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Metal News for December 7, 2011

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Saint Vitus Reveals New Album Release Date

As previously announced, U.S. doom legends Saint Vitus recently completed the recording of the band's eighth studio album, and the first since 1995.

This forthcoming opus, marking the return of seminal vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich, is entitled "Lillie: F-65" and has been tentatively scheduled for a March 23rd (27th in North America), 2012 release via Season of Mist Records.

Saint Vitus has also just been confirmed for the next edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, which will take place in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 6th - 9th, 2012.

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Eternal Legacy To Headline Cleveland Food Drive

WJCU 88.7 FM and Auburn Records will host a food drive for the Cleveland Foodbank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel with a benefit concert on Friday, December 23rd at The Saw Concert Club (formerly the Jigsaw) in Parma, Ohio. Parma's own Eternal Legacy and Soulles will headline a 7-band billing. The free admission benefit runs from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

Fans attending the third annual Iron Ingo Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods to help those in need this holiday season. A donation will be made from the Cleveland Metal community to the Cleveland Foodbank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel (dogs and cats). The Saw, a popular Cleveland-area music club formerly known as the Jigsaw, had been on hiatus in booking original heavy metal bands since 2009 but recently reopened its doors on December 3rd with a new name and a return to a heavy metal format.

"I am absolutely thrilled to play at the old Jigsaw again," adds Eternal Legacy guitarist Shaun Vanek. "This club had become our home in previous years and we were all very saddened when it closed. We always packed this house full with pure diehard metal heads and I just want to say welcome back to the party. Expect one hell of a return. This show is going to be off the hook."

"We are delighted to once again be doing a show in our defacto hometown of Parma, Ohio," says Soulless frontman Jim Lippucci. "It's been several years since we've been able to thrash in Parma and we are confident that any DNA evidence has long since deteriorated, and that any outstanding warrants are long expired. The fact that the gig is a benefit for not one, but two great causes makes it even sweeter and has nothing to do with confidential settlements or court ordered community service. We encourage, no, we command all ye faithful Cleveland area metalheads to come forth with your canned goods and cash donations! Help a family down on their luck, or even a hungry pup or feline. Support the Cleveland Food Bank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel by crushing skulls...with kindness!" More...

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Scar Of The Sun Lining Up European Tour

Scar of the Sun, which began writing new material for an upcoming album earlier this year, has checked in with the following update about lining up a European tour and supporting Firewind at an upcoming live show:

"Hello everybody! We got some cool news for you after an extended time of silence. The band will be the direct support for the forthcoming Firewind only date in Athens, Greece on the 14th of January 2012, at the Fuzz club. We are all excited for the fact that we will be supporting this legendary band and we're preparing for a great show!

"Bare Infinity will be the opening act of the show, so the bill is really interesting and multidimensional! This is the official facebook page of the event, please feel free to check it out here.

"Tickets can be found at Tickethouse, Puplic and also on www.ticketarena.gr. The price on the presale is 18€. On the day of the event the price will be 20€, so hurry up an get your ticket as soon as possible! The band would like to thank deeply Firewind and Elias Aravidis for the invitation to participate in this very cool concert.

"In other news, the band has confirmed its first European tour, for which there will be an anouncement very soon, so stay tuned! See you people on January the 14th!"

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Black Pyramid to Release "Black Pyramid II"

New England doom rock trio Black Pyramid will release its long awaited sophomore album" Black Pyramid II" on January 31, 2012 via MeteorCity Records. Recorded "in the foothills of the Berkshires" at Black Coffee Sound (Elks, Elder) and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth / Witch / Dinosaur Jr.), the record features nine tracks of the band's self-titled "galloping war metal". "Black Pyramid II" was mastered by Matt Washburn (Mastodon) and is "at times a bit more death metal and black metal influenced" than the band's previous material, boasting a rich sound that will find immediate appeal in fans of Sleep, OM, The Gates of Slumber, In Solitude, Graveyard and Witchcraft.

