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Metal News for May 7, 2012

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Vastator Releases Third Official Video From Album

Chilean metal legends Vastator have released a third official video from their album "Machine Hell." The video is for the track "Puñado de Almas," which was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones. "Puñado de Almas" loosely translates into "Fistful of Souls" in English. Vocalist Senor Diaz had this to say: "This video marks the end of an era; a new beginning where hell will burn even hotter than ever." Vastator is currently working on new material as well, but is streaming all eleven tracks of its album "Machine Hell" over at Digmetalworld.

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Interview With Shane Mclachlan Of Phobia

Phobia has put the fear into grindcore since the early 80s. Phobia gained a reputation for having no problem discussing their views on politics and economics through their music; often having a controversial opinion. And although there is just one original member left, the band is still going strong and just about to release their latest album; almost a retrospective of the band's history. I caught up with founding member Shane Mclachlan to talk about why this album is so important to Phobia, the writing process, and why he just doesn't like gutterpunks. More...

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Suru Streaming New Track

Spanish metal band Suru recently released its ten song album "Catharsis" on Suspiria Records and is streaming the track "Lost Illusion" from it. You can listen to that song below, plus check for updates on Suru over at Suspiria Records' website. Suru categorizes its sound as "brutal gothic," but other influences from industrial and metalcore abound in the band's sound. Listen to three other songs from Suru over on MySpace.

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Mothership Streaming New Song

Dallas retro rock band Mothership is streaming the new song "Elenin," which will appear on the new Soda Shop Volume 3 compilation. That anthology is due out on May 28th and is free to the listeners, and you may listen to it in it's entirety on that date at this location. The compilation will feature such artists as Fellwoods, The Grand Astoria, The Dead Exs and The Heavy Eyes. Mothership is gearing up to put out its new album on June 1st and will celebrate it at the Boiler Room in Dallas with Wo Fat, FTW and Southern Train Gypsy. Also stream a couple of Mothership songs from the band's reverbnation page over here.


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Morbid Execution Streaming New Song

Morbid Execution has posted a track, "Twisted Maniacs," which will be appearing on its full length album. That release of blackened death metal should come out later this year on Deathgasm Records. Formed in Poland in 1997, Morbid Execution has four split releases, two EPs and the "Necrotorment" demo to its credit. The band started as a side endeavor of a couple of Throneum's members and ended up being a full-time undertaking and a band with longevity.


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Battlerage Talks New Album And Chilean Heavy Metal

The Chilean heavy metallers from Battlerage dropped their third full-length album "True Metal Victory" last year through Metal on Metal Records. After the release of the album, drummer Francisco Vera corresponded with Metalunderground.com to discuss the true metal horde's place in the world of heavy music and the overall metal scene in Chile. Check out the full interview below to find out about the creation of "True Metal Victory" and taking lyrical inspiration from the Robert E. Howard characters of Conan the Cimmerian and Thoth-Amon. More...

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Ensiferum Announces "Bearers Of The Sword" Tour

Finland's Ensiferum has announced the dates for the "Bearers of the Sword 2012" tour, which can be found below. The following press release was also issued:

"When Ensiferum enter the stage they burn down the house. Their high speed energetic Battle Metal is a perfect soundtrack to your ordinary sword fight or to have a blast of a party full of exceptional fun, Pagan Metal growls and beer....

"Many dedicated metalheads know this already, but not all. To change this Ensiferum will go on a long journey through whole Europe in September and October 2012.

"Don’t miss out the chance to become a follower of the Swordbearers and to enjoy a night out with Ensiferum."

