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Metal News for March 8, 2012

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48 news articles posted on this day.

Nightwish Posts "Making Of Imaginareum" Trailer

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted a trailer for the "Making of Imaginareum" DVD, which will accompany the Tour Edition of the band's latest album "Imaginareum." The DVD covers the making of the album and the forthcoming movie.

Nightwish is currently on the Finnish leg of the "Imaginareum" World Tour, with remaining dates as follows:

March 10, 2012 - Helsinki Ice hall, Helsinki, Finland
March 11, 2012 - Hakametsä Ice Hall, Tampere, Finland
March 14, 2012 - Lensoveta Culture Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
March 15, 2012 - Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
March 17, 2012 - MVC, Kiova, Ukrainian

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Samandriel Splits With Bassist

Canada's Samandriel has issued the following update about parting ways with the band's bassist Ryan Hopper:

"We regret to inform you folks that Ryan 'Hoops' Hopper, our bassist and one of the founding members of Samandriel has decided to leave the band to focus on school and other pursuits. We are very sad to see him go, and we all wish him nothing but the best. The show on March 2nd couldn't have been a better way for him to go.

"As for the band, it's onward and upward as always. Audition details for prospective bassists to follow shortly. If you or another you know is interested, drop us a line at samandriel@live.com."

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

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Metallica Posts Trailer For Orion Music+More Fest

Metallica posted a trailer for the upcoming first annual Orion Music + More Festival which takes place in Atlantic City on June 23-24, 2012. For a partial list of confirmed acts, head over to this location and for tickets and more information head over to this location. Recently added acts include Suicidal Tendencies and Sepultura.

As previously reported, the event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. Check out the trailer here:

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Marduk Announces North American Tour

Swedish black metal tyrants Marduk will be heading back to North America this summer for a headlining run with 1349, Withered, and Weapon. A full list of tour dates is below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you:

May 31 - Santiago, Chile @ Club 334 **MARDUK only**
June 1 - Puerto Rico, PR @ La Respuesta **MARDUK only**
June 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
June 4 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
June 5 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
June 6 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's
June 7 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
June 8 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
June 9 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
June 10 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
June 11 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
June 12 - Calgary, AB @ Distillery
June 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
June 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 16 - Portland, OR @ Bossanova
June 17 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
June 18 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar **MARDUK only**
June 19 - Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
June 20 - San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room

Marduk will be releasing the band's 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon," in early summer 2012. The track listing, artwork, and release date for the album will be revealed in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, be sure to check out some in-studio photos here on the band's Facebook. Stay tuned for more news about Marduk and "Serpent Sermon" coming soon.

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Voodoo Terror Tribe Releases New Video

New Jersey's Voodoo Terror Tribe has just released a brand new EP entitled "Stands to Reason." The EP is available for purchase at live shows and online on VTT's Bandcamp site. The EP can also be downloaded free of charge at the band's website here.

"Stands to Reason" is the follow up to the group's latest full length release "Symptoms of Sin." With this EP VTT has taken a different approach to its style and sound than what many fans may be used to. This approach however has truly broadened VTT's sound and appeal to a larger audience.

Starting today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of both the censored and uncensored versions of Voodoo Terror Tribe's video for the song "Twenty12." Check out both videos here or through the players available below. More...

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Seas Will Rise Posts New Song

The new Seas Will Rise debut album, "Disease Is Our Refrain," hits stores today and the band has made a new track available via PunkNews. Stream the Seas Will Rise track “A Wish for the Earth” at this location.

From Tempe, Arizona, Seas Will Rise features guitarist Eric Saylor, a founding member of Landmine Marathon. "Disease Is Our Refrain" was recorded and mixed by current Landmine Marathon guitarist Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Phobia) and mastered by From Ashes Rise frontman Brad Boatright (Tragedy, OFF!).

