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Metal News for April 2, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Falling To Pieces Splits With Vocalist

California act Falling to Pieces has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"SOOO... after 2 amazing shows, the new guy Dave decided that he could no longer bring himself to do vocals for Falling To Pieces. We got an email from him a few days ago with not much more of an explanation that that, but he wished us well and thanked us for the opportunity. He then deleted his facebook account. Yeah, we're pretty confused ourselves.

"We respect his decision, despite that it came out of nowhere, and while we're super bummed because we were stoked on his vocals, excited to see what we could do with him, and see where our music would go, we wish him the best in his next endeavor and thank him for coming on board and helping us get back on our feet, even if it was for such a short time.

"With no returned contact from him, and no way to reach him on facebook, we can only hope he's OK, not in any trouble, alive and well, and not in the process of being deported or becoming a sex slave on the black market. (hey, you were probably thinking that too). More...

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Alkira Streaming New Song

Adelaide Hills thrash metallers Alkira have released the track "At War (With the Core)" from their debut EP "Down From the Hills." The track features guest vocals from Lee "Liggy" Gardiner, vocalist of Double Dragon (soon to be "Sons of Asena").

The band states: "After gigging the Adelaide scene for nearly 2 years we decided it was finally time to lay down a decent recording, and we think this EP fully reflects what this band is about! It's raw, it's fast and it was fucking fun to make! We've gone for an 'old school' theme with the sound, artwork and vibe of the EP, reflecting the music we enjoy and love to make. It was an honour to have Liggy agree to do guest vocals on At War and his contribution has brought the song to a whole new level!"

Check out the song "At War (With the Core)" by heading over to the band's Facebook profile or Reverbnation page.

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Devoid Of Dreams To Release New Singles

Guwahati based deathcore act Devoid of Dreams will be releasing the new singles "March of Chaos" and "Where the Gods Fear to Tread" on cyberspace later this April. The following press release was issued:

"This is without a doubt the band’s most ambitious work till date and will feature the newest addition to their band, Chinmoy Kalita on vocals. The songs are packed with a strong Nu-age feel that evokes futuristic imagery, of sorts and highlights their ability to flawlessly merge their love for Death Metal, Progressive and other far-fetched forms like Hindustani Classical music.

"The new sound has so far been received fairly well by close friends and critics alike and the band will definitely be recording and releasing music, more frequently from now, having planned a tedious plan ahead, for the next three months both in studio and at live performances."

Frontman Chinmoy Kalita says, “Devoid of Dreams has many stories to tell and now feels like the best time to share it- Prog and Deathcore being at its zenith in the Indian scene. The new tracks are a drastically different from what we’ve worked on before and now that we’ve finished recording them in a studio set-up we finally feel complete."

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All Against Streaming New Song

All Against, the Finnish death/thrash metal band featuring singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (Catamenia), bassist Sami Knuutinen (Quake the Earth) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (Quake the Earth), has released a new EP entitled "Blindness."

You can check out the song "Drug of Choice" in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Blindness
2. Hell Money
3. Globalisatan
4. Drug Of Choice

The third and last studio making of webisode for "Blindness" can be found on YouTube at this location. More...

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Heptah Reveals "Master Of Delusion" Artwork

Brazilian metallers Heptah have revealed the cover artwork for their debut album "Master Of Delusion." The artwork was handled by Cleyton Souza and can be viewed here or below.

Raphael Jorge (Drums/Vocals) had this to say about the cover artwork: "Cleyton Souza is a super-talented artist and a friend, we've had the pleasure of working with him before when he did the cover art for our both singles, MySpace layout and Website. Rhads Clemente (Guitar/Vocals) basically just gave him the title and some initial ideas and he created one of the most beautiful images ever seen. He totally nailed what the album is all about."

"Master of Delusion" will be released in the first half of 2012 through MS Metal Records, and will have a limited edition digipack format.

