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Metal News for June 5, 2011

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Cloven Hoof To Re-Release EP

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Cloven Hoof has announced that they will shortly be re-releasing their EP, "The Opening Ritual," which was originally released in 1982. The re-issue will be available from June 11th and will feature the original four tracks from the record, as well as bonus material. The EP will be available on CD and vinyl.

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Give Praise Records Releases Free Sampler

Give Praise Records has released a new sampler for free download. The sampler is mostly made of up grindcore and a little punk and the tracklisting is as follows:

Afternoongentlemen - "Daily Grind"
Backslider - "Sadistic Sack Of Shit"
Bastardass -"Scenesters Out"
Beer Corpse - "Blood Brew"
Breathilizor - "Bugarelovws Of Gods"
Brodys Militia - "Not Desire To Continue Listening"
Choose Your Poison - "Bury The Hatchet"
Dead Radical - "Franco Harris"
Deep Shit - "Pose Hard"
Drug Money - "Reborn"
Duke Nukem Forever - "Tora Tora Toyomura"
Guns N Rosa Parks - "Hungry Hungry Hippocrites"
Hellcore - "I Was Born To Kill"
Killed In Action - "Teeth Grinder"
Masochrist - "Demise of Man"
Murder Suicide Pact - "My Own Poison"
Nervous Breakdown - "Glassman"
Nimbus Terrifix - "Deadbeat"
Operation Eat Shit - "Free Party"
Republicorpse - "Flood"
Roskopp - "Self Execution"
Soilofignorance - "Asleep At The Wheel Of Progress"
Streetcleaner - "Shield Master"
Think Twice - "Let Them Go Bankrupt"
Wadge - "Maim To Please"
Wages Of Fear - "All For Your Gain"

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Autopsy Kills At Austin's Chaos In Tejas

Death metal pioneers, Autopsy have made only a couple of festival appearances since their reformation in 2010. From 1995 to last year, ravenous gore fiends could receive Autopsy’s filthy sounds and images only through proxy groups containing Autopsy members such as The Ravenous and Abscess. With the release of “Macabre Eternal,” the group made another festival appearance for this year (the only appearance at this time) at one of the word’s biggest punk music festivals, Chaos in Tejas.

Yet another multi-venue festival in Austin, Texas, Chaos in Tejas celebrates punk in all its various forms. 130 bands including Cro-Mags, Doom, Killing Joke, Converge, Hooded Menace, Lärm, The Gates of Slumber and Orange Goblin performed in the festival’s seventh installment. Although not all acts were punk oriented, punk and its offspring of “core” acts were most numerous. Autopsy’s affection for grind fit well with the precluded power violence and core-grounded acts.

With a bill including bands unfamiliar to many fans of Autopsy, a $35-dollar entrance fee, and Autopsy’s prolonged absence; I assumed this show would have a small turnout. Just like SXSW in March, Chaos in Tejas venues swell to capacity. Every square inch of the venue’s outdoor stage and smoking patio was filled with raggedy-patched punks and longhairs. Maneuvering through the outskirts of the pit area proved difficult enough, but finding a place up front to take pictures proved near impossible.

Shooting the first band of the night means feeling out the crowd. I’m always a bit timid during the first shoot and my photos of Iron Lung reflect an unsuccessful trial run. The lack of personal space was bad enough, but crowd surfers and stage divers made photo positioning near impossible, at least at first. I became bolder with later sets by shoving my way through the crowd, using karate stances to maintain a base when the crowd became especially raucous and tending to my camera instead of providing a hand
or head for stage divers to land.

Iron Lung’s style defines the term power violence. The two-man group alternated blistering grind and crossover with sludgy, down tempo passages. Their singer’s tough hardcore vocal approach wasn’t to this writer’s liking, but their energy made a big impression, although without the same rousing effect as what the audience felt. I had never seen a band or show incite so much rowdiness. In addition to stage diving that I rarely witness at metal show (I believe the last one was Testament in 1995), I witnessed a guy hanging from the rafters like a god damn monkey.

Innumerable Forms was the only death metal band of the evening. The Massachusetts band played slow and heavy with reverence to iron boot sloshers Incantation, Grave and of course, Autopsy. IF only recorded one EP, so I’m not sure what material they used to fill their set. Their live sound was not as raw as their recording, which allowed a greater sense of audibility. Kudos goes to their singer for wearing a Paradise Lost long sleeve. He represented a depressive style mostly, if not fully, overlooked at this show.

After IF’s pace coagulated the blood of its onlookers, Extortion’s blitzkrieg attack was like a Bunsen burner to the crowds’ veins. Not much information exists about this aussie band’s origins on the Net, but apparently they’ve made a considerable sized dent into the world-wide punk scene because I heard many people say they were there to see the group…and the crowd went wild (phrase of the night). The group’s energy had much to do with the crowds’ reaction. Each song contained a million notes, but lasted only seconds. These kinds of songs offer little in terms of hooks and melody, but the band’s quick bass lines brought something to remember.

