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Metal News for March 22, 2013

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Birth A.D. Debuts New Song

Texas crossover thrashers Birth A.D. have hooked up with Apochs.net for the exclusive premier of the song "Wrong Again" from their upcoming album "I Blame You." Check out that track over here or below in the player. "I Blame You" is set for worldwide release on April 8th on the newly launched Unspeakable Axe Records via the label's partnership with Dark Descent Records. Birth A.D. has also posted some live gig dates for the eastern U.S., which follow.

BIRTH A.D. live dates (we/ Evil Army):

Thursday, April 4 - O'Briens Pub, Allston, NY
Friday, April 5 - The Acheron, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, April 6 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, April 7 - The Sidebar, Baltimore, MD


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Svart Crown Posts New Track

Decibel Magazine and Listenable Records are doing their part to make the world a more hateful place with the world premier of "A Place of Hatred and Threat" off of "Profane," the upcoming release from French death/black metallers Svart Crown. While "Profane" will be unleashed upon North America on May 21st, "A Place of Hatred and Threat" is currently playing at this location, or below.

The main theme on "Profane" is full-introspection about humanity sickness and Svart Crown deliver the soundtrack of a bleak world that has already ended to their eyes with this album. Album artwork was made by designer Stefan Thanneur (Ruins). Profane was recorded, mixed, mastered by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio in Paris.


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Morgengrau Streaming New Track

"Extrinsic Pathway" from traditional death metal foursome Morgengrau will be released Tuesday April 2nd through Blind God Records. "Extrinsic Pathway" was recorded at Amplitude Media in Austin, TX and mixed/mastered at Endarker Studio, Sweden by Magnus (Devo) Andersson of Marduk. The album cut "Antithetical" is streaming below. Morgengrau will make their NYC debut at the Martyrdoom Fest on Friday, June 28. Listen to the track "Antithetical" below.


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Lecherous Nocturne Streaming Full Album

"Behold Almighty Doctrine," the third full-length from USDM powerhouse Lecherous Nocturne, is out now on Unique Leader Records. The five years that have passed since "The Age of Miracles" has seen the South Carolina brutalists grow into a more technical, calculating and destructive force. "Behold Almighty Doctrine" is featured in an exclusive stream from the folks at Zero Tolerance Magazine, which you may listen to at this location.


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Acheron Entering The Recording Studio

Ohio blackened death metal vets Acheron will enter the studio next month to begin the recording process for "Kult Des Hasses," the follow up to 2009's "The Final Conflict: The Last Days of God." The band has also announced that guitarist Ricktor Ravensbruck (Wolfpack 44, Electric Hellfire Club, Wolfen Society) will be a special guest to add some of his lead guitar work to the album. Band founder Vincent Crowley commented:

"Things have been going very well in the Acheron camp. We plan to hit the studio and start recording on April 12th. We are all very pleased with the songs and know our fans will enjoy 'Kult Des Hasses.' We have also hired artist Timo Wuerz to do the artwork for the new album. I promise all of you that this album is going to be pure old school Satanic underground music! Ave Satanas!"

The tracklisting for "Kult Des Hasses" is as follows:

Daemonum Lux
Satan Hold Dominion
Raptured to Divine Perversion
Jesus Wept
Thy Father Suicide
Misanthropic Race
Whores and Harlots
Asphyxiation (Hands of God)
Concubina Do Diabo
Devil's Black Blood


Video footage of Acheron playing "Fuck the Ways of Christ" live at Neurotic Death Fest 2012 has been posted at this location.


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The Amenta Streaming Full Album

Australia's most mercurial extreme metal band The Amenta has joined forces with Terrorizer Magazine to stream the forthcoming "Flesh is Heir" in its entirety. The band commented on the album:

"'Flesh is Heir' is how we believe extreme music should sound. We made it for us, without thought of how it will be received. We believe that this is the best album you will hear in 2013. We know it will be the best we will hear."

Flesh is Heir full album stream can be accessed by going here. The band recently released a video for the song "Teeth." View the madness below.


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Lay Down Rotten Signs To Apostasy Records

Apostasy Records has welcomed German death metallers Lay Down Rotten to its roster. The band has made the following statement regarding the signing:

"After it was quiet for quite a long time with Lay Down Rotten, we can finally spread some news again! First we want to announce that we have signed a new label deal with Apostasy Records! We are really looking forward to working together with Tomasz & Co. to finish a new album as soon as possible. Then, we are naturally working at full stretch on new songs now. A few new shows are already confirmed. Some others will certainly follow for this year!"

