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Metal News for September 20, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Magnertron Confirmed For Bastardfest 2012

Magnertron has confirmed for the Australian multi-city concert spectacle for underground metal bands that is Bastardfest. The Brisbane band, who have 2011's DVD "The Long Metal Finger" and this year's new one "Unhinged" to its credit, will be playing at the Brisbane edition of Bastardfest, which will take place on October 13th at the Hi-Fi Bar. Below is an upload of the Magnertron track "The Bleeding." Bastardfest 2012 will take place in eight Australian capital cities. The dates and venues follow below, with five of them featuring performances by festival founders Blood Duster. Get more information on the bands and line-ups for Bastardfest at this location.


Brisbane - Oct 13 @ Hi-Fi
Adelaide - Oct 20 @Fowlers Live
Hobart - Oct 20 @Brisbane Hotel
Perth - Oct 27 @ Civic Hotel
Melbourne - Nov 3 @The Espy
Canberra - Nov 9/10 @The Basement
Darwin - Nov 10 @Brown's Mart
Sydney - Nov 17 @Sandrinham Hotel


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Holy Dragons Announces Record Deal

Holy Dragons has inked a new deal with Pitch Black Records. The label issued the following press release:

"Holy Dragons hail from Kazakhstan and their blend of metal ranges from heavy metal to power and speed metal with some killer 'Halford-esque' vocals. The band was formed in 1992 and they have a large number of releases since then, including albums, singles and EPs. 'Zerstörer' is the first album to feature new vocalist Ian Breeg and it will be released on November 6th 2012, again available through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through major mp3 stores."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Voices of Lie
2. Doomsday Angels
3. The Man Who Saved the World / Crush Of Chrome Dome
4. Project A119
5. M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction / AN602 – Wind Of Hate
6. Cuban Crisis / Insomnia
7. F.R.A.G.I.L.E.
8. NORAD Alert
9. The Day After
10. HL 7442
11. DEFCON 1 / Zerstörer More...

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Doro Comments On Upcoming Tour

Metal queen Doro Pesch will be returning to North America in 2013 to rock the masses in support of her twelfth solo album, "Raise Your Fist." The tour is set to commence on February 1st in Tampa, Florida with support provided by Sweden’s Sister Sin. Exclusive pre-sale tickets can be purchased here through October 5th; afterwards, tickets will be available through all normal ticketing outlets.

Comments Doro of the long-awaited trek: “I’m so excited to tour North America again! I can’t wait to see all the great fans again and play the new songs off Raise Your Fist and of course all the songs the fans love. It’ll be a set list with the best tunes, hard and fast and lots of anthems and surprises. We’ll have some very special guests at our New York City and Los Angeles shows too and killer support from Sister Sin! I can’t wait to see you guys and wish you all the very best. Until then, raise your fist in the air and all we are will rule the ruins! I love you fuer immer! See you soon.”

"Raise Your Fist" is due out in the U.S. and Canada on November 6th via Nuclear Blast Records and features guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as well as Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G. More...

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Apostle Of Solitude Streaming Demo

Indianapolis doom metal band Apostle Of Solitude is finally back with its 2012 demo, which is over on Bandcamp. Stream all three songs on that page or below. Apostle of Solitude released its debut album "Sincerest Misery" on Eyes Like Snow records in 2008, and the 2010 follow-up "Last Sunrise" on both Profound Lore (N. America) & Eyes Like Snow (Europe). Live performances at high profile American doom festivals including Born To Be Doomed, Born Too Late, Days of the Doomed, and Doom or Be Doomed have brought the band into the public eye.

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Access Denied Signs With Pitch Black Records

Pitch Black Records has announced the signing of Access Denied, and the label issued the following statement:

"Female-fronted classic heavy metallers Access Denied were originally formed in 2003 in Poland and after a series of demos released their debut album ('The Memorial') in 2009. Their style quickly evolved from hard rock to classic heavy metal and they have been performing regularly in recent years.

"Their second album 'Touch of Evil' was originally released in their home country in 2011 as a self release in limited quantities. It’s been re-released now by Pitch Black Records and it features an exclusive bonus video of the song 'One Night' (explicit version). The album will be released on November 6th 2012 and it will be available through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through major mp3 stores." More...

