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Metal News for July 25, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Our Last Night Streaming New Single

Our Last Night has released brand new single "Age of Ignorance," taken from the upcoming album of the same title. The new record, produced by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Set Your Goals), hits streets August 21st via Epitaph Records.

Fans can now pre-order Age of Ignorance by going to the Epitaph Store here. You can also stream the second single "Age of Ignorance" in the SoundCloud player below.

The upcoming Our Last Night tour dates are as follows:

7/26/2012 DeKalb IL The House Cafe
7/27/2012 Lansing MI Macs Bar
7/28/2012 Dayton OH Rock Star Pro Arena
7/29/2012 Allentown PA Crocodile Rock
7/30/2012 Wilmington DE The Harmony Grange Hall
7/31/2012 Stanhope NJ Stanhope House
8/1/2012 Virginia Beach VA Shakas More...

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Nachtmystium Releases More Making-Of Footage

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 third 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 3 spotlights bassist Will Lindsay, and it can be viewed below. You can also check out the second part at this location.

In anticipation of the "Silencing Machine" release, PunkNews.org is hosting an exclusive contest that awards 1 winner a grand prize that includes a test pressing, cassette, and CD of "Silencing Machine," plus a Nachtmystium shirt. For all contest details, head over to this location. More...

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Meldrum To Release "Lifer" Album

Meldrum, the multinational hard rock/metal band, is set to release third album 'Lifer' this fall via Reversed Records. 'Lifer' was produced by producer/engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok).

The first single from the album, 'A Toast To Romance' will be available on itunes Tuesday July 31st. A teaser for the album can be heard below. Reversed Records also commented:

"Michelle Meldrum passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. 'Lifer' stands as a proud tribute to Michelle and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. Michelle wrote the material for the album with drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), along with new members bassist/guitarist Laura Christine (Warface) and vocalist Michelle Madden (Tourette's). Partial proceeds from the album will go to Michelle's son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

"Meldrum has toured worldwide with Lemmy Kilmister's Motorhead, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, Nashville Pussy, as well as sharing the stage with many more. Touting a combination of mammoth vocal styles along with aggressively melodic vocals, mind bending guitar riffs and a rhythm section that creates fiercely bombastic grooves, this is what gives Meldrum their unique, cutting edge sound." More...

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Good To Die Records Releases Digital Compilation

Good To Die Records has released a compilation album online for streaming and "pay-what-you-want" download. You can check out the release, which features punk, rock, and metal acts, in the player below or over at bandcamp. The label also commented:

"Good To Die is ready to get you caught up with its first digital-only compilation. Featuring tracks from all of the label's releases to date, this handy little primer is rife with furious riffage, impassioned singing, and energy to spare. This free collection wraps together tracks from prog-metal dynamos Dog Shredder, the angular, furious punk outfit Deadkill, and the titans of sci-fi power rock Sandrider.

"This compilation also boasts a pair of exclusives. You can grab your first taste of Portland's queerest rockers Gaytheist, via 'Condemn The Condemners,' a cheeky politically minded blast from the trio's upcoming full-length Stealth Beats (out on August 21st).

"And you get your first glimpse into Good To Die's most recent signing: the sludge punkers from Portland known simply as Rabbits. A sample of the band's future Good To Die release, 'Meth Valley 99' both pays homage to the influence of Sonic Youth and gives the trio a chance to show off their love of steaming noise and throat-shredding screaming. All the goodness of Good To Die in one neat, tidy, and cost-free package? What the hell are you waiting for? Those eardrums of yours aren't going to puncture themselves." More...

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Doro Releasing 2CD Set In North America

Metal queen Doro Pesch will release "Under My Skin - A Fine Selection Of Doro Classics" in North America via AFM Records next month. Set for release on August 14th, 2012, the mammoth career-spanning retrospective — which already entered the German charts at #53 upon its first week of release overseas — includes more than 30 tracks spread across two CDs.

