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Metal News for August 29, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Skineater Streaming New Song Online

Skineater has posted a new full song online from the "Dermal Harvest" album, which is set to be released soon on Pulverised Records. Check out the track "Your Life is Mine" in the player below. The album's track listing is:

1. Dismantling
2. He Was Murdered
3. Drifting
4. Your Life is Mine
5. Made of Godsick
6. A Thousand Dead Faces
7. Solitude Discord
8. Bring Them
9. Stab
10. Through the Empire More...

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Lavatory Signs To Pulverised Records

Pulverised Records is pleased to announce the latest addition to its roster of brutality: Malaysian death metal deviants, Lavatory. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Spawned in 2012, a five-song EP entitled 'Transgression' was issued earlier this Summer and showcases the band's unwavering penchant for raw, Swede-ian death metal as originally conjured by the likes of Entombed, Carcass and Dismember. Lavatory is currently working on their full-length debut. In the meantime, sample their delicious sonic decay below."

Notes Lavatory throat-slasher Muntah Ke Darah of the union with Pulverised: “It’s a dream come true for Lavatory to sign with Pulverised as we are the first Malaysian band offered with this opportunity.”

Adds Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo: “Lavatory caught us by complete surprise when we first heard them, and truth be told, there really aren’t many bands in the Southeast Asia region paying tribute to the elder statesmen of Swedish death metal! This sinister alliance between Lavatory and Pulverised Records will prove to be an interesting yet lethal one indeed. We cannot wait to hear how they will pick up from where they left off with the Transgression EP. Something tells me that a mixture of sick, crushing and rotten death metal is coming our way!”

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Earthen Grave Playing East Coast Shows

Amidst a cluster of regional Summer tours, including recent performances throughout the Midwest and Southern U.S. and a show in Canada, Chicago’s orchestral epic doom outfit Earthen Grave will head east this week.

The band will play an early show at Acheron in Brooklyn, New York this Friday, preceded by a concert by bassist Ron Holzner’s other band The Skull with Eric Wagner at Saint Vitus Bar. The next day Earthen Grave will travel to Connecticut for a performance at Stoner Hands of Doom XII on Saturday alongside RoadSaw, Ichabod, Raw Radar War, Pilgrim, Earthride, Revelation, Pale Divine, Iron Man, Elder, War Injun and tons more at the four-day all-ages event. Earthen Grave will be unveiling a brand new track at the East Coast shows this weekend as well.

Earthen Grave will also be supporting Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown and Vinny Appice) Thursday Sept 13th at Chicago’s Double Door, and the performance is to be streamed live on Gigity.TV. Specifics will be posted on the band’s website shortly. Earthen Grave recently performed at the two-day Days Of The Doomed II Festival in Cudahy, Wisconsin alongside Solace, Blood Farmers, Earthride, Revelation, Argus and more.

The outfit then crossed into Canada and played a first international show, as part of the Music & Beyond Festival in Ontario where the band performed within a deconsecrated wood cathedral. Several weeks later as the group was set to play in New Orleans, the show was canceled en-route. Making last-minute arrangements, EG ended up joining the bill at a raging, beer-soaked CD release party for Hipsterectomy in Austin, and also landed a spot on Ripple Festival in Dallas where the infamous Sherman from Earthride joined for two songs, and guitarist Jason Muxlow met one his biggest metal influences when he busted a guitar string mid-set and John Perez stepped out of the crowd to fix it. View footage from a recent show after the jump. More...

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Kylesa To Release "From The Vaults, Vol. 1"

Kylesa is set to release “From The Vaults, Vol. 1,” a twelve-song collection featuring unreleased and alternate versions of songs spanning the band's catalog, including a cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," on November 16th (November 20th in North America).

“This project has been a labor of love,” explains guitarist/singer/producer Phillip Cope. “We have spent over a year going through old songs, covers, etc. and collected those we felt went well together; remixing and finishing them up. We didn't want to release something just thrown together so we put a lot of thought and time into it. I am really happy about how this came together. I think it is a good representation of Kylesa's different styles from early on to present day."

