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Metal News for February 15, 2012

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47 news articles posted on this day.

Absinthium Signs With Punishment 18 Records

Italian thrashers Absinthium signed on with Punishment 18 Records and is expected to have a debut album for release in May of 2012. The band has been in the scene since 2003 and features Saviour From Anger vocalist Alessandro Granato. In 2009, the band issued a self-titled demo, which is still available for free download through the band's website located at this location.

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Black Acid Souls To Release New Album

U.K. metal band Black Acid Souls are currently in the studio recording the band's upcoming release "Deadly Sins." The album should be completed in April of 2012 and will see a summer release date. The album is the follow up to the band's EP "Precious Possession," which was released in 2011.

The cover artwork for "Deadly Sins" can be seen here:

For a taste of Black Acid Souls, check out the video for "Precious Possession" here:

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Castrofate Filming New Video

New York thrash metal band Castrofate has filmed a second music video for the title track "Systematic Suicide" off the band's latest album of the same name this past Saturday in Ardsley, NY. The band commented:

"The story scenes were done in San Diego, CA where the first Castrofate music video was filmed. The new Castrofate drummer John Lonergan makes his first appearance in a music video this second time around. Due to a family emergency the band's new bassist Mike Poplees could not attend the video so he will make his first appearance when the band makes it's 3rd music video."

Castrofate released the band's 4th album "Systematic Suicide" on October 2nd, 2011 via Cataclysmic Metal Records and the 12 song professionally packaged album is only on available on CD through the band. The album art was done once again by Eliran Kantor, who also did the cover of Castrofate's 2009 album "iHuman." The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered once again at Vin Cin's Electric Plant Studios where both 2008's "Cataclysmic Insanity" and 2009's "iHuman" were handled.

You can also check out the first Castrofate music video for "Revelation (Truth Be Told)" at this location.

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Chalice Of Doom To Record New Album

The Jordanian melodic death metal band "Chalice Of Doom" is set to begin the recording process for an upcoming second full-length album and follow-up to "Immemorial Nightfall" later this summer. The release will be mixed and mastered by Chalice of Doom, with more details on the album to be announced down the line. Chalice of Doom also commented:

"This album will contain more melodic performance and more gloomy\doomy sound. We want to thank all the the people that supported us and helped us spreading our words, we hope that you will like the upcoming album."

For more on Chalice of Doom, navigate over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Theories Announces New Tour Dates

Seattle-based terminators Theories will bludgeon the West Coast with a series of live assaults. The tour runs down the coast over the next two weeks and will see Theories laying down grind/crust-influenced death metal alongside Vektor, Transient, Lack of Interest, Xibalba, ACxDC, Impaled, Brainoil, Battlemaster, Infernal Stronghold, Murder Construct, Touché Amore, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Cerebral Bore and tons more along the way.

Check out four Theories tracks, recorded as a precursor for an upcoming full-length, now streaming at the band's official Facebook page. The band's upcoming shows are as follows:

2/15/2012 Backspace - Portland, OR w/ Vektor, Transient, Spellcaster, Night Nurse
2/16/2012 Johnny B's - Medford, OR @ w/Fall the Giants, Hang the Old Year, Tenguska
2/17/2012 Elis - Oakland, CA w/ Impaled, Blown to Bits
2/18/2012 Absu - San Francisco, CA w/ Vektor, Brainoil, Battlemaster, Infernal Stronghold, Murder Construct
2/19/2012 Five Star Bar - Los Angeles, CA w/ Murder Construct, Against Empire, Destroyed in Seconds
2/20/2012 Slidebar - Fullerton, CA w/ Touché Amore, Murder Construct, Destroyed in Seconds
2/21/2012 The Nomad Gallery - Los Angeles, CA w/ Lack of Interest, Xibalba, ACxDC
2/22/2012 The Whiskey - Los Angeles, CA w/ Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Cerebral Bore
2/23/2012 The Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Cerebral Bore
2/24/2012 Branx - Portland, OR w/ Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Cerebral Bore
2/25/2012 Studio 7 - Seattle, WA w/ Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Cerebral Bore

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Autopsy Releases New Music Video

Autopsy is gearing up for the release of a 22-track collection of re-mastered classics, "All Tomorrow’s Funerals," on February 28th. The band has teamed up with Blood-Disgusting.com to premiere a music video for the title track, which can be found at this location.

