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Metal News for May 29, 2012

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Mortalicum Posts Album Teaser

Swedish rock/metal band Mortalicum recently released its second full-length album, "The Endtime Prophecy" on Metal On Metal Records and has posted a teaser for it. Hailing from Sundsvall, Mortalicum released its first album, "Progress of Doom," back in 2010 right when they appeared at the Keep It True festival. Stream two tracks, "Ballad of a Sorrowful Man" and "Dark Night" from the new album over on ReverbNation.

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Edenian Streaming Debut Album

Ukranian gothic band Edenian is streaming its debut ten-song album "Winter Shades" over on Bandcamp. The six-piece band hails from the town of Kharkov and formed in 2010 by two musicians, Eternal Tom (guitar) and Samantha Sinclair (vocals). Alexander Ovchinnikov aka 'Simon Kentervil' from death-metal formation Starving Souls agreed to help with the vocals, his growls lent to five of the songs. Lack of time didn’t allow him to finish the work, so Vladimir Tsymbal from black-metal horde Symuran replaced him on the rest of the tunes. Stream all ten songs from "Winter Shades" below.


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Pit Stories: The Pit Hates Beer

Live shows are the backbone of the local music scene, but sometimes they are also host to the drama-laden, the dangerous, and the downright bizarre. Every week we get in touch with rock and metal bands to share their most memorable stories from live shows, and this week Spider Rockets tells a tale that's less brutal than many we've had before, but covers a constant problem at gigs: spilt beer and show-goers who have had a few too many.

We were performing in Berlin, Germany and there was this guy walking on the edge of the pit with a cup of beer. Turns out he was a bit too close to the action because next thing he was on his butt and his cup flew up in the air and he was showered with whatever had been in the cup. He jumped up, all wet, and was looking to go after whoever got him, but no one was paying attention. He was so angry! Later that night, we saw the same guy peeing against the building, so he must have gotten more beer to replace his flying brew.

Spider Rockets wants to be sure that everyone is ready to get "Bitten" with its new album on June 5th. To give the fans a taste of what they can expect on its new album, Spider Rockets is offering 10,000 free downloads of the new single “Scream.” Head over to this location and download your free mp3 now. More...

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Placentophagia Posts New Single Online

Ottawa, ON based grotesque death metal act Placentophagia has posted a new song online titled "Flesh Fetish," which you can hear in the YouTube player below. "Flesh Fetish" is a single taken off Placentophagia's upcoming album "Feast On Thyself," currently slotted for release on July 20th, 2012.

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Ihsahn Streaming New Song "Introspection"

Today Guitarworld.com hosts the exclusive premiere of Ihsahn’s “Introspection,” the third track off the legendary vocalist/guitarist’s forthcoming new full-length, "Eremita" (reviewed here).

Check out the new song "Introspection" at this location.

To see what Ihsahn himself had to say about the album, check out our recent interview with him here. Set for release on June 19th via Candlelight Records, the nine-track opus was recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden.

Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining - Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (Star of Ash). More...

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Witchsorrow Comments On Upcoming Album

The UK's Witchsorrow will release a new doom-filled opus, "God Curse Us," on July 3rd, 2012 in North America. The title track from the album can be heard now at this location. Metal Blade Records commented:

"Witchsorrow is a prime example of a band that plays pure, epic, and non-pretentious doom metal straight from the heart. If their self-titled 2010 debut suggested that, God Curse Us confirms it across almost an hour of unsullied doom.

"Recorded over Hallowe'en by Chris Fielding at Wales' ultra-remote Foel Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Hawkwind), God Curse Us is an album that brings the dark spirit of '70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there's no mistaking it for anything else."

"I just want to carry on what Sabbath started," states frontman Necroskull. "I want to keep that old flame alive. I think that's always been what all the great doom bands have strived to do. It's a tremendous honour to add our own colour to the great tapestry of doom metal."

"There isn't any light at all in the album," asserts Necroskull. "It's far too easy for metal to become a parody. We're not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon - we're the ones peering ahead to the end of the world."

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Undersmile Releases "Milk" Video

Undersmile has posted a new official video online for the song "Milk," taken from the band's debut "Narwhal," released yesterday through Future Noise Recordings. Check out the video clip below. The track listing for "Narwhal" is as follows:

1. Lockjaw
2. Milk
3. Funayurei
4. Berk
5. Cortege
6. Myra
7. Mandrill
8. Verdigris
9. The Unthinkable
10. Qaanaaq More...