Lay Down Rotten is currently at work on the follow up to last year's "Mask of Malice." The band's first album under the Apostasy Records banner is expected to see the light of day in late 2013.

LAY DOWN ROTTEN LIVE:

4/20 - Noise Gegen Armut 5 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete Metal Club
4/27 - Splatterday Night Flavor - Passau, Germany @ Zeughaus
11/23 - Piece Of Loin Fest V - Reutlingen, Germany @ Zelle

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Graveyard Announces Return Of Bass Player

Swedish classic rock superstars Graveyard are glad to announce the return of bass player Rikard Edlund, who had checked himself into rehab in October last year. The band comments:

"Ricky's back! We're more than glad to announce that Rikard is back on (some kind of) track - which means that Graveyard fans can start looking forward to his return to the stage.“

You can catch the band live:

11.04. S Are - Bygget
17.04. FI Turku - Klubi Turku
18.04. FI Tampere - Klubbi
19.04. FI Helsinki - Tavastia
20.04. FI Jyväskylä - Lutakko
26.04. S Karlstad - Nöjesfabriken
27.04. S Bollnäs - Tuppens Danskrog
11.06. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal More...

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Dead Earth Politics Receives Award At SXSW

Austin metallers Dead Earth Politics recently accepted the award for the Austin Chronicle's Best Metal Band of 2012 at last weekend's SXSW Festival. Though gracious in their acceptance of the prestigious award, Dead Earth Politics were nonetheless proud at having received the award over nationally renowned heavy hitters like The Sword. A video of the acceptance can be viewed below.

Dead Earth Politics burst onto the scene with the release of 2006 EP "Mark The Resistance," followed by the much heralded "The Weight of Poseidon" full-length album in 2010. The video for "Artistic License" from "The Weight of Poseidon" is now playing here.


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We Came As Romans Announces Festival Appearances

Michigan based metalcore powerhouse We Came As Romans has announced some upcoming European festival appearances. Details are as follows:

15.08.13 Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze
16.08.13 Belgium Hasselt @ Pukkelpop
17.08.13 Germany Grosspösna @ Highfield
21.08.13 Germany Übersee am Chiemsee @ Chiemsee Rocks

We Came As Romans also recently released the digital 2-track iTunes single “Hope,” including the tracks:

01. Hope
02. The King Of Silence

Both songs plus the recently released single “Let These Words Last Forever” are taken from WCAR’s digital deluxe version of latest album “Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be.” More...

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Belphegor Pushes Back Album Release

Belphegor's upcoming, as-yet-untitled album has been pushed back for a worldwide release in early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Founding member, guitarist, and vocalist Helmuth Lehner states:

“Drums, Bass and Guitars are all tracked. It sounds brutal, more aggressive and more Death than what was heard on the last LPs. The soundwall is massive - just as expected. Thanks to Erik Rutan for the extra motivation and forcing us to nail down tight as fukk performances.

"Furthermore I am set to lay down the vocals in June/July, the mixdown and mastering will be done in September. A tough call, but it was the best for the record to decide to delay the release date again, to unleash the album in early 2014. Be prepared for Diabolical Death Musick!”

Some of the song titles to be announced so far include "Gasmask Terror," "Rex Tremendae Majestatis," "Take Her, Lucifer!" and "The Inverted Cross." A teaser trailer will be released in April. More...

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Revel In Flesh Streaming New Track

The good folks at DeathMetal.Org have taken a sledgehammer to the face of false metal by streaming a brand new track from the forthcoming album from Revel In Flesh. The song, entitled "Dominate the Rotten," comes off the band's forthcoming sophomore release, "Manifested Darkness" and is currently cracking skulls at this location.

The CD and digital download will be unleashed on April 12th by FDA Rekotz and contains nine hammering new hymns of destruction plus one special bonus track exclusive to the CD version. The LP version will be out on April 26th and will include an additional bonus track. The artwork for "Manifested Darkness" was created by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano and the album was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio by Dan Swanö.

