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Metal News for February 12, 2012

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Bukowski Family Streaming New Song

Bukowski Family has posted a new song online titled "The Tenderizer," which can be heard in the player below or via the band's official website.

"The Tenderizer" is taken from the upcoming "Initiation" EP. In the band's own words, the "Initiation EP is coming along with Uncle Bukowski and his murderous cumstain Family."

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4Arm Streaming Entire New Album

Australian act 4ARM's third full-length release, "Submission For Liberty," was released through Rising Records on February 6th, 2012. The entire album is now available for streaming through SD Metal. Check out the tracks from the "Submission For Liberty" album here.

The band also recently posted a music video online for the title track, which can be viewed at this location.

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Decease Streaming New Song

Romanian metal act Decease has posted a song online for streaming titled "Boiling Hatred," which can be heard in the player below or the band's Reverbnation page.

More details regarding the artwork, title, and track list for the band's upcoming release will be announced in the near future. Currently seven songs for the new EP have been tracked, which is planned for release in May of 2012. More...

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Sledgegrinder Issues Recording Update

Florida's Sledgegrinder, which recently posted a pre-production teaser online for an upcoming album, has now checked in with the following recording update:

"Quick update to all the buddies of Sledgegrinder: we are hittin the studio this week to get guitar tracks wrapped up. Drums and Bass are done. Then more guitar.... vocals... mix master and bone.... and boom. New music coming very very soon!"

You can also check out Sledgegrinder's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Fellwoods Streaming "Wulfram" Album

Portland, Oregon stoner/psychedelic band Fellwoods is streaming its recent twelve-song album "Wulfram" over on Bandcamp. The band used to go by the name The Moss, and has several new recordings that it hopes to put on an EP this year. Stream "Wulfram" below in the widget or check out the upload of the song "Crown."


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Procession Announces Lineup Change

Procession has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:

"First of all and after months of analysis, chats and life's unexpected events, FRANCISCO AGUIRRE is no longer in charge of the drum artillery in Procession. Basically, he's being kept busy with his other band (Attacker Bloody Axe...check it out!), building the new Capilla Ardiente material with Claudio and just recently, forced to move to a different town which would mean even less time to try and make him part of composing/recording process of the new tracks. Of course this is under the most friendly of terms, he's in heart, will and memory one of the headstones of Procession's history...keep it up 'dolape!'

"This basically means we've taken the decision to incorporate Evans/Pro-Mark artist (and In Solitude's drummer) UNO BRUNIUSSON as the official drummer of Procession. For those who ignore it, he's been live/session drummer for us for more than a year, demonstrating to be a contribution both on stage and, most recently, on creative ground on the ongoing TRHA sessions.

"This, along with the inclusion of JONAS PEDERSEN on guitar only means that Procession got heavier, thicker and angrier.

"We're sure nothing else but satisfaction can come out of this new pact, as confirmed this last weekend with the 'apparition' of one more song for our next album."

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Anthrax Live Footage Available

Fan filmed video footage has posted online of Anthrax performing live in Indianapolis on Friday, January 27th, 2012. The clips, which include Gene Hoglan performing with the band, can be viewed below.

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Eyes Front North Streaming EP

Eyes Front North is streaming it's recent three song EP over at Bandcamp. Eyes Front North is a studio project created in 2010 by Lionel Forest (vocals/guitar), Nicolas Simon (guitar) and Victor Tuhran (bass). Eyes Front North mixes metal with other musical styles such as post-rock, hardcore, doom and black metal, leading to a kind of hybrid or crossover full of loud guitars.

The first EP was partly recorded in the Dual Switch Cuts Studio in Vincennes (France). The drums parts were performed and recorded by drummer Conny Pettersson of the Swedish death metal band Anata in Sweden on February 2011. The mix and mastering was made in DSC Studio in May 2011. Fabrice Berger, drummer of progressive metal band The Black Noodle Project, joined the trio. This allowed EFN to play its first EP on stage opening for the French band SUP.


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Drakkar Tells All About "When Lightning Strikes"

Many fans of European power metal, and the Italian scene in general, equate great music with Rhapsody Of Fire. However, were you aware that one Italian band, who has been around just as long, has virtually gone unnoticed in the “New World”? In 1997, right around the time that Rhapsody Of Fire, then Rhapsody, was just releasing its “Legendary Tales” album, a band named Drakkar (a variant of the Norse word “Dreker” or Viking long boat) was starting up in Milan and demoing material for what would be the first, and appropriately titled album, “Quest for Glory.” The album was released in 1998 through the Italian record label Dragonheart Records. The band played epic power metal, but with a slightly less symphonic element at the time. They went on to record two more releases with the label, “Gemini” (2000) and “Razorblade God” (2002), with various lineup changes along the way, most notably the addition of vocalist Davide Dell’Orto and keyboardist Corrado Solarino on the latter.

