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Metal News for September 13, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Space Bong Posts Tour Dates

Space Bong has announced that its third album "Deadwood to Worms" will be out on Art As Catharsis records in early 2013. The release may possibly coincide with Space Bong's performances at the New Zealand and Australian dates for the Doomnations Festival, which should take place during the last week of March 2013. Get more information on the festival by going to its Facebook event page. Below are a few upcoming concert dates that Space Bong will be playing at in Australia, as well as a stream of its cult album "The Death of Utopia" below it.

Thursday September 27th Karova Lounge, Ballarat w/ Nobody Knew They Were Robots, Israel, Nous

Friday, September 28th The Reverence, Melbourne w/ Pneumatic Slaughter, Nous, Extinctexist, Mortarian

Saturday, September 29th The Pharmacy, Newcastle At TINA Festival 2012 w/ Last Measure, Thorax, No Action, Yes I'm Leaving, Leprosy, Split Teeth, Spoonfed, Osedax and many more

Sunday, September 30th Black Wire Records, Sydney (all ages) w/ Battle Pope, thedowngoing, Last Measure (VIC), Spoonfed

Friday, October 5th Animal House, Adelaide Line-up TBA

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Skeletal Remains Posts Teaser

Californian old school death metal band Skeletal Remains has posted a track-by-track teaser of its upcoming debut album "Beyond the Flesh," which is streaming below. The band shall release the album via FDA Rekotz on November 9th. The Whittier band was formerly known as Anthropophagy until changing its name and releasing its three song demo "Desolate Isolation," which included the Pestilence cover "Chronic Infection." Head over to Skeletal Remains' Facebook page to check out the track "Traumatic Existence."

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Manilla Road Debut Getting Reissued

Originally released over three decades ago, "Invasion" marked the beginning of one hell of a career for Wichita, Kansas legends Manilla Road. In its continuing quest to ensure that the band's brilliance remains a secret to no one, Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the reissue of "Invasion" on November 6th. Label owner Tim McGrogan comments:

Manilla Road's 'Invasion' album dates all the way back to 1980, which means this entire album was written in the late 70s. 'Invasion' is the album that birthed the grandfathers of epic heavy metal. As metal as Manilla Road is today, this album shows us all where their roots came from. Imagine if Rush was more metallic and sprinkle in some Judas Priest, Hawkwind, and Sabbath and that's what Invasion is mostly about.

Manilla Road's sound is unique like no other and they had the right idea of what heavy metal should sound like, but they didn't quite make it 100% metal yet. This is borderline metal, but it's a great crossover album for old rock 'n' roll fans. The sad thing is, most of these old rock fans won't even be exposed to this masterpiece and will never experience it. If you're into the old 70's metal that's borderline rock, this is an essential piece to your collection.

For more information, visit the Shadow Kingdom Bandcamp page.

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Naïve Posts New Album Teaser

French act Naïve will be releasing "Illuminatis" later this fall, and the following press release was issued about the new album:

"Three persons. Three tormented souls. Three happy souls. Three desperate souls. Violence and combat, contemplation and sadness, junction between the ocean and the sky. Mox (Le Minus), Drums and electro, Jouch (Agora Fidelio, Phantom Status) Guitar, Voice and electro, and Rico (ex-Mary Slut) Bass. No limit. From Metal to Synthetic music, from violins to Trip-hop. Melody is a leitmotiv, Rythm is fuel. Let's be Naïve, once. Three years after its debut full-length record 'The End,' the trip-hop/metal/rock French crossover from Toulouse Naïve is back with a new album entitled 'Illuminatis' and expected this fall."

A short video teaser can be viewed below, and "Illuminatis" is available for pre-order right here. You can also stream the entire previous album "The End" in the bandcamp player available after the jump. More...

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Shai Hulud Finishes New Album

Shai Hulud has finished the band's fourth album and second for Metal Blade Records. This album will serve as the follow-up to 2008's "Misanthropy Pure." Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher and co. have completed recording the new album, alongside former Hulud vocalist and current New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, the vocalist on Shai Hulud's debut full-length album "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion."

Additionally, Shai Hulud has confirmed that the rumors are true - Chad Gilbert also recorded vocals for the entire album. A behind-the-scenes video from recording sessions with Matt Fox and Chad Gilbert is currently being completed and will be released in the coming months.

