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Metal News for April 11, 2011

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 3: Part 2

The fantastic “South by South Death” earlier in the day would be a tough act to follow, but perhaps the best night show was set for the night of March 18th: The Metalliance Tour.

Following up the best day show yet, was the biggest official SXSW metal show: The Metalliance SXSW stop. The Metalliance tour featured an excellent lineup including The Atlas Moth, Howl, Red Fang, Weedeater, Kylesa, Crowbar, Helmet and Saint Vitus. The show was the first I’d attended at the Dirty Dog. It was a decent sized place, but not exactly laid out well for the crowd that would fill it that night.

I arrived while The Atlas Moth was playing. They had just a couple songs left in their set. The first thing I noticed is that the bass sounded very loud. It gave a groovier feel to their music and most of the bands who played that night for that matter. Their last two songs sounded pretty decent, even if bass-heavy.

Howl was up next and played a short set of their groovy style of doom. Still getting drinks and settled in, their set flew by with little sticking out to me, however. More...

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Nail Posts "Bottom Feeder" Music Video

Canadian progressive metal band Nail has posted a new music video for "Bottom Feeder," which is from the band's 2010 album "Power and Greed." Check it out below:

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The Ocean Kicks Off North American Tour

German metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists The Ocean kick off a month-long North American tour today. The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining "The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy, and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek” will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: "We're excited to be back in the U.S. It's been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We've been wanting to come back ever since, but it's just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us... But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we're gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I'm sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!"

The dates are as follows:

Headlining Shows
4/11/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
4/12/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/13/2011 Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)
4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity - Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National - Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House - Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s - Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada - Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs - Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall - Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma - San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door - Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown - Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC

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Dark Hound Reflects On Peter Steele's Legacy

Nashville, TN based melodic metal band Dark Hound recenlty recorded a high energy, fist-pumping cover of Type O Negative's "Life is Killing Me," which will be appearing on Metalunderground.com's upcoming tribute album to Peter Steele.

Following our previous video interview with contributing band Autumns Eyes about the tribute album, Dark Hound bassist/vocalist Ephraim Taylor (ET) has also shared his experiences with Peter Steele's iconic vocals and music. ET discusses being exposed to the band in high school through Type O Negative's cover of "Cinnamon Girl," hearing "Life is Killing Me" for the first time, and how the band approached the cover recording process.

To get acquainted with Dark Hound before the release of the tribute album, you can head over to the band's Facebook and MySpace pages, or check out ET's words below and photos from the recording sessions. More...

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Militia Comments On Upcoming Releases

Militia has checked in with the following update about the re-release of "The Sybling" and the release of the band's new album:

"In just a few days, we will be receiving our copies of the long-awaited vinyl re-release of 'The Sybling,' entitled 'The Second Coming.' Consisting of the entire 'Sybling' EP, along with the 'Regiments of Death' and 'No Submission' demos, this project is released by High Roller Records & Metaleros Records. The tracks were remastered in January 2011 by Patrick W. Engel. This is a limited edition release of 1000 copies, 750 with black vinyl and 250 with silver vinyl. Also included is an A1 poster (23" x 33") featuring flier for many of Militia's shows from 1984 to 1986.

"The album will be available directly from Militia in the coming days. You can request to have your copy signed by all 5 original members. As soon as we work out the shipping price details, we will begin accepting orders. We can't give an exact date, but it will be very soon!! "The Second Coming" will close the book on Militia's early material. There are no future plans to re-release or re-record any of the songs from 1984 - 1986. Which brings us to Part 2 of this update... More...

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Nevermore Pulls Out Of North American Tour

Century Media Records has issued the following brief announcement about Nevermore pulling out of the band's upcoming North American tour:

"It is with great regret that we notify Nevermore fans that the band has withdrawn from their upcoming North American tour. The tour will continue as planned with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard. An official statement from the band will be issued soon. Thanks, as always, for supporting Nevermore and Century Media."

Additional details on the cancellation will be announced as they are made available.