"We're incredibly proud of the sonic landscapes we were able to achieve with the new album," said BLACK PYRAMID drummer Clay Neely. "It's a clear successor to the debut album and we allowed ourselves to further expand into some uncharted territories. The recording of the record was an incredibly rewarding experience and we can't wait to bring the show back on the road."

The track listing for "Black Pyramid II" is as follows:

1.) Endless Agony
2.) Mercy's Bane
3.) Night Queen
4.) Dreams of the Dead
5.) Tanelorn
6.) Sons of Chaos
7.) Empty Handed Insurrection
8.) The Hidden Kingdom
9.) Into the Dawn

In other news, Black Pyramid has announced vocalist/guitarist Darryl Shepard will replace guitarist Andy Beresky. Shepard will join Black Pyramid on the road and at Desertfest 2012 next April in London. Black Pyramid will share the stage with Church of Misery, Orange Goblin, Gentleman's Pistol's and more at the event sponsored by Metal Hammer and Classic Rock Magazine.

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Bands Talk The Most Metal Gift They've Received

At the MetalSuckFest in New York City, Metal Injection asked members of A Life Once Lost, Fight Amp, Black Tusk, DAATH, Last Chance To Reason, Howl, Magrudergrind, Cannabis Corpse, Ultrageist, Obscura, Prime Evil, Rosetta, This Is Hell and Ramming Speed what the most metal gift they ever received was. Find out their answers in the video below. More...

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Testament Comments On North American Tour

Chuck Billy, vocalist of the iconic West Coast thrash metal act Testament, has issued the following statement in anticipation of the band’s upcoming co-headlining North American run with Anthrax:

“We are super stoked to announce our participation for the second leg of this already awesome thrash attack with our good friends in Anthrax and Death Angel. This will mark the last tour for ‘The Formation Of Damnation’ record cycle, as we will be gearing towards putting the new record ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ in the spring. If you missed us the last time, we hope to see you and celebrate with this amazing line up!”

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. Special VIP ticket packages will be available for all the upcoming shows. Dates are as follows:

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

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Red Fang Offering Free MP3 Download

Red Fang just wrapped up a North American tour with Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan and is now in the midst of a run of headlining dates. In conjunction with the new tour kick off Red Fang has teamed up with RCRD LBL for a free mp3 download of the song "Number Thirteen." The track can be downloaded here.

"Number Thirteen" is also featured in the new video game Rocksmith, available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. A trailer for the game can be viewed at this location.

The band recently finished work on a new video for the song "Hank Is Dead" with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere in the coming weeks, with stills from the video shoot available here.

Red Fang is also streaming "Murder The Mountains" in its entirety via Bandcamp. The upcoming Red Fang tour dates are as follows:

12/7: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
12/8: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
12/10: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

2012
4/12: Tilburg, Holland @ Roadburn Festival

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Angela Gossow Discusses Her Vegan Diet

PETA has conducted an interview with Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow about her veganism, and the organization has issued the following statement:

"If you've ever wondered what represents the arch enemy to Angela Gossow, you can find out in the Arch Enemy lead vocalist's exclusive interview with peta2, PETA's youth division, in which the Swedish death-metal singer reveals her foremost foe: factory farming. In the recent interview, Gossow—a lifelong vegetarian—opens up about why she decided to dump eggs and dairy products from her diet and go vegan for good. And from now through January 2, visitors to peta2.com can enter to win an Arch Enemy prize pack containing a copy of Khaos Legions, the group's latest studio album; a Century Media compilation CD; and an Arch Enemy poster and stickers.

"Besides the indisputable health benefits of ditching meat and other unhealthy animal products from their diets, vegans have a smaller carbon footprint than their meat-eating counterparts— and each vegan saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year.

"Gossow joins an ever-growing list of musicians—including The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz, OTEP, Dillinger Escape Plan, GWAR, and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia—who have teamed up with peta2 to challenge archaic, cruel attitudes about animals." More...

