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Metal News for June 25, 2012

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Monjas Con Atraso Streaming New Album

Chilean thrash band Monjas Con Atraso is streaming all thirteen tracks from its new full-length "Bastardo," which we have for you below. Monjas Con Atraso started out in 1998, releasing its first album in 2000, the EP "Calmantes" in 2005 and a live album a couple of years later. On Friday, July 6th, the band will be appearing with Los Bandoleros and Machuca at the Bar Santa Filomena in Barrio Bellavista, Santiago.

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Process Of Guilt Streaming New Album

Portuguese monolithic doom band Process Of Guilt is back three years after the release of "Erosion," re-emerging with "Faemin." That album is streaming over on Bandcamp, as well as in the player below. "Faemin" was mixed by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio Studios in New York and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago). Process Of Guilt describes the album as building upon five concise tracks, shorter than the band's usual standards, but overall with more intense delivery.

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SardoniS Streaming New Album

Heavy riffing Belgian instrumental duo SardoniS just released its new album "II," which is streaming over at Bandcamp. Also streaming on that page is the split that SardoniS did in May of this year with Tank86, for which it contributed the track "To the Barn!" The new release "II" is available through Hammerheart Records. Stream all seven songs from the new one below.

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Sleepy Hollow Releases "Bleed Steel" Video

Sleepy Hollow has released a new music video for "Bleed Steel," which was animated by David Ward of Warderie Productions and can be viewed in the player below. "Bleed Steel" is taken off the band's "Skull 13" album. You can also check out Sleep Hollow's previous video clip for "Spiral Effect" at this location.

The track listing for "Skull 13" is as follows:

1. Death of the Horseman
2. Facemelter
3. Black Passage
4. Bleed Steel
5. Rear Window
6. Inquisition
7. Epic (The Legend Retold)
8. Eternal Bridge
9. Misery Waltz
10. Spiral Effect
11. Midnight

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Exhumed Vocalist Joining "Death To All Tour"

Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey has been added as a special guest lead vocalist to the all-star studded Death To All Tour 2012. Matt Harvey will be joining drummers Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns/Symbolic) and Sean Reinert (Human), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (Human/Individual Thought Patterns) and Scott Clendenin (The Sound of Perseverance), guitarists Paul Masvidal (Human), Shannon Hamm (The Sound of Perseverance) and Bobby Koelble (Symbolic), and vocalist/label-mate Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn/Bereft.

Harvey replaced Obscura vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only 9 days to learn his entire set. Matt Harvey elaborates on the opportunity: “To say that I’m excited about hitting the stage with such amazing musicians would be a massive understatement. To say that I’m overwhelmed standing in Chuck’s spot singing his songs would be the understatement of the century. Phrases like ‘it’s an honor’ get tossed around pretty casually, but taking part in this unique celebration is truly exhilarating, humbling and magical for me. Even though the name of the band is Death, this event is a celebration of Chuck’s life and the vitality and staying power of his work. To be able to share what Death’s music has meant to me this way is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I am incredibly grateful to have.”

Additionally, the concert organizers commented on Matt’s involvement: “The guys in the band, as well as the organizers and crew, want you to know Matt has been killing it! We are all very thankful for his efforts and talent, being able to pull this off on such short notice.”

Death To All 2012 is presented by Sick Drummer Magazine/Grind Percussion LLC and Perseverance Holdings Ltd – In benefit of Sweet Relief. This five-city tour will feature a majority of Death’s amazing musicians, as well as special guests. This tour is 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. A complete run of dates including Exhumed’s upcoming run on The Summer Slaughter tour is listed below.

Death to All Tour Tribute 2012
6/26/2012 House of Blue – Chicago, IL
6/28/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
6/30/2012 The Beacham – Orlando, FL More...

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Born Of Osiris Covers System Of A Down

Born of Osiris has posted a lyric video online for the band's cover of "Science," originally taken from System of a Down's "Toxicity" album. Check out the song in the video clip available below.

You can also catch Born of Osiris live on this year's edition of the Van's Warped tour. Full details on the tour are available at this location.

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Unearthing The Genre-Blending Metal Underground

The big name metal bands may get most of the spotlight, but Metallica and Black Sabbath are just the tip of the heavy iceberg. Every week we search out and share lesser known or unsigned acts that deserve to be heard by a wider audience. For today’s edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground you’ll get a dose of metal that bucks specific trends and expresses a heavy sound in unexpected ways.

