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Metal News for May 12, 2008

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Putrid Pile Signs To Sevared Records

Sevared Records has announced the signing Of Wisconsin's brutal death metal powerhouse PUTRID PILE. The band's third full-length CD, "House of Dementia," is expected late summer 2008. Some tentitive song titles include "The Ingestion of Human-Kind," "Dead," and "Tales of a Necrophile." Cover art will be done by the master Tony Koehl.

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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The Devil's Blood Signs To Profound Lore Records

Profound Lore Records has announced the signing of Dutch classic metal band, The Devil's Blood for a North American release.
The band plans to enter the studio late July to record an EP to be released in the fall before the band’s debut full-length, which is to be released during the first half of 2009. The press release goes on to describe the band and their planned recording activities:

"Channeling their chaos through a means of being inspired by atmospherically crafted vintage ‘70s classic psych/prog rock with the aesthetic audial aura of such revered cult-acts as ROKY ERICKSON, COVEN, BLACK SABBATH, BUDGIE, BLACK WIDOW, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, and BLUE CHEER, and classic/vintage horror theater/cinema, The Devil’s Blood unleash their magic through a vibrant a celebration of life, sex, death, and decay.

"This special act, nonetheless, have already made quite a striking impression through filth and mire. With demo tracks already unveiled via their myspace page, along with their recent (and very first) rituals performed this past April at this year’s Roadburn festival and a special Walpurgis Night ritual even more recently, along with their recently released “Graveyard Shuffle” 7” (released via the band’s European label, Ván Records, in which we’ll have copies for sale as well very soon), we here at Profound Lore plan on helping build even more awareness for The Devil’s Blood, on these cursed shores.

"The current situation surrounding The Devil’s Blood is the band will ride the current wave of the exquisite aforementioned 7” just released and will enter the studio late July to record a special EP to be released in the fall. All this leading to the pending buildup of the band’s debut full-length to be released during the first half of 2009."

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Stream Merciless Death's "Realm of Terror"

Fresh off their scorching performance at this year's Keep It True festival, Merciless Death have returned to unleash their new album, "Realm of Terror," upon head bangers everywhere. "Realm of Terror" will touch down on May 20, 2008 but Heavy Artillery is now previewing the latest thrasher from Merciless Death via an exclusive stream on the label's website.

Merciless Death annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their debut, "Evil in the Night." Gracing the cover of "Realm of Terror" will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall, whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as Sodom, King Diamond, Destruction and Obituary. And once again Heavy Artillery will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24" x 24" poster and limited colored vinyl.

Be on the lookout for Merciless Death US tour dates which will be announced soon.

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DEP Guitarist: Disturbed Rehearse On-Stage Poses

Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman spoke with Australia's Beat magazine about how astonished the band was after seeing Disturbed soundchecking before a show in England. Weinman said that the Chicago rockers were "practicing where they were going to walk and when they were going to put their leg up on the monitor and pose. That was weird for us. There are times where I don't even know where I am."

Regarding that on-stage mayhem, Weinman said, "We've always been a band that has an element of unpredictability. At the same time, there's a lot of people who think our music is just noise. But everything we do has a purpose and has a meaning." Read more.

Read the full article at Beat Magazine.

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Minds Eye To Record New Album, "Defy The Mind"

Recently reunited Maryland metal band Minds Eye is getting ready to go into Cue studios at the end of May to record their third full-length CD entitled "Defy The Mind." Demo versions of three of the tracks that will be on the album were recently recorded at Zax Studios, with guitarist Randy Welty on vocals. The titles of the songs recorded include "Hate to Love," Physco Psycotic," and "Say me A Prayer." You can listen to the three new demo tracks and more on the band's MySpace page.

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Above Post First Song Online

Swiss electronic metal band Samael have launched a new project titled Above, which they have labeled the "first virtual metal band ever".

Samael stated that "Above was formed on the six of June 2006, it is the fruit of a collaboration between creative minds who wanted to focus on a common project." They described the sound of Above as "Merciless over the top Metal with an intensity rarely achieved."

Above's first song, "Black Hole", can be heard on their MySpace.

