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Metal News for May 9, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.

New Doom Podcasts Streaming

The entire new Hour of 13 record "333", a new 29 minute track by Aldebaran from the new "Embrace the Lightless Abyss" release and the entire new EP by Holy Mountain titled "Earth Measures" are streaming on the new Soggy Bog Podcast #75 at this location.

The new Crestfallen #79 episode is also on the podcast page and at this site featuring sixteen doom tracks. Stream both podcasts below in the players as well. More...

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Pentagram Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Doom pioneers Pentagram will be hitting the shores of Great Britain for their first ever UK tour during October/November 2012 and will be bringing retro rockers Gentlemans Pistols along for the ride. Pentagram will be touring Europe in August through October, which will include an appearance at the Hammer Of Doom festival. Check out the four dates confirmed below.


Oct 31st @ The Fleece, Bristol
Nov 1st @ The Garage, London
Nov 2nd @ Academy 3 Manchester *
Nov 4th @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

* The Manchester date was switched from the 3rd to the 2nd to avoid clashing with the Damnation Fest.


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Kreator And Accept Announce North American Tour

Two of Germany's most respected metal veterans, Accept and Essen based thrashers, Kreator, have announced that they will be teaming up together this Autumn for a co-headlining tour of North America in support of their new albums, in a trek dubbed the "Teutonic Terror Attack." They will also be joined on the tour by Finnish metal outfit, Swallow The Sun.

Accept recently released their new album, "Stalingrad," their first since the highly successful, "Blood Of The Nations" and Kreator will be releasing their new album, "Phantom Antichrist" through Nuclear Blast Records this June.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Reign Of The Architect Streaming New Single

Reign of the Architect, the new multinational symphonic progressive metal project, has put up a second single from the band's upcoming album "Rise," due out later this year. Check out the song "We Must Retaliate," featuring Jeff Scott Soto, in the player below.

The band commented, "It was an unbelievable pleasure to work on the material with Jeff, who provides not only an amazing vocal performance, but exhibits powerful and theatrical abilities. He was the perfect choice for this role and we are happy that the opportunity to work with him went through! Right now, we are working hard on our debut concert and very soon we'll post new updates on our Facebook page! Help us spread the word(s), because when we'll come play for you live, we need you to scream with us WE MUST RETALIATE!"

Reign of the Architect's debut show will be held on June 6th at Hangar 11 club in Tel Aviv as the supporting act of Symphony X and will be followed by a European tour. More...

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Theatre Nocturne Streaming New Song

Buffalo, NY based act Theatre Nocturne recently finished recording four new songs for an upcoming EP release. The band has now posted the songs online for streaming. You can check out "Nepenthe And Lavender" in the widget below or stream the songs "A Glimpse Into The Savage Garden," "To Visit My Flesh," and "An Apostate in Passion" at the band's Reverbnation page.

Theatre Nocturne is:

Justin Foley - Vocals
Erik Wagonblott - Guitar
Kenny Zotara - Guitar
Justin Herzog - Bass
Mike Paquette - Drums More...

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RandomWalk Releases "Promises" Video

Greek act RandomWalk has uploaded a new music video for the song "Promises," which is taken from the band's second album "Absolution." Check out the video clip in the player below.

You can also stream the song "The Light" at this location, or find more details on RandomWalk by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Wreck And Reference Streaming New Album

Los Angeles, California's experimental noise outfit Wreck and Reference has posted the band's new album "No Youth" online for streaming and as a pay-what-you-want download. Check out the album through the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Spectrum
2. Nausea
3. The Solstitial
4. Inverted Soul
5. Cannot
6. I Am A Sieve
7. Obedience
8. Winter
9. Stage Collapse
10. Edifice of Silt More...

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Yakuza Recording New Album

Yakuza is entering the studio once again to craft a brand new release that will be unveiled later this year. The band has headed to Engine Studios in Chicago to create a 6th studio effort. Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Yob, Rwake) will once again bet at the helm, as he has been for the last few Yakuza releases.

Main man Bruce Lamont comments, "There is one common thread in Yakuza records - we thrive on VARIETY. We try to go to places we've never gone before and create open space - being experimental so to speak, but we still have a love for a good melody. Sanford is a big help bringing the sounds together. Lyrical themes focus on life and death, the light and the dark. Our last record was a reaction, somewhat of a warning call for what has been happening globally and spiritually but not in a religious sense. This album is the aftermath, the balance between the light and the dark. And as dark as it gets, there is always light at the end of the tunnel." More...

