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Metal News for September 25, 2012

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Hull Posts Video Teaser

Brooklyn’s sludge rock sorcerers Hull will take their sonic dirge to the live arena next month for another run of dates that will kick off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 5th and include a stop on the Southwest Terror Fest metal gathering in Tucson, Arizona alongside Bereft, Sons Of Tonatiuh, Ladybird, Godhunter and many more.

Additionally, Hull is readying to unearth a brand new music video for “Beyond The Lightless Sky,” the title track from the band's latest full-length released via The End Records last Fall. The epic video was shot by Ben Cain at Attic Studio and conceptualized/executed by Tian Hughes at Crux NYC. Today Metal Injection is hosting a teaser of the video at this location or in the player below. The final clip will premiere next week. More...

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Revocation Releases New EP For Free

"Teratogenesis," the new 5-track EP from Revocation, is now available for free download from Scion AV. You can stream or download the new tracks right here or in the player below.

Behind the scenes footage from the recording of the EP can also be found at this location. The track listing is:

1. The Grip Tightens
2. Spurn the Outstretched Hand
3. Maniacally Unleashed
4. Teratogenesis
5. Bound by Desire More...

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Falloch Writing New Songs

Scottish act Falloch, which split with guitarist/vocalist Andy Marshall back in June, has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"We entered the studio today to begin writing our second album. After a 45 minute long dark psychedelic jam we eventually got to business and left with a new song completed. We think you'll all be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Expect more updates as the sessions progress."

Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can find more info on Falloch over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Odium Offering Song For Free Download

Walkerton, ON melodic metallers Odium are now offering their latest track "Blue Channel" for free download on SMNNews.com here.

The tune is from the band's latest album "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere," released earlier this year via Year of The Sun Records. Odium will be performing at this year's third annual Woodstock Funfest along with show dates in Ontario and Quebec (dates listed below). You can also check out the band's music video for "No Way Out" below.

September 29, 2012 - Funfest @ Woodstock Polish Hall - Woodstock, ON
October 3, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Burning The Day, Deterrence, Them Thieves
October 4, 2012 - Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC w/ Endast, The Fierce, We Were The Fires of Rome
October 6, 2012 - The Royal Canadian Legion - Ottawa, ON w/ Seeded Among Seven Hills More...

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Amorphis Posts New Studio Video

Finland's Amorphis has posted a third studio update video online showcasing the band's time working on a new album and follow-up to "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"The recording process is going well. We're done with most of the instruments and now Peter Tägtgren and Tomi Joutsen are working their asses off with vocals.

"To share a few things, we have recorded with a real church organ, our cameraman has witnessed paranormal activity and spent time with Shaman at a Finnish forest.

"The document we are filming from recording sessions is going to turn out quite a horror movie. You'll see that the album is going to turn out a real spiritual metal journey." More...

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D.I.S. Reveals "Becoming Wrath" Details

Los Angeles D-beat decibel deviants, D.I.S. (Destroyed In Seconds), are set to unleash their new full-length this Fall via Deep Six Records on November 1st. Fittingly titled "Becoming Wrath," the offering was recorded and mixed mid-2012 at Architeuthis Sound in North Hollywood by the band’s own Sean Vahle.

Comments guitarist Bruce Reeves: "With this new D.I.S. lineup, the level of brutality has risen greatly. [Vocalist] Jon [Tomala] and [guitarist] Alex [Vahle] have brought a new level of rage to the D.I.S. sound. Ears will surely be crushed! We're eager to get this out there for everyone to hear and to get out on the road with these songs in October."

Check out the cover artwork below, and the "Becoming Wrath" track listing is as follows:

1. Becoming Wrath
2. Assimilation
3. Stay Damned
4. No Guillotine Like The Truth
5. Sea Of Disdain
6. Scarabs Nest
7. Built For The End
8. Edges
9. The Crushing Low More...

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Primate Joining High On Fire For Tour Dates

Ruthless grindcore faction Primate has been confirmed to support High on Fire on the newly announced North American tour later this Fall. Bringing a raging brew of old-school, hardcore influenced speed-grind disorder to the masses, Primate will be infiltrating the lineup on seven East Coast dates of the massive tour alongside Goatwhore and LoPan. Upcoming Primate dates are:

11/23/2012 Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
11/24/2012 The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
11/26/2012 Opera House - Toronto, ON
11/27/2012 La Tulipe - Montreal, QC
11/28/2012 Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
11/29/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2012 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
12/01/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

Relapse Records officially issued the band’s debut album "Draw Back A Stump" in July, following the extremely limited self-released CD version last year. Relapse’s re-release bears three additional tracks not found on the initial version. Stream "Draw Back A Stump" in its entirety at this location.

