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Metal News for February 8, 2012

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49 news articles posted on this day.


An Interview With Dave McClain Of Machine Head

Given the overwhelming reception to last year's towering studio album "Unto The Locust," San Francisco Bay Area metal quartet Machine Head doesn't require much of an introduction at this point. Christened "The Eighth Plague," their first North American headlining tour in four years - with Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour in tow - came to Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 4. Prior to the blistering performance at the Palladium (reviewed here), I checked in with drummer Dave McClain, a permanent Machine Head fixture since sophomore effort "The More Things Change." [1997] He began by thanking me for actually making sure to press "record," and related a discomforting "Spinal Tap" moment from the day prior in New York - where thanks to a technical lapse, he was forced to give the same interview twice in a row. Luckily this time, once was enough. Here's what took place: More...

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Soen Releases New Music Video

Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio, signed on with Spinefarm Records last year. The band has now released a new music video online for the song "Savia," which can be found in the player below.

Soen's new album "Cognitive" is due out on February 15th. For more details on the band, head over to the Soen Facebook profile here.

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Tombs Posts European Tour Dates

After a successful American tour, New York metal trio Tombs has announced an upcoming tour in April with Italian punk/metal band Hierophant. The dates are posted below, and you may stream the latest one from Tombs - "Path of Totality" at this location.

Apr. 13 Saarbrücken, Germany Garage
Apr. 14 Tilburg, Holland Roadburn (Tombs only)
Apr. 15 Bremen, Germany Tower
Apr. 16 Karlsruhe, Germany Jubez w/ Pelican
Apr. 17 Schweinfurt, Germany Alter Stattbahnhof
Apr. 18 Prague, Czech Rep Chapeu Rouge
Apr. 19 München, Germany Feierwerk w/ Pelican, Junius, Wolves Like Us
Apr. 20 Berlin, Germany Cassiopeia w/ Pelican
Apr. 21 Brussels, Belgium VK


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A Sound Of Thunder Streaming New Song

Less than a year after self-releasing the band's first album, "Metal Renaissance", A Sound of Thunder will be dropping a second album, titled "Out of the Darkness," on March 27th, 2012. The 10 track album is being released through Nightmare Records.

Noisecreep.com is now also hosting an exclusive premiere of the song "The Day I Die." Get a first listen of the track here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Relatively new faces in the metal world, A SOUND OF THUNDER is fronted by powerful lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. Lead guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren founded A SOUND OF THUNDER in 2008. Nina joined in 2009, and was followed by bass and keyboard player, Jesse Keen, in 2010. In less than two years, A Sound of Thunder recorded and released an EP, a charity single benefiting the West Memphis Three, and a full length self-produced album. They have performed throughout the US, and opened for such high profile bands as Accept, Sabaton, Firewind, Primal Fear and Doro.

"The songs for Out of the Darkness were written and arranged by Josh Schwartz and the rest of A Sound of Thunder, with lyrics written by Nina Osegueda and Chris Haren. Legendary Raven front-man John Gallagher also appears, performing a duet with Nina on the title track Out of the Darkness." More...

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High on Fire Tops BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan, Power of the Riff and Southern Lord Records play host to a free SXSW showcase on March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St) in Austin, Texas.

The free daytime portion runs in conjunction with a four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match," featuring a skate ramp with skaters and an assortment of bands that runs all day long. Starting at noon, the free event will feature eleven bands on two stages. More...

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Dark Day Sunday Streaming New Song

Dark Day Sunday, the new thrash act formed by Frank Aresti of Fates Warning and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, is giving fans a taste of what the band will be bringing this year by offering a free MP3 of the song “Halfway To Godz.” Head over to Dark Day Sunday's Facebook profile to check out the track. The band also commented on its creation:

"DDS is composed of four guys with a common love for head banging fury, wailing guitar solos, melodic vocals that simply won’t quit, and a rhythm section so in tune with one another you'd swear they were born of the same insanity. Frank Aresti started his career with seminal prog-metal band, Fates Warning. As inspiration to many later bands, from Dream Theater to Slipknot, Frank’s guitar playing helped propel the band to commercial success and critical acclaim."

“I love playing with Fates,” comments Frank, “but DDS has a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to late 70’s British punk and hardcore, then to early American thrash. I absolutely love this music.”

