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Metal News for February 12, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Highlord Posts New Album Teaser

Italian power metal act Highlord has posted a preview clip online for upcoming album "The Warning After," due for release via Punishment 18 Records next month. Check out the video below. To hear more from Highlord, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Steven Wilson Posts New Music Video

Mutiple Grammy nominee, producer, and progressive rock torchbearer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion) has released the first video from his forthcoming solo album, "The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)."

Produced, animated, and co-directed by Jessica Cope (Frankenweenie, The Astronomer’s Sun) and co-directed with additional animation by Simon Cartwright (The Astronomer’s Sun), the video for “The Raven That Refused To Sing” is a short film based on Wilson and Hajo Müller’s own short story for the track. The video can be viewed below.

"The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)," Wilson’s third solo effort, releases February 26th, 2013 on Kscope and will feature a limited 4-disc deluxe edition (Blu-ray, DVD and 2CD) packaged in a 128-page hardback book containing lyrics, short stories by Wilson, and haunting images and illustrations by Hajo Mueller. Standard double vinyl, CD and Blu-Ray editions will also be available. More...

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Forlorn Path Releases New Album

New Jersey's Forlorn Path has released the band's debut full-length "Man's Last Portrait," which is now available for streaming. Check out the release via Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Coming of Winter 03:32
2. Empire of Decadence 07:51
3. Words Only Wind Can Speak 07:28
4. Masquerade 05:02
5. A Moment of Silence 02:59
6. As Hope Fades 06:57
7. Ghosts 05:20
8. Man's Last Portrait 08:02
9. What Lies Beyond 07:50
10. Relics 08:15 More...

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Bleed The Man Posts New Album Trailer

Spanish modern metallers Bleed The Man have signed a deal with Coroner Records for the release of their forthcoming album entitled "Ashes From The Past," scheduled out on March 12th 2013.

The album trailer for "Ashes From The Past" can be seen below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Save Your Soul
2. Human Nature
3. Still Have Time
4. Another Human Fault
5. The Most Precious Gift
6. The Follower
7. Walk Through My End
8. Mind Prison
9. Automatic Thoughts
10. Face To Face
11. Obscurity Is My Name
12. Confront The Truth More...

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Krokus To Release New Album

Krokus will be releasing new album "Dirty Dynamite" on March 5th via The End Records. The cover artwork and track listing are available below, and The End Records also issued the following press release:

"For almost 40 years now, Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum discs in the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China.

"But it hasn't all been one long high: death, sickness, and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies, and double-dealing advisors. More...

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Ecnephias Reveals New Album Title

Italy's Ecnephias has checked in with the following announcement about releasing an upcoming new album:

"'Necrogod' is the title of the next fourth album, to be released in May/June 2013. The artwork will be published soon on these pages. It's a monumental and epic 'opus.'

"The new album will be sung entirely in English - the most important innovation is a refrain sung entirely in Portuguese. The band states that it is the best music ever composed by Mancan & Co., a real masterpiece.

"If you liked 'Inferno,' you will love even more the new album: the band's sound is more personal, with a marked improvement (technical, compositional and lyrical). Melody and power will come together in a marriage full of extreme metal: the new record, for the first time, will be marked by many thrash and tribal metal rhythmic as well as dark melodies and a healthy dose of melodic death metal. It will be the spearhead for Ecnephias.

"The lyrics theme is inspired by the ancient pre-Christian cults of the southern hemisphere of the Earth. Stay up to date! Be blessed by the ancient Gods of Chaos!"

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Seeker Posts New Lyric Video

Texas act Seeker has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere a lyric video for the band's new single "Alone."

Check out the new video and, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, vocalist Bryce Lucien's "10 Horror Movies That You May Not Watch With Your Girlfriend" list right here. You can also check out the clip below.

"'Alone' is fastest and most aggressively personal song that we have ever released," said Lucien. "This is us finally becoming the band that we've always wanted to be and we couldn't be more psyched that our good friend Corey from Bermuda got to be a part of this. His guest vocals sound absolutely crushing." More...