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Inborn Suffering Streaming Songs

French doom/death band Inborn Suffering recently released its second album "Regression to Nothingness" on Solitude Productions. Two tracks from it are streaming online, "Born Guilty" and "Apotheosis." Listen to the latter here and stream the first one below. It has been a full six years since Inborn Suffering released its debut album "Wordless Hope" on Sound Riot Records. Listen to the Parisian band's earlier material over on MySpace.

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Wheelfall Streaming New Album

Wheelfall will officially release the "Interzone" album on November 14th, 2012 through Sunruin Records, but the band has also now posted the release online for streaming. Check out the album stream at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. (prelude) 01:58
2. Howling 05:06
3. Holy Sky 08:37
4. The Parasite Ravages 08:02
5. It Comes From The Mist 10:04
6. Interzone 22:44 More...

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Black Country Communion Cancels U.K. Show

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group featuring Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), today announced that the band's only U.K. concert at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday January 5th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Planet Rock Radio launched a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 19th September. Customers who purchased tickets will receive a full refund, however if you have any queries, please email customerservice@eventim.co.uk.

The one-off concert was originally intended to be Black Country Communion’s only U.K. appearance in 2013. The band chose Wolverhampton due to the geographical and ties to the area (Glenn Hughes was born in Cannock, and Jason Bonham was born in Dudley).

In 2011, Black Country Communion’s last studio album, “2”, scored the No.1 spot in the Official U.K. Rock Album Chart. The band’s upcoming third album "Afterglow," produced by Kevin Shirley, will be released in the U.K. by Mascot Records on Monday October 29th.

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Yuppicide Streaming New EP

Brooklyn’s legendary hardcore punk outfit, Yuppicide, is proud to announce the release of its first studio album in 14 years, the "American Oblivion" EP, which is out today via Dead City Records. "American Oblivion" can be purchased as a limited-edition CD or 12” vinyl with color booklet including lyrics, rare photos, art and more via the Dead City webstore at this location and digitally through iTunes here.

“Even when the band was apart, I wrote songs for Yuppicide: I'd hear Jesse's voice or Joe's bass,” said Yuppicide guitarist and founding member, Steve Karp. “Once we started working with new drummer Jay, the reunited band got back into songwriting mode quickly and almost too easily - like we never stopped. ‘American Oblivion’ is our very best effort yet, and sums up all our hard work since forming way back in 1988."

Yuppicide will play a CD release show on Sunday, September 30th at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, N.Y. to commemorate the release. The EP is also currently available for streaming in the player below. More...

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Silent Leges Inter Arma Reveals Album Info

Silent Leges Inter Arma will see a North American release for the band's self-titled album on October 30th through Eisenwald Records. The label comments:

"A young black metal band founded 2007 in Rostock, Germany, Silent Leges Inter Arma's self-titled album is the band's long-brewing debut full-length. 'Silent leges inter arma' was a quote from the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero. Roughly translated, it means 'Under the weapons the laws keep silent.'

"Silent Leges Inter Arma released their first demo in 2008, and then they got signed by Deviant Records for the release of the debut EP Synästhesie in 2009, which upon release received rave reviews. Several excellent live appearances followed together with Wolves in the Throne Room, Endstille, Todtgelichter, and a tour with Totalselfhatred and Hypothermia.

"Since 2010, the band focused on new material for their first album which could finally be recorded and finalized during 2011/2012. Now compled, this self-titled full-length offers eigth tracks of varied and contemporary black/death metal packed in a natural production. The band represents once more their own unconsumed, ambitious, and honest way of modern European black metal!" More...

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Scythia Streaming New EP Online

Canada’s purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia, are now streaming their upcoming EP "For The Bear" on MetalRecusants.com. Check out the whole thing right here.

The EP will be officially available on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 and can be pre-ordered on bandcamp. The following press release was issued about the EP:

"A short, but sweet seven-track adventure that departs from the orchestration and central concept of its predecessors, 2011's '...Of Exile' and 2010's '...Of War,' the EP represents a leaner, faster and sharper folk metal machine.

