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Metal News for August 26, 2012

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Ex Deo Posts "Per Oculus Aquila" Lyric Video

Canadian legionnaires Ex Deo posted a new lyric video for the track "Per Oculus Aquila." The song appears on the much anticipated "Caligvla" album which is due for release on August 31, 2012 through Napalm Records (see Metal Underground.com's review here).

Preview clips from the entire album at this location.

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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Saille Announces Return Of Former Member

Belgian metal act Saille, which is currently recording a new album, has issued the following announcement about the return of a former member:

"Jonathan Vanderwal, former frontman of Saille, has rejoined the band, be it as guitarist this time. He replaces Yves Callaert, who left Saille recently.

"Jonathan took care of the guitars on both 'Irreversible Decay' and the soon to be released successor (January 2013), it was therefore an obvious choice. Be prepared!"

For more info on Saille, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Silent Descent Streaming "Coke Stars" Track

Silent Descent has posted the song "Coke Stars" online, which features a guest spot by vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva, who is known for her solo work and collaborations with Cradle of Filth. The track can be heard below, and Sarah Jezebel Deva comments:

"So last year, I secretly did a track with the amazing Silent Descent.... I have attached the track and personally, I find it utterly addictive AND our very own Dan Abela recorded and mixed this at his studio Legacy London, whilst naked....."

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Miss May I Releases New Lyric Video

Rise Records metal act Miss May I has released a lyric video for "Ballad Of A Broken Man," which comes off the band's latest release "At Heart" (reviewed here). The Troy, Ohio based act released the album in June to strong Billboard charting positions, debuting at #3 in US Hard Rock, #5 Us Independent, and #12 US Rock. The clip is available below, or you can also watch the previously posted video for "Hey Mister" at this location.

The band recently wrapped up its summer on the Vans Warped Tour for the second straight year and will be heading out this fall headlining the AP Tour with The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud. Dates can be seen after the jump.

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Broken Hope Details Guitar Giveaway For 9/11 Show

ESP Guitars and Basses and AllAxess.com are pleased to announce a special signature ESP guitar giveaway at the upcoming Broken Hope 9/11 NYC show at Gramercy Theater. Fans can enter the contest at the band’s merch table at the show, and one signature ESP will go to a lucky winner chosen at random. To honor the 9/11 heroes and those lost, the band is also donating $911 to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

"On behalf of Broken Hope, we're humbled and grateful to perform at the Gramercy Theater on 9/11. We're also very excited to give our New York fans a powerful, positive performance and pay tribute to the fallen---we aim to boost everyone's spirits on this day of loss and reflection,” states guitarist Jeremy Wagner. “Big thanks to all Broken Hope fans for coming out this night, and we thank the great city of New York for having us!"

The recently reactivated band has also been confirmed for the Maryland Deathfest 2013 in Baltimore, MD from May 23rd to 26th. For more information on MDF, click here. See below for all current tour dates and stay tuned for updates. More...

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Gwar Issues GWAR-B-Q Recap

"Beyond our wildest dreams, and they can get pretty kinky, we were almost completely 100 % satisfied with this years GWAR-B-Q," said lead singer Oderus Urungus, reached at his Antarctic bungalo. "Everything went well, except that hottie from Attack of the Show didn't show up...but I suppose that is understandable. We did feed her to a worm last year!"

From everything to the weather (which was an enjoyable 85 degrees), to the authorities (who seemed to be enjoying themselves), to the bands (who all put on amazing sets), all conditions were in perfect alignment and the much-anticipated event went off without a hitch...well, almost.

Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say about the event: "The 'Meat and Beat' went great, and Oderus stayed in the area an extra three hours to make sure everybody got to hang out with their Lord and Master. It was a great line-up of great bands, and we got to see both Sleazy P. AND The Sexecutioner! It was a huge improvement over last year (when we didn't even manage to have it outside) - we made big strides this year and I am sure next year we will get even bigger and better. Rest assured any hiccups we had have been noted and will be sorted out for next year's event...so see ya at GWAR-B-Q 2013!"

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More Bands Announced For Hammerfest 5

The organizers of the Hammerfest 5 festival have issued the following announcement about confirming bands for the upcoming 2013 edition:

"Hammerfest 5 (In Fear of the Dragon) are proud to announce that the Kings of Swedish Doom Metal Candlemass will grace the event now in its new location at Haven in Phwelli in North Wales. For those of you that need a reminder of Doom at its most glorious click here for Candlemass"s classic video for Bewitched.

"Hammerfest are also extremely happy to welcome back Birminghams finest grindcore/extreme metal band, the legends that are Napalm Death. Anyone that witnessed their set the last time they played would understand, why we had to have them back.

