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Metal News for February 21, 2013

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43 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Scary Video

Rock and roll and horror movies are often a natural match. This week we have a very low budget video from The Deafening that incorporates the evil and shock of horror into their video. The video is their first ever and is for the song "Death Rattle N' Roll.” This is the finale track on their late 2012 release titled 'Central Booking.' Based in New York, The Deafening, are made up of Lena Hall (vocals), Burt Rock (guitar), Dylan Doyle (bass) and Mick Harrison (drums). The band mixes the seventies and eighties in both sound (and now) video exploits. More...

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The Contortionist To Support Deftones

Fresh off a run with Hatebreed and Dying Fetus, The Contortionist has announced participation in a handful of dates with Deftones.

Front man/keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter weighs in on the news: "We feel honored to be sharing the stage with the legendary Deftones! They have an incredible sound that has absolutely impacted us as musicians. Should be a surreal week."

The band will then head out on the road with label mates Within the Ruins on a batch of dates trekking to the west coast and back. The Contortionist then kicks off "The Road To Metal Fest" supporting After the Burial. Dates can be seen below.

The Contortionist released "Intrinsic" earlier this year, which landed at number #107 on the Billboard Top 200, #15 on the Hard Music Chart, and #3 on the New Artist Chart. More...

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Alunah Posts Tour Dates

Alunah has recently announced that it will be embarking on its first tour dates outside of the United Kingdom. The artists whom Alunah will be supporting on tour include Ahab, The Atomic Bitchwax, Belzebong, Black Pyramid, Colour Haze, Fatso Jetson, Truckfighters and Ufomammut among others. Below is a list of European dates starting in March and heading into May.


31/03: Alunah, The Skeletons, Cultura Tres @ Les Combustibles, Paris
27/04: DesertFest Berlin @ Astra Kulturhaus - Berlin, Germany
28/04: Date TBC
29/04: Belzebong, Alunah @ Römer - Bremen, Germany
30/04: Ufomammut, Belzebong, Alunah + 1 TBC @ Club Puschkin - Dresden, Germany
01/05: Date TBC
02/05: Date TBC
03/05: Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival @ Ungdomshuset - Copenhagen, Denmark

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Soen Album To See U.S. Release

Soen, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring the "Cognitive" debut stateside this Summer.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, "Cognitive" was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." View the band’s video for “Delenda" in the player below.

The "Cognitive" track listing is as follows:

1. Fraktal
2. Fraccions
3. Delenda
4. Last Light
5. Oscillation
6. Canvas
7. Ideate
8. Purpose
9. Slithering
10. Savia More...

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El Leon Streaming Official Video

Saltillo, Mexico hardcore band El Leon just dropped its debut full-length album. The release is titled in Greek and translates to the title "Value." El Leon are very well known in the Mexican hardcore scene, having released a very well-received EP by the name of "La Montana" previously. Below is the tracklisting and cover art for "Value," along with an upload of one of its tracks - "En Busqueda" (in search of).


01.El León
02.Dependencia
03.Fallas
04.Alpha
05.Reflexion
06.En Busqueda
07.La Pelea
08.Amistad
09.La Vision
10.Los Romanses


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Within The Ruins Announces More Tour Dates

Within the Ruins has announced a new batch of spring tour dates surrounding the release of brand new record, "Elite," due out next week. The band also recently announced its participation in the "Sick Tour II," which begins in just a few weeks.

The band will then be heading out with label-mates The Contortionist in part of the "Good Fight Tour" along with I Declare War, Reflections, and City in the Sea. Soon after that, the "Road to Metal Fest" tour kicks off with the band supporting After the Burial. Full details are available below. More...

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Kayros Streaming "Tierras Infertiles"

Concepcion, Chile stoner metal act Kayros is streaming both Part 1 and Part 2 of its latest anthology "Tierras Infertiles" over on bandcamp. Kayros first entered the scene with its "Pozo Negro" album back in 2009 and has already visited several South American countries on tour. "Tierras Infertiles" ended up as a double album, since Kayros entered the studio with fifteen songs and felt like using all of them. With so much material, the band put seven songs on the first disc and the remaining eight on the second one. Kayros had posted the digital release of "Tierras Infertiles" late last year to coincide with the tragic death of their original guitarist Choclo.


