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Metal News for April 16, 2012

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Bringing A Shark To A Gunfight Streaming EP

Johannesburg deathcore band Bringing A Shark To A Gunfight is streaming all eight songs from its recent "Oceans" EP over on YouTube. Below is an upload of the track "A Beautiful Trigger Finger" you can watch as well. The band is currently looking for a new bass player to replace Tim Dell. BASTAGF has shared the stage with many South African bands, including Kill The Messenger, Enmity Where Martyrs Dare, Die The Betrayer, Unforsaken Truth and many more.

Since playing their debut gig to 700 strong crowd at the massive Purity Monster Party on 27 June 2009, BASTAGF has gone on to play multiple gigs in and around Johannesburg, as well as embarking on a mini-tour to Bloemfontein with fellow scene-mates The Dead Will Tell and Facing The Gallows, and touring the shores of Kwazulu Natal. In 2010 BASTAGF was bumped up to a headlining slot on the Friday at Thornfest the Camp. The band is currently looking at playing at the Oppikoppi Festival in August.

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Antropofagus Streaming New Song

Italian death metal band Antropofagus is streaming another new song from its new album "Architecture of Lust," which will see its debut on April 17th on Comatose Music. This will be the band's first new material in a decade. A stream for the new track "Blessing Upon My Redemption" is available by going over to Gun Shy Assassin. The band had the following excerpts to say about its new material:

“This album is like a beast closed in a cage for so much time,” explains guitarist Meatgrinder. “Finally it can be unleashed with its majestic power. The skills of the most modern brutal metal meets perfectly classic death metal: it’s a perfect balance.” “This is upsetting and sick…a trip without return,” warns singer Tya. “We wanted to keep alive our style, but at the same time trying a way a little bit more ‘elegant’ compared to the past.”

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Usko Streaming Recent EP

Finnish lo-fi sludge band Usko is streaming its recent three song EP "Kuusi" over on Bandcamp, or you may listen to it in the player below. Usko has been around since 2006 and plays primitive and nihilistic music that utilizes sound bites and two bass guitars. "Kuusi" was released earlier this year in tape form on the band's label Penny Whistles and Moon Pies. The whole recording was done live, giving it an unrehearsed garage feel.


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The Union Releases "Devil's Doll" Video

After previously releasing a video clip for "HUL2H" (How You Love to Hate), one woman pop/metal act The Union has now released another music video online. Check out the clip for "Devil's Doll" in the player below. You can also find more details on The Union over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Inverloch Streaming "Dusk...Subside"

Melbourne, Australia’s doom-dwellers Inverloch (featuring 2/4 of the legendary diSEMBOWELMENT) are currently streaming their debut mini-LP "Dusk…Subside" in its entirety via MetalSucks.net at this location.

"Dusk…Subside" is out now as a digi-pack CD, deluxe etched vinyl, and digital download in North America and in Europe via Relapse Records.

Additionally the band is currently on a series of special European shows, performing for a limited time under the name d.USK, including an appearance at Hellfest in France this June. Remaining dates are as follows:

Apr. 17 Groningen, The Netherlands Gloppe
Apr. 18 Antwerpen, Belgium De Rots
Apr. 19 London, UK The Underworld
Apr. 20 Edinburgh, Scotland Bannermans
Jun. 15-17 Clisson, France Hellfest 2012

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Baroness To Release New Album

Baroness, the Savannah-based quartet whose two prior releases ("Red Album" and "Blue Record") were awarded record of the year honors from both Revolver and Decibel Magazines as well as repeatedly placing on year-end best of lists from Pitchfork and Village Voice, return with a new album titled "Yellow & Green" on July 17th via Relapse Records.

"Yellow & Green" reunites Baroness with "Blue Record" producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu) following both the band's busiest period with multiple worldwide tours including stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Soundwave and most luxurious year, having taken nearly all of 2011 off to freely write and demo for the 2CD/LP album.

"We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record," explains John Baizley, front man for the band and the artist responsible for Baroness' now iconic album art (an article profiling Baizley as a graphic artist is in the April edition of Juxtapoz). "We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record. we have become re-inspired. now it's time to get back out on the road." More...

