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Metal News for February 1, 2013

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Katalepsy Streaming Entire New Album

Russian brutal metal band Katalepsy is streaming the band's entire new album "Autopsychosis," which was just released on Unique Leader Records. Check out all 40 minutes and eleven tracks of "Autopsychosis" below or over at YouTube. "Autopsychosis" features the vocals of Igor Fil from Big End Bolt. 2013 marks the ten year anniversary for Katalepsy, who started in 2003 and issued their first full-length "Musick Brings Injuries" three years later.


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Hour Of 13 Disbanding

Hour Of 13 posted the following announcement to its Facebook wall, confirming that the band would be calling it a day. The band will play its February date at the Martyrdoom Fest in NYC, but will postpone the April European tour which had headline slots at Roadburn and Doom Shall Rise festivals. Multi-instrumentalist Chad Davis of the Connecticut/North Carolina act had the following to say:

It is with heavy heart that I must announce that Hour of 13 is on an indefinite hiatus. The one remaining show at Martyrdoom Fest 2013 in New York City will go on as planned, but after that no shows no interviews and no records. The massive lack of support for this band weighs heavily. Fan support is unmatched, but all other aspects support wise is a huge factor in this decision. We cannot be expected to give all and receive nothing in return. I thank it everyone of you for your message support you have shown throughout the years and hopefully this matter will be resolved and we will return, but at this point after June we are no more.

Regards to all,
Chad Davis

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Motionless In White Posts Lyric Video

Motionless In White has posted a new lyric video for the track "Black Damask" online, which features live footage from the band's time on tour supporting the "Infamous" album. Check out the clip below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Black Damask (The Fog)
2. Devil's Night
3. America
4. Burned At Both Ends
5. The Divine Infection
6. Puppets 2 (The Rain) [feat. Bjorn Speed Strid]
7. Sinematic
8. If It's Dead, We'll Kill It (Feat. Brandan Schieppati)
9. Synthetic Love
10. Hatef**K
11. Underdog
12. Infamous More...

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Sonic Reign Posts New Song

Marking the unleashing of the new album "Monument in Black" from German black metal stalwarts Sonic Reign, Apostasy Records is once again streaming a new track from the release. You can access the new song "Soul Flagellation" by going here or listening to it below. Sonic Reign's newest offering follows up 2006's "Raw Dark Pure," which was reissued in 2007 by Metal Blade.


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The Beyond Releasing Full-Length

Central Pennsylvania black metal deviants The Beyond will release their long-awaited full-length album "Frostbitepanzerfuck" on February 19th. The follow up to the "Gross Encounters of the Sacrificial Rite" split 7" with The Lurking Corpses will be released on CD format by Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. "Frostbitepanzerfuck" was recorded at Welfare Line Studio in West Chester, PA and features a GG Allin track among its eight tunes. Below is the tracklisting of the album, along with an upload of "Goat Sodomizer."


1 Roto-Cunt
2 Goat Sodomizer
3 Cunt Sucking Cannibal [GG Allin cover]
4 Frostbitepanzerfuck
5 Attack of the Zombie Brigade
6 The Splatterhouse Maniacs
7 Necro Overload
8 Exterminate Humanity


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Advent Of Bedlam Posts "Nimrod's Rebellion" Video

Costa Rican death metal act Advent of Bedlam has been selected to perform at the first Obscene Extreme America 2013 Open Air Festival taking place March 28th - 29th, 2013 in Valle De Las Monjas, La Marquesa, Edo De Mexico. The band will also be performing alongside such acts as Napalm Death and Dying Fetus.

Advent of Bedlam has also released an official video for the song “Nimrod's Rebellion,” taken off the “Flesh Over God" release, which can be seen below. The band comments on the clip:

“We wanted something simple yet self explaining, we wanted to depict rebellion against dogmas using religious characters and compare them with worms, so we went to Andres Carrillo (Pandemonium MetalTV) and told him our ideas, he did a brilliant job with the video and we are extremely pleased with the result.” More...

