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Metal News for March 27, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Heathen Crusade 2013 Announces First Bands

The organizers of the Unites States' premier Viking/Folk/Pagan Metal festival Heathen Crusade have announced the first bands slated for the event, which will take place on March 9, 2013 at Station 4 in St Paul, MN. Confirmed acts thus far include the following bands we have posted below. For more information, visit Heathen Crusade's website.

EINHERJER (Norway - first appearance since 2001)
VANIR (Denmark)
ASHAENA (Romania)
TRELLEBORG (RUSSIA)
HAMMER HORDE (U.S.)
BOLEROS (Canada)
MINOS (U.S.)


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Desultor Streaming New Song From Album

We have already streamed three songs for you, and now Sweden's Desultor is streaming another track from its new full-length debut "Masters of Hate." The new track, "Another World," is featured below in the widget. The cover art of "Masters of Hate" is featured after the jump.

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Tony Iommi Gives Health Update

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has completed chemotherapy treatment for his lymphoma and issued the following update on his health and treatment progress:

"Well, I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse. I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see.

"A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England, it was a big incentive for me, we managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.

"And, importantly thanks again for your kind messages, hope to be seeing you soon."

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Radiation Sickness Streaming New Song

Indianapolis crossover thrashers Radiation Sickness, who will be releasing their first studio album in 20 years on Abyss Records, have announced several upcoming shows. Included are appearances at Central Illinois Metal Fest and Mayhem in May. A list of all upcoming dates can be found below.

Entitled "Reflections of a Psychotic Past," the new album from Radiation Sickness is targeted for a June 22nd release on Abyss and will also include a re-mastered copy of the 1990 release "The Other Me, A Journey into Insanity." Check out a track from the new album that has been streaming, titled "Tripping in the Seas of Madness," which follow the cover art for the new album below.


UPCOMING RADIATION SICKNESS SHOWS:

April 20th @ The Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN
April 21st @ Melody Inn Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
May 18th-19th - Mayhem in May @ Union Station - Louisville, KY
July 13th-14th 2012 - Central Illinois Metalfest @ The Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
(Radiation Sickness plays on the 14th)

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Anhedonist Streaming New Single

BrooklynVegan.com, in cooperation with Dark Descent Records, has premiered the track "Estrangement" from Seattle band Anhedonist's full-length debut release, "Netherwards." The track stream, along with an in-depth interrogation with the band, is posted at this location. Featuring over forty minutes of doom sliced up into four epic tracks, "Netherwards" will be released on April 10th via Dark Descent Records. Vinyl treatment will come courtesy of Parasitic/Nuclear Winter Records later this year.

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Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 Announces Dates

The first edition of the Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 will take place on July 20th and 21st in Benicassim, Castellon, Spain in the Las Palmas desert. Camping will start one day before and extend to one day after. There will be over three stages and fifty bands playing the festival, an initial list of which we have put below. Get more information on the Festival by heading over to its website.

GUNS 'N' ROSES
MARILYN MANSON
NIGHTWISH
IN FLAMES
OPETH
PARADISE LOST
WARCRY
LACUNA COIL
BARON ROJO
OBUS
HAMLET
BERRI TXARRAK
KATATONIA
AMORPHIS
CANCER BATS
WE ARE THE OCEAN
ROLO TOMASSI
STEEL HORSE
NOCTEM

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Morgion Postpones Maryland Death Fest Appearance

Drummer Rhett Davis of legendary death/doom outfit Morgion and California death horde Gravehill has issued the following statement regarding Morgion's scheduled return at this year's Maryland Death Fest: More...

