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Metal News for June 7, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Elder Announces More Tour Dates

Elder is heading out on tour. Playing the East Coast and then throughout the Midwest they will be playing alongside bands such as Windhand, When the Deadbolt Breaks, Hollow Leg, Alkahest, Earthride and Summoner. We had previously posted for you the dates at the end of June with Hollow Leg, and now here is the full list of June and July dates.

06/16 Baltic, CT The Stone House w/ When the Deadbolt Breaks, Summoner, Rope
06/17 NYC The Acheron w/ Alkahest, When the Deadbolt Breaks
06/18 Wilmington, DE MoJo 13 w/ When the Deadbolt Breaks, Human Shield
06/19 Frederick, MD Cafe 611 w/ Earthride, Iron Man, Trifecta, When the Deadbolt Breaks
06/20 Richmond, VA Wonderland w/ Windhand
06/21 Chapel Hill, NC Chapel Hill Underground w/ Windhand, Church of Wolves
06/22 Charleston SC Oasis Bar and Grill w/ Windhand, Havoc Din
06/23 Jacksonville, FL The Burro Bar w/ Hollow Leg, Shroud Eater, Remains, Porter
06/24 Orlando, FL Peacock Room w/ Hollow Leg, Fire in the Cave, Demons
06/25 Gainesville, FL 1982 w/ Hollow Leg, Hot Graves, Gaul
06/26 Atlanta, GA 529 w/ Hollow Leg, Demonaut
06/27 Nashville, TN Springwater w/ Hollow Leg, Laser Flames on the Great Big News
06/28 Lexington, KY Al’s Bar w/ Stampede
06/29 Indianapolis, IN Vibes w/ Mouth of the Architect, Devils of Belgrade, Chinaski
06/30 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club w/ Moon Curse, Ahab’s Ghost
07/01 Chicago, IL The Burlington w/ Ahab’s Ghost, Witchbanger, Zaius
07/03 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class w/ Venomin James, Electric Lucifer

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4Arm Announces First U.S. Tour

4Arm is pleased to announce the band's first ever tour of the USA as part of The Zombie Apocalypse Tour this summer. The bands included in the tour are Casket For Cassandra, Prey For Sleep, and Deprivation. Short Fuse will also be part of the tour on selected dates.

Presented by Nemesis Records and Metalluminati, The Zombie Apocalypse Tour 2012 will make its way through three weeks worth of back to back shows, commencing July 6th and coming to a close with a performance at The Bay Area Metal Festival on the 28th of July.

In addition to the Zombie Apocalypse Tour, 4Arm has scheduled two further shows on either end of the tour. The final show will be at The Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood on August 4th. More...

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Chaos of Nazareth Streaming New Song

Chaos of Nazareth has posted a new song online titled "Damage in the Wall," which is taken off the band's upcoming new album "Rise of the Nation." Check out the song in the player below.

The band also commented:

"Chaos was formed in Nazareth, in 2006 by five Arab friends. Chaos is one of the rarest bands in the Arab sector that have been known for their distinctive genre -- i.e. Metal. The main topic behind their lyrics is the social, political, and daily struggles of the people living in the Middle East. The problems faced here is what pushed them to make a change and to deliver a message of truth to the world in order to try and transform people's lives, By creating such an influential music, people can understand the meaning about the painful reality they are living in. This Holy Land has turned into a cursed one.

"That’s why we have to fight with everything we've got to be what we believe we are born to do, and not care about people who hate us, because their hatred motivates us to prove we have what it takes to be a great metal band.

"In other words, Chaos are here to fight these distasteful thoughts and defend people's rights to live freely and be treated equally. The following quote communicates Chaos' message to the world: 'take a look around you, see the truth, tell the truth and acknowledge it, don’t let the system deceive you. We all deserve to live in peace, no matter who you are, no matter what color you are, we are all equal human beings living under the same sky.'"