Compiled in close collaboration between AFM and Doro herself, the package offers an abundance of Doro staples as well as rare B-side singles and hand-written liner notes. "Under My Skin…" is also available in a limited wooden fanbox edition (1000 copies; import only) which includes a two-CD digipak, flag, patch, bracelet, a postcard and a certificate of authenticity. For more info, point your browser here. The track listing is as follows:

CD 1
01. All We Are (Version 2007)
02. You're My Family
03. I Rule The Ruins
04. Celebrate
05. The Night Of The Warlock
06. Strangers Yesterday
07. Walking With The Angels
08. Metal Tango
09. Thunderspell
10. Herzblut
11. Warrior Soul
12. My Majesty
13. Für Immer
14. Love Me In Black
15. Always Live To Win
16. Running From The Devil
17. Above The Ashes
18. Let Love Rain On Me More...

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God Forbid Checks In From Trespass America Fest

VicTorV, the monthly in-house video from Victory Records, heads to Milwaukee, WI for an 80th episode to spend the day at the Trespass America Festival with God Forbid and Emmure. In this episode, fans get an up close and personal glimpse of all the excitement on and off stage and what can be expected nightly. Check out the clip below.

In other news, you can also watch God Forbid's music video for "Equilibrium" over at this location.

Upcoming Trespass America dates are: More...

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Dragony Streaming New Song "Burning Skies"

Austrian power metallers Dragony will release their debut album "Legends" on August 14th via Limb Music. Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the song "Burning Skies." The track features a guest appearance from Primal Fear vocalist Ralph Scheepers and can be heard at this location.

The "Legends" track listing is as follows:

1) Of Legends...
2) Burning Skies
3) Land of Broken Dreams
4) Dragonslayer
5) Wings of the Night
6) Vaults of Heaven
7) The Longest Night
8) Hero's Return
9) The Ride
10) Alcador More...

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Exorcised Signs With Razorback Recordings

Serbian death metal act Exorcised has signed on with Razorback Recordings for the release of a new album. Razorback commented:

"Razorback Recordings has unearthed yet another horror-crazed band from the bottomless pit of hell, EXORCISED!

"We were very pleasantly surprised with their 4 song demo, 'Reflections of Horror,' which rages on in a classic 80's style of pure thrashing Death Metal! Remember the first time you watched the original Evil Dead and the Gates of Hell, while listening to Death's 'Scream Bloody Gore,' Possessed's 'Seven Churches,' and classic demos from Exmortis, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, etc. This band of demons comes up with some deadly riffs with an extremely raw sound, totally ignoring the overproduced sounds of today!

"We signed the band to a one album deal, and we looking forward to releasing it in late 2012 or early 2013! In the meantime, check out their demo at their bandcamp page online." More...

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Auroch Announces New Album Release Date

Spawned from Vancouver’s underground back in 2008, Lovecraftian death metal trio Auroch, which is currently on the "Canadian Abomination Tour," is on a mission to give Canadian extreme metal traditions the respect they deserve, bringing them to the countless maniacs always anticipating the next epic death metal assault.

Following a number of smaller releases, Auroch will finally be unleashing its first full-length album "From Forgotten Worlds" on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 and is available for pre-order via bandcamp.

“We can barely wait to unleash these 8 hymns dedicated to condemnation and time collapse. This is death metal violence at its most relentless,” says vocalist / guitarist Seb Montesi.

The first same titled single from the eight track grinder was released earlier this month and can be listened to at this location. The "From Forgotten Worlds" track listing is: More...

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GWAR Announces New Tour Dates

Intergalactic Mutant Overlords GWAR are plotting their return to the road this fall. Taking a break from working on their new album as well as an extended arctic slumber, GWAR is back with an entirely new show. Your lords and masters will be wreaking havoc across North America, with support coming from DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy of Disorder. The tour is currently scheduled to kick off October 12th in Philadelphia, PA and run through November 26th in Millvale, PA. More dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th.

