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Metal News for September 24, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

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The ProgPower USA Interview: Kamelot

I had just landed in Charlotte hours before and driving 3.5 hours to Atlanta to attend my very first ProgPower USA experience. No sooner did I arrive in my hotel and check in, when I called in to Kamelot's tour manager, who asked me if I could come early. First time in Atlanta...and I had an interview with founder/guitarist Tom Youngblood in 15 minutes. I took a quick survey of the city on my walk down to Center Stage, the venue that hosted the first night of the "Silverthorn" North American tour with Nightwish. This second night proved most special, as guest vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) was on hand to provide backing vocals for new track "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)" and live mainstay "March of Mephisto" (check out Metal Underground.com's review of night two of Kamelot & Nightwish pre-shows kick off at the ProgPower USA at this location).

Youngblood sat down to discuss "Silverthorn," its concept and music direction, the vocal search that led to new vocalist Tommy Karevik and what the ProgPower USA experience is like for a musician. More...

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Saxon Issues Album Update

Saxon has issued the following update about progress on the band's upcoming new studio album:

"Hi all, we're just mixing the album at Andy Sneap's studio. Like to say a big thank you to all at LS Live in east Kirkby for building a studio for us, and Jackie for engineering the album.

"Paul Gregory is doing the album art work again for us and it's all looking and sounding great. Should have some new dates up on the site soon.

"Keep the faith,

"Biff."

You can also check out a previously posted video update from the band shortly after the recording process was finished at this location.

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Elitist Releases New Lyric Video

California's Elitist has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Time Stands Still," which can be found below. The track is taken off the band's "Reshape Reason" album, set for release on September 25th, 2012. The album is available for order at this location.

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Machinergy Posts "Rhythm Between Sounds" Video

Portugal's Machinergy has posted a documentary clip online titled "Rhythm Between Sounds," which can be viewed at the band's website or in the player below. English subtitles are available by using the "CC" icon at the bottom of the player.

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Katalepsy Posts New Video Online

Katalepsy has released a new music video for the song "Evidence of Near Death (E.N.D.)," taken from the upcoming January 8th release of "Autopsychosis" on Unique Leader Records. The video clip is available in the player below. For more info on Katalepsy, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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Deiphago Streaming New Album

Today, Deiphago offers an exclusive stream of new album, "Satan Alpha Omega," at Zero Tolerance magazine's website. "Satan Alpha Omega" is out now through Hells Headbangers, and can be heard in its entirety for a limited time right here. The album's track listing is:

1. Intro: Extermination
2. Human Race Absolute End
3. Heretic Oath
4. Plague and Satan Triumphant
5. Exalted Hate
6. Satanmongers
7. Atrocities Absurdities
8. Crucifixation (Deicide cover)
9. Demonic Munitions
10. Satan Alpha Omega
11. Outro

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Rendezvous Point Streaming "Implode"

Rendezvous Point, the band featuring members of Borknagar and I.C.S Vortex, has posted the song "Implode" online, which can be heard below. For more info on Rendezvous Point, head over to the band's Facebook profile. Rendezvous Point is:

Mads With - Vocals
Baard Kolstad - Drums
Gunn-Hilde Erstad - Bass
Petter Hallaråker - Guitar
Nicolay T. Svennæs - Keyboards

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The Reverend Of Despair Releases New Album

The Reverend of Despair has a new album out now titled "At the Edge of the World." You can stream all the tracks from the release in the player below. The Reverend of Despair also issued the following megalomaniacal statement about the album:

"This earth-shattering record's effect on the music and political world should not be underestimated. It may be the answer to centuries of apocalyptic prophesy and propaganda. No child is safe from this record!"

1. Al Qaeda and Jesus 03:22
2. With My Eyes 05:38
3. Aries Girl 04:09
4. Jonesian 03:55
5. Doom Sex (Mind Control Extradimensional Ecstacy) 05:29
6. DroneTheist 15:16 More...

