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Metal News for February 20, 2013

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Nightbitch To Release "Chainmaker" 12"

Connecticut metal tyrants Nightbitch will unleash the three-song "Chainmaker" 12” on March 26th, 2013 via Ear One Productions. "Chainmaker" serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Elaborates guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams of the offering: “Chainmaker is the bastard offspring of the nudie mag in your dad's closet and the Killers tape in your older brother's Firebird. It's what's in your Walkman on your way to meet the cheerleader with the red hair under the bleachers after detention so she can show you her new tattoo. It's what happens when you grow up with your Priest vinyl a little too close to your Lisa Ann VHS tapes. Misfits and Samhain original pressings and Jess Franco laserdiscs on your bedroom wall. Denim and Hell. Riffs and sleaze. FUCK OFF NOWADAYS HEAVY METAL!"

"Chainmaker" will be released as a one-sided vinyl 12" in a limited quantity of 250 and available digitally via iTunes and Bandcamp. In celebration of the impending release, Invisible Oranges is currently hosting the “Chainmaker” lyric video. Check out the clip right here or in the player below. The fulltrack listing is as follows:

1. Chainmaker
2. Disrober
3. Into the Fire (Deep Purple Cover) More...

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Ivanhoe Inks Deal With Massacre Records

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about signing a new deal with Ivanhoe:

"We're happy to welcome Germany's prog metal veterans Ivanhoe back to the Massacre Records family! The band was founded in 1986 by Giovanni Soulas (bass), Markus Britsch (keyboards) and Lars Hörnig (drums). After several demo tapes, their debut album 'Visions And Reality' was released in 1994 with vocalist Andy B. Franck and guitarist Chuck Schuler. The second album 'Symbols Of Time' followed a year later.

"Chuck decided to leave the band after a successful EU tour w/ Nevermore and Iced Earth due to personal reasons and was replaced by Achim Welsch. With the departure of their vocalist Andy, 'Polarized' (1997) was the last album of the band before they went on hiatus.

"But in 2001, Giovanni Soulas and Achim Welsch decided to continue with Ivanhoe and recruited Mischa Mang as new vocalist. Richard Seibel (keyboards) and Sebastian Brauchle (drums) completed the line-up and the band released the new album 'Walk In Mindfields' via Massacre Records in 2005. A year later, Chuck reunited with the band and Ivanhoe released their latest album 'Lifeline' via Silverwolf Productions in 2008.

"With the addition of Mathias Biehl as new drummer in late 2010, the band focused on their live activities and drew a lot of attention as support act for Queensryche and the Scorpions. They also played at festivals, such as the Bang Your Head!!! Festival and the Building A Force Festival. Achim left the band in mid-2011, putting more responsibility on the shoulders of band leader and founding member Giovanni. More...

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Jeff Olson To Appear On New Trouble Album

It's official, original Trouble drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson (Retro Grave, In-Graved) will appear on the next as-of-yet untitled Trouble album, set for a 2013 release. Olson wrote on his "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" Facebook page:

"It's official... I'm going to be playing some keys on the next Trouble record. Been working on some intros. Don't know when the record will be released.

"I'm also going on tour with Victor Griffin's In~Graved this Spring playing keys... tour dates coming soon. After that, a new Retro Grave record with special guests guitar players. Can't wait!"

Trouble was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here, and Jeff Olson will also be hitting the road with the new band In-Graved on the following dates: More...

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Suncrown Posts New Music Video Of Rainbow Cover

International act Suncrown, featuring Burning In Hell bassist Ederson Prado, posted a new music video featuring the band's cover of the Rainbow classic "Gates of Babylon." The cover is an unreleased track. In November of 2012, the band self-issued its debut release "Follow Your Dream," which can be purchased over at this location.

Check out "Gates of Babylon" here:

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Chaostar Posts New Album Teaser

Chaostar, the dark neo-classical band led by Septicflesh guitarist Christos Antoniou, will release the "Anomima" album on May 10th (May 14th in North America). The limited edition will come with a bonus DVD entitled "Anomimata."

