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Metal News for July 23, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Corelia To Release Instrumental Album

San Diego's Corelia has announced the band will be releasing a new version of "Nostalgia" featuring instrumental tracks and extras. The new version is set for release on July 31st and has the following track listing:

1) Treetops (Instrumental)
2) Glass Faces (Instrumental)
3) The Sound of Glaciers Moving (Instrumental)
4) Aviation (Instrumental)
5) Red Sky Harbor (Instrumental)
6) Mute Swan (Instrumental)
7) Blood Petals (Instrumental)
8) The Sound of Glaciers Moving (Live in the Studio)
9) Glass Faces (First Demo)
10) Aviation (Demo)
11) Glass Faces (Demo)
12) Treetops (Isolated Vocals)
13) Glass Faces (Isolated Vocals)
14) The Sound of Glaciers Moving (Isolated Vocals)
15) Aviation (Isolated Vocals)
16) Red Sky Harbor (Isolated Vocals)
17) Blood Petals (Isolated Vocals) More...

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Royal Thunder Announces New Tour Dates

Atlanta’s doom rock quartet Royal Thunder has just announced dates for an East Coast-to-Midwest trek that has been dubbed the “Paths To Oblivion” tour (sponsored by Scion A/V and Brooklyn Vegan). The tour is in support of doom metal prodigies Pallbearer and will also feature Samothrace.

“Paths To Oblivion” kicks off September 6th in Nashville, TN and runs until September 16th in Lawrence, KS. A complete listing of dates can be found below. Royal Thunder recently released debut album, "CVI," as an explosive follow-up to a self-titled EP.

Sept 6 Nashville, TN - Exit/In Tickets
Sept 8 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie Tickets
Sept 9 Boston, MA - TT The Bears Tickets
Sept 11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory Tickets
Sept 12 Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel Tickets
Sept 13 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups Tickets
Sept 14 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen Tickets
Sept 15 St Louis, MO - Fubar Tickets
Sept 16 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot

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Monaco Releases "4 Years" Video

Monaco has posted a music video online for the song "4 Years," which is the title track off the band's EP of the same name. Check out the video clip in the player available below. To hear more from Monaco, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Hatecore Inc. To Record New Album

Akron, Ohio's Hatecore Inc. has issued the following brief announcement about getting ready to record a new album:

"THIS JUST IN - Thursday August 2nd, tracking begins for the brand new Hatecore Inc album which follows 2010's 'RISE ABOVE ALL.' Details coming in the upcoming weeks!"

More info on Hatecore Inc. can be found online via Facebook, or you can listen to the song "I Am My God" off the previous "Rise Above All" album in the player below. More...

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Over Your Threshold Streams New Track

German act Over Your Threshold signed to Metal Blade Records back in June and will be releasing new album "Facticity" on August 24th/27th in Europe and on August 28th in North America.

You can now check out a new song from the release online courtesy of Metal Hammer. Listen to the song "Contextual Fluctuating" at this location.

The album's track listing is:

1. Cortical Blindness
2. Contextual Fluctuating
3. Obscure Mind Stasis
4. Self Exhibition
5. Desolation Row
6. Antic
7. Abdicated
8. Body Part Illusion
9. Facticity

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Heptah Streaming New Single

Brazilian act Hetpah has released a new single online titled "Never Die," which appears on the band's new album "Master of Delusion." Check out the song in the YouTube player available below. "Master of Delusion" was recorded in Piccoli Studios in Campinas, Sao Paulo and is expected to be released in August, 2012.

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Deathspell Omega Streaming New EP

The French black metal enigmas Deathspell Omega are currently streaming their entire new EP "Drought" online through the Season of Mist bandcamp page. You can listen to the songs in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Salowe Vision
2. Fiery Serpents
3. Scorpions & Drought
4. Sand
5. Abrasive Swirling Murk
6. The Crackled Book of Life More...

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Striker Posts New Music Video

Canada's Striker posted a new music video for the song "Let it Burn." The song appears on the band's sophomore full length release "Armed to the Teeth," which is scheduled to drop on July 27, 2012 through Napalm Records. Metal Underground.com's review for the album can be seen at this location.

