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Metal News for September 27, 2012

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Scalpel Streaming Two Songs

With members hailing from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, death metal band Scalpel is back with a couple of new songs from its upcoming debut full-length "Sorrow and Skin." Below is an upload of "Sentinels of Severed Flesh," plus you can hear the track "Ripe" at this location. "Sorrow and Skin" should be released in November via Anopsys Records. Scalpel's six-song EP from 2010, "Common Threads," is also streaming over at Bandcamp.

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Vortex Of Clutter Streaming Official Video

Turkish technical death metal band Vortex Of Clutter recently unleashed its second EP "The Ghosts of a New Generation" and is streaming the official video from it. That song, "Cocktail," can be seen below. The Istanbul band has posted most of the tracks from the release over on Soundcloud. The band is also streaming two more official videos over on its website, along with material from its earlier releases.

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Saille Posts New Recording Footage

Belgium's Saille is in the process of recording a new album and follow-up to "Irreversible Decay," and the band has now posted a brief studio video clip online. Check out footage below of vocals being recording for the song "Fhtagn" at the Shumcot Recording Studio.

Saille's upcoming album is due out this coming January, 2013 via Code666 Records. Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can find more info on the band over at Facebook here.

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Korpiklaani: "We Have A Darker And Serious Side"

The Finnish bards in Korpiklaani didn't waste any down time after the release of 2011's "Ukon Wacka," having returned already with latest full-length album "Manala" (reviewed here). Rather than playing the language ping-pong game of previous efforts, Korpiklaani has now given fans the best of both worlds, releasing the album as a double-disc set with all songs in both Finnish and English.

During a recent chat with Metalunderground, Korpiklaani's Jarkko Aaltonen explained why the band chose to go that route, as well as discussing the lack of a hard-partying song this time around as the band explores its darker side. More...

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Metadox Regrouping To Record New Album

Frank Tosi, the driving force behind New York’s DesDemon, has resurrected his band Metadox after the demise of DesDemon and also announced an open call for a vocalist.

Originally established in 2001, Metadox signed with Metal Mayhem Music and opened for the likes of Dragonforce, Kamelot, and Moonspell. The band then imploded prematurely during studio recording sessions in 2006.

Frank Tosi comments, “Metadox deserved a lot more than what was afforded at the time. I'm a little older now, I have more knowledge, contacts, and I'm a much better musician now. As much as I will always love and cherish the good points of what DesDemon became, I know Metadox will be much more appealing to a broader spectrum of metal fans.

"Metadox is currently holding vocalist auditions globally. If interested and have the passion and the vocal range similar to: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, King Diamond, Huntress, Slayer, or Firewind, then contact us. We are looking for someone who is seasoned, dedicated, have similar interests, able to front a band, and write quality lyrics. Provide some information about yourself, any audio, video, or EPK links."

Interested parties can contact Frank Tosi at Auditions@MetadoxMetal.com. Metadox will be revamping existing material and writing new music for pre-production on a debut release. More details on Metadox can be found at this location.

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Death Valley Driver Announces New Shows

Having just returned from a first show in Quebec at Envol de Macadam, Prince Edward Island's Death Valley Driver has announced a series of upcoming fall shows in the Maritime's including festival showcases, after-parties, and even performing at a live wrestling match.

"We're getting excited to do a nice run of dates leading up to the release of our new album, Graveyard Dead. We're so pumped to be sharing the stage with some amazing bands," commented singer Dan Hodgson. You can listen to the band's music over at Facebook or catch Death Valley Driver live on the following shows:

Oct. 6 - Zombie Walk at Peppers Pub (Saint John, NB)
Oct. 6 - The Wave at UPEI (Charlottetown, PEI)
Oct. 11 - Protest The Hero at The Manhattan (Moncton, NB)
Oct. 12 - Red Rock Wrestling show (Charlottetown, PEI)
Oct. 18 - HPX show with Diemonds, Black Moor and Cauldron (Halifax, NS)
Oct. 27 - Halloween show at Baba's with Iron Giant and We're Doomed (Charlottetown, PEI)

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Gene Hoglan Featured On Van Halen Cover

Legendary metal drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok, Meldrum) and West of Hell front man Chris 'The Heatehn' Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism) are featured on a recently released cover of Van Halen's "Get Up."

