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Metal News for July 26, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Semargl Finishes Recording New Album

Ukrainian "Satanic pop-metal" band Semargl has checked in with the following brief announcement about finishing the recording of a new album:

"We just finished recording the new 5th album! At the moment all material is in mixing and mastering process at Blacklight Studio (Kiev) and we expect it to be released at the end of 2011."

Additional details on the new album, and follow-up to "Ordo Bellictum Satanas," will be announced as they are made available.

In the mean time, you can also check out the music video for the band's latest single "Tak, Kurwa" by heading over to this location.

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Seven Offering New Song As Free Download

Czech heavy metal blacksmiths Seven, who recently signed to Nuclear Blast, are offering a free download track off their upcoming album "Freedom Call." The new song "Get It" can be downloaded as a taste of the new material created by the Eastern European quartet at this location (e-mail registration required).

Seven originally started as a fully instrumental project but has now recruited new front man Lukáš Písarík. The band’s founder Kirk remembers the discovery of the new singer enthusiastically: “Lukáš entered the room for audition and from the very first moment on I knew that he was the right one for us – he who we’ve always been searching for!“

"Freedom Call" is set for release on September 2nd, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Freedom Call
2. Brain Eater
3. Get It
4. The Road
5. So Scarred
6. Suicide Fall
7. Abandoned
8. Wild In The Night
9. The Joker
10. You Steal My Breath
11. To Hell
12. War Within
13. Autumn In The Rose Garden (bonus)
14. No Surrender (bonus)

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Signs New Record Deal

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang have announced that they have signed a new four year deal with Rocksecter Records.

The label will be releasing the group's next two albums worldwide, though the band will be using partner labels in some areas. More information on the new deal as well as the band's new album will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Funeral Fornication Posts Lyric Concept Videos

In preparation of his fourth full-length album entitled "Pandemic Transgression," which is set to be released on July 29th, 2011, Funeral Fornication sole-member Vultyrous has prepared a daily video blog to discuss lyrical themes and concept, as well as thoughts on the recording process for each track from the forthcoming album.

You can check out the clips for the songs "No One Has The Right To Exist" and "Glacial Ceremony" below, or find the rest at the Hypnotic Dirge Records YouTube page.


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All Shall Perish Releases New Music Video

Northern California’s All Shall Perish has premiered a new music video for “There Is Nothing Left,” which is taken from the band’s fourth studio album, "This is Where it Ends." The clip was directed by David Brodsky at MyGoodEye and can be viewed below.

Behind-the-scenes footage from the shooting of the music video is also available by heading over to this location. More...

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Goreaphobia Posts New Song Online

MetalSucks is hosting a stream of "Rust Worms & The Noxious Fevers They Bring," the final track from Goreaphobia's upcoming "Apocalyptic Necromancy" full-length. Set to be unleashed upon the masses on August 9th, 2011 through new label home Dark Descent Records, the follow-up to 2009’s Mortal Repulsion was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).

Commented guitarist Alex Bouks of the song: "This was the only song on the record VJS composed all the music for. I think it's a perfect ending track. There are a lot of different elements in this song from aggression to doom and dark atmospheres....This represents the band very well in all our different diversity."

To check out the latest from the Philadelphia extreme metal merchants, point your browser here.

Goreaphobia also recently posted another new song online titled "Xurroth Rreeth N’Vez Helm (City of Rot and Decay)," with details available at this location. The new album's track listing and artwork are available below. More...

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Wolf Posts Bloodstock Survival Video Online

Swedish heavy metal outfit Wolf has posted a video online in which the band share its advise for anyone to this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. You can check it out below. The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, England from August 12th -14th and will be headlined by W.A.S.P., Immortal and Motorhead. More...

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Pit Stories: An Unexpected Dose Of Violence

We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. This week Eric Burnet of Montreal death metal act Derelict shares a story of a lazy pit getting a sudden dose of unexpected violence, Ninja Turtle style, along with a helpful tip about avoiding prison so you don't have to cut your hair.

You know how sometimes at local underground shows, the pit doesn't really get going for the first few bands? How people just kind of shyly stand around and wait for someone drunker or braver to start the pit? Well, standing amidst that crowd of pre-moshers can be a dangerous thing.