A split release between Man In Decline Records and Anxiety Machine Records, the album is out now as a limited pressing of 500 LPs in assorted colors. The band also has the following upcoming live shows:

Mar 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ BIP
Mar 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Chasers

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Desultor Releasing New Album

Stockholm-based progressive Swedish extremists Desultor are set to unleash their full-length debut, "Masters of Hate," on March 20th via Abyss Records. Formed in 2007, the duo of guitarist/vocalist Markus Joha and drummer Michael Ibrahim has already put out two demos. Dubbed "murder metal" by the musicians who crafted the style, Desultor plays this style of Swedish extreme music. "Masters of Hate" was recorded and mastered by Sverker Widgren at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios. Check out the new track "Black Monday" after the tracklisting. There are also two more new songs, "The Luxury of Pain" and "Denied," streaming over on YouTube.

1. Chapter 1: New Era
2. Black Monday
3. Another World
4. Denied
5. Division Insane
6. Chapter 2: The Phoenix
7. And So We Bleed...
8. The Luxury of Pain
9. Caged
10. Masters of Hate
11. The End More...

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Demon Hunter Posts "True Defiance" Studio Blog

Demon Hunter has posted a new studio video blog online for the band's upcoming album "True Defiance," due out April 10th, 2012. Check out the clip below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Crucifix
2. God Forsaken
3. My Destiny
4. Wake
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. Someone To Hate
7. This I Know
8. Means To An End
9. We Don’t Care
10. Resistance
11. Dead Flowers

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Far West Battlefront Announces New Album

Australian metal band Far West Battlefront has announced that the band inked a deal with Skull and Bones Records and Shock Entertainment for the release of the forthcoming album "Chapters." The release date has been set for Friday April 13th, 2012. Check out the announcement and album teaser in the player below.

The album was recorded with Roman Koester (THE RED SHORE/BORIS THE BLADE), mixed and mastered in Sweden by Fredrik Nordström (BRING ME THE HORIZON, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, DIMMU BORGIR), and features artwork done by Grindesign (ALL SHALL PERISH, METALLICA, AS I LAY DYING, CANCER BATS, SUICIDE SILENCE, THY ART IS MURDER). More...

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Theocracy To Release Album With Bonus Tracks

The Japanese label King Records will release the new Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" in Japan on April 25th. The Japanese edition will include two bonus tracks titled "I'm in a Cage [Neal Morse cover]" and "Martyr [Live in the Studio]".

The track listing for the Japanese edition of "As The World Bleeds" is as follows:

01. The Master Storyteller
02. Nailed
03. Hide in the Fairytale
04. 30 Pieces of Silver
05. The Gift of Music
06. Light of the World
07. Drown
08. Altar to the Unknown God
09. As the World Bleeds
10. I AM
Bonus tracks
11. I'm in a Cage [Neal Morse cover]
12. Martyr [Live in the Studio]

"As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th through Ulterium Records and in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records. Theocracy was also recently covered in the power metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column.

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Over The Edge Streaming Single

Guadalajara hardcore metal band Over The Edge has just posted a lyric video for its new single "Die Motherfucker," which you may stream below or download over at this location. Over The Edge is also streaming another single on the band's Facebook bandpage.

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DragonForce Announces North American Tour Dates

U.K. power metal band DragonForce announced dates for a North American tour in support of "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 (EU) and April 17, 2012 (North America) through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings. This tour marks the band’s first trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on new LP.

The band is streaming the new track "Fallen World," which can be heard at this location. The song can also be downloaded for free by heading over to this location.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

April 21 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 22 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
April 23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
April 25 Montreal, QC Le National
April 26 London, ON London Music Hall
April 27 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
April 28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 29 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
May 1 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
May 2 Calgary, AB Republik
May 4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 5 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 6 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
May 8 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 10 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
May 11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

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The Quill Kicks Off North American Tour

Swedish act The Quill kicked off the band's first ever North American tour last night with the first show in Seattle, WA and will head on to Portland, OR tonight. The tour will run through March 17th in Santa Ana, CA.

