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Metal News for February 12, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Mutoid Man Announces New Shows

Following the release of debut LP "Helium Head" in late in 2013, Mutoid Man has now declared newly confirmed audio assaults in support of the release.

A six-city run between March 7th and 14th is now locked in, bringing the trio to San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Tempe on the way down to Austin to raid SXSW for the MetalSucks fourth annual South by South Death showcase.

Dates for the trek are as follows:

3/07/2014 Sub-Mission Art Space - San Francisco, CA
3/08/2014 Che Cafe - San Diego, CA
3/09/2014 Vacation Vinyl - Los Angeles, CA (in-store, space limited)
3/10/2014 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA
3/11/2014 Yucca Taproom - Tempe, AZ
3/14/2014 Dirty Dog Bar - Austin, TX (MetalSucks Official SXSW Showcase) More...

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War From A Harlots Mouth Offering Free Download

War From A Harlots Mouth is currently offering the track "Vertigo" as a free download at Bandcamp here. "Vertigo" is taken from the band's most recent and final full-length, "Voyeur." You can also stream the track below.

After 8 years, 4 full-length albums, and several splits and EPs in between, War From A Harlots Mouth announced an indefinite hiatus and completed a final tour of the band's native Germany. The two week tour saw the band play sold out shows before bidding the fans farewell. More...

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WBTBWB Releases New Music Video

Revolver Magazine has premiered a new music video from We Butter the Bread with Butter for the song “Ohne Herz,” which can be seen below.

"Ohne Herz" is taken off the "Goldkinder" album (reviewed here) and guitarist Marcel Neumann comments on the clip:

“The idea of creating a music video with live-footage was always in our mind as we are filming almost everything when we are on tour. These fans are the reason for doing this, so we wanted to give something back - something which involves them directly.” More...

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Every Hour Kills Streams New Single

There's a new sound exploding out of Calgary, AB's rising metal scene with Every Hour Kills - a new modern melodic metal band featuring ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (Breach of Trust), drummer Rob Shawcross (ex- Out Of Your Mouth), and vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, Out of Your Mouth, Autobody).

Over the last two years, the band has been busy in the lab working on recording new songs to be unleashed to the masses. Last year saw the band's first single "Deliver Us" exposed to the world and set the path for next release "Chosen," produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, We Can As Romans). Give the song a listen below.

Guitarist Sacha Laskow comments: "It was an awesome experience working with an outside producer this time, especially one as talented as Joey. Usually we've done everything ourselves, so it was really interesting getting an outside perspective from someone we respect. We are all beyond stoked with the results; Joey definitely added some of his magic to our vision and took the song up to a higher level. Lyrically the song is basically about rising up in the face of adversity, struggling to make our goals and dreams a reality amidst the chaos of the world and other people trying to drag us down. We are all 'Chosen' for something, to take our own path and create our own lives." More...

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Sahg Album Seeing North American Release

Metal Blade Records has partnered up with Norway's Indie Recordings to release albums from the label's ever expanding roster.

Last year, Sahg released "Delusions of Grandeur" via Indie Recordings, and now Metal Blade will officially drop the album in North America on February 18th.

"Delusions Of Grandeur is a concept record about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely," explains Sahg's Olav Iversen (vocals, guitar). "From becoming increasingly psychopathic and dominant, he loses touch with everyone around him and isolates into his own imaginary, psychotic world, where he becomes the almighty ruler of the universe. As he stands on the highest peak of his domain and beholds all that he has conquered, he suddenly slips off the edge and floats away, weightless. Helpless and stripped of all power, he drifts further into the open space, until he disappears into the darkness. It's an album about how desire for power and property can distort and destroy who we are."

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Mount Salem Posts "Mescaline II" Track

Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to debut the brand new single "Mescaline II" in preparation for the upcoming full-length release, "Endless," by Chicago, IL based psychedelic rock/doom act Mount Salem. Hear the new track below, and the band comments:

"Mescaline II is our follow up to our instrumental track Mescaline. We always wanted to expand on the idea of that song, but liked the way it was so writing another song to compliment it made sense when the EP expanded into a full-length album."

