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Metal News for May 15, 2013

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39 news articles posted on this day.

As I Lay Dying Cancels Tour With Killswitch Engage

After Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife, the fate of the upcoming As I Lay Dying/Killswitch Engage tour was up in the air. As I Lay Dying has now issued the following announcement about officially canceling the run:

"In light of recent events, As I Lay Dying will unfortunately not be taking part in the upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage.

"Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted. We'd like to thank all of our fans for their ongoing support at this difficult time.

"-Jordan, Nick, Phil, and Josh."

Lambesis' bail was set at $3 million and he currently remains in custody. Further details on the case and footage from his arraignment can be found at this location.

Killswitch Engage will however be continuing on with the trek, bringing on different supporting groups. The band comments:

"Since As I Lay Dying has announced they will not be able to join us on this tour...we would like to welcome Darkest Hour, and The Word Alive on the Disarm the Descent 2013 U.S. TOUR! Please welcome both bands with open arms, ROCK!"

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Front Beast Announces Album Release

Hells Headbangers has revealed August 20th as the international release date for Front Beast's "Demon Ways of Sorcery." The following press release was issued about the band:

"Since the late '90s, Germany's Front Beast has been lurking in the darkest corners of the black metal underground. Helmed by mainman Avenger, Front Beast has stayed committed to a pure 'n' proud vision, honoring the ancient ways with a prolific stream of demos and split releases. Now, Front Beast is prepared to storm with menace with their second album (and first for Hells Headbangers), Demon Ways of Sorcery.

"Fittingly titled, Demon Ways of Sorcery is trend-free black metal of an ancient, mystical hue: damp dungeon atmosphere, crude yet commanding execution, thirsty 'n' miserable vocals, an aura of hideousness and unhealth, and an unselfconscious obeisance of time-honored heavy metal values. When the moonlight calls...obey the Demon Ways of Sorcery!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Bearer of Satan's Flame
2. Heathen Night
3. Broken Seal of White Light
4. Demon Ways of Sorcery
5. Blackness Into Eternity
6. Filling Skulls With Angels Blood
7. Hidden Black Wisdom
8. Inverted Bloody Cross More...

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Dark Sarah Posts "Poison Apple" Preview Clip

Dark Sarah, the new project by former Amberian Dawn vocalist Heidi Parviainen, posted a preview clip for the new song "Poison Apple." The song is to appear on the debut LP "Behind the Black Veil," expected for release this year. The band previously released the first music video for the track "Save Me," which can be viewed at this location.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Call Of The Void Posts New Video

MetalSucks wants to reposition your facial features with a video premiere of “Bottom Feeder” by Denver deviants Call of the Void.

Directed and edited by Frank Huang, the tune comes from the band’s recently dispersed "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length. Check out the video right here.

The previously posted video clip for "Napalm Lungs" is also still available by clicking here. Call of the Void will rape the stages of this year’s Scion Rock Fest set to take place in Memphis, Tennessee June 1st.

The band will be performing alongside an illustrious lineup that includes Arsis, Municipal Waste, Melvins, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer, Corrosion Of Conformity, Whitechapel, The Shrine, Six Feet Under, A Life Once Lost, The Casualties, The Gates of Slumber, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Code Orange Kids, Subrosa, Ice Dragon, Indian Handcrafts, Anciients, Testament, Vektor, Gigan, Complete Failure, Inter Arma, Touché Amoré and Hot Lunch. For more info point your browser to this location.

The band will then hit Salt Lake City and two shows on Call of the Void's home turf with additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks. Catch Call of the Void live:

6/01/2013 Scion Rock Fest - Memphis, TN
6/08/2013 Lucifest - Salt Lake City, UT
6/11/2013 7th Circle Music Collective - Denver, CO w/ Discourse, Orphans, Perspective
6/30/2013 Rhinoceropolis - Denver, CO w/ Burning Love, Reproacher, Of Feather & Bone, Catholic Girls

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Bukowski Family Reveals New EP Release

On June 15th, 2013 Bukowski Family will release a fourth EP entitled "Unpleasantries Abundant" through Artificial God Productions. This EP will be available exclusively in digital format and will be available at all major digital download retailers. Check out a teaser trailer for the coming EP below.

