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Metal News for June 18, 2012

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Unearthing The Italian Power Metal Underground

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I take on the ever emerging Italian power metal scene.

When one thinks Italian power metal, likely the first band to come to mind is Rhapsody, or as time and subsequent “amicable splits” would have it: Rhapsody of Fire and/or Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody. Italy has been spawning off power metal far back into the 1980’s with bands like Domine, Wotan, Wyvern and White Skull, but few have ever reached such worldwide stardom as Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire/LT Rhapsody.

As the 90’s commenced, one of the other well-known pioneering Italian power/progressive exports, Labyrinth, was just starting out under the moniker Visions. It wasn’t until 1994 that the name Labyrinth was born. Within that same year or shortly after, Rhapsody would just start out along with bands like Drakkar, Arthemis, Derdian, Heimdall and Power Symphony. The late ’90’s would see a greater emergence of the scene with another well-known export Elvenking, along with Vision Divine (with Rhapsody vocalist Fabio Lione) Spellblast, The Dogma and Rapid Fire.

By the time the new century started, the Italian scene was bursting with talented power metal acts. Power metal bands seem to pop up on a more frequent basis that new gellato flavors, however, trying to locate the best of the emerging talent isn’t as easy as consulting the Yelp application on your smart phone. To provide some guidance, this week we introduce three of the lessor known Italian power metal bands: From the Depth, Aeternal Seprium and Nightland. More...

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Fetus Stench Streaming Songs

"Stillbirth," the debut full-length from Swedish death metal act Fetus Stench, is now available via Abyss Records. To help spread the word about "Stillbirth," GunShyAssassin.com has posted the track "Bashed, Defaced and Disfigured" at this location. Fetus Stench Features members of Blood Red Throne, Slaughterous and The Law. The band has also uploaded the track "Meat Grinder Flesh Obliteration," which is featured below.

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Balam Streaming Demo

Rhode Island doom band Balam has been streaming its recent three-song demo over on Bandcamp. The tracks clock in at just over thirty minutes, plus there is a live version of the first song "Soul Scour" available on the same page. Balam will be playing a gig at the Blood Drive Co-Op in Providence on July 6th along with Elder (on its tour homecoming), Kintaan, Convul and Dropouts. Get more information on the show and the blood drive by going to the Facebook event page.

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Otyg To Be Resurrected And Release New Album

Last month in a look at lesser-known side projects from heavy metal musicians we covered Otyg, a folk metal outfit from Vintersorg (Borknagar, Vintersorg) that last released an album at the tail end of the '90s.

During a recent interview we conducted with Vintersorg in regards to his upcoming new album "Orkan," he revealed that Otyg is now finally being resurrected and the band is in the process of recording a third album and follow-up to the 1999 release "Sagovindars Boning." Vintersorg had this to say during the interview:

Yeah, actually we decided to raise that old troll again. It’s been like 12 or 13 years since we put that band to sleep. We always thought the band wouldn’t be vanished from the face of the earth, we always had this kind of open door to it. For the last 10 years I’ve felt like I didn’t have the inspiration to write that kind of music, because I wrote all the music for that band as well. Lately me and Mattias, he’s also in that band, we started to discuss it and he was really keen on doing a third album.

We actually wrote a third album and did some pre-production on it but we never made it anything more than that. So for him he felt it would be nice to complete the saga. We’re actually recording the third album now, and I don’t know if we’ll be doing anymore, but it feels nice to get this one out. It’s a little bit in a new direction, but still very much sounds like Otyg. It’s interesting for us because we haven’t been touching that ground for so many years.

The full interview will be going online tomorrow. Vintersorg's new album "Orkan" is due out on June 29th, 2012 (EU) and July 10th, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.

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Power Theory Streaming New Song

Blistering.com, in conjunction with Pure Steel Records and Philly-based traditional metallers Power Theory, has posted a stream of the song "Edge of Knives" from the band's forthcoming album, "An Axe to Grind." Click yourself over to this location, or stream it below in the player.

