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Metal News for April 3, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.


Corrosion Of Conformity On St. Patrick's Day

You could spot someone that was going to the Corrosion of Conformity show a mile away in the French Quarter as they walked, sometimes stumbled, around in the hot afternoon sun of St. Patrick’s Day; black, worn band shirt, a few drinks under the belt, and a happy smile. Even in their stupor, they hovered around One Eyed Jacks just waiting for those doors to open so they could finally see their friends. Although many people coming go to numerous concerts a month, a good bit came just to see COC, the band that they used to go see in the small, dank clubs of New Orleans when they were much younger. It was a reunion for them. More...

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Delain Streaming New Song

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain is streaming the new single "Get the Devil Out Of Me," which will be released on April 13, 2012 (Benelux/Germany) and April 15, 2012 (UK). The song appears on the band's new LP "We Are the Others" which will be released on June 1, 2012 (Benelux/Germany) and June 4, 2012 (UK/FRA) through CNR Entertainment and Roadrunner Records. No North American date has yet been announced.

"We Are the Others" will also be available as a limited edition digipack, with four extra tracks. The standard track listing is as follows:

1. Mother Machine
2. Electricity
3. We Are The Others
4. Milk and Honey
5. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
6. I Want You
7. Where Is The Blood (feat. Burton C. Bell)
8. Generation Me
9. Babylon
10. Are You Done With Me
11. Get The Devil Out Of Me
12. Not Enough

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Horse Latitudes Streaming Two Songs

Finnish ambient doom band Horse Latitudes is streaming two songs from its six-song sophomore release, "Awakening," over on Bandcamp. The two tracks streaming, "Dissolution" and "Profane Awakening" can also be listened to in the player below. Horse Latitudes has the 2010 album "Gathering" to its credit and recently put out a split EP with Hooded Menace on Doomention Records. The band also has a few shows lined up, which are featured below.

5/5/2012 - Profane Awakening with The Moon Mistress - The Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia
5/10/2012 - with Jex Thoth - Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, Finland
7/14/2012 - Dirty Black Summer with Demonic Death Judge, Lurk - Lucky Monkeys, Lappeenranta, Finland

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Blooming Latigo Streaming Recent Album

Sevilla, Spain ambient noise rock band Blooming Latigo is streaming its entire eight song album "Esfinteres y Faquires" over at Bandcamp. Blooming Latigo started out in 2007 as a trio, but eventually became a quartet when Borja came in on drums and the original bassist Fran was replaced by Jose. Already with one EP to its credit, Blooming Latigo entered the studios late last year to record this first full-length at La Mina de Raúl Pérez studios. It was released earlier this year on Féretro Records (CD) and the Italian label Trips und Traume (on vinyl). Stream all eight songs from "Esfinteres y Faquires" below in the player.

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Livin Garden's Original Guitarist Rejoins The Band

Brazilian metal band Livin Garden has recently announced that original guitarist Daniel Doria has rejoined the band. Daniel was one of the founding members back in 2006, leaving the band during the recordings of its first album "Where I Can Breathe" in mid 2007. Livin Garden made this brief announcement:

"We are happy to announce that Daniel Doria is back! The original guitar player is back where he belongs: Livin Garden! We are happy to say that now he's back to kick some asses and rock it all out with the new album and live performances once again!"

Currently Living Garden is writing its second album (no release date yet). Its debut album "Where I Can Breathe" was released in 2009 via Digmetalworld in the U.S. In 2011, the band toured the States performing with national and local acts, recording video footage of its interaction with American fans in the two part documentary "Rockin' the U.S.A. Tour."


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Warriors Of Metal Fest Goers To Receive Free Comp

The Warriors of Metal Fest V has announced that all the fans who will attend the festival this year on June 29th and 30th at Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio will receive a special 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation album which is in pressing right now. Additionally, thanks to the efforts of the WOM Fest European Street Team, 2000 of the Keep It True XV Festival attendees this year will also receive this compilation for free.

