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Metal News for February 23, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Blizzard At Sea Posts New Video Trailer

Iowa City metal act Blizzard at Sea is gearing up for the release of the album-length video for the band's debut effort "Invariance." With a release date set at 3/6/2012, the video is right around the corner.

Check out the second trailer below. The previously posted teaser for "Invariance" is also still available at this location.

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Fear Factory Reveals Upcoming Tour Dates

Fear Factory today confirms the band's first tour dates for 2012. Set to begin in San Antonio on May 1st, the tour’s initial dates include stops in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Denver among others.

Joining Fear Factory for the tour is Boston’s Shadows Fall, Kansas City-based The Browning, Riverside, California’s The Devastated, and Legacy Of Disorder from New Zealand. The tour will precede the release of Fear Factory’s new album titled "The Industrialist."

Fear Factory recently announced the addition of bass player Matt DeVries. The Ohio native previously noted, “I have been asked to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of Fear Factory since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band.” Guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell noted, “we are very excited to have Matt playing bass for Fear Factory. We feel he is a great addition to our touring line-up. He has been a friend for a very long time and he is a great musician who will be a perfect instrument in the FF machine.”

With rehearsals for the tour expected to start soon, the members of Fear Factory are finishing details on their forthcoming new album expected for release early summer. Greg Reely has now completed the album’s mix. All that remains is final artwork and packaging. Regarding the new material, Cazares and Bell affirm, “this album perfectly captures the true nature of Fear Factory. The industrial/metal blend is a strong return to our original concept for Fear Factory." More...

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Toad Announces New Tour Dates

Phoenix, Arizona metal miscreants Toad are set to embark on a live takeover next month. The punishment will begin on March 2nd in Tempe and wind its way through 15 cities before coming to a ceremonial close in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The band will be joined by a host of eclectic bands throughout the tour including Lo-Pan, Sons Of Tonatiuh, Black Market Ministry and more.

Commented the band in a collective statement: “TOAD has long been preparing for this moment, and the time has finally come. This journey will lead us into uncharted territory and will spark the widespread corruption of anyone and everyone that is either willing or unfortunate enough to participate. We are confident that this experience will be only the beginning of the debauchery and mayhem that is yet to come.”

TOAD — short for “Take Over And Destroy” — will be touring in support of the five track "Rotten Tide" EP, self-released last year. Flaunting a fully analog recording, the monolithic offering was produced by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording and features the exclusive use of vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s to create “a true rock ‘n’ roll sound.”

Toad's upcoming live shows are as follows: More...

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Hellsaw Posts New Music Video

Austrian black metal act Hellsaw posted a new music video for the song "Trist." The song is the title track of the band's forthcoming fourth offering, which is due for release on February 24, 2012

The track listing for "Trist" is:

1. The Devil Is Calling My Name
2. Sorrow Is Horror
3. Doom Pervades My Nightmares
4. The Forerunner of the Apocalypse
5. Death Bells
6. Trist
7. A Winter Cold
8. Beldam. 1450
9. Silence

Check out the video here:

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Castle Posts "Descent Of Man" Video

“Descent Of Man,” the latest video from San Francisco's Castle, can be viewed below. Produced by Toronto based Pistoltrixx, and directed by Jaan Silmberg, “Descent Of Man” is the second video from the band's debut LP/CD “In Witch Order” available on Germany's Ván Records. Check out the clip below.

The new video comes hot on the heels of the recently announced tour which will see Castle performing with Ván Records label mates Verdunkeln and Year of the Gaot at select shows across Germany and The Netherlands this May. Confirmed dates:

May 04 – Leipzig, GER, Hellraiser Club
May 05 - Berlin, GER - Blackland
May 11 - Mannheim, GER - 7er Club
May 12 - Oberhausen, GER - Turbinenhalle More...

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Daemonicus Announces Return To The Balkans

Daemonicus has checked in with the following announcement about returning to the Balkans after a disastrous tour in 2010 in which the band's van was broken into:

"During winter early 2010 Daemonicus headed for a tour on the Balkans supporting Negura Bunget. The disaster-ridden tour contained a robbery and people freezing to death outside the of the accommodations, but did also let the band evolve as a live act to be reckoned with.

