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Metal News for April 26, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Kadavar Streaming Tracks From Debut

German doom trio Kadavar is streaming four songs from its six song debut self-titled release. Below is an upload of "Black Sun," plus you can hear "Goddess of Dawn," "All Our Thoughts" and "Purple Sage" over on YouTube. Kadavar recently wound down its tour with Aqua Nebula Oscillator and will be supporting doom gods Pentagram on June 12th at Gebäude 9 in Köln. The band also released the "Creature of the Demon" 7" with the track "Living in Your Head" on the b-side.


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Vampires Everywhere! Splits With Bassist

Vampires Everywhere! has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's bassist:

"It is with great sadness that i have to announce Philip Kross's departure from Vampires Everywhere! Philip did an amazing job contributing to VE! the past year & we will never forget the sacrifices he made for the band.

"We respect Philip greatly & will keep him on all press & album related artwork he already completed with the band, including our upcoming release. Philip decided to pursue other musical related activities & we wish him the best of luck with whatever he decides to do.

"However, Philip will not be on the VE! lineup for the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Filling in on bass will be Adam Vex, he is known for his work in Suffer Well, Aesthetic Perfection, & Imperative Reaction. We are beyond excited to have Vex filling in & we are positive he will bring an amazing stage show to the Warped Tour this summer.

"We love all of our fans so much & we are excited to release Hellbound & Heartless June 19th 2012. Any questions about Philip's departure please feel free to leave your comments at Facebook."

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Demon Hunter Announces Summer Tour Plans

Demon Hunter is excited to announce upcoming summer tour plans just a few short weeks after the debut of new album, "True Defiance."

The band, set to storm Europe next week, will come stateside to headline select dates of the upcoming Scream The Prayer tour this June with support by Emery, Sleeping Giant, Mychildren MyBride, Close Your Eyes, Hundredth, The Great Commission, and more.

Demon Hunter will then follow that up with a victory lap – appropriately titled "The True Defiance Tour" – from July until August with support from Bleeding Through, Cancer Bats, The Plot In You, and Willows.

"True Defiance," the band's sixth album, smashed its way into the charts last week at #36 on the Billboard 200. The album also landed at #3 on the Billboard Hard Rock Chart, #14 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Chart. For more info on the album, check out our recent interview with Demon Hunter's Ryan Clark at this location. More...

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Bury Tomorrow Posts "Royal Blood" Video

British metalcore act Bury Tomorrow has released an official music video for “Royal Blood," taken from the band’s impending Nuclear Blast debut, "The Union Of Crowns." Check out the video below. The album is set to drop on July 17th in North America.

The previously released video for “Lionheart” can also be seen online at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Redeemer
2. The Maiden
3. Lionheart
4. Message to a King
5. An Honourable Reign
6. Knight Life
7. Royal Blood
8. Bitemarks
9. Abdication of Power
10. Kingdom
11. 1603
12. Sceptres
13. Vacant Throne
14. A Curse More...

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Lionheart Releases "Lifer" Music Video

Lambgoat.com and Mediaskare Records have teamed up to premiere Lionheart's Scott Hansen (Unearth, The Ghost Inside) directed music video for their song "Lifer."

You can watch the video here or in the player below. The track comes from Lionheart's upcoming new album "Undisputed," which hits stores on May 8th through Mediaskare Records.

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haarp To Support Down On Tour

New Orleans act haarp, purveyor of dynamically slow heavy metal from the south, is pleased to announce upcoming direct support tour dates with legendary New Orleans heavy metal band Down. The tour will take the bands around the southeast U.S. and kicks off on May 18th in Boussard, LA. See below for a full listing of dates.

haarp also won the Big Easy Music Awards this past Monday, April 23rd. The Big Easy Music Awards celebrate excellence in local music in the artistically enriched New Orleans area. haarp won the category for best hard rock/heavy metal act of 2011. Check out a full list of winners here. More...

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Repulsive Aggression Debuts New Song

Death thrashers Repulsive Aggression have debuted the title track from their upcoming album “Conflagration.” Recorded in March 2012 at the Strand Studio in Oslo, the ten-track album will feature a guest appearance by Sarkom and So Much For Nothing frontman Erik Unsgaard.

