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Metal News for August 6, 2012

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Overlorde Guitarist Posts Live Video Online

Guitarist Mark "M.E". Edwards of the New Jersey metal band Overlorde, has posted video footage of his solo performance from ProgPower USA XII. The video showcases his song, "Blinder." The video was filmed on September 16th, 2011.

The footage is of M.E.'s "One Man Show," where he performs to sequenced backing tracks that he programmed using a Roland R-70 in the 1990's.

Watch the footage of "Blinder" below:

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Avantasia Working On New Album

Avantasia has issued the following announcement about working on a new album to see release next year:

"What many have recently been speculating about we're now happy to confirm. Tobias is indeed working on a new Avantasia epic that is planned to be released in spring 2013. Concept wise the album will be a classic Rock-Opera / Metal Opera. It's going to be a timeless fairytale, that despite its fantasy appeal, was inspired by happenings of our modern age and society. You‘ll find plenty of further details at our website in the near future.

"Originally Tobias wanted to lay Avantasia to rest after the release of its live DVD 'Flying Opera' in April 2011, which topped the charts in Germany, Austria and Sweden and went Top 10 all over Europe, respectively after its headliner appearance at Wacken Open Air 2011 in front of more than 100,000 fans."

About the surprising return of Avantasia, Tobias Sammet says: "Even though I love to record and tour with Edguy, I didn‘t foresee how much I need Avantasia when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. I didn't know if there would be another Avantasia album one day, but I didn‘t feel like doing it. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes like Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Singer of Kiss etc. I 'knew' that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of Avantasia. But that's not what Avantasia is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy-worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of Avantasia, I know there is no way, I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty, that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be! - Cheerz, Tobi."

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Unearthing The Sludge Metal Underground

There’s a whole lotta metal out there, spanning dozens to possibly hundreds of sub-genres, and it can be difficult to find new music to match your tastes if you don’t know where to start looking. Every Monday we unearth three lesser known or unsigned metal bands within specific genres or geographical areas that deserve to be heard by a bigger audience.

With metal’s roots firmly rooted in thrash, and with styles like power metal dominating a big portion of the playing field, heavy music is generally thought of as something fast and furious played while lightning fast fingers work up and down the fretboard. While this is often the case, there’s a large section of metal that likes to take a nice leisurely stroll down aural destruction avenue.

Today we’ll put the spotlight on three acts that have a seriously sludgy component to their music. Sludge, stoner, doom, drone: these genre tags and more all get lumped together and frequently intersect at varying points, so there may be some crossover and any given listener may decide these bands are more one than the other. My only qualification here is that they utterly annihilate musically, usually in slow motion and with a fair share of drawn out notes, like a low speed avalanche of crushing molten metal.

Bereft

This California act is a bit of a dream for fans of sludge or funeral doom. Formerly called Bewilderbiest before dropping a proper release, Bereft is still very much an unknown in the overall metal scene, even though it features names that will be familiar to fans of extreme metal, including Derek Rydquist (The Faceless) and Charles Elliot (Abysmal Dawn). Moving away from their normal modes of operation, these musicians are producing a more primal, less technical form of extreme metal that’s a disturbing look into the hate and despair humanity is capable of feeling.

Bereft has now released debut album “Leichenhaus” (reviewed here), and while tracks from the release are unfortunately sparse online, there are a few ways to check out the music. A live performance video of two songs off the album can be heard below, or you can check out the full album version of “Withered Efflorescence” via Facebook. Noisecreep is also currently hosting a stream of the track “Ethereal Dispersal” at this location.

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Coven Appearing At Hammer Of Doom Fest

Legendary U.S. doom act Coven (also known as Coven 13) has been confirmed to appear at Germany's Hammer Of Doom Festival on November 10th at Posthalle in Würzburg. The festival begins on November 9th for Epic Night at which Ross The Boss will headline. Coven will join Pentagram, The Skull, Solstice and others in performing the next day, appropriately called 'Doomsday.' Shadow Kingdom Records reissued Coven's legendary 1987 album "Worship New Gods" on July 31st of this year. Visit the Facebook Hammer Of Doom Festival page for more information on the event and an updated list of bands that have confirmed.

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Exodus To Headline Slaughter By The Water

Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.

The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...

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Alexander Bateman Posts "The Clairvoyant" Clip

Alexander Bateman has released a new video clip for the track "The Clairvoyant," which can be viewed below. The new song will be featured on an upcoming EP titled "Inner Stellar Anatomy." For further information on Alexander Bateman, head over to the project's Facebook profile here.

