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Metal News for March 23, 2012

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Eclipse Eternal Posts New Music Video

Canadian black metal band Eclipse Eternal posted a new music video for the song "Murder...Suicide." The track appears on the the band's latest album "The Essence of Hopelessness," which was released in January through Archaic North Entertainment.

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Black Light Discipline Releases New Album

Finnish industrial/groove metal band Black Light Discipline recently released its second full-length album, "Against Each Other." The album, released on the Raw Entertainment label, consists of ten tracks, which you may preview over on CD Baby. The tracklisting of "Against Each Other" follows below, along with a video upload of the song "Red River." You can also check out a second song from the album, "Self Control," on the same YouTube page.


1. Against Each Other
2. Walls Inside Us
3. Red Rivers
4. Flies Over the Wreck
5. Waiting for the Rain
6. Serene
7. Being and Ending
8. Self Control
9. Aggressor
10. Closer to the Sun

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Viscera Trail Streaming Two New Songs

Israeli grind metal band Viscera Trail recently released its "Treats of Torture" EP on B.I.M. Records and is streaming a couple of songs from it, including "Face Removal" which is posted below. You can also listen to "Gargling for Help" over on YouTube. Viscera Trail call themselves the "sickest band in the Holy Land." Check out a couple interviews with the band over on Viscera Trail's Facebook wall.


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Cephalic Impurity Releases New Promo

Russian brutal metal commandos Cephalic Impurity are streaming a new two-song promo over on Bandcamp. The promo is available on SoulFlesh Collector (SFC) records. Cephalic Impurity will also be announcing more dates for its Containment Breach European Tour 2012, and has already confirmed July 5th, 6th and 7th at the Conzertfabrik in Pratteln, Switzerland. Check out more songs from prior Cephalic Impurity releases on MySpace, along with several more song video uploads over on the bands Facebook wall.


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Manowar Posts Sneak Peak Of New Track "El Gringo"

New York true metal band Manowar has posted footage of the event on March 12, 2012 in which members of The Circle, a select group of special fans who represent Manowars's worldwide fan base. The fans were invited to a private pre-listening session of the forthcoming new Manowar, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands where the album will be mixed and mastered.

In the video, the fans are shown previewing a rough mix of the new song "El Gringo." The track is on the yet untitled new Manowar LP which is due to be premiered at the band's June 21, 2012 performance at the Gods of Metal festival in Italy. Recently, the band posted a Q & A interview on its Facebook Page hinting at the new release.

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Resurrecting Judas Streaming New Song

Resurrecting Judas is streaming a new promo song titled "The Assault of the Silent Core," which is the second track from its 2012 promo. The Santa Clarita, CA band already has a debut EP to its credit, 2011's "Vast Realms of Chaos Incarnate," which came out on Sevared Records. The three song promo tracklisting follows below. Resurrecting Judas was also featured recently on the compilation Guttural Apocalypse Vol. 1 along with several other extreme metal bands.

2012 promo tracklisting:

1. Visionary of Strength
2. The Assault of The Silent Core
3. Nightmare Collector

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Headspace Signs With InsideOut Music

InsideOut Music has announced the worldwide signing of the prog act Headspace. Headspace keyboardist Adam Wakeman (also of Ozzy Osbourne, and son of Yes' Rick Wakeman) comments about the signing:

"We are so pleased to be joining forces with InsideOut. We have spent a long time making sure that this album is exactly how we want it; and to have a label behind us that fully understands where the band is coming from and what we're about is incredibly important to us. It's a perfect match."

The band began as a way for Wakeman and a close circle of his musician friends to reconnect. There were no preconceptions of launching a progressive metal band, and certainly no visions of grandeur - they just played music that they loved. "We're quite open about our influences because that's the music that we love," the band comments. "There's RUSH, YES, GENESIS, a lot of bands. We even give a tip of the hat to DREAM THEATER in a few sections. That's all a part of what we are." More...

