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Metal News for September 23, 2012

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17 news articles posted on this day.

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"Black Metal Man" App Trailer Posted Online

If you thought words like "apps" and "iPhones" were the opposite of grim kvltness, prepare to adjust your expectations: because there's now a "Black Metal Man" platforming mobile game. Check out the lightning riding, decapitating goodness in the trailer below, or you can get the infamous app itself over at this location.

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Fragarak Posts New Song Online

Indian five piece death metal act Fragarak has released a new track online titled "Insurgence," taken off the upcoming "Crypts of Dissimulation" EP. You can listen to the song in the player below or over at SoundCloud here. For more info on Fragarak, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

Fragarak - Insurgence by Fragarak

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Secrets Of The Sky Streaming New Songs

Secrets of the Sky has finished work on the band's debut album "To Sail Black Waters," and tracks from the release are now available online for streaming. You can check out "Winter" and "Decline" in the clips below, or hear the rest of the album over at the band's SoundCloud page here. The band also issued the following bio about its history and sound:

"Oakland, California's Secrets of the Sky began life in 2010 when Chris Anderson (guitars, keys) and Clayton Bartholomew (guitars, keys) put their heads together and started writing material which would eventually shapeshift into what is currently the 'Secrets' sound... cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric post metal with doomy, proggy, blackened influences.

"The two went through a number of drummers and bass players before finding the right fit in drummer Lance Lea in 2010, and bassist John Mananquil, third guitarist Andy Green and vocalist Garett Gazay in 2011. The line up wrote for in excess of a year and crafted the majority of the material which was to become 'To Sail Black Waters,' the band's first studio full length.

"The six piece ensemble recorded 'To Sail Black Waters' over the course of eight months with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation, etc) at Trident Studios and began to play live shows throughout the Bay Area early in 2012." More...

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The Last Shot Of War Streaming New Song

The Last Shot Of War has released a new song online from the band's second album "Piece Of Hate." Check out "A Vice" in the YouTube player available below. "Piece Of Hate" was recorded, mixed, and masterised by Clément Decrock at Bosshog Studio.

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Final Prayer Announces German Shows

Berlin's heavyweights Final Prayer are going to embark on a tour with their old friends Empowerment later this September / October 2012. Tour dates are as follows:

28.9.12 Germany Isny @ Jugendhaus Go In
29.9.12 Germany Saarbrücken @ Kleiner Club Garage
30.9.12 Germany Münster @ Lorenz- Süd
1.10.12 Germany Gotha @ Juwel
2.10.12 Germany Pforzheim @ Bottich
3.10.12 Germany München @ Backstage
4.10.12 Germany Würzburg @ Cafe Cairo
5.10.12 Switzerland Oberentfelden @ BorömPömPöm
6.10.12 Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova
7.10.12 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang More...

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E.N.G.E.L. Posts Album Trailer

Panama City metal band E.N.G.E.L. (not to be confused with Swedish act Engel) has posted a preview online of the new album "Es Nuestra Gestion Eterna Luchar," which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is:

1. Ya no hay final
2. Sin Rumbo
3. Por que a mi
4. Cybersex
5. Extranando El Ayer
6. I.O
7. Alta Suciedad
8. Traicion
9. Guerrero
10. Sorpresas
11. Agonia More...

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Fear Factory Video Interview Posted Online

Shure has uploaded a new video interview with Dino Cazares and Burton Bell of Fear Factory to discuss latest album "The Industrialist" (reviewed here), released early this summer. The clip can be viewed below.

After the cancellation of the Shockwave Tour, Fear Factory recently wrapped up a headlining U.S. run and will also be hitting the road in Australia with Truth Corroded at the end of the month. Details are available here.

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Axewound Posts "Exorchrist" Video

After releasing a video clip for "Cold," Axewound has now posted a new music video online for the track "Exorchrist," which can be found below. Axewound is also set to release new album "Vultures" on October 10st, 2012. Pre-orders are available at this location or via iTunes.

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Gojira Video Interview Available

The Offering has posted a video interview online with Joseph Duplantier of Gojira, in which he discusses the band's new album "L'Enfant Sauvage." Check out the clip below. Gojira also recently released a lyric video for "The Axe," which can be viewed at this location.