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Miss May I Reveals Details For AP Fall Tour

Troy, OH’s Miss May I recently posted a fourth official Vans Warped Tour video update. The band has also announced its upcoming headlining position on Alternative Press Magazine's annual fall tour, The AP Tour Fall 2012, sponsored by PeterSaysDenim. The tour, featuring a line-up handpicked by the AP staff, will be heading out on a 32-day trek that kicks off mid-October till the end of November.

The tour also includes The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, Aug. 10 at 10:00AM local venue time and will be available by visiting this location. Dates are as follows:

10-16 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10-17 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10-18 Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
10-19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10-20 Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10-21 Baltimore, MD @ The Recher Theatre
10-23 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10-24 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend Music Hall
10-25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10-28 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10-30 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10-31 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11-01 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11-03 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile
11-04 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11-06 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
11-07 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11-08 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11-09 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11-10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11-12 Salt Lake City @ In The Venue
11-13 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11-15 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
11-16 Sauget, IL @ Pops
11-17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11-18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11-20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11-21 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11-23 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11-24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

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American Me Streaming New Song

Oregan act American Me has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Submissioner," which also features guest vocals from Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain. Check out the song in the player below. American Me is set to release new album "III" this coming August 14th, 2012.

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Sybreed Posts Third In-Studio Video For New Album

Sybreed has posted a third in-studio video clip online filmed at Downtone Studio during the recording sessions for new album "God Is An Automaton." Check out this clip below, or you can find the last video in the series at this location.

Sybreed's new album "God is an Automaton" is set to be released on Listenable this coming September 24th (Europe) and October 2nd (North America).

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This Or The Apocalypse Reveals Album Details

This or the Apocalypse has announced the brand new album "Dead Years" will be released on September 25th, 2012. "'Dead Years' is full of some of the most painfully honest material we've ever written," says front man Ricky Armellino.

This will be the band's first release since "Haunt What's Left," produced by Josh Wilbur and Lamb Of God's own Chris Adler in 2010. "Dead Years" was produced by Kevin Lankford and engineered by Andreas Magnusson. "The album features both some of the saddest, most melodic songs we've ever played and it also holds some of the angriest."

When asked what fans can expect, Armellino concludes: "It's about war and family, how we're really never unaffected by the world around us, no matter how hard we try to get away from it. We're very proud to finally get the opportunity to release it." More...

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Axis Of Metal Releases Free Compilation

Axis Of Metal is very proud to present the first volume of the Axis Of The Underground compilation album. You can stream or download the release in the player below or over at bandcamp. The following press release was issued about the compilation:

"Axis Of The Underground is going to be an on-going effort that will be a collection of releases that contain some of the purest and most exciting heavy metal from all the many facets of heavy music.

"Volume one is a twenty-two track metal opus that encompasses twenty-two bands spanning from thrash metal, black metal, power metal, progressive metal, doom metal and many different varieties of death metal. The Axis Of The Underground is two hours of uncompromising metal from emerging artists who are true their craft and decimate all who stand before them.

"The Axis Of The Underground’s ethos is one of an uncompromising dedication to the underground. This compilation is YOUR chance to put your ear to the ground and hear the talent you’ve been missing."

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Inhale Exhale Announces "Movement" Details

Cleveland post-hardcore act Inhale Exhale are pleased to announce an October 9th release date for "Movement," the band's fourth album and first with new label Red Cord Records.

"Movement" marks the band’s first new material since a brief hiatus following the release of 2009’s "Bury Me Alive." The following press release was also issued about the release: "It’s an album that finds the tightly knit quartet further perfecting the feral riffs and dynamic anthems they’ve become known for, one that shows the band haven’t 'moved' away from their signature sound. Which isn’t to say that Movement sounds rehashed or recycled, but rather like a band reinvigorated."

“I think Movement comes from the same vein as Bury Me Alive, but it's definitely a more aggressive and technical album all around,” says guitarist John LaRussa. “It has an old school feel to it. It doesn't let up too much, but it's really balanced with melody. Ultimately we've never tried to sound like anyone. We have always just wanted to make well crafted songs.”

Watch the teaser trailer for "Movement" at this location. The track listing is:

1) Aesthetics
2) Party Drama
3) A Poise for Poson
4) Mirage In The Middle of Summer
5) The Collectors
6) Low
7) Carpe Diem
8) Ain’t No Trip To Cleveland
9) See You Later
10) Under Sheets Stained In Blood

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Demonical Working On New Album

Sweden's Demonical, which split with guitarist Pablo Magallanes earlier this year, has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming new album:

"With last Saturdays show at the Gamrocken Festival we completed a triumphant 'Summer Infernal 2012' campaign. We once again want to salute each and everyone who have supported us in some way during this intense and glorious summer.

