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Metal News for June 11, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

In Alcatraz 1962 Embarking On "Don't Be A Ha-Tour"

Virginia's In Alcatraz 1962 has issued the following brief announcement about the upcoming "Don't Be A Ha-Tour" kicking off at the end of the month:

"?Two weeks until we head out on the 'Don't Be A Ha-Tour' w/ Float Face Down & The Last Ten Seconds Of Life. Which show are YOU coming to?"

6/25/2012 Lehighton, PA @ Erins On First
6/26/2012 Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
6/27/2012 Somerset, PA @ TBA
6/28/2012 Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
6/29/2012 South Bend, IN @ Bender Ballroom
6/30/2012 Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon
7/1/2012 Moline, IL @ The River Music Experience
7/2/2012 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Outdoor Fest
7/3/2012 Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue Lounge
7/4/2012 Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
7/5/2012 Waco, TX @ TBA
7/6/2012 Little Rock, AR @ TBA
7/7/2012 Clarksville, TN @ The Coupe
7/8/2012 Covington, KY @ TBA
7/11/2012 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
7/12/2012 Springfield, VA @ Empire
7/13/2012 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
7/14/2012 Tower City, PA @ Sloppy Hog Fest
7/15/2012 Milford, PA @ Tom Quick More...

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Eugenic Death Releasing Album

Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing the debut album "Crimes Against Humanity" from North Carolina thrashers Eugenic Death sometime in the mid summer. The band is currently in the studio laying down the tracks for it, which should include songs from its 2011 demo "The Devil Waits." Below is the tracklisting and cover art of the album, plus an upload of the track "The Devil Waits" after the jump.


1. Crimes Against Humanity
2. Indicative Deity
3. Medication Time
4. The Devil Waits
5. Plagued by Ignorance
6. Epitaph
7. The Practice


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Eyehategod Announces European Shows

Louisiana act Eyehategod has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates starting out in late July, 2012. The currently announced dates are available below, or you can stay up to date on new additions at the band's official website. Footage from an entire Eyehategod set in Baltimore earlier this year is also available for viewing at this location.

Jul. 20, 2012 - Serengeti Fest - Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany
Jul. 21, 2012 - Hammer Open Air - Turku, Finland
Jul. 22, 2012 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
Jul. 23, 2012 - Magnet - Berlin, Germany
Jul. 25, 2012 - Fonobar - Warsaw, Poland
Jul. 26, 2012 - Viper Room - Wien, Austria
Jul. 27, 2012 - IBK - Innsbruck, Austria
Jul. 28, 2012 - Big Barre Club - Cesena, Italy
Jul. 30, 2012 - Garage - Saabrucken, Germany
Jul. 31, 2012 - Bastard - Osnabruck, Germany
Aug. 1, 2012 - Roxy - Flansburg, Germany
Aug. 4, 2012 - Tribute - Sandnes, Norway
Aug. 7, 2012 - Fleece - Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug. 8, 2012 - Academy 3 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Aug. 9, 2012 - Garage - London, United Kingdom
Aug. 10, 2012 - Gebaude 9 - Cologne, Germany
Aug. 11, 2012 - Ieperfest - Ieper, Belgium

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Inferis Posts New Music Video

Chilean power metal band Inferis posted a new music video for the title track from the band's new EP "Lead the Chain." The EP will be available via Digmetalworld Records for free download on June 18, 2012, as well as physical release through Japan's Hitman Records. The video was directed and edited by: Waldo Madriaga.

The track list for "Lead the Chain" is:

1. Lead The Chain
2. I've Been The Wind
3. When Men Collide (Live)
4. Think About It (Live)

Check out the video here:

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Moonspell Posts Music Video Making-Of Footage

Moonspell, which recently suffered a bus breakdown and had to miss a tour date, has now posted a making-of clip for the band's recently released "Lickanthrope" video.

Check out the footage below, or you can watch the music video itself at this location. "Lickanthrope" is taken off the band's latest album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here).

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Slipknot Reveals "Antennas To Hell" Details

After posting several teaser videos online, Slipknot has now officially revealed the full details for the upcoming best-of album "Antennas to Hell." The album is due for release on July 24th, 2012 and Slipknot has issued the following press release:

"The time is right for a 'best of' collection from the band, as it captures the first chapter of Slipknot—a chapter where they’ve gone from unknown to the one of the biggest rock bands in the world, all on their own terms.

