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Metal News for April 12, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Kraanium Posts Album Teaser And Tour Dates

Norwegian extreme metal band Kraanium has posted a teaser for its upcoming album "Post Mortal Coital Fixation," which you may view below after the jump. The album is due out on Comatose Music on May 22nd. Kraanium then plans to embark on the Comatour 2012 with Atrocious Abnormality and Coathanger Abortion in June, one of those dates being at the Las Vegas Death Fest IV. Check out the dates here:

06/08/12 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
06/09/12 Charleston, SC Oasis Bar and Grill
06/10/12 Chattanooga, TN Ziggy’s
06/11/12 Shreveport, LA The Tiki Bar
06/12/12 Dallas, TX The Boiler Room
06/13/12 Oklahoma City, OK The Black Hole
06/14/12 Albuquerque, NM The Launch Pad
06/15/12 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
06/16/12 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
06/18/12 Pueblo, CO Phil’s Radiator
06/19/12 Manhattan, KS Johnny Kaws
06/20/12 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
06/21/12 Lansing, MI Blackened Moon Concert Hall
06/22/12 Ft. Wayne, IN The Tiger Room
06/23/12 Milwaukee, WI The Blue Pig Bar More...

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Heathen Inks Deal With Nuclear Blast

The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area’s indomitable thrash metal band Heathen, which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column.

Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance:

“I'm really happy and couldn't think of a better label for Heathen. I've known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It's amazing for me to think that throughout this band’s career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it's time to get to work on the new album!”

Lead singer David White adds: “I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we're all about, 2012 and beyond!!!” More...

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Savage Messiah Announces New Shows

British shred-heavy metallers Savage Messiah will be returning to the Netherlands this June for two newly-confirmed shows.

The band will be performing at Little Devil in Tilburg, followed by a special after-party for the FortaRock festival in Nijmegen, which features the likes of Slayer, Machine Head, Anthrax, Lamb of God, and more.

Savage Messiah frontman David Silver comments:

"We're looking forward to returning to Holland for a few dates in June. Our first ever show in continental Europe took place in Holland, at Den Pul in Uden when we supported Overkill, so it's exciting to go back and play for the Dutch metal crowd once again. Hopefully we'll be able to announce more European shows soon! Stay posted."

See Savage Messiah live at the following shows:

June 01 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil
June 02 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - FortaRock Afterparty at Merleyn

View the flyer at this location. Savage Messiah's new album, "Plague of Conscience," is out now worldwide on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

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Mikael Akerfeldt Reportedly Leaves Bloodbath

Loudwire.com has posted a news story online reporting that Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has left death metal supergroup Bloodbath. Opeth's latest album "Heritage" (reviewed here) saw a change in style for the band, switching entirely to clean vocals and prog rock.

Loudwire.com reports:

When we asked Akerfeldt — who by his own admittance has recently been struggling to maintain the power and tone of his screaming — if that would affect future Bloodbath projects, the vocalist dropped the news on us.

“I’m not in Bloodbath,” says Akerfeldt. “They have a new singer, which I can’t say who it is. Bloodbath for me was never a serious project, it was just something I did for fun. We did a few songs on the last North American tour, we did two songs at the very last show because we were touring with Katatonia, so the whole Bloodbath band was there. It’s still fun you know? But I think that some of the other guys in Bloodbath want to take it to the next level, which I don’t really want to do because I’m so busy anyways.”

He continued, “It doesn’t really have to do with anything with my screaming vocals, it’s just that it’s not a progressive project for me. It’s just paying tribute to death metal and I’ve done it for such a long time. And when it stops being fun, I don’t really want to participate. We do things so rarely it’s always been fun. The shows we’ve done have been fun, but I don’t feel the need to do it.”

Read the full article at Loudwire.

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Gorod Streaming Tracks From Recent Album

French metal band Gorod has been streaming five songs from its recent album "A Perfect Absolution" over on YouTube. Check out the video for the track "Varangian Paradise" below. On the same page you will find four other videos from the album. Gorod recently got back from doing thirty shows in fifteen countries, touring with Obscura, Spawn of Possession and Exivious on the Omnivium Tour 2012.

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Parkway Drive Posts DVD Trailer

Shot in 42 countries on five continents, Parkway Drive's "Home Is For The Heartless" DVD is both a rare travelogue and an in-depth look at Parkway Drive on stage and off.

