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Metal News for July 20, 2012

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Black Cowgirl Posts Tour Dates

Black Cowgirl has posted four summer tour dates it has confirmed on the east coast. You may remember the band as having issued its first six song EP in 2011. That self titled EP sold out after two months, so the band pressed it again and is reissuing it on July 31st. Below are the dates that the doom band is playing live, including the date at the Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival, plus the self-titled EP for you to stream after the jump.

July 26th The Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA w/The Company Band and Lionize
July 27th Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY w/The Company Band and Lionize
July 28th U Street Music Hall Washington, DC w/The Company Band, Lionize, Bli$$, Deep Sang and OzKeR
Sept 1st El 'N' Gee Club New London, CT Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival w/ Skull,
Much More, Pale Divine, Devil to Pay, Beezlefuzz, Curse The Sun and several more.

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Phantom-X Details New Album

U.S. metal band Phantom-X, featuring ex-Omen vocalist Kevin Gooche, unveiled the album art and track listing for the band's fourth LP "The Opera of the Phantom." The album is targeted for a August 31, 2012 drop from Pure Steel Records.

"The Opera of the Phantom" is a concept album featuring 17 songs of both new and previously released, but newly recorded material, in an effort to expand and complete the storyline. One new track, "Your Majesty" is the band's tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio.

The track list for "The Opera of the Phantom" is as follows:

1. Storms of Hell (Opera Chapter 1)
2. The Rise of the Phantom (Opera Chapter 2)
3. Discovery (Opera Chapter 3)
4. The Mask (Opera Chapter 4)
5. Storm Riders (Opera Chapter 5)
6. Everspell (Opera Chapter 6)
7. 13th Hour (Opera Chapter 7)
8. A Strange World (Opera Chapter 8)
9. Discovery II (Opera Chapter 9)
10. Deep Six Down (Opera Chapter 10)
11. Cloning the Christ (Opera Chapter 11)
12. Playing God (Opera Chapter 12)
13. Holy Hell (Opera Chapter 13)
14. 1000 Quatrains
15. Your Majesty
16. All Hail the Heroes


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Ye Goat-Herd Gods Streaming New Song

Canadian metallers Ye Goat-Herd Gods self-released their debut album "Becoming Flesh" on July 16th, 2012. You can check out a song from the release, titled "Unrepentant," in the player below. The band also commented on the album:

"Becoming Flesh is a singularly compelling mix of black and heavy metal with an outlandish rock back-bone; this is metal at its most 'deceptively simple.' Harmonically full, and heavy with a sonorously classic metal feel described as 'epic,' Becoming Flesh captivates with unabashed accessibility while diabolically crafting a Dionysian spirit of rebellion and children dancing to the pipes of Pan.

"This year our work is to ring in Armageddon. We are here to provide, for your listening pleasure, the soundtrack to the apocalypse."

For more on Ye Goat-Herd Gods and to find ordering info for the new album, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Theocracy's Debut Album To Be Re-Issued

The debut, self-titled album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records. The album was originally released through Metal Ages Records in 2003, and is now very rare and hard to find. No release date is set for the re-release yet, but more information and updates will follow.

Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith comments on the re-release:

"A lot of people ask us how to get the debut Theocracy album, which is long out of print. Well, you won't have to wait much longer, because it's going to be re-released through Ulterium Records! We went through a lot of discussion about how much we wanted to rework it: Do we re-record the whole thing with the new lineup? Do we just release it as-is? There were a lot of ways we could go, but ultimately we decided that people love that album and it's a snapshot in time, so we didn't want to completely redo something people are attached to.

"We'd rather present the best-sounding version we can of what's already there, with one change that seemingly everyone wants to hear: real drums! Shawn's going to record drums to the tracks that are already there, and then I'm going to remix it, so it should be killer. Right now I'm going through the tracks and trying to get everything organized and usable (some of those recordings were really bad!), and soon we'll be ready for Shawn to lay down the drum tracks. Keep checking in, and we'll keep you posted as it unfolds!"