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Graf Orlock Headed To Japan

Bon voyage to Graf Orlock, which is kicking off a tour of Japan starting tomorrow. To date, the globe-trotting L.A. band has played Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and almost every country in Europe. Joining Graf Orlock on this Japanese tour will be fellow L.A. dissidents Dangers. Dates are as follows:

Mar 24 - Yokohama, Japan
Mar 25 - Shinjyuku, Japan
Mar 27 - Nishiogikubo, Japan
Mar 28 - Yokosuka, Japan
Mar 29 - Kyoto, Japan
Mar 30 - Nagoya, Japan
Mar 31 - Osaka, Japan

Graf Orlock's new EP, "Los Angeles," is due out April 10th on Vitriol Records. Of Graf Orlock's Hollywood-obsessed hardcore, sometimes referred to as "cinema-grind", MetalSucks has declared, "Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant."

Known for the band's next-level artwork - last year's "Doombox" EP was housed in a full-size fold-out "boombox" and was named "Packaging of the Century" by Revolver Magazine - Graf Orlock continues to amaze with "Los Angeles," whose three collectible covers are "shooting range targets" shot up with actual bullets.

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Contacting Nebulas Streaming New Song

Florida death metal band Contacting Nebulas is streaming the third track from its debut EP, the song "Meteor Swarm." The EP is titled "Imaginary Images" and will be released on March 28th. Contacting Nebulas plans on having a release party for the EP at Atlantic Sounds Record Store on that date, playing a gig with several other bands such as White Arms of Athena, Ceruleus, Eight Million Kami, Blunt Trauma, Labyrinthe and A Night At The Chalet. Visit Bandcamp to download "Meteor Swarm."


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First Fragment Posts New Song Live Video

First Fragment has posted a video clip online of the band performing the new song "Tsion's Oath," which can be viewed below. The group commented:

"NEW SONG! That was the first time we ever played it live so there were a few fuck-ups and I butchered the solo but it's tight enough and the quality is amazing so check it out. We're gonna play that one plus another new song on March 30. Huge thanks to Mat Paré & Bookaking productions."

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Twisted State Of Mind Snubbed By British PM

A young heavy metal band named Twisted State Of Mind, from Witney in Oxfordshire, England (who featured in an Unearthing The Metal Underground column in January), has been the subject of some controversy this week, when the band members found out that a contest they entered, in which the prize was an opportunity to perform at the Houses Of Parliament, had already had it's winner chosen by British Prime Minister David Cameron five weeks before the closing date.

After taking their problem to the BBC, who contacted the Prime Ministers office, they were told that the Prime Minister would make an exception and allow two bands from Witney to be nominated, leaving them with another chance to showcase their music in Westminster. You can check out a BBC South report on the incident below.

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Belphegor Checks In From Rehearsal Sessions

Death/black metal commando Belphegor has started the rehearsal sessions for the band's upcoming new album in Abtenau, Austria. Vocalist/guitarist Helmuth stated:

“All good so far. We just finished the second rehearsing session. Currently we're working on nine sound-collages, added a lot new arrangements, elements and structures. Serpenth, Marthyn and me shredded our asses off in these eleven days. There will be three more until we enter the studio by end of May 2012 and start to track drums. The titles on the set list are working titles. Hell awaits!”

The band has uploaded some photos from the rehearsal session. You can check those out via Facebook.

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new audible monster," commented Helmuth in an earlier statement. “I began the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in a rehabilitation center because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I’m not fully recovered but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals."

The as of yet untitled album is tentatively slated for a late 2012 release. Belphegor's most recent album "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) was produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) at his Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.

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Memory Of A Melody Posts "Mask" Video

Five piece, San Antonio based hard rock act Memory of a Melody has posted a video clip online for the song "Mask," which can be viewed below.

According to a press release, the Texas band has "songs that combine thrashy riffs and catch accessible vocals. The sound is a kind of metal with mass appeal. Having paid its dues working club shows, touring, and opening for immensely popular touring acts, the band has quickly risen to local dominance through high energy stage shows and an unforgettable array of songs."