Just as the band became more cohesive and defined with the release of “Razorblade God,” they fell off the face of the earth. The longboat was not seen again until the “Classified” EP, which contained material written just after the tour for “Razorblade God,” was released in 2007. The release was meant to tell the world that the band had not split up as one might have suspected. It took another five long years for the band to release what is arguably the best material they have ever written, in the form of the science fiction concept album “When Lightning Strikes.” With strong label support from My Kingdom Music, the Drakkar seeks to recapture its place in the Italian metal scene, with an even greater eye towards a global attack on the entire epic power metal scene. By reaching into its past with a goal to firmly grasp the future, this more mature group of musicians have not only closed the gap of a ten year absence, but propelled itself forward.

Guitarist/songwriter Dario Beretta and vocalist Davide Dell’Orto checked in with Metal Underground for a light-hearted chat to provide the "tell-all"story of the band and the new release “When Lightning Strikes.” In addition, we break the first in-depth news behind Crimson Dawn, a band that started as a traditional metal project and now resurrected by Dario Beretta as regular epic doom metal band. Crimson Dawn has tapped Betoken frontman Antonio Pecere for vocals.

"When Lightning Strikes" is available now through My Kingdom Music. Metal Underground's review can be found at this location. More...

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Children Releases "Girl In The Dirt" Video

California two-piece Children has posted an independently produced music video online for the track "Girl in the Dirt," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on its history and sound:

"Children is a two-piece synthetic metal band from Los Angeles, California. They fuse the automation of modern electronica with post-industrial drone, while taking inspiration from grim black metal, splatter-punk fiction, and minimal film scores.

"Children is ready to take their sensory-heavy performance on the road. Aside from the two-man presence, the live show is brought to life through video projections of extreme imagery with schizophrenic pacing.

"The duo is comprised of Christopher Zeischegg and Chad Fjerstad (former bassist of Victory Records’ Dead to Fall), both of who live double lives as adult film performers Danny Wylde and Chad Alva."

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Falling Leaves Signs With Endless Winter

Endless Winter has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Jordan based metal act Falling Leaves:

"We signed an agreement on the issue full-length debut album of Falling Leaves (Jordan). The album, entitled 'Mournful Cry Of A Dying Sun' is a mix of expressive emotions: grief, loss, internal strife, death and all that with this connected. The conflict between calmness and anger expressed in mixed clean and harsh vocals, and the use of string instruments gives the atmosphere of the hard death/doom sound.

"The album is unique in the number and composition of the guest stars. The record included:

Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom) Vocals
Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste,The 11th Hour) Vocals
Josep Brunet (Helevorn) Vocals
Olof Göthlin (Draconian) Violin
Pete Johansen (The Sins of thy Beloved) Violin

"Release is scheduled for March or April." More...

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Stratovarius Clip From 70,000 Tons Of Metal Posted

Footage has been posted online of Jörg Michael and Lauri Porra from Stratovarius jamming during their drum and bass clinic on board the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise on January 26th, 2012. Check out the footage in the player below.

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Vallendusk Streaming New Song

Indonesia based act Vallendusk, which describes itself as a blackened/post/folk/atmospheric metal band, has released a new track online titled "The Wooden Sphere." The track is taken from the band's upcoming debut EP, set for release at the end of February 2012. Check out the song below, and the band commented:

"The track used in this promo clip is not mastered. A mastered version will only appear in the actual release available soon on Bandcamp and physical CD. Please share and spread the word if you like the music. Thanks!"

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Hayagriva Posts "Emperor Awaits" Video

"Emperor Awaits," a brand new video from Malaysian melodic black metal Hayagriva has premiered online and can be viewed in the player below. The song comes off Hayagriva's latest output "Descendant XII," released early this year.

The video was shot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the recording of Hayagriva's "Descendant XII" and was produced and directed by Rizal Yusof.

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Fisthammer Splits With Bassist

Philadelphia's Fisthammer has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"Due to differences in interest, Greg Hesselton has decided to leave Fisthammer and pursue other life choices.

"We are still a band, still writing new music, and still have extensive plans to tour and release new music. We are, however, currently searching for a new bass player and if you are interested and live near Philly you should message Fisthammer Deathmetal with a video or recording of you playing.

"We would like to thank Greg for all of his contributions over the years and wish him luck with whatever he does. That being said, stay tuned and see what our final lineup will be."

Further details on Fisthammer are available via the band's Facebook profile here.

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Daylight Dies Taps Jens Bogren To Mix New Album

Daylight Dies has been working on the band's new album and follow-up to "Lost to the Living." The band has now checked in with the following brief update about the mixing process:

"It's official: Mixing for our new album will begin on April 1st, and will be performed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Vocal recording is now underway."

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out photos from the band's time in the recording studio at this location.

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Vile Seeking New Guitarist, Bassist

California based metal act Vile has checked in with the following announcement about seeking a new guitarist and bassist:

"Vile seeks bassist and lead guitarist for future shows in California and eventually a European tour. Must have extensive band experience, pro gear, etc. Prefer those without edgy or hostile personalities and cigarette smokers are not eligible, sorry.

"Tuning is straight 1/2 step down on 7 string guitar or 5 string bass (starting at Bb). Send private message to Colin Davis on Facebook with links to videos of your live performace and stodio recordings. Tab for Vile songs is available on the web.