In the drummer's seat is Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall. “Jason brings a great energy to this band,” comments Aresti. “He lends an aggressive approach, pushing the beat while completely locking up with the rhythm section. It’s a powerful feeling when you hear us live.” More...

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Liberteer Streaming Entire Album Online

California anarcho-grinders Liberteer are currently streaming their entire debut album, "Better To Die on Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees." via Lambgoat at this location.

The band’s debut album was released on January 31st in North America and is set to drop on February 13th in Europe via Relapse Records. Ordering information is available here. More...

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Horseback Finishes Recording New Album

Chapel Hill, NC’s Horseback has completed the recording on a new full-length and follow-up to 2009’s "The Invisible Mountain."

The album, titled "Half Blood," was described by mainman Jenks Miller as “the band’s most ambitious record to date that represents a synthesis of the approaches we've explored in the past.” Truly a natural progression in their increasingly prolific catalog, "Half Blood" was self-recorded and produced by Jenks Miller at The Chateau in the band’s hometown. Additional tracking was done at Arbor Ridge Studios and Track and Field Recording by Nick Petersen.

"Half Blood" is set for a Spring 2012 release via Relapse Records and features cover artwork from renowned Russian surrealist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin. Relapse Records commented on the album:

"The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors."

More details on the album including a full tracklisting, cover art, and song samples will be revealed shortly.

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Forceps Posts EP Teaser

Brazilian technical death metal band Forceps has posted a teaser for its new EP "Humanicide." Forceps started out in 2006, releasing the single "Disguising Hate." In 2009 the band put out the demo "Corporeality." Also streaming from the new "Humanicide" EP is the track "Transmutation of Internal Organs" over on MySpace and the track "Dehumanization" on YouTube.

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Eliminator Announces New Lineup

New Jersey thrash act Eliminator is confirmed for two regional shows in the area. The band is excited to finally hit the road again, with full details on the shows available below.

Eliminator has also announced that the band's new bassist will be Menschen Hasser, and the new touring drummer for the time being will be Jerry Bakman (who will be filling in while Samus of Decrepit Birth is up in Canada).

In addition, Eliminator has now launched a new website. Go shred with the band over at this location. Warchild, the brainchild of Eliminator has also written his first book entitled “Open Your Eyes: Choose Silence,” which can be found on the band’s new website. The content of the book focuses on nihilistic themes in the aphoristic tradition of Friedrich Nietzsche. The second half of the book contains a poetry, ranging in a wide variety of topics from love to religion.

2/18/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
2/23/12 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship

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Exhumed Updates Tour Schedule

Adding to a maniacal live takeover that includes a short South American run with Aborted, the Grind Over Europe Tour with Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind, a U.K. journey with Anaal Nathrakh, and a handful of stateside headlining dates, California goregrind ministers Exhumed also recently announced a near month-long bout of U.S. dates with death metal icons/headliners Cannibal Corpse.

Joined by labelmates Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik, the live rituals will commence on April 5th in Jacksonville, Florida and include an appearance at the The Cincinnati Metal Fest on April 14th as well as a special show on April 28th where the brutal caravan will merge with the Decibel Magazine tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “We are totally stoked about this tour and look forward to seeing some smiling, blood-streaked faces in the front row every night. It’s a great tour package to be a part of, and anyone within barfing distance should cruise out and grab a beer with us! It’s truly a pleasure to support a band that has as much longevity and integrity as the gentlemen in Cannibal Corpse, so we’ll try extra hard not to go out there and stink it up every night. Our livers, brain cells and dignity are about to be sacrificed on the altar of death metal once again — see you all out there!”

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Trouble Enlists Former Exhorder Singer

Blabbermouth.net reports Kyle Thomas, former lead singer for Exhorder and Alabama Thunderpussy, has accepted the position as Trouble's front man. Thomas formerly donned Trouble's microphone for four live shows between 1997 and 1999. More...

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Vertigo Steps Signs With Ethereal Sound Works

Vertigo Steps has inked a record deal with Portuguese label Ethereal Sound Works for the release of a new EP "Sublight," which is set to drop in March. The EP features three tracks taken from the forthcoming "Surface / Light" full-length release, plus three video clips.

