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Metal News for February 3, 2012

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47 news articles posted on this day.

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The 1st Night: The Iced Earth Tour With Stu Block

Over the past few years, Iced Earth released the admirable efforts “Framing Armageddon” and “The Crucible of Man.” The former featured vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens and the latter marked the return of Matt Barlow. The two albums were met with equal mediocre fan response. It seemed as though the band lost a little steam. With Barlow departing for a second time, guitarist Jon Schaffer had a plan.

Century Media representatives suggested he check out a stellar new vocalist from a Canadian progressive extreme band called Into Eternity, a band that was making great waves in the metal scene. After seeing the fire in Stu Block’s eyes that he desperately needed, Schaffer was impressed but still a little unsure on how Block’s patented “hybrid vocal” style (combining traditional, extreme and death style vocals) would fit in with Iced Earth. After just one tryout, Stu was hired. The end result was the realization of Schaffer’s vision: “Dystopia.” The album reinvigorated the band and the reviews proved it.

What followed was a highly successful tour of Europe in late 2011, which brought them to the eve of the first night the most prolific power metal tour to hit North America in years: Iced Earth co-headlining with Symphony X. Now, Hartford isn’t exactly the first place you would think of for prolific tours, but Connecticut was blessed with the opportunity to be the first to witness this event (see our show review). Stu Block sat down with Metal Underground in the back lounge of the band’s tour bus to give the low down on his recruitment. More...

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She Devil Streaming Tracks From Demo

Texas doom metal band She Devil is streaming the track "Blues or Bad Luck" from it's debut demo "The Supernatural Kind" over on it's Facebook page. The band also has several uploads over on YouTube from the demo such as the track "Pale Horse." The demo EP features new vocalist Matt Hudnall.


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The Moon Mistress Streaming Two Tracks

Russian lo-fi doom band The Moon Mistress will be releasing it's debut full-length "Silent Voice Inside" March 15th on Red Gates Records. The Moon Mistress started in Moscow in 2009 and released it's self-titled demo a year later. They also have a split release with the Ukranian band Snakerider titled "Obsessed by Cruel Wastelands" and another split with Old One due out soon. The Moon Mistress is streaming two of the tracks from the nine-song album "Silent Voice Inside," the title track and "The Wicker Man," which you can check out here.

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HeadCrusher Streaming Debut

Technical death metal band HeadCrusher has released it's first full-length album "Let the Blood Run." After the band relocated from Colombia to Austin in 2008, it recorded it's self-titled debut EP, which you may also stream over on Bandcamp. View the upload of the title track from the new seven-song album, or stream it in it's entirety below. HeadCrusher uses the logo of "Juan Valdead" on it's shirts, a parody of the Colombian coffee ads.



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Breed 77 Posts Studio Update Videos

Breed 77 is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on a new album. The band has also now posted two brief studio video updates online, which you can check out below.

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Moonlyght Working On New Album

Moonlyght has checked in with the following announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"We can now tell that the writing process for our third album 'Return to Desolation' is now completed! I think that the essence of the 'new' Moonlyght 2012 is much more complete than what we've ever done in the past on Progressive Darkness and Shining.

"Some songs on the album will be just about 9 minutes long! Here are the song titles that will appear on RTD not in particular order:

Return to Desolation
Human Rememberance
Dwelling in Earth's Shadow
The Sweet Poisonned Light
Universal Pain
A Distant Illusion of Freedom
Revelations from the Other Side
(to a) Ghastly Future

"We will start recording the whole thing this next summer. We will keep you updated!"

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Black Sabbath Responds To Bill Ward Statement

It appears the Facebook snubbing between Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward continues. Black Sabbath has decided to proceed with the album and tour without the drummer with the following response to Bill Ward's recent post:

"We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!