Germany's Pure Steel Records will release "An Axe to Grind" on June 29th, the day the Philadelphia band performs at Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH. Metal-Rules TV has posted a series of three interviews with Power Theory. Check out the first one over here. The subsequent interview can be found at this location, while the final one can be watched by going here.


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Monsterworks Releasing New Album

Chicago's Mortal Music has announced the second in its DR (digital release) series, "Man: Instincts" from expansionist UK metallers Monsterworks on July 10th. As was done with Mortal Music's first DR release, Ion Vein's "IV v1.0," the Monsterworks DR will also be available as a free download for a limited time. Visit the Mortal Music Facebook page for more updates. Below is the "Man: Instincts" artwork and tracklisting:

The Creation Dream
All Suns Die
Freewill

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Father Befouled Streaming New Song

DecibelMagazine.com has posted an exclusive premiere of the track "Indulgence of Abhorrent Prophecies," from Father Befouled's newest seven-song burnt offering, "Revulsion of Seraphic Grace." Coming off the heels of 2010's "Morbid Destitution of Covenant," this newest collection of tunes will be released via Dark Descent Records on June 30th. Experience the track for yourself at this location.

Father Befouled also is set to play the first annual Martyrdoom Festival on Saturday June 30th at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY. Other acts include Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Kommandant and more. For tickets and information visit this location. The album features artwork by Richard Friend, featured below with the tracklisting.


Indulgence of Abhorrent Prophecies
Irreverent Ascendancy
Devourment of Piety
Obscurance of Universality
Desacrament
Impetus to Angelic Descension
Triumvirate of Liturgical Desecration


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Mantas' "Death By Metal" Streaming Online

For the first time ever Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH band MANTAS' recordings have been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation, entitled "Death By Metal." And Metal Underground.com has the exclusive full album stream of the collection (the standard edition). You can hear it in the player below.

"Death By Metal" is the next chapter in Relapse's DEATH reissue campaign, compiling Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH material from his first band MANTAS into one deluxe collection containing the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal. "Death By Metal" is the brutally raw sound of an entire genre being born out of the basement of Chuck Schuldiner’s Florida home close to three decades ago. These are the earliest recordings of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. This is the first time that these recordings have been legitimately available since their original release as the "Death By Metal" demo tape (1984).

Mantas' "Death By Metal" is set for a June 19th North American release date, June 22nd in Benelux / Germany, and June 25th in the UK and rest of Europe. The collection will be released as a CD, Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD, LP, Digital Download and a limited collector's edition containing the Deluxe 2CD, LP on an exclusive color, exclusive Demo cover T-Shirt, and a reproduction of the original Death By Metal demo cassette! Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS and DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.

"Death By Metal" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s "Vivus!," "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance" and "Human." Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band.

Here is the "Death By Metal" track listing:

Disc 1

Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
3. Mantas
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness

Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead

Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal
10. Legion Of Doom
11. Mantas
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan

Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)

Emotional Rehearsal Demo 1984 - Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom - Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom - Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom - Take 3
4. Evil Dead - Take 1
5. Evil Dead - Take 2
6. Mantas - Take 1
7. Mantas - Take 2

Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
9. Zombie
10. Demon Flight
11. Death By Metal
12. Evil Dead
13. Power Of Darkness
14. Black Magic
15. Evil Chuck Solo
16. Beyond The Unholy Grave
17. Poison

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Ihsahn Streaming Entire New Album

Today and throughout the week AOL Music will be streaming "Eremita" (reviewed here), the latest full-length from former Emperor mastermind Ihsahn, in its entirety.

Scheduled to drop tomorrow via Candlelight Records, the nine-track release was recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden.

Hear "Eremita" in full by heading over to this location.

Alongside Ihsahn, the undertaking features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining – Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (Star of Ash). You can also read our recent interview with Ihsahn about the album here. More...

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Iniquitous Savagery Signs With Grindthetic

Scottish death metal newcomers, Iniquitous Savagery, have signed to Grindethic Records for the release of their debut mcd "Compelled By Perverse Immorality."

According to Grindthetic Records, the release features 3 tracks of guttural brutal death metal for fans of Inherit Disease, Guttural Secrete, and Human Mincer. Check out a preview track from the release in the player below.

