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Metal News for June 8, 2012

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Livin Garden Releases Lyric Video

Brazilian metal band Livin Garden has released the lyric video for the song "Pain," the last track from its debut album "Where Can I Breathe" released in 2011 via Digmetalworld Records. Currently Livin Garden is writing its second album, which will feature its original lead guitar player Daniel Doria who recently rejoined the band.

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Christopher Lee To Release Second Metal Album

Iconic actor Christopher Lee (known for his roles in such films as Dracula, The Man With The Golden Gun, Lord of the Rings, The Wicker Man and the Star Wars prequels,) has announced that at the age of 90, he will release his second metal album, "The Omens Of Death," under the Charlemagne moniker he used two years ago for his first metal album, "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross." Lee claims that this second album will see him move into "full on" heavy metal, with music arranged by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can listen to two new songs, "Let Legend Mark Me as the King" and "The Ultimate Sacrifice," by heading to Amazon.com, where you may also purchase the music. A lengthy video in which Christopher Lee describes the music, as well as his storied acting career, can be seen below. The album does not yet have a release date, but it is expected to be released sometime later this year. More...

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Fallen Angel Guitarist Undergoes Surgery

Guitarist John Cruppe of Fallen Angel has posted the following statement online about his recent health issues and the current status of the band:

"This is an open letter to all fans, friends, and family members to the New York based heavy metal band Fallen Angel. I am entitling this letter 'THE DAY I FELL' or maybe even more appropriate, 'WHAT DID YOU GET FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR?'

"My name is John Cruppe and I am the founder and co-lead guitarist of Fallen Angel, and I wanted to address everything going on in our circle currently. There are a lot of rumors floating about and I wanted to set the record straight now that I can. So let me start by asking a simple question. What did you get for your Birthday this year? Was it something great and did everyone you wanted to remember it remember your day, or were you forgotten in the shuffle and disappointed? Either way let me just say that I would trade with any of you in a flash if given the opportunity.

"My Birthday is May 2nd and within ten days of it I was told I had been diagnosed with a cystic tumor on my brain stem that needed to be surgically removed immediately. They said there was nothing I could have done differently to avoid this and that they only saw a few of these over the course of a year on the norm. Prior to being properly diagnosed my primary physician and his partner [Meloni / Marino] advised me that my symptoms [numbing across entire left side of body, constant headaches and more] did not warrant an MRI even though I requested one, and in their infinite wisdom prescribed a series of B-12 shots and for me to take Aleve a couple times a day. This lasted for about six weeks prior to my official diagnosis, which ultimately led to my surgery on May 31st 2012.

"They wasted six weeks of valuable time as I suffered daily with these symptoms. They only started to take me seriously after I admitted myself into Emergency due to my symptoms becoming even more severe. Sounds like a pretty pathetic turn of events if you ask me. Soon after, my diagnosis became official, and the fear of dying or becoming paralyzed from the surgery sent me into a whirlpool of emotion that was nearly impossible to cope with as you might suspect if you were in my shoes. I was shuffled through Neurologists and Neurosurgeons until finally I was paired up with Dr. Walter at Strong Hospital. In my opinion this man is a genius with picture perfect bedside manner. More...

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Scelerata Posts Making Of "The Sniper" Video, Pt I

Brazilian metal band Scelerata posted the first part of a video series on the making of the band's third LP entitled "The Sniper." The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfiend (Motörhead/Helloween/Blind Guardian/Halford/Angra/Rage) and Renato Osorio, and had its drum tracks recorded in Blind Guardian’s studio, the Twilight Hall Studios in Germany. "The Sniper" is due out in July through Voice Music.

The band recently streamed the new track "Must Be Dreaming" which was penned especially for the band by Helloween vocalist Andi Deris, who also provides guest vocals along side Fabio Juan. Check out the track over at this location.

Scelerata is:

Fabio Juan: Vocals
Gustavo Strapazon (Ex-Holyfire/Ex-Lápide): Bass
Francis Cassol (Ex-Holyfire): Drums
Renato Osório (Fighterlord/Hibria/Magician): Guitars
Magnus Wichmann (Ex-Holyfire): Guitars

Check out the making of "The Sniper," pt. I here:

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The Power Of The Riff Fest Details Revealed

This week the return of the annual day-long invasion of Los Angeles has been confirmed via the 2012 installment of the massive The Power Of The Riff Festival. The following press release was issued:

"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining.