The latest Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th through Ulterium Records, in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records and in Japan on April 25th through King Records. "As The World Bleeds" debuted at #40 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart during the first week of release.

Theocracy was also featured on the power metal edition of our weekly "Unearthing the Metal Underground" columen.

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Scythia Releases "Spirit Of The Quest" Video

Canadian folk metal warriors Scythia are proud to present their new music video for "Spirit of the Quest," taken from their sophomore album, "...Of Exile," which was released in 2011. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan comments:

"Scythia is pleased to finally reveal Spirit of the Quest. This video has been a long time in the making as we've made several attempts to capture our excitement and enthusiasm as well as the story on the album with an indie budget. Filming and editing it was an extremely fun and humorous process, we worked with James Weekes and Rosie Anson of Hammer Records to capture the footage. They were both great at capturing wicked content and amping us up to get into character." More...

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Gaza Announces New Album Release Date

Gaza has revealed that the band's new album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" is due for a physical CD release on August 28th, with a vinyl release to follow and a digital release on July 31st Black Market Aactivies president Guy Kozowyk offers this detailed statement:

"Gaza's new album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering will be digitally released on Tuesday, July 31. The official CD release has been moved back to August 28. CD pre-orders will be posted via the band's official online merch store next week. The band will have limited copies of the CD for sale on their upcoming headlining run with Eagle Twin that passes through the Power of the Riff Festival.

"Distribution for this album will be handled by our friends from Deathwish Inc and MRI/RED. Look to the Deathwish Inc web store shortly for an exclusive 'transparent red' color vinyl; copies through the band and BMA will be on white vinyl. Gaza's prior release, He Is Never Coming Back, is also at the vinyl manufacturing plant now for a fall release. These two albums signify the the first time Gaza's music will be released on vinyl."

Gaza also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Aug 1 - Idaho Falls, ID @ The Wax House
Aug 2 - Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue
Aug 3 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 4 - Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
Aug 5 - Chico, CA @ Origami Recording Lounge
Aug 6 - Reno, NV @ Ryan's Saloon & Broiler
Aug 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 8 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 10 - San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Aug 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival)
Aug 12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser's Nightclub

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Xenosis Posts "Of Chaos And Turmoil" Teaser

U.K. death metal monsters Xenosis have posted a teaser trailer online for their upcoming album "Of Chaos and Turmoil." Check out the trailer below. "Of Chaos and Turmoil" is set to be released this coming September 2012 through Wormholedeath/Aural Music. For more info on Xenosis, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Pig Destroyer Announces Summer Shows

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have announced a series of summer and fall festival appearances in support of their upcoming 5th full-length record. The band will be heading to Europe on August 10th to play the Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault Festival and Belgium’s Ieper Fest followed by a string of Japanese and Canadian dates.

Then in November, Pig Destroyer is set to headline the UK’s Damnation Festival along with a round of headlining dates. These shows mark the first live performances with new drummer Adam Jarvis behind the kit. A complete listing of dates is included below with more to be announced shortly.

Pig Destroyer recently entered guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios to record the band's first album in 5 years. The as-of-yet-titled album is a return to a raw, primitive sound and will feature 19 songs of the band's signature misanthropic grind. A late 2012 release is expected via Relapse Records. More...

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Death Audio Posts Preview Of New Track

Death Audio has posted a new video clip online from the band's second day in Electric Sun Studio in Sydney, along with a night of partying for the boys at Hot Damn. The clip, available below, also includes a rough preview of the new song "Black Rose."

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Black Country Communion Posts Studio Footage

Black Country Communion is currently recording an upcoming third album. After two studio albums, a live CD, and a live DVD, BCC is back in the studio to make another rock masterpiece, and the band has now posted another in-studio video clip.

Check out this latest behind the scenes look below, or you can also see the previously posted first video clip in the series at this location.

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Video Blog

Within Temptation has posted a video blog chronicling the band's time on the South American "The Unforgiving" tour. Check out the footage below, and the band also commented:

"We are getting ready for our show at the Zwarte Cross, tonight. Until then, we're taking you back to Mexico with a new video from the Unforgiving Tour Vlog! Have a great weekend!"

