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Metal News for February 14, 2012

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Pit Stories: Mid-Show Rescue Mission

We've been tracking down bands and fans all across the world to get their best mosh pit stories from live shows. This week lead guitarist Gizz Butt of English Dogs shares several stories from the band's early career, as well as a tale of a mid-show rescue mission caused by a collapsing floor with The Prodigy.

When the English Dogs toured the USA in 1986 our first show was at the Olympic Auditorium in LA and we were stunned to see 5 WHOLE SEPARATE CIRCLE PITS all individually operating at the same time. Now the venue was a fairly decent size, we’ve played bigger gigs but I have NEVER in 25 years seen that many mosh pits all at once. I played in The Prodigy 1996 – 2000 and I never saw that with them. 5 pits is a pretty remarkable sight.

We played a show at Fenders Ballroom in LA again back in 1986 that was again packed to such a limit with the wildest fans on earth, stage diving and slamming harder than anyone. The heat and energy in the place was outstanding. The stage divers and moshers were encouraging us perform more crazy feats on stage and were trying their utmost to wear us out in record time. English Dogs drummer PINCH was blowing everyone away and you could see the sweat pouring off him in torrents. There was no air in the place and after another breakneck paced number Pinch duly threw up all over his kit. He had to go out for air but after a couple of minutes was back in action and was carried back to the stage having drank 3 or 4 pints of water. He picked up the sticks and the madness continued.

I did witness something pretty extreme when with The Prodigy, and that was at a show in London at the Brixton academy. The Brits were going absolutely NUTS and were jumping so hard and so high the the dance floor collapsed and the first dozen rows of punkers all sank through the floor, disappearing in a cloud of dust! We had to stop while everyone was rescued and barriers were put around the massive hole and we just started again! Hah hah. They didn’t care that they’d just had the fright of their life, they just wanted more!

I’m happy to say that whenever I’ve been in the pit, I’ve always come out with all limbs intact, no broken bones, a bit of a headache and ripped clothing. I’ve lost my cell phone too but I’ve always managed to keep my pants and shoes. Unlike some people!

English Dogs is currently headlining North America with support by The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, and Havok. Back in 1981 British punk / metal crossover band English Dogs was formed. Though initial releases were more straight-forward punk rock, the band's metal leanings appeared on the "Forward Into Battle" record, released in 1985. According to a press release, "The seminal album was a major influence on bands such as Metallica, and this year the 'Forward Into Battle' line-up of founding-member Andrew 'Pinch' Pinching (also of The Damned), Graham 'Gizz' Butt (Prodigy, The More I See) and Adie Bailey have forged to again bring that record to life for North America." More...

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Just For Fun

"You've Got Another Thing Coming" Bossa Nova Cover

The latest cover/parody created by Andy Rehfeldt, well known for his metal and pop mashups as well as "Radio Disney," Bossa Nova and smooth Jazz version of metal songs, is a Bossa Nova cover of Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming." Check it out below, and visit his YouTube channel for hours of entertainment.

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In Vain Streaming Song From New Album

Spanish metal act In Vain (not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name) has now self-released a second album, titled "In Death We Trust." To get a taste of the new album, check out the song "War Machine" in the player below.

Further details on In Vain can be found via the band's Facebook profile, while songs from previous releases are available for free download at this location.

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Steel Panther Breaks Up With Your Girlfriend

Steel Panther stopped by Fuse to tape this public service video where the band dumps your girl/boyfriend for you (since you don't have the coconuts to do it yourself). Send it this Valentine's Day to that special someone you want kicked to the curb.

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Infected Society Premieres New Song Online

It was revealed yesterday that French death/grind act Infected Society has officially signed on with Kaotoxin Records to release a debut MCD this coming May. Metalunderground.com is now proud to premiere the first cut off the impending release. Crank the volume to 10 and prepare to have your ears bleed from the force of "Victims of Procreation" via the player below.

The MCD's finalized track listing and release date will be announced in the near future as the details become available. In the mean time, you can check out more on Infected Society at this location or via the Kaotoxin Records Facebook profile.

The core of Infected Society is:

- Fabien Desgardins (Fack): Guitars
- Frédéric Desseaux (Brédin) : Vocals

The Infected Society live members are:

- Nicolas Minier (Nicklaus): Drums (Decline Of Humanity, Maladaptive, Altered Beast...)
- Christopher Lorent (Kris): Bass (ex-Yyrkoon, Burgul Torkhaïn, ex-Tridus Elasticus...)

