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Metal News for March 27, 2013

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Morgengrau Streaming Title Track From Album

DeathMetal.Org has posted an exclusive premier of the title track off of "Extrinsic Pathway" from Austin, TX-based traditional death metal foursome Morgengrau. With just under a week left until the album's April 2nd release through Blind God Records, listen to the title cut at this location.

Since its inception in 2010, Morgengrau has established itself as a formidable live act, garnering particular attention due to being fronted by former Ignitor frontwoman, Erika (Tandy) Morgengrau, and ex-Manifestation drummer Reba Carls. Both women are well known in the Texas scene for their fierce performances, with Erika having fronted several other well-known bands of various genres, including Autumn Tears. The band focuses conceptually on death worship in all its forms: war, occultism, and horror.


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The Reticent Posts Q & A Interview

A lot is brewing in the world of The Reticent, including new members added to the live line-up, a free EP and the next full-length. Recently, The Reticent recruited former Oracle guitarist Robert Kerns as the new resident lead guitarist. This has allowed the band to return to the stage and begin playing some select live dates. Show updates can be found at the band's Facebook Page.

Fans of the band will be keen to hear from mastermind Chris Hathcock that there are not one but two albums in the works this year. The first is an EP of unique interpretations of some yet to be disclosed cover songs. The EP will be titled "Artifice" and will be made available for free via download through the Heaven & Hell Records' website for a limited time.

Said Hathcock, "I wanted to do something where I could explore some lesser known songs I enjoy and take some more well known songs and rearrange them. I'm not at all interested in covering bands that The Reticent is already compared to nor covering anything that is already in the 'progressive' sphere. It's far more interesting to step away from expectation and explore, in my opinion. I think a lot of people will be surprised by some of the tracks on the album and hopefully they won't be too awful to listen to."


"Artifice" will be recorded this spring with a late spring or early summer release. Hathcock also gave a lot of insight into the anxiously awaited fourth full-length follow-up to the well-received "Le Temps Detruit Tout." "In many ways this will be the angriest The Reticent has ever sounded and in some ways the most sorrowful. A better way to put it is that it will be the most honest and exposed I've ever been."

The album, titled "Chronology Of My Disgrace," is set to be a concept album in which every song revolves around a single narrative which is aimed to give the listener a ride along a very revealing and personal journey. Due to the amount of material to complete this vision, the release may very well end up as a double-length CD.

When asked about the album, Hathcock said, "It is the next step in the evolution of this band. That's not to say it will be great but it will be different. It will be much heavier than the last album while also being more honest and sorrowful. Elements of jazz and experimental music will be there right along with elements of death metal, prog rock, etc. So hopefully it will be if nothing else a dynamic listen. But don't listen to me, artists are terrible judges of their own work." Hathcock plans to head to the studio to begin work on "Chronology Of My Disgrace" this summer with a release next winter.

Earlier this year, Hathcock received fan submitted questions about his influences, recording process, among many other topics. His answers were posted via a series of YouTube videos, part one featured below.

Hathcock commented, "Some long-winded answers at way too late an hour from your least favorite mediocre musician. All the questions were collected via Facebook and are reproduced verbatim. If your question did not get answered, don't worry. Due to the amount, the interview was broken into a few parts. Thanks to everyone that helped in this."

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Devil To Pay Streaming New Track

SkullsNBones.com has posted an exclusive world premier of the song "Already Dead" taken from the upcoming release "Fate is Your Muse" from Indy-based heavy rockers Devil To Pay. Enjoy the tune at this location, or below in the player. "Fate is your Muse," exploring topics such as reincarnation, the end of days, and the thin veil between reality and fantasy, is set for an April 9th release on Ripple Music.


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Abyssal Re-Issuing Debut Album

Enigmatic U.K. blackened death trio Abyssal will release the CD reissue of debut full-length "Denouement" on April 2nd via Poland's Hellthrasher Productions, with the vinyl edition coming in Autumn.

"Denouement” (limited to 1000 copies) can be pre-ordered at the label's webstore. Hellthrasher also comments:

"The album was primarily self-released by the band in January 2012 on hand-assembled CDs and digitally, getting great reception with its refreshing manifestation of dark, twisted death metal, reminiscent of Portal and Mitochondrion, yet unique in its own way. The entire material is available for streaming via Bandcamp." More...

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Deserters Posts "The Plunge" Video

Deserters’ music video for “The Plunge” has been premiered online, and can be viewed in the player below or over at Bloody-Disgusting.

