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Metal News for April 5, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Bloodsoaked Streaming Entire Catalogue Online

One-man army of death Peter Hasselbrack has now made his complete Bloodsoaked discography available for streaming at StereoKiller. Included are 2007's "Brutally Butchered," 2009's "Sadistic Deeds...Grotesque Memories," and 2011's "The Death of Hope," - all of which are available through Comatose Music. The albums continue to be available over at Bandcamp as well.

Considered one of the world's premier one-man death metal acts, North Carolina's Bloodsoaked reached a new level of critical acclaim with the release of "The Death of Hope," ten songs of unholy death metal taking you back to the early 90's in its brutality and precision. That album features guest guitar solos by the iconic shredder James Murphy, and you can view the official video from it, "No God," below.


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Mexicore Releases Morelian Band Compilation

The popular blog site Mexicore has come out with another "Corepilacion" of several Mexican bands, this time featuring eleven bands from the Mexican city of Morelia. For those that are unfamiliar, Morelia is a large city located in the northern part of the Michoacan state. This compilation, like most of the Mexicore catalogue, features metalcore/deathcore, metal and hardcore bands.

It is titled "Morelia Se Infectara," and features all kinds of artists from The Wicked Silent to The Leviathan Attacks. Below is the tracklisting of the compilation with the song titles first and then the artist second. You may download the "Morelia Se Infectara" compilation at this location. Check out the tracks and cover below, and visit the Mexicore blog over here.

01.Stay With Me Forever - As You Wish My Queen
02.Dawn - Hassen
03.No Reason To Lie - Hey! Let's Go and Kill
04.From Cross to Joint - Horizon of Events
05.Para Mi Seria Mejor - Kinema
06.Eternal Coil - The Leviathan Attacks
07.Epilogo - Mi Propio Enemigo
08.Every Monday - Smash Box
09.Papaya Online - We Hope You Dance
10.Finding Nemo in the Vegas - What Happened in the Moon
11.The Wicked Silent - The Wicked Silent


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Totimoshi Announces West Coast Shows

California desert death rock trio, Totimoshi, will hit the road again later this month for a short run of West Coast shows. The tour will commence on April 12th in Bellingham, Washington, then hit Centralia, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Long Beach, and San Diego. Totimoshi will be joined by Black Elk on select dates.

The band will be touring in support of the "Avenger" full-length (reviewed here), released last year via At A Loss Recordings. Offering up the group's signature brand of heavy eclectic rock, "Avenger" was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Tool), mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Mike Watt, OM) and includes appearances by Dale Crover (Altamont, The Melvins, Shrinebuilder), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder).

4/12/2012 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA
4/13/2012 Hub Bar & Grille - Centralia, WA
4/14/2012 The Comet - Seattle, WA
4/16/2012 East End - Portland, OR
4/19/2012 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA w/ Black Elk
4/20/2012 Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA w/ Black Elk
4/21/2012 Side Bar - San Diego, CA w/ Black Elk

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I.N.C. Posts "Fist Of Fascista" Video

Connecticut/New York thrash metal band Indestructible Noise Command and Revolver Magazine are pleased to debut the band’s brand new music video for "Fist of Fascista"—a track that can be heard on the band's recent release, "Heaven Sent… Hellbound" (reviewed here) and on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal.

The video can be viewed at Revolvermag.com or through the player below and features animation by More Frames (also known for animating Lamb of God’s "Ghost Walking" video) depicting fascism and children being controlled by music. The video was directed by Russell Hasenauer, who also recently directed the band’s video for "Swallowed."

The band has the following upcoming shows:

4/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar w/ Onslaught – Doors @ 8pm
4/14 Orlando, FL @ WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field w/ Godsmack, Trivium, and more
4/19 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ M-16 “Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz” More...

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Bleak Flesh Offering Demo As Free Download

Chilean metal band Bleak Flesh has made the band's self-produced 2010 demo "Marching to War" available online for free streaming and download. You can download the release here or access the full stream at this location.

Bleak Flesh is currently playing live promoting the songs from the demo and other originals to be included with a new EP. The recording sessions will start later this year and the EP is set to include six new songs.

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Julius Seizure Releases New Studio Video

New Jersey metal band Julius Seizure has posted a third online video featuring the recording sessions of bassist Brian Daniell for the upcoming "Beware the Ides of March" EP, due out on May 15th, 2012.