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Draconian Recruits New Singer

After a long period of searching, gothic/doom band Draconian has finally issued a statement regarding the recruitment of South African singer Heike Langhans into its ranks. Below is the statement:

"It has been nearly a year since last we braced the stages and said our goodbyes to Lisa. We had no intent of collecting dust and taking up old man's hobbies, so we set out to find a new female singer. For a band such as Draconian, this is no easy task and quite possibly the reason it has taken what seems to be ages. We thank our friends and fans greatly for their patience and a great thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for the position. We rifled through more than a hundred applications from countries far and wide and ended up finding a suitable singer in the most unexpected country of them all."

"The Horde is pleased to announce our newest member, Heike Langhans - all the way from South Africa. She has since relocated to Sweden in order to join the band and has fit it superbly. She's a true doomster at heart and brings an even greater emotional flair to our sound. Our journey thus continues and writing for the new album has already begun. As Fall approaches, we ready ourselves for some serious rehearsal, recording and tour planning. We look forward to seeing you all out there again!"

Heike visited Lisa's flower shop and got the former Draconian singer's blessing in a message posted on the band's Facebook wall. Below is a statement that Heike has made about joining the band: More...

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Bloodbound Announces New Album Title

AFM Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album by Bloodbound:

"It’s unmistakable what Swedish power metallers Bloodbound will unleash with their new album. Their new piece of work is titled 'In The Name Of Metal' and fans can look forward to an energetic record full of catchy heavy metal hymns.

"The release is scheduled for November 9th. The band is also working on their first ever video clip, which will be for the album’s title song." More...

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Dying Fetus Announces New Tour Dates

In support of latest release "Reign Supreme," Dying Fetus will be returning to the road in North America on "The Blood of Power Tour." This tour is the band's first headlining tour on the "Reign Supreme" album cycle.

The first leg of the tour will kick off 11/24 in Atlanta, GA and run through December 13th in Boise, ID. Support on the first leg will come from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. The second leg of the tour begins December 15th in Denver, CO, wrapping up December 23rd in Trenton, NJ. Support on this leg will come from Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates is below.

The band is also currently in the midst of "The Womb to Waste" European tour with label mates Revocation, Job For a Cowboy, and Cerebral Bore. The tour will run through October 14th in Aarschot, Belgium. More...

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Embrace Of Silence Streaming Debut

Ukranian funeral doom band Embrace Of Silence is streaming its debut album "Leaving the Place Forgotten by God" over at Bandcamp. Already with a couple of EP's to its credit, Embrace Of Silence has issued the full-length on Solitude Productions and takes its influence from nineties doom/death in a style it calls 'orthodox doom.'

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The Casualties Streaming Entire Album

The New York City street punks in The Casualties are streaming their brand new album "Resistance" online (reviewed here). The new album, featuring the singles "My Blood. My Life. Always Forward." and "Brick Wall Justice," releases today via Season of Mist and can be streamed below.

The Casualties has also announced a string of regional dates surrounding the release of "Resistance," as well as a European headlining tour in November. A list of confirmed dates is available below. More...

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Silencer Streaming Entire Album

Denver thrashers Silencer have officially unleashed "The Great Bear" upon us. The band's third full-length and first concept album, "The Great Bear" draws heavily from the band's heavy metal roots and explores some interesting "what-if?" questions of the U.S-Soviet space race of the 1950s/1960s. The Great Bear is being released via Silencer and Vanity Music Group and will be available in CD and limited edition 180-gram vinyl. Visit Silencer's website for details. To mark the release of this album, Blistering.com is now streaming "The Great Bear" in its entirety. Visit this location to listen, or check it out below in the player.

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General Surgery Streams "Like An Ever Flying Limb"

Sweden’s macabre medical masters General Surgery have premiered the title track off of their upcoming 7” release "Like An Ever Flying Limb," which can be heard below.

