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Metal News for September 21, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Oh, Sleeper Explains New Album "Children Of Fire"

Oh, Sleeper has already given fans a chance to snag the new album "Children of Fire" through digital retailers, and the physical release of the band's latest devastating metalcore assault is just around the corner.

More than just another slab of melodic metal, "Children of Fire" is a composed of songs that tell a complete story, detailing the journey of a priest and his atheist daughter. Oh, Sleeper guitarist James Erwin recently shared his thoughts on the album and its progression from earlier material with Metalunderground. Talking about what fans can hear on the new release, Erwin commented, "With Children Of Fire we really set out to push boundaries, both lyrically and with our sound. We loved elements of our past albums that were just super heavy and we wanted to take it a step further." Erwin also touched on the imagery and artwork found on the album, as well as the band's Christian convictions and how fans tend to hold the band to a higher standard because of those beliefs.

The full interview is available below, or you can also check out the "Children of Fire" title track by navigating over here. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Trailer For New Mini-Album

Cradle of Filth posted a new video trailer for the forthcoming mini-album "Evermore Darkly..." The album is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on October 18, 2011 (North America) and October 24, 2011 (EU).

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Chimaira Announces Tour Dates With Unearth

In addition the previously announced U.S. tour dates with Revocation and Impending Doom, Chimaira will also be heading out on the road for a round of dates with Unearth this fall for the "Jagermeister Presents" tour. The trek begins October 10th in Kent, Ohio and the band will be touring in support of latest record “The Age of Hell." Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution will also be joining these bands on the road.

"We are extremely excited to hit the road with our old friends in Unearth,” says Mark Hunter. “Crazy to think that our bands have been playing shows for over 10 years but never headlined together in the states. A lot of fans have been waiting for this line-up and now the wait is over. This is going to be a blast! Our friends at Jägermeister will be supplying the fun, we'll be blasting the tunes, and you guys bring the ruckus! I guarantee you don't want to miss this!"

The upcoming Chimaira live shows are as follows: More...

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All Else Fails Posts New Tour Video

Canadian melodic metallers All Else Fails have posted the latest episode online from their webisode series "Studio Spaces." The episode follows the band during a tour van jacking of vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko's laptop while on tour this summer and adventures around Vancouver to file a police report. Check out the clip below.

In additional news, the band released third studio album "The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been" on Suicidal Bride Records this August 19th, 2011. Check out the album by heading over to the All Else Fails Bandcamp page.

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Leviathan Posts New Album Teaser

German melodic death metal act Leviathan (not to be confused with the U.K. band of the same name) released the new album "Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt.1" on September 16th, 2011. The band has now posted a teaser clip online with excerpts from the album, which can be found below.

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Rage To Begin Recording New LP In October

German power metal act Rage has announced that the band has begun the writing process for a follow up to "Strings To A Web." The band will enter Twilight Hall Studios in Germany with famed producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Saxon) in October 2011. The new album is expected in 2012.

The band also stated that orchestra related albums will continue under the separate project name Lingua Mortis Orchestra, the first of which is also expected in 2012. More...

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Tori Amos Lays Down The Metal Gauntlet

In a recent interview with Spinner.com, musician Tori Amos has "laid down the gauntlet" and challenged metal bands while discussing wrestler Mick Foley being a fan of her music. You can check out an excerpt from the interview below.

Spinner: On another topic, former pro wrestler Mick Foley is a big fan of yours and a supporter of your anti-sexual assault organization, RAINN. How did you guys get to meet and have you developed a friendship?

He's great. My nephew is a wrestling aficionado, and somehow I had heard through RAINN that he was doing some really great things for the charity. I met him, and he had heard that my nephew was a wrestling fan, and it kind of went on from there. He's been really beyond stellar to the charity. He's really given.

He's a really liberal, creative figure too, and I think there's a side to him that has always been sort of the poet of the wrestling world, where I wish we could read all his journals of everything he's experienced because I think he's quite a writer.

Spinner: Were you surprised to find that a wrestling superstar was one of your fans?

Well, look, sometimes you don't know how music affects people. I embrace that because I don't think that just because I talk about emotional stuff that it's not mother---er stuff. I'll stand next to the hardest f---ing heavy metal band on any stage in the world and take them down, alone, by myself. Gauntlet laid down, see who steps up. See who steps up! I'll take them down at 48. And they know I will. Because emotion has power that the metal guys know is just you can't touch it. Insanity can't touch the soul. It's going to win every f---ing time.

