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Metal News for August 21, 2012

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Gorgoroth Parts Ways With Vocalist

Norwegian black metal veterans Gorgoroth have announced that vocalist, Pest, has been fired from the band with immediate effect after he refused to make the band his top priority. The band will still be honouring its touring comittments however. A message from the group reads as follows:

"Out of respect for and loyalty to Gorgoroth's audience and collaborators, Infernus (guitar) has kicked Pest out of the band, effective immediately. This after Pest informed the band that he would not be prioritizing doing the upcoming Latin American tour after all, just two weeks before the band was set to depart for Brazil.

"Infernus has decided that the tour will go on as planned, though, and Hoest of Taake will replace Pest as vocalist on the tour starting on September 7th.

"As for the next Gorgoroth studio album, Instinctus Bestalis, vocal duties will be handled by a Serbian Satanist known as Atterigner, of the band Triumfall (Forces of Satan Records)."

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4ARM To Play Hammerfest 2013

After dropping off the "Zombie Apocalypse" tour in July, Australia's 4ARM has been invited back to the UK for Hammerfest V 2013.

The band will be performing on the second stage on Saturday, March 16th and joining a line-up of bands such as Napalm Death, Candlemass, and Enslaved with loads more to be announced. The festival as always will run three stages and have over 50 bands performing.

Drummer Michael Vafiotis had this to say: “We're excited to play Hammerfest for the first time and get back to the UK once again. With the new album doing great over there it will be awesome to give our fans another chance to see us live.”

Hammerfest V takes place in Phwelli, Wales from March 14th - 17th, 2013. Tickets and information for the festival are available at this location. 4ARM's latest album “Submission For Liberty” is now out worldwide through Rising Records and Riot Entertainment.

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Tesseract Announces Rescheduled Shows

Tesseract has checked in with the following announcement about rescheduling shows after Animals As Leaders canceled a run of tour dates:

"Following the announcement of Animals As Leaders' cancellation of their headline tour, we have very reluctantly been forced to cancel some of our planned headline shows in Aarau, Vienna and Ostrava however rest assured we will be coming back next year.

"Please note the rescheduled dates for the Paris and Nijmegen:

22.10.2012 (F) Paris - Le Batofar
23.10.2012 (NL) Nijmegen – Merleyn

"We are again very sorry for the inconveniences caused and will make it up to all the fans who are missing out!"

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Cerebral Bore Checks In From Summer Slaughter

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have been tearing their way around the USA for the past month on the Summer Slaughter tour, sharing the stage with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Periphery, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, and more.

With the tour coming to an end this week, the band has posted an update from the road, before returning across the Atlantic for an Eastern European trek, followed by a month-long tour with Dying Fetus. Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:

"We are now heading into the last week of Summer Slaughter, and so far it has been a truly awesome experience. We have gotten to know all bands on the tour as well as their crews, and it's gonna be pretty sad when the time comes to part ways. The biggest thing for me personally has been getting to know and tour with the guys from Cannibal Corpse. These guys are my heroes, so there is a lot of room to be disappointed... but they have been amazing. We have gone out drinking with them, they've invited us onto their bus many times, fed us, watered us and supported us by wearing our shirts and watching stage-side. A real dream come true for all of us and we can't thank them enough. It's not over yet though, and we have a bunch of west coast shows still to come - the energy levels are still at max and we are raring to go, so bring it on!"

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Beastwars Posts "Call Out The Dead" Song

New Zealand sludge monster Beastwars has teamed up with No Clean Singing to premiere "Call Out the Dead," a track off the band's self-titled full-length which will be released through Destroy/EMI and hit stores on September 11th. Listen to "Call Out the Dead" at this location.

The band originally released the debut in New Zealand in 2011, but "Beastwars" will finally be available worldwide digitally and on limited edition white vinyl. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Cthulhu" over here. More...

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Deserted Fear Posts Promo Video

FDA Rekotz will release "My Empire" from Germany's young and rancid death metallers Deserted Fear on September 28th in Germany and October 1st worldwide. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound Studio, the promo video for "My Empire" is posted below the tracklisting for the release.

01. Intro
02. The Battalion Of Insanities
03. Pestilential
04. Nocturnal Frags
05. Morbid Infection
06. The Black Incantation
07. Scene of Crime
08. Field of Death
09. My Empire
10. Bury Your Dead More...

