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Metal News for April 30, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Trippy Wicked Streaming Third Album

U.K. hippie metal band Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children of the Knight is streaming its new nine-song release "Going Home" over on Bandcamp. You can also stream its other two albums, "Movin On" and "The Bleak" while over there. Below the player, we also have for you Trippy Wicked's latest video for the track "Up the Stakes," which is the second song on "Going Home." Trippy Wicked also has posted a series of concert dates it will play this summer:


Unicorn, Camden- London: 8th June
Windmill, Brixton- London: 30th June
Moon Club- Cardiff: 7th July
Scream Lounge- Croydon: 21st July


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Noothgrush Announces Tour Dates With Aldebaran

Oakland sludge band Noothgrush will be touring Europe this May with Portland funeral doom group Aldebaran. Their first two dates will be in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of the Heavy Days In Doomtown festival. The tour will continue through Germany and into the Czech Republic for a show with fellow Americans Jucifer. Aldebaran is touring in support of its new CD on Profound Lore and Noothgrush is gearing up for its first ever Baltimore apprearance as part of the Saturday show for this year’s Maryland Deathfest X, in support of Archgoat, Winter, Anvil and Morbid Angel. Check out the dates below, as well as an upload of the track "Gage" from Noothgrush's album "Failing Early, Failing Often."


Saturday 5th May: Copenhagen (DK) @ Ungdomshuset/Heavy Days In Doomtown Fest
Sunday 6th May: Copenhagen (DK) @ Loppen/Heavy Days In Doomtown Fest
Monday 7th May: Hamburg (D) @ Hafenklang
Tuesday 8th May: Rotterdam @ Worm
Wednesday 9th May: Nürnberg @ Kunstverin Z-bau
Thursday 10th May: Prague @ Final Club w/Juicifer (us)
Friday 11th May: Berlin @ Köpi, AGH
Saturday 12th May: Leipzig @ Liwi

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Moonloop Streaming Two Tracks

GunShyAssassin has teamed up with Listenable Records to premier a new track from "Deeply From The Earth," the forthcoming full-length album from Barcelona progressive death metal act Moonloop. Entitled "Deceiving Time," the seven-minute song exemplifies the band's uniquely expansionist brand of progressive death metal. To listen to it, visit this location. Moonloop also has a video upload streaming of the track "Strombus," which you can listen to below. Moonloop explains the meaning of the song as being about climate change and how our planet fights against human unconciousness. Moonloop's "Deeply From The Earth" will be available for North American consumption in late June on Listenable Records.


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Overkill Drummer Performs With Meatshank

Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki performed with guitarist/vocalist Vinnie Camarillo and bassist Murry of Kansas City thrashers Meatshank and members of local acts Vanlade and Hellevate for a rendition of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" at the Riot Room in Kansas City on April 26th. The performance came during an after-party gig following Overkill's appearance at Killfest 2012 in Kansas City's Beaumont Club with God Forbid, Diamond Plate, Suidakra and local openers Marasmus. Lipnicki was in the audience watching the jam session and when "Seek and Destroy" began he was heard to shout "Oh, I know that song!" then jumped onto the stage and took the reins from Meatshank drummer Shane Cook. It was an unforgettable moment that will forever live in the memories of those involved. Meatshank's "Scavengers" album is streaming in its entirety at StereoKiller.


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Overtorture Recording Debut Album

Apostasy Records has just announced the signing of Overtorture from Sweden. Overtorture was formed in 2011 by Magnus Martinsson, Joel Fornbrant, Fredrik Widigs and Jonas Torndal (known from bands like Grave, Coldworker and Witchery) with the mission to deliver new, fresh, groovy and pure crushing death metal. The band is currently recording its debut album and has issued the following statement: "We're very happy to be a part of Apostasy Records roster, and very excited to be working together with Tomasz Wisniewski and his team for the release of our debut album! At the moment we're busy recording and it's going great! It will be a kick ass album for sure!" Check out a track from Overtorture's 2011 demo, a song titled "Slaves to the Atom," below.

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ArmyOfOneTV Posts Krisiun Interview

Krisiun's Alex Camargo talked to ArmyOfOneTV after its show at Bogie's in Albany, New York this past April 26th. In this interview Alex discusses the musical aspects of Krisiun's latest album "The Great Execution" and some stories about touring with Malevolent Creation in Europe. Krisiun is currently on Sepultura's North American Kairos Tour.