"Endless" will be released on March 4th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records and includes two brand-new tracks not featured on the original EP that was self-released by the band in 2012. The track listing is as follows:

1. Good Times
2. The Tower
3. Lucid (streaming here)
4. Full Moon
5. Mescaline
6. Mescaline II
7. Hysteria
8. The End More...

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Kylesa Performs On BBC Radio 1

Kylesa has taped an exclusive performance on the BBC1 radio channel in the U.K. The performance is part of the "Rock Show" with host Daniel P. Carter and can be seen online at this location.

Kylesa also previously released a music video for "Low Tide," taken off latest album, "Ultraviolet," which can be seen below.

The band's European tour kicked off January 1st in the Czech Republic, and you can still catch Kylesa live on these dates:

2/13 Thessaloniki (GR) @ Eightball Club
2/14 Athens (GR) @ AN Club More...

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Floor Streams New Track

Floor has unveiled the cover artwork and track listing of forthcoming album "Oblation," scheduled for an April 25th release (April 29th in North America) via Season of Mist. Check out the song "War Party" in the player below, courtesy of Stereogum.com, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Oblation
2. Rocinante
3. Trick Scene
4. Find Away
5. The Key
6. New Man
7. Sister Sophia
8. The Quill
9. Love Comes Crushing
10. War Party
11. Homegoings And Transitions
12. Sign Of Aeth
13. Raised To A Star
14. Forever Still More...

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Old Lines Signs To No Sleep Records

The Baltimore based D-beat punks in Old Lines have officially announced they’ve signed with Huntington Beach independent label No Sleep Records. The band is currently writing a next record, which should be out later this year.

Old Lines was formed in 2010 by ex-Pulling Teeth/Ruiner guitarist Mitch Roemer and drummer Jake Berry, who after sifting through a slew of musicians brought in Pat Martin on bass and Matt Taylor on vocals.

Musically, the band’s sound blurs the lines of crust punk and hardcore with hints of metal and doom. Lyrically, the band’s agenda is purely political and social. Political corruption, capitalism, and social and environmental injustices help stoke the fires behind the band’s intense sound and snarling lyrics. More...

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Randy Blythe To Appear On "That Metal Show"

In anticipation of the February 27th worldwide release of the feature film, “As The Palaces Burn”, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler will appear on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on February 22nd, airing at 11 PM.

This will be the first Lamb Of God visit to “That Metal Show.” The host of the show, Eddie Trunk, conducts the 30 minute Q&A that will follow all showings of “As The Palaces Burn” in theaters and venues.

In addition, Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal (channel 40) will present a weeklong special on the film, February 21st through 28th. The special will feature newly recorded interviews by Jose Mangin with Blythe, Adler, and film director Don Argott.

“As The Palaces Burn” is now set for showings in over 25 countries in addition to the U.S. For a complete updated list of theaters, venues, and show times go to this location. More...

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Milking The Goatmachine Posts Lyric Video

German deathgrinders Milking The Goatmachine have released a lyric video to one of the songs from their upcoming album "The Greatest Hits - Covered In Milk," which will be released on March 28th via Noiseart Records.

Now a lyric video for the song "Ohne Krimi Geht Die Mimi Nie Ins Bett" (Mimi never goes to bed without a crime thriller) can be seen below. The song is a cover version from German entertainer Bill Ramsey.

The band comments: "Choosing the songs it was very important for us that we can have fun. And one of the fun songs definitely is 'Ohne Krimi Geht Die Mimi Nie Ins Bett' by Bill Ramsey. He is a super entertainer and the lyrics are this stupid that they are already good again. It just fits to us.

