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Metal News for April 5, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Zolle Streaming New Song

Supernatural Cat will set the self-titled album from Zolle loose on May 13th, 2013. In celebration of the pending release, a new track from the album is now available for streaming.

Listen to "Trakthor" at ThisIsNotAScene.com or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about hte band:

"Blazing out of the backwoods of Bruzzelle, Italy, born in homage to plow and harvest -- harvesting riffs, plowing grappa -- the Zolle duo will release their belligerently unhinged full-length debut of rural rampage in plenty of time for tomato season.

"With only two members, somehow the magical Zolle still features members of Zu, Morkobot, OvO, One Dimensional Man and more. The bandits’ self-titled album stumbles triumphantly through inebriated off-kilter riff marches, schizokiller percussive thunder, disharmony and distressed builds abound, the pummeling concoction void of a goddamn human voice for its duration.

"There’s nowhere better on the near-half-hour colostomy of Zolle to let you all know where we’re coming from than just hitting play on this thing. So, here is the album-opening tune which the band would like to inform you is called 'Trakthor,' except they’re an instrumental band, making it impossible to actually tell you. But the word 'Trakthor' only translates from Italian to English as, 'Trakthor,' so there’s no harm done.

"Formed by Marcello Lan (Morkobot), who lays down the meaty riffs, and counterpart Stefano who beefs things up on drums and xylophone, Zolle commenced work on their debut album throughout the summer of 2012, and in just two months they had the music ready to commit to tape. Recorded in September of the same year by Michelangelo Roberti at Mizkey Studio (Morkobot) and mastered by Giovanni Versari (Zu, Morkobot, OvO, One Dimensional Man), performed almost entirely live, the drums are of considerable proportion and made of copper and the amplifier an old digital model of the ’50s which makes for a mammoth sound.

"In addition, Urlo (Ufomammut/Supernatural Cat) and Roberto Rizzo (Quasiviri/Runi) make guest infiltrations bearing drunken gifts of synth throughout the duration of Zolle’s ruckus." More...

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Imperium Dekadenz Dissects New Album

Out now through Season of Mist, German black metal outfit Imperium Dekadenz's fourth and latest full-length album is "Meadows of Nostalgia," which can be ordered right here.

To let fans in on how this release came together and how the album compares to previous offerings, Imperium Dekadenz vocalist/guitarist Horaz got in touch with us for a brief interview. "We had the goal to improve the sound but also doing a step back to a more old school style," he comments while discussing the recording process, going on to say "It is harsher, wider, and more powerful. As nostalgia is the important factor on this album we wanted to sound epic but also rough and rusty."

Check out what Horaz had to say in the interview below regarding the album's artwork and a call for fans to put together lyric videos for the release. More...

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Bone Sickness Streams "Submit To Decay"

"Alone In The Grave," the impending debut 12” from Olympia, Washington-based death metal horde Bone Sickness is nearing release, with local operation 20 Buck Spin prepped to unleash the beast on 12” vinyl and via download on April 30th.

Today, Pitchfork reaches into the tombs, pulling forth the rot of "Alone In The Grave" opening track “Submit To Decay” at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:

"A putrid album guaranteed to dampen the renewing cycle of life this Spring season, Alone In The Grave has already set Bone Sickness apart from the pack through advance coverage of the album. The young members have tagged and bagged some of the most legit, goresoaked American death metal of our times, infiltrating their brutal old-school songs with surges of Repulsion, Autopsy, Infest and more punk/grind-influenced acts than the legions of clones stripping their riffs from Gothenburg’s templates.

"Alone In The Grave aborts seven tracks in twenty minutes, the album housed in ghastly, unbelievably-detailed cover art executed by Chips & Beer Mag’s in-house illustrator Hand Of Beaver."

Bone Sickness will storm Seattle supporting Absu on April 25th, and is currently scheming on Summer tour plans.

4/25/2013 Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Absu More...

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Thinning The Herd Announces Album Release

Following a tumultuous several months of hardships and hard work, once again restructuring the band for the second time in a year, NYC’s Thinning the Herd this week confirms the details of the band’s pending second full-length, "Freedom From The Known."

Founding vocalist/guitarist Gavin Spielman had replaced the crew on TTH’s 2011-released debut full-length, "Oceans Rise," recruiting a new rhythm section in 2012 with bassist Wes Edmonds and drummer Rick Cimato (ex-Locked In A Vacancy).

