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Metal News for June 27, 2012

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47 news articles posted on this day.


Interview With Travis Ryan Of Cattle Decapitation

It's been sixteen years since Cattle Decapitation released their first creation unto the realm of metal. And since that time, they've gotten a reputation for spouting their beliefs with no regard for who might be offended by them. In particular, people have focused tightly on one topic that the band was unabashed about; the consumption of meat. However, vocalist Travis Ryan does not like to the attention paid to it these days as the rest of his lyrics get lost. I had a chance to talk with Travis before he heads out on another U.S. and European tour to talk about their new album, why he does not like to focus on animal rights, and where to get the best Mexican food. More...

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Chaos in Tejas 2012 Day Two

Saturday, June 2, 2012 offered a much different pace than the previous night. Where Friday night’s lineup played deliberate rhythms and struck chords that hung in the air like an ominous fog, Saturday’s day show at Beerland focused on speed. D-beats, blast beats, double picked chords partly characterized the crossover minded bands such as Midnight and Toxic Holocaust who packed a house of enthusiastic punks and metal heads.

Packing Beerland’s sloped construction did not take long. I arrived at the venue around opening time at 3:30 to find their small smoking area nearly full. I was not at the venue for long before their staff started turning away people. When someone left, someone entered. Once again, due to the staggering amount of attendees, the stuffiness of the club and humidity, I took numerous breaks from watching each band. More...

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Iron Maiden Footage From Atlanta Available

Fan-filmed footage, courtesy of YouTube user theredemptor777, has been posted online of Iron Maiden performing in Atlanta last week on the Maiden England North American tour. You can check out several songs from the set below (including opener Alice Cooper), or find more over at YouTube.


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Mike Mangini Talks Joining Dream Theater

New Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini was interviewed by Artisan News Service in October 2011, after being announced as the replacement for Mike Portnoy, but the full video has never been seen until now.

Check out the video clip below to see Mike talk about preparing for the audition, quitting his job as a drum teacher at Berklee College of Music in Boston, how teaching makes him a better player, and more.

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Circle II Circle Releasing "Best Of" Album

U.S. power metallers Circle II Circle (with former Savatage member Zak Stevens on vocals) will release their first ever career retrospective "Full Circle - The Best Of" on July 20th. The retrospective includes highlight tracks off the band's five studio albums, many b-sides, bonus tracks, and rare songs. All tracks have been remastered for this compilation, and the track listing is as follows:

CD 1:

1. All That Remains
2. Who Am I To Be
3. Consequence Of Power
4. Watching In Silence
5. Dead Of Dawn
6. Into The Wind
7. In This Life
8. Out Of Nowhere
9. Revelations
10. Blood Of An Angel
11. Heal You
12. Open Season
13. Echoes
14. Out Of Reach
15. Forgiven
16. Redemption

CD 2:

1. Every Last thing (Edit)
2. The Circle
3. Sentenced
4. Take Back Yesterday
5. The Middle Of Nowhere
6. Soul Breaker
7. Darkness Rising
8. Into The Wind (Acoustic)
9. Shadows
10. Symptoms Of Fate
11. Stay
12. Watching In Silence (Live)
13. Burden Of Truth (Acoustically Enhanced)
14. Against The World
15. Evermore (Live)
16. Strung Out More...

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Akrea Releases New "Akrea TV" Video

Germany's Akrea has posted a new entry in the "Akrea TV" series, which chronicles the band's time on the road. This 12th episode is available below, and covers the following live appearances:

01.06 - Mining, Metalfest Austria
02.06 - Dessau, Metalfest Germany East
09.06 - Loreley, Metalfest Germany West

You can also find the band's previously posted last episode in the video series at this location.

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Therion Posts New Video Blog

Snowy Shaw of symphonic metal act Therion has posted a new video update online titled "The Blog Of Heavy Metal: Part 1 - 25th anniversary of Therion." Check out the clip below. Therion also commented last week on a canceled El Salvador show:

"The concert in El Salvador was cancelled by the local promoter because of so severe technical problems that a concert could not be performed. There were also a very serious security issue that delayed everything very badly. While it is always very sad to have a show cancelled, we agreed with the promotors decision, there was no other way. So we agreed on making a statement for the local media, where we of course expressed our desire to come back and do the show at some future date.

