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Metal News for April 10, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Ghost Tower Streaming New Songs From Album

Bellevue, Nebraska doom band Ghost Tower has released its new album "Head of Night" and is streaming most of the songs from it over on YouTube. This album is the follow up to 2010's "Curse of the Black Blood." Below is an upload of the track "House of Wary Shadows" from Ghost Tower's new nine-song release. Visit Ghost Tower's Facebook page for more band information.

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Om Reveals Album And Tour Details

Doom/drone band Om has revealed that its new album, "Advaitic Songs," will be released on July 24th. You can hear the minute and a half intro to the track "Sinai" by heading over to this location. "Advaitic Songs" is the follow up to Om's 2009 album "God is Good," and will be released on Drag City records. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below, as well as a list of tour dates that Om has posted.

1. Addis
2. State of Non-Return
3. Gethsemane
4. Sinai
5 Haqq al-Yaqin


4/11/12 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
4/12/12 Roadburn Festival Tilburg, Netherlands
4/15/12 La Maroquinerie Paris, France
4/16/12 Confort Moderne Poitiers, France
4/17/12 Azkena Bilbao, Spain
4/18/12 El Sol Madrid, Spain
4/19/12 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
4/20/12 Saint Des Seins Toulouse, France
4/21/12 Caves du Manoir Martigny, France
4/22/12 Locomotiv Bologna, Italy
4/23/12 Circolo Degli Artisti Rome, Italy
4/24/12 Magnolia Milan, Italy
4/25/12 Club Schocken Stuttgart, Germany
4/26/12 Arena Vienna, Austria
4/27/12 UT Connewitz Leipzig, Germany
4/28/12 Oetinger Villa Darmstadt, Germany

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Demon Hunter Talks "True Defiance"

Christian metal favorite Demon Hunter, which was recently named Best Christian Hardcore Band in the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, is today dropping the band's latest effort "True Defiance," which explores themes of going against the flow in the heavy metal world.

A handful of days prior to the release I got in touch with front man Ryan Clark to get an inside look at what went into "True Defiance," how the band has changed over its now decade long run, and the new music video for "My Destiny." Read on to see what Ryan had to say about the band's recording process and what the group does to stay busy in-between recording and touring. More...

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Iced Earth Splitting With Bassist

U.S. metal act Iced Earth, currently in China for the first time with shows in Shanghai and Beijing this week, is adding on more shows to the "World Dystopia" tour. The band has also announced the departure of bassist Freddie Vidales leaves the band. The following message was posted on the band's Facebook profile:

"The show in Bangalore, India on June 16th is a first visit to India for the band and the show on August 19th in Limassol marks a much-clamored return to Cyprus, only 8 months after their last show there. The show is being filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD/CD release.

"The decision of where to do the next IE live album and DVD was not an easy one. We have experienced so many amazing audiences around the world that we really wish we could film them all. However, the electricity and atmosphere of the first show in Cyprus was so killer that we are convinced this is the best place to do our next DVD. Who knows what the future holds? There will be many more albums and touring cycles...your city may be next!

"Full show details as follows:

June 16, 2012 IND-Bangalore // Bangalore Open Air
August 19, 2012 CYP-Limassol // Kourion

"In other news, bass player Freddie Vidales has announced he will leave the band after the Chinese shows this April. Due to the band's massive touring commitments there was immediate need for a replacement and Luke Appleton (of Fury UK, with whom Iced Earth toured in Europe last winter) has stepped up to the plate and will be joining the tour in time for the show in India."

This new live DVD will be the band's first live release with vocalist Stu Block, who joined the band last year, replacing Matt Barlow. Iced Earth is touring in support of the band's new album "Dystopia" (reviewed here).

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Anhedonist Streaming New Song

Seattle based monolithic sludge band Anhedonist is streaming another new track from its new album "Netherwards." You can listen to that new track, "Saturnine," by heading over to Axes To Grind. Anhedonist have a very chilling blend of doom and death on "Netherwards," which was just released via Dark Descent Records. Also, check out a video upload of the track "Estrangement" which the band has been streaming.