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Bury The Silence Streaming New EP Online

Muskegon, MI tech death metal band Bury The Silence has just released a new EP for San Francisco, CA based indie metal label Rogue Records America, entitled "The Architecture of Struggle." You can stream the full album through the bandcamp player available below.

The four-piece signed with the label in December 2011 and this new effort is the band's first release for Rogue Records. The album will be available for download through iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and other digital retailers. CM Distro will offer the album on CD by mail order. Bury the Silence was formed in 2009 by Josh Hibbs (bass) and Roger Gundy (Lead Guitar) and also includes Corey Bradfield (Lead Guitar), Brett Barrett (Drums), and Addrok Garvey (Vocals).

The track listing is:

1. The Encumbrance of Humanity 01:50
2. The Jealous Heart of a Weak Man 03:56
3. In Darkness I Exhume 04:18
4. Dismantle the Past 04:58
5. Architecture of Struggle 03:5 More...

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Rebellion Posts Studio Report, Announce Date

German power metal band Rebellion posted the second studio report, showcasing the bass recordings of Tomi Göttlich on the band's upcoming sixth release. The band announced that the yet untitled followup to the 2009 release "Arise - From Ginnungagap to Ragnarok: History of the Vikings, Vol. III" will be released on October 26, 2012.

The new release is the first for new members: Matthias Karle (drums), Oliver Geibig (guitars) and Stephan Karut (guitars), after a major lineup change in 2011.

On October 5, 2012, the band will release the best of album "The Best Of Viking History." For the track listing and other info on the release, head over to this location.

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Woodstock Funfest 3 Compilation Available

Misguided Aggression has teamed up with Exclaim.ca to offer a 16-track compilation, featuring the bands performing at the Woodstock Funfest 3, for streaming and free download. The compilation is available at this location. Details on the festival are as follows:

Woodstock Funfest 3 - Saturday September 29, 2012 - Woodtock, ON The Polish Hall, 878 Dufferin. $15/$20. All-ages/licensed.

"We are all very excited about this year's Funfest 3," comments Misguided Aggression guitar player Ben Dobson. "The Woodstock Funfest has become a fairly large and anticipated event, and we are always trying to top our lineup from previous years. The lineup this year is by far our most diverse featuring everything from death metal to hardcore to rock and even a couple rap acts! Beheading Of A King hasn't hit Woodstock before so they're is a lot of anticipation for them, as well as the reunion of local favourites Our Apologies. We have a YouTube channel set up so everyone can check out videos from all the bands playing here."

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The 69 Eyes Posts New Trailer For "X"

Helsinki vampire rock outfit The 69 Eyes has released a second video trailer for the band's upcoming album, "X," which is set to be unleashed in North America on October 9th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Check out the trailer below, or watch the previously posted first video at this location.

The album's track listing is:

01. Love Runs Away
02. Tonight
03. Black
04. If You Love Me The Morning After
05. Red
06. I Love The Darkness In You
07. Borderline
08. I’m Ready
09. I know What You Did Last Summer
10. When A Love Comes To An End

The 69 Eyes recently shot a music video for the album’s first single, “Red,” with producer Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Keep Of Kalessin), which will premiere in the coming weeks. The lyric video for “Red” can be seen at this location.

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Texas Hippie Coalition Releases "Turn It Up" Video

After releasing a lyric video for the new single "Turn It Up," Texas Hippie Coalition has now posted a full music video for the track. Check out the video in the player available below. "Turn It Up" comes off the band's new album "Peacemaker." To find out more about the album, check out our recent interview with front man Big Dad Ritch at this location.

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AstorVoltaires Posts New Album Teaser

AstorVoltaires signed to Rain Without End Records earlier this summer, and the band has now announced that new album "BlackTombsForDeadSongs" will be released on December 6th, 2012. A teaser for the album is available online through the YouTube clip below.

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Empty Streaming New EP, Working On Full-Length

Central Florida metal act Empty has released the "Greed" EP online and has now hit the studio to begin writing and recording for a debut full-length release. You can stream the entire "Greed" EP via bandcamp or in the player below, and find more info on Empty at Facebook. The EP's track listing is:

1. As Greed Walks The Earth 05:52
2. That Dreadful Emptiness 04:09
3. Of Malice And Men 04:45 More...

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Gaza Posts New Track, "The Vipers"

Pitchfork today presents the premiere of Gaza's new song "The Vipers," taken off the band's third album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering." Check out the track at this location.

