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Metal News for February 13, 2012

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

The Empire Of Killswitch: Jesse Leach Speaks

Ten years. That's how long it took Jesse Leach, the arresting voice of one of the millenium's most influential American metal albums "Alive Or Just Breathing," [2002] to rejoin his brothers in Massachusetts powerhouse Killswitch Engage. Less than one week after the official announcement on Monday, February 6, I visited the cozy Easy Street Nightclub in Greenfield for an evening of local and regional metal - headlined by one of Jesse's beloved interim projects, The Empire Shall Fall (latest release reviewed here). Following the spellbinding set, we sat aside in a secluded corner amidst a rowdy last-call bustle as the underground dive bar cleared out for the night. With a little help from amorous Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and aspiring TV interviewer Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), Jesse filled in Metal Underground on all the major current happenings in his career. The complete, unabridged transcript follows. More...

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Unearthing The Symphonic Black Metal Underground

Continuing our ongoing coverage of black metal history month, it’s time to dive into three more underground acts that don’t have as large a following as the biggest names in the scene, but are still among the best the genre has to offer. Last week we highlighted three misanthropic black metal bands, and now it’s time to check out groups that take the sound in a different direction.

Pipe organs, keyboards, violins, a grandiose style; all these and more are typical of this breed of metal, in which screeches from hell and fast paced guitars meet beautiful heights of orchestral symphonies. From the mildly melodic to the completely symphonic, these three bands show that injecting non-metal elements doesn’t have to detract from the darkness.

Cor Scorpii

Hailing from black metal ground zero (that mythical land and metal Mecca otherwise known as Norway) and featuring Windir keyboardist Gaute Refsnes, Cor Scorpii has the requisite pedigree to grab the attention of genre fans. Unlike with the other two bands covered this week, Cor Scorpii’s keyboards are tempered and held on a fairly tight leash, letting the guitar tone drive the music. This tasteful restraint results in a sound that is melodic and highly atmospheric without getting overbearingly symphonic. The end product has a swelling and epic quality that is surprising considering the presence of the extremely harsh vocals and dark feeling. Even with the melodic bent the band’s music still tends to be properly dark and chilling, as any black metal release should.

So far Cor Scorpii’s fans have had to be content with only a single proper album, but – praise be to the dark one! – the band officially began the recording process for a sophomore album and follow-up to the debut full-length “Monument” earlier this month. Keep up with Cor Scorpii’s latest activity via Facebook or get a taste of the band’s mix of the extreme and the melodic through the songs below.

“Ei Fane Svart”
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Vendetta (UK) Posts Promo Video

U.K. traditional/power metal act Vendetta posted a promotional video featuring the new track "Halo in Black." The song appears on the band's forthcoming third LP "World Under Fire," which is due out March 23rd, 2012 through Lion Music.

The track listing for "World Under Fire" is as follows:

1. Convergence
2. Halo in Black
3. Machtpolitik
4. Veil of Empathy
5. Blast Radius
6. Lords of Chaos
7. Fragmented Reality
8. The Ghost Inside
9. All Your Setting Suns
10. We are Legion

Check out "Halo In Black" here:

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Solstafir Live Footage Available Online

Footage has been posted online of Icelandic metallers Solstafir performing the song "Æra" live on February 9th, 2012.

Check out the video clip below, or find the band's recently posted music video for the song "Fjara" at this location. Both tracks are taken from Solstafir's latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

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Interview

Eternal Void Talks New EP "One Of Us'

Burgeoning Ohio metallers Eternal Void are a rarity in the underground scene: an unsigned band that already sounds like a top quality act that should be booking cross country tours and selling out venues.

With the release of the new EP "One Of Us" (review forthcoming shortly) Eternal Void shows a smooth blending of various extreme styles, while still keeping up a head bobbing melody and memorable song structures.

After getting my first taste of the EP I got in contact with guitarist Evan Hilderbrandt to talk about the band's unique yet still familiar sound and dive deeper into the themes of the EP. Evan shared his thoughts on the Occupy Wallstreet movement and how its message has been received over time, the Ohio metal scene, and even his excitement to see what's coming up next from the mighty Behemoth now that Nergal is back at the helm again. Check out the full interview below. More...

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Hate Cancels European Tour

Hate has posted the following message online about canceling the band's upcoming European shows with Suffocation:

"Regrettably Hate will not play on the announced European tour dates with Suffocation and Cattle Decapitation.

