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Metal News for March 7, 2012

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44 news articles posted on this day.

I Shit On Your Face Streaming New Songs

Brazilian brutal slam band I Shit On Your Face has just dropped its second full-length album "Defecation=Domination" on Despise The Sun Records. The band is streaming two more new songs from the album, "Pissed Off and Pissing At" and "Sinking their Souls in the Slime of Sickness," the latter which features more variety in the vocals department. Check out the two songs below.



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Nile Reveals New Album Title

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile, are proud to announce they are touring Asia this April/May. This marks the band’s first time in these markets and the guys are extremely excited to be playing for their Asian metal brothers. “The whole idea of spreading NILE’s music into this part of the world has been a long time coming” commented the band. “We are extremely pleased to go to there and are looking forward to an amazing cultural exchange and experience.”

Nile is currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of the group's latest effort "At The Gate of Sethu" with producer Neil Kernon. The album is tentatively scheduled to be released the 2nd quarter of 2012.

Nile's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Asian Invasion 2012
April 26 Diablo Open Air Singapore, Singapore
April 28 Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival, Lapangan D, Jakarta INDONESIA
May 2 A.U.A. Auditorium, Bangkok, Thailand. (w/ HATE ETERNAL)
May 5 Summer Blaze Metal Festival, New Delhi INDIA
May 6 Nile live in Bangalore, E-Zone Club, Bangalore India More...

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Into Eternity Announces New Headlining Tour Dates

Canadian progressive metal band INTO ETERNITY has announced more tour dates with Pennsylvania based SINGLE BULLET THEORY and New Jersey based SEVEN WITCHES (on select dates) in August. Confirmed dates are as follows:

8/11 - Reggies - Chicago, IL (with Single Bullet Theory)
8/12 - I-Rock - Detroit, MI (with Single Bullet theory)
8/14 - Pineapple Jacks - Rochester, NY (with Single Bullet Theory and Seven Witches)
8/15 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON (with Single Bullet Theory)
8/16 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
8/17 - Middle East, Boston MA.
8/18 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY (with Single Bullet Theory and Seven Witches)
8/19 - Tango (Whiskey Tango) - Somerton , PA (with Single Bullet Theory and Seven Witches)
8/20 - Empire (Formerly Jaxx): Springfield, VA

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Cancer Bats Premieres New Music Video

Canadian band Cancer Bats premiered the new music video for the song "Road Sick" over at Front Magazine's website at this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Dead Set on Living," which is due out on April 24, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "Dead Set Living" is as follows:

1. R.A.T.S
2. Bricks and Mortar
3. Road Sick
4. Breathe Armageddon
5. Dead Set On Living
6. The Void
7. Old Blood
8. Drunken Physics
9. Bastards
10. Rally The Wicked
11. New World Alliance

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I.N.C. Announces New Live Shows

Connecticut/New York thrash metal band Indestructible Noise Command has just added brand new U.S. dates to the group's upcoming performance schedule. I.N.C. will make appearances on April 7th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY, April 14th at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL, and on April 19th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ as part of Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz. Details are as follows:

4/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar w/ Onslaught – Doors @ 8pm
4/14 Orlando, FL @ WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field w/ Godsmack, Trivium, and more
4/19 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ M-16 “Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz”

I.N.C. recently signed with Extreme Management Group (EMG), also known for representing Suffocation, Origin, and more. I.N.C. is currently in the studio recording new material and recently tapped ex-Chimaira drummer Kevin Talley to crush behind the kit on the upcoming release.

The band released the new album, "Heaven Sent… Hellbound," on August 23rd, 2011 with Rising Records with distribution through Candlelight Records. The album is produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth) and the artwork is illustrated by artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).

For more information on I.N.C. head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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A Wanted Awakening Recruits New Drummer

After a long and exhaustive search Lowell, MA based metal band A Wanted Awakening has chosen Andre Bedard of Fitchburg, MA to be the group's next drummer.