The track listing is:

1. Intro **
2. Inverse **
3. 111 Degree Heat Index ***
4. Between Silence and Sound II ***
5. Paranoid Tempo **
6. End Truth *
7. Bottom Line II ***
8. Wavering **
9. Bass Salts **
10. Drained **
11. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun **
12. Drum Jam **

* New
** Rare / Previously unreleased
*** Alternate version More...

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Ashent Shoots New Music Video

Ashent is proud to announce a first official music video for the track “Magnification Of A Daydream,” taken from the upcoming new album “Inheritance.”

The video was directed by Francesco Sogaro with the collaboration of Valeria Battain. Ashent would also like to thank Giulia Antonello (actress) and Debora Palmerini (make-up) for their availability and professionalism. The video premiere will be shared on Ashent and Lion Music’s official channels during the coming weeks.

"Inheritance" sees its release on September 21st, 2012 and marks the progressive metallers third album and welcomes three new members - Titta Tani (Goblin, Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM), Gilles Boscolo on keyboards, and Alessandro Cossu on second guitar. More...

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Mastercastle Working On New Album

Italian quartet Mastercastle is currently working on a fourth album entitled "Metals," with an anticipated release of early 2013 on Lion Music.

The Mastercastle line up, driven by vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, guitarist Pier Gonella and bassist Steve Vawamas, introduces a special new presence to the band – drummer John Macaluso (Malmsteen, James Labrie, TNT, Ark etc).

Pier Gonella comments, “It’s fantastic to have John in the band. His playing style has long been admired by all Mastercastle members and to have his signature drum sound driving the new material is something we can’t wait to introduce to our fan base."

Additional details will be revealed as they are made available. The new album will follow last year's "Dangerous Diamonds."

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Orloff Finishes Recording New Album

Orloff has completed the recordings for debut album, "Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies," which is to be released later this year on Razorback Recordings. The album is currently being mixed and mastered.

You can also listen to the band's debut demo, "Swamp of the Ravens," right here. You can order copies of the demo from the Razorback webstore.

For more info on Orloff, check out the band's Facebook profile here. Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Alberto Rigoni Unveils New Album

Famed Italian musician Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits/Mistheria) announced that his third solo release "Three Wise Monkeys" will be released on October 1, 2012 in North America through Nightmare Records (Japan through Disk Union, Europe through Power Prog, Russia through Media Star and in Italy through BTF Records).

Half instrumental/half Vocals, the new album is thematically centered around the Japanese folk legend of the three wise monkeys ("see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil") and further refines the stylistic contrasts and progressive spirit characterizing his 2011 sophomore release "Rebirth."

Some of the special guests to appear on "Three Wise Monkeys" include keyboard player Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater/OSI/Chroma Key), singer Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Vindictiv/Time Requiem) and drummer Mark Cross (Outloud/ex-Helloween/Firewind), along with many others.

More info about the album (complete special guest list, track list, video trailer) will be revealed in the coming weeks. Check out footage from the recording sessions here: More...

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Pursuing The End Issues Recording Update

Pursuing the End has issued the following announcement about recording material for an upcoming album:

"Currently we are in studio to record the pre-produced songs of our debut album. There a lot of work to do but we are very proud of what is coming out...it will be a mind-blowing album!

"Now we can reveal that the music of the album will be a mixture of Pursuing The End's current style and something more! So stay tuned and keep spreading our music! And don't miss the release of Withering Digital Deluxe Edition the 1st of September!" More...

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Early Graves Unveils New Album Title Track

Bay Area metal band Early Graves has unveiled the monstrous title track and artwork from the band's forthcoming album, "Red Horse," today on Pitchfork.com. Check out the song via Pitchfork here.

"Red Horse" is scheduled for release on October 30th via No Sleep Records and is available for pre-order now at this location.