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Demon Hunter Comments On Bin Laden Raid

Demon Hunter has issued a statement about a recent Esquire article dealing with the member of the Seal team who reportedly shot and killed Osama Bin Laden wearing a Demon Hunter patch during the raid on Bin Laden's compound. The band comments:

"As you can imagine, our inboxes and phones (and those of our representatives) have been flooded with messages asking us how we feel about the Esquire article on the raid that brought Osama Bin Laden to justice that began circulating yesterday. Specifically, the person identified in the story as 'The Shooter' said that Seal Team 6 wore the Demon Hunter emblem on their uniforms and 'I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden.'

"Over the years, we have been overwhelmed by the personal (and unofficial) emails and letters we've received from members of the US military. We have been humbled and honored by the troops who've told us our music has offered them some comfort while overseas, while missing loved ones, while doing what they do best in order to keep America safe and protect the freedoms we enjoy. We've met many servicemen and women at our shows and they've shared their stories with us in person, as well. We wrote 'The Soldier's Song' back in 2005 to pay tribute to these folks who've reached out to us. We included one such veteran among the Demon Hunter fans we profiled in our documentary film, 45 Days.

"We have seen our symbol, a demon skull with a bullet hole in its forehead, tattooed on fans around the world. We've seen it made into sculptures, painted onto motorcycles, even spray-painted onto tanks and military planes. We often post these pictures on our Facebook page when we receive them. One such email, a few years ago, came from a special operations team who had crafted homemade Demon Hunter patches and put them on their uniforms. They asked us if it was OK if they did this and we of course told them 'YES' because we are unapologetic supporters of our troops. In the last 24 hours, we have come to believe this team who contacted us a few years ago must have been Seal Team 6. More...

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New Waters Announces Record Deal, Streams EP

Blood & Ink has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with New Waters:

"We are stoked to welcome New Waters to the Blood & Ink family. They caught our eye all the way from Finland and we couldn’t be more excited to release their debut U.S. album, 'Lions EP.' Available today in all digital outlets!

"Hailing from Finland, New Wateres is the newest addition to the Blood & Ink family. With a self-released demo under their belts, the band has gained momentum, taking their brand of metallic hardcore to an ever-growing audience throughout Northern Europe. With their raw, intense songwriting, their debut U.S. album, 'Lions EP,' serves as a small taste of the awesome music sure to come from this band."

The "Lions" track listing is as follows:

1. Empty Grave 01:38
2. Man and The World 02:51
3. Wave 02:48
4. Manifest 03:10
5. Old Heart, New Heart 02:19
6. The New Beginning 03:36 More...

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Cancer Bats Releases Black Sabbath Covers EP

Cancer Bats has released a new EP: "Bat Sabbath - Bastards of Reality" consists of five Black Sabbath covers.

The idea to record the EP was inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response the band received for the "Bat Sabbath" Canadian tour in 2011, as well as the Sonisphere 2011 after party. Bootleg videos from the Sonisphere set can be seen through Metal Blade here.

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Howl Posts Studio Footage

Today Providence riff tyrants Howl offer up a glimpse into the recording of their second full-length. Entitled "Bloodlines," the ten-track slab of lead-footed, molten metal menace was recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al). Check out studio footage below.

"Bloodlines" will see North American release via Relapse Records on April 30th, April 26th in Germany, and April 29 in the U.K. and rest of Europe.

As a precursor to the record’s official detonation, Howl will take metallic doom to the streets on a month-long run of live takeovers scheduled to commence next month in New London, Connecticut. More...

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Vattnet Viskar Announces March Shows

Ambient blackened doom metallers Vattnet Viskar will be back on the road this March to play some shows around SXSW 2013 (the band's appearances at the festival will be announced soon). Check the dates below to see when they'll be coming to a city near you.

March 4-- Clementon, NJ @ J Walker's
March 5-- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
March 7-- Raleigh, NC @ Slim's Downtown
March 8-- Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Skatepark
March 9-- Marietta, GA @ Swayze's
March 10-- Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
March 11-- Lafayette, LA @ JP's Hookah Lounge
March 12-- San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
March 17-- Tulsa, OK @ The Downtown Lounge
March 18-- Topeka, KS @ The Boobie Trap
March 19-- Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
March 20-- Indianapolis, IN @ Indy's Jukebox
March 21-- Columbus, OH @ Kobo Live
March 22-- Ithaca, NY @ The Underground
March 23-- Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House

Century Media also comments: "Hailing from the small town of Plaistow, New Hampshire, Vattnet Viskar is anything but small. Formed in the fall of 2010, the band has quickly risen amongst the ranks of U.S. black metal acts with a self-titled EP, which was named one of the best metal albums of 2012 by Pitchfork.com, Stereogum.com, and countless others. To purchase this EP, please head over to the band's official Bandcamp page."