Speaking on the lyrical content of the song, vocalist Matthew Roell stated, "We spend eight years at a desk, to spend four years at a desk and if we work hard enough and our parents saved enough, we can spend four more years at a desk. Once all of that is said and done, we compete with each other for the opportunity to spend the rest of our lives, sitting at a desk.” Adding, “I don't want any part it. I'd rather take the plunge."

“The Plunge” comes from Deserters’ album "The Slow Rhythms of a Dead-Beat," which is available in stores and online now from Mediaskare Records. More...

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Satan Streaming New Song

Legendary British band Satan has released a brand new track off its forthcoming album "Life Sentence." The song, "Siege Mentality," is now streaming below. "Life Sentence," Satan's first full-length since 1987's "Suspended Sentence," will be available in North America on May 21st via Listenable Records. The album will mark the 30th anniversary of the band's highly-acclaimed 1983 debut "Court In The Act." "Life Sentence" will also feature the same line-up that appeared on that now-classic piece of metal history.

The cover art for the album was drawn by famed artist Eliran Kantor (Sodom, Testament, Hatebreed) and depicts a similar graphic concept as Court In The Act. Mixed by Dario Mollo at Damage Inc. studio in Italy and tracked late last year at First Avenue in Newcastle, "Life Sentence" is a very strong uptempo heavy metal album that will undoubtedly become a metal classic.

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Kongh To Support Meshuggah

Kongh has checked in with the following statement about performing alongside Meshuggah on upcoming European shows:

"We're very glad to announce that we will be main support for Meshuggah on their Scandinavian tour in May. Swarm (feat. Disfear/ex-Entombed members) will join on the Swedish shows. Heavy it will be."

May 5 - Copenhagen, Denmark (Vega)
May 6 - Aarhus, Denmark (Voxhall)
May 8 - Oslo, Norway (Rockefeller)
May 9 - Stockholm, Sweden (Cirkus)
May 10 - Umeå, Sweden (Idun) More...

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Bloodsoaked Streaming New Song

In a little over a week, Bloodsoaked will invade European soil for the Rotting In Europe 2013 Tour that will see the brutalists joined with Bay Area melodic death sextet Short Fuse, Dallas-based blackened death act Psychiatric Regurgitation, Boston thrash trio Black Mass and Chicago death horde Hate Storm Annihilation.

To get the European fans ready for the devastation heading their way, Bloodsoaked has posted a brand new demo track on its bandcamp page. Entitled "Devouring," the song is a demo version of a track from the band's forthcoming album, "Devouring Abomination," due out later this year on Comatose Records. Check out the song below.


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Rivers Of Nihil Issues Recording Update

Reading, Pennsylvania's death metal quintet Rivers of Nihil recently entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan to record the band's Metal Blade Records debut, which is due out before the end of 2013.

Drummer Ron Nelson checked in after completing tracking the drums and here's what he had to say:

"Tracking went awesome; we were right on schedule with how we planned it out and everything went smoothly. Erik and I had very similar visions in the way we wanted the drums to sound and he delivered. Although this is our first full-length release, they're going to be the most natural drums Rivers has had to date and we couldn't be happier with how they sound."

Stay tuned as more studio info is released. Tour dates for the summer are in the works so stay tuned for dates and more studio updates. More...

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Anger As Art Posts Live Footage

Los Angeles thrashers Anger As Art performed at their record release party in Santa Ana on March 16th. In addition to performing all songs from their album "Hubris, Inc.," the band (uniquely comprised of all former Abattoir members as well as the 'current' lineup of Bitch) were joined onstage by Mark 'the Shark' Caro, Betsy Bitch, and Sin Quirin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) for rousing renditions of the album's two bonus tracks "Rage and Retribution' and 'Speed Kills' - as well as classics from Abattoir - "Screams From The Grave" and Bitch - "Skullcrusher."

AAA vocalist guitarist Steve Gaines said: "It was a unique night. We were able to dig into our history at the same time we celebrated our fourth full-length release. Safe to say everyone went home happy... including us." A video Of Anger As Art performing 'SkullCrusher' with Betsy Bitch and Sin Quirin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) has been posted below, along with a video of Anger As Art performing 'Screams From The Grave' with Mark 'The Shark' Caro of Abbatoir. "Hubris Inc." is out now on Old School Metal Records.



