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Metal News for April 4, 2013

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38 news articles posted on this day.


The Rockstar Ramblings: An Off-Road Affair

This week rock and roll representatives from the suburbs of Philadelphia, state of Ohio, and Portugal bring us videos. Also, a special bonus video from one of Canada's finest for our viewing pleasure. More...

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Azure Emote Talks Aliens And Avant-Garde Metal

If you love all things avant-garde and progressive and haven't heard the name Azure Emote before, get ready for this project to show up on your radar in a big way. The band features members who have been involved with Fear Factory, System Divide, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Vile, Monstrosity, and more, and is out now with second full-length album "The Gravity of Impermanence."

Metalunderground.com is now hosting a full stream of the entire release right here, which is a discordant symphony featuring bizarre industrial sounds, backing choirs, symphonic strings, and death metal brutality.

Before immersing yourself in the heavenly havoc, check out our interview with the band below, in which vocalist Mike Hrubovcak was kind enough to provide a complete track-by-track breakdown of the album, along with a full history on the band. More...

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Black Sabbath Posts First Snippet From "13"

Legendary metal act Black Sabbath has posted the very first snippet of new material from the band's forthcoming "13" album.

"13" is the first album to feature Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since the 1978 album "Never Say Die."

The video snippet also unveils the album cover for the release, which is expected in June 2013 through Vertigo Records. Check out the clip here:

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Crystal Tears Signs To Massacre

Massacre Records has posted the following announcement online about recruiting Crystal Tears to the label's roster:

"We want to welcome the multinational quintet Crystal Tears to the Massacre Records family! The band was formed in the late 90's in Greece and issued several demos before they released their debut album 'Choirs Of Immortal' in 2006 via Pure Steel Records. It didn't take long until they shared stages with bands such as W.A.S.P., Riot or Jag Panzer!

"Crystal Teaars have left their mark as one of Greece's best heavy metal acts and have proven to be a persistent, innovative and unstoppable force. Their musical roots can be traced back from the good ol' heavy metal of the Eighties up to modern metal.

"Their second album 'Generation X' followed in 2010 and was released via 7Hard. The album received rave reviews worldwide and initiated the band's first tour in Greece.

"The band announced the addition of the Danish singer Søren Nico Adamsen (ex-Artillery) as well as the Hungarian guitarist Máté Nagy in late 2012 and started working on their third full-length album, which was recorded with producer R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train). With the new line-up, Crystal Tears sound more brutal, heavy & melodic than ever!"

Drummer Chrisafis commented about the signing: "It's a funny feeling... I own so many albums from Massacre Records’ catalogue and now Crystal Tears is a part of the family... yes! We want to thank all the people that put their trust in us and that have been supporting our band one way or another. We promise that we'll do our best!"

Crystal Tears’ new studio album will be released later this year through Massacre Records.

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Orion Music Announces More Details

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, today announced lineup additions for Orion Music + More, the two day festival created by Metallica that will take place June 8th and 9th at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.

Rocket from the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and local favorites Matt Clarke and Calico have all been added to the already stacked lineup. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar.

A very special addition to Orion Music + More 2013 will be an original lineup reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel).

"To reunite with those guys after 22 years is going to be really special for me. Orion is the perfect place for that to happen...I'm looking forward to it," said Robert Trujillo.

Vans will be returning to Orion in 2013, featuring pro skating demos happening right alongside live music. Vans will also feature four signature models of the Vans x Metallica footwear at Orion, including two Kill 'Em All styles.

Music fans will be able to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the weekend with the addition of the Orion food area ...And Food For All. Orion Music + More has enlisted Detroit restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Cooley of Slows BBQ to curate the area and showcase some of the region's great offerings.

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent, and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently onsale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit this location to buy tickets. Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.

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Zombie Inc. Recruits New Drummer

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about Zombie Inc. recruiting a new member:

"Some of you may have already noticed a couple of line-up changes since the release of Zombie Inc.'s debut 'A Dreadful Decease.' Our favorite walking dead have now introduced their new drummer, Florian Musil, who seems to love innards instead of brains."

The band also stated: "Readers of our biography will know it already. And for those who didn't: The new monster on the drums is the handsome but not less brutal Florian Musil! He punched the shit out of his drums for the upcoming album HOMO GUSTICUS already."

