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Metal News for February 9, 2012

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48 news articles posted on this day.

Crystal Viper Posts Additional Details On New LP

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed more details on the band's forthcoming new album "Crrimen Excepta." In the latest post on Facebook, the band announced two guest appearances and one cover song for the release:

"It's time, to reveal few more details about our new album... There will be two special guests on 'Crimen Excepta': David Bower, vocalist of Hell appear in the title track, while Vader mainman Peter will be heard in the cover version of the classic Vader song 'Tyrani Piekiel,' which will be available as the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album. So most probably Crystal Viper is the first ever Heavy Metal band, which re-arranged and recorded Death Metal cover song."

Singer Marta Gabriel commented on the new album and the guest appearances:

We already announced that fans should expect the unexpected. The new album is different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. Of course it's still traditional Metal, and it's still Crystal Viper - but this time, everything was different, starting from the compositions, through our attitude and inspirations, up to equipment we used and the recording session itself. It was amazing to have Peter in the studio, we all are huge fans of Vader, and I think he was also amazed when he heard how our voices sound together in this Heavy Metal version of 'Tyrani Piekiel'. And when you will hear the lines of William The Judge recorded by David of Hell, you will have jaw on the floor. We had.

"Crimen Excepta" is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records.

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Delain Posts "We Are The Others" Tour Promo

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain posted a promo clip for the band's upcoming tour with Trillium and Halcyon Way. The band will be supporting the forthcoming LP "We Are The Others." For tour dates and venues, head on over to this location.

Check out the video here:

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New Meshuggah Track Available Online

A new Meshuggah track off the band's upcoming album "Koloss" has been posted online via the website Iamaleak, apparently "leaked" by the band's management. Check out the song in the player below.

"Koloss" will be released March 23rd, 2012 and has the following track listing:

1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
6. Marrow
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
8. Swarm
9. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

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Nightrage Posts Guitar Instructional Footage

Nightrage has posted footage online of guitarist Marios Iliopoulos demonstrating how to play the song "The Tremor," taken from the "Sweet Vengeance" album, which was filmed and edited at NR studios by Tom D. Hellfinger. Check out the footage in the player below.

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Stormlord Issues Album Update

Italian act Stormlord has issued the following statement about working on upcoming new material:

"Work in progress: Many of you keep on asking about our new stuff. It's amazing to feel your passion burning so strong even after all these years: this passion is the reason why we write new music and we sweat blood on the stage during every gig.

"We hope to give you some tasty news about the band in the next months, just keep in mind that we're working hard to give you the best album of our career (so far...), and it will worth the wait. We're not interested in being quick, we just want to release a killer album with all killers and no fillers!

"In the meanwhile remember that the best thing you can do for Stormlord is to make other people discover our music. So share this page among your friends and post our sound on your FB wall! Your help is greatly appreciated: you are the Legions of the Storm, your strength is our strength!" More...

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Crown Releases "The One" EP

Metal duo Crown has released a new EP, titled "The One," on the band's own label Superstrong. You can stream the tracks from the release via the Bandcamp player below. The track listing for "The One" is as follows:

1. Cosmogasm
2. The One
3. 100 Ashes
4. Mare
5. Orthodox More...

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Ovid's Withering Streaming New Song

Florida metal act Ovid's Withering, which features JJ "Shiv" Polachek from 7 Horns 7 Eyes, has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out the track "Oedipus Complex" in the player below, or find more details on Ovid's Withering via Facebook.

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Horse Drawn Death Machine Streaming EP Online

Ohio's Horse Drawn Death Machine recently released a new EP, and the band has now made the entire release available for streaming online. Check out the tracks in the player below, or via the Horse Drawn Death Machine Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:

1. Pulling Teeth
2. Livid
3. Unraveling
4. Mammoths Overhead
5. Remorse (Outro) More...

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Vengeance Streaming New Song

Dutch rock legends Vengeance are back with a musical bang: almost three years after their most recent studio album "Soul Collector," their latest recording "Crystal Eye" is ready for release and is set to delight all fans of the band's straightforward, timeless hard rock.