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Divino Disturbo Signs With Art Gates

Art Gates Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Divino Disturbo:

"We’re pleased to announce a new addition to the Art Gates Records family. It consists in Divino Disturbo! This attractive four pieced combo formed by talented musicians start its journey in 2010 and is characterized by a combination of a original soundtrack + electric instrumentation and powerful vocals.

"Divino Disturbo combines the elegance of classical music with the strength and force of metal music. Among the band’s influences there are artists as diverse as Symphony-X, Pantera, Dimmu Borgir and composers such as J.S Bach, Mozart, Beethoven; even contemporary composers as John Williams, James Horner or Hans Zimmer." More...

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Wilt Posts Tour Dates

Central Canadian black metal duo Wilt has announced a string of tour dates that come in advance of the limited edition vinyl release of their self-titled debut album. Originally released in October of last year as a digital download, "Wilt" is now being offered as a 180 gram white vinyl 12-inch. This one-time only pressing is strictly limited to 300 copies and available for pre-order at bandcamp. Purchase of the vinyl edition comes with an immediate download of the album.

WILT tour dates are as follows:

March 30th - Rudolph Rocker - Winnipeg, MB
April 5th - Interurban Art Gallery - Vancouver, BC
April 6th - Dickens - Calgary, AB
April 7th - DV8 - Edmonton, AB
April 8th - Lydias - Saskatoon, SK
April 9th - The Elephant Room - Brandon, MB

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Killus Reveals New Album Details

After months of working on a new opus, it’s time for the electric bastards Killus to present the first details extracted from the album, which will be entitled “Feel The Monster.”

The artwork, available below, was designed by Damien Worm and reflects the gloomy and dark vision of the band. The album is due out this coming June and the track listing is as follows:

1. We’re alone in this world (Intro)
2. Feel the monster
3. Bastards (feat. Mechanical Ash from Static X/ Davey Suicide)
4. I can’t feel it
5. Forever and ever
6. Crush our minds
7. Fuck’n'Roll
8. The night of the knife
9. The darkness of the crypt
10. Holy Bible
11. I’m dead tonight
12. Satanic Verse
13. (Bonus track) More...

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Upon A Burning Body Posts Tour Video

Upon A Burning Body has released the second part in the band's "Fight the Silence" tour video series, which can be viewed below or over at Metal Hammer here. The video offers you never-seen-before live and behind the scenes footage.

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Abiotic Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Abiotic recently completed a music video for "Facades" with director Dan Drescher (fans will recall the band worked with Drescher for previous video, "Vermosapien"). The video will be completed soon, and the band has released a making-of to give fans a glimpse of the creative process. Check out the footage below.

Abiotic is among bands in a poll to open this year's The Summer Slaughter Tour. Fans can vote on the tour's opener at this location, with voting set to end on March 31st. More...

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Dead In The Dirt Finishes Writing New Material

The members of Atlanta-based grindcore trio Dead in the Dirt have completed the writing process for their pending debut LP, and are preparing to set up camp to harness their latest blast-laden auditory dissent in the coming days. The following press release was issued about the pending recording:

"Dead in the Dirt will travel seven hundred miles north, set to record with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Recording Studio in Chicago the second week of April, armed with a barrage of new songs which will be delivered later in the year as their first full-length release, The Blind Hole.

"Following their initial 2010-released Vold EP, DITD caught the attention of Southern Lord Recordings, who hooked up with the band immediately for the release of their Fear 7”, which bore some of the heaviest music of the year, taking morose lessons from His Hero Is Gone and Cursed to horrifically relentless levels of blasting intensity. The label will continue the tradition, and The Blind Hole will see release through Southern Lord later in the year.

"A band who continually takes their societal and politically-based contempt out on the road, Dead in the Dirt have taken part in multiple Southern Lord and The Power Of The Riff events and tours over the past two years, including both East Coast and West Coast US tours as direct support for SUNN O))) in 2012. With much more still in the works for the coming months, a live assault throughout the Midwest and parts of the Southeast US has already been confirmed for the majority of the month of May. The band will also take on Europe for a full month this October and November." More...

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John 5 Has Equipment Stolen

John 5 has posted the following message online via his official website about having equipment stolen from his home:

"As many John 5 fans have been hearing today, John and his family suffered a terrible violation of home and property when they were burglarized while out. A number of items have been stolen, many of why are rare, of invaluable sentiment and unique to John 5.

