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Metal News for June 13, 2012

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Cum Book Streaming New Album

Austrian comedic pornogrind band Cum Book has put out its CD "Noise For Bitches," which features old and new material. The cassette album is available on Red Venice Records (UK) and features 17 tracks of noise, including a cover of the Napalm Death song "You Suffer." All seventeen of the tracks are streaming on Bandcamp and below, plus an upload of the song "Grind Tango." Cum Book is a duo composed of Sebified Brutality on vocals and Buttgrinder on guitars, bass, backing vocals and drum programming. Visit Cum Book's Facebook page for more information and to see some video interviews with the band.

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Project Armageddon Streaming Two Songs

Texas doom band Project Armageddon recently released its second album, "Tides of Doom," and is streaming a couple of tracks from it on YouTube. Below is an upload of "Sanctimonious," plus you may also listen to the title track here. "Tides of Doom" was mixed by Supernatural Sound in Kultland, OH, in the fall. Project Armageddon is also working on demo tracks for a future third release, and you may check out some of the songs from its debut "Departure" over at ReverbNation.

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A Foggy Realm Streaming New Album

Guitarist Ilya Lipkin is back once again with his solo project A Foggy Realm. Now two years after the debut, "Twilight," he has unleashed the band's second album "Quasar & Void." All six songs are streaming over on Bandcamp, along with the debut. He has reworked the ambient drone concept and brought in death metal vocalist Eugene (Jack Vegas) Tkachev from fellow Russian bands Back Door To Asylum and Fatal Band. Also featured on the release is special guest Evgeniy "Rasputin" Tkachev, performing percussion on "Needles."


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Binah Streaming Another New Song

Decibel Magazine has posted an exclusive premier of "Dissolution" from "Hallucinating in Resurrecture," the debut release from UK-based trio Binah. Visit the Deciblog to check out the song. "Hallucinating in Resurrecture" will be released on July 24th on CD through Dark Descent Records and on vinyl via Me Saco Un Ojo.


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The Beyond Unleashing Several Recordings

Central Pennsylvanian old-school black metal deviants The Beyond are set to enter the studio to lay down the tracks for the full-length follow up to the "Gross Encounters of the Sacrificial Rite" split 7" with The Lurking Corpses, which came out earlier this year on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The Beyond will enter Welfare Line Studio in West Chester, PA next month to record
"Frostbitepanzerfuck" for September release on HPGD Productions. The track listing, which features one GG Allin tune, is as follows:

1 Roto-Cunt
2 Goat Sodomizer
3 Cunt Sucking Cannibal (GG Allin)
4 Frostbitepanzerfuck
5 Attack of the Zombie Brigade
6 The Splatterhouse Maniacs
7 Necro Overload
8 Exterminate Humanity

In late September, The Beyond will return to Welfare Line Studio to record an EP entitled "The Pussy Warlock." This EP will feature four new songs along with a Motorhead cover and a live version of "Age of the Locust," which originally appeared on the band's 2010 split with The Blood Meridian. An official release date and label will be announced soon. "The Pussy Warlock" Track Listing is as follows:

1 Shit Eater
2 Hate Fuck
3 Chainsaw Slut Killer
4 Luciferian Warhead
5 The Pussy Warlock
6 Iron Fist (Motorhead Cover)
7 Age of the Locust (live)

As if that isn't enough Norwegian inspired blackened mayhem, The Beyond is scheduled to enter Underground Studio in Lewes, DE this fall to record an unholy trio of tunes for two forthcoming compilation albums. The band is slated to record a cover of Dodheimsgard's "Bluebell Heart" for a Norwegian BM compilation being released via HGPD Productions as well as a new track - "Nun Punisher" and a revision of Bathory's "Reaper" for Zodiak Killer Records' Thrashed Again compilation disc. Below are a series of The Beyond tour dates for summer:

THE BEYOND LIVE:

June 23 @ Championship - Lemoyne PA (early show with The Beyond performing at 6:00)
June 23 @ Rusty Nail - Ardmore Pa.

