain's latest and finest metal exports Sylosis have hordes of fans to gain on their maiden American tour, and - being real men - are not letting injuries or other such bollocks get in their way. In support of their recent sophomore effort "Edge Of The Earth," Sylosis have hit these shores in the coveted opening slot on As I Lay Dying's widespread "Decade Of Destruction" tour. While still gaining their true footing, the band are sure to win a loyal audience with their towering progressive death/thrash formula, which blends the old school with the modern without apparent effort.

In a cramped dressing room at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts (with the bloody racket of support act The Ghost Inside piercing the walls), I checked in with Sylosis' rhythm section, consisting of bassist Carl Parnell and drummer Rob Callard. Young touring guitarist Brandon Ellis - previously seen on stage with Arsis - was also silently present, having filled in for injured axeman Alex Bailey. More...

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Moonlight Reveals New Album Details

Mexican black metal act Moonlight has announced the band's new album will be titled "Lucifer's Rising." The artwork for the 8 track album has been posted online and can be found below. You can also listen to a song off the album, titled "The Reign of the Damned," by heading over to the Moonlight MySpace music page.

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Pit Stories: Losing A Tongue To The Pit

Every week we catch up with metal fans and band members to find their most brutal and memorable pit stories from live shows. This week guitarist Rick Jimenez from This is Hell shares the following recounting of losing half a tongue but still catching the end of the show:

In 2000 I was at an On The Rise (Mike Gallo from Agnostic Front's first band) show. A NJ band called Redline was playing and were covering "Reign in Blood." I was thinking "everyone does the intro and then goes into their own song all the time, whatever," but after the intro they kept going with it and I got extremely psyched. Everyone moshing was about 7 feet and 300 pounds and I was only 19 and about 100 pounds and 4 feet tall so I'm thinking there is no way I'm going to get in on the mosh.

Once the chug breakdown came though I couldn't contain myself anymore so I get out and start doing 2000 NY mosh... about 10 seconds later I'm about 20 feet from where I first started, on the ground, half my tongue on the ground. Mike helped me up and brought me to the bathroom... then someone else came in and handed me the rest of my tongue in a cup of ice. I was driven to the hospital, had my tongue sewed back together and got back to the show in time to see On The Rise. Casualty of the core.

This is Hell released the new album "Black Mass" (reviewed here) earlier this year, and you can check out the band's music by heading over here. Metalunderground.com also spoke with Rick Jimenez last month about the album, with the full interview available at this location.

Check back in next Tuesday as we continue to share more mosh pit stories from metal shows.

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The Oath Posts "End Of The Lines" Video

French act The Oath has posted a new promo video online for the song "End of the Lines," taken from the album "Self-Destructed." You can check out the Sylvain Bousquet directed clip below, or find more information on The Oath via Facebook.

The "Self-Destructed" track listing is as follows:

1. End Of The Lines
2. Embrace
3. Alone I Roam
4. Way To Nowhere
5. Only
6. Watch Me Bleed
7. Impossible Cure
8. White Fields
9. I Am Nothing

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Alcoholator Releases "The Chamber" Video

Alcoholator has posted a new video clip online for the "The Chamber," which is taken off the band's new album "Coma." Check out the video below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intoxication 101
2. Alcoholator
3. Catastrophic Violence
4. Abduction
5. Pounding Metal (Exciter Cover)
6. The Chamber
7. Liquid Thrash
8. Drink Beer... Or Die Trying
9. Break The Wall
10. Wasted (All The Time)

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Dead Trooper Comments On Upcoming Album

With the end of the recording sessions in sight for Dead Trooper, front man and guitarist Morten Müller revealed a little information about what to expect from the Norwegian thrashers sophomore full-length album:

“We’re recording 13 tracks, and we expect to use 9 of those on the album, but obviously we’ll make our minds up exactly how many, and which ones, once we’ve finished the whole process. We’ve taken a much more organic approach than the one we took with our first full-length album 'Cynicist,' and we’re aiming at injecting a lot more of the energy that you find in our live performances into the new one."

Formed in 2002 in Oslo by Morten Müller and Birger Larsen together with then members Are Sorknes and Andreas Paulsen, Dead Trooper has since released two EPs as well as the debut album “Cynicist” which appeared in 2009. Dead Trooper has regularly played live, bringing its brand of what the band describes as “groovy, aggressive thrash metal” not only to audiences in their native Norway but also as far afield as South America.

