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Metal News for July 11, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

O'Captain My Captain Streaming Songs

Phoenix melodic metal band O'Captain My Captain is streaming four songs over on ReverbNation, or listen to them in the player below. The band is also looking for a drummer after the departure of Dan on percussion. O'Captain My Captain barely started out in the winter of 2011 and has already shared the stage with artists such as Molotov Solution and Like Wolves at a Mesa show. For more information on the band, visit its Facebook profile.

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Nuclear Streaming New EP

Chilean thrash metal band Nuclear has released “Apatrida” via Digmetalworld Records in the U.S. and Sick Bangers Metal Label & Distro in Chile, available on July 25th in Digital and Digipack format, and by late October in Gatefold LP. You may listen to the entire new five-song EP at Digmetalworld, or stream it below.

The new album "Apatrida" was produced by Sebastian Puente and Francisco Haussmann at Audio Custom Studios in Santiago, Chile. The art work was done by Claudio Botarro, who was in charge of translating the band’s idea of a controversial and direct message about the current Chilean political status. Members of the band commented on the new album:

“We tried to bring a powerful concept using iconic figures of Chilean political history. The same old factions fighting over who has the power and money, as true vultures. For those who have no intention of making things right, this is our message. The band has always been straightforward and up front in its albums and we didn’t make an exception this time”

“We had this idea to put out an EP which we think has more flexibility in terms of composition and sound. It is very aggressive material and lyric-wise it has a strong political content. We know for sure it will appeal to those who like our music," stated the guitarists Sebastian and Francisco.

The "Apatrida" promotional tour has already confirmed the following dates:

July 25 @ Teatro Caupolican, Santiago CL (w/ At The Gates)
August 18 @ Club 334, Santiago CL (w/ Poema Arcanvs)
August 31 @ San Luis Potosi, Mexico (w/ Malevolent Creation y Absu)
September 01 @ Mexico DF, Mexico (Ultrametal Festival w/ Malevolent Creation, Absu, Hate Eternal)

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Rocking Corpses Releases Debut

This Friday the 13th, Abyss Records is set to unleash the final selection from the Summer of Sickness Campaign 2012 with "Rock N' Rott," the debut from Finland's horror-worshiping heavy rock duo Rocking Corpses. Rocking Corpses was conceived in the end of 2007 after vocalist/guitarist Tony DK realized what kind of music he really wanted to do.

Being a big fan of bluesy rock, death metal and horror, Rocking Corpses was going to be a mixture of all that he loved in music and movies. Some months later, bassist/vocalist Leper Laze got interested in the idea and joined forces with Tony. In 2009 two demo songs were recorded and in 2010 they decided to record a whole 10 piece story about the apocalypse as seen through the eyes of a zombie. Below is the tracklisting and cover art of "Rock N' Rott," plus a fan-made video for the track "925" follows after the jump.

1. Intro - Into the Grave
2. Up from the Grave
3. Necropolis
4. For Better for Worse
5. Take a Whiskey
6. Life for a Life
7. 925
8. Rocking Corpses
9. In the Dead of Night
10. Necrophiliacs
11. Dead End

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Relief Fund Set Up For Cro-Mags Bassist

A medical relief fund has been set up for Cro-Mags bass player Mike "The Gook" Couls, after he was stabbed by former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan last week. A statement from the BlackNBlue Productions website reads as follows:

"In lieu of recent events at the Cro-Mags show this past weekend at Webster Hall, the family of Mike “The Gook” Couls has set up a donation fund via PayPal to help absorb the extraordinary expenses accrued from having been stabbed multiple times and hospitalized – with no insurance.

"Mike is a recent parent of a beautiful baby girl who could have very easily been left fatherless due to the erratic and callous actions of the perpetrator, Harley Flanagan. It is with great fortune that the aforementioned possibility is not the reality, however, the enormous bills from the hospital are.

"A lifetime of commitment is what Mike “The Gook” has offered the greater Hardcore community. We ask that you please donate in honor of his dedication to this community we are all a part of and also in support of his family."

If you would like to donate to the fund, please send any and all money to mikeandkriscouls@gmail.com (please mark payment as "donation.")

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"And Justice For Art" Series Debuts

"...And Justice For Art" premiered today, July 11th, 2012 on www.PureGrainAudio.com and a new episode in the series is scheduled to be released weekly. The articles include in-depth research and exclusive interviews with musicians, designers and industry insiders about landmark cover artworks albums such as Death's 'Symbolic', Sigh's 'In Somniphobia', Cormorant's 'Dwellings', Slayer's 'Reign in Blood', Opeth "Heritage" and many more. To view the first article visit this location today. Check out the video teaser for the series below.