After tuning into the video, fans can head over to RCRDLBL.com to download the brand new song here.

"All Tomorrow’s Funerals" will release later this month on Peaceville Records, and will contain re-mastered versions of all of Autopsy’s past EP’s - everything from "Retribution For The Dead" to the now sold-out "The Tomb Within" - plus four newly recorded tracks. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Farcry To Release New Album

Farcry has issued the following announcement about finishing the new "Slaves of Chaos" album:

"Farcry proudly informs everyone that after a very long and tiresome period, the album, Slaves Of Chaos, is finally entering the world's metal scene in March 2012, thanked to Tmina/Grom Records. This album is a great example of the rhytmical complexity and contrast of the brutal/ lyrical athmosphere we offer our audience. We're glad that we can cooperate with a label which perfectly suits our requirements and we can present our music to people all over the globe."

TMINA Records/Grom Records also stated: "When we received promo of 'Slaves of Chaos' album we were like, wow are these guys serious? Playing such a complex and technical style and make it so powerful and compact, is that possible...so yes, it is and we call it Sophisticated technical Thrash Death Metal. Farcry's debut full length take us to the unknown corners of experimental brutality and wilderness. Massive package of extreme Metal styles perfectly mixed into high quality product to hit straight in the head all followers of Opeth, diehard fans of Meshuggah and anyone brave enough to open his mind to the unexpected things! We are very proud to announce that Tmina's second strike on the scene is going to be called Slaves of Chaos!" More...

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Florida Metal Compilation Streaming Songs

Satanik Recordings is streaming its entire new Florida metal compilation album, "Swamp Abyss Sorcery," online. The album, compiled by Gainesville's Hot Graves, features eleven different bands composing all different takes on underground Floridian metal. Check out the compilation over here, or by steaming it below. After the jump is the list of bands on it, plus the cover artwork for "Swamp Abyss Sorcery."


1. Shroud Eater - Pale Rider 02:38
2. Druid Lord - Burn In Pagan Fire 05:34
3. Fatal - Slaughtered Conscious 04:07
4. Hollow Leg - Warbeast 06:41
5. Orbweaver - Those of Non-Being 05:00
6. Flyingsnakes - Curtain 05:52
7. Hot Graves - Revenge Lust 02:03
8. Party Time - Blasphemy Is A Blast For Me 01:11
9. Extremely Rotten - Feasting On Putrified Remnants 06:56
10. Fire In The Cave - Civilized Swamp 08:00
11. Holly Hunt - Cueva 11:02

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Exhumed Cancels Brazilian Dates With Aborted

California gore/death metal band Exhumed cancelled show dates in Brazil this week with Aborted, due to unforeseen visa issues..

Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey commented on the cancellation:

We are totally weakened to have to cancel our Brazilian dates. Due to our visa applications getting rejected, we cannot legally enter the country at this time -- in fact, they threatened to ban us from being there for a decade. We are doing everything we can to reschedule these dates as soon as possible. Due to the bullshit policies of U.S. immigration/customs and Brazilian customs' policy of reciprocity, our visas were refused by the Brazilian consulate before even being processed. We seriously and very sincerely apologize to all our friends in Brazil who wanted to see the band. We will do everything in our power to work with our agent, the promoter, and the immigration assholes in the U.S. and Brazil to get this squared away. This is a serious bummer. We will spend the extra week before heading to Europe looking at hot Brazilian chicks on the Internet instead of in real life and being really, really pissed off.”

