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Metal News for April 4, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Borracho Releases Official Video

Borracho has released an official video for the first single from its 2011 debut album "Splitting Sky." The track, "Concentric Circles," was released in October of 2011 as a 7" single along with the Spanish language version "Círculos Concéntricos" by Ghost Highway Recordings in Spain and Fandango Records in the U.S. Borracho is currently planning another video release, which would be an appearance on a tribute compilation, and additional vinyl single releases in support of 2011's "Splitting Sky." An appearance at the Stoner Hands of Doom XII and European touring is also on the agenda for Borracho. Check out the video from these Washington, D.C. heavy rockers below.

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Deranged Video Interview Available

Thomas Ahlgren of Deranged was interviewed by Army of One TV at the Funky Katz Studios in Sweden last week, and footage from the interview can be viewed below.

During the interview, Thomas talks about the band's current status, his experiences as a vocalist, the new vocalist of the band, and some of the upcoming festival stops. For more information, visit the band's official Facebook page.

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OpEd

Full Metal Jackasses

Last August, I penned an OpEd titled “Metal Versus Society: A Vicious Cycle?” It built on the controversy of the fabled “West Memphis Three” to include a broader observation of the often-ugly dynamic between diehard metal fans – primarily those who look, dress, and talk the part – and the scruples of “normal” society that find convenient scapegoats in such black-clad, devil-music-listening hooligans.

I concluded that “we” are equally to blame in this cycle of demonization, whereby we often culturally segregate ourselves and point burning fingers at imaginary forces of oppression, all but inviting others to cast us in the role of pariah once more – and so it goes. What makes this cycle so enduring and vital is its very inconsistency; the controversy du jour is followed by a quiet period, which is shattered by yet another media event that implicates heavy metal music, its demonic fans, and its corruptive powers as agents of societal breakdown. We all know the drill. Sometimes, however, we can’t help ourselves, and falsely perpetuate the cycle by blowing a complete non-event so far out of proportion that it becomes – to some – our latest cause célèbre. In so doing, we sometimes risk tarnishing our own reputations. More...

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Mass Murder Agenda Signs With Black Lodge

Black Lodge Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Mass Murder Agenda:

"Black Lodge Records is really proud to have the honour of presenting a new and extremely exciting signing – industrial hardcore terrorists Mass Murder Agenda. The members of this thrilling new formation has a background in several other well known bands such as Face Down, Sexy Death, Kaamos and The Recistance.

"Mass Murder Agenda's breathtaking debut album 'Bring The Violence' will be released on Black Lodge Records on May 25th 2012. It combines influences from such legendary acts as Ministry, Slayer, Combichrist, Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke, to name a few, whilst of course generating a sound of their own, a sound that is sadly missing in today's metal scene.

"Stay tuned for some serious industrial metal terrorism!" More...

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Lacuna Coil Discusses Set List For New Tour

Lacuna Coil talks about the band's set list on the upcoming Dark Legacy Tour in the new video clip available below. You can get your tickets to the tour before they sell out, and find the currently announced dates, at this location. Lacuna Coil is touring in support of the new album "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here).

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Heretoir Announces Compilation Release

Germany's Heretoir has issued the following announcement about releasing the upcoming "Substanz" compilation:

"After a long time of waiting I'm happy to finally reveal some news about the upcoming rerelease: this compilation of all older Heretoir tracks and a completely rerecorded edition of .Existenz. will be entitled 'Substanz.'

"The cover art picture has been painted by Herbst of Lantlôs - I really like his style of painting and I think that this picture really represents the mood of this release very well!

"'Substanz' will be released in August 2012 via Northern Silence Productions as 2CD Digipack and LP - the exact release date will follow soon!"

You can check out the cover artwork for "Substanz" by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Demonical Updates Tour Schedule

Demonical has issued the following statement about upcoming tour dates:

"With a victorious salute we hereby reveal the dates for the 'Summer Infernal tour 2012,' a tour and propaganda campaign containing all our battles from June to August. We are utterly thrilled to once again rip up the European summer and show each and everyone what Swedish death metal is all about."

A list of upcoming Demonical shows can be found below, or you can head over to the tour's Facebook event page.

