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Metal News for March 29, 2012

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Anal Grind Streaming New Album

Belarussian porno/gore band Anal Grind is streaming most of its new album "Chronic Pornoholic" over on YouTube. The new album is available on Coyote Records and through Sevared Records. The band recently came off the PetroGrind Fest 7 and the Coyote Brutal Fest 1 tour. Anal Grind consists of Sexton on vocals, Vile on bass and vocals, Cuntfan on guitar and Kustoff as sound master and DJ. Check out the new track "Menstrual Fetish" below and visit Anal Grind's Facebook page.

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Elgibbor Announces New Album

Polish black metal band Elgibbor, which contributed to our article on Christian "unblack" metal, has announced an upcoming new album titled "The Dungeons of Hell." This will be Elgibbor's 11th album and second release via Metal Pulse Productions. Elgibbor commented:

"This album is blistering holy black metal with elements of Ambient and Doom that will leave fans wanting more! This is a limited pressing of only 100 copies! Each CD will be numbered by hand!
Fans and collectors alike will want to snatch their copy before it's gone!"

Samples from the album can be heard at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Sea of Tears
2. Revelation
3. The Strength and Fortress
4. Abomination of Desolation
5. The Key
6. The Deepest darkness
7. The Empire of Babylon
8. The Morning Star
9. The Dungeons of Hell
10. Dethroned
11. The Liar

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Dawn Of Ashes Announces Lineup Changes

Vocalist Kristof Bathory from Dawn of Ashes has issued the statement regarding guitarist Volkar and bassist Othuum leaving the band:

"I will officially be taking over Dawn of Ashes as my solo band. Bahemoth & Rayne will still be in the band with a whole new live line up. I appreciate the hard work that Volkar & Othuum did for this band but it's time that DOA to go back to it's roots with a new feeling that I will be provoking. Stay Tuned! Cheers to Volkar & Othuum again!"

Othuum Volkar Kael also issued the following statement:

"Fans, Friends, Vile,

"Our time with Dawn Of Ashes has been quite a ride. Writing and performing for you has been such a reward.

However it is time that we moved on to other ventures. It is with no ill blood that we depart from DOA, we simply no longer feel we share the same vision or views as the other half of what was Dawn Of Ashes.

"We will be continuing to make music for you, and hope that many of you, including our 'Vile' will follow. We take this time now to announce our new project 'ALAL.' ALAL is the combined vision and sound of Volkar Kael and Othuum. The word 'ALAL' is Sumerian for 'Destroyer' which is most fitting for what we will be bringing your way.

"Thank you for all of your support, and we hope to see many of you spreading the word for things to come!"

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Lita Ford To Present At Golden Gods Awards Show

Female metal icon Lita Ford has been confirmed as a presenter at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The event will be held in Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia on Wednesday April 11th. It will be broadcast on XBOX Live and the Revolver Magazine Facebook Pages. For more information visit this location.

Lita cannot wait to be a part of the Golden Gods Awards and commented, "The Golden Gods , a heavy metal presentation of the blood, sweat and guts of rock n roll, a dream come true! As a presenter I am SO STOKED! What an honor! And I couldn't ask to be in better company. Where's my Black Leather?"

This week also saw the launch of the brand new official Lita Ford website. The site features the latest Lita news, tour dates and more. Check it out here. Lita commented on her new website:

"Don't forget to check out my new Black Widow Web site...It's a beautiful site just waiting for you to devour your every LITA FORD need litafordonline.com. I Spun it just for you." More...

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Katatonia Releases More In-Studio Footage

Swedish act Katatonia is currently in the process of recording a new full-length studio album, which will be the follow-up to the band's "Night is the New Day" album (reviewed here) and "The Longest Year" EP (reviewed here).