We were out on a weekend mini-tour, playing in Brantford, Ontario. The first couple of bands on the bill were quite young, and so were their fans. The pit was taking it's sweet time to get going, and many members of the other bands, myself included, were watching the show from pretty close up, as there was no dangerous action occurring. I had recently suffered a bike accident in Montreal (got rammed by a speed biker!) and I had a pretty big circular scabbed wound on my left arm. Out of nowhere, these two kids, who turned out to be a dual-vocal team from a later band, ran out into the middle of the non-pit and did a Ninja Turtle roll. By this I mean that one of them bent over to 90 degrees, and the other rolled his back over the bent-over dude's back, like the Ninja Turtles. When he landed, they both started hardcore dancing wildly and trying to start a pit. The guy who had rolled, I guess from having been rendered dizzy from his ninja flip, lost his balance and smashed into the line of people quietly enjoying the show. I got propelled into a brick wall and fell, scrapping off my scab in the process and starting to bleed all over my arm.

I'm generally not the violent type, but I have a certain line involving lacks of respect and personal attacks that should not be crossed. I walked over to the kid with the full intention of sending him to the hospital, but then something clicked in my head. It said: "Wait! You're an adult, this kid is a minor. If you go to prison, you'll probably have to cut your hair."

Thankfully, I decided to go walk it off in downtown Brantford instead of murdering anyone. However, I sort of forgot our set time and got back just in time to play, and there's live footage somewhere of me playing that set with blood still dripping down my arm. I still have the stupid scar, although the anger has subsided and I just find it funny now.

Derelict is currently working on its next full-length album, which was previewed with a recent EP release. You can check out the entire promo EP or download the track "Perpetuation" for free at the Derelict Bandcamp page. The band has also posted a separate drum track from the song, which can be found here.

Check back next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories from band members and metal heads.

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World Under Blood Comments On New Album Release

Deron Miller, guitarist/vocalist of the West Coast melodic death metal act World Under Blood, has posted a video message commenting on the release of the band's new album "Tactical" (reviewed here), which hit stores today on Nuclear Blast Records. You can check out the clip below.

Metalunderground.com also recently interviewed Deron Miller about the new album "Tactical." You can check out the interview here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. A God Among The Waste
2. Into The Arms Of Cruelty
3. Pyro-Compulsive
4. Dead And Still In Pain
5. Purgatory Dormitory
6. Under The Autumn Low
7. I Can't Stand His Name
8. Revere's Tears (with intro)
9. Wake Up Dead (bonus track MEGADETH cover song)
10. Alliance Or War (iTunes exclusive MALEVOLENT CREATION cover song)

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Burzum Comments On Terrorist Attack In Norway

Varg Vikernes of Burzum has posted a blog entry online detailing his thoughts on the recent terrorist attack in Norway, in which a government building was bombed and at least 76 people were killed at a youth camp. Anders Behring Breivik is the primary suspect in the attack, and he is currently in custody. News reports have cited Breivik's anti-Islamic and anti-immigration stances as possible motives in the attacks.

Vikernes had the following to say:

"Many argue that Mr. Breivik was in fact executing orders from Mossad, to punish the Palestine-loving Marxist-governed Norway, but first and foremost to create a false banner for misinformed right-wing extremists to unite under, and that what he was doing was a "false flag" operation.

"His manifest is vast, some 1500 pages, and he is pretty thorough in both what he says and what he did. There are a few facts that doesn't make sense to me. How can he list all the problems caused by different Jews in our history and yet fail to mention even one of them with a single word in his manifest? He attacks the symptoms of the disease Europe is suffering under, but not the cause of the disease.

"He is a Freemason too, and that certainly doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Freemasonry is international Jewry at it's worst; they too are working for a de-construction of all nations on Earth, and to build a global Hebrew temple, enslaving us all under the will of the Jews and their servants, the Freemasons. Well, this explains why he doesn't say a word about the creators of all the different religions and ideologies now set up to fight against each other.