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To Speak Of Wolves Streaming New Single

With a writhing beast of a new album waiting in the wings, North Carolina misfits To Speak Of Wolves are giving fans a taste of the ferocity to come with the release of the first single, "Stand Alone Complex." Check out the song at the band's Facebook profile. The following press release was also issued:

"Careening off the rails with frantic snare blasts and caterwauling riffage, 'Stand Alone Complex' is not only the first track released from the forthcoming Find Your Worth, Come Home – available online and in stores everywhere May 22 via Solid State Records – but it also serves as the first sample of the unhinged vocals of new To Speak of Wolves frontman Gage Speas, the spark plug driving this band into wild new territories with an album they never dreamed they could make."

"Musically, we feel this song is a great first look into the new record," says drummer and founding member Phil Chamberlain. "It's a fast and intense song, a good mix stylistically from the new album as a whole. The song features guest vocals by Micah Kinard from Oh, Sleeper on the bridge and has one of our favorite guitar riffs as a climatic ending."

To Speak of Wolves has the following upcoming tour dates:

Apr 22 - Worcester MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
June 15 - Stone Mountain GA @ ATLANTA FEST
June 22 - Wilmore KY @ ICHTHUS FESTIVAL
June 23 - Mineral City OH @ ALIVE FESTIVAL
Aug 2 - Gilford NH @ SOULFEST
Aug 7- Darien Center NY @ KINGDOMBOUND FESTIVAL
Aug 11 - Muskegon MI @ UNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sep 15 - Shippensburg PA @ UPRISE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Wild Hunt To Release Debut Full-Length Album

Wild Hunt's debut full-length album, "Before the Plane of Angles," is set for a May 1st release on Kemado Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

"From Oakland, California, Wild Hunt's epic, progressive sound draws influence from black metal, traditional heavy metal, ambient music, and beyond. From triumph to melancholia, Wild Hunt's long, winding songs twist and turn but always push forward.

"Majestic dual-guitar lines race atop forward-charging rhythms, led by the soaring harmonies and blackened screams of singing drummer Harland Burkhart. The band's intense, mystical vibe honors past musical forms while forging ahead in a progressive-minded way. Drummer of Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros, Aesop Dekker, has publicly hailed Wild Hunt, praising the band's 'craft, musicianship, and songwriting.'

"Much as the music evokes the sense of a journey, the lyrics center around altered states of perception and man's ongoing quest toward enlightenment. Before the Plane of Angles is a conceptual record, intended to be experienced in one sitting. With ambient passages linking one song to the next, it plays as one continuous piece of music - an ode to the album format.

"Before the Plane of Angles was recorded and mixed by Laudanum/ex-Asunder bassist Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul). The ambient sections were recorded and mixed by the band - including field recordings captured on location in places like Tennessee Valley Park in Marin County. The album was mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra).

"A remarkable debut album from this Oakland band - more a trip than a collection of songs - Before the Plane of Angles reflects its creators' respect for music of the past and their willingness to push fearlessly into the future."

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Mad Max Streaming Entire New Album

Today sees the release of the new album from German metallers Mad Max. The album, entitled "Another Night of Passion," is available now via SPV/Steamhammer.

Gun Shy Assassin is now hosting an exclusive stream of "Another Night of Passion." Be sure to get a listen to the full album at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Rocklahoma (4:38)
02. 40 Rock (4:21)
03. Metal Edge (3:58)
04. You Decide (3:53)
05. Welcome To Rock Bottom (3:51)
06. Fallen From Grace (5:11)
07. Black Swan (5:05)
08. Back And Alive (3:22)
09. The Chant (4:56)
10. Fever Of Love (4:09)
11. True Blue (2:51)

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Downspirit Recording New Album

Downspirit, the German/Swiss bluesy/hard-rocking-metal-oriented band formed by ex-Symphorce/ex-Freedom Call guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, has entered the studio to begin recording a new album. A release is expected for late summer via Metalville Records, followed by a tour in fall/winter. Further details will be announced as they are made available.

Downspirit invites you to check out the band's official band site on Facebook for studio reports, videos, and updates on the recording process. "Be part of the action!" states the band.

