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Metal News for April 2, 2013

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Ultra-Violence Posts New Music Video

Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence posted a new video for the track "10000 Ways to Spread My Hate." The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut full-length LP "Privilege to Overcome," which is set for release on April 29, 2013 via Punishment 18 Records.

The track listing for "Privilege to Overcome" is:

1. Spell of the Moon
2. L.F.D.Y.
3. Order of the Black
4. Stigmatized Reality
5. Restless Parasite
6. Turn Into Dust (streaming here)
7. The Voodoo Cross
8. You're Dead! (streaming here)
9. The Beast Behind Your Back
10. 10,000 Ways to Spread My Hate
11. Metal Milizia
12. When Future & Past Collide
13. Ride Across the Storm

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Kataklysm Reveals New Album Title

Kataklysm has revealed the name of band's impending new LP (and follow up to 2010's "Heaven's Venom") as "Waiting For The End To Come." The album is tentatively scheduled for late 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented: "Well it's been a seriously busy ride since our last album Heaven's Venom was released over 3 years ago. From a successful world headlining run, to Ozzfest, into a recap of our 20 years as band with the Iron Will DVD. We've been writing in a very humble fashion behind the scenes for the last six months. It's time to take KATAKLYSM to higher levels and dig deep into our capacities as musicians and songwriters. We know exactly what we have to do, that's why we have taken our time and why we’ll be taking most of the Summer to complete the new album. The record will deal lyrically with mortality and the purpose of ones being on this earth. The moment we are born we start to die. It’s a sort of deal we make with life, and with that I title the new KATAKLYSM album Waiting for the End to Come.”

The band is working with renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Suffocation, All That Remains). More information on the release is expected soon.

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Finntroll Discusses New Album "Blodsvept"

Following the 2010 release "Nifelvind" (reviewed here), Finnish folk metal outfit Finntroll is now out with new full-length album "Blodsvept."

We recently had the chance to chat up Finntroll vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (aka Vreth) to hear what he had to say about the creation of this new extreme folk mashup. Read on to find out about the band's difficulties in the studio, Finntroll's changing lyrical focus, and guitarist Skrymer working overtime on the album's artwork. More...

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The End Result Announces Final Shows

Wisconsin act The End Result has checked in with the following announcement about performing final shows before calling it quits:

"Dear The End Result fans, we would like to thank each and everyone of you. To anyone who has ever come to a show, bought some merch, or just listened to our music - we cannot thank you enough. Because of you we got to live out our dream for the past 3 years and have made life-long memories.

"It is with some sadness that we are announcing our final shows for Friday, April 12th in the Titan Underground on the UW Oshkosh campus and Saturday, April 13th in Madison.

"It isn't out of the realm of possibility that one day we will reconnect and create new music for all of you. We are all coming to points in our lives where we are moving on to new things but I know each of us will always have the desire to make music together.

"Let's make April 12th the biggest Titan Underground show yet! Of Glaciers and Amor Emarta will be sharing the stage with us for this FREE show!" More...

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Pit Stories: Pantera Stops The Show

Each week we check in with metal musicians to get their favorite mosh pit stories. Today Eric Dow, vocalist of Helsott, shares the following story of a Pantera pit from a Long Beach show:

The Pantera pit in 2000. It was just flat out the biggest, craziest fucking most single fucking chaos even I’ve ever been involved in. I think the Long Beach Sports Arena, makes the whole floor a pit…and they stopped the song, if you didn’t pit. They would stop the song, it didn’t matter if they were three minutes into it…or two minutes, or whatever. Pantera would stop the fucking song if they weren’t happy. So the pit grew about half way…I mean, it was still the biggest pit I’d ever been in…The whole fucking floor. They took the chairs out, it was just concrete. They stopped the song…I thought that was pretty funny. Phil Anselmo was like ‘you didn’t believe me, did you? If you guys are not moving around, we will fucking stop the song again.’

I think the only people that didn’t move were the guys who had their spot on the rail and I wouldn’t have moved either. But yeah, that whole fucking bottom floor…was probably easily 8,000 people. People going this way, people going that way….and then the whole song – the song was ‘Becoming’ – and the whole song, I think I got around the pit twice. It was that big….and I got hit by so many different people. Fuck what was I… I think I was 18... no, no I was 17…that’s right, I was 17 years old at the time. Shit just isn’t like that anymore, man. Concerts are nowhere near like they used to be.
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Paganland Streaming Song From New Album

Paganland has release the band's long-brewing debut album, "Wind of Freedom," through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, "Wind of Freedom" carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other - verily, to a mystical Paganland.