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Sigh Reveals New Album Details

Extreme metal exhibitionists Sigh are set to unleash their ninth studio album this March. Entitled "In Somniphobia," the 11 track opus features guest appearances from Massacre’s Kam Lee and Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron as well as cover illustration by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (Atheist, Testament), viewable below.

Founded in 1990 in Tokyo, Japan, Sigh is known for a nontraditional approach to metal and music in general and such is the case with the band's latest endeavor. Commented vocalist/keyboardist Mirai Kawashima: "This is your sonic nightmare. This is the music that lies somewhere between your reality and imagination. This is the heaviest, scariest, craziest and by far the best album by SIGH in every aspect. Be sure to smoke first then listen to this with headphones. Bad trip guaranteed."

In celebration of the record’s upcoming release, today Decibel Magazine premieres the band’s video for seventh track “Far Beneath The In-Between.” Check out the video below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Purgatorium
2. The Transfiguration Fear Lucid Nightmares
3. Lucid Nightmare
4. Somniphobia
5. L'excommunication a Minuit
6. Amnesia
7. Far Beneath the In-Between
8. Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils
9. Ending Theme: Continuum
10. Fall to the Thrall
11. Equale (a. Prelude, b. Fugato, c. Coda) More...

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Opera Diabolicus Streaming New Song

Opera Diabolicus is currently streaming another new song from the band's forthcoming album "+ 1614." The track entitled "Forbidden" is available exclusively via Blistering.com. Get a first listen to "Forbidden" here.

The previously posted music video for the song "Blood Countess Bathory" can also still be viewed at this location.

Opera Diabolicus is the brainchild of composer/musician David Grimoire and lyricist Adrian de Crow. The upcoming album features, among others, Snowy Shaw, Mats Levén, and Niklas Isfeldt on vocals, daemonic voices, and ghoulish sounds. The album is produced and mixed by none other than Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studio. The track listing is as follows:

1. Overture
2. The Gates
3. Blood Countess Bathory
4. The 13th Guest
5. In Memoriam
6. Mythos Lamia
7. Forbidden
8. Stone by Stone

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Fleshdoll Splits With Label

French death metal act Fleshdoll has announced the band is officially parting ways with Pervade Productions.

Despite this change, the band will record a third full-length album and follow-up to "Animal Factory" under the care of the Mobo-Conkrete Studio (Minushuman, Otargos) this coming Spring 2012, with Samuel Santiago (GOROD) as the band's drummer.

The new album's pre-production is already in progress, and the first contacts with labels are being made. Further details will be announced as they are made available. To follow the latest on Fleshdoll, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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Words Of Farewell Comments On Signing With AFM

As was previously announced, Words of Farewell has signed on with AFM Records. The label has now issued the following statement about the band:

"We are proud to announce the signing of one of the most promising newcomers in years! Words of Farewell from Germany play progressive death metal in the vein of bands like Dark Tranquillity, Scar Symmetry or Insomnium. - The debut album entitled 'Immersion' will be released March 30th, 2012!"

You can check out a track from the album in the player below. The band also commented: "We're really proud to have been able to get a record deal after these 5 years. And the fact that we've been signed by such a big label such as AFM-records left us speechless at first because we certainly didn't expect that. Thus we're even more delighted to now be a part of the AFM family and hope that we'll be able to offer our fans quite a treat in the future, for Immersion is only the start of our kinship with AFM-Records."

Words of Farewell consists of:

Alexander Otto - Vocals & Lyrics
Erik Gaßmus - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Henrik Tschierschky - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Nils Urginus - Bass
Jonas Wübbe - Drums
Leo Wichmann - Keyboards & Ambient More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Posts Video Teaser

The Black Dahlia Murder's video for "Moonlight Equilibrium" has been finished and will launched online next week. Until then, fans can whet their appetites for the Dave Brodsky directed video with the teaser over here or in the player below.

The Black Dahlia Murder continues its tour of the globe as part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia at the end of February through the beginning of March. Before Soundwave, the band will be playing Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan, with dates in New Zealand to follow Soundwave.

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Six Feet Under Announces New Bassist

Within days of announcing the departure of Matt DeVries, Six Feet Under has locked in the latest addition to the band's already heavy and extremely talented lineup. Seven-string bassist Jeff Hughell, formally of the Santa Cruz California technical death metal band Brain Drill and Concord California death metal band Vile, will be joining the ranks as the new Six Feet Under bassist. Check out a video of Jeff shredding on his bass here.