14.04 2012 GER - Bad Rappenau - Building a Force Festival
16.05 2012 SWE - Stockholm - Kulturhuset (Stockholm Deathfeast)

Demonical : “Death Infernal America tour 2012”
22.05 2012 USA - Brooklyn NY - Saint Vitus Bar
24.05 2012 USA - Pittsburgh PA - The Smiling Moose
25.05 2012 USA - Parma OH - The Hive
27.05 2012 USA - Baltimore MD - Maryland Deathfest

Demonical : “Summer Infernal tour 2012”
23.06 2012 GER - Protzen - Protzen Open Air
12.07 2012 LIT - Anyksciai - Devilstone Festival
13.07 2012 POL - Poznan - Klub U Bazyla
14.07 2012 CZE - Trutnov - Obscene Extreme Festival
15.07 2012 POL - Bielsko-Biala - Rude Boy Club
17.07 2012 GER - Cottbus - La Casa
18.07 2012 GER - Hamburg - Ballroom
19.07 2012 GER - Berlin - K17
20.07 2012 GER - Wohra - Ragnarock Open Air
21.07 2012 CZE - Volyne - Metalfest Volyne
25.07 2012 AT - Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
26.07 2012 CZE - Ostrava - Barrak Music Club
27.07 2012 GER - Pretzschendorf (Sachsen) - Dark Moon Festival
28.07 2012 GER - Obersinn - Eisenwahn Festival (afternoon show)
28.07 2012 GER - Rohr bei Meiningen - Riedfest (evening show)
04.08 2012 SWE - Ludvika - Gamrocken

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Decrepit Birth Interview Available

Footage has been posted online featuring a Decrepit Birth interview and live footage from the Scion A/V Metal / Nuclear Blast USA label showcase at The Roxy Theatre from November, 2011. Check out the video clip below. Interspersed through the interview are clips of the band performing "Metatron," "Polarity," and "The Resonance."

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Desalmado Posts Tour Documentary

Following the release of the "Hereditas" 10" late last summer, Brazilian grindcore faction Desalmado took Europe by storm on a brutal D.I.Y.-style November/December tour. The three-week venture saw the crew taking its crushing South American-style hate-fueled attack through Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, and more, all compiled in a killer new video "documentary." See the quintet's beer-swilling, prank-filled, mosh-powered trip through the continent below.

Desalmado has also recently completed the band's sophomore LP, which is now undergoing final preparations for its release early this Summer. The album was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side. A confirmed release date and full album info will be announced in the weeks ahead. For now ravenous fans can devour Desalmado's "Hereditas" 10" which is still streaming in its entirety via Hellbound.

Next week Desalmado will share the stage with Impurity, Acheron, and death metal gods Obituary in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as part of Cogumelo Fest 2012, a one-off as the band formulates a next tour in support of the forthcoming album.

4/13/2012 Music Hall - Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Cogumelo Fest w/ Impurity, Acheron, Obituary More...

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Beltinefest 2012 Tour Lineup Announced

The Beltinefest 2012 tour will kick off this coming April 24th and takes place in five European countries. The tour features four folk metal acts: Oganj (Croatia), Avven (Slovenia), Niburta (Hungary), and Cruadalach (Czech Republic). The details on the run are as follows:

23.4. - Zagreb (Cro), Boogaloo KORPIKLAANI, AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, NIBURTA
25.4. - Maribor (Slo), Pekarna AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, NIBURTA
26.4. - Ljubljana (Slo), KUD France Prešeren AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, BREZNO
27.4. - Bratislava (SK), U Ocka AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, NIBURTA, RAVENHILL
28.4. - Budapest (Hun), Crazy Mamma AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, NIBURTA, IGNOTUS
4.5. - Prague (Cze), Exit-us AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, MISTY WAYS, HAKKA MUGGIES
5.5. - Brno (Cze), Melodka AVVEN, OGANJ, CRUADALACH, MISTY WAYS, HAKKA MUGGIES

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Twilight's Embrace To Release New EP

British dark metal act Twilight's Embrace is set to release the new EP "Traces," the band's first since last year's successful appearance at Bloodstock Open Air festival. Due out on April 6th 2012, "Traces" features three tracks:

1. The Path (5:28)
2. The Final Night (6:19)
3. Demons (9:08)

"Traces" will be available as a limited edition hand-numbered digipak and as a download via Bandcamp, where opening track "The Path" can also be streamed.

Twilight's Embrace is in the process of booking shows for the coming year, and has the following dates so far, with more to follow: More...

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Vampires Everywhere! Streaming New Song

Vampires Everywhere! has teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere a brand new song online, titled "I Can't Breathe." Earlier this year, Vampires Everywhere! let fans know the band would be taking a darker turn with this upcoming sophomore release, and the disc would be stripped of all autotune effects.

