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Metal News for August 23, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Yakuza Reveals New Album Details

Chicago cult progressive avant-jazz metal band Yakuza has completed work on a sixth full-length album, titled “Beyul.” Profound Lore Records commented:

"Seen as one of the most underrated, distinct, and unique American metal bands of our time, Yakuza have always been synonymous with music eclecticism; the band creating a volatile yet searing hybrid of pillaging progressive metal, jazz, and grindcore. Through the extreme shape shifting musical transitions, one of the most defining characteristics of Yakuza is of course the vocal delivery of renaissance metal artist/musician Bruce Lamont, and even moreso his incorporation of saxophone into the mix of the music. A trait that at the time when Yakuza began to use said instrument in metal, and the way Lamont incorporated the saxophone, it was something unheard of.

"'Beyul' (check out the significance here) continues the path of 2010’s triumphant 'Of Seismic Consequence' and continues to take Yakuza’s sound beyond the trodden path they laid down since their 2001 debut 'Amount To Nothing.' When 'Of Seismic Consequence' was released, the band’s first endeavor with Profound Lore Records, Yakuza would generate a new awareness for themselves never before experienced and with 'Beyul,' the band will continue to gain more recognition with one of their most daring, epic, and commanding offerings yet." More...

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Stealing Axion Talks New Album "Moments"

Stealing Axion's debut full-length album "Moments" is due to drop through InsideOut Music in only a handful of days, and the band's music will have the opportunity to speak for itself as Stealing Axion officially breaks into the metal scene.

If you can't wait until the release date to find out more about "Moments," guitarist/vocalist Dan Forbrich is more than happy to walk potential fans through the sound and recording process for the album. Check out our interview with Dan below, and be sure to catch Stealing Axion on tour with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Monuments this coming Fall. More...

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Yellowtooth Streaming New Songs

Orchestrated Misery Recordings has announced the September 11th release of the ten-track album "Disgust" from Indiana's Yellowtooth. "Disgust" is the product of a veteran fuzzed-out trio of 40-somethings that have done time in Chronic Disorder, Sea Of Tranquility, Shades Of Grey, Skullview, Nocturnal Torment, and Invasion. Stream "Wizard Dust," "Traitor" and "Soulstalker" at this location. Also check out the cover art and tracklisting of "Disgust" below.

Wizard Dust
John Wilkes Booth
75 Black Pontiac
Burning Daylight
Prophetic Ramblings
On the Trail of Lewis Medlock
Decaying from Within
11th Hour


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Kaine Streaming New Album

British heavy metal act Kaine is currently streaming the entire new album "Falling Through Freedom" online. Check out the tracks in the player below or over at bandcamp here. The band also commented:

"Kaine’s debut album is finally released as of this moment! Full track previews are now available on our bandcamp page. We hope you enjoy the music, a lot of our very own blood, sweat and tears are on this record – we did this whole thing without the support of any management, financing or a record label. We finally throw ourselves on the mercy of the masses!"

The album's track listing is:

1. Lost Sages Tower 05:55
2. Helpless Salvation 04:47
3. Waking Dead 06:17
4. Reverence 03:51
5. Riding Volition 06:55
6. The Immortal 05:01
7. Quality of Madness 06:59
8. Champion 03:53
9. Valnir 04:14
10. Storm of the Devoted 07:04
11. Witchfinder General 08:45 More...

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Stige Releases "72 Hours" Video

Italian metal act Stige has posted a new video clip online for the song "72 Hours," which can be heard in the player below. "72 Hours" comes off the band's new release "Skar(N)ification." More info on Stige can be found over at Facebook here.

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Vader To Record New Album

Polish act Vader has announced the band will soon begin work on the follow-up to "Welcome to the Morbid Reich" (reviewed here), which is currently titled "Straight to Hell." The band comments:

"Summer and the festival season is almost over. Concerts on the Fist Full of Metal in Germany crowns the promotion of the album 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich' on the European continent.

"With Vader's last record we're gonna move to Australia/New Zealand (at the end of October), China, Taiwan and - again - South America (in November) and finaly to the USA in early Spring 2013.

