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Metal News for August 1, 2013

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37 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Return of the clichés

This week we return to video clichés; also a new twist on the ‘Rocky Balboa’ training regiment. More...

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The Ocean To Miss Tonight's Summer Slaughter Show

The Ocean is currently out on the Summer Slaughter tour, but the band will be missing tonight's stop. The band has issued the following statement about the situation:

"The Ocean will not play the Myrtle Beach Summer Slaughter show today.

"Our drummer Luc woke up this morning with his foot twice as wide as it's long... turns out that he's caught gout. I thought this was something that only grandmothers get, but apparently you can get it at any age, from eating bad food and drinking too much. And he's had heaps of both the last few days...

"We apologize to the people who came out to see us tonight, trust me if we could, we would play, but there is nothing we can do right now, he's been fed a cocktail of steroids, but he still can't even walk.

"Fingers crossed that a he will be alright tomorrow again." More...

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The Rodeo Idiot Engine Announces Vinyl Release

Basque-based chaotic hardcore band The Rodeo Idiot Engine has announced the release of a new full-length on 12" vinyl.

Recorded live and mixed by Amaury Sauvé (Birds In Row, As We Draw, Death Engine) then mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan), "Consequences" is due out on October 1st via Throatruiner Records, Black Lake Records, and Dingleberry Records.

Check out the song "Zigeuner" below, courtesy of Cvltnation.com.

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West Of Hell Posts New Video Blog

Today, KNAC.com posts a brand new “Fly On The Wall” vlog from Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell. Check out the second part of "Give Me A Break!" in the player below.

West of Hell, featuring vocalist Chris Valagao of Zimmers Hole on vocals, is on tour now. The full tour will run through September 7th back in Vancouver, which will be zombie-themed in celebration of the band’s recent music video for “Water of Sorcery.” Full tour dates are available after the jump. More...

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Sawthis Signs With Bakerteam

Bakerteam Records has checked in with the following statement about inking a deal with Italy's Sawthis:

"Since their inception, Modern thrashers Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, sharing the stage with many international renowned bands such as Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader, and The Haunted to name a few.

"Having released two albums so far ('Fusion', 2006, and 'Egod', 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse,’ expected to hit the stores in September 2013.

"‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel. More details will be released soon."

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Unpraise Streaming Album Online

Barcelona's Unpraise has posted the "A Subtle Taste For Tragedy" album online, which can be heard below, or bought digitally on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rising to Dusk 02:27
2. Fatten the Pigs 06:14
3. Solemn Bath of Distressing Frustration 05:39
4. As The Gorgon Feeds 05:27
5. The Crowd Denial 04:49
6. Requiem (Rest In Pain) 04:55
7. Vultures 05:15
8. Kratofania 05:50
9. Annotations of Impulsion Phobia 07:06
10. Fade Into Dawn 01:55 More...

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Reflections To Miss Tonight's Show

Reflections has checked in with the following announcement about missing tonight's show due to a vehicle breakdown:

"We're really sorry Austin, our van broke down and we most likely won't be able to make it to tonight's show. Hope you all have a good time at the show tonight!"

You can find a list of the band's upcoming U.S. tour dates over at this location. More...

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Oblivion Posts "Multiverse" Video

Oblivion - the band featuring former All Shall Perish member Ben Orum, which signed to Unique Leader earlier this month - has now released a video for the track "Multiverse."

The track comes off the upcoming October 15th re-issue of "Called to Rise" on Unique Leader Records. Check out the clip below.

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Norma Jean Streaming Full New Album

Norma Jean is currently out on the road for the Summer Slaughter tour, and the band's new album "Wrongdoers" is due out this coming August 6th, 2013.

Now the band has teamed up with Loudwire.com to stream the full album prior to release. Give it a listen below, or pre-order over at iTunes here. Catch the band live:

Aug 01 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug 02 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
Aug 03 Heritage Park Mcdonald, PA
Aug 04 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Aug 07 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
Aug 08 The Sound Academy Toronto, Canada
Aug 09 Heavy MTL Montreal, Canada
Aug 10 Upstate Concert Hall Albany, NY
Aug 11 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
Aug 12 House of Blues Chicago, IL
Aug 13 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Aug 14 Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Aug 16 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Aug 17 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 19 Showbox SODO Seattle, WA
Aug 20 Roseland Ballroom Portland, OR More...

