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Metal News for February 20, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Mace Streaming New Song

After a hiatus of nearly a quarter century, Everett old school thrashers Mace have regrouped and put out a new song. The track "HAARP Strings 2012" is streaming below as the band ponders offers from German labels and promoters. The new logo for Mace was even designed by fellow Seattle old-schooler Tommy Neimeyer of The Accused. Mace first hit the scene in 1985 on the classic Metal Massacre V compilation. Check out some of the band's old school tunes by heading over to Mace's MySpace page.


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Unearthing the Brutal Manila Underground

A few weeks ago in Unearthing the Metal Underground, I introduced some ultra brutal bands from the southern Filipino city of Davao. This time around, let’s take a look at the capital of Manila, which definitely isn’t to be outdone in the slamming, blasting sickness category. The Metro Manila area, an impossibly huge urban center, is bursting with bands weaned on a steady diet of Disgorge, Malignancy, Devourment, and Gorgasm, so let’s get right down to it.

Pus Vomit

OK, so technically Pus Vomit isn’t actually from Manila, but the band is from right next door to the metro area, and calls Dasmarinas home. There’s no doubt the denizens of metro Manila can clearly hear the unholy din this three piece has been conjuring since 2005 no matter what part of the packed metropolis they hail from.

Pus Vomit keeps things simple from a lineup perspective, with just drums, vocals, and a guitar player, but there’s little simple about the Pus Vomit sound, which is equal parts slamming accessibility and technical prowess. The band has kept busy since its founding, with two demos, three splits, and a full length, “Degrade the Worthless,” which came out in 2009 on Berdugo Records, the label run by Alexander De La Cruz, the man who also publishes the In Dark Purity ‘zine. Fans of far eastern brutality in the vein of Vomit Remnants, Infernal Revulsion, and Rest in Gore will revel in Pus Vomit’s insane mix of slams and technicality.

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5 Star Grave Posts Song Sample

After previously streaming the song "Dead Girls Don't Say No!" online, the band has now checked in with the following update about streaking a sample from the "Boy A" track:

"Here we are, back again with a brand new sample!

"Boy A is probably the song that better represents the will to push the boundaries of our music a little further with this record, in fact this particular song features an unusual vocal approach on the verses, eerie samples all-over and even our first keyboard solo ever!

"To have a taste of the acid madness just click here, more samples coming soon, be aware!" More...

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Aggressive Disorder Finishes New Album

Aggressive Disorder has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the band's new album:

"The album you've been patiently waiting for is complete. It's got some majorly F**K'N KILLER tunes on it.

"We all think you'll be way satisfied. Keep checking back to hear some of them. Thanx again & it is loud & it is heavy!"

To hear Aggressive Disorder's music, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Streaming New Album

Starting today, AOL Music is streaming Corrosion of Conformity's self-titled new studio offering in its entirety. Set for North American release on February 28th, 2012 via Candlelight Records, Corrosion Of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, the 11-track offering was produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire).

Featuring the esteemed "Animosity" line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.

To hear the record, head over to AOL Music at this location.

In conjunction with the record release, the Raleigh, North Carolina legends will embark on a full U.S. headlining tour this March. Set to commence on March 1st at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the trek will hit 16 cities including two performances at this year’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light unless otherwise noted. Details are as follows: More...

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Enthroned Streaming New Track "Nonvs Sacramentum"

Enthroned's new album "Obsidium" will see release via Agonia Records this coming March, 2012. In anticipation of the upcoming release, the label has now posted a track from the album online. Check out the song "Nonvs Sacramentum" in the player available below.

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In Dreams Announces Reunion

South African act In Dreams has issued the following announcement about regrouping:

"Back in 2005, In Dreams earned their right to stand amongst S.A's best. Playing gigs all over South Africa and filling venue's with metal heads, hungry for some authentic brutal riffs. Their songs were played on 5fm and radio tuks 107.2. After signing to an alternative label they stepped into SABC studios to film their début single 'Forgive Me.'

"After this, relations quickly deteriorated between In Dreams & the label because of creative differences. Blood sweat and passion lead them to bring the whole machine to a screeching halt. If they couldn't create music on their terms and give the metal community tunes that was a 100% true to them... they damn well wouldn't.