For all the focus on rebellion and the disdain for conformity, heavy metal is undeniably a style of music that breaks down into very regimented genres – black metal, thrash, grindcore, etc. There tends to be a rigid confinement that bands are expected stay within when creating music, and stepping outside those boundaries either leads to derision by hordes of anonymous Internet posters, or the formation of yet another sub-genre.

While there’s a whole division of metal devoted to ignoring those boundaries (prog and avant-garde), some bands simply blur the lines between styles naturally and don’t easily fit in one recognizable category. Breaking the strictures set down by the worldwide conclave of elitist metalheads , these three bands start with a standardized form of metal and then head in unexpected directions that set them apart and make them unique.

Germ

The solo band from Tim Yatras of Austere and Woods of Desolation, Germ is a project that exudes a pure love of music, no matter where the sonic inspiration originally comes from. Starting out with a highly atmospheric form of black metal using totally indecipherable vocals, the act then blends in shades of rock and other mainstream elements, including the use of clean singing. Going even a step further, the new album “Wish” mixes in trance and electronic elements, at times sounding almost like an ‘80s movie soundtrack. In a nod to the black metal roots, there is a bit of a lo-fi aura filtering everything, and the harsh vocals screech out from the background, just barely breaking out of the surrounding noise.

What’s interesting about Germ is that its particular blend of these styles rarely sounds like anything else out there. The collision of trance and black metal sounds essentially nothing like Nachtmystium’s forays into similar territory, and it also never falls into any resembling the dance metal or dubstep collaborations that have become par for the course lately.

For a condensed look at this intriguing mixup, check out the four minute track “Asteroid of Sorrow” below, or for a longer float down the cosmic highway that is Germ, instead dive headfirst into the 10 minute sublime ride “An Overdose on Cosmic Galaxy.” To check out more from Germ, head over to the band’s Facebook profile.

“An Overdose on Cosmic Galaxy”
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Corrosive Carcass Releasing New Album

Swedish death metal band Corrosive Carcass will finally release its debut album "Composition of Flesh" via Abyss Records on June 29th. This first release is long time in coming for the band, which started out in 2004 and released its first demo, "Rot.In.Pieces" in 2009. Below in the player you can stream ten of the thirteen tracks from Corrosive Carcass' new album. The tracklisting and cover art follow below.

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King Diamond Answers Fan Questions

King Diamond has posted a video clip online of drummer Matt Thompson answering fan-submitted questions. The video, recorded before the Summer festival season during rehearsals in Vejle, can be viewed below.

You can also check out recently posted footage of King Diamond holding a press conference at the Sweden Rock Festival here.

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Marasmus Streaming New Song

Marasmus just recently unveiled its newest album, "Mountains of the Dead," via Disgorge Media and the Kansas City death metal merchants have now unleashed another track. Hails and Horns has been streaming a couple of the new songs, most recently the track "Shut the Fuck Up and Die," which we have for you below along with the tracklisting and cover art of "Mountains of the Dead."

Among the Deceased
Modes of Vitriol
Gnostic Decimation
Bone Sculpture
Another Helpless Victim
Shut the Fuck Up and Die
Casket Made of Ivory
Syphilitic
Behold the Mountain
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Heaving Earth To Release New EP

Czech Republic metal act Heaving Earth has issued the following announcement about supporting Marduk and recording new material:

"Heaving Earth is confirmed to support Immolation/Marduk on Serpent Sermon tour! We will play shows from 30. 8. - 23. 9 and then last 4 shows of the tour (11. 10. - 14. 10.).

"We can't wait to share stage with one of the greatest and so influential bands in history of hellishly extreme music.

"More than that, we have just returned from studio Davos (Vyskov, Czech rep.) where we have recorded 2 new infernal hymns of pure hate and suffering.

"Songs will come out as EP entitled Redemption Ablaze (12 min. of music) and will be available for sale on tour with Immolation/Marduk!"

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Downspirit Reveals "Bulletbroof" Details

Downspirit, the heavy rock band formed by ex-Symphorce/ex-Freedom Call guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for new album "Bullet Proof."

1. Greed
2. Life After her
3. Get the F*** Up
4. The Wish
5. Human Gift
6. Are you Proud?
7. Hellyeah
8. Overload
9. Gotta Get Away
10. What a Way to Die
11. I'm a Survivor
12. The Look More...