"The folk warriors will also be trekking across Canada for their 'For The Bear Tour' that will kick off at their EP launch show in Vancouver, BC on Sept 26th at the Rickshaw Theater and will see the band venture east with a performance at Noctis Metal Fest on Sept 29th alongside such names as Venom and Agalloch and heading as far as Montreal, QC and back west over the month long tour." More...

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Prong To Play Rocks Off Concert Cruise

The band founded on New York's Lower East Side is finally making its triumphant return home. Prong will be returning to New York City as part of the Metal Insider Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Star of Palm Beach. This special show will take place on Friday October 19th and is an official CMJ Show.

Support on the bill will come from This or the Apocalypse, For Sleeping or Jumping and Eminence. Tickets for the show are on sale now and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cruise departs from Pier 40, located at West Houston St. at West Side Highway. Prong frontman Tommy Victor commented on the band's homecoming: More...

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Nightbringer Recording Tracks For Split Release

The black metal visionaries in Nightbringer are currently recording two exclusive tracks for an upcoming split release with Norwegian illuminaries Dodsengel, which is set to be released by the end of 2012 via Daemon Worship Productions.

The conceptual split will be based upon the esoteric doctrines of the four quarters of the journey of the “sun” from death, through the underworld, to rebirth and ascendance. According to Nightbringer, fans should "prepare for the mind-twisting experience of boundations-breaking black gnosis!" More...

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Thy Will Be Done Posts New "Inside Temple" Clip

Thy Will Be Done's upcoming EP, "Temple," can be pre-ordered now at Hot Topic stores, as well as at HotTopic.com, and will be released worldwide on September 25th. As a special pre-order bundle, the EPs will be packaged with a limited edition commemorative embroidered patch and guitar pick while supplies last.

Some lucky recipients will get a randomly inserted voucher good for one exclusive article used by the band (e.g., pick, string, drum stick, drum head) or promotional item from one of Thy Will Be Done's sponsors. Among the randomly placed vouchers, there will be only six that will be redeemable for a hand-written lyric sheet by J. Costa; one for each song on Temple. For more information and to pre-order the EP, go here.

Today the second installment of the "Inside Temple" series is available for viewing courtesy of Metal Injection. The episode entitled "Riffing Reality" explains how the band desired to capture a raw sound and primarily focusing on the band's guitar tone. Check out the video right here or in the player below. More...

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Pig Destroyer Posts Japanese Tour Diary

The reigning grindcore champions in Pig Destroyer are gearing up for the release of "Book Burner," the band's fifth-full length and first album in over five years, which was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios.

Tonight Sirius / XM's Liquid Metal will be premiering another new track from "Book Burner." The song entitled "Baltimore Strangler" can be heard tonight at 10:00 PM EST and again at 2:00 AM EST. This is the second full length song that has been released from "Book Burner," the first "Burning Palm" was released as a lyric video, which can be viewed right here.

Pig Destroyer recently completed a tour of Japan and filmed an exclusive tour diary which can be seen here or in the player below, courtesy of Metal Injection.

"Book Burner" will see a October 22nd release via Relapse Records and features 19 tracks. The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. More...

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Neurosis Streaming New Song

With the new studio full-length from Neurosis set to erupt in late October, today the first track of the massive "Honor Found In Decay" to be made publicly available has been set loose via National Public Radio. Experience the slow burn of “At The Well” via NPR right here. The following press release was also issued about the track:

"The pyroclastic surge of 'At The Well' coalesces the emotive and expansive elements of the act into a ten minute hymn, which helps reaffirm why Neurosis remain one of the most important heavy acts in existence.

"The fifth Neurosis album to be handled by engineering sorcerer Steve Albini, the hour-long Honor Found In Decay is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. The seven tracks harnessed within this release capture the unit’s output at its most emotional and diverse yet, forming what the band members themselves are referring to as their pinnacle studio effort. More...