“Conflagration,” which will be the band’s first full-length album, is set for release on the German label Schwarzdorn Production later this year. The newly debuted track can be heard on the band’s Facebook page or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Formed in Oslo, Norway in 2008 by guitarist Saether (Svarttjern, Bloodspawn) and vocalist Holter (ex-Svarttjern), Repulsive Aggression’s lineup was later completed with the addition of drummer Nødset (Frail Grounds) and a three-track demo was recorded, leading to the band getting picked up by Schwarzdorn Production in 2011.

"Whilst playing death metal with a strong thrash influence, the extensive experience gained by its members in the Norwegian black metal scene can be felt throughout Repulsive Aggression’s music, giving the band a distinctive edge both in its sound and in its overall vision. More information about Repulsive Aggression can be found on the band’s MySpace page at this location." More...

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Black Veil Brides Entering The Studio

Black Veil Brides was interviewed on the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards earlier this month by Metal Injection. The band announced it would be entering the studio immediately after the award ceremony to record a new album.

The band members also discussed the honor of performing with Twister Sister's Dee Snider and joked about their lack of shirts. Watch the interview at this location or in the player below. More...

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Cerebral Bore To Headline Extreme Gorefest

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore will be heading to South America this summer to headline the Extreme Gorefest in Venezuela.

The open air festival takes place on June 16th, before the band heads to North America for the Summer Slaughter tour with Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore and more. Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:

"The Extreme Gorefest show in Venezuela will be our first experience of the South American underground scene, which is notoriously reputed as being one of the most dedicated and frankly mental in the world. Being asked to headline is also a great honour for us, and we fully intend to make a serious impact with this opportunity before returning at some point in the not-too-distant future for a full South American tour."

View the Extreme Gorefest flyer at this location. Cerebral Bore will also be performing at SWR Barroselas Metalfest in Portugal this coming Monday, April 30th. Don't miss the band live on tour at the following shows: More...

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Nile Reveals "At The Gate Of Sethu" Artwork

Ancient Egypt-themed death metal act, Nile, has revealed the cover artwork of its upcoming album, "At The Gate Of Sethu," produced by Seth Siro Anton (Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Septic Flesh).

Band mastermind, Karl Sanders, commented, “Seth Siro Anton has designed the cover. I have been a fan of Septic Flesh [for] a long time, and as Seth expressed interest, I knew that he would deliver a great job. I would say his work is easily the best we've ever had. He has captured the darker side of the sound of Nile and reflected the music and ideas, the heart and soul of Nile are forming. Seth is a very talented man and understands exactly who we are.”

“It is no secret that I admire the powerful stylistic lines of the magical symbols that still transmit the aura of ancient Egypt, preserving in time the ancient mysteries,” added Seth Siro Anton. “Also, I am fascinated from the final frozen moment of the flesh captured in an eternal sleeping stasis, at the completion of the mummification process. So, with a great pleasure I accepted the challenge, to visualize the new masterpiece of Nile ‘At The Gate Of Sethu.'”

"At The Gate Of Sethu," the follow-up to Nile’s "Those Whom the Gods Detest," is due out on July 3rd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Job For A Cowboy Issues Tour Recap

Death metallers Job For A Cowboy recently returned from the Metal Alliance Tour, performing alongside The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, Devildriver.

Commented bassist Nick Schendzielos of the trek: “So we just finished up with the Metal Alliance tour. We had an absolutely killer time gettin’ all loco with all our friends. We’re also super brammed everyone’s diggin’ the new tunes, which you’ll be hearing more of in Japan, Puerto Rico, and of course Summer Slaughter! Thanks to everyone for picking up the new record, and make sure to hit us up on our Facebook to tell us what songs from Demonocracy you want us to play. See you soon!”

The band will bring a new ruckus to Japan next month and wreak some havoc in June in San Juan, Puerto Rico before kicking off the Summer Slaughter Festival 2012. General Admission Tickets go on sale Friday April 27th.

Job For A Cowboy will be touring in support of brand new studio recording, "Demonocracy," released in North America on April 10th through Metal Blade Records. More...

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Human Releasing New Single

Human has checked in with the following announcement about celebrating 20 years of being together and releasing a new single:

"2012 is a very important year for Human, the four piece death metal act hailing from the earthquake riddled city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Not only does it mark the band's 20th year of creating psychotic metal in it’s home territory, but it also marks a true return to form... the lunatics are back and it’s about to get messy.