A full album preview for the release can be found here.

Check out "Let It Burn" here:

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Dreaming Dead Announces New Guitarist

L.A. act Dreaming Dead has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"After many tiring years of continuous search, we are very pleased to announce the addition of guitar guru and long time friend Chris McCarthy to Dreaming Dead's line-up. We feel his contribution will take the band's live sound and songwriting to new and exciting levels. Expect devastating new material in 2013!"

Dreaming Dead released the band's second full-length album "Midnightmares" on April 20th, 2012. More...

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Testament Posts "Native Blood" Lyric Video

Testament posted up a lyric video for the track "Native Blood." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the lyric video here:

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Varg Announces New Album Track Listing

Germany's Varg has announced the band's new album will be titled "Guten Tag." The release follows the band's previous album "Wolfskult," and will have the following track listing:

01. Willkommen
02. Guten Tag
03. Frei wie der Wind
04. Was nicht darf
05. Blut und Feuer
06. Angriff
07. Horizont
08. A Thousand Eyes (feat. Jonne/Korpiklaani)
09. Wieder mal verloren (feat. Päde/Eluveitie)
10. Gedanke und Erinnerung
11. Leben
12. Anti
13. Apokalypse More...

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Mares Of Thrace Recruits New Drummer

Calgary's Mares of Thrace has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Hello Everyone. So, due to getting into the educational program of her dreams and its subsequent conflicts with touring, Stef has decided to step down.

"She is, as the Dothraki from Game of Thrones say, blood of my blood, I love her very very much and I promise I will keep you posted on her future musical projects, which will probably be very Meshuggah-like.

"However, I am very happy to announce that Rae Fucking Amitay will be playing in Mares of Thrace going forward. She is a Berklee School of Music-trained, metal session-playing, former aspiring Lovecraftian scholar and giant nerd, so please fling all your most unflattering granny panties at her. Also, here's a video of her playing an Allegaeon song." More...

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Devolved Reveals "Reprisal" Details

Australian / Los Angeles act Devolved will unleash the band's 4th full length studio album world-wide on November 20th 2012 through Unique Leader Records. Titled "Reprisal," the album includes 10 crushing new tracks and is once again led by founding member, drummer, and lyricist John Sankey. "Reprisal" is the first release with guitarist Mark Hawkins and vocalist Mark Haggblad.

Sankey stated about the album: "I deliberately wanted to combine an organic death metal approach with more progressive and modern elements, while still incorporating a cold and futuristic soundscape which has always been a signature of our sound and concept. I had a very specific vision for this Album and it is finally the definitive representation of what I have always wanted Devolved to be. After our last studio release, 'Oblivion', I decided to work on my own and wrote all the new song structures and arrangements in their entirety by tracking just drums and vocals myself. Once they were complete I recruited new guitarist Mark Hawkins who then wrote and recorded all the guitar and bass parts, his involvement really allowed us to push the boundaries of each track and took the music to a totally new level of speed and technicality.

"To say the guitar work on this album is far beyond anything we have done before would be a huge understatement! New singer Mark Haggblad also brings a rejuvenated ferocity to the band, his relentless vocal delivery is extremely aggressive throughout each track while still maintaining a unique tone that fits the dynamics and diversity of the songs perfectly. It has been a renewed creative experience working with such focused and talented new members, and it has definitely allowed us to surpass anything the band has been capable of in the past. 'Reprisal' is without doubt the album I have always strived to create since the formation of Devolved!"

The album also includes a cover of the Exhorder classic "Cadence Of The Dirge" as a bonus track. Both Kyle Thomas (Exhorder vocalist) and Monte Conner (Roadrunner Senior VP) praised the band on this version of the song saying it is an “amazing cover, Devolved have more than done it justice!” Also featured is a guest vocal appearance by Tony Campos (Soulfly, Prong, Ministry, Asesino, ex-Static X) plus guest solos Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), Nate Vennarucc (Ontogeny, Anomalous), Malcolm Pugh (Diskreet, A Loathing Requiem), and Vishal Singh
(Robots Pulling Levers). More...