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Germ Reveals "Loss" Details

Germ's latest EP "Loss," which follows the band's "Wish" album from last year, is set to drop on October 30th, 2012. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below. Germ was also covered in the genre-blending edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column. The following press release was issued about the upcoming EP:

"Begun as a solo project by Austere member Tim, Germ was conceived as early as 2003. The idea behind Germ was to create something that not only combined atmospheric black metal and rock - Tim has become known for with his love of classical, pop and electronic styles of music - but to create an image and visual aspect to accompany the music. In 2006, a three-song EP was recorded, but never released. One track from the EP, 'Raving Mad With Sadness,' was uploaded to Myspace, and to this day gains considerable praise. After this song appeared, things again fell silent.

"After almost three years of inactivity, where the focus was on other projects, Tim entered SLS studios in October 2009 to begin tracking for what was to become the debut full-length Germ album. However, not long after, Tim was again focusing on other projects, this time composing pop songs for various major labels and producers, as well as working as a session drummer for various bands; completion of the debut Germ album would have to wait. As of February 2011, Tim resumed work on the album, this time with the determination to see it through to the end. Tim’s continuing work as a composer and session musician have meant at times the progress has been slow, but finally the debut Germ album, Wish, was complete in the somber month September 2011 and finally saw a release through EISENWALD in March 2012. More...

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Tiamat Announces Album's Release Date

Gothic metal act Tiamat has now announced the release dates for new album "The Scarred People," which follows the band's 2008 release "Amanethes" (reviewed here). "The Scarred People" sees release on:

31.10.2012 ESP/FIN/SWE/GR
02.11.2012 G/A/S & Benelux
05.11.2012 Rest of Europe
06.11.2012 USA/CAN

The artwork for the limited edition deluxe set can be viewed below, and the track listing is:

1. The Scarred People
2. Winter Dawn
3. 384 - Kteis
4. Radiant Star
5. The Sun Also Rises
6. Before Another Wilbury Dies
7. Love Terrorists
8. Messinian Letter
9. Thunder & Lightning
10. Tiznit
11. Born To Die (Bonus Track)
12. The Red of the Morning Sun
13. Paradise (Bonus track)
14. Divided (Live) (Bonus Track)
15. Cain (Live) (Bonus Track) More...

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Warnot Reveals "His Blood Is Yours" Details

Warnot has revealed the artwork for new album "His Blood is Yours," which can be viewed below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Combining many sub-genres of music mainly from rock and metal WARNOT is melodic, raw, symphonic, theatrical, doomy and progressive; His Blood is Yours is an epic rock / metal adventure ride that rings fresh. Guitar player/composer Björn Eliasson picked up his axe in the eighties forming his first band in 1988. In the early nineties he joined Patrik Svärd (Cloudscape) forming a band dubbed Doctor Weird.

"In 2001 Cloudscape formed, releasing their highly acclaimed self titled debut in 2004, followed up by Crimson Skies (2006) and Global Drama (2008). In late 2009 Björn decided to leave Cloudscape to focus on his passion in his own musical project. Writing songs based on his visions, exploring limitless feelings and atmospheres, which have become WARNOT.

"Björn worked on this album 'His Blood is Yours' without stress of deadlines, only pure inspiration and a strong vision to create something truly unique. Choosing to work with many guest voices, Björn also sings on the album and flavors it with his unique, ground breaking voice complementing the other exceptional guest vocalists that have contributed to the album."

The album's vocalists include:

Thomas Bursell - (Second Heat and Helsingborg Symphony Choirs)
Mike Andersson - (Cloudscape, Full Force, Star One, Silent Memorial)
Sussi Sorensen - (Bo Wilson Band)
Bjorn Persson - (Doctor Weird)
Sara Andersson - (Helsingborg Symphony Choirs)
Bjorn Eliasson - (Cloudscape)
André Mollestam - (Growls)

The album's track listing is: More...

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Belphegor Cancels Barge To Hell Appearance

Belphegor's Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

"I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

"Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick - full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

"I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year's editions. In hell we burn!!!"

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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IWrestledABearOnce To Release Movie

It's been over year since IWrestledABearOnce announced the band would be releasing "A Beary Scary Movie," a feature film starring none other than the members themselves. "A Beary Scary Movie" is now scheduled for release on November 6th, 2012.

IWrestledABearonce has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere the official trailer for the film, which can be viewed right here or in the player below.