Exhumed will kick off the 16-date "Grind Over Europe Tour" with Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind on February 24 and then head over to join Anaal Nathrakh for a short run of dates in the United Kingdom. From there, the band will head to the U.S. for a month-long U.S. tour with death metal icons Cannibal Corpse along with Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik. More...

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Black Tusk Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk has confirmed an appearance at this year's Roadburn Festival on Thursday April 12th in Tilburg, Holland. Coinciding with this special appearance, Black Tusk will be providing direct support to label mates Red Fang. The tour will kick off April 5th in Segrate, Italy and wraps up on May 5th in Essen, Germany. A complete list of dates can be found below. The band commented:

"We are honored for the Roadburn staff to have selected us to play Roadburn this year, huge thank you's to Walter and everyone else! This is something that the band has wanted to do for some time now and we are ready to rock out and have a good time with everyone in Tilburg!! Ever since we found out about Red Fang, we have wanted to hit the road with them for a tour, and now we are getting to travel and play shows together in Europe! It should be an amazing tour full of amazing shows and awesome people; we'll see you out there!"

Also in support of the latest release "Set the Dial," Black Tusk has lined up a slew of North American tour dates. This run will feature headlining tour dates with support coming from East of the Wall, label-mates Royal Thunder and Hull, plus a string of dates supporting Prong and select shows with Intronaut and Skeletonwitch in March. Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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All Against Releases Studio Clip

All Against has released the first part from a video series of studio making-of clips for the upcoming "Blindness" EP. This short documentary clip available below includes All Against's studio sessions at the famous Mastervox Studios in Oulu with engineer/producer Kari "Kakke" Vähäkuopus (ex-Catamenia). The EP is due to be released in March 2012.

All Against features singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (Catamenia), bassist Sami Knuutinen (Quake the Earth) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (Quake the Earth).

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Project Silence Postpones New Album Recording

Finnish act Project Silence has issued the following announcement about postponing the band's time in the recording studio:

"We are sad to inform you that the studio is delayed because of unfortunate events. Our lead guitarist Mr. Sanderz broke his finger and can't use it for 6 weeks, but in March or April we are ready to hit the studio and record at Astral Studio.

"After we record songs we will release a couple digital singles and the new album called '424' (hopefully) later this year.

"Thank you all so very much for all the love and support we have received from you during all this time. You rock!"

You can check out Project Silence's music over at the band's official Facebook profile.

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Emmure Posts "Slave To The Game" Teaser

Emmure will be releasing "Slave to the Game" on April 10th, 2012. The band has now posted a video teaser online for the new album, featuring the "Slave to the Game" artwork, which can be viewed below. You can also check out the previously posted music video for "Drug Dealer Friend" at this location.

Emmure has the following upcoming tour dates with We Came As Romans: More...

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Awaken Finishes Debut, Streaming Songs Online

Awaken was formed in 2009 by Glenn DaGrossa, lead vocalist, chief songwriter and founding member of Lazarus, the now-defunct indie power metal band that Kerrang! magazine once hailed as "one of the quintessential metal bands of our time." For Awaken, DaGrossa assembled a cast of veteran New York musicians, including:

Guitar - Joe Buddha (Corey TuT, Smoking Buddha)
Guitar - Scott Bennett (Lost Legacy, Present Darkness)
Bass - Freddy Villano (Quiet Riot, Widowmaker, Holy Water)
Drums - Nick D'Alessandro (Criss Angel Mindfreak, Earth Eatz Dog, Lazarus)

With considerable national and international touring and recording experience under their collective belts, the members of Awaken are primed for the world stage and ready to lead a New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal. Awaken debuted last summer by honoring one of the band's heroes with a blistering rendition of “I Speed At Night” on Magic Circle Music’s Magic - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio.