"It was suggested that we should return shortly after Mexico, but that was not possible as we already had tickets booked home and had other obligations booked (for example orchestral recordings for the new album). It would not be possible to play any concerts at all until after the summer.

"However, to fly in the band from all over the world to do just one concert is a very expensive project. So we have serious doubts that it will happen. Especially as the local promoter still owe our Latin American booking agent money. So we are at the moment very pessimistic about the possibilities of coming back anytime soon and we would advice any fan with a ticket to the cancelled show to claim back the money and not wait for a replacement show. We would love to come back and give our fans the show that they were looking for, but due to the mentioned reasons we don't see it happening in the near future. We are of course sorry for this mess, but it's beyond our control and out of our responsibilities." More...

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Apostate Recruits New Guitarist

Prague based act Apostate has issued the following announcement about officially recruiting a new guitarist:

"I think it's time to finally make an official statement: as some of you might know we have been playing without a permanent guitarist since August, 2011.

"There were shows with just one guitar, there was a wonderful tour with Slayc from Change of Loyalty, but in March, 2012 we finally find a new member - Denis. He has played a few shows with us, joined us in our trip to Switzerland and has already become a vital part of Apostate.

"I'm sure you have seen him in our new video for 'The Town.' Welcome him to our family at Facebook."

You can check out "The Town" in the player below, or find the band's previously posted music video for "Hermeneutic Circle" at this location. More...

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Godsmack Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Godsmack announced today that due to continued vocal issues with singer Sully Erna, the band is forced to cancel the remaining dates on its currently scheduled European tour.

According to a statement, Erna was examined by throat specialists in the U.S. yesterday and on the advice of his doctors has been advised to not sing for the next several weeks to allow time for his vocal chords to heal. The current tour marked the first time the band had toured Europe in nearly nine years, and Gosmack was only able to perform two of the fourteen scheduled dates in Europe.

In an e-mail from Sully, he writes:

"Sorry Europe. Seems like we can't catch a break there lately. London you were one of the best crowds we've played to in a very long time.... Belgium, you were awesome as well. As for the rest of you in Europe that we weren't able to reach, I promise you we'll be back!! For now it's lots of rest and fluids for me until my vocal specialist clears me to sing again. My deepest apologies Europe! You'll see us again. Thanks for your support and understanding."

For more on Godsmack, you can check out a recently posted video interview with the band at this location.

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Thyrfing Signs With NoiseArt Records

NoiseArt Records and Rock The Nation are proud to announce the worldwide signing of Swedish viking/black metal band Thyrfing.

The band has signed a deal with Noiseart Records for an upcoming seventh full-length album, scheduled for the spring of 2013. The album – the first Thyrfing release since 2008’s “Hels vite” – will be recorded and mixed during late summer and autumn 2012.

At the same time the band has signed an agreement with concert & artist agency Rock The Nation for future live performances.

Thyrfing commented: “We are really looking forward to this new co-operation and truly believes that Noiseart Records and Rock The Nation are the right channel for bringing our music to the public and fans in the future."

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Mortillery Posts New Album Preview

Canadian female-fronted thrash act Mortillery has posted a preview clip online featuring samples from the band's "Murder Death Kill" album, which is set for release on June 29th (Europe) and July 10th (North America) through Napalm Records. Check out the clip below. You can also listen to the full song "Despised By Blood" at this location.

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Aberrant Streaming Two Songs

Denver extreme metal band Aberrant has been streaming a couple of songs from its recent 34-song album "Complete Grindworks 2012," which was released on Blast Head Records. Below is a stream of "Premeditatated" and an upload of "Rather Unfortunate" from the release. The band is also planning on releasing a split in LP version with DER in July. Aberrant also plans to go on the road this autumn, with some tentative dates below. Within the coming weeks, check Aberrant's Facebook page for more updates on the venues.