"They say if you love something set it free. In Dreams thought: Fuck that! If you love something put it in a basement and feed it through a slot. And that is exactly what they did. With new tracks, demo's recorded, writing, upcoming gigs and pure passion. They are back and ready to melt some faces. More...

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Hexe Krieg Posts Band Lineup Video

New York death/thrash act Hexe Krieg (formerly Choke On Your Ego) recently recruited former Vital Remains/Godless Rising vocalist Jeff Gruslin. The band has released a short video montage/promotional clip to introduce itself to fans. Check out the clip below.

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Exes For Eyes Posts "Feel Again" Video

Year of the Sun Records has announced the release of the official music video for "Feel Again" by the Toronto/Montreal collaborative project Exes for Eyes. The song "Feel Again" was the opening track from the band’s 2011 debut "The Amsler Grid." The video was filmed by Dave Sheldon and “Big” James Arsenian from the band along with Connor Sheaves and Liliana Carvalho. Check out the clip below.

"James and I have wanted to put together an Exes For Eyes video for a long time now," commented guitarist Dave Sheldon. "This was a completely beer-influenced DIY shoot with good friends in my old rehearsal room, so it provided an excellent vibe that I think really translated in the footage."

Vocalist “Big” James Arsenian concurs. "The song 'Feel Again' is a party tune so, when it came time to make the video, it made sense to just get a bunch of cases of beer, a tube and a funnel and bust out the cameras. We'll be hitting the road in March and rocking Ontario and Quebec so keep an eye out for us. Also, the first person to show up naked to an Exes For Eyes show gets a free T-shirt and I'm not joking." More...

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Hell On Earth Metal Fest Lineup Announced

Details have now been revealed for the "Wassup Xtra Magazine presents Hell On Earth Metal Fest II," featuring live performances by Fashion Bomb, A Born Plague, Skinwalker, Impale, Orion Nine, Bleed For The Fallen, and Miles From Exile. "The Siren of Sound" Nikki Noise from Audiokult Radio will be the guest host.

Hell On Earth Metal Fest II is the second annual Chicago, IL based festival organized, produced and promoted by Deadcenter Entertainment to showcase the areas best heavy bands. The event features music performances, an event emceee, local/community sponsors, and day-of event giveaways.

The festival is set to take place on April 15th, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616. Further details are available at the festival's Facebook profile. More...

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Francesco Fareri Posts Album Teaser

Last Debate Records has re-released the second solo album of Francesco Fareri, titled "Forbidden Dimension."

The instrumental shred CD features Vitalij Kuprij and Bob Katsionis and was originally released by Lion Music in 2005. The new version of the album has been re-recorded and features new mixing and new mastering. Check out a teaser for the album below.

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Cancer Bats Announces SXSW 2012 Appearances

"Dead Set On Living," the new album from Cancer Bats, is now available for pre-order worldwide. The US pre-order will be available via Metal Blade Records at this location, where fans can also view the band's new video for "Old Blood." A pre-order only t-shirt bundle is available until the album is released on April 24th.

The Cancer Bats will be performing at several SXSW showcases this year. Confirmed so far are the Raw Power Management, and Alternative Press showcases, with more still TBA. Cancer Bats schedule of confirmed North American tour dates are also listed below.

PRS for music and Raw Power Management Showcase:
Wednesday, March 14th 9:00pm (Cancer Bats perform at 1:00am)
British Music Embassy at Latitude 30
Featuring: Cancer Bats, Charlie Simpson, Cuba Cuba, Spy Catcher and Turbogeist

Alternative Press Showcase:
Saturday, March 17th Noon-6:00pm
Featuring: The Used, Breathe Carolina, The Early November, Cancer Bats, Forever the Sickest Kids

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The Contortionist Posts Studio Report

The Contortionist and MetalInjection.net are teaming up to feature an exclusive series of in-studio video blogs shot by the band members themselves, set to debut throughout February and March. Episode one is posted now and features footage of drummer Joey Baca practicing a new song, a look inside (and outside) of Audiohammer Studios, and more! Stay tuned for more exclusive blogs posting within the coming weeks. Check out the footage below.