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Sidian Writing New Album

Central California's atmospheric death metallers Sidian have partnered up with RebelPyro Management and are preparing to take things to the next level as they work on writing their as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut full-length.

After releasing 4 tracks over the course of the last year ("Yersinia Pestis," "Tombs," "Anamorphosis" and a rough mix of "Where the Sun is Silent") and to give fans an idea of what to expect, the band hit Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA to work with Zack Ohren on a brand new track entitled "Eternal Bloom of Lamenting Dawn." The new track, which is being exclusively debuted this weekend at Stereokiller.com, is the first to feature new drummer Alex Bent (Arkaik, Hatriot) and showcases a marked progression in the band's songwriting abilities.

Guitarist Wyatt Sharp had the following to say about the track: "This new song is a culmination of all of our musical abilities working together at their finest. After putting together a demo, we felt the need to solidify our sound as a band. This new single we are putting out is only a preview of what to expect on our full length. However, it also speaks for our overall attempt to obtain our final sound. So we hope it pleasantly surprises our fans with faster paced, more chaotic, emotional riffs, extremely detailed drums, timing and tempo changes, and outstanding bass lines all compiled under Antonio's extremely unique vocal style complimented by the contrasting vocals from yours truly. More...

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Nightshade Posts Pre-Production Video

Nightshade has posted a studio pre-production video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Hey my friends! Here is a little preview of what going on at the preprod studio. Recording, playing, having some fun. You can hear few seconds of a new preprod song!

"You want to hear more? Share this video on your wall! We will announce soon when we'll record our new album and who will do the mix/mastering, new tours... SO keep your eyes open and get ready for some HUGE news soon! Thanks a lot to everybody for the support, to our label Bullet Tooth, Rockstar Energy Drink France, Fractal Audio, Halo Custom Guitars, Toontrack..."

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Acephalix Posts New Track Online

San Francisco's malevolent death metal overlords Acephalix are preparing to set their second official full-length loose via Southern Lord this April, delivering with it some of the most uncompromising, old-school death metal brutality of the year.

The fiends at Cvlt Nation have once again proven their loyalty to Acephalix by hosting one of the most rapture-ready tracks from "Deathless Master." Check out the song "On Wings..." right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"While their first few releases bore a more metal-edged crustpunk sound, the Acephalix attack has undeniably shown more death metal influence with each passing release. After the cult crust/metal scene success of their Aporia LP, released via Prank Records in 2010, the band dropped two brutal demos -- 2010's Interminable Night and 2011's Flesh Torn In Twilight, Southern Lord brought the two demos together and released a one-time CD pressing of 2000 copies which sold out rapidly. Over the past two years Acephalix have toured relentlessly, doing the Western US with Danish death metal horde Undergang and also taking part in the Power of the Riff 2011 Summer tour alongside Black Breath, Winter, Noothgrush, Eyehategod, Pentagram and more.

"Now officially a part of the Southern Lord roster and a major priority for the label, Acephalix are preparing to assault the planet with their second official full-length, bringing out their most pulverizing, low-end deathcrushing riffage and cavernous vocal malevolence yet with Deathless Master. With an incredibly evil, thundering delivery, the eight hymns harnessed on Deathless Master were recorded with Vöetsek's Jef Leppard, who also recorded Interminable Night. While their punk/crust heritage is still detectable in their songwriting, but the primal delivery of the riffs and guttural, horrifying tone of the vocals on Deathless Master sees the band make the final transition from into a full-fledged, disgustingly behemoth death metal unit. Acephalix. More...

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DaiTribe Releases New Music Video

DaiTribe is getting ready to unleash the new album "Epochalypse A.D." later this Spring. The album was recorded at Farview Audio by Jason "Jay" Walsh and mixed by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hatebreed, and Mercyful Fate). The artwork was done by Mark Alano who is also known for his work with Mecca and Grammy Award Winner Jim Peterik. The album is scheduled for an April 17th release date via True Gemini Records.