October 11th Ft. Collins, CO...TBA
October 12th Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
October 13th Salt Lake City, UT...TBA
October 14th Boise, ID...TBA
October 15th Seattle, WA.....TBA
October 16th Portland, OR...TBA
October 17th No.Cal/Eureka
October 18th Oakland,CA....TBA
October 19th Los Angeles, CA..TBA
October 20th Tijuana,MX @ TJ Art & Rock Cafe
October 21st Phoenix/Tempe, AZ...TBA
October 22nd Albuquerque,NM...TBA
October 23rd Pueblo,CO @ Phils Radiator w/ Sonic Vomit

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Your Memorial Posts Lyric Video

Your Memorial has released a new lyric video clip for the song "Shipwreck," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below. "Shipwreck" comes off the band's new album "Redirect," coming July 17th on Facedown Records.

In other Your Memorial news, the band will joining the Scream The Prayer tour kicking off this week, and you can also check out the group's previous lyric video for the "Redirect" title track at this location.

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Geoff Tate Fires Back At Queensrÿche

In a rebuttal interview on Rolling Stone.com, former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate, who was recently sacked from the band, fired a return volley towards the band he was in for thirty years. In the interview, Tate stated that the band fired him via legal letter to his lawyer and that an ongoing lawsuit is in the works which will "get ugly."

The following are some excerpts from the full article:

On the firing:

Q: Do you know why they decided to push you out of the band?

Well, I think it's economically driven, mostly. I'm a 25 percent holder in our companies. I think it's just business in their minds. Cut me out and then split 25 percent and hire some young guy that's gonna work for a weekly wage so they make more money. It's just ridiculous.

Q: You'd think they'd make more money with you in the band. Now they're going to be presumably splitting up a smaller pie.

It doesn't may any sense. [Laughs] Neither does taking a very successful merchandising company and giving it over to somebody else and then paying them more money to run it. It's bad business. It's short-sightedness, and it's just ridiculous.

Q: It would seem to many that firing the lead singer is sort of a suicide move. When people buy a ticket to a concert they tend to want to hear the original singer.

It doesn’t make any sense at all. It's typical of these guys to have a very short-sighted look on everything. Why on earth would they cancel all remaining Queensryche shows? How are they gonna survive economically? And then, by that action, you’re completely alienating the promoters, who you work with closely to book shows for you. So now the promoter is left holding the bag, and that doesn’t make the promoter want to work with you again. So here they fire everybody in our organization and don’t hire anybody to take care of the business, all the websites, all of our merchandising companies, all that stuff. There’s nobody running it right now. They locked it all up, and there’s nobody running that stuff. Then they fired our publicist, our booking agent, they canceled all the shows, so now they have no income. What are they doing?

It doesn’t make any sense at all. And that’s what’s so difficult to stomach about the whole thing. If they had some sort of grand plan that all made sense, I could understand. [Laughs] And I’m forced to engage in a lawsuit with them now. This is not something I want to do at all. I want to make records and I want to tour and live a creative life. I don’t want to be bogged down in some legal hassle. My God, but they’re forcing me into it. I have no other way to go. I can’t give up my life’s work and walk away from it. These are my ideas, my concepts, my life, that I’m writing about. What are they gonna do – hand it to some kid to sing?


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Korn Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online with Fieldy & Ray from Korn, which was conducted by Montreality. Check out the clip below, in which the band discusses the possibility of another album and more.

You can also watch Korn's latest music video for the song "Way Too Far" over at this location.

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Like Moths To Flames Releases New Video Clip

The new video from Like Moths To Flames, for the song "The Worst In Me," has debuted online and can be viewed below. The track is off the band's album "When We Don't Exist," which is currently available in stores and on iTunes via Rise Records.

Like Moths to Flames is will be heading out on the road as part of the Scream It Like You Mean It tour along with Attack Attack!, We Came As Romans, The Acacia Strain, Abandon All Ships and more. All dates can be found via the Like Moths To Flames Facebook profile.

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Primate Streaming Entire New Album

With Primates debut LP "Draw Back A Stump" approaching official worldwide release next week via Relapse, today the entire ten track audiobeast can be set loose through your computer speakers via BrooklynVegan.

Stream Primate's "Draw Back A Stump" in its crushing entirety at this location.

