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Metal News for March 9, 2012

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Members Of Incantation Speak Out

Members of US death metal pioneers Incantation have issued a number of statements regarding the status of their long-awaited upcoming release and the unfortunate passing of former bass player, Joey "Fingers" Lombard.

On the new album...

"I have known John McEntee for about 23 years now. I am going back to a time when there was only a handful of us that played our dark extreme secret music. Things have changed since then and there is a much larger audience, but the hunger is still there for us to create the darkest extreme songs we can come up with. Incantation is one of the oldest bands who wave that dark sinister flag proudly.

It is awesome after all these years to now be playing and writing together with John on the new material. I am more than confident that the new Incantation record is going to crush your skulls. In my opinion this is one of the band's darkest and most brutal collections of songs to date and it is my my honor and privilege to be working with two of death metal's fineset players in Kyle Severn and Chuck Sherwood. Unleash the blood of the goat!" - Alex Bouks
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Motorhead To Play Rockstar Mayhem Festival

The organizers of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are pleased to announce the addition of Motorhead to the 2012 line-up. This marks the first summer tour that Motorhead has taken part in for several years. The legendary metal veterans join the already stellar 2012 main stage line-up, featuring multi-platinum Iowa cult metal groundbreakers Slipknot in the headlining position, as well as legendary thrash metal kings Slayer—both returning to the festival for a second turn at pummeling fans.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister commented, "Well, we're used to mayhem in this band, so it's kind of a family tradition! Bring it!"

Motorhead just finished up a run with Megadeth on the 2012 Gigantour. On January 24th, Motorhead Music/UDR released "The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else," an official DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s recent The Wörld is Yours tour, which also includes a special bonus double live CD of the Chile stop. Frontman Lemmy will also be part of a Ronnie James Dio tribute album which will be out later this year.

This year, in addition to Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead, the main stage will also spotlight a ferocious rotation of today’s best artists, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. The festival will make a 27 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Head here for ticketing information. More...

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No Bragging Rights Announces Headlining Shows

Southern California melodic hardcore band No Bragging Rights has announced a short Spring headline tour with support from Hand Guns, Kills and Thrills. The dates immediately follow the group's participation in this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, as well as The Jamboree in Ohio. Dates are below.

Apr 14, 2012 - Toledo, OH (US) @ The Omni - Jamboree Festival
Apr 15, 2012 - Romeo, MI (US) @ High Octane Lounge
Apr 16, 2012 - Windsor, ON (CA) @ The Dominion House
Apr 17, 2012 - Toronto, ON (CA) @ Annex Wreckroom
Apr 18, 2012 - Ottawa, ON (CA) @ Mavericks
Apr 20, 2012 - Montreal, QC (CA) @ Katacombes
Apr 22, 2012 - Worcester, MA (US) @ The Palladium - NEMF

Headline Tour with Hand Guns, Kills and Thrills

4/23 @ Crocodile Rock, Allentown PA
4/24 @ Broadway Bar, Amityville NY
4/25 @ MACC, Crofton MD
4/26 @ Soapbox Laundro-Lounge, Willmington NC
4/27 @ Jimbo's Rock Lounge, Charleston SC
4/29 @ Goodtime Charlies, Tupelo MS
4/30 @ Downtown Music, Little Rock AR
5/01 @ Numbers, Houston TX
5/02 @ White Rabbit, San Antonio TX More...

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Monstro Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

MonstrO was recently announced as an opener on the six-week Clutch and Hellyeah co-headline national tour that begins April 10th in Norfolk, Virginia, but before that, the Atlanta, Georgia-based act will hit Austin, Texas next week for SXSW as part of MetalSucks “South By South Death” showcase featuring High on Fire, Darkest Hour, Nachtmystium, and more. The event will be held at Barbarella Patio at 615 Red River on Wednesday, March 14.

MonstrO’s debut self-titled album (which hit streets on September 6, 2011 via Vagrant Records) already has fans raving with Outburn Magazine stating, "...this quartet has put out a solid debut album of pure musical honesty and integrity that combines the fearless exploration of Led Zeppelin, the sludgy drone of Alice in Chains, the genre defying art rock of Jane's Addiction, and the rumble of Metallica."