"Before we'll start working on the next record (under the title 'Straight To Hell'), we're gonna remind Vader's 3rd album 'Black To The Blind' from 1997 as a whole! The tour named BACK TO THE BLACK will include - besides the mentioned record - quite many different songs from a variety of albums on the 70 min. long set.

"We start in December in Poland and Czech Republic. At the beginning of 2013 we will tour with the same set on Western Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic lands too. More details soon! Stay in tune, stay Vader'ized!"

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Mournful Congregation Announces New Tour Dates

Following a tour of the West Coast of the United States at the end of 2011, including a devastating performance at Rites of Darkness III, Australia’s epic doom sorcerers Mournful Congregation will return to The States in the weeks ahead.

The new tour will see Mournful Congregation returning to the U.S. on an eleven-date trek erupting out of Seattle on September 14th and surging its way down the West Coast, and ending in Denver on September 28th. The Adelaide-based Mournful Congregation will be joined by Colorado blackened doom act Velnias as direct support for all dates, and Tim Call from Aldebaran will be sitting in on drums for MC on this tour. Additionally, a limited edition screen-printed tour poster with exclusive art by illustrator David D’Andrea will only be available at these eleven dates.

This new burst of touring precedes a series of Mournful Congregation reissues, as the band’s current stateside label home 20 Buck Spin will be reissuing "Tears From A Grieving Heart," "The Monad Of Creation" and "The June Frost" full-lengths exclusively to North America. All three of these back catalog releases will be released on October 16th on CD and digital download.

9/14/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Anhedonist
9/15/2012 The Backspace – Portland, OR w/ Anhedonist, Hail
9/16/2012 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Anhedonist, Rye Wolves
9/17/2012 The Alibi – Arcata, CA
9/18/2012 The Stonehouse – Nevada City, CA
9/19/2012 The Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Amber Asylum, Wreck & Reference
9/21-23/2012 Stella Natura – Soda Springs, CA [info]
9/24/2012 The Oakland Metro Backroom – Oakland, CA w/ Pendulous, Lycus
9/25/2012 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Pendulous, Destroy Judas
9/27/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Visigoth, Odiom Totus
9/28/2012 Aqualungs – Denver, CO w/ The Flight of Sleipnir

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Whyzdom Signs To Scarlet Records

Whyzdom, which was covered in the French edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has issued the following announcement about signing with Scarlet Records:

"We are very excited to announce that Whyzdom has signed a deal with one of the most important growing european label : Scarlet Records. It's a great honor to be part of their roster, along with such names as Shaman, Vision Divine, Eldritch, Labyrinth, Royal Hunt, just to name a few! We are ready to work hand in hand to push our new album 'BLIND?,' and make it available to a wider audience throughout the world. The 'Blind?' release date will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!"

Scarlet Records also commented: "Following the acclaimed debut 'From The Brink Of Infinity', Whyzdom have signed a deal with Scarlet Records and are proud to present 'Blind?', their new album. The band, which is known for their own signature approach to Symphonic Metal, blend once more intricate orchestral parts (including all the subtleties of strings, winds, brass, classical percussions, piano, harp etc.) and a real choir with the power of Heavy Metal.

"Through a coherence that hides the inherent complexity of this genre, Elvyne Lorient's passionate melodies immediately stick into your mind, conveying pure emotions right from the very first note she sings. The album title not only refers to the blindness of people towards what's happening around them, but also to the fact that we, as humans, often deliberately choose to be blind in many uncomfortable circumstances, which eventually lead us on the wrong path of life. 'Blind?' was produced by Vynce Leff, recorded and mixed in Paris at Powermania Studio and mastered by Mathieu Gillon and Vynce Leff at 120dB Studio. The stunning artwork is the result of a collaboration between X-Nihilo Design, Les Créations Vultus and Florent Cuaz."

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Autumnblaze Signs To Pulverised Records

German melodic dark metallers Autumnblaze have announced their union with Pulverised Records. Spawned in 1995, Autumnblaze released four full-length albums and two EPs before laying the band to rest in 2006 in search of other musical endeavors.

