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Metal News for February 4, 2013

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Chosen Announces Debut Album Release Date

Recorded at the prestigious Westland Studios with producer extraordinaire Alwyn Walker at the helm, Chosen's debut album, "Resolution," will be released on March 30th, 2013, and will be available for free download directly from www.chosen.ie.

You can listen to the first track, "Engines of Belief," below or at www.chosen.ie.

The track listing for the "Resolution" is as follows: More...

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Godhunter Announces More Tour Dates

Following a recent trio of Southern California gigs, Tucson heathens Godhunter will embark on the second leg of a three-pronged Winter live assault this Wednesday, with four shows across the band's home state pending. The final offensive of the tour will engulf the first half of March as Godhunter forges through the Southwestern and Gulf Coast regions on its way to raid SXSW.

Moshpit Tragedy recently re-released Godhunter’s "Wolves" EP digitally, and will also be handling the digital sales of the act’s upcoming "City Of Dust" LP later in the year. The proceeds from these digital sales are being donated to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary located in Stratford, Ontario.

The band will enter Arcane Digital Studios in Chandler, Arizona (Exhumed, Misery Index, Phobia) this Summer with producer Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Unruh) to record "City Of Dust," a concept album about life and death in a decaying desert shithole of a hometown. More...

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Warbeast Reveals "Destroy" Details

Texas thrash heavyweights Warbeast are pleased to reveal the upcoming release date for their full-length album, "Destroy."

The new album, produced by Philip H. Anselmo and engineered by Stephen "The Big Fella" Berrigan, will hit stores and digital retailers on April 2nd, 2013 via Housecore Records. "Destroy" was recorded at Nodferatu's Lair in May and July 2012 and mixed by Anselmo and Berrigan.

The album artwork and concept were designed by “Carcass” John Fossum with graphic and technical adviser John Deleon. Check out the art below.

A CD release show for "Destroy" will take place at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX on April 6th, 2013. Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt also comments on a lineup change within the group: More...

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Warlord Posts Preview Clips Of "The Holy Empire"

Legendary U.S. metal act Warlord, featuing Bill Tsamis (Lordian Guard), Mark Zonder (Ex-Fates Warning) and Rick Anderson a/k/a Damien King III (Martiria), posted a twenty minute preview video for the band's upcoming new album "The Holy Empire." The album is due to be released in March of 2013. Pre-orders for the release can be found at this location.

Check out the preview video here:

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Aldebaran Announces West Coast Shows

West Coast doom gods Aldebaran have announced a string of West Coast dates with the mighty Graves At Sea. Ash Borer will be joining the tour on the Portland and Seattle dates exclusively as a warm up for a European tour. Dates are as follows:

03/26 – Portland, OR @ Ash St. (w/ASH BORER)
03/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge (w/ASH BORER)
03/29 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
03/30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
03/31 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge More...

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Persefone Signs With ViciSolum Productions

Progressive death metal act Persefone has inked a worldwide record deal with Swedish label ViciSolum Productions. The new album “Spiritual Migration” is set for release this coming March 29th, 2013.

"Spiritual Migration" is Persefone’s 4th album and was mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Mercenary, Pestilence, Destruction etc.), at Hansen Studios in Denmark, and is a portrait of all the emotions the band has gone through within the first decade of its existence. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Flying Sea Dragons
2. Mind as Universe
3. The Great Reality
4. Zazen Meditation
5. The Majestic of Gaia
6. Consciousness (pt.1): Sitting in Silence
7. Consciousness (pt.2): A Path to Enlightenment
8. Inner Fullness
9. Metta Meditation
10. Upward Explosion
11. Spiritual Migration
12. Returning To the Source
13. Outro

The artwork for ”Spiritual Migration” was made by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Avenged
Sevenfold, Nevermore) and can be viewed below. More...

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Randy Blythe's Manslaughter Trial Begins

Czech sites Rozhlas.cz and Blesk.cz are reporting that the trial has officially begun for Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe, who was indicted for manslaughter.

The charges stem from a 2010 incident when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. Blythe was previously held in a Czech jail for over a month before being released on bail. He also commented today via Instagram:

"And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y'all!" More...

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Vex Streaming Full Album Online

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the entire new album from Vex, titled "Memorious," which is due for release tomorrow on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Give the album a listen at this location.

The album is available for ordering through Horror Pain Gore Death right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Terra Soar
2. Carve My Eyes
3. Astride A Grave
4. No Such Thing
5. Spectral Nation
6. Away From The Sun
7. Wasteland (How Long Ago...)
8. Solace In Sleep
9. Those Days Are Gone
10. A Drinking Song

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Emergency Gate Offering Song For Free Download

Germany's Emergency Gate has issued the following announcement about offering a song as a free download:

"Hello Metalheads, the band Emergency Gate and their label Golden Core/ZYX Music decided to make the Emergency Gate festival hymn 'Moshpit' available for free download on Amazon.de here.

