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Metal News for July 14, 2011

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Hate Eternal Posts New Music Video Online

American death metal veterans Hate Eternal has posted their new music video online for the song, "Lake Ablaze." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes," which is available now through Metal Blade Records. More...

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Ken Mode Cancels Weekend Shows

Ken Mode has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced weekend tour dates due to passport problems:

"We regret to inform anyone expecting to see us this weekend in Fargo, or at INIT fest in Sioux Falls, that we are unable to attend due to some frustrating passport issues. Dates later this month will be unaffected, but this weekend is a wash. We apologize, and we'll make this up soon."

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Frankenbok Posts "Dine In Hell" Video

Australian act Frankenbok has posted a music video online for the new single "Dine in Hell." You can check out the video clip below. You can also check out Frankenbok's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Disma Offering Song From New Album

Old school death/doom act Disma has made the song "Spectral Domination" available for fans to check out by heading over to this location. The song comes off the band's new album "Towards the Megalith." Ordering information for the album is available here.

The album features Craig Pillard (ex-Incantation/Disciples of Mockery) and members of current U.S. death metal acts Funebrarum, Citizen's Arrest, and other Incantation alumni. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Chaos Apparition
2. Chasm Of Oceanus
3. Spectral Domination
4. Vault Of Membros
5. Purulent Quest
6. Lost In The Burial Fog
7. Of A Past Forlorn
8. Towards The Megalith

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Avichi Announces "The Devil's Fractal" Details

U.S. black metal act Avichi has announced the band's new album, and follow-up to the 2007 release "The Divine Tragedy," is titled "The Devil's Fractal." The track listing is as follows:

1. Sermon On The Mount
2. Under Satan's Sun
3. Tabernacle Of Perdition
4. Kaivalya Of The Black Magician
5. I Am The Adversary
6. The Devil's Fractal Part I
7. The Devil's Fractal Part II

An MP3 of the track "Under Satan's Sun" can also be downloaded by clicking here.

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Without Mercy Posts "Devolution" Tour Footage

Vancouver's female fronted death/thrash metal act Without Mercy has posted new videos from the band's western Canadian Devolution tour. The video clip scan be viewed below.

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The Chariot Streaming "Music Of A Grateful Heart"

Atlanta, GA’s The Chariot recently posted the new track "Music of a Grateful Heart" on the band's official Facebook page. The track is cut from the new vinyl LP version of The Chariot's latest Good Fight Music release, "Long Live," set for release on August 2nd. The digital and physical CD version of "Long Live" was originally released on November 22nd, 2010 and is the band’s fourth full-length album to date.

The new 180 gram weight vinyl LP comes with exclusive silk-screened, hand-numbered jackets. Hot Topic will exclusively carry a white version of the vinyl with black spatters, numbered 1 through 1,000. The Good Fight store, the band (on tour), and your favorite local vinyl retailer will carry black with white spatters, numbered 1,001 through 2000.

The vinyl will include a bonus track, "Music of a Grateful Heart," previously available only on the limited edition 7-inch version. The track will also be available on iTunes and all digital outlets as a single track. Fans can pre-order the LP now by itself, or in a special bundle that includes a The Chariot t-shirt.

The band is currently on the road with the Scream the Prayer tour, also featuring Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, War Of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, As Hell Retreats, and Sovereign Strength. See below for remaining dates on the tour. More...

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Fatality Posts New Tour Blog

Toronto party thrashers Fatality are in the midst of the "Western Annihilation Tour" and have now posted an update on day 1 to 4 of their tour on the Fatality Thrash Blog, which can be read at this location. The blog chronicles Fatality's adventures of BBQs and good old street hockey games in venue parking lots from Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg.

In additional news, fans can also download Fatality's latest "T.F.E.S." demo for Free featuring the latest tracks "Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep," "Uppercut," and "Hammerfist" by heading over here.

