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Metal News for August 20, 2012

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42 news articles posted on this day.


Dragonsclaw Set To Breathe Fire On The Metal World

In 2011, Australia’s Dragonsclaw made its mark on the traditional metal scene with the debut release “Prophecy.” However, coming from near geographic isolation, the band has faced an uphill climb to make a name for itself, even in the band’s own country. Through all the adversity, the band launched an internet campaign to release “Prophecy” and has seen steady worldwide attention since. Now, they are set to release an extended single this fall (“Judgement Day”) and a following up with the sophomore full length release in 2013.

Your author was afforded the opportunity to hear the demos for the upcoming EP and what they present is a more mature and progressive sound that builds on the successes of the first release. Singer Giles Lavery still hits the rafters, but introduces a lower end that really shows the true range of his vocals. The songs are longer, more progressive, but never lose sight of the band’s overall sound of traditional metal. Where “Judgement Day” retains the direction of “Prophecy,” “Eternally” and “Fear” are the most complete songs the band has written, incorporating keyboard work and epic themes giving the band an early Crimson Glory feel.

Vocalist Giles Lavery spoke with Metal Underground.com to unveil some of the details of what is in store for Dragonsclaw this fall and in 2013. The band is ready to dig in its claws, determined to leave a bigger impression on the metal scene. More...

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THC Talks 4/20, Southern Fried Rock, And New Album

When your band's initials are T.H.C. and you've got an album named "Rollin," it's pretty clear what direction your music is heading towards. But no one could mistake front man Bid Dad Ritch and his Texas Hippie Coalition as actually being a hippie commune out to spread the love, as new album "Peacemaker" is just as much about being an outlaw as it is about the sex and drugs - but more importantly, it's about the rock and roll!

Whether you want to call it "red dirt metal," "Southern fried Texas rock," or just "something to listen to while smoking up," T.H.C. combines a little of everything for a rock/metal melting pot that garners fans from across the musical spectrum. To find out more about the new album, what T.H.C. will be doing to celebrate the month of April 2020, and the band's "rough" process for writing new songs, check out the full interview with Big Dad Ritch below. More...

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As I Lay Dying Announces "Awakened" Info

The Grammy-nominated rock group As I Lay Dying will release sixth album, "Awakened," this coming September 25th on Metal Blade. Pre-orders are available today via this location.

After wrapping a run as a main stage act on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Slayer, and more, the group will headline a special album release show - with more details coming soon. On October 15th, As I Lay Dying will launch a European tour with Trivium, Caliban, and Upon A Burning Body before returning to the U.S. in November for a nationwide tour.

As I Lay Dying just completed a video for the new single "A Greater Foundation." The group teamed with director Drew Russ (A Day To Remember, Falling In Reverse) and producer Robby Starbuck for the performance-based clip, which was shot on location in Los Angeles. "We were all impressed with Drew's ability to capture the intensity of live band performances in his videos, and 'A Greater Foundation' is no exception, explains bassist Josh Gilbert. " Drew's technique, along with the all-day participation of some of our diehard fans in Los Angeles, definitely accentuated the energy of the song and makes for an exciting and dynamic video. We can't wait to unveil it!"

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Devin Townsend Project Reveals More Album Details

The next chapter of the Devin Townsend Project will be "Epicloud," which is due out September 18th, 2012 in North America and September 24th in Europe. "Epicloud" will be available in the following formats: standard CD jewel case, limited edition digipack with bonus CD, double vinyl gatefold with the exclusive bonus track, and digital download on iTunes with two exclusive bonus tracks, "Cry Forever" (demo) and "Take My Ego" (demo).

In addition, fans can now pre-order the album on CM Distro and receive an exclusive bundle that includes a DTP teddy bear (limited to 500) and immediate download of the single "Lucky Animals." The track-listings for the standard and digipack versions of Epicloud are below.


1. Effervescent!
2. True North
3. Lucky Animals
4. Liberation
5. Where We Belong
6. Save Our Now
7. Kingdom
8. Divine
9. Grace
10. More!
11. Lessons
12. Hold On
13. Angel More...