"We have often been asked if we don't want to release a cover album," the band explains. During live shows Milking The Goatmachine is known not only for characteristic goat masks but also for cover tracks. "Our cover songs are very popular among the people and we really enjoy playing them every time and give them our own style. So we thought by ourselves, why not doing a full album with them? We have been crushing our horns for weeks and trying to find the right tracks." More...

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OpEd

From Dicks To Chicks

When a very attractive, scantily clad young woman claims she loves metal, get a second opinion.

Yeah, I said that.

And I’m not claiming you’re all fakes, female metal fans. I know you’re out there. Most of us can personally attest to that. I’m talking about the posturing selfie types.

You know the ones. They lurk online, Facebooking, Tweeting, posing in metal-looking gear with an Impaled Nazarene logo prominently displayed, skin showing, pouty siren’s call etched across the face.

Sometimes they actually go to the lengths of posting music videos, and when they go there, they go big. “ROOOOTS, BLOODY ROOOOTS <3 METALCHICK FOR LIFE <3 DEATH TO ALL BUT METAL” and so on. Methinks the ladies doth protest too much.

With a few exceptions, these girls do this for one primary reason: they know how to attract men via the path of least resistance. Make that ZERO resistance. Metal is an overwhelmingly male-dominated genre, fostering a “homoerotic relationship between bands and their fans,” as former Sepultura merchbabe Marta Svetek puts it.

So when such a photo goes up, the hungry dogs swarm for their scraps, as it were. You don’t even need to read the Tolstoy-length comment thread to guess its simple pig-swooning gist. How could some girls resist?

A female musician I spoke with, who wishes to remain anonymous (more on that later), recalled of playing with her former metal band:

“Crowds of girls would come into the club between sets and prey on all the guys, then go outside for nearly the band’s entire set, probably blasting Miley or One Direction in their earbuds. I actually remember talking to some girl about a band whose T-shirt she was wearing. She said, ‘Oh, this band? I just thought the shirt was cute.’”

This tactic has suckered many a metalhead, and many enterprising folks have seized on it. Why else would countless popular metal sites and blogs hire “spokesmodels” to push their merchandise? Why else would niche custom fashion lines like Toxic Vision gain such a mammoth following? Why else would 70,000 Tons Of Metal hire “pool girls?”

Why, in other words, does metal culture virtually have to IMPORT hot women like Julius Caesar providing for the appetites of his legions?

Simple: because metalheads (i.e., dudes) like to stare at girls’ tits and asses, and some girls, spurred on by the “hot groupie fantasy,” (in Svetek’s words) like to provide such sights. Capitalism, baby.

I’m not saying I’m above all this, and I’m not exactly judging the arrangement. I believe in the free market. However, I don’t have to embrace everything the market produces, and one very dubious aspect of this Budweiser-ad approach in metal is when it manifests in the music itself. More...

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Silence The Messenger Cancels Upcoming Shows

San Antonio's Silence the Messenger has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"We are really sorry to say that due to the intensity of the east coast storms, the remaining shows on our tour with My Enemies & I and Every Passing Dream have been cancelled.

"The driving conditions are too dangerous and we are headed back home to Texas. Please be safe and we will see you again soon! More...

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Delain Streaming New Song Sample

Delain has released the first audio sample for new album "The Human Contradiction." Check out a clip taken from "Your Body is a Battleground" (featuring special guest Marco Hietala of Nightwish), at SoundCloud here.

"The Human Contradiction" will be released in North America on April 8th via Napalm Records. In support of the album, Delain will return to North America this fall for a tour with Sonata Arctica and label mates Xandria. A complete list of dates can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons More...

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Slough Feg Streaming Full New Album

Slough Feg will release new album, "Digital Resistance," on Tuesday, February 18th throughout North America.

In anticipation of this release, the band has partnered up with Pitchfork.com to give fans a chance to hear the entire album before it is released. Stream all ten tracks at this location.

"Digital Resistance" was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."