MonstrO is: Juan Montoya (guitar), Kyle Sanders (bass), Bevan Davies (drums) and Charlie Suarez (vocals/guitar). The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sigh Streaming New Song

Pitchfork today is hosting an exclusive premiere of “Purgatorium” from legendary extreme metal enigmas Sigh. The track comes off the band’s ninth new studio offering entitled "In Somniphobia," set for North America release this Tuesday, March 13th via Candlelight Records.

The 11-track work of maniacal genius features guest appearances from Massacre’s Kam Lee and Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron as well as cover illustration by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (Atheist, Testament).

Check out the “Purgatorium” track now at this location.

And in case you missed it, you can check out the band’s video for “Far Beneath The In-Between,” hosted by Decibel Magazine last month here. More...

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Where You Were You Can Go Back Streaming Demo

Barcelona, Spain's Where You Were You Can Go Back has posted the band's new demo release "The Sounds Of Our Suffocation" online for streaming.

You can check out the "Humanity's Greed" in the player below, or listen to the rest of the songs via the band's SoundCloud page here. For more info on Where You Were You Can Go Back, head over to Facebook.

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Manners To Release New Full-Length Album

Connecticut hardcore outfit Manners announced that the band will be releasing a first full-length album with New Jersey label MorseCode Recordings. Formed in 2010 in the dense woods of Connecticut, Manners self released two EPs and has been spreading its sound throughout New England for the past couple of years.

In 2011, the band found itself performing on the Break Thru Stage in Mansfield, MA at The Warped Tour and has been announced to play April 21st at this year's New England Metal & Hardcore festival in Worcester, MA along with Bane, Cruel Hand, The Greenery and many more.

Vocalist Chris Hague commented, "We couldn't be more excited to work with MorseCode on this project. It's the perfect label to put out this record and it will be amazing to see this release grow and expand through our partnership with them."

Label partner Rachel Rosen adds, "When we first heard of Manners we were impressed on how organic their songs were and the raw energy that came through. It's awesome to see the next generation of hardcore kids put their own twist on the music." More...

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Cerebellion Seeking New Drummer

Cerebellion is currently seeking a new permanent drummer, and the band has posted a video clip online announcing its search for a new member. Check out the clip below. During this transition period the band will continue to play live as scheduled with the help of drummers Jimmy Schultz and Mike Charleston. The band commented:

“To give Cerebellion a shot: Please comment on this video with a 'video reply' of you playing Cerebellion's 'Not the Final Destination.' This is the preferred method but if you absolutely cannot make that happen, reply with another live video of you playing a song that is similar in style. Deadline to reply with your video is TAX DAY - APRIL 15th. Thank you and Good luck!”

Cerebellion's upcoming shows are as follows:

March 10, 2012 in Chino Hills, CA
March 18, 2012 in City of Industry, CA
March 23, 2012 in Gilroy, CA
March 24, 2012 in Monterey, CA
April 28, 2012 in Oceanside, CA
May 6, 2012 in Long Beach, CA More...

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Wretched Releases Drum Playthrough Video

Crank up the volume and watch Marshall of Wretched’s killer drum skills in this drum demonstration video for the brand new track, “Repeat… The End Is Near.” The clip is available below.

Wretched is set to release "Son of Perdition" on March 26th and will support the album on the Metal Alliance Tour which begins later this month alongside Impending Doom, 3 Inches of Blood, Job For A Cowboy, Dying Fetus, The Faceless and Devildriver. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Svart Crown Announces Tour Dates

French black metal extremists Svart Crown are invading North American soil for the first time this spring. Starting on May 18th in Philadelphia, Svart Crown will join forces with New Zealand unorthodox death metallers Ulcerate and Brooklyn's Tombs. Below are the dates:

SVART CROWN w/ ULCERATE & TOMBS:

May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
May 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
May 20 - Boston, MA @ TBA
May 22 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitée
May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
May 24 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
May 25 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
May 27 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sonar (Maryland Deathfest X) *No SVART CROWN* More...

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DaiTribe Posts Song Preview Online

DaiTribe (pronounced die - tribe), featuring Ricky Riccardo/bass, Rich Collins/vocals, Tristan '1690' Grigsby/guitar, Michael 'Cat' Grigsby/drums, was formed in 1998 by Cat, 1690, & Ricky in Chicago. Over the next 5 years, the band wrote, recorded, and toured the United States. In 2005, the group released the direct to radio EP "The Second Coming."

