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Metal News for August 13, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Winters Issuing Second Album

Scottish band Winters will be issuing its second full-length album "Berlin Occult Bureau" on Vän Records August 31st. Below is an upload of the track "Auslander" from the album. Winters got together in 2005, releasing the "Satellites" EP. Three years later the band issued the debut full-length "Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies" on Rise Above Records. Winters describes its sound as 'Ace Frehley on downers.'

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Mother Of Six Streaming Song

Wrexham, United Kingdom druid drone band Mother Of Six has issued a follow up to April's "The Integer" in the form of a new four-song EP that clocks in at almost thirty minutes of ambient drone. A sampler for the EP, "Eadem Mutata Resurgo," has been posted over on YouTube, plus you may view an upload of the new Mother Of Six track "A Fo Ben Bid Bont" below. The band recently got back from playing the Llangollen Fringe Festival.

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Woccon Streaming Second EP

Athens, Georgia doom/death band Woccon recently issued its second EP "The Wither Fields," which has made its way over to YouTube as a series of four uploads. Below is the track "Failing Devotion," which features Lili Le Bullet of Drakkara. Before releasing "The Wither Fields," Woccon was the project of multi-instrumentalist Tim Rowland (Sholfrost, ex-Peregrine), who released "Through Ancestral Fires," which featured guest vocals by Ryan Morgan of Misery Signals. On this EP, both guitarist Tiler Kuykendall and drummer Wade Jones entered the band to embark on a more melodic direction of doom death.

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Dopelord Streaming Album

Hailing from eastern Poland is the stoner band Dopelord who formed back in 2010. Just recently the band issued a seven-song offering titled "Magick Rites," which is streaming on Bandcamp. Dopelord put this album out as the first ever release on the Polish label I Can't Tell You Records. The band, which is heavily influenced by 70's music, magic herbs and old movies, had Miodek and Tomasz Gornicki create the artwork for "Magick Rites." Stream it in its entirety below.

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In The Midst Of Lions Calling It A Day

St. Louis act In The Midst of Lions has posted the following announcement online about deciding to call it a day:

"Hello everyone! We are so so sorry for how long it has taken us to update you all on the situation with the band.

"After our last tour in November of 2011 ended we came home with intentions of resting up and heading back out on the road on the 'Kingdom Days' tour in April of 2012. Unfortunately, the long break from tour along with some other opportunities for a couple of the band members meant that 2 of our members were leaving the band. This caused us to cancel our April tour for the remaining members to decide what our next step was.

"After a few months of no decisions and lack of motivation to catch 2 new members up to speed we decided to call it quits and see where the Lord would take us in our own lives individually.

"We are truly sorry that we took so long I update you all. If we have any farewell tour shows or even a tour in the future we will update you all immediately.

"God bless you all and thank you for the support through the years! We truly appreciate all your support!"

You can still check out the band's music over at the In The Midst of Lions Facebook profile here.

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Anthrax Confirmed For Bloodstock 2013

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced that American thrash metal legends Anthrax are the first band confirmed to play next year's edition of the event, which will take place from August 9th - 11th at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire, England.

This year's Bloodstock festival finished last night and was headlined by Behemoth, Machine Head and shock rock king Alice Cooper, as well as featuring performances from Testament, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Hatebreed amongst many others.

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The Foreshadowing Streaming "Second World" Album

Italy's The Foreshadowing is set to release the band's two most recent albums, "Second World" and "Oionos" in North America soon. The most recent of the two, "Second World," is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL.com as part of the weekly "Full CD Listening Party" feature. Give the album a listen at this location.

Additionally, the third behind the scenes video chronicling the making of "Second World" has been released. Check out the clip right here. The track listing for "Second World" is as follows:

1. Havoc
2. Outcast
3. The Forsaken Son
4. Second World
5. Aftermaths
6. Ground Zero
7. Reverie Is a Tyrant
8. Colonies
9. Noli Timere
10. Friends of Pain More...

