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Metal News for July 16, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Bear Brawler Streaming EP

French sludge band Bear Brawler is streaming its recent four-song EP "Tales of Deadly Addictions" over on Bandcamp. You can also listen to Bear Brawler's four-song debut EP "Tales from the Putrid Swamp" over on that same page. The next show that Bear Brawler has scheduled will be at the Festival des Arts Bourrins on Saturday August 25th through Sunday the 26th in Rouen, France. Performing with them on the bill will be Mumakil, Trepalium, God Damn, Necroblaspheme and Dysmorphic.

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Black Sabbath Bassist Pays Tribute To Jon Lord

Black Sabbath bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler has posted a message online paying tribute to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who passed away earlier today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Butlers message reads as follows:

"Very sad to hear of Jon’s death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the great musicians of my generation. (Black Sabbath guitarist) Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."

Lord was diagnosed with the illness last year and most recently had been working with Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan amongst others on the WhoCares supergroup.

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NoDrama Posts Live Video Clip

A live video performance has been posted online of Spanish act NoDrama's song "Power Of Lavishness," taken from the album "The Patient." Check out the footage below. "The Patient" came out on April 9th, 2012 via Coroner Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Bite
2. Tail Nailed Fish
3. Visions
4. One More Step
5. Power Of Lavishness
6. Waiting
7. Undefined
8. The Patient
9. All Behind
10. Believer
11. Untouchable Treasure

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Stream In The Casket's New EP In Full

In The Casket released the new EP "You Could Get Hit By a Truck" at the band's CD release show on Saturday at Trickshot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY and Metalunderground.com can now bring you the full album stream. Give it a listen below. The album is the first of two that are being released in 2012. The other is planned for December.

"You Could Get Hit By a Truck" contains five studio tracks and two live songs, of the latter being a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World." You can purchase and download the five studio songs from the band here.


Here's the tracklisting for the "You Could Get Hit By A Truck" EP:

1. Watch You Bleed
2. Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself
3. You Could Get Hit By a Truck
4. The Placebo Effect
5. Win Her Over With Chloroform
6. Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)
7. Its Only a Plague Away

In The Casket still has shows scheduled on August 20 at Bogies in Albany with Sapremia, and Nightfire (members of Jungle Rot) and also August 28 at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Vital Remains, Rose Funeral, and Necroptic Engorgement and then November 8 at Bogies in Albany with Deicide and Necroptic Engorgement.

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Chrome Waves Releases New Video

Chrome Waves released a self-titled debut album on Gravedancer Records earlier this month, and now the band has unleashed a new video for the track "Light Behind A Shadow." The John Bradburn directed clip can be viewed via Metal Injection or in the player below.

Chrome Waves is:

Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight)
Jeff Wilson (Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer)
Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice)
Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostles of Solitude) More...

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Sybreed Streaming New Single

Sybreed's new album "God is an Automaton" is set to be released on Listenable this coming September 24th (Europe) and October 2nd (North America). The first single from the album, titled "The Line Of Least Resistance," is now available online for streaming through the SoundCloud player below. More...

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Alesana To Headline Inked Magazine Music Tour

Alesana is set to headline the second annual “The Inked Magazine Music Tour” presented by House of Blues Entertainment and Inked Magazine. The tour begins in New York on October 10th, and tickets are on sale now at this location. The band’s most recent album, "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent," was inspired by the preeminent 14th century poem Dante's Inferno, a dramatic accounting of one man's decent into hell.