Read the full article at Spinner.

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Brutal Truth Streaming Entire "End Time" Album

Brutal Truth is currently streaming the new full-length album "End Time" via Hails & Horns now. Give a listen to the album by heading over here.

"End Time" was recorded with Doug White at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY and is set for a September 27th North American release date.

The band also has the following upcoming live shows:

10/01/2011 The Distillery – Calgary, AB @ Noctis 4.20 Festival
10/31/2011 The Loft – Tokyo, Japan
11/01/2011 Club Quattro – Nagoya, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
11/02/2011 Akaso – Osaka, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
11/04/2011 O-East – Tokyo, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
11/19/2011 Korova Ballroom – San Antonio, TX @ Goregrowlers Ball

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Savage Messiah Announces Shows With Evile

British thrashers Savage Messiah have been confirmed for a U.K. tour supporting fellow thrashers and label mates Evile. Savage Messiah will be teaming up with Evile for the "Five Serpent's Teeth" tour, which kicks off on September 29th in London. Savage Messiah front man David Silver comments:

"We're really looking forward to hitting the road with Evile; both bands go way, way back to the unsigned days and it's sure to be a great experience to tour now as label mates and to proudly fly the flag of British Heavy Metal. Be sure to get down and support us and witness the future of English metal!!"

The dates are as follows:

Oct. 13 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads
Oct. 14 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
Oct. 15 - Weymouth, UK - Kings Club
Oct. 16 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Oct. 17 - Exeter, UK - The Cavern
Oct. 18 - Leicester, UK - Sub 91
Oct. 19 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
Oct. 20 - Durham, UK - Live Lounge
Oct. 21 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 22 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Oct. 23 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 25 - Stoke, UK - The Sugar Mill
Oct. 26 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez Rock Bar
Oct. 27 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
Oct. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

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Monarch Announces "Omen" Release

Atmospheric sludge/drone act Monarch will release "Omens" via At A Loss Recordings this Autumn. Confirmed album info and release dates will be unveiled over the coming weeks as things take shape.

"Omens" will be Monarch’s sixth full-length release since the band's 2005 inception. After several lineup changes over the years, Monarch recently acquired drummer Rob Schaeffer (Dark Castle, YOB live, etc.). The lineup also includes guitarist Shiran Kaïdine (Year of No Light), bassist MicHell Bidegain, and the vocals of Emilie Bresson.

The band will tour Europe starting in mid-October, including a stop at this year’s Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, England. Details are as follows:

10/19/2011 Ateliers de Bitche – Nantes, France
10/20/2011 La Miroiterie – Paris, France w/ Aluk Todolo
10/22/2011 Birmingham, England @ Supersonic Festival
10/23/2011 The Twisted Pepper – Dublin, Ireland w/ De Novissimis
10/28/2011 The Navigation – Nottingham, England
10/29/2011 The Unicorn – London, England w/ Pombagira, Sonance
10/30/2011 The Fishtank – Durham, England w/ Bong
10/31/2011 The Green Door Store – Brighton, England w/ Pagan Altar
11/02/2011 DB’s – Utrecht, Netherlands
11/04/2011 Les Pavillions Sauvages – Toulouse, France w/ Goat River
11/05/2011 Katie Daly’s – Bayonne, France

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Winterus Gearing Up To Record New Album

U.S. black metal act Winterus has issued the following update about the band's upcoming live activity and plans for recording a new album:

"Winterus will be spending some time looking for a permanent drummer!! Right now you should expect 2 shows a month, and getting ready to record our next album with a hefty budget.

"We wish the best to Cody and make sure you check out his hardcore band Traitor, and his Blackgaze/Post BM project Cerná. Look out for a new demo we are recording, you'll dig it fuckers! Hails!"

You can also check out the music video for "Harmonious," taken off the band's "In Carbon Mysticism" album, by heading over here.

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Jeff Loomis Discusses Departure From Nevermore

Guitarist Jeff Loomis recently granted MetalSucks his first interview since departing Nevermore this past April. He also discussed his new, yet-to-be titled solo album. Excerpts from the chat follow:

MS: Let's dive right in with the obvious question: From your perspective, what happened with Nevermore?