"This decision was not made lightly, but out of personal reasons we are unable to be part of the tour. We wish the other bands all the best for the tour and hope you, our fans, still go out and support this awesome line-up.

"To all our European fans, we are going to make up for it and already have some things planned for later this year.

"In addition, we are already in the song writing mode and working on some material for the new album which is due to be recorded this summer with a tentative release date in autumn by our new label Napalm Records."

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The Contortionist Recording New Album

Indiana metal powerhouse The Contortionist made the trek down to Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, FL earlier this week to begin the recording process for the follow-up to "Exoplanet." Famed producers Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) will be behind the boards for the new release, which is set to hit stores in late spring/early summer 2012.

“The Contortionist's jaw dropping debut was a special record for Good Fight, being one of the first bands we signed to the label,” states Good Fight Music label head Carl Severson. “Watching them grow since the release of Exoplanet has been awesome. Coupling them with the talents of Jason and Eyal at Audiohammer is going to result in an utter monster of an album! Can't wait for it.”

“I'm ready for The Contortionist to take my legs and pretzel them through my eyes while my ears get sonically brutalized,” adds co-producer Jason Suecof.

"It’s really cool that we’re recording in the same studio as some of the same bands that we’ve been listening to for a long time. Some of our favorite records have been produced here,” states guitarist Robby Baca. “Jason is crazy as fuck, Eyal is chill as fuck, and we’re a combination of both so it’s a great fit.” More...

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Shturm Posts "Solitude Beside" Video

Russian metal band Shturm has posted a music video online for the track “Solitude Beside,” taken from the new album “Karmaruna.” The video is available below, and the band commented:

"This song tells about notorious solitude which follows every human even when they are among the closest friends and relatives, the solitude which dwells deep down in our souls, that only we ourselves has a gift to know its face. Its only our will – whether to escape it hiding behind the unsteady shields of everydayness or to live in chime with it, hearing the words of the wisemen. The choice of the main character of the song is hidden behind the picture and music."

"Karmaruna" is planned to be released this coming March 2012 by Darknagar Records.

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Unearth Releases New Music Video

Unearth's new video for "Watch It Burn" from "Darkness in the Light" is now streaming on Metalinjection.net. The video, which was directed by Scott Hansen (A Day To Remember, I Wrestled A Bear Once, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster), is a dark and disturbing video to match the equally bleak lyrics of the song. The video can be seen now here, or in the player below..

Vocalist Trevor Phipps elaborates on the video: "This video captures both the energy we put into every performance as well as imagery of the dark lyrical content of "Watch it Burn". We want to thank Scott Hansen and his crew for their hard work delivering such a sick video for our fans to see. Check it out!"

Unearth's next round of touring will be across Australia as a part of the Soundwave Festival. The tour kicks off February 25th in Brisbane and features Slipknot, System of a Down, A Day To Remember, Bush, Lamb of God, Machine Head and many more. For the full line up, visit this location. In addition to the festival, Unearth will perform on some festival off-dates in Australia and New Zealand.

Following the band's trip down under, Unearth will be re-conquering Europe starting March 20th in support of fellow metal heavyweights, Heaven Shall Burn. The band will make return trips to Europe through April, June, July and August for multiple festival appearances including: Groezrock, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, With Full Force, Wacken and Summer Breeze Open Air. More...

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Fear Factory Announces New Bassist

Fear Factory has today confirmed Matt DeVries as the band’s new bass player. DeVries, previously of Chimaira and most recently Six Feet Under, joins the band replacing Byron Stroud.

The announcement comes as the band continues work on an upcoming new album, planned for release early Summer. The album is currently being mixed in Canada by Greg Reely while artwork for the album’s packaging is nearly complete.

DeVries comments: “I have been asked by Dino and Burton to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of Fear Factory since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band. We have shared the stage many times together and now I’m beyond stoked to be on the same stage playing together. Thank you to all my fans worldwide for sticking by me and I will be seeing you all on the road very soon.”

Guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell note: “We are very excited to have Matt playing bass for Fear Factory We feel he is a great addition to our touring lineup. He has been a friend for a very long time and he’s a great musician who will be a perfect instrument in the FF machine.”

Specific details with regards to Fear Facotry’s new album are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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Lay Down Rotten Posts New Song Online

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten will release their new album "Mask Of Malice" on February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America through Metal Blade.