Check out a trailer for the album below. The cover artwork and track listing of "Anomima" will be unveiled soon. Chaostar's current lineup is as follows:

Christos Antoniou: Composer / Synths
Androniki Skoula: Vocals
Fotis Benardo: Percussion
George Diamandopoulos: Traditional instruments
Charalampos Paritsis: Electric violin
John Thermos: Synths

As was previously announced, "Anomima" will feature guest appearances by Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent and Moonspell singer Fernando Ribeiro. More...

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The Horde Working On New Album

Illinois based Viking thrashers The Horde are currently writing material for their 3rd full length album, which is set to be released on Abyss Records later this year. The title and release date have not been confirmed at this time.

Some early song titles are: "Conquering of the Firevurm," "Usurper Berzerker," "Darkened Embers," "Behold in Despair," "Destroyer... Slayer of Men," and "Pray Hater." The track "Pray Hater" was recorded by Drew Webster at the Dungeon of Doom and is available for streaming below. More...

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Accion Mutante Posts Teaser Trailer

German crust punk act Accion Mutante has released the "Worse Than A Virus" album via Power It Up Records (EU) and Give Praise Records (US).

A teaser trailer is now available online, featuring the track "Narcissism Of Mankind," which can be heard below. The album can be ordered at this location.

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Landmine Marathon Announces New Live Shows

Arizona grind masters Landmine Marathon have announced plans for a week-long West Coast tour en route to the Obscene Extreme Festival in Mexico alongside Napalm Death, Phobia, Dying Fetus and many more.

The tour will kick off on March 19th in Las Vegas and continue until the band reaches Mexico City on March 28th. Full dates can be found listed below. Landmine Marathon has also announced that the band will make a European live debut later this year at the European Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic. More details on their upcoming European plans will be revealed shortly.

Landmind Marathon's new vocalist Krysta Martinez commented, "I couldn't be more excited to be hitting the road for the first time with Landmine Marathon and playing these West Coast dates on our way to Mexico for Obscene Extreme America! Obscene Extreme America truly has one of the most crushing line-ups I've ever seen! I am so glad to be involved!" More...

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Dirty Shirt Streaming Full New Album

On February 17th, after two years of work, Dirty Shirt has released a third studio album titled "Freak Show." You can hear the album in the player below or via Bandcamp here.

The album was recorded in several studios in Romania and France. It was mixed and mastered by Charles “Kallaghan” Massabo at the “118 West” Studio in Los Angeles and has the following track listing:

1. Ride 03:13
2. Bad Apples 03:39
3. Freak Show 03:31
4. Trust Me 03:24
5. Away 03:53
6. The Business of Life 04:31
7. Never Say Never 03:37
8. This is the Day 03:39
9. Saraca Inima me 03:10
10. Extreme Funky Disco 01:50
11. Rocks Off 02:39 More...

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Enslaved Issues Roadside Update

Enslaved has been out on a North American tour, which has been experiencing delays due to bad weather. The band has now checked in with the following update:

"After 24 hours inside the blizzard the interstate roads out of the Winnipeg border station finally reopened, and we could start driving again!

"Since then we've gone through new storms and more snow; non stop and relentless, with one goal in mind: making it to the stage in Montreal tonight! We will - just barely - sadly that is not the case for our support bands.

"Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom all have to cancel due to the weather conditions. We'd like to thank all of our fans for the massive support through the past few days!"

Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...

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Deathead Reveals Split Cover Artwork

The split CD between Utah thrashers Deathead and England based punk rockers Eye Licker is coming out on March 23rd, 2013. The cover artwork has also now been revealed and can be viewed below.

Deathead will be hosting a release party at The Paris Cafe in Ogden, Utah. The U.K. release will be on March 30th and a release party will be held at The Alma Inn in Salford, England. More...

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Wacken Metal Battle Coming To Canada

The world's most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite lineup of the globe's best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet to Canada.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be recruiting one independent Canadian band to perform at this year's highly celebrated gathering of metal heads in Wacken, Germany. Searching for the strongest contenders, Metal Battle Canada will showcase Canada's premiere talents for one true champion to represent the nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.

Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon, and Danko Jones, who have performed at the festival in years past.

The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded in 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock, as Wacken Open Air believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.

Submissions for Metal Battle Canada can be completed via the online application right here and will be open until March 10th. More...

