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Metal News for March 13, 2013

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Naer Mataron Records Track For Split Release

Greek black metal act Naer Mataron has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new song for an upcoming split release with fellow Greek metallers Nergal:

"AD MAIOREM CHTHULU GLORIAM! We are in the pleasant position to announce to you that we have recorded a new old school song, dedicated to all the black souls that grew up listening to the traditional early '90s Greek sound of the infamous Storm Studio, Molon Lave Records, etc.

"We even used the same guitar amplifier that they were using back then at Storm Studio (Varathron, Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord). The song was baptised 'The Whisperer in the Darkness' by the Goat with a Thousand Young itself, and it will be available on a split release with our firebrothers, NERGAL. Stay tuned for more... IA! IA!"

You can check out Naer Mataron's music over at Facebook or via MySpace here.

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Broken Hope Issues Studio Update

Reactivated Chicago act Broken Hope has checked in with the following recap after the first day in the studio recording an upcoming album:

"And so it begins... Broken Hope made it through day 1 of recording the new album! BH drummer Mike Miczek hammered out 7 songs today--that includes doing 3-4 takes of each song for exercise! BH has a sick-fucking-drummer, folks. You will hear soon enough...

"Here's Chuck Wepfer...the other 'Evil Chuck.' Doing his share of the scratch guitar work on drum day." More...

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NightShade Posts "Betrayal" Video

NightShade is excited to release the first music video from the band's upcoming album "An Endless Vision."

The video for "Betrayal" is now premiering at MetalInsider.net, or it can be viewed in the player below. The following press release was also issued about hte clip:

"While the deathcore group was filming the music video in Spain, a demonstration in Madrid turned ugly when thousands of protesters clashed with riot police. Protesting in response to the announcement of severe austerity measures, police reportedly made 22 arrests while over 32 were injured. As a result, NightShade decided to include shocking footage that shows police using violent force on protesters in the video for 'Betrayal.' This video is SERIOUSLY INTENSE!"

“This song ‘Betrayal’ is about how people need to open their eyes and stop being controlled by their governments. People shouldn’t be scared to take control of their own lives and make their own choices,” explains guitarist Bastien Deleule. “It’s ironic that a huge civil protest broke out in Spain while we were there shooting our music video, considering it is effectively what this song is about. Spain has over 50% unemployment and things are dire and people are angry, and we are angry too. We choose to express our anger with our music and we hope everyone loves it as much as we do! Other than being in the middle of some scary riots in Spain, we had a blast filming this video!” More...

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Tombstone Highway Posts New Track

Italy’s Tombstone Highway has just released a new track entitled “Old Blood" exclusively at Rue Morgue Magazine. The song can be streamed at this location.

"Ruralizer," the band's Southern rock-inspired doom metal album, will hit shops on April 16th in North America. The release is out now in Europe. The track listing is as follows:

1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord [streaming over here]
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (and bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (Mountain Cover)
9. Hangman's Friend

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Avven Announces European Tour

Avven has announced the dates for an upcoming eastern European tour, which can be found below. The band also posted a teaser trailer for the run. Check it out here:

2.4.2013 Tuesday SI-Ljubljana Orto Bar
12.4.2013 Friday SI-Maribor MC Pekarna
13.4.2013 Saturday SK-Bratislava Randal
14.4.2013 Sunday PL-Warszawa Fono Bar
17.4.2013 Wednesday PL-Bielsko -Biala Rude Boy
18.4.2013 Thursday PL-Chorzów Lesniczowka
19.4.2013 Friday CZ-Brno Melodka
20.4.2013 Saturday CZ-Prague Klub Nova Chmelnice
21.4.2013 Sunday PL-Wroclaw Madness

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Thornafire Posts New Music Video

Chile's Thornafire has posted a new video online for "Sumision," which was created by Larvasatanica Producciones and can be viewed below. You can also watch the band's previously posted video for "Malefactor Manifiesto" at this location. Both tracks come of the band's latest album "Eclipse Nox Coagula."

