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Metal News for February 26, 2013

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Pit Stories: Fen's Prank Gone Awry

Every Tuesday, Metalunderground.com checks in with bands from around the world to hear their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows. Today we have a story from Vancouver's Fen (not to be confused with the U.K. act) about a band prank backfiring:

Last fall, on a day off from our BC/Alberta tour we climbed a small mountain in Fruitvale. We reached a lookout and Jeff and Taty sat down to enjoy the view of the valley while the rest of us kept bushwhacking to see if there was a higher peak. Along the way Nando scratched his forehead on a branch so we hatched a plan to freak out the others. We came back down to the viewpoint with Sam and I propping Nando up on either side, and there was blood smeared on his forehead. We said he'd fallen and hit his head and he pretended to be dazed. Jeff jumped up and doted over Nando with a terrible look of concern, helping us as we laid him down on the moss. Then we started laughing. Jeff was pissed. Taty said we were shitty actors. It was the classic horror movie intro.

The next day we were in Calgary at Vern's Bar. It was a Tuesday night and we were stoked there was anyone there at all. After we played, it was The Reckless Heroes, a hilariously energetic punk metal band. They flew all around the stage while people just sat and watched. Still pumped from our set, Sam and I started a pit. It maxed out at 5-6 people so there was a ton of room and we were getting some pretty good runs at each other. The bassist kept jumping off the stage and bashing around with us. At the end of the night, loading up gear I noticed Sam was missing. Jeff said, "Didn't you hear, he messed up his foot while moshing."

Right away I was suspicious, thinking Jeff was setting me up as revenge for the shit we'd pulled on the mountain, but I went along with it, helping carry Sam's gear while he sat in the bar with his foot up on a chair and sipping beer. When it was time to leave he walked only on the heel of that foot. It looked pretty painful, but I was paranoid that the second I showed any sympathy, he would start walking normally and Jeff would jump out of the woodwork and call me a sucker for carrying the extra gear. Two days later the foot was turning black and after an x-ray it was officially declared broken. I felt like a jerk for being so suspicious. Sam played the rest of the gigs in a chair in front of his 4x12.

Fen is out with latest album "Of Losing Interest," and you can also check out the music video for "A Long Line" below. For more info on the band, head over to the Fen Facebook profile here, and be sure to check back next week for more Pit Stories. More...

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Rise With Honour Recruits New Drummer

After splitting with drummer Andrew Beattie last month, Rise With Honour has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new member:

"On Sunday we mentioned are search for a drummer had came to a close. We would like to introduce to you Connor Munn, who will be taking up drums on a permanent basis for the band, we first practiced with him on Sunday and he absolutely blasted through the songs which is always promising and we feel he is definitely a suitable fit for the band and chemistry is there without a shadow of a doubt!

"Thanks again to everyone that showed interest, it honestly does mean a lot and your efforts did not go unnoticed!

"Come say hi to him when you have the chance! Some other stuff lined up but safe to say, things are picking up again for us and we can't wait to show you what we have in the pipeline."

To hear Rise With Honour's music, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Clutch Talks "Earth Rocker" Tour And Album

Maryland rock maestros Clutch are so excited for you to hear their new material they aren't even going to wait for the album to drop before storming the world with "Earth Rocker."

The album may be coming March 19th (pre-orders available here), but the North American leg of the "Earth Rocker" tour kicks off March 8th. Check out a full listing of tour dates, with support from Orange Goblin and Lionize on the first leg and The Sword on the second leg, at this location.

With the wheels already in motion and the band gearing up to hit the road, bassist Dan Maines hit up Metalunderground.com for a quick chat. In the interview below Dan talks about the band's recent European trek, the imminent release of "Earth Rocker," and the other projects that Clutch's members are involved with. More...

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Conspires To... Issues Album Update

After announcing the band will be breaking an upcoming release into two albums, Conspires To... has checked in with the following update:

"Well, work is continuing on our two albums, however the heavy one seems to be taking a lead, so we are going to concentrate on that one for a while. We have whittled this down to 12 tracks, and it is looking likely that it will be called 'Nebula.'