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The Convalescence Guitarist To Miss Upcoming Shows

Vocalist Keith Wampler of The Convalescence has issued the following announcement about the band's guitarist missing upcoming shows:

"We are sorry to inform you guys that Britton will be leaving the band for now due to personal/medical issues that must be taken care of. This WILL NOT effect our upcoming touring schedule at all since Dana and Chris will be holding down the guitar section.

"Britton is still our brother and plans to return to the band as soon as he can. While at home he will begin writing for a new album and doing a lot of work with us behind the scenes. \m/ Dana, Erik, Chris, Cody, and I will be looking forward to seeing you all on the road."

You can check out the band's music, and find upcoming tour dates from The Convalescence, over at Facebook.

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Acaro Posts New Lyric Video

Metalcore act Acaro has posted a lyric video online for the song "Forever is Temporary," which can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's "The Disease of Fear" full-length album. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Disease of Fear
2. This Treachery
3. Salvations End
4. Throne of Blood
5. Becoming The Process
6. R.O.J.
7. Morituri
8. Forever is Temporary More...

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Countless Goodbyes Posts In-Studio Video

Finland's Countless Goodbyes has posted an in-studio video clip online of the band working on the new EP "Broken & Shattered." You can watch the video below, or find more info on Countless Goodbyes over at Facebook profile.

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No Bragging Rights Signs With eOne Music

Riverside, California's No Bragging Rights has signed a worldwide record deal with eOne Music. "The guys and I are beyond stoked to be a part of the GoodFight/eOne family. We feel this will be a good fit for us as we grow and continue moving forward," says frontman Mike Perez.

The following press release was also issued about the band:

"No Bragging Rights began to take its present shape in the summer of 2005. Leading up to that point, the band members had been veterans of the southern California pop punk scene before they began work on their first self released full length album, 'Because You Believe in Something Beyond Them.'

"NBR was at a crossroads. Member changes and new ideas took them in a heavier, more hardcore oriented direction. The early 2006 release was well received in the local scene and helped establish the band outside of their home town.

"NBR went on to release three more records over the next five years. Most notably 'Illuminator,' recorded at Lambesis Studios featuring the hit single 'Blind Faith.'

"Beyond excited with the last album, the band returned to Lambesis Studios to record their new record which according to the band, is their most forward thinking material to date. Mixed by Kelly 'The Carnage' Cairns at One Light Media in Las Vegas, fans can expect the new record to be released later this year."

No Bragging RIghts is:

Mike Perez (vocals)
Christian Lee (guitars)
Daniel Garrow (guitars)
Martin Alcedo (drums)
Ryan Warrell (bass)

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Yaotl Mictlan Announces Mexican Tour Dates

Salt Lake City-based blackened metallers Yaotl Mictlan have confirmed a swift but brutal tour of Mexico this August, taking warrior anthems to the lands from which their ancestors and lyrical concepts hail. From August 16th through the 19th, with two shows in the country's capital of Mexico City scheduled, the quartet will storm through the country with a blazing formula of thrash/death-influenced black metal based on Mayan folklore and history.

8/16/2012 El Patio de Atras Bar - Toluca
8/17/2012 Bar Pit - Cuernavaca
8/18/2012 El Chopo - Mexico City [*free matinee show]
8/18/2012 Blue Factor Bar - Mexico City
8/19/2012 Rocksi Bar - Aguascalientes City

Translating to “warriors from the land of the dead,” Yaotl Mictlan was formed in 1998, immediately catching the attention of Brujeria vocalist Juan Brujo, who later produced the band’s first demo, "A Batalla Vamos." The debut "Guerreros de la Tierra de los Muertos" was released by American Line Productions in 2006, and following that the band signed with international kingpin Candlelight Records, who unleashed the more dynamic sophomore LP "Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaac" in 2010.

