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Metal News for August 2, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.


Emmure Strikes Out At The All Stars Tour

I sadly arrived late for the show and missed all, but seven of the bands playing. Granted, I've never listened to the openers, since the majority of the bands were hardcore; a scene that I'm familiar with, but not a part of. This lead to an incredibly awkward experience, since I was immersing myself in a completely different culture.

After finishing up an upcoming interview with In This Moment, I entered the Congress Theater to watch Iwrestledabearonce. Having been chafed by Krysta Cameron's rabid parakeet screams when I saw the band play with The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was hoping that she may have improved as a vocalist during the past year on tour. Sadly, she's just as annoying as ever in a live setting, while the actual music remains unfocused, disjointed, and truly unfunny. Comedy metal can indeed work and Iwrestledabearonce should quit it with the funny sound effects and instead move on to having the humor come from their lyrics and stage presence. GWAR and Cannabis Corpse manage to be genuinely funny in an over-the-top way without annoying me because they don't bombard me with cheesy sound effects every ten seconds. It's a shame that Iwrestledabearonce still don’t comprehend taste and only make music for their own amusement instead of that of their highly annoyed audience.

In This Moment were up next and I have to say that ITM put on a great show. Maria's voice simply works better in a live setting than it does in the studio and it's a shame that they went from headlining to only playing five songs after only a few short months. Much like my experience with Warbringer and Job For a Cowboy, In This Moment won me over in the live arena. The fact that they put on such a great performance was sadly probably wasted on playing for a hardcore crowd who didn't appreciate their music, since much of the audience had left the venue during their set.

Next up was For Today, who I'd never listened to before, but managed to put on a good show despite being pretty generic modern hardcore. While the band doesn’t break any new ground or do much to stand out, they don't annoy me as much as most contemporary hardcore does. If I were more into the neo post-hardcore scene, I'd probably give the band a few more listens. Still, they're good for what they are and anyone into contemporary hardcore should give them a shot. More...

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Pit Stories: The Leg Hammer Gift Of Destiny

We've been chatting up bands and fans everywhere to get their most memorable mosh pit stories, and this week's tale of a disembodied leg comes courtesy of Egypt Central bassist Joey Chicago. Joey had this to say about forming a spontaneous telepathic bond with a fan:

The crowd heaved in front of me. A heat coming from them like being in the belly of a medieval dragon. The Florida humidity sticking heavy to me like a wet blanket fresh from a two minute blast in the microwave. Then, in the midst of carnage, I spotted a limb floating above like a crowd surfer. Yes, a limb. The calf and foot, shoe and all, held tightly by a death grip covered knuckle to knuckle in determination. The leg grew closer and as it did, I felt as though a purpose and destiny were coming my way. The foot disappeared, gone for a song and a half. Where is it? Where did it go? Questions swarmed my mind like a rattled bee hive. One more song.

Then, in the dark, a bang above all bangs begins to rise up. I hear something echoing below me like cannonballs going off. The lights go on! I stand face to face with the limb and the rabid fan holding his prosthetic leg like a flag above his head. Our eyes lock and simultaneously we telepathically know the future. I will play this last song with that fake leg. Without words the exchange is made and the bass of "You Make Me Sick" explodes through the speaker, pounded out with the leg hammer gift of destiny! After the show, I signed his leg and we had a beer. We were brothers now. Bonded forever by musical creepiness.

Egypt Central is currently on tour in the U.S. in support of the new album "White Rabbit," which came out on May 31st, 2011 through Fat Lady Music/ILG. The band also recently premiered an acoustic video for the song "White Rabbit" through Metalunderground.com.

Check back again next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories from band members and fans.

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Interview With Liv Jagrell Of Sister Sin

Gothenburg's Sister Sin is bent on bringing back the raw sound of classic metal. Having released their last album "True Sound of the Underground," a nod to their classic metal heros, Sister Sin has landed some huge tours, like the upcoming tours opening for U.D.O. I got to talk to vocalist Liv Jagrell in between her busy tour schedule to talk about her favorite bands, an upcoming album, and how she feels about being labeled a hot hard rock chick. A transcription follows. More...