The Quill is out supporting the group's latest release "Full Circle" (reviewed here) which was released in 2011 on Metalville Records.

Check out a brief video update from the road below, or catch the band live on the following dates:

3/8: Portland, OR @ Dante's
3/9: Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Bender's Bar & Grill
3/12: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
3/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/14: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp'd
3/15: Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
3/16: Frenso, CA @ The Starline
3/17: Santa Ana, CA @ Malones More...

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Amazon Celebrating March Is Metal Month

Amazon is celebrating March the right way with the March is Metal Month campaign. Lasting for the whole month, the promotion features a number of metal albums all available digitally for under seven dollars.

Included in the digital promotion are twenty-one albums from Century Media artists. A full list of albums can be seen below so be sure to take advantage of this sale by clicking one of the purchase links below!

Aborted - Global Flatline
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Architects (UK) - Here And Now
Deicide - To Hell With God
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
In This Moment - A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
Sleeping Giant - Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
SS-Kaliert - Subzero
Suicide Silence - The Black Crown
TesseracT - One
The Devastated - Devil's Messenger
The Great Commission - Heavy Worship
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Winds Of Plague - Against The World

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The Tide Will Take Us Announces New Album

Wasaga Beach, ON's melodic deathcore band The Tide Will Take Us has announced it will be officially releasing its full-length album "Putrid Dynasty," produced by Jon Howard of Threat Signal and Bjorn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork, on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.

The album is the follow up to the group's self-titled 5-song debut EP, produced by Kent Sheehey (The Vegas Wake Up) and is a sonic fury that is immediately audible as it rips, pounds and rages through your ears. Song names like “Choke On Your Regret,” “Putrid Dynasty,” “Concubine Queen,” and “Metastasize & Consume” demonstrate TTWTU's reach to the deepest, darkest abscesses of the listener’s brain before even a single note sounds and conjures grotesque imagery. The band commented:

"When gearing up to record 'Putrid Dynasty' we wanted to expand our sound, but also keep the same feel as our self-titled EP. Working with two professional musicians was quite the change, though, as it pushed us to write the best material we've written so far. It was a hard adjustment to make and was also very intimidating to work with Jon Howard, Canadian native and vocalist of Threat Signal, but just as rattling if not more to work with Björn 'Speed' Strid of the Swedish Metalcore act Soilwork. We got to explore various tone options for drums, guitars and bass and the vocal tracking was extremely fun and experimental. We are very proud of our full-length album "Putrid Dynasty" and we are very excited for its May 2012 release."

TTWU is now streaming the first single from the album "Choke on Your Regret" through the player below. More...

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Angelus Apatrida Reveals New Album Artwork

Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida are back with a new studio album entitled "The Call," which is to be released on April 30th in Europe and digitally on May 8th in North America via Century Media Records.

The same creative team that worked on the band's previous release, Clockwork, has teamed-up with the group again for this new effort: it was once again recorded in Moita, Portugal at Ultrasound Studio with producer Daniel Cardoso (ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, ANATHEMA, etc.) and the striking artwork was handled by Gustavo Sazes from Abstrata (ARCH ENEMY, KRISIUN, etc.).

In regards to the artwork, ANGELUS APATRIDA comments: "The cover presents the character of the creature that's gonna start the Armageddon. We wanted the beast to look majestic and powerful and we definitely think that Gustavo achieved that. We believe the cover fully represents the spirit of what you are going to listen...and you better be prepared, cause is coming to get you!"

Check out the artwork below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. You Are Next
2. At The Gates Of Hell
3. Violent Dawn
4. It's Rising!
5. Blood On The Snow
6. Killer Instinct
7. The Hope Is Gone
8. Fresh Pleasure
9. Still Corrupt
10. Reborn More...