"...And Justice For Art" is the result of the tireless efforts from the series' mastermind and frequent PureGrain writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with Third World Metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records. "In the past, there have been many attempts to tell stories about this subject ", says Ramon, "but never with this level of hindsight and detail. I think what will make this series different is that we are telling stories from different points of view and exploring these cover artworks from a human, psychological, artistic and historical perspective. I truly believe this will be something very unique and special and that everyone reading these articles will be learning and discovering new things about Contemporary Arts and Metal."

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Famous Last Words Cancels Canadian Shows

Famous Last Words has issued the following brief announcement about canceling upcoming Canadian shows:

"To all Canadian fans:

"Due to problems at Customs we are not able to finish the remaining Canadian dates. We are SO SORRY we can't make it. Hopefully we can get this resolved and come back some day!!!

"Sorry again, love you guys!"

Famous Last Words will be embarking on the "Destroyer Your Fears" U.S. tour later this month and in August. Full details on the run are available at this location.

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Scott Kelly To Release New Solo Album

Founding Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Scott Kelly is preparing to release his new solo album in North America via Neurot Records on August 14th.

The past two years have seen Scott Kelly touring across three continents, besides recording for and releasing a split 7? with Wino and the most recent Songs of Townes Van Zandt tribute album with Wino and fellow Neurosis mate Steve Von Till. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The new full-length sees Kellyonce again digging deep into very personal territories as on his previous solo works including his lauded Spirit Bound Flesh and The Wake, yet forges a brand new path as fellow musicians Noah Landis (Neurosis) and Greg Dale join this new venture as Scott Kelly And The Road Home. Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) and Josh Graham (A Storm Of Light) make guest appearances on the album’s seventh track 'The Field That Surrounds Me' and the cover art for the album was completed by Thomas Hooper.

"The eight tracks found on the new opus, entitled The Forgiven Ghost In Me, was recorded by Landis, and runs deep with over forty minutes of foreboding Americana over eight new anthems, showcasing the ever-evolving artist brandishing some of his most expressive hymns of pain, reflection and redemption to date."

Stated Scott Kelly on the album: “This record continues my passion for acoustic experimentation, this time with a more fleshed out sound and a more diverse use of musicians and instrumentation. But in the end, as I have stated before, this is all about the songs in their rawest form. The stories that they reveal and the emotions that run rampant through my heart.” More...

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Testament Posts "Making Of Dark Roots" Pt. II

Testament posted a second behind the scenes video on the making of the band's forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." In this installment, guitarist Alex Skolnick explains how he and Eric Peterson have developed as a team better than ever on the new release. "Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out part one of the series by heading over to this location. The new track "True American Hate" can be heard here.

Check out part two of the "making of Dark Roots" here:

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Static-X Announces Summer Tour

Static-X has begun announcing tour dates for Summer 2012. The band, fronted by Singer/Guitarist Wayne Static, will embark on dates beginning July 15th at the Ink Life Tattoo Convention at the El Paso Coliseum.

Static commented on the upcoming tour saying, "I had a great time over the past few years doing my Pighammer album and solo tours, but it's time to get Static-X back on the road. I can’t wait to tear it up with some old school Evil Disco!”

Original bassist Tony Campos will not be joining the band on this tour but says “I’m proud of my years with Static X, and want to see the name of the band stay alive and well. I hope that all of our fans will continue to support both Wayne and I in our individual endeavors.” This first leg will feature newcomers Davey Suicide and 9 Electric, and are just the beginning of a long string of dates. Expect more announcements soon for additional shows.

7/15 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
7/16 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
7/17 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
7/18 Dallas, TX @ Trees
7/19 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
7/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
7/23 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/24 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
7/25 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
7/26 Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
7/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/30 Norfolk, VA @ Norva

With Prong:
8/1: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (Silver Spring)
8/3: N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/5: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
8/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/15: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

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By The Patient Signs With Deathbound Records

Deathbound Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with By The Patient:

"To honour our pledge to make the world a louder place We are extremely proud to announce that Denmark's By the Patient has signed with Deathbound records for the fall release of their brutal new masterpiece Premonitions. Stay tuned for more details to come."

