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Metal News for September 21, 2012

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Witch Mountain Streaming Entire Album

Portland doom band Witch Mountain is streaming its entire recent album "Cauldron of the Wild" over at Bandcamp, or check it out below in the player. "Cauldron of the Wild" was produced by Billy Anderson and features new bass player Neal Munson and female vocalist Uta Plotkin, who both joined when the band came back from a period of hiatus in 2011.

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell Streaming Album

U.K. jam band Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell is streaming its entire new debut full-length over at YouTube. The album, "Don't Hear It....Fear It!," amplifies on last year's EP and drives home that 70's sound in an incredible way, possibly taking pointers from Budgie by looking at the cover. The group named itself after the famous British naval officer from the 17th century. Below is an upload of the first track from the release, "Mark of the Beast." The band will be playing at the first ever Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats live London dates, the 23rd added after the 22nd sold out.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats + Sir Cloudesley Shovell
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:00pm in UTC at The Garage London

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Mob Rules Films New Video

German melodic metallers Mob Rules are preparing for the release of their new single and video clip "Ice & Fire," to preceed the upcoming seventh studio album, "Cannibal Nation." The band comments:

"The clip was filmed with Ronald Matthes (Roax Film), who also did numerous Metal DVD and clip productions, like Avantasia, Pretty Maids, Iced Earth a.m.m. We decided to use 'Ice & Fire,' an atmospheric track, for the video and the clip will very much reflect a special mood. That's why we were filming outside, on a huge green field. But this bucolic ambience will not really be in the focus in the end. You will see soon..."

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Close My Eyes
02. Lost
03. Tele Box Fool
04. Ice And Fire
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. The Sirens
07. Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)
08. Cannibal Nation
09. Sunrise More...

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Bonded By Blood Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Bonded By Blood is due to kick off a headlining U.S. tour tonight - Friday, September 21st - in support of the band's new album, "The Aftermath." The headlining trek starts off in Berkeley, California and runs until October 6th, following which the band will be teaming up with Death Angel, Threat Signal, and Wretched for more shows.

Bonded By Blood drummer Carlos Regalado comments:

"We are ecstatic to share the stage once again with our good friends in Death Angel! It is such an honor to be playing with these guys again; they influence us in every aspect of being in a band. They bring so much power and precision with their live set, as well as continuing to make killer albums and remain one of the top groups in their class. We look forward to seeing all our friends on the road and can't wait to tear all your faces off!"

Bonded By Blood also recently recorded a pre-tour video update, in which the band members discuss recording the new album, vocal techniques and more. Watch the video below. More...

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Helstar Issues Tour Recap

Helstar has checked in with the following recap of recent 30th anniversary shows and announcement about working on new material:

"Now that the dust has settled, we would like to thank all of our Hel-Raising fans we had the pleasure of playing for during our 30th anniversary tour of Europe. Without you we could not have accomplished the success we have enjoyed throughout the years.

"Thank you for allowing us to do something that many people only dream of doing. We would also like to thank our brothers and sister in The Order of Chaos and Emerald. You guys brought it every night! We will never forget the great times and friendship we have built over the course of the tour. What an honor to have the opportunity to tour with such amazing musicians!

"And now a look forward, we will be doing a few Texas dates to close out the year; Dallas on 10/12/12 at O'Riley's and San Antonio on 10/13/12 at Fitzgerald's Bar & Live Music and Houston TBA. Of course we will be doing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise to begin 2013.

"More importantly Helstar is in the process of writing a new album. We can promise you one thing. Helstar will write and deliver the best album we can produce within our power. We hope to begin recording in the spring of 2013. Cheers to you all!"

Helstar will also be releasing the "30 Years Of Hel" 2CD + 1DVD set on October 2nd in North America. The package will contain concert footage of the band's 30 year anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas on March 24th, 2012.

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Eric Greif Responds To Death To All Tour Issues

When Sick Drummer Magazine released a statement about rumors and allegations pertaining to the Death To All tour that they organized, Death manager Eric Greif responded briefly saying he'd issue a "press release" on the matter as well. He has since issued the following statement:

It is with profound regret that I must clarify the reality of the Death To All Tour, now that rumors are in full swing and Sick Drummer Magazine has issued a statement at their zine. First, I must thank the musicians and crew for making this such a wondrous experience for the fans. The Schuldiners & I were tremendously proud of how much Chuck’s spirit was captured by these nine seasoned pros on stage. What events these five shows were! So it should be clear that, on the surface, Death To All was an awesome experience for me as a fan, as the former manager of Death, and as the person legally entrusted with guarding Chuck’s legacy.

