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Metal News for February 25, 2013

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Dragged Into Sunlight Announces UK Tour Dates

Following the success of 2012's "Widowmaker," Dragged Into Sunlight has announced a series of tour dates this May in the UK and Ireland. This will mark the first time the band has toured the UK in three years. Joining them will be experimental juggernaut Bossk, themselves touring the UK for the first time in six years. Here are the latest tour dates:

5/24 The Pint, Dublin, Ireland.
5/25 Birthdays, London, UK.
5/26 Alter Ego, Manchester, UK.
5/27 Audio, Glasgow, UK.
5/28 The Library, Leeds, UK.

The band has unleashed the following trailer in anticipation of the tour:

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Rotting Christ Offers Breakdown Of New Album

Continuing to evolve in new musical directions, the ever-present Greek act Rotting Christ is now only a handful of days away from the release of new album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here).

Metalunderground.com will be hosting a full stream of the new album this coming Monday, March 4th, on the eve of its official U.S. release (Update: the stream is now available by clicking here).

In conjunction with the impending full album stream, vocalist Sakis Tolis connected with us to offer a track-by-track breakdown of the entire disc. Check out what Sakis had to say about each song below, along with his thoughts on the band's long running career and the album's artwork. More...

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Windhand Streaming New Track

Today Cvlt Nation is hosting an exclusive post of “Amaranth,” a crushing exercise of sonic doom riffery and massive amplification from Richmond, Virginia’s Windhand. Check out the song at this location.

The track comes from "Reflection Of The Negative," the band’s upcoming split with city/scene-mates Cough, slated to drop this April through Relapse Records. The following press release was also issued about the split:

"On 'Reflection Of The Negative,' Cough leads off, delivering a characteristically electrifying down-tuned epic track, while their brethren in Windhand serve up two brand new epic songs for their half of the dirge. While the track listing bears merely three tracks, this monstrous split bears nearly forty minutes of premier doom at its absolute gloomiest.

"The album acts as a precursor for both bands’ upcoming full-lengths, which are both currently being conceived. The split will see release on April 16th in North America, preceded by international street dates of April 12th (Germany/Benelux) and April 15th (UK/World). Preorders for the album including digital and CD formats, as well as a super-limited mailorder-only black/white vinyl combo can be placed here." More...

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Aosoth Streaming New Song Online

French black metallers Aosoth have premiered a track from their new full-length album entitled "IV: Arrow In Heart," coming out April 16th worldwide on Agonia Records.

Check out "An Arrow in Heart" in the player below. Pre-orders are available at this location, and the band comments:

"IV: Arrow In Heart holds yet a bigger spiritual meaning: We've spent such a huge amount of time on defining a darker identity, yet open to a wider range of influences. Those tracks still haunt us, as delivering them was a painful and excruciating experience, and left some of us even physically wounded... Which gives that album even more of a spiritual value, as it involved a form of sacrifice. This fourth full-length release is without a doubt a great step forward for us in term of music writing, and sound."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. An Arrow in Heart
2. One With The Prince With A Thousand Enemies
3. Temple of Knowledge
4. Under The Nails and Fingertips
5. Broken Dialogue 1
5. Broken Dialogue 2
6. Ritual Marks of Penitence More...

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Laugh At The Fakes Parts Ways With Drummer

Toronto's Laugh At The Fakes has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with drummer Julian Craig:

"It's our unfortunate duty to confirm today that the group is moving forward without the service of Julian Craig any longer.

"We all thank him and appreciate his time here and all of the accomplishments we achieved with him. We also wish him well in his future endeavors.

"To our fans, nothing has changed with regards to all scheduled show dates...we're still playing CMW, etc. More LATF news to come..." More...

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Altaar Streaming Self-Titled Album

Norwegian somber sound exhibitionists Altaar will unleash their new self-titled offering of sonic enormity tomorrow, February 26th in Europe via new label home Indie Recordings.

In celebration of its release, the gate keepers at Invisible Oranges are streaming "Altaar" in its entirety at this location.