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Bilocate Reveals "Summoning The Bygones" Art

Jordanian dark oriental metallers Bilocate have revealed the cover artwork for "Summoning the Bygones," their forthcoming new album. The artwork was designed by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art in the United Kingdom, who is working with Listenable Records and Peaceville Records.

The album's official release date worldwide is on the 11th of June 2012 via Code666 records (Aural Music). Video footage from the studio diary can be seen at this location. The tracks "Hypia" and the near 20-minute track "A Desire To Leave" features metal icon Dan Swano as a guest vocalist.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Tragedy Within (8:45)
2. Beyond Inner Sleep (5:59)
3. A Deadly Path (9:52)
4. Passage (5:01)
5. Dead Emotion (Paradise Lost cover) (5:25)
6. Hypia (Feat. Dan Swano) (9:34)
7. 2nd War In Heaven (8:22)
8. A Desire to Leave (Feat. Dan Swano) (19:51)
i. Obscurity
ii. Surrounding Hell
iii …Of Leaving More...

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Bosse-De-Nage To Release New Album

Bay Area enigmas Bosse-De-Nage have completed work on their new album “iii,” the follow-up to last year’s “ii.” Profound Lore Records commented on the band:

"With live appearances pretty much rare and the band’s refusal to partake in any kind of promotional activity whatsoever, all coupled with the band’s bizarre mix of avant-outsider black metal, Slint-inspired indie-rock, and classic-era 'screamo,' have made Bosse-De-Nage one of the more intriguing, unique, uncompromising, and ultimately psychotic and murderous-sounding bands out of the Bay Area."

To officially be released on June 26th, the track listing for “iii” goes as follows:

1. The Arborist
2. Desuetude
3. Perceive There A Silence
4. Cells
5. The God Ennui
6. An Ideal Ledge

You can also hear the opening track "The Arborist" in the player below. More...

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Orloff Signs With Razorback Recordings

The Louisiana horror fiends in Orloff have now officially join demonic forces with Razorback Recordings. The following press release was issued about the deal:

"Razorback is thrilled to announce the signing of Orloff! Hailing from the swampy state of Louisiana, these horror creatures play some of the most original, heavy, and haunting Death Metal we have ever heard!

"Utilizing creepy organ sounds, evil and thundering riffs, and an unrelenting vocal assault that sounds like Satan and his army of demons choking the life right out of you! The band has a 3 song demo, titled 'Swamp of the Ravens' (which we will be stocking physical copies of very soon) available on their bandcamp page. The band's debut album will be released sometime later this Fall." More...

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Marduk And Vader Announce New Tour Dates

Kataklysm, Marduk, Vader, Gods Tower, and Dark End will be embarking on the "Flaming Arts Anniversary" tour this coming May. The currently announced shows are as follows:

11.05 – Irkutsk “Megapolis”
13.05 – Krasnojarsk “DK Kraza”
14.05 – Novosibirsk “Rock City”
16.05 – Ekaterinburg “Tele Club”
17.05 – Magnitogorsk “Universal”
18.05 – Ufa “Agava”
20.05 – Moscow “KKZ Moscow”
21.05 – Voronezh “Tarantul”
22.05 – Minsk “Re:Public More...

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Morgoth To Release Live DVD

German death metal act Morgoth will release the band's first ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live," this coming, June 2012. "Cursed To Live" marks the band's live documentation of the currently ongoing 20th anniversary celebration of the "Cursed" album (released via Century Media Records in 1991).

"Cursed To Live" will be released digitally in North America on June 26th, and the limited DVD+2CD will be available exclusively at CM Distro. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining the Way Of Darkness Festival 2011, where Morgoth performed an extensive set of 15 songs.

The cover artwork for "Cursed To Live" (which intentionally alludes to the original "Cursed" artwork) was designed by artist Dirk Rudolph, who also created the original artwork for "Cursed" 21 years ago. The audio of the live recordings was mixed by legendary death metal producer Dan Swanö.

