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Metal News for April 25, 2013

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36 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: An Ode to New York City

This week a blast; a blast back to the punk Lower East Side neighborhood of New York via Sweden, an AC/DC inspired rocker, and an anti-cure for depression. More...

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The Ocean Posts New Album Teaser

With the official release of The Ocean’s "Pelagial" less than a week away, today Invisible Oranges offers up a special video sampler featuring 30-second clips of each track with accompanying artwork. Check it out here or through the player below.

"Pelagial" was written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single, 53-minute piece of music. The album is an aquatic-themed audio adventure that quite literally submerses listeners as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones..”

The Ocean will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19th through August 24th, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. More...

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Terminate Splits With Bassist

Following the release of debut full-length "Ascending to Red Heavens" via Selfmadegod Records this Winter, Chicago death metal horde Terminate announces a pending change in the band’s lineup.

In a recent statement the band collectively reported: “We're sorry to announce the departure of our bassist, Alfred Mulle. There is no ill-will on either end and it is simply a matter of divergent life paths that forces the split.

"We wish him luck, and encourage everybody to check out his excellent graphic design work through his company Demonic Designs. Alfred's last show with us will be supporting Wolvhammer and Glorior Belli in Chicago date on May 17th along with Chicago black metal assassins FIN. We will announce a replacement shortly.” More...

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Concrete Swine Posts New Song Online

The opening track "Thin Line" off the upcoming EP "Brezhnev's Cocktail" by Concrete Swine is now available for streaming in the player below.

The EP was recorded by Jani Loikas at Cursed studio in Hyvinkää, Finland, mixed by Paul Bento (Type O Negative, Carnivore) at Beak Owl Sound Studio in New York and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrenaline Mob, Cathedral) in Los Angeles. The track listing is:

1. Thin Line
2. High Octane
3. River
4. Democrazy

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Cyprus Metal Compilation In The Works

Pitch Black Records is extremely proud to announce the release of a compilation album featuring bands from Cyprus.

The compilation is titled “Bloodbrothers II – A Compilation of Recordings by Rock/Metal Bands From Cyprus," and it celebrates the legacy of the original “Bloodbrothers” compilation, released in 1997 and now considered a hard-to-find, cult classic. “Bloodbrothers II” is available for pre-order here.

Including power, traditional, thrash, death metal, alternative, progressive, and punk rock, “Bloodbrothers II” aims to showcase some of the most talented bands Cyprus currently has to offer. Pitch Black Records comments:

"The title of the compilation refers to the strong ties between members of the Cyprus scene. It may be a small scene but it is (and has always been) one that is very strong, proud and united, full of passion and support for one another. Turning the phrase 'blood brothers' into one word is a deliberate attempt to further emphasize this strong bond that exists between the members of the Cyprus scene.

"Including new and unreleased material from internationally renowned bands (such as 'Fallen Angels and Lost Souls' of scene veterans Armageddon and Arrayan Path’s 'The Bible Bleeds'), cherished classics from the Cyprus underground and the first exciting blasts from a fresh, new generation, 'Bloodbrothers II' runs the gamut from mega-studio-awesomeness to raw garage demo; but the musicianship and passion are evident throughout this compilation!

"'Bloodbrothers II' will only be available on CD, at a special discounted price. It will be released in Cyprus first, on May 28th and worldwide on June 10th. The first 100 ordered from the Pitch Black Records online store will also include the original 'Bloodbrothers' compilation as a bonus disc! More...

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The Beyond Streaming "Mass Lobotomy"

Italian death metal band The Beyond is streaming the song "Mass Lobotomy" via the SoundCloud player below. The song comes off the "Decaying Death" EP, which has the following track listing:

1. Decaying Death (streaming here)
2. Crime And Punishment
3. Tortured 'Till Redemption
4. Mass Lobotomy More...

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Age Of Taurus Streaming New Single

Age of Taurus will release "Desperate Souls of Tortured Times" via Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records on May 28th in North America. The debut single, "Embrace the Stone," can be heard in the player below. Metal Blade Records also comments:

"Welcome to the Taurean Empire; a decaying land where disease, war and corruption is rife. A wretched place of man and beast, where deception, fear and despair fills every dank alleyway and the stench of suffering drifts across endless, sun-scorched plains. As way of ensuring safe passage through this hellish hour, let us introduce your guides for the journey; four road-hardened mortals, brought together by luck, power and coincidence. Ladies and Gentlemen, take up arms and go safely as Age of Taurus show you a world inhabited by the Desperate Souls of Tortured Times…

"Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Toby Wright, Age of Taurus was initially a one-man doom metal mission. Inspired by masters of the craft like Candlemass, Trouble and Revelation, the project was intended more as a studio affair rather than something more alive. However, after increasing interest in the band and a succession of glowing reviews of debut demo 'In the Days of the Taurean Empire,' Toby decided that there was no turning back and duly put together a fully working line up; enter bassist Richard Bruce, lead guitarist Alastair Riddell and drummer Darius Claydon. More...

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Cleanteeth Announces "Crush Your Teeth" Tour

Brooklyn-based Cleantetth this week confirms the band’s most intensive tour to date this May, in advance of a pending debut LP. Dates for the "Crush Your Teeth" tour are available below, and the following press release was issued about the band:

"Cleanteeth's first album Pushing Rope demands attention, with forty-two minutes of sinister doom metal combined with bruising rhythms and raucous swells played on four stacks higher than the tallest band member. Within the first ten seconds of Pushing Rope, thunderous riffs echo out of three guitars while ominous licks force heads to bang with rhythmic precision.

"Fans will recognize influences ranging from Will Haven, KEN Mode, Harkonen and Harvey Milk to Breather Resist, Gaza, and Godflesh, yet Cleanteeth's sound is uniquely its own; a crushingly beautiful array of electric noise and soul-punching drum beats that will make you want to break something and come back frothing at the mouth for more. Pushing Rope will be available on vinyl from Dullest Records in the coming weeks; stay tuned for further details.

"Formed in 2008, Cleanteethis a massive sonic quintet comprised of veterans in the New York metal scene, featuring members of Goes Cube, Hull, Destructo Swarmbots, Godmaker, and White Widows. You can catch these auditory titans out on the road when they embark on the ten-day Crush Your Teeth Tour this May, alongside city/scene mates Meek Is Murder on select dates."

5/10/2013 Pariah - Philadelphia, PA w/ Hivelords, Sadgiqacea, Meek Is Murder
5/11/2013 Kraken Bar - Chapel Hill, NC @ Kraken Fest III w/ Meek Is Murder, Zoroaster
5/12/2013 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Meek Is Murder
5/13/2013 The Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Meek Is Murder
5/14/2013 TBA - Nashville, TN
5/15/2013 TBA - Bloomington/St. Louis, MO
5/16/2013 Stage Bar - Chicago, IL
5/17/2013 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Axebomber, Ves, Artillery Breath, False Light
5/18/2013 TBA - Pittsburg, PA
5/19/2013 TBA - Baltimore, MD
5/20/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY

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Xul Announces New Tour Dates

Vernon, BC blackened death metal band Xul is proud to announce the group will be hitting the road for a Canadian tour.

Western Canada dates have been revealed and can be found below, while Eastern Canadian shows are stilling lined up.

You can get the band's debut album "Malignance" for free via Bandcamp here, or catch the band live:

May 30, 2013 - Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans w/ Terrifier, Harvest The Infection
May 31, 2013 - Kamloops - Baileys Pub - Dead Asylum, Benthic City
June 1, 2013 - TBA
June 3, 2013 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub
June 4, 2013 - Medicine Hat, BC - Liquid Nightclub - w/ Endast, Autaric, Desecrate Scripture
June 5, 2013 - Regina, SK - The Club w/ Autaric, Desecrate Scripture - Show Details
June 6, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo w/ Skeletonwitch, Anciients, Endless Chaos - Show Details
June 21, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB - TBA
June 22, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK - The Fez
June 23, 2013 - Edmonton, AB - DV8 w/ Körperlose Stimme, Runeblade - Show Details
June 24, 2013 - Prince George, BC - The Artspace
July 19-20, 2013 - Armstrong, BC - Armstrong Metal Fest - Show Details More...

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Lesbian Streaming Segment Of New Album

Lebian's third full-length offering and Translation Loss debut "Forestelevison" will consist of a single, 44+ minute song.