Mini Tour w/ The Lurking Corpses:

Sept 6 @ Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn NY
Sept 7 @ TBA
Sept 8 @ JR's - Philadelphia PA

Check out The Beyond's 2010 and 2012 split releases over on Bandcamp.


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Whitechapel Dissects The Band's New Album

Knoxville's deathcore champions Whitechapel are only days away now from the June 19th release via Metal Blade Records of an upcoming fourth full-length album. Feeling the new material is a pinnacle in their career, the six-piece decided to go with a self-titled release for this latest milestone in the continuing Whitechapel crusade.

The band is gearing up for a busy couple of months leading up to the end of the year, which will see Whitechapel hitting the road for the Rockstar Mayhem festival, a string of dates supporting Hatebreed, and a European tour with August Burns Red. While Whitechapel prepares for the grueling schedule, I got in touch with guitarist Alex Wade to chat about the new album and upcoming live assaults. Check out our full interview below, which covers working with Mark Lewis for the recording of the album, the band's recently completed music video for "I, Dementia," and the Tennessee metal scene.

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Molotov Solution Cancels All Upcoming Live Shows

Vocalist Nick Arthur of Las Vegas act Molotov Solution has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates and the current status of the band:

"Bad news guys: First off, I want to thank everyone for all or any support given to help us through the years.

"Secondly, I want to apologize to our friends and fans for canceling our upcoming shows and tours. It has been a great adventure, but unfortunately I have reached a point where I can no longer continue touring full time. A realization I initially made a couple years ago, but tried to push through for the rest of the band and the fans.

"Future plans for Molotov Solution are still up in the air, as I would not like to see this be the end. Please continue to support our members in their future endeavors. Either way, we will all continue creating music.

"Thank you for your time and support. We have dropped all upcoming tours and shows as a result."

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Painside Recording New Songs

Brazil's Painside, which recruited a new drummer and new bassist last year, has now checked in with the following brief update about recording new material:

"DRUUUUUUUUUUUMS! Painside is in the studio recording a couple of songs to be released in the next couple of months.

"Here is our drummer Edu warming up before he start recording his parts! Stay tuned for more news from Painside camp!" More...

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Instanzia Posts Studio Reports On Second Album

Canadian power metal band Instanzia's posted the first two studio reports for the making of the band's sophomore LP "Spinning Maze." The first two parts of the video series, dubbed "Into The Maze : The Making of Spinning Maze" can be seen below. The band has been in the studio in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec recording the follow up to the 2010 debut "Ghosts" and will be producing the new album themselves. No release date has been set.

Check out Part I: Drums here:

Check out Part II : Rhythm Guitars here: More...

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Polarization Streaming New Song "Pulse"

Polarization's track "Pulse" from the upcoming album "Chasing The Light" is now available online for streaming, you can listen to the track in the player below. "Chasing The Light" is set to hit stores on August 14th through Mediaskare Records.

Polarization is the brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Prashant Mathias, who put the band together a year and a half ago when he moved from his native India to attend Musicians' Institute in Los Angeles. The band is rounded out by drummer and fellow MI student Tom Asvold, a Swedish transplant, as well as bassist Steve Hilson.

According to a press release, they have "carved a name and niche for themselves with a heady mix of progressive musical ideas, straightforward metal riffs, free jazz and pulsing electronica that has coalesced into a sound that is uniquely their own." More...

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Fozzy Announces New Album Release Date

Fozzy is proud to announce the August 14th release of "Sin and Bones," the new studio album and debut release with Century Media Records. Check out the cover artwork below.

After years of non-stop touring in Europe, the band will embark on a U.S. tour, joining Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach on this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

The brainchild of WWE superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich Ward, Fozzy has delivered what the band describes as it's hardest-hitting album to date with "Sin and Bones."

Frontman Chris Jericho comments, "It's the typical cliché, but Sin and Bones really is the best thing we've ever done. We've taken the heavy yet ultra-melodic style that has become Fozzy's trademark to the next level and I guarantee these songs will blow all of you away!" More...