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Tesla Sets Release Date For New DVD

After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, TESLA is set to release their third DVD, entitled "Comin' Atcha Live! 2008," on June 24 on the band’s Tesla Electric Company Recordings label (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

“This DVD marks a new era creatively for TESLA because we put it all together ourselves, capturing the band’s concert and life on the road,” says lead guitarist Frank Hannon. “Nowadays, we are more involved in every aspect of our music career than ever before. We are very excited about the creative results and it really shows in the new DVD.”

It’s TESLA’s first DVD in 17 years (since 1991’s Five Man Video Band) and it's filled with over two hours of live music, over an hour of special behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen material, including footage of TESLA interacting with fans, giving viewers a personal tour of Seattle, and an up-close look at their touring equipment and guitars.

"COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008" also marks the world premiere of “Dear Pvt. Ledbetter,” a new song written in honor of the troops from the band’s forthcoming album, which is currently being recorded at bassist Brian Wheat’s studio, J Street Recorders with producer Terry Thomas (who was behind the boards on the band’s 1994 "BUST A NUT" album) and will be released this September. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The DVD was filmed at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota on February 22. At the sold-out show, TESLA treated fans to numerous classics such as “What You Give,” “Signs,” “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Love Song” and “Little Suzi.”

TESLA has been non-stop touring all around the world the past 12 months in support of their two-disc critically acclaimed REAL TO REEL covers album. After taking their current hiatus from the road to record the new album of all original material, they’re getting right back out on the concert trail. Their 2008 worldwide tour starts June 6 in Solvesborg, Sweden at the Sweden Rock Festival. After the European dates conclude on June 27, they’ll start a U.S. trek on July 12, lasting throughout the summer and well into the fall. Their summer trek includes a stop in Pryor, OK on July 13 as part of Rocklahoma.

Here are the current tour dates. More dates are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks. More...

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Seether Cuts Mass. Show Short Due To Illness

Seether had to end their show early at The Palladium in Worcester, MA last night when vocalist Shaun Morgan became ill due to a 24-hour bug. "Shaun is doing fine now, resting, and from the looks of it, no future shows will be affected," the band states.

Seether is currently on tour with Flyleaf, then will head to Europe for a number of festival appearances before returning to the US for another headlining run of tour dates, most with Finger Eleven as support. Their latest tour dates are as follows: More...

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Turisas Cancel Albuquerque Show

Folk metal band Turisas released a statement that they would be cancelling their upcoming Albuquerque show on May 13th.

Commenting on the timing of the announcement Turisas stated "Sorry for the late information, we only got confirmation yesterday ourselves. On the other note, the tour has been really great and the audience reception awesome. Thanks for everybody who have showed up, and you who still haven't, make sure to do something about it quick."

Turisas is currently on the Paganfest 2008 touring North America alongside Ensiferum, Tyr, and Eluveitie.

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Mithras Seeks New Drummer

UK based brutal death metallers, Mithras, issue the following update:

“Mithras are searching for a sticksman to man the kit at future live shows.”

”Applicants should be familiar with the Mithras material; be skilled with blastbeats / double kick drumming / and have decent general drumming ability.”

”Mithras aim to play a decent number of shows and possibly tour in 2009 and simply need a drummer to complete their live line-up.”

”The band asks potential candidates to contact them on the following email address: band@mithras.org.uk”

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Wishmaster's Debut "Hunting The Man" Released

Poland's blackend death metal band Wishmaster had their debut album, an MCD entitled "Hunting The Man" release by Poland-based Brewery Distro. The album contains five tracks totalling over 33 minutes in the vein of Mercyful Fate meets Rotting Christ. You can check out some promo songs on the band's MySpace page. The MCD is available directly from Brewery distro for 5 euros or $8 (shipping included).

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Bilocate Reveals New Album Artwork

Jordanian dark oriental metallers, BILOCATE, reveal the cover artwork for "Sudden Death Syndrome," their forthcoming, album at this location. The Artwork was designed by Dennis Sibeijn, who has previously worked with bands such as Draconian, Chimaira & Aborted.