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Arckanum Streaming Full New Album

Black metal cult Arckanum is streaming new record, "Fenris Kindir," in its entirety. Check it via the Bandcamp player below.

Regarding the new album, Arckanum mastermind Shamaatae said: "This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari! Hail Fenrir!"

Shamaatae continues: "The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!"

The 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 More...

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Blood Of Kingu Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Blood of Kingu:

"After several years working with brilliant acts Drudkh and Old Silver Key, Season of Mist is thrilled to pursue its successful collaboration with Ukrainian artist Roman Sayenko and to announce the signing of Blood of Kingu!

"The band’s third album, which will be released on Season of Mist’s Underground Activists division, is currently being penned and the recording sessions will start in the autumn." More...

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Soilwork Announces "European Infinity" Tour

Swedish metallers Soilwork have announced the first dates for the upcoming "European Infinity Tour" in support of the band's most recent album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here). Additional tour and festival dates will be announced later.

Commented the band: "It is with excitement we announce our first European headline tour in a while! We also consider this tour line up one of the best we've ever had. Keep of Kalessin is a kick ass band, hailing from our neighboring nation of Norway and Sybreed is another band that we've liked for years and has always brought something unique. We feel that this bill is a perfect match and cannot wait to bring this on the road! Don't miss out on the European leg of the 'World Infinity Tour!' See you in November!" More...

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This Thing Called Life Releases New Album

This Thing Called Life released new album "Pitch.Feathers.Fire" on May 9th, and now the release is available for streaming online. Check it out below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:

1. If 00:29
2. Awakening 03:39
3. Coward 03:15
4. Limbo! 04:54
5. TTCL 04:22
6. Hopscotch 03:53
7. Mad Cow 03:21
8. Oompa Loompa 05:56
9. Monster 06:28
10. Embers 02:51

The following biography was also issued about the group:

"This Thing Called Life (TTCL) is a metal band with touches of Southern Rock and Post Hardcore from Madrid, Spain. TTCL were formed in January, 2012 and is composed by Guillermo Ferrer (voice), Fernando Lamattina (guitars), Jorge Urosa Alonso (bass), and Adrian Rodriguez Mateos Borlado (Drums).

"Since December 2012, after about a year of writing, TTCL have been performing their first gigs in Madrid, sharing the stage with bands like Trono de Sangre, The Rodeo Idiot Engine, As My World Burns, Left in the Wake, Hummano, Silent Havoc, and others.

"On May 9, 2013, just half a year after their debut on stage, TTCL digitally published their first LP entitled Pitch.Feathers.Fire, which has been presented as a totally free download through their social networks. This LP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by César Berzál, at Rec Disease Studios from January to May 2013 in Madrid. TTCL is currently seeking record labels for the potential release of physical copies of their first LP and touring Spain with the intention of presenting it." More...

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Enshine Streaming Full New Album

The debut album “Origin” from the atmospheric death/doom project Enshine is now available to purchase from Rain Without End Records. You can stream the album in the player below or pick it up via Bandcamp here.

“Origin” features 9 tracks from the experienced tandem of Jari Lindholm (Seas of Years, ex-Slumber/AtomA) and Sebastien Pierre (Fractal Gates, Inborn Suffering, Cold Insight).

Enshine was started in 2009 as a solo project by Jari Lindholm to later become the international music collaboration it is today, headed by Jari Lindholm and Sébastien Pierre. Production of the debut album was finished in the summer of 2012 after two years in the studio.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Stream of light
2. Refraction
3. Cinders
4. Astrarium
5. Ambivalence
6. Nightwave
7. Immersed
8. Above us
9. Constellation More...