The limited edition EP contains 5 gut-splattering tracks of the band’s signature goregrind. The EP was recorded in October 2011 at Audiogrind Studio in the band’s hometown of Stockholm is set to be released via Relapse Records on November 6th. Pre-orders of the new EP are now available right here. A complete track listing can be found below while the cover art can be previewed here.

Earlier this year also saw the release of "A Collection of Depravation," a compilation of 30 General Surgery choice cuts digitally remastered by Pig Destroyer's Scott Hull. The album is currently available for streaming in its entirety here. General Surgery also plans to record a 3rd full-length album in the near future. More...

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God Seed Posts New Track Online

Today the music portal Pitchfork unveils the first single from "I Begin," the new full-length from Norwegian black metal legion God Seed. Entitled “This From The Past,” the second track from the record burns deep with unhinged viciousness and infernal majesty. Hear for yourself at this location.

"I Begin" is scheduled for North American release on October 22nd (October 26th in Norway and October 30th worldwide). For preorder info, point your browser here. A vinyl version will also be available through Back On Black.

Additionally, the band will march through Europe beginning November 7th on the Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour 2012 alongside Cradle Of Filth. See confirmed dates below. The "I Begin" track listing is:

01. Awake
02. This From The Past
03. Alt Liv
04. From The Running Of Blood
05. Hinstu Dagar
06. Diversions 1 (Bonus Track Limited Edition)
07. Aldrande Tre
08. Lit
09. The Wound
10. Bloodline
11. Diversions 2 (Bonus Track Limited Edition) More...

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Gypsyhawk Posts "Hedgeking" Video

Gypsyhawk has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan to release the new video for "Hedgeking," taken from the "Revelry & Resilience" album. Watch the video right here or in the player below. "Revelry & Resilience" was released at the end of August and has the following track listing:

The track listing is:

1. Overloaded
2. The Fields
3. Hedgeking
4. Frostwyrm
5. Galaxy Rise
6. 1345
7. Night Songs from the Desert
8. The Red Wedding
9. Silver Queen
10. State Lines
11. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo More...

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Sinister Streaming Samples From New Album

Sinister is going to release brand new album "The Carnage Ending" this Friday through Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Germany's Soundlodge Studios with Jörg Uken and samples off all the songs can be streamed at this location. The album features the following tracks:

01. Gates Of Bloodshed [Intro]
02. Unheavenly Domain
03. Transylvania City Of The Damned (Listen to the full song here)
04. My Casual Enemy
05. Crown Of Thorns
06. The Carnage Ending
07. Oath Of Rebirth
08. Regarding The Imagery
09. Blood Ecstasy
10. Defamatory Content
11. The Final Destroyer

Disc II [Digipak Bonus]
01. Spit On Your Grave [Whiplash Cover]
02. Succubus [Massacre Cover]
03. Swing Of The Axe [Possessed Cover]
04. Dethroned Emperor [Celtic Frost Cover]
05. Face Fate [Bloodfeast Cover]

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Hammerslag Vinterblot 2013 Festival Announced

The 2013 edition of the Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival has been announced. The festival, which takes place in Tønsberg, Norway, will be held on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd next year. The Friday-entrance will be free.

The first band announced for Hammerslag 2013 is Norwegian black metal band Djevelkult, who will play on Friday. You can hear some of the band's music here as well as download a free MP3 of the track "The Final Hellspawn."

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Jungle Juice Releases "Constant Decay" Clip

Arkansas act Jungle Juice will be releasing the "Involuntary Convulsions" EP later this fall through Give Praise Records. You can check out a new music video for "Constant Decay" in the player below, and the label also commented on Jungle Juice:

"Jungle Juice bring you some angry and raw hardcore, with some slow(er) breaks to drink your beer! They have also released a new Music Video to promote the new EP – check it out!"

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Between The Buried And Me Posts Studio Footage

The final studio footage from Between The Buried And Me's "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" recording sessions has now been posted online. You can check out the clip via Revolver Magazine's website here or in the player below.

The clip opens with singer Tommy Rogers working on keyboard parts with co-producer Jamie King and follows Rogers as he works on vocals, including playfully wielding a pocket knife during one of the clips, for the 12-track release which Metal Sucks has already deemed a "masterpiece."

Pre-order bundles are available now here with digital pre-orders available via iTunes. More...