"We are hoping to get it finished by the end of the year but will be releasing tracks via reverbnation as we go. The first track 'Across the Sky' is up now so go and check it out at this location.

"The first track from our more mellow alum will be completed and available to listen to soon as well. This is called 'Cold' and is quite unlike anything we have done before. More mellow tracks will emerge but probably after the heavy album is complete.

"We have also knocked up our first full length video, his being a cover of Trivium's Black, and features Wayne and I rocking out in our home studios. You can also check this out via reverbnation. Are you can watch the rest of our videos at YouTube." More...

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Insision Announces European Shows

Insision will be kicking off an Ireland / U.K. tour in May, followed by the Metal Heads Mission Festival in Ukraine this coming August. Full details are available below.

In related news, Insision has signed to Extreme Management Group, Inc. The band comments: "After 16 years we're looking forward to co-operate with one of the biggest metal managements today. Hopefully we'll reach out to more fans that haven't had the chance to catch us live in Europe region as well as the US/South America, Asia region. Hope to see all of you friends & fans of Brutal Death Metal out there."

5/15 Ireland, Dublin - The Pint
5/16 Ireland, Belfast - The Voodoo
5/17 Ireland, Limerick - The Blind Pig
5/18 Ireland, TBC
5/19 Glasgow - The Audio
5/20 Edinburgh - Bannermans
5/21 Newcastle TBC
5/22 Nottingham - Rock City Basement
5/23 Sutton In Ashfield - The Diamond
5/24 Wakefield - Warehouse23
5/25 Bradford - Gasworks
5/26 London - Upstairs @ the Garage

8/1-3 Metal Heads Mission Festival, Ukraine

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The Monolith Deathcult Posts Lyric Video

Dutch death metallers The Monolith Deathcult return with a new lyric video for the song "God Among Insects," taken from their forthcoming album "Tetragrammaton," due out May 10th (May 14th in North America).

Watch it online via Terrorizer or through the player below. The "Tetragrammaton" track listing can be found below, and pre-orders are available at this location.

1. God Among Insects
2. Human Wave Attack
3. Drugs, Thugs, & Machetes
4. Todesnacht von Stammheim
5. S.A.D.M.
6. Qasr Al-Nhaya
7. Aslimu!!! All Slain Those Who Bring Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth More...

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As I Lay Dying Interviewed For FEARnet

Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying was interviewed by FEARnet, and the footage is now available online.

Check out the clip below in which Lambesis reveals some of his favorite horror movies and explains how he searches the dark corners of his imagination for musical ideas. More...

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Druid Lord Streaming "Hymns For The Wicked"

Druid Lord is re-issuing "Hymns For The Wicked" through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, and now the full album is available for streaming via Decibel Magazine right here.

The album is available for ordering at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Chamber Of Ghastly Horror
2. Witchfinder
3. Castle Of Count Sadist
4. Awaken By The Dead
5. Baron Blood
6. Eerie Ways
7. Gorgon Witch
8. Circling Of Vultures
9. Druid Death Cult (bonus track)
10. Curse Of The Skull (bonus track) More...

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Kylesa Reveals New Album Title

Savannah-based quintet Kylesa has announced the title and release date for the band's forthcoming album and follow-up to "Spiral Shadow." New album "Ultraviolet" will hit the stores on May 24th (May 28th in North America).

"Unspoken," a new song from the eleven-track album, is available now for people who subscribe to the Season of Mist newsletter. If you already subscribed to the newsletter, you can still get the MP3 by entering your email address at this location.

“Whereas ‘Spiral Shadow’ was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a bit colder and darker," explains songwriter/guitar player Laura Pleasants. “All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we've always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience.”

Kylesa recorded "Ultraviolet" at The Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina with the band's guitar player/songwriter and producer Phillip Cope (Baroness, Black Tusk) once again overseeing production. Kylesa will also return to the road in May with more details forthcoming.