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BoundAlive Releases "Relive" Video

Newark, NJ's hard rock act BoundAlive has released a new music video for the band's latest single "Relive." Watch the clip in the YouTube player available below. You can also stream the song and other BoundAlive tracks over at Reverbnation here.

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The Mystery Posts New Album Teaser

The Mystery will be releasing new album "Apocalypse 666" this coming September 7th, 2012 with a Japanese release on October 31st, 2012. A teaser trailer for the album is now available and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is:

1. Doomsday Prophecy
2. Apocalypse 666
3. Outlaw
4. Blackened Ivory
5. Nailed to the Cross
6. Death Lullaby
7. War Cry
8. Ride On
9. Cashgame
10. In Heaven or Hell
11. Assaulted Minds
12. The Great Escape More...

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Abide Streaming New Song

Ontario based act Abide has posted the new song "Something More" online, which is taken from the band's new EP "Spectrums." You can hear the track in the YouTube player below, or find more info on Abide over at Facebook. The "Spectrums" EP is currently available online via iTunes here.

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Lions Lions Releases "Milestones" Video

Boston's Lions Lions has teamed up with Absolutepunk.net to premiere an energetic new music video for "Milestones." The song is featured on Lions Lions' new album, "To Carve Our Names," which was produced by Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta and released this past June.

Check out the video in the player below or over at Absolutepunk.net. Lions Lions is currently on the road with Silverstein and has added a number of additional shows, which can be seen after the video clip.


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Abiotic Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

As was recently announced, Florida technical death metal newcomers Abiotic will join forces with Sea of Treachery, Float Face Down, and The Burial for The Return to Chaos Tour. The tour begins next month on September 14th and runs all the way through October 14th.

News regarding Abiotic's full length debut will be announced shortly, with the most up-to-date information available at the band's Facebook profile here.

Guitarist John Matos adds: "We can't wait to finally shred up the west coast! We're excited to be hitting some cities and states that we've never been to before with some great bands! This is a tour no one should miss!"

Abiotic's video for "Vermosapian" can be seen below and fans interested in getting to the know the band further can subscribe to the Abiotic YouTube channel for more videos, including Q&A sessions with the band and tour updates. More...

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Ensiferum Streaming "Burning Leaves" Single

"Burning Leaves,” the new single from Finland’s favorite folk metal collective Ensiferum, is currently streaming through the SoundCloud player below.

The track comes off the band’s fifth studio offering, "Unsung Heroes." Set for North American release on September 18th, 2012 via Spinefarm Records, "Unsung Heroes" is over an hour long and sees the long-running five-piece pushing its signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess.

“We’ve tried to push the different aspects of what we do as far as we can,” reflects the band, “the sonic scope is wider than ever. The folk elements go further down that path and the metallic parts will absolutely rip your face off!”

In addition, Ensiferum recently unleashed the director's cut of a video for the track “In My Sword I Trust.” The clip was shot in Wrocklaw, Poland and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz of Grupa#13. If you missed it, check out the footage at this location. More...

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Seether Posts Music Video For "Sympathetic"

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the band's landmark album, "Disclaimer," Seether has posted a never-before-seen video of the song "Sympathetic" off that album. Check it out below:

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Dethklok Reveals "Dethalbum III" Details

Dethklok returns this fall with the "Dethalbum III," the follow-up album that fans of the animated band have been begging for. The stars of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse will unleash 12 brand new tracks that are more brutal than ever before in this fall’s release, set to hit stores throughout North America on October 16th, 2012 from Williams Street Records.

The "Dethalbum III" is once again co-produced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small and Dethklok producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was also illustrated by The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II cover artist Antonio Canobbio. "Dethalbum III" will not only be released in its original CD and digital format, but also as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version of the CD. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of "Dethalbum III," as well as music videos and much more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will be released on November 6th, 2012.

The track listing is:

1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin More...

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Graveyard Reveals "Lights Out" Cover

Graveyard has released the artwork for the band's upcoming third studio album, "Lights Out," which can be viewed below. The new release is due out in Europe on October 26th and in North America on November 6th via Nuclear Blast.

“The cover is something completely different than the last cover,” states the band. “Our goal was that both the title and the cover would sum up the feeling of the album. And just to make things clear, Lights Out is not a reference to either UFO or Entombed… even though both are excellent bands.” More...

