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Metal News for April 6, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Conflicted Launches New Album And Official Video

Chilean thrashers Conflicted have just launched an official video for the track "God is Death," which is streaming below. The track is the eighth song off of Conflicted's new album "Social Disorder," which will be released on April 21st on SickBangers Records. Conflicted will have an official launch party scheduled on that date. The album was recorded at AudioCustom Studios in Santiago with production by Sebastian Puente. The band comes from the same northern desert town of Arica that fellow Chilean thrashers Nuclear come from. Stream three more songs from Conflicted over on MySpace.

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Demon Lung Streaming Debut EP

Las Vegas female fronted doom band Demon Lung is streaming its four song debut EP "Pareidolia" over on Bandcamp. Demon Lung recently played a show at Las Vegas' Cheyenne Saloon in March with Huntress, Sicocis, Tyrants of Torment and Vile Child. The band formed a few years back when vocalist Shanda Fredrick joined up with Pat and Jeremy, who were in a Vegas southern rock band. Jeremy then convinced friend Phil to come out from their native Indiana and complete the group. Stream the new EP "Pareidolia" in the player below.

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Ice Dragon Streaming New Album

Boston heavy doom trio Ice Dragon is streaming its newest album, "Tome of the Future Ancients," over on Bandcamp. The twelve song album marks the third full-length release for the band, which will be released later this year in LP form on the label Yersinia Pestis. "Tome of the Future Ancients" was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Ron’s Wrecker Service during 2011-2012. You may stream it down below in the player.


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Skineater Posts "Dermal Harvest" Trailer

Skineater has posted a teaser trailer online featuring sample music from the band's new album "Dermal Harvest." Check out the trailer via the band's Facebook profile. The track listing for "Dermal Harvest" is as follows:

1. Dismantling
2. He Was Murdered
3. Drifting
4. Your Life is Mine
5. Made of Godsick
6. A Thousand Dead Faces
7. Solitude Discord
8. Bring Them
9. Stab
10. Through the Empire More...

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Fallen Martyr Streaming New Single

Fallen Martyr has posted a new single online titled "Soul Left Bare," which will be included on the band's upcoming new album "Shadows," to be released soon through Siegen Records. Check out the song in the player below. The "Shadows" release date is expected to be announced next week, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
4. Doubt
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
8. Invocation
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out) More...

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Interview

Barren Earth Explains "The Devil's Resolve"

The Finnish metal heroes of Barren Earth have now released a second opus in which prog rock violently collides with extreme death metal, titled "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here). Now that the metal masses have had time to digest "The Devil's Resolve," I got in contact with guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö to see what he had to say about the band's latest output, how the overall fan reaction has been, and what Barren Earth has in store for the metal world in the future. More...

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SXSW 2012 Video Recap Available

Metal Injection attended the 2012 edition of South by Southwest, and has now returned, a bit hungover and worse for wear. However, Metal Injection managed to capture the vibes and cover all the metal happenings at the event, in the form of a new video update from Austin.

See all the madness at this location or in the player below.

Full versions of live bootlegs from Austin of bands including Job For A Cowboy, Trash Talk, Cancer Bats, Pilgrim, Battlecross and more can be seen through Metal Injection here. More...

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Landmine Marathon Announces California Shows

Phoenix-based grindcore act Landmine Marathon has been confirmed for select California dates on Nasum's upcoming Farewell Tour, paying tribute to the late Mieszko Talarczyk. Bassist Matt Martinez stated: "We are honored and excited to take part in The Grind Finale of Nasum. Mieszko was such an important and powerful contributor to the world of extreme music. It is going to be great to take part in this farewell to the grind powerhouse that is Nasum!"

Landmine Marathon with Nasum:

May 28th- Oakland CA at Oakland Metro
May 29th- Ventura CA at Billy O's
May 30th Los Angeles CA at The Black Castle

Landmine Marathan was also just announced as part of the lineup of Metallica's music festival, Orion Music and More. This two day festival will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey from June 23rd-24th.