Andre grew up in Western Massachusetts and started playing drums at the young age of 3. In the past, Andre was a member of Leominster, MA rock band She Nasty and of Fitchburg area Lot 54. Andre just recently got married last June to Erin, his girlfriend of 9 years, and they both became parents to their daughter, Dahlia Marie who was born this past January. “I am very pumped to be working with such great and talented people” said Andre.

Vocalist Rick Hardy commented, “Andre is just a monster on the drums. He has a huge sound and the talent to back it all up and I think all our fans will really dig Andre."

Guitarist Derek St. Martin added, “Andre took it upon himself to learn not one but the entire EP in a short amount of time prior to us getting together and he came in, set up his drums, and got through all 5 songs without breaking a sweat which is a pretty impressive feat for our music.”

A Wanted Awakening is anticipating an exciting few months ahead with the release of the band's first full-length album in the late spring/early summer.

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Rose Funeral Announces Tour With Pathology

Rose Funeral will be emerging from winter this Spring with a month's worth of tour dates. The band will be joining Pathology and The World We Knew throughout April and May in venues nationwide.

The Spring Slasher Tour kicks off April 6th in Richmond, VA with all three bands and ends on April 21st in Chicago. From April 22nd - April 29th, both Rose Funeral and The World We Knew embark on The Spring Fling portion of the tour. May 2nd-May 8th, fans can check out Rose Funeral on a short string of headlining dates across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kentucky.

Rose Funeral is touring in support of the band's latest release, "The Gates of Punishment" (reviewed here), which was released on September 27th, 2011. The band completed a video for Beyond The Entombed in late 2011 and can be seen here. More...

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Sawthis To Support Sepultura In Europe

Italian act Sawthis will be support Sepultura for the Kairos East European Tour 2012, which also features Hatsphere on the bill. The band's tour dates are as follows:

20.03 – Riga (Latvia) “Melna Piekdiena”
21.03 – Tallinn (Estonia) “Tapper”
22.03 – Helsinki (Finland) “Virgin Oil”
23.03 – St.Petersburg (Russia) “Orlandina”
24.03 – Moscow (Russia) “Relax Club” (only Hatesphere, Sawthis)
25.03 – Nihzny Novorogod (Russia) “Premio Centre”

At the end of the tour the band will be hitting the recording studio to begin recording the successor to "Egod." For more info on Sawthis, check out the band's official Facebook profile.

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Uneven Structure Posts Tour Video Diary

French act Uneven Structure has checked in via video from the band's current European tour with Protest the Hero.

The tour diary, available via Metal Hammer or through the player below, covers the band's progress across Europe so far and features footage from live shows. The band is playing Manchester tonight, before packing up to play final UK dates in Glasgow tomorrow and London on Friday. The show then moves back to mainland Europe for it's final stretch.

Check out Uneven Structure's debut album, "Februus," which is available to stream for free at the Basick Records Bandcamp page. More...

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Christian Mistress Releases New Music Video

Following on the heels of the release of the band's Relapse Records debut "Possession," Christian Mistress is premiering the video for the song "Pentagram and Crucifix." The clip was shot in the band's hometown of Olympia, Washington and directed by Christine Davis and David Hoekje. Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of Pitchfork or in the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Over & Over
2. Pentagram and Crucifix
3. Conviction
4. The Way Beyond
5. Possession
6. Black to Gold
7. There is Nowhere
8. Haunted Hunted
9. All Abandon

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Sleepwalkers Streaming New Track Online

Los Angeles, California's 6131 Records has premiered a new song from fellow City of Angels residents Sleepwalkers. Entitled "Unloved & Forgotten," the song is taken from the band's forthcoming debut EP, "Addiction To Mistakes," due out on 7"/digital download this Spring.

Sleepwalkers worked with Taylor Young (a member of Twitching Tongues and Nails and engineer on projects for Rotting Out, Xibalba, and many more) to record "Addiction To Mistakes." The resulting EP worth of material showcases a band which has found its niche and solidified its musical direction.

