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Metal News for June 6, 2012

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Merch Bundles to Benefit David Gold's Family

On Dec 21st, 2011, there was a shock wave felt around the world when David Gold of Ontario's Woods of Ypres died on Highway 400. In loving memory of this immensely talented artist and beautiful human being, the family of David Gold has made available a range of merchandise bundles can be found here.

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Xerosun Posts "Transparent Fantasy" Video

Xerosun has posted a new music video online for the song "Transparent Fantasy," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Its finally here!!! Xerosun's new video for Transparent Fantasy. Filmed at the Button Factory in Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland by the awesome Emmet J Kiernan!! Big thanks to Agro Fi and the Sound Training Centre's 'Live Class 2012' for their excellent work in sound and lighting at the Button Factory on the day."

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Morbid Execution Streaming New Songs

We streamed "Twisted Maniacs" for you a while ago, and now Polish band Morbid Execution is streaming two more new songs from its new album "Vulgar Darkness." Featuring members of Throneum, this new one from Morbid Execution was recently released on Deathgasm Records. Below is the tracklisting of the seven-song album, plus the cover art is featured on this upload of the song "Hell's Driven Anger." There is also another track on YouTube, "Remain Breathless," which you can hear by going here.

Twisted Maniacs
Wizards of Silesia
Rusted and Demonized
Dreadful Romance
Hell's Driven Anger
Remain Breathless
Vulgar Darkness

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Famous Last Words Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Famous Last Words has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.S. tour dates:

"Tour announcement! We're hitting the road this summer with our boys From Atlantis, and Restless Streets! Check the dates, and mark your calenders! This is going to be a lot of fun!"

7/24/12 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
7/27/12 - Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
7/28/12 - Birmingham, AL at The Nick
7/30/12 - Spartanburg, SC at Ground Zero
7/31/12 - Jacksonville, FL at The Pit
8/01/12 - Tampa, FL at Art Gallery
8/02/12 - Charleston, SC at Jimbo's Rock Club
8/03/12 - Baltimore, MD at Sonar
8/04/12 - Allentown, PA at Croc Rock
8/05/12 - Flushing, NY at H15 Bar
8/06/12 - Trenton, NJ at Championships
8/08/12 - Fort Wayne, IN at Broadripple
8/09/12 - Chicago, IL at Penny Road Club
8/10/12 - Peoria, IL at The Brass Rail
8/11/12 - Lacrosse, WI at The Warehouse
8/13/12 - Des Moines, IA at Vauderville Mews
8/15/12 - St. Louis, MO at FUBAR
8/17/12 - Dayton, OH at The Attic
8/18/12 - Kalkaska, MI at The Kaliseum More...

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I See Stars Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Before heading out on The All Stars 2012 tour this August, I See Stars will kick off the tour's pre-season with a series of headlining warm-up shows alongside Attilla, For The Fallen Dreams, Stray From The Path, Make Me Famous, Obey The Brave, and Ice Nine Kills.

These special five shows start in Detroit on July 28th. Details are as follows:

7/28 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
7/29 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/30 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
7/31 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory (w/ Attila)
8/01 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater (w/ Attila)

For more information and the complete tour routing for The All Stars tour, head over to this location.

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Odium Announces Ontario Shows

Walkerton, ON melodic metallers Odium, who released latest album "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere" on Year of The Sun Records earlier this April, have announced upcoming show dates in the province of Ontario in promotion of the 10 track anthem chanter, which is the follow up to the band's debut full-length "At The Bottom." Dates for the trek are below, and the following press release was also issued about the band:

"Founded in 2006 by drummer Joe Mullen and vocalist Tom Emmans, Odium was born in order to create a focused project centered on the themes of growth and attrition. After being joined by bassist Dale Burrows and guitarists Bo Louther and Andrew Fullerton, it was clear the band was quickly becoming a cohesive group of musicians that had found their strengths in each other’s abilities to contribute to the writing process.