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As Autumn Calls Issues Album Update

Rain Without End Records has issued the following announcement about As Autumn Calls gearing up to release a new album:

"As Autumn Calls is a 4-piece atmospheric death/doom band from Canada. The band originally formed in 2005 and is currently working on their 2nd full length release 'Cold, Black & Everlasting.'

"The album is a natural progression from the 2009 Emotionless EP and continues to push forward the musical direction of the band, delving deeper into dark, cold atmospheres and warm acoustic arrangments.

"The band is currently recording 'Cold, Black & Everlasting' which will be ready for a 2013 release on RWE Records. The album will consist of 7 tracks and once again feature original artwork by Wallace R. Gillard. The official album cover and track listing will be posted soon."

You can also listen to the previously released EP "Emotionless" over at this location.

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The Chant Streaming New Song

The Chant will be releasing new album "A Healing Place" through Lifeforce Records on August 14th, 2012 (North America) and August 20th, 2012 (EU). You can now listen to a full song off the album, titled "The Black Corner," in the player below.

The track listing for "A Healing Place" is as follows:

1. Outlines
2. Spectral Light
3. Riverbed
4. The Black Corner
5. Ocean Speaks
6. Distant Drums
7. My Kin
8. Regret More...

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Muleta Smiles Calling It Quits

U.K. act Muleta Smiles has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it quits after the departure of guitarist Matt Blockley:

"Well where to start... We've had a great run in Muleta, have been told countless times that we have done good things for our home town which makes us so proud, released an EP of which was recieved with incredible reviews.

"But it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that Matt has decided to leave the band and with absolutely no hard feelings we have decided we are going to fold the band. Its been such a fun ride and we are all still good friends. We got to support tons of bands we genuinely love and respect but most of all we wanna thank our awesome loyal following who made our shows a popular slot to try and get on countrywide. Thanks to every single person who came out to support an unconventional local act and made our shows memories we will never forget.

"Lastly, keep supporting the real local bands. The ones that prioritize songwriting over merch and pretend tours, keep the very reason why we started bands in the first place alive and show up for the bands who represent the music. Thank you all again so much."

You can still check out the band's music by head over to the Muleta Smiles Facebook profile, or watch the video clip for "We Are Entwined" at this location.

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Fozzy And SOiL To Tour The U.K.

American heavy metal band Fozzy, led by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo founder Rich Ward, has announced that the group will be embarking on a tour of the United Kingdom this November, where Fozzy will share the headlining slot with Chicago hard rock outfit SOiL, as well as British alternative metal group Breed 77.

"The U.K. has always been Fozzy's second home, and after the amazing experience we had rocking Download 2012, we couldn’t wait to return to the U.K.," adds frontman Chris Jericho. "That’s why this tour with Soil is so huge for us. To be able to come back to England, Scotland and Wales with a band of their stature is going to blow away our fans, their fans, and make new fans for both of us! Mark my words... for excitement, energy and pure value, Fozzy vs SOiL is going to be THE tour of the fall!!" More...

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Headbanger's Kitchen Posts 10th Episode

Nokia Alive has presented the 10th episode of Headbanger's Kitchen, hosted by Demonstealer (Demonic Resurrection/Workshop/Reptilian Death). In this episode, available below, Demonstealer shows how to make Black Label Chicken Curry and also conducts and interview with Randy Blythe from Lamb of God.

In related news, Blythe has spent the last three weeks in a Czech prison due to charges of manslaughter from an incident at a 2010 live show. His bail was recently doubled from $200,000 to $400,000 and as of Sunday evening apparently still remains in custody.