Van and I started discussing leaving Nevermore when we were on our last tour with Symphony X in Europe. Obviously, as everyone knows, Nevermore had been together since 1993, and we were very happy for many years. I think that over a period of time, with excessive touring and doing records together, we just got burnt out from one another. There were also many issues with drinking and alcohol abuse [my own] included. I'm not out to do interviews about the end of Nevermore and just zero out particular people in the band, that would be wrong and false information anyway.

We were on the last leg of the Symphony X tour and Van and I had a talk with Warrel backstage and we told him we didn't want to continue on with the next tour with Symphony X in the States. We wanted to take some time and regroup, so to speak, and wait for Jim to come back, since he was recovering from brain surgery. Warrel really did not like that idea, but Van and I stuck with it, thinking it was a smart move to maybe start fresh at a later date. All hell kind of broke from that [discussion], because the concert promoter [in the U.S.] got pissed off, and I heard through the grapevine that we might get sued because of it. That's pretty much when Van and I issued a statement that we were going to depart from the band.

I really just had had enough at the end. I want to do different things musically, and I think it was just better that we left. It was quite amazing, though, with all the response we got from our fans. It's really nice to know that we affected so many people in a positive way with our music.

MS: So you started discussing leaving the band during that tour... at that point, for how long had you known that there were serious problems within the band?

For quite some time actually... there were many problems health-wise that were kinda getting scary. Warrel had a problem with his pancreas and diabetes back in '05, and Jim recently underwent brain surgery to remove a small brain tumor, plus he had issues with Crohn's disease. Sometimes Jim wasn't able to tour because of that, and we would always have to find a replacement. Troubles happen all the time in bands, and we always dealt with them. I think that over a period of time, though, that started to kind of take a toll with never having the whole original band onstage at certain times when we were on tour. People were asking tons of questions about it, and we would do the best we could with trying to explain everything, but sometimes fans wouldn't understand or get the real picture of what was going on. So, yes, I would say from as early on as 2005, there were issues we had to deal with, medical-wise.

MS: So... not trying to get you to talk smack or anything, but Warrel said some very not nice things about Van in the press, and claimed he had learned you guys quit via Blabbermouth. Do you have any thoughts on the way he reacted? Did he learn about the split via the internet? More...

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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Kittie Video Interview Available

Next Mosh has posted a video interview online with Morgan Lander of Kittie from the band's record release show for "I've Failed You" at Highline Ballroom in NYC on 08/30/2011. You can check out the clip below.

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Lanfear Streaming New Song Online

Lanfear has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming "This Harmonic Consonance" album:

"New song online! We uploaded a track taken from our upcoming album 'This Harmonic Consonance!' The song is called 'The Reverend' and you'll find it on our facebook band profile here."

You can also check out a teaser clip for the new album in the player below.

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Saxon Posts "Call To Arms" Video

Saxon has posted a video clip online for "Call to Arms," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"In just a few days Saxon will begin their tour of North and South America, followed by another full European tour that will last until the end of 2011. To celebrate the release of Call To Arms in the USA on September 27th, the band is proud to present to you the 'Call To Arms' video clip."

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A Pale Horse Named Death Recruits New Guitairst

A Pale Horse Named Death has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Bobby Hambel and recruiting new guitarist Eddie Heedles:

"New guitarist announcement: due to conflicting schedules with Biohazard, Bobby Hambel is unable to tour any further with APHND. We wish Bobby and Biohazard all the great success they deserve on there upcoming release in Jan 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records.

"Eddie Heedles has been chosen as the new replacement for Bobby, Eddie is a shredding guitarist who has worked with the likes of Corey Glover (Living Colour), T.M. Stevens, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Sekond Skyn & The White Chocolate Experience.

"We are excited to get back on the road and do what we do best see you soon. The death machine always churns and never stops."

You can also check out A Pale Horse Named Death's addition to our Pit Stories column earlier this summer by heading over here.

