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Metal News for August 9, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Ma'anish Streaming New Single

Israel's Ma'anish has posted the new single "Axles of Hate" online, which can be heard below. The track will appear on the band's debut album set for release in 2014.

"Axles of Hate" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Barak Paryente at Dark Day Light studios. Ma'anish is:

Meitar Elazary - Drums
Barak Paryente - Guitars
Shaul Eflal - Bass
Ari Cohen - Vocals More...

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Darkyra Releases New Music Video

Darkyra has posted a new music video online for debut single "Tears by Candlelight." Check it out below.

The song was written by Darkyra Black, produced and mastered by George Boussounis, and engineered by Garry King. This video was written, produced, and directed by Steve Browne.

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Strengthen What Remains Hitting The Road

The Strengthen What Remain's boys are jumping in the van in support of new release "Turning A Blind Eye." The group will be touring alongside Texas champs Heretic and Messengers. Dates are below, and "Turning A Blind Eye" will be available August 13th, 2013 via Blood & Ink Records.

Record Release Shows:
8/16/2013 Boynton Beach, FL @ Limitless Studios
8/17/2013 Tampa FL @ Epic Problem

Tour With Heretic (8/22-8/29):
8/20/2013 Leesburg, FL @ The Leesburg Opera House
8/21/2013 Gainesville, FL @ The 1982 Bar
8/22/2013 Valdosta, GA @ Ashley Street Station
8/23/2013 Warner Robins, GA @ River CC
8/24/2013 Columbus, GA @ The Plug House
8/25/2013 Pinson, AL @ Restoration Church
8/27/2013 Dothan, AL @ The Shed
8/28/2013 New Orleans, LA @ The Big Top
8/29/2013 Rosenburg, TX @ The Shed More...

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AC Angry Signs With Dust On The Tracks

Right now the AC Angry rock 'n' roll express is running at full speed across Germany. After a European tour with Saxon, the band is now sharing the stage with Anvil and in October will tour with Ohrenfeindt.

AC Angry has already played a few songs from upcoming album "Black Denim" on tour and now is thrilled to announce that the album will be released in October by the German label Dust On The Tracks Records with distribution by Sony Music.

AC Angry singer Alan Costa comments: "We are pleased to announce that we have joined forces with Dust On The Tracks Records for a worldwide release of our debut album 'Black Denim!' We are thrilled to be part of the Dust On The Tracks Records family! We finally found a home where we can be sure that our music gets the exposure it deserves!"

Label manager Bernd Ramien (Dust On The Tracks Records) adds: "We can only be grateful for the bunch of flowers that Alan has verbally presented to us. AC Angry's debut album 'Black Denim' is straight in your face Rock ’n’ Roll, the band live is an absolute force and the management team is absolutely focused, so we have a good basis to lead the band to success."

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Skid Row Posts Lyric Video, Writing New EP

Hard rock legends Skid Row - previously covered in our Sunday Old School column and frequently appearing in the Rockstar Ramblings - are currently writing their upcoming second EP in the "United World Rebellion" series, entitled "United World Rebellion - Chapter Two."

In the meantime, the band is releasing a brand new lyric video for the track "This Is Killing Me," cut from "United World Rebellion - Chapter One," which is in stores now. Check out the lyric video below.

The release of "United World Rebellion - Chapter One" in April marked the band’s first new music unleashed in seven years. Catch the band live:

8/9 - Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair Budweiser Stage
8/10 - Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun
8/15 - Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
8/16 - Morristown, TN @ Cherokee Park Amphitheater
8/17 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
8/18 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Boathouse
8/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont County Club
8/23 - Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
8/24 - Sheridan, WY @ Trails End Concert Park
9/6 - Akron, NY @ Braun’s Concert Grove
9/13 - Denver, CO @ Casselmans
9/14 - Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Amphitheater/Grand RockTember Music Festival

Skid Row will also be on tour in Europe/UK this October and November with Ugly Kid Joe. More...