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Trivium Announces "Vengeance Falls" Details

Trivium has announced the release of new album "Vengeance Falls," which follows 2011’s "In Waves" and arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on October 15th.

Produced by David Draiman (Disturbed, Device), "Vengeance Falls" will be available for pre-order at the band's website beginning August 20th. The first single, "Strife," will be available as an instant download with all pre-orders.

The album's opening track, "Brave This Storm," is available as a free MP3 download now at this location.

"Vengeance Falls is the culmination of everything we've gone through; the representation of struggle endured from within and experienced from the world. Every failure and every success has led us to this moment. Vengeance Falls is this moment in time..." said Trivium vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy.

Producer David Draiman added, "Vengeance Falls is a masterpiece of metal. It is their finest work to date, and a record so strong that it will blow the doors open to a world they deserve to dominate." More...

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Secrets Of The Sky Announces Album Release

Italian metal label Kolony Records this week discloses the official worldwide release dates for "To Sail Black Waters," the pending debut album from Oakland, California’s ambidextrous progressive doom collective, Secrets of the Sky. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Secrets of the Sky projects a unique brand of cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric metal with a persuasion towards doom metal and even more blackened influences citing The Ocean, Opeth, Isis, Agalloch and others.

"On To Sail Black Waters, three of the band’s whopping six-member lineup each make contributions with multiple instruments, layering synth/keys, violins and an array of vocal styles atop the crushing rhythm section and massive triple guitar attack, the resulting four massive tracks a dense and stunning, forty-one minute opus. More...

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Anathema Reveals "Universal" Details

Anathema has launched a mini-site here revealing the cover art and track listing for "Universal," a concert film on Blu-ray and CD/DVD capturing a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis.

"Universal" is due out this coming September 17th, 2013 via Kscope. The track listing will be as follows:

CHAPTERS
Untouchable, Part 1
Untouchable, Part 2
Thin Air
Dreaming Light
Lightning Song
The Storm Before the Calm
Everything
A Simple Mistake
The Beginning and the End
Universal
Closer
A Natural Disaster
Deep
One Last Goodbye
Flying
Fragile Dreams More...

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Dragonhammer Announces Guest Musicians

After previously announcing guest collaborations with Francesco Fareri Roberto Tiranti, My Kingdom Music has now checked in with the following statement about more guest spots on the coming Dragonhammer album:

"Other prestigious collaborations have been confirmed for Dragonhammer's new and awaited album 'The X Experiment,' which will come out in December.

"The great singer Titta Tani (Ashent, Phoenix Rising, Takayoshi Ohmura, ex-Dgm, drummer for Goblin and ex-Necrophagia) will perform in a vocal duet in the song 'My Destiny' while the talented drummer David Folchitto (Stormlord, Screaming Banshee, Prophilax) will record drums for the whole album. Wait for something really shattering!

"We also remind you the already anticipated presence of Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, A.P.D. Mangala Vallis, Ken Hensley’s Live Fire) and Francesco Fareri (Jeff Loomis, Vitalij Kuprij, Virtual Mind) for what seems to be one of the most awaited Italian releases by the end of this year!" More...

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Erimha Posts "Condemned To Desolation" Video

Symphonic black metal act Erimha has released a music video for the track "Condemned To Desolation," which comes off the band's "Reign Through Immortality" album, available now through Amazon.

To hear more from the album, check out the previously posted song "Bewildering Nightmare" over at this location.

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Black Veil Brides Announces Anti-Bullying Project

In support of Anti-Bullying Awareness Month this October, Los Angeles based hard rockers Black Veil Brides have created an exclusive lyric t-shirt that is on-sale now. The band has teamed up with The Bully Project and created a crowdfunding initiative with all profits from the sale of the t-shirt going to support the organization.