Katatonia has now posted another new in-studio video update from the recording process. Check out Niklas 'Nille' Sandin recording bass at the Katatonia HQ by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

You can also find previously posted studio footage with Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson at this location. Further details on Katatonia's upcoming new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Fear Factory Reveals "The Industrialist" Details

Fear Factory today reveals cover and package details for the band's forthcoming new album, "The Industrialist." Set for North American release on June 5th, "The Industrialist" is a conceptual record based around a story written by vocalist Burton C. Bell. Lyrics to the album’s ten songs divulge the narrative as discussed recently by Bell with Decibel Magazine.

The album’s artwork was created by American designer Anthony Clarkson with additional direction from the band. The album will be available on three formats – standard CD, a limited edition deluxe digi-book (featuring two additional songs), and 180-gram double vinyl. Check out the artwork at this location.

Bell notes, “The protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”

"The Industrialist" again pairs Fear Factory with producer Rhys Fulber. Mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy), with additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy), the album is the second written by Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven year split. Cazares says, “collaborating with Burton again on the new album was like magic. Everything just fell into place naturally. It felt good to recapture the true sound of Fear Factpru, taking it back to where it all started while raising it to new levels.” Regarding Fulber Cazares notes, “Rhys has been our secret member/ He is the one producer who has been able to understand what we have been trying to accomplish from the beginning and has opened our eyes to new things without sacrificing our original sound. His production and keyboard talents has made Fear Factory stand out amongst the many bands of our genre.” More...

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Jesus Aint In Poland Streaming New Song

Italian grind metal band Jesus Aint In Poland recently released its new album, "Freiheit Macht Frei" on Grindpromotion Records. A song from that album, "Degeneration Healers," is streaming below. Jesus Aint In Poland previously released a ten-song EP, "Holobscene," back in 2008. Their style fuses alot of influences including death metal, grindcore, hardcore punk, sludge and thrash metal.

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Avatar Releases "Let It Burn" Video

Swedish metal act Avatar has debuted a brand new live music video for the single "Let It Burn" via Loudwire. View the video in the player below.

The band released "Black Waltz" last month and has been making waves in Europe with multiple appearances on festivals like Sweden Rock Festival, Metalcamp (Slovenia) and Metaltown (Sweden). You can also check out the band's previously posted video for "Black Waltz" at this location. More...

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Pain Confessor Inks Deal With Spinefarm

Spinefarm Records has signed Finnish melodeath crew Pain Confessor. After releasing three albums, Pain Confessor has been working on material for a new album since last year. During the coming summer Pain Cofressor will lock itself into a studio and the fourth, as-yet-untitled, installment of the band's saga is to be released towards the end of 2012.

Formed back in 2002 Pain Confessor released the debut album ”Turmoil” in 2004. The sophomore ”Fearrage” saw the light of day two years later and the third, ”Purgatory of the Second Sun” in 2007. After a few changes in the lineup since the latest album the band is whole again. Pain Confessor comments on the new album:

“Three down, fourth to go. Finally, someone utters. But what’s the deal with the new full length? We are rowing a truly grim river. The renewed lineup boasts with vigor to go through a stone wall, the material heavy as a murderer’s burden.

"Is it better than Turmoil? No, it is a completely different record and stands on its own upon fresh soil. The crew’s newest inmates bring along a whole new bag of tricks with which to drill deeper into the hidden reaches of human mind with newborn fervor. Spinefarm is the key that unlocks these gargantuan shackles. Unleash the beast!"

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A Life Once Lost Announces U.S. Shows

Philadelphia, PA’s A Life Once Lost will head out on the road for a brief U.S. tour this summer after putting the finishing touches on an upcoming album. The tour kicks off on June 23rd in Richmond, VA, ending on June 29th in Pittsburgh, PA. The dates link up with California sludge metal outfit Black Sheep Wall’s full U.S. headline tour.

A Life Once Lost recently booked studio time at Planet Red in Richmond, VA to record the follow-up to the 2007 album, "Iron Gag." Planet Red is owned and operated by producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Impending Doom). The band will release the currently untitled new album with international label Season of Mist and the album art will be illustrated by Baltimore, MD based artist Brian Baker.