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Herald Releases "Amanita" Video

Estonian act Herald has released the band's first music video for “Amanita,” taken off the "Gaia" album. Herald commented on the clip:

"The video as well as the song is telling a story about the primal force of a mushroom. The video does not feature the classical stereotypes of a heavy metal music video (chains, leather, fire, rockin band etc.), but it represents an independent surrealistic short movie instead, which leaves plenty of room for imagination. Main part of the video consists of mass scenes where everyday rough-edged metal-heads had to wear a black suit with a white shirt, in short - become boring white-collars. Alongside with self-finding protagonist, the most important character in the plot is the mystic mutant-mushroom which is the initiator to the forthcoming lunacy.

"The directors of the video are Adeele Sepp and Marika Palm. Director of photography is Madis Reimund. Video was produced by Sven Varkel. Music is written by Egert Vandel and Tauno Nava and lyrics are written by Egert Vandel."

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Psycroptic Reveals New Album Artwork

Aussie technical death metal outfit Psycroptic has revealed the cover art for the band’s fifth studio album, "The Inherited Repression," which will hit stores on February 7th in North America and February 10th in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records.

Commented Psycroptic guitarist, Joe Haley, “The Inherited Repression is far and away my favorite Psycroptic album thus far - all of us in the band think this. It’s the age-old cliché from bands when they talk about their current album as being the best of their career, blah, blah, but I have to say it because it’s true. We wouldn’t think there is a point of going on if we couldn’t outdo each album prior. We are certainly not playing music for anything else than the love of creating it and performing it.

“The Inherited Repression is quite different from anything we have done in terms of song writing and structure, and we spent a lot longer writing and demoing the songs before we recorded it, which you can tell. It’s a very dynamic album - the fast elements faster, the slow elements slower, and a lot of light and dark binding it together. It’s a very catchy album as well - you can tap your foot, bang your head or anything else you want. Basically it has a lot of groove on it from start to finish.”

The artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Carriers of the Plague
2. Forward to Submission
3. Euphorinasia
4. The Throne of Kings
5. Unmasking the Traitors
6. Become the Cult
7. From Scribe to Ashes
8. Deprivation
9. The Sleepers Have Awoken More...

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Uneven Structure Posts 2011 Recap Video

Uneven Structure, which released the "Februus" album earlier this year, has posted a 2011 year-end recap video online titled "The Forgotten SD Cards." Check out the clip below.

Uneven Structure also has the following upcoming live shows: More...

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Nephelium Cancels December Shows

Dubai/Canadian act Nephelium has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming December shows due to the band's drummer sustaining a hand injury:

"We are terribly sorry and regret to inform you that our December dates will have to be cancelled as out drummer Alan nearly ripped off his left pinky finger. Even though there is no break, the damage is pretty extensive and doctors said it will take at least a month to heal.

"Again, we cannot apologize enough and thank you for understanding. We will definitely see you soon however!"

Nephelium will be releasing "Coils of Entropy" on February 7th, 2012, with full details available at this location.

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Vise Massacre Streaming "Rising Tide"

Brooklyn-based hardcore noise metal trio Vise Massacre has put the final touches on the band's official first full-length recorded assault, appropriately dubbed "Expendable Humans," and is preparing to start off the supposed last year of mankind’s existence with a bang by self-releasing the album in early January.

In celebration of the forthcoming onslaught, hometown independent music faction BrooklynVegan is streaming "Rising Tide" from Expendable Humans now. Kill a few brain cells and tattoo your face to Vise Massacre’s mayhem right here or through the player below.

Following a plethora of scathing demos, the ever-morphing Vise Massacre’s current lineup fully completed every element of this filthy opus, and will now self-release the beast on LP and digital download for the last year on the Mayan calendar. Recorded at Studio 65 and The Warehouse Recording Studio in Hicksville, New York by bassist Chris Vezza (who also mixed the tracks), self-produced by the band, and mastered at Bonati Mastering in Brooklyn by Josh Bonati (ZU, AIDS Wolf, Julie Christmas, Racebannon), Expendable Humans boasts 14 tracks in 31 minutes.