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Randy Blythe Performs At Knotfest, Video Available

Footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user Livebands2010, of Randy Blythe from Lamb of God joining Prong for a cover of the Misfits track "London Dungeon." The video, available below, was recorded at the Knotfest in Somerset, Wisconsin. As Randy Blythe puts it, "this song is about being in prison in a foreign country."

Blythe was recently released from the Czech Republic after being held for over a month due to charges of manslaughter. The charges stem from a 2010 incident when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. At this point it is not yet clear if Randy will have to stand trail and when that trial might be held.

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Baroness Thanks Fans For Support After Crash

After being in a van crash in the U.K. last week, Baroness has now checked in with the following update thanking fans for their support:

"Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker.

"Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you. Please note: Pete is already back in the United States." More...

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Eugenic Death Reveals New Album Details

Heaven and Hell Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of "Crimes Against Humanity" from North Carolina thrashers Eugenic Death on September 18th. The old school thrash band featuring Jonathan McCanless (guitar), Keith Davis (vocals), Shane Lucas (bass), and Ian Pasquini (drums) previously released the 2011 demo "The Devil Waits," and has now teamed up with Iced Earth guitarist Troy Steel for a guest appearance on the new track "Epitaph."

The band's publicist also commented, "With a sound akin to Onslaught, Demolition Hammer, and the Bay Area scene, Eugenic Death stays true to their roots with determination to make it faster and more aggressive. The goal of this band is to attack your senses with unrelenting force."

Check out a promo video for "Crimes Against Humanity" and then pre-order the album at a special introductory price at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Crimes Against Humanity
2. Indicative Deity
3. Medication Time
4. The Devil Waits
5. Plagued by Ignorance
6. Epitaph
7. The Practice More...

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Metal Blade Records Announces Label Showcase

Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V are excited to announce a label showcase at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on September 15th. Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim are set to perform and entry is free with RSVP – info on how to RSVP will be coming later on this week. In the mean time, check out the promotional poster for the label showcase below.

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The Chariot Posts "One Wing" Teaser

The Chariot recently signed to Season of Mist and will release a fifth album entitled "One Wing" on September 21st. A teaser for the album is now available online and can be viewed below. The "One Wing" track listing is:

Cheek. More...

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A Band Of Orcs Playing Summer Slaughter Date

After tasting blood at the local date of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival earlier this season, underground metal monsters A Band of Orcs have succeeded in storming the gates of the last date of the Summer Slaughter Tour on August 25th at the Grove of Anaheim. Also playing are Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil Of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, and Cerebral Bore.

This represents a step forward for the orcs in their attempt to bring about the Domination, the orc-style ear-drum apocalypse of your frail human realm. Southern California metalheads who want to attend the show should plan on showing up early to catch A Band of Orcs (1:30pm PST) as they claw their way to the top of the metal heap while adding more heads to the pile.

Following up on 2007's "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" EP (reviewed here), A Band of Orcs has a new full-length album due out soon, with the release date now pushed back to the end of September. When asked about the delay, bass player and shaman for the band, Gronk!, had this to say, "Us get put behind when us decided to join battle for Mayhem and play some other dates in July. Us live for live raids! But Gogog and us finish brutal vocals last week. Now, audio sorcerer need time to mix magic. All powerful sorcery take time. Hail Gzoroth!!!"

By audio sorcerer, Gronk! means engineer/producer Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA whose most recent credits include chart-busting albums like Machine Head's "Unto the Locust" and Testament's "Dark Roots of the Earth."

The A Band of Orcs Summer Slaughter set will include several tracks from the forthcoming album
"Adding Heads to the Pile," including the latest single released through Itchy Metal Entertainment entitled "In the Keeper's Chamber."

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Napalm Death Announces North American Tour

Napalm Death will be co-headlining a North American tour with Municipal Waste starting this October. The band will be touring in support of new album, "Utilitarian," which was released this past February. This 5-week trek also features Exhumed as support, plus Vektor, Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, and Speedwolf on select dates. All upcoming tour dates are below.