The band has the following upcoming tour dates

6/23 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
6/24 – Washington, DC @ DC9
6/25 – New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
6/26 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/27 – Keene, NH @ The Railroad Tavern
6/28 – Rochester, NY @ The Dubland Underground
6/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project

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Shear Streaming Entire Album Online

Finnish, female-fronted act Shear has now released the "Breaking the Stillness" album in Europe. In celebration of the release, the full album is now available for streaming at this location. The "Breaking the Stillness" track listing is as follows:

1. The Awaking
2. In Solitude
3. Scorched
4. Someone Else's Eyes
5. Wounded
6. Redemption Awaits
7. Stillness
8. Crowned By Fools
9. No Way Out
10. Be Here Now

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Divison Announces Return Of Original Vocalist

Division has issued the following announcement about re-recruiting original vocalist Scott Stewart:

"It occurred to me when discussing the 30th (!) anniversary of an album that had a huge influence on me last week – namely, this one.

"Some things in metal just never die. No matter how far metal expands its palette, no matter how many influences are brought to bear, at the end of the day, everything comes home again: If you can’t enjoy a Maiden concert, you just flat-out don’t like metal. Commonality and diversity both have a role to play in holding a group together.

"Now, what does all this have to do with Division, you ask? Well, as many of you know, vocalist Nick Kelly left us in February after over ten years of fronting the band. We had plenty of time to consider replacements, and brought in people for auditions. By the end of that process, it was pretty clear that the cliché in the title was once again becoming a truism.

"So, without any further ado, meet the new singer – same as the old singer. Division would like to welcome original vocalist Scott Stewart back into the fold. Scott was the vocalist on our first two albums, Paradise Lost and Ascension to Eternity, and had remained a good friend of the band even after his departute. With his return to the DMV from Raleigh last year, he was in the right place at the right time to rejoin us. We will, of course, continue to perform material from all four albums, and just as Nick’s voice gave a new twist to some of Scott’s songs, Scott’s classic-metal-with-an-edge voice makes Nick’s material shine differently, too.

"Now, if we could just find a bassist…"

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Sarcophagy Streaming Two New Songs From Album

Indiana death metallers Sarcophagy have just released their new album, "The Summoning," on Sevared Records. The band is streaming a couple of new songs from it - "Spoiled," which is featured below, and "Cut to Pieces" which features a solo by Damian Leski of Gorgasm. You can listen to that song, which was originally on Sarcophagy's 1995 demo, by going here. Check for band updates on Sarcophagy's Facebook page.


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Dirge Eternal Posts "A Soul Apart" Video

Dirge Eternal has posted a video clip online for "A Soul Apart," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Ok here`s some cool news... On may the 4th we will have a big video preview of our 'Slaughterhouse'-music video at Biorex, Hämeenlinna! In there you can also buy our 'Under the Spell'-EP in advance and meet the band and the actors and the director of the video!

"The official release date of 'Under the Spell'-EP will be the 5th of may! On that very same Saturday (5.5.) we will be performing at Escape Riihimäki (support to be announced later)! As a bonus here`s a video of us playing 'A Soul Apart' at various venues in Finland during 2009-2011."

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Animals As Leaders Gearing Up For New Tour Dates

Progressive instrumental pioneers Animals As Leaders -- whose sophomore album, "Weightless," cracked the Billboard Top 100 last fall -- return to the road this weekend, when they will kick off their first European headlining tour in Tilburg, Holland on April 1st. Their headlining dates will surround a week's worth of U.K. shows alongside Meshuggah, a band AAL mastermind Tosin Abasi cites as a major influence. Immediately after returning from Europe, Animals As Leaders will embark on its first North American tour of the year to support Thrice on that group's farewell tour. A complete list of dates is available below.