The Contortionist made the trek down to Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, FL last week to record the follow-up to "Exoplanet." Famed producers Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) are producing the new release, which is set to hit stores in late spring/early summer 2012.

The Contortionist will continue the busy year in March, kicking off an upcoming run with All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Conducting From The Grave in Oakland, CA on March 29th. See below for all current tour dates and stay alert for ticketing information. More...

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Thunderkraft Streaming New Song

Ukranian folk metal band Thunderkraft is premiering the new song "The Creator of Life" from it's upcoming album "Totentanz," which you may stream below. The album will be released by Svarga Music worldwide on April 2nd and in western Europe on April 6th. This sophomore effort from Thunderkraft sees the band going in a more experimental direction, combining the classical styles of death and black metal with electronic music, folklore, epic and symphonic elements. The lyrics are written in Ukrainian, Russian and German and explore problems of mankind's relation to the past, ideas of greatness and boundless possibilities of the human spirit, and the strength of will and character. Cosmology concepts are also represented, albeit leaning toward the social aspects. Thunderkraft will start recording sessions for a third album in the winter of 2012.


THUNDERKRAFT 2012 The Creator of Life by svarga-info

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Centurion Reveals "Serve No One" Details

Polish death metal band Centurion has signed a contract with Psycho Records for its second album "Serve No One." The release will come out on 14.03.2012.

The recording session took place in several periods of 2010 in Progresja studio in Warsaw, under supervision from the sound engineer Pawel Janos Grabowski. Mixing and mastering for "Serve No One" was finished in the beginning of 2011. Piotr Mittloff Kozieradzki, (Riverside) was responsible for mixing of the material and Andy Blakk (Conquest Icon, Empheris) for mastering.

"Serve No One" contains ten brutal, crushing death metal songs inspired by the bands such as Deranged or Angelcorpse. The band adheres to the ideal of old school, brutal, and uncompromising metal, where the most important components of music are a heaviness and dynamics of composition. The track listing is as follows:

1. Total Terror
2. Ego Ultimus
3. Sacrilege
4. Gateways To Condemnation
5. Cut The Throat
6. Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom
7. Thy Portal
8. Under The Black Banner
9. Ritual Mass Murder
10. No One To Serve More...

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In Flames Rules The Palladium

Friday, February 17 marked the fourth to last date of In Flames’ headlining North American tour in support of their 2011 studio album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” (reviewed here). As a longtime fan and ardent supporter of the band through thick and thin, and having missed every performance since their spring ’08 Gigantour stint, I was rabidly eager for a live In Flames fix tonight. Anything less would constitute a crime against metal. More...

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God Forbid Posts "Equilibrium" Making-Of Footage

God Forbid is gearing up to release a sixth full-length album and Victory debut titled "Equilibrium" on March 26th, 2012. Footage from the making of the album can be viewed below. Victory Records commented on the clip:

"In part 1, we check in with God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce while tracking drums with producer Mark Lewis in the studio. Corey gives us a little taste of what EQUILIBRIUM will bring to the table and we see first hand what it's like recording an album with the masters of metal, God Forbid. Subscribe to VicTorVTV to stay updated on what's going on with the guys and keep a look out for Part 2!"

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Dehuman Inks Deal With Kaotoxin Records

Brussels, Belgium act Dehuman has signed a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin records. The first full length, "Black Throne of all Creation," will be released both on CD and LP on April 30th, with a
special release party in the band's Belgian capital hometown. Kaotoxin commented on the band:

"This four piece of young brutalers is all about bringing back to life what once was the corpse of early 90's Death Metal. Don't compare 'em with your now habitual bad sounding youngsters that are thinking a crappy production makes something Old-School. Not at all! Dehuman is bringing together the spirit alive, summoning the great ancients without copying them, without being outdated. They've inhaled the smell of that rotting corpse giving all of their up-to-date creations that cryptic stench we once used to love."