Vise Massacre - Rising Tide by brooklynvegan More...

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Devil's Note Posts Video Clip

Polish act Devil's Note has posted a new video clip online for the song "Babalon Whore," which you can check out below. The band also commented:

"We are pleased and proud to finally present our latest work - Babalon Whore. We thank those without whom it would have failed:

- Michal Goran Miegon - for recording drums and vocals (studio Music Saloon)
- Michal Urgul Barski - for mixing and mastering the song
- Sebastian Gizmo Parat - for shooting and mounting the clip

"We invite you to listen, watch and comment."

For more info on the band and to hear music available for streaming online, navigate over to the Devil's Note Facebook profile.

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Tristania Vocalist Guesting On Trollfest Album

Norwegian band Trollfest is in the process of recording the new album "Brumlebassen," and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Mariangela from Tristania to appear on the album:

"Yesterday Mariangela from Tristania stopped by to do some guest vocals for TrollfesT. This is the first time we have had the honour of having female vocals in our music!

"This albums never stops to surprise us, and we find ourselves trying new stuff all the time! Having 'fun' recording this album is a great understatement! Mariangela delivered some killer vocals and its going to be exciting to hear the end result!"

You can also find recently posted studio footage from Trollfest by heading over to this location.

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Ufomammut Completes Work On New Album

Ufomammut, Northern Italy’s sorcerers of obliterating doom, have completed the recordings for their sixth full-length, and first as part of the Neurot Recordings family. A press release from the band reads as follows:

"Oro is the title for Ufomammut’s latest work, divided into ten massive movements overall which is now confirmed to be delivered in two separate pieces during the coming year. The first chapter, Opus Primum, will see arrival in April, and the second, Opus Alter, in September. The vinyl versions of both chapters will be handled directly by Ufomammut’s own label Supernatural Cat Records, who were responsible for the release of all of the band’s previous material. This is the third album in a row the band recorded with Lorenzo Stecconi.

"As with all previous Ufomammut albums, the concepts behind Oro are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to 'gold' with the Latin translation of 'I prey.' Oro explores the concept of knowledge and its power; the magical stream controlled by the human mind to gain control of every single particle of the World surrounding us. Oro is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into Gold. Although Oro’s two chapters will be released months apart from each other, they must be considered as a single track in which the musical themes and the sounds show up and hide, mutating and evolving, progressively and increasingly stratifying culminating in the crushing final movement. Oro is like an alchemic laboratory in which substances are flowing, dividing and blending themselves in ten increments from the alembics and stills, culminating into the creation of Gold. The band are also in the process of crafting a full video/visual version of Oro which will accompany the audio. More...

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Odyssey Posts More Live Footage

After previously posting footage of the band performing "Cellular Deconstruction" online, Spokane's Odyssey has now uploaded footage from the same show of "Transcending the Earthly Form." Check out the clip below. Both tracks are off the band's latest release "An Abstract Existence" (reviewed here). Odyssey also commented:

"Another live video was added to the Odyssey Youtube channel. It's us performing 'Transcending the Earthly Form.' Visit the link below to watch it and other videos and please subscribe to our channel or friend us! THANKS!"

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Sawthis Recruits New Guitarist

Italian act Sawthis announced the departure of guitarist Devis Ercole last month. The band has now issued the following update about recruiting a replacement guitar player:

"We're ready for the announcement: The new Sawthis's guitar player is Andrea Giordano. We're very happy for this choice.

"Andrea is a great musician, a friend and big fan of Sawthis. His energy and his attitude is perfect for us, you'll love him!! Now is your turn to say WELCOME to the new one!!!"

