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Metal News for June 19, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Life After Calls It Quits

Sudbury, Ontario based deathcore act Life After has officially decided to call it a day. Life After's James Quenville commented:

"Well, here it is. With a heavy heart, I'd personally like to say thanks to anyone and everyone who ever loved or hated us, watched us play, talked or hung out with us at a show, bought merch or simply just listened to one of our songs.

"Thank you to Mark Howitt, Nick Taillefer, Frank Chartrand, Rob Clendenning (sorry if the spelling's off), and all the bands we've played with, local or big time.

"These past 4 years, from TPH -> Elicist -> Life After have been a blast. Unfortunately for some, this is where we pack it in. Keep supporting your scene.

"Thanks guys, much love."

You can still hear Life After's music by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Animals As Leaders Recovers Stolen Vehicle

Animals As Leaders recently issued a statement about the band being robbed and having a car and various gear stolen. Guitarist Tosin Abasi has now issued the following update about the stolen car being recovered with one of the guitars still in the vehicle:

"Hey everyone. We've actually got some good news to report! The LAPD successfully recovered Javier's car. The even better news is that one of the stolen guitars was in the back seat! I'm now reunited with Strandberg #17.

"We want to commend the LAPD for their ability to find the stolen vehicle within 24 hours of receiving the police report.

"Hopefully this is the key to finding the rest of the guitars! Something still may pop up online so please keep your eyes open. Thanks for all of the support. We love you all."

For more updates directly from Animals As Leaders, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Baroness Posts European Tour Dates

Recently, Georgia hard rockers Baroness posted a new track, "Take My Bones Away" on its Bandcamp page. That song will be on the new eighteen-song album "Yellow & Green," which will be released via Relapse Records on July 17th.

Baroness is heading out on a large European tour this summer, with a couple of American festival dates slated for early autumn. Below is a list of the dates:

Jul 20 Milhoes de Festa Barcelos, Portugal
Jul 22 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
Jul 25 Räucherkammer Wiesbaden, Germany
Jul 26 Sommercasino Basel, Switzerland
Jul 27 Dynamo Zurich, Switzerland
Jul 28 Viper Theatre Florence Fi, Italy
Jul 30 Arena Civica Milan, Italy
Aug 01 59to1 Munich, Germany
Aug 03 Klub 007 Prague, Czech Republic
Aug 04 OFF Festival Katowice, Poland
Aug 05 Magnet Berlin, Germany
Aug 06 Logo Hamburg, Germany
Aug 09 Oya Festival Oslo, Norway
Aug 12 Westcoast Bar Margate, United Kingdom
Aug 13 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Aug 14 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 15 Talking Heads Southampton, United Kingdom
Aug 17 Pukkelpop Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 18 Highfield Festival Leipzig, Germany
Aug 19 Area4 Festival Lüdinghausen, Germany
Sep 06 Hopscotch Music Festival Durham, NC
Oct 27 The Fest 11 Gainesville, FL

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Skull Hammer Parts Ways With Drummer

Vancouver's Skull Hammer has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer and recruiting a new member:

"We are sad to announce we have parted ways with long-time member Jerome Brewer. We wish him the best in his future projects, his dedications and contributions will never be forgotten.

"However we are proud to announce the addition of Kyle Sheppard (ex-Datura, Alone Against Rome, Kymatica) to our ranks. We are excited to unleash some new material at our upcoming shows, as well as start recording on a new E.P."

For more info on Skull Hammer, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Vintersorg Dives Into The Themes Of "Orkan"

Sweden's Vintersorg is nearing the release of an eighth full-length album titled "Orkan," which follows last year's "Jordpuls." The new folk-laden metal opus is set to drop at the end of the month in Europe and early next month in North America through Napalm Records.

With the official release just around the corner, the band's namesake spoke with Metalunderground.com to talk about the air and nature themed album. In the full interview below, Vintersorg discusses the differences between this new album and his work in the latest Borknagar release, as well as his plans to resurrect the earlier folk metal outfit Otyg. More...