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Panzerfaust Streaming Full Album Online

Panzerfaust has posted the band's full new album "Jehovah-Jireh: The Divine Anti-Logos" online for streaming. The album was recorded by Greg Dawson at BWC Studios and mastered by Magnus 'Devo' Andersson at Endarker Studios, Sweden. The track listing is as follows:

1. Jehovah-jireh
2. Ephphatha
3. The Mirror of Mirrors
4. "The LORD is a Man of War, the LORD is His Name"
5. Spear of Famine
6. Holy Living, Holy Dying
7. ...And Jesus Wept
8. Alpha/Omega: Twilight of the Anti-sphere
9. The Apple of Infinite Knowledge More...

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West Of Hell Updates Tour Schedule

Vancouver based heavy metal act West Of Hell has added an additional headlining date to the band's upcoming tour of New Zealand. The tour with thrash/death metal group Sinate will kick off Friday March 1st at The Ballroom in Whangarei, NZ.

West of Hell will also headline a home coming show at The King Arms in Auckland on Saturday, March 23rd. The upcoming tour will be in continued support of the band's latest release "Spiral Empire," out now via Reversed Records.

The band will continue releasing the "Fly On The Wall" tour diary videos every week leading up to and during the upcoming treck to New Zealand. Check out their latest video below.

Friday, March 1st- Whangarei - Ballroom
Saturday, March 2nd- Auckland - King Arms
Friday, March 8th- Hamilton - Axcess
Saturday, March 9th-Mt. Manganui - Brewers Bar
Thursday, March 14th- Napier - Cabana
Friday, March 15th- New Plymouth - Basement Bar
Saturday, March 16th- Wellington  Medusa
Saturday, March 23rd- Auckland - King Arms More...

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Before Crush Streaming Official Video

Hailing from the African nation of Angola comes melodic deathcore band Before Crush. The band recently added the official video for the track "A Bruxa" (the witch) to its reverbnation page. That track is originally from the band's 2010 five-song release "Idolos Ancorados." The Lobito band sings in its native Portuguese language and is the focus of a new Cine TV documentary, "Death Metal Angola," which can be viewed here. Check out "A Bruxa" below.


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Mediocracy Releases New Music Video

Romania's Mediocracy has released a new music video for the track "Gray and Poor," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below. "Gray and Poor" was directed and edited by Costin Chioreanu from Twilight13 Media (Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Grave, Darkthrone etc).

The track will be included on an upcoming release from the band, with further details to be announced soon. In other news, guitarist Radu Ionascu has left the band, and the lineup is now as follows:

Catalin Oltei "Viez" - lead vocals
Costin Chioreanu - guitar
Stefan "Fane" Panea - bass
Alex "Para" Ghita - drums More...

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New Metal Compilation Available Online

Metalhit has teamed up with DOA Magazine to offer a new compilation for streaming and download. You can hear the tracks through the player below, or download the compilation at this location. The track listing includes:

Ragnarok - Blood of Saints
Weapon - Embers and Revelations
Denouncement Pyre - An Extension of the Void
Execution - Sarcophagus
Entrapment - Anxiety
Fetid Zombie - The Cold Grip of Death
Corpus Mortale - Enthralled
Maveth - Terminus II - Hinnom Everlasting
Rage Nucleaire - Unrelenting Fucking Hatred More...

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Infernal Opera Announces New Album Release

Philadelphia’s cerebral power metalists Infernal Opera have set March 5th, 2013 as the release date for "Emissary Of Steel."

Infernal Opera has also announced the addition of former Purgatory guitarist Randy Gonce to the band. Gonce, who appeared on Purgatory’s 1986 underground classic "Tied To The Tracks," will make his live Infernal Opera debut on March 2nd, 2013 as part of the band’s CD release event.

In other Infernal Opera news, the band played back to back nights this past January at the famed House Of Metal at Malone’s in Santa Ana, California. As part of NAMM weekend, Infernal Opera shared the stage with Heretic and Phantom X, as well taking part when Uli Jon Roth officially kicked off his 40th anniversary of Scorpions tour.

More information about Infernal Opera can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

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High Priest Of Saturn Streams New Song

Today High Priest of Saturn is premiering the track "Kraken Mare" through InvisibleOranges.com. Check out the song at this location.

