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Metal News for April 8, 2012

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Heavenwood Posts New Music Sample

Portugal's Heavenwood has posted a sample online of new music to appear on the band's upcoming follow-up to the "Abyss Masterpiece" album. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"This is a small musical and mystical barbecue for the Heavenwood fans all over the world to enjoy and delight regarding the next album for a limited period of time. Not for the weak of heart!"

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Evil Masquerade Posts New Album Teaser

Danish power metal band Evil Masquerade posted a new album teaser video featuring snippets of songs from the forthcoming LP "Pentagram," the band's fifth release and first for Dark Minstrel Music. The album is scheduled for release on May 21, 2012.

The track listing for "Pentagram" is as follows:

1. Pentagram
2. A Silhouette
3. Perfect Disgrace
4. The Spirits of the Dead
5. Moonlight Fantasy
6. Unholy Water
7. Pray For Mercy On Our Souls
8. Soul Taker
9. On a Bed of Thorns
10. Strangers Might Fool Ya'
11. When the Fire Dies
12. The Golden Ratio

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Gorthaur's Wrath Announces New Guitarist

Croatian extreme metal band Gorthaur's Wrath is more than happy and proud to announce the new full-time member Ralf Conrad for rhythm guitar. The band issued the following statement:

"Like Ross Feratu (lead guitarist) Conrad also comes from Germany. He played in several German Death and Modern Metal bands e.g. Last One Dying, Battlesword and Louis Cypher and will be the perfect shredder on the second six-strings.

"Gorthaur's Wrath will perform live with Ralf Conrad at the Metalfest in Zadar, Croatia for the very first time.

"The band will present as well the new line-up as several new songs from the upcoming album 'War For Heaven,' which will be tracked in May at Woodshed Studios in Germany by V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon)."

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Ascend-ency Releases New Music Video

Belgium's Ascend-ency has posted a brand new video for the track "Parasites In The Garden Of Human Delight," which is taken from the album "Regression," out on Shiver Records. Check out the video clip below, or find more music from Ascend-ency at the band's MySpace page.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Cold Demons To Translucent Legions
2. Pray You Fools! Pray!
3. Flamethrower Salvation
4. Kinetic
5. Regression
6. Of Kings And Cowards
7. Parasites In The Garden Of Human Delight

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Divine Codex Streaming New Song

Italian black metallers Divine Codex have posted the song "Domain of the Fallen" online, which is taken from their new album "The Dark Descent." Check out "Domain of the Fallen" in the player below, or listen to more songs from Divine Codex at the band's Facebook profile.

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Xandria's Bassist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Xandria has issued the following announcement about the band's bass player having to sit out upcoming live shows:

"Bad luck for our bass guitar player Nils. Whilst we were playing the most recent shows w/Epica, Nils severely hurt his right forefinger on stage which eventually led to a serious blood poisoning after the last show.

"Due to this sepsis he had to undergo surgery twice in the course of the past week, which will now disable him to tour for the upcoming 4-6 weeks. Nils surely is extremely disappointed to not hit the road again in April, but feels comfortable in knowing there is a well-known substitute: Xandria's European tour w/Epica and Stream of Passion in April will now be played with Serenity's Fabio d'Amore, who is happy to fill in on bass guitar for the tour.

"So, no worries, we won't miss a single show. Please come out and support Fabio on his spontaneous new endeavor and wish Nils all the best for a return very soon!"

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No Sign Of Life Releases New Single

Finnish act No Sign of Life has checked in with the following update about the band's new album and info about releasing a new single:

"BOOM! The demons of Finland, NO SIGN OF LIFE, are here with their acclaimed new single 'Enemies of Choice!' The song is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'Embrace Your Demons,' which is set to be released in 2012. Thank you!"

You can also stream a sample from the "Enemies of Choice" single over at Amazon.com.

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The Great Old Ones Posts Live Footage

Footage has been posted online of France's The Great Old Ones performing "Visions of R'lyeh" at a live show, which can be viewed below. "Visions of R'lyeh" is taken off the band's new album "Al Azif." You can also listen to the song "My Love For The Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn)" here.

The "Al Azif" track listing is as follows:

01. Al Azif - 7:56
02. Visions of R'lyeh - 6:55
03. Jonas - 9:29
04. Rue d'Auseil - 9:20
05. The Truth - 8:23
06. My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn) - 10:19

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Crimson Shadows Signs With Spread The Metal

Canadian band Crimson Shadows has checked in with the following announcement about signing with Spread the Metal Records:

"I hope everyone is having a most excellent Easter weekends! Crimson Shadows is happy to announce that we will be signing with Nova Scotian record label Spread the Metal Records! It has been a long time coming but it has finally happened and we are excited to be a part of the STM family!

"We want to give a HUGE thanks to label head Matthew Day and a big shout out to our new brothers in Answer With Metal, Blasphemy Reborn, Fallen Joy and Sanktuary. Cheers guys!

"As you may know we will be playing in Halifax at the Spread The Metal Festival in July, and as part of that we will be doing a small East Coast tour consisting of several dates in Quebec and the Maritimes, which will be announced soon! We also have a few weekend tours with our good friends Bolero in May and June throughout Ontario, so make sure you check back to find out when we will be in your town!

"As well we would like to let everyone know that our music video for Lost In A Dark Forest is coming along quite well! Our thanks go out to Ax Media for all of their hard work. We will have a release date for you soon, and we promise you won't be disappointed!

"Finally, we are looking forward to seeing you in Toronto on May 12th at the Hard Luck Bar, when we will be playing with West Of Hell and Redeemer! Have an EPIC FUCKING EASTER all you Crimson Warriors!"

You can also watch a teaser for the "Lost in a Dark Forest" music video at this location.

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Sunday Old School: Heathen

The wonderful thing about the thrash metal movement is that there were so many bands to find, it really is something of a treasure chest. Today we’ll look at a band which released some of the finest albums known to speed and thrash metal, but arguably haven’t got the recognition they deserve, Heathen. Heathen was formed in 1984 by former Metal Church drummer Carl Sacco and Russian guitarist Lee Altus and were initially accompanied by vocalist Sam Kress and guitarist Jim Sanguinetti before replacing them after their first gig with David Godfrey and Doug Piercy respectively, whilst also bringing in bass player Eric Wong. Although from the Bay Area and often associated with the thrash metal scene at the time, their music wasn’t strictly speaking contained in the thrash vein, as they also demonstrated more of a New Wave of British Heavy Metal influence than many of their peers. Although Wong decided to leave the group after the recording of their first demo, "Pray For Death" (being replaced by Mike "Yaz" Jastremski,) the demo was something of a success and earned the band a deal with Combat Records.

Their debut album, "Breaking The Silence" was released through the label in 1987 and was hailed as one of the best thrash metal albums of the year. It also contained something of a hit single in "Set Me Free," a cover of a song originally by British glam rock legends The Sweet. The song received regular rock radio airplay and the video was also broadcast frequently on MTVs Headbangers Ball show. While touring for the album however, Heathen ran into some internal difficulties, resulting in Sacco, Jastremski and Godfrey all leaving the group at some stage. Several well known vocalists were a part of Heathen for a while, including former Exodus frontman Paul Baloff and ex Metal Church singer, David Wayne. More...

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