"The noted robbery of the band's own van took place in Greece outside a 'squat,' i.e an area illegally (and by force) occupied by students. But this was far from the only misfortune to take place during the three weeks of touring:

* Cancelled shows after driving more than 1000 km on one night.
* Seventeen citizens (17!) froze to death during one cold night in the Transylvania area, with temperatures reaching 32 degrees below zero.
* A tour van with almost no heating, and later on without front window and rear view mirrors.
* A stolen passport, resulting in the driver being left in Greece while the band went to Bulgaria to perform a gig. More...

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John 5 Announces Solo CD/DVD Release

John 5 is pleased to announce the new release date for his upcoming full-length solo CD/DVD, "God Told Me To." The CD/DVD will be released through Rocket Science Ventures and Sony/RED on May 8th, 2012—just days before he heads out to perform with Rob Zombie on an upcoming co-headliner with Megadeth (see below for tour dates).

"God Told Me To" was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee) and Bob Marlette (Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath) in 2011. The cover art for the album is illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who is also tapping John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, "The Lords of Salem."

The following press release was issued about John 5's upcoming album: More...

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Disparaged Finishes Recording New Album

Swiss death metal institution Disparaged has just come back from new time spent in the studio. Disparaged guitarist Ralph Beier commented:

"We just recorded our new CD 'And Babylon Fell' with the famous producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heaven Shall Burn) in Denmark. We are currently looking for a new label."

Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time you can check out photos from the recording process and find more info on Disparaged via the band's Facebook profile.

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Slipknot and Mushroomhead Warming Up To Tour

Talk around rival bands Mushroomhead and Slipknot touring together is heating up. During a Q&A on a recent show of "An Evening with Corey Taylor," Corey was asked about the possibility of doing a tour with Mushroomhead, surprisingly Taylor answered with a "maybe" bringing some boos until he explained:

"My problem has never been with that band, at the time my problem was with his fans. The first time we played Cleveland fans came down, did not say shit and his f...ans down and threw stones against us. They beat Paul in the face with a padlock the size of my fist; This while we were on stage. When we finished playing, we took all our shit and went to the hearing. There were plenty of them, but we were all nine of us, was Machine Head and all our friends for a group called Amen. - Say you just take care of the damn thing right there. "

Corey explained on the proposed tour with Mushroomhead:

"I would welcome. I love to do something well, you know. Especially now. I think it would be nice to ride something together and see that shit happens. Slipknot, Mushroomhead, GWAR and Mudvayne's cursed. Because if one thing I learned is that do not cling to a stupid shit, let it go. "

On the other hand, Mushroomhead has also seen the good side of this, published in their official Facebook message:

"Jeffrey Nothing (vocals) ... Honestly, I think Paul would have wanted this to happen and JJ (John Sekula, guitarist Mushroomhead who died in October 2010) as well. Seriously, let's do this 'thing' becomes a reality, join the group!"

As a sign that the bands' relationship is on the mend, a show has been announced featuring members from both bands and their side projects. Here are the details:

Tuesday, April 17th Peabody's in Cleveland, OH

Featuring:
#0 Sid Wilson from Slipknot DJ Set
Stitch From Mushroomhead DJ Set
Nothing (Jeffrey Nothing's side project; first Show in North America)
Tenafly Viper (Waylon's Side Project)

Fans are showing their support for the bands coming together to tour via a Facebook page dedicated to the cause. Slipknot's manager reportedly contacted the Mushroomhead camp and said if they can get enough likes on the facebook page, the tour would be a go.

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The Safety Fire Streaming New Single

The Safety Fire is finally ready to release the band's first full-length album, "Grind The Ocean," on April 9th in the UK and April 10th in North America. Originally set to be released in late February via Inside Out Music, Grind The Ocean is available for pre-order here.

In anticipation of this upcoming release, the band has now debuted a new single, "Circassian Beauties" online. Listen to the track in the player below. A video for the band's first single, "Huge Hammers," can also be viewed here. More...