"Human has chosen to release a brand new single worldwide in May 2012. The track 'Teenage Bonesaw Massacre' showcases the band in perfect balance - heavy, fast paced, and also lyrically amusing at the same time (the song itself is written from the perspective of a hunting party in pursuit of a group of teenage campers in the woods) and it captures Human’s ‘death metal for the fun of it’ attitude perfectly.

"And while the group already boasts a 3-way vocal frontline, the idea of adding some guest vocalists to the song became too much of a good idea to resist. Enter the vocal talents of Ross Sewage (from Oakland, California gore masters Impaled) and Adde Mitroulis (from Sweden’s crazy grindcore merchants Birdflesh and General Surgery). Production credits go to Nik ‘Captain Catsquid’ Coulter, who has managed to capture HUMAN’s live insanity so well in the making of the single." More...

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Dying Fetus Reveals New Tour Dates, Album Teaser

Dying Fetus will be heading to Europe this summer for a headlining tour in support of the forthcoming release "Reign Supreme." The tour kicks off June 16th in Copenhagen, Denmark with an appearance at the Copenhell Festival.

After a quick return back to the states to finish up the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" with Six Feet Under and label mates Revocation, Dying Fetus will return to Europe on June 29th to perform at the With Full Force festival in Roitzschjora, Germany. The band will remain on tour in Europe for a string of headlining dates in Spain and festival appearances, capping off the tour in Gävle, Sweden at the Getaway Rock Fest on July 6th.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the band's control, Dying Fetus has been forced to cancel the previously announced upcoming Central American tour. The band released a statement regarding the cancellation: "We are sorry about the canceled shows. There were logistical issues that are out of our control. Hopefully Dying Fetus can make it to Central America soon."

Today the band has released a full album teaser for "Reign Supreme," which is set for a June 19th release via Relapse Records. Check out the album teaser below. More...

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Avgrunn Streaming Songs From Debut Album

Since forming in 2010 in Barcelona, Avgrunn has put out the three song demo "Vomit Your Soul" and has finally released its debut album "Conceived Genetically Perverse." One of the tracks, "Torment's Hammer," is streaming over on YouTube, and three others are streaming at ReverbNation. The three songs consist of the title track, "Fatal Fetus Metamorphosis" and "Pyrophilia" and can be streamed below in the player. Avgrunn stands for "abyss" in Swedish and the new album was put out on the Czech label Nice to Eat You Records and distributed by Sevared.

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Wild Hunt Streaming New Track

With the band's debut album, "Before the Plane of Angles," out May 1st on Kemado Records, Wild Hunt has now revealed another new song, "Panorama," via an exclusive stream today on Ad Hoc.

Stream Wild Hunt's "Panorama" track at this location, or check out the previously posted "Window to the Nether" through Invisible Oranges.

"Before the Plane of Angles" was recorded and mixed by Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul) and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra). The track listing is as follows:

1. Eidetic Parallax
2. Panorama
3. Window to the Nether
4. Unravel the Veil of Separation
5. Plane of Angles

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Huntress Premieres New Music Video

California occult traditional metal band Huntress premiered its new music video for "Spell Eater" on Metal Sucks over at this location. The song is the title track of the band's debut LP, which is due out on April 27th in Europe and May 8th in the U.S. via Naplam Records.

Check out Metal Underground's review for "Spell Eater" over at this location.

The track listing for "Spell Eater" is as follows:

1. Spell Eater (3:57)
2. Senecide (4:00)
3. Sleep and Death (4:27)
4. Snow Witch (5:02)
5. Eight of Swords (5:42)
6. Aradia (4:08)
7. Night Rape (3:17)
8. Children (3:11)
9. Terror (4:45)
10. The Tower (4:31)

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Seize The Apparatus Streaming Debut Album

U.S. act Seize the Apparatus recently released the band's debut full-length album "X, The Roman Numeral For Ten." You can now stream the entire release online through Bandcamp or in the player below.

1. Seize The Apparatus - Anointed
2. Designed To Fail
3. JTR
4. Descending Darkness
5. Stand Your Ground
6. A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
7. Solitary Existence
8. Burning Bridges
9. Relinquish My Soul
10. Enlighten More...

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Contradiction Recording New Album

The German thrashers from Contradiction are currently in the studio to record a new album and follow-up to "The Essence of Anger."