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day). The CD release is set for August 28th on Black Market Activities, with a vinyl release to follow, and the album is now available digitally via iTunes. The track listing is as follows:

1) Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2) This We Celebrate
3) The Truth Weighs Nothing
4) Not With All the Hope in the World
5) The Vipers
6) No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7) The Crown
8) When They Beg
9) Winter in Her Blood
10) Skull Trophy
11) Routine and Then Death

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Buckshot Facelift Recording New Album

Long Island based grindcore band Buckshot Facelift is currently in the studio recording a third full-length album, which will also be the first album to feature guitarist Paulo Paguntalon (Copremesis). To celebrate the band has uploaded both previous albums for free download, as well as video clips of the recording from the upcoming new release, at this location.

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Engorgement Streaming Entire Album

UK-based Raw Nerve 'Zine is currently offering a limited-time, full-album stream of "Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations," the aurally punishing debut from Engorgement. Consisting of members of Embryonic Depravity and Gore Sanctum, the artwork was provided by Andrey Kroms and the album was mixed and mastered at 16th Cellar Studio in Italy. "Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations" is out now on Comatose Music, and you may visit this location to stream all seven tracks from the album.


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Sonic Prophecy Announces New Album Title

U.S. based power metal band Sonic Prophecy has announced initial details on a new album during an interview on SonicAsylumRadio.com.

The new album will be titled "Apocalyptic Promenade" and the release will feature at least 10 new tracks. According to Sonic Prophecy, fans should expect "another epic release." The band is in the studio now and expects to have the album done by mid-December for an early 2013 release.

Further details on the upcoming new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, more info on Sonic Prophecy and music available for streaming can be found via Facebook here.

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Anuryzm Posts Guitar Tutorial Video

Dubai based metallers Anuryzm have released a guitar tutorial video for their track "Wide Awake," which is taken from the debut album, "Worm's Eye View." View the tutorial video below. Comments guitarist John Bakhos:

"As a band we place the focus of our songwriting on strong guitar-led tracks. Our influences include guitar legends such as Dimebag Darrell, Slash, Rudolf Schenker, Jimi Hendrix, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Brian May and Mark Tremonti. These are musicians that have revolutionised the way that the guitar is played and have used their skills to create music that withstands the test of time. As a band, we try to create music with this mindset."

The band also recently released a promotional video for the track "Breaking the Ballot," which can be viewed here. Anuryzm's debut album "Worm's Eye View" was released by Melodic Revolution Records on July 17th. Featuring guest appearances from Martin Lopez (Soen, Opeth, Amon Amarth), jazz bassist Rami Lakkis, and synth player Uri Dijk (Textures, Ethereal), the album was produced by John Bakhos & Miltiadis Kyvernitis at MNK studios and mixed and mastered by Miltiadis Kyvernitis. Drums were recorded by Martin Lopez in Sweden. More...

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Spheric Universe Experience Streams New Track

Spheric Universe Experience is gearing up for the release of "The New Eve" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. Today the band has released the first single from the album, entitled "The Day I Died." The track is available to stream via the SoundCloud player available below. The single is also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Spheric Universe Experience (S.U.E.) began in 1999 when guitarist Vince Benaim decided to create a progressive metal band with a few friends. In summer of 2004 S.U.E. signed a worldwide record deal with the French label Replica Records as well as an American licensing deal with Nightmare Records. In 2006 the band then released debut album "Mental Torments," followed in 2007 by "Anima."

2007 and 2008 saw the band perform at two ProgPower festivals: ProgPower Scandinavia in 2007 and ProgPower USA in 2008. While touring with UK progressive metallers Threshold, the band found time to write and record a third album entitled "Unreal." Now the band is returning with fourth offering "The New Eve," due for release on September 11th, 2012 through Nightmare Records. More...