"A Beary Scary Movie" was written and directed by Justin Beasley of KOTK Productions and features the musical stylings and acting debut of IWrestledABearOnce. The horror-comedy follows the tale of Shreddy - the deranged guitarist from legendary 80's hair metal band White Vulture - who comes straight from hell murdering bands one by one by hacking them to pieces. Now it's up to Steven, Mikey, John, Krysta and Ricky to make it out alive. The film also features a cast including M. Shawn Clown Crahan, Larry Parks, John Dillion, Phillip Wright, Jim Babel, Charlie Huffman and Kelly Keodara, with a special appearance by Jake Busey. More...

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SSS Announces European Shows

British crossover thrashers SSS have confirmed a new string of shows, which are set to take place this October. The "Overgrown" mini-tour kicks off on October 10th, with the band performing a number of shows in the UK, as well as two shows in the Netherlands and one in Belgium.

SSS bassist Mark Magill comments: "It's been too long since we've been out and about, so we thought we'd remedy that and have a short blast in the UK, Holland and Belgium in October. We'll be playing some new songs live before disappearing back to our rehearsal room again to carry on working on writing album number four! See you out there!"

View the tour flyer at this location and catch the band on the following shows:

Oct. 10 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
Oct. 11 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
Oct. 12 - Tessenderlo, Belgium - JH Tessloo
Oct. 13 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Bloodshed Fest *
Oct. 14 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat **
Oct. 15 - London, UK - The Underworld **
Oct. 16 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter **
Oct. 17 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks **

* w/ DROPDEAD and WOLFBRIGADE
** w/ NEGATIVE APPROACH and PUNCH

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Gojira Posts New Lyric Video

France's Gojira has posted a new lyric video online for the track "The Axe," which can be viewed below. "The Axe" comes off the band's latest album "L'Enfant Sauvage," released earlier this summer via Roadrunner Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Explosia
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall More...

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TTDTE Streaming New Song Online

Alternative Press presents the premiere of "The Alpha The Omega," the title track off The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza's fourth album, "Danza IIII: The Alpha The Omega." Give the song a listen right here.

Featuring guest vocals by Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and Alex Erian of Obey the Brave and Despised Icon, the song is "so shredtastic it may cause the skin to peel right off your face" in AP's words.

"Danza IIII" (think tally marks, not Roman numerals) heralds the end of Danza's decade-long tenure, during which the Tennessee band has released three other albums and toured with the likes of The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Cattle Decapitation, and Misery Index. The following press release was issued about the album:

"On Danza IIII we find a stripped-down Danza, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis (now a full-time member of Glass Cloud). With Freeland manning the vocals as always, this time with even more vitriol than ever, the virtuoso Travis is responsible for all other instrumentation on the album. The result: the most musical and bloodlettingly honest work to ever bear the Danza name.

"Danza IIII was engineered and mixed by Nicholas Scott (Miss May I). The artwork was created by Michael J. Windsor, known for his work with The Red Chord and Pig Destroyer, and for his book covers for bestsellers like The Da Vinci Code and Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Fans can pre-order Danza IIII now at the band's official online store." More...

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Weapon Posts In-Studio Video

Canadian act Weapon has posted a third studio video online covering the recordings of the band's new album "Embers and Revelations," set for release on October 9th, 2012 via Relapse Records. Check out the clip below. You can also listen to a song off the release, titled "Vanguard of the Morning Star," over at this location.

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Fetus Stench Splits With Guitarist

Swedish act Fetus Stench has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"Our lead guitarist, Christoffer Ilberg, has decided to quit Fetus Stench due to lack of motivation. We bid him farewell and great success in his future endeavors.

"We played the Norwegian gigs as a trio and it felt great so we will not look for a replacement. We now join the ranks with bands like Krisiun, Motörhead, Dying Fetus etc. by becoming a three-piece."

Fetus Stench is:

Emil Wiksten - Drums
Andreas Björnson - Guitars/Vocals
Kristian Karlsson - Bass

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Munruthel Reveals New Album Details

Munruthel has announced new album "CREEDamage" will be coming out via Svarga Music on November 12th, 2012. Pre-orders are available at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Ardent Dance of War’s God
2. Rolls of Thunder from Fiery Skies
3. CREEDamage
4. The Mown Dawns Lie On The Ground
5. The Age of Heroes
6. The Lake (BATHORY cover)
7. The Eyes of Abyss
8. Carpathians’ Shield
9. Krada I: The Blood
10. Krada II: The Surya
11. Krada III: The Fire More...