Joachim Kopka (Morgoth, Despair, Grave, Autopsy, Headhunter and Pestilence) will do the mixing and mastering job. He previously produced the Contradiction albums “The Warchitect“ (2006) and “The Voice Of Hatred“ (2005).

The follow-up to “The Essence Of Anger“ is currently scheduled for release late this summer through Limited Access Records.

You can get a few impressions from the studio diary by heading over to the official Contradiction Facebook profile.

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DaiTribe Posts New Track By Track Breakdown

DaiTribe recently released new album "Epochalypse A.D." through True Gemini records. Today the band has posted the second in a series of videos where going through the album track by track.

This installment, available below, covers the next four songs on the album: "Sanctuary", "I Hate Me", "Crime Legacy", and "No Hopes." You can also find the previously posted track by track breakdown clip at this location. More...

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Miseration Reveals New Album Details

Lifeforce Records has issued the following announcement about releasing the new album "Tragedy Has Spoken" from Miseration:

"Theory tells that tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in listening. Miseration’s newest album 'Tragedy Has Spoken' follows this path musically and lyrically.

"The theme of the third album of these Scandinavians can be described as sum of the major tragedies of mankind’s history. Lyrics for 'Tragedy Has Spoken' have been written by Pär Johansson (Satariel, Torchbearer, The Few Against Many) and band’s lead singer Christian Älvestam (also in Solution.45, Torchbearer, ex-Scar Symmetry), and address the diversity of tragedies. Some of which have taken the guise of accidents or natural disasters, while others were carried out with human hands and intent. Behind all this there is to find an imaginary architect, a fictive entity – something powerful, aware, far above the manmade concepts of good or evil: the nature of tragedy itself.

"Musically Miseration expand their view on forward-thinking, vicious Death Metal by integrating new instruments to the mix. There still is to find what caused the quality and sustainability of 'Your Demons, Their Angels' (2008) and 'The Mirroring Shadow' (2009), but in 2012 there is more than technical, intricate death metal with a good dose of melody. 'Tragedy Has Spoken' was recorded using 8-string guitars, which gives the wall of distortion a certain distinctive flair. More...

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West Of Hell Posts New Song Online

Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell is releasing a second new track for preview streaming, "Demon Sent," with Stereokiller.com today. You can listen to the track now on the band’s Stereokiller profile. "Demon Sent" is the third track on the band’s upcoming full-length, "Spiral Empire," set to hit stores on May 8th, 2012. The following press release was also 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 kicks off a tour of Canada today, and will continue on the road through May 25th. See below for all currently confirmed dates. More...

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Scream The Prayer 2012 Tour Dates Announced

Ain't No Grave Records is proud to announce that two of the label's recording artists will be appearing on this year's "Scream The Prayer" Tour. Sleeping Giant and The Great Commission will join Demon Hunter (on select dates), Emery, MyChildren MyBride, Close Your Eyes, Hundredth, Gideon, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, and Your Memorial. A list of dates are below, and more will be announced shortly.

06/22/12 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
06/23/12 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
06/24/12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
06/26/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
06/27/12 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
06/28/12 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
06/30/12 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
07/01/12 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's

The Great Commission recently put out a music video for "When It Rains It Pours" off the band's debut album, "Heavy Worship." The music video can be seen here, and additional tour dates for The Great Comission can be seen below. More...

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This Is Hell Embarking On North American Tour

Long Island's This Is Hell will continue its run of relentless touring this June/July with another round of North American headlining tour-dates, “Great American Thrash,” beginning June 15th in Whitehall, Pa. and wrapping up in Ottawa, Ontario, Can. on July 22nd. The Greenery (Prosthetic Records), Xerxes (No Sleep Records), Waster (Gold Stock Records) and Hollow Earth (Panic Records) will accompany the hard working, veteran four-piece on select dates.

“North American touring in the summer is always difficult due to everyone and their mothers’ band wanting to go out during summer break and hit the festivals,” said guitarist, Rick Jimenez. “So we put together a super diverse package of bands we really like, joining at different times throughout the tour, to keep it fresh.”

This Is Hell just wrapped up a five-week tour last weekend with a performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. The band is touring in support of its fourth studio album, "Black Mass" (reviewed here), which released in October on Rise Records. You can also check out the music video for the song “Demons” via YouTube. More...