Fast forward to 2012, which finds DaiTribe finishing up work on a brand new full length album titled "Epochalypse A.D." scheduled for release this Spring on True Gemini Records. DaiTribe has posted an exclusive teaser clip for the song "I Hate Me." The clip can be heard below.

Bassist Ricky Ricardo gave his description of "I Hate Me:" "Good old fashioned three minute assault. We're going for maximum impact and this is crushing shit! We bring something extra for you, crank it up, you'll hear the difference." More...

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Mares Of Thrace Streaming New Track

Calgary based doom duo Mares of Thrace will release the debut full-length "The Pilgrimage" on CD and digital download this April 24th, the first in the band's multi-album worldwide deal with Sonic Unyon Metal. An LP pressing will follow at a later date.

The follow-up to the 2010 released "The Moulting," the new Mares of Thrace album "The Pilgrimage" sets a new bar for the duo, with nearly 43 minutes of material more creative, compelling and crushing than before. "The Pilgrimage" was recorded at Chicago’s Engine Studio with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, YOB) and mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room.

Get your first sampling of the new album now, by streaming the third track from "The Pilgrimage," titled "The Gallwasp," hosted by BrooklynVegan at this location. You can check out footage of the band performing live below, or catch Mares of Thrace live on the following dates: More...

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Gotthard To Release New Album

Gotthard is in the final stages of the production of the new album “Firebirth,” which will be released on June 1st by Nuclear Blast/Warner Music, and is the first album with Nic Maeder.

The album was produced in Yellow House Studios, owned by the band, in Lugano, Switzerland, by guitarist/songwriter Leo Leoni and Paul Lani, who has previously worked with Gotthard on earlier albums, (incl. “G-spot” and “Homerun”).

Leo Leoni comments: "We are delighted with the new album. Songwriting with Nic and Freddy was a real explosion of inspiration and new ideas! Regarding sound and production, we have returned to our roots and we deliberately produced it with a pure - and for Gotthard - typical sound. For us, FIREBIRTH is the comeback album with the rating: BACK TO BASIC !”

Marc Lynn adds, "Collaboration with Nic was unbelievable – it feels that we have known each other for ever and the euphoria in the band is now burning like a new fire. It is a true rebirth of the zest of 20 years ago, when the band took off “to conquer the world”. Producing this album with the new line-up was a real 'birth of fire' – we are very proud of our new baby.“ More...

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Limp Bizkit Working On New EP

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have announced that they have begun work on a brand new EP entitled, "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2,)" which as the title suggests, is the follow up to their 2006 EP, "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)"

Frontman Fred Durst has boldly described the record as, "The heaviest, most crazy metal record of all time." The EP will be released through the bands new label, Cash Money Records, though no release date has been confirmed as of this time.

Limp Bizkit reunited in early 2009 and released their first album featuring their "classic" lineup in eleven years in the summer of last year in the form of "Gold Cobra," which topped the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.

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Oddland Streaming New Song

After spending many months working on an upcoming debut full-length, progressive atmospheric metallers Oddland will finally be unleashing "The Treachery Of Senses" upon Europe on April 30th and North America on May 8th (as a digital release only).

In anticipation of this release, the band is now premiering a second single, "Flooding Light". To listen to the track, head over to Heavy Blog Is Heavy.com here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Above And Beyond
2. Flooding Light
3. In The Eyes Of The Mourning
4. Aisle Of Array
5. Past The Gates
6. Still The Spirit Stays
7. In Endless Endeavour
8. Sewers
9. Lines Of Silver Blood
10. Ire

Stay tuned for more news about Oddland and "The Treachery Of Senses" coming soon.

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Ufomammut Posts New "Opus Primum" Teaser

In one month, Ufomammut will release "Opus Primum" — the first of two installments in the "Oro" series — the unit’s first release as part of the Neurot Recordings family. Ufomammut has now posted another teaser for the release online, which can be viewed below, and the band's publicist commented:

"Recently the band unleashed a video teaser as a glimpse into the creation of this titanic record and how everything comes to life in the studio. Continuing to prove that aesthetics are of equal importance to the group's music and as an attempt to get your doom radar firmly locked into this mammoth opus, we can now unveil another video teaser for the album. Check out both video teasers below."