This tongue and cheek poke at the Van Halen classic, humorously renamed 'Get It Up,' is part of Sylencer's latest release "A Lethal Dose of Truth." The track also features Dethklok mainman Brendon Small on lead guitar. Check out the song through the player available below.

Hoglan, who is currently on tour with Testament, is slated to join Brendon Small and the rest of Dethklok for their upcoming north American tour that kicks off in Norfolk, VA on October 30th.

West of Hell, along with Valagao, will join Agnostic Front and Deth By Stereo for a western Canadian tour starting October 19th at The Rickshaw in Vancouver, BC Canada. More...

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Sathanas To Release Split 7" With Spawn Of Satan

A split 7" between Spawn of Satan and Sathanas will see release this coming October 10th through Hell's Headbangers. Music from the release can be heard in the player below, and the following press release was issued about the split:

"This split 7" celebrates ancient Evil Death Metal from America, from two of its most unsung hordes. Spawned into evil in 1988, Sathanas are one of the oldest American blackened death cults, and their track here - 'Unholy Eternal/ - proves that this power-trio will never waver from their 'no compromises' approach.

"Equally uncompromising, Jim Sadist's pet monster Spawn of Satan returns after a four-year hiatus with 'Ritual Murder,' a track written in 1988 yet showcasing what's to come from these minions. America the ugly...America the EVIL!" More...

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Yurei Reveals "Night Vision" Details

Yurei's "Night Vision" follows 2010's "Working Class Demon" and is set for release on October 29th, 2012 via Adversum. The artwork and track listing can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued:

"Building on the same expression as that first album and venturing further into the weird, Yurei's Night Vision takes it all so much further and travels into a landscape of his own: twisted, progressive, Lynchian tracks with hectic Balkan-inspired outbursts going off inside the dissonant but still melancholic and driven rock.

"This is night music interpreted by of one of Norway's most gifted composers: all music is written, performed, and recorded by Bjeima, a multi-talented musician working with several groups, all of them in different ways stemming from or building upon Norwegian avant-rock or post-black metal mindset and instrumentation, from playing bass in Virus to being the sole creator and performer in Alfa Obscura and The Ghost Conspiracy as well as Yurei and also being the drummer and a key contributor in -M-, Swarms, and Delirium Bound."

01. Insomniac Bug Hunt
02. Reborn In Reveries
03. 3am Revolt
04. The Cognitive Crack
05. Diminished Disciple
06. Sleepwalkers In Love
07. Dali By Night
08. Ditt Monument
09. Machinery
10. Cranial Echoes More...

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Weapon Releases Lyric Video

Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon will release "Embers and Revelations" on October 9th. You can now get a listen to another song from the album before it's official release date. Check out the lyric video for "Crepuscular Swamp, Unhinged Swine" in the player below.

The album artwork was created by Benjamin Vierling and can be viewed (along with pre-orders and an album teaser) at this location. Weapon will also be appearing on the upcoming Nachtmystium headlining tour alongside Jarboe and Lord Mantis! Initial dates are available below. More...

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Posthum Streaming Entire Album

Atmospheric metal unit Posthum is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Lights Out" through PureGrainAudio here or in the player below. The album was released on September 25th in North America (September 21st in Europe) and the track listing is:

1. Untame
2. Leave It All To Burn
3. Scarecrow
4. Red
5. Absence
6. Resiliant
7. Down In Blood
8. Summoned At Night
9. Afterglow
10. Lights Out More...

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Dunderbeist Releases "More Me" Video

Norwegian act Dunderbeist has just released a music video for the single "More Me," taken from the album "Black Arts and Crooked Tails." The video was directed by Mats Michael Olsen from Orkan Films and can be viewed below.

Dunderbeist is currently in the studio finalizing the recording of an upcoming album, the follow-up to the "Black Hearts And Crooked Tails." The band will then be heading out on tour throughout Europe starting in late October. Full dates are listed below. More...

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The Very End Reveals Album Details

The Very End's third album "Turn Off The World" has been scheduled for release on November 27th in North America, and the following press release was issued:

"Thanks to a band who have grown even stronger after two line-up changes, their metal doesn't shine on Turn Off The World, but comes across like a jagged, yet razor-sharp blade. Along with vocalist Björn Gooßes, guitarist René Bogdanski and bassist Marc Beste, the two new additions Alex Bartkowski (guitars, ex-Guerrilla) and Daniel Zeman (drums, Enemy Of The Sun) have been vital in perfecting The Very End's typical mix of hard riffs, ferocious grooves and melodic passages.