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The Zenith Passage Posts Lyric Video

California's The Zenith Passage has released a lyric video for the title track off the band's "Cosmic Dissonance" EP. Check out the clip below, and the EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Capricious
2. Kaleidoscopic Tendencies
3. Cosmic Dissonance
4. Xenith
5. Tombs of Trepidation

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Abriosis Offering EP For Free Download

Today marks the release of the next chapter in Canadian brutality and innovation from Vancouver's progressive death metal quartet, Abriosis.

You can now download "Vessel," entirely free, via the band's official website here. A limited run of CDs are also for sale through the band's online store. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Vessel merges disorienting waves of sonic violence with an ever-present thunderous pulse. Though short and sweet, this EP hits hard; representing the latest evolution in the band’s signature progressive death metal sound. The band's third release overall, Vessel marks the first Abriosis recording to feature new vocalist Alxs Ness (ex-Without Mercy). Ness' YouTube channel has attracted over one million views split between her death metal vocal covers and vocal technique/advice videos."

"Vessel is what we've been striving towards for years," comments guitarist Taylor Lipton. "We feel it truly defines the sound of Abriosis, and foreshadows our future endeavours."

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2Black Signs With WormHoleDeath

Swiss old school tharsh metallers 2Black have signed a deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. Wormholedeath will release debut album “Mind Infect” worldwide through Aural Music Group.

The album was recorded and mixed at Mathlab Recording Studio (Italy) with producer Jonathan Mazzeo (Mechanical God Creation, The Way Of Purity), and mastered by Christian Donaldson of Cryptopsy. The release is due later this year. Check out a preview clip in the player below. The band also commented:

“2Black is very proud to announce the worldwide deal with Wormholdeath Records Italy!!
A dream come true! After a lot of gigging and searching for a good company, finally 2Black found the correct partner in crime to go on! After the band’s release of the self produced EP 'No time to die' in 2010 the appetite grow for a lot more! The cooperation with Wormholedeath and Mathlab Studio stilled the hunger for a moment. 2Black serve with the new album 'Mind Infect' (to be released in spring 2013 worldwide) a varied menu from melodic mid- to brute uptempo old school thrashmetal songs! Now the band is ready to take over!"

Wormholedeath also commented: “I know that signing old school thrash bands has become quite a big trend between the labels, but I can assure that we haven’t signed 2Black for the trend…We really liked their 'in your face' attitude and being myself a big fan of the 80's thrash scene I wanted to start producing a little group of releases that are related to the old thrash tradition. 2Black's 'Mind infect' is the first of these really cool releases as their album sounds just like a group of pirates assaulting a ship, just give them a try, they will force you to headbang so hard that you’ll have to go to the hospital." More...

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Kvelertak Reveals New Album Artwork

Kvelertak has revealed the cover art to the band's upcoming album "Meir," created by John Dyer Baizley of Baroness, who also did the cover for Kvelertak's self-titled debut. "Meir" will be available everywhere March 26th, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. The "Meir" track listing is as follows:

1. Åpenbaring
2. Spring Fra Livet
3. Trepan
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
6. Snilepisk
7. Månelyst
8. Nekrokosmos
9. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak More...

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Devourment Posts More Studio Footage

Relapse today released the second in a trio of videos documenting the construction of Dallas-based goretraders Devourment’s pending "Conceived In Sewage" LP. The newest clip shows the laying-down of guitar and bass tracks, filmed in the revered Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal). Check it out below.

Devourment this week also announced that the band has scheduled a video shoot with director Lior Spirer for the song “Parasitic Eruption,” with filming set to commence in the coming weeks.

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MOS Generator Posts Live Dates

Port Orchard, WA heavy rock band MOS Generator will be performing a few live dates locally in advance of its tour with St. Vitus. Below are the four dates that MOS Generator will be in the Washington/Oregon area before starting the tour on March 5th in Cologne, Germany with the doom legends. MOS Generator recently released "Nomads" after a three year hiatus, which produced the video "Lonely One Kenobi." That track follows below.