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Incoming Cerebral Ovderdrive Reveals Album Details

Incoming Cerebral Overdrive's new album, "Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift," is now confirmed for release worldwide on May 7th via Italy's Supernatural Cat Records. The cover art, created by Malleus Rock Art Labs, can be viewed at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Mirzam
2. Sirius
3. Betelgeuse
4. Kochab
5. Adhara
6. Pherkad
7. Sirius B
8. Polaris
9. Bellatrix
10. Rigel

The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Incoming Cerebral Overdrive first emerged with their debut Cerebral Heart (Myphonic Records, 2008) which was characterized by a ferocious energy that has stayed with them to this day. However it was their union with Supernatural Cat and the 2009 album Controverso where they defined and honed their unique sound into something all the more dynamic. Their style on one hand was contemporary, heavy, furious and dirty, whilst also acknowledging and embracing Italy's progressive musical past. Controverso really was the first step in a more focused direction. More...

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Korpiklanni Announces New Member; Tour Plans

Finnish folk band Korpiklaani announced a new European tour for April 2012 and introduced new fiddler Tuomas Rounakari who joined the band. The band's forthcoming album "Kunnia" is scheduled for release on July 18th (Finland) and July 20th (World) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The band made the following post on their Facebook page about the addition of Rounakari:

We took Tuomas aboard when we noticed that he was actually the only sensible choice for us. We had already thought of him before but were always afraid that he'd be too busy to join us, because Korpiklaani demands much time from every band member. When we finally asked him, he replied that it'd be an exciting challenge and big chance for him, so he agreed to take over the fiddle for us - we're more than happy about his decision! At the moment the whole band is gathered in the studio where we've recently entered the final stage of recording, with Jonne laying down his vocal lines and only a few folk parts waiting to be recorded. If all goes to plan, the album will be ready for mixing at the end of March.

The confirmed European tour dates are:

08.04 - FRA, Lille - Aeronef
09.04 - FRA, Paris - Divan Du Monde
10.04 - FRA, Toulouse - Bikini
11.04 - FRA, Lyon - CCO
12.04 - ESP, Bilbao - Rockstar Live
13.04 - ESP, Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
14.04 - ESP, Madrid - Caracol
15.04 - ESP, Santiago De Compostella - Capitol
16.04 - POR, Porto - Hard Club
17.04 - POR, Lisbon - República Da Música
18.04 - ESP, Seville - Fanatic
19.04 - ESP, Valencia - Rock City
20.04 - FRA, Toulon - Le Vox
21.04 - ITA, Milan - Magazzini Generali
22.04 - ITA, Florence - Viper Club
23.04 - CRO, Zagreb – Boogaloo

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My Victim To Release "13" In Physical Format

Hands Of Blue Records has issued the following announcement about San Francisco's My Victim releasing the "13" album:

"After 25 years, finally Bay Area Thrashers MY VICTIM have found a home.

"They had to look far, but finally found a harbour for their fantastic album '13,' which has been recorded already two years ago, in Germany. Hands Of Blue Records is proud to announce the release of the album, which already received various raving reviews and is awaited by the metal underground in Europe with longing, to be set for end of April. Before the physical CD, a worldwide digital release is planned for two weeks before the album ships.

"'13' consists of 14 songs with a total playing time of over 50 minutes and will be released as a jewel case version with an eight page booklet including lyrics. The booklet is currently designed by Julian Pavel, Berlin."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Time Wasted
2. Lights
3. Days Gone
4. For Randy
5. Hopeless
6. Burning Life
7. Heroes or Enemies
8. No End
9. M.V.T.Z.M
10. This Bitter Pill
11. Rise and Fall
12. Ashes to Ashes
13. Wake Me
14. Into Eternity

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Dave Mustaine Makes Controversial Comments

In an interview that came out today in L.A. Weekly, Dave Mustaine made some rather limiting comments about African women who have too many children. Below is an excerpt from that interview conducted by reporter Linda Leseman, the Megadeth frontman has the following comments:

"There's so many houses without a dad that it's just terrible. I mean, you know how they used to say there should be a license to have a baby? Well, as far-fetched as that sounds, I really think that, if the parents aren't going to stick together, they shouldn't make that kind of commitment to life. I watch some of these shows from over in Africa, and you've got starving women with six kids. Well, how about, you know, put a plug in it? It's like, you shouldn't be having children if you can't feed them."

Mustaine also discusses how Bible prophecies are coming true, how he watches cooking shows and how Rick Santorum is the classiest of all the Republican candidates. Read the full interview by going here.