"Unfortunately our house was robbed today, we accidentally didn’t put the alarm on, so some assholes got lucky! Whoever did this will get caught hopefully one day! We have details, including serial numbers were possible and a larger photo of some of the items that were taken. If you can help spread the word or look out in your local area, or dealers to anything that may come your way in your store, then please contact. Items stolen: More...

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Asking Alexandria Posts Tour Trailer

Asking Alexandria has just posted a new teaser trailer for the band's upcoming "Don't Pray For Us" tour with Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Chimaira, and I Killed the Prom Queen.

The clip, available below, also features a preview of an upcoming new Asking Alexandria song.

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Afekth Posts New Album Teaser

Poland's Afekth has continued to work on a debut album and has now released a new teaser. Check out the sample of upcoming music through the SoundCloud player below. You can also hear more from the band via the Afekth Facebook profile here.

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Ayreon To Release Double Album

It's been quiet in the Ayreon camp for the past couple of months, but Arjen Lucassen recently broke his silence to reveal that the title of the forthcoming new album will be "The Theory Of Everything."

He has now also announced the pending release will be a double album. Aiming for a tentative release at the end of this year, Arjen had this to say about the album's progress:

"I've finished recording demos of the music, and am now about halfway finished with the lyrics. It's going to be a double album, so there is a lot to write! It's extra challenging as well, because lyrically I've left the old Ayreon universe behind and have to create a new one from scratch. I'm really excited about the line-up and how everything is PROGressing so far."

Watch out for more information on the forthcoming new Ayreon album later in the year! More...

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Gypsyhawk Announces Tour With Valient Thorr

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk has announced that the band will support Valient Thorr on tour this summer. Serving as the openers on the tour will be Ramming Speed.

The tour will begin on June 12th in Charlotte, NC and hits cities throughout east coast and Midwest before wrapping up on July 6th in Raleigh, NC. Additional shows before and after the shows with Valient Thorr are in the works and will be announced shortly.

Guitarist Andrew Packer comments on the tour: "Valient Thorr are one of the most kick ass bands rocking hard out there right now. I hear they're all awesome dudes and know what partying is supposed to be about so we're absolutely pumped to be supporting them. Ramming speed have been on my turntable quite a bit the last year so I'm really excited for them too. This tour is going to be a brachiosaurus stomping on boxes of TNT."

Vocalist/bassist Eric Harris simply proclaims: "this is gonna be fucking tight." More...

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Due For Extinction Posts Lyric Video

New Jersey deathcore act Due for Extinction has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Into the Parallel," which can be found below.

This is the band's first new single since parting ways with two original members. To find out more about Due For Extinction, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Nervecell Posts Guitar Playthrough Video

Dubai-based extreme metallers Nervecell have posted a video clip online demonstrating the guitar play-through of "Upon An Epidemic Scheme," taken from the latest album "Psychogenocide." Check out the video clip below.

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Dark Tranquillity Reveals New Album Release

Dark Tranquillity's new album "Construct" will hit stores on May 27th in Europe & May 28th in North America. This new album will follow the band's previous full-length release "We Are The Void" (reviewed here).

Check out the official album trailer below & if you listen carefully you'll even hear a snippet of a new track.

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Machine Head Seeking New Bassist

Ever wanted to play bass in Machine Head? Now you may have the chance since the group parted ways with Adam Duce and is now holding open auditions for a new member. Machine Head posted the following statement online:

"Machine Head will begin the process of searching for a temporary bassist replacement for this summer’s Mayhem Festival in the U.S. Interested in trying out? For a limited time the band will accept and review YouTube submissions that include the following:

"1) Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below, just yourself, singing and playing bass along to the the tracks off the albums. **Camera phone is fine as long as it's stable**

"2) A brief 1- to 2-minute statement about your musical experience; playing, touring experience, etc.

"Please upload your videos to YouTube and e-mail a link (or links) to MHBassAuditions@gmail.com that includes the following songs:

1) This Is The End
2) Halo
3) Beautiful Mourning

"Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location."

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Vital Remains Announces Canadian Shows

Blacktooth Entertainment and Dungeon Works Productions, along with the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.), present the American death metal band Vital Remains' upcoming Eastern Canadian tour. The following press release was issued about the run:

"With a new release in the works, Vital Remains will return to Canada with 24 years of experience, high-class musicianship, and a dedication towards their musical style that is hardly rivaled today and continuously slams a spiked fist into the face of every trend rearing its ugly head.