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Holy Grail Finishes Recording New Album

Los Angeles-based act Holy Grail has finished recording sophomore album "Ride The Void" -- the follow-up to "Crisis In Utopia," named one of Revolver's Top 20 albums of 2010 -- which was tracked with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed, Children of Bodom) on and off throughout the year, working around national tours with Dragonforce and Valient Thorr. To celebrate the album's completion, the group will support Sebastian Bach at L.A.'s Club Nokia on Aug. 2nd.

Says vocalist James Paul Luna, "Album finished! You don't know how good those words feel! Day after day and month after month, we've been listening back, tweaking and fine-tuning this wretched beast of an album we call 'Ride The Void.' Finally, after many hours in the cave, we can gladly say it's done.

"To top it all off, I woke up to an e-mail saying we're opening for Sebastian Bach! WTF?! Sebastian is one of those rare dudes that was glam yet still kept it gritty and tough and that's what I'm all about. I think it's the Canadian in him that keeps him raw. Needless to say, we are thrilled to support a legendary voice such as his. And did I already mention the album is finished? Damn, still can't get over that! Shred on!"

More information about "Ride The Void" -- tentatively set for a late fall release -- will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Exhumed Announces Return Of Bud Burke

Goregrind roadhounds Exhumed will bring their hymns of repugnance to the live arena again on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour, set to commence tomorrow at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles. This run will mark the return of former bassist Bud Burke, who will take the place of Wes Caley on guitar.

Comments frontman Matt Harvey: “We're psyched to welcome Bud Burke back in the ranks of Exhumed, this time on lead guitar. For those of you who knew him as our bassist (from '99 - '04), you will be pleasantly surprised when he melts your face onstage with the band for the Summer Slaughter tour. Rob [Babcock], Mike [Hamilton] and I are all excited to have someone with killer chops and a deep history with the band on board. We look forward to coming to your town, drinking all your beer and then making fun of your record collection as usual! After the Canadian Ritual tour with Black Dahlia Murder, we made the decision to part ways with guitarist Wes Caley, and Bud was the perfect person to step in on lead guitar. I know Wes' new project, Downfall, is currently in the works and will be awesome and we wish him the best. In the meantime, we'll see all your drooling, sweaty faces on the road!”

Exhumed continues to tour in support of fifth full-length "All Guts, No Glory," which is still streaming in its entirety here. More...

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Necrovation Streaming Track Off Self-Titled Album

Necrovation's self-titled album has been nominated for artwork of the month at MetalRecusants.com, and the site is now streaming a new track from the album. Check out "Ill Mouth Madness (The Many)" at this location.

The album was released last month in Europe and is due to drop August 14th in the States. The "Necrovation" track listing is as follows:

1. Necrovorous Insurrection
2. Dark Lead Dead
3. Pulse Of Towering Madness
4. Commander Of Remains
5. New Depths
6. Sepulchreal
7. Resurrectionist
8. The Transition
9. Ill Mouth Madness (The Many) More...

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Zix Releases New EP

Lebanon based metal act Zix has released a new EP entitled "The WarWhore," which is now available for streaming online. You can listen to the songs over at bandcamp or in the widget below. The track listing is:

1. Night Of Evil
2. Heaven's Eyes
3. Rising
4. The WarWhore
5. Dark Days of Babylon
6. Shadow of a Dying Sun More...

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Saille Recording New Album

Belgian melodic black metallers Saille have entered Shumcot Studios in Aartrijke (Belgium) with producer Reinier Schenk (Gorath, Fleshmould) to begin recording their new as-yet-untitled album, for a January 2013 release via Code666 records.

Commented Saille keyboard player Dries Gaerdelen: “When creating our new album, I did research on and was inspired by several ancient destruction rituals. The new songs are therefore darker, faster, more aggressive and create a feeling of unease. The lyrics written by frontman Dennie Grondelaers, explore the history of those death rites. With the drums being recorded a while ago, we’ve all got a 'recording state of mind' and have a feeling we're creating more than just songs. We're looking forward to unleashing our creations on the audience, both on cd and live!"

