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Metal News for July 2, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Wulfshon Signs With Label

Argentinian band Wulfshon released its debut full length "Prinnit Mittilagart" on its own in a very limited pressing back in the autumn of 2011. Recently, the band signed with Art Gates Records and will have distribution by Pest Promotions. Now "Prinnit Mittilagart" is available in Europe and the rest of the world. Wulfshon also will be putting on a couple of summer shows in its home country in the cities of Rosario and the capital, which are posted below. Wulfshon got its start in 2009, playing its first show next to Skyclad. A few EP's followed until last year's debut. Check out "Cosmos Generallis" from the full-length after the jump.


Jul 13 Club Calavera Federal, Argentina
Aug 19 El Sotano Rosario, Argentina


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Randy Blythe Remains In Jail Despite Posting Bail

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, who was arrested at the Prague, Czech Republic airport last week and charged with manslaughter stemming from an onstage incident with a fan at a show in 2010 after which the fan died of a head injury, posted 4 million Czech Karuna bail (approximately $200,000) today. However, he won't be able to return home yet; considered a flight risk, Blythe will have to remain in the Czech Republic pending further court action.

According to a report by Blesk.cz, Blythe must remain in the Pankrác Prison in Prague for at least the next ten days. According to Judge Petr Fassati of Prague 8 district court, "There may well be certain conditions placed upon [Blythe's] release, such as staying in the Czech Republic, or the availability of a specific address. If the conditions are violated, it could lead to an international arrest warrant being issued." If convicted he faces up to ten years in jail.

The rest of the band flew back home to Virginia yesterday, and upon their arrival guitarist Mark Morton posted the following message on Twitter: "Finally HOME! 4/5 of us anyway. I can't wait to give Randy a big bear hug and kiss his pointy, stubbly face! Thanx for all the support y'all! Flooded with questions about Randy. I truly understand and appreciate [your] concern. But it would be irresponsible for me to comment on any of it. Again….thank y'all SOOOO much for your love and support during these difficult times. It means the world to us."

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Unearthing Underground Bands With Bizarre Vocals

From the completely mainstream outfits with a horde of fans to basement one-man acts, heavy metal is composed of a vast multitude of bands – and the number of metal groups continues to constantly grow. Every week we unearth three bands to help expand your metallic horizons and introduce you to styles and sounds you might not have heard otherwise.

Last week we covered groups that blend together a variety of genre styles and break trends within metal, including Germ and Vintage Flesh, two bands that utilize very odd vocal styles. While it can be argued that any extreme metal band uses vocals that most would consider bizarre, there are vocalists within the world of heavy music who go much further and produce sounds that even hardened underground metal lovers may find shocking.

From avant-garde groups like Peccatum with purposefully off-key singing, to the gut-busting and throat-shredding growls of black metal bands like Marduk, there are plenty of new vocal varieties to discover while journeying through the many sub-genres of metal. This week we’ll take a look at three lesser known bands that use vocals you are almost guaranteed to never hear anywhere else.

Abruptum

Taking the concept of evil atmosphere to an entirely new level, Abruptum was a group primarily active in the ‘90s that puts most black metal acts to shame and released its early material through the infamous Deathlike Silence Productions. Rather than evil guitar sounds and high pitched screams, Abruptum uses bizarrely distorted vocals and shrieks of agonized pain – and rumors persist that the screams are authentic due to self-inflicted wounds in the studio.

Listening to Abruptum albums all the way the through really requires a specific mood, as song structures and melody are pretty much thrown out the window in favor of highly chaotic musical expressions. If you’ve got the candles lit and the razors handy, dip into the madness of Abruptum through the clips below.

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Diabolical Posts New Album Studio Footage

Sweden's Diabolical has posted an in-studio clip from the recording of new "Neogenesis," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"The title is, as some of you managed to figure out – NEOGENESIS. Apart from being a physiological term, the title translates to 'new beginning.' The word originates from greek and latin and it marks a new beginning for DIABOLICAL in many ways. Furthermore the title has a much more profound significance to the theme and concept of this album. We have already recorded the basics for the whole album, and the full track listing is below."