Sudden Death syndrome was mixed & mastered in Sweden by engineer Jens Bogren at his studio "Fascination Street Studios"

A track from the CD, "The Dead Sea", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

Vocalist Ramzi Essayed comments on the record, "During the mixing stage we were working In parallel together with Dennis on the artwork idea & layout its ready now with the magnificent work of Dennis he truly reflected the album spirit and concepts, a special thanks to him from Bilocate for his efforts and support"

The release date is to be announced soon. More...

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The Acacia Strain Announces US Headlining Tour

Massachusetts based metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have announced tour dates with All Shall Perish and Since the Flood. The dates are as follows:

With The Warriors:
5.30.08 CLUB INFINITY, Williamsville, NY
6.01.08 THE RITZ - Warren, MI
6.02.08 REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB - Chicago, IL
6.03.08 TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB - Minneapolis, MN
6.05.08 AQUARIUM - Fargo, ND
6.06.08 SOKOL UNDERGROUND - Omaha, NE
6.07.08 MARQUIS THEATRE - Denver, CO
6.09.08 THE VENUE - Boise, ID
6.10.08 THE BOULEVARD - Spokane,WA
6.11.08 STUDIO SEVEN - Seattle, WA
6.12.08 SATYRICON - Portland, OR
6.13.08 THE BOARDWALK - Orangevale, CA

With Eternal Lord:
6.14.08 CHAIN REACTION - Anaheim, CA
6.15.08 HUDSON THEATRE - San Bernardino, CA
6.16.08 JERRY’S PIZZA - Bakersfield, CA
6.18.08 THE ROCK (AZ) - Tucson, AZ
6.19.08 LAS CRUCES LIVE - Las Cruces, NM
6.20.08 RED 7 - Austin, TX
6.21.08 FAT DADDY’S SOUND SHACK - Lewisville, TX
6.22.08 CRUSH LOUNGE - Tulsa, OK
6.24.08 THE MUSE - Nashville, TN
6.25.08 MUSIC FARM - Charleston, SC
6.26.08 KC’S MUSIC ALLEY - Fredericksburg, VA
6.27.08 CHAMPION SHIP - Lemoyne, PA
6.28.08 STARLAND BALLROOM - INFEST- Sayreville, NJ
6.29.08 THE WATERFRONT - Holyoke, MA (filming of new DVD)

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Goryptic Announces New Bassist

French death metallers, GORYPTIC, issue the following update on their MySpace page:

“Trash (HxCxF and ex-Evict) becomes the new bass player of GORYPTIC. The first gig will take place in Lille with Destinity, Genital Grinder & more. In the upcoming months, GORYPTIC will get the chance to share the stage with Belphegor at the Stonehenge fest (Netherlands) in July and then with Incantation and Vomitory in September at the Beuken Op Zondag Fest in Netherlands as well.”

Upcoming goryptic tour dates are as follows:
06/07 - FR/Lille @MJC Saint André w/ Destinity, Genital Grinder, Resistance and more
07/26 - NL/Steenwijk @Stonehenge Festival w/ Belphegor, Sadist, Burden of Grief and more
09/13 - BE/Gent @Frontline w/ Benighted (TBC), Fractured Insanity & Skull Collector
09/14 - NL/Zaandam @Beuken Op Zondag Fest w/ Vomitory, Incantation, Devious and more

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Impaled Announces Tour Dates

Impaled have announced a huge tour starting in August which will also feature Phobia, Illogicist and Maruta. The dates are as follows:

with: MALIGNANCY:
August 22 - Oakland, CA @ The Metro
August 23 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
August 24 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse Theater
August 26 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
August 27 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Billiards
August 28 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club w/ Kill the Client
August 29 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
August 30 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
August 31 - New Orleans, LA @ The Whirling Dirvish
September 2 - Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
September 3 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
September 4 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
September 5 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 7 - Allentown, PA @The Sterling Hotel
September 8 - New York, NY @ The Knitting Factory

with: KILL THE CLIENT:
September 9 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
September 10 - Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
September 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s (Tentative)
September 12 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s
September 13 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
September 14 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (All Ages Matinee)
September 15 - Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot
September 16 - Denver, CO @ The Kingdom Of Doom
September 18 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
September 19 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
September 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

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Sothis Signs To Candlelight Records

California black metal band Sothis have signed a record deal with Candlelight Records.