"I Can't Breathe" is the first song to be released from the album and is the first preview of what fans can expect to hear. More information on the new album will be announced shortly. "I Can't Breathe" can be heard here via Alternative Press.

Vampires Everywhere! will also be on the full Vans Warped Tour. Visit this location for a full list of dates.

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Ufomammut Posts New Song "Aureum"

The second full track from Ufomammut's forthcoming "Oro: Opus Primum" LP has been released today, as the band unveils each of the five opuses on the album preceding its release. Chronologically following the first track/video for "Empireum" (available after the jump), the album's second track "Aureum" continues the story of Oro, and is now streaming via Germany-based Visions Magazine or in the player below.

Stay tuned for further installments, as each track from both LPs in Ufomammut's double album "Oro" lineage are released over the coming months. "Opus Primum" will see North American release on CD and LP this April 17th and the second installment of "Oro," titled "Opus Alter," will see release in September.

The full visual adaptation of both "Opus Primum" and later "Opus Alter" will be available as DVD installments which will accompany the limited edition LP versions of each chapter, hand-build by Malleus Rock Art Labs and released on the band's own Supernatural Cat Records. More...

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8Control Calls It Quits

France's 8Control has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"This is it, 8Control is dead. After years we've decided to make an end to it, and split up 8Control. It wasn't an easy decision to take, but seems the best for many reasons. We have tons of great memories we'll keep in mind for life, but it is time to turn the page and move on...

"Even if it's an evidence in our minds that we are grateful to many people, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us during these years in any way: people who went to show, danced/headbanged/made a move etc. at a show, put us on a show, shared anything with us, bought some merch, had a kind word, played with us, talked about us...

"Basically, we want to thank our relatives, our friends, all the bands we met and played with, all the promoters who gave us an opportunity to play, of course all the people at the shows, and one more time anyone showing any kind of interest or support.

"Of course special thank to all these people who have ever played as 8Control, since day one. Some of them for a show, some of other for many years. More...

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End Of September To Release New Single

The Swedish female fronted melodic metal band End of September will have a digital single out for the track "Isolated" on April 11th. "Isolated" is the opening track from the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America through Ulterium Records.

A music video for "Isolated" was recorded in Gothenburg with 11Frames Productions earlier this year, and it will be released online during the coming weeks. You can check out the single artwork at this location. End of September also has the following upcoming shows:

June 1st: Harrys - Växjö, Sweden [release show]
August 10th: Frizon Festival - Örebro, Sweden

The band's self-titled debut album will be released on May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America. Check out an album teaser over here.

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My Dying Bride Recording New Album

My Dying Bride has checked in with the following announcement about recording new material for an upcoming full-length album:

"On Sunday April 1st My Dying Bride entered the studio to begin recording their eleventh full length album. It's very early days right now but already things are running smoother than expected which is very encouraging.

"Working titles so far are 'And the Sirens Called Odysseus', 'A Tapestry Scorned' and 'The Manuscript'. More from the band later..."

This new album will be the follow-up to the "Evinta" set (reviewed here) and "The Barghest O' Whitby" EP (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Refused To Appear On Jimmy Fallon

Swedish hardcore band will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC Television on Monday, April 23rd at 12:35am/11:35pm CST. This is the band’s first ever television appearance that will coincide with the group’s first shows since breaking up in the late ‘90s and will include performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13th and 20th. Refused will also tour the U.S. in July, including Riot Fest in Philadelphia. The following press release was also issued:

"Originally released in 1998, The Shape of Punk to Come has become one of the most influential albums in decades, fusing punk, metal, hardcore, techo, jazz, emo, and hip-hop into a meld of intricate, politically charged punk that has graced ‘best of’ lists since its release.

"Refused’s most critically acclaimed and final album exploded on the scene with the jaw-dropping hardcore anthem 'New Noise,' which helped change the game forever by influencing a range of genres to this day, which includes being named 'Best New Re-issue' by Pitchfork.com in 2010."

Refused tour dates are as follows: More...

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Vergil Streaming New Album Title Track

Finnish dark rock band Vergil has released the title track from the upcoming album "Life Is a Slow Death." You can hear the track in the player below or Vergil's MySpace music page.

The "Life Is a Slow Death" album was recorded at MSP studio in Riihimäki, Finland and was mixed and mastered by Olli Haaranen(Colosseum, Yearning) at Gloomsound studio in Helsinki, Finland.