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Hour Of Penance Announces New Drummer

Italian death metal horde Hour of Penance has announced the addition of drummer James Payne (Hiss From The Moat, Broken Heart Collage) to the band's lineup. Guitarist Giulio Moschini had the following to say:

“Please welcome our new drummer James Payne. I’ve known him for quite a long time and he’s a very talented drummer. We’re proud to have him on board! James will be playing with us starting at Hellfest this weekend, and all of our dates on the Extreme fests here in Europe.“

Payne is currently endorsed By Tama, Vic Firth, and Zildijan and hosts his own YouTube show in which he has interviewed several drummers including Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Nile), Inferno (Behemoth), Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) and more. Payne commented, “I started my drumming career as a death metal drummer, but over the years I ended up playing several different styles. While I still enjoy playing those styles, death metal has always remained in my heart and now it’s time to bring it back! I am honored to be playing with a great band such as Hour of Penance!”

To check out a preview of Payne’s intense blasting, you can head over to Sickdrummer.Com to watch an exclusive video of him playing the track “Enlightened Submission” off of the band’s latest album "Sedition" here. More...

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Kult Of Azazel Re-Recruits Bassist

Florida based black metal act Kult Ov Azazel has issued the following brief update online about re-recruiting former bassist Xul and working on a new album:

"Xul is back!!! The band is happy to announce his return to the kult. Although he will be unable to participate in live rituals we will continue to operate without him on that front. However he will be writing and recording with us on the new Kult ov Azazel album."

Further details on the follow-up to the previous full-length album "Destroying the Sacred" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out more info on Kult of Azazel via the band's Facebook profile.

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Xibalba Reveals "Hasta La Muerte" Details

Southern California’s dominating hardcore unit Xibalba have confirmed the details of their forthcoming sophomore LP, "Hasta La Muerte." The following press release was issued:

"Xibalba’s debut LP Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias — released in 2011 via LP by A389 Records and later on CD by Southern Lord — combined with a relentless touring schedule for the past two years, have earned Xibalba the utmost respect from hardcore and metal fans worldwide. After officially signing with Southern Lord late last year, the time for the band’s first official release for the label to be unleashed grows near.

"Taking their down-tuned assault to iniquitous new dimensions, Xibalba’s ravenous breakdowns hit with the force of tsunamis and their riffs like mires of quicksand on Hasta La Muerte, showcasing more than ever how well the unit delivers such low-end savagery while remaining resilient, undeviating from their course of destruction. The album now confirmed for North American release on August 14th, the band recorded with Taylor Young (Nails), and outsourced the album’s powerful cover art concept to renowned death metal artist Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, etc.)."

Today, Pitchfork is streaming the first single released from "Hasta La Muerte," in the form of the album’s fifth track, “Sentenced.” Be devastated right here. The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Icarus Witch Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

Icarus Witch has posted a video clip featuring advance audio and behind the scenes footage of the new album, "Rise," which hit streets on July 3rd, 2012 via Cleopatra Records. Check out the clip below. You can also listen to the album's title track over at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The End
2. (We Are) The New Revolution
3. Rise
4. Asylum Harbour
5. Coming Of The Storm
6. Tragedy
7. Say When
8. Break The Cycle
9. Nothing Is Forever
10. Pray
11. In The Dark
12. Last Call For Living More...

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Mirko Fadda Streaming "Egolution" Song

Italian solo instrumentalist Mirko Fadda has posted a new song online titled "Egolution," which you can hear below. Mirko also commented:

"This song is completely self-produced and is my first melodic instrumental attempt that I put together for guitar. The song is still structured like a song with vocals and it is supported by several melodic themes (which could possibly attract the interest and attention of insiders and outsiders the genre) with the 'real' guitar solo in the middle of the track, trying not to lose the 'light of the melody.'

"The title is aiming to show how, having this been made, I've had to learn and assimilate many new concepts that led me to 'evolve' (I hope) as a guitarist and musician in general. I'd like to thank all the people that walk beside me. Not behind, not forward but at my side.

"A special thank to all the friends that have been able to advise and support through the work of this little thing such as David Ciura, Luca Miolla, the 'Risonanze Folk' friends and Bonni Lonoce in particular." More...