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Atomis Posts "Maelstrom" Video Clip

Calgary post rock/shoegaze act Atomis has posted a new music video online for the single "Maelstrom," which was shot by Calgary film director Doug Cook (Divinity, Truck, Orphan Hammer). Check out the video clip below, or download the Maelstrom single for free via the Atomis Bandcamp page here.

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Posts New Album Trailer

7 Horns 7 Eyes will be releasing the new album "Throes of Absolution" through Century Media Records on April 24th, 2012. A new teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Divine Amnesty
2. Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3. The Hill Difficulty
4. Cycle of Self
5. Delusions
6. A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
7. Vindicator
8. The Winnowing
9. Regeneration

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Watain Cancels Five Upcoming Tour Dates

Swedish black metal horde Watain has been forced to cancel the first five shows (including one headlining performance) of the group's previously announced North American tour — scheduled to start tomorrow (April 11) in Columbus, Ohio — due to delays in the visa process.

Comments the band in a collective statement: “It’s not the first time the law stands in our way trying to prevent us from doing our work, and just like all the previous times it will lay broken and humiliated eventually. We are content we will be victorious, meanwhile we ask all our U.S. supporters to have patience and prepare themselves for the coming of Watain!”

The band's upcoming tour dates with Behemoth, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are as follows: More...

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Vilipend Signs With A389 Recordings

A389 Recordings will be joining forces with Toronto Canada's Vilipend to release the band's new full-length LP "Inamorata." The following press release was also issued:

"The band's sound combines metalcore ala Turmoil and Deadguy, crossed with the tortured desperation and the technical proficiency/reckless abandon of 90's nihilism of bands such as Buzz'oven and Eyehategod.

"Since forming in 2007, Vilipend has maintained a punishing writing and recording schedule. By 2008, the band had released the live-off-the-floor debut EP, Northern Hostility, which was quickly followed by 2009's Love Left To Rot... EP. More...

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The Safety Fire Streaming Entire New Album

The Safety Fire has finally released the band's first full-length album, "Grind The Ocean," in North America and the U.K. To celebrate the album's release, the band is now giving fans the chance to listen to "Grind The Ocean" in its entirety online.

Join the listening party at Heavy Blog Is Heavy.com at this location. Heavy Blog Is Heavy.com is also hosting an exclusive "Grind The Ocean" contest that awards five lucky fans a copy of the album plus a signed poster.

The Safety Fire still has the following upcoming tour dates with Protest The Hero, Periphery, and Jeff Loomis: More...

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Barren Earth Issues Tour Recap

Progressive death metal act Barren Earth has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent tour dates in Finland:

"With Barren Earth’s Finnish Tour almost complete it is now time to reflect upon some of the gigs and the circumstances surrounding them.

"The opening gig of the tour, which was also the album launch gig, took place at one of the more prestigious venues in Finland, namely the Tavastia club. The gig was originally booked to Dom where we’d played a couple of times before. Unfortunately, Dom decided to close shop and all its gigs were transferred to Virgin Oil Co. As it happened, this resulted in several double bookings, including our date. The reggae act The Capital Beat was deemed to have a bigger status than Barren Earth and therefore it was up to us to find a new venue. Luckily, Tavastia neatly happened to have a cancellation for Thursday March 15. We jumped at the possibility to play there and grabbed the date.

"The week prior to the gig was spent rehearsing, either individually or collectively. There was quite a lot of rehearsing to do, since we hadn’t played together in almost 6 months. Additionally, we would be playing a whole bunch of new songs which had never been played live before. There was some speculation on whether we’d even be able to play some of those songs live because of their intricate nature… More...