1. Into Oblivion
2. Metamorphosis
3. Oracle
4. Ex
5. World in Silence
6. Reincarnation of the Damned
7. Fields of Nihil
8. Dialogue with the Dead
9. Wolves' Choir
10. The Age to Come
11. Humanitas More...

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Ereb Altor Talks Third Album

Starting with debut full-length "By Honour" (reviewed here), Sweden's Ereb Altor has been on a journey of musical discovery as the band breaks away from the doom sound of primary act Isole and heads into faster, more black metal influenced territory. While sophomore effort "The End" was originally meant to cap Ereb Altor's activity, inspiration struck again and now the band has released a third album, "Gastrike."

With the third release out now, Ereb Altor's Ragnar granted an interview to Metalunderground.com to discuss how the group's sound has evolved, why a new album happened at all, and how the band recently changed from a duo to a trio. Check out the full interview below. More...

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Offending Streaming New Track

GunShyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive stream of the song "Modern Enslavement" from French brutalists Offending. The song, which was taken from the band's newest release "Age of Perversion," is currently streaming at this location. The tracklisting for "Age of Perversion" follows below.

Infested By His Burden
Within This World
Modern Enslavement
Dominion XXI
Religion Depravity
Age of Perversion
Hopeless Submission
Raped by Religion
Devotion


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Demon Lung Releases Official Music Video

"Lament Code", the new video from Las Vegas based traditional/epic doomsters Demon Lung can be seen below. The song comes off of Demon Lung's debut EP, "Pareidolia" (reviewed here), which was released on March 20th. The video was directed by Dustin Mills, the mastermind behind The Puppet Monster Massacre, the low budget 80's style horror comedy with an all puppet cast.

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Black Light Burns Offering Free Song Download

Black Light Burns, the avant-garde alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, has released a free download of the track, “Splayed,” from the upcoming LP, "The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall," in U.S. stores 8/14. Borland and co. have also launched their new website, which will be hosting the download.

Says Borland, “'When asked to give quotes for things, I never really know what to say. What could I possibly interject that trumps what's already evident in the music and art? Yeah, we're launching a website. Yes. There's a new free download. In the words of Dr. Steve Brule: ‘Check it out.’”

In 2012 BLB returned with the track “It Rapes All In Its Path” on the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack, and the announcement of the impending release of a new LP. “This is a really personal record for me, I spent three years writing it and trying to find the right home, and I am confident it’s the best Black Light Burns record yet.” says Borland.

The track listing is as follows:

How to Look Naked
We Light Up
I Want You To
The Girl in Black
The Colour Escapes
Tiger by the Tail
Your Head Will be Rotting on a Spike
Torch From The Sky
Because of You
Splayed
Scream Hallelujah
Bakelite
Burn the World
Grinning Like a Slit
The Moment You Realize You're Going to Fall More...

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Gunther Weezul Enters The Studio

Upstate NY doom metal cultists Gunther Weezul have entered the studio to begin recording their 3rd full length album "Join Us." Vocalist/Reverend Jann Kasey Dorr comments, "Join us to usher in the end of days with Gunther Weezul who is currently recording the soundtrack to the apocalypse in a secret underground studio."

Gunther Weezul has also officially announced the addition of new members to the fold, Joe Keyser
of Relapse recording artists Skinless and Kevin Carley of Wasteform. They join existing members-
Guitarist Adam Gregoire (also of hardcore heavy hitters Brawler) and Jann Kasey Dorr (formally
of Section 8), making the band a "super group" of Upstate NY extreme musicians.

"We cordially invite you to welcome our new line up featuring Joe Keyser- former maniac bassist
of Skinless and Kevin Carley former drummer of the disgustingly brutal Wasteform," says Rev
Dorr. "With the addition of these new members to our cult...Gunther Weezul is unquestionably a band not to be fucked with..." More...

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Axemaster Offering Demo Song For Download

Axemaster has posted a demo song online titled "Bed of Nails," which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:

"Since Axemaster has made it a point to take their time recording and producing the new album and it will still be a while before it's completed, they decided that in the meantime it's important for people to have the opportunity to hear what the current version of Axemaster sounds like together.