In collaboration with Metal Hammer magazine Germany, the second single "The Devil Grins" is now available for streaming. Check out the track at this location. The Lay Down Rotten landing page is also streaming the brand new song "Deathchain" here.

The band stated, "After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!" More...

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Desaster Streaming New Single

German black/thrash commando Desaster will release the new album "The Arts Of Destruction" on February 28th in North America.

In collaboration with Rock Hard magazine, Germany, the second single "Troops Of Heathens – Graves Of Saints: just went online. Surf over here to check it out!

Comments the band: "'The Arts Of Destruction' … 100% Desaster 100% Metal 100% Hell 100% Non-commercial! We still spit on trends, hail the cult of Metal and send a big FUCK YOU to all who don't believe In Metal music! We don't want to say so much about the album… only… pure Metal, full of Darkness and Blasphemy, no compromise, no innovation… In our eyes our best sounding and most brutal album so far! Check it out and create your own view. Bang or be banged!

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The Arts Of Destruction
3. Lacerate With Hands Of Doom
4. Splendour Of The Idols
5. Phantom Funeral
6. Queens Of Sodomy
7. At Hell's Horizon
8. Troops Of Heathens – Graves Of Saints
8. Possessed And Defiled
9. Beyond Your Grace
10. Outro More...

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Infected Society Inks Deal With Kaotoxin

Frech act Infected Society has officially inked a new deal with Kaotoxin Records for the release of an as-yet-untitled debut MCD in early May. Metalunderground.com will be streaming a new track from the release titled "Victims of Procreation" online tomorrow. Kaotoxin commented on the band's history:

"After having played together in various extreme bands for over a decade, Fack (ex-Yyrkoon, ex-Drowning, ex-Decline Of Humanity, ex-Burgul Torkhaïn, ex-Ashura...) and Brédin (Decline Of Humanity, ex-DSK, ex-Tridus Elasticus, ex-Altered Beast...) decided to form a more extreme project of their own late 2010. Infected Society was born.

"Focusing on a very fresh blend of old-school Napalm Death, scum era, meets modern grindcore, Infected Society has recorded what can be felt at the first listen as being a totally straight-ahead grindcore debut MCD but which, for the lover of the genre, will prove being more diverse, fresh and catchy than most of all the copycats releases of an over-populated scene nowadays, adding fastcore, hardcore and thrash influences to their blasting madness.

"Mastered at the famous Walnut Groove studio ran by ex-Carnival In Coal member, Alex, the, as of now yet untitled, debut MCD, first release of the multi-album deal signed with KAOTOXIN records, will be released early May through KAOTOXIN records to coincide with a set of gigs Infected Society is to play with ex-Drowning members and friends: France's dark doom masters Eibon." More...

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Leaders Signs With Facedown Records

Facedown Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Leaders for the release of a new album:

"We are proud to announce that we have signed Leaders to Facedown Records. Before going through a line-up and name change in 2011, Leaders shared the stage with Flyleaf, Blindside, and Brian 'Head' Welch as ALLORNOTHING.

"Now, Leaders are storming onto the hardcore and metal scenes with their powerful debut album Now We Are Free. Comprised of 10 tracks engineered by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios (As Blood Runs Black, All Shall Perish, In the Midst of Lions), Now We Are Free blends metal and hardcore influences seamlessly and is a must have album for fans of Hatebreed and Living Sacrifice.

"Leaders will be taking their live show on the road and will be on tour for all of 2012. The band describes their live shows as 'powerful, intimate, and real. With enough character and groove to the rhythm that it makes you want to move.' Now, they look forward to touring with a solid line-up and new music." More...

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Martyr Announces String Of Dates For Europe

Dutch power metal band Martyr announced a string of European show dates in support of the band's latest LP "Circle of 8." The album was released last November through Metal Blade Records.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

17-03-12 - The Rambler-Eindhoven (NL) with Solarfall, Prematory
06-04-12 - De Gonz-Gouda (NL) with Wild (SP), Gloria Victis
17-04-12 - Tivoli De Helling-Utrecht (NL) with R3D (US)
29-04-12 - Club Azotod-De Meern (NL)
05-05-12 - Freedom Fest - Wageningen (NL)
29-06-12 - Little Devil-Tilburg (NL) with Jaguar (UK) , Burn
30-06-12 - De Meester-Almere (NL) with Jaguar (UK), Rebelstar
01-07-12 - Negasonic-Aalst (BE) with Jaguar (UK)
08-09-12 - Tivoli De Helling-Utrecht (NL) A special night with MARTYR
15-09-12 - JV Blanko-Emmen (NL) with Edge Of Serenity
27-10-12 - Musikzentrum-Hannover (GE) with Jaguar (UK) and others