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Nile Streaming New Song

Veteran death metal act Nile has revealed a new track, “The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh,” from the band’s upcoming July 3rd release, "At The Gate Of Sethu." Head over to the Nuclear Blast web-store at this location to stream the track.

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
02. The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased
03. The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh
04. When My Wrath Is Done
05. Slaves Of Xul
06. The Gods Who Light Up The Sky At The Gate Of Sethu
07. Natural Liberation Of Fear Through The Ritual Deception Of Death
08. Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
09. Tribunal Of The Dead
10. Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania
11. The Chaining Of The Iniquitous

12. Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame (instrumental)
13. The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh (instrumental)

The follow-up to 2009's "Those Whom The Gods Detest" was once again produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide). Cover artwork was produced by Seth Siro Anton (Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Septic Flesh).

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Gravehill Playing Goregon Massacre Fest III

California death horde Gravehill is set to invade the Pacific Northwest this weekend as part of the Goregon Massacre Fest III, which will take place Friday, June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd at the East End Outdoor Annex in Portland, OR. Gravehill will perform alongside Cardiac Arrest, Cianide, Phobia and many more. Check out Gravehill vocalist Mike Abominator's preview of the fest at MetalManiacs.com.

Gravehill's most recent album, "When All Roads Lead To Hell," was released last year by Dark Descent Records with vinyl treatment coming from Chaos Records. Below is the roster of thirty bands that will be playing the two dates of the fest. For more information, head over to the Goregon Massacre Fest III Facebook event page.

Friday, June 22nd:


Saturday, June 23rd:



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Thy Will Be Done Finishes New EP

Rhode Island's Thy Will Be Done recently completed work on a brand new EP that is slated for release later this summer. The band engineered the EP itself and teamed up once again with producer Zeuss to mix the six brand new studio tracks. The following press release was issued:

"With influences and roots that harkens the listener back to metal's glory days, and songs and arrangements that echo the voice of the oppressed and broken, the end result is a release that brings hope and far surpasses its predecessors, and in all aspects possesses the capabilities of cementing Thy Will Be Done's position in the metal world. More details, including title and release date will be revealed in the coming weeks."

Check out a video preview for the EP at this location. Today frontman J. Costa will be appearing on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal with Jose Mangin to exclusively premiere a new track from the forthcoming EP. The interview and premiere will air at 5:00 PM EST, with a replay set for 8:00 PM EST.

J. Costa commented on the new EP: "There's always a sense of accomplishment when unveiling a piece of expression that we've created. Personally, what makes this not so much different as much as special, is that it represents my rediscovery of exactly why I enjoy expressing myself through the medium of music. More...

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Phantom-X Posts New Music Video

U.S. metal band Phantom-X, featuring ex-Omen vocalist Kevin Goocher, posted a new music video for the song "1000 Quatrains." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Opera of the Phantom," which is due out this year on Pure Steel Records.

Check out "1000 Quatrains" here:

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Last Call Chernobyl Releasing New EP

Last Call Chernobyl has announced the band will be releasing the new EP "Set Adrift" on D5 Digital / Diminished Fifth Records this coming July 10th. The song "Odin" is now available for free download at bandcamp or through the player below. The band will also be releasing a limited run of CDs for the EP at upcoming shows.

"I'm really happy to once again be able to collaborate with D5R and release some new material to the public," commented bassist Jason Szeto. "We took a really hands on approach for the EP and did almost all of the recording, mixing and mastering ourselves except the drums which were tracked at SoundMarket studios. I'm excited to hear the feedback and I feel like the material on this EP will give people a good look as to where the band is hoping to take the new full length album."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Frailty of Ascent
2. Odin
3. Hourglas
4. Abyss More...