The band's new track "Chornohora" is also now streaming at PureGrainAudio.com. Give the song a listen right here or through the player below.

Paganland was also recently covered in our "Unearthing the Underground" column. Check it out at this location. More...

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Groteskh Reveals Album Artwork

Groteskh has revealed the cover artwork for the band's debut album "Unconsciousness," which can be viewed below.

The album is due out in April through Noisehead Records and features photography by John Santerineross and graphic design by Sebastian Jerke. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. More...

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Toxic Holocaust Streaming Full Compilation Release

In honor of its release today, Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of Toxic Holocaust’s "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" in its entirety. Check out the stream here or through the player below.

The monolithic 22-track anthology compiles over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one maniacal compilation of hostile bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of timeless Toxic classics, "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered punk metal deviants.

Toxic Holocaust is also currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to the 2011 "Conjure And Command" full-length. More...

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Foreshadow Splits With Drummer

Drummer Richard Hudson of Florida act Foreshadow has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"After serious deliberation and through much pain, I Richard Hudson must relinquish my position as drummer for Foreshadow effective immediately. It pains me to have to make this choice, however, due to significant health concerns, I can no longer continue with the band. I wish Foreshadow the best of luck in their future endeavours and apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause the band." More...

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Devilish Impressions In Bus Crash

Devilish Impressions has been out on an Eastern European trek, and the band has now announced it was involved in a bush crash last Friday. A photo of the accident can be seen below, and the band comments:

“Even though the pic you can see may look pretty shocking, luckily enough it ended up with some rather minor injuries only. Our section suffered the most, with Vraath (bassist) having his nose broken and Icanraz (drums) ending with seven stitches on his mouth. The rest of us, including guys of Little Dead Bertha and Endless Gloom (supporting acts on the Russian leg of the tour) got ourselves bruised here and there."

The gig Devilish Impressions was supposed to play in Ulyanovsk was cancelled. The rest of the tour remains as scheduled:

Apr. 02 – Grodno, BY @ Parlament
Apr. 03 – Minsk, BY @ Re:Public
Apr. 04 – Kyiv, UA @ Prime
Apr. 05 – Odessa, UA @ Ogni
Apr. 06 – Vinnitsa, UA @ Infrakon
Apr. 07 – Chernivtsi, UA @ Dolce Club More...

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The Way Of Purity Announces New Tour Dates

After 2 years of absence from touring, The Way Of Purity will be back on the road in Europe with Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, and Decrepit Birth and will also perform a U.K. headline tour. The group will present new album “Equate” live during April and May with a new and intense live set and performance.

Bass player “without name” stated: ”After the last tour with Gorgoroth we have been struggling to find a new balance in our project as we changed our singer and our sound developed in a more complex entity with computer / synths / effects / spoken parts / intros … Everything needed to be tested really hard to make sure that we will be able to blow the audience away at this time …The set will be continuous, non-stop with real high picks of emotion, I promise. We are ready now.”

Singer Marja Panic also stated: ”We started writing our new album with our Russian friend Stielas Storhett and our producer Jonathan Mazzeo… After this quite big work we felt that we wanted to give the final emotional touch with massive and continuous orchestrations so we asked Marianna Alfieri, known for being guitar player on Kirlian Camera, to work with us at that stage. She made such intense, passionate and incredibly tragic compositions to enhance our ideas.

"Now we are ready to fly to Romania to produce the vocals with Ageru Pamantului, former singer in Negura Bunget. After this last process we will enter Realsound and mathlab Studios in Italy to record the whole project. We still have to ask Christian Donldson if he wants to mix this album but we have time during the tour, I am quite sure that we will be able to work with him again.” More...

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Silence The Messenger Signs With Standby Records

When thinking of music that comes from Texas, most would think of any number of country artists, or the almighty Pantera. It's time to think outside the box and make way for Silence the Messenger's brand of heavy music.

The band has now signed with Standby Records, and a video announcement about the deal is available below. The following press release was also issued:

"Heavily influenced by anything that's fast and heavy, their sound is derived from a mixture of old and new metal such as Slipknot, Behemoth, Whitechapel, and anything in between. To expect anything less than an aggressive, violent, and pissed off creation would be completely asinine. More...

