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Metal News for September 13, 2013

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Ad Patres Premieres New Music Video

Kaotoxin Records, in cooperation with Terrorizer Magazine, has announced the release of the new music video from death metal masters Ad Patres. The video for the song "Scars of Compromise" was taken from the band's successful and critically-acclaimed 2012 debut, "Scorn Aesthetics." Head to Terrorizer Magazine's website to watch this NSFW beast, or view it below.

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Arroganz Signs To FDA Rekotz

FDA Rekotz has announced the signing of German death metal undeads, Arroganz. The band's latest and second album, "Kaos.Kult.Kreation," will be followed up by a third release on FDA Rekotz in 2014. Kaos.Kult.Kreation is available on CD and vinyl formats and can be sampled below in the upload. While Arroganz is working on crafting the sickness that will become their next release, the band has booked several rituals. Dates are as follows:

21.09.2013 - Storm Crusher Festival
02.11.2013 - Escape - Vienna AUT
07.12.2013 - Nocturnus Fest - Berlin
25.12.2013 - Muggefug - Cottbus

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Laster Playing First Live Show

Emerging from its self-imposed solitude, atmospheric black metal entity Laster will travel from its Dutch homeland to Germany later this year for its first ever live performance. Scheduled for Saturday, December 21st, Laster's live debut will take place at Musikbunker Aachen in Aachen, Germany. Support will come from Northward, Goatblood and Morast. For more info and updates, visit the Concert Event Page.

In 2012, Laster released the three-track EP "Wijsgeer & Narreman" on Dunkelheit Produktionen. Praised for its bleak, yet hypnotic and poetic delivery, the EP is currently available on CD, cassette and digital formats.

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Bombus Streaming "The Poet And The Parrot"

The Century Media debut of Gothenburg's Bombus will be in stores on Tuesday. "The Poet and the Parrot" is the band's second album, and to celebrate the North American release it is now streaming in full courtesy of MSN Music. Check out the album release below. More...

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C.F.A. Posts "Built Up Knocked Down" Video

The raucous good time Tacoma punkers of C.F.A. (Cody Foster Army) have announced that the third in a series of four videos, "Built Up Knocked Down," from the massively hailed Ripple Music debut album "Managed By The Devil, Brought To You By The Grace Of God." This video, which follows "Sons of the Soil" and "Kick Rocks," was Cody's concept. C.F.A. did all the filming and lighting. Killiam Lord did all the editing and visual effects. And the whole thing was shot in C.F.A.'s lair, otherwise known as the Bro-Op.

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Dark Design Steaming New Album

"Prey for the Future," the debut album from Raleigh, NC technical power thrashers Dark Design, is now available worldwide through Heaven and Hell Records. The album, which was the featured release of the day yesterday on Metal Express Radio, is streaming below in its entirety or over on Heaven and Hell's bandcamp page. "Prey for the Future" was recorded earlier this year by John E Wooten (Widow U.S) and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios.

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Alternate Reality Posts "Witch Hunt" Video

Cleveland metallers Alternate Reality have released a new video for their song, “Witch Hunt.”

The infamous lawyer-fronted metal band is known for producing 2011’s viral video sensation, “The King That Never Was,” voted the No. 1 worst video of 2011 by Yahoo! Music, beating out such high-profile videos as Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” It also was named a No. 1 video in the recently published "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists."

The band’s latest video was once again directed, edited, and produced by Alternate Reality frontman and Cleveland area lawyer, Steve Delchin.

“Halloween is coming, there’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are starting to change color. Naturally, we thought this would be the perfect time to release Alternate Reality’s newest video for ‘Witch Hunt,’ which sees the band traveling back to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 to explore the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials,” says vocalist Steve Delchin.

“The new video features a ton of witches, cemeteries, religious fanaticism, and a renegade judiciary. Basically, everything that makes for a good heavy metal video,” adds guitarist Bob Delchin. More...

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Ringworm Streaming New EP

Cleveland's Ringworm is set to release a new EP titled "Bleed" this coming September 17th through Relapse Records.

"Bleed" includes three new tracks and a Discharge cover song. "Bleed" will be available in multiple different vinyl colors. Today the EP is streaming in full and can be heard below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

Ringworm will hit the road this fall for a tour with labelmates Howl and Call of the Void. These dates kick off October 1st in Albany, NY and run through October 12th in Akron, OH. Prior to the tour, Ringworm will play a headline show in Erie, PA on September 30th. More...