In addition to performing on the album, Chad Gilbert will be joining Shai Hulud on stage for the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary show in New York City on October 13th. Additional shows are in the works and will be confirmed shortly.

Shai Hulud's Matt Fox has offered the following update:

"It's been a strange and unpredictable journey, friends… And the journey continues. Spare us a few moments, and we'll fill you in on the recent goings-on. Your friendly neighborhood Shai Hulud has indeed finished recording a new album which will be released on Metal Blade Records in 2013, keeping with the it-takes-these-guys-forever-to-release-an-album motif we've honed and perfected. Regarding the record, it's never easy to sing praises of your own work. That said, allow us to humbly suggest we're fairly confident you won't be disappointed - taking a break from listening to, scrutinizing and nitpicking something you've immersed yourself in does wonders for your perception of it. Having done just that, we can conclusively state we are very proud of the album - though not to satisfaction, of course, because as we all know, that is the death of desire. More...

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AC/DC Announces Live Album Release

AC/DC's first live album in 20 years, "AC/DC Live At River Plate," is coming Tuesday November 20th. Recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2009 in front of nearly 200,000 fans, "AC/DC Live At River Plate" is the ultimate live recording, chronicling one of the largest rock shows in history.

Pre-order the 2 CD set or collector's edition 3-disc red vinyl at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
7. Thunderstruck
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. T.N.T.
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

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Direwolves Streaming Songs From New EP

Direwolves has announced that the band will release an EP in mid-October via Throatruiner Records. The label comments:

"Hailing from Lorient (western France), the band merges modern hardcore, crust, and screamo on its debut EP 'Me From Myself, To Banish.' Recorded by producer/sound engineer Amaury Sauvé (Birds In Row, As We Draw, Comity…) at La Senelle, these six songs find the perfect balance between emotion and heaviness, reminding of bands such as Alpinist, Lewd Acts or Killing The Dream. The artwork has been designed by Fortifem, and pre-orders will be up on 18th October."

Two tracks from the release are now available for streaming via bandcamp or in the player below. More...

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Wretched Announces New Tour Dates

Wretched is preparing for a new set of fall tours supporting some of metal’s most ferocious bands. Beginning October 7th, Wretched hits the road with thrash metal legends Death Angel on a run throughout the south and west coast. The band will then join Six Feet Under and Cattle Decapitation on The Autumn Apocalypse Tour starting November 2nd in Richmond. See a full listing of tour dates below.

Vocalist Adam Cody comments, “I am more than honored to be a part of two back to back tours with legendary bands. Chris Barnes is a death metal vocalist that has inspired me since I knew what death metal was. Cattle Decapitation is a band I never expected to be on tour with; I've always admired the creativity they bring to the grindier side of the metal world.“

Wretched is touring in support of third studio album "Son Of Perdition," released earlier this year. Cody adds, “Expect to see an entirely new set list with songs we've never played live before!” More...

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Tribunal Issues Album/Vocalist Update

Tribunal has issued the following update about working on a new album and recruiting a new vocalist:

"Greetings brothers and sisters! We know this has been a really long time coming, but finally we have some new updates and news regarding the band and its upcoming full length album 'Judgment.' First off we would like to thank all of our die hard fans from across the seas and from right here in the U.S. The amount of positive feedback, undying love, and support from all of you has been amazing to say the least, and its because of all of you that this band continues to thrive and overcome all of the obstacles that have been thrown in our path over the last few years.

"We can't express enough how much we, the members of Tribunal are eternally grateful for all of your support and kind words, and we will continue to bring you the top quality, ass kicking metal that you have come to expect from us over the last couple years. So where has Tribunal been for the last year?? We as a band decided in September 2011 to take a much needed break to focus on events and issues that had arisen with each band member, and our personal lives, some of which were pretty intense things to say the least. Rather than have the band split up and end everything then and there we decided it was best to go on hiatus until all the situations and issues could be dealt with appropriately.

"So....with that being said, we come to the first major announcement....about the ever changing vocalist situation within the band. Its no secret that the band has seen its fair share of vocalists come in to record this long awaited album and get this thing rolling but now it appears that Tribunal has finally found the voice to take this thing to the next level. Stepping behind the mic for the band will be Northern Virginia's own Doug Carter. More...