Taking the stage right before Autopsy, Citizens Arrest marked a good time to retreat from the heat before Autopsy’s onslaught. The NYC band played typical NYC hardcore with meaty, ringing chords and punk sensibilities. They occasionally played a catchy groove, but most of their sound owed to music typical to this style. Citizens Arrest was the closest band of the night to bearing to typical hardcore, and in that regard, were the least interesting artist of the night. More...

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Wolfsbane Gives New Album Update

In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, Wolfsbane members Jase Edwards, Jeff Hateley and Steve "Danger" Ellet, shed some light regarding their new studio album and their recent EP, "Did It For The Money." An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

Metal-Rules.com: Tell us something about the new Wolfsbane track 'Did It For The Money' which is included on your new EP?

Jase: "It is just one of the new ones that we have written for the album. We have written between 10 and 15 songs and..."

Jeff: "About 10 are finished now."

Jase: "'Did It For The Money' was one of the more recent ones that we wrote and we just felt that it had the spirit. At first we were going to put the EP out with just some reworked and rare tracks but then we decided to make it even better and bring out something brand new as well. You know, we wanted to revisit stuff that hadn’t really been properly recorded. We have gone back to demos and stuff from there old sessions…there are some songs which have only been released on some demos so we wanted to record them properly. And we wanted to redo “Killing Machine” again because we really like it. It is from the first album and it just really sounds…"

Read the full article at Metal-Rules.com.

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Helix Working On Compilation Album

Canadian hard rock/heavy metal outfit Helix has announced that is currently putting together a compilation album, which is set to include new songs, with the intention of release this Autumn. A message from mainman Brian Vollmer reads as follows:

"Our focus at present is working on projects we already have on the go. For starters, on Thursday morning we all got together at A Studios in London to bang out some ideas on the new tunes before we record ‘em. Some of the ideas worked, others didn’t, but we managed to kick out three rough demos to take home and listen to. This Tuesday we’ll take another crack at it. When everyone is in agreement, then we’ll start recording…

"The plan at moment is to put together a compilation CD for a fall release. We plan on having five new tracks plus songs from When Pigs Fly, Vagabond Bones, and Power of Rock and Roll. This could all change if the songs we’re recording now turn out to be so amazing that we feel we should go with an entire CD of new material. There are several reasons I’ve chosen to go with a compilation CD versus a new CD, but it’s not like my decision is based in stone. We’ll see how it goes…"

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Dokken Announces More U.S. Shows

American heavy metal veterans Dokken have announced some more shows in the United States, as part of their touring schedule. The band's tour dates are now as follows:

June 18 - National Orange Show Speedway - San Bernardino, CA
July 15 - 7 Flags Events Center - Des Moines, IA
July 16 - Rock USA - Oshkosh, WI
July 17 - Mayo Park - Rochester, MN
July 19 - Daniel Street - Milford, CT
July 21 - Sterns Square Concert Series - Springfield, MA
July 22 - Wild Bill's - Duluth, GA
July 23 - Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC
August 6 - Solano County Fair / Concert Arena - Vallejo, CA
August 17 - Upper Peninsula State Fair - Escanaba, MI
August 26 - Southland Park Racing and Casino - West Memphis, AR
September 17 - Clearwater River Casino - Lewiston, Idaho

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Cynic Posts New Album Update

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal of reunited progressive metal outfit Cynic, has posted a new message online in which he discusses the band's next studio album, the first since 2008's, "Traced In Air." The message reads as follows:

"I've been working away in the home studio writing lots of new songs and keeping off the grid to stay creatively focused. Apologies for having been a bit reclusive in our digital age of informational abundance! It's safe to say that Cynic already has plenty of material for a new record, but something keeps the inspiration going to write more. I feel like I'm on for the ride and just seeing what manifests as a result of sitting on the train and looking out the window. As we move further along and closer to 'destination recording', the album will start to shape itself and the appropriate songs will be chosen. We're looking at late summer / early fall to enter the studio. At the moment, I have no idea when the record will be released. Maybe later this year or early next. We're also in communication with lots of fantastic new musicians who will be involved. I can already sense this next album is going to take our listeners on a whole new sonic adventure that words cannot yet describe. I say this because the work is feeling based and there's a lot of life poured into these embryos that will speak for themselves when heard. I'm always amazed at how living life informs the art so directly and yet we have no power over it. The songs have a directness and urgency unlike anything we've done before due to a bountiful influx of concentrated life experiences. Thank the universe for the gift of music. I am so absolutely grateful to be alive and to be able to share the potency and beauty of music with you. In the meantime keep spreading the love and thank you for taking this journey with us."