Ufomammut will be hitting the road across Europe for the second half of April, with confirmed tour dates to be announced soon. The London show will be the only performance on the tour where the band will be performing "Oro" in its entirety. Stay tuned for more news, videos and music from "Oro: Opus Primum" in the weeks ahead. More...

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Sorcier Des Glaces Posts Album Teaser Trailer

Sorcier Des Glaces will be releasing the "Snowland MMXII" album this coming May. The band has now posted a teaser online, which can be found below. Sorcier Des Glaces commented:

"You can now hear a Snowland MMXII teaser on Youtube. The album will be released in limited special edition on Mai 29th via Mankind's Demise Records in collaboration with Les Productions Hérétiques. Enjoy!"

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Deus Otiosus Recruits New Drummer

Denmark's Deus Otiosus has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Jesper Olsen has replaced Søren Bentsen as the drummer for Deus Otiosus. Like Peter Engkjær and Jesper Holst, Jesper Olsen also has a past in Hideous Invasion, so we're keeping things within the family.

"Jesper has already been playing with the band for some time. He's doing a great job and we're continuing the work with the songs for our second album with him."

You can also check out Deus Otiosus tracks available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace music page.

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Grand Supreme Blood Court Signs With Century Media

Century Media has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Grand Supreme Blood Court:

"Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Dutch death metal doom mongers Grand Supreme Blood Court! Grand Supreme Blood Court was founded in 2011 by former Asphyx guitar player Eric Daniels, who left behind the active death metal scene years ago after the release of Asphyx's studio album, On The Wings Of Inferno. But as one should never deny his roots, Daniels is now back to spread the plague of doom once more."

Daniels commented, "After some resting years, the wish to play real doom/death was boiling again. It feels great to compose again, my guitars are more close to me than they were ever before. Grand Supreme Blood Court gives me the motivation and true belief to spit out the true and real doom/death. I have five words to say about the upcoming album: Heavy...Brutal...Doom...Crushing...Real. My respect and gratitude towards the fans who kept supporting me, even when I wasn't there. YOU RULE!!!"

Still having maintained very close contact to his old band-mates in Asphyx, Eric has teamed up with Martin van Drunen and Bob Bagchus for Grand Supreme Blood Court as well. Still, Grand Supreme Blood Court differs from the current Asphyx sound. Philipp Schulte, A&R at Century Media Germany, comments: More...

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W.E.B. Recruits New Bassist And Drummer

W.E.B. has issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:

"W.E.B. were working in the background for too long lately. It is time for us to share some news with our friends / fans. There were changes in the line up of the band and now we are happy to introduce you our new official members, Alex G (also appearing in The Silent Wedding) on bass and John Hades (also appearing in Nyne) on drums. The current line-up of W.E.B is:

Sakis Darkface – vocals , guitars
Alan Fall – lead guitars
Alex G – bass
John Hades – drums More...

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East Of The Wall Kicks Off U.S. Tour

East of the Wall's month-long US tour is now underway, the Jersey technical metal practitioners having kicked off the festivities in their home state on Wednesday. After slaying the townspeople of Akron, Ohio last night alongside Hull, both acts will join up with Black Tusk for a raging evening in Chicago tonight. EOTW and 'Tusk will then take on most of the remainder of the tour together, including a slew of killer shows supporting Prong, Skeletonwitch, Royal Thunder, Intronaut, Gaza, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Hivesmasher and many more throughout the trek.

Recorded by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio in Brooklyn (Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Unsane, Rosetta), "The Apologist" was released in late October, the CD/digital release of the album was handled by Translation Loss and the 2xLP via Antithetic Records. Stream "The Apologist" in its entirety courtesy of BrooklynVegan at this location.