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Six Feet Under Checks In From The Road

Death metal tyrants Six Feet Under are currently midway through their 18 Nights Of Blood Tour. The trek kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month and has systematically leveled nine cities. This is the band’s first live outing featuring newly recruited rhythm guitarist Ola Englund, who takes the place of Rob Arnold as well as bassist Jeff Hughell [ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile]. Support is being provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation.

Comments growl commander Chris Barnes: “Just wanted to give a shout-out to all the fans who've attended the 18 Nights Of Blood tour! I've been having a great time out on the road with the new band members. Both Jeff and Ola are kicking some serious ass on stage and the new songs are going over killer! Life is good!! Having Dying Fetus and Revocation on the road with us has been amazing. Total class acts and both amazing bands to share the stage with. Heading toward the West Coast to devour your souls. 18 Nights Of Blood continues…”

Six Feet Under is touring in support of "Undead," unleashed to North American ears via Metal Blade on May 22nd. In related news, Six Feet Under was recently added to the monolithic Barge To Hell lineup where 40 of metal’s most extreme acts along with 2,000 headbangers from around the world take over a luxury cruise ship for a five-day/four-night trip to the Caribbean. The Barge sets sail on December 3rd from Miami, Florida. Others bands scheduled to appear include Behemoth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Enslaved, Rotting Christ, At The Gates, Possessed and more. More...

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In This Moment Reveals New Album Artwork

In This Moment has now revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming new album "Blood," which is available below or over at the Century Media Records Facebook profile. You can also stream the title track off "Blood" through the provided SoundCloud player. The album is scheduled for release on August 14th, 2012 through Century Media.

In other news, In This Moment will be performing on the Rockstar Uproar Festival this upcoming September and October. Check out the tour routing and lineup at this location.

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Dying Fetus Streaming Entire New Album

The new Dying Fetus album "Reign Supreme" will receive its release tomorrow June 19th via Relapse Records. Today Metal Sucks is hosting an exclusive full album stream of "Reign Supreme." Check out the entire record here.

"Reign Supreme" features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus.

In other news, earlier today Dying Fetus announced the "From Womb to Waste" European tour with Revocation and Job For A Cowboy, and the band also recently released a video clip for "From Womb to Waste." More...

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The Devin Townsend Project Posts New DVD Video

Renowned multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend will be releasing his DVD box-set, "By A Thread - Live in London 2011," tomorrow in North America through HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. To give fans a preview of this upcoming release, the Devin Townsend Project has now premiered a video clip of "Ghost" (taken from the Ghost performance) on Guitar World.com.

Check out the clip below or at this location. The band also recently premiered a video clip of "Gato" (taken from the Ki performance) here.

"By A Thread - Live in London 2011" contains a 4-DVD set with footage from the unique, sold-out UK shows from last fall where Devin performed all four DTP albums (Ki, Addicted, Ghost, Deconstruction), along with a 5-CD set with the four DTP albums and one disc of encores. All of the box-sets are autographed and numbered with a collector's certificate of authenticity.

In addition to the 4 DVDs and 5 CDs, all pre-orders of "By A Thread - Live in London 2011" will include an exclusive 7" with take 2 of the track "Coast" (Devin's hand-drawn etching is on the B-side), which was taken from the "Ki" performance. To pre-order By A Thread - Live in London 2011, head over to CM Distro.

This September, DTP and Katatonia will team-up for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour," a co-headlining North American run featuring Paradise Lost as direct support and Stolen Babies as openers (DTP and KATATONIA will alternate in headlining each show). More...

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Vodnik Posts Cover Of "One-Winged Angel"

Ontario act Vodnik has posted a cover online of the Nobuo Uematsu classic "One-Winged Angel," which appears on the video game Final Fantasy 7. You can listen to or download Vodnik's metallic version of track in the SoundCloud player below. For more info on Vodnik, head over to the band's official Facebook profile. More...

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The Unguided Posts Teaser Clip For New Song

The Unguided will be releasing a box set edition of the "Hell Frost" album, titled "Hell Frost - The Ultimate Collection." Pre-orders and full track listing info can be found at this location.