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The Bunny The Bear Posts Video Update

Electronic infused hardcore band The Bunny The Bear is back, bringing more action and antics to a city near you. Starting October 19th in Englewood, Colorado the band will be supporting Brokencyde and Nathan Ryan on a four week tour throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Watch The Bunny, Matt Tybor’s September video update below. The Bunny The Bear released sophomore Victory Records album "The Stomach For It" on May 22nd.

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PsychoBliss Recording New EP

The Phoenix metal duo PsychoBliss - Dan Stollings and Kyla Pavelski - is in the process of recording a new EP, which according to the band is drastically different in sound and style from the previously released demo. PsychoBliss comments:

"It's going to be dark, ethereal, atmospheric, and some of it will hopefully make you want to kill yourself. The contrast between the vocals and the music is amazing, and we're doing our best to make sure every track will deeply impact the listener."

The as-yet-unnamed EP is set for release on December 21st, 2012. You can also listen to two pre-mixed and unmastered tracks from the band over at Facebook here.

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Grave Kicking Off Tour Dates With Dark Funeral

After recently releasing 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls," Swedish death metal masters Grave are now ready to return to North America for a trek with label-mates Dark Funeral and headliners Morbid Angel. Newly signed to Century Media Records, Dark Funeral will be bringing Swedish black metal at its finest (fans can expect a new album in 2013 to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary). Dates are available below.

Sept 24 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Sept 25 - Albany, NY -Bogie's
Sept 26 - New York City - B.B. King's
Sept 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Sept 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sept 29 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept 30 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 1 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Oct 2 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Oct 4 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct 5 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct 6 - Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
Oct 7 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
Oct 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct 10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct 13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Oct 14 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct 15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 16 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock
Oct 17 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct 19 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Oct 21 - St. Louis. MO - The Firebird **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 22 - Lansing, MI - The Blackened Moon **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 23 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**

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Amenra Unveils "Mass V" Art

Amenra has revealed the cover artwork for new album "Mass V," which can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued:

"To Amenra, aesthetics are not merely supplementary to the musical experience but essential to it, and for their monumental new album Mass V, they have surpassed themselves. Today the band has proudly unveiled the artwork and track listing for the album which will see the light of day on November 27th, their first for new label home Neurot Recordings. All photos contained in the layout for Mass V were taken by Stefaan Temmerman and the art itself was made and assembled by Webecameaware."

On the subject of the album’s visual aspects, the band revealed the following personal testimonial about how it came to be: "In November 2011 we went out wandering through our own and neighbouring countries. Looking for the perfect setting for the artwork to the new album. After a couple of days our trail ended at the village of Wissant in North France. The site is a gathering of destroyed bunkers from the second World War. The force and strength coming from these weathered constructions was overwhelming. Concrete blasted to pieces, hundreds of bullet holes everywhere, the salt and sand were once covered in blood. We drew respect from these stone temples, this once, was a world of pain. We stayed overnight at the site and slept on one of the bunkers just so we could get swallowed by the sea as tide came in and when the dawn brought first light, Stefaan Temmerman took the picture we knew was going to be perfect to represent our MASS V. It was a long and cold night." More...

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Scelerata Reveals New Album Artwork

Scelerata has now revealed the cover artwork for new album "The Sniper," which can be viewed below. The following press release was also issued:

"'The Sniper,' the new release from Scelerata, will undoubtedly turn heads, forcing metal icons to watch their rearview mirrors as these guys pull up fast with the nitrous afterburners firing! Testosterone infused, melodic power metal best describes their music, though there are also many moments showing a progressive edge and showcasing immense vocal talent.

"The Sniper presents a stunning vocal performance from Fabio Juan, showing a much more matured band that delivers a heavier more aggressive sound, beautifully mixing power metal and melodic progressive elements ranging from angst ridden lyrics of corruption to sorrowful love lost. The huge and intricate production makes this album a must hear for any true metal fan.