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Devin Townsend Project Posts Live Clip

Renowned multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend has now released his new DVD box-set, "By A Thread - Live in London 2011," via HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. To give fans yet another glimpse of the box-set's contents, the Devin Townsend Project has premiered a video clip of "Planet Of The Apes" (taken from the "Deconstruction" performance) on Metalhammer.de here. You can also check out the clip below.

A previously posted video from the DVD is available 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. In addition to the 4 DVDs and 5 CDs, the deluxe edition of "By A Thread - Live in London 2011" also includes an exclusive 7" with take 2 of the track "Coast" (Devin's hand-drawn etching is on the B-side), plus an autographed and numbered collector's certificate of authenticity. More...

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The Contortionist Shoots Two New Music Videos

The Contortionist shot a music video over this past weekend for the tracks "Casualty" and "Dreaming Schematics" with directing team KOTK Productions in North Carolina. A still shot from the shoot can be seen below.

The news comes on the heels of a recently announced headlining tour with Jeff Loomis presented by Metalsucks, with additional sponsorship from Royal Family Clothing and Guitar World Magazine.

Kicking off in Indianapolis, IN, dates will run through July and August. Support will come from Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes. The band will also be featured on a handful of dates in this year's Summer Slaughter Tour.

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

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Tankard Posts Music Video Teaser Trailer

German alcoholic thrash metal act Tankard has posted some behind-the-scenes footage from the group’s upcoming music video for the track “A Girl Called Cerveza.” Check out the clip below, and stay tuned for the official music video to be released on July 9th.

"A Girl Called Cerveza," Tankard’s 30th Anniversary album, will be released on July 31st via Nuclear Blast Records. 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) More...

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Mnemic Posts Bizarre Track-By-Track Commentary

"Mnemesis," the fifth studio album by Danish modern metallers Mnemic, is now available in North America and guitarist/songwriter Mircea Gabriel Eftemie’s mind is all over the place.

Bored with the standard fare of “track-by-track” commentaries, this crazy Dane decided to have a little fun and headed down to his friend ex-Hatesphere/Raunchy drummer Morten Toft Hansen’s house for some dinner and a game of word association. Eftemie read him the Mnemesis track names, recorded Morten’s responses, and then did a word association on his word association. The results are below.

Track 01, “Transcend”= Meditation = "StegtFlæsk med persille sovs." I have no idea what that’s called in English, but it’s a great Viking dish.

Track 02, “Valves” = Heart Surgery = Keep working out with metal music in your ears and stop eating junk food.

Track 03, “Junkies On The Storm” = Face-Eating Drug Addicts = Never judge.

Track 04, “I’ve Been You” = Peter Frampton’s “I’m In You” (Live) = Great haircut.

Track 05, “Pattern Platform” = The International Space Station = Mass data acquisition.
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Baroness Posts More New Album Making-Of Footage

The second behind-the-scenes clip from Baroness's recording of "Yellow & Green" is available now via Paste Magazine. You can check out the video clip below to find personal insights from the band on the expanded musical palette present on the new album.

"We knew change was coming," singer/guitarist John Baizley says at the clip opens, with the band members addressing the freedom they felt during the recording of the double-disc album. The six-minute video focuses on the recording of "March to the Sea," which was recently released as an iTunes single. A stream of the song is available here.

"Yellow & Green" will be released via Relapse Records on July 17th.

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Geoff Tate Signs With InsideOut Music

Geoff Tate, who recently split with Queensryche, has signed a worldwide recording contract with InsideOut Music.

"I'm very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music," says Tate of his multi-album deal. "They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available."

The following press release was also issued by InsideOut:

"As the frontman of Queensryche, Geoff Tate has sold more than 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. The band's landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust their unique social consciousness, expertly crafted lyrics and progressive style into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered the band to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles 'Silent Lucidity' and 'Jet City Woman.'

"By the time Queensryche released Promised Land in 1994, Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind progressive metal's most innovative force in mainstream music. Queensryche have released 12 studio albums, with one of their most overlooked gems being American Soldier in 2009, Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans." More...

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Ektomorf Announces New Album Details

Hungarian act Ektomorf will release new album "Black Flag" on August 31st, 2012. The cover artwork and track listing are available below, and Ektomorf also commented:

“To make 'The Acoustic' album was a great experience for Ektomorf. I’m still very happy with what we created and I want to thank all Ektomorf fans for supporting us. But now with the new album we go back to the heavy stuff. The tons-of-bricks sound that is typical Ektomorf, but with a few surprises here and there. The new album will be entitled 'Black Flag' and is set to be released on August 31st."