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Dirge Within Announces Hometown Show With Hellyeah

Midwest heavy metal outfit Dirge Within has announced a hometown show on June 25th with Hellyeah and Iced Earth at the House of Blues in Chicago, as the group gears up to hit the road on the Shockwave Festival 2012 next month.

Comment guitarist, Shaun Glass, “We have been asked by our brother Vinnie Paul to do a one off show here in our hometown of Chicago to support Hellyeah and Iced Earth on June 25th. This will be a blast and a perfect way to warm up before Shockwave!”

Dirge Within will embark on Shockwave 2012 in support of sophomore release, "There Will Be Blood" (Rocket Science/THC: Music), which hit stores in April. Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, the trek on Shockwave 2012 will commence on July 6th in Seattle, Wash., and features an assorted lineup of artists, including Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok and more.

Added Glass, “Shockwave 2012! Holy S! We are so excited to be on this sick, new tour July-August, featuring beyond diverse acts and killer bands like Havok, Revocation, cult legends, Voivod, and the innovative future metal sounds of Fear Factory, who we have toured with in the past. We can't wait to meet all of you at the merch table etc., so come early and destroy with us!”

Upcoming Shockwave fests tour dates are as follows: More...

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Pentagram Announces New Drummer

Pentagram has issued the following announcement about recruiting new drummer Sean Saley:

"Drummer Sean Saley has joined Pentagram. Influenced by the likes of Bill Ward, Ian Paice, and Les Binks, drummer Sean Saley grew up on hard rock and heavy metal before taking a turn as drummer for DC underground punk legends Government Issue in the 80s.

"Anyone familiar with the Maryland metal scene may also remember Sean from 90s-era technical/doom/thrash wizards Angstrom, which also featured blind guitarist Torey Ferguson. Sean had been a longtime Pentagram fan before joining the band in June 2012."

For more on Pentragram, you can check out our recent look at the band for our Sunday Old School column.

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We Are Knuckle Dragger Cancels Upcoming Shows

We Are Knuckle Dragger has issued the following announcement about missing upcoming shows due to the band's drummer falling ill:

"We are sad to announce the ill health of our drummer Shaun Abbott, who's now confined to his bed with tonsillitis and a chest infection. Subsequently tomorrows York - Stereo show has now been cancelled, and Saturday Norwich - Olives will be dependent on his substantial improvement.

"We will post a decision about this tomorrow afternoon. Til then we offer our deepest apologies to York promoters, bands, and fans. The situation is beyond our control, and we endeavor to make it up to you in future."

You can also check out previously posted studio footage from We Are Knuckle Dragger at this location.

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Close Your Eyes Joining Scream The Prayer Tour

Texas-based, melodic hardcore group Close Your Eyes will be joining one of the most well known Christian tours to pop up in the last few years. Scream the Prayer, going on its fifth year, starts its 19 city run on June 22nd in Nashville, TN. Close Your Eyes will be sharing the stage with bands like Demon Hunter (select dates), Emery, Sleeping Giant and many more.

Close Your Eyes from Abilene, TX will be debuting the band's new lineup on the Scream the Prayer tour. Founding members Brett Callaway - lead guitar/vocals and Sonny Vega – bassist, will welcome back Andrew Rodriguez on rhythm guitar. Rodriguez, who has been an active member in Close Your Eyes for many years, is currently enrolled in school working towards his degree. He is putting his books aside this summer to join the band on stage. The band is also welcoming the two new additions: vocalist Mikey Sawyer and Jordan Vesey on drums.

Check out a teaser trailer featuring the dates for Close Your Eyes on the Scream The Prayer tour below. More...

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Las Spooky Dolls Streaming Songs

Mexico City experimental mathcore trio Las Spooky Dolls is streaming all three songs from its new "Desayuno Desnudo" demo over on YouTube. Below is an upload of the track "Lizsong." Las Spooky Dolls will be appearing at the Words Of Wisdom Fest in Mexico City on Saturday, June 9th, along with the bands Divine Moments of Truth, The Dawn Theory, Error 65, Noise and A Second Before Existance. For more information on the show, go to its Facebook events page.