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David Draiman Reveals Side Project Details

David Draiman of Disturbed is coming out now with a new project titled "Device." The self-titled album is due out April 8th, and pre-orders are available through Amazon here. The track listing is as follows:

1. You Think You Know
2. Penance
3. Vilify
4. Close My Eyes Forever (Feat. Lzzy Hale)
5. Out Of Line (Feat. Serj Tankian & Terry "Geezer" Butler)
6. Hunted
7. Opinion (Feat. Tom Morello)
8. War Of Lies
9. Haze (Feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (Feat. Glenn Hughes) More...

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Hatecore Inc. Recruits New Vocalist

Hatecore Inc. has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"After 11 months and many many auditions, Hatecore Inc is very pleased to announce and welcome our new singer Daniel Allen (former Lost Sylence) to the band.

"We have had the honor of working with Daniel the past few weekends in the world famous Hatebarn and this is the guy we have been looking for. Daniel brings much energy to the table as well as dedication and commitment and has proved to be the new voice of Hatecore Inc! Welcome aboard brother!

"As for shows, videos, new tunes, new CD, we are working very much on it, so stayed tuned HateNation!"

You can also check out the band's music over at Facebook here.

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Pryapisme Streaming New Song

French experimental act Pryapisme has just unveiled a second extract from the band's upcoming album. The track is called “Une nuit sur le Mont-Chauvelu” (a cover of Modest Mussorgsky’s "Night on the Bare Mountain") and you can be heard below.

Pryapisme's new album "Hyperblast Super Collider" will be released on April 1st, 2013 through Apathia Records, and pre-orders are available right here. More...

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Extinction Protocol Reveals New Album Details

Blasting forth from the guts of Erie, Pennsylvania, a vicious new act is about to invade the death metal universe with the debut full-length from Extinction Protocol, confirmed for release via NYC-based D.I.Y. label P2. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Formed in 2010, Extinction Protocol merges classic death metal structures with breakdowns and grooves of modern, guttural slam while infusing the darkness of dissonant black metal into the proverbial cataclysmic blender. A nihilistic death metal vortex, Extinction Protocol’s debut album, Aeonic Obliteration lyrically scrutinizes the greed and corruption of mankind thus concluding mankind’s eventual downfall due to genetic testing and world altering events.

"With nine devastating songs packed into a nearly thirty-three minute event horizon, Aeonic Obliteration features stellar production values courtesy of Ivan at Anthropocide Studios (Abominable Putridity) and full-color cosmic destruction ala JoeJesus of DeviantArt, and will see release on May 14th worldwide."

The "Aeonic Obliteration" track listing is as follows:

1. The Merging Of Titans
2. As Life Turns To Ash
3. Engineering The Nemesis
4. Pyroclastic Reformation
5. Chained To Oblivion
6. Heir To An Apocalypse
7. Malignant Existence
8. Arrival Of The Black Sun
9. Unraveling The Human Aether More...

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Spiritual Beggars Posts New Video Clip

Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are now premiering the video clip for "Wise As A Serpent," the opening track off the band's new album "Earth Blues."

Check out the video in the player below (or via Decibel Magazine here). The band's guitarist and main songwriter, Michael Amott, checked in to comment on the clip:

"We chose this particular song as the first video off 'Earth Blues' 'cos it's an explosive track and also the shortest song on the album! I filmed and directed the video myself and Anders Björler (At The Gates) did a great job on the edit. We're more than pleased with the end result, it's done in true DIY spirit...raw and authentic."

"Earth Blues" is the band's 8th studio release and marks Spiritual Beggars' 20th anniversary as a band. The album will be released on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America via InsideOut Music. The track listing is as follows:

1. Wise As A Serpent
2. Turn The Tide
3. Sweet Magic Pain
4. Hello Sorrow
5. One Man's Curse
6. Dreamer
7. Too Old To Die Young
8. Kingmaker
9. Road To Madness
10. Dead End Town
11. Freedom Song
12. Legends Collapse More...

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Dominium To Release Debut Album

Razorback Recordings will be releasing the debut full-length CD from Dominium later this Summer. The label comments:

"The album, titled 'War Ritual,' is full-on raging, bone-chilling black metal from the abyss! The band began in 2000 and have been spilling blood in the underground with their fog-shrouded, darkened live shows spreading destruction all in the name of pure horror screaming death!