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The Body Reveals New EP Details

In an ongoing pilgrimage towards the apocalypse and perpetual hatred for humankind, earthmoving doom duo The Body will dispense its latest scourge upon the masses in the coming weeks, titled "Master, We Perish." The following press release was issued about the EP:

"The newest wave of abhorrence from the nomadic family, 'Master, We Perish' shows The Body’s nihilistic audio terror ever-forward with three new tunes sure to cause birds to fall from the sky and traumatize nonbelievers, once again recorded at Providence, Rhode Island-based Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars).

"Blackened bursts of noise-drenched, low-fi doom are fueled by percussionist Lee Buford’s hypnotic, tribal rhythms via thunderous macaroni drums, the melee infiltrated by guitarist/vocalist Chip King’s penetrating vocal screech. The clan also recruited Leslie Weitz (Otesanek), Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly Of Light Choir) and Reba Mitchell (Whore Paint) for vocal contributions throughout the torrid endeavor adding an array of eerie dynamics to the songs.

"Saddened confessions of mental anguish are ended with a pump of a shotgun, a sludgy foreshadowing of the coming explosion of tortured screams. Feedback and noise erupt into the slow crush and the bellowing of an end to beliefs and an end to these truths... More...

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Pentagram Announces New Live Shows

Heavy metal legends Pentagram will be returning to the road in 2013 in Europe, as well as North America, for select shows and festivals.

The band will once again perform at Maryland Death Fest as well as Farmageddon Records Music Festival, Metaldays (Slovakia), Barroselas Metalfest XVI (Portugal), and more. Pentagram's list of confirmed performances can be found below.

Pentagram will have new merchandise designs available exclusively at these shows. Also, the band has listened to the fans and will be performing some classics and fan favorites that have never before been performed live.

04/16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
04/25 Berlin, DE Astra Desertfest 2013
04/26 Barroselas, PT Barrosela Metalfest XVI
04/28 London, UK Electric Ballroom Desertfest 2013
05/26 Baltimore, MD Forme Sonar Compound Maryland Deathfest 2013
07/20 Warsaw, PL Days of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, SI Metaldays 2013
07/25-07/28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival More...

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Mystic Prophecy Enters The Studio

Mystic Prophecy has entered the studio to record an eighth full-length album, but in the mean time the band will be releasing a new compilation. Massacre Records comments:

"After the successful album 'Ravenlord, the five prophets accept the challenge to create another piece of precious metal.

"To shorten the waiting time, the band will release a digital compilation next month! 'Best Of Prophecy Years' will contain the following 12 tracks:

1. Ravenlord
2. Hollow
3. Eyes Of The Devil
4. We Kill You Die
5. To The Devil I Pray
6. Across The Gates Of Hell
7. Demons Blood
8. Dark Forces
9. Satanic Curses
10. Evil Empires
11. Savage Souls
12. Master Of Sins

"Anestis Goudas (Derz Design) is responsible for the artwork of the compilation. You can already listen to snippets right here. 'Best Of Prophecy Years' will be released on April 12th, 2013!"

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Schwarzer Engel Signs With Massacre Records

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Schwarzer Engel:

"We're happy to announced the signing of German dark metal band Schwarzer Engel! The band was formed in 2007 by the vocalist and guitarist Dave Jason. The live line-up includes Jens Lindmaier (guitar), Stefan Grießhammer (guitar), Bert Oeler (bass) and Marcel Woitowicz (drums).

"In 2010 they signed with Trisol Music Group and released their debut album 'Apokalypse.' In late 2010 Schwarzer Engel toured with Ahab and The Vision Bleak through Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The tour was accompanied by the release of the band's EP 'Geister und Dämonen.' The second album 'Träume Einer Nacht' followed in April 2011.

"Schwarzer Engel played at several festivals in 2011 and 2012, such as the Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Hexentanz Festival, Castle Storm Festival and Dark Storm Festival. Schwarzer Engel's music can be described as modern dark metal with heavy guitar riffs, double bass attacks, catchy melodies and furious, deep vocals - all topped with orchestral arrangements. More...

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The Gabriel Construct Posts Tracking Video

Travis Orbin has posted another video of his tracking session for The Gabriel Construct's upcoming debut album "Interior City." Check out the clip below.

The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of Maryland composer Gabriel Riccio. The album features Travis Orbin on drums as well as Tom Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass, and was mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson.