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Suture Reissuing Debut Album

Comatose Music has announced the release of the re-recording of long out-of-print debut "Carnivorous Urge to Kill" from Louisiana brutal deathsters Suture on October 29th. Originally released in 2002, the re-recording coincides with renewed interest in the band and a growing interest in the early material. Suture recently assembled their original lineup and entered the studio to re-record this entire album, along with a couple bonus tracks from the band's early years.

The new recording of Suture's debut album will allow death metal fans to now fully appreciate these songs and hear them how they were meant to be heard in the first place. The album now features amazing guest guitar solos by James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Disincarnate), Rick Rozz (Death, Massacre) and Jim Nickles (ex-Malevolent Creation), plus all new artwork that more closely conveys the imagery that Suture originally conceived for this release. Album track "Carcinoma Contagion" is now streaming at Comatose Music.

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Demonical Streaming Full Album Online

Demonical is currently streaming the "Darkness Unbound" album in its entirety. Give the album a listen in the player below, thanks to Terrorizer.com.

The album is due to be released on September 20th via Cyclone Empire and the limited digipak and vinyl versions can now be ordered directly from the band at this location. More...

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New Argus Track Streaming

Pitchfork.com has posted the exclusive world premier of "No Peace Beyond the Line," the brand new track from Pennsylvania doom metal outfit Argus. The song, taken from the band's forthcoming third full-length "Beyond the Martyrs," is streaming at this location. There's also a live upload of the song performed at The Gin Mill in Northampton, PA from a July 27th show streaming below.

"Beyond the Martyrs" starts where their 2011's release Boldly Stride the Doomed had left us...at the Ruins of Ouroboros. Cruz Del Sur Music will release Beyond the Martyrs on October 1st in North America and October 7th release in the UK.

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Clutch Postpones North American Shows

Maryland rockers Clutch have been forced to postpone the September tour dates of the "Earth Rocker" North American Tour. This is due to a health issue with singer Neil Fallon.

Most of the shows will be rescheduled and dates are listed below. Support on the rescheduled shows will remain the same and come from The Sword and Crobot.

Tickets that were already purchased for the dates in September will be honored for the rescheduled dates in January. Unfortunately one of the shows could not be rescheduled and has been cancelled: Vienna, WV on 9/21.

The shows scheduled for South Burlington, VT on 9/24 and Long Island, NY on 9/27 will be rescheduled for a later date, so please hold on to your tickets. Refunds for the West Virginia are available at point of purchase.

The band will still be playing "The Shindig" festival on September 14th in Baltimore, MD. All dates on the October - November leg of the tour will go on as scheduled and planned. The Hampton Beach, NH date originally in September is now scheduled for October 25th (unfortunately The Sword and Crobot will not be appearing on this new date in Hampton Beach). News about support will be released in the coming weeks.

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon gave this update on his condition:

"Dear friends, this week I've learned that a childhood injury to the neck, a genetic predisposition for spinal disease, and 20 some years of head banging will exact a toll. I've been diagnosed with an ugly case of cervical spinal stenosis and two herniated discs.

"In some instances these conditions can be treated non-surgically. This is not the case for me. I have been advised by several neurosurgeons that my spinal cord has already been damaged and that I risk further damage were I not to address the situation. For this reason, I've decided to take care of this ASAP. Believe me, re scheduling a tour turns my stomach, but I believe this is the wisest choice given the prognosis.

"On Tuesday I will undergo surgery. The procedure will fuse three vertebrae together with a small titanium plate. I have faith that this surgery will go as well as it can, and that I will be back in the saddle for our October-November tour. On behalf of my spine, deepest apologies to those who had been looking forward to seeing CLUTCH over the next two weeks. We'll make it up to you." More...