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Catheter To Release New Full-Length

After years of angst-ridden anticipation from a ravenous fanbase, Denver's grindcore gargantuans Catheter are preparing to unleash their first full-length album since 2005, celebrating 15 years of perpetuating their brutal 303-style grind. The following press release was issued:

"The follow-up to the band's 2005-released sophomore album, 'Dimension 303,' amidst an incredible arsenal of split releases, EPs and demos over the years, Catheter's new opus is so obliteratingly heavy that upon first listen you'll quickly forgive them for the delay since the last album, and immediately tear your own head off in utter joy. As always appropriately entitled, Southwest Doom Violence surges with Catheter's pissed-off style, wrangling 17 cataclysmic tunes in only twice as many minutes, an immediate adrenaline-booster for fans of classic, ripping grindcore in the tradition of Repulsion, Terrorizer, Phobia, early Napalm Death, with crust and doom metal infiltrating the mix.

"Southwest Doom Violence is confirmed for North American release this May 1st, once again via Selfmadegod Records, who released Catheter's Preamable To Oblivion and Dimension 303 albums. Check out the cover art by Adam Azeris/Milk and Gasoline at this location." More...

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Crowbar and Prong Assault San Antonio

Bludgeoning hardcore, bruising grooves and bittersweet syrupy sludge elbowed the eardrums of Backstage Live’s patrons as they paid witness to two of the standard bearers of ‘90s metal—Crowbar and Prong. Although both bands look and sound very different, both artists lent a hand in sculpting the modern metal sound. The chunky rhythms and mechanized motions of Prong helped direct a stampede of Nu Metal, core and other rhythmic mosh-oriented bands, while Crowbar brought attention to a strong metal scene in NOLA and helped define a more extreme form of doom metal called sludge.

Crowbar and Prong rose to prominence through videos on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball (when it still mattered). These singles were part of the metal education for many in attendance, so the enthusiasm displayed during Prong’s “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” and Crowbar’s “All I Had (I Gave)” came as no surprise. Although those videos built a mountain of exposure for both bands, neither group has achieved headline status like former touring mates Pantera, Sepultura and Danzig, which rang true in the small amount of ticket sales produced. More...

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Vampires Everywhere! Reveals Album Details

Vampires Everywhere! is proud to announce the band's sophomore album, "Hellbound and Heartless," will be available on June 19th via Hollywood Waste Records. This release showcases the darker side of Vampires Everywhere!, focusing on message-driven lyrics and deriving musical influence from industrial rock icons such as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

"Hellbound and Heartless" was co-produced by the band and Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, both members of Grammy-nominated, alternative-metal act Spineshank. "I Can't Breathe," the first track to be revealed from the new album, recently premiered with Alternative Press at this location. Vampires Everywhere! is eager to get more new tunes out and will be releasing more information on "Hellbound and Heartless" in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled.

In support of the release, the band will be on the full Vans Warped Tour. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...

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Dirge Within Posts New Album In-Studio Video

Dirge Within has now released the band's new full-length album "There Will Be Blood." In conjunction with the release, Dirge Within has also posted a fifth video clip online chronicling the recording of the album. Check out the video clip below.

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Graf Orlock Streaming Song From New EP

Graf Orlock's new EP, "Los Angeles," hits stores today via the band's own label, Vitriol Records.

In honor of the release, Vice's music channel Noisey.com has posted an interview with Graf Orlock guitarist/mastermind Jason Schmidt and an exclusive premiere of the "Los Angeles" epic closer, "Quick on the Trigger." Read the interview and stream the track right here. The following press release was also issued:

"World-renowned for their celluloid-obsessed hardcore, sometimes dubbed 'cinema-grind,' LA's Graf Orlock bases their work primarily on action flicks of the 80s and 90s. Of the band's concept and sound, MetalSucks has declared, 'Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant.'