"This summer's Mayhem and Knotfest outings celebrate the band and the life of late bassist Paul Gray, and will serve as 'the end of the beginning' for Slipknot—this summer's performances will be the fans' last chance to see them as they are now. Of course the band will continue, but just as inevitable with Slipknot is the fact that the band will evolve, and the future is unwritten. Antennas to Hell serves as a companion to that celebration.

"The two-disc version of Antennas to Hell includes a bonus live CD that captures the band's 2009 performance at the legendary Download Festival in the UK. The live disc showcases the band playing a set of career-spanning classics in front of 80,000 rabid fans. The journey from '(sic)'—track 1 on their self-titled debut—to 'Snuff,' the haunting No. 1 rock track from 2008's All Hope is Gone, proves that. The album features fan favorites, live classics and well-known radio hits.

"Furthering the immersion in the band’s culture, this summer will see the release of the band's first-ever mobile application, Wear the Mask. Part mask builder, part social connector for fans, and 100% Slipknot in its look and execution, the app brings the Slipknot mindset into previously uncharted territory—the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Wear the Mask will be released simultaneously with Antennas to Hell."

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Nuclear Issues Album Update

Chilean act Nuclear has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album:

"Hey thrash maniacs! We are half way there. All drums, guitars, basses and most of the vocals have been laid down.

"We will continue this week to finish vocals and start with the guitar solos. As we scheduled, the album will be out for you guys by the end of July / first week of August. The album title, cover and tracklisting will be revealed within the next weeks.

"Keep yourself updated at Facebook and/or Twitter. Check also the studio sessions photo gallery here.

"In other news, We have been confirmed as the support act for At The Gates in Chile scheduled for July 25th @Teatro Caupolicán (Santiago, CL), We will be performing some of the new material."

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Reverence Streaming New Album's Title Track

U.S. power metal act Reverence has posted the title track online from the band's new album "When Darkness Calls," which can be heard in the player below. You can also check out the previously posted video clip for "Too Late" at this location. Reverence features members from Tokyo Blade, Savatage, Crimson Glory, and Burning Starr.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. When Darkness Calls
2. Bleed For Me
3. Phantom Road
4. Devil In Disguise
5. Too Late
6. Gatekeeper
7. The Price You Pay
8. Monster
9. Revolution Rising
10. After The Leaves Have Fallen
11. Vengeance Is Mine More...

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Fetus Stench Reveals New Album Release Date

Sweden's Fetus Stench has issued the following brief announcement about the upcoming release of the new "Stillbirth" album: "Release date for Stillbirth: 15th of June! It's now settled! And we will release one last song before the album is out, so keep your eyes/ears open."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Meat Grinder Flesh Obliteration
2. Stillborn Son
3. Brennkommando
4. The Outer Island
5. Severe Suffering
6. Necrosis
7. Bashed, Defaced and Disfigured
8. Descending Into the Realm of the Dead
9. By Butchery Divorced More...

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Ignite Posts Live Video For "Bleeding"

Today, Visions Magazine (Germany) presents the first full live video off the upcoming Ignite DVD, "Our Darkest Days Live." Check out the video for "Bleeding" at this location. June 19th marks the U.S. street date (June 18th in Europe) for the first DVD in the history of Ignite. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the DVD trailer over here.

Fans can preorder the "Our Darkest Days Live" DVD through the CM distro web shop. Ignite will promote the DVD release with some festival and club shows this summer. Vocalist Zoli Teglas spoke about the release and upcoming European dates: "We are very happy to release this live DVD that we put a lot of work into and then follow it up with a great Summer festival tour, it's nice to be back again!"

The band is in full songwriting mode and has already finished a bunch of new tracks for an upcoming release. Bass player and founding member Brett Rasmussen lends an insight to the band's near future, "First step is getting this DVD out, then finish writing the new songs and then get in the recording studio to get our fans a new album to listen too!" More...

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Seizure Crypt Streaming New Album

Queens, NYC-based crossover commandos Seizure Crypt have recently released their latest full-length, "You've Been Had!," the band's fourth self-released full-length. The following press release was also issued:

"Seizure Crypt's D.I.Y. ethos and diehard self-promotion has done them well over the years, the band having played over 100 self-booked shows and having received hundreds of reviews from international media on their own. Their rambunctious live shows always involve costumes, combat and quite a bit of property destruction by the band's dueling vocalists. The newest addition to the band's ever-expanding discography, You've Been Had! rages with a dozen new tracks in under twenty-six minutes, which attempt to harness their most off-kilter, high-octane brew of punk, hardcore, speed metal and utter lunacy at its most energetic yet.