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Proletaria Posts New Video Clip

Paris, France based act Proletaria has posted a music video online for the song "Mother Fucking Rockstar," which can be viewed below. The track is taken off the band's "30 Minutes Rockstar" album. For more details on Proletaria, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Noneuclid Posts "Transition Metal" Trailer

A trailer has been posted online featuring "Transition Metal," in which the band Noneuclid performed Richard Wagner compositions while Sinfonietta Essenbach performed a death metal song by Noneuclid. The video can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued:

"An encounter of the unusual kind was offered on November 12th, 2010 by Sinfonietta Essenbach (a.k.a. Orchester des 13. Tons, conducted by Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer) and the progressive Death Metal band Noneuclid of the Bavarian-Dutch composer Florian Magnus Maier.

"In addition to the 'Rheinische' Symphony by Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'-Overture and the final Death Metal set by Noneuclid, both the worlds of classical music and death metal, the music of Richard Wagner as well as Maier's contemporary compositions, were presented in a double-headed interpretation. Classical orchestra and metal band dared enter the world of the other and met in works created especially for that night, crossing boundaries between styles that only seem to be mutually exclusive. More...

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4Arm Releases "Raise A Fist" Video

4Arm has unveiled yet another video from the band's recently released album "Submission For Liberty."

The clip for "Raise A Fist" was once again produced and edited by Steve Ravic and Vesna Trokter and the crew of Majestic Films. It was filmed at the prestigious Palace Theatre in Melbourne, Australia of March this year and can be viewed below.

Commenting on the clip is drummer Michael Vafiotis. "There is just a real energy and vibe playing this song live and definitely a favorite of mine. The idea came up to visually capture this song live and show some of the intensity we produce at each show and I know it will do just that for all out there watching.”

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Derelict Streaming "Spoils Of War"

The Montreal-based technical death metal band Derelict has released a third streaming single from the upcoming album, "Perpetuation," set for release on April 20th, 2012. Listen to "Spoils of War" in the player below.

"We definitely went all-out on the brutality for this track," comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. "Max (Lussier, guitar) brought us a great mix of technical parts and straight-up headbanging riffs. The lyrics are about how most of our societies are built on top of the bones of previous ones that we destroyed."

More from Derelict, including the band's ongoing blog series, can be found at this location. Pre-orders for "Perpetuation," as well as several free track downloads, can be found at the Derelict Bandcamp page. More...

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Sleep Reveals Re-Issue Artwork

As previously announced, Southern Lord Recordings will release a deluxe reissue of "Dopesmoker" from stoner metal icons Sleep.

This reissue is entirely remastered from the original smoke-encrusted Ampex reels, and features an unreleased live recording of a live performance -- “Holy Mountain” from San Francisco’s I-Beam in 1994 -- as well as brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist Arik Roper. Check out the artwork at this location.

In conjunction with its release, Sleep will be headlining the 2012 edition of the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands before departing on a 24-city tour of Europe and the U.K. commencing May 3rd in Wroclaw, Poland. More...

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West Of Hell Reveals "Spiral Empire" Details

Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the full-length debut album, "Spiral Empire." The new album will be released with Reversed Records on May 8th, 2012. The following press release was issued:

"Spiral Empire features a unique sound that preserves the band’s legendary, distinctive influences whilst incorporating modern elements, creating a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Spiral Empire was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver and is produced by Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, Fear Factory).

"West of Hell was formed in West Auckland, New Zealand by guitarist Ivan Vrdoljak and drummer Andrew Hulme in 2002. Shortly after founding, friends of the pair finally directed them to guitarist Sean Parkinson (ex-Sinate). Parkinson established an instant chemistry with Vrdoljak and Hulme, driving the trio to immediately begin working, writing songs, and forging their trademark sound. Then, after two years of painstaking searches and monitoring the grapevine, the band was led to bassist Jordan Kemp.

"With the instrumental portion of the band locked down, all that was left to be discovered was the perfect frontman. Having searched without success for perfect vocalist locally, the band decided to continue the hunt in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and uprooted to the area in 2009. In order to share their vision and establish West of Hell in a larger scene, they needed a singer that was more than just a screamer, which drastically narrowed the possibilities. The band played a series of shows as a four-piece instrumental, drawing critical acclaim, and ultimately attracted the attention of the local metal community. The exposure led them to Zimmers Hole frontman Chris 'The Heathen' Valagao. It was apparent to the founding members that Valagaos’s diverse skills were exactly what West of Hell needed to realize the band’s ultimate vision. More...