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Single Bullet Theory Posts New Song

Single Bullet Theory has made the recently recorded track "Edge of Broken" available for streaming/download via its Bandcamp page, or below in the player. The song is a reworked piece of older material that will appear as a bonus track on the band's forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to be recorded this fall. Guitarist/vocalist Matt DiFabio had the following to say about "Edge of Broken:"

"This is the song that got the band moving again after an almost three year hiatus. Written about the rise and fall of Single Bullet Theory and the "Never Say Die" approach that I (Matt DiFabio) have toward this band or my musical vision. I personally feel that this is one of the best SBT tracks ever recorded as it exemplifies exactly what this band is made of musically. This track really came to life with the help of Mr. John Ruszin III. Everyone reaches the 'Edge of Broken' at one point in their life... Its all about what you do once you get there!"

Single Bullet Theory is currently gearing up for the North American Devastation Tour with Into Eternity and Rikisha. The tour will kick off on August 9th in Cudahy, WI. Single Bullet Theory will stay out on the road until August 21st and then hit the studio to record its fifth full-length album.

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Lita Ford Streaming Entire New Album

Today sees the release of the new album "Living Like A Runaway" from icon Lita Ford via Steamhammer/SPV. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD, and digital download. To see what Lita herself had to say about the album, check out our recent interview with her.

In celebration of the release, RollingStone.com is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album. Listen to "Living Like a Runaway" in its entirety at this location.

Lita commented on the release of the album: "The new album Living Like a Runaway is finally ready for the universe to hear. You will feel it your bones when you listen to it. So get your new CD, put it in your car (or wherever your favorite place is to listen to music is) and BLAST IT LOUDER THAN LOUD!!!"

Coinciding with the album's release, Lita is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the "Rock of Ages Tour." In addition to the dates with Def Leppard and Poison, Lita has confirmed additional headlining shows during the run. These dates are scheduled for June 21st in Tempe, AZ, June 28th in Lexington, KY and July 12th in Jim Thorpe, PA. A complete listing of all dates can be found below. More...

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Battlecross Announces North American Tour Dates

Detroit, MI’s self-touted “blue collar thrashers” Battlecross are gearing up to lay waste to the states on this summer’s Trespass America festival. The festival kicks off in one month on July 13th, 2012 in Broomfield, CO and features headliners Five Finger Death Punch, as well as the reunited original line-up of Killswitch Engage. The Trespass America Festival also features Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, and God Forbid.

Battlecross has also been added to this year’s Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, QC. To learn more about the festival and to read about this year’s line-up, head to this location. See below for all confirmed Battlecross tour dates and stay tuned for more updates coming soon! More...

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Sunflower Dead To Release Self-Titled Album

Jamie Teissere, guitarist of defunct metal band Droid, has announced the launch of his new project, Sunflower Dead. After multiple U.S. tours with bands such as Korn, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, and Hell Yeah supporting Droid's debut on Munky from Korn's Emotional Syphon Recordings, the guitarist was by no means ready to quit the music game after Droid's sudden demise.

Wasting no time, he assembled a new outfit consisting of Michael (vocals, piano, accordion), Jaboo (guitar) formerly of Two Hit Creeper, Luis Gascon (bass) touring member of Buckethead, and Jimmy Schultz (drums) touring drummer of In This Moment, with a goal of creating an undeniable unit that would not just move but more importantly, entertain people.

The group dubbed itself Sunflower Dead and went into Temple Studios (owned by Raymond Herrera of Fear Factory and B Real of Cyrpress Hill) with Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory) to produce an 11-track self-titled debut record, set for release on August 21st, 2012 with Bloody Bat Records LLC. The album was co-produced and mixed by Jeremy Blair (Guns N’ Roses, DevilDriver) at Temple and House of Blues Studios and mastered by Robert Hadley (Korn) at The Mastering Lab.

“Sunflower Dead is a refreshing sound with a great vocal range, not like your average current metal/rock band,” commented producer Christian Olde Wolbers. “This is just the debut, but Sunflower Dead has tremendous potential to break in a bigger market and they have proved it with this strong debut.” More...

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Affiance Streaming New Single

Cleveland's rising stars Affiance dropped their new single "You Will Be Replaced" today, and coinciding with the release is a worldwide premiere of the song at Alternative Press. Check out the song at this location. The new song was produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio who has recently finished records for August Burns Red, Texas In July, and more.

Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented on the song: "To be honest, we are pissed off. This song is a message to everyone who has slammed doors in our faces or tried to hold us back. Your taunts have only increased our pace. It's the beginning of the end. We feel this is the best song we have written and we're excited to finally share it with our fans, and hope it will cure any confusion about what type of band we are or what genre we belong in. It's far more metal and a more fine-tuned version of our best stuff from our first album, No Secret Revealed."

Affiance recently wrapped up U.S. tours with Memphis May Fire, Close Your Eyes, Serianna, The Color Morale, Stray From The Path, Vanna, This Or The Apocalypse and Deception Of A Ghost. The band's debut album "No Secret Revealed" is out now on Bullet Tooth.

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Kataklysm Releases New Live Video

Canada's Kataklysm has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere a live video of the track, “At the Edge of the World,” taken from the band’s upcoming 2CD + 2DVD, "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined."

Check out the live performance, taken from the DVD portion of the commemorative 20th anniversary set, through Noisecreep.com or in the player below.

"The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" is slated to be released on July 3rd in North America and July 6th in Europe via Nuclear Blast. The package will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials depicting the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Kataklysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival. More...

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Saint Diablo To Release New Album

Spawned from Central Virginia, hardcore/metal act Saint Diablo is set to release a new album, entitled "Saint Diablo," on July 10th, 2012. The new record is the third full-length from the band and is being released through Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Scum of the Earth).

“This new CD, Saint Diablo, is a combined effort of so many wonderful people. We have such an awesome group of investors, supporters, handlers, and producers behind the curtain that I see this CD as just the BEGINING of the future,” states vocalist Tito Quinones. “For example, we have always done bilingual music and blended multi-cultural aspects of rock, metal, and groove; but this time we are also doing entirely Spanish versions of some if our most favorite tunes. We did this to expand our musical horizons, make new fans in countries and cultures that would otherwise have language barriers, and to have fun.”

The band is set to head out on a tour of several U.S. states with Slaves of Dope, running from July 24th in Rochester, NY to August 14th in Poughkeepsie, NY. Before and after the tour, the band has booked several additional east coast tour dates, including stops in Baltimore, MD, Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA and more. See below for all current tour dates.

“Tour, I love being on tour! That's our life blood,” adds guitarist Justin Adams. “Being on stage and performing for our fans is the grass roots of what we do. The energy, the smell, the taste of being in a packed room with a bunch of metal crazed fans, who wouldn't want to be a part of that?! The interaction of the fans and meeting new people and hearing their stories all over the country… that's what I look forward to on tour. It's about the brotherhood of living in a van with your band mates and the experiences, things you have to overcome.” More...

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Unpure, Watain Have Gear Stolen In Gothenburg

Swedish act Unpure has announced that the band's minivan was broken into at the Hotel Quality Panoramas parking lot in Gothenburg after the Metaltown festival. The band's equipment, along with gear from Watain and Degial, was stolen after the windows were broken out of the van. According to a press release, the following equipment was taken:

Gibson flying V (Black with white pickguards)
Ibanez Iceman (Black)
Shure Wireless
Effect pedals
Pearl demon pedals
Personal luggage

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the stolen gear, please contact Unpure via the band's Facebook profile.

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Spineshank Releases New Music Video

Grammy nominated alt-metal act Spineshank has released the new album "Anger Denial Acceptance" today, the band's first studio album in nearly a decade. The band has also teamed up with Loudwire.com to premiere a new music video for "Nothing Left For Me." Check out the video here or in the player below.