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Doro To Appear On "That Metal Show"

Reigning queen of metal Doro Pesch, who was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, will be appearing as a guest on VH1 Classic’s Season 10 of “That Metal Show.” Doro commented:

“It’s awesome that there’s such a great and unique metal show on television. ‘That Metal Show’ is my favorite show to watch when I’m in America! I’ve known Eddie Trunk for a very long time. He’s a long-time supporter and I love what he does… and he’s always a great interview when I’m in New York. I’m very excited and looking forward to being on the show!”

Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, the Doro episode will air Saturday, May 12th at 9 p.m. PACIFIC / 11 p.m. EASTERN. Other guests include Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy of The Cult and Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon. To view the complete schedule of guests lined up for Season 10, click here.

Doro will be participating in a live web chat with fans on Tuesday, March 13th at 10:30 a.m. PACIFIC / 1:30 p.m. EASTERN / 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) CET at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room.

Doro’s mammoth 25 Years In Rock 2 DVD/CD set – which has immortalized her 2,500th live concert – was released last September.

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Spawn Of Possession Streaming Entire Album

Spawn of Posession's third full-length album "Incurso" will finally be available for public consumption in North America next Tuesday, March 13th.

To help propagate the pending release of the stellar new LP the diehard 'bangers over at MetalSucks have today published a stream of the entire "Incurso" experience, available right here.

Featuring current and former members of Necrophagist and Obscura, "Incurso" is the first album to be unleashed from Spawn of Possession in over five years, and the band's first for Relapse Records. The legion's first tour in support of "Incurso" begins this Friday, March 9th, and will terrify 27 European cities alongside Obscura, Gorod and Exivious through the first week of April.

"We are super excited about the new album, and the reactions from the fans and media so far has been totally overwhelming" stated SPAWN OF POSSESSION vocalist Dennis Röndum this week. "With the release of Incurso upon us we're about to embark on a European tour in support of the album. I'm looking forward to see a lot of people coming out to the shows and joining the party." More...

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Dog Shredder Premieres New Track From EP

Bellingham, Washington-based trio Dog Shredder has announced "Brass Tactics" 12" has now been confirmed to hit the streets this April 17th via Seattle's Good To Die Records.

The vinyl release follows their 2010 "Boss Rhino" EP. "Brass Tactics" was recorded and mixed by Adam B. Pike at Portland's Toadhouse Studio and Paul Turpin at at Bellingham's Champion Street Sound Studios. Levi Seitz mastered the record at Black Belt Mastering in Seattle. More...

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Catamenia Streaming Re-Recorded Track

Finnish melodic death metal band Catamenia is streaming the re-recorded version of the song "Blackmension" which originally appeared on the band's 2000 release "Eternal Winter's Prophecy." The track is part of the band's forthcoming compilation of re-recorded material entitled "The Rewritten Chapters," which is due out on April 27, 2012 through Massacre Records.

The compilation will feature new keyboardist Jussi Sauvola (Silent Threnody). The album artwork can be seen here: More...

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Adrenaline Mob Streaming New Track

Adrenaline Mob, the progressive metal act from Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, is streaming the new track "Indifferent." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Omertà," which is due out March 13, 2012 through Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Omertà" is as follows:

1. Undaunted
2. Psychosane
3. Indifferent
4. All On the Line
5. Hit the Wall
6. Feelin' Me
7. Come Undone (Duran Duran Cover)
8. Believe Me
9. Down to the Floor
10. Angel Sky
11. Freight Train

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Eye Streaming Songs From Debut

Columbus, Ohio space rock band Eye will be releasing its new album "Center of the Sun" on Kemado records April 3rd. This four-piece progressive rock band is streaming the new epic track "Rik Rite" on YouTube, which we have for you below.

"Center of the Sun" was recorded and mixed at Columbus Discount Recording and Backroads Recording and features cover art by Anthony Yankovic. Eye is influenced by Pink Floyd and other 70's giants, which is very apparent in the band's sound. Check out a second track, "Restorers," over on YouTube. More...

