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Metal News for July 17, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Nefarious Realm Readying 666 Song Compilation

Nefarious Realm Productions has been putting together a 666 song compilation by 666 bands titled "The Number of the Compilation," (in a nod to Iron Maiden). 171 bands are already confirmed from all different heavier genres and countries, a precursory list of which you may see over at the Nefarious Realm website. Already bands ranging from Ireland's Eternal Helcaraxe, Canada's Hak-Ed Damm and Nervecell from The United Arab Emirates are confirmed, with spots open for 495 more. The bands on the compilation will be both signed and unsigned ones.

Already acts from 22 countries are on it and the artists will be spanning death metal, thrash, black metal, grind, doom, crust, sludge, and other extreme genres. Nefarious Realm Productions will be releasing it as a free download in a 15 part series when the launch date is revealed - around the time 600 bands has been reached. Bands are encouraged to send in an old or a new song to be featured on the anthology, the details and stipulations of which can be learned over at Nefarious Realm's website.


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Destroyer Of Light Streaming Self-Titled Album

Austin, Texas act Destroyer of Light has posted the band's entire self-titled album online for streaming. Check out the release via bandcamp or in the player available below. "Destroyer of Light" was recorded at Yellow Dog Studios and engineered by Matt Meli. Mastering was handled by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Greet Death
2. The Virgin
3. So Divided
4. Coffin Hunter
5. The Swamp
6. Asteroid More...

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Hackneyed Posts Drum Playthrough Footage

Hackneyed has posted footage online of drummer Tim Cox performing "Damn (You're Dead Again)," taken from the album "Carnival Cadavre" (reviewed here). The footage, available below, was recorded at DB Oldhouse Records and the video features Tim using Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Regal Tip Drumsticks.

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Periphery Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

Periphery has been releasing a new track-by-track breakdown every day for the new album "Periphery II." Periphery's Jake Bowen has now issued the following explanation of the song "The Gods Must Be Crazy:"

"Back when we were discussing the possibility of Mark joining Periphery, I was really trying to get a feel for his style of riffing and the result was The Gods Must Be Crazy! Misha came up with the opening riff and it starts off with a bang sounding like Opeth on steroids. As for the verse riffs, it's basically chaining together a lot of chord shapes and arpeggios rapidly to make this complete idea. I was really happy with how Spencer handled the chorus, the melody always sticks with me."

Misha Mansoor also commented, "Sometimes I have what I like to call 'retreats' where I'll have a few members stay at my place for a few days, and we just write as much as we can in that time. It has always been a successful way to bring riffs to life because we can just focus on writing and nothing else. This song was a retreat song.

"As Jake mentioned, we were definitely going for a Mark kinda vibe on this song. It's interesting because a lot of people think that Mark wrote this song, but it was based off of Jake's riffs actually! I am so lucky to have two guitarists in my band who have very specific 'voices' that I absolutely love, and they definitely influence and inspire me. Mark has such a unique approach to the guitar that i would just describe as playful and colorful, so that was definitely the feel that Jake and I were going for on this song. I vibed off of his riffs and just wrote parts that i felt would help the arrangement flow nicely and fluidly. When the verse riff comes back, I thought it would be fun to switch between straight and triplet feel on the drums, and Matt really brought that idea to life, that plus the short but ever so sweet solo Jake wrote makes that one of my favorite moments of this album. This song was a bit different from our usual fare, and I didn't really know how appropriate it would be for the album until Spencer wrote his vocal lines for it. Once I heard his ideas, I went from liking the song to loving it and that chorus line he wrote would get stuck in my head before he even finalized the full melody or lyrics. This is just a good example of a song that started out decent, and just got better and better with everyone's input!" More...

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Frostwork Posts "Cast From His Wings" Clip

Derbyshire's Frostwork - the solo project of Dagon from Heathen Deity - has signed with Wodfreca Records to release debut album "Lore of Winter - Ealdspell." The band has now posted a new video clip online, which can be viewed below, and Frostwork also commented:

"To celebrate the announcement of Frostwork`s signing to Wodfreca Records and the scheduled release later in the year of debut album 'Lore of winter – Ealdspell,' Frostwork would like to unveil the video for 'Cast From His Wings,' the latest track to feature on the release."