In regards to this upcoming release, Morgoth comments: "By the end of June we will be finally releasing our career's first-ever official live DVD / live album 'Cursed to Live'. Get ready for the full power of Morgoth during the 2011/2012 'Cursed' reunion! The package's main show is a 70 min. live recording of the 'Way Of Darkness' festival show that we played on October 7th, 2011 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Next to this main feature, we also added plenty of extra bonus-material for the DVD format (like the early, original promo clips and more recent live footage) and its companion bonus disc (composed of live songs from Rock Hard Festival and Wacken Open Air, both in 2011)...Watch out!" More...

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Soul Cycle Streaming Entire New Album

Soul Cycle released the band's new album "II" last week, and now the full release is available for streaming online via Bandcamp or in the player available below. The "II" album's track listing is as follows:

1. Instar / Soul: Reborn
2. Against The Iron
3. Reject Humanity
4. Ethereal
5. Trancendence
6. Unphased
7. Cast Down
8. One Fleeting Moment
9. Distant Skies
10. Evolutia
11. Break The Cycle More...

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Kill Devil Hill Streaming New Song

Kill Devil Hill, the new project featuring drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio), bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg will be released on May 22nd in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.

Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of another new track from Kill Devil Hill's self-titled debut. Get a first listen to the song "Voodoo Doll" at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"It's not easy to say what catches the listener's attention first on Kill Devil Hill, the debut album by the newly formed band of the same name: the strong guitar hooks, the killer grooves, the dynamic production or the potent vocal melodies. Rex Brown, bassist of this super group and erstwhile member of Pantera and Down sees Kill Devil Hill in its entirety as an extremely exciting new band 'To me, this band is a musical adventure trip,' he reckons. Brown knows what he's talking about, after all he was involved in some of the most important rock and metal recordings of the past 30 years. So if Brown can hardly contain his enthusiasm, there must be something special to the Kill Devil Hill phenomenon." More...

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Whitechapel Announces New Album Details

"Whitechapel," the band's self-titled fourth album, is slated for a June 19th release date via Metal Blade Records. Today Whitechapel has unveiled the album artwork, track listing, and released the first single from the album. The track listing is as follows:

1. Make it Bleed
2. Hate Creation
3. (Cult)uralist
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
6. Faces
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
9. Devoid
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence

The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), who also handled production duties alongside the band. The album artwork was created by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers Group with art direction provided by Whitechapel. The first single from "Whitechapel," entitled "Hate Creation" is available for streaming online at this location. More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Comments On New Bassist

Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder has issued the following announcement about the band's bassist situation:

"Well kids, enough with all the secrets… it's about time we in The Black Dahlia Murder clue you fans in and tell all about our recent hush hush bassist situation… I'm sure some of you who have seen us on tour in the last months have grown curious as to who this mystery man bass extraordinaire could be and have wondered what long time bassist Ryan 'Bart' Williams could be up to. After months of tip-toeing around it, we've decided to break the silence and let you guys know the truth.

"After six long, grueling years of relentless back-to-back touring, Ryan Williams has decided to step down from his full time position in The Black Dahlia Murder to pursue a career in recording (please stop and check out his new gig here). Although the remaining members are indeed saddened by his decision, the good news is that Ryan will still be involved in the band in many ways, from continued contributions of songwriting (Ryan wrote those sick Robocop riffs in 'Malenchantments Of The Necrosphere,' amongst several others, mind you) to overseeing and co-producing future BDM recordings. As you will clearly see by the statements of all parties involved, the change is completely amicable, and the love and brotherhood we've shared with Ryan over the years remains untarnished. We wish him the absolute best of luck with Augmented Audio and all of his future endeavors.

"Max Lavelle was literally the first idea of a replacement for Ryan, we had toured alongside him when he was playing with Despised Icon a few different times and had the chance to become pretty good friends with the guy as well as be allowed the chance to see him perform live many times. Max is a diehard metal head, a great bassist, a monstrous live presence and a welcome shot of energy into the bloodstream of this band. His enthusiasm for forwarding the whole is inspiring and exactly what we need at this point in time." More...

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Fates Warning Album To Be Re-Issued As 3 Disc Set

Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about re-issuing "Inside Out" by Fates Warning as a three disc set:

"Fates Warning: a classic name not only on the Metal Blade roster but within the metal scene in general. In the course of our ongoing re-release series, the band's classic Inside Out is another must have item. Fates Warning always been one of the most influential bands within the metal scene. Being one of the founders of the progressive metal movement they have influenced the likes of Queensryche or Dream Theater among many others.