This 158 minute metal monster was funded by all 36 participating bands from five different continents, mixed by the WOM Fest promoter Datis Alaee and mastered by Thord Klarstrom at the 7th Gate Studio in Arvika, Sweden. The layout and arrangement of the accompanying 16 page full color booklet was done by the WOM Fest organizer Lea Alaee. All the artwork for this official Fest release was done by Dragonfyre Studios' Wayne Smith and Frank Parr in Defiance, Ohio - who also designed the soon to be revealed Fest poster and Fest T-shirt designs.

The 17 tracks on Disc 1 contain bands from USA, Australia (Taberah), Greece (Power Crue), Sweden (Gallows End) and Brazil (Machinage) and includes exclusive pre-release tracks from: Power Crue (Lighten The Underground from Greece), Gallows End (Independent from Sweden) and American bands; Mystic-Force (Siegen Records), Power Theory and Fiakra (Pure Steel Records).

The 19 tracks on Disc 2 contain bands from USA, Brazil (Woslom) and Jordan (Dragonrider); and includes exclusive pre-release tracks from Seax and Iron Will from Massachusetts, Lady Beast from Pennsylvania, The Last Alliance from New York and Banshee from Kansas. For the full track listing, please see the back panel of the album below. For all event related information visit the Warriors Of Metal Fest's website here. More...

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Throne Of Malediction Streaming New Song

Montana metal act Throne of Malediction has posted a new track online for streaming. Check out the song "Not Meant For Me," which features a guest spot by bassist Kevin George of Martriden, either in the player below or through the Throne of Malediction Reverbnation page here. You can also check out the band's previously posted track "Syncretism VI" at this location. More...

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Pit Stories: A Romantic Entanglement

Each week we track down musicians from every genre of metal to get their most memorable mosh pit stories. For this week's look at the pit, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö of Kreator and progressive death metal act Barren Earth shares the following story of a (brief) "romantic" entanglement:

Through the years I´ve seen lots of odd things in the pit. Usually unintentional. But it was only very recently during a Kreator show in Oslo I spotted an extremely intoxicated young couple having sex against the crowd barrier. Most of their clothes were on but the poor girl got seriously rammed to the straight-forward rhythm of the song "Pleasure to Kill." This was merely the shortened version of the song but nevertheless the guy finished before the tune was over. I had serious difficulties beginning the next song because I had to laugh so much. It was a Saturday night in Norway and everyone in the audience was so drunk that hardly anyone even noticed the happy and "romantic" incident in the pit. I bet it happens all the time.

In related band news, Kreator will be releasing the new album "Phantom Antichrist" on June 1st, 2012 (Europe) and June 5th, 2012 (North America), while Barren Earth recently dropped sophomore full-length "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here).

Metalunderground.com recently had the pleasure of premiering three songs online from the new Barren Earth album, and the band also dropped a music video for "The Rains Begin," which can be viewed here.

Check back in again next Tuesday to find more pit stories from metal fans and band members.

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Sabaton Posts Tour Trailer, Streams New Track

Sabaton, who recently announced the mutual split of four band members and announcing the new lineup has posted up the tour trailer for the "Swedish Empire" tour for both North American and European dates. While no support act was announced for the North American tour, the European leg will have support from Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie and Hungarian power metal band Wisdom.

All confirmed dates are contained in the following video, which doubles as the stream of the first single and Swedish version of the title track from the forthcoming "Carolus Rex" LP (due out this May):

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Portrait Working On New Album

Sweden's Portrait has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and working on a new album:

"Some time has passed since we lastly issued a news update here on the internet. There have been speculations regarding the current state of the line-up, not least the vocalist position. About this we can say, don't believe everything you see.

"As you might have noticed, a handful of European festivals are confirmed for this spring and summer, among them Keep It True, Rock Hard, Headbangers Open Air and Metal Inferno in Germany, Hammer Open Air in Finland and Pounding Metal in Madrid. Looking forward to see you all on these events.

"Meanwhile, off stage, and as far away as possible from everything of this world, the creation of the follow-up to 2011's acclaimed 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' opus is blossoming. The title of the third Portrait album will be 'CROSSROADS.'"