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Providence Signs With Eulogy Recordings

Eulogy has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Paris act Providence:

"Eulogy Recordings is very proud to announce our first full scale European hardcore band. This is the first announcement of many that will start a very busy 2013 for Eulogy Recordings.

"Formed in 2005, Providence come from the depths of filthy Paris and plays dark and brutal hardcore, full of crushing breakdowns. Since their beginning the band sought to innovate rather than imitate, intending to create a combination of social/political awareness and aggression. More...

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Bone Sickness Announces 12" Release

This week Olympia, Washington-based dispensers of auditory demolition at 20 Buck Spin confirm the impending drop of the debut 12” from death metal outfit Bone Sickness. The following press release was issued about the impending "Alone In The Grave" release:

"Having raided the local punk/metal scene since 2010, Bone Sickness recall some of the earliest and most savage days of death, grind and punk into a beastly and belittling blend of what 20 Buck Spin dubs 'American death metal disfigured by grindcore.'

"Following a demo tape and a self-titled EP on Detest Records -- both having been well-received by scene diehards and maniacs -- this ravaging quartet have completed their debut 12”, Alone In The Grave. A maelstrom of breakneck intensity in the tradition of Repulsion, Autopsy, early Napalm Death, Infest, Despise You and others, Alone In The Grave aborts seven tracks in twenty minutes. Ghastly, unbelievably-detailed cover art for the release was executed by the sick mind of Chips & Beer Mag’s in-house illustrator Hand Of Beaver, finalizing this ghoulish platter for 12” vinyl and digital release on April 30th, 2013.

"Having instigated audiences locally alongside Acephalix, Miasmal, Anhedonist, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Poison Idea, Christian Mistress, and even the Melvins -- a band that rarely abides local openers -- and having been invited to Chaos In Tejas 2011 playing alongside Hooded Menace and Mammoth Grinder, Bone Sickness will infect humanity with further live attacks in the coming months. Stay tuned, as tunes from the release are leaked and more live actions in support of Alone In The Grave are declared." More...

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Neurosis Announces Support Acts For Upcoming Shows

As Neurosis continues to dominate audiences across the U.S. in support of tenth studio LP, "Honor Found In Decay," the band’s impending performances in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas are now just days away.

Opening support for Neurosis’ show at Denver’s Summit Music Hall this Saturday, February 16th will be provided by locally-based instrumental heavy rock quintet Native Daughters, as well as folk/gospel-inspired Americana of Munly & The Lupercalians, featuring Jay Munly of Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

Neurosis’ Emo’s East show in Austin on Sunday, February 17th will feature opening support from Little Rock, Arkansas’ apocalyptic sludge harbingers Rwake. Direct support will be provided by legendary Houston-based noise/industrial punks The Pain Teens. Having only reunited for a Trance Syndicate label reunion in late 2012, the eclectic act’s special performance will significantly enhance the evening, as The Pain Teens and Neurosis have not shared the stage since 1991.

On the Summer solstice, Neurosis is confirmed to take part in 2013’s installment of the massive Hellfest festival in Clisson, France. The gathering runs from June 21st through 23rd, and will see Neurosis sharing the stage with Kiss, ZZ Top, Down, Bad Religion, At The Gates, Kreator, and hundreds more. More...

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Smohalla Posts New Video Clip

French avantgarde black metal project Smohalla has unveiled a new video from the band's forthcoming split album, due out March 2013 on Duplicate Records.

Check out "La main d' Abel" in the player below. The band simply comments that you should "make sure to turn off all the lights before watching."

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Pristina Releases New Track Online

Invisible Oranges is now presenting the premiere of "The Immoralist," a song off Pristina's second full-length, "Hopeless Godless." Listen to the song in the player below or through Invisibeoranges.com here.

Invisible Oranges' Doug Moore writes: "Pristina floats in the grey space between metalcore, sludge, and noise rock... Strewn across the landscape of anger and self-loathing are moments of clarity and even sensitivity. Today Is The Day, whose Steve Austin recorded Pristina's previous album, comes to mind."