The remaining tour dates are as follows:

July 14, 2011 -The Fez - Saskatoon, SK
July 15, 2011 - NewCity Legion - Edmonton, AB w/ Bat'Leth, Messiahlator, Mortillery
July 16, 2011 - Lord Nelsons - Calgary w/ We Found the Body
July 18, 2011 - The Horsehoe Nightclub - Jasper, AB
July 20, 2011 - Pogue Mahone - Kamloops, BC
July 22, 2011 - Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver - w/ Skull Hammer
July 23, 2011 - The 2 Bit Saloon - Seattle, WA
July 24, 2011 - Kelly's Olympian - Portland, OR - w/ Excruciator and Order of the Gash
July 25, 2011 - Johnny B's - Medford, OR w/Sumerian + Excrutiator
July 28, 2011 - The Riff Haus - Fullerton, CA
July 29, 2011 - Burnt Ramen - Richmond, CA (venue change from Oakland)
July 30, 2011 - The Boulevard - Los Angeles w/ Bonded by Blood
July 31, 2011 - The Metaphor Cafe - Escondido, CA
August 1, 2011 - The Ruby Room - San Diego, CA
August 2, 2011 - ICYC - Phoenix, AZ - w/Vektor
August 3, 2011 - Amped Performance Center - Albuquerque, NM
August 4, 2011 - Moe's Original - Denver, CO
August 5, 2011 - Johnny's Sidebar - Collinsville, IL
August 6, 2011 - The Fallout - Chicago, IL w/Mortifier

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Pro-Pain Announces "20 Years Of Hardcore"

New York metal/hardcore outfit Pro-Pain is celebrating its twentieth year of existence in 2011. The band's massive back-catalog bears thirteen full-lengths and a plethora of other releases including singles, DVDs, a live album, and two greatest hits compilations to date.

Pro-Pain has now unveiled the details for a special release designed specifically in celebration of its twenty-year anniversary: the CD/DVD combo appropriately titled "20 Years Of Hardcore." Set for North American release on August 30th, 2011 via AFM Records, the CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving.

The disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring Pro-Pain alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material. The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and extras.

The "20 Years Of Hardcore" track listing is as follows: More...

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All Shall Perish Posts Third Track Breakdown Video

Oakland, CA’s All Shall Perish has posted a third and final track-by-track video commentary of the band’s forthcoming release, "This is Where it Ends." Guitarists Ben Orum and Francesco Artusato, discuss the record’s final four tracks in the clip below. The second track-by-track video blog can be seen online here.

"This is Where it Ends," All Shall Perish’s fourth studio album, is slated to hit stores on July 26th through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Insomnium Announces New Album Release Dates

Finland's Insomnium has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "One For Sorrow." The album is set to drop on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in Europe, and October 18th in North America.

Insomnium has announced a headlining European tour with Before the Dawn and MyGrain, which states on November 14th. The tour poster can be viewed below. You can also check out Insomnium's music video for the song "Weather the Storm" by heading over to this location.

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Leprous Releases New Song From Upcoming Album

Norway's Leprous is soon to release the band's third album and InsideOutMusic debut release "Bilateral" on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America. In order to introduce the new album step by step, the band has now launched a first song via the Leprous Facebook profile.

Navigate over to this location and click the "Like" button to check out the new song "Restless."

The band's vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg comments on the track as follows: "Restless represent 'Bilateral' in many ways. It's complex, but at the same time catchy and plain. Even though it's one of the shortest songs on the album, I feel it's flavored with all the things that make Leprous special. It has the catchy chorus, it has the groove, it has prog'ish feel
and last but not least it has the heaviness."

You can also check out the album artwork for "Bilateral" by heading over here.

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Warbringer Posts New Album Artwork And Track List

Warbringer is set to release "Worlds Torn Asunder" on September 27th, 2011. The album was produced and mixed by the Steve Evetts (Suicide Silence, Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X), and features artwork by the talented Dan Seagrave, who designed Warbringer's previous album cover. In regards to the upcoming release, Warbringer vocalist John Kevill has this to say about the artwork:

"The concept behind 'Worlds Torn Asunder' was the decline of our existing world at the hands of the human race. The artwork depicts the world literally being torn and we wanted to include the setting in the cosmos along with a darker 'higher' force lurking behind the shadows. We had worked with Dan Seagrave before on 'Waking Into Nightmares' and were very comfortable with the way he expressed himself. He's been the artist for many bands we love and are inspired by."

