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Metal News for June 19, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Elysian Blaze Issues Album Update

Mutatiis of Australian outfit Elysian Blaze has checked in with the following announcement about a follow-up to the "Blood Geometry" album:

"New album is progressing much slower than anticipated, however, it is moving in the right direction. It wont be ready until 2014. This album will not be 'Blood Geometry V.2.0', the overall composition of the new album will be very different.

"Personally I feel that this album will act more like a 'bridge' towards something greater in the future; 'Blood Geometry' summed up everything I was aiming for back in 2005, thus this new album will be my second debut album of sorts - a new beginning. Time to try new things, try new techniques and build new metaphysical structures towards the unknown; carving crafts out of sound and energy...

"In addition, there will be an exclusive Elysian Blaze track recorded very soon which will be featured on a very special and unique project -- this project will feature some prominent bands within the scene from around the world, a one of kind collaboration. Much work to be done."

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Wrath Of Vesuvius Posts Live Video

Wrath of Vesuvius has checked in with the following announcement about pushing back the release of the band's new "Revelation" album:

"Unfortunately, our new record is now going to be released on July 23rd. Here is our first live music video for you guys in the mean time. Please be patient with us and thank you for all the support!"

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Running Wild Pushes Back New Album

The original pirate metal outfit Running Wild was planning on releasing a new album this September, which follows 2012's "Shadowmaker" (reviewed here).

The band has now announced however that the as-yet-untitled new release is being pushed back. These are the current release dates:

Germany: October 4, 2013
Europe: October 7, 2013
US/Canada: TBA

Further details will be announced as they become available.

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Ides Of Gemini Posts New Music Video

Following a tour alongside cult sorcerers Ghost B.C., Los Angeles’ ethereal doom dealers Ides of Gemini today unveil a brand new video for the track "Starless Midnight" via Cvlt Nation. The ghostly tune comes by way of the trance-inducing trio’s "Constantinople" full-length, released through Neurot Recordings last Spring.

Check it out here or in the player below. Elaborates guitarist J. Bennett:

“We shot this video in the middle of nowhere during an off day on the Ghost B.C. tour. It was directed by our friend Daciana Birladeanu, a Romanian sorceress who also happens to be my cousin. The process basically consisted of me complaining for eight hours while the girls did all the work. But at least I got to wear my Shriner belt buckle. Enjoy!" More...

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Ghoul Posts "Americanized" Video

Today Metal Injection offers up the official premiere of “Americanized” as covered by splatterthrash death-wrought miscreants Ghoul.

The one-minute-forty-three-second surge of cinematic lunacy features head GWAR deviant Oderus Urungus as well as a host of eye-titillation in the form of blood, guns, burgers, rodeos, motorcycles, drugs, sheep fucking and more! Check it out here or in the player below.

Ghoul’s rampaging rendition of “Americanized” comes by way of the band's recently detonated covers EP, "Intermediate Level Hard-Core," available now digitally and on vinyl via Tankcrimes Records. The track listing is:

1. Americanized (GWAR cover featuring Oderus Urungus)
2. Blow Up the Embassy (Fearless Iranians From Hell cover)
3. E.M.S.&D. (Willful Neglect cover)
4. Propaganda Control (N.O.T.A cover)
5. Proud to be Creepsylvanian (Dayglo Abortions cover originally released as "Proud to Be Canadian") More...

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Final Trigger Streaming Full New Album

Canada's Final Trigger is now streaming the band's upcoming album "Skrap Metal Vol. II" via the band's YouTube channel here. You can also check out two songs from the release below.

The album is set for release on July 9th via Boonsdale Records and is the follow-up to the 2009 debut "Skrap Metal."

Over the years Final Trigger has toured as direct support for Mushroomhead across the USA, along with sharing the stage with such acts as Suicidal Tendencies, Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan, Protest The Hero, Baptized In Blood, Hail The Villain, Threat Signal, Slaves On Dope, Agent Orange, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, and more.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Face It
2. Through The Darkness
3. Knock Somebody Out
4. Just A Freak
5. Time I’ve Wasted
6. Everyday
7. T.H.C. More...