"Draw Back A Stump" will be in North American stores next Tuesday, July 3rd. Preorders are available here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Primate's grind-infused hardcore punk ruckus brings the relentless spirit of the genre's pioneers like Poison Idea, Doom, Bad Brains, Napalm Death and Discharge into the modern age with super slick and thunderous production and a foundation-leveling sonic beating. Formed by vocalist Kevin Sharp, bassist/vocalist Dave Whitworth, drummer Shayne Huff and guitarists Bill Kelliher and Mike Brennan, the band disbursed a 1000-run CD pressing of Draw Back A Stump on their own last year. Shortly after, they joined forces with Relapse who are now preparing to officially release the remixed and remastered version of the album worldwide in all formats, featuring three tracks not on the original release."

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Goemagot Streaming New Track

Rochester brutal death metal band Goemagot is streaming one of the songs that appears on its three-song demo EP "Parasitic Incineration." That EP was officially released a few days ago via Sevared Records at the Brutality Reigns Fest II. The second track, "Anthropofagy in the Womb," is streaming below. Goemagot has also posted a series of tour dates for its Parasitic Infestation Tour, which follow below. Venues were not specified on most of the dates, so check with Goemagot's Facebook page to get more information as it comes.

Jul 20 Cleveland, OH The Foundary 8:00pm
Jul 21 Rockford, IL
Jul 22 Lansing, MI
Jul 23 TBA
Jul 24 Norfolk, VA
Jul 25 Philadelphia, PA
Jul 26 Philadelphia, PA
Jul 27 Union City, NJ More...

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Wolves At The Gate Posts New Track

With new album "Captors" set to drop next week on Solid State Records, Ohio post-hardcore act Wolves at the Gate is giving fans an additional tease of what the release has in store with the preview of another new track entitled “Slaves.”

“‘Slaves’ is one of the more unique tracks on Captors,” says guitarist/vocalist Stephen Cobucci. “The beginning of the track features vocals from a good friend of ours, Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper. I think it does an excellent job of displaying the personality of the band, both musically and personally.”

Listen to "Slaves" over at the band's official Facebook profile here.

To hear more from the album, you can also check out the band's recently released music video for "Dead Man" at this location.

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Ill Nino Drummer To Miss Upcoming Shows

U.S. act Ill Nino has issued the following announcement about the band's drummer Dave Chavarri missing upcoming live shows:

"Setting up for sound check at the LKA in Stuttgart, Germany. So far so good except we are missing our drummer. Unfortunately, Dave had a family emergency & will not be able to make this European week long festival run.

"We miss the big guy already & are praying that all will be OK. Big thank you to Matt Alston who is sitting in during this run. Matt is in an awesome band called Sanctorum & is also Dave's tech. Dude sounds bad ass so, go check out his band Sanctorum from the UK!"

Dave also added, "As Christian stated I'm very sad that I will not attend the upcoming 4 Ill Nino euro shows. These are the only 4 shows I have ever missed, since the beginning of Ill Nino. This is all very unexpected but I need to be there for my family, and hope everyone understands... Our dear friend Matt (from Sanctorum) will be filling in for these shows, he was my first choice and I know he will kick ass! Matt has been my drum tech for close to 4 years, so who better then him to fill in.....Thanks Matt, thanks to my bros in ill nino, and thanks to all ill nino fans for understanding...See you all soon."

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Eclipse To Release Fourth LP "Bleed And Scream"

Swedish hard rockers Eclipse announced that the band will release the fourth studio album entitled "Bleed And Scream" through Frontiers Records on August 24, 2012 (Europe) and August 28, 2012 (North America). The album is the first in four years for the band, following the 2008 album "Are You Ready to Rock."

The first single “Bleed And Scream” will be exclusively distributed in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets on July 17th. This special release will include the two exclusive bonus tracks "Come Hell or High Water" and "Into The Fire".

The band set the bar high for "Bleed And Scream." Guitarist Magus Henriksson commented:

“We knew we had to do everything better on this album. If we couldn’t have achieved that we never would have released it! But boy did it turn out well! When it was taking shape we realized this was to be a monster of an album.

"“Every song has qualities as a single. Erik´s vocals are way better than ever. The guitar-sound is just awesome! The whole production is just in your face. It has something for everyone in it! We worked so hard at making this record that it drove us nearly nuts and made us wanna scream, but now it’s your turn to 'bleed & scream'."