The official "Surface / Light" album release will take place one month after in April along with a a limited special digipack edition including all three Vertigo Steps albums ("Vertigo Steps," "The Melancholy Hour," "Surface / Light"). A teaser trailer can be heard below. More...

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The Safety Fire Pushes Back Album Release

Originally set to be released in late February via Inside Out Music, The Safety Fire's debut full-length, "Grind The Ocean," is now due out on April 9th in the UK and April 10th in North America. In regards to this release date change, the band comments:

"Unfortunately we are sad to announce that the official release of our album 'Grind the Ocean' has been delayed until April 2012 in the UK and US. Our team and label have been doing some amazing work over the past few months, and feel that delaying the official release, will give us some great opportunities- There will be new content released over the coming months, so keep your eyes open...Please note the release in other (territories) are unaffected and will be available online and in shops.

"HOWEVER, we wanted there to be some good news for our friends in the UK & US, so we are very happy to announce a special pre-order for YOU the fans which will be released on the original date of February 27th. Those of you who pre-order will not only have the album just over a month before it is available in shops in the UK and US, it will also feature additional bonus content in a special digipack release! Head over to our brand new merch store to see the exclusive packages we are offering, including limited edition merch and posters! To every single one of you, thank you for your support! We can't wait for everyone to hear this album, see you on the road!" More...

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As Blood Runs Black Releases New Music Video

American metalcore act As Blood Runs Black has posted its new music video online. The live-performance style video was shot for the track "In Honor" on location during the "Never Say Die" 2011 tour stop in Germany. You can view the video below.

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Reverence Posts Studio Webisode

The first of a series of webisodes from power metal band Reverence (including members of Savatage, ex-Tokyo Blade, Burning Starr) has been posted online and can be viewed below. The clip features behind the scenes footage of the making of the band's debut album "When Darkness Calls," due out in April/May.

"When Darkness Calls" was recorded at Metro 37 Studios just north of Detroit, Michigan and engineered by Kevin Sharpe and Ryan Arini. Sid Garcia of Sight 16 Studios in Albuquerque, NM, is handling the final production, mixing and mastering, and he has previously worked with Tokyo Blade, Seventh Sign, Ultimatum and TwoThirtySeven. More...

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Killswitch Engage Comments On Returning Vocalist

As was previously announced, Killswitch Engage has reunited with former vocalist Jesse Leach. The band has now issued the following official statement:

"Killlswitch Engage are pleased to announce that they have filled the singer vacancy in the band and they have done so with a familiar face: original vocalist Jesse Leach.

"Leach sang on the band's first self-titled album, which came out in 2000, and on their landmark 2002 Roadrunner debut Alive or Just Breathing. Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones, but his work on Alive or Just Breathing has always been revered by diehard, longtime KsE fans. Things have come full circle a decade later, and Leach and the band couldn't be more pleased about this reunion.

"After much deliberation and careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Jesse Leach has rejoined Killswitch Engage. Our job was to find the best person to fill Howard's shoes: a decision based on talent and not familiarity.

"Truth be told, Jesse blew us away in auditions. The room seemed charged with electricity. He commanded both new and old material, and proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he wanted to do this. The choice became very clear and apparent.

"This change is very exciting. We know you're going to love it. This is truly a new era in KsE history and it is ready to shred your face off. So, please help us in welcoming Jesse back into the KsE family; he is a rare and great talent, a fact that older KsE fans have known for years. Here is to a killer new record and a bright future. The five of us cannot wait to write this record and play shows together and bring that feeling to our fans. It's been far too long." More...

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Bondage Streaming Demo Song

Santa Ana's Bondage has posted a new demo track online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"Still working in our second album, there's still lot to do, but this will raise the heavy metal bar. Here's some preview of our work on a demo song called 'Trapped.'"

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Demon Hunter Reveals Album Title And Track Listing

Christian metal act Demon Hunter has announced that its forthcoming studio album will be titled "True Defiance." The album has been set for an April 10th release date through Solid State Records. The track listing for "True Defiance" can be found below.