“There was a point,” says Müller, “when we had gone through the usual line up changes that bands go through in their attempt to find the perfect line up, when I was almost tempted to wind the whole thing up, but then in 2008 the most incredible drummer in the shape of Jon Eirik Bokn came into the band’s life. His skills are matched by his larger than life personality, and his arrival brought a whole new enthusiasm and creativity to DEAD TROOPER. He was followed into the band by 1349, DEN SAAKALDTE and PANTHEON I bass player Tor R. Stavenes, who brought his own unique take on things, and we knew at that point that we had a good mix. We are very happy to say that this enthusiasm and creativity has remained unabated since their arrival."

The video below shows Dead Trooper playing the track “Inner Riot” from the 2010 EP “Sickening” live in Oslo. More...

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Dream Theater Cancels Guadalajara Show

Dream Theater has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming show in Guadalajara:

"Dream Theater’s December 9 show in Guadalajara, Mexico has unfortunately been cancelled for logistical reasons that are beyond the control of the band and the promoter.

"All tickets will be refunded. Dream Theater regrets this inconvenience to fans who’ve already purchased tickets and thanks them for their understanding."

You can also find a recent update from the road from new Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini by heading over to this location.

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Lvcifyre To Release "The Calling Depths" Album

London chaos-horde Lvcifyre will unleash the debut full-length, "The Calling Depths," via Pulverised on January 2nd, 2012.

The follow-up to the "Dying Light ov God" EP released via Sweden’s Blood Harvest in 2008, "The Calling Depths" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Poland’s Factory Studio and features album art by Alexander L. Brown (Mitochondrion, Corpsessed, Witchrist, Wodensthrone, etc).

Said the band in a collective statement: “LVCIFYRE raises a black flag salute to the ancient powers of Chaos! Our creation is a scream heard in the deep abyss!” The track listing is as follows:

1. The Calling Depths
2. Succubi
3. The Faceless One
4. LCF
5. Holy Chaos
6. Death’s Magnetic Sleep
7. Husk Of Impurity
8. The Great Fall More...

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Death Angel Comments On Anthrax Tour

Rob Cavestany, guitarist of the veteran West Coast thrash metal act Death Angel, has issued the following statement in anticipation of the band’s upcoming U.S. run with Anthrax and Testament:

“We are beyond ecstatic that Death Angel has been invited to join our friends Anthrax and Testament once again for the second leg of this tour! More shows, more fun, more THRASH! The first leg was amazing and we expect no less on this next run. This line up is the best we've ever been part of as far as touring the States goes. Every band brings their 'A' game each night, no doubt! Plus, we usually do our own headline shows on days off from the main tour, so very much looking forward to performing our long set to our fans across the country as well. What a fantastic way to kick off 2012! We have an extremely busy year planned and it's certain to begin with a BLAST! See you on the road, at the bar and in the pit!”

After wrapping up an October/November run with the same line-up, the all-star thrash trio of Testament, Anthrax and Death Angel hit the road again for another round of dates beginning in January. Details are as follows:

Jan. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Jan. 23 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Jan. 24 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Jan. 27 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
Jan. 28 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
Jan. 29 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
Jan. 30 – Orange Peel – Ashville, NC
Feb. 02 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Feb. 03 – The LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
Feb. 06 – Crockodile Rock – Allentown, PA
Feb. 07 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Feb. 08 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

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Mutilation Rites Signs With Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Mutilation Rites:

"Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Brooklyn's MUTILATION RITES. The filthy black metal band was conceived by Michael Dimmitt and Justin Ennis in January 2009 and after various incarnations, solidified with the addition of George Paul and Iain Deaderick. Members have done time in acts such as Tombs, Heuristic and Curendera. They site influences including, but not limited to, Darkthrone, Discharge, Dissection and Weakling."

The band commented on the signing and upcoming plans: "After a quick east coast run, we will begin recording our full length debut for Prosthetic Records with Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. We couldn't be more excited about our new relationship with Prosthetic Records. Expect us to be touring heavily beginning spring 2012."