Today sees the world premiere of DaiTribe's new video for the first single entitled "I Hate Me." The video is being streamed by Metal Injection here and can be viewed below. The video was shot in Chicago, IL and directed by Nathaniel E. Bell.

Guitarist Tristan '1690' Grigsby commented on the "I Hate Me" video: "I Hate Me is a no nonsense performance video that and a direct representation of what the band is, raw energy."

"We planned to start an eye opening, civil war in your head with this video and it serves its purpose well. Metal doesn't get any more to the point than this," adds vocalist Rich Collins. More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Streaming Entire New Album

Canada's Exclaim! Magazine is now premiering 3 Inches of Blood's new album "Long Live Heavy Metal," due out in less than a week on March 26th. "Long Live Heavy Metal" can be heard here.

In support of the release, 3 Inches of Blood is currently touring on the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" with Devildriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Impending Doom, and Wretched. Following the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012," the band will make its return to Europe on the "Long Live Heavy Metal" tour with label-mates Angelus Apatrida, as well as Goatwhore and Havok.

"Metal Alliance Tour 2012"
3/23/2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Le National
3/24/2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Opera House
3/25/2012 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
3/26/2012 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
3/27/2012 - St. Paul, MN @ Station-4
3/28/2012 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Garrick Centre
3/29/2012 - Regina, SK, Canada @ Riddell Centre
3/30/2012 - Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Edmonton Events Centre
3/31/2012 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater
4/1/2012 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/2/2012 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/5/2012 - Oakland, CA @ The Pound
4/6/2012 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/7/2012 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/8/2012 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
4/9/2012 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/10/2012 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
4/11/2012 - Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
4/13/2012 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
4/15/2012 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/16/2012 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
4/19/2012 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/20/2012 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
4/21/2012 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues

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Mad Max Streaming New Song "Rocklahoma"

Next week sees the release of the new album from German metallers Mad Max. The album entitled "Another Night of Passion" will be released Monday March 26th via SPV/Steamhammer. Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Rocklahoma." Get a first listen here.

"Another Night of Passion" is available for pre-order on Amazon.

25 years after the release of the legendary "Night Of Passion" album, German hard rock band Mad Max returns with the original lineup - Michael Voss (lead vocals, lead guitars), Jürgen Breforth (rhythm guitars), Roland Bergmann (bass, vocals) and Axel Kruse (drums) - and a new studio album, "Another Night Of Passion."

The CD was recorded at the Kidroom Studio, which is owned by Michael Voss and where albums from Michael Schenker, Vengeance, and Gary Barden were previously produced. The cover artwork was designed by the Belgian artist Eric Philippe and the photos were taken by the famous German photographer Martin Huch. More...

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New Metal Songs Added To Rock Band Network

The heavy metal additions have been pretty sparse lately on the Rock Band Network, and this week there are only three new tracks coming to the Xbox 360 version of the game. These songs are now available to headbang with over the weekend:

Carnifex - "Until I Feel Nothing" (160 MSP)
Nightrage - "Insidious" (160 MSP)
Strikken - "Forever in Lies (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)

The PS3 edition is seeing even less metal love, with only the following track hitting the Rock Band Network on March 27th:

Chaotrope - "Dystopia" ($0.99)

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Ministry Streaming Entire New Album

As we approach the official street date for the thirteenth album from industrial metal purveyors Ministry this Monday, March 26th, fans worldwide can stream all eleven tracks of the mutinous album via Metal Injection all weekend right here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Following a dozen full-length releases over the past thirty years, and recently ending a four-year hiatus, from deep in the heart of Hell Paso Texas, Al Jourgensen’s Ministry rises against the political machine one more time with the release of 'Relapse,' the album boasting some of the band’s heaviest and fastest material in years, fueled by Jourgensen’s disgust at the world that surrounds us.