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Southern Lord Offers Free Compilation

Southern Lord Records is offering a free compilation download to promote its "Power of the Riff 2011" tour, which starts on August 13. The 20-track mix tape is a tool to promote the bands on the upcoming East Coast tour.

Some of these artists include All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, Eyehategod, Pentagram, Black Cobra, Pelican, Noothgrush, Winter, Trap Them, etc. The download also comes with flyers from the upcoming tour.

To download a copy, click this link

The Power of the Riff 2011 Mix Tape contains the following tracks:

1. All Pigs Must Die "Pulverization"
2. Baptists "Good Parenting"
3. Eyehategod "Jack Ass in the Will of God"
4. Masakari "Trapped In The Mold"
5. Alpinist "Hak Nam"
6. Skin Like Iron "Consequences"
7. Early Graves "Wraiths"
8. Seven Sisters of Sleep "Sundown"
9. Pentagram "Call The Man"
10. Black Breath "Children Of The Horn"
11. Plagues "Breathing"
12. Harassor "Glory Raped"
13. Acephalix "Interminable Night"
14. Black Cobra "Negative Reversal"
15. Aeges "Roaches"
16. Slave "Rise Of Shame"
17. Trap Them "Carnage Incarnate"
18. Noothgrush "Oil Removed"
19. Pelican "Strung Up From The Sky"
20. Winter "Eternal Frost" More...

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Anticosm Signs To Born Of Chaos Records

New Jersey based black/thrash metal act Anticosm has signed a deal with Born of Chaos Records. The 5 piece has gone straight into the studio to record “The Wreckoning” EP, which will be released sometime this fall.

According to a press release from the label, the EP will feature a "more straight ahead thrash attack than their 2009 independent full-length 'Against the Cosmos,' which incorporated a mixing of several sub-genres of metal."

The "Against the Comsos" album will also be re-issued by Born Of Chaos Records before the end of the year.

You can also check out Anticosm tracks available for streaming online by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Shaded Enmity Announces New Album Details

Seattle's Shaded Enmity will be releasing the band's follow-up to 2009's "Like Prayers on Deaf Ears" this August. The new album will be titled "Hijo Perdido" (Lost Son). You can find additional details on the band by heading over to the Shaded Enmity Facebook profile.

Recorded in 2010 by Don Gunn at 2 Sticks Audio in Seattle, the band tapped Aaron Smith from 7 Horns 7 Eyes to mix and master "Hijo Perdido." The album, set for an August, release contains 8 songs covering topics of suicide, depression, incest, sexual abuse within the Catholic church, and addiction to methamphetamine. The band worked with Van Williams to complete the artwork for the album.

You can also listen to tracks from the new album through Reverbnation. The track listing is as follows:

1. One Way Out
2. Man at the Edge of the World
3. Hijo Perdido
4. The Botanist
5. A Crystal For Your Life
6. Nothing Left to Give
7. Black Diamond
8. Bury Me on a Hill

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Kicking Off Tour Dates

The Dillinger Escape Plan has announced the launch today of its new web platform at this location, which will act as the new dashboard for all current and upcoming activity and shows, collecting media shared on social platforms (flickr, youtube, vimeo), media feeds, as well as by blog and media entries from the band itself.

The band is also kicking off a two week run of the U.K. and Europe which will see the group headline as well as appear on summer festivals. The dates are as follows:

08/03 Dublin, IRE - The Academy
08/04 Belfast, IRE - Spring And Airbreak
08/05 Glasgow, UK - The Garage
08/06 Kent, UK - The Hevy Fest
08/07 Utrecht, NET - Tivoli De Helling
08/09 Dudingen, SWI - Bad Bonn
08/10 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA - Rock Planet
08/11 Bildein, AUT - Picture On Festival
08/12 Jaromer, CZE - Brutal Assault Festival
08/14 Ieper, BEL - Ieper Hardcore Fest

You can also check out the band's music video for "Gold Teeth on a Bum" by heading over to this location.