Vocalist Chris Barnes comments: "Six Feet Under is proud to announce our new member, bass player Jeff Hughell. He's an amazing musician and I have been a fan of his work since first hearing Brain Drill a few years back. We feel with the addition of Jeff, all the puzzle pieces are in place and the killing machine known as Six Feet Under is now a true death metal force to be reckoned with! Prepare to be toe tagged and body bagged."

Jeff Hughell adds, "I am honored to be the newest edition to the mighty Six Feet Under. This band is now a well oiled killing machine with Kevin Talley and myself as the rhythm section, Steve Swanson and Rob Arnold crushing guitars, and of course the man himself Chris Barnes killing it on vocals. The new material is the heaviest Six Feet Under songs I have ever heard and I can't wait for the world to get their faces melted clean off by it. I would like to thank Mike Faley, Kelli Malella and the whole Six Feet Under family for thinking of me. It's going to be one hell of a ride!"

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Sylosis Announces U.K. Tour

Sylosis has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.K. tour dates:

"I’m pleased to announce we’ll be heading back out into the UK this April on a club tour around some of the secondary cities in England. We rarely get an opportunity to play the smaller towns and this seemed like the best chance we’d get in support of the digital release of ‘Slings and Arrows’. We originally released the single exclusively through Pledge, but after talking with the fans who bought it initially they seemed very keen on the idea of it being released generally…so here we are.

"We’re taking out 3 great UK bands, 2 of which we have never toured with before. This looks like the last time we’re going to be able to take out a full UK band package so we wanted to make it as diverse and interesting as possible. We decided ‘Hang the Bastard’ would be a great choice as they’ve really turned away from the conventional/bland metal music scene and that’s something we completely agree with. ‘Xerath’ - one of my favourite UK bands at the moment, very tight live and I look forward to watching them each night. Finally we’re taking out ‘Chapters’ again, they’re not only great friends with the band but they’re quickly gaining profile. This tour will be their first chance to get out of the key city shows.

"We hope to see you out there and we hope you enjoy ‘Slings and Arrows’ when its released on the 2nd Feb!" More...

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Love.Might.Kill Issues Album Update

Love.Might.Kill is currently working on the band's upcoming second album. It will once again be produced by Michael Ehré and mixed by Markus Teske in his Bazement-Studios.

While the previous "Brace For Impact" was composed by Michael and Jan, Love.Might.Kill now has three more fantastic songwriters, since Christian Stöver, Stefan Ellerhorst, and Sascha Onnen joined the band. Massacre Records commented on the upcoming album:

"The material composed so far shows that the band will be able to even top their highly acclaimed debut album. Soon the band will announce the name of the album along with some song titles!

"The record is scheduled to be released in October through Massacre Records (Europe) and Hydrant Music (Japan)."

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Kamelot Reveals European Tour

Kamelot has announced the band's return to Europe on the heels of a new album. The tour takes off in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on November 2nd, 2012, and includes over 20 top venues and cities in Europe.

“This new tour is yet another step for us and the fans, it’s more theatrical and we will be bringing the usual 'in your face' attitude our fans deserve,” Thomas Youngblood said in a January interview. “It's an enigmatic theme, a new stage design and even more surprises for the Kamelot fans!”

ICS Festival Service GmbH is the International tour promoter for The European Tour and under the direction of Thomas Jensen, CEO Global Touring and Chairman – ICS who said: “Kamelot has set out to revolutionize Metal music and with their new production they continue to do exactly that. We’re thrilled to take The Kamelot European Tour to fans around the world."

Kamelot’s new album will be the followup to "Poetry for the Poisoned," which was released on September 10th, 2010, by earMusic/KMG Recordings. The album reached the band’s highest chart positions in its history with entries in the Billboard Top 10 Hard charts and numerous Top 10 and Top 40 entries around the world. Confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...

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Delain Video Interview Available

Dutch symphonic metallers Delain gave Metal Hammer an exclusive interview ahead of their upcoming new album, "We Are The Others." Check out the footage in the player below or over at Metal Hammer's website here.

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Napalm Death's "Scum" Album To Be Re-Issued

Earache Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the "Scum" album from Napalm Death on CD and vinyl:

"It's an extreme noise pleasure! SCUM, the classic 1987 debut album from grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH, is due to be re-released on limited edition redux CD and coloured vinyl LP on March 5th.

