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Metal News for July 6, 2011

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Ordinance Announces Debut Album Release

Death metal act Ordinance has set July 26th, 2011 as the release date for the band's debut album "Internal Monologues." The album was produced by Navene Koperweis of Animals As Leaders and Dustin Miller of Audio Aggregate Recordings. Pre-orders are now available at this location.

You can also listen to the title track of "Internal Monologues" in the player below.

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Christgrinder Talks Crack And Worshipping Satan

With tongues only partially planted in cheek, two man blackened death metal act Christgrinder has now dropped the new EP "Smoke Crack, Worship Satan." Members Baron Von Christgrinde and Cardinal Sinne conducted an interview with Metalunderground.com to discuss the new EP.

Commenting on the lyrical content and themes of the band, Cardinal Sinne chimed in, "I’m a firm believer that the best metal is well aware of how silly metal inherently is.... So where anti-religion crops up in our lyrics, although it’s delivered in a campy, amusing way, we take the underlying theme of the evil of religion seriously."

While explaining how the EP came about, the metallic heathens also discussed combining various influences into a single musical package, getting a crack-smoking pope onto a T-shirt, and the difficulties of finding musicians willing to play death metal in small towns. More...

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Battlecross Posts New Single Online

Metal Sucks is currently hosting the worldwide premiere of the new single "Breaking You" from Detroit Michigan's Battlecross. The track comes from the band's full-length debut "Pursuit of Honor," out August 2nd in North America via Metal Blade Records.

Listen to the track that Metal Sucks states "is one of the fastest, leanest, thrashiest cuts of meat this album has to offer and represents Battlecross at their heaviest and most unique" at this location.

The band also previously posted the song "Push Pull Destroy" online, which can be heard by heading over here.

The track listing for "Pursuit of Honor" is as follows:

1. Pursuit of Honor
2. Push Pull Destroy
3. Kaleb
4. Deception
5. Man of Stone
6. Breaking You
7. Rupture
8. Leech
9. Better Off Dead
10. Misery
11. Foreshadowing More...

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Samael Announces "Lux Mundi" European Tour

Samael has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates in September and October with special guests Melechesh and Keep of Kalessin. The band will be touring in support of the new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here), and the currently announced dates are as follows:

02.09.2011 : Dekompresja – Lódz (Poland)
03.09.2011 : Wiatrak – Zabrze (Poland)
04.09.2011 : Kwadrat – Krakow (Poland)
05.09.2011 : Szene – Vienna (Austria)
06.09.2011 : Exit Chmelnice – Prague (Czech Republic)
07.09.2011 : Randall – Bratislava (Slovakia)
08.09.2011 : 202 – Budapest (Hungary)
09.09.2011 : Euphoria Music Hall – Cluj Napoca (Romania)
10.09.2011 : Jubileina Hall – Sofia (Bulgaria)
11.09.2011 : Block33 – Thessaloniki (Greece)
13.09.2011 : Volxhaus – Klagenfurt (Austria)
14.09.2011 : Menza Pri Koritu – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
15.09.2011 : RnR Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Italy)
16.09.2011 : Blackout – Rome (Italy)
17.09.2011 : Sidharta – Prato (Italy)
18.09.2011 (CH) tbc / tbc
20.09.2011 : Backstage – Munich (Germany)
21.09.2011 : Steinbrucht Theater – Darmstadt (Germany)
22.09.2011 : Matrix – Bochum (Germany)
23.09.2011 : Bibelot – Dordrecht (Holland)
24.09.2011 : Le Coliseum – Charleroi (Belgium)
25.09.2011 : Doornroosje – Nijmegen (Holland)
27.09.2011 : Cavazik – Macon (France)
28.09.2011 : Gillen – Colmar (France)
29.09.2011 : Gladhaus – Cottbus (Germany)
30.09.2011 : Vera – Groningen (Holland)
01.10.2011 : Antipode – Rennes (France)
02.10.2011 : La Machine – Paris (France)
03.10.2011 : Ramier – Toulouse (France)
05.10.2011 : Hard Club – Porto (Portugal)
06.10.2011 : Cineteatro de Corroios – Lisbon (Portugal)
07.10.2011 : Caracol – Madrid (Spain)
08.10.2011 : Durango – Valencia (Spain)
09.10.2011 : Salamandra 1 – Barcelona (Spain) More...