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The Beast Remade Streaming Songs

Female-fronted Mexican metal band The Beast Remade, hailing from the town of Hermosillo in the state of Sonora, is streaming a couple songs from its new five-song demo. Below is an upload of the track "Esclavos de la Ciencia," which takes a death metal approach. The Beast Remade has also posted another of the songs, "Gallows," which has a more deathcore vibe, over on YouTube.

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Victory Records Streaming Free 20 Song Sampler

Victory Records has posted a new 20 song sampler online for streaming, which can be found below. The label also commented:

"Check out our new 20 song music sampler available now on Soundcloud. It features songs from Emmure, A Day To Remember, God Forbid, first listens to brand new tracks from Dr. Acula, A Hero A Fake and These Hearts plus 14 other Victory artists.

"Listen and subscribe now at the Victory Records Soundcloud page or visit our Facebook profile and click on the 'Soundcloud Sampler' Tab." More...

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Cianide Reissuing "The Dying Truth"

Cianide's 1992 death 'n' doom landmark album "The Dying Truth" has gotten special reissue treatment from Deathgasm Records, this time with its originally-intended track order. The reissue also includes as bonus tracks 1990's "Funeral" demo and 1991's "Second Life" demo, as well as new liner notes detailing the story of the album and its ultimate reissuance on Deathgasm. All songs have been remastered and edited by John Alexander. Below is the cover art and the tracklisting.

Scourging at the Pillar
The Dying Truth
Funeral
The Suffering
Human Cesspool
Mindscrape
Crawling Chaos
Second Life

Funeral Demo:

Morbid Restitution
Funeral
Choose Your Death

Second Life Demo:

The Dying Truth
Mindscrape
Human Cesspool
The Suffering
Second Life More...

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Paradise Lost Offering Free Sampler

After gracing the June cover of Decibel Magazine and recently releasing 13th studio album, "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here), gothic/doom metallers Paradise Lost will be coming back to the United States this fall with the Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour."

In addition to new release, six classic Paradise Lost albums will be re-issued by The End Records on August 28th. To celebrate the occasion, Paradise Lost has released a free digital sampler (**limited to 4,400 downloads**) on Metal Sucks.net. Grab the release at this location.

Entitled "Lost In Time," this "greatest hits" sampler features artwork by Anthony Clarkson and is comprised of 1 track from each of Paradise Lost's 13 albums. The track listing is as follows:

"Our Saviour" [Lost Paradise, 1990]
"Eternal" [Gothic, 1991]
"As I Die" [Shades Of God, 1992]
"True Belief" [Icon, 1993]
"Hallowed Land" [Draconian Times, 1995]
"Say Just Words" [One Second, 1997]
"Nothing Sacred" [Host, 1999]
"Mouth" [Believe In Nothing, 2001]
"Erased" [Symbol Of Life, 2002]
"Forever After" [Paradise Lost, 2005]
"The Enemy" [In Requiem, 2007]
"Faith Divides Us" [Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us, 2009]
"Honesty In Death" [Tragic Idol, 2012] More...

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American Heavy Metal Tradition: ProgPower USA

The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.

Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...

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Arkona Performance Footage Available

Superskum has uploaded new footage of Arkona performing live in Denver on April 13th, 2012. Check out the clips below to see the band playing "Slavsia, Rus" and "Stenka na Stenku." You can also catch Arkona live on the upcoming Extreme fest in July, with full details available here.

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Windfaerer Announces NYC Show With Vise Massacre

Earsplit PR has issued the following announcement about hosting the upcoming Precious Metal NYC show on June 18th with Windfaerer and more:

"That’s right tri-state riot-seekers, the fine folks who have run New York City’s venerable Precious Metal Monday night metal shows for the past six years finally bit off more than they can chew, and have offered Earsplit PR a full night to curate! The debauchery will take place Monday, June 18th, as always at Precious Metal’s steady home at the Lit Lounge on the Lower East Side, and as always, run by Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Today Is The Day). With four Earsplit-related audio terror units taking the stage that night, ears will be scathed from 9pm until midnight, with plenty of depravity to prevail far into the morning hours.