"In 2007, the extreme metal titans Vital Remains released 'Icons Of Evil,' a vicious slab of blasphemy that sent fear in the heart of the masses. That much-anticipated album marked the group's second recording with Glen Benton (Deicide) on vocals and was produced in the Florida based Mana Recording Studios by the renowned Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore). Once again, that album was completely written by the group’s founder Tony Lazaro (rhythm guitars & bass) with Dave Suzuki handling the lead guitar, drums and backing vocal duties. More...

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Ctulu Posts New Studio Report

Lovecraftian black metal act Ctulu has just released the third part of an ongoing studio report series. The video concentrates on the recording of the guitar parts and features studio footage, interviews with band members, as well as snippets from the upcoming album "Seelenspiegelsplitter." Check it out below.

Additionally, the band is finishing up the recording of the band's first music video for the acoustic version of the track “Nachtwind” off previous album "Sarkomand." The video is set for official release on May 3rd.

"Seelenspiegelsplitter" is the band’s third studio full-length album and the album launch will take place at three gigs in Itzehoe (11th April), Hamburg (12th April), and Erfurt (13th April) via Nocturnal Empire. The band comments:

"Seelenspiegelsplitter is intended to take you on a journey deep into the halls of the Esoteric Order of Dagon where your skin shall become grey as the sea, your eye color will vanish into grey nothingness and your soul shall be bound to the depths of the ocean." More...

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Arbogast Preparing For U.S. Shows

Chicago trio Arbogast is preparing for an upcoming East Coast run of tour dates in support of diverse debut full-length, "I," recently released by Nefarious Industries.

A hometown show on April 1st begins the trek, followed by shows in Columbus, Philly, NYC, Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Pittsburgh over the first week of the month. Check out Arbogast’s forty-three minute manifesto "I" in the player below.

A new live video for the track "Blasfamous," filmed at Chicago’s Ultra Lounge by Waffles & Pancakes and edited by Arbogast drummer Mike Rataj, can also be viewed after the jump. Catch the band live:

4/01/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Everything Went Black, So Many Ways, Genus
4/03/2013 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/ Magazines, Prize The Doubt, Hondus
4/04/2013 Kung Fu Neck Tie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Carved Up, Window Liquor, +church+
4/05/2013 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Bangladeafy, In Musth, Hannibal Montana
4/06/2013 Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ w/ Eastern Anchors, In Musth
4/06/2013 The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ w/ Black Reign, Wreaths
4/07/2013 Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Judas Bull, Old Accusers More...

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Kaunis Kuolematon Posts New Video Clip

Finnish metal band Kaunis Kuolematon has released a new music video for "Varjo," taken from the band's first EP. Check out the clip below.

The band was formed in 2012 and creates melancholic metal with Finnish lyrics deal with the misery of life. This Summer the band will also be hitting the studio to record new material. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Sawthis Recruits New Guitarist

Italy's Sawthis has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"The guitarist Andrea Giordano has left Sawthis due to musical differences. He has been replaced by Janos Murri, long-standing experienced guitarist (ex Resurrecturis, Darkside, Demolition, international tour with Death Angel, Moonspell, Impaled Nazarene, Vital Remains....) and already on stage with the band in two European tours. Sawthis are also now finishing the mixing of the new album!"

For more details on Sawthis, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Nierty Streaming New Song

Nierty has checked in with the following announcement about posting a new song online from an upcoming album release:

"After 3 years in silence and shadows Nierty has returned as a 2 piece studio project with a new vocalist Sartana Schatterstorm, and band founder Skaven, and are pleased to announce the coming of a new full-length album 'Shadowstar Cenotaph' with the release of 'Epoch Of The Immolated.'

"The album has been made completely independently and will be released later 2013. Epoch Of The Immolated can be listened to and downloaded completely free from Nierty's Reverbnation page. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support." More...

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BTBAM Announces European Tour

Between the Buried and Me has announced the band's return to European stages for June for a run of festival and club shows. Dates are available below. Comments guitarist Paul Waggoner:

“We are really excited to get across the pond this summer and play for all of our loyal European fans, as well as hopefully gracing the ears of some folks who aren't familiar with what we do.”

Between the Buried and Me's concept album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (reviewed here) released in October of 2012, and gave the North Carolina-based band its highest one week sales figure and Billboard chart position (17,102 and #22 respectively) since the group's inception in the early 2000's. More...