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Encrust Streaming New Album Online

Chicago metal band Encrust release new album "From Birth To Soil" today, September 25th, on Density Records. The five-piece is currently on Fender’s Carnival of Death Tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Decrepit Birth, and Jungle Rot. The band was recently added to the MetalSucks CMJ showcase to be held October 18 in Brooklyn at Public Assembly and includes Pig Destroyer, KEN Mode, and Early Graves along with Encrust.

You can now hear the entire "From Birth To Soil" album online courtesy of Noisecreep.com right here.

Formerly known as Hunters, Encrust is Chris Angelucci (vocals), Luke Tobias (guitar), Ryan Kasparian (guitar), Jeremy Pyrzynski (bass), and Brian Kutanovski (drums). The band's upcoming tour dates are:

9/25 - Reno, NV @The Alley
9/26 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
9/27 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
9/28 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
9/29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly ^ CMJ show
10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Frankie’s *
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge *
* - supporting Early Graves

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A Band Of Orcs Releases New Lyric Video

The new A Band Of Orcs album "Adding Heads to the Pile" is due out on Halloween, with pre-orders available right here. In celebration of the impending release, the orcs have also now released a lyric video for "In the Keeper's Chamber," which can be viewed below. The full album's track listing is:

1. Prepare for Domination
2. When the Hills Run Red
3. In the Keeper's Chamber
4. Of Broken Chains & Shattered Skulls
5. Wyrd of the Winter Wolf
6. The Darkness that Comes Before (Interlude)
7. Hall of the Frozen Dead
8. Lair of the Ice Wyrm
9. Stormbringer
10. At the Mouth of Fire
11. Fall of the Fire Lord
12. Adding Heads to the Pile
13. A Deeper Evil (Instrumental) More...

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Converge Streaming New Song Online

Boston's Converge has released a brand new track titled “Shame In The Way,” taken from new studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," available October 9th via Epitaph Records (vinyl on Deathwish). Give the song a listen through Pitchfork.com here. The new album's track listing is:

1. Aimless Arrow - 2:23
2. Trespasses - 2:43
3. Tender Abuse - 1:25
4. Sadness Comes Home - 3:12
5. Empty On The Inside - 2:29
6. Sparrow's Fall - 1:27
7. Glacial Pace - 4:25
8. No Light Escapes (bonus) - 0:51
9. Vicious Muse - 1:52
10. Veins And Veils - 2:32
11. Coral Blue - 4:48
12. Shame In The Way - 1:57
13. On My Shield (bonus) - 4:14
14. Precipice - 1:47
15. All We Love We Leave Behind - 4:07
16. Runaway (bonus) - 2:03
17. Predatory Glow - 3:25 More...

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Vulture Industries Recording New Album

Norway's Vulture Industries entered the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen early last week to begin work on a third full-length album, which is set for release on Season of Mist next year.

The band plans to issue studio updates at regular intervals via Facebook and the group's official website so that fans can follow the progress of the album.

So far the drums have been recorded, and frontman Bjornar Nilsen, who is also producing the album, commented that the band set out to aim for a much more organic and dynamic sound this time around. Once the album has been recorded, mixing will be carried out at the Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden by Jens Brogen.

The next Vulture Industries live appearance will be at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic on the 6th of October.

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Members Of God Posts "The Sense" Video

Italian act Members of God has released a second video clip online from the "Ten Talking Words" album. Check out the new video for "The Sense" in the player below or over at the band's YouTube page. More info on Members of God is available via Facebook. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Opening
2. Someone Knows
3. Talking Words
4. Magical Water
5. Promise Of Happiness
6. The Sense
7. My Friendship
8. It's Saturday
9. The Value Of Past
10. People
11. Don't Murder
12. Like Empty Lyrics
13. Decline
14. Power And Fire
15. Secrecy
16. Don't Desire
17. Outro More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts New Lyric Video

After previously streaming the new song online, Cradle of Filth has now released a lyric video for the track "For Your Vulgar Delectation," which comes off the upcoming album "The Manticore and Other Horrors." The album is set for release on October 30th in North America and pre-orders can be made at this location. Check out the lyric video below. The album's track listing is:

1. The Unveiling of O
2. The Abhorrent
3. For Your Vulgar Delectation
4. Illicitus
5. Manticore
6. Frost On Her Pillow
7. Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair
8. Pallid Reflection
9. Siding With The Titans
10. Succumb To This
11. Nightmares Of An Ether Drinker
12. Death, The Great Adventure *Deluxe Edition Digipak
13. Sinfonia *Deluxe Edition Digipak More...