MOS GENERATOR Live Dates:

*Mos Generator only

2/1 Flights Pub - Everett, WA
2/9 The Breakroom - Bremerton, WA
2/23 Club 21 - Portland, OR
3/1 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA

March 2013 - SAINT VITUS & MOS GENERATOR

3/5 Cologne, Germany @ Underground
3/6 Berlin, Germany @ C-club
3/7 Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
3/8 Arnhem, Holland @ Willemeen
3/9 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
3/10 Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
3/11 Brighton, England @ The Haunt
3/12 Southampton, England @ The Cellar
3/13 Birmingham, England @ O2 Academy 2
3/14 Glasgow, Scotland @ The Cathouse
3/15 Newcastle, England @ Northumbria Uni
3/16 Pwhelli, Wales @ Hammerfest
3/17 London, England @ The Garage
3/18 Rouen, France @ Le 106
3/19 Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
3/20 Lyon, France @ Le Ninkasi Kao
3/21 Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
3/22 Vienna, Austria @ Szene
3/23 Bologna, Italy @ Zr
3/24 Milano, Italy @ The Tunnel
3/25 Nürnberg, Germany @ Rockfabrik
3/26 Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-sal
3/27 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo More...

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Darkthrone Streaming Full Version Of New Track

After streaming a six and a half minute version of the song online, Norwegian act Darkthrone has teamed up with Pitchfork.com for the full version of "Leave No Cross Unturned." Check out the full song right here.

"Leave No Cross Unturned" comes off the band's new album "The Underground Resistance," due out February 26th, 2013 via Peaceville Records. Pre-orders are available online now at this location, and the following press release was issued about the album:

"The Underground Resistance is Darkthrone's latest venture through the metal cosmos, and first new album since the 2010 opus Circle the Wagons. The Underground Resistance contains Darkthrone's trademark masterful riffing in a broad range of styles, effortlessly bounding through the annals of classic metal, taking in thrash, speed and black metal, and not forgetting a dose of punk. All in all a ferocious and dynamic set of tracks drenched in Fenriz's and Nocturno's rich and diverse tastes in all things metal, primarily those rooted firmly in the spirit of the 80's. Six tracks long, and each one an epic in itself, this is undoubtedly Darkthrone's strongest outing of late."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dead Early
2. Valkyrie
3. Lesser Men
4. The Ones You Left Behind
5. Come Warfare, the Entire Doom
6. Leave No Cross Unturned More...

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Voodoo Circle Releases "Cry For Love" Video

Voodoo Circle has released a new music video of the track "Cry For Love," which is taken from the upcoming album "More Than One Way Home" (to be released on February 22nd through AFM). Voodoo Circle is:

Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
David Readman - Lead & Backing Vocals
Markus Kullmann - Drums
Jimmy Kresic - Keyboards
Mat Sinner - Bass & Backing Vocals More...

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This Or The Apocalypse Announces European Shows

Lancaster, PA outfit This Or The Apocalypse will support Bleeding Through on a European tour along with Australia's Hand of Mercy. Dates are as follows:

05.04.13 Germany München @ Backstage
06.04.13 Germany Saarbrücken @ Garage Kleiner Club
07.04.13 Holland Den Bosch @ W2
08.04.13 Germany Hamburg @ Logo
09.04.13 Sweden Gothenburg @ Arena 29
10.04.13 Denmark Copenhagen @ Beta
11.04.13 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
12.04.13 Poland Warsaw @ Progresja
13.04.13 Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert
14.04.13 Austria Wien @ Viper Room
15.04.13 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
16.04.13 Italy Bologna @ Blogos
17.04.13 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
18.04.13 Germany Köln @ MTC
19.04.13 UK London @ Underworld
20.04.13 UK Bristol @ Hit The Deck
21.04.13 UK Nottingham @ Hit The Deck More...