"Set to take place at the Echo/Echoplex, the initial lineup for The Power Of The Riff 2012 at press time includes Of!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, and Hordes, with even MORE acts to be announced in the coming weeks."

Tickets for the event go on sale this weekend at this location. Stay tuned for the LA lineup to be expanded upon, in addition to other regional The Power Of The Riff actions to be announced in the weeks ahead.

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Titans Eve Announces Shows With Anvil

Vancouver-based act Titans Eve will unleash the band's second full-length album "Life Apocalypse" on July 13th, and the band is now proud to announce an upcoming Western Canadian tour with legendary Canuck metallers Anvil.

"Our album 'Life Apocalypse' drops on July Friday the 13th, just in time for our tour with Anvil!!! We are all very excited to start playing for you guys again and to be able to join Canadian metal legends this time!" says vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin. The following press release was issued about the album:

"After touring North America last summer in support of their debut album 'The Divine Equal' that was named 'Album of the Month' (Sept 2011) by Metal Hammer Germany and conquered the #7 on the Top 20 of 2011 Canadian Loud Charts. Titans Eve returned the studio to begin work on their 11 track follow up thrasher 'Life Apocalypse' produced by the band and recorded by Sacha Laskow of Divinity at Perfect Fifth Studios in Calgary, AB.

"Like its predecessor, 'The Divine Equal', which is based on John Milton's poem 'Lost Paradise' and The Book of Genesis. Titans Eve's sophomore album 'Life Apocalypse' is a concept release that focuses on life changing events and having the courage to survive overall disaster.

"The band is now previewing 'Life Apocalypse' at this location and is available for pre-order with a FREE T-shirt on bandcamp for a limited time only here." More...

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Re-Armed Joining Suffocation And Origin On Tour

Re-Armed has announced the band is going to join Suffocation and Origin on their upcoming "The End Of Humanity" European 2012 tour this coming July. The dates featuring Re-Armed will be as follows:

10.07.2012 RO Club Napoca - TBA
11.07.2012 SK Kosice - Collosseum
14.07.2012 IT Conegliano - Appartamento Hoffman
15.07.2012 IT Rome - Blackout Rock Club
17.07.2012 FR Villeurbanne (Lyon) - C.C.O.
19.07.2012 FR Colmar - Le Grillen
21.07.2012 DE Kassel - K19
22.07.2012 DE Berlin - K17
24.07.2012 DK Aarhus - V58
25.07.2012 DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
26.07.2012 DE Braunschweig - Meier Music Hall

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Laika Announces The "Laikaruptour 2012"

The following press release has been issued about Canada's Laika heading out for the "Laikaruptour 2012" featuring Abhorupt:

"The time has come again, its tour season. Laika is going our west again and bringing along local technical death metallers Abhorupt with them. It has been a busy year for laika after completing a massive Eastern Canada tour and gearing up to record their second full length album.

"With this new tour we are showing the newer sound of Laika and exposing fans to true winnipeg Melodic Death metal We have enlisted Ronnie Ladobruk to join us on the journey out west taking over guitar duties. If this name sounds familiar, you may know him from this years Canada's Got Talent! He was apart of the Winnipeg Auditions. Ronnie has been putting a crazy amount of effort to make this tour a succesful one, awesome guitarist and cant wait to show him tour life.

"After the tour Laika will be heading into the studio with Ryan Forsyth again to record the long overdue follow up to 2010's Crafting the Cataclysm which was self released and made available for free download on their website."

July 23rd - Regina, SK - Exchange/the club
July 25th - Prince George, BC - Pizzaricos
July 26th - Vancouver - Red Room Lounge
July 27th - Edmonton - Avenue Theater
July 29th - Calgary - Lord Nelsons
july 30th - Saskatoon - The Fez
July 31st - Brandon - TBA
August 1st - Winnipeg - The Zoo More...

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God Forbid's Doc Coyle Talks Touring

Victory Records has posted a video clip online of God Forbid's Doc Coyle talking about the touring lifestyle, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:

"Check out what Guitarist/Vocalist Doc Coyle from God Forbid had to say about being on tour, and what he likes to do with his "down time" on tour!