Metalunderground.com will still be a hosting a premiere of the song "Cast of Assassination," so stay tuned. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Apocalypse and perdition
2. Monstrosity in the hands of god
3. Eyes of a thousand
4. Spiral of loss
5. Down with the world
6. Harvest the sun
7. Cast of assassination
8. Black mamba
9. Path to oblivion More...

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Territory To Release New 12"

Escapist Records has issued the following announcement about teaming up with Territory for a new vinyl release:

"Escapist Records would like to welcome Tucson, AZ’s Territory to its roster. We are quite excited to be working with the band on the release of a 12” in the coming months.

"Drawing influence from the likes of Ringworm, Obituary, and Buried Alive, in their brief span as a band Territory has played alongside many of today’s brightest in hardcore including Foundation, Xibalba, Harms Way, Alpha & Omega, 50 Lions, and countless others.

"Territory is currently in the midst of recording the album at guitarist Ryan Bram’s Homewrecker Studios. The release will be comprised of brand new songs as well as re-recorded material from the band’s demo and split cassette with Dead Hours. More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts "Hades Resurrected" Teaser

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten will release their new album "Mask Of Malice" this coming February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America. Right now Lay Down Rotten is in post-production process for the first video clip in the band's career. Check out video teaser for "Hades Resurrected" below. The video clip will be premiered early March.

Make also sure to surf over to the Lay Down Rotten landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song "Deathchain."

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

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Exumer Reveals "Fire & Damnation" Details

German thrashers Exumer are set for the release of their comeback album "Fire & Damnation" on April 6th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe and April 10th in North America.

Metal Blade has now launched a landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song "Fire & Damnation." Surf over to this location to check it out!

Comments Exumer singer Mem V. Stein: "With 'Fire & Damnation,' we tried to create the most punishing and dominant thrash metal album of our career. No lackluster songs, no fillers, no lazy performance and no compromises. It moves straight forward from the the very first song to the last, delivering a vibrant mix of skilled musicianship with the urgency of the classic thrash records from the 1980s!"

Exumer recorded the band's first new album in 25 years with renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Therion, Sodom, Moonspell, etc.) at the helm. The 10-track strong, hard-hitting CD "Fire & Damnation" combines a punishing production with aggressive song writing. According to a press release, Exumer "manages to capture the intensity and feel of the 1980s thrash metal gems and yet sound up to date on their latest output." More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Releases New Video

The Black Dahlia Murder's video for "Moonlight Equilibrium" is now live on BloodyDisgusting.com. The video is a David Brodsky-directed nod to old-school horror films with a much more graphic approach.

The video's content aptly fits the lycanthropic lyric concept set against a bawdy Victorian back drop. The result: a chilling and entertaining slice of mini-horror that metal fans and horror-enthusiasts will enjoy. Watch Moonlight Equilibrium at this location.

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 Japan, with dates in New Zealand to follow Soundwave.

20/02/12 – JP – Osaka – Akaso
21/02/12 – JP – Nagoya – Club Quattro Akaso
22/02/12 – JP – Tokyo - Akaso
25/02/12 – AU – Brisbane - Soundwave Festival
26/02/12 – AU – Sydney - Soundwave Festival
28/02/12 – AU – Brisbane - Eaton Hill Hotel w/ Lamb of God, In Flames
01/03/12 – AU – Canberra - University Hall w/ Lamb of God, In Flames
02/03/12 – AU – Melbourne - Soundwave Festival
03/03/12 – AU – Adelaide - Soundwave Festival
05/03/12 – AU – Perth - Soundwave Festival
07/03/12 – NZ – Auckland - The Studio w/Lamb of God, Unearth
08/03/12 – NZ - Wellington – Bodega

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Rise To Fall Reveals New Album Details

Spanish melo-death metallers Rise To Fall have set "Defying The Gods" as the title of their new full-length album, which will be released on April 9th, 2012 via Coroner Records.

The album, which includes 11 tracks, was produced, mixed, and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Blood Stain Child, Slowmotion Apocalypse, etc...). The track listing is as follows:

1. Ascend To The Throne
2. The Compass
3. Whispers Of Hope
4. Reject The Mould
5. Inflexible Kingdom
6. Instruction Cycle
7. Lost In Oblivion
8. Decoding Reality
9. Dare To Cross
10. Fall To Drama
11. Defying The Gods

You can listen to a preview of "Whispers Of Hope" included in the forthcoming "Defying The Gods" via the Coroner Records Facebook profile.