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Omnium Gatherum Announces European Tour

After having played tours in Japan and the band's home country of Finland to promote new album "Beyond," Omnium Gatherum is now ready to hit the European roads again this August/September along with Danish act Mercenary. The currently confirmed dates are:

30.08.2013 DE - Leipzig - Hellraiser
31.08.2013 DE - München - Backstage Club
01.09.2013 CH - Pratteln - Gallery
04.09.2013 RO - Bucharest - The Silver Church Club
05.09.2013 HUN - Budapest - tba
06.09.2013 AT - Wien - Escape
07.09.2013 CZ - Brno - Melodka
08.09.2013 DE - Berlin - Magnet
11.09.2013 BE - Vooselaar - Biebob
12.09.2013 UK - London - The Underworld
14.09.2013 DE - Stuttgart - Club Zentral
15.09.2013 NL - Eindhoven - Dynamo More...

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Death Valley Driver Releases New Music Video

Death Valley Driver has revealed the band's first ever music video for the song "Bloodfeud," taken off the upcoming album "Graveyard Dead" (due out June 4th ong Diminished Fifth Records).

The video was filmed last month by James Arsenian (Big James Morning Show, Endast, Exes for Eyes) and can be viewed below. Death Valley Driver will be touring in support of the new album for select dates in Atlantic Canada with two man circus side show The Monsters of Schlock. Catch the show:

June 6th @ Lava Vodka Bar (Fredericton, NB) w/ Helm
June 7th @ Michael's Bar & Grill (Halifax, NS) w/ Black Moor
June 8th @ Hunters Alehouse (Charlottetown, PE) w/ O'Leary
June 9th @ The Esquire (Moncton, NB) w/ Konjurer More...

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Vigilance Streaming New Track

Slovenian speed/heavy metal sensation Vigilance has unveiled the third song from debut album, “Queen of the Midnight Fire,” released on May 14th, 2013.

The new track “Four Crowns of Hell” can be streamed below. “Queen of the Midnight Fire” contains the following track listing:

1. Queen of the Midnight Fire
2. Behind the Cellar Door
3. SpeedWave
4. What Lies Beyond…
5. Night Terrors (streaming here)
6. Four Crowns of Hell
7. Poetry and the Gods
8. Under Sulphurous Skies (streaming here)
9. Ritual of Death More...

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Obscene Extreme Comments On World Tour

This year marks 15 years of Obscene Extreme and to celebrate the occasion the organizers of the festival decided to go all out in extreme style by hosting an additional three festivals in three additional continents.

Over the last few months Obscene Extreme has appeared in Mexico City - Mexico, Jakarta - Indonesia, and Melbourne - Australia. There has been much success but also some failures and after some time at home to reflect on the adventure the man behind the whole idea, Curby, has spoken about the experience on the run up to the final Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic this July:

"Hello freaks!!! This is Curby/obscene... I believe that you our loyal OEF fans have followed us on our tour so you probably know what happened but for those who haven't I would like to sum up our first ever OEF World tour. When I was pondering over our plans for the World tour I was really full of enthusiasm (and actually I still am). I hoped for something new but our first world volume was a really tough game, not only financially but also emotionally. It's very difficult to understand how big differences are between Europe, Mexico and Indonesia... I knew it would be different, but so much? What can you do if you pay everything in advance as in Mexico and people don't work at all? Not much... when you read my statements for every continent, you`ll understand me... More...

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Spiritual Beggars Announces New Shows

Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars (featuring Michael Amott from Arch Enemy) recently released their 8th studio album, "Earth Blues," via InsideOut Music.