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Nightrage Recruits Session Guitarist

Nightrage has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Christopher Jon as a session guitarist for the band's upcoming live shows:

"Christopher Jon from White Wizzard and Forty Winters will help us on the upcoming Greek and Demon Hunter tour filling in as a session guitarist, due to Olof scheduling conflicts, we are happy to have such a cool guitarist and cool guy on our shows playing with us."

Christopher added, "I'm stoked beyond words to be playing guitar with my close friends in Nightrage on these upcoming dates. Became good friends with the dudes on the Frets Of Fury tour back in October.

"I've been following the band since its inception back in the early 2000's. I'm honored to be able to contribute to a band that's been home to melodic death metal greats like Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates, Gus G from Ozzy Osbourne, and Marios Iliopoulos as well."

A teaser trailer for the upcoming Greek tour dates can be found at this location.

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Inmate Posts "Without Warning" Video

Slovenia's Inmate has released a video for "Without Warning," which can be viewed below. The band commented on the clip:

"Here is Inmate's first video 'Without Warning' from our upcoming debut album titled 'Free at Last.' Video is directed by Mitja Legat and featuring Marko Duplisak from Lastdayhere who is represented as special guest on vocals on upcoming album. Check it out, you won't regret it!"

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The Kandidate Releases New Video Clip

The Kandidate has posted a video clip online for the song "Let the Maggots Have It," which is taken from the band's "Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death" album (reviewed here). Check out the video below, and the band commented:

"Hi all. Check out the brand new video for Let the Maggots Have It from our recent long player Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death below.

"We are pretty fucking pleased with the result and we'd like to thank Rasmus Sejersen for his effort and brilliant work. Check out his other shit here."

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Cradle Of Filth Issues Album Update

Cradle Of Filth's front man Dani Filth has issued the following update on his blog about working on a new full-length album and the upcoming release of the "Midnight in the Labyrinth" orchestral album:

"Dear voracious night-gaunts,

"Salutations from the void as we prepare for the sweltering morbidity of Summer and the rigorous studio session that awaits the band as we prepare to begin recording our new, as yet untitled, tenth studio album (though there are numerous titles floating about the ether, most of them ludicrous, some a little more befitting…).

"April 21st is the day that our much-anticipated 'Midnight In The Labyrinth' orchestral album is to be released, on what is to be known as 'Record Store Day' (which is slightly ironic I know, seeing as no-one buys records these days, let alone ventures, God forbid, into a real life music store!) and it is sure not to disappoint. Unless of course you're NOT expecting a colossal slab of orchestral music in the vein of the great horror movie composers set to an appetite-whetting smorgasbord of Cradle's earlier classics.

"The album itself has turned out really well, with the mix by 'Dusk.. And Her Embrace's' Kit Woolven bringing a swathe of luxuriousness to the proceedings. Plus we managed to entice Sarah Jezebel Deva back to add her definitive touch to the female narrative and lead vocal parts (partly in exchange for me singing on a track on her new EP, and partly in exchange for thirteen pence in old money and half a mouldy Snickers bar). More...

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Demon Hunter Seeking Fan Video Submissions

Demon Hunter has announced a new Create Your Own Video contest in anticipation of the band's sixth album, "True Defiance," available in stores and online April 10th on Solid State Records.

The contest invites fans to create their own video for the band's single "My Destiny." Entries will be judged by the band members themselves and one winner will win a Demon Hunter artist series guitar. Submissions must be in by May 4th. Hear Demon Hunter's Ryan Clark explain the contest here.

It was also just announced that Demon Hunter was named the Best Christian Hardcore Band in the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, easily winning with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Results of the About.com Best Christian Hardcore Band Award can be found at this location.

To ring in the new release, Ryan Clark and guitarist Patrick Judge will be perform an acoustic set and signing at the Best Buy in Beaverton, OR on April 14th, before the whole band storms Europe a few weeks later (dates below). More...

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Locrian Signs With Relapse Records

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of experimental, dark ambient / noise trio Locrian. Locrian formed in late 2005 and consists of André Foisy (Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Arp Avatar, Electronics), Terence Hannum (Vocals, Synthesizers, Piano, Organ, Mellotron and Tapes) and Steven Hess (Drums, Electronics).