"The album strikes out with the no-holds-barred album opening track 'Ghouldiggers' aimed directly at the pitfalls of the industry he has survived over the years, from there segueing directly into one of the heaviest Ministry anthems in years with the crushing 'Double Tap' attack. Jourgensen has rallied with the Occupy Wall Street movement over the past year and recently released the riotous video for the raging '99 Percenters,' speaking out for the majority of the world’s oppressed populations against corporate corruption. More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces Canadian Tour

The Black Dahlia Murder will renew the band's campaign across North America on May 11th in Madison, WI. The Canadian Ritual Tour will criss-cross Canada in its entirety before ending in the group's hometown of Detroit, MI on June 2nd. Support on the tour will come from Canada's own Fuck the Facts and Exhumed. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.

The Black Dahlia Murder's video for Moonlight Equilibrium is now live at this location. The video is a David Brodsky directed nod to old-school horror films with a much more graphic approach. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Tour w/ Nile, Skeletonwitch, Hour of Penance
03/24 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
03/25 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club
03/26 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
03/27 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
03/29 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
03/31 Las Vegas, NV Extreme Thing (BDM only)
04/02 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
04/04 San Francisco, CA Slims
04/05 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
04/06 Phoenix, AZ Nile Theater
04/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
04/09 Dallas, TX Prophet Bar
04/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
04/11 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
04/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
04/14 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts (Death on the Vine w/ Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed)
04/15 Toledo, OH Jamboree Festival (BDM Only)
04/17 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
04/18 Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts
04/19 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/20 Worcester, MA New England Metal Fest @ The Palladium More...

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Finishes New Album

Viva Hate Records has announced that Der Weg Einer Freiheit has finished the recording a new album, which will see release this coming June, 2012. The album is currently in the mastering process.

Viva Hate has also now revealed a new shirt design to go along with the album release, which can be viewed below. Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Another Destiny Project Posts "Sleepwalker" Video

Italy's Another Destiny Project has posted a promotional video clip online for the song "Sleepwalker," which can be viewed below. "Sleepwalker" is taken off the band's newly released album "Tell Me What You See..." For more details on Another Destiny Project, head over to the band's official website.

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Elysian Streaming Entire Debut Album

Melbourne based melodic deathers Elysian are streaming their debut album, "Wires of Creation," online today via metal website No Clean Singing. The album is set for release worldwide on Monday, March 26th. Check out the full album at this location.

The group is keen to not be lumped in as just another melodic death metal band, as guitarist Gabe Hutchinson explains: “Our main goal was to create a dynamic experience from start to finish whilst maintaining heavy songs. Overall it's a really heavy melodic death album but at times soars into things like an instrumental Pink Floyd-esque song with an electronic feel or a intricate percussive section. As a band, we grew up listening to music that incorporated acoustic ballads with blazing shred songs all in the one album, and it wasn't called progressive; it was called a good album. Some bands aim to have their songs sound disjointed by dramatically switching between genres; that’s not what we have done, the whole album flows, it attacks and it releases, its aggressive but gives you time to breath and take it in.”

The track listing is as follows:

1) Mans Design
2) Sigma
3) Climb from Fear
4) Eternal Breath
5) Sense Offender
6) The Gate
7) Play the Hand
8) Calming the Storm (instrumental)
9) Conquest
10) Machine
11) A Cry from Helplessness
I. Remorse
II. The choice
III. The Fall More...

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Autumns Eyes Premieres New Song Online

Connecticut-based solo metal band Autumns Eyes has premiered a new song, "The Wooded Road," off the upcoming "Please Deceive Me" album via Puregrain Audio. "Please Deceive Me" will be released on April 1st, 2012.

The track listing for "Please Deceive Me" is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

Autumns Eyes recently remastered its entire back catalog, which is available for purchase and download on the band's official bandcamp page.

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Massacre Signs With Century Media

Century Media Records is proud to announce a worldwide deal with Florida Death Metal icons Massacre. The band is resurrected with two of the original band members: band founders Rick Rozz (guitar) and Terry Butler (bass, also in Obituary). The line-up is completed with Ed Webb (ex-Diabolic, also in Destined to Ruin and Generichrist) on vocals duties and Mike Mazzonetto (ex-Pain Principle) on drums. Century Media commented:

"Everyone who saw the new line-up at recent local shows in Florida or on this year's 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise knows that this is the ultimate line-up to continue the band's legacy with a new album! The first two songs, called 'Back From Beyond' and 'Succumb To Rapture,' are already recorded at CGM Studios in Florida and will be released as a 7" this August 2012 in time for Massacre live at Wacken Open Air in Germany (followed by more shows to be announced soon)."