The lineup honed the newest songs, and shipped out to Chicago last Summer to record the sophomore album "Freedom From The Known" at Electrical Audio Studios with studio guru Steven Albini. The trio filmed a new video for the album, and as the band was preparing to release new material, Rick Cimato was tragically killed in a head-on collision over the 2012 holiday season. More...

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(Psychoparalysis) Announces New Album

Finland's dynamic death metal outfit (Psychoparalysis) has announce debut album "Human Disposition" will be released on April 25th by BWK Records. The following press release was issued about (Psychoparalysis):

"The band's music, dynamic death metal, is a unique mixture of crushing riffs, enchanting melodies and pure death metal groove. The music derives from personal feelings and inspirations while bands like Death and Bolt Thrower echo in the depths of the mind. The outcome has been often compared to such bands as early Amorphis and Edge of Sanity.

"(Psychoparalysis) was founded by Anssi Kantola at the end of 2009 as he had come up with songs which didn't fit his other band. As the new material seemed strong but different, and making compromises was not a choice, a new band was born. The new line-up originated in no time when Jani Partanen and Otto Trygg joined immediately and after about two months Mika Sallamaa took over the drummer's throne.

"By the year 2013 (Psychoparalysis) have played about 25 shows in Finland and released 3 demos. The release of the first full length album marks a milestone for the band being their best work in terms of songwriting, performance, production and general awesomeness. In 2013 (Psychoparalysis) will play their first shows outside Finland, in Mexico and Russia. The action-packed fast forward approach seems to fit (Psychoparalysis) - slowing down does not seem likely. More...

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HOD Streaming New Track

Aiding in the band’s quest to crush the souls of nonbelievers, today the evil doers of Invisible Oranges offer up an exclusive premiere of “Beneath The Mountains Of The Scorpion” from San Antonio blackened death metal deviants HOD.

The newest hymn of insolence comes by way of "The Uncreated Demo." Give the song a listen here or through the player available below.

Recorded by Dennis Munoz (Solstice) and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor) "The Uncreated Demo" features the recording lineup of guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A., and drummer Dennis Sanders and serves as a disease-ridden apocalyptic precursor to the band’s forthcoming "Book of the Worm" full-length.

“This demo isn’t just HOD’s return to the frontlines,” notes Reebs. “It’s the first assault of a whole new war and siege! It’s time for HOD to take our rightful place upon the throne.”

HOD will bring audio wreckage to the stage with a handful of live assaults. Details are as follows:

4/20/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ War Master, Demoniacal Geuflection, Brimwylf
6/01/2013 The Korova – San Antonio,TX w/Abigail (Japan), Speedwolf, Full Of Hell, Gehenna
6/29/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Dead Horse More...

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Ivanhoe Unveils New Album Artwork

Germany's prog metal veterans Ivanhoe ready to return with a new album called "Systematrix." The album was recorded at the Red Room Studios with producer Andy Horn (Lanfear, Edenbridge, Voices Of Destiny).

The band has now revealed the cover artwork, created by Thilo "Minz" Meyer, which can be viewed below. "Systematrix" will be released on May 24th, 2013 via Massacre Records. More...

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Tuxedo Signs With Massacre

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Tuxedo:

"Happy Metal? Brutal Death Metal Polka? Power Reggae Metal? Original Austrian Alpencore! We're happy to announce the signing of Tuxedo!

"The Austrian sextet was formed as an alternative/crossover trio back in 2005. They released their EP 'Schizophrenia' in 2009. Soon after and with the addition of a new drummer, they played more metal oriented music.

"Their second EP 'Fight' was released in 2010 and received good reviews. A second guitarist joined the band and they continued to develop their own musical style. Soon after, Austrian Alpencore was born! More...

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Macbeth Releases New Music Video

Germany's Macbeth has released a new music video for the track "Kanonenfutter," which comes off the band's "Wiedergänger" album. Check out the video below, or find more info on Macbeth at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Scale The Summit Reveals New Album's Track Listing

Progressive instrumentalists Scale The Summit will release their fourth album, "The Migration," on June 11th, shortly after the start of their upcoming tour with Intronaut. Recorded earlier this year at Basement Studios in North Carolina with Jamie King (BTBAM, For Today), "The Migration" will contain the following 10 tracks:

1. Odyssey
2. Atlas Novus
3. The Olive Tree
4. Narrow Salient
5. Oracle
6. Evergreen
7. The Dark Horse
8. Willow
9. Sabrosa
10. The Traveler

"The Migration" marks the recording debut of new bassist Mark Michell. A behind-the-scenes look at the tracking can be found here. More...