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Hackneyed Posts New Song Online

Hackneyed has posted another new song online from the band's upcoming album “Carnival Cadavre,” which is set to drop August 22nd in Europe and August 30th in North America. You can check out the song "Holy Slapstick" in the player below, or by heading over to the band's Facebook profile. Hackneyed also previously posted the new song "Maculate Conception" online, with details available here.

HACKNEYED - Holy Slapstick by hackneyed More...

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Terror Films New Music Video

During the band's latest summer festival run in Europe, hardcore act Terror took a day off to make a new music video for the song "You're Caught." Instead of doing the usual hardcore live music video, the band opted to film a video that features graphic violence and gore. "You're Caught" will be posted online soon, so stay tuned for the band's new music video.

"You're Caught" will also be available on Terror's new DVD "Defining The Faith," which will be included in the CD/DVD reissue of the band's latest album, "Keepers Of The Faith."The reissue set is due out on November 1st, 2011.

For more information on the band and to hear songs available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

Terror also recently posted touring footage online from the band's trip to France's Hellfest, which can be found at this location.

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Attila Denied Entry Into Canada

Self-proclaimed "death metal party rockers" Attila have posted the following statement on its official Twitter account revealing that it has been denied entry into Canada due to felony legal issues involving frontman Chris Fronzak. The refusal from Canadian border patrol means the band will have to miss its Canadian dates on the ongoing "All Stars Tour."

"We are officially 'Outlawed' from Canada. Unfortunately we are unable to play the Canadian dates of All Stars. We tried everything in our power to make it work out, but the Canadian government won't approve @attilafronz to cross because of his felony charge. WE ARE VERY SORRY."

The band will be releasing its new album, titled "Outlawed," on August 16, 2011 through Artery Recordings and will contain 10 all-new tracks. The track listing for effort is available below with the first single released from the album, titled "Payback," available for streaming over at this location.

1. Outlawed
2. Light Me Up
3. Nothing Left To Say
4. Another Round
5. Nasty Mouth
6. Smokeout
7. Holler At Ya Boy
8. Sex, Drugs & Violence
9. White Lightning
10. Payback

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Kittie Posts Teaser For New Music Video

Canadian modern metal act Kittie has posted a teaser online to promote its forthcoming new music video. The video was shot for the track "Empires (Part 2)" which is taken off of the group's upcoming new album "I've Failed You." "I've Failed You" is set for an August 30th release date through eOne music. You can check out the video teaser as well as the album's official track listing below.


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Biohazard Reveals New Album Details

Brooklyn, New York based hardcore outfit Biohazard has announced that the name of their highly anticipated new studio album, their first in six years, will be, "Reborn In Defiance." This will also be the first Biohazard album to feature the original lineup in sixteen years, despite the departure of frontman Evan Seinfeld a few months ago. You can expect, "Reborn In Defiance" to his the shelves on September 23rd through Nuclear Blast Records. Speaking about the album guitarist Billy Graziadei stated:

"When we got back together in 2008, we erased the last memory of Biohazard in people's heads and replaced it with a new kick-ass memory of what Biohazard was all about back in the day. People heard we used to fuck shit up, but being back together again as the original Biohazard gave us a chance to re-write history. Now we're doing it once again with a brand new album. Our new album, "Reborn In Defiance" is everything I love about Biohazard but more....in 2011! 100% ass-kicking in every way....see you in the pit!"

The band has also revealed the front cover artwork for, "Reborn In Defiance," which can be viewed below. In addition to this, a brand new song entitled, "Reborn" can be heard by heading to the official Nuclear Blast Facebook page. More...

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A Chat With Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend is regarded as one of the most prolific artists in music today. Having just released two albums simultaneously before embarking on a tour with Children of Bodom without any signs of stopping, Devin manages to keep his gears forever in motion. Metalunderground.com was able to reach Devin before his show at Chicago's House of Blues on July 6th for an exclusive interview. More...