"Most convincing is Odium’s arsenal of musical weapons that contribute to their overall sound, which was properly harnessed by Canadian producer Greg Dawson (The End, Moneen, Choke) on both of Odium's metal opus' underlining the quintet’s penchant for writing metal songs that are as heartfelt as they are heavy with Odium’s emotional hybrid of epic crescendos and fiery heaviness. Over the years, Odium has opened for such well known bands as Alexisonfire, The Agonist, Beneath the Massacre, Divinity, Moneen, Fuck the Facts, Fairwell to Freeway and Arise and Ruin."

You can also stream the band's entire "Burning The Bridges to Nowhere" album at this location.

June 29, 2012 - The Underground - Hamilton, ON w/ Deathpoint, Misguided Aggression
July 5, 2012 - Richmond Tavern - London, ON w/ Myley Cyrus Got Fisted, Mutual Execution
July 6, 2012 - Club 344 - Guelph, ON w/ Saigon Hookers, Darlings of Chelsea
July 7, 2012 - The Coach and Horses - Windsor, ON w/ guests

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Kunvuk Donating Profits To Save Tasmanian Devils

Australian metal trio Kunvuk will be donating 50% of all profits from the band's second album “Consume Rapture” to the “Save the Tasmanian Devil Program." The band commented:

“Devil Facial Tumour Disease threatens the existence of this incredible animal and we are putting our money where our mouth is to help save this most metal of all creatures. We will be donating 50% of all profits from the 'Consume Rapture' album. So when you purchase a copy of our album, either digitally or physically, you'll be putting a good chunk of that money towards not only supporting Australian music but one of our most beloved and iconic animals. For further information on the cause go to this location."

Kunvuk is set to release the band's second album "Consume Rapture" later this month. After touring nationally in support of debut album “Immute: Jackals,” Kunvuk retreated to Shadow Mekanik Studios for six months to carve out a stomping and screaming sophomore punch-in-the-face. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

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Helloween Posts New Album Update Video

Helloween posted up an update video on the recording of the band's new album and follow up to 2010's "7 Sinners." The video features a short talk by vocalist Andi Deris announcing that the band's yet untitled new album will be released in early 2013 followed up by an extensive world tour.

Check out the video here:

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Falloch Splitting With Vocalist/Guitarist

Scottland's Falloch has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Andy Marshall:

"Over the past couple of weeks Andy has decided that he doesn't want to continue working on Falloch. He has agreed to still play Dark Bombastic Evening in Romania in August, so anybody that is looking forward to seeing us there will still be able to.

"This means that we are currently looking for a vocalist or vocalist/guitarist (based in the UK only please). So if you are interested send us an email at contact@falloch.com.

"Writing for the second album is going well and these changes hopefully shouldn't delay things too much."

For more info on Falloch, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. The Falloch track "The Ghosts That Haunt This Path" is also available on Candlelight Records free Amazon sampler.

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Guantanamo Bay City Rollers Recording New Album

Adelaide's boozecore grind band Guantanamo Bay City Rollers is in the studio working on a second album titled "Dark side Of The Goon," will be released through Grindhead records in September. The band commented:

"Recording begins this weekend on the follow up to 'Alcoholocaust' We will be binge spewing the new one 'Dark Side Of The Goon!' Fuck, We'd better Jam then!"

Guantanamo Bay City Rollers also previously issued the following brief update about a band lineup change:

"By the way of news, Mike has left the band and Dave ex-Corrupters has joined as our new guitarist. Welcome Dave! And wheres the fuckin' slab?"

For more info on Guantanamo Bay City Rollers, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Vesperia Filming Live Set For Upcoming DVD

Vesperia (formerly known as Bolero) will be filming the band's full set on June 15th in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar for an upcoming live DVD to be released at a later date. Vocalist/bassist Morgan Rider comments:

"We (Vesperia) are pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with Ax Media Studios on June 15th at our Toronto show to film our first live DVD! We are very excited to be working with these fellas again and can't wait to see all the people at the show for the filming!"

Ax Media filmed Vesperia's first music video "Pints Held High," the first single off the band's 2011 debut full length "Voyage From Vinland," which can be viewed at this location.