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Destinity Reveals New Album's Artwork

French outfit Destinity artwork for the upcoming album "Resolve In Crimson," which was handled by Strychneen Studio. Destinity's new album, which was again produced by Jacob Hansen, is set to be released on November 19th in Europe and a day later in North America and is the follow-up to "XI Reasons to See" (reviewed here). "Resolve in Crimson" also features special guest vocals by Stephane Buriez (Loudblast). A teaser trailer for the release can be viewed after the jump. More...

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Malevolence Streaming New Song

After premiering a teaser trailer for "Antithetical," Portuguese act Malevolence has now posted a full song from the new album online. The song "Slithering" can be heard over at Decibel Magazine here. An interview with the band regarding the new album can be read at the same location.

"Antithetical" is the first studio work from the band in a period of thirteen years. “Antithetical represents our musical progression bursting on hard commitment and total dedication!” says vocalist Carlos Cariano. “We are one of the most long running and iconic metal exportations from the Portuguese soil and Antithetical is a ravaging journey constructed and depicted throughout the seven experienced havoc anthems we have delivered. The new material sounds exactly how I envisioned it (during the production design) and the way WE as Malevolence wanted it to sound on this new record.” More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Track To Appear In Call Of Duty

Avenged Sevenfold's new original song "Carry On" will be featured in the upcoming new video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," available on all major platforms this coming November 13th. The track is also now available for digital download over at iTunes here.

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Tesseract Announces New Vocalist

Tesseract is excited to welcome Ashe O'Hara as the band's new vocalist. The following press release was issued about the new member:

"Ashe's power, emotion, and diversity will help to continue the distinctive yet ever evolving Tesseract sound. Hailing from Northampton originally, Ashe spent his early years singing in many different groups, from choirs to musical theatre, and has more recently worked on a number of ambient/alternative metal projects as well as session work. Ashe currently resides in Hove, East Sussex and is eagerly awaiting the upcoming tour and working on the new album."

Comments Ashe: "I have always been an admirer of their work so it's pretty awesome to be passed such a challenging flame. I am very aware of the anticipation and I am certainly feeling the weight of it; but I am equally excited for what shall be an amazing and shithot experience!"

Tesseract adds, "We realize that the vocalist search seemed like it took a long time, but we wanted to make sure that we found someone who was a perfect fit both on stage and in the studio and Ashe is just that. We very much appreciate the patience and support our fans have shown us and look forward to the next TesseracT chapter." The first preview of that chapter, a teaser of the song "Nocturne," can be heard here: More...

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Vicious Rumors Reveals Live Album Details

Vicious Rumors is back with a thundering new live CD called "Live You to Death" and the power of the band`s live show is now finally caught on CD.

2011 was the year the band stormed European stages with studio album "Razorback Killers," playing 92 shows in 12 months. This new live album was recorded last December on the European tour with the mighty Hammerfall. It features 11 songs: 9 classics and 2 very special studio recordings including 'Sign of the Southern Cross" by Black Sabbath and "Running Wild "by Judas Priest.

"We wanted to do a few covers of our metal gods Sabbath and Priest as a tribute to where it all started," said guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "Vicious Rumors is known for their wicked live performance and Live You to Death captures the fire and energy of Vicious Rumors live and in your face!"

Recorded by Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall, mixed by Juan Urteaga. and produced by Geoff Thorpe the live album will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Germany on November 23rd, Europe pm November 26th, and in the USA November 27th More...

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Leprous Posts More European Tour Episodes

Leprous kicks off the European Progressive Assault tour on September 28th in Oslo, Norway and the band has been posting a video clip covering each city on the run. Episodes 18 and 19 are now online and can be viewed below, and Leprous also commented:

"The 26th of October we're returning to Zoetermeer and the Netherlands! Or is it Holland? Well anyway, in this 19th episode of our countdown you'll get a lesson in the north-western European trance scene, and finally the guys remembers a Belgian famous person. Or do they? Too many questions remains unanswered if you don't check out today's episode about Zoetermeer..."