01 War Is My Way
02. Unscarred
03. The Cross
04. Cut It Out
05. Black Flag
06. Private Hell
07. 12 Angels
08. Enemy
09. Fuck Your God
10. Never Surrender
11. Sick Love
12. Feel Like This
13. Kill It
14. The Pretender (bonus track) More...

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Project Pain Streaming New Album

Project Pain has now released the band's new album "I Have Sinned," and all 10 tracks are currently available for streaming and free download. Check out the release via bandcamp or in the player available below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. False Prophet
2. Retribution
3. W.O.D.
4. I Have Sinned
5. Thrashopolis
6. Canister (instrumental)
7. Embrace Death
8. Hatred
9. House Of Pain
10. Silent But Deadly More...

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Necrophagia Announces Return Of Keyboardist

U.S. gore metal act Necrophagia has issued the following announcement about the return of keyboardist Mirai Kawashima:

"It has been confirmed that Necrophagia's upcoming release 'WhiteWorm Cathedral' will feature the return of Mirai Kawashima on keyboards/synthesizer. Both Killjoy and Mirai stated that really miss working together. The keyboards will be Mirai's most horrific and chilling yet!"

You can also check out an umixed song from the new "WhiteWorm Cathedral" album, titled "Hexen Nacht," in the player below. More...

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Eskimo Callboy Releasing Debut Album

"Bury Me In Vegas," the debut album from German electro-metallers Eskimo Callboy, is out now in the U.K. and a North American release is set to follow on September 11th, 2012. Eskimo Callboy issued the following statement:

"Party with us until your nose is bleeding! We're so stoked to have our debut album released in the UK. So, go and get it, then let us know what you all think about it! And hopefully we'll meet at a future show in Great Britain - we're going to try to do some shows over there this year - whether you want to ask for your money back or to dance and mosh the shit out of the floor!"

"Bury Me In Vegas" features 11 tracks with a mix of brutal modern metal and anthemic dubstep/electro. The full track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Bury Me in Vegas
02. The Kerosene Dance
03. Internude
04. Is Anyone Up
05. Wonderbra Boulevard
06. Legendary Sleeping Assault
07. Light the Skyline
08. 5$ Bitchcore
09. Transilvanian Cunthunger
10. Muffin Purper-Gurk
11. Snow Covered Polaroids

You can also check out the music video for "Is Anyone Up" in the player available below. More...

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Bloodshot Dawn Posts Music Video Teaser

U.K. act Bloodshot Dawn has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Godless" video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Here it is guys! The trailer for the upcoming music video for 'Godless!' Filmed by Jordan of Dead Parrot Productions! Let us know what you think! RISE, STRIVE, ETERNALLY GODLESS!"

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Speedwolf And Witchaven Announce U.S. Shows

Speedwolf and Witchaven will be heading off for the "A Ride With Death in the West" tour this coming July. The tour poster can be found here, and the dates are as follows:

Mon, July 9th - Salt Lake City, Utah - Burt's Tiki Lounge (21+)
Tue, July 10th - Boise, Idaho - The Shredder
Wed, July 11th - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Fortune Sound Club*
Thu, July 12th - Seattle, Washington - El Corazon
Fri, July 13th - Portland, Oregon - Revelations of Death Fest
Mon, July 16th - Reno, Nevada - Ground Zero
Tue, July 17th - Oakland, California - Eli's Mile High
Wed, July 18th - Reseda, California - Weber's Place
Thu, July 19th - Los Angeles, California - 5 Star Bar (21+)
Fri, July20th - San Diego, California - The Shakedown(21+)
Sat, July 21st - Phoenix, Arizona - Inner City Youth Center
Sun, July 22nd - Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Launchpad

*witchaven will not be performing at the Vancouver date. Additional info on the run of shows is available via the tour's Facebook event page.

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Stratovarius Posts Video Introducing New Drummer

Stratovarius recently announced the recruitment of new drummer Rolf Pilve, who is taking over after the departure of Jörg Michael. The band has now posted a video clip online introducing Rolf, which can be viewed below.