For more details on Sawthis and to check out music available for streaming, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Raped By Pigs Posts New Song Preview

Peru's Raped By Pigs will be releasing "Gushing Orgasms 2" at the end of the month via Pathologically Explicit Recordings, and the band has now posted an advance preview of the track "Gushing Inner Core." You can hear the preview in the player below.

Raped By Pigs will also be releasing a music video for "Sores Of Affliction" on December 11th, 2011. You can find a teaser clip for the video by heading over here.

GUSHING INNER CORE(advance song) by rapedbypigs

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Intervals Posts Guitar Playthrough Clip

Toronto's Intervals will be releasing the new EP "The Space Between" as a free download on December 20th, 2011. The band has now posted a playthrough video for a song off the EP, which can be found below. Intervals also commented:

"So, with the upcoming release of our FREE EP 'The Space Between,' I decided to shoot another play-through video. The audio in this video is the pre-production version of this tune and a newer version (mixed by Nolly of Red Seas Fire) will be featured on the EP. Hope you enjoy!" More...

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Xandria Announces New Album Track Listing

Xandria has issued the following update about the band's upcoming "Neverworld's End" album:

"Dear all! We are happy to present the track listing of our upcoming album 'Neverworld's End.' The album is to be released in a limited digi pack at first, consisting of 12 regular album songs + 1 bonus track. So - you better be quick then to not miss out on this one!

1. A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall
2. Valentine
3. Forevermore
5. Euphoria
4. Blood On My Hands
6. Soulcrusher
7. The Dream is still Alive
8. The Lost Elysion
9. Call Of The Wind
10. A Thousand letters
11. Cursed
12. The Nomad's Crown
13. When the Mirror Cracks (bonus track)

"Please also watch out for the third part of our video studio blog in a few days to come - which will feature Manuela's sessions this time. So stick around!" More...

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Kataklysm Frontman Launches New Booking Agency

Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono has joined forces with his longtime agent and journeyman promoter Stephan Mellul, with the backing of Century Media, to launch a New World counterpart to Europe's "Rock The Nation" booking agency, christened "Rock The Nation America." The official press release on the matter reads as follows:

“LOS ANGELES – The North American metal scene just got a lot heavier. The launch of Rock The Nation America celebrates a groundbreaking booking agency partnership between Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, his agent and Canadian metal promoter Stephan Mellul, and Century Media Records.

"Rock The Nation America will be focused on bringing the best names in heavy metal to North American audiences, while maintaining a razor-sharp focus on emerging acts and artist development. Iacono will capitalize on his decade as frontman of the Canadian death metal band Kataklysm as he heads the agency’s artist relations efforts, while Mellul will build on his history as one of Canada’s premier metal promoters and agents.

"Based out of the same Los Angeles offices that the Century Media and Nuclear Blast record labels call home, the pair will be supported by Century Media for all marketing and administrative needs.

“'I spent the last 15 years touring and learning what being on the road is all about, and my partner, Stephan Mellul, has been booking shows for 18 years – together, we decided to bring something different to the industry,' says Iacono. 'We decided to create an agency that will help new artists develop, as well as preserve and grow the careers of established bands. I’m a soldier on the field, I understand the touring life, I still live it… and the fans deserve unselfish packages and lineups that are worth paying the ticket price. We thank Europe’s premier agency, Rock The Nation, for joining forces.'

“'Rock The Nation going overseas was always a big wish of RTN Europe,' says Stefan Hattinger, CEO of RTN Group Europe. 'We found experienced and hard-working people in Maurizio and Steph who know the market and what the artists need, thus the right people to run Rock The Nation America.'

"At their launch, the Rock The Nation America roster contains more than two dozen acts spanning the extreme metal market, including Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm, Wintersun and more. The agency’s first tour will be Paganfest USA Tour 2012, a package featuring worldwide metal acts Turisas (Finland), Alestorm (Scotland), Ex Deo (Rome), Arkona (Russia) and Huntress (USA) – a complete itinerary will be announced shortly.