Vocalist/guitarist Erik Martensson added: "With Eclipse we never think of what other people want or expect from us. We write for ourselves and make the music we love to listen to. If I'd think of a perfect album this is how it will sound! And once the album was written the recording process went pretty smooth as we knew exactly what goal we aimed for. I'd say it's our own pimped version of the classic hard rock we grew up listening to."

“Bleed and Scream” track listing is as follows:

1. Wake Me Up
2. Bleed And Scream
3. Ain't Dead Yet
4. Battlegrounds
5. A Bitter Taste
6. Falling Down
7. S.O.S.
8. Take Back The Fear
9. The Unspoken Heroes
10. About To Break
11. After The End Of The World More...

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Forever In Promise Releases New Single

American metalcore band Forever In Promise has released a new single called "I'm Not Yours To Control" on June 26, 2012. The band once again teamed up with John Naclerio from Nada Studios to master the track.

The band's first recording was a cover song of GOTYE's "Somebody That I Used To Know," which featured Caroline from The Charm The Fury (Netherlands). Forever In Promise went on to release, "Into The Storm," their debut 5-song EP that was released on March 20, 2012. The EP was mastered by John Naclerio from Nada Studios (Senses Fail, My Chemical Romance, The Ataris, Shai Hulud). Their song "Communications Are Down" featured Ewelina Lisowska aka Evelynn from Nurth who was recently a contestant on the TV Show X-Factor (Poland).

All of Forever In Promise’s music is available for free download from their brand new official web site:

"I'm Not Yours To Control" Single (June 26, 2012)
"Into The Storm" 5 Song EP (March 20, 2012)
"Somebody That I Used To Know" (GOTYE Cover - January 21, 2012)

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The Apest Streaming New Song

Arlington's The Apest has posted a new song online, which will be the band's first release of 2012. Check out the new song "Urinary Tractive" in the YouTube player available. Additional details on an upcoming full release from The Apest will be announced as they are made available. For more info on the band, head over to The Apest's Facebook profile.

The Apest also posted the following statement about its sound:

"With members of 'Varekai' and '1945,' this band has elements of Djent, Hardcore, Mathcore, and a hint of progressive. They will soon have a new song that will be released on 7/1/12 along with an arsenal of different media on the same date. Expect big things from this band as they are determined to make a dent in the scene."

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Tiamat Posts New Album Cover Making-Of Footage

Tiamat is set to release the new album "The Scarred People" this coming October through Napalm Records, which follows the previous 2008 release "Amanathes" (reviewed here). Tiamat has now posted a series of video clips online showing band mastermind Johan Edlund working on the cover artwork for the release. Check out the footage below.


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Landmine Marathon Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Phoenix based act Landmine Marathon has canceled all of the band's remaining tour dates due to a family emergency. Landmine Marathon commented:

"Friends and fans of Landmine Marathon: Earlier this week our drummer Raul left our tour to be with his ailing grandmother. Upon his arrival, the gravity of her health situation was realized and we have decided that we must cancel all of our remaining tour dates so he can be with her.

"Again, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the promoters who were working hard on making these shows happen, and to everyone who was planning on attending these shows.

"We ask that you send your positive thoughts and energy toward Raul's family, and understand that family is important to the band and will always be our priority. We hope to see you all again as soon as possible."

Details on rescheduled or new tour dates will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out the latest on Landmine Marathon over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Cavus Recording New Album

Listenable Records has issued the following announcement about Cavus working on a new album:

"Cavus has started recording their second album in their own studio in Finland. The yet untitled album will feature songs like 'The Art of Blood Purging' and 'Unholy Water.'

"The band just purchased some rats and locusts to roam their premises to advance the vile surroundings of their studio, says vocalist W. The old wooden building is condemned to be demolished in the near future so it will be the last album Cavus records at that place they simply call 'The Lair.'"

You can also check out a full set from Cavus at the Steelfest Open Air 2012 in the player below. More...

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Eye Of Anubis Streaming Songs

New Jersey melodic death metal band Eye Of Anubis shall be releasing an EP titled "The Re-Awakening" sometime in July/August of this year.