"After posting the album for sale digitally in March of this year, Seizure Crypt have just recently pressed You've Been Had! onto CD, once again and as always making it available via their own 316 Productions. Stream the whole goddamn album at Seizure Crypt's Bandcamp page here. Stay tuned as Seizure Crypt announce their next round of regional gigs throughout the Summer and onward."

The "You've Been Had!" track listing is as follows:

1. Supernatural Intro
2. Bigger Than Politics
3. Spastic Summer
4. One Way
5. Don't Blink
6. M.I.K.Y. (Medical Industry Killing You)
7. Dark Black and Blue
8. Born And Bred
9. Seizure Crypt vs. The Devil
10. Chompin' At The Bit
11. Six Loose Ends
12. Not For Everyone

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Unearthing The Technical Death Metal Underground

That familiar old school and brutal sound is the foundation on which much of extreme metal is based, but death metal has come a long way since its origins, and plenty of bands have taken it closer the extremes of human ability.

Technical death metal pushes the boundaries of the style, making the music faster, more intricate, and sometimes absurdly complex. Tech-death also generally puts the bass more up toward the front than in either the brutal or melodic varieties, which often leads to some crossover into “progressive” territory and adds a grounding in melody for a point of reference in the storm of metal.

While acts like Obscura and The Faceless get plenty of press and are fairly well known in the metal world, this week we’re going to unearth three lesser-known acts that should be in your technical death metal rotation.

Ophidian I

This newly formed Icelandic group is getting ready to release a debut album later on during the summer, dropping an apocalyptic death metal bomb filled with blistering solos and plenty of brutality. The tracks that have been released so far will definitely appeal to fans of Necrophagist or similar acts. Check out tech-death insanity below by listening to the title track off the new album “Solvet Saeclum” or the earlier demo track “Zone of Alienation.”

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Fallen Legion Comments On Canceled Shows

Oshawa, Ontario's Fallen Legion has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming live shows:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, our three day tour is not happening this month.

"We extend our apologies to those hosting the shows in Hamilton & Sudbury (Rodrigo Arenas and Mark Howitt) and to anyone who was planning to see us in Oshawa on the 17th.

"It's unfortunate, but sadly there's nothing we can do. Thank you all for understanding."

You can also check out the recently revealed cover artwork for the band's upcoming new EP at this location.

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Thormesis Streams Second New Track

German pagan black metal band Thormesis is streaming another new track "Türme Des Schattens" ("The Shadow Tower"). The song will appear on the band's third LP "Von Leere Und Tod" ("Of Emptiness and Death"), which is due for release on June 15, 2012 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Von Leere Und Tod" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Sterbend Herz
3. In den Naechten der Widerkehr
4. Tuerme des Schattens
5. Des Wolfes Letzter Gang
6. Vom Leben Gezeichnet
7. Von Leere und Tod
8. Lebensgang (Grabfeld Cover)

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All Else Fails Launches New Web Series

Since 2007, Edmonton, AB based metallers All Else Fails have been unleashing a web series called "Studio Space," where the band chronicled studio and tour adventures for fans.

Now in 2012, as All Else Fails posted the series finale this past March, the band is now launching a new series called "Breaking Acclaim" that features AEF's satirical sense of humour along with road side antics.

Check out the first episode, titled "Kanye West Is Still A Giant Douche," in the player below. You can also watch the band's previously posted "Obsidian Walls" music video at this location. More...

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The Contortionist Streaming New Single

The Contortionist has debuted a brand new single called "Holomovement" via lyric video exclusively at Metalsucks today. Click here to check out the track.

The band just announced a headlining tour late last week with Jeff Loomis, presented by Metalsucks with additional sponsorship from Royal Family Clothing and Guitar World Magazine. Kicking off in Indianapolis, IN, dates will run through July and August. Support will come from Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes. The band will also be featured on a handful of dates in this year's Summer Slaughter tour.

The "Intrinsic" track listing is as follows:

1. Holomovement
2. Feedback Loop
3. Causality
4. Sequential Vision
5. Geocentric Confusion
6. Dreaming Schematics
7. Anatomy Anomalies
8. Cortical
9. Solipsis
10. Parallel Trance

The Contortionist will release new record "Intrinsic" on July 17th, 2012 via eOne/Good Fight Music. "On 'Intrinsic', we've found ourselves focusing on the songwriting as well as the new textures and melody we're striving for. Each song has its own identity and flow, but the album is fun to listen through in order cause of the conceptual ties," says vocalist / keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter.