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Between The Buried And Me Streaming New Song

Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) recently announced that new album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence," will be released via Metal Blade Records on October 9th, in North America, and October 5th/8th in Europe. The first single BTBAM is performing live and releasing is entitled Telos. The song can be heard in its entirety now in the player below. The album's track listing is:

1. Goodbye To Everything
2. Astral Body
3. Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
4. Autumn
5. Extremophile Elite
6. Parallax
7. The Black Box
8. Telos
9. Bloom
10. Melting City
11. Silent Flight Parliament
12. Goodbye to Everything Reprise

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

Vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Rogers adds his thoughts on the musical direction of The Parallax II: Future Sequence. "This album is Between the Buried and Me on steroids. I feel like we have created an album that perfectly mirrors the band we've been trying to create since day one. An album that has sounds that will stimulate many genres and music fans alike. A conceptual journey that takes the listener to worlds that seem familiar and worlds that make you scratch your head. From start to finish this is music we want to create, not music we think people want us to create. We create songs that keep us (and hopefully you) excited about heavy music. Keep listening… something new will be there each time. Enjoy the music… we enjoyed writing it." More...

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Mureau Announces "The Me Gusta" Tour Dates

Mureau will be hitting the road with A Hero A Fake and Life As A Ghost in September on "The Me Gusta Tour." Confirmed dates are as follows:

9/7 Barrington, IL - Penny Road Pub
9/10 Halfmoon, NY - The Edge
9/11 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
9/12 Southbridge, MA - Mill Street Brews
9/13 Providence, RI - Firehouse 13
9/14 Smithtown, NY - Smithtown Masonic Temple
9/15 Trenton, NJ - Backstage at Championship Bar
9/16 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
9/17 Richmond, VA - Kingdom
9/18 Youngsville, NC - The Shack
9/19 Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
9/20 Columbia, SC - One Unit Art Space
9/21 Tampa, FL - Transitions Art Gallery
9/22 Lake Worth, FL - Propaganda
9/23 Orlando, FL - Bombshells Tavern
9/26 Ft. Wayne, IN - Hammerheads
9/27 Newburgh, IN - Fuel
9/28 Stegar, IL - Another Hole In The Wall More...

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Deadly Remains Streaming New Song

Earlier, we posted a number of songs that Deadly Remains is streaming from its new one, "Severing Humanity." Blistering.com has now posted an exclusive stream of another song, "Scriptures of Foreign Tongues," off of that debut release. Check out the song at this location. Deadly Remains is from northern California. The band came into existence in the fall of 2006, producing and releasing an eight track demo called "Moral Crusade" in 2008. In the fall of 2009 Deadly Remains released "Before the Nothing" (once again recorded/mixed/mastered at NB Recording Studios), featuring artwork by Jon Zig.


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Velocidad Absurda Streaming Songs

Spanish brutal death metal band Velocidad Absurda recently put out its second full-length album "Inexorably Doomed to Cataclysm" on Hecatomb Records and is streaming a few songs from it over on YouTube. Below is an upload of "Condemned to Perpetual Agony," plus you can hear the title track and "Dehumanizing the Masses" over at YouTube as well. With this album, the Zaragoza trio has now become a quartet. Back in 2008 before the album "Reborn for the Extermination," the band had lost its drummer, so the rhythm guitarist assumed that post. Velocidad Absurda will also be releasing a split 7" with the band Himura later this year.

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 1

We were greeted with the first hints of summer upon arriving at Suvilahti for day one of Tuska Open air metal festival. Ahead was three full days of metal, with a lineup that would please even the trickiest of metal fans. With program guide in hand, with the most interesting acts already chosen; Day one began.

Starting the festival was Finnish thrash metallers Profane Omen. They were a perfect choice to start the weekend, and although the start time was quite early for many, Profane Omen infused the crown that arrived with enough energy to shake off even the most persistent drowsiness. Jules didn’t allow for lethargic audience members with his typical stage antics of headbanging and giving each and every song his all. They played a healthy mix of old songs and new and thus began Tuska 2012.

One thing that was quite difficult was managing take in all the festival had to offer. Having a nasty case of strep all weekend, I was lucky to be able to keep up the pit hopping and running from stage to stage to see as many acts as possible. Starting a mere 15 minutes after Profane Omen was Alcest. More...

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Lykaion Posts New Music Video

Italian power/progressive band Lykaion posted a new music video for the title track from the band's debut album "Nothin' But Death." The album was issued in June through Bakerteam Records.