"Interior City" will be released in digital format on April 5th. It can be pre-ordered at this location and will also be available on Itunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby, Spotify, and more on the release day. Physical copies will follow shortly. More...

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Cocaine Moustache Live Footage Available

Canada's ultimate party band Cocaine Moustache kicks off a latest boozed soaked western Canadian tour today at DV8 in Edmonton, AB.

In celebration of this tour, the hard rockers have released a live performance video of the title track 'On The Mirror,' which comes from debut release of the same name. Check it out below.

The tour will be in continued support of nine track sonic cocktail of booze-fueled anthems, 'On The Mirror',' which was recoded with producer/Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and was released via Reversed Records. More...

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Nightbitch Posts New Song Online

Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of “Chainmaker” from Connecticut occult metal conjurors Nightbitch. The tune comes by way of the band’s three-song "Chainmaker" 12”. Set for release on March 26th, 2013 via Ear One Productions, "Chainmaker" serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Check out the song at this location, where you’ll also find a candid conversation with guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams, who further details the band’s mission of “wicked women, unholy passions, and fire nights.”

Additionally, the molten metal trio will celebrate the release of "Chainmaker" with a short run of live rituals including a special record release show tomorrow in Wallington, Connecticut. Details are as follows:

3/23/2013 Cherry St. Station - Wallingford, CT Chainmaker Record Release Party w/ Magic Circle
4/14/2013 Dewey's Pub - Seymour, CT w/ Diamond Head (Smallest show in 15+ years; Only 100 tickets available!)
4/18/2013 New England Metal And Hardcore Fest Pre-Party @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/2/2013 Ralph's Diner - Worcester, MA Metal Thursday 7th Anniversary Party w/ Abnormality
7/28/2013 Something Bloody Metal Fest @ Dusk - Providence, RI

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Carnal Elect Offering Single For Free Download

U.K. act Carnal Elect has released a new single online titled "Renditions." Give the song a listen in the player below, or download the single for free via Bandcamp here. For more info on Carnal Elect, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. More...

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Despite Exile Unleashes New Music Video

Italian deathcore monsters Despite Exile have unleashed the third music video from their "Re-Evolve" EP, this one for the thunderous opener "Oscillate." Check out the video clip courtesy of BlankTV in the player below.

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Xerosun Reveals New Lineup

2013 sees Xerosun revealing a new band lineup and a change of musical direction. Fiachra Kelly (Guitars) and Gareth Jeffs (Guitars) are joined by Paul Cassidy (Bass), Damien Dziennik (Drums), and Martyna Halas (Vocals).

The new trio bring with them a wealth of experience that has helped to mould the new sound and look of Xerosun. The band plans to release a new single called "Anatomy of a Lie," which will be accompanied by a video in the near future. More...

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Grailight Reveals Guest Vocalist For New Album

Grailight (featuring Demether of Arcane Grail) is currently working on new album "Sic Luceat Lux," and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a guest vocalist:

"As we promised: to present you our first guest vocalist - it is a great Aina of Blackthorn. Aina - owner of one of the most unusual and mysterious voices in the global extreme metal.

"We recorded with her two tracks, one of which - big surprise. And no doubt, she added to the sound of our new album a mysterious and frightening atmosphere of the ancient witching mysteries!" More...

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Frosthelm To Release Full-Length Album

North Dakota's black/thrash demons Frosthelm will release their full-length debut, "The Endless Winter," this August, with Matt Hyde (Skeletonwitch, Kreator, Slayer) handling all mixing and mastering duties. The new album will also include a guest appearance by Obituary's own Ralph Santolla.

The black/thrash outfit released previous EP, "The Northwinds Rend Flesh," back in 2012 and fans can expect the full-length to continue down the same left hand path. The EP can be picked up at iTunes, Amazon mp3, CD Baby, and directly through the band. Check out a track off the release below. More...

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Terrortory Streaming New EP

Swedish melodic death/thrash metal act Terrortory, along with Discouraged Records, has prepared something special for all the crazy metalheads out there: the entire new EP "City Of Ghosts" is now in streaming online via Metal Kaoz here.