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Attacker To Record New Album

New Jersey's Attacker has checked in with the following brief announcement about gearing up to record a new album next month:

"Drum tracking for the new Attacker album is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 8th & Sunday September 9th. Finally time to get the ball rolling. We can't wait to get this stuff out to you guys!!!!"

Further details on the upcoming Attacker album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out more info on the band and listen to songs available for streaming via Facebook. You can also listen to the previously posted "Steel Vengeance" track at this location.

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The Faceless Posts "Autotheism" Trailer

The Faceless has posted another teaser clip online for the band's new album "Autotheism," which can be viewed below. "Autotheism" is due out on August 14th, 2012 via Sumerian Records. The track listing is:

1. Autotheist Movement I: Create
2. Autotheist Movement II: Emancipate
3. Autotheist Movement III: Deconsecrate
4. Accelerated Evolution
5. The Eidolon Reality
6. Ten Billion Years
7. Hail Science
8. Hymn of Sanity
9. In Solitude

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Fozzy Streaming Entire New Album

The wait is nearly over: Fozzy's new album "Sin and Bones" will be out this Tuesday, August 14th. The brainchild of WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and guitar extraordinaire Rich Ward, "Sin and Bones" contains 10 explosive, hard rocking tracks.

In anticipation of the release, Fozzy has teamed up with Loudwire to stream the album in its entirety. Listen to the release at this location. The album's track listing is:

01. Spider In My Mouth
02. Sandpaper
03. Blood Happens
04. Inside My Head
05. Sin And Bones
06. A Passed Life
07. She's My Addiction
08. Shine Forever
09. Dark Passenger
10. Storm The Beaches

After years of non-stop touring in Europe, the band will embark on the first U.S. tour of its 12-year career next week, joining fellow heavyweights Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach on this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and Fozzy headlining dates are listed below. More...

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Gypsyhawk Streaming New Song

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk has partnered with Alternative Press to unveil a brand new song from upcoming album, "Revelry & Resilience." "The Fields," the second track on the album, is about a topic in which the band is very interested: quantum physics. The Fields is streaming now on AltPress.com here.

In other news, Gypsyhawk will be celebrating the release of "Revelry & Resilience" with an in-store performance at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles, California. 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.

"Revelry & Resilience" will be in stores on August 28th, 2012. Fans can pre-order the album and listen to the first single, "Hedgeking," now at this location. The track listing is:

1. Overloaded
2. The Fields
3. Hedgeking
4. Frostwyrm
5. Galaxy Rise
6. 1345
7. Night Songs from the Desert
8. The Red Wedding
9. Silver Queen
10. State Lines
11. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

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Erik Rutan Discusses New Ephel Duath EP

On August 14th, "On Death and Cosmos" (reviewed here) - the new EP from progressive/avant-garde metal band Ephel Duath - will be released for the North American territory. Mastermind and guitarist Davide Tiso commented: "It was impressive to see the amount of European press we got with just three songs. Now that we are seeing the same thing happening in the US, it feels like we have the chance to celebrate this fortunate EP twice!"

Ephel Duath had the pleasure of working with producer and studio owner Erik Rutan (also guitarist in Hate Eternal / ex-Morbid Angel) behind the mixing board of "On Death and Cosmos." As a result of this cooperation, Erik Rutan has prepared a video in which he discusses his own view on the new EP and talks about working with the band.

Check out the clip below. For more info on the new EP, as well as Ephel Duath's upcoming full-length album, you can also read our recent interview with Davide Tiso. More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces North American Shows

After this summer's Van's Warped Tour and at Heavy MTL this past weekend, IWrestledABearOnce has announced the North American leg of the "Ruining Earth For Everybody" tour. The band will be out this October with new vocalist Courtney LaPlante with support from Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, The Plot In You, and Surrounded By Monsters.