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces New Tour Dates

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune will be touring throughout the Midwest and east coast this July with doom purveyors The Gates of Slumber.

The tour, which is being presented by the popular NYC-centric music blog, BrooklynVegan.com, will begin on July 18th in Chicago, IL and finish in Toronto, ON on July 27th. For Hammers of Misfortune, this tour follows an appearance at Holland's Roadburn Festival 2012 in April.

Fans in the band's hometown of San Francisco can catch Hammers of Misfortune with Grayceon and Wild Hunt on June 23rd at the Elbo Room. The Gates of Slumber is on tour now supporting Rise Above/Metal Blade label mates, Church of Misery, with headlining dates to run from June 11th-June 16th.

The upcoming Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber tour dates are as follows:

07/18 Chicago, IL Reggies
07/19 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
07/20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday
07/21 Baltimore, MD Golden West
07/22 Philadelphia, PA North Star
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
07/25 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears
07/26 Montreal, QC Il Motore
07/27 Toronto, ON Courthouse More...

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Liv Kristine Unveils "Libertine" Art & Track List

Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine unveiled the album art and track listing for her upcoming new solo LP "Libertine." The album is set for release on September 7, 2012 through Napalm Records.

Kristine commented on the release: " 'Libertine' is truly a milestone in my career; it sums up my most important artistic experiences in my creative journey through life.The more rock and metal-based songs like 'Vanilla Skin Delight' (incl. superb male vocals from Tobias Regner), 'Paris Paris', 'Solve Me' and title track 'Libertine' certainly expose some of those magic moments which fans of Theatre of Tragedy enjoyed and treasured on 'Aegis' and 'Musique'. The ballads 'Silence', 'Love Crime' and 'Meet Me in the Red Sky' will go straight into you hearts, each of them being absolute individual in their emotional expressions and musical compositions. Alex [Krull] gave each track a perfect sound in the mix by emphasizing on each song’s characteristic accent and atmosphere. I can’t wait to let you hear this album; it is exceptional to me both personally and in my artistic career, and I can’t wait to play these songs for you live! The cover- and booklet artwork is completed as well. It took a while for me, personally, to find the artistic expression I wished to expose in my pictures, however, Heile (www.heilemania.com) and Alex guided me into the right direction, for which I am so happy and grateful."

The track list for "Libertine" is as follows: More...

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Rockstar Uproar Festival Tour Routing Revealed

The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will kick off August 17th in Kansas City, MO, criss-crossing the U.S. before wrapping up on September 30th in Albuquerque, NM. See below for the current tour dates, cities, and venues.

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival main stage will feature performances from multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way.

In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multiplatinum headliner P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution (winner of the 2011 UPROAR Battle Of The Bands), In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner. More...

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The Dogs Divine Measure "The Size of the Fight"

The Dogs Divine will tell you rock-n-roll is not dead. Even though the mainstream music industry rarely shines the spotlight beyond front persons, The Dogs Divine know the guitar still rules. “The Size of the Fight,” the second album under the group’s collar, will get the ladies swaying their hips while their musician boyfriends lock in on the band’s face-melting guitar solos. The Dogs Divine flavor their music with the whiskey breathed sounds and attitude of Motley Crue, Guns-N-Roses and AC/DC with callus knuckled, Pantera-type abrasiveness not seen in their classic rock heroes. They pay homage to one of these heroes, Queen, on their rendition of “In Love With My Car,” taken from “Night At The Opera,” one of vocalist Jim Hart’s favorite albums. However, the group isn’t afraid of stepping outside the confines of rock, as seen on “Gypsy King” and “Gussie.” Both tracks contain non-traditional rock instruments such as acoustic slide guitar, upright bass and violin. Every dog has its day and the Dogs Divine’s day is here. Look out baby, here come the Dogs! More...

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Gideon Streaming New Track

Alabama's melodic hardcore act Gideon has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Still Alive." The track features a guest spot from Matt Honeycutt of Kublai Khan and can be heard in the player below.

"Still Alive" will appear on Gideon's forthcoming new album "Milestone," due out July 3rd through Facedown Records. Gideon will also be performing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the Scream the Prayer tour.

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Downfall Of Gaia Signs With Metal Blade

Downfall of Gaia has signed a deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of new album "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes." The record label commented:

"It's with great pleasure that Metal Blade announces the signing of Germany's Downfall of Gaia! Downfall of Gaia eschews clichés and delivers a monolithic, yet melodic, wall of sound. The band formed in 2008 in Hannover, Germany and has released a demo cd, a split tape, a split LP, and a full length album. Their split with In The Hearts of Emperors can be found on bandcamp here.