14/09/2012 Fri Garage Saarbrücken GER
15/09/2012 Sat Hof Ter Lo Antwerpen B
16/09/2012 Sun Metropool Hengelo NL
18/09/2012 Tue O2 Academy Islington London UK
19/09/2012 Wed Moho Manchester UK
20/09/2012 Thu Button Factory Dublin IE
21/09/2012 Fri Rescue Rooms Nottingham UK
23/09/2012 Sun La Machine Paris F
25/09/2012 Tue Le Bikini Toulouse F
26/09/2012 Wed Razzmatazz2 Barcelona ESP
27/09/2012 Thu Caracoö / Arena Madrid ESP
28/09/2012 Fri Totem Pamplona ESP
30/09/2012 Sun Z7 Pratteln CH
01/10/2012 Mon RocknRoll Club Romagnano (Novara) I
02/10/2012 Tue Bastard Club Osnabrück GER
03/10/2012 Wed Lido Berlin GER
04/10/2012 Thu Szene Wien A
05/10/2012 Fri Boogalo Small Zagreb HR
06/10/2012 Sat MORC Zlin CZ
07/10/2012 Sun 202 Budapest HUN
09/10/2012 Tue Gala Hall Ljubljana SLO
11/10/2012 Thu Mega Club Katowice PL
12/10/2012 Fri Messehalle Straubing GER
13/10/2012 Sat Alte Spinnerei Glauchau GER
14/10/2012 Sun Zeche Bochum GER
16/10/2012 Tue Brewhouse Gothenburg SWE
17/10/2012 Wed John Dee Oslo NOR
18/10/2012 Thu Göta Källere Stockholm SWE

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Cult Of Erinyes Working On New Album

Cult of Erinyes has issued the following announcement about releasing a new full-length album through Code 666 Records:

"Followers of The Cult,

"One year exactly after the birth of 'A Place to Call My Unknown,' we are pleased to announce that our next full length will be released by Code 666 records. This Italian label is known for releasing bands that follow their own path and we are proud to join this entity.

"Cult of Erinyes is working very hard on a lot of new songs and will probably hit the studio at the end of the year to record its sophomore album.

"Also, we would like to salute Les Acteurs de L’ombre Productions; the French label did an excellent job launching the entity. Special thank to Gérald! Stay tuned, Cult of Erinyes will deliver another important statement in the weeks to come."

Cult of Erinyes also has the following upcoming live show:

12th May: Dodsferd, Panchrysia, COE,White Oak, Asatru, Slaughter Messiah. Ostende, Belgium

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My Dynamite Streaming New Song

Australian rockers My Dynamite will be releasing their self-titled debut via Listenable Records this June 19th. The band has teamed up with PureGrainAudio to stream the track "If We're Livin'" at this location. My Dynamite started out in Melbourne with a focus on playing blues/rock and creating a party atmosphere. Check out the tracklisting and cover art of the debut below, along with a video interview the band did for Melbourne Rock City after the jump.

Take It Or Leave It
Inside Out
If We're Livin'
Dirty Game
Watch Yourself Grow
Raise Your Glasses
Singing Stormy Weather
Big Attraction
All That She Brings
Fork In Your Tongue

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Brian "Head" Welch Joins Korn On Stage

Fan-filmed footed has been posted online of Brian "Head" Welch joining his former band mates from Korn onstage on May 5th, 2012 to perform the song "Blind." You can check out videos from the event below.

Head left Korn in 2005 to pursue a solo career and release his book "Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story." You can also check out Korn's recent music video for "Chaos Lives in Everything" at this location.

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Diamond Plate Vocalist To Miss Rest Of Tour

Diamond Plate has announced that bassist and lead vocalist Jon Macak will be departing from the band's tour with Overkill and God Forbid to return home due to a recent family emergency. The band has decided to continue on with the remainder of the trek with tour manager and close friend Dan Valente filling in on bass and vocal duties.

Jon Macak stated, "I am very sad to say that I will not be able to be a part of the last six Killfest dates. I will be flying home to Chicago Sunday morning to be with my mother who is very ill and needs my support. There is a chance that she does not have much time left so I want to be by her side as much as possible. The rest of the band will finish the tour without me and I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding."

Diamond Plate also added, "We all wish Jon and his family strength through this incredibly hard time. Words can't describe how much Jon's presence will be missed on stage as a frontman, but most importantly our best friend. After these shows without him, we will come back stronger than ever and with a new understanding of what it means to be a band. An incredible thanks goes out to Dan Valente, our tour manager, who will help us finish the tour by handling bass and vocal duties. Thank you to all the fans for the support and understanding, and please keep Jon's family in your positive thoughts."

The final leg of the tour to include Dan will be as follows:

May 08 – Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
May 09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 – Atlanta, GA -The Masquerade
May 11 – West Springfield, VA - Jaxx Nightclub
May 12 – New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

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Lifeforms Posts Studio Video

Sacramento, California's Lifeforms signed to Lifeforce Records earlier this year for the release of a new album.