"The Immoralist" is the first new Pristina music to surface (aside from the odd demo track) since the release of the Connecticut band's debut, "The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow)," in 2010. Says Pristina vocalist/bassist Brendan K Duff, "Hopeless Godless was a very difficult record to make, emotionally. The album is about the darkest period of my life."

The "Hopeless Godless" album sees a February 26th release on The Path Less Traveled Records, home also to releases by Flourishing and Tiger Flowers. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Hatebreed Announces More Tour Dates

Hatebreed has now updated its upcoming 2013 tour schedule, including ading the "Divinity Of Purpose 2" tour with Every Time I Die, Terror, Job For A Cowboy, and This Is Hell. The run will be in support of latest album "The Divinity of Purpose," available now.

Tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages will go on sale Wednesday, February 13th at 12:00 PM at this location. Public on sale begins on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. The band's upcoming tour dates are available below.

The Divinity Of Purpose USA Tour w/ Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus and The Contortionist

Feb 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Feb 13 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Feb 14-West Springfield, VA - Empire
Feb 15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb 16 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
Feb 17 - Amityville, NY -Revolution More...

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Enabler Streaming New Song

Today Milwaukee’s annihilating metal/hardcore squad Enabler releases the first single from the pending "Shift Of Redemption" EP, due out on April 9th via Think Fast! Records.

The second of four tracks on the "Shift Of Redemption" EP, “Live Low” portrays the explosiveness this act conveys in every respect. Check out "Live Low" through Metalsucks.net here.

Stated Enabler’s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber on the creation of the song: "I'm sure I could find some way to doctor this up and make this song seem like more than it is, but I see no reason to fool anyone. I was pretty pissed off and I intended on writing ‘the ultimate fuck you song.’ This song is probably my favorite Enabler song to play live. I can apply the lyrics in this song to many people in my life and I'm sure you can too. Fuck you forever."

Next week, Enabler’s first European tour with Rotten Sound and Martyrdöd begins, with sixteen cities across the continent on the itinerary, beginning with a sendoff show in Dayton, Ohio on February 18th. The following press release was also issued about the band's new EP:

"Following their Southern Lord released All Hail The Void LP, Enabler’s upcoming Shift of Redemption EP features four brand new tracks from the Brew City killers, and showcases the band expanding their infectious sonic violence into new territory. The tracks were recorded by Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings, mixed by Chris Common (Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, High on Fire), with artwork provided by Raf W. More...

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Megadeth Reveals New Album Title, Tour Dates

The metal heavyweights in Megadeth have today announced that they will be touring the U.K. in June of this year. They will play headline shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM on Friday, February 15th, and are available from this location.

Currently working in the studio in San Diego on a 14th studio album titled "Super Collider," Dave Mustaine, along with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Shawn Drover, and guitarist Chris Broderick, are looking forward to its release in June 2013. Megadeth’s "Super Collider" is the first release through Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through UMe. More...

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August Burns Red To Record New Album

Following two monstrous years that saw August Burns Red release multiple albums – 2011’s "Leveler" and 2012’s holiday album, "Sleddin’ Hill" – the PA-based quintet is back at it. Beginning next week the band will hit the studio to start recording a fifth full-length album (holiday releases notwithstanding), due out later this year.

“2012 turned out to be quite intense for us from a touring standpoint,” says guitarist JB Brubaker. “We did more traveling than we had ever previously done in our career and after three straight months on the road to end the year I think we were all ready to come home and shift into writing/recording mode. Now that the writing is complete we are all itching to get started with the actual tracking.”

August Burns Red has opted to keep it in the family for the forthcoming effort, reteaming with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland of Atrium Audio - the same hometown studio where the band recorded last year’s "Sleddin’ Hill." More...

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Ill Nino Announces New Tour Dates

Latin metal force Ill Nino is preparing to spread an "epidemia over Europe." On the upcoming tour, in support of latest studio album “Epidemia” which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall. Dates are as follows:

March 14 - Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 - Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 - Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 - Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 - Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 - Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 - Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 - Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 - Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 - Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 - Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 - Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 - Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 - Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 - Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 - Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 - Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 - Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 - London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 - Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 - Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 - Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 - Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 - Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers) More...