A full list of North American dates for the "Ruining Earth For Everybody" Tour can be seen below. For additional information on the tour and VIP tickets, visit this location.

10.05.12 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
10.06.12 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10.07.12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10.09.12 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
10.10.12 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10.11.12 Mcallen, TX @ Geo's Music Venue
10.12.12 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10.13.12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
10.15.12 St. Louis, MO @ Fu Bar
10.16.12 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
10.17.12 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10.18.12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10.19.12 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
10.20.12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10.21.12 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10.22.12 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10.24.12 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10.25.12 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
10.26.12 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10.27.12 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10.28.12 Springfield, VA @ Empire
10.29.12 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
10.31.12 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11.01.12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11.02.12 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
11.03.12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11.04.12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11.05.12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11.06.12 Boise, ID @ The Venue
11.08.12 Spokane, WA @ A Club
11.09.12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11.10.12 Portland, OR @ Branx

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Accursed Wound Streaming New EP

Bay Area black metal act Accursed Wound has released a new EP titled "Embrace the Forge." This four song apocalyptic fantasy themed EP is now available for streaming online at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. Embrace The Forge 07:10
2. Dungeon Crawling 05:50
3. Netherworld's Prize 07:24
4. The City That Fell 04:17 More...

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Fate Control Working On New Album

Fate Control has started working on a new album, and the band has issued the following statement online:

"The first two songs already released as a demo have since further produced by Swedish sound smiths Dugout Productions. Daniel 'Danne' Bergstrand and Rickard 'Rrong' Sporrong are behind Fate Control’s mixing and mastering.

"Daniel Bergstrand is known throughout the international world of heavy metal for his work with bands like In Flames, Soilwork and Meshuggah. Fate Control thinks it’s absolutely insane to get the chance to work with such pros - it’s like Christmas and a birthday all rolled into one!

"You can already download the brandnew versions 'Knockout' and 'Dance of Bullets' on our website for free! Other recordings are coming, with the definitive album release set for early 2013. Fate Control will keep delighting you with delicious tonal metal delicacies from the Fate Control sound smiths!"

You can also check out Fate Control's music by heading over to the band's Reverbnation page here.

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Lefutray Shoots New Music Video

Chilean metallers Lefutray have shot a new music video for the track "Screaming In Silence" that comes off their latest album "Last Breath." The video was directed by Jaime Alvarez, Juan Verjar, and Cristian Olivares on Saturday August 11 at the National Cancer Institute in Santiago. The band is planning to release the video prior to a Brazilian tour in late September.

The band has also signed a worldwide distribution deal with Digmetalworld Records to distribute its second album "Last Breath" via MVD Entertainment group. The album was recorded at AudioCustom Studios in Santiago by Cristian Olivares. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Agreement Of Suffering
3. Immersed
4. Ain't Part Of It
5. 263
6. I Feed Your Eyes
7. Rats and Vultures
8. Through Your Veins
9. Hunter
10. Screaming In Silence

More information can be found on the band's official Facebook page. The album "Last Breath" can also be streamed entirely at this location.

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Tsavo Inc. Streaming New Album

The debut album from Brazilian thrashers Tsavo Inc. "When The Lions Are Hungry" was released last month and is now streaming in its entirety through bandcamp. Check out the songs in the player below. The track listing is:

1. Welcome To Tsavo 01:53
2. Tsavo 04:02
3. When The Lions Are Hungry 04:31
4. Unborn 04:38
5. Reborn 04:35
6. Humanity 04:09
7. Take Me Out Of This Prison 01:29
8. The Solution 03:47
9. Immunodeficiency 04:16
10. Savannah 03:00
11. Tsavo (2003 Demo) 04:07
12. Unborn (2003 Demo 04:05
13. Humanity (2003 Demo) 03:49 More...

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Pig Destroyer Reveals Album Artwork

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have revealed the title of their new album to be "Book Burner." The band recently completed self-recording this fifth full-length, and first album in over five years, at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios.