- Tony, Ozzy and Geezer"

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Tombs Announces North American Shows

New York's Tombs has announced a series of upcoming North American tour dates. Details on the run of shows are as follows:

Feb. 10 Ventura, CA Zoey’s Cafe (w/ The Fucking Wrath)
Feb. 11 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy (Scion Relapse Showcase)
Mar. 3 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Mar. 29 Boston, MA Middle East (Upstairs) (w/ Morne)
Mar. 30 Keene, NH Knights of Columbus Hall
Mar. 31 Montreal, QC Quai De Brumes
Apr. 1 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Apr. 6 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
Apr. 7 Harrisonburg, VA Downtown 34 (part of Macrock)
May 18 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Ulcerate)
May 19 New York, NY Public Assembly (w/ Ulcerate) More...

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Psycroptic Streaming "The Throne Of Kings" Track

Tasmanian technical death metal outfit Psycroptic is now streaming the brand new track “The Throne of Kings” from the band's upcoming album "The Inherited Repression" through Metalsucks.net. Check out the track at this location.

You can now also check out the third “making-of” video for the follow-up to the 2008 release "Ob(Servant)" below.

Head over to the official Psycroptic Facebook page here to check out the new track “Carriers of the Plague.” “The Inherited Repression” will be released in Europe on February 10th via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Shadows Fall Announces Intimate Shows

(New York, NY) – Grammy-nominated metal act Shadows Fall will hit the road for a string of headlining tour dates this February where they will play intimate warm up shows in select cities this February. The band will then head to Australia for Soundwave 2012 (full tour dates below).

Shadows Fall has just wrapped recording their seventh official studio album at Zing Studios. Slated for a late spring 2012 release, the new record reunites the band with long-time friend, producer/engineer and Killswitch Engage/Times Of Grace guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz. Adam D., who has previously helmed the boards on albums for All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, The Devil Wears Prada, and Every Time I Die, is also intimately involved in the writing of the new Shadows Fall material. More...

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Ancestors To Release "In Dreams And Time"

Los Angeles psychedelic prog-rock band Ancestors will release its new album "In Dreams and Time" on April 10 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded in east LA's Infrasonic Sound (Queens of the Stone Age, Best Coast, Xasthur), the record showcases the band's most accomplished music to date and a creative sound that morphs from thunderous cacophony to soul-searching peaks and valleys as towering riffs collide with bleak beauty and deep wells of light and dark. More...

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Fates Warning European Tour And One Date In Brazil

U.S. progressive metal icons Fates Warning will be returning to Europe for a headlining tour in March 2012 and also a first-ever visit to South America (as special guests for Queensryche in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14th), before resuming songwriting work on a new studio album.

Fates Warning have now confirmed that Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob/Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) will be once again joining the band as stand-in drummer on it's show in Brazil, commenting the news as follows:

“We're pleased and excited to announce that Mike Portnoy will be our special guest drummer for our April 14th show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We had a great time playing with Mike back in 2005 at the Headway festival in Holland and we're happy that he's able to help us out again. We'd also like to make it clear that Bobby Jarzombek is still the drummer for Fates and will be with us for our European shows in March as well as on the new record we're currently working on. Unfortunately, Bobby committed to another gig on the same day (ironically, in the same city) before this show was planned."

Here is also an update on the upcoming European headlining dates:

FATES WARNING – European Tour 2012:

March 5 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit '66
March 6 - Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
March 7 - Paris (France) - Nouveau Casino
March 9 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
March 10 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
March 11 - Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
March 12 - Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
March 14 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage *
March 15 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
March 17 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - MMC
March 18 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Exit-Us
March 19 - Budapest (Hungary) - A38
March 21 - Bucharest (Romania) - Jukebox Club
March 22 – Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape 5 Club
March 24 - Moscow (Russia) - KKZ
April 14 - São Paulo (Brazil) - HSBC Brasil + Queensryche

* As special guests to “Vargas + Appice + Shortino”


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Sunn O))) Announces European Shows

Sunn O))) is pleased to announce a set of shows culminating with a concert at the legendary Hellfest Festival in France this coming June 2012. The upcoming dates are as follows:

6/10/2012 TBA – UK
6/11/2012 The Ritz – Manchester, UK
6/12/2012 Koko – London, UK w/ Nurse With Wound
6/14/2012 Milkweg – Amsterdam, NL w/ Aluk Todolo
6/15/2012 Fort8 BE – Hoboken, BE w/ Aluk Todolo
6/16/2012 Gâité Lyrique – Paris, FR
6/17/2012 Hellfest – Clisson, FR w/ King Diamond, Black Sabbath More...