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Samothrace Finishes New Album

Doom metal harbingers Samothrace this week proudly announce the completion of their second LP. The new hymns were constructed at Soundhouse Studios in Samothrace's hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) at the turn of the year, then mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea).

Bearing the title "Reverence To Stone," the LP's two extensive tracks -- "When We Emerged" and "A Horse Of Our Own" -- engulf nearly thirty-five minutes, presenting the unit's revered, multi-faceted doom at its most expansive to date.

Stated founding guitarist/vocalist Brian Spinks on the forthcoming album: "Man, it’s been almost four years since our debut release Life’s Trade, but we are still alive and kicking. We’ve endured some member changes and some definite peaks and valleys in our personal lives, but we are truly stoked to be releasing our second album, Reverence to Stone working again with 20 Buck Spin. We have certainly matured in our playing and writing, but we still worship tone and the heavy. Always have and always will… We thank everyone who has hung in there waiting for something new from us. We've done our best not to disappoint." More...

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Lita Ford Streaming New Track

Legendary female guitar icon Lita Ford's new album "Living Like A Runaway" will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.

Today Lita is giving the public a chance to hear the first new song from "Living Like A Runaway." Noisecreep.com is now hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Branded." Get a first listen at this location.

"Living Like A Runaway" is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Coinciding with the album's release, Lita is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the "Rock of Ages Tour." The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below. More dates are expected to be announced soon. More...

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Tombs Releases "Passageways" Clip

Brooklyn, New York's Tombs has released the new video for the song "Passageways." The track is taken from the band's 2011 release "Path of Totality." The video, which was directed by David Brodsky for Scion A/V Media, is streaming exclusively on Stereogum.com and can be viewed here or in the player below.

Tombs has also unveiled a new custom guitar created by Artists Series Guitars. The design of the guitar is based on the album artwork from "Path of Totality." The guitar is set to be released this spring. Check out a picture of the guitar here.

Tombs has the following upcoming shows with Ulcerate:

5/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
5/19: New York, NY @ Public Assembly
5/20: Boston, MA @ Great Scott More...

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Throne Of Malediction Posts New Track Online

Throne of Malediction has released a new song online for streaming title "Everythings Going Cold." The track features Tamara Picardo from Upon Shadows on keyboards and Kevin George from Martriden on bass too.

You can check out the song via the band's Reverbnation page or through the widget available below. Throne of Malediction's previously posted track "Not Meant For Me" is also available at this location. More...

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Black Polaris Streaming New EP's Title Track

Black Polaris has posted the title track online from the band's forthcoming EP "Envisage," which is due out May 14th digitally and as a physical release on June 4th, 2012. Give the song a listen in the player below, or find more details on Black Polaris by heading to the band's Facebook profile.

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To Speak Of Wolves Posts Fifth Studio Video

To Speak Of Wolves recorded new album "Find Your Worth, Come Home" with Matt McClellan at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA. In the fifth video blog from the studio, available below, the band discusses the details of the album and what's to come in the future.

"Find Your Worth, Come Home" will be available in stores and online May 22nd. You can also check out the album's lead off track, "Hivemind," streaming now exclusively via Revolver Magazine.

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Evolution Chaos Releases New Video Clip

Finnish act Evolution Chaos has released a new video clip for the song "Inscrutable Divine And Concealed Minds," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below. You can also check out the band's previously posted video for "Paradox" at this location.

To hear more from Evolution Chaos and find additional details, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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16 Posts New Music Video

Los Angeles, CA act 16 released new album "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds," last month via Relapse Records. The band has now teamed up with Noisecreep.com to release a new music video for the song "Her Little Accident," which can be viewed here or in the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Theme from "Pillpopper"
2. Parasite
3. Her Little "Accident"
4. The Sad Clown
5. Ants in My Bloodstream
6. Broom Pusher
7. Opium Hook
8. Bowel of a Baby Killer
9. Beyond Fixable
10. Only Photographs Remain More...

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Marduk Releases "Souls For Belial" Video

Marduk, which will be heading out on tour later this month with Vader, has now unleashed a new music video of the track "Souls for Belial." Check out the video clip below.

"Souls for Belial" is taken off the band's upcoming album "Serpent Sermon," due out June 5th in North America and Europe on May 28th, 2012. For more details on the album, check out our recent interview with Marduk here.