The ultimate collection box set will include a previously unreleased song titled "Deathwalker," and the band has now posted a video clip of guitarist Roland Johansson performing a solo off the song. Check out the video clip below.

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A Wanted Awakening Posts New Song Online

Lowell, MA deathcore band A Wanted Awakening will be releasing the new album "Catharsis" this coming June 24th, 2012. The band has now released a lyric video clip online for a track off the album.

Check out the song "Final Ascent: Exiled," the first track off "Catharsis," in the player below. You can also listen to a teaser trailer for the album at this location.

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Decades Of Despair Reveals New Album Artwork

Paris, France based metal act Decades of Despair has now revealed the cover artwork for the band's new full-length album. Check out the "Alive" artwork by Grindesign. You can also find more info on Decades of Despair via Facebook. The band is:

Benjamin Tordjmann - Vocals
Andrea Quaranta - Guitar
Reda Boucher - Bass Guitar
Mikolaj Horbacz- Guitar
Nicolas "Lmkt" Peyrotte - Drums More...

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Wolves At The Gate Releases New Video

Wolves at the Gate is excited to release a new video for "Dead Man," the first official single from the band's upcoming debut full-length, "Captors" - available in stores and online July 3rd from Solid State Records.

"It was quite difficult for us to come up with a concept and treatment for this video that effectively communicated the lyrical content without literally following every single lyric," says guitarist/vocalist Stephen Cobucci. "But the joint effort from us, [director] Nathan Lundquist and Jon Ringle really brought a beautiful visual depth that we could have never conceived on our own. I am so very pleased with the CGI elements in the video as they are a perfect fit for the concept of the song and video. When Nathan approached me about shooting our performance shots in front of a green screen, I was apprehensive because I didn't want to look like local tv weather men, but he completely helped communicate a beautiful Gospel message though the video."

Check out the video clip for "Dead Man" in the player below. More...

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Maiden United Recording New Album

Maiden uniteD, the all-acoustic Iron Maiden tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), is currently recording its second album "Across The Seventh Sea." Video footage from the studio can be seen below. "Across The Seventh Sea" is the follow-up to 2010's debut album "Mind The Acoustic Pieces," which was an all-acoustic reimagining of the classic Iron Maiden album "Piece Of Mind."

The album is set to be released in September, after which Maiden uniteD will embark on a European tour in November and December. Dates are available after the jump.

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Metal Blade Records To Release Rise Above Albums

Metal Blade Records will be releasing albums from Rise Above Record's storied catalog throughout this summer. Albums on the schedule so far include: Witchcraft's "Witchcraft," "Firewood," and "The Alchemist," all to be released on July 17th. You can listen to tracks from the Witchcraft albums at this location.

On July 31st, the self-titled first album from Gentleman's Pistols, and Firebird's album, "Hot Wings" will be released - both albums feature the legendary Bill Steer of Carcass/Napalm Death fame. Additionally, Metal Blade released two classic Grand Magus albums, "Wolf's Return," and the critically acclaimed "Iron Will" on June 5th.

The latest release from Rise Above recording artists, Witchsorrow, will be released on July 3rd.
"God Curse Us" is available now in Europe, and North American fans can pre-order and listen to the title track from the album now here.

In other Rise Above news, Electric Wizard has record a 4-track demo, "Satyr IX," exclusively for the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series. The flexi will be in the special "Queens of Noise Women in Metal" issue and can be ordered now on Decibel Magazine.

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King Of Asgard Posts New Album Studio Video

Swedish viking metallers King of Asgard are ready to unleash a second album titled "…to North." Today King of Asgard has post a second studio video filmed at Sonic Train Studios during the recording of the album. Check out the new video below, or you can find the first studio video for "…to North" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The Nine Worlds Burn
3. The Dispossessed
4. Gap of Ginnungs
5. Bound to Reunite
6. Nordvegr
7. Up on the Mountain
8. Plague-ridden Rebirth
9. Harvest (The End)
10. ...to North
11. Vinterskugge (Digi-CD bonus only!) More...