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Autumns Eyes To Shoot New Music Video

Autumns Eyes, which released new album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has issued the following announcement about working on a new music video:

"Its been a while since Ive brought everyone back up to speed with whats been going on in the Autumns Eyes realm these days. Lots of time has been spent planning the next phase, which will include a new music video and even a new album. The music video will be for the track 'Haunting Your Daughter' and will be shot later this summer. Story wise I can't give away too much, but I can tell you that visually it will be inspired by some of my favorite old school horror films both in the look and the amount of gore you will witness.

"I have also been working on recording the first five songs I ever wrote back in 1999 when I started this project. They are all instrumentals covering a wide variety of styles which laid the groundwork for all Autumns Eyes material to come. I originally recorded them on a four track recorder, but since it was my first time recording I truly had barely any idea of how to operate the equipment properly. I'm completely in lust with the material itself, so to give them a proper recording is quite a fun experience to say the least.

"Outside the Autumns Eyes world I have also been devoting a large chunk of my time to reworking the Beneath the Woods Studio website. Aside from the standard audio and web services I will also be offering (my new hobby) photography as well. The site will also feature a ton of tips and articles on both recording and design.

"In the meantime I am constantly updating the Autumns Eyes website with features, articles, top ten lists, and many more random things pertaining to horror movies, Halloween, and heavy metal."

You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for the album's title track at this location.

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Interview With Matt Maggioni Of Baroness

Baroness are about to be celebrating their tenth year of taking over sludge metal. The Savanah-outfit are one of the most well-known metal bands due to their mass-appeal, although their sound does not have to be compromised to intrigue listeners. Baroness just released their double-album "Yellow" and "Green." I had a chance to talk to bassist Matt Maggioni about the albums, their color scheme, and touring. More...

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Black Moor Streaming Two New Songs

East Coast metalheads Black Moor have revealed two new songs titled "Hellraiser" and "Lost in The Shadows" off their upcoming album "Lethal Waters." The album is set to be released by Diminished Fifth Records on August 21st.

Both songs can be downloaded for free from the Diminished Fifth Records bandcamp here or through the widget available below. "Lethal Waters" is the follow up to the band's 2009 debut "The Conquering." The track listing is as follows:

1. Hellraiser
2. Thunderhead
3. Lost in the Shadows
4. Midnight Warrior
5. Into Eternity
6. Night Danger
7. Hatred's Maze
8. Lethal Waters
9. Frozen Tombs More...

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Vesperia Releases New Clip From Live DVD

Toronto-based Celtic Viking metal quartet Vesperia is pleased to announce the release of the second selected track "With Omens of Sorrow" from the upcoming live DVD entitled "Untamed in Toronto." Check out the clip below. Every week during the month of July will see the release of select videos from the DVD.

"We are very excited to reveal our first-ever live DVD that we filmed in our very own hometown of Toronto on our last tour," comments the group's bass player and lead vocalist, Morgan. "For anyone who has not been able to see one of our live performances, this will give them a unique opportunity to see the primal nature behind a Vesperia performance; fully equipped with a high-end lighting rig and in high definition!"

Filming for the entire live DVD took place on June 15th at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, Ontario and was helmed by local media specialists, Ax Media Studios. More...

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Within The Ruins To Miss Tonight's Show

Within the Ruins has issued the following announcement about missing tonight's show in Las Vegas:

"Las Vegas, NV we are sorry to announce that due to our trailer axle breaking we will not be able to make the show tonight at The Sanctuary. Adestria, Erra, and the all the other bands will still be performing so please go and support them. We are super bummed about this and we will make it up to you guys as soon as we can!"

For updates on Within the Ruins tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile. You can also find a recently posted show report from the band's Nashville performance at this location.

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Cocaine Moustache Vocalist Jumps Into Bonfire

Singer White Willie Sniffsum of Canada's ultimate party band Cocaine Moustache seemed to have partied a little too hard on Friday the 13th during The Columbia Valley Music Festival. Willie's intoxication led him to jump into a bon fire after listening to Metallica's classic "Jump In The Fire."