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Within The Ruins Posts New Music Video

Within the Ruins has released a new music video for the single "Feeding Frenzy," which can be viewed below. The video was directed by Kevin J Custer, who comments:

"The shoot went exceptionally well. The guys definitely know what they're doing and work hard. And it makes it even better when the music is badass. This track - and the album are amazing."

The band recently announced a new batch of spring tour dates including their participation in the "The Sick Tour II" last week, which begins soon. The band will then be heading out with labelmates 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. More...

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Abiotic Announces Metalfest Invasion Tour

South Florida's Abiotic (nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards) recently confirmed the band's performance at the 15th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

En route to the show, the band will be embarking on the Metalfest Invasion Tour with fellow up-and-comers Dark Sermon. The tour begins April 12th and wraps on April 27th. Abiotic will be performing at NEMHF on April 18th, and Dark Sermon will perform on April 21st. The rest of the shows with both bands are listed below.

April 12 Avondale Estates, GA @ Awaken the Ancient Stage
April 13 Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
April 14 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
April 15 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
April 17 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs
April 18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium NEMHF (Abiotic)
April 19 Mississauga, ON @ Rehearsal Factory
April 20 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
April 21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium NEMHF (Dark Sermon)
April 22 Albany, NY @ Bogie's
April 25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
April 26 Douglasville, GA @ Seven Venue
April 27 Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13 More...

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Blockheads Announces European Shows

French grindcore activists Blockheads have announced a series of European shows and festival appearances in support of their latest full-length, "This World Is Dead."

The shows kick off in the band's native Nancy, France on March 2nd with label mates Mumakil and Afgrund and include dates with Napalm Death, General Surgery, and many more. A complete listing of dates is available below.

"This World Is Dead" saw its release on CD/LP/Digital this January and features 25 songs clocking in at over 40 minutes of brutally efficient, frenzied grind. The album is streaming in its entirety below, while a previously released lyric video for the track "Pro-Lifers" can be viewed here.

March 02 Nancy, FR Le Hubolt w/Mumakil and Afgrund
March 30 Strasbourg, FR Le Molodoi w/ Chiens and Ratbomb
March 31 Bremgarten, SWI Kuzeb, Easter Fest 2013 w/ Aguirre, Boredom, BYT, Shaid
June 07 Saint-Imier, SWI Toxoplasmose Festival w/ Black Code, Elizabeth and more
June 08 Annecy, FR La Machine Utile
July 03 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX Kulturbabrik w/ Napalm Death
Aug 30 Glauchau, GER The System Will Be Killed by the Kids Festival
Aug 31 Prague, CZ Modra Vopice, Fekal Party Festival w/ General Surgery, Inhumate, Ingrowing More...

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Fit For A King To Support Oh, Sleeper On Tour

Fit For A King has set a March 12th release date for the band's Solid State Records debut, "Creation/Destruction." The band will also be joining Oh, Sleeper on the road starting next month. Dates are as follows:

March 07 - Transformation Gallery in Springfield, MO
March 08 - Downtown Music Hall in Little Rock, AR
March 09 - Goodtime Charlie's in Tupelo, MS
March 10 - Mud & Water bar and Venue in Baton Rouge, LA
March 11 - Walter's in Houston, TX
March 13 - Las Palmas Race Park in Mission, TX
March 14 - Texas House of Rock in Corpus Christi, TX
March 15 - Crossroads Music Venue in Tyler, TX
March 16 - South By So What Music Festival in Grand Prairie, TX More...

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra To Record Debut Album

Last month the Lingua Mortis Orchestra – founded by German heavy metallers Rage as an orchestral side project – made its live debut over the course of 2013’s 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.