"The 'Nothing Left For Me' video is the first video that we have ever done that truly captures the energy of the band and emotion behind the song," says drummer Tommy Decker of the clip. "The video ends in a very dark place that really represents the lyrical content of the song." The album's track listing is as follows:

01. After The End
02. Nothing Left For Me
03. Anger Denial Acceptance
04. I Want You To Know
05. Murder Suicide
06. The Endless Disconnect
07. I Am Damage
08. Ploratio Morbus
09. Everything Everyone Everywhere Ends
10. The Reckoning
11. God Complex (Anger)
12. Motive Method Opportunity (Denial)
13. Exit Wounds (Acceptance) More...

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In This Moment Reveals Album Details

After revealing the cover artwork and title track for new album "Blood," In This Moment has now announced the album's track listing, which can be found below. Century Media Records also commented:

"The countdown is on...less than two months to go for the North American release of In This Moment's forthcoming album, BLOOD. Well in advance, the band is excited to be able reveal the brand new album cover and the album's complete track listing.

"The first single from the new album, also entitled 'Blood,' has just gone for adds at Active Rock Radio and is now available for purchase at all online retailers. The title track showcases the intense vocals, relentless guitars, deeply personal lyrics and driving rhythms for which the band has come to be known. BLOOD is due out in North America on August 14th and is produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch); the album is the band's fourth for longtime label Century Media Records.

"In other In This Moment news, the band has been confirmed for this year's Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival kicking off in August. Prior to that, they will head out on an extensive trek of North America later this month. This run will include headlining dates, as well as support slots with Papa Roach and later with Shinedown and Adelita's Way. Please see below for the itinerary.

"In This Moment was formed in 2005 and have released three full length albums to date, selling over a quarter of a million records in the US alone. They've cracked the Top 40 Active Rock charts and have appeared on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, as well as Warped and Ozzfest tours. Frontwoman Maria Brink was recently named Revolver's Hottest Chick in Metal. In This Moment is: Maria Brink (vocals), Chris Howorth (lead guitar), Randy Weitzel (rhythm guitar), Travis Johnson (bass) and Tom Hane (drums)."

In This Moment BLOOD track listing:
1. Rise With Me
2. Blood
3. Adrenalize
4. Whore
5. You're Gonna Listen
6. It Is Written
7. Burn
8. Scarlet
9. Aries
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
12. Comanche
13. The Blood Legion
14. 11_11 More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:

"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.

"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.

"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...

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Dirge Within Shooting New Video

Chicago heavy metal quintet Dirge Within will film a music video for “Memories,” the first single off the band's sophomore release, "There Will Be Blood," today with local director Peeler.

Commented guitarist Shaun Glass, “The video has a very cool storyline as well as some exciting new elements; we think it will blow people’s minds. We couldn’t be more pumped to be filming in our hometown with such a cool, talented director.”

“Memories,” as vocalist Jeremy “Jerms” Genske explains, is one of the more emotional tracks on "There Will Be Blood," as it addresses the sensitive subject of losing someone close to you.

“For me the song is about the loss of one of my old friends to suicide - the fact that it came out of nowhere when it happened, and how it still lives with me,” said Genske. “But the beautiful part about it is that it’s open to individual interpretation. Anyone can take their own feeling from it.”

Stay tuned for the “Memories” music video in the coming weeks. While Dirge Within gears up to launch its first music video from "There Will Be Blood," the band has also revealed that it has been forced to drop off the run on Shockwave Festival 2012.

“We would like let all know that due to reasons beyond our control we will not be at Shockwave 2012 tour,” said Glass. “We will have updates on new dates soon. And to all the hometown fans, don’t forget about next Monday’s [June 25th] show with Hellyeah at the House of Blues in Chicago!”

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Devourment Recording New Album

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about Devourment recording a new full-length album:

"Devourment, the most brutal death metal band on the planet, has entered the studio to record the highly anticipated new album and first for new label, Relapse Records. The band is tracking at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, FL with legendary death metal icon Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL). The album promises to be the band's heaviest, most crushing release to date and will see an early 2013 release. Tentative song titles include 'Fucked With Rats' and 'Fifty Ton War Machine.'"

Devourment frontman Mike Majewski commented on the upcoming record, “This will be the deepest album we have done for sure. Definitely expect the intensity, but also more thought out song structures. I would say a bit of a throwback to old school brutal bands, but with the signature Devourment elements.”