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Dee Snider Roast Red Carpet Video Available

Metal Injection correspondent Rob Pasbani hit the red carpet of the Dee Snider Rock and Roll Roast on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 to interview some of the roasters, attendees, and Dee Snider himself.

Check out the video below or over at Metal Injection here. In the clip you can see interview bits with Anthrax's Scott Ian, Lita Ford, Geoff Tate, Brendon Small of Dethklok, Zakk Wylde, Jill Janus of Huntress, In This Moment, Michael Keene of The Faceless, Kyng, and Kill Devil Hill. More...

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Davey Suicide Announces North American Tour

In support of his latest EP and forthcoming full length album, Davey Suicide has confirmed a host of North American tour dates beginning this February. The opening five dates of the run, February 23rd - 26th are the first ever headline shows for Suicide, who comments:

"The Northwest is a fitting way to kick off this year for us. Some of our craziest shows of 2012 were in Seattle, Portland Idaho Falls and Spokane."

Following the headline dates, Davey Suicide will hit the road in support of Orgy and Vampires Everywhere. The shows span the U.S. beginning on March 1st and are slated to run through April 15th. The first batch of dates have been released with additional dates to be announced in the upcoming days.

Suicide cannot wait to hit the road with Orgy and states: "Growing up, there was Korn, Deftones and Orgy at the forefront of the nu-metal genre. We're excited to reacquaint that world with them and see our Suicide Nation." More...

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Strong Intention Announces February Tour

Maryland powerviolence nihilists Strong Inteintion will take their sonic terrorism to the streets again later this month on a 13-date trek. The run will commence on February 22nd at The Acheron in Brooklyn and run through March 6th at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. The band will be joined by France’s Department Of Correction and Sender Receiver.

Says Strong Intention founding frontman Zac Ohler: “Back on the road/ back to the grind in 2013! It’s going to be amazing to do a completely DIY tour in small clubs, basements, and wherever else the terror can be spread. DOC and Sender Receiver are two of the best underground DIY ragers around , and it’s going to be an ripper of a tour. Grind time starts in a few weeks and always remember that violence is always best left up to the experts!”

w/ Department Of Correction, Sender Receiver
2/22/2013 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
2/23/2013 Boxfort - Allston, MA
2/24/2013 Funeral Home - Buffalo, NY
2/25/2013 Roboto - Pittsburgh, PA
2/26/2013 Crimson Lounge - Detroit, MI
2/27/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
2/28/2013 Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
3/01/2013 Devlins - Atco, NJ
3/02/2013 Zebre Club - Long Island, NY
3/03/2013 King fun Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
3/04/2013 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
3/05/2013 El N Gee - New London, CT
3/06/2013 AS220 - Providence, RI

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Avantasia Reveals "The Mystery Of Time" Art

After announcing a series of guest musicians to appear on the album, Avantasia has now unveiled the cover artwork for new release "The Mystery of Time."

Check out the artwork below, created by British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Tobias Sammet of Avantasia comments:

“It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time.‘ Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I've had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.

"I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia's history and I think it didn't deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!" More...

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Doro Comments On Tour Kicking Off Tonight

Legendary metal maven Doro Pesch will kick off her long-awaited North American tour tonight in Tampa, Florida following an explosive performance at this year’s edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. See what Doro has to say about the trek in the player below.

Doro will be touring in support of her "Raise Your Fist" full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year. Featuring guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie, "Raise Your Fist" debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release.

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Turisas Kicking Off "Guards Of Glory" Tour

Battle metallers Turisas will be returning to North America this week for the headlining "Guards Of Glory" tour with Firewind and Stolen Babies as support. See below for a complete list of tour dates and the tour poster.

A special VIP Meet & Greet package is available for all the shows, with full details available right here. In addition to previewing material from the band's upcoming release (scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013), Turisas will be touring in support of "Stand Up And Fight" (reviewed here). More...