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Phobia Streaming Entire New Album

The grindcore merchants in Phobia today bring their sonic violence to the masses via AOL Spinner. Check out forthcoming new full-length, "Remnants of Filth," in its entirety at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"Set for public release through Willowtip Records on June 5th, Remnants of Filth easily stands as one of the most enraged releases in the band's iconic discography. With 22 notorious years of charged auditory mayhem under their belts, Remnants Of Filth surges with eighteen socio-political grind hymns in about as many minutes. The album was produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and engineered by Mike Harrison at Winter Skies Productions in San Antonio, Texas.

"Phobia will be spreading their hostility throughout North America this year. The takeover will begin this Thursday at the annual Chaos In Tejas Fest kickoff in Austin with Nasum, Whitehorse, mass Grave and more! From there the band will head to Tampa, Florida for this year’s edition of the Scion Rock Fest alongside Sick Of It all, All Pigs Must Die, Repulsion, Terror and so many more. In conjunction with the release of Remnants Of Filth, PHOBIA will join forces with power violence insurgents Strong Intention for the The East Coast Filth Tour 2012 set to commence June 3 in Detroit and decimate 9 cities."

5/31/2012 Red 7 – Austin, Texas (Chaos In Tejas Fest)
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL

PHOBIA – East Coast Filth Tour 2012 w/ Strong Intention
6/03/2012 Halfway House - Detroit, MI
6/04/2012 Now that’s class - Cleveland, OH
6/05/2012 Strange matter - Richmond, VA
6/06/2012 Millcreek - Philadelphia, PA
6/07/2012 El N Gee - New London, CT
6/08/2012 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/09/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
6/10/2012 Radio - Somerville, MA
6/11/2012 Boagie’s - Albany, NY

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Desecrated Sphere Releases New Music Video

Brazilian death metal band Desecrated Sphere has released a new official music video for "Century of Tyranny," which comes off the group's debut album "The Unmasking Reality," released via Digmetalworld Records in 2011. Check out "Century of Tyranny" in the clip below.

The video was produced by Mirtão Podruções and edited jointly by Xande, Renato, and Rubens from Desecrated Sphere. The images were captured by friends, fans, and roadies from Sept. 2011 to Feb. 2012, during the band's gigs and travels.

The track list of "The Unmasking Reality" is the following:

1. Unnatural Transformation
2. Ruin
3. Gospel Is Dead
4. Century Of Tyranny
5. Presage Of Apocalypse
6. Inquisitio Haereticae Pravitatis Sanctum Officium
7. No Paradise Awaits
8. Defraudation
9. Hell Is Here
10. Biological Butchery 04:41 More...

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We Are Knuckle Dragger Posts New Making-Of Video

We Are Knuckle Dragger has posted another clip online in a series of videos chronicling the band's time recording "Tit For Tat" during the summer of 2011 with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL. Check out this new video below, or find the last entry in the series at this location.

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Demon Hunter Posts Tour Rehearsal Footage

Check out a new video of Demon Hunter rehearsing for this summer's upcoming Scream The Prayer and True Defiance Tours now through the player below, and for a full listing of dates, visit the band on Facebook.

The band's new album "True Defiance" is available in stores and online now. To find out more about the album's creation, read our interview with the band at this location.

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Resurrected Finishes Recording New EP

German act Resurrected has issued the following update about finishing the recording process for the band's new five-track EP:

"OK friends, all recordings for 'Morbus' have been cumpleted, now Jörg Uken is in the mixing and mastering stage at Soundlodge Recording! We'll present the cover art which was done by Mike of Dragon Design within the next days!"

In other news, Resurrected also split with the band's vocalist and drummer back in March. You can also check out Resurrected's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Vampires Everywhere! Streaming New Song

Vampires Everywhere! has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere a new song titled "Drug Of Choice." From the point of view of a girl trying to gain attention from a world that doesn't care, "Drug of Choice" is the second track to be revealed from the band's upcoming album, "Hellbound and Heartless." The album will be released June 19th via Hollywood Waste Records.

Check out the new song "Drug of Choice" at this location. Vampires Everywhere! will be a featured artist on the Monster Energy Stage for the full Vans Warped Tour. A complete list of dates can be seen below.