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Unexpect Announces Canadian Shows

Unexpect has issued the following update about upcoming Canadian tour dates:

"Greetings friends, fans, aliens, robots, and dancing freaks! Last weekend, we kicked off an Eastern Canadian Tour at Drummondville's Diva Metal Fest 2! We'll be roaming the Canadian East coast until the end of the year, so here are the dates so far (though some more may show up later):

01.10.11 @ Club Soda; Montreal, QC
07.10.11 @ Bar le Trash; St-Hyacinthe, QC
08.10.11 @ ICI par les Arts; St-Jerôme, QC
20.10.11 @ Gus Pub; Halifax, NS
21.10.11 @ The Manhattan; Moncton, NB
05.11.11 @ Place Nikitoutagan; Jonquière, QC
18.11.11 @ "The New" Hard Luck; Toronto, ON
19.11.11 @ Mavericks; Ottawa, ON
02.12.11 @ L'Agitée; Quebec city, QC
03.12.11 @ Bar le Magog; Sherbrooke, QC

"For those interested in coming at our self-produced album release show in Montreal on October 1st, here is the vital info…first of all it's in an awesome venue: the CLUB SODA and for the first time in Montreal, it's all ages! Tickets are going fast so don't wait too long as it's a show not to be missed! Link for the Facebook event here."

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Archaios Reveals New Album Details

Dominican death metallers Archaios will be release their new full-length album, entitled "The Distant," via Dark Canvas Records on November 11th, 2011.

The album was recorded and produced by Archaios in the band's hometown of Santo Domingo and mixed and mastered in Illinois, U.S. by Kanky Lora. The cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Carlos Fides. A preview of the album can be found below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Nightshade
2. The Distant
3. Gathering The Silence
4. Legions (In Remembrance Of...)
5. Dreaming With The Dead
6. Until Lightning Strikes
7. Approaching Of My Demise
8. My Mourning
9. The Joy Of Life (instrumental bonus track)

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Volturyon Joining Demonical On Tour

Sweden's Volturyon has checked in with the following brief announcement about joining Demonical and Slytract and tour:

"Alright! The tour dates for 'Eastern Death Infernal Tour 2011' have been revealed. We can't wait to get out on the road and bang our heads into oblivion!"

26.10 2011 LAT - Riga- Melna Piektdiena *
27.10 2011 LIT - Vilnius - Propaganda Club *
28.10 2011 POL - Gdynia - Rockz
29.10 2011 POL - Warsaw - Progresja
30.10 2011 POL - Bielsko Biala - Rude Boy Club
31.10 2011 SK - Nitra - Club Naozzay
02.11 2011 ROM - Cluj-Napoca - Euphoria Music Hall
03.11 2011 ROM - Bucharest - Club Fabrica
04.11 2011 ROM - Sibiu - Bohemian Flow
05.11 2011 HUN - Pecs - Zion Club
07.11 2011 HUN - Budapest - Rocktogon
08.11 2011 SK - Bratislava - Randal Club **
09.11 2011 CZE - Brno - Brooklyn
10.11 2011 GER - Leipzig - Metal Schuppen
11.11 2011 GER - Berlin - Hof 23 (Stromgitarrenfest)
12.11 2011 GER - Lohne/Märschendorf - Stillbruch
13.11 2011 DEN - Copenhagen - The Rock

* without Slytract
** with Vomitory + Prostitute Disfigurement

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Within Y Posts Fifth "Silence Conquers" Clip

Within Y has posted a fifth studio clip online discussing the band's new album "Silence Conquers," which can be found below. You can also check out the previously posted fourth clip by heading over to this location.

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Steel Panther Reveals Cover Art For "Balls Out"

American glam metal band Steel Panther revealed the artwork for the forthcoming LP "Balls Out" (seen below). "Balls Out" "drops" October 17, 2011 through Universal Records.

The track listing for "Balls Out" is:

1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really Really Love Me'
6. It Won’t Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can’t You Trust Me
9. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
12. Critter
13. Let Me Cum In
14. Weenie Ride

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Age Of Woe Announces EP Release

Sweden's Age of Woe has checked in with the following update about the release of a 7" EP:

"Good news people. The 7" EP is finally here and an official release date has been set for September 29th. We are very excided about finally being able to spread our music. The easiest way to order it is to get in touch with any of the labels involved since we won't be taking orders via our website.

"In November this EP will be available online as a digitital EP through Pivotal Rockordings.The digital release will also include an extra song called 'The Antagonist.'

"More info about dates and further details will be revealed soon. In the meantime, go and buy our killer debut 7" EP. Purchase the Age of Woe debut 7" EP here."

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Ronny Munroe Announces Details Of New LP

Former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe announced that he is releasing his second full length solo release "Lords of the Edge" on October 18, 2011 through Rat Pak Records. A video trailer for the new album can be viewed below.