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Fallen Captive Releases "Fallout" Music Video

Ohio's Fallen Captive has released a new music video for the track "Fallout," which is now available below. You can also hear more from Fallen Captive over at the band's Facebook profile here. Fallen Captive consists of:

Mitch Pivarski - Lead Vocal
Rob Warmuth - Guitar/Clean Vocal
Jim Bergmann - Lead Guitar
Brian French - Keyboard
Mike Tata - Bass
Jay Verbic - Drums

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The Casualties Announces Tour With Goatwhore

Infamous New York City street punks The Casualties have announced their first U.S. headlining dates of 2013. The band will co-headline a string of southern and west coast dates with Goatwhore in March and April. Additional support will come from Havok.

The trek starts on March 27th, in Houston, TX and runs through April 9th, in Seattle, WA. A full listing of confirmed dates is below.

The Casualties is touring in support of latest album, "Resistance" (released by Season of Mist September 2012). The Zeuss-produced effort is the band's ninth full-length album and can be streamed here.

3/27 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
3/28 Corpus Christi, TX @ Zeros
3/29 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
3/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
4/1 Albuquerque, NM -2H Launchpad
4/2 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
4/3 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory (also with DR. KNOW)
4/4 W. Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
4/6 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
4/7 Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/8 Portland, OR @ Branx
4/9 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven More...

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Soilwork Posts "Rise Above The Sentiment" Video

Swedish act Soilwork has released a brand new song from upcoming double album "The Living Infinite." Check out the music video for "Rise Above the Sentiment" below.

You can also check out what singer Björn "Speed" Strid has to say about the idea of a double album, the songwriting process, and working with new guitarist David Andersson for the first time at this location.

"The Living Infinite" is scheduled for release this coming March 1st (EU), 4th (UK), and 5th, 2013 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Deathember Streaming New Song

Swedish groove metal act Deathember has released a new single and music video from upcoming album "Going Postal." The song named ”Quietly” is the first single to be released from the band's debut album and can be heard below.

Deathember earlier announced that ”Going Postal” features guest appearances from Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth) and Daniel Ädel (Uneven Structure, Vildhjarta). The band comments:

”It was a huge honor for us to have Ralph and Daniel on two separate songs on the album. Ralph is one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time and Daniel's band Vildhjarta is one of the most important bands today in modern metal.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Going Postal
2. Spirals
3. Quietly
4. Unending Thirst
5. Let us flip a few pages back (Part 1)
6. Where I Evade (Part 2)
7. The Deprivation (Part 3, Feat. Daniel Ädel)
8. Repeat & Remind
9. Hailing Down (Feat. Ralph Santolla)
10. Amnesiac
11. By Damnation (Bonus track for Ltd. edition) More...

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Atlantis Chronicles Releases New Music Video

French metallers Atlantis Chronicles have released a video for the song "Thousands Carybdea," which can be viewed below.

The track "Thousands Carybdea" is taken from new album "Ten Miles Underwater," scheduled out on March 12th, 2013 via Coroner Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.

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Wolfchant Streaming New Album's Title Track

Wolfchant, which signed to NoiseArt Records last year, has now premiered the title track online from the band's upcoming album "Embraced By Fire." Give the song a listen via the SoundCloud player below. "Embraced By Fire" is due out March 1st, 2013 and has the following track listing:

1. Intro
2. Embraced by Fire
3. Element
4. Turning into Red
5. Einsame Wacht
6. Autumns Breath
7. Freier Geist
8. Winters Triumph More...

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Enforcer Streaming Full New Album

Today Enforcer is releasing the new album "Death By Fire" in Europe, and in celebration the band has made the release available for streaming in its entirety. Give the full album a listen through Terrorizer Magazine here.