If you want to see the guys live, you can attend one of their upcoming gigs:

26.04.2013 DE Berlin - K17
03.05.2013 AT Wien - Arena Wien
11.05.2013 AT Pischelsdorf am Engelbach - Stockschützenhalle (Raise The Roof Festival)
23.05.2013 DE Hünxe - Extremefest
05.10.2013 BE Oostende - Hangaar 1 (Zombie Fest 2)

Prior to the brand new album "Homo Gusticus," due out on April 26th, 2013 via Massacre Records, Zombie Inc. is going to release digital single "Resurrection Guaranteed" on April 5th.

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Unshine Inks Deal With Massacre Records

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Unshine:

"We are happy to announce the signing of Finland's Unshine! The band was formed in 2001 and released two untitled demos in 2002 and 2003.

"In 2004, Unshine signed with Low Frequency Records and released the self-recorded and self-produced debut album 'Earth Magick' in 2005, both in Europe and North America.

"During the following years, the band toured mostly in Finland and prepared the recordings and the mix of the second album, 'The Enigma Of Immortals,' which was released in 2008. 'The Enigma Of Immortals' entered the Finnish charts and received airplays at several radio stations, including Bruce Dickinson's BBC Friday Rock Show. More...

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Mortals Signs With Relapse Records

Relapse Records is extremely excited to announce the signing of Brooklyn, NY blackened sludge trio Mortals. The label comments:

"Formed in 2010, Mortals (Elizabeth Cline - guitar & vocals, Lesley Wolf - bass & vocals, Caryn Havlik - drums) have quickly built a reputation for their harrowing concoction of black metal, stoner-swamp-sludge and doom metal, being described by MSN’s Headbang blog as an 'engrossing and devastating version of modern metal," and by Meat Mead Metal as 'massive and crushing.'

"The band will be entering the studio this summer to record their Relapse Records full-length debut and follow up to their critically acclaimed, self-released EP Death Ritual. Listen to the title track from the EP below."

The group commented on the signing: “It’s unbelievable that we now have the support and backing of a label like Relapse whose roster of incredible talent is one we've long followed. We’re so excited that this label is offering us the opportunity to share what we’re doing with the world. Pass the whiskey!” More...

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In The Silence Pushes Back Album Release

"A Fair Dream Gone Mad," the debut album from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence - initially confirmed for official release via Sensory Records this month - has been moved back several weeks.

Due to a manufacturing mishap, the final product has been delayed, and the record will now be in stores for its new street date, Tuesday, May 7th. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion. A Fair Dream Gone Mad’s forty-five minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, further magnifying the band’s skilled approach.

"The band self-released the album in two very limited runs, and when both pressings were immediately vanquished, they decided it was time for the album to have an official release. Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will give A Fair Dream Gone Mad the proper worldwide distribution and attention it deserves, with updated digipak and digital download versions coming in early May. Preview several songs from the album below."

In The Silence will tour in support of "A Fair Dream Gone Mad" throughout the year, including a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival in Atlanta, Georgia, where the group will share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more. More...

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Burial Vault Reveals New Album Details

"Incendium" has been revealed as the title of the second album by Burial Vault, and the track listing is available below. The follow-up to "Ekpyrosis (Periodic Destruction)" will be released on May 24th, 2013. Apostasy Records comments:

"The record is conceived as a full-on concept and is highly influenced by 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury, a classic in dystopian literature. The quintet uses both the music and the lyrics to describe the change of a man from a blind follower to a critical antagonist in a near future within four suspense-packed chapters.

"Recorded at the Soundlodge Studio with producer Joerg Uken (Dew-Scented, Nightfall, God Dethroned a.o.) the listeners get melodic Death Metal with appropriate technical and progressive influences and also subtle Black Metal-esque and acoustic moments. The awesome artwork was done by Ben Borucki (Irrleuchten) who previously worked together with acts like Agathodaimon." More...

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Cadaveria Shoots New Music Video

Cadaveria has announced a new music video is in the works for the song “Death Vision.” The song comes off the band latest album “Horror Metal,” released in 2012 via Bakerteam Records. The shooting for the video has already been completed and the clip will drop on April 15th, 2013.