"Everybody who has an Amazon account can download the song for free to prepare for the festival season in 2013. In Legion We Stand & Let's Get The Moshpit Started!"

"Moshpit" comes off the band's new album "You," which is out now in Europe. You can also check out Emergency Gate's music video for "Mindfuck" in the player below. More...

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Tradjectory Parts Ways With Drummer

U.K. band Tradjectory has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"It’s with heavy hearts that we announce another departure from the Tradjectory family. Over the past 6 months Harrison White has been playing drums for us, writing with us, and overall hanging with us.

"Today we’re sad to announce that he’s decided to leave us, due to issue’s beyond our control and beyond his. It’s been a pleasure playing with a drummer the caliber of Harrison and will be incredibly hard to replace him. More...

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Evemaster Posts Discography On Bandcamp

Finland's Evemaster (which features Tomi Mykkänen of Battlelore, ex-Mortal God) has checked in with the following brief update about streaming all the band's albums online:

"Something exciting. We just added the whole Evemaster discography to bandcamp. GO and enjoy (maybe even get yourself a CD or few)!"

You can listen to the full "III" album in the player below, or check out the rest of the band's discography right here. More...

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Pryapisme Posts New Album Trailer

French experimental, cat-obsessed act Pryapisme has released a trailer for the new album "Hyperblast Super Collider," due out on April 1st, 2013 via Apathia Records. Check out the clip below.


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Trivium Recording New Album

Trivium is currently holed up in a house in Texas working on the band's sixth album (and fifth for Roadrunner).

During the album's recording, the band has been posting a steady stream of photos on Instagram documenting the whole process. Roadrunner Records has now gathered together the shots and put up a new photo gallery. Check out it right here.

This new album will follow the 2011 release "In Waves" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they become available.

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In The Casket Disbands, Temple of Set Is Formed

New York death metal band In the Casket has decided to part ways after five years as a band. The band cited creative differences as the reason for the breakup.

The band started out playing throughout the capital district of New York and branched out to playing shows all over the Northeast, opening for many bands including Dying Fetus, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Watain, Macabre, Lock Up, Jungle Rot, Obituary, Deicide, Fleshgod Apocalypse just to name a few. In The Casket self-released an EP titled "You Could Get Hit by a Truck" in July of 2012, which is available on ReverbNation, iTunes, Amazon MP3, CDBaby, and the Google Play store.

In The Casket vocalist Shawn Rosko has started a new band called Temple of Set, which consists of Shawn on vocals, Jeff Caro (Shovelhead, Ton of Bricks) on guitar, Mike Shudt (Flat Broke, Last Call, Ton of Bricks) on bass, and Kyle Yager (Shovelhead, Ton of Bricks) on drums. The new project is a unique mix of thrash, black metal, and death metal.

Temple of Set will be recording an EP in the coming months and has some upcoming shows planned within the next few months. More information about Temple of Set can be found on the band's Facebook and Twitter profiles.

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Last Year's Tragedy Releases New Music Video

After streaming the new track "Elephant in the Room" online, Kenyan act Last Year's Tragedy has now posted a music video online for the song "Generation Light." Check out the video below.

Last Year's Tragedy was also featured in the Kenya edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column. Give it a read right here.

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Within The Ruins Posts Lyric Video

New England's Within the Ruins has debuted a brand new lyric video today for track "Feeding Frenzy." Check out the clip below. Vocalist Tim Goergen weighs in on the new track:

"This is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album lyrically and musically. It explores a little bit more of our groove side while still keeping true to our sound. Enjoy!"

The band also recently shot two music videos with director Kevin J. Custer for songs "New Holy War" and "Feeding Frenzy." The tracks come off the band's new album "Elite," set for release on February 26th, 2013 via eOne / Good Fight Music. The track listing is as follows:

1. Terminal
2. Solace
3. Feeding Frenzy
4. New Holy War
5. The Charm
6. Ataxia II
7. Elite
8. I, Blashpheme
9. Absolute Hell
10. Weightless
11. Dreamland More...

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Ides Of Gemini Announces Tour With Ghost

West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini pleased and honored to announce a full tour this Spring supporting Ghost.

Dubbed the "Haze Across North America" 2013 tour, the three-week run will commence on April 18th in Denver, Colorado, with additional Ides of Gemini headlining dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

The jaunt follows the band’s month-long trek through Europe last Fall and an opening slot with sound revolutionaries Neurosis in January. Ides of Gemini will be touring in support of "Constantinople," released stateside via Neurot Recordings last Spring. More...