The band continues to support latest release, "Gallows," which came out in September in North America and in January in Europe. "Gallows" was produced by guitarist Ryan Butler and features artwork by British artist Rob "Mid" Middleton. A video for that album's "Beaten and Left Blind" can be viewed here.

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Diamond Plate Video Interview Available

Metal Gods TV caught up with Diamond Plate at Hammerfest IV for a brief interview. You can check out footage from the interview in the player below.

Diamond Plate also has the following upcoming live shows with Suidakra and God Forbid: More...

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Church Of Misery Announces U.S. Tour

Japanese act Church of Misery (not to be confused with the U.S. act of the same name) has announced a U.S. headlining tour that will kick off on May 24th in Providence, RI. Presented by Brooklyn Vegan, the two week trek will showcase one of metal's most bizarre and exotic bands and one that Rolling Stone called "a dynamic articulated hell, like the Tokyo-Blue-Cheer crush of Boris but grounded in the British white-blues nightmares of early Seventies Black Sabbath."

The tour will include special Church of Misery appearances in Austin (as part of the 2012 Chaos in Tejas Fest) and Baltimore (as part of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest). Formed in 1996 by bassist Tatsu Mikami and guitarist Tomohiro Nishimura, the Tokyo-based Church of Misery's formidable sound melds early-era Black Sabbath style doom with powerful psychedelic rock. Dates are as follows:

# = support from The Gates of Slumber
% = support from Rwake & The Gates of Slumber
* = support from Hail! Hornet & The Gates of Slumber
May 24 Providence, RI AS220 #
May 25 Brooklyn, NY Cameo %
May 26 Philadelphia, PA North Star %
May 27 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Deathfest)
May 28 Wilmington, NC Soapbox *
May 29 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall *
May 30 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
May 31 New Orleans, LA Siberia *
June 1 Austin, TX Red 7 (as part of Chaos in Tejas)
June 3 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad *
June 4 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers *
June 5 Los Angeles, CA Satellite *
June 6 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room *
June 8 Portland, OR Branx *
June 9 Seattle, WA Studio Seven *

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A Thing About Machines Going On Hiatus

Kirk Flood of Michigan act A Thing About Machines has issued the following announcement about the band going on hiatus:

"It's safe to say at this point that we are currently on hiatus. I know this is what every band does, etc. but on top of a few personal issues, we have some things to take care of first in our lives that right now, are most important to us.

"Don't take this as a breakup, more as a way of us saying we need to get our act together as people before we continue this project.

"In the meantime, you can grab 'Vibes' on iTunes. Thanks everyone who has stuck with us this past year, it has been one of the best years of my life because of all of you. And hopefully you can expect us back as soon as possible. Until then, take it easy guys." More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Releases Studio Webisode

3 Inches of Blood has posted a 4th and final studio webisode online, which was filmed while the band was in the studio recording the new album, "Long Live Heavy Metal." Check out the new clip below, or find the last video at this location.

In support of the release, 3 Inches of Blood is currently on the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" with Devildriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Impending Doom, and Wretched. Following the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012," the band will make its return to Europe in May, and then will hit the road again in June for a U.S. tour with Municipal Waste and Black Tusk. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...

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All Else Fails Releases New Video

Edmonton, Alberta's All Else Fails released the group's latest album of aural attack, "The Oracle: What Was, Is, and Could Have Been," on August 19th, 2011 through Suicidal Bride Records. The 13-track disc was recently nominated "Best Metal Album of The Year" at this year's upcoming Edmonton Music Awards.

Now, in an exclusive world premiere by PureGrain TV, the band showcases the new music video "Obsidian Walls" directed by AEF vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko, who also runs the video production company FadeBack Studios United. You can check out the video below.