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Zombie Inc. Posts "Challenge Of The Undead" Video

Austria's Zombie Inc., which features vocalist Martin Schirenc (Pungent Stench), has posted a new music video online for the song "Challenge of the Undead," which is taken off the band's "A Dreadful Decease" album. Check out the clip below.

Zombie Inc. is:

Martin Schirenc - Vocals
Wolfgang Rothbauer - Guitar
Gerald Huber - Guitar
Daniel Lechner - Bass
Tomasz "Nefastus" Janiszewski - Drums

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Tribune Adds New "Dark Arts" Tour Dates

Tribune has announced additional Canadian dates for the "Dark Arts Tour" in promotion of the band's new album "Elder Lore/The Dark Arts," released March 20th, 2012 via Corpse Corrosion Music. The band also recently released a new music video "The Succubus", which is the first single from the 8 track beast and was filmed and directed by Terry Anderson and Tribune. Check out the video clip here.

The upcoming Tribune tour dates are as follows:

April 18, 2012 - On The Y - Sacramento, CA
April 21, 2012 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
April 23, 2012 - UB's - Mesa, AZ
April 26, 2012 - Zombies - San Antonio, TX
April 27, 2012 - O'Riley's - Dallas, TX
April 28, 2012 - Sam's Lounge - Jackson, MS
May 4, 2012 - Pick Wick Pub - Poughkeepsie, NY
May 6, 2012 - Bogie's - Albany, NY
May 12, 2012 - Frite Alors - Montreal, QC
May 15, 2012 - Ozzys - Winnipeg, MB
May 16, 2012- Amigos - Saskatoon, SK

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Evergreen Terrace Announces European Tour

Melodic hardcore act Evergreen Terrace will soon be returning to Europe for a summer tour, with support from Stick To Your Guns.

Comments guitarist Josh James: "Going to Europe is like Christmas morning - you never know what's going to happen but you know it's going to be awesome and better than what you already have. It's refreshing to leave our own country and go to so many countries in Europe that really are dedicated to the music they love. Our good friends in Stick To Your Guns are coming over with us this Summer so make sure to show them a killer time, if you haven't heard STYG then get ready to be blown away, this will definitely be a memorable ET tour! See you at the pit, the bar or in the streets."

09/06/12 – DE – Münster – Vainstream *
10/06/12 – NL – Arnhem – The Stage
11/06/12 – DE – Wiesbaden – Alter Schlachthof
12/06/12 – DE – Siegen – Vortex
13/06/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
15/06/12 – DE – Sulingen – Reload Festival *
16/06/12 – DE – Montabaur – Mair1 Festival
17/06/12 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest *
18/06/12 – DE – Stuttgart – 1210
19/06/12 – DE – Weinheim – Cafe Central
20/06/12 – IT – Massa – Swamp Club
21/06/12 – IT – Comacchio (FE) – Voodoo Club
22/06/12 – CH – Basel – Sommercasino
23/06/12 – DE – Trier – Summerblast Festival
24/06/12 – DE – München – Backstage
25/06/12 – AT – Hollabrunn – Alter Schlachthof
26/06/12 – DE – Marburg – KFZ
27/06/12 – DE – Hannover – Bei Chéz Heinz
28/06/12 – DE – Hamburg – Headcrash
29/06/12 – DE – Köln – MTC
30/06/12 – DE - Rojtzschjora – With Full Force Festival
* = without STICK TO YOUR GUNS

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Avatar Posts "Torn Apart" Video

Avatar, the band that brought you the gut wrenching side show video for "Black Waltz" has premiered another clip for the new single "Torn Apart" today via Fearnet.com. Check out the video here or in the player below.

Lead singer Johannes Eckerström commented: "If all violence was as in professional wrestling, I would get involved in way more fights. Hulk Hogan was one of my first heroes and made me want to spend my life doing insane things and be applauded for it. Backyard wrestling is not exactly a household expression here in Sweden, but on my street we went insane. I could pull off an awesome suplex by the age of nine.

"Standing on that tiny stage while our audience threw each other through tables was a rush and pretty much the best form of mosh pit I've ever experienced. They made it look awesome and the context we put it in made it truly epic. We're not really supposed to afford making a music video this cool, but once again we've proven what's possible when you realize your potential and make the most you possibly can of it. When life gives you lemonade, punch life in the face." More...