These upcoming shows will not include Navene Koperweis, who has decided to leave the group. Says Koperweis, "Tosin and Javier (Reyes, guitar) are the two most generous, caring and understanding individuals I've ever met and I look forward to a lifetime of friendship with the both of them. Over the past decade I have done nothing but music. Recording, writing, playing, practicing, touring and producing. It's taken me beyond what I could have dreamt of as a kid when I started. My new goals extend beyond the drum kit and I'm the type of person who will constantly chase new dreams. You'll be seeing a lot more of me soon."

Abasi says, "I've shared some of my most memorable musical experiences to date with Navene and truly consider him a brother. I commend him for following his own path in life, even if that means i'll no longer be sharing the stage with him. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure of working together and creating a lifelong friendship."

Filling in for Koperweis on Animals As Leaders' European and North American tours will be the Boston-based Matt Garstka, a Berklee alumnus who has previously played with the groups Gokh Bi System, Two Man Trio and Verse The Fire. Some video footage of Garstka can be viewed here.

"We see nothing but great potential with Matt, and look forward to performing with him on the upcoming tours," Abasi says. "We feel very excited for the future of AAL, which is brighter than ever. I'm beyond excited for our fans to hear some of the new music we already have brewing for the future!" More...

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Cattle Decapitation Posts In-Studio Video

Today California's Cattle Decapitation reveals the first of three in-studio video segments from the "Monolith Of Inhumanity" recording sessions. Set for North American release on May 8th, 2012, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and according to a statement, "sees the band exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage and self-loathing lyrical content."

Check out Dave McGraw’s drum demolition and behind-the-scenes studio footage as well as first single “A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat,” at this location or in the player below.

The 11-track "Monolith Of Inhumanity" features a host of guests including Mike Majewski of Devourment (guest vocals on "Projectile Ovulation"), Lenard Leal of Cephalic Carnage (backing vocals by on "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat"), The Cephalic Carnage Community Men's Choir, consisting of all current Cephalic members and alumni Jawsh Mullen and Zac Joe (gang choir vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"), and ambient and noise interludes by Los Angeles' most extreme decimator of sound, John Wiese, as well as another strikingly brutal cover by Wes Benscoter. More...

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Dol Ammad Posts New Video Clip

Dol Ammad has released a music video for the song "Stargate Pyramid" taken from the band's new album "Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed." Check out the video clip below. Dol Ammad also recently release another video off the album, for the track "Hyperspeed," at this location.

The track listing for "Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed" is as follows:

1. Magus Invicta
2. Noctis Labyrinthus
3. Golden Phantasma
4. Titan Warriors
5. Xenocide
6. Stargate Pyramid
7. Hyperspeed
8. Supernova
9. Caravan Of Mars
10. Seeds Of Life

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The Body/Braveyoung Album To See Vinyl Release

Following an initial CD release in September 2011, amidst several regional tours together, "Nothing Passes" -- the collaborative release between apocalyptic noise/doom duo The Body and orchestral rock harbingers Braveyoung -- will now get the deluxe vinyl treatment.

Recorded in a collaborative session at Providence's Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars), "Nothing Passes" is a layered but cohesive voyage through cavernous, noise-laden tumult and chaos, ethereal horror-soundtrack creepouts and even serene acoustic passages, exploring new styles for both acts. The album features vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir who have collaborated live with The Body and Braveyoung, as well as a cover of Exuma's song, "The Vision."

Set for release via At A Loss Recordings, the label responsible for releasing the initial CD version, the LP version of "Nothing Passes" will be available to the public on April 24th. The black vinyl pressing is housed in a high-quality chipboard cover with an uncoated heavyweight insert. A photo of the package can be found here. Pre-orders are now available here.

Additionally, The Assembly Of Light Choir -- who appear on "Nothing Passes," in addition to playing a major role in The Body's 2010-released "All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood" LP -- is preparing to release a new album this May. The ensemble has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project here.

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GWAR Posts First "Eye Of Oderus" Video

Using the latest in scientific technology, Metal Injection implanted a webcam chip in the eye of GWAR overlord Oderus Urungus. The site will broadcast ongoing transmissions as part of a new web series "Eye of Oderus" taking a look at what happens backstage on GWAR's current tour with Municipal Waste and Ghoul. The first edition of the series can be viewed below or via Metal Injection. More...