"This re-release comes as a double CD plus bonus-DVD. It contains the classic original album as well as live tracks from a German show Fates Warning played in Dusseldorf in 1995 and unreleased demo takes. The bonus-DVD contains an assortment of live clips, from 1993-1995. The full track listing is below. A sample clip from the DVD, Monument, as well as one of the re-mastered tracks, Pale Fire, can be viewed now over at this location." More...

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Mayhem Festival Cruise Details Revealed

From the creators of the country’s largest touring heavy music festival experience and presented in conjunction with Hal Roseman of Rose Tours comes the first annual Mayhem Festival Cruise, taking place aboard the Carnival Imagination.

The maiden voyage sets sail on Friday, December 7th, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travels to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 3rd at 12pm EST with payment plans available. Get them before they’re “lost at sea” by heading over to this location.

Hosted by Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal, fans will experience a blistering 90-minute set from each one of these killer heavy metal bands: Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow - as well as additional showcase sets from Century Media, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records and Sumerian Records artists including Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot) will also perform full DJ sets each night. More...

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Six Feet Under Posts Lyric Video

Today Bloody Disgusting is hosting the latest “18 Days” lyric video from death metal merchants, Six Feet Under. The apocalyptic hymn comes off the band’s forthcoming new studio effort, "Undead," set for North American release on May 22nd, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. Check out the video at this location.

Notorious for his themes of murder, death, and the supernatural, on "Undead" vocalist and lyrical mastermind Chris Barnes revisits topics that will be familiar to fans of the band, though as always he brings something new to the table. Notes Barnes: “The hypocrisies of daily life, things that affect us that spawn aggression, loneliness, sadness, there’s a lot of emotions going on across the record, and I guess that the dark horror that humans cause is my niche.”

However, while Barnes has a very clear vision for his craft, he is always excited by the interpretations of his songs by those who listen to them, feeding on the emotional investment they put in. “I love it when people tell me what they’ve got from the music and the lyrics. It’s like being an artist, you put the painting up on the wall – you know what it is, but sometimes it’s a little abstract and someone sees something else in it, and that’s the biggest compliment to me. That I’m able to get inside someone’s head and they actually give thought to something presented to them is inspiring to me too, and something I always want to be able to do with this band.” More...

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Balyios Parts Ways With Bassist

South African folk metal act Balyios has issued the following announcement about splitting with bassist Louis Kruger:

"Guys we have some somber news to share. We have decided to part ways with our bassist Louis. Due to personal reasons he wont be able to further continue the battle with the rest of the brothers, but he will continue the fight on his own for now. Have no fear Homeward is still going forward full steam."

Louis himself also commented, "Personally I would like to thank the lot of you, fans, brother bands with whom we shared a stage and all the others who i have forgotten, t'was epic!"

The band's upcoming album "Homeward" is expected to be released sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Nokturnel Premieres New Track "Shadows Alive"

Nokturnel premieres new track "Shadows Alive" on Thursday May 3, 2012 via Metalunderground.com. Nokturnel founder and mastermind Tom Stevens wrote all the lyrics and music, including vocals, guitar, bass and lyrics. Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Daath) played drums. "Shadows Alive" was recorded at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin with Stuart Laurence. The group has recorded at Laurence's studio since the original "Nothing But Hatred" line up disbanded. More...

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Soulfly Video Interview Available

Roadrunner Records has posted a new video interview online with Soulfly's Max Cavalera about the history of the band, which can be viewed below. Roadrunner also commented on the clip:

"Soulfly was in New York City on Friday night, and naturally we caught up with frontman Max Cavalera! We had a very long and in-depth conversation, and what ended up coming out of it was the full history of the band from Max's perspective.

"In this clip, part one of four, he discusses the self-titled album and Primitive, what is was like to work with Slayer band's Tom Araya, kidnapping Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, and much more!" More...

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Nexus Inferis Releases "The New Strain" Video

Nexus Inferis has posted a new music video online for "The New Strain," which is taken from the band's latest album "A Vision of the Final Earth," released January 27th, 2012 via NoiseArt Records. The video clip is available below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Perspective
2. Tremor
3. The New Strain
4. A Vision of the final Earth
5. Beyond Evolution Rubicon
6. Destroyed Aperture
7. Resonate the spark under his eye to the flames in outer space
8. Crown of Planets
9. Cerebrum
10. Through my conscious one last time More...