3/09/2012 Ultra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Hull
3/10/2012 I Rock - Detroit, MI w/ Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Hull
3/11/2012 Camelot Arena - Portage, IN w/ Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Hull
3/12/2012 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Hull
3/13/2012 Stone Pony - Fayetteville, AR w/ Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Hull
3/14/2012 The Rouge - Fayetteville, AR w/ Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Volumes
3/15/2012 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM w/North, Distances, Cassovita, Obelisk
3/16/2012 Chaser's - Scottsdale, AZ w/ Intronaut, Black Tusk
3/17/2012 The Rock - Tucson, AZ w/ Black Tusk, Intronaut
3/18/2012 Palo Verde - Tempe, AZ w/ Pigeonwing
3/19/2012 The Whiskey - West Hollywood, CA w/ Black Tusk, Intronaut
3/21/2012 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Prong, Black Tusk
3/22/2012 Holland Project - Reno, NV w/ Early Graves
3/23/2012 LVCS - Las Vegas, NV w/ Prong, Black Tusk
3/24/2012 Malone's- Santa Ana, CA
3/26/2012 Slidebar - Fullerton, CA w/ Prong, Black Tusk, Polarization
3/27/2012 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA w/ Black Tusk
3/28/2012 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Black Tusk
3/29/2012 Hell's Kitchen - Tacoma, WA w/ Black Tusk
3/30/2012 Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Black Tusk
3/31/2012 The Venue - Boise, ID w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Tusk
4/01/2012 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Black Tusk, Gaza
4/02/2012 Moe's - Englewood, CO w/ Black Tusk
4/03/2012 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO w/ Black Tusk
4/04/2012 Downtown Music Hall - Little Rock, AR
4/05/2012 The Birdhoue - Knoxville, AR w/ Hivesmasher
4/06/2012 Case De Mise - Dayton OH w/ Hivesmasher
4/07/2012 Yeager Locust Grove - Mercer, PA w/ Hivesmasher

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Bonded By Blood Posts In-Studio Footage

California metallers Bonded By Blood are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on a brand new studio album coming this summer via Earache Records.

The new album is being recorded with producer and former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles. The band have been documenting the studio experience and have posted a new video to update fans on the recording process. Check out the video clip after the jump.

Bonded By Blood is also heading out on the road and offering fans the first chance to hear some of the new music. The thrashers have teamed up with Exmortus and Witchaven for a string of shows this March that shouldn't be missed! Bonded By Blood will also be performing at SXSW 2012 with a special showcase at Betsy's Bar in Austin that will also feature Havok, Spellcaster, and Speedwolf. More...

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Mutilation Rites Kicks Off Tour With New Bassist

The Brooklyn-based black/doom/crust metal quartet Mutilation Rites, hailed by MetalSucks as "evil as fuck," will release the band's Prosthetic debut, "Empyrean," on May 22nd.

The album was recorded at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD with Kevin Bernsten (Triac). More information about the release will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Last week in Buffalo, the group kicked off a three-week tour that will include several high-profile performances at SXSW, a Dallas gig alongside Alcest and a half-dozen shows with Hull. This marks Mutilation Rites' first tour with new bassist Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Wetnurse). Dates are as follows: More...

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Holy Grail Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Holy Grail, which is currently recording the follow-up to"Crisis In Utopia" (named one of 2010's Top 20 releases by Revolver, who called it "the catchiest album of pure heavy metal since Maiden, Priest and Dio ruled the early '80s"), has been confirmed to support DragonForce on a spring tour kicking off at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 21.

In addition, the group, which just completed a successful tour of Australia, will play four shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas next week as part of a short tour alongside Saviours. While in Austin, Holy Grail will play two showcases -- Prosthetic's official label showcase, as well as another presented by MetalSucks -- in addition to two prominent day parties.

Front man James Paul Luna checks in with the following recap of the band's Australian tour, centered around performances at the Soundwave Festival series alongside dozens of major acts: "I can't even begin to express the awesomeness we experienced at Soundwave. It's one of those things that every band must do; it's guaranteed awesomeness. I imagine its like the 10,000 Tons of Metal cruise, but the only people traveling are the same 100 bands and you really create a close bond with each of them. Holy Grail was especially lucky because our 'sidewave' shows were with Black Label Society and Hellyeah. Both bands and their crews were so nice and awesome, it blew us away. Not only did we get to share the stage with them, but we actually got to chat as peers, which was so humbling and inspiring. It's a strange phenomenon to shoot the shit with bands and musicians you grew up idolizing, but that seemed to be such the norm at Soundwave that you end up forgetting about it. More...