I was approached by Anton Hefele of Grind Percussion LLC (who go by the business name Sick Drummer Magazine) with the enticing premise of he & his partner Ian Macdonald organizing such an historic tour, and I was asked to designate the charity of our choice. The Schuldiners & I endorse Sweet Relief (sweetrelief.org), so that was simple. I was assured by others whom I trusted that Sick Drummer was a legit organization and could pull the tour off. In fact, they themselves stated clearly that they had all contingencies sorted out to handle any & all tour outcomes, like any legit folks in the metal music business would. They guaranteed musician & crew salaries, worked the gig bookings out with The Pantheon Agency, and after some wrangling did a licensing contract with us at Perseverance Holdings Ltd. that would see compensation going to the Schuldiner family for the use of Chuck’s songs & the prestige of the Death name & logo. The biggest commitment they made, however, was that 20% of every ticket and merch item sold would go straight to Sweet Relief. This was the crux of why we’d allow this tour to happen under Chuck’s name.

I trusted in these two guys from Sick Drummer Magazine. So did Jane Schuldiner, Beth Schuldiner and Chris Steele. So did the musicians. So did the Death fans. After rocky negotiations produced an 11th hour contract, including their cancelling of shows in Atlanta and Dallas (that they had added after the first five), we still gave them the benefit of the doubt. I was on the entire tour and witnessed first hand the organizational confusion and the financial incompetence, as did every musician. Clearly I knew there was no way they would be able to afford all of what they were obligated to pay, even despite sold out venues and purchased merch flying out the door. The sharp pain of worry in my gut was only eased by the thought that they had promised they could handle any outcome. I was wrong.

I discovered within a month of the tour finishing that each musician, beyond a bit of cash given during the five dates, was handed a worthless check in Orlando, signifying most of their pay. I found that the same applied to the crew. Perseverance Holdings Ltd. was unpaid. The booking agency was unpaid. Worst of all: Sweet Relief didn’t get a single penny of the supposed ‘20% off the top’ that Sick Drummer had been touting.

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Leprous Posts More European Assault Teasers

Prog metal act Leprous is nearing the beginning of the European Progressive Assault tour, and the band has been posting a clip for each city on the tour. Today the band has reached the 15th stop at Vosselaar, where Leprous will play at Biebob on October 21st.

Check out this latest clip, along with the previous video entry for Paris, in the YouTube player available below. Leprous is performing in support of latest album "Bilateral" (reviewed here).


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Heptah Streaming New Album

Brazil's Heptah has now released new album "Master of Delusion," and the entire release is available for streaming online. Give the songs a listen via bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. The Battle Was Already Won 02:49
2. Reasons to Fight 06:21
3. Something’s Wrong 03:49
4. Never Die 05:42
5. Time to Regret 07:09
6. Insanity 05:04
7. Dead Order 05:25
8. Angels Whispers 06:28
9. Things in my Head 06:03
10. Sword of the Spirit 06:34 More...

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Last Chance To Reason Recording New Album

After two years of aggressive touring, Maine's Last Chance To Reason will begin recording sophomore Prosthetic release (and third album overall) later this week at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL with Eyal Levi. This album sees the addition of Boston-based guitarist Mike Abdow, who joined the band last fall. An early 2013 release is expected.

Drummer Evan Sammons says, "We've been working on the new album diligently and now we're headed to Audiohammer to begin tracking with Eyal. We've been sending material to Eyal and talking about production techniques and ideas for the album's tone and things are really clicking. Touring with great bands over the past couple years has really inspired us to up the ante for this release. We've grown as songwriters and are embracing our strengths as musicians. We're doing a concept piece again and we'll be making sure the music and production suits the story."

Vocalist Michael Lessard added, "Having Eyal involved has been nothing short of excellent. He understands where we are going with the concept of this album and has only helped strengthen that vision."

This will be the follow-up to Last Chance to Reason's Prosthetic debut, "Level 2."

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Black September Streaming New Album

Chicago-based blackened death metal quintet Black September has unleashed gut-wrenching new album "Into The Darkness Into The Void" for your listening displeasure through Brooklynvegan.com here. The stream will remain active until the album's release on September 25th.