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Between The Buried And Me Adds U.K. Tour Dates

Between the Buried and Me will return to Europe in October 2012 in support of the band's new, yet untitled longplayer. Support comes from Periphery and The Safety Fire. U.K. dates have been added to the tour and Periphery is now officially confirmed for the show in Antwerp.

Comments BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs: "I'm excited Europe wants to have us again! On this tour we'll celebrate the release of our new album, so you'll be some of the first to hear new songs…if we can actually play them by then!"

01/10/12 – UK – Reading – Sub 89
02/10/12 – UK – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
03/10/12 – UK – Glasgow – The Garage
04/10/12 – UK – Newcastle – 02 Academy 2
05/10/12 – UK – Manchester – Club Academy
06/10/12 – UK – Leeds – Cockpit
07/10/12 – UK – Bristol – 02 Academy
08/10/12 – UK – Southampton – The Broo
10/10/12 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
11/10/12 – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
12/10/12 – DE – Köln – Luxor
13/10/12 – DE – Münster – Sputnikhalle
14/10/12 – DK – Copenhagen – Vega
16/10/12 – SE – Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
17/10/12 – SE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
18/10/12 – DE – Hamburg - Logo
19/10/12 – DE – Berlin – Lido
20/10/12 – CZ – Prague – Rock Café
22/10/12 – SK – Bratislava – Randall Club
23/10/12 – HU – Budapest – Dürer Kert
24/10/12 – AT – Wien – Szene
25/10/12 – DE – München - Backstage
27/10/12 – IT – Novara – Rock´n´Roll Arena
28/10/12 – CH – Zürich – Dynamo
29/10/12 – DE – Stuttgart – Universum
30/10/12 – DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
31/10/12 – FR – Paris – La Maroquinerie
02/11/12 – UK – London – Shepherds Bush Empire

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Glass Cloud Streaming Songs From New Album

Glass Cloud has posted two tracks online from the band's upcoming album "The Royal Thousand," set for release next month. Check out the songs "Counting Sheep" and "If He Dies, He Dies" after the jump. The band also commented on the release of the album:

"Important update! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the North American release of The Royal Thousand has officially been pushed back. The good news? It's only by one week so it will be available online and in-stores on July 10th!

"AND if you pre-order it through MerchNOW, you will still receive your CD in time for the original release date of July 3. And even more good news for you -- we will be performing a hometown CD release show on July 3 at Shakas in Virginia Beach. Come party and celebrate The Royal Thousand with us!" More...

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Dan Swanö To Guest On New Dew Scented Album

After previously announcing Sacrifice's Rob Urbinati as a guest vocalist to appear on the new album "Icarus," Dew Scented has now issued the following update about another guest appearance:

"Introducing third of three special guest-musician appearances on 'Icarus!' Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Bloodbath) – Guest vocals on 'Reawakening.' Dan has been a longterm buddy and true inspiration for Dew-Scented and it’s almost like a closing circle to have him involved with 'Icarus.'

"Dan and Leif first met him on the debut Edge Of Sanity tour with Assorted Heap in 1992 and then Dew-Scented toured with Edge Of Sanity in 1996, where funnily enough Marvin also already appeared as the band’s lead guitarist. Consequently, Dan went on to help Dew-Scented by mixing 1998’s 'Innoscent' album and Leif has ever since always wanted to do vocal or production work with Dan on some level again. Having Dan do his trademark deep grunts as duet vocals with Leif on the song 'Reawakening' is a big honour and personal satisfaction for us."

Dan Swanö comments: "After touring with them, mixing with them, it was about goddamned time that I also sang a nice tune with them. The interplay between mine and Leif’s vocals worked out perfectly. Like a duet between Satan and the Devil ;)" More...

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Planetate Posts New Song Online

Canadian act Planetate has posted a new song online titled "Eleventh Dimension," which is available in the SoundCloud player below. The band also commented:

"Alright djents and wjomants, we just posted our song called 'Eleventh Dimension.' It was a track we managed to save from the broken hard drive, this track was supposed to be mixed and mastered but we never managed to get to that point. Still jam it! Come to the show tonight oh yeah and it features vocalist Fred, from Beheading of a King." More...