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Gorgoroth Issues Tour Recap

Gorgoroth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about upcoming live shows:

"Gorgoroth's 38 show European tour of November and December 2011 was a great success for the band, and we wish to thank the audience and also the local promoters for the warm welcome we received. Check out the tour report from Sheol Magazine here. A 6-page tour report can also be found in the February 2012 issue of the Norwegian magazine Alfa.

"We are currently looking into the possibility of doing another European tour as early as May 2012. More information on this when things are confirmed. Gorgoroth will also be featured in Norwegian metal magazine Helvete Magazine's January-March 2012 issue.

"After a press conference in São Paulo last week, we are now pleased to announce that Gorgoroth will also return to Brazil in September 2012. A total of five concerts are planned. Hopefully this tour will also include other Latin American countries. More information will be announced at a later stage."

06.09.12 - TBA
07.09.12 - Belo Horizonte
08.09.12 - São Paulo
09.09.12 - TBA
10.09.12 - Porto Alegre

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Cattle Decapitation Issues Album Update

Cattle Decapitation entered Denver, CO's Flatline Audio on January 7th to record the follow-up album to "The Harvest Floor." The band has now checked in with the following update on the recording process:

"Last day of mixing our new album!

"We're relieved to say we'll be leaving Denver today and heading home after 5 weeks in the studio laying down what is surely to be our most blistering album yet. It sounds incredible.

"Album title, cover art and track list coming soon! Music video and studio reports will be aired when we announce pre-orders! STAY TUNED."

You can also check out the latest info on Cattle Decapitation by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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MetalSucks Announces SXSW Showcase

MetalSucks has announced a second annual "South by South Death" showcase for the upcoming 2012 festival, in association with Metal Injection and Metal Insider.

The official showcase will take place at the patio stage of Barbarella, 615 Red River Street, starting at 7pm on Wednesday, March 14th. High on Fire, Darkest Hour, Nachtmystium, Intronaut, Black Tusk, Holy Grail and Monstro will all perform at the show. Peavey and Ddrum are providing additional support. Further details are available here. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Posts Studio Footage

A new video clip from Cannibal Corpse's "Torture" sessions is currently viewable below, or through the album's landing page here.

The band will unleash its twelfth offering of audio devastation to North American fans on March 13th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. "Torture" was produced by Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas.

Cannibal Corpse will kick off a U.S. headlining tour this April. Sponsored by Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment and dB Drum Shoes, the U.S. "Torture Tour" 2012 will commence on April 5 in Jacksonville, Florida and level 23 stages before coming to a close on May 3 in Gainesville, Florida. Support on the near month-long trek will be provided by Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik. Dates are available below. More...

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Chaos in Tejas Festival 2012 Schedule

Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's installment.

Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows: More...

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Meshuggah Releases Lyric Video

Meshuggah previously leaked an unnamed song online, which has been confirmed as "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion."

The band has now posted an official lyric video online for the song. Check out the clip below. "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" is off Meshuggah's upcoming new album "Koloss," due out March 23rd, 2012.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
6. Marrow
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
8. Swarm
9. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

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God Forbid To Release New Album

God Forbid is preparing to release a sixth full-length album and Victory debut, "Equilibrium," on March 26th. The forthcoming effort was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel), Jason Suecof (Bury Your Dead, Chimaira) and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth).

“With the new album, we focused on writing tight, hook-y metal songs,” commented guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle on the creative process for Equilibrium, “There are some really fast, super heavy, groovy songs – some of the catchiest, most melodic songs we’ve ever written. We wanted a modern, but organic-sounding album that was tight but still captured the intensity of the band. The album sounds huge!”

Coyle went on to speak about the overall theme of the album, “The title of the album says it all – it’s about finding your way when you’re lost. The lyrics come from a very personal, very real place. The recurring lyrical theme is about the everyday struggles of life and what it takes to persevere and follow your dreams.” More...