"Obsidian Walls" tells a chilling tale of violence, betrayal, and impending global disaster. All Else Fails will also be touring Western Canada in May with details to be announced soon. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming New Track

Today Pitchfork.com hosts the exclusive premiere of “Starless Midnight” from celestial doom doers Ides of Gemini. The tune comes off of the eclectic West Coast trio’s forthcoming new full-length, "Constantinople." Called “darkly beautiful” by Pitchfork, the nine-track offering was produced by Ides of Gemini and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles.

Notes guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett of the first single: “‘Starless Midnight’ was the last song written for Constantinople, but it might be our current favorite. I wrote the music while flat on my back on a sofa bed because I couldn't walk at the time -- long story. I nicked the title from a line in Martin Luther King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which he delivered in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 1964. The lyrics have nothing to do with Dr. King, though. They were written by [vocalist/bassist] Sera, who I'm sure would prefer to leave the meaning open to interpretation. But I think I can safely say that it's a song about being in the dark."

Hear the track and drift away at this location. More...

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At Vance Streaming New Track

German power metal band At Vance announced that the band is streaming the new track "Savior" (heard below). The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Facing Your Enemy," which is due out on April 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Ride the Sky."

Check out "Saviour" here:

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Krisiun Gearing Up For North American Tour

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will be returning to North America next week for a tour featuring the legendary Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura, bay area thrash titans Death Angel, and new breed of thrashers Havok.

In regards to this upcoming trek, Krisiun vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo comments: "Hey everyone!!! We in Krisiun would like to invite all you diehard metal brothers to come on out and support our upcoming shows around the USA and Canada. We are gonna share the stage with our fellow countrymen, the almighty Sepultura, for the first time, plus fucking Death Angel and Havok. We guarantee you this combination of bands will unleash hell every night. See you guys out there!!!"

The complete list of tour dates is below, so check to see when Krisiun will be coming to a city near you. More...

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Fen Streaming New Song

British atmospheric post-black metal band Fen has unveiled a new track titled "Consequence," which can be heard in the player below. The track was recorded in the final rehearsals before recording started for the band's upcoming third album, provisionally titled "Dustwalker." The band will be posting regular updates of the recording sessions for the new release, which is expected to be out later in the year on Code666 records.

Fen will begin live appearances for the year by supporting Agalloch at a London show on April 11th. Fen also contributed a track to the "Ond: A Tribute To Enslaved" tribute album, which will be out soon on Pictonian Records. More...

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Hatebreed's Matt Byrne Announces Drum Clinic

Hatebreed's Matt Byrne and God Forbid’s Corey Pierce will take part in a special drum clinic presented by The Collective on Thursday, April 19th at The Collective School of Music in New York City.

The clinic will begin at 7pm and admission is $15. To purchase tickets, please call 212-741-0091 ex100. For more information, visit this location.

It can also be announced that Hatebreed has begun pre-production on the band's upcoming album. The band is currently on tour in South America and will resume production after the aforementioned clinic. More...

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The Devil's Carnival Musician Appearances Revealed

Do you want to meet the stars and minds behind the new musical movie sensation, The Devil's Carnival, face-to-face? Now is your chance! The Devil's Carnival team recently confirmed the list of cast and crew appearing on each date of this exclusive road tour and are now revealing this list to the world.

The creators of the film, director Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich, are scheduled to appear at each tour stop and will be joined at several exclusive showings by numerous stars of the film. The stars will participate in meet & greets, Q&A forums, sing-a-longs, and more. See below for a list of the cast and crew currently confirmed to appear on the tour and stay tuned for more appearance confirmations for the remainder of the tour coming soon.

ANAHEIM, CA
M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot
Marc Senter

SAN DIEGO, CA
M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan
Bill Moseley

EL PASO, TX
Hannah Minx

HOUSTON, TX
Hannah Minx

AUSTIN, TX
Hannah Minx

DALLAS, TX
Hannah Minx

NASHVILLE, TN
J LaRose More...