"Also revered for the elaborate artwork and packaging of their releases - last year's Doombox EP was given the title 'Packaging of the Century' by Revolver Magazine - Graf Orlock continues the trend with Los Angeles, whose cover art consists of three separate 'shooting range targets' riddled with actual bullet holes. Fresh off a tour of Japan, Graf Orlock embark on a full European tour in June."

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Alaric Heading Out On Tour With Atriarch

In support of the previously announced forthcoming split LP between Oakland's anarcho death rock outfit Alaric and Portland's blackened death/doom unit Atriarch, both bands will kick off a pre-release tour tonight in Seattle. Following tonight's kickoff performance the two acts will then traverse south down the West Coast performing together over the next five days.

4/10/2012 Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Bell Witch, Countdown to Armageddon
4/11/2012 Branx - Portland, OR
4/12/2012 Wondering Goat - Eugene, OR
4/13/2012 Submission - San Francisco, CA w/ Negative Standards, Swamp Witch
4/14/2012 First Church Of The Buzzard - Oakland, CA w/ Altar de Fey, Crimson Scarlet
4/15/2012 Blank Club - San Jose, CA w/ Swamp Witch

Set for worldwide release on May 15th (not 4/17 as initially announced) the split LP offers three new Alaric tracks on the A-side and two from Atriarch on the B-side, making for nearly a half-hour of brand new material as both bands are diligently crafting their next full-length releases for later this year.

Alaric released a self-titled debut LP via 20 Buck Spin in October 2011 and Portland's Atriarch released the debut LP "Forever The End" in 2011 via Seventh Rule.

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Ex Deo Finishes Work On New Album

Ex Deo has issued the following announcement about completing work on the band's new album "Caligvla" and follow-up to debut "Romulus" (reviewed here):

"It is OFFICIAL! Recording / mixing for Ex Deo's new album 'Caligvla' is finally done, 8 months in the making and we are sure we have a classic album in our hands. Producer Jf Dagenais has done a fabulous & great production, all guests appearances are massive, the gods are pleased.

"Expect the artwork to be unveiled very soon and also a new teaser trailer... Where all have failed in the past, Ex Deo will succeed, Roma caput mundi!! Epic Roman inspired metal!!"

The track listing for "Caligvla" is as follows:

1. I, Caligvla
2. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile to Capri)
3. Per Oculos Aquila
5. Pollice Verso (Damnatio ad bestia)
6. Divide et Impera
7. Teutuborg (Ambush of Varus)
8. Along the appian way
9. Once were Romans
10. Evocatio : The Temple of Castor & Pollux

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Moonsorrow Signs With Century Media

Finnish crusaders of epic heathen metal, Moonsorrow, and Century Media Records are proud to announce a worldwide deal. In regards to the signing, the band comments: "Moonsorrow is thrilled to start working with Century Media, a label that is home to many fellow artists already! We never make our music half way or with compromises and we know our art is in good hands with people who have the same mentality in running a record label. Now, after a year since the release of our last album we are ready to begin creating something new. The new chapter in this epic journey of Moonsorrow!"

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Europe also says: "I followed Moonsorrow since their early days and I'm very proud to welcome them now to Century Media Records. They'll be in good family along with their countrymen Finntroll, Turisas, and Insomnium. Two of the band members already have some history with us: Henri Sorvali is also part of Finntroll (even if he rarely plays live with any band) and Marko Tarvonen once moved from drums to guitar in the overlooked Death Metal allstar band Chaosbreed, who released an album that is as 'brutal' as its title.

"Much has been said about the dark soul of Finnish Metal. A sound that is hard to copy for any non-domestic band. A sound out of endless woods, deepest sorrow and epic majesty. Moonsorrow is probably the most epic of all Finnish bands, not only because most of their songs are over 10 minutes long (sometimes even over 30 minutes), but mainly because they are able to tell stories that are older than written culture. You can follow them even if you don't understand a single Finnish word. Moonsorrow is able to take you on journey through heathen times. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who can't wait for the next chapter." More...