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

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Acrania Posts More Studio Footage

Mexico City based metallers Acrania have posted the fourth part in a behind the scenes footage series taken from the recordings for forthcoming new album "An Uncertain Collision." Check out this latest clip below.

The album will be available worldwide on October 20th, 2012. The following press release was also issued: "Produced by J.C. Chávez and Luis Oropeza at 'Circo Volador Studios' in Mexico City, the album explores a new range of Latin rhythms and instruments that had not been used in previous albums. Merengue, Puerto Rican bomba, cha cha cha, samba and 'plena,' are all addressed in this new album, fused with the power of death metal and technical riffs, powerful drumming with unusual rythms within the genre, growls and lyrics that address all kinds of human and spiritual passions." More...

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Lamb Of God Drummer Talks Prague Arrest

Bram Teitelman of MetalInsider.net recently caught up with Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler. During their chat, Adler talk about what singer Randy Blythe’s arrest was like from the band’s point of view, writing new material, and if they’ll be changing any security efforts moving forward. Read the entire interview at this location or check out excerpts below.

Lamb of God will also be hitting the road for a U.S. tour at the end of October, with details available here.

Metal Insider: What was Randy’s arrest like from your perspective?

We’d been playing all these big festivals in Europe. We were about five weeks into the tour with just one day off a week. Every day we’d wake up and fly or wake up and drive for ten hours and set up and play. That’s what we’re used to, but it’s a little harder in Europe because it’s not our own backyard, so we were all pretty burnt out. We had maybe a week left before we went home and were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We’d played the Hove festival in Norway the night before, and there were three flights to get to Prague. We’d left at 7 or 8 in the morning and got in around 7 or 8 at night. Of the seven days we were playing, this was going to be our one night off, so it wasn’t like we were getting off the plane and going right to the show. As soon as we walked off the plane, there were these two plainclothes officers pulling people aside. Initially, I didn’t notice it was only our band and crew, because there’s always random checks for passports or immigration. It was kind of odd because once the plane had stopped at the gate and the seat belt sign went off, it was almost an hour before they let people off the plane. I guess now it was the authorities trying to figure out how to handle the situation and not scare the shit out of people on the plane.

So we’re getting off the plane along with everyone else, and they’re pulling us aside one at a time. At first I didn’t think anything of it, and then they pulled me aside and I still didn’t think anything of it. Then I notice that it’s not random and it’s just the band and the crew. I still wasn’t thinking anything of it – since we all check in together, maybe somebody forgot something that they shouldn’t have put in their bag on an airplane and they’re going to want to talk to us all about it. Then once they had us all corralled together, the 12 of us, they opened a door behind us to another room, and I assumed it was just to begin the process of telling us what the deal was or what the fine was for carrying liquor or a joint in a bag or something.

So we walk in this room and there’s ten guys that look like they’re ready for the apocalypse. Scary, scary dudes with black ski masks on, huge machine guns, full body armor, guns strapped to thighs, calves and chests, and mace out. This is where it gets very scary, and we realized it was something far more than what someone had in their bag. The plainclothes officer explained to us in broken English that they were investigating a homicide. Even when they said that, of course it became much more serious than someone pissing in public, but still, we’d been flying around the world for the last 5 ½ weeks, maybe something happened at one of these festivals and they’re talking to all of the bands, or someone we know might be in trouble – we never thought they were investigating us. Then they hand us all a piece of paper that explains in broken English about the situation that happened in 2010. They said they needed us all for interrogation, but they’re taking Randy with us now. That’s when it hit us. No one had heard anything about this, it was very very scary to be involved in, and we realized with the SWAT team standing around us that there was nothing we could do about it.
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Fragments Of Unbecoming Announces Album Release

Fragments of Unbecoming finished recording a new album titled "The Art of Coming Apart" earlier this summer, and now the band has announced a release date of November 30th, 2012. Further details on the artwork and track listing will be announced as they are made available.

The band also commented on an upcoming festival appearance: "Finally we may announce a new gig, the first one in 2013: we play on the Sultans of Death Fest in Ludwigshafen/Germany!!

"Along with us will play some killer bands like Deadborn, Defeated Sanity, Tombthroat and the mighty OBSCURA! So be sure to make a big mark in your calendar!!"