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Machinergy Posts "Dynamica" Video

Portuguese act Machinergy has posted a new video clip online for the song "Dynamica" in advance of the upcoming "Rhythm Between Sounds" release, set to drop later this year. The video is available below, and you can also find a previously posted teaser trailer for "Rhythm Between Sounds" at this location.

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One Fell Down Releases New Music Video

Essex metallers One Fell Down have released their new video for "Dead Man Walking," taken from their latest EP of the same name. Check out the video clip below, and the EP is currently available for purchase through Amazon or iTunes.

The band's previous release, "Cartoons on Crack," raised One Fell Down’s profile, seeing the band supporting Soulfly and garnering an "Unsigned Band of the Week" nod from Daniel P. Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show. Further details on the band are available over at Facebook.

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Funeral Mist Streaming "Devilry" Re-Issue

Cult Swedish black metal outfit Funeral Mist is currently streaming the reissue of "Devilry" in it's entirety through Stereokiller here.

Funeral Mist is the brainchild of Arioch (ie. Mortuus of Marduk) and the band recently saw the North American release of both "Devilry" and "Salvation" as reissues courtesy of Season of Mist. The reissues are available for ordering right here.

The "Devilry" track listing is:

1. The Devil's Emissary
2. Bringer of Terror
3. Nightside Phantom
4. Funeral Mist
5. The God Supreme
6. Hellspell 2
7. Realm of Shades
8. Hellspell
9. Nightside Phantom [demo version]
10. The Old Ones Grin

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Becoming The Archetype Releases New Video

Becoming the Archetype is excited to share a new music video for “The Time Bender.” The video - debuting via Metal Injection - comes less than a week before the release of the band’s fifth album, "I AM" - set to drop in stores and online September 18th from Solid State Records.

“The video is consistent with the look and feel of the photos for this album,” explains Archetype mastermind Seth Hecox. ”Both are dark, grimy, inner-city. I was really drawn to the atmosphere created in Sin City, and that vibe worked perfectly with the sound that was captured on I AM.”

Watch the video right here or in the player below. “Our good friend David Prindle directed the video,” adds Hecox. “He completely understood the vision I had for it and, luckily, he is a true artist and came through with lots of great details that I’d never dreamed of. He made it a truly graphic novel style video. People will love the video because it's fun, it's funny and you can tell we care about making unique, quality art. We hope everyone catches on to all the subtleties of names and character traits!”

“I AM is 100% head banging riffs,” Hecox says. “Gone are the sitars and horns of Celestial Completion. Instead, we've crafted an album full of the heaviest and most technical songs we've ever written.” More...

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Obelyskkh Posts "Mount Nysa" Track

Elusive German doom act Obelyskkh has completed second full-length, "White Lightnin'," confirmed for release via Exile On Mainstream Records in North America on October 16th.

Today The Obelisk has premiered a brand new track from Obelyskh, and not simply because of the obvious name kinship... but because they were the right doomsters for the job. Deafen all in earshot with the fourth track from "White Lightnin’," a home to the band's last album titled “Mount Nysa,” right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Amidst tours and live performances throughout Germany and abroad since their 2008 inception, White Lightnin’ follows-up Obelyskkh's long-time-comin’ debut Mount Nysa, which was released in 2011 via now defunct German label Droehnhaus, nearly four years after the band’s formation. Following the immediately incredible response from the doom/sludge scene it received, the band decided against a massive gap until the next album, and over the turn of the year into 2011 set up camp with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Mr. Bungle, Eyehategod, High On Fire, Melvins, etc.) to capture, mix and master their new work. More...

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Devin Townsend Project Streaming Entire New Album

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend is ready to start the next chapter in the Devin Townsend Project's career with "Epicloud," due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe. To hear Epicloud in its entirety, head over to Exclaim.ca right here for the exclusive album stream.

The track listing for the album is also available below.


1. Effervescent!
2. True North
3. Lucky Animals
4. Liberation
5. Where We Belong
6. Save Our Now
7. Kingdom
8. Divine
9. Grace
10. More!
11. Lessons
12. Hold On
13. Angel More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts New Lyric Video

Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have unleashed the first song from new album "Book Burner." The track entitled "Burning Palm" is available as a lyric video below. "Book Burner," the band's fifth full-length and first album in over five years was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios. The album will see a October 22nd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks with a return to the band's raw, misanthropic sound.