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Nachtblut Reveals "Dogma" Details

Nachtblut's new album "Dogma" is set for release on May 25th, 2012 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders for the album are now available online at this location.

The "Dogma" track listing is as follows:

1. Dogma
2. Der Weg ist das Ziel
3. Ich trinke Blut
4. Eiskönigin
5. Rache
6. Mein Herz in ihren Händen
7. Mordlust
8. Macht
9. Busssakrament
10. Vulva
11. Schritte

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Insain Recruits New Drummer

French death metallers Insain have checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"We, Insain, are proud to announce the addition of Benoit Peichert (Years Of Tyrants, The Bukkaker, ex-Darkall Slaves) as our new drummer. Sangli is, obviously, still Insain’s skin beater but Benoit will handle the fast, brutal and deadly job, on the road and in the studio, until Sangli has fully recovered.

"In the meantime, we're delighted to announce we’ve started the writing process for a new MCD that will be recorded early next year, with Benoit behind the drum kit, for a tentative release by mid-2013 on Kaotoxin records.

"Until then, get 'Spiritual Rebirth,' on CD and limited DigiPak edition (100 hand-numbered copies) through Kaotoxin at this location."

You can also check out the opening track from "Spiritual Rebirth," titled "Black As Your Light," at this location.

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Bonded By Blood Embarking On North American Tour

Bonded by Blood is due to kick off a North American tour tonight with Canadian all-girl metal band Kittie. Bonded By Blood - which recently finished recording new album, "The Aftermath" - will also be joined by Blackguard and The Agonist on the six-week trek, which starts in Poughkeepsie, New York.

View the tour flyer at this location.

Apr. 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Apr. 11 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
Apr. 12 - Reading, PA - Reverb
Apr. 13 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Apr. 14 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall
Apr. 15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's
Apr. 16 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
Apr. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Apr. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Apr. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
Apr. 20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
Apr. 21 - Edmonton, AL - Pawn Shop
Apr. 22 - Prince George, BC - The Generator
Apr. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Red Room
Apr. 24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
Apr. 27 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Apr. 28 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's
Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Apr. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo
May 01 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
May 02 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
May 03 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
May 04 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 05 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
May 06 - Tyler, TX - Click's
May 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy
May 08 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
May 09 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
May 10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
May 11 - Libertyville, IL - Austin's
May 12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
May 13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 14 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
May 16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
May 17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub
May 18 - Worcester, MA - Tammany Hall
May 19 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
May 20 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
May 21 - Montreal, QC - Club Foufounnes
May 22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
May 23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
May 24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship
May 25 - Providence, RI - The Ruins

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Firewind Posts "Few Against Many" Trailer

Watch the trailer for Firewind's new album "Few Against Many" in the player below, which is set to be released May 21st (Europe), May 22nd (N. America), and May 23rd (Japan).

Firewind has also announced the first string of European dates in support of the forthcoming LP "Few Against Many" starting on September 25th, 2012 in Paris. Symphonic metal band Leaves Eyes will provide support.

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The Agonist Streaming New Single "Ideomotor"

After spending many months in the studio, melodic death metallers The Agonist will finally be unleashing their third studio album, "Prisoners," on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records.

The band is now ready to give fans their first preview of this upcoming release with the premiere of the new single, "Ideomotor." Head over to Guitar World.com here to hear this track. The following press release was also issued:

"Produced by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity, Suicide Silence), 'Prisoners' picks right up where 2009's 'Lullabies' for the Dormant Mind left off, with soaring melodies over complex metal passages that fans of thinking-man's metal can appreciate. Throughout their North American tour with Kittie (which kicks-off today!), The Agonist will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from Prisoners : 'Ideomotor' and the previously limited edition EP-only track 'The Escape.'

"These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date, so be sure to catch the band on the road with the heavy metal maidens in Kittie. Dates for this trek are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!" More...