When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained that "Digital Resistance" is a concept album in the sense that The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" is a concept album. "It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song--- it is not a concept album in the sense that our "Traveller" album is." More...

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Hannes Grossmann Streaming Full Album

"The Radial Covenant" is the first solo album of German drummer and producer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science, ex-Necrophagist).

The album was mixed and mastered at Woodshed studio by Triptykon guitarist V. Santura and features the following guest musicians:

Jeff Loomis (Ex-Nevermore, Conquering Dystopia)
Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry)
Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Spawn of Possession)
Fountainhead
Danny Tunker (Aborted, Ex-God Dethroned)
Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Blotted Science, Spastic Ink)
Jimmy Pitts
Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid)
V.Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress)
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid)

The full album is now available online for streaming below, and you can pick up your own copy at this location. More...

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Suicide Silence Posts "OCD" Video

Suicide Silence is set to release "Ending is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show" on CD / DVD / digipack next week.

The band today launches a new sneak peak video for "OCD," featuring Austin Carlile from Of Mice and Men. Check it out below.

Suicide Silence will be donating all of the royalties earned from this release to the Kenadee Lucker Education fund. The band is also hosting a sold out event this Thursday in Los Angeles to premiere the movie. Details are as follows:

Feb 13th 6:45pm
Royal Laemmle
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
West L.A., CA 90025 More...

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Metallica Releases Song With Lang Lang

In a step closer to spiral_architect's prediction of a collaborative album, Metallica & Lang Lang today released "One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)."

The song was recorded on January 23rd at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA during rehearsals for the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Cares, and the track can be bought at iTunes here. More...

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Smile Empty Soul Kicking Off U.S. Tour

California's Smile Empty Soul will kick off a U.S. tour tonight in Las Vegas, which will run through the end of March. The band will play several headlining shows before meeting up with Hed PE for the co-headlining "Chemical Free Tour" beginning next week. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

"We're really excited to get back out on the road supporting our new album Chemicals," said guitarist/vocalist Sean Danielsen. "The Hed PE guys are great and this is gonna be an awesome tour!"

Smile Empty Soul is touring in support of sixth studio album, "Chemicals," which released October 1st, 2013. More...

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Volume IV Announces Album Release

Atlanta’s Volume IV, featuring Joe Carpenter of Nihilist, has just announced the release of Ripple Music debut album, "Long In The Tooth," which will be coming out in the U.S. on March 11th, and is scheduled to hit the European stores on March 14th of 2014. Ripple Music comments on the band:

"With equal parts elegant beauty and steamrolling aggression, Volume IV serve up a piece of ear candy for the ages with Long In The Tooth. This first release with Ripple Music is a concise, 36-minute thrill ride of swampy metal heroics, featuring heavy grooves, classic bluesy stoner riffs, and an overall impending sense of doom.

"These boys bring back the old school attitude of musical sensibility, working hard to master your instrument, and taking pride in creating a wide pallet of musical styles: Thunderous drumming locked tight within the pocket, bass guitar providing a dense foundation for the thick guitar and gritty yet melodic vocals that lay on top. In a world where everything is mechanized, click-tracked and auto-tuned, Volume IV does it the only way, the honest way, straight from the gut, which is what we need to make music human again and separate the men from the boys. More...

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Salem's Pot Releases New Music Video

Sweden’s band of blood drunkards Salem's Pot return this April to consecrate a union with EasyRider Records with a follow-up to last year’s "Watch Me Kill You."

New album "...lurar ut dig pa° pra¨rien" will be released on April 29th, 2014, and today you can see a new music video off the release. Check out "Nothing Hill" below, courtesy of the fine folks at Roadburn.com. More...

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Fuoco Fatuo Streaming New Track

Today, rising ultra-doom heavyweights Fuoco Fatuo premiere the new song "Junipers Of Black Iridescence," which can be heard below courtesy of Terrorizer.com.