Vocalist Leon Goewie promises eleven haunting new songs which forge an arch between the group's glorious past - documented by the return of the legendary band logo from the cult recordings "We Have Ways To Make You Rock" and "Take It Or Leave It" - and the band's future-oriented present.

Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of a new track from "Crystal Eye." The song entitled "Barbeque" can be heard at this location. "Crystal Eye" is also available for pre-order on Amazon. More...

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Design The Skyline Announces Headlining Tour

Design the Skyline will be heading out for a string of live headlining performances in the U.S. this Spring. The band will hit 24 cities beginning in March with support from The Browning and From Atlantis.

Design the Skyline is touring in support of the "Nevaeh" album released in 2011. Watch the band discuss each track from the album here. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

03/10/2012 - Buffalo, NY @ BROADWAY JOE’S
03/11/2012 - Brooklyn, NY @ XPO 929
03/12/2012 - Trenton, NJ @ Championships
03/13/2012 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
03/15/2012 - Grand Rapids, MI @ INTERSECTION
03/17/2012 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
03/18/2012 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
03/20/2012 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/21/2012 - Rapid City, SD @ T.R.E.A Bingo Hall
03/22/2012 - Lincoln, NE @ KNICKERBOCKERS
03/23/2012 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
03/24/2012 - Ogden, UT @ The Basement
03/25/2012 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
03/27/2012 - Seattle, WA, @ EL CORAZON
03/28/2012 - Tacoma, WA @ Hell's Kitchen
03/30/2012 - Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
03/31/2012 - Bakersfield, CA @ The Underground
04/02/2012 - Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater
04/03/2012 - Scottsdale, AZ @ CHASERS
04/04/2012 - St. Clovis, NM @ K-Otic
04/05/2012 - Lubbock, TX, @ JAKE’S
04/06/2012 - Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room
04/07/2012 - Spring, TX @ Anchors Church
04/08/2012 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 More...

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Bilocate Posts Studio Video Clip

Bilocate has posted a studio video clip online of the band's time working on the "Summoning The Bygones" album, which can be viewed in the player below or through JorZine.com.

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August Burns Red Posts Tour Footage

August Burns Red has posted a video tour blog online of the band's current 2012 U.S. headlining tour. Check out the footage below, or stay up to date with August Burns Red's tour dates at this location.

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Widow Sunday Releases New Music Video

Massachusetts dance metal act Widow Sunday has premiered a music video for "Blood Money," which can be viewed below or on GunShyAssassin.com. "Blood Money" is taken from the band's 2010 album "In These Rusted Veins," recorded by Shane Frisby at The Brick HitHouse (Bury Your Dead, The Ghost Inside, Adaliah) and mixed by Pete Rutcho at Damage Productions (Revocation, Vanna, Hell Within).

The clip was directed by Anthony Jarvis (Times of Grace, The Empire Shall Fall) and written by Brett McCabe.

In other news, Widow Sunday has once again returned to The Brick HitHouse with Frisby to record a follow-up to "In These Rusted Veins." The new EP, titled "Dance Metal," will be released later this year through Rat Pak Records. More...

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Textures Posts Video Podcast

Textures has released a new video podcast recapping the band's recent North American tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and The Contortionist. The band's first ever North American tour saw Textures play 32 shows over the course of 5 weeks to packed houses from New York to California, Canada, Mexico and everywhere in between. Watch footage from the tour, including some live performance clips, in the player below.

Plans for a return to the U.S. are also in the works. Textures will tour Europe in March and April with support on different dates from Sylosis, Uneven Structure, and My Own Private Alaska, culminating in several shows in the band's native Holland in April and May.

Textures will hit the European festival circuit this summer with appearances at Tuska (Finland), Vagos Open Air (Portugal), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic) and more. A complete list of dates can be found here. More...

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Impending Doom Posts Recording Footage

Impending Doom has released a behind the scenes video clip of the band tracking its latest release "Baptized in Filth." Check out the footage below. The band will release "Baptized in Filth" on March 13th, 2012, which was produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Machine. Bassist David Sittig comments:

"Baptized in filth represents the mindless indulgence and self worship in the vile world we live in. This album is meant to scare the hell out of you!"