Oct 26--Springfield, VA--Empire
Oct 27--New York, NY--Gramercy Theater
Oct 28--New London, CT--El N Gee
Oct 29--Boston, MA--Middle East
Oct 31--Montreal, QC--Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov 1--Toronto, ON--The Opera House
Nov 2--Austin, TX--Fun Fun Fun Fest**
Nov 3--Chicago, IL--Reggie's***
Nov 4--St Paul, MN--Station-4*
Nov 5--Winnipeg, MB--Osborne Village Inn
Nov 6--Regina, SK--Riddell Centre
Nov 7--Edmonton, AB--The Pawn Shop
Nov 9--Vancouver, BC--Rickshaw Theater
Nov 10--Seattle, WA--Neumo's, with MARTHA SPLATTERHEAD'S REVENGE
Nov 11--Portland, OR--Hawthorne Theater
Nov 13--San Francisco, CA--DNA Lounge
Nov 14--Santa Ana, CA-Observatory, with REPULSION
Nov 15--Hollywood, CA--House Of Blues, with DWARVES
Nov 16--Tempe, AZ--Rocky Point
Nov 17--El Paso, TX--House Of Rock*
Nov 18--Ft Worth, TX--Rail Club***
Nov 20--Nashville, TN--Exit In
Nov 23--Richmond, VA--Kingdom
Nov 24--Charlotte, NC--The Casbah
Nov 25--Knoxville, TN--The Valarium
Nov 26--Birmingham, AL--Zydeco
Nov 27--New Orleans, LA--Siberia
Nov 30--Atlanta, GA--Terminal West
Dec 1--Tampa, FL--Orpheum Theater
Dec 2--Miami, FL--Grand Central, Barge To Hell Pre-Party**
Dec 3-7--Barge To Hell**


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Downfall Of Gaia Streaming New Song

Downfall of Gaia signed with Metal Blade Records earlier this summer and will be releasing new album "Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes" on October 9th, 2012.

A new song from the album, titled "In the Rivers Bleak," is now available online for streaming. Listen to the track at the Downfall of Gaia landing page here or in the player available below.

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Periphery Drops Off Summer Slaughter

Periphery has checked in with the following announcement about dropping off the remainder of the Summer Slaughter tour dates:

"Hello Peripherals and metal fans alike, it is with great regret that we must announce Periphery's withdrawal from the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour, due to a family emergency we are unable to continue onto the west coast.

"We also want to take this moment to thank all the amazing fans old and new who came out to support us on this awesome tour and we also want to thank all the bands we played with, Cerebral Bore, Exhumed, Goatwhore, Job For A Cowboy, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, Between The Buried And Me, and Cannibal Corpse as well as all the amazing crew who made this tour happen - we miss all of you and we had the greatest summer ever hanging and jamming out with all of you."

Periphery recently released the new album "Periphery II," and you can check out the band's latest track-by-track breakdown for the album at this location.

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Mastery Announces Lineup Changes

Toronto's Mastery has issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band and releasing a new album:

"To many this may come as a surprise. Unfortunately we were forced to go through some major line-up changes in the past few months.

"We simply exhausted our efforts to make the long distance relationship in band between Mike and I who live in Canada and Billy, Tank and Kelly, who are in Texas, work. It was just logistically not feasible anymore. But the absolute amazing result that comes out of the collaboration of all of us is the new album 'IN THE KEY OF KILL.'

"And yes... we’re still waiting on specifics as to when this album will finally see the light of day…so please hang in there, you won’t be disappointed!!!

"In the meantime we want to take the opportunity to introduce the new members with Anthony Tuttolomondo on vocals and Oscar Rangel on bass guitar. But what’s even more exiting is that we decided not to wait any longer and start with live shows ASAP! We’re booking Southern Ontario right now, so keep checking back for dates!!"

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Svölk Posts Full Album Preview

Norwegian "bear metal" act Svölk posted a full album preview, featuring clips from all of the tracks on the band's new LP "Knights Under the Round Table" (reviewed here). The album is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on August 31, 2012, and is available on CD and on limited colored vinyl.