"Book Burner" will see an October 23rd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks. Decibel Magazine has revealed the album’s art (created by Chris Taylor) and uploaded an in-studio clip documenting the recording process. Check out the clip and artwork here or below.

Additionally, Pig Destroyer has announced a series of summer and fall festival appearances in support of the new record. The band will be heading to Europe on August 10th to play the Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault Festival and Belgium’s Ieper Fest followed by a string of Japanese and Canadian dates. Then in November, Pig Destroyer is set to headline the UK’s Damnation Festival along with a round of headlining dates. These shows mark the first live performances with new drummer Adam Jarvis behind the kit. A complete listing of dates including the recently added Maryland Deathfest 2013 spot is available below. More...

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Car Bomb Joins Gojira On Tour

New York experimental metal exhibitionists Car Bomb have officially come out of hiding in a big way, having just joined Gojira on a short run of dates that commenced on Thursday in New York City. The festivities continue tonight in Worcester at The Palladium and will trample its way back through Manhattan to Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Comments the band: “We are beyond excited to be doing this string of dates with the mighty Gojira. It is an honor.” Dates are:

8/13/2012 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/14/2012 The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York City, NY
8/15/2012 Pike Room – Detroit, MI
8/16/2012 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
8/19/2012 Rave Bar – Milwaukee, WI
8/20/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

Car Bomb recently unleashed the new single “Third Revelation,” which features guest vocalist Joseph Duplantier of Gojira. The track will be on new album "w^w^^w^w." Check it out the song at this location.

The following press release was also issued about the band: "Whether chopping a riff into pieces, reversing it, cutting it short, or messing with the tempo, Car Bomb’s unique style of progressive metal is the product of dissecting ideas and beating them to death. The result is equivalent to a jet engine propelling gravel into your skull. Car Bomb combines the polyrhythmic and mathematical madness of Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan with the rage and energetic fury of Coalesce and Converge. Though their songs are musically challenging, Car Bomb refuse to dilute their ruthless execution. Their intent is to assault the listener in any and every way possible – compositionally, sonically, and lyrically."

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The Sorrow Unveils New Album Artwork

Austrian metalcore act The Sorrow signed with Napalm Records late last year, and the band has now revealed it will release new album "Misery Escape" on October 26th, 2012. The cover artwork for the release has also now been revealed and can be viewed below. For more details on The Sorrow, check out the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Katatonia Streaming New Song "Buildings"

Swedish dark rock/metal act Katatonia has launched a promotional video for the upcoming “Epic Kings & Idols” North American tour. The clip, available below, features the brand new song “Buildings,” in its entirety, taken from the impending ninth studio album "Dead End Kings." The release is due out August 28th via Peaceville Records. The album's track listing is:

1. The Parting
2. The One You Are Looking for is Not Here (with Silje Wergeland)
3. Hypnone
4. The Racing Heart
5. Buildings
6. Leech
7. Ambitions
8. Undo You
9. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters

The “Epic Kings & Idols” tour will kick off early next month in Seattle with co-headliners, The Devin Townsend Project. Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies will round out the line-up for the 18-city, September trek. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Dragony Streaming Entire New Album

Austrian power metallers Dragony will release their debut album "Legends" tomorrow, August 14th, on Limb Music. Today the band is giving fans a sneak peak to listen to the entire album one day before it is released. Get a first listen here, courtesy of AOL Music's Full Album Listening Party Series.

The "Legends" track listing is as follows:

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

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Auroch Signs With Hellthrasher

Canadian death metallers Auroch have recently initiated a pact and signed their most recent record, "From Forgotten Worlds," to Polish label Hellthrasher Productions. The album features cover artwork by Danille Gauvin and has the following track listing:

1. From Forgotten Worlds
2. Fleshless Ascension (Paths of Dawn)
3. Slaves To A Flame Undying
4. Dregs Of Sanity
5. Talisman For Total Temporal Collapse
6. Terra Akeldama
7. Bloodborne Conspiracy
8. Tundra Moon

The song "Slaves to a Flame Undying," with a guest appearance of S.H. from Mitochondrion, is available for streaming below. The CD version of the new album is due out in October. More...

