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Metal News for March 8, 2013

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Onirophagus Announces EP Re-Issue

Xtreem Music has reached an agreement with Spanish death/doom act Onirophagus for the imminent re-issue of the band's debut mini CD "Defiler of Hope," which was previously released on a limited run of 250 copies in early 2012.

Due to demand and the impending release of the band's new album (also through Xtreem Music), this EP will be available again to a wider audience. The label comments:

"Despite incorrect information around (i.e. www.Metal-Archives.com), 'Defiler of Hope' is not a full length album, but a 6-song EP with a lengthy duration of over 34 min, displaying a fucking heavy and solemn brand of dark death/doom for lovers of bands like Dying Bride, Asphyx, Paradise Lost, Incantation, Evoken, Autopsy, Ophis, and Immolation.

"Onirophagus added two new members since the recording of this EP namely Khrorum (bass) and Ghorth (guitars), completing a full live lineup and are near to finish the composition of debut full length album 'Prehuman," which will be recorded during May for a late-summer release."

The "Defiler of Hope" re-issue is due out through Xtreem Music this coming April 1st, 2013.

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Marilyn Manson To Join Alice Cooper On Tour

Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper are joining forces for the Masters of Madness tour this summer. The following shows have been announced:

- June 4, Salt Lake City
- June 26, St. Charles, MO
- June 28, Rockford IL

More date announcements are expected to follow shortly. Check out the promotional poster below. More...

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Guerra Total Releases New Album

Colombian act Guerra Total has released "Antichristian Zombie Hordes," which consists of nine tracks and 37 minutes. Check out the song "Invasion Demoniaca" in the SoundCloud player below.

Forgotten Wisdom Productions also commented on the release: "With their new album Antichristian Zombie Hordes, Guerra Total have mastered the way of spitting pure and evil speed/thrash metal! Riffs that remind you thrash metal is not dead and make you bang till your head bleeds! Colombia's finest, uncut metal and zombies from Hell!" More...

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The Kennedy Veil Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Sacramento, CA's modern death metal act The Kennedy Veil will be taking part in select dates for the return of Unique Leader's annual extreme metal tour, "Bloodletting North America." The Kennedy Veil will be helping to kick things off on the West Coast, opening for Gorod, Inanimate Existence, Kamikabe, and Vale of Pnath.

Drummer Gabe Seeber had the following to say about the band being added to a few dates on the upcoming tour:

"I know I speak for the rest of TKV in saying that we are extremely excited to be part of this tour with UL label mates Gorod, Kamikabe, Inanimate Existence, and our good friends in Vale of Pnath. We will be entering NB Recording in Santa Rosa, CA with producer Nick Botelho, to begin recording our upcoming debut full length, 'Trinity of Falsehood' this Spring, so be on the lookout for updates on that as well! We can't wait to really hit the road this year in support of our upcoming album, and this quick run is just the beginning of spreading the TKV name from coast to coast and anywhere else we can travel to. To all our West Coast fans... We'll see you in May!" More...

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Batillus Streaming Full New Album

Batillus will drop a new full-length album this coming March 19th, 2013. Titled "Concrete Sustain," the follow-up to 2011’s "Furnace" (reviewed here), was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room.

The full album is now available for streaming online via MetalSucks.net. Check out all of "Concrete Sustain" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Concrete
2. Cast
3. Beset
4. Mirrors
5. Rust
6. Thorns More...

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Altar Of Pain Posts New Music Video

Portuguese death metallers Altar of Pain have just released a music video for the new song entitled "Sentient Hive Mind," featuring a guest solo by Daniel Ibarcena (Avoidant guitarist). Check out the video clip below. You can also download the track for free over at the Altar of Pain Bandcamp page here.

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Enthroned Working On New Album

Belgium's Enthroned has checked in with the following announcement about working on an upcoming new album:

"Enthroned is currently working on the composition process of our 10th studio album which will mark the 20th anniversary of the band, we take this opportunity to officially announce that Noens which was performing the live guitar duties (replacing Nornagest who suffers from tendinitis and therefore cannot play long shows anymore) is now a permanent member of Enthroned and will assume his new duties under the name of ZarZax.

"The next album will then feature the essence of three guitarists for the first time within the history of the band. For those who would wonder; Nornagest is still composing as he always did and recording during the studio sessions.

"ZarZax proved himself to be such a dedicated element to the band and its concept, that inviting him to be a 100% part of this journey was more than a natural choice! Welcome to the Blackened Horde Frater!"