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Night Demon Posts Tour Dates

Having recently released their self-titled debut EP via Shadow Kingdom Records, Oxnard
California NWOBHM-inspired upstarts Night Demon have announced a series of one-off shows in support of the EP. At the end of September, the band will enter the studio to commence work on the full-length follow up to their four-song debut, which will be released on a yet-to-be-determined label. Night Demon live dates are as follows, three of the shows which feature Diamond Head and Raven on the bill:

09/14 @ Bombay - Ventura, CA (Record Release Show)
10/16 @ Malone's - Santa Ana, CA w/ Diamond Head & Raven
10/17 @ The Vex Arts - Los Angeles, CA w/ Diamond Head & Raven
10/20 @ The Count's Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV w/ Diamond Head & Raven
10/25 @ The Creekside - Santa Barbara, CA

This California trio, featuring members of The Fucking Wrath, first started making noise in 2011. Shortly after establishing an online presence via Bandcamp, the organizers of Germany's Keep It True Festival offered Night Demon a place on the fest's 2014 line-up. The Shadow Kingdom Records CD release, unleashed on August 6th, is remastered from the digital version and offers an undeniably superior sound. A video for the song "Night Demon," filmed, directed and produced by the band, is now playing below.

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Cold Feet Controll To Release New EP

Cold Feet Controll will release "Tales of the Brokenhearted Pt.II" on September 20th, 2013 via Inverse Records. The label also comments:

"Cold Feet Control was formed in 2011 by a bunch of good friends who wanted to play a different style of metalcore. Four months after the band was formed, they went in to the studio to record their first EP 'Shake it, Shake it!' which got a very good acceptance from the fans.

"Tales of the Brokenhearted was released on the 1st of January 2013 and the third EP, Tales of the Brokenhearted part 2 will be released on the 20th of September 2013.

"Juuso (the songwriter) tries to write always more brutal and heavier riffs but manages to always drop in some really deep and beautiful melodies with the guitar. So we guess then that's how the songs end up to become easy to listen to. The lyrics then deal about normal everyday life subjects. Some lyrics are more about our personal stuff, things that have happen in life and things what we think happen around us. For an example the 'What kind of drink is absinthe' song from Shake it! Shake it! EP is simply a story about what we think might happen when you drink that crazy drink. Then again 'Bridges Burned' from 'Tales of the Brokenhearted' is a song about a failed relationship. The band just tries to give people a new way to think to be honest and maybe some people can notice that they can find their own life situations in the songs and in that way adapt to the lyrics."

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Abominant Previewing Full Album

Kentucky death metal veterans Abominant are the focus of a new DeathMetal.org feature that includes an in-depth interview with bassist Mike May and full album stream of the band's landmark 10th release, "Onward to Annihilation." For a look inside at the inner workings of this long-running underground death metal institution, as well as a preview of their newest aural assault (which features a cover of Hypocrisy's "Left to Rot," visit this location.

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Tribune Streaming New Song

Tribune has posted the song "From Funeral To Funeral" online as a teaser for new album "Tales," which can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Over the past nine years, Vancouver, BC’s Tribune has been progressively combining its myriad of influences into a genre-shattering whole and etching away at a sound all its own. Now, the band’s efforts have culminated in their third full-length record, Tales set for release October 29th via their indie label Corpse Corrosion Music, which is available for pre-order right here.

"The nine-track concept album has been inspired by the writings of some of the world’s most renowned authors, including H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Homer among many others, but the result is strictly Tribune.

"Exploring a more melodic and progressive sound than ever before, but still staying true to the group’s extreme aggression roots, Tales, the follow-up to 2011’s Elder Lore/The Dark Arts, demonstrates Tribune’s brawn and brains with a collusion of extremity and accessibility.

"As the band’s appetite for more extreme metal increased, bands like Carcass, Death and At The Gates began bleeding into their melting pot of influences, resulting in a fresh take on their fine metal sound, which can be heard echoing in the depths of Tribune’s Tales." More...

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Wisconsin MetalFest Band Lineup Revealed

The first annual Wisconsin MetalFest has arrived and will take place on Saturday, November 9th at The Eagles Ballroom/The Rave in Milwaukee, WI.

Be sure to catch Sumerian's own Asking Alexandria, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, I See Stars, Structures, DayShell and many more at the festival.

The promotional poster for the festival can be seen below. More...

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Opera Rock Reveals Debut Album Release

Italian hard rock/metal band Opera Rock has revealed the track listing and the release date of forthcoming debut release "Starborn."

Written by bass player Mr. Faz and guitar player Leo, "Starborn" will be a sci-fi concept album and is due out September 30th, 2013. The track list will be as follows:

Disco 1
01 – A future to come
02 – Prologue: For Centuries Untold
03 – A Place Beyond Belief pt.1: Isaac
04 - A Place Beyond Belief pt.2: Reika
05 – Under Starry Skies
06 – New World
07 – Out in the Dark

Disco 2
07 – Interlude: Before the Storm
08 – Guardians of the Light
09 – Words Can't Say
10 – Dawn of Rage
11 – Veiled in Dusk
12 – The Shadow you cast
13 – Epilogue More...