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Lethal Saint Announces Vinyl Release

Cyprus metallers Lethal Saint have checked in with the following update about a new 7" vinyl release:

"The great news has finally arrived!

"Lethal saint has joined forces with 'Emanesmetal Records' (France), to release the first mind-blowing 7’ inch vinyl record in collaboration with 'Dying Victim’s Productions' (Germany) and 'Under Siege Records' (France)! This release will be composed of two songs already present in the 'Saint Strikes Back' single’s tracklist.

"We’re proud to announce the release of the first Lethal Saint 7’ inch vinyl record on the 2nd of March 2012 at the UP THE HAMMER’S FESTIVAL in Athens!"

You can also check out Lethal Saint's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Obscura Streaming Atheist Cover

German technical death metal act Obscura has posted a cover version online of the Atheist track "Piece of Time," which is available for streaming online now through MetalHammer Germany.

The cover is taken off Obscura's "Illegimitation" collection, featuring the following track listing:

Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)
1) ...and all will come to an end
2) Crucified
3) Fear
4) Immanent Desaster

Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)
5) Incarnated
6) Open the Gates
7) Headworm

Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)
8) Death - Flesh and the Power it Holds
9) Atheist - Piece of Time
10) Cynic - How Could I

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Cancels Tonight's Show

Italy's Fleshgod Apocalypse has posted the following brief announcement online about missing tonight's tour date due to vehicle problems:

"We're extremely sorry to announce that we won't take part of the Annecy show tonight. Unfortunately our van broke on the way and we're doing all is possible to fix it asap."

To check out Fleshgod Apocalypse's upcoming tour date info, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Structures Posts Drum Playthrough Clip

Structures has posted a new drum playthrough clip of Andrew McEnaney playing the song "Hydroplaning." Check out the clip below.

Structures also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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New Karnak Seti Album Streaming In Full

Portugal’s melodic death metal band Karnak Seti is set to self-release the sophomore album, "In Harmonic Entropy" on February 6, 2012. Metalunderground.com is offering readers the chance to hear this new album before it's officially released, with an exclusive full-album stream in the player below.

"In Harmonic Entropy" follows up the band's 2009 debut album, "Scars of your Decay." Their sophomore release finds the band returning with a new singer and a great blend of Swedish-style death metal guitar riffing, blistering melodic leads and technical precision.

"In Harmonic Entropy" was produced by Daniel Cardoso (Heavenwood, Angelus Apartida, Ava Inferi) at Ultrasound Studios in Braga – Portugal.

The complete track listing for "In Harmonic Entropy" is as follows:

1. Long Gone Shadow
2. Only Red Mist Descends
3. Loss
4. Among the Sleepless
5. Golden Age of Downfalls
6. Luctor et Emergo
7. Stranded by Existence
8. Figureless Icons
9. Collateral Dreams

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Xandria Posts "Valentine" Trailer #2

Xandria has posted a second teaser trailer "Valentine" music video. The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Neverworld's End." The video will premiere EMP online and on iMusic TV on TV on February 14, 2012. Napalm Records will include the video on its YouTube Channel starting February 15, 2012.

The release schedule for "Neverworld's End" is as follows:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012

Check out the teaser here:

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Ceruleus Streaming New Single

Ceruleus has posted a new single online titled "The Ark" (featuring Gus Farias & Michael Barr of Volumes), which can be heard below. "The Ark" is taken off the upcoming EP "Trenches." An official release date for the EP will be revealed shortly, but is expected for Spring, 2012.