"The 10 track debut is Razorback's very first all-out black metal album release, and we're proud to bring it to you beneath the shadows! Check out a song from the debut album featured on the official Razorback youtube page!" More...

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Cannibal Corpse Launches Picture Disc Pre-Order

2013 heralds Cannibal Corpse's 25th year as a band and the groups plans to celebrate all year long! Metal Blade Records will be releasing one picture disc a month from the band's expansive catalog ("Eaten Back to Life," "Butchered at Birth," "Tomb of the Mutilated," "The Bleeding," "Vile," "Gallery of Suicide," "Bloodthirst," "Gore Obsessed," "The Wretched Spawn," "KILL," "Evisceration Plague," and "Torture").

A total of 12 pictures discs will be released, covering all of the band's full-length studio albums, some of which have never been released on picture disc. The next picture disc available for pre-order is "Tomb of the Mutilated," which was released in 1992, and can be found here.

Additionally, fans in the U.S. can enter to win a copy of the picture disc now via Metal Blade. Catch Cannibal Corpse live on the Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Napalm Death, Immolation: More...

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Anciients Streaming New Track

Progressive rock/metal outfit Anciients has premiered a new song from forthcoming album, "Heart of Oak." The new track, "Faith and Oath" is streaming at Guitar World or through the player below. Regarding the song, guitarist Chris Dyck said:

“It began lyrically with some combo ideas about the Mayan's serpent-god beliefs and a strange dream I had about a snake-killing ritual. The serpent originally was representing the deceiver; as the song progressed and the vibe was realized it became our anthem for courage and strength. The chorus features Scott Ruddy from Weirding (killer doomy Vancouver band) on vocals with me. The proggy fast riff is what I like to call a 'ninja riff'... Looks hard, easy to play. Kenny's solo here is mental and I love how Hannay and Boon shift the timing on the last 2 repetitions of the solo riff to a swinging old 3/4 beat. The outro has Kenny laying down some sweet Dave Gilmour. We all dig Pink Floyd...Gilmour is the man. Cheers.”

The "Heart of Oak" album is slated for a North American release on April 16th, and will be available on CD, limited edition double gate-fold Lp, and digitally. More...

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Kadavar Posts First Track-By-Track Breakdown

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the first part of the track-by-track commentaries for the band's upcoming second studio album “Abra Kadavar." The album is to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12th.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann, bassist Mammut, and drummer Tiger provide you with background information on the album’s first four tracks:

01. - Come Back Life “On `Come Back Life´ we’ve tried to write similar melody lines for the vocals and guitar. After the song was done, I got the impression that someone had twiddled with out time machine and had sent us back to 1969!” (Tiger)

02. - Doomsday Machine “It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction – inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie `Dr. Strangelove.'” (Lupus Lindemann)
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Beyond The Shore Announces New Tour Dates

Beyond the Shore has landed the opening slot for a portion of Veil of Maya's upcoming headlining tour. The "Canadian Forgiveness Tour" begins April 28th in London, ON with Beyond the Shore confirmed through May 4th. Additional supporting acts on the tour are The Contortionist and Glass Cloud. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more still to be announced.

Beyond the Shore will also be joining Shai Hulud on tour in March-April, as well as appearing on the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA. Beyond the Shore is scheduled to perform at the fest on Sunday, April 21st. More...

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Korpiklaani Splits With Juho Kauppinen

Accordian player Juho Kauppinen from Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else.

"Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging.

"Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani's listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun."

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Witheria Working On New Album

Witheria has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and working on a new album:

"It's been over a year now since the last update, but here it is - What's going on in the Witheria camp!

"I - Line-up changes: J. Warhead decided to quit Witheria in early 2012, due to his lack of motivation. This happened in a mutual understanding and we wish him the best of luck in his ongoing endeavours. We did not start seeking a new guitar player at this point, but concentrated in the songwriting instead.

"During the songwriting process it became clear that Lappis 'the Predator' would switch from bass to handling the second guitar. This is very natural move for him and for the band, since he is an extremely talented guitar player, has been playing guitar in Nowen (and other bands) for ages, and his role as a songwriter for Witheria has lately been increasing. More...