"He is a Christian too. Now, in a sense that does make sense, but why does it make sense? The Jews created Christianity as a religion for non-Jews to follow, so that they too would become worshippers of their Hebrew false 'God,' so that the unruly Pagan Europeans would become servants and a powerful tool for the Jews. Whether the Jews created Islam too, or whether they just saw an opportunity coming when it was created is not known, but we do know that the Jews have always promoted conflict between these two religions and indeed they still do. When the Christians grow too strong the Jews support the Muslims to weaken the Christians. When the Muslims grow too strong the Jews support the Christians to weaken the Muslims. They often support both sides too, if both sides are too strong, and they often do in secret. Christians then kill Muslims, and vice versa, whilst the Jews laugh safely in the background, profiting from it all. More...

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Scythia Offering Free Song Download

Canada's folk metal act Scythia is currently offering a free download of the song "For the King," which is taken from the group's upcoming album "...Of Exile." You can stream or download the song by heading over to the Scythia Bandcamp page.

"...Of Exile" is set to drop on September 23rd, 2011. You can also find a teaser trailer for "...Of Exile" by heading over here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude
2. Spirit of the Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice of the Sword
7. For the King
8. Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth's Inn

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Hail!Hornet Streaming Entire New Album

Hail!Hornet is currently streaming the brand new album "Disperse The Curse" online now in its entirety through the band's Facebook page. You can listen to the songs off the album by heading over here.

The southern metal band's "Disperse the Curse" follows-up Hail!Hornet's self-titled 2007 debut and saw its North American release this past Tuesday.

Two years in the making, "Disperse The Curse" was recorded at Sniper Studio by the band’s own Vince Burke. The album features 11 new Hail!Hornet tracks and artwork from Brian Mercer.

The album's complete track listing is as follows: “Shoot The Pigs,” “Gifted Horse,” “Disperse The Curse,” “Glass Roses,” “Beast of Bourbon,” “Kill the Liars,” “Unholy Foe,” “Suicide Belt,” “Dullards Creed,” “Scars,” and “Blacked Out In Broad Daylight."

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White Wizzard Streaming New Track Online

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard has released a brand new song online, titled "Starchild."

"Starchild" is the first new song from the band's forthcoming new album, "Flying Tigers," which is due to be released on September 19th, 2011. The track features studio vocalist Wyatt Anderson and can be heard in the clip below.

The new album's track listing and cover artwork are also available for viewing after the jump. More...

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Saviours Announces New Album Details

Saviours has announced the release of the band's fourth album, "Death’s Procession," coming September 6th, 2011 on Kemado Records. Drummer Scott Batiste delivers this statement about the album:

“The main influence on this album was to go back to where we started - Sabbath, Maiden, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy... The whole record is a trek through Earth’s demise which everyone contributes to, oblivious or not. It’s a procession toward death. The world has gone insane. Humans have become apathetic, greedy, self-centered, over-medicated, delusional parasites in a filthy, drained and deflated world. It’s hopeless now, too far gone. Now we wait. That's what this record is about. Earth’s possession and death's procession.”

"Death’s Procession" was recorded by Phil Manley (of Trans Am and The Fucking Champs) at Lucky Cat in San Francisco. None other than Church Of Satan founder Anton Lavey makes a guest appearance of sorts -- says Batiste, “the crazy organ sounding thing through the beginning is Austin’s guitar thru Anton Lavey's old black Leslie, purchased from Lavey's estate sale... absolutely terrifying in person.”

Leading up to the release of "Death’s Procession," Kemado will release two ultra-limited, vinyl-only 12” EPs, featuring tracks from the album with other unreleased songs.

Saviours will also hit the road in September for a full North American tour with Weedeater, Bison B.C., and Fight Amp. Details are available here.

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Exmortus Posts New Song Performance Footage

Footage has been posted online of Exmortus performing "Kneel Before the Steel," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Beyond the Fall of Time." You can check out the clip below. "Beyond the Fall of Time" is coming September 6th, 2011 through Heavy Artillery Records.

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Design The Skyline Posts Lyric Video

Design the Skyline has revealed a lyric video for the band's new single “Break Free From Your Life." You can check out the song in the clip below. The track is featured on the band’s debut album, "Nevaeh," which is due out on August 16th, 2011.