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Watain Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

As previously announced, Swedish black metal miscreants Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will begin on April 11th in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation.

Pleased to take part in the event, frontman Erik Danielsson comments: “We were originally meant to spend this year in the shadows, focusing inwards and on the new material we have compiled during the years since Lawless Darkness was released. This tour however was a bit too good to say no to. It is so seldom these days that someone actually managed to put together a descent tour package, which Decibel sure has managed to do this time. A ‘clash of the titans’ indeed! And considering the other bands on the tour, I can just imagine our management and the promotors biting their fingernails in anxiety and horror, waiting for the first arson or murder report from the road.

"Touring the States is always inspirational; there is always lots of emotion, anger, debauchery, decadence and a general feeling of lawlessness in the air, so I am sure this tour will nourish the writing process to a certain extent as well. A rich and fertile foundation of harsh physical and emotional experience has always played a big role in Watain writing new material, and this tour will for sure contribute to that. We will aim to make it interesting and memorable enough to do so.”

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Veil Of Maya Announces European Tour

Chicago's Veil of Maya will return to Europe on the band's first ever headline tour, with Betraying the Martyrs, Vildhjarta, Structures, and Volumes in support. The band lands in Europe following dates in Japan on a world tour promoting the “Eclipse” album, out via Sumerian on February 27th. Dates are as follows:

27/04 Munchen (D) Backstage
28/04 Prague (CZ) Rock Cafe
29/04 Stuttgart (D) LKA
30/04 Lindau (D) Vaudeville
01/05 Bochum (D) Matrix
02/05 Reading (UK) Sub89
03/05 Leeds (UK) The Well
04/05 London (UK) Underworld
05/05 Newcastle (UK) O2 Academy2
06/05 Manchester (UK) Moho
07/05 Birmingham (UK) O2 Academy3
08/05 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
09/05 Aarschot (B) De Klinker
10/05 Paris (F) Batofar
11/05 Aarau (CH) Kiff
12/05 Roncade (I) New Age Club
13/05 Wien (A) Viper Room
14/05 Budapest (HU) Durer Kert
15/05 Leipzig (D) Conne Island
16/05 Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
17/05 Hamburg (D) Markthalle
18/05 Koblenz (D) Circus Maximus
19/05 St Petersburg (RUS) Arktika
20/05 Moscow (RUS) Plan B

Check out the advance album track "Vicious Circles" in the player below. More...

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Clutch Announces Double Vinyl Release

Weathermaker Music has announced the date of February 28th as the official retail release for the Clutch double vinyl edition of "Blast Tyrant." This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant's "Atlas of the Invisible World."

Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5" x 11") and depicts one of the various characters featured within the "Blast Tyrant" storyline. Prior to February 28th, the double vinyl edition of "Blast Tyrant" is exclusively available via Clutchmerch.com.

In Clutch tour news the guys are about to confirm a North American Spring Tour. Dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Clutch will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

In other news, you will be hearing Clutch music in the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead" February 12th on AMC. And for all you hockey fans, Clutch's "Electric Worry" is still the goal music for the Vancouver Canucks. Check it out here. More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Added To Warped Tour

Another handful of acts playing Vans Warped Tour 2012 has just been announced and IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be on the full tour from June 16th - August 6th.

"After how much fun we had in 2010, we're beyond stoked to head out on Warped again!" says guitarist Steven Bradley. "Warped crowds are amazing and doing signings every day and meeting everybody rules. Cannot wait!" IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will join Chelsea Grin, Memphis May Fire, Senses Fail, Sleeping with Sires, and a number of other artists that will be revealed shortly.

Prior to the Vans Warped Tour dates, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE will be heading out with Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud and The Greenery for the "Road To Metal Fest" tour leading up to and following their appearance on the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 21. More...

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Blessed Curse Streaming Two New Songs

California metal act Blessed Curse is streaming two new tracks "Something Evil" and "Bleeding Cross" from the band's forthcoming self-titled LP due out through M-Theory Audio in North America and Cyclone Empire this year. Check out the tracks at this location.