"To celebrate 25 years since the release of the most influential grindcore album ever made, SCUM has been remastered especially for this release from the original tapes with Full Dynamic Range (FDR), allowing the music's nuances to shine through and giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound than ever before, and enabling the listener to immerse in the full audio chaos like never before."

Original NAPALM DEATH guitarist and founding member MICK HARRIS states: "It sounds wicked - that record still holds up today and I'm proud I was part of it."

Earache added, "This full dynamic range release is a reaction to the loudness war which has affected the music scene since the '90s, with artists and labels striving to producer ever-louder CDs. Earache firmly believes the playback volume should be in the hands of the listener, not the producer - that's what the volume control is for! See a comparison of the 'Scum' full dynamic range audio against the previous version at this location. More...

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Necrovation Signs With Agonia

Swedish act Necrovation has signed a deal with Agonia Records for the release of a new album, which is planned to be released in May 2012. Necrovation commented:

"The album is being mixed as this is written and the artwork is already finished. We will announce song titles and cover artwork along with final details as soon as a release date is set. Looking forward to present our biggest work yet."

For more on Necrovation, head over to the band's official website here.

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Listenable Records Streaming Sampler

Listenable Records is offering fans a free 22-track sampler, which is now available for streaming and download here. The album, which features tracks from many of Listenable's diverse roster of artists - past and present - includes Gojira, Svart Crown, Sarah Jezebel Deva, 77, Hate, SerpentCult and many more. Following the jump is the official video of Betraying The Marytrs' song "Man Made Disaster." They are featured on this compilation with their track "Martyrs." The full sampler tracklisting follows below:

01- TORNADO
"Hate Worldwide" taken from the album "Amsterdamn Hellsinki"
02- GOJIRA
"Yama's Messengers" taken from the album "The Way of All Flesh"
03- STEPHAN FORTE
"Duat" taken from the album " "The Shadows Compendium"
04- SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA
"The World Won't Hold Your Hand" taken from the album "The Corruption of Mercy"
05- BETRAYING THE MARTYRS
"Martyrs" taken from the album "Breathe in Life"
06- KATANA
"Phoenix On Fire" taken from the album "Heads Will Roll"
07- SVARTCROWN
"Into A Demential Sea" taken from the album "Witnessing the Fall"
08- HATE
"Lux Aeterna" taken from the album "Erebos"
09- HEAVENWOOD
"Once A Burden" taken from the album "Abyss Masterpiece"
10- IZEGRIM
"Deathstrip" taken from the album "Code of Consequences"
11- KRUGER
"Villains" taken from the album "For Death, Glory and the End of the World"
12- PANZERCHRIST
"Impact" taken from the album "Regiment Ragnarok"
13- TORMENTED
"Come Back from the Dead" taken from the album "Rotten Death"
14- THE ORDER OF APOLLYON
"Never" taken from the album "The Flesh"
15- CAVUS
"Death Rattle" taken from the album "Fester And Putrefy"
16- 77
"High Decibels" taken from the album "High Decibels"
17-DARKANE
"Convicted ( Live )" taken from the live cd /dvd "Layers of Live"
18- LIVARKAHIL
"The Flesh of All Damned" taken from the album "Signs of Decay"
19- ELECTRIC MARY
"OIC" taken from the album "III"
20- THE RED SHORE
"The Seeds of Annihilation" taken from the album "The Avarice of Man"
21- THE ORDER OF APOLLYON
"Word" taken from the album "The Flesh"
22- SERPENT CULT
"Growth of the Soil" taken from the album "Raised by Wolves" More...

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Divine Codex Posts New Album Trailer

Italian black metal act Divine Codex has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "The Dark Descent," which is being released via Mighty Hordes Productions. Check out the clip below. For more on Divine Codex, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Bleeding Red Announces Lineup Change

Bleeding Red has issued the following announcement about the return of the band's former drummer:

"Because of his upcoming graduation from school, Bleeding Red's drummer Fabian has been replaced by Denis Kopp during the last year. Now - just in time for the release of 'Evolution's Crown' - it is time for him to return to the band.

"We're glad that he can make it back for the release of our debut album. We also wanna thank Denis Kopp for the awesome time and the brutal support! We wish him all the best with his own band Desolation Catalyst and are looking forward to sharing stages from time to time! Welcome back, Fabi!!!”