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Davide Ciura Streaming New Song

Guitarist Davide Ciura has posted a new instrumental track online for streaming. You can check out the newly released "Intergalactic War" track via the player below, or listen to more music from Davide Ciura over at YouTube.

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Hull Splits With Guitarist

It is with heavy hearts that Brooklyn-based sludge rock sorcerers Hull announce the departure of longtime guitarist Drew Mack from their collective. Mack will play his final show at Acheron in Brooklyn on June 29th (additional dates listed below).

Comments the band on Mack’s departure: "We are saddened to announce that our Brother, Drew Mack, has chosen to resign from the ranks of HULL. We wish the Wizzard the best on his journey through the tumultuous path of life. Upon the still of the darkest nights, we shall listen for his glorious yodel from high upon the mount. With challenging waters unknown, the ship shall sail farther. As always, your allegiance is not without glorious praise."

Adds Mack: "Together my brothers and I willingly leapt into the curl of the sea, eager to build the hull of a ship worthy of sailing from the golden halls of Valhalla, down into the many fiery stomachs of Hel. Though from Viking seed we all sprang, the cold power of raw lightning had not yet laid in our hands and the echoing brass of thunder had not yet yawned from beneath our feet and thrust itself up through the guts of our bodies... In our oaken ship we stand now skewed upon the quest. Wielding our axes with pride and honor, we sail to breathe light into the darkness and to turn dark back in upon the light; never leaning this way for a lack of that... And yet at a time when all look forward to the wisdom of the path ahead- even with all eyes together, into the quickening gray, not every heart shall pass this veil of mist. Some must yet dive again into the churn of the earth...

"'Through fire and water. From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak, I fought him, the Balrog of Morgoth. Until at last, I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me. And I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life-age of the earth. But it was not the end. I felt life in me again... I've sent myself back until my task is done. And I shall come back to you at the turn of the tide....' - Mithrandir."

Hull's upcoming live shows are as follows:

6/16/2012 The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Triac, Drugs of Faith, Musket Hawk Other Gods
6/29/2012 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY W/ Praetura, Gang Signs, Blackout (Drew Mack’s last show)
7/09/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ A Life Once Lost, Woe

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DMT Posts New Music Video

The Los Angeles, CA based metal band DMT has released a new music video for “American Evolution," taken off the debut EP “A Shift of Ages.” The video was directed and edited by Lord Zane of Society 1, who also directed Wayne Static’s solo debut video “Assassins of Youth." Check out the video clip below.

DMT had teamed up with Lord Zane for the previously posted first video “Beneath the Surface” which is available at this location. This time around they teamed up to capture the essence of a live performance. The band commented:

"The intensity of the crowd is the catalyzing force of this video, for this brings out the inner spiritual forces which drive DMT. Featured in the crowd is their friend, Host of SullenTV and the official FACE of Sullen Clothing, Bernadette Macias. Bernadette just finished shooting a cover & 8pg spread for VAR magazine with Dave Navarro, she also is featured as the host of DMT’s “Behind the Scenes” preview look, Creating 'American Evolution.'

"The message behind 'American Evolution' and the significance of the 6/11/12 release date is as follows: As Jupiter enters Gemini today, the time has come for a shift of awareness; the time is Now to take back what is ours, the right to be Free and to explore and expand our own consciousness. The age of the Republican/Democratic dinosaurs has come and gone, A Shift of Ages is upon us to RE-store balance across this Land. IT starts in the melting pot of the world and shall ripple out from here, like a hurricane wave of consciousness, the inner and outer forces of creation and destruction at work to BRING THE CHANGE. The choice is Now in OUR hands, we either expand or decay together...Awaken! For the Time is Now to Expand who we Really ARE, to Reclaim our Minds, and to TAKE IT BACK!!! Bring on The American Evolution!" More...