The "Hellbound and Heartless" track listing is as follows:

01. I: Hellbound
02. I Can't Breathe
03. Beauty Queen
04. Drug Of Choice
05. II: The Inferno
06. Star Of 666
07. Kiss Of Death
08. Rape Me (Nirvana cover)
09. Plastic
10. III: The 7th Gate
11. Unholy Eyes
12. Social Suicide
13. IV: Born Individual
14. Anti Hate
15. Hell On Earth
16. Amanda's Song More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Finishes Recording New Album

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording of a new album:

"Hey all out there! The recordings for our upcoming album Ethera are finished and we're eagerly waiting for receiving a release date which should be in fall 2012!

"For all those being interested in seeing us live should check out the NOVAROCK festival (Nickelsdorf, Austria) starting by the end of next week where we'll play on SAT June 9th late afternoon.

"We'll be back soon with more infos on Ethera, so stay tuned and join us on Facebook or subscribe to our Youtube channel!"

You can also check out studio footage from the recording of "Ethera" at this location.

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Marduk Gearing Up To Hit The Road

Black metal act Marduk, which recently had a show in Belarus shut down for "preaching Satanism," will be releasing the band's 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon," on June 5th in North America. You can also check out our review of the album at this location.

In support of "Serpent Sermon," Marduk will be playing headlining shows in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. starting June 1st. Joining the group on the road will be 1349, Withered, and Weapon. A list of all upcoming tour dates is below.

June 1 - Puerto Rico, PR @ La Respuesta **MARDUK, 1349 only**
June 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
June 4 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
June 5 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
June 6 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's
June 7 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
June 8 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
June 9 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
June 10 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
June 11 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
June 12 - Calgary, AB @ Distillery
June 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
June 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 16 - Portland, OR @ Bossanava
June 17 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
June 18 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar **MARDUK only**
June 19 - Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
June 20 - San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room
June 22 - San Luis Potosi, Mexico @ Steel Bar **MARDUK, 1349 only**
June 23 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Alicia **MARDUK, 1349 only** More...

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Steel Panther Video Interview Available

The boys from Steel Panther sat down with Brian Adler from Adlercast to discuss group and sex and BVS: Big Vagina Syndrome. Check out the video interview below.

In related news, Steel Panther has also recently announced an Australian tour in support of new album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).

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Wintersun To Release Two New Albums

Finland's Wintersun has finally released the following update regarding the band's long-awaited second album and follow-up to the debut self-titled album:

"Hello friends! Time for some album(s) news. Wintersun's Time is going to be two albums, titled TIME I & TIME II. We made this decision simply because of few reasons:

"All the 80min of material won't fit on a regular CD and we didn't want to cut anything out. We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.

"The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of 'hard listening (not easy listening)' material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me). Both albums will be approx. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.

"We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these 'modern times.' No more years of silence for us! We hope you'll approve our new little 'plan' and support us when the 'Time' comes! The track listing for TIME I looks like this:

1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time More...

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Spawn Of Disgust Streaming New Single

German deathcore act Spawn of Disgust has posted a new single online titled "Into the Void," which can be heard via the YouTube player below. The track will appear on an upcoming, as-yet-untitled album from Spawn of Disgust. To find more info on Spawn of Disgust, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Impending Doom Announces New Summer Tour Dates

Impending Doom has announced a fresh batch of tour dates this summer. Kicking off on July 5th in Little Rock, dates will run along the south and south west. Support duties come from Within the Ruins, Molotov Solution, Erra, and To Each His Own.

Impending Doom just finished a run supporting Devildriver and Job For A Cowboy on the Metal Alliance tour. The band will head out on select dates of this summer's Van's Warped Tour and then finish out the summer on the Scream It Like You Mean It tour supporting The Acacia Strain.

You can also check out Impending Doom's recently posted video for the song "Murderer" at this location. More...

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Pry Streaming Songs From New Album

Serbian rock/metal act Pry released the band's first full-length album "Transcendent Iridescence" last month. The band is now streaming 11 songs off the 21 track release via Bandcamp, and the songs can also be heard in the player below. The songs currently streaming are as follows:

1. Silhouette
2. Dance of the Wicked
3. Sweet
4. Gyro's Last Spin
5. 8 Circles
6. The Lifter
7. Lake of Fortitude Pt.1
8. Tidal
9. River
10. Waves
11. Lake of Fortitude Pt.2 More...