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Nicumo Posts "Follow Me" Video

Finland’s Nicumo has posted a video clip online of the track "Follow Me," which features road and performance footage from earlier in the year. Check out the video below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.

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The Nuremberg Code Posts Music Video

Australia's The Nuremberg Code has posted a music video online for "A Language For Friends," which can be found in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the clip:

"This Melbournian band is a raw cocktail of metal and hardcore with some really catchy grooves. This clip for 'A Language for Friends' looks like it has been done on a significant budget. Dark and confronting, this precursor to thier upcoming album suggests big things just around the corner."

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West Of Hell Releases New Tour Video Blog

KNAC.COM has posted a brand new “Fly On The Wall” vlog from Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell. Check out the clip below.

West of Hell is on tour now, which runs through September 7th back in Vancouver. The final show will be zombie-themed in celebration of the band’s recent music video for "Water of Sorcery." If you haven’t seen the video, check it out right here.

8/9 – Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
8/10 – Lloydminster, AB @ The Pussy Cat Club
8/11 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
8/15 – Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
8/16 - Medicine Hat, AB @ Liquid Night Club
8/17 – Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
9/7 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw More...

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Armagedon Announces "Thanatology" Album

October 2nd sees the release of the new album from Polish extreme metal act Armagedon (not to be confused with multiple bands with the same misspelling or a dozen others with the correctly spelled title Armageddon).

The new album will be entitled "Thanatology" and contains eight new songs. It was recorded and produced by the band and Arek Malta Malczewski at the Radio Gdansk studio, Piano Art Kwidzyn, and Sound Division.

The band commented: "Destruction begins! It’s been nearly four years since the release of Death Then Nothing struck. We’ve returned much stronger, more mature and with devastatingly good material. The sound is wild yet precise with nostalgia in the lyrics. The new album contains eight highly disturbing songs, wrapped in a unique sound production. We are very proud of our new work! During September we will present to you several installments of Thanatology. Look out, we are coming again over the horizon, an even stronger Armagedon!"

The first song fans can hear from "Thanatology" is entitled "Cemeteries" and is available below. The album is due out October 2nd, 2013 via Mystic Production. More...

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Gigan Posts New Song Online

Extreme metal technicians Gigan offer up a second helping from their forthcoming "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science" full-length, set to detonate this Fall via Willowtip Records.

Today Revolver Magazine seeks to bend your brain with second track, "Influence Through Ritualistic Projection." Check it out below.

Elaborates Gigan master of molecular meltdowns, Eric Hersemann, of the tune: "'Influence Through Ritualistic Projection’ is the second track on Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science. The song centers around a race of beings known as the Uumpluuy that, through science and Magick, have influenced countless worlds in both negative and positive ways. They have achieved this by projecting their subconscious forms into various realms and making subtle changes in both the environment and mentalities of the indigenous races."

And if you missed it, you can still check out the otherworldly sounds of "Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response," at this location.

The album was recorded with Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) at Earth Analog Studios in Chicago and will be released in North America via Willowtip Records on October 15th, 2013. More...

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Satyricon Streaming New Track

Satyricon has released a new song online titled "Our World, It Rumbles Tonight," which can be heard below.

The track comes off the band's upcoming self-titled album, due out September 17th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment (September 9th in Europe). The track listing is as follows:

1. Voice of Shadows
2. Tro og Kraft
3. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
4. Nocturnal Flare
5. Phoenix
6. Walker Upon The Wind
7. Nekrohaven
8. Ageless Northern Spirit
9. The Infinity of Time and Space
10. Natt
Bonus Tracks:
11. Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
13. Natt (Wet Mix)

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Borknagar Taps Athera For Brutal Assault

Borknagar has posted a video clip online of the band rehearsing for the Brutal Assault festival, which can be found below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip and recruiting a fill-in member for the performance:

"We have spent the last few days rehearsing for the concert at Brutal Assault in Czech Republic. This concert is also the introduction of Athera (Susperia, Chrome Division) into our ranks. And no, no one left the band..."