For more info on Enthroned, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Clutch Premieres New Song "Crucial Velocity"

Clutch has premiered another track from its upcoming album "Earth Rocker" over on NPR. The song, "Crucial Velocity," can be streamed over at this location. Clutch also kicks off he first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour tonight in Cincinnati, OH - which runs through April 20th in Baltimore, MD. Support on the first leg will come from Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child.

The second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour was recently announced and will kick off May 1st in Richmond, VA - running through May 26th in San Antonio, TX. Support on this leg comes from The Sword and Lionize. The band will also be playing at two SXSW Music Festival appearances in Austin, TX this year. They will play two official shows.

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Agharti Signs With WormHoleDeath

WormHoleDeath has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Agharti:

"We are extremely honored to announce the long awaited signing from Croatian rock band Agharti. Wormholedeath will release their massive debut album titled 'Change' world-wide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. The album was produced and recorded at Mathlab Recording Studio (Italy) by Jonathan Mazzeo then mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (The Agonist) in Montreal. Release date is due during 2013, still to be scheduled. You can stream the album preview below."

A&R “Worm” stated: “Agharti are the typical band that every label dreams. We first met in Austria and they seemed to be so professional, humble and nice. Their songs were already well written and sounded great but they were also so eager to work with us on their music as they knew that they couldn’t be critical like us. For that reason me and Jonathan decided to invest in them and went to Zagreb to work in their practice room. We understood each other perfectly and they listened to everything we had to say, it has been great. We also cooperated closely on the choices to take for their final sound, image, cover, pictures and the result is under the light of the sun, just check it out. I am sure that you all will hear a lot about them since this is just the beginning of their career. Support this band, Agharti really deserve your attention.”

The band also commented: “We are happy to announce that Agharti has signed a deal with WormHoleDeath and that soon our full length album titled ‘CHANGE’ will be out worldwide. Working with WormHoleDeath was great – we clicked well from the very beginning and we know that together we will make great things. We’re very thankful for all the advice they gave us in the process of making the album and we can only hope for this cooperation to last because we have a lot more to give, share and create.” More...

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Claymords Releases New Music Video

Norwegian act Claymords has released a new music video for "Scum of the Earth," which can be viewed below. The video was produced by Dispenser Media and directed and shot by Snorre A. Hovdal. The "Scum of the Earth" album will be released later this year through WormHoleDeath.

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The Disease Concept Streaming New Songs

Cleveland sludge band The Disease Concept recently added new bass player Rob Hultz to the fold and is streaming a few songs from its upcoming release "Your Destroyer." The album follows up 2012's EP "Liquor Bottles and Broken Steel." Below is an upload of "Bad Credit and Dead Friends." You can also stream three other tracks from the upcoming album, "Life is Shit," "You're Doing it Wrong" and "Razorface," over on The Disease Concept's Facebook page. "Your Destroyer," whose art was done by Scott Stearns, is out in vinyl form on Totem Cat Records and CD format on Doomentia Records.

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Deceased Kicking Off Mini-Tour Tonight

Deceased will be embarking on a mini-tour of the U.S. today, with Gravehill as direct support. Says Deceased frontman King Fowley: "It's time to smash it to the fucking wall! Deceased and Gravehill on the march - ugly lives!"

Adds Gravehill's Mike Abominator, "We look forward to killing out on the road with the mighty DECEASED! The power of these stinky cadavers compells you!"

Dubbed "March of the Cadavers," the tour is confirmed for the following dates/venues:

March 8th @ ZIGGYS in Chattanooga, Tennessee *
March 9th @ HOOLIGANS in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 10th @ ROCKY POINT CANTINA in Tempe, Arizonia
March 11th @ SLIDEBAR in Fullerton, California
March 12th @ THE JOINT in Los Angeles, California
March 13th @ ELBO ROOM in San Francisco, California
March 14th @ BURT'S TIKI LOUNGE in Salt Lake City, Utah
March 15th @ AQUALUNG in Denver, Colorado
March 16th @ FUBAR in St. Louis, Missouri *
* No Gravehill at these shows

In recent news, Deceased announced work on a new album for Hells Headbangers, entitled "Ghostly White." King Fowley had the following to say about the forthcoming album:

"This record will be a very produced musical journey that will capture the complete morbid side of Deceased. If we do what we are setting out to do, it will ooze of dark melody without forgetting the rough aggressive edges and catchiness in the songwriting that we've kept in our sound since day one. There will be a complete haunting aura throughout the record! A few songs will be lengthy tracks, including a 15-minute ride. Fitting interludes will lock in the actual tracks, and little jolts of madness will also rear their ugly heads from time to time. This is a musical adventure we've been waiting to take, and now's the time. Get out your woolen overcoats, the funeral is about to begin...." More...