In other news, Cedric "Cede" Dupont has been part of the "Help! for Japan" project that just released an EP worldwide to help raise funds for the victims of the horrible earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan last year. "Help! for Japan" enlists numerous famous guest of European's metal/rock scene.

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Tribune Posts Drum Playthrough Video

Tribune drummer Jason Brown has uploaded his latest demonstration video for "Man On The Outside," the seventh track on the melodic prog death thrashers' "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts" album, released last week on March 20th on independent label Corpse Corrosion Music.

Check out the video clip below. You can also stream the entire "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts" album via the Tribune Bandcamp page.

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"Fix: The Ministry Movie" To See Release In April

"Fix: The Ministry Movie" will be released on April 10th, 2012. The following press release was issued about the movie:

"Raw and uncompromising, FIX is the story of the rock band Ministry -- hard living in the fastest lane, told for every fan, or merely the morbidly curious, whomsoever wished that just for a few nights they might have an all access pass into the belly of the rock beast --a chance to go behind that locked door at the back of the bus, and hang out one-on-one with whatever's lurking there.

"Embedded during Ministry's entire SPHINCTOUR in 1996, director Doug Freel and a single camera captured the band poised to take on popular music's title of 'Next big coolest, hardest, most bad-ass, thing,' but Al Jourgensen's legendary drug abuse had him teetering at the very edge of insanity, all the while still at the helm and steering both the Ministry ship, and his own physical and mental health, straight into the rocks.

"What started as a commitment of filming for a few days turned into the shooting of fifty-two successive shows in thirteen different countries. Within the first few minutes of the finished piece, we see why the filmmakers felt compelled to stay on the tour as we too are drawn into the mayhem and the anarchic drama of life on the road with Ministry. It's like watching a car wreck in slow motion... It's hard to look away. More...

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Black Tusk Announces Shows With Down

Savannah, Georgia road warriors Black Tusk have confirmed that they will be joining Down and Haarp on a string of shows this May. The dates kick off May 18th in Broussard, Louisiana and are scheduled to wrap up on May 25th in Memphis, TN.

Black Tusk is currently on tour in support of the new album "Set the Dial." This run features headlining tour dates which will feature support from East of the Wall. Black Tusk's entire set from the show last week at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA is available for streaming here.

Following North American dates, Black Tusk will be heading over to Europe providing direct support to label mates Red Fang. The tour will kick off April 5th in Segrate, Italy and wraps up on May 5th in Essen, Germany. More...

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Converge Updates Tour Schedule

Converge has announced a brief run of European dates that will take place this August. Later this week, the band will also be hitting the road in the U.S. with Loma Prieta, Git Some, and others. Converge will release a new album on Epitaph/Deathwish in 2012, and has the following upcoming tour dates:

04/01: Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Deafheaven & Morne
04/02: Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Regents
04/03: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizons w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/04: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/05: Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/06: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/07: Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: The Armed
04/08: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Weekend Nachos
04/09: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Ringworm
04/11: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, Pygmy Lush
04/12: Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Pygmy Lush (ex-Pg.99)
04/13: Philly, PA @ Union Transfere w/ Git Some, and Guests: Pianos Become The Teeth
04/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall w/ Git Some, Pianos Become The Teeth

08/02: Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Festival
08/03: Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival
08/04: Hannover, Germany @ Chez Heinz w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and Birds In Row
08/05: Port, UK @ Hevy Festival
08/06: Paris, France @ Le Glazart w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/07: Geneve, Switzerland @ L'usine w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/08: Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/09: Wien, Austria @ Szene w/ Darkest Hour, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/10: Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/11: Karlsuhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte w/ Rise And Fall, Birds In Row
08/12: Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest

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The Safety Fire Premieres New Music Video

The Safety Fire is finally ready to release the band's first full-length album, "Grind The Ocean," on April 9th in the U.K. and April 10th in North America. In anticipation of this release, The Safety Fire has now premiered a new video for the track "Floods Of Colour."