Rick Rozz added: "I am overwhelmed, and overly flattered, for this great honor in this day & age, of being part of the Century Media Family. I remember touring with Robert Kampf and his band DESPAIR back in the late 1980s, on tour with DEATH, when he was first starting CM...and now we are on the same team 25 years later. After so many years gone by it is great to be working with Terry again and our former DEATH manager Eric Greif, as well as getting to write and record with Ed Webb & Mike Mazzonetto. This whole thing came together on the fly, after 17 years in the waiting. Way cool...if you ask me, nothing but respect!"

Terry Butler commented: "It's a great honor to be part of the Century Media Family and for me personally to be working with Rick again! We have found the perfect band members in Ed and Mike to solidify the line-up. We are very excited and focused to get a new album out in 2012." More...

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Skeletonwitch Posts "The Infernal Resurrection"

Today Ohio metal titans Skeletonwitch unveil their brand new video for “The Infernal Resurrection.” The song comes off latest album, "Forever Abomination," which cracked the Billboard Top 200, as well as Decibel's Top 40 of 2011 and finds the band doing what it does best: slaying ears in the live arena. Check out the video below or via Metal Injection. The following press release was issued:

"Like Satan himself set loose in the hallowed halls of heavy metal, these Athens-based headbangers careen wildly through the music’s history, gleefully destroying and setting flame to every genre along the way, only stopping at the forefront of today’s metal scene to look back and watch that fucker burn -- and then piss on the flames. No other band has tapped into the fire, fury, and frost of all things metal like SKELETONWITCH. Released last October through Prosthetic Records, Forever Abomination continues to raise eyebrows with its relentless, fuck-all attack.

"SKELETONWITCH return to the road today beginning with a warm-up show in Cleveland before joining forces with The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile and labelmates Hour Of Penance for a four-week tour that concludes at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. This marks the group's first North American tour action of 2012. The band will take a brief break before heading overseas for a stretch of Euro dates. Confirmed dates thus far are included below." More...

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Underlined Signs With Standby Records

South Florida’s, Underlined, has signed a worldwide recording deal with Standby Records - home to Black Veil Brides, Modern Day Escape, Hopes Die Last and Picture Me Broken. The band recently finished recording its debut LP, "Deadtime Stories," at Cleveland’s, Studio D Productions, with producer Don Debiase, which is scheduled to be released this fall.

“Underlined is by far the perfect definition of ‘Rock N’ Roll 2.0,’ which is why we couldn’t be more excited to be the conduit to spread their destruction to the world,” said Standby Records owner, Neil Sheehan. “It’s been almost two decades since bands like Mushroomhead and Slipknot redefined the incorporation of theatrics with punishing metal. No one has done this significantly since...until now.”

As an introduction to Underlined’s destructive force, the band has released the first song from Deadtime Stories, “The Suffering.” A still video showcasing the band’s bizarre look, as well as “The Suffering,” can be found below or at the band's website.

Mixing modern day power with the electronic haze reserved in the past for powerhouse bands like Ministry, Underlined is poised to show a new generation of fans just how punishing the next wave of masked heavy metal bands can be.

“I believe that our contortion of already iconic imagery will only assist us in the carving out of our path in the entertainment industry,” said Underlined frontman, H7. “While the use of make-up, body paint, masks, costuming and special effects are surely nothing new, I damn well know that we're a perfect ‘horror metal’ band of sorts, for all horror movie buffs, metal or industrial music fans and mental patients alike.” More...