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The Agonist Reveals New Album Title/Release Date

After spending many months in the studio, melodic death metallers The Agonist have finally finished their third studio album, "Prisoners." Produced by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and mixed by Tue Madsen, "Prisoners" is set to be released via Century Media Records on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America.

In regards to this upcoming album, the band comments: "Creating 'Prisoners' was the most challenging under-taking to date for The Agonist. Years of emotion, passion, thought and experience went into making this album, and I think people will be able to hear, feel and think right along with us when they listen to 'Prisoners'."

Fans don't have to wait until release date to hear new music though. The band will be selling digital download cards throughout an upcoming tour with Kittie. The brand new track "Ideomotor" and the previously limited edition EP-only track "The Escape" will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date. Details for the run are as follows: More...

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Putrevore Reveals New Album Details

Swedish/Spanish band Putrevore, formed by Rogga Johansson (Paganizer) and Dave Rotten (Avulsed) is currently immersed in the mixing process of their sophomore opus that will be entitled "Macabre Kingdom."

The music was recorded during January/ February in Sweden, this time with the help of Brynjar Helgetun on drums. Vocals were recorded during the last days of March in Spain, so now everything will be mixed in Sweden and should be ready during the month of April. Song titles will be as follows:

1. The Mysteries of the Worm Part I
2. The Mysteries of the Worm Part II
3. Beyond Human Comprehension
4. Universal Devourer
5. Awaiting Awakening Again
6. The Morbid Mass of Swarming Entities
7. The Tentacles Through Time
8. Tattooed Skin Map

Check out the cover art for "Macabre Kingdom," handled by Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano, at this location.

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Holodomor Streaming New Song

U.K. quartet Holodomor has debuted the new MCD "Témoignages de la Gnose Terrestre," which delivers five pieces of malign bestial death/thrash. You can check out the song "The Spell of Black Affliction" in the player below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Fall Into Time
2. The Spell of Black Affliction
3. Tribulation Stigmata
4. Evoke
5. The Iconoclast

The band commented on the new material: "The aim of releasing Témoignages de la Gnose Terrestre was a sonic catalysation of fury, alienation and inhuman psychosis. The immense slaughter of Holodomor destroys thoroughly and mercilessly devastates the last remnants of coherent thoughts in the attack resembling some more excellent spells by AngelCorpse, Sadistik Exekution, Throneum or Revenge." More...

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Slipknot's Clown Discusses Band's Future

Metal Injection was at South By Southwest, covering all the metal happenings and one of the most talked about events was a Q&A session with Slipknot's Clown, aka M. Shawn Crahan. Metal Injection had a few minutes to speak with Crahan, who discussed his new photography book, The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, out June 19th. Metal Injection also asked Crahan to elaborate on the future of Slipknot, and the recent difference in opinion between members of the band as to if new material is being written or not. Crahan did his best to explain the situation stating:

I can clear it up easily for you. Everyone in the band is writing all the time. Whether it's a micro-cassette recorder or a memo on your iPhone or Corey writing random things he invents in his head on a piece of paper or Joey saying 'I got nothing to do, I'm gonna go in the studio with all these ideas. I'm going to rent out a studio for a month and a half and I'm going to fucking write.'

I think what people don't understand about what's being said is that we're all dealing with Paul's death differently. Some want to move, some want to take time. But basically, what's being said is of course things are being written. But nothing is done because we're not together yet. And there is no reason to get together to talk about it because there are other things moving, like the grieving process.

Stone Stour is going to go out and do their thing, which they should. They've earned it. It's a good thing. Just me down here at SXSW, I'm the only guy here, doing something. I should be allowed to have this outlet.

Really, what it all comes down to is that, yes, writing is being done seriously every day, but it is going to be a while. It's just going to be. There's things going on. It gets a little perverted in the press, almost like 'he says yes, he says no, we got a problem.' It's more like, yeah, writing is going on but it's going to be a while, and both of them are telling the truth, and I'm here to tell you, we're not going nowhere!
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Dying Fetus Releases New Lyric Video

Today Maryland's Dying Fetus has released the first song from the band's upcoming release "Reign Supreme." The band created a lyric video for the song "Subjected to a Beating," which can be found below.