To get acquainted with By The Patient, check out the single "Oceans of Emptiness" in the player available below.

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Circle Of Contempt Posts Studio Video

Finland's Circle of Contempt has posted a new studio video update featuring bassist Markus Karhumäki. Check out the clip below. You can also check out the band's previously posted video update at this location.

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Dragonforce Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Dragonforce for the 2013 edition:

"After a short visit to the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, London, they are now sailing under Dragonforce through The Channel. Their Course: West-Southwest.

"Round 3 of 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, went on public sale on Tuesday July 10, 2012 at 12PM noon Eastern Time.

"Imagine starting the year in style: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go once again to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime?

"Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... and don't get intimidated by copy-cats! Unlike others we remove the seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage to sail the open seas. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, our infamous Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

The following 13 out of 40 bands have already been announced:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
LACUNA COIL
NILE
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

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Parkway Drive Enters The Studio

Parkway Drive is currently bunkered down in a Los Angeles studio hard at work on the band's fourth album.The as-yet-untitled effort is the follow-up to 2010’s "Deep Blue," which debuted #39 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200, #2 in Australia, as well as reaching solid Gold and winning the ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock and Metal Album.

Fans are invited to check out in-studio photos by heading over to Altpress.com.

The recording is due to take seven weeks, which is the longest time the band has spent on any album. Production is being overseen by Matt Hyde, whose vast resume includes Slayer, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Hatebreed, and Children of Bodom.

Parkway Drive vocalist Winston McCall comments, “When we finished Deep Blue I was like, ‘I don’t know where we go from here?’ But if there was ever a way to step up from the last record, this is the way to do it. We’re expanding in every way we can. But at the same time – and I say this with every new record – it still sounds like Parkway.”

Stay tuned for title, artwork, and tracklisting details in the coming weeks. In other news, Parkway Drive will also be heading out on tour with Emmure this November.

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Sophicide Streaming Another Song From New Album

Today the bestial beings at Decibel bring to the masses “Within Darkness,” the second track off "Perdition Of The Sublime" from German tech death manipulators, Sophicide. Puncture your eardrums on "Within Darkness" over at this location.

Comments founder Adam Laszlo of the track: “‘Within Darkness’ is a song about radical religion — more specifically radical islamists, people who are brought up to defy every form of sanity and reason and stop at nothing to live up to their hideous and inane beliefs. Our society needs to overcome this insanity. It’s time to discard our gods and ‘holy scriptures’ and reach for intellectual enlightenment!”

Set for North American release on August 14th, 2012 via Willowtip Records, "Perdition Of The Sublime" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Laszlo at his home studio and features 11 smoldering hymns of complex yet rhythmic brutality. Formed as a one-man-project in 2009 by Laszlo, Sophicide means “murder of wisdom” and serves as the central theme of "Perdition Of The Sublime." More...

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Blindfold Posts Playthrough Video

Greece's Blindfold has posted a playthrough video online for the song "A Beautiful Discord," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on its sound and history:

"Blindfold try not to set limits within their music. They combine lots of the music elements in their style. From sweet, slow, melodies and harmonies to heavy, fast and techniqual riffs and solos Blindfold reach the hearts of not only rock and metal fans.

"Blindfold were formed in the year 2007 by Nick Mavromatis and Alex Malioukis. Many line up changes took place while Blindfold were trying to find their sound and musicians capable to cope with the requirments Nick and Alex had set for their band. After many audiences with musicians Blindfold found the best within their age." More...

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Empress To Release New Single

Empress is a new prog quartet from Berkshire, which will be releasing a debut single in the form of double a-side "Left In Awe / Nostalgia" on September 16th. The band will also be supporting Baroness on 12th July at the Barfly in Camden. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Empress has been writing since the start of 2011, honing their style together; quietly and carefully. The result is a sound that belies their young age – all are in their early 20s. Soothing and vicious in turn, they juxtapose gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by a detonating roar.

"There are as many elements of Mastodon, Metallica and Opeth in the music as there are of the more melodic Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Elbow – all huge bands and all huge influences on Empress. If that seems like quite the motley crew, you’ll understand why Empresses’s sound is so hard to pin down."

You can also watch the band's clip for "Left In Awe" through the player below. More...