The track listing for "Lords Of The Edge" is:

1. Just Breathe
2. Full Circle
3. Pierced by the Maiden
4. The Vision
5. The Fear of What's to Come
6. Let Them Feed
7. Rock and a Hard Place
8. Blood Red Skies
9. Lords of the Edge
10. Touched By a Demon
11. Still Alive
12. Goodbye to the Black

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Draugr To Play Black Troll Winterfest

Italy's Draugr has issued the following update about performing at the Black Troll Winterfest:

"We are very proud to announce our participation at the Black Troll Winterfest. The gig will take place on November 12th, 2011 in Mulhein an der Ruhr (Germany).

"At this epic event will play other legendary bands as Immortal, Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Primordial, and so so on...

"We MUST thank all of the 941 fans that help us to make this dream come true with their vote! Watch out Mulheim! The Horde is coming!"

Additional details on the Black Troll Winterfest are available by navigating over to this location.

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Nightfall Posts Sonisphere "Ishtar" Performance

Nightfall has uploaded more footage of the band's appearance at the Athens Sonisphere festival, this time for the song "Ishtar." Check out the clip below, or find the previously uploaded Sonisphere clip for "The Criterion" at this location.

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Armored Saint Announces Show Dates In U.S.

Armored Saint announced that they will be playing some dates in the U.S. with Seven Witches in support. Confirmed dates are as follows:

11/30/2011 - Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point Bar
12/02/2011 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
12/03/2011 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Bassist Joey Vera said of the shows: "In July, we held a poll asking fans to choose their favorite Saint songs and we compiled a list of the top 10. At recent gigs in Los Angeles and in Germany, we would allow fans to come up and choose one of the top 10 songs for us to play, right there on the spot. We did this three times during our set. It was such a good time that we’re going to do this again for our tri-state shows. John Bush will stop the show at three different times and choose someone from the crowd to come up and pick what song we play next. So come down and be a part of choosing our set list for the night!"

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Krisiun Streams New Track "The Will To Potency"

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun are streaming the new track "The Will To Potency" (see below) from the forthcoming LP "The Great Execution," which is due out on October 31, 2011 (EU) and November 1, 2011 (North America) via Century Media Records.

The track listing for "The Great Execution" is:

1. The Will to Potency
2. Blood of Lions
3. The Great Execution
4. Descending Abomination
5. The Extremist
6. The Sword of Orion
7. Violentia Gladiatore
8. Rise and Confront
9. Extinção em Massa
10. Shadows of Betrayal

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Van Canto Posts Video Teaser 2 With Outtakes

Van Canto posted a new video teaser with outtakes (see below) ahead of the September 23, 2011 (EU) and September 27, 2011 (North America) release of "Break The Silence" on Napalm Records. The album was reviewed by Metal Underground at this location.


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Trillium Signs With Frontiers Records

Trillium, the new project featuring Amanda Somerville (Epica, Kiske-Somerville, Aina), has signed with Frontier Records. The band will debut on Frontiers Records with the album "Alloy" on November 1, 2011 (North America) and November 4, 2011 (EU).

Frontiers Records issued the following press release:

"Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of “Alloy”, the anticipated debut album from Trillium the new Metal Project masterminded by American Singer Songwriter Amanda Somerville on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.

" 'Alloy' is an album that's charged with emotion and exploration and a very personal statement from Amanda and certainly the listener can enjoy very different musical atmospheres on the album 'Since I'm an eclectic and diverse person and musician, that certainly comes out in this album' says Amanda. 'I think that the diversity is what is going to set this album apart from other stuff that's out there right now. It's got big choruses and epic symphonic hits, guitar solos you could imagine being played on a mountain top with an aerial camera view, but it's also got a lot of soul added to the raise-your-fists-in-the-air-and-make-a-mean-face vibe'.

"Musically Trillium melts Rock and Metal in a new, interesting and different way from anything Amanda has worked on so far. 'Alloy' is also graced with the talents of several musicians with whom Amanda had the honor of working in the past. Sander Gommans (ex After Forever, HDK) and Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica, After Forever etc) were the main songwriters together with the American singer on this album. They have brought a lot to the project and have certainly allowed the sound to be a lot richer and stronger. More...

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Vanderbuyst To Release "In Dutch" In November

Dutch traditional metal band Vanderbuyst will release its sophomore release "In Dutch" on November 4, 2011 through Ván Records. The album was recorded at The Void Studio with producer Pieter Kloos, who produced the self-titled debut album in 2010. The artwork (see below) was created by Thomas and Milena Sciarone van den Berg.