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Cleric Releases New Music Video

As Texas-based Cleric -- the vile death metal faction featuring members of Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, and Tyrannosorceress and more -- prepares for the release of debut album "Gratum Inferno," today the band proudly fans the LP's raging flames with a blazing new video for the track "Through The Starless Abyss."

Check out the video clip below, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Directed by Shane Connelly of Photon Flood, "Through The Starless Abyss" was filmed in the dead of night in a very rural undisclosed location in Emory, Texas.

The multi-camera execution captures the members of Cleric fully encircled by a raging bonfire while they hammer out the song, bringing the concept of the "Gratum Inferno" title literally roaring to life. And what could be more metal than praising Satan surrounded by fire and death in the middle of the night?

You can also stream the full album by heading over to this location. More...

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Sepultura Posts New Album Trailer

Brazilian metal icons Sepultura have released the second trailer for their upcoming album
"The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart."

Check it out below, or you can watch the previous video in the series at this location.

The record is set for European release on October 25th via Nuclear Blast and can be ordered here.

The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner, and the album was recorded with producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Machine Head, Fear Factory), who also worked with Sepultura on the landmark 1996 release "Roots." The new album was co-produced by Steve Evetts, who previously worked "Roorback" (2003), the "Revolusongs" EP (2002), and "Nation" (2001).

The track listing for the album is:

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss Of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover) More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: "Dark Fate Of Atlanta"

I. The Setup

For as long as I can remember, I've searched for what I would define as a "perfect concert" - a mighty bucket list item that eluded me. I fixed the label to many shows in the interim, scratching off those "before death" list items one by one as each successive concert outdid the previous. Back in mid-2012, when I submitted my sponsor list for 2013, I listed fifteen bands I wanted to see and was willing to put money on for ProgPower USA. Number one of that list was Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. The reason is simple....there is no composer in heavy metal not named Jon Oliva that can even compare to the wealth of fantastic material presented since the 90’s. Turilli had numerous solo albums and various side bands all in addition to writing a double power metal story arc that lasted eleven straight albums, many of which grace the top lists of any fan of the genre. Well in advance of the latest two Rhapsody of Fire albums, Luca decided that it had to end…and that he needed to split off and see his own vision of band - one that would turn it towards the cinematic. In what appeared to be a confusing agreement with lifetime friend and co-founder Alex Staropoli, the two would split - each keeping a variant of the name and both claiming the entire back catalog as his own. Then, in a feat that I have seen nowhere else in band splits, the two would remain close friends and allies, each supporting the other and respective releases. Since then, Turilli fired the first salvo with “Ascending to Infinity,” an album so perfect it’s actually hard to listen to (see review here). Even though Rhapsody was not scheduled for the main festival, in the fall of 2012 it was announced that the band would headline the Thursday night kick off show with two hour plus set. Though ProgPower’s main festival would prove so great, this concert was the highlight of not only the festival….but my entire life. What would follow can only be deemed the “perfect concert.” More...

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Hell Reveals "The Age Of Nefarious" Single

Revived British occult metal band Hell has unveiled the first details about the new single from upcoming album "Curse And Chapter," to be titled "The Age Of Nefarious."

The band's current incarnation with Andy Sneap (guitar) and David Bower (vocals) join original members Kev Bower (guitar and keys), Tony Speakman (bass), and Tim Bowler (drums) and will publish the follow-up to "Human Remains" (2011) on November, 22nd 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

"The Age Of Nefarious" single will be released October 25th, 2013. Coming as a 10” vinyl in several colored versions, it will include the single track plus three live songs recorded at the Bloodstock Festival, 2013. The track listing is as follows:

Side A:
1. The Age Of Nefarious
2. On Earth As It Is In Hell (live)
Side B:
1. Blasphemy And The Master (live)
2. The Oppressors (live) More...

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Hypocrisy Posts Tour Trailer

After the first part of the "End Of Disclosure" tour and several festival appearances during summer, Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will return to the stages next week in the course of the "End Of Disclosure Tour" part 2.

Check out a newly released trailer for the coming trek below.

Support will come from Danish metallers Hatesphere. Let the hammer of death fall down on you on one of the live occasions listed after the jump.