The band has now checked in with the first in a series of studio video updates from the recording sessions, which can be found below. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available, and in the meantime you can find more info on Lifeforms via the band's Facebook profile here.

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A Piece Of The Action Posts Lyric Video

Los Angeles based act A Piece Of The Action has posted a new lyric video clip online for the song "The Hollows," which can be viewed below. For more info on A Piece Of The Action, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

A Piece Of The Action is:

Adam Morales (Vocals)
Steve Castellanos (Guitar)
Dale Rosales (Bass)
Andy Olson (guitar)
Alfred Jasso (drums)

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Mastodon Announces Festival Appearances

Mastodon will hit the road in Europe, performing at festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August.

Mastodon is touring in support of latest album "The Hunter" (reviewed here), which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics' lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and more.

The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year's Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon has been on the road since early April co-headlining a U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon's hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade. Upcoming shows are as follows: More...

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Dave Mustaine Video From Memphis Available

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was interviewed by Fuse TV at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. In the clip available below, he discusses the festival atmosphere, touring with Rob Zombie, the 20th anniversary of Megadeth's album "Countdown to Extinction," and why he's more interested in hearing a band's second album than its debut; and more.

Megadeth tour dates, with and without Rob Zombie, run through May 26th as the band supports new album "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here).

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Widespread Disease Posts New Song Teaser

Paris, France based act Widespread Disease has posted a teaser online for the new song "Delivery of Souls," which features a guest spot from Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs. Check out the clip below.

The full "Delivery of Souls" track will be released this coming June 1st, 1012. In the meantime, you can find out more details of Widespread Disease at the band's Facebook profile.

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Derelict Posts Drum Footage

In collaboration with Sick Drummer Magazine, the Montreal-based technical death metal band Derelict has released two new videos showcasing drummer Jordan Perry. Check out the video clips below.

The first video is a performance of the song "Olympic," off the band's new full-length album "Perpetuation." The second is an interview with Perry in which he explains his drumming history, influences, how he joined Derelict, the writing of "Olympic," and more.

The "Perpetuation" album is available for streaming via the Derelict Bandcamp page. For more info on Derelict, visit the band's official website, or you can connect directly with Jordan and his drumming exploits at this location. More...

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Adrenaline Mob Posts "Indifferent" Video

Rock supergroup Adrenaline Mob has debuted a new music video for "Indifferent" online through AOL NoiseCreep. The band features vocalist Russell Allen of Symphony X, guitarist Mike Orlando, drummer Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, and new bassist John Moyer of Disturbed. Adrenaline Mob recently released debut album "Omertá."

You can watch "Indifferent" at this location or in the player below. Adrenaline Mob will be hitting the road this May along with Kill Devil Hill. Check out tour dates at the band's official website. More...

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Threat Signal Releases "Uncensored" Video

Threat Signal has posted a new music video online for "Uncensored," which can be viewed below. “The video for ‘Uncensored’ captures my lyrical inspiration for the song almost exactly,” said vocalist Jon Howard.

“People walk around every single day with their eyes closed; they are censored from reality. Most people truly believe, or have just convinced themselves, that the world is a great place, but in all honestly, most of it is not. Hate, greed, corruption, disease, war, lies, pollution, slavery, violence, crime, famine and many other issues plague our race. People need to wake up, look at real facts, and gather their own conclusions instead of believing hearsay or the media at face value. Most news is filtered and watered down.

"The director, Tommy Jones, saw my vision and ran with the ideas; he couldn’t have done a better job! Also you’ll see I ran into a major inspiration of mine in the street while filming. Enjoy." More...

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Essenz To Release New Album

German act Essenz will be releasing the new album "Mundus Numen" on May 23rd, 2012 through Svart Records. Pre-orders for the release are available at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Extinguish Shapes: Innermediate
2. Seæ Of light: Pleroma
3. Extricate Spirits: Amor
4. Observed By Spectres: Paranoia
5. To The Bone: Mania
6. Observing Spectres: Schizophrenia More...

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Hail!Hornet Announces Headlining Shows

Southern metal supergroup Hail!Hornet has announced a short run of headlining tour dates in addition to the their two week U.S. tour with Church of Misery and The Gates of Slumber. The dates begin on June 11th in Denver, CO and wrap up on June 16th in Johnson City TN. The tour will feature direct support from The Gates of Slumber and will be the band’s second outing for latest album "Disperse The Curse."