A teaser trailer for the DVD has been posted online and can be viewed below. The following press release was also issued:

"Traveling to many obscure destinations, including some third-world cities that had never been visited by an international heavy band, Parkway Drive embrace the local peoples and cultures as a vital part of their experience. 'Home Is For The Heartless' is a music DVD unlike any other. Check out the trailer below." More...

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The Air I Breathe Debuts New Music Video

Rise Records artist The Air I Breathe has debuted a new music video for the song "Deliverance" on YouTube. Check out the video clip in the player below. The track is off the band's album "Great Faith In Fools" which is currently available through Rise Records.

The band will be heading out on the road with My Ticket Home, Hands Like Houses and Palisades for the Class of '12 Tour.

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Shadows Fall Posts New Album Studio Footage

Shadows Fall will be releasing the new album "Fire From the Sky" on May 15th, 2012. Pre-orders are available via the band's official website. You can also stream the album's title track at Noisecreep.com.

Shadows Fall has now posted footage of the band working on the album with producer Adam Dutkiewic, which can be viewed below. The track listing for "Fire From The Sky" is as follows:

1. The Unknown
2. Divide And Conquer
3. Weight Of The World
4. Nothing Remains
5. Fire From The Sky
6. Save Your Soul
7. Blind Faith
8. Lost Within
9. Walk The Edge
10. The Wasteland More...

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Vulture Streaming New Songs

Already with one EP to its credit, Pittsburgh sludge band Vulture is streaming a couple of tracks from its new full-length album "Oblivious to Ruin." The album was just released on Innervenus Records. You may stream the track "This Beautiful Infection" below, or listen to a video upload of the track "Apathetic Life." Also check out another track, "Dead Sea," at this location.


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Pigeon Toe Posts New Track Online

German progressive rock upcomers Pigeon Toe (featuring members of Triptykon and Fear My Thoughts) have revealed another track from their Lifeforce Records debut "The First Perception," entitled "The Chase."

"The First Perception" is set to be released on April 24th in North America and a week later in Europe.

"The Chase" can be heard here or in the SoundCloud player available below. You can also check out the previously posted title track at this location. More...

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:

"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.

"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Overhead Reveals "Of Sun And Moon" Details

Finnish rock/metal act Overhead will be releasing the upcoming new album "Of Sun and Moon" on June 30th, 2012. You can check out a track from the album, titled "Aftermath," in the player below, or listen to more music from Overhead at the band's official website.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lost Inside 2
2. Berlin
3. An Afternoon of Sun and Moon
4. Aftermath
5. Syriana
6. Grotte
7. Last Broadcast
8. Alive
9. Angels and Demons More...

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Forgive Us Not Posts New Music Video

Cape Town, South Africa based melodic metal act Forgive Us Not has posted a new music video online for the song "Fear Me Lucifer," which can be viewed below.

"Fear Me Lucifer" is taken off the band's debut full-length album "Inside This Sea Of Sin." Forgive Us Not also recently conducted an interview with Air Guitar about the band's history and style, which can be read here.

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SXSW 2012 Thrash Show Reverts to Garage Rock

On March 16th, 2012, Motorbreath Entertainment intended to create one of the best lineups featuring bands from the “New Wave of Thrash Metal.” Exmortus, Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf and Witchaven were on the bill to play Betsy’s Bar at Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Oregon’s Spellcaster offered a style more in line with the New Wave of Classic Metal scene that has, in a sense, run parallel with the new thrash movement.

Besides Corrosion of Conformity who came to town with their crossover thrash, “Animosity” lineup, thrash metal is an endangered species in Austin during this time of the year. When I saw Motorbreath had organized a lineup of such great, young thrash bands, I had to help with promotion. Unfortunately, a number of mishaps led to Betsy’s Bar canceling the show. However, thanks to Alex Campos of local metal marauders, Beyond The Blood, the show went on! More...

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.

"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."

Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.

A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...

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7 Horns 7 Eyes Heading Out On U.S. Tour

Death metallers 7 Horns 7 Eyes and groove metallers Stealing Axion have announced a co-headlining run, aptly named "The Dual Destruction Tour." Sponsored by Guitar World, this epic progressive tour will be hitting the West Coast during May and June. All tour dates for this trek are below.