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Allegaeon Posts "Biomech" Music Video

Allegaeon has posted a new video for the song "Biomech," from the album "Fragments of Form and Function," through BloodyDisgusting.com. The video can be seen now here.

Photos from the video shoot, as well as the meaning and story for the lyrics behind "Biomech," as described by vocalist Ezra Haynes, can be seen now along with the video at the same location. "Fragments of Form and Function" was released in July of 2010. Allegaeon is currently planning tour dates for the Summer and Fall of 2011, so keep checking back for updates.

Previously uploaded footage of the band performing live is also available by heading over to this location.

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Primordial Streaming New Song Online

Primordial will be releasing the new album "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" in Europe on April 23rd and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The band is now streaming a new song from the album, titled "No Grave Deep Enough" through Metal Hammer. Head over here to check out the track.

The cover artwork is available at this location and the track listing is as follows:

1. No Grave Deep Enough
2. Lain With The Wolf
3. Bloodied Yet Unbowed
4. God's Old Snake
5. The Mouth Of Judas
6. The Black Hundred
7. The Puritan's Hand
8. Death Of The Gods

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Noctem Uploads New Album Teaser

Noctem has uploaded a teaser trailer for the upcoming album "Oblivion," which can be seen below. "Oblivion" is set for release on June 13th, 2011.

You can check out the cover artwork at this location, and the "Oblivion" track listing is as follows:

1. Popol Vuh
2. The arrival of the false gods
3. Universal disorder
4. Abnegation and brutality
5. Invictus
6. Sons of Hun-vucub
7. Seeking the ruin of souls
8. Unredemption
9. Q'uma'rka'aa'j
10. A borning winged snake
11. Oblivion

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Muleta Smiles' "Set Sail" Video Available Online

U.K. based act Muleta Smiles has uploaded a music video for the song "Set Sail," which can be viewed below. You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Muleta Smiles Facebook page.

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Power Fuel Posts "We're Back" Music Video

French act Power Fuel has posted a music video online for the song "We're Back," which is taken from the band's album "The Pure Gazoline." You can check out the clip below.

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Syrynx Posts "Another Life" Track

Canadian female-fronted metal act Syrynx has posted the song "Another Life" online, which is off the band's debut EP. You can check out the track in the video clip below.

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Wasted Shells Announces Debut Album Release

Thrash act Wasted Shells has issued the following announcement about releasing a debut album:

"We are damn proud to announce that we will release our debut album 'The Debt' on the 21st of April 2011! This will of course be celebrated with a releaseparty on that very same evening. The place is AF-Borgen in central Lund. You will be able to buy the record and hear us play live.

"The entrance is free and you're allowed to bring your own booze. Pretty damn sweet! We are also confirmed for the 'Humanifestivalen' which takes place in the 7th of May. This gig is also in Lund, check among upcoming events for details. Hope to see you all very soon!"

You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Wasted Shells Facebook page here.

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Hatesphere Posts Pre-Production Track

Hatesphere has issued the following brief update about posting a pre-production song snippet online:

"Pre-production snippet of new song available on the HateSphere Facebook and youtube-profiles - it will only be up for a couple of days, so hurry to share, share, share! Album details will be up shortly!"

You can check out the snippet by heading over to the band's Facebook page here, or watch rehearsal footage from the band at this location.

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Omega Lithium Posts "Dance With Me" Video

Omega Lithium has posted a music video online for the song "Dance With Me," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Kinetik." You can check out the clip below. "Kinetik" will be released on June 7th in North America and May 27th in Europe.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Colossus
2. Dance with Me
3. Strip Me
4. Time of Change
5. Kinetik
6. Salvation Refused
7. I Am God
8. Breaking
9. Cut Forget
10. Wind
11. Pjesma
Bonus Track:
12. Kinetik (Mechanic Remix) – only limited edition

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Draugr Posts Self-Titled Song

Draugr is currently recording five new tracks, which will all be released this month. The first song, a self-titled track, is now available for streaming online. You can check out the song "Draugr" by heading over to the band's MySpace page. Footage of Draugr performing live is also available below.