When asked for comment on the upcoming tour, GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus muttered something incoherent, then when prodded a bit more muttered something else incoherent. After the third attempt for comment something more intelligible came from the mouth of the warty one:

"Once again GWAR returns, hoof and nail, to our old stomping grounds, North America, on a tour of utter destruction, and this time nothing less than the greatest power in the universe will do as our primary victim! That's right, this time GWAR, fresh from our battle with Death, takes on another of history's biggest assholes...God himself! Seeing as we don't have the new album done yet, we really had to do something spectacular..."

Oderus belched out a midget and continued, "This tour will also see the arrival of a new Scumdog brother to aid GWAR in our quest to destroy everything that sucks. That's right, I can finally reveal certain details regarding our new album...ever since our missing band mate Flattus Maximus took his leave of Earth, members of the Maximus tribe have been showing up at our Antarctic fortress, not only to pay their respects but also eat all of our food. And also lay tracks on the new album! You see, every member of the Maximus family rips on guitar (though Flattus taught them all they know), and they were anxious to help us fill the void left by Flattus. We have been working with his brothers Pustulus, Infecticus, Bubonus and even the shunned Corpulus...and right now they are fighting it out as to which one of them will stay here with the mighty GWAR for the 'FATE OR CHAOS' Tour...and beyond! Get ready world, this fall shall see the birth of a new Scumdog!" More...

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Destinity Posts Recording Footage

French melodic death metallers Destinity have released another in-studio video clip showcasing the recording process for an upcoming album. Check out the new footage below, or find the last clip at this location. Destinity also commented:

"Hey guys! Here is some news from the last days of recording, guitars and bass are done, check out this video and stay tuned for more!"

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Black Cobra Issues Tour Wrap Up

Thunderous sludge metal duo Black Cobra has returned to the band's hometown in San Francisco to recuperate from a seemingly endless bout of heavy-duty touring across multiple continents in support of fourth LP "Invernal." The band surpassed playing its 600th show since the release of debut LP "Bestial" in 2006 on the recent set of tour dates.

While the bands plan on staying off the road for the coming months, Black Cobra shall remain far from dormant during that time. Black Cobra issued a statement this week with some info on what is to come:

"It's been a really killer few months, but it's also good to be home. We have some stuff coming up on the horizon during the rest of the year though. The Japanese release of Invernal should be on its way soon, and a video for 'The Crimson Blade' is in the works. We're definitely going to keep moving."

This month Black Cobra was also featured on Fox News Latino. Check out the coverage at this location and also watch a full 'Cobra set from Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn via Metal Injection or in the player below. More...

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Orestea Announces New EP, Unveil Artwork

U.K. gothic metal band Orestea announced that the band will release a new EP entitled "This is An Overture" on September 10, 2012. Pre-order bundles are available at this location.

All pre-orders the will also receive an exclusive acoustic version the EP as a digital download, and be the first view the band's new music video for the single "The Game."

The album art can be seen here:

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Watch Common Dead's New Music Video

Premiering first on MetalUnderground.com, U.S. metal outfit Common Dead is now streaming "Inveigh," the band's third music video supporting the album "Diatribe" (reviewed here), and sixth music video in total.

Not unlike previous videos from Common Dead, "Inveigh" was directed and edited by the sole instrumentalist behind the album, Andrew Laurenson, with aiding camerawork and equipment provided by Valérie Delorme and JP McGurrin.

The band founder comments: "'Inveigh' is a track about the anonymous drive or passion that keeps you alive, which can be different for each person. Choosing to live, even when there's no clear reason to do so. For some, the ability to create something that will exist in this realm, even after they are gone, may be all they need to strive on."

Originally the solo endeavor of Laurenson (who performed all instruments across the band's first three releases), Common Dead has committed to a roster expansion since the last album, with the aim of including an ensemble for upcoming efforts. Reviewers often label Common Dead as having a thrash/death backdrop with sporadic forays into tech and post-metal territory, adopting a broad range of themes including vengeance, civil disobedience, and metaphysics.

For more info, visit the band's website or 'Like' the Facebook profile here for updates. More...