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Taproot Premieres "No Surrender" Video

Taproot has just released a new music video for the single “No Surrender” off the band's soon to be released album, "The Episodes," due out April 10th. Check out the video clip through Vevo or in the player available below.

Using Chicago as the backdrop, “No Surrender” was filmed by Eric Richter and crew at Victory Records. Vocalist Stephen Richards commented, “The video follows the story of the song [No Surrender], in which our main character is in dire need of escaping his dark and mysterious hotel room (not knowing what'd happened there, but feels something bad). He is running away, unsure towards what, but longing for a sense of security and safety…Do or die, No Surrender!” More...

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Hate Announces Brazilian Shows

Polish extreme metal act Hate has been confirmed to tour Brazil for the second time in the band's career. The tour will start on April 12th in Sao Jose dos Campos and will include three additional shows. The band’s leader ATF Sinner commenting:

"This tour is in support of our latest album Erebos which have been officially released in Brazil on Sadistico Records. We are really looking forward to invading Brazil again! This short tour is a good occasion for supporting our official release Erebos and meeting our crazy fans as well! You are all about to witness supreme Polish Blackened Death Metal at its best! So don’t fuckin’ miss it!"

Details are as follows:

04.12 Sao Jose dos Campos @ Hocus Pocus
04.13 Rio de Janeiro @ Alianca Negra fest
04.14 Curitiba @ Hangar Music Hall
04.15 Sao Paulo @ Manifesto Rock Bar

The band has confirmed signing an exclusive booking contract with agency Rock The Nation. The agreement considers all European countries except Poland and Russia.

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Grand Magus Recruits New Drummer

Swedish riff-lord, Grand Magus, has announced the departure of drummer Sebastian "Seb" Sippola, who has left the band for personal reasons. The band will replace Sippola with Ludwig “Ludde” Witt (Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, Shining) in the wake of the recording process of the band’s upcoming release, "The Hunt."

Commented Witt, “I'm very happy to announce that I, Ludwig Witt, am the new drummer of Grand Magus. I've known [guitarist/vocalist] JB for over ten years and I've been a fan of Grand Magus since day one, so it's great to be on board. At the moment I'm learning all the classic Grand Magus songs and I get a huge buzz from playing along to songs like ‘Kingslayer’ and ‘Like The Oar Strikes The Water’ so I can't wait to get out and play the stuff live together with the new stuff from our new album, The Hunt. See you on the road.”

Sippola leaves Grand Magus on good terms, and says he’s excited to hear The Hunt once it’s completed. “It took a load off my mind that Ludwig was chosen because he is a friend of mine,” said Sippola. “By the way, honestly and objective: In my opinion Ludwig is the best replacement for me because he already knows? JB and Fox [bass] and he exactly knows which demands the drumming at Grand Magus will make on him. They will be a great team and I'm really looking forward to see them live ?- though I have no idea, how my reaction will be in this situation.” More...

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The Love Below Lining Up U.S. Tour

Redlands, California-based hardcore savages The Love Below have just released their debut full-length album via brutal indie heavyweight A389 Recordings.

Recorded at Eastland Studios in East Los Angeles and at Gramma's Boy in Fullerton by Dan Bieranowski, The Love Below's introductory full-length "Every Tongue Shall Caress" belts out thirteen high-angst numbers in under twenty-four minutes. Comprised of members of Carry The Casket, The Mistake, and Mother Speed, TLB haphazardly coalesce elements of '90s icons Fall Silent, Endeavor and Left For Dead into a sound akin to more contemporary acts like Pulling Teeth, Trash Talk and Cursed, resulting in purely unhinged mayhem. View the cover constructed by Eric Marshall and Stephanie Mushrush at this location, or check out a full live set of The Love Below after the jump.

The track listing is as follows:

1. High Friends In Low Places
2. Family Entertainment
3. Nazi Uniform
4. Buyers Remorse
5. God Don't Make No Trash
6. Uncomfortable
7. Rotten Fruit From A Shitty Tree
8. Holy Dose
9. Social Fuck Disease
10. High Performance Lifestyle
11. Pedophiles Basement (Convalescence)
12. Xanax Pinata
13. Swallow The Leader More...

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Crucified Barbara Releases "Into The Fire" Video

The rockin' ladies in Crucified Barbara have debuted a new video for "Into the Fire," which can be viewed below. Crucified Barbara's third studio release, "The Midnight Chase," will be released in North America this summer via Nuclear Blast USA.