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Katana Issues Update On "Storms Of War" LP

Guitarist/songwriter Tobias Carlsson of the Swedish traditional metal band Katana issued the following update on the band's forthcoming sophomore LP "Storms of War," which is expected for release in May 2012 through Listenable Records:

It was once again recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. We were very focused and determined right from the beginning to create a sound that no one had heard on an album since the 80s. To accomplish this, we and Andy listened a lot to albums produced by Martin Birch when mixing and setting the sound. Mostly Rainbow, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath, Killers by Iron Maiden and Assault Attack by MSG. It became almost our motto in the studio to ask "How would Martin have done it?" whenever we had doubts about something. The songs are mostly completely new, mixed in with some very old ideas and stuff that weren't finished in time for the last recording.

The band has been around for nearly ten years now, and for the first album we had that long to write the material. This time, most of the songs were written and rehearsed over a period of a couple of months. This has been a challenge, but a positive one that has forced our song writing to its best, and beyond.We have broken new ground with this album and played around with things that we have never done before, thus widening the range of what we are capable of musically. But at the same time, we feel that we have come a long way in defining a unique style and sound for Katana. I would say the album is as diverse as the first one musically, yet more uniform.

The Japanese influences are there, especially in the epic song about the great Mongolian emperor Kubilai Khan who twice tried to invade Japan, and failed miserably both times. It is a grand story of Japanese history and mythology. But we are not limited by the Japanese influences and there are songs on this album that explore both other mythological subjects as well as themes taken from popular culture and everyday life.

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Dionysus Streaming New Track

Pakistan based act Dionysus has posted a new track online from the band's forthcoming "Hymn to the Dying" EP.

Check out the song "Angels of Heaving Light" in the player below, or find the song's lyrics by heading over to the video clip's YouTube page. "Hymn to the Dying" is set for release this summer via Wartorn Records.

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Abraham Posts New Album Studio Footage

Abraham is currently in the studio recording for the band's upcoming second full-length on Pelagic Records, which will be mixed by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna). Check out some footage of the Swiss act recording drums in the player below. Abraham also commented:

"We thought we'd upload just a quick preview of what we've been up to these past few months. So here's Dave recording his drum parts to 'Dawn,' the last song of the upcoming album. Stadium rock anyone?" More...

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After The Burial Posts Studio Update Video

U.S. progressive metalcore act After The Burial posted a studio update video on the records of the band's new yet untitled LP and follow up to the 2010 release "In Dreams." The album is expected in 2012 through Sumerian Records.

Check out the video here:

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Fractals Streaming Re-Released Single

U.K. act Fractals has posted a re-release version of "The Invariant" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"If you haven't yet...grab the re-released single 'The Invariant', featuring a new mix and new vocals from Jak Noble now, for a name your price download at our bandcamp!"

You can also check out more info on Fractals by navigating to the band's Facebook profile.

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Bleeding Red Posts Track-By-Track Video

Bleeding Red has posted a track-by-track breakdown video online featuring Timo Joos talking about the songs "Bloodforce," "The Running Man," "Nameless," "Wasted Screams," "Thoughtcrime," and "Unmaster." Check out the clip below.

The songs discussed in the clip are taken from the band's debut album "Evolution's Crown," which will be released March 23rd, 2012.

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Chapel Of Disease Signs To FDA Rekotz

German death metal band Chapel of Disease has signed on with FDA Rekotz. The band's debut t demo "Death Evoked" is scheduled for release on Friday, April 13, 2012 on cassette and is limited to 166 hand-numbered copies. "Death Evoked" features "four blood-puking tracks in more than 20 minutes of rancid Death Metal, massive intoxicated by ancient bands like early Pestilence, Asphyx or Morgoth." Pre-orders are now being accepted at this location. The band is planning to release the yet untitled debut full-length album towards the end of 2012.

For a sample of Chapel of Disease, check out the promotional video streaming samples here:

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Stratovarius Seeks New Drummer

Finnish symphonic power metal band Stratovarius has played the final gigs with longtime drummer Jörg Michael, who announced his departure from the band for personal reasons in September 2011. Interested parties, should submit YouTube videos to the band in accordance with the following announcement:

We have now played the final Latin America gigs with Jörg Michael, who is leaving the band after 16 years. 2011 started with the release of the "Elysium" album and was a long year with a long world tour together with Helloween. After some time off, we are now looking to the future, composing material for the next album, and we are also looking for the next drummer.

We have some great candidates already, but since we have a bit of time, we decided to also cast a wider net to see what comes up. So, if you have some touring and recording experience, are - more important - musical and hard hitting, and - most important - a nice dude, you might be the one we are looking for!