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Periphery Explains "Mile Zero" Song

After posting commentary on the song "Froggin' Bullfish," Periphery has now moved on to the track "Mile Zero" in the band's track-by-track commentary of new album "Periphery II." Misha Mansoor comments:

"This song started out as a very short soundclick demo. I had actually written all the parts that are in the demo in a Guitar Center whilst trying out the new Mesa Mark V which had just arrived, and sometimes you just get inspired by good sounding gear. The part I demoed ended up being the middle section of the song, and I remember being very intrigued by Mark's phrasing and style and was definitely letting that influence me (even though he wasn't in the band yet). This sat as a very short demo for a while because I just didn't have any other ideas for the song, and didn't want to force it. But when Mark joined up, I knew he and I would have to complete this since he was an influence on the writing. The first riff of the song was something that he had been jamming on for a while, and it is the perfect example of how a simple riff can be just as moving and powerful as a complex one if written just right. We started recording his ideas, and as I was writing riffs to add to his, I realized that my original Mile Zero ideas fit perfectly and fluidly moved the arrangement along. Before we knew it we had a complete song, and at that point Spencer started to demo some vocal ideas for the complete arrangement.

"When we heard his demos we knew that this song had to be on the album. It has a very different vibe from the other songs, and the arrangement is a lot more progressive than the beginning of the song might leave the listener to believe making it a pleasant surprise in my opinion. The finishing touch was Wes Hauch's solo. Wes is one of our best friends, and we have always told people that he is the best guitarist that people don't know about yet, we wanted show people why we believe that, and his solo is definitely one of my favorite moments of the album. Again we gave him no direction and just told him to do his thing, and he just went to town on that section. An interesting to note about the section that he solos over is that it is technically the beginning riff of the song, but with the downbeat in a different place. More...

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Downspirit Streaming New Song

Downspirit, the heavy rock band formed by ex-Symphorce/ex-Freedom Call guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, will be releasing new album "Bulletproof" in Europe on July 27th and in North America on August 14th.

Today Bravewords.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from "Bulletproof." For the final track on the album Downspirit covered the Roxette hit "The Look." Get a first listen to the song on the Bravewords "Knuckle Tracks" player here.

The band has also released an album teaser which features a full stream of the song "Life After Her." Check it out below. More...

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Scale The Summit Announces Shows With Trioscapes

Prosthetic Records has announced that Scale the Summit will be heading out on tour with Trioscapes this coming September. For more information on Scale the Summit, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. The currently announced dates are as follows:

9/14 Nashville, TN – TBA
9/15 Dayton, OH – Spitfire #
9/16 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room #
9/17 Montreal, QC – Le Sala Rosa #
9/18 Boston, MA – TT’s The Bear #
9/19 New York, NY – Knitting Factory #
9/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary #
9/21 Greensboro, NC – Greene St. #
9/22 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
9/23 Metairie, LA – TBA
# w/ Trioscapes

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This Is Hell Releases "Acid Rain" Video

Long Island modern thrash metal quartet, This Is Hell, has released a music video for “Acid Rain,” taken from the band’s fourth studio album, "Black Mass." The new video, directed by Jamie Horton, can be seen on the band’s Tumblr here or in the player below.

This Is Hell recently wrapped up the “Great American Thrash” summer headlining tour in support of "Black Mass." The band will kick off a European run early next month. Stay tuned to Facebook for more information on This Is Hell.

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The Company Band Details Recording "Pros & Cons"

The Company Band will release its “Pros & Cons” EP on July 31st through Weathermaker Music. Legendary rockers Clutch own the label and their front man, Neil Fallon also sings for The Company Band. Most fans can only hear the group in their cars and home systems because the group primarily works from the studio. However, they scheduled rare appearances in the Northeast to promote “Pros & Cons.” In a way, a The Company Band recording is a corporate retreat from their full-time gigs in Clutch, Fu Manchu, CKY and Fireball Ministry. This time the group’s five members met in Venice, Italy.