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Negator Posts New Lyric Video

German extreme metal group Negator has unveiled a lyric video for "Atonement in Blood," a song from the upcoming release "Gates To The Pantheon," due out April 23rd (digitally) / May 14th (physically). You can watch the video below.

The album's track listing is:

1. Epiclesis
2. Bringer Of War
3. The Last Sermon
4. Serpents Court
5. Nergal, The Raging King
6. Carnal Malefactor
7. The Urge For Battle
8. Atonement In Blood
9. Revelation 9:11

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Shining Reveals Details For "One One One"

The avant-garde Norwegian group Shining (not to be confused with the Swedish group of the same name) will release new "One One One" this spring, the band's first studio album in three years.

The album, which is available now for pre-order, will be released in North America digitally on April 23rd, with physical releases on CD and gatefold LP to follow soon after. A teaser for the forthcoming music video for first single "I Won't Forget" can be seen below.

Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Slayer) and mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Ministry), "One One One" sees Shining expanding on the musical palettes introduced on 2010's landmark "Blackjazz." That album -- hailed by the New York Times as "a radioactive alloy of jazz and black metal" -- scored a Norwegian Grammy nomination, cracked the Norwegian Top 10, and saw the group tour around the globe. More...

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Arckanum Streaming New Track

Terrorizer’s website is currently streaming “Tungls Tjúgari,” a song from Arckanum’s forthcoming album "Fenris Kindir." Listen to the track here or through the player below. The album will hit stores on May 10th (May 14th in North America).

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
3. Dólgrinn
4. Hatarnir
5. Hamrami
6. Fenris Gangr
7. Vargøld
8. Angrboða
9. Úskepna
10. Spell
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions] More...

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Chaostar Streaming Song From New Album

Chaostar, the project born from Christos Antoniou of Sepcticflesh's love of classical, challenging music, has announced the stream of the first song entitled "Un pensiero per il destino" off of upcoming release "Anomima."

Check out the track via Greek webzine Rock Overdose or through the player below. "Anomima" will hit stores on May 10th in Europe and May 28th in North America, and features guest vocal appearances by Morbid Angel's David Vincent and Moonspell's Fernando Ribeiro.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. (MA)
2. Un pensiero per il destino
3. Sorrow Descending
4. Medea
5. Dilate the Time
6. Les réminiscences extatiques
7. Truth Will Prevail
8. Beatiful Daughter
9. The Charmer
10. L'idée fixe
11. Misery’s King

In addition, Chaostar is pleased to announce that the band will be headlining the Ghost Gathering Festival in Rasnov, Romania on July 13th. More...

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Elitist Changes Name To Bastard Feast

Portland's Elitist has officially changed the band's name to Bastard Feast. Taylor Robinson (guitar), Joshua Green (vocals), Nickolis Parks (drums), Justin Yaquinto (guitar), and Jesse Aspy (bass) are currently writing new material for a forthcoming release on Season of Mist.

Regarding the name change, guitarist Taylor Robinson said: "Bastard Feast represents us upping the ante on the evil, disgusting music we make. The name Elitist has been buried and Bastard Feast is the portal through which we will now dispel our hatred."

In June 2011, Bastard Feast released the album "Fear in a Handful of Dust." The full-length is available on Season of Mist’s e-shop, as well as digitally and on Bandcamp (with updated artwork). Regarding "Fear in a Handful of Dust," Bastard Feast said: "This is for those of us who observe and recognize the evidence of evil in faith, hypocrisy of government and the poisons of herd mentality. We'll scream our message of discontent from bloody throats and open wounds."

Catch the band live:

Portland May 11th @ Branx w/ Rotten Sound and Black Breath
Portland May 31st @ Ash Street Saloon w/ Bell Witch
Oakland August 17th @ Metro Opera House w/Drop Dead, Noothgrush, Graves at Sea and Brainoil. More...

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Worstenemy Announces New Album Release

Italian death metal veterans Worstenemy will play live to present their new album “Revelation” on Saturday the 27th of April at the Fabrik Club in Cagliari. Fans will have the chance to purchase the album before its official release at the show. Check out a preview of the album below.

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First Bands Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Public sales for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal 2014 will start Monday April 8th at 5PM EST. Are you ready for Round 4 of The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise?