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The Devastated Announces Digital Single Release

Featuring former members of Impending Doom, Bleeding Through, and Oblige, The Devastated recently signed to Century Media Records and is now ready to join the Metal, Arise! Tour this fall (with headlining off-dates).

The Devastated will also be releasing the band's debut digital single "Devil's Messenger" via iTunes on August 2nd. The single was produced by the band along with Chris Eck, with co-production/mixing by Daniel Castleman (best known for his work with As I Lay Dying). "Devil's Messenger" will be fans first taste of the new Devastated album, due out in 2012.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

8/6/2011--Scottsdale, AZ-Chasers
8/7/2011--Lubbock, TX--Jakes Sports Cafe
8/8/2011--Austin, TX--Dirty Dog
8/9/2011--Dallas, TX--Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues
8/10/2011--Houston TX--Bronze Peacock @ House Of Blues
8/11/2011--New Orleans, LA--The Parish @ House Of Blues
8/12/2011--Jacksonville, FL--Cafe 331
8/13/2011--West Palm Beach, FL--Propaganda
8/14/2011--Charleston, SC--Jimbos Rock Lounge
8/15/2011--Chapel Hill, NC--Local 506
8/16/2011--New York, NY--Gramercy Theatre
8/17/2011--Philadelphia, PA--Theatre Of Living Arts
8/18/2011--Cleveland, OH--Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues
8/19/2011--Cincinnati, OH--Bogarts Front Room
8/20/2011--Detroit, MI--The Shelter
8/21/2011--Chicago, IL--House Of Blues
8/23/2011--Denver, CO--Marquis Theatre
8/24/2011--Las Vegas, NV--Cheyenne Saloon
8/25/2011--Los Angeles, CA--House Of Blues
8/26/2011--San Diego, CA--Delta Room at House Of Blues
8/28/2011--San Luis Obipo, CA--Club Z
8/29/2011--Fresno, CA--The CYC
8/30/2011--Santa Cruz, CA--105 Pioneer
8/31/2011--Los Gatos, CA--The Venue
9/2/2011--Tacoma, WA--Hells Kitchen
9/3/2011--Seattle, WA--Studio 7
9/4/2011--Boise, ID--Grange Hall
9/5/2011--Reno, NV--Underground
9/7/2011--San Francisco, CA--Submission
9/8/2011--Modesto, CA--Fat Cat
9/16/2011--Tijuana, MX--Black Box
9/17/2011--Mexicali, MX--RIse To Rock at Estacionamiente Ceart

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Death Of Desire Appearing In Metal Documentary

Death of Desire has checked in with the following announcement about appearing on the upcoming "Out of the Black" black metal documentary:

"Death of Desire will appear in the 'Out of the Black' documentary by Blackstation Productions. The producers of the project plan on making a full independent release sometime in the Fall or Winter of 2011.

"The project will partially focus on the roots of black metal and the influence of American death metal and thrash."

You can find more information on the documentary by heading over to the "Out of the Black" website at this location.

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Mares Of Thrace Announces North American Shows

Mares of Thrace, which features Ken Mode bassist Therese Lanz, is gearing up for a North American outing and will soon be coming stateside to tour with Milwaukee’s Enabler (featuring members of Today is the Day and Trap Them).

Therese Lanz was also recently covered in Revolver Magazine’s "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" column at this location.

The upcoming Mares of Thrace tour dates are as follows:

Wed Aug 3 Calgary, AB Undermountain
Thurs Aug 4 Saskatoon, SK Lucifest @ Amigo's

*With Enabler (ex-members of Today is the Day and Trap Them)