Now the group has put down their paddles, wiped away the marinara sauce from their chin and is ready to get down to business. The said album is for all those who have kept their radio knob on Classic Rock stations for the past twenty-five years. Guitarist Dave Bone spoke to Metal Underground.com about this “basic, meat-and-potatoes hard rock and heavy metal” album and served up a heaping portion of history about the band and himself. More...

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Pathology Seeking Fans For Video Shoot

Victory Records has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to appear in a new Pathology video shoot:

"Want to be a part of one of the sickest LIVE music video shoots ever? Now is your chance! San Diego’s death metal outfit, Pathology, will be shooting a brand new music video on Tuesday, July 31 at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois. The video will be for the new single from their upcoming album The Time Of Great Purification, out everywhere on September 25th.

"Fans in Joliet and the surrounding Chicago areas are encouraged to come out and join in on this unforgettable experience that doesn’t come around often. Pathology is currently headlining a twenty- six city run on the Slaughter Survivors tour with Enfold Darkness, Fallujah, Fit For An Autopsy and Aegaeon. See a full set of tour dates below." More...

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Strident Posts New Song "Pro Patria Mori"

South African power metal act Strident has posted a new studio track online for streaming. Check out the song "Pro Patria Mori" in the player below. The track was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jo Ellis at BlooRoom Studios in Ladismith, South Africa. "Pro Patria Mori" was written and orchestrated by Deon van Heerden and Piet Delport.

To hear more from Strident, you can also watch the video for "Power Metal From Space" over at this location.

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Solace Streaming New Track "Our Father"

Canadian act Solace has posted a song online the band's upcoming full-length album, "Call & Response." You can listen to the song "Our Father,' featuring Jonathan Vigil of The Ghost Inside, via the Solace Facebook profile or in the player available below. The new album "Call & Response" is due for release on August 14th, 2012.

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Monument Announces Debut EP Release Date

U.K. traditional metal band Monument announced the band's debut EP release "Rock the Night" will be released on August 6, 2012. Monument features former members of White Wizzard, Biomechanical and The More I See. The title track of the EP features a solo guest performance from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner.

To hear the tracks streaming online, head over to this location. Check out Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.

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Nihill Streaming New Song

Dutch black metal act Nihill will be releasing new album "Verdonkermaan" on August 21st, 2012 through Hydra Head Records. A song from the album, titled "Spiral: The Tail Eater," is now available online for streaming through the player below or via bandcamp. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Vuur: The Deathwind of Resurrection
2. Spiral: The Tail Eater
3. Oerbron: Returning to the Primal Matter
4. Gnosis Pt. IV
5. Trauma: Crushing Serpens Mercuriales More...

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Windfaerer Posts Live Rehearsal Footage

Windfaerer has posted footage online of the band performing "A Glimpse of Light" from the "Solar" album at Hellhound Studios in Rahway, New Jersey on July 10th, 2012. Check out the clip below. The "Solar" track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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Adaliah Heading Out On Tour

Florida's Adaliah, which split with drummer Mark Abbacchi back in May, has issued the following update about new tour dates:

"Hey Georgia! We're playing in Columbus, GA tonight at Gallery 13 Event Center with Legend, Delusions, & Bermuda! Don't miss the show, come hang out! Here are the rest of the dates on this tour..."

July 25th - Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13 Event Center
July 26th - Jacksonville, FL @ The Phoenix Taproom
July 27th - Tampa, FL@ Transitions Art Gallery
July 28th - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
July 29th - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
July 30th - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
August 1st - Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
August 2nd - Fort Wayne, IN @ Ft. Wayne Broadripple

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Teratism Announces New Album and Tour

Texas/Minnesota black metallers Teratism will release their anticipated fifth LP "The Second Death" via Negativity Records this fall. The group will embark upon a U.S. tour in support of the forthcoming recording.

Beyond the Dark Horizon, Hate War Productions and Negativity Records are sponsoring Teratism's 17-day trek across the U.S. The "Emissary of the Fallen Angel" US Tour kicks off July 26th in Amarillo, TX and runs through August 13th in Minneapolis, MN. More...