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Overhead Releases "Berlin" Clip

Finnish act Overhead is set to release the new album "Of Sun and Moon" on June 30th, 2012. The band has now posted a new video clip online for a track off the album, titled "Berlin." Check out the song in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lost Inside 2
2. Berlin
3. An Afternoon of Sun and Moon
4. Aftermath
5. Syriana
6. Grotte
7. Last Broadcast
8. Alive
9. Angels and Demons More...

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Feral Depravity Reveals New Album Track Listing

Feral Depravity has issued the following announcement about the track listing for the band's new album:

"The album is going through the final mastering process. Here is the final tracking listing for 'The Dangers Of The Human Libido:'

1. Those Who Came Too Soon
2. Scumbag Uncle
3. Turd Baby
4. Jailbait Polka
5. 10 Items Or Death
6. Next In Line
7. Dumpster Death Delivery
8. Of Sweat And Perfume
9. The Denver Pursesnatch
10. Blasturbator
11. Procreation Mitigation

"Much love to our producer Michael S. Rosen for making sure this gets out on time and giving us a kickass new take on the Feral D experience..."

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Steve Von Till Streaming Townes Van Zandt Cover

This week, the "Songs Of Townes Van Zandt" — a three-way homage compilation album with contributions from Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Scott Kelly, and Steve Von Till — is officially available via Neurot Recordings in North America.

In celebration of the album’s release, today BrooklynVegan is streaming the Van Zandt anthem “Black Crow Blues,” as recorded by Steve Von Till (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Harvestman, etc.) at this location.

Additionally, the Obelisk is streaming Weinrich’s cover of TVZ’s “Nothing” right here, and Scott Kelly’s rendition of “St. John The Gambler” is downloadable here.

After having performed material by Van Zandt solo and through various collaborations on stage over recent years, on solo releases and more, the aptly entitled "Songs of Townes Van Zandt" brings several songs each from Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, and Wino together in praise of his deep musical influence on them all. Through a personal contact of the artists, newly-formed label My Proud Mountain was founded specially in order to release this tribute, with Neurot Recordings handling the North American release of the album.

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Lordi To Record New Album

Lordi has announced the band will soon be entering WireWorld studio in Nashville, Tennessee to record a new full-length album and follow-up to the 2010 album "Babez for Breakfast."

A watch-and-learn workshop is also scheduled at the studio for September 1st - 4th with the band for people to see firsthand how producing, recording, and mixing takes place. Further details are available at this location.

The new album will be Lordi's first since recruiting a new drummer after the death of previous drummer Tonmi Lillman (AKA "Otus").

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Early Graves Streaming New Demo Song

San Francisco metal band Early Graves has premiered a demo of the new song "Days Grow Cold" from the forthcoming album due out this fall on No Sleep Records. This is the band's first material with singer John Strachan (The Funeral Pyre), who stepped in after the tragic loss of Makh Daniels.

Check out the song via Brooklyn Vegan at this location.

You can check out the band's statement on recently signing with No Sleep Records at this location. The demo version of "Days Grow Cold" will be featured on No Sleep Records Warped Tour Compilation, available at the label's Warped Tour Booth during this summer's tour.

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The Eyes Of A Traitor Vocalist Joins New Band

The Eyes of a Traitor has issued the following announcement about the group's vocalist joining a new band:

"Our vocalist Jack Delany has just joined this sweet band Brave the Moment, go and check them out and like their page! He is recording on their record next week!"

Brave the Moment is:

Vocals - Jack Delany
Guitar - Dan Sloane
Bass/Vocals - Ben Fordham
Drums - Murray Rawson

The band also commented on its history and sound: "Brave The Moment are a new progressive/technical/metal band, formed from the ashes of Our Divide and Black Polaris! After spending countless months trying to form a band of brothers that work together so tightly, BTM have finally created a sound that they are extremely excited about."

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Monolithe Finishes Recording New Album

The recording of Monolithe’s third full-length, which the band has stated is a “progression in continuity,” was recently completed at Red Reed Studio. “Monolithe III” will be mixed & mastered this summer by Andrew Guillotin at Hybreed Studio.