"Reign Supreme" is set for a June 19th release via Relapse Records and features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus as we have come to know. More...

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Between The Buried And Me Announces Tour Dates

Metal innovators Between The Buried And Me will return to Europe in October 2012 in support of their new album, the details of which are forthcoming. Support comes from Periphery and The Safety Fire.

The Rave Live will be rebroadcasting the Between The Buried And Me concert from April 25th, 2011 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the band's CD "The Parallax:Hypersleep Dialogues." The concert was recorded at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The webcast is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th at 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT and will be available for free to all fans at this location. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/10/12 – BE – Antwerp – Trix*
11/10/12 – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
12/10/12 – DE – Köln – Luxor
13/10/12 – DE – Münster – Sputnikhalle
14/10/12 – DK – Copenhagen – Vega
16/10/12 – SE – Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
17/10/12 – SE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
18/10/12 – DE – Hamburg - Logo
19/10/12 – DE – Berlin – Lido
20/10/12 – CZ – Prague – Rock Café
22/10/12 – SK – Bratislava – Randall Club
23/10/12 – HU – Budapest – Dürer Kert
24/10/12 – AT – Wien – Szene
25/10/12 – DE – München - Backstage
27/10/12 – IT – Novara – Rock´n´Roll Arena
28/10/12 – CH – Zürich – Dynamo
29/10/12 – DE – Stuttgart – Universum
30/10/12 – DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
31/10/12 – FR – Paris – La Maroquinerie
*no Periphery

Comments BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs: "I'm excited Europe wants to have us again! On this tour we'll celebrate the release of our new album, so you'll be some of the first to hear new songs…if we can actually play them by then!"

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Unleashed Streaming New Album Title Track

Sweden's Unleashed has teamed up with GunShyAssassin.com to premiere the title track from the band’s 11th studio album, "Odalheim," at this location.

"Odalheim," the successor to 2010's "As Yggdrasil Trembles" (reviewed here) will hit stores on April 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. Fimbulwinter
02. Odalheim
03. White Christ
04. The Hour Of Defeat
05. Gathering The Battalions
06. Vinland
07. Rise Of The Maya Warriors
08. By Celtic And British Shores
09. The Soil Of Our Fathers
10. Germania
11. The Great Battle Of Odalheim

"Odalheim" was recorded at the Chrome Studio in Sweden and produced by Unleashed guitarist, Fredrik Folkare. The previously released lyric video for the track, “Rise Of The Maya Warriors,” can be seen here.

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Aborted Posts "Fecal Forgery" Promo Clip

A new promo video has been posted online for the song "Fecal Forgery," which is taken off Aborted's new album "Global Flatline" (reviewed here). Check out the video clip in the player below. You can also find a recently posted video interview with Aborted at this location.

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Job For A Cowboy Streaming New Song

Today Guitarworld.com hosts an exclusive premiere of "Imperium Wolves," from Job For A Cowboy. "Imperium Wolves" comes off the band's forthcoming studio offering, "Demonocracy." Check out the song at this location. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Soaked in equal parts misanthropy and naked rage, the nine-track recording tackles a host of political and economic themes including media propaganda, the "war industry" and the staggering debts faced by America. Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, and featuring another intricate and thought-provoking cover design by artist Brent Elliott White, Demonocracy is scheduled for North American release on April 10, 2012 through Metal Blade."

You can also check out the previously posted song "Black Discharge" here. Job For A Cowboy is currently ravaging stages across North America on the Metal Alliance Tour. The band is joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, Devildriver. Remaining dates are below. More...

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The Great Old Ones Posts Song Online

French act The Great Old Ones has posted another new song online from the new album "Al Azif." Check out the song "My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn)" through the Bandcamp player below, or listen to the previously posted title track at this location.

The "Al Azif" track listing is as follows:

01. Al Azif - 7:56
02. Visions of R'lyeh - 6:55
03. Jonas - 9:29
04. Rue d'Auseil - 9:20
05. The Truth - 8:23
06. My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn) - 10:19 More...