Awaken's recently completed self-titled debut CD was produced by DaGrossa, mixed by Stacy O'Dell and mastered by Chris Muth. It has already been featured on The Metal Madman Weekly Radio Show, WVOX's Metal Mayhem, Metal Messiah Radio and The Scorpion's Lair on BULLSPIKE Radio. Check out Awaken's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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In Alcatraz 1962 Posts More Studio Footage

Northern Virginia metal/hardcore outfit, In Alcatraz 1962, is currently holed up at Cleveland’s, Studio D Productions with producer Don Debiase (Modern Day Escape, Beneath The Sky, For All Those Sleeping), tracking a punishing debut full-length record. The band has posted a second studio update on YouTube, which can be viewed below. You can also find the last studio udpate video here.

In Alcatraz 1962’s debut record is slated to hit stores this spring on Standby Records. Stay tuned to the official In Alcatraz 1962 Facebook profile and the all-new Standby Records website for more information on In Alcatraz 1962. The band consists of:

Tyler Baldwin – Vocals
Chris Smith – Guitar
Jonathon Pentz – Bass
Josh Zupovitz – Drums More...

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Kamelot Posts 70000 Tons Of Metal Footage

U.S. power/progressive metal band Kamelot posted up some video footage of the band's performance at the recent 70000 Tons of Metal cruise. Metal Underground provided coverage of the event, which can be seen by heading over to this location and this location.

Check out the video here:

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Megascavenger To Release Debut EP

Megascavenger is the spawn of inexhaustible Swedish maniac Rogga Johansson, known for his endless work in acts including Paganizer, Ribspreader, Demiurg, The Grotesquery, Bone Gnawer, Revolting, and more. The latest resume to his ever-expanding arsenal, Megascavenger is where Johansson spews out his death metal dreams by recruiting the talents of some legendary death metal figureheads. The following press release was issued about the project:

"Dark Swedish death metal is what Megascavenger is all about. The debut release from this interesting project shall arrive in the form of a two-song 7" EP entitled Songs Of Flesh: Part I, which features growling duets with none other than Jörgen Sandström (Grave, Krux, Torture Division) and Paul Speckmann (Master, Death Strike, Abomination). The EP will be available this month via Polish label Selfmaegod Records. Check out the cover art here."

The "Songs Of Flesh: Part I" track listing is as follows:

1. No Haven For The Sane
2. Deathobsessed

Rogga is working hard on the first Megascavanger full-length to be released this Summer, also via Selfmadegod. The list of henchmen involved with the LP is even longer, already including Marc Grewe (Morgoth, Insidious Disease), Dan Swanö (ex-Bloodbath, Edge of Sanity), Eric Daniels (ex-Asphyx), Jonas Lindblood (Puteraeon), Patrick Mameli (Pestilence) and more to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more news in the weeks ahead.

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Into Eternity Streaming New Single

After releasing a series of teaser trailers online, Canadian act Into Eternity has now finally posted the new single "Fukushima" online. You can listen to the track via Bandcamp or through the player available below. Into Eternity commented on the song:

"The track was written about the Fukushima Daiichi, Japan nuclear disaster, a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

"The song talks about the struggles involved, and the amazing ability of the Japanese people to overcome such a tragedy." More...

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Powerwolf To Release Live Album

Powerwolf has issued the following announcement about the upcoming release of a live album through Metal Hammer magazine:

"The time has come to reveal a surprise: after four studio albums and countless live celebrations, the time has finally come for a Powerwolf live album to be unleashed upon you.

"The album featuring 10 songs will be entitled 'Alive in the Night,' and will be exclusively released with the April issue of Metal Hammer Germany, out on March 14th (the album will ONLY be available with Metal hammer, so make sure to get your issue). More details will be revealed soon, for now, here´s the cover artwork, created by Matthew.

"For all of you, who can´t purchase Metal Hammer Germany at their local mall of choice, here's a link where you can pre-order the issue with 'Alive in the Night' here." More...