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Jungle Rot Streaming "Terror Regime"

Wisconsin death metal contenders Jungle Rot are proud to unveil “Terror Regime,” the title track from their forthcoming album, exclusively on Noisecreep here.

“The album is a heavy, soul-taking, fist pounding work of art, that we all built with a 100% confidence,” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise. The album is due out on March 19th, 2013.

See Jungle Rot on the Despise The World tour, starting April 4th in Long Island, NY alongside Suffocation and Exhumed. Dates are as follows: More...

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Skineater Releases Official Video

Swedish death metal supergroup Skineater, who just released their debut "Dermal Harvest" last month on Pulversied Records, have premiered a video for the song "Dismantling." Produced by Uppsala-based digital production company Oddville, the video is posted below.

"Dermal Harvest" was recorded at various locations, mixed and mastered at Sweden's Studio Underground (Carnal Forge, Steel Attack, Fleshcrawl, Necrodeath, etc), and with the striking album artwork designed and conceptualised by Mathias Björkbacka.


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Author & Punisher Reveals New Album Details

West Coast-based Author & Punisher, the long-running, one-man industrial doom project propagated by sound contortionist Tristan Shone, is pleased to announce his fifth and latest creation of audio rebellion. Titled "Women & Children," the follow-up to last year’s "Ursus Americanus: full-length further challenges the traditional confines of extreme music with eight tracks of audio exploration and mechanical decomposition.

Shone elaborates: "Author & Punisher's newest sonic endeavor combines elements of both machines and more traditional apparati to stretch and blur the dynamic palette from doom to industrial, to heavy bass music, and back again."

Adds Seventh Rule Recordings label head Scott Flaster: "The new Author & Punisher? On first listen I was thrown into a grey world where the bleakness of early industrial music layered with a heavier contemporary dirge."

The "Women & Children" album will be released on April 30 via Seventh Rule Recordings. The track listing is as follows:

1. Women & Children
2. In Remorse
3. Melee
4. Tame as a Lion
5. Fearce
6. Miles from Home
7. Pain Myself More...

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Bovine Streaming Album Track

Birmingham-based desert rockers Bovine will unleash "The Sun Never Sets On The British Empire" on April 12th via FDA Rekotz. Album track "Military Wife" is streaming over at bandcamp and below in the player. The tracklisting of the album is as follows:

Barium
Ghost Chair
Thank Fuck I Ain't You
Heroes are What
The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire
The Battle of the Sinkhole
Aneugenic
I Will Make You Real
Military Wife
Not Another Name

Bovine will also be playing a live date at The Old Blue Last in London on May 9th with Polio, Bloody Mammals and Without Maps.

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Vulgaari Streaming Debut Album

Minneapolis funeral sludge monster Vulgaari recently issued its debut album on vinyl form via Cubo De Sangre records. The self-titled nine song release has been streaming over on bandcamp for awhile, which you can listen to below. All instrumentation is by dual guitarists Zack Kinsey and Brent Hedtke, and "Vulgaari" was mixed and mastered by Dinis DeCarvalho of Beast Mountain Audio.


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Sight Of Emptiness Streaming New Track

Costa Rican melodic death metal powerhouse Sight Of Emptiness is streaming a new track, "Passion," from its upcoming album "Instincts" over on Brave Words. Visit that location to hear it, or stream it below. The track tells the story of wildlife sharing the planet with man and its deep fear and unease when looking to the future of coexistence. The track was mixed and mastered by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson at The Panic Room Studios, Sweden. The album features the following tracklisting:

'Essence' (featuring Whit Crane - Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal)
'Instincts' (featuring Ole Halvard Sveen - Extol, Mantric)
'Obsession' (featuring Ralph Santolla - Deicide, Death, Iced Earth, Obituary)
'Fearless' (featuring Glen Drover - Megadeth, King Diamond, and Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Paradox' (featuring Manuel Obregon - Costa Rica's Minister of Culture)
'Deception' (featuring Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Hostility' (featuring Christian Älvestam - Scar Symmetry, Solution .45, Miseration)
'Passion'
'Genetics'
'Sanctuary' (Instrumental)
'Departure'
'Obsession 2.0' (Remix Version)

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Hammer Fight Posts New Music Video

Hammer Fight has released a new music video for "A Corpse Is A Corpse (Of Course Of Course)," which can be viewed at Bloody Disgusting or through the player below. The band also comments:

“This video was an absolute blast to make. Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser from the Corpse comic are 100% responsible for making this happen, so they deserve the most thanks.