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Blatant Disarray Recording New Album

Tribunal Records act Blatant Disarray has begun recording a new full-length album. The album is being engineered and produced by guitarist/vocalist Mike Schaefer in his studio in Raleigh, NC.

Drum recording is now underway (photo below), and further recording updates can be found at the band's Facebook profile here. Blatant Disarray consists of:

Mike Schaefer - Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Johnson - Lead Guitar
Trey McLamb - Drums
Patrick Strickland - Bass More...

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The Black Coffins Streaming New EP

Brazil's The Black Coffins has released a new EP, which is now available for streaming online. "III. Graveyard Incantation" can be heard in the player below, or by heading over to Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Day The Sky Exploded 03:05
2. A World of Plagues 02:46
3. Doomlords and Conquerors 04:18
4. Nail my Coffin 02:40 More...

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Bode Preto Streaming Debut Full-Length Album

Brazilian black metallers Bode Preto are streaming their debut full-length "Inverted Blood" over on bandcamp or below in the widget. "Inverted Blood" follows the 2010 "Dark Night" EP the Teresina band released, which you may stream over on that same page. The moniker Bode Preto is Portuguese for 'black goat.' "Inverted Blood" was recorded by Bode Preto's guitarist Josh S. between April and October of 2012 at the Atlantis Studio in Teresina, Brazil.


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The Moth Gatherer Posts New Song Online

A new song from the Swedish experimental/progressive band The Moth Gatherer has found its way online thanks to Lambgoat.com. Check out "The Womb, The Woe, The Woman" right here or in the player below.

"The Womb, The Woe, The Woman" is the second unveiled track from the band's upcoming debut album entitled "A Bright Celestial Light." The album will hit shops on April 16th worldwide via Agonia Records. The previously posted song "A Road of Gravel and Skulls" is available at this location.

"A Bright Celestial Light" was mastered by Karl Daniel Liden and will feature a guest appearance from Member 001 of The Konsortium fame. The track list (5 original tracks, 44 minutes of playing time) is as follows:

1. The Water That We All Come To Need
2. Intervention
3. A Road of Gravel and Skulls
4. The Womb, The Woe, The Woman
5. A Falling Deity More...

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Sodom Reveals More "Epitome Of Torture" Info

Sodom has posted another update of information related to the forthcoming LP "Epitome of Torture." The release drops on April 26, 2013 (GER), April 29, 2013 (EU) and May 7, 2013 (US) via SPV/Steamhammer.

In the latest update, the track list is revealed and mainman Tom Angelripper talks about some of the songs:

"'The devil is in the detail,' as the old saying goes. Translated to Sodom vocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper’s sharp-tongued and highly critical powers of observation, you might also say: the worst perversions often hide behind seemingly harmless terms. What are we referring to? For example to ‘Katjuscha’, one of twelve hard-as-nails songs which Sodom present on their latest studio album, Epitome Of Torture. After all, Sodom’s ‘Katjuscha’ has little to do with the same-named folk song by Mikhail Isakovsky, but is about the Russian rocket launcher which has been responsible for death and destruction thousandfold. 'The Katjuscha' has been produced since World War II and is still used today,' the Sodom frontman explains. 'It’s been responsible for the death of more people than Stalin’s organ. To name such a deadly weapon after a girl is as grotesque as giving the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima the code name ‘Little Boy’.' It’s obvious that Sodom 2013 haven’t changed their scornful view of the world, presenting an album in Epitome Of Torture that is as uncompromising as ever in musical as well as lyrical terms. 'Unfortunately there’s still plenty of inspiration for angry lyrics around,' says Angelripper.

"The bitter thrash metal attack ‘Waterboarding’, which deals with torture methods, fits perfectly into this context. 'It always surprises me how inventive – in the most negative sense of the word – people can be when it comes to torturing others,' states the vocalist, who recorded Epitome Of Torture together with guitarist Bernemann and new drummer Markus 'Makka' Freiwald. 'At the same time, 'Epitome Of Torture' features not only typical Sodom numbers, like the title track, our new hit ‘S.O.D.O.M.’ and ‘Stigmatized’, the toughest Sodom number in ages, but also two or three recordings which are slightly more moderate and melodic than what people have come to expect from us,' Tom Angelripper points out. He is referring to songs such as ‘Cannibal’ and ‘Tracing The Victim’, which allow guitarist Bernemann to present his impressive musical skills, as well as ‘Into The Skies Of War’, on which Angelripper allowed himself to be inspired by icons such as Motörhead and Tank: 'Luckily, it’s impossible to hide my influences.' More...