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Monarch Streaming "Omens" Release

With the release of Monarch's sixth full-length, "Omens," set for release in just two weeks via At A Loss Recordings, the band will embark on a first full tour in support of the crushing album. The chaos shall ensue this Friday in Basque Country, and devastate clubs throughout Europe into early March, tackling France, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark. Monarch will be performing alongside atmospheric Irish black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues for the entire trek.

In support of the forthcoming album and the kickoff of the tour, as of today BrooklynVegan is streaming Monarch's entire "Omens" opus, alongside an exclusive interview with the band. Get your fix of pummeling, haunting sludge at this location.

Monarch's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Eastern Front Announces Festival Appearances

Eastern Front has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and working on new material:

"We are very pleased to announce, we shall be taking the band into Europe this year. We have been confirmed to play the all day black metal Festival in the North of France called Rising of the Damned. we will be playing alongside: Seth, Glorior Belli, Belenos, Handful of Hate, Moonreich and many others. The festival is on Saturday 19th May and as soon as we get more info we will keep you all updated.

"Some more exciting news to announce, we have also just been confirmed to play the German festival Dong Open Air 2012 on Friday 13th July. The festival runs from 12th to the 14th July and we will be playing alongside some amazing bands. Bands announced so far are Sepultura, Napalm Death, Rage and many more. For more information go to the official website here.

"We are also currently writing new material for the second album, some of the tracks we have played live to you and others may be aired at these summer festivals. More news to announce soon. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook to interact with us and keep up with all the latest news."

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Tribune Reveals New Album Details

Burnaby, BC's Tribute is proud to reveal the album artwork and track listing from the upcoming 8 track annihilator "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts" that will be officially released on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 under the independent label Corpse Corrosion Music.

"Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, our album 'Elder Lore / The Dark Arts' has come to usher in a new era of Canadian Melodic Thrash Metal, so come bask with us in this radiant, and dynamic vision. -'for none but death shall stop this lone revolution.' -Lyrics from Bryan Baker of Tribune from the song 'The Warrior Mentality.'" Commented Tribune bassist Ryan O'Shea.

This is Tribune's third studio effort and second full-length since the band of friends and brothers inception in 2005. Mixing elements of death thrash metal with melodic vocals, the album will feature new material along with classic fan favourites and is an album capturing the raw energetic sound the band projects naturally live.

In additional news, Tribune will also be kicking off a two month USA and Canada tour in support of "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts" on April 2012 with dates soon to be announced. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. It Came From The Swamps…
2. The Succubus
3. Chemistry Arrives
4. The Warrior Mentality
5. Below
6. We, The Black
7. Man On The Outside
8. The World’s Greatest Cynic More...

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Iron Maiden Announces North American Tour

U.K. metal legend Iron Maiden has announced the "Maiden England Tour" with extensive dates in North America this summer. Up to July 21, 2012, the special guest act will be Alice Cooper and after July 21, 2012, the band will be Coheed & Cambria.

In most venues, tickets will go on sale on March 2 and 3 but watch this site or check local venue information for fuller details. Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com for exclusive first day ticket presales and contest to be ‘First To The Barrier’.

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson had the following comments on the tour:

We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited - with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England (shown below*), including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can't wait to get started in Charlotte.
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Derelict Announces Album Release Date

Montreal based technical death metal band Derelict has announced the release date for the upcoming new album, "Perpetuation."

"We're releasing the album on April 20th, 2012!" states Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. "The date coincides with our Montreal CD release show, which will kick off a run of similar events around Quebec and Ontario, followed by some tours in the Summer and Fall."

The band has also posted a teaser video featuring a performance of the guitar solo from "Shackles Of Indoctrination," which can be viewed below. Pre-Orders for Perpetuation have been made available here. The full-song version of "Shackles Of Indoctrination is set to be launched online on March 1st, 2012.

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A Sound Of Thunder Posts Track Online

Less than a year after self-releasing a first album, "Metal Renaissance," A Sound of Thunder will release the upcoming second full length album, "Out of the Darkness," on March 27th, 2012. The 10 track album is being released through Nightmare Records.