*Friday Aug 5 Winnipeg, MB Arsonfest @ The Death Trap
*Sun Aug 7 Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
*Mon Aug 8 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ The Rosie
*Tues Aug 9 Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf
*Wed Aug 10 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
*Thurs Aug 11 Quebec City, QC @ Bar Octobre
*Fri Aug 12 Toronto, ON @ Parts and Labour
*Sat Aug 13 Hamilton, ON @ the Casbah
*Sun Aug 14 Detroit, MI @ The Shack
*Mon Aug 15 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
*Tues Aug 16 Columbus, OH @ Legion of Doom
*Wed Aug 17 Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton
*Thu Aug 18 St Louis, MO @ APOP Records
*Fri Aug 19 Chicago, IL @ TBA
*Sat Aug 20 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
*Sun Aug 21 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rat Hole
Mon Aug 22 Fargo, ND 396.4 @ New Direction
Wed Aug 24 Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
Thu Aug 25 Portland, OR @ Plan B
Fri Aug 26 Seattle, WA @ the Funhouse
Sat Aug 27 Vancouver, BC @ the Waldorf
sun Aug 28 Kamloops, BC @ the LBH

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Landmine Marathon Reveals "Gallows" Cover Art

Landmine Marathon has revealed the cover art for its fourth album, "Gallows," which is out September 27th on Prosthetic Records. The "Gallows" cover art was created by U.K. artist Rob “Mid “ Middleton, known for his artwork for Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Deviated Instinct (in which Middleton plays guitar), and more.

Landmine Marathon guitarist and producer, Ryan Butler, spoke to Metalinjnection about the "Gallows" cover art in the video clip available below.

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The "Gallows" track list is as follows:

1. Three Snake Leaves
2. Cutting Flesh And Bone
3. Knife From My Sleeve
4. Liver And Lungs
5. Dead Horses
6. Cloaked In Red
7. Beaten And Left Blind
8. Morbidity

"Gallows" was recorded by Landmine Marathon guitarist Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording Studio (Exhumed, Nightrage, Misery Index, Phobia) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering. The album features the debut of the band's new drummer, Andy York.

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Opeth Streaming New Single Online

Swedish progressive metal titans Opeth have teamed up with Stereogum to release a new single online titled "The Devil's Orchard," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "Heritage." The band commented on releasing the song:

"Time for a new Opeth song you say? We agree so feast your ears here on the premiere of The Devil´s Orchard taken from the upcoming album´Heritage´ which is set for release this September 20th."

Check out the new Opeth single by heading over to this location. The "Heritage" album artwork and track listing are available below.

The Devil's Orchard
I Feel the Dark
The Lines in My Hand
Marrow of the Earth

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Whyzdom Vocalist To Perform With Serenity

French act Whyzdom has issued the following update about vocalist Clementine Delaney performing with Serenity at an upcoming German festival:

"Hey! We have some great news: Clémentine will sing with Serenity as guest vocalist at the 'End of Summer Festival; in Willofs (Germany) on 9 September!

"Some of you probably already know Serenity, since we already played with them in Paris and they were Delain tour support this year throughout Europe.

"It will be just one day before our show in Strasbourg (10 September)."

You can also check out Whyzdom's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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August Burns Red Posts "Internal Cannon" Clip

August Burns Red has posted a new music video online for the song "Internal Cannon." You can check out the video in the player below, or by heading over to the band's official website.

"Internal Cannon" is taken from the band's latest album "Leveler." The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Empire
2. Internal Cannon
3. Divisions
4. Cutting the Ties
5. Pangaea
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
10. 1/16/2011
11. Boys of Fall
12. Leveler

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Gollum Added to Rockstar Mayhem Fest Raleigh Date

Gollum will perform a one-off show at the Raleigh, North Carolina stop of Rockstar Energy Drink's Mayhem Festival.

The Wilmington, North Carolina group will join Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Unearth and other successful acts of today's metal and hard rock scene. Gollum is set to play the Jagermiester stage on August 3rd at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. The band's set will be filmed for a possible DVD.

Said guitarist Frank Stroehmer: "We are super stoked and psyched to play alongside all these great bands for the third year in a row! We are especially looking forward to seeing Megadeth destroy! We've been working hard over the last year writing new material for our upcoming Rotten Record's sophomore release and will be showcasing some of the new tunes in our set!"

Gollum is currently working on the follow-up to the band's 2009 Rotten Records release "The Core."

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Anterior Launches Second Single From New Album

Anterior has launched a second single through AltSounds.com titled "Blood In The Throne Room," which is from the band's upcoming second album "Echoes of the Fallen." Check it out in the player below or through AltSounds here.