The artwork will be created by Polish digital landscape artist Michal Karcz, who also developed the band's former artwork. Mastering will be done by Tom Kvålsvoll, who previously worked with 1349, Dimmu Borgir,and Keep Of Kalessin. Saille’s debut album, "Irreversible Decay," was released in March 2011 via Code666 records.

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Fullforce Recording New Album

Swedish melodic metal five piece Fullforce is currently recording a second album. The new album will be entitled "Next Level" and will be released worldwide via Steamhammer/SPV in October 2012.

Rainer Kalwitz, who previously created covers for Praying Mantis, Metal Church, and many others, has once again been recruited to create and organize the artwork. "Next Level" will be mixed and mastered at Roastinghouse Studios by Anders "Theo" Theander.

Fullforce has introduced new guitar ace Stefan Rosqvist, who replaced CJ Grimmark a few months ago. Check out a short video showing the new guitarist at work in the studio here.

13 songs will be featured on "Next Level," which the band promises will have a melodic, heavy sound. Fullforce is:

Mike Andersson - Vocals
Stefan Elmgren - Guitars
Stefan Rosqvist - Guitars
Tommy Larsson - Bass
Anders Johansson - Drums

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Stolen Babies Reveals "Naught" Artwork

Avant-garde act Stolen Babies and Bloody-Disgusting.com have just leaked the never-before-seen album art for the band's upcoming second full-length album, "Naught," set for release later this year. You can view the new album art at this location or below.

“In continuing our collaboration with artist Crab Scrambly, it was really important to us to create something our fans would want to keep staring at while they caress and possibly fondle it's smooth exterior... not something easily done to a downloadable mp3, I must note,” states bassist Rani Sharone. “We hope this album cover brings plenty of candy coated smiles to the masses and even more warm and fuzzy feelings when they see the rest of this little gem that is the album's packaging. Naught is our mutant, not so well behaved second full-length studio album and we look forward to its release!”

The band plans to release solid details about "Naught" in the coming weeks. This September, Stolen Babies will be touring the United States with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” (DTP and Katatonia will alternate in headlining each show). More...

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All Shall Perish Track Comes To Rock Band Network

This week's lineup of new metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network features the likes of Dirge Within and All Shall Perish, with the PS3 version of the game later seeing new releases from Blackguard and Asking Alexandria.

These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360 Rock Band Network:

All Shall Perish – “The Death Plague (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Dirge Within – “Absolution (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Not Above Evil – “The Duel” (80 MSP)
My Ruin – “Walk of Shame” (80 MSP)

Additionaly, the following two songs land on the PS3 on 7/24 (North America) and 7/25 (Europe):

Blackguard – “A Blinding Light” ($1.99)
Asking Alexandria – “Dear Insanity” ($1.99)

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Wormrot Clarifies Plans To Go On Hiatus

Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot recently wrapped up a six-week tour of Europe, which culminated in a performance at Obscene Extreme festival in the Czech Republic.

Following the tour, the band revealed plans for taking a break from touring for a few years to attend to personal commitments. Contrary to rumours however, Wormrot is not currently disbanding and plans to return with a new album in 2013 or 2014, with plans to tour again in 2015.

Wormrot vocalist Arif Rof has issued the following statement:

"In regards to our post about taking a break on Facebook, some people misunderstood that we have broken up right after the recent tour. But that is definitely false information. We are taking a break from TOURING as we have other personal commitments to attend this time around. It's definitely not because of what happened to us during the tour (ripped off, abandoned etc.). That was part and parcel of touring. No big deal and it's probably a dead fucking issue now anyway. NONE of these relate to why we are taking a break.

"We played a couple of new songs on the tour from the next album. And still writing as we speak. So calm down, get your facts straight. All you need to know is that we are still very much alive and still writing new material for the upcoming album. We have been touring four years straight, every year. So we need a breather before we rage again across the globe. I said it before and I will say it again: WORMROT IS NOT DEAD. PERIOD."