"Elizabeth, New Jersey-based trio Windfaerer — the brainchild of young Earsplit henchmen Michael Goncalves — will raise fists with their epic, violin-infused Iberian folk metal, while the metallic, Danzig worship of Connecticut’s Nightbitch (featuring members of Ipsissimus) will bring the ragers out in throngs. The dual-bassist dementia from NYC-based AmRep-gone-deathstomp quartet The Year Is One (fronted by known Guitar World photographer/writer Jimmy Hubbard) will get gnarly alongside our close comrades in Brooklyn’s most enraged speed metal/hardcore bastard brigade, Vise Massacre, celebrating their self-released Expendable Humans LP. Between the beatings, the congregation will be serenaded by the beats and charm (and badass hat) of DJ Mike SOS (SEIZURE CRYPT/S.O.S.). Anybody in the vicinity that night come on out, and kiss your Tuesday goodbye."

Earsplit PR Precious Metal Throwdown:

6/18/2012 Lit Lounge – New York, NY
VISE MASSACRE
THE YEAR IS ONE
NIGHTBITCH
WINDFAERER
and SEIZURE CRYPT’s DJ Mike SOS More...

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Ambassador Gun Reveals New Album Details

Malicious grind-metallers Ambassador Gun are preparing to lash out at humanity with another dose of their rabid and caustic alloy this June, with a tour of the Midwestern U.S. planned to coincide with its release. The following press release was issued about the new "Golden Eagle" album:

"The outfit’s first full-length since the 2009-released 'When In Hell' album, the newly completed 'Golden Eagle' shows Ambassador Gun as always bridging all gaps seemingly subdividing extreme punk/metal genres into a crushing, crusty punk-as-fuck grind-infused amalgamation of revulsion. The trio cranks out 11 new songs 30 minutes on Golden Eagle, the album prevailing as a new DIY standard for the band, fully produced, recorded, and visually presented by the members themselves.

"As with previous recordings, Ambassador Gun will take aim at the masses directly with Golden Eagle, set to release the record via cassette and digital download via their self-operated label Pangea Media on June 19th."

You can stream the album’s second track, “Christbastard” and check out the cover art via the Ambassador Gun Bandcamp page. More...

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Kamelot Posts In-Studio Footage

Kamelot, which recently signed with SPV and is now working on a new album, has posted in-studio footage of the band recording drums. Check out the studio footage in the player below. The band is set to announce the new album's title, and reveal the newly recruited vocalist, at the end of the month.

Kamelot's upcoming live shows are as follows: More...

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Six Feet Under Kicking Off 18 Nights Of Blood Tour

With nationwide speculation that the zombie apocalypse is officially upon us, it would only seem appropriate for Six Feet Under's 18 Nights Of Blood Tour to commence this Friday. The near three-week run of live rituals will begin in Atlanta, Georgia and cannibalize its way across the U.S. coming to a close on the band's home turf of Tampa, Florida. Blood shall be spilled, faces eaten and brains devoured! No one is safe.

Six Feet Under will be joined by newly recruited rhythm guitarist Ola Englund who takes the place of Rob Arnold. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation.

The band will be touring in support of "Undead," which toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release. "Undead" was unleashed to North American ears via Metal Blade on May 22nd and offers an updated lineup of Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira). More...

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Gauntlet Posts New Music Video

Spanish power/groove band Gauntlet posted a new music video for the song "Slave." The song appears on the band's third studio effrort "Stubborn," which was released on May 28, 2012 through Molusco Records. The album is available for purchase at this location. Gauntlet features Time Symmetry drummer Alejandro Martínez.