"As it turns out, a couple years ago Joe, Brian, and Jim re-recorded the music of an old Axemaster song that was originally released in 1989 ('Bed of Nails' from 'Death Before Dishonor') for possible use in another project. That recording never ended up being used but the tracks were saved in the archives. So Joe completely re-mixed the bass and drums and re-recorded the guitar, Tony added the vocals and mastered it, and now the song is being offered to the public as a free download at Reverbnation or Facebook.

"Along with being a thank you to all the fans who have supported the band for many years, giving the song away will give as many people as possible the chance to listen to a sample of the new Axermaster. So everyone is welcome and encouraged to share the MP3 in any way (forwarding it to other people, posting it on any websites, etc.). It would be very helpful and much appreciated! More...

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GWAR-B-Q Lineup Announced

Today Ring Dog Rescue and Slave Pit Inc. have released the final lineup for their annual summer slaughter-fest, THE GWAR-B-Q, which takes place on August 18th. The lineup is as follows:

GWAR
The Casualties
Strike Anywhere
Ghoul
Valient Thorr
Murderess
The Burial
Lionize
Occultist
Lost Tribe
Highness
Antietam 1862
Mutwawa
Black Naked Wings

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. All of the set times and set lengths are TBA and tickets will be available at this location starting on July 9th. This year's GWAR-B-Q takes place at Hadads Water Park. More...

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Upon Wings Offering Single As Free Download

Symphonic metal act Upon Wings is offering its debut single, “The Dream,” for free download via the band’s Facebook profile now through July 8th at 11:59 p.m. EST, as a 4th of July giveaway. The song will appear on the group’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled release. Simply “like” the page in order to gain access to the track.

Upon Wings recently entered the Johnny K-owned Groovemaster Studios in Chicago -- where Disturbed, Anthrax, Art of Dying, and more have recorded -- to work on the new release, which is slated to drop this fall. The release will feature a guest vocalist and producer from a prominent hard rock supergroup, whom the band will announce in the coming weeks.

“The Dream” was produced by Grammy-nominated engineer, mixer and producer Glenn Brown, whose credits include various work on projects for Kid Rock and Iggy Pop, among others. Upon Wings hails from the U.S. and can be described as symphonic metal with a classical influence. The group is fronted by classically-trained mezzo soprano Anne Erickson, who is also a music journalist for Gannett, Gibson, Loudwire, Banana 101.5 and radio host and managing editor of Audio Ink Radio.

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Single Bullet Theory Releases New Music Video

Philadelphia metal band Single Bullet Theory has posted a music video for the song "Edge of Broken" online. The single can be purchased on their BandCamp page.

Guitarist/vocalist Matt DiFabio comments on the track, "This is the song that got the band moving again after an almost three year hiatus. Written about the rise and fall of Single Bullet Theory and the never say die approach that I (Matt DiFabio) has toward this band or my musical vision. I personally feel that this is one of the best SBT tracks ever recorded as it exemplifies exactly what this band is made of musically. This track really came to life by the help of Mr. John Ruszin III. Everyone reaches the 'Edge Of Broken' at one point in their life... It's all about what you do once you get there!"

Watch the video for "Edge of Broken" below:

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Primitive Weapons Announces U.S. Tour

This August, three contemporary extreme music luminaries -- Primitive Weapons, Mares of Thrace, and Pilgrim -- will hit the road on a three-way co-headlining tour of the Northeastern U.S.

The diverse, ten-date excursion will commence in Boston on the last day of July and run counter-clockwise through Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio before the finale in Chicago. All three acts also have recently released new LPs.

7/31/2012 O'Briens - Boston, MA
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station - Wallingford, CT
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar - Amityville, NY
8/05/2012 Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2012 The Depot - York, PA
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove - Cleveland, OH
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday - Columbus, OH
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL

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Balyios Streaming New Single

South African folk metallers Balyios, who split with their bassist back in April, have now unveiled the first single off their upcoming debut album "Homeward."

You can check out the new single "Niflheim" in the SoundCloud player below or over at the band's Facebook profile. The new album "Homeward" is due for release this coming September, 2012.