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Truth And Its Burden Announces European Tour

Truth and Its Burden has announced dates to the band's upcoming tour of Europe titled the "Gears Of Progression Tour." The tour features stops at some of Europe’s top summer festivals including Leperfest, Brutal Assault, Days of Fury Fest, and Voice of Art Fest. Dates are as follows:

04/08 Denmark // Fredericia - Days Of Fury Fest
05/08 Germany // TBA
06/08 Germany // TBA
07/08 Poland // Wegrow - In Decks Musiclub
08/08 Poland // Bielsko Bala - Rude Boy Club
09/08 Czech Republic // Jaromer - Brutal Assault Festival
11/08 Belgium // Ieper – Ieperfest
12/08 Austria // Haag - Böllerbaue (w/ A Wilhelm Scream)
13/08 Austria // Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller (w/ Death By Stereo, Devil In Me)
14/08 Austria // Vienna - Aera (w/ Death By Stereo, Devil In Me)
15/08 Czech Republic // Ostrava - Barrak Music Club
16/08 Poland // Warsaw - Progresja Music Club
17/08 Germany // Berlin – Cometclub
18/08 Germany // Leisnig - Voice Of Art Festival

Truth And Its Burden’s album "Choices" is available now via Rite of Passage Records. The band also recently premiered a music video for the track “The Decider,” which can be seen here.

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Reign Of Vengeance Releases Official Video

Reign Of Vengeance has released the music video for "She's Best Kept Headless." This version is without the story line cut scenes and depicts the band performing within the desert underneath the scorching and tormenting Arizona sun.

Vocalist Marshal "Fucking" Beck comments, "For those of you visually-gore obsessed fanatics that version will be coming soon. For now, you'll have to read the lyrics and allow the demented part of your own mind to visualize the brutal, blood-soaked, and horrifying story line as it unfolds. Olden day style when people actually knew how to read books and use their own imaginations to visualize certain things for themselves. The lyrics are within the description."

The video for "She's Best Kept Headless" was shot and edited by www.HorrorMerch.com. The band has recently started work on the follow-up to its 2011 release, "Disemboweling Swine". Entitled "The Final Solution; The Final Rebellion," the five-song EP is currently in pre-production and is scheduled for release later this year.

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Face Off Posts New Album Teaser

Serbian female-fronted metal act Face Off has posted a teaser online for the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled album. Check out the preview clip in the SoundCloud player available below, or find more info on Face Off via Facebook.

Face Off is:

Marija Kovacevic - vocals
Stefan Vitasovic - guitars
Boris Zaborski - guitars
Stanislav Stanojevic - bass More...

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Clutch Kicking Off Summer Tour Tonight

Maryland rockers Clutch are kicking off their summer tour tonight in Fayetteville, AR at George's Majestic Lounge. Support will be provided by Prong and Lionize. The tour also features festival appearances at the "Forecastle Festival" in Louisville, KY and the "Artscape Festival" in Baltimore, MD. The run is scheduled to wrap up July 22nd in Richmond, VA at The National.

Clutch will also be playing select dates in August with Lionize as well as performing at WWBN's "Dirt Fest" this August. These shows are scheduled for August 9th - August 12th. Opening these dates will be the band Monster Truck from Toronto, ON.

The band has now rescheduled the two shows that were postponed this May. These dates are now scheduled for November 1st through 3rd; Lionize will be providing direct support and MonstrO will open these dates. More...

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Wis(h)key Releases "Words In Whiskey" Video

Barcelona's Wis(h)key has released a new music video for the song "Words In Whiskey," which is taken off the band's debut self-titled album. The music video, available below, was written, directed and, produced by Abel Fernandez for Toxicvision Films. Enjoy the video and...drink up!

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The Mob To Release New 7" Singles

Sometime during 1980 searching for a harder/faster outlet than the current NYC punk rock trend, three teenagers from Jackson Heights, Queens: Jack Flanagan, Jose Gonzalez and Ralph Gebbia formulated The Mob. Once the concept was established they added high-school bud Jamie Shanahan on drums, to round out the 4 piece assault. The early Mob sound was heavily influenced by what was going on in L.A. and D.C.

Fast forward to 2012 and The Mob is back in business. This year's Black N' Blue Bowl marked The Mob's return to the stage and to the forefront of the NYHC scene after a ten year absence. Along with performing at the Black N' Blue Bowl this year, The Mob has recorded newest offering "Back to Queens" which will be released in true "MobStyle" as a 7" vinyl including the track "That's It." This release is limited to 1000 individually hand numbered copies which were signed by all four members of the band.

