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Metal News for September 14, 2012

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Hanging Garden Signs With Lifeforce Records

Lifeforce Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Finnish dark metal act Hanging Garden:

"Wait, another Finnish band on Lifeforce Records!? - Well, yeah... what should I say... it just came together, Hanging Garden could have been from any other part of the world, at the end it was the music that convinced me 300%!!

"I'm in touch with Jussi Hämäläinen (who's other band THE CHANT just recently released it's critically acclaimed Lifeforce Records debut 'A Healing Place') and Jussi forwarded me some rough mixes of their new tracks, which totally blew me away already... by the time he sent me the full album I was sold! It combines so many influences ranging from Cult Of Luna to Sisters Of Mercy, Sigur Ros to Dark Tranquillity in a such great way I simply couldn't resist!

"The idea of a band playing slow, doomy metal was born between singer Ari Nieminen and bassist Matti Reinola in 2004. Soon after, drummer Janne Jukarainen and guitarists Mikko Kolari and Saku Manninen join the band. After hard song writing and rehearsing, recordings of the first promo-CD start. The band was named Hanging Garden and the promo was finished just in time before Finnish Metal Expo in February 2006. One promo ended up in the hands of Sami from Spikefarm Records, and eventually Hanging Garden inked a deal with the label.

"In fall 2006, Hanging Garden traveled to northern Finland to record their debut album at the legendary Tico Tico Studios. In February 2007 the debut album entitled 'Inherit The Eden' was released, and receiveD great feedback & reviews around the world. Afterwards Hanging Garden played numerous gigs all over Finland. More...

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Ensiferum Streaming Entire "Unsung Heroes" Album

"Unsung Heroes," the latest studio offering from Finnish sword-wielding, folk metal merchants Ensiferum, will be streaming in full through the weekend courtesy of Guitar World. The album sees its official North American unveiling on Tuesday, September 18th through Spinefarm Records U.S. Give the full album a listen at this location.

Already unleashed in Europe, "Unsung Heroes" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), and features artwork by Kristian Wahlin, as well as a medley of special guests including members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer/actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.

Says bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka: "Greeting to our fellow warriors of North America! We are proud to announce that our latest album called Unsung Heroes will be released next week but you can listen to it in advance here at Guitar World. So now it's not time to shred like Yngwie but it is time to grab your blade, rush the battlefield and shout, ‘IN MY SWORD I TRUST!’" More...

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Grand Supreme Blood Court Comments On Album

Dutch death metal tribunal Grand Supreme Blood Court will release debut album, "Bow Down Before The Blood Court," via Century Media Records on November 12th in Europe and November 20th in North America.

The band has now revealed the album's cover artwork, which was created by Axel Hermann (Asphyx, Grave, etc.). GSBC's main songwriters are former Asphyx-axeman Eric Daniels and current Asphyx-bassist Alwin Zuur (who plays guitar in GSBC), whereas vocal duties are being handled by Martin van Drunen. The tribunal is rounded off by Bob Bagchus on drums and bassist Theo van Eekelen (Hail of Bullets). The new album was mixed by none other than Dan Swanö.

Grand Registrar Zuur adds: "Finally, the Blood Court has become a real and totally devastating band! While some might sneer at the similarities with the Asphyx ine-up, as soon as you listen to this beast of an album you will realize that with Eric and me on guitar, GSBC musically takes another route and offers a different kind of riffing and some sick yet harmonic, epic pieces. No matter if you're into Asphyx or any of the other bands related to the Blood Court, we invested enough blood, spirit and energy into this record to know that it will not disappoint anyone into straight-forward, face-melting death metal. No compromises."

The tribunal is:

Grand Magistrate Bagchus -- firing squad commander and coffin drummings
Grand Judge Daniels -- axe wielding beheader guitar
Grand Prosecutor van Drunen -- verdicts, sentences and tormented howls
Grand Registrar Zuur -- blood runes and flesh-saw guitar
Grand Executioner van Eekelen -- torture instruments and slaying bass More...