This Summer, Sleepwalkers will be touring extensively in support of "Addiction To Mistakes," waving the LAHC flag high and proud. Specific tour plans will be announced shortly. "Unloved & Forgotten" can be heard online in the player below. More...

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Eths Posts New Video Teaser Trailer

Season of Mist has posted a glimpse of Eths' new video for the song "Adonaï," taken from the band's forthcoming album "III." Check out the video clip below, with the full music video set to be released soon.

Eths also recently announced that the release date of "III" (reviewed here) is being postponed to April 6th (North American date to be announced later).

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Folkodia Streaming New Songs

International folk metal band Folkodia is streaming a few songs from its brand new album "Battles and Myths." Below is a video upload of "Dragonslayer," plus you can also listen to the tracks "Sword of the Vandia" and "Sword of Kings" over on YouTube. Folkodia has released several albums and some of their previous material can be streamed on MySpace. "Battles and Myths" is Folkodia's fifth release, if you count 2010's acoustic album "Forgotten Lore." The band is comprised of musicians from Folkearth and other veterans of the folk scene.

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The Monolith Deathcult Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with The Monolith Deathcult:

"Season of Mist is proud to welcome Dutch madmen The Monolith Deathcult to the roster! The band's forthcoming album is entitled 'Tetragrammaton' and should be out later this year. Each member of The Monolith Deathcult expressed the wish to comment on the signing below."

Robin Kok (Bass/Vocals): "Our newest CD will be a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations and outright nonsense structured around the silliest lyrics we could invent about history and war. I shall have an article published about it in next month's Poststructuralist vs. Leavisite Quarterly in the Theoretical Mathematics & Automatic Rifle Review Supplement."

Michiel Dekker (Guitars/Vocals): "I am afraid that after the release of our upcoming monument of boredom 'Tetragrammaton,' Season of Mist will be called Season of Shit."

Ivo Hilgenkamp (Guitars/Vocals): On probation - Not allowed to say anything.

Sjoerd Visch (Drums): "Just placed an order for the new 745i, leather upholstery, the works. Happiest day of my life (met een F overigens)." More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces North American Tour

Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire OFFICIALLY announced its first ever headlining North American Tour commencing on May 25, 2012 in Philadelphia. This will mark the first tour with new guitarist Tom Hess (Ex-HolyHell/Hess).

Founding member and keyboardist Alex Staropoli had the following comments on the tour:

American and Canadian Rhapsody Of Fire fans have been waiting a long time for our return to North America. We’ve heard your demands and now it’s finally a reality! Rhapsody Of Fire is stronger than ever and ready to bring to you the longest, biggest and best show we’ve ever done in the band’s 15+ years history.

We’re also giving fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face in order to bring us very close to our fans in a very personal and meaningful way.

For dates and venues, check out the poster below (which includes the European dates as well): More...

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Dark Empire Posts Track-By-Track Video

New Jersey's Dark Empire returns to the scene with a third release this March entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." According to a press release, Dark Empire "fuses elements of extreme and classic metal, 70's prog rock, and poetic, meaningful lyrics" and "brings forth a tremendously successful amalgam that is refreshingly unique as well as raw and aggressive."

Today lead guitarist and songwriter Matt Moliti has posted the first in a series of videos going through the album track by track. In the videos, Matt talks about the song writing process, the bands influences for each track and much more. The first video covers the first three songs on From Refuge to Ruin: "A Plague in the Throne Room," "Dreaming in Vengeance," and "The Crimson Portrait". The video is available for viewing below.

Noisecreep.com is also hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from Dark Empire's new album. The song entitled "The Crimson Portrait" can be heard at this location. More...

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Overkill Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Overkill has leaked another behind the scenes video clip surrounding the new record "The Electric Age" coming out March 27th, 2012. In this episode, lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" answers questions about the recording process, themes behind the new record, and how the band keeps the process new and fresh. Check out the video below.

The band also recently released the first single "Electric Rattlesnake" off the upcoming record "The Electric Age." Listen to the song here. Overkill's 16th full length studio album is due out on March 27, 2012. The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012.