"Demonical will return to the live scene later in the fall but for now, we will work on new material for our next full length attack. We plan to record our yet untitled fourth album around the end of the year for a release in April/May 2013.

"Stay alert for further messages from the front."

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Descend Posts In-Studio Footage

Swedish act Descend is currently in the studio recording new material for an upcoming release, and the band has now posted an in-studio video clip online, which can be viewed below. Descend also commented:

"Day 1 of recording drums at Legacy London! 3 songs are now recorded and it's sounding great.
The studio is smaller than last time, but the sound is bigger. Here's a pic of the kit... Some video footage will be uploaded soon enough."

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The Faceless Releases Trailer For New Album

The Faceless will be releasing new album "Autotheism" this coming August 14th, 2012 and the band has now released a new teaser trailer for the album. Check out the clip below. Pre-orders for "Autotheism" are currently available at this location.

The album's track listing is:

1. Autotheist Movement I: Create
2. Autotheist Movement II: Emancipate
3. Autotheist Movement III: Deconsecrate
4. Accelerated Evolution
5. The Eidolon Reality
6. Ten Billion Years
7. Hail Science
8. Hymn of Sanity
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Beaten To Death To Release Live DVD

Norwegian grindcore act Beaten To Death has issued the following announcement about releasing a new live DVD:

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Beaten To Death will release their entire concert at Rockefeller June 17th (supporting Killswitch Engage, as you may recall) on DVD! No editing, no nothing, this is the concert exactly as it was, warts and all."

"Beaten To Death at Rockefeller" is due out October 26th, 2012 and a teaser trailer is available below. The DVD will follow the band's last full-length album "Xes and Strokes" (released here). For more info on Beaten Death, check out the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Nachtmystium Posts New Album Making-Of Clip

The Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium released 6th full-length album, "Silencing Machine," this past Tuesday.

To give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of album, Nachtmystium has now launched the final in-studio video featuring exclusive footage and interviews with the band. Check out the fifth video in the series below, or find the previously posted fourth clip at this location.

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Septicflesh Updates North American Tour Schedule

As was previously announced, Greece's Septicflesh will be hitting the road this October for the "Conquerors of the World" 2012 tour with Krisiun, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition. New dates have now been added to the tour, and the tour routing now looks like:

10/12 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/13 - Trois-Rivières, QC @ Trois-Rivières Metalfest
10/14 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
10/15 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
10/16 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
10/18 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/19 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/20 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
10/21 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/22 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/23 - Kelowna, BC @ The Level Night Club
10/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/25 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/26 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/27 - S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dick's
10/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
10/29 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
10/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
10/31 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova More...

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Alleged Shooter Member Of Metal Band

NBC News is reporting that Wade Michael Page, the alleged gunman who is believed to have shot and killed at least six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this weekend, was also apparently the front man for a white supremacist punk rock/metal band called End Apathy.

End Apathy's MySpace music page is currently still active and still has several songs for streaming with titles like "Self Destruct," "Submission," and "Useful Idiots." The band's bio reads that "End Apathy began in 2005 with roots in old school hardcore punk and metal influences. The music is a sad commentary on our sick society and the problems that prevent true progress."

Wade was reportedly discharged from the Army in 1998, and no clear motive for his alleged shooting has been announced at this time. According to reports, Page himself was shot dead by a police officer at the scene of the crime.

An interview Deadline Live conducted with Wade Page from 2010 is also still available online at this location.

Read the full article at NBC News.

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Noumena To Record New Album

Finnish act Noumena has issued the following statement about gearing up to record a new full-length album:

"Hello darklings! Almost six years has passed since the release of 'Anatomy of Life.' There have been lots of things in our lives in recent years, but the fervour for the music hasn't died. We have played gigs, written new songs and recorded some of them during past 3-4 years. Unfortunatelly, we weren't able to release the material.

"Now, we have decided to enter studio in October to record our next album, which will be released in the beginning of 2013. There are great songs we want to deliver and chilling moments we want to share! We feel that we owe it to our wonderful fans.

"So, there's going to be lots of blood, sweat and tears during following weeks as we have to grind and rehearse the songs. We shall report to you about the process and offer some pictures and sounds in some sort of diary or blog. Stay tuned!"