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Black Star Riders Reveals New Album Details

Black Star Riders - the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth) - has announced "All Hell Breaks Loose" as the title for the group's debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released worldwide on the following dates:

May 21st – Japan
May 22nd - Sweden
May 24th – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
May 27th – U.K., France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary
May 28th – U.S., Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick states: “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.”

Produced & mixed by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), the track listing for "All Hell Breaks Loose" is:

01. All Hell Breaks Loose
02. Bound For Glory
03. Kingdom Of The Lost
04. Bloodshot
05. Kissin’ The Ground
06. Hey Judas
07. Hoodoo Voodoo
08. Valley Of The Stones
09. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain't So Bad

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track “Right To Be Wrong” and a “Making of” DVD. A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed below. More...

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Debauchery Signs With Massacre

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Debauchery:

"We're thrilled to announce the signing of Germany's death metal warmachine DEBAUCHERY! In post-apocalyptic times the Blood God starts the death metal Warmachine again.

"10 years of constant warfare have made Debauchery even more brutal and sinister. Battlefields all over the world, from Russia to China, all across Europe were left victorious. Most of the well-known festivals - Wacken, Summer Breeze, With Full Force - were destroyed. On the campaigns Debauchery followed bands like Napalm Death, Destruction, Six Feet Under and more.

"The Blood God and his Murder Squad strode beside icons like Slayer, Venom, Immortal and Saxon - always recognizable because of their gore-drenched shows, half-naked Blood Babes and mutilated body parts. More...

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Brutal Truth Gearing Up For Live Shows

The blazed henchmen of grindcore, Brutal Truth, will storm through the Northeast U.S. with two shows next week, and have confirmed the crashing of a round of European metalfests.

Next Saturday, March 16th, Brutal Truth will raid Brooklyn to pummel the Saint Vitus bar with support from Total Fucking Destruction [double Hoak duty!], Psychic Limb, and Hivesmasher, on the way to the Philthadelphia Infest in Philly the next night with Master, Malignancy, Embalmer, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse, and labelmates Devourment.

This Spring and Summer, Brutal Turth will raid European audiences several times, confirmed to hit Stockholm, Sweden on April 18th, followed by participation on Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise with Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, and others over the following days. July will take the bastards back to Europe once again to slaughter crowds at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia and Stonehenge Fest in Holland.

Brutal Truth assaulted the masses with the monstrous "End Time" LP in September 2011. Stream "End Time" in its entirety at the horde’s official Bandcamp here.

3/16/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Total Fucking Destruction, Psychic Limb, Hivesmasher
3/17/2013 Gunner's Run - Philadelphia, PA @ Philthadelphia Infest w/ Devourment, Master
4/18/2013 Püssy A Go Go - Stockholm, Sweden
4/19/2013 Close-Up Båten cruise w/ Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, etc.
7/24/2013 Metal Days Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia w/ Mayhem, In Flames, Exhumed, Meshuggah
7/27/2013 Stonehenge Festival - Steenwijk, Netherlands

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New Necrocurse Track Streaming

Extreme music journal Worm Gear Zine has posted an exclusive world premier of the song "The Devil Cobra" off of "Grip of the Dead," the forthcoming debut full-length from Swedish morbid death metal rebels Necrocurse. The song, in all its hellish glory, has been posted at this location.

"Grip Of The Dead" will be out on March 11th in Europe and March 19th North America via Pulversied Records. The album contains eleven tracks, with the vinyl version including a re-recorded version of the track "Souls Of A Thousand Funerals" (from the "Shape of Death" MCD) as an additional bonus track. The vinyl version for "Grip of the Dead" will be a joint collaboration between Blood Harvest Records and To The Death Records.


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Fit For A King Streaming New Track

For Fit For A King and the band's fans, months of anticipation are about to pay off. The Texas act has spent recent weeks unveiling new music via outlets as diverse as Alternative Press, Noisecreep, and Absolute Punk.