"Downfall of Gaia started out as a crust band, but quickly developed further and have become much more difficult to compare to any other bands. Over the years, their songs became longer, slower, heavier; their influences range from doom to black metal, from down-tempo, to sludge, and hardcore. Their songs have and epic and majestic vibe, with enough musical peaks and valleys to keep listeners rooted firmly to the earth throughout 9:00+ minutes of music. More...

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Malice Streaming Song From New Album

Today reformed U.S. metal icons Malice are pleased to premiere another track from their forthcoming album "New Breed of Godz" (reviewed here). This song is a re-recorded version of the classic track "Hell Rider," and the track is streaming through Decibel Magazine's Deciblog. Get a first listen here.

Original members Jay Reynolds (guitars), Mick Zane (guitars), and Mark Behn (bass) entered the Silver Cloud Studios in Los Angeles together with new singer James Rivera (Helstar) and new drummer Pete Holmes (Black N´Blue) to re-record 8 of their classics and 4 new songs. The track listing is as follows:

1. New Breed Of Godz (new song)
2. Hell Rider
3. Against The Empire
4. Branded (new song)
5. Sinister Double
6. Circle Of Fire
7. Stellar Masters
8. Winds Of Death (Angel Of Light) (new song)
9. Air Attack
10. Chain Gang Woman
11. Slipping Through The Cracks (new song)
12. Godz Of Thunder More...

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Minushuman Cancels "The Recognition" Tour

French metal act Minushuman has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced October tour dates with Sybreed:

"Musica Diaboli/Minushuman & Send The Wood/Hord regret to have to announce the cancellation of 'The Recognition Tour' (Sybreed/Minushuman/Hord) initially planned for October 2012, for reasons beyond their control.

"A big thanks to the local promoters who had put their trust in the line-up, and to the partners who had expressed their interest and support. You'll soon find Minushuman & Hord on stage or on various medias, in other contexts. Stay tuned."

For more details on Minushuman, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Red Fang Releases Pizza Picture Disc

Red Fang has just released a limited edition pizza picture disc of the "Murder the Mountains" album. The A Side of the disc features The "Red Fang" pizza, which is actually available on the menu at Relapse Records owner Matt Jacobson's restaurant Sizzle Pie, which has two locations in Portland, Oregon. The B-Side of the disc features Red Fang's's drink of choice PBR, pizza crusts, and bloody band-aids. The exclusive disc is available for purchase here.

Red Fang will hit the road in North America starting June 12th in Boise, ID. Included in this run are headlining shows as well as shows serving as direct support to The Sword. These dates lead up to Red Fang's appearance at Metallica's inaugural "Orion Music + More Festival" June 23rd in Atlantic City, NJ. More...

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ASG Announces European Tour Dates

North Carolina’s kings of gnarl, ASG, have announced a run of European tour dates including an appearance at this year’s Hellfest.

The tour kicks off on June 16th in Clisson, France and runs through June 30th in Stuttgart, Germany. A full listing of dates is listed below, including a special show in Germany with Kyuss Lives.

Frontman Jason Shi commented on the upcoming tour: “Its nice to be crossing the pond once again, head banging in the old world, seeing old friends and making new ones. Let's party!”

ASG plans to enter the studio in late 2012 to record the band's Relapse debut with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Fu Manchu). More details will be announced shortly. More...

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Baroness Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Baroness is releasing a series of behind-the-scenes clips leading up to the July 17th release of "Yellow & Green." The first clip, filmed as Baroness kicked off a recent North American tour, is available now via Brooklyn Vegan or in the player below.

The six-minute video features live footage from the band's North American tour and interview topics ranging from road-testing the new songs to the recording and original name for "Take My Bones Away."

Baroness premiere "March To The Sea," the second song to be previewed from the upcoming album Yellow & Green, on Tuesday, June 12th via Pitchfork. The song will be available for purchase via iTunes on Wednesday, June 13th.

Baroness will also perform at the Orion Music & More festival on June 23rd in Atlantic City before heading to Europe for a seven-week tour before returning to the States to perform at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Durham, N.C. on Sept. 6th. More...