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Just For Fun

Bill Bailey Sends A Message To Metallica

British comedian and multi-instrumentalist Bill Bailey has posted a video online in which he demonstrates why he and his band are more than ready to take Metallica's place at this weekend's edition of the Sonisphere Festival in the United Kingdom. You can check it out below. Both Bill Bailey and Metallica will be performing at this year's English Sonisphere, which kicks off this Friday at Knebworth. Also performing will be Slipknot, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and a whole host of others. More...

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Goreaphobia Signs To Dark Descent Records

Philadelphia death metal battalion Goreaphobia has joined forces with Dark Descent Records for the release of the band's new full-length, "Apocalyptic Necromancy." Slated for release on August 9th, 2011, 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 Dark Descent label head Matt Calvert of the signing: “When the opportunity presented itself to release the new Goreaphobia album, the choice was easy. Those who are familiar with the underground know that Goreaphobia has a longstanding reputation of producing some of the filthiest death metal around. I’m more than excited to be a part of this new chapter of the band. After speaking to each member personally, it became very apparent that Goreaphobia and Dark Descent Records are a perfect fit and I look forward to helping spread their message to not only long-time fans, but new ones as well.”

Added guitarist Alex Bouks: “Myself and the rest of Goreaphobia are very excited and pleased to be working with Matt and the rest of amazing team at Dark Descent. The label is off to great things. This is a very fresh and positive start for us to be releasing our new record with what I believe to be the next great metal label around today.”

The "Apocalyptic Necromancy" track listing and artwork are available below.

1. Apocalyptic Necromancy
2. Xurroth Rreeth N’Vez Helm (City of Rot and Decay)
3. The Attractor
4. Void Of The Larva Queen
5. Shroud of The Hyena (…..Inall Ninuttix……)
6. Footpaths In The Vortex of Doom
7. Darkstar Dementia
8. Igigi Reactor
9. Totem Of The Vulture (…..Sirrix Noxhuun….)
10. Sigil On Death’s Hand
11. White Wind Spectre
12. Rust Worms And The Noxious Fevers They Bring More...

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Barren Earth Posts Wave Gotik Treffen Report

Finnish progressive death metal super group Barren Earth recently finished a stint in the studio recording the band's second full-length album. You can check out Metalunderground.com's interview with the band during the recording process by heading to this location.

Barren Earth has now also checked in with a report of the band's performance at the Wave Gotik Treffen festival. The blog post from the band reads as follows:

"After the 5-week tour of North America, there was a pause in concert activities for us. Wisely so, as time was spent on rehearsing new material and getting ready for the studio instead. Our first show in over 3 months was to take place on June 11 at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, immediately after the album recording sessions.

"As mentioned earlier, Sami was having a gig with Kreator that same day, so filling in for him was guitar maestro Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum), once again.

"On Saturday morning the alarm clock was set for 04:00 am, so it was a pretty early rise. But earliness is a relative concept, since after calling a cab and picking up Mikko at 05:00, it was apparent that for him the hour was actually very late, since he was just coming from the bar…

"Our flight was from Helsinki to Berlin. Considering the earliness/lateness of the hour, I decided to get some sleep on the plane. Unfortunately, this was not to be an option. Being as we were seated behind and in front of families with small children, and crying small children at that, sleep kept eluding me. And when I say crying, I don’t mean as in sobbing, but more like as in screaming, or actually like as in hysterically shrieking.

"I have never been to a pig slaughter house, nor have I ever heard what kind of sound a pig makes whilst being slaughtered, but listening to the high pitched screams delivered on an equally high amplitude, I can’t imagine swine slaughter sounding too much different from the sounds heard on that plane. So, definitely no chance of dozing off. More...

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Mayan Posts First Part Of New Album Breakdown

In the first of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal act Mayan offer some insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, "Quarterpast," which is set for North American release on July 12th. The first part of the track breakdown can be viewed below.