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Ihsahn Discusses New Album "Eremita"

MetalSucks.net has snagged an exclusive interview with Ihsahn in regards to his upcoming new album "Eremita," which is set for release on June 19th in North America. Snippets from the interview follow, in which Ihsahn discusses his fourth solo album and the guest musicians who make appearances on the upcoming release. You can also find a recently posted teaser trailer for the album at this location.

MetalSucks: I know you worked with Jeff Loomis, Devin Townsend, Tobias Henderson, Jørgen Munkeby, Einar Solberg, and Heidi Tveitan. That’s a lot of people. How did coordinating everything work out?

Ihsahn: To be honest, it’s been very, very easy. Tobias and Einar are both are in my live band, so it was very natural for me to bring them along. Tobias plays for the whole record so he’s kind of the biggest contributor, whereas Einar only sings clean vocals on one song. As for Jørgen Munkeby – the second biggest contributor — he did some demos on top of my rough mixes. He lives just two hours away, so he came to our studio and recorded the rest here and kind of put it together. As for Jeff and Devin, I had the privilege of them asking me to do vocals on their records so it was easy to ask them [to do vocals on mine]. They got tapes and instructions or files from me, recorded their parts, and sent them back, and then I sent them to my system here.

Metal Sucks: I wanted to talk a little bit about the album cover. You used an upside-down photo of Nietzsche. How much is that tied into the music? More...

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The Greenery Interview and Live Songs Available

Metalunderground.com has obtained the premiere of a video of The Greenery interview and performance footage from the Scion Label Showcase that happened last month as well a couple of tracks, "Crime Wave" and "Dragged Beneath," for free download from that video. In the interview segment, the band talks about and gives advice about touring, songwriting, and more, relaying stories from their own experiences.

Scion worked with Prosthetic Records to bring Holy Grail, Scale The Summit, Last Chance to Reason, and The Greenery to the Roxy in Hollywood, January 14, 2012 for their Scion Label Showcase. The showcase release features a couple live tracks from each of the bands, and is accompanied by interviews with each band, edited with live footage from their performances.

The Scion Label Showcase is an ongoing series, which highlights talent from select record labels. The next showcase is May 19th, at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and features A389 Record acts Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and in the Way. More event information can be found here.

As previously reported, Scion has announced that this year's Scion Rock Fest will take place on June 2nd in Tampa, Florida. More details are expected to be announced soon.

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Grand Master Covers Opeth Live

Winnipeg, Manitoba's Grand Master has posted footage online of the band covering Opeth's "Bleak" during a live show on April 14th, 2012. Check out the video clip below.

For this show, Grand Master brought on the stage Ryan Suche of Hoarfrost on vocals, Mike Menza of Endless Chaos on guitar, and Mike Lewis of Soul Killing Female on keyboards. More music from Grand Master can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

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I Am Heresy Announces Lineup Changes

U.S. act I Am Heresy has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with two members:

"OK... here's the deal...Simon Gray and Jonah Latshaw have decided to part ways with I Am Heresy in order to put more time into their band The May 4TH Massacre.

"This show will be their last show before moving on, so come out and say goodbye and good luck! Also, please welcome Eros Iuliano and Matt Balog to the fold....word!"

To find more information on I Am Heresy, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Evocation To Release Demo Compilation

Century Media Records is proud to announce the release of the complete demo recordings of Swedish death metal sovereigns Evocation. This compilation, entitled "Evoked From Demonic Depths - The Early Years," includes the following tracks:

1. A Wind Has Risen
2. Through The Darkened Peril
3. The Ancient Gate
4. Desolated Spirits
5. On A Journey To Heaven
6. Where The Headstones Shine
7. Veils Were Blown
8. Spiritual Affinity
9. Outro
10. On A Journey To Heaven (rehearsal)
11. Where The Headstones Shine (rehearsal)
12. Spiritual Affinity (rehearsal)
13. Veils Were Blown (rehearsal)
14. Genesis
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15. The Ancient Gate (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
16. Genesis (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
17. Where The Headstones Shine (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)

Tracks 1 through 4 are taken from "The Ancient Gate" demo, tracks 5 through 9 are from the promo 1992 demo, tracks 10 through 13 are previously unreleased rehearsal tracks -- and as a very special addition to this compilation, the band has also recorded the previously unreleased track "Genesis," which was written in 1992. "Genesis" was recorded at IF Studios (In Flames, The Haunted, etc.) by producer Robert Laghi. All tracks were mastered at Fascination Street Studio, and the re-mastering of the demo tracks was done using the original master tapes. More...