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EyeHateGod Announces "Western Front" Tour

Louisiana's EyeHateGod has announced details for the upcoming "Western Front" tour, which kicks off at the end of the month. Dates for the run are as follows:

Aug. 29, 2012 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Aug. 30, 2012 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Aug. 31, 2012 - Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
Sep. 01, 2012 - Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA
Sep. 03, 2012 - Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 04, 2012 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA More...

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Shining Reveals New Album Title

Sweden’s Shining has today announced that the band's new album will be called “Redefining Darkness.” Unlike all previous Shining albums, “Redefining Darkness,” which will be the band’s eighth full-length release, will not preface its title with a number.

According to founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth “The use of numbers to describe our albums is no longer something that Shining is interested in doing. The new album is without a doubt the darkest thing I have ever done or heard. People will be upset for sure – and hopefully its divine genius will destroy the lives of thousands."

“Redefining Darkness” is set for release on Spinefarm Records International later this year. In other news from the band, a new website has been set up at this location.

Shining’s next live appearance will take place at Summer-Breeze in Dinkelsbuehl, Germany on Saturday August 18th, followed by the Bunker Festival in Oslo, Norway on the 25th August. The official video for the track “Förtvivlan Min Arvedel” from the Shining album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen here.

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Betzefer Finishes Recording Album

Israel's Betzefer has issued the following announcement about recording a new album and seeking crowd funding to complete the release:

"Alright guys, we know we have been keeping things on the Down Low in the past year since we really did wanna just do more work and less talk, but we are proud to tell you we finished recording our new record which will be called 'Suicide Hotline' and contain 13 new tracks!

"We need YOUR help in finishing funding those mixing sessions and set up a campaign to do just that in Indiegogo. Bonus: There's a youtube video there on top, play it and hear some teaser sounds off the new record!

"We thank any one of you who's going to help us out from the bottom of our hearts! Go check out the new sound." More...

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Sinthetik Releases New Song Online

Sinthetik has posted a new track online titled "Effect," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"Here's our wonderful piece of art conceived by Sinthetik and brought to life by Xtopher Warren at Xtoph Designs. We would also like to officially announce our newest member of the band, Jim McAvoy on vocals. We're super pumped to have him aboard! And now for the track listing of our new EP entitled Concrescence, which be released on August 31th, 2012!"

1. Beginnings - 0:28
2. Cause - 3:59
3. Effect - 1:04
4. Lucidity - 6:48
5. Surreal - 3:57
6. The Transition - 4:09
7. Zen - 6:32

You can also listen to the band's previous "Tranceformation" EP over at bandcamp here. More...

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Opeth To Write New Album

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was interviewed by PitCam.tv at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, and you can check out the whole conversation in the player below. In the clip, Mikael talks about previous experiences playing Wacken and other festivals, how membership changes have impacted the band's growth, starting to write new material, and playing the band's death metal songs at the festival.

Opeth's new album "Heritage (reviewed here) is available now. Metalunderground.com recently took two opposing sides to dissect the album, which features no death growls or extreme metal elements. Check out our pro-"Heritage" and anti-"Heritage" articles.

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A Ship Going Under Splits With Drummer

Glasgow's A Ship Going Under has posted the following announcement online about splitting with drummer Mick Sharp:

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Mick Sharp will no longer be a part of A Ship Going Under.

"After founding the band and playing solidly with us for 4 years years he has decided that his time here has come to a natural end and that it is in his best interest to persue other musical, personal and professional interests. We wish our friend well."

You can check out the A Ship Going Under track "Release and Depart" at this location, which is taken from the band's "The Failure Design" EP (reviewed here).