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Borknagar Streaming New Single

Norway's Borknagar is now premiering the first single off the band's new studio album, "Urd" (due out March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America), via Decibel.com. Go check out the enthralling track "Roots" here.

Borknagar's mastermind Øystein G. Brun checked in to comment about the song:

"In regards to the depth, diversity and magnitude of our new album, 'Urd', it almost feels painful to slice off just a tiny bit of the bloody roast for the very first official 'starter'. I would argue that each and every song on the new album stands on solid ground, but as usual with our music, the songs empower each other in the context of a full album.

"That said, 'Roots' is probably the song on the album that gives you the most representative impression of 'Urd'. Musically it contains most of the elements that framework the musical universe of BORKNAGAR, and lyrically this song is gnawing on the very spine of our lyrical tradition. Hope you enjoy this song, the first tiny glimpse into our new opus. The beast is about to be unleashed..." More...

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Korpiklaani Announces Release Dates For "Kunnia"

Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani announced that the band's forthcoming "Kunnia" will be released on July 18, 2012 (Finland) and July 20, 2012 (World) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The band posted the following on its Official Facebook page: "New Korpiklaani album 'Kunnia' ([meaning] 'Honor') will be out 18th of July in Finland and 20th of July rest of the cosmos."

On December 16, 2011, the band issued the single "Metsälle." More...

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Mongrels Cross Streaming Two Songs

Blackened thrash band Mongrels Cross is streaming two new songs from its upcoming debut release "The Sins of Aquarius." The album should be released on May 1st on Hells Headbangers Records. Check out the two new songs below, "Rabid Inception" and "Indulge the Temple" from that upcoming seven-song album.

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Erevos Releases New Album

After releasing a couple of demos, Greek symphonic black metal band Erevos released its debut album "Decensus Ad Inferos" in its native country late in 2011 on Orkestral Promenade records. Now distributed stateside, the ten song album and tracklisting is featured below. The album was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studios in Sweden by Dan Swano. Check out the track "Adou Katavasis" from Erevos after the jump.

Adou Katavasis
The Omnipotence of the Judges
Kires
Those Who Decide About Fate
Under the Wings of Thanatos
Possessed by the Moon (of the Underworld)
Erinyes
Kerveros
Grotesque Blasphemy (Slaughter Pt.1)
Adou Anavasis (outro) More...

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While Heaven Wept Working On New Album

U.S. progressive/doom act While Heaven Wept have begun work on the band's follow up to the 2011 release "Fear of Infinity." Guitarist/vocalist Tom Phillips had the following update on the new material, which was conceived between 2009-2011:

I can reveal that we have completed the music for the follow-up to 'Fear Of Infinity' and will spend much of this year rehearsing with the intention of recording it in Autumn. It will consist of 10 brand new songs that were channelled between 2009-2011 (though one expression includes riffs dating back to 1995) and will surely once again challenge everyone’s notions of what While Heaven Wept is. While extremely melodic, heartfelt, and epic, it is (in Scott Loose’s words) 'intense and aggressive' – running the gamut from classic US Underground Metal to Melodic Thrash and passages of a more 'extreme' nature. Compared to 'Fear Of Infinity,' it has a very different atmosphere and is very much 'in your face' musically, yet clearly While Heaven Wept. For now, I just want to thank one and all for standing beside us as we roll into our 22nd year of existence. I assure you that we won’t slow down at all and some of our most exciting music yet is on the horizon! We hope to see all of you very soon on the road.
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Prong Unveils Art, Track Listing And Release Date

New York act Prong has unveiled the artwork and track listing for the forthcoming album "Carved Into Stone." The album is set for release on April 24, 2012 (North America) through Long Branch Records. The artwork was created by Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword).

The track listing for "Carved Into Stone" is as follows:

1. Eternal Heat
2. Keep on Living in Pain
3. Ammunition
4. Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5. State of Rebellion
6. Put Myself to Sleep
7. List of Grievances
8. Carved Into Stone
9. Subtract
10. Path of Least Resistance
11. Reinvestigate More...

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Alice Cooper Posts New Music Video

Alice Cooper posted a new music video for the song "I'll Bite Your Face Off." The video can be seen at this location. The song appears on the band's latest LP "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" which was released in 2011.