The track hails from High Priest of Saturn's self-titled debut album, set for international release on March 22nd through Svart Records. Says InvisibleOranges.com of High Priest of Saturn, "If you bow before the Church of Electric Wizard and are into heavy, slow-pace, memorable riffs, and witchy female vocals such as Acid King, Jucifer, and Windhand, this Norse gem of a jam is right up your mystical alley."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Protean Towers (10:30)
2. Kraken Mare (9:06)
3. Crawling King Snake (9:01)
4. On Mayda Insula (12:49) More...

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Howling Streaming New Song

Howling has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to stream a new song online titled "Savage Psychosis," which will appear on the band's upcoming album "A Beast Conceived."

The album is due out later this month via Razroback Recordings. Check out the track "Savage Psychosis" at this location, or find the album's artwork below. More...

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W.E.T. Releasing Vinyl Edition Of "Rise Up"

Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the release of a 12" vinyl edition of the W.E.T. album "Rise Up." A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release date is set to April 19th.

"Rise Up" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store here. Cover artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

Side A
01. Walk Away
02. Learn To Live Again
03. Rise Up
04. Love Heals
05. What You Want
06. Bad Boy

Side B
01. The Moment
02. On The Run
03. Broken Wings
04. Shot
05. Still Believe In Us
06. Still Unbroken More...

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Stratovarius Posts "Nemesis" Album Preview Clips

Finnish metal act Stratovarius posted preview clips for all the tracks of the new LP "Nemesis." The album. "Nemesis" drops in North America via Armoury Records on February 26, 2013. A review for the album can be found over at this location.

Check out the preview clips here:

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Valfeanor Debuts New Song

Austrian black metallers Valfeanor have today debuted the track “Kratores” from their upcoming album “The Eerie Constellation,” which is set for release on the 25th of March on Cursed Records. Check out the song in the player below.

The ten track album will be the third full-length release from the band, and marks a change in direction towards the more psychedelic end of the genre. “The Eerie Constellation” was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the Iratus Canor studios in Austria by Daniel Müller and produced by Valfeanor founder/front man Cardinalis Desderoth. Artwork is by Bernth Brodträger (Bled Dry, Ex-Belphegor session guitarist).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Interlude
2. Lethe Jenseits
3. Lethe Diesseits
4. Kratores
5. The Eerie Constellation
6. Prelude
7. Chaos Nova
8. Ephemeral
9. The Elegy And The Reverence
10. Postlude More...

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Periphery Posts New Music Video

Periphery has released a new music video for the track "Scarlet," which can be viewed below. The band's publicist also issued the following statement about the video:

"Since their inception, Periphery have always strived to push conventional boundaries through their artwork, both musically and visually. Once again, by teaming up with the forward thinking visual effects dynamo Wes Richardson, they have reached a new pinnacle with their video for the track, 'Scarlet.' This clip brings a fresh and exciting concept to the masses with breathtaking visuals and a dynamic storyboard. This is Periphery doing what they do best; having fun all while simply rocking your socks off. Enjoy."

Periphery's Misha Mansoor (guitars) states: “We were so happy with how the 'Make Total Destroy' video came out that we knew we would have to do our next video with Wes Richardson. We told him we wanted to do something completely different from anything we had done or seen in the past, and boy did he deliver. This new video is the bee's knees AND the cat's pajamas!”

Also, don't forget to see Periphery as direct support to The Deftones from March 8th – March 30th and visit this location to view all dates. More...

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Baptists Streaming Full New Album

"Bushcraft," the debut LP from Vancouver’s explosive Baptists, is out now worldwide via Southern Lord.

Today Canadian national music outlet Exclaim! Magazine is streaming all of Baptists’ seething "Bushcraft." Check it out at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"Recorded with Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studio, the album showcases the band’s creed of destruction through a blistering hybrid of punk-fueled hardcore propelled by white-knuckled snare-blasts, d-beat thunder, dissonant riff urgency and an overall relentless by-the-throat approach.

"In addition to their hometown record release show February 28th, Baptists are locking new gigs on their way to storm through SXSW 2013. Stay tuned for an arsenal of new dates to be announced in the coming days."

2/28/2013 The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC w/ Haggatha, Erosion More...