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Entire Melvins Concert Available For Streaming

New live footage has made its way online featuring sludge metal veterans The Melvins which contains the band's entire Hellfest 2011 set. You can check out the performance footage as well as the band's setlist for the festival below.

1. Hung Bunny
2. Roman Bird Dog
3. The Water Glass
4. Evil New War God
5. It's Shoved
6. Anaconda
7. Queen
8. Second Coming
9. Ballad of Dwight Fry
10. Sacrifice
11. Hooch
12. Honey Bucket
13. With Teeth
14. Sweet Willy Rollbar
15. Revolve
16. Night Goat

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Oh, Sleeper Reveals New Album Details

Christian act Oh, Sleeper has announced the release of the band's third studio album, "Children of Fire," on September 27th via Solid State Records. The band has premiered a new song online titled “Endseekers," which can be heard in the player below.

The album was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day) and mixed by Machine (Lamb of God, Chiodos). “With every record we try to push the limits of what we can do with our sound,” says guitarist James Erwin. “This record is an expansion of our sound and the best incarnation of the band to date. Also this is the most in depth we ever taken a concept record. Instead of 12 different stories that tie together around one theme, this album is one complete story where every track acts as a chapter in that story. Listeners will really have to grasp every part of the story to understand it fully.”

"Children of Fire is being established as a flag to rally under,” says vocalist Kinard. “The name, to us, represents a generation born into a time that forced them to band together, stand firm in their beliefs against modern ideology and skepticism, and prevail as a victorious few, holding true to the beliefs held deep in their hearts. Children of Fire is a title that means nothing less than unshakeable and end-seeking determination. The character represented throughout the album endures a perilous journey testing any and all weaknesses she possesses. It isn't until the end, when she has faced every fear and answered every question planted deep in her mind that she emerges a beaten, battered, and bloody, but victorious, child of fire.”

“When we started talking about this record before it was written we all kept coming back to the fact that we want this record to just be punishing,” Erwin adds. “That word 'punishing' just kept coming up, I think we've accomplished that. Also, the musicianship and vocal performances have never been stronger. Lots of techy stuff for the guitar and drum nerds. Micah and Shane both took their vocals to the next level. I think fans are gonna be blown away at what they've done vocally.” More...

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New Trivium Rehearsal Clip Posted Online

American modern metal act Trivium has released a live rehearsal video for the track "Built To Fall" which is taken off of the band's forthcoming new album "In Waves." The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth who is known for his work with Dream Theater and All That Remains. The new album, titled "In Waves," is set to arrive in stores on August 9, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the rehearsal below.

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As Likely As Not Reveals "My Last Confession" Clip

Italy's As Likely As Not has posted a music video online for the track "My Last Confession," which is taken off the band's latest album "Stand Up and Nerve." You can check out the clip below.

Additional details on the band, and more songs available for streaming, can be found through the As Likely As Not Facebook profile.

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BTBAM Announces North American Tour Dates

American progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of North America. The tour, which will feature support coming from Animals As Leaders and TesseracT, will begin in late October and will run through to December hitting 27 cities in the United States and Canada. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

10/27 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/28 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Silver Springs
10/29 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
10/30 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/01 Richmond, VA – The Hat Factory
11/02 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
11/03 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
11/04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/05 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
11/06 Birmingham, AB – Zydeco
11/08 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
11/09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/10 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/11 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11/13 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/15 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
11/16 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues
11/18 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/19 Austin, TX – Emo’s (outside)
11/20 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
11/22 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/23 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11/25 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
11/27 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/29 Boise, ID – The Knitting Factory
11/30 Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
12/01 Calgary, AB – The Republik
12/02 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
12/03 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
12/04 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center
12/07 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/08 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
12/09 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
12/10 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts

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Endless Coma Posts "Rising Rage" Teaser

Alternative metal act Endless Coma has posted a teaser trailer online featuring samples from the band's upcoming album "Rising Rage." Check out the teaser in the player provided below. "Rising Rage" is set for release on November 11th, 2011.