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Unkind Announces Shows With Voivod

Finnish hardcore heroes Unkind have just announced a slot opening for Voivod during an upcoming European tour this Fall. The tour begins October 8th in Brussels, Belgium and wraps up October 20th in Milan, Italy. A complete listing of dates can be found below. Unkind commented on the upcoming run:

"We're all excited for this tour as we have been listening to Voivod since the eighties and still consider them to be on of the most important metal bands of their era. Their simplistic if still boundary pushing way of creating their sound can definitely be said to be a big influence for us."

Additionally, the band plans to enter the studio later this month to record a sixth full-length and follow up to "Harhakuvat," which was released late 2011. "Harhakuvat," the group's intensely dark hardcore opus and Relapse Records debut, is available for streaming via Bandcamp here. The upcoming Unkind tour dates are as follows: More...

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Enslaved Posts Fifth In Series Of Track Commentary

Enslaved has now posted the fifth of eight installments explaining each song from new album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), which is due out on September 28th, 2012. The commentary on the title track from Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Bjørnson can be read below.

Kjellson on “Riitiir:”

“I really wanted to use these lyrics on the song that ended up being ‘Roots Of The Mountain,’ but Ivar insisted on using them on this one. I’m glad he did so! This song is the shortest, ‘only’ 5 minutes 30 seconds long, and the far most bombastic and conclusive song on the album. A nothing-but-perfect title track! The diversity in the different riffs - from Middle-Eastern-like passages to almost Swedish folk/prog-like tones - really suits my lyrics and the initial meaning of those. I will not reveal too much; it’s up to the so-called attentive reader to judge what they really mean. I could, of course, explain what it all means, but that would be as exciting as Leonardo Da Vinci explaining the facial expression of the Mona Lisa. I’m not saying that the codes in the ‘Riitiir’ lyrics will be debated for 500 years, but let us leave some mysteries for the readers that enjoy metaphors and ‘Easter eggs.’ They are, however - as a rough guide - about a widely worshipped god/deity around the world that appears under different names in different geographical areas. The name ‘Riitiir’ is an ENSLAVED-ish way of writing rite, or the rites of man if you like - just like ‘Ruun’ was for writing rune - i.e. just a cosmetic variation really, but we thought it looked and sounded cool. It’s okay to take a couple of chances, isn’t it?” More...

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Pain Posts New DVD Teaser

Earlier this year, the Swedes in Pain announced welcome news for those who didn’t have the chance to see them live during the "You Only Live Twice" tour that started in October 2011.

The band recorded the whole final show of the first leg at Debaser Medis in Stockholm last November and parts of the show at the Masters Of Rock Festival in July 2012, which will be released on DVD together with crazy backstage and "behind the scenes" footage.

Mastermind Peter Tägtgren and his band mates are now happy to announce the release date: The DVD+2CD-Digibook and the Blu-Ray+2CD-Digibook will come out on the 2nd of November 2012. To give you a foretaste of what kind of craziness to expect, a trailer has been put online that can be watched below. Pain's upcoming tour dates can also be found after the jump. More...

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As You Wish My Queen Streaming Single

Morelia, Mexico metalcore band As You Wish My Queen has released a demo version of the single "Kingdom," which should be on its debut EP. That EP is slated to be released in 2013, and the band has posted a download link to the single on its official facebook page. The Michoacan band already has released another single earlier in the year, "Stay With Me Forever," over on YouTube.


