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Metal News for July 3, 2012

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Alexi Laiho Hospitalized

Finnish act Children of Bodom, which recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming shows due to frontman Alexi Laiho being hospitalized:

“It is with great regret that we are forced to cancel tonight’s show in Oslo as well as tomorrow night’s show in Malmö.

"Alexi was rushed to the Oslo hospital earlier this evening with extreme stomach pain. The doctors in the emergency unit checked him and while we are still waiting for a diagnosis, they made clear that he will not be able to perform within the next 48 hours.

"We apologize to all our fans who have bought tickets to these shows - we will try to reschedule both Oslo and Malmö at the earliest possibility. Keep your fingers crossed with us that Alexi will get well again soon!”

Further information will be announced as it is made available, and you can check out the band's Facebook profile for updates on upcoming live shows.

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Galaxicon Streaming Debut Album

Galaxicon is officially releasing its debut album "Old Gods" on July 7th, and is streaming all six tracks from it over on Bandcamp, or stream it all below. The Memphis band plays a hybrid of doom/sludge with an old school style. "Old Gods" was recorded and mixed by Alan Burcham at The Secret Team Headquarters in Memphis, TN and mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks. Art design and layout are courtesy of Enfectious Erf. Galaxicon previously released an EP titled "Rapture of the Deep" and a split with The Unbeheld in 2011, both releases which are streaming on the same Bandcamp page.


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Pit Stories: The Oral Treatment

Every week we catch up with metal bands from around the globe to share their best mosh pit stories. While the pit is frequently home to drunken antics and bone breaking action, if you ask enough metal bands for bizarre pit stories, most of them will eventually have a memory or two of overly-amorous show goers.

After last week's lengthy story of a Meshuggah show enhanced by brain-altering fungus, today we've got a much shorter and sweeter tale of a metal fan who just couldn't quite wait to get home to express his affections with his lady. Shaun Glass, guitarist for Dirge Within, had this story to share:

One time - I believe in Houston - we were on stage, midway through our set I look up to see the whole pit stop and stare. What were they looking at? A guy was giving some girl oral sex against the wall of the speakers of the PA! They obviously did not care that 500 metal heads were also watching ha!

In other Dirge Within news, the band recently dropped off the Shockwave Festival, and also shot a music video for "Memories," which will be released soon.

Check back in again next Tuesday for more pit stories shared by metal fans and bands. If you've got a story of pit love, feel free to share below!

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Suture Streaming Entire Album

Serving up the metal like bath salts at a cannibal convention, Apoch's Metal Review has posted a limited-time, exclusive full-album stream of Suture's "Skeletal Vortex." For the next three weeks, flesh-craving maniacs of the world can visit this location to hear this ten-track slab of sonic violence in its entirety.

After years of dormancy, Baton Rouge-based Suture recently unleashed a re-recorded and remixed version of its 2008 release, "Skeletal Vortex," via Soulflesh Collector Records. With the original lineup intact, Suture is currently in the process of re-recording its long-out-of-print 2002 debut full-length, "Carnivorous Urge to Kill," for release later this year.


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Jar'd Loose Streaming New Song

American Aftermath is presenting the exclusive premiere of "(Coming Like a) Nightmare," the closing track off Jar'd Loose's debut album, "Goes to Purgatory." Check out the song through American Aftermath or in the player available below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"A recent Jar'd Loose review on Decibel Magazine's blog draws a comparison to the 90s noise rock of bands like Karp, Helmet, and The Jesus Lizard. 'Goes to Purgatory' was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way) and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang). The album hits stores July 10 on Cassette Deck Media. An official record release show is set for July 14 at Ultra Lounge in the band's hometown of Chicago." More...

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Malevolence Announces New Album Track Listing

Portuguese extreme metallers Malevolence are proud to at last reveal the track listing for their 3rd full-length album "Antithetical." The running order will be as follows:

1. Slithering
2. Cult of the Everlasting
3. Devoured Unlimited
4. Antithetical
5. Equilibrium In Extremis
6. Exocortex Momentum
7. Mechanisms of Destructive Behavior

The album is set to be released later this year, with further details to follow. More...