Further album details will be announced as they are made available. You can also stay up to date on Devourment over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Ninth Moon Black Streaming New Album

Ninth Moon Black is a 5 piece instrumental band from the Pacific Northwest, conjuring musical influences from the realms of psychedelic, ambient, and post metal. The band has now released a new album titled "Chronophage," which is available for streaming through bandcamp or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Aware that instrumental music is not for everyone, NMB strives to write pieces which challenge that boundary, keeping listeners involved with intricate melodic passages, emotionally driven progressions and cohesive yet uniquely structured songs.

"Writing and performing music that is very cinematic in nature, Ninth Moon Black aims to create an experience for the listener, often showing self-produced experimental films, or providing an epic soundscape for visual odysseys such as Begotten, Decasia and Man With A Movie Camera.

"Since the release of their 2008 self-titled debut, NMB has shared the stage with bands such as Middian, Melt Banana, Indian, Earth, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Dead Meadow and Ludicra. In 2009, they provided West Coast tour support for Wolves In The Throne Room and Minsk.

"January of 2011 saw the kickoff of a college radio campaign with Team Clermont for their follow up EP Kalyug, which debuted on the CMJ Loud Rock chart at #31. It was the only self-released album on the chart that week and continued to hold various positions for the duration of the campaign. Kalyug also debuted on the CMJ Loud Rock Select albums chart at #58, and the track 'Kalyug' charted on CMJ's Loud Rock Select Tracks chart at #87. More...

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Now, Voyager Streaming Entire EP

Brussels based act Now, Voyager has posted the entire "Seas" EP online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below or over at bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Surface
2. Seas
3. To Every Beginning
4. Foundations
5. Tabula Rasa More...

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Death To All Tour Postpones Atlanta, Dallas Dates

The Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia dates of the Death To All tour. The Death To All tour is a five-city tour featuring a majority of DEATH’s amazing musicians, as well as special guests to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.

The tour features such ledgendary musicians as Gene Hoglan, Sean Reinert, Steve DiGiorgio, Scott Clendenin, Paul Masvidal, Shannaon Hamm and Bobby Koelble, with a vocal assault from Steffen Kummerer and Charles Elliott.

Here's the official announcement:

It is with regret that we have to postpone the Atlanta and Dallas dates for Death To All 2012, but there is a good side. Many things have led us to this point including very low ticket sales, issues with opening bands being available and several other factors. We are very sorry to all of the DEATH fans this has caused an inconvenience and wish things could have been different. We did everything in our power to avoid this situation, but in the end the choice had to be made. The good news is that we are working to re-schedule these dates for early next year, and if possible, add more dates surrounding them in new cities! Please hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored.

The current Death To All tour dates are now as follows:

6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
7/01/2012 – Atlanta – Postponed
7/03/2012 – Dallas – Postponed

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Every Time I Die Releases New Music Video

Every Time I Die has unveiled a new video for the song “I Suck (Blood),” from the band’s latest album "Ex Lives." According to a press release, the clip features obsessive stalking, voyeurism and plays provocatively with the notion of victimhood. Check out the video clip below.

"Ex Lives" was produced by heavy rock producer Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Parkway Drive) and is the band’s follow-up to the 2009 breakthrough "New Junk Aesthetic." Fans can witness Every Time I Die’s live show when the band storms the annual Van’s Warped Tour this summer. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Thraenenkind Reveals New Album Details

Post-black metal act Thraenenkind, which features bassist Nathanael from Heretoir, has announced the band's new album will be titled "The Elk." Nathanael commented:

"Besides the new singer Nils (Fäulnis, Ophis), Torsten of Agrypnie and myself have done vocals on this great release - expect something different from the older material but yet something very melodic, mature and absorbing."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Monument
2. Just another way of expressing defeat
3. The king is dead
4. My transparent heart
5. Today, the sea (Anja's song)
6. Deleting those three words
7. Eternal youth
8. Silence is everything
9. Seven dead horses
10. Forest
11. This story of permanence
12. The elk

The following press release was also issued about the album: More...