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New Leif Edling Project Reveals Debut Details

New Swedish doom outfit Avatarium has just revealed the cover artwork and track list for an upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be unleashed November 1st, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The band features legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling on bass, Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) on guitar, Lars Sköld (Tiamat) on drums, keyboardist Carl Westholm, and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith. The front cover was created by Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä.

Commented Erik: “As opposed to many contemporary artists eager to express their inner emotional turmoil my ambitions as painter stand first and foremost from a lifelong love of hardrockin´music and the inherently darker iconography of that genre. I’m seldom one to channel personal experiences in my art but rather view my work as part of the Heavy Metal tradition forged by likes of Derek Riggs, Ken Kelly and many more. In the specific chase of Avatarium my sources of inspiration have come to include the heretical idolatry of the pre-Christianized cults throughout ancient Europe and esoteric allegories of the late medieval secret societies”

Guitarist Marcus unveils an insight on the birth of Avatarium: “We are very proud to present the first but not the last Avatarium album to you. When we started to demo the songs on this album we had one thing that we thought was extremely important, we wanted to make music that was heavy, dark and poetic. Also we had an urge to make an album with a very organic sound and no fixing and trixing in computers but just try to make great emotional music. During the whole process we have been looking for feeling rather than trying to make everything technically perfect. More...

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Grand Magus Enters The Studio

The Swedish riff lords in Grand Magus have just started to record the follow-up to last year’s "The Hunt." After finishing up demoing and a pre-production phase, the band entered the recording state at the beginning of September.

Grand Magus has once again engaged with Nico Elgstrand as a producer, who already had his hands on the controllers for "The Hunt," as well as the engineering force of Staffan Karlsson at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad, who has worked with Arch Enemy and he mixed the most recent record from Spiritual Beggars.

Commented drummer Ludwig “Ludde” Witt: "The time has come! Warriors! Things have been quiet around here recently, you know us well enough to know that we haven't been sitting around idly though... We have finished writing our new album and we enter the studio!!! Monday the 2 of September marks the start of our new journey. The result will be something to behold. That is a promise. You want something heavy? You'll get it. This will be our strongest album to date.”

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Carnifex Finishes New Album

San Diego, CA Carnifex signed to Nuclear Blast during the summer, and now the band has finished recording a new album at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with producer Mark Lewis.

"After a year and half of writing and five weeks in the studio, we are very excited that tracking for the new album is complete,” commented vocalist Scott Lewis. “Not only is this the best production we have ever had, the depth in each song is beyond anything we have previously written. We combined the best parts of our previous albums with elements and influences we only touched on in the past. This is the album Carnifex was always meant to write."

On recently signing to Nuclear Blast Lewis continues: “Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex. To be aligned with the largest Metal label on earth is a true honor. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see Carnifex like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern Metal.”

Carnifex's Nuclear Blast Records debut will also introduce new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey. A release is tentatively scheduled for some time in the first quarter of 2014.

Carnifex's latest album, "Until I Feel Nothing," was produced by Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) and was released on October 25th, 2011.

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Lalu Streaming Full New Album

"Atomic Ark," the newest solo album from French composer Vivien Lalu -- and first for progressive metal powerhouse, Sensory Records -- is out now. You can stream the full release in the player below, courtesy of Popmatters.com.

The opus was fully conceived and composed by Lalu, the musician having enlisted a lineup of vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (SymphonyX), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album.

In addition to the release of his new masterwork, this week Vivien Lalu also announces that half of his royalties for "Atomic Ark" will be donated directly to Paris/NYC-based animal rescue organization Alerte Sos.

In a statement released via his Facebook page early today the French composer notes: "Just got back from my visit to Alerte Sos; It was a real pleasure to meet the president and her team. These people are so amazing... I am speechless at their dedication to the animal cause. You should know that in France, animals are sentenced if they don't find a family; the clock is always ticking. So I am very happy to announce that half of my Atomic Ark royalties will go to Alerte Sos and by buying this album you will help to save many animals from certain death. We can't save them all - but every little gesture helps! Some of these puppies are hurt and sick and need treatment but the veterinary fees are huge! Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy being a part of something greater than just listening to music." More...

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Katatonia Discusses "Dethroned & Uncrowned"

Sweden's melancholic rock/metal masters Katatonia have posted a video clip online of band members Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse discussing how and why the new "Dethroned and Uncrowned" release came about.