"Catch them with Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Emmure, Pop Evil, and Battlecross on the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival!"

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Burn The Throne Fest Destroys Hammond, LA

As high school prom-goers meandered around taking photos in their overly-bright gowns near the picturesque buildings of downtown Hammond, Louisiana, groups of men in black clothing with horrific band logos and album covers smoked cigarettes outside Augustine’s Bar as blasting metal pouring out of the door, frightening the youngsters and keeping them from this side of the street. In the setting orange sun, the music began. More...

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Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Streaming New Song

Philadelphia's Rumpelstiltskin Grinder is preparing to unload "Ghostmaker," the band's belligerent third album, and first for Candlelight Records, onto North American 'bangers on June 19th. Today the title track to "Ghostmaker" has been set loose upon the masses via Rumpelstiltskin Grinder's diehard neighbors at Stereokiller right here.

The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Formed by current members of Absu, Woe, Azure Emote, Ashencult, Fucked Forever, Total Fucking Destruction, Smoker & the Rollers and more, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder's hard-partying death-thrash surges with more intensity than ever on Ghostmaker, resulting in a maniacal forty-five minute whirlwind that will surely require neck braces for unseasoned and weak metallers. The album was produced by the band and bears cover art by gore artist Mike Hrubovcak (Sinister, Grave, Hate Eternal, Cattle Decapitation, etc.) as with several of the band's previous releases.

"Just days before the album is officially in stores across the continent, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder has confirmed a hometown release show for Ghostmaker at Philly's M Room on June 15th alongside an arsenal of additional riotous acts."

6/15/2012 M Room - Philadelphia, PA w/ Scaphism, Eat The Turnbuckle, Psychosomatic, Sacrificial Blood, Primitive Ways

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Sons of Tonatiuh Reveals New Album Details

Atlanta sludge/doom marauders Sons of Tonatiuh are set to unleash their new full-length next week. Dubbed "Parade Of Sorrow," the album was recorded in November of 2011 in Athens, Georgia by Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk, features artwork by Chris Parry, and offers up 10 mammoth hymns of dirgy, filth-ridden, Southern fried crust for fans of Eyehategod, Buzzov*en, Floor and the like. Check out the artwork below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. White Wall
3. Parade of Sorrow
4. Plastic Cell
5. Colors Run Red
6. Season of Pills
7. One by One
8. Sea Sick
9. Eye So Blind
10. Fallout More...

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Terror Posts Full Documentary Online

Terror has now posted the full, uncut version of the previously released documentary about the band and front-man Scott Vogel.

Originally posted as a series, fans can now view the entire movie from start to finish. Focusing on Vogel's early bands, plus the history of Terror from the band's formation through the making of its latest album, "Keepers Of The Faith," this special documentary is a must-see for any Terror fan. Check out the video below.

Terror will be on tour in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe this summer, appearing at various festivals as well as hitting the road with Bane, Naysayer, and Rotting Out in July/August. All upcoming tour dates are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you. More...

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Requiem Laus Streaming "Absence" Track

Requiem Laus recently released the "Impulse" mini-CD and a track from the album, titled "Absence," is now available for streaming online. Check out the song in the player below. You can also check out a teaser trailer for "Impulse" at this location.

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Lizzy Borden Announces Festival Appearances

Lizzy Borden will appear at several upcoming European summer festivals including the Gods Of Metal on June 23rd in Italy and the Hellfest Summer Open Air on June 15th in France. Lizzy Borden is also confirmed as the co-headliner at the Kavarna Rock Fest at Kaliakra Stadium in Bulgaria on July 15th and the Headbangers Open Air Germany on July 26th, 2012.

For more info on upcoming Lizzy Borden live appearances, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

June 15: Clisson, France - Hellfest Open Air Festival
June 23: Rho (Milan), Italy - Gods of Metal Open Air Festival
July 15: Kavarna, Bulgaria - Kavarna Rock Festival
July 26: Brande-Hörnerkirchen (outside Hamburg) Germany Headbangers Open Air

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Texas In July Posts Studio Video Update

Texas In July is currently recording a third full-length album with Will Putney at The Machine Shop Studios in NJ. Texas In July has now checked in with a video update from the band's time in the studio and performing recent live shows. Check out the clip below.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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We Came As Romans Joining Never Say Die Tour

U.S. act We Came As Romans has just been confirmed for the headlining slot of this year's installment of the Impericon Never Say Die Tour/ This marks the bands second invasion of Europe in support of most recent effort "Understanding What We've Grown To Be," which was released by Nuclear Blast in 2011.