Artwork was created by Norwegian artist Robert Høyem and can be viewed below. The album will be available in a 4-panel digipack CD later this year. Further details will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Final Depravity Announces New Drummer

German thrash act Final Depravity has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Today we proudly present you our new drummer: please welcome Jerome Reil! Replacing Tristan Maiwurm, who left us in January in order to concentrate on studying drums in the Netherlands, Jerome has worked with us since February now. His last name might sound familiar - he’s the son of Kreator drummer Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil.

"We will finally enter the studio in July to record the follow-up to the 2010 album Nightmare 13, and present the new line-up live on stage for the first time at a show in Oberhausen, Germany on July 14. Due to the bankruptcy of Twilight Distribution Nightmare 13 is currently not available, but can be streamed in its entirety right here. The current promo-pics have been designed by Killustrations (Artworks for a.o. Dew-Scented, Nervecell, Hackneyed, The Very End and Night in Gales)."

Commented vocalist Dennis "Blaze" Baron: “Today’s announcement marks a big step forward for Final Depravity! Tristan’s exit in the middle of preparing a new album, though we all understood and supported his decision, could have turned out really bad. More...

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Evile Announces Hometown Show With Savage Messiah

Evile has confirmed that fellow British metallers and label mates Savage Messiah will be joining the band as special guests for a recently-announced hometown show, which takes place on November 3rd at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth, UK.

The special show comes at the end of Evile's headlining October U.K. tour with Swedish heavy metal group Wolf. Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"We're very pleased to announce the inclusion of our label mates Savage Messiah on our very special Halloween show in Holmfirth on November 3rd. We've known Mr Silver for many years and we had a great show with them at the HMV Ritz a few months ago. Guaranteed to be a very special show!"

Save Messiah frontman David Siler adds: "It was a most pleasant surprise to be asked by our friends in Evile to open for them at their hometown show at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth. It's been a long time since the Gas Club in Huddersfield way back in the unsigned days (for anyone who remembers back that far!), so this should be an awesome night for all fans of UK metal. It's always an extremely metal night when Savage Messiah and Evile share the stage, so bring your neck braces!! See you at the front!"

See Evile on tour during the shows listed below, or you can check out the band's "In Memoriam" video at this location. More...

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Mikael Stanne Guests On New Helcaraxë Album

The new Helcaraxë album, "Red Dragon," features a guest vocal appearance by Mikael Stanne Of Dark Tranquillity on the track "Skin Changer." You can check out the song, along with several other tracks off the album, via bandcamp or in the player below.

The "Red Dragon" track listing is as follow:

1. The Thief
2. Circle of Firelight
3. Orcrist
4. A Fortune in Riddles
5. Into the Fire and the Sky
6. Skin Changer
7. The Old Forest Road
8. Dungeons
9. Red Dragon
10. The Arkenstone
11. Oakenshield Lament More...

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Autopsy Reveals New DVD Release Date

Influential death metal act Autopsy has revealed the release date for its upcoming DVD, "Born Undead." The extensive look into the blood and guts of one of death metal’s great pioneers will be released on August 28th in North America via Peaceville Records. A trailer for the upcoming release can be seen at this location.

"Born Undead" charters the birth, death, and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, "Born Undead" is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike. Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers, provided artwork for the release. More...

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Firewind Updates Tour Schedule

Firewind released the band's new album "Few Against Many" last month, and the group will soon be embarking on European and Asian tour dates in support of the release, starting with festival appearances in July. The band's update tour schedule is now as follows:

13.07. Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
14.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival
18.07. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Mylos Open Air
28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival
17.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air

Asian Tour 2012:
24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live
25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse
26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:
13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Spring And Airbrake
18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall
20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) - White Rabbit
21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) - Talking Heads
22.09.2012 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
23.09.2012 Margate (UK) - West Coast Bar
25.09.2012 Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
26.09.2012 Colmar (France) - Le Grillen
27.09.2012 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
28.09.2012 Hamburg (Germany) - Knust
29.09.2012 Kolding (Denmark) - Godset
30.09.2012 Berlin (Germany) - SO36
02.10.2012 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
03.10.2012 Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle
04.10.2012 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
05.10.2012 Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
06.10.2012 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob

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Stonehaven Announces West Coast Shows

Midwest black metal legion Stonehaven is pleased to embark upon four special West Coast rituals this week. The Harbingers of Ruin Tour will begin this Thursday and includes two performances at the Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV alongside blackened behemoths Marduk, 1349, Weapon, Ceremonial Castings and more.