01 | Symphony Of Aggression: “The most complex song, guitar-wise & the easiest to record. Frank [Schiphorst, guitarist] used a Bo-El MC7 with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, and for the clean part a different MC7 with a thicker neck. We have Floor [Jansen of REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER], Simone [Simons of EPICA], Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS], Mark [Jansen, MAYAN & EPICA guitarist/founding member] and Arien [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] already singing in this opening track. During the recordings, we were very open minded and used all singers' qualities.”

02 | Mainstay Of Society (In the eyes of the law: Corruption): “Originated from the outro guitar lick of track one’s ‘Symphony Of Aggression.’ Frank jammed this lick at the end of ‘Symphony’ and Mark wrote the base of ‘Mainstay’ in just one afternoon, based only on this lick. This one also includes the hardest guitar riff to play. It's a track with mainly grunts, just some female vocals by Simone in the chorus.”

03 | Quarterpast: “The boys choir was recorded in London for our album, originally to be used in another song; however, the way they performed made us decide not to and put different music underneath, to give it an extra eerie feel.”

04 | Course Of Life: “Typical spontaneous song written at Mark´s place around the same time a multi-track fart-song was recorded. You don’t wanna know. Mark pressed ‘play’ on that certain recording later on, windows open. Great to see the faces on those people on their bicycles passing by!”

You can also visit the Mayan landing page at this location and listen to “Drown The Demon” and “Celibate Aphrodite” in their entirety. Mayan is comprised of:

Mark Jansen – Composer, Grunts & Screams
Jack Driessen – Keyboards & Screams
Frank Schiphorst – 7-String Guitars
Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums & Grunts
Rob van der Loo – Bass
Isaac Delahaye – Guitars

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Periphery Splits With Guitarist

Periphery has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Alex Bois:

"Hey Guys! We have some sad news to share. Alex Bois and Periphery have decided to part ways. This is truly a sad day for Periphery, because Alex has been with us since the beginning, and he is like a brother to us. We're going to do everything we can to make the most out of this unfortunate situation, and soldier on like we always have in the past when faced with setbacks.

"In regards to all of our upcoming shows and tours, worry not! We will have special guest artists filling in for Alex, so our touring plans will not be changing whatsoever. Throughout all of this, we really appreciate your support and understanding.

"See you soon."

Periphery will be embarking on the "Frak the Gods" tour with The Human Abstract this coming September. Details on the run of shows are available at this location.

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Squash Bowels To Re-Release "Tnyribal"

Selfmadegod Records has announced the re-release of Polish goregrind kings Squash Bowels‘ rare first album "Tnyribal." The band's publicist issued the following statement:

"Tnyribal is no doubt one of the most brutal, and thus most important grindcore albums of the last century. Initially released in 2000 via infamous Czech record label Obscene Productions, this landmark release from Squash Bowels now sees an official reintroduction to the world with an official re-release of the album via Polish metal label Selfmadegod Records. The new Selfmadegod version of the album is housed in a 6-panel digipak with completely new artwork and fully redesigned layout."

The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Stranger Mind: Possessed – Amssend – Passage
2. Dark Corridors: Xabon – Refractive – Naxaru – Ytarb
3. Zema Inpa: Fear – Doldrums – Liberate Me! – Dizziness – Effluvium
4. Zonhori Nteve: Blood – Soulless – Radiate – Transmit
5. Bad Sector: Melzu Nepa – Sybba – Rezom – Dergi
6. Black Thing: The Shape – TMA – 3 – Error

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Evile Reveals New Album Artwork

Evile will be releasing the new album "Five Serpent's Teeth" on September 26th, 2011. The band has now revealed the album's artwork, which can be viewed below. Evile's Matt Drake commented on the new album cover:

"So here it is, the artwork for Five Serpent's Teeth. As is always the case with Evile, we try and do things a bit differently from what we've done before, so we fancied something a bit more design-orientated this time around. It's been done by a great artist by the name of Gustavo Sazes and he really came through for us as we were struggling to find something that visually accompanied the music, so hats off to the man! Make what you will of any meaning you think the cover may hold, much the same as you will be able to do with the lyrical content of the album; we know what it means to us, so enjoy!"

Evile also recently posted a cover online of the Lady GaGa track "Born This Way," which can be heard by heading over here.