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Stonecreep Announces West Coast Tour

Portland, OR metallers Stonecreep have announced the Infernal Autumn West Coast Tour 2012 with Toxic Zombie. The tour kicks off on October 24th in Anaheim, CA and ends with a Halloween homecoming gig at Portland's Hawthorne Theater. The band issued the following statement about the trek:

"The Storm of the Deathmarch tour this past summer was our most ambitious and most successful tour ever, so needless to say we are chomping at the bit to get out on the road again. This one will only take us up and down the West Coast for a week, but it's exciting nonetheless. We'll be doing a handful of dates in the Northwest with our friends in Toxic Zombie, who always bring an amazing stage show. You don't want to miss this..."

THE INFERNAL AUTUMN WEST COAST TOUR 2012

October 24- Anaheim, CA @ The Doll Hut
October 25- San Jose, CA @ Johnny V's
October 26- Eugene, OR @ Black Forest
October 27- Redmond, OR @ Big T's
October 29- Everett, WA @ Hayley's
October 30- Seattle, WA @ 2-Bit Saloon
October 31- Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

Stonecreep's most recent offering was the 2011 old-school metal records re-release of its album "The Deathmarch Crushes On..."

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ArmyOfOneTV Posts Brick By Brick Interview

On Wednesday Sept 12th, ArmyOfOneTV interviewed guitarist Mike Valente of the hardcore metal band Brick By Brick. On this video Mike told us about a little of the history of the band, its new album on its new label, its upcoming shows and also a little bit of the scene and the work on Upstate BlacknBlue Productions in Albany, NY these years. Listen to songs from Brick By Brick, including the track "In the Ruins" - which features the guest vocals of The Acacia Strain's Vince Bennett - over on Facebook.

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This Or The Apocalypse Releases New Video

This Or The Apcoalypse has premiered a video for the song "Hell Praiser" through Alternative Press. The track is taken from the brand new album "Dead Years," out now in Europe via Lifeforce Records and North America through eOne. Check out "Hell Praiser" over at this location.

The previously posted lyric video for "In Wolves" is also still available right here and the track listing for "Dead Years" is:

1. Hell Praiser
2. Power Hawk
3. In Wolves
4. Americans
5. Hate the Ones You Love
6. You Own No One but You
7. A Damn Moment
8. Gaunt and Fierce
9. Kill'em With Guidance
10. Hard Branch to Snap

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Oak Pantheon Releases "From A Whisper" Album

Today marks the release of new album "From a Whisper" by Oak Pantheon, and the full album is now available for your streaming pleasure. Listen to the songs in the bandcamp player provided below. The "From a Whisper" track listing is as follows:

1. Descend into Winter 06:16
2. It 08:36
3. We Will Tear Down the Gods 09:31
4. Aspen 06:20
5. The Ground Beneath You 05:15
6. Roots of Man 06:47
7. From a Whisper 10:16
8. An Altar of Limbs 09:44 More...

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Sacred Serenity Streaming New Album

Pennsylvania act Sacred Serenity has released the "Synapse" album online, and you can download the track "Children of the Stars" for free via bandcamp. The full release is also available for streaming through the player below. The track listing is:

1. What We've Become 05:29
2. The Disgrace Of Man 05:20
3. A Trail Of Thorns 06:29
4. Children Of The Stars 04:10
5. 20th At Midnight 04:33
6. The Last Of Us 05:11
7. Where Wings Used To Be 07:57 More...

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Secret Sphere Streams New Track "The Fall"

Italian power/progressive band Secret Sphere, who recently announced Michelle Luppi (Ex-Vision Divine/Ex-Thaurorod) as new vocalist, is streaming the new track "The Fall." The track will appear on the band's new LP "Portrait of a Dying Heart," which is scheduled for a November 25, 2012 release date through Scarlet Records.

The track listing for "Portrait of a Dying Heart" is as follows:

1. Portrait Of A Dying Heart
2. X
3. Wish & Steadiness
4. Union
5. The Fall
6. Healing
7. Lie To Me
8. Secrets Fear
9. The Rising Of Love
10. Eternity

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Therion Signs Deal For North American Release

Very few details of the new Therion album "Les Fleurs du Mal" ("The Flowers of Evil") have been revealed due to the band's own "media band," including the sudden appearance of the new album cover on the band's website which led to speculation as to the name and the alleged cover art. The album will be revealed on the day of the start of the 25th Anniversary Tour on September 28, 2012 at Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band now confirms the album's title and that they have signed a licensing deal with End of the Light Records to release the new album in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on November 13, 2012.