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Marilyn Manson Performs With Rammstein In Germany

American shock rock veteran Marilyn Manson joined German industrial metal outfit Rammstein on stage last night at the ECHO Awards in the German capital city of Berlin, to perform a rendition of his hit song, "The Beautiful People." You can check out a video of the performance below. Rammstein also won two awards at the event, taking home the prizes for best national rock/alternative and for the most successful national act abroad. More...

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Ex Deo Announces Guest Appearances For "Caligvla"

Symphonic death metal act Ex Deo revealed the final list of guest appearances for the forthcoming sophomore effort "Caligvla," which is due out on August 31, 2012 (the 2000th Birthday of Emperor Caligula) through Napalm Records.

In a post on Facebook, the band stated:

"CALIGVLA" final special guest appearances : Seth Siro ( SepticFlesh) , Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) , Stefano Fiori ( Graveworm) , Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), mixing duties should be completed by early April, release date is set for AUGUST 31st 2012 marking Emperor Caligvla's 2000th birthday..a historic day is upon us.

The track listing for the album was recently revealed to be: More...

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Exordium Mors Reveals New EP Artwork

New Zealand's Exordium Mors has posted the artwork online for the band's new EP "Sacrifice, Perish and Demise," which can be viewed below. The group also commented:

"Here is the killer cover art for our upcoming EP 'Sacrifice, Perish and Demise.' Concept by Exordium Mors and invoked by the outstanding artist Nick Kellar. An audio sampler will be posted VERY soon so keep a look out!"

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Lord Vicar Announces European Shows

Lord Vicar will be hitting the road with Orchid and Sigirya for an upcoming European tour this April.

Lord Vicar's guitarist Kimi Kärki stated: "This will be a real triple headliner deal, three different bands, each with their individual charisma, voice and power… Who will survive and what will be left of them?! IF you live it through, you can tell your grandchildren that you were there." The tour poster can be found here.

The currently announced shows are as follows:

April 6 – London (UK), Desert Festival
April 7 – Oberhausen (Germany), Hellvet Club
April 8 – Goleniów (Poland), Teatr Brama
April 9 – Lichtenfels (Germany), Paunchy Cats club
April 10 – Würzburg (Germany) Cafe Cairo
April 11 – Cologne (Germany), MTC
April 12 – Tilburg (The Netherlands), Roadburn Festival
April 13 – Hamburg (Germany), Marx/Markthalle
April 14 – Berlin (Germany), White Trash

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Motley Crue Posts Trailer For Tour With Kiss

Hard rock legends Kiss and Motley Crue recently announced a summer tour of the U.S., dubbed "The Tour." Well, Motley Crue just posted up a tour trailer for the event, which can be seen here:

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Sleepy Hollow Posts New Music Video

U.S. traditional metal band Sleepy Hollow posted a new music video for the track "Spiral Effect." The song appears on the band's latest LP (and first in 21 years) "Skull 13," which is out today via Pure Steel/High Roller Records.

The track listing for "Skull 13" is as follows:

1. Death of the Horseman
2. Facemelter
3. Black Passage
4. Bleed Steel
5. Rear Window
6. Inquisition
7. Epic (The Legend Retold)
8. Eternal Bridge
9. Misery Waltz
10. Spiral Effect
11. Midnight More...

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Dragonforce Posts Episode 1 Of In Studio Videos

Dragonforce posted the first episode in a series of in studio videos showcasing the making of the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

The first episode features guitarists Sam Totman and Herman Li along with bassist Frederic Leclerq chatting about the new album. Check it out here:

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Korn Premiers New Music Video

Korn has posted its new music video for the track "Chaos Lives In Everything." The song appears on the band's latest album "The Path Of Totality," which was released available now.

Check out the video here:

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Holy Moses Streaming Preview Clip Of New Song

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses posted a preview clip of the new track "Borderland" (heard below), which will be featured on the band's new release entitled "30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now." The release features newly re-recorded classics with the band's latest lineup, as well as two new tracks "Entering the Now" and the aforementioned "Borderland." The release date is scheduled for April 23, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track listing for ""30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Clash My Soul
2. Jungle of Lies
3. Finished with the Dogs
4. Symbol of Spirit
5. World Chaos
6. SSP (Secret Service Project)
7. Borderland*
8. Lost in the Maze
9. Walpurgisnight
10. Welcome to the Real World
11. Near Dark More...