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Devin Townsend Posts Video From New DVD Set

Renowned multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend will be releasing his DVD box-set, "By A Thread - Live in London 2011," on June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America through HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. To give fans a preview of this upcoming release, the Devin Townsend Project has now premiered a video clip of "Gato" (taken from the Ki performance) on Metal Injection.net here. You can also check out the clip below.

The band also recently posted a teaser trailer with video clips from the DVD, which can be viewed at this location. A screening of the DVD will take place on June 5th in London at the Prince Charles Cinema. Tickets are available for this event here. More...

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Iron Mask Posts New Music Video

Belgian power metal band Iron Mask, featuring Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Mark Boals, posted a new music video for the song "God Punishes, I Kill." The song appears on the band's latest release "Black As Death," which is available through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Assaulter Announces European Tour

The Australian metal commandos in Assaulter will embark on a European tour in July of 2012. Comments vocalist/bassist S. Berserker:

"We will be conquering the ancient continent on our 'European Proselytism Tour' in July/August 2012 in support of our sophomore LP of toxic Speed/Death Metal, 'Boundless'! This will be Assaulter's first visit to European shores with our raw live show. You have been warned!"

13/07/12 – DK – Frederica – Metal Magic Festival
20/07/12 – FI – Lieto – Hammer Open Air
21/07/12 – DE – Pössneck – Hell's Pleasure Festival
03/08/12 – IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/08/12 – UK – London – The Ultimate Australian Battlezone @ The Dome
10/08/12 – DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air

More dates will be confirmed soon. You can also check out the live video for "Exalt The Master" the band just recently posted in the player below. More...

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Whitechapel Unleashes New Single

Today Whitechapel has released the second single from the band's self-titled fourth album that is due out June 19th via Metal Blade Records. The song entitled "I, Dementia" is being exclusively premiered by Loudwire and can be heard here.

The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), who also handled production duties alongside the band. The album artwork was created by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers Group with art direction provided by Whitechapel. The track listing is as follows:

1. Make it Bleed
2. Hate Creation
3. (Cult)uralist
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
6. Faces
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
9. Devoid
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence More...

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Ephel Duath Streaming New Track

A new track has been posted online from Ephel Duath's upcoming EP "On Death and Cosmos." You can now check out the song "Black Prism" courtesy of Lambgoat at this location.

After fulfilling the band's contract with Earache Records in 2009, Italian progressive metal act Ephel Duath disappeared for a bit. In 2011, songwriter and guitarist Davide Tiso announced that he had assembled a new Ephel Duath lineup and signed a deal with Agonia Records.

Boasting a formidable roster of Tiso, vocalist Karyn Crisis, bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Autopsy, Testament), and drummer extraordinaire Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Necrophagist, Kreator), Ephel Duath hit the studio to record a new EP titled "On Death and Cosmos."

The EP will be available as digipack CD, limited 10" EP, and digital download on June 21st in Europe and August 14th in North America. For more info, head over to the Ephel Duath Facebook profile.

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Nervecell Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Nervecell has posted behind-the-scenes footage, filmed and edited by Adnan Mryhij, at the band's show with Metallica, which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 25th, 2011 at Yas Arena infront of a 30,000 strong crowd.

Check out the video clip below. For more Nervecell, check out the band's previously posted music video for "Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)" at this location.

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Ken Mode Writing New Material

Ken Mode, which was nominated for a "best metal album of the year" Juno award earlier this year, has now issued the following announcement about writing new material for upcoming releases:

"Writing up a storm with Andrew here in Winnipeg. Currently working out the details to record a 12 song full length and two split releases with epically rad bands in September. Get stoked, this new material oppressively heavy in some spots, pretty in all the right places, and punk as fuck in others."

Further details on these upcoming releases will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can stream the band's "Reprisal" and "Mennonite" albums at this location.

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Eclipse Eternal To Miss Final Date Of Tour

Eclipse Eternal has issued the following announcement about missing the final Ohio date of the band's current tour:

"Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control (last minute flight changes) the last date of this tour has been cancelled. We apologize to everyone in Ohio who was looking forward to seeing us and Negura. We all wanted to play but it is not possible. So, tonight in Pittsburgh will be our last show for this epic tour.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has come out and supported us, all the bands who have opened for us (Hails!), Lucia Elisabeth Bathory for doing our merch, Mark Howitt the best goddamn tour manager we could ever hope for and of course Negura Bunget who are not only a fucking awesome band but are also great people.