The album Les Fleurs du Mal is a part of an art project that Christofer Johnsson has been thinking about for some time:

"The time was never right for it, but in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, I thought now will finally be the right time for it," Johnsson explains. More...

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Khors Streaming "Black Forest's Flaming Eyes"

Ukrainian black metal band Khors is streaming the track "Black Forest's Flaming Eyes" from the band's fifth full length studio release entitled "Wisdom of Centuries." The album was issued on September 11, 2012 through Candlelight Records.

The track list for "Wisdom of Centuries" is as follows:

1. Through the Clouds of the Past
2. Black Forest's Flaming Eyes
3. The Last Leaves
4. Where the Grandeur of Mountains Embraces the Space
5. Horizons Glassy
6. Wisdom of Centuries
7. Only Time Will Take It Away
8. Twilight

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Graveyard Posts "Goliath" Music Video

Swedish classic rockers Graveyard posted a new music video for the band's new single "Goliath." The song appears on the band's new LP "Lights Out," which is due for release on October 26, 2012 (EU) and November 6, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The video was directed by Artur Wolgers and Dea Saracevic for Mexico86.

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces Guest Drummer

Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis announced that Emergency Gate drummer Raphael Saini will be a guest of the band for two headline shows in Cyprus and Greece on November 3, 2012 and November 9, 2012. The band's permanent drummer Thomas Caser is unavailable due to his tight job obligations with Napalm Records Headquarters as Head of A&R. Saini appeared with the band in 2011 during its tour with Rhapsody of Fire.

The band is also in the midst of putting the final touches on its recently recorded new LP "Ethera." Some studio reports on the recordings, featuring bassist/producer Fabio D'Amore (Serenity/Mirrormaze/Pathosray) can be found over here, here and also at this location.

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Gamma Ray Posts Trailer For New DVD

German metal act Gamma Ray posted a preview clip from the band's upcoming live DVD/2CD Live LP "Skeletons & Majesties Live." The DVD features the live recording of the band's performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on April 29th, 2011 and will now be released on 2CD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 30th, 2012 through earMusic. The DVD and Blu-ray also feature additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band.

"Skeletons & Majesties Live" has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band's history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.

"The EP, 'Skeletons & Majesties,' is practically a continuation of our 'Skeletons In The Closet' concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn't receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics," says Kai Hansen, the band's vocalist, guitarist and founder.

The double CD includes a total of 18 songs (plus intro & interlude); DVD and Blu-ray will feature six additional bonus tracks with alternative versions of "The Spirit," "Wings Of Destiny," "Farewell," "Gamma Ray," "Time To Break Free" and "Insurrection," all recorded at another show at the Zeche in Bochum, the day before the Pratteln show . In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray feature behind the scenes bonus material, very rare archive material and interviews with the band. More...

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Kryptos Posts "Nexus Legion" Lyric Video

India's melodic thrashers Kryptos posted up a new lyric video for the track "Nexus Legion." The song appears on the band's third album "The Coils Of Apollyon," which was originally released via Iron Fist Records in February, but which is now released today in Europe via AFM Records.

The track list for "The Coils Of Apollyon" is as follows:

1. The Mask of Anubis
2. The Coils of Apollyon
3. Serpent Mage
4. Nexus Legion
5. Eternal Crimson Spires
6. Spellcraft
7. Starfall
8. Visions of Dis
9. The Isle of Voices

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Alberto Rigoni Offers Free Download Of Title Track

Famed Italian musician Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits/Mistheria) is streaming and offering a free download of the title track from his third solo release "Three Wise Monkeys." The album is scheduled for release on October 1, 2012 in North America through Nightmare Records (Japan through Disk Union, Europe through Power Prog, Russia through Media Star and in Italy through BTF Records). A trailer for the album can be found at this location. To order the full release, head over here.

The song features singer Göran Edman (Vindictiv/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/John Norum), guitarist Tommy Ermolli (TwinSpirits/ Khymera), keyboardist Alessandro Bertoni (Aphelion) and drummer Paco Barillà (Daniele Liverani).

Check out "Three Wise Monkeys" here (and download at this location):

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