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Winter Haze Posts New EP Teaser

U.K. based, female fronted metal act Winter Haze has posted a teaser trailer online for for the band's upcoming new EP "Silent Deception." Check out the video below. "Silent Deception" will feature four new tracks titled "Cross The Sea," "Vacuum," "Silent Deception," and "The Watchmaker."

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Saviour Posts Lyric Video Online

Perth, Western Australia's Saviour has posted a lyric video clip online for the track "Dissipate," which is taken from the band's debut full-length album, "Once We Were Lions."

The clip's live footage is taken from a performance by Saviour at HQ in Perth, 2011. The full set with live audio, along with the music video for "Vomit" (which can be viewed here) is available on the bonus DVD that comes with the special edition CD/DVD Digipak version of "Once We Were Lions."

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This City Ignites To Release Debut Album

Skull and Bones Records has issued the following announcement about releasing the debut album from Australia's This City Ignites:

"We are very pleased to announce that we will be releasing the debut full-length album 'Streets of Rage' by Brisbane hardcore/metal band, This City Ignites. Official release date and more will be announced soon, as well as the music video for the track 'Streets of Rage.'

"The band will also be launching an official website here very soon. Check out the track 'Demolisher' taken from the album."

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Stillborn Messengers Streaming New Song

Stillborn Messengers has posted a track online for streaming off the band's upcoming debut EP "Sightless." Check out the song "Human Nature" in the YouTube clip available below. To hear more from Stillborn Messengers, check out the band's official Facebook page here.

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The Carrier Announces Farewell Tour Dates

The Carrier recently announced the group is planning on disbanding (check out the full statement at this location). The Carrier has now revealed a string of farewell European tour dates. Details are as follows:

03/10: Herenthout, Belgium @ Verschil
03/11: Oberhausen, Germany @ Kraftwerk
03/12: Tilbirg, Netherlands @ Little Devil
03/13: Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
03/14: Warsaw, Poland @ Radio Luxembourg
03/15: Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
03/16: Lichtenstein, Germany @ JZ Riot
03/17: Stuttgart, Germany @ Juha West

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Hopes Die Last Streaming New Album

Italian post-hardcore act Hopes Die Last has teamed up with Altpress to stream the new album "Trust No One" online. Check out the release at this location. The album is due out tomorrow via Standby Records and has the following track listing:

1. Never Trust The Hazel Eyed
2. Sidney Shown
3. Unleash Hell
4. Life After Me After You
5. The Blue
6. Bill’s Got Only A Pair Of Queens
7. This Song Plays Suicide
8. Air Raid Siren
9. Firework
10. The Same Old Fears
11. Icarus
12. Keep Your Hands Off (feat. Nesko) More...

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Bleeding Red Posts "Frequencies" Promo Clip

Bleeding Red has posted a new promo clip online from the song "Frequencies," which is taken from the upcoming album "Evolution's Crown" due out on March 23rd, 2012.

Check out the song in the player below, or find previously posted art video for "Evolutions Crown" at this location. You can also listen to Bleeding Red's music via the band's Facebook profile.

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Oddland Reveals New Album Artwork

Finland's Oddland has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming album "The Treachery Of Senses," to be released via Century Media. The artwork is available below and the track listing is as follows:

1. Above And Beyond
2. Flooding Light
3. In The Eyes Of The Mourning
4. Aisle Of Array
5. Past The Gates
6. Still The Spirit Stays
7. In Endless Endeavour
8. Sewers
9. Lines Of Silver Blood
10. Ire More...

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DepthCharge Posts Video Update Online

U.K. based three piece DetphCharge has posted a video update online recapping the previous year and announcing the band's upcoming activity in 2012. Check out the video clip below, or find more details on DepthCharge at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Nightrage To Support Demon Hunter

Nightrage and Deadlock will be supporting Demon Hunter on a handful of European dates in May. Details are available via Facebook here or in the tour poster below. Dates are as follows:

01.05.12 Germany Stuttgart @ Universum
02.05.12 Switzerland Luzern @ Schüür
03.05.12 Germany Bochum @ Matrix
04.05.12 Belgium Brussels @ Magasin 4
05.05.12 UK London @ O2 Islington Academy2 More...

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Kittie Announces Lineup Change

Kittie is pleased to announce the return of bassist Trish Doan to the band following the departure of Ivy Vujic. Doan was previously with the band from 2005-2007, appearing on the group's 2007 release "Funeral for Yesterday."