The band ultimately reformed just two years later to release the "Perdition Diaries" long player in 2009. Latest full-length, "Every Sun Is Fragile," will drop later this year via Pulverised Record.

States Autumnblaze drummer Arisjel: "After we had recorded the ultimate Autumnblaze record this Spring, it was obvious that we would need a really passionate label to promote this new album worldwide with enthusiasm and energy. Calvin [Chiang] and Roy [Yeo] from Pulverised were totally excited about our new material and we are proud that the label will release our brand new studio album.”

“Expect a various blend of epic/melancholic metal and rock,” he continues of the new material. “These are some of the most ambitious songs we’ve ever written and everything was captured by the amazing production of our friend Charles Greywolf (Powerwolf, Flowing Tears)." More...

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Dublin Death Patrol Streaming "Mind Sewn Shut"

Dublin Death Patrol (featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy and former Exodus singer Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza) has premiered a song off the new album "Death Sentence" exclusively on MetalInsider.net. You can listen to the song, titled “Mind Sewn Shut,” by heading over to this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Mind Sewn Shut
2. Dehumanize
3. Blood Sirens
4. Broken
5. Welcome to Hell
6. Conquer and Divide
7. Death Toll Rising
8. My Riot
9. Macabre Candor
10. Butcher Baby (Plasmatics cover)

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Hemorrhaging Elysium Streaming New Song

St. Louis, MO act Hemorrhaging Elysium self-released the debut EP, "Messiah of Decay," earlier this month. A track from the release, titled "Pelt of the Weak," can be heard below. The track listing is:

1. Pelt of the Weak
2. The Human Happy Meal
3. Rot
4. Messiah of Decay

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Hexvessel Streaming "A Letter In Birch Bark"

Today HeathenHarvest.org premieres the second new Hexvessel track, "A Letter in Birch Bark." The track hails from Hexvessel's forthcoming second album, "No Holier Temple," set for release on September 7th via Svart Records. Check out the song at this location.

The new album's front cover (below) is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wishes to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album "are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke," discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us." More...

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My Name Engraved Posts "Saint The Destroyer" Video

My Name Engraved has posted an official video for online for the song "Saint the Destroyer." Check out the Jake Stark-directed clip in the YouTube player below. "Saint the Destroyer" is the title track off the new album of the same name, which is available online now via iTunes. For more info on My Name Engraved, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Sanctifier Releases "Daemoncraft" Video

Brazilian death metal act Sanctifier has released a new video clip for the song "Daemoncraft," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"'Daemoncraft' is a neologism created by Sanctifier to relate all the subjects connected to Lovecraft and Necronomicon. Daemoncraft is led by 'a master's hand' which is 'Cthulhu's Hands.' The child on the video represents the new cthulhu's followers who will start to spread the word across the seas and upon them."


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9 Years Denied Streaming New Single

Obstinate Music Group and Sidestep Studios have released the first single from 9 Years Denied - a music project put together by producer Scott Moore from Nashville, TN. Scott (aka “Pighead”) is a producer engineer at Sidestep Studios, and owner of the record label Obstinate Music Group, all located in Nashville.

The "Obsession" single features special guest Rob Rock (Impelliteri, Driver) on vocals. You can listen to the song via Reverbnation or in the player below.

“When I first wrote the song many years ago, I actually had Rob in mind to sing the song. I was very fortunate that he was available and willing to provide the vocals for the song. Rob is an amazing singer and nailed the song perfectly,” says Moore.

Scott penned the song and played the guitars and bass tracks for the song. Drums were provided by Tony Morra, “the easiest session drummer in Nashville to work with…” according to Moore. More...

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Faceshift Recording New Album

Stockholm's Faceshift is recording a new album, with a few of the tracks from the upcoming sophomore release having already been mixed by musical mastermind Lars Chriss (Lion's Share).

Faceshift's personnel roster is a fascinating one: the rhythm guitarist and bass player are both death metal musicians originally (Eternal Oath and Godphobia), the drummer plays in Swedish prog metal band Seventh Wonder, and the vocalist brings a melodic/power element to the table while the lead guitarist adds a really bluesy touch to the mix.