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Fear Factory Posts New Album Trailer

Fear Factory has released a special trailer that is a visual preview into the story behind the forthcoming new album, "The Industrialist." Check out the clip below.

Set for release June 5th, "The Industrialist" is the second album written by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven year split. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Industrialist
2. Recharger
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
8. Dissemble
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation
11. Blush Response (Difference Engine) *
12. Landfill *
* (available on deluxe digi-book only) More...

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Scion Rock Fest 2012 Announced For Tampa, FL

This year's Scion Rock Fest 2012 has been announced to take place in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, June 2nd. Once again, the event will bring together 26 metal bands to play at four different venues throughout the day. More...

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Artefacts Streaming Songs From Demo

Malaysian melodic death metal band Artefacts, who hail from the cities of Puchang and Damansara, has been streaming the title track from its new demo "Victorious," which you may listen to below. Besides the "Victorious" track, you can also hear the track "Wretch" on Artefact's Facebook band page. Artefacts will next be performing at the Corecrunk Fest on April 21st at Rainhouse Music Studio in Ipoh, Perak with Dying Idols, Silent'dra, Sammael Abraham, Misfortune Befalls, Murder Liar, Alia and Arheum Revert.

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Cemetery Rapist Releasing New EP

Cemetery Rapist, a one man slam death band consisting of Clay Lamanske on everything, will be releasing a new four song EP titled "Tongue Punched in the Fartbox" on April 20th via Torn Flesh records. On that date you can go to Cemetery Rapist's Facebook page and download the EP. Meanwhile, stream some of the band's older material on ReverbNation or below.

It will feature four songs, three of which are new and the fourth (a Ted Bundy homage by the title of "His Trail of Cunt Corpses") which comes from its "Smut Circus" release from a while back. Cemetery Rapist, who hail from Illinois, recently played the Central Valley Death Metal Fest V in Ceres, CA, along with Feast, Phalloplasty and Repulsive Infestation.


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Millions Posts "Shadow Copy" Clip

Chicago's Millions has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming sophomore release, "Failure Tactics," which is due out in the Fall of 2012 through Seventh Rule Recordings. Check out the clip below, which features the song "Shadow Copy." You can also find more info on Millions via the band's Facebook profile.

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Cultura Tres Live Video From Desertfest Streaming

A live video of Cultura Tres performing at Desertfest London earlier this month can be watched below. The song is "El Sur De La Fe" from their sophomore album "El Mal Del Bien" and was featured on the Metal Hammer's Global Metal Compilation CD in September 2011. Cultura Tres played on the third day of what appears to be a very successful first edition of the festival.

Desertfest London took place inthree different venues in Camden Town, London and its 2013 edition is already being planned. Cultura Tres is getting ready for a South American tour in June/ July that is going to take them to different cities in its home country Venezuela and in Chile, Argentina and Peru. The band is planning to bring more South American sludge to Europe and the UK in September 2012.


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Hoarfrost Splits With Guitarist

Canadian act Hoarfrost has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Darcy Rawlins:

"Hails to the Frost Legion, Ryan here with an update. I just got off the phone with Darcy, and it's with a heavy heart that I announce Hoarfrost and Darcy are parting ways. We're still on good terms and are looking forward to remaining friends, but personal circumstances has necessitated a parting of ways between us. We wish the best for Darcy in his pursuits and are content know that that is mutual.

"With that having been settled, what's next to say than WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A NEW MEMBER ON LEAD GUITARS. We're looking for a mature individual with lead chops who wants to play some ice-cold, howling melodic black metal with us.

"We are on the verge of recording our debut full length; we're playing with bands such as Kampfar, Marduk, Suffocation, Vreid and 1349; and are set to begin the first of our tours once the album is done (and schedules line up, needless to say...). More...

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Wombwrecker Streaming Entire EP

Wombwrecker has posted the band's entire self-titled EP online, which can be heard through the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Introduction
2. No Sluts, No Glory
3. Death Curse
4. Chopper Gunner
5. Interlude
6. Rauchenburg
7. Flatliner

You can also check out a pre-production teaser of a new song to appear on the band's upcoming album at this location. More...