Borknagar's Vintersorg also comments: "A huge thank you to Athera for stepping in for me at Brutal Assault! I have been prevented from going, due to work related issues, but I wish all the best to the guys on Saturday! This is of course not a sign of me leaving the band (I'm already working on the vocal lines for new songs) and the ship of Borknagar will set sails even if one member is out."

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Iron Mask Announces New Album

Iron Mask has announced the band will be releasing an upcoming fifth album, and follow-up to the "Black As Death" release. A video announcement about the album can be viewed on the band's Facebook profile here.

The new album is due out this coming November, 2013 via AFM Records. Further details on the release will be revealed as they become available.

The music video "God Punishes, I Kill" off the band's last album can also be viewed below. More...

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Devil To Pay Posts "Tie One One" Video

Indianapolis act Devil To Pay has released a new music video for the track "Tie One On." Check out the video below, courtesy of TheObelisk.net. You can also catch the band live:

8/10 - Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage w/ Earthen Grave
8/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ Soulfly
8/25 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center w/ ZZ Top, Kid Rock
9/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Center w/ Indy Metal Fest

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Children Of Bodom Cancels Tonight's Show

Children of Bodom's show last night in Nashville was cancelled when front man Alexi Laiho was hospitalized. The band has now issued the following brief update about also canceling tonight's tour date:

"We unfortunately have to cancel our performance tonight at Peabody's. Amon Amarth, Huntress and Battlecross will still play as scheduled. Refunds available at point of purchase."

No further details about the cause of the health issue have been announced, and it is unclear if future shows will be affected. More info will be announced as it comes available.

Children of Bodom has been performing in support of latest album "Halo of Blood." Check out our review at this location.

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Onirophagus To Release New Album

Spanish death/doom outfit Onirophagus is ready to unleash a first full-length album after debut EP "Defiler of Hope" was self-released in early 2012 and then re-issued by Xtreem Music back in April, 2013.

"Prehuman" contains 7 songs recorded, mixed, and mastered by Javi Félez at Moontower Studios and develops the style marked on the debut release with a massive dose of heavy, gloomy, and solemn doom/death dragging influences from bands like Ophis, Asphyx, Incantation, Necros Christos, and My Dying Bride.

The "Prehuman" track listing is as follows:

1. Baikal
2. Discordia
3. Feverish
4. Aeger
5. Nocebo
6. Nyarlathotep
7. Ceremonial Swamp

The album will be released on September 1st through the new collaboration between Xtreem Music & MDD. An advance track from "Prehuman" can be heard below. More...

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Korn Streaming New Song

Korn has released a new song online titled "Never Never," which can be heard at the band's Facebook profile, or through the leaked YouTube version below, courtesy of YouTube user "kornmextv."

The track comes off new album "The Paradigm Shift," due out October 1st, 2013. The track listing is as follows:

1. Prey For Me
2. Love & Meth
3. What We Do
4. Spike In My Veins
5. Mass Hysteria
6. Paranoid And Aroused
7. Never Never
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe)

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Battlecross To Tour With Death Angel

Battlecross is about to return home from a summer of touring as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, but won't be idle for long. The Michigan-based upstarts will be performing at the GWAR-BQ next weekend, then will head out on a short tour in September-October with Hatebreed.

To cap off 2013, Battlecross has announced the band will be supporting Death Angel this fall. Battlecross will join the tour's other supporting acts 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, and Diamond Plate for a tour that begins on October 18th in San Francisco and wraps on November 10th in Santa Ana, CA.

Death Angel will be touring in support of new album "The Dream Calls For Blood." Get full info on the coming release right here. More...