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16 Reveals New Album Release Date

The upcoming new album from Los Angeles, CA act 16 will be released via Relapse Records on April 24th, 2012.

The new record, entitled "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds," was recorded with the band’s friend and longtime engineer Jeff Forrest at Double Time Studios in San Diego, CA. The album was then mastered by Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull at Visceral Sound Studios.

Bassist Tony Baumeister previously commented on the new album: "We're very excited about the release of our new record. The addition of Mateo on drums opened a lot of doors for us creatively. We experimented with different time signatures, different tunings, and finally made the album we've wanted to make all along. The goal was to destroy our last record, and we feel like we achieved that. We can't wait for people to hear it, and can't wait to play these songs live. US and European touring plans are in the works..."

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Helloween/Gama Ray Tribute Teaser Posted

"HelloRay" is a tribute album to Helloween and Gamma Ray made by fans of the bands. The tribute is set to be released on March 26th by Epicus Records and features acts such as Rampart and Gaia Epicus. A teaser trailer can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:

01. Tribute to the Past (Gamma Ray) GUARDIANS OF MANKIND
02. Warrior (Helloween) GAIA EPICUS
03. The spirit (Gamma Ray) PARALLAX
04. Mr. Torture (Helloween) AILLION
05. Anywhere in the galaxy (Gamma Ray) OPERA MAGNA
06. Ain't got nothin` better (Helloween) KICKHUNTER
07. Last before the storm (Gamma Ray) SONEM
08. Where the rain grows (Helloween) ARMORY
09. A tale that wasn't right (Helloween) DRACHEN
10. Just a little sign (Helloween) RAMPART
11. Leaving hell (Gamma Ray) ROTTEN
12. Judas (Helloween) 5th ELEMENT
13. Heaven or hell (Gamma Ray) BURN UNIVERSE
14. Before the war (Helloween) ILUNGARA
15. Land of the free (Gamma Ray) DEIMOS More...

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Fejd Announces New Tour Dates

Fejd will support Subway to Sally on the band's upcoming anniversary tour beginning in December of 2012, but the pre-sale has already begun. Fans can order tickets and obtain more details about this unique tour here.

The dates for the tour, which also features Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, are as follows:

14.12.12 Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle
15.12.12 München - Tonhalle
16.12.12 CH/Pratteln – Z7
21.12.12 Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
22.12.12 Gießen - Hessenhallen
26.12.12 Bochum - Ruhrkongresshalle
27.12.12 Fürth - Stadthalle
28.12.12 Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen
29.12.12 Bremen – Pier 2
30.12.12 Potsdam - Metropolishalle

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Grave Digger Posts Band Update

Grave Digger posted an update on the band's activities for 2012, which includes a new album tentatively scheduled for August 2012, as well as a tour of Brazil with country mates Blind Guardian. In a post on Facebook, singer Chris Boltendahl stated:

"Since last November we work on brand new songs. 10 compositions are completely done and already in pre-production. Once more song is in work. Also a cover version of a male, "not heavy metal artist," is going to be finished within the next days. Don't worry, it won't [be] another German "Schalger" song...

"It will be 150% pure Grave Digger metal. Again we transfered the spirit of the 80['s] into the sound of 2012. Beginning mid of March, we start recording the new masterpiece, again [at]
the Principal Studios/Munster, and it should be finish[ed] by end of May.

"The cover is also done..,focusing again [on] our 'Reaper.' In April, we'll tour Brazil for
some more shows with our friends from Blind Guardian.

"The release of the new album is scheduled for August 2012."

The album will be the band's first since the 2010 LP "The Clans Will Rise Again." More...

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Master Reveals Details Of New Album

Death metal band Master has revealed that the band's new album will be entitled "The New Elite" and will be released in the latter half of 2012 through Pulverized Records. The album marks the band's eleventh studio album and first since the 2010 release "The Human Machine." The band is also streaming the new song "Smile As You're Told," which can be heard below.