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Common Dead Streaming New Song

Common Dead will release the death/thrash/groove inspired "Diatribe" album in digital and physical formats on February 21st, 2012. In anticipation of the rapidly approaching release, Bravewords.com is now streaming the album's opening track. Head over here and click the "Knuckle Tracks" audio player to listen to "Inveigh."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Inveigh
2. Critical Mass
3. Delegates
4. Recollect
5. True Noir
6. Sinister Veil
7. Wound
8. The Hearing
9. No Saint
10. Dusk To Dawn

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Dragonforce Premieres New Song

Dragonforce has premiered the new song "Fallen World" today by streaming it over at Metal Hammer's YouTube channel. The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

The band also recently announced that Dragonforce will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.

Check out "Fallen World" here:

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Currents Streaming New Single

Fairfield County, CT based act Currents has posted a new single online for streaming. Check out the track "Anneliese" in the player available below. For further details on Currents, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Riul Doamnei Posts Music Video

The Italian symphonic extreme metal band Riul Doamnei has released a video for the single "Of Misery and the Final Hope," featuring Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ.

The song is taken from the band's latest concept album "Fatima," which came out in 2011 via Axiis Music. Directed by Chris Lago and produced by Artlab Studio, the new video has been described by the band itself as "provoking and desecrating, but rich in meaning." According to the band the video is "a very cinematic plot drives the story through facts and landscapes chained to the famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in the early twentieth century, painting a horrible, yet quite contemporary portrait of the Church Institution." More...

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A Day To Remember Posts Video Teaser

A Day To Remember’s music video for “2nd Sucks” is coming soon, and the band has now posted a teaser trailer online. Check out the clip below.

The group is also set to headline Soundwave Festival in Australia this month, followed by shows in Indonesia and Japan before heading back to the U.S. for the second leg of the Rise Against tour.

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Downspirit To Enter The Studio

Downspirit, the German/Swiss bluesy/hard-rocking-metal-oriented band formed by ex-Symphorce/ex-Freedom CDall guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, will enter the studio in mid-march to record their second album. A release is expected for late summer via Metalville Records, followed by a tour in fall/winter.

Downspirit's debut album, "Point Of Origin," was received well with much positive feedback all over the world, and brought the band's touring schedule to include more than 60 shows around Europe.

The band posted the following statement online: "We can't wait to let you hear what our second album will sound like. Being on the road a lot and having so much fun together as a band certainly made it's inspiration to the songwriting process. We're gonna have a lot of killer tunes on that album, that's for sure!! We're looking forward to get to the studio in mid-march!"

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Brendon Small Announces New Project

Brendon Small is the co-creator/ writer/ actor/ director/ producer/ of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse television series. Brendon Small is also responsible for writing and performing all of the show's music and "Dethklok: The Deathalbum."

Now, Brendon has written and produced Brendon Small's Galaktikon: "A High Stakes Intergalactic Extreme Rock album," his long-awaited side project set to release in April 2012. The album release will coincide with the Season 4 premiere of Metalocalypse.

Coming off of the second Dethklok album, Brendon Small's Galaktikon searches for melody (in the vocal) and finds inspirations in modern black metal, Queen, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer. No influence is unwelcome on this project. Brendon Small paired with Dethklok drummer Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Fear Factory) and Dethklok bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally band) and Dethklok engineer and mixer Ulrich Wild.

“This album should be thought of as an audio comic book, an over acted chamber drama, a ridiculous premise that takes itself way too seriously all the way to the end,” states Brendon Small. More...

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Sunpocrisy Streaming Entire Album

Italy's Sunpocrisy recently released the "Samaroid Dioramas" album, and the band has now made the entire release available for streaming online. Check out the tracks through the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Apoptosis
2. Apophenia
3. Phi
4. Vertex
5. Trismegistus
6. Samaroid
7. Samaroid / Dioramas
8. Dioramas More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Album Details

Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below.