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Windfaerer Streaming New Song

Garden State blackened metal troupe Windfaerer is currently streaming “A Glimpse of Light,” the second track off the new EP, "Solar." You can listen to the song below. The self-released follow-up to the band’s "Tribus" debut was recorded with Bobby Torres at Frightbox Recording in Clifton, New Jersey. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Literally meaning 'one who travels with the wind,' as in a vessel at sea, Windfaerer began as a means of self expression for guitarist/bassist/vocalist Michael Gonçalves, inspired by his Hispanic/Iberian heritage and fueled by his passion for extreme music. With Windfaerer, he focused his energies on creating a melodic, blasting and emotional entity and eventually recruited like-minded musicians in violinist Benjamin Karas and drummer JP Andrade."

Gonçalves notes: “This music is a vessel for my expression. Windfaerer is not to follow trends or be part of a scene of some sort; it is about independence and being true. Solar feels like a healthy progression for Windfaerer’s music,” he continues. “I’ve included more input from my bandmates in the writing process and we’re excited to show the world our brand of metal with this EP. We are more energized than ever to keep creating.” More...

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Periphery Posts New Music Video

Periphery has released a new music video for "Make Total Destroy," which is taken from the new album "Periphery II." You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"Ladies and gentlemen, our new music video for 'MAKE TOTAL DESTROY' is up streaming on Metal Hammer UK - go give it a gander and share it around! Special thanks to the evil genius Wes Richardson and Justin Reich for making such a sick video!"

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A Wanted Awakening Releases Lyric Video

Lowell, MA melodic deathcore 5-piece A Wanted Awakening has just released an official lyric video for "Pilgrimage," the 8th track off of new album "Catharsis." Check out the lyric clip below, or you can listen to the previously posted song "Final Ascent: Exiled" over at this location.

The following press release was also issued about the album More...

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Former Sorrowseed Drummer Passes Away

Massachusetts metal act Sorrowseed has issued the following statement about former band member Joe Gavin passing away:

"It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our former drummer Joe Gavin. He played all live shows with us from July 2010 to March 2011, and he will be missed by those who remembered, knew, and loved him.

"Rest in peace, Joe."

You can also read Joe's obituary over at this location, or check out Sorrowseed's music via the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Calendula Releases Lyric Video For "Muori Italia"

Italian act Calendula has released a new lyric video online, which can be viewed below. The band commented on the clip:

"Here is our brand new lyric video for 'Muori Italia,' taken from our full length 'Aftermaths.' We are working on our first video shoot and will be back to you soon. In the meanwhile, share it!"

You can also check out another song from "Aftermaths," titled "Misotheism," by heading over to this location.

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Throw The Goat Reveals New Album Details

"Black Mountain," the debut album from Idyllwild, California heavy rock foursome Throw The Goat, is now available for pre-order through Bandcamp. The digital version contains 11 tracks with the opening song "Southeast Bound" available for free download when you pre-order.

The physical release features 12 tracks and is being released through Vomitrocious Music on July 31st. You can also stream the opening track "Southeast Bound" in the player available below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Southeast Bound
2. Too Late
3. Predictable
4. Excuses
5. Let It Rot
6. Break The Mirror
7. One Sock
8. Beef
9. I Always Lie
10. Last Call
11. Havin' A Beer More...

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Project Pain Posts "W.O.D." Clip

Dutch band Project Pain has released a video clip for the song "W.O.D." taken from the new album "I Have Sinned." The video can be viewed in the player available below.

The full "I Have Sinned" album is also currently available for streaming at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. False Prophet
2. Retribution
3. W.O.D.
4. I Have Sinned
5. Thrashopolis
6. Canister (instrumental)
7. Embrace Death
8. Hatred
9. House Of Pain
10. Silent But Deadly

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Cerebellion Posts "Just Under The Surface" Video

Cerebellion has released a new music video for the song "Just Under The Surface," which was produced by Rude Boy Pictures and directed, written, and edited by William F. Reed. The clip can be viewed below and Cerebellion also commented:

"This is the third and final music video from the acclaimed album INALIENABLE...it's also by far the best video, and we're extremely excited and honored to share it with you! Enjoy and please leave us a comment on youtube!"