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Gormogon Streaming New EP

St. Louis, MO based deathcore act Gormogon has released a new EP titled "Vanished." The full release is now available online for streaming via Bandcamp or can be heard in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bled Out 06:02
2. Medusa, My Mother 04:36
3. Deities 07:29
4. The Butcher 05:14
5. The Dream 05:52

For more info on upcoming Gormogon live activities, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Humanity Delete Posts Second Official Video

Ear-grinding extremists Humanity Delete have released the second video from their debut album, "Never Ending Nightmares." The video for "Frozen Apparition" was shot on location in Canada by 62nd Chamber Productions, who also directed the band's first video for "Necromantic Sorcery."

"Frozen Apparition" features guest guitar solos from Lasse Pyykko of Hooded Menace fame and examines the Yuki-Onna, a female spirit from ancient Japanese folklore that is known to appear during snowstorms and lure her victims outside to meet an icy death. Check the video below. "Never Ending Nightmares" was released on December 4th, 2012 through Deadbeat Media.


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Abyssal Streaming Full Album Online

Abyssal is currently streaming the full "Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius" album online, which can be heard below, and the band comments:

"Abyssal is a mysterious three-piece from the U.K. that plays a twisted form of demented, ambient, dark and epic death metal. Early 2012 they self-released their crushing debut album 'Denouement.'

"Just over a month ago, on Jan 01, 2013 they unleashed their newest opus of death metal horror entitled 'Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius.' Once again self-released by the band via hand-assembled CDs and digitally, 'Novit…' would inevitably make quite the impression with its uncanny atmosphere of utter death metal darkness, reminiscent of the vibe found within such entities as Mitochondrion, Portal, Antedilvuian, and Blut Aus Nord.

"Said impression would lead to a conspiracy between Abyssal and Profound Lore Records to release an official limited CD version of 'Novit…' which will be packaged in an exceptionally designed digipack with altered and slightly enhanced artwork (courtesy of Chimere Noire). This CD version of 'Novit…' will be limited to a one time pressing of 1000 units. It will have an official release date of April 2nd, but expect the CDs to be available to order via our website as soon as they land in our bunker (in which we project by early/mid-March)." More...

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Lantern Streaming New Song

Finnish morbid death metallers Lantern have completed work on their debut album, "Below," which will be released this spring through Dark Descent Records on CD and vinyl formats. Since forming in 2007, Lantern have continued to evolve their unique take on ancient death and "Below" is a definitive thirty-eight minute statement. Dark Descent Records has posted a promo video of the song "Revenant," which you can check out below.


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Vhol Reveals New Album Details

Vhol, the new group comprised of vocalist Mike Scheidt, guitarist John Cobbett, drummer Aesop Dekker, and bassist Sigrid Sheie, has completed work on a self-titled debut album due for release April 16th. Profound Lore Records comments on the release:

"[The album] has been deemed as one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year. Anticipated out of the curiosity of what VHOL is going to sound like and the pedigree at the band’s disposal with the members’ respective repertoires already at hand.

"Initially formed by Cobbett and Dekker to create music together again post-Ludicra fallout, Vhol would take shape quickly. When Cobbett and Dekker were thinking of a vocalist, their first choice was easily Mike Scheidt of YOB and Scheidt immediately accepted to join the contingent without even hearing a note of music. Rounding off the lineup on bass would be Hammers of Misfortune/Amber Asylum keyboardist/bassist Sigrid Sheie respectively.

"When the initial idea of Vhol surfaced, one of the initial intentions was to write music of a faster nature. Not to necessarily continue where Ludicare left off, but Vhol would eventually become a vehicle for the respective musicians to further explore their musical roots a bit more. By combining elements of old-school punk, dbeat hardcore, classic old-school metal (a good combination of traditional classic metal ala Judas Priest and speed metal in the 'Kill ‘Em All'/'Show No Mercy' vein), and a touch of outsider black metal, Vhol have created a sound unlike anyone in metal today. One that is raw, primal, fierce, triumphant, and ultimately face melting. This fact solidified even more by Scheidt’s distinct vocal delivery where he expands his vocal capabilities into the beyond." More...