The album's first single, "Living Weapon," will be released in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, fans can check out Warbringer's official youtube page for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Worlds Torn Asunder!"

The track-list and artwork for "Worlds Torn Asunder" are below.

1. Living Weapon
2. Shattered Like Glass
3. Wake Up...Destroy
4. Future Ages Gone
5. Savagery
6. Treacherous Tongue
7. Echoes From The Void
8. Enemies of the State
9. Behind the Veils of Night (instrumental)
10. Demonic Ecstasy

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals "Road Salt Two" Release

Following the release of "Road Salt One" in the year 2010 (with numerous chart entries, an appearance at the Swedish "Melodifestivalen," as well as highly controversial video clips) not to mention the touring activities in its support which climaxed this year with shows in India, South America, and last month's triumphant appearance at France's Hellfest, Pain of Salvation can now finally reveal that the "Road Salt Two" album is scheduled for an October 11th, 2011 release date in North America via InsideOut Music. The European release date is set for September 26th.

Stay tuned for more information on the release of "Road Salt Two," and in the meantime be sure to check out the video for "Where it Hurts" below.

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All Pigs Must Die Posts New Song Online

A new track from the upcoming All Pigs Must Die album "God is War" is currently available for streaming online through Brooklyn Vegan. Head over to this location to check out the track "Pulverization."

"God is War" is set to drop on August 16th, 2011 via Southern Lord, and the artwork is available for viewing at this location. The "God Is War" track listing is as follows:

1. Death Dealer
2. Pulverization
3. Sacrosanct
4. God Is War
5. The Blessed Void
6. Third World Genocide
7. Extinction Is Ours
8. Sadistic Vindicator

The upcoming All Pigs Must die live assaults are as follows:

8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff
8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA @ The Power Of The Riff
8/18/2011 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA @ The Power Of The Riff

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Fuck The Facts Updates Tour Schedule

Fuck The Facts will head out on a brief run of East Coast tour dates starting Monday, July 18th in Burlington, VT. From there, the band will work its way down to Atlanta, GA and back. Fuck the Facts will also be touring into northeast Canada alongside Misery Index in August. A listing of confirmed FTF tour dates and cites can be found below.

The band has been working on the new full-length "Die Miserable" in-between touring at the group's home studio. The album has just been mastered and a fall 2011 release date is expected. Additional album details and in-studio footage to be posted soon.

July 18 Burlington, VT 242 Main
July 19 Providence, RI Firehouse 13 (w/ David Carradine, Meek is Murder)
July 20 Brighton, MA Pt109
July 21 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
July 22 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
July 23 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade
July 24 Atlanta, GA 529 Club
July 25 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
July 26 Baltimore, MD Sidebar Tavern
July 27 Hartford, CT Whitney House (w/ David Carradine, Warfear)
Aug. 18 Rimouski, QC Cactus Show Bar
Aug. 19 Moncton, NB Manhattan Club (w/ Misery Index, Unbreakable Hatred)
Aug. 20 Halifax, NS Gus Pub (w/ Misery Index, Unbreakable Hatred)
Aug. 21 Charlottetown, PE Baba's (w/ Misery Index, Unbreakable Hatred)
Aug. 22 Fredericton, NB Capital Complex (w/ Misery Index, Unbreakable Hatred)
Aug. 24 North Bay, ON Granite Hall
Aug. 25 Sudbury, ON Juilee Centre
Aug. 26 Toronto, ON Hardluck Bar
Aug. 27 Port Burwell, ON Outback Camping (as part of Southern Ontario Metal Festival)
Sept. 16 Sherbrooke, QC Bar Le Magog
Sept. 17 Drummondville, QC Cabaret Box Office
Sept. 24 Quebec City, QC Salle Multi De Meduse
Oct. 9 Ottawa, ON Maverick's (w/ Napalm Death)

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Glorior Belli Reveals New Album Artwork

Black metal act Glorior Belli signed to Metal Blade Records back in May for the release of the upcoming album "The Great Southern Darkness." The band has now revealed the album's cover artwork, which can be viewed below.