“The Inked Magazine Music Tour” featuring Alesana dates:

Wed 10/10 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Thu 10/11 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Fri 10/12 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Sat 10/13 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Sun 10/14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Mon 10/15 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
Tue 10/16 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Wed 10/17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Fri 10/19 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
Sat 10/20 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Sun 10/21 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Mon 10/22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue 10/23 Portland, OR The Hawthorne Theatre
Wed 10/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Thu 10/25 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Fri 10/26 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Sat 10/27 Phoenix, AZ Nile Theatre
Sun 10/28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Tue 10/30 San Antonio, TX The White Rabbit
Fri 11/2 Houston, TX House of Blues
Sat 11/3 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mon 11/5 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Tue 11/6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Wed 11/7 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore

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Unleash The Archers Announces EP Release

Vancouver's Unleash The Archers has set the release date for the band's forthcoming EP, entitled "Defy The Skies." The album will be available for purchase online on July 26th, 2012 and was pressed in a limited run of five hundred 7” vinyl records. A teaser for the EP is available below.

??Prior to the July 26th release date Unleash The Archers will be releasing the individual tracks contained on the EP one at a time, for streaming or purchase via bandcamp.

To coincide with the release of the EP, Unleash The Archers will be embarking on a full North American tour, named the Pedal To The Power Metal Tour. Keep up with Unleash The Archers and find the band's tour stop in your city at this location. More...

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Testament Posts Third Making-Of Video Clip

Testament's Chuck Billy has shared his side of the story of the making of new album "Dark Roots of the Earth" in a third making-of video, available below. You can also check out the previously posted second video clip at this location.

"Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (EU) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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The Contortionist Releases "Causality" Music Video

The Contortionist has debuted a brand new music video for the single "Causality" exclusively via Noisecreep today. Watch the video here or in the player below.

Directed by Justin Beasley of of KOTK Productions, the video comes as the band's sophomore album "Intrinsic" is released tomorrow. "We're very excited to have finished our first music video. We had a lot of fun shooting it and hope people enjoy it," says keyboardist and front man Jonathan Carpenter. The video is the first of a two part series, with "Dreaming Schematics" having it's own video later this summer.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Holomovement
2. Feedback Loop
3. Causality
4. Sequential Vision
5. Geocentric Confusion
6. Dreaming Schematics
7. Anatomy Anomalies
8. Cortical
9. Solipsis
10. Parallel Trance More...

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Periphery Explains "Ragnarok" Track

Periphery is continuing to post a new detailed breakdown of each track from new album "Periphery II." Misha Mansoor had this to say about the song "Ragnarok:"

"This is the second part of the Trilogy, and is therefore placed around the middle of the album. I was futzing around with a variation on the Totla Mad tuning (BbGDFAD) where you maintain the note relationship on the bottom two strings but on a 7 string, so with our 7s being a half step down, this also brings the low note to F#. The ideas I had for this song didn't require an 8 string, so I figure I would just downtune from our regular tuning and mess around with that. The first riff is that typical Meshuggah style groove, but with a strange motif over the top. That motif comes back at the end of the song as a more grounded version, and at a slower tempo.

"I wanted this song to have a bit more of an evil vibe but I still wanted it to groove, and I remember attempting to channel a bit of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain (you know the song, Youtube it) or something dark like that. Eventually the song makes it to a prettier and more epic section which is referencing the first riff in Muramasa in feel, but with a different progression and tempo, and it also gets linked back lyrically. When I originally demoed this song, I wanted a sort of Jekyll/Hyde moment, except in this song it is reversed (Evil to good). Masamune is the other Jekyll/Hyde song but that one is the correct way round.

"Jake wrote the interlude at the end of the song as a nod to a motif in one of our favorite sections in the last album's epic closer 'Racecar.' I have seen both Dream Theater and Devin Townsend reference songs/motifs across albums, and Jake and I love that kinda stuff, so we thought it would be a fun little easter egg as well as a cool way to revisit that theme with a twist." More...

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Hammers Of Misfortune Posts "17th Street" Video

San Francisco, CA's Hammers of Misfortune has unveiled a new video, which is for the title track from the band's latest album, "17th Street." The video was directed by Aaron Cobbett and filmed on location in San Francisco on the very street for which the song was named. Fans can watch the video exclusively on Vevo.com here or in the player below.