Cadaveria will perform at the 2013 edition of Maratona Rock, a charity/remembrance festival that will take place in Santhià – Italy, from April 26th to 28th. Cadaveria will close this year edition on Sunday 28th, preceding headliner act Chrome Division. Cadaveria has also been confirmed to play at Belgian Metal Female Voices Fest, next October.

You can check out Cadaveria's music by watching the previously posted music video for "Flowers in Fire" right here.

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Chariots Of The Gods Posts Performance Footage

Ottawa, ON's melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods, who released their debut full length album "Tides of War" in January (reviewed here), have posted video from the March 7th performance of their track "Unbound" on Ottawa Live Music on CKCU 93.1FM. Check out the clip below.

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J.D. Overdrive Reveals New Guest Musician

J.D. Overdrive has announced another guest performer to appear on upcoming album "Fortune Favors the Brave." The band comments:

"You already know that the song 'Beware the Boozehound' will feature a guest performance by Piotr 'Voltan' Sikora from Leash Eye and Exlibris. Well, as we told you before, we have a couple more surprises up our sleeve.

"We are proud to announce that the same track will feature a guitar solo played by Piotr 'Dziki' Chancewicz known from the acclaimed Polish rock band Mech. And no, the countdown ain't finished yet..." More...

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Gnaw Signs With Seventh Rule

Industrial-infected deviants Gnaw are pleased to join the Seventh Rule Recordings family for the release of their upcoming new studio creation of chaos, "Horrible Chamber." The label comments:

"Just when we thought we couldn't get any louder, we are stoked to announce the Industrial-infected noise-maligned deviants GNAW joining the Seventh Rule family. Besides previously being in some killer bands that google will tell you, their first record THIS FACE is awesome and should be tracked down ASAP. More details soon!"

Gnaw is the sawblade-wrapped-in-razorwire brainchild of Alan Dubin (Khanate, Old, O.L.D.), Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard), Brian Beatrice, and Eric Neuser. The band's 2009 Conspiracy Records debut, "This Face," incorporated pounding percussion, factory noise, chordal slabs of guitar and bass, homemade electro-acoustic instruments and Dubin’s legendarily scathing vocal craftings. Having assaulted music hordes domestically and abroad over the last four years, the collective will finally unleash a sophomore offering later this year.

Comments the band on joining Seventh Rule: “We are excited to join the Seventh Rule family and to be among the other genre bending, ear-destroying bands that this highly respected label continues to unleash.”

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Aborym Streaming New Song

Extreme electro/industrial metallers Aborym have premiered the first song off their upcoming album entitled "Dirty." The album opener "Irreversible Crisis" can be streamed below.

The new double album, which will be available in jewel case, double digipack, and gatefold double LP formats, is set for release on Agonia Records on the 28th of May in Europe and the 11th of June in North America.


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Leatherwolf Announces "Unchained" Tour

Orange County, CA heavy metal triple axe attack Leatherwolf, featuring Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar), Rob Math (guitar), Greg Erba (guitar), Pat Guyton (bass), and Dean Roberts (drums), will be kicking off the Unchained 2013 touring activities this Saturday, April 6th at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim, CA. The four-band bill also includes former Metal Blade recording artists Heretic as well as Same Veinand Hypnostic. Tickets are $10.00.

Leatherwolf has also been confirmed as headliners for Pathfinder Metalfest IV in Marietta, GA on July 13th and will appear at both Skull Fest in North Platte, NE on October 19th and Rock Harvest II in White Marsh, MD on November 9th.

Leatherwolf will join fellow California metal veterans Vicious Rumors and New Jersey's Seven Witches on the Metal Masters 2013 tour which is currently set to kick off September 21st at the Indianapolis Metal Fest in Indianapolis, IN. More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Announces Shows With Finntroll

Keep Of Kalessin will head out to tour Europe in May with Finnish folk metal outfit Finntroll. Details are as follows:

08.05.2013 DE – Berlin @ K17
09.05.2013 BE – Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.05.2013 NL – Dordrecht @ Bibelot
11.05.2013 DE – Cologne @ Live Music Hall
12.05.2013 FR – Paris @ La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
13.05.2013 UK – London @ Underground

Keep Of Kalessin also released the new video ”Introspection” at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival, where Obsidian C. announced that he will take over as vocalist. Check out the video below. More...