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Municipal Waste Reveals Track List And Album Art

U.S. thrashers Municipal Waste unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming LP "The Fatal Feast." The album is due for release on April 10, 2012 (North America) and April 13, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "The Fatal Feast" is as follows:

1. Waste in Space
2. Repossession
3. New Dead Masters
4. Unholy Abductor
5. Idiot Check
6. Covered in Sick/The Barfer
7. You're Cut Off
8. Authority Complex
9. Standards and Practices
10. Crushing Chest Wound
11. The Monster With 21 Faces
12. Jesus Freaks
13. The Fatal Feast
14. 12 Step Program
15. Death Tax
16. Residential Disaster More...

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Furyon Posts "Making Of Gravitas" Part II

U.K. hard rock/metal band posted part two of a behind the scenes video series on the making of the band's debut "Gravitas." The band self-released the album in 2010, but will have the album released worldwide on March 23, 2012 (EU) and March 27, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.

Check out the video here:

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Zarpa To Release Ninth Album

Legendary Spanish traditional metal act Zarpa will release its ninth studio album entitled "Las Puertas Del Tiempo" on February 24, 2012 through Pure Steel Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Iberia." Zarpa has reached cult status in its home country and has been active in the scene since 1977, having taken long breaks in the late '80s to early '90's and again from the mid-late '90's.

The track listing for "Las Puertas Del Tiempo" is as follows:

1. Rescatame
2. Karthago
3. Esto Es Heavy Metal
4. Demonios En Tu Cabeza
5. Las Puertas Del Tiempo
6. Trovador/Trovador Electrico
7. Prisioneros De Un Mundo Letal
8. Vuela Libre el Dragon
9. El Duende Se Fue
10. En Soledad
11. No Hagas La Guerra
12. Mensajeros Del Sol
13. Chicas Del Metal
14. Yo Soy El Poder Y La Ley More...

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Crimson Cult Details Sophomore Release

Austrian power metal band Crimson Cult announced that the band has completed work on the sophomore release "Tales of Doom." The album will be released on March 23, 2012 through Pure Steel Records. The album art and track listing are located below.

The track listing for "Tales of Doom" is as follows:

1. State Of Fear
2. Behind The Curtain
3. Institution Christ
4. Coshinja
5. The Long Way Home
6. Warrior Son
7. On The Edge
8. Second Life
9. Crimson Empire
10. The Inquisition

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Inverloch Posts Album Preview Clip

Inverloch, fresh off the band's signing with Relapse Records posted an album preview for the forthcoming "Dusk...Subside" debut. The release will see drop dates of April 10, 2012 (North America), April 13, 2012 (Benelux/Germany) and April 16, 2012 (Rest of World).

Check out the preview clip here:

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Nocturnal Torment Streaming New Track

Deathgasm records will be releasing the new album "They Come At Night" from Nocturnal Torment today, and the title cut from the album is streaming online at this location. Originally formed in 1988 in Indiana, the band to a backseat to other musical projects the members were in. After twenty years of dormancy, Noctural Torment is back with its debut album.

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Desert Sin Posts New Music Video

Austrian metal band Desert Sin posted a new music video for the song "Kill the King." The track appears on its sophomore LP "Destination Paradise. " The album was recently released on January 20, 2012 through Pure Steel Records.

Check out "Kill the King" here:

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Ektomorf Offers New Song As Free Download

Hungarian neo-thrashers Ektomorf have made the new track "I'm In Hate" available as a free download at this this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "The Acoustic," which is due for release on February 17, 2012 through AFM Records. The free download will expire on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

The band is also putting the finishing touches on a new music video which is planned for release next week.

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SuidAkrA Posts Indian Tour Diary

German folk/melodic death band Suidakra posted a tour diary video of its recent shows in India on February 4-5, 2012. The band is currently supporting its latest release "Book of Dowth" released in March of 2011 through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Caricature Reveals Album Artwork

New Jersey's Caricature has posted the artwork online for the band's upcoming "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing" album, which was handled by Chaos Spawned Media. Check out the artwork below. You can also find a video clip of Caricature recording vocals for the album at this location.