The band has now just completed a European tour, which included an intense show at Holland's prestigious Roadburn festival. Next up, Spiritual Beggars will be heading to Mexico for the first time ever. See below for all upcoming tour dates:

5.25.2013 - Mexico City (Mexico) - Circo Volador
6.23.2013 - Clisson (France) - Hellfest / www.hellfest.fr
10.11.2013 - Athens (Greece) - Kyttaro Live
10.12.2013 - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Eightball

Spiritual Beggars' April 16th show in Cologne's Underground club during the recent European tour was filmed and broadcast by German national TV via WDR's Rockpalast series. The full concert, as well as interviews with the band, can be now viewed online here. More...

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Extinction Protocol Streams "As Life Turns To Ash"

Erie, Pennsylvania-based Extinction Protocol will release debut album "Aeonic Obliteration" via NYC label P2, and while the album was initially slated to see release this week, a manufacturing debacle held things up just a bit, making the new street date May 28th.

To tide fans over in the meantime, Extinction Protocol gives up another brutal new track to the masses this week. Blast “As Life Turns To Ash,” the second track from "Aeonic Obliteration," now via Lambgoat or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Extinction Protocol merges modern groove/slam tactics with primal, classic death metal vitality, bridging the most schizophrenic old-school riffage with overpowering breakdowns. Their debut album, Aeonic Obliteration lyrically scrutinizes the greed and corruption of mankind thus concluding humanity’s eventual downfall due to genetic testing and world altering events.

"With nine devastating songs packed into a nearly thirty-three minute event horizon, Aeonic Obliteration features stellar production values courtesy of Ivan at Anthropocide Studios (Abominable Putridity) and full-color cosmic destruction ala JoeJesus of DeviantArt. Pre-orders for Aeonic Obliteration can now be placed at this location." More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Album's Title Track

Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has set "Halo of Blood" as the title for an eighth studio album, set for a June 11th North American release via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, Pitchfork premieres the title track from "Halo of Blood," which can be heard right here.

In support of "Halo of Blood," Children of Bodom will tour alongside Rob Zombie, Mastodon, and more this summer as one of the featured acts at the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (see dates below).

To hear more from the album, you can also check out the previously posted music video for "Transference" at this location. The track listing for the album is:

1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Streaming New Track

The Black Dahlia Murder's brand new album, "Everblack," will be released in less than a month. The band has partnered with Revolver Magazine to stream another song from the album - listen to "Rape in Hatred by Vines of Thorn," an ode to the movie Evil Dead, via Revolvermag.com or in the player below.

In an article previously published on Bloody-Disgusting.com, Strnad recalled the impact of the movie: "I remember the first time I saw Evil Dead… it was at my friend's birthday party in 7th grade. It was recommended by the same older sister that had gotten us all into punk and heavy metal music… so we knew we were in for the real deal. The movie scared the unholy 13 year old shit out of us… we were terrified. I remember the possessions really affecting me… the way the people would contort and writhe was disturbing. The possessed had that awful way that they sounded when they spoke and howled… pretty insane as well. The vine rape scene was intense… I love the idea of the forest coming alive… so much so that I wrote a song about it many years later."

The track listing for "Everblack" is:

1. In Hell Is Where She Waits for Me
2. Goat of Departure
3. Into the Everblack
4. Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn
5. Phantom Limb Masturbation
6. Control
7. Blood Mine
8. Every Rope a Noose
9. Their Beloved Absentee
10. Map of Scars More...

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Chimaira Streaming New Single

Chimaira has debuted a brand new single called "All That's Left is Blood," taken from the upcoming new LP "Crown Of Phantoms." Check it out below.

Vocalist Mark Hunter weighs in on the single: "'All That’s Left is Blood' is an exercise in musical evisceration. One almost feels guilty for screaming along to such audio violence. Here, Werstler’s soloing lays a daring fluidity over the riot-inciting main riff. It’s immediately recognizable as being another classic Chimaira track, trademarked territory yet radical with growth."

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Left For Dead Reuniting

Recently reunited hardcore faction Left For Dead has not only confirmed more upcoming live appearances, but will also be releasing new material for the first time in nearly two decades. The following press release was issued about the band:

"In their brief but brutal two year existence, Hamilton, Ontario-based Left For Dead would prove to bear one of the most aptly-chosen monikers ever, the hatred and energy of their live shows and string of iconic ‘90s punk/hardcore releases still to this day considered legendarily heavy in some circles.