Offering up two songs in 35 morose minutes, "Altaar" was recorded at Taakeheimen Studio with Morten Øby, mixed by Espen T. Hangård at Dogskool Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio. The track listing is as follows:

1. Tidi Kjem Aldri Att (19:58)
2. Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nåde (14:13) More...

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Over Your Threshold Posts Playthrough Video

Munich's Over Your Threshold has posted a demonstration video for the song "Antic," taken off the "Facticity" album with new members Ludwig Walter on vocals and Kilian Lau on guitar. "Facticity" was released in August 2012 via Metal Blade Records.

Over Your Threshold will be opening up for fellow countrymen Obscura on the "A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal" tour starting next month. Other bands on the line-up include Aeon and Deadborn. Dates are as follows:

22/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
23/03/13 – DE – Ludwigshafen – Sultans Of Death Fest
24/03/13 – DE – Berlin – K17
25/03/13 – DE - Hamburg – Marx
26/03/13 – DE – Bochum – Bahnhof Langendreer
27/03/13 – DE – Siegen – Vortex
28/03/13 – DE – Kassel – K19
29/03/13 – AT – Wien – Escape
30/03/13 – CH – Zürich – Alte Kaserne More...

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Bison B.C. Dropped From Metal Blade

Bison B.C. has posted the following message online about being dropped from the Metal Blade Records roster:

"This just in - We have just received our 'drop letter' from Metal Blade. If you didn't know, we were on Metal Blade.

"The last 7 years has been a strange and crazy adventure toiling and crawling through the music industry. We met some great people as well as some awful people and loved every minute.

"Now it's time to get back to why we truly do this, and to officially be free and answer to no person, company, magazine article, chart, or poser douche bags. Raise a glass to a new beginning! Thanks to everyone at Metal Blade for trying to help us polish this turd. Peace."

Bison B.C. released latest album "Lovelessness" last October through Metal Blade. You can check out our interview with the band about the release right here.

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InnerWish Recruits New Vocalist

The melodic metal band InnerWish from Greece has just announced the recruitment of new vocalist George Eikosipentakis, who will replace Babis Alexandropoulos. InnerWish comments:

"Hey there! It has been a quite busy, but creative period in the InnerWish camp and now it’s time for some briefing at last.

"Finally, the search for our new singer, after Babis Alexandropoulos last year’s departure, is over. We are extremely happy and proud to announce that George Eikosipentakis will be the voice of Innerwish from now on!

"George is an excellent and experienced vocalist, and fits exactly with the past but also with our plans for the future of the band. Our first live show with George will be at the Metal From Hellas Festival which will take place on the 26th of May at Gagarin 205 Live Music Space in Athens, Greece. More...

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Anacrusis Going On Indefinite Break

After playing at the recent 70,000 Tons of Metal festival, Kenn Nardi of Anacrusis has checked in with the following statement about the band going on an indefinite hiatus:

"Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped make the last couple of years so memorable. The reunion shows/festivals were great and it was awesome to have the opportunity to play for you again. Anacrusis are now taking an indefinite break from playing or any other band activities."

Footage of Anacrusis performing at 70,000 Tons of Metal, courtesy of YouTube user "abodrocc," can be viewed below. More...

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Neaera Posts New Lyric Video

Germany's crushing extreme metal act Neaera will release new album "Ours Is The Storm" on March 5th. In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany, the band has now posted the third single "Through Treacherous Flames" online. Check out the track here or in the player below.

Neaera also comments on the upcoming album: "In addition to the bonus track 'Skeleton World' the limited Digi version of Ours is The Storm will also feature 'Repressed Hate', one of the very first songs we ever wrote. 'Repressed Hate' was on our very first demo, and we decided to re-record it as a treat for all the die-hard Neaera fans out there who have been supporting us from day one.

"And for everyone else as well, of course, haha! Furthermore, there will be an ADDITIONAL bonus song featured EXCLUSIVELY on the version of the Digipak available at EMP. We chose to cover 'Shadows' by Grindcore juggernauts Nasum, simply because it is a killer track and Nasum was one of the most influential Grind bands ever and one of our all-time faves. This track is our homage to them. Remember, you can get the version with this additional track only and exclusively at EMP, so be quick to preorder!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Deafening
2. Ours Is The Storm
3. Decolonize The Mind
4. Through Treacherous Flames
5. Ascend To Chaos
6. Walk With Fire
7. My Night Is Starless
8. Black Tomb
9. Between Us And Annihilation
10. Slaying The Wolf Within
11. Back To The Soul
12. Guardian Of Ashes More...