Hail!Hornet is “Dixie” Dave Collins (Weedeater, Bongzilla) on bass, Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, Birds of Prey) on drums, Vince Burke (Beaten Back To Pure) on guitars, and T-roy Medlin (Sourvein) on vocals. The band released sophomore album, "Disperse The Curse," earlier this year on Relapse Records. The album can currently be streamed at this location.

Drummer Erik Larson commented on the upcoming tour: “All of us in H!H are super stoked to be touring with Church of Misery. T-Roy has spent time with them in Europe before so i'm sure there will be some reminiscing. Personally, the time I spent in Japan was the most eye opening experience I ever had, so I hope to repeat that experience for them here and show them how some grimey southerners get it done. Not to Mention we'll have The Gates of Slumber with as well to keep the smooth trail rolling...it's going to be a good time for sure. Hopefully Texas won't be too fucking hot, and melt the Japanese.”

A complete list of dates is included below. More...

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Royal Thunder Streaming New Track

Royal Thunder, the Atlanta-based quartet that will release debut album "CVI" on May 22nd through Relapse Records, and RCRD LBL are offering a download of the track "Whispering World" at this location.

Royal Thunder will perform a hometown show tomorrow night at The Masquerade as part of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The band has announced two additional dates: June 27 at The Marquis Theater in Denver and July 12 at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly.

The band recently recorded an in-studio performance of "Sleeping Witch," another track from the forthcoming release, for indieATL, which can be viewed here. Royal Thunder's "CVI" will be streaming in its entirely via AOL Spinner beginning May 21st for one week.

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Baroness Posts New Album Teaser

Baroness, currently on tour previewing material from forthcoming new album "Yellow & Green" (due out July 17th through Relapse Records), has now posted a trailer for the upcoming release, giving listener's their first hint of music from the album. Check out the preview in the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. Yellow Theme
2. Take My Bones Away
3. March to the Sea
4. Little Things
5. Twinkler
6. Cocainium
7. Back Where I Belong
8. Sea Lungs
9. Eula

Disc 2:

1. Green Theme
2. Board Up the House
3. Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
4. Foolsong
5. Collapse
6. Psalms Alive
7. Stretchmarker
8. The Line Between
9. If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry More...

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An Interview With Hung Bassist Sam Roon

Death metal has had a progressive sub-genre for decades. Back in the early ‘90s, bands like Cynic and Atheist were getting verbally abused for being something other than tough-guy, Satanic-loving filth. Nowadays, this sub-genre is much more accepted, and one of the best rising bands from this area of death metal is NYC’s Hung. With a technical spin, and a prominent violin acting almost as a second guitar, Hung’s self-titled debut is not what one would call a predictable affair. I had the chance to speak to bassist Sam Roon about the band’s first album, their long history together, and the effect of having a female violinist on their public image. More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist Roberto De Micheli takes you behind the scenes before the 2012 North and South American Rhapsody Of Fire tours in a new video clip available below.

In this short behind the scenes video you will be taken into Roberto De Micheli's private rehearsal studio where he talks about the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire 2012 live concert tour and plays a Rhapsody Of Fire guitar solo.

For a listing of the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to the Rhapsody of Fire Facebook profile.

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The Dead Wretched Posts Behind The Scenes Clip

South Wales act The Dead Wretched has posted a behind the scenes feature from the video for "Ain't Through With You By A Damn Sight." Check out the footage below. "Ain't Through With You By A Damn Sight" is taken from The Dead Wretched's debut album "Anchors Down," available now.

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Shadows Fall Streaming New Song

Shadows Fall has premiered a new track online titled "Divide and Conquer," which is taken from the band's new album "Fire From the Sky." Head over to Altpress.com to listen to the song. The new album is set for release this coming May 15th, 2012.

The track listing for "Fire From The Sky" is as follows:

1. The Unknown
2. Divide And Conquer
3. Weight Of The World
4. Nothing Remains
5. Fire From The Sky
6. Save Your Soul
7. Blind Faith
8. Lost Within
9. Walk The Edge
10. The Wasteland More...