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Quebec Metal Compilation Available For Streaming

Nihiliste Booking and WTFMetalMusic have teamed up to release a Quebec metal compilation titled "Lys Apocalypse." You can stream or download the compilation either through the player below or at the Nihiliste Booking Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond Creation - Coexistence
2. Pronostic - Deviated Inner Spectrum
3. First Fragment - Paradoxal Subjugation
4. Mécanique Du Vertige - Miami Vice
5. Deathlehem - Epic of Creation
6. Valfreya - Ocean's Assault
7. A Cascade Dream - Center of the Earth
8. Gloria Victis - A love War
9. Obscurcis Romancia - Seasons of Infinite Sorrow
10. Sanguine Glacialis - Into the Heart of Chaos
11. Paretic Dementia - Polite Execution
12. Karkaos - Awaiting the Clock's Last Turn
13. Aenygmist - Held in Poisoned Hands
14. Pallor Mortis - Of Wrath and Sinuous Slaying
15. Tunguska Mammoth - Dark Age
16. Strigampire - The Enemy Inside
17. Valknacht - Valkyries Still Ride
18. Ancestors Revenge - The Rash that Spread
19. Morgue - Heights of Babel
20. Who Cares? - Victory
21. Deadly Revenge - Vengeance
22. Soiled By Blood - Kill Them All
23. Upon Your Grave - Haunting Of The Beast
24. Away from Fate - Party In A Row
25. A Hitman's Business - Seeking Revenge
26. Price of Blood - Grind & Dust More...

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Municipal Waste Streaming "Repossession"

Scion A/V Metal has partnered with Municipal Waste to release the “non radio-friendly” version of the song “Repossession” from the band’s new album "The Fatal Feast," plus two re-recorded tracks from deep in the band’s discography. The tracks are available today as digital downloads at this location.

Guitarist Ryan Waste provides details:

“The tracks ‘Garbage Stomp’ and ‘Poser Disposer’ are from 2002 and were previously recorded for our 2nd release ever: a split 12” with Crucial Unit which is now out of print. We finally re-recorded them with Dave Witte on drums. ‘Garbage Stomp’ is the intro – which we’re bringing back on [our upcoming] tour.”

You can also check out Municipal Waste's recently posted music video for "The Fatal Feast" at this location.

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Job For A Cowboy Streaming Entire Album

Beginning today, Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of Job For A Cowboy’s upcoming "Demonocracy" full-length in its entirety. Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, the pulverizing death metal opus will see its North American release on April 10th, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

Immerse yourself in the full audio wreckage at this location.

Job For A Cowboy is currently molesting ears across North America on the Metal Alliance Tour. Joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, Devildriver the remaining dates are below.

Visit the band’s official Metal Blade page for "Demonocracy" pre-order info, limited edition merch bundles and the third in a series of instructional video posts featuring guitar wizard Tony Sannicandro. Dubbed "The Leads Are Weak," the mini clips offer playing tips and an up-close look at Sannicandro's skills and technique. In the third installment, Sannicandro performs an exercise called “double dutch.” Sannicandro elaborates: "This is a two-note per string lick that incorporates a slight Dimebag feel and some chromatics. Two notes per string is often neglected by many guitar players, because three notes a string is much easier to get up to speed, but two note patterns are an OG way to put some bluesy flavor in your lick-age." More...

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The Ocean Posts New Russian Tour Video

The Ocean has posted a second video clip online chronicling the band's time in Russia, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Part 2 of The Ocean's Russian tour: this time covering great times in Siberia... We didn't really know what to expect. Find out what we experienced on our trip to the middle of nowhere..."

You can still find the previously posted first Russian tour video blog by heading over to this location.

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Jeff Loomis Streaming New Song

Jeff Loomis will be releasing the new album "Plains Of Oblivion" on April 10th in North America and April 9th in Europe. He has now teamed up with Guitarworld.com to reveal another new song from the album. Head over to this location to check out the new song "Chosen Time."

The previously posted song "Surrender," featuring solo artist Ihsahn, can also still be heard via Decibel Magazine.

Jeff Loomis is currently on tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, and The Safety Fire. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...