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Tardive Dyskinesia Streaming New Song

Tardive Dyskinesia has posted a new song online titled "Time Turns Planets," which is available for streaming below. The band also commented:

"Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we are presenting another new track that will be part of our upcoming 3rd album 'Static Apathy in Fast Forward,' which is due in 2012. The track is called 'Time Turns Planets' and this is an animation lyric video. Enjoy! The best is yet to come… stay tuned!"

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Indicator
2. Empty Frames
3. The Chase Home
4. Smells Like Fraud
5. Time Turns Planets
6. Prehistoric Man
7. Circling Around the Unknown
8. We, the Cancer
9. Failed Document
10. Limiting the Universe More...

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Memoira Issues Album Update

Finland's Memoira, which split with its guitarist back in March, has checked in with the following update about the band's current activity and the progress of working on a new album:

"Hey gang! Had blast at this years On The Rocks festival! Had a great show on the outside stage with amazing crowd! And the afterparty at Baarikaappi with amaizing people was also just plain sweet!

"We'd like to thank all the organizers who made the festival so damn amaizing this year! And a special thank you goes to our own puppie dog Heikki Kaplas behind the knobs! Everyone told us that the sound was great despite we didn't hear a thing cause the stage sound was really terrible.

"Jarkko also had some minor problems with his gear and Timppa manage to loose the china cymbal with stand and all cause it flew off the drum raiser a couple of times and ended up behind the stage....we have already told him to hit the drums a little smoother, but hey what can you do when you are having so much fun!

"About the new album....we are currently working on with the final mix...we still have a couple of more tweaks to do and then it will be ready for mastering...Also we are working on with the album cover and artwork so there is some things to be done!

"About the guitarrist search....We will have some news about that real soon So stay tuned!"

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Expose Your Hate Posts New Video Clip

Brazilian act Expose Your Hate has released a new official music video for the song "Ready to Explode," which will be included on an upcoming album to be released later this year.

Check out the Nicolas Gomes-produced video for "Ready To Explode" in the player below. You can also find a previously posted recording studio clip from the band at this location.

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Over Your Threshold Streams New Song

German progressive death metal band Over Your Threshold, after recently signing with Metal Blade Records, is streaming the new song "Antic." The song appears on the band's debut full length release "Facticity." The album is slated for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 27, 2012 (EU) and August 28, 2012 (North America).

Check out "Antic" here:

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Svartsot Splits With Drummer

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"After 3½ brutal years behind the drum kit in Svartsot, Danni Lyse Jelsgaard, known affectionately on these pages as Jeff, has made the decision to go on to despoil pastures new. The decision was made mutually and amicably between Svartsot and Danni following the performance at Copenhell last Thursday.

"We’ve had many memorable experiences with Danni during his time in Svartsot and wish both him and his future projects the best of luck. Danni’s last performance with Svartsot will be at the Boarstream Open Air festival in Germany on July 21st 2012.

"Svartsot is presently contacting drummers to find a stand-in for the shows in Lyngby and Herning in September, and is considering the possibilities for finding a more permanent replacement."

To hear Svartsot's music and find more info on the band, head over to Facebook.

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Alarum Releases New Music Video

Australian act Alarum has released a new music video for the track "Non-Linear Parallels," which can be viewed below. "Non-Linear Parallels" is taken off the band's latest album "Natural Causes." The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Alarum: (uh-lar-uhm, uh-lahr-) --noun. 'A mechanism that produces awareness.' The Melbourne 4 piece progressive metal band have been just that since forming in 1992, and have been expanding that awareness ever since. But it would be unfair to simply lump them into the vague progressive metal genre, as they blend all forms of metal alongside rock, jazz, latin and fusion." More...

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Revoker Releases Video Clip, Updates Tour Schedule

Welsh act Revoker has released a video clip for "Psychoville," which can be viewed below. The band has also checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates and announcement about upcoming shows:

"So we are back on U.K turf! Our European Tour with Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Fear Factory was amazing! Big thanks to those guys and everyone who came out to the shows... We cant wait to come back to Europe!