"A special thanks to Oq for helping us loadin and out every night and helping make sure the sound for each show was up to his high standards. This tour has been fucking epic."

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Trepalium Streaming New Song

French act Trepalium is streaming the new song "S(l)ave The World" online, which is taken from the band's upcoming new album "H.N.P."

Check out the song in the player below. "H.N.P." is due out on June 8th, 2012 and more info on Trepalium can be found via the band's Facebook profile here.

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Entrails Announces Summer Offensive

Metal Blade's latest signing, the Swedish death metal outfit Entrails, is preparing for a devastating live offensive in the summer and fall.

The live run includes appearances at festivals such as Party.San and Summer Breeze as well as support slots for German death metal legends Morgoth and a gig at the Berlin cult festival Stromgitarrenfest.

Comments Entrails: “After a busy half year filled with massive rehearsals and some recordings for our upcoming third album, we will leave our filthy rotten rehearsal tomb in the cellar below to join the battlefield once again! Entrails will be doing some great shows and enter a bunch of the biggest festivals this summer and autumn!”

Go and catch Entrails live at:

27-28/07/12 – SE – Malmö – Faceplant Festival
09-11/08/12 – DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Festival
16-18/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
29/09/12 – DK – Esbjerg – t.b.a.
05-06/10/12 – DE – Würzburg – Hell Inside festival
02/11/12 – DE – Berlin – Stromgitarrenfest
03/11/12 – DE – Essen – Turock w/Morgoth

Right now Entrails is in the final stages of songwriting for a third studio album to be recorded during the summer. The band states, “Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it´s the perfect step from The Tomb Awaits album...beware!”

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Morbid Angel To Tour With Nile And Kreator

Morbid Angel has just been announced to join forces on a co-headlining tour with German powerhouse Kreator in November and December. As if this gathering of cult acts was not exciting enough, the death metal kings from Nile and Californian thrashers in Fueled By Fire have been added to the bill as opening acts. The tour poster can be viewed below.

As previously announced, "Nevermore" and "Existo Vulgoré" (from Morbid Angel’s latest album "Illud Divinum Insanus"), were released for the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 3. Season of Mist and developing company Harmonix will offer free download codes for both songs to 10 of the people who correctly answer the following questions:

-Which band did the remix of Morbid Angel’s "Destructos VS The Earth" which appears on the B-side of the "Nevermore" 7" single?

-Who directed the video clip of "Existo Vulgoré"?

Send your answers to promotion@season-of-mist.com with "MORBID ANGEL Rock Band" as the subject. The 10 winners will be randomly picked and announced on Season of Mist’s Facebook page on June 12. More...

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Kylesa Headed Off For European Tour

Hot on the heels of an American tour in the spring, U.S. act Kylesa will come back to Europe this summer for a 22-gig tour. Here is the list of dates:

27 Jul 12 Paaren/Glien (DE) Greenville Festival
28 Jul 12 Torrelavega (ES) Takio Festival
30 Jul 12 Bern (CH) ICS
31 Jul 12 Esslingen (DE) Komma
01 Aug 12 Caramagna (IT) Campo Sportivo
02 Aug 12 München (DE) Free and Easy @ Backstage
03 Aug 12 Nürnberg (DE) K4
04 Aug 12 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
05 Aug 12 Saarbrücken (DE) Kleiner Club Garage
06 Aug 12 Bristol (UK) Thekla
07 Aug 12 Manchester (UK) Moho
08 Aug 12 Glasgow (UK) Stairway
09 Aug 12 Southampton (UK) Joiners
10 Aug 12 Ieper (BE) Ieper Festival
11 Aug 12 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival
12 Aug 12 Dresden (DE) Beatpol
14 Aug 12 TBA (DE) TBA
15 Aug 12 Roskilde (DK) Gimle
16 Aug 12 Motala (SE) Bryggeriet
17 Aug 12 Trondheim (NO) Pstereo Festival
18 Aug 12 Gothenburg (SE) Truckstop Alaska
19 Aug 12 Lüdinghausen (DE) Area 4 Festival More...

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Obey The Brave Announces Festival Appearances

Hardcore act Obey the Brave has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming summer festival appearances, which can be viewed below. Obey the Brave will be performing at the following shows:

June 14 - Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival (Lee's Palace) w/ Bad Religion, No Use For A Name, Good Riddance, Protest The Hero, A Sight For Sewn Eyes, etc.