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Dordeduh Releases "Dojana" Video

Prophecy Productions is proud to present the first video clip of Dordeduh for the song "Dojana," taken from the band's debut album "Dar De Duh," due out out November 13th in North America. The song was visualized by the musicians and director Costin Chioreanu inimitably, and the end result can be viewed below. The band also comments:

"Finally, the first video of Dordeduh is out. For the setting, we chose an old, quite unknown Dacian fortress, placed deep into the Apuseni mountains. The place is surrounded by an unusual forest, called locally 'the forest without a face'. This place was the subject of many mysterious stories of people disappearing into the forest without a trace. Fortunately, during the shootings, nothing unusual happened. We are very happy with the final result, and Costin Chioreanu did a great job. Enough describing - we let you to enjoy it!"

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Haarp Streaming Full New Album

In anticipation of the imminent release of "Husks" from New Orleans dirgesmiths haarp this coming Tuesday, the metal conjurors at Invisible Oranges are currently hosting an exclusive limited stream of the record in its entirety. Check out "Husks" (reviewed here) over at this location.

In conjunction with the release, haarp will take these harrowing new hymns to the stage supporting Down next week. See confirmed dates below.

9/21/2012 Pop’s Nightclub – Saint Louis, MO
9/22/2012 House of Blues Chicago – Chicago, IL
9/23/2012 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
9/25/2012 House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
9/26/2012 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2012 Mojo Main – Newark, DE w/ Givethemrope, Backwoods Payback, Altar of Dagon, Sunburster*
9/28/2012 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/29/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

* No Down

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Surrounded By Monsters Unveils New Album Art

Surrounded by Monsters has just unveiled the cover artwork for the band's new album "Novella," which is coming this October 22nd, 2012. The artwork, along with a preview video, can be found below. Pre-orders for "Novella" are now available from the Nuclear Blast online store at this location.

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Wintersun Pushes Back Album Release

Wintersun and Nuclear Blast have issued the following announcement about pushing back the "Time I" release date:

"As we want to give all our incredible fans something truly special and outstanding for our second album 'Time I,' there is going to be a limited mediabook edition including DVD available, but due to unfortunate manufacturing delays the 'Time I' album release has been postponed by a week. The new release dates are:

October 19: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
October 22: North America, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Poland (+ all other European countries not mentioned in this list)
October 23: Italy
October 24: Sweden

"We feel very bad about this. This is a big hit for us, so we need your support now more than ever! Be sure to come by our shows in Finland the week before album release, as we play the TIME I album live for the first time ever! See you there!"

Pre-Orders are available for "Time I" via the Nuclear Blast webstore right here.

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Immolation Confirmed For Hell Inside Festival

U.S. death metal bulldozer Immolation (which is currently hard at work on the band's next album for Nuclear Blast) will play Hell Inside Festival on October 6th, 2012 in Würzburg, Germany. Tickets are available for pre-sale over at this location. The lineup is:

Friday, 05.10.2012
13:30 - 14:00 DEMOGORGON
14:15 - 14:45 CEREBRAL BORE
15:00 - 15:30 IZEGRIM
15:45 - 16:15 ZOMBIE INC.
16:30 - 17:15 CRIPPER
17:30 - 18:15 REVOCATION
18:30 - 19:15 EVOCATION
19:30 - 20:15 JOB FOR A COWBOY
20:35 - 21:35 ONSLAUGHT
21:55 - 22:55 DYING FETUS
23:30 - 01:00 ARCH ENEMY
01:20 - 02:00 KROW (Aftershow) More...

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Sions Funeral Streaming "Becoming God"

Sions Funeral has once again uploaded another song off the band's new 2012 EP. Check out "Becoming God" in the player available below. Sions Funeral also commented about running a tab contest:

"Because the request for the tabs of this song were so great, we have decided to make a small contest out of it. The first person who successfully tabs the song 'Becoming God' and uploads a video of him/herself playing it on youtube, will be sent and autographed limited-edition t-shirt! The winner will be announced via youtube video on the Sions Funeral channel here, so dont forget to subscribe!"

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Strife Posts New Album Behind The Scenes Footage

Strife and 6131 Records give you an inside look into the making of Strife's upcoming album "Witness A Rebirth." The first video from the three part documentary series, "The Sao Paulo Sessions" takes you down to Mix Nova Studios in Brazil and shows the recording process with drummer Iggor Cavalera (Cavalera Conspiracy/ Mixhell / Formerly of Sepultura).