The track list for "Knights Under the Round Table" is as follows:

1. Living by the Sword
2. Painbringer (see music video here)
3. Feed Your Soul
4. Fallen
5. Twentyfourtwenty
6. Bearserk
7. Break My Bones
8. To Conquer Death You Only Have to Die
9. This is Where It Ends

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Crucified Barbara Announces New Tour Dates

Sweden's Crucified Barbara has announced the initial dates for the band's upcoming "The Midnight Chase" tour, which can be found below. Crucified Barbara is touring in support of new album "The Midnight Chase," released earlier this summer through Nuclear Blast. To get a taste of the album, you can watch the lyric video for "Everything We Need" at this location.

05.10.12 Torgau, Bastion
06.10.12 Hamburg, Ballroom@Rock´n´Roll Warehouse
09.10.12 Wien (AT), Escape
10.10.12 München, Garage
11.10.12 Tübingen,Sudhaus
12.10.12 Aarburg (CH), Moonwalker
13.10.12 Bulle (CH), Ebullition
14.10.12 Pratteln (CH), Galery
16.10.12 Osnabrück, Bastard Club
17.10.12 Mannheim, 7er Club
18.10.12 Siegburg, Kubana More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Announces New EP

Female-fronted heavy metal act A Sound of Thunder is currently working on new album "Time's Arrow," which is the follow-up to "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here). The band is also releasing a new EP exclusively for fans who help fund the upcoming album via Kickstarter. A Sound of Thunder comments:

"The new Queen of Hell EP is only available through Kickstarter, and only for the next 30 days! 4 new songs, red vinyl, digital download included, exclusive patch, and strictly limited to 250 copies worldwide! What are you waiting for, get to our Kickstarter and reserve your copy!" More...

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Rebellion Reveals Compilation Album Details

Rebellion is going to release a digital compilation titled "The Best Of Viking History" this coming October 5th. The compilation, which will be be available for a special price on iTunes, Musicload, Amazon and other digital download stores only, is going to feature the following songs:

1. Ynglinga Saga (To Odin We Call)
2. Blood Rains (The Saga Of King Olaf Trygvason)
3. Canute the Great (The King Of Danish Pride)
4. Harald Hadrade
5. Sweden
6. Kiew
7. Taste Of Steel
8. God Of Thunder
9. The Uprising
10. Arise
11. Odin
12. Runes
13. Ragnarök
14. Einherjar

You can listen to and get your copy of Rebellion's albums online via Massacre Records at this location.

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Malignancy Reveals New Album Details

Yonkers, New York-based technical death/grind legends Malignancy are pleased to unleash their latest slab of sonic bestiality in the form of "Eugenics." Set to be unearthed in North America on October 9th, 2012 through Willowtip Records, "Eugenics" was recorded throughout 2010 - 2011 by Eliot Gellar at the Gellar Cellar Studio in Mahopac, New York, mixed and mastered by Luca Minieri at Dissonant Studio in Aosta, Italy and features the cover art of Justin Osbourn of Slasher Designs.

Loosely based around the concept of eugenics — defined as “the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)” — the band’s third full-length hurls forth 10 mercilessly brutal hymns of technically proficient audio carnage.

Elaborates the band in a collective statement: “Eugenics is a culmination of Malignancy past and present with a hint of what's to come in the future. Recording the new tunes with a click track was a totally new experience.”

Check out the first track, “Type Zero Civilization,” in the player available below. More...

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Arrayan Path Posts Second Studio Video

Cypriot power metal act Arrayan Path posted the second in a series of studio videos showcasing the band's recordings of the forthcoming LP "IV: Stigmata." The album has no release date as of yet, due to new arrivals in several band members families, however, the band did announce the song titles for the release:

"Hi everybody, these are the final names of the 12 tracks that will be featured on the new album IV:Stigmata: Midnight and The First-born Massacre, The Bible Bleeds, Judas Iscariot, Clepsydra, Stigmata, Cursed Canaan, Pharaoh's Wish, Harbingers in God's Court, Disguising Your Soul, Charming Paranoia, The Storyteller [and] Mystic Moon (bonus track)."

In the following studio update, guitarist Sokratis Leptos lays down guitar tracks for the album. Check it out here:

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Grave Digger Posts Full Album Preview

German metal legends Grave Digger posted a full album preview, featuring snippets from all songs on the forthcoming LP "Clash of the Gods" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album is set for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.