On the high seas in the Caribbean, the 15-member band played two gigs in the packed Chorus Line Theater on board of the Majesty Of The Seas cruise ship. Enthusiastic feedback by both fans and the press provided the combo with another boost of motivation for the upcoming recordings of a debut album. The recording is due in April under the musical direction of Victor Smolski. Right in time for several booked festival shows (on this year’s Wacken Open Air, among others), Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s debut record is set for an early August release.

Victor Smolski – guitarist and head of the project – comments on the work progress: “Back from Florida’s heat to Germany’s iciness, but there can be no talk of feeling chilly – we’re boiling over with work in our studio! I’m already back in arranging and composing mode, while mountains of scores are piling up on my desk. I’m already fascinated by the new Lingua Mortis Orchestra songs due to their multifacetedness: Rock-hard tracks, some of them even heavier than those of our latest Rage record '21,' are contrasted with balladic melodies of sheer beauty.

"The first official Lingua Mortis Orchestra album will be something very special for us, as we’ve never created anything like this before. You can look forward to a concept album with long tracks, sung by Peavy and enriched with female vocals as well as with exotic orchestra instruments. I’ll keep you posted!"

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Killitorous Posts Studio Video

Killitorous has posted a studio video update online featuring drum recording, which can be viewed below. The band comments:

"As most of you know, we have been touring a bunch and recording our new album. So here it is 'Studio Update 1: Drums.' Filmed at Garage Studios in Montreal, Canada while recording with Christian Donaldson."

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Legend Streaming New Single

Legend has posted a new single online titled "Break the Cycle," which can be heard in the player below. The track will appear on an upcoming new album, and you can also buy a digital copy of the single over at iTunes here.

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Necronomicon Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Canada’s Necronomicon (not to be confused with the German band of the same name). The death metal trio’s upcoming fourth album is entitled "Rise of the Elder Ones" and has been tentatively scheduled for a June 7th release (June 10th in North America).

“Many people know that for some years in the past Necronomicon have been through some really dark years and that starting with ‘The Return of the Witch,’ or what we called the return to the source, we rose out of that period with more determination and strength than ever,” front man Rob “The Witch” states.

He goes on to say, “As for now, some months ago we had the opportunity to join forces and work with one of the most respected labels in the dark metal area. That’s why we decided to move on in that direction. Working with people that care, are professionals, and do what they said without trying to find excuses to not do what they agreed to. It is with honor that Necronomicon joined the Season of Mist family and wish for this relationship to be long and prosperous.”

More information on "Rise of the Elder Ones" will be unveiled soon so keep checking back. More...

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Anthrax Posts AC/DC Cover Online

Thrash metal legends Anthrax have posted a viral video for their version of AC/DC's "TNT" online. Check it out below.

"TNT" is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band's last album "Worship Music." The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new "Anthems" EP, featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by Rush, AC/DC, Boston, Journey, Cheapt Trick, and Thin Lizzy.

"Anthems" will also be released separately on CD and Vinyl and will be exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder here. "Worship Music" Special Edition / "Anthems" will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The "Anthems" track listing is as follows:

01. Anthem (RUSH)
02. TNT (AC/DC)
03. Smokin' (BOSTON)
04. Keep On Runnin' (JOURNEY)
05. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK)
06. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY)
07. Crawl (Album version)
08. Crawl (Remix) More...

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Nile Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

American death metal masters Nile have uploaded a making-of clip for “Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame," providing behind-the-scenes impressions of last year’s intense video shooting in Greece.

The track is taken from Nile’s latest necromancy “At The Gate Of Sethu” (reviewed here), out on Nuclear Blast since June 29th, 2012. Check out the clip below.

The clip was directed by Jon Simvonis (Septic Flesh, Devil's Train), who remembers: “Filming Nile, a band with such a strong connection and retrospection to the Ancient Egyptian spirit, was really a creative challenge. I found myself almost traveling in time and space through the whole research process prior to making the video.All of our production and creative department teams, within Magnum Production Studios Co. were really excited to take on this project and bring it to life. Approaching Ancient Egypt, through Africa and using Nubia, a region along the Nile river, was for me the perfect marriage of Egyptian iconic imagery and the regions long religious history. A region that dealt in the underworld and was also the birthplace of the very first Voodoo practices. Two worlds so close, but yet so far one from another.” More...