"The Sniper was produced, mixed and mastered by Charlie Bauerfeind with guitarist Renato Osorio. The album also features Andi Deris (Helloween) and Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) as very special guests, who not only sing but helped compose and co-write the songs. Scelerata got their start with their debut Darkness & Light which was released in 2006. It was mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward and featured guest appearances by Renato Borghetti (Accordeon), Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Thiago Bianchi (Shaman). More...

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All Are None Streaming New Song

Mark Tranter from Fell on Black Days is currently working on a new project titled All Are None. The project's debut album will be titled "Rise Or Fall" and will feature 10 tracks. A song from the album is now available for streaming online and can be heard below. Mark also commented:

"The first finished master - Wonder to Behold - is now up! Taken from the debut album, 'Rise or Fall,' which will be available to buy from around December. Please feel free to leave any comments or feedback you may have! Cheers to everyone who has supported the project. Rock on!" More...

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TKG Releases "Shifting Sand (Dead End)" Video

TKG is thrilled to announce the release of latest album “Pattern Partner,” and a new video clip for “Shifting Sand (Dead End).” Check out the video clip below. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Pattern Partner [LP] is an instrumental metal-fusion album, including three nu-jazz bonus tracks, two guest solos from Greek virtuosos Theodore Ziras and Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud) and a non-instrumental track named 'Shifting Sand (Dead End),' with guest vocals recorded by metal singer Chris Kounelis (Disharmony). 'Shifting Sand (Dead End)' video clip has been directed by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud). Shows and a clinic tour are planned for winter 2012-2013 (November-February)."

The "Pattern Partner" track listing is:

1. Microminiaturization (Micro)
2. Echoing Chemical Reactions
3. Shifting Sand (Dead End)
4. Pattern Partner
5. Human Parasitology
6. Fragments of Time
7. Run With Illness
8. Strength in Unity
-Bonus Tracks-
9. Separate Pathways
10. Juggling Act
11. Memories of a Friendship More...

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Limit Zero Posts New Album Online

India's Limit Zero has just released a first full length record, titled "Gravestone Constellations." The album features Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), Trevor Marks (Toxic Grind Machine) and Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged) as well as Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut). You can now stream the full release at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. Galaxies Bleed feat. Keshav Dhar 04:06
2. Time Bending Patterns 03:58
3. Approaching Infinity 04:06
4. Within The Beyond 04:15
5. Portals 04:49
6. Arcturus 05:35
7. Focus 04:27
8. Pulsar feat. Siddharth Basrur 06:37
9. Gravestone Constellations feat. Trevor Marks 04:37 More...

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Ill Nino Releases New Lyric Video

Ill Nino has released a lyric video for the new single “The Depression,” taken from forthcoming coming album "Epidemia," due out October 22nd. Watch the lyric video below.

"Twelve years and five studio releases later, Epidemia has all the harsh elements and dark Latin rhythms that make Ill Nino's Latin metal sound different in this genre of metal," drummer and founding member Dave Chavarri said of the upcoming release.

Ill Nino is currently touring alongside friends Static X and label-mates Emmure on the Noise Revolution Tour. The tour goes through the end of October destroying cities and igniting audiences across the U.S. Vocalist Cristian Mercado comments, “Ill Nino fans get ready to rumble! We're back and are going to be tearing the roof off at venue near you!” More...

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Antropomorphia Posts "Anointment By Sin"

Dutch death metal kings AntropomorphiA have released the second song of their comeback album "Evangelivm Nekromantia." Navigate to Rock Hard Germany here to inhale the raw power of "Anointment By Sin." Comments AntropomorphiA singer/guitarist Ferry Damen on the song:

"When we were recording vocals we invited our good friend Eclipse (Verbum Verus, ex-Sauron) to add some demented screams of suffering to the track 'Impure Desecration'. After this track was draped with eternal sickness I started to work on 'Anointment by Sin', a track that is part of the second chapter and basically handles about one of the female figures who gets murdered by her religiously obsessed husband who thinks of her and her new born flesh as unpure after she shared some perversive sexual acts with a woman, she believes is the true love of her life. Eclipse really liked this murder tale and added some vocals on this track as well…with crushing result" More...