Check out "Nothin' But Death" here:

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Final Depravity Recording New Album

Germany's Final Depravity has issued the following statement about recording a new album:

"It's been quite overdue, now the time to act has finally come: we're gonna enter Kreator HQ at Zeche Carl, Essen today to record the follow-up to Nightmare 13!

"Entitled Thrash Is Just The Beginning, the album will be produced by our sound engineer Sascha Risseler (a.o. The Very End, Night in Gales, Words of Farewell, Ninnghizhidda) and mixed & mastered by Dennis Koehne (a.o. Sodom, Exumer, The Very End). A release date has not yet been set.

"We can't tell you how excited we are to begin the production. Gear has already been set up yesterday and it all just feels fuckin' great. Jerome is in excellent shape and premises for nothing-but-fun recording sessions couldn't be any better!

"None of this wouldn't have turned out this way without the help and support of a bunch of damn fine people around us. Let's hear it for Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil, Matthias Kassner & House of Drums, Felix Schiffer, Jörg Sahm, Marina Speckamp, The Very End and our mighty crew Johannes Baron, Jürgen Vetter and Sascha Risseler.

"Very special greetings go out to Tristan Maiwurm - may the Force always be with you! Thrash Is Just The Beginning...

"See video footage of our debut show with Jerome on our YouTube channel."

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Periphery Comments On "Epoch" Song

After taking a break for the weekend, Periphery has picked up where the band previously left off with a track-by-track breakdown of latest album "Periphery II." Commenting on the song "Epoch," Jake Bowen had this to say:

"Epoch is a strange one indeed, people have probably noticed the electronic influenced sprinkled throughout Periphery's catalog, usually at the end of a track. So for us to include one of these types of songs as a track is new territory for us. We realize it's not for everyone but hopefully ear candy for those do enjoy it. The guys liked the uplifting note choices mixed with the driving drum beat behind it so it got included as it's own track on the album."

Misha Mansoor also added, "Just as everyone has been practicing their craft rather obsessively since the last album, Jake has been focusing on his electronic work as much as his guitar playing. He sent us this idea one day, and we all thought it was just too good to use an interlude, and we decided to have it be its own thing, perhaps as a sign that it will be an area to explore and experiment more with in the future. This is the only song on the album that I had no input with whatsoever, and I wouldn't change a thing about it. I love my Jakey!" More...

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Windfaerer Streaming "Solar" EP

U.S. blackened metal act Windfaerer has posted the entire "Solar" release online for streaming. Check out the tracks over at Stereokiller.com here.

The "Solar" track listing is:

1. The Mortal Flare
2. A Glimpse of Light
3. Worlds of the Self
4. Blackened Voids
5. A Moura Encantada
6. In the Shadows of Giants
7. The Morning Star

Vocalist Michael Gonçalves also previously commented on the release: “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.”

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Argentina

I truly would not doubt it if Argentina has almost as many bands as America does, as it's the second largest country in South America. It's history with the metal genre has some similarities with our own, but yet as one would expect it is vastly divergent from our own annals. To arrive at the huge scene they have today, Argentinians went through many hardships in the beginning and along the way.

Back in the late seventies/early eighties rock bands began to play more metallic sounds to add to the rock stylings of locals Pappo's Blues or V8, but during that era there was plenty of government censorship when it came to music. Heavy metal always bore the brunt of the bad press and some bands were even threatened by the authorities. Some bands like Riff added to their own demise by putting out a year-end party "Riff termina el ano sin cadenas," which broke out into such revery, debauchery and violence that it plagued that band for years and almost sounded the death knell for it. More...

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Alaska Posts "Take Me Home" Clip

Paris-based band Alaska has released another new lyric clip online. View the lyric video for "Take Me Home" in the YouTube player below. The band's previously posted video for the track "Mind Injuries" is also still available online at this location.

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Omnium Gatherum Issues Recording Update

Finland's Omnium Gatherum has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"The 6th album studio sessions have already started secretly in silence and are flowing together really nice an' easy!