For more details on Mutilation Rites, navigate your browser over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Holy Grail Announces "Seasons Bleedings" 7 Inch

After two years of aggressive touring that saw the group perform alongside Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, Exodus, Toxic Holocaust, 3 Inches of Blood and more, the Los Angeles quintet Holy Grail will soon enter the studio to record the follow-up to "Crisis In Utopia."

In the meantime, the band will release a holiday-themed 7-inch, "Seasons Bleedings," which is available now for pre-order. Limited to 500 copies (250 red, 250 green), the release -- which will be available digitally on December 6th and ship to customers shortly thereafter -- includes covers of King Diamond's "No Presents For Christmas" and the Rainbow classic "Kill The King," and features artwork by Sam Turner (3 Inches of Blood). This marks the first time that guitarist Alex Lee (ex-Bonded By Blood), who joined Holy Grail in the spring, has recorded with the group. Pre-order "Seasons Bleedings" at this location.

The digital version of "Seasons Bleedings" will also include covers of Judas Priest's "Exciter" and Accept's "Fast As A Shark," both of which originally appeared on the group's out-of-print debut EP "Improper Burial."

Vocalist James Paul Luna commented: "Back when we first talked about doing a Christmas 7-inch, the first song that came to mind was 'No Presents for Christmas,' so I'm pretty happy to see that came to fruition. Eli was listening to lots of Rainbow at the time, so naturally 'Kill The King' was our immediate second choice. Even though these versions can't out-do the legendary originals by King and Dio, I feel pretty happy and excited to see this released on vinyl."

Guitarist Eli Santana added: "It was pretty rad, because after all the touring we've done the past year, we got to get back into recording mode and test the waters, plus have fun with it, before settling down to work on the album." More...

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"Through The Gates Of Sleep" Compilation Announced

St. Albert, AB based indie label Suicidal Bride Records and home of melodic metal band All Else Fails has announced the compilation "Through The Gates of Sleep" Volume 1 is due out on December 16th. The compilation features thirteen rising bands from the Canadian underground scene and includes the following track listing:

This Burden of Life - All Else Fails
Chaos in Cairo - The Order of Chaos
Evolution Pain - Inside it Failed
Richard - Until Dawn
Chaosphere - After the Fall
Rage - SILO
From the Gallows - Tyrant
Demons Inside - Aftertaste
Eternity Below - Quartered
Incessant Rain - Collective Unconscious
Soul Devoid - The Ruined
Blissful Solitude- Enduring the Fall
Distance means Nothing (Acoustic) - Trash the Monument

Suicidal Bride Records in co-presentation with BarsnBands.com will also be presenting a listening party for the compilation at Eden Strip Club (13120 97 Street Northwest) in Edmonton, AB, where fans can get a lap dance to tracks from the release.

Label head and vocalist/guitarist of Suicidal Bride Records band All Else Fails commented on holding a release party at a strip club rather than the norm of a concert venue: "Watch metal 'rip in a whole new way, no pun intended. I have many reasons for choosing the listening party at Eden. Mainly for the reason that we were just looking for something fun and different for the metal head fans of the label and bands on the compilation plus we think getting a lap dance or two to a ripping metal track is pretty memorable plus my sister works there so I get to make it a family function lol."


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Eyehategod Performance Footage Available

Metal Injection was in attendance at Eyehategod's New York City show at Club Europa on 12/4/2011 and captured live footage of the band performing a new track, "Medicine Noose." Check out the clip below.

Additional live videos from that evening featuring Eyehategod and the other acts Doomriders, Hull, and Knight Terror can be found at this location.

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Periphery Posts Studio Footage

Periphery is currently in the process of working on a new album, and the band has now checked in with a brief studio video update, which can be viewed below. Periphery also commented, "Working on guitars and bass tones at the moment, really happy with how things are shaping up so far!" For more details on Periphery, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Earth Reveals New Album Details

The second half of Seattle drone icons Earth's "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light" is being prepared for release on Southern Lord in North America this February 14th on CD, LP and digital download formats.

Recorded in the same two week session as 2011's "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I" by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II" carries on in the freely and folkloric vein of the last release and invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy than its predecessor. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sigil of Brass
2. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
3. Multiplicity of Doors
4. The Corascene Dog
5. The Rakehell More...