"The Great Southern Darkness" is set for release in Germany on August 23rd, 2011, and in the rest of Europe on August 26th, 2011.

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Shadowside Streaming New Song

Brazil’s rising heavy metal act Shadowside has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere a brand new track titled “Angel With Horns,” which is taken from the band’s forthcoming record, "Inner Monster Out." Head over to this location to stream “Angel With Horns” for a sneak peek at what Shadowside has in store when "Inner Monster Out" releases digitally on August 30th through SHP Records.

"It's heavy, catchy and fun, straight to the point, the type of track that just gets me in the mood to headbang!" said vocalist Dani Nolden in an interview with Noisecreep.com. "The lyrics are about a twisted person with both pure evil and angelic innocence within her, that messes with the heads of people and confuses them when they turn to her to escape their own boring reality.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Gag Order
2. Angel with Horns
3. Habitchual
4. In the Name of Love
5. Inner Monster Out (featuring Björn "Speed" Strid, Mikael Stanne, and Niklas Isfeldt)
6. I'm Your Mind
7. My Disrupted Reality
8. A Smile Upon Death
9. Whatever Our Fortune
10. A.D.D.
11. Waste of Life

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As Blood Runs Black Posts "Resist" Teaser

As Blood Runs Black has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming "Resist" music video. You can check out the trailer below. "Resist" is taken from the band's latest album "Instinct," and the music video is set to premiere online soon.

In the mean time, you can check out more info on the band and listen to songs available for streaming by heading over to the As Blood Runs Black Facebook page.

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Throne Of Malediction Posts New Song Online

Throne of Malediction has posted a new (pre-mastered) song online titled "Descending." You can check out the song in the player below, or download the track through the band's Reverbnation page. The cover artwork for the track is also available below.


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Corpus Mortale Checks In From The Studio

Denmark's Corpus Mortale has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"This will be the last studio update until we're ready to announce that the whole thing is completed. The rhythm guitars was done in mid June, and we immediately proceeded with the vocals... the lead guitar & bass guitar has been recorded simultaneously and now where very close to have everything on disc. We're hoping to be 100% through this weekend.

"The mixing hasn't been planned yet but with a little luck we can do it in the following weeks thus the album with be ready for shopping in August. August has been our deadline from the start and it's really nice that it seems we'll make it.

"The title is found but we'll hold on to that for a little longer..."

You can also check out Corpus Mortale's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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X Japan Frontman Gets Comic Book Treatment

Stan Lee has created Blood Red Dragon, a brand new super-hero based on Yoshiki, rock icon/leader of the Japanese band X Japan. Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and Yoshiki, have combined their talents for this new series, and will premiere the debut issue of the series at Comic-Con, which takes place in San Diego, CA on July 21st. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will be published by Todd McFarlane Productions, and will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation.

Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth's protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon's energy lays in music - the melodic heart of the human spirit - they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life - and possibly the face of the world.

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Criminal Announces New Album Title

Thrash act Criminal has set "Akelarre" as the title of the band's seventh studio album, the first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar. "Akelarre" will be released on August 19th, 2011 via Massacre Records.

"Akelarre" is a word from the Basque language (Euskara) which is also widely used in most Spanish-speaking countries and translates to "witches' sabbath."

"The title is not to be taken literally, we haven't turned into a black metal band," comments band leader Anton Reisenegger. "It refers to a gathering of the powerful to plot their evil agenda, which is also reflected by the cover artwork. Sort of like an updated version of 'War Pigs'."

The artwork was once again handled by Chilean drummer/tattooist/designer Fran Muñoz. "We told him we wanted something different from the usual photoshopped covers," explains Reisenegger, "and he got it straight away. Actually, the first draft he sent us ended up being the final cover. That Soviet propaganda style looks killer and really stands out."