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Envisionist Streaming New Songs

Washington act Envisionist has posted several new tracks online via bandcamp. You can also check out the songs "Remove and Contain," "Custody," and "Dystopian Sequence" in the players available below. Envisionist commented on the band's history and sound:

"Envisionist is comprised of 5 members from all areas of the Puget Sound, but mostly a little town called Bonney Lake. All we are trying to do is write the most original material we can, and have as much fun as possible, with as many of you as possible. We write what is in our hearts, and we love telling an interesting story."

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Rob Zombie Releasing Remix Album

Rob Zombie has announced the release of an all-remix album titled "Mondo Sex Head." The promotional poster for the release can be viewed at this location, and the artwork is available below.

The remix album is set for release on August 7th, 2012 and pre-orders are now online at Amazon.com. "Mondo Sex Head" includes new and unique remixes of Rob Zombie classics from KoRn’s Jonathan “JDevil” Davis, Photek, the Bloody Beetroots, Drumcorps, and Ki:Theory. More...

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Posthum Signs With Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Norwegian act Posthum. The label commented:

"The sound of Posthum is the sound of dark, Norwegian forests and endless snow-covered plains. It is melancholic, atmospheric and hypnotizing Norwegian Black Metal. They released their debut album 'Posthum' in 2009 receiving great reviews from the underground press, and triggering a strong demand for a swift sequel.

"The band was formed in 2004 in a small town in the east of Norway, and until 2009 Posthum kept fairly isolated from other musical communities and bands. This resulted in their music not being particularly influenced by the trends in the scene, and despite their obvious roots in Norwegian Black Metal Posthum sounds new and fresh. Their debut record ensured them some well-deserved attention that lead to a European Tour with legendary Satyricon and Shining (SE) the same year.

"In fact, Posthum’s first concert ever was supporting Satyricon and Shining in front of a completely sold-out venue with 800 fans in Antwerp, Belgium. Not a bad way to start their career. Since then Posthum has played at Under The Black Sun Festival in Germany, done several shows in Norway and a toured Europe again with Nargaroth and Chaos Invocation. Since their debut the band has earned a reputation for being a rock solid live band with emphasis on good songs rather than image extravagance."

The band also commented on its name: "The name Posthum means 'after exitus,' which especially refers to compositions and tributes to dead artists. For the band Posthum is a tribute and reminder to all life that has existed before them. It’s fascinating to know that what surrounds us are the results of the efforts of ordinary mortal explorers, of flesh and blood, and that one day we too will be history, but what we leave behind is something very alive, the music.”

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Sonic Pulse Announces U.S. Tour Dates

From the depths of a dingy basement to gearing up for the release of a debut album, "Lager than Life," and hitting the road across the US, Boston’s Sonic Pulse has come a long way in two short years.

Touring with Lich King, the beer-fueled, power thrashing group (featuring members of Razormaze, Skull Hammer, Ravage, and Vindicator) will be kicking it all off in New Jersey on July 21st. Dates can be found below, and you can also listen to the "Eye of the Beerholder" single in the player available below.

The "Lager Than Life" track listing is as follows:

1. Sonic Pulse (5:15)
2. Queen of Beers (4:45)
3. Bong Zombies (5:58)
4. Eye of The Beerholder (6:14)
5. Demoniac Spell (6:55)
6. Beyond the Black Hole (5:54)
7. Adventure Time (1:31) More...

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Favor The Brave Streaming New Song

Philadelphia, PA's Favor the Brave will be releasing an EP entitled "Entropy" this summer and the band has now posted a new song titled "Zero Gravity." Check out the song in the player below. The "Entropy" track listing is as follows:

1. Zero Gravity
2. Resources
3. Salvation
4. Zero Gravity
5. Resources
6. Salvation

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Gypsyhawk Announces Record Release Show

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk will be celebrating the release of the "Reverly & Resilience" album with an in-store performance at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles, CA. The album release party/performance is free and will be held on August 24th at 8:00pm. Additionally, "The Great Food Truck Race"-winning Grill 'Em All truck will be serving metal themed burgers before the show from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The following press release was also issued by Metal Blade:

"Revisiting the electrifying sounds of bullshit-free 70s rock, Gypsyhawk are a breath of fresh air compared to the endless onslaught of breakdown obsessed bands cluttering up heavy music. Marinating their wares in whiskey and weed, they hurl out blistering riffs and irresistible hooks and grooves, doing their damnedest to ensure that everyone at their shows is having as much fun as they are. With Revelry & Resilience, their second full-length and Metal Blade debut, this vibe bleeds from the speakers from start to finish, determinedly putting a smile on your face and compelling you to throw your hair around, no matter how much or how little you might have."