"Thrash numbers such as 'Iron Sky' stand side by side with epic wrecking-ball tracks along the lines of 'To Feed On Hope' and melancholy titles like 'Maelstrom Calling.' The band reenlisted the producer/sound engineer team of Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne, who worked on their 2011 release Mercy & Misery."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Splinters
2. Iron Sky
3. Infidel
4. The Black Fix
5. Maelstrom Calling
6. Sixes And Nines
7. The Last Mile
8. Dreadnought
9. Gravity
10. Orphans Of Emptiness
11. To Feed On Hope More...

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Arsenite Announces New Album

The release date for the Swedish metal band Arsenite's debut album "Ashes of the Declined" has now been announced for November 1st.

The album will be released through Sliptrick Records, with artwork handled by artist Andrej Bartulovic. The bands first music video for the song "Stopping at Nothing" has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Orden Ogan Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

After the release of the new video clip for "The Things We Believe In," German power metal act Orden Ogan now gives insight on the filming process with a behind the scenes clip. Check out the footage below.

“Filming the clip with Rainer 'ZIPP' Fränzen and his company was hard work but also a lot of fun. Even though some band members suffered from a heavy cold, we gave our best, and so the whole crew did. It was an unforgettable session and we are very happy with how the clip turned out in the end," Orden Ogan vocalist Seeb comments. The band's new album “To The End” will be released on October 26th.

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Bestial Warlust Demo To Be Reissued

Hell's Headbangers has announced the vinyl release date for Bestial Warlust's "Satan's Fist - Demo '96" (also to be released on limited-edition CD) as October 31st. The following press release was also issued:

"Unearthed from the vault, one of the rarest entries in the Bestial Warlust canon: Satan's Fist - Demo '96, the legendary band's final longer-form recording. With K.K. Warslut having gone on to Destroyer666 and Damon Bloodstorm to Abmoniator, the pared-down Bestial Warlust were at a crucial juncture in 1996, with Skullfucker on vocals/guitars and Hellcunt on drums. Between the two of them, however, the three songs they'd record for Satan's Fist - essentially, their 1996 demo - sound just as potent as anything on their two classic, influential full-lengths.

"Here, the bestial black metal they helped pioneer is tempered with a sort of gritty epicness, displaying both where Bestial Warlust were coming from and, more so, where they could have gone. But with a track on a four-way split to follow a year later, the lid would then be sealed on Bestial Warlust's coffin...until now! To be released on a limited-edition CD and 12" vinyl mastered at 45 RPM and with laser-etched B-side: feel Satan's Fist!"

Samples from the release can be streamed below, and the track listing is:

1. Left for Vultures
2. Hell's Militia
3. Satan's Fist More...

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Jaggernaut Recruits New Members

Niclas Lideskär Johnsson (ex. Full Strike, ex. Fatal Smile) and Wojtek Lisicki (Lost Horizon ex. Against the Plagues) have now welcomed two new members to Jaggernaut: guitarist Gunnar Hård Af Segerstad (ex. Disdan) and bassist Kaj Leissner (ex. Arise).

The band has also posted a new song online titled "Sophisticated Machines," which will be included on the band's forthcoming debut album. Give the track a listen in the YouTube player available below, or find more info on Jaggernaut via Facebook here. More...

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Strife Streaming New Track

The time has finally come for people to get a first taste of the new album, "Witness A Rebirth," from the almighty Strife. The folks over at BrooklynVegan have posted an exclusive stream of the first track from the full-length, "Torn Apart," available at this location or in the player below.

Stife's "Witness A Rebirth" is due out November 6th on LP / CD / Digital, with preorders expected in early October. The track listing is:

01. Torn Apart
02. Carry The Torch
03. Show No Mercy
04. No Apologies
05. The Distance
06. Never Look Back (featuring Billy Graziadei)
07. In This Defiance (featuring Marc Rizzo)
08. The Burden
09. Look Away (featuring Scott Vogel)
10. Face Your Failures
11. End of Days
12. Life or Death More...

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Voivod Streaming New Single

In anticipation of the upcoming 13th studio album, "Target Earth" (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America), Canadian act Voivod will be releasing the album's first single, "Mechanical Mind," as a digital download and as a 7" vinyl on October 8th in Europe and October 9th in North America.