In additional news, the band is now offering a free download of the four track demo "The Swordsman" via bandcamp and will be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario.

June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 15, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Valfreya, Protokult, Nordheim
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos

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Machine Head To Headline Bloodstock

The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:

"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.

"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.

"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!

"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!

"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."

The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...

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The Ghost Inside Streaming New Album

California hardcore act The Ghost Inside is streaming the band's new album "Get What You Give" in full, starting today. Stream the album through Altpress.com at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Get What You Give is nothing short of the band’s most dynamic and riveting material thus far, an album that emphasizes deep, personal vocals, urgent riffing and pile-driving breakdowns within the framework of their heavily melodic modern metallic hardcore. The quintet's two prior releases - the breakthrough album Returners (2010) and their first full-length, Fury and the Fallen Ones (2008) - laid down the promise and potential that has now been fully delivered with Get What You Give (produced by Jeremy Mckinnon of A Day To Remember).

"The first single, 'Engine 45' is a powerful hardcore anthem built for crowd participation in the live environment, where The Ghost Inside takes pride in giving all of themselves over to the crowd. As a stand out track on the album, 'Engine 45' will undoubtedly impress die-hard TGI fans and new converts, alike. To watch the video, please go to this location."

"'Engine 45' deals with the struggle of addiction,” says front man Jonathan Vigil. “When it came time to shoot a video for it, we wanted that message to hit hard. We hired Drew Russ to direct it and it was his idea to use an old Eskimo fable. In the fable, the Eskimo plants a bloody knife outside of his igloo so that when a pack of wolves pass by they become so consumed with their bloodlust that they don't realize the knife is cutting their tongues, making them bleed to death. A concept that really proves how destructive and deadly addiction can be." More...

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Warriors of Metal Fest V to Feature Manilla Road

Amelia, OH. June 6th, 2012. The Warriors of Metal, Inc. is thrilled to announce that Manilla Road's Mark "The Shark" Shelton will be making an appearance at the Pre-Fest Showcase of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air. The Pre-Fest Metal party will be held at The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, OH on the evening of June 28th. Doors open at 7:00 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm and will continue till closing time. The cover charge is $10 at the door and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the conclusion of the show. More...

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And One to Release "Stop" Through SPV Records

And One will be releasing their latest studio album "Stop" and follow up to their EP "Shouts of Joy" July 17th via SPV/Synthetic Symphony. Watch the video for "Shouts of Joy" at the bottom of the article.

The track listing for "Stop" can be viewed below:

1. Shouts Of Joy
2. Killing The Mercy
3. Memory
4. You Without A Me
5. Don't Get Me Wrong
6. Aigua
7. S.T.O.P. The Sun
8. The 4
9. Back Home
10. Everybody Dies Tonight
11. The End Of Your Life
12. No Words More...

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Surrounded By Monsters Signs With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Surrounded By Monsters:

"Genre defying Denton, TX based experimental noise merchants Surrounded by Monsters have signed to Nuclear Blast Records worldwide! The band recently wrapped up the recording sessions for their Nuclear Blast debut and are currently in mixing mode. The record is tentatively scheduled for a Fall release."

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Wolves At The Gate Streaming New Song

Ohio rockers Wolves At The Gate are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, "Captors," set to drop July 3rd from Solid State Records. Today the band is whetting the appetites of fans with a taste of the album in the form of the new track "Dead Man."

Check out the song via Facebook. The following press release was also issued:

"The track is a blistering introduction to what WATG has in store on Captors - a fusion of hard rock melody and post-hardcore heaviness whose raw, emotional power is matched in intensity only by the band's earnest approach to songwriting.

"The follow-up to their touted 2011 EP We Are the Ones, Captors finds the band not only living up to but surpassing the huge potential recognized by critics and fans alike. No longer constrained by the limits of an EP, the members of WOLVES AT THE GATE were able to showcase the explosive growth of their songwriting, from luscious, melodic rock tracks to lip-splitting hardcore stomps. More...