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Death Wolf Posts New Song Online

Swedish blackened punks Death Wolf are now giving fans another taste of their new album, "II: Black Armoured Death," with the premiere of the track "Death Wolf March." Give the track a listen through Pitchfork.com right here.

"II: Black Armoured Death" will be unleashed on March 19th in North America via Century Media Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Noche De Brujas (stream the track here)
2. World Serpent
3. Lord Of Putrefaction
4. Darkness Of Hel
5. Sudden Bloodletter
6. Malice Striker
7. Night Stalker
8. Luciferian Blood Covenant
9. Black Armoured Death
10. Death Wolf March
11. Little Black Angel (Death in June cover)
12. Snake Mountain
13. Rothenburg More...

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Deathchain Reveals New Album Details

Finland's Deathchain has set April 5th as the release date for new album, "Ritual Death Metal," which is coming courtesy of Svart Records. The following press release was also issued:

"Keeping up with the band’s tradition to include the word 'death' or 'dead' in their titles, their title of their sixth full-length alone Ritual Death Metal feels like a warning. In the wake of an already impressive 'Death Gods' three years ago, this new offering to the Ancients been recorded last summer with Swedish wünderkid Tore Stjerna in Stockholm in his world-renowned Necromorbus studio, where most famously Watain but also Ondskapt, Funeral Mist, and many others have sworn a pact with the Great Horned One.

"Guest starring on the album is one LG Petrov from Entombed, who provides vocals for the track 'Like Worms Upon The Lands.' Cover art is by Babalon Graphics, other layout work by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight13 Media.

"As eclectic as the label is, Svart Records have a strong foundation in death metal, having reissued albums by vintage acts like Abhorrence, Xysma and the resuscitated Convulse. However, Deathchain is the first contemporary death metal band operating on the label. Each member sports an impressive curriculum vitae of musical misbehaviours that reads like a Who’s Who of the Finnish extreme metal scene (Demilich, Deathbound, Ajattara, Forgotten Horror, and so on), and the band's two guitarists are already part of the SVART family with Jess and The Ancient Ones.

"But it’s the sheer intensity of its music that has put Deathchain at the top of the foodchain as, unlike others, they’ve taken their time to shed their previous collective skins one by one. And what started off back in 2003 with Deadmeat Disciples as one frantic yet somehow still conventional thrash/death vehicle has now become, a decade later, an altogether even more unique and ten-times-more-intense beast."

"Rebellion - rebellion and liberty, they've always been at the heart of what we do," says guitarist Corpse. "During our years as a band, we have grown to disrespect all boundaries, and the fire inside burns ever higher." More...

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Aborted Releases New Music Video

The Goremasters in Aborted have premiered a new video for the track "Expurgation Euphoria" on Decibel Magazine.com. Check out the video right here or in the player below.

Fresh off a European trek, Aborted has now announced a Japanese tour with System Divide, Devour the Martyr, and Empire. Upcoming dates are available after the jump.

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Sargon Issues Recording Update

Kelly Conlon from Sargon has checked in with the following announcement about the band recording a new track to be released online:

"Sargon has just finished recording a song, soon to be released as a free download. Sargon is:

Frank Van Kwartel: Guitar/Vocals
Jack Fliegler: Lead Guitar
Michael Ohlson: Drums
and yours truly on bass!

"Check out Sargon's Facebook page here. Stay tuned!!"

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ReVamp To Begin Recording Vocals

ReVamp postponed work on a new album late last year due to vocalist Floor Jansen joining Nightwish on tour.

The band has now revealed that Floor will begin recording vocals for a new ReVamp album tomorrow. Floor comments: "I've been focus sing on the music completely and can't wait to start, I am so happy with this stuff!!!"

You can also check out a previously posted video of the band answering fan-submitted questions about the album below. More...

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Ghost Brigade Re-Signs With SOM

Season of Mist is thrilled to announce that Ghost Brigade is staying in the label's family, after already releasing three albums of melodic doomcore culminating with 2011’s "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us."

Comments guitarist Wille Naukkarinen on behalf of Ghost Brigade: “I remember when we first signed to Season of Mist some six years go, it felt a bit like stepping into the unknown. We knew the label, we had a good feeling about it but then again, we had no background in working with them so you never know how things will go. Luckily everything went fine and three albums later, it's safe to say we made the right decision.