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Ihsahn/Serj/Devin Townsend Track Streaming

Remember that extremely unlikely collaboration we reported on back in April? The one that featured Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend? Well it's now online and available for streaming! Check out "We Are" in the player below.

The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. "We Are" is a charity track being released by non-profit label Revolution Harmony, with all proceeds being donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa

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Crystal Viper Seeking Fan Screams For New Album

Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper is working on a fifth studio album, which will have its premiere on December 13th via AFM Records. The band has now announced a surprise for fans: everyone can be a special guest on the new album! Crystal Viper comments:

"It seems people really enjoy concept albums we do, so our next release will be concept album as well, but more twisted you all can imagine! Inviting special guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for Crystal Viper, but this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most important for us, people who give us energy and strength to continue: our fans!

"Here's the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next Crystal Viper album! How to do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your Iphone, smartphone, computer, or any other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to mail@skolrecords.com - just type 'CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM' in the subject line, and don't forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the next Crystal Viper album as a special guest!"

Fans can submit their recordings until August 15th, 2013. For more info, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Bands To Design Custom Zippos For Uproar Festival

Zippo Encore has announced sponsorship of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival and will join the touring rock festival on the road in North America from August 9th through September 15th, 2013. Full dates for the Uproar tour are available after the jump.

The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival will include a lineup featuring Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive. The Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball will host performances from Walking Papers (with Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market.

A highlight of Zippo Encore’s Uproar involvement will be the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Zippo Encore Artist Custom Series program. Several bands on the tour will create custom lighters featuring their own unique designs. These lighters will only be sold at the Zippo booth at UPROAR shows.

In addition, fans can submit their own artwork for a chance to have their design become the official Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Zippo Lighter. The grand prize winner will receive two pit tickets to any Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival show of their choosing. The contest runs from now until August 2nd, 2013. Visit this location for full details and to enter the contest. More...

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Legion Debuts New Song "He Became Death"

Ohio metal outfit Legion has debuted a brand new song titled "He Became Death" off forthcoming LP, "Woke," due out July 30th, 2013. Check it out below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Fear
2. And Then, The Devil Said
3. Righteous Dictation
4. He Became Death
5. Priest
6. Disclosure of Sin
7. Kneel Before Order
8. Perverse Icon
9. B.R.F.
10. The Roach More...

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September Murder Streaming Full New Album

German extreme metallers September Murder have launched a full album stream of their new output "He Who Invokes Decadence." Check it out below.

The album was released on June 17th (Europe) and June 18th (worldwide) as an independent release. The follow-up to debut long player "Agony in Flesh" (2009 - Maintain Rec./Twilight Distribution) was produced by Jens Martinek at his Schmiedeberg 7 Studios in Rübeland, Germany and was mastered in early 2013 by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound Studios, Berlin.

The band comments on its decision for an independent output as follows: "Contrary to all options we decided to release the album by ourselves and not drop back within the march of time. During the last years, times and conditions have changed enormously and the chances for young and free artists to release their works were rarely as good as they are today. In the end, we just want to keep making music and bring it closer to our fans."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Under Severed Skies
2. Two Culprits, One Oath
3. Among Vultures
4. From Adoration...
5. ...To Deterrence
6. May Conviction Force Reckoning
7. In Celebration Of Mankind's Wretchedness 8. He Who Invokes Decadence More...

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Subscale Posts "Interception" Video

Subscale has posted a music video online for the track "Interception," taken from the band's debut album "The Last Submission," which which was released in March via Geenger Records and IDM music.

The "Interception" music video was shot and edited by SmartCube Productions in association with Subscalar Studios. Check it out below.

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Cycle Of Pain Working On EP, Video

New Jersey marauders Cycle of Pain, currently in studio working on a new EP, recently signed to Sliptrick Records.

The EP is due to hit the streets this summer and will see Cycle of Pain unleashing its brand of groovy, funk influenced heavy rock. A video featuring Don Jamieson from "That Metal Show" is also currently under production.