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Children Of Bodom Checks In With Studio Update

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom are currently busy in their own studio in Helsinki, recording ten new tracks for the upcoming 8th album release. This new album will follow previous album "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here).

The band has now uploaded a short video from the recording to give an update on the sessions. Check it out at the band's Facebook profile here.

For the recording of the new release, Children of Bodom has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on "Hatebreeder," "Follow the Reaper," and "Hate Crew Deathroll" as well as producer Peter Tägtgren (Marduk, Amon Amarth), who is overseeing production of both vocals and keyboards on the record.

The yet-untitled album is scheduled for a summer 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned for further information.

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Iced Earth Reveals "Live In Ancient Kourion" Info

Since "Dystopia" (reviewed here) was released in October of 2011, Iced Earth has been on the attack in a big way, playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years...combined! Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer comments:

"I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of Iced Earth to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn't been done before. I've never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success."

Century Media has also issued the following statement about the band filming a live show for a new DVD release:

"Early on in the World Tour, the band decided to capture this new found energy and passion on film. The biggest question was deciding where to film. When the offer came in to film at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, they were immediately attracted to that idea. The history and culture there, as well as the Cypriot audience, which the band experienced in December 2011, solidified the decision to film the DVD in Cyprus. Filming and recording a 2 1/2 hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome. But the finished product makes up for any of the challenges that the band and crew faced on that special night.

"Iced Earth's first officially filmed headline show, Live In Ancient Kourion, will hit stores on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America! This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-Ray disk! The Limited Edition Deluxe Book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a 2 CD set. A standard DVD and digital audio download will also be available." More...

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Svart Crown Unveils New Album Details

French act Svart Crown has unveiled the front cover and track listing for upcoming album "Profane," to be released on Listenable Records this coming April 22nd (Europe) and then later in May in the U.S. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The band has been willing to break the genre boundaries enhancing lethal grooves in a sadistic manner that won't leave any listener in a safe and comfy world. The main theme of the album is full-introspection about humanity sickness and Svart Crown delivers the soundtrack of a bleak world that has already ended to their eyes with this album. The artwork was made by designer Stefan Thanneur. 'Profane' was recorded, mixed, mastered by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio (Paris)."

1. Manifestation Symptoms
2. Genesis Architect
3. Intern. Virus. Human
4. In Utero: A Place of Hatred And Threat
5. Until the Last Breath
6. Profane
7. The Therapy of Flesh
8. Venomous Ritual
9. Ascetic Purification
10. Revelation: Down Here Stillborn More...

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Heidenwahn Festival Canceled

Only a handful of days away from the actual event itself, the Heidenwahn Festival has officially been canceled. The fest was to take place on March 9th and featured bands such as Draugr, Cruadalach, Minas Morgul, Heimdalls Wacht, and more.

Cruadalach has posted the following message online about the cancellation being caused by accusations of National Socialist bands appearing on the bill:

"We have very bad news for you and Austrian metal scene. Their 'rightful fighters' from Antifa striked again, have (probably randomly) accused 4 bands from Heidenwahn Festival´s line up from being NS, contacted club owners and media and reached their dirty goal: Heidenwahn had to be cancelled less then 14 days prior the event itself.

"We are very sorry for those poor people who can not find better time spending (pray for them to discover world of computer games, where they could not really insult anyone). They unfortunately have found their ideal victims, who they can insult without punishment. No way to defend yourself, no idea who is behind these actions.

"We wish the Heidenwahn organizers all the best and hope that the situation in Austria will go better by time."

For further info on the event, head over to the Heidenwahn Festival Facebook profile here. More...

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Ken Mode Streams New Track Online

KEN mode is now streaming a new track online through Invisible Oranges. Stream the song "Secret Vasectomy" at this location.