To watch the video and to read an exclusive interview with guitarist Derya "Dez" Nagle, head over to GuitarWorld.com here.

A new digital single for "Floods Of Colour" is also available on Amazon with the album version as well as the radio edit of the track.

For fans that can't wait for the release of "Grind the Ocean," The Safety Fire recently posted a new single, "Circassian Beauties", which can be heard here.

The Safety Fire is currently on the road with Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis, and Today I Caught The Plague. Remaining dates are as follows: More...

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Totenmond Reveals Compilation Album Track Listing

Totenmond's digital best of album "Keine Sonne Mehr" will be released on May 11th, 2012. The album will feature 16 songs, which were taken from releases such as "Fleischwald," "Auf dem Mond Ein Feuer," or "TonbergUrtod." The track listing is as follows:

1. Honigtraum
2. Väterchen Frost
3. Sagenwelt
4. Die Schlacht
5. Der Misanthrop (Narsaak Cover)
6. Leichen Der Liebe
7. Panzerdampf
8. Arbeiterreserve
9. Polizei SA SS (Slime Cover)
10. Marschieren (EA80 cover)
11. Permafrost
12. Eiswalzer
13. Heroin
14. Blutost
15. Achtung Panzer!
16. Sonnenstrahl

Totenmond's "Keine Sonne Mehr" will be available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Musicload and other digital music stores only. The artwork can be found at this location.

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Gravedancer Records Announces First Signings

It is with great excitement that Gravedancer Records announces its formation. The label is the brainchild of the former Head of Publicity for Century Media Records and current Head of Marketing for The MuseBox, Josh Eldridge. Gravedancer Recoreds has already teamed with EMI to offer worldwide distribution, while The MuseBox Label Group will provide label services.

An exclusive interview with Eldridge and EMI Executive VP/GM Mike Harris can be found online at Billboard.com at this location. The following press release was issued about the label and the first band signings:

"Gravedancer Records looks to deliver the best in heavy music and has already inked three great bands that have releases planned for 2012. The label’s first signing is Chrome Waves, a group made up of Jeff Wilson (Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight) and Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostle of Solitude). The trio has constructed an epic, haunting album, combining elements of doom, black metal and post-metal that is already highly anticipated by fans and press alike. The self-titled effort will be available on July 3rd, 2012 in CD, digital and a special, limited edition vinyl package that will be revealed soon.

"The label has also partnered with the iconic Roadburn Festival for the North American market to release ‘Monnos,’ the monstrous doom metal masterpiece from UK trio Conan. The band has already begun to establish themselves in the worldwide metal scene and recently teamed with Pitchfork to give away their track 'Hawk As A Weapon.' ‘Monnos’ will be available on July 31, 2012. More...

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My Ruin To Shoot New Music Video

L.A. act My Ruin has issued the following announcement about rehearsing for upcoming live shows and a new music video:

"Dear Friends - After a brief hiccup following our 'Southern Revelation' tour we are happy to announce that we're back in the studio rehearsing again and would like to [re]introduce our new drummer and long time friend Marcelo Palomino.

"Many of you will be familiar with Celo from his days we spent together in Manhole/Tura Satana but he also toured with My Ruin in 1999 and again 2008 when we recorded our live DVD 'Alive On The Other Side.'

"Our most recent collaboration has been behind the scenes for My Ruin's latest video 'Tennessee Elegy' which he filmed and co directed with me & Tor Burrows. It's great to have Celo back with us. It feels like home. At the moment he's getting familiar with our last two albums and Mick, Luciano & I are all looking forward to playing live with him soon and shooting our next video!

"Here's a live video we shot during the last show he played with us a few years ago in Los Angeles." More...

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Six Feet Under Announces "18 Nights Of Blood" Tour

Death metal miscreants Six Feet Under today announce a bout of U.S. live rituals this June. Dubbed the "18 Nights Of Blood Tour," the bestial invasion will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8 and ravage its way across the country before coming to a close on June 29th in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation. The band will be touring in support of the upcoming ninth full-length, "Undead," scheduled for North American release this Spring.