As this will be the last time the cruise will be sailing on the “Majesty of the Seas,” the organizers have a very special treat for all you sailors: everyone that becomes a ticketed and paid passenger before July 27th, 2013 will be able to vote where they are going to steer that old lady.

The first 7 out of 40 bands on board have already been announced:

Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Finntroll
Overkill
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Symphony X

The festival will sail Monday, January 27, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Friday, January 31, 2014.

Ticket prices start at US $666 plus US $319 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24h room service! More info is available at this location.

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Karhu Announces New Tour Dates

U.K./Finland act Karhu has checked in with the following statement about upcoming tour dates:

"Karhu's 2013 tour can finally be announced - a string of 17 dates will see them performing their own brand of progressive metal across the U.K. from the 10th to 26th of May. London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Gloucester are just a few of the UK cities and towns that will be experiencing 'The Karhu Groove.'

"Following on from the enthusiastic reception of their 2012 tour, the band have changed the management team and gone full steam ahead into the tasks of band promotion. The first album Survival of the Richest has been polished up with improved vocal and guitar parts, remixed and mastered, with a DVD including a couple of bonus tracks and a Documentary to accompany the CD. Magazines, festivals and Record Labels can keep an eye out for that before its release date of May 3rd.

"The U.K. element of the band, which now includes Hampshire based Jake Archer, is rehearsing through March and April. Finnish guitarist and growling vocalist, Osku Kinnunen, flies in the week before the tour to polish up the performance."

Karhu's Manager "The Glove" also states: "We would like to thank all the promoters and agents that have been involved in the setting up of the 'Reality 2.0 Tour 2013.' Due to the costs involved in flying Osku in from Finland, the band has not been able to make use of the Battle of the Bands route to recognition within the British Metal Music Industry. We are grateful that some of the UK's Promoters have taken a chance on Karhu and given the band a fantastic opportunity to play to the Metal Heads of this great Island." More...

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Eternal Void Recruits New Vocalist

Ohio's Eternal Void has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new vocalist: "We are proud to announce that Jeff Wilson is the new official vocalist for Eternal Void! Get ready bitches, shit just got real!"

The band is now in the process of working on new material, with further details to be announced as they are made available. More...

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Eternal Legacy To Release New Album

Cleveland, Ohio-based metallers Eternal Legacy will release its third album, "Seeking No Peace," on April 23 via Auburn Records. The album was produced by Eternal Legacy vocalist/guitarist Jason Vanek and recorded at Mercinary Studios in Avon, Ohio.

Mastering was done by Mark Klein at Noise Floor Studio in Bedford, Ohio. The cover art was created by Larry Weber, while the layout and design was handled by Alex Yarborough. The track listing is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Cauterize
03. Dielectric
04. Eyes Without A Soul
05. Greed
06. Seeking No Peace
07. First Murder
08. Lie
09. While You Bleed

"At last, the new Eternal Legacy album is complete," says Jason Vanek. "Here's a culmination of all our past efforts and influences. We love the new tunes and can't wait to pound the metal live down your throats! We hope our fans enjoy it as much as we do." More...

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Pop Evil Reveals "Onyx" Details

Pop Evil has revealed the album cover, track listing, and pre-order bundle info for the forthcoming LP "Onyx," due out May 14th, 2013. Pre-orders are available here, and the track listing is:

1. Goodbye My Friend
2. Deal with the Devil
3. Trenches
4. Torn to Pieces
5. Divide
6. Beautiful
7. Silence & Scars
8. Sick Sense
9. Fly Away
10. Behind Closed Doors
11. Welcome to Reality
12. Flawed More...

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Freedom Call Announces "Ages Of Light" Release

Melodic metal act Freedom Call's balance sheet is certainly something to be proud of: the group surrounding vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay has released a total of seven studio albums and two live releases. Freedom Call is also ever-present live on the stage, having toured not only with the likes of Saxon, Edguy, Blind Guardian, and Hammerfall, but also having played successful tours on its own since 2010.