Draugr - Live at Valvet Sollefteå

DraugR | Myspace Music Videos

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Documentary Footage From Roadburn Available

Last year, Amsterdam-based filmmaker Mark Bakker from Super 208 Productions and his filmmaker partner Ebabeleba roamed the 013 and Midi Theatre halls, foyers, corridors, backstage, areas and everywhere in between to record the sights and sounds of Roadburn 2010. The video clips for days 1 and 2 can be viewed below. Details on the upcoming 2011 Roadburn, which will include Pentagram, Today is the Day, Winterfylleth, and many more, can be found here.


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Amoral Completes Work On New Album

Finnish metal/hard rock outfit Amoral has completed work on it's 5th studio album. "Beneath" was recorded at Sound Supreme studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, and was produced by Janne Saksa and guitarist Ben Varon. The album will be released in late 2011, with the first single out by the beginning of summer.

"I'd describe the album as three steps forward, one step back," says Varon. "There are several nods to our past in form of long songs, intricate riffs and growling vocals. But the main focus is still on the strong melodies, big choruses and catchy riffs, just as was on our last album 'Show Your Colors'."

"Beneath" marks the first time new guitarist Masi Hukari has recorded with the band. Hukari - who joined the group late in the songwriting process - immediately wrote two songs together with Varon, both which ended on the album. Another first is that, from now on, Amoral has two lead guitar players.

"Masi is such a talent, it would have been a crime to make him 'just' the rhythm guitarist. It's been killer to be able to do lead trade-off for the first time in the band's history, for example. Masi is responsible for many of the guitar highlights of the album," Ben declares. More...

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Red Fang Updates Tour Schedule

Red Fang is currently streaming the entire new album "Murder the Mountains" online. Red Fang has also now announced a new string of tour dates in support of the album, which drops on April 12th. The dates are as follows:

May 12 Spokane, WA The A Club
May 13 Billings, MT The Railyard
May 14 Cheyenne, WY The Forum
May 15 Omaha, NE The Hideout
May 17 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
May 18 New Orleans, LA The Parish
May 19 Nashville, TN The End
May 22 Columbus, OH Crew Stadium (as part of 2011 Rock on the Range Festival)
May 23 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
May 24 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
May 25 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
May 27 Missoula, MT The Palace Lounge

***All dates from May 31 thru June 19 w/ THE OCEAN, INTRONAUT***

May 31 Wiesbad, Germany Schlachtorf
June 1 Bochum, Germany Matrix
June 2 Lingby, Denmark Templet
June 3 Bremen, Germany Tower
June 5 Berlin, Germany Lido
June 6 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
June 7 Bratislava, Slovenia Randal Club
June 8 Vienna, Austria Arena
June 11 Winterthur, Switzerland Gaswerk
June 12 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
June 16 Stuttgart, Germany Universum
June 19 Clisson, France Hellfest More...

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Absu Comments On Upcoming Album

Texas-based mythological occult metal trio Absu is currently hard at work on "Abzu," the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).

Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, "The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System." Continuing he notes, "I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness."

"Abzu" is the second of a three-part series and is planned for release later this year. The tentative track listing is as follows:

I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
II.) Circles of the Oath
III.) Abraxas Connexus
IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
V.) Earth Ripper
VI.) A Song for Ea including:
a. E-A
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. 3rd Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters – The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise) More...

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Amorphis Streaming New Single

Amorphis has posted the new single "You I Need" online, which can be heard by heading over to the band's MySpace page. "You I Need" is taken from the upcoming album "The Beginning Of Times." You can check out the cover artwork for the single at this location.