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Aderlating Featured On New Free Compilation

Dutch experimental noise/black metal outfit Aderlating has been featuring on a new free music compilation released through Compulsive Masturbation Productions. You can stream or download the full drone/ambient/industrial compilation via bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Moonlit Sun - Dreams of Ruin
2. Black Leather Jesus - Sissy Training (Second Session)
3. Aderlating - Ox-Head and Horse-Face
4. Skull:Axis - Houla II
5. Clinica Psychosis - Metamorphosis into Purification
6. Vulgar Disease - Murder Scene Hologram
7. Bagman - Murder as a Creative Act
8. Staalkracht - Desecration of the Body
9. Cattle Mutilation - Commodity Fetishism
10. Prisionero13 - Cuerpos En La Trinchera
11. Vomir - Untitled
12. Kristus Kut - Black Anal Fuck
13. Dopamine Larvae - Doped After Death
14. Kadaver - This Will Harm You
15. Ókátr - Lobotomy of the Brain
16. Steel Hook Prostheses - Gumma
17. White Walls - I Believe In Disease
18. Kave - Floating Corpse More...

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Alerion Posts Acoustic Footage

Alerion has posted an acoustic live performance clip online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"We were asked to play acoustically as a three-piece (guitar-bass-vocals) on the literary radioshow 'Reading Heads' for RTV Radio Rijnmond on May 18th. A new experience for us. We decided to accept the invitation and adapted 'Turn of Fate' to an acoustic version for the occasion. 'Clash with Eternity,' with more elaborate bass parts, was played as well.

"Next saturday, June 16th, at 18.00h (GMT+1) the show 'Reading Heads' will be aired on RTV Radio Rijnmond. The show that will be aired is a shorter and edited version of the show which was recorded on May 18th and will most likely feature one of the songs we played, and perhaps the interview which was conducted with our guitarist / songwriter Bas Willemsen as well. You can listen to Radio Rijnmond live right here.

"We have posted a recording of the acoustic version of 'Turn of Fate' on YouTube. You'll be able to see and hear a different side of Alerion this way. Enjoy." More...

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Periphery Streaming Samples From New Album

Periphery, which is headed out on the Summer Slaughter tour next month, is set to release new album "Periphery II" this coming July 3rd. Samples from each song off the release are now available for streaming online through Amazon.com.

The track listing is as follow:

1. Muramasa
2. Have a Blast - Guthrie Govan guest solo
3. Facepalm Mute
4. Ji
5. Scarlet
6. Luck as a Constant
7. Ragnarok
8. The Gods Must Be Crazy!
9. Make Total Destroy
10. Erised (Feat. John Petrucci Guest Solo)
11. Epoch
12. Froggin' Bullfish
13. Mile Zero (Feat. Wes Hauch Guest Solo)
14. Masamune

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EAPZ Streaming Song From New Album

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo released the new album "Tree of Tongues" earlier this year, and the band has now teamed up with GunShyAssassin to stream a track from the release. Check out hte song “You Make Wonderful Pictures” over at this location.

You can also listen to the previously posted "Through The Thicket... Across Endless Mountains" track here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Thorough.Modern
2. Pharmakokinetic
3. You make wonderful pictures.
4. Through the thicket...across endless mountains
5. M.U.M.B.
6. Apis bull
7. The great explainer
8. Kaspar Hauser could see the stars in the daytime.
9. Gypsy among the pines.
10. Whores of Babel
11. Arcology

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Biohazard Announces European Tour

New York Hardcore veterans Biohazard will invade Europe once again in support of their most recent effort "Reborn In Defiance," which was released in early 2012 via Nuclear Blast. You can also check out a music video from the album, titled "Vengeance is Mine," at this location.

The band will play a selection of renowned festivals as well as one off shows during June/July in several parts of Europe. Details are as follows:

11.06 Metal Hammer Awards (London, UK)
13.06. Geneva - L’usine (Switzerland)
14.06. Basel – Sommercasino (Switzerland) + Lionheart
15.06. Suhlingen – Reload Festival (Germany)
16.06. Rotterdam – Baroeg (Netherlands) + Hoods
17.06. Clisson – Hellfest (France)
07.07. Moniraes (Pennellville, NY - US warm up show).
09.07. Paris – Nouveau Casino (France)
10.07. Freiburg- Atlantik (Germany) + Lionheart
11.07. Pinarella Die Cervia – Rockplanet (Italy)
12.07. Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm (Austria)
13.07. Tabor – Mighty Sounds Festival (Czech Republic)
14.07. Oradea – Evolution Rock Festival (Romania)
15.07 Kosice - Collosseum (Slovakia)
17.07. Cham – L.A. (Germany) + Six Reasons To Kill
18.07. Nova Gorica – Mostovna (Slovenia)
19.07. Sarajevo – Amfiteatar Mladih (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
20.07. Tokaj – Hegyalja Festival (Hungary)
21.07. Jarocin – Festival (Poland)
22.07. Oberhausen – Devilside (Germany)