Candlelight commented "Sothis has completed their much-anticipated debut full-length album entitled "De Oppresso Liber." The album transcends their demo by leaps and bounds in their performance, production and songwriting. The album was tracked in Los Angeles and then mixed in Varberg, Sweden by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame at his Sonic Train Studios".

Sothis' first demo, a four song self-titled release, won them the "Best Independent" release of 2005 in Canadian magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.

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Kult Ov Azazel To Record New Album In August

Florida black metal natives Kult Ov Azazel have checked in with the following, very brief message.

"We will enter Mana Studio in August to record the next album which will be titled Destroying the Sacred.

No other updates to report."

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Vader Posts Tour Update

Polish death metal heroes Vader have checked in with the following tour report:

"This is the second report from XXV Anniversary Tour featuring Vader, SEPTIC FLESH, DEVIAN and INACTIVE MESSIAH.

"So far the tour has been going just brilliant! The second week of the trip was very good and most of the venues were overpacked by crazy metalheads, supporting all the bands appearing on the tour in best possible way.

"Over 500 maniacs in London (April 29th) and 280 headbangers in Jumet, Belgium. In Paris over 500 fans again, sold out (!) show in Annecy (483 + guests). Also the other French shows (Notre-Dame-De-Gravenchore and Niort) turned out incredibly well...

"The third week of the tour we spent mostly in Spain and Portugal. Pure madness on both shows in Portugal and amazing Sevilla (350). In Durango, Santander and Almeria we also played pretty cool gigs.

"The tour is going on and the bands seem to be in a better shape from day to day. During those recent 12 shows we gathered over 5,000 fans!!!"

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These Arms Are Snakes Signs w/ Suicide Squeeze

Suicide Squeeze Records has announced the signing of Seattle-based band these arms are snakes. The group has previously released material with Hydra Head Records and Jade Tree Records. These Arms Are Snakes will begin tracking a yet-to-be titled album on May 9th at Red Room Recordings in Seattle, WA, producer/TAAS drummer Chris Common (Mouth Of The Architect) for an October 7th release.

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Motley Crue Records One More New Song

Mötley Crüe extended the production for their upcoming CD, returning to the studio this week to record one more track for their first studio album in over a decade, "Saints of Los Angeles." The album, which has a new release date of June 24th, follows the story of the band’s NY Times best-selling memoir "The Dirt," a no-holds-barred tell-all that features every gritty detail of the group’s exploits as one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

Says Sixx, “Before our performance at the press conference, we were firing on all cylinders at sound check just jamming out, and that’s when the new idea came. We quickly laid it down and went to the studio to record it, and liked it so much we pushed back the release one week so that we could get it onto the album – it now has 13 tracks. It’s the ultimate song to end the record with and begin the new chapter of our career.”

If you believe Wikipedia, then the tracklisting for the new album is as follows:

01. L.A.M.F.
02. Face Down In The Dirt
03. What's It Gonna Take
04. Down At The Whisky
05. Saints Of Los Angeles
06. Mutherfucker Of The Year
07. The Animal In Me
08. Welcome To The Machine
09. Just Another Psycho
10. Chicks = Trouble
11. This Ain't A Love Song
12. White Trash Circus
13. Goin' Out Swingin'

Produced by Live Nation, Crüe Fest is a touring rock festival embracing the lifestyle of rock. With the lineup including Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt, the trek kicks off July 1st in West Palm Beach, Florida and works its way across North America for over 40 dates throughout July and August. Tickets, band profiles and exclusive content from all of the Crüe Fest bands will consistently be uploaded at www.therockvine.com.

Here are the latest Crüe Fest U.S./Canada tour dates: More...

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Toxic Holocaust Posts First Day Studio Report

Toxic Holocaust have posted the following message from the studio:

"Hell-o all,

Today was day number one in the studio for the new Toxic record. We are recording with Jack Endino at the Sound House in Seattle. This record marks the first time I won't be playing drums, instead I've got Donny Paycheck (ZEKE) handling the metallic wooden coffins.