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The Paramedic Signs With Bullet Tooth

Bullet Tooth has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Ohio metalcore band The Paramedic:

"Intensity, emotion and raw power are three ways to describe Dayton, OH’s The Paramedic. But to pigeon hole the band with just three words would simply be an injustice to this group. Formed in late 2010 by friends Jake Nolan (Guitar), Travis Adkins (Bass), Tony Hovater (Drums), Sean Salasny (Guitar) and Mike Luciano (Lead Vocals); The Paramedic is poised to spearhead the next generation of dynamic metalcore bands, thanks in part to Luciano’s diverse R&B background. The band delivers a unique mix blending the insanity of Asking Alexandria, the electro-sensibilities of Attack Attack, and the soulfulness of Jonny Craig.

"Living the dream is a philosophy that Mike Luciano and the guys thrive to live out on a daily basis and will have nothing stand in their way. Against his parents’ wishes, Luciano dropped out of college to pursue his dream of making it in the world of music. This intense internal struggle has made Luciano’s lyrics a personal one-of-a-kind statement that range from raising awareness towards rape to standing up for what you believe in. Judging by the nearly 300,000 views of their cover of Lil’ Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” on YouTube and their 40,000 fans on Facebook, all of the hard work and life altering decisions have been worth it.

"In early 2012, the bands’ dream finally came together when New Jersey based record label, Bullet Tooth, signed The Paramedic to a deal. Joining other acts such as Affiance and Serianna, the band is sure to reach new audiences that they only ever dreamed about." More...

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Interview

Opeth’s Martin Axenrot Weighs in on “Heritage”

Opeth has tamed its savage beast on its latest album “Heritage.” The placidity of said album has rubbed off on the band’s live performance, which is currently on display throughout America on their “Heritage Hunter” tour. Although subdued for the moment, Axenrot believes this ferocity will be released once again. However, he is fine with the prospect of never again playing death metal with the Opeth camp.

Opeth’s progressive brand of metal keeps Axenrot from becoming bored. Even without growls and drilling kick drums, Opeth still conveys a massive amount of heaviness and darkness. Although he’s content with playing in a band bereft of these characteristics, Axenrot still LOVES to play death metal. Having played in many of Sweden’s most renowned extreme metal acts since 1995, he has literally made a career out of producing fast and barbaric drum beats.

Before the modern masters of progressive metal took the stage in San Antonio,Texas, Metalunderground.com boarded Opeth’s bus for an interview with the band’s rhythmic backbone. We discussed Opeth’s current direction, where they are headed and how the fans perceive Opeth in the year 2012. We also dove deep into Axenrot’s time before Opeth and his inception into the band. Read on further to learn more about one of Sweden’s most prolific metal drummers. More...

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DeathDestruction Posts Swedish Tour Footage

Swedish act DeathDestruction has posted a new video diary online from the band's time on a club tour in Sweden alongside In Flames. Check out the first two entries in the series of new video road reports below.

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Despite Exile Shoots Music Video, Reveals EP Info

Italian metallers Despite Exile have set the release date for their upcoming "Re-Evolve" EP for May 15th. The band has just finished a new video for their song “Mechanical," which will be released soon.

In the mean time, you can check out the song "Oscillate" in the player below, and the EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Oscillate
2. Perfection Neutralized
3. Mechanical More...

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Aborym Finishes Writing New Album

Italian act Aborym, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has checked in with the following update about working on a new album and follow-up to 2010's "Psychogrotesque" (reviewed here):

"The writing process of our new record is officially done. The music on the new album will be more weird, electro-industrial and psycho than anything we've done before. Eye-poppin'shit at its top.

"Some work to do today, then move on to second phase... main guitars arrangements, fx, thousand of details. Its going to be a killer record fuckers!"

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. You can also follow the band's updates and listen to music for streaming over at Facebook.

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HeXen Streaming New Track "Defcon Rising"

Los Angeles based progressive thrash act HeXen is streaming the new track "Defcon Rising." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP "Being And Nothingness," which is set for release on May 14, 2012 through Pulverized Records.