"Raging with unrest and revenge upon political and governmental bodies as well as meaningless and apathetic members of society in general, the band’s unhinged, blasting anthems infected the scene through split releases with Chokehold, Acrid and Ochre, eventually contained on the Splitting Heads discography No Idea Records released in 1998 following the band’s demise the previous year.

"Members of the band would form countless bands following LFD, most notably Haymaker, The Swarm, the groundbreaking Cursed, and the still-active outfits Burning Love and Pick Your Side. More...

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Frostwork Signs With Ukem Records

Frostwork, the ambient black metal solo project of vocalist Dagon (Heathen Deity, Thornloand) has signed with Ukem Records for the release of a split album with the label’s other new signing, Cruelty's Heart. The album is slated for release in early 2014. The following press release was also issued about Frostwork:

"A founding member of Heathen Deity, one of the UK’s longest serving black metal bands, frontman Dagon started working on Frostwork in 2007, seeing it as a way to give voice to his own visions and ideas which did not necessarily fit in with the old school black metal style of Heathen Deity.

"With the release of 2008’s 'The Rites of Winter: The First Storm' demo, it was clear right from the start that Frostwork would take the coldness and misanthropy of Black Metal, and combine it with themes from nature and folklore to create a sound that epitomised both the beauty and the harsh reality that nature can sometimes manifest. The release of the debut full-length album ‘Lore of Winter – Ealdspell’ in November 2012 on Wodfreca Records confirmed that Frostwork was much more than a side project, and that Dagon was fully committed to developing his solo work much further." More...

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Venomous Maximus Reveals Album Details, Tour Dates

The Texan dark occult metal outfit Venomous Maximus is ready to finally unleash album debut "Beg Upon The Light." The album will be released in North America on July 2nd via Napalm Records. Today the band has unveiled the track listing, which includes three bonus tracks.

In support of the new release, Venomous Maximus will be hitting the road this May and June. The tour sees the band playing select shows with Royal Thunder, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Valient Thorr amongst others. A complete list of dates can be found below. Singer Gregg Higgins has a message for fans coming out to the shows: "Hide your daughters and bring a crucifix!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Funeral Queen
2. Path of Doom
3. Give Up The Witch
4. Father Time
5. Dream Again
6. Moon Child
7. Battle for the Cross
8. Venomous Maximus
9. Mother Milk
10. Hell's Heroes
11. The Mission (Bonus Track)
12. The Rider (Bonus Track)
13. The Gift (Bonus Track)

Venomous Maximus Live:

5/18 - College Station - Stanford Center - Loudfest!
5/24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk - w/ Dillinger Escape Plan, Royal Thunder, Ancient VVisdom
5/25 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgeralds w/ deadhorse
6/18 - Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music
6/19 - Nashville, TN - The End w/ Windhand
6/20 - Indianapolis, IN - Indy Jukebox w/ Devil To Pay
6/21 - Milwaukee, WI - Blue Pig Bar - Days of Doomed Fest
6/22 - Chicago, IL - Reggies w/ Valient Thorr
6/24 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet

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Chapters Of Eden Posts "My Worst Enemy" Teaser

Chapters of Eden has posted a teaser for the upcoming "My Worst Enemy" video, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:

"Here is the teaser trailer for our new music video for the song 'My Worst Enemy,' which comes out on the 1st of June. This song is from our debut album which will be released on the 17th of June!
Enjoy!"

