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Metal News for December 8, 2011

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Sikario Posts Studio Teaser

Santiago death metal band Sikario has posted a Part 2 studio teaser for the making of it's new album, "Noocracy," which should be released early next year. The Part 1 teaser is also posted next to it on YouTube. Sikario recently put out an EP earlier this year, "The Human Nature." Check out their music on MySpace. More...

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Saxon Posts New Tour Podcast

Saxon has posted a new tour podcast online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"If you're going to San Francisco… be sure to go to the legendary Fillmore Auditorium. Biff Byford did exactly that earlier this week by joining Metallica onstage - singing 'Motorcycle Man' to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica. Check out Biff's latest podcast to find out more…"

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Enochian Theory Announces New Album Release

Enochian Theory has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new album:

"The new album titled 'LIFE...And All It Entails' has now been announced for release on Monday 13th February 2012. You can now pre-order the album at the Mascot Records online store here.

"13 months ago, the first demo was put down for this record...and now, 13 months later, it is nearing completion and we can share this you. Thank you for your patience and please share this news with everybody and anybody! More News & Music To Come...Keep Your Eyes On Us...." More...

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Sonburst Reveals "Weeping Willow" Artwork

Ontario's Sonburst has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new EP "Weeping Willow," which you can check out below. You can also check out a song from the EP, titled "Parallel Dream Omen" in the player available after the jump. The track listing is as follows:

1. Parallel Dream Omen
2. Providence Among Angels
3. Weeping Willow


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Mal Streaming New Album

French doom metallers Mal have just released their first album "Eonian Quiescence," which is now available online for streaming. Check out the album via Bandcamp or through the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Misconceptions (Synodic Period)
2. Unsinkable (Super Sargasso) Sea
3. Vomiting Fire (Coronal Mass Ejection)
4. Intra Terrestrial Enterobacter (Yersinia Pestis)
5. Antikythera Mechanism (OOPart)
6. Radioactivate (Interstellar Carrier) More...

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Averse Concept Streaming New EP Online

L.A. based black metal act Averse Concept has posted the new EP "Symbol of Loss" online for streaming. You can check out the release via the player below or by heading over to the Averse Concept Bandcamp page.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Grey Skies
2. Welcome to The Trance
3. Resigned Devotion
4. Desolate Alleviate
5. Clouded Recovery More...

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Barren Earth Posts Summer Breeze Footage

Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth has posted footage online of the band performing "Flicker" at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkesbühl. You can check out the clip below. "Flicker" is taken off the band's debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here).

Barren Earth also recorded a new album and follow-up to "Curse of the Red River" earlier this year. The band commented on the upcoming release, "The tracks mainly continue in the vein of the previous record, having perhaps even more 70’s prog influences, but maintaining the basic heaviness and brutality one has come to associate with Barren Earth." Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:


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Scott Kelly Announces More Acoustic Shows

In an ongoing stream of tour announcements over recent weeks, Neurosis/Shrinebuilder frontman Scott Kelly has just confirmed another run of American solo acoustic performances to take place this winter.

Scott Kelly's Western U.S. tour is currently underway alongside Bob Wayne and Jay Munly. Following the tour, Kelly will play a one-off show in Chicago the first week of the year alongside Bruce Lamont, followed by his first tour of Australia and New Zealand as a solo artist this February with direct support from John Baizley (Baroness).

The newly-confirmed tour will take place immediately upon Kelly's return from his stint in Australia and New Zealand, with 22 new dates now confirmed, kicking off in Atlanta on February 15th and running a clockwise swath through the Southeast, Midwest and East Coast into mid-March. For this tour the solo talents of Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow) will serve as support for Scott Kelly on all dates.

Upcoming dates are as follows: More...

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Vektor Streaming "Outer Isolation" Album

Vektor has checked in with the following announcement about streaming the band's entire "Outer Isolation" album online:

"The BandCamp page for Outer Isolation is fully operational now, meaning you can listen to the entire album through before you buy it. Do it, and spread the fucking word!! Vinyl coming around January for those still asking, more details will be announced when we get them."