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Trollfest Reveals 10th Anniversary Album Cover

Trollfest will be releasing a 12" picture vinyl to celebrate the band's 10 anniversary. The artwork is now available online and can be viewed below.

Long time Trollfest collaborators - Swedish cartoonist Jonas Darnell and designer Terje Johnsen -have pulled out all the stops for the picture disc, which illustrates a selection of characters created by Darnell for the band’s various releases, including the iconic metal duck from the “Villanden” album and the hellhound from the track “Helvetes Hunden Garm,” which has been a consistent crowd pleaser at Trollfest live appearances.

The 16 track album, titled “A Decade Of Drekkadence,” includes a completely new song, three covers, including songs from Tom Waits and Britney Spears, two b-sides, and the band’s 2004 demo which has never previously been released. Also included are re-recordings of acoustic versions of three of Trollfest’s signature songs. Each picture disc will include an email address that purchasers can contact to receive an MP3 download of “A Decade Of Drekkadence.” The track listing is as follows: More...

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White Wizzard Posts In-Studio Video

Los Angeles heavy metallers White Wizzard have posted a new video from the studio where they are recording their brand new album, titled "The Devil's Cut." The studio video features clips of the band recording, as well as a track-by-track breakdown from bassist and main-man Jon Leon. Check out the clip below.

White Wizzard is once again working with producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Michael Schenker) at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona to record "The Devil's Cut," the band's third full-length album that features new vocalist Joseph Michael. White Wizzard released a demo in 2012 of one of the new tracks, called "Torpedo of Truth," which was the first recording to feature Michael.

"The Devil's Cut" is due to be released later this year via Century Media Records/Earache Records in the USA and via Earache Records in Europe. More...

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Beyond The Shore Releases New Music Video

Beyond the Shore has released a brand new music video, which is streaming exclusively on AlternativePress.com. "Homewrecker" is the band's first official video, complete with an emotional storyline composited against the band's active performance.

Check out the clip right here. "Homewrecker" was directed by Coleman Saunders for Americus Studios.

The band's new album "Ghostwatcher" is slated for release on April 2nd, 2013. Additionally, Beyond the Shore has posted several DIY studio updates online here, where fans can also pre-order copies of "Ghostwatcher." Catch the band live: More...

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Noumena Comments On Upcoming Album

Finland's Noumena has checked in with the following statement about releasing a new album this coming April 18th, 2013:

"Dear Noumena fans,

"Eventually we have things in order and we can tear the veil of silence: our next album will be released in April. After a couple of years in hibernation, we are ready to show how to combine the best ingredients of the genre with a peculiar recipe.

"Our new songs are heavier and gloomier than Noumena's previous albums, both musically and thematically. We have broken our old patterns and barriers. But, there are Noumena trademarks ranging from catchy and melancholic melodies to aggressive and tranquil moments, of course. More...

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Nicumo To Release New Album

Finland's melodic rock/metal act Nicumo will release "The End of Silence" this coming April 19th, 2013 via Inverse Records. This new album follows the band's two self-release EPs. The track listing is as follows:

01. Follow Me
02. All Gone
03. Devil
04. Exorcist
05. Firestorm
06. My Bullet
07. Difference
08. Kills Me
09. My Own Silence
10. Lines Drawn By Tears

Nicumo consists of:

Hannu Karppinen - Vocals
Atte Jääskelä - Guitars
Tapio Anttiroiko - Guitars
Sami Kotila - Bass
Aki Pusa - Drums More...

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Shai Hulud Releases New Lyric Video

A new lyric video is now available online for Shai Hulud's "A Human Failing," taken from the newly released album "Reach Beyond the Sun." Check out the clip below, and find a list of upcoming Shai Hulud tour dates after the jump.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Announces New Tour Dates

The Dillinger Escape Plan is happy to announce the first leg (see dates below) of a worldwide tour in support of new album "One of Us Is The Killer."