“Combining all those influences,” explains drummer Stefan Norgren, “could have proven a huge challenge, but in fact, once we started writing these new songs, everything fell right into place from the get go. The result is a handful of damn heavy, riff driven tracks, with BIG choruses and tons of cool vocal harmonies. I’d say Faceshift will be well received by fans of such diverse bands as Pantera, Mustasch, Alice In Chains, Symphony X and Dio alike.”

The band is currently recording the full album and is eager to find the perfect record label to release it. For more info head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Efferus Announces New Tour Dates

Efferus is about to embark upon a 6 date tour of the UK, and the band has also released a new video for "Katfish," which comes from the band's upcoming "Born to Be" EP. Check out the Richard Slater directed clip below.

Efferus has also released the new single "Katfish" as a downloadable track at Soundcloud or the band's Facebook page. The group's upcoming tour dates are:

30th Aug - South Sea Live - Sheffield w/Spirytus
31st Aug - Sin City - Swansea w/Spirytus
2nd Sept -The Soundhouse - Leicester w/Spirytus
8th Sept - O’ Grady Bar- Great Yarmouth
9th Sept - Camden Rock- Camden More...

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The 69 Eyes Getting A New Graphic Novel

As Finnish gothic rock band, The 69 Eyes, prepares to release its tenth album "X," the band has also now announced an upcoming graphic novel. The 69 Eyes has issued the following press release:

"It is with great pleasure that gothic boutique publisher, Seraphemera Books & Music, dares to reveal a little bit more of the band’s history than many are aware...or might like to know... Pieced together from a secret story hidden in six of the band’s songs, and certainly confirmed from hints dropped in countless articles and quotes, we bring you the tale of the formation of The 69 Eyes that you would never find on Wikipedia or in the bio section of any record company’s website."

“When we released our first ever 7” single in 1990, it had a 4-page mini comic book enclosed,” commented lead vampire Jyrki69. “In that comic The 69 Eyes were represented as a vampire rock band, and the daughter of Van Helsing came to pay me a visit to the backstage - armed with a wooden stake! Now some two decades later we will finally have our own comic book. The song remains the same - according to a folklore we are real vampires. How else could we have played this long?"

Book 1 will be available this upcoming October, followed by a book being released each following month for two months.

Check out the trailer below, or head to the Seraphemera Books & Music website here for more information. More...

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Wormfood Posts "Decade(nt)" Re-Issue Trailer

A new teaser trailer for "Decade(nt)," a reissue from Wormfood, is now online and available for viewing below. You can also listen to the track "The Dead Bury The Dead" at this location.

Wormfood is an experimental gothic / doom metal band from Paris formed eleven years ago. Evolving in a black / theatrical death metal direction in the early years , the group took a dramatically dark musical turn in 2007. Now this album re-issue has been remastered by Axel Wursthorn (ex-Carnival In Coal) at Walnut Groove Studio and pre-orders are available on the Apathia Records e-shop here.

"Décade(nt)" will be released on September 24th through Apathia Records and the track listing is as follows:

Eponym album remastered
01. Carpathian Carousel
02. Human Circus
03. Abortion Exit
04. Grandpa's Remission
05. The Night Of The Elderly
06. Hunger Anger
07. Schlachthaus
08. Licking The Bones
09. The Dead Bury The Dead
10. Acouphene

Live at Blast Fest 2005
11. Intro
12. Bum Fight
14. Miroir de Chair
15. Comptine
16. Vieux Pédophile

17. Femme Chrétienne (Christian Woman - Type O Negative cover)
18. La Décadanse (Serge Gainsbourg cover) More...

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Gaytheist Announces Northwest Shows

The Portland trio Gaytheist has just unleashed the "Stealth Beats" album via Seattle's Good To Die Records. You can find it streaming in its entirety on the band's official Bandcamp page right here. Meanwhile Gaytheist has added a few additional dates to a string of Northwest shows in September and October, with more touring in the works. Details are as follows:

9/08 – Portland, OR @ Rontoms (Burnside Distro MFNW Party) – 2pm
9/08 – Portland, OR @ People's Sandwich w/ Rabbits, Fist Fite - 4pm
9/14 – Portland, OR @ Kenton Club (Portland Record Release Show)
9/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet (Seattle Record Release) w/ Deadkill, Monogamy Party
10/13 - Portland, OR @ Berbati's (DBmonkey 10th anniversary)
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Absolute Monarchs + guests, DJ Hannah Levin More...