"Secret Vasectomy" comes off the band's upcoming album "Entrench," due out this coming March 19th in North America (March 15th in Europe) through Season of Mist. More...

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Complete Failure Streaming New Album

Complete Failure has posted the full new album "The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault" online via Bandcamp. Check out the tracks from the release below, or buy the album at Bandcamp here.

"The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault" was released earlier this month via Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. Mind Compf (available for streaming here)
2. Errant Social Mile Marker
3. The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault
4. Head Hanger to Be
5. Drag Migrator
6. Exitist
7. Defenseless Mechanisms of Self Inflicted Heartbreak
8. Disinvictus
9. Hero of the Church Herd
10. The Unlove Overhue More...

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99 Levels To Hell Trailer Available

Metal and video games seem like an obvious match made in hell, and slowly over time metal music has been creeping more and more into the gaming world. Now a new platformer has been released for the PC titled "99 Levels to Hell," which is exactly what it sounds like - 99 levels of randomly generated hellscapes, with the bonus of being filled with an original, metal leaning soundtrack by Dalle Oldman and Bo Blond. Check out a teaser trailer for the game below.

You can buy the game at GOG.com (normally 9.99 but currently on promotional sale for 7.99). The following press release was also issued about the game:

"99 Levels to Hell is a platform shooter with lots of guns, upgrades, magic, traps and monsters to kill. 99 Levels to Hell is a rogue-like-like, which means surviving is key and every time you play you get a new set of levels to play. When you complete 10 levels, the 10th being a boss-fight you unlock a door to the next dungeon.

"Hidden in the darkness of the dungeons are shops, casinos and elevators. And if you search the dungeons carefully, you might find secret rooms that unlock more of the story, and free new adventures, you can play as in your next game." More...

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Deep Purple Reveals New Album Title "NOW What?"

Deep Purple has revealed the name of the band's new album as "NOW What?" The release has been teased over the last couple of months, including the latest one seen below.

"NOW What?" is scheduled for release on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.

It marks the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep." Other information about the album was posted in the latest press release:

"NOW What ?! has been produced by Bob Ezrin, one of the most important rock producers of all time (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and many others) NOW What ?! features 11 new songs. NOW What ?! was recorded with no musical rules… and it shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that Deep ?urp!e have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70s in the last 20 years as they do NOW.

"NOW What ?! has the excellence and elegance of 'Perfect Strangers' and the wild freedom of Made in Japan. NOW What ?! will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple discussing the new album and one bonus studio cover version. More...

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Stryper Posts "Second Coming" EPK, Releases Single

Christian metallers Stryper issued an EPK video for the band's upcoming release "Second Coming." The album features two new tracks, "Blackened" and "Bleeding From The Inside Out," along with re-recorded material from the early catalog ("Yellow & Black Attack," "Soldiers Under Command" and "To Hell With the Devil"). The album is set for release on March 26, 2013 in North America via Frontiers Records.

The single for "Bleeding From The Inside Out" can be purchased now through iTunes at this location.

The track listing for "Second Coming" is as follows: More...

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AfterBlood Reconstructs Mushuggah's "Koloss"

Founding members Hel Pyre and Cyan of the Greek female-fronted death metal band AfterBlood posted a new video featuring a "new track" constructed from music and lyrics from Mesuggah's "Koloss" release. New vocals were recorded by Pyre and the "re-arrangement," re-editing, remixing and restructured riffs were done by Cyan.

Check out the "Koloss Hypothetical Jam" here:

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Delain To Release Special LP "Interlude"

Fresh off signing a new worldwide deal with Napalm Records, Delain announced that the band will issue a special compilation album entitled "Interlude" in May. The album will feature brand new tracks, special versions and mixes of previously released tracks and a DVD of clips and live material from the band's performance at the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium last year.

The release schedule for "Interlude" is as follows:

May 1, 2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
May 3, 2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
May 6, 2013 Rest of Europe
May 7, 2013 USA/CAN/Rest of World

The track listing is:

1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live) More...