The band has been streaming a couple of demo tracks on its ReverbNation page. Listen to the songs "Indoctrinate the Wicked" and "Crown of the Deformed" below. Eye of Anubis is a five-piece that started out in Toms River and currently makes Bayville, New Jersey its home.

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Devildriver Signs To Napalm Records

The entire Napalm Records crew is honored to announce that American groove-metal powerhouse Devildriver has joined their ranks.

The legendary Los Angeles metal outfit has signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian label. A new Devildriver album is tentatively scheduled for a release in 2013.

Frontman Dez Fafara comments: "I am proud to announce DevilDriver’s new partnership with Napalm Records! They have the passion and the drive we as a band were looking for! I'm looking forward to working together on DevilDriver's next release! Hail the groove!"

Markus Riedler (Napalm Records CEO) comments: "We are extremely excited to have this outstanding band on our label roster. DevilDriver are a true metal monster full of primal energy and more than ready to conquer the world with their upcoming album that will be released in the fall of 2013. Join the metal brotherhood and get ready for the world’s largest circle pit!"

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Sound Storm To Support Tristania On European Tour

Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm announced the first leg of the European Tour 2012 in support of Norwegian gothic metal act Tristania in September. The shows will feature new keyboardist Davide Cristofoli, who recently joined the band this month. Confirmed dates are as follows:

14.09 Dordrecht - Bibelot (NL)
15.09 Mons - On air studio (BEL)
16.09 Zoetermeer - Boerderij (NL)
17.09 London - Underworld (UK)
18.09 Paris - Glaz art (FRA)
20.09 Irun - Tunk (SPA)
21.09 Madrid - Carasol (SPA)
22.09 Barcelona - Mephisto (SPA)
23.09 Marseille - Poste a galene (FRA)
25.09 Osnabruck - Bastard club (GER)
26.09 Berling - K17 (GER)
27.09 Pratteln - Z7 (SWI)
28.09 Frankfurt - Nachtleben (GER)
29.09 Essen - Turock (GER)

The band is happy to meet old and new fans at each venue. Sound Storm is also planning to release some additional news over the course of the next few days. More...

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Achertonas Streaming New Song

After previously releasing the song "Layil," another new track has made its way online from the new split between Acherontas and Nightbringer.

Check out the Acherontas track "Reverence For The Scarlet Goddess" in the player below. The Nightbringer/Acherontas split, titled "The Ruins of Edom," is out now in Europe and will see release on August 16th in North America. More...

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All Shall Perish Cancels Tonight's Show

California's All Shall Perish has posted the following message online about canceling tonight's show due to a van breakdown:

"Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel tonight's show in Slovakia with Cannibal Corpse. Our van broke down on the drive from Stuttgart, Germany to Slovakia, leaving us stranded on the side of the road in Austria.

"Everyone is safe and sound and we will be back on the road tomorrow morning to make the show in Prague with our friends in Lamb of God. Mark our words, we will make this show up to you Slovakia.

"Until then, continue to support heavy music and go see Cannibal Corpse and Aborted tonight in Slovakia at the Collosseum."

To check out the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to the All Shall Perish Facebook profile.

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Riul Doamnei Releases New Music Video

Italian symphonic extreme metal act Riul Doamnei has released a new music video online for the song "Greenglow Which Filters Through." The song comes off the band's latest full-length album "Fatima," and the video clip is available below.

You can also check out the previously posted music video for "Of Misery And The Final Hope" at this location. The "Fatima" track listing is as follows: More...

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Gianluca Ferro Posts New Video

Italian guitarist Gianluca Ferro has posted a new video clip online for the song "Parallels," which was directed by Andrea "Berni" De Bernardi and can be viewed below. Gianluca Ferro also commented:

"This song is going to be featured in the debut album of the brand new band 'Breath of Nibiru' with Gianluca, Nick Pierce and many guests, stay tuned for more information!"

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Ensiferum Reveals Album Art For "Unsung Heroes"

Finnish blackened folk lords Ensiferum unveiled the album artwork for the band's fifth studio album "Unsung Heroes." The album is due for release on August 27, 2012 through Spinefarm Records. The album's artwork was created by Kristian Wahlin.

"Unsung Heroes" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), and will clock in at an hour plus. The release will also feature special guests, including members of Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Lo. The track listing is as follows:

1. Symbols
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
8. Pohjola
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power More...