In support of "Book Burner," Pig Destroyer will be making special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including Calgary's Noctis Fest, the UK's Damnation Festival, The Metal Sucks/Metal Injection CMJ Showcase, Decibel Magazine's 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013. A full list of dates is included below. More...

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Sanitarius Posts New Song Online

New York City thrash metal band Sanitarius has posted a new song, entitled "Eternal," online. The song comes off the band's upcoming album. Listen to it below:

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Weapon Streaming New Song Online

Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon have joined forces with Relapse Records and finished work on their most blasphemous ouput yet with "Embers and Revelations," due out on October 9th.

The band is now debuting a new song from the effort, entitled "Vanguard Of The Morning Star," over at BrooklynVegan. Listen to the song right here or in the player available below.

Weapon has also already unveiled the album's title track via Pitchfork, which can be heard at this location. Relapse has officially launched pre-orders for the album, which is available in both LP and CD, here. More...

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Fragile Existence Posts Live Video

Earlier in the year, Canadian band Fragile Existence released its album "Departing the Damned," which is streaming in its entirety over at Bandcamp. The band recently posted a live video for the track "A Gradual Decline" from the album, which was shot by Ax Media Studios at the St. Patrick's Day Massacre show at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto with Malignancy, Accursed Spawn and Nephelium. Fragile Existence is currently unsigned and is looking for a drummer.

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Ethereal Collapse Offering Free Song Download

Ethereal Collapse has issued the following announcement about offering a free song download:

"This just in! Get a free download of our song 'The Oceans in Which We Drown' courtesy of Scott Carey and Doom Nation!

"This track features the hauntingly beautiful vocal stylings of Gianna Caprio, and it's probably the heaviest and saddest song you'll hear this week.

"If you like what you hear, be sure to purchase the entire album, 'The Precipice of Failure,' on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and more! And be sure to check Doom Nation for more great metal recommendations!"

You can also hear more music from Ethereal Collapse over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Repulsion Live Footage Available

Footage of grind godfathers Repulsion performing at the Power of the Riff Fest East earlier this month with SUNN 0))) and Winter was recently posted on Metal Injection. The video features performances of "Maggots in your Coffin” and “Horrified” and can be seen here or in the player below.

Repulsion has also announced several other upcoming U.S. performances within the next year. These dates include appearances during Exhumed's tour with Municipal Waste and Napalm Death, Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Celebration Show with Pig Destroyer, and next year’s Maryland Deathfest. Details are as follows:

Nov 14th Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory w/ Municipal Waste / Napalm Death Tickets
Jan 19th Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer w/ Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Tombs Tickets
May 23 - 26th Baltimore, MD - Maryland DeathFest More...

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GROG Releases Recent Album On Vinyl

Portuguese grinding death band GROG has released its 2011 album "Scooping The Cranial Insides" on vinyl, limited to 350 copies. Visit their Facebook wall for more information. The band, which recently celebrated over twenty years in the scene, just got done playing a small European tour which saw them at the Obscene Extreme Fest in July and appearing in the Netherlands. Check out the official video GROG recently did for one of the tracks off of "Scooping the Cranial Insides," the song "Hanged by the Cojones."

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Kamelot Rearranges Spanish Shows

Kamelot will be heading out on a European tour in November with Xandria, Triosphere, and Blackguard. The band has now issued the following announcement about rearranging the upcoming shows in Spain:

"We regret to inform our fans in Bilbao that were looking forward to hearing and seeing the new Kamelot lineup that the Spanish promoter decided to move our dates around a little bit so that we can play this year's edition of the Metal Lorca Festival.

"Appearances in Barcelona and Madrid will still be a part of the Spanish run but the dates changed slightly. Tickets that are already purchased for the original dates will still be valid for the new ones. We are looking forward to return to Spain and to meet all of you guys again on this album cycle!"

The new Spanish shows are:

Friday 11-9 @ Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
Saturday 11-10 @ Lorca / Metal Lorca Festival / Santa Quiteria
Sunday 11-11 @ Madrid / Caracol More...