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Mpire of Evil Plays Venom Classics in San Antonio

All hell broke loose on March 26th, 2012. Hell didn’t exactly break loose considering Korova club in San Antonio ushered a guestimated fifty people through their doors. Shows held at the beginning of the work week may produce dismal ticket sales, but south Texas must not have gotten the memo: Mpire of Evil contains ex-Venom members, who play Venom classic Venom numbers.

Mpire of Evil isn’t exactly Venom and without a blurb explaining their lineup, the name Mpire of Evil may elicit a “never heard ‘em before” type response. The night’s headliners, Mpire of Evil and fellow Brits Onslaught were both American tour circuit noobs. Onslaught took nearly thirty years to make an American appearance, which has hindered them from gaining the fame they so badly deserve. One can’t fault the level of devotion possessed by Onslaught’s small cult of American followers. Some of the fans at Korova’s had waited three decades, figuring to never see the thrashers. For most of us, this was the closest we had ever been to witnessing Venom, so this was a night not to be missed. More...

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Municipal Waste Posts New Music Video

U.S. thrash band Municipal Waste posted a new music video for "The Fatal Feast" (seen below), the title track off the band's forthcoming LP due out release on April 10, 2012 (North America) and April 13, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out "The Fatal Feast" here:

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Across Tundras Announces U.S. Tour

Nashville, Tennessee’s Across Tundras will be heading out on a American tour this Spring in support of the band's Neurot Recordings debut "Sage." The band also pressed and hand-screened 300 copies of "Sage" on 2xLP as well as a brand new split 7" with fellow Tennessee heavy psych rockers Hellbender, especially for these tour dates.

The band is still trying to lock down several dates (marked below) so if you have a lead in one of the designated TBA markets and you want to help bring the band to town please email gotannergo@yahoo.com or earsplitpr@aol.com.

4/11/2012 The Foxhole – St Louis, MO w/ Thorlock, Time and Time
4/12/2012 Mike n Molly’s – Champaign, IL
4/13/2012 Rozz Tox – Quad Cities, IL w/ Electric Machete, Greg Colson
4/14/2012 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Day’s Fest w/ Northless
4/15/2012 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Larks Tongue
4/16/2012 Peoria Pizza Works – Peoria, IL w/ Larks Tongue
4/17/2012 The Butcher Shop – Dayton, OH w/ Before the Eyewall, Imbroglio
4/18/2012 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Tank Destroyer, Traitors Return to Earth
4/19/2012 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Molasses Barge, Carousel
4/20/2012 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
4/21/2012 The Level Room – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords
4/22/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA @ Year of Shit 3 Fest
4/23/2012 TBA – Raleigh, NC (HELP WANTED)
4/24/2012 The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Bitter Resolve
4/25/2012 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
4/26/2012 The Owl – Greenville, SC
4/27/2012 Lexington Avenue Brewery – Asheville, NC
4/28/2012 Wonderroot – Atlanta, GA
4/29/2012 Longbranch Saloon – Knoxville, TN w/ Wampus Cat, War Injun
4/30/2012 The Green Lantern – Lexington, KY w/ Stampede
5/01/2012 The Muse – Nashville, TN
5/17/2012 The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN
5/18/2012 The Road Map – Texarkana, AR
5/19/2012 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
5/20/2012 Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX w/ FTW
5/21/2012 The 806 Coffee House – Amarillo, TX
5/22/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
5/23/2012 The Red Owl – Phoenix, AZ w/ Rituals, Via Vengeance
5/24/2012 La Cocina – Tucson, AZ
5/25/2012 Matsumoto’s 2nd Street Jazz – Los Angeles, CA
5/26/2012 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Electric Shepherd & Outlaw, Hollow Mirrors
5/27/2012 TBA – Sacramento, CA (HELP WANTED)
5/28/2012 The Alibi – Arcata, CA w/ Uzala, Witch Sermon
5/29/2012 TBA – Eugene, OR (HELP WANTED)
5/30/2012 Billy Kyle’s House – Portland, OR
5/31/2012 Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Megaton Leviathon, Diesto, White Orange
6/01/2012 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
6/02/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
6/03/2012 The Venue – Boise, ID
6/04/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Lo Pan
6/05/2012 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO w/ The Sewer Rats, Varlet
6/06/2012 B & B Bar – Spearfish, SD w/ The Sewer Rats, Don’t Touch Me
6/07/2012 Latitude 44 – Sioux Falls, SD w/ The Sewer Rats, Rifflord
6/08/2012 The Medusa – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Sewer Rats, Lungs
6/09/2012 Off Minor – Dubuque, IA w/ Aseethe