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Abiotic Signs With Metal Blade

Miami, FL newcomers, Abiotic, have become the newest addition to Metal Blade's roster with a newly signed, worldwide, multi-album deal. Metal Blade commented:

"Abiotic stormed onto the underground metal scene with the release of the 'A Universal Plague' EP in September of 2011. Since then, through word-of-mouth on-line and steady gigging in the South East, Abiotic has become one of the top bands to watch. Their music video for Vermosapien was released in January of 2012 and was viewed over 40,000 times within the first month of its release. The band has proven that they have the wherewithal to stand alongside the best and brightest in the technical death metal genre worldwide. Fans of Obscura, Veil of Maya, and Cannibal Corpse will immediately identify with their finely-honed technical attack."

Abiotic comments on the signing: "We can't express how amazing it is to be on the same label as some of our favorite bands and how great it feels to be working with one of the biggest labels in metal!"

Metal Blade also added, "It's rare to come across a band as well put together as Abiotic. The video for Vermosapien makes it immediately evident that this band has the chops, songs, work ethic, and live show to perform alongside any contemporary death metal act. We very much look forward to releasing this band's music to a worldwide audience later this year!"

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Fallen Martyr Reveals "Shadows" Artwork

Fallen Martyr has posted the artwork online for the band's upcoming new album "Shadows," which can be viewed below or at the band's Facebook profile here. The release date for "Shadows" will be announced soon.

The track listing for the upcoming "Shadows" album is as follows:

1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
4. Doubt
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
8. Invocation
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out) More...

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Paganfest Destroys The Palladium

There are few places I would rather see an event like Paganfest more than at The Palldium in Worcester. It is currently the venue in which I see the majority of great metal event pass through the Northeast. Needless to say, when I found out long ago that the great hall (which would have been more fitting the lineup here) would remain empty as Pirates and Vikings would be facing off in the dreaded upstairs portion, my heart was heavy. For one, the sweat soaked sardine fest that would come is not conducive to a man my size who generally enjoys a four foot warzone to avoid striking any of my metal brothers with lumbering limbs and no sense of balance. Secondly, even though I would witness my first live exposure to Alestorm and Turisas, two of many personal favorites, I would not actually hear OR see the event properly. The sound in the upstairs portion is absolutely unfixable no matter what the venue does and the stage is at least three feet lower. Unless you plow your way through the crowd of men, women and children leaving a trail of destruction behind to get to the front, photography with any camera is an epic fail. Even if you are that lucky, the frighteningly horrible house lighting rig showers the bands in merely blood red. So was the night that awaited me. But alas, the crowd was entertaining enough, the beer doth flow and above all the four main acts were there. For metal, we do most anything. More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Returning To Bloodstock

Costa Rican powerhouse Sight of Emptiness has announced that it will be making its return to Bloodstock this summer, sharing the stage with such artists as Alice Cooper and Behemoth. The band played there for the first time in 2007, winning in the "best new unsigned artist" category. Now as invited guests, they got to choose the date they play on - which will be Saturday, August 11th.

Bloodstock Open Air will take place on August 9 at 12:00 pm until August 12 at 12:00 am at Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire. The headliner will for Bloodstock will be announced on 06/06 at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the event and the band roster, go to Bloodstock's Facebook event page. Below is an upload of Sight of Emptiness' most recent offical video, the lyric one for "Transition," after the jump.


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Grip Of Delusion Radio Releases Doom Compilation

April 1st, 2012 saw the release of one of the biggest free downloadable compilations ever to be produced. This compilation is a celebration of the first year of the station Grip Of Delusion Radio, that thumbs its nose at all the conventions of what a radio station should be. The soundtrack to the rapture contains over eleven hours of music brought to you by 114 sludge, stoner and doom centric artists.

Such diverse artists as Ararat, Shroud of Despondency, Elliot's Keep and Undersmile are featured in the massive roster of bands on this three-part series. You can download and stream all three parts to it over here. The first one is the Gospel of the Chosen and the next two parts are Compil-ex Volumes One and Two. Stream the first part down below. Also, check out the programming at Grip Of Delusion radio at its website.