Anterior - Blood in the Throne Room by altsounds

Set for release in Europe on August 26th, the UK on August 29th, and North America on September 13th via Metal Blade Records, the 10-track long player was recorded at Grindstone Studios through 2011 with Scott Atkins producing. You can also find the previously posted song "Tyranny" by heading over here.

The "Echoes Of The Fallen" track list is as follows:

1. To Live Not Remain
2. Blood In The Throne Room
3. Tyranny
4. Of Gods And Men
5. By Horror Haunted
6. Echoes Of The Fallen
7. The Evangelist
8. Sleep Soundly No More
9. Venomous
10. Senora De Las Sombras

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As Hell Retreats Posts "Matriarch" Video

As Hell Retreats has posted a video clip through Metal Injection for the song "Matriarch," which is off the new album "Volition." You can check out the video below. "Volition" dropped today through Ain't No Grave Recordings/Century Media Records.

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As Hell Retreats is currently on the "Scream the Prayer" tour with Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, and more. You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of a Scream the Prayer show at this location.

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Enemy Reign Announces New Vocalist

After a brief hiatus, Denver death metallers Enemy Reign are welcoming new vocalist Stevie Boiser to the fold. Boiser replaces former vocalist Sherwood Webber (Skinless), who parted with the band amicably last year following a European tour, which included a slot on the Neurotic Deathfest. No stranger to the scene, Boiser comes from Calculating Geonocide and has made several fill-in appearances for various bands including Vale Of Pnath.

Commented Boiser on joining the ruckus: "I'm stoked to be working with such an awesome bunch of dudes. This is definitely the most in-your-face band I've ever been in, and the new material is coming along really well! I know I've got some pretty big shoes to fill but I'm confident I can do the job, and I intend to give this band my all. I'm excited to get out and show people exactly what we are capable of. Keep your eyes and ears open, because this is only the beginning."

Enemy Reign released the "Means To A Dead End" EP in Europe through Neurotic Records last year. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008. To check out the EP in its entirety, visit the band's YouTube channel at this location.

The band is currently plotting an upcoming new full-length, to be recorded sometime this Fall. Stay tuned for details.

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Absu Reveals New Album Artwork

Candlelight Records today has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu’s new album, titled "Abzu." As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader). Check out the cover artwork below.

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, "Abzu" finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom.

Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, 'A Song For Ea,' was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “This album has not only been the most challenging in Absu’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara.” More...

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Inner Sanctum Splits With Guitarist

India's Inner Sanctum has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Rajeev Ramesh:

"As most of you may already know Rajeev Ramesh will be leaving India to pursue his higher studies in Germany. Rajeev was with Inner Sanctum since 2007 and in a way shaped what Sanctum is today. Sanctum has had its strongest lineup till date and his leaving is a great loss to the band. Rajeev’s signature style and fresh outlook on live shows will surely be missed. We wish Rajeev all the success for the future with loads of beer and German groupies."

Rajeev had this to say to Inner Sanctum fans: “Inevitably, there comes a point in life where one has to say Goodbye. At this point in time, I need to focus on my career and in this direction, I would be travelling to pursue my studies at Germany. I’ve had some of the best times performing for almost 3 years with Sanctum. We’ve made some mind blowing music, done of whole lot of crazy gigging, traveled a bunch of cities and made a bunch of friends along the way.

"These are memories that I will always cherish. Over the years, Bas, Bobbins, Chintan and Mikel have become some of my closest friends and together, we really learnt what it means to work as a team. I’m sure Inner Sanctum will continue to tear down every stage they set foot on and I wish the new lineup all the best !! I look forward to meeting up with the guys and jamming up with em’ somewhere down the line.”

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the Inner Sanctum EP "Provenance" at this location.

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Epysode Posts Vocal Recording Clip

Epysode has posted the fifth part in the making-of series for the "Obsessions" album, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Maybe the most interesting of the making of clips that have been released so far. Feat. vocal recordings of Magali Luyten, Oddleif Stensland, Kelly Sundown Carpenter, Liselotte Hegt and Rick Altzi. Enjoy, share & spread the word! 'Obsessions' will be released on August 26."