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Infected Society Recruits New Band Members

French grind act Infected Society released the "Get Infected" MCD in June via Kaotoxin Records. The band has now checked in with the following update about recruiting new members:

"Hey friends! A little bit late but finally, here comes the news. So please welcome Gauthier as the new bass player and Alex as 'the guy who made fucking noise with its machines for our samples' :D Stay tuned friends, we're working hard to be back on stage, as soon as possible! Cheers."

Infected Society has posted several pictures of the new band members via Facebook. To hear what Infected Society has to offer, check out the song "Victims of Procreation" right here, or you can read the band's bizarre entry in our Pit Stories column about reverse sexual harassment at this location.

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End-Time Illusion Recruits New Vocalist

Connecticut's End-Time Illusion has posted footage of the band's new vocalist Adam Sloan, which can be viewed below, and the group also commented:

"After 13 months, 20 potential candidates, and auditions that put American Idol to shame, may we present to you..... End-Time Illusion's new singer, Adam Sloan!

"We will now focus on working to find a new label, completing an epic third album, and kicking ass with our fellow New England Metal bands."

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Neurosis Announces New Album Title, Release Date

"Honor Found In Decay," the new chapter in the evolution of Neurosis, will see worldwide release through the band’s own Neurot Recordings this Autumn, in Germany on October 26th, in the UK October 29th, and in North America on October 30th. The band's publicist also issued the following press release about the album:

"It is said that great art has the power to take us outside of ourselves and bring us closer to ourselves simultaneously. Few bands have accomplished this rare feat on a more profound and consistent basis than Neurosis. For nearly three decades, their music has touched the hearts and minds of young men and women seeking contact with something beyond the physical world, something intangible, something that expresses the inner tumult of the human condition in a way that transcends time and space. Something that not only provokes questions but maybe even hints at answers.

"Since 1985 this matchless force has surpassed the boundaries of any genre, never ceasing to mutate and progress their songwriting and sonic delivery, and never failing to mesmerize audiences both in the studio and onstage. And as the anticipation from their diehard fanbase reaches a boiling point, this week NEUROSIS unveil the title of their eleventh full-length studio creation, which will manifest itself as Honor Found In Decay. More...

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Caricature Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Caricature recently released the new EP "The Birth By Sleep," which is available for streaming at this location. The band has now released a behind-the-scenes clip of rehearsing material from the EP. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"Here we are at rehearsal for our EP release show with Gojira at the Palldium in Worcester, MA on August 13th. Nice and raw along with a teaser of the song 'Divine Unrest' off of the Birth By sleep EP at the end!"

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Power Theory Streaming "Colossus"

Philadelphia's traditional metal band Power Theory has teamed up with Gun Shy Assassin to stream a song off the band's new album "An Axe to Grind." Check out the track "Colossus" over at Gunshyassassin.com here.

A teaser trailer for the album is also available at this location and the artwork can be viewed below. In other Power Theory news, the band also recently recruited new guitarist Steve Stegg. The full statement from the band about the new member can be read here. More...

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Saxon Comments On Upcoming Live Appearances

Saxon, which recently posted in-studio recording footage, has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and update about releasing a new album:

"Hi everybody! We have finally reached the point where we are all going on holiday and will hopefully be enjoying the well deserved time off!

"We've had a very successful year so far. The festivals and the shows with Judas Priest were a blast and the recent festival run with one of the all time band highlights at Wacken Open Air will never be forgotten! A great big thanks to our amazing crew who did a fantastic job - to say this in (correct) 'Wacken' terms: the band was good but the crew were brilliant!

"The progress of the new album is quite far - just some final vocals and a few last bits and pieces are missing. Most likely, our mate Andy Sneap is going to mix the album.

"As we said on our press conference at Wacken, we are looking at a release date in February. Our touring plans for the upcoming world tour 2013, as we are setting them up right now, will kick of in the states with one of our highlights, the Monsters Of Rock Cruise (we have just confirmed this). This is very special for us as we have been a major part of the Monsters Of Rock history and we are proud to be still part of it today. More...