Vocalist Timo Kotipelto commented on the addition of the new drummer: "Although the competition was fierce, Rolf was clearly the best one of the bunch. His precise playing, sureness and right attitude was there right away. He has an astonishing technique and to top that of he has a very musical way of playing, so he can bring something of his own into our old songs as well. Rolf has played a variety of different styles of metal, so fast tempos or more progressive parts will not be a problem. Whatever songs we might compose in the future – I have no doubt that he will be able to play them. He had to be a really good player, but also a nice guy. We were not looking for a Jörg Michael clone."

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This Is Hell Issues Road Report

This is Hell's Rick Jimenez has posted a new road report online through Property of Zack. An excerpt from the band's new tour blog follows:

Well for as good as the last three shows with Unearth were, the first three shows of our summer North American “GREAT AMERCAN THRASH” tour were fucked up. I bet only 1 out of 100 people get where that tour name came from and can appreciate how and why it’s so radical… the others are missing out.

Anyway, first show in northern PA, you know what that means? That’s right, more goddamn traffic. Once we finally arrived at the venue, we met up with Xerxes and bullshitted for a little while like you do with new tourmates, lifted some weights like you do when you’re in This is Hell, and then played the show to a crowd that would have been fine in a small venue but not completely right for the medium/large size one. Those in attendance still had a good time and got down so it was still fun enough. Ever have one of those days where nothing seems comfortable and therefor prohibits you from performing a task properly? That’s how I felt while actually playing. My recently serviced guitar felt fucked, then my strap felt too small, then too big, then the amp sounded weird… whatever. Just a strange feeling. Taking advantage of location, we went to a Wawa and ate away our sorrows before crashing at Scuzz’ parents place in the woods.
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Jeff Loomis Recording New Songs

Guitarist Jeff Loomis will be entering the recording studio this week to record three new songs. According to touring guitarist and vocalist Joe Nurre, “Jeff and I have collaborated musically on 2 of the songs, and I have lyrics and vocals written for the 3rd.”

Touring drummer Anup Sastry will be playing the drums, and producer Aaron Smith will be recording and mixing. Apparently, Loomis will be going back to his roots. The former Nevermore guitarist played in a few death metal bands when he previously resided in Wisconsin as a teenager. “The vocals will be more aggressive and death metal-type.” Nurre explained.

There are plans to release the recordings digitally sometime in July, with samples of songs to be available beforehand.

Nurre added, “We will be playing some of these songs on our upcoming tour with The Contortionist. Jeff starts tracking on Tuesday.”

Details on the upcoming tour dates with The Contortionist, Chimp Spanner, and 7 Horns 7 Eyes can be found at this location.

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Passage Working On New Album

Quebec's doom metal outfit Passage has checked in with the following update about working on a second album:

"The recording of the second Passage album will continue in the Fall, Luc will record his drum parts.

"Actually many projets keep us very busy, among others the recording of the third Moonlyght album 'Return to Desolation' this Summer and a lot of new Sorcier Des Glaces material too. Luc is also busy with Manslaughter Project.

"But we can tell that it is worth the wait! The new Passage album is filled with a sombre melancholy and it will be more doomy than our debut album..." More...

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Circle Of Contempt Issues EP Update

Finnish act Circle of Contempt is currently in the process of working on an upcoming new EP, and the band has now posted a brief video teaser online. Check out the footage of guitarist Risto-Matti Toivonen working on new material in the player available below, or find more info on Circle of Contempt at the band's Facebook profile here.

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This Or The Apocalypse Signs With eOne Music

Lancaster, PA natives This Or The Apocalypse have signed a deal with eOne Music for North and South America. "On behalf of This or the Apocalypse Enterprises, I'm proud to let everyone know that our new American home is located at eOne Music. Please make a note on all outgoing packages. Honestly, I couldn't believe we would be making one signing announcement, so the third feels pretty surreal. It's humbling and a reminder that hard work pays off," says vocalist Ricky Armellino.

This will be the band's first release since "Haunt What's Left," produced by Josh Wilbur and Lamb Of God's own Chris Adler in 2010.The band is on tour with Norma Jean and will head over to China for a short batch of dates, click here for more info. The following press release was also issued by eOne Music:

"Originally releasing debut record 'Monuments' in 2007, the band has not slowed down since. With a few dozen tours under their belt with bands like We Came as Romans, Periphery and Born of Osiris the band is hardly new to the hands-on approach. Things like giving lessons while on tour and actively taking a role in their day to day is what sets This Or The Apocalypse apart.

"This or the Apocalypse is: Rick Armellino (Vocals), Jack Esbenshade (Guitar), Matthew Marcellus (Bass/Vocals) and Rodney Phillips (Guitar/Vocals)."