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AllStars 2013 Lineup Announced

The third annual installment of the AllStars Tour is taking shape for this summer, and Buffalo's Every Time I Die will be this year's headliner (the abnd's final run in support of the "Ex Lives" album).

The tour will also feature Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From The Path, Capture The Crown, IwrestledABearOnce, For All Those Sleeping, and DayShell. Structures, Volumes, and other bands TBA will also be performing in select markets.

Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley (vocals) states: “We've always put a lot of effort into making this band work and when we perform we do so at the highest level of intensity, so to finally be deemed an 'AllStar' is a dream come true. I plan on relaxing in a hot tub with Wade Boggs or smoking huge cigars with Ronnie Harmon talking about our visits to Hollywood. Those are just some casual things us AllStars do when we're not giving 110%. But that's rare. This tour has a solid line-up and we're excited to be a part of it. See you all this summer.”

Stay tuned to the tour's Facebook profile for more updates. More...

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Melechesh To Hit The Road With Vader

Sumerian black / thrash pioneers Melechesh will hit the road together with fellow label mates Vader for an upcoming European run. The dates are as follows:

12.04.2013 (DEN) Aarhus / Metal Royal Festival*
13.04.2013 (FR) Nancy / Metal Ride Festival
14.04.2013 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
15.04.2013 (GER) Munich / Backstage
16.04.2013 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara
17.04.2013 (HUN) Budapest / Blue Hell
18.04.2013 (ROM) Timisoara / Daos
19.04.2013 (ROM) Bucarest / Fabrica
20.04.2013 (BUL) Sofia / RBF
21.04.2013 (SER) Belgrade / Gun
23.04.2013 (ITA) Bari / Demode
24.04.2013 (ITA) Rome / Jailbreak
25.04.2013 (ITA) Milano / The Theatre Live Music
26.04.2013 (CH) Bern / Kultarena
27.04.2013 (GER) Annaberg / Alte Brauerei
28.04.2013 (CZ) Ostrava / Barrak More...

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Avantasia Streaming Full Album

The new Avantasia album “The Mystery Of Time” has officially hit stores in Europe (due out April 30th in North America), and now German newspaper BILD is hosting a full stream of the release. You can stream the album at this location (the stream is not available in all countries).

The record features ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and more.

Avantasia also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts "Halo Of Blood" Teaser

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have just released the second trailer for their upcoming album "Halo Of Blood."

In this video, Janne and Jaska talk about the cover artwork, songwriting, and recording process for the new album. Check it out here:

"Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep

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Call Of The Void Posts New Music Video

Craveonline.com today offers up the official video premiere of “Napalm Lungs” from Call of the Void. The tune comes by way of the band’s blistering "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length.

Shot in Boulder, Colorado by Erica Griffiths in guitarist’s Patrick Alberts’ basement, the video finds the band in its most punishing mode: performing live. Watch the video here or through the player below.

"Dragged Down A Dead End Path" was recorded at the Boar’s Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah by Andy Patterson and mastered by Chris Mcnaughton. The track listing is as follows:

1. Failure 03:01
2. Theory of Mind 01:57
3. Bottom Feeder 01:42
4. Endless Ritual Abuse 02:42
5. Abomination 02:39
6. Breeding Grounds 03:08
7. Napalm Lungs 01:38
8. The Liar's Heart 02:10
9. I Hope You Two Fuck 02:35
10. Faith & Filth 03:04 More...

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Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall Announces Debut LP

Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/Allen Lande) announced that he will release the debut album of his new solo project Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall. The album is set to drop on June 11, 2013 (North America) and June 14th (EU) via Frontiers Records.

Joining Karlsson will be guest appearances including: Russell Allen (Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear/Ex-Gamma Ray), Tony Harnell (Ex-TNT/Starbreaker), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen/Ex-Iron Mask), Rick Altzi (Masterplan/At Vance), Michael Andersson (Star One/Full Force), Rickard Bengtsson (Last Tribe), Herman Saming (A.C.T) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69/Vodoo Circle). Rounding up the line-up on the album is Daniel Flores on drums.