The "City Of Ghosts" (out March 29th on digital platforms) track listing is:

1. New World Order
2. City Of Ghosts
3. Dead Eyes In A Dying World
4. Beheading The Serpent More...

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Fates Warning Announces New Tour, Album

The wait is over, and one of the premier bands of the American progressive metal movement is back! Fates Warning is proud to announce that the band will enter the studio in April to begin tracking on a new studio album - the group's first album of new material in nine years, and first studio release for InsideOut Music.

The Fates Warning U.S. run will launch November 15th in Joliet, IL and wrap December 14th in Seattle, WA. The band's 11th studio album is set for a fall release, and will feature founding guitarist Jim Matheos, classic lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitars), longtime bassist Joey Vera, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.

Tickets for the band's long-awaited winter tour will be available for purchase starting March 27th - please see below for all Fates Warning U.S. tour dates (European and South American dates will be announced soon). Fates Warning was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here. More...

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Scale The Summit Announces North American Tour

Progressive instrumentalists Scale The Summit - whose new album, "The Migration," will be released this summer -- will support Intronaut on an upcoming North American tour. Sponsored by MetalSucks, the month-long tour also features Mouth of the Architect and label mates Castle on select dates. The complete routing can be found below.

6/04 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
6/05 Seattle, WA - Highline*
6/06 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater*
6/07 Calgary, AB - Calgary Metalfest*
6/08 Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop*
6/10 Winnipeg, MB - Osborne Village Inn*
6/12 Chicago, IL - Double Door*
6/13 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class*
6/14 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar*
6/15 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus*
6/17 Montreal, QC - Il Motore*
6/18 Toronto, ON - Wreck Room*
6/19 West Chester, PA - The Note*
6/20 Boston, MA - Great Scott*
6/21 Baltimore, MD - Metro*
6/22 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall*
6/24 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn*
6/25 Orlando, FL - The Social*
6/26 Tampa, FL - The Orpheum*
6/28 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's*
6/29 Austin, TX - Red 7*
6/30 Dallas, TX - Club Dada*
7/02 Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21**
7/03 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater**
7/05 San Francisco, CA - Slim's**
7/06 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy**
# with Intronaut
* with Intronaut & Mouth of the Architect
** with Intronaut & Castle More...

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Eyeconoclast Posts New Lyric Video

Italian death metallists Eyeconoclast have teamed up with NoCleanSinging.com to premiere the lyric video for the brand new single, "Rise of the Orgamechanism." Check it out in the player below.

The track will be featured on the band's upcoming Prosthetic debut "Drones of the Awakening," which is scheduled for an April 16th release. The album was recorded at guitarist Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inherit Disease) in Rome and features vocals by the band's newest addition, Giuseppe Di Giorgio (Black Therapy).

Eyeconoclast will support the album's release by embarking on a European tour alongside the likes of Crytopsy, Cattle Decaptiation, and Decrepit Birth. More...

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Summer Slaughter 2013 Lineup Revealed

The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP, and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19th through August 24th.

It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, so be sure to click here to get in your vote now. The voting ends on March 31st.

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter, comments on this year's edition of the tour: “It's year seven and I think 2013's line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music's influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!"

Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist) states: “We can't wait to get back on the road! We're launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can't wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Be sure to visit the tour's Facebook profile for all up-to-date news and ticketing information. More...

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Artlantica Signs To Steamhammer/SPV

Artlantica has signed a worldwide deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The debut album "Across The Seven Seas" will be released in Germany on May 24th, in Europe on May 27th, and in North America on June 4th as CD and digital download (incl. 1 bonus track "Stormbringer"). Guitarist Roger Staffelbach says about the signing:

"After all the blood, sweat and tears we've put into making that album, we're more than happy and excited to see our album getting released by one of worlds finest companies, SPV/Steamhammer. It's a true pleasure to work with Olly Hahn and all at SPV and we're confident that this is only the beginning. A big hello and thank you go out to Olly Hahn, all at SPV and Peter Knorn from our Management (UTM) for sharing our vision and making this happen."

A&R Steamhammer Olly Hahn ads: "What do we have here: great melodies, awesome guitar virtuosity and a tight band which knows how to play melodic metal how it should be. We are more than happy to welcome Artlantica to the SPV family!"

The following press release was also issued about the band and coming album:

"Great vocal melodies with anthemic potential, virtuoso guitar and keyboard passages including spectacular solos, in addition to a blistering rhythm section which gives the songs their pace, groove and dynamics: the very ingredients which guaranteed seven brilliant releases in ten years from the American-Swiss cult act Artension and caused a global stir on The End Of Never, the only album by Artension's successor Angel Of Eden, also inspire listeners on Artlantica's debut album Across The Seven Seas.