Check out the interview video clip below.

"Dethroned and Uncrowned" is a re-working of previous album "Dead End Kings" and was created via a successful crowd funding campaign.

You can watch a lyric video for the new version of "Buildings" at this location.

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Skynet Releases New Music Video

Skynet has released a new music video for "To The Hounds," which is taken from upcoming EP "The Wild," set to be released on November 19th, 2013 via Underground Operations and Transcend Music. Watch the clip, directed by Steve Putt, in the player available below.

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Lamb Of God Announces 10th Anniversary Release

Lamb of God is pleased to announce that the band has completed work on a special 10th Anniversary Edition of "As The Palaces Burn." The following press release was also issued:

"After some serious detective work tracking down the original album master tapes, the band went in with producer Josh Wilbur (who also produced Wrath and Resolution) and gave 'Palaces' a full-on, ass kicking remix and remaster. Front-to-back, top to bottom. The remixed version of Palaces is now how they had originally intended it to be.

"To go along with the album re-release, Lamb of God also shot a brand new DVD documentary recounting the recording process and the stories behind the music which features new interviews with original producer Devin Townsend, the band members and current producer, Josh Wilbur."

Drummer Chris Adler comments, "we are lucky to have the opportunity, a decade after our first attempt, to bring what I consider to be our master work up to speed sonically. Ever since the original release we've been distraught about the sonic qualities of 'As the Palaces Burn'. The band had captured lightening in a bottle and the budget limitation of a sophomore album turned our lightening into a firefly in a jar. The songs are undeniable and we've always been very proud of how this album launched our career. It feels appropriate to revisit now that we can and give this very special album the chance to reach our original hopes and it's true potential."

Beginning today, you can pre-order the 10th Anniversary Edition of "Palaces" (available on both CD and VINYL) along with some previously out of print merch designs. More...

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Tyr Streaming Full New Album

Tyr is streaming brand new album, "Valkyrja," all weekend. The album can be heard in its entirety beginning today (Friday the 13th) through Monday, September 16th. Check it out below or at the Metal Blade website. The label comments:

"Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including The Lay of Our Love, which features Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, Tyr's covers of Iron Maiden's Where Eagles Dare and Pantera's Cemetary Gate, which about.com called 'downright amazing, faithfully capturing the emotional essence of the original.' Additionally, George Kollias was enlisted to handle drum recording duties on Valkyrja."

In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen states, "I hope they will enjoy it and they like the new direction as well as (guitarist) Terji's bigger involvement in writing and George's drumming. We had a more upbeat direction without changing Tyr's style."

"Valkyrja," the seventh full-length album from Tyr, will be released next week in North America. Tyr is on tour now with Finntroll and Skalmold in Europe. Dates are available below. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Announces Tour Dates

German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, fronted by Norwegian born Liv Kristine, announced a string of tour dates in support of the band's upcoming new release "Symphonies of the Night." The album is expected for release later this year via Napalm Records.

The following dates with Atrocity (featuring Leaves' Eyes members Thorsten Bauer (guitars), spouse of Liv Kristine Alexander Krull (vocals) and guitarist Sander van der Meer) have been confirmed:


19.10.2013 BE - Wieze, Metal Female Voices Festival XI
26.10.2013 RO - Bucharest, Maximum Rock Festival
27.10.2013 BG - Sofia, Club Mixtape 5 *
12.11.2013 IT - Brescia, Circolo Colony **
13.11.2013 DE- Nürnberg, Rockfabrik **
14.11.2013 AT - Vienna, Szene **
15.11.2013 DE- Essen, Turock (CD Release Show) **
16.11.2013 NL - Sneek, Bolwerk **
17.11.2013 NL - Rotterdam, Baroeg **
20.11.2013 CN - Beijing ,Yu Gong live house *
21.11.2013 CN - Shanghai live, Mao live house *
23.11.2013 TW - Taipei, The Wall live house *
27.11.2013 TH - Bangkok, The Rock Pub *
14.12.2013 RU - St. Petersburg, Arctica Club
15.12.2013 RU - Moscow, Moscow Hall More...

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Anima Tempo Posts Studio Diary Video For Debut LP

Mexican progressive metal band Anima Tempo posted up the first part in a series of studio diary videos on the recording of the debut release "Caged In Memories." The album is expected for release by year end.