You can watch video footage of Wormort's performance at the Obscene Extreme festival at this location.

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Fisthammer Starts "Devour America" Tour

Philly-based extremists Fisthammer are set to start their "Devour America" tour tonight in Harrisonburg, VA. The band is touring in support of its recent debut release "Devour All You See" on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. You can check out some of the selections the band has been streaming from the album over at Soundcloud. Head over to Fisthammer's Facebook page for venue information.


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Memoirs Streaming New Single

Memoirs has re-released the "We Fall Apart" single with new guest vocals from Mike Semesky of Ordinance. You can stream or freely download the song over at the Memoirs bandcamp page or through the player available below. For more info on Memoirs, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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"And Justice For Art" Series Posts Second Part

Pure Grain Audio has posted its second weekly installment of the series "...And Justice For Art," which delves into the symbolism behind many renowned album covers from bands. This week, author Ramon Martos Garcia delves into the meaning of the album art of Death. The article particularly concentrates on the band's sixth release, "Symbolic," and the artwork of Florida artist Rene Miville. Also in the article is how Death's logo evolved over the years. Check out this second installment over at Pure Grain Audio.


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Nachtmystium Posts New Behind The Scenes Video

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. To give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Silencing Machine," Nachtmystium has now launched the second of five in-studio videos featuring exclusive footage and interviews with the band.

Filmed and edited by Justin Baron, who recently did the Yakuza documentary, part 2 spotlights guitarist Andrew Markuszewski, and it can be viewed below. You can also check out the previous clip at this location. For more info on the album, read our interview with band front man Blake Judd. More...

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Conspiranoia Streaming New Track

Conspiranoia has posted another song online from the band's "Spiritual Complexity" EP. Check out the track "Hope (What Matters?)" in the player below, and the band also commented:

"This is the 6th and last song off of the Spiritual Complexity EP. The title is 'Hope (What Matters?)' and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. For lyrics, info and credits please check the video description on youtube. A post with the entire EP in high quality free mp3’s and a youtube playlist of Spiritual Complexity will follow soon. Thank you very much for your invaluable support." More...

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Serpentine Path Posts New Album Trailer

New York act Serpentine Path has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album. Check out the teaser below, which includes a sample of the new track "Crotalus Horridus." Serpentine Path's self-titled album is set for release on September 11th, 2012 via Relapse Records.


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Deceptive Incarnation Streaming Songs

Greek death metal band Deceptive Incarnation recently released its debut full-length album "Last Revelations of a Dying Breed," and is streaming a couple of songs from it. Below is an upload of the track "Sealing of 144,000," plus an upload of the track "Beyond the Great White Throne" is streaming on YouTube. The band, which hails from Thessaloniki, first hit the scene with the "Rise To Me" demo in 2011.

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Age Of Woe Issues Album Update

Swedish act Age of Woe has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a drummer and update on the band's new album:

"We just got back home from the lovely Rosenhanska Magasinet, where we resided to record our upcoming album. It was a place that instantly filled us with inspiration, energy, and serenity and which made a huge impact on us while recording. Together with producers and sound engineers Lennart Östlund (Polar Studios) and Carlos Sepulveda (Belly of the Whale Studio), we recorded 10 dirty, heavy as fuck songs that we all are extremely satisfied with.

"All that is left now before the mixing and mastering is to record some additional guitars and the vocals. So unfortunately it will still take some more time before we can unveil more juicy information about this album. But be prepared to be knocked out!

"An even more important news is that we finally can announce that we have found a new drummer to replace Markus. David Flood (Monachus) has been a great friend and also covered for Markus on our European tour in April, so the choice was not that hard to make. Besides, David is an outstanding drummer so it feels great to welcome him as a member in Age of Woe.

"Stay tuned for more info about the upcoming album."