Follow Julius Seizure's progress through the band's official website and Facebook profile, or see the video below. You can also check out the previously posted second studio video at this location.

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Svyatogor Posts New Album Teaser

Ukranian black metal act Svyatogor has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming third full-length album "Doctor Veritas," which can be viewed below. The band features Amorth I.M. (ex-Drudkh, ex-Astrofaes) and Master Alafern (Quintessence Mystica, Thunderkraft). The album will be released by Svarga Musi on May 7th, 2012, and promoted worldwide by Club Inferno Ent.

The track listing is as follows:

1. In Memory Of Fallen Heroes
2. Word hard. Eat. Watch.
3. The Manifesto
4. Doctor Veritas
5. Nor Fire, Nor Sword...
6. AWOKE / INCOMING (Antarctic solitude)
7. Spit And Forget
8. Inevitability
9. La concupiscence [Lust]
10. Reincarnation Of Thoughts

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Reveals Album Track List

Germany's Der Weg Einer Freiheit has revealed the title of the band's new album as "Unstille," which will be released on June 29th, 2012 through Viva Hate Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Zeichen
2. Lichtmensch
3. Nachtsam
4. Zu Grunde
5. Vergängnis
6. Zerfall

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Wizards Of Kaos Signs With Diminished Fifth

Diminished Fifth Records is pleased to announced the release of a self-titled debut by stoner metal band Wizards of Kaos. Hailing from St. John's Newfoundland, the band features Dan Moore (formerly of stoner/doom band sHeavy) at the helm on vocals and guitar as well as Ritche Perez on guitar, Karl Hawkins on bass, and Jim Barter on drums.

On this debut album the quartet has come blasting out of the gate with 13 songs of groovy heavy, metal-laced, stoner rock. You can watch a video for "The Great Shadow" in the player below. "When Dan sent me an advance of the album I knew I was hearing something special," commented label owner Josh Hogan. "Not only did it sound polished but most importantly the music had passion."

The band issued the following statement about the signing: "Wizards of Kaos are very pleased to announce that our new self titled album will be released through Diminished Fifth Records. We're looking forward to working with these guys and can't wait for everyone to hear the new Wizards brew!"

The album is currently set for May/June 2012 release date. More...

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Gojira Reveals New Album Details

Gojira has announced "L'Enfant Sauvage" as the title of the band's Roadrunner Records debut and fifth studio album. The title translates to "The Wild Child," features 11 tracks, and will be released June 25th in store and digitally. Recorded at Spin Studios in New York, the album is produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God).

"When you become a musician, you don't have a boss telling you what to do so you have to be very responsible," singer/guitarist/songwriter Joe Duplantier says, shedding a little light on the title and its meaning. "With freedom comes responsibility so I'm asking myself, 'What is freedom? What does it mean to me?' L'Enfant Sauvage reflects on that. There's no answer though. There's just life and questions."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Explosia
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall

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Cancer Bats Streaming New Song

Canadian band Cancer Bats is streaming the new song "Rally the Wicked" (heard below). The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Dead Set on Living," which is due out on April 24, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "Dead Set Living" is as follows:

1. R.A.T.S
2. Bricks and Mortar
3. Road Sick
4. Breathe Armageddon
5. Dead Set On Living
6. The Void
7. Old Blood
8. Drunken Physics
9. Bastards
10. Rally the Wicked
11. New World Alliance

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Powerglove Announces "No Survivors" Tour

Nostalgia metal outfit Powerglove has announced a mini-tour dubbed the "No Survivors Tour" with The Protomen. Support will come courtesy of Creature Feature and Danimal Cannon. First, the band will make an appearance at the widely popular gaming convention PAX East which takes every spring in Boston, MA. Powerglove will perform on April 7th at 6PM in the Magfest Jamspace along with Armcannon and Battlecake. The band commented:

“It has been said by the sages of our village that nerds like us cannot truly experience love or happiness. If we could, we'd love to announce our miniature co-headlining tour of maximum happiness with our old friends The Protomen. Our current plans of recording and self imposed isolation will have to wait, since this is something we've wanted to do for years and no man or beast or manbeast will stand in our way. Put away your anime love pillows for an evening and come join us for a spectacular celebration of nerd culture throughout the Northeast quadrant! Your pillow will still be there when you get home, don't worry.”