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Finntroll To Record New Album

Finntroll has announced the band will enter Sonic Pump studio to record a 6th full-length album and follow-up to 2010's "Nifelvind" (reviewed here). Studio time is set to start during the second half of November, and the as-yet-untitled album will be released worldwide through Century Media.

Finntroll guitarist Routa states, ”So far we have pretty much half of the material ready for the upcoming album, so there's still a lot of work to do before we enter studio. We are very excited about new material and we believe fans will be too when they get their hands on this new stuff.

"And on this point we're still talking only about the demo versions of the songs. Can't wait to get to studio and hear how the songs takes their first breaths and actually come alive.”

The album's release date and additional info will be announced as they are made available.

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Dew-Scented Streaming New Single

Today Dew-Scented has post the second single taken off new album "Icarus." Premiered by Rock Hard magazine Germany, click here to check out "Thrown To The Lions." Dew-Scented vocalist Leif Jensen comments:

“TTTL is among my personal fave-tracks on ‘Icarus’ and one that we all knew right away would become a good addition for our new live-set! This song is viciously straight-forward and comes with some pretty wicked guitar riffing. Lyrically the edge was to portray the truly barbaric bloodlust in ancient times at gladiator fights and the brutality of the so-called ‘damnatio ad bestias’. That’s some of the most extreme punishment in history, especially since it was turned into such a public celebration ritual! It’s definitely a gruesome topic that effortlessly supports the heaviness of the song…and the subliminal tortured screams on the second lead-guitar part are quite intense too!”

"Icarus" will be released as a limited first edition digipak including 3 bonus tracks as well as on vinyl (black and limited coloured versions) on July, 27th/30th via Metal Blade Records in Europe. The track listing is as follows: More...

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CTTTOAFF's Van Catches Fire

Denver's funeral grind trio Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire has issued the following statement about the band's van catching fire:

"A wheel bearing seized up, became hot, caught on fire, seperated the wheel from the van and caught our van as well as a neighboring field on fire. We are playing in Boise tonight at the shredder. We towed the van to the club.

"If any of you Boise people could come out, that would be great. Also, if anyone feels like donating to our 'get home' fund please send money to leeisethanislee@gmail.com via pay pal.

"Our merch store is also working. we are out of shirts and nesseria split records but we have other stuff. Please help because until we make 800 dollars, we are stuck here indefinitely. Thanks!"

You can also contact Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire or check out the band's music over at Facebook.

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Desaster Releases New Music Video

German blackened thrash act Desaster, in collaboration with Rock Hard magazine Germany, has launched a new music video. Head over to rockhard.de to check out "Phantom Funeral," taken off the band's latest album "The Arts Of Destruction." The clip can also be viewed below.

Desaster guitarist Infernal comments: "After 23 years of total Desaster, finally we have our first official video clip! We wanted something in the vein of some 80s video clip stuff, for example Voivod's 'Ravenous Medicine' and the director fulfilled our wishes! It's not the usual '50 pictures in a second' MTV-style, but pure art of destruction with great atmosphere! Enjoy!"

"They wanted it old school - they GOT it old school!" is what director Oliver "Bomber" Barth of Visions In Fear Productions comments. More...

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In Dreams Splits With Guitarist

South Africa's In Dreams, which officially regrouped earlier this year, has now issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:

"It is with great sadness that we bid farewell To Dr Shred a.k.a Wehan and Miss Killer Keys a.k.a Roche.

"You will be missed and In Dreams wishes you all the best for the future. Thanks for the good times. Welcome to Raymond, you held your own this weekend and melted some faces along the way. BRUTAL! Sun to moon was killer! Salute."

For more on In Dreams and to check out the band's music, head over to to Facebook.