The album was recorded at the legendary Music-A-Matic Vintage Recording Studio in Gothenberg with sound engineer Henryk Lipp and producer Chips Kiesby. You can also visit the band on Facebook here.

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Castle Posts "Blacklands" Video

Castle has premiered a new music video online for the song "Blacklands," which is the title track from the forthcoming album to be released in Europe on Van Records April 28th. The video was directed by Jaan Silmberg for Pistoltrix.

"Blacklands" is the follow-up to last years "In Witch Order." You can see Castle at select dates in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium this May in support of "Blacklands."

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Brendon Small Announces New Album Release Date

Brendon Small has checked in with the following announcement about the release of his new project "Brendon Small's Galaktikon" and the upcoming season of Metalocalypse:

"My new project, Brendon Small's GALAKTIKON, will hit stores on April 24th, 2012 to coincide with the Season 4 premiere of METALOCALYPSE on Sunday, April 29 at 12:15am (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

"Don't sweat the wait... pre-orders will be available beginning next week."

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent interview with Brendon Small about the new album and the upcoming season of Metalocalypse at this location.

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Disfiguring The Goddess To Release New Album

Producer and musician Cameron Argon’s alter-ego, solo underground death metal project Disfiguring the Goddess, is set to release a brand new album entitled "Sleeper" on April 24th, 2012. The following press release was issued:

"Within the last few years, despite never performing live, Disfiguring the Goddess has become a recognized name in the metal community amongst young fans and industry elites alike due to an impressive viral and word-of-mouth buzz about the project. Not only known as the brain behind the project, 21-year-old Argon performs the entire EP on his own. Cameron Argon is better known by his other moniker, Big Chocolate. Though also heralded for his work as a producer and EDM artist, he has risen as a respected figure in the metal scene based on his notable work with Disfiguring the Goddess.

"Churning amongst a sea of similarities as brutal death metal and deathcore bands are spawned by the minute, Disfiguring the Goddess’ 'Sleeper' adds a spin to the mix—emerging as impressive seven track skull-crusher of a record with a unique twist. Metal fans everywhere will be turning their heads away from the monotony and revering the name Disfiguring the Goddess in 2012."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Overkill Posts New Music Video Online

American thrash metal legends Overkill has posted their new music video online for the song, "Electric Rattlesnake." You can check it out below. The song comes from the groups latest studio album, "The Electric Age," which was released through Nuclear Blast Records last week and debuted on the Billboard 200 at #73 with approximately 6,700 units sold.

Speaking about the video, frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth stated: "Damn, this one BITES hard! Kevin Custer did it again! So plug us in yeah, set us free, this is a thrashing vid the way it’s supposed to be! Here we go kids , 'Electric Rattlesnake'!" More...

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TSOM Joined Onstage By Spandau Ballet Singer

Twisted State Of Mind, the young British heavy metal band who we recently featured in an Unearthing The Metal Underground column in January) were joined on stage by Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley, while they were performing a cover of the band's classic anthem, "Gold." You can check out a video of the performance below.

Twisted State Of Mind were recently in the news when it emerged that a contest they had entered had already had it's winner chosen five weeks before the closing date by British Prime Minister, David Cameron. We can now confirm that the Prime Minister has decided to nominate two bands, and has chosen Twisted State Of Mind, allowing them to perform at the Houses of Parliament later this year. More...

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69 Chambers Comments On Upcoming Album

The new 69 Chambers album "Torque" will be released on April 27th, 2012 via Massacre Records. The band stated:

"We are very happy to announce that we are done with the production for our upcoming Album! Tommy has finished the mix, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The new songs are more mature, sometimes harder, and playfully incorporate different stylistic influences. While sometimes not easy to shelve and tough to define, it is this suspense that makes the unique mix that is 69 CHAMBERS in 2012!"

The song “Cause And Effect,” the first of 14 new tracks, features Eluveitie’s Chrigel Glanzmann on guest vocals, and is available for streaming at the Massacre Records website.

The band has also uploaded a video clip, which documents the recording of the song “The Doom Of Her Power.” You can watch the clip at this location.

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Ihsahn Posts "Eremita" Teaser

Candlelight Records today confirms June 19th as the North American release date for "Eremita," the anticipated fourth album from Norwegian-born vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio, "Eremita" was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden.

Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining-Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (StarofAsh). The album’s packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz. A teaser trailer for the album can be found below. More...