Cycle of Pain is:

John “JD” Deservio (Bass)
Joe Taylor (Lead Guitar)
Gregg Locascio (Vox, Guitar)
Bob Pantella (Drums)
Troy Cromwell (Keys)

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Mouth Of The Architect Streaming New Track

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of spine-crushing band Mouth of the Architect, and today Metal Sucks is hosting an exclusive premiere of the new song "Sharpen Your Axes." Check it out here or in the player below.

"Sharpen Your Axes" comes off new album "Dawning," due out on June 25th. The album's track listing is:

1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End (streaming here)
5. Patterns
6. The Other Son More...

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Dawn Of Tears Signs With Inverse, Posts Video

Inverse Records and Spanish melodic death metal band Dawn Of Tears have signed a new record deal. The band's upcoming album titled "Act III: The Dying Eve" will be released worldwide on September 20th, 2013.

A preview of the new album is now available in the form of the "Present of Guilt" video. Check it out below.

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Mammoth Grinder Streaming New Single

Texas firing squad Mammoth Grinder is preparing to unleash hell with a third LP, and first in nearly four years, with the crushing "Underworlds," scheduled for public execution via 20 Buck Spin on July 23rd.

Today Mammoth Grinder premieres a new track online titled “Paragon Pusher” through Invisible Oranges. Check it out here or in the player below. You can also find the band's upcoming tour dates after the jump. More...

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Black Tusk Posts "In Days Of Woe" Video

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk will release new EP "Tend No Wounds" on July 23rd via Relapse Records. The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. The artwork was created by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).

Today the band has teamed up with Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan for a premiere of the video for "In Days of Woe." Check it out here or in the player below.

Black Tusk has also announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer. They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and run through July 27th in Memphis, TN. Dates are available after the jump.

1. A Cold Embrace
2. Enemy of Reason
3. The Weak and the Wise
4. Internal/Eternal
5. Truth Untold
6. In Days of Woe More...

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Withem Inks Deal With Sensory Records

Sensory Records welcomes Norwegian progressive metal quintet Withem to the label’s roster, as the up-and-coming act prepares to release a debut full-length late this Summer. Sensory Records comments:

"Inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus, Withem formed in 2011, their music offering varied sonic landscapes for the listener to explore, whether with its elaborate interplay between all musicians or with straightforward power metal anthems.

"With a solid online fanbase and several stellar live performances in Oslo and beyond already under their belts, the band has completed their debut album which caught the ear of the prog aficianados at Sensory/The Laser’s Edge, who immediately brought the band on board for the release of the new opus. More...

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Chimaira Releases New Music Video

Chimaira has debuted a brand new music video for the single "No Mercy" today. Vocalist Mark Hunter weighs in on the video:

"We are pumped to present the first official video for our new album 'Crown of Phantoms.' Directed by Cleveland native Patrick Finegan, 'No Mercy' is a ferocious, twisted, cerebral ride through hell and back. Enjoy the trip!"

"Crown of Phantoms" is due out July 30th, 2013. The album's track listing is:

1. The Machine
2. No Mercy
3. All That's Left Is Blood (streaming here)
4. I Despise
5. Plastic Wonderland
6. The Transmigration
7. Crown Of Phantoms
8. Spineless
9. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death More...

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Signum Regis Signs With Ulterium Records

Ulterium Records is proud to announce the signing of melodic metal band Signum Regis. The label comments:

"With their two previous albums 'The Eyes Of Power' (2010) and 'Signum Regis' (2008) they established themselves as highly respected band in the scene, especially with the diverse concept album 'The Eyes Of Power' that received great reviews from around the world. The singer on these two albums was no other than Göran Edman, known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum and many more.

"Signum Regis are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album entitled 'Exodus,' a concept album that will be released later this year. The difference between this album and the previous albums is that Signum Regis won't be fronted by one singer, but each track will feature different singers.

"Confirmed so far are Matt Smith [Theocracy], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen], Thomas Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald] and Göran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum]. More singers will be announced later on, as well as release dates, artwork etc."