The track listing for "Clash of the Gods" is as follows:

1. Charon
2. God of Terror
3. Hell Dog
4. Medusa
5. Clash of the Gods
6. Death Angel & the Grave Digger
7. Walls of Sorrow
8. Call of the Sirens
9. Warriors Revenge
10. With the Wind
11. Home at Last

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Wanderer Album To Be Reissued

Germany's Dunkelheit Produktionen will be unearthing "Bypassing the Abyss," the 2005 classic from Wanderer. Originally released on Magik Art, the album initially was flawed when the master was damaged before pressing. Now it has been carefully remastered so that it's atmospheric black metal sounds the way it was intended to.

The new edition of "Bypassing the Abyss" comes as a digipak with a twelve-page booklet including Mysterion's (vocals/lyrics/artwork) original pictures and art editing of the known Russian designer Al.Ex (Mayhem Project). Dunkelheit Produktionen plans for a fall release of the record, with vinyl treatment coming in 2013. More...

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Saturnian Streaming Entire "Dimensions" Album

Saturnian has teamed up with Terrorizer to stream the band's entire new album "Dimensions," which is due out on August 24th, 2012 via Indie Recordings. Check out the full album stream via Terrorizer here (the stream is located below the interview).

The "Dimensions" track listing is:

1. Construct: Illusion
2. Into Etherea
3. Aphotic
4. Eternal Eclipse
5. Shadow Of Prophecy
6. Traces From The Past
7. Dimensions
8. Origins Of The Future
9. The Immaculate Deception
10. Wreathed In Flame

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Between The Buried And Me Touring Australia

Between the Buried and Me has announced a run of Australian tour dates in November alongside Animals As Leaders. The tour poster can be viewed below, and dates are as follows:

Tuesday 13 November – Amplifier Bar, Perth (18+)
Wednesday 14 November – Fowlers, Adelaide (Lic/AA)
Thursday 15 November – The Zoo, Brisbane (18+)
Friday 16 November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Saturday 17 November – The Metro, Sydney (18+)

Between the Buried and Me will also be releasing new album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" via Metal Blade Records on October 9th in North America, and October 5th/8th in Europe. You can listen to a new song off the album, titled "Telos," at this location. More...

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Gedeon Launching New Promotional Demo

Chilean band Gedeon will be launching a new promotional demo on August 25th at the BarRacuda Bar in San Antonio, Chile. Titled "Desde El Averno," the five song demo is one of two projects the band has been working on simultaneously.

Gedeon will be performing at the bar with Santiago band Throne Of Evil. Below is the cover art for "Desde El Averno," which will contain several tracks that the band has played live such as the title cut. More...

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Deus Otiosus Posts New Album Recording Footage

A short video from the recording of the second Deus Otiosus album, titled "Godless," is now online. Besides the footage from the recording session at Earplug Studio, the video also contains music samples from the upcoming album that have not been heard before.

Watch the video at Youtube or below. The "Godless" album is to be released on Deepsend Records in the coming months, with more details to be revealed shortly.

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Upon Shadows Issues New Album Update

Uruguay's Upon Shadows will be releasing new album "7 Chapters (Shadows Of Despair And Other Entities)" this coming December. The band issued the following statement about the upcoming release:

"We are very happy to announce that Upon Shadows new album '7 Chapters (Shadows Of Despair And Other Entities)' coming up this year is being mixed and mastered by the always amazing Julian Gobz (Whores of Babylon / Soundisciples/ Noiselab Project/ Corporation of Corpse Stealers/ The Drunken Pirates).

"This is a tremendous honor for us, and specially to me, because his work with The Whores Of Babylon deeply influenced me from my very beginning into music. Thanks to this, our new album is having a good improvement in sound. Cheers for that!"

Tamara Picardo from Upon Shadows also recently collaborated with Throne of Malediction on the song "Everything's Going Cold," which can be heard here. More...

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Gorthaur's Wrath Posts Live Clip Of New Song

Croatian act Gorthaur's Wrath, which was covered in one of the black metal editions of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has posted a video clip online of the band performing a new song live. Check out "Birth of Sin" in the player below. Gorthaur's Wrath commented on the clip:

"New song live version online! Here it is, an exclusive clip from the Zadar Metalfest show and a preview of the new song 'Birth of Sin' from the upcoming album 'War for Heaven.' More news coming soon!" More...