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Firewind Announces More U.K. Tour Dates

In addition the band's previously announced European tour dates, Firewind has now added on additional U.K. and Irish tour dates with Leaves' Eyes. The newly added dates are as follows:

13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Spring And Airbrake
18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall
20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) - White Rabbit
21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) - Talking Heads
22.09.2012 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
23.09.2012 Margate (UK) - West Coast Bar

Firewind is also set to release "Few Against Many" on May 21st (Europe), May 22nd (N. America), and May 23rd (Japan). A teaser trailer can be viewed at this location.

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Volturyon Parts Ways With Drummer

Sweden's Volturyon has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"We’re both sad and excited to announce that as of April 23rd, after 7 years in the band, Christian Netzell will no longer be the drummer of Volturyon. This is a mutual decision and we’re parting on good terms. We wish him the best of luck with In Mourning and all other future endeavours.

"We will immediately begin our search for a new drummer. Initially we will concentrate our search within Sweden, but we’re also willing to expand our search to abroad if necessary.

"Our primary goals for the future are to record our third full length album this year and to head out on tour next year. This may or may not change a bit, depending on how long it will take to find someone to fill Christian’s shoes. However, whatever happens we will never stop delivering kick ass death metal."

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Brutal Truth Announces European Shows

Brutal Truth has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates this coming June. The currently announced dates are as follows:

Jun. 15 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell
Jun. 16 Brugges, Belgium JH Comma
Jun. 17 Clisson, France Hellfest 2012
Jun. 18 Poitiers, France Le Confort Moderne
Jun. 19 Colmar, France Le Grillen
Jun. 20 Bolzano, Italy Rock’n’Roll Club
Jun. 21 Luzern, Switzerland Konzerthaus Schuur
Jun. 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Fest

You can also check out Brutal Truth's music video for "Malice/Fuck Cancer" at this location. More...

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At Vance Posts New Music Video

German power metal band At Vance posted a new music video for the title track of the band's new LP "Facing Your Enemy." The album is due to drop on April 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Ride the Sky."

The band is also streaming the new track "Savior," which can be heard at this location.

The track listing for "Facing Your Enemy" is as follows:

1. Heaven is Calling
2. Facing Your Enemy
3. Eyes of a Stranger
4. Fear No Evil
5. Live & Learn
6. Don't Dream
7. See Me Crying
8. Saviour
9. Tokyo
10. March of the Dwarf
11. Fame and Fortune
12. Things I Never Needed More...

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Orange Goblin To Play Full Moon Dog Fest

Orange Goblin is very proud to announce the band's involvement in this year's Full Moon Dog Festival, which takes place at The Cockpit, Leeds on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. Orange Goblin commented:

"The festival honours the late, great Jay-Jay Winter, who was vocalist and bassist for Yorkshire's finest 'strong lager and whiskey-fuelled' rockers Asomvel before he was involved in an unfortunate fatal accident in October 2010.

"The whole day will be a tribute to Jay-Jay and as well as Orange Goblin there will be almighty sets by the likes of Solstice, Asomvel, Dark Forest, Stuka Squadron, Stiletto Farm, Mercenary & Eliminator and there is still more, including a headliner, to be announced.

"All this metal for just £15 in advance or £20 on the door. Tickets are available now from the official festival website."

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Dawn Of Disease Streaming New Song

German death metal band Dawn Of Disease is streaming the new track "Alone With The Dead" online just prior to releasing he band's sophomore release "Crypts of the Unrotten" (seen below). The album is scheduled to drop tomorrow, April 27, 2012, through NoiseArt Records.

The track listing for "Crypts Of The Unrotten" is as follows:

1. Descent Into Another World (Intro)
2. Alone With The Dead
3. Knife vs Flesh
4. The Unrotten
5. Skinless And Impaled
6. Enter The Gates
7. Calcined Bones
8. Catacombs
9. Final Resurrection
10. Devouring Obscurity
11. But Death Goes On
12. Soulless Shape (Bonus Track)

Check out "Alone With The Dead" here: More...