1. Crucifix
2. God Forsaken
3. My Destiny
4. Wake
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. Someone To Hate
7. This I Know
8. Means To An End
9. We Don’t Care
10. Resistance
11. Dead Flowers

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Hate Squad To Co-Headline Metal Franconia Fest

Hate Squad has just confirmed the band's first live gig in 2012 co-headlining Germany's Metal Franconia Festival on Saturday, March 31st. The festival itself will take place on March 30th and March 31st at the Jahnhalle in Hirschaid.

The line-up also features Disbelief, Ektomorf, Hail Of Bullets, End Of Green, and many more. For further info visit the festival's website here. More...

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Hour Of Penance Posts Studio Report Online

Italian death metal act Hour Of Penance has posted a new studio video online. The band are currently finishing up their forthcoming new album, titled "Sedition," for a planned March 27th release date. "Sedition" will be made available through Prosthetic Records.

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Footage From 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

Metal Injection boarded the second edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise this past January and has just posted a recap of all the madness that happened on the high seas in a five minute video clip. Check out the footage below.

Additionally, over 500 photos from the cruise have been uploaded to the Metal Injection photo gallery, including copious amounts of photos of all the fans in attendance. View those at this location.

Finally, a video clip featuring artists who played the cruise is available. Members of Cannibal Corpse. Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence and Kataklysm discuss what their favorite part of playing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise was here.

Metalunderground.com was of course also on board the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship, and you can find our report of the first day of the nautical mayhem at this location. More...

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Incoming Cerebral Overdrive To Release New Album

Incoming Cerebral Overdrive will be releasing the new album "Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift" this coming May. The band's publicist issued the follow press release about the album:

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

"The end of the first decade of the new millennium marks a new step in the evolution of Incoming Cerebral Ovedrive. The title of the new chapter is: Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift. The concept, an imaginary, dark and lonely trip adrift discovered in a diary. Emotions of fear, anger and irrational excitement are expressed, waiting for a certain epilogue into desolation, a final annihilation in a cosmic fusion.

"Sonically, this new album is a journey that intersects and expands in a huge, deep and at times, claustrophobic monolith. Heavy cavernous guitars with back-breaking riffs, multifaceted, effect laden vocals and rhythmic notes plunge into a psychedelic mix of unpredictable sounds of distress and madness that we, the recipient, can only succumb to."

"Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift" will be out in May 2012 via Supernatural Cat. Stay tuned for future transmissions with updates on the release.

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Revilement Cancels Shanghai Show

Revilement has had to cancel their show in Shanghai but replaced it with a gig in Wuhan. Here are the latest Revilement tour dates:

3/17 Taipei, The Wall
4/1 Beijing, 13 Club
4/2 Wuhan, Vox
4/3 Guangzhou, Musician
4/4 Hong Kong, Hidden Agenda
4/6 Bangkok, Immortal Bar
4/7 Singapore, Scapelab
4/8 Johor, Malaysia, Embrace Hall
4/20 Tainan, Room 335
4/21 Taipei, Pipe

As previously reported, the band has posted its latest album, "Pillars of Balance," online for streaming and purchase.

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Behold The Grave Posts Teaser

Chihuahua metal band Behold the Grave has posted a teaser of preliminary versions for a few songs the band plans to put on its first release. It features sample clips of "The One," "2 Lives, 1 Shot" and "One Step Ahead." Behold the Grave is made up of former members of the band Shenovah, and the band is issuing a download of the single "One Step Ahead" by going to this location.

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Shroud Of Despondency Streaming Album

Dark Wisconsin black metallers Shroud of Despondency will be releasing their new CD "Pine" on March 1st. The digital version is already out and may be streamed below. "Pine" consists of eleven tracks, and those who officially download the album will get a bonus disc from Shroud of Despondency titled "Cavalcade of Crows."

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Visions Of Atlantis Posts Studio Diary #3

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis posted the third studio report video on the recording of the band's forthcoming LP "Ethera." The band is currently recording at Artesonika Studios in Pordenone, Italy. In this post, the band showcases the guitar recordings. In this video Fabio D`Amore from Serenity does bass recordings.