The "Serpent Sermon" track listing is as follows:

1. Serpent Sermon
2. Messianic Pestilence
3. Souls For Belial
4. Into Second Death
5. Temple Of Decay
6. Damnation's Gold
7. Hail Mary (Piss-Soaked Genuflexion)
8. M.A.M.M.O.N.
9. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades More...

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Stryper Updates Tour Schedule

The Yellow and Black Attack is back - Christian act Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The band has now added on new shows to the run. The complete listing of upcoming dates is as follows:

5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA – ALL AGES
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.26.12 House Of Blues Orlando, FL
7.27.12 Wild Horse Saloon Nashville, TN
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto, Venezuela

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Destruction Of A Rose Announces New Shows

Destruction of a Rose will be heading out on the "Cutthroat OG" U.S. tour this coming June with Seeker and Rule of Thumb. The tour poster can be viewed at this location and the dates are as follows:

June 1 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, Nv
June 2 - TBA - Salt Lake City, Ut
June 3 - Sunshine Studios - Colorado Springs, Co
June 4 - The Compound - Tulsa, Ok
June 5 - Zombies - San Antonio, Tx
June 6 - Hoeks Death Metal Pizza - Austin, Tx
June 7 - First Christian Church - Lawton, Ok
June 8 - Gasworks - Albuquerque, Nm
June 9 - The Nile Theater - Phoenix, Az

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Sabaton Streaming New Track

Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted a promo video featuring the new track "En Livstid I Krig," the Swedish version of "A Lifetime of War" from the forthcoming LP "Carolus Rex." The release dates for the album are May 22, 2012 (USA) and May 25, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously announced that the album will be issued in English, Swedish and a limited edition featuring both.

Check out Metal Underground's review of the album at this location. The band is in the midst of a U.S. Tour (for dates, head over to this location). A show report for the May 5, 2012 show in Worcester, MA can be found here.

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Textures Releases New Lyric Video

Dutch progressive technical metallers Textures have released a new lyric video for "Stoic Resignation," one of the heavier tracks from their latest album "Dualism." Like much of the band's visual representation, this video was created by Textures bass player Remko Tielemans. Watch it below.

You can also check out the band's previously posted guitar playthrough video for "Singularity" at this location.

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Vesperia Streaming New Song

Vesperia (formerly known as Bolero) is proud to release the title track from the band's new demo "The Swordsman" as the first of four free downloads set to be unleashed over the month of May. Check out the track in the Bandcamp player below.

Vesperia will also be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario:

May 18, 2012 – The Port - Barrie, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Goliath, The Isosceles Project
June 1, 2012 – The Granite Club - North Bay, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, The Killing Field
June 2, 2012 – The Serbian Centre - Sudbury, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Before the Black Gates
June 8, 2012 – The Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Deathmarch
June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos More...

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Furyon Posts "Making Of Gravitas" Part III

U.K. hard rock/metal band posted part three of a behind the scenes video series on the making of the band's debut "Gravitas." The band self-released the album in 2010, but recently released the album worldwide through Frontiers Records at the end of March this year.

Check out the video here:

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Miasmal Signs With Century Media Records

Gothenburg based death metal band Miasmal signed a recording contract with Century Media Records. The band issued its self-titled debut release on April 15, 2011 through Dark Decent Records subsequent to the self-titled EP of a year earlier and the highly tauted self-titled demo in 2008. The band features drummer Björn and guitarist/vocalist Pontus, both from the Southern Lord Recordings artist Agrimonia.

No official press release has yet been issued as to whether the band is working on new material or whether the self-titled debut will receive a re-issue.

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OpEd

Opeth Remains Dark and Somber on "Heritage"

Update: For the opposing view of this Op/Ed, head over to this location.

“Heritage” is the slowest album in Opeth’s discography, but that doesn’t make it a bad album. Opeth has never made a bad album, and every Opeth album contains slow parts. This time the group just decided to make that the focus of the recording. I’m not turned off by a band playing slowly. In fact, some of my favorite artists are known for playing slowly. These bands carry the “doom metal” modifier. While nobody with the knowledge of descriptive metal tags would categorize Opeth as a doom artist, they take a similar approach, especially mood-wise, to their music. More...