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Eric Pellegrini Streaming Debut Album

New Hampshire based death metal solo artist Eric Pellegrini has just released his debut CD entitled "Volume I." The entire album is currently available for streaming via Bandcamp or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Refuse To Die
2. Impossible Kill
3. The Black Feathered Vixen
4. Discrepancy
5. System Of Power
6. The Ringmaster
7. True Karma
8. The World Is A Stage More...

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Ignite Announces Live DVD Release

Melodic hardcore act Ignite is pleased to announce the release of the group's first ever live DVD, "Our Darkest Days Live."

The DVD will be released in North America on June 19th (in Europe on June 18th) and features 21 Ignite tracks, a behind the scenes documentary of the band recording "Our Darkest Days," as well as several music videos.

The live performance was shot in Leipzig, Germany in 2008 when Ignite was on tour with Terror, Strung Out, Death Before Dishonor and BurnThe8Track.

For the first time ever, the power and extreme intensity of an Ignite show can be experienced in your living room. Without the elbows... For more information on Ignite, please visit the band's Facebook profile.

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Disfiguring The Goddess Streaming New Song

Producer/musician Cameron Argon’s solo death metal project Disfiguring the Goddess and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to bring you a brand new, previously unreleased track for streaming, entitled "Daughter of Depths." The track is available for streaming now at this location and will appear on DTG’s new album "Sleeper," due out on April 24th, 2012.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Sleeper
2. Queen Kingdom
3. Daughter Of Depths
4. Lady Epicenter
5. Vines of Aftermath
6. Mountain
7. Ocean Tomb

To learn more about Disfiguring the Goddess, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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When Tigers Fight Streaming Song From New Album

Closed Casket Activities will release the second full-length from When Tigers Fight this Spring. The following press release was issued:

"Creating anthems that are as lyrically empowering as they are mosh-friendly, When Tigers Fight was formed by Mike McTernan of Washington DC-based hardcore kings Damnation A.D. on vocals and Jonathan Dennison of Another Victim, Unholy, Santa Sangre, The Path Of Resistance, The Promise and more on guitars. The outfit's slick songwriting has already been displayed to the public via a an EP and LP released the mid-2000s, but surge take it all to the next level on their upcoming LP Death Songs.

"Set for release on May 1st via upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities -- who co-released the vinyl version of the band's previous LP Ghost Story through Indecision Records -- Death Songs was recorded with Jocko at More Sound Studios in Syracuse, and rolls heads with nine energetic tracks, merging the melody of post-youth crew styled hardcore with a more rage-ridden approach at times, forming the When Tigers Fight sound. The cover art for Death Songs was created by Jon MacNair, known for his work on labelmates Harm's Way's last full length, Isolation."

Today the longtime hardcore supporters at Stereokiller are streaming the first listen to "Death Songs" in the form of the track "Kill Or Cure." Go forth and get your stagedive on right here. More...

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Watain To Release New DVD

Swedish black metal heathens Watain are set to unleash a new DVD upon the masses. Titled "Opus Diaboli," the production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of the ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual, and spiritual work leading up to it. According to a press release, "Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon."

Comments the band in a collective statement: “This movie was first meant to be the recording of our 13-year anniversary concert, but as everything with Watain, it took on a life of its own and become one of our most ambitious projects to date. It is a very personal and emotional piece of work and is certainly not for the faint of heart. But for those who wish to explore the glimmering abyss of Watain further, this will be a rewarding release for sure. The box version of Opus Diaboli [available exclusively through the band’s own Wolfwear.net] contains an exclusive photobook.

"It was an overwhelming experience going through the massive archives in search of photos that best sum up the storm of passionate turmoil that has marked the Watain journey, especially since we wanted to stay away from live photos and focus more on moments off stage. The results were however very satisfying and offer a rare and spicy mixture of photos of which most have never been published previously. We are also proud to announce that this will be the first release on our own label ‘His Master’s Noise,’ a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Just like with our merch store wolfwear.net from which the limited box set will be available, this time we have chosen to stand by our own and do things our way.”

"Opus Diaboli" will be unleashed in North America on June 5th, 2012. As previously announced, Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will commence next week on April 11 in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation. More...

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Mares Of Thrace Streaming New Song

Still nearly three weeks from release, Mares of Thrace's sophomore LP, "The Pilgrimage," is already pillaging print and online media. Today Pitchfork is hosting an exclusive stream of "Act I: David Glimpses Bathsheba," the opening track to "The Pilgrimage," which sets up the album with incredible force, showcasing the dexterity these two ladies are capable of as a simple duo. Check it out via an exclusive premiere right here.