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Kamelot Vocalist Comments On Joining The Band

Kamelot recently announced the recruitment of new vocalist Tommy Karevik. Tommy has now checked in with the following statement about joining the band:

"I am truly happy to finally get to write these words to you...

"It is with great respect I look at the things Kamelot has achieved over the years, both in terms of songwriting and when it comes to reaching out to the heart of the listener. Changing a singer is always a big thing for a band and even more so when you had a singer like Roy.

"But although I am humble before the task ahead, I am also strongly confident in the new material and in the future to come! I am so honored to now be a part of the family and I can't wait to move into the new era of the band together with the guys. You can rest assured I will give it my all!

"From this day, a new journey has begun and I am really eager to meet you all along the way to share with you my passion for this music.

"I believe in this so thank you for believing in me! All the love / yours sincerely,

"Tommy Karevik"

You can also check out a recently posted video update from Kamelot's time in the studio working on a new album here.

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Kingcrow Finishes Recording New Album

Italy's Kingcrow has completed the recordings for a new album titled “In Crescendo.” A video clip for the song “Morning Rain” is also now in the works, which is being directed by Mauro Marani in collaboration with Devilnax.

The "In Crescendo" track listing is as follows:

1. Right Before
2. This Ain’t Another Love Song
3. The Hatch
4. Morning Rain
5. The Drowning Line
6. The Glass Fortress
7. Summer ‘97
8. In Crescendo

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Dorthal Posts New Album Teaser

Dorthal has posted a video clip showcasing a segment of a new song to appear on the band's upcoming "Arid Landscape" album. Check out the footage below. According to a statement from Dorthal, the album will include three guest vocalists as well as five instrumental tracks. The album is currently set for release late 2012/early 2013.

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Muleta Smiles Offering EP As Free Download

U.K. based band Muleta Smiles has posted the entire "We Are Entwined" EP online for streaming and free download. You can listen to the songs through the SoundCloud player below, or download the full release at this location.

Muleta Smiles has also issued the following statement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Right then, as most of you will know we have been laying low auditioning vocalists for the last 2 months. We were very humbled by how many really talented frontmen wanted a shot at being a part Muleta so first of all thank you to everyone who put in time and effort to apply, we really appreciate the interest.

"We are very proud to announce that we came to a decision and have taken on Bill Iliffe and in fact we are almost gig ready right now!! So yeah... We are back. Ready to play again and absolutely bursting at the seams to get back out there and right in you're faces again.

"We have just confirmed a show with Bastions and Brotherhood of the lake for Aug 19th but if you would like to book us to play absolutely anywhere to anyone for free of course please contact mattmuleta@googlemail.co.uk as we are pretty much ready as of now. Thanks again." More...

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Void Working On New Album

Void has issued the following statement online about beginning work on an upcoming album:

"Sweden's Void is back from taking a brief break! Big things are in the making behind the scenes as we are working on material for an upcoming full-length album.

"We are also happy to announce that our 'VOID - Live at Sticky Fingers' will be released this week. This DVD contains 5 songs performed live at Sticky Fingers (you don't say??):

01. Vultures
02. Halls of the Sick
03. Dawn of the Dark Age
04. Sunlight
05. Pulse of Armageddon

"STAY VOID and STAY TUNED!"

Further details on the upcoming Void album will be announced as they are made available.

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Warriors Of Metal Fest Posts Bands And Times

The Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air, which will take place on Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH (located about 20 minutes east of Columbus), has officially announced the band order and set times for this weekend's event. Additionally, there will be a pre-fest showcase on Thursday the 28th The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Doors for the showcase are at 7:00 and the first band takes the stage at 8:00. The lineup for the pre-fest showcase is as follows, with a promo streaming below:

Thursday, June 28th

08:00 - 08:35 - METEORFALL
08:50 - 09:25 - KLNZR
09:40 - 10:15 - A.O.D.
10:30 - 11:10 - SKULL HAMMER
11:25 - 12:20 - RAVAGE
12:35 - 01:15 - ZUUL
01:30 - 02:10 - SEAX

Band order and set times for the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air:

Friday, June 29, 2012

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm - BORROWED TIME
12:55 pm - 01:35 pm - FIERCE ATMOSPHERES
01:50 pm - 02:30 pm - THORHAMMER
02:45 pm - 03:25 pm - POSSESSOR
03:40 pm -04:20 pm - DEGRADATION
04:35 pm -05:15 pm - MACHINAGE
05:30 pm - 06:20 pm - POWER THEORY (CD Release Performance)
06:35 pm -07:35 pm - TWISTED TOWER DIRE
07:50 pm -08:50 pm - EXXPLORER
09:05 pm -10:05 pm - MYSTIC-FORCE
10:20 pm - Midnight - MANILLA ROAD More...