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Glorior Belli Signs With Agonia

France's avantgarde black metal outfit Glorior Belli has inked a worldwide record deal with Agonia Records. The band's fifth full-length album, and successor to "The Great Southern Darkness" from 2011 (reviewed here), is set to be released in the fall of 2013. Agonia comments:

"Consequently climbing the ladder of innovation and artistic development, the French quartet managed to work out a very own sound and view in the often stiff frames found within the black metal genre. Descriptions such as 'Avant-garde black metal bluesmen' (Pitchfork) or 'bluesy doom-sludge' (Metal Sucks) are only the two sides of the same coin, that will reveal a new flip this autumn." More...

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Tyr Taps George Kollias For New Album

Tyr, hailing all the way from the Faroe Islands, is currently recording a new album with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Mercenary) at his studio in Denmark.

For drum tracking on this album, Tyr has enlisted the services of George Kollias, primarily known for his work in Nile and Nightfall. A video featuring drum tracking highlights, as well as a short message from Kollias, is available below.

George Kollias comments on the experience: "Hey Týr fans, this is George Kollias and I hope you are ALL ready for a crushing new album from Týr! I had the pleasure to record the drums on the new album, we had an absolutely great time in the studio and I gotta tell you, the material is super strong and catchy, I'm 100% sure you will all love this new album!! Big thanks to Heri, Terji and Gunnar for the opportunity and to Jacob Hansen for his incredible work with the recordings!"

The band adds: "It was a pleasure to have George in studio. He's an amazing drummer and he certainly made an impact on this album. We're very excited to release this album." More...

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Garagedays Posts New Album Teaser

Garagedays has posted a teaser trailer online for new album "Passion of Dirt," which can be found below.

The "Passion of Dirt" album was produced by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Garagedays, while mixing and mastering was handled by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond). The cover artwork was done by Sledgehammer Graphix Brasil.

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Mouth Of The Architect Streams New Song

2013 marks the ten-year anniversary for Mouth of the Architect, and the band will be releasing the "Dawning" album on June 25th. Today the band reveals another song off the release: check out "How Will This End" via Lambgoat.com or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"While many have anticipated the apocalypse in 2012, MOTA has been accurately predicting and creating the soundtrack for such a disaster since 2003. There is perhaps no better way to celebrate such a milestone than by releasing a new face melting full-length record, and MOTA has never failed in that regard.

"The current lineup consists of drummer Dave Mann, guitarists and vocalists Steve Brooks and Kevin Schindel, keyboardist and vocalist Jason Watkins, and bassist Evan Danielson. The band plans to celebrate its 'most glorious birthday' by releasing a psychedelic-tinged sludge-rock masterpiece.

"Remaining under the long time label support of Translation Loss Records, their new album Dawning bludgeons its way to the top of their long catalog of doom rock greatness. These dudes last proved their heavy-metallic weight in gold when they made it through a volcanic eruption to play the Roadburn Festival on their 2010 European tour in support of 'The Violence Beneath.' This year these well-worn road veterans plan on bringing their incredibly loud and extremely hairy brand of post-metal to a venue near you in support of Dawning. Of course, you have to live in the northern hemisphere to get your chance to witness this rock 'n roll spectacle.

"In support of Dawning, Mouth of the Architect will be touring this summer with Intronaut and Scale the Summit. The Tour stars June 5th in Seattle, WA and runs through July 6th in Hollywood, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below." More...

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Separating Art From the Artist

I personally find the idea of putting people on a pedestal to be incredibly naive and childish. At some point, whoever you idolize as being perfect will turn out to have some sort of horrible character flaws that you'll never be able to forgive. People are human, and with that comes not being perfect. Hence why I'm able to say that I don't mind somebody's offstage behavior as much as I do the actual music. In the same way, I don't care about lyrical themes that embrace politics that I disagree with. More...

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Lord Dying Posts Preview Clip Of Debut LP

Portland, Oregan sludge act Lord Dying posted a preview clip from the band's upcoming debut LP "Summon the Faithless," which features the new track "In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment." The album is set for release on July 5th (Germany/Benelux), July 8th (UK/World) and July 9th (North America) via Relapse Records.