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Grand Supreme Blood Court Streaming New Song

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

To get your first preview of "Bow Down Before The Blood Court," head over to No Clean Singing.com here for the track premiere of the album's first single, "Piled Up For The Scavengers." More...

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Thy Will Be Done Streaming Entire New EP

Thy Will Be Done's upcoming EP "Temple" will receive its release worldwide tomorrow, September 25th, via the band's own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling distribution.

In anticipation of the release, the band is presenting a full stream of the entire EP courtesy of Noisecreep. Listen to the songs right here. Singer J. Costa commented on the impending release of Temple:

"We're sincerely overwhelmed with the positive response and support we've received surrounding Temple. We're fortunate to be able to do what we love and have people care about it. While the EP was created from a tumultuous period, we're glad we're able to express ourselves. We're grateful for what we have and who we are. Our hope is that maybe others can find something within Temple that they can connect with."

The track listing is:

1. Liturgy (Jachim)
2. In The Ways Of The Old
3. The Great Rebuilding
4. You, The Apathy Divine
5. A Lion And A Lamb
6. Epiphany (Boaz) More...

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Decrepit Birth's Van Catches Fire

Decrepit Birth is currently on tour with Obituary and Broken Hope, and has now issued the following statement about the band's tour van catching on fire:

"So our tour van caught on fire in Kelowna, BC. And unfortunately we had to leave it there because of the major damage.

"We have since rented a new van and we're trying to continue on with the rest of the tour. Unfortunately, we are going day by day because of the cost of renting the van is so high. Hopefully we can get on with this tour and finish up.

"We need all the support we can get from of fans, and friends. Also big thanks to our brothers in Broken Hope, Obituary and Jungle Rot for helping us out." More...

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Downfall Of Gaia Streams "Drowning By Wing Beats"

Downfall of Gaia has now released the second song off new album, "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes." Surf over to the Metal Hammer Germany website here to stream the new song "Drowning By Wing Beats."

The previously posted first single "In The Rivers Bleak" is also still available for streaming at this location.

Comments Downfall of Gaia: "The concept album 'Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes' is telling a story about a person who falls victim to his thoughts and becomes consumed by the pressures of the outside world. Suffering from insomnia, the day by day routine and the security that things are completely out of control nowadays, all of this puts so much pressure on him that he is slowly losing his mind. It's a huge story about a person and the sickness, his state of mind and how his psychological conscience develops.

"This story is representative for a more and more fast moving time such as today where it's way too easy to lose control and to get buried by the growing weights on our own backs. Compared to our last releases, we've got the most mixed style on the new album and it has a lot of dynamic. It's more aggressive than the other stuff. It still has influences from sludge, black metal, doom, hardcore or post rock parts. It's a wide range of music which makes all of us feel really comfortable!"

The album's track listing is:

1. [vulnus]
2. Drowning By Wing Beats
3. In the Rivers Bleak
4. I Fade Away
5. Beneath The Crown Of Cranes
6. Giving Their Heir to the Masses
7. [asphyxia]

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Goatwhore To Tour With High On Fire

New Orleans, LA's Goatwhore will return to the road this Fall in support of High on Fire. The tour will run from November 15th through December 22nd with Primate (Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, & more) on select dates in November and Corrosion of Conformity on select dates in December. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Additionally, a brand new video for the song "Death to the Architects of Heaven" from Goatwhore's latest album, "Blood for the Master," has been completed and is streaming online. The video features the lyrics from the song, as well as live footage of the band The Summer Slaughter Tour 2012. Check out the video below.

Goatwhore is also excited to announce that "Diabolical Submergence of Rebirth," a track from the "A Haunting Curse album," will be heard in the upcoming season of HBO's Treme. The third season of the show will begin airing on September 23rd. The song will appear in episode #7, which is currently scheduled to air on November 4th. More...