The Dillinger Escape Plan will kick things off at New England Metal Fest and then begin a U.S. headlining tour of clubs and theaters with support from The Faceless and Royal Thunder, stopping to make an appearance at the Revolver Magazine Golden Gods Awards. European dates are also being lined up.

"It's been a while since we've been out doing what we do best," said guitarist Ben Weinman. "We're excited to present this album to the world."

New album "One of Us Is The Killer" is set for release May 14th in North America through the band's own Party Smasher Inc. in partnership with Sumerian Records. It will see worldwide release through Party Smasher Inc./BMG, as well as Grind House (Japan) and Remote Control (Australia).

Band friend and visual collaborator James Sharrock has put together a short teaser from the hours of road footage he's captured with the band. The video can be viewed at the band's website here. More...

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Across Tundras Announces Split Release

Cavity Records has announced April 20th as the release date for a special split LP between Across Tundras and Lark's Tongue.

"Consisting of two absolutely epic songs from each American band, the Across Tundras/Lark's Tongue split LP is the first collaboration between these two groups. Across Tundras was born on the Western High Prairie and has been sighted recently in the hills north of Nashville, TN.

"Countless mysterious audio artifacts and sonic expeditions have been made by the un-herd collective since their inception in 2003, both delighting and bewildering musical excavators who have encountered the aural, physical, and meta-evidence of this pastoral beast.Hailing from the Midwest, Lark's Tongue formed in 2010 of seasoned travelers informed by all manners of cosmic pursuits. They conjure heavy, layered psychedelia with an emphasis on harmony and narrative, atop beguiling squalls of guitar, shimmering keys, and a thick low-end.

"This split marks the coming-together of two bands with di?erent styles but similar influences, and will give the listener visions of Panoramic Country Crush, Cosmic Blues, Vintage Psychedelia, Terrestrial Drone, and Rural Heaviness. The priest dream is a siren song to suffer, illuminating the pathways where fear and bliss become one. What starts with pleasure endures in alarm, and only your eyes can look straight at the sun..." More...

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Warbringer Announces Anniversary Shows

Thrash stalwarts Warbringer have announced four shows over Memorial Day weekend to commemorate the 5th year anniversary of their debut album, "War Without End."

As a special bonus for Los Angeles and San Francisco fans, the band will also perform the album in its entirety at these shows. In regards to these upcoming dates, frontman John Kevill comments:

"We have been busy writing songs for our new album, so it's been awhile since we've played any shows. We're doing something a little different at the LA and San Francisco gigs -- since it's been 5 years since the first album, 'War Without End,' was released -- we are gonna play the whole album at those shows, which includes a lot of songs we haven't played in 4 or so years. We're gonna absolutely rip through these tunes as fast and as hard as possible. See you guys out there! More Warbringer news coming soon, keep your eyes peeled."

May 24-Stockton, CA-Plea For Peace (w/ HATCHET)
May 25-San Francisco, CA-Thee Parkside (w/ HATCHET)**
May 26-West Hollywood, CA-Whisky A Go Go (w/ WITCHAVEN)**
May 27-Long Beach, CA-Alex's Bar (w/ EXMORTUS)

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Gravewurm Reveals New Album Details

U.S. act Gravewurm (not to be confused with Italian band Graveworm), will release new album "Infernal Minions" on May 14th, 2013 via Hells Headbangers.

The album "represents our continued path of worshipping the ancient gods of black metal," says founding vocalist/guitarist Funeral Grave. With cover art done by Massacre's Kam Lee, "Infernal Minions" indeed pays respect to the blackened altar of Hellhammer and Venom, Burzum and Beherit, Goatloard and Grand Belial's Key.

Obstinate in their refusal to compromise, dedicated to the bitter end: For 23 years now, the Gravewurm members have been their own masters, and "Infernal Minions" is the aggregate accumulation of their arcane wisdom. The track listing is as follows:

1. Nocturnal Inquisition
2. The Evil Within
3. Master of the Dark
4. Dominion of Lost Souls
5. The Beast of the Abyss
6. I Die for Hell
7. Crown of the Fallen
8. Mistress of Blood and Fire More...