"Back To Queens" is the first in a series of four 7" singles that will be released by The Mob on Weathermaker Music. The artwork for the singles was created by New York tattoo artist Mr. Den. While each single has its own distinct artwork, once all four are released each piece takes on a new meaning as one part of a complete piece of art. There will also be a digital version of the single available which includes a bonus offering of "Zoo Crew." More...

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Rise To Remain Posts Warped Tour Footage

The UK-based Rise To Remain has launched the premiere video in a multi-part series capturing the band's first trip to the States. Currently on the Vans Warped Tour, the band has been melting faces daily on the Monster Energy Stage. These videos document the band's neophyte experiences during the grueling days on the Summer's biggest tour. Check out the clip below.

"City of Vultures," Rise to Remain's debut release, hit North America last month. This special edition CD includes download links to four bonus audio tracks ("Breaking The Hollow," "Darkest Days," "Heartless," and "The Unwanted") that were recorded specifically for the U.S. version as well as all four of City of Vultures' music videos ("Nothing Left," "Power Through Fear," "The Serpent" and "This Day Is Mine"). More...

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Grave Streaming Song Off New Album

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. To hear the album's first single, "Passion Of The Weak," head over to Decibel Magazine.com here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dystopia
2. Amongst Marble And The Dead
3. Disembodied Steps
4. Flesh Epistle
5. Passion Of The Weak
6. Winds Of Chains
7. Encountering The Divine
8. Perimortem
9. Plague Of Nations
10. Epos

The art for "Endless Procession Of Souls" was once again made by the experienced hands of Costin Chioreanu, who also worked with Grave on the two preceding studio albums. Costin has not only done the cover artwork, but also some extra art for the inside of the CD booklet and the vinyl. More...

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Hooded Menace Reveals New Album Details

Finland's doom/death-lords Hooded Menace have completed work on their new down-tuned masterpiece "Effigies of Evil." Marking their first release for Relapse Records, "Effigies of Evil" will be unleashed upon the masses on September 25th in CD, 2xLP, and digital editions including a special deluxe edition vinyl release, which comes with a limited edition 7" featuring covers by Witchfinder General and Eternal Darkness.

"Effigies of Evil" features artwork by David D'Andrea, which is now available for viewing below, and pre-orders for the album can be found here. Upcoming Hooded Menace live shows are as follows:

August 18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Lepakkomies
August 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Kill-Town Death Fest More...

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Clenched Fist Streaming New Song

Brazilian metal band Clenched Fist is streaming the new song "Spirit of the Death." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "The Gift Of Death," which is due for release on September 15, 2012 through Infernö Records. The album marks the first release since the 2008 debut "Tribute to the Brave Ones," was issued through Marquee Records.

Check out "Spirit of the Death" here:

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Nemesis Records Comments On 4ARM Leaving Tour

Australian act 4ARM recently announced the band was dropping off its first ever U.S. run, dubbed the "Zombie Apocalypse" tour, due to problems with Nemesis Records and having to play subpar venues. Nemesis Records has now issued the following statement about the issue and the venue in question:

"It is unfortunate that we had to drop 4ARM from the Zombie Apocalypse Tour. It became clear to us that the band’s refusal to play The Workshop, and their choice to leave the venue instead of supporting their tour mates would negatively affect the morale of the entire tour. We strive to promote a culture of solidarity between the bands and with the club promoters we work with. We did not feel it was in anyone’s best interest for the bands, promoters, managers, and most importantly, the fans to be finding out if 4ARM was playing each date as we rolled into the venue.

"With regards to the venues along the tour route, The Workshop has seen great metal acts including: Six Feet Under, All Shall Perish, and Dying Fetus. Also, there are a number of bigger name venues on the route including: The Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX, El Corazon in Seattle, WA, and The Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA(where the tour is set to end at the Bay Area Metal Festival).

"In addition, each band was provided proper directions, dates, times, and the contact numbers for both of the tour managers.

"We wish 4ARM the best, and there are no hard feelings from our end. We would also like to thank CVDM(Central Valley Death Metal) for their hospitality at the Workshop, we are looking forward to the rest of tour with the remaining bands, and we appreciate everyone’s hard work toward making The Zombie Apocalypse Tour a success."

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Prime Evil Streams New Track

New York death thrashers Prime Evil are streaming the new song "Crucifixion Aftermath." The song appears on the band's forthcoming EP "Evilution," which is scheduled for July 24, 2012 through Infernö Records.