Master mainman Paul Speckmann commented on the new album: "'The New Elite' deals with the problems we face in society at this current time. The rich are getting richer and the poor are starving on the streets all around the world while men battle each other for world dominance! Governments are grabbing the world by the balls and dictating the new rules of the soon-to-be New Elite, while the youth of today just sit down and take it. I really wonder if and when the youth of today will take a stand against these crazy fucked-up ruthless world leaders. The time has come to stand up and be counted!"

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Fair Warning To Release 20th Anniversary Album

German rockers Fair Warning are set to celebrate the band's 20th Anniversary with a Best of album entitled "Best And More." The double CD will contain 32 songs, including unreleased and rare live material. The album is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012 (Germany), March 26, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through SPV Records.

The official track listing for "Best And More" is as follows: More...

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Iced Earth And Sepultura Confirmed For Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Iced Earth
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Sepultura
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Undead Pandemic Records New Tracks

UK based blackened death goregrind project Undead Pandemic has revealed the title of its upcoming release. Undead Pandemic's second full-length album will be titled "Nunslut" and the band promises that it will be even more extreme and offensive than its predecesor, "The Rising." Ben Murphy, the mastermind behind Undead Pandemic, had to say: "I'm a few tracks into my second full length album (brutality has increased somewhat and will be a total goregrind massacre) - the artwork hasn't been completed yet but I can reveal the title - it's going to be called 'Nunslut'. Full of blasphemy, brutality, hatred and alot of defiled nuns. Tracks written and recorded so far are as follows: 'Hellfuck,' 'Home Surgery Face Transplant,' 'Hellfuck Part 2,' 'Thirty Thousand Fisted Nuns' and 'The Human Centipede (Surgery Perversion).' I'm well into a few other tracks but there's still a lot to be done." Check out an upload for the track "The Human Centipede" below.


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Martiria Splits With Lead Singer

Italian metal band Martiria announced that they officially split with long time vocalist Rick Anderson. The former vocalist for Warlord (where he was once known as Damien King III) was let go as the band is seeking a new direction.

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

"After ten years, four albums recorded and an unforgettable live experience, Andy, Marco, Umberto and Derek want to thank sincerely Rick Anderson for the contribution he gave in developing the Martiria Project. His presence has been fundamental for the success of the band, and his friendship is invaluable for us, since he is both a great man and a brother for us.

"At this stage, though, the band has the need to proceed in a new direction, looking for those new motivations that just the live exhibitions can give. Hence, the decision of (temporarily) splitting our ways; a very suffered decision indeed but, standing the physical distance between us, it wouldn't have been possible to take a different one.

"So, while we welcome Freddy and Alex that join the band, sure that they will be able to keep on with the same passion we have had for all those years, we hug our singer wishing him the best for his future and hoping that our paths will cross again very soon.

"God bless you, Rick. It's a see-you-soon, not a farewell."

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Noctem Adds Dates To European Tour

Spanish black/death metal band Noctem has added a few dates to it's Iberian Conquest tour. The band is touring in support of it's recent album "Oblivion," and the three dates Noctem added are below. Check out the band's official video for "The Arrival of the False Gods" after the jump.


14 APRIL-2012, HUGGINS AWAKENING FEST // OSTEND (BE)
15 JUNE-2012, CZECH DEATH FEST // CERVENY KOSTELEC(CZ)
18-19 AUGUST, MOTOCULTOR FEST // BRETAGNE (FR)


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Jon Oliva's Pain Announces New Touring Guitarist

Jon Oliva's Pain announced the addition of touring guitarist Joseph Diaz. The announcement was made in a post on the band's Facebook Page:

"New Guitarist Added for the Hall of the Mountain King tour...

"Please give a warm welcome to another great talent...Joe Diaz!