The album is available for streaming through the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Cosmic Cortex
2. Echoless Chamber
3. Dying World
4. Tetrastructural Minds
5. Venus Project
6. Dark Creations, Dead Creators
7. Fast-Paced Society
8. Outer Isolation More...

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Living Void Working On Full-Length Album

Grindcore act Living Void will be releasing the band's first full-length album "Squalor" in early 2012.

Featuring bassist Anthony Buda from Boston's Revocation, Living Void pulls from grindcore, death metal, and powerviolence, citing Carcass, Terrorizer, Insect Warfare, and Brutal Truth as influences. The quartet has played numerous shows in northeastern U.S. including performances in support of Ramming Speed, Revocation, and Cannabis Corpse.

Living Void is currently working with the band's engineer to complete "Squalor." The group also released a six track self-titled EP in 2010, which is available for streaming through Reverbnation.

The "Squalor" track listing is as follows:

1. Labyrinthine
2. Uranium Nodules
3. Auxiliary Conspiracy
4. Metatron With Laryngitis
5. Blind Mice, Mute Birds
6. The Zero Constellation
7. Third To Last Breath
8. Categorizing Woe
9. Manipulate The Phoenix
10. On Endless Crawlers
11. A Touch Of Dementia (Instrumental)
12. Shadows Wielding

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Obscene Posts Studio Footage

Chilean metallers Obscene have posted a video containing images of Oscar Arenas recording the bass tracks for their debut album "See." The album is expected to be released early 2012. Check out the clip below. The "See" track listing is as follows:

1. Seeing the Truth
2. Stupid Manipulator
3. Unnamed
4. No More Fucking Love Songs
5. Blind Transition
6. The Convolution Day
7. Immolation
8. Back to the Reality

For more information about Obscene, visit the band's official Facebook page by heading over to this location. More...

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Generation Kill Posts "Red, White And Blood" Video

American thrash act Generation Kill released the debut album "Red, White and Blood" last September. The band recently shot a video for the title track of the album, based on a concept by singer Rob Dukes (Exodus). You can check out the new music video in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Hate
2. Red White and Blood
3. Feast for the Wolves
4. Self Medicating
5. Depraved Indifference
6. Slow Burn
7. Section 8
8. Walking Dead
9. Dark Days
10. Let Me Die
11. Wish (Nine Inch Nails cover)

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Eths Reveals New Album Details

French metallers Eths' third album will hit stores on March 2nd (13th in North America), 2012 and the band aptly named it "III." Vocalist Candice comments on her recording sessions:

"Sensitivity, right tone, right grunt, breath, emotion, be exposed, introspection, re-do, re-do, tiredness, insomnia, re-do, feel emptiness, fall, get back up, get there, re-do, give everything, achieve the goal, just sing. The voice recordings can be such a pain but in the end the result is always worth it... This album kills."

Eths just announced the first leg of ab upcoming tour in the wake of "III," Support on most of the gigs will come from fellow label mates Kells. Dates are as follows:

02 Mar 12 Mons (BE) On Air
04 Mar 12 Cambrai (FR) Betizfest
09 Mar 12 Montpellier (FR) Secret Place - with KELLS
10 Mar 12 Istres (FR) L'Usine - with KELLS
16 Mar 12 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur - with KELLS
23 Mar 12 Tunis (TN) La Coupole
30 Mar 12 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie - with KELLS
31 Mar 12 Montbeliard (FR) L'Atelier des Maures - with KELLS
06 Apr 12 Beauvais (FR) L'Ouvre Boite - with KELLS
07 Apr 12 Gerzat (FR) Arverne Metal Festival
08 Apr 12 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon - with KELLS
14 Apr 12 Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace - with KELLS
20 Apr 12 Durbuy (BE) Durbuy Rock Festival
12 May 12 Vitry le François (FR) L'Orange Bleue - with KELLS
19 May 12 Hénin Beaumont (FR) Escapade - with KELLS

"I am proud and excited about this tour," Candice states. "I can't wait to get back on stage and share our new songs with you. See you in March!"

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Basick Records Announces HMV Showcase

Basick Records has confirmed that the label will be showcasing its talent at the annual new music festival HMV’s Next Big Thing.