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Basanos Launches "Agonies" Video

Austria's Basanos has posted a video clip online for the song "Agonies," which can be viewed in the player below. "Agonies" is taken from the band's 2010 album "Instincts."

You can also check out more Basanos tracks by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Almah Comments On Upcoming Album

Almah recently returned from hiatus and has now finished the recording, mixing, and mastering of its brand new album "Motion," which will see the light of day via AFM records this fall (the scheduled release date is to be announced very soon).

Guitarist Marcelo Barbosa commented on Almah, the new album, and the band's recent shows:

"Actually, I play in a few bands, and every one is special in its own way. Besides the fact that Almah is the most famous one among them and it has an opportunity to travel more playing live, the band is about to release a new album! It's always a challenge and as usual it's a very special feeling of this cold in the stomach when you have no idea what comes next. I'm very happy that the band is back on stage and I'm looking forward to the moment when everyone will hear the work that we've recorded. All of us are really excited with the final result.

"At the end of July we played the first live shows after a big break. We spent more than a year without playing live on stage but even the first rehearsal showed good sound and great team work. It's interesting, especially taking into account all the conditions.... Moreover, some song parts sounded even more natural and it was easier to play them. Of course, we have very good musicians in the band, but the songs, especially from Fragile Equality album, have very high technical level. And I believe, no one expected that it would be so easy to come back to live activities! I'm convinced that with more time and more rehersals for the upcoming Motion Tour Almah will sound so great on stage as never before! More...

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Leprous Streaming New Song "Thorn"

The up-and-coming Norwegian progressive avant-garde metal sensation Leprous will soon release the band's third album (and InsideOut Music debut) "Bilateral" on August 23rd in North America.

In cooperation with Metal Sucks, Leprous is now offering a streaming preview of the new song "Thorn," which features a guest-vocal appearance by Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor). Click here to check out the new track.

Ihsahn also recorded and co-produced "Bilateral," and he has the following to add about the upcoming Leprousrelease: "It's often hard to get excited when listening to an album when you've been heavily involved in the recording and production. Not this time. I'm a fan!"

The complete tracklisting for "Bilateral" reads as follows:

1. Bilateral
2. Forced Entry
3. Restless
4. Thorn
5. Mb. Indifferentia
6. Waste Of Air
7. Mediocrity Wins
8. Cryptogenic Desires
9. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour More...

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Haken Comments On Upcoming Album

London-based progressive stalwarts Haken have announced the details on their completed upcoming sophomore full-length concept album, entitled "Visions." The new album is in its final stages of completion now, and is set for North American release on October 25th via Sensory Records — the label having also released Haken’s 2010 debut, "Aquarius" (reviewed here).

In a statement made this week about the new album, Haken vocalist Ross Jennings ensures: “We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of Aquarius. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players. We poured everything we’ve got into this album; it’s been a really emotional year for us and hopefully that comes across in these songs.”

"Visions" will be made available early to fans in attendance at this year’s ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 16th where Haken is set to make its North American debut live appearance alongside labelmates Creation’s End and Voyager, as well as Therion, Labyrinth, Ihsahn, Dream Evil, Sanctuary and more.

The "Visions" track listing is as follows:

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind’s Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions

Stay tuned for more updates on Haken as "Visions" nears its release date and the band sets sail for American shores in the weeks ahead. Check out a brand new Visions trailer created by the band here.

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Arch Enemy Drum Cam Footage Posted Online

Drum cam footage has been posted online of Arch Enemy's Daniel Erlandsson performing on July 22nd at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland. You can check out the clip below.

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow also recently conducted an interview with Metalunderground.com about the band's new album "Khaos Legions," which can be found here.

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Kittie Streaming New Song Online

Kittie will be releasing the band's sixth album "I Failed You" via eOne Music on August 30th, 2011. The band has now teamed up with Revolver magazine to stream the new song “Empires (Part 2)” online. You can check out the song, and find front woman Morgan Lander's thoughts on the track, by heading over to this location.