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Watch Me Bleed Posts "Kingdom" Teaser

Germany's Watch Me Bleed has released a teaser trailer for the new album "Kingdom," including snippets of the title track. Check out the video clip below. "Kingdom" is due for release on may 4th, 2012.

The track listing for "Kingdom" is as follows:

1. The Rising Tide (Intro)
2. The World Stops Turning
3. Here Come the Red
4. War Calls Us
5. The Blackest of the Black (Interlude)
6. Kingdom
7. Rack the Slide
8. Death and Pain
9. A Question of Honor (Interlude)
10. Judgement
11. The Sons of Fenris
12. From Down Below
13. Let Them Try
14. Will you Stand With Me (Outro)

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Gotthard Reveals More Details On New Album

Gotthard will release the new album "Firebirth" on June 1st, 201 via Nuclear Blast/Warnermusic (in Switzerland Musikvertrieb). A total of 13 songs will be on the CD, among them one with the title “Where are You,” which is dedicated to Steve Lee. In the past few days, in the band-owned Yellow House Studios, music journalists from all over Europe were able to listen to the songs for the first time.

“GOTTHARD is recalling their roots,” is the opinion of the German magazine Rock Hard. “Earthy hard rock, heavy on riffs, with first class refrains and only a small amount of keyboards. A strong sign of life from the Swiss.”

And the Italian Rock Hard supplements: “GOTTHARD is going back to their roots and at the same time looking to the future. The entire album makes you tap your feet to the rhythm and your heart beat loudly.”

“We have remembered our roots and deliberately given the album the pure straightforward Gotthard sound. Our goal was to concentrate on the most important thing – the songs,” explained Leo Leoni, who produced the album together with Paul Lani.

The following press release was also issued about the artwork and upcoming tour dates:

"The album cover depicts the firebird Phoenix, which symbolically rises 'from the ashes to the sky' – this line expresses what each Gotthard fan feels and underlines the turbulent time that Gotthard has gone through in the past months. Everybody wanting to see the coverartwork as soon as possible has to proof some skills for that: from now on you can puzzle together the artwork here. As firebird Phoenix coming out of the ashes has surely been an event with a certain impact, this cover artwork cannot just be presented to you normally. More...

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Empires Of Eden Posts New Album Teaser

Empires Of Eden announced that the band will release the band's third LP entitled "Channelling The Infinite" on June 1, 2012 (Japan) through Rubicon Japan and June 6, 2012 (World) through Music Buy Mail.

The album will contain 12 tracks with some of the most influential metal voices, including:

• Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.),
• Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver),
• Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart),
• Mike Dimeo (Masterplan / Riot),
• Sean Peck (Cage),
• Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan),
• Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church)
• Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge of Forever) and
• Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus)
• Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire)
• Vo Simpson.(Darker Half)

"Channelling the Infinite" will also be available as a limited-edition Digipak which includes bonus tracks for each territory. The album's cover art was created by L.A based "Alex Ruiz."

Mastermind Stu Marshall commented:

I am overwhelmed by the power and emotion of the vocal performances that these amazing singers have brought to the album. It's pushed my playing to levels I never thought possible and has created the most well-rounded release I have ever been involved with. Writing for these incredible artists is a dream come true and the finished product has actually exceeded my expectations. Every song is filled with a passion and spirit that immediately grabs the listener; I am very excited for people to hear this album.

A teaser video for the release can be seen here: More...

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DragonForce Posts New Music Video

Dragonforce posted a new music video for the song "Cry Thunder." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

Check out "Cry Thunder" here:

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Ex Deo Debuts "Caligvla" At Paganfest In Montreal

Canadian symphonic death metal band Ex Deo debuted the title track from the forthcoming "Caligvla" at Paganfest at Club Soda in Montreal this past Sunday. Ex Deo joined the Paganfest tour for two special shows in Canada. Quality footage of the track was posted on the web (seen below). "Caligvla" is due out on August 31, 2012 (the 2000th Birthday of Emperor Caligula) through Napalm Records.

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Origin Posts "Occupation Domination" Tour Promo

Kansas based technical death metal act Origin posted a promo video for the upcoming "Occupatin Domination" North American Tour with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn and Battlecross. The tour commences in Baltimore on April 20, 2012. For a list of complete dates and venues, head over to this location.

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Battle Beast Posts Part I Of Tour Blog Video

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted the first part of a tour blog video series showcasing the band's tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which was re-issued through Nuclear Blast earlier this year. In the video, the band performs in Russia.

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