“'What really excites me about this agency is that it is a true metal organization,' says Century Media founder Robert Kampf. 'From metal agents, metal bookers and metal bands, straight to metal fans – when I heard of this I wanted nothing more than to be a part of it… Horns up!'

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Only The Dust Remains Finishing New Album

Only The Dust Remains is currently finalizing work on the band's newest studio album, and the time has now come to unveil the artwork for "Noctem Aeternam: Act I: Quem Deus Vult Perdere." You can check out the artwork below, which was crafted by Melissa McHenry at VespaWAR.

"Act I" is set for a March 18th, 2012 release and features a special guest appearance by Dallas Coyle (God Forbid) on the track "Noctem Aeternam." The band is currently in post-production in Sweden with Jens Borgen (Amon Amarth, Opeth).

Only the Dust Remains Facebook fans will get an exclusive preview of the first single "Under a Darkened Sky" on January 1st, 2012 at this location. More...

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Steve DiGiorgio Among Cast on Ephel Duath EP

U.S.-by-way-of-Italy avant-garde metallers Ephel Duath have announced an all-star cast of musicians will appear on their forthcoming EP due in spring 2012 thru AGONIA RECORDS. Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, Sadus, Obscura), Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Karyn Crisis Band) and Marco Minemann (Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist, Kreator, Tony MacAlpine) join the group.

The complete line-up presents itself as follows:

Davide Tiso - guitars

Karyn Crisis - vocals

Steve DiGiorgio - bass

Marco Minemann - drums

Being fully into the preproduction process and about to record drums for the EP, the band will keep posting regular updates and videos of the recording.

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Fueled By Fire Signs With NoiseArt Records

Californian thrasher Fueled by Fire have inked a European record deal with NoiseArt Records and a booking deal with Rock The Nation. Commented the band about the signing:

"We are extremely proud to announce that we are now a part of the Noise Art family. We feel that Noise Art is the perfect home for us; we have seen the great work Noise Art has done to help bands excel to their full potential throughout Europe and Beyond. We are looking forward to a great future with them! And we want to thank 'NOISE ART' for this opportunity to be a part of a great team…SO, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR US…

"We will be out in Germany for the Keep it True Fest in April 2012! We are working to set up a tour around that! Also we will be out in Europe in the summer for sure! So you'll be seeing lots of FBF In the future! So be ready to get violent! We'll also be playing a Festival in Bolivia with DRI that should be insane!!! There are a few more dates we are locking down as we speak…so this should be a busy year for us.

"News on our next album… We are about half way done with writing the new album; it's coming out really fuckin great! We're happy with where our music is going! Fast and Heavy and Fuckin violent like we like it! You'll be banging your fuckin head soon!"

The band's latest album "Plunging Into Darkness" will see its release through NoiseArt Records on February 24th, 2011. More...

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Winter Deluge Announces Debut Album Release

New Zealand based black metal act Winter Deluge has announced the official release of the debut album "As the Earth Fades into Obscurity" will occur on the 21st of January, 2012.

The band will perform an album release show at The Coda Lounge in New Lynn/Auckland with support from New Zealand bands Malevolence and Blood of the Moon. "As the Earth Fades into Obscurity" contains nine tracks of "fast, aggressive and melodic black metal" totaling 48 minutes in length.

Winter Deluge's debut album will be available to order through email at: winterdeluge.nzblackmetal1@gmail.com. For more on Winter Deluge, head over to the band's MySpace page.

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Eyes Of Soul Signs With Underground Symphony

Italy's Eyes of Soul has issued the following announcement about signing with Underground Symphony for the release of the "Cyberian Tales" album:

"We're proud to announce the reaching of an agreement with historical metal label Underground Symphony for the release of our debut album 'Cyberian Tales;' recorded by Mattia Stancioiu at Elnor Studio and mastered by Jürgen Lusky at House Of Audio Studios in Germany, the CD will be available in the coming weeks in an elegant digipak package with a booklet of 20 pages."

For more information on Eyes of Soul and to check out songs available for streaming online, head over to the band's MySpace music profile here.