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Goatcraft Releasing New Album

Forbidden Records has set March 20th as the date on which Goatcraft's "All for Naught" will be released.

Comprised of equal parts dark ambient, horror movie soundtrack and death metal-inspired violent neo-classical piano, "All for Naught" is music for a new millennium. Elegant melodies rise from aggressive hammering piano, and then descend into moods of bleakness and conflict. The eleven-song tracklisting and cover art of "All for Naught" follows below, along with an upload of the first track "Call Me Judas."

Call Me Judas
Infinite Death
Goat Will Riot
Gate I
Isolation Ripens
Vestibule to the Abyss
Laconism of the Cosmos
Gate II
Everything Will Die
The Rape of Europa
Consciousness is a Disease More...

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Soilwork Updates North American Tour

On March 12, 2013 Swedish melodic metal act Soilwork will kick off its world tour in North America, marking the band's first time headlining in this territory in almost three years.

The extensive trek through the U.S. and Canada, "North American Infinity Tour 2013," will feature support from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, and Wretched. An updated list of tour dates can be seen below.

Contrary to the tour poster featured below, The Browning will not be on the trek. Check out the band's statement on dropping off the run right here.

"All of us in Soilwork are excited to announce the first of many killer tours to come," said drummer Dirk Verbeuren. "We can't wait to take some of our new songs to the stage, and with two CDs worth of material, picking a set list is gonna be interesting to say the least... We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!" More...

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A Transylvanian Funeral Releasing Second Album

Twelve rituals of primitive black magick in the form of "Gorgos Goetia" - the new album from A Transylvanian Funeral - will be offered to the international masses on March 20th for the apt sum of $6.66 from Forbidden Records and other online retailers worldwide.

"Gorgos Goetia" is a staggering 72 minutes of raw and unbridled black metal magick, with no drum machines, no keyboards and minimal production values to retain the creative and improvisational style that Sleepwalker is known for on his multi-instrumentalist albums. The tracklisting and cover art of "Gorgos Goetia" is featured below.

Cold Blood and Darkness
Burning Astral Hunger
Light Cast Out
The Supreme Rite of Transmutation
Fear
Mars Exalted in Capricorn
Moonchild
Percival in Black Armor
Ten of Swords
Hymn to a Gorgon
Goliath Resurrected More...

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Coldsteel Streaming Entire EP

After 20 years of silence, reactivated NYC underground thrashers Coldsteel have returned with the release of "America Idle," out today via Stormspell Records. The five-song EP is an aggressive display of muscular trash metal flavored with engaging melodies and pit-enticing riffs that sees this veteran act roaring their way into today's metal scene. Besides the digital download, the CD version and 12" Vinyl LP (Limited to 1,000 units) will be available through Stormspell Records, CD Baby and the band's website. A 12" Vinyl Picture Disc (Limited to 200 units) will also be available exclusively through the Coldsteel website as well.

RockNReelReviews.com is now streaming America Idle in full on its website, or below in the player. The site recently conducted an interview with COLDSTEEL vocalist Troy Norr, which can be read at this location. Besides its record release party on February 23rd at Duff's Brooklyn, Coldsteel will be hitting the stage in support of U.D.O. on April 9th at Revolution & Bar Music Hall in Amityville, NY.

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Marvel Posts "Black Stone" Video

Ukraine based band Marvel are gearing up for the release of new EP "Black Stone," which was recorded at the Max Morton Studio in December, 2012. A music video for the title track can be viewed below. For more info on the band, head over to the Marvel Facebook profile here.

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Cultura Tres Reveals Upcoming Album Artwork

Venezuelan sludge lords Cultura Tres have revealed details of their upcoming third album "Rezando al Miedo" (praying to fear).

The cover artwork for the album, which is due to drop on May 15th, is a rendition of the painting "Day of Judgment" by Damian Michaels. The eight song album was produced, mixed and mastered by Alejandro Londono and recorded in Cultura Tres' studios by Juan De Ferrari and Alejandro Londono. ”Rezando Al Miedo”, will be released on CD in UK by Devouter Records and in South America by the Argentinian label Cumpa Records. The digital version of the record will be available on the same date as well.

The dates for the Cultura Tres’ first European performances for 2013 can be seen below. Stay tuned for further updates as more shows get confirmed!