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Kvelertak Announces North American Tour

Kvelertak has unveiled details of a major North American headline tour deemed, “Meir Tour – North America 2013.” The spring trek celebrates the Norwegian rock band’s Roadrunner Records debut, "Meir," and kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. "Meir" arrives everywhere on March 26th.

The upcoming tour will see Kvelertak accompanied by a lineup that includes Cancer Bats and Black Tusk. A number of additional dates will be revealed in the coming days. Kvelertak is: Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass), and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).

* w/Black Tusk only
** w/Cancer Bats only More...

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Six Feet Under Streaming New Single

Six Feet Under has released second single "Prophecy" off new album "Unborn" via Metal Hammer Germany. Check out the track at this location.

The previously posted track "Zombie Blood Curse" can also still be heard right here. Metal Blade Records comments on the upcoming album:

"Death metal behemoths Six Feet Under are back, and with the seething 'Unborn,' the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band are returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.

"In other news Metal Blade Europe has announced that Unborn will now be released as an exclusive European boxset edition which will include the limited Digipak of Unborn and a bonus track entitled Illusions. Additionally the box will feature a poster, a patch, two pins and a sticker plus enough space for last year´s Undead album! The bonus track will be featured on the vinyl version of the album as well. More...

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Our Judgment Posts Lyric Video

A new lyric video is now available online for "Ripple Effects," taken from the Our Judgment 2012 EP "Concepts." Check out the clip below. You can also stream the full EP over at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Aurora Borealis 03:31
2. Delorean 03:25
3. Ripple Effects 03:09
4. Vice Versa 03:43

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Steel Panther Announces New Tour Dates

The horniest purveyors of heavy metal, Steel Panther, will be spreading various venereal diseases across America starting this coming April, 2013.

Tickets will officially go on sale starting Friday, March 1st and the currently announced dates are below. Steel Panther will be performing in support of latest full-length "Balls Out" (reviewed here).

April 14 2013: Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
April 16 2013: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 17 2013: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 19 2013: Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
April 20 2013: Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
April 23 2013: New York, NY – Irving Plaza
April 24 2013: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
April 25 2013: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 26 2013: Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theatre
April 29 2013: Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
May 1 2013: Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
May 3 2013: Richmond, VA – The National
May 16 2013: Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy More...

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Hammer Horde Drops Off Heathen Crusade

Hammer Horde has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Heathen Crusade Metalfest 2013:

"It is with great disappointment that we have to make this announcement. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, Hammer Horde will be canceling their appearance at this year's Heathen Crusade Metalfest in St. Paul, MN on March 9th.

"We are very sorry for this situation and deeply apologize to all of our fans who were looking forward to seeing us play at this event, but at this point we regrettably have no choice. We hope to be able to make up the opportunity as soon as possible."

More info on the festival can be found at Facebook here.

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Fuck The Facts Live Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Fuck The Facts performing "À Contre-Courant," taken from the "Misery" EP. Check out the video below, courtesy of YouTube user MetalNick1 and shot at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA.

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Insane Announces Lineup Changes, Live Plans

Hungary's Insane has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and gearing up for new live activity:

"Winter slowly comes to an end and as spring approaches, our plans and ideas are getting more and more concrete so we would like to give away some details about what you can expect from us this year.

"Our autumn/winter tour was finished on 13 January in Veszprém and had left a very positive feeling in us. A lot of new friends, huge parties, great experiences, good memories. Of course we have learned a lot too, because you know what the saying says… Very big thank you goes to the two fill-in guitarists Gábor Domán and Gergo Kollár. They had only a few weeks to learn the setlist before the tour started, but after a few gigs they just got better and less stage fright, haha. Gábor will continue to remain in the band, but we part our ways with Gergo and here we would like to thank him for the past 4 months, and say good luck with his band, Still With Soul.

"At the same time we`d like to introduce Tibor 'Taki' Takács as the new guitarist of Insane! Taki has repeatedly toured the country with his former band Jackpot, so he is pretty battle-hardened, so with him in the band we finally feel that the line-up is complete again. As you probably already know, in March a new tour will kick off with our new friends, CsakazértiS, and with some exceptions there will be Apey And The Pea at most of the stations as a regular guests. For more details please check out the events on facebook! More...