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Heaven Shall Burn Launches New Song Puzzle

Heaven Shall Burn has now launched a brand new track entitled "Land Of The Upright Ones" off the band's upcoming album, "Veto." But to hear the track, fans will need to do a bit of work first: the song is chopped into 8 puzzle pieces that need to be put into the right sequence.

Once you've solved the puzzle, you can download the song for free. To put together the "Land Of The Upright Ones" sound puzzle (and to hear your first preview of the new Heaven Shall Burn album), click here.

Maik Weichert (guitars) comments about the song: "The song is dedicated to Thomas Sankara, a relatively unknown revolutionary whose fate is closely linked to Burkina Faso which can be translated to 'Land of upright/honest people' or 'Land of honest people'. It's a very heavy track."

Heaven Shall Burn's new album "Veto" will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on the following dates:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway: April 19th, 2013
Rest of Europe: April 22nd, 2013
Australia / New Zealand / Finland: April 26th, 2013
USA/Canada: April 30th, 2013 More...

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Vomitory To Disband At End Of 2013

Swedish death metal veterans Vomitory have decided to call it quits. Formed in 1989 by original guitarist Urban Gustafsson and bass player Ronnie "Ripper" Olson (who departed in 1996), the band released eight studio releases, including the last, 2011's "Opus Mortis VIII" for Metal Blade Records.

The band commented: "After 24 years, eight albums and hundreds of live shows across 30 countries, we have finally come to the end of the road. We in the band - Tobias, Urban, Erik and Peter - have made the collective decision to end Vomitory by the end of 2013. It has been a blast on all accounts, but all good things come to to an end, and for Vomitory it is now. We will still play as many shows as possible during 2013, and we hope to see as many of you fans as possible there, so we can thank you for your true support during all these years!" More...

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Sannhet Streaming Full New Album

The new album from Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet, the massive "Known Flood," is officially out worldwide via Sacrament Music.

Vice Magazine’s music channel Noisey.com is also now streaming the entire album, stating, “Known Flood is 45 minutes of unrelenting, expertly crafted instrumental hardcore with something to prove. Intimidated? You should be.” Hear for yourself right here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"While Sannhet was virtually a name only known in the Brooklyn/NYC underground until the release of the album, the mesh of static-filled textures and organic/natural ebb-and-flow so expertly executed on Known Flood has raked in amazing coverage from journalists across the international map over recent weeks.

"The band will celebrate with a hometown record release show this February 22nd at Sacrament Music headquarters, Saint Vitus Bar. In addition to SANNHET, the lineup features Theologian and brethren Cleanteeth, in addition to headliners Deafhaven for an exclusive East Coast show.

2/22/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Theologian, Cleanteeth, Deafhaven

"With nearly forty-five minutes of electrified post-metal, fueled with domineering riff-building movements and intense percussive hostility, Known Flood unifies Sannhet’s lightly blackened atmospheric style, captured by Colin Marston (Krallice, Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and mastered by Carl Saff. The album sees release digitally and on LP, the pressing limited to 500 with 100 on colored wax, available here."

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ForChristSake Reveals New Album Details

ForChristSake has been hard at work in the studio and is nearing completion on the recording of debut album “Apocalyptic Visions of Divine Terror.” The band is recording 16 songs of blistering "unblack" metal, and has now revealed the track listing will be as follows:

01. Blackened Lands
02. The Hollow Way of Thinking
03. Leech
04. At the Gates of Depravity
05. Deliver us From Evil
06. Last Call
07. Shadow
08. Serpent Rising
09. Red Moon
10. Walk Among the Dead
11. Necronemesis
12. Inhalation Asphyxia
13. Deification
14. Inferno
15. Apocalyptic Visions of Divine Terror
16. The Dawn of a New Day

Roxx Records has set a release date of May 7th, 2013 and the album will be offered in several different packages, including a special edition that contains the last copies of the band's personal pressings from debut self-released EP "Death is but a Breath Away."

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Eternal Flight Supporting Circle II Circle

Eternal Flight and Nightmare have announced they will be supporting Circle II Circle on an upcoming European trek in May and June. Dates and venues are available in the poster below, and further details can be found at the Circle II Circle Facebook profile. More...