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Kreator Reveals "Dying Alive" Track Listing

German thrash titans Kreator have announced the track listing for the band's upcoming live DVD/Blu Ray "Dying Alive," which will be released August 30th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

BluRay/DVD:
01. Intro: Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. From Flood To Fire
04. Enemy Of God
05. Phobia
06. Hordes Of Chaos
07. Civilization Collapse
08. Voices Of The Dead
09. Extreme Aggression
10. People Of The Lie
11. Death To The World
12. Endless Pain
13. Pleasure To Kill
14. Intro 2 - The Patriarch
15. Violent Revolution
16. United in Hate
17. Betrayer
18. Flag Of Hate
19. Tormentor
20. Outro/Credits

Bonus:
21. Behind The Dying (Documentary)
22. Phantom Antichrist Backstage Video
23. Phantom Antichrist Music Video
24. Civilization Collapse Music Video

CD 1
01. Intro: Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. From Flood To Fire
04. Enemy Of God?
05. Phobia
06. Hordes Of Chaos
07. Civilization Collapse
08. Voices Of The Dead
09. Extreme Aggression
10. People Of The Lie
11. Death To The World
12. Coma Of Souls (Intro)
12. Endless Pain
13. Pleasure To Kill More...

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Aborym Posts "Dirty" Music Video

Aborym has released a video clip for the title track off new album, "Dirty." The video deals with a "distressing and confusional situation, blurring the borderline between nightmares, memories and drug inducted hallucinations," according to director Alberto Falcone. Check it out below. Alberto Falcone also comments:

"At the first listening of 'Dirty' by Aborym, I got projected in a dark world, where I could see the worst of every human. My aim was to tell a distressing and confusional situation, blurring the borderline between nightmares, memories and drug inducted hallucinations.

"The Pub where the story is set becomes populated by different apathetic idiot savants, each and every of them isolated in their own desperation. The few interactions that exist between them turn tragically. And then there's Luna, who stands still and feels passively all that happens and surrounds her. It was a terrific experience to shoot this video and meet the band members of Aborym, especially because I'm a faithful fan since the release of Kali Yuga Bizzare." More...

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Eschatos Streaming "Hierophanies" Album

Latvian black metal band Eschatos released the "Hierophanies" album earlier this year, and now the full release is available for streaming online. Although formed only in 2012, the band unifies members form Latvian black metal teams Ocularis Infernum, Grondh, and Velna Krusti.

Get your daily dose of blackened mayhem in the widget below, or head over to Bandcamp here and name your own price for a digital copy. The track listing is:

1. Into Coherent Void 02:54
2. One That Divides The Time 06:35
3. Crusaders of Sodom 10:49
4. Hierophanies 01:38
5. Erset La Tari 09:09 More...

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Whitechapel Posts Tour Video

Whitechapel's has posted a brand new video update that offers a personal look into the band's lives on the road during the Asking Alexandria tour. Check it out below.

Fans can also subscribe to vocalist Phil Bozeman's channel, which focuses on gaming as well as responses to questions from fans, at this location and to guitarist Alex Wade's official YouTube channel here, which focuses on song play throughs, gear demos, and a home studio tour.

Whitechapel recently finished up a U.S. tour with Asking Alexandria in support of both most recent self-titled full-length album, and the re-issue of debut album "The Somatic Defilement." The band is currently enjoying some time at home before embarking on a European run that will see Whitechapel performing at Germany's Summerbreeze Outdoor Festival and Wacken Festival, UK's Bloodstock, and the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault Festival. More...

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Astral Display Releases "Ignorance" Video

Astral Display has released a music video off the band's latest album "Prometheus." Check out the "Ignorance" clip below, and the album's full track listing is:

1. Prometheus
2. Standing on Precipice (streaming here)
3. Voice Inside
4. Energetic Human Body
5. Power Within
6. People and Events
7. Ignorance
8. Out of Memory More...

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Ephemeros Signs With Seventh Rule

Portland, Oregon funeral doom ensemble Ephemeros is pleased to announce its unholy union with Seventh Rule Recordings for the impending unleashing of debut full-length, "All Hail Corrosion." The following press release was issued about the band:

"Formed in 2010, Ephemeros features members of Nux Vomica, Graves At Sea, Elitist, and Bastard Feast. Their All Hail Corrosion offering was tracked and mixed by Fester (Atriarch, Stoneburner) at Haywire Studios, mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering and offers up three diseased tracks in forty dismal minutes. Slow, depressive harmonies are punctuated by growled and chanted vocal tirades centered around the decay of humanity. Both physically and emotionally traumatic, Ephemeros will appeal to the black-souled fans of Mournful Congregation, Loss, and Asunder."