The words “If We Stand Together We Will Be Unbroken” will be emblazoned across the front of the t-shirt, which is a lyric taken from the band’s song “Unbroken” featured on the "Avengers Assemble" soundtrack.

The band has also pulled in some sponsors to join in the fight against bullying. BandMerch, Peavy and Monster Energy will be supporting this endeavor through matching donations at different intervals of the campaign. The shirt will be on-sale for 3 weeks exclusively at teespring.com for $25.00 each and can be purchased at this location.

"Alex, who's powerful story of being bullied is told in the film BULLY, is 16 and an aspiring musician. He is a huge fan of the Black Veil Brides. We are grateful for artists like the Black Veil Brides for taking a stand with Alex, The BULLY Project and all of us who have felt like outsiders to end bullying and create safer schools," states Bully documentary director Lee Hirsch.

A subsequent component of the partnership is that Black Veil Brides will be encouraging everyone who purchases a shirt to send a photo of themselves wearing it. That photo can be emailed to the band at bvbarmynews@gmail.com. Upon sending the image to that email address, the person is giving the band permission to use their image in an anti-bullying video that they will be releasing on October 1st for Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.

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Punish Streaming New Track

With "Under Despotic Flag," Punish now provides the firsts audio sample of new album "Sublunar Chaos."

The album will be released on August 30th in G/A/S, September 2nd in the UK, and September 3rd in North America via Apostasy Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. Incipit Chaos
02. Sublunar Black
03. Selfimposed Neurotic - Corroded Ad Infinitum
04. Notorious Deathdealer
05. Kliffoth
06. Arise From The Ambush
07. Future Repeats
08. Denial Means War
09. M2 (Instrumental)
10. Under Despotic Flag More...

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Pig Destroyer Heading Out For Festival Stops

Pig Destroyer will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals including the GWAR-B-Q, Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX. A complete list of dates can be viewed below.

Frontman JR Hayes commented on their summer festival appearances: "It's cool 'cause our next few shows should be very unusual and I'm really excited to see what happens. First up there's the GWAR-B-Q, where we'll be laying down some grind in a water park! Alongside my VA brothers GWAR and the Waste. Things can get rowdy down there in Richmond so it should be a lot of fun.

"Then, in September, we'll be at the Hopscotch Fest where I'm pretty sure we'll be making our NC debut. Only took us 16 years. Oh yeah, and Gorguts will be there to tech-metal your face off. The following Friday we'll be in Hudson NY in an old glue factory for a show/art exhibit masterminded by legendary cult director Matthew Barney. All bets are off for that one. Anything could happen.

"We'll be capping things off in late October with a performance at the Housecore Horror festival in Austin TX alongside a list of awesome bands as long as your arm and Goblin doing a live soundtrack to Suspiria. Should be an amazing show." More...

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Exhumer Announces New Album

Italy's Exhumer (not to be confused with German band Exumer), will soon be releasing a new album. Comatose Music comments on the coming release:

"Ruthless and calculating, Italian death metal sickos Exhumer release their first album since 2008 entitled ‘Degraded by Sepsis.'

"This new release displays rabid skills of technical brutality, inhuman speed and supreme aggression while leaving a trail of bloodsoaked anguish in the unavoidable aftermath. Definitely for fans of Putridity and Brodequin. Artwork by Zig. Also, Exhumer will tour this Fall with Psycroptic and Hour of Penance on the Inherited Sedition European Tour 2013."

You can also check out a sample of new song "Pungent Aroma of Uterine Necrosis" over at the Comatose Music website.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Releases New Lyric Video

Italy's symphonic death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse posted a lyric video for the new track "Minotaur." The song appears on the new album "Labyrinth," which will be released on August 16th via Nuclear Blast (see review here).