The album's track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. I've Failed You
2. We Are The Lamb
3. Whisper of Death
4. What Have I Done
5. Empires (Part 1)
6. Empires (Part 2)
7. Come Undone
8. Already Dead
9. Never Come Home
10. Ugly
11. Time Never Heals

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Mikael Akerfeldt Video Interview Available Online

Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles has posted a video interview online with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, which was conducted at this year's Heavy MTL festival. You can watch the clip below.

Opeth will be releasing the band's new album "Heritage" on September 20th, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. The artwork and track listing for the album are available below. More...

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The Browning Seeking Fans For Video Shoot

Texan electronic metallers The Browning are due to film a new music video for the track "Bloodlust," which is taken from the band's forthcoming new album, "Burn This World" and you could appear in the video.

The band will be filming part of the video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas, and the group needs fans to turn up for a nightclub rave scene.

For a chance to be in the video, fans simply need to be at the venue from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, August 6th and to dress accordingly. As a special way of saying thanks, fans who turn up for the video shoot will also be treated to an exclusive listening party where they can hear the entire new album.

The Browning front man Jonny McBee comments:

"We are super stoked to be working with Chris Collins on the music video for Bloodlust! Bloodlust is an extremely heavy, hard-hitting, techno metal song! Chris does an awesome job going over the top with effects and will make this video exactly what we are looking for!

"August 6th we will be shooting a scene for the music video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas. We need some extras, so if you have some extra time, come down! We will also be previewing the entire album that night to everyone that comes! Hope to see you there! Stoked for this video!" More...

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Dead Shape Figure Announces New Guitarist

Dead Shape Figure, which contributing a track to Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album, has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are very happy to inform you guys that we have found a new guitar player! His name is Mr. Silver Ots. For you who don't know Silver, he used to play with our friends Amoral and he is currently a member of a fine Helsinki-based act The Nibiruan. We will hit studio next week and Silver is already taking part on the song writing process! It's gonna be interesting...

"You can go into our official YouTube-Channel and watch a video from our first jam session with Silver! Also there will be some other good news coming soon... Stay tuned folks!"

Dead Shape Figure is also currently in the process of working on a new album. The band's latest update on the album can be found here.

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Eldritch Signs With Scarlet Records

Italian metal act Eldritch has signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the release of the band's eighth studio album, which will be titled "Gaia's Legacy." According to the band, "Gaia's Legacy" is a concept on global warming based on former U.S. vice president Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

The album will see the light of the day in late September, 2011. Additional details on the album's track listing and artwork will be announced as they are made available.

In the mean time, you can check several tracks from Eldritch available for streaming by heading over to the band's official MySpace music profile.

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Deadlock Posts Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Deadlock has posted behind-the-scenes footage from the band's appearances at the Basinfire Festival and the With Full Force 2011 festival. You can check out the footage below. Deadlock is performing in support of the new album "Bizarro World," which was released in February through Lifeforce Records.

You can also check out Deadlock's video for "Virus Jones" by heading over to this location.

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Fortarock 2011 Recap Video Available

If you missed out on this year's Fortarock festival, the organizers have now put together a recap video showing footage of live performances and the various festival-goers. You can check out the clip below.

Fortarock 2011 from Gusto Producties on Vimeo.

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Krampus Posts New Single Lyric Video

Folk/death metal act Krampus has posted a lyric video online for the band's new single "My Siege." You can check out the song in the player below, or head over to the band's Facebook page for more information on Krampus and additional songs available for streaming.

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Escape From Posts Festival Footage

Escape From has checked in with the following update about posting pictures and videos online from the band's appearance at the Mocnych Brzmien festival:

"Hail all metal maniacs! Check out some great photos from our latest show at IX Festiwal Mocnych Brzmien (Swiecie, POLAND) at this location (photos by Marcin STIG Saldat) and new live video below (thanks Anna for sharing it!) STAY BRUTAL!!!"