On Monday, February 6th 2012 the label will be taking over one of London’s most infamous venues, The Camden Barfly, to showcase live sets from progressive metal king Chimp Spanner along with French pairing Uneven Structure and The Algorithm, the latter performing with the much talked about young drumming phenomenon Mike Malyan.

Chimp Spanner will also be releasing his new record "All Roads Lead Here" on the very same day, as such this showcase will be doubling up as a release party.

Basick Records Director Barley comments: "2012 is going to be a HUGE year for BASICK in many different ways, so HMV presenting us with an opportunity to showcase the label's rapidly growing international roster is a real honour! CHIMP SPANNER will be releasing his brand new record in conjunction with the event, so we want to see everyone turn out to make it a party we'll never forget!"

More info on HMV’s Next Big Thing can be found by heading over to this location.

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Ancient VVisdom Posts "The Opposition" Video

Today, occult rockers Ancient VVisdom premiere a music video for "The Opposition" via Decibel magazine. "The Opposition" was lifted from the band's debut full-length recording "A Godlike Inferno," released through Shinebox Recordings.

In other news, the Austin, Texas band will embark on its first North American tour this January as hand-picked openers for Sweden's Ghost. Toronto's Blood Ceremony rounds out the lineup. The tour kicks off on January 18th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and will run through February 2 in Los Angeles. Additionally, Ancient VVisdom will tour Europe in the spring and appear at Roadburn Festival 2012 with Agalloch, Christian Mistress, Killing Joke, Swans and many other bands.

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Holy Grail Posts "Seasons Bleedings" Trailer

Holy Grail has has now released a holiday-themed 7-inch and digital download release titled "Seasons Bleedings." A teaser trailer for the release is available online and can be found after the jump.

The 7 inch track listing is as follows:

A. No Presents For Christmas
B. Kill The King

The digital track listing is as follows:

1. No Presents For Christmas
2. Kill The King
3. Exciter
4. Fast As A Shark More...

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Eyeresist Streaming New EP Online

Kuwait act Eyeresist is currently streaming the band's entire new "Between the Lines" EP online. You can check out the tracks from the release by heading over to the Eyeresist Facebook profile. The "Between the Lines" track listing is as follows:

1. Raise The Curtain
2. Between The Lines
3. Systematic Vessel
4. Walls
5. Cold Chamber
6. Apocalyptic
7. Utopia

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Terror To Record New Album

L.A. hardcore act Terror has issued the following brief announcement online via Facebook about gearing up to record a new album next year:

"Looks like we're hittin the studio in May to record a new album!"

The band also commented earlier in the week:

"Tonight was our last show of 2011! Thanks to Joe for the great show in Philly and big thanks to everyone who made this such a great year for Terror. We're not slowing down though. We're going home for the holidays to start writing for our next record and to prepare for the Persistence Tour in Europe this January with Biohazard and Suicidal Tendencies See you soon."

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Almah Announces Album's North American Release

Formed by Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi over a decade ago, Brazilian metal act Almah has transformed from simply a side-project of the top-tier power metal act into an expansive entity of its own volition, language and identity. AFM Records now confirms that "Motion," Almah’s third full-length, will be available to North American fans on January 17th, 2012.

The "Motion" track listing is as follows:

1. Hypnotized
2. Living And Drifting
3. Days Of The New
4. Bullets On The Altar
5. Zombies Dictator
6. Trace Of Trait
7. Soul Alight
8. Late Night In ´85
9. Daydream Lucidity
10. When And Why

You can also check out Almah's music video for the song "Late Night in '85" by heading over to this location. More...

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Black Skies Checks In With Tour Recap

Heavy rock trio Black Skies recently returned from a 16-date North American tour. Commented the band in a collective statement:

“Thanks a ton to MAKE & Vaz for joining us on parts of this last run. Getting to play with bands you enjoy not only musically, but also as people really makes the whole experience that much better. Thanks also to all the venues, promoters, and other bands for helping make this such an enjoyable time. Thanks to Mother Nature for being cooperative and allowing us and our friends to travel safely. Most importantly, thanks to all of those who came to the shows and supported us by buying merch, giving us places to stay, etc. You are the reason we can do this.