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Amorphis Announces Acoustic Show

Finnish metal act Amorphis has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming acoustic show in Finland:

"On July 1st, Amorphis will play an acoustic show in Sammatti (Lohja, FI). The venue of this special performance is the yard of Paikkari cabin at Sampomäki - birthplace of Elias Lönnrot, the father of the Kalevala.

"The event will be moderated by poet/performance artist Pekka Kainulainen, also known as the lyricist of the latest three Amorphis albums.

"Tickets are available at the gates or may be ordered in advance from sampoyhdistys@gmail.com at a price of € 10 (free entry for children under 16 accompanied by a parent)."

Amorphis will be performing in support of the band's latest album "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here). More info on the show is available (in Finnish) over at this location.

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Fragments Of Unbecoming Finishes Recording Album

Fragments of Unbecoming has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording process for a new album:

"Hey out there, we've finished the recordings for our upcoming silverling 'The Art of Coming Apart.' The songs are an awesome piece of Swedish death metal! By the end of this month the mixing will be finished and afterwards it will be mastered by Dan Swanö!!

"We will have a little surprise to be revealed in a few days regarding a pre-album release. But enough information for now, stay tuned and come to the upcoming show in Bammental.

"Fragments of Unbecoming will perform 2 songs from 'The Art of Coming Apart.' Follow us on Facebook for more (often posted) information!"

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Revoker Posts Video Tour Diary

U.K. act Revoker has posted a video tour diary online showcasing behind the scenes footage as the band tours in support of latest album "Revenge for the Ruthless." Check out the video clip below. You can also find Revoker's recently posted music video for "Psychoville" at this location.

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Savage Annihilation Reveals New Album Artwork

Savage Annihilation recently signed with Kaotoxin Records and will be releasing new album "Cannibalisme, Hérésie et Autres Sauvageries" on October 1st, 2012. You can check out a song from the album, titled "En état De Décomposition" over at this location.

Savage Annihilation has also now revealed the cover artwork, which is available after the jump. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. L'annihilation commence
2. Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines
3. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.1)
4. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.2)
5. Dévoré par l'humanité
6. La marche des exhumés
7. Dans un océan de putridité
8. En état de décomposition
9. Le soulèvement
10. Ouvrez la tombe des assoiffés de sang More...

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Trancemission Signs With Pure Rock Records

Legendary German metal band Trancemission, originally called Trance before a name change in 1989 and then again in at the turn of the century (after switching back to Tance in the '90's), has signed on with Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel. Trancemission can trace its roots back to 1977, releasing seven albums under Trance from 1982-1996 and and additional four under the current moniker, including the album planned for re-issue through Pure Rock entitled "Naked Flames." Originally released in 2011 through the now defunct LCP Records, "Naked Flames," is scheduled for re-issue this July (exact date not yet announced).

At the time of its original release, the track listing and cover art for "Naked Flames" was: More...

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August Burns Red Posts European Tour Teaser

August Burns Red will be headed off for a headlining European tour in October, which will feature support from Whitechapel and The Devil Wears Prada. The band has posted a video clip online discussing the upcoming dates. Check out the video below.

The dates for the run are as follows: More...

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Arkham Witch Sign With Metal On Metal Records

U.K. traditional/doom metal act Arkham Witch signed on with Italy's Metal On Metal Records. The band is currently working on its sophomore LP entitled "Legions of the Deep," which is scheduled for an October 2012 release date. The band's debut "On Crom's Mountain," was released last August through Barbarian Wrath Records.

Arkham Witch features Emily Ningauble (Drums) and Simon Iff? (Vocals) from the doom metal band The Lamp Of Thoth.

Metal on Metal had the following comments on the signing: "We met and saw Arkham Witch live when we went to the Doomsday festival in Wakefield, UK in February 2011. They instantly captured us with their incredibly catchy songs and the show that was pure mighty fun! We got their 2009 demo and later on their first album, which was a stellar piece of doomy heavy metal, so when they contacted us after their previous label closed, we eagerly offered them a deal."