You can also check out a promo clip featuring a new song off the "Evolution's Crown" album by heading over to this location.

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Exciter Album Seeing North American Release

Massacre Records is proud to bring the latest album from long running Canadian thrashers Exciter an official North American release. The label commented:

"Since helping to forge the North American thrash movement in the '80s EXCITER's layered 34-year career has elevated them to legendary status, and their most recent album, 2010's Death Machine delivers nine-songs of the expected headbashing mayhem fans worldwide have come to expect from the outfit. Featuring founding guitarist and mastermind John Ricci, singer Kenny Winter, bassist Rob Cohen and drummer Rich Charron, EXCITER once again worked with longtime producer Manfred Leidecker who produced nearly all of the band's releases since 1990.

"The production on Death Machine compliments the grinding rhythms and speed that has held the band's name as one of the most classic speed metal bands ever, while lyrically the the theme of the album addresses sadistic unforgiving torture and the demented individuals who deliver such horrific pain and suffering onto others."

The "Death Machine" track listing is as follows:

1. Death Machine
2. Dungeon Descendants
3. Razor In Your Back
4. Pray For Pain
5. Power And Domination
6. HellFire
7. Demented Prisoners
8. Slaughtered In Vain
9. Skull Breaker

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Altar Of Plagues Reveals European Tour Dates

Candlelight recording artist Altar Of Plagues has revealed the dates of its upcoming European tour with French doom band Monarch. Stream songs from Altar Of Plagues' second full-length album "Mammal" by heading over to the band's Facebook page.

FEB 17 AZTETXE AKOTZ – Basque Country
FEB 18 LA CONSERVERIE – Angers, France
FEB 19 CARLO LEVI – Liege, Belgium
FEB 20 USCHIS-HC IMBE – Leipzig, Germany
FEB 22 CLUB TAPPER – Tallinn, Estonia
FEB 23 KUUDES LINJA – Helsinki, Finland
FEB 24 CLUB MELNA PIEKDIENA – Riga, Latvia
FEB 25 CLUB PROPAGANDA – Vilnius, Lithuania
FEB 26 KLUB UCHO – Gdynia, Poland
FEB 27 CRK – Wroclaw, Poland
FEB 28 CHEMIFABRIK – Dresden, Germany
FEB 29 LOPPEN - Copenhagen, Denmark
MAR 1 STUBNITZ – Rostok, Germany
MAR 2 AJZ – Bielefield, Germany
MAR 3 GLAZART – Paris, France


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Bejelit Comments On Upcoming Album

As was previously announced, power/thrash metallers Bejelit have signed a deal with Bakerteam Records for the release of their fourth full-length album "Emerge." The band has now issued the following press release about the upcoming album:

"Bejelit debuted in 2004 with the critically acclaimed album 'Hellgate' and since then they've built a solid reputation by releasing two more top-notch efforts and hundreds of shows all over Europe, most notably their 2008 and 2011 appearances at Slovenia's Metal Camp festival. 'Emerge' displays 13 heterogeneous and energetic power metal songs enriched by deep lyrical themes and epic scenarios.

"The music is aggressive but non-destructive, willing to drive the listener to emerge from any adverse situation. Instruments such as accordions, classical guitars and violins have been added to the mix (with a special mention for the guest appearance by Laura Brancorsini of Furor Gallico), giving it an unusual flavor which will no doubt attract even the most demanding audience.

"'Emerge' was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Sonata Arctica, Amorphis, Wintersun, Elvenking) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland, and mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers Studios (Rammstein, Korpiklaani, Amorphis). The beautiful artwork was handled by Seth Siro Anton (Kamelot, Exodus, Paradise Lost). More...

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Announces Split Album

Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs of Dis has issued the following update about releasing a split with Ophidian Forest:

"The remixing of the Dis demo has been completed for the 'Darkest Origins' release on UW Records this year. The original demo material has been remixed with three previously unreleased bonus tracks from that period. A re-recorded version of 2008's 'Overture' release 'Circle' has also been confirmed. A video release for 'Circle' will follow around time of the CD release."