Today, Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan have partnered up with Lesbian to premiere the first segment of "Forestelevision." Get a first listen here or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Never has an album sifted through the deepest trenches of prog-influenced epic-doom and blackened metal to produce such an awe-inspiring aural assault to the senses. Recorded at Avast! Studios with long time producing collaborator Randall Dunn (Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Boris) and featuring gorgeous artwork by Arik Roper, Forestelevisonwill see a June 25th release on CD (Digipack), Digital and 2xLP. The 2xLP version will come housed in deluxe gatefold packaging and include an exclusive Vinyl-only extended outro-bonus track! The album is available for pre-order here.

"Consisting of guitarists Arran McInnis and Daniel La Rochelle, bassist/vocalist Dorando Hodous and drummer Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy, Lesbian has grown accustomed to composing lengthy eclectic journeys that take the listener through myriad genres ranging anywhere from doom to prog to psyche to 70s rock to black metal to grunge and beyond. Forestelevison continues Lesbian's music genre-defying journey from their prior full-length on Holy Mountain Records called 'Power Hor,' a split 10" with Ocean on Roadburn Records, a self-released two song tour EP, and a second full-length on Important Records called 'Stratospheria Cubensis.'" More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Working On New Album

IWrestledABearOnce has announced the band is almost finished with tracking a forthcoming third studio album, which is due out later this year.

“Well damn! After another two years of non-stop touring, some unexpected twists, and getting to visit some new and amazing places, we're finally back in the studio working on full length number three!,” says guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley. “I've 100% NEVER been this excited about an IWABO album, because it feels like we've finally reigned in "our sound" even further and really hit a stride in terms of songwriting. We've always admired bands like Deftones, Cynic, Thrice, Glassjaw, Mr. Bungle, Dredg, Cephalic Carnage, The Mars Volta, etc because they've never made the same album twice, and aren't scared to keep evolving while still maintaining their signature styles. Obviously I'd never compare us to the greatness of those bands, but, in keeping with that mentality, we've progressed a bit more and put together our best collection of songs so far.

Bradley, who is producing, engineering, mixing and mastering the album himself adds, “the heavy parts are heavier and more interesting, the choruses are stronger, and the 'weird twists' that people have come to expect in our music are way more thought-out than in the past and definitely hit harder than ever. Long story short - we're very excited about getting this album finished and released, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for listening, and keep in touch with us on our facebook/twitter/etc where we will be posting frequent updates!”

IWABO’s upcoming album will also be the debut of the band’s new scream/sing queen Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a 24 hour notice in between shows on a run with the Warped Tour in 2012.

“Since the day I joined this band, I've been anticipating this album!” says LaPlante. “I was pushed to the limit creatively and technically, and I've never been more proud of myself or my bandmates. We've been through alot this year, and this is the pay-off; the result of our experiences. Most importantly, I think IWABO fans both old and new will really enjoy these songs, and we can't wait to play them live for you this summer!”

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Immolation Posts "Indoctrinate" Lyric Clip

Immolation has released a new lyric video for the track "Indoctrinate," taken off the new album "Kingdom of Conspiracy," due out May 10th (EU), May 13th (UK), and May 14th (US).

Check out the clip below. You can also download the song for free at this location.

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The Faceless Missing Shows Due To Vehicle Trouble

The Faceless has been out on the road with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Royal Thunder, but recently missed several scheduled appearances. The band has now checked in with the following update about the situation:

"For the past few days we've been stuck in the middle of nowhere outside of Amarillo, Texas due to a vehicle break down. The repairs took much longer than anticipated and we never expected to be stuck here this long.

"We will be missing tonight's show in Buffalo, tomorrow in Pittsburgh and most likely the Philadelphia show. We're very sorry to all the people that wanted to come see us, but this is unfortunately a circumstance beyond our control." More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Checks In From The Road

Corrosion of Conformity will perform at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona tomorrow night as part of the band's trek with Danzig, which began on April 17th. The short tour allows the trio a momentary break from work on the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled album.

The dates with Danzig follow the band’s recent festival appearance in Santiago, Chile; the band playing The Metal Fest alongside Down, Twisted Sister, Devin Townsend Project and others.

Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean comments, “We took time out from writing and recording to play Chile for the first time. We had a blast hanging out with Down. Of course Pepper [Keenan] played a couple of songs with us and I got to listen to Jimmy Bower and Pat Bruders sing Eagles songs for the entire flight back to the states. We picked up some rented gear in Los Angeles and drove through the desert to start the Danzig tour in Las Vegas. Things have been rolling since then and it has been really good travels. Denver and Albuquerque were particularly awesome. Austin was great too.”