The track listing for "Being And Nothingness" is as follows:

1. Macrocosm
2. Grave New World
3. Defcon Rising
4. Private Hell
5. Walk As Many, Stand As One
6. Stream Of Unconsciousness
7. Indefinite Archetype
8. The Nescient
9. Nocturne

Check out "Defcon Rising" here:

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Pay No Respect Offering Single As Free Download

U.K. hardcore group Pay No Respect recently released a music video for the "This World Is Ours" single, which you can still check out at this location.

The track has now been posted online for streaming and as a free download. Snag the single in the player below or by heading over to the Pay No Respect Bandcamp page.

Pay No Respect is also scheduled to appear at this year's edition of the Ghostfest, which takes place on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st. Full details are available here. More...

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Halo Of Gunfire Posts Studio Update

Halo of Gunfire has posted a studio video update online for the band's upcoming album, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:

"Hey guys here is a nice little video focusing on what we've been up to for the last 2 years. We have gone through several lineup changes in the process so song writing has been delayed. Here are just some clips of us in the studio, and also various samples of all the songs that are going to be on the album. Album art and name coming soon!! Stay tuned."

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The Forsaken Streams New Track "Beyond Redemption"

Swedish melodic death metal band The Forsaken are streaming the title track from the band's fourth LP "Beyond Redemption." The album is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Beyond Redemption" is as follows:

1. Beyond Redemption
2. Only Hell Remains
3. Foul Messianic Grace
4. No Dawn Awaits
5. There Is No God
6. As We Burn
7. As We Have Sown
8. The Light Divine
9. Force Fed Repentance
10. Blessed With Wrath

Check out "Beyond Redemption" here: More...

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Headline News

Mortal Sin To Disband Again

Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that they will be breaking up for the fourth time in their history, following their most recent reformation in 2004. A statement from guitarist Ryan Huthnance reads as follows:

"It's time the rumours were laid to rest. Yes, Mortal Sin is finished. Due to changing personal circumstances, as well as priorities, Luke and Nathan have both decided that their time with the band is at an end. This decision was not made lightly, and was not a result of the actions and words made by other parties who would lead you to believe it was.

"The truth is, without passion, conviction, and love for the music you play, being in a band means nothing. While Andy, Dave and myself could easily continue and find new band members, without the core songwriting unit from the last two albums, it wouldn't be Mortal Sin. We're extremely proud of our last album 'Psychology Of Death', and we've completed the longest and most intense tour of the band's career - the Thrashfest Classics tour. These two milestones are a fitting way to close the 25 year journey that was Mortal Sin.

"On behalf of Mortal Sin, I'd like to thank you - the fans - for staying loyal to a band that's had more ups and downs than any other in Australia. Without you, this journey would have ended long ago. For those who'd like to follow the future musical exploits of this final lineup, Dave's band NEKROFEIST are about to release their new album, my band THE SEER just released a new single, and Luke will continue playing with his cover bands. We sincerely apologise to those who hoped to see us on the road in the shows we had booked."

If you'd like to know more about the band, you can read our Sunday Old School column about Mortal Sin here. More...

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Teramaze Posts New Music Video For "Anhedonia"

Australian progressive metal band Teramaze posted a new music video for the song "Anhedonia," the title track of the band's fourth LP, which was released on April 27, 2012 via Nightmare Records.

The track listing for "Anhedonia" is as follows:

1. Anhedonia
2. Without Red Hands
3. Through the Madness
4. Machine
5. Acts of Reparation
6. Fear of the Unknown
7. Black Circles
8. Proverb Le Jame
9. Where the Dead Grow
10. Egostatic
11. Ever Enhancing II (Bonus Track)

Check out "Anhedonia" here: More...

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Soul Sacrifice Posts New Music Video

Turkish death metal band Soul Sacrifice released a new music video for the track "Comatose" (seen below). The track appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort entitled "Carpe Mortem," which is due out for release through Massacre Records on June 29, 2012.

The track list for "Carpe Mortem" is as follows:

1. Requiem
2. Bullet Proof
3. Comatose
4. OLB
5. Keske
6. Fly Forever (Pentagram Cover)
7. Society for Killing
8. Torture My Soul
9. Carpe Mortem
10. Sarcastic Existence
11. Exile

Check out "Comatose" here: More...