Strife traveled to Brazil to start the recording process with producer Nick Jett (Terror, Rotting Out, Backtrack) at the helm. Soon after, the band returned to California and put the rest of the pieces into place, including guest vocals by Billy Graziadei (of Biohazard) and Scott Vogel (of Terror), plus a guitar solo by Marc Rizzo (of Soulfly).

"Witness A Rebirth" is due out this fall on 6131 Records. More...

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

This week's roundup of newly added tracks to the Rock Band Network again includes a smattering of metal tracks to keep you headbanging throughout the weekend. These songs are now available on the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band:

All Shall Perish – “There is Nothing Left” (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria – “Dear Insanity (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way – “On Black Wings (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
My Ruin – “Deconsecrated” (80 MSP)

The songs are also now available on PS3 version:

Nevermore – “The Obsidian Conspiracy” ($1.99)
Anarchy Club – “Built to Grind” ($1.99)
Fail Emotions – “Wasted” ($0.99)

These tracks will be hitting the PS3 on 9/18/2012 (North America) and 9/25/2012 (Europe):

Graveyard BBQ - "By the Grace of the Grill" ($1.99)
All Shall Perish - "A Pure Evil" ($1.99)

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Nachtmystium Announces North American Shows

Having recently released new album "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here), the Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium is now ready to tour across North America in support of the album.

Presented by BrooklynVegan, Nachtmystium's headlining run, "Dawn Over The Ruins Of America 2012," sees Jarboe (featuring Baleyyg) and Weapon as support. The first string of dates is available below, with more dates to be added soon.

If you still haven't heard Nachtmystium's 6th full-length album, "Silencing Machine," be sure to visit Spin.com here for the exclusive album stream. More...

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Throne Of Malediction Announces Split Release

Throne of Malediction has announced an upcoming split release with Irreverent Soul, which also features several of the same band members.

The cover artwork for the "Rites" split can be viewed below, and you can also check out a track from the release in the player available after the jump. The track is a cover of "Solitude" by Candlemass. In addition to the upcoming split, Throne of Malediction is also working on a new full-length album titled "Out of Darkness Comes Light." More...

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Leprous Posts European Tour Trailers

Norwegian progressive metal act Leprous will be embarking on the European Progressive Assult tour at the end of the month, and the band has been posting a teaser trailer online for each city on the trek. You can now watch episodes seven and eight below. Leprous also comments:

"Every once in a while, brilliance shines upon people, and it's up to those people to try to share their gift with the rest. Today Einar & TorO will not only give you a thorough and profound dive into Milano, where they're playing at Barrio's Café October 12th, but they will also reveal a secret that may just trigger your dancing skills. Check it out if you dare!" More...

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Blackguard Comments On Upcoming Live Shows

Canadian band Blackguard is proud to announce a return to Europe, supporting Kamelot on an upcoming European tour beginning November 2nd in Eindhoven, Netherlands. See a full list of tour dates below.

Vocalist Paul Zinay comments “We had a blast conquering North America with Kamelot and now it's time to conquer some new territories. We are very honored that we were asked to join them on this tour and we'd like to give our deepest thanks and gratitude to Thomas and all of the Kamelot crew for extending us this invitation. This will be the last tour supporting our latest album Firefight and we can't imagine ending on a higher note than this.”

Blackguard is currently in the studio completing forthcoming album "Storm," due out Spring 2013. The band will begin a month long headlining tour starting October 7th in New York City before joining Epica on tour starting October 23rd. More...

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Dawn Of Rage Streaming "Rising"

Iranian act Dawn of Rage has posted the song "Rising" online, which comes off the band's self-titled album. Check out the track in the player available below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Death
2. Rising
3. Suffering Without Pain
4. Revenge
5. Termination
6. Through the Ashes
7. Failure
8. Death Rising (Orchestral) More...

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Bleed From Within Releases New Music Video

Bleed From Within has launched a video for the new song "It Lives In Me." The clip was filmed by a friend who accompanied the group into the studio and to recent live shows. Get a personal glimpse of Bleed From Within via Metal Hammer or in the player below.