Check out "Slave" here:

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Sky Of Rage Posts New Album Trailer

Swedish heavy metal act Sky of Rage, featuring Astral Doors guitar player Joachim Nordlund, will release the band's debut album this coming July 27th, 2012 through Metalville. A teaser trailer for the album has been posted online and can be viewed below. Sky of Rage is:

Vocals: Staffan Carlsson
Guitar: Joachim Nordlund
Guitar: Jan Cederlund
Bass: Mika Itäranta
Drums: Tomas Friberg More...

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Pilgrim To Play Heavy Days In Doomtown

Following a set at Denmark’s Heavy Days In Doomtown Festival, Rhode Island-based doom conjurors Pilgrim are pleased to announce their headlining appearance on this year’s edition of The Stoner Hands of Doom Fest.

Set to take place August 30th through September 2nd at El n Gee Club in New London, Connecticut, Pilgrim will appear alongside the likes of Earthride, Revelation, When The Deadbolt Breaks and more. The following press release was also issued about the fest:

"Stoner Hands of Doom is one of the premier annual gatherings for underground heavy/stoner/doom music in North America. SHoD has been held annually since 1999 in various small venues throughout the U.S. Many acts are unsigned/indie and many travel thousands of miles to gather in the name of rock. The concept was dreamed up by promoters Rob and Cheryl Levey, who have planned, booked and organized it since its inception. Under their guidance, the festival affectionately known as SHoD has grown over ten years from a one-day event to a weekend-long gathering, featuring over three dozen bands."

Comments drummer Krolg Splinterfist, the Slayer of Man: "Playing in Scandinavia was a great honor. The first ever Heavy Days in Doomtown festival was a massive success and Pilgrim is proud to have been a part of something that will surely become a chief ceremony for all lovers of music that is slow and heavy. Hails to all of the promoters and organizers who made our shows in the area a possibility! We will return sooner than later! Pilgrim looks into the future with great eagerness. The Stoner Hands of Doom festival has a long history in the New England doom metal community and we are prepared to add our name to the long list of bands that have glorified this fest. We are privileged and honored to be headlining the bill with the legendary Revelation, who has been an inspiration to many modern doom bands, ourselves included."

Pilgrim's upcoming live shows are as follows:

6/8/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
8/31/2012 SHoD @ El N Gee Club – New London, CT

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Order Of Nine Releases "Dreamspeak" Video

Order of Nine recently shot a video for the song "Dreamspeak" and today the video is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisecreep. Check it out here or in the player below. "Dreamspeak" is off the band's new album "Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror." The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror
2. Words that were Said
3. Dreamspeak
4. Spiral Staircase
5. Changing of the Guard
6. Innocence
7. Third Wish
8. Eye of the Enemy
9. Twelfth Talisman
10. Reign Down
11. Winter's Call More...

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Epica To Play Metal Female Voices Fest

Epica has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the Metal Female Voices Festival:

"Epica is proud to announce their participation on the 10th anniversary of Metal Female Voices Fest! MFVF celebrates it's tenth year of existence and Epica will be headlining the Sunday (21-10-12) of this awesome festival.

"We have been a regular guest on this festival since the beginning and MFVF has meant a lot to the growth of Epica so that is enough reason to throw a big party!!

"We are currently working to create the most awesome show in the history of MFVF so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible and prepare to be rocked out of your socks!! See you all there!"

For more info on Metal Female Voices, head over to the festival's official website here. More...

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Skyfire Streaming New Song Sample

Swedish act Skyfire has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new EP, which can be viewed below. Skyfire also commented:

"Hey guys, Martin from Skyfire here with an announcement. As you may have noticed, we are delayed (as usual!) The EP hasn't been released yet, but there is a good explanation for this.

"Skyfire is unsigned at the moment so we have decided to send out a promo to some selected record labels in case some of them might be interested. Otherwise we will release the EP as a digital download ourselves.