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Cripper Announces Album Title & Track Listing

German thrashers Cripper announced that the band's third full length release will be entitled "Antagonist" and it will be released on June 22, 2012 through SAOL Records. The track listing for "Antagonist" will include (with minor changes possible):

1. New Shadow
2. Not Dead Yet
3. Animal Of Prey
4. Hegemony
5. Clean
6. General Routine
7. Totmann
8. Dogbite
9. Another Lesson In Pain
10. Damocles
11. God Spoken Prayer
12. Cocoon

The band recently announced the departure of bassist, Bastian "Bass-T" Helwig. No announcement on a new bassist has been made. More...

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Ruler Streaming New Track

Italian traditional metal band Ruler is posting the title track of the forthcoming LP "Evil Nightmares." The album is set for release on April 27, 2012 through My Graveyard Productions.

Ruler features the following lineup:

Daniele 'DFV' Valentini (former guitarist for N.I.S) (Vocals)
Mattia 'Heavy Matt' Baldoni (Guitars)
Paolo Pontiggia (Rapid Fire) (Bass)
Rosario Alcaro (Drums)

Check out "Evil Nightmares" here:

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Unisonic Posts Part 6 Of 11 Track-By-Track Videos

Unisonic posted the sixth part of an eleven part track-by-track video series with singer Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen in support of the forthcoming self-titled debut full length LP. The album is set to drop on March 30, 2012 through earOne Music. This video features the song "Never Change Me."

Check out part six here:

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Dark Empire Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. 2

New Jersey progressive/power metal band Dark Empire posted a second track-by-track video in support of the band's third release "From Refuge to Ruin." The video features guitarist and songwriter Matt Moliti. The new album drops on March 27, 2012 in North America through Nightmare Records and March 30, 2012 in Europe through Twilight-Vertrieb and Bertus.

Check out the video here:

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Kontrust Posts New Music Video

Austrian crossover act Kontrust posted a new music video for the song "Sock 'N' Doll." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Secondhand Wonderland," which is due out for release on April 27, 2012 through Napalm Records.

1. Sock 'n' Doll
2. Falling
3. Monkey Boy
4. U Say What
5. The Butterfly Defect
6. Rasputin
7. Bad Betrayer
8. Adrenalin
9. Hocus Pocus
10. Raise Me Up
11. Hey DJ!
12. Police

Check out "Sock 'N' Doll" here: More...

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Atrocity Posts "Great Commandment" DVD Clip

German gothic death metal band Atrocity posted a clip from the band's forthcoming DVD "Die Gottlosen Jahre." The clip features a live performance of the band's cover of Camouflage's "Great Commandment," which also appeared on the band's 1997 release "Werk 80." The performance was captured from the band's 25th Anniversary show at Wacken 2010. "Die Gottlosen Jahre" is due out on March 30, 2012 through Napalm Records.

The DVD will include the entire Wacken performance, the band's retrospective and a substantial collection of the band's video clips, including some of their greatest hits ("Taste of Sin", "Love Is Dead", and "Cold Black Days"), which were completely remastered.

Check out "Great Commandment" here:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Tour

This week Kiss (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer) and Motley Crue (Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee) announced a summer blockbuster tour that will include both bands. A press conference was held in Los Angeles to announce the event and details. More...

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Abhorer Reissuing Two Albums

Hells Headbangers Records is reissuing two out-of-print albums from Singapore blackened death metal band Abhorer. The blasting black/death metal album "Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt" will be released for the first time on vinyl since its original CD/Tape release in 1996 and features specially written liner notes and a re-worked layout. Plus, their long out of print 1994 "Upheaval of Blasphemy" EP will now be re-issued with 5 bonus tracks (the "Rumpus of the Undead" 1989 demo), and with specially written liner notes and rare photos. Stream both of these releases below.


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