"Akelarre" was produced by bassist Dan Biggin at his HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK. His approach to the recording process was to keep Pro-Tools trickery to a minimum. "I wanted to make 'Akelarre' sound like a real band actually playing music, which seems to be a rarity these days," he says. "What you hear on the album are drum tracks as they were actually played by the drummer instead of this fake polished over-sampled bullshit that has been sucking the life and reality out of a lot of metal albums for years because it's fashionable. Half these albums sound ridiculous when you hear the kick drum work and then you see the band live and the drummer can't even play the songs close to that. If the playing is great and it has feeling and attitude then it doesn't have to be mechanical, and if the songs are good enough then they stand up against anything else out there." More...

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Arrayan Path Issues "Ira Imperium" Update

Arrayan Path has issued the following announcement about working on a third full-length album:

"Mixing for the new album 'Ira Imperium' is about to start very soon. After a long recording period and a few ups and downs the band has reached the final stage before the release of the 3rd album.

"Cover for the new album is complete (see below) and song titles (final) revealed. The album features guests Tony Martin (legendary ex-Sabbath singer), Vagelis Maranis (Sanvoisen), Natali Kyprianou (a young new talent), Kikis Apostolou (ex-Armaggeddon) and Ilhan Erbil (The Unreal). Alexis Kleidaras (ex Deceptor) is featured on both rhythm and lead guitars alongside our guitarist Socratis. Be prepared for 'Ira Imperium'!"

1. Dies irae
2. Gnosis of prometheus
3. Ira imperium (the damned)-feat.Tony martin
4. Kiss of kali
5. Katherine of aragon-feat.Natalie kyprianou
6. 77 days 'till doomsday
7. Emir of the faithful
8. Hollow eyes of nefertiti-feat.Vagelis maranis
9. Amenophis
10. Lost ithaca
11. I sail across the seven seas
12. The fall of mardonius
13. The poet aftermath

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ICS Vortex Reveals Debut Album Artwork

Norway's ICS Vortex is soon to release the "Storm Seeker" debut album on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via Century Media Records. The atmospheric album's front cover artwork can now be seen below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Blackmobile
2. Odin's Tree
3. Skoal!
4. Dogsmacked
5. Aces
6. Windward
7. When Shuffled Off
8. Oil In Water
9. Storm Seeker
10. Flaskeskipper
11. The Sub Mariner

The band also previously posted the new song "The Blackmobile" online, which can be heard by heading over here. More...

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Den Saakaldte Splits With Label

Guitarist Sykelig of Norwegian act Den Saakaldte has checked in with the following update about the band parting ways with Pulverised Records:

"Many things changed during the last period of time for us as individuals and as an affect, to Den Saakaldte as well.

"We felt and considered that we would like all factors surrounding the band and genereting life to the band to be surrounding us and to be more direct to us.

"We took the decision that Den Saakaldte's future would work better if the record label that we are signed by, is based in Europe. Pulverised Records that has always been in supportive spirit, respected this decision of ours and we agreed to part ways as friends and with mutual appreciation & respect.

"We thank Pulverised Records for the faith and trust they've shown to us and we wish to the label all success with their future releases. Den Saakaldte will soon take decisions on what is to happen."

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The Psyke Project Posts Roskilde Festival Clip

The Psyke Project participated in the official Roskilde Festival Cinema spot with the song "In The Mist." You can check out the video clip below. Additional details on the Roskilde Festival can also be found by heading over to this location.

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Anterior Posts New Single Online

Anterior has issued the following announcement about streaming the new single "Tyranny" online, which can also be heard in the player below:

"First single online..... That's right, after 4 years and all the waiting Sonisphere UK has offered an exclusive listen to our first single 'Tyranny.' There is also a link to pre-order then new album 'Echoes Of The Fallen.' To have a listen go over here. Let us know what you think..."

"Echoes of the Fallen," the band's second full-length album, is set for release in Europe on August 26th, the U.K. on August 29th, and North America on September 13th via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. To Live Not Remain
2. Blood In The Throne Room
3. Tyranny
4. Of Gods And Men
5. By Horror Haunted
6. Echoes Of The Fallen
7. The Evangelist
8. Sleep Soundly No More
9. Venomous
10. Senora De Las Sombras

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Eclipse Eternal Offering Free Song Downloads

Eclipse Eternal has issued the following announcement about offering several songs as free downloads:

"Free Eclipse Eternal downloads: the first whole album plus 2 songs from our second album plus 1 new song. Since our first album is out of print we have decided to make it a free download.