"Dave Carey, our director, totally took charge of everything and did a great job. And we have to thank Walt and the guys at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash for letting us take over their store. They couldn’t have been nicer about it.” More...

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Surgeon Returns With Second Album

Philadelphia progressive rock/metal act Surgeon has announced that the band will self-issue the forthcoming sophomore LP "Chemical Reign" on May 19th, 2013 both as a CD and digital release. More information on purchasing the album can be found on the band's Facebook Page.

According to the press release: "A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, SURGEON propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album Angry Guest at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with SURGEON having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.

"Crafting each song as an individual piece of art, blending their infectious hooks with intricate melodies SURGEON’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, Chemical Reign. Boasting nearly fifty minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number More...

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Kruna Signs With Bakerteam Records

Bakerteam Records proudly welcomes Kruna to its roster. The label also commented on the new addition:

"Kruna made a big buzz on the net with their 2007 demo called ‘Fragments Of Memories,’ mixing their early influences (Sepultura, Slayer, Black Sabbath) with the new sounds of bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Soilwork and Hatesphere among others.

"The band spent the last few years refining their songwriting skills and playing live incessantly and they are now ready to deliver their long-waited debut album, which stands as a true statement of Kruna’s own vision of Metal, made of powerful guitar riffs, groovy rhythms and abrasive vocals linked by a natural and dynamic sound.

"Last Century was produced by Riccardo Pasini (Ephel Duath, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Extrema) and features a very special guest appearance by Alberto Zannier (Slowmotion Apocalypse) on the song ‘Phoenix.'"

"Last Century" is due out via Bakerteam Records on March 26th, 2013. More...

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Cathedral Posts New Song Online

British doom metal veterans Cathedral has posted a new song online from their forthcoming new, and final album, "The Last Spire." You can check out the new song, "Tower of Silence" below. "The Last Spire" will be released through frontman Lee Dorrian's label, Rise Above Records on April 29th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 30th to follow. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

"Entrance To Hell"
"Pallbearer"
"Cathedral Of The Damned"
"Tower Of Silence"
"Infestation Of Grey Death"
"An Observation"
"The Last Laugh"
"This Body, Thy Tomb" More...

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Former Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Passes Away

Iron Maiden reported that former drummer, the legendary Clive Burr, has lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. In a post on the band's Facebook Page, it was announced:

"We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.

"Steve Harris said 'This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.'

"Bruce Dickinson adds 'I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family' More...

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Phavian Posts "Meridian II" Preview Clip

California progressive rock/metal act Phavian posted a preview, featuring audio clips from the band's third release "Meridian II" (as well as other releases), which was self-released on March 9, 2013. More information on where to obtain the album can be found at the band's Facebook Page and at this location.

The track listing for "Meridian II" is:

1. Adam's Ale
2. Purls
3. Hexenring
4. Mirror Skin
5. Watersong
6. Fall of Cruor

Check out the clips here: More...

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Resonance Room Posts New Track "New Life"

Italian gothic act Resonance Room posted the new track "New Life" (heard below). The song appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore LP "Untouchable Failure," which is scheduled for a March 18, 2013 release date thorough My Kingdom Music.

Resonance Room features Orion Riders members Riccardo Failla (guitars) and Alfio Timoniere (bass). The track listing for "Untouchable Failure" is as follows:

1. The Great Insomnia
2. Cages Of Dust
3. So Precious
4. New Life
5. Naivety And Oblivion
6. Outside The Maze
7. A Picture
8. Unending Loss
9. Prometheus
10. Faded

Check out "New Life": More...

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Radiance Streams New Track "Storm"

Italian progressive metal band Radiance is streaming the new track "Storm." The song appears on the debut full length LP "Undying Diabolyca," which is scheduled for release on March 18, 2013 via My Kingdom Music.