Anima Tempo is:

Gian Granados - Voice and guitar
Dante Granados - Lead guitar
Thomas Peñaloza - Synths and growls
Pedro Vera - Bass
Antonio Guerrero - Drums

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Thought Chamber Streaming New Track

U.S. progressive metallers Thought Chamber are streaming the new track "Psykerion: The Question." The song appears on the forthcoming sophomore album "Psykerion," which will be released on September 16th, 2013 in Europe and on October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic. The album is the first release from the band in six years.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Inceptus
2. Exodus
3. Psykerion: The Question
4. In the Words of Avakus
5. Light Year Time
6. Kerakryps
7. The Black Hole Lounge
8. Circuits of O.D.D.
9. Behind the Eyes of Ikk
10. Isle of Bizen
11. Xyrethius II
12. Recoil
13. Breath of Life
14. Transcend (streaming here)
15. Planet Qwinkle
16. Inner Peace

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Sinner Posts "Touch Of Sin 2" Album Preview

German hard rock act Sinner, featuring Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner, posted a preview clip for the upcoming LP "Touch of Sin 2." The album contains extensive re-recordings of 11 Sinner classic tracks from the 80's (from long out of print cult albums "Dangerous Charm," "Touch Of Sin," and "Comin' Out Fighting"). In addition, 3 brand new songs were produced to end up on the record. The album was just issued this week in North America via AFM Records.

The track listing is:

1. Born To Rock
2. Comin' Out Fighting (see lyric video)
3. Bad Girl
4. Knife In My Heart
5. Concrete Jungle
6. Don't Believe A Word (see music video)
7. Shout
8. Germany Rocks
9. Danger Zone
10. Emerald
11. Blood On The Sand
12. Lost In A Minute
13. Masquerade
14. Heat Of The City

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Epysode Posts "Raven's Curse" Sample From New LP

Belgian based metal act Epysode posted a second sound sample from the upcoming sophomore LP "Fantasmagoria." The album drops on October 11th via AFM Records. The sound sample is from the new track "Raven's Curse."

The track list for "Fantasmagoria" is:

1. File-41-80-2
2. The Arch
3. Morning Rose
4. Venom
5. The Black Parade
6. T.H.O.R.N.S.
7. Garden Of Exile
8. Raven’s Curse
9. Living Fortress
10. Fantasmagoria
11. The Inheritance
12. Now And Forever
13. Forgotten Symphony
14. Unreal

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Scanner Announces New Drummer

German metal act Scanner announced that drummer Patrick Klose (Ex-Elmsfire) has joined the band. Klose replaces Franz Eichberger, who left the band last month due to "religiously motivated reasons." Eichberger did play drums on the band's upcoming return album "The Judgement."

Klose will make his first appearance with the band on upcoming gigs in Milan, Italy and Moscow, Russia at the end of November.

For a taste of new Scanner, head on over to this lcoation to hear the demo of the new track "The Race." More...

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Testament Posts Live Clip From Upcoming DVD

Legendary thrash act Testament posted up a live clip for the track "Rise Up." The video/track is part of the band's upcoming 2CD/DVD live release "Dark Roots Of Thrash," which will be released on Oct. 11th (EU), Oct. 14th (UK) and Oct. 15th (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list is:

Disc 1

1. Intro
2. Rise Up
3. More Than Meets the Eye
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Native Blood
6. True American Hate
7. Dark Roots of Earth
8. Into the Pit
9. Practice What You Preach

Disc 2

1. Riding the Snake
2. Eyes of Wrath
3. Trial by Fire
4. The Haunting
5. The New Order
6. Do Not Resuscitate
7. Three Days in Darkness
8. The Formation of Damnation
9. Over the Wall
10. Disciples of the Watch More...

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Benesser Posts New Music Video

Swedish progressive rock act Benesser posted a new music video for the track "Where Silence Prevails." The song appears on the upcoming debut LP "The Start Of Something New," which will now be available worldwide September 25, 2013 via Doolittle Group (pushed back from July).

Benesser Line-Up:

Robert Olsson - Lead Vocals and bass
Henric Hermansson - Guitars
David Olsson - Drums

Check out "Where Silence Prevails" here: More...

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Within Temptation Teams Up With Tarja For New Song

Dutch act Within Temptation announced that the band's upcoming new single/EP "Paradise (What About Us?)" will also see a guest appearance by former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. The extended single will be available on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders through iTunes can be made at this location.

The track list for the EP is:

1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version) More...

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