The track listing for the "Dis" material is as follows:

1) Black Prophecies
2) Chaos Plague
3) Wolfmoon
4) Manifestation
5) Tangible Hatred
Bonus:
6) Heritage of the Night
7) The Devil's Whoremonger
8) Blood and Souls

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Overkill Announces Headlining Tour Dates

New Jersey based thrash metal veterans Overkill have announced a headlining tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "The Electric Age," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 27th in Europe, with a North American release of March 30th to follow. Supporting them on the trek will be fellow New Jersey natives God Forbid, as well as Diamond Plate and Suidakra.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
April 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
April 22 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Screamin WIllie's
April 24 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
April 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 26 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
April 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
April 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
April 30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 1 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 2 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
May 5 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
May 6 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 8 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
May 9 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 11 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx Nightclub
May 12 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

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Europe Unveils Cover Art To "Bag Of Bones"

Swedish hard rockers Europe have unveiled the new cover art for the forthcoming "Bag of Bones" album, which is due out in April 2012 through EarMusic/Adel Records (shown below). The album was recorded in October 2011 and produced by renowned producer Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden/Black Country Communion). The album is the follow up to the band's 2009 release "Last Look at Eden."

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Xandria Posts New Music Video

They say timing is everything, so today German symphonic metal band Xandria has posted its new music video for the single "Valentine." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Neverworld's End" due out through Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012

Check out the video, shown through an association between the band and EMP Merchandising, below:

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Sons Of Aeon Issues Recording Update

Finnish metal act Sons Of Aeon, featuring former and current members of Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun, Code For Silence and Endstand) posted a recording update for the band's debut album for Lifeforce Records for release in 2012.

Guitarist Tapio Vartiainen checked in from the studio with the following update:

It’s an odd case, this Sons Of Aeon. Here I sit and try to write news about our debut album and to start with, I don’t really even know how to describe our sound to strangers. There’s so much different things going on…it’s tricky to find the right words that’d make the songs justice. It’s very intense and it’s very musical, that’s for sure.

I think that our love for 90's Death Metal shines through in most songs but there’s also a lot of these more moody, melancholic passages and even some Hardcore/Punk touches. And to me, those elements really make all the difference. It’s an interesting blend of styles and strangely, it all makes sense.

Anyway, the songwriting process is now done and we’re starting the drum recordings at the end of May. So if all goes well we should have the finished album in our hands some time during the summer. To say we’re excited and proud about all this would be an understatement. We can’t fucking wait to get this album done.

For a taste of the band's sound, the song "Burden" can be heard by heading over to this location.

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Dawn Of Disease Reveals Cover Art And Track List

German death metal band Dawn Of Disease has unveiled the cover art and revealed the track listing for the upcoming sophomore release "Crypts of the Unrotten" (seen below). The album is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012 through NoiseArt Records.

The band commented on the album and working with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Sinister):

After recording our debut album in Soundlodge it was clear to us to go there again, since we had been very happy with how it turned out the first time. Jörg is a great guy and this time we had much more time to record and all than last time.

The album is a concept with the main theme centering on the huge crypts in Sicily, near Palermo, where hundreds of mummies lie buried. As the band explains:

Our guitar player Lukas 'dug up' the topic and the atmosphere as well as the stories around all those 'Crypts' have both fascinated and influenced us as a band. It´s the main theme of the album and also refers to it unmistakable in the album title.
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Paradise Lost Offers New Song For Free Download

British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost are offering a brand new song for free download in honour of Valentine's Day. You can download the song, "Crucify" by heading to CenturyMedia.com and entering your e-mail address.

The song comes from the group's forthcoming new album, "Tragic Idol," which will be released through Century Media Records on April 23rd in Europe, with a North American release of April 24th to follow.

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Crowbar To Tour With Prong

New Orleans sludge metal veterans Crowbar have announced that they will be joining forces with New York heavy metal outfit Prong for a series of shows this Spring.

Prong will be touring in support of their new studio album, "Carved In Stone," which will be released on April 23rd in Europe and April 24th in North America. Crowbar are still promoting their latest album, "Sever The Wicked Hand," which was released in February of last year through E1 Music.

The initial tour dates are as follows (with more expected to be announced):

April 5 - Dallas, TX - Trees
April 6 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
April 8 - El Paso, TX - House Of Rock
April 11 - Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
April 12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
April 13 - Gallup, NM - Slopshot Billiards
April 14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 16 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
April 18 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
April 19 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
April 20 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
April 21 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's

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Dead Summer Society Streaming "The Way"

Italian atmospheric/gothic/foom band Dead Summer Society, a one man project featuring How Like A Winter guitarist Mist, is streaming the new track "The Way" The song appears on the band's debut LP "Visions From A Thousand Lives," which is due out tomorrow, February 15, 2012. The band is also streaming "Down On You," which can be heard at this location.