Enforcer will also be hitting the road with Grand Magus later this month, with tour dates available at this location. The track listing for "Death By Fire" is as follows:

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

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Witchcraft Announces Tour With Orchid

Attention heavy rockers, doomheads, retro aficionados, hippies, or simply lovers of timeless rock music: rejoice! Two absolute giants of 70's riff worshipping sound will embark on a tour together in April and May of 2013 – Witchcraft and Orchid. A listing of tour dates are available below, and Nuclear Blat Records also comments on the bands:

"Swedes Witchcraft were one of the first bands who started to recreate the sound of old heroes like Pentagram around 2000 and who only had one goal in mind: to revive the 70s sound with landmark releases such as 'Firewood.' They returned with 'Legend' in 2012 and proved their status as leaders of a whole subgenre once more!

"Orchid from San Francisco are more of a recent phenomenon: the four piece made quite a bunch of heads turn with their debut EP 'Through the Devil's Doorway' in 2009 before they firmly established themselves as the rightful heirs to Black Sabbath's throne with their album 'Capricorn' in 2011. Their second full-length release will be upon us early 2013."

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Grand Magus Posts "Hunting Across Europe" Trailer

The Swedish riff lords in Grand Magus are going to hunt across Europe together with Enforcer and Angel Witch starting later this month. A teaser trailer for the trek is now available below, and a complete listing of upcoming Grand Magus tour dates can be found after the jump.

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A Fight For Life Streaming New Track

Georgia act A Fight For Life is streaming the new song "The Village" online, which can be heard below.

The track comes off the band's new full-length "Wanderer," due out February 5th, 2013 through Mutant League Records. "Wanderer" was mixed and mastered by Brian Hood (A Plea For Purging, Gideon) and features 10 new tracks. The album is available for pre-order right here.

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Hellish War Signs With Pure Steel

Brazil's Hellish War has signed a new contract with Pure Steel Records from Germany to release "Keep It Hellish." The label comments:

"After the first international contract signed in 2009 with the Pure Steel Records that made possible the re-release of the two first albums from the band in Europe, besides the successful tour through the old world in the same year and the release of the live album Live In Germany in 2010, Hellish War has now signed a new contract deal for the release of its new studio album, 'Keep It Hellish.'

"Produced by Ricardo Piccoli at PiccoliStudio in Biella, Italy, 'Keep It Hellish' will mark the premiere of Hellish War's new vocalist, Bil Martins, and will bring the tracks Keep It Hellish, The Challenge, Reflects On The Blade, Fire And Killing, Scars (Underneath Your Skin), Masters Of Wreckage, Phanton Ship, The Quest, Darkness Ride, and Battle At Sea.

"Keep It Hellish will be released in Europe in a few months. In October, Hellish War will embark for its second European tour to promote the new release over there. In North America and Asia, the band is still studying proposals from different record labels." More...

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band Network

Following last week's lead, there's not much in the way of metal landing on the Rock Band Network today, with two new tracks for Xbox players and only a single song from the ever-present Amberian Dawn coming to the PS3.

Xbox 360 gamers now have access to these tracks on the Rock Band Network:

I See Stars - “Endless Sky” (160 MSP)
Psychostick - “This is Not a Song, It’s a Sandwich!” (160 MSP)

This song will be available on the PS3 starting February 5th (North America) and 6th (Europe):

Amberian Dawn - "Charnel's Ball" ($1.99), Metal

If the slim pickings on the RBN has you down, cheer up with Psychostick's latest music video for "Dogs Like Socks," which is exactly what it sounds like and can be viewed here.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Viva Hysterical!

Def Leppard is the latest band to take residency in Las Vegas and play a string of shows. The band is using the opportunity to celebrate their ‘Hysteria’ album and have titled the event “Viva Hysteria!” More...