The group, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career, including a recent split with label-mates Horseback.

Locrian plans to enter the studio later this year for the band's full-length Relapse debut. Furthermore, this summer Relapse will reissue the group’s most recent vinyl only release "The Clearing" as a 2CD/Digital deluxe album with a bonus disc re-titled as "The Clearing/The Final Epoch." More details on the reissue and the new album will be available shortly.

André Foisy commented on the new collaboration with Relapse: "It's really an honor to be working with one of the labels that we grew up with and a label that's put out such a wide variety of material that we love. We plan to record our full-length album for Relapse later this year with Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago."

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Inverloch Premieres New Song Online

Melbourne, Australia’s doom-dwellers Inverloch (featuring 2/4 of diSEMBOWELMENT) have premiered a new track from their upcoming debut mini-LP "Dusk…Subside." The song, entitled “Shadows of the Flame” is available for streaming via Pitchfork.com here.

"Dusk…Subside" will be released as a digi-pack CD, deluxe etched vinyl, and digital download on April 10th in North America and April 16th in Europe via Relapse Records. An additional song from the album can be heard now at this location.

Additionally, the band has announced a series of special European shows and a pair of rare festival performances this Spring, performing for a limited time under the name d.USK. The group will be presenting diSEMBOWELMENT's funeral doom opus, "Transcendence into the Peripheral" live in it's entirety at Roadburn in the Netherlands and then playing five headlining dates throughout Europe, offering a different, albeit equally devastating set at these shows. The band will then appear at the legendary Hellfest in France this June. A full list of dates is available below. More...

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16 Streaming New Song Online

Los Angeles, CA misanthropic sludge-rockers -16- have revealed a brand new song from their new album "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds." The song, entitled “Ants In My Blood Stream” is streaming via Pitchfork at this location.

"Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds," the group’s most pissed-off, vitriolic recording to date, was recorded in late 2011 at Double Time Studios in San Diego, CA with producer / engineer Jeff Forrest. The record will be released on CD/LP/Digital in North America on April 24th 2012 and May 7th in Europe, with pre-orders available now here.

Additionally, -16- will be shooting a music video with director Tyson Montrucchio next month for the song "Her Little 'Accident'". That song can currently be streamed here while more details on the video will be announced shortly.

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Fates Warning Albums To See Vinyl Re-Issues

Metal Blade is set to release the Fates Warning classics "Night On Bröcken" and "The Spectre Within" on gatefold vinyl. They will be strictly limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies each and in time for the one and only European live performance of Arch/Matheos in 2012 at the infamous Keep It True festival.

Both these early works of Fates Warning - featuring original singer John Arch - will be released on gatefold vinyl with the original cover art and the remastered versions of the album tracks.

"Night On Bröcken" will be available on 180g black vinyl and green colored vinyl while "The Spectre Within" will be available on 180g black vinyl and blue colored vinyl. Both albums will be available from Metal Blade Europe April 27th/30th.

For more details on Fates Warning and the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to this location.

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Saint Vitus Posts "Let Them Fall" Video

The forthcoming Saint Vitus album, entitled "Lillie: F-65," has been scheduled for an April 27th release (May 22nd in North America). Pre-orders for the album are available at this location.

The band has now teamed up with Revolver Mag to premiere a new music video online for "Let Them Fall," which can be found here or viewed in the player below.

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Odium Reveals New Album Details

Canadian metal band Odium has released the track "Insomnia" for free download for a limited time. The song is the first single taken from the band's upcoming sophomore album "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere." The album will be released on Tuesday April 24, 2012 on Year of the Sun Records.

Check out the song here or in the player below. After the success of the debut album “At The Bottom,” the band reunited with producer Greg Dawson (The End, Moneen, Choke) to record "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere."