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Gamma Ray Posts "Master Of Confusion" Teaser

German power metal act Gamma Ray, featuring Helloween co-founder Kai Hansen, posted a teaser for the band's upcoming extended EP release "Master of Confusion." The EP features two new tracks that will appear on the band's follow up to the latest studio release "To the Metal" (2010), the title track and "Empire of the Undead." The EP is scheduled for release on March 15th, 2013 via earMUSIC coinciding with the "Hellish Rock II" tour with Helloween. The full length is not expected before 2014.

Hansen commented: "We have been away for quite some time. We have released what we consider a very beautiful live product, 'Live -- Skeletons and Majesties', but we felt it was time to release some new music by the Rayz..."

Kai & co. are not afraid to celebrate their peculiarity with humour and irony.
Reading the lyrics of the song 'Master Of Confusion' not too many clarifications are necessary...
Gamma Ray are indeed the masters of confusion, a trait all the fans and also the music industry had no option than to accept and appreciate. They bring chaos to other people's lives, they miss important deadlines, they reschedule the release of the desperately awaited new long player, but they never miss a show, they never let a fan down, and in a world of calculated and career-driven rock stars, they are among the few remaining honest true heavy metal heroes.

"Master Of Confusion" is rounded off with six live versions ('The Spirit,' 'Wings Of Destiny,' 'Farewell,' 'Gamma Ray,' 'Time To Break Free' and 'Insurrection' recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray "Live -- Skeletons and Majesties" but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).

The full track list is:

A Side:

1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track) More...

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New Metal Opera Revealed As Timo Tolkki's Avalon

The series of teaser trailers on a "new metal opera" album called "Land of New Hope," which began early this month from Frontiers Records has been revealed to be Timo Tolkki's Avalon in a new trailer (shown below). Tolkki was most prominently known for his work in Stratovarius as well as founding both Symfonia and Revolution Rennaissance.

The album "Land of New Hope" features guest appearances from Russell Allen (Symphony X), Michael Kiske (Unisonic/Ex-Helloween), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe/Kamelot), Rob Rock (Rob Rock/Impellitteri), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Shrenian (Dream Theater) and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire).

The release date for the album: May 17, 2013 (EU), May 21, 2013 (North America).

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Project: Roenwolfe Streaming New Track

U.S. power thrash act Project: Roenwolfe, featuring ex-Theocracy bassist Patrick Parris (on vocals) and Judicator multi-musician Tony Cordisco, is streaming the new single "Roanoke" over at bandcamp (heard below). The release also features the track "Alchemic Design."

The band is offering the single and all other material as a "name your price" at this location, or by streaming and clicking the link below:

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Free Fall Posts New Music Video

Free Fall posted a new music video for the song "World Domination." The track appears on the band's debut LP "Power & Volume," which dropped last week via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The North American release date for the album is March 19, 2013.

A video for the title track can be viewed over at this location. Check out "World Domination" here:

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Sodom Unveils "Epitome Of Torture" Album Artwork

Sodom unveiled the artwork for the band's upcoming LP "Epitome of Torture." The album drops on April 26, 2013 (GER), April 29, 2013 (EU) and May 7, 2013 (US) via SPV/Steamhammer. The artwork featuring Sodom‘s popular “Knarrenheinz” logo was developed by graphic designer Meran Karanitant, who has caused a stir with his work for Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Dimmu Borgir, among others.

The following is the track listings for the various formats of "Epitome Of Torture":

Limited Edition Digipak:

1. My Final Bullet 04:40
2. S.O.D.O.M. 03:46
3. Epitome Of Torture 03:31
4. Stigmatized 02:56
5. Cannibal 04:19
6. Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow 04:01
7. Invocating The Demons 04:25
8. Katjuscha 03:43
9. Into The Skies Of War 03:51
10. Tracing The Victim 04:46
11. Waterboarding 05:06 (bonus track)
12. Splitting The Atom 04:28 (bonus track) More...