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Violent Eve Posts "Exile" Preview Clip

Spanish melodic death act Violent Eve (featuring Dreamaker guitarist David Ramos and Ex-Dark Moor bassist Dani Fernández) posted a preview clip for the band's new LP "Exile." The album is set for release on Noisehead Records on April 19, 2013. The sophomore effort is the first to feature new vocalist J. Jurado.

The track list for "Exile" is here:

1. Mind Detonation
2. Consumed
3. The Nexus
4. Exile
5. The Darkest Day Ever
6. Bloodlust
7. Of Flesh And Bone
8. Walking to Nowhere
9. Forgivness
10. Through The Universe More...

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Essence Releases New Lyric Video

Danish thrash act Essence posted a lyric video for the new track "Fractured Dimensions." The song is the bonus track on the limited edition CD of the band's forthcoming LP for NoiseArt Records, "Last Night of Solace," which is due to drop on March 29, 2013. Pre-orders for the CD w/bonus track can be had at this location.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Intro
2. Final Eclipse
3. Arachnida
4. For the Fallen
5. Children of Rwanda
6. Gemstones
7. Dark Matter
8. Last Night of Solace
9. Opium
10. Fractured Dimensions (Bonus Track)

Check out "Fractured Dimensions" here: More...

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Avantasia Posts Interview Footage

Avantasia, the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet, posted a couple of interview videos with Sammet discussing his collaborations with Saxon frontman Biff Byford and Ex-Deep Purple/Ex-Rainbow/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner. Avantasia is set to release the new conceptual album "The Mystery of Time" on the following schedule via Nuclear Blast Records:

March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway)
April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece)
April 2nd (Italy)
April 3rd (Sweden) and;
April 30th (North America)

The band issued a music video for the track "Sleepwalking," which can be viewed this location.

Check out the first video, featuring Sammet discussing his collaboration with Biff Byford here: More...

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Masterplan Reveals Track Listing For New LP

German based melodic metal act Masterplan revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming "Nova Initium" album, the first to feature new vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Eypsode/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear). The album is set for release on April 26, 2013 (EU) and May 17, 2013 (North America) via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Nova Initium" is:

1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game
3. Keep Your Dream Alive
4. Black Night Of Magic
5. Betrayal
6. No Escape
7. Pray On My Soul
8. Earth Is Going Down
9. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only) More...

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Darkness By Oath Posts New Music Video

Spanish melodic death metal band Darkness By Oath posted a new music video for the track "Near Death Experience." The song is the title track to the band's third and latest LP, which was issued in March of 2012 via Cyclone Empire Records. The video is the second for the release, the first for "In An Obscure Eternity" can be viewed over here.

Check out "Near Death Experience" here:

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Epysode Issues Drum Recording Studio Footage

Belgian based Epysode posted additional in studio footage featuring Pain of Salvation drummer warming up before laying down the drum tracks for Epysode II at Noise Factory Studios. The details of the new album have not yet been revealed.

Check out the video here:

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Just For Fun

Grad Students Model a Mosh Pit

Cornell grad students Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg have created a mathematical model for a mosh pit; not just a single mosh pit, but presumably any mosh pit taking into account a number of variables such as speed of movement and denseness of crowd and more. Now if only some of these controls could be mapped to logical labels like a "band sucking" slider.

From the NPR article:

About five years ago Silverberg took his girlfriend to her first gig. "Usually I would jump in the mosh pit," he says. "But this time I wanted her to be safe and have a good time, so we stayed out on the side and watched things from there."

While he was watching, he realized that the motion of people in a mosh pit looks kind of like molecules moving in a gas.

"It was basically just this random mess of collisions, which is essentially how you want to think about the gas in the air that we breathe," he says.

Physicists have worked out the basic rules that describe this kind of motion, so Bierbaum and Silverberg decided to look for the rules of motion in moshing. They went to concerts and studied videos from YouTube. Silverberg emphasizes that no tax dollars went toward buying concert tickets — the study is a labor of love.

Using just a few variables, like how fast people moved and how dense the crowd was, Bierbaum and Silverberg created a mathematical model that they presented at this week's March meeting of the American Physical Society. Using a mixture of simulated moshers and standing fans, they could reproduce mosh pits, circle pits and other common collective motions that take place at metal concerts. You can try some simulations for yourself in their mosh pit simulator below.

The model has even been put into an embeddable script, which you can try out and play with below: More...

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