"JOSEPH DIAZ- Guitars and Vocals: Born in New York, school gang violence and the cold war were all realities that shaped his way of thought. His family moved to Tampa Bay Florida when he was 13. As a freshman in High School he found Florida schools far behind and boring. His active mind needed something to fill the void. The answer came as music.

"Music came in the form of a Stratocaster Guitar and a Marshall amp. Soon after, he was turned on to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. This forged the roots for his style as did his constant involvement in the very strong Tampa Bay Metal Scene. Joe spent his youth in many original and cover bands ,writing, learning and paying dues.

"Joe is also a classical guitarist and into the blues but Metal is his main focus. Currently working with Cemetary Sluts (An original Speed Metal Band) and Figure In Black (a Black Sabbath Tribute act)

"He has also played in Disaster Peace (with Pete Black - King Diamond and Wade Black - Crimson Glory) and Brutus (with John Greely – Iced Earth) and his own original bands, Our Final Failure,
End Unseen ,Moss Feaster and Back 2 Zero.

"Welcome to the party Joe...it's going to be a wild ride." More...

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Biohazard Posts Persistence Tour 2012 Footage

New York's Biohazard posted new footage from the band's tour of Europe. The latest video from the Persistence Tour is from Vienna, Austria. The band previously announced that bassist Scott Roberts was hospitalized while on tour. For more information on that, head over to this location.

Check out the video here:

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Hellfest 2012 Lineup Finalized

The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:

June 15:

Megadeth
Lynyrd Skynrd
Gotthard

June 16:

Guns N Roses
Within Temptation

June 17:

Black Sabbath
Motley Crue
Blue Oyster Cult

Other headline acts for the various stages include:

June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...

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Pharaoh Streaming New Track "Burn With Me"

Philadelphia based power metal band Pharaoh is streaming the track "Burn With Me" from the forthcoming album "Bury the Light." The album is scheduled for release on February 24, 2012 through Cruz Del Sur Music.

The track listing for "Bury the Light" is as follows:

1. Leave Me Here to Dream
2. The Wolves
3. Castles in the Sky (Click here for stream)
4. The Year of the Blizzard
5. The Spider's Thread
6. Cry
7. Graveyard of Empires
8. Burn With Me
9. In Your Hands

Check out "Burn With Me" here:

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Obolus Offers New EP For Download

U.S. depressive black metal act Obolus is offering the band's debut EP "Lament" as a free download through label Flenser Records at this location. The EP will also be available in vinyl soon through Flenser.

This mysterious band issued a self-titled demo in 2011, which was released through Sunyata Recordings and will soon be reissued by Bay Area label Merz Tapes.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Steel Panther Poster Ban

Last week the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned a promotional poster used by the band Steel Panther. The poster featured a woman with her eyes closed with one hand on her crotch while two silver balls dangled between her legs. A group shot of the band is on the bottom of the poster. The ASA found this “overtly sexual” and “suggestive of an orgasm.” The band has released a statement explaining the 80s retro look and tongue-in-cheek message; however, the ASA ruling stands and use of the poster in public areas has been banned. More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Ihsahn
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Leprous
Machine Head
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Pennywise
Possessed
Sabaton
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
Slayer
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Trivium
Unearth
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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Byfrost Splits With Drummer

In a statement issued by the band today, Norwegian blackened metallers Byfrost have announced that they have parted ways with “Alkolust,” their drummer since 2008. Frontman Heavy Harms commented: “We have had a great time playing with Alkolust over the years and we wish him the best with his other projects. And to all our fans out there, this is not the end, but very much a new beginning. Horns to the Sky!”

Formed in 2007 in Bergen, the heartland of Norwegian extreme metal, by Heavy Harms and Ripmeister, Byfrost released the band's debut album “Black Earth” on Painkiller records in early 2010, and, on the strength of this release, was quickly picked up by Germany’s AFM records. The band’s second full-length album “Of Death,” which was once again produced by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen (who also guested on the album) was released in June 2011.

Below you can see fan-filmed footage of Byfrost performing “Horns to the Sky” live at Bloodstock in 2011. More...