Comments vocalist/death metal high priest Chris Barnes of the tour: “I'm proud and honored to be kicking off our first U.S. tour for the release of our new album, Undead with our good friends Dying Fetus and new killers Revocation! This tour is gonna be SICK! June will be murdered! 18 Nights Of Blood! Do not miss this tour!”

6/08/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/09/2012 Empire - Springfield, VA
6/10/2012 Palladium - Worcester, MA
6/11/2012 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
6/12/2012 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
6/13/2012 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
6/14/2012 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/15/2012 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
6/16/2012 People's Court - Des Moines, IA*
6/18/2012 The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO*
6/20/2012 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/21/2012 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
6/23/2012 The Metro - Oakland, CA
6/24/2012 The Whisky - Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012 TBA – Tempe, AZ
6/26/2012 House Of Rock - El Paso, TX
6/27/2012 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
6/29/2012 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL*
* - No Dying Fetus

Further details on "Undead" -- including new lineup, cover art, track listing, and first single -- to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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The Wretched End Streaming Song From New Album

The Wretched End, which features former Emperor member Samoth, has posted a song online for streaming off the band's upcoming album "Inroads." Check out the track "Death By Nature" in the player below or by heading over to the band's Reverbnation page.

"Death By Nature" is taken off the band's new album "Inroads," set for release in Europe on April 23rd through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Tyrant of the Mountain
2. Deathtopian Society
3. Death by Nature
4. Cold Iron Soul
5. The Haunting Ground
6. Fear Propaganda
7. Blackthorn Winter
8. Hunger
9. Throne Renowned of Old More...

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Brendon Small Streaming New Song

Metalocalypse/Dethklok creator Brendon Small will soon be releasing his new high stakes, intergalactic extreme rock album "Brendon Small's Galaktikon." Crave Online is now streaming a song from the upcoming album.

Check out the new track "On My Way" in the SoundCloud player or by heading over to Crave Online here.

“I’m thrilled to finally give people a taste of what I’ve been blabbing about doing for months,” states Brendon. “’On My Way’ is the last track on the record, where our hero confronts the villain and saves the girl, while complaining the whole time! Enjoy, and stay tuned for more tracks emerging soon.

Metalunderground.com also recently chatted with Brendon Small about the new project. Check out the full interview at this location. More...

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Cerebral Overdrive Posts Album Teaser

Italian riffmanglers Incoming Cerebral Overdrive are organizing to swarm the senses of forward-thinking extreme music fans the world over with their third LP, "Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift," this May via Supernatural Cat Records.

Showcasing the progressively-charged act’s unique methodological bombast with nearly 50 minutes of unclassifiable aggro-technical metallic thunder, even more focused yet equally as potent as their previous releases, "Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift" is an album that will elevate the band from the cult depths they’ve roamed over recent years, its laser-induced riffs and neck-snapping time signatures will brand the name Incoming Cerebral Overdrive into the brains of all who endure the journey of the ten tracks on the LP.

Supernatural Cat has prepared a teaser for "Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift" to give some brief insight into what the album holds as it nears official release, now officially confirmed for worldwide release on May 7th. Get your first audio/visual sampling of the record below. More...

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Unisonic Posts Part 8 Of 11 Track-By-Track Videos

Unisonic posted the eighth 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 "My Sanctuary."

Check out part eight here:

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Tarantulo Releases Debut Album

Russian hardcore groove band Tarantulo has just released its debut self-titled album on Metal Scrap Records. The band is heavily influenced by Pantera, Biohazard and bands that have a heavier edge. Tarantulo started out in 2008 in the Siberian city of Omsk, finally recording this album at Naked Sound Studio at the end of 2011. Below is the tracklisting for the ten-song album.