Prime Evil was started in 1986, having released three demos and a single from 1987-1992. In 2010, the band reunited. The track listing for "Evilution" is as follows:

1. Crucifixion Aftermath
2. Barbarick Rites
3. Evilution Decree

Check out "Crucifixion Aftermath" here:

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Alexi Laiho To Be Released From The Hospital

Finnish extreme melodic metal superstars, Children of Bodom, have released the following statement regarding their frontman Alexi Laiho's stay in an Oslo hospital for the past week and a half:

"We are happy to announce that Alexi will be leaving the hospital in Oslo tomorrow, Thursday, 12th of July, and are also glad to confirm that the band will be able to play Ilosaarirock Festival. The Hate Crew is rolling again! More info shortly…"

Alexi Laiho was rushed to the hospital on July 3rd with severe stomach pain, when the band was to play Oslo. Children of Bodom then canceled its previously scheduled appearance at the Ruisrock festival.

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Sylosis Unveils New Album Artwork

U.K. based act Sylosis has just released both versions of the cover artwork for the upcoming album “Monolith.” The artwork can be viewed below was handled this time by Dan Goldsworthy. Vocalist and guitar player Josh Middleton commented:

"We're beyond pleased with the artwork for Monolith. It needed to be something to accentuate the dark, gloomy vibe of the album without going for anything too cliche' or stereotypically metal. We listen to a lot of 70s progressive music and with the Art Nouveau style was quite popular at that time. At this point we don't want to reveal too much about the concept but one of the figures on the cover loosely represents the devil in disguise or a satyr. Some of the inspiration behind the concept came from Greek mythology.

"Working with Dan again as awesome. He's very patient, eager to please and can very quickly tap into what we're trying to put across. We always like to pay as much attention to the artwork as possible and it's never been an after thought for us. It's about creating a complete piece of work so the music and the packaging really go hand in hand."

Dan Goldsworthy also states: “Visually, the cover artwork for Monolith has taken notable inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement. Diverting from the usual flowery aesthetic of the style, Monolith has a significantly darker vein running thoughout, as fitting with the sonic nihilism of Sylosis’ music. More...

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Affiance Releases New Lyric Video

Cleveland, Ohio's Affiance has released a lyric video for the band's new single "You Will Be Replaced," which is available below.

Affiance singer Dennis Tvrdik previously commented on the song: "To be honest, we are pissed off. This song is a message to everyone who has slammed doors in our faces or tried to hold us back. Your taunts have only increased our pace. It's the beginning of the end. We feel this is the best song we have written and we're excited to finally share it with our fans, and hope it will cure any confusion about what type of band we are or what genre we belong in. It's far more metal and a more fine-tuned version of our best stuff from our first album, No Secret Revealed."

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Eyeconoclast Signs With Prosthetic

Prosthetic Records has issued the following statement about inking a deal with Italian death/thrash act Eyeconoclast:

"Prosthetic Records is pleased to announce the signing of ripping death-metal maniacs, Eyeconoclast! Formed in 2003 in Rome, Italy, the band have developed into a crushing force of blasting death-thrash metal, with former members of Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse in their ranks and several underground releases under their belts.

"Having caught the attention of Prosthetic Records, who eagerly signed the band, Eyeconoclast are currently preparing to enter the studio on July 21st to record their debut for the label, about which more details of this release will be announced shortly. It's also the perfect time for the band to unveil new vocalist, Giuseppe Di Giorgio, whose guttural talents will be premiered on this upcoming opus."

Eyeconoclast also commented, "We are very proud to announce a worldwide deal with Prosthetic Records (Beneath The Massacre, Septicflesh, Hour of Penance, Gojira). This is the right boost to spread Eyeconoclast music throughout planet Earth, and we feel very excited for this achievement after years of Death Metal training within the underground.

"We are back with a new label and a new singer, so guys say welcome to Giuseppe Di Giorgio, a killer vocalist and great frontman that you'll see in our next shows! We are going to start recording our next full-length on July 21, in our guitar player -Stefano Morabito's- 16th Cellar Studio (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inherit Disease). Stay tuned for more album details, but know this: it will be faster, heavier and louder than anything else you've listened before! Headbang is the law."

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Baroness Streaming Entire New Album

With a week until its release, Baroness's "Yellow & Green" album (due out via Relapse on July 17th), is streaming in its entirety via NPR.com here.