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Cirith Gorgor Announces Two Upcoming Releases

Dutch black metal band Cirith Gorgor has announced it will soon be launching two new releases, titled "Der Untergang" and "Firestorm Apocalypse..." The cover artwork and track listing for the limited edition gatefold LP "Der Untergang" is available below, while the artwork and track listing for "Firestorm Apocalypse..." (limited 2-CD digipack with bonus tracks) are available after the jump.

-I- 1941-1943
act I: The Road to Stalingrad
act II: The Battle of Stalingrad
act III: Epilogue: When Wolf Becomes Sheep
-II- 1943-1944
act I: The Battle at the Volga River
act II: Reclaiming of the Soviet Union
act III: Prelude to a New World Order
act IV: Epilogue: The Road to Berlin
-III- 1944-1945
act I: A Tidal Wave from the East
act II: Enemy at the Gates
act III: The Battle of Berlin
act IV: Der Untergang... / ??????!!! More...

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Truth Corroded Signs Deal With Ultimhate Records

Australian thrash metal band Truth Corroded has signed a European / Japanese deal with Ultimhate Records for the release of the band's latest album "Worship the Bled." The label will release the album on September 16th, with the band following up the release with a European tour in early 2012.

Commenting on the deal, Truth Corroded bass guitarist Greg Shaw states: "The band is extremely pleased to be a part of the label. Ultimhate Records have a great and diverse range of bands, and we feel our sound has found the perfect label to represent us in Europe and Japan. Furthermore, like our Australian label (Truth Inc. Records) it is run by musicians who know the industry from going into battle for their own music. After years of hard work to get where we are it is great to be working with a label that has a shared experience and work ethic. The label has been very supportive and plans for touring in support of the album in Europe were put into place immediately. For us this is an aim we have long fought for, and we look foward to taking our music to Europe and building our profile further."

"Worship the Bled" features Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Misery Index, Daath, Chimaira) on drums and was mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry at Black Lounge Studio in Avesta, Sweden. Artwork for the album was designed by Bjoern Gooses of Killustrations (Aborted, Dew Scented).

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Morta Skuld Premiers "Prolong The Agony" Video

A video for Morta Skuld's "Prolong The Agony" track has been posted online now at the Decibel Magazine blog. Head over here to check out the video clip.

The "Prolong The Agony" video was directed by Doug Cook and produced by Eric Greif. "Prolong The Agony" is available now via the new Morta Skuld collection "Through The Eyes of Death" that saw its North American release on July 5th and is also currently available for streaming online.

"Through The Eyes of Death" combines the band's two 1990 recordings "Gory Departure" and "Prolong The Agony" on one disc, along with previously-unreleased material. The two sessions were produced by Death manager Eric Greif.

Morta Skuld formed in 1990, releasing the first demo tape "Gory Departure" shortly thereafter, and features principal songwriter / guitarist / singer Dave Gregor. The band's second 3-song demo "Prolong The Agony" came soon after and featured Viogression drummer Jef Jaeger. Both recordings have been remastered for the "Through The Eyes Of Death" collection by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound.

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Tesseract Video Interview Posted Online

Hit The Floor Magazine has posted a new video interview online with guitarist James Monteith from Tesseract, which can be viewed in the player provided below.

Tesseract also recently announced upcoming U.K. tour dates in September. Full details on the run of shows can be found by heading over here.

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Black Polaris Recruits New Bassist

Black Polaris has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting new bassist Luke Jackson:

"We're proud to announce Luke Jackson (ex-Saifa) as our new bassist! Watch this space for more info regarding the album. It is almost ready!"

The band has also posted photos online from a recent performance with the new bassist, which can be found via the Black Polaris Facebook profile. The track listing for the band's upcoming album "Empires" is as follows:

1. Charlie Bronson
2. Forget
3. Oracle
4. Effortless
5. Power, Corruption
6. Mountains
7. Captain Spalding (Interlude)
8. Oblivion
9. The Rise And Fall
10. Memories
11. Bonus Track

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Exhumed To Play Central Illinois Metalfest

Exhumed has announced it will be performing at this year's upcoming Central Illinois Metalfest. The festival takes place in Urbana, IL on July 22nd - 24th at the Canopy Club (708 S. Goodwin Avenue).