“As the seventh chord was strummed on the First of April, the Book was opened to a great swelling of sound!” ~ Heathenicus 69:33:16



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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Pakistan

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week, we will be taking a look at three heavy metal bands from Pakistan, whose name translates as "land of the pure" in Urdu, and seems to be the land of some very talented musicians too!

Black Warrant

Black Warrant are one of the longest running heavy metal bands in Pakistan. Having formed in 1997 from the ashes of a former band named Metal Purge, by vocalist Ali Raza, with his brother M. Ali joining on rhythm guitars soon afterwards. The band has gone through many lineup changes since their inception, and currently neither brother is a part of the group, Their first album, "Recover" was released in 1999 and comprised solely of covers of songs by the likes of Judas Priest, Rammstein and Killing Joke, before their first full length debut of original music, "Desi" was released in 2004. They have since released six more records, consisting of both cover tracks and original music, with the most recent being, "Decade Of Destruction." They have been able to experiment with their sound over the years too, adding electronic and industrial elements and are one of the few metal bands from Pakistan to have toured outside of their country, performing in such places as Australia and the United States of America.

Black Warrant - "Desi"
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Architects Reveals "Daybreaker" Track Listing

Architects will be releasing the new album "Daybreaker" on June 5th, 2012. To get a taste of the upcoming album, check out the lyric video for "These Colours Don't Run" at this location.

The "Daybreaker" track listing will be as follows:

1. The Bitter End
2. Alpha Omega
3. These Colours Don't Run
4. Daybreak
5. Truth, Be Told
6. Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat
7. Outsider Heart
8. Behind The Throne
9. Devil's Island
10. Feather Of Lead
11. Unbeliever

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Secret Sphere Finds New Vocalist

After the recent departure of vocalist Roberto "Ramon" Messin (Alkemyst) this year, Secret Sphere revealed that the band has found a replacement singer. The name of the singer has not yet been revealed as the band's latest Facebook update reads:

'Spheres' week starts great, as we have a new singer! He's finishing laying down vocals, and lyrics for the new album, and he's doing a huge amount of work in a very short time and he's constantly in touch with Aldo, updating the work process!!!

What can we say?? He's great, really great, so please be patient as we wait for the right time to prepare a proper welcome to the family and we will introduce him to you all! Stay tuned something great is coming!!!

Last but not least we wanna say thanks to all the singers that wrote us to propose their voice for the band, we wish all of them good luck!!!

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Obsession Signs With Inner Wound

Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the classic U.S. heavy metal act Obsession. The band's upcoming album "Order of Chaos" will be released later this year, with more details to follow.

Michael Vescera recently commented on "Order of Chaos" in an interview with BW&BK: "It’s a cross between Carnival Of Lies and the early Obsession stuff. I think it’s geared more towards the older sound, the straightforward metal like the Marshall Law album (’84), but you can hear some of the Carnival sound in there, too.”

Obsession's "Order of Chaos" line-up is as follows:

Michael Vescera - Vocals
John Bruno - Guitars
Scott Boland - Guitars
Chris McCarvill - Bass
BJ Zampa - Drums

For more details on Obsession, check out the band's official Facebook profile.

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Dawn Of Demise Reveals New Album Artwork

Dawn of Demise has revealed the Marco Hasmann created cover artwork for the band's new album "Rejoice in Vengeance," which can be viewed below or via the band's Facebook.

"Rejoice in Vengeance" is due out on Unique Leader Records this summer, and has the following track listing:

1. We drink to your demise
2. Rejoice in vengeance
3. Killing spree
4. This affliction
5. The epitome of brutality
6. He rises again
7. Exsanguination
8. Indulge in perversity
9. Ungodly
10. The blood stays on the blade
11. Choke
12. The immaculate slaughter (feat. Frank Rini) More...

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King Of Asgard Comments On Upcoming Album

Sweden's King of Asgard has issued the following update about the band's new "...To North" album:

"We got the '...to North' master a couple of days ago and it sounds astonishing! Andy made a great job on the mastering along with Olof Berggren, it's upright and least say powerful.

"We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy followup to the firstborn "Fi'mbulvintr." Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and of great variety. Forever greatful to Andy LaRocque, Olof Berggren and Michael Barnes.

"More news on cover art of Mattias Frisk, release date via Metal Blade Records and so forth to come in short.