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Belphegor Begins Work On New Album

Guitarist/vocalist Helmuth Lehner, of extreme metal commando Belphegor, has revealed that the group is working on fresh material for an upcoming tenth full-length album.

The as of yet untitled record is tentatively slated for a late 2012 release, and will be the follow up to January 2011´s "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). From this coming Saturday until next Wednesday, Belphegor will start the first rehearsal session for the album in Abtenau, Austria. The drum duties will again be handled by Mr. Marthyn, who performed on Blood Magick Necromance.

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new audible monster," commented Helmuth. “I begun the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in a rehabilitation center because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I’m not fully recovered but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals."

"At this time, we don’t feel the pressure of a hard touring schedule and all the rigors surrounding that,” stated bass devastator Serpenth., “The way we can concentrate and create these arrangements in a completely focused way and can even put more energy, blood and guts inside. We are working intensely on ten tracks. We are totally concentrated, you know, the musick reigns above all. Magick. It’s time for a new chapter."

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Additional Europe Dates

Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire announced additional dates for the band's European Tour.

Founding member/keyboardist Alex Staropoli previously commented on the tour:

This is going to be the best tour ever for Rhapsody Of Fire. The band will be doing some great new things that we’ve never done before. Among those new things, we’ll be playing a lot more songs compared to our previous tours, and not only more songs, but songs that our fans have requested to hear most. We’re also giving fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face in order to bring us very close to our fans in a very personal and meaningful way.

The additional dates added are as follows:

15.04.2012 Szene (Vienna, Austria)
17.04.2012 Master of Rock Cafe (Zlin, Czech Republic)
18.04.2012 Kwadrat (Krakow, Poland)
19.04.2012 Progresja (Warsaw, Poland)

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Posts New Single

After spending many months working on the band's debut full-length, 7 Horns 7 Eyes will finally be unleashing "Throes Of Absolution" upon North America on April 24th via Century Media Records. In anticipation of this release, the band is now premiering the album's first single, "Divine Amnesty," on Metal Sucks. To listen to the track, click here.

A teaser trailer for "Throes Of Absolution" can be viewed below, and the tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Divine Amnesty
2. Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3. The Hill Difficulty
4. Cycle of Self
5. Delusions
6. A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
7. Vindicator
8. The Winnowing
9. Regeneration More...

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MyChildren MyBride Streaming New Song

With less than a month to go, MyChildren MyBride is marching toward the release of the band's new self-titled album, available online and in stores everywhere March 13th via Solid State Records.

Today the band has unveiled a new track titled "God of Nothing," which can be heard at this location.

"With 'God of Nothing' we weren't afraid to try something weird and new," explains vocalist Matthew Hasting. "The guys wrote one of the heaviest songs we've ever released as a band and I tried anything and everything vocally. The result is a song that is dark, grimy, eerie and one of our favorites off the new album. Lyrically the song deals with our souls being bought with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is the birth of a new possibilities with MCMB and we hope fans like it!"

For MyChildren MyBride, the self-titled album represents a new chapter for the band, and stamps the advent of a refined sound the members have been chasing since MCMB's inception. "That's exactly what this album is, a new beginning," says guitarist Robert Bloomfield. "I really do feel we found our sound. It's definitely MCMB still, but with this new flare that we've all loved and understood but never figured out a way to translate it to our music. I feel like everything we've done as a band all comes together in this one record. It's the best album in our career so far." More...

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Exumer Announces South American Shows

German thrashers Exumer have been confirmed to play a series of live shows in South America in June, 2012. The trek will take the band through Argentina Chile and Brazil. Exumer's Danish thrash masters Artillery are joining them on the whole tour. This is Exumer's first appearance in South American in 24 years, where the band last played in Brazil in 1988.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: "We have been waiting for this moment for a long, long time! It's a huge milestone in our career to return to Brazil after 24 years, where there are numerous online communities that wholeheartedly embrace EXUMER and where our fans have been loyally following us since our first appearances in the 1980s. There could hardly be a more cult tour package, between EXUMER and ARTILLERY, to hit South America and the timing could not be better for us to return there shortly after the release of our new album."

Exumer's first new album in 25 years, "Fire And Damnation," will be released via Metal Blade Records in April 2012.