Check out the video here:

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Napalm Death Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. II

U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death posted the second part of a track-by-track video series for the forthcoming LP "Utilitarian." The album is due out via Century Media on on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Wykked Wytch Streaming "Fade To Black"

Wykked Wytch is streaming a new single from it's upcoming album "The Ultimate Deception." The band does it's unique take on the Metallica tune "Fade to Black," which you may stream below. "The Ultimate Deception" will be released on February 14th via Goomba Music.

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Sleepy Hollow Announces New Bass Player

U.S. traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow announced that bassist Mike LePond has officially left the band due to his commitments to Symphony X. The new bass player is Alan D'Angelo of the U.S. band Livesay.

In other Sleepy Hollow news, the band just wrapped up a video shoot for the track "Spiral Effect" from the upcoming LP "Skull 13." The video will premier on the same date of the album release, March 23, 2012 on Pure Steel Records.

The band commented on the video: "The video shoot went smooth and extremely well! We've got alot of great footage. Can's wait to see the finished product. Still shots will be posted later this coming week." More...

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New Eden Details New LP "Solving For X"

Los Angeles based metal band New Eden announced the track listing and cover art for the upcoming "Solving For X" LP. The album is scheduled for release on March 30, 2012 through Pure Steel Records. The album marks the first for the band in nine years ("Stagnant Progression" in 2003).

1. Anthem of Hate
2. Flames for Hades
3. Brainless
4. The Not Self
5. Unsolved Aggressions
6. Life not Death
7. Searching the Loss
8. Crawling Erect
9. Infecting the Lie
10. Watcher
11. Three Words

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Van Halen Streaming Entire New LP

Van Halen is streaming the entire new LP "A Different Kind of Truth" over at ESPN at this location. The album was released yesterday.

The track listing for "A New Kind of Truth" is as follows:

1. Tattoo
2. She's The Woman
3. You And Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood And Fire
6. Bullethead
7. As Is
8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin'

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Before The Dawn Posts Album Teaser

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn posted the first album teaser for the band's forthcoming seventh studio release "Rise of the Phoenix." The album will feature new members, bassist Pyry Hanski (Casket) and drummer Joonas Kauppinen (Disease of the Nation/Burning Empire). “Rise Of The Phoenix” is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012! More information on the release can be found at this location.

Check out the teaser here:

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Watch Me Bleed Signs Deal, New Album In Spring

German thrash/groove band Watch Me Bleed, featuring Mystic Prophecy guitarist Markus Pohl and Ex-Symphorce drummer Steffen Therurer, have inked a deal with SAOL Distribution for the release of the band's sophomore effort "Kingdom." The new album by was produced by Eike Freese (Dark Age Callejon, Gamma Ray) and will be released in late Spring 2012.

Singer Chris Roden's commented on the signing: "We are very happy and proud to be joining SAOL family. This is a new way to publish our music and a real alternative to traditional label structures. We are confident that this collaboration is a unique opportunity for us is in the best conditions with experienced people and passionate music fans together. "

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Pharaoh Streaming Entire New LP "Bury The Light"

Philadelphia based power metal band Pharaoh is streaming the entire new LP "Bury the Light" exclusively on Metal Review at this location. The stream is available for two days only. 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
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

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Freedom Call Releases New Video

Freedom Call has debuted a new clip for the song "Hero On Video" through Noisecreep.com at this location. The song is taken off the upcoming album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which is scheduled for release on February 27th, 2012 (EU), February 24th, 2012 (Germany) and February 28th, 2012 (North America).

"The new tracks simply have more of that rock'n'roll feel," says Freedom Call's Chris Bay, "everything sounds much rawer, there's more focus on the guitars than before, and the musicians had more freedom during the recordings than they used to have."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Age of the Phoenix 3:37
2. Rockstars 5:08
3. Crimson Dawn 6:29
4. 66 Warriors 5:20
5. Back into the Land of Light 5:39
6. Sun in the Dark 4:49
7. Hero on Video 3:50
8. Valley of Kingdom 4:32
9. Killer Gear 4:42
10. Rockin` Radio 4:13
11. Terra Liberty 4:09
12. Eternity 4:23
13. Space Legends 4:04
14. Power & Glory 3:30 More...

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Dir En Grey Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Japan's Dir En Grey has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates due to health concerns:

"Unfortunately under recommendation of Kyo's physician after extensive examination of his vocal chords, Dir En Grey has regretfully canceled their participation in 'The Still Reckless Tour' and solo shows scheduled between March and April 2012.