Overkill also traveled to Asbury Park, NJ late last month to shoot a brand new music video for the above mentioned track locked away in the historic Paramount Theater. More...

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Soulfly Streaming New Track

Soulfly is streaming the new track "Gladiator" (heard below). The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Enslaved." The album is slated for release on March 13, 2012 through Roadrunner Records.

The track listing for "Enslaved" is as follows:

1. Resistance
2. World Scum
3. Intervention
4. Gladiator
5. Legions
6. American Steel
7. Redemption of Man By God
8. Treachery
9. Plata O Plomo
10. Chains
11. Revengeance

Check out "Gladiator" here:

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Eis Issues New Album Update

German act Eis has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:

"A short update on the new album: Currently, Marlek and I have started rehearsing for the recordings and feel VERY comfortable with the new material.

"So far, four of altogether five tracks are finished already and the fifth in the making. And damn, this is HAUNTING! Very much fitting the atmosphere reigning in our new rehearsal room - coldness, candlelight and Covenant. So to say."

Eis is set to enter the studio on April 2nd, 2012 to record the new material. Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. More info on Eis can be found through the band's Facebook profile.

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VPOAAWAMC Premieres New Song Online

We announced earlier this week that Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot (aka VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx) has signed on for a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin Records, with the first release "In Involuntary Abortion we Trust" coming this April. You can now get a first taste of the album by checking out the song "Mass Suicide with a Rusty Comb" in the player provided below. Kaotoxin Records issued the following press release about the band:

"Bored of all the melodic and trend oriented bands in their neighbourhoods, the urine soaked landscapes of upper Austria, four blastjunkies decided in Autumn 2008 to end this misery and finally form the first 'upper Austrian extreme-metal' band. The band got the clear and brief name VAGINAL PENETRATION OF AN AMELUS WITH A MUSTY CARROT.

"Since then the band worked hard and eagerly on the first songs and finally got onto stage in summer 09. After line-up changes, including the reduction of drummer Max Gufler in exchange for the band’s very tight and sexy drum machine VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC currently is a trio.

"By now they played shows in many countries such as Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican, etc. Their music style can best be described as a mixture of goregrind and slamdeath, which means dancing parts ala Cock And Ball Torture alter with groovy and brutal waves of slam-attacks.

"Next to shows with bands such as Last Days of Humanity, Katalepsy, Ass to Mouth, Satan's Revenge on Mankind, Blood, Abysmal Torment, Rubufaso Mukufo, Aborted, Turronizer, Embalming Theatre, Gore & Carnage, Tibosity, Holocausto Canibal, Beheaded etc. the band released the following CDs so far:

- Split w. Turronizer (Spain)/Pilsen Bastard (Spain)
- Split w. Elite Drug Dealers (Russia) More...

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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Novarock Fest

Austria's Visions of Atlantis has checked in with the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming Novarock Festival:

"Visions of Atlantis is confirmed for the NOVAROCK FESTIVAL 2012 which will take place on the Pannonia FieldsII in Nickelsdorf/Austria from 8th until 10th of June 2012 and feature a monster billing including Metallica, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Nightwish, Evanescence and many many more!

"Soon we will announce more dates for 2012 and details on our upcoming album ETHERA! So, stay tuned friends!!! Yours, VoA-family"

More information on the festival and acquiring tickets can be found at this location. Visions of Atlantis also recently posted studio footage online from the band's time working on the "Ethera" album, which can be viewed here.

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Lethal Saint Posts Up The Hammers Footage

Lethal Saint has posted two live video clips online of the band's performance at the Up The Hammers VII festival. Check out the first clip of "Saint Strikes Back" below and the second clip of "Thunder Strikes" is available after the jump.

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Bursting Veins Inks Deal With Ayam Music

Sweden's Bursting Veins has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal and preparing to release a new song:

"Hey guys!

"Just want to let yall know, last night we signed our first record deal with Ayam Music Group! We're really excited about it!!

"In a few weeks we'll release our new song 'The Only One' I hope you are looking forward to that. We sure do! More to come, stay tuned!"