The band will next be seen playing a record release show on September 29th at the Ultra Lounge in Chicago with support from Abysme, Coffinworm, and Terminate. You can also attend a free listening party on Sunday, September 23rd as part of Chicago Metal Factory's "Metal Sundays" hosted at EXIT Chicago, where you will be able to pick up a copy of the album before anyone else. The track listing is:

1. Into the Darkness
2. Solitude
3. Rabid Hunger
4. Cursed
5. Invocation
6. Beyond The Realms
7. Defiance
8. Unhallowed Ground
9. No Return More...

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Ambassador Gun Posts New Track Online

Minnesota's Ambassador Gun has revealed a second track, "Warpainted," from the band's October 22nd release "Golden Eagle" exclusively via Lambgoat.com. Check out the song at this location.

In addition, the group has just been announced its participation in next year's Maryland Death Fest, where Ambassador Gun will perform alongside the likes of Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Venom and many more.

According to vocalist and guitarist Luke Olson, "'Golden Eagle' was an album title and a concept before most of the tracks were even written. Some (but not all) of the album lyrics center on Native American culture at the turn of the 19th century -- theft, murder, harassment,duress and war." The album's track listing is:

1. Wounded Knee (watch the video here)
2. Christbastard
3. Slowbled
4. Warpainted
5. Sunshine Acid
6. Cover Tracks/Sever Ties
7. Crack Ikon
8. Chris Brown
9. Unleashed
10. Circle The Lord Of Flies
11. No Suffering

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Ashent Releases New Music Video

Italy's Ashent is proud to announce the release of a first official music video for the track “Magnification Of A Daydream." Check out the clip in the player below.

Taken from Ashent's new album “Inheritance,” due out September 21st on Lion Music, the video, directed by Francesco Sogaro with the collaboration of Valeria Battain, is a conceptualised part live performance/part dramatization.

"Inheritance" marks Ashent’s third album and welcomes three new members - Titta Tani (Goblin, Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM), Gilles Boscolo on keyboards, and Alessandro Cossu on second guitar - to the band. More...

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Samuel Evans Posts New Song

Offensive comedy / brutal metal act Samuel Evans has posted a new song online titled "Basement Slave," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player available below. You can also check out more info on Samuel Evans over at the project's Facebook profile here.

Basement Slave by samuelevans7575

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Revocation Streaming New Song

Metal Injection is excited to be teaming up with Scion A/V to bring readers a world premiere of the title track from Revocation's new EP, "Teratogenesis," which will be officially released (for free) this coming Tuesday. Check out the track at Metal Injection or in the player available below. More...

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Enslaved Announces "Spring Rite" Tour

Enslaved has announced the dates for the "Spring Rite" European tour, which can be viewed below. These March and April shows are in support of new album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), which is due out on September 28th, 2012. The band's latest entry in its track-by-track commentary of the release can also be read at this location.


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Monuments Releases New Music Video

Monuments has now launched a brand new video (directed by Stuart Birchall for Numinous Pictures) for the song "97% Static," taken from new album, "Gnosis." Check out the clip via Metal Hammer here or in the player below.

In regards to the video, the band comments: "After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, beautiful with life. It's time to save ourselves! It's thrilling to be alive at a time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits."

Monuments will be releasing debut full-length album, "Gnosis," on September 25th in North America. In support of "Gnosis," Monuments will join Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Stealing Axion for the first installment of the Euroblast Tour. All upcoming tour dates are below. More...

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The 69 Eyes Releases "Red" Video

Helsinki act The 69 Eyes has released a new video clip for "Red," the first single off new album "Red," due out September 28th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. The video is available now through horror magazine Fangoria here or in the player below.

The video clip was shot by Swedish producer Patric Ullaeus and is presented by the mistress of the dark herself, Elvira. A video featuring snippets and comments of every song on "X" is also available at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Love Runs Away
02. Tonight
03. Black
04. If You Love Me The Morning After
05. Red
06. I Love The Darkness In You
07. Borderline
08. I’m Ready
09. I know What You Did Last Summer
10. When A Love Comes To An End More...

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Surrounded By Monsters Streaming New Single

Surrounded By Monsters has just released the first single entitled "New Blood" from the band's debut album "Novella," which is set for release on October 22nd, 2012. You can listen to the song in the player available below.

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Belphegor Posts Studio Trailer

Blasphemous death/black act Belphegor has released the first studio report from the as-yet-untitled upcoming album, which will be unleashed by Nuclear Blast records in March 2013. This new album follows previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here).