1.Brothel In A Head
2.Go In The Fucking Hell
3.Coneranchozzz
4.Rejected
5.Pride Of Prime
6.Why
7.New Revolution
8.One Day
9.We Will Fight
10.We Drive Now


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Perishing Humanity Streaming New Song

Ukranian deathcore band Perishing Humanity has released its new mini-album "The Monument of Human Lies and Hypocrisy" on Metal Scrap Records. The tracklisting of the seven songs and album art follows below, as does a video upload of the track "The Shape of My Fear." The band started out in 2008 under the name Wastland, changing it to Perishing Humanity after releasing a couple of demos and doing concerts.

1.Gate 248
2.Interminable
3.Overcome Myself
4.Bloody-Red Product
5.Martyr (feat. Max Nabokov)
6.Left To Die
7.The Shape of My Fear

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Pain Is A Narcotic Releasing Four Way Split

Pain Is A Narcotic has issued the following announcement ab out releasing a new four way split album:

"Four Slits to Freedom, the 2012 split with Pain Is A Narcotic, Necrosadik, Count Shannäth & Waste of Life is now available for pre-orders! The album will include 14 tracks and over an hour's worth of mind numbing, depressing melancholia!

"The first pressings will begin very soon, so be sure to pre-order at the official website of Pain Is A Narcotic here. All orders through our website will give you free extras, such as stickers etc.

"When the album is released it will also be available from Satanica Productions, Clarity Records in Adelaide, and Thomo's Guitar & Music in Whyalla." More...

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War From A Harlots Mouth Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is excited to announce the signing of German deathcore act War From A Harlots Mouth. The band issued the following statement about the deal:

"Even if this will sound like your stereotype statement for record deal-related news, we're still gonna say it: We are proud and actually honored to announce, that we have signed with Season of Mist, home to many of our favourite bands out there. Deathspell Omega, Cynic, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Misery Index, Septicflesh, Kylesa, Sólstafir, Nightbringer... and the list continues!

"We have been talking to several labels over the last few months, but were looking for one with an actual profile and character. A label and artist roster we would actually love to be a part of. And nothing rivals Season of Mist when you're looking for these things.

"We're an extreme band by any means and it was about time to take a step into the right direction. We feel that the guys at Season of Mist understands and appreciates our musical approach and really couldn't ask for more."

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Eschaton Streaming New Album

Austrian band Eschaton is streaming its new five-song album "Isolated Intelligence" over at Bandcamp, or you can check out the songs below. Eschaton already has an EP to its credit, "An Instrument of Darkness," and the band started out at the height of the 90's black metal movement. Eschaton will be playing live next at the Escape Metalcorner in Vienna, with Concrete, Warcult, Bloodspot und Scumshot also completing the line-up on April 27th. The band's next gig will be with Distaste and Ewig Frost on May 12th at the Jugendverein MuKuKu in Kremsmünster, Austria.

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Winds Of Genocide Reveals Split CD Artwork

U.K. act Winds of Genocide will soon be releasing a new split CD with Japanese based band Abigail. Winds of Genocide has now also revealed the artwork for the "Satanik Apokalyptic Kamikaze Kommandos" split, which can be viewed below. For more details on Winds of Genocide, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Gothmog Offering New Album As Free Download

Spanish act Gothmog, which was recently covered in the symphonic black metal edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, is currently offering the entire new sophomore full-length album "Aeons of Deception" as a free download.

You can snag the tracks from the release by heading over to the band's official website. "Aeons of Deception" is the follow-up to the debut full-length album "A Step in the Dark" (reviewed here).