The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Battle For Light
2. Mermaid
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song of the Sage
6. Three Words
7. Reformation
8. Soothsayer
9. On a Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
13. Heart’s Song (digipack bonus)

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Skalmold Signs To Napalm Records

Iceland based act Skálmöld has officially inked a deal with Napalm Records. The record label had this to say about the collaboration:

"The bloodthirsty and fearless warriors of Skálmöld have joined the Napalm militia and are ready for battle! The Viking Metal's sextet first album will be released worldwide this summer!

"We see this partnership with Napalm Records as a brotherhood—a brotherhood that will spread the true, Icelandic Viking spirit throughout the world. You should not go to war without allies and now, with Tutl Records on one side and Napalm Records on the other, Skálmöld is ready to fight all wars. Skál!"

Additional details on the band are available through the Skálmöld MySpace and Facebook pages.

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Quartered Premieres New Music Video Online

Metalunderground.com is premiering the new music video of "Eternity Below" from Vancouver, BC alternative metal band Quartered. "Eternity Below" is the second track from Quartered’s 2010 release "Walks Like A Ghost," released via Thorny Bleeder Records. This video was directed and produced by Charles Schrodt of Full.Speed.Ahead Productions.

The band comments on the video: "The idea we had for the video was to try and do something special for the fans that support all things Quartered. Instead of the band promoting a show somewhere, we decided to just throw one for them. We found a space, set up some lights, got a keg (of course), and captured as much as we could. Our fans really threw it down for us, again and again."

"Eternity Below" will soon available for download along with three other tracks on the Rock
Band Network.

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Draconian To Release New Album

Draconian will be releasing a new album titled "A Rose for the Apocalypse" this summer through Napalm Records. The band commented on the upcoming release:

"We are sorry for keeping the lid on during the writing and recording process of this album. It has been a quite hard route, at least for me, to get things right and in order. I guess, most art is flowing without restraint and changes during the time of its construction, and sometimes even the artist him/herself needs time to comprehend it.

"Jens Bogren of Fascination Street sprinkled his magic over the songs during the production- and mixing process and each and every song found its way. We are grateful to have such a committed producer and we can only feel blessed by the experience to once again have made another album reality at Fascination Street.

"The new album is called A Rose for the Apocalypse and deals with a vast dilemma we’re all facing as one species; the horrors and contradictions we’ve created in our ‘nature-divorced’ system. The title refers to the collapse of this structure, built by mindless human opinion. It also refers to the necessity of its demise. We are trying to capture the gloom of its realization. I don’t know if we’d want to call this a conceptual album, but most songs certainly deal with the same topic in one way or the other. I’ve reached a point in my life when my eyes remain open."

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Leaves' Eyes Posts "To France" Video

Leaves' Eyes has posted a music video online for the song "To France," which will be appearing on the upcoming album "Meredead." You can check out the clip below. A teaser trailer for the upcoming album and tour can be found here. "Meredead" will see release on April 22nd, 2011.

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Orange Goblin To Play Sonisphere

Orange Goblin has posted the following announcement online about appearing at the U.K. Sonisphere Festival 2011:

"We are happy to announce that Orange Goblin have been confirmed to appear at the UK Sonisphere Festival 2011 which takes place at Knebworth on the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th July. The band will be playing the Jagermeister Stage on Sunday 10th July.

"Other bands appearing over the weekend include Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax (this will be the first ever 'Big 4' show in the UK), Motorhead, Slipknot, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Airbourne and many, many more."

For more info on Sonisphere, check out this location.

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Kittie To Begin Recording New Album

Having just finished writing a new album, veteran all-girl metal outfit Kittie is headed into the studio next week to begin recording the new, yet-to-be titled record. What promises to be a grittier record than the band's previous effort "In the Black," front woman Morgan Lander offers her own words:

"We have been working exceptionally hard these cold winter months, crafting what is to be our 6th full length release, and our second for eOne. In some cases these new songs are faster, darker and much more sinister than our previous release. It contains some of the most difficult and personal subject matter I have had the pleasure (or displeasure) of writing."