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Metal Injection Posts New "On The Record" Episode

Metal Injection has released the second episode of a series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This is the second of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal."

Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest subjects to occur in the metal scene in the last decade and this edition focuses on the ever growing amount of sub-genres in heavy metal that formed in the last decade, with genres such as metalcore, deathcore, pirate metal, re-thrash and more "out there" genres like crabcore and Sumeriancore discussed.

Watch the episode through Metal Injection or in the player below. Episode 1 focusing on the biggest reunions of the last 10 years, can also be seen at this location. More...

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Phobia To Release New Album

Legendary grind merchants Phobia are set to scathe the masses with their fifth studio offering, "Remnants of Filth," this June. Produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and engineered by Mike Harrison at Winter Skies Productions in San Antonio, Texas, "Remnants Of Filth" offers up 18 pile-driving, socio-political grind hymns in 19 minutes.

Slated to drop on June 5th through Willowtip Records, the band –- vocalist Shane “The Pain” Mclachlan, bassist Calum MacKenzie, drummer Bryan Fajardo and guitarists Dorian Rainwater and CC Loessin – have crafted one of the most punishing efforts of their winding discography of wrath.

Comments Mclachlan of the offering: “Remnants Of Filth is a brutal, in-depth grind record that I feel represents what this band is all about, from past to present. This is total brutal grindcore at its best with nothing less than the 100% punk-as-fuck attitude to compliment what this band is all about!”

Sample the sonic devastation that is second track “Contradiction” in the player below. More...

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Eths To Reissue Debut Album

Eths' new album "III" (reviewed here) is out now worldwide, except in North America where it will hit the stores on June 5th. Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about re-issuing the band's debut album:

"This is the perfect moment to make the band's debut full-length 'Sôma' available for their fast growing fan community once again. When 'Sôma' was originally released in 2004, it became an overnight success and catapulted the quintet from Marseilles not only on the covers of nearly every music magazine in France, but also outsold established metal-headliners like Children of Bodom or Cradle of Filth there.

"The pure raw and undiluted energy and anger bursting out from 'Sôma' and the stunning vocals of singer Candice make this album a milestone until today. Now re-issued with four previously unreleased exclusive bonus tracks from the 2003 demo sessions, this version of 'Sôma' is a must have for old and new fans!" More...

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Daylight Dies Issues New Album Update

Daylight Dies has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming fourth album:

"We’re pleased to finally announce the fourth studio Daylight Dies album will be titled A Frail Becoming. The album is currently being mixed in Sweden by the fantastic Jens Bogren (who was also responsible for mixing Dismantling Devotion and Lost to the Living). Song titles, in no particular order:

- The Pale Approach
- Dreaming of Breathing
- Ghosting
- Infidel
- Sunset
- Hold on to Nothing
- An Heir to Emptiness
- A Final Vestige

"We’ve crossed mountains both personally and creatively in the path of creating A Frail Becoming, and we’re exceptionally proud of the result. It is by far the most mature and diverse collection of music we’ve created. We’ll have another update once the mixing is complete and the album artwork is completed."

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Wolfbrigade Posts New Track Online

Wolfbrigade wreaks havoc on the masses once again this week as the band unleash the furious, explosive and outright anthemic, "Ride The Steel" from the forthcoming LP "Damned" via our comrades at Terrorizer Magazine.

Check out the song "Ride the Steel" right here.

Recorded at renowned Gothenburg-based Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth), "Damned" is the first Wolfbrigade album to be released by Southern Lord, set to hit the shelves for public access in North America on April 24th. According to a press release, "This album is a stark reminder of exactly why the band are considered pioneers of the Swedish d-beat/crust movement and is undoubtedly one of the strongest releases in the band's history."

Wolfbrigade also previously unleashed “Peace Of Mind,” which is still streaming at the Southern Lord website, as well as the "Feed The Flames" track available via Blow The Scene.