"This was the last tour we’ll be doing for a while, as we plan to take a break from touring over the next several months to focus on writing and other obligations not related to the band. With that in mind, having a good trip before this break was something very important to us, so thanks again to everyone who made it possible. We’ll see you soon with new songs. Until then, take care and be good to each other!”

Check out some live footage of the band (courtesy of Dan Andrews of Trickledown Productions) below. The band’s recently released "On The Wings Of Time" full-length is currently available on digital download cards included with the purchase of a limited edition, silk-screened poster. A CD version with alternate cover art is also available. You can also check out the record in its entirety at official Black Skies BandCamp page here. More...

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The Soulless Kicking Off U.K. Tour

Modern U.K. metallers The Soulless (formerly Ignominious Incarceration) are due to kick off a U.K. tour tonight at The Croft in Bristol.

The band will be joining British metalcore act Bury Tomorrow for the shows, which will be The Soulless' last of the year. Frontman Andy Wardle comments:

"We are really excited to get back on the road again this winter. We had an amazing time on the last tour and have been gagging to keep playing our new songs from 'Isolated', which we recorded this time one year ago. We are looking forward to meeting the guys in Bury Tomorrow and I'm sure it's gonna be a blast!"

Don't miss The Soulless on tour at the following shows:

Dec. 08 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
Dec. 09 - Bridgend, UK - Hobos
Dec. 10 - Stoke, UK - Underground
Dec. 11 - York, UK - Duchess
Dec. 13 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Dec. 14 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Dec. 15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Dec. 16 - Northampton, UK - The Roadmender
Dec. 17 - Milton Keynes, UK - Craufurd Arms

View the tour flyer by heading over to this location.

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Samothrace Recording New Album

After nearly four years without a new release, ambidextrous sludge purveyors Samothrace were in Soundhouse Studios in their hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) to being the recording of their second LP.

Samothrace issued the following collective statement about the recording process: “Working on this album at Soundhouse Studios with Brandon Fitzsimmons is amazing. We were fortunate enough to use the Rolls Royce of analog tape machines. The sound of rolling thunder was an inspiration during the whole process. The songs are as soaring and turbulent as the last album, but a bit more mature. We can’t wait for its release and imminent touring to follow.”

The LP will tentatively bear two side-long tracks, “When We Emerged” and “A Horse Of Our Own.” The hymn “When We Emerged” originally appeared on the band’s 2007 demo in a much shorter and raw form, and has here been completely reworked and extended into a new song.

The album — its title still TBA — will be released by mid-2012 via 20 Buck Spin, who also released Samothrace's 2008 debut full-length, "Life’s Trade." More info on the new album will be available in the coming weeks. More...

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Visions Posts Winter Update Video

U.K. based act Visions has posted a winter band update video online, which is available in the player below. Visions also commented on the clip:

"Update on Visions and all their goings on covering Autumn and Winter of 2011, Including Euroblast Festival 2011, a new music video and clips of new songs!"

For more on Visions, navigate your browser over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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This Is Sparta Streaming "Suffering"

French deathcore act This is Sparta has posted a new track online titled "Suffering," which also features vocalist Lou G. from Stillborn Messengers. You can give the song a listen through the player below, or find more This is Sparta music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Vildhjarta Posts Drum Cam Footage

Drummers (and drum enthusiasts) take heed: Vildhjarta has now released a drum play-through video of the single "Dagger" through Sick Drummer. Watch the band's own David Lindkvist behind his kit in the player below.

The band's recently released full-length debut "Måsstaden" is now available online and in stores for purchase. You can check out Metalunderground.com's interview with the band about the album here, or find the previously posted music video for "Dagger" at this location. More...

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Valkyrja Checks In From The Road

Valkyrja has checked in with the following road report and statement about canceling the band's Rites of Darkness festival appearance:

"Since the 5th of December, Valkyrja no longer shares space with Vader, Gorgoroth and the Massive Music crew. The gig in Athens marked our last date under this flag and we salute our new allies as well as our old brothers in arms. D.G. and Thelberg for peerless executions, Massive Music and all their unmatched associates, devoted ones from the many crowds, whose immense energies fed the many fires, and all who drank with us from the grail of the nightside during our venture. Only one gig remains of 'The Final Contamination,' this being the attendance at Eindhoven Metal Meeting. The last nail is about to taste the hammer...