The third track from the album, "The Gallwasp," was also recently unveiled through Brooklyn Vegan.

Calgary-based Mares of Thrace will release "The Pilgrimage" on CD and digital download this April 24th, the first in the band's multi-album worldwide deal with Sonic Unyon Metal. An LP pressing will follow at a later date. The band will take to the road across North America for a solid month in conjunction with the release of "The Pilgrimage" later this month. More...

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Remembering Never Splits With Vocalist

Update: The band's Facebook page has since had a new message posted stating this was an April Fool's gag, which the band posted late on April 5th. The full message reads as follows:

this has been quite the ego boost, but really... are you motherfuckers high? APRIL FOOLS, you gullible, motherfuckers! cant have an april fools joke on April 1st, no ones gonna believe shit. i feel bad now (not really), but thank you for all the kind words and fuck that dude that said Ether sucks, that shits the jam.

Anyhow, its Danny Burgers Birthday, one of my best buds that started this band with me and is still riding till the end.

we have 7 songs primed and ready, hammering out 4 or 5 more before recordings. song titles? All Praise..., Electreligion, Excuses & Denials, Jesus Envy, The American Dream Is Running Out Of Steam, Monkey Suit and Chasing Ghosts. dont rip my shit off.

anyhow, thanks again and sorry. totally got you fuckers though. yea, i will never stop being pissed about shit. i'm kind of sad some of you doubted me. have a warm thursday.

Vocalist Peter Kowalsky of Florida based act Remembering Never has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"This is my last transmission as part of this band. I've lost my passion of the fight for humanity and bringing certain injustices at the forefront of communication.

"I'm sure the band will go on and have a successful new record and there is no bad blood. Please support them always. Thanks for the years."

For more details on Remembering Never, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Altar Of Plagues Streaming Song From Split

Altar of Plagues is releasing a split with Year of No Light via Music Fear Satan / Radar Swarm Records. The Altar of Plagues contribution to the split, originally conceived prior to the "White Tomb" sessions, is now available for streaming online via Brooklynvegan. The band also commented:

"We are proud to finally share a piece of music that was conceived in 2007 prior to the recording of our album 'White Tomb.' Revisiting older work which represents an early stage in our development has been a refreshing experience.

"It is interesting to observe how much the 'black' metal landscape has changed in such a short period of time. When this piece was created, the musical territory in which we resided felt small and largely unnoticed. Our split with Year of No Light is now streaming in full thanks to our friends at Brooklyn Vegan."

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The Way Of Purity Comments On Upcoming Album

The Way of Purity, which recently cancelled North American tour dates with Negura Bunget, will be releasing the band's second album "Equate" on April 17th. Wormholedeath Records commented:

"There are few bands with a common purpose beyond that of the music they create, who ardently stick to that purpose, thus transcending the vagaries of the often soulless music industry and becoming a genuine force for change. Animal Liberation Front supporters THE WAY OF PURITY are one such band though, and with the North American release of their sophomore album ‘Equate’ on 17 April 2012, via the new non-profit record label Revolution Harmony, they will take one more small step for man and one more giant leap for animal-kind. ‘Equate’ features ten new tracks of brutally blackened and detuned metalcore with synth flourishes, married with empoweringly empathetic lyrics, all trapped in a vicious bass-laden analogue recording. The album was produced, arranged, recorded and edited by Jonathan Mazzeo at Math Lab Recordings, mixed by Wahoomi Corvi at Realsound Studio, and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio."

“Always walk on the path of integrity and never act like a normal band, that has always been our promise to ourselves” The Way Of Purity affirms. “Our partners must fight to push our message and mission without ulterior motives, and this is exactly why we have joined forces with Revolution Harmony. When we found out about Ray Holroyd’s non-profit record label, we fell in love with his vision, and with his support we can fulfil our dreams of helping animal and earth protection organizations. This is just the beginning… the revolution starts now!” More...

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Terrordrome Streaming New Song

Terrordrome has finished work on the band's second full length album, titled "The Day Of Sacrilege." The final touches are just being made to the artwork and then the release information will shortly be announced. In the meantime, here is a preview track from the album, titled "Conceit Is The Disease," available in the player below.

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Evolution Chaos Posts Music Video Teaser

Finnish act Evolution Chaos has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Inscrutable Divine And Concealed Minds" video, which can be found below. You can also watch Evolution Chaos' previous music video for "Paradox" at this location.