"To all our fans and affiliates, we are deeply sorry and please understand that this has been a very difficult decision for us as a band. To all our fans, please know that we are always thankful for your continuous support."

Further details on Kyo's condition and any information on reschedule tour dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Orange Goblin Streaming Entire New Album

As of today, AOL Music is streaming "A Eulogy For The Damned," the latest studio offering from U.K. stoner metal conjurers Orange Goblin. Set for North American release on February 14th, 2012, the ten-track "A Eulogy For The Damned" is Orange Goblin's seventh studio album and first for Candlelight Records.

To take part in the audio awesomeness of "A Eulogy For The Damned," point your browser over to this location.

In related news, the band has also launched a “Red Tide Rising” video online. The video clip is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft stories and was shot in a series of dilapidated buildings around the U.K. Check it out here.

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Malefice Joining Rise To Remain On Tour

Malefice has been added to the upcoming Rise To Remain and Heaven Shall Burn U.K. tour, which kicks off in Birmingham on March 7th, 2012.

Dale Butler comments: "To say we're looking forward to bringing the new sound, new show, new Malefice out on the road would be a massive understatement. There's a whole new side which has been developing since the end of last year, and when you hear the recent track recorded with Marcus Hahnemann for Jagermeister next week, you'll see just what we mean."

Dates on the trek are as follows:

07/03/12 – UK - Birmingham – Academy 2
08/03/12 – UK – Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
10/03/12 – UK – Norwich – Waterfront
11/03/12 – UK – Liverpool - Academy 2
12/03/12 – UK – Glasgow – Garage
13/03/12 – UK – York – Fibbers
14/03/12 – UK – Manchester - Academy 3
16/03/12 – UK – Bristol – Fleece
17/03/12 – UK – London - Islington Academy
18/03/12 – UK – Reading - Sub89

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Everybody Panic! Offering Song For Free Download

"When It All Burns," the new single from Everybody Panic!, is available for free download through the band's Reverbnation page here. The track is the first of many free songs to be given away by the band this year. The song was produced, mixed, and mastered at Pirated Sounds Studio by the bands guitar player Provo.

Everybody Panic! consists of Ty (Lure, Whitefall) on vocals, Provo (Skinlab, Rikets) on guitar, Gog (Whitefall) on bass and TJ (Horse Called War, Memory Driven) on drums. A teaser clip of the band in the studio recording the song can also be viewed below. More...

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Intensive Square Streaming New Song

Cardiff, U.K. act Intensive Square has released a song featuring the band's new vocalist Chris Haughey. Check out "Me vs. The Cables" in the player below or by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Taproot To Release New Album

Taproot will release a sixth full-length album, "The Episodes," on April 10th, 2012. The forthcoming effort is produced by Tim Palatan, who previously worked with the band on 2010’s "Plead the Fifth.:

The Episodes, nearly six years in the making, is a complexly developed concept album. Bassist Phil Lipscomb spoke on the band’s creative process for this record, “I think our fans have come to expect the unexpected from us. Having written the story for this album before the music, this record sounds more like a soundtrack than a typical album, with the songs flowing together and taking you on a journey.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the group, with Lipscomb commenting on the longevity of the band, “I’ve spent almost half of my life in Taproot traveling the world and I would sum up the whole experience as: I love my job!”

Watch Taproot’s entire statement as the band talks about its 15th year together in this new video here. More...

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GWAR Announces More Tour Dates

Not content with five weeks of North American destruction and devastation, mutant overlords GWAR have announced a second leg to their Spring "Return of the World Maggot Tour." This leg kicks off April 13th in San Antonio, Texas and wraps up April 28th in Allentown, PA. Support on this leg of the tour will come from Kylesa, Ghoul and Legacy of Disorder.

"These press releases usually go something like this--", said bellicose front-thing Oderus Urungus. "There is a general statement about what GWAR is up to, then I say something stupid, then it goes to a list of the shows and a bunch of links. That's what's happening right now. We really have to work harder to make these things more interesting."