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

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Unearth Announces Southeast Asian Shows

Unearth will continue a worldwide campaign in support of "Darkness in the Light" this October as the band heads to Southeast Asia. The tour will begin on October 11th with a guitar clinic and signing session at the Shanghai Music Expo. On October 20th, Unearth will support Soulfly as part of the Rockaway Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments on the trip: "Touring the planet playing our music is a privilege. The fact that metal has brought us around the world numerous times and now to South East Asia continues to blow our minds. To our fans in S.E. Asia, get ready because we're coming for you. See you all soon!"

"Darkness in the Light," the latest studio album from Unearth, landed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #14 on the Billboard Top Independent Album chart, and #7 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart. More...

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Twilight Inks Deal With Century Media

Twilight, the black metal act featuring Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, recently announced the band is recording a new album. Century Media has now issued the following statement about inking a deal with Twilight:

"Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the black metal outfit Twilight! Composed of some of the most talented members of the underground metal community, Twilight previously released two full-length albums (2005's Twilight and 2010's Monument to Time End) and is ready to begin work on a third album this August-- this time, with Thurston Moore (Chelsea Light Moving, Sonic Youth) added to the band's ranks."

In regards to joining Twilight, Thurston Moore comments, "We're not coming together to make music, we're joining forces to destroy all rational thought."

Twilight's upcoming album will be produced by the band's own Sanford Parker (Nacthmystium, Minks) and will see a 2013 release worldwide via Century Media Records. Stay tuned for more news about Twilight coming soon. The band is:

Blake Judd (NACHTMYSTIUM) -- guitars
Sanford Parker (NACHTMYSTIUM, MINSK) -- synth and production
Thurston Moore (CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING, SONIC YOUTH) -- guitars
Stavros Giannopoulos (THE ATLAS MOTH) -- guitar
Wrest (LEVIATHAN) -- drums and bass
Imperial (KRIEG) -- vocals

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Warbeast To Support Down

The Housecore Records thrashers in Warbeast are pleased to announce that they will be supporting Down on an upcoming U.S. tour. The band will join on September 18th in hometown Fort Worth, TX and will travel with Down and a rotating line-up of haarp, Pentagram, and others until October 2nd in Charlotte, NC. See below for all current tour dates.

“This is a huge opportunity for Warbeast. Not only are we thrilled to unleash our sound on Down’s enormous fanbase night after night, but we also get to witness Down performing some of their incredible new material live several times in a row,” states vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “We are seriously honored to be able to tour with a band that we are all fans of and actually friends with too. I have no doubts that this will be an unforgettable tour for those that are lucky enough to see it.”

Warbeast released most recent album, "Krush the Enemy," in 2010. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/18 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater (W/ Big Okie Doom)
9/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (W/ Big Okie Doom)
9/21 – Sauget, IL @ Pops Nightclub (W/ haarp)
9/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (W/ haarp)
9/23 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot (W/ haarp)
9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues (W/ haarp)
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (W/ haarp, Pentagram)
9/28 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater (W/ haarp, St. Vitus)
9/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (W/ haarp)
9/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (W/ Mount Carmel and Pentagram)
10/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall (W/ Mount Carmel)

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Ufomammut Reveals Full "Opus Alter" Details

The second installment of Ufomammut's two-part ORO album series -- "ORO: Opus Alter" -- has been previously confirmed for North American release on September 18th via Neurot Recordings, and today more details on this gargantuan LP have arrived. Today the full track listing for this new chapter has been released, as well as the cover art brought to you once again by the Malleus Art Collective.

Additionally the band has continued the tradition of visually presenting each track from the ORO series for fans, and today has unveiled the album's second hymn, "Luxon" in full video style. Check out the song below, and the full track listing is:

1. Oroborus
2. Luxon
3. Sulphurdew
4. Sublime
5. Deityrant

The following press release was also issued about the album:

"As with all previous Ufomammut albums, the concepts behind ORO are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to 'gold' with the Latin translation of 'I prey.' ORO explores the concept of knowledge and its power; the magical stream controlled by the human mind to gain control of every single particle of the world surrounding us. ORO is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into Gold. Although ORO's two chapters will be released months apart from each other, they must be considered as a single track in which the musical themes and the sounds appear and reappear, mutate and evolve, progressively culminating in the crushing final movement. ORO is an alchemic laboratory in which substances are flowing, dividing and blending themselves in ten increments from the alembics and stills, culminating into the creation of Gold. More...