5/18--Tacoma, WA--The Backstage Bar and Grill
5/19--Seattle, WA--El Corazon
5/20--Portland, OR--Branx
5/23--Sacramento, CA--On The Y
5/24--Oakland, CA--Stork Club
5/25--San Diego, CA--Eleven
5/26--Los Angeles, CA--The Roxy
5/29--Albuquerque, NM--Burt's Tiki Lounge
5/31--Denver, CO--3 Kings Tavern
6/1--Salt Lake City, UT--Burt's Tiki Lounge
6/3--Boise, ID--The Venue
6/5--Coeur D'Alene, ID--The Grail
6/6--Spokane, WA--The Hop! More...

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Tankard Reveals New Album Title

The German thrash metal heroes in Tankard have just released the title of their upcoming Nuclear Blast debut. The name of the anniversary-record is "A Girl Called Cerveza."

The album is currently being produced at the famous Studio 23 with producer Michael Mainx in Frankfurt, Germany. The alcoholic metal outfit has also revealed the first part of the new album cover, available below.

Keep your eyes open for the second part to be released soon. "A Girl Called Cerveza" will be out at the end of July via Nuclear Blast. You can also check out the band's latest studio video report at this location. More...

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Hardbanger Posts "Civilization" Video

French band Hardbanger has posted a new video clip online for the song "Civilization," which is a cover of the Justice track of the same name. The video was recorded, mixed and shot during the recording sessions for the "Neck" single at Upload Studio. Check out the clip below.

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Crystal Viper Comments On Upcoming Album

One of Poland's top contemporary traditional metal acts, Crystal Viper, is prepared to release "Crimen Excepta" on April 24th via AFM Records, the band's fourth full-length album to date. The following press release was also issued by the band:

"Welcome to the world of Crystal Viper: a world full of Flying Vs, tube amps, leather and chains. The band's powerful old-school sound runs deep with influences hailing from Mercyful Fate, Warlock and Iron Maiden, yet with a dark thrash edge born of Nifelheim persuasion at times, all fueled by frontwoman Marta Gabriel, her commanding vocals akin to Chastain's Leather Leone with a touch of Doro Pesch.

"The follow-up to 2010's acclaimed Legends full-length, Crimen Excepta is a concept album about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction mixes with historical facts. Recorded with producer Bart Gabriel (Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Sacred Steel, Mortician), Crimen Excepta is inarguably Crystal Viper's darkest and most aggressive material to date. Bringing more of their personal black and death metal influences to the table, even bringing in guest members such as Hell vocalist David Bower who appears on the album's title track, as well as Vader's Piotr 'Peter' Wiwczarek to record a cover of the Vader classic 'Tyrants Of Hell' for a bonus track to the album. Additionally, Crystal Viper recorded 'Ghosts Of Sherwood' -- a theme song for the forthcoming 3D cinema horror movie Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood -- which also appears as a bonus track to the album.

"As with previous Crystal Viper works, the cover art for Crimen Excepta was painted by legendary French artist Chris Moyen, known from his cooperation with acts such as Slayer, Trivium, Beherit, Blasphemy and more." Check out the opening track from the album, "Witch's Mark," in the player below. More...

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Czar Releases "Family Crest" Video

With Czar's U.S. tour kicking off next week, MetalSucks presents the exclusive premiere of the video for "Family Crest," the first track off the Chicago band's latest album, "Vertical Mass Grave." Watch "Family Crest" at this location.

MetalSucks describes Czar as "one of the best new bands in quite some time... They make challenging yet palatable sounds for a new age of metal." The band's brand of metal, both hook-laden and machine-like, has earned comparisons to Gojira, Mastodon, and Helmet.

Czar hits the road April 18th, starting out in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong, and including stops at the Year of Shit III Fest in Richmond and Precious Metal in New York. Dates are as follows: More...

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Malfeitor Posts New Song Online

Swedish death metal band Malfeitor has posted another song online from the new album "Dum Morior Orior," which is being released on CD by Hellthrasher Productions and on vinyl by Chaos Records. Give "When Last Breath Fades Away" a listen in the SoundCloud player below.

The "Dum Morior Orior" track listing is as follows:

1. Conversation in Minor
2. Beyond the Horrorizon
3. When Last Breath Fades Away
4. Exile From Sanity
5. To Hell, Farewell
6. Death, the Dead and Me
7. Rolling With Corpses
8. And the Sky Turned to Rage
9. Psychosis
10. Scenes From a Slaughterhous
11. Sojourn Hell More...