Notes the band of the upcoming voyage: “It is often that this time of year we see fit to assert ourselves on the West Coast. With precision and decisiveness we will ravage the shoreline, and we will meet our foes in climax at Portland.”

6/14/2012 CIA – North Hollywood, CA w/ Icon of Phobos, Hordes of Hate, Sein Und Zeit
6/15/2012 Casa Sangre – Oakland, CA w/ Icon of Phobos, Hordes of Hate, Sein Und Zeit
6/16/2012 Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV @ Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
6/17/2012 Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV @ Branx – Portland, OR

Stonehaven will be touring in support of "Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes," released earlier this Spring via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out the track “Suffering The Swine-Array,” currently streaming at Cvlt Nation.

The band commented on the track: “The song details a field battle in the late 800s between Anglo-Saxon defenders and a large force of Danish invaders. During the song, we hear the boasts of three Danish Viking leaders, Kale, Thorstein, and Halfdan, as they break their way through the Saxon lines, and finally, the lament of dying Saxon warrior as he drifts in between the world of the living and the dead. He cries out in shame as he views the victorious dead of the Viking army carted away to the heavens by valkyries, and his own Christian brother laying in the field to rot.”

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Harasai Recruits New Guitarist

German act Harasai has issued the following statement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"Those who saw our last gigs might have wondered about a new face on stage since Dennis Baron left the band.

"So please say 'Hello' to Mr. Patrick Wassenberg as the new guitar-player in Harasai. He already proved himself as true MeloDeath lover and dedicated musician, who not plays his shit tight and good but also perfectly fits to our stage-acting!

"Welcome to the family, dude!" More...

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Sinister Enters The Recording Studio

Dutch act Sinister has officially entered Soundlodge Studio to begin the recording process for the band's new album "The Carnage Ending," due out later this year through Massacre Records. You can check out photos from the recording sessions over at the official Sinister Facebook profile. The new album's currently announced track listing is as follows:

1. Defamatory Content
2. Regarding the Imagery
3. The Carnage Ending
4. Transylvania (City of the Damned)
5. My Casual Enemy
6. Crown of Thorns
7. Blood Ecstasy
8. Unheavenly Domain
9. The Final Destroyer
10. Oath of Rebirth More...

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Elitist Streaming New Song

California act Elitist (not to be confused with the Portland-based band of the same name) is set to release the new album "Reshape Reason" this coming Fall, 2012.

The band has also now made the album's title track available for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. "Reshape Reason" was mixed and mastered by Daniel Braunstein of dB Music Studios. You can also check out the previously posted "Dreamwalker" single at this location.

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69 Chambers Posts New Music Video

Swiss groove metal act 69 Chambers Posted another new music video for the song "Cause And Effect." The song features guest vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann from Eluveitie and is taken from the band's latest LP "Torque," which is available now through Massacre Records. The video was directed by Jessie Fischer of Motor Productions.

The band previously released a video for the song "The Peep Hole," which can be viewed at this location.

Check out "Cause And Effect" here:

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Sacred Mother Tongue To Release New EP

Sacred Mother Tongue has announced the release an upcoming new EP titled "A Light Shines..." coming this September 3rd, 2012. The track listing is as follows:

1. Evolve / Become
2. Seven
3. A Final Idea (acoustic)
4. City Is Crying (live from China)

The following press release was also issued about the EP:

"EMI Label Services are proud to announce the release of Sacred Mother Tongue's brand new EP, the monumental 'A Light Shines...'. This is their debut release on EMI Label Services and precedes their second album, 'Out Of The Darkness', which will be released early next year. 'A Light Shines...' is a defining moment for Sacred Mother Tongue, their stake in the sand as one the most exciting bands in British metal. Opening with the powerhouse chorus and heavy-as-hell guitars of 'Evolve/Become' and followed by the thumping darkness of 'Seven', it's instantly apparent that SMT have made a quantum leap on from their well-received debut album 'Ruin Of Man' in 2009, from which they reinterpret 'A Final Idea' as an acoustic number on this EP.