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Dhishti Posts New Album Teaser

Sri Lanka based black metal band Dhishti has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Meditation of Death." Check out the album's sneak peek in the player below, or find more details on Dhishti at this location.

According to the band, "The album contains two tracks at 21:12 minutes each which will take you through the process of a meditation of death, reflecting on the severence of worldly connections and preparation for the eventuality of death."

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Toad Issues Tour Recap

Arizona metal militia TOAD has returned to its homeland of Phoenix after a two-week migration through the Rocky Mountains and across the southern United States. The following press release was issued about the trek and regarding the band writing new material:

"To say TOAD's journey was a success would be an understatement. Old friends were revisited, new allies were formed, and TOAD's rotten gospel was delivered on a nightly basis to receptive congregations. Upon their return to the desert, TOAD immediately delved back into the writing process in preparation for the next album. TOAD's new music is an expansion and improvement upon the themes prevalent in last year's Rotten Tide, which continues to reap critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. These latest songs are the results of a more mature, driven, and aggressive band. Once the record is finished, TOAD plans on continuing its Eastern expansion to the Atlantic coast, and beyond. Take Over And Destroy.

"A maniacal six-piece, TOAD formed in 2008 and has rapidly evolved into a complex entity. TOAD's sound is hardly definable but rather a divine amalgamation of and elaboration upon all things heavy within the last four decades of rock music. Though obviously influenced by the Scandinavian death and black metal movements of the 1990s, the band ensures that every song pulsates with the groove established by metal's forefathers - bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. With the addition of former Slut Sister and Drone Throne guitarist Alex Bank Rollins, and the replacement of original guitarist Danny Labarbera by former Queen Beast member Nate Garrett, the band has solidified a group that is road-ready and unstoppable in both its creative output and self-promotion. Rounding out the lineup are original members Andy Leemont on vocals, Shane Taylor on drums, Trey Edwin on bass, and Pete Porter on organ. TOAD strive to be at the forefront of the progression of the genre."

In the meantime, check out live footage from the band’s stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas last month below. More...

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Exumer Streaming Entire New LP

Resurrected German thrash greats Exumer are streaming the entire comeback LP over at Stereokiller (heard below and at this location). The album is scheduled for release today in Europe and April 10, 2012 in North America through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "Fire & Damnation" is as follows:

1. Fire & Damnation
2. Vermin of the Sky
3. The Weakest Limb
4. A New Morality
5. Waking the Fire
6. Fallen Saint
7. Crushing Point
8. Devil Chaser
9. I Dare You
10. Tribal Furies

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Nervecell Releases New Music Video

Nervecell has now officially released a new video for "Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)" featuring Karl Sanders (Nile) on guest vocals. The song appears on Nervecell's latest album "Psycogenocide" released on Lifeforce Records (Europe) & Spellbind Records (Middle East). The video was shot in the city of Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, directed by Shane De Almeida and edited by Ahmad Al Sharif.

Commented the band: "This particular song is special to the band as it will mark the first extreme metal track ever to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!

"The word 'Shunq' in Arabic has two meanings: to choke or to be hung by the neck. The song consists mainly of ideas and knowledge gathered from sources that speak about Lucifer and the demons that serve him. The song speaks about the battle of us humans and these demons in reality, in the end Satan himself brought forth to justice." More...

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OpEd

Jim Marshall: The Legend Who Shaped Heavy Music

When light hits the stage even before the band does, theres only one thing that signifies you are about to have your face ripped off by a literal wall of sound. You see it in almost every huge rock and metal arena show. Its a vision pursued by any musician who dreams of playing live, and playing loud. As a kid I gazed at the stage in wonder, mesmerized at these giant black boxes stacked on top of one another. As soon as the band started playing, you could swear everything you heard was coming from these giant stacks of sound. They stood out almost as a member of the band themselves. All thats is left after the show ends, is a snapshot taken by your memory. The image of the band on stage, and the image of a giant stack of amplifiers with one name draped across the front, Marshall. More...