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Solve et Coagula
2. Escape to Nowhere
3. Beyond the Mist of Time
4. Deathbringer
---The Cure for the World's Pain---
5. Aeons of Deception
6. The Bargain Struck
7. The Age of Thought
8. Nirnaeth Arnoediad
9. ...And I Shall Be Reborn
10. The Blackest of the Paths

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Rise And Fall Announces Summer Shows

Rise and Fall, which recently released a music video for the track "Hidden Hands," has now announced a series of upcoming summer shows alongside Converge, Toxic Holocaust, and Birds In Row. Details are as follows:

08/04: Hannover, Germany @ Chez Heinz w/ Converge, Oathbreaker, Birds In Row
08/05: Port, UK @ Hevy Festival
08/06: Paris, France @ Le Glazart w/Converge, Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/07: Geneve, Switzerland @ L'usine w/Converge, Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/08: Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Converge,Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/09: Wien, Austria @ Szene w/ Converge, Darkest Hour, Birds In Row
08/10: Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/11: Karlsuhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte w/ ConvergeBirds, In Row
08/12: Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest

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God Forbid Posts More Behind The Scenes Footage

"The Making of Equilibrium" video series gives you the first look at God Forbid's brand new album from inside the studio. Part 5 features exclusive footage of vocalist Byron Davis as he talks about the drive of the band.

Watch the studio update, including a clip of a new track called “Scraping The Walls," in the player below. "Equilibrium" is available online and in stores now. God Forbid also recently released a music video for the song "Where We Come From." More...

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Biohazard Posts New Music Video

Biohazard posted a new music video for the song "Vengeance Is Mine," The track appears off the band'a latest album "Reborn In Defiance," which is out now through Nuclear Blast.

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Soulfly Footage With Travis Ryan Posted

Footage of Soulfly's recent performance of "World Scum" in San Diego on March 22, 2012 with guest vocalist Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) was posted on the official Cattle Decapitation YouTube channel. The song appears on Soulfly's latest LP "Enslaved" out now through Roadrunner Records.

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Tenacious D Posts New Music Video

Tenacious D posted a new music video for the song "To Be the Best." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Rize Of The Phoenix," which is due out on May 14, 2012 through Sony Records.

Check out "To Be the Best" here:

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Gama Bomb Singer Forced Out Of Festival Show

U.K. thrashers Gama Bomb announced that singer Philly Byrne underwent surgery last week to have a problem with his vocal chords corrected. The band will proceed with bassist/vocalist Joe McGuiganits for the scheduled performance at the Headbanging Enschede Festival on March 31, 2012 in Enschede, Netherlands. Some of the other acts scheduled to perform are Napalm Death, Rotted and Necrophobic.

The band's post on Facebook reads: "After suffering with voice problems in recent months, Philly underwent an operation to have a problem with his vocal chords corrected last week. While the operation was a success and he's now on the mend, Philly won't be able to join the band onstage at their festival show at Headbanging Enschede on March 31st. Joe will step in and fill vocal duties for the gig while Philly recuperates. We hope you'll join us in wishing him a speedy recovery. And that his penis grows back."

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Deadborn Streaming Second Song From Album

Recently Deadborn streamed a new track, "Bionic Abomination," from its upcoming album. Now, GunShyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive premiere of the song "Insane Motor Cortex" from "Mayhem Maniac Machine," that forthcoming album from technical death band Deadborn. The track is available for internet consumption at this location. This new album promises a slightly rougher and thicker production compared to 2007’s "Stigma Eternal" and the album was engineered, mixed and mastered with producer Christoph Brandes at Iguana Studios. "Mayhem Maniac Machine" is set to be released internationally on April 20th via Germany's Apostasy Records.

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Hemina Streaming Entire New Album

"Synthetic," the new release from Hemina, has been released today and in celebration of the album's release, the band has teamed up with Metal Insider for an exclusive full album stream. Get a first listen to "Synthetic" here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Hemina a unique voice in the ever-growing world of progressive metal. Hemina puts melody, songwriting and atmosphere before any of the instrumental histrionics one may typically think of in today's world of progressive music whilst still maintaining the level of technical proficiency listeners have grown accustomed to. From Australia, the band takes you on an 80 minute aural journey into the life of an angel born onto the world, forced to live through our modern world and beyond with this, their debut concept album, 'Synthetic.'