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Apotheosis Posts Drum Playthrough Clip

Worchester, MA act Apotheosis has posted a drum video play through of the group's first single "Defiler," which is taken from an upcoming self-titled EP. Check it out below. Further details on the coming EP will be announced as they are made available.

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Ghost Of Mendea Splits With Bassist

Chicago act Ghost of Mendea has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bass player:

"Ghost Of Mendea is saddened to announce the departure of long time bassist, Steve Castaldi. He is and always will be a great friend. He is a truly awesome musician and contributed a great deal to the band. He will be sorely missed. Best wishes my friend and best wishes on any solo endeavors." More...

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The Defiled Video Interview Available

In the course of the band's current U.S. tour, London's The Defiled stopped by Nuclear Blast’s U.S. office, where front man Stitch D was interviewed on his musical background and the group's evolution. Get to know Stitch D better by watching the video below.

"Daggers," The Defiled's second studio album and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was released on August 2nd. You can stream the full album at this location.

The Defiled is also confirmed as main support to Motionless in White on an upcoming U.K. tour in September. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Beauty In The Suffering Announces More Guests

Beauty in the Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from producer Dietrich Thrall (Marazene), have announced several more contributors to the band's growing list of special guests.

Drummer Aaron "Monty" Montgomery of platinum rockers Trapt will contribute drums on "The Plea," a track expected to appear on the band's debut full-length album. Said Monty, "Had a blast working on this project and in particular ‘The Plea.’ Awesome track with kick ass industrial rock drive that has the melodies to match. Watch out for these guys!"

Current The Razorblade Dolls guitarist Chris Telkes has contributed guitar on the band's announced debut single "The Crazies." Chris is perhaps best known for co-founding the industrial rock band Nocturne and Lacey Connor (VH1's Rock of Love). Beauty in the Suffering is expected to announce a release date for the digital single in the coming weeks.

Skinlab guitarist Provo Provenzano will add guitars to "Reveille." The track is the the expected second digital single from the band expected in the Fall. Provo has also been the engineering force behind the project with tracking taking place at Pirated Sound Studios and Bell Lab Recordings, both located in the Oklahoma City, OK metro area.

"Beauty in the Suffering is one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on lately.” Provo commented. “DieTrich is insanely precise in the studio and has a great vision for where his songs need to be and the diy ability and attitude to get it done right.”

“Real talented and cool bunch of guys who I am beyond thrilled to have on board the very first Beauty In The Suffering songs – the tracks they sent us have been top shelf embellishment.” Dietrich offered. “Provo has been been my weapon of choice in helping me realize these tracks at the level I always heard them in my head so a very big kudos to him for that as well.”

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Varg Vikernes Seeking Donations To Sue Over Arrest

After being released without any charges filed, Varg Vikernes is apparently trying to sue the French government for his arrest on suspicion of planning a massacre, but is seeking donations from fans to afford the legal action.

Vikernes posted the message below on his blog asking for fan support via Paypal.

For an opposite viewpoint and a critical look at some of Varg's statements, you can also see what Metalsucks.net had to say about the post here.

"We have had the time to think over what happened to us in this «terrorist» case, we have talked about it with others, and we realise that the «French» authorities had no reason to arrest us in the first place. We had done nothing wrong, and they never had any evidence suggesting otherwise. They shot our door open, traumatized our children, threw my pregnant wife and me in holding cells and kept us there for two-three days, placed our scared children in the care of their grand parents, completely messed up our archives with official documents and such, took my USB pens and hard drives, confiscated all our firearms, ammo, many tools, decorative swords, my helmet, two spears, my wife’s flint knives (?) and all sorts of other things too, most of them with great affection value, and they decleared that we no longer had the right to own or possess any type of weapons: everything, all of this for no good reason whatsoever.

"To make it worse the grand parents of our children tried to take them away from us. Instead of helping us out in this difficult time, they wrote a letter to a judge and tried to take our children from us, because they don’t like our lifestyle or political-religious ideas. So when we were to get our children back we had to go to court, argue and fight to have a judge tell them to give our children back. Thankfully she did, and of course I may add, but it cost us a lot, both in energy, worry and even money.