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Obey The Brave Streaming Entire New Album

Canadian metalcore act Obey The Brave is now streaming the band's Epitaph debut in full with plans to release the album, "Young Blood," on August 28th. Fans can stream the album through Altpress.com here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The new album contains eleven tracks of pure adrenaline – charged hardcore, sure to please both metal diehards and hardcore fans alike. Tracks like 'Get Real,' which features Terror’s Scott Vogel on guest vocals, pay homage to ‘90s hardcore while peppering in more modern elements like massive metalcore breakdowns and an always-driving beat. 'Time For A Change,' while still including hardcore staples like riotous gang vocals and another of the album’s brick-and-mortar breakdowns, showcases some smooth lead lines during its more melodic outro.

"'Live and Learn,' the album’s first single, is a well-rounded representation of Obey The Brave’s bare bones, progressing from blistering double-kick blasts throughout its opening verse to some tasty breakdowns and another rather musical outro that adds an extra dimension to an otherwise relentless track." More...

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Satan's Wrath Streaming New Single

Satan's Wrath, which signed to Metal Blade last month, has just launched the first single from the band's new album "Galloping Blasphemy." The song "Between Belial and Satan" can be heard at this location or in the player below. Pre-orders are also available and include CD, LP, as well as CD/LP and t-shirt bundles.

Formed in 2011 by multi-instrumentalist Tas Danazoglou (vocals, drums & bass) & Stamos K (guitars), Satan's Wrath deals in a style of heavy metal music which harks back to the times when the death, black, and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!

The band's debut release, "Galloping Blasphemy," contains nine tracks of unholy terror and is to be released on September 25th in North America, and September 21/24 in Europe. The track listing is:

1. Leonard Rising - Night of the Whip
2. Between Belial and Satan
3. One Thousand Goats in Sodom
4. Hail Tritone, Hail Lucifer
5. Galloping Blasphemy
6 .Death Possessed
7. Death to Life
8. Slaves of the Inverted Cross
9. Satan's Wrath More...

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Southwest Terror Fest Lineup Announced

Extreme music fans rejoice, for there’s a brutal new festival coming to U.S. soil this Fall. Today, details on the debut of the Southwest Terror Fest have been disclosed to the public, the first installment of the now annual meeting of intense acts confirmed to invade Tucson, Arizona in October.

Set to occupy The Rock club on October 19th and 20th, the main/headlining acts for the maiden voyage of Southwest Terror Fest will include 16, Hull, Sons of Tonatiuh, Diseased Reason, Pigeonwing, North, Ladybird, Godhunter, and more. Entrance fee for the event is only $15 per person, for both days, so you can save the rest of your money for merch and booze! The following press release was issued about the festival:

"A fully DIY undertaking booked by musicians, for musicians, the Southwest Terror Fest is a low-priced, two-day event featuring an intense conglomeration of acts; its goal, to draw extreme music fans from all ages from the Southwest US and beyond. The event was conceived and booked by Tucson act Godhunter, with Metalifestyle.com sponsoring the second stage and Earsplit PR sponsoring the main stage. Additional sponsorship support is coming from Zia Records, Sticks n’ Strings Music Center, Acid Reflux Records and Axe Of Contrition. Tickets are available now via Zia Records, Sticks n’ Strings Music Center, and The Rock’s Ticketleap location right here."

The lineup is as follows: More...

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We The Martyr Announces Lineup Changes

British Colombia metalcore act We The Martyr has issued the following update about lineup changes and working on a new album:

"As most of you are aware, we are on leave to write and record a full length album. Since we have been away from playing shows a couple things have happened that we would like to mention to our fans.

"First off, our drummer, Connor Pritchard has left the band. We do have a replacement lined up and are very excited to be working with him. We wish Connor the best in his endeavours and look forward to working with him when the recording process begins.

"Secondly, our vocalist, Aaron Mckitrick, is moving to Kelowna come September. We have decided that Devon Meyer, our current guitarist/vocalist, is going to switch to just doing vocals and we would replace him on guitar. More...

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Amenra Finishes Recording New Album

Before the Summer, Neurot Recordings announced that Amenra had entered La Chapelle studio to record a fourth full-length, "Mass V," produced by Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Om, Swans and many more).

Now that the mammoth recording is complete, the band is proud to reveal that the album will be released on November 27th in North America and November 26th in Europe. Exclusive video footage of the recording process has been unveiled for those diehards across the lands who greatly anticipate this new chapter in the Amenra’s career, and first as an official part of the Neurot family. Check out the clip below.