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After All Streaming New Song

"Parasite Within," a brand new track by Belgian thrashers After All, is featured on the compilation album that comes with the new April issue of Rock Tribune magazine. The track is taken from the new After All album "Dawn Of The Enforcer," scheduled for a late April release through Roadrunner Records in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. A broader European release - on CD and vinyl - is scheduled for early June 2012.

The Rock Tribune compilation album features the artwork Ed Repka, designed for the new After All album. Rock Tribune subscribers receive the magazine today. It will be available in stores throughout Belgium and Holland as of April 10.

You can also check out the new After All song "Parasite Within" at the band's MySpace music page. In other news, After All has also released a new three track EP titled "Becoming The Martyr," which the band is selling directly at live shows.

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Almah Announces Departure Of Guitarist

Brazilian metallers Almah have issued the following statement about the departure of guitarist Paulo Schroeber due to health problems:

"Dear Almah friends and fans! I think many of you already know about health problems that our brother, partner and member of the band, Paulo Schroeber, has recently faced. Due to these problems we had to call another guitarist to replace him at the latest Almah shows during Motion tour, but we always hoped that Paulo would be with us again very soon.

"Unfortunately, a very serious heart problem made it impossible for our friend to continue his work for a long term, and we received his message that he had to leave the band! All of us became extremely sad but at the same moment we respect his decision to stay with his family at such a delicate moment.

"For us, there remains only one thing: to keep public our eternal support, love and, most of all, gratitude for all the great moments we had together! We are very happy to know that his treatment is going on and the prognosis is positive. The band is here with all its energy and now it's even stronger because we do what we love and 'cos we respect all the dedication of our friend Paulo over these years of hard work and fun. More...

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Arsis Splits With Drummer

Mike Van Dyne, drummer and founding member of Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal act Arsis, has announced his departure from the group. He says in a statement, "After five label releases and hundreds of shows in 19 countries, it's time to move forward and pursue my career full-time.

"The last fully-completed Arsis song I contributed to was 'Since The Shadows' (released online last year), and it's one of my favorites. Through the years, I've accomplished everything in music I wanted to do. Not many people can say that, and I consider myself fortunate for having so many great experiences."

Van Dyne performed on Arsis' debut album, "A Celebration Of Guilt," as well as "A Diamond For Disease" and "United In Regret" (Willowtip Records), "As Regret Becomes Guilt: The Demos Of Arsis" (Negative Existence Records), "Starve For The Devil" (Nuclear Blast Records), and "Since The Shadows" (2011 online release). From 2009 to 2011, Van Dyne toured Europe and North America extensively with the band, and performed on all of Arsis' early tours from 2003-2007. Van Dyne has also recorded and performed notable live shows with the New York-based hardcore band Crimson Mask.

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Sabaton Posts Lyric Video For "Carolus Rex"

Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted a lyric video for the English version of the title track to "Carolus Rex." The release date for the album is now confirmed as May 22, 2012 (USA) and May 25, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously announced that the album will be issued in English, Swedish and a limited edition featuring both.

Recently, Sabaton announced the departure of 4/6 of the band's lineup and within a couple of days announced new members, which included Nocturnal Rites guitarist Chris Rörland. The band will embark on the Swedish Empire Tour on April 10, 2012 in Tampa, FL.

Check out the English Version of "Carolus Rex" here:

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ZP Theart Announces New Band I AM I

Ex-DragonForce vocalist ZP Theart announced his return with new band I AM I. The band will release its debut LP "Event Horizon" on May 26, 2012, exclusively on USB stick through the official website, and make its live debut on May 27, 2012 at O2 Academy 2 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

In addition to Theart, the band features drummer Paul Clark (Manowar deputy drummer on 2011 European tour), guitarist Jacob Ziemba and Neil Salmon on bass. In late April, the band will post a promo video for the track "Silent Genocide" as a taster.