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Architects Posts New Music Video

U.K. act Architects posted a new music video for the song "Alpha Omega." The song will be featured on the band's new album "Daybreaker" which is scheduled for release on May 28, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Korpiklaani Reveals New Album Details

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have revealed the first details on their upcoming 8th studio record and 4th release via Nuclear Blast Records. The record will be entitled “Manala” and is scheduled for a release on the 3rd of August 2012. Main man Jonne Järvelä explains the album title:

“Manala is the realm of the dead - the underworld in Finnish mythology. Tuonela, Tuoni, Manala and Mana are used synonymously. This place is best known for its appearance in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, on which many of our new songs are based. In the 16th poem of Kalevala, Väinämöinen, a shamanistic hero travels to Manala to seek for knowledge about the dead. On the journey he meets the ferrywoman (similar to Charon), a girl, Tuonen tytti, or Tuonen piika (Death's maid), who takes him across the river of Tuoni. However, on the isle of Tuoni he is not given the spells he was originally looking for and he barely manages to escape the place. After his return he curses anyone trying to enter the place alive.”

For those of you who are now afraid of not being able to understand the mystical Finnish lyrics on the album – don’t worry: “Manala” will come to you with a bonus CD, including the whole album with English lyrics.

Stay tuned for further information on the album. In the meantime, check out the song “Metsälle” that offers you a foretaste of the new compositions at this location.

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Stalwart Releasing Fifth Album

PRC Music will be releasing the fifth album from Russian progressive darkened metal band Stalwart on May 22nd. Titled "Manifest of Refusal," the album was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Hertz studio in Poland and will come packaged with 12 pages of full color. Below is the tracklisting, with the cover art featured in the video upload of the new track "Corrosion" featured afterwards. Check out more of Stalwart's extensive discography on the same YouTube page or over on MySpace.

The Karma Circle
Downgrade Evolution
Rise of the Ninth Wave
Last Dawn of the Era
Corrosion
Idol of the Time
It's Just My Choice
Manifest of Refusal
Renaissance Through Devastation More...

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Miseration Streaming Song From New Album

Miseration has revealed the first new song online from the band's upcoming third album "Tragedy Has Spoken." Check out the track "Stepping Stone Agenda" in the player after the jump.

The theme of the third album of these Scandinavians can be described as sum of the major tragedies of mankind’s history. Lyrics for “Tragedy Has Spoken” were written by Pär Johansson (Satariel, Torchbearer, The Few Against Many) and the band’s lead singer Christian Älvestam (also in Solution .45, Torchbearer, ex-Scar Symmetry), and address the diversity of tragedies, some of which have taken the guise of accidents or natural disasters, while others were carried out with human hands and intent.

"Tragedy Has Spoken" is set for release on July 2nd in Europe and July 3rd in North America through Lifeforce Records. More...

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Onslaught To Play "The Force" On European Tour

U.K. thrash legends Onslaught will play the band's 1986 sophomore classic "The Force" in full on its upcoming fall European Tour. Support will come from Dutch thrashers Izegrim and German thrashers Cripper.

The dates for the tour include the following:

09/27 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, Nederland
09/28 - Gaswerk - Winterthur, Switzerland
09/29 - Carlito's Way - Retorbito, Italy
09/30 - Channel Zero - Ljubljana, Slovenia
10/01 - U Ocka - Bratislava, Slovakia
10/02 - Exitus Chlemnice - Prague, Czech Republic
10/03 - Zum Schweinebarmann - Braunschweig , Germany
10/04 - Turock - Essen, Germany
10/05 - Hell Inside Festival - Wurzburg, Germany
10/06 - Evening of Metal - Saint Dizier, France
10/07 - Lucky - Rijssen, Netherlands

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Forgotten Tomb Working On New Album

Rock/black/doom metal outfit from Italy, Forgotten Tomb, has announced that the band's seventh album to date will be out this Autumn on Agonia Records. The album, entitled "...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil," will consist of 7 brand new songs that are currently being recorded at Elfo Studio (Piacenza, Italy). Finnish Finnvox Studios (Impaled Nazarene, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, HIM) will take care of mastering.

Forgotten Tomb will also released an official DVD this coming 2012. The disc will include 2 professionally filmed concerts along with bonus & backstage material, bootleg recordings, exclusive interviews and other extras. The first show will feature the band's full performance at the Kings Of Black Metal Festival 2012 (Alsfeld, Germany). The second movie will be shot during the band's upcoming live dates, including several European festivals (Rockcult, Hellfest, Extremefest, Under The Black Sun, Barther Open Air). More...