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Sacrificial Slaughter Announces Another Tour

California death-thrashers Sacrificial Slaughter will team up with tech-metal outfit Isolation In Infamy and Madrost for the "Sickening Southwest Tour III," which kicks off September 23rd in Los Angeles. Dates are as follows:

"Sickening Southwest Tour III" w/ SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER,
ISOLATION IN INFAMY and MADROST:

Sept. 23rd - Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint
Sept. 24th - Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers
Sept. 25th - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
Sept. 26th - Amarillo, TX @ Vientiane Nights
Sept. 27th - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Sept. 28th - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
Sept. 29th - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
Sept. 30th - Corpus Christi, TX @ Zeroz
Oct. 1st - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Oct. 2nd - Midland, TX @ The Pinebox
Oct. 3rd - El Paso, TX @ M's Lips Lounge
Oct. 5th - Mexicali, MX @ Monaco Beer Club
Oct. 6th - Ocean Beach, CA @ Electric Ladyland More...

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Undead Pandemic Streaming New Song

UK based Undead Pandemic revealed a new track, "Smeared," taken off ira upcoming full-length "Nunslut." "Smeared" can be listened to in the player below. Ben Murphy, the man behind Undead Pandemic, commented upon his work in progress for "Nunslut": "10 songs have been done now so I'm about 60% of the way through recording "Nunslut." Still on the hunt for someone to release the album which should be finished by the end of July/August. Can't wait to unleash "Nunslut" - so far it's been all-out carnage!!!"

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Perceptionist Posts New Lyric Video

California's Perceptionist has posted a lyric video online for the new song "Sole Cognition," which you can find in the player below. For more details on Perceptionist, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

Perceptionist also issued the following statement about the band's history and sound:

"Residing in Hollywood, CA and formed in 2011, Perceptionist is a refreshing take on progressive metal reminiscent of bands like Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, and The Human Abstract. The band features Jordan Nalley on vocals, Riley Brodersen and Lenny Pietrolata on guitars, Connor Coram on bass, and Edoardo Talenti on drums.

"Perceptionist formed when Edoardo and Lenny, two long time friends and bandmates, moved to Los Angeles from Bologna, Italy to attend the prestigious Musicians Institute. It was there that they met Riley, Jordan, and Connor, all of whom come from different parts of the U.S., and joined to create Perceptionist.

"The band is currently recording and will be independently releasing their first EP in early summer of 2012. Perceptionist will also be hitting the LA metal scene with upcoming shows within the next couple of months."

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Korpiklaani Posts New Music Videos Online

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani are proud to present new video clips for the songs “Rauta” and “The Steel” (which is the English version of “Rauta”). Both songs are taken from the band’s upcoming 8th studio album “Manala,” which will be released in a 2-CD-version, including the album in both Finnish and English language, on August 31st.

The clips were shot with director Markku Kirves in the idyllic region of Janakkala in the South of Finland. Check out "Rauta" and "The Steel" in the YouTube players available below.

Immediately after the release of “Manala”, the workaholics will set off for an extensive round of touring. Make sure not to miss the party when it comes to your town. The full list of upcoming tour dates can be viewed after the jump. More...

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The Unguided Announces Touring Drummer

Swedish act The Unguided has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new touring drummer for upcoming live shows:

"We are happy to announce that our friend Richard Schill (King leaf experience, My Collapse, ex-Shining) from Halmstad, will fill in on drums for The Unguided on our upcoming summer shows.

"Richard is not only a really talented drummer but also an old friend to the band. We did numerous shows together in the past with our previews bands, and it feels really cool to have him onboard."

The Unguided also recently posted a teaser clip for the new song "Deathwalker," which is included on the new box set "Hell Frost - The Ultimate Collection." More...

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Dead Trooper Posts Festival Footage

Dead Trooper, which revealed new bassist Andreas Stenvoll back in April, has now posted footage online of an entire set at a recent festival appearance. Check out the footage below, and the band commented:

"Here is our entire show at the INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL NORWAY Kick Off! In HD! Spread the word, like and share if you care! Thanks for filming, Paul!"

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Abigail Williams Announces Final U.S. Tour

American black metal band Abigail Williams has checked in with the following announcement about disbanding and forming new projects after a final U.S. tour:

"After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last US tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I've had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don't like about the industry etc. and we honestly feel like its best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album.