"I think that when people listen to this album, they're going to get a sense that this is a band that really is committed to doing whatever it can to get their music out there," commented label owner C. Benner. "They're passionate about playing music and connecting with their audience. There's just something about the way that Odium's songs sit with you. With 'Burning the Bridges to Nowhere,' they've really captured and defined their sound and that's really exciting for their fans. This is an epic record."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Burning The Bridges To Nowhere
2. Within The Distraction
3. Blue Channel
4. Viral By Nature
5. Insomnia*
6. The Ghost Upstairs
7. Claw My Eyes Out
8. Identity Of The Doomed
9. No Way Out
10. The Descent More...

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Decibel Magazine Show Changes Venues

The inaugural Decibel Magazine tour kicks off in a mere eight days in Columbus, OH. It wasn't too late, however, for the venue owners to prohibit the bands from appearing at The Brewmaster's Gate. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are being forbidden from playing at the venue because of religious conflicts with the venue owners. These bands are no strangers to this type of treatment, and a new venue has already been confirmed. The Columbus, OH show will now be at Al Rosa. Tickets for this show are still available and can be purchased here.

Behemoth's front man, Nergal, comments further: "Wow, big motherfuckin' WOW! We are facing a legendary moment: Amerika, the land of the free, is banning Behemoth coz of religious beliefs. The madness starts in Ohio, but of korz we are playing anyway. Nothing can stop us now. God, please save me from this freedom…"

Beginning on April 11th and laying waste through a gargantuan 26-date run, the Decibel Magazine Tour (presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment) not only offers four diverse European artists hand-picked by the magazine, but doubles as Behemoth's first U.S. tour since vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski's well-documented battle with—and triumph over—leukemia. Dates are as follows: More...

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Better Left Unsaid To Record New Album

The well-oiled modern metal machine that is Modesto, CA's Better Left Unsaid is in motion and preparing to record and release a new, self-titled album. Better Left Unsaid is entering Sharkbite Studios (Machine Head, Roadrunner United, Exodus) this Spring with engineer/producer Ryan Massey at the dials. The band's third album is set for release on July 31st, 2012 and will be followed by extensive touring.

"I think we've found our sound on this album," comments BLU guitarist Greg Fender. "The process this time around has been very smooth and natural, with everything sort of falling into place with very little effort. We poured a lot of the frustration from past growing pains and long touring into the new material and the result has been something darker, more raw, and most importantly more for ourselves than anyone else."

This album comes on the heels of 2010's "Only The Dead To Witness" (Static Age Records). A video for the song "To The Last Man" was also produced, and can be viewed here. New tracks, studio updates, and tour announcements can be expected from the band in the coming months. For more information, fans can visit the band's website.

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Metal Injection Posts "On The Record" Video

Metal Injection has now presented the first episode in a new series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This edition is the first of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal." Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest topics of the metal scene in the last decade. This premiere edition focuses on reunions, mainly focusing on the At The Gates and Carcass reunions.

Watch the episode here or in the player below.

Over the next four weeks, every Tuesday, Metal Injection will premiere another new episode focusing on the following topics:

- The subgenrefication of heavy metal
- How the internet has affected heavy metal in the last 10 years
- Women's ever-expanding role in metal
- The future of heavy metal More...

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The Atlas Moth Posts "Your Calm Waters" Video

The Atlas Moth has teamed up with Scion A/V and MetalInsider to release a video for the track "Your Calm Waters" which is available for viewing here or in the player below. The clip was produced by Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions.

The Atlas Moth is also excited to announce its participation in this year's annual Record Store Day (April 21st). The band will be on-hand at Reckless Records in Chicago to perform live as well as to unveil a limited edition cassette release of two EPs ("Pray For Tides" and "One Amongst The Weed Fields"). These packages, issued by 5nakefork Records, come with green cassettes and are limited to 100 copies.

Frontman Stavros Giannopoulos comments, "I grew up in record stores, whether it was spending weekends scouring bins of vinyl when I was a kid or working in them throughout my teens, I think they're a really special way to shop for music that isn't going to be understood in 10, 20 years without things like RSD. We were asked by my favorite store in Chicago and we jumped at the opportunity. To make it a little more special, we are releasing the our first and out of print EP 'Pray for Tides' on cassette. On the B side will be the first physical release of our cover EP 'One Amongst The Weed Fields'." More...