"Song titles on '...to North' include among others 'Gap Of Ginnungs', 'Plague-Ridden Rebirth', 'Nordvegr', 'Up On The Mountain' and 'The Nine Worlds Burn'.

"All ablaze - The Nine Worlds Burn!"

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Deuteronomy Issues Album Update

U.K. based black metallers Deuteronomy have checked in with the following statement about their upcoming new album:

"Hello everyone. The mix is 100% ready but we had some delays with the vocal recordings.

"The reason is that 2 different studios agreed to cooperate with us and then they cancelled the recording few days before without any serious reason.

"We are sick with the whole situation, trying to deal with sub humans, so we've decided to do this on our own and we will start the vocals soon. We'll keep you posted since we are sure our debut album will satisfy your needs."

For more details on Deuteronomy, check out the band's MySpace music page.

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To/Die/For Signs With Massacre Records

Finnish gothic metal band To/Die/For has signed a worldwide recording deal with Massacre Records. The band will re-issue it's self-released sixth LP "Samsara," was released in December of 2011, and will receive worldwide release this summer.

At the time of its original release the album artwork and track listing was as follows:

1. Kissing the Flames
2. Damned Rapture
3. Cry for Love
4. Death Comes in March
5. Folie Á Deux
6. Hail of Bullets
7. Love's a Sickness
8. Raving Hearts
9. Oblivion:Vision
10. Someday Somewhere Somehow More...

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Persistense Comments On Shortened Show

Netherlands-based act Persistense has issued the following statement about cutting short the band's recent show in Nijmegen:

"Yesterday was really nice at Staddijk in Nijmegen, great atmosphere and a lot of people came to see the bands.

"Unfortunately the night came to an end in a less positive way. One of the guys in the audience suddenly went ill, probably due to low bloodpressure, and fell to the ground wich resulted in a severe head injury... An ambulance arrived, and the medical staff took him to the hospital.

"At that point we were only halfway through our show. We decided together with Staddijk personnel to quit the show out of respect for the fallen warrior! If we played the rest of our gig, it probably wouldn't be as kick ass as it was ment to be, so we will come back to the venue and take revenge, tearing the muscles in your neck apart!

"Keep on moshing and banging your head!"

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Malfeitor Streaming New Song

Swedish death metal act Malfeitor has teamed up with Metalrecusants.com to stream a track online from the band's new album "Dum Morior Orior." Check out the song "Exile From Sanity" at this location. A teaser trailer for the album was also recently posted online here.

The new album's 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

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Burning Point Issues New Album Update

Finland's Burning Point has issued the following update about the band's upcoming new album:

"New album! New labels! Hello you fellow rockers! Lots of updates in the BP camp within a few months and now we want to share some news with you!

"The Ignitor album is mixed and mastered and we're waiting the Master to arrive tomorrow. We've been doing negotiations with a several labels in Europe as well as in Japan and we're happy to announce that BP has found the new labels!!

"We'll give you full update on the new cover artwork + artist, the new labels, track lists, gigs etc etc.... Rest assure you all, Burning Point is back! Much Faster, Much Heavier and More Powerful!

"Also the first BP teaser will be online within a few days. Stay metal!"

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The Meads Of Asphodel Recruits New Drummer

The Meads of Asphodel has issued the following update about splitting with the band's drummer, recording a Bathory cover, and working on a new album:

"First off we announce the departure of our long standing drummer Urakbarameel. After nine years of dedication to the band we would like to thank him for his all his hard work & wish him the best for the future, he can now be found beating the skins for London based rock/metal band Daken.

"As we say goodbye to one drummer we welcome another in the form of Norse stick assassin André Kjelbergvik Thung, who can also be found performing in J.D. Tait’s other bands Ebonillumini & The Higher Craft as well as Norwegian band Dozärne.

"Heading straight to the studio with our new drummer we have recorded a cover of Bathory’s ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ for the Bathory tribute album ‘Voices From Valhalla’ due for release in May via Godreah Records. The release will also feature Metatron’s other band Wolves of Avalon as well as meads cohorts Sigh & Old Corpse Road. For full track listing & information please visit this location.