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Hannibal Recruits New Drummer

Hannibal has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Ladies and gentleman, we are proud to announce that Mr. Robin Guy will be playing drums for Hannibal.

"Robin has an amazing bio (he's worked with everyone - from Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Ozzy's Bernie Tormé, Faith No More, & Dee Snider!) and we are more than happy that he will share his exceptional skills and his huge experience with us on stage!

"Starting this October the 13th at ROC(K)TOBER where Hannibal will be the main support for Edguy...we will BURN YOU ALIVE!!"

Further information on Robin Guy and his various projects can be found at this location.

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Killswitch Engage Vocalist Talks New Album

Killswitch Engage, which is currently embarked on the Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, and more, is now performing a new song titled "No End in Sight" during the band's set. Roadrunner Records got in contact with newly returned frontman Jesse Leach to discuss the tour and the upcoming Killswitch Engage album. Excerpts from the interview follow:

Roadrunner: So what can you say about the next record at this point?

I’ve got a couple of songs done, I’ve got a bunch to go, but I’ve got a lot of ideas. I listen to it every once in a while out here just to keep me familiar with it, so when I get home and attempt to finish the record, it’s still fairly fresh in my mind. Sonically, this is definitely – it’s got a more urgent feeling to it. It’s a lot faster, there’s definitely huge melody going on, but the songs are a lot shorter. Not one song really goes over the three and a half, four minute mark. I just anticipate lyrically and vocally it to be a very urgent record. We’re at a state in this world right now where someone needs to talk about what’s going on. There’s a lot of apathy in this world, there’s a lot of really screwed-up stuff in our government and the world’s governments, and the whole class vs. class thing, the protests that happened all around the United States – there’s a lot of unrest, and I think it kinda needs to be touched upon. And it’s up to the metal community to have a voice, and that’s what I’m aiming to do with this next record – make it very important. Make it matter.

Roadrunner: Given that you’ve been out of the band for 10 years – obviously they’ve welcomed you back, but is everybody on the same page regarding what the songs will be about? Are you running the lyrics past them as you go? More...

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Posthum Reveals "Lights Out" Track List

Norwegian based Posthum revealed the track listing for the band's sophomore effort entitled "Lights Out." The album is scheduled for a September 21, 2012 release date through Indie Recordings. The cover art work can be seen here.

The band commented on the album: "We are first and foremost proud of "Lights Out"! An album we have worked with for such a long time to make it just the way we wanted it to be. We then made a list with record companies that we found interesting. Indie Recordings were on top of that list. Now that we have signed the deal, we feel great comfort of having a well oiled machinery behind us when we once again go on tours and work further with our band."

The track list for "Lights Out" is as follows:

1. Untame
2. Leave It All To Burn
3. Scarecrow
4. Red
5. Absence
6. Resiliant
7. Down In Blood
8. Summoned At Night
9. Afterglow
10. Lights Out

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Xandria Posts Open Call For New Bassist

After announcing the departure of bassist Nils Middehauve, German symphonic metal band Xandria are reaching out to find his replacement. The open ad for the job reads as follows:

"This is your chance to apply for the job:

"If you think you are the perfect match and of course can play your instrument very well, please send an email with all relevant info, pictures of you, sound samples, links to Youtube clips with you playing etc. - basically whatever you have - to management@xandria.de Deadline is August 31st!"

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Macbeth Streams New Song "Gladiator"

Erfurt, Germany based metal band Macbeth (not to be confused with either the Nordrhein-Westfalen OR Ingolstadt, Germany based bands of the same name), are streaming the new track "Gladiator." The track is taken from the forthcoming third release "Wiedergaenger," which is due out for release on September 28, 2012 through Massacre Records.

Check out "Gladiator" here:

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Keyboardist Awa Splits With Lordi

Lordi’s longtime keyboardist Awa has decided to leave the band. Awa's final performance with be at Simerock in Rovaniemi, Finland on August 11, 2012 when Lordi celebrates the band’s 10th Anniversary. Awa joined the band in 2005 and first appeared on the 2006 release "The Arockalypse."