The band’s current set includes a mix of new and old songs, including “Deliverance,” “Priest Brains,” “Strong Medicine Too Late,” “Holier,” “Mad World,” “Hungry Child,” “Technocracy,” plus “Psychic Vampire,” “Your Tomorrow,” and “The Moneychangers” from the 2012 self-titled album. More...

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ASG Streaming New Song

ASG is set to release the band's Relapse debut "Blood Drive" on May 28th, 2013. The group is also now streaming the track “Castlestorm” via Loudwire here. "Blood Drive" was recorded in the Fall of 2012 with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Fu Manchu).

You can catch ASG live on the following dates:

April 25 Leesburg, VA Balls Bluff
April 26 Virginia Beach, VA Retro
April 27 Kill Devil Hills, NC Outer Banks Brewing Station
May 17 Raleigh, NC Southland Ballroom
May 24 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox
September 5 – 7 (Date TBD) Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival More...

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Kingcrow Posts "The Drowning Line" Music Video

Kingcrow posted a new music video for the track "The Drowning Line." The song appears on the band's latest effort "In Crescendo," which is out now via Sensory Records. The video is the second for the album, the first for "The Morning Rain," can be seen over at this location.

The video was shot at Crossroads live club and features fan footage mixed with pro shot footage. The video was directed by Devilnax. Check it out here:

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All Dogmas We Hate To Release New EP

All Dogmas We Hate will release a new EP titled "Astronomical Distances" in May, and a teaser trailer can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the band and the upcoming new release:

"ADWH: four letters for a name which sounds like a mantra 'All Dogmas We Hate.' French metal/hardcore act from Nîmes, this five-piece band didn't want to lose time so after a bunch of fierce and productive work, opened the studio's door in order to record a debut full-length album called 'Back to Reality,' released a few weeks later through M & O Music/Musicast/Twilight Distribution.

"The band got media attention through the metal sphere, collecting positive and constructive critics, and giving the French metal scene an outstanding beginning. Hard workers, the five guys get back in studio in February 2013 to give a follow-up to their debut album with a digital EP called 'Astronomical Distances' expected for the second half of may.

"Darker, heavier and with a modern sound, less metalcore but more personal, ADWH takes a new artistic direction with this new effort before to unleash a second full-length album later this year. In the meantime, some short video teasers are available on ADWH Youtube's channel." More...

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A Vulgar Picture Streams New Song

Welsh metal act A Vulgar Picture has posted the new song "Dead to the World" online, which can be heard below. "Dead to the World" appears on the band's debut album "The World I Found." For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Memory Garden Posts New Music Video

Swedish epic doom metal act Memory Garden has launched a video clip for "The Evangelist," which is the opening track of the band's new album "Doomain." Check it out below, or order your copy of the album via Metal Blade here.

Comments Memory Garden on the video clip: "We spent one day in February recording the video for 'The Evangelist.' It was all shot in a chapel which fit both the song and Memory Garden like a glove. The video contains 2 parallel stories, one with the band playing in the chapel and one where you can follow 'The Evangelist' and his flock of sheeps."

The video was filmed and directed by Ronny Hemlin at ProVid film. "Doomain" was released digitally April 15th via Metal Blade Records and recorded at Annoying Sound Factory & SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little assistance engineering from Mike Wead during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound. More...

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Divided Multitude Posts New Music Video

Norwegian prog metal act Divided Multitude, featuring guitarist Christer Harøy and bassist Rayner Harøy both from Teodor Tuff, posted a new music video for the track "Scars." The song appears on the band's latest effort "Feed On Your Misery," which was just issued last week via Nightmare Records.

Check out the video here:

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Dark Tranquility Streams New Track

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity will release 10th studio album, "Construct," on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

In anticipation of this release, the band has now premiered a new track video for "The Science Of Noise" on Metal Sucks.net. Check out the song at this location. The "Construct" track listing is:

1. For Broken Words (streaming here)
2. The Science Of Noise
3. Uniformity
4. The Silence In Between
5. Apathetic
6. What Only You Know
7. Endtime Hearts
8. State Of Trust
9. Weight Of The End
10. None Becoming
11. Immemorial
12. Photon Dreams More...