Check out the preview here:

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Benesser Posts New Music Video

Swedish progressive act Benesser posted the first band's very first music video for the track "Where O Death." The song appears on the debut LP "The Start of Something New," which is set for release on July 5, 2013 via Doolittle Group.

According to the press release: "Their intense energetic mix of hard rock together with fusion elements with warm and beautiful melodies like a fresh summer breathe. If you love bands such as Muse, Coldplay, Rush and Black Country Communion you have found a new jewel from Sweden. It's amazing how a trio can sound so big with lots of dynamics and spirit in the music. This is how new modern rock should be played!"

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Wirethrone Posts New Music Video

Florida's Wirethrone posted the band's first music video for the track "The Architect." The song will appear on the band's upcoming debut LP "The Sun Betrays Us to the Night,"
which is targeted for a 2013 release, as the band is currently shopping the release for label interest.

Wirethrone was formed in Lakeland, Florida in late 2011 by Trey Hawkins, James Harper, Steven Behr, and Josh Delgado. Taylor Halpin was added on bass. Behr would leave then paving the way for the addition of their new permanent drummer, Adam Gallina (Drums).

For the debut release, the group worked with producer Matt Johnson of The Autumn Offering fame to record the first full length album. "The Sun Betrays Us to the Night" is a concept album dealing with loss, sanity, and defining realities.

The track listing for album is as follows:

1. City of Angels; Empire of Ghosts
2. Where Solace Sleeps
3. Into the Storm
4. In Ruined Grace
5. Plague of Tongues
6. A Fallen December
7. Shadow of My Shame
8. The Betrayal (of Light)
9. The Architect

Check out "The Architect" here: More...

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Interview

An Interview With Filmmaker David Hall

The Maryland Deathfest (MDF) is arguably the biggest yearly metal festival in the United States. For four days over the course of a weekend in late May, over 50 bands and thousands of metal heads descend to Baltimore, Maryland. On its 11th year, the festival has grown into something that can rival the best that Europe has to offer.

This year features Venom, Ihsahn, Down, Pig Destroyer, and dozens of other noteworthy acts. For the past few years, MDF has been documented by filmmaker David Hall. He is preparing to release the final chapter of his MDF film trilogy just in time for this year’s festival. I had a chance to talk to Hall about ending the MDF film series and what the festival means to him. More...

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Alpine Fault Announces New Vocalist

New Zealand symphonic progressive band Alpine Fault announced new vocalist Sam Wolstenholme has joined the band, replacing outgoing vocalist Nadia Vanek, who sang on the band's 2011 debut LP "Iraena's Ashes."

The announcement on the band's Facebook Page reads: "Alpine Fault are very happy to announce the arrival of our new vocalist Sam Wolstenholme. After a search spanning the globe from Brazil and Argentina to the US, Russia, Portugal and Japan and throughout Australia and New Zealand, Sam emerged from our very own back yard here in Brisbane.

"Sam has been playing piano since age 5 and singing since she was 8. She studied classical voice at the University of Queensland and during her tenure there was selected to sing in various classical concerts outside of the University including a small Baroque opera.

"Sam has been working professionally at various restaurants around Brisbane as a singer accompanying herself on piano. She's been composing her own music since age 15 and it was her original music, influenced by a love for bands such as Nightwish and Epica, which really sparked the interest of the band's members. More...

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Saffire Streaming New Song "Paralyzed"

Swedish melodic metal act Saffire is streaming the new track "Paralyzed" form the upcoming debut LP "From Ashes to Fire." The album is drops via Inner Wound Recordings on May 17, 2013.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Magnolia (see music video)
2. Kingdom of the Blind
3. Freedom Call
4. End of the World
5. What If
6. A Symphony Unheard
7. Paralyzed
8. Modus Vivendi
9. The Betrayer's Fate
10. She Remains a Mystery
11. Say Goodbye
12. The Redemption
13. Stormy Waters

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Falkenbach Streams New Single "Eweroun"

Icelandic folk/viking metal act Falkenbach, the one man band featuring Vratyas Vakyas, is streaming the new single "Eweroun." The song will appear on the upcoming sixth album "Åsa," the band's debut with new label Prophecy Productions, which is due out later this year. The single will be released as a limited 7" vinyl single (limited to 500 copies). Orders can be made at this location.