Bass guitar and drums for the album are now tracked. The trailer, available below, provides a glimpse into the recording process at Mana studios, in Tampa, Florida. Erik Rutan is producing the tenth Belphegor album and further details will be announced in the near future. More...

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Nergal Posts Second "Sacrum Profanum" Trailer

Behemoth's Nergal has posted a second teaser trailer online for his "Sacrum Profanum" autobiography, which can be viewed below. The previously posted first trailer can be found at this location.

Nergal commented: “The feedback to my first trailer is overwhelming. Reactions are mixed and that's exactly how I like it. It's one month to the release date … October 17th I’ll set the world on fire!” More...

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Hammerfall Reveals "Gates Of Dalhalla" Details

On the occasion of a well-deserved time-out in 2012/13, a testimonial of Hammerfall’s on-stage power in a DVD+2CD format will be released on November 30th. For this, the 135 minute long 15-year anniversary show that took place on the 28th of July on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik, was captured on camera.

Oscar Dronjak comments: "The set contained 26 tracks and lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes, by far the longest and most comprehensive gig of our entire career! We played songs from every album and then some, there were lots of guests and pyros, and we had 80 Marshall cabinets and the big shield with the HF logo carved out in the middle hanging brought out of storage, all set in an extremely unique venue. You really have to see it to understand, this concert really captured the essence of HammerFall live in 2012 very well!"

Prominent guests included original Hammerfall line-up members Jesper Strömblad and Mikael Stanne, as well as ex-guitarist Stefan Elmgren, among others, which made the show unforgettable - also for the musicians themselves.

"Everything concerning this release is special: the venue, the occasion, the setlist, the guests. If you are going to celebrate something, do it properly, and this is exactly what we have done. Hammerfall with extra everything, 100% live, 0% bullshit," says Oscar. The show's set list is: More...

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Colonist Splits With Guitarist

Marlyand's Colonist has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"We'd like to announce that Colonist and guitarist Kolby Kauffman have officially parted ways. Kolby was with the band from it's infantile stages up through the recording of our first CD, but his real passion for music is heavily rooted in singing and he has decided to pursue that with all of his effort.

"We would like to thank Kolby for being a part of this project for the past 2 years and we encourage everyone to keep their eyes peeled for new projects coming from him in the future.

"We will be making announcements about filling his position in the near future, thanks for your support!"

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

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Hexvessel Releases New Video Clip

Today, Noisey (Music by VICE) premieres the exclusive new video for Hexvessel's "His Portal Tomb." The song hails from Hexvessel's second and latest album, "No Holier Temple," released last week by Svart Records. "His Portal Tomb" was directed by Marja Konttinen for Brutal Gardener, with source material from "Lot In Sodom" (1933) by James Sibley Watson.

McNerney explains the concept behind the "His Portal Tomb" video: "Images and inscriptions on Egyptian coffins magically place the mummy of the deceased at the centre of a miniature version of the universe. The body as a way in and out of existence. The tomb as a portal. Our mortal prison, where we're to endure the wrath of god and the punishment of angels. Jude 1:7 records that both Sodom and Gomorrah were 'giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.' I wonder what the sarcophagus would tell us, if he could recall his life of earthly pleasures?" More...

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Opeth Discusses Acoustic Show

In an exclusive video for Prograckmag.com, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt explains where the idea of doing an acoustic show came from, why it appealed to him, and why he chose Anathema to support his band on an upcoming UK tour. Check out the video right here or in the player below.

Prog Magazine No.30 is published on September 26th and features Akerfeldt on the cover. The Opeth November UK tour dates are as follows:

12/11 Nottingham Rock City
13/11 Glasgow O2 ABC
14/11 Dublin Vicar St
15/11 Leeds Metropolitan University
16/11 London Union Chapel
17/11 Portsmouth Pyramid Centre More...

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Demonical Announces Russian Tour

Demonical will be recording a new album this coming November at Necromorbus Studios, and the band also issued the following update about new tour dates:

"We are proud to announce our confirmation of a headlining tour through Russia this coming October. Our Swedish comrades in Spasmodic will join as support making this 'Death Infernal Russia' crusade a lethal death metal firestorm!

"The tour will include concerts in Velikiye Luki, Izhevsk, Ekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and various other cities. Exact dates and details to be announced within the nearest days." More...

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Denouncement Pyre To Release New EP

Denouncement Pyre has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP and album:

"Hells Headbangers will release a new 7" EP titled 'Darkness Manifest' in the lead up to the forthcoming album, 'Almighty Arcanum.'