According to a press release, he suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns and spent most of the next day in the hospital. When asked if he would do it again Sniffsum replied "I like to think of myself as partially retarded with no fear or self preservation.... not crazy, I knew what I was doing. It was a great party! No worries I heal fast."

Vancouver-based hard rockers Cocaine Moustache have released a "nine track sonic cocktail of booze-fueled anthems" called "On The Mirror" via Reversed Records. Check out a song from the release, titled "Out Of My Hands," at this location. More...

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From Ashes Rise Posts "Rejoice The End" Video

The first new material from Portland's crust/punk heroes From Ashes Rise, since their 2003-released "Nightmares" LP, is available today via the "Rejoice The End/Rage Of Sanity" 7" out today through Southern Lord.

In celebration of the release of the 7", a brand new video for the track "Rejoice The End" has been created as part of the Scion AV series. Visualized and directed by David Hall of Handshake Inc, the video can be viewed right now, along with an extensive director's statement from Hall and more, at Brooklyn Vegan. You can also check out the clip below.

The following press release was issued about From Ashes Rise:

"Formed in Nashville, Tennessee during the mid 1990s' American crust punk surge, later relocating to their current home in Portland, Oregon, the band have unleashed three LPs and a plethora of split releases, EPs and more, amidst waves of heavy underground touring. The infectious, downtuned From Ashes Rise sound has become a staple in the scene, and alongside bands like Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone have helped pioneer what is defined as modern crust punk, the band remaining one of the most brutally-charged and hauntingly melodic forerunners of the scene." More...

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Fozzy Talks Band History

The fist pumping lead single "Sandpaper" from Fozzy's forthcoming album "Sin and Bones" is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. You can also stream the track at this location The new album "Sin and Bones" will be released on August 14th and the single features guest vocals from M Shadows.

Gearing up for the album release, Fozzy released a video called "The Evolution of Fozzy" where frontman Chris Jericho discusses everything from the creation of the band, how it go signed, and where the group is today with Century Media. Check out the clip below. Fozzy will also be performing on the "Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival this summer/fall.

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Wormrot Taking Break From Touring

Singapore's Wormrot has issued the following end-of-tour recap and announcement about taking a break from live activity:

"We've been ripped off, abandoned blablabla but we survived and end the tour with a fucking smile. We've been touring hard every year for quite awhile and we think it's time to take a break and concentrate on our personal shit as for now. We'll be back touring hopefully with another new album?

"MASSIVE thanks to Nicolas of Bones Brigades Records and the boys from Evisorax for being so cool during the tour. we love you guys endlessly. Last but not least, Luc from Doomstar Bookings/Fubar and of course our lovely Azean for being so patient with us.

"A very memorable LAST tour with the right people for the fucking win. We couldn't have done it without your support towards us. Thank you fellow friends across the globe. GRIND OR GET THE FUCK OUT! SEE YOU AGAIN IN A FEW YEARS!"

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Dave Brockie To Write RPG Adventure

Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR, will be writing and illustrating (with the help of fellow Slave Pit artist Matt Maguire) the tabletop RPG adventure Towers Two as part of a Crowd Funding campaign for the "Lamentations of the Flame Princess" Weird Fantasy Role-Playing game.

The adventure will tell a story of insanity and dread: The mighty 'Towers Two' had stood as a symbol of stability and prosperity over a world that was increasingly slipping into chaos. But ever since the difficult birth of the identical twin brothers Rondrel and Zal, a shadow has fallen over the family and the land they had ruled for centuries. The brothers quarreled over the power they had inherited from their father, squandering their wealth, and sending the line into decay. The nearby village of Ham, once happy to call Towers Two and the Family Hune their protectors, now live in fear of the fortress and it inhabitants.

"I'm completely stoked to be doing this, and I really hope the crowd funding venture is successful, even though I waited to the last second to start promoting it," Brockie says. "I am an old-school DM, and ran custom adventures out of my worlds for over 20 years until the point where I felt we had committed every possible atrocity and wrenched every permutation out of the D+D system, which I really had abandoned anyway. I began to do horrible things to my players. One group wandered the Abyss for two years until they finally realized they were damned, even though I never told them. Out of boredom I ran a Lawful Good campaign of elves, just to kill them off with the worst monsters I could think of. We used to play on the tour bus all the time, but as GWAR started getting hotter groupies I finally got bored with it." More...