Check out "Eweroun" here:

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Norhod Posts "Lily's Ashes" Lyric Video

Italian symphonic death act Norhod posted up a new lyric video for the track "Lily's Ashes." The song appears on the upcoming debut LP "The Blazing Lily," which is scheduled for release in 2013 via Wormholdeath Records. The track is the second released from the LP, the first - "Mirrors Lady" - can be heard over at this location.

Check out "Lily's Ashes" here:

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Hypnoside Streams New Song "New World Order"

Spanish metal band Hypnoside, featuring MaYaN/Ex-Sons of Seasons vocalist Henning Basse, is streaming the new track "New World Order." The song will appear on the band's sophomore LP "Tattooed Angels." The release date has not yet been announced, but the cover artwork can be seen via the Soundcloud link below.

More information on "Tattooed Angels" is expected soon.

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Old Bridge Metal Militia Benefit Show Report

The Old Bridge Metal Militia, credited with jump starting the metal community of New Jersey by opening their hearts and doors to the bands we old timers loved in our youth, held one of the most brilliant concerts to directly benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm which ripped through the Jersey shore last year. Many people still suffer from that devastating storm, but to have the metal community be credited with assisting those in need was an honor to be part. Shortly after the event, it was revealed that through ticket sales and raffle sales, the event raised over $40,000 for the cause - a staggering number for the sold out event that housed 1,500 people.

I sprung for the VIP experience, for the opportunity to meet and talk with some of my idols like Dee Snider, John & Mark Gallagher, Joe Hasselvander, Mark Tornillo, Robb Reiner, David Rock Feinstein, Carl Canedy, AJ Pero, Eddie Ojeda was just too hard to pass up. The 2.5 hour drive from my safe zone in Connecticut was filled with a playlist featuring such classics as “Under the Blade,” “Take Control,” “Let Them Eat Metal” and “Metal On Metal,” and as good fortune would have it, I heard them all live. More...

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Now Or Never Premieres New Song "Reach Out"

Now Or Never was formed in 2012 when ex-Pretty Maids guitarist Ricky Marx hooked up with drummer Fabian Ranzoni. Quickly after, they were joined by long time friends, vocalist Jo Amore (Nightmare) and former Pretty Maids bassist Kenn Jackson. The band entered into Peek Studios in Southern France with producer Pat Liotard to record the debut self-titled release.

The band's sound is an exciting convergence of hard rock and metal with a modern kick - complete with power, energy and mature songwriting. The mix of the album was finished just days ago and Metal Underground is the first to present the world with the exclusive premiere of the new track "Reach Out (For The Sky)."

Marx provided some detail on the song: "The song is about life and how you live on a daily basis, where nothing comes on a plate. You need to work it out on your own to make things happen. I wrote part of it in Denmark when I was at Kenn's place (after a 'mega liquid' night) and the rest at Jo's place while we were working on the vocal melodies. Ranzo wrote most of the lyrics on the album, and I wrote the rest, like 'Brothers' and 'Something's Missing' (song and lyrics were written in half a day at Joe's with an acoustic guitar)."

Marx also commented on the band: "The important thing in this band is that there is great cohesion and everyone is always a good mood. There are no egos, and that is very important for me. We've all been there already, recorded, played everywhere and I tell u, it is so nice to play and enjoy real friendships!"

He went on to talk about working with producer Pat Liotard: "Working with Pat was amazing, creative, nice....he is a good musician and pro. I think we managed to get something new out of Jo [Amore] and a good overall musical print. We where big during the 80's and 90's for some of us...some still now and we are so willing to give a full blast!" More...

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