Vocalist Tony Kakko had the following comments:

Our newest adventure is only a final touch short of being ready. The recordings went extremely well and the mixing is in schedule. Have to say I am enjoying myself greatly. I've had a very hard and work filled two year period writing the songs while touring extensively with our previous album, The Days of Grays. But it has all been worth it! Yet again we are introducing new things to keep the music alive and interesting. New elements, styles and new moods, talented quest artists and ideas for the enjoyment of the loyal friends of our music. Can't wait for you to get your hands and ears on Stones Grow Her Name! Hope to see you all again on tour! Be well!

The track list for "Stones Grow Her Name" is a follows:

1. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
2. Shitload of Money
3. Losing My Insanity
4. Somewhere Close To You
5. I Have A Right
6. Alone In Heaven
7. The Day
8. Cinderblox
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire II
11. Wildfire III More...

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Cadaveric Crematorium To Release Fourth Album

Italian grindcore band Cadaveric Crematorium have announced that the band has finished recording the fourth album and second for The Spew Records (a division of Punishment 18 Records) entitled "One of Them." The album is scheduled for an early summer release.

The track Listing for "One of Them is as follows:

1. Smiling And Farting ("Alfa")
2. Sun Supercharged ("Alfa")
3. The Protected ("Beta")
4. WWIII ("Gamma")
5. The Mutant ("Gamma")
6. Genetic Corruption ("Gamma")
7. They Back ("Delta")
8. That's Enough ("Delta")
9. Infected Scientist ("Delta")
10. Zombies Will Dominate ("Epsilon")

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Angel Witch Posts New Song

U.K. NWoBHM band Angel Witch, who was activated again in 2008, is streaming the new song "Dead Sea Scrolls." The song appears on the band's first full length LP since the 1986 release "Frontal Assault" entitled "As Above, So Below", which is scheduled for release on March 12, 2012 through Rise Above Records (Europe) and on March 27, 2012 through Metal Blade Records (North America).

Check out "Dead Sea Scrolls" here:

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Nightqueen Offers Song For Free Download

Belgian metal band Nightqueen is offering the new song "Nightfall" as a free download at this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut LP "For Queen And Metal," which is scheduled for release On February 24, 2011 through Massacre Records.

To preview the track, check out the song stream here:

NIGHTQUEEN - Nightfall by massacrerecordseurope

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Eternal Rest To Release "Prophetic" Album

Eternal Rest is set to absolutely decimate this summer when the band's debut album "Prophetic" is released. The album was recorded and engineered by Joe Haley from Psycroptic. Check out a song off the album, titled "Preaching The Decimation Of Spheres," in the player below.

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Issues Recording Update

Dominique Leurquin has checked in with the following update about Luca Turilli's Rhapsody recording the new "Ascending to Infinity" album:

"Hi my friends, Dominique here for you from the freezing Annecy ha ha. I am actually here in the French studio of my friend Arnaud recording the rhythmic guitars for our album ASCENDING TO INFINITY.

"I just finished to record the parts of the song DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS and I can tell you already this will be a killer song of the new RHAPSODY release. I am looking forward to playing it live because, apart from being the typical RHAPSODY fast hit song that all our fans will love to listen to, it contains so many bombastic elements that on stage will sound really impressive.

"The technical level of this song is very high for everybody and the drumming of Alex Holzwarth is just amazing. Therefore the recording was not easy at all because in these kind of songs, to get a massive impact, you need to go for the maximum precision and all the rhythmic instruments have to sound 'together' at 100%. Therefore for these kind of speed songs Luca always asked me to cross-check each take at half speed and for me and Arnaud sometimes is a double work, but of course the final result in the end needs to be perfect and for this style of music it is really necessary. Especially when on top of these same rhythmic there is a whole orchestra moving ha ha. More...

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Inifinitum Obscure Announces European Tour

Infinitum Obscure has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming European tour:

"Setting sail to the East... On April 2012, INFINITUM OBSCURE will be touring the old continent for the very 1st time!!

"Between the 3rd of April, to the 11th of April 2012, we will be on tour in Europe supporting our brothers from Athens, Greece, DEAD CONGREGATION, presented by IRON BONEHEAD Productions.