"With a crystal-clear mix provided by Progressive Metal Veteran, Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, Denmark (Helloween, Circus Maximus, Redemption, Seventh Wonder, Jorn), the band deliver a dynamic and sumptuous adventure packed full of wailing guitars courtesy of Douglas Skene and Mitch Coull, atmospheric keyboards by Phill Eltakchi, passionate vocals led by Douglas Skene, a thundering and dynamic rhythm section paved by Mathew Irsak on Drums and Jessica Martin on bass, as well as beautiful harmony vocals from Douglas, Mitch, Phill and Jessica covering a wide range of timbres.

"'Synthetic' is an eclectic journey of fresh and exploratory sound ranging from multi-part epics such as 'To Conceive a Plan' and 'Divine', to passionate ballads in 'For All Wrong Reasons', and hard hitting rockers like 'With What I See' and 'Haunting Me!'. The album presents itself as a 79+ three-dimensional adventure through segued tracks of varying dynamics."

The track listing is as follows:

1. This Hour of Ours
2. To Conceive a Plan
3. The Boy is Dead
4. For All Wrong Reasons
5. And Now to Find a Friend
6. With What I See
7. Hunting is for Women
8. Even in Heaven
9. Conduit to the Sky
10. Haunting Me!
11. Divine

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3 Inches Of Blood Posts Third Studio Webisode

Keeping traditional metal alive, Canadian act 3 Inches of Blood's new album "Long Live Heavy Metal" is available today. 3 Inches of Blood has also revealed a 3rd webisode online. Taken while in the studio recording "Long Live Heavy Metal," this video focuses on the vocal work of the album. The studio update can be seen below.

The "Long Live Heavy Metal" track listing is as follows:

01. Metal Woman
02. My Sword Will Not Sleep
03. Leather Lord
04. Chief and the Blade
05. Dark Messenger
06. Look Out
07. 4000 Torches
08. Leave it on the Ice
09. Die for Gold (Upon the Boiling Sea IV)
10. Storming Juno
11. Men of Fortune
12. One for the Ditch More...

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Black Shape Of Nexus To Release New Album

Hailing from the German city of Mannheim, sludge devastators Black Shape of Nexus, having recently signed with Exile On Mainstream, are preparing for the release of their upcoming third full-length "Negative Black." The following press release was issued about the album:

"Recorded in the Winter of 2011 and twisted into shape at the mighty Tonmeisterei Studio, Negative Black -- an album four years in the making -- marks a new step for Black Shape of Nexus, carving a path into their foreseeable future. The album has been eagerly awaited by BSON's diehard cult fanbase and underground doom/sludge aficionados since the release of their bruising 2008-released Microbarome Meetings 2xLP.

"While the outfit already bears the reputation for unfurling some of the most destructive but still coherently-flowing sludge metal available, incorporating outside elements of crust, black metal and ambient/soundscape persuasion at times, Negative Black surges to even deeper caverns of auditory obliteration, pummeling you with painfully slow doom and finishing you off with acrid, harsh drones, and giving down-tempo a whole new meaning."

Black Shape of Nexus will release the nearly eighty minute "Negative Black" in North America on June 5th, and it will be made available to fans on CD in a matte-varnished 6-panel digifile, a 2xLP format with inside/out printed gatefold cover, and deluxe digital download. Check out the cover art here. More...

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Architects Posts New Lyric Video

Architects is preparing for the release of the new album "Daybreaker" on June 5th. To give fans a taste of what to expect, the band has just released a lyric video for a new song off "Daybreaker," titled "These Colours Don't Run."

"We wanted a video that captures the madness that is America, be it good or bad. It's an overload of information that matches the intensity of the song. Hopefully it gets people thinking and talking," explains guitarist Tom Searle, "And in the land of the free - you know nothing is for free!"

Check out the lyric video for "These Colours Don't Run" below. More...

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