Karlsson commented: "I've had the honour to collaborate with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world. Artists who have made my life richer with their magical music. On this album I got the chance to write tailor made songs for some of my absolute favourite singers. I was thinking, what would I really like to hear from this or that guy and then I wrote the songs. It’s like if I'm missing a song with my favourite singer in my record collection, then I just make that song for him! I listen like a fan and I write like a fan well…I am a fan!"

The track listing is:

1. Free Fall (lead vocals: Russell Allen)
2. Higher (lead vocals: Ralf Scheepers)
3. Heading Out (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
4. Stronger (lead vocals: Tony Harnell)
5. Not My Saviour (lead vocals: Rick Altzi)
6. Us Against The World (lead vocals: David Readman)
7. Our Time Has Come (lead vocals: Mark Boals)
8. Ready or Not (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
9. Last Tribe (lead vocals: Rickard Bengtsson)
10. Fighting (lead vocals: Herman Saming)
11. Dreamers & Hunters (lead vocals: Mike Andersson)
12. On Fire (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)

A preview clip and the album's artwork can be seen below: More...

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Lord Dying Finishes Work On New Album

Lord Dying has now completed work on the band's Relapse Records debut. The following press release was issued about the band and the coming release:

"Lord Dying comes from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. A region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other Lord Dying gives something less than a fuck. They are a metal band with members of Black Elk, Portals, Le Force, and Cremains, who in their short, one year's time as a band have shared the stage with Unsane, Yob, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra and many others.

"After releasing a self-titled EP in 7" form, the dudes kicked it up a notch, heading out on national tours with Witch Mountain followed by a long trek with label-mates Red Fang and Black Tusk. Fast forward to 2013 and Lord Dying are poised to be the new heavyweight champions of metal. Smashing the riffs of High On Fire into the groove of Kylesa, Lord Dying have delivered one of the most impressive metal debuts in a long, long time.

"A young band that has matured well beyond their years into a fully developed titanic heavy metal machine, Lord Dying's new album, set for a summer release on Relapse Records, is poised to be one of the best debuts of 2013." More...

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Erimha Signs With Victory Records

Victory Records proudly welcomes symphonic black metal unit Erimha from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to its roster. The label comments:

"Erimha, which means Army or Legion coming from Sumerian culture, base their haunting, melodic, merciless and operatic sound on ancient mythology and spirituality. Their mantra and mission is one of inner strength and how the individual can be as powerful as an entire army.

"Formed in 2010, Erimha's punishingly fresh and savage take on symphonic black metal is spawning a loyal legion of followers in the Canadian metal scene. They released their first full length album, Irkalla in September 2010 which featured guest vocals from The Agonist’s front woman, Alissa White. The band, Gore (vocals), Kthien (rhythm guitar), Ksaos (drums) and Diusternas (bass) are going to be an extreme force to be reckoned with on the international metal battlefield."

Erimha will embark on the band's first U.S. tour in June with their debut album for Victory Records to be released this summer. Check out a video announcement about the band's signing below. More...

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Manegarm Reveals New Album Details

Manegarm has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for upcoming album "Legions of the North," which can be viewed below. Manegarm's Markus André comments:

"After nearly 20 years of rock 'n’ roll and seven released albums, Månegarm are back with their brand-new effort - Legions of the North. Legions of the North is an album full of hard-hitting melodies and ear-catching refrains, all spiced with the special Månegarm flavor and served to you all in the best way. We’re very proud to present this new album, and we really hope that you will enjoy it. The Wolf is back…prepare for war!!"

The album is due out:

26.06.2013 ESP/SWE/NO
28.06.2013 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
01.07.2013 Rest of Europe
09.07.2013 USA/CAN

1. Arise
2. Legions of the North
3. Eternity awaits
4. Helvegr
5. Hordes of Hel
6. Tor hjälpe
7. Wake the gods - Bonus Track Limited Edition
8. Vigverk
9. Sons of War
10. Echoes from the past
11. Fallen
12. Forged in fire
13. Raadh More...

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PowerWorld Announces New LP "Cybersteria"

German melodic power metal act PowerWorld has announced that the band's third LP will be entitled "Cybersteria." The album was produced by Ilker Ersin at his MusikundWeb studios in Hirschaid near Bamberg, Germany, and mastered by Tommy Newton (Victory/UFO). "Cybersteria" will be released in Germany on May 24th, in Europe on May 27th and in the US/Canada on June 4th through SPV/Steamhammer as CD and digital download.