With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and the signature sound still intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street." "I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record at first glance" says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band. "If you listen carefully, you'll find that each song has its own point of view. You might find hope, or something very different, very dark." More...

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King Of Asgard Posts "The Nine Worlds Burn" Video

Swedish Viking metallers King Of Asgard will release "…to North" this coming July 31st via Metal Blade Records. In collaboration with MetalInjection.net, King Of Asgard now premiering the "The Nine Worlds Burn" video clip. Check out the video at this location or in the player below.

King of Asgard comments on the video shoot: "Why look further, when one is surrounded by great artists? Again, King of Asgard teamed up with the 'Einhärjar' video creator, Rickard Monéus and the 1897 crew including Andreas Edelönn. The production set up took place in the depths of a forest close to King of Asgard's rehearsal lair. A late night in May - dusk and burdened raindrops. Perfect conditions for creating works of ruin. Searching to reflect the mythological end-of-this-world theme of 'The Nine Worlds Burn,' Rickard and Andreas produced a video full of ritualistic and apocalyptic visuals that perfectly enhance the song's sense of dread and destruction. A result we are all proud to present. That depict and burn the crust of the earth!" More...

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Former Deep Purple Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, who was with the band from 1968 until 2002, has passed away at the age of 71, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A message from his official website reads as follows:

"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, July 16th at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

"Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including 'Smoke On The Water' and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

"Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto For Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

"Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

"Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

"Jon Lord - June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012." More...

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Elderoth Streaming "Cursed" Track

Power metal act Elderoth has posted a new song online titled "Cursed," which can be heard below. Philippe "Pat' Tougas of First Fragment also commented on contributing a guest spot for the song:

"This is Elderoth, my friend's power metal band. I recorded a guest solo in the song at 1:45 and another one at 1:45 in this other song 'Forgotten.' Also, check out his amazing solo at the end of the second song. Collin McGee is one of the most talented young shredders in the montreal scene.

"I went with a Tony MacAlpine-esque approach for the tremolo bar use, it should give you a good idea of how our solos will sound on the upcoming FF material." More...

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Dew-Scented Releases New Lyric Video

German thrashers Dew-Scented have unveiled a lyric video for "Storm Within," a new track from their upcoming release “Icarus,” exclusively through MetalSucks. You can check it out at this location.

This marks the third new track that has been posted from the group's ninth album, which will be released in North America on July 31st. Pre-Orders for "Icarus" are available through Prosthetic Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. Hubris
02. Sworn to Obey
03. Thrown to the Lions
04. Storm Within
05. Gleaming Like Silver
06. By My Own Hand
07. The Fall of Man
08. Reawakening
09. Destined to Collapse
10. A Final Procession
11. Perpetuated
12. In Dying Mode (bonus track)
13. Steady Decline (PRONG-cover/bonus track)
14. No Spiritual Surrender (INSIDE OUT-cover/bonus track)

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Between The Buried And Me Announces New Album

Between the Buried and Me (aka BTBAM) has announced the name of the band's upcoming full-length album as "The Parallax II: Future Sequence." The new album, which clocks in at approximately 72 minutes, will be released October 9th and features artwork from Charlotte, North Carolina artist and designer Chandler Owen (Underoath, Shai Hulud, and Hopesfall).

"The Parallax II: Future Sequence" was recorded at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC with longtime friend of the band and producer Jamie King. Jamie engineered, mixed, and mastered the album, which makes this the sixth release Jamie and BTBAM have worked together on.

Regarding the concept of "The Parallax II: Future Sequence," the new full-length album picks up where the 2011 EP, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues," left off. Guitarist Paul Waggoner comments, "The two main characters of the story take on a journey through space and time with the unenviable task of having to cure the flaws of humanity by any means necessary. While the EP served mostly as an introduction to the characters, Future Sequence contains the action of the story. The lyrics are written in the stream of consciousness style, which really helps to capture the perspective and emotion of the characters. We really enjoyed the challenge of writing this record, and I think we were all pleasantly surprised with how well the music and lyrics jived with one another. I couldn't be happier with how Future Sequence turned out." More...