Ivy adds her own words, "After four amazing years of jamming with my crazy metal sisters, I am officially resigning. After a lot of touring and two albums, I feel it is time for me to move on. There are still other things for me to do in my life. Although I will always appreciate Kittie and the amazing fans we have, it does not fit my plans right now."

Trish will join the band live after the upcoming Soundwave Festival appearance in Australia and upcoming hometown shows later this month are completed. Doan comments,

"I am very happy to be reunited with the Kittie family. The girls and I have remained close friends over the last 7 years and I am excited to have this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing everyone when we go back on the road this spring. I wish Ivy all the best!" More...

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Moonlyght Announces Return Of Original Bassist

Moonlyght has checked in with the following announcement about the return of the band's original bassist:

"We are proud to announce that there will be a 4th Moonlyghter on Return to Desolation: the return of Moonlyght's original bassist Christian Jacques!

"Christian played bass in Moonlyght from 1995 to 1998 and during that period he layed down his bass tracks on our first demo 'Midwinter Melodies' besides participating with us for the composition of many songs.

"Christian has great musical knowledge. He played among others in the Quebec punk band MAP, but also with traditional music group Mauvais Sort. He is also author-composer-interpreter (he will release a solo album on February 21st) and finally in the punk band Achigan. Christian is very happy to work with us on that third opus!"

Moonlyght is currently working on the new album "Return to Desolation." The band previously revealed some of the song titles will be: More...

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Oakenshield To Release Sophomore LP

U.K. one-man viking/folk metal band Oakenshield, featuring Ben Corkhill (Ex-Nifelhel), will release the sophomore LP "Legacy" on February 17, 2012 through German record label Einheit Produktionen. The album is the follow up to the 2008 debut "Gylfaginning." Corkhill plays all instruments and sings all vocals along with studio violinist David Denyer. The album is a mix of original and traditional English, Irish and Scandanavian hymns arranged by Corkhill.

The track listing for "Legacy" is as follows:

1. Northreyjar
2. Earl Thorfinn
3. Jorvik
4. Mannin Veen
5. Wen Heath
6. Clontarf
7. Eternal As The Earth
8. The Raven Banner More...

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Firewind Posts Studio Diary, Pt. III

Power metal band Firewind posted the third part of its studio diary from the band's recording of the seventh album "Few Against Many." The band will release the album on May 22, 2012 through DisManic Distribution via E1 Music (North America) and Century Media Records (EU).

In the following video, the band features the guitar recordings:

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In The Casket Announces More Shows and Festivals

New York death metal band In The Casket has issued a short update following their show supporting Goatwhore and Lock Up, as well as announcing upcoming shows and festival appearances:

Last night was an amazing show that we were so glad to be a part of. getting to share the stage withe metal legends like the great guys in Lock Up as well as Goatwhore and Strong Intention was amazing. Not to mention the sick regional bands Necroptic Engorgement, Tyranize, and Mythology, every band was amazing and it was an unforgettable night.

Last night was also our first night with Kyle on keyboards and third guitar and we couldnt have been happier with how it went. The feedback on the addition was awesome and we cannot wait to get into the studio in a few weeks to get new material out there with Kyle on it.

We are hard at work booking shows and we have some sick ones coming up. We will be playing on some big metal and hardcore fests this summer and traveling to some new areas. We just recently were added on a fest in Maine and another in Alabama, so hopefully some of you not from the Northeast can come check us out. We plan on doing a few more dates down south, the details on them are being worked out and will be announced shortly.

Here are the latest In The Casket tour tour dates:

Feb 15 - The Pickwick Pub in Poughkeepsie, NY
March 2 - Bogies - Albany, NY Dying Fetus, Job for a Cowboy, Volumes, Last Chance to Reason, Necroptic Engorgement, Still I Burn, and A Skin for Dancing In
March 10 - Limbos Bar and Grill in Gloversville, NY with Tyranize, Kill on Sight, Goatfight, Scythe of Dante, and Omnicide
June 15-17 - Brutiful Metalfest - Dothan, Alabama
July 27-29 - The Great Northeastern Monster Infestation 2012 - South Carthage, Maine

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MPire Of Evil Details Debut Full Length LP

U.K. thrash band MPire of Evil, featuring Ex-Venom members Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, will release the band's debut full length release entitled "Hell to the Holy" on March 26, 2012 through Scarlet Records. The band is also streaming the new track "Hellspawn," which can be heard below. The album was produced by Mantas and features the artwork of Gyula Havancsák (Grave Digger/Destruction) (seen below).