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Sons of Tonatiuh Announces Winter Shows

Atlanta-based sludge miscreants Sons of Tonatiuh (pronounced "tahn-ah-tea-ah") have been slowly building steam since 2008. The band -- drummer Tim Genius, guitarist/vocalist Dan Caycedo and bassist/vocalist Mike Tunno -- released a debut via Michigan's Hyodro-Phonic Records in early 2011 and is currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up.

The as-yet-untitled second full-length, recorded by Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk, should see the light of day in early Spring of 2012. In the meantime, the band will be blowing speakers throughout the coming months on a select number of live dates set to commence on December 14th, 2011 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Dan Caycedo: "By the grace of our dead ancestors SONS... will be clearing a path through the cornfields of the Midwest in hopes of destroying every Evangelical superficial mindset that has been forging this country together since the 1400s..."

Dates are as follows:

12/14/2011 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN w/ Thetan
12/15/2011 Underdog’s Bar – Lexington, KY w/ Whiskey Funeral, Tombstalker
12/16/2011 Crown Liquors Tap – Chicago, IL w/ Accept Death
12/17/2011 Mulligans Pub – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Accept Death
12/18/2011 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Accept Death
12/19/2011 Rudyard Kipling - Louisville, KY w/ Ohlm
12/20/2011 Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Agentium Ashtrum
01/27/2012 Phoenix Taproom – Jacksonville, FL w/ Hollow Leg, Demonaut
01/28/2012 The Cave - Miami, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Shroud Eater
01/29/2012 Will’s Pub - Orlando, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Fire In The Cave
01/30/2012 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL
01/31/2012 C-Level - PCB, FL
02/01/2012 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
02/02/2012 TBA - Houston, TX w/ Phobia
02/03/2012 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Phobia
02/04/2012 Buccaneer - Memphis, TN w/ Crowlord

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Erra Posts "White Noise" Lyric Clip

Alabama act Erra has posted a lyric video online for the song "White Noise," which is off the new "Impulse" album. The clip is available below. To hear more of the album, you can also check out the "Seven" track here. A studio update video from the album's recording process is also available after the jump.

The "Impulse" track listing is as follows:

1. White Noise
2. Pattern Interrupt
3. Seven
4. Architect
5. Efflorescent
6. Vaalbara
7. Heart
8. Obscure Words
9. Invent
10. Render the Void More...

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Nothnegal Streaming "Janus" Track

Nothnegal will be releasing the "Decadence" album through Season of Mist on January 24th, 2012 in the U.S. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Nothnegal has teamed up with Metal Sucks to stream a track off the album titled "Janus." Give the song a listen by heading over to this location.

The "Decadence" track listing is as follows:

1. Salvation
2. Claymore
3. Janus
4. Decadence
5. Armageddon
6. R.A.D.A.R
7. Sins Of Our Creations
8. Singularity More...

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Gorod Posts Studio Footage

Gorod is currently in the mixing process for a new album, and the band has now teamed up with Metalinjection to post an exclusive studio video. You can check out the clip below.

Gorod will also be touring with Spawn of Possession and Obscura in March/April of 2012, with full details available here.

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Lamb Of God Posts "Ghost Walking" Lyric Video

After previously streaming the new song "Ghost Walking" online, Lamb of God has now posted a lyric video clip for the track. Check out the video below.

"Ghost Walking" is taken off the upcoming album "Resolution," which is due out on January 24th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:

1. Straight For The Sun
2. Desolation
3. Ghost Walking
4. Guilty
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
7. Barbarosa
8. Invictus
9. Cheated
10. Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
13. Visitation
14. King Me

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Nephelium Reveals Album Details

Dubai may be known as a city rich in history, a business hub and the home of the tallest structure in the world, but it’s also the birthplace of one of the first death metal bands to come out of the Middle East, Nephelium. Now residing and re-establishing itself in Toronto, Canada over the last 10 years, the band has announced the official release date of the debut album "Coils of Entropy" on February 7th, 2012.