"Which doesn't really come as a surprise: after all, Artlantica features three of the most important driving forces behind Angel of Eden in guitarist Roger Staffelbach, frontman John West and keyboardist Mistheria. In addition, Staffelbach and West (Artension, Royal Hunt) belonged to Artension (together with Vitalij Kuprij (now Trans-Siberian Orchestra), among others), and Mistheria has made a name for himself with his collaborations with Bruce Dickinson and Rob Rock. All three are without a doubt real masters of their trade who have combined their talents to present ten brilliant new songs. Staffelbach describes the result as 'powerful, heavy occasionally majestic, grooving, melodious and timeless. Each instrument has its place, none of them sound too dominant, everything has only one purpose - to serve the song.' A perfect description of Across The Seven Seas." More...

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Voivod Shooting New Music Video

Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have begun work on a video for the title track off their Century Media debut album, "Target Earth."

The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist, Nicola Piovesan, will recreate in 3D Motion Graphics the visions and artwork of Voivod drummer, Away (Michel Langevin). You can check out stills from the work-in-progress video below. For more video stills, visit the band's official Facebook profile here.

The "Target Earth" track listing is as follows:

1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
5. Warchaic
6. Resistance
7. Kaleidos
8. Corps Étranger
9. Artefact
10. Defiance More...

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Dust Bolt Posts "Toxic Attack" Video

Today, MSN Entertainment offers the exclusive North American premiere of Dust Bolt's "Toxic Attack" video. Check out the video right here or in the player below.

The song hails from Dust Bolt's debut album for Napalm Records, "Violent Retribution," released last August. Hailed by Metal Hammer as "neck-snapping fun" and recommended by MSN Entertainment "if you're into excellent thrash metal that honors its roots rather than sound like a limp imitation," Dust Bolt demonstrate with "Violent Demolition" that the band is hungry, bursting with energy and highly explosive.

The following press release was also issued about the band: "The love for Bay Area thrash metal is evident in the songs of the German quartet, but the use of modern elements gives their sound a highly unique character. The band even corralled Sepultura's Derrick Green to participate on the track 'Deviance' for the perfect finishing touch, with Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste) providing the fitting artwork." More...

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Orphaned Land Announces New Album

Israel's very own Orphaned Land is in the final stages of recording a 6th full-length album. The name of the new album will be "All Is One," and it will see the light of day on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments about the new album and the progressive evolution of the band's music:

"I'll say it plain and simple - 'All Is One' is Orphaned Land's best album so far, I feel that we took all aspects to a new level - the way we write, arrange, play and produce. We recorded the album in 3 countries (Turkey, Sweden & Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can't stop listening to it. The album is very rich with more than 40 people participating (singer choirs, many violins, and many traditional instruments too).

"Our secret in the band was always the fact that unlike many other bands, Orphaned Land doesn't follow ONE master mind that writes everything, we work in a way that All Is One. We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process, we translate the album's title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands.

"We have fans all over the Middle East, we live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves to be enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of Orphaned Land, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that All Is One." More...

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Finntroll Streams New Song

The trolls in Finntroll return from the darkest depths of Finland to give us another preview of their upcoming human crusher, "Blodsvept."

The album will be unleashed upon the world via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and April 2nd in North America-- prepare for total domination and listen to the new track, "Mordminnen," below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blodsvept
2. Ett Folk Förbannat
3. När Jättar Marschera
4. Mordminnen
5. Rösets Kung
6. Skövlarens Död
7. Skogsdotter
8. Häxbrygd
9. Två Ormar
10. Fanskapsfylld
11. Midvinterdraken

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Murder Made God Posts New Lyric Video

Murder Made God has posted a lyric clip online for the song "One Thousand Tongues," which can viewed below. The band also comments:

"Check out our brand new lyric video for the song 'One Thousand Tongues' taken from the forthcoming album 'Irreverence.' The album is set for worldwide release on June 2013 by Brutal Bands.

"The production was taken care of by the talented Stelios 'Stelth' Koslidis and the cover art designed by Colin Marks. This song is a brutal statement of what is to come. Look out for the band smashing the UK and Europe in Autumn/ Winter 2013!"