Check out "The Way" here:

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Vreid Added To Paradise Lost U.K. Tour

Norwegian black metal outfit Vreid has been added to Paradise Lost's forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom, which will kick off in April in support of the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Tragic Idol." Also appearing on the trek will be Insomnium.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 16 - Cardiff, England – Great Hall 2
April 17 - Southampton, England - The Brook
April 18 - Folkestone, England - Quarterhouse
April 19 - Colchester, England - Arts Centre
April 20 - Stoke, England - Sugarmill
April 22 - York, England – The Duchess
April 23 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
April 24 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
April 25 - Wolverhampton, England - Slade Rooms
April 26 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
April 27 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
April 29 - London, England - Scala
April 30 - Norwich, England - Waterfront

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Kissin' Dynamite Offers Free Song Download

German traditional metal/hard rock band Kissin' Dynamite is offering a free download of the title track from the band's forthcoming third effort "Money, Sex & Power." The album is due for release on March 23, 2012 through AFM Records. The band previously released the new music video for the title track which can be seen by heading over to this location.

The song track was made available from the band through Classic Rock Magazine and can be downloaded at this location.

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Therion To Release New Album In September

Swedish symphonic metal outfit Therion has announced that the band will be releasing a new studio album this September. No further details have been revealed about the record, but it is expected to be released just before Therion's newly announced 25th anniversary tour, which will take place on the following dates:

September 28 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
September 29 - Groningen, Netherlands - Oosterpoort
September 30 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof ter Loo
October 1 - Paris, France - Bataclan
October 4 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
October 5 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
October 6 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star
October 7 - Toulouse, France- Bikini
October 9 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
October 10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
October 11 - Trezzo d’Adda, Italy - Live Club
October 12 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
October 13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Café
October 14 - Prague, Czech Republic - DK Vlatvska
October 15 - Krakow, Poland - Club Studio
October 16 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
October 17 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
October 19 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane Tent
October 20 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Apothiki Mylos
October 21 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205

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Tankard Signs With Nuclear Blast

German thrash metal veterans Tankard have announced that they've signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Speaking on the signing, band leader Gerre stated:

"As the want-away footballers always say: I’m looking for a new athletic challenge……. baloney! We’ve only inked a deal with Nuclear Blast because they’ve offered most prest-money for a transfer…. hahaha okay, seriousness aside: We’re totally happy to have found accommodation at the metal label no.1 and are chuffed about the collaboration, hoping that this will give Tankard a big boost in their 30th year of existence! It took quite a while ‘til we came ashore here, but then again, Rome wasn’t built in a day, as we all know!"

Andy Siry (Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast) adds: "From the Hardcore Party 1987 in Oberursel (live Tankard, Angel Dust and Destruction) on I’ve taken Tankard into my heart. With the signing of Tankard’s contract, the 'best case scenario' has finally come to pass. I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve come to an agreement with our Hessian buddies – even though I’ll unfortunately suffer from the signing party’s aftermath for some more days, haha. Joke apart. I’m very happy that Tankard will be members of the Nuclear Blast family from now on and will enrich our roster of dyed-in-the-wool thrash metal bands. And announcing this new signing on Valentine’s Day proves that this is more than just a business matter to us. After 25 years of 'concubinage' we’ve finally tied the knot in the big anniversary year (25 years of Nuclear Blast, 30 years of Tankard). By the way: We’re expecting our first offspring to be born this summer."

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Interview

A Chat With MAKE Vocalist/Guitarist Scott Endres

North Carolina’s MAKE plays this lumbering, atmospheric metal that could be familiar to those who listen to bands in the style of Neurosis. They aren’t a complete knock-off of some well-known band though, as evident by their upcoming debut album, “Trephine.” The concept album dwells into the mystery of life after death and handling a post-apocalyptic universe. The trio, which started out as a four-piece, matches this lofty ambition with a mass of heaviness, coupled with brief fancies of melodic ambience. I had the opportunity to get some comments out of vocalist/guitarist Scott Endres about the band’s background and the creation of “Trephine.” More...