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Neaera Posts Teaser For Upcoming Shows

Germany's crushing extreme metal act Neaera will release new album "Ours Is The Storm" on March 5th, 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

The band has now posted a teaser video to promote an upcoming headlining tour. Check it out below, and find a list of tour dates after the jump.


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Nervosa Recording New Album

Recording for the new Nervosa album officially commenced on January 26th, 2013. The production, recording, mixing, and mastering will be handled by Heros Trench and Pompeu, who are both in the band Korzus. The production will take place in the traditional studio Mr. Som, in which Nervosa recorded the band's first EP, "2012," last year. This new material will be released via Napalm Records.

Singer and bassist Fernanda Lira comments: "We really liked the result we were able to reach with them for our EP and there was no reason that could stop us from keeping such a high quality work. We are really anxious to record it and, obviously, to show our new songs to the people who keep up with our work!"

"With these new songs the band will show a more original identity, once it has 100% of participation of Fernanda Lira on the songwriting. The natural maturing will be evident on this CD, which we are more than excited to record and release," comments Prika Amaral, the band's guitar player.

Further details on the album will be revealed shortly.

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Moonspell Announces Shows With Swallow The Sun

Moonspell has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Swallow the Sun:

"At last! After trying out many times in the years following our last visit to Finland in Tuska’s 2007 edition, we are proud to announce our return to the land of the thousand lakes.

"The band opted for club shows, upon fan request for longer sets, and will be playing in the cities/clubs announced in the poster. We are also happy to inform that Finnish already legendary dark doomsters Swallow the Sun will be the special guests in all dates.

"We hope now that all our Finnish fans pack the place and come out to celebrate with Moonspell twenty years of passion and doom. Omnium Gatherum will perform with these two giants in Jyväskylä and Cataleptic in Turku and in Helsinki."

Dates are as follows:

4.4. Lutakko, Jyväskylä
5.4. Klubi (Live-side), Turku
6.4. Virgin Oil Co., Helsinki

Ticket pre-sale will begin on Wednesday February 6th and tickets can be purchased from this location. More...

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Haken Signs With Inside Out

Prog metal act Haken has inked a deal with Inside Out Music for the release of a new album and follow-up to "Visions" (reviewed here). Haken simply comments: "Absolutely chuffed to announce our new signing to Inside Out!"

The label also stated: "Please welcome HAKEN to the family! Watch out for their new album soon and if you live in the UK you can catch the band live on the following dates."

APRIL 5th UK - London - Assembly Room* Brothers
APRIL 6th UK - Cardiff - Bogiez*
APRIL 7th UK - Rotherham - HRH Prog Festival
MAY 12th UK - Kingston upon Thames, London - Celebr8.2 Festival
*supporting Von Hertzen Brothers Official More...

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Re-Armed Joining Cryptopsy On Tour

Re-Armed has checked in with the following update about joining Cryptopsy on upcoming European tour dates:

"We proudly announce that Re-Armed has been attached to UK tour with Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation & Decrepith Birth! Aaaand, ATTENTION Netherlands! The tournee will end to Netherland's Neurotic Death Fest on May 5th 2013! Here are the upcoming tour dates and poster."

01.05 - Cardiff (UK) "Bogiez"
02.05 - Glasgow (UK) "Audio"
03.05 - Dublin (Ire) "the Pint"
04.05 - London (UK) "Underworld"
05.05 - Tilburg (Hol) "Neurotic Death Fest" More...

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Years Of Tyrants Signs With Kaotoxin

Kaotoxin Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Years of Tyrants:

"The new addition to the label's roster is France's Years of Tyrants, which are the missing link between the likes of Necrophagist and Beneath The Massacre: a mix of (both technical) Death Metal and Deathcore at their very best with the addition of their very own personality made of dark atmospheres and catchy melodies, topped by a pissed-off and darkened feel.

"The debut EP, produced at the Iguana Studio (Necrophagist) will be released worldwide on May 2013. Expect nothing less than pure awesomeness and a heavy as fuck production, coupled with gorgeous artwork! Support these newscomers such as we believe in them: A WHOLE FUCKING LOT!" More...

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Mechanical God Creation Announces Album Release

Mechanical God Creation will be releasing new album "Artifact of Annihilation" this coming March 18th, 2013 via WormHoleDeath. Check out the cover artwork below along with a video clip for the track “Terror in the Air." More...