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The Agony Experiment Streaming Songs Online

The Agony Experiment, which features Alexander Oden of Mortiferous Scorn and Black Epiphany, has posted tracks online from the band's self-titled album. You can check out the songs in the widgets after the jump. A statement from the band's Facebook page also reads:

"The Agony Experiment is a metal studio project written and performed by composer Alexander Oden. It was recorded during the summer of 2009. The idea for this project was to gel the power of groove based metal with a progressive and technical sound.

"The first 'Self-Titled' album from The Agony Experiment is heavy yet dynamic at the same time, full of different sound textures. Each song is epic in length, using harmonies, time signature shifts, and arrangement changes, keeping the listener interested throughout the piece." More...

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Nervecell Announces Festival Appearances

Nervecell has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming summer festival appearances:

"Nervecell is confirmed to perform at Brutal Assault Festiavl 2011 taking place 11-13 August 2011 in Czech Republic alongside Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Sepultura, Motorhead, Exodus and many more! For details visit here.

"Nervecell will also appear at this year's Summer Breeze Festival 2011 (Germany, Dinkelsbühl 18-20.08.2011) & Rock Im Betonwerk Festival 2011 (Germany, Gewerbeallee 12.08.2011).

"More dates will be announced soon so stay tuned!"

You can also watch studio footage from the band's time recording the new album "Psychogenocide" by heading over to this location.

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Malfeitor Signs To Hellthrasher Productions

Sweden's Malfeitor has issued the following brief announcement about inking a deal to release a full-length album:

"Malfeitor are now officially signed to Hellthrasher Productions, and will release their crushing full length CD titled 'Dum morior orior' during first quarter of 2012. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details and information about the ongoing recording process!"

Malfeitor also recently announced a split album with Birch Mountain titled "Dawn of Silent Decay." The cover artwork and details on the split can be found at this location.

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Slayer Frontman Honoured In Chile

Slayer frontman Tom Araya was honoured last friday (June 3rd) in his birth place of Viña del Mar, Chile, where he received the key to the city. This is the first official recognition of Chile to Tom Araya, who left Chile at five years of age with his family for the US. You can check out a video of the ceremony below. When asked about receiving the key, Araya stated:

"I think it's awesome. I'm kind of speechless, I don't what to say. They're probably gonna change the locks when they give me the key. (Laughs) It's an honour. It leaves me speechless. I don't have a reply. I'm more speechless than anything. It's not something I expected. It's cool. That's never happened before. You see other people receive rewards like that, but usually it's people of political status or someone that's really done something for the community or done something important. I'm excited. I don't know what to expect. All I can say is: thank you. That's about it." More...

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Sunday Old School: Morbid Angel

Nowadays in the world of metal music, death metal is probably one of the most popular genres, with bands all around the world copying the innovators and sometimes putting their own spin on the style. Neither take would be possible if it weren’t for the early bands who made the genre worth respecting, and one of the clearest cases for this is Florida’s own Morbid Angel. The band was formed in 1984 in the city of Tampa by guitarist Trey Azgagthoth (born George Emmanuel III,) it would be some time before the band were able to release their first official album. Although numerous demos were recorded as well as an album, "Abominations Of Desolation," it wouldn’t be until 1988 that the band released their first record, in the form of the 7" single, "Thy Kingdom Come." The band then finally released an album entitled, "Altars Of Madness" in 1989 through Combat Records (and via Earache Records in Europe.) The album was a success in the metal underground, with many now claiming that the record is the best in the band’s catalogue, including such contemporaries as Cannibal Corpse bassist, Alex Webster.

The next album, "Blessed Are The Sick" followed in 1991 and also received overwhelming praise, including great reviews from music journalists. The album was also very much influenced by classical music, with Azgagthoth going as far as to dedicate the album to Mozart. It was after the band released, "Covenant" in 1993, that they began to receive more mainstream attention, becoming one of the first death metal bands to do so. Their video for the song, "God Of Emptiness" was featured on the popular cartoon, Beavis And Butthead and the record entered the American Heatseekers chart at number 24. Perhaps even better than these achievements of the time, "Covenant" has since gone on to be the best selling death metal album in history according to Nielson Soundscan. More...

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Nightingale To Take Part In OhioProg Festival

Swedish progressive hard rock act Nightingale, who features former Bloodbath member Dan Swano, has announced that it will be taking part in the forthcoming OhioProg festival. The event is set to take place between September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2012. The confirmed festival lineup includes;


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Arch Enemy Streaming Entire New Album Online

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy is streaming its forthcoming new album "Khaos Legions" in its entirety online. You can access the stream through the band's official Myspace page. "Khaos Legions" is set to hit stores next week on June 7, 2011 through Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Khaos Overture
2. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone
3. Bloodstained Cross
4. Under Black Flags We March
5. No Gods, No Masters
6. City Of The Dead
7. Through The Eyes Of A Raven
8. Cruelty Without Beauty
9. We Are A Godless Entity
10. Cult Of Chaos
11. Thorns In My Flesh
12. Turn To Dust
13. Vengeance Is Mine
14. Secrets
15. The Zoo
16. Snow Bound

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