Oderus adjusted his tie and continued -- "We are finishing this last spate of shows as a tribute to fallen Scumdog Flattus Maximus, and will be playing as a four piece behind the screaming assault of Balsac. In this way we shall give all the US bohabs ample chance to fall to their knees in a sobbing heap when confronted with the reality of Flattus' departure...and a chance to say farewell. Then GWAR can move forward, and we shall."

The first leg of the tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater on Friday March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the "Smoot Family Fund" which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child. Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers Municipal Waste and California's Ghoul. Legacy of Disorder will join the tour on March 20th in Boston and will run through April 11th in Fort Collins, CO.

GWAR'S upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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4Arm Posts "Submission For Liberty" Video

Australian metal outfit 4ARM has posted a new music video online for the title track off the band's third album “Submission For Liberty," which can be viewed in the player below. 4Arm also commented on the clip:

"The video was shot 5 hours out of Melbourne over two days in blistering heat amongst wheat fields and salt lakes capturing concepts of both the song itself and the album artwork. Once again the video was filmed and edited by Steve Ravic of Majestic Films, who was responsible for the bands previous clip 'Carnal.'"

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Product Of Hate Posts "Blood Coated Concrete"

Wisconsin's Product of Hate has posted the band's first official music video online for "Blood Coated Concrete."

Shot simultaneously alongside the "Unholy Manipulator" short film (which stars horror icon Ashley Laurence of Hellraiser and Slipknot's "Snuff"), "Blood Coated Concrete" introduces audiences to one of the Midwest's rising stars of the metal scene as the band takes position and readies an aural assault with a viciously-addictive blend of thrash, groove, and new wave metal.

The official video for "Blood Coated Concrete" was directed and edited by James Zahn. Director of Photography was Franklin Purtiman, with additional cameras by David H. Greathouse and Robert Kurtzman. The video was shot inside the "Perfect Rubber Mulch" factory in Galion, Ohio. More...

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Fuelset Issues Album Update

New Zealand's Fuelset has checked in with the following update about the progress on the band's new album and single:

"Both the Fuelset album, 'Sounds Of A Dying Seagull,' as well as the next single 'Alone' (both audio and video) are in the final stages of production!

"Not much longer now, you'll be able to have a taste of the next batch of Fuelset sounds on radio, TV and internet, as well as get your very own copy of the album to take home with ya!

"PLUS, we have a load of shows planned for all corners of New Zealand and possibly Aussie too!!! Guys, I bet your balls are tingling with anticipation! Girls, I bet your tits are flushing with hot excitement! Stay tuned for more news coming soon!"

In the mean time, you can find Fuelset's "Leading Goats To Water" video here, or watch footage of the band performing live belowl More...

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As Autumn Calls Offering EP As Free Download

Canadian act As Autumn Calls, which is currently in the process of working on a new album, has issued the following announcement about offering a previously released EP as a free download:

"We have made our 'Emotionless' EP available as a free digital download via our Bandcamp page. The Emotionless EP was released in December 2009 and contains 3 tracks of atmospheric death/doom. Included in the download is front and back covers and lyrics to all three tracks. Please share this link."

The tracks from the "Emotionless" EP can be heard at this location or through the player provided below. More...

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Expose Your Hate Posts Guitar Recording Clip

Expose Your Hate has uploaded more footage from the band's time in the recording studio working on new material. This newly posted video clip features guitar recording sessions in Brazil from December of 2011. Check out the footage below.

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Earth Streaming Entire New Album

As "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II" -- the new full-length from Seattle's Earth -- nears release next week, Pitchfork is now hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album. Tune in and drop out to the record right here.

"Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II" will be released on North American soil by Southern Lord this coming Tuesday, February 14th. While recorded by Stuart Hallerman and mastered by Mell Detmer in the same sessions as its predecessor, "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I," the second chapter in the series invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy. The new album is being praised by journalists across the globe as one of the paramount albums in Earth's storied, ongoing linage, now over two decades long.

Earth has also recently booked an album release show for "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II," in the band's home town of Seattle. The performance will take place at The Highline on February 25th with opening support from Low Hums and Cold Lake being provided. Several days later the band will embark on a new European tour including a stop at All Tomorrow's Parties' upcoming festival.

View Earth's full confirmed tour itinerary and more at the band's official website, and stay tuned for more live updates over the coming weeks.

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