The band comments about the song and video: "'It Lives in Me' has a positive message which we want to bring forward about not giving up on something we've worked so hard to get where it is now. There's no better time than now and with all the support we have behind us and an extremely dedicated fanbase who have stuck by us, it's made everything worthwhile. The band have been going for about 8 years now but this still feels like it's just the beginning for us. It's about appreciating what we have and enjoying our time in this band and not taking it for granted." More...

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Cyanide Serenity Splits With Drummer

Drummer Ryan Wyatt of Cyanide Serenity has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band:

"Due to family and personal reasons I am announcing my departure from the band. As some of you may know, I now a have my baby girl to care for. And full time work focus on.

"It's been amazing touring, playing overseas and sharing those moments with the boys in C.S. and there is no hard feelings between any of us! I wish them all the best for the future.

"Keep an eye out for upcoming tours and the next show in India.. Along with the album release later this year. Peace!"

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

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OsseltioN To Release Debut Album

SG Records has issued the following announcement about OsseltioN releasing a debut full-length album:

"OsseltioN and SG Records are glad to announce the next release of the band's debut album. 'Last Words' will be out on next October 12th. OsseltioN plays, by they own definition 'Extreme Deformed Metal,' a mixture of death, thrash, techno death and electro."

OsseltioN is:

Ulag: Vocals, Guitar, Synth
Grak: Bass
Ruglud: Drums

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Indesinence Pushes Back Album Release

Profound Lore Records has issued the following statement about delays in the release of the new “Vessels Of Light And Decay” album from Indesinence:

"Due to major manufacturing delays (considering materials were submitted three months ago, followed by a crucial proofing process) because of the slight severity of the packaging for what we consider one of the label’s proudest moments, we were forced to push the release date back at least a month to mid-Oct (Oct 16th if all goes accordingly).

"It was initially supposed to come out officially next week (Sept 18th), yet from what we are told, they are still manufacturing the hard cover books/digipacks. Nonetheless, as frustrating of a process as this as been to endure, this will ultimately be worth the wait once this colossal album is FINALLY complete and we’ll keep you posted as best as we can with any further updates." More...

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Azure Agony To Release New Album

SG Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Azure Agony:

"Azure Agony with the new album 'India' give us again an hour of dreamy progressive metal music.
The album will be out on October 26 and offers a surprise to all the Azure Agony fans: the band added the missing piece to its line-up with the singer Federico Ahrens, so Azure Agony added soaring vocal melodies to the wonderful prog metal of the previous album 'Beyond Belief,' as well as various inserts from special instruments like cello, accordion and chapman stick, for a result that will not disappoint the expectations."

The "India" artwork is available below, and you can listen to clips from the songs on the album at this location. More...

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Rabbits Posts New Song Online

Those stabby-toothed, noisemongering crop-raiders in Rabbits are about to drop their newest litter of frenzied buzzsaw anthems, as "Bites Rites" is now just days from official release via Good To Die Records. The follow-up to Rabbits’ 2011 "Lower Forms" debut, "Bites Rites" will be released on 180-gram LP with included digital download delivery.

Pitchfork today has released the "Bites Rites" album opener “We And Zoo." Hop on over here to check out the song.

The album's fifth track “Meth Valley 99" is also available via a Good To Die digital label compilation right here. The album's track listing is: More...

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Existem Streaming New Album

Existem has posted the new album "Years of Winter" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"Years of Winter is officially out now! You can go stream and purchase it from our Bandcamp page below. We’ve put a lot of work into this album but we hope it’s been worth the wait to all of you. Check it out and tell your friends! Thanks!"

The "Years of Winter" track listing is as follows:

1. Equals 04:05
2. Slay the Giant 05:08
3. Corruption, Pt. 1: Balance 04:35
4. Corruption, Pt. 2: Ruin 03:10
5. Years of Winter 06:48
6. Solace 01:48
7. Natural State 04:03
8. Canyons 05:51
9. Ocean 03:13
10. She Speaks 05:43
11. A Message from Earth 08:54 More...