20.03 - The Netherlands, Amsterdam @ The Cave
22.03 - Germany, Cologne @ MTC Cologne
23.03 - Czech Republic, Cheb @ Jazzrock Café
28.03 - Austria, Vienna @ EKH
30.03 - Luxemburg, Dudelange @ Why not?
31.03 - France, Paris @ Les Combustibles
09.04 - France, Saint-Etienne @ Thunderbird Lounge 42
13.04 - Spain, Barcelona @ Be Good More...

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Saxon Posts Making-Of Footage

Saxon will be releasing a new music video for the track "Sacrifice" this coming February 25th, 2013. The band has now released behind the scenes footage showcasing how the video came together, which can be viewed below. The band will also be releasing new album "Sacrifice" on the following dates:

Europe: March 1st, 2013
UK: March 4th, 2013
USA: March 26th, 2013

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Destroying Divinity To Record New Album

Czech Republic act Destroying Divinity has checked in with the following update about gearing up to record a new album:

"Unholy hails to all the death metal maniacs worldwide, it's been a while.. We got some news, bad ones and good ones. Let's start with the bad ones; first and foremost, we were forced to terminate our contract with Brutal Bands as they seem to have absolutely no interest in further working with us, we haven't heard from the label since the release of our latest album Dark Future.

"They haven't replied to any of our e-mails past two years, we don't know of any promotion done by the label and they also failed in the manufacturing of the merchandise, which also was their responsibility according to the deal. The album was doing well amongst both fans and reviewers even without any support from the label, which is pleasing us and pissing us off at the same time, so it's obvious that we as a band do not want to work with Brutal Bands any more as it looks completely worthless. Thus we will release our next full-length under some other label and we are also considering releasing of the vinyl version of Dark Future album under someone else, so if someone is interested, offers are welcome. More...

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Chariots Of The Gods Announces New Tour Dates

Ottawa, ON's melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods are proud to announce they will performing a string of Quebec and Ontario tour dates in support of recently released full-length album "Tides of War" (reviewed here). Dates are as follows:

March 8, 2013 - Le Petit Chicago - Gatineau, QC
March 15, 2013 - The Doors Pub - Hamilton, ON
March 16, 2013 - D.C. Music Theatre - Etobicoke, ON (Toronto) METAL FEST w/ Adversary Number 7
March 23, 2013 - Woodstock Bar - Sherbrooke, QC w/ Made Up A Reason, Black Absinthe
March 29, 2013 - Carleton University - Ottawa, ON

You can also check out the music video for the title track off "Tides of War" in the YouTube player below. More...

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Fen Releases New Music Video

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen (not to be confused with the U.K. atmospheric black metal act of the same name) have released their latest music video "A Long Line," taken from fifth and latest album "Of Losing Interest." Check out the clip below.

The album was released last summer via indie label Ripple Music and follows the band's fourth release "Trails Out Of Gloom." Fen will also be performing at this year's Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kick Off on March 21st at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) in Vancouver, BC. More...

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East Of The Wall Releases Charity Demo

New Jersey progressive metal unit East of the Wall has posted a new digital single to benefit Translator Audio, the NYC-based studio having been completely destroyed when Hurricane Sandy blasted the East Coast in October.

Translator Audio was the place countless bands have recorded material, including Keelhaul, Unsane, Pelican, Cave In, Made Out Of Babies, Rosetta, and more, including where East the Wall recorded the 2011-released "The Apologist" LP.

In order to raise money for the studio’s reconstruction fund, East of the Wall is releasing a demo of a track scheduled for the group's yet-to-be-recorded upcoming album, which will be released later this year via Translation Loss Records.

The track, titled “I'm Always Fighting Drago,” is the first to feature the band's revamped lineup, which still includes drummer Seth Rheam, guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo, and guitarist/vocalist Chris Alfano, along with new guitarist Ray Suhy and guitarist/vocalist Greg Kuter filling the holes left by departing members Brett Bamberger (bass/vocals) and Kevin Conway (guitar/vocals).

Suhy (also guitarist for The Baltic Sea) has been performing and writing with East of the Wall for over a year, first as a touring guitarist, and then joining as a full member when Conway left the band last April. Shortly afterwards, Bamberger left the band to join Revocation full-time. After some restructuring, Alfano moved to bass and Kuter was added, completing the lineup, and in the process adding the strongest melodic vocal element the band has ever produced. More...