Artillery's Michael Stützer Comments: "Artillery are looking forward to come to South America to play for some of the most dedicated thrashers in the world. It has been one of our main goals from the start of Artillery and we are so excited to play for the headbangers, who has supported us through all these years!" More...

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Zombie Eating Horse Splits With Drummer

Zombie Eating Horse has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Some of you may or may not know yet, our drummer Dyame has decided to part ways with Zombie Eating Horse, he wants to finish college and persue a career, we wish him the best of luck and will remain a brother to us by all means.

"Finding a new drummer will be tough, Dyame set the bar pretty high for us, we do have a few possible drummers in mind. If you or someone you know would like to try out, we are open to any auditions, send them our way ZombieEatingHorse@gmail.com."

For more on Zombie Eating Horse, check out the band's official Facebook profile.

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Vision Of Disorder Signs With Candlelight Records

Vision of Disorder has issued the following announcement about signing on with Candlelight Records:

"Before the word 'Metalcore' existed… Vision Of Disorder did. We did what we did because WE loved it, not because we thought others might. 20 years later we’re, once again, at work with the same approach. After a newly inked deal on Candlelight Records, we are about to begin tracking on our first studio album in a decade. We are bringing all the elements of what made us unique and ferocious to the table. Playing reunion shows over the past few years and seeing such positive responses has truly been inspirational. This album is absolutely dedicated to our fans that have stuck by us through our ups and downs. Without them, it would not have been."

The band will start recording the as-yet-untitled album in the next month or so with Will Putney (Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, Four Year Strong) and Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Social Distortion, Ignite, Pennywise) will be handling mixing of the album.

Darren Toms, Candlelight’s European label manager, had this to say about the new collaboration:

“I have been a fan of the band since the first release many years ago on Roadrunner/Supersoul and after hearing the new material I’m very excited to be working with the band and getting them back to where they need to be in today’s market.”

Candlelight also issued the following statement about the band's history and upcoming plans: More...

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Endless Coma Posts "Rising Rage" Teaser

Endless Coma has posted a promo video clip online for the band's debut album "Rising Rage," which can be viewed below. "Rising Rage" is already available online in digital format, with the LP to be launched in Italian music stores on February 27th and worldwide this coming April.

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Saxon To Play Getaway Rock Fest 2012

Saxon will be releasing the new DVD "Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken" on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK, and May 22nd in North America. The band has also now checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and broadcasting a live show online:

"We are happy to announce that Saxon is confirmed for the Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle/Gasklockorna in Sweden on weekend of 5th/6th/7th July.

"We will keep you updated and recommend to check our tour section regularly as we have some nice surprises in future!

"Saxon performed the Denim & Leather album at the 2011 Sweden Rocks festival and now you can enjoy it too.

"Sveriges Radio P4 will be broadcasting the show on Saturday March 3rd between 8-9PM, after which it can be heard online for 30 days at this location."

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Death Of Desire Splits With Vocalist

Dawn Desiree, the lead singer and founding member of the band Death of Desire, has officially called it quits. Due to personal reasons she has chosen to leave Death of Desire's ranks. Band member Morbid commented on Dawn leaving the act:

"We are grateful for her time and effort invested in the band and we wish her well. Dawn's departure will not affect the progression of the band, we are still working on new tracks for the second album. More news to be released soon."

Check out Dawn of Desire's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music page.

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Asphyx Streaming New Album

Dutch doom-death metal pioneers Asphyx will be releasing their new album, "Deathhammer," via long-time partners Century Media Records on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America.

The band is proud to announce that "Deathhammer" is now streaming in its entirety at Decibel.com. To join the album listening party, click here.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent interview with the band about the new album at this location. The "Deathhammer" track listing is as follows:

1. Into The Timewastes
2. Deathhammer
3. Minefield
4. Of Days When Blades Turned Blunt
5. Der Landser
6. Reign Of The Brute
7. The Flood
8. We Doom You To Death
9. Vespa Crabro
10. As The Magma Mammoth Rises

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Behemoth Checks In From The Road

Behemoth is twelve shows into the band's European tour now alongside with Cannibal Corpse, Legion Of The Damned, Misery Index, Suicide Silence and Nexus Inferi. Nergal has just sent in his thoughts on shows Behemoth have played so far:

"We are in the middle of this tour and on behalf of the band I must state that's probably the best European run we've done ever! And it's not just courtesy but a fact. Never seen European venues so crowded and enthusiastically reacting to our show. I know, we've been away for a while, the band's future was a big question mark and if you ask me, I have to say I was seriously worried If I can pull it off at all.