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Interview

An Interview With Vulgaari

Zack Kinsey and Brent Hedtke are the masterminds behind the death/doom project Vulgaari. Starting out as a personal project that eventually found its way onto Bandcamp, the duo worked on collecting enough songs to put together a self-titled album late last year.

Both of them bring their own musical tastes to the band, and that makes for some fascinating dynamics at play. Hedtke’s lead work has a bluesy twist that clashes with Kinsey’s harsh background, and the harmonies the two guitarists engage in are never dull.

I had a chance to speak to both members of Vulgaari about the songwriting process for their first album and making the perfect set list for a live show. More...

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Mastercastle Posts New Music Video "Chains"

Italian based metal act Mastercastle posted a new music video for the track "Chains." The song appears on the forthcoming new LP "On Fire," the band's fourth, which is out on Lion Music on April 19, 2013. The album is the first to feature New York native John Macaluso on drums (HolyHell/Chris Caffery/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Ex-Ark/Ex-Riot).

The track listing for "On Fire" is:

1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost a Fantasy

Check out "Chains" here: More...

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Malevolence Offering Free Download Of New Single

After a break of more than a decade, Portuguese metal act Malevolence is returning with upcoming third album "Antithetical." Metalunderground.com is proud to team up with the band again to give fans another taste of the impending release.

You can now freely stream or download the second single off the album, titled "Devoured Unlimited," through the player provided below.

Sonically devastating, the latest single from Malevolence keeps up an ominous undertone that can’t help but draw in those attracted to the darker side of things. Extreme metal fans take note - this will be an album to look out for. The lyrics to the song are also available after the jump.

Download an MP3 of "Devoured Unlimited" here (right-click and "Save Target As") More...

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Spock's Beard Posts "Afterthoughts" Lyric Video

Los Angeles progressive rockers Spock's Beard, featuring the Morse brothers Neal and Alan, posted a new lyric video for the new track "Afterthoughts." The song appears on the band's forthcoming double album "Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep," which is due out on April 2, 2013 on InsideOut Music.

The track listing for the release is:

CD 1:

1. Hiding Out
2. I Know Your Secret
3. A Treasure Abandoned
4. Submerged
5. Afterthoughts
6. Something Very Strange
7. Waiting for Me

CD 2 (Special Edition Bonus Disc):

1. The Man You’re Afraid You Are
2. Down A Burning Road
3. Wish I Were Here
4. Something Very Strange/Sanctified Remix
5. Postcards From Perdition (Boegehold) (Bonus Track)

Check out "Afterthoughts" here: More...

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Beyond The Bridge Posts Tribute Video

German progressive metal act posted a new music video for the track "Come, Oh Night." The video is a tribute to the fallen bandmate and composer Simon Oberender, who passed away three weeks after the band's first U.S. appearance at ProgPower USA (a review of the performance is over here).

Oberender's contributions included: keyboardist for Amanda Somerville's project Trillium, organist for Avantasia ("The Angel of Babylon" and "Wicked Symphony"), organist for Edguy ("Age of the Joker"), Gregorian vocals for Epica ("Requiem for the Indifferent"), choir vocals for Rhapsody of Fire ("The Frozen Tears of Angels" and "The Cold Embrace of Fear") and he also took part in the "Silverthorn choir" as part of Kamelot's "Silverthorn."

The video features keyboardist Christopher Tarnow and vocalist Herbie Langhans. Check it out here: More...

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Eden's Curse Posts Second Video Diary Report

Multinational melodic metal band Eden’s Curse posted the second installment in a series of studio diaries for the band's upcoming fourth album (the first can be seen at this location with an update over here.)

The band has not yet decided on a new singer since the departure of Marco Sandron in the fall of 2012. The band will record fourteen tracks in the yet unnamed album, which include "Evil & Divine," "Break The Silence," "Unbreakable," "Great Unknown," and "Devil In Disguise."

This episode features bass recordings with Paul Logue: More...

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Avantasia Posts "Sleepwalking" Music Video

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a new music video for "Sleepwalking," the first video fro 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 stars including 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 Filmorchestra Babelsberg.

The video was produced by Oliver Sommer/AVA company and was shot in a magical forest in Germany. Check it out here: More...

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