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Amadeus Awad's EON To Release Debut LP

Progressive metal band EON, the brainchild of Lebanese guitarist Amadeus Awad, is set to release the debut album "The Book Of Gates" this summer (exact date of the release has not been announced). Awad is a well known guitarist in Beirut after launching his solo career in 2010. In 2012, he received international recognition with the album "Time Of The Equinox," which featured Mark Boals (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Iron Mask/Ex-Royal Hunt) on vocals.

"The Book of Gates" is the band’s first studio album under the new name EON. The conceptual release features new instrumentation and arrangements, unheard oriental elements and a list of guest musicians (with more to be announced), including:

Kevin Moore (Ex-Dream Theater/OSI)
Timo Tolki (Avalon/Ex-Stratovarius/Ex-Revolution Renaissance/Symfonia)
Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia/Aina/Epica/Kamelot) (as "The Queen")
Sir Russel Allen (Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob) (as "The Pharoah")

Rounding the main band will be vocalist Elia Monsef, Patrick Stephan (drums) and live bassist Samer Zouein. The main influences for the band include: Dream Theater, Kamelot, Avantasia and Arch/Matheos.

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Baroness Announces North American Tour

Baroness's first North American tour supporting the "Yellow & Green" album kicks off May 24th with a performance at Union Transfer in John Baizley's adopted hometown of Philadelphia.

"It's hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour," explained guitar player Pete Adams. "Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone's unconditional love and support for us through, let's hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we'd be back so let's do this thing!”

Baizley confirmed that drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni would not be touring with the band via a web posting on Mar. 25, adding that the pair’s departure is “not sensational” and “does not come with hard feelings.” Baizley went on to add that the band has already found two musicians, Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums), “who can approach our music with passion and vitality.”

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Sylosis Posts European Tour Trailer

UK-based modern thrash metallers Sylosis, whose latest album “Monolith” was released via Nuclear Blast in October 2012, recently announced that they’ll join Killswitch Engage on the upcoming “Disarm The Descent” European tour as special guests.

Killswitch Engage’s sixth studio album "Disarm The Descent" was released April 1st via Roadrunner Records. “Disarm The Descent” is the band’s first release since 2002 with original lead singer Jesse Leach.

Check out this new teaser trailer for the impending tour: More...

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Oniricous Announces Album Release

The debut full-length CD "Ritos Diabolicos" from Spain's Oniricous will be out this Friday April 5th via Razorback Recordings. The label comments:

"Razorback Recordings has signed the incredible band, Oniricous, to a one album deal! These Spanish demons play some of the absolute finest European death metal we have heard, conjuring up riff after riff of pure heaviness, speed, and horrific evil! Inspired by a love for pure horror themes, Lovecraft, and performed by real old-school maniacs from the actual old days instead of people pretending they came from the old days...

"The album was recorded and mixed at Moontower Studios in Spain, and features amazing cover artwork from a true master of horror, the one and only Esteban Maroto from the classic 70's Creepy and Vampirella horror magazines! Razorback is thrilled to be releasing this masterpiece of total HORROR FUCKING DEATH!" More...

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Posts New Album Trailer

The Dillinger Escape Plan has posted a sneak preview video online of every track from the upcoming album, "One Of Us Is The Killer," which is set for a May 14th release. Check out the teaser trailer below.

The band will also embark on a North American tour with The Faceless and Royal Thunder starting April 22nd, and be sure to catch The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Revolver's Golden Gods Awards show with Metallica on May 2nd.

The new album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys). More...

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Rotting Out Streaming "Blade Of Rust"

Los Angeles, California's Rotting Out has posted a stream of another new song, "Blade of Rust," from the band's upcoming second full-length "The Wrong Way," due out via 6131 Records on May 7th.

The song can be streamed at the band's website here or through the player below. The album was produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Down To Nothing, Strife) and mastered by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer). More...

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Evile Posts "Skull" Album Teaser

Evile posted the first taste of the new LP "Skull," in the form of an eleven minute trailer. The album was recorded once again with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The album is set for release in a variety of formats (including one edition that includes a 2 song bonus disc) on May 27th in Europe via Earache Records and on June 11th in North America via Century Media/Earache Records.

The track list for "Skull" is:

1. Underworld
2. Skull
3. The Naked Sun
4. Head of the Demon
5. Tomb
6. Words of the Dead
7. Outsider
8. What You Become
9. New Truths Old Lies

Check out the preview here: More...

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Jungle Rot Posts New Music Video

Midwest metal outfit Jungle Rot has premiered a new music video for “Terror Regime,” the title track from the group's new album. Check out the video below.

Beginning this Thursday, April 4th in Long Island, New York, Jungle Rot will tour alongside Suffocation and Exhumed on the Despise The World tour. A listing of tour dates is available after the jump. More...