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Amorphis Comments On Upcoming Album Recording

Finnish forerunners of melancholic dark metal, Amorphis, recently announced that they will enter the studio in September to record their yet-untitled 11th album. The follow-up to 2011’s "The Beginning Of Times" (reviewed here) will be produced and mixed by Hypocrisy and Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren.

“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority,” commented Amorphis guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. “I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual, the best decisions are not far to seek. We've been talking to Peter about him producing Amorphis for ages. I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994, and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We've been following Peter's career - he's developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he's one of the true survivors from the 90's death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an old school mental level.”

The recordings are set to take place in the famous premises of Petrax Studio in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. Esa explains: “We’ve decided to record in Finland so that Peter can come here to escape to Petrax in the countryside with us, in order to record all the drums plus some additional lines. Later on, we’ll continue in Helsinki at 5K Studios to lay down the rest of the material. The mixing will be done with Peter in the Swedish Abyss Studios. We’ll keep you posted about how the sessions proceed!” More...

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Wis(h)key Posts "Dead Or Alive" Video Online

Wis(h)key has used the summer break to release a ??second video from the band's first self-titled album. The video for the song "Dead or Alive" was recorded entirely at the band's performance at the Barcelona Harley Days 2012 in July.

The album is also currently available free online via bandcamp. The band's previously posted "Words in Whiskey" video can be viewed at this location.

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Thick As Blood Releases New Video Clip

Florida hardcore band Thick As Blood has now released a music video for the single "The Outsiders," which comes off of the group's Rise Records debut "Living Proof." The album was produced and recorded by Nick Jett of Terror.

The live video takes footage from Thick As Blood's performance at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. Thick As Blood's publicist also commented on the clip that "the pulse-pounding track is complemented with a black and white performance video which shows why the group is one of the fastest rising hardcore bands in the scene today." More...

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Black September Unveils New Track

The Chicago-based death metal quintet Black September has unveiled a second track from the band's new album, "Into The Darkness Into The Void," exclusively on DecibelMagazine.com. Click here to stream "Beyond the Realms," which Decibel calls a “a truly epic slab of whip-smart death metal.”

In case you missed last week's premiere, the new song "Rabid Hunger" is still streaming at CvltNation.com. More new music will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

“Into The Darkness Into The Void,” which the band has described as “one step beyond our previous efforts into a realm of untamed energy,” is due out September 25th. In other news, Black September will host a free listening party for the new album on Sunday, September 23rd at EXIT Chicago as part of the Chicago Metal Factory’s “Metal Sundays." You can find more information on the event page here. The band will also be playing a record release show on September 29 in Chicago at the Ultra Lounge with support from Abysme, Coffinworm, and Terminate. More...

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Leeroy Djentkins Streaming New Album

Leeroy Djentkins has released a new album online for streaming titled "Dyssomnia." The full album is now available online for streaming or name-your-price download via bandcamp or the player below. The track listing is:

1. Hypersomnia 03:57
2. Prepare for Conversion 03:59
3. Circadian Clock 02:57
4. Finished 03:28
5. Amygdala 05:19
6. Somnolence 01:10
7. Narcolepsy 03:11
8. Sky Deity 08:00
9. The Key 05:46 More...

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Heaven's Cry Posts New Lyric Video

Canadian act Heaven's Cry will release third album and Prosthetic debut "Wheels of Impermanence" on September 25th. The band has now released a lyric video for the track "Compass," which can be viewed below or over at Stereokiller.com.