"Cybersteria" is a conceptual album (a combination of "cyber" and "hysteria"). The press release reads: "What was considered as Orwellian fiction back in 1984 has become reality in 2013 - the surveillance society. In times of Facebook and Skype, true privacy seems to exist only where exposure through the media is consistently rejected."

Mastermind Ersin states: "There's almost a kind of hysteria when it comes to the Internet and digital pseudo-realities. Our new songs aren't a concept album in the narrower sense, but as usual the whole album is held together by a central theme. This time the leitmotif is emotional impoverishment which is increasingly supported by the new media. At the end of the day, social networks have the opposite effect of what they suggest: they make people grow lonely."

The instruments were recorded by Ersin, guitarist Andreas Rippelmeier, keyboardist Marco Grasshoff, drummer Guido Gallus and the band's new vocalist Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart). Bormann stepped in on short notice for David Reece, after his split with the band. More...

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Meshuggah Posts "I Am Colossus" Video

Meshuggah has released a new music video for "I Am Colossus," which comes off the band's latest album "Koloss" (reviewed here). The video was produced by Owe Lingvall and directed/animated by Magnus Jonsson.

Watch the video through Metal Hammer or via the player available below.

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F.K.U. Posts New Album Teaser

A preview has been posted online of the new F.K.Ü. album “4: Rise Of The Mosh Mongers.” The album is due out on April 26, 2013 and the preview is available through the YouTube player below. Napalm Records also comments:

"The Swedish horror metal mosh band are about to paint the town red with their latest offering. Over the course of a very intense hour, the listener will be haunted by rapid tracks and razor-sharp riffs. There's no chance to take a breather, when the bloodthirsty bunch revolving around Larry Lethal are calling to mosh!

"Even fans of other genres will immediately be transformed into Die-Hard Moshoholics and will crave for more songs just like zombies will crave for the brains of the living. With a perfect grasp for heavy grooves and lethal melodies, F.K.Ü. puts the pedal to the metal from the very first to the last second! Are you ready to get moshed"

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Shining Reveals Split Artwork

Sweden's Shining has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming split with Mortuary Drape as well as posting a teaser for a new track.

Titled “In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance” and set for release on Primitive Art Records, the 7” vinyl will contain an exclusive track from each of the bands. The two tracks will only be released on the split and will not appear on any album.

Commenting about the Shining track on the original announcement of the split, front man and founder Niklas Kvarforth said: “In 1998 a song was written which was intended for inclusion on our first album. However, somehow we were not able to record it properly, which forced us to re-record 'Endless Solitude' instead. At the next Abyss session we faced the same problem and after that, the then-titled 'One With The Endless,' was left out as we were certain the song had a curse written all over it. Quite recently, we gave it a third shot, and this time the curse was embraced instead of the opposite. A strange phenomena reinventing itself in every way possible, and, for some odd reason, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t write any suitable lyrics, and once again considered leaving it be. I did however have a very close friend of mine in the studio who not only came up with a new lyrical theme for the song but was also given my full blessings to sing it." More...

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Ken Mode Releases New Music Video

Ken Mode has released a new music video off the band's latest album "Entrench." Watch the clip for "Counter Culture Complex" in the player below. "Entrench" was released last month, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Counter Culture Complex
2. No; I'm In Control
3. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
4. The Terror Pulse
5. The Promises of God
6. Romeo Must Never Know
7. Secret Vasectomy
8. Figure Your Life Out
9. Daeodon
10. Why Don't You Just Quit?
11. Monomyth

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Atrocity Posts "Pandæmonium" Promo Video

Germany's Atrocity posted a promo video for the new song "Pandæmonium." The track appears on the upcoming release "Okkult," the first in a triology conceptual album series (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location. The album is also the start of worldwide treasure hunt for the first bonus track (hidden somewhere in Europe). A preview for the album can be heard over here.

"Okkult" is set to drop via Napalm Records on April 24, 2013 (ESP/SWE/NOR), April 26, 2013 (GAS/BeNeLux/FIN), April 29, 2013 (Rest of World) and May 7, 2013 (USA/CAN).