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Helm Announces New Shows

Fredericton, New Brunswick act Helm has announced a string of upcoming Canadian shows in support of the band's self-titled release. Dates are as follows:

Feb 22 Halifax, N.S. - Sad Rad w/Hellacaust TBA
Feb 23 Charlottetown, P.E.I. - Baba's Lounge
March 21 Quebec City, P.Q. - Noise isn't noise w/ Cyanide Eyes
March 22 Ottawa, Ont. - The Brass Monkey
March 23 Montreal, P.Q. - Puke Fest @ COOP KATACOMBES
March 24 Sherbrooke, P.Q. - Artfocus w/ Sights of War
March 25 Fredericton, N.B. - The Capital w/Burnt Church SpineSplitter

For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. You can also check out the "Helm" release in the Bandcamp player below. More...

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1945 Posts New Song Online

Texas prog metal act 1945 has posted the song "Boundaries" online, taken off the "Stunde Null" EP, which can be heard below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. 1945 consists of:

Vocals - Kevin Duran
Guitar - Andrew McMillan
Guitar - Alan Painter
Drums - Nelson Collins-Lee
Bass - Sean Miller

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Under The Abyss Streaming Reissued Album

French modern metal act Under the Abyss has just unleashed the worldwide reissue of its debut full-length album, "A Wavering Path", initially released for Christmas 2011. The entire album is now available for full streaming on the band's website here, or the release can be ordered online at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"After releasing two EPs, 'Dawn of Everything' in 2006 and 'Awaken by Hate' two years later, UTA toured on the Brittany scene before to perform at many venues and festivals such as Motocultor 2010 (with bands like Madball or Koritni).

"The growing affluence and reception of the public to the energy developed by the group encouraged them to work on new projects. In 2011, Under the Abyss recorded its debut full-length album, at The Dome Studio founded by The Potvin brothers (Lyzanxia, One Way Mirror, Phaze 1)." More...

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Vuyvr Streaming Full "Eiskalt" Album

Formed by members of Knut, Elizabeth, Impure Wilhelmina, and Rorcal, Switzerland's intense black metal outfit Vuyvr will release debut album, "Eiskalt," on 180 gram 12-inch vinyl this coming February 28th via Throatruiner Records and Blastbeat Mailmurder.

The artwork was created UK-based illustrator Richey Beckett and the whole album is up for free download and pre-order right here. You can also stream the release below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hoch 02:57
2. Betrayers of the North 04:24
3. War of 100,000 Centuries 02:57
4. Disfigured By Hatred 02:49
5. Idolatry 03:11
6. Slaves 03:33
7. Dead Trees Are Wandering At Night 05:24
8. Weapons Made For Grace 04:43
9. The Wyvern 08:55 More...

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City In The Sea Announces Headlining Tour

The newest addition to the Sumerian artist roster, City in the Sea, will embark on a headlining tour alongside To Each His Own this February.

Either see below or head over to the band's Facebook profile now to view the itinerary. Look for the band's debut offering to be released later this year.

2/15 San Diego, CA @ Soma (TEHO Headliner)
2/16 Mesa, AZ @ Nile
2/17 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
2/18 West Hollywood. CA @ Whisky
2/19 Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theatre
2/20 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
2/21 Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
2/22 Medford, OR @ The Wreckroom
2/23 Boise, ID @ The Venue
2/24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/25 Spokane, WA @ The Hop

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Anatomy Of I Announces New Drummer

Anatomy Of I has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Our live drummer, Melle Kramer (Obsidian), has decided to leave Anatomy Of I in order to focus on his family and day job. We would like to thank Melle for all his work in the past year and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

"Replacing him is Marten van Kruijssen (Houwitser, Omega), an up and coming drummer whose speed and versatility will definitely turn some heads!"

"Anatomy Of I, featuring vocalist/guitarist Michael Dorrian, bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Testament) and drummer drummer Dirk Verbeuren started playing live in 2012 with a lineup featuring drummer Melle Kramer (Obsidian) and Giuseppe Formisano (Naeseahtake) on fretless bass, replacing Verbeuren and DiGiorgio due to conflicting schedules."

For more info on Anatomy of I, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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