If you think this sounds like you, playing in a world famous metal band for a living sounds like something you'd enjoy, and if you want us to listen, please put on some headphones and record a video of yourself playing any of these three Stratovarius songs: Coming Home, Father Time or Deep Unknown. You can for instance upload them to youtube.

Send the video links and a short letter with your personal information to this email address: drummer@stratovarius.com.

What do you have to lose? The world awaits you! Plus money, fame, great times, and all the beer you can drink.

With best regards,
Jens, Lauri, Matias and Timo

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Right To The Void Signs With Wormholedeath

French extreme deathcore band Right To The Void has signed a worldwide deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. The band will enter the studio in September 2012 to record its debut full length LP "Kingdom of Vanity" for a 2013 release.

The track listing for "Kingdom of Vanity" (order is not official) is as follows

Like A Disease
Phœnix
World Decay
A Black Conclusion
War Of Glory
In Oblivion
Reborn From Ashes
Again And Again…
Until The End
Kingdom Of Vanity
Stay
We Have Failed


The band commented on the signing:

We are very proud to be signed by Wormholedeath, the way they work with their bands pushed us to close the deal. We will do our best to honor their trust by recording a great debut album.
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Manowar Posts Q & A On New LP

New York true metal band Manowar posted a question and answer interview responding to frequently asked fan questions relating the long awaited follow up to the 2007 release "Gods Of War." It appears the yet untitled album will premiere on June 21, 2012 at the Gods of Metal festival in Italy.

The posting reads as follows:

With MANOWAR non-stop in the studio working on the new record it is not easy to get a hold of them these days. The band took some time during a brief recording break to answer some frequently asked fan questions.

Q: How are MANOWAR doing?

Donnie: We’re doing great! We are having a blast in the studio, I am really happy with my drum sound and with these new songs I can really stretch out and burn.

Joey: Couldn’t be better. We are still so energized from the live shows last year that you can feel this killer energy in the studio coming out of the speakers. It’s amazing.

Q: Why haven't we heard more about the album on Facebook or on your website yet?

Eric: We've simply been so concentrated on working on the material that we literally couldn't be stopped. When you're in the middle of a creative process, or recording, there is simply no good time to take a break.

Q: What is the status on the album?

Joey: We are extremely critical of the songs in every step; I have said before that most of the stuff we reject other bands would consider finished. Finally now we are recording. And then the album goes into mixing and mastering.
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Thorhammerfest V Trailer Posted

A trailer for the upcoming Thorhammerfest V Festival was posted up. The festival takes place in São Paulo, Brazil on July 8, 2012. The lineup includes headliners Suidakra along with a pair of Brazilian folk metal bands Skaldic Soul and Opus Tenebrae.

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Ribozyme Posts New Music Video

Norway's Ribozyme posted a new music video for "Presenting the Problem." The track appears on the band's latest album of the same name, which was released through Indie Recordings. the video features Sweden's Caroline Victoria Sand Karlsen.

The track list for "Presenting the Problem" is as follows:

1. Presenting the Problem
2. Lending a Fever
3. Leverage
4. Over The Galvanized
5. Caskets
6. Downside Advantage
7. Scale of Values
8. Rewatched
9. Paid in Graves
10. The Bricks Went Flying

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Adramelch Signs With Pure Prog/Pure Steel Records

Italian power/progressive metal act Adramelch, featuring Time Machine drummer Sigfrido Percich, has signed a worldwide recording deal with Pure Prog Records/Pure Steel Records. The band's forthcoming third release "Lights From Oblivion" will be released on April 27, 2012 through the label.

Adramelch was founded in 1986 and went on a long hiatus after the 1988 debut release "Irae Melanox." In 2005, the band resurfaced and issued the sophomore album "Broken History" through Underground Symphony Records.

The band commented on the signing:

Thanks to PURE PROG / PURE STEEL we are given the opportunity to spread around, once again, our metal prog rock. We are really excited to be back after some years in partnership with such a label that deeply believes in our believes! Hear it all, Hear it loud!”