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Lasting Impression Announces New Album

Wisconsin's Lasting Impression will be releasing new album "Hellbent" this coming June 4th, 2013 and a free download of the "Rust" single will be made available at the beginning of May. The band has also now revealed the track listing will be as follows:

1. Rust
2. Tony Jones
3. Leviathan (ft. Nick Wellner)
4. Swamp Ass
5. Prisoner of Want
6. Joint Compound
7. Dig Up His Grave! Pull Out His Tongue!
8. Dry
9. Insomnia
10. David More...

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Cadaver Mutilator Reveals "Murder Death Kill" Info

Cadaver Mutilator will be releasing the new "Murder Death Kill" album at the end of the month, which features artwork by Marco Hasmann. The track listing is as follows:

1. Swallowed By Morgellons
2. Insane Massacre Overture
3. Greed For Gore
4. Mouth Crasher
5. Wasted Octopus
6. Code Terror
7. Feed Them To Pigs
8. Autopsy Of Human Mind
9. Code Of Honour More...

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Trevor Strnad Discusses Tattoos In Video Interview

PitCam.tv has posted a new "Behind the Ink" episode with Trevor Strnad from The Black Dahlia Murder discussing his tattoos. Check out the clip below.

The Black Dahlia Murder's new album "Everblack" is due out June 7th (G/A/S), June 10th (EU) and June 11th (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

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Famous Last Words Posts New Lyric Video

Famous Last Words has released a new lyric video online for the track "To Play Hide And Seek With Jealousy," which can be viewed below.

The song comes off upcoming album "Two-Faced Charade," due out in stores April 30th, 2013. The album is available for pre-order here.

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BornBroken Streaming New Single

After 2 years in the making, Montreal's BornBroken will release debut CD "The Healing Powers of Hate" on June 4th, 2013.

The band has teamed up with SMN News to release the single "Control" online, which can be heard at this location. The full track listing for "The Healing Powers of Hate" is as follows:

1. Can't Quiet the Riot
2. Old News
3. Anger of the Day
4. I Will Rise
5. Control
6. It Has Begun
7. Birth of the Broken
8. Bleed the Sky
9. Reborn from the Ashes
10. The Healing Powers of Hate More...

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Gary Busey Amber Alert Splits With Drummer

Gary Busey Amber Alert has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Garrett Garvey:

"Hey everybody. Unfortunately Garrett has decided to leave the band. We already have Gabe (The Kennedy Veil) filling in for us and he is absolutely killing it.

"We're excited for what the future holds and are trying to keep as many shows as possible as Gabe is having to split his time between two bands. Check out his videos and come out to a show. See you all soon."

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Aliases Posts "Exasperated" Video

A new music video has been posted online from Aliases for the new single "Exasperated," which showcases the talents of new vocalist Joe Rosser. Joe is now hard at work in the studio with the band, recording vocals for Aliases' forthcoming debut album, set for release on Basick Records later this year.

Comments new vocalist Joe: "It's been great to bond with a group of musicians with the same sort of outlook on music as me. I think the moment we shared ideas we gelled together really well. Not only that but the fact that they are such great people to be around, we have become good friends. Working on the single has been so much fun. From laying down ideas to progressing it to a full length song, it more or less took its course and the rest of the bend felt what I added gave it a better twist than they anticipated. Recording the video was insane. Lack of sleep, lots of energy drinks and a huge office block with a DIY bedroom set.... It couldn't have been more surreal! Ben Herbert who directed it was so sound to work with and brought out the best in the ideas we had for the visual aspect of it all. I've admired the band for some time and never thought I could match the standard, but it seems this time I proved myself wrong and I am looking forward to a progressive future with Aliases. It's gonna be a blast!"

Catch Joe's first gig with Aliases in Manchester with label mates The Algorithm on April 27th. The band will also be appearing at UK Tech Fest in Peterborough 11-15th July. More...

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Holy Grail Releases New Music Video

Holy Grail has released an official music video for title track "Ride The Void," which was directed by Will Knapp and can be seen via Revovlermag.com or in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Archeus
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
7. Crosswinds
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow

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Evile Posts "Underworld" Lyric Video

Evile posted a new music video for the track "Underworld." The track will appear on the band's new LP "Skull," which is set to drop on May 27, 2013 (EU via Earache Records) and June 11, 2013 (North America via Century Media Records).