A Sound of Thunder is now giving fans a special treat starting today via the band's ReverbNation Page. Head over to this location and get a free download of the non-album version of the song "Out of the Darkness." This exclusive version features all vocals by Nina Osegueda. The album version features a duet with Raven vocalist and bassist John Gallagher.

Guitarist Josh Schwartz spoke about "Out of the Darkness:" More...

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Epica Offers Free Download Of "Storm The Sorrow"

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the single, "Storm The Sorrow," as a free download. The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is scheduled for release on March 9th, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track can be downloaded at this location.

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Leaves' Eyes Announce New Drummer

On the heels of Roland Navrati's departure from Atrocity due to private reasons, the drummer has simultaneously departed from symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes as well. The band announced that Felix Born, of the German metal band Fragmental, will be the new drummer.

Born had the following comments on joining Leaves' Eyes:

I am really happy to announce that I am the new drummer of LEAVES' EYES. As I got the offer to do a jam session with the band I was highly motivated, because I love their music. The combination of grooves and nice melodies is exactly what I appreciate being a drummer. During the jam session I realized the fact that I wanted the job even more, because I felt very comfortable with the whole band. I am really happy about joining LEAVES' EYES and I am looking forward to seeing you all on the road soon!

Frontwoman Live Kristine had the following comments on Born: More...

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Accept Unveils "Stalingrad" Art And Track List

German legends Accept have unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's forthcoming LP "Stalingrad." The album is set for release on April 6, 2012. The album was produced by Andy Sneap (Sabbat) and will come as a CD, 2LP (red/white) or limited edition CD with a bonus DVD with live content from the "Blood of Nations" tour and official video clips.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffman had the following comments on the expectations of the new album:

We put ourselves under enormous pressure to bring out a new album right after this tour marathon, which brought us two times around the globe. But we are very proud about what we delivered with 'STALINGRAD' and we hope our fans will like it as well

The track list for "Stalingrad" consists of the following songs:

1. Hung, Drawn And Quartered.
2. Stalingrad
3. Hellfire
4. Flash To Bang Time
5. Shadow Soldiers
6. Revolution
7. Against The World
8. Twist Of Fate
9. The Quick And The Dead
10. Never Forget (bonus track)
11. The Galley More...

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Through The Hands Of Heroes Streaming New Song

Berlin, Germany's modern metal act Through The Hands Of Heroes has uploaded a new track for streaming. Check out the track "A Traitor's Purpose" over at the band's official Facebook profile. Additional songs available for streaming and details on the band's upcoming live shows can also be found at the same location.

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Seamless Streaming Meshuggah Cover

Seamless has posted a cover online of the Meshuggah track "Lethargica," which can be heard in the player below. A recently posted promo clip for the new Seamless album "Clarity" is also available at this location.

In Meshuggah news, the band is set to drop the upcoming album "Koloss" on March 23rd, 2012. You can find a lyric video for a new song off the album, titled "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion," here.

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Reverence Reveals New Album Details

French act Reverence has announced the band's new album "The Asthenic Ascension" is set for release through Candlelight records on the 27th of February, 2012. The album's cover artwork and a video clip for the opening track "Earth" will be released soon.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Earth
2. Darwin's Black Hall
3. The Descent
4. Psalm IV
5. Ghost of Dust
6. Cold Room
7. Genesis of Everything
8. Those who Believed
9. The Asthenic Ascension

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Atrocity Announces New Drummer

German gothic death metal band Atrocity announced that Joris Nijenhuis (Dr. Doom) has joined the band after the departure of Roland Navrati for personal reasons. The band posted the following announcement about Nijenhuis on its official Facebook page:

Please welcome our new drummer Joris Nijenhuis!

We are very proud to announce that Joris has joined ATROCITY!
Not only is he a great guy; he also totally blew us away during his audition.
He is the perfect match for the new ATROCITY material!