Freedom Call's exceedingly melodic songs are frequently referred to as "happy metal," with the group earning the title of "Happiest Metal-Band In The World." The release of "Ages Of Light" on April 29th, 2013 (USA: May 7th 2013) is set to mark the band's 15th anniversary. The following press release was issued about the upcoming collection:

"This full-to-the-brim best-of release includes 18 classics from their creative career to date, among them 'We Are One' from their 1999 debut, the anthemic 'Freedom Call' off Crystal Empire (2001), 'Warriors' and 'Land Of Light' from their 2002 release Eternity, a live version of 'Metal Invasion' and the topical 'Power & Glory' off Land Of The Crimson Dawn (2012). 'Those 18 numbers are usually celebrated at our gigs, or even requested with a vengeance,' explains Chris Bay, who has another real ace up his sleeve: the bonus CD Masqueraded presents six Freedom Call tracks in new and unusual guises: a ska version of 'Metal-Invasion', 'Mr. Evil' as a melodic reggae track, 'Hero On Video' as a speed ska number and 'Rockin' Radio' (which is also supported by a video clip) in a killerbilly version.

"Masqueraded is complemented by 'Freedom Call' in campfire strumming style (including music sheet/tablature) and 'Age Of The Phoenix' in a power swing outfit. It would hardly be possible to present these tracks more colourfully or diverse. Bay adds, 'Our intention with Masqueraded was to inspire musicians and music fans to create their own, personal version of one of our songs - irrespective of musical style - and send it to us.' More...

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Cerebellion Issues EP Update

Cerebellion has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP release:

"Fucking April….So it’s fucking April already and we have been and continue to be working like crazy to reach our goal of releasing the new album and playing live again. It seems like every time we blink a new month is starting. We are still in the pre-production stages of the EP and so far everything is coming together nicely. We’re extremely excited about the way our new material is coming out, and in true Cerebellion form it is all over the map. We even have a short clip (emphasis on short) of new material in the works, see below.

"In addition to the music, the album title has been decided and new artwork is currently being created. As always, we want to thank you again for sticking with us and spreading the Cerebellion to everyone you know. As a display of that gratitude, we are currently giving away FREE STICKER PACKS to anyone that orders them on our online store here." More...

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Benchpress Streaming "Controlled By Death"

Lewistown, PA hardcore/metal act Benchpress will be releasing a new album titled "Controlled By Death" on April 12th, 2013. The full release is now available for streaming online. Check it out at Stereokiller.com here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro // Exist
2. Splitting Heads
3. Disgusted with the World (featuring Dion Barrella of Rock Bottom)
4. Silver Spoon
5. Pressure
6. No Place Like Home
7. Hellbound
8. Out of my mind
9. Better
10. Grudges
11. Misery
12. Stay hated More...

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Kalmah Finishes Work On New Album

Finnish death metal legion Kalmah is pleased to unleash a seventh studio offering this June. Titled "Seventh Swamphony," the follow-up to 2010’s "12 Gauge" release, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features eight tracks, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost).

Comments lead guitarist Antti Kokko: "This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player [Veli-Matti Kananen], which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren."

Check out fifth track “Windlake Tale” through the SoundCloud clip below, or watch in-studio footage at this location. Kalmah will play the Dark River Festival in Finland this Summer with more festival and UK touring plans to be announced. Stay tuned for details. More...

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Blood Ceremony To Support Kylesa

Blood Ceremony will be supporting Kylesa on an upcoming North American tour to kick off in May, with additional support from Lazur Wolf and White Hills. Details on the run are as follows:

5/10 Gainesville FL @ High Dive
5/11 Orlando FL @ Backbooth
5/12 Miami FL @ Churchhills
5/13 Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
5/15 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jacks
5/16 Houston TX @ Walters
5/17 Dallas TX @ Trees
5/18 Austin TX @ Mohawk
5/20 Albuquerque NM @ Blackwater
5/21 Denver CO @ Marquis Theater
5/22 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
5/24 Santa Cruz CA @ Catalyst
5/25 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
5/27 Portland OR @ Star Theater
5/28 Seattle WA @ Chop Suey
5/29 Vancouver BC @ Electric Owl
5/31 Calgary AB @ Dickens More...

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Nuclear Streaming Split Track

Chilean thrashers Nuclear will share a split 7-inch vinyl with death metal band Conceived by Hate from El Salvador, Central America.

This limited 2-song split will be released via Sick Bangers Metal Label and Distro sometime this winter. Detailed information about this production will be disclosed within the next weeks. You can now listen Nuclear's track "Inner Hate" below. More...

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Rock Band To Discontinue DLC

It's the end of an era for music games: Harmonix has announced that no new official DLC will be coming for the Rock Band series of games, although according to a press release users will still be able to submit new content to the Rock Band Network for the Xbox. However, the Rock Band Network will no longer be available for PS3 players.