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Orion Music Headliners Revealed

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th.

Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips, and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs and Battlecross.

"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.

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Saxon Posts New Music Video Online

British heavy metal legends Saxon has posted their new music video online for the song, "Sacrifice." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their forthcoming album, which will be released on March 1st in Europe, March 4th in the UK, and March 26th in North America. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for "Sacrifice," which is as follows:

1. Procession
2. Sacrifice
3. Made In Belfast
4. Warriors Of The Road
5. Guardians Of The Tomb
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Walking The Steel
8. Night Of The Wolf
9. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing In A Queue

Bonus track:
11. Luck Of The Draw (iTunes only)

Bonus Disc:
1. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
2. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
3. Requiem (Acoustic version)
4. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
5. Forever Free (Re-recorded version) More...

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Unearthing The "Black Metal" Underground Part 3

The U.S. and a couple of other nations celebrate Black History Month, which was created back in February of 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Abe Lincoln and Frederick Douglass - and to highlight the achievements of noteworthy black citizens and events shaping black history. It may be February, but here at Metal Underground we feature metal from all ethnicities on any given week.

But in keeping with the Black History Month theme, today we will explore three groups that are composed partially or entirely of all black members. The aggression and power of metal is a worldwide phenomena that crosses all genders, races and creeds. Something about metal just touches your soul, blacks and non-blacks alike, connecting you to this style of music that you just instinctively know you were born to listen to. More...

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Queensryche Streaming "Redemption" Preview

Queensryche is streaming a preview snippet of the new track "Redemption." The song will appear on the band's yet untitled new album, which is targeted for release in 2013. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Todd LaTorre, who replaced the outgoing Geoff Tate in a highly publicized split last summer.

Earlier this month, LaTorre resigned from Florida power/progressive act Crimson Glory stating: "Crimson Glory was the catalyst that exposed me to the world as an undiscovered vocalist, and I am very thankful to them. Special thanks also to the amazing fans for their acceptance and support of not only Crimson Glory, but their continued support to me as an artist. Lastly, I sincerely wish my friends in Crimson Glory the absolute very best, both personally and professionally."

Check out "Redemption" here: More...

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Raven Lord Recruits New Drummer

International metallers Raven Lord have announced the addition of current Power Quest drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks. Rich will finish the last shows for Power Quest's farewell tour by the end of May.

Commented Smith: "I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for Raven Lord. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…"

Ex-drummer Larry Paterson states: "It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all – and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”

Singer and bandleader Csaba Zvekan commented, “I’m saddened to see Larry go from Raven Lord but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and Larry Paterson will continue working on another band project called Exorcism which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. Rich Smith is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with Power Quest calling it the quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome Rich Smith to Raven Lord.” More...

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Mortuorial Eclipse Posts Album Teaser

Mortuorial Eclipse has posted a teaser trailer online for the European release of "The Aethyrs' Call." Check out the clip below. "The Aethyrs' Call" is due out in Europe this coming March 1st, 2013. For more info on Mortuorial Eclipse, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Dantalion Streaming Latest Album Online

Dantalion has posted the band's fourth album "Return to Deep Lethargy" online, which can be heard through the player below or over at Bandcamp here.

The band comments on the album: "Dealing with death, humanity's decadence, angst, sorrow, emptiness,... this new opus contains 6 new tracks in 45 minutes of atmospheric and melancholic black metal."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Vengeful To Release Re-Recorded Album

Vengeful has checked in with the following update about releasing a re-recorded version of the "Karma" album:

"Greetings!! 2013 is a special year for Vengeful as it marks the 10 year anniversary of the band and the composition of our first songs. Tempted, Sentenced, Cold Ways and Karma were all written in 2003.

"It took us 4 years to complete our first album Karma that was met with mixed reviews. Some dubbed it Tech Death, some Old School death metal and we even got the Deathcore tag by association because our buddy Alex 'Grind' Pelletier (Despised Icon) played on half of the album.

"As mentioned before, we re-recorded the drums to all of the tracks from our 1st album during the sessions for our latest double-album Vengeful. That was in November 2010. 26 months and several personnel changes later, we finally comeback with the completed version of those re-recordings. More...

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