For more on Bursting Veins, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Titans Eve Posts New Album Recording Footage

Titans Eve has checked in with the following update about the band's progress on the "Life Apocalypse" album:

"The drums for the new album are done! We start rhythm guitars this week. The album will be fully recorded by the end of the month. We're also unveiling album artwork very soon.

"Check out the drums in the player below. It's gonna be a hell of a record!" More...

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Amorphis Comments On Finnish Shows

Amorphis has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Finnish tour dates:

"Are you planning a trip to Finland soon? Well, you should! In April, Amorphis will perform at several classical concert halls in major Finnish towns. The band wants to offer its fans a chance of hearing Amorphis in an environment very different from the usual. After the recent tours abroad, the concert hall tour means charting an entirely new territory."

Esa Holopainen sheds some light on what is to be expected: "The shows will include songs we have not played in a long time as well as acoustic arrangements of our better-known tunes. However, it is not going to be a completely acoustic set. We have toured full power for quite a few years now, and with this concert hall setting and the new repertoire, we want to challenge not only our listeners but also ourselves. We noticed that in fact we have rather many songs that are acoustic or feature plenty of acoustic instruments in their compositions. More...

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Closure Releases "Caught In Lies" Live Video

Belgian act Closure has posted footage of the band performing "Caught in Lies" live on March 4th, 2012. Watch the performance video in the YouTube player below. "Caught in Lies" is taken from Closure's "The Silent Witness March" album.

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Unleashed Streaming New Track

Swedish death metal vikings Unleashed are streaming the new track "Rise of the Maya Warriors" exclusively with Decibel Magazine at this location. The song appears on the the band's forthcoming LP "Odalheim." The album will be released on April 20, 2012 (Europe) and April 24, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for "Odalheim" is as follows:

1. Fimbulwinter
2. Odalheim
3. White Christ
4. The Hour Of Defeat
5. Gathering The Battalions
6. Vinland
7. Rise Of The Maya Warriors
8. By Celtic And British Shores
9. The Soil Of Our Fathers
10. Germania
11. The Great Battle Of Odalheim

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Swallow The Sun Announces Tour With Paradise Lost

Swallow the Sun has issued the following announcement about heading out on the road with Paradise Lost:

"For years we have thought that us and Paradise Lost would be a perfect line-up for a tour, and now it's coming to reality: we're happy and proud to join them on their European tour as their direct support!

"It's been a while since our last tour back in 2010, and we're excited to be back - see you on the road! Join the event, share, share, share, people!!! Cheers!"

2.5. Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
3.5. Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
4.5. La Rodia, Besancon, France
5.5. Le Transbordeur, Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
6.5. Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
7.5. Stereolux, Nantes, France
9.5. Bataclan, Paris, France
10.5. Le 106, Rouen, France
11.5. Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
12.5. Matrix, Bochum, Germany
14.5. Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
15.5. Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
16.5. Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
17.5. KB, Malmö, Sweden
19.5. Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
20.5. Essibfabrik, Köln, Germany
21.5. Backstage, Munich, Germany
22.5. Arena, Vienna, Austria More...

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Crimson Shadows Posts Music Video Teaser

Canada's Crimson Shadows has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming music video release of "Lost in a Dark Forest," which was shot in Pickering and Toronto, Ontario and produced by Ax Media Studios. Check out the clip below.

You can also listen to the band's music by heading over to the Crimson Shadows Facebook profile.

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Antigama Posts Studio Report

Grindcore squad Antigama has issued a studio report on the ongoing recording process for two upcoming releases for Selfmadegod Records, including the "Stop The Chaos" MCD, the first of this duo scheduled to hit. The recording process of "Stop The Chaos" is now fully complete, the mastering and mixing duties completed by longtime band friend and producer Szymon Czech (Nyia, Third Degree), and the MCD slated for release this May.

Available now exclusively via Metal Injection, the new trailer documents recording sessions at Progresja Studios, based in Antigama’s hometown of Warsaw, Poland, the footage edited by Hero Team. Check out the unique, dark trailer below.