Exhumed will be playing in support of the new album "All Guts, No Glory" (reviewed here), which is also currently available for streaming in its entirety. "All Guts, No Glory" was released in North America on July 5th and will drop internationally on July 11th.

Other bands confirmed to appear at the upcoming Central Illinois Metalfest include Cephalic Carnage, Nachtmystium, Flesh Parade, Putrid Pile, Embalmer, Decrepit Birth, Insanity, and Insidious Decrepancy. Ticket information and the complete line-up can be found at this location.

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Legionary Gearing Up To Record Debut Album

Tri-State five piece death/thrash metal band Legionary has announced it will be entering the studio shortly to record the band's debut album "Arcane Divisions." The band has also posted the following blog post online regarding the upcoming recording sessions:

"So earlier this week, Frank and Mike visited Dave over at Little Door to set up the click tracks, tempos, and time signatures for all 10 tracks. Even with just one foot in the door, the excitement has already began to sink in for all of us...

"It seems that we all have a child like adoration for studio time. Tony and myself were recording virgins during the process of creating the demo last summer with Dave but the experience was definitely far from painful. For a group of dudes who had only met about a month earlier, it was actually an extremely satisfying and awesome time for all of us... Everyone expects a bit more stress doing 10 songs since we happen to be 5 of the most obnoxious perfectionists when it comes to this music stuff, but that's quite alright!

"Frank will be bringing his drum set by the studio some time this weekend so that everything will be ready for him to begin recording drums on the 11th... The way things are looking at the moment, we would HOPEFULLY be finishing up all recording by the first week of August before handing the tracks over to Frank's uncle 'The digital doctor' for the mixing/mastering process... Now we have the very painful task of waiting to get started on this beast! More...

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Beasts Of Men Posts New Demo Online

Michigan based quintet Beasts of Men has posted a new four song demo online. You can check out the demo tracks by navigating over to the Beasts of Men Facebook page.

The demo's track listing is as follows:

1. Hard Way Made Easy
2. Burning Bridges
3. Proto-human
4. Wifebiter

Beasts of Men also commented on the band's title by saying:

"We are who we are. Our name is based off the principal that all humans contain the capacity to commit extreme violence when confronted with fear. There is a beast that we all try to subdue but once it awakens, you are no longer in control."

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Orange Goblin Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of U.K. band Orange Goblin performing live at Dante's in Portland, OR on June 9th, 2011. You can check out the clip in the player below.

In other Orange Goblin news, the band will be performing at the upcoming Hard Rock Hell festival in December, with full details available here.

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Nursing Home Panty Raid Posts Music Video

Wichita, KS based metal act Nursing Home Panty Raid has posted an official video clip online for the song "The Rawk Biter," which can be found in the player below.

For additional details on Nursing Home Panty Raid, and to hear more of the act's music, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Queensryche Enters Billboard Charts

American progressive metal veterans Queensryche have entered the Billboard album charts with their latest studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos" at number seventy after selling around eight thousand copies in the United States. The record has also found success north of the border, where it entered the Canadian album charts at one hundred and twenty one. The album is available everywhere now through Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records.

Queensryche also recently posted a music video online for the song "Get Started." The "Dedicated to Chaos" track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Get Started
2. Hot Spot Junkie
3. Got It Bad
4. Around The World
5. Higher
6. Retail Therapy
7. At The Edge
8. Broken
9. Hard Times
10. Drive
11. I Believe
12. Luvnu
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize More...

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Inmoria Announces U.K. Shows

Sweden's Inmoria has announced a string of upcoming U.K. tour dates. The currently announced shows are as follows, with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks:

24.10.11 London - Purple Turtle
25.10.11 TBC
26.10.11 Leicester - The Soundhouse (tbc)
27.10.11 TBC
28.10.11 Burnton on Trent - The Appleby
29.10.11 Crewe - Dante's
30.10.11 Birmingham - Roadhouse

Inmoria also recently posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "A Farewell to Nothing: The Diary Part 1," which can be found here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blinded
2. My Shadow Fall
3. The Mirror
4. End of the Line
5. In My Dreams
6. Just Another Lie
7. Save Me
8. Hear My Prayers
9. Watch me Bleed
10. The Silence Within Me
11. All For Granted
12. Why