Commented guitarist Joshua Moore: "Our first time in Europe was two years ago, opening the Never Say Die tour. To think that our European fans have been so supportive over these past two years to have us back and now headlining, is an amazing feeling. We can't wait to return and have a great time with all of you, sharing our second Impericon Never Say Die Tour experience!"

The trek also features Bless the Fall, Stick to Your Guns, For the Fallen Dreams, Obey the Brave, and The Browning. Dates are as follows: More...

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Sandraudiga Streaming Song From Latest Album

Pennsylvania act Sandraudiga has posted the song "Chantilly Lace" online, which is taken off the band's latest album "The Hollow Nation."

Check out the track over at Reverbnation or in the player below. Sandraudiga also commented:

"Check out this song from our recently released full-length album The Hollow Nation. You can purchase the album, or single songs, and merch on amazon.com, bornofchaosrecords.com, or come find the members yourself and get a person experience. Please help us share our music!" More...

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Auroch Reveals New Album Track Listing

Vancouver BC's grind death metallers Auroch are currently gearing up for their "Canadian Abomination Tour" and have now officially named their debut full length "From Forgotten Worlds." The track listing is as follows:

1. From Forgotten Worlds
2. Fleshless Ascension (Paths of Dawn)
3. Slaves To A Flame Undying
4. Dregs Of Sanity
5. Talisman For Total Temporal Collapse
6. Terra Akeldama
7. Bloodborne Conspiracy
8. Tundra Moon

"At long last we're excited to reveal the name of this first full length release and the songs that lie therein. This has represented a lot of work, sweat and blood and it is reflected in the music. Prepare for a total death metal onslaught!" comments Auroch vocalist/guitarist Seb Montesi. More...

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Dying Fetus Posts Music Video Teaser

A little under two weeks remain before the release of the new Dying Fetus album "Reign Supreme," which hits stores on June 19th. The record is available for pre-order here.

The band recently completed work on a video for the song "From Womb to Waste." The video features 12 camera angles from a live sold out show and was filmed and directed by Scott Hansen (Animals as Leaders, A Day to Remember). A trailer for the video can be seen below.

Dying Fetus kick of the band's summer touring season tonight as part of the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" in North America with label mates Revocation and Six Feet Under. More...

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Eths Streaming Entire New Album

French metal superstars Eths are streaming their newest offering "III" in it's entirety courtesy of the rad folks over at Gunshyassassin.com.

"III" (reviewed here) was released by Season of Mist on June 5th and was produced by the band and Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, In Flames) in Studio Fredman. The band has also announced several European shows. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

6/20 La Louvière, Belgium @ Power Festival
6/23 Flemalle, Belgium @ Fiesta du Rock
9/07 Colmar, France @ Le Grillen
9/08 Braine Le Comte, Belgium @ Autumn Rock Fest
9/09 St Maurice De Gourdan's, France @ Sylak Open Air

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Fall Against Fate Issues Road Report

U.K. act Fall Against Fate has checked in with the following road report and announcement about recruiting new guitarist Dan Murtagh:

"We have not long been back from tour and we just wanted to type a huge thank you to everyone who came to one of the shows, helped us out on the tour, and all the promoters for putting us on.

"We didn’t really know what to expect from the tour to be honest, but we had an amazing time, the amount of people who came to the shows was a little overwhelming and we can’t wait to hit the road again! We can’t say thank you to everyone enough for the support we had at these shows, this was our first headline tour so it was great to see you all at the venues.

"These were our first shows with our new guitarist Dan Murtagh who would we would like to welcome into the band, he played our first shows with us on this tour so thank you to everyone who made him feel so welcome. More...

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Black Tusk Announces Headlining Tour

Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk has confirmed the group will be heading back to Europe this summer for a first ever European headlining tour. Support on the tour will come from Okkultokrati. The tour is scheduled to begin July 8th in Köln, Germany and run through July 20th in Tonsberg, Norway with an appearance at Slottsfjell Fest.