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Pertness Posts Trailer For New Music Video

Swiss melodic power metal band Pertness posted a trailer for the band's upcoming music video for "Frozen Time," the title track of the latest LP, available now through Pure Steel Record (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).

The video is expected to be release soon. Check out the trailer here:

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Exxplorer Bassist Diagnosed With Myeloma

Bassist Jay McCaffrey of New Jersey based traditional metal act Exxplorer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells of the bone marrow. The diagnosis came in subsequent treatment after he had suffered a back injury in a recent accident, where doctors found something on his spine.

The announcement from the band reads:

"With Love 'In Battle' For Our Brother: For the past few months, things have been a bit quiet in the Exxplorer camp. In an attempt to address the emails and inquiries we have been receiving, we feel it is best to address this head on.

"Some months back, our Bass Player Jay McCaffrey sustained an injury to his back resulting from an accident. He sought medical attention, and while the recovery was slow, it was progressing and he started to be able to get around a bit.

"Unfortunately, while treating his back injury, doctors noticed something on his spine after Jay had complained about pain he had started feeling. Through a series of tests, they were able to determine, and diagnose him with 'Multiple Myeloma,' a Cancer that starts in the plasma cells in the bone marrow. More...

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Reign Of Sirius Posts In Studio Video Diary, Pt. I

U.K. symphonic metal act Reign of Sirius posted the first footage from the band's in studio diary series on the recordings for the sophomore LP "Mirror Figures." The album is expected for release in 2013, though no firm release date has yet been announced. In 2012, the band issued its debut effort "One Child's Game."

Reign of Sirius is:

Alex Blaikie: Vocals
Tom Perry: Guitars
Simon Mayo: Guitars
Charlie Blaikie: Bass
Jake Lockett: Drums
Alex Williams: Keyboards

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Cauldron Announces Album's U.S. Release

Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron will release the band's third full-length album, "Tomorrow's Lost," on April 30th via Century Media Records/Earache Records in the USA.

The album was originally release in Europe in October 2012, and according to a press release is "another slice of pure metal mastery that delivers even more riffs, attitude and heavy metal classics!" Watch the video clip for the album track "Nitebreaker" after the jump.

In regards to the American release of "Tomorrow's Lost," Cauldron comments: "Very excited that our latest slab is finally getting released at home. We're really proud of this record and can't be satisfied by pulling music out of thin air like the internet generation does so well, so this means a lot. Glad to see the new Earache/Century Media affiliation is going to give it its due in North America, and just in time for the America's Lost tour this spring!"

Ian Chains adds, "We're pleased to announce that our new album is finally landing on North American shores this April. Now all you bangers, earth dogs and rivet heads can get your metal fix. See you on the filthy road!"

In addition to touring North America this spring, Cauldron will also appear at this year's edition of Metallica's "Orion Music + More" festival, featuring the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. Upcoming Cauldron tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 12 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus *
Apr. 13 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elks Lodge
Apr. 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewey's *
Apr. 15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Électrique *
Apr. 16 - Quebec, QC - Coop l'Agitée *
Apr. 17 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Apr. 18 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
Apr. 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck *
Apr. 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli's Haus of Rock *
Apr. 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's *
May 02 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar, Hume Hotel
May 03 - Vancouver, BC - Astoria
May 04 - Portland, OR - Ash Street Saloon
May 05 - Medford, OR - MusicHead
May 07 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star Bar
Jun. 09 - Detroit, MI - Orion Music + More festival

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Distress Of Ruin Releases New Music Video

Finland's Distress of Ruin has released a new music video for the track "The Ocean of Perdition," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:

"We chose to create a music video for this particular song because lyrically it encompasses the entire journey of Predators Among Us -- both the beginning and the end.

"The video was produced and created by Henrik Mennander. Check out his other works. The video was written by Lauri Ruotsalainen & Henrik Mennander."

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