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Scale The Summit Announces Headlining Tour

Scale the Summit has issued the following announcement about an upcoming headlining tour:

“Been a lot going on in the Scale The Summit camp since we got home from our first headlining tour in February! First I’m very excited announce our new 'Adventure Metal Across America Tour!' Its our second headlining tour this year for 'The Collective,' hitting a lot of the cities we missed on the first one. For those of you who came out the first one one, we’ll be mixing up our entire 80 minute set with different songs! Really excited to be bringing out Today I Caught The Plague, great progressive band from Toronto, currently out on the road with our buddies in Protest The Hero and Periphery!

5/26/12 Howell, MI @ Bledfest
5/27/12 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
5/28/12 Columbus, OH @ Skullys Music Diner
5/29/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
5/30/12 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
5/31/12 Charleston, SC @ Jimbos
6/1/12 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
6/2/12 Little Rock, AR @ Dowtown Music
6/3/12 Dallas, TX @ Tomcats
6/4/12 Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
6/5/12 Flagstaff, AZ @ Cinnabar
6/6/12 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
6/7/12 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
6/8/12 Camarillo, CA @ Rock City
6/9/12 San Jose, CA @ Refuge
6/10/12 South Lake Tahoe, CA @ American Legion
6/11/12 Ogden, UT @ Mojo’s
6/12/12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
6/13/12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/14/12 St Louis, MO @ Foxhole
6/15/12 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/16/12 St Paul, MN @ Station 4 More...

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Comeback Kid Announces European Shows

Comeback Kid will be touring in Europe this June, 2012 for a week long run with No Turning Back and Marathonmann on select dates.

Comeback Kid is currently on tour headlining the Symptoms + Cures tour with support from Foundation, Such Gold, and Living With Lions. Check out the remaining dates here. The band will be killing it at Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ on May 20th before heading to Europe, and in Belgium Comeback Kid will be playing the Graspop Metal Meeting. The European tour dates are as follows:

6/22 –Wiesbaden (D) Schlacthof
6/23 –Dessel (B) Graspop Fest ***
06/24 –Lyon (D) Ninkasi Kao
6/25 –Pinarella (I) Rockplanet
6/26 –Munchen (D) Feierwerk
6/27 –Lindau (D) Vauderville
6/28 –Tilbert (NL) 013
6/29 –London (UK) Borderline
6/30 –Leeds (UK) Ghost Fest ***
7/01 –Roitzschjorda (D) With Full Force ***
***Comeback Kid Headlining

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Iubaris Streaming New Songs Online

The five track follow-up to the 2011 Iubaris "Ars Sathanae" EP is available for online streaming online via YouTube. You can listen to the first song from the album below, or find the rest of the tracks at this location.

The new EP's track listing is as follows:

1. The Winnowing
2. Swamp Fall Burial
3. Day Of December
4. Terra Incognita
5. Ars Sathanae II

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Fatality Posts "Monstrous" Video

Toronto thrash metal titans Fatality not only boast a new line-up, but are also currently wrapping up work on some new material. In this exclusive world premiere of the newest music video for the song "Monstrous," PureGrainAudio.com is pleased to present you with a preview of the metal madness to come.

The audio and video were recorded, edited and mixed by Fatality themselves at the band's jam space, lovingly dubbed: The Laboratory. You can check out the video clip at this location or in the player below. More...

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Upon A Burning Body Kicking Off Tour Dates

Upon a Burning Body is kicking off a North American tour today, with full dates available below. The following press release was issued about the trek:

"Prepare yourself for a brutal, unrelenting array of unabashed aggression and sheer ferocity that will beat you to oblivion. This is what UPON A BURNING BODY delivers each and every time. The San Antonio based group kick off their headlining North American tour (The Sumerianos Season 2) with labelmates I The Breather today in Albuquerque with the French metallic powerhouse Betraying The Martyrs joining the run on 4/5. Either see below or visit here now to view all tour dates.