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Christmas Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:

"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.

"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"

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Demon Hunter Guitarist Leaves The Band

Demon Hunter guitarist Ryan Helm has announced that he has decided to part ways with the group. Acccording to a statement released by Helm‘s management, the guitarist’s departure, "was inevitable; however, it was on good terms." He plans to primarily focus on his solo project, Damien Deadson, which will release its debut album in January 2012. Helm joined Demon Hunter in 2009, replacing guitarist Don Clark, and performed on the bands latest studio album, "The World Is A Thorn."

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Gun N Roses Inducted Into The RNR Hall of Fame

Guns N Roses has been announced as part of the 2012 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The complete list of inductees is as follows:

Performer Category:
Beastie Boys
Donovan
Guns N’ Roses
Laura Nyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces

Early Influence:
Freddie King

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
Don Kirshner

The Award for Musical Excellence:
Cosimo Matassa
Tom Dowd
Glyn Johns

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland April 14, 2012.

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Kill Devil Hill Streams New Song

Kill Devil Hill, the new group that features Rex Brown and Vinny Appice, has posted a demo clip of it's new song "Time and Time Again" on YouTube which we feature here. You may also listen to the full version of the song by going here. The new album is tentatively scheduled for a March 2012 release on SPV and will be produced by Warren Riker. More...

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Shear Signs With Lifeforce Records

Finnish power metal band Shear, which sports members of Amoral and Elenium, announced that the band has signed with Lifeforce Records. Shear released the debut EP "In Solitude" in 2010 and plans to release a full length LP in March of 2012. Details of that release are expected shortly.

For video studio reports on the upcoming new release, head on over to this location and this location.

The current lineup of Shear is:

Alexa Leroux – vocals
Mikael Grönroos – guitars
Lauri Koskenniemi – guitars
Eerik Purdon – bass
Lari Sorvo – keyboards
Juhana Karlsson – drums

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Soulfly Announces New Album Title & Release Date

Soulfly announced that the band's follow up to the 2010 album "Omen" will be entitled "Enslaved." The album was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Arizona and produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Red Chord). Guest appearances will include Cattle Decapitation vocalist and DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara. The album is slated for release on March 12, 2012 through Roadrunner Records. .

Tracks that will appear on "Enslaved" include (official order not yet released):

Resistance
World Scum
Intervention
Gladiator
Legions
American Steel
Redemption of Man By God
Treachery
Plata O Plomo
Revengeance
Chains
Slave
Bastards
Soulfly VIII

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Necronomicon Streaming New Track

German thrashers Necronomicon, who recently signed with Massacre Records, are streaming the new track "Invictus," the title track from the band's forthcoming album due out on January 27, 2012.

The album also features a re-recording of the band's defining track "Possessed By Evil," originally released on the 1986 self-titled debut album. The re-recorded track is streaming on the band's official Facebook Page at this location.

The album art and track listing for "Invictus" is as follows:

1. Invictus
2. Unleashed
3. Bloody Bastard
4. Thoughts Running Free
5. Unconquered
6. Upon Black Wings
7. Face to the Wall
8. Pandoras Box
9. Before the Curtain Falls
10. Possessed By Evil (2011 Verison)
11. Possessed Again ... Unplugged

Check out "Invictus" in the player below:

Necronomicon - 2011 - Invictus by NECRONOMICON

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Firewind Posts Studio Diary, Pt. I

Greek now Boston based power metal band Firewind is back in the studio recording it's seventh album and follow up to the successful "Days Of Defiance" LP and tour. The band posted the first of a series of Studio Diary videos, this one showing the drum recordings.

Check out the video here:

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Napalm Death Unveils Album Artwork

Napalm Death revealed the album art for the forthcoming album "Utilitarian," which is due out on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America). More details on the release, as well as a fan filmed video of a performance of the new track "Quarantine" can be seen at this location.

The album artwork can be seen below:

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