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Beast Posts New Song Online

Madrid, Spain based thrash metal band Beast has posted the song "Thrash Metal Holocaust" online, which can be heard below. Beast also commented:

"You waited for it, and now you got it: Thrash Metal Holocaust, from our upcoming EP untitled 'Thrash Metal Propaganda.' Hope you enjoy it..."

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Traxxx Streaming New Song, "I Hate"

Algerian band Traxxx has released a new song online for streaming. You can check out the track "I Hate" through the YouTube player available below, or find more details on Traxxx over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Tantara Releases In-Studio Footage

Tantara has released a new video from the recording of upcoming album “Based On Evil,” produced by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Blind Guardian, Rainbow) and to be released the 24th of August. Check it out below. You can also listen to the single "Based On Evil" at this location. Indie Recordings commented on the album:

"The plans to make a full-length record began right after the release of the EP 'Human Mutation' in 2010 and the band started the search for the right producer. Tantara entered the studio again in July 2011 to record their long anticipated debut album with the legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen. The band chose Rasmussen because of his background of producing records for bands like Rainbow, Metallica, Blind Guardian and Morbid Angel. The album 'Based On Evil' was recorded during four weeks in July 2011 in the studios ARK Recording Studios and Sweet Silence Mix Suite in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"'Based On Evil' is filled with fast, mind-boggling riffs, aggressive vocals and impeccable drumming. In addition to the melodic and masterly conducted solos one can find progressive elements in Tantara’s music. Their songs might be longer than normal in the genre, but they possess a unique song-writing talent that keep the listener engaged throughout the whole album. Tantara draws inspiration from bands such as Heathen, Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth, Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Vio-lence and Metallica." More...

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Incantation Announces Festival Dates

Europe prepares for the return of one of North America's most blasphemous and unholy death metal bands. Incantation will once again invade European territory this August for a series of festival dates. The band comments:

As we are still in the midst of the recording process for our 8th and latest studio full length, which will be released through Listenable Records, we will make the short run to play some of Europe's most brutal festivals. We are honored to have been asked to play these amazing fests this year, we will be playing some new tracks from the upcoming new release later this year, as well as our classics. We just toured Brazil and the response for the new material was horns held high and an outbreak of death metal overload!!!

It has been brought to our attention [that there has been] interest in Incantation playing additional shows/fests in August, but unfortunately were not able to play any more Euro festivals at this time. The aforementioned shows are all we have agreed to play. Of course, we are disappointed at not to be able to play every show asked, but extremely happy to be playing the shows we are. Due to recording obligations and (lack of) booking details, time restraints [will prevent] us from being able to play all of them. I would personally like to apologize to any organizers that might have been misled into thinking we were playing, and thank all of you for the continued support of Incantation!!!!

Below are the European festival dates that Incantation will be playing, a few more dates being arranged as we speak.


8/10 - Brutal Assault (Czech)
8/11 - Party.San (Germany)
8/12 - Ieper Fest (Belgium)
8/13 - Tilburg (Holland) "Little Devil"
8/14 - Essen (Germany) "Turock"
8/17 - Motocultor Fest (France)
8/18 - SummerBreeze (Germany)


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Steel Horse Signs With Firefield Records

Spanish metal act Steel Horse has posted the following statement online about signing a record deal and heading out on a European tour:

"Steel Horse has just signed a contract with the German company Firefield Records, who will manage 'InThe Storm' international distribution from now on.

"This means a huge step forward for the band, who will take advantage of this momentum to start their very first European tour just after this summer.

"Cities and dates will be announced soon."

Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can also find more info on Steel Horse via Facebook.