"Event Horizon" will mark the first ever Heavy Metal album to be released solely on USB. According to the band "[a]s the major record labels are almost certainly going to cease production of compact discs by the end of 2012, I AM I are one step ahead of the game by releasing this groundbreaking album in a groundbreaking format."

Tickets for the 27th May debut show at Birmingham's O2 are limited to 600 and will also be available from the Official I AM I site next week. 600 special commemorative t-shirts will be produced for the gig and are an exclusive free gift for fans who buy tickets. The shirts will be numbered and will correspond with the ticket number and are sure to become collector's items.

Theart commented on the new album: "It's an album of message. It's about past meeting future and everything in between. It's about warnings for the current generation not to go down the same road in the future as we are doing now as that will surely secure our demise. To see and not to perceive, to hear and not to listen, is the downfall of all...

"It's a new age of enlightenment and there's a lot of messages in the songs that will hopefully kickstart a few people who are slow on the uptake.

"My whole career has been leading up to this point and I've never been more proud of anything in my life and this album will definitely live up to it's name." More...

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Almah Parts Way With Guitarist Due To Health Issue

Brazilian metal band Almah, featuring Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, has parted ways with guitarist Paulo Schroeber (Astafix/ex-Dies Irae/ex-Fear Ritual) due to health issues. Falaschi posted the following announcement on its official website:

Dear ALMAh friends and fans! I think many of you already know about health problems that our brother, partner and member of the band, Paulo Schroeber, has recently faced. Due to these problems we had to call another guitarist to replace him at the latest ALMAH shows during Motion tour, but we always hoped that Paulo would be with us again very soon.

Unfortunately, a very serious heart problem made it impossible for our friend to continue his work for a long term, and we received his message that he had to leave the band! All of us became extremely sad but at the same moment we respect his decision to stay with his family at such a delicate moment.

For us, there remains only one thing: to keep public our eternal support, love and, most of all, gratitude for all the great moments we had together! We are very happy to know that his treatment is going on and the prognosis is positive. The band is here with all its energy and now it’s even stronger because we do what we love and ‘cos we respect all the dedication of our friend Paulo over these years of hard work and fun.

The name of new ALMAh’s guitarist will be revealed soon, together with announcement of new ways of the band and tour dates for 2012. The band’s “philosophy” to create music for the sake of music in friendship and fun will always be our priority.

Thanks for all,
Edu Falaschi

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Kreator Posts Teaser Video For Phantom Antichrist

German thrash legend Kreator posted a snippet video for the upcoming 7" single for "Phantom Antichrist." The single is scheduled for release on April 20, 2012 (colored vinyl sold out) as a digital release. The single will also contains a cover of Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast." The entire album will be released June 1, 2012 through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the teaser here:

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Reasons Behind Posts Teaser Trailer For Debut EP

Italian symphonic/gothic metal band Reasons Behind has posted a teaser trailer for the band's debut EP "Ouverture." The EP is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 (CD) and the week of April 24, 2012 as a worldwide digital release.

Check out the trailer here:

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Burning Black Posts New Music Video

Italian traditional metal band Burning Black posted the band's very first music video for the song "Dust and Rain." The song appears on the sophomore LP "MechanicHell" which was released back in November 2009 through Limb Music.

Check out "Dust and Rain" here:

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Bloodshot Dawn Posts New Music Video

U.K. technical death metal band Bloodshot Dawn posted a new music video for the track "Vision." The song appears on the bands eponymous debut, which was self released at the end of January 2012.

Check out "Vision" here:

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Lord Of Mushrooms Posts New Music Video

French progressive metal band Lord of Mushrooms, featuring ex-Adagio vocalist Gustavo "Gus" Monsanto, posted a new music video for the track "Circles on the Water." The song appears on the band's latest release entitled "Perspectives," the band's comeback album, which was released this past February through Lion Music.

Check out "Circles on the Water" here:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Girls, Kicking, and Cash

New videos featuring roundhouse kicks, girls, gambling, and of course, rock and roll. More...

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