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Big Teutonic 4 Releasing Covers CD

German Legacy magazine included an exclusive 4-track compilation CD of "The Big Teutonic 4" in issue no. 82 that included brand new cover versions of heavy metal classics by Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Now, Germany’s “Big 4” – namely thrash legends Kreator, Tankard, Destruction, and Sodom - will also release this tribute in the form of a 10” mini LP. It’ll be available in black as well as in red and yellow (the latter two exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order) and will contain a different song by Sodom as compared to the compilation CD. The track listing is as follows:

Side A
Kreator - The Number Of The Beast (IRON MAIDEN)
Sodom - Ace Of Spades (MOTÖRHEAD)

Side B
Destruction - The Hammer (MOTÖRHEAD)
Tankard - The Prisoner (IRON MAIDEN)

Order your copy of this very special limited release right here. Moreover, for the very first time in history The Big Teutonic 4 will share one stage on the same night: at the Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that’ll take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

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Chariots Of The Gods Updates "Tides Of War" Dates

Canada's Chariots of the Gods recently released the new full-length album "Tides of War" (reviewed here), as well as a music video for the album's title track. The band has now checked in with the following brief announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"Part 2 of the 'Tides of War Tour!' We will hit the road this Friday for a couple of gigs. Check out the poster and all the info below!" More...

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Saxon Adds More European Shows

Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about adding more European tour dates this summer:

"We are happy to announce that Saxon will not rest and have extended their Sacrifice World Tour - starting their continental European tour leg in lovely Sweden. Rest assured that this will not be all - we will be announcing further dates to complete our World run and be back with some great surprises!"

07.06.13 SE Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.13 DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
10.06.13 CZ Brno - Fleda
11.06.13 AT Vienna - Arena
12.06.13 SL Ljubljana - Cvetlicarna
14.06.13 IT Florence - Viper
15.06.13 IT Rome - Orion
16.06.13 IT Milan - Magazzini Generali
18.06.13 ES Barcelona - Bikini
19.06.13 ES Madrid - Sala Arena
21.06.13 FR Clisson - Hellfest Festival
22.06.13 DE Sankt Goarshausen - Metalfest
23.06.13 CH Lucerne - Konzerthaus Schüür
24.06.13 CH Solothum - Kofmhel
26.06.13 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
27.06.13 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
28.06.13 DE Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
29.06.13 BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting More...

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Cnoc An Tursa Streaming Track From Debut LP

Scottish folk/black metal band Cnoc An Tursa is streaming the new track "The Lion Of Scotland." The track appears on the band's debut LP "The Giants of Auld," which is due for release on February 25, 2013 via Candlelight Records. The album delves into the history of Scotland.

The track listing for "The Giants Of Auld" is as follows:

1. The Piper O'Dundee
2. The Lion of Scotland
3. Bannockburn
4. Hail Land of My Fathers
5. Ettrick Forest in November
6. The Spellbound Knight
7. In Shadowland
8. Winter - A Dirge
9. Culloden Moor
10. Bl?r na h-Eaglaise Brice

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Dperd Streaming New Track "You'll Be Watching Me"

Italian ethereal dark wave act Dperd is streaming the new track "You'll Be Watching Me." The track appears on the band's fifth LP "Kore," which is out today via My Kingdom Music.

Check out "You'll Be Watching Me" here:

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Crest Of Darkness Streaming New Track

Norwegian black/death metal act Crest of Darkness is streaming the new track "From the Dead." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "In the Presence of Death," the band's sixth full length album, which is scheduled for release on February 25, 2013 via My Kingdom Music. A trailer for the album is available here.

The track listing for "In the Presence of Death" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. In the Presence of Darkness
3. Demon Child
4. Redemption
5. The Priest from Hell
6. Welcome to My Funeral
7. Womb of the Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From the Dead
10. The Day Before She Died

Check out "From the Dead" here: More...

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Apolokia Streaming Title Track To New LP

Italian black metal act Apolokia is streaming the title track to the band's forthcoming debut full length LP "Kathaarian Vortex." The album is set for release on February 11, 2013 through My Kingdom Music. A trailer for the release can be heard over at this location.

"Kathaarian Vortex" will be released on February 25th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:

1. Consolamentum
2. Post Kristus Daemonolatry
3. In Figuram Baphometis
4. Order of the Nine
5. Malignant Asphyxiation
6. Kathaarian Vortex
7. Signum Satani
8. Coil of Nihilism
9. Pure Imperial Darkness MMXII

Check out the title track here: More...

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Stonelake Streaming New Track "End This War"

Swedish melodic metal band Stonelake is streaming the new track "End This War." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sixth studio release entitled "Monolith," which is due for release via Massacre Records on March 22, 2013.