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Mekong Delta Streaming New Song Samples

Mekong Delta - founded in the 80s by producer and bass player Ralf Hubert - has released two snippets of new songs from "Intersection." Check out "The Healer" and "The Cure" in the clips below. "Intersections" is available for pre-order on Amazon here.

"Intersections" is a must for old and new fans and will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on April 20th, in Europe on April 23rd, in the US/Canada in early May. The track listing is as follows:

1. Prophecy
2. The Cure
3. Memories Of Tomorrow
4. Heroes Grief
5. Shades Of Doom
6. The Healer
7. Transgressor
8. Sphere Eclipse
9. Heartbeat
10. Innocent More...

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Swallow The Sun To Support Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about bringing Swallow the Sun along for upcoming European tour dates:

"It's time to introduce our European support band Swallow the Sun! Watch their video and enjoy. Swallow will be supporting us on the dates below so come check them out."

Paradise Lost is set to release new album "Tragic Idol" in Europe on April 23rd through Century Media Records, with a North American release of April 24th to follow.

2.5. Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
3.5. Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
4.5. La Rodia, Besancon, France
5.5. Le Transbordeur, Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
6.5. Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
7.5. Stereolux, Nantes, France
9.5. Bataclan, Paris, France
10.5. Le 106, Rouen, France
11.5. Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
12.5. Matrix, Bochum, Germany
14.5. Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
15.5. Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
16.5. Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
17.5. KB, Malmö, Sweden
19.5. Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
20.5. Essibfabrik, Köln, Germany
21.5. Backstage, Munich, Germany
22.5. Arena, Vienna, Austria

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Black Shape Of Nexus Posts New Track

Today German sludgecrushers Black Shape of Nexus have polluted the masses with a track from their forthcoming third LP, "Negative Black," via Terrorizer Magazine. Get a gritty, bloody sampling of the outfit’s newest low-fi audio cruelty via the album’s second track “400H” right here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The band’s first for the eclectic Exile On Mainstream label, Negative Black surges with nearly eighty minutes of the expected crushing Black Shape of Nexus sludge/doom pummel. The album will see North American release on June 5th, on CD in a matte-varnished 6-panel digifile, a 2xLP format with inside/out printed gatefold cover, and deluxe digital download.

"Recorded in the Winter of 2011 and twisted into shape at the mighty Tonmeisterei Studio, Negative Black — an album four years in the making — marks a new step for Black Shape of Nexus, carving a path into their foreseeable future. The album has been eagerly awaited by BSON’s diehard cult fanbase and underground doom/sludge aficionados since the release of their bruising 2008-released Microbarome Meetings 2xLP. While the outfit already bears the reputation for unfurling some of the most destructive but still coherently-flowing sludge metal available, incorporating outside elements of crust, black metal and ambient/soundscape persuasion at times, Negative Black surges to even deeper caverns of auditory obliteration, pummeling you with painfully slow doom and finishing you off with acrid, harsh drones, and giving down-tempo a whole new meaning. More...

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Daitribe Streaming New Song

DaiTribe is getting ready to unleash the new album "Epochalypse A.D." later this Spring. The album was recorded at Farview Audio by Jason "Jay" Walsh and mixed by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hatebreed, and Mercyful Fate). The artwork was done by Mark Alano who is also known for his work with Mecca and Grammy Award Winner Jim Peterik. "Epochalypse A.D." is scheduled for an April 17th release date via True Gemini Records.

Today DaiTribe IS premiering another new song from "Epohcalypse A.D." This blistering track entitled "False Hopes" is available for streaming courtesy of Noisecreep. Get a first listen here.

DaiTribe is also giving away a free download of the new single "I Hate Me." The track can be accessed by "liking" the band on Facebook. More...

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Storm Corrosion Answers More Fan Questions

Storm Corrosion, the collaboration between Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, has now posted another video clip online answering a fan submitted question, this time about the music the duo listen to. You can watch the new video below, or find the last clip in the series here.

Storm Corrosion will release the self-titled album on May 8th via Roadrunner Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Drag Ropes 9:52
2. Storm Corrosion 10:12
3. Hag 6:28
4. Happy 4:53
5. Lock Howl 6:09
6. Ljudet Innan 10:20

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Zao Comments On Canceling Live Shows

Vocalist Dan Weyandt of Zao has checked in with the following announcement about the band canceling upcoming live appearances:

"To fans, promoters and fellow band members,

"I am truly sorry to have been the catalyst in canceling our appearance at the shows this weekend. I apologize to the promoters who put their time and effort into setting up the shows and the massive headaches that accompany our canceling. I apologize to the fans who bought tickets, booked hotels, scheduled off work, bought plane tickets or made the drive (or were just generally looking forward to it). I apologize to the other bands involved for any inconvenience this has caused them. I apologize to my band mates who re arranged their schedules to travel and took the proper steps to ensure the trip would go smoothly. I have been looking forward to this for a long time, not only to get a chance to play live again but also the opportunity to travel, spend time with good friends and make new ones.