"Wheels of Impermanence" -- which is now available for pre-order here -- was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The album artwork was done by Felipe Quinzanos (Neuraxis) and the complete track listing can be seen below.

1. Empire's Doll
2. Realigning
3. The Hollow
4. Wheels of Impermanence
5. The Healing
6. Compass
7. The Mad Machine
8. Consequence
9. Catalyse
10. A Glimpse of Hope More...

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Ambassador Gun Signs To Prosthetic Records

Minnesota-based outfit Ambassador Gun has signed with Prosthetic Records. “We are fucking psyched to be a part of the Prosthetic roster,” stated the band. “This is a reputable and integral label in heavy music with amazing bands, and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”

You can check out Ambassador Gun by streaming or downloading the track “Wounded Knee” off of the band's forthcoming Prosthetic debut -- a mix of grindcore with death metal-infused thrash, blended with some punk and crust elements -- in the player below or at the Prosthetic Records Soundcloud page.

Ambassador Gun, whose name stems from a certain style of sunglasses for pilots, was formed by high school buddies Tim Sieler and Luke Olson. After having both played in similar punk and metal bands throughout the mid-'90s, the pair relocated to Minnesota in 2000. "From there," Olson recalls, "we started to write a lot of psychedelic, experimental metal in the vein of Neurosis and Today Is The Day and somehow blended it with the stylings of Slayer and old-school Hatebreed."

This led to the 2007 release of a first EP, “The Streets Have Eyes” (This Dark Reign Recordings). It was not until 2009, however, that the band released a first full-length studio album, “When In Hell,” through Pangea Recordings/Relapse Records. “We had a new enthusiasm to write short, grind–punk-metal songs,” said Olson. After a few line-up changes, drummer Patrick Ruhland joined the band for the release of the 2010 EP “Fear and Coercion." Olson stated, “This guy is a blastbeat metronome. Writing, demoing and recording have been amazing!” More...

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Vision Of Disorder Releases New Music Video

Today Vision Of Disorder discloses another new single from the band's pending full-length, "The Cursed Remain Cursed," in the form of a video for the album’s second track, “Set To Fail.” Check out the video below or over at MetalInjection.net here. "The Cursed Remain Cursed" is due out on September 18th, 2012.

Stated guitarist Matt Baumbach: "’Set To Fail’ is a song that was literally finished the day before we went into the studio. [Mike] Kennedy showed up with this insane riff and it all came together very fast. This record is crazy in that some songs took three years and others took three days. It's by far one of our strongest tracks ever in my opinion and its gonna be insane live."

Vocalist Tim Williams added: “Set To Fail” was the last song to come together for The Cursed Remain Cursed writing sessions. When the track was played back over the studio speakers it was clear from the first thirty seconds we had a monster on our hands. The track represented everything VOD was, is and will be. All the elements and chaos VOD has to offer is within the track. When our friend Kirk Farrington approached us for a video shoot there was no doubt in our minds that this song would be it. Lyrically, the utmost honest and venomous track on the record, coming from a journey through the several levels of a personal hell so deep, that even the sun could cast no shadows.” More...

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Monuments Streaming Entire New Album

U.K. progressive tech metallers Monuments will be releasing their debut full-length album, "Gnosis," this August in Europe and September in North America (see below for release dates by territory). To hear "Gnosis" in its entirety before release date, head over to Visions.de here.

In regards to the album streams, the band comments: "Ladies and gentleman, we give you 'Gnosis' - open up your 3rd eye, it's time to awaken from this failing world and restore humanity." The worldwide release dates are:

Germany / Norway: Friday, August 24, 2012
U.K. / France: Monday, August 27, 2012
Spain / Italy: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sweden / Finland: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Australia / New Zealand: Friday, August 31, 2012
North America: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The album's track listing is: More...

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Mortor Announces Ontario Shows

Canadian death thrashers Mortor, who are gearing up for the release of their new album "Shoot 'Em Up" on September 18th, have announced they will be performing upcoming Ontario dates. Local fans will be able to get exclusive advance copies of Mortor's new album at the show. You can also listen to the new track "Under The Flag" in the player below.