Check out the lyric video here:

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Therion European Tour With Arkona Announced

This December the new tour dubbed "Rock Opera Unveiled" will hit Europe with Swedish symphonic masters Therion, Russian folk metal band Arkona, Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm and gothic metal act The Devil. Dates are set to begin on December 6, 2013 in Krakow, Poland and end in Franfurt, Germany on the 22nd.

The dates are as follows (venues TBA):

Dec. 6th: Krakow, Poland
Dec. 7th: Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 8th: Wroclaw, Poland
Dec. 10th: Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 11th: Vienna, Austria
Dec. 12th: Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13th: Iena, Germany
Dec. 14th: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec. 15th: Lausanne, Switzerland
Dec. 17th: Romagnano, Italy
Dec. 18th: Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 19th: Paris, France
Dec. 20th: London, UK
Dec. 21st: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Dec. 22nd: Frankfurt, Germany More...

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Satan Posts New Album Online For Streaming

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Satan have posted their entire new album, "Life Sentence" online for streaming. Y

ou can check it out by heading over to the official website of Terrorizer magazine.

The album will hit shelves in Europe on April 29th, with a North American release date of May 21st to follow. This will be the band's first album under the Satan moniker since 1987's, "Suspended Sentence," and their first album since the group released the 1998 record "Unity" under the name Pariah.

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Within Temptation Names Support Act For Tour

Dutch symphonic act Within Temptation announced that the support act for the band's 2014 European tour in support of the yet untitled new release will be Dutch symphonic act Delain. The tour brings together the Westerholt brothers, Martijn of Delain and Robert of Within Temptation. Martiijn was an original member of Within Temptation, having played with the band on the first two releases "Enter" and "Mother Earth." He left the band due to illness shortly after the release of "Mother Earth" in 2000 and went on to form Delain in 2002.

Over the last couple of years, Robert had retired from touring with Within Temptation, though active on the studio release and composition front, so there is no indication yet as to whether the special occasion will reunite the brothers on stage.

Confirmed dates of the tour, along with a trailer, can be found over at this location.

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Sinner Posts Album Update

German act Sinner, featuring Primal Fear basisst Mat Sinner, posted an update on the band's follow up to the 2011 release "One Bullet Left." In a post on Facebook, Sinner updated the progress of the new release, hinting at big news on the horizon:

"Sinner recordings nearly done, 12 songs ready, two more vocal tracks to do & thx to Mr. Alexander Scholpp for convincing me to record a special track (I was not sure) and now it's the bomb!

"News from Sir Russell B Allen - he delivered the 11. vocal track this morning and he is working on the final song for our album - mix & mastering soon - yes :-) If this is not enough, I've received the best news this morning in a long time......big news coming up!" More...

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Iced Earth Reveals New Album Name & Tracks

Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer revealed that the next Iced Earth album is set to be released in October of this year and will be entitled "Plagues of Babylon." The album is still in the writing/demo process, but Schaffer said "we are very excited about how killer things are sounding..."

In a post on the band's Facebook Page, Schaffer made the revelation:

"I just wanted to write to you on behalf of myself, and the band, to say thank you for the amazing growth that has been taking place on the Official Iced Earth Facebook Page. We have reached 300,000 likes in a very short time and there appears to be no end in sight.
Since we have this special occasion, I thought I might share some exclusive news with you guys, right here, straight from the source:

"The new ICED EARTH studio album is expected to have an October 2013 release date. It will be titled “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” and we are very excited about how killer things are sounding this early in the writing/demo process. Below are some of the song titles that will appear on the album.

1.) Plagues of Babylon
2.) Democide
3.) Among The Living Dead
4.) The Resistance
5.) If I Could See You
6.) Peacemaker
7.) Cthulhu
8.) Parasite

"I expect this album will be something very special! Stay tuned to this page for breaking news about ICED EARTH’s mega-packed schedule and coming tour dates. You will hear it here first! Thanks again for your continued support of the band! We love you guys!" More...

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Now Or Never Posts Teaser Clips For Debut LP

International metal act Now Or Never, featuring ex-Pretty Maids members Ricky Marx (guitars) and Kenn Jackson (bass) and Nightmare vocalist Jo Amore, posted teaser clips from the upcoming debut release. The album title, full track list and release date is expected soon as the band begins the mastering process in May.

The two clips feature the tracks "Now Or Never" and "Brothers" and can be heard streaming here:

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