"It's music for girls to shake their asses to and dudes to bang their heads," states vocalist/bassist Eric Harris. "It's good-time rock and roll, and we don't take ourselves too seriously, but at the same time we're not one-dimensional 'yeah-dude-let's-party-all-the-fucking-time!' guys, and I like to think there's something for everyone in our music."

"Reverly & Resilience" will be in stores on August 28th, 2012. Gypsyhawk will be performing as part of the Mayhem Festival Cruise alongside Lamb of God, Anthrax, Machine Head, Hatebreed, and label mates Battlecross, plus many more from December 7th - December 10th. For the complete line up, information, and to book a room, visit this location. More...

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Spineshank Posts New Album Making-Of Footage

Spineshank recently released new album "Anger Denial Acceptance," and the band has now posted a video touching on the making of the record. Check out the clip below, or you can also watch the band's new music video "Nothing Left For Me" at this location.

The band is currently on a headlining run in support of "Anger Denial Acceptance" and will be on the road through August. A full list of dates can be found after the jump.

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Wasted Shells To Record New Album

Swedish thrash act Wasted Shells has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"Wasted Shells enter studio for album No. 2. That´s right! We will once again bury ourselves from daylight and all social appearances for the next couple of months to record the follow-up to 'The Debt.'

"Recording will start on the 9th of August and helping us recording/producing the record will once again be Mattias Johansson who did a killer job on 'The Debt.'

"We have been busy writing, fixing, repolishing songs for the last couple of months and the songs are coming out crushing! Expect record release late 2012/early 2013.

"More details to come!"

For more info on Wasted Shells, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Titans Eve Streaming Entire New Album

Vancouver thrashers Titans Eve, whom opened for Korn this past weekend, have teamed up with Canada's music authority Exclaim! Magazine to share with fans an exclusive listen of their new album "Life Apocalypse" before its release on July 13th. Check out the full album stream at this location.

"They say if you stare into the abyss too long, the abyss stares back. So instead just listen. Here is our album Life Apocalypse," says vocalist / guitarist Brian Gamblin. The band's upcoming live shows can also be found below.

Tour Dates w/ ANVIL:
July 30, 2012 - The Exchange - Regina, SK w/ ANVIL + guests
July 31, 2012 - The Odeon - Saskatoon, SK w/ ANVIL, Untimely Demise, Lavagoat, Agony Spawn
August 1, 2012 - The Scott Block - Red Deer, AB w/ ANVIL, Day One
August 2, 2012 - The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB w/ ANVIL + guests
August 3, 2012 - The Distillery - Calgary, AB w/ ANVIL + guests
August 4, 2012 - The Sapphire Lounge - Kelowna, BC w/ ANVIL
August 5, 2012 - The Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ ANVIL, Skullhammer, Dead Asylum

Tour Dates w/ KILL DEVIL HILL:
August 9, 2012 - Dicken's Pub - Calgary, AB
August 10, 2012 - Badland Community Center - Drumheller, AB
August 11, 2012 - The Vat - Red Deer, AB
August 12, 2012 - The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
August 16, 2012 - Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON
August 17, 2012 - The Rockpile - Toronto, ON
August 18, 2012 - The Underworld - Montreal, QC
August 19, 2012 - L'Agitee - Quebec City, QC
August 20, 2012 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON

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Dysrhythmia Finishes Work On New Album

Instrumental progressive metal act Dysrhythmia has completed work on new album, “Test Of Submission.” Profound Lore Records commented on the album:

"With 'Test Of Submission' (the band’s sixth full-length album) the trio of Kevin Hufnagel, Colin Marston, and Jeff Eber have delivered their darkest, most devastating and intense album of their 13-year career. An album where the usual Dysrhythmia mannerisms interweave through the band’s distinct style of progressive/jazz-infused rhythms and intense counterpoint, all while providing a new sense of catchiness and even melody. 'Test Of Submission' is also an album in which Dysrhythmia will rightfully reclaim the throne in an overbearing scene of acts who merely, and feebly attempt to try and match the New York power-trio’s musical skill, prowess, and of course their sense of artistry. To no avail.