The track is the second towering song to be premiered from the band's forthcoming debut album, "The Viper Slithers in the Ashes of What Remains," to be released by Iron Tyrant on February 17th for the CD version and March 31st for the gatefold vinyl version. The track listing is as follows:

1. Ancestral Devouring Anxiety (12:06)
2. Junipers of Black Iridescence (9:38)
3. Inner Isolation in a Sea of Mist (6:25)
4. Eternal Transcendence into Nothingness (11:56)
5. Requiem for Nulun (12:22) More...

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Martyr Defiled Releases New Music Video

U.K. metallers Martyr Defiled have released a video for the new single, "Demons In The Mist," taken from the forthcoming album "No Hope No Morality," due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America (digital only) via Siege Of Amida/Century Media Records.

Check out the video clip below, and the full track listing for "No Hope No Morality" is as follows:

1. LVCIFER
2. Demons In The Mist
3. Sineater
4. 616
5. No Hope
6. Neverender
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
10. Deathstare
11. No Morality More...

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Gus G. Posts Album Teaser

Guitar virtuoso Gus G. has released an EPK offering an inside look at his debut solo album "I Am The Fire."

The album will hit stores March 18th, 2014 in North America (March 17th in Europe) and will be released worldwide by Century Media Records. Check out the teaser video below.

"I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)" is the first radio single from the album and has been added into active rotation at SiriusXM Octane. The track will go on sale digitally February 25 via iTunes.

A first song from the album can also be heard after the jump, via a video for the album's opening track "My Will Be Done" (featuring Mats Levén). The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can't Let Go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (feat. Mats Levén) More...

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Extol Issues Documentary, Live Show Update

Extol has released a digital deluxe edition of the band's self-titled 2013 album. The new edition contains the exclusive new track "Sting of Death," as well as a new digital booklet containing never-before-seen artwork.

In addition to the release of the deluxe edition, there has also been an update from Animidas Productions on the release of the Extol documentary film:

"We've had our hands extremely full with post production and we´re now very close to a finished film! Thanks to many of you, this project has become a journey we dared not hope for 3 years ago. We have just signed the first (of hopefully many) broadcasting deals for television and we have started submitting the film to film festivals all over the globe.

"A DVD release is scheduled for the end of 2014, but we'll make it worth the wait! The TV/festival version is 70 minutes long. The DVD will be a much longer extended version, and will contain epic bonus material from the band on a second disc!

"Thank you so much for your patience and support. We´ll keep you posted on where and when the film is screened."

Extol has also recently announced that the band will be playing some live shows for the first time in seven years:

"It is now 20 years since Extol played the very first concert - in Sandvika, Norway May 17th 1994 to be precise. We want to celebrate this anniversary with some very few exclusive live shows later on this year!

"The last concert Extol did was in 2006, so it's been a while. We are really looking forward to getting on a stage again, playing both new and old songs, and of course meeting our fans and friends! Waiting more than 7 years is just way too long!

"Extol will be playing Gullbrannafestivalen in Sweden and Skjaergards Music Festival and SÅ2014, both in Norway."

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Doro Announces Anniversary Shows And Box Set

In honor of her 30 year stage jubilee, Doro Pesch will celebrate with fans on two separate shows this coming May 2nd May 3rd, 2014 at CCD Stadthalle at her hometown Düsseldorf. She comments:

"We came up with something very special for our 30 years stage anniversary, with two totally different shows, that cover the entire creative spectrum of my band and me – from emotional and soft, to hard, raw and heavy.”

Nuclear Blast also issued the following press release about the special performances: "The first anniversary show on May 2nd will be dedicated to Doro and the Classic Night Orchestra. Accompanied by brass, strings and her band, Doro will perform her most beautiful, emotional ballads like ‘Für Immer‘, ‘1000x Gelebt‘ or ‘Let Love Rain On Me‘ in the stylish surroundings of CCD Stadthalle.