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Crystal Viper Releases New Music Video

Crystal Viper has released a new music video for "Witch's Mark," which is taken from the band's latest album "Crimen Excepta," release via AFM Records. Check out the music video below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Witch's Mark
2. Child of the Flame
3. It's Your Omen
4. Crimen Excepta
5. Medicus Animarum
6. The Spell of Death
7. Hope Is Gone, Here's New Law
8. Fire Be My Gates
9. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader cover)
10. Ghosts of Sherwood More...

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Grave Announces New Album Release

Swedish death metal legends Grave will release their 10th studio album "Endless Procession Of Souls" on August 27th in Europe and on August 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

Recorded at Studio Soulless, "Endless Procession Of Souls" promises to be yet another death metal masterpiece in Grave's revered catalog, featuring nine tracks of uncompromising no-bullshit death metal.

In support of this upcoming release, the band will be touring North America with Morbid Angel and Dark Funeral this September/October. In regards to the album and tour, founding member Ola Lindgren (vocals/guitar) comments, "Grave will return to North America in September, sharing the madness with our comrades in Morbid Angel and Dardk Funeral. After the successful 'Into the Grave' sets we did in September last year, it will be very exciting to come back to promote the new album 'Endless Procession of Souls', which will be released August 28th in North America (Aug 27th in Europe) through Century Media Records. This killer bill is in extremo deluxe and will show you what brutality is all about...Beware the Winds of Chains!"

Dark Funeral's Lord Ahriman (guitar) adds, "We are extremely proud to announce our participation in the upcoming Morbid Angel tour throughout North American territories this fall. We will march alongside our Swedish comrades Grave and American death metal-bezerkers Vadimvon, and it is without a doubt that this very tour will surely be remembered as one of the most extreme tours of all time. Hence, we command all our loyal North American metal-demons to come out and celebrate utter darkness every night. It's time to ignite the black flame and show the world that the force of extreme metal is unrelenting." More...

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Cryptic Age Posts New Album Samples

Female-fronted symphonic folk metal act Cryptic Age has now released the new full-length album "Sounds of Infinity," which follows the "Homeland" EP (reviewed here). The band has now posted samples of all the tracks from the album online, which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below.

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Riverside Signs With InsideOut Music

Poland's progressive rock stars Riverside have signed a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music, and the band is currently working on a new studio album for release in early 2013. The upcoming album is the full-length follow-up to 2009's "Anno Domini High Definition," which entered the charts at No. 1 in Poland and attained Gold status in the band's home country.

Riverside has this to say about the new deal:

"We're very pleased that we'll keep collaborating with InsideOut/Century Media. We've overcome many difficulties together and we hope that the new contract, signed at the moment when we start another decade as a band, will help us to grow more, and will make us able to reach a larger number of listeners with our music. The new album is on the way. I believe it will be a new beginning for Riverside."

Thomas Waber, founder and label manager of InsideOut Music, adds: "Riverside is one of the most important bands on InsideOutMusic and in the current Progressive Rock scene. Therefore I am extremely pleased to be able to renew and continue the relationship with our friends from Poland!"

You can follow the band's recording process of the new album by visiting the Riverside online blog here. An in-studio video interview with the band directly can be seen below. More...

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Witchsorrow Streaming New Song

Witchsorrow, the pure, no-frills doom trio from the UK, will release new album, "God Curse Us," on July 3rd in North America. A new track from the album, "Aurora Atra," is streaming now over on DecibelMagazine.com.

Guitarist/vocalist Necroskul describes the song: "This is a song for when you begrudge the sun rising, the coming of another day. When you curse the sky and the sun hanging in it. It sets the tone for the album quite aptly, I think."

The following press release was also issued about the album: "Recorded over Halloween by Chris Fielding at Wales' ultra-remote Foel Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Hawkwind), God Curse Us is an album that brings the dark spirit of '70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there's no mistaking it for anything else."

"I just want to carry on what Sabbath started," states frontman Necroskull. "I want to keep that old flame alive. I think that's always been what all the great doom bands have strived to do. It's a tremendous honour to add our own colour to the great tapestry of doom metal."