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Impending Doom Releases "Murderer" Video

Impending Doom has debuted a brand new music video for "Murderer" today through Hottopic.com. You can view the video in the player below.

The band will release "Baptized in Filth" on March 13th, 2012. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Machine, this is the bands fourth full length and most ferocious effort to date. The track listing is as follows:

1. Murderer
2. For the Wicked
3. Chaos: Reborn
4. Deceiver
5. Falling Away
6. Absolute Horror
7. Angry Letters to God
8. Baptized in Filth
9. My Light Unseen
10. Death. Ascension. Resurrection More...

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TSO To Release Narrated Version Of Beethoven's LN

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release a narrated version of the band's first non-Christmas oriented LP "Beethoven's Last Night," which was originally released in 2000. The re-issue, dubbed "Beethoven's Last Night: The Complete Narrated Version" will be issued through Rhino Records and hit Walmart stores in the US on March 13, 2012. The album features performances from Savatage members Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain), Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton and Jeff Plate.

The band is streaming the first few tracks with narration here:

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Ashes You Leave Announces New Drummer

Croatian Gothic doom metal band Ashes You Leave announced that the band's new drummer is Saša Vukosav (Father). The band is currently in pre-production and then will enter the studio to record it's sixth release "The Cure For Happiness." The album is scheduled for a 2012 release. The album will also feature new vocalist Giada "Jade" Etro.

The band commented on Vukosav:

It’s with both pride and joy that we welcome Saša Vukosav, one of Croatia’s most talented drummers, to the AYL family. Saša started playing drums at the age of 16 while he was living in Dubrovnik. He moved to Rijeka, to study, where he joined the alternative/metal band FATHER and played with them for eight years. In that period he recorded one album with them and toured Europe quite extensively. During that time he participated in various projects besides Father and that is when he got involved with AYL for the first time. He joined the bend as a touring member in 2004/2005 and participated in the pre-production stage of the Songs Of The Lost album. Due to other commitments the collaboration wasn’t more extensive. Several years later once again Saša stepped in and helped us in the pre-production stage of our new album, called The Cure For Happiness.

Since the drummer seat for AYL was once again vacant there was only one person we wanted on that position. We didn’t want to have a revolving seat, we wanted a serious and a permanent member of the band. Fortunately for us, this time around, Saša said yes! Since he was involved with the band before this felt like we picked up right where we left off.

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Diecast Announces New Tour Dates

Boston metalcore act Dicast has announced a string of new tour dates for this Spring, proudly sponsored by Metalunderground.com. The band is also currently working on an upcoming full-length album. Stay tuned for more Diecast tour dates to surface soon, or catch the band at the following shows:

3/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Morgan
3/16 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship
3/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theater
4/27 – Southbridge, MA @ Mill Street Brews
4/28 – Albany, NY @ Bogies w/ Brick By Brick
4/29 – Long Island, NY @ Broadway Bar
4/30 – Springfield, VA @ Empire (formerly Jaxx)
5/1 – Fayetteville, NC @ Rock Shop
5/2 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
5/3 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewsters Pit
5/4 – Cocoa Beach, FL @ 321 Local
5/5 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local
5/6 – Lake Worth, FL @ Speakeasy Lounge

For more on Diecast, check out the band's official Facebook profile or read through our last interview with the band here. More...

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Paradise Lost Posts "Honesty In Death" Footage

U.K. gothic band Paradise Lost posted behind the scenes footage from the band's video shoot for the track "Honesty In Death" through Metal Hammer's website (shown below). The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Tragic Idol" which will be released on April 23rd in Europe through Century Media Records and April 24th in North America.

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Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Posts New Song

After previously streaming the song "Apis Bull" online, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo has now posted the new track "Through The Thicket... Across Endless Mountains" online from the band's upcoming album "Tree of Tongues."

