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Metal News for February 17, 2013

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Pirosaint Announces Return Of Previous Vocalist

After splitting with vocalist Nick Scandiffio, Pirosaint has announced that the band will be rejoined by original singer Gonzalo Rodriguez to record vocals for a new full album.

Gonzalo Rodriguez was the responsible for the vocals on the band's demos "Atrocity Not Condign" (1992) and "Infected Dreams" (1994), along with the EP "New God" (1997). You can watch the music video for the track "Real Psychology," taken off the "Infected Dreams" demo recorded in 1994. Check out the clip below.

Drummer Ignacio Orellana also commented: "We are happy to announce that we are working with our original singer. It has been a pretty tough decision for us to do this, since he will be working with us from Chile and we already know that the second part of this project it will be the hardest part, because of that fact, but right now… with two local failures in the count, we still haven't found any stable singer locally to be able to record or perform live with us and we need to put our new material out. We have been working on the new songs for some time now… so our EP project has become our debut album… yeah! 20 years after but what the hell we have at least two original members that were on those old recordings… so that's all, we just keep working hard at it… we love what we do..."

Pirosaint consists of:

Gonzalo Rodriguez - Vocals
Bill Smith - Guitars
Ron Buckner - Bass
Ignacio Orellana - Drums More...

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Jungle Rot Reflects On "Skin The Living"

The original 1996 release of "Skin The Living" marked the beginning of Jungle Rot's reign over Midwest metal and put the Wisconsin foursome on the map.

Almost 20 years later, this classic debut album is coming out of the vault. On February 19th, the band will re-release the newly mixed and remastered "Skin The Living." The band reflects on the album, loyal fans, and sticking to their roots in the player below.

Jungle Rot will also be making a North American tour announcement soon, stay tuned for more info.

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Heidevolk Gearing Up For Paganfest Tour

Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting next month. Touring alongside the esteemed Ensiferum and former labelmates Tyr, as well as Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists Heidevolk will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada.

A statement from Heidevolk to their North American fans reads: "Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir's realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!"

Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:

3/30 - Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/01 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/06 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 - Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
4/14 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre More...

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Embers Of Revenge Reveals New Single

Tunisian power metal act Embers of Revenge has revealed the artwork for new single "Le Cavalier," which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"Alright let's reveal some news, our new single will be titled 'Le Cavalier' and will be available in most of the digital stores by the end of March, and the streaming will be at our MySpace by the beginning of March and it's gonna be released through BlueFreya Records, are you ready? Here's the cover as a first taste!" More...

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Agnostic Front Posts "Blitzkrieg Bop" Footage

Agnostic Front has posted live footage online of the band performing a cover of the Ramone's "Blitzkrieg Bop," which can be found below. Agnostic Front also comments:

"OK so we recorded this song for the Strength Records compilation Respect Your Roots when we recorded My Life My Way about 3 years ago... We have been playing at our live shows for last 2 years and our friends at Coretex Records help put this together for us combining the recording and live shows in collaboration with their 25 year anniversary and the release on Strength Records.

"This is actual real footage from the song being played live on the Persistence Tour mainly in Dresden! Just a little history on it... Mainly dedicated to the band that made us who we are The Ramones! Thank you!" More...

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Alexander Bateman Offering EP For Free Download

Alexander Bateman has posted the entire 2010 EP "Means Of Communication" online for streaming and free download. Listen to the tracks through the player below, or download the full EP at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Arrival Of the Silent 00:52
2. A Conflicts End 03:15
3. The Sound of Serenity 01:08
4. Means Of Communication 04:15
5. Nocturnal Attack 03:33
6. Reflections 03:04 More...

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Transcend The Fallen Splits With Guitarist

Nashville's Transcend the Fallen has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's 2nd guitarist:

"It is with disappointment that we announce the unexpected departure of Billy McDonald from Transcend The Fallen. He brought an energy and charisma to the stage that will be missed. As such, Transcend The Fallen will continue on as a four piece with Matthew picking up guitar duties.

"Thank you to all of the friends, families and fans who have stuck with us throughout everything. This will not stop us from continuing as planned so keep your eyes and ears open for awesome news!"