Antigama is also in the process of confirming a record release show at Warsaw’s Progresja Music Club with some special guests and friends. More details will be announced very soon.

Following the latest two full-length releases via Relapse, Antigama has returned to the roster of the band's longtime friends at Poland’s Selfmadegod Records. The band is recording several brand new tracks for a 3-way split with Noisear (USA, Relapse) and The Kill (Australia), as well as the "Stop The Chaos" MCD. A new full-length is to be recorded later in the year as well, also for Selfmadegod. More...

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Puteraeon Checks In With Studio Update

Vocalist Jonas Lindblood of Swedish act Puteraeon has issued the following announcement about the progress on the band's "Cult Cthulhu" album:

"Just a short little update! We are currently recording guitars and bass.

"All drums are recorded and there are only a few left on guitar and bass. All guitarsolos are done aswell. Next up within a few days - vocals!

"'Cult Cthulhu' is in progress. Old school Swedish death metal, don't worry folks!"

The album will have 11 tracks and will be mixed by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, At The Gates) at Sonic Train Studios. The album is planned to be released this coming May 2012 via the German label Cyclone Empire.

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Before The Dawn Posts New Music Video

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn posted a new music video for the song "Phoenix Rising." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Rise of the Phoenix," which is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

Check out "Phoenix Rising" here:

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The Order Signs To Massacre Records

Swiss melodic metal band The Order, featuring Gurd guitarist Bruno Spring, has signed with Massacre Records. The band will pay homage to the band's the members grew up with for the first release with the label to be entitled "1986." The album is expected to drop in late July 2012. The band's latest album "Rockwolf" was released in 2009.

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Ignitor To Release Fourth LP

Texas based power metal band Ignitor, featuring vocalist Jason McMaster (Evil United/Ex-Watchtower/Ex-Dangerous Toys) and Agony Column guitarist Stuart "Batlord" Lawrence, will release the band's fourth LP "Year of the Metal Tiger" on April 10, 2012 through MVD. The album artwork can be seen here:

The band is also streaming three tracks from the album ("Beast in Black," "Shadow of the Needle" and "Heavy Metal Holocuast"), which can be heard in the player below: More...

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To-Mera Issues Recording Update

U.K. based prog metal act To-Mera is in the process of recording a third full-length and follow-up to the "Delusions" album. The band has now posted the following recording update online:

"Rhythm guitars on the cusp of completion. Keys in full swing. Next up, acoustic guitars and bass.

"In other news, we can confirm that we are enlisting the skills of the inimitable Brett Caldas-Lima for the mixing and mastering process, set to commence towards the end of May. If the name sounds familiar, check the sleeves from our first two albums."

Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out more info on To-Mera via the band's Facebook profile.

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I Spit Ashes Announces New Album Release

I Spit Ashes signed with Massacre Records at the end of last year, and the band has now issued the following update about releasing the "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light" album:

"It may be known far and wide that we are debuting under the banner of Massacre Records and today the contracts were signed, sealed and delivered. Herewith we proudly announce the date of release of 'INHALING BLACKNESS - REFLECTING LIGHT.'

"The album will be available in end of August worldwide! Once again many thanks for your support. Meanwhile we are looking forward to presenting our album to you in the future please check our tourdates. We get around a lot, so come along!"

You can also listen to I Spit Ashes tracks available for streaming at this location.

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Hortus Animae Releasing 2CD Set

Italian act Hortus Animae has issued the following announcement about releasing a 2CD featuring remastered editions of previous albums:

"The Hortus Animae cult is back!

"A special reissue album titled 'Funeral Nation MMXII' will be released in a 2CD jewelcase set by Thrash Corner Records on April the 10th, 2012.

"The album will contain remastered versions of 'The Blow Of Furious Winds,' 'Waltzing Mephisto' and the never officially released 'The Melting Idols.' A deluxe edition is scheduled to be released later."

For more on Hortus Animae, check out the band's MySpace music page.