"Our next shows are with Black Stone Cherry next week so come out and party with us!

25th June Central Station Wrexham
26th University Cardiff

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Stuka Squadron Launches Fundraiser For New LP

U.K. traditional metal band Stuka Squadron has launched a campaign to raise funds for the band's sophomore studio LP and follow up to "Tales From the Ost" (see review here). the band plans to hit the studio this August for a release later this year. The fundraiser offers various benefit packages based on the various pledges. Pledges can be made at this location.

Earlier today, the band announced the departure of guitarist Sir Graveghoul Terrorsound, who left to pursue other musical projects. Filling in for Terrorsound is Doktor Suicide. Based on the following trailer, the new LP will unearth the evil hidden within ancient Egypt. Check out the trailer here:

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Dying Fetus Announces "From Womb To Waste" Tour

Dying Fetus has announced the "From Womb To Waste" tour, which kicks off in September and will include Job For A Cowboy, Revocation, and Cerebral Bore. Dates for the trek can be found below. Dying Fetus is set to release new album "Reign Supreme" this Tuesday, June 19th and you can check out the recently posted "From Womb To Waste" music video at this location.

14/09/12 – DE - Lindau - Club Vaudeville
15/09/12 – CH - Genève - L'Usine
16/09/12 – UK - Brighton - Concorde2
17/09/12 - UK - Norwich - Waterfront
18/09/12 - UK - Birmingham - O2 Academy 2
19/09/12 - UK - Reading - Sub89
20/09/12 - UK - Manchester - Club Academy
21/09/12 - UK - Glasgow - Cathouse
22/09/12 – IE - Dublin - The Pint
23/09/12 - UK - London - Underworld
24/09/12 – FR - Paris - Divan Du Monde
25/09/12 – NL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
26/09/12 – DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
27/09/12 – SE - Malmö - KB
28/09/12 – SE - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
29/09/12 – SE - Stockholm - Klubben
01/10/12 – FI - Helsinki - Tavastia
03/10/12 – DK - Copenhagen - Vega
04/10/12 – DE - Berlin - C-Club
05/10/12 – DE - Würzburg - Posthalle, Hell Inside Fest
06/10/12 – DE - Jena - F-Haus
07/10/12 – CZ - Prague - Hoodoo club
08/10/12 – DE - München - Backstage
09/10/12 – AT - Wien - Arena
10/10/12 – SI - Ljubljana - Gala Hala / Kino Siska
11/10/12 – IT - Legnano (Milano) - Land Of Live Club
12/10/12 – CH - Aarau - Kiff
13/10/12 – DE - Essen - Turock
14/10/12 – BE - Aarschot - De Klinker More...

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Aether Realm Announces "Summer Swamp Romp"

North Carolina's Aether Realm has lined up a summer tour dubbed the "Summer Swamp Romp," which kicks off on June 25th in Richmond, VA. Full details on the run are available in the tour poster below or at the Aether Realm Facebook profile. You can also check out the band's new single "Swampwitch" at this location. More...

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Lullacry Posts "Feel My Revenge" Music Video

Finnish symphonic gothic metal band Lullacry posted a new music video for the track "Feel My Revenge." The track appears on the band's fifth release "Where Angels Fear" which is out now through the band's own label OUTO Recordings. "Feel My Revenge" features a guest appearance by Misery Inc. vocalist Mikko Herranen.

The band previously released a video for the first single "Bad Blood," which can be viewed here.

Check out "Feel My Revenge" here:

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Vita Imana Streaming Entire Sophomore Release

Spanish thrash/groove metal band Vita Imana is streaming the entire 2012 sophomore release "Uluh," which was released at the tail end of January through Kaiowas Records.

The track listing for "Uluh" is as follows:

1. 11°19'N 142°15'E
2. Animal
3. Crudo Invierno
4. Corpus
5. Romper Con Todo
6. 11032011 (Taikos II)
7. Orígen
8. Quizás No Sea Nadie
9. Cráneo
10. Un Nuevo Sol
11. Uluh

Check out the album stream here: More...