Transcend the Fallen is:

Matthew Bess - Vocals
Stephen Lewis - Guitar
Phillip Garner - Drums
Chris Davison - Bass

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Harmony Disorder Issues Recording Update

Swindon, U.K. based metal act Harmony Disorder is currently recording material for an upcoming release. The band has now checked in with the following update on the recording process:

"Studio update: 5 tracks are complete, 2 remain on bass and 4 for vocals! We will have finished recording by tomorrow afternoon. We can't wait for everyone to hear this record, it's heavy as fuck!"

The new album is expected to be released later this year. Harmony Disorder has also been posting photos from the studio, which can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Barra Xul Posts New Music Video

Canadian horrorgrind act ?Barra Xul has released a new music video for the song "Illusion of Murder," taken off the band's debut album "In Darkness We Wait." Check out the video clip below, or hear more from Barra Xul at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Sunday Old School: Krokus

When most people think of metal music from Switzerland, they almost immediately think of Celtic Frost or Coroner . But the home of tax dodgers’ bank accounts also hosts of the best balls out, hard rock bands to ever emerge from Europe in the form of Krokus. Krokus were formed in the Swiss city of Solothurn in 1975, initially as a progressive rock outfit and released their self-titled debut album in 1976, which was limited to only 560 copies and was never re-released. After witnessing an AC/DC concert, the band decided to abandon their prog style and opted for a more hard rock approach, leading bass player Chris von Rohr to take over the position of lead singer. This new, harder incarnation of the group proved to be a success in Switzerland, though their subsequent albums, "To You All" and "Painkiller" (released in some countries as, "Pay It In Metal") were critically panned by some reviewers. The band soon realised that von Rohr would have to step down from the mic as he was unable to reach the vocal standards they had hoped. He returned to his former position as bass player while Malta native, Marc Storace, formerly of TEA and Eazy Money entered the fray as their new singer.

Storace’s recording debut came in the form of the 1980 album, "Metal Rendez-vous," which was met with a mixed reaction critically, but found favour amongst many rock fans over the world, particularly in the United Kingdom where the song, "Heatstrokes" topped the heavy metal charts. This was also the first time the band received much attention from the United States and the success of the album resulted in it being certified triple platinum in their home country. They followed, "Metal Renez-vous" the next year with, "Hardware" which received negative reviews and was unable to achieve the commercial success of it’s predecessor, reaching only Gold status in Switzerland. However, it did see the band enter the charts in the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany and Austria, where it peaked at number sixteen. The record also featured some songs which would go on to become fan favourites such as, "Easy Rocker" and "Rock City." More...

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Warseid Replacing Winterhymn For Heathen Crusade

Warseid has checked in with the following announcement about replacing Winterhymn on the Heathen Crusade Metalfest:

"Our brothers in Winterhymn were forced to drop from Heathen Crusade Metalfest this year due to lineup difficulties, but we are glad to announce that Warseid will be taking their place.

"We will be sharing the stage with great folk metal acts like Waylander, Vesperia, SIG:AR:TYR, Minos, and many others.

"The previous night, March 8th, we will be playing in Madison, WI at Regent Street Retreat with Against the Plagues, Casket Robbery, and Burial Ritual and then follow us to Minneapolis for a night of some of the best folk metal acts around.

"The fest begins March 9th at Station 4 in Minneapolis, MN. $22 advance, $27 at the door. Details here."

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber To Release New Album

French act Regarde Les Hommes Tomber will be releasing a new self-titled album this coming March 30th, 2013. The band has now posted two tracks from the release online. Check out "II Wanderer Of Eternity" and "VII The Fall" through the Bandcamp player below. Find more info on the act via the Regarde Les Hommes Tomber Facebook profile. More...

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Bill Skins Fifth Posts Lyric Video

Finnish metal band Bill Skins Fifth has released a new song from the upcoming "For The Threat" EP. Check out the lyric clip for "Spotlight Junkie" in the player below.

"For The Threat" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Nightwish...) in Finland and is planned for a March, 2013 release. Pre-orders can be found at this location. More...

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