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Sworn Delays Release Of New Album

Norway's Sworn has posted a new song online titled "The Fall of Martyrs," and the band also commented on delaying the release of its new album:

"The release of our third album has been delayed for a long time, and we apologize to our patient fans for that. We still do not have a release date, but at least here's some fresh material for you guys."

You can also listen to the previously posted song "The Silver Asylum" over at this location.

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Bane Unleashes New Track Online

Serbian metal act Bane has unleashed a new song online titled "The Truth Unleashed," which is available for streaming in the player below. "The Truth Unleashed" comes off Bane's "The Acausal Fire Album," being released via Abyss Records.

For more details on Bane, check out the band's Facebook profile. You can also watch the band's previously posted clip for "In Endless Silence" at this location. More...

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Unearthing The British Hardcore Underground

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week, we'll be taking a slightly different approach to the article and focusing on hardcore music instead, specifically hardcore music in the United Kingdom.

The history of hardcore in Great Britain dates back a long way, beginning with what would become known as the "UK82" scene (also called "No future punk" and "UK Hardcore" amongst other things,) which featured massively influential bands such as The Exploited and the socially concsious, Discharge, who were so influential that they had a sub-genre named after them called D-Beat (similar to hardcore, only even faster,) which featured other high quality British hardcore acts like The Varukers.

Discharge - "Never Again"

The Varukers - "Soldier Boy"

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Arrayan Path Posts In Studio Footage For New LP

Cypriot power metal act Arrayan Path posted the first in studio videos for the recordings of the band's new LP "IV: Stigmata." The album has no release date as of yet, due to new arrivals in several band members families (including vocalist Nicholas Leptos).

In the first video, drummer Stefan Dittrich lays down the drum tracks for the album. Check it out here:

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Amaranthe To Release New Album In 2013

Amaranthe, featuring Dragonland, Dreamland, Nightrage, Mercenary members and fronted by Elize Ryd (Kamelot (live)), are set to record the band's sophomore full length release. The band will enter the studio on September 24th to record the as of yet unnamed LP and follow up to the 2011 self-titled release for Spinefarm Records. The band will work again with producer Jacob Hansen in his Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark. The album is set for a tentative early 2013 release.

Guitarist Olof Mörck had the following comments:

"So it is finally revelation time! In between our constant and never-ending touring we have tirelessly been working on our next album, which is really starting to come together. We have lived and breathed the same 12 songs from the first album every day for a year now, and to introduce a number of completely fresh tracks will really lift Amaranthe to the next level! The theme and atmosphere of the album is futuristic and ultra modern, something underlined by the first teaser poster. The music itself will be instantly recognisable as Amaranthe, but there is definitely a new and unique twist to the songs. People often ask us if there is a big pressure to follow up such a successful album, and always say 'no, not one bit'. Not when you sit down and listen to new tracks such as 'Invincible', 'Burn with Me' and 'Stardust'. We simply cannot wait to hit the road all over the world with these new babies!"

Amaranthe will make its U.S. live debut at ProgPower USA in Atlanta next month.

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Sound Storm Posts "Immortalia" Trailer

Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm posted a teaser trailer for"Immortalia," the band's forthcoming sophomore release for Scarlet Records. The album is scheduled for release on August 28, 2012. Shortly after the band will support Norwegian Gothic Metal veterans Tristania on their new European tour, commencing September 13, 2012.

Check out Metal Underground.com's review of "Immortalia" along with the recent interview with guitarist Valerio Sbriglione.

The track listing for "Immortalia" is as follows:

1. Immortalia
2. Back To Life (streaming at this location)
3. The Curse Of The Moon
4. Blood Of Maiden
5. Faraway
6. Promises
7. Call Me Devil
8. Seven Veils
9. Watching You Fading
10. Wrath Of The Storm
11. The Portrait

The trailer can be seen here: More...

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