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Mortal Sin Vocalist Departs Band

Australian thrash metal band Mortal Sin announced that long time singer Mat Maurer has departed the band for personal reasons. In a post on the band's Facebook page, Maurer posted:

"This is an official announcement from Mat Maurer. I have decided to leave the band for personal reasons, & irreconcilable differences. Last year was an incredibly difficult year for me personally & I have decided to put my family first. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. Over & out. Mat"

There is no comment yet from the band on the search/status of the singer.

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Bitter Resolve Streaming Album

North Carolina stoner band Bitter Resolve is streaming its recent album "Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning" over at this location, or you may check out all six tracks below. The trio hails from Chapel Hill and is influenced by prog/retro rock. Learn more about them by visiting Bitter Resolve's Facebook page.


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Goatwhore Interview On Video Posted

The following video interview was posted by ArmyOfOneTV at Bogie's in Albany, NY. Sammy Duet and Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore talked about their current U.S. tour with Lock Up and the influences and ideas for their new album set to be released on Feb 14th.

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D1straught Releases New Official Video

Chilean thrash horde D1straught has released a second official video from its debut EP "Money Equal Death" for the track "Violence." D1straught is currently working on a full-length album, to be released in early 2013 via Digmetalworld Records. The music video "Violence" contains live images of the band's latest shows at the "Bajo Multa Tour 2012" in Chile, a tour that also featured the Swedish band Sterbhaus. Check out the official "Violence" video below.


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Spawn Of Possession Streaming New Track

Spawn of Possession has teamed up with Guitar World to stream another new song online from the band's upcoming album "Incurso." Check out the track "Bodiless Sleeper" at this location.

The previously posted song "Where Angels Go Demons Follow" is also still available here. "Incurso" is set for release on March 13th, 2012. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Abodement
2. Where Angels Go Demons Follow
3. Bodiless Sleeper
4. The Evangelist
5. Servitude of Souls
6. Deus Avertat
7. Spiritual Deception
8. No Light Spared
9. Apparition More...

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Jungle Rot Announces New Tour Dates

In 2011, death metallers Jungle Rot made history with their biggest first-week debut in a decade for their new album "Kill On Command." For the first time, Jungle Rot will support the record on a full U.S. tour with Deicide and Abigail Williams.

The band recently filmed a new music video for “Bloodties” in Chicago, set to be released in the coming weeks. Check out a new preview of the video below.

Jungle Rot has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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"The Big Shiny Prison" Re-Released For Free

Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just re-released the book "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" as a free PDF Download. Featuring new cover art and a redesigned look, this new version finally does visual justice to the original.

The product of one year spent traveling the USA underground, "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" is a genre-bending work of nonfiction that is at once a road book and a journalistic expose on American counterculture as well.

In "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" Bartek makes it through 35 states, spends 600+ hours on Greyhounds while interviewing a variety of celebrities, musicians, journalists and travelers. Covering all forms of counterculture with a heavy emphasis on extreme metal & hardcore punk, “The Big Shiny Prison” refuses to become a stereotypical “music book.” It instead falls into the category of the autobiographical road novel using a relevant approach that appeals to both the average reader & the critical academia.

Originally released on 11/15/09, the book features interviews/appearances by DWARVES, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, MDC, Repulsion, Psyopus, Cephalic Carnage, Downtown Brown, HIMSA, Atheist, Foxy Shazam, STALAGGH, Absymal Dawn, Ludicra, The Angelic Process, AxCx & many more. More...

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Living Corpse To Release New Album

Italy's Living Corpse has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"'And Everything Slips Away,' our new album, will be released on March 12, 2012 via Coroner Records.

"The album, which includes 11 tracks, was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Blood Stain Child, Rise To Fall, Slowmotion Apocalypse, etc...). The cover artwork was created by Jon Barmby (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Your Demise)."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Human Conception
2. Smile To The Victory
3. Run Away
4. Set Me Free
5. The Light Of The Answers
6. Across The Sea Of Desperation
7. Nothing
8. How The Hell Are You Gonna Pay Your Dues
9. Now Rise The F**k Up!
10. Forgetting
11. ?X

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Moonlyght Issues Album Update

Canadian act Moonlyght, which recently announced the return of the band's original bassist, has now checked in with the following update about the release of a new album:

"It's official! Our third album will be released again via Mankind's Demise Records! Still no date of release but we will plan it soon. We are very happy to work again with this excellent label from Quebec City!"

Further details on the upcoming release of the "Return to Desolation" album will be announced as they are made available. The titles of the tracks to appear on the album are as follows: More...

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