"There isn't any light at all in the album," asserts Necroskull. "It's far too easy for metal to become a parody. We're not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon - we're the ones peering ahead to the end of the world."

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Moonspell's Bus Breaks Down

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell has issued the following statement about missing a show in Kosice due to a bus breakdown:

"Dear Moonspell fans in Kosice,

"We are deeply sorry to announce that we will not be able to travel to your beautiful city and offer you a night of Fullmoon Madness.

"Our tourbus broke down in Zadar, Croatia and we weren't able to get it fixed in time to make it to the show. Words cannot describe our disappointment, and we can only imagine how sad you must be reading these news.

"We vow to do our best to come back sometime soon and offer you a night to remember!

"Until then, be sure that you are forever in our Wolfhearts."

Moonspell is touring in support of new album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here), and you can also check out the band's music video for "Lickanthrope" off the new album at this location.

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Lamb Of God Posts "As The Palaces Burn" Trailer

Today, Lamb of God releases the first trailer for the band's projected 2013 feature film, "As The Palaces Burn." Check out the trailer below.

The film, directed by award winning documentary filmmaker Don Argott and produced by 9.14 Pictures (Last Days Here, Art of the Steal, Rock School), examines the impact that music and particularly heavy metal music has made on people around the globe as they live in a 21st century world full of economic uncertainty, political unrest, social injustice, and under a constant fear of war and violence.

Filming has taken place to date in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, India, and Israel. Filming in the United States will take place over the summer months. More...

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Darkest Hour Announces Split With Bassist Burnette

Darkest Hour announced that bassist Paul Burnette has left the band. Burnette's replacement will be Aaron Deal, who has played with the band as a live musician since 2011.

The band made had the following comments on the lineup change:

"It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the official departure of long time friend and bassist, Paul Burnette. Paul’s presence on the stage, in the jam room, and everywhere in between will be missed. He has helped us to both conquer the world and develop the sound of the band. For that we’ll be eternally grateful.

"Although Paul will continue with the new powerhouse, Iron Reagan, his musical footprint will remain with us forever. We love you, dude!

"As many of you who have seen us live know, Aaron Deal (ex Salome mastermind) has been doing an amazing job filling in these past few tours. He’s rocked Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America with us and it’s safe to say, he’s a true bro. We couldn’t ask for a more badass addition to the dudes."

Aaron Deal commented:

"As a long-time friend of all the dudes, i think playing with Darkest Hour is a natural fit. I’ve definitely had a blast playing all over the world with them and I can’t wait to take this party to the next level!"

Darkest Hour is supporting its latest LP "The Human Romance," which was released in February 2011 through E1 Entertainment.

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King Of Asgard Reveals "...To North" Artwork

Swedish Viking metal act King of Asgard will be releasing the new album " ...to North" in Europe on July 27th/30th through Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the release has now been revealed and can be viewed below.

You can also pre-listen to the song "The Nine Worlds Burn" via the band's Metal Blade landing page here, or pre-order the album at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The Nine Worlds Burn
3. The Dispossessed
4. Gap of Ginnungs
5. Bound to Reunite
6. Nordvegr
7. Up on the Mountain
8. Plague-ridden Rebirth
9. Harvest (The End)
10. ...to North
11. Vinterskugge (Digi-CD bonus only!) More...

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Carach Angren Streaming Entire New Album

Update: The full album stream has now been deactivated, but the release is now available for order through Season of Mist Records.

Dutch symphonic black metal act Carach Angren released the new album "Where the Corpses Sink Forever" (reviewed here) in North America yesterday via Season of Mist. If you haven't picked up the release yet, today you'll get the chance to hear the complete album in it's entirety.

We've teamed up with Season of Mist to premiere a full stream of "Where the Corpses Sink Forever," which will be available online for two weeks until June 20th. Check out the hymns of unholy battle and the dirges for the fallen in the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. An Ominous Recording
2. Lingering in an Imprint Haunting
3. Bitte tötet mich
4. The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist
5. Sir John
6. Spectral Infantry Battalions
7. General Nightmare
8. Little Hector what Have You Done?
9. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs of Demon Eyes)

For a behind the scenes look at the album's creation, you can also watch "Where the Corpses Sink Forever" in-studio footage over at this location.