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Chaosweaver Posts New Album Preview

Chaosweaver has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger," which can be viewed below. The album is due for release via Napalm Records on the following dates:

June 27, 2012 - FIN/SWE/ESP
June 29, 2012 - GER/AT/CH/BE/NL/LU
July 2, 2012 - EUROPE
July 10, 2012 - USA/CAN

Napalm Records also commented: More...

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Tombthroat Streaming New Songs

German death metal band Tombthroat is streaming a few songs from its new album "Eden Apocalypse," which came out via Blast Head Records. Below is an upload of "Psychological Disharmonism," plus the track "Breed of Depravity" is streaming over on YouTube. Tombthroat also has posted four upcoming gigs in its native Germany below between the dates of Sept. 8th and Nov. 3rd.

08.09.2012 Wolfsburg / O-Place
06.10.2012 Mutterstadt / WaldParkOpenAir
27.10.2012 Liebengrün
03.11.2012 Kaiserslautern / Blastfest / Kramladen / Uni

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Leaves' Eyes Cancels Latin American Shows

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced shows in Latin America:

"Dear fans and friends from Latin America.

"With great sadness we have to announce that the planned shows in july in Latin America can not take place.

"We are really disappointed that we can't come over and play for all of our Latin American fans and we are working hard at rescheduling the tour for 2013.

"For the reason of cancellation, here is the statement we received from our agent Darkdimensions in Latin America: 'Unfortunately the Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity Latin-American Tour which was supposed to happen this July has to be cancelled. The main reason is that Show Factory (Ecuador promoter) couldn't fulfill the needed requirements, which sadly made it not possible for the tour to happen this time as the shows were connected to each other. We are working for the tour to be rescheduled in 2013.'"

To check out the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Baroness Streaming Second New Song

Savannah, Georgia's Baroness posted a second new song online entitled "Eula." The song is taken from the forthcoming new double length release "Yellow & Green," which is due to drop on July 17th, 2012 via Relapse Records in the following formats: 2CD/Deluxe 2CD/2xLP/Deluxe 2xLP/digital download.

The band is also streaming the track "Take My Bones Away," which can be heard over at this location.

The track listing for "Yellow & Green" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Yellow Theme
2. Take My Bones Away
3. March to the Sea
4. Little Things
5. Twinkler
6. Cocainium
7. Back Where I Belong
8. Sea Lungs
9. Eula More...

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In This Moment Posts Music Video Teaser

California based metal band In This Moment posted up a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the track "Blood," the title track of the band's new album. The video is scheduled to drop on July 9, 2012. "Blood," the album, is scheduled for release on August 14, 2012 through Century Media.

The track listing for "Blood" is:

In This Moment BLOOD track listing:
1. Rise With Me
2. Blood (track streaming at this location).
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

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Testament Streaming New Track "True American Hate"

Bay area thrash legends Testament are streaming the new track "True American Hate" exclusively over at Blabbermouth.com at this location (Update: now available directly below). The song is from the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

As previously reported, the band is currently working on a new music video for the track "Native Blood."

The track listing for "Dark Roots Of Earth" is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Announces First Bands

The organisers of the highly successful 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced the first ten bands to be confirmed for next years edition of the floating extravaganza. 70000 Tons Of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami, FL and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service.

The initial confirmations are as follows:

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Subway To Sally

Pre-booking promo codes for those who have attended the past years' cruises will be sent out soon.

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Kalopsia Streaming New Songs

New Jersey death metal squadron Kalopsia is set to release new album "Amongst the Ruins" this coming August, and the band has now revealed several ways to get advanced listens to the music. You can check out the new song "Green Eyed Monster" in the player available below, or head over to Decibelmagazine.com here to listen to "Salt the Earth." A teaser clip for the album is also available via Bandcamp.

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Silencer Reveals Details For Third Album

Denver thrashers Silencer will release "The Great Bear" on September 25th. The album is the group's third full-length release and its first concept record. The band has this to say about the music of "The Great Bear," an approach that took the band back to its heavy metal roots.