The track listing is:

1. Kingborn
2. Minotaur (the Wrath Of Poseidon)
3. Elegy (streaming here)
4. Towards The Sun
5. Warpledge
6. Pathfinder
7. The Fall Of Asterion
8. Prologue
9. Epilogue
10. Under Black

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Mechanical God Creation Announces New Lineup

WormHoleDeath Records has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within Mechanical God Creation:

"Keeping an underground band together is one of the most difficult tasks that a band-leader has. Lucy is always working hard for her project Mechanical God Creation and honestly, we always supported her choices plus trusted everything she said since they are the oldest band in our roster. We never let her down and we never let departing members creating so much damage to drive MGC at its end either. In fact once again Lucy is now announcing a new line up change but we can feel that there’s new found strength and integrity in her words."

Vocalist Lucy Catananti stated: “During the last few months, many things happened and changed the future of the band, in my opinion with a positive result. We had too many differences within MGC that led me to make a drastic decision: a change that should have happened months ago. My bad, I closed my eyes and I went ahead and let the problems there making the situation even worse.

"Sometimes from bad experiences we learn a lot but we don’t find the strength to start again from scratch. Luckily I’m not the kind of girl that leaves thing behind and my sacrifices have paid off specially thanks to the support of the people who believed in me from the very beginning. Because of them I was able to retrieve this project. I started to sing with new excitement... with new people and I felt immediately a good feeling in all respects.

"I’m really happy to introduce you all the new members of the Mechanical God Creation: Salvatore Duca on bass, Mirko Frontini e Francesco Calligaris on guitars, and Carlo Molinara on drums. With this new line we are already working new material for the next full-length.”

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UFO Announces North American Shows

British rockers UFO have confirmed that they will be returning to North America this Fall. The tour kicks off October 10th in Poughkeepsie, NY and is currently scheduled to wrap up October 22nd in Dallas, TX. More dates are expected to be announced shortly.

UFO's latest studio album "Seven Deadly" is available now, and the band was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column. Catch the band live on the following dates:

10/10: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/11: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (West)
10/12: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (East)
10/14: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center
10/15: New York, NY @ Stage 48
10/16: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
10/17: Akron, OH @ Tangiers
10/19: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
10/22: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

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Fates Warning To Release New Album

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled "Darkness In A Different Light," the album will be released on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

“Darkness In A Different Light” is Fates Warning’s first album of new material since the release of “FWX” in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass), and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time Fates Warning engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro. Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows: More...

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Pinkish Black Reveals "Razed To The Ground" Info

"Lots of good, lots of bad..." is one way to describe Pinkish Black's star-crossed career thus far. Their first incarnation arose in Fort Worth, TX, when 2005 saw a trio of like-minded souls connect under the banner of The Great Tyrant and set about hewing a new definition for the word "heavy."

Following the tragic passing of original bass player Tommy Atkins, the remaining duo forged ahead, morphing into an even darker macabre entity. Now comprised of drummer Jon Teague and Daron Beck on vocals and synthesizer, the band go under the new moniker Pinkish Black.

"Jon and I have been playing music for over 2 decades," Beck comments. "The whole process of getting to this point in our lives and our music has been very much a repeating cycle of building to inevitably tear down to build again to tear down and so on... it's how all life is. Building, destroying, building, destroying..." More...

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The Unguided Signs With Napalm

The Unguided has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album and inking a deal with Napalm Records:

"There’s been a lot of silence around here the last couple of months. But we can now finally surface that; the Swedes in the band and the Austrian’s (at a certain well-established record label); are in league to shoulder the highly anticipated TBA successor album to 'Hell Frost!'

"After lengthy negotiation between the two parties, we are now; severely proud to say that The Unguided and Napalm Records hails under the same banner!

"We've been eying out Napalm Records for quite some time and undeniably considered it as a very desirable home for our cogent operation. Fresh in mind; Napalm Records have been a force to reckon with, supplying us all with ace metal acts through the decades, rooting themselves as far down as to our very childhood days. Therefore it feels beyond certain that this alliance will be for the greater good. And we are very confident that together, the future holds; many beautiful things in its mystic and ever-changing puzzle."

Further details on the coming album will be announced as they are made available.

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Angela Gossow Up For Sexiest Vegetarian Award

It's getting hot in here - but is it the rising summer temperatures or the nominees in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity 2013 contest sponsored by peta2?