"Now I can finally admit: Fuck yes! I can still get my ass on stage and give my blood, sweat and heart to the people who truly deserve that. These 'return' shows have some transcendental touch to it and I can't get rid of the feeling, it's a new life injected in band's veins. I am proud. Of my band, myself and all the fans coming to the shows. Thank you. Stay strong and see you soon!"

In other news, Behemoth has been nominated for "Best International Band" at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, presented by Epiphone. Behemoth is up against Lacuna Coil, Rammstein, Sepultura, Meshuggah, and X Japan. The polls are now open and fans can vote for their favorites in each category at this location. Tickets are on sale now on ticketmaster for the live concert/awards show that will take place on April 11th at Club Nokia in LA. The event will also be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE!

Behemoth's remaining shows in Europe as well as the upcoming Decibel Magazine tour are listed below. More...

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Drummer Mike Smith Reportedly Leaves Suffocation

It appears there is trouble in the Suffocation camp as drummer Michael Smith is apparently having differences with other band mates. Other news sources indicate that he has left the band entirely, but there has been no official word from the band or label Nuclear Blast as of yet. However, it is clear from the following statement on Smith's Facebook page, that he is not pleased with the founding members:

There are not many things related to the suffocation brand I can honestly say brings me sadness. Except, the lack of pride that exists within those who have the “right” to claim the name as their own.

This battle has been one that to any focused being, should make obvious sense but has evaded some for 2 decades. Within any foundation the weakest link will always cause all structure to crumble.

The one fact that keeps me at peace is the fact that anyone who has ever seen or spoken to me regarding Suffocation and the industry as a whole, has always left with an understanding of the level of focus and pride that I personally hold for myself, the brand that is Suffocation and the genre We influence and helped create.

As I´ve always said, if you are willing to put your time and soul towards anything at
Be willing to speak truths, fight and bleed for it if need be.

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Funeral Whore Streaming New Song

Funeral Whore is streaming a brand new track from it's upcoming album "Step Into Damnation," which you may listen to below. The song is titled "Failure of the Sacrifice," and will be on the upcoming album which will be released on February 27th via Chaos Records.

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Overkill Streaming New Track

Legendary New York thrash act Overkill is streaming the new track "Electric Rattlesnake" from the band's forthcoming new LP "The Electric Age." The album is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records (EU).

The track list for "The Electric Age" is as follows:

1. Come and Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Drop the Hammer
5. Save Yourself
6. Black Daze
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But the Shouting
10. Good Night

Check out "Electric Rattlesnake" here:

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Ceremony Of Sludge Coming To Portland

Portland's first annual Ceremony of Sludge will be taking place on March 2nd and 3d at the Alleyway on N.E. Alberta. On Friday March 2nd, Heavy Voodoo, Axxicorn, Avi Dei and Zmoke will play. Saturday, March 3rd will see performances by the bands Lamprey, Towers, Doomsower, and Witch Throne. Each ticket gets you a voucher for a download of the Ceremony of Sludge Vol. I mix. All eight of the bands currently slated to perform come from Portland, OR or the general area, and some have deals with local label Captain Couch records.


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Black Crow King Streaming Album

Experimental avant-garde/doom band Black Crow King is streaming it's entire new six-song album over at Bandcamp. This U.K. combo plays long dirge paeans on this "To Pay the Debt of Nature" album, with all six tracks surpassing the hour mark.


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Accuser Writing New Material

Germany's Accuser has issued the following announcement about writing new material and hitting the road for new tour dates:

"Accuser is busy again. After the successfull release of 'Dependent Domination' (still hot and available by the way), the band is writing new stuff. In autumn we will enter the GERNHART studios to record some thrashing tunes with our friend and producer Martin Buchwalter. Apart from that there will be several chances to see us on stage in 2012, there are plans for some shows with mighty Contradiction in September."