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Orchid Releases "Mouths Of Madness" Trailer II

San Francisco's Orchid posted a second in a series of album trailers for the upcoming release "The Mouths Of Madness." This trailer features vocalist Theo Mindell, who gives a tour of his studio and speaks about his influences. The new LP is set for release on April 26th, 2013 (EU), April 29th (UK) and April 30 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The first trailer can be found over at this location. The track list for "The Mouths Of Madness" is:

1. Mouths Of Madness
2. Marching Dogs Of War
3. Silent One
4. Nomad
5. Mountains Of Steel
6. Leaving It All Behind
7. Loving Hand Of God
8. Wizard Of War
9. See You On The Other Side

Check out the second trailer here: More...

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Entrails Streams New Single

Swedish death act Entrails has released the second single from upcoming new album "Raging Death." Visit Rock Hard Germany here to check out "Bloodhammer," or listen to the track through the SoundCloud player below.

Fans can also head to the Metal Blade website to check out the artwork for "Raging Death," as well as the first single "In Pieces." The band comments: "This is the perfect next step for Entrails. A massive stench of death, right in your face! 'Raging Death' as a title suited the album as a whole, since it's pure death metal without mercy!"

"Raging Death" will be released the 10th/13th of May via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, limited Digi-CD with bonus CD, and in a standard jewel case. The album will be available on CD and online in North America on May 15th. Only the vinyl version and the limited Digi CD will include the Marduk cover, "Dark Endless," as a bonus track. The track listing is as follows:

1. In Pieces
2. Carved To The Bone
3. Bloodhammer
4. Headless Dawn
5. Cadaverous Stench
6. Descend To The Beyond
7. Death League
8. Chained And Dragged
9. Defleshed
10. Cemetery Horrors More...

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Odyssey Posts Live Footage Of New Song

Spokane instrumental metal trio Odyssey performed a new song titled "Voids" this past weekend during the band's first show of the year.

Check out live footage of "Voids" in the player below. Odyssey's latest output was a new EP titled "The Conscious Device" (reviewed here), released last year.

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Gloryhammer Posts New Lyric Video

Heroic power metallers Gloryhammer have posted a new lyric video for the track "Quest for the Hammer of Glory."

The song appears on the band's debut LP "Tales from the Kingdom of Fife," which was just released in Europe this past Friday via Napalm Records (see our review of the release over here.) Check out the song here:

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No Bragging Rights Announces U.S. Shows

California heavyweights No Bragging Rights have announced a handful of west coast dates with label-mates Legion in containing support of their newest LP, "Cycles."

The band is currently touring in Europe with with For the Fallen Dreams, after completing a run back in the states with Every Time I Die and The Acacia Strain. No Bragging Rights has also been confirmed for this years Van's Warped Tour this summer. Catch the band live:

5/11/13 @ The Anchor – Fullerton CA
5/12/13 @ The Cobalt Café – Conoga Park CA
5/14/13 @ The Boardwalk – Sacramento CA
5/15/13 @ Candela Bar - Reno NV
5/16/13 @ Quesadilla Factory - Centralia WA
5/17/13 @ The Hop – Spokane WA
5/18/13 @ Rays Golden Lion – Richland WA
5/19/13 @ The Venue – Boise ID
5/20/13 @ The Salt Haus – Salt Lake City UT
5/21/13 @ Hall Of Champions – Casper WY
5/22/13 @ Marquis Theatre – Denver CO
5/23/12 @ Blackwater Music – Albuquerque NM More...

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The Betrayer's Judgement Posts Video Teaser

French band The Betrayer's Judgement will be releasing a new EP titled "Philosopher" later this year, along with a new music video for a track off the release.

The video for "Broken Mirrors" isn't due out until May, but for now you can watch a teaser trailer for the clip below.

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Surgeon Streaming New Album's Title Track

As the second full-length from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based metal outfit Surgeon nears its triumphant release onto public ears this Spring, today the band releases another brand new track from the opus, entitled "Chemical Reign."

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles has posted an exclusive listen to the title track to Surgeon's new album... unleash “Chemical Reign” right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"While Surgeon’s output may be simply classified as 'progressive metal' to some, the band ventures into foreign territory for most by-the-books classical and fusion acts of the progressive metal umbrella. Perhaps simply 'epic metal' is a more defining tag, as the talented crew seamlessly blends a variety of rugged post-death and post-doom elements into their craft, infectiously creating a sound all their own, but undoubtedly in the vein of notable bands including Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex and Slough Feg. More...