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The Browning Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Texas electronic metal act The Browning has posted the following announcement online about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"We regret to announce that due to scheduling conflicts with recording our new album and shooting a new music video we're having to pull off of the upcoming Soilwork tour.

"We apologize to any fans that were expecting to see us at these shows. We're really excited for everyone to hear our new album and that's why its important for us to get back into the studio as soon as possible. Get ready for new music!"

For more info on upcoming activity from The Browning, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Relapse Releases "Patlapse" Compilation Online

Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:

"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"

The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:

"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.

"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.

"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Luna Mortis Reuniting

After previously disbanding, Luna Mortis has now announced a 2013 reunion for various festival appearances. The band issued the following statement:

"Hey everyone! As many of you know, we've been contemplating what 2013 might bring for Luna Mortis.

"It's with great excitement to confirm that the band WILL be reuniting this year! Details are still forthcoming, though we're booking festivals, and all five members from 'The Absence' are discussing the possibilities.

"We want to thank you for all your continued support, especially during our extended hiatus - YOU are the reason this is happening! Have ideas for the reunion? Share them with us!" More...

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Funeral For A Friend Cancels Tonight's Show

Funeral For A Friend has posted the following message online about canceling tonight's live show due to Matthew Davies falling ill:

"Guys, we're really sorry but we are going to have to cancel tonight's show. We've just got to the venue and Matt is very, very ill.

"We can't apologize enough for doing this so late notice and especially as this show was already rescheduled once due to the snow. We're talking with the promoter about whether to reschedule or just do refunds, so more news on that soon but we wanted to get something online asap as it's very late in the day.

"Once again, we are incredibly sorry and can only apologize for this but Matt is simply in no state to do a show. More news later this evening." More...

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End Of Green Working On New Album

Napalm Records has checked in with the following announcement about End of Green hitting the road and working on a new album:

"Alternative, Metal, Goth or Rock´n´Roll – may others give it a name. Michelle Darkness, Kerker, Lusiffer, Hampez and Sad Sir have been following their path since the beginning: loud, intense and full of wild passion.

"Already 3 albums from End of Green went straight into the German Longplay Charts, 'High Hopes in High Place' even climbed up to number 17 in the German Charts. At the moment, End of Green are working on their yet untitled 8th album, which will be released via Napalm Records in the summer of 2013!" More...

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Delain Signs Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records

Napalm Records announced that it has inked Dutch symphonic metal act Delain to a worldwide contract. The band recently issued its latest LP "We Are the Others" (see review over here) through Roadrunner in Europe and Sensory Records in North America.

The announcement reads: "Last week, Delain's Charlotte & Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria, in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. As you can see on the picture, they did it voluntarily without being coerced into anything. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry though, she’s fine and Delain is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!"

The band commented: "We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on, and reach out to our fans."

Thomas Caser, Head Of Napalm A&R stated: "Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that Delain are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring Delain to the top!" More...

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Dave Lombardo Replaced On Slayer Tour

After recently questioning the accounting and managerial practices of his band Slayer, Dave Lombardo was notified that his services behind the kit would not be needed on the band's Slayer Australian Tour 2013.

The following is a message that Dave Lombardo posted to his Facebook public figure page:

I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums. So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Sincerely,
Dave Lombardo

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Not Your Average Benefit Show In Country Town, USA

Nashville has a lot of homeless people. That’s an understatement. Nashville has a massive amount of homeless, displaced, and destitute folks living out in the streets. Regardless of what your particular beliefs are about these people, they are real, they are there, and they are hungry. In a solid underdog move in the cold of February, the heavy metal genre found a way to do something about feeding these fellow human beings by pairing up for a show to benefit an organization that does just that – The Bridge Bunch.

Part of Christian Pastor Bob Beeman’s “Sanctuary International – The Rock N’ Roll Refuge,” The Bridge Bunch claims to serve about 4,500 meals per month to these folks under the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Nashville, TN. On the night of February 15th, the titans of progressive power metal in Theocracy headlined a bill backed by Illinois-based Innersiege and Nashville’s own Oblivion Myth in support of The Bridge Bunch’s efforts. With the country-fied Kid Rock playing a show in town that night, as well as Lindsey Stirling, the dancing-violinist-turned-YouTube-sensation from America’s Got Talent, the heavy metal fundraiser served as a nice counterpoint.