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Cerebellion Splits With Vocalist

Cerebellion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"To our Cerebellion family, it is with great sadness that we announce the departure of our lead singer Joe Arnold from Cerebellion. We know that to all of you this comes as a great shock. We (John, Jimmy and Marc) have had a little more time to digest this as Joe told us about his plans a few months back but it is still a hard fact to accept.

"Joe’s final performance with the band will take place on Saturday August 4th at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, CA. The aforementioned new song 'A Better Version' will be released next Tuesday July 24th.

"Joe will always be remembered for his thought-provoking lyrics, endlessly energetic live persona, honesty, and upbeat magnetic personality. His spirit is undeniable and will absolutely inspire everything we do without him. He is a brother to us both literally and figuratively and we could do nothing less than wish him the best in all of his future endeavors. We understand and completely support his decision.

"Many of you are probably wondering about the future of Cerebellion. When we first learned of this we took some time to reflect and seriously think about whether we should continue as a band. It didn’t take long for us to realize that our passion and resolve for this band is strong. We believe in the music and the message that is Cerebellion and we will continue to write and play music as long as we have support from all of you. More...

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Six Feet Under Adds More Tour Dates

American death metal giants Six Feet Under have added a bunch of shows to their European tour, where the band will play festival gigs as well as selected club shows. The newly updated tour schedule is as follows:

05/08/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
06/08/12 – PL – Warschau – Progresja
08/08/12 – DE – Würzburg – Posthalle
09/08/12 – NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg
10/08/12 – NL – Steenwijk – Buze
11/08/12 – CZ – Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
12/08/12 – DE – Berlin – Postbahnhof (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN)
13/08/12 – DE – München – Backstage (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN)
14/08/12 – CH – Pratteln – Galerie (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN)
15/08/12 – DE – Essen – Turock (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN)
16/08/12 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN)
17/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze *
18/08/12 – DE – Hamburg – Grünspan (+ DEW-SCENTED + DEADBORN) More...

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Gypsyhawk Posts Album Track-By-Track Breakdown

Eric Harris (vocals/bass) and Andrew Packer (guitars) of the Pasadena, California rock band Gypsyhawk recently stopped by the Metal Blade offices to film a track-by-track breakdown for upcoming full-length album, "Revelry & Resilience."

The two-part video is currently available exclusively through Loudwire.com or in the YouTube players available below.

"Revelry & Resilience" will be in stores on August 24th/27th, 2012. Fans can pre-order the album and listen to the first single, Hedgeking, now through the band's Metal Blade landing page. More...

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Nachtmystium Streaming New Song

On July 30th in Europe and July 31st in North America, the Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium is set to release "Silencing Machine," the band's 6th full-length album. For a preview of the album check out the new track, "I Wait In Hell," here:

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dawn Over The Ruins Of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers Of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope And Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep

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Propagandhi Announces New Album Release

Celebrating three decades of life in the political and musical hinterlands, Propagandhi will release sixth studio album, "Failed States," on September 4th. The album’s first single “Failed States” debuts today and can be heard now in the player below. Additionally, Propagandhi will kick off a North American tour in September with support from Comback Kid. Dates are listed below.

“Our goal is always to create a no-holds-barred, forward-thinking, tip-of-the-hat to the giants -- Voivod, Rush, NoMeansNo, SNFU, Sacrifice, Razor, Guilt Parade – that have gone before us,” says vocalist and guitarist, Jesus H. Chris. “We are in their debt and take the mission seriously. Even when we're singing about liking Kurt Russell as Captain Ron, we take the mission seriously. Failed States is our most formidable – and to me personally, our most surprising -- attempt at conjuring the numinous from the quotidian. Yes, I had to look those words up.”