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Vorpal Nomad Posts In Studio "Making Of" Debut LP

Columbia based power metal band Vorpal Nomad posted up some behind the scenes studio video on the making of the band's debut full length LP "Hyperborea." The album was recently released through Canada's Metalodic Records at the end of May.

Vorpal Nomad features guitarist Nicolas Waldo along with current Thunderblast vocalist Felipe Machado Franco and drummer Christian Gaitan.

Check out the video here:

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Sabaton Posts Metaltown 2012 Video Clips

Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted up a promo video consisting of live clips from the band's performance at Metaltown 2012 in Sweden. The band is currently on tour supporting the latest release "Carolus Rex," which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records (Metal Underground's review can be viewed at this location).

Check out the video here:

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Tankard Posts Track-By-Track Video Series, Pt. 3

German thrash icons Tankard posted the third installment in a series of track-by-track videos featuring frontman Let Gerre giving the fans a first impression of the band's upcoming 30th Anniversary record "A Girl Called Cerveza," which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. In this first part, Gerre gives further information on the idea behind the songs "Rapid Fire" , "Fandom at Random" and "Metal Magnolia".

The track listing for "A Girl Called Cerveza" is as follows:

1. Running On Fumes
2. A Girl Called Serveza
3. Witchhunt 2.0
4. Masters Of Farces
5. The Metal Lady Boy (Feat. Doro Pesch)
6. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
7. Son Of A Fridge
8. Fandom At Random
9. Metal Magnolia
10. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)

Check out the video here:

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Embers Of Revenge Streaming New Single

Tunisian power/progressive metal act Embers of Revenge are streaming the second single since the band's inception in 2011. The new track, entitled "Imagination" can be heard on the band's Official MySpace Page along with the band's first and recently released single "Gates of Destiny."

For more information about Embers of Revenge, head over to the band's Facebook Page.

Embers of Revenge consists of the following members:

Ahmed Yahyewi (Bass)
Med Saied (Drums)
Zied Chaabani (Guitars)
Nizar Khsib Guitars (Lead Guitars)
Skander Essid (Synths, Choirs)
Med Zougari (Vocals)

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Six Magics Reveals New Album Details

Chilean symphonic power metal band Six Magics resigned with Coroner Records for the the release of the band's fifth album "Falling Angels." The album is due for release on July 2, 2012.

According to the press release: "The female fronted quintet presents a new long and intense chapter of classic heavy metal mixed with epic, symphonic, power and progressive influences, for an over 60 minutes trip into Six Magics' world."

The cover artwork, seen below, was created by Machine Room Deisgn, which also did coverwork for My Dying Bride and Dawn of Ashes.

The track listing for "Falling Angels" is as follows:

1. Another Name
2. Falling Angels
3. Rolled
4. Dreamer (B:O:M)
5. Do You Remember?
6. Sick & Tired
7. Icy Lips
8. Start Another War
9. Suicide
10. Why
11. Binsfeld
12. How To Live
13. I Know More...

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Stuka Squadron Parts Ways With Guitarist

U.K. traditional metal vampires Stuka Squadron announced that the band has parted ways with guitarist George ‘GT’ Stergiou a/k/a Sir Graveghoul Terrorsound. Stergiou left to concentrate on his various other music projects. Filling in for Terrorsound is Doktor Suicide.

The announcement on the band's website reads:

"We have news of a change in Squadron personnel. No doubt enticed by the fleshy temptations of a mortal life, Sir Graveghoul Terrorsound has renounced vampirism and returned to the land of the living. The Squadron was enriched by his bloodlust and now wishes him continued good fortune in his bands – Alexa de Strange and Scar Divine to name but two – where he goes under the human title George ‘GT’ Stergiou." More...

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Grave Digger Unveils Album Art & Title To New LP

German power metal legends Grave Digger unveiled the title and album artwork for the band's forthcoming fifteenth release. The LP will be entitled "Clash of the Gods," and is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. The artwork can be viewed below.

The band previously revealed that the extended single/EP "Home At Last" will be released on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. Check out the track listing and artwork for the single over at this location.

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