The band will provide support this March/April on Onslaught's first ever North American tour. For dates, head on over to this location.

The track listing for "Hell to the Holy" is as follows: More...

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Interview

An Interview With Christian Mistress

Who can forget when heavy metal was arguably at its peak in the late '70s and early '80s? You had bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden revolutionizing the sound, while movements the NWOBHM redefined what heavy metal could represent. While the essence of heavy metal has been teared apart and stripped into dozens of genres, there are still modern bands like Christian Mistress who are repping that early heavy metal mentality.

Whether it’s on purpose or not, Christian Mistress has really honed into what makes heavy metal so timeless on their new record, “Possession.” With dueling guitars and dominating female vocals, this album has its heart firmly set in the old-school. I had a chance to speak to vocalist Christine Davis about “Possession,” being labeled a “NWOBHM”-like band, and how their raw production values are unintentional. More...

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Mnemic Posts Studio Video Blog #2

Danish modern metallers Mnemic posted the second installment of the video studio blog series while they are currently recording the band's fifth album at the Antfarm studios with long time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Sick of it All).

In the second episode, you can watch their new guitarist Victor Ray Salomonsen shredding off his fingers and presenting his brand new gear! The new album is set for a June 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Anton Reisenegger Comments On Lock Up Tour

As its tour with Goatwhore and Strong Intention reaches the halfway mark, ArmyOfOneTV caught up with Lock Up's guitarist Anton Reisenegger to get his thoughts on the tour and on Lock Up's future. Reisenegger, a veteran of Chilean band Pentagram, joined the band in 2009 when original guitarist Jesse passed away. Reisenegger had met Shane Embury down in Chile when his band Criminal played with Napalm Death. Here is Anton being interviewed at Bogie's in Albany, NY during the tour. Check out Lock Up's music over on MySpace, and the remaining four tour dates below. Also check out a second interview done with Dan Lilker, as he replaces the bass player on Lock Up's tour by going here.


Feb 13 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
Feb 14 Alrosa Villa Columbus, OH
Feb 15 Sonar Baltimore, MD
Feb 16 Europa Brooklyn, NY

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BlackGates Posts Studio Update #1

New York metal band BlackGates, featuring former Anthrax vocalist Dan Nelson and former Testament drummer Paul Bostaph, posted a studio update report and video. The band is currently writing material for a debut release in 2012 and will be shopping it for label interest.

The report from Paul Bostaph on the band's Facebook page reads as follows:

"What's up everybody?! As you can see by our studio blog #1. We're currently hard at work writing the rest of the material to record and release a record this year. we are shopping for a label at this point ) The new material is friggin' heavy. We can't wait to unleash it on you! The music is definitely maturing and we are honing in on our sound. The first 3 songs we released were literally the first 3 we wrote. They were written musically without a vocalist. Now that we have Dan, the new songs are really heavy as hell and have great hooks! That being said. We're looking to play our first show in May and will be playing all our new music. Stay posted and we will update you all as we lock the first show in. Hope to see you all on the road Cheers! Paul" More...

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Angel Witch To Release First LP In 26 Years

U.K. traditional metal band Angel Witch, who was activated again in 2008, will release its first full length LP since the 1986 release "Frontal Assault." The album will be entitled "As Above, So Below" and is scheduled for released on March 12, 2012 through Rise Above Records.

The latest incarnation of Angel Witch consists of the following lineup:

Kevin Heybourne (Guitars/Vocals)
Will Palmer (Bass)
Andy Prestridge (Drums) (Winters)
Bill Steer (Guitars) (Carcass/Ex-Napalm Death)

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My Black Light Posts Music Video Teaser

Italian gothic band My Black Light posted a teaser for the upcoming music video for the track "Inner World." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Human Maze," which was released this past October through Massacre Records.

Check out the teaser here:

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End Of Existence Posts Album Teaser

End of Existence has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album, which will be released at the end of the month. The trailer, which is available below, features the song "12.21.12." More info on End of Existence can be found via the band's Facebook profile here.

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David Ellefson Checks In From Gigantour

Continuing his series of video greetings to fans at various stops of the Gigantour tour, David Ellefson of Megadeth has posted a new video clip online from the band's time at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI. Check out the footage below, or find the clip from Megadeth's Chicago show here.

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