“So when it was time to start thinking about the future of Ghost Brigade, re-signing with SOM not only felt natural but was also our number one choice. We were fortunate to be in a situation where we could've chosen the label we want to work with but why fix something that isn't broken? We wanted to continue working with people who believe in this band and with people who we today consider as friends. It's hard to top that.

“Right now we are working on new material for the next album and I don't know, somehow all this feels like a new beginning. Everyone's super motivated and we are rehearsing more actively than ever before. And the fact that new songs are sounding great, doesn't make things any worse. Oh and while I'm writing this, I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce two new ghosts. We figured two Jonis would be better than one so first off, we have Joni Saalamo on bass. Secondly, we FINALLY have a permanent keyboard player in the band, Joni Vanhanen. 2013 will be a good year.”

“Of all the bands we signed, Ghost Brigade holds a special place,” Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian comments. “We had our share of successes the last few years with the label, sure. Bands with underground credibility, already with a CD out or two, and we took them to the next level. That’s what we do – or at least we try!" More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Australian progressive, extreme metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris, which was included in our list of "Best Newcomers" of 2012. The band released the full-length album "Portal of I" (reviewed here) last year. Season of Mist comments:

"The band stands on their own by infusing their metal with western art music, jazz, and flamenco. With adventurous, progressive and nuanced compositions often exceeding ten minutes in length, Ne Obliviscaris add profound depth to a musical proficiency which reaches the highest levels."

The group released the following statement: “For us as a band, signing to Season of Mist, one of the best independent metal labels in the world, a label which roster includes some of our all time favourite bands and influences, is quite surreal. We worked for many years to get our debut album 'Portal Of I' out there for the world to hear and for its reception to have been so overwhelmingly positive, and for a label like this to not only love our music, but believe we can go places in the worldwide metal scene is incredible.

"It is one of those things that just gives us even more motivation to keep composing and performing and trying to take Ne Obliviscaris as far as we can to as many people across the world as possible. We're currently in the middle of writing our next album with plans to record late 2013 and we can't wait to get it out there to the world and take that next step in partnership with Season of Mist.”

The band is currently in the middle of writing for a Season of Mist debut with plans to record late 2013.

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Epysode Posts Simone Mularoni Recording Video

Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted another in studio video from Noise Factory Studios featuring the recordings of the recordings of DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni.

Mulroni was one of many special guests on the sophomore release Epysode II, including Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund.

Check out Simone Mularoni's recording session here: More...

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New Music Video Posted By Shakra

Swiss hard rock band Shakra posted a new music video for the track "Save You From Yourself." The song appears on the band's eighth studio LP "Powerplay," which is available now through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Six Magics Posts New Music Video

Chilean act Six Magics posted a new music video for the song "Falling Angels." The song is the title track from the band's fifth studio album, which was released in July 2012 via Coroner Records.

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Ex Deo Posts New Music Video

Canadian symphonic death metal act Ex Deo, featuring Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono, posted a new music video for the track "The Tiberius Cliff (Exile To Capri)." The track is taken from the band's latest LP "Caligvla" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The video was directed by Tommy Jones.

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Gamma Ray Unveils "Master Of Confusion" EP Cover

German metal act Gamma Ray, featuring Helloween founder Kai Hansen, have unveiled the cover artwork for the band's upcoming EP "Master Of Confusion." The EP is scheduled for release on March 15, 2013 via earMusic. The band recorded the EP in December 2012 at Hammer Recording Studios. A full length is expected in 2014.

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Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, and Avatar Melt Nashville

"So, I heard that Nashville is supposed to be some sort of country music capital of the world," says Avatar vocalist Johannes Eckerström in the middle of the band's set. Looking around the scene at Marathon Music Works on February 10th, you wouldn't have guessed it. The night before, Hatebreed brought Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist with them to play the same venue, but the metal mob was out again in full force to greet the Swedes for their first stop in town on their first tour of the US.

Although Marathon Music Works is not some gigantic stadium, it is anything but a small venue. Stretching about three blocks around the side of the building, waiting in the line of fans to get into the venue was no small test of endurance. Thankfully, two bars and a sound system that blares Megadeth, Van Halen, and Killswitch Engage await indoors to kickstart the weary. Nashville was about to get a multi-national blast of warm loudness to counter the falling temperature. More...

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