"When that was over our PayPal account was frozen, apparently because our bank account, in HSBC, was closed – on orders from their HQ in Paris, and – again – without any reason. Not without any valid reason, but without any reason at all. Marie has to open up a new PayPal account connected to another bank account, in order for us to continue to sell the «ForeBears» DVD and make a living from that. We now have an account in a new bank, so that is fixed, and now Marie has to spend several days working to transfer all our payments (for the rental house, the cell phones and such) to the new account – a task made so much harder by the fact that the police left our archive in a big mess.

"Naturally we are angry, and we don’t want not tolerate this. We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present, and also for without any reason taking away our right to own or even possess weapons. Marie has a crime record white as snow, so there is no reason for them to take away her right and freedom to own weapons. I have a record in Norway, from 1993 and 2003, but I have never done anything criminal in France, and I can own most weapons even in Norway if I want to, so they have no good reason to take away my right and freedom to own weapons either. Especially not when they have done so under such circumstances. More...

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Equilibrium Posts Second Part Of Interview

Today is the day: German epic metal heroes Equilibrium unleash their pagan fury once again – on their very first EP to date!

Produced by guitarist René Berthiaume in Helion Studios and mixed and mastered by the Resetti Brothers – namely Joerg Umbreit and Vincent Sorg – in their Principal Studios, "Waldschrein" encompasses the new title track and an acoustic version of the same song plus a re-recorded and extended version of "Der Sturm" from "Turis Fratyr" (originally sung by ex-vocalist Helge Stange, now by front man Robse Dahn). Moreover, it contains "Zwergenhammer," a previously unreleased older song, as well as a cover version of famous video game Skyrim's opening theme.

The band commented: "We were really looking forward to releasing this EP, because we all have to wait until next year for our next full-length album to be released. This makes it the perfect chance to release some songs and recordings that didn’t make it on any regular album because they are so exclusive. The best thing is that with the song 'Waldschrein' we can already give the fans a little foretaste of what to expect in 2014!"

Equilibrium also gave fans the chance to address questions directly to the band via Facebook and subsequently answered them in a video interview. Part 2 of the Facebook fan interview is now online and can be viewed below. Part 1 of the interview can also be found at this location. More...

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Kreator Posts "Dying Alive" Trailer

German thrash titans Kreator have posted a third video trailer for the band's upcoming DVD/Blu Ray "Dying Alive." Check it out below.

Furthermore Kreator has announced an exclusive theatrical premiere for the the DVD at the theater Lichtburg in the band's hometown of Essen, Germany. The premiere will take place on August 29th, 2013 starting at 8pm CET.

The event was sold out in less than four weeks which is why the organizers and Kreator decided to move the premiere to a bigger room at the same cinema to meet the overwhelming demand. Order your tickets today via this location. Mainman Mille Petrozza will be present during the premiere and will be available for a Q&A afterwards. Right after that a signing session is planned as well.

The DVD/Blu Ray features the band's sold out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22nd, 2012 after an extensive 45 days European tour in support of the "Phantom Antichrist" album. The packed and sweat driven show was filmed by 24 cameras as well as guitar and even mosh pit cams.? More...

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Black Label Society Streaming New Cover Track

Black Label Society has debuted the brand new single titled "Aint No Sunshine When She's Gone" off forthcoming CD/DVD "Unblackened," due out September 24th. Give the song a listen at Rollingstone.com here.

Originally penned by blues legend Bill Withers, "Aint No Sunshine When She's Gone" is one of two covers found on the "Ublackened" CD/DVD release. Front man Zakk Wylde adds this comment:

"Ain't No Sunshine is such a beautiful, heartfelt song. I've always loved it and wanted to cover it. It felt so right in the context of 'Unblackened.'"