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Faithful Unto Death Releases New Music Video

Faithful Unto Death has released a new music video online for the song "Give Up Grow Old," which can be viewed below. The track is taken from the EP of the same title, which can be streamed over at bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Give Up, Grow Old
2. Love Devoid Of Feeling
3. The Other Son
4. Yemkela (Blindside Cover)

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Katatonia Video Interview Posted Online

Loud TV has released a new video interview online with Anders Blakkheim" Nyström from Katatonia to discuss the band's upcoming new album "Dead End Kings." Check out the clip below.

"Dead End Kings" is due out in Europe on August 27th and North America on August 28th through Peaceville Records. To get a taste of the new album, watch out the lyric video for "Dead Letters" at this location, or catch Katatonia live on tour this fall with Paradise Lost and The Devin Townsend Project.

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Assassin Announces "Doomsday Prevention" Dates

As was previously announced, German 80s thrashers Assassin will tour the South American continent for the very first time. The band has now updated the schedule for the 2012 "Doomsday Prevention" tour. In cooperation with Open the Road Agency the following dates are now confirmed:

Brazil:
8/17 - Curitiba @ Espaco Cult
8/18 - Teresina @ Bueiro do Rock
8/19 - São Paulo @ Manifesto Pub
8/23 - Salvador @ Dubliners Irish Pub
8/24 - Maceió @ Oráculo
8/25 - Caruaru @ Teatro João Lyra
8/26 - Fortaleza @ Grab Club

Peru:
8/29 - Lima @ Barza Lince

Bolivia:
8/30 - La Paz @ Cinemateca Boliviana

Argentina:
8/31 - Buenos Aires/Argentina @ Asbury Club

Chile:
9/1 - Santiago - @ Club 334

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Disigma Streaming New Song

Disigma has posted a new song online for streaming taken from the band's upcoming self-titled EP. Give the song "Event Horizon" a listen through the YouTube player below, or find more info on Disigma Facebook profile.

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Demonstration Planned For Randy Blythe

A group of Lamb Of God fans will be staging a protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday, July 22nd regarding the imprisonment of Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic. The organizer of the mass rally, Tommy Streat, hopes that the mass protest will turn into a big party if the jailed rocker is released after his Prague court date on July 19th. Go to his Facebook page for more information.

He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Hopefully, we'll be welcoming him home. But if not, we'll be sending the message that (we) will support him." The petition posted on Whitehouse.gov has been gaining momentum. It has already surpassed the 16,000 signature mark of the 25,000 signatures it needs by August 3rd to be brought before President Obama. More...

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Dethklok Footage From Comic-Con Available

Adult Swim presented Dethklok on the USS Midway aircraft carrier Friday night in San Diego, CA. The world's most brutal animated death metal band played its first live performance of 2012 as "Metalocalypse' came to life at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Those that attended the full-to-capacity concert enjoyed new animation and new songs from Dethklok's upcoming album and a grand entrance via helicopter landing on the flight deck of the USS Miday.

The current Dethklok touring line up consists of Brendon Small (Dethklok, Galaktikon), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Death, Dark Angel), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, The Mike Keneally Band), Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Galaktikon).

Fan-filmed footage of the event, posted online courtesy of YouTube users MAUL0r1 and LOVETHEVIRGO, has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Vision Of Disorder Announces Album Release

Candlelight Records today confirms September 17th as the European release date for "The Cursed Remain Cursed," the new album from New York’s Vision of Disorder. Teaming with producer Will Putney (Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence) and mixer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Social Distortion), "The Cursed Remain Cursed" features eleven new songs, including the album’s lead single “Loveless.” It is the first new recording by the band in over ten years.

"We feel we accomplished a very unique, vicious and exciting record without compromising the VOD brand of hardcore,” says guitarist Mike Kennedy. "The Cursed Remain Cursed sounds like nothing we've ever done." Vocalist Tim Williams adds, “the songs are raw, real and from the heart."