To hear "Mechanical Mind" and to get your first preview of "Target Earth," head over to Pitchfork.com for the exclusive track stream right here. A teaser trailer for the album can also be found below. More...

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Helloween And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:

"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Cradle Of Filth Releases New Song Snippet

Nuclear Blast USA has launched a preview of the new Cradle of Filth track, "Manticore," via the label's web-store here, which also features pre-order options.

"The Manticore and Other Horrors," the 10th album from the infamous metal act, is due out in North America on October 30th. To hear more from the album, check out a lyric video of the track "For Your Vulgar Delectation" at this location. The full 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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Bedemon Posts New Track Online

Today, Bedemon has premiered a new track from the band's forthcoming "Symphony of Shadows" on Decibel magazine's website. Listen to "Lord of Desolation" right here. "Symphony of Shadows" is set for North American release on October 23rd through Svart Records.

The album is the first-ever set of all-new material by the band regarded by many as the original true U.S. doom band. While the album will be hitting major retail outlets on October 23rd, it can be ordered immediately through the Housecore website (the label of DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo) here. The album's track listing is:

1. Saviour
2. Lord of Desolation
3. Son of Darkness
4. The Plague
5. D.E.D.
6. Kill You Now
7. Godless
8. Hopeless
9. Eternally Unhuman

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Gaza Announces Headlining Tour

With the band's third album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" out now on Black Market Activities, Gaza is gearing up to return to the road for a headlining U.S. tour with support from Code Orange Kids and Full of Hell. The full listing of tour dates is available below. More...

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Nettlecarrier Streaming Entire New Album

Norway's Nettlecarrier has teamed up with Cvltnation.com to stream the band's entire new album online. Check out the full self-titled release over at this location. The album was just released on September 25th via Indie Recordings, and the track listing is:

1. The Boiling Blood
2. Paa Vaare Paaler Deres Hoder
3. I Helvete Kristus Skal Forgaa
4. Naar Han Vaakner
5. Demoriel
6. Cup Of Lethe
7. Bundet Til Masten More...

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Herder Announces New Album

Dutch act Herder will release new album "Horror Vacui" this coming November through Reflections Records, and pre-orders are now available right here. The label also commented:

"The possible survivors of the smoldering crater that the Herder debut album left after impact, are now completely finished off with a furious death stab to the neck. No mercy, no positivity, no sobriety. Only the strong will be left standing, the rest will have their throats ripped out.

"Filth ridden bass, crushing triple guitars, thunderous hammering drums and genuinely pissed off vocals lay down the soundtrack for prison shanking, bar brawls, heavy smoking and lizard night drives at high speed! Lock up your wives, daughters, and well, your dogs too just to be sure. 'Horror Vacui' is the new weapon against human morale and it fucking destroys! FOAD - HERDER IS HARDER!"

Exactly 666 copies are being pressed for the vinyl edition of “Horror Vacui:" 66 on black vinyl, 100 on solid yellow, and 500 on a muddy mixture of brown and yellow.

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Red Fang Streaming "Crows In Swine"

Today Red Fang shares a new shredder titled "Crows in Swine," which can be streamed over at Noisey.Vice.com here. Red Fang will also be hitting the road this fall headlining shows across the country with Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/26 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's !
10/27 San Francisco, CA - Slim's !
10/28 West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour !
10/30 San Diego, CA - The Casbah !
10/31 Tucson, AZ - Plush !
11/1 El Paso, TX -Tricky Falls !
11/2 Amarillo, TX - 12052 Event Center !
11/4 Houston, TX - Fitzerald's Downstairs !
11/5 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves !
11/6 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe !
11/7 Atlanta, GA - Club 529 !
11/8 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade !
11/9 Richmond, VA - Kingdom !
11/10 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts $
11/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus Bar $
11/13 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs $
11/15 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern $
11/16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick $
11/17 Chicago, IL - Subterranean $
11/19 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater $
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
11/21 Boise, ID - Neurolux $
11/27 Mulhouse, France - Generiq Fest @ La Noumatrouff
11/28 Besancon, France - Generiq Fest @ La Rodia
11/29 Paris, France - Glazart
12/1 Camber Sands, UK - ATP @ Pontins
12/2 Camber Sands, UK - ATP @ Pontins
12/3 London, UK - The Garage
12/4 Manchester, UK - Club Academy
12/5 Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
12/6 Birmingham, UK - HMV Library
12/7 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
12/8 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Speedfest
12/9 Koln, Germany - Essigfabrik
! = w/ Black Tusk & Lord Dying
$ = w/ Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts

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Behemoth To Support Rammstein

Polish black / death kings Behemoth will support German heavyweights Rammstein on their June 4th, 2013 show at Impactfest in Warsaw, Poland.