"In what guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (also of present-day Gorguts) states that the new Dysrhythmia album (to officially be released Aug 28th) was his most challenging recording endeavor yet, tracklisting to 'Test Of Submission' goes as follows:" More...

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Drone Reveals New Album Details

Drone's new album entitled "For Torch and Crown" will be released via Metalville Records on July 31st. Today the tracklisting and artwork have been revealed and can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Modern high quality thrash metal, Drone are four guys who have taken grasp of metal, delivering it as precise as a bullet from a gun on and off of the stage! Their success is no hidden lie to the scene; DRONE bring forth a highly important aspect to thrash metal across Europe, that's a fact.

"In August of 2006 the band from Celle, Germany pushed on through to win the 'International Wacken Metal Battle.' The following year saw the release of their debut album Head-On Collision which followed with worldwide tours with the likes of Overkill, Pro-Pain and Ektomorf. The tours included shows including the Wacken Open Air Festival, With Full Force Festival, Inferno Festival, and Summer Breeze amongst others.

"The second Drone album Juggernaut was released in March of 2009. The album was met with critical acclaim and the band continued their global domination in support of the album. After a successful headlining tour in 2011, the band once again brought their focus back to bringing more thrash to the fans with their third full length album." More...

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Truth Corroded Announces Australian Tour

Truth Corroded will be touring across Australia's eastern states from late July through October. "Australia the Bled" will be the band's first national tour since returning from Europe supporting Krisiun, Malevolent Creation, and Vital Remains on the Sounds of Extreme tour.

You can catch Truth Corroded on the following dates:

July 20 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA
August 9 - Gold Coast, Qld (Venue TBA)
August 10 - The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, Qld
August 11 - Venom Nightclub, Sydney, NSW
August 25 - Metal for a cure @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA. Licensed All Ages
September 7 - Ferntree Gully Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
September 8 - Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
October 12 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA (supporting WARBRINGER - U.S)

The tour will be supported by Heavy Magazine, and endorsed by Jackson Guitars and Laboga Amplification and Truth Inc. Records Australia. To fire you up for the tour, Truth Corroded will be soon be releasing a brand new video clip for the song "Pride of Demise." Produced by Stop Time Media, the song is the second video clip from the band's latest album "Worship the Bled." More...

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Saxon Posts More In-Studio Footage

Saxon is currently in the studio laying down tracks for an upcoming new full-length album. The band has now posted another brief video update from the recording process, which can be viewed below, or you can find the last studio video update at this location. Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available.

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Heptah Announces New Bassist

Brazilian act Heptah has confirmed the band's new bass player as Robson Baroli, an experienced musician with academic training at the University of Campinas who has worked on several projects in Sao Paulo. Robson Baroli is already integrated with Heptah, rehearsing songs for the upcoming "Master of Delusion” tour.

"Yes, we changed again, and it is with great joy that we announce our new bassist Baroli Robson," said the vocalist Rhads Clemente. "We are confident that Robson will assume the post with great responsibility, as he demonstrated his technique, playing the songs of the HeptaH’s debut album 'Master Of Delusion.'"

"Master of Delusion" will be released in Brazil in the second half of 2012 through MS Metal Records and will feature the distribution of the Voice Music.

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Indesinence Reveals Album Artwork

London's Indesinence has revealed the artwork for the "Vessels of Light and Decay" album, which was created by Jaume Mayans & Daniela Kropeit (MMonsterbrush) and can be viewed below.