"This EP will provide some insight into what is to manifest with the next full-length and will feature one album track plus an additional track that is exclusive to this release. Both songs were recorded during different sessions to those for the album so they are unique to this EP and will be pressed in a limited quantity to be released late 2012.

"In related news; the recording of Almighty Arcanum is now complete and the tracks have recently been mastered at Endarker Studios Sweden. The album is scheduled for released on CD/LP/Pic LP in January 2013, through Hells Headbangers.

"Further updates soon…. Spread the Word!"

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The Sword Announces European Shows

The Sword will be coming to Europe in early 2013, with the first confirmed dates available below. The band's new album "Apocryphon" will be released on November 2nd and may be pre-ordered through Napalm Records here.

06.01.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
07.01.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC 2
08.01.13 UK – Manchester / Academy 3
09.01.13 UK – Bristol / Fleece
10.01.13 UK – London / Underworld
12.01.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
13.01.13 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
14.01.13 DE – Cologne / Underground
15.01.13 DE – Berlin / Magnet
16.01.13 DE – Hamburg / Logo

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Orange Goblin Announces 2013 Tour Plans

Orange Goblin has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates for the new year:

"2013 will see Orange Goblin embark on their biggest touring schedule EVER as they continue to promote the critically acclaimed 'A Eulogy For The Damned' album, released in February 2012 on Candlelight Records and hotly tipped to be a contender for the album of the year polls.

"The touring schedule will kick off with a 15 date UK tour at the end of January and start of February, dates of which are to be announced soon. We are also very happy to announce that the band will then head to Australia for the very first time ever to join the Soundwave Festival 2013 (alongside Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Kyuss Lives!, Ghost, Red Fang, The Sword, Gallows and many more). The full dates for Soundwave 2013 are as follows:


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Rebellion Reveals New Album Artwork

Rebellion has revealed the cover artwork by Felipe Machado for the upcoming album "Arminius - Furor Teutonicus." You can view the artwork below, and the album is due out on October 26th, 2012 through Massacre Records. Rebellion also has the following upcoming November tour dates:

01.11.2012 Köln, Blue Shell
03.11.2012 Oberhausen, Helvete
10.11.2012 Hamburg, Ballroom
16.11.2012 Kerkrade (NL), Rock Temple
17.11.2012 Bremen, Meisenfrei
24.11.2012 Pirmasens, Zur Schwemme More...

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Stealing Axion Answers Fan Questions

Progressive groove metallers Stealing Axion have teamed up with Got-Djent.com to answer a series of fan-submitted questions. You can check out a video of the band members responding to the fan questions below. Stealing Axion is out now with new album "Moments" (reviewed here), and for more info on the album you can read our own recent interview with the band at this location.

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Bullet Posts "Full Pull" Album Preview Clip

Swedish traditional metal/hard rock band Bullet posted a clip featuring tracks from the entire new LP "Full Pull." the album is scheduled for release on September 25, 2012 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Full Pull" is as follows:

1. Midnight Oil
2. Full Pull
3. Running Away
4. All Fired Up
5. Rolling Home
6. In The Heat
7. High On The Hog
8. Rush Hour
9. Freeriding
10. Gutterview
11. Warriors
12. Get On (Bonus Track)

Check out the preview here:

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Scelerata Announces "The Sniper" U.S. Release Date

Brazilian metal band Scelerata announced that the band's latest LP "The Sniper" will be released in the United States on November 6, 2012 via Nightmare Records. "The Sniper" was produced by Charlie Bauerfiend (Motörhead/Helloween/Blind Guardian/Halford/Angra/Rage) and guitarist Renato Osorio. Drummer Francis Cassol's tracks were recorded at Blind Guardian’s Twilight Hall Studios. The album features guest performances by former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno and Helloween vocalist Andi Deris, who also wrote the track "Must Be Dreaming" for the band.

A music video for the song "Rising Sun" was previously released and can be viewed over at this location.

The track list for "The Sniper" is as follows:

1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood (Feat. Paul Di'Anno) (streaming here)
3. Road to Death
4. Breaking the Chains
5. Unmasking Lies
6. Must Be Dreaming (Feat. Andi Deris) (streaming here)
7. Drowned in Madness
8. Welcome Home
9. 'Til the Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper

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The ProgPower Interview: Amaranthe

Growing up on the game-changing melodic death metal music from Gothenburg, Sweden was very fun for me. However, growing up WITHIN the game-changing melodic death metal world of Gothenburg, Sweden must have been incredible. Such is Amaranthe's story. Evergrey, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Soilwork, and other heavyweights took the genre to new heights and left in their wake a trail for others to follow and enhance. As I was about to learn, Amaranthe had come from this wake after entertaining ideas of starting a Gothenburg melodic death metal super-group.