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Soul Torture Posts Song Featuring New Vocalist

Israel's Soul Torture, which split with vocalist Aleksandra Monsonego last year, has now checked in with the following brief announcement about streaming a new track online:

"Finally we uploaded our first work with Maria Gutman as vocalist, a new song called 'Gaius Julius Caesar' and we hope for a long road together."

Check out the track featuring the band's new vocalist via the Soul Torture MySpace music page here.

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J.D. Overdrive Posts New Album Teaser

J.D. Overdrive has revealed new album "Fortune Favors the Brave" is due out May 13th, 2013 via Metal Mind Productions. The band has posted a teaser clip online, available below, and also comments:

"We already showed you some footage of guitar and vocal recordings so naturally we couldn't forget about our drummer and bassist... or could we? Oh well, at least we finally reveal the release date of our new album and its title! All of this in the lil' video below..."

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Dagoba Unveils New Album Artwork

French act Dagoba has revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album "Post Mortem Nihil Est." The album is due out later this year. Check out the Seth Siro Anton created cover artwork below, or find more info on Dagoba via Facebook here. More...

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Monuments Streaming New Instrumental Track

Monuments, which recently parted ways with vocalist Matt Rose and is now seeking a replacement, has posted a new instrumental track online. Check out "The Indulger" through the player below, or find more info on Monuments via the band's Facebook profile here.

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Pith Posts EP Teaser

Pith has released a second teaser for the upcoming EP "Baptisms Along The Acheron," which can be watched below. "Baptisms Along The Acheron" is the follow up to 2012's "Fore" EP and is scheduled for release on D5 Digital / Diminished Fifth Records on Tuesday April 16th 2013. Guitarist Jason Vautour comments:

"This piece of music has been in the works for quite some time (upwards of 4 years), starting as improvisations between myself and other musicians and over time seeing an opening between the themes that stayed in memory and the abilitiy to be interfacing with each other as they are today in the culmination that is Baptisms Along The Acheron. I had to stop myself because I wanted this to go on and on and who knows? Maybe we'll continue the song in further movements in the future?

"We tried to get this done a little sooner but there were scheduling problems and then the drummer was out. Enter Graham Ferguson to the rescue. We recorded the bedtracks live off the floor and the vocals were put on after. This song is out there so as to keep momentum going that was started with the 2012 EP 'Fore'. Expect a full-length Pith album later 2013/early 2014."

As drummers Myles Deck and Chris Gatza have come and gone since the first EP, this time Pith has the temporary talents of Graham Ferguson (Napalm Raid, Hellacaust, Terratomb) on drums and backing vocals.

The recording was engineered by Robert Nickerson (Black Moor) and Nick Jones (ex-Black Moor, ex-We're Doomed!). Nick and Pith member Jason Vautour handled the mix. Artwork and lyrics once again are done by vocalist Brett Campaigne (Cottus, River Nihil, North End Metal All-Stars, Pounding Sand) and on bass is of course Troy Kirker (Hellacaust, Spew, Raw Violence). More...

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The Psyke Project Streaming New Album

The Psyke Project (which describes itself as blackened post metal / sludge hardcore) is now streaming the entire new "Guillotine" album online. Stream all the tracks over at Cvltnation.com here or through the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Guillotine 03:22
2. Death Sight 02:59
3. The End 02:57
4. Partisan 04:31
5. The Mute 02:32
6. Empire 04:03
7. Ghost Fight 04:14
8. Hell Is Other People 03:21
9. When Man Became God 02:06
10. Good For Nothing 03:56
11. Menneske 04:54 More...

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Accuser Streaming New Album's Title Track

Accuser has posted the title track online from the band's upcoming "Diabolic" album, due out April 12th, 2013. Give the song a listen in the YouTube player below. The album's track listing is:

1. Apocalyptic Decay
2. Diabolic
3. Cannibal Insanity
4. Deification
5. Dethroned
6. Beyond the Blackness
7. Save your Legend
8. Immortal Aggression
9. Remains of Chaos
10. World Wide Violence

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Desecrated Sphere Reveals New Album Art

Brazilian death metal band Desecrated Sphere has revealed the art artwork for upcoming full-length album "Emancipate." The cover and booklet were developed by the artist Raphael Gabrio (Kreator, Dying Fetus, Nile). Vocalist Renato Sgarbi commented:

"In our new album 'Emancipate' we talk about the humanity itself, be it a religious man or not, regardless the nationality or skin color, the emancipation in reconnecting to yourself, beyond the flesh and materialism, between gods and heroes.