It was to be a night to remember for those in attendance, as Theocracy had announced prior to the show that they were going to play their entire latest album, “As the World Bleeds,” in its entirety at this show, along with another to-be-experienced-live surprise. Along with Innersiege following suit in deciding to play their entire “Kingdom of Shadows” album, Theocracy held the final surprise ace – they would play the entire 24-minute “Mirror of Souls” song and “Absolution Day” as well. Moreover, it would be broadcast on a UStream feed for the rest of the online world. More...

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Voodoo Circle Posts New Album Preview

German hard rock act Voodoo Circle, featuring Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner, posted a preview of the band's new album "More Than One Way Home." The album is set to drop on February 22, 2013 via AFM Records. A video for "Cry for Love" can be viewed here and the track "Graveyard City" is streaming here.

Check out the preview clip:

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Lost Society Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. 2

Finnish thrash act Lost Society posted the second in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the upcoming debut release "Fast Loud Death" (part one can be viewed at this location). In the second part, the band provides you with background information on the next three songs ("Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)," "Bitch, Out' My Way" and "Fast Loud Death"). "Fast Loud Death" drops on March 15, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. A video for "Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)" can be seen over here and the track "Braindead Metalhead" is streaming over here.

Check out part two here:

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Pump Announces New Vocalist

German heavy rockers Pump announced the addition of vocalist Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band/Ex-Ripe/D.I.M.) to the group. For a taste of Weers, the band has posted a preview for the new track "Tear Down The Walls" (shown below).

Bassist Michael Vetter commented on the addition of Weers: “We had many candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really good musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”

Guitarist Aki Reissmann added: “We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Oliver Weers into the band as vocalist. Oliver has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first week of jamming with him we were able to finish the recoding of the new album ‘Waiting For The Rapture‘ soon. Oliver’s voice add new dimensions to our sound. Thanks for always supporting PUMP, and keep your ears open for hot news in 2013.”

Check out Weers here in "Tear Down the Walls": More...

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Three Crowns Releases New Lyric Video

Three Crowns has posted a lyric video online for the song "Strength In Numbers," which can be found below.

The track comes off the "Commodity" full-length album, due for release on March 5th, 2013 via Famined Records. Pre-orders are available now at this location.

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Huntress Comments On Upcoming Album

After recently announcing the band will be working with famed producer Zeuss on an upcoming release, Huntress has now checked in with the following album update:

"Huntress 'Album 2' update! We have confirmed Vance Kelly as album cover artist again! Vance created the epic cover for 'Spell Eater,' released April 2012 on Napalm Records. He's immensely talented and intelligent, committing himself to every project entirely.

"Although we cannot reveal much about our next record yet, I can say Vance's album cover for Huntress will be out of this world!

"Check out Vance Kelly's blog here. He's created some killer art for The Sword, Graveyard, High On Fire, Pentagram, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Death Angel."

Huntress was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 for our annual year-end awards, and is working on the follow-up to debut album "Spell Eater" (reviewed here).

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Death Wolf Streaming Full New Album

To celebrate the start of their first-ever tour in North America, Swedish blackened punks Death Wolf are now streaming their new album, "II: Black Armoured Death," in its entierty on Lambgoat.com. Check out the album at this location.

"II: Black Armoured Death" will be unleashed on March 19th in North America via Century Media Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Noche De Brujas (stream the track here)
2. World Serpent
3. Lord Of Putrefaction
4. Darkness Of Hel
5. Sudden Bloodletter
6. Malice Striker
7. Night Stalker
8. Luciferian Blood Covenant
9. Black Armoured Death
10. Death Wolf March
11. Little Black Angel (Death in June cover)
12. Snake Mountain
13. Rothenburg More...

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Illuminations Posts New Lyric Video

U.S. metal act Illuminations has released a new lyric video for "Dead City," which can be viewed below. Vocalist Eric Hendricks comments:

"Our new single 'Dead City' is about a persons struggle with depression. And how everything around you can feel 'dead,' or like no one is there for you. And no one could know what you are going through.

"The allegory is that of a girl feeling isolated and alone in a world with surroundings and people who seem to both be cold and don't care. All the while she deals with thoughts of suicide, extreme sadness and weathering the questions that plague her mind.

"Thanks for reading and listening. It is important to know also if you deal with issues such as these, there is help. People do care. And as the end of the song alludes to, this could end."

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