It was Friday, September 14th, and in the middle of the afternoon at the Artmore hotel just down the street from ProgPower XIII venue Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Amaranthe was to go on stage in about an hour, but the band was very nice to agree to an interview in the courtyard of the hotel. Guitarist Olof Mörck and vocalist Jake E not only revealed the creation story of Amaranthe (originally Avalanche), but also details on the upcoming record, producing versus mixing, liver sandwiches, and actually being beaten up in their music video for "Hunger." More...

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Beyond All Recognition Posts Full Album Preview

Sweden's Beyond All Recognition posted a preview featuring clips from the entire debut album "Drop=Dead." The album is scheduled for a September 28, 2012 (EU) and October 10, 2012 (North American) release date through Napalm Records.

A video for the song "True Story" can be seen here and another for the track "Characters" can be seen at this location.

Check out the "Drop=Dead" preview here:

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Kotipelto & Limatainen To Release "Blackoustic" LP

Stratovarius/Kotipelto frontman Timo Kotipelto will join forces with guitarist Jani Liimatainen (Ex-Sonata Arctica) for a studio album "Blackoustic." The duo has been working together and playing acoustic shows for a while and the idea of recording an acoustic album together came from the fans and so "Blackoustic" will see the light of day on October 19, 2012 through earMusic/Edel.

Kotipelto explains:

"The fans were recording our shows with their cell phones and the´ve been telling us that we should make an album, so they could have better quality recordings of the songs to listen at home. At first we were just joking about it, but after a while we thought 'Why not? As far as we know, not many people have done it before, at least not within the heavier music genre. Our initial idea was to make a self-financed album with a relatively small pressing and then just maybe sell them at our shows".

But instead of making it a "fan-club release" the duo has opted to work with the label earMUSIC/Edel, which also releases Stratovarius' work since the album "Polaris".

Most of the songs were chosen from the duo's live set-list, including familiar Stratovarius covers like "Black Diamond" and "Hunting High and Low", but also songs like "Serenity" and "Sleep Well" from Kotipelto's solo albums have been given the new acoustic treatment; proving that behind great heavy metal song, there's very often a stunning melody "screaming" to come out. Furthermore, the album includes beautiful cover versions of Pete Townshend's "Behind Blue Eyes" and Deep Purple´s classic "Perfect Strangers".

"Blackoustic" also features a brand new composition: "Where My Rainbow Ends", written by Jani Liimatainen, who commented: "I remembered a song I wrote last winter. Originally it was an instrumental track, but after listening back to it I thought that the melody would work very well with vocals. We re-arranged the song into our acoustic format and -- as a slave of habit -- I wrote the lyrics for it the night before our last day of recording. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and delicate". More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Dream

Little Caesar has released a video for the title track from latest album "American Dream." Released on May 15th, "American Dream" is Little Caesar's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2009's reunion effort "Redemption."

The band -- consisting of Ron Young (vocals), Loren Molinare (guitar), Joey Brasler (guitar), Fidel Paniagua (bass) and Tom Morris (drums) -- recorded "American Dream" at Unison studios with producer Bruce Witkin. More...

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Behold Oblivion Splits With Vocalist

Vocalist Eric Lee of Behold Oblivion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"To all of our fans, it is with great regret and sorrow that I write this to you now. The past few months have been one of the hardest times in my life, and the decisions I have had to make will weigh on me for the rest of my time on this Earth.

"I have decided, at this point in time, I cannot devote myself entirely to Behold Oblivion. I will not allow myself to be a part of the band without knowing that the entirety of my efforts would be concentrated on it, as it would not be fair to the band, and it would not be fair to you, our fans.

"The past 2 years have been some of the best times in my life, spent with 4 brothers who I love with every ounce of my being. I am stepping down for the time being as vocalist of Behold Oblivion. Please continue to follow us and support us, as the guys will continue on without me. I wish them the greatest of luck, and perhaps when the time is right, I will be able to return and share the stage with them once again.

"To our fans, to my brothers, I love you all. I owe you everything."

For more info on Behold Oblivion and to listen to music available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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