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Dead Shape Figure To Enter The Studio

Finland's Dead Shape Figure (which recorded a cover of "Dead Again" for Metalunderground.com's digital Peter Steele tribute album) has been writing a new album that will be the follow-up to the 2010 release "The Disease Of St. Vitus." The band has now checked in with the following recording update:

"Since the lineup has changed a little bit after the release of The Disease of St. Vitus (Kride left, Neissu came back) we decided to book a studio to record some new songs so we are heading to the good ol' D-Studio during next month... We are gonna record 2-3 new songs and we will put one new song out for you guys! You can view the song writing progress on YouTube. Cheers!"

Two clips of the band's writing process can be viewed after the jump, and the currently announced song titles for the new recordings are as follows:

1. Bläkkirokkivaino
2. Grippihoontti
3. Groove
4. Oopiumin hajuinen Megadeth
5. Punkkilänkkäri
6. DoomiAlice... More...

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Chthonic Releases Music Video For "Broken Jade"

Chthonic has released a new music video for the track "Broken Jade." Check it out below. The song is the second to get the video treatment from the band's upcoming album, "Takasago Army," which is due out this month.

The band previously released a music video for the first single, "Takao" ("Imperial Army") online. The single is now out digitally. The bonus version of "Takao" features Ensiferum on chorus.

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Anthrax Live Footage Posted Online

New, pro-quality Anthrax live footage has made its way online. The clip was filmed during the band's July 3, 2011 appearance at the 'Big Four' event in Gothenburg, Sweden and can be viewed in the player below. Anthrax will release its new album, titled "Worship Music," on September 13, 2011. You can also find a list of the group's remaining tour dates below.

Jul. 08 - Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK
Jul. 09 - Sonisphere Festival, Amneville, France
Jul. 11 - Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
Jul. 12 - Vega Musikkenshus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jul. 14 - Slottsfjell Festival, Tonsberg, Norway
Jul. 15 - Dour Festival, Dour, Belgium
Jul. 16 - Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands

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As I Lay Dying Nominated For SDMA Award

Metalcore act As I Lay Dying and extreme death metallers Cattle Decapitation and Carnifex have been nominated for the "Best Hard Rock" category at this year's upcoming San Diego Music Awards. The awards ceremony is set to take place on Monday August 8, 2011 at Humphrey's By The Bay in San Diego, California.

The complete list of "Best Hard Rock" nominees include:


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Hammerfall Announces Festival Appearance

Swedish heavy metallers Hammerfall have announced that they will be participating in the forthcoming edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship festival. The event, which will be an early 2012 affair, will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cayman Islands on January 23rd, 2012 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts are planned to perform on the cruise with new band reveals taking place monthly.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:


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Arch Enemy Drum Cam Footage Posted Online

New drum cam footage featuring Arch Enemy's Daniel Erlandsson has made its way online. The footage was catured during Erlandsson's drum solo at the band's June 23 performance in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. You can check out the footage by using the player located below.

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Dimmu Borgir Documentary Posted Online

Norwegian broadcast channel NRK recently aired a one-hour documentary detailing Dimmu Borgir's special May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway with 53 members of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir. You can now watch the hour-long documentary below. The film in is Norwegian but does include English subtitles.

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Scream The Prayer 2011 Kicks Off in TN

Scream The Prayer is a touring metal and hardcore festival of sorts, already in its fourth year, that packs the stage with bands that specialize in redefining what counts as a Christian worship service. The bands associated with the tour this year are as follows: Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, War of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, As Hell Retreats, and Sovereign Strength. From beginning to end, each band worked towards bringing the word of God to the masses in the form of relentless heavy metal.

Regardless of your stance on religion, you have to commend these bands for their drive. On July 1st, I was on hand to catch the first date of this 2011 tour. More...