Black Tusk is currently on the road and will be joining back up with Municipal Waste's headlining tour, which will also feature special guests 3 Inches of Blood. The dates with Municipal Waste run from June 11th in Anaheim, CA and wrap up June 26th in New York, NY. A video trailer for all of the Black Tusk dates can be viewed below. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Just Like Charlie Sheen

Earlier this week American Dog gave fans a taste of their new album, and now they have released a Rob Kern directed video for the debut single "Just Like Charlie Sheen." The track appears on American Dog's sixth studio album, "Poison Smile," due for release on June 8th via Colonial Canine in North America and Bad Reputation in Europe.

It was just over a year ago when Charlie Sheen took over the news claiming "tiger blood and Adonis DNA." Sheen ranted to anyone who would listen while sitting in smoked filled rooms figuring out how to get the movie Major League 3 made. Along with his two porn star girlfriends (Charlie has since been inducted into The Wilt Chamberlin Hall of Fame – Gene Simmons is the only other member) Sheen went on tour and somehow got a new television deal. Should Sheen be looking for a soundtrack to his life (or Major League 3) he may want to give American Dog a ring.

The video shows the band members dressed as Charlie’s characters from Platoon, Major League, and Two and Half Men. There is also a "girl" in heavy red lipstick that is both disturbing and VERY HIGH on the comedy scale. The song is typical American Dog, very course and very high energy blues. This band is big with the biker crowd which makes sense given Charlie Sheen seems like he may be appreciated in this group as well. It would have been nice to see a "Bud Fox" character and maybe a reference to Blue Star airlines would have been nice. Still, this video is entertaining and the song will play well at the Hamburg Harley Days Event in Germany and the Rock and Blues Custom Show in England.

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Anathema Announces Shows With Opeth

Anathema has issued the following announcement about adding on more tour dates, including shows supporting Sweden's Opeth:

"As promised, we're now able to announce the big news! Not only have we added a further 11 shows to our European tour but we are also confirmed as special guests to the mighty OPETH on a selection of their UK and European shows in November!

"This tour also includes three very special unplugged shows including London's Union Chapel. Tickets for the new tour dates and Opeth shows are on sale from 15th June."

Anathema is touring in support of the band's new album "Weather System" (reviewed here), while Opeth is performing in support of latest album "Heritage" (reviewed here). More...

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The Contortionist To Tour With Jeff Loomis

The Contortionist has announced a headlining tour with Jeff Loomis presented by Metalsucks, with additional sponsorship from Royal Family Clothing and Guitar World Magazine. Kicking off in Indianapolis, IN, dates will run through July and August (dates available below, more to be announced soon). Support will come from Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes.

The Contortionist will also be featured on a handful of dates in this year's Summer Slaughter tour. The band will release new record "Intrinsic" on July 17th, 2012 via eOne/Good Fight Music.

"On 'Intrinsic', we've found ourselves focusing on the songwriting as well as the new textures and melody we're striving for. Each song has its own identity and flow, but the album is fun to listen through in order cause of the conceptual ties," says vocalist / keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter.

The upcoming tour dates from The Contortionist are as follows: More...

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Mnemic Streaming New Song

Danish modern metal act Mnemic will be releasing new album "Mnemesis" in North America on June 19th, 2012. The band has now posted a new song from the album online for streaming.

Check out the track "Junkies on the Storm" by heading over to this location or using the SoundCloud player below. The previously posted song "I've Been You" is also available for streaming over here.

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Crescent Shield Comments On Vocalist's Death

As was previously reported, Crescent Shield vocalist Michael Grant passed away late last month. The band has now posted the following statement online about releasing new material that Michael had already recorded and then putting the band to rest:

"As most of you have heard by now, Michael Grant died on May 31st. It’s still painful and hard to accept. His obituary has been posted in the Greenwich Time. It’s a nice tribute. Here it is:

MICHAEL DONALD GRANT III, age 39, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 31st in Los Angeles CA from a cerebral hemorrhage and complications of liver disease. Actor, vocalist, songwriter, lyricist and sports fan. Loving son of Betsy and Michael Grant of Greenwich CT, brother of Andrew, Luke, and Bettina McCarthy, Uncle to Wim and Avery McCarthy, Barlow Grant and Godfather to Avery. Namesake of his grandfather, the late M. Donald Grant, a co-founder of the New York Mets, he was a devoted follower of the NL baseball club. He also adored NHL hockey, and cheered for his adopted hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings. He attended Brunswick School and Trinity-Pawling School before graduating from Greenwich High School in 1991. He then was accepted for the two year program at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and after completion toured the country as the Genie in a national production of “Aladdin”. He then moved to L.A. and began actuating his life-long love affair with the heavy metal music genre. As lead vocalist for the metal bands “Legend Maker,” “Onward” and “Crescent Shield” he was known for his rich and powerful baritone, and the passion with which he infused his music. He will also be remembered for his gift for comedy, his spot-on impressions of friends and associates, his warm and gentle nature, and his consistent effort to create a smile on everyone he came upon. A memorial mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 469 North Street, Greenwich, CT on Thursday June 14th at 11:00 am.

"I’m sure there are few Crescent Shield fans chuckling at the thought of Mike as the Genie in Aladdin! The guy sure had multiple talents. Besides the CT memorial, we are also planning a memorial for Michael around Los Angeles which will probably take place in July. More information forthcoming.

"I would sincerely like to thank all the fans and friends of Michael that have offered condolences to both Michael’s family and me and the band. The outpouring of love and respect for Mike from music outlets, blogs, forums, and social sites has been amazing. It’s heartwarming to be part of such a wonderful community of caring, like-minded music fans. My respect for the heavy metal community has increased many times over.

"Some people have asked if Crescent Shield will find a new singer and continue. No. However, I mentioned that Michael and I had been writing material for another album. What I want to do is release this material. I have demo recordings of eight songs with me on the guitar and bass, a drum machine, and Michael singing. On seven of them, the vocals are recorded in good quality. On one song the vocals are horrible quality; my recording computer died and we had to improvise. I would like to rerecord the music with the rest of the band and use Mike’s vocal tracks; and rerecord the vocals on the one poor sound quality song. A guest vocalist will do that. This will be the last new music Crescent Shield will ever release. I know Mike would be happy his last songs were properly and professionally released.

"Here is a demo recording of one of the songs Mike and I wrote a while back called Flags of Thunder. This song was inspired by our fallen musical heroes especially Ronnie James Dio. Mike’s eloquent lyrics describe how we miss our fallen heroes and how we carry on their musical tradition; carry the flags of thunder. It’s so sad and ironic that Mike is now one of those fallen heroes."

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The Murder Of My Sweet Posts New Music Video

Swedish gothic metal band The Murder of My Sweet posted a new music video for the song "Unbreakable." The track appers on the band's sophomore LP "Bye Bye Lullaby." The album is available now through AFM Records.

Check out "Unbreakable" here:

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Paradise Lost Drummer To Miss Shows

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about drummer Adrian Erlandsson missing upcoming summer shows:

"Due to diary clashes we are sorry to say Adrian Erlandsson won’t be playing with the band when they appear at Costa De Fuego on the 20th July, and also Wacken on the 4th August. However we didn’t want to let anyone down, so we are pleased to welcome back the lovely Jeff Singer as special guest drummer for both these shows!"

Jeff had this to say: "Really looking forward to getting back in the driving seat with my PL pals for a couple of shows. I was really pleased to be asked and am currently removing the cobwebs before winding the shit out of Holmes for a couple of weeks. Bring on the inconvenient flights and expensive airport food. I can't wait. The 'Moanometer' is being charged. See you on the road!"

Paradise Lost is performing in support of new album "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here) and will also be touring alongside Katatonia and The Devin Townsend Project this coming September.

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Agave Maize Reveals New Album Artwork

Melbourne black metallers Agave Maize have now revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming new album "Thrones of Isolation," which can be viewed below. You can also check out a previously posted teaser trailer for the new album at this location. Further details on the release date and launch show for "Thrones of Isolation" will be announced shortly. More...

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Mortician To Support Lillian Axe On European Tour

Austrian traditional metal act Mortician (not to be confused with the U.S. death metal band of the same name) will be supporting Lillian Axe on the upcoming "The Days Before Tomorrow" European tour.

Also appearing on the bill will be Seven Thorns and Human Zoo. The currently announced dates are as follows:

09.09.2012 CZ Exit Club, Prague
12.09.2012 HU Club 202, Budapest
13.09.2012 AT Harly's , Innsbruck
14.09.2012 DE Paradox, Ingolstadt
15.09.2012 CH Rock City, Uster More...