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Fallen Martyr Posts New Song Online

Fallen Martyr has posted the new song "Cognitive Dissonance and The Children of Hamelin" online, which is taken off the band's upcoming album "Shadows." You can check out the song in the clip below.

The "Shadows" track listing is as follows:

1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
4. Doubt
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
8. Invocation
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out)

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Thy Catafalque Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has issued the following brief announcement about signing a deal with Thy Catafalque:

"Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of avant-garde metal band Thy Catafalque! The Hungarian duo has already released four albums of an ever-evolving, experimental, dark yet lush music."

Vocalist / guitarist Tamás Kátai issued the following statement: "A real honour it is to work with one of the finest labels of our scene and thus to share a roster with such massive and legendary names. It's an honest pleasure to represent Hungary here."

You can also check out more information on the band and find songs available for streaming online by heading over to the Thy Catafalque MySpace music profile.

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Rotten Sound Posts Bonus Track Online

Rotten Sound has posted "Injure," one of the bonus tracks from the Japanese and deluxe digital editions of the "Cursed" album, online now through the band's Facebook page. Head over here to check out "Injure."

"Cursed" was released this past March debuting at #25 on the official Finnish album charts and at #7 on the Rumba Magazine chart. Rotten Sound is also streaming "Cursed" in its entirety at this location.

Rotten Sound performed at Tuska Open Air Festival this past weekend in front of nearly 28,000 metal fans in Helsinki, Finland. The band is confirmed as among the headliners for the Dark River Festival set to take place the weekend of August 12th in Kotka, Finland.

A previously uploaded video interview with Rotten Sound is also available by navigating here.

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MDF 2012 Confirms Godflesh, Eyehategod and More

GODFLESH (UK) will be making an exclusive North American appearance at Maryland Deathfest 2012, the festival's tenth edition. In addition, the following bands have been confirmed: WINTER, TSJUDER (Norway), HORNA (Finland), SARGEIST (Finland), DISMA, LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER (Spain), NASHGUL (Spain), AUTOPSY, NAPALM DEATH (UK), EYEHATEGOD, NOOTHGRUSH, RWAKE, DEVIATED INSTINCT (UK), COUGH, COKE BUST, INFERNAL STRONGHOLD, BACKSLIDER, CASTEVET.

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Mastodon Posts New Song Online

Atlanta, Georgia based heavy metal outfit Mastodon has posted a new song online entitled, "Black Tongue." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "The Hunter," which will be released through Reprise Records on September 27th.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

All The Heavy Lifting
The Octopus Has No Friends
Curl Of The Burl
Black Tongue
Dry Bone Valley More...

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Hemoptysis To Play Wolves Of The Apocalypse

Arizona thrashers Hemoptysis will be appearing at the Wolves of Apocalypse Festival on Saturday August 20th in Cheyenne, WY.

The line-up also includes Incinerated (WY), Stoic Dissention (CO), Condemned Remains (WY), Mount Cairn (CO), Weaponizer (CO), Vomit God (CO), Plaguehammer (WY), Burial Ritual (WI), A Hill To Die Upon (IL), and Gravehill (CA). Dark Descent Records will vending at the event as well.

For tickets and more info on the all ages Wolves of Apocalypse Festival navigate over to this location. In other news Hemoptysis will also be performing the next day in Gallup, New Mexico at The Juggernaut, with details TBA.

Hemoptysis also recently announced its inclusion on Heavy Metal Magazine's "Gates Volume 1 - Ascension" album. Full details are available here.

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Defect Designer Comments On Losing A Member

Russia's Defect Designer has checked in with the following update about losing a band member:

"Yesterday we had the first gig being a quartet. We are four now, not five. It was a bit unusual but we enjoyed it - having less people in a band is much easier though the sound changes due to the frontman combining vox and guitar duties now. We are happy this choice was done, we are amazed and very enthusiastic.

"My signature Regius 7-string Mayones with Seymour Duncan Blackouts had it's first battle and destroyed the stage and shredded all people. More news to come soon, stay tuned, be DefecteD."

Defect Designer also recently posted its reaction to the terrorist attack in Norway, which can be found here. You can find more info on Defect Designer and listen to songs available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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