"As the live gallery is about to be expanded with visuals from the past assaults, we ask for your participation. If you have media, in any form, contact us for your contribution.

"As several other bands, Valkyrja has been forced to cancel the Rites of Darkness Festival in Texas. Thanks to Dani and all the other involved parts, we refused 10 additional European shows of the VADER/GORGOROTH/VALKYRJA tour in order to make it to their - so called - event. We've heard excuse after excuse, but there are no longer any possibilities for us to make our arrangements in time. Let it be known: this is ONLY their fault and we hold them responsible in every single way!

"The 'Contamination' vinyl will be delayed due to a fire at the printing factory. Only a handful of surviving copies remain. More details to follow... More...

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Amberian Dawn Announces Details Of New LP

Finnish power metal band Amberian Dawn announced more details on the band band's upcoming fourth studio album. The LP will be entitled "Circus Black" and will be released on February 29, 2012 through Spinefarm Records. The album cover art and track listing are as follows:

1. Circus Black (3:48)
2. Cold Kiss (3:30)
3. Crimson Flower (4:23)
4. Charnel’s Ball (4:26)
5. Fight (3:19)
6. Letter (4:28)
7. I Share With You This Dream (3:36)
8. Rivalry Between Good and Evil (Instrumental) (3:59)
9. Guardian (5:09)
10. Lily of the Moon (4:07)

Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto will provide lead vocals on "Cold Kiss" and keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) contributed a keyboard solo on "Crimson Flower."

The band commented on the album: "Circus Black is the most impressive AD album so far. Musically it represents the most sophisticated and most symphonic edge of AD-music. There’s more diversity on this album than never before. This is the first time we used a real choir and we gathered some really excellent professional opera singers together to be able to achieve the best sounding choir possible. This choir was conducted by Mikko P. Mustonen from Pathos Music. He also arranged the choir and orchestral parts. We managed once again to get some world-class guests on this album. So, the production is our biggest so far and the final polish on this album was given by Teropekka Virtanen (mixing engineer) and Mika Jussila (mastering engineer) at legendary Finnvox Studios in Finland."

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #15

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the fifteenth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour for the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video, Ruud, Jeroen and Stefan look for the Lonely Planet store in Glasgow and Sharon takes you on stage for a sound check and the show.

Check out the video here:

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Onslaught Announces First Ever North American Tour

U.K. thrashers Onslaught announced that they will tour the U.S. and Canada in support of the latest LP "Sounds Of Violence" (reviewed here) for the first time in the band's 28 year career.

The tour will feature M-Pire Of Evil, featuring Ex-Venom members Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, Antton Lant and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn. The band will present original and Venom material. In addition, the reunited EvilDead will join the tour for the U.S. west coast dates.

The first confirmed dates are as follows:

March 2012:

19 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7
20 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
21 - Oakland, CA - The Pound
22 - Los Angeles, CA - Ecoplex
23 - San Diego, CA - Jumping Turtle
24 - Tempe, AZ - 910 Live
26 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova
27 - Laredo, TX - TBA
29 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
30 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
31 - Dayton, OH - House of Rock

April 2012:

1 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
3 - Toronto, ON - Wrek Room
4 - Montreal, QC - The Katacombs
6 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
7 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar

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Stoned Jesus Releasing New Album

Doom/blues band Stoned Jesus has finished recording it's new album "Seven Thunders Roar," which will be five tracks that clock in at fifty minutes total. It is set for an early 2012 release. The tracklisting will be as follows:

1. Bright Like The Morning
2. Electric Mistress
3. Indian
4. I'm The Mountain
5. Stormy Monday

Below is a video of Stoned Jesus playing "Rituals of the Sun" at the Guitar Bar in their home city of Kiev, Ukraine. It is an outtake that wasn't put on the album. More...

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Folkstone To Self-Release New Studio Album

Italian folk metal band Folkstone announced that they will self-release the band's forthcoming LP, yet untitled, on March 16, 2012. In an announcement on the band's official website, Folkstone stated:

"We Folkstone and our sound engineer/producer Yonatan Rukhman chose to have no label and no intermediary for printing and production of the next album. This is why we want to be free from any obligation…and basically to make 'what we like'. Our real producers are our fans!"