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Russell Allen/Mat Sinner Music Project Underway

Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner announced that he has entered the studio with Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen on a new, yet untitled, musical project for Frontiers Records, due out in 2013.

According to his pot on Facebook, Sinner announced:

"Now the news - we've started already with the recordings of the yet unnamed Russell Allen/Mat Sinner project. We've chosen eleven great tracks and these guys will record with me and Russ in the studio:

"Roland Grapow (guitars, lead guitar) [Helloween/Masterplan]
Randy Black (drums) [Primal Fear]
Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards & vocals) [Eden's Curse/Edge of Forever/Hardline]
Alex Beyrodt (add. lead guitars) [Primal Fear/Silent Force/Sinner].

"[The album will be] [p]roduced by Mat Sinner & mixed by Achim Köhler, with a release on Frontiers Records early 2013. Watch out, this will be a huge album!"

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Loudness Streams Preview Samples From "2012"

Japanese legends Loudness will release the band's 27th studio release "2012" on August 22, 2012 through Tokuma Japan Records. The band is streaming two preview clips from the tracks "2012 - End of the Age" and "The Stronger" (heard below).

The track listing for "2012" is:

1. The Stronger
2. 2012~End of the Age
3. Break New Ground
4. Driving Force
5. Behind the Scene
6. Bang'em Dead
7. The Voice of Metal
8. Who the Hell Cares
9. Spirit from the East
10. Memento Mori
11. Out of the Space More...

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Elvenking Posts "Era" Track-By-Track Video, Pt. I

Italian folk metal band Elvenking Iposted the first in a series of track-by-track videos for the band's new album "Era." The release is scheduled to drop on September 14, 2012 (EU) through AFM Records. This first part features guitarist Aydan and vocalist Damna discussing the first six tracks of the album.

The track list for the regular version of "Era" is as follows:

1. The Loser
2. I Am The Monster
3. Midnight Skies, Winter Sighs
4. A Song For The People
5. We, Animals
6. Through Wolf's Eyes
7. Walking Dead
8. Forget-me-not
9. Poor Little Baroness (see lyric video here)
10. The Time Of Your Life
11. Chronicle Of A Frozen Era
12. Ophale

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Eluveitie Posts Preview Video For Unreleased Song

Swiss folk act Eluveitie posted up a preview video featuring a snippet of an exclusive unreleased song entitled "Divico." The song was partly composed 10 years ago, in late 2002 and was originally supposed to appear on Eluveitie's demo, today known as "Vên," but the track wasn't finished in time. Since then, it laid idle until this spring when it was finished!

The song will appear on the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the re-mastered version of the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut EP "Vên." "The Early Years" was released on August 17, 2012 in Europe and will see a September 25, 2012 North American release through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the preview video here:

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Boston

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, we'll weigh in on the scene around Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston has been my home all my life. Back in 2006 when I first started Nefarious Realm Productions, I worked with local bands, promoting and booking shows. It set the foundation of what NRP is today. Boston has an unbelievable scene spanning all genres. Most people only think of the heavy weights like Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, fast-rising Revocation, etc., but there lies a wealth of bands that are just mind-blowing. Lunglust, Ramming Speed, Sexcrement, The Summoned, Abnormality, Dysentery, Phantom Glue, Give Zombies The Vote, Morne, Sonic Pulse... I could go on and on but Metal Underground.com has limited me to three, and I'm going to span the sub-genres here. Hang on to your pants, you're going for a ride!

Widow Sunday

This "dance metal" outfit is sure to get you moving, that be breaking' faces or shakin' your booty. Each member brings distinct influences to the table, fusing elements of death metal, groove metal, hardcore, and electronica. Think of Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Bury Your Dead, and The Browning all smashed together.

The five-piece brings quite a live show with their stage antics and their "have fun" attitude. Widow Sunday just recently released a new EP earlier this summer and are already writing for a followup full length to their 2010 debut, 'In These Rusted Veins.' Below is a video for "Blood Money" from 'ITRV' and a live clip of "The Wave" which appears on the new EP, 'Dance Metal." For more on the band, check out their Facebook.


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