For a taste of Arkham Witch, check out the player here:

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Ruined Soul Posts Music Video For "Rewind"

Swedish melodic death metal act Ruined Soul posted up a new music video for the song "Rewind." The song appeared on the band's 2010 debut LP "My Dying Day," which was issued through Suicide Records. The video was directed by René U. Valdes for Greenworks (www.greenworks.se).

Back in August 2010, the band also issued a music video for the title track, which can be viewed at this location.

Check out "Rewind" here:

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Eluveitie To Release 10th Anniversary Collection

Swiss folk masters Eluveitie will celebrate the band's 10th Anniversary this year by releasing a 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years" containing the debut full length "Spirit" along with the newly re-recorded version of the debut release/EP "Vên." The band are currently re-recording the EP with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a/k/a Tommy T. Baron) at Newsound Studio. "The Early Years" is slated for an August 17, 2012 release date through Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Chrigel Glanzmann commented on the release: " 'The Early Years' will give both old and new fans access to the very first steps in Eluveitie’s history. I can't believe it’s been ten years already! Speaking of that, to celebrate our ten year anniversary (2002-2012) we wanted to offer you something special. Therefore we have decided to re-record the tracks of our first EP Vên! We had a lot of fun putting those songs on tape again – some of which we have been playing live to this day and that have developed together with us over all these years."

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Gojira Streaming Entire New LP "L'Enfant Sauvage"

French metal act Gojira are streaming the entire new album "L'Enfant Sauvage" exclusively over at MusicRadar at this location. "L'Enfant Sauvage" is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012 (EU) and June 25, 2012 (North America) through Roadrunner Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Explosia
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall

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Vicious Rumors To Release Two New Albums, Tour

U.S. metal band Vicious Rumors announced that the band will return in to Europe this summer in further support of the latest LP "Razorback Killers." After the recent tour with HammerFall at the tail end of 2011, the band took time off from the road to work on new material. As a result, the band is currently working on two new albums for SPV/Steamhammer Records. More details on the two releases is expected soon.

The following tour dates are confirmed:

02.08.2012: NL-Eindhoven - The Rambler
03.08.2012: D-Munich - Garage
04.08.2012: I-Gradisca/Gorizia - CiaoLuca Festival
06.08.2012: SLO-Tolmin - Metalcamp
24.08.2012: Wörrstadt - Neuborn Open Air
01.09.2012: I-Ferrara - Maelstrom Metalfest IV

Additional dates are expected to be announced soon.

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The Chant Posts Second Trailer For New Album

Finnish act The Chant has posted a second trailer for the band's third LP, and first for Lifeforce Records, entitled "A Healing Place." The album is scheduled for release on August 14th, 2012 (North America) and August 20th, 2012 (EU) through the label. The first trailer can be viewed at this location.

The track listing for "A Healing Place" is as follows:

1. Outlines
2. Spectral Light
3. Riverbed
4. The Black Corner
5. Ocean Speaks
6. Distant Drums
7. My Kin
8. Regret

Check out the second preview clip here: More...

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Architects Posts "Taking On Arenas, Pt. I" Video

U.K. act Architects posted a video entitled "Taking on Arenas, Pt. I," showcasing the band's recent European tour with Rise Against and Touche Amore back in February 2012. The footage was shot and edited by Tom 'Walsh' Welsh for www.getdeluxe.com.

Check out the video here:

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Periphery Streams New Track "Scarlet"

Periphery is streaming the new song "Scarlet." The track appears on the new album, "Periphery II," which is set for release on July 3, 2012 through Sumerian Records. Samples from the entire release can be heard at Amazon.com.

Periphery is scheduled to perform on the Summer Slaughter starting July 20, 2012. For more information, head over to this location.

The track listing for "Periphery II" is as follows:

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 (streaming over at this location)
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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