In 2011, the band self-released the compilation of acoustic material entitled "Sgangogatt."

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Delain Announces New Album Title & Tour

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that the band's third release will be entitled "We Are The Others." The album is due out in the spring of 2012 through Roadrunner Records.

The band explains the album title as "an outsider's anthem, for everybody who, deliberately or not, diverts from the norm. Whether it's by looking different, acting different, or choosing a different path in life then is expected from you. We are the others: 'Forget about the norm. Take off your uniform.'"

Delain also announced that the band will head out on a European headlining tour in April with Amada Somerville's new project Trillium. Confirmed dates are as follows:

April 2012:

26 - GER - Hamburg - Grünspan
27 - GER - Berlin - Lido
28 - POL - Warsaw - Progresja
29 - CZE - Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe

May 2012:

2 - HUN - Budapest - Club 202
3 - AUT - Wien - Arena
4 - GER - München - Backstage
5 - ITA - Romagnano Sesia - Rock 'n' Roll Arena
6 - SWI - Pratteln - Z7
8 - GER - Köln - Gloria
9 - BEL - Vosselaar - Biebob
10 - GER - Karlsruhe - Substage
11 - FRA - Paris - Alhambra
12 - GBR - Birmingham - HMV Institute 2
13 - GBR - Sheffield - Corporation
15 - GBR - Manchester - O2 Academy
16 - GBR - London – Koko

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Wo Fat Announces Texas Tour Dates

Texas psychedelic doom band Wo Fat has announced a series of dates in it's home state with Russian band The Grand Astoria. The band also has plans of releasing a split 7" with Maryland doom combo Earthride in March of 2012 on Totem Cat Records. Wo Fat released it's current album, "Noche del Chupacabra," earlier this year.

January 5th - Texarkana @ The Road Map
January 6th - Houston @ The Mink
January 7th - Austin @ Red 7 Night Club
January 8th - Dallas @ The Boiler Room More...

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Second Unreleased Metallica Song Hits The Web

Another unreleased studio track from the "Death Magnetic" sessions has surfaced on the web (see below), entitled "Just A Bullet Away." Metallica also performed this track at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests at the festivities this far included Biff Byford (Saxon), Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica), Lou Reed, King Diamond, Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) , Marianne Faithfull, Ray Haller (Sweet Savage), Kid Rock and John Bush (Armored Saint/Ex-Anthrax).

The previous unreleased studio track "Hate Train" can be heard at this location.

Check out "Just A Bullet Away" here:

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House Of Shakira Posts Audio Album Sampler

Swedish rockers House of Shakira posted a new album sampler from the forthcoming "HoS" album. The album is due for release on January 27, 2012 through Lion Music. The album marks the first with new vocalist Andreas Novak (Mind's Eye).

Check out the sampler here:

House of Shakira - HoS (album sampler) by LionMusicRecordLabel

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Status Minor Unveils Album Cover Artwork

Finnish progressive metal band posted the album artwork for the forthcoming sophomore release "Ouroboros" (seen below). The album is expected for release through Lion Music, in April 2012.

The band also recently posted the following album teaser video:

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The 11th Hour Posts New Album Teaser

Dutch death/doom act The 11th Hour posted a new album teaser video for the forthcoming sophomore LP "Lacrima Mortis" due out on Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

January 25, 2012 (ESP/FIN/SWE)
January 27, 2012 (G/A/S, Benelux & ITA)
January 30, 2012 (Rest of Europe)
February 7, 2012 (North America)

Check out the video here:

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Orden Ogan Recording New Album "To The End"

German power metal act Orden Ogan are hard at work recording the band's fourth full length album "To The End" for release in April 2012 through AFM Records. The album follows the 2010 AFM Records release "Easton Hope." The album will mark the first album with new bassist
Niels Löffler (Sardonic/Ex-Predator) who replaced the recently departed Lars Schneider this year.

Song titles for the new album include the following:

"The Frozen Few"
"Land Of The Dead"
"The World Of Ice"
"To The End"
"The Things We Believe In"
"The Ice Kings"
"Till The Stars Cry Out"
"Dying Paradise"

More details are expected shortly.

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