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Engel Checks In From Gothenburg

Engel has checked in from Gothenburg, Sweden with a sightseeing video clip, which can be found below. The band also cmmented:

"Marcus and Jimmy was out on a walk the other day on a mission to record a sightseeing video of Gothenburg for you guys. But something happend, and it didn't turn out as they was hoping.. Be aware for strong images..."

This Friday, February 10th, Engel will also release an exclusive digital EP entitled "Songs for the Dead." Taken from the Japanese edition of the "Threnody" album and previously unavailable anywhere else, the four tracks from "Songs for the Dead" will precede the release of Engel's new album, which will be out during the spring. More...

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Touche Amore Announces New Tour Dates

Touche Amore has announced that the band will be touring across Canada in late March and April with Cancer Bats and A Sight for Sewn Eyes, and the tour will hit Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatoon, and Ontario.

Prior to the Canadian run, Touche Amore will be out on its biggest support tour to date: a European jaunt with Rise Against in February and March. All the band's upcoming shows, including solo off dates, can be found below. More...

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Mnemic Posts Studio Video Clip

Danish modern metallers Mnemic are currently occupying the Antfarm studios to record their 5th studio album together with long time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Sick of it All).

In this first episode of the band's studio video blog available below, you can watch new drummer Brian Larsen pounding in his parts. The new album is set for a June 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Undead Pandemic Posts New Album Artwork

U.K. based blackened death/goregrind act Undead Pandemic has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming full-length album "Nunslut." Check out the artwork below. According to the band, the "Nunslut" album "promises to be even more extreme and offensive than its predecessor, 'The Rising.'"

The first single off Undead Pandemic's upcoming effort, titled "Thirty Thousand Fisted Nuns," is now available for free streaming through the player available after the jump. More...

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Depths Of Hatred Announces New Album Release

Montreal death metal act Depths of Hatred has signed on with Galy Records for the release of the debut album "Aversionist" on March 10th, 2012. The album was tracked throughout 2011 and was mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, The Last Felony). The album's artwork can be seen below.

The band commented: "We've laid low in 2011 but it's great to finally be releasing all the stuff we've been hard at work on this past year. Galy has been great with us, it's an honor to be with a label who put so many of the bands we listen to today on the map. We’re excited for 2012."

The band will also be releasing a music video for the new track "Revocation" in the coming weeks, which features a guest appearance from Elliot Desgagnes (Beneath The Massacre). More...

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Burning Point Issues Album Update

Finland's Burning Point has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"We've been doing long hours to get this new album finished and we are very, very excited about the songs! There's definitively the BP trademark songs, but also a huge leap forward in songwriting, playing and more importantly the vocals have taken a whole new level!

"Within all the gig booking and recording, we've also been negotiating a new deal in Europe as well as in Japan and we hope that we can give you the facts about those within a week or 2, a little patience our friends & fans.

"All in all we have 13 new killer songs, lucky number? More news shortly, gigs, deal, tracklist etc... Stay tuned!"

You can also check out Burning Point's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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Dark Fortress Announces European Tour

Germany's Dark Fortress has issued the following announcement about heading out on a European tour with Nachtmystium:

"We will tour the EU as direct support for Nachtmystium (US) in April. Also on the billing are Verdelet (UK), as well as Phlefonyaar (UK) as support band for the first half of the tour and Crimson Darkness (UK) for the second half. We are busy planning more shows for 2012, so stay tuned for more!"

17-04 (D) Köln - Werkstatt
18-04 (D) Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
19-04 (FR) Paris - Glazart
20-04 (D) Osnabrück - Bastard Club
21-04 (D) Bischofswerda - East Club
22-04 (CZ) Prague - Modra Vopice
23-04 (A) Wien - Szene
24-04 (I) Parma - Circolo Onirica
25-04 (D) München - Backstage
26-04 (D) Berlin - Berghain
27-04 (NL) Leeuwarden - Romein
28-04 (B) Vosselaar - Biebob
29-04 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg

More confirmed dates for 2012 so far:

19-02 (D) Landshut - Rocket Club
14-04 (D) Lichtenfels - Ragnarök Festival
01-09 (N) Averøy - Atlanterhavsrock Festival More...