Check out the song in the player below. "Tree of Tongues" is due out in stores and online May 8th from Mediaskare Records.

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Starve Streaming New 7"

Dutch stoner doom band Starve is streaming its new two-song 7" over on Bandcamp, or you may stream the "White Sludge" and the "Black Sludge" songs below.

The two songs come on the heels of the "Wasteland" album. Starve did a video for the track "This Town is Dead," which follows after the jump. The clip was made as video projection for the Psychocru Il Campeggio party in October. More...

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HP Lovecraft Podcast Streaming

The Soggy Bog has posted its most recent #66 podcast on the theme of HP Lovecraft, which you may stream over at this location. A list of the 26 artists streaming in the podcast follows below, with background music from the album "Dead but Dreaming" by Subterrestrial providing the audio backdrop.

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” H.P. Lovecraft More...

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Blood Red Water Streaming EP

Venetian sludge quartet Blood Red Water is streaming its new five-song debut EP "Tales of Addiction and Despair" at this location. The EP was recorded at Flameout studio and the cover art was done by Sparta. The lyrics of dopesickness and despair are all written by vocalist Michele, who delves into her life's experiences to paint bleak sonic pictures. Stream all five songs from the EP below.

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Krampus Posts Studio Video Diary

Italian eight piece folk metal act Krampus has posted a new studio video diary online from the band's time working on a new album at BlackMirror Studios.

Check out this new footage below, or find more details on Krampus via the band's Facebook profile. Additional info on the upcoming album will be announced as it is made available.

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Grand Magus Signs To Nuclear Blast

Swedish heavy metal trio Grand Magus has announced that the band has signed a new record deal with German based label, Nuclear Blast Records, which will release the group's new album, "The Hunt" this Spring. Frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson said about the signing:

"Grand Magus have finally found their hailing port – we’ve wrapped up a deal with the mighty Heavy Metal label Nuclear Blast. By this, a new chapter will be opened, both in our band and in metal history. With The Hunt we will consequently keep on marching down the metallic path we’ve started to pursue over the course of the past years. Be prepared to be lined up in our sights from the end of May on, when The Hunt will strike! FUCK THE WORLD!"

Nuclear Blast label manager Andy Siry added: "We’re delighted to welcome Grand Magus to the Nuclear Blast family. These guys class among the best today’s Heavy Metal scene has to offer, though Grand Magus are MUCH more than just that. Both live and on their albums, Grand Magus are terrific, plus they indicate a continuous development. This is why we’re happy to turn over a new leaf in the history of band and label."

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New Suffocation Interview Footage Posted

Recent interview footage with U.S. technical death metal band Suffocation was posted on the web. The interview was conducted by IRKA in Poland, where the band is wrapping up its Eastern European tour (which ends in Moscow on Friday, March 9, 2012). The band is now featuring the return of Dave Culross on drums, who replaced the recently departed Michael Smith.

Check out the interview here:

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Engel Posts "Blood Of Saints" Info Video

Swedish industrial metal band Engel posted a new info video the forthcoming album "Blood of Saints." The video features guitarist Marcus Sunesson and drummer Jimmy Olausson speaking about the new album. The LP is due out on May 18, 2012 through Season of Mist Records.

Check out the video here:

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Sister Posts New Music Video

Swedish sleaze/punk metal band Sister posted a new music video for the song "Spit On Me." the track appears on the band's latest LP "Hated" which was released in June 2011.

Check out the video here:

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Running Wild Posts "Riding The Tide" Teaser Clip

Running Wild posted a teaser clip from the track "Riding the Tide" (heard below), which appears on the comeback album "Shadowmaker." The album is expected for release on April 20, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through SPV Records.