"But for now you can enjoy the sample from the promo song 'Like a Shadow!' The winners in our x-mas Facebook competition will get an exclusive copy of the promo CD (including artwork), there are only 15 copies being made and ten will be handed out to our fans! That's why we kept you guys waiting! Keep your eyes open for new competitions and thanks for your support!" More...

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Assassin Announces South American Shows

Assassin has issued the following announcement about upcoming South American shows later this summer:

"Finally, Assassin in South America! We are at the final stages at our South America tour plannings. Right now following dates are confirmed. We are still waiting confirmations from Chile and Argentina."

Brazil
17/08 – Curitiba @ Hangar 110
18/08 – Teresina @ Bueiro Rock
19/08 – São Paulo @ MANIFESTO PUB
23/08 – Salvador @ IRISH PUB
24/08 – Maceió @ ORÁCULO
25/08 – Caruaru @ TEATRO JOÃO LYRA
26/08 – Fortaleza @ GRAB CLUB

Peru
29/08 – Lima @ VOCE

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Autopsy Posts "Born Undead" Teaser

Bay Area death metal act Autopsy has launched a trailer for the upcoming DVD, "Born Undead," which can be viewed below.

"Born Undead" charters the birth, death, and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, Born Undead is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike. Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers, provided artwork for the release. More...

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The Obelisk Streaming New EP

Chicago, IL based act The Obelisk has released a new EP titled "The Great Aerial Wanderer," and the band has now posted the entire release online for streaming. Check out the songs via The Obelisk's bandcamp page here or in the player available below.

The track listing for "The Great Aerial Wanderer" is as follows:

1. The Hour of Our Time
2. Argot
3. Earth Above
4. Infernalis More...

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The Last Of Our Kind Cancels U.S. Tour Dates

New York's The Last Of Our Kind has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming U.S. tour dates:

'Morning, just thought we could clear up some things for you guys. We haven't broken up, we are still signed with Mediaskare and we don't know when the record will be released its out of our hands.

"We are going to be canceling our upcoming full U.S. tour that we have had in the works. Financial problems have left us broke we have some expenses to save up for. We will be booking weekend shows in the North East all through out June and July so drop your city and lets work something out for you guys.

"Again we are really sorry for everything right now, we are working hard to come out of this funk and really bring you guys what you all have been waiting for. We love all of you and thank you for sticking by us."

You can also check out the band's previously posted new track "Death Wish" by heading over to this location.

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Saint Vitus Live Video From Scion Rock Fest 2012

Video footage of Saint Vitus performing "Let Them Fall" at Scion Rock Fest 2012 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL has been posted online by Scion A/V. Check out the full song below:

You can watch the entire series of Scion Rock Fest 2012 videos below, including more performance clips, sound checks, behind the scenes interviews and more with bands like Down, Decapitated, Suffocation, The Atlas Moth, All Pigs Must Die and many more: More...

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Inverloch Putting Disembowelment Tribute On Hold

Australia's Inverloch (featuring 2/4 of the legendary Disembowelment) has been performing Disembowelment tribute shows under the named d.USK, and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about ending the project:

"We wish to advise all our friends and supporters that we have decided to put the d.USK/disembowelment tribute project on hold indefinitely. We have had a ball taking the old tunes out and breathing life into them, but at this point we collectively feel it is time to put the past to rest and focus on the future, with INVERLOCH and other personal projects.

"A HUGE thanks to everyone that has come out to share in the music at our shows, and all the fantastic supporters worldwide – it’s been an amazing experience.

"Paul and Matt would like to publicly acknowledge all the hard work put in by Ben, Tony and Mark, for helping to realize this project and bring to life.

"Stay tuned to the INVERLOCH pages as things roll along .... Cheers...."

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The Reign Of Sparda Streaming New Song

The Reign of Sparda has posted a new song online titled "Shengcun," which features Stillborn Messengers' guitarist Jim on the solo section and can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"Thanks to every one who took the time to listen to 'Shengcun!' So far it has been very well received, and I'm getting lot's of amazing feedback! Only got one solo left, and a song and half's worth of vocals and the E.P is finished and ready to be released!"