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Chopstick Suicide Streaming Entire New Album

"Lost Fathers and Sons," the new album from Turkish mathcore merchants Chopstick Suicide was just released on Peyote Müzik. The release is the bands fourth (and second full-length), following 2008's "Recycle Your People" EP, 2010's "Loserville" full-length, and 2011's "Small People, Broken Glasses" EP. You may stream the album in full over at this location, or listen to it below. Chopstick Suicide also has a track by track commentary on each song over here.

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Thy Will Be Done Announces Japanese Tour

Having just recently been invited by Metallica to be a part of the upcoming Orion Music event, Thy Will Be Done has now confirmed a co-headlining tour throughout Japan this summer with Japanese crossover act The Aggressive Dogs. The tour will kick off on June 29th in Kasihwa and runs through July 8th in Nagoya. A list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Lead guitarist Chris Drapeau spoke about returning to Japan: "I'm really excited to go back to such a beautiful place with such diehard fans! Our first visit changed my life. I'm also extremely excited to share the stage and spend time with our dear brothers The Aggressive Dogs!"

A video for the Japanese tour can be viewed after the jump. Thy Will Be Done recently completed recording a forthcoming EP, mixed by acclaimed metal producer Zeuss, and has unveiled a teaser video which features a sampling of new music. Check it out here. More...

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Saxon Posts Podcast Discussing New DVD

Saxon has posted another podcast online discussing the band's new live DVD. You can check out the clip below, and Saxon also commented:

"As promised here is the second podcast from Saxon regarding the new Live DVD 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken Podcast No.2' This time Nigel Glockler, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt speak about the experiences they made during the past Wacken Open Air's in 2004, 2007, 2009. Have Fun!

"As promised here are the first track lists. Today with the Best of W:O:A 2009, 2007 and 2004 and with the special audio recordings from the Glasgow show on the 14th of April. Both included in the DVD+CD Digipack Version of 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken.'"

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Arjen Lucassen Reveals New Album Artwork

Multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) has prepared a new video in which he reveals the cover artwork of his upcoming concept solo album, "Lost In The New Real." Set to be released this Spring via InsideOut Music, this special double-CD features artwork created by Arjen and renowned designer Claudio Bergamin. Check out the video below.

Arjen is also proud to announce that actor Rutger Hauer will appear on "Lost In The New Real" as the album's narrator. "This is a dream come true," says Arjen. "Rutger is not only one of my favorite actors, he also starred in my all-time favorite sci-fi movie, Blade Runner." More...

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Hellvetron Streaming Two New Songs

Texas ambient blackened doom band Hellvetron is streaming a couple tracks from its new seven-song album "Death Scrolls of Seven Hells and Its Infernal Majesties" at this location, or stream it in the player below. The two tracks that are streaming are "Sheol - Grave of Supernals" and "Shaari Moth - Ominous Gate of Death." Hellvetron will be officially releasing this album on April 10th on Hells Headbangers Records.

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Memoira Splits With Guitarist

After announcing yesterday that the band's new album is currently being mixed, Memoira has now checked in with this announcement about splitting with guitarist Marko Heurlin:

"Where there is good news there will be always bad news! Marko Heurlin and Memoira go separate ways! We circled every possible solution to make him stay with the band but with heavy hearts we have to let one of our founding members and the one who actually got everyone acquainted in the band go!