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The Murder Of My Sweet Streams New Track

Swedish gothic metal band The Murder of My Sweet is streaming the new song "Black September." The track appers on the band's sophomore LP "Bye Bye Lullaby." The album is set for release on May 25, 2012 through AFM Records. The Murder of My Sweet features Wuthering Heights keyboardist Andreas Lindahl and 7 Days drummer Daniel Flores.

The track listing for "Bye Bye Lullaby" is as follows:

1. Armageddon
2. Fallen
3. Unbreakable
4. I Dare You
5. Violently Peaceful
6. Meant to Last Forever
7. Idolize
8. Kind of Lousy
9. The One
10. Resurrection
11. Waiting for the 27th (Booh Prologue)
12. Black September
13. Phantom Pain

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Kreator Posts "Phantom Antichrist" Album Trailer

German thrash legend Kreator posted part one of a series of trailers for the band's forthcoming LP "Phantom Antichrist." The LP is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Phantom Antichrist" is as follows:

1. Mars Mantra
2. Phantom Antichrist (check out video at this location)
3. Death to the World
4. From Flood into Fire
5. Civilization Collapse
6. United in Hate
7. The Few, the Proud, the Broken
8. Your Heaven - My Hell
9. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again

Check out part one here:

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Nightmare (FRA) Streams New Track

French power metal band Nightmare is streaming the new track "Sunrise In Hell." The song appears on the band's eighth studio reelase "The Burden of God," which is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "The Burden of God" is as follows:

1. Gateways To The Void
2. Sunrise In Hell
3. The Burden Of God
4. Crimson Empire
5. Children Of The Nation
6. The Preacher
7. Shattered Hearts
8. The Doomsday Prediction
9. The Dominion Gate (Part III)
10. Final Outcome
11. Afterlife

Check "Sunrise in Hell" here:

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Primate Posts New Album Trailer

Atlanta based punk/grind metal band Primate posted a trailer for the forthcoming LP ""Draw Back a Stump." The album is scheduled for release on July 3, 2012 through Relapse Records.

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Into Darkness Tour Trailer Posted

A trailer was posted up for the upcoming "Into Darkness" Tour of Europe featuring Pain, Moonspell, Swallow the Sun, Lake of Tears and Scar of the Sun. The full schedule of dates and venues can be found at this location.

Check out the trailer here:

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Battle Beast Posts Facebook Fan Interview Video

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted footage from a Fan Interview conducted through Facebook. The interview was conducted on May 6, 2012 just before the band's performance show at Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart (Germany). The band saw its debut LP "Steel" reissued through Nuclear Blast Records earlier this years.

Check out the interview footage here:

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Meden Agan Posts First Official Music Video

Greek symphonic metal band Meden Agan, posted its first music video for the track "All Seems Lost." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP "Erevos Aenaon," which was released in September 2011 (See Metal Underground's review at this location).

Check out "All Seems Lost" here:

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OpEd

Opeth Loses Its True "Heritage"

Our “Sunday Old School” column covering the legendary Swedish progressive death metal act Opeth is just on the horizon, and we’ve decided to take this opportunity to look more in-depth at the band’s latest album “Heritage,” which has divided the fanbase.

While I personally find the album disappointing, other members of the MetalUnderground.com staff hold differing opinions. If you don’t fancy my take on the album, Rex_84’s opposing look at “Heritage” may be more to your tastes.

Before the album was released I made of point to avoid listening to any advance tracks, wanting to hear the upcoming masterpiece in its entirety with no preconceived notions of what I was going to be experiencing. Although I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 in the final review, I have to confess my opinion of the album lessens every time I listen to it. With the exception of “The Devil’s Orchard,” I’m at a point where I almost hate this album.

I should reveal up front that I’m one of those people that would easily get labeled an Opeth fanboy on any given Internet discussion. If you’ve ever complained about how fans of the Swedish outfit are “pretentious” or “snobby,” you were probably talking about me. My CD case isn’t arranged alphabetically or even by genre – it’s arranged in order of bands I listen to most frequently to bands I listen to least often. “Orchid” through “Watershed” occupy the first nine spots in that case.