Commented Behemoth's frontman Nergal: "A few months ago my friends from Deathstars have supported the concert in Ergo Arena, I was jealous… Today on behalf of Behemoth I may proudly announce that we will share the stage with the one of the most important worldwide rock bands: Rammstein.

"It’s going to be the first show in Poland that we’ll play after the long time and it is already now more than likely that we present the brand new songs that we’re now strongly working on. And – special thanx to Steven and Live Nation Poland for reliance. We worked together on Big 4 on Bemowo and we’re looking forward to meet them again. It’s an honour!"

Nergal will also be releasing an autobiography after his bout with leukemia titled "Sacrum Profanum." The latest teaser trailer for the release can be found at this location.

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Enslaved Posts Seventh Track Commentary

The seventh of eight installments has now been posted online featuring Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson from Norway's Enslaved offering insight on the tracks to the band's twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), due out in Europe on September 28th.

Bjørnson on track #7, “Storm Of Memories:”

“Alright, much like ENSLAVED’s career, this song could be described with the sports term ‘a working victory’ (it might surprise some that we didn't get where we are just because of our strikingly good looks and a talented costume designer). It was the first song to be written for this album but the last one to fall into place completely. Obviously, I'm talking about the first section of the song - the second half is more ‘normal ENSLAVED’ (okay, that is funny) and it more or less worked itself out during the rehearsal sessions. On the other hand, I wasn't completely getting the right atmosphere from the first rounds of the band adding their instruments in the studio on the first part: the demos from the previous year still had more of a ‘vibe’ to them than we were getting in the studio. More...

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Neurosis Announces CD Release Show

As the tenth album from Neurosis nears release at the end of October, today the band has confirmed a record release show for "Honor Found In Decay." This all-ages release show will take place on November 17th at the Fox Theater in the band’s point of origin, Oakland, California, and will also feature opening support from doom wizards YOB and direct support from progressive thrash legends Voivod.

Presale tickets for this momentous event will go on sale today at 10am PST at this location and the general ticket link will go live this Sunday here.

Last week the second track from Honor Found In Decay, “At The Well,” was made public worldwide via National Public Radio. The track premiere preceded by a detailed visual trailer for the album created by Neurosis’ own visual artist Josh Graham and edited by video architect Kenneth Thomas via Neurot Recordings' YouTube page.

Set to see release through the band's own Neurot Recordings, the CD and deluxe download versions of Honor Found In Decay will be unleashed in Germany October 26th, throughout the rest of Europe October 29th, and in North America on October 30th, with previous label home Relapse Records handling the vinyl edition.

11/17/2012 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *Honor Found In Decay release show w/ Voivod, YOB
11/30-12/02/2012 ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
12/02/2012 HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh

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Leaders Releases New Music Video

California's Leaders has released a new music video online for the track "Conviction," which was directed by James Appleton and is available for viewing below. The song comes from the album "Now We Are Free," out now on Facedown Records. For more info on Leaders, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Crest Of Darkness Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian black metallers Crest of Darkness announced a change in lineup that sees the departure of Kjell Arne Hubred after a seven year stint with the band. His replacement will be Djevelkult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim. Founder and frontman Ingar Amlien commented on the departure:

"It’s sad to be saying goodbye to Kjell Arne after all this time, but he has a young family and with Crest of Darkness intending to work harder than ever, it was too difficult for him to devote the amount of time to the band that would be needed, and that’s something we understand. We’ve been very lucky in finding Jan Fredrik to replace him. He’s young, talented, highly motivated and has plenty of ambition. We’ve rehearsed with him several times and it was obvious that he knew Crest of Darkness' music long before he joined us.

"With the release of our new album imminent, he has brought a renewed sense of enthusiasm and purpose to the band, and as far as I’m concerned we’re sounding better and stronger than ever."