"'Undying Diabolyca' shows an obscure and screaming Heavy Metal soul, filtered through an eclectic power-prog essence. Everything is wrapped by a great artistic intensity and dark and atmospheric voices, which sweep from a modern and experimental conception to an ancient and epic Greek lamentation."

The track list for the album is:

1. Towards Doom
2. Another Way
3. Behind the Light
4. Storm
5. Reasonance
6. Whirl's Criterion
7. Le Poison à la Mode
8. Undying Diabolyca
9. Pulse of Awakening

Check out "Storm" here: More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Posts "Ethera" Preview

Austrian based symphonic metal act Visions of Atlantis posted a preview clips for the entire new LP "Ethera." The album is the band's fifth release, which drops on March 22, 2013 via Napalm Records.

The band is touring in support of Serenity in the "War of Ages All Over Europe" tour commencing on the same day of the release in Wörgl, but will be missing vocalist Mario Plank, who was forced to miss the tour due to his obligations at the university of applied sciences. Replacing Plank for the live shows will be Astral DNA vocalist Babis Nikou.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Avantasia Posts Pre-Listening Album Preview

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a pre-listening preview trailer for the new LP "The Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) and April 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features guest appearances, which include Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorcestra Babelsberg.

The track list for "The Mystery Of Time" is as follows:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine (see lyric video)
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Check out the preview trailer here: More...

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U.D.O. Posts Trailer For New LP "Steelhammer"

U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, posted a preview clip for the upcoming "Steelhammer" LP. The album is set to drop May 21st in the U.S. and May 24th in Europe.

The track listing for "Steelhammer" is:

1. Steelhammer
2. A Cry Of A Nation
3. Metal Machine
4. Basta Ya
5. Heavy Rain
6. Devil's Bite
7. Death Ride
8. King Of Mean
9. Timekeeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
15. Shadows Come Alive (Digipak Bonus Track)

Check out the teaser here: More...

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Stigmatic Chorus Posts Full "Fanatic" Album Online

Russian symphonic black metal act Stigmatic Chorus has posted the full "Fanatic" album online for streaming via Bandcamp. You can also hear the tracks through the player below. The band comments:

"The album was initially self-released by the band in a CD-R edition, containing 9 tracks of maddened sounds from the very depths of dark abyss. The concept of the album, written by Dan Sein and Demether Grail, tells of the bloody events that plunged the American town Nauvoo into darkness in the XIX-th century, during the Mormon War.

"The album’s filled with atmosphere of aggression and madness of the fanatic. Recording took place in the studio Arsafes Records under the guidance of Roman Arsafes (Kartikeya) and the music has become more brutal, fast and melodic at the same time!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Obsessed? 4:52
2. Youth in Egypt 4:02
3. Verdict 4:41
4. Reprisal 5:15
5. Yes Revenge Come True! 5:10
6. Massacre of the Innocents 6:00
7. Mutiny Fools 3:38
8. Hanged Man City 5:16
9. Pianist (bonus track) 04:22 More...

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Lifeforms Streaming New Single

Lifeforms has posted a new song online for streaming titled "String Theory," which can be heard below. The band also comments:

"After WAY too long of a wait, we finally are more than pleased to give you the first single 'String Theory' off Lifeforms' debut album 'Multidimensional' available May 13th via Lifeforce Records! Enjoy and share!"

For more info on Lifeforms, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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ID: Exorcist Releases "Double Cross" Video

Check out the new video for "Double Cross" from Finnish act ID: Exorcist below. The track is taken from upcoming album "Paths to Exile," due out March 22nd through Inverse Records. The clip was filmed and directed by Jaakko Mäntymaa, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Mercy Is Sick
2. Double Cross
3. The Quillotine
4. Part II (home)
5. Dynamics of Pretending
6. Kill For a Cure
7. The Ungrateful Dead
8. Wear Your Blisters Proud
9. Worm Food More...

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The Fallen Within Posts Lyric Video

The Fallen Within has a new lyric video out now for "Jeffrey Dahmer Style," which is taken from the album "The Day You Died Inside" (available through Noisehead Records). Check out the Toni Vesala-created clip below.

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