"We talk about the dualism of men in dividing everything between good and evil, good or bad, the manichean thought. (We talk) about seeing beyond what our senses and instincts lead us to comprehend, connect our conscious to subconscious, of transcending what we are every day, freeing ourselves from our scales (as in fish scales) without fears that binds us to ancestors or traditions. More...

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Queensryche Levels The Unsuspecting Casino Crowd

A funny thing happened on the way to the Wolf Den…. Ever since the brief stint as Rising West and then the subsequent departure of Geoff Tate, I’ve taken back to Queensryche like white on rice. It was hearing “Rage For Order” in some of my earliest days as a metal fan and being blown away at the song writing and (at the time) daring approach of the band that lured me in. I was hooked. Going back to “The Warning” and the first EP made that even better. The anticipation of “Operation: Mindcrime” reached a fever pitch as I waited for the record store to open on the day of its release. “Empire” continued the greatness and it seemed as though nothing could stop them. “Promised Land” was solid, but then Chris DeGarmo departed after the lackluster “Hear In The Now Frontier” and from that point on it seemed to free fall all the way to the “thing” that was “Dedicated to Chaos.”

Sure, I can spout off for hours as to my personal opinions on Geoff Tate for the 15 years that came after DeGarmo left…all the way to his eventual ousting and “media firefight” that came over the last year. However, that would only give more publicity to his version of the band, which I glowingly call “FakeRyche.” The good news is that with the hiring of Todd La Torre (who I was following on Facebook with his string of covers of Queensryche and old Crimson Glory material) and release of the new song, aptly entitled “Redemption,” the band is back on track and I am proud to be “that fan” once again. More...

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Ronny Munroe Relives 70000 Tons Of Memories

The wind and rain was picking up about half way through Metal Church’s first set of the “Reunion at Sea” aboard 70000 Tons of Steel as the boat was rushing hellbound towards the Caribbean island of Grand Turk. That may have been the destination for some of the 2,000 passengers aboard the Majesty of the Seas, but not for old metal warhorses like me. You see, this cruise had little to do with sunshine and warmth. There were 80 shows to be seen and I was hellbound to see as many as I could, even if that meant sacrificing a day at the beach to catch up on sleep deprivation and drunken madness. The return of Metal Church was just one of those many highlights, as the first show set list consisted of the songs voted on by fans prior to the cruise. It was enough to bring a large guy to tears. Just before the Easter holiday, I spoke to Ronny Munroe to reminisce about the memories of that night in late January, as well as the future of the band, which includes a new album on the horizon. Read and listen along: More...

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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 eleventh 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.

This year we had an issue with a malware warning from Google. The issue was addressed promptly on March 31st, but the warning persisted into April 1 and surely lessened the number of people who clicked through and read and commented on our April fools stories.

Still, we got folks with some great ones like a plausible sounding Metallica story, an Immortal-Beyonce collaboration with a fantastic image supporting it, Dave Mustaine releasing a country album in light of his recent meeting with Willie Nelson, as well as the obligatory Slayer stories, a faux Unearthing The Metal Underground column featuring some truly horrid screamo bands, and much more.

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 either easy targets or ones that we like. 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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Avantasia Posts Additional Interview Clips

Avantasia, the brainchild of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet, posted additional interview segments, in which Sammet discusses his collaborations with former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and Magnum's Bob Catley. Avantasia released the new conceptual album "The Mystery of Time" in most of Europe last week, with the album dropping on April 3rd in Sweden and on April 30th in North America. The video for "Sleepwalking" can be viewed over here, with the first round of interview segments (about Biff Byford and Joe Lynn Turner) at this location.

Check out the clip regarding the collaboration with Michael Kiske here: More...

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Stone Dözer Streaming "You Don't Know Who I Am"

Argentinian groove metal act Stone Dözer is streaming another new track "You Don't Know Who I Am." The song will appear on the upcoming sophomore LP "SD II," which is due for release this year. Check out the previously released songs: "Roll the Dice" and "Snake Eyes."

"You Don't Know Who I Am" can be heard here: More...

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Gloomball Posts New Music Video

Gloomball, the German modern/alternative metal act featuring Majesty guitarist Björn Daigger, posted a new music video for the track "The Distance." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming debut LP for SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album drops on April 26, 2013 (Germany), April 29, 2013 (EU) and May 7, 2013 (North America).

Check out "The Distance" here:

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