Once again the band will enlist the producing talent of Siegfried "Siggy" Meier at Beach Road Studios in Goderich Ontario, Canada. "The girls have written some incredible and personal songs this time around. They're heavy as shit and relentless. It's a pleasure and an honor to be doing another record with one of the best metal bands of our time," says Meier. The new record will be released later this summer.

Kittie released "In the Black" in 2009 spent the next two years on touring with acts like DEVILDRIVER, ICP and last year's THRASH AND BURN tour.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Costa Rica

Many years ago, I grew up and graduated from High School in this small Central American country. Nestled between the political hotbeds of Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica has maintained it's status as a democratic bastion while it's neighbors are plagued by coup'd'etats and upheaval. Only a couple hours either way from the capital city of San Jose to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica has the ideal party atmosphere. The breathtaking beauty of the country coupled with the cultural tolerance they exhibit has awakened a phenomena in the metal scene.

Back in the old times, Costa Ricans ("Ticos" - as they are referred as) would clamor to several AOR stations to listen to Budgie or Judas Priest, or be found in a downtown bar shooting darts to Saxon. Yes, the Ticos love their metal every bit as much as any salsa or folklorico music. Nowadays they have definitely evolved with the times and share plenty of love for foreign metal and all things imported. Restrictions are not so hard on entrance visas to foreign musicians hereby opening the floodgates to plenty of stellar international talent. Big name acts are a monthly thing now, especially since Costa Ricans have a good standard of living and can afford to buy tickets and fill the clubs. Bookings into such venues as Pepper's Disco Club and a whole host of local bars is routine.

Back in the 80's, I had only seen Santana and Sting ever come down and perform. Since Iron Maiden played in 2008, visits from such luminaries as Anthrax, Moonspell, Therion and countless others ( Slayer this June) are now the norm. In fact, Marduk raised the hairs on the Catholic Church's neck with their visit last July. But even the priests are of a gentle nature in Costa Rica. "Don't use religious artifacts in an obscene manner on stage," implored a local monsignor.

Perhaps the godfathers of the local scene, a lot of credit must be given to Mantra. Formed nearly twenty years ago, these guys made so much possible for the younger crop of Tico musicians. Their 2003 release "Creature" marked the zenith of their creative career, spawning a couple of classic local death thrash songs. Unlike their younger counterparts, Mantra preferred to sing in Spanish and continue to do so. Nowadays, as with many bands that have been around for a long time, they have changed members and their style of metal a bit frequently. To listen to the classic track "El Ojo de Dios" from Mantra, click here.

Similar respect must be given to Sight of Emptiness who brought Costa Rican metal to the forefront with their win at the UK Open Air Bloodstock festival in 2007. They are usually the opener for most of the international acts that come, and we have posted plenty of news articles and videos about them in the past five years. If you are not familiar with their melodic techno thrash sound, listen to the video for "Desolation Whispers" here. Last week they were one of 27 bands to inaugurate the new National Soccer Stadium.

In January, the Documentary "Heavy Metal 506" was produced, showcasing the talents of Costa Rica's heavy hitters in the metal scene. (The title, incidentally, gets it's name from Costa Rica's country calling code). You can listen to the trailer right here. Also, the four part compilation "Costa Rican Metal" includes twenty bands from genres ranging from commerical metal, symphonic black metal, demonic thrash, brutal death and atmospheric. The first part has links to the other three parts and can be listened to here. Today we will take a look at a few of the bands that are also stirring up the Costa Rican scene.

Advent of Bedlam

You may have heard of Advent of Bedlam, who hail from the town of Heredia, or as they have called it before, "Hell-redia," by their previous name. Together over a decade, they used to be known as December's Cold Winter. Under that name, they put out some nice symphonic black metal and an album of enjoyable tunes. Deciding to go for a more blackened thrash sound, they changed their name to Advent of Bedlam a couple of years ago and have contined to receive great mentions, attaining an ACAM Award Songwriter of the Year nomination and a win for their "Ablaze all Shrines" LP. Their song "Manipulating Human Emotions" also appeared in Zero Tolerance Magazine's covermount CD. They produced their whole new album themselves, since the average Latino producer possibly wouldn't understand where they were coming from. Check out the new one from their "Behold the Chaos" album below, along with a few others.