Silencer has followed a steady progression of thrash through the years, bordering on the extreme on recent releases. On this album we rewind to more 70's and 80's influences, aiming to bring a bit more rock back into metal without sacrificing any punch; things like big choruses and hooks as opposed to our previous works' all out intensity and such. We were definitely influenced by concept albums such as Rush's "2112" and Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime" (among others) in putting together our story. This album musically is more denim, spikes, spit and vodka than anything we've done.

Conceptually, Silencer takes a look at the U.S-Soviet space race of the 1950s/1960s and asks some "what if" questions. Lyrically, we rewind back to space race era Soviet Russia, and we chose to take a fictional turn towards what would have happened if the Russians chose to one-up the American's moon landing by going somewhere further. We tell the story from the Russian perspective, and try to capture the mentality of a union that could mobilize its entire population to achieve a goal, and also from the perspective of a member of this mission. This sort of story almost wrote itself, and its mood lent us to write some more straightforward yet very heavy tracks. It's definitely more thematic than prior releases, but aims to get to the point and tell a large story fairly efficiently.

Check out the cover art and tracklisting of "The Great Bear," which will be distributed by Vanity Music Group. More...

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Bethlehem Cancels Festival Appearance

Bethlehem has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Black Metal is Rising festival due to an injury:

"Greetings everyone!

"Unfortunately we have some bad news regarding the appearance of Bethlehem at Black Metal Is Rising 7 at the Glazart in Paris on the 1st of July. Our bass player Bartsch had to undergo some surgery on the 14th June and although he did everything possible to ensure that he would be fit to play, a visit to the doctor today confirmed that he wasn’t completely healed and that were he to play, he would risk opening the wound which would mean an even longer recovery time.

"Apart from which, we would not want to disappoint our fans with a show where he was less than 100% up to his usual standard of playing. Please be assured that he will be fit again very soon and back to being able to play live. We are all very disappointed about not being able to give our French fans a dose of live Darkmetal mayhem, but be assured that we will reschedule the Paris show as soon as possible.

"Thank you all for your understanding."

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Satellite Beaver Streaming New EP

Polish doom band Satellite Beaver is streaming all four tracks from its recent four-song EP "The Last Bow" over on Bandcamp. The band started out in Warsaw in 2008, releasing its debut "Trip Outside Your Mind" a year later. Satellite Beaver says they search for the thickest guitar strings and biggest crash cymbals ever created, and keep their philosophy simple: tune it lower.

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Hellsaw Going On Indefinite Break

In a statement issued today, Austrian black metallers Hellsaw announced their intention to take an indefinite break from all activities. All scheduled tours and appearances during 2012/13 have been cancelled.

Citing “personal reasons” for the decision frontman and founder Aries had this to say: “We may be back, or we may be back as something entirely different, but whatever happens in the future we would just like to thank all the fans who have shown us such phenomenal support and all the people who have worked with us to make Hellsaw what it is today.:

The following press release was also issued about the band's history:

"Formed in 2002 by Aries, and then-drummer Svart, Hellsaw’s current lineup includes Aries on vocals, Malthus and Isiul on Guitars, Desderoth on Bass and Neuroticon on Drums. With five full-length albums under their belt, Hellsaw are one of the leading Black Metal bands to emerge from Austria in recent years. The band’s use of instantly recognizable melodies which stay firmly in your memory, coupled with a respect and understanding of what it really takes to make a good Black Metal band created a sound that was unmistakably Hellsaw and culminated in the release of their fifth album “Trist” earlier this year on Napalm records. More information about Hellsaw can be found at this location.

Below you can see the official video of Hellsaw performing the track “The Black Death” from the “Cold” album live at Party.San: More...

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Obscene Streaming New Album

Chilean metal band Obscene is streaming its recent six-song album "See" and invites its fans to check it out over on Digmetalworld. The album "See" was recorded, mixed and mastered between January and March of 2012 by Francisco Arenas at ZTLabs Studios in Santiago, Chile.

Francisco Arenas comments about the band: "From the very beginning we were looking for the highest level, which ends up as a result in many changes in the line up, but now it's finally here, so now… Open your eyes and SEE." If you are unfamiliar with Obscene's music, below is the first official video the band did for "The Convolution Day" from a previous release. More...

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