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Disaffected Streaming New Track

Portuguese death thrashers Disaffected are streaming the new song "C.ult O.f M.y A.shes." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP entitled "Rebirth" which is due out on May 25, 2012 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Rebirth" is as follows:

1. Mankwala (Intro)
2. C.ult O.f M.y A.shes
3. Getting into the Labyrinth
4. Dreaming III (A Nightmare)
5. Evilution Within
6. Miracle Dance
7. Our Will
8. Hypnotic Prophecy
9. The Rebirth of...
10. 1460 Steps to Divine
11. Arrival (Outro)

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5 Star Grave Streams New Track "Daddy"

Italian melodic death metal band 5 Star Grave is streaming the new track "Daddy" (heard below). The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Drugstore Hell," which is due out for release on May 25, 2012 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Drugstore Hell" is as follows:

1. Terminal Bedroom
2. Death Put a Smile on My Face
3. Love Affair With the Beast
4. Daddy
5. Death Times Eleven
6. No Devil Lived on
7. Dead Girls Don't Say No
8. Boy A
9. If
10. When the Lights Go Out
11. Lemmings

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Saratoga Reveals New LP Artwork And Track List

Spanish power metal band Saratoga unveiled the album artwork and track listing from the band's ninth studio LP "Nemesis." The album is scheduled for release on May 8, 2012 via Calle Underground Records. The album is the first since 2009's "Secretos y Revelaciones."

The track listing for "Nemesis" is as follows

1. Juicio Final
2. Hasta El Día Más Oscuro
3. La Última Frontera
4. Revolución
5. Perversidad
6. Después Del Silencio
7. Maltratador
8. El Último Vals
9. Corazón Herido
10. Condenado
11. Angel O Demonio More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Colombia

Colombia just might be one of the forefathers of the extreme metal scene and it may have influenced some of the most nihilistic groups to come out of Europe. Yes, this South American land of extremes may have been one of the catalysts for the Scandinavian scene, ushering in a whole horde of sick and twisted metal bands. You may think that's an incredulous statement to make and a mighty tall order, but wait. There's a true story I am going to recount for you now.

Back in 1992, a few Colombian metal fans/musicians went up from Stavanger, Norway to a record shop in Oslo owned by Oystein Aarseth (better known as Euronymous). As they were going through the releases, they struck up a conversation with Euronymous about the country they were from, black metal in general and their respective bands. Euronymous became animated and said "Two bands from your city of Medellin influenced Mayhem's sound."

"Parabellum and Reencarnacion were a few of the true bands that shaped us. They captured a hellish environment and represented a true hardcore, evil sound that we emulated in the band."
Spoken by Euronymous himself a year before he died in infamy, and put in Spanish on the liner notes of the 2005 compilation "Tempus Mortiis" put out by Blasfemia Records. This anthology featured Parabellum, a nihilistic affair redolent in that evil backwards riffing that characterized the band. Songs such as "Engendro 666" and "Madre Muerta" influenced Mayhem and other Norwegian bands and helped create a whole genre of evilness, blasphemy and sickos.

At the time, neither Parabellum nor Reencarnacion were satanists, but critiqued Christianity and Catholicism and played an early prototype of metal that predated the "black" genre in 1981 (with the exception of Venom) and was called "ultra" metal or "anti-technical" metal in Colombia since it was raw and primitive musicianship. Kreator, Beherit and Impaled Nazarene have also paid homage to them in one form or another. More...

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Moonspell Posts Video Teaser For "White Skies"

Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell posted a teaser for the upcoming new music video for the song "White Skies." The song appears on the bonus album included with the band's latest LP "Alpha Noir" entitled "Omega White," which focuses more directly on the gothic rock/metal genre a la Type O Negative and Sisters of Mercy. The double album was released on April 27, 2012.

For a review of the "Alpha Noir" standard LP, head on over to this location.

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Oceans Of Time Posts Teaser Video

Norwegian act Oceans of Time has posted a teaser trailer online for an upcoming, as-yet-untitled release. Check out the clip below. For more details on Oceans of Time, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Dead Trooper Reveals New Bassist

Dead Trooper has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist and seeking a new guitar player:

"Two things! Please meet our new bass player, Andreas Stenvoll! Andreas plays with Norwegian stompers Blodspor and he is possibly one of the best finger-pickin' thrash masters out there!!

"But we seriously need a second guitarist as well! If you think you have what it takes send us a message right here, or to this email address: deadtrooper@live.com. Here is a cute little video message from us."

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