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Affector Signs With InsideOut Music

InsideOut Music is proud to announce the worldwide signing of progressive rock/metal act, Affector. This act is comprised of musicians from across the globe: vocalist Ted Leonard [Spock's Beard/Enchant/Thought Chamber] and bass player Mike LePond [Symphony X] from the United States, guitar player Daniel Fries from Germany, and drummer Collin Leijenaar [Neal Morse/Dilemma] from The Netherlands.

Drummer Collin Leijenaar comments on the signing: "We are thrilled to be signing with InsideOutMusic / Century Media. It is THE home for progressive rock & metal, and it feels very much like home to us! It has always been a personal dream of mine to release something on this label, and with Affector this dream has come true! I'm stoked about the future of Affector, and I hope the audience is too!" More...

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The Fallen Divine Posts "Shades Of Oppression"

The Fallen Divine has posted a new promo clip online for the song "Shades of Oppression," which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"Here is the song 'Shades of Oppression' from our upcoming album, The Binding Cycle! The album will be out May 18th on Indie Recordings. Enjoy!!"

"The Binding Cycle" was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque and mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö.

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Six Feet Under Posts New Single "18 Days"

Today Guitar World is hosting an exclusive premiere of “18 Days,” the second official single off the new album from death metal tyrants Six Feet Under. The track comes off the band’s soon-to-be disengaged "Undead" full-length scheduled for North American release on May 22nd, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. Offering up 12 tracks of uncompromising sonic brutality, the record was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy), at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

Commented vocalist Chris Barnes: “Creating an album is a lot of work and a lot of focus, but we didn’t really have too many hiccups in the recording. It went really smooth, and it was pretty much the most effortless album we’ve ever tracked. I had a great, great time working on this album; it was so much fun because everything seemed so new again.”

Feast your ears on “18 Days” at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"Now featuring Barnes, possessor of one of the most dominating voices of the death metal genre, alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex-Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira), Six Feet Under 2012 finds the band recharged and churning out some of the most severe, thought-provoking and downright horrific tunes of their epic discography. More...

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Threat Signal Splits With Drummer

Canada's Threat Signal has posted the following brief message online via Facebook about the departure of drummer Alex Rudinger:

"Unfortunately Alex has made the decision to quit Threat Signal and pursue other projects. So, we are looking for a new drummer. Contact us at threatsignal@hotmail.com for try out and requirement information. Spread the word!"

Threat Signal also recently posted a music video online for the song "Comatose," which can be viewed below. The track is taken off the band's self-titled album (reviewed here). More...

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Kataklysm Posts DVD Teaser Trailer

Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklsym will release a multidisc DVD this June entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined," which features a documentary and bonus CD materials.

The set will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Katakalysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

A new teaser trailer for the release has been posted online and can be viewed below.

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DaiTribe Streaming Entire New Album

DaiTribe is getting ready to unleash new album "Epochalypse A.D." tomorrow via True Gemini records. 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.

Today the band has partnered up with GuitarWorld.com to offer an exclusive stream of the full album. Get a first liten to the entire album here. "Epochalypse A.D." is available now for pre-order at this location.

DaiTribe's new video for the first single entitled "I Hate Me" is also still available for viewing online. More...

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Nephelium To Play Death Metal Decapitation 2

Brutal death metallers Nephelium have announced they will be performing at Death Metal Decapitation 2 in Toronto, ON, on May 4th at the Hard Luck Bar alongside Derelict (Montreal), Deamon (Ottawa), The Unborn Dead (Toronto), Blastomycosis (Toronto).

Show details can be found at this location.

Nephelium traces its roots back to the late 1990s from the city of Dubai, UAE and has now re-established itself in Toronto, Canada for the last 10 years and recently released debut album "Coils of Entropy" (reviewed here).

"Coils of Entropy" reached #1 on the Canadian College Radio Loud Charts for the month March and February and can be streamed in full via Bandcamp.

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The Great Commission Releases Music Video

Christian metal act The Great Commission has teamed up with New Release Tuesday to premiere a new music video for "When It Rains It Pours." Taken from the the "Heavy Worship" album, this performance video captures the intensity of The Great Commission in a smaller, intimate setting.