The track listing is:

1. Note to Self - 5:56
2. Failed States - 1:54
3. Devil's Creek - 2:32
4. Rattan Cane - 3:06
5. Hadron Collision - 1:37
6. Status Update - 1:05
7. Cognitive Suicide - 3:42
8. Things I Like - 1:59
9. Unscripted Moment - 4:10
10. Dark Matters - 3:16
11. Lotus Gait - 3:15
12. Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report) - 4:34 More...

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Hell Militia Announces New Album Title

French black metallers Hell Militia, one of Season of Mist's Underground Activists division’s latest additions, have named their forthcoming album “Jacob’s Ladder.”

The band’s third full-length release is scheduled to hit stores on October 19th (November 6th in North America), 2012. The cover artwork and tracklisting will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Further details will be announced as they are made available.

"Jacob's Ladder" will follow sophomore album "Last Station on the Road to Death," released back in 2010.

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By The Patient Streaming New Single

Denmark's By The Patient recently inked a record deal with Deathboud Records to release new album "Premonitions." The band has now released a new single from the album online. Check out the single "Where Time Collapsed" at the band's Facebook profile here. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Oceans of Emptiness" in the YouTube player available below. More...

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The Contortionist Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to welcome modern metal act The Contortionist to the label's roster. Season of Mist also issued the following press release:

"The Americans broke onto the scene a few years ago and have quickly earned the title as one of the most musically inclined bands in the progressive metal genre. In their brief but accomplished career, the band has supported a wide variety of acts including Periphery, All Shall Perish, and The Acacia Strain, as well as headlining the inaugural edition of USA’s Summer Slaughter Survivors Tour last year.

"The Contortionist's sophomore album is entitled 'Intrinsic' and has been scheduled for a physical release on October 19th. The digital version is out on iTunes today and includes an exclusive bonus track!"

The track listing is: More...

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Xerath Posts Guitar Playthrough

Xerath has posted a guitar playthrough clip for "Machine Insurgency," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"May we present the Machine Insurgency Guitar Playthrough video (and tab). We know you guitarists love them. If you have enough p's you can use 1080 of them to look at it! This is the first in a series of play along video's we will release over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

"Gear-wise it's a Jackson Soloist Archtop 3, 7 string into a Boss NS-2 and into a Peavey JSX into a Marshall 1960a mic'd with an SM58 (hence the boxy mids) with minimal EQ in Cubase."

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Pit Stories: Vampire Nazi Boot Stomp at Deicide

Each week Metal Underground.com offers our readers a new Pit Story. Usually, these tales originate from band members. This time, however, I’m going to recount one of the bloodiest, most violent pits in my twenty years of attending metal concerts. Skinheads gathered in hundreds at concerts in Detroit during 1995-1996. When a band finished a song, a sea of arms extended outward forming the Nazi salute, “Sieg Heil.” The huge number of shaved, white skulls marked a stark contrast to the mostly African American environments outside of venues such as Harpos and Saint Andrews Hall.

The racism was not the scariest aspect of these shows for those in attendance. Skinheads flailed knees and elbows in the pit, often leading to fellow moshers leaving the circle with bloody noses or worst—being knocked down and stomped by lead-weighted boots. The violence at those shows has never been duplicated at any venue I have attended across the country. I will never forget the first time I experienced this chaos: More...

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Katatonia Posts "Dead Ends Of Europe" Teaser

Sweden's melancholic rock masters Katatonia have released a trailer for their upcoming "Dead Ends of Europe" tour, which also includes a teaser of a new song. Check out the clip below to see the tour dates and hear part of an unreleased track off new album "Dead End Kings." Support on the tour comes from French shoe-gazers Alcest and Boston's Junius.

Katatonia's forthcoming 9th album "Dead End Kings" hits stores in Europe on August 27th & North America on August 28th through Peaceville Records. To hear more from the album, you can listen to the previously posted full song "Dead Letters" at this location. More...