So far, so good. The first half of the day was spent getting drum sounds and the other half was spent tracking drums. We were in there for about 11 hours today, and it looks like we have 5 keepers. The drums are sounding monstrous. Expect drums that sounds like drums...no lame triggers or shit like that.

Check back tomorrow for another update...."

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Blacklisted Announces Austrailian Tour Dates

Philly metallers, Blacklisted, announces the following Austrailian tour dates:

July 2 HQ, Perth
July 3 Amplifier, Perth
July 4 The Underground, Adelaide
July 5 Arthouse, Melbourne
July 6 The Castle, Melbourne
July 9 Princess Theatre, Brisbane
July 10 Byron High School, Byron Bay
July 11 Hardcore 2008 - Manning Bar, Sydney
July 12 Hardcore 2008 - Roundhouse, Sydney

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Zozobra Set To Release New Album

Zozobra, featuring Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom), will be releasing a new album on July 22nd via Hydra Head Records. Titled "Bird Of Prey," the effort was engineered and mixed by Aaron Harris (of Isis), who also plays drums on the album. The band comments:

"'Bird Of Prey' will be out on Hydra Head Records July 22nd. Or at least that's what the contract says. If not, I'm sure our lawyers will have a field day shitting on the label's faces. This time it features Aaron Harris of Isis on the skins. Aaron also engineered and mixed the record. At only 10 grand a song you can't go wrong with that guy. Also, Mark [Thompson] told me to keep this brief but the record was going to be released under the name Heatseeker but it's not anymore, so if any of you heard about that just go ahead and forget it happened."

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Anal Vomit Plans European Tour

Peruvians ANAL VOMIT are currently trying to set up a European tour. Details will follow as soon as certainties are met. In the meantime, US specialist label Nuclear War Now! recently issued the latest ANAL VOMIT studio album "Depravation" on vinyl.

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Vanmakt Announces New Lineup

Vanmakt has announced a new lineup after parting with Aamoth and Gráal due to musical differences. Their spots will be filled by M. Wohlfart (Yggdrasil, Nae'blis) and Liedheim (Nidrike).

The band does not plan to play any shows currently, as Liedheim is only filling in on drums for the new album. The band plans to find a live drummer in the fall since they have been asked to join a European tour in March 2009. Interested parties should contact the band via their MySpace.

Vanmakt's line-up for "Ad Luciferi Regnum" will be as follows:

M. Svensson – Screams & Guitars
V. Dahlgren – Bass
M. Wohlfart – Guitars
Liedheim - Drums

As previously reported, "Ad Luciferi Regnum" will be recorded by Björn Lindberg at EPM Studios during June/July 2008. The album will be mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Setherial, etc) with tentative plans to release it during the winter.

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Enigmatik To Open For Serj Tankian At Festival

Avant-garde Jazz/Metal band ENIGMATIK will open for former SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian during the famous Swiss festival Rock Oz'Arènes. They will play Wednesday August 13th.
The Rock Oz'Arènes festival takes place from Tuesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 16 in Avenches, Switzerland. More information about the festival is available on official festival website.

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Karmic Link Signs To Thundering Records

Thundering Records has announced the signing of KARMIC LINK. KARMIC LINK is the project/bastard child of Stathis Kassios (ex-keyboard player of Sweden's SYSTEM SHOCK and Greece's NIGHTFALL) who recruited the female entity Mina G. (ex-KINETIC, The RAIN I BLEED).

Their first release, "No Light but Rather Darkness Visible," was mixed and mastered in the famous TICO TICO studios (SENTENCED, IMPALED NAZARENE, SONATA ARCTICA, etc.) in Finland. It will be released later this year. Guest musicians on the CD include Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND), who recorded and performed all rhythm and lead guitars, and Jani Liimatainen (SONATA ARCTICA), who laid down leads on one of the two instrumental songs of the album.

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Threat Signal Posts Part 2 of "Demo Diary" Videos

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have posted the second part of their "Demo Diary" video series.

THREAT SIGNAL recently teamed up with award-winning film director RT of 235 Films on April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning." The track comes off the group's debut album, Under Reprisal, which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

As previously reported, THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded a demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition," on the group's MySpace page. More...

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