Advent of Bedlam - "The Stench of Your Faith"

Advent of Bedlam - "The Darkest Alliance"

December's Cold Winter - "The Alabaster Corpse"

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Symphony X Reveals "Iconoclast" 2-Disc Set Details

American progressive metal act Symphony X has revealed details for the upcoming special editon of its new studio album "Iconoclast." The deluxe version, which will arrive in North American stores on June 21, will contain a bonus disc of extra material. You can view the special edition tracklisting of "Iconoclast" below.

CD 1:
1. Iconoclast
2. The End Of Innocence
3. Dehumanized
4. Bastards Of The Machine
5. Heretic
6. Children Of A Faceless God
7. When All Is Lost

CD 2:
1. Electric Messiah
2. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
3. Light Up The Night
4. The Lords Of Chaos
5. Reign In Madness

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Riverside Reveals New Album Details

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has revealed details for its upcoming new album/EP titled "Memories In My Head." The three track, 33-minute, album is to be made available through the band at all forthcoming tour dates. Riverside frontman and bassist Mariusz Duda commented on the album by saying:

"This new material, concerning (for obvious reasons) the themes of the passing time, will be a pleasant surprise for those who have missed the specific kind of melodies and space known from the bands early releases. We have consciously gone back to our beginnings to create a certain kind of a circle. This mini-album will contain three longer compositions most resembling those from our first two albums.

"The result is a quite interesting, spacious, film-soundtrackish, nostalgic, and most of all rock mixture, summing up our career's first decade quite well. 'Memories In My Head' is an album which appears out of nowhere, without much promotion; we hope, though, that its content can defend itself and that it will evoke a lot of positive emotions. It does that to us, and we will prove it soon, playing those songs live at our upcoming gigs."

Here is the "Memories In My Head" track listing:

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land

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Trollfest Posts New Album Preview Online

Trollfest has posted a new preview online for its upcoming full length album "En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral." You can view the preview below as well as the album's official tracklisting.

1. Die Verdammte Hungersnot
2. Karve
3. Die Berüchtiges Bande
4. Gjetord
5. Der Sündenbock Gegalte
6. Korstog
7. Undermålere
8. Jevnes med Jorden
9. En gammel Trollsti

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Within Temptation Announces North American Dates

Within Temptation has announced a small batch of tour dates set to take place in North America this coming September. You can view the currently announced list of dates, cities and venues below with more expected to be announced shortly.

Sep. 07 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
Sep. 08 - Metropolis - Montreal, PQ
Sep. 09 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
Sep. 10 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
Sep. 12 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Sep. 13 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA

The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "Shot in the Dark," which can be found here.

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Slipknot Members Remember Paul Gray

Slipknot members Shawn "Clown" Crahan (percussion) and Joey Jordison (drums) have released separate statements online commemorating what would have been the 39th birthday of the band's late bassist, Paul Gray. You can read the statements below.

Joey Jordison:

"Today is a day that will have a special place in my heart forever. It's a special day for all, for not only me and the guys in our band and families, but for everyone to put smiles across their faces and to celebrate the emotion and beauty of one of the greatest souls to ever grace music and humanity.

"I spent all of last night watching our videos since our days as little kids who had a dream, and fuck, Paul, we did make that dream come true. I fell asleep last night only to wake up minutes ago with a smile on my face as my slumbers were filled with memories I'd long forgot.

"Even as I write this, my eyes are getting a little watery. He loves all of you who embraced his music. God bless to Brenna, October and all his friends and family as well.

"I wish that all of you that couldn't share time with Paul will by playing his records 'til your ceilings crack and your ears bleed and by celebrating his memory in the glory that it is. I love you, Paul, and I'll see you again soon, but not yet… not yet.

"Hail Paul, hail SLIPKNOT.

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