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Amalgama Checks In After Final Performance

Amalgama has checked in with the following update about what the band members are currently working on with other projects:

"It's been exactly one year since we took the stage at Valentine's in Albany for our final performance as a band. It was a particularly momentous evening chock-filled with heavy music and good friends. It also coincided with the passage of marriage equality in the state of New York with the bill being signed only a few blocks away in downtown Albany. So the whole evening took on a really special vibe for the many people involved.

"Since then a lot of things have happened with the former members of Amalgama. We're not sure if you have a deep longing to know what the boys are up to these days, but we're going to tell you anyway.

"Johnny is fronting the rock n' roll band Hard Soul after taking some time off to write new music and decompress from 6 years of gigging and playing with Amalgama full-time. They've been getting a lot of positive press and favorable reviews around the Capital District and are starting to turn a few heads with their live performances. Their new EP Love Eats the Young is out now on iTunes. More...

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Obsidian Sky Offers Song For Free Download

Atlanta, Georgia's Obsidian Sky has released the track "Parasites" online for streaming and free download. "Parasites" comes off the band's "Dreams And Nightmares" EP.

You can stream the song through the YouTube player available below, or download the entire track over at the Obsidian Sky Reverbnation page.

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Widow Sunday Streaming New Song

Widow Sunday has posted a new song online titled "The Wave." The song is available in the player below. "The Wave" is taken from the band's upcoming EP "Dance Metal," due out tomorrow through Rat Pak Records/Century Media Distribution.

You can also download the track for free by clicking here, or find more info on Widow Sunday at the band's Facebook profile.

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Arsis Posts "Carve My Cross" Rough Drums Demo

Virginia based technical death metal act Arsis posted up a studio video of new drummer Shawn Priest recording drums for the new song "Carve My Cross." The song will appear on the follow up to the 2010 release "Starve for the Devil," but is not expected until late 2012 or early 2013.

Check out "Carve My Cross" here:

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Artillery Announces New Drummer

Danish thrash legends Artillery announced that the new drummer to replace departed founder Carsten Nielsen is Josua Madsen. Madsen played for Houston, Texas based progressive death act Consumed.

The announcement on the band's Facebook page reads as follows:

"We are proud to announce our new drummer, who will be Josua Madsen. Josua have been living the last couple of years in the US playing with different bands. Last Danish band Was Club Hell.
We are looking forward to go on the road with Josua and first gig will be Headbangers open air in Hamburg, Germany: Thanx to former drummer Carsten for the 30 years of thrashing!" More...

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Sorcier Des Glaces To Release New Album

Canadian black metal band Sorcier Des Glaces has issued the following update about releasing a new album next year:

"We are planning a Spring/Summer 2013 release for the next Sorcier Des Glaces album 'Ritual of the End.' We will work with Obscure Abhorrence Productions from Germany this time for that release!

"The album will feature seven songs, including an icy cover song of a cult Swiss band from the 90's that made three essential albums for Black Metal...

"All guitars, bass & howlings are already recorded for Ritual of the End. Luc will record drums and percussions in Fall 2012, and we will mix/master that whole unholy conjuration in Hell Studio next Winter..."

For more on Socier Des Glaces, head over to the band's MySpace music page.

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Royal Thunder Issues Update On Guitarist's Health

Royal Thunder, which released the "CVI" album last month, has checked in with the following update about guitarist Josh Coleman being hospitalized:

"Hey everyone this is Josh Coleman. I wanted to let you all know that I am back in Atlanta with my family recovering after my trip to the hospital.

"I want to thank every single one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this time. It means more to me than you can know. I am so grateful for all your support and love! I'm going to take it easy for the next week or so and rest up so that I may rejoin my bandmates for the remainder of our tour.

"This whole ordeal will only make us stronger and I can't wait to get back out and rock with my family of thunder!"

The band had canceled several tour dates last week due to the health issues. To find the band's upcoming live shows, head over to Royal Thunder's Facebook profile.

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