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Touche Amore Announces Split Release

Touche Amore, which will appearing at the Sound and Fury festival tonight, has announced an upcoming split release with The Casket Lottery. The 7" split will drop on October 2nd, 2012 through No Sleep Records and the track listing is as follows:

Touche Amore
1. Whale Belly
2. Unsatisfied (originally by The Replacements)

The Casket Lottery
1. White Lies
2. Myth (originally by Beach House) More...

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Sound Storm Officially Introduces "Immortalia"

Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm officially unveiled "Immortalia" today, the band's forthcoming sophomore release. In addition, the band announced that they have signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for release of the album.

Since its inception, Sound Storm has developed its own unique blend of metal mixed with a theatrical sense of drama, which was introduced on the debut release "Twilight Opera." With "Immortalia," the band mixes an even wider range of influences with powerful guitars, symphonic choirs, gothic atmospheres and baroque melodies.

"Immortalia" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Metal House Studio by Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi), and is an original concept album about the quest for eternal life, derived from literature, poetry and history, resulting in a collection of songs linked together by the common theme of the immortality of the soul. The artwork (shown below) was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire).

"Immortalia" is scheduled for release on August 28th, 2012. Shortly after the band will support Norwegian Gothic Metal veterans Tristania on their new European tour, commencing September 13, 2012. More...

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Valgrind Streaming Songs

Italian death metal band Valgrind has a new full-length album, "Morning Will Come No More," on Godeater Records. Stream three tracks from the album over on ReverbNation, or below in the widget. On November 3rd, Valgrind is heading over to the Gothenburg Death Fest in Goteborg, Sweden. Goreinhaled from Spain and Hatecharge from Sweden have also been confirmed, along with many other bands, for that event. Also on the 28th of July they will be appearing at Brutal Fest in Assago, Italy with nine other extreme bands. Valgrind has a long history as a band, having started out from the ashes of Necrospell in 1993 and releasing a couple of demos and albums in its history.

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Mass Murder Frenzy Streaming Song

Southern California death metal band Mass Murder Frenzy has just unleashed its new album "Insurrection Divinity" on Sevared/Victim Records and is streaming the track "Extricate the Repulsive" on YouTube. This is the second full-length for the band, which is composed of the duo Tim LaBossiere and Vic Silva. The lyrics on "Insurrection Divinity" tackle the roles of the media, religion and government controlling the masses.

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Raven Lord Announces New Members

Multinational metal act Raven Lord announced the addition of keyboardist Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv/Firecracker) and drummer Henrik Hedman (Celestial Decay/Last Kingdom) to the band. The band is currently adding the finishing touches to the first album, which is expected soon.

The full line-up features:

Csaba Zvekan – Lead Vocals (Emergency/Killing Machine)
Stefan Lindholm – Lead Guitar (Vindictiv/Firecracker)
Jamie Mallender – Bass Guitar
Pontus Larsson – Keyboards (Vindictiv/Firecracker)
Henrik Hedman – Drums (Celestial Decay/Last Kingdom)

Bassist Jamie Mallender commented on the additions and impending debut album: "Make no mistake, we have made an album that’s gonna smack you in the face with both fists! This is the record that has been missing from the Metal scene for far too many years. But, despite the obvious anger and power of this music, there’s a lot of melody and harmony in there and we wanted to bring in a keyboard player that loved Metal, to compliment the melodic side, but not water things down or get too Wakeman on our asses. Meet Pontus Larsson, who has filled this role perfectly, he’s done exactly what we wanted him to and we are absolutely thrilled to have him onboard."

New keyboardist Pontus Larsson commented: "I was in the studio recording an album with Vindictiv when I was asked to join Raven Lord. I was kind of busy, but after I listened to the songs and checked out the band members it only took me 1 second to say yes! I’m proud to be a part of the band! It’s great to play with all these talented musicians. See ya out there! Rock on! The Lord of keys!" More...

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Presto Ballet Announces New Album Release

Presto Ballet bassist Bobby Ferkovich has issued the following announcement about the band finishing work on a new album:

"First, the new album is finished! Musically, that is.. We're still working on the album art and packaging and PR and all that good stuff, but musically, it's done. And that's a huge weight off! It will be called 'Relic Of The Modern World.'