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Kampfar Vocalist To Write Book On Black Metal

Dolk, vocalist for Norwegian black metal act Kampfar, has announced that he will begin his new book looking at the history of the black metal genre. Dolk commented on the project by saying;

"This was not supposed to be revealed yet. But I decided to do so through my personal [online] profile. Even my bandmates don't know this yet. But I have now finally started my longtime plan to do/write a book. This has been an idea I had for ages now, due to all the questions I get from the 'media' about this theme/topic/period of time.

"I have been so tired, in a way, to tell parts of this story without being able to tell the whole story. So the book will be about the early years in black metal and about my side of the story of it all. This book will step on someone's toes, that's for sure. But it's my side of the story. This book is for those who are interested (and it's some sort of a soul and mind surfer for me personal). To the rest…Well, I don't give a fuck! It's all very early in the process yet. But I have decided to go all the way now.

"Anyway…This has been a long process for me and a big step to make it official. Besides my woman, you are the first ones to know this at all.

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Breaking Benjamin To Release Compilation Album

American alternative act Breaking Benjamin has announced that it will be releasing a new 'best-of' compilation album. The new collection, which has been titled "Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin," is set for an August 16, 2011 releases through Hollywood Records. The track listing for the effort is available below.

1. Polyamorous
2. Skin
3. Medicate
4. So Cold
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Rain
7. The Diary Of Jane
8. Breath
9. Until The End
10. I Will Not Bow
11. Lights Out
12. Give Me A Sign
13. Blow Me Away
14. Water (2011 mix)
15. Had Enough (live acoustic version)

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Zao Films Show For Potential DVD Release

American hardcore metallers Zao have revealed that they filmed their recent July 2nd, 2011 show from the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA for a potential future live album or concert DVD release.

The band commented on the recording by saying:

"The engineer recorded it on 24 track digital. The venue filmed, and several friends filmed. We will see what we have as it all rolls in. If the audio is good we may do a limited edition CD. If the video is good AND the audio is good, maybe we’ll combine them a do a limited edition DVD. Or we may do nothing if everything turned out shitty and just post it on YouTube. Waiting to see what we’re dealing with."

Additional details on this possible upcoming release will be announced as they are made available from the band.

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Toxic Holocaust Posts New Album Preview

American thrashers Toxic Holocaust have posted a new album sampler online for their upcoming new album "Conjure And Command." The new full-length has been set for a July 19th, 2011 release date through Relapse Records. The effort will be made available in both standard and deluxe editions with the latter featuring a bonus DVD that includes a full live show from the band. The track listing for "Conjure And Command" can be found below.

1. Judgment Awaits You
2. Agony Of The Damned
3. Bitch
4. Red Winter
5. Nowhere To Run
6. I Am Disease
7. In The Depths (Of Your Mind)
8. The Liars Are Burning
9. Revelations
10. Sound The Charge

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Asking Alexandria Posts New Music Video Online

U.K. metalcore act Asking Alexandria has teamed up with Guitarworld to debut its newest music video. The video was compiled of live and behind-the-scenes footage for the track "Closure" and can be viewed in the player below.

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Korn Frontman To Release Live CD/DVD Set

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis has announced that he will be officially releasing his debut live solo album on August 16, 2011 onto North American soil. The two disc set, titled "Live At The Union Chapel," was filmed and recorded in London, England and is to be issued through eOne Music. You can check out footage from the DVD portion of the set below.

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The Acacia Strain Debuts "The Impaler" Video

American deathcore act The Acacia Strain has posted its latest music video online. The video was shot for the track "The Impaler" with director David Brodsky and appears on the group's latest full length "Wormwood." You can check out the video below.

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T.R.A.M. Posts "Endeavor" Online For Streaming

Progressive instrumental supergroup T.R.A.M, which features members of Animals As Leaders, Suicidal Tendencies and The Mars Volta, has posted a new song online taken from the band's forthcoming debut "Lingua Franca." You can check out the song, which is titled "Endeavor," by using the player below.

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Adrian Terrazas (The Mars Volta) - Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion
Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) - Guitars
Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) - Guitars
Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) - Drums

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Behemoth Posts New Rehearsal Footage Online

Polish death metal act Behemoth has uploaded a new video clip from its rehearsal space. The band returned to a normal rehearsal following frontman/guitarist Nergal's successful bone marrow transplant following a bout with Leukemia. You can check out the new footage in the player below.

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