"The much anticipated, new UPON A BURNING BODY full-length album, RED.WHITE.GREEN., is set for a Tuesday, April 10 release and you can view their striking new video for 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico' (directed by Scott Hansen), now at this location.

"UABB caught the metal scene by storm with their debut offering, The World Is Ours, that was chocked full of crushing Pantera-esque grooves, dynamic riffing and captivating hooks. Their live performance is simply unmatched, which quickly had their name being spread by the masses throughout the scene. The new disc was tracked with renowned producer Will Putney (For Today) at The Machine Shop in NJ and shows the band coming into their own unique sound. Expect some new tunes in the live set and prepare for sheer, utter violence." More...

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Blacklodge Announces New Album Title

French industrial black metallers Blacklodge have named their upcoming fourth album "MachinatioN."

Band leader Saint Vincent issued the following statement: "In the year 2012 of Apocalyptic fears, the band brings a new revelation and a new light over the TridenT of SataN that is threatening humanity through one key world: MachinatioN!"

Sub-titled "4th Level Initiation: Chamber of Control," "MachinatioN" has been slated for a June 21st release (July 17th in North America) this year. More...

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Bethlehem Announces Co-Headlining Tour

German dark metallers Bethlehem are set to co-headline a European tour with Secrets of the Moon this Autumn. Joining them on the road as support is Romania’s Dordeduh. Routing for the 10 day tour, which will take place in September and October. is as follows:

Thu 27 – K17, Berlin, Germany
Fri 28 – Willemeen, Arnheim, Netherlands
Sat 29 – Exzellenzhaus , Trier, Germany
Sun 30 – JH Comma, Bruges, Belgium

Mon 01 – Camden Underworld, London, UK
Tue 02 – Kulttempel , Oberhausen, Germany
Wed 03 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Thu 04 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Fri 05 – Bozkov, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia
Sat 06 – Alte Kaserne, Zürich, Switzerland

The following press release was also issued about the band: More...

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Nasum Posts Tour Teaser

You can see Nasum on tour this Spring and Summer in Europe and the U.S. with label-mates Brutal Truth on select dates (U.S. only). For a full list of dates head to the band's official site at this location. You can check out a teaser trailer for the reunion tour below.

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King Giant Working On New Album

Due to an injury to one of the band members, Virginia doom rockers King Giant have been unable to tour in support of their sophomore LP "Dismal Hollow" this year.

While regretfully the band cannot take the new album's anthems to the highways of America at the present time, in lieu of touring, King Giant has opted to begin constructing new material for an upcoming third full-length release. Talks have also started between the band and Kevin Barker, who produced and directed several of the group's previous videos, to begin work on another upcoming visual narrative based on an anthem from "Dismal Hollow." Further details will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.

King Giant's thunderous Dismal Hollow can still be streamed in its entirety via The Obelisk.

Released in January -- a split release between King Giant’s band-operated imprint Graveyard Hill Records and The Path Less Traveled Records -- "Dismal Hollow" was recorded at Inner Ear Studio (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Avail, Jawbox, Dave Grohl). "Dismal Hollow" flows with nearly fifty minutes of King Giant's homage-laden southern doom metal portrayed at its finest yet. The album is out now on digipak CD, deluxe digital download and 180-gram gatefold LP available in swamp green with bone swirl, and bone with gold haze color schemes.

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Leaves Eyes' Confirms Appearance At Wacken

Symphonic/gothic act Leaves' Eyes has confirmed that the band will play Wacken 2012 in August. The band posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

We are proud to announce that LEAVES' EYES will be playing WACKEN OPEN AIR 2012!

The amazing Viking Battleship is setting sail to go ashore directly on the stage at this year's edition of Wacken Open Air.

Expect an epic show with a breathtaking stage decoration and quite a few surprises!!

LEAVES' EYES will be the main act at the Party Stage on friday the third of August!

Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the upcoming perfoemance:

I can't wait to play in Wacken again, our Viking ship heading northwards to make a fantastic show for you! Wacken has always been and will always be an amazing, unforgettable experience to me; the loud, crazy audience from all over the planet, the first-class Wacken crew, and all those memories that goes under you skin. Thank you, Wacken, for having us!