For more info on The Reign of Sparda, head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Announces Benefit Show

Female-fronted heavy metal act A Sound of Thunder, which is currently recording a new album, has issued the following announcement about an upcoming benefit show in Maryland:

"We're proud to announce that on July 7, 2012, we'll be playing a benefit show for children with cancer. All proceeds will go toward funding the kids at St. Jude, so please make it out if you can!

"This is a 2-day event with over 100 craft and food vendors, plus 26 bands. This is an all-ages show, so please bring the family and help us kick cancer's ass!"

For more details on the show, head over to this location. The new album A Sound of Thunder is currently tracking will be the follow-up to "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here).

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An Interview With Scale The Summit

Scale The Summit is one of the well-known contemporary instrumental bands, dishing out music that has found a loyal following of technical-minded listeners. Their music is impressive from a playing standpoint, but it’s also full of great songwriting nuances that makes these songs more than just fodder for needless shredding. The band’s third album, “The Collective,” is seeped in dark and hostile undertones that is a 180 from the light antics of “Carving Desert Canyons.” I had the chance to speak to guitarist Chris Letchford in early June about the band’s current headlining tour, working with new bassist Mark Michell, and how he feels about people using cell phones at live shows. More...

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Optic Issues Recording Update

Long Island based metal act Optic has issued the following update about recording new material for an upcoming release:

"Day 13 (yesterday): A lot of progress and leeway on vocal tracks with Kenny Mahoney, Steve Christopher, and Ryan Patane! The clean vocals are done and are coming out great! We can't wait for you all to hear them!

"Day 14 (today): We continue vocal tracks with death vocals, so more work to be done. Stay tuned...."

For more details on Optic, head over to the band's Facebook profile. Optic is:

Steve Christopher - Guitars, Vocals
Scott Genovese - Drums, Percussion
Mike Intrieri - Bass Guitar
Kenny Mahoney - Lead Vocals
Ryan Patane - Keyboards/synths, Vocals, additional guitars.

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Lord Details New LP "Digital Lies"

Australian traditional/power metal band Lord announced that the band's fourth LP will be entitled "Digital Lies," and will be released this year through Dominus Records. The album's track list and album art are as follows:

1. Incipio
2. Betrayal Blind
3. Digital Lies
4. Point of View
5. Walk Away
6. 2D Person in a 3D World
7. Final Seconds
8. The Last Encore
9. Because We Can
10. The Chalkboard Prophet
11. Battle of Venarium

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Fan Footage Of Mats Leven With Candlemass Surfaces

Footage from Mats Leven's first performance with Candlemass since the firing of Robert Lowe has surfaced on the web. The performance of the band's song "Prophet" (from the latest LP "Pslams of the Dead" - see review here) was captured on June 5, 2012 at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm.

The band's set list for the show was as follows:

Prophet
Dancing in The Temple (of the Mad Queen Bee)
Waterwitch
Dark Reflections
Bewitched
At the Gallow's End
Siren Song
Black Dwarf
Psalms for the Dead
Black as Time
Hammer of Doom
Solitude

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Miseration Streaming "On Wings Of Brimstone"

Swedish melodic death metal band Miseration is streaming a second new track "On Wings Of Brimstone." The song appears on the band's third studio effort entitled "Tragedy Has Spoken," which is due out on July 2, 2012 (Europe) and July 3, 2012 (North America) through Lifeforce Records.

The track listing for "Tragedy Has Spoken" is as follows:

1. Stepping Stone Agenda (Check out stream here)
2. Children of the Flames
3. Ghost Barrier
4. Ciniphes
5. Hill of the Poison Tree
6. Disaster Cage
7. On Wings of Brimstone
8. White Light/Black Rain
9. Tomb of Tephra
10. Waylayer

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