On the band's first album since the tragic death of founding singer Makh Daniels two years ago, Early Graves finds a new voice with close friend John Strachan, of the Funeral Pyre, taking over the blood curdling vocal duties. The album features eight face-melting tracks that clock in at just over thirty-two minutes.

The band’s newly released title track comes on the heels of a recent announcement for a fall U.S. tour with Skeletonwitch, which kicks off in mid-September, leading up to the release of "Red Horse." More...

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Sons Of Tonatiuh Updates Tour Schedule

Atlanta dirge merchants, Sons of Tonatiuh, are set to bring their bottom-end to the masses this Labor Day weekend on a short run of dates that will include a stop at the Mutants of the Monster II Fest with Rwake, Hull, The Ascent Of Everest, Broken Teeth, Dahkma, Beneath Oblivion, Sound Of the Mountain, Chronic Ritual and many more.

Comments the band: "Can't wait to see our brothers and sisters over at the Mutant Fest in Little Rock this weekend. It will be a rager because there really isn't much else to do in the Republican state."

Later this October, Sons of Tonatiuh will again bring the sludge to the road for a two-plus week excursion across the U.S. with additional shows to be announced soon. Additionally, the band will appear on the Southwest Terror Fest, a two-day auditory assault organized by Arizona sludge terrorists Godhunter. Set to take place on October 19th and 20th, 2012, the debauchery-ridden shenanigans will include over thirty local and nationally-based acts, some on tour and others specific to this event. Visit the official event Facebook page here for more info. More...

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Devil To Pay Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Devil To Pay has announced that the band will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary by trekking across parts of America to rock out with friends and fans along the way. Having put the final touches on the writing and demos for a next album (and first with Ripple Music), DTP is anxious to hit the road and bring along some sonic devastation.

Audiences along the route will be treated to a handful of brand new tracks that will be featured on the as-of-yet untitled fourth album, as well as some surprise tunes if time permits. On Saturday, September 1st, the Indianapolis-based purveyors of heavy rock will be bringing their catalog of destruction to the 4-day Stoner Hands of Doom Festival. Upcoming tour dates are:

8/29 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Lo-Pan
8/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub w/ Argus & Iron Crown
8/31 - NYC, NY @ Trash Bar w/ IKILLYA & Hung
9/1 - New London, CT @ El N Gee Club for Stoner Hands of Doom XII
9/2 - Newark, DE @ Mojo Main w/ Beelzefuzz, Pale Divine & Admiral Browning

The following press release was also issued about the band: More...

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Arkhamin Kirajasto Releases New Video Clip

Today, Arkhamin Kirajasto premieres the track "The Cult of No Return," as well as its accompanying video, at Decibel magazine's website. "The Cult of No Return" comes off the band's debut album, "Torches Ablaze," set for worldwide release on September 5th through Ektro Records.

The track and video for "The Cult of No Return" can be heard/seen in its entirety via Decibel right here. The video can also be viewed in the player below. The previously posted song "Sleeping Beauty" is also still available at this location.

The album's track listing is:

1. The Cult of No Return
2. Knights of Torment
3. Sleeping Beauty
4. Sea of Madness
5. Bitch from Hell
6. Thousand Snakes
7. Speed, Yog Sogoth
8. Golem Made of Flesh
9. Synthetic Death
10. When the Light is Dead and Gone More...

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Exordium Mors Announces New EP Release

Exordium Mors has issued the following announcement about the release of the new "Sacrifice, Perish, and Demise" EP:

"AVE! Exordium Mors are set to sacrifice their latest offering to the Apotheosis of Death… 'Sacrifice, Perish and Demise' EP to be evoked by Hell's Vomit Productions. This latest offering will be carbonised before your very eyes at the Kings Arms, Auckland on October 12th with our fellow Promethean Flame Wielders:

Nullifier - Devastating Death Thrash
Winter Deluge - Atmospheric and Vicious Black metal
Carnal - Relentless Brutal Death Metal
Stormforge - Triumphant Power Metal

"More merch will be available at the show and online soon via our website. More details for this to come! For wholesale purchases please contact hellsvomit@gmail.com.