"For those who wish to donate money you can send it via paypal to hellknowsmyname@hotmail.com all proceeds will be used for band expenses (recording, new shirts) Give these links to anyone who you think might appreciate these songs. Spread the word."

The download links for each of the tracks are available by heading over to the official Eclipse Eternal MySpace blog here.

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Threshold Recording New Album

Threshold has checked in with the following update about wrapping up its summer tour dates and entering the studio to record a new album:

"Threshold are back from their final shows of the summer after some great performances in the Netherlands and at the Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany.

"The band will now return to the studio to complete work on their forthcoming ninth studio album, due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012."

In the mean time, you can also check out Threshold's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Testament Reveals New Album Title

American thrash metal legends Testament have revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album, the follow up to 2008's hugely successful, "The Formation Of Damnation," will be "The Dark Roots Of Earth." The album is currently being recorded with producer Andy Sneap (the Sabbat guitarist who has also produced for the likes of Megadeth, Onslaught and Arch Enemy) and is expected to be released this October through Nuclear Blast Records.

In other news, Testament frontman Chuck Billy revealed in a recent interview that the band is planning to embark on a tour this year with three other big names of American thrash, namely Anthrax, Death Angel, and Overkill. You can check out the interview below. More details on this tour will be revealed as soon as they become available. More...

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Interview

Dax Riggs Discusses Dark & Diverse Musical Outlook

Dax Riggs doesn’t worry about how others perceive his art. He makes art that is true to his self. The grinding sludge of Acid Bath, a group that has gained a large, post-posthumously cult following since disbanding in the late ‘90s, was something special for Riggs, but he felt confined within the definition of how that band should sound. Sure, the band broke up after the death of its bassist, Audie Pitre in 1997. However, even before that tragic accident, Riggs yearned to create music of a much more diverse nature.

Having lived in New Orleans for much of his life (he’s originally from Indiana) surely instilled an appreciation for the blues. The blues are a major facet of each of his post-Acid Bath bands. Agents of Oblivion, the first band to release an album after Acid Bath, delved into the blues. Agents featured doom-laden movements, but not to the point of his prior band. Deadboy and the Elephantmen emerged after dissolving Agents of Oblivion.

Deadboy eventually morphed into Riggs’ current, solo-dubbed band. This era of Riggs’ music, including his most recent recording “Say Goodnight to the World,” features Riggs’ trademark crooning, darkly profound lyrics and definitive musical similarities. It is merely an extension of his time with Deadboy and the Elephantmen. The Dax Riggs band is a rock band, but with obvious nods to folk, punk, pop, doom, psychedelic, indie rock, blues and other forms of music. His rhythms have such a great appeal that may lead a man to head bang and a woman to dance.

Read on to find out more about Dax Riggs’ career, what motivates him to create such varied music and his plans for the future. More...

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Singapore Death Fest 2011 Recap

This past Saturday White Studio at Fort Canning played host to Singapore Death Fest 2011, a gathering of some of Asia’s best and most brutal grind and death metal bands.

Fiaz Grinder, who also plays bass in Singaporean death metal act Asilent, organized the fest along with Wormrot vocalist Arif Rot and production company Echo Productions. All worked extremely hard in the weeks leading up to the fest and on the weekend of the fest itself in particular, basically forgoing sleep from Friday through Sunday to make sure everything went smoothly, and without a hitch things did go off.

The venue was an interesting one, with White Studio being named for its virginal white walls, floor, and ceiling, and with the room being housed in a colonial era British military fort atop a hill in central Singapore. About 150 die hard metal heads from the Singapore scene began to gather early in the afternoon to mingle and peruse the bands’ merchandise before the late afternoon start time. At just after four p.m., the doors were opened, and the mayhem could begin. More...

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