"Marski simply didn't have the time for the band as the rest of us are still eager to make this band bigger and better. We will always consider him as a big brother and the guy who got us together. We wish Marko and his family all the best now and always.

"As of this moment Memoira is looking for a new guitarist! Applications can be posted into our e-mail memoiraband@gmail.com"

You can also read the band member's memories of how they got together with Marko over at the Memoira MySpace page.

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Tardive Dyskinesia Streaming New Song

Greek act Tardive Dyskinesia has issued the following update about streaming a new song online:

"Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we are presenting one of our new tracks that will be part of our upcoming 3rd album 'Static Apathy in Fast Forward,' which is due in 2012. The track is called 'Prehistoric Man.' This is a rough mix by our guitarist and producer Steve Lado, also in charge of the final mix and mastering of the entire album.

"We can't say for sure that this track will be characteristic of the whole record, but right from the first listen you'll realize there's a lot of new elements and experimentation as well as quite a few surprises! We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! The best is yet to come… stay tuned!"

Check out the song in the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Indicator
2. Empty Frames
3. The Chase Home
4. Smells Like Fraud
5. Time Turns Planets
6. Prehistoric Man
7. Circling Around the Unknown
8. We, the Cancer
9. Failed Document
10. Limiting the Universe More...

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Avulsed Splits With Drummer Ricardo Mena

Spanish act Avulsed has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"We're sorry to communicate you that since last 20th of March, Ricardo Mena (Riky) is no longer the band's drummer. Due to differences on how to deal with different internal issues within the band, we've decided, after a reunion, that the best thing for both parts is not to continue together. No hard feelings, beyond the sadness that all this means for us all.

"Due to this, we must announce the cancellation of the performance on the two upcoming festivals in April where Avulsed was going to participate: Thrashway Fest (Oviedo) and Barroselas SWR Fest (Portugal). However, there's a possibility that the last show with the current line-up with Riky might happen at Hellfest in France.

"We just want to thank Riky for his eight years of total devotion and profesionalism as a musician and his friendship, that we'll keep, of course. And to wish him the best both on personal and professional on musical matters."

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Betoken Uploads Song From Latest Album

Italian metallers Betoken have uploaded another song online from their latest album "Days of the Apocalypse." You can check out the track "On Your Dirty Grave" at the band's official MySpace Music Profile.

"Days of the Apocalypse" is available now via Steelheart Records and has the following track listing:

1. The End of the Line
2. Pendulum of God
3. Shadow of Her Ghost
4. Salvation/Damnation
5. Crusade of the Third Millenium
6. On Your Dirty Graves
7. The Room
8. Pharisee and False Friends
9. Kill the Leaders
10. Sun, Moon and Starlight
11. My Name is Anger
12. Betrayer and Liar
13. Days of the Apocalypse

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Fields Of The Nephilim Announces Only U.K. Show

Fields of the Nephilim today confirms that the band will be performing a very special show on Halloween at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. This celebration will be the group’s sole performance on U.K. soil this year, due to the just-announced cancellation of the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth.

Frontman Carl McCoy says: “As with any unfortunate cancellation we were disappointed to hear that this year’s Sonisphere Festival in the UK has been called off as we were very much looking forward to performing there. However we are now pleased to confirm that we are returning to one of our favourite remaining London venues on October 31st."

This pre-sale link will be live at 9AM March 30th at this location. For more on Fields of the Nephilim, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Jeff Loomis Performance Footage Posted Online

Fan-filmed footage (courtesy of metalcowgirl34) has been posted online of Jeff Loomis performing material from his new album "Plains of Oblivion" during his current tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, and The Safety Fire. Check out the clip of "Mercurial" below, performed live on March 25th in Chicago, IL at the Bottom Lounge.