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Splattered Mermaids Reveals New Album Artwork

Splattered Mermaids has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

"We just uploaded the artwork for our upcoming second full-length 'Reforged in Gore.' We're about to finish the mix and then we'll post a brand-new song for you!

"Don't miss the upcoming Splattered Mermaids shows:

Antitrend Festival, Zabcíce, Brnó - Czech Republic 2012.06.09
Obscene Extreme Festival, Trutnov - Czech Republic 2012.07.12

"CHEERS and BEERS!" More...

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A.I.(d) Streaming New Track

A.I.(d) has posted a new song online titled "Bath Salts," which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:

"Okay so let's share a little info : Next release is gonna be a 5 Tracks EP called 'Solar Feelings,' I plan to release it as soon as it's done but let's say fall 2012! Here's track 2: 'Bath Salts.'"

To hear more from A.I.(d) you can also check out the band's full "Disorder" album at this location. More...

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Dawn Heist Streaming New Songs

Australia's Dawn Heist has issued the following brief update about posting several new tracks online:

"Hey folks we have just posted a few tracks from our E.P on to our soundcloud page.... If you havent heard any of the tracks yet then check it out here."

You can listen to the new songs "The Anesthetist," "Timewave Zero," and "Nine Worlds" in the SoundCloud players below, or find the band's previously posted video for "Nine Worlds" at this location. More...

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Soldierfield Signs With Metalbox Recordings

U.K. contemporary metal band Soldierfield as signed on with Metalbox Recordings. The band was formed in late 2011. The debut EP "Bury The Ones We Love" is scheduled for an Autumn 2012 release date. The EP is produced by guitarist Steve Wray (Blaze, Rise To Addiction) and was recorded at The Cell in Bradford during May/June 2012. A full-length release is expected for early 2013.

The lineup for SOldierfield is as follows:

Leigh Oates - Vocals
Andy Trott - Guitars
Simon Priestland - Bass
Steve Wray - Programming, Guitars

For a taste of the band, check out the demo version of the track "Feel Alive" here:

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Helstar Announces "30 Years Of Helstar Metal" Tour

Legendary Texas power metal band Helstar, featuring vocalist James Rivera (Killing Machine/Malice/Distant Thunder), announced a string of European dates in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary dubbed the "30 Years of Helstar Metal" Tour. Support for the tour will come from Canadian power thrashers The Order of Chaos and Switzerland's Emerald.

Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

Thu 30 Aug: The Rock Temple, Kerkrade, Netherlands
Fri 31 Aug: Turock Open Air, Essen, Germany
Sat 01 Sep: Thunder & Lightning Festival, Siegburg, Germany
Sun 02 Sep: Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium (w/Lillian Axe)
Tue 04 Sep: Meisenfrei, Bremen, Germany
Wed 05 Sep: Exit Club, Prague, Czech Republic
Thu 06 Sep: Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
Fri 07 Sep: Live Music Hall, Weiher, Germany
Sat 08 Sep: De Pit, Terneuzen, Netherlands (w/ Tim Ripper Owens)
Sun 09 Sep: Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
Tue 11 Sep: Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Wed 12 Sep: Club 202, Budapest, Hungary (w/ Lillian Axe)
Thu 13 Sep: K17 Club, Berlin, Germany
Fri 14 Sep: TBA, Istanbul, Turkey
Sat 15 Sep: TBA, Athens, Greece More...

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Paradox (GER) To Release Sixth LP

German power thrashers Paradox announced that the band will release its sixth studio album entitled "Tales Of The Weird" on December 14, 2012 through AFM Records. The album will be the first for guitar virtuoso Christian Münzner (Obscura), who released his debut instrumental solo album "Timewarp" in April 2011, and Ex-Hatred drummer Daniel Buld.