June 15 - Montebello, QC @ D-Tox Rockfest w/ Korn, Bad Religion, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, Suicide Silence, etc.

June 24 - St-Catharines, ON @ SCENE Music Festival w/ Counterparts, Structures, Down With Webster, Death By Stereo, etc. More...

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Eye Of Solitude Posts New Album Teaser

Eye Of Solitude will be releasing the band's second full length "Sui Caedere" in late June through Kaotoxin Records, and the band has now posted a teaser trailer online, which can be found below.

You can also check out the previously posted song "Awoken by Crows," off the band's recently released digital EP, at this location.

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A Band Of Orcs Reveals New Album Artwork

It seems like an epoch since A Band of Orcs debuted in Orctober of 2007 with the "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" EP (reviewed here) and the accompanying “Into the Maelstrom” video. Since that time the band also contributed a Type O Negative cover to our Peter Steele tribute album, and released a set of fantasy gaming minis.

Now, 5 years later, the monsters of DIY underground metal strike back with a self-titled full-length concept album, detailing the adventures of the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe as they war against the giants of Hirntodia. This offering is produced (executive producer Gruesom Grimp) and engineered by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios, whose most recent engineering credits include Machine Head’s “Unto the Locust” and portions of Testament’s upcoming “The Black Roots of Earth.”

Metalunderground.com is proud to host the exclusive unveiling of the artwork for the new self-titled album, which can be viewed below.

The story relates, in the form of 12 metal tales, how the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe (i.e., A Band of Orcs and orc-kin in the home realm of Hirntodia) come to be hired and geased (if you don’t know what that means, check out this Wikipedia article) into settling some “giant troubles” for a neighboring human kingdom. The orcs don’t appreciate the coercion of the geas too much and vow to return and settle the score with the human kingdom after they fulfill the terms of their quest and vanquish the titan foes of the realm. More...

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Diecast to Use Crowdfunding to Fund Next Album

In case you haven't heard, Boston metalcore band Diecast is back and the band plans to record a new album. Since the band is currently without label support and it's last output was six years ago, Diecast will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for fans to help make the new album a reality. Here's an update about it from the band, as well as a video update from Dennis:

Diecast will be launching the kickstarter program this week!!! Be ready! This is the time we need our fans, friends, and family to help us produce this next album! Your donations won't go unnoticed... Check out this video explaining the project from Dennis! Rewards for your donations include signed merchandise, t-shirts, early release material, hand written lyric sheets, dinner with Diecast, Skype lessons with Jon or Eddy, Flying to the studio for 3 days with us, your name in the CD liner and more!!! We need your help and we want to reward! Can't wait to record.

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The Ocean Issues Tour Recap

The Ocean has checked in with the following recap of recent Australian tour dates and update about upcoming live shows:

"Farewell for awhile.... our Australian tour has concluded last Sunday with a final blast in Perth. It's been great times here on the other side of the globe, thanks to all our fans for coming out and making the shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth so very enjoyable and worthwhile. Thanks also to our brothers in Lo! - If you are Australian, you will have another chance to see them live soon, don't miss out, these guys kick tremendous amounts of ass!

"We are looking back at a crazy year of more or less constant touring: the US tour with BTBAM last April/May, the UK tour with Earthtone 9 immediately afterwards and Friction Tour in Europe with Red Fang and Intronaut; then Summer Festivals; then China and from China straight back to the US for the Devin Townsend tour; back to Europe for a co-headlining run with Textures in December 2011, and finally a month in Russia in February / March this year, followed by Thailand and Australia…

"Yes, we are tired! And that's why we are now going to disappear from your radars for a while now. We will be spending another week in this last city on the planet and our side project Coilguns (Luc, Louis and Jona) are playing a final gig here tomorrow at Beat Nightclub in Perth.

"Robin just bought an old van and will be driving up the Australian West Coast during the next few weeks (if the van survives the trip) to write, film underwater footage for the visuals of our upcoming album and RELAX…

"When we get back, we will focus on finishing the 3xDVD which is due for a January 2013 release on Metal Blade and our new album, which is due for a late spring 2013 release.

"Stay tuned to Radio Ocean ladyboys, sweet dreams and don't let the bed bugs bite."

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