Mortor will also be performing a live set along with an interview tonight (Thursday, Aug 23rd) on CKCU 93.1FM's show Ottawa Live, which can be heard online at this location.

Recorded at Garage Studios by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and engineered by Mathieu Marcotte (Augury), "Shoot 'Em Up" includes 14 tracks of blistering speed, crushing riffs, and trademark catchy hooks and is the follow up to the band's 2010 gut wrenching annihilator "Metal Ride." The band's upcoming live shows are:

September 8, 2012 - The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Dead 3 Days
September 9, 2012 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON - w/ Kreator, Swallow The Sun, From The Deep More...

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Pastore Signs With Inner Wound Recordings

Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the Brazilian heavy metal act Pastore. The new album "The End Of Our Flames" will be released on October 12th in Europe and North America. The debut album "The Price For The Human Sins" will be released digitally in Europe and North America October 12th as well. Inner Wound comments:

"The sound of Pastore can be described as a modern straight to the point kind of heavy metal, with powerful vocals influenced by bands like Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden and Helloween. The mix and mastering of 'The End Of Our Flames' was handled by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson [Scar Symmetry, Miseration, Incrave] at Panic Room Studio, Sweden. Check out the music video for the track 'Brutal Storm' below."

"The End Of Our Flames" track listing is:

01. The End Of Our Flames
02. Night And Day
03. Brutal Storm
04. Fools
05. Empty World
06. Liar
07. When The Sun Rises
08. Envy
09. Unreal Messages
10. Bring To Me Peace
11. The World Is Falling More...

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Ithilien Splits With Drummer

Belgian folk metallers Ithilien have issued the following announcement about parting ways with their drummer and working on a new album:

"Ithilien has sad news - Thomas Fróes, our drummer, decided to leave the ship to be more invested in his other life projects. It is therefore with great regret that we annonce publicly that the place of drummer for Ithilien is free. If interested, contact us.

"We will leave not drop the production of our album. This will be difficult but we will continue in hoping meet a new member to join the group!

"Album progress - Drums: Done Guitars: Done Bass: Done Accoustic instruments: Done Synths: Done Vocals: In progress!"

For more in Ithilien, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Evil Entourage Posts New Video

Mexican death metal posse Evil Entourage has posted a brand new official video from its six song album "The Opposition" from earlier in the year. "The Opposition" has been streaming over on Soundcloud if you haven't checked it out already. The album will be officially released on Chaos Records Sept. 17th and will feature the artwork which is posted below. Evil Entourage will be playing at the Turitam Metal Fest Vol. 1 in Tampico on Sept. 29th with renowned Monterey band Maligno and nine other bands. They also have the Heaven's Opposition Tour in the works for 2013, and will post updates on that via their Facebook page.


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Element Of Eclipse Reveals Album Release

Element of Eclipse has revealed that the band's new album "Apotheosis" is set for release on September 30th, 2012. Pre-orders for the album, which features nine godless anthemic tracks, can be found at this location. The track listing is:

I. Astral Fire (Pneuma)
II. Vadicidal Storm (Autumnal Reaping Ov The Apocryphal Prophets)
III. Thelemic Vehemency (Auspicious Enterprise)
IV. AntiChristian Assault (Defeating The Legions Ov Error)
V. Aphotic Throne Triumphant (Horus On The Horizon Returns To Forever)
VI. Elixir Vitae (IA APOPHRASZ)
VII. Ravenous Wonder (Wolfish And Moon Blood)
VIII. Uraneus Crowned (The Dark Side Ov The Sun)
IX. Metamorphosis Ov The Adherent (Master Ov The Temple That Dwells In The City Ov The Pyramids) More...

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Attention Monger Streaming Album

Tijuana hardcore punk/metal band Attention Monger is streaming its nine-song album "Life Lessons in Seven Minutes" over at Bandcamp. The title that Attention Monger chose for the album possibly comes from its length. The band will be performing its debut show on August 24th at the YouRevolution Bar on Sixth and Revolution Streets in Tijuana along with the bands Define Our Hope, Billy Brown and Mind Your P's And Q's.

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