Unfortunately, Roland Navratil had to leave for private reasons, we wish him all the best for the future!

Nijenhuis had the following comments:

I’m really excited to announce that I’m the new drummer for ATROCITY. After quiting DrDoom it wasn’t easy to find a new band, but then Jb told me that Atrocity was looking for a new drummer. So I recorded an audition video of "Reich of Phenomena" and was asked to come to the studio a few weeks later to meet everyone. I’m really looking forward to play on the upcoming album and play a lot of shows, see you on the road!
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Dawn Of Retaliation Posts Studio Clip

Norwegian act Dawn of Retaliation has posted a "Mecha Deity" teaser clip online, showcasing the band's time in Leap Frog Studios recording new material. Check out the footage below. You can also listen to more Dawn of Retaliation tracks by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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TV Report On Former Decapitated Singer Posted

A Polish TV report was recently posted about former Decapitated singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek's medical condition. On October 29, 2007, Decapitated's tour van crashed while on tour in Russia, which left drummer Witek dead and Covan severely injured (See Metal Underground's report here and here).

After a reportedly "successful" neo-surgical procedure, a 36 hour pharmacological coma ended with Covan suffering a cardiac arrest and defused cerebral hypoxia due to medical negligence. Covan returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, Covan has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24 hour care.

The following TV report is in Polish, but English subtitles are available by clicking the "CC" button below the video's progress bar: More...

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Demonic Resurrection Parts With Bassist

Indian act Demonic Resurrection has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's long time bassist:

"With a heavy heart we would like to inform our fans that after 10 years Husain has decided to step down from his position as the bass player of Demonic Resurrection. We've made a short video blog to put things into perspective for you. Husain will always continue to remain a part of DR."

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Noneuclid Splits With Vocalist

Germany's Noneuclid will present itself in a new incarnation this coming Sunday in the band's home town of Landshut, supporting Dark Fortress and Diabolus Dust after singer Bruce amicably quit the band recently. The band will continue as a compact four-piece - guitarist Morean will take over vocal duties as well from now on.

Says Morean:

"We tried different candidates, and my band mates encouraged me to try out for the part myself. Even though for me it is the next big challenge in this band, since my guitar parts and the vocals rarely have anything to do with each other - they hardly ever take place in the same key, rhythm or, at times, even tempo -, I am honoured and excited to continue Bruce's heritage in this band, and we are ready to open the next chapter. Stretching our brains to the utmost to play our complex and at times insane music has always been the modus operandi for us, so in that sense nothing's changing."

The band also added:

"We want to thank Bruce for the years of pleasure and madness we had together, for being a trooper and a good friend, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

"The band is taking on the future head-on; besides expanding the symphonic repertoire, as they did in 2008 with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and recently with Orchester des 13.Tons in Germany, plans for a club tour later this year are currently in the making."

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Biohazard Posts New Live Footage

New York's Biohazard posted new footage from the band's tour of Europe. The latest video from the Persistence Tour is from London, U.K. The band previously posted footage from Vienna, Austria which can be seen by heading over to this location.

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Delain Recruits After Forever Guitarist For Tour

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that guitarist Timo Somers will sit out the band's upcoming European tour due to other obligations. The band recruited former After Forever guitarist Bas Maas as a guest for the tour.

The band posted the following update about the situation:

Recently there have been some developments at the guitar department of Delain. Our band demands a huge amount of time and energy from our band members. Since our guitar player Timo has a lot of musical activities besides Delain, we want to give him the time and space to pursue this as well. Until now that was not possible, but recently we received a huge reinforcement in the band. Guitarist Bas Maas is joining in our group to relief Timo for some shows this year. Some of you may know Bas from Doro or his previous band After Forever. We want to give Bas a warm welcome in Delain. He will join us at our European tour, and a couple shows this spring. See you all on the road!