"Lining up alongside the above are none other than Norway's Enslaved fronted by Bjørnson and Kjellson who add their fine blend of progressive Black Metal to the proceedings. To watch the brilliant video to Path to Vanir click here.

"Empress will be making their Hammerfest debut, bringing their impressive blend of prog-metal, plus we have Trad Metallers and firm Hammer favorites StukaSquadron, Manchesters trad black Metallers Winterfylleth, and Welsh Metallers Triaxis. More...

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Retaliatory Measures Signs With Massacre

Retaliatory Measures has officially inked a deal with Massacre Records. The label issued the following statement:

"Retaliatory Measures from Finland was founded in early 2009 by Kalle Hahtamo (Guitar), Pessi Haltsonen (Vocals) and Janne Halima (Guitar). Soon Iiro Aittokoski (Drums) and Teemu Heurlin (Bass) joined the band. Teemu left the band about a year later and was repleaced by Marko Mäkipanula.

"They released their first demo in late 2009, which gained good feedback from the music media in Finland. A second promo CD entitled 'MMX' followed a year later. Retaliatory Measures has been hitting the stages since the beginning of the band and played with bands such as Omnium Gatherum, Insomniumm, Rotten Sound or Napoleon Skullfuck."

Being asked about the lyrical themes of their songs, Iiro said this in an interview with The Core Of Brutality: "[Our songs deal with] death, accepting death, tattoo artists and Mel Gibson."

Retaliatory Measures' debut album "Withdrawal Syndromes" is going to be released on October 26th, 2012 via Massacre Records.

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WirgHata Posts Keyboard Footage Online

Krasnoyarsk, Russia based metal act WirgHata has posted a video clip online from the band's time working on a new album, which can be viewed below, and additional recording footage is available via YouTube. The band's as-yet-untitled album is currently set for release by the end of the year. WirgHata also commented on its history and soudn:

"Originally it was true black metal oriented 4-piece formation, but just a year ago significant changes happened that affected not only the music but also the line-up. WirgHata today is an attempt to combine symphonic black metal spirit with melodic death metal drive and melodies moving mostly towards to melodic death metal. The people who like Children of Bodom, Illnath and Blinded by Faith will probably like the music."

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Perpetual Dawn Unveils New EP Artwork

Perpetual Dawn has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming EP, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:

"The new EP artwork has just been uploaded in preparation for recording. Drums have been recorded and hope to start rehearshing guitars and keyboards soon; an end of year release would be great but we will see!

"With great musicians joining me in recording this time, I definitely look forward to it! Aso, I made a Perpetual Dawn bandcamp with the '...And become, the essence of night EP' on it as a free download." More...

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Insision Working On New Album

Swedish act Insision has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album and streaming the song "Exaggerated Torment" online:

"We are currently working on new material for Insision's next, yet untitled full length album. Now, We're not the fastest band on the planet to release full length records so for now we give you one track of the latest recording of the song 'Exaggerated Torment' recorded this year on our Myspace page.

"It features Carl Birath along with the Insision's Ex Vocalist Johan Thornberg. The track appears on our 15 year Anniversary CD '15 Years Of Exaggerated Torment.' This song was recorded along with OffBeat studio's Sound Enginner Anders Eriksson. Buy the fucking album & stay tuned for more to come!

"Horns up, Insision."

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Interview

Olaf Thörsen Sets The Destination Of Vision Divine

2012 has been a stunning year for new metal. In particular, the Italian scene has seen an explosion of quality material whether you talk about Luca Turilli's Rhapsody or Sound Storm and even those the world has not yet heard such as Wind Rose and Hollow Haze. The pressure was on for Vision Divine co-founder Olaf Thörsen (born Carlo Andrea Magnani). Carrying the distinction of bringing Labyrinth back to its legendary status at the top with the 2010 release "Return to Heaven Denied, Pt. II - A Midnight Autumn's Dream" upon his own return, he "set his destination" back to Vision Divine to dream up the new concept LP "Destination Set to Nowhere." With co-founder and Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione back in the fold since the 2009 release "9 Degrees West of the Moon," the dynamic duo returns with a seventh stunning progressive masterpiece (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).

Granting interview time, Olaf Thörsen now set his destination for Metal Underground.com where he tells the whole story of "Destination Set to Nowhere": its concept on human nature, how it was written, what it was like to work with the world's best vocalist and just how much it meant to him to NOT have his music compared to generic power metal. What follows turned out to be one of your author's most enjoyable conversations. More...

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Sunday Old School: BulletBoys

Love the BulletBoys. Hate the BulletBoys. Never heard of the BulletBoys. There are only three options here. MAYBE, a fourth option: being a fan of Marq Torien’s hair. Nah, if you were a fan of Torien’s hair then admit it: You loved the BulletBoys! More...

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