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Sithu Aye Reveals New Album Details

Sithu Aye has posted a new song online titled "Expansion," which can be heard below, and the band also commented on releasing a new album:

"My new album, called 'Invent the Universe', will be released on the 15th of October 2012 for free download/pay what you want from my bandcamp page. The tracklisting is as follows:

1) Invent the Universe
2) Grand Unification
3) Expansion
4) Baryogenesis
5) Particles Collide
6) Nucleosynthesis (Interlude)
7) Recombination
8) Dark Ages
9) Formation
10) Pale Blue Dot

"Also, I'm giving you a full track preview of 'Expansion', track 3 from the album! Thanks for all your support so far, I absolutely cannot wait until this album is released!" More...

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The Reset Splits With Guitarist

Guitarist Gabriel Montalvo of Florida's The Reset has issued the following announcement about lineup changes and canceling an upcoming live show:

"I must shed some light on our lineup situation at the moment! Our second guitarist Karlton that had joined not too long ago is no longer in this band, sadly with that said we have been forced to cancel our show this Sunday at Bombshells tavern.

"We will be playing next Friday's Daytona show with Sea of Treachery and Abiotic with a fill in guitarist! But with that said if you are up for the challenge we have an open guitarist position so get up with me to set up a try out date!

"We really insist that the person be above 18 with show/tour ready equipment....and shreddiness is a must. We plan on taking this band to the furthest of its abilities so if you feel like you cannot commit full time do not bother. Good luck everyone!"

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Yakuza Streaming New Song Online

Chicago's Yakuza is giving fans a first taste of "Beyul" now exclusively via Stereogum. Check out "Fire Temple And Beyond" at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"One of the most avant-garde acts in metal's history is Chicago's Yakuza. The band continuously pushes the boundaries of metal and has earned serious acclaim from fans, press and their peers. Now, Yakuza returns with one of their most impressive outings yet, 'Beyul', which will be the band's second release on Profound Lore Records.

"'Beyul' will be released on October 16 on CD and digitally with a vinyl version arriving the following month via Gravedancer Records. 'Beyul' was produced by longtime Yakuza cohort Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Minsk, Twilight). Yakuza plan to stay busy in support of the new album so stay tuned for upcoming tour plans and more info."

The album's track listing:

1. Oil And Water
2. The Last Day
3. Man Is Machine
4. Fire Temple And Beyond
5. Mouth of the Lion
6. Species
7. Lotus Array

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Revocation Announces North American Tour

In addition to previously announced September and October tour dates with Dying Fetus, Revocation has now announced a new string of North American shows with A Life Once Lost and Ken Mode. This new trek is presented by Scion A/V Metal and the dates are as follows:

Oct 18 Trenton, NJ Championships Bar (No Ken Mode)
Oct 19 Montreal, QC L'Union Commercial
Oct 20 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
Oct 21 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar
Oct 22 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
Oct 23 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Oct 24 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
Oct 26 Calgary, AB Vern’s
Oct 27 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Oct 29 Tacoma, WA The Loch’s
Oct 30 Seattle, WA El Corazon Lounge
Oct 31 Portland, OR Rotture
Nov 1 San Francisco, CA The Sub Mission
Nov 2 Fullerton, CA Sidebar
Nov 3 Scottsdale, AZ Chaser’s
Nov 4 El Paso, TX House of Rock
Nov 5 San Antonio, TX Korova
Nov 6 Austin, TX Red 7
Nov 8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Nov 9 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Nov 10 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 11 Albany, NY Bogies
Nov 12 New York, NY The Studio At Webster Hall
Nov 13 Allston, MA Great Scott
Nov 14 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques More...

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Pelican Postpones Upcoming Shows

It was recently announced that Sunn O))) would be canceling its Australian tour dates, which were set to also include Pelican. Pelican has now posted the following statement online about the cancellation and further postponing of shows:

"We're disappointed to announce our upcoming dates in Australia/NZ have been cancelled. Not to add further bummers to the fire, but our Bangkok and Hong Kong shows have been postponed until we can reschedule the Australian tour."

Info on upcoming Pelican live activity can be found over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Vastator Streaming Acoustic EP

Chilean heavy metal band Vastator has released a five song EP called "Acoustic Sessions" for free downloading via Digmetalworld Records. Celebrating its country's independence day, Vastator has released for free these special recordings for all its fans and friends through the web. This is the very first time that the band puts out an album at no cost, and the idea is simple: "To thank to everyone for the support throughout the time".