The Rock Band Network site is currently offline, only providing the following message:

"So RockBand.com is down. Sorry for the hassle. There were some server surprises earlier this week and the team is hard at work to get things back up and running as soon as possible. We should have more info shortly.

"This outage is unrelated to the end of weekly Rock Band DLC and we fully intend to keep the site up and running so our community still has a place to converse, discuss legacy DLC, join giveaways, get support tips, and reminisce about their favorite moments from the last 5+ years.

"While you’re waiting for the site to come back, check out The Story of Rock Band, a short video tribute we put together for the launch of “American Pie”, the final DLC release in a 281 week run of content." More...

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Grailight Reveals Third Guest Vocalist

Russian act Grailight is in the process of recording new album "Sic Luceat Lux," and the band has now checked in with the following statement about another guest musician:

"Thus, our third guest vocalist - Helen Bathory from Voronezh symphonic black metal band Artania. She performed the evil part in one of our most mysterious and darkest songs, adding color and theatre to the piece!"

Grailight also recently announced appearances by Rune of Emerald Night and Aina of Blackthorn. More...

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Volbeat And King Diamond Offering Free Song

Volbeat's latest album, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies," features a guest appearance from the legendary King Diamond.

Today, King Diamond and Volbeat are pleased to release the Jacob Hansen mastered version of this track, titled "Room 24", as a FREE download gift to the fans. Get the song at this location.

The track "Room 24" features a massive coup for Volbeat with the guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary front man of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate, and one of Poulsen's musical idols. Volbeat reveals, "I'm a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it's not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It's a weird, scary story, and he's the perfect person for it." More...

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Steel Panther Posts Studio Update

Steel Panther has checked in with a studio update as the band works on a new release and follow-up to 2011's "Ball Out" (reviewed here).

Check out the video below, or follow the latest on Steel Panther over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Sarke Reveals "Aruagint" Details

Sarke will be releasing "Aruagint" this coming May 24th. The artwork was handled by Maxime Taccardi and is available below, while the track listing is as follows:

01. Jaunt of the Obsessed
02. Jodau Aura
03. Ugly
04. Strange Pungent Odyssey
05. Walls of Ru
06. Salvation
07. Skeleton Sand
08. Icon Usurper
09. Rabid Hunger More...

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Azure Emote Premieres New Album

Your Friday is about to get a whole lot crazier, and a lot heavier, courtesy of avant-garde death metal outfit Azure Emote, the entity envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas). The group also includes members previously engaged with Fear Factory, System Divide, and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.

Azure Emote's new full-length "The Gravity Of Impermanence" just saw release via Selfmadegod Records, and we are proud to now bring you a full stream of the entire album!

Give these 14 tracks of no-holds-barred metal insanity a listen through the widget below (the songs may take a moment to load after hitting "play").

A complete breakdown of the lyrics and themes for all tracks can be found via our recent interview with Mike Hrubovcak right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Epoch of De-Evolution
2. Carpe Diem
3. Marching Forth
4. Sunrise Slaughter
5. Conduit of Atrophy
6. Veils of Looming Despair
7. Dissent
8. The Living Spiral
9. Obsessive Time Directive
10. Patholysis
11. Destroyer of Suffering
12. Annunaki Illuminati
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A Sound Of Thunder Unveils Album Art, New Label

D.C. area metal band A Sound Of Thunder is set to release the band's new full length album "Time's Arrow" and have unveiled the album's artwork, which was created by artist Dusan Markovic (shown below). After shopping the new release to prospective labels, the band has decided to do so on its newly launched record label Mad Neptune Records on June 4, 2013.

"Time's Arrow" was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown/While Heaven Wept/Deceased). The 64-minute, 11-song album includes a duet between ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley and ASoT vocalist Nina Osegueda on the brooding, Black Sabbath-inspired "My Disease." Other songs set to appear on the album include "Queen of Hell", which was previewed on a limited EP earlier this year (see review at over here), "I'll Walk With You," a zombie epic inspired by The Walking Dead television series, and the monumental 10-minute title track "Time's Arrow."

A Sound of Thunder will also break new ground by issuing a short story, penned by drummer Chris Haren, expanding on the story told in the lyrics of the title track. Beginning today, "Time's Arrow" will be available for pre-order in the following variety of formats via the band's Official Website: More...

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Amorphis Posts "Enchanted By The Moon" Lyric Video

Amorphis posted another new lyric video for the track "Enchanted By The Moon." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Circle," which is due out April 19th (EU), April 22nd (UK), and April 30th (North America).

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