"As Kurdt has blogged about before, we are going to do a vinyl release in addition to CDs and downloads. We're really happy with this one, and we want it to reach our audience on a deeper level than you'll get from downloading singles on iTunes all day. While not a concept album, it does touch on themes of people young and old, of times modern and past. I was thinking about this a lot today, as I was working out in the gym in Bellevue, Washington. It's a great place, but I have one big giant problem with it - the god-awful dance club music they insist on playing at volumes loud enough to permeate my very soul. I've debated the staff there numerous times on the musical merit of that style, and if indeed you can even call the mindless beats created by machines 'music' at all. They themselves have admitted they play it just for background noise while they're teaching fitness classes - it literally gets played because it's so easily ignored. How did that become okay??

"Now far be it from me to impune anyone's taste in music, but the members of Presto Ballet come from a generation where musicians took the time to really learn their instruments. We played 'til our fingers bled, working for weeks learning pieces of music, and we connected with it far more deeply than any connection I can imagine anyone having with those throwaway generic dance beats. It is our intention to bring back that connection!

"We'll be working on new merch soon, but for now if you come to our website here we've got a limited number of shirts for sale from our first run. I believe we only have 3 size XL left as of today, plenty of L and M though. We won't be producing this design again, so grab them now! Of course all our music is available also. A big thank you from all of us for being a fan of the band!"

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Enslaved Reveals "RIITIIR" Track Listing

Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved revealed the track listing for the upcoming 12th release "RIITIIR." The album is scheduled for release on September 28, 2012 (EU) and October 2, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be made available in digital, CD and clear vinyl format. Pre-orders the vinyl edition at this location.

The track list for "RIITIIR" is as follows:

1. Thoughts Like Hammers
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. Veilburner
4. Roots Of The Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm Of Memories
8. Forsaken

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AcrimonY Makes Debut EP Available For Download

Indian experimental metal band AcrimonY's debut EP, "False Vacuum" is now available via bandcamp for "name your price" download (including free download). The EP was originally released in December last year.

The title "False Vacuum" refers to a sub-theory of the Parallel universe theory, according to which, "When the universe began, instead of a gravitational pull to keep things together, there was a reverse type of gravitation working and instead repelled everything from it, which was termed a 'false vacuum.' The two conditions are separated, ofcourse, by some energy barrier at the center, thereby forming a metastable system."

Here's the "False Vacuum" tracklisting:

1. Showdown (4:48)
2. Recede to Death (8:52)
3. Smash 'em Good (5:11)
4. Can't Sleep (5:18)
5. Deceased (5:53)

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Dust Bolt Posts Full Album Trailer

Munich's own thrashers Dust Bolt posted a full album preview for the debut full length release "Violent Demolition." The album is set for release through Napalm Records on July 27, 2012. The album will be made available on CD and limited edition vinyl, the latter of which is available only through Napalm's Online Store at this location.

Check out the full album preview here:

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Wintersun Posts Studio Trailer III For "Time I"

Finnish metal band Wintersun a third studio trailer for the forthcoming "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012 (EU) and October 19, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

Previous trailers can be viewed here and at this location.

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

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

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Sisters Doll

During my weekly surf for new bands, videos, and porn I sometimes come across something that forces me to look deeper and say, “Is this for real?” This was my reaction when stumbling upon Sisters Doll. I still don’t have a definitive answer other than this band lies somewhere in between Cinderella, Alice Cooper, The Backstreet Boys, and Steel Panther. More...

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Cannibal Accident Streaming Lyric Video

Cannibal Accident, that Finnish grindcore band that brought us the song "Chili Con Carnage" a few years ago, has released a second full-length album on Nailjar Records. The album, "Omnivorous," contains nineteen tracks. Cannibal Accident is streaming the lyric video "B-Rappu" from it, which is posted below. The band also has a few live DVD's and an EP to its credit. Cannibal Accident was founded in 2007 when drummer Lenets and guitarist Kolkka were boozing at a grindcore show and thought the bands needed better mosh segments in their music.

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