In other news, a message was posted by Rock 'N' Rolf Kasparek (shown below), as the Running Wild mainman will conduct three record store appearances in Germany for the release of the "Shadowmaker." The appearances will be as follows:

Friday, April 20, 2012 @ HOT SHOT Records, Hannover (5:30 pm)
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ HOT SHOT Records, Bremen (5:30 pm)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ SATURN, Hamburg (5:30 pm)

In the remaining part of the message, Kasparek indicated that apparently a national socialist website is using the band's "Riding the Storm" song as a theme and that he did not give permission for the use of the song nor is affiliated in any way with the site. Long time Running Wild fans are well aware of Rolf's vehement stance against national socialism. The song "Bad to the Bone" from the 1989 release "Death or Glory" is a testament to that stance.

Check out the statement here: More...

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Demonic Slaughter Streaming New Track

Polish black metal band Demonic Slaughter are streaming the new track "Blades of Decay" exclusively through Metal Recusants at this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming EP "Dark Essence," which is due out at the end of March through Hellthrasher Productions.

The album artwork and track listing for "Dark Essence" is as follows:

1. Into Frozen Passage
2. Inner-Self Transfiguration
3. Into the Unknown
4. Black Storm Invocation
5. Descending Towards Oblivion
6. Blades of Decay
7. Vampyr

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Lullacry Posts Album Teaser Part V

Finnish symphonic gothic metal band Lullacry posted part five of a video album teaser series for the the band's fifth release "Where Angels Fear." The album is scheduled for release on April 10, 2012 (North/South America) through End of the Light Records and April 16, 2012 (EU) through Scarlet Records. The album is now available in Scandinavia through the band's own label OUTCO Recordings.

The track listing for "Where Angels Fear" is as follows:

1. Antidote to You
2. Still An Angel
3. Thousand Suns
4. Feel My Revenge
5. Bad Blood
6. All Behind
7. Gone Are the Days
8. I Am
9. Broken (Into Pieces)
10. Where Angels Fear
11. Stay
12. Love & War More...

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Sabaton To Release English & Swedish Version Of LP

Swedish power metal band Sabaton has confirmed that the new LP "Carolus Rex" will be released as a "two-in-one-album" featuring the all Swedish version and an all English version. The band posted the following announcement about the album:

We can now confirm that our new album will be available in both English and Swedish language. The topics of the songs will remain quite the same and deals with the Swedish Empire, from it’s rise to it’s fall. 'Carolus Rex' will be available for purchase on single Swedish CD (Sweden only) and single English CD plus a limited edition which features a double CD with both language versions. The double CD will also feature a different cover artwork. The release is set for Europe and in North America the last week of May, but already now you can pre-order the album (click here: Nuclear Blast Mailorder) .

It’s produced by Peter Tägtgren who is also doing guest vocals on one song. During the recording of “Carolus Rex” we also recorded a song where Joakim sings in German, a cover of “Feuer Frei” by Rammstein.

We are currently booking a huge tour and will present more countries in the upcoming days!

The track listing for the English version is as follows:

1. Dominium Maris Baltici
2. The Lion From the North
3. Gott Mit Uns
4. A Lifetime of War
5. 1648
6. The Carolean’s Prayer
7. Carolus Rex
8. Killing Ground
9. Poltava
10. Long Live the King
11. Ruina Imperii More...

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Firewind Unveils "Few Against Many" Cover Artwork

Power metal band Firewind unveiled the album artwork for the band's forthcoming LP "Few Against Many." The album is scheduled for on May 21, 2012 through Century Media Records (EU) and May 22, 2012 through DisManic Distribution via E1 Music (North America).

The artwork can be seen here:

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Assignment Completes Third LP

German power/progressive act Assignment has completed work on the band's third release entitled "Inside the Machine." The album is conceptual in nature and features guest vocal performances from Robin Beck, Michael Bormann (Ex-Jaded Heart/Bonfire), Mats Leven (ex-Candlemass/Adagio) and Carsten Kaiser (Ex-Angel Dust/Everflow), as well as the guitar performance of Bernie Versailles (Redemption) on the cover of Meatloaf's "Nowhere Fast." The band's last release was the album "Disunion Denied" in 2008.