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Bison B.C. Posts New Track Online

The new Bison B.C. release "Lovelessness" will be available October 22nd on Metal Blade Records, and today Brooklyn Vegan is hosting an exclusive premiere of another new track from the album. Check out the song "Last and First Things" right here or in the player below. Metal Blade Records also commented:

"In the great Canadian spirit of loss and heart ache, the downer foursome known as Bison B.C. have managed to scourge their rotting brains desperately puking out new psalms of suffering. Akin to a lunatic writing their opus on the bedroom wall with their own shit comes this strange noise from the west coast melting pot of shit and failure; in a country based on terrifying distance and lonesome, stoic suffering. Lovelessness does not portray the death of love or the lack of the same. Rather it attempts to map out the pathetic and desperate pursuit of love, which in itself becomes violent like a cancer, an assault on anything that is good in the world. A heartfelt repulsion towards anything that could bring pleasure, because with happiness we suffer truly - the wanting of more. Gluttons! Pigs to the trough! Lead us to treachery! Lead us to solitude! More...

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Aeon Reveals New Album Details

Swedish death metal overlords Aeon are pleased to unveil the details of their fourth studio offering, "Aeons Black." Set to drop via Metal Blade Records on November 20th, 2012, the mammoth 15-track "Aeons Black" was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian "Necrolord" Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al).

Notes founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson of the band's latest offering of irreverence: "This is definitely our most varied albums to date; it has heavier songs yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It's groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, Path of Fire, which was fast paced almost all the way through. That and the amazing mix by Ronnie Björnström makes me feel pretty confident that this album will appeal to more people than our previous albums. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it's just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It's metal right up your ass!"

The first single, title track "Aeons Black," premieres today via the band's official landing page. You can also listen to the song in the player below. Comments guitarist Daniel Dlimi of the tune:

"'Aeons Black' is the first song that I started to work on as we began writing for this album, and it's also one of the very last to get finished. My goal was to create a somewhat heavier, odder, not-so-typical 'AEON' song. Once happy with the musical arrangement, I handed it over to [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm] to let him write some lyrics and vocal patterns for it. He managed to get it even darker and more eerie. The lyrics are all about how everything living eventually must face the inevitable, which is death. There will be no savior, no heaven nor hell… just a pitch black, silent empty void." More...

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Ex Deo Comments On Upcoming Tour

After the release of sophomore album "Caligvla" (reviewed here) through Napalm Records, epic death metallers Ex Deo will be touring across North America next month.

Led by indomitable Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, Ex Deo will be joined on this 13-date tour by headliners Septicflesh as well as veterans Krisiun, Melechesh, and Inquisition. Dates for the "Conquerors of the World" tour are available below.

Iacono had the following to say about this guaranteed-to-be-epic tour: "With our new album Caligvla coming out in North America in September, a new chapter of the Ex Deo domination has begun... We are proud to be part of the Conquerors of the World tour in North America, featuring the Greek daemonmasters Septicflesh, our good friends and kings of brutality Krisiun, the vibrant Middle Eastern occult Melechesh, and Colombian/American sensation Inquisition. This a tour de force lineup - dont miss it! In the name of Jove, I vow to bring the ROMAN might back to life and promise a bombastic live attack - Roma Victrix."

Ex Deo also recently released a new lyric video for the song "Per Oculus Aquila," which can be found at this location. More...

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Veil Of Maya Replacing Whitechapel On Tour

Augusts Burns Red has issued the following announcement about Whitechapel dropping off an upcoming fall European tour and being replaced by Veil of Maya:

"Bad news White Chapel has to drop off our Euro tour due to a family emergency, Good news Veil of Maya is taking their place! Get your tickets now on our tourdates page here!"