"Do thou wield the flames of desecration or will thou perish in the ashes of their defeat? Stake your claim before the Apotheosis of Death and be judged in the inferno of damnation this October. This isn't music, this isn't art….THIS IS A FVKKING SACRIFICE." More...

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Sorrows Path Announces Guest Musician

After previously announced bassist Vangelis Yalamas from Fragile Vastness will be the guest bassist for an upcoming new album, Greek act Sorrows Path has now issued the following announcement about another guest contributor:

"We are really glad to announce that the drummer Lefteris Moros (Innerwish) will be the guest rhythm section along with our producer, bassist Vangelis Yalamas (Fragile Vastness, Goin' Through) for an instrumental song that will be the finale of the upcoming Sorrows Path album!

"The album is being recorded at Fragile studios since August 20 and two more international guests will be announced very soon... This will be out late 2012 by German ROCK IT UP/ICEWARRIOR records. Doom rules eternally..."

Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available.

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In Death Comments On Upcoming EP

Brisbane based groove/death metallers In Death have announced their upcoming as yet untitled EP is set for release in January 2013. The EP will feature six tracks, five of all new material, and a
re-recorded version of an old fan favorite. Vocalist Kell "Krugga" Pressnell comments:

“Why a press release for a release date that’s so far away?” We really feel and hope that this announcement and probably more so, the final product will have a real and positive flow-on effect for Australian metal acts and their endeavours to make world class, kick ass metal music. We hope to re-inforce that Aussie bands belong on the world metal map!"

Bassist Danika Ruohonen adds, "We are extremely excited and proud to announce that our new material will be mixed and mastered by none other than the legendary Logan Mader! This man is, in part, responsible for many of the biggest and best metal albums over the last 18 plus years."

Vocalist Krugga also says: “We’ll wrap up pre-production within the next week, so the next phase is where the real work begins. Having Logan on board is such a massive boost, and rather than feeling any pressure, this will spur us on to create an absolute fucking monster release! To be only the second Australian band to have the opportunity to work with Logan is a huge honour for us. We just can’t wait for people to hear this new material, and hear what we can really do! We’ll be posting more updates, as they occur to our website."

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A Sound Of Thunder Announces Guest Vocalist

As was previously announced, Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A Sound of Thunder are now offering their new "Queen of Hell" EP exclusively through Kickstarter.com. The EP serves as a follow up to the 2012 studio album "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here) and teaser for the band's next studio album "Time's Arrow," due in spring 2013.

"Queen of Hell" was produced by Kevin "131" Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept) at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia. According to guitarist Josh Schwartz, "We had too much great material for our next album and weren't willing to shelve it, so the EP was a no-brainer. It gives us a great reward to offer the fans who support our fundraising campaign for the next album, and reduces the wait time for new music from the band."

A teaser clip for "Queen of Hell" can be found below. Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman makes an appearance on the EP, performing a duet with vocalist Nina Osegueda on the title track. "Veronica is a real metal monster of a vocalist, and has the power and presence to deliver this kind of classic metal. She is a true queen of metal and together with Nina, your speakers might just explode!" said Schwartz.

Freeman commented: "Sometimes I get asked to do a special project and I have to give it a bit of thought, but with Nina, having performed with her on stage before and knowing how she can
'bring it' I knew it was not only going to be a lot of fun, but that it would be some kick ass music to work with. It was a real honor to be asked to work with her and A SOUND OF THUNDER. Hmmmmm, hope to do something more in the future... you never know!!" More...

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Ignitor Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user montopolisthrasher, of Texas metal act Ignitor performing live at The Beauty Ballroom on August 17th, 2012. Check out the performance of "Heavy Metal Holocaust" in the player available below. Ignitor released new album "Year of the Metal Tiger" this past April.