Amenra has also announced a record release show in Belgium on December 22nd, and with that, the promise of more tour dates to be announced shortly. Expect more rituals from the Church of Ra in the coming months. More...

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Meldrum Releases New Single Online

The latest single "Blackened Blue" from the multinational hard rock/metal band Meldrum is available to buy now on iTunes and can also be streamed in the player below.

'Blackened Blue' is the second single from Meldrum's third album 'Lifer,' due out this fall via Reversed Records. The band recently gave fans a first taste of new music since 2007's 'Blowin Up The Machine' with the release of the debut single from 'Lifer' titled 'A Toast To Romance." You can check out that previously posted song at this location.

The "Lifer" album was produced by producer/engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Dethklok, Death, Dark Angel). Check out Meldrum online at Facebook. More...

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Amorphis To Release New Album Next Year

Finland's Amorphis has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and releasing a new album next year:

"In December, Amorphis will play seven club shows in Finland. The dates are as follows:

05.12. Oulu, Teatria
06.12. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
07.12. Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
12.12. Helsinki, Tavastia
13.12. Pori, Bar Kino
14.12. Turku, Klubi
29.12. Tampere, Pakkahuone

"Recordings for the eleventh Amorphis album will start in September at Petrax Studios in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. Lyrics will again be crafted by Pekka Kainulainen, who already collaborated with Amorphis on the previous three albums. More...

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Black Cobra Posts "Crimson Blade" Video

Metallic sludge innovators Black Cobra have today released their new video for “Crimson Blade,” the first official video to be released from their 2011 "Invernal" LP. The following press release was issued about the video:

"Conceived/constructed by the band themselves and director Greg Downing (of bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth), Black Cobra's 'Crimson Blade' filmed in three days for absolutely no money. The plot portrays the concept of the song, following one man as he devolves to a previous state of humanity and resorts to cannibalism in a post-apocalyptic world. During the filming of the gory visual depiction, actor Landon Bates actually ended up accidentally cutting himself multiple times, with actual wounds fueling some of the bloody scenes."

Stated the members of Black Cobra: “The video’s concept was a collaboration between director Greg Downing and ourselves. We were familiar with his work in the bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth and he was enthusiastic about working with us as well. In general, it's about isolation, paranoia and desperation. The utter darkness also gives it an overall feel of confusion. We're really stoked on how it came together.”

Watch the gnarly, frozen carnage of “The Crimson Blade” unfold via the horror-fanatics at Rue Morgue Magazine at this location or in the player below. You can also catch Black Cobra live on the following dates:

8/30/2012 Los Globos - Los Angeles CA w/ Saviours, Behold the Monolith, Secrets of The Sky
9/01/2012 The Blank Club - San Jose, CA w/ Big Business More...

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Gypsyhawk Announces New Tour Dates

Gypsyhawk has announced a new west coast tour in support of the "Revelry & Resilience" album, which will be in stores on August 28th, 2012. You can order the album or listen to tracks available for streaming over at this location. The upcoming Gypsyhawk tour dates are as follows:

08/24 Los Angeles, CA Vacation Vinyl (CD Release Show)
09/07 Oakland, CA Eli's Mile High Club
09/08 South Lake Tahoe, CA Whiskey Dicks
09/09 Reno, NV Sheas Tavern
09/10 San Francisco, CA Elbow Room
09/12 Santa Cruz, CA Blue Lagoon
09/13 Ventura, CA Billy O's
09/14 San Diego, CA The Ruby Room
09/15 Pomona, CA Glasshouse (Metal Blade Records Scion AV Showcase)
09/17 Las Vegas, NV Yayos Tacos
09/18 Salt Lake City, UT Shred Shed
09/19 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
09/20 Merriam, KS Aftershock
09/22 Colorado Springs, CO The Nickel
09/24 Boise, ID The Shredder
09/25 Seattle, WA The Rat and The Raven
09/26 Portland, OR The Know
09/27 Eugene, OR Black Forest
10/04 Tempe, AZ The Red Owl More...