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Lakei Signs To Indie Recordings

Norwegian hardcore/sludge metal band Lakei has signed on to Indie Recordings. The debut release entitled "Konspirasjoner" is scheduled for release on April 20, 2012 through the label. The band is also streaming the new track "Ansikter" below.

The album artwork for "Konspirasjoner" can be viewed here:

Check out "Ansikter" streaming here: More...

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Meshuggah Posts "Do Not Look Down" Lyric Video

Meshuggah posted a new lyric promo video for the song "Do Not Look Down." The song appears on the band forthcoming album "Koloss" due out on March 23, 2012 (EU) and March 26, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Koloss" is as follows:

1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down (stream this at this location)
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
6. Marrow
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
8. Swarm
9. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

Check out the video here:

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Alex Krull Issues Details Of Next Atrocity Album

A new interview with mainman Alex Krull, through the latest Napalm Records catalog, revealed some information on the next Atrocity album. The following is an excerpt on Krull's plans for an album trilogy entitled "Okkult":

Q: What does the future hold in store for ATROCITY?

Alex: It wouldn't be ATROCITY, if we hadn’t already composed new material (laughs). Seriously, we no longer have to prove ourselves anymore, but my own drive always brings with it new challenges. That’s the way we will go on.

Q: Are there any concrete plans? A new album perhaps?

Alex: We are working on a album trilogy entitled "Okkult". It will be very dark, epic, and furious. Not just the concept, the music will also be like that. Perhaps it may be best compared with our "Blut" or "Atlantis" albums. I don’t want to give away any more details now, except that we hope to release it in 2012. It will be the perfect soundtrack for the coming apocalypse (laughs).

The "Werk 80" releases were quite successful. Any room for a sequel?

Alex: At the moment there are no plans, but never say ever. Right now we are busy working on "Okkult" and promoting "Die Gottlosen Jahre" DVD. But you never know… One insane idea is all it will take to point Atrocity in a brand-new and exciting direction (laughs).
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The New Black Announces United Riff Service Tour

German groove metal band The New Black announced a string of dates in May with country mates Tieflader in Germany, which is dubbed the "United Riff Service" tour. The band is currently touring in support of its 2011 release "II: Better in Black," which was released in January 2011 through AFM Records.

Confirmed dates for the "United Riff Service" tour are as follows:

10.5. Berlin, DE @ White Trash
11.5. Würzburg, DE @ B-Hof*
12.5. Stuttgart, DE @ Universum
13.5. Köln, DE @ Underground**

* with additional support from A Million Miles and Nump
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Exes For Eyes Posts New Music Video

Canadian groove metal band Exes for Eyes posted a new music video for the song "Stop Thinking, Start Feeling." The song appears on the band's debut LP "The Amsler Grid," which was issued in April 2011 through Year of the Sun Records. The band features former Annihilator bassist Dave Sheldon, who plays guitar with Exes for Eyes and Endast vocalist James Arsenian.

Check out "Stop Thinking, Start Feeling" here:

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Path Of Golconda Seeks Additional Guitarist

German melodic death metal band Path of Golconda is seeking a second guitarist following the departure of Andrew in 2010. The band is currently writing the follow up to the 2009 release "The Return." Interested parties can submit demos in accordance to the following post on the band's official website:

Path of Golconda are in search for a new axeman to complete the songwriting to the next record, play live and have a few beers (and a few more). If you're enthusiastic, dedicated and not completely unable to play your instrument please send an email to band@pathofgolconda.com!

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Kaotik Signs With Massacre Records

Canadian death metal band Kaotik have signed with Massacre Records. The band's debut LP "Starving Death," which was originally self-released by the band in 2011, will see worldwide release through Massacre this summer (exact date has not been announced). The album features vocals by Luc Lemay from the Canadian band Gorguts, and was produced by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath).

The track listing for "Starving Death" (at the time of its self-release) is as follows:

1. War at the Door
2. Carnivorous Madness
3. Creature
4. Lobotomy
5. The Screeching Sound
6. Bad Awakening
7. Pesticide Shower
8. Starving Death
9. Terror
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