The new keyboards, yet unnamed, has already been chosen and will play on the band’s next studio album, planned for early 2013. The characters and character names of the new keyboardist and new drummer will be revealed together with new masks and outfits before the release of the band’s next studio album.

Awa commented on her departure:

"Playing in the band has been an incredible experience and clearly one of the best times in my life. I have always been very fond of Lordi, its music and image, and will surely be following news about it closely. The band and the crew were and will always be a second family to me and I will be missing them and our fans greatly. However, seven years in the band has been physically and emotionally very demanding. You have to be in a band like this 100 %. If you are not able to do that anymore, you have to let go and give space for something new.

"I want to emphasize that I am not going to leave music or making music, because music is the most important thing to me in life. I am on a creative break now, but have several new ideas already. You will hear about them if and when the time is good. I also believe that I can still be seen behind the keyboards some day."

Mr. Lordi commented:

"We have been discussing this behind the scenes for quite some time, but nobody knew that this year would be this kind of a year of changes for Lordi. Of course you always believe and wish your current line-up would be permanent and final, but these are not issues of faith. Situations change, things happen and plans are renewed. All the rest of us in the band wanted her to go on with us, but we also understand her decision and respect that. We know that this decision was not easy for her either. It took a long time to come to this conclusion.

"We agreed already earlier, that she will not participate our next album studio sessions. In this case she would have had to hang out with us for the next couple of years. Naturally it would have not been fair to her, to the band or to our fans."

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Agnostic Front Releases New Music Video

Hardcore veterans Agnostic Front posted a new music video for the song "Us Against the World." The song appears on the latest album "My Life, My Way," which was released in 2011 through Nuclear Blast. The video was directed and produced by Samantha Astolfi & Joseph James, and edited by Samantha Astolfi.

A review for "My Life, My Way" can be found at this location.

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Undercroft Posts New Music Video

Death metal band Undercroft, who recently signed with Season of Mist, has posted a new music video for the new song "El triunfo de la Muerte." The song appears on the band's forthcoming fifth release "Ruins of Gomorrah," which is due out on the label on September 21, 2012.

The video was directed by Carlos Aguilar for Blackshadows production. Check it out here:

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Eclipse Posts New Music Video

Swedish hard rockers Eclipse posted a new music video for the title track from the band's forthcoming new album entitled "Bleed And Scream." The album is set for release on August 24, 2012 (Europe) and August 28, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records. The single is available now through iTunes at this location.

"Bleed And Scream" is the band's first release since the 2008 album "Are You Ready to Rock." Check out the video here:

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Threshold Posts "Ashes" Lyric Video

U.K. progressive metal band Threshold posted a lyric video for the new track "Ashes" from the upcoming album "March of Progress." The album is set for release on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 11, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "March Of Progress" is as follows:

1. Ashes
2. Return Of The Thought Police
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency
5. Colophon
6. The Hours
7. That's Why We Came
8. Don't Look Down
9. Coda
10. Rubicon
11. Divinity (Bonus Track)

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Tantara Streaming New Track

Norwegian thrash band Tantara is streaming the new song "Trapped in Bodies." The song appears on the band's debut full length release "Based on Evil," which is scheduled to drop via Indie Recordings on August 24, 2012.

The track listing for the debut is as follows:

1. Based On Evil (streaming at this location)
2. Mass Murder
3. Negligible Souls
4. The Debate
5. Human Mutation
6. Trapped In Bodies
7. Prejudice Of Violence
8. Killing Of Mother Earth

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Cover to Cover: Manilla Road

Manilla Road is an amazing band. Few 80s metal acts successfully ran the gauntlet of time to still be with us producing great material, and even less manage to keep anywhere near the level of consistency Manilla Road has in terms of producing bona-fide classics. But I'm not here to regale you about psychedelic solos, masterful riffs, or Mark "The Shark" Shelton's soaring vocals. No, I'm just briefly going to make fun of the album covers, covers which span from epically terrible to over-the-top awesome. More...

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