25.02. Winternachtstraum Festival, Arnsberg
02.03. Live Music Hall, Weiher
14.04. Bunkerblast, Köln
28.04. Walpurgis Metal Days, Hauzenberg bei Passau
18.05. Schweiz (tbc)
19.05. Schweiz (tbc)
20.05. Schweiz (tbc)
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Lurk Releases New Album

Finnish doom/sludge combo Lurk has released it's debut album on Total Rust Music. Four of the tracks from it have been uploaded to YouTube, like the track "Soar." You may watch that one below or check out more of Lurk's songs over on MySpace. Lurk formed in 2008 in Tampere, and recorded this album at Fantom studios.

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Polygraphist Posts "Solipsism" Teaser

New York act Polygraphist has posted an audio teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album "Solipsism," to be released later this year. Check out the clip below, which features snippets from several songs on the album.

Polygraphist's entire "Nighterror" album was also recently posted online for streaming. Check out the tracks from the album here.

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Voodoo Six Recording New Album

British rockers Voodoo Six have checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:

"Recording started this week on the 3rd album. We have been writing the new songs over the past few months and are really excited to get them down.

"We are recording live in the studio to capture the feel of each song and it's working great. A lot of modern recording uses a click track to control the tempo of the songs but we wanted to capture that special something that can only happen when you hear 'rolling' and the band launches into a performance.

"We are recording in Barnyard studio Essex UK. A fantastic mix of vintage and modern equipment, where 3 Iron Maiden albums were recorded in the 1990's."

While work on the album progresses, you can check out a previously posted music video from Voodoo Six titled "Falling Knives" at this location.

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Anthrax and Testament Tear Up Baltimore

Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel recently wrapped up their second leg of U.S. tour dates earlier this month. Baltimore was the second to last stop, on February 7th, and after missing the first leg of the tour in Silver Spring, Maryland, a show at Ram's Head Live was one I couldn't pass up. Despite having stopped in Silver Spring not too long ago, Ram's Head Live was packed pretty close to capacity, if not sold out.

The crowd was noticably older - mostly in their upper thirties and fourties - and for once I didn't feel like the old guy at a metal show. That is, until I saw those who made the show a family affair and brought their teenagers or younger kids. It seemed a little surreal, but bringing my teenage sons is something I could see myself doing in the not too distant future.

When I arrived, Death Angel was already well into their set, despite it being five minutes before they were supposed to take the stage. Having missed the opportunity to photograph the band, I grabbed a beer and enjoyed experiencing their brand of old school thrash. While Death Angel has been around since the 80's thrash scene, I didn't grow up listening to them like the "big 4," so this was my first time seeing the band live. More...

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Morbid Angel Streaming 16 Remix Tracks

Morbid Angel is streaming 16 new remix tracks from the compilation album "Illud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes" (heard belo). The double compilation drops on February 24, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Season of Mist and features remixes of songs from the band's latest album "Illud Divinum Insanus" from 39 artists from the Electro/Indus/Dub scene.

The tracks streaming below are:

1. Laibach – i am morbid (wall of morbid mix)
2. Mondkopf – radikult
3. Brain Leisure – too extreme (black symphony edition)
4. Adrian – I am morbid
5. Evil Activities – radikult
6. Scott Brown – i am morbid
7. Chrysalide – nevermore
8. Project Pitchfork – destructos VS the earth
9. Metallizer aka John Lord Fonda – too extreme
10. Mixhell – too extreme
11. Synapscape – too extreme
12. The Horrorist – existo vulgore
13. Tek-One – ten more dead
14. Black Lung – i am morbid
15. cEvinKey – omnidead
16. HIV+ – too extreme (industrial version)

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Nightmare (FRA) Posts Studio Sessions Pt. II

French power metal band Nightmare posted the second studio session video from Peek Studios where the band is recording its eighth album "The Burden of God." The band is working with producer Patrick Liotard. The video features guest vocalist Magali Luyten (Epysode/Beautiful Sin). "The Burden of God" is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Lake Of Tears Posts New Music Video

Swedish Gothic metal band Lake Of Tears posted a new music video for the song "House of the Setting Sun." The track appears on the band's latest effort "Illwill" which was released last April through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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FullForce Announces New Guitarist

Swedish power metal band FullForce, featuring former HammerFall guitarist Stefan Elmgren, announced that guitarist CJ Grimmark has departed the band. His replacement will be Ex-Dawn of Oblivion guitarist Stefan Rosqvist.