Vocalist Alex Krull also commented:

We are proud to be back with our Viking ship at Wacken and play for our friends and fans at the biggest Metal Open Air worldwide! There has always been a special connection between our bands and our friends at Wacken! See you under the Northern flag, my friends!

A trailer for the appearance can be seen here: More...

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Omnium Gatherum Parts Ways With Bassist

Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum announced that the band has parted ways with bassist Toni Mäki, who played with the band over the past three years, including on the band's latest LP "New World Shadows" (2011). The announcement on the band's Facebook reads:

OG have decided to go separate ways with our bass player of the last three years, Toni Mäki. The decision was made already some time ago after our latest European tour 'Neckbreakers Ball' and it wasn't an easy one.

Some of you might have noticed that the old OG Redshifter bass master Eerik Purdon has been already playing a few gigs with us during the past months. Eerik is filling the now vacant low-frequency spot and is helping us out on the upcoming gigs, rehearsals and recordings - thanks dude!

The real thing is that the bass player spot is now vacant. So, if you have what it takes, feel free to contact us (ogatherum@gmail.com) and manifest that you're the best man for the OG low-frequency department and the meanest dude for the meanest machine! …And we'll see where it goes.

Btw. the new album stuff is almost composed and ready, so soon it's studiotime again!

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Ashes You Leave Streaming New Song

Croatian gothic doom band Ashes You Leave is streaming the new song "Summers End: (heard below). The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Cure For Happiness," and is the debut for new vocalist Giada Etro and drummer Saša Vukosav. No release date has been announced for the album as the band is shopping for label interest.

Check out "Summers End" here:

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Gama Bomb Parts Ways With Guitarist

Irish thrash metal outfit Gama Bomb has announced that they have parted company with guitar player Luke Graham after ten years with the band. A statement from Graham reads as follows:

"After ten years with Gama Bomb I've decided to call it a day. Many thanks to my best mates in the band for all the good times and mad shit we got up to round the world. Who would’ve thought ‘Project I Love NUCLEAR ASSAULT’ would have taken us so far? Raised pints and positive gestures to all the great folk I've gotten to work with, the good friends I've made and of course I have to thank the fans for making it all possible, mad bastards every last one. Up the hoods."

A band update reads: "Our good pal John Roche, who has helped us out as a live guitarist over the last year, is going to step in as the band's new rhythm man. We're sure you'll help us welcome him, and to pay tribute to the brilliantness of Luke as a member of the band. This has been a very tough decision for the whole band, but we're now ready to begin making our fourth album with John on board, Luke's blessings and the same formula for thrash we've always had."

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Sadistik Forest Posts "Fabric Of Lies" Video

Finnish death metallers Sadistik Forest have released a new music video online for the track "Fabric of Lies." Watch the video clip below, which is taken from the band's new album "Death, Doom, Radiation," available now through Violent Journey Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Radiation Cloud
2. Fabrics of Lies
3. Code for Liberation
4. Down Pours the Rain of Blood
5. Pit of Debris
6. Entrapment
7. It’s Raining Napalm
8. Lacking Capacity
9. Violent Confrontation

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This City Ignites Streaming New Track

Australian act This City Ignites has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming debut album "Streets Of Rage," due out April 27, 2012. Give the track "Among The Lowest" a listen in the YouTube player available below. You can also check out the previously posted track "Demolisher" at this location.

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Ax-Mayhem Festival Teaser Posted Online

Arch Enemy, which split with guitarist Christopher Amott last month, will headline the upcoming Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st, 2012.

Also on the Ax-Mayhem bill are Chthonic, Each Of The Days, Crash, and Method. For more information and tickets head to this location. A teaser trailer for the festival has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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The Safety Fire Posts U.K. Tour Diary

The Safety Fire has posted a tour video diary online from the band's March U.K. tour, which can be viewed below. The Safety Fire will also be touring Europe with Between the Buried and Me in October, with full details available at this location. For more info on The Safety Fire, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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