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Obscene Recruits New Drummer

Chilean band Obscene has announced its new drummer Guillermo Pereira. The band has also posted a video to its YouTube channel, where you can watch the new drummer performing "The Convolution Day" Check out the clip below.

Obscene recently released new album "See" via Digmetalworld Records. The entire album can be streamed at this location. The track listing is:

1. Unnamed
2. Isolated
3. Blind Citizens
4. Human Epitaph
5. Stupid Manipulator
6. No More Fucking Love Songs More...

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Panikk Finishes Recording New Album

The thrash metal maniacs in Panikk just finished the recording of their upcoming album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2013 on Metal Tank Records under the name of "Unbearable Conditions."

The band comments: "We finally finished the recording of Unbearable Conditions. The overall recording went smoothly, in fast mood and with no dramatic issues. We already heard the very final result and the entire crew is both excited and thrilled about what months of recording gave birth to a lethal dose of fast, old school and untamed thrash metal. We are pretty sure that all of you enjoying tunes from legendary acts such as VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, SEPULTURA, DEMOLITION HAMMER, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN will dig our latest effort at 100%."

Below you can also preview "Panic Attack," the first single taken from the album. More...

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C.F.A. Releasing Debut Album Through Ripple Music

Ripple Music has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with C.F.A. to release the band's debut full-length album:

"Welcome to the world of Stoner-core! It's blistering in intensity. Riff-mad in execution. Blissed out in stoner madness and amped up in hardcore fury. Stoner-core is a brutal assault of stoner retro-rock mastery with the attitude of pure punk. And C.F.A. are on the front line of this mutated beast of rock fury.

"Now, Tacoma, WA-based hard rockers, C.F.A. (Cody Foster Army) and Ripple Music are going to unleash the power of Stoner-core onto the masses. Ripple Music is proud to announce world-wide distribution of C.F.A's first full-length album, Managed By The Devil, Brought To You By The Grace Of God. The sixteen track album of blitzing Stoner/punk anthems will be in stores on October 23rd, 2012.

"And keeping with their middle-finger-to-the-status-quo ethos, check out the band's 'backward is forward' CD cover design, where the band take something as standard as CD packaging and blow it up to serve their own mad principles." More...

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Liv Kristine Streaming New Song Teaser

Liv Kristine has posted a teaser for the song "Silence" online, which can be heard via Facebook. Liv also commented:

"Dear Fans & Friends, here's the teaser of the track 'Silence' for you! It was composed in one night. Initially there was this very interesting piano tune, by which the song begins, which really made my musical heart fall in love immediately. It is, to be honest, one of the most interesting compositions I've been part of.

"Moreover, it was truly emotional to record it because this song tells my own story. The way it builds up in its structure and emotional expression is quite unusual, too. It was recorded in one complete take to optimize the emotional effect.

"Thematically the song is strongly bound to a certain state of being: I imagine 'silence' to be that comforting feeling which takes you deeper into you soul-life where you face your emotions, thoughts, dreams and past experiences. 'Silence in the deep' conveys both the feeling of freedom when floating under water, hearing your heart beat, your own breath, and also the wish to be in balance with yourself, knowing who you are and what life is worth. My inspiration comes from the sound of water, which is especially dear to me since I grew up by the sea. I hope you find your own 'silence' in this song." More...

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Dokken Reveals New Album Details

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the return of melodic hard rockers Dokken with the band’s 11th studio album, "Broken Bones," being confirmed for release on September 21st in Europe and September 25th in North America.

The album will be released in two configurations: standard CD and limited edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive “Making Of The Album” documentary. "Broken Bones" was produced by Dokken frontman and namesake, Don Dokken, and mixed by Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, Collective Soul) and Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake). Mastering was handled by engineer Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sepultura). According to a press release, the new set "features a return to the band’s signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production."