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Pentagram Announces New Tour Dates

Pentagram has announced a string of upcoming European tour dates in June, along with an appearance at the Hammer of Doom festival later this year. The currently announced dates are as follows:

08/06/12 - SE - Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
10/06/12 - GR - Athens - AN Club
12/06/12 - DE - Köln - Gebäude 9
14/06/12 - ES - Azkena - Azkena Open Air
15/06/12 - IT - Cesena - Go Down Festival Big Barre
17/06/12 - FR - Clisson - Hellfest
10/11/12 - DE - Würzburg - Hammer Of Doom Festival More...

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Forceps Inks Deal With Ossuary

Ossuary Industries has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Brazilian death metal act Forceps:

"Ossuary Industries is proud to announce the signing of Forceps to our roster. New album coming in fall. Welcome them to the Famdamily, like their page, and spread the word. Welcome to the family Brothers."

The band also added, "It's a huge honor for us to be part of Ossuary Industries family! Thanks alot Brian for having us in this sick label." More...

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1349 Gives Fans A Taste Of Aural Hellfire

1349 has posted a live video online of the band performing "When I Was Flesh" to give fans a taste of the mayhem to come on upcoming tour dates. Check out the clip below, and the band commented:

"This is a taste of Aural Hellfire to prepare our audiences for our upcoming shows at Hulen and Folken. Our good friend S A Destroyer has put together a visual manifest of his experience at our Rockefeller show in Oslo on September 10th 2011. It is a sneak peak into the fierce inferno of Aural Hellfire that 1349 is known to produce on stage."

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Enslaved Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Legendary Norwegian progressive black/viking metal band Enslaved have inked a worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 2008 release "Vertebrae" and 2010 release "Axioma Ethica Odini" were previously released in North America via the label, while in Europe the releases came via Indie Recordings. The band is expected to have a new release this fall.

Enslaved commented on the signing:

We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums; and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us – it is simply a matter of one contract ending, and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time the best choice for Enslaved is changing things up somewhat. We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the Enslaved name in the years to come. There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do, form perfect common ground for Enslaved and Nuclear Blast. We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership, watch out for the approaching wave of news about that. For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!

Gerardo Martínez of Nuclear Blast USA, commented:

Enslaved is one of the most amazing bands to ever come from Norway. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on their last two albums in North America, and from this day forth worldwide. Looking forward their new masterpiece to be unleashed to the masses later in the year!

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Textures Posts Guitar Play Through Video

Dutch progressive death metal band Textures posted guitar play through video footage featuring Bart Hennephof performing the song "Singularity." The song appears on the band's latest effort "Dualism," which was issued last September through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out "Singularity" here:

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Book Of Reflections Posts New Album Trailer

Swedish neo-classical metal band Book of Reflections, featuring guitar virtuoso Lars Eric Mattsson (Condition Red) and vocalist Andy Engberg (Sorcerer/Ex-Lion's Share), posted a preview clip for the band's third LP "Relentless Fighter." The album is set for release on May 23, 2012 through Lion Music. The album is the first since the 2006 release "Chapter II: Unfold The Future."

The track listing for "Relentless Fighter" is as follows:

1. Until the Day
2. Dance With the Devil
3. Angel Shed a Tear
4. Bleeding Dry
5. Rise Up !
6. Crashing Through
7. Somewhere Else to Be
8. Gates to Oblivion
9. Keep Us Afloat
10. Without My Angel

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More Bands Announced For Barge To Hell

With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.

At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.

Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.

Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:

70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos

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Sexcrement To Release New Album, Posts Video

Massachusetts' miscreants of monolithic death groove Sexcrement are pleased (and aroused) to unleash their second helping of debauchery, "Sloppy Seconds" on May 29th worldwide via Comatose Music.

Mixed by Eliot Bayless (Revocation) and mastered at New Alliance East (Converge, Trap Them), the album serves up a "full frontal assault of brutally colossal yet rockin' heaviness marinted in all things perverse & taboo," according to a press release. The statement goes on to say, "With their sophomore release, these depraved bottom feeders - vocalist Adam Mason, bassist Blue Spinazola, drummer Devon Hunt and guitarist Evan Duplessis - have crafted their finest display of disgusting devastation to date."

To add to the excitement, the band alongside underground filmmaker Victor Bonacore/Chainsaw Kiss Productions are proud to debut the video for the first single "Trucker Bombed." Starring legendary horror scream queen Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Silent Night Deadly Night etc) the video is a urine soaked journey into the darker side of addiction complete with Ms. Quigley's signature mix of camp and downright fright to seal the deal. Check out the video below. More...

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