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Grand Master Streaming Entire Album Online

Grand Master has posted the band's entire "The Dream Alive" album online for streaming via bandcamp here. You can also check out the songs through the player below. The track listing is:

1. The Dream Alive pt. 1 - Ascensions 10:39
2. Tragic Harvest 11:11
3. Chaos Capital 04:39
4. Moonlit Cemetery 10:04
5. At Death 04:10
6. The Grand Exorcism pt. 2 - Toy Machine 06:51
7. The Dream Alive pt. 2 - Reflections 08:30 More...

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Enslaved Posts Album Artwork Making-Of Clip

After posting a second track-by-track commentary for new album "RIITIIR," Norwegian progressive black metal act Enslaved has now released a video clip showing the creation of the album's artwork. Check out the clip below to get a glimpse into Norwegian artist Truls Espedal’s creation process for the artwork, plus a narration by Enslaved vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson.

“RIITIIR” is due out in Europe on September 28th, and to get a taste of the album you can watch the lyric video for opening track “Thoughts Like Hammers” right here. All editions of "RIITIIR" are also now available for pre-order from the Nuclear Blast webshop.

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 More...

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Hic Iacet Streaming 7"

Hic Iacet is streaming two tracks from its new "Prophecy Of Doom" 7" over on Bandcamp. These are incomplete teaser tracks of the 7" it will be releasing on October 31st via Hells Headbangers Records. The disc will be pressed on black vinyl and 100 copies will be on swamp green vinyl with black splatter. The mysterious Spanish entity of Hic Iacet is rumored to include various movers and shakers of the underground, and also equally rumored to be a solo-project of one supremely sick individual. Five members or none, Hic Iacet's released its debut demo "Hedonist of the Death" last year.

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Destruction Posts "Spiritual Genocide" Art Trailer

German thrash titans Destruction have posted a video trailer for the "Spiritual Genocide" cover artwork. Check out the clip below. "Spiritual Genocide" marks the band's 13th studio album, celebrating 30 years of Destruction, and is set to be unleashed November 23rd, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. An in-studio video from the new album can also be found at this location.

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Epica Announces 10th Anniversary Show

On the 23rd of March, 2013 internationally renowned metal band Epica will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled “Retrospect,” which will take place in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. “Retrospect” will be see Epica joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests, and lots of special effects.

Tickets will go on sale on the 15th of September at 10 AM (GMT+1) and will be available through the websites of Epica and Klokgebouw. This week the band will embark on a Latin American tour to promote latest album “Requiem for the Indifferent” (reviewed here), followed by a North American tour in October/November, and ending the year with a tour of France and the UK. More...

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Betrayer Releases New Music Video

Canadian metal band Betrayer has posted a new music video online for their song "Convicted Soul." The song comes off their new self titled album. The video was directed by Glenn Fricker.

Watch the video for the song, "Convicted Soul" below:


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Sphere Recruits New Vocalist

Norwegian act Sphere has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Vocalist Jon Bergan does not have the opportunity to continue with Sphere anymore. We all remain very good friends and thank him for all his contributions and the time spent together. A huge talent and a very good friend!

"Our new lead vocalist is Isak Haugan who nearly blew our heads of when auditioning for the band. It was clear from the start that he was the right man for the job taking our sound to a new level.

"All three previously released songs have been updated with his vocals and we are still in the process or recording his vocals for the rest of the album. Enjoy!"

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

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Under Godless Skies Posts New Track Online

Coventry based deathcore band Under Godless Skies has posted a new song online titled "We're Not In Wonderland Anymore Alice," which can be heard in the player below or downloaded over at Facebook here. The band also commented:

"Under Godless Skies are a metal band based in Coventry, heavily influenced by Oceano, Molotov Solution & Stick To Your Guns. Having supported the mighty With One Last Breath last year on their debut UK tour, the band are now looking to explore the rest of the country, showing others their unique blend of Death metal and Hardcore."

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Slomatics Streaming Two Songs

Belfast doom band Slomatics has issued its third album "A Hocht" on Head Of Crom and on CD by Burning World/Roadburn Records. The band is streaming two songs from it over on Bandcamp. You can also check out those two songs, "Beyond Acid Canyon" and "Return to Kraken," from the eight song album below. Slomatics formed in Late 2004 and to date the band has released two full length albums, three split CDs, a split 12", a 7" and a cassette. They have also recorded a session for BBC Radio 1, and were featured on the cover CD for Rock Sound magazine.