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Der Geist Posts New Track "A Moment"

Italy's Der Geist has uploaded a new track online titled "A Moment," which is taken from the upcoming album "The Pain We Don't Feel," out soon through Tmina Records and Alkemist-Fanatix Europe. Check out the song in the player available below.

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A Liquid Landscape Streaming "The Unreachable"

In honor of National Prog Day on 2-1-12, Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is hosting an exclusive stream of a new track from A Liquid Landscape, taken from the band's forthcoming release "Nightingale Express." The album will be released March 13th in North America via The Laser's Edge. Get an exclusive first listen to "The Unreachable" here courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Nightingale Express (12:40)
2. Wanderer's Log - You (0:51)
3. June Fifth (4:08)
4. Phases (4:53)
5. The Unreachable (4:59)
6. Wanderer's Log - Me (0:58)
7. Thieves of Time (6:01)
8. Out of Line (4:35)
9. Come on Home (5:22)
10. Wanderer's Log - Storm (2:36)
11. Secret Isle (5:10) More...

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Mind's I Streaming New Song

U.S. act Mind's I has uploaded a new song titled "Correlations Pt. 2," which is the third track off the band's upcoming new EP. Listen to the song in the player available below, or stay up-to-date with the latest Mind's I information by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Snovonne Releases More Studio Footage

Snovonne has posted a fourth video update from the process of recording her upcoming album "The Nightmare Bride." Check out the footage below, or find more details on Snovonne via Facebook.

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Scythe Of Dante Comments On Album Delays

New York's Scythe of Dante has issued the following announcement about delays in the release of the band's new album:

"Two bits of bad news: 1: We will not be playing the show in Rochester this sat, Feb 4th

"2: The CD is most likely NOT going to be ready to release on March 24th.

"Our drummer (on his way to the studio) fell and broke his wrist. As well as another personal matter from another member, we have no choice but to pull out of the show Sat.

"We will try out hardest to get the album finished by its scheduled release date. But its going to be rough."

For more info on Scythe of Dante, check out the band's official Facebook profile here.

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The End Result Posts "Reflections" Video

The End Result's first music video for the song "Reflections" has now been posted online and can be found in the player below. "Reflections" is off of The End Result's upcoming album, "Prophecies," and the video clip was filmed by Travis Wussow.

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Give Zombies The Vote Posts New Album Teaser

Boston, MA's Give Zombies the Vote has posted a video clip online showcasing upcoming material, which can be found below. The band also commented:

"Take a listen to a hint of what's to come! We'll be posting stuff ALL about the upcoming album along with some more samples/songs for you to listen to before it comes out. For now check out this quick video our buddy threw together."

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Aggressive Disorder Streaming New Song

Aggressive Disorder has checked in with the following update about working on new material and streaming a new song online:

"How's it going? Been busy w/the new material. Got a new song streaming along here & Facebook. It's called 'Suffer No More.' Drop by & give a listen & a like.

"Also we'll be adding another shortly. We'll be looking to ad some show's as to get out there & say thanks to you all for your support of A.D. So keep checking back for info & we'll see you soon & as always keep it loud and keep it heavy!' Spread the word, A.D. is back!" More...

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Streaming New Track

Detroit's Imminent Sonic Destruction will be releasing "Recurring Themes" on February 24th, 2012. The album was produced by Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson), and features nine original tracks that showcase the band's vocal harmonies soaring over original progressive-metal riffing, melodic compositions and the rhythms of ex-Tiles drummer, Pat DeLeon.

Noisecreep is now hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from the upcoming release. Get a first listen to "Driving Home" here and then pre-order your copy of the album at Imminentsonicdestruction.com.

On February 23rd, the day before the official release of ISD's Recurring Themes, the band will choose one winner at random from its mailing list to receive a copy of "Recurring Themes." In order to win you must be a member of the mailing list. The winner will be notified by email and announced on ISD's website. More...

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