"Vessels of Light and Decay" was recorded with Greg Chandler and Jaime Gomez Arellano and mastered for CD by James Plotkin. The album will be out through Profound Lore in late August 2012, on hard-cover digibook with 24-page booklet. More...

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Scythe Of Dante Posts New Lyric Video

New York's Scythe of Dante has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Deemed," which can be found in the YouTube clip available below. You can also listen to the band's previously posted song "Amendment" over at this location. Both tracks will be appearing on the group's new album "Slay the System."

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Funeral Mist Albums To Be Re-Issued

September 11th will see the release of two classics from Sweden’s Funeral Mist, namely “Devilry” and “Salvation,” through Season of Mist. The label issued the following press release:

"'Devilry' features not only the complete recording of the 1998 EP, including the originally vinyl-only 'Hellspell 2' bonus song, but also the 'Havoc' demo from 1996. The early days of Funeral Mist were placed under the sign of a ferocious and vicious Black Metal, yet always underlined by a sick sense for the unexpected. Song structures, melodies and vocal patterns, yes, even a drum solo, make the 'Devilry' and 'Havoc' sessions stand out then as much as today: Funeral Mist was born under the doomed star of unmistakable uniqueness."

The track listing is:

1. The Devil's Emissary
2. Bringer of Terror
3. Nightside Phantom
4. Funeral Mist
5. The God Supreme
6. Hellspell 2
7. Realm of Shades
8. Hellspell
9. Nightside Phantom [demo version]
10. The Old Ones Grin More...

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Antagonist A.D. Releases "I'm Just Not There" Clip

Antagonist A.D. has released a new music video, which can be viewed in the player below. The band commented on the clip:

"It's here! The music video for 'I'm Just Not There,' from our upcoming album 'Nothing From No One.' Available 7/20 in New Zealand/Australia and 7/24 throughout the rest of the world on Mediaskare Records."

You can also check out another new song from the "Nothing From No One" album, titled "Violence," over at this location.

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Nachtmystium Streaming New Track

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. Recorded at Engine Studios with the band's own synths/electronics specialist Sanford Parker (YOB, PELICAN) handling producer duties, "Silencing Machine is," as front-man/lead guitarist Blake Judd puts it, "a fuckin' black metal record".

In anticipation of this release, Nachtmystium has now premiered a new track, "Decimation, Annihilation," which can be heard on AV Club Loud or through the player below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dawn Over The Ruins Of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers Of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope And Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep More...

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Shreddertron Splits With Guitarist

West Sussex metal act Shreddertron has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Duve Pendleton:

"We would like to wish our guitarist and best friend Duve luck with his life changing move to Australia. Needless to say we are all devastated that we will lose such a pylon crunching riff master, but happy for him as he embarks on this adventure.

"We would like to reassure all fans that Shreddertron are still powering on, and currently we are writing tons of planet smashing tunes. Keep a close eye on our page as we will have some samples up in the near future."

You can also check out Shreddertron's song "Prepare For Boost!" by heading over to this location.

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Anthologies Streams New Tracks From Debut EP

Italian gothic metal act Anthologies is streaming the tracks "One of These Days," "Betray Me" and "Baba Yaga." The songs appear on the band's debut EP release "Alpha."

Anthologies is:

Alessandro "SANdMAN" Schümperlin - Vocals
Fabrizio Amapane - Guitars
Samuele Marchi - Guitars
Silvia "Neko" Gadina - Bass
Valerio Ferrari - Drums

Check out "One of These Days" here: More...

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Puteraeon Posts In-Studio Video

Puteraeon has posted an in-studio video clip online with the band talking about the making of the "Cult Cthulhu" album together with producer/recording engineer Risza and Andy La Rocque. You can check out the footage below, or find the band's previously posted video for "Flesh Architect" over at this location.