Today the band hits the road to begin "The Walking Revival Tour," which also features We Are Defiance, Your Memorial (on select dates), Serianna, and Convictions. A full list of dates can be seen below.

The music video for "When It Rains It Pours" can be seen here or in the player after the jump. More...

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Allegaeon Streaming New Track

In January 2012, Allegaeon traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on "Formshifter."

A new song from the album, "Iconic Images," is streaming exclusively now on lambgoat.com. Check out the new track at this location.

Guitarist Greg Burgess had this to say about the new album: "With 'Formshifter,' I think we kept the sound a lot of our fans love about us, but achieved them through certain compositional challenges. Be it style, or genre mixing, I believe that we seamlessly applied certain elements we didn't have on Fragments, and it added a color and dimension we didn't have before." More...

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The Wretched End Streaming Entire New Album

The Wretched End, which features former Emperor member Samoth, has teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to stream the entire new "Inroads" album online. Check out the album stream by navigating here.

You can also watch the band's recently posted music video for "Death By Nature" at this location. "Inroads" is due out in Europe on the 23rd of April through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.

The "Inroads" album's track listing is as follows:

1. Tyrant of the Mountain
2. Deathtopian Society
3. Death by Nature
4. Cold Iron Soul
5. The Haunting Ground
6. Fear Propaganda
7. Blackthorn Winter
8. Hunger
9. Throne Renowned of Old

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Zinumm Posts New EP Teaser

Spanish one-man black metal project Zinumm has posted a teaser clip online featuring music to appear on an upcoming new 3 song EP. No further details on the EP's title, track listing, or release date have yet been made available.

You can also still stream the band's entire previously released self-titled album at this location.

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Melechesh Announces Session Bassist

Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following statement about Sumerian black/thrash act Melechesh recruiting a session bass player for upcoming live shows:

"Melechesh is to be joined by session bass player Scorpios of the American black metal band Crimson Moon. Scorpios has been residing in Germany for several years, he will be arriving in Amsterdam on Tuesday for intensive rehearsal sessions.

"His first show will be April 20th - Melechesh live in UAE Dubai’s Holy Noise metal event. This will mark Melechesh's second live show in Dubai first being in 2009 Sand Storm Festival."

Melechesh will also be releasing an exclusive digital EP called "Mystics Of The Pillar II." The EP will contain the following tracks and will be released April 27th in Europe, May 1st in the US:

01. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
02. Sacred Geometry (Instrumental)
03. The Epigenesis (Instrumental)

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Words Of Farewell Releases Lyric Video

Words of Farewell recently posted a lyric clip online for the track "Ever After." A new lyric video for "The Great Escape" is now available below, and the band also commented:

"We're glad to present the song 'The Great Escape' from our debut album Immersion to you, which was released on March 30th, 2012.

"Immersion is available as digital download via www.amazon.com, iTunes and various other online platforms and is physically distributed in most European countries. The footage was captured with a Pentax K5 (with a Sigma 10-20 lens) in regular 720p. Filmed and edited by Alexander Otto." More...

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The Great Sabatini Posts New Video Clip

Canadian act The Great Sabatini has checked in with the following update about posting a new video clip online and posting an EP online for streaming:

"We've been sleeping on the newsletter thing... so much for regularity. Our excuse is a good one though... We've been busy chopping heads and throwing maidens over our shoulders, aka promoting our newest releases Matterhorn and The Royal We with our first string of dates around North America. Here's what else is new.

"The Mattehorn vinyl is still on the way. It's a bummer that we didn't have these in time for the dates in March but I'd rather not have them than have crappy sounding versions of them... the test pressings revealed some unwanted noises but this problem is being fixed. We will let all of you preorder people know as soon as we have the records and they are off to shipping. In the meantime, if you're so inclined, you can get a download of the album here or order the cdr (nicely put together by our concubines in the basement) from here.

"Our new EP, called The Royal We is available from our Bandcamp page or the No List Records Website, totally FREE. If you like this offering, please send it around and spread the word... the songs on there are our newest, freshest hymns to the Beast.