The track listing is: More...

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Vesperia Streaming Song From New Album

Canadian act Vesperia has checked in with the following update about streaming a song off the band's upcoming new album:

"You’ve been waiting patiently for almost a year since we announced that we began work on our new album An Olden Tale. NOW, here is the first single from that album! A song we like to call The Swordsman! And Canadians! Keep an eye out for some tour dates!"

The album's track listing is:

1. 1000 Years Ago
2. With Omens of Sorrow
3. Swordsman
4. Forsaken Shores
5. Huntress
6. To Times End We Ride
7. Bring Me Triumph
8. An Olden Tale
9. Home For A Rest (Spirit of the West cover)

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Rocksmith 2014 Edition Revealed At E3

A new edition of Rocksmith - the game that lets you plug in a real electric guitar to help you learn how to play - was featured at this year's E3 convention. In fact, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell was at Ubisoft's E3 booth showing off the all new Rocksmith 2014 Edition. The game will feature the Alice In Chains song "Stone" among many others.

Here's the Rocksmith 2014 trailer:

Session Mode is a new mode that was shown at E3. Exclusively in the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Session Mode allows you to jam with a customizable band that actively and dynamically responds to your playing.

Here's a video explaining Session Mode:

Rocksmith 2014 is due out this October 2013, sporting a new look, more flexible practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more. Rocksmith 2014 Edition will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and for the first time, Mac, and is backward compatible with your library from the original Rocksmith.

Here's the list of songs revealed for Rocksmith 2014 so far:

Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Alice In Chains - Stone
Bob Dylan - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
B'z - Ultra Soul
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
The Smashing Pumpkins - The Chimera

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James LaBrie Reveals First Song From New Album

Dream Theater’s Jame LaBrie is back with a powerful new studio album effort entitled "Impermanent Resonance," to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

The new album’s dynamic opening track, “Agony”, is now available for streaming at Metalhammer.co.uk or in the player below. James LaBrie comments about “Agony” as follows:

"I am completely over the top with 'Impermanent Resonance' and here is its first single, ‘Agony’. I am more than sure that you will be banging your head and your blood will be coursing through you like jet fuel. As far as I am concerned this is only a teaser to 11 other tracks that will take you for a dynamic and emotional ride. Crank this song and Raaaaaaaawk!”

Matt Guillory, LaBrie’s songwriting partner for over a dozen years now and keyboardist / background vocalist on “Impermanent Resonance” also adds: More...

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Pinkish Black Streaming "Razed To The Ground"

Fort Worth-based duo Pinkish Black is finally ready to announce the details for upcoming album and Century Media debut, "Razed to the Ground."

Due out September 17th in North America, "Razed to the Ground" was self-produced by Pinkish Black's own Jon Teague and Daron Beck, mastered by James Plotkin, and recorded at The Echo Lab with Matt Barnhart handling engineer duties.

For a preview of "Razed to the Ground," head over to NPR.org for the premiere of the album's title right here (you have to scroll down past the Kanye West bullshit).

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Mumakil Streaming "War Therapist"

Now just days from release, Mumakil's jackhammering third LP "Flies Will Starve" will hit the streets first thing next week via Relapse, out on June 25th in North America, preceded by release June 21st in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24th in the UK and abroad.

In an ongoing torrent of brutalizing propaganda, today the Swiss foursome shove another dose of ripping blastbeat treatment down your throats with the album’s third anthem “War Therapist." You can no schedule an appointment with your “War Therapist” via CVLT Nation here.

The previously posted "Death From Below" video is still available over at this location. You can also catch the band live:

6/21/2013 Fête de la musique 2013, stage Post Tenebras Rock - Geneva, Switzerland
6/28/2013 Moloko - Geneva, Switzerland *Flies Will Starve release party
7/05/2013 Obscene Extreme Festival 15 - Trutnov, Czech Republic
8/11/2013 Sylak Open Air Fest @ Stade Regis Perrin - St Maurice de Gourdans, France
8/30/2013 La Neuville @ Festival des arts bourrins 2013 - Chant d'Oisel, France

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DGM Posts "Trust" Music Video

Italian power/progressive act DGM posted a new music video for the song "Trust." The song is the second music video for the band's latest LP "Momentum." The album is available now via Scarlet Records. The previous video for "Reason" can be viewed over here.