You can no cast your votes in the annual contest to help peta2 decide whom it should pick as the winners, and this year's nominees include metal stars Alissa White-Gluz of The Agonist, Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, and tattoo artist Megan Massacre.

The full list of nominees - which also includes Anne Hathaway, Kristen Wiig, Jared Leto, and Russell Brand, among others - is available at this location.

Voting ends August 16th, and the winners will be announced August 19th. Winners will be chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count. More...

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Wilson Releases "College Gangbang" Video

Wilson's debut album "Full Blast Fuckery" is available now and the band will be touring across the country in support of it, but today the band has teamed up with Crave Online to premiere a video for "College Gangbang."

The video was made by Detroit filmmakers Nick Ferguson and Raymond Rivard, who recently joined forces under the name Club Davison. The video was filmed at the Metal Frat in Ann Arbor, MI and can be viewed below. Frontman Chad Nicefield comments:

"We are very excited to unleash our debut debaucherous music video for 'College Gangbang' the 1st single off our brand spanking new album Full Blast Fuckery. At a time when bands and fans alike are riddled with bad attitudes and overly stale states of mind, we over here at the WILSON camp have been training, preparing and formulating the correct way to adjust those attitudes.

"We have enlisted a hero of epic proportions to turn these party frowns upside down. A man so hell-bent on making sure your life's inner soiree is celebrated that he is even willing to kill for you. A man built so well endowed that any female that steps foot into his presence will surely be brought to her knees in pure ecstasy. A man so party that John Belushi himself came back from the grave just to stare into the eyes of a man more worthy. An enigma of a man so full of pure adulterating good times that Macaulay Culkin literally stepped down from his role in Party Monster 2 to hand over the baton. A TRUE hero of our times.

"So grab your lady (ladies) or your man (men), a bong and your favorite 40oz of malt liquor and Experience The Gangbang." More...

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Katatonia Announces North American Tour

Katatonia has announced a co-headlining North American tour, the "Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour," with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT.

The two-week run will commence September 23rd in Boston, Mass. VIP packages will be available next week, along with the public on-sales beginning Friday, August 9th.

Commented vocalist Jonas Renkse: "Dear North Americans! We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings, this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and TesseracT (UK)!

"Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years, we thought it was about time to re-decorate the good ol' setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems, songs that we haven't yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us!

"Please note that it won't be an 'old-school' party, but an evening with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a knife! Oh, and we will probably have time to play some of the 'hits' as well. All in all, we will squeeze out as much Katatonia as possible each and every night, so let's do this one together once again, shall we?"

The upcoming North American tour will coincide with the release of "Dethroned and Uncrowned," the band's debut album on Kscope (sister label of Peaceville), home to Anathema, Amplifier, Steven Wilson and most recently, Wisdom of Crowds, the new project from Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia's very own Jonas Renkse.

"Dethroned and Uncrowned" will release September 10 in North America to celebrate Kscope's fifth anniversary. It can be pre-ordered now at this location. More...

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Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Trivium
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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Crystal Viper Announces New Album Title; Date

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed that the follow up to 2012's "Crimen Excepta" (see review here) will be entitled "Possesssion." The album is set for release on December 13th via AFM Records.

Currently, the band is laying down the drum tracks for the album. In addition, the band is still accepting your screams to be used on the release. More details on "Possession" are expected soon. More...

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Stealing Axion Posts New Music Video

Tacoma progressive metal act Stealing Axion posted a new music video for the track "Solar." The song was taken from the band's debut release "Moments," which was issued last year via Inside Out Music.

Check out the video here:

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Debauchery Releases "Let There Be Blood" Video

Death metal rockers Debauchery released a music video for the new track "Let There Be Blood." The song appears on the band's new release "Kings of Carnage," which drops tomorrow via Massacre Records.

The track list for "Kings of Carnage" is:

1. Coming of the Dragons
2. Demonslayer (streaming here)
3. Let There Be Blood
4. Killerbeast
5. Kings of Carnage
6. Man in Blood
7. Blood God Kills
8. Victory Awaits
9. Murder Squad
10. The Last Crusade
11. Debauchery Motherfuckin' Family

Check out the video here: More...