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Edenbridge Signs With SPV/Steamhammer Records

Austrian symphonic metal act Edenbridge have signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. The band hasn't seen a release since the 2010 LP "Solitare" was issued through Napalm Records. The new LP "The Bonding" is expected for release on June 21st in Germany, June 24th in Europe and in the US/Canada on July 2nd. It will be available as a limited edition eco-book with a bonus CD with bonus material, a double gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, a jewel case CD and digital download.

Bandleader and composer Lanvall commented: "We are extremly happy and proud to be part of the SPV family. After several months of meetings we feel that the title of our new album "The Bonding" fits perfectly into our new home. Our fans should expect a new album filled with emotional and powerful music and a mystical artwork which will form a unity with the message of the album. Furthermore we wanna thank Napalm Records and especially A&R Thomas Caser for the past 6 years."

Steamhammer's Olly Hahn commented: "Edenbridge were always a band way ahead and I´m happy that they decided to join the SPV family. Together we will create some exciting things for the new album which will present the band in a light which they deserve!" More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Inks New Deal With Metal Blade

Flotsam and Jetsam has inked a new deal with Metal Blade Records for the album "Ugly Noise" to be released on April 16th, 2013. The label comments:

"Flotsam and Jetsam, arguably one of the most influential and prominent acts from thrash metal's birth in the early 80s, has returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, Ugly Noise. The lead single/title track is available for streaming now at this location.

"Ugly Noise is the band's eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow up to their 2010 album, The Cold. The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven't recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since High in 1997."

Flotsam and Jetsam's Kelly Smith comments on working with Metal Blade: "We have just inked a distribution deal for the release of 'Ugly Noise' through Metal Blade Records. Ugly Noise will be released worldwide in late March/Early April of 2013. It was the obvious choice for us after our long-standing relationship and Metal Blades 30 year history of metal. You can't match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them. We are excited and looking forward to working with MB in 2013."

Also, tune into Liquid Metal on SiriusXM this week for a Flotsam and Jetsam interview & Liquid Metal Takeover. Kelly Smith, Eric AK and Michael Gilbert stop by the SiriusXM NYC studios to talk to Jose Mangin about the new album and current comeback tour with Testament. Tune in to listen: More...

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Vicious Rumors Unveils New Album Art & Track List

U.S. metal act Vicious Rumors has unveiled the album artwork and track list for the band's eleventh studio LP "Electric Punishment." The album will be released on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The release will be available both as a jewel case version and double gatefold colored vinyl, as well as digitally. The cover artwork was done by German artist Christoph Schinzel, who has created covers for Anvil, Circle II Circle, Raven and Agent Steel.

Guitarist Geoff Thorpe commented: "We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach. Still we've never strayed from our course - perhaps precisely for this reason. We've remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that's an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it's something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013."

The track list for "Electric Punishment" is:

1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D-Block
5. Escape (From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
8. Eternally
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (Kiss Cover) More...

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Hatchet Posts New Music Video

California thrashers Hatchet have posted a music video for the new track "Signals of Infection." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore full length LP "Dawn of the Dead," due out on March 5, 2013 via The End Records.

The track list for "Dawn of the End" is:

1. After The Dark
2. Silenced By Death
3. Screams Of The Night
4. Fall From Grace
5. Revelations Of Good And Evil
6. Signals Of Infection
7. Dawn Of The End
8. Sinister Thoughts
9. Welcome To The Plague
10. Vanishing Point

Check out "Signals Of Infection" here: More...

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Swashbuckle Posts "Beer Goggles" Demo

Pirate thrash act Swashbuckle is streaming a demo version of the new track "Beer Goggles." The song will appear on the band's follow up LP to the 2010 release "Crime Always Pays..." The band updated the album's progress with the following post:

"We're still writing and demoing more songs for a new albums worth of piratical stupidity, so be ready for some wack as fuck jams that'll re-animate Barry White into a Mech Warrior. But for now, listen to a demo of one of our brand new songs "Beer Goggles." Tell your friends to listen to it. Tell your enemies. Shit, tell your fuckin' grandma. She's more metal than you any day."

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Nota Profana Posts "Devil's Playground" Preview

Venezuelan symphonic metal act Nota Profana, featuring Ex-Haggard/Ex-Equilibrium vocalist Gaby Koss, posted a preview medley of the band's latest LP "The Devil's Playground." The album was issued just last week and is available via iTunes.