"I'm honestly just feeling satisfied with everything we have done as Abigail Williams and I feel ready to put it to rest. We want everyone to know this has nothing to do with differences inside the band as we are still very much a family and these are still the same people I want to make music with now and in the future.

"We think that 2012 is the perfect year for new beginnings and we definitely plan to put music out later this year in the form of a new band(s). It would be easy to give people the names to our new projects here but rather than capitalize off this announcement we would rather word get out naturally starting with our friends when the time is right. We want to thank our friends and fans who have supported us through the good and bad times over the years, we know its been a very bumpy road at times. We are still very dedicated to making music and this change will actually allow us to do more of what we want to do and be more productive.

"We hope to see everyone on the road for this tour that we booked DIY for the most part by ourselves. The dates are below even though some of them are still waiting to be confirmed. Also we want to emphasize that this is our last US tour and that we are open to touring overseas if the right tour comes up."

The band makes this announcement after the release of latest album "Becoming" (reviewed here), which followed sophomore full-length "In The Absence of Light" (reviewed here). The upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows: More...

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Saxon Posts Studio Video Update

Saxon is currently in the process of working on a new studio album, and the band has now checked in with a brief video clip, which can be viewed below. Saxon's Biff Byford also commented, "Hi all, just back from Romania In Studio. Doing Paul's solo on song about the F1: A Great Moment."

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I Exist Releases "Fool For Death" Music Video

Australian act I Exist has posted a new music video online for the song "Fool for Death," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Here is our first ever music video for 'Fool for Death,' featuring a heap of Canberra legends, filmed in the room where we jam/write our songs/get drunk and is in Murph's backyard. Filmed and edited by the giant of Photography John Hatfield Photography. We are playing Hardcore 2012 +18 this Saturday and cant wait to see you all, enjoy!"

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Dead And Divine Announces "Farewell" Tour

Canadian act Dead and Divine has issued the following announcement about a farewell tour after previously announcing plans to call it quits:

"Hey folks, so we wanted to clear a few things up and try to explain what's been goin' on with us over the last few months. When we announced our 'Final hometown show,' we meant just that. It was the absolute last time we'll ever be playing Burlington in Dead and Divine, and we did our best to be very specific when we made that announcement. Come on yuh silly lil' geese. A few of you caught on (well, just read what we wrote word for word), but a lot of you seemed to be surprised when we announced that we'd be playing SCENE Fest for the last time. Again, we very intentionally announced it as our final SCENE Fest and not our final show. We used them there smart mouth-words and we MAY have known some of you would interpret it wrong, but hey, we're sneaky old fuckers and that's what we do. We're all up in your head-meat pokin' around, toyin' with your gutty works. But really, we've been great friends with the organizers at SCENE for years and they had asked us to play long before we decided to break up. It was a commitment we made and wanted to keep, and we thought it would be a great way to play for all of the kids who couldn't get tickets to the Burlington show before it sold out.

"Anyways, the truth is we weren't sure whether or not we'd be doing a farewell tour. All of our heads were a bit out of whack, and we had decided to step away from this for a while to - hopefully - gain some perspective and figure out what we wanted to do. The response we got when we announced that we'd be hangin' it up was shocking and it really, really means the world to us that you all care so much about this band.

"That, coupled with how incredible the Burlington show was made it pretty clear that we couldn't leave Canada hangin'. You all helped us build this from nothing, and we want you to help us finish it. You didn't REALLY think we'd just fart out in a week and play two randomly announced shows, did you? I know, I know, 'Yo Dead and Devine y u pretend u no play farewell tour, we knoe you gun do it!' You're right. Maybe we really love you all and maybe this relationship we've been workin' on with y'all over the years is a bit hard to just walk away from without seeing you face to face. Maybe we've been listening to a lot of John Mayer. Come slow dance in this, uh, burning room. With us. You know? Or something. Drum roll, please... More...

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The Order Of Chaos Posts Live Footage

Canadian act The Order of Chaos has posted footage online of the band performing the new song "Sex Witch" live at The Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Check out the footage below, or you can also watch previously posted guitar solo footage from the new song at this location.

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