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Decapitated Adds More Live Shows

Poland's Decapitated, which will be touring as main support of label mates Meshuggah in November and December, has just announced a couple of headlining shows in support of latest album "Carnival is Forever" (reviewed here). The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:

20.11. D Dessau - Beat Club
21.11. D Greifswald - Klex
22.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
23.11. B Antwerpen - Trix
24.11. F Nantes - Stereolux
25.11. E Durango - Plateruena
26.11. E Gijon - Sala Acapulco
27.11. P Porto - Hard Club
28.11. P Lisbon - Paradise Garage
29.11. E Madrid - Penélope
30.11. E Barcelona - Salamandra 1
01.12. F Bordeaux - Le Krakatoa
02.12. F Paris - Bataclan
03.12. F Grenoble - Club Capa
04.12. CH Zürich - Komplex
05.12. I Milan - Alcatraz
06.12. D Munich - Backstage Halle
07.12. A Vienna - Arena
08.12. D Berlin - C-Club
09.12. NL Eindhoven - Distortion Festival
10.12. D Braunschweig - Hansa Kultur Club
11.12. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
12.12. LUX Esch-Sur-Alzette - Kulturfabrik
13.12. D Köln - Essigfabrik
14.12. D Wangen - Jugendhaus
15.12. D Schweinfurt - Stattbahnhof

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Dimmu Borgir To Appear On German TV

The Norwegian kings of symphonic metal in Dimmu Borgir will be featured on German TV as part of the series "Es geht um mein Leben," which mainly is about what matters most to people.

Dimmu Borgir was interviewed for the first episode in which the production team visited the infamous Wacken Open Air. The episode will be broadcast this coming September 22nd, at 8.15pm CET on EinsPlus.

Dimmu Borgir released latest album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here) back in 2010, and you can listen to the band's music and find info on upcoming live appearances via Facebook.

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ArmyOfOneTV Posts Acacia Strain Interview

THe Acacia Strain's vocalist Vincent Bennett talked to ArmyOfOneTV on Sept. 22nd at Bogie's in Albany, NY. Vincent discussed the October 9th release of the new album "Death is the Only Mortal" on Rise Records, the upcoming tour, the influences of the band and much more in a funny video interview where the lights kept going out. Watch the video interview below and get more information about The Acacia Strain's upcoming tour and its new album "Death is the Only Mortal" on its official facebook page. You can listen to the new song "Victims of the Cave" at this location, which will be on "Death is the Only Mortal."


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Heavenwood Enters The Studio

Portugal's Heavenwood, which had equipment destroyed in a studio fire at the beginning of the summer, has now issued the following announcement about again hitting the recording studio:

"Heavenwood entered Unkle Rock Studio (Porto) for a special recording session! Marcelo Aires (Heavenwood's session drummer) is recording and harvesting the best from his new endorsed drumkit from DDRUM. We will upload more news while the recording process runs so stay tuned and check the official Heavenwood Facebook!" More...

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Arven Recording New Album

Germany's Arven has announced the band will soon begin recording the follow-up to 2011's "Music of Light." Arven issued the following statement:

"The time has come on the 24th of September. Till will start with the drum recordings for the next yet untitled Arven-Record.

"We will hit the Bazement Studio in Hünstetten, Germany and join forces with Markus Teske, well known for his excellent work with Bands like Vanden Plas, Mob Rules, Red Circuit or Dominici. We feel we have some really great new Arven stuff for you."

More info will be announced as it is revealed, and you can also check out the band's music over at MySpace here.

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Metal Evolution: "Extreme Metal" in Works

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...

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Interview

The ProgPower Interview: Marco Hietala, Nightwish

At this point in the band's career, Nightwish has become nearly everyone’s first thought when they think about heavy metal from Finland. With astounding budgets for consistently higher-selling albums upon each release, it’s safe to say that Nightwish is doing well. The reason the group has achieved the #2 spot in the US Top Hard Rock Albums charts upon the release of latest, “Imaginaerum,” (reviewed here) was due to successfully cultivating a fan base in the states, which had started with their very first US show at ProgPower 4 in 2003.

After all those years inbetween, Nightwish returned to ProgPower at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia for a two-night stint on September 12th and 13th as a prelude to the 2012 festival weekend, ProgPower’s 13th official year. Kicking off their headlining tour with Kamelot, the band brought the house down. I was lucky enough to snag a quick interview with bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala after a short trip to the band’s catering room. As if he doesn’t already have a lot going on with Nightwish, we also discussed various projects of his, such as Northern Kings, Tarot, being producer for Amorphis, and the “Imaginaerum” movie. More...

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