"My decision to cancel the shows did not come easy. In fact it was a sickening burden (the decision that is). Trust me, I have suffered under the weight of my choice and I am receptive of your anger. More...

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Caricature Streaming New Track

Caricature has posted a new song online titled "Burning Damnation," which can be heard below and will be included on the band's new album "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing."

Caricature features former members of Too Late The Hero, The Binary Code, System Divide, and former touring drummer of Whitechapel. For more details on Caricature, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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Aeons Of Eclipse Streaming New Song "Arise"

Kentucky death metal band Aeons of Eclipse is streaming a brand new song, "Arise," which the band plans to include on its upcoming second full-length release "The Parasite." Aeons of Eclipse already has the debut album "The Hour of Desolation" to its credit, which you may stream material from over on MySpace. Check out a video upload of the track "Arise" below.

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Venomin James Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Venomin James has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the vinyl pressing of its second and third albums at this site. The band commented about the campaign: "We are Venomin James, a doom metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, and we need your help to bring our vinyl dreams to life! We are nearly finished with the recording of our third album "Unholy Mountain".

This Kickstarter campaign will help us raise enough scratch to press vinyl of "Unholy Mountain" along with our second album, "Crowe Valley Blues". We are a band that truly embraces DIY, but sometimes we need a little help...maybe it's you!" Check out the band's "Left Hand Man" and "Crowe Valley Blues" releases over at Soundcloud or listen to a video upload of "Cosmonaut" from "Crowe Valley Blues" below.

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The Murder Of My Sweet Unveils New LP Cover Art

Swedish gothic metal band The Murder of My Sweet unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for the band's sophomore LP "Bye Bye Lullaby" (shown below). The album is set for release on May 25, 2012 through AFM Records. The Murder of My Sweet features Wuthering Heights keyboardist Andreas Lindahl and 7 Days drummer Daniel Flores.

The track listing for "Bye Bye Lullaby" is as follows:

1. Armageddon
2. Fallen
3. Unbreakable
4. I Dare You
5. Violently Peaceful
6. Meant to Last Forever
7. Idolize
8. Kind of Lousy
9. The One
10. Resurrection
11. Waiting for the 27th (Booh Prologue)
12. Black September
13. Phantom Pain More...

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Pantera Unveils New Video For "Piss"

The unreleased Pantera track "Piss" was finally unveiled at the Golden Gods Awards in video homage form on April 11th. While combing the Pantera vaults for the 20th anniversary reissue of "Vulgar Display of Power," drummer Vinnie Paul made an astounding discovery - this unreleased track "Piss" from the sessions. This track will be featured on the CD/DVD deluxe edition Of "Vulgar Display Of Power," which will be available May 15th From Rhino records.

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Artillery Founder Carsten Nielsen Splits With Band

Artillery's founding member, drummer Carsten Nielsen, announced his departure from the band and the final shows that he will be part of, which include the band's first ever dates in the United States. In a post on his Facebook page, Nielsen stated:

"For personal reasons I have chosen to leave the Danish Thrash Metal Band Artillery. It's something I've thought about for a long time and I have already informed the guys in the band and I can announce that the last shows I'm playing with ARTILLERY will be:

April 28 - Barroselas, Portugal @ SWR Barroselas Metalfest (15th edition)
May 03 - Heavy Agger, Denmark @ Agger
May 04 - Lions and Barrels, Denmark @ Copenhagen
(will be celebrating our 30th birthday for Artillery)
May 05 - Wuustweeze, Belgium @ Puntpop 2012
May 25 - Baltimore, MD USA @ Maryland Death Fest X
May 26 - New York, NY USA @ Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
May 30 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Astbury Argentina
May 31 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Teleton
Jun 01 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Music Hall
Jun 02 - São Paulo, Brazil @ Hangar 110
Jun 03 - Recife, Brazil @ Teatro Mauricio de Nassau
Jun 04 - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Bar Opinião

And to all the nice people I have met during my time in ARTILLERY, I will just say a huge thank you to; I will never forget the good reception and response I have received."