"Trust" was was filmed at Domination Studios by Matteo Ermeti. Check it out here:

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Power Theory Announces New Bassist

Lineup changes continue for Pennsylvania metal act Power Theory, as the band announced that bassist Drew Foster would be departing the band due to the constraints and commitments of his job. Foster will continue to fill in for live shows when if there was a need and he would continue to work on the side project with guitarist BB Ballinger. The new bassist is Alan D'Angelo (Ex-Sleepy Hollow/Livesay).

The band's announcement reads as follows: "We are...very pleased to announce Alan D`Angelo (Livesay, ex-Sleepy Hollow) will be taking over duties as Power Theory bassist for Warriors of Metal IV - Open Air and the fall 'Metal Masters Tour' with Vicious Rumors, Leather Wolf, Seven Witches, and Power Theory's support role starting 10/03/13 in our home town, Philadelphia, and the forthcoming 'Driven By Fear' final recording sessions. Alan is a kick ass bass player and has great stage presence."

The band was forced to cancel its upcoming appearance in Delaware this weekend: "Unfortunately, we will have to cancel our 6/22/13 date with label mates Widow and good friends Infernal Opera at Mojo 13 in Wilmington, Delaware to prepare with Alan for our Warriors of Metal IV set in Ohio, on 6/29/13, but will attend to support the bands, and rest assured we will be in top form for our scheduled set at WOM IV."

Power Theory recently hired new vocalist Jeff Rose last month.

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Tungsten Axe To Release "Swedish Iron" Debut LP

Swedish traditional metal act Tungsten Axe will release the debut LP "Swedish Iron" on June 28th via Iron Shield Records with distribution through Pure Steel Records. The band was founded in 2009 and released a self-titled demo in 2011. However, one day eight tracks were added to the Tungsten Axe songbook and the visions of a full length started to take form.

A friend of the band who is heavily into analogue recording technique offered studio time and on November 16, 2012 the band recorded what would become "Swedish Iron." The 4-track promo demo with outtakes from the recording session was sent out to appropriate labels and bookers. The album was intended as a vinyl LP as the first priority, but strong support from Iron Shield Records came with an offer to release it as a CD, which fueled the band. According to the press release the album is a "rough, honest and unedited live recording with only vocals, guitar solos and sound effects added on."

The track listing for "Swedish Iron" is:

1. Prelude
2. Star of Mount Paekdu
3. Heavy Metal
4. Divided
5. Devil's Children
6. Swedish Iron
7. The Steel is Sacred
8. Elna K. Eriksson
9. Times More...

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Rock Opera Game

Members of MaYaN, Epica, HDK and DragonForce will partake in a new rock opera video game entitled "Karmaflow." A crowdfunding campaign for the release has been established with various per packages over at this location. The soundtrack to the game will feature a band and orchestra featuring the likes of vocalist Marc Hudson (Dragonforce), vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/L.M.O.), guitarist Sander Gommans (HDK/Ex-After Forever) and drummer Arien van Weesenbeck (Epica/MaYaN) and the Metropole Orchestra.

About the game: "Karmaflow is a third person puzzle/platform adventure, and the world's first rock opera video game! The game is aimed at immersion and experience, and brings a new take on the genre of "rock opera". We are pursuing to bring you a never seen (and heard) before experience through the medium of video game. In a rich fantasy setting, you take on the role of the Karmakeeper, who is responsible for maintaining the balance in different worlds. You will travel to these worlds and have to save the Guardian Spirits that live there, by finding and unlocking the long lost Karmaflows. Through puzzling, platforming and exploration, you will be treated to an extensive story told through interactive music. The Karmakeeper will gain new abilities while making his way through rich environments, and uses sources of Good Karma he can find in the world to drive out the Bad Karma that led to the Guardian Spirits' downfall." More...

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