The band's latest release was the 2007 LP "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil."

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Gorath Announces New Album

Belgian act Gorath has announced the band's new album will be titled "The Chronicles of Khiliasmos," and the album is set for release on digisleeve CD (2012) and double gatefold LP (2013) through ConSouling Sounds.

The artwork is available below, and the track listing is:

1. Khiliasmos I
2. Khiliasmos II
3. Khiliasmos III More...

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Wintersun Posts Facebook Fan Interview, Pt. III

Finnish metal act Wintersun posted a third installment of a series of Facebook fan interview videos featuring Jari Mäenpää discussing the upcoming "Time I" release. The interview was conducted by Bleeding Red frontman Timo Joos. "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 19th (Europe) and 22nd (North America) release through Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013. A teaser for the album can be heard at this location.

Check out part III of the Facebook Fan Interview here:

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ReVamp Answers Fan Interview Questions

Dutch act ReVamp, featuring Ex-After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen, posted up a video in which answers to fan submitted question were answered by various members. Jansen explains that the album will be a little darker than the first with more versatile vocal styles.

Check out the interview here:

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Dir En Grey To Release New Single

Dir En Grey has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single, which will also feature a remix by the musician behind the Silent Hill games:

"This staggering track that could purify even the deepest of resentments is finally here. Since the release of 8th album 'DUM SPIRO SPERO,' the band went into hiatus following a vigorous touring schedule in Japan and abroad, and now a year and a half since their last single release, they are back with 'RINKAKU' which will hit stores this December 19, 2012.

"The track is unlike anything you have heard before, almost overturning the band's musical concept on a new scale, coming in with a range full of depth with Kyo's vocals that evoke classical elements in this beautiful and intricate melodic track which builds up dramatically with the intertwining guitars and bass.

"The new single from Dir En Grey will be released with two tracks which will include a new rendition of 'Kiri to Mayu' previously released on the album 'MISSA' (25.07.1997) and a remix of 'RINKAKU' by famed sound designer of horror game series 'Silent Hill,' Akira Yamaoka. Once again Tue Madsen came on as the Mix Engineer for this release after lending his unrivaled expertise on 'DUM SPIRO SPERO.'"

Pre-order details on the single are available at this location.

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The Infinite Staircase Posts Studio Footage

Footage has been posted online of The Infinite Staircase, Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), and Troy Cromwell (Cycle Of Pain) writing and tracking a brand new song at Architekt Studios for the forthcoming sophomore release from The Infinite Staircase. Check out this new clip in the player below, or find a previously posted preview of a new single from the band at this location.

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Acrania (UK) Streaming New Song Snippet

U.K. death metal act Acrania (not to be confused with the Mexican act of the same name) has posted a new snippet online of the song "A Trophy Of Corporate Disfigurement," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below.

The track comes off the band's upcoming EP "The Beginning of the End." For more info on Acrania, head over to the band's Facebook profile. Acrania is:

Luke Griffin - vocals
Jack Simmons - guitar
Will Thomson- guitar
Sam Bonnett - bass
Jake Hadley - drums More...

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Omnium Gatherum Recruits New Bassist

Omnium Gatherum, which is currently in the mixing process with the mighty Dan Swanö for an upcoming new album, is proud to announce Erkki Silvennoinen as the band's new bass player. Omnium Gatherum comments:

"We're glad to finally make it official and announce that OG is a real 6-piece troop again - we welcome Erkki Silvennoinen as a new bass player to Omnium Gatherum. Erkki is a die-hard pro dude with a warm nice attitude, just the way we like it, and we know him well from sharing same stages than us since almost ten years ago. He used to play in Amoral as well as in Finnish Idols winner Ari Koivunen's band back in the day. At the moment he is also playing in awesome brutal tech death metal band De Lirium's Order."

Here's what Erkki has to say about his new vocation: "I'm very excited to join Omnium Gatherum. I already know most of the guys from way back when I was playing warm-up gigs for them. I have seen them grow and evolve into the tight unit they are today and hire Jukka as their front-man, who also happens to be one of my best friends. It's an honor to get to play with such talented musicians. The previous bass players have left some big shoes to fill... I hope they fit."

The currently untitled follow-up to Omnium Gatherum's "New World Shadows" is set to be released on February 25th, 2013 in Europe and February 26th, 2013 in North America.