Now, less than a week before the release of its Solid State Records debut, "Creation/Destruction" - in stores and online March 12th - the band is dropping another ferocious new track, “The Lioness,” as a final preview via Revolver. Listen to “The Lioness” now right here.

“The song tells the story of a man who sells his soul to Satan in exchange for happiness, but finds out that in doing so, he only finds death,” vocalist Ryan Kirby explains to Revolver. “I came up with the concept because the desire for material things and temporary happiness was something I have personally struggled with a lot. And this song serves as a reminder for me of the fate that awaits me if I fall into that lifestyle.”

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Jungle Rot Drum Video Available

Wisconsin death metal force Jungle Rot will be releasing "Terror Regime" on March 19th, 2013. A new video clip is now available online discussing the impact drummer Jesse Beahler had on the band's eighth studio album. Check out the video clip via Drum Magazine here or in the player below.

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U.D.O. Reveals New Album Track Listing

German heavy metal masters U.D.O. have unveiled the track listing for their upcoming studio album “Steelhammer,” which is available below. The album is set be released on May 24th in Europe and May 21st in the U.S.

01. Steelhammer
02. A Cry Of A Nation
03. Metal Machine
04. Basta Ya
05. Heavy Rain
06. Devil's Bite
07. Death Ride
08. King Of Mean
09. Timekeeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
Bonus track on limited digipak: Shadows Come Alive More...

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Magenta Harvest Gearing Up To Record Album

Finnish death metal act Magenta Harvest has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio:

"Magenta Harvest started as a two-man project in 2005 when former ...and Oceans members Timo K and Janne wanted to continue making early ...and Oceans kind of music.

"Years later the project has been transformed into a full 5-piece band, when bassist Jonas (Chthonian, The Iniquity Descent), Guitarist Timo H and latest addition singer Mathias (Finntroll, Chthonian, The Iniquity Descent) joined in the line-up.

"After two well-received EPs: a Familiar Room (2011) and Apparition Of Ending (2012), the band is ready to enter studio (SoundSpiral Audio) in May and record as yet untitled full-length album with Juho Räihä."

The release date is planned for the summer/fall 2013 according to Finnish label Inverse Records. For more info on Magenta Harvest, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Usnea Streaming Self-Titled Album

Portland funeral doom act Usnea has released a self-titled EP, which is now available for streaming through the Bandcamp player below. You can also buy the physical version through Orca Wolf Records.

According to a statement from the band, the release "fuses elements of funeral and death doom, sludge metal, black metal, and esoteric drone into an oppressive 30 minute journey of anger and despondency."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Chaoskampf 12:47
2. Brazen Bull of Phalaris 17:30
3. Monuments to Avarice 14:22
4. Empirical Evidence of a Deranged God 10:21 More...

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Naioth Shoots New Music Video

Chilean metallers Naioth have finished filming their second official video for the track “Death Elements.” The video was directed and filmed by Mauricio Duran from Tejevientos Films," who also worked on the previous music video “Dance of Light.”

The track “Death Elements” comes off the band's debut album “Dance of Light,” released in July 2012 via Digmetalworld. The 9 track album is available for free download at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Born
2. Seed of Truth
3. Inside
4. Dance of Light
5. Death Elements
6. Mental Walls
7. The Alchemyst
8. Paradox Spheres
9. Fast More...

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Everything Went Black Announces U.S. Shows

The St. Louis-based metallic hardcore group Everything Went Black has announced dates for an upcoming U.S. tour, including select dates with the New York hardcore/punk band Vice. Additionally, the band will act as support for label mates Mutilation Rites on an upcoming stop in St. Louis with Inter Arma on March 11th.

Everything Went Black is continuing to support debut album "Cycles of Light," which About.com praised for its "neck-destroying breakdowns" and "wailing lead sections." The album is currently available on CD right here.

3/11 St. Louis, MO - Fubar w/ Mutilation Rites, Inter Arma
3/12 St. Louis, MO - Fubar
4/1 Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
4/3 Ashtabula, OH - West End 2153
4/4 Syracuse, NY - 3 Fat Guys #
4/5 Corning NY, - Corning VFW #
4/6 Braddock, PA - Dock 5 #
4/7 Roanoke, VA - Elegy’s House #
4/8 Prestonsburg, KY - Jenny Wiley Convention Center #
4/9 Knoxville, TN - Long Branch Saloon #
4/10 Evansville, IN - The Hatch
4/11 Springfield, MO - The Lemondrop
4/12 Columbia, MO - Roxy’s
4/13 Kansas City, MO - Club Mustache
4/28 Maplewood, MO - Encapsulated Studios
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Ancient VVisdom Updates Tour Schedule

Having just completed an extensive North American tour alongside Enslaved, Pallbearer, and Royal Thunder, Texas-based dark rockers Ancient VVisdom have announced plans to return to the U.K. in support of their sophomore release "Deathlike."