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Rituals Of The Oak Releases Album

Female-fronted Australian doom band Rituals Of The Oak has just released its new album, "Come Taste the Doom." This five-track album marks the second release for the Sydney band, its first being a 2009 demo. The tracklisting of the CD is as follows, with a video upload of the track "Here" following after the jump. Rituals of the Oak plans to release it on vinyl sometime in February or March. Check out the band's blogspot for more information.

1. Here
2. The Horla
3. On the Sixth Moon
4. Serpentine Tongues
5. All Wells Are Poisoned


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Zombie Inc. Album To See North American Release

Attention old-school death metal fans, zombie/horror culture freaks and general savages... the debut full-length from Austrian deathsquad Zombie Inc. has arrived. "A Dreadful Decease" will see its North American release on Tuesday, February 14th via Massacre Records. The band also issued the following press release:

"ZOMBIE INC. may be a new name to the death metal scene, but some of the henchmen involved this gory, plodding debauchery will surely raise some interest... namely former Pungent Stench vocalist Martin Schirenc's return to the death metal scene! Schirenc's guttural oral thunder is brutally backed by guitars from songwriting mastermind Wolfgang Rothbauer (Disbelief, Eisblut, etc.) and Gerald Huber (Collapse 7), low-end from bassist Daniel Lechner (The Cascades, ex-Lacrimas Profundere) and the percussive onslaught of Tomasz “Nefastus” Janiszewski (Belphegor, Fleshcrawl, Debauchery).

"The individual potent collective of talents coalesce on ZOMBIE INC.'s debut, A Dreadful Decease, a gore-obsessed 41-minute stompfest loaded with the instinctive, intuitive and aggressive stylings of the death metal of the '90s, bringing names like Entombed, Autopsy, Dismember, Obituary, Deicide, Edge of Sanity and Gorefest to the chopping block. A Dreadful Decease runs rampant with horrific, apocalyptic zombie themes, both lyrically, atmospherically and visually, bearing professional artwork by SeasonZero Design. The album was recorded and mixed by Martin Schirenc at Vato Loco in Austria, and mastered by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath) at Unisound in Sweden, who referred to the band as 'great music... old-school, the perfect way.'" More...

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Ken Mode Nominated For Juno Award

Ken Mode has been nominated for a Juno Award in the category of "Metal / Hard Music Album of the Year" by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The band's publicist issued the following press release:

"Ken Mode caused quite a stir in 2011 and the new year has already started with a big bang! Last year, Ken Mode released their finest effort yet, ‘Venerable,’ via a partnership with Profound Lore Records. ‘Venerable’ was heralded as one of the best and most intriguing albums of the year by fans and press outlets alike and Ken Mode’s live attack was labeled as one of the most powerful shows in recent memory by multiple press outlets.

"Now, Ken Mode and ‘Venerable’ are being honored by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences by being nominated for a Juno Award in the newly created ‘Metal / Hard Music Album of the Year’ category. KEN Mode is extremely honored and humbled to be nominated and will be on-hand at the awards on April 1st at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Other nominees include ANVIL, CAULDRON, DEVIN TOWNSEND and FUCK THE FACTS. The awards will be hosted by another (honorary) member of the metal community — WILLIAM SHATNER.

"Ken Mode is currently finishing an extensive European tour with KYLESA and CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE. Upon returning, the band will begin preparing their trip to Austin for this year’s South by Southwest festivities. Showcases will be announced in the near future, stay tuned for more information."

To hear the "Venerable" album in it's entirety, click here to visit the official Ken Mode bandcamp page.

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Ararat Streaming New Demo Song

Argentinian sludge metal band Ararat has posted a rough demo version of a new song it plans to include on its next album, "Ararat III." The pre-production demo track is titled "Nicotina y Destruccion," and you may stream it below. Also featured is the stream for one of Ararat's songs from the recent "Ararat II" release, "Lobos de Guerra y Cazadores de Elefantes." Check out more songs from Ararat's recent album and earlier work by checking out Soundcloud.

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