Check out "End This War" here:

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Ex-Candlemass Vocalist To Guest On New Amon Amarth

Swedish melodic death metal act Amon Amarth announced that former Candlemass/Memento Mori vocalist Messiah Marcolin will be a guest vocalist on the band's new LP.

The band revealed the following picture from the studio sessions with Marcolin, simply stating "Our friend Messiah Marcolin came by the studio today!"

More news on the new album is expected shortly. More...

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M-16 Posts Preview Of Debut LP Reissue

New York traditional metal act M-16 posted a preview clip from the band's upcoming reissue of the 1988 debut "Locked & Loaded." Dubbed "Locked & Reloaded," the reissue will contain the original eight tracks as well as two unreleased demo tracks. The band split in 1989 and has since reformed in 2007. The reissue is expected soon from Heaven & Hell Records.

Pre-orders can be made at this location. The track listing for "Locked & Reloaded" is as follows:

1. Much Too Young For Me
2. Tonite (It's You)
3. Dreamgirl
4. R.U. Hot Tonite
5. Shot Down
6. Guilty Of Innocence
7. Waysted Love
8. Why
9. The Game ('89 Demo)
10. Play It Loud ('89 Demo)

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Keyboard Session Studio Footage Posted By Epysode

Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted additional in studio footage from Noise Factory Studios of the recordings of the upcoming Epysode II release. This clip features day three of the keyboard sessions of Julien Spreutels (Ethernity).

Arkan announced some of the guests to appear on Epysode II, starting with Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund and DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni.

Check out the latest studio footage here:

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Chthonic Posts Studio Diary Footage

Taiwanese melodic black metal act Chthonic posted the first two installments of the band's studio diary video series on the recordings of the band's new, yet untitled, LP and follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 release "Takasago Army" (see Metal Underground.com's review over here). The new release is being recorded in Sweden and is expected for release in June 2013 through Spinefarm Records.

The first installment, featuring guitarist Jesse Liu can be seen here:


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Bonded Through Hate Streaming New Track

Connecticut deathcore act Bonded Through Hate is streaming the new track "Killing is My Name." The song appears on the forthcoming debut EP "Doomsday: The Rise of Valhalla," which is due out soon from Ear One Productions.

Bonded Through Hate features Ron Kuczuk and Rick Brayall, formerly of Connecticut underground giants Tyrant Trooper. A stream of the track "Alone in Flames" can also be heard over at this location.

Check out "Killing is My Name" here:

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Golden Resurrection Posts Guitar Video

Sweden's Golden Resurrection, featuring by Ex-Narnia vocalist Christian Rivel (DivineFire/7 Days) and ReinXeed guitarist Tommy Johansson, posted a guitar play through video for the new track "Temple Will Remain." The song appears on the band's latest LP "One Voice For the Kingdom" (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Erra Gearing Up To Record Album

Alabama based group Erra has posted the following announcement online about gearing up to record a new album:

"This Saturday we begin production on our brand new full-length album. We will be slaving away in the studio for 5 weeks. We are doing this album with Brian Hood at 456 Recordings, the same engineer that we did 'Impulse' with.

"We are so proud of these songs, and have so much faith in what they are going to do to further push us along in our musical career. Hearing them come to life in the studio will truly be an emotional experience, and one that we want to share with all of you through plenty of studio update videos and commentary regarding the album.

"We love you all and are forever appreciative of how much you guys inspire us to be better musicians and better people. This album is for us. You are part of that 'us.'"

You can also still buy the band's previous "Impulse" album over at iTunes here.

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Ov Hollowness Streaming New Song

Ov Hollowness, which released previous album "Drawn to Descend" on Hypnotic Dirge in the summer of 2011, will be releasing new album "The World Ends" through Code 666/Aural Music later this year.

You can now listen to a track off the album, titled "Hoarforst," through Gun Shy Assassin. Check out the track right here. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Abstraction
02. Grey
03. Hoarfrost
04. An End
05. Ov
06. The World Ends
07. Lost Resolve
08. Hollow
09. End In View

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Jon Durant Explains New Project Burnt Belief

Guitarist/composer Jon Durant has teamed up with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin for the new ambient project Burnt Belief. Now that the the project's self-titled album is unleashed, I got in touch with Durant to dive into the history between the two musicians and how this release came together.

Drawing inspiration from the book "When Prophecy Fails" and the idea of exploring how people react when their deeply held beliefs don't pan out, Burnt Belief is an introspective journey relying solely on instrumentation and photography to get its ideas across.

Check out the full interview with Durant below, in which he discusses the recently released "Semazen" music video, Harold Camping's failed apocalyptic rapture prophecies, and more. More...

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