"Audition videso are a good idea, but you can make them private if you choose. Guitarists, pick a song from New Age of Chaos with solos to show your solo skills. Cheers."

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Epica Posts Fourth Clip In Video Series

Every week Epica is releasing a video teaser with a new layer of music. Last week you could hear the guitar riffing, this week the band has posted a view video adding the orchestration. Check out the clilp below.

On March 9th, 2012 (March 13th in the US) Epica will release the band's fifth studio album "Requiem for the Indifferent" through Nuclear Blast. This sample is taken from the opening track "Monopoly on Truth."

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Burn Everything To Record New Tracks

Rochester, NY act Burn Everything has announced the band will begin pre-production for a new 7" release this coming Monday, with studio time set to start in two weeks. The track listing for the release will be as follows:

Hollow Victory
Vengeance And The Night Sky
Holy Diverticulitis
Maintain Radio Silence

Burn Everything is also still streaming the entire "Last Run Through the Ruins" EP online, which can be heard at this location.

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Turbowolf Releases "Let's Die" Video

Turbowolf has posted a new video clip online for the third single to be taken from the band's self-titled debut album. Check out the video clip for "Let's Die" in the player below, or find the previously posted video for "Read and Write" at this location.

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Monarque Posts "Vigor Mortis" Teaser

Canadian black metallers Monarque have announced the release of an upcoming limited edition vinyl EP titled "Vigor Mortis." A teaser for the release is available below, and the band commented:

"'Vigor Mortis' is a collector item that will be available in mid-2012 in a very limited quantity. It will be released by the Swiss label Profane Wax! It is a 8" vinyl with original artwork, a track from our latest demo, as well as a tribute to Mayhem. Check out this page for info concerning the official release date later this year!"

The track listing is as follows:

A - Vigor Mortis (demo tape 2011 version)
B - Deathcrush (Mayhem cover) More...

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Aloeswood Offering EP As Free Download

U.K. based black metal band Aloeswood has checked in with the following announcement about offering the "Forsaken Landscapes" EP for streaming and free download:

"If you've not downloaded the EP 'Forsaken Landscapes' yet, you can get it for free from the BandPage tab or from Mediafire at this link. Thanks for the support!"

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The Reset Streaming New Song

Florida act The Reset, which recently recruited new vocalist Steve Mccorry of The Advaita Concept and is working on an upcoming EP, has now posted a new song online for streaming. The band issued the following brief comments:

"Sorry about the wait, but our new song is here! It is our masterpiece and we hope you enjoy! Spread it like herpes!"

Check out the new track titled "Satcitananda" via The Reset's official Facebook profile.

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Pelican Seeking Fan Made Music Videos

Pelican will be releasing the new EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis" this coming April. The band has now also announced it is seeking fans to help them out by creating a music video for the song "Lathe Biosas." You can check out the track, along with full details on the video creation contest, by heading over to Prefix Mag website here.

The follow-up to Pelican’s sprawling 2009 full length "What We All Come To Need," the new four song EP "Ataraxia/Taraxis," is set to be released via Southern Lord on April 10th. The band issued the following press release:

"With members now residing in separate cities, the EP represents a new chapter in the band’s evolution with a reenergized focus on composition and the utilization of the recording studio as a creative tool in the songwriting process, yielding one of the most diverse efforts in the band’s prolific discography. More...

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Cryptopsy Posts New Song Rehearsal Footage

Cryptopsy, which split with bassist Youri Raymond back in December, has now posted a brief video clip online of the band rehearsing a new song to appear on an upcoming release. Check out the footage of the band preparing for a new album in the video clip below.

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Sunday Old School: Blood Duster

Plenty of old school metal bands come from Australia. Immediately coming to mind are Destroyer 666 and Mortal Sin...but don't forget about Blood Duster. Nobody, but nobody is like Blood Duster. They have made a career out of taking sounds and cliches from other genres and turning them on their asses into supremely heavy grinding rock. This year marks 21 years of existence for these crazy Aussies who started pissing in our ears in 1991 when they formed the band, claiming to have met at a peep show. Very underground and cult, you may have missed them if you blinked or were looking in the wrong direction back in the 90's.

But, do not underestimate the impact they had on the scene with their irreverence and complete humorous take on the grindcore genre. In fact, Blood Duster's style of grinding death rock with slabs of retro grooves shows how they are the sum of their parts. Many of the band members came from all kinds of metal bands like Hecatomb and Pod People, so their music is influenced by almost anything. The difference is, through all the chaotic sounds Blood Duster incorporated they always did it well - and did it best. More...

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Astral Doors Shooting DVD

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about recording material for an upcoming DVD release:

"Within a couple of weeks we'll hit the roads of Europe together with our friends in Riotgod! It'll be a blast. During the tour additional material for our upcoming DVD will be filmed (release in October).

"The festival gigs for the summer are also rolling in! Here is a video message for Rockstad Falun: Astral rehearsal.

"With this said, we wish that the new album 'Jerusalem' will be the same success in the US and Japan as it is in Europe."

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the "Jerusalem" album at this location. More...

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