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Hoarfrost Recruits New Guitarist

Canadian act Hoarfrost has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist after splitting with Darcy Rawlins back in April:

"Last night we were honoured to share the stage with Marduk, 1349, Withered, and our Canadian comrades in Weapon. Thank you all for your support as always.... we hail you! It was an evening of true black metal not soon to be topped....

"And now some news we've been waiting to share for some time now... today we are officially introducing our new lead guitarist Cain.

"An already veteran member of the Winnipeg metal scene, he's cut his teeth on a number of projects over the past few years (and currently rips on bass in the noise/stoner/sludge bastards Dead Ranch) and we are proud to call him a brother-in-arms in the Hoarfrost war camp.

"Frost Legion, meet Cain."

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Fallujah Seeking New Drummer

Drummer Andrew Baird of California act Fallujah will be missing the upcoming Slaughter Survivors tour due to surgery, and the band has now issued the following update about seeking a replacement:

"ATTN DRUMMERS: Our situation this year hasn’t been easy, and remains to be difficult yet we are staying committed to touring for you guys every opportunity we get, that being said our drummer Andrew has his final surgery from his current battle with cancer around the time we take off for The Slaughter Survivor Tour.

"This is where you come in. If you have what it takes, hit us up and send us a video of you covering Ritual of Godflesh or Become One."

For more info on Fallujah or to contact the band, head over to the group's Facebook profile. More...

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As I Lay Dying Announces Tour With Trivium

San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying has announced a tour with Trivium this fall. Other bands on the bill include Caliban and Upon a Burning Body (dates available below).

Comments As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis: “It's not very often that a lineup like this works out for a club tour. I can't wait to get on stage knowing the crowds will be pumped getting a great show from start to finish. That coupled with being on the road with our friends in Trivium again gives me plenty to look forward too.”

15/10/12 – UK – Manchester – Ritz
16/10/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
17/10/12 – UK – Birmingham – Institue
19/10/12 – UK – Bristol – Academy
20/10/12 – UK – Norwich – UEA
21/10/12 – UK – London – Shephards Bush Empire
22/10/12 – BE – Brussels – AB
23/10/12 – FR – Paris – La Bataclan
25/10/12 – NL – Tilburg – 013
26/10/12 – DE – Herford – X
27/10/12 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA
28/10/12 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
07/11/12 – DE – Berlin – Huxleys
08/11/12 – DE – Hamburg – Docks
10/11/12 – DE – Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
11/11/12 – DE – München – Backstage Werk
12/11/12 – IT – Milan – Live Club
13/11/12 – CH – Solothurn - Kofmehl
14/11/12 – AT – Wien – Gasometer
16/11/12 – ES – Barcelona – Appolo
17/11/12 – ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
18/11/12 – ES – Madrid - Riviera More...

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Deus Otiosus Reveals New Album Artwork

Denmark based act Deus Otiosus, which recruited a new drummer earlier this year, has now revealed the front cover artwork for the band's second album "Godless."

Check out the cover below (artwork originally by Gustave Doré, layout created by the band), or you can find more details on Deus Otiosus via the band's Facebook profile here. Some of the song titles to appear on the album will be “Snakes of the Low,” “Surrounded by the Dead,” “New Dawn,” and “Face The Enemy.” Further info on "Godless" will be announced as it is made available.

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Shinto Katana Announces New Album Release

Sydney Australia's Shinto Katana has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album later this summer:

"We are very pleased to announce July 27th 2012 as the official release date for our new full-length album 'Redemption' on Skull And Bones Records / Shock Entertainment. Pre-orders and tour announcement coming very soon!

"We would also like to officially welcome Jamie Scerri, also of Pledge This! on 2nd guitar. You can get the album's first single 'Solitary' featuring Frankie Palmeri of Emmure on iTUNES here."

Shinto Katana is also streaming several songs online at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Transcending The Flesh Cancels Live Shows

Transcending the Flesh has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming live shows due to a band member injuring his fingers:

"Hey guys, just to inform you. Culvers fingers are still not right and we suspect possible for the next week or so. We regrettably have to pull out of both our shows this week. We look forward to playing shows again soon!