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Wykked Wytch And Soulfly Tour Adds Three Dates

Female-fronted extremists Wykked Wytch are set to hit the road as part of the Maximum Cavalera 15th Anniversary North American Tour with Soulfly, Incite and Lody Kong this week. The tour gets underway on April 13th in Colorado Springs, CO and will keep the band on the road until the final date in Albuquerque, NM on May 11th. Dates in Wilmington, NC, Dallas, TX and Lubbock, TX have recently been added. Wykked Wytch is touring in support of their most recent burnt offering, "The Ultimate Deception," which was released on February 14th by Goomba Music. The three recently added dates have an asterix beside them:

Apr 13 @ The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 14 @ The Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE
Apr 15 @ People's Court - Des Moines, IA
Apr 17 @ Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Apr 18 @ Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
Apr 19 @ The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Apr 20 @ Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
Apr 21 @ Buster's Billiards - Lexington, KY
Apr 22 @ Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 23 @ The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 24 @ Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr 25 @ Lost Horizons - Syracuse, NY
Apr 26 @ Asylum - Portland, ME
Apr 27 @ Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Apr 28 @ Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA
Apr 29 @ Reverb - Reading, PA
Apr 30 @ Otto Bar - Baltimore, MD
May 01 @ Brickhouse, Wilmington, NC *
May 02 @ Ziggy's - Winston Salem, NC
May 03 @ 321 Local - Cocoa, FL
May 04 @ State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
May 05 @ Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 07 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX
May 08 @ Emo's East - Austin, TX
May 09 @ Southside Music Hall - Dallas, TX *
May 10 @ Jake's - Lubbock, TX *
May 11 @ Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Posts New Single Online

Candlelight Records has issued the following announcement about posting a new single online from Swedish avant-garde act Diablo Swing Orchestra:

"Ladies and gents, put on your finest dancing shoes and show us your moves. We give you the song 'Voodoo Mon Amour' from the upcoming album 'Pandora's Piñata' out May 22nd."

Check out "Voodoo Mon Amour" in the player below.

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Cattle Decapitation Streaming New Single

Today California conquerors Cattle Decapitation release "Lifestalker," the second single off their new album "Monolith Of Inhumanity."

Set for release on May, 8th, 2012, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and according to a press release "sees the band exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage and self-loathing lyrical content."

Vocalist Travis Ryan adds: "We just returned from a great European tour where we played a ton of new songs which were received extremely well by everyone over there! So much so that we decided to premiere the second sample track of our new album Monolith of Inhumanity on a European website for all our fans and the new fans we just made during this last tour! We had a blast and we hope you all get a kick out of the new track 'Lifestalker.' This new album is light years ahead of the rest of our albums and we look forward to coming back to Europe to decapitate you all with it!"

Check out Lifestalker through Metal Hammer at this location. More...

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Arsis Reveals New Drummer

The Virginia melodic death metal veterans in Arsis have announced Shawn Priest as the full-time replacement for recently departed drummer, Mike VanDyne. Priest, who has toured with Arsis in the past, will be behind the kit for the band’s upcoming fifth studio album.

Commented Priest, “After several major tours with Arsis since 2008, I am more than happy to take the position of full-time drummer. These guys have become some of my best friends and based on the new material we've been putting together, I think the new record will be one of the best and most extreme Arsis releases to date. Get stoked people.”

“I am beyond thrilled with the pre-production for the new album and the addition of Shawn Priest on drums,” said guitarist/vocalist, James Malone. “Shawn has done many tours for Arsis and felt we it was time to give him the respect he deserves and bring him on as the full-time drummer. Shawn's input into the new songs has made them more intense than I could have ever imagined.”

“We weren't looking for a drummer who robotically plays a thousand miles an hour,” added bassist, Noah Martin. “Anyone who's seen us with Shawn knows he's capable of playing pretty much anything, but with tremendous feel. We've put him through hell, hiring him to fill in on multiple tours over the years, and we're glad we can welcome him to the fold. More...