No release date has been set for "Inside the Machine," as the band is currently seeking a recording deal through management company Rock N Growl.

A teaser video for the new release can be heard here:

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Barren Earth Streaming New Track Online

After previously premiering three new songs online through Metalunderground.com, Finland’s face of progressive death metal, Barren Earth, has teamed up with The A.V. Club to premiere a fourth new track.

The song “As It Is Written,” from the band’s impending sophomore release, "The Devil’s Resolve," is now available for streaming here. "The Devil’s Resolve" will hit stores next week, on March 13th, via Peaceville Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition)
10. World in Haze (Special Edition)

Mixed by Dan Swanö (Opeth/Katatonia) at Unisound, "The Devil’s Resolve" continues with all the trademarks one has come to associate with Barren Earth: brutal riffs, gloomy growls, majestic melodies, as well as acoustic and progressive passages. But this time the band has delved even deeper, taking this sophomore effort to the extremes through musical landscapes encompassing brutal death metal, doomy vocals, trippy 70’s prog. lunacy, pastoral passages and even bagpipes. For more of Barren Earth, check out the band's recently posted music video for "The Rains Begin" at this location.

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Militia Reveals New Album Track Listing

The new Militia CD "Strength and Honor" is set for release this coming March 15th, with pre-orders currently available by contacting the band.

Militia has now revealed the album's track listing will be as follows:

1. A Call To Arms
2. Furious
3. The Judas Dream
4. Before The Fall
5. Doomed
6. And The Gods Made War
7. Onslaught
8. Injustice
9. The Black Marauders
10. Unveil The Faith
11. We Need A New Enemy

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The Contagion Effect Releases New EP For Free

Baltimore, Maryland based death metal act The Contagion Effect has released the band's new EP "The Dichotomy of Reality" online for streaming and as a free download. Check out the release through the player below, or find more details on The Contagion Effect through the band's Facebook profile.

The "Dichotomy of Reality" track listing is as follows:

1. 3.765.5
2. Desistance
3. Exsanguination
4. A Global Abortion
5. 1120 A.E. (After Extinction) More...

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Dragonlord Signs With Spinefarm/Universal

S.F. Bay area blackened thrash act DragonLord, which is led by Testament’s Eric Peterson and was recently featured in Metalunderground.com's Unearthing the Metal Underground column, just inked a new record deal with Spinefarm/Universal Records.

The band plans to enter the recording studio very soon to start work on a third album. A release date is set for this fall. Further details will be announced as they are made available.

Peterson stated, “This time around we’ve created some pretty mature sounding symphonic blackened thrash. It will have more of a melodic touch to it and memorable song structures. It’s still gonna be heavy as hell, but it’s gonna be a well-rounded record. New songs 'Kings Frost,' 'The Devil’s Insight,' and 'Battle at Mordor' will surely raise the hairs on your back!”

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Ocean Architecture Performance Footage Available

Tennessee's Ocean Architecture has uploaded live footage of the band performing the tracks "Metatheory" and "The Last Stand" live in Nashville at The End on December 7th, 2011. Watch the performance footage in the player below.

Ocean Architecture also recently posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Animus" album, which can be found at this location.

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In Mourning Posts "The Weight Of Oceans" Trailer

In Mourning will be releasing the new album "The Weight of Oceans" via Spinefarm Records on April 18th, 2012. The band has released a teaser trailer online for the album featuring snippets of the songs to appear on the release. Check out the trailer below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Colossus
2. A Vow To Conquer The Ocean
3. From A Tidal Sleep
4. Celestial Tear
5. Convergence
6. Sirens
7. Isle Of Solace
8. The Drowning Sun
9. Voyage Of A Wavering Mind More...

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