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Anger As Art Reveals Album Release Date

L.A. thrash veterans Anger As Art have now set a release date for their 4th full length album "Hubris, Inc." via Old School Metal Records. Frontman Steve Gaines comments:

"We seem to be heading into the end of the calendar year once again, once all release details are finally ironed out. Our last 2 albums have been released in the 4th quarter, which is fine. Both have been sold (or downloaded???) honorably. But we head into the end of year shut down, when the entertainment industry is essentially closed. So, instead of hurrying to release before the year cuts off, we have decided to push back the release date until Tuesday, February 5, 2013. This gives us plenty of time to let new music drip out slowly… and get all of our ducks in a row for a solid push next year."

In addition to a traditional CD and digital release, "Hubris, Inc." will be released on picture disc vinyl with a cover featuring expanded artwork, liner notes and lyric sheets. Says Gaines: "Old School? Of course. There is such a great feeling holding that big piece of vinyl in your hand, studying the cover… and dropping needle for the first time. It is something we and OSM have wanted to do since… well, the advent of the CD. It is unique, and immediately collectable. I would advise that you pre-order your copy now, because once they are gone, they are gone! More...

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Opeth Posts Scandinavian Tour Dates

Opeth has announced another series of Scandinavian tour dates after wrapping up the band's shows with Anathema. Support for Opeth comes in the way of the Finnish metal rockers the Von Hertzen Brothers, who will open at every show with the exception of the performance in Örebro on December 1.

Dates are as follows:

26.11 - Vox Hall, Århus - DK
27.11 - Vega, Copenhagen - DK
29.11 - KB, Malmö - SE
30.11 - Katalin, Uppsala - SE
01.12 - Club 700, Örebro - SE
02.12 - Nefertiti, Göteborg - SE*
03.12 - Nefertiti, Göteborg - SE*
04.12 - Södra Theater, Stockholm - SE*
05.12 - Södra Theater, Stockholm - SE*
06.12 - Maxim, Gävle - SE
07.12 - Skandiateatern, Norrköping - SE

Denotes Unplugged show *

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Sound Storm Streams New Song "Back To Life"

Italian symphonic metal act Sound Storm is streaming the new song "Back to Life." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Immortalia," which will be released soon via Scarlet Records. The album is the first to feature new keyboardist Davide Cristofoli, who joined in June.

The artwork for the release can be viewed here:

Check out "Back to Life" here: More...

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Gothic Knights Streaming New Track

New York power metal act Gothic Knights is streaming the new track "Shadows of Time" from the band's new self-issued new LP "Reflections from the Other Side" (July 10, 2012). The CD is available for purchase at the band's official website.

The track listing for "Reflections From the other Side" is:

1. Death from Above
2. Lord of the Underworld
3. Welcome to My Horror
4. Scythe Denied
5. 1689, Trial of the Witch
6. Shadows of Time
7. Devil's Playground
8. Zero Hour
9. Writing On the Wall
10. Ave Satani
11. The Omen

Check out "Shadows of Time" and other samples here: More...

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Eden's Curse Signs Worldwide Deal AFM Records

Melodic metal band Eden's Curse announced that the group inked a new worldwide recording contract with AFM Records. Eden's Curse is currently wrapping up the writing for the new, yet untitled album, which will feature new vocalist Marco Sandron (Pathosray/Fairyland), and is targeting a tentative Spring 2013 release.

Bassist Paul Logue commented on the signing: “Signing a new deal with AFM was one of the easiest decisions we have made as band. AFM have been our long term partners since 2007 and have always done a great job for us. We recently sat down together and discussed our future plans and where we saw the band headed and they made it known that they are firmly behind us."

Logue went on to discuss the new material: "We are really into the home straight of the writing phase now. We are taking our time to make sure we have the song ideas that does the Eden’s Curse name proud and exactly what our fan base would expect from us. We are very excited by the new tunes."

Timo Hoffmann of AFM Records stated: “Working with Eden's Curse always was a delight. These guys are really dedicated to what they do and their ambitions, positive attitude and high standards always result in great quality. Since signing with us in 2007, the band has released three fantastic albums. No signs of slowing down – in fact it’s quite the contrary. But also beside the creative part, we found reliable partners in Eden's Curse. That’s why we are very happy that the previous deal with the band (which was for the European territory only) now has become enhanced to a worldwide deal. We are looking forward to a great fourth album next year, and many more to come hopefully…”

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Scelerata Posts More Behind The Scenes Footage

Brazilian metal band Scelerata posted more behind the scenes video footage of the making of the band's third LP entitled "The Sniper." In this installment, drummer Francis Cassol lays down more of the drum tracks in Blind Guardian’s studio, Twilight Hall Studios, in Germany. Previous videos can be seen here and here.