Don Dokken commented, “We’ve never had a #1 hit; we’ve just kept touring winning fans over one by one.” The first single from the album will be “Empire,” and you can click here to check out a sample of the song. The album's track listing is:

1. Empire
2. Broken Bones
3. Best Of Me
4. Blind
5. Waterfall
6. Victim Of The Crime
7. Burning Tears
8. Today
9. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
11. Tonight More...

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Murder Construct Streaming Entire New Album

Los Angeles, CA’s death/grind act Murder Construct is currently streaming debut full-length "Results" in its entirety via Metal Sucks at this location. "Results" features 11 tracks of violent, uncompromising grind and has officially been released in the US on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse.

The new album can be purchased via iTunes here. Additionally, the band recently shot a music video for the track “Red All Over” with director Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation). The official premiere of the video will be released shortly.

Murder Construct features Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) on vocals, Leon del Muerte (Exhumed, Phobia, Impaled) on guitar and vocals, Kevin Fetus (Lack of Interest, Fetus Eaters) on guitar, Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Uphill Battle) on drums, and Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip) on bass. More...

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S.U.E. Streaming New Album's Title Track

Spheric Universe Experience will release upcoming album "The New Eve" this coming September 11th via Nightmare Records. Today the band is also premiering another new track from the album. Get a first listen to the title track from "The New Eve" through Noisecreep here.

You can also listen to the previously posted song "The Day I Died" over at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Shut Up
2) The New Eve
3) Escape
4) Never Heal
5) Angel
6) The Day I Died
7) In This Place
8) Self Abuse
9) My Heart on The Cross

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Lydia Ayer Splits With Vocalist

Metalcore act Lydia Ayer has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Nick Valaskatgis:

"Hey everyone, I (Nick) will no longer be in the band. I would like to thank all those people who supported us, screamed into the mic, connected to a lyric or went out of their way to compliment me or the rest of the band. It seriously made making music worth it.

"Unfortunately, I won't be able to balance that and school. I have to put my full concentration on a dream I had since I was 10. I can tell you this crew of guys (my best friends) are working to the bone writing truly amazing music right now, it literally blows Cliffhanger out of the water.

"There is not a drop of bad blood, these guys will always be my brothers and this is what they are born to do. Sadly, I will not be performing a last show but I will be on a final song.

"Always chase your dreams, don't let anyone control who you are or dictate your life! Thank you all so much for everything."

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Lamb Of God Auctioning Equipment For Legal Fund

While Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial.

Faced with continuing massive legal bills, Lamb of God has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of Lamb of God.

In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch. Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard. The various auctions can all be found at this location.

Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no Lamb of God.

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Daylight Dies Streaming New Song

The fourth studio full-length from American harbingers of epic doom metal, Daylight Dies, is nearing release this Fall. The wait is now nearly over, and on October 9th, Daylight Dies will release "A Frail Becoming" onto the North American masses. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), with the packaging bearing photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring in a layout designed by Agni Kaster.

Today Daylight Dies released the opening track to "A Frail Becoming" through Decibel Magazine. Stream the crushing “Infidel” right here.

Having performed live across North America supporting the likes of Emperor, Moonspell, Katatonia, Candlemass and more in the past, Daylight Dies will head out on tour in support of "A Frail Becoming" in the months ahead, taking their mammoth songs to the live stage once again in early 2013. More...

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Zonaria Discusses New Album And Video

Swedish melodic death metal merchants Zonaria had been quiet in their camp up until late. In the years after 2008's "The Cancer Empire," the band took time out to reflect on how they wanted things done. Zonaria's last album was rushed to make the release date schedule, something the band wishes it had more time with. On 2012's "Arrival of the Red Sun" on Listenable Records, the group gave itself all the time it needed in the production process to release an album with no misgivings.

Once again the band enlisted Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry, whom it had went with on the first album. Now in the midst of filming a video for the track "Silent Holocaust," (a song which is streaming over at this location), Zonaria took the time to give us a brief chat about the band. The band's bassist Max Malmer, who was a sessionist until joining full time recently, shared his thoughts on Zonaria's path with the new album. More...