The band begins the tour for the forthcoming new LP "We Are the Others" on April 26, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany with Trillium and Halcyon Way. For more information head over to this location. More...

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Sabaton Unveils Album Art And Track List

Swedish power metal band Sabaton has unveiled the album art (seen below) and revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming "Carolus Rex" album. The album is set for a May 2012 release, although the exact day has not yet been announced. The band also posted another studio video (seen below).

The band had the following comments on the album:

This album will be all about the Swedish Empire and for the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren.

We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on CAROLUS REX, and our producer Peter Tägtgren says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!

The track listing for "Carolus Rex" is as follows:

1. Dominium Maris Baltici
2. Lejonet från Norden
3. Gott Mit Uns
4. En Livstid i Krig
5. 1 6 4 8
6. Karolinens bön
7. Carolus Rex
8. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
9. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii More...

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Napalm Death Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. III

U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death posted the third part of a track-by-track video series for the forthcoming LP "Utilitarian." The album is due out via Century Media on on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Ektomorf Posts New Music Video

Hungarian neo-thrashers Ektomorf have posted a new music video for the track "To Smoulder." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "The Acoustic," which is due for release on Friday, February 17, 2012 through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Headline News

Lordi Drummer, "Otus" Passes Away

Finnish heavy metal outfit Lordi has announced that drummer Tonmi Lillman, also known as "Otus," has passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death is presently unknown. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Our dear friend and band mate, "Otus" Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

"Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together.

"Rest in peace, friend."

Lillman joined the group in late 2010, replacing long time drummer Sampsa Astala, AKA, "Kita." He joined after the release of the band's latest studio album, "Babez For Breakfast" and as such, had not recorded an album with Lordi. He had also spent time with such bands as Ajattara, To/Die/For, Sinergy and Vanguard.

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Rotting Christ To Play 1,000th Show

Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about playing the band's 1,000th live show:

"The long, glorious and mystical journey of the band through the decades of its existence reaches a cumulative point with our 1000th show!

"One thousand majestic nights marauding the earth will be marked with the band's appearance at the Nuclear War Now Festival in November. The occasion will be celebrated with a very special setlist that will be performed, in all probability, by the first ever official Rotting Christ line up, including Mutilator and Magus, playing songs exclusively from their first three albums and demos.

"Until then… I name you under our cult." More...

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Absence Of Light Streaming EP

Absence Of Light, hailing from Nairobi Kenya, is streaming its new EP "Vyom Chakra" over on Reverbnation. Absence Of Light is progressive extreme metal composed of three musicians of Indian descent and sessionist drummers. Besides the video for the track "Samadhi" below, you may check out other song uploads on Absence of Light's YouTube channel. Their EP has hit number one on their national Reverbnation metal chart, prompting the band to write even more material for an upcoming full-length.


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Witchtrap Streaming New Songs

Medellin, Colombia thrashers Witchtrap are streaming a couple of new songs from their upcoming third album "Vengeance is My Name," which should be available on May 22nd on Hells Headbangers Records.

Check out streams for the songs "Damned to the Core" and "Put to Death" below, as well as an upload for the track "Venomous Breath." This is Witchtrap's first release in six years.

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Interview

Interview with Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour rose to the top of metal popularity through years of hard work touring, making album after album, and involving fans in many aspects of the music. And the rewards have been sweet, including a long tour with the illustrious Machine Head. I caught up with guitarist Mike Schleibaum before their show in New Orleans, LA, and before they did sneak away for a popular local beverage to talk about line-up changes, new songs, and Theremins. A transcription follows the video. More...

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Il Mapertugio Streaming Album

Italian stoner rock band Il Mapertugio is streaming its nine-song full length album "Sunset Screaming" over on the band's website. Il Mapertugio also has a couple of videos from the album on the website, like the one below for the song "Deranged" - which is one of the remastered songs included on the release. Il Mapertugio also has an EP to its credit, 2007's "The Blues Demon's Show."


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