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Whitechapel Posts In-Studio Fotoage

Today Whitechapel has released the first in a series of in-studio videos filmed during the recording process of the band's new self-titled album, which will be released June 19th on Metal Blade Records. The first video provides an in depth look at the drum tracking process for the album. Check out the video here, and look for new in-studio videos to be released in the coming weeks.

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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Frost Despair Announces New Album Title

Brazilian black metal act Frost Despair has announced the band's next album will be titled "Surreal." According to a press release, the forthcoming album will continue many musical aspects from previous album "The God Delusion," but the band will make more extreme arrangements in compositions and lyrics. The title "Surreal" unites all the components that are being used on the construction of the tracks.

Vocalist Odommok commented, "This work talks about the destruction of a terrible zeitgeist based on religion and violence. Question the infallible divine power armed with reason and free thinking. Tell the history and genesis of the structural religion's organization. A symphonic storm over the infallible Gods."

You can also check out Frost Despair's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music page.

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The Sacrificed Streaming "Ark Of The Covenant"

Power metal act The Sacrificed released new album "III" earlier this year, and the band has now uploaded another track from the album online. Check out "Ark of the Covenant" in the player below. The "III" track listing is as follows:

1. The World is Changing (Intro)
2. Falling
3. Ark of the Covenant
4. The Nephilim Agenda
5. Time’s Up
6. Words on the Gin
7. Behold the Power of God
8. Regeneration
9. Offended
10. Before the storm
11. 24 More...

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Stormlord Issues New Album Update

Italy's Stormlord has issued the following update about the band's upcoming new album:

"Legions of the Storm,

"First of all, we want to show you our deepest gratitude for having so much patience. It's been a while since our last update and now we're ready to unveil some details about our next album.

"In the last years we left behind our live activity in order to focus more on the songwriting and to develop the synergy of the new line-up: now we're pleased to announce that all the material has been written while the preproduction process and the lyrics writing are on their way.

"We're very proud of how the new stuff sounds and we firmly believe that these will be the best songs of our career, so far: those who enjoyed the epic and Mediterranean feeling of 'Mare Nostrum' (2008) and the dynamic flavour of 'Supreme Art Of War' (1999) will not be disappointed, that's a promise! More...

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Revocation Posts New Headlining Tour Blog

Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne from Revocation has checked in with Metalunderground.com for another exclusive look at the band's headlining tour with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. The previous road report can be read here. Phil had this to say:

"Hey douchebags! Phil here, back again with the final blog of our headlining tour. I know your all getting sick of them at this point, but don’t worry this is the last one until June, so just shut up and read it.

"Well, as I left off last time, we had just gang banged our stomachs with delicious burgers from Kuma’s Korner in Chicago. Unfortunately, right as I was riding the high from that amazing meat orgy, I had a shocking encounter which completely soiled my opinion of the windy city. Now to all you RevoManiacs in Chicago, I mean no offense. I have many a fond memory eating your unnecessarily huge pizzas, and drunkenly wandering the streets of your unnecessarily huge city. BUT, I was never made aware that Chicago houses some of the most insidious, subliminal planting of racist ideologies into young, defenseless minds that I have ever seen. I mean honestly, this is completely unacceptable!

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Six Feet Under Streaming New Track

Today Metal Hammer Germany is hosting an exclusive premiere of "Frozen At the Moment of Death," the third official single from the new Six Feet Under album. The track comes off the band’s soon-to-be disengaged "Undead" full-length, which is scheduled for a European release on May 18th/21st, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

Surf over to Metal Hammer to check out "Frozen At The Moment Of Death."

Offering up 12 tracks of sonic brutality, the record was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy), at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

Commented vocalist Chris Barnes: “Creating an album is a lot of work and a lot of focus, but we didn’t really have too many hiccups in the recording. It went really smooth, and it was pretty much the most effortless album we’ve ever tracked. I had a great, great time working on this album; it was so much fun because everything seemed so new again.” More...

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Obituary Working On New Album

Florida death metal act Obituary has issued the following recap of recent live shows and announcement about working on the follow-up to the "Darkest Day" album (reviewed here):

"We really had a good time on that run through South America. There were some really good shows, a few cancelled shows too...but, all in all a really good time. We wound up taking 19 flights in 20 days and that was not fun, but the shows we did were awesome! Thanks to Lee Harrison for doing the shows with us. Lee was playing guitar with us and he sounded great! Thank you brother!