"Unblackened," the new live DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24th, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. Additionally, Zakk's label home, eOne Music, will release the audio version of the "Unblackened" DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD, including two acoustic versions of "Queen Of Sorrow" and "Won't Find It Here," and covers of Leon Russell’s “Song For You” and “Aint No Sunshine When She's Gone” by Bill Withers. More...

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Innzmouth Working On New Album

Innzmouth is currently in the studio working on a 2nd album, and now the band has released the first song off the coming release. Check out "Revelations in Oblivion" in the player available below. Artwork for the album is being handled by Inextrermiss Art.

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Jungle Rot Updates Tour Schedule

Fans can join Jungle Rot and Six Feet Under for the East Coast Armageddon tour. Assailing venues one city at a time, catch Jungle Rot performing tracks from pulverizing new album, "Terror Regime."

Furious and forlorn, Jungle Rot will deliver trademarked pure, unadulterated brutality to droves of banging heads. Prepare for "Utter Chaos" on that trek, as well as the band's current August shows. Catch Jungle Rot live:

8/09 – Huttikerberg, CH @ Meh Suff Festival
8/10 – Leeuward, NL @ Into The Grave Festival
8/11 – Tilburg, NL @ Little Devil
8/11 – Ieper, BE @ Ieper Fest
8/12 – Rijssen, NL @ Rage Metal Bar
8/13 – Vienna, AT @ Escape Metalcorner
8/14 – Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
8/15 – Szeged, HU @ Club Noir
8/17 – Saint Nolff, FR @ Motocultor Fest

w/ Six Feet Under
11/8 – Providence, RI @ Fete
11/9 – Nashua, NH @ Evolution
11/10 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar
11/12 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
11/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Paperbox
11/15 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
11/16 – Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
11/17 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz

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Wizard Finishes Work On New Album

Wizard's "Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records. The band recently issued a statement about the lyrical direction, and has now issued the following statement about completing work on the album:

"Today we finished everything for the new album. Mixing and mastering is done by Achim Köhler. Booklet and photos are done by Jochen van Eden. They did a very good job and we want to thank them very much. On the 28th of August we will present you the first official song 'Angel of Death!'" More...

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Zemial To Release "Nykta" Album

Hell Headbangers announces October 31st as the international release date for Zemial's new album, "Nykta," to be released on CD and LP formats. This will follow previous full-length "In Monumentum" (reviewed here), along with two EPs. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Greece's Zemial ake their long-awaited return to the full-length front with the vast 'n' visual Nykta. Seven years on from their last album, 2006's towering In Monumentum, Zemial's Nykta stylistically ranges the band's entire, 25-year history but with bold, new strokes entirely fitting with the band's ever-evolving lyricism.

"From gritty blackthrash to epic heavy metal, from art-music experimentation to moments of prog-inflected psychedelia, from soundscape ambience to realms completely uncategorizable and many mesmerizing points in between, Nykta displays Zemial in all their austere, multihued glory: masters of storytelling songcraft and adventurous instrumental acumen, honoring tradition whilst defying boundaries all the same, their theatrical sweeps of sound ably transporting the listener across space and time, to the very ends of the cosmos and back. And while they may have begun in the darkest, earliest days of black metal, Zemial have effortlessly developed into a many-tentacled force of magick and dynamism; their sound now can only be accurately described as 'Zemial.' More...

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Thunderstone Seeks New Drummer

Ever since breaking its silence, Finnish metal act Thunderstone has overhauled its lineup, splitting with drummer Mirka Rantanen and singer Rick Altzi and welcoming back former vocalist Pasi Rantanen. Now the band is seeking to fill the open drummer spot and is accepting submissions.

Here is the announcement and rules of submission:

"The current line-up of the band is:

"Vocals: Pasi Rantanen
Guitar: Nino Laurenne
Bass: Titus Hjelm
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Drums: ... YOU?