Watch a video with slide show images of the acoustic show on the following link. This show took place last July at Sala Transmission in Santiago, Chile, where Vastator performed five of its classics in acoustic versions. Sr. Diaz, singer of Vastator commented: "The band wanted to explore new sounds, which is one of the things that has been done constantly. The search of the innovating to bring just the best to our own scene." Stream all five songs below in the player.

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Serocs Streaming New Album

Guadalajaran death metal band Serocs has just released it third disc "Oneirology" and is streaming the eleven track album over on Bandcamp. "Oneirology" was mastered by Nico S. of Womb Leech and features guest appearances by musicians from all different bands ranging from Absvrdist, Abhorrent, Disgorge, Zealotry, Defeated Sanity, First Fragment and Vengeful. Serocs is also streaming both of its other albums on that bandcamp page, "So On and So Forth" and "Homogenous Dissimilation."

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Acrybia Reveals New DVD Details

Acrybia has issued the following brief announcement about releasing a new DVD:

"DVD at last! After 13 years we can show all 13 of our videoclips. Uncensored, unrated, shocking and brutal. And also those cheesy and typical."

The track listing for the "13" DVD is as follows:

1. Memory (Princess Theme)
2. Poetry & The Gods
3. Godly Hatred
4. Grabarz
5. For You
6. Alone (Insomnus)
7. For Her Pleasure
8. Na koniec
9. Le Gout de Neant (Charles Baudelaire) - Pragnienie Nicosci
10. ESIX
11. Ny Har Rut Hotep
12. Valley of Doom
13. Jesus Bloody Jesus More...

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Mammoth Mammoth Signs With Napalm Records

Napalm Records is very proud to announce the worldwide signing of Australia's Mammoth Mammath. The label comments:

"Here at the Napalm Records HQ we have been listening, headbanging and partying to the sound of 'Volume III Hell's Likely' for the last couple weeks and are glad to announce the release date of the new album:

21.11 ESP/SWE/GR
23.11 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
26.11. Rest of Europe
27.11 USA/CAN

"Check out the first video 'Hell's Likely' on our YouTube Channel!"

Frontman Mikey Tucker also says: "We're thrilled to be partnering with Napalm Records. Their current roster of MONSTER MAGNET, KARMA TO BURN, BRANT BJORK to name a few - showcase their dedication to the rock scene across the globe. We are also very excited about the new opportunities that this signing will bring to help spread Mammoth Mammoth to the rest of the world. We have many loyal fans in Europe, Scandinavia and South America, so this new partnership will enable us to smash stages outside of Australia with our first European tour penciled in for mid 2013. So lock up your goats and call your lawyer coz, we're coming to a town near you." More...

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ProgPower Pre-Show: Nightwish and Kamelot

A kind of metalhead Mecca, the ProgPower USA festival at Center Stage in Atlanta is back in session for its 13th year today and tomorrow. In the kickoff of their US tour, Nightwish and Kamelot tag-teamed for two nights before the official ProgPower festivities got going. To add to the enormity of the occasion, Jon Oliva of the mighty Savatage gave a songwriting workshop before the show in the smaller venue next to Center Stage. For attendees, this was going to be a night to remember, as well as a completely sold-out show.

Backstage before the show, I caught up with Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala for an interview. We ended up rehashing Nightwish's legendary USA debut at ProgPower 4 back in 2003, along with talking about new plans for his other band, Tarot, and the "Imaginaerum" movie. Tonight, Nightwish was going to be doing a special 2nd show with a few songs that were different from the night before. Many fans had come out for both nights, and it was soon clear to them that whatever sound and jet-lag issues were grating on the performance last night were taken care of for this second night. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Leather and Boots

A common theme among sleaze rockers in 2012 has been leather, girls, and prison. Which is really the same theme every year and this week features more videos in this category. More...

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Odyssey Streaming New EP Online

Instrumental act Odyssey has released the new EP "The Conscious Device" online for streaming via bandcamp. Check out the songs through the player below. "The Conscious Device" follows the band's previous full-length "An Abstract Existence" (reviewed here). The EP's track listing is:

1. Esoteric Synthesis 10:17
2. Via Domus 03:45
3. The Conscious Device 10:43 More...

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