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Athel Streams Video And Posts Tour Dates

Chicago-based accessible rock trio Athel is making preparations for a short string of dates with Scum Of The Earth, featuring Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs. The band will be playing in support of its debut full-length, "Open Your Eyes to Society," which is currently streaming in full at stereokiller and is out now on Mortal Music.

Mastered by CKY's Chad Ginsburg, "Open Your Eyes to Society" has also spawned an official video. The video for "These are the Times" is after the dates, which are as follows:

8/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
8/31 - St. Joseph, MO @ Tremors
9/1 - St.Louis, MO @ The Cracked Fox
9/2 Steger, IL @ Another Hole in The Wall*
* - ATHEL headlining date More...

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Above This Streaming New Song

Above This has released the new album "Titanium," and now a track from the release is available for streaming online. Check out hte song "Shape Shifter" in the player available below. The "Titanium" track listing is:

1. Beat Down (Intro) 03:09
2. Attaboy 03:04
3. Ice Age 03:06
4. Cursive Curses 04:27
5. Shape Shifter 03:54
6. The Way Of The Hand, A Pyro's Revenge 03:45
7. There Can Only Be One Second Best! 03:58
8. Titanium 04:25
9. I'm Not Shy, I Just Don't Like You 03:41
10. F5: Winds Of Storm 03:28
11. Tornado 02:50
12. Open At The Close 04:05
13. One Up (Destroyer Of Worlds) 02:03
14. Where Did All The Anti-Matter Go? 03:48
15. THR3AT 02:25
16. Abooshaball 02:24 More...

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Angertea Finishes New Album

Angertea has issued the following announcement about finishing the new "Songs Exhaled" album and plans to stream the release online next month:

"We're finished with the new album completely! The stuff has arrived to Norway to our label! On the 3rd of September, we're gonna show you a complete new song, then on the 17th, the album comes out, and the whole record is gonna be listenable for free on the net! If you haven't checked the new studio video yet, do it please below." More...

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Haken Offering Free Song Downloads

Prog act Haken is currently offering a free download of the "Insomnia" song, taken off the band's latest album "Visions" (reviewed here), as well as a live version of "Celestial Elixir" off the band's "Aquarius" album (reviewed here). Haken comments on offering the song downloads:

"Here's a FREE download of Celestial Elixir LIVE at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, recorded in September 2011. Oh yes!

"Just follow this link or head to the 'FREE Haken Music!' tab at the top of our Facebook page. Thanks for being such legendary fans!"

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Pit Stories: Balls Out Bawling

Every week we talk to bands from all over the world and hear some of their favourite stories from the mosh pit.

This week, Therapy? frontman Andy Cairns dishes some dirt on two of the most common things to be seen at a Therapy? show, nudity and crying, two things which really don't go together.

I've seen quite a lot of nudity in my time. Once in Oxford a friend of ours, Diamond Dave, ended up coming over the barrier wearing nothing but a sawn off Coke can taped to his genitals, how he didn't castrate himself Idon't know.

We also get a lot of screaming and crying. We had a hit in Europe with a cover of Husker Du's 'Diane' and for a while lots of gigs would have lots of inflatable dolls flying through the air with the crowd surfers, quite a sight. Yep, nudity and sexual deviance seem to feature heavily among some of the more enthusiastic members of our fans.

We recently spoke to Andy Cairns about the new Therapy? album, "A Brief Crack of Light," touring and why he feels the band have always been outsiders. "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be released on September 11th in North America and is available now in Europe. Be sure to come back next tuesday for more Pit Stories!

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Accept Posts Autumn Tour Trailer

Accept has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming Autumn Eurpean tour dates in support of new album "Stalingrad" (reviewed here). Check out the trailer below. The dates are as follows:

10/18/2012 - FUZZ CLUB Athens, Greece
10/19/2012 - PRINCIPAL CLUB Thessaloniki, Greece
10/20/2012 - UNIVERSIADA HALL Sofia, Bulgaria
10/21/2012 - JUKE BOX Bucharest, Romania
10/24/2012 - BOOGALOO Zagreb, Croatia

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The Graviators "Evil Deeds" Album Preview

Swedish stoner/doom act The Graviators posted a full album preview for the band's sophomore effort "Evil Deeds." The album is scheduled for release on August 31, 2012 through Napalm Records.