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Crystal Viper Streaming Metalucifer Cover

Crystal Viper has posted the Metalucifer cover song "Warriors Ride On The Chariots" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"This is the 3rd bonus track on Japanese edition of our forthcoming studio album 'Crimen Excepta,' taken from the ultra rare 'Heavy Metal Hell - A Tribute To Metalucifer' compilation... Enjoy!"

"Crimen Excepa" is due out on April 27th, 2012 (EU) and April 24th, 2012 (North America) through AFM Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood (from the "Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood" motion picture soundtrack)

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King's X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Posts Status Video

King's X posted a video of drummer Jerry Gaskill, who recently suffered a heart attack, who provided a status update on his health situation. In addition, Gaskill thanked fans for the overwhelming support.

The band, in partnership with Molken Music, has set up a fund for the mounting health bills. For a $20 donation, the band is offering an exclusive free download of a live album entitled "Burning Down Boston." Please visit the fund site at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Storm Corrosion Answers Fan Questions

Storm Corrosion, the collaboration between Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, recently called out for fan submitted questions. The band has now posted the first in a series of videos answering the questions, this time covering the issue of artistic struggle over creative control in the collaboration.

The pair will release "Storm Corrosion" on May 8th via Roadrunner Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Drag Ropes 9:52
2. Storm Corrosion 10:12
3. Hag 6:28
4. Happy 4:53
5. Lock Howl 6:09
6. Ljudet Innan 10:20

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The Stranded Issues New Album Update

The Stranded has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"Amost done with the mastering of the debut album by The Stranded, the brand new band featuring both Ettore and Claudio from Disarmonia Mundi. Don't forget to check 'em out on Facebook at this location, samples and cool stuff coming soon so stoay tuned!"

The Stranded also previously released the following biography:

"After releasing several successful albums worldwide with their main band Disarmonia Mundi, poly-instrumentist Ettore Rigotti and screamer Claudio Ravinale joined forces with guitarist Elliot Sloan (also known for being a professional skater in the Tony Hawk team) to form a new band called The Stranded.

"Keyboard player Alessio NeroArgento has been subsequently added to the line-up to complete the songs for their debut album entitled 'Survivalism Boulevard' tentatively scheduled for a 2012 release. "

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Procession Reveals New EP Details

Procession has teamed up with Burn Records and High Roller Records to release a new 10" EP titled "Death and Judgment." The band commented on the upcoming release:

"Featuring an advance version of the song 'Death & Judgement' from the upcoming album 'To Reap Heavens Apart' and a cover version of 'Nighstky,' originally performed and recorded by the ancient Russian doom gods SCALD, commemorating 15 years of Agyl's woeful death...RIP."

"Dead and Judgment" will see release this coming September 6th, 2012. You can check out the cover artwork at this location.

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LT Rhapsody Announces Track List Change, Free Song

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that the band was forced to leave the song "Fantasia Gothica" off the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due to a problem with the mix and time constraints to make the necessary changes, but will release the song free as part of an exclusive product through label Nuclear Blast Records. "Ascending to Infinity" is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012.

The announcement from the band reads:

Hi to all! Later today or tomorrow it will be released a news about the pre-orders as Nuclear Blast is actually linking the pre-order option to a special contest. As you can see from the sequence of songs listed in the NUCLEAR BLAST webshop, there is a little change in the order of the same album songs. FANTASIA GOTICA was removed at the very last minute from the album and this happened due to time problems related with the mix as we had a precise deadline to respect. So the whole album will last around 6 minutes less than what previously announced, same for the limited edition. But the good news is that just before the headliner tour FANTASIA GOTICA will be released together with another exclusive product we and NUCLEAR BLAST are preparing for you and that will be absolutely free for everybody… yes, my friends, absolutely FREE for the ones of you who asked about the limited editions: At this time the webshop of Nuclear Blast should have been already updated. Of course each limited edition will include the bonus DVD including the video of DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS, the "making of" documentary, interviews with the band members and more.
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Nachtmystium Releasing New EP

Nachtmstyium has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new 7" EP prior to the release of a full-length album:

"The upcoming Nachtmystium album will be entitled 'Silencing Machine' - watch out for more info soon.

"In the meantime you can already check out some new music on the upcoming 7" EP release 'As Made' which includes 2 exclusive tracks - one being a cover of the Joy Division song 'The Eternal:'

"Pre-order the EP over at CM Distro here." More...