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Beyond The Bridge's Simon Oberender Passes Away

German progressive metal band Beyond the Bridge announced the devastating loss of keyboardist/guitarist Simon Oberender today. The cause of death was not announced. Less than two weeks ago, Oberender performed with the band at ProgPower USA in Atlanta as part of the band's first ever performance in the United States (a review of the performance can be found at this location). His contributions as both a musician and a producer on the band's debut LP "The Old Man and the Spirit" will be everlasting (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).

Oberender was also a member of Amanda Somerville's project Trillium as keyboardist. His other contributions included: organist for Avantasia ("The Angel of Babylon" and "Wicked Symphony"), organist for Edguy ("Age of the Joker"), Gregorian vocals for Epica ("Requiem for the Indifferent"), choir vocals for Rhapsody of Fire ("The Frozen Tears of Angels" and "The Cold Embrace of Fear") and he also took part in the "Silverthorn choir" as part of Kamelot's forthcoming LP "Silverthorn."

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Curse The Son Streaming Album

Recently Curse The Son streamed the track "Goodbye Henry Anslinger" and now is streaming all six songs from its new album. "Psychache" marks the second album for the Hamden, Connecticut doom trio who have already played the Stoner Hands Of Doom XII festival a few weeks back. Ron and Cheech recently recruited new drummer Mike Petrucci (King Of Salem/Vestal Claret), who interestingly enough also did time with the touring troupe the Blue Man Group. Listen to "Psychache" below in the widget, or over at Bandcamp.

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Stormrider (GER) Announces New LP

German power metal act Stormrider announced that the band's third LP will be entitled "The Path Of Salvation." The album will see an October 26th, 2012 release drop via Pure Steel Records. The album is the first to feature drummer Sascha Schiller (Solar Fragment), who joined the band in 2009 following the sophomore release "Fate of the Hunter."

The artwork for "The Path of Salvation" can be seen here:

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Lord Agheros Announces New LP "Demiurgo"

One man Italian black metal act Lord Agheros announced that the new LP will be entitled "Demiurgo", which is defined as "a magnificent Atmospheric Black Metal masterpiece!" Lord Agheros is the product of Gerassimos Evangelou (Spoilshroud), and according to the press release, the new LP is "a wonderful atmospheric piece of music that fits in well with these dark times. Musically it is a perfect balance between the obscure and extreme Black Metal elements overwhelmed with atmospheric and Ambient parts, so to represent in sounds the real essence of this decadent era." "Demiurgo" is scheduled for a November 26, 2012 release through My Kingdom Music. The album will be released as a deluxe digipack edition.

With the strength of the sound of Summoning, with the film score influences of Ulver, through classical music and theatrical opera elements, Lord Agheros,molds an atmospheric extreme metal soundtrack. More...

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Slipknot To Headline Download 2013

The organisers of Britain's Download festival have announced that Iowa based act Slipknot has been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of next year's edition of the festival.

"We are extremely honoured to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival," said Slipknot’s Clown. "It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot.

"This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don't bitch."

This follows the news that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will be headlining over the weekend, along with German industrial metal veterans, Rammstein. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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Shajol Posts New Song

Ecuadorian groove metal band Shajol has just posted an upload of the track "Enemy," which is streaming below. The track was recorded with the engineers David Tornay and Juan Pablo Rivas D'Aniello. In other news, the band will be going on a small tour of South Africa with the band Boargazm and several others. The dates follow, and for more information head over to the Emalyth Promotions Facebook page.

Wednesday, 5th Dec - Weltevreden Park - Rumours, Renounce, Intrametal, Boargazm
Friday, 7th Dec - Johannesburg - Black Dahlia Bloodbeast, Bleeding Spawn, Killatoria, Boargazm
Saturday, 8th Dec - Pretoria - Wolmer Rock
Sunday, 9th Dec - Pietermaritzburg - RedDoor DesolationDivine, Affliction, Boargazm
Tuesday, 11th Dec - Durban-GreenDoor Iraqi Death Police,Stellawood, Decapitation, Boargazm
Thursday, 13th Dec - East London - Raggies, Eviscerate, Boargazm
Friday, 14th Dec - Port Elizabeth - DNE Night Club Reign of Terror, Boargazm
Saturday, 15th Dec - Cape Town-R.O.A.R Ing, Suiderbees, Boargazm

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