Nielsen went on to say that he will likely start a new punk rock band:

"I will after the last show, take a little break and then I'll probably go back to my roots and try to find some guys in the Copenhagen Area who want to play some good old fashioned Punk Rock together with me .."

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Blood Mortized Posts New Album Breakdown

Swedish death metal act Blood Mortized will be releasing the new album "The Key To A Black Heart" via FDA Rekotz on May 18th, 2012. Drummer Mattias Borgh has now posted the following track by track description of the album:

1. Unleashing The Hounds

Album opener which we wrote with one thing in mind: go for your throat, kick you in the guts! A (for us old bastards anyway) fast song with a lot of two beat umpa-umpa drumming. This song has a slow doomy section in the middle which I like a lot, the tempo drops like a stone during this slow break down, which makes it really fun to play.

The spoken part in the middle was recorded into a mobilephone and then the mobile phone was recorded via a microphone, haha, but it did the trick it sounds very much like an old cassette recording haha!

The song title popped up in my head through an old joke we have in Arcana (where I also play) We met this really rich snobby guy when playing a gig and we had a joke about him ordering his Butler to "Unleash the hounds, spare no one" when some one poor person had trespassed his property, haha... The lyrics ended up dealing with some one having ehhh a bad realtionship and a very eeehh strange way of ending that relationship... Rick Rozz plays a great "Rick Rozz going crazy on the whammy bar" guitar solo on this one!

2. The Heretic Possession More...

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Verjnuarmu Releasing New Album

Finland's Verjnuarmu will be releasing the new album "Pimmeyvven Ruhtinas" on April 18th, 2012. The band has now issued the following announcement about the release:

"One week left to the new Verjnuarmu release! The album contains old demo stuff, some live-material and two cover songs! Pre-order now!

"Rare, numbered and signed album...only 100pcs. in the world! Worldwide shipping at this location. You can now listen the whole album for one week here."

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Angelus Apatrida Posts Instructional Video

Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida posted a play through instructional video featuring vocalist/guitarist Guillermo Izquierdo "Polako" showing you how to play the riffs from the band's new song "You Are Next." The song appears on the band's forthcoming fourth studio album entitled "The Call." The album is set for release on April 30, 2012 (EU) and digitally on May 8, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.

To hear the full track, check out the stream over at this location.

The track listing for "The Call" is as follows:

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

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Nightwish Posts New "Planet Hell" Rehearsal Video

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted up footage from the band's recent rehearsal in January 2012 at SIR Studios prior the the band's debut "Imaginareum" gigs in Los Angeles. The video features the song "Planet Hell" (originally on the 2004 LP "Once).

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Cross Of Satan Streaming New Album

Mexican thrash band Cross of Satan is streaming its six song album "Enfermo Mental" over on its Facebook band page. You can also download the album courtesy of the band at this location. Below is a video upload of the band using its Spanish name Cruz de Satan, which shows video footage during the recording of the "Enfermo Mental" album.

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Making Of" Pt. I For New LP

Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica posted part one of a "making of" video series for the band's new album "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Recently, singer Tony Kakko revealed that the band will be incorporating new elements into the sound.

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Teramaze Posts New Album Teaser

Australian progressive modern thrash band Teramaze posted up a new teaser video for the band's fourth LP "Anhedonia." The album is scheduled for release on April 24, 2012 (USA) and April 27, 2012 (EU) through Nightmare Records.

The track listing for "Anhedonia" is as follows:

1. Anhedonia
2. Without Red Hands
3. Through the Madness
4. Machine
5. Acts of Reparation
6. Fear of the Unknown
7. Black Circles
8. Proverb Le Jame
9. Where the Dead Grow
10. Egostatic
11. Ever Enhancing II

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Interview

An Interview With Eye Drummer Brandon Smith

The progressive rock band Eye takes a trip to the “Center Of The Sun” on their new album. Highlighted by the massive four-part, 20-minute title track, these guys are keeping to the spirit of some of the greats from the ‘70s, like Rush, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Heavy jamming, floaty vocals, and spacey keyboards are all distinct characteristics of Eye’s sound. If you like long solos and psychedelic overtones, “Center Of The Sun” might be worth digging into. I spoke to drummer Brandon Smith about the new album and how these songs come off in a live environment. More...

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