The track listing for "In Dutch" is:

1. Black And Blue
2. Into The Fire
3. Anarchistic Storm
4. String Of Beads
5. Leaving The Living
6. Reap The Fields
7. KGB
8. Where's That Devil

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Eternal Gray To Release "Your Gods, My Enemies"

Israeli death metal band Eternal Gray will have its second LP "Your Gods, My Enemies" released on October 14, 2011 (EU) and October 18, 2011 (North America) through Season of Mist Records. The album was originally self-released by the band on December 31, 2010. The Season of Mist version will contain an "electronic version" of the song "Never Waits" as a bonus track.

The song "Lost Control" streaming at this location.

The Track listing for "Your Gods, My Enemies" is as follows:

1. Lost Control
2. Controlled
3. Black Prophecy
4. Desolate the Weak
5. Inner Anger
6. Your Gods, My Enemies
7. Unlabeled
8. Blind Messiah
9. Never Waits
10. Never Waits (Electronic Version) (Bonus Track)

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Interview

Evergrey Tells All, Reveals Plans for Vinyl

Evergrey likes to frequent the ProgPower USA festivals. This year, they decided to play and throw in two special exclusive sets along with a third set of songs that they will be playing on the upcoming US tour. The Swedes were in high spirits after sound check when I dropped in backstage to interview them in their dressing room on Thursday afternoon. Guitarist/Vocalist Tom Englund, keyboardist Rikard Zander, drummer Hannes Van Dahl, guitarist Marcus Jidell, and bassist Johan Niemann were all pretty eager to talk, and while they were joking all the time, they did have some serious things to say.

Along with being the most relaxed and genuinely happy band I’ve interviewed, they finished each other’s sentences quite a bit and looked to be personally in tune with each other. For a half hour, we discussed their newest album, “Glorious Collision,” new ‘directions’ for the band, the recording process, inspiration behind the songs, vinyl records, and their personal music interests. We also nearly died of laughter as the band discussed their ideas for alternatives to illegal downloading and Spotify towards the end of the interview, which is below. More...

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Dark Funeral Added To Wacken Open Air

Swedish black metal outfit Dark Funeral has been confirmed as the latest act for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany. The event will take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany and features the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Forgotten Horror To Release Debut LP

Finnish blackened thrash band Forgotten Horror will release its debut album "The Serpent Creation" on October 28, 2011 through Woodcut Records. The title track of the LP will be presented as a music video on the same day. The artwork (shown below) was created by Ketola (Dissection/Murder Squad/Watain/Deathspell Omega). Forgotten Horror is made up of vocalist/guitarist Tuomas Karhunen, bassist Corpse and drummer Kassara, all of the Finnish thrash band Deathchain.

The track listing for "The Serpent Creation" is as follows:

1. Destroyer Of Time
2. Poison Of God
3. For Thy Crimson Glory
4. Burial Ground Prayer
5. She Who Dwells Beyond Death
6. The Serpent Creation
7. Hannibal
8. Dreams Of Scipio

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Brainstorm Streams New Song From New LP

German power metal band Brainstorm are streaming new track "Where Your Actions Lead You To Live" from the forthcoming LP "On The Spur Of The Moment." The album is due out on September 30, 2011 through AFM Records.

BRAINSTORM - Where Your Actions Lead You To Live by AFM Records

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OpEd

When Social Media Overshadows the Music

Underground metal bands in these modern Net-centric times of ours are utterly awash in the offal of social networking-cum-marketing options. With Facebook increasingly rising to the forefront as the anchor site of choice for both established and up and coming acts, there is also Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, ReverbNation, StereoKiller, BandCamp, SoundCloud, PureVolume, Last.FM and the smoldering wreckage of the once dominant empire that is Myspace, just to name a few of the major players. Put all of them together, and that’s eleven separate websites, some of which can by synced together, mind you, that a single band potentially needs to constantly maintain and update—an even dozen if they actually have their own domain. More...

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Mastodon Posts New Video "About The Hunter, Pt. 1"

Mastodon posted a new video series featuring vocalist/bassit Troy Sanders and drummer Brann Dailor discussing the writing and recording of the forthcoming LP "The Hunter." The album is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011.

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