There, the band will support Norwegian rockers Audrey Horne (featuring members of Enslaved, Sahg and Deride) and Sahg rounds out the bill. After wrapping up a current U.S. tour with Royal Thunder, Ancient VVisdom will next be seen featured on several showcases at the annual South by Southwest Festival, including performances alongside acts such as Clutch, Orange Goblin and several more.

Ancient VVisdom's new album "Deathlike" was recorded in the band's hometown of Austin at Diamond Factory Studios (Mammoth Grinder, Phobia) while being mixed and mastered by Jason Buntz (Jet, The Darkness, Trail of Dead) and Jack Control. More...

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Castle Announces New Tour Dates

Female-fronted doom thrashers Castle have announced a slew of headlining tour dates along the West Coast before they depart to Europe to support heavy proggers Intronaut on a spring tour that includes a stop at the prestigious Roadburn Festival.

Immediately following the Intronaut tour, Castle will perform at the Netherlands' Doom Fest and London's Desertfest, where the band will play alongside acts including Cough, Pentagram, and recent tour mates Witch Mountain. Additionally, Castle has also been announced to appear on the third annual Doom In June festival in Las Vegas.

Due to the Intronaut tour, Castle will not be able to attend the April 21 Juno Awards (Canada's equivalent of the Grammys) ceremony in Regina, Sask., where the band's 2012 release "Blacklands" is nominated in the "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" category. More...

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Amorphis Posts Video Studio Report #4

Amorphis posted the four in studio report for the band's upcoming new LP "Circle." The album is set for release on April 19, 2013 (EU), April 22, 2013 (UK) and April 30, 2013 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Circle" is as follows:

1. Shades of Gray
2. Mission
3. The Wanderer
4. Narrow Path
5. Hopeless Days (streaming here)
6. Nightbird’s Song
7. Into the Abyss
8. Enchanted by the Moon
9. A New Day
10. Dead Man’s Dream (Bonus Track)

Check out the video report here: More...

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Livin Garden Comments On Upcoming Album

Brazilian act Livin Garden has revealed the name of the band's upcoming album as "Bring It On." You can also check out a live video of Livin Garden performing the album's title track at Otacílio Rock Festival below. Lead singer/bass player Gabriel Canoro comments:

"Bring It On means where we are mentally and musically right now. The feeling that nothing can stop us is unavoidable and stronger than ever.

"We face so many obstacles everyday to remain as a band and at the end, we always find ourselves standing tall as winners. This is gonna be one of the best rock albums of the year and you will see that Bring It On speaks for itself when you listen to it. Ambitious? Maybe, but that’s what makes us Livin Garden." More...

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Warbreath Reveals New Album Details

Chilean thrash band Warbreath has revealed details on upcoming debut album "Gates Of Beyond," set to be released on March 17th, 2013 via Digmetalworld Records.

The album was recorded at Ignacio Figueroa's Estudios in Viña del Mar, Chile. The cover art (available below) was designed by Christopher Peters "A.K.A. Trejoe at Deviant Art" and the track listing is as follows:

1. Evilution
2. Devastation
3. Hell Fire
4. Wander
5. Seed of fire
6. Bound to no man’s land
7. Kill the Mind
8. On my way to Acheron

Warbreath is:

Carlos Escobar: Lead Vocals/ Rhythm Guitars
Lead Ronny: Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Alex Cluster: Bass / Backing Vocals
Gustavo Lara: Drums / Backing Vocals More...

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More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

Rock Band players: there's still more achievements to be earned and demon goat basses to be unlocked, and this week there's a smattering of new metal on the Rock Band Network to play along with. For those rocking on the Xbox 360, you now have access to these songs:

A Life Once Lost - “Madness is God” (80 MSP)
Ava Inferi - “Onyx” (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - “Synesthesia (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Deception of a Ghost - “American Terrorist (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Fail Emotions - “Transformation Pt. 1” (80 MSP)
I See Stars - “Filth Friends Unite” (160 MSP)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - “Widower” (160 MSP)

PS3 players will instead get two new tracks on 3/12 (North America) and 3/13 (Europe):

Dir En Grey - "Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita" ($1.99)
Vegan Black Metal Chef - "Make the Sauce" ($0.99)

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Empyrios To Release New LP "Zion"

Italian progressive metal act Empyrios, featuring DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni, will release the new LP "Zion" though Scarlet Records on April 23, 2013. The album marks the first release since 2008's "The Glorious Sickness."