The "Cult Cthulhu" track listing is as follows:

1. The Great Epidemic of 1846
2. Children of Dagon
3. The Azathoth Cycle
4. Shoggoth
5. Flesh Architect
6. In the Vault
7. Conlaceratus
8. Walking With Shadows
9. Shapeshifter
10. A Bolt From the Grave
11. Liberation

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Ofermod Debut To See North American Release

On September 11th, Season of Mist will release Swedish black metal act Ofermod’s debut, “Mystérion Tés Anomias,” in North America. Originally recorded in 1998, this EP also includes two songs from 2004. Season of Mist commented:

"Ofermod is a name that people within the underground black metal scene pronounce with respect and in awe. Much of the current Swedish black metal sound, as heralded by bands such as Watain, finds its origin in the early works of Ofermod. The abyssal atmosphere, the sinister chord progressions, the violent and commanding drumming, a depraved demonlike voice - all of the above is Ofermod’s genuine trademark."

The track listing is:

1. Mystérion Tés Anomias
2. Chained to Redemption
3. Khabs Am Pekht
4. Rape the World

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Nate Hall Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Founding U.S. Christmas vocalist/guitarist Nate Hall will embark upon a very special run of U.S. tour dates later this month alongside YOB mastermind Mike Scheidt. The tour will commence on July 14th in Asheville, North Carolina and run through July 23rd in Washington, DC.

Hall will be touring in support of his solo debut "A Great River," released via Neurot Recordings. The band's publicist also commented: "Recorded in a single March evening, A Great River offers up a lush landscape of sonic richness and is as pure and honest as music gets. The songs are regretful of the bad times, hopeful of times to come, and respectful of the great power that causes all thing to be. "

NATE HALL U.S. Tour w/ Mike Scheidt:
7/14/2012 Static Age – Asheville, NC
7/15/2012 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
7/16/2012 Tomatillos – Atlanta, GA
7/17/2012 Foxy Lady – Savannah, GA
7/18/2012 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
7/19/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
7/20/2012 Ratscape Fest – Baltimore, MD
7/21/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
7/22/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
7/23/2012 TBA – Washington, DC

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Nergal Reveals New Book Cover

Front man Nergal of Polish outfit Behemoth, who went through a battle with leukemia, will be releasing a new book titled "Sacrum Profanum" this coming October. The cover artwork can now be viewed below, and Nergal commented:

"Front cover of my book revealed! Out in October...in Polish... depending on interest we might be translating this into English. Hope you dig the artwork! Mr. Seth Spiro is the one who did postproduction and Mr. Ivo took this picture!" More...

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Hate Recording New Album

Extreme metal machine Hate has started the recording sessions for a next album titled "Solarflesh," which is set to be released worldwide via Napalm Records in January, 2013. The band’s leader ATF Sinner states:

“Here we are in Sound Division Studio in Warsaw working with Filip 'Heinrich' Halucha and Arek 'Malta' Malczewski (Behemoth’s soundguy) behind the console. We are aware that 'SOLARFLESH' is going to be our sickest, most hypnotic and diverse album up to date - the biggest challenge and definitely new chapter in our career.

"It’s not just like recording another album… it’s a real transition! On this album we definitely explore new territories and push the boundaries of this beautiful and sick genre to its absolute limits! The material contains 12 collages. Most of them are insanely fast (270 bpm). Others are groovy, trance-like mantras that seem to haunt you forever. They all have rich background of samples and other elements that make them sound multidimensional.

"We also have several dark ambient compositions that seem like complete avant-garde. I’ve been working on them with Michal Staczkun, the guy who did excellent job on our previous album 'Erebos.' We are also working on a few songs with Androniki Skoula, a singer from Greece, known for her involvement in the project Chaostar, as well as collaboration with Septicflesh and Rotting Christ. She’s adding some 'Hellenic' flair to the songs that makes them even more elaborate."

The album will be mixed by Wieslawski Bros (Hertz Studio) next month. Stay tuned for more info on "Solarflesh."

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Dragonsclaw Reveals First Details On New LP

Traditional/classic metal act Dragonsclaw checked in with Metalunderground.com with the first details of the band's upcoming EP and full length follow up to the debut release "Prophecy" (See review at this location).