"That’s right, for the first time in the history of the band, we are putting out an open call for drummers to audition for THUNDERSTONE! And we want to make it a process that everyone can enjoy, so read the next paragraphs carefully.

"This is what you need to do:

"1. Listen to the song ‘Forevermore’ (from Evolution 4.0)
2. Practice.
3. Record your playing on top of the backing track. You can do this either with a multitrack or just blasting away in front of your phone camera—as long as we can hear the original in the background.
4. Send the track to us by *09/09/2013*. Either:(a) send a link to an uploaded YouTube video, or (b) send your clip directly to us at thunderstone@thunderstone.org via www.wetransfer.com
5. When sending the link or the file, add the following text: ‘I give Thunderstone permission to use this recording on all social media platforms’. More...

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Saxon Cancels Vagos Open Air Performance

Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon was forced to cancel its performance at the Vagos Open Air in Portugal scheduled for Saturday, August 10th due to an injury to frontman Biff Byford. The extent of the injury is not yet known and more information is expected soon.

The official announcement reads:

"Due to an injury to frontman Biff Byford, Saxon will be unable to perform at the Vagos Open Air in Fago, Portugal on the 10th of August 2013.

"At the present the severity of Biff's injuries are unknown and doctors have advised him strongly not to perform.

"Saxon is extremely sad at disappointing the fans in Portugal and hope they can come back soon.

"Please wish Biff to get well!" More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream All Weekend

As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.

To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.

Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...

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Children Of Bodom Frontman Hospitalized

Update: although no details on the cause of the hospitalization have been revealed yet, the band has announced tonight's (August 9th) show is also cancelled.

August 8th -- At the sold-out show in Nashville, TN on the tour featuring headliners Children of Bodom and Amon Amarth and support acts Huntress and Battlecross, a shocking last-minute revelation came just before the first set via a member of the Bodom crew: Alexi Laiho has been hospitalized, and the band has decided to cancel the set for the evening. No further details were given. MetalUnderground.com correspondent Frank Serafine was on hand at the show to verify the news.

Refunds were offered to attendees that chose to leave after hearing the news, although the promoter announced that the three other bands would still perform and would play extended sets. At this time, the status of the tour is not known. A follow-up statement from the Children of Bodom camp is expected.

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Endrah Premieres New Lyric Video

Brazilian act Endrah's "The Culling" album is due in stores September 9th, 2013. Today we bring you an audio and visual taste of the album in the form of a new lyric clip for "Silver Tongue," which can be viewed below.

If you aren't familiar with the band, Endrah will let you know what to expect, stating: "Endrah comes from the heart, and the lineup includes black-belt level M.M.A. fighters. We train with U.F.C. champions, and we are diehard musicians. We are the real deal, no joke. A lot of metal and hardcore bands speak a lot of bullshit, but cannot back it up. Join our team and let's start making some progress in this world. This is not some show, this is not fake. This is real, this is blood and guts. We are trying to start a real revolution, and make real changes, not a promise never kept."

Endrah vocalist "Relentless" further comments on the "Silver Tongue" track: "Silver Tongue is an aural assault musically. The lyrics, and delivery of them are meant to grab attention. Silver Tongue is a song about the lies our leaders eloquently spit out, and what should happen to them. People are not meant to be slaves, people are meant to be free. How free do you think you are right now? Not as free as you may think. Silver Tongue relates to the revelation of who those actors really are, and how they do NOT care about you. Politicians now-a-days seem for the good, but more often than not, are power mongers, hiding behind smiles, and empty promises.

"I am tired of the games, and I know millions of people are waiting for the right moment to dethrone those not suited for the throne. A public office is meant to be filled by a public servant working for the public good. Do you feel this is true? Silver Tongue is for those that can see behind the mask to expose, and those who cannot see it, to be enlightened. The song falls in line, lyrically, and sonically with the rest of the album. Please purchase yourself a copy and come see Endrah when we tour near your city." More...

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