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Onslaught Announces New Album Release Date

U.K. thrash legends Onslaught have announced that the successor album to 2011's "Sounds of Violence," yet untitled, will be released on September 13, 2013 (Friday the 13th) via AFM Records. The album will be recorded/mixed/co-produced by famed producer Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark beginning on May 18, 2013. Onslaught celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Guitarist Nige Rockett commented: "It’s awesome to be making another album with Jacob Hansen, there was never gonna be anyone else considered, simply because of the way Jacob works on a personal level and the incredible dynamics of his final mixes, we just know its gonna be totally immense…! The writing is 90% complete and its sounding very very cool, I’m not gonna say its ‘louder faster heavier’ than anything we’ve ever done because that’s a little bit cliché these days, all I will say is that ‘it’s very Fresh, it’s Old School and its Ferocious’ the rest we’ll leave up to you guys to decide..!”

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Interview

Matt Smith From Theocracy Opens Up In Nashville

As a nearly identical long-haired brunette body double for actor Neil Patrick Harris, it’s not surprising that Theocracy vocalist and main songwriter Matt Smith gets noticed by everyone whenever he walks in the room. What is surprising, however, is how his charisma and vocal bravado is saved almost entirely for the stage, along with his leather pants and red button-down shirt. The soft-spoken and calm Matt Smith in front of me in jeans, Vans, and a sweatshirt in the upstairs backstage of The Rutledge on the 15th is telling me that he’s practicing vocal rest for the show ahead of him – a demanding one, at that.

He is about to lead the Theocracy boys in the performing of their sprawling 2011 power metal blowout of an album, “As the World Bleeds,” in its entirety that Friday night to a warm Nashville, TN crowd. A show report from the night can be found here. Moreover, the show is going to be filmed and streamed on a UStream feed to the rest of the world, as part of a “Sanctuary From The Streets” benefit show, with proceeds going towards buying meals for the homeless in Nashville. Despite his warning that he wouldn’t be very chatty that night, he made time before the show for an interview with me. He talked about “As the World Bleeds,” stacking vocal tracks in the studio, and the release of the re-mixed self-titled Theocracy debut, among other things. More...

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Weeping Silence Announces Second New Vocalist

Malta's Weeping Silence announced that Dario Pace Taliana was named the band's new male vocalist to compliment new female vocalist Diane Camenzuli, who joined the band this past December. The duo replaces former vocalists Rachel & Joseph Grech.

The announcement from the band reads: "After a lengthy audition phase earlier this year, Weeping Silence are pleased to introduce their male vocalist: Dario Pace Taliana. We thank all the dedicated people who showed an interest & who tried out. Again it was a show of local metal spirit. Dario has been a longtime fan of Weeping Silence & is a true gothic-doomster at heart. His vocals will continue on the path of his forebearer Joe Grech, whom we remember with much admiration & wish great success with his other endevours! Weeping Silence is rehearsing for the upcoming local gigs (tba) & the Benelux shows in August!" More...

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Vital Breath Posts Debut LP Samples

French rock/metal act Vital Breath posted samples of the upcoming debut release "Duality." The album is set for release on March 11, 2013. Vital breath is described as "an ingenious mix between metal, rock, pop and many other influences."

Check out samples of the tracks "Eternity," "Stand Alone," "Modern Messiah," "Bad School" and "Circus" here:

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Intronaut Streaming New Track "The Welding"

Post-metal prog group Intronaut is streaming the new song "The Welding." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth release "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)," which drops via Century Media on March 19, 2013.

The full track listing for "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)" is as follows:

1. Killing Birds With Stones
2. The Welding
3. Steps
4. Sore Sight for Eyes
5. Milk Leg (see music video)
6. Harmonomicon
7. Eventual
8. Blood from a Stone
9. The Way Down

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A Perfect Day Posts Unreleased Adele Cover

A Perfect Day, the new hard rock force consisting of Labyrinth members Roberto Tiranti (Vocals), Andrea Cantarelli (Guitars) and Alessandro Bissa (Drums), posted the unreleased cover of Adele's original track for the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall." The band issued its self-titled debut LP via Frontiers Records this past November.

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