The announcement on the band's Facebook page reads as follows:

A few months ago guitarplayer CJ Grimmark decided to leave FULLFORCE due to some changes in his life situation which he had to put priority to. The band wishes CJ all their best for his future and they are still very good friends and it wasn't an easy decision for Grimmark to leave the band.

During the last few months FullForce have been focusing on writing the songs for their second album and also searching for the best possible replacement for CJ both musically and personally. Finally the search is over and FullForce is happy and proud to introduce guitar ace Stefan Rosqvist (ex Dawn Of Oblivion, Lale Larsson) to you. Stefan Rosqvist is a very talented, versatile guitarist and musician and the band is really excited to have him on board. FullForce have almost finished the songwriting for their yet untitled second album and is planning to enter the recording studio during this upcoming summer.

A public statement was issued by the departing Grimmark as follows:

Dear everybody,

A few months ago I informed my great friends in FullForce that I had come to the conclusion that it's time for me to step aside and let someone else fill my spot in the band. As much as I have enjoyed every moment I spent with the Mike, Anders, Stefan and Tommy and their families, I realized that I can't really contribute with the same focus anymore. [I] will not quit making music and I sure hope to see the people that I have had the chance to meet while being on the road with FF, again a.s.a.p.

To the guys in the band: THANK YOU for the great deal of fun I've had with You on the road, on rehearsals, while shooting videos etc etc.

Mike - Your enthusiasm goes way beyond that of most other people, and so does Your voice!
Anders - Your huge musical talent and sense of humor is WORLD CLASS - You're one of a kind and one of my musical heroes!
Stefan - It was an honor to be on this boat with You. Your combined skills as songwriter/ player/entertainer (on stage and in private:), backed up by true professionalism, taught me a lot.
Tommy - thanks for Your kindness, positivity, loyalty and solid bassplaying. You will be missed!

I truly wish You the very best! I feel honored to be replaced by such a talented player as Stephan Rosqvist. Best of luck and congratulations to You!

God bless, over and out!

CJ

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BlackGates Announces New Bass Player

New York metal band BlackGates, featuring former Anthrax vocalist Dan Nelson and former Testament drummer Paul Bostaph, has announced that Luis Barillas (The Venting Machine) will the band's new bass player replacing former Whitesnake bassist Uriah Duffy. The band also features The Venting Machine guitarist Jeremy Von Epp.

For the latest studio update on the recording of the band's debut, yet untitled, release, head on over to this location.

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Finnish Metal Expo 2012 Day Two

With some after parties of legendary proportions at one of Helsinki’s many metal bars, I have to admit waking up was not so easy Saturday morning. And then I remembered it was day two of the expo, and went on my merry way back downtown. Day two of the expo would ring in the Finnish metal awards as well as many more bands, with the headliners today being Stam1na and Turisas. More...

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Finnish Metal Expo 2012 Day One

After being in Finland for a full year now, I once again was able to attend the annual Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki. A good omen for the weekend was the fact that for the first time in weeks, the weather was not so freezing that my fingers would be tempted to fall off.

Perhaps a difference from last year, that I had noticed immediately was the fact the exhibition itself had shrunk a bit. Less guests, and less retail stands of course means smaller crowds and I wondered just what that would mean for the rather exciting lineup this year, which featured Swallow the Sun, ICS Vortex, Turisas and many more! More...

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Veil Of Maya Streaming Samples From New Album

Veil of Maya has posted a teaser trailer online featuring sample clips from the band's upcoming "Eclipse" album, due out this coming Tuesday, February 28th. The trailer can be found below, and the band commented:

"To celebrate the album's release which is just days away, you can now preview each song on the album below! Also..... there's another surprise on the YouTube graphic... pay close attention..."

Veil of Maya also has upcoming European tour dates with Vildhjarta, Betrying the Martyrs, and Structures. Full details are available here.

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I, The Breather Posts New Album Preview

I, The Breather is set to release the new album "Truth and Purpose" on February 28th, 2012. You can now preview a teaser trailer for the "Truth and Purpose" album through the player below. For more on I, The Breather head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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