Muenzner commented on the album: "I already applied for Paradox ten years ago, even before I was in the band Necropahgist. Logisitically this is even the closest band to where I live; we're not even 45 minutes apart, so this makes a lot of sense. Been a fan of that band for years and always wanted to play thrash, so here we go. The new songs sound fucking amazing, I'm stoked to be a part of this!"

The track listing for "Tales of the Weird" is as follows:

1. Tales Of The Weird
2. Day Of Judgement
3. Brutalized
4. Fragile Alliance
5. Slashdead
6. Drowning In Lies
7. Zeitgeist
8. Escalation
9. Brainwashed
10. The Downward Spiral
11. A Light In The Black (Rainbow Cover) (Japanese Only Bonus Track)

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Merrimack Streaming Another New Song

French black metal act Merrimack is streaming the new track "Beati Estis Cum Maledixerint Vobis." The song appears on the band's fourth LP "The Acausal Mass," which is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "The Acausal Mass" is as follows:

1. Vestals of Descending Light
2. Arousing Wombs In Nine Angels Pleroma
3. Gospel of the Void
4. Beati Estis Cum Maledixirint Vobis
5. Hypophanie
6. Obstetrics of Devourment
7. Worms in the Divine Intestine
8. Abortion Light
9. Liminal Matter Corruption

Check out the "Beati Estis Cum Maledixerint Vobis" here: More...

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Synful Ira Posts New Album Trailer

Italian gothic metal band Synful Ira posted a trailer for the debut full length release "Between Hope and Fear." The album is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012 through logic(il)logic Records.

The track list for "Between Hope and Fear":

1. Sound of Life
2. True Lies
3. Behind the Suspect
4. Shining Tracks
5. Revenge of Mind
6. Inside My Fears
7. My Friend
8. Hope
9. 8.45
10. New Love
11. Fatal Temptation
12. Destiny

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Grave Digger Reveals Details Of Extended Single/EP

German metal legends Grave Digger revealed the album art and track listing for the extended single/EP entitled "Home At Last." The EP (MCD) is expected for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.

The yet untitled full length LP is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America).

The track listing for "Home At Last" is as follows:

1. Home At Last
2. Rage Of The Savage Beast (non-album track)
3. Metal Will Never Die (non-album track)
4. Ballad Of A Hangman (live in Wacken 2010)
5. Excalibur (live in Wacken 2010)
6. Heavy Metal Breakdown (live in Wacken 2010) More...

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Krampus Details New LP "Survival Of The Fittest"

Italian folk/death metal band Krampus unveiled the album art, track listing and release date for the band's forthcoming debut full length release "Survival of the Fittest." The album is due out on August 24, 2012 through Noiseart Records. The album was produced by frontman Filippo Gianotti and was recorded at Blackmirror Studios in Urdine, Italy.

Shortly after the release, Krampus will embark on its first extended European tour, joining Wintersun and Korpiklaani on 2012’s edition of the Heidenfest tour.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Arise (The Day of Reckoning)
2. Beast Within
3. Unspoken
4. Rebirth
5. Aftermath
6. The Bride
7. Redemption
8. The Dance of Lies
9. Kronos' Heritage
10. Shadows of Our Time
11. Tears of Stone
12. The Season of Revenge (Bonus Track) More...

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Black Majesty Unveils Album Art, Release Date

Austrailian power metal band Black Majesty unveiled the album artwork for the band's fifth full length studio album "Stargazer." The cover was created by Dirk Illing (Scorpions). "Stargazer" is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012 in Europe through Limb Music. Release dates for the rest of the world are expected shortly.

Check out the cover art here:

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Nile Posts Lyric Video For "The Fiends Who Came.."