Upcoming Vision of Disorder live dates include:

09/14/12 - The Underworld, London UK
09/15/12 - Mojo Live, Manchester UK
10/19/12 - Club Revolution, Long Island, NY
11/24/12 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

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Subhuman Signs With Subsound Records

Italian act Subhuman has posted a studio report video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on signing a new record deal to release the album:

"Hi metalheads! Here's good news for you...

"We are proud to announce that we signed a deal with Subsound Records for the release of our second album 'TRIBUTO DI SANGUE,' available in October worldwide.

"Stay tuned for further details, and get ready for the massacre!" More...

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Shattered Destiny Unleashes New Lyric Video

Formed in early 2011, Shattered Destiny is a progressive power/thrash band created by lead singer/songwriter JJ. With long-time friend and lead guitarist Roman Guryev the foundation of the band was formed. In mid-2012, Andrey Ischenko joined the group as the new permanent drummer.

Shattered Destiny has now launched a new lyric video for the song "Epilogue." Check out the mind-melting clip below. "Epilogue" comes off the band's new "Fragments" EP.

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Dust Bolt Releases "Violent Abolition" Video

German act Dust Bolt has teamed up with Metal Hammer Germany to release a video clip for "Violent Abolition." You can check out the video through Metal Hammer's website or in the player below.

Dust Bolt's new album "Violent Demolition" will be released via Napalm Records on July 27th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:

1. Opulence Contaminated
2. Violent Abolition
3. March thru Pain
4. Shattered by Reality
5. Toxic Attack
6. Into Madness
7. When thy Shall Come - Oblivion
8. Pleasure on Illusion
9. Deviance More...

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Stillborn Messengers Posts Drum Playthrough

French act Stillborn Messengers has uploaded a new playthrough clip featuring drummer Sylvain playing along the song "Nothing More." The footage is available below, and you can also listen to the previously posted Stillborn Messengers song "Human Nature" at this location.

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Deus Otiosus Streaming New Song

Deus Otiosus has issued the following announcement about streaming a new track online from the band's new album:

"The time has come where we can present you a song from the upcoming 'Godless' album. This one represents the faster, raging side of the album: Ready or not, here comes the 'Pest Grave!' Listen to it right here on myspace."

Further details on the upcoming "Godless" album will be announced as they are made available. You can also view the artwork below. More...

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Unearthing The Goregrind Underground

The other day I was trading video uploads with fellow staff member Carl, whose taste usually gravitates towards classy traditional metal. I sent him a track from the grindcore band Cuntscrape, "Giving Head to Mr. Ed," leaving him speechless. His reply went something like this - "I thought there was a limit to the extreme. I was wrong." Ha ha, poor Carl.

Nope. There's no limit to the extreme in sight. Back in the late eighties and early nineties, the progenitors of twisted and depraved metal like Lividity or Broken Hope couldn't have imagined how contorted the genre would have gotten. Nowadays it gets more brutal than anyone could have ever envisioned. The horror fantasy themes have given way to pornogrind lyrics, inaudible vocals and psychopathic themes. Over time lyrics have been all but done away with, almost as if they are too sensitive and get in the way of what should be primal. It's all meant to be hilarious and over the top, and goregrind is the last frontier when it comes to offensive, loud metal. More...

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Ravage Parts Ways With Drummer

Boston metal band Ravage has issued the following update regarding the departure of the band's drummer:

"Some news from the Ravage camp.... Dan 'The' Hammer has decided to dedicate his focus on his other projects and has parted ways with Ravage. No bad feelings... except for never learning King Forgotten.

"So of course that means we're looking for a drummer. Send us a message if you or anyone you know is interested!"

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Khonsu Streaming New Track

Norwegian black metal act Khonsu is gearing up to drop its debut album "Anomalia" via Season Of Mist Records on August 24th. The band has posted an upload of the song "The Host" on its Facebook page, which we have for you below. The man behind the mask is band member/visionary S. Gronbech, whose last furtive appearance was on his brother's (A. "Obsidian C." Gronbech) band Keep Of Kalessin's 2003 EP "Reclaim."

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