Dates for the run, which also features The Devil Wears Prada, are as follows:

10/18 Nottingham UK @ Rock City
10/19 Glasgow UK @ Garage
10/20 Wolverhampton UK @ Wulfrun Hall
10/21 Manchester UK @ HMV Ritz
10/22 Bristol UK @ Academy 1
10/23 London UK @ Electric Ballroom
10/25 Esch Sur Alzette LUX @ Rockhal
10/26 Cologne DE @ Luxor
10/27 Eindhoven NL @ Effenaar
10/28 Brussels BE @ AB
10/30 Hamburg DE @ Markethalle
11/1 Arhus DK @ VoxHall
11/2 Goteborg SE @ Brewhouse
11/3 Oslo NO @ Fabrikken
11/5 Stockholm SE @ Klubben
11/6 Malmo SE @ KB
11/7 Copenhagen DK @ Pumphuset
11/8 Berlin DE @ C Club
11/9 Chemnitz DE @ Suedbahnhof
11/10 Warsaw PL @ Progresja
11/11 Krakow PL @ Fabryka
11/13 Frankfurt DE @ Batschkapp
11/14 Munich DE @ Backstage Halle
11/15 Vienna AT @ Arena
11/16 Zurich CH @ Komplex
11/17 Milan IT @ Tunnel Club
11/18 Karlsruhe DE @ Substage
11/19 Paris FR @ Le Bataclan

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Thyrfing Checks In From The Studio

Thyrfing signed with NoiseArt Records earlier during the summer, and the band is currently working on an album scheduled for release next year.

Thyrfing has now posted a studio video update online, which can be viewed via the band's Facebook profile. The group also posted the following message online to fans:

"Ok… time for some updates. In the end of August Dennis nailed the drums for the album in SAE Studio, Stockholm – check out the video for a sneak preview. As of today, the guitar recordings will start in Deadbeat Studio, Tyresö. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!"

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As I Lay Dying Streaming Entire New Album

As I Lay Dying, which recently debuted a video for "A Greater Foundation," has launched an exclusive full-album stream for "Awakened" on AOL Music. Listen to the album now at this location. The "Awakened" album will be available tomorrow in-stores and online.

As I Lay Dying will perofrm a special private CD release show in conjunction with Metal Blade Records 30 Anniversary that will take place on street date in New York at Santos Party House. Fans can pre-order "Awakened" at three New York-area independent record stores and receive a FREE laminate that gives you access into the private NYC release show. Stores participating includes: Looney Tunes (West Babylon, NY), Vintage Vinyl (Fords, NJ), and J&R (NYC).

Upcoming As I Lay Dying tour dates are as follows: More...

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Anthrax Comments on Selling 100,000 Albums

Big-Four thrashers Anthrax have responded to the overwhelming positivity, from fans and journalists alike, concerning their latest release "Worship Music." In the following letter released through their publicist, the group explains how much this support means to the group.

"To our Fans and everyone who has supported Anthrax and 'Worship Music:'

"It was a little more than a year ago - September 13, 2011 - that 'Worship Music' was released, and all of us in Anthrax can't believe how much has happened since then. More...

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At The Soundawn To Record New Album

Italian jazz and hardcore influenced outfit At The Soundawn has issued the following brief announcement online about gearing up to record a new album:

"OK guys, it's true! We're entering the recording studio very soon to record our new yet-untitled album! Are you ready to hear some really new stuff from ATS???? We are stoked!!!"

This upcoming, currently untitled, album will follow 2010's Lifeforce Records-released "Shifting" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they become available. At the Soundawn is:

Luca De Stefano - vocals
Andrea Violante - guitars
Matteo Bassoli - guitars
Alessio Bellotto - bass
Enrico Calvano - drums

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Wintersun Posts "Time I" Teaser

Eight years in the making, the release of the new Wintersun album "Time I" was recently pushed back due to manufacturing issues, and is now set for an October 19th (Europe) and 22nd (North America) release through Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the pending release, a new teaser trailer has been posted online and can be viewed below.