"Plains Of Oblivion" is due out on April 10th in North America and April 9th in Europe. Jeff Loomis still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Steel Panther Video Interview Available

Berlin Metal TV has posted a video interview online with Michael Starr and Lexxy Foxxx of Steel Panther, in which they talk about their European tour, women's and men's roles in society and problems with conservative Christians. Plus: 20 German words for vagina read by Steel Panther! Check out the clip below.

Steel Panther also recently announced a new string of U.K. headlining tour dates in support of the new album "Balls Out" (reviewed here). Check out the full details at this location.

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Cadaveric Crematorium Unveils Cover Art For New LP

Italian grindcore band Cadaveric Crematorium have unveiled the album art for the band's fourth album and second for The Spew Records (a division of Punishment 18 Records) entitled "One of Them." The album is scheduled for an early summer release.

The track Listing for "One of Them is as follows:

1. Smiling And Farting ("Alfa")
2. Sun Supercharged ("Alfa")
3. The Protected ("Beta")
4. WWIII ("Gamma")
5. The Mutant ("Gamma")
6. Genetic Corruption ("Gamma")
7. They Back ("Delta")
8. That's Enough ("Delta")
9. Infected Scientist ("Delta")
10. Zombies Will Dominate ("Epsilon") More...

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Dawnbringer Unveils New Album Artwork

U.S. metal act Dawnbringer has unveiled the artwork for the band's fifth studio release "Into The Lair Of The Sun God." The artwork was once again created by Christina Casperson. The album is scheduled for release on May 29, 2012 through Profound Lore Records.

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Nightrage To Film New Music Video

Nightrage announced that the band will film a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song off their latest album, "Insidious," on April 28 at the Eightball Club in Thessaloniki, Greece. Directing the clip will be Gabriel Psaltakis.

Nightrage begins the "Defiant in Europe" tour supporting Demon Hunter and label mates Deadlock on May 1, 2012. For dates and venues, check out this location.

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Unisonic Posts Part 10 Of 11 Track-By-Track Videos

Unisonic posted the tenth 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 "We Rise."

Check out part ten here:

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Cromo To Release New EP

Italian traditional metal band Cromo announced the pending release of the bands debut EP "Unchained" will be on April 6, 2012. The EP was recorded at ADSR Studio in Milan with Charles Meroni. The artwork shown below was prepared by vocalist Blade. Two tracks from the band's 2010 "Heavy Metal Lover" demo ("Tide of Flood" and the title track) were re-recorded for the release.

The track listing for "Unchained" is as follows:

1. Hitchhiking
2. Heavy Metal Lover
3. Storm Warning
4. Tide of Flood
5. Shine my star
6. Wasted Time More...

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Rampart Streaming New Song

Bulgarian power metal band Rampart is streaming the new track "Road to the Unknown." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore full length LP "War Behest." The album is expected in April through Inferno Records.

The track listing for "War Behest" is as follows:

1. Thunder Realm (Prologue)
2. Army Of The Perfect (Overture)
3. Ghost Of Freedom
4. Within The Silence
5. Road To the Unknown
6. Fire Circle
7. Up In Arms
8. Storm Force
9. Give Nothing Back
10. March On To Victory (Epilogue)

Check out "Road to the Unknown" here: More...

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Behemoth Posts Decibel Tour Ad

Behemoth posted a video tour ad for the upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour, which commences on April 11, 2012. The lineup consists of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. For a list of dates and venues, head over to this location, or check out the video here:

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Atrocity Posts "Clash Of The Titans" 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 song "Clash of the Titans," which originally appeared on the band's 2004 release "Atlantis." 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 "Clash of the Titans" here: More...

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Tankard Posts Second Studio Report

German thrash metal veterans Tankard have posted their second video report online, documenting the recording of their brand new studio album, their first for new record label, Nuclear Blast Records. You can check both studio reports out below. The band are currently working on the album with producer Michael Mainx, in Buchen/Odenwald.

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Sonisphere Knebworth Is Cancelled

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:

"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.

"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...

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