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Cryptopsy Reveals New Album Artwork

Cryptopsy has revealed the artwork, created by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, for the band's upcoming new release. Check out the cover below. Cryptopsy has also announced the track listing will be as follows:

1. Two-Pound Torch
2. Shag Harbour's Visitors
3. Red-Skinned Scapegoat
4. Damned Draft Dodgers
5. Amputated Enigma
6. The Golden Square Mile
7. Ominous
8. Cleansing the Hosts More...

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Vision Divine Signs With EarMusic/Edel, New LP

Italian power/progressive band Vision Divine, founded by guitarist and songwriter Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), announced that the band has signed with Germany's EarMusic/Edel Group Records and will release its seventh studio album "Destination Set to Nowhere" on September 14, 2012.

According to the press release: “Destination Set To Nowhere” is a melting pot, a perfect mix of all the styles the band has crossed and experimented with over the years. The concept album is kept in their well-known style, spiced up with a futuristic twist. The high-class production adds up to the unbelievably driven sound.

The concept of “Destination Set To Nowhere” takes place in space, starting from the social-political troubles everybody is experiencing in every-day life. It follows a man on his journey through open space, after having left the earth together with like-minded people. They set out to search a new home, a new planet to make everything better, to live their vision of peace. Finally, after a long journey, a new planet to call home has been found. But slowly, the crew falls back into the same old routines. The new found heaven has turned into the same hell they all wanted to leave behind. The only way to escape is to set out again, one man leaving alone – destination set to nowhere.

Thorsen had the following comments on the album: “We are sure this album will finally give us the chance to show all of our potential, and we worked hard on it in order to give the best possible album. In the end, we went even beyond our expectations, and I must admit it’s also thanks to the excitement and the good vibes we got from starting this adventure.” More...

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House Of Shakira Posts New Music Video

Swedish hard rockers House of Shakira posted a new music video for the song "Midnight Hunger." The song appears on the band's sixth LP "HoS" which was issued in late January through Lion Music. The album features the debut of vocalist Andreas Novak (Novak/Mind’s Eye).

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The Chant Posts Trailer For New Album

Finnish act The Chant has posted a trailer for the band's third LP and first for Lifeforce Records entitled "A Healing Place." The album is scheduled for release on August 14th, 2012 (North America) and August 20th, 2012 (EU) through the label.

The track listing for "A Healing Place" is as follows:

1. Outlines
2. Spectral Light
3. Riverbed
4. The Black Corner
5. Ocean Speaks
6. Distant Drums
7. My Kin
8. Regret

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Morgoth Streaming New Live Track

Recently re-activated German death metal band Morgoth is streaming the live version of the song "Body Count," which appeared on the band's 1991 debut full length release "Cursed." The track is part of the forthcoming live album entitled "Cursed to Live," which is scheduled for release on June 25, 2012 through Century Media Records.

The track list for "Cursed to Live" is as follows:

1. Body Count
2. Exit to Temptation
3. Travel
4. Resistance
5. Suffer Life
6. Under the Surface
7. Burnt Identity
8. Sold Baptism
9. Pits of Utumno
10. Isolated
11. White Gallery

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A Forest Of Stars Posts New Album Preview Clip

U.K. psychedelic black metal act A Forest of Stars posted a preview clip from the band's forthcoming third LP "A Shadowplay for Yesterdays." The album will be released on July 20, 2012 through Prophecy Productions.

The track listing for "A Shadowplay for Yesterdays" is as follows:

1. Directionless Resurrectionist
2. Prey Tell of the Church Fate
3. A Prophet for a Pound of Flesh
4. The Blight of God's Acre
5. Man's Laughter
6. The Underside of Eden
7. Gather of the Pure
8. Left Behind as Static
9. Corvus Corona (Pt. I)
10. Corvus Corona (Pt. II)

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Battle Beast Posts Live Video For "Iron Hand"

Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted a new live video for the song "Iron Hand." The video was directed by Denis Goria, mixed and mastered by Anton Kabanen and recorded by Kimmo Ahola. The footage was captured from the band's performance in France on European tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which is available now on Nuclear Blast Records.

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