The band will also headline the Heidenfest Tour in Europe October/November and embark on a North American run with Eluveitie at the end of 2012. Pre-orders for the new album "Time I" can be found at this location. Limited edition versions will feature a bonus DVD, which includes the following:

1. Land Of Snow And Sorrow (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
2. Darkness And Frost & Time (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
3. Sons Of Winter And Stars (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
4. Licks & Tricks Of TIME I With Each Band Member
5. Sons Of Winter And Stars – Project Demonstration (Interview at Jari´s Home Studio)
6. Photo Gallery (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki) More...

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Exorcised Announces New Album Title

After signing to Razorback Recordings and releasing the "Reflections of Horror" demo tape, Serbian act Exorcised has now issued the following announcement about the release of a new full-length album:

"It's time to reveal the album title of our first album! Well, here it is - 'BEYOND THE CHAPEL RUINS!' 4 brand new songs will appear on it plus the ones from 'Reflections of Horror' tape."

Details on the release date and track listing will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can listen to the "Reflections of Horror" songs in the player available below. More...

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The Acacia Strain Streams New Song

The Acacia Strain has posted a new song online from upcoming new album "Death is the Only Mortal," due out this October 9th via Rise Records. Listen to "The Mouth of the River" in the player below. The album's full track listing is:

1. Doomblade
2. Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow
3. Go To Sleep
4. Brain Death
5. The Mouth of the River
6. Dust and the Helix
7. Victims of the Cave
8. Time and Death and God
9. The Chambered Nautilus
10. House of Abandon More...

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Enslaved Posts Video "Making of: RIITIIR"

Enslaved guitarist Arve Isdal (a/k/a "Ice Dale") is featured in the latest studio video on the making of RIITIIR (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album is scheduled for release on September 28, 2012 (Europe) and October 9, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "RIITIIR" is as follows:

1. Thoughts Like Hammers (streaming at this location)
2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn
3. Veilburner
4. Roots of the Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm of Memories
8. Forsaken

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Vorpal Nomad Posts Preview Of New Single

Columbia based power metal band Vorpal Nomad posted up a preview of the new single "Hocus Pocus." The song was recorded at Art Studios and mixed and mastered by Theocracy frontman Matt Smith. "Hocus Pocus" is scheduled for an October release as a digital single only through iTunes. The band recently issued the full length debut LP "Hyperborea" this past May through Canada's Metalodic Records.

Vorpal Nomad features guitarist Nicolas Waldo along with current Thunderblast vocalist Felipe Machado Franco and drummer Christian Gaitan.

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Dokken Posts "Empire" Music Video

Dokken posted up a new music video for the song "Empire." The track is the opener to the band's new LP "Broken Bones," which was released in Europe last week and is scheduled to drop tomorrow, September 25, 2012, in North America via Frontiers Records. The album was produced by Don Dokken and mixed by Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, Collective Soul) and Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake).

The track list for "Broken Bones" is as follows:

1. Empire
2. Broken Bones
3. Best Of Me
4. Blind
5. Waterfall
6. Victim Of The Crime
7. Burning Tears
8. Today
9. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
11. Tonight

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Unearthing The Powerviolence Underground

If you ever wondered where much of the hardcore and some of the punk scene went in the past couple of decades, the answer is it went even more underground. Back in the early nineties, when hardcore and metal came together to create the wildly popular thrashcore movement, a lot of the true hardcore punks in the scene remained disenchanted. They identified with the metallic element but wanted the music to remain distinct and focus on ideals and themes of socio-political decay.

No better was this driven home more than by the act of several commercial bands loosely labeled 'punk' by the airwaves, like Green Day or Sublime, that made the true denizens of hardcore create an even more underground niche of brutality in their musical style - thus giving rise to the powerviolence movement. The origin of the term is disputed, but is mostly attributed to Infest guitarist Matt Domino, at the time in the band Neanderthal with Eric Wood, who blurted out 'power fuckin violence' in an interview on alternative Californian station KXLU. The term stuck and was first mentioned in the song "Hispanic Small Man Power (HSMP)" by pioneering genre band Man Is The Bastard. More...

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