"We can do something this year that we were completely incapable of doing last year," Baroness's John Baizley tells NPR in the accompanying interview which goes on to describe "Yellow & Green" as "a lyrically introspective and musically expansive work" and says "there's an embarrassment of melodic and riff-based riches" on the double-album.

Baroness is currently in Europe for a seven-week tour with upcoming performances at Pukkelpop and the Oya Festival. The band's next U.S. date is a free show at the House of Vans in Brooklyn on Aug. 29. Tour dates are: More...

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Netherbird Posts In-Studio Footage

Netherbird, which recruited new drummer Nils Fjellström last month, has now posted a series of in-studio video clips online. The footage can be viewed below, and Netherbird also commented:

"Greetings all, Netherbird is now in Scarecrow Studios, Stockholm, Sweden and recording the upcoming EP. Here are some videos where you get to see the drums in progress! More videos will come for those that wish to follow the recording process!"

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Gojira Discusses Sea Shepherd

Metal Hammer TV recently interviewed Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier about the band's support of the environmental organization Sea Shepherd. He traces his interest in the environment to encounters with oil spills as a child, and recalls being impressed by Sea Shepherd's activities after watching a documentary on sharks.

Check out the video interview available below. Gojira's new album "L'Enfant Sauvage" is out now. You can also watch the music video for the album's title track over here.

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Night Terrain Releasing Debut Album

Albuquerque, NM doom/post-metal trio Night Terrain has set July 24th as the day on which its gripping and wholly creative full-length debut "American Dream" will be self-released. Theirs is a sound that is hard to peg, but does at times bring to mind acts like Neurosis and Pink Floyd. Below is the cover art and tracklisting for "American Dream."

Dyssonic
Beyond Walls
Wayside and Hallowed
Dusk
Dawn
American Dream
Wild Again
Adrift
Arise
Distant Echoes More...

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Eclipse Posts "Blood & Scream" Video EPK

Swedish hard rockers Eclipse posted a video EPK video for the band's forthcoming new album entitled "Bleed And Scream." The album is set for release on August 24, 2012 (Europe) and August 28, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records. The release is the band's first in four years, following the 2008 album "Are You Ready to Rock."

Check out the video here:

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In this Moment Posts New Music Video

California based metal band In This Moment posted a new music video for the title track of the band's forthcoming album "Blood." The album is scheduled for release on August 14, 2012 through Century Media.

The track listing for "Blood" is:

1. Rise With Me
2. Blood (track streaming at this location)
3. Adrenalize
4. Whore
5. You're Gonna Listen (streaming at this location
6. It Is Written
7. Burn
8. Scarlet
9. Aries
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
12. Comanche
13. The Blood Legion
14. 11_11

Check out the video for "Blood" here: More...

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Wintersun Posts Second "Time I" Studio Trailer

Finnish metal band Wintersun posted the second in a series of studio trailers for the forthcoming "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 19, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. In this update, Teemu Mäntysaari records some guitar parts.

The first trailer can be viewed at this location.

The track listing for "Time I" is as follows:

1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time

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Threshold Posts Trailer For "March Of Progress"

U.K. progressive metal band Threshold posted up the first video trailer for the upcoming album "March of Progress." The album is set for release on August 31, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album marks the studio return of original vocalist Damian Wilson, who rejoined the band after the passing of Andrew McDermott last year.

The track listing for "March Of Progress" is as follows:

1. Ashes
2. Return Of The Thought Police
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency
5. Colophon
6. The Hours
7. That's Why We Came
8. Don't Look Down
9. Coda
10. Rubicon
11. Divinity (Bonus Track)

Check out the trailer here:

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Sonar To Close, MDF 2013 To Relocate

The Maryland DeathFest organizers have posted the following on the festival's Facebook page in regard to MDF 2013:

Greetings, everyone. In case the rumor hasn't made it to your ears, we can let you know that Sonar (the home of MDF since 2006) is closing. Why? That's not important. What is important is that we've known about this situation for months, and we were already searching for a new location only a few days after MDF X ended. Currently, we have THREE locations to choose from, all of which would be in Baltimore. Once some more logistical and financial planning takes place, we can make a decision on next year's location. With a little luck, we'll reveal that info before the end of July. Worst case scenario, we'll let you know sometime in August.

In the meantime, we will be announcing the first round of confirmed bands for MDF XI very soon, maybe even as early as next week.

Maryland Deathfest XI is scheduled to take place on May 23-26, 2013 in the Baltimore area, at a venue to be determined.

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