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32 Track Compilation Album Available For Free

Metal Media has issued the following announcement about offering a new 32 track compilation album as a free download:

"This August we are celebrating Metal Media's three years of existence! For those who do not know us yet, we are a communication company dedicated to spreading great bands of the Brazilian scene in a professional and honest way, both in Brazil and abroad.

"The way we have to celebrate the anniversary of a 100% Brazilian company is showing a bit of some of the best bands in Brazil's extreme music! And thus was born the 'Brazilian Xtreme Way', intending to show the world once again, the power of the bands from Brazil. The work contains 32 tracks, one from each of the bands that compose the current roster of Metal Media. It is noteworthy that many of these songs are new and some have not even been released.

"Three years of many struggles, some defeats and lots of victories! This is all due to the fans who believe in the Brazilian heavy music, journalists, professionals, zines, magazines, websites, radios, TVs, and especially by the Brazilian bands that always motivated us to go further. Thank you!"

The album can be downloaded here, and the track listing is as follows:

CHAOS INC: Tormentor
CRUSCIFIRE: Squeals From The Slaughterhouse
ENCÉFALO: Reactions
HELLLIGHT: The Light That Brought Darkness
HERESIA 666: Heresia
HOCNIS: Against All
KHROPHUS: Of The Elders
KROW: Before The Ashes
LEFT BEHIND: The Calyx Of Rebellion
LOSNA: Distillery Of Pain
MORFOLK: World Of Lies
NECROPSYA: Proud And Maggots
NERVOCHAOS: Perish Slowly
OF THE ARCHAENGEL: Consent To The Devilish Fantasies
OLIGARQUIA: Consumed By Greed
RED FRONT: Institutions Down
REVIOLENCE: King Of The Night
RHESTUS: Untiring Torturer
RHEVAN: Drunk With The Blood Of Saints
SACRIFICED: The Truth Beneath The Laments
SHADOWS LEGACY: Far From The Light
SIZED: Suicide
UNREAL: Progeny Of The Macabre
WOSLOM: Mortal Effect
ZOMBIE COOKBOOK: Harvest Of The Damn

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Alice Cooper Reveals New Album Artwork

Shock rock icon Alice Cooper has revealed the artwork for his forthcoming new studio album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," the sequel to his classic 1975 album, "Welcome To My Nightmare." You can check it out below. The record will be released on September 13th through Universal Music Enterprises.

"This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later," explains Alice, "Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us." More...

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Steelwing To Enter The Studio This Month

Swedish heavy metal group Steelwing has announced that the band will be entering the studio this month to record a sophomore album.

The album will be recorded at Leon Music Studios in Karlstad, Sweden with Rikard Löfgren. Some of the song titles set to appear include "Solar Wind Riders" and "Full Speed Ahead!"

Speaking on working with Rikard Löfgren, the band stated: "Rikard was one of several possible producers suggested to us by our management, not someone we had initially considered but after looking into his previous works we decided to meet with him earlier this year and discuss our ideas for a second album. We immediately felt confident that he was the right man for the job: as a metalhead, he understands our influences and what we want to achieve, but as a pop producer we also believe that he will be able to bring out the best in our song writing."

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Demon Hunter Working On New Album

American heavy metal outfit Demon Hunter has announced that the band has begun working on material for the next studio album, which the act has also confirmed will be produced by Aaron Sprinkle. The record will be released through Solid State, with whom the group has re-signed.

Speaking on the new deal and forthcoming album, frontman Ryan Clark stated:

"Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter. They helped market the band before we'd even started writing our first record and they continue to push the band further with each new album. From the very beginning, Solid State has allowed Demon Hunter to do things our own unique way and they've become a vital part of the band's existence. Re-signing was a no-brainer for us.

"We're knee-deep in the writing process and the songs are sounding as intense as ever. We've always made an effort to stay true to our sound, but we like to push the boundaries of that blueprint with each release. These new songs have a lot of varying influences: from Viking metal to classic thrash; grooving 90's rock to stompy hardcore. Our goal, as it is with each record, is to blend these influences into one cohesive but unique Demon Hunter album."

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