"The drumming madness of Jarmo 'Kammm!' Pikka was already caught on tape at Nordic Audio Labs studio in Vaasa by engineer Sami Koivisto (Amorphis, Sotajumala etc.). Now we are in the middle of other recordings at Teemu Aalto Productions & OmG studio in Kotka, where the recordings are made with our trusted man Teemu Aalto. The mixing & mastering will be done again by Dan Swanö at Unisound studio - so expect nothing more but the best!

"Joonas Koto will be making his OG album debut on this album with his awesome flawless action-Jackson guitar skills, so the guitar duo Vanhala / Koto is on fire here like never before! The bass parts will be played by Eerik Purdon, the legendary man behind the bass lines of 'The Redshift.'

"We've done a huge amount of pre-production for the album in the shadows, during the gig break on the first half of this year and all we can say is….sounding astoundingly gooooood! The new album will surely continue from where 'New World Shadows' left but there'll be also some stylistic echoes from the 'The Redshift' past as also lots of new spices and flavours. The next chapter of Adult Oriented Death Metal that is...

"The tentative release date for the album is set to February '13!"

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Zatokrev Releases "Goddamn Lights" Video

Swiss act Zatokrev has posted a video clip online for the song "Goddamn Lights," which is taken from the band's new album "The Bat, The Wheel, And A Long Road To Nowhere." Watch the video in the player below. Pre-orders for the album are available here, with release set for August 13th. The album's track listing is:

1. Goddamn Lights
2. 9
3. Rodeo With Snakes
4. Medium
5. The Wheel
6. Feel The Fire pt.1
7. Feel The Fire pt.2
8. The Bat
9. Angels Of Cross More...

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Amorphis To Play Sweden Rock Cruise

Amorphis has announced the band will be aboard the Sweden Rock Cruise on the Silja Galaxy, which leaves from Stockholm (SE) to Turku (FI) on Friday, October 5th and returns on the following day. Ticket prices start at 595 SEK per person (incl. cabin and access to all concerts and other onboard entertainment). Other bands to perform include Satyricon, Portrait, Rage, and more.

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The 69 Eyes Posts "X" Studio Trailer

Finnish vampire rockers The 69 Eyes posted the first in studio trailer for the band's forthcoming LP "X," which is scheduled for release on September 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The first single for the song "Red" is scheduled for digital release through iTunes on August 10, 2012.
A teaser clip for "Red" can be seen at this location.

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Illdisposed Streams New Track "Eyes Popping Out"

Danish death metal band Illdisposed is streaming the new song "Eyes Popping Out." The song appears on the band's forthcoming eleventh release "Sense the Darkness," which is scheduled to drop on September 21, 2012 through Massacre Records.

The track list for "Sense the Darkness" is as follows:

1. Sense the Darkness
2. We Do This Alone
3. The Poison
4. Eyes Popping Out
5. Another Kingdom Dead
6. Time to Dominate
7. She's Undressed
8. Never Compromise
9. War
10. Stop Running
11. Desire
12. I Am Possessed
13. Too Blind to See

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Jeff Scott Soto Posts "Damage Control" Music Video

Former Yngwie Malmsteen/Axel Rudi Pell and current Talisman/Trans-Siberian Orchestra (live) vocalist Jeff Scott Soto posted a new music video for "Damage Control." The song is the title track for his latest solo LP which was issued in March through Frontiers Records.

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Cloudscape Posts New Music Video

Swedish power/progressive act Cloudscape posted a new music video for the song "Your Desire." The song appears on the long awaited new release "New Era." The album is scheduled for release this month through RoastingHouse Records/Sound Pollution and on September 11, 2012 in North America through Nightmare Records.

A trailer for the album can be heard be heading over to this location.

The track listing for "New Era" is as follows:

1. Silver Ending
2. Share Your Energi
3. Kingdom Of Sand
4. Pull The Brake
5. Seen It All Before
6. Your Desire
7. Voyager 9
8. Simplicity - Huh
9. Before Your Eyes
10. Violet Eve
11. Into The Unknown
12. Heroes

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