The track listing for "Zion" is as follows:

1. Nesciencek
2. Domino
3. Masters
4. Reverie
5. Unplugged
6. Renovation
7. Wormhole
8. Square One
9. ZION
10. Blackmail
11. Madman More...

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Stratovarius Posts "Halcyon Days" Music Video

Finnish symphonic metal masters Stratovarius posted a new music video for the track "Halcyon Days." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Nemesis," which is out now via earOne Music (EU) and Armoury Records in North America (see MetalUnderground.com's review at this location).

The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind. At once aggressive and sinister in its almost techno-influenced stormy moments, the chorus and bridge of “Halcyon Days” reflects serenity with its hopeful and powerful melody. Referring to a legend that there were seven days of peace in the midst of a stormy season, the song also features this quiet moment of passing through the eye of the storm.

The band explains: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: a band is nothing without the fans."

Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized Stratovarius item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, Stratovarius will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page.

Check it out here: More...

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DGM Releases New Music Video

Italian power/progressive act DGM posted a new music video for the song "Reason." The song appears on the bands forthcoming eighth LP "Momentum," which is due out on Scarlet Records on March 26, 2013.

The track listing for "Momentum" is:

1. Reason
2. Trust
3. Universe
4. Numb
5. Pages
6. Repay
7. Chaos
8. Remembrance
9. Overload
10. Void
11. Blame

"Reason" features guest vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X) who sings along side Mark Basile, but who does not appear in the video itself. Check it out here: More...

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The Other Posts "Skeletons In The Closet" Video

Punk act The Other posted a new music video for the song "Skeletons in the Closet." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Devils You Know." The band had previously issued the video for "Puppet on a String," which can be viewed over at this location.

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Fair Warning Posts Second "Sundancer" Clip

German hard rock act Fair Warning posted a second preview clip for the band's new LP "Sundancer," the first studio album in four years. The album is scheduled for release on April 24, 2013 (Japan), May 24, 2013 (Germany), May 27, 2013 (Europe) and May 28, 2013 (USA) via SPV Records.

Fair Warning was founded by V2 vocalist Tommy Heart and former Zeno bassist Ule W. Ritgen in 1991.

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Russkaja Posts Debut Album Trailer

Vienna based act Russkaja, dubbed "Russian Turbo Polka Metal," is set to unleash its unique blend of polka, jazz, thrash and rock on a unsuspecting world on April 7, 2013 via Napalm Records. The band has posted the first teaser trailer for the new release "Energia!" (shown below).

Russkaja are very Russian, but always with a wink. That's what happens when a group of Russians, Ukrainians and Austrians decide to start a band in the world capital of classicism, Vienna. Made up of skilled and charismatic musicians with varied cultural backgrounds, Russkaja spread their postmodern version of Russian folklore -- a version that screams into your ear: "dance, dance, dance!"

Band founder Georgij A. Makazaria was born and raised in MoscowGeorgij's voice, mixed with a rock band setup, plus a violinist and an incredible brass section including an instrument called "Potete" (a unique hybrid of trumpet and trombone) already suggests the lunatic nature of Russkaja's sound. The Sojusrocket is launching! With Russkaja, Kasatchok dancing becomes a brawl: the brass section is a Kalashnikov and the stage outfits a mixture of Genghis Khan and the Red Army.....with compliments of the Tzar, of course. With two successful albums, 300 concerts on both sides of the Iron Curtain, the band has more than deserved the title of "Working Class Hero" including a golden badge of honour. The first five-year-plan has finally been fulfilled, some comrades would be proud indeed! The next one starts with "Energia!"!

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Battle Beast Posts In Studio Report On New LP

Finnish traditional metal act Battle Beast posted an in studio report on the recording of the band's sophomore release, simply entitled "Battle Beast." The album is set for release on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records and will the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.

Check out the report, which contains samples of then new album and information from Eero Sipilä (bass), Janne Björkroth (keyboards) and Pyry Vikki (drums), here:

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