In a full interview with vocalist Giles Lavery (to be posted later this week), the band is currently in the process of completing the writing process for the follow up to "Prophecy," which started in November 2011. As Lavery explains, the band plans to release an extended EP/single entitled "Judgement Day" in late November as a prelude to the yet untitled full length release in 2013:

"We have about 15 tracks in various states of completion, and we are at the moment making the selection process of the strongest ideas…there will be an EP out around late November which will be in advance of the album…the title is 'Judgement Day' this is our single and first taste of the album, it a very catchy metal track, similar in some ways to “Angels in White” off the first but a little harder. Also on the EP will be 4 other non-album tracks, that are very very good indications of the growth of the songwriting. Those tracks are titled “Watching My Every Move” “Fear” “Battle Cry” and “Eternally”. Rounding out this rather long EP (for a low EP price) will be a couple cover tunes of some classic underground metal tracks many will know… and 2 live songs from our recent tour with Steve Grimmett."

Stay tuned for the full interview to follow later this week.

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Elvenking Announces Guest Musicians

Italy's Elvenking has issued the following update about releasing a new album and recruiting guest musicians:

"This summer is magical boys and girls! We hope you are already enjoying your summer holidays or that you planning your trips and your relax time.

"As you know the new Elvenking album is ready and it will be hopefully released inSeptember 2012. We will inform you about the final release date as soon as we'll have more news about it. We'll try to give you some updates about the new album every week. In the meantime we are preparing things around the new video clip shooting and we will film it while you'll have a swim at your favourite pool or a good hot night at the seaside!

"You already know that the Mountain King himself, Mr. Jon Oliva, will be guest on the new album leading his voice on two tracks. But we have also other great guest performance on the album. Wintersun’s guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari laid down an Incredible guitar solo on a track called 'Walking Dead' (oh yes, this is the very first new title revealed! …cool as the tv series at least!!). You will hear it.

"Also Maurizio Cardullo from our dear fellows Folkstone has taken care of all the folk instruments in the album. So you will hear a lot of bagpipes, tin whistles, low whistlesthrough the songs. What do you think about that?And last but not least the gorgeous and amazing Finnish singer Netta Dahlberg performed some female vocals. If you have the lastAmorphis album, well she IS that amazing voice! More...

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The Horde Signs With Abyss Records

Illinois-based Viking thrashers The Horde have officially signed with Abyss Records for the follow-up to the release to 2011's "Thy Blackened Reign." Guitarist Tim Matthews comments: "The Horde is thrilled to have signed with Abyss Records. This is a match made in Valhalla, as they will suit up in their armor and go to war with us as we ride into the flames of battle! We are currently working on our third album, which has the working title 'Destroyer... Slayer of Men.' Some song titles are 'Pray Hater,' '10,000 Strong' and 'Firevurm.' Will be entering Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL at some point this winter to record with Scott Creekmore."

The Horde is slated to appear at Spring Bash IV in April of 2013 in Milwaukee, WI alongside Deceased, Morta Skuld and other acts TBA. More US festival appearances for 2013 are in the works. The band's Abyss Records debut is scheduled for a fall 2013 release on CD and vinyl formats. For more on The Horde, visit the band's Facebook page. More...

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Structures Posts "Paralyzed" Drum Play Through

Canadian metalcore band Structures posted a second play through video with drummer Andrew McEnaney, this time for the track "Paralyzed." The song appears on the band's latest album "Divided By," which was issued in October 2011 through Sumerian Records. The previous play through video for "Hydroplaning" can be viewed at this location.

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Inferis Posts Live Footage Of "Lead The Chain"

Chilean power metal band Inferis posted live bootleg footage from the band's recent show with Italy's Rhapsody of Fire at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on June 26, 2012. In the footage, the band performs the title track from the latest EP "Lead the Chain," which was issued on June 18, 2012 through Hitman Records. A stream of the EP can be heard at this location.

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Locrian Streaming New Song "Chalk Point"

U.S. ambient act Locrain posted up a new music video for the song "Chalk Point." The song appears on the band's forthcoming CD of the band's vinyl only recent release "The Clearing," repackaged with bonus disc "The Final Epoch." The release is due to drop on August 14, 2012 (North America), August 20, 2012 (UK), August 24, 2012 (Germany/Benelux) and August 27, 2012 (Rest of EU) through Relapse Records.

Preorders are available at this location.

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