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Never To Arise Streaming Debut Album

St. Petersburg, Florida death metal band Never To Arise is set to release its debut album "Hacked To Perfection" on May 15th via badGod Music. Never To Arise is a duo featuring Gordon Denhart on vocals, guitar and drum programming, and Mike Kilborn on guitar and bass. Check out the cover art and tracklisting of "Hacked to Perfection" below, and also stream all ten songs in the player below or at this location.

The Femicidal Impulse
Hyperbaric Torture Chamber
Sloppy Surgery
In Debasement
Mutilation Supreme
Bereft of Conscience
I Made Her Famous
Snuff Film Superstar
Devoured by Wolves
Misogynistic Acts of Barbaric Sadism More...

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Tribune Posts "The Succubus" Video

Tribune has taken metal to a new level in 2012 with the multi-metal genre blender displayed on latest album "Elder Lore/The Dark Arts" (released March 20th, 2012 via Corpse Corrosion Music). "The Succubus" is the first single from the 8 track beast and PureGrain TV is pleased to present the exclusive world premiere of the new music video. Filmed and directed by Terry Anderson and Tribune, the clip shows the band's lighter side while keeping it heavy.

Check out the playground mahyem through Pure Grain Audio or in the player below. You can also stream the new album via Bandcamp.

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October Tide Signs With Pulverised Records

Sweden’s melodic gloom lords October Tide have officially inked a worldwide deal with Pulverised Records. Now featuring bassist Mattias Norrman (ex-Katatonia, ex-Interment, etc,) and vocalist Alexander Högbom (Volturyon, Spasmodic), who take the place of former members Pierre Stam and Tobias Netzell respectively, the morose collective is currently working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010’s Candlelight-issued "A Thin Shell full-length," which will once again explore the beauty of darkness and sorrow. The album will be recorded at Black Lounge Studio (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, In Mourning, Centinex, etc) in Sweden later this Spring under the helm of Jonas Kjellgren.

Commented October Tide drummer Robin Bergh: "We are extremely pleased to sign with Pulverised Records for the next album and beyond. During the negotiations for the new deal we noticed that Roy [Yeo,] Calvin [Chiang] and the entire Pulverised crew were seriously thrilled about the band and the art we create, hence we are confident that this doomish union will bring October Tide to the next level. Our new lineup feels utterly satisfying and we are more than ready for the future to come. We are currently finishing up the writing process for the yet untitled fourth full-length which will be recorded during May and June. This upcoming October Tide recording will surely be a deadly doom metal masterpiece, mark my words!" More...

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Clutch Kicking Off North American Tour

Maryland rockers Clutch are kicking off their North American tour tonight in Norfolk, VA at The Norva. Clutch's upcoming tour features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with Hellyeah and a radio festival appearance. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Clutch is hitting the road in support of the band's double vinyl edition of "Blast Tyrant," which is available via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant's "Atlas of the Invisible World." Each illustrated poster is sized 8.5" x 11" and depicts one of the various characters featured within the "Blast Tyrant" storyline. Clutch will also be releasing a picture disc single of the new track "Pigtown Blues" on June 19th. This is the first new studio material from Clutch since 2009's "Strange Cousins From the West."

Clutch will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

4/10 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa*
4/11 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*
4/12 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights*
4/13 Providence, RI @ Lupo's
4/14 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
4/15 Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theater
4/17 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
4/18 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
4/20 Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
4/21 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
4/22 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
4/23 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy's House of Rock*
4/24 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater
4/25 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
4/27 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
4/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
4/29 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
5/01 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
5/02 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
5/03 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom*
5/04 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
5/05 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
5/06 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre*
5/08 Libertyville, IL @ The Fuel Room at Austin's Saloon
5/09 Sioux Falls, SD @ WH LYON Fairgrounds - "Krrofest"**
5/10 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company*
5/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
5/12 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall*
5/13 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop*
**Radio Festival

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