"We hereby announce the confirmed concerts of this deadly and menacing European tour. To our European Legions, SEE YOU IN APRIL!!! Hail Lucifer!

April 3rd - Berlin, Germany @ Blackland Club
April 4th - Hamburg, Germany @ Bami Galore Club.
April 5th - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Spillestedet Stengade
April 6th - (pending confirmation for Holland)
April 7th - Jambes (Namur), Belgium @ Magick Club
April 8th - Jena, Germany @ Rosenkeller
April 9th - Szczecin, Poland @ Szafa Pub

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Interview

Autopsy's Chris Reifert Discusses New Compilation

Autopsy are death metal legends. No arguments there, but who knew they would come roaring back into prominence after being dormant for 15 years with last year’s “Macabre Eternal”? The band has a new lease on their career, warping the minds of a new generation, while crushing the necks of older fans. The band is getting ready to release a new compilation album, “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” which will include all their EPs remastered, along with a couple of new tracks.

I had the chance to send drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert questions via e-mail, and he proceeded to take none of my questions seriously. Those looking for some insight into how “All Tomorrow’s Funerals” came together will be disappointed, but those that want a few good laughs at my expense will thoroughly enjoy reading this interview as much as I did. More...

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Devil's Train Posts New Music Video

German hard rockers Devil's Train, the project featuring Mystic Prophecy frontman Roberto Dimitri Liapakis, drummer Jörg Michael (Ex-Stratovarius) and bassist Jari Kainulainen (Ex-Evergrey/Ex-Stratovarius), have posted a new music video for the band's cover of The Guess Who's "Amercian Woman." The track appears on the band's debut self-titled album, which is scheduled for a North American release on March 13, 2012 through earOne Music. The video was directed by Jon Simvonis for Magnum Production Studios.

Check out "American Woman" here:

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Elm Street Posts New Music Video

Australian speed metal band Elm Street has posted a new music video for the song "Elm St.'s Children. The song appears on the band's debut LP "Barbed Wire Metal" album. The clip, directed by Gareth McGilvray at McGVideoCore, can be viewed below. "Barbed Wire Metal" is out now via Massacre Records.

Check out "Elm St.'s Children" here:

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My Black Light Posts Music Video For "Inner World"

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

Check out the video here:

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Mob Rules Enters Studio To Record Seventh LP

German power/progressive band Mob Rules has entered the studio to record the band's seventh LP and follow up to the 2009 release "Radical Peace."

In a post on Facebook, the band stated:

A great place to make a new CD! Good news: Last weekend the drumsession started and the first tunes of our new album are recorded! Right now Nikolas is sitting in this place again and recording the next Mob Rules songs!

The band recently announced the final show dates for the "Radical Peace" tour, dubbed "The Last Peaceful Days" as follows:

May 16, 2012 - Bremen, DE - Meisenfrei (w/Sons Of Seasons)
May 18, 2012 - Weiher, DE - Live Music Hall (w/Red Circuit & Liquid Horizon)
May 19, 2012 - Bochem, DE - Matrix (w/Layment)
June 6, 2012 - DE - Break the Ground Festival
July 7, 2012 - DE - Monster Metal Festival
July 20, 2012 - DE - Metal Splash Festival More...

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Single Bullet Theory Posts Live Videos Online

Pennsylvania progressive death metal band Single Bullet Theory has posted two new live videos, featuring three songs, from their first performance in three years. The show was on Feb 18th at Warehouse 24 in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania. Check out the footage in the videos below:

Short interview and "Hallowed Out:"

"Sea of Inequity" and "Diabolical:"

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Rage (GER) Posts New Music Video

German power metal band Rage posted a new music video for "Twenty One" the title track from the band's forthcoming eighteenth studio album. The album is set for release on February 24, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "21" is as follows:

1. House Wins
2. Twenty One
3. Forever Dead
4. Feel My Pain
5. Serial Killer
6. Psycho Terror
7. Destiny
8. Death Romantic
9. Black And White
10. Concrete Wall
11. Eternally

Check out the video here:

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