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Dan Swano Talks "The Inheritance" Bonus Tracks

Dan Swano of Witherscape has posted a new video clip online discussing the bonus tracks to appear on the project's debut full-length album "The Inheritance." Watch the clip in the YouTube player provided below.

"The Inheritance" will see its North America release on August 6th, 2013 and you can read our advance review right here. We also recently chatted up Dan Swano about the band. See what he had to say about Witherscape and "The Inheritance" at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls (streaming here)
3. Dead For A Day (available here)
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6. The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8. The Wedlock Observation
9. The Inheritance More...

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Felix Martin Designs New 14 String Guitar

Genre-defying 14-string guitarist Felix Martin has unveiled a second track from his upcoming Prosthetic studio debut, “The Scenic Album.”

Scheduled for release on September 17 via Prosthetic Records, the album showcases Martin’s unique combination of instrumental progressive metal, jazz fusion, funk, and world music, with additional performances by bassist Nathan Navarro - a fellow graduate of the Berklee School of Music - and drummer Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson). Watch the play-through video for the three-part “Tango” below (courtesy of PureGrainAudio.com).

Additionally, Felix Martin has announced the completion of his self-designed 14-string guitar, “The Jazz Metal Machine" (pictured after the jump), named due to its concept that allows a traditional jazz guitar sound to be played with a huge amount of distortion.

Unlike Martin’s usual setup with two seven-string guitars sharing one wide neck, this new design combines an 8-string neck with a 6-string neck and will also feature the first-ever 8-string jazz pickups, made by Seymour Duncan. More...

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Prosthetic To Reissue Testament Releases On Vinyl

Two titles by Bay Area metal icons Testament will be released on vinyl this coming September 24th via Prosthetic Records, soon before the group will tour North America alongside Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.

The 2001 anthology “First Strike Still Deadly” features tracks from Testament’s iconic first two Megaforce/Atlantic albums, re-recorded with modern technology by four-fifths of group’s original lineup. The album has never been available on vinyl until now. Approximately 400 copies will be issued on 180-gram black vinyl. a limited-edition, 180-gram clear vinyl mail-order exclusive (100 copies) will also be offered.

Originally released in 1990 in EP format on vinyl and cassette, and finally released in its entirety by Prosthetic in 2009, “Live At Eindhoven ’87? - which captures Testament’s European coming-out party - will now be available on vinyl for the first time in its complete remastered form. In addition, the new LP layout, which features liner notes by guitarist Alex Skolnick, pays homage to the original EP artwork and includes never-before-seen pictures by photographer PG Brunelli.

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Eyes Set To Kill Releases Recording Footage

In the time leading up to pre-production and the recording of forthcoming album "Masks," Eyes Set To Kill decided to hunker down and demo two of the group's strongest new songs, "True Colors" and "Nothing Left to Say."

"Those two songs served as a blueprint for the entire record," explains singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alexia Rodriguez. "When we were writing, I didn't try to do what everybody else does. We didn't need to throw a ton of riffs into one song or get overly technical. I wanted to make music that was catchy."

With that mindset, the group retreated to a Southern California studio with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura). Check out a sneak peek into the recording process below.

"Masks" will be in stores September 17th, 2013 through Century Media Records. More...

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Gigan Streams New Track

Today the miscreants at Decibel Magazine deliver the twisted tones of "Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response," a track from psychedelic extreme metal architects Gigan. Listen in the player below.

The debilitating tune serves as the first official taste of the band’s forthcoming new studio offering, "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science."

Gigan's third full-length, and second to be released through Willowtip Records, was recorded with sound manipulator Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) at Earth Analog Studios in Chicago. More...

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Ulcerate Posts "Confronting Entropy" Single

Auckland, New Zealand’s death metal innovators Ulcerate are due to release a fourth LP, titled "Vermis," on September 17th in North America (September 16th in Europe).

You can now get a taste of the wrath of "Vermis" through a release of the album’s first single, “Confronting Entropy.” Check it out below, or watch some in-studio footage of the band's time working on the album at this location.

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