Nephelium co-founder and drummer Alan Madhavan comments, "From the scorching heat of the Arabian deserts to the blistering cold of what we now call home, this debut album has literally and figuratively come a long way. The aged yet modern style of death metal with a subtle integration of Middle Eastern melodies is a perfect musical collaboration of our minds and souls. A ferocious ride with concepts and lyrical themes written around the observations of an entity witnessing the world and its demise through different eras and music that creeps up the caverns of your brain, be ready for a hybrid onslaught of technical mastery and bloodcurdling brutality. We firmly believe that it was well worth the wait but don’t take our word for it, give it a spin and determine that for yourselves. However, don’t cry when your speakers demolish your insides…you were warned…"

Samples from Nephelium's six-track album are available via Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Burial Ground 05:04
2. Merciless Annihilation 06:18
3. Hellborne 05:02
4. Malediction 08:52
5. Halls of Judgment 05:56
6. Coils of Entropy 10:15 More...

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Alesana Posts "Lullaby Of The Crucified" Video

Alesana, fresh off the “Rock Yourself To Sleep” tour, has unveiled a music video for the song "Lullaby Of The Crucified" from the group's new album "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent," out now on Epitaph Records. The record was inspired by the preeminent 14th century poem Dante's Inferno, a dramatic accounting of one man's decent into hell. Check out the video below.

Alesana’s singer Shawn Milke explains, "We are very excited to present to you our latest short film entitled, 'Lullaby of the Crucified.' Once again, thanks in large part to the inventive mind of director Stephen Penta, we unveil for you a visual interpretation of one of our literature infused ballads. Press play and wander into a place where the virtuous hide in fear, a place where the sun is silent...lose yourself in the maze of mirrors that is, Alesana."

The video pays homage to Dante’s poem and like in the literary work, a disoriented young man wakes in the woods, and assailed by beasts, (a stripper temptress, the manipulative fiend, forbidden fruit) he fails to reach salvation. In this modernized version, young Dante visits a road side strip club and a cheap motel.

Video’s director Stephen Penta offers, “The challenge of doing videos with Alesana is that Shawn and Dennis write novel length theatrical stories rooted in literary works as the themes of their albums and then strive to capture that with the band’s visuals. When we started discussing the project, Shawn sent me the long form version of the 'A Place Where the Sun Is Silent,' short story. He explained how it was rooted in the Purgatory section of Dante’s Inferno and broke down the characters and how he pictured the wanderer moving through these fantastic rooms from one adventure to the next… well, it was overwhelming.” More...

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Betraying The Martyrs Talks U.S. Metal Scene

Betraying the Martyrs, a French deathcore act with some surprising progressive flourishes, is currently making its mark on the U.S. and picking up new fans touring alongside Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and Carnifex. The band is sharing its message Stateside in support of the versatile and crushing new album "Breathe In Life," currently available through Sumerian Records.

Shortly after arriving in the U.S. and only a handful of days into the tour, an unfortunately sick band front man Aaron Matts spoke with me about the new album and current run of shows. Below you can find a transcript of our conversation, in which Aaron reveals the band will be shooting an upcoming third music video, discusses the difference between the French and American metal scenes, and shares his love for Born of Osiris. More...

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Airborn Posts New Single "Metal Nation"

Italian power metal act Airborn has posted the new single "Metal Nation" online for streaming, which you can hear in the player available below. Airborn also commented on the track:

"Airborn new single Metal Nation - released December 3, 2011, originally written as 'Agglutination' to celebrate the metal festival of the same name, now the song is finally available with new lyrics and a new recording... enjoy!"

For more details on Airborn and to hear more music available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Cory Smoot's Cause Of Death Confirmed

The Smoot family and Slave Pit Inc. have released a statement regarding the official cause of death of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot. Cory had played the character of Flattus Maximus for over ten years, and was discovered dead on the band's tour bus on Nov. 3rd of this year. He was 34.

Stated North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD:

"We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease."

The band, which will continue as a four-piece until the current tour schedule is complete, has officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus, and has announced no plans regarding a new GWAR-tarist.

Metal Blade and GWAR have since set-up the Smoot Family Foundation to raise funds for Cory's wife, Jaime, and their unborn child. Donations can be made here. Also, at The Canal Club in Richmond, Va. on January 7th there will be a record release show (featuring Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, DBX and more) for Cory's solo record, "When Worlds Collide," which he had completed working on just prior to his death. The album will be released early next year, with all proceeds going to the Smoot Family Fund.

One of Metalunderground.com's contributors was also recently on hand at a GWAR concert in New Orleans. You can check out a report from the show at this location.