The track listing for "Evil Deeds" is as follows:

1. Soulstealer
2. Evil Deeds
3. Morning Star
4. The Great Deception
5. Feelin' Low
6. Häxagram (see music video here)
7. Presence
8. A Different Moon
9. Forlorn
10. The Infidel

Check out the album preview here: More...

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Ex Deo Posts Full Album Preview

Canadian legionnaires Ex Deo posted a preview of the full album preview for the much anticipated "Caligvla" album. The album is due for release on August 31, 2012 through Napalm Records (see Metal Underground.com's review here).

The track listing for "Caligvla" is as follows:

1. I, Caligvla (see music video here)
2. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile To Capri)
3. Per Oculus Aquila
4. Divide Et Impera
5. Pollice Verso (Damnatio Ad Bestia)
6. Burned To Serve As Nocturnal Light
7. Teutoberg (Ambush Of Varus)
8. Along The Appian Way
9. Once Were Romans
10. Evocatio The Temple Of Castor & Pollux

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Mors Principium Est Unveils Artwork For New LP

Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est (latin for "Death is the Beginning") unveiled the artwork for the band's fourth full length release "...And Death Said Live" (shown below). The album is expected for release this December via AFM Records.

The album marks the first release since the 2007 LP "Liberation=Termination" was issued through Listenable Records. The is also the first for newest members: Andy Gillion (guitars) and Andhe Chandler (guitars).

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Freedom Call Bassist Speaks Out On Illness

Bassist Samy Saemann of the power metal band Freedom Call, who fell ill after the band's recent performance at Bloodstock in the United Kingdom, issued the following statement to fans about his condition:

"Hi Callers & friends,

"Thank you so much for all the get well wishes, it's good to know there's somebody outhere who's thinking of me:) Meanwhile I'm on the right way to recover. After a gastroscopy and two days of eating gruel and biscuits in a german hospital they could find out the reason of my illness. A 3 cm long chap in the stomach lining caused by a badly vomitting. But, ..."doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" and in this case the injury is healing. A special thanks again to the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, it's staff was taking care of me in a touching and unbureaucratic way. Also a big thanx to the airline KLM, which provided a unbelievably great service. I also wanna say thanx to Chris [Bay, vocalist/guitarist], who joined me in this difficult situation, supported me and was there for me. Now I'm ready for a new show on Friday, 25 August in Oberwolfach, this time without blood soup, but with fennel tea and cakes!"

On August 11, 2012, the band had just completed its set at Bloodstock and was heading for the airport when Saemann fell ill. Staff at KLM Airlines keep close watch and care as they flew the band back to Nuremberg. Freedom Call is currently touring in support of the latest album "Land Of The Crimson Dawn" (reviewed here). More...

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Maiden United Streams Sample Clips From New LP

The all-star, all-acoustic Iron Maiden tribute band Maiden United is streaming clips from the forthcoming album "Across the Seventh Sea," which is set for a September 2012 release on CD/vinyl/digital download formats. Check out "Infinite Dreams," "Children of the Damned," "Only the Good Die Young," "Prowler," "Two Minutes to Midnight" and "Flash of the Blade" below.

Maiden United sees contributions from the following artists:

Damian Wilson (Threshold, Ayreon): Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation): Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons): : Bass
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine): : Piano
Mike Coolen (Within Temptation): : Drums
Anneke van Giersbergen (formerly The Gathering): Vocals

The track listing for "Across The Seventh Sea" is as follows:

1. Seven Deadly Sins
2. Only The Good Die Young
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. Prowler
5. Flash Of The Blade
6. Children Of The Damned
7. Infinite Dreams
8. 22 Acacia Avenue
9. The Evil That Men Do
10. Wasted Years More...

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Samael Posts Lyric Video For "In Gold We Trust"

Swiss industrial black metal band Samael posted up a new lyric video for the song "In Gold We Trust." The song appears on the band's latest release "Lex Mundi" that was released in April 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).

The band also announced a string of live dates in Europe as follows:

01.09.12: Velorock Festival -- Oostende, Belgium
08.09.12: Les Docks -- Lausanne, Switzerland
24.09.12: Bigo -- Kiev, Unkraine
26.09.12: Rebublic Club -- Minsk, Belarus
27.09.12: Artica -- St Petersburg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club -- Moscow, Russia

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