"Even though the record came out a year ago at this point, we have finally completed our video trilogy for the Napoleon Sodomit EP. We shot all the footage in October 2011 but preparations for birthing our 2 newest records and going out on tour in March kinda put the editing on timeout for a while. But here it is, a kind of low (meaning NO) budget short film comprised of all 3 songs from the Napoleon Sodomite record which makes little sense, but was a lot of fun to put together. Share the link for the video if you will, as we put a ton of hard work into writing, conceptualising, shooting and editing this fucking atrocity. More...

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As I Lay Dying Reveals New Album Producer

As I Lay Dying is proud to announce that Bill Stevenson has been enlisted to produce the band's next album this May. Metal Blade issued the following press release:

"Bill Stevenson has played drums for both the Descendents and Black Flag and is one of the most highly renowned producers in rock. His production credits include work on records by Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi, The Casualties, Anti-Flag and many more. As I Lay Dying is recording this spring, with album release expected in the second half of 2012.

"As always, the band members are very active on twitter and bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert has been posting images from the studio to chronicle the writing process. Follow Gilbert via the band's official twitter account. Track titles, album art, new music, behind-the-scenes video, and more will be revealed as they are made available."

This album will serve as the official follow up to 2010's "The Powerless Rise" (reviewed here), which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10. More...

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Abiotic To Enter The Studio

South Florida's Abiotic, which signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this month, will be entering the studio on April 23rd following the Shredded To Pieces Tour, which kicked off yesterday in Orlando, FL.

The band will be recording at Sonica Assault Studios with producer Charles J and engineer Phil Pluskota. Art will done Daniel McBride. You can also catch Abiotic live on the following dates:

Shredded To Pieces Tour w/ King Conquer, Forty Winters, and In Reference To A Sinking Ship
04/16 New Smyrna Beach, FL Cornado Civic Center
04/17 Jacksonville, FL The Phoenix Taproom
04/18 Pensacola, FL Sluggo's
04/19 Cocoa, FL The 321 Local
04/20 Tarpon Springs, FL The Neptune Lounge
04/22 Lake Worth, FL The Speakeasy Lounge More...

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The Inerbeing Posts New Video Teaser

The Interbeing will release an official video for Shadow Drift from the album "Edge of the Obscure" later this month. A teaser trailer for the video is available below, and the band also commented:

"Copenhell! We have the pleasure of headlining the upcoming stage Friday the 15/6 at 6 pm on the biggest Danish Metal festival, Copenhell! This year the festival includes huge names such as Meshuggah, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God and Mastodon. To top it off, we have created a teaser for our upcoming video for Shadow Drift. Check out the teaser for this monster below."

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A Haunted Mantra To Record New Album

U.S. act A Haunted Mantra has checked in with the following announcement about posting live footage online and gearing up to enter the studio:

"Hey everyone!

"We've got some good footage from our recent show at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina, including a video of Final Hour, our single off of our upcoming first full-length! You can watch the video of our performance of Final Hour below.

"You can also purchase the track from the Humid Records metal compilation release on iTunes here.

"We're going into the studio to record our first full-length next month! Hope you guys enjoy the footage and lots more to come, so subscribe to our facebook page to be updated on everything!" More...

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I Spit Ashes Posts "Crossing The Borderline" Video

I Spit Ashes has posted a new video clip online for the track "Crossing the Borderline," which can be viewed below. "Crossing the Borderline" will be included on the band's new album "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light," due out at the end of August via Massacre Records.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In El Salvador

When looking at the El Salvador metal scene, it is shocking coming to the realization that a country this small has close to ninety metal bands. Two of the ones I have unearthed today are not even in the Encyclopaedia Metallum archives, which shows how fast the scene is still growing. El Salvador has only a few dozen less bands than its significantly larger neighbor a couple of countries over, Costa Rica.

One of the first nationally renowned Salvadorean metal bands was B'rock (later known as Broncco). B'rocks polished power metal sound laid the foundation for future generations of metal bands in El Salvador. The group disbanded in 1996 due to founder Vicente "Chente" Sibrian's degenerative illness, but he is viewed as a godfather in the scene still. He recently appeared at the Maaskab Open Air and other festivals in his wheelchair, to the chants of all the concert goers. Watch a video montage done in homage for Sibrian to the Broncco track "Vendedor de Suenos" by going here. More...

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