The first time I ever heard Opeth was on my 14th birthday, and it’s a tale I enjoy sharing whenever metal stories come up in conversation. Being raised in a very Christian home, under no circumstances was I ever to be listening to something with loud guitars and indiscernible vocals. Jars of Clay and Rebecca St. James were the order of the day, and Audio Adrenaline was the heaviest thing going on. With my family gathered around for the birthday bash, my older brother passed me a computer game as a gift, and this was back when PC software came in those ridiculously oversized boxes. Peaking inside the box, I see a copy of “My Arms, Your Hearse” had been covertly placed underneath the game manual, safely out of parental view.

My exposure to so-called “real” metal was actually fairly limited at that point. Sure, I’d heard Metallica and whatnot on MTV, but as far as actual honest-to-Lucifer extreme metal, my experiences were essentially limited to a Destiny’s End album and one Samael EP, so I had no idea what to expect when popping that CD into the player. I certainly didn’t think the album would be starting with the sounds of rain and piano notes before the metal hit, and then suddenly my world exploded. That shit on the radio everyone was listening to? That wasn’t music anymore. THIS was music.

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Red Fang Updates North American Tour Schedule

Portland Oregon's Red Fang is in the midst of wrapping up a European tour, and before heading back state-side the band is pleased to announcea new batch of North American tour dates. Included in this run are headlining shows as well as shows serving as direct support to The Sword. All tour dates can be found below.

Red Fang will be headlining "A Benefit For Grant High Art Department" scheduled to take place Friday May 25th at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR. Support will come from Lopez, Nether Regions, and Grant High's own Hell's Parrish. Doors for the show at are 7:00 pm with the first band hitting the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for the show here. More...

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Watain Posts DVD Trailer

Swedish black metal collective Watain is offering up the second in a series of trailers from upcoming "Opus Diaboli" anniversary DVD. The production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of the ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of work leading up to it.

Check out the trailer through Decibel Magazine at this location or through the trailer below. The following press release was also issued:

"Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon. In addition, Opus Diaboli marks the the first release on Watain’s own label His Master’s Noise, a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Opus Diaboli will be unleashed in North America on June 5, 2012.

"Watain is currently spreading Satanic rituals throughout the lands on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. Additionally, the band will further decimate the masses with five more headlining dates which will include stops in Poughkeepsie, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Joliet, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. For these shows, the band will perform as a four piece, with Danielsson doing guitar and vocals." More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces European Tour

Cannibal Corpse, the gorefathers of death metal, will be returning to Europe in June for the band's first European tour in support of latest album "Torture" (reviewed here). To find out what you are in for, you can also check out our recent show report of Cannibal Corpse's appearance in Nashville.

Comments bassist Alex Webster: "We are very excited to return to Europe for this tour, which is a combination of festival appearances and club dates. Let the Torture begin!"

Dates are as follows:

01/06/12 – UA – Kiev – Bingo Club
02/06/12 – RU – Moscow – Milk Club
03/06/12 – RU – St. Petersburg – Glav Club
05/06/12 – NO – Trondheim – Blaest
06/06/12 – NO – Drammen – Union Scene
07/06/12 – NO – Bergen – Hulen
08/06/12 – NO – Oslo – Betong
09/06/12 – SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
10/06/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik ****
12/06/12 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon ****
13/06/12 – NL – Leiden – LVC ****
15/06/12 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
16/06/12 – ES – Bilbao – Rockstar **
17/06/12 – PT – Porto – Club Hard
18/06/12 – ES – Madrid – La Riviera **
19/06/12 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2 *
20/06/12 – FR – St. Etienne – Le Fil *
21/06/12 – IT – Milan – Gods Of Metal Festival
22/06/12 – BE – Dessel - Graspop
23/06/12 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal ****
24/06/12 – DE – Augsburg – Kantine ****
26/06/12 – PL – Cracow – Club Studio *
27/06/12 – SK – Kosice – Colloseum ***
28/06/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202 ***
29/06/12 – PL – Wroclaw – Alibi
30/06/12 – DE – Rojtzschjora – With Full Force Festival
01/07/12 – CZ – Spalene Porici – Basinfirefest
03/07/12 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch ****
04/07/12 – DE – Lindau – Club Vaudeville ****
05/07/12 – CH – Pratteln - Extremefest
06/07/12 – AT – Henndorf bei Salzburg - Extremefest
07/07/12 – DE – Hünxe – Extremefest
* with Children Of Bodom
** supporting Amon Amarth
*** with Aborted
**** with Aborted + Lay Down Rotten

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