"At this night big hits like ‘All We Are,‘ ‘Metal Tango,‘ or ‘Burn It Up‘ can’t be missing, that shine even brighter as they now receive a classical overdo by the orchestra. Fans have been waiting for this to happen for the past ten years, since Doro’s last performance with the Classic Night Orchestra was in 2004, after her album 'Classic Diamonds' has been praised by fans and critics alike.

"At the second anniversary show on May 3rd, Doro will let out the rock lady in her. On this night the blonde superstar will travel through all of her 30 years of an incredibly successful carrier, delivering a three hours high voltage set with all things Rock’n’Roll she has to offer. Fans can look forward to all hits, hymns and many surprises. On both days Doro will welcome several fantastic guests that will give their honors to the Metal-Queen on this big event. Amongst them of course Biff Byford, vocalist of legendary band Saxon as well as Chris Caffrey (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O; ex-Accept) and Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch." More...

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Lost Society Posts Second Part Of Fan Interview

Via the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page, fans from all around the world had the chance to ask Lost Society their questions.

The first part of the band's video answering the questions was recently posted online here, and now the second segment is available and can be seen below.

The band's new album “Terror Hungry” is set to be released April 4th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Septicflesh Posts In Studio Video On "Titan"

Greek symphonic death metal act Septicflesh posted the first in a series of in studio videos on the making of the new album, the title of which has been revealed to be "Titan." The clip features the work performed by the Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra and Children's choir.

"Titan" is expected via Prosthetic Records and Season Of Mist Records this summer. More information on the album is expected soon. Check out the clip here:

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Magnum Posts Teaser For New Album

Legendary UK progressive rock act Magnum posted a teaser for the upcoming new album "Escape From the Shadow Garden." The clip features a part of the new single "Too Many Clowns." The album is set for release on March 19, 2014 (Scandinavia), March 21st (Germany), March 24th (EU) and April 1st (North America) via Steamhammer/SPV Records.

The track list is:

1. Live ‘Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Too Many Clowns
6. Midnight Angel
7. The Art Of Compromise
8. Don’t Fall Asleep
9. Wisdom’s Had Its Day
10. Burning River
11. The Valley Of Tears

Check out the preview here: More...

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Lies Of Nazca Streaming Full Album

Lies of Nazca has teamed up with TheCirclePitTV to stream the entire new album "Alpeh" online, which can be heard in the YouTube player below.

The new album will hit outlets on February 18th, 2014 via Rogue Records America in both limited edition digipak CD and digital download formats. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Impending World
2. Cardinality of Perfection
3. Cosmogonal Grounds
4. We, Unrelenting Mechanisms
5. I, Sidereal Messiah (feat. Nicolo Carrara from Damned Spring Fragrantia)
6. Periapsis Condemnation
7. New Form (feat. Garrison Lee from Erra)
8. Anachroternal²
9. Dismantled & Recombined
10. Aleph More...

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Eden's Curse Recruits New Drummer

Eden's Curse is disappointed to announce the departure of Pete Newdeck. The band issued the following statement:

"Pete has been the drummer of the group since it's formation in 2006 and has been a key member of the writing team during those eight years together. However he announced to the band just before Christmas that it was his intention to leave the group due to personal and family commitments as well as wishing to concentrate on Tainted Nation, whom he fronts as their vocalist, and his activities as the drummer for UK AOR act Newman."

Bassist and founding member Paul Logue comments, "We are extremely disappointed to lose such a talent as Pete, but fully understand his reasons for moving on. We are very proud of what he has built with Tainted Nation and in particular for stepping out from behind the kit with such consummate ease. Without question we will all remain great friends with Pete and wish him and Tainted Nation nothing but the greatest of success for the future ahead."

Pete himself adds: "This was a difficult decision to make, yet one that was made easier due to the compassion, understanding and support I was shown by the other guys in Eden's Curse. It's basically a case of having an array of commitments, some personal and some musical, that I felt I had to prioritize. I am sure the band will not see this as a setback and I wish them the continued success they deserve and to build on the acclaimed album we just released. More...