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Dendera Posts Preview Clip Of "The Killing Floor"

U.K. metal act Dendera posted a preview clip for the title track of the forthcoming debut release "The Killing Floor." The album is set for release on May 6, 2013 through Metalbox Recordings.

The track listing for the album is:

1. For Vengeance
2. My Mercy
3. Senlac Hill
4. The Killing Floor
5. Hatechild
6. The Predator
7. Bridges Will Burn
8. Till We Fall

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ASG Posts Lyric Video For "Avalanche"

North Carolina's ASG posted a lyric video for the new track "Avalanche." The song is the opener of the band's forthcoming full-length LP "Blood Drive," which is due out May 28th, 2013 via Relapse Records.

The track listing for "Blood Drive" is:

1. Avalanche
2. Blood Drive
3. Day’s Work
4. Scrappy’s Trip
5. Castlestorm
6. Blues for Bama
7. Earthwalk
8. Children’s Music
9. Hawkeye
10. Stargazin
11. The Ladder
12. Good Enough to Eat

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Bullet Posts New Music Video For "Rolling Home"

Swedish traditional metal/hard rock band Bullet posted another music video for the latest LP "Full Pull." This clip features the track "Rolling Home." The album was issued last year via Nuclear Blast. The previous clip the song "Running Away" can be viewed over at this location.

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Gloryful Posts Studio Report, Streams New Song

German metal act Gloryful, featuring guitarist Shredmaster J.B. of Night In Gales fame, posted an in studio video featuring drummer Hartmut Stoof recording the drum tracks for the new track "Evil Oath" (which streams in its entirety in the video). The song appears on the band's debut full length release "The Warrior's Code," which is due out for release on May 24, 2013 via Massacre Records.

The track list for "The Warrior's Code" is as follows:

1. The Riddle of Steel
2. Gloryful's Tale
3. Heavy Metal - More than Meets the Eye
4. The Warrior's Code
5. Breaking Destiny
6. Evil Oath
7. Chased in Fate
8. Far Beyond Time
9. Fist of Steel
10. Sedna's Revenge
11. Death of the First Earth More...

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Civil War Announces Album Title & Release Date

Civil War, the band comprised of ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums) and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) along with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon/Ex-Cryonic Temple), have announced that the band's first full length release will be entitled "The Killer Angels." The album is set for release on June 11, 2013 (standard CD/digital) via Despotz Records.

The album will also be avilable as a limited edition combo vinyl/CD pack limited edition of the album come with both Vinyl (2 x 12" black vinyl) and CD, packaged in an exclusive 6 page gatefold pack, and feature an exclusive bonus song; "March Across The Belts".

Pre-orders for the special "large" vinyl/CD combo package can be made at this location and the regular combo pack (2LP vinyl/CD) over here.

The track listing and cover art are as follows:

1. King Of The Sun
2. First To Fight
3. Saint Patrick's Day
4. Rome Is Falling
5. Sons Of Avalon
6. I Will Rule The Universe
7. Lucifer's Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
10. Gettysburg
11. March Across The Belts (Bonus Track) More...

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Dragonsclaw Premieres New Single

Metal has evolved over the course of its existence, sometimes to the point where its traditional styles have become the minority. The younger generation of fans that have missed out on trailblazers like Warlord, Jag Panzer, Agent Steel or Abattoir of the mid-80's can turn to a new hope down under with Australia's Dragonsclaw. The band burst upon the scene with the debut LP "Prophecy" back in March of 2012 and have finished work on the sophomore effort "Judgement Day." The Aussies just announced that they have signed on with Killer Metal Records in Germany for the album, expected this year.

Today, through Metal Underground.com, the band premiere's its new single "Watching My Every Move," the opening track off the new album, which features guest vocalist, Ex-Accept and current PowerWorld crooner David Reece. Dragonsclaw vocalist Giles Lavery explains: "[W]e wanted to hit hard, much the same way we did with the track "Darkness within" on our first album, but this one is a little more melodic than that though, it's just as heavy, but with a more melodic chorus."

Lavery went on to explain the meaning behind the single and the role of David Reece: "[T]he song is inspired by the 'Psycho' films, so the lyrics are a split personality, two voices talking to each other. I wasn't getting any satisfaction singing both parts myself...it just didn't have the right dynamic that i wanted, but the moment we got David Reece to jump in as the "other voice," it instantly worked!"

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