"In other news JD & André can be found performing with Meads guest contributor Christina Poupoutsi (of The Higher Craft) on the new Ebonillumini EP ‘Estuarine’ which is split with another band featuring JD , Worms of Sabnock with their long awaited second release ‘Grand Religious Finale’. The worms release also features Urakbarameel’s last appearance for the band. For more information & to have a listen please visit Diptera Records here.

"Also available via Diptera Records is the free compilation 'UK Black Metal Vol.3' which features an exclusive re-recording of the meads track 'God Is Rome'.

"The first quarter of 2012 has drawn to a close & the writing & recording of the new meads album ‘Sondercommando’ is well underway, hopefully to be released in the last quarter of the year."

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Sabaton Announces New Members, Tour Is On

Swedish power metal band Sabaton announced the new lineup after the the recent band split this past Friday. The announcement on the band's Facebook page this morning reads:

This is the new Sabaton!

To end all rumors that Sabaton will stop touring, or even act/perform as a band, we can now present that Sabaton's new lineup will be as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland - Guitars [Nocturnal Rites]
Thobbe Englund - Guitars [Winterlong]
Robban Bäck - Drums

At the moment we are still searching for a keyboard player. Until we have found the right guy we will still have Daniel Myhr with us, in digital form, since he has specially recorded all keyboards for us to use on tour.

Therefore, we are not cancelling any shows at all - the war machine of Sabaton will go on just as planned!

The MKII of Sabaton is ready for the next chapter...

The band posted a video introduction and rehearsal footage which can be seen here: More...

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TBOTA Working On New Album

Dutch band The Beast of the Apocalypse has checked in with the following announcement about starting work on the follow-up tot he "Henosis" album:

"'Henosis' was finished somewhere 2010. So after a break work has begun on new material. We decided that this new material will be a new, fresh start for the Beast.

"We still strive for a dark occult atmosphere only the means to get there will slightly change. We decided we do not want to be bound by anything anymore. More info to follow."

Further details will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can listen to the title track off the previous "Henosis" album via Decibel Magazine.

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Reverence Posts "Earth" Video Clip

French act Reverence has posted a new video clip online for the song "Earth," which can be found via MySpace or in the player below. "Earth" is the opening track off the band's new album "The Asthenic Ascension," due out April 9th, 2012.

The track listing for "The Asthenic Ascension" is as follows:

1. Earth
2. Darwin's Black Hall
3. The Descent
4. Psalm IV
5. Ghost of Dust
6. Cold Room
7. Genesis of Everything
8. Those who Believed
9. The Asthenic Ascension More...

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Malefice Releases "Omega" Video For Charity

U.K. melodic death/thrash band Malefice posted a new music video for the song "Omega" which was recorded with special guest vocalist and soccer star Marcus Hahnemann for the Jagermeister Ice Cold Sessions. The single for the track is being sold separately with all profits from the sales to be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The track can be purchased at this location.

Check out the music video here:

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Epica Posts European Tour Trailer

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted up a trailer for the European Tour in support of the new LP "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here). The next stop on the current tour is April 8, 2012 in Mons, Belgium at the Mons PPM Fest.

Check out the trailer here:

The current dates for the tour are as follows: More...

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Sylosis Posts Teaser For Third LP

U.K. melodic death/thrash band Sylosis posted a teaser video entitled "Sylosis - III" which shows studio footage of the band recording material for a yet untitled third LP. The album is the follow up to the 2011 sophomore effort "Edge of the Earth" (see review here). No information has been issued by the band as to release dates or track listing.

Check out the teaser here:

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Site Update

April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our tenth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

I had fun reading all of them, as well as the comments, but here are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:

Thanks to Alestorm for playing along and spreading the word of our April Fools that they were kicked off of Paganfest. With their help, the story spread so quickly that our server could not handle the load for a while.

Our Behemoth story seemed a little too believable despite the talk of "Spiritual Conflict" and Nergal's previous statements following his recovery, and we apologize for any confusion this story may have created. Behemoth has not dropped off the Decibel tour and we're very much looking forward to seeing Nergal back in action on this tour ourselves..

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are mostly ones that we like and the others are just easy targets. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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