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Satanika To Release Third Full Length Album

Italian death thrashers Satanika are set to release the third full length studio effort "Nightmare" on February 21st via Iron Shield Records (with worldwide distribution via Pure Steel Records).

Satanika was founded by Cristian & Gilberto in Rome/Italy in 2009. From the beginning, the band was ready to play 'straight-in-your-face' thrash metal with a strong 80's feeling - direct, without compromise and old school. The artwork of the album (shown below) was created by Mark Riddick.

The album is described as "heavy, extreme and fast forward, but also with new elements." The CD will be released as a digipack with 16-sided booklet and a vinyl LP via Doomentia Records. The album features special guest appearances by members of Desaster, RAM, ex-Venom, Protector & Delirium Tremens.

The track list for "Nightmare" is:

1. Electro-Shock
2. Mask Of Satan
3. The Black Queen
4. Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils
5. The Executioner
6. Steel Aggressor
7. Deathwitch Possession
8. Sacrifice The Bitch
9. Carnal Violence
10. Devil's Reject More...

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Azoria To Release Debut "Seasons Change"

Swedish melodic power metal act Azoria, founded in 2013 by ReinXeed guitarist Alex Oriz, will release the debut album "Seasons Change" via Doolittle Group on March 14th. The album features different vocalists in the vein of Avantasia, including: Snowy Shaw (Therion, King Diamond, Sabaton) Mike Andersson (Fullforce, Cloudscape), Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed, Golden Resurrection) and more.

Azoria landed a deal with King Records in Japan and for the rest of the world Doolittle Group who will handle the release of Azoria´s excellent debut album Season Change. The band is ready to tour in 2014!

A teaser clip can be heard below. The track list is as follows:

1. Just Like the Phoenix
2. Inside My Heart
3. Seasons Change
4. Prophecy
5. To the Land Of Glory
6. When You Sleep
7. Love It Loud
8. Starlight
9. Peace of Mind More...

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Don Jamieson Announces New Album Release

Don Jamieson is set to release his second album on March 18th via Metal Blade Records. "Hell Bent for Laughter" was recorded in December of 2013 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Pleasant Beach, NJ.

The BYOB club, one of Jamieson's favorites on the east coast, turned out to be the perfect venue for Don's straight-forward, irreverent comedy. Fans can listen to the opening track from the album, including an intro from UFO's Vinnie Moore and Jim Florentine, in the player below. Pre-order info is also available at this location.

Don Jamieson comments: "I'm really pumped to unleash my second stand-up comedy CD, 'Hell Bent For Laughter,'on the masses. In this day and age of 'fake outrage,' Metal Blade never asked me to tone it down or soften anything up. So I didn't."

Don Jamieson began his writing and stand up career nearly two decades ago as one of the young and talented comedy minds at MTV, helping to launch the careers of comics like Jon Stewart, Kevin James, Pauly Shore and Tom Green. Amongst his many accomplishments, Jamieson won an Emmy for his work on HBO's "Inside the NFL." Additionally, Jamieson co-stars on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic with Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine. You can see Don Jamieson live: More...

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Lord Dying To Enter The Studio

Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying has completed the first leg of a European tour and has returned to the states to begin a North American headline tour. The trek runs through March 7th in Boise, ID and a complete list of all dates can be found below.

Following the North American dates, Lord Dying will head back to Europe alongside label-mates Red Fang and The Shrine.

Afterwards, the band plans on entering the studio to begin work on the follow-up to "Summon the Faithless." Vocalist/guitarist Erik Olson checked in with this update on the progress of the new record:

"The first two weeks of May we will be recording our second album. This one will be featuring Joel Grind as producer/engineer. The material is already written and the album will be the meanest most concise effort to date. We will reveal the title/artwork in the coming months. Expect a Fall of 2014 release date on Relapse Records with extensive touring to follow!" More...

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