"The Sniper" was produced by Charlie Bauerfiend (Motörhead/Helloween/Blind Guardian/Halford/Angra/Rage) and Renato Osorio. "The Sniper" is due out this month through Voice Music.

The track list for "The Sniper" is as follows:

1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood (Feat. Paul Di'Anno) (streaming here)
3. Road to Death
4. Breaking the Chains
5. Unmasking Lies
6. Must Be Dreaming (Feat. Andi Deris) (streaming here)
7. Drowned in Madness
8. Welcome Home
9. 'Til the Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper

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Ensiferum Posts "Making Of" Music Video Footage

Finnish blackened folk lords Ensiferum posted exclusive behind the scenes footage up on Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel (which can be viewed below) from the shoot of the band's new music video for the song "In My Sword I Trust." The song appears on the forthcoming studio release "Unsung Heroes," which is due for release on August 27, 2012 through Spinefarm Records.

The track listing for "Unsung Heroes" is as follows:

1. Symbols
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
8. Pohjola
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power

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Elvenking Posts Studio Update Video, Pt. IV

Italian folk/power metal band Elvenking posted the a fourth studio update video featuring the band recording the new album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. This update, entitled "Rafahel's Chronicle" focuses more on the guitar recordings with guitarists Aydan and Rafahel. The album title and release date have not yet been announced.

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The Faceless Posts Trailer For "Autotheism"

California band The Faceless posted up a new trailer for the album "Autotheism." The album is scheduled for release on August 14, 2012 through Sumerian Records. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Geoffrey Ficco, guitarist Wes Haunch, and bassist Evan Brewer.

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Iron Fire Posts Live Footage

Power metal act Iron Fire posted up quality live footage from the band's recent show in Skien, Norway on January 28, 2012. In the clip, the band performs the track "Kill For Metal," which appeared on the 2009 release "To The Grave."

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An Interview With Hammers Of Misfortune

For over a decade, Hammers Of Misfortune has been a prime example of an overlooked gem. Each of their albums, from their 2001 debut “The Bastard” to last year’s “17th Street,” has always delivered the musical goods. Their sound, which pulls from enough influences to write a novel about, is broad and jammed with variety. That is possibly one of the reasons why they haven’t been as embraced as they should be, but “17th Street” was the first sign of that changing. The band is gearing up for a brief U.S. tour, which starts this week (dates can be found here), and I had the chance to speak to guitarist John Cobbett about the tour and the band's current position in metal. More...

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Malevolence Reveals "Antithetical" Teaser Trailer

Portuguese extreme progressive metallers Malevolence today reveal the teaser trailer for their upcoming third full-length album "Antithetical." Malevolence teamed up with Metalunderground.com for the U.S. premiere and Infektion Magazine for the Portuguese side, with the trailer available below.

"Antithetical" is the first studio work from the band in a period of thirteen years, and this will be the very first chance to sneak a quick listen to the new material. The full sound of the album is represented below in the preview, which includes 4:20 worth of musical passages from the vast assortment contained within the release.

Malevolence in 2012 expands the band's extreme metal sound, enriching it even further. “Antithetical represents our musical progression bursting on hard commitment and total dedication!” says vocalist Carlos Cariano. “We are one of the most long running and iconic metal exportations from the Portuguese soil and Antithetical is a ravaging journey constructed and depicted throughout the seven (7) experienced havoc anthems we have delivered. The new material sounds exactly how I envisioned it (during the production design) and the way WE as Malevolence wanted it to sound on this new record.”

The "Antithetical" album features the same line-up responsible for the recording of "Martyrialized," including core members Carlos Cariano (vocals/guitars), Aires Pereira (bass), Fred Noel (guitars), and Paulo Pereira (keyboards) alongside session drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, The Devin Townsend Project, Jeff Loomis). More...

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