Pure Steel's Andreas Lorenz commented:

Adramelch for me has always been one of the leading cult bands in the whole music scene. It’s a long time, but now they are back again! A dream comes true, a new album is ready AND we have the honour to release "Lights From Oblivion"! As I heard the rough mixes it was clear that the band has found again the way to be ahead, this time in a different way. Adramelch’s new material shows a more mature band, knowing 150% what they do. “Lights From Oblivion” has a unique beauty, each song is perfectly defined and arranged, and each song is a little masterpiece full of feeling.

"Lights From Oblivion" will be the first release for sub label Pure Prog Records. More...

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Belphegor Posts Live Footage

Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted live footage for the "Angeli Mortis De Profundis," which appears on the band's latest effort "Blood Magick Necromance" The footage was from the band's show with Deicide, Hour of Penance and The Amenta on June 27th, 2011 in Liverpool, U.K. at The Masque.

Belphegor is currently working on new material following frontman Helmuth Lehner's recent medical issues.

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AtomA Posts New Music Video

Swedish apocalyptic post metal act AtomA posted a new music video for the track "Bermuda Riviera." The song appears on the forthcoming debut album "Skylight," which is scheduled for release on March 30th, 2012 through Napalm Records.

The track list for "Skylight" is as follows:

1. Atoma
2. Skylight
3. Hole in the Sky
4. Highway
5. Bermuda Riviera
6. Resonance
7. Solaris
8. Rainmen
9. Saturn and I
10. Cloud Nine

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Bile Of Man Announces Tour Dates

Pretorian technical death metal horde Bile Of Man will be commencing a small tour of its homeland with Bleeding Spawn and Fleshgod Apocalypse at the end of March, the dates of which follow below. Bile of Man released its debut EP "Dystopian Order: The Age of Detritus" in early 2011, and an upload of the song "Tortured Till Death" from it follows after the jump.

03/23 Wolmer Events Arena Pretoria North
03/24 The Red Door Pietermaritzburg
03/26 Jesters Port Elizabeth
03/28 Mercury Live Capetown
03/29 The Black Dahlia Johannesburg
03/30 Zeplins Nightclub Centurion
03/31 Tin Cups Witbank More...

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Detracted Posts Song From Upcoming EP

German technical metal band Detracted will be releasing a new EP shortly, which will be titled "Trimming the End." The band has posted up a video for the song "Beyond Damnation," which follows below. Detracted will be putting the EP online very soon, and you may check for updates on the bands Facebook page.

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Anoreksi Releases Official Video

Turkish metal band Anoreksi has released an official video for the track "The End of the White is Dark," which comes from the bands recent debut album "Rise of Infinity." The tracklisting for the nine-song album follows below. Anoreksi was founded in 2007 in Istanbul and is currently unsigned. Listen to more music from Anoreksi's debut over on the bands Facebook bandpage.

01. Intro
02. Rise Of Infinity
03. Distress
04. Anorexia
05. Unobtainable
06. Nelson's Dream
07. Death Carillon
08. The End Of The White Is Dark
09. Rebellion Of Soul More...

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Chaos Inception Reveals Album Title

The Czech label Lavandome Productions will be releasing the second full-length album from Alabama death metal band Chaos Inception. Titled "The Abrogation," one of the songs from the nine-track release titled "Phalanx" has been streaming over on Soundcloud along with three tracks from the band's earlier release.

"The Abrogation" should be dropping in early spring. This album was produced/mixed by Lance Wright at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, AL during Fall/Winter 2011 and mastered by Brian Elliot at Mana Studios in January 2012. Stream "Phalanx" below. More...

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Huinca Posts New Live Video

Chilean folk/metal band Huinca has released a live music video for the track "Revuelta" that is included on their second album "Sic Semper Tyrannis," that will be released next June/July of 2012 via Digmetalworld. The video includes Spanish captions. The images of this live music video "Revuelta" were recorded by the band's crew during the 2009 Huinca tour of South America and Europe.

The band is currently working on an official music video for the song "Rapa Nui" to support the release of "Sic Semper Tyrannis," which will be directed by Carlos Toro (Abysmo). The video is scheduled for release by the end of March.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: BBQ, Needles, and Vans

Fresh off their “occupy Hard Rock” stint in Vegas, Motley Crue is back in the studio recording a new song. Vegas odds that the words “Hard Rock” are included are 2 to 1. Odds that Nikki Sixx and company will rhyme “cock” with “Hard Rock” is even money… More...

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