"And now, Sacred Mother Tongue in 2012 are channelling the melodic power of Metallica, the dark demons of Alice In Chains and the visceral intensity of Machine Head to create a vital update of all these influences coupled with a whole heap of skyscraping ambition. And it's that ambition that saw them head to China last month on tour, from which comes the final track, 'City Is Crying', another new song which received its live debut on those foreign shores.

"The band play their first UK show in support of 'A Light Shines...' on July 5th at The Intrepid Fox in London's West End. With a live show of quite spectacular proportions in the works this is a must-see showcase where Sacred Mother Tongue will unveil many of the tracks from the forthcoming album 'Out Of The Darkness' in a small venue, ahead of a full headline tour later this year. This is a one-off free gig and support comes from Cypher 16 and Imicus. More...

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Arcanium Posts Lyric Video For "Blindsided"

Denver metal band Arcanium posted a lyric video for the new track, "Blindsided." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Ontogenesis." The band is currently seeking label representation for its release in 2012.

"Ontogenesis" was recorded at Arcanium Studios in Loveland, CO with engineer Adam Stewart and Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL with engineer Scott Creekmore. Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO mixed and mastered the album. "Ontogenesis" was produced by ARCANIUM, Shaun Glass, and Dave Otero.

Check out "Blindsided" here: More...

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In This Moment Streaming New Track "Blood"

California based metal band In This Moment is streaming the title track to the band's forthcoming LP "Blood." The album is scheduled for release on August 14, 2012 through Century Media. "Blood" was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio with producer Kevin Churko.

Check out "Blood" here:

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Downfall Of Gaia Announces European Tour

Downfall of Gaia officially announced its signing with Metal Blade Records earlier this month for the upcoming release of the "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes" album.

Downfall of Gaia has now announced a run of summer European dates with Vestiges starting on the 22nd and running through the end of July. Details on the tour are available in the poster below, or via the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Hypocrisy Posts New Facebook Interview Footage

Hypocrisy posted new interview footage where vocalist/guitarist Peter Tägtgren and bassist Mikael Hedlund answered questions collected from fans on Facebook. The interview covers a bit about the next album and the band's tour plans for 2012. Tägtgren indicated that the album is expected for a spring 2013 release.

Check out the footage here:

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Poisonous Streaming Track From Debut Reissue

Brazilian death metal band Poisonous is streaming the track "Blasphemy Arises from the Knowled" from the 2010 debut release "Perdition's Den." The album is scheduled for reissue on July 17, 2012 through Metalhit.com.

The track listing for "Perdition's Den" is as follows:

1. Subterranean Rules
2. Worthless Christ
3. Creeping Impurity
4. Demons
5. Blasphemy arises for the Knowledge
6. Perdition's Den
7. Under the Blessing of Death
8. From the Infernal Rift
9. Black Clouds and Fever
10. Poisonous (Bonus track)

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Abandon All Ships Streaming New Track

Canadian dancecore band Abandon All Ships is streaming the new track "Good Old Friend." The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Infamous," which is scheduled for release on July 3, 2012 through Rise Records.

Check out "Good Old Friend" here:

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Chthonic Posts Summer Festival Tour Preview Clip

Taiwanese melodic black metal band Chthonic posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming performances at various festivals this summer. Confirmed appearances include the following dates and events:

July 13 ROCK HARZ GERMANY
July 20 DEVILSIDE FESTIVAL GERMANY
July 21 ASCHAFFENBURG GERMANY
July 29 FUJIROCK FESTIVAL JAPAN
August 02 WACKEN OPEN AIR GERMANY
August 04 VAGOS OPEN AIR PORTUGAL
August 06~10 HEADLINE TOUR IN UK
August 11 BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ENGLAND

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