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The Safety Fire Posts New Music Video

The Safety Fire released debut album "Grind The Ocean" at the beginning of April this year through InsideOut Music. The band recently finished a UK tour with French metal titans Gojira, which followed a show at this year's Download Festival at Donington Park. The band documented these dates and have created a live video for the track "DMB (FDP)." Dez explains a bit more about how the video was made and why they picked this track in particular:

"'DMB (FDP)' is one of our favourite songs to play live and was an obvious choice for this video. We love touring, and wanted to give a wider audience a glimpse into what our live show is all about. We filmed over several UK dates, including our performance at Download and our recent run with GOJIRA. We were lucky enough to have our good friend Jamie Carter produce the video, whose eclectic credits include RISE TO REMAIN, CONOR MAYNARD, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and PROFESSOR GREEN to name a few. Other filming duties were handled by our friends and crew including our brü Adam Nolly Getgood, who recently joined PERIPHERY. More importantly this video will help spread the message of #FDP. Jokes." More...

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Amberian Dawn Replacing Krypteria At MFVF 2012

Finland's Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about replacing Krypteria at the upcoming Metal Female Voices Fest 2012:

"Hey, we are very happy to announce that it's confirmed that Amberian Dawn will perform at Metal Female Voices Fest again.

"We're replacing Krypteria which was announced before. AD had great time playing on MFVF 2009 and once again we're going to give a stunning show for you. See you all in Octoberhalle on October 20th 2012."

Additional details on this year's edition of the MFVF can be found at the festival's official website here. More...

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Ancient Ascendant Posts EP Trailer

Ancient Ascendant has posted a teaser trailer online for the brand new EP "Into the Dark," which can be viewed below. The trailer features a snippet of the new song "Under Ancient Stone." To hear more from the release, check out the music video for "Driven By The Dark" at this location.

The 300 limited edition, hand numbered CD's featuring the artwork of Richey Beckett can be ordered here and "Into the Dark" can also be bought in digital format from Amazon/itunes/play etc. More...

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Rising To Play Danish Headbangers Ball Tour

Denmark's Rising has announced the band will be a part of the Danish Headbangers Ball Tour this coming November along with Essence and Scarred By Beauty. The tour is being presented by 3rd Tsunami Agency and MTV. A tour poster can be viewed below, and the dates are as follows:

01-nov – Studenterhuset, Aalborg (Aalborg Metal Festival)
02-nov – Von Hatten, Randers
03-nov – Konfus, Esbjerg
08-nov – Kansas City, Odense
09-nov – Beta, København
10-nov – Badeanstalten, Slagelse
15-nov – Pitstop, Kolding
16-nov – Kulisselageret, Horsens
17-nov – Radar, Aarhus. More...

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Gus G. Video Interview Available Online

Lita77777 and Metalpaths.com have teamed up to release a new video interview with Firewind's Gus G. The video clip, which was filmed in Thessaloniki on July 18th, can be viewed below. Additional footage of the band's performance from the tour stop is available here, and Firewind still has these upcoming live shows:

17.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air

Asian Tour 2012:
24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live
25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse
26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium

FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:
13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Spring And Airbrake
18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall
20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) - White Rabbit
21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) - Talking Heads
22.09.2012 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
23.09.2012 Margate (UK) - West Coast Bar
25.09.2012 Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
26.09.2012 Colmar (France) - Le Grillen
27.09.2012 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
28.09.2012 Hamburg (Germany) - Knust
29.09.2012 Kolding (Denmark) - Godset
30.09.2012 Berlin (Germany) - SO36
02.10.2012 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
03.10.2012 Ingolstadt (Germany) - Eventhalle
04.10.2012 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
05.10.2012 Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
06.10.2012 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob More...

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Visions Offering Free Song Download

U.K. act Visions, which signed to Myriad Records last month, has now made the song "You Won't Even Know" available as a free download. You can snag the track free or name-you-own-price through the player below or over at the Myriad Records bandcamp page. For more info on Visions, check out the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Purification Announces New Album Release

Italian vegan and straight edge act Purification has announced "A Torch to Pierce the Night" will be released this coming August 10th, 2012 through Bastardized Records, with ordering info available here. The cover artwork can also be viewed below, or you can check out music from the band via Facebook. More...

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Randy Blythe Speaks Out

Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, who spent over a month in a Prague prison while awaiting bail over charges of manslaughter, has now finally issued the following official statement:

"Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

"1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said 'We are glad you are home, Randy.' You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

"2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else - make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis. More...

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