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Misanthropic Tyrant Streaming Pre-Production Track

Misanthropic Tyrant has posted a pre-production track titled "Images ov Annihilation" from the debut EP "Genesis ov Malevolence." Check out the song in the player below, or find more info on Misanthropic Tyrant via Facebook. Misanthropic Tyrant is:

Dickie Allen - Vocals
Alan de la Torre - Guitar/Leads
Dave Moore - Guitar
Taylor Walsh - Bass
Justin Christiano - Drums

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Desolate Shrine Posts Teaser

Finnish act Desolate Shrine has aligned with Dark Descent Records for the release of its next album. Desolate Shrine, who released its debut on Hammer of Hate Records in 2011, will once again pummel listeners with its forthcoming sophomore effort titled "The Sanctum of Human Darkness." The new album will be released before year's end. Check out the eight minute preview video, which features artwork from the band's own multi-instrumentalist L.L. and the tracklisting with each preview, below.

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Interview with Turbid North

Turbid North is partially a product of their environment and partially a product of open-minded musicians. Mellow harmonies, classic rock, western, psychedelic freak outs, doom-y sonicscapes all help enhance the group’s brutal death metal base. They present extreme music from opposite polarties. Much of the group’s writings pay homage to nature, a thing of abundance in the Rydlinski brother's (Adam and Alex) and Nick Forkel’s life before moving to Texas. The memory of Alaska’s permafrosted aesthetic led to writing hymns to nature. Like Cinderella once said, “You don’t what you got until it’s gone.”

Moving to Texas also instilled upon Turbid North a definite down-south swagger. Amongst its current ranks are former and current members of The Destro and Debri. Whether the Lonestar State’s tradition for bruising groove played a factor in their music or not, these sounds leave an obvious cowboy-boot imprint on their music.

Nearing the end of their U.S. tour, Metal Underground.com joined Turbid North guitarist Alex Rydlinski and Nick Forkel upstairs in Head Hunters’ patio. These Alaskan transplants described life on the road, new material and how the group merged all of these styles and members (bassist Chris O’Toole is originally from England). More...

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Manowar Pushes Back Album Release

After previously releasing the digital "Hammer Edition" of new album "The Lord of Steel" (reviewed here), Manowar has now pushed back the physical release of the album to October 19th, 2012 (originally scheduled for release later this month).

The new retail edition of the album will feature a 24 page booklet, a new illustration by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, a brand new song titled "The Kingdom Of Steel," entirely different mixes, and many new arrangements, making this a distinctly different release from the earlier version.

"It will feel like you experienced The Lord Of Steel for the first time!" said Joey DeMaio. A sneak preview into the new material will be revealed shortly. The band's upcoming tour dates are:

Tue, Oct 09, 2012 - Zaragoza, Spain - Interpeñas
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 - La Coruña, Spain - Coliseum
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 - Barcelona, Spain - St Jordi Club
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 - Paris, France - Trabendo
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 - Kerkrade, Holland – Rodahal
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 - Pardubice, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Euronics
Sat, Nov 03, 2012 - Moscow, Russia - Stadium Live
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 - Long Island, NY - The Paramount
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - Long Island, NY - The Paramount

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Dragonsclaw Announces Guest Contributor

After announcing that guitarist Jack Starr will be appearing on the band's upcoming new album, Dragonsclaw has now issued the following announcement about another guest contributor:

"We are proud to announce that the brilliant David Reece (ex-Accept, Bangalore Choir) will be singing a duet on our upcoming second album, 'Judgement Day.' David will be featured on the song 'Watching My Every Move,' one of the heaviest and most aggressive tracks on the record."

Vocalist Giles Lavery remarked, “this track starts the new album with a heavy, intense metal assault. It’s one of my favourites from our new songs and David’s voice suits it perfectly."

Reece commented on his contribution saying, "Dragonsclaw are a great band with an exceptional singer and I’m truly honoured to have been asked to participate."

This upcoming new album will follow previous release "Prophecy" (reviewed here), and further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Daemonicus Posts "Deadwork" Preview

Swedish act Daemonicus, which signed to Abyss Records last month, has now posted a preview trailer online for the upcoming "Deadwork" album featuring live photos and the song "Nothing But Death." Check out the clip below. "Deadwork" is due out in October, 2012.

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