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Swashbuckle Posts New Album Update

New Jersey based thrash pirates Swashbuckle have posted up an update on the writing process for the band's upcoming, yet untitled, fourth LP and the first since 2010's "Crime Always Pays..." The band has also promised to cover the Weird Al song "Dare to be Stupid" in the next couple of weeks, as a result of the fans voting them the winner in the recent Thrash Magazine March Metal Madness. The following was posted on the band's Facebook Page:

Piratical News Update: Well folks, we've been hard (read: hardly) at work on new demos and such and recently have finished up 7 new jams that will appear on our as yet unreleased record sometime in the near future (read: end of humanity as we all know it.) The best way to describe it is - Thrashy as fuck, punky as hell, more grinds than a box of Foldgers, and the utmost weirdly epic songs under a minute and a half that songs under a minute and a half can possibly be. Expect utter shenanigans and tom foolery on this one and get ready to mosh your taints off.

We also promised you dorks that if we won Thrash Magazine's Metal March Madness, we'd grace you with a cover of Weird Al's "Dare To Be Stupid," so be on the look out for that in the next couple of weeks.

That's all folks. Now kick rocks, nerds.

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Stormzone Posts New Promo Music Video

U.K. melodic metal band Stormzone, featuring Ex-Sweet Savage vocalist John Harbinson, posted a new promo music video for the song "Jester's Laughter" (see Metal Underground's review at this location.) The song appears on the band's latest LP "Zero to Rage," which was released in November 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Check out "Jester's Laughter" here:

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Headline News

Guitar Amp Pioneer Jim Marshall Passes Away

Jim Marshall, the man dubbed the "father of loud," who founded the iconic Marshall guitar amplifiers has passed away at the age of eighty eight. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Guitar hero Slash, formerly of Guns N Roses, has posted a message online via Twitter which reads:

"The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER!"

A message has also been posted online on the official Marshall website, which reads:

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.

"Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also included the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.

"In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes."

Read the full article at www.jimmarshall.co.uk.

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Trollfest Details New LP "Brumlebassen"

Norwegian folk metal band Trollfest has announced further details on the band's upcoming fifth LP "Brumlebassen." The album "tells a story about one of the characters that inhabit the fantastical universe created by the band. his time the story is about Brumlebassen, the Bee Keeper, whose task it is to care for the bees and brew the Honey Mead that is much loved by the Trolls. Brumlebassen adores his bees so much that he would secretly like to become one of them himself and he is therefore depicted wearing a bee costume!"

Trollfest, known for it's exuberant stage performances which have won over myriads of fans wherever they play, recently announced that Tor Einar Rognhave (stage name St Beinhard) would be joining the band as a permanent member, to replace Per-Olav Wiik, whose personal commitments no longer allowed him the time needed for the extensive schedule of live appearances. Immediately after the performance at Norway’s Inferno Festival, the band will embark on a 20-date European tour with Korpiklaani, followed by appearances at ExtremeFest in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in July, MetalCamp in Slovenia in August (where something special has been planned), and the Heidenfest Tour in Europe in October and November. A tour blog for the April tour will be available at this location. More...

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69 Chambers Unveils Album Artwork For "Torque"

Swiss groove metal band 69 Chambers unveiled the cover artwork for the band's sophomore LP, and first for label Massacre Records, "Torque," which is due for release on April 27, 2012. Check out the first video/single for the album entitled "The Doom of Her Power" at this location.

Check out the album artwork here:

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Tankard Posts Studio Report, Pt. III

Legendary beer soaked German thrashers Tankard posted the third installment of the studio video series for the recording of the band's follow up to the 2010 release "Vol(l)ume 14." The album will mark the band's first LP for Nuclear Blast Records.

In the third installment, singer Gerre talks about the recording of the band's 30th Anniversary release:

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Ensiferum Posts Final Studio Diary: Week 7

Finnish viking/folk band Ensiferum has been posting progress videos on the recordings of the yet untitled fifth release and follow up to the 2009 release "From Afar." In this, the final video in the series, "The band wraps up the recording process and stuff happens."

Check out the video here (click "CC" for English subtitles):

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Def-Con-One Streaming Title Track Of New LP

U.K. thrashers Def-Con-One, featuring former Venom and M-Pire Of Evil drummer Antony "Antton" Lant (brother of Venom's Cronos), are streaming the new song "Warface." The track appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore LP of the same name and is due out on Scarlet Records on June 19, 2012.

Check out "Warface" here:

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