"We are home now working some more on the new album. We are in no hurry and it will get done when it gets done! We have a show in Miami coming up and then we head to Europe for about 5 weeks! I hope you can make it out to one of the many shows we have scheduled!

"South America thanks for all the support and we will be back sometime after the new album comes out!!!"

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End Of September Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Sweden's End of September has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the creation of the band's new single and video clip "Isolated," which can be found below.

"Isolated" is off the band's new self-titled album, due out May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America through Ulterium Records. You can also watch the full music video for "Isolated" over at this location.

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Alcoholator Announces "Road To Rehab" Tour

Alcoholator and Screamer have announced they will be teaming up for the "Road To Rehab" 2012 Summer Canadian tour, which kicks off this coming July. While more dates are expected to be added soon, the current crop of shows is as follows:

July 19th - Toronto, ON @ The Devil's Cellar
July 20th - Hamilton, ON @ TBA
July 21st - Ottawa, ON @ Dekcuf
July 22nd - Montreal, QC @ Hemisphere-Gauche
July 23rd - Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Le Stage
July 25th - Rimouski, QC @ TBA
July 27th - Moncton, NB @ The Manhatan
July 28th - Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub
July 30th - Quebec, QC @ Bar-Coop L'AgitéE

To get acquainted with Alcoholator, you can also check out the band's video clip for "The Chamber" at this location.

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Synful Ira To Release Debut LP

Italian gothic metal band Synful Ira will release its debut full length release "Between Hope and Fear" on June 22, 2012 through logic(il)logic Records. The band originally started in 2007 as an Evanescence and Nightwish cover band, but in 2010 the band switched to original music and released the promo CD "The Hard Reality."

The track list for "Between Hope and Fear":

1. Sound of Life
2. True Lies
3. Behind the Suspect
4. Shining Tracks
5. Revenge of Mind
6. Inside My Fears
7. My Friend
8. Hope
9. 8.45
10. New Love
11. Fatal Temptation
12. Destiny More...

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The Arcane Hate Posts Teaser

Mexican groove metal band The Arcane Hate has posted a video teaser of the new material it is working on. Hailing from Queretaro, the band is currently in the studio laying down tracks for its debut promo, which will consist of two singles and a few other songs. Check for updates on Arcane Hate's Facebook page.

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69 Chambers Posts New Music Video

Swiss groove metal band 69 Chambers posted a new music video for the track "The Peep Hole." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP, and first for label Massacre Records, entitled "Torque," which was released on April 27, 2012.

Check out "The Peep Hole" here:

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Mortad Seeking Second Guitarist

London based melodic death metal band Mortad, featuring Iranian native vocalist Somi Arian, is seeking a second guitarist to join its ranks. The image below provides the criteria for the likely candidates. In a post on its Facebook page, the band stated:

"Hey Mortad Monsters! Mortad are now looking for a second guitarist to join our ranks! So please feel free to share this advert amongst your friends, or if you are a talented guitarist that is interested, then please get in contact at MortadAuditions@gmail.com \m/"

The band recently released a new music video for the track "The Voice," from the debut LP "The Myth of Purity," which is out now.

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Mastic Scum Signs With Massacre Records

Austrian brutal death metal band Mastic Scum has signed a worldwide deal with Massacre Records. The four-piece was originally formed in 1992. A year later, the band released their first 12' EP "Ephemeral Cerebral Butchery". Several demos, EPs and split CDs followed, leading to the release of their debut album "Zero" in the summer of 1999 through Noise Variations.

Within the following years, MASTIC SCUM released their albums "Scar" (Cudgel Agency, 2002), "Mind" (Cudgel Agency, 2005) and the latest album "Dust" (Twilight Rec., 2009), which was nominated for an Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2010.

The band has already played a lot of club and festival shows in Europe, Asia and the US, joining Marduk and Vader at their "Funeral Nation Tour" through Europe in early 2010, for example!

There were a few line-up changes in the past years and when Alex joined vocalist Maggo, guitarist Harry and drummer Man in spring 2010 as bassist, MASTIC SCUM were stronger than ever!

Guitarist Harry commented on the signing:

"We are proud to announce that we signed a worldwide deal with one of our favorite labels. We know Massacre Records since quite a long time and are happy to be a part of it now!"

The band's currently working on their fifth studio album, which is scheduled to be released in fall 2012!

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