"In the next few weeks we hit the studio again to record a one off track we couldnt hold back! ?...there might be a video for it too."

Photos of the injury in question are also available online via the band's Facebook page.

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Psychofagist Posts New Music Video

Italian technical death metal band Psychofagist posted a new music video for the song "Apophtegma Non-Sense." The song appears on the band's latest split LP with Poland's Antigama entitled "9 Psalms of An Antimusic to Come," which was released in January through Subordinate Records.

Check out "Apophtegma Non-Sense" here:

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Orphaned Land Splits With Guitarist Matti Svatizky

Israeli based folk metal band Orphaned Land announced the departure of guitarist Matti Scatizky for personal and professional reasons. In a post on the band's Facebook page, Schatizky stated:

"To all of Orphaned Land's fans, from this moment on I will no longer be a part of the band. We had great years together, and I think that our achievements were beyond only the musical grounds. However, it is time for me to move on with my life. There are issues both on the personal and the professional levels that made me come to this decision, which has not been an easy one, and which I'm whole with and sure that will bring many positive things in the future.
I wish the band many more fruitful years of creation and joy, and I wish you, the fans, many more years of enjoyment of what Orphaned Land has to offer, and who knows, maybe we'll meet again someday in the future, this way or another. Forever Orphaned…"

The rest of the band commented: "How can you sum up 2 decades with a brother and a partner? the answer is simple: you can't. Matti is deeply immersed in "Orphaned Land" history and his uniqueness will surely be missed. All we can do is respect Matti's decision and wish him the best the future can offer for him. 'Orphaned Land' was always a home for friends and shall remain such a place for Matti. Forever Orphaned, beloved brother!"

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Vintersorg Streams Title Track To New LP "Orkan"

Swedish viking folk act Vintersorg, featuring Borknagar vocalist Vintersorg, is set to release the band's eighth LP "Orkan" on June 29, 2012 (EU) and July 10, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. The band is streaming the title track for the album, which can be heard in the player below.

The track list for "Orkan" is as follows:

1. Istid
2. Ur stjärnstoft är vi komna
3. Polarnatten
4. Myren
5. Orkan
6. Havets nåd
7. Norrskenssyner
8. Urvädersfången

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Destruction To Release New LP In November

German thrash pioneers Destruction have just returned to Europe after a successful 30th Anniversary tour in North and Latin America. The band announced a limited festival schedule this summer as they prepare to hit the studio to record a new LP for release this November through Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Schmier had the following comments on the tour: "Thanks once again to all the lunatics for those unbelievable moments, highlights were the Metalfests in Chile & Brazil and the sold out show at the lengendary Whisky a Go Goes in Hollywood! UN-FUCKIN-FORGETABLE!"

The band confirmed appearances at the following festivals:

30.06.2012 - CZECH - BASINFIRE FESTIVAL, Spalene Porici
27.07.2012 - FRANCE - L`ART SCENIQUE, Selestat
18.08.2012 - AUSTRIA - CASTLE INVASION Festival , Fraunstein / Mining
24./25.08.2012 - GER - NOAF - NEUBORN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL, WÖRRSTEDT
09.09.2012 - GER - SUMMERS END FESTIVAL. Andernach, JUZ

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Trepalium Streaming "The Worst F(r)iend"

French death/groove act Trepalium is streaming the new track "The Worst F(r)iend." The song appears on the band's fourth LP "H.N.P.," which was released in Europe on June 8, 2012 through Season of Mist.

The track listing for "H.N.P." is as follows:

1. Heic Noenum Pax
2. Prescription of Crisis
3. S(l)ave the World
4. Order the Labyrinth
5. Insane Architect
6. Let the Clown Rise
7. (A) I Was (S)
8. The Worst F(r)iend
9. Raining Past
10. I'm Broken (Pantera Cover)

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Voyager Posts Video Tour Blog #2 Footage

Australian progressive metal act Voyager posted a second installment in a video blog series shot as the band currently tours North America with Italy's Rhapsody of Fire. The tour is in its final week with the following dates remaining:

June 11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
June 12: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
June 14: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
June 15: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

Check out the tour blog here:

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Trailer Clip

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new trailer for the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due out for release on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. In addition, footage from a recent interview with Luca Turilli with Italy's Spazio Rock can be seen below (click CC for English subtitles), which answers many questions about the 2011 amicable split between he and Alex Staropoli of Rhapsody of Fire.

The track list for "Ascending to Infinity" is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

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