South Carolina metal band Nile posted a lyric video for the new track "The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "At the Gate of Sethu," which is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012 (EU) and July 3, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "At the Gate of Sethu" is as follows:

1. Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame
2. The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased
3. The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh
4. When My Wrath is Done
5. Slaves of Xul
6. The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu
7. Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death
8. Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
9. Tribunal of the Dead
10. Supreme Humanism of Megalomania
11. The Chaining of the Iniquitous
12. Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame (Instrumental)
13. The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh (Instrumental)

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Disaffected Posts New Music Video

Portuguese progressive death thrashers Disaffected posted a new music video for the song "The Rebirth Of..." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP entitled "Rebirth" which was released last week through Massacre Records.

Check out "The Rebirth Of..." here:

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Rising West Denied Access To Queensryche Website

Rising West, the new band comprised of Queensryche members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren along with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre, were denied access to the Queensryche website and Facebook Page in an effort to promote the band's upcoming appearances and live events. In the latest post on the Rising West Facebook Page, the band stated:

"We are being denied access to our own facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche) so please spread the word for about Rising West. Rising West will be on KISW 99.9 this Thursday around 4:30. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at our shows!"

This is just the latest in an unraveling situation in Queensryche camp where rumors have been circulating the web that vocalist Geoff Tate has had multiple altercations with the rest of the band, although these rumors have not been substantiated. Just after the announcement about the creation of Rising West, management for Queensryche issued a statement denying the rumors of internal issues with the band and stating the members will be pursuing other ventures for a while.

Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, the band played Rocklahoma at which time Tate told the crowd that "they suck." The incident was caught on video (see below): More...

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Evile Posts New Music Video Online

UK thrashers Evile have posted a music video for their track "In Memoriam." The track is a tribute to their late bassist Mike Alexander, who died in 2009 from a blood clot in his lungs.

Watch the music video for "In Memoriam" below:


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Reactor Releases New Demo

Mexican metal band Reactor, already with one promo release to its credit, has issued a new four song demo titled "Drama." The Morelos natives have been streaming an official video for the third song "Soundtrack" for awhile now, and it's featured below.

Reactor has a show scheduled at the Circo Volador in Mexico City with Bleeding Through on June 16th. The tracklisting and cover art for "Drama" follows.

01. Drama
02. Instinto
03. Soundtrack
04. Yo Vi El Terror More...

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Obsidian Sea Streaming Entire Album

Bulgarian doom metal band Obsidian Sea, who had been streaming two tracks from its album "Between Two Deserts" on Bandcamp in advance of its release, is now streaming the full album over on YouTube. "Between Two Deserts" was issued on the Russian label Solitude Productions and features nine tracks. Obsidian Sea hails from the capital city of Sofia and formed in 2009, putting out a four song promo shortly thereafter. They entered Sub Zero studios in 2011, recorded five new tracks, and put them with the promo tracks to make this album.

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Borgne Releasing New Album

Quebec's Sepulchral Productions has set June 12th as the date on which "Royaume des Ombres" from Swiss atmospheric/industrial black metallers Borgne will be released. Moving forward in the darker and more complex direction hinted on "Entraves de l'Âme" from 2010, Borgne is delivering nearly sixty minutes of material all in the scope of six songs. Check out the tracklisting below, with the cover art featured in the upload of the trailer for "Royaume des Ombres," which follows.

Fall of the Lost Souls
Suffer as I Paid my Grave
In the Realm of the Living I'm Dead
Only the Dead Can be Heard
All These Screams Through Me
The Last Thing You Will See

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Brume d'Automne Releasing Second Album

Seven years after its debut album "Fiers et Victorieux," one of the forerunners of the 'Métal Noir Québécois' movement is back. Athros (Forteresse/Ur Falc'h) and Nordet (Ur Falc'h), collectively known as Brume d'Automne, return with a self-titled second album on June 12th via Sepulchral Productions. This second album has a bit less emphasis on folkloric passages and possesses a rawer, more furious approach than the 2005 debut. The tracklisting follows below, and the artwork is featured in the upload of the trailer for "Brume d'Automne."

Tels des Béliers
Traditionnelle 4
L'esprit du Courant
Rouge Souvenir d'Antan
Le Lieu de la Vengeance
Moé, j'me Souviens!
Saint Eustache - Traditionnelle 5
Quand les Corbeaux Crient leur Haine

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