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Seven Kingdoms Reveals Track List For New LP

Florida power metal act Seven Kingdoms have completed work on its third LP entitled "The Fire is Mine." The album was produced by Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, JOP, Jag Panzer etc) and scheduled for an October 9, 2012 release date through Nightmare Records. The release marks the first for bassist Aaron Sluss (Vermiform) who joined the band after the self-titled 2010 release.

A new music video for the song "After the Fall" will be premiered exclusively at the ProgPower USA Festival on Saturday, September 15, 2012 on the big screens in between the sets of Pretty Maids and Symphony X.

The track listing for "The Fire is Mine" is:

1. Beyond the Wall
2. After the Fall
3. Forever Brave
4. Flame of Olympus
5. Symphony of Stars
6. The Fire is Mine
7. Kardia
8. Fragile Minds Collapse
9. In the Twisted Twilight
10. A Debt Paid in Steel
11. The King in the North More...

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Aeon Zen Pushes Back Album Release

Aeon Zen had previously announced new album "Enigma" would be coming on September 10th, 2012, but the band has now issued the following update about pushing back the release due to a new record deal:

"Over the last several weeks we have been working on a deal that will see our new album 'Enigma' released through a different record label. There will be a proper press release about this soon, we just didn't want to leave you hanging!

"This is a great step for us and we're delighted that the album will be released this way. It does however mean that there will be a change of the release date, and we are now looking at an early 2013 release. The exact date is still to be confirmed.

"For those of you that have already pre-ordered the CD version of the album, we can ship these out to you for the new release date. For those that have pre-ordered the bundle version of the album we will throw in a free poster signed by all of the first Aeon Zen line-up and will ship out everything except the CD now and you will receive the CD when it is released.

"If you have any questions about your pre-order then please email contact@aeonzen.com and we'll be happy to help."

You can also check out the band's recently posted video clip for "Divinity" at this location. The full "Enigma" track listing is: More...

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Graveworm Answers Fan Questions

Nuclear Blast has posted a video clip online of Stefano and Florian from Graveworm answering fan-submitted questions at the Summer Breeze festival, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:

"Before the Summer Breeze Festival 2012 we collected questions for our bands who played there on our official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page. We talked to Graveworm, Municipal Waste and Tankard, Rage, Epica, Unleashed, Nile and Sepultura. One by one, they will be uploaded to our channel on Youtube and announced on our Facebook page.

"Due to the little time on festivals the bands have, this is what we could gather. Don't be disappointed if your question is not among those we asked, we'll take every chance to do more interviews with them! Just stay tuned to our Facebook Page!" More...

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Enslaved Posts "Thoughts Like Hammers" Lyric Video

Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved posted up a lyric video for the new song "Thoughts Like Hammers." The track appears on the forthcoming 12th release "RIITIIR," which is scheduled for release on September 28, 2012 (EU) and October 2, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "RIITIIR" is as follows:

1. Thoughts Like Hammers
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. Veilburner
4. Roots Of The Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm Of Memories
8. Forsaken

Check out "Thoughts Like Hammers" here: More...

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Epica Currently Writing New Material

Hot on the heels of its March 2012 release of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground.com's review here), Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is currently writing new material as the band prepares to invade North America this fall, including a headline performance at ProgPower USA on Friday, September 14, 2012.

In a post on its Facebook Page, the band added: "Already about 11 new tracks have been written for the next album. We don't know yet when we'll record it (somewhere in 2013) but this material sounds killer so far! Wouldn't be surprised if many people gonna like those songs."

The band will embark on the full North American tour on October 23, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with Alestorm, Insomnium and System Divide. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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The Sorrow Posts "Perspectives" Lyric Video

Austrian metalcore act The Sorrow have posted up a lyric video for the new song "Perspectives." The track appears on the band's upcoming fourth LP "Misery Escape," which is due for release on October 26, 2012 (EU) and November 6, 2012 (North America) via Napalm Records.

Check out "Perspectives" here:

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