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Romeo Must Die Posts "The Fall Of Man" Clip

Essex based metal/hardcore band Romeo Must Die has posted a video clip online for the instrumental track "The Fall of Man," which is is taken from the 2011 debut album "Hardships In Season." The clip is available below, or to hear more of Romeo Must Die's music, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile.

The "Hardships in Season" track listing is as follows:

1. Hardships In Season
2. Let Them Hate
3. Time... The Great Vivisector
4. Survivors Club
5. Better Off Dead
6. 15 Minutes of Shame
7. The Fall of Man
8. Slow Motion Catastrophe
9. Breathing Fire
10. The Rust of Life
11. Narcissist
12. All Life Ends In Failure
13. New Beginnings

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Theatre Of Night Streaming "Carol Of The Bells"

Theatre of Night, which features three members from End of Existence, has posted its metal version of "Carol of the Bells" online. You can check out the song in the player below.

"Carol of the Bells" is taken off the band's "Christmas Night" album. For more details and to check out additional tracks from the release, head over to the Theatre of Night Facebook profile here.

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Unreleased Metallica Song Streaming Online

An unreleased track from the "Death Magnetic" sessions has surfaced on the web (see below). A rough mix of the song was originally sent to Metallica fan club members via email. Metallica performed the track at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 2011 as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests ranged from Biff Byford (Saxon) to Jason Newsted.

Check out the track here:

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Heart Of Barf Streaming New EP

Grindcore trio Heart Of Barf, which replaces the traditional guitarist with a saxophone player, has released a new EP titled "Look At These Teeth" for streaming online. You can check out the tracks from the EP in the player below or via the official Heart of Barf Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:

1. I Smell Ninja
2. Cave Life
3. Parts

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Jack Starrs Burning Starr To Play Keep It True '13

Jack Starr's Burning Starr, featuring former Virgin Steele/Phantom Lord guitarist Jack Starr, will play and exclusive live show at the 2013 Keep It True Festival. The set list will include classic songs from the band's early history as well as from the latest release "Land of the Dead," which is out now on Limb Music, as well as selected songs from Virgin Steele, Phantom Lord and Guardians Of The Flame.

The show will be filed for a DVD to be released in 2014, which is the 30th Anniversary of Jack Starr's Burning Starr. More details are expected soon.

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Pegazus Posts New Music Video

Australian power metal band Pegazus posted a new music video for the track "Road Warrior," which appears on the latest effort "In Metal We Trust" released this past April through Black Leather records. The video was filmed on location in Melbourne, Australia in the exact location and road that was used for the filming of the classic Australian movie "Mad Max." The video was directed by Aaron McLoughlin & Judd Hyland, who also responsible for the bands "Haunting Me" video (seen here), released earlier in the year.

Check out "Road Warrior" here:

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Before The Dawn Posts Tour Video, Pt. II

Finnish metal band Before The Dawn posted a second tour video from the band's European trek with country-mates Insomnium. The video shows stills and live footage of the band as well as behind the scenes before and after the gigs.

Check out the video here:

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Wykked Wytch Signs To Goomba Music

Miami gothic/black metal band Wykked Wytch have signed on with Goomba Music. Led by demonic frontwoman Ipek, the band will release the band's fifth album entitled "The Ultimate Deception" on February 14, 2012. This follows the 2008 LP "Memories of a Dying Whore."

Ipek had the following comments on the signing: "We are very excited and proud to announce that Wykked Wytch has signed with Goomba Music for the release of our fifth full-length album The Ultimate Deception. Over the past two years we worked really hard creating a modern metal masterpiece and with Goomba behind us we will spread the word worldwide. We would also like to thank Mark & the crew at Goomba for this new partnership. It was the right choice for us and glad to know there is an experienced team of industry vets behind the label that respect the integrity of their artists. Look out for the new album The Ultimate Deception out in 2012 with lots of touring to follow!" More...

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Dragonsclaw Streaming New Track

Aussie traditional metal act Dragonsclaw is streaming the new additional track "Unknown Horizon" from the band's debut release "Prophecy" (heard below). The band reports today that the album is currently being manufactured today. To hear more tracks from the album, please head over to this location.

The track listing for "Prophecy" 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

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