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Nephelium Nominated For Toronto Music Award

Nephelium, the brutal death metal act that traces its roots back to the late 1990s from the city of Dubai and which re-established itself in Canda, is proud to announce the band's nomination at this year's Toronto Independent Music Awards in the Best Metal Category. Nephelium drummer Alan Madhavan comments:

"We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated in the 'Best Metal' category for the Toronto Independent Music Awards 2012. We are honoured to be nominated alongside Thirdrite, Blind Race, The Marked, and Sumo Cyco as they are all immensely talented. This is a great achievement and is the result of years of hard work and dedication. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fans and supporters in the music industry as this would not be possible without them!"

The best metal nominees include:

Thirdrite
Blind Race
The Marked
Sumo Cyco
Nephelium More...

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Interview

The ProgPower Interview: Vangough

During the weekend of the annual ProgPower USA festivities, running into the members of Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough is probably one of the cooler experiences an audience member can have. With influences ranging from Dream Theater to Pain of Salvation and video game soundtracks, their music is as much a trip as is a conversation with one of them. With several albums under their belt, the members of Vangough met with me on Saturday morning at this year’s festival to discuss the next record, their most recent 4-star record, “Kingdom of Ruin” (reviewed here,) the new directions of their music, and K-Pop and Milli Vanilli, somehow.

Switching back and forth between deadpan humor and outright laughter fits, similar to how the band’s style switches from mood to mood within a song, it was clear to me that the members of Vangough take their music seriously while taking the other parts of life with a twist of lime. The bandmates are: Clay Withrow (guitars/vocals), Jeren Martin (bass), Kyle Haws (drums), and Justice Jonston (keys/orchestra). More...

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Patronymicon Finishing Work On New Album

Vocalist N. Sadist of Swedish black metal act Patronymicon has issued the following announcement about finishing up work on a new album:

"A new label for the new album! The final mix of our next album 'All Daggers Towards the Sky' has been sent to Necromorbus for mastering.

"All art for the album is done by Inkshadows. And it will be released trough Carnal records. We will play live at WMF sep 29 together with Pagan rites, Degial, Procession, Omnizide and insane."

Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the band's music at MySpace here.

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Last Call Chernobyl Releases New Video Clip

Last Call Chernobyl has revealed a new video for the song "Hourglass," taken off the band's recent EP release "Set Adrift." Check out the video clip below. The film was shot by Sebastien Desrosiers at Epiphany Productions, who compiled a large collection of LCC live footage and proposed the idea.

"We just wanted a different feel for our next video and when Sebastien at Epiphany Productions proposed the idea of a video of live footage we thought it was a great idea." commented bassist Jason Szeto "Seeing as how the live show is a real important part of LCC, we felt it would be a honest look into what we do." More...

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Column

Sunday Old School: Sick Of It All

This week's edition of Sunday Old School is a slightly strange one, in that we've already covered our focused band before, in one of the very first Sunday Old School columns. However, given that it only looked at one song, it seemed unfair to give so little attention to one of the greatest hardcore bands in the history of the legendary New York hardcore scene. So this week, we'll be taking a closer look at Queens' own, Sick of it All. Sick of it All were formed around 1985 by brothers Lou and Pete Koller, who sang and played guitar in the band respectively, along with bass player Mark McNielly and drummer David Lamb. They began performing regularly in the local music scene, where they rapidly improved their sound and demonstrated their ability to write memorable hardcore tunes. After Lamb and McNielly left the band, the Koller brothers recruited bass player Rich Cipriano and former Rest In Pieces drummer Armand Majidi to record their first demo in 1987, with a self-titled seven inch record following later the same year. In 1988, the band signed to In-Effect Records and released their first full length album, "Blood, Sweat and No Tears" in the summer of 1989.

The album was a hit in the hardcore scene, and received favourable reviews from music critics, and led them to tours with other highly respected hardcore bands such as Gorilla Biscuits and Agnostic Front. They followed, "Blood, Sweat and No Tears" with an EP named, "We Stand Alone" in 1991, which featured two new original recordings, as well as a cover